Kieran Shaw tries to free himself from the sand at the Sicamous Beach Park after being buried up to his chest on Thursday, Aug. 16 (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Kieran Shaw tries to free himself from the sand at the Sicamous Beach Park after being buried up to his chest on Thursday, Aug. 16 (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Year in Review: August 2018 from the pages of the Eagle Valley News

Looking back at what made headlines in 2018 from the pages of the Eagle Valley News.

Here’s a glimpse from August 2018:

• The local marine search and rescue officials hope to turn Sicamous into a hub for training commercial and emergency social services boat operators.

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) station #106 personnel plan to construct a boathouse with a training centre for the local RCMSAR members and open training to members of other organizations and the public.

• Stolen jewelry worth approximately $73,000, which was recovered during a traffic stop in Malakwa, has been returned to its Chilliwack owners, and the thieves have been deported. The three people in the rental vehicle were not Canadian citizens and carried no passports or valid driver’s licences.

A concession stand that will see all-season use will be installed at the Sicamous Beach Park soon.

The manufactured structure will be purchased by the District with an $80,000 contribution from the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club.

Shuswap Lake is B.C.s best for boaters. In a poll conducted by Boating BC, Shuswap Lake was voted the best boating destination in B.C. for 2018, netting 30 per cent of the votes, beating out Heriot Bay on Quadra Island which finished second with 19 per cent of the vote.

It was a turning point of the First World War, a short but intense battle in early August 1918 that marked the beginning of the end for the German Empire.

Delegates from those warring nations will be marking the 100th anniversary of the battle of Amiens in France beginning on Aug. 8, 2018. Among them will be Rob Sutherland, the station leader of the Shuswap Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station.

Sutherland, who is veteran of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and who has a family connection to the PPCLI’s First World War activities, will participate in an official anniversary ceremony commemorating the battle where more than 1,200 Canadians were killed or wounded in only four days of fighting.

• The loved ones of a New Zealand women who died after jumping from the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous are raising funds to ease the financial burden of funeral expenses and returning her body home.

New Zealand media has identified the deceased woman as 23-year-old Danni Hogan.

Hogan was one of four people who jumped from the 20-metre high bridge into the Sicamous channel.

• The plan for a community wellness centre in Sicamous that would concentrate necessary medical care into a single building on Main Street is beginning to take shape.

In its application to the province for $100,000 in funding, the District of Sicamous states the building to be designed could house up to four doctors, one nurse practitioner, one physiotherapist, one chiropractor and one optometrist.

At the annual Swansea Point community barbecue, the Swansea Point Fire Department and Community Association honoured Don Herrmann for his 25 years of dedication and service. Herrman has served as a firefighter and captain in the department. He received his 25-year service pin, certificates of appreciation from the fire department and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and from the Office of the Fire Commissioner,a 25 year service medal.

•A team of Sicamous firefighters has been deployed elsewhere in the province where wildfires threaten homes and properties.

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino received a request Aug. 23 to send the district fire department’s Structural Protection Unit north of Pemberton where the Grouse Creek Wildfire has reached an estimated 848 hectares. The Sicamous SPU team consists of Ogino, Chris Wilson, Peterson Bailey, Jason Reid and Joe McCulloch.

• Madison DeWitt of Sicamous was a member of the winning team at the U16A Canadian Fastpitch Championship in Winnipeg last week. DeWitt plays for the White Rock Renegades 02. Along with the honour of playing for a national championship team, DeWitt was named pitcher of the tournament.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Ron Flockhart and sister, LaVerne—who’s holding her grandson, Conner—at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre for the unveiling of the sign honouring Rob Flockhart on June 6, 2021. (Contributed)
New sign honours the late Rob Flockhart at Sicamous and District Recreation Centre

The sign was unveiled on June 6 to a small group of Flockhart’s family members

Effective Aug. 1, 2021, Donna Kriger will be the superintendent of schools for School District 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap. (Photo contributed)
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District hires new superintendent

Candidate from Saskatchewan to hop to the helm on Aug. 1, 2021

Erin Jackson, the city’s director of corporate services, was appointed acting chief administrative officer for the City of Salmon Arm on June 15, 2021. (Photo contributed)
City of Salmon Arm appoints acting chief administrative officer

Heads of two city department to temporarily fill empty CAO position

The old Dirty Dirt Farm Co-op sign now hangs in the forest behind one of the cabins. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Column: The saga of the Dirty Dirt Farm Co-op

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

Brook Kosick competes in the barrel racing event at a BC High School Rodeo Association rodeo in Quesnel, which was held from June 11-13, 2021. (Cassidy Dankochik - Black Press)
VIDEO: 14-year-old Salmon Arm rodeo athlete Brook Kosick competes at provincial level

Quesnel rodeo on June 11-13 was first of season for Kosick, who said it meant everything to be back

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

This photo of the small wildfire burning above Naramata was taken at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 (Monique Tamminga Western News)
BC Wildfire on scene of small wildfire above Naramata

Smoke has been showing since earlier in the day

Students in the Grade 10 entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School have completed a cookbook with international recipes. (Contributed)
Summerland students create virtual international cookbook

Entrepreneurship program at Summerland Unisus School uses virtual cookbook as fundraiser

More flames
Lake Country home destroyed in large blaze, 11 dogs rescued

Fire crews are responding to 10839 Hallam Drive

(Facebook/Kelowna Cabs)
Kelowna Cabs reaches tentative agreement with dispatchers union

The tentative agreement could help end the dispute between the taxi company and the dispatchers

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Most Read