Jodi Brak

Turtle Valley residents are now pushing for official tests to be done on the biosolids mixture that will be applied at the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch, hoping publicly available test results will help bring support for their opposition to use of the substance. (File photo)

B.C. residents seek testing of processed sewage mixture before farm use

Community wants to know what biosolids contain before they are spread

Turtle Valley residents are now pushing for official tests to be done on the biosolids mixture that will be applied at the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch, hoping publicly available test results will help bring support for their opposition to use of the substance. (File photo)
Turtle Valley residents are now pushing for official tests to be done on the biosolids mixture that will be applied at the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch, hoping publicly available test results will help bring support for their opposition to use of the substance. (File photo)

Turtle Valley residents seek testing of processed sewage mixture for chemicals

Community wants to know what biosolids contain before they are spread

Turtle Valley residents are now pushing for official tests to be done on the biosolids mixture that will be applied at the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch, hoping publicly available test results will help bring support for their opposition to use of the substance. (File photo)
A player with Team Acceleration skates the puck up the ice towards the A&A’s zone during the Shaw Centre Challenge tournament April 6. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Games underway in the Shaw Centre Challenge

Rec hockey acrion on the ice in Salmon Arm

A player with Team Acceleration skates the puck up the ice towards the A&A’s zone during the Shaw Centre Challenge tournament April 6. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
James Lebuke of the Columbia-Shuswap Selkirks Swim Club made a 1.5 second improvement on his qualifying time in the 100m freestyle event at the Canadian Swimming Trials, jumping him from 29th in qualifiers to ninth place in the competition. (Barry Healey photo)

Shuswap swimmer rises up the rankings in Canadian Swimming Trials

Huge improvement in first heat puts James Lebuke in top 10

James Lebuke of the Columbia-Shuswap Selkirks Swim Club made a 1.5 second improvement on his qualifying time in the 100m freestyle event at the Canadian Swimming Trials, jumping him from 29th in qualifiers to ninth place in the competition. (Barry Healey photo)
The Buck-a-Book sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Church in Salmon Arm April 6, with all proceeds supporting the GreenSpace initiative. (Kayleigh Seibel/Salmon Arm Observer)

Find your new favourite novel for $1 at First United Church

Buck-a-Book fundraiser sale runs until 3 p.m., supports GreenSpace initiative

The Buck-a-Book sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Church in Salmon Arm April 6, with all proceeds supporting the GreenSpace initiative. (Kayleigh Seibel/Salmon Arm Observer)
City’s nightlife plays to strengths of a tight-knit community

City’s nightlife plays to strengths of a tight-knit community

Salmon Arm groups, businesses endeavour to keep things lively after dark

City’s nightlife plays to strengths of a tight-knit community
Beverly Smith (centre) grew up in Salmon Arm, becoming one of the star players of the high school basketball team before moving on to play and eventually coach with the University of Oregon. Smith also served as coach of a professional basketball team in Italy and the Canadian Olympic team. She now serves as executive director of Kidsports, pictured here with fellow coach Ronnie Lee and two youth taking part in a Kidsports basketball program. (Image contributed)

Hall of Famer Bev Smith heralds benefits of sport for youth development

Former Salmon Arm woman head of Kidsports, says the court is like a classroom

Beverly Smith (centre) grew up in Salmon Arm, becoming one of the star players of the high school basketball team before moving on to play and eventually coach with the University of Oregon. Smith also served as coach of a professional basketball team in Italy and the Canadian Olympic team. She now serves as executive director of Kidsports, pictured here with fellow coach Ronnie Lee and two youth taking part in a Kidsports basketball program. (Image contributed)
Beverly Smith (centre) grew up in Salmon Arm, becoming one of the star players of the high school basketball team before moving on to play and eventually coach with the University of Oregon. Smith also served as coach of a professional basketball team in Italy and the Canadian Olympic team. She now serves as executive director of Kidsports, pictured here with fellow coach Ronnie Lee and two youth taking part in a Kidsports basketball program. (Image contributed)

Hall of Famer Bev Smith heralds benefits of sport for youth development

Former Salmon Arm woman head of Kidsports, says the court is like a classroom

Beverly Smith (centre) grew up in Salmon Arm, becoming one of the star players of the high school basketball team before moving on to play and eventually coach with the University of Oregon. Smith also served as coach of a professional basketball team in Italy and the Canadian Olympic team. She now serves as executive director of Kidsports, pictured here with fellow coach Ronnie Lee and two youth taking part in a Kidsports basketball program. (Image contributed)
Kiki, one of the mammoth donkeys at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge. His calm, quiet nature made him a perfect fit to be trained for riding. (Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge/Facebook)

Mammoths roam Shuswap donkey refuge

Big animals prove they have a gentle soul, quiet nature

Kiki, one of the mammoth donkeys at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge. His calm, quiet nature made him a perfect fit to be trained for riding. (Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge/Facebook)
Kiki, one of the mammoth donkeys at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge. His calm, quiet nature made him a perfect fit to be trained for riding. (Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge/Facebook)

Mammoths stand tall at Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge

Big animals prove they have a gentle soul, quiet nature

Kiki, one of the mammoth donkeys at the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge. His calm, quiet nature made him a perfect fit to be trained for riding. (Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge/Facebook)
A large loader picks up a bucket full of biosolids mixture during application to farmland. (Wikimedia commons image)

Human waste as fertilizer proposal prompts opposition

Turtle Valley residents seek to spread awareness of potential effects of biosolids

A large loader picks up a bucket full of biosolids mixture during application to farmland. (Wikimedia commons image)
Human waste as fertilizer proposal prompts opposition in the Shuswap

Human waste as fertilizer proposal prompts opposition in the Shuswap

Chase area residents seek to spread awareness of potential effects of biosolids

Human waste as fertilizer proposal prompts opposition in the Shuswap
Students from School District 83 took a trip to Tanzania over spring break as part of their international volunteering efforts, helping with work in a small village and learning about the culture. (Wendy Woodhurst photo)

Shuswap students get hands dirty building school in Tanzania

Experience gives insight into what Canadians often take for granted

Students from School District 83 took a trip to Tanzania over spring break as part of their international volunteering efforts, helping with work in a small village and learning about the culture. (Wendy Woodhurst photo)
(From left) Eric Breitkreuz, Dave Williams, Randy Jenkins and Norm Case won the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association provincial championship title with a 7-1 record in the playdowns, also receiving the Walter Hobbs Trophy for being the top-ranked team in the Interior division. (Image contributed)

Salmon Arm curlers capture provincial masters title

Team Breitkreuz sweeps regional and provincial rankings

(From left) Eric Breitkreuz, Dave Williams, Randy Jenkins and Norm Case won the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association provincial championship title with a 7-1 record in the playdowns, also receiving the Walter Hobbs Trophy for being the top-ranked team in the Interior division. (Image contributed)
Students or families in School District #83 who are having difficulties getting a graduation dress or suit for their big day can get a hand from the Fairy Gradmothers program, an initiative that collects donated grad clothes and helps get them personalized for students. Any student in the district can access the program by talking with their school counsellor. (File photo)

Fairy Gradmothers supply grad dresses to Shuswap students in need

School District #83 educators help make graduation a memorable experience

Students or families in School District #83 who are having difficulties getting a graduation dress or suit for their big day can get a hand from the Fairy Gradmothers program, an initiative that collects donated grad clothes and helps get them personalized for students. Any student in the district can access the program by talking with their school counsellor. (File photo)
(From left) Diyame Caterer, Andrea Threatful and Tori Jewell are the driving force behind the School District 83 Fairy Gradmothers program, which connects students with graduation outfits if they are struggling to afford them. (Image contributed)

Fairy Gradmothers supply grad dresses to students in need

Shuswap educators help make graduation a memorable experience

(From left) Diyame Caterer, Andrea Threatful and Tori Jewell are the driving force behind the School District 83 Fairy Gradmothers program, which connects students with graduation outfits if they are struggling to afford them. (Image contributed)
Players with the Salmon Arm Secondary Jewels soccer team pose for a group photo on North Shore Beach in Hawaii during their trip to train and play soccer with teams from the island. (Tricia Martin photo)

Salmon Arm Jewels return from tropical training trip

Shuswap soccer players return from Hawaii after successful international outing

Players with the Salmon Arm Secondary Jewels soccer team pose for a group photo on North Shore Beach in Hawaii during their trip to train and play soccer with teams from the island. (Tricia Martin photo)
Taro Hirose, former Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ forward, holds the puck from his first NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins March 31. In seven games with the Red Wings, Hirose has tallied six points including thie goal. (Facebook/Detroit Red Wings)

Hirose scores first NHL goal and win for Red Wings

Former Silverbacks’ tie-breaker against Boston Bruins helps Detroit claim victory

Taro Hirose, former Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ forward, holds the puck from his first NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins March 31. In seven games with the Red Wings, Hirose has tallied six points including thie goal. (Facebook/Detroit Red Wings)
Taro Hirose, former Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ forward, holds the puck from his first NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins March 31. In seven games with the Red Wings, Hirose has tallied six points including thie goal. (Facebook/Detroit Red Wings)

Hirose scores first NHL goal and win for Red Wings

Tie-breaker by former Salmon Arm Silverback against Boston Bruins helps Detroit claim victory

Taro Hirose, former Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ forward, holds the puck from his first NHL goal with the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins March 31. In seven games with the Red Wings, Hirose has tallied six points including thie goal. (Facebook/Detroit Red Wings)
Swallows are already starting to settle in on the Salmon Arm lakeshore, and 50 new homes for Shuswap songbirds are going up near the bird sanctuary. They are built by students from the South Canoe Outdoor School and will be installed with help from the Shuswap Naturalists Club. (Roger Beardmore photo)

New homes going up for Shuswap songbirds

Volunteers needed to place 50 birdhouses built by students along Salmon Arm foreshore

Swallows are already starting to settle in on the Salmon Arm lakeshore, and 50 new homes for Shuswap songbirds are going up near the bird sanctuary. They are built by students from the South Canoe Outdoor School and will be installed with help from the Shuswap Naturalists Club. (Roger Beardmore photo)