Martha Wickett

This photo, taken in June 2021, shows some of the work being done below Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road northeast of Herald Park. The road is to be moved farther away from the lake in concert with the highways ministry and a 14-lot waterfront strata housing development is to be constructed on the lake side of the new road. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Housing development on Shuswap Lake by former NHLer moves ahead

Kevin Lowe and partners clean up logging area near Salmon Arm, 5,000-year-old food site uncovered

This photo, taken in June 2021, shows some of the work being done below Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road northeast of Herald Park. The road is to be moved farther away from the lake in concert with the highways ministry and a 14-lot waterfront strata housing development is to be constructed on the lake side of the new road. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Councillor says building statistics by end of June could lead to record year in 2020. (File photo)

COVID-19 restricted many activities but not building in Salmon Arm

City council congratulates planning department on balanced growth in building categories

Councillor says building statistics by end of June could lead to record year in 2020. (File photo)
Jeremiah Vergera and Darah Thurston, Shuswap Middle School students who did the ceremonial unveiling of the first Trailhead post on June 1 near the Little Mountain fieldhouse in Salmon Arm, speak to Neskonlith knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas. Coming next in the project are Landmark signs. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Secwépemc Elders guide stories, bless sites for Shuswap Landmarks project

First three Landmark signs named for trout, tule and a gathering place where soopolallie bushes grow

Jeremiah Vergera and Darah Thurston, Shuswap Middle School students who did the ceremonial unveiling of the first Trailhead post on June 1 near the Little Mountain fieldhouse in Salmon Arm, speak to Neskonlith knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas. Coming next in the project are Landmark signs. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A candlelight vigil for brothers Eric and Patrick Stemmer is being held in Salmon Arm on Sunday, July 18. (Facebook photos)

Vigil to be held in Salmon Arm to honour the Stemmer brothers

Candlelight vigil for men who died in crane collapse set for Sunday, July 18, 8 p.m.

A candlelight vigil for brothers Eric and Patrick Stemmer is being held in Salmon Arm on Sunday, July 18. (Facebook photos)
The City of Salmon Arm has amended its zoning bylaws to match Agricultural Land Reserve rule changes so farmers can have more flexibility in providing housing on their farms. (File photo)

Salmon Arm bylaw changes to make it easier for families to farm together

Zoning amendments align size of rural detached suite with changes to Agricultural Land Reserve rules

The City of Salmon Arm has amended its zoning bylaws to match Agricultural Land Reserve rule changes so farmers can have more flexibility in providing housing on their farms. (File photo)
Traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 1 and Fourth Street NE in Salmon Arm were not working properly on July 14 so were switched to flashing reds until they’re fixed. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Drivers see red on new traffic light at Highway 1 intersection in Salmon Arm

Ministry says intersection at Fourth Avenue NE temporarily on ‘flash mode’ and will be fixed July 15

Traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 1 and Fourth Street NE in Salmon Arm were not working properly on July 14 so were switched to flashing reds until they’re fixed. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)

Driver flown to hospital after July 9 crash that closed Highway 1

RCMP provide details of crash between Salmon Arm, Sicamous

An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)
An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)

Driver flown to hospital after July 9 crash that closed Highway 1

RCMP provide details of crash between Salmon Arm, Sicamous

An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the Stemmer family after brothers Eric (pictured with his family) and Patrick Stemmer were killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe image)

GoFundMe set up for Salmon Arm brothers killed in crane collapse

Stemmer Construction operated crane which collapsed in Kelowna

A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the Stemmer family after brothers Eric (pictured with his family) and Patrick Stemmer were killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe image)
Salmon Arm RCMP report continued dealings in 2021 with drivers who are impaired or prohibited. (File photo)

Drinking and driving continues in Salmon Arm despite deterrents

RCMP report taking more than 30 impaired or prohibited drivers off road from April through June

Salmon Arm RCMP report continued dealings in 2021 with drivers who are impaired or prohibited. (File photo)
Nine-year-old Torin Le Jeune from Chase, in this photo taken on her birthday, was very happy when her glasses, which she accidentally dropped off the pier at Memorial Park in Chase, were returned to her. (Photo contributed)

No fire involved but volunteer firefighter doesn’t hesitate to help Chase girl

Much appreciation expressed after girl’s eyeglasses retrieved

Nine-year-old Torin Le Jeune from Chase, in this photo taken on her birthday, was very happy when her glasses, which she accidentally dropped off the pier at Memorial Park in Chase, were returned to her. (Photo contributed)
CP cargo train rolls through Salmon Arm in 2015. CP reports that during the extreme heat of 2021, it has increased its inspections of tracks and other equipment. (File photo)

Trains through Salmon Arm not considered high risk for fires

CP increases inspections of tracks, equipment during extreme temperatures

CP cargo train rolls through Salmon Arm in 2015. CP reports that during the extreme heat of 2021, it has increased its inspections of tracks and other equipment. (File photo)
From left to right: Alex de Chantal, Rail Trail Fundraising Strategy Coordinator, Regional District of North Okanagan Area F Director Denis Delisle, Splatsin Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board Chair Kevin Flynn and Shuswap Community Foundation Manager Roger Parenteau celebrate signing of the memorandum of understanding to support raising funds for the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail between Sicamous and Armstrong. (Contributed)

Donating to the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail gets smoother

Community foundations join forces with rail trail to make donating more secure

From left to right: Alex de Chantal, Rail Trail Fundraising Strategy Coordinator, Regional District of North Okanagan Area F Director Denis Delisle, Splatsin Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board Chair Kevin Flynn and Shuswap Community Foundation Manager Roger Parenteau celebrate signing of the memorandum of understanding to support raising funds for the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail between Sicamous and Armstrong. (Contributed)
A motor-vehicle incident about 12:45 p.m. on July 9 which blocked the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions about five kilometres east of the Canoe mill between Salmon Arm and Sicamous has been cleared. (Google maps)

Trans-Canada Highway opens between Salmon Arm, Sicamous

Incident about five kilometres east of Canoe mill cleared

A motor-vehicle incident about 12:45 p.m. on July 9 which blocked the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions about five kilometres east of the Canoe mill between Salmon Arm and Sicamous has been cleared. (Google maps)
Water use in Salmon Arm has been exceeding the water treatment plant’s ability to keep reservoirs full and residents are being urged to cut down on watering and sprinkling. (File photo)

City of Salmon Arm urges residents to cut water use as reservoirs depleted

High use, even on no-sprinkling Mondays, means water treatment plant can’t keep up

Water use in Salmon Arm has been exceeding the water treatment plant’s ability to keep reservoirs full and residents are being urged to cut down on watering and sprinkling. (File photo)
Shuswap fires getting smaller or being held as of Thursday evening, July 8, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service image)

Spot wildfires in the Shuswap getting smaller or holding steady

B.C. Wildfire Service reports biggest fire, near White Lake, under control

Shuswap fires getting smaller or being held as of Thursday evening, July 8, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service image)
Salmon Arm resident raises concerns about one of Salmon Arm’s Rotary club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser, in the wake of unmarked graves of Indigenous children recently being confirmed at Kamloops Indian Residential School and others. (File photo)

Salmon Arm resident calls Rotary Club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser ‘extremely disrespectful’

Noon club said decision to proceed with fundraiser after residential school news was well-considered

Salmon Arm resident raises concerns about one of Salmon Arm’s Rotary club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser, in the wake of unmarked graves of Indigenous children recently being confirmed at Kamloops Indian Residential School and others. (File photo)
Several fires burning in the Shuswap on the morning of July 8, with lightning suspected to have sparked some overnight July 7/July 8. (Wildfire BC image)

Several new ‘spot-sized’ fires sparked overnight in Shuswap

Largest, at 0.25 hectares, east of Blind Bay and White Lake at Cedar Creek

Several fires burning in the Shuswap on the morning of July 8, with lightning suspected to have sparked some overnight July 7/July 8. (Wildfire BC image)
Downtown Salmon Arm has expanded its BuskStop busker program this year, with 13 locations authorized for busking. (Downtown Salmon Arm image)

Buskers to get busy in 13 locations in Salmon Arm’s downtown

Downtown Salmon Arm expands its BuskStop repertoire in 2021

Downtown Salmon Arm has expanded its BuskStop busker program this year, with 13 locations authorized for busking. (Downtown Salmon Arm image)
Salmon Arm firefighters investigate source of smoke at a duplex in the 700 block of First Avenue SE about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters investigate source of smoke at residence on First Avenue SE

Traffic blocked from road between 7th and 10th Street SE, near Okanagan Avenue

Salmon Arm firefighters investigate source of smoke at a duplex in the 700 block of First Avenue SE about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)