Lachlan Labere

The Ranchero Deep Creek Fire Department has received numerous calls relating to burn piles ignited in the area. (Ranchero Deep Creek Fire Department, Facebook photo)

Burn piles south of Salmon Arm prompting calls to fire department

Deep Creek Ranchero Fire Department says burns conducted under ministry supervision

The Ranchero Deep Creek Fire Department has received numerous calls relating to burn piles ignited in the area. (Ranchero Deep Creek Fire Department, Facebook photo)
Police say a Salmon Arm man caught inside a supposedly vacant business was in possession of items taken in an earlier break in. (File photo)

Lights on in vacant Salmon Arm business lead RCMP to arrest of suspect in two break ins

Police say suspect was found in possession of items stolen in an earlier break in

Police say a Salmon Arm man caught inside a supposedly vacant business was in possession of items taken in an earlier break in. (File photo)
School District 83 trustees opened discussion on mandatory vaccination of school district staff at their Oct. 19 board meeting. (File photo)
School District 83 trustees opened discussion on mandatory vaccination of school district staff at their Oct. 19 board meeting. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Staff Sgt. Scott West offers a salute while paying respects on behalf of the RCMP during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2020. (File photo)

Modified Remembrance Day ceremony planned for Salmon Arm, public invited to view online

Salmon Arm legion’s Poppy Campaign begins Oct. 29

Salmon Arm Staff Sgt. Scott West offers a salute while paying respects on behalf of the RCMP during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2020. (File photo)
On Oct. 4, masks became a requirement for B.C. school students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, for both in-class instruction and when on school buses. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

North Okanagan-Shuswap teachers taking flak over school mask requirements

Union president encourages parents to take concerns up with school district, province

On Oct. 4, masks became a requirement for B.C. school students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, for both in-class instruction and when on school buses. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
The Chase Community Service Society is fundraising for a second van to assist local seniors in getting to and from out-of-town appointments. (Contributed)

Chase Community Services Society seeks to expand transit options for seniors

Non-profit fundraising for the purchase of a new van for out-of-town trips

The Chase Community Service Society is fundraising for a second van to assist local seniors in getting to and from out-of-town appointments. (Contributed)
Silver Creek Elementary will be home to School District 83’s Seamless Day pilot project where before and after school care will be made available for primary students and their school-aged siblings. (File photo)

Before and after school care initiative to launch in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Silver Creek Elementary selected for Seamless Day Pilot Project

Silver Creek Elementary will be home to School District 83’s Seamless Day pilot project where before and after school care will be made available for primary students and their school-aged siblings. (File photo)
Bastion Elementary music students hope to showcase Salmon Arm when they film their entry in this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge at the base of the giant treble clef sculpture on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (File photo)

Small but mighty singers to showcase Salmon Arm in national school music challenge

Bastion Elementary music students to perform with guests at city’s giant treble clef

Bastion Elementary music students hope to showcase Salmon Arm when they film their entry in this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge at the base of the giant treble clef sculpture on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Salvation Army Lt. Joel Torrens and Keli Westgate Lekker Land Design have been working together with other community partners, including the Shuswap Food Action Society, on the creation of a food forest on the Salvation Army property at 441 3rd Street SW. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Community food forest taking root at Salmon Arm Salvation Army property

Edible landscape designed to require less maintenance and watering

Salmon Arm Salvation Army Lt. Joel Torrens and Keli Westgate Lekker Land Design have been working together with other community partners, including the Shuswap Food Action Society, on the creation of a food forest on the Salvation Army property at 441 3rd Street SW. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)

Shuswap school closed for one week due to COVID-19 exposures to reopen Monday

In-class instruction set to resume on Oct. 18

Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)
Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison said the city wishes to do an assessment on the condition of heritage building at 31 Hudson Avenue, the former home of the Seniors Drop-in Centre. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

What’s next for Salmon Arm heritage building?

Mayor says assessment will help with decisions on facility’s future use

Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison said the city wishes to do an assessment on the condition of heritage building at 31 Hudson Avenue, the former home of the Seniors Drop-in Centre. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Pictured are four examples of the five Club Cadet mowers reported stolen from a Salmon Arm business on Oct. 12, 2021. (Contributed)

More than $60,000 worth of riding mowers stolen from Salmon Arm business

Police ask for public’s help in locating ‘distinctive yellow mowers’

Pictured are four examples of the five Club Cadet mowers reported stolen from a Salmon Arm business on Oct. 12, 2021. (Contributed)
Interior Health listed South Canoe School as having potential COVID-19 exposures on Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (File photo)

Salmon Arm school added to Interior Health list of potential COVID-19 exposures

Four Shuswap schools listed on health authority website as of Oct. 14

Interior Health listed South Canoe School as having potential COVID-19 exposures on Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (File photo)
John “Jack” Bryce and Brad Murphy of Revelstoke Paragliding soar over Revelstoke together on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The flight was how John chose to celebrate his 88th birthday. (Contributed)

88-year-old Shuswap thrill seeker fulfills wish to soar in a paraglider

John Bryce joined Revelstoke Paragliding for flight from 6,000 feet

John “Jack” Bryce and Brad Murphy of Revelstoke Paragliding soar over Revelstoke together on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The flight was how John chose to celebrate his 88th birthday. (Contributed)
A COVID-19 cluster was identified among a Grade 2 class at Sorrento Elementary, which is closed for the week due to staffing constraints stemming from COVID-19 exposures. (Google image)

COVID-19 cluster confirmed at Shuswap elementary school

Sorrento Elementary Grade 2 class advised to self-isolate and/or self-monitor

A COVID-19 cluster was identified among a Grade 2 class at Sorrento Elementary, which is closed for the week due to staffing constraints stemming from COVID-19 exposures. (Google image)
Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)

Shuswap elementary school closed for one week due to COVID-19, staffing constraints

School district says this is a ‘functional school closure,’ not a COVID-19 outbreak

Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)
The City of Salmon Arm’s freshly painted Chevrolet van was ready to begin its mobile visitor centre duties on June 18, 2021. (File photo)

New Salmon Arm tourism strategy rolls out amid difficult summer

Mobile outreach team part of city’s new, multi-tiered approach

The City of Salmon Arm’s freshly painted Chevrolet van was ready to begin its mobile visitor centre duties on June 18, 2021. (File photo)
Salmon Arm engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen and Mayor Alan Harrison discuss the work currently underway on the Ross Street underpass project. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Salmon Arm council approves $430,785 for rail monitoring during underpass construction

Real-time automated system to watch temporary bypass track for movements in the soil

Salmon Arm engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen and Mayor Alan Harrison discuss the work currently underway on the Ross Street underpass project. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Melissa LaRiviere with the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society has been working on a tree identification project in Salmon Arm’s Marine Peace Park. As part of the project, SABNES wishes to place plaques in the park identifying the different tree species growing there. (File photo)

Project to help public identify trees growing in Salmon Arm Marine Park

SABNES asks city for permission to place plaques in park identifying 20 different tree species

Melissa LaRiviere with the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society has been working on a tree identification project in Salmon Arm’s Marine Peace Park. As part of the project, SABNES wishes to place plaques in the park identifying the different tree species growing there. (File photo)
Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema. (Contributed)

COVID-19: North Okanagan-Shuswap parents concerned with timeliness of exposure reporting

Interior Health medical health officer responds to concerns

Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema. (Contributed)