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One person died as the result of a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Salmon River Road on Saturday night, Oct. 15. (File photo)

Speed suspected cause of fatal motorcycle crash: Salmon Arm RCMP

One person died at scene of single vehicle crash in 300 block of Salmon River Road

One person died as the result of a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Salmon River Road on Saturday night, Oct. 15. (File photo)
A house fire could be seen throughout Penticton Sunday, Oct. 16. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

No one injured after fire rips through Penticton home

The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation

A house fire could be seen throughout Penticton Sunday, Oct. 16. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has been named an associate minister in Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre’s shadow cabinet. (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP named to shadow cabinet

Mel Arnold is associate shadow minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has been named an associate minister in Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre’s shadow cabinet. (File photo)
Salmon Arm city councillor Chad Eliason receives many accolades from fellow council members at his last council meeting Oct. 11 before the municipal election on Oct. 15, 2022. (File photo)

Salmon Arm councillor receives heartfelt appreciations after 17 years on council

Chad Eliason recognized by fellow council members at his last meeting before Oct. 15 election

Salmon Arm city councillor Chad Eliason receives many accolades from fellow council members at his last council meeting Oct. 11 before the municipal election on Oct. 15, 2022. (File photo)
The Freyer brothers of Kamloops were found dead on a remote road in Naramata in May 2021. Wade Cudmore is going to trial, charged with their murders. (File photo)

Penticton man heads to trial for 1st degree murders of Kamloops brothers

Wade Cudmore is charged with first degree murder in the May 2021 killings

The Freyer brothers of Kamloops were found dead on a remote road in Naramata in May 2021. Wade Cudmore is going to trial, charged with their murders. (File photo)
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)

Chilliwack school board hopeful suing fellow candidate for calling her ‘a striptease artist’

Carin Bondar says the comment made during a Zoom meeting amounts to defamation

Still from a 2014 video by science educator Carin Bondar who is running in the 2022 Chilliwack school board election. In the video, Bondar talks about evolution through a parody video of Miley Cyrus’s song, Wrecking Ball. (YouTube)
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Parents killed, 2 kids survive head-on crash during move from Surrey to Shuswap

Martel family was going to settle in the Salmon Arm area when tragedy struck

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An RCMP air services pilot, along with a police dog and its handler, helped resolve a mental health incident in the Shuswap on Thanksgiving weekend. One woman was arrested under the Mental Health Act. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison)

RCMP pilot, dog services help end Shuswap incident involving pregnant woman

Woman arrested near Sicamous after police alerted she had taken family member vehicle from Alberta

An RCMP air services pilot, along with a police dog and its handler, helped resolve a mental health incident in the Shuswap on Thanksgiving weekend. One woman was arrested under the Mental Health Act. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison)
A Keremeos winery is selling a very special wine called Olivia the Brave to honour their niece who passed away two years ago this month. (Corcelettes Estate Winery)

Keremeos winery crafts special wine ‘Olivia the Brave’ in memory of niece

Corcelettes Estate Winery donating 100% from every bottle to Brandon Regional Health Foundation

A Keremeos winery is selling a very special wine called Olivia the Brave to honour their niece who passed away two years ago this month. (Corcelettes Estate Winery)
The man who murdered Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth in the United Kingdom on Feb. 1, 2022 has been handed a life sentence. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)

Life sentence for British man who killed Vernon woman

Jack Sepple admitted killing Ashley Wadsworth in his home; must serve at least 23 years

The man who murdered Vernon’s Ashley Wadsworth in the United Kingdom on Feb. 1, 2022 has been handed a life sentence. (Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook photo)
Candidates for city councillor attended the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum on Oct. 4. From left to right, starting at top of photo, they are, in alphabetical order: Daniel Bardy, incumbent Debbie Cannon, Brian Fletcher, incumbent Kevin Flynn, David Gonella, Deb Haukedal, Robert Johnson, incumbent Tim Lavery, incumbent Sylvia Lindgren, incumbent Louise Wallace Richmond and Kristine Wickner. (Salmon Arm Observer image)

Salmon Arm council hopefuls share views on housing, vaccine mandates and more

Candidates were provided time to introduce themselves and answer questions from the community

Candidates for city councillor attended the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum on Oct. 4. From left to right, starting at top of photo, they are, in alphabetical order: Daniel Bardy, incumbent Debbie Cannon, Brian Fletcher, incumbent Kevin Flynn, David Gonella, Deb Haukedal, Robert Johnson, incumbent Tim Lavery, incumbent Sylvia Lindgren, incumbent Louise Wallace Richmond and Kristine Wickner. (Salmon Arm Observer image)
The owners of property at 2794 25th St. NE. in Salmon Arm requested at the city’s Oct. 3 planning and development services meeting a development permit variance allowing a tripling of the height permitted for a retaining wall and fence due to steep terrain. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Request to triple height of retaining wall in Salmon Arm gets initial approval

Wall and fence would go from 2 to 6.9 metres on 25th Street NE property

The owners of property at 2794 25th St. NE. in Salmon Arm requested at the city’s Oct. 3 planning and development services meeting a development permit variance allowing a tripling of the height permitted for a retaining wall and fence due to steep terrain. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Along with their audience, Sicamous mayoral candidates Colleen Anderson, Brenda Dalzell, Larry Emery and Mike Sheehan listen as incumbent Terry Rysz responds to a question during a forum hosted by the Sicamous chamber at the Sicamous Seniors Centre on Wednesday night, Oct. 4, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Eagle Valley News)

Sicamous mayor’s debate provides insight into workings of council, sour relations with CSRD

Five mayoral candidates focus on the questions during forum hosted by chamber

Along with their audience, Sicamous mayoral candidates Colleen Anderson, Brenda Dalzell, Larry Emery and Mike Sheehan listen as incumbent Terry Rysz responds to a question during a forum hosted by the Sicamous chamber at the Sicamous Seniors Centre on Wednesday night, Oct. 4, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Eagle Valley News)
Friends Abreast team members Janet Ferns, Melanie Gotell, Angie Trenholm and Barb Puetz prepare to hand out pink carnations on Oct. 1 at the Mall at Piccadilly for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder to book a mammogram. (Contributed)

Carnations serve as reminder in Salmon Arm to get a mammogram

Members of Friends Abreast dragonboat team, made up of survivors and supporters, hand out carnations

Friends Abreast team members Janet Ferns, Melanie Gotell, Angie Trenholm and Barb Puetz prepare to hand out pink carnations on Oct. 1 at the Mall at Piccadilly for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder to book a mammogram. (Contributed)
Josh Ciocco played in the B.C. Hockey League with four teams, including the Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks, in the early 2000s. His death at age 38 was announced by Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Ciocco had been an assistant coach with the Warriors for the past five seasons. (@VernonVipers photo)

Vernon Vipers, Salmon Arm Silverbacks alum dies at 38

Josh Ciocco had been an assistant coach the past five years with Merrimack College in Massachusetts

Josh Ciocco played in the B.C. Hockey League with four teams, including the Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks, in the early 2000s. His death at age 38 was announced by Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Ciocco had been an assistant coach with the Warriors for the past five seasons. (@VernonVipers photo)
Thirty-six child care spaces at Shuswap Day Care are now part of the B.C. government’s $10-a-day program. (Lachlan Labere–Salmon Arm Observer)

$10-a-day child-care program comes to Salmon Arm day care

Additional funding to reduce cost of child care expected in December

Thirty-six child care spaces at Shuswap Day Care are now part of the B.C. government’s $10-a-day program. (Lachlan Labere–Salmon Arm Observer)
B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson waits as a polling station worker checks a list before being sent to a different ballot box to cast his vote for the provincial election in Vancouver on Saturday, October 24, 2020. British Columbia’s Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report that recommends the creation of six new electoral districts, which would bring the total number of seats in the legislature to 93. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Okanagan adjustments proposed for B.C. electoral ridings

Growing regions prompt need for new Kelowna-Centre, moving areas in Vernon, Salmon Arm, Peachland

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson waits as a polling station worker checks a list before being sent to a different ballot box to cast his vote for the provincial election in Vancouver on Saturday, October 24, 2020. British Columbia’s Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report that recommends the creation of six new electoral districts, which would bring the total number of seats in the legislature to 93. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Shuswap Climate Action wants severe weather and climate impacts considered in the 2022 municipal election so has posted candidate answers to four climate questions on its website. (File photo)

Shuswap Climate Action asks municipal candidates questions on climate

Group says local governments have large role to play so climate should be election issue

Shuswap Climate Action wants severe weather and climate impacts considered in the 2022 municipal election so has posted candidate answers to four climate questions on its website. (File photo)
Erica Seymour and her son Logan Christian performed an Honour Song outside the Salmon Arm Arts Centre for all the Indigenous children lost and for the ones still here on Sept. 30, 2022, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Get to know each other:’ People in Salmon Arm given road map to truth and reconciliation

Gathering for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation emphasizes importance of 94 Calls to Action

Erica Seymour and her son Logan Christian performed an Honour Song outside the Salmon Arm Arts Centre for all the Indigenous children lost and for the ones still here on Sept. 30, 2022, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)