Martha Wickett

Friends Abreast Dragon Boat Team member Margaret Hinchliff presents John Nocon, general manager of Mount Ida Mews long-term care facility, with a bunch of carnations for breast cancer awareness, each flower with a card attached reminding women to get their annual mammogram. Team members went to several places in Salmon Arm in order to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. (Contributed)

Carnation campaign in Salmon Arm tries new tactic under COVID

Dragon boat team takes gratitude and breast cancer prevention message to long-term care facilities

Friends Abreast Dragon Boat Team member Margaret Hinchliff presents John Nocon, general manager of Mount Ida Mews long-term care facility, with a bunch of carnations for breast cancer awareness, each flower with a card attached reminding women to get their annual mammogram. Team members went to several places in Salmon Arm in order to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. (Contributed)
Marine Peace Park and Shuswap Lake will once again be the site of the Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival when it returns to Salmon Arm in June 2022. (File photo)

Dragon boats to ply the waters of Shuswap Lake in June as festival returns

Marine Peace Park to be site of 2022 dragon boat festival, previous two cancelled by COVID-19

Marine Peace Park and Shuswap Lake will once again be the site of the Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival when it returns to Salmon Arm in June 2022. (File photo)
Police were at the scene of a collision on Highway 1 at the intersection with the frontage road in front of Braby Motors west of 10th Street SW on Thursday morning, Nov. 4. Traffic was moving in both directions by 10 a.m. No word on cause or possible injuries. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Traffic on Highway 1 in Salmon Arm delayed Thursday morning due to collision

Two vehicles left the scene Nov. 4 via tow truck, no word on cause or injuries

Police were at the scene of a collision on Highway 1 at the intersection with the frontage road in front of Braby Motors west of 10th Street SW on Thursday morning, Nov. 4. Traffic was moving in both directions by 10 a.m. No word on cause or possible injuries. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Dancers enjoy a barn dance in Alaska in 2019. In Salmon Arm, after delays connected to the pandemic, a two-night Winter Festival Barn Dance is set for Nov. 26 and 27 at the fairgrounds, subject to provincial health orders. (Michael Penn-Black Press)

Winter Festival Barn Dance in Salmon Arm set for two nights at end of November

Dance to be held in Cow Barn at fairgrounds, live music and DJ, subject to provincial health orders

Dancers enjoy a barn dance in Alaska in 2019. In Salmon Arm, after delays connected to the pandemic, a two-night Winter Festival Barn Dance is set for Nov. 26 and 27 at the fairgrounds, subject to provincial health orders. (Michael Penn-Black Press)
A city map shows proposed changes to facilitate Auto Road Connector which include closing steep, winding Shoemaker Hill on 10th Avenue SE and connecting Auto Road to 14th Avenue SE. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Design for Auto Road Connector in Salmon Arm to include closing Shoemaker Hill

City hasn’t acquired all land needed yet, detailed design to help with financial planning

A city map shows proposed changes to facilitate Auto Road Connector which include closing steep, winding Shoemaker Hill on 10th Avenue SE and connecting Auto Road to 14th Avenue SE. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Blane Ready, holding a container of recyclable lightbulbs, is concerned about the current state of not having a place in Salmon Arm to recycle bulbs, especially those that are particularly harmful if they end up in the landfill. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Problem recycling light bulbs in Salmon Arm part of bigger issue

Regional district rep agrees consumers have paid environmental fee so shouldn’t have to fund program

Blane Ready, holding a container of recyclable lightbulbs, is concerned about the current state of not having a place in Salmon Arm to recycle bulbs, especially those that are particularly harmful if they end up in the landfill. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Members of the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan campus seniors boys team, which took first place in the Okanagan Valley High School Cross-Country Championships in Summerland Oct. 26, include: Sam Calkins, Eric Moore, Frankie Ayotte, Diego Gracia, Simon Bakker and Jacob Hepburn. (Contributed)

Cross-country runners from Salmon Arm schools speed to spectacular season

Four Salmon Arm Secondary teams, two individuals from Shuswap Middle School off to Provincials

Members of the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan campus seniors boys team, which took first place in the Okanagan Valley High School Cross-Country Championships in Summerland Oct. 26, include: Sam Calkins, Eric Moore, Frankie Ayotte, Diego Gracia, Simon Bakker and Jacob Hepburn. (Contributed)
Ivan Gracia Rivera stands in his Cantina Vallarta restaurant in Salmon Arm where there are offerings for Day of the Dead, a tradition he grew up with in Mexico that celebrates and remembers those who have died. (Photo contributed)

Mexico-raised Salmon Arm resident speaks of keeping those who have died close

Day of the Dead celebrates and remembers people who have passed away

Ivan Gracia Rivera stands in his Cantina Vallarta restaurant in Salmon Arm where there are offerings for Day of the Dead, a tradition he grew up with in Mexico that celebrates and remembers those who have died. (Photo contributed)
BC Supreme Court rules on Oct. 8, 2021 that three men can be extradited to U.S. to face charges in connection with an alleged 2006 cannabis smuggling operation from the Okanagan-Shuswap to California. (File photo)

Extradition ordered in alleged Okanagan-Shuswap cannabis smuggling via hollow logs

Three men to be extradited to U.S. in connection with trafficking charges involving B.C., California

BC Supreme Court rules on Oct. 8, 2021 that three men can be extradited to U.S. to face charges in connection with an alleged 2006 cannabis smuggling operation from the Okanagan-Shuswap to California. (File photo)
Highway 1 reopened in both directions about 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive due to a motor vehicle incident. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after motor vehicle incident cleared east of Canoe

Trans-Canada Highway was closed just before 11 a.m. at intersection with Canoe Beach Drive

Highway 1 reopened in both directions about 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive due to a motor vehicle incident. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm firefighters were able to quickly extinguish flames in a grassy area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW on Oct. 25, one of several fires the fire department has responded to since temperatures cooled. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Camps where people living rough spark fires in Salmon Arm recently

Fire chief says last one different because more bicycles than usual discovered

Salmon Arm firefighters were able to quickly extinguish flames in a grassy area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW on Oct. 25, one of several fires the fire department has responded to since temperatures cooled. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A cement truck rolled over on Highway 1 near White Lake Thursday, Oct. 28 about 7:45 a.m. BC Highway Patrol is requesting help from any witnesses. (Twitter image)

Police request witnesses after cement truck rolls on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm

BC Highway Patrol would like to speak to occupants of white SUV that was in vicinity

A cement truck rolled over on Highway 1 near White Lake Thursday, Oct. 28 about 7:45 a.m. BC Highway Patrol is requesting help from any witnesses. (Twitter image)
Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)

Shuswap woman attracts provincial attention with her lone pro-COVID-19-vaccine sign

Counter-protest at B.C. legislature noticed by media, mentioned by provincial health officer

Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm council has asked staff to prepare a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for council and staff to be considered at a special council meeting on Nov.15. (File photo)

Council to consider mandatory vaccine policy for Salmon Arm council, staff on Nov. 15

City council asks staff to create COVID-19 policy which will likely come into effect in January

Salmon Arm council has asked staff to prepare a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for council and staff to be considered at a special council meeting on Nov.15. (File photo)
Colouring pages, crosswords and bingo will be some of the printable activities used in the six-week Secwépemc language course being offered by the Thompson Nicola Regional District. (File photo)

Residents offered chance to learn the Secwépemc language

Six-week course from Thompson Okanagan Regional District allows learning at home, own pace

Colouring pages, crosswords and bingo will be some of the printable activities used in the six-week Secwépemc language course being offered by the Thompson Nicola Regional District. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)

First Nations consultation the first step in request for orange crosswalk in Salmon Arm

Petition asks for Orange Crosswalk for Truth and Reconciliation to honour children, instill healing

Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)
A memorial for the five victims of July’s fatal crane collapse in Kelowna stands in front of the Bernard Block construction site as two new tower cranes are assembled at the site on Oct. 26, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Friend of Salmon Arm victim in Kelowna crane collapse urges pause on construction

Petition launched as two new cranes are assembled

A memorial for the five victims of July’s fatal crane collapse in Kelowna stands in front of the Bernard Block construction site as two new tower cranes are assembled at the site on Oct. 26, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The Ross Street Plaza and its mosaic backdrop has been a popular place for entertainers and speakers to gather. During the winter of 2020, the City of Salmon Arm fenced off the plaza to prevent people from camping there. This winter, Downtown Salmon Arm has instead proposed a large snowflake light installation be put up to brighten the area as well as discouraging campers. (File photo)

New light installation in downtown Salmon Arm might deter campers

Downtown Salmon Arm, city council hopeful lighting will discourage campers at Ross Street Plaza

The Ross Street Plaza and its mosaic backdrop has been a popular place for entertainers and speakers to gather. During the winter of 2020, the City of Salmon Arm fenced off the plaza to prevent people from camping there. This winter, Downtown Salmon Arm has instead proposed a large snowflake light installation be put up to brighten the area as well as discouraging campers. (File photo)
Salmon Arm firefighters were able to extinguish flames in a grassy and treed area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW, despite strong winds, about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters called to grass fire near 10th Avenue SW

Amidst gusty winds, fire crews extinguish flames in area behind Fountain Tire

Salmon Arm firefighters were able to extinguish flames in a grassy and treed area near the 1300 block of 10th Avenue SW, despite strong winds, about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Work began in April 2021 on the Trans-Canada Highway downtown corridor project intended to improve safety and traffic flow, which saw the traffic light at Ross Street relocated to Fourth Street NE. (File photo)

Resident recommends yellow paint for Ross Street intersection with Highway 1

Drivers’ confusion and dangerous turns could easily be remedied, says observer

Work began in April 2021 on the Trans-Canada Highway downtown corridor project intended to improve safety and traffic flow, which saw the traffic light at Ross Street relocated to Fourth Street NE. (File photo)