Jodi Brak

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is offering Free Disposal Days at each of its recycling and garbage facilities during April and May, with Chase residents getting free disposal on April 27 at the South Thompson Eco-Depot. (TNRD photo)

Chase Residents get a jump on spring cleaning with Free Disposal Days

Dumping fees waived for residential customers April 27

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is offering Free Disposal Days at each of its recycling and garbage facilities during April and May, with Chase residents getting free disposal on April 27 at the South Thompson Eco-Depot. (TNRD photo)
The Talking Rock Golf Course at Quaaout Lodge in Chase has been voted as the number one golf course in the province through a survey by B.C. Golf. Also in the Shuswap region, the Salmon Arm Golf Club was voted as number seven in the province (File photo)

Talking Rock Golf Course, Salmon Arm Golf Club voted among best in B.C.

Shuswap courses get rave reviews from golfers surveyed

The Talking Rock Golf Course at Quaaout Lodge in Chase has been voted as the number one golf course in the province through a survey by B.C. Golf. Also in the Shuswap region, the Salmon Arm Golf Club was voted as number seven in the province (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm announced March 29 they will receive $25,000 from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to identify areas that could be improved for childcare services in the city. (File photo)

Okanagan city receives funding to plan improvements to childcare services

Grant totalling $25,000 will contribute to examination of available services

The City of Salmon Arm announced March 29 they will receive $25,000 from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to identify areas that could be improved for childcare services in the city. (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm announced March 29 it will receive $25,000 from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to identify areas that could be improved for childcare services in the city. (File photo)

Salmon Arm receives funding to plan improvements to childcare services

Grant totalling $25,000 will contribute to planning for future additions

The City of Salmon Arm announced March 29 it will receive $25,000 from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to identify areas that could be improved for childcare services in the city. (File photo)
The Turtle Valley Bison Ranch is planning to use a mixture of biosolids and compostable material to rejuvenate soil that was damaged by logging, to create better pastures for their bison herd. Community response has been largely negative, however, with many opposed to their use near the Shuswap watershed and neighbouring farms. (File photo)

Turtle Valley residents call second meeting to oppose human waste as fertilizer

Bison ranch’s plan to improve pastures draws opposition from community

The Turtle Valley Bison Ranch is planning to use a mixture of biosolids and compostable material to rejuvenate soil that was damaged by logging, to create better pastures for their bison herd. Community response has been largely negative, however, with many opposed to their use near the Shuswap watershed and neighbouring farms. (File photo)
Pee-ew: B.C. ranch using processed sewage as fertilizer opposed by neighbours

Pee-ew: B.C. ranch using processed sewage as fertilizer opposed by neighbours

Turtle Valley residents concerned over possible soil, water contamination

Pee-ew: B.C. ranch using processed sewage as fertilizer opposed by neighbours
Shuswap ringette coach Leigh Robinson has been selected as a high performance scout at the Ringette National Championships on Prince Edward Island in 2019, where she will have a hand in selecting the Canadian national team. (Image contributed)

B.C. ringette coach gets a hand in picking Canadian national team

Leigh Robinson will serve as talent scout during national championships in P.E.I.

Shuswap ringette coach Leigh Robinson has been selected as a high performance scout at the Ringette National Championships on Prince Edward Island in 2019, where she will have a hand in selecting the Canadian national team. (Image contributed)
Shuswap ringette coach Leigh Robinson has been selected as a high performance scout at the Ringette National Championships on Prince Edward Island in 2019, where she will have a hand in selecting the Canadian national team. (Image contributed)

Shuswap ringette coach gets a hand in picking Canadian national team

Leigh Robinson will serve as talent scout during national championships in P.E.I.

Shuswap ringette coach Leigh Robinson has been selected as a high performance scout at the Ringette National Championships on Prince Edward Island in 2019, where she will have a hand in selecting the Canadian national team. (Image contributed)
Wire snare traps such as this are frequently used when trapping small game and pests, and can cause severe injury to animals caught in the trap. They tighten as the animal struggles, making it especially dangerous if caught around a dog’s neck. (File photo)

B.C. needs to update laws to protect pets from dying in snare traps: Animal activists

The Fur-Bearers advocate for new rules on setting traps near public areas

Wire snare traps such as this are frequently used when trapping small game and pests, and can cause severe injury to animals caught in the trap. They tighten as the animal struggles, making it especially dangerous if caught around a dog’s neck. (File photo)
The First United Church in Salmon Arm will be hosting amateur art sessions for adults April 3, 10, 17 and 24, focused on encouraging creativity and self-expression through art. Participants will get the chance to learn more about various styles of painting, drawing and more. (File photo)

Adults encouraged to explore artistic creativity and self-expression

First United Church in Salmon Arm hosts special public art events

The First United Church in Salmon Arm will be hosting amateur art sessions for adults April 3, 10, 17 and 24, focused on encouraging creativity and self-expression through art. Participants will get the chance to learn more about various styles of painting, drawing and more. (File photo)
Tick season has begun in B.C., meaning those heading out for some adventures in nature should take precautions and be vigilant in checking themselves for ticks after a hike or activity. (File photo)

Hikers warned to be vigilant as tick season starts in B.C.

Covering exposed skin, checking for bites recommended after outdoor activity

Tick season has begun in B.C., meaning those heading out for some adventures in nature should take precautions and be vigilant in checking themselves for ticks after a hike or activity. (File photo)
Naloxone kits are free, effective tools that can be used to save the life of someone suffering an overdose. Locations for local kits and training in there use is available online at www.towardtheheart.com. (File photo)

Interior Health warns of spike in cartfentanil-tainted opioids

Higher traces of carfentanil linked to spike in overdose cases

Naloxone kits are free, effective tools that can be used to save the life of someone suffering an overdose. Locations for local kits and training in there use is available online at www.towardtheheart.com. (File photo)
Two vehicles stolen in Chase in March were located on the same day, despite being stolen a week apart. (File photo)

Two vehicles stolen in Chase, both located on same day

No arrests made in either case and suspects remain unknown

Two vehicles stolen in Chase in March were located on the same day, despite being stolen a week apart. (File photo)
Chase RCMP respond to two cases of people being threatened with weapons and another regarding a domestic disturbance call, all in March. (File photo)

Chase RCMP seek public tips on two cases of threats with weapons

One man threatens home with a rifle, another wields sword during fight

Chase RCMP respond to two cases of people being threatened with weapons and another regarding a domestic disturbance call, all in March. (File photo)
Opposition to human waste fertilizer at Shuswap bison ranch continues

Opposition to human waste fertilizer at Shuswap bison ranch continues

Turtle Valley residents rally against spreading processed sewage

Opposition to human waste fertilizer at Shuswap bison ranch continues
A player on the away team skates the puck out of their zone with opponents in hot pursuit during the 2018 Shaw Centre Challenge Rec Hockey Tournament at the Shaw Centre. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Lordco Wildcats win Shaw Centre Challenge tournament

Local team wins division during annual adult rec hockey tournament

A player on the away team skates the puck out of their zone with opponents in hot pursuit during the 2018 Shaw Centre Challenge Rec Hockey Tournament at the Shaw Centre. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
A view of Salmon Arm from Mount Ida. (Mike Simpson photo)

Salmon Arm’s commercial space dwindles as population increases

Realtor says Shuswap is a popular destination, but development is challenging

A view of Salmon Arm from Mount Ida. (Mike Simpson photo)
The Yeti Rugby Club’s girls team chases a Kaipara College player up the field to stop a rush during their game in New Zealand, March 18. (Facebook/Kaipara College)

Video: Salmon Arm rugby club takes on New Zealand opponents

Yeti U19 players travel to the South Pacific for training and competition experience

The Yeti Rugby Club’s girls team chases a Kaipara College player up the field to stop a rush during their game in New Zealand, March 18. (Facebook/Kaipara College)
Jeff Zakus lost his dog, Molly, after she was caught in a coyote snare in the bush near his home, unable to recover from the damage to her throat. Zakus and roommate Sheldon Gray are questioning the use of these traps near a publicly accessible trail. (Image contributed)

Salmon Arm man loses dog to coyote snare within city limits

Owner questions use of snares near publicly accessible trails

Jeff Zakus lost his dog, Molly, after she was caught in a coyote snare in the bush near his home, unable to recover from the damage to her throat. Zakus and roommate Sheldon Gray are questioning the use of these traps near a publicly accessible trail. (Image contributed)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment

Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment

Matthew Verboon claims player of the year, top scorer after stellar season

Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment