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Year in review: What made the headlines in 2014

The Salmon Arm Observer takes a month-by-month look at the news for our community in 2014.

  • Dec. 31, 2014 6:00 a.m.

January

• Interior Health welcomed Evan Martin as their New Year’s baby at 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 1. Parents Lyndsey and Allan happily greeted their new addition in the very same room where Allan was born 38-years ago. Weighing in at 6 lbs and 4 oz, Evan was born 10 days before his expected due date.

• A fire destroyed a vacant home on Campbell Road in Silver Creek on New Year’s Eve. The blaze was considered suspicious and RCMP launched an investigation into the cause. The previous owner of the home noted that she had previously used an open flame to assist her in seeing while visiting the house.

• A snowmobiler from Drayton Valley, Alta, was rescued by 10 members of Shuswap Search and Rescue. The snowmobiler, who was found near Owl’s Head Trail, wound up flying off his vehicle and slamming into a tree. He sustained rib injuries.

• Salmon Arm was nominated for Kraft Hockeyville 2014. To take home the title, Salmon Arm residents must show that they are the community that has the most passion for hockey. To do so, they must upload videos, photos and stories to Kraft Hockeyville’s website in an attempt to grab the judges’ attention and prove they deserved the title.

• Salmon Arm lost $18,000 in taxes when the regional district completed a land transfer deal in regards to the new Columbia Shuswap Regional District office that is to be built on Harbourfront Drive. The agreement, drawn up by CSRD and MMH Developments ltd., initially scheduled the land purchase for January, but changes were made once they discovered that in order to receive the Local Government Property Tax Exemption, the transfer needed to be completed by the end of December. Mayor Nancy Cooper was upset at the speed-up of the transfer and noted the property should be used by commercial properties rather than government offices.

• Council gets the go-ahead to proceed with a 10-year lease agreement related to the potential construction of a Ross Street underpass. The agreement consists of leasing two lots on Ross Street to the city which will be used for parking and will also serve as a staging area for the possible construction of the underpass. The Committee for a Strong and Sustainable Salmon Arm attempted to garner enough support to prevent the lease agreement from happening, but their petition fell short.

• The 30th annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet saw 499 participants race through the snow at Larch Hills. Vic Emery, 80-year old gold-medal Olympian joined the race this year as the one of the oldest participants.

• Barry Dearing, former principal of South Broadview Elementary, died from cancer. Dearing, 57, spent 35 years of his life educating students and was known as a dedicated principal, teacher and basketball referee. He was the president of the local basketball referees association and was on the executive of the provincial British Columbia Basketball Officials Association.

February

• The RCMP arrested a man accused of the 2013 theft and arson at Pedro Gonzalez Fruit and Garden. Adam Schultz, 38, was a former employee of the store.

• Corey Paiement, the city’s corporate officer, moved on to work in Spallumcheen, first as a deputy chief administrative officer and then chief administrative officer with the town.

• Local resident Kathleen Seeley was thrilled to strike an item off her bucket-list as she reached the summit of Mr. Kilimanjaro. The trek took her eight days and it gave Seeley a chance to push herself out of her comfort zone and learn about the people and wildlife of Africa.

• The Roots and Blues Festival welcomed Peter North as their new artistic director. North brings 30 years of experience with the music scene to the role.

• A family of five lost their Tappen home after it was engulfed in flames. The family was out of the house at the time of the fire, which took firefighters eight hours to extinguish.

• Coun Denise Reimer, a paramedic, headed to the Philippines for two weeks to assist people who had been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Making the journey with Canadian Medical Assistance Teams and Clarion Global Response. Reimer was part of a team of five who faced the heartbreaking conditions created by the disaster and to help more than 100 patients each day.

• Salmon Arm equestrian Rebecca Howard was named the Canadian Equestrian of the Year at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala. Her horse, Riddle Master, earned the Canadian-Bred Horse of the Year.

• Sicamous Eagles defenceman Darien Head was chosen to take place in the reality television series Hit the Ice after he played for Team BC at the 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. Head, 17, took part in a training program in Quebec, which consisted of fitness testing, white water rafting, and go-carting.

• A total of 250 participants braved the chilly weather to raise funds during the third annual Coldest Night of the Year Walk. Over $40,000 was raised for the Salvation Army and Harvest Food Bank.

March

• Salmon Arm council pondered where to locate medical marijuana grow operations. New regulations introduced by Health Canada will consolidate existing grow operations in private residences into larger, secured facilities, with the intent that this will make them easier to monitor and regulate. RCMP Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane said that due to safety concerns, he would favour placement of medical marijuana grow-ops in industrial areas over agriculture areas.

• The Mother Goose program shuts down due to funding limitations.

• The B.C. government changed municipal elections from three-year to four-year terms. Salmon Arm council had mixed reactions on the change. Mayor Nancy Cooper said she thinks a four-year term would allow for more time to complete projects.

• Jeremy Daniel Webster, 31, was charged with attempted murder after he stabbed his co-worker at their rented unit at Super Self Storage. The victim’s injuries were critical and he was transferred to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

• Salmon Arm was awarded $50,000 in arena upgrades after placing fourth overall in Kraft Hockeyville, with 847,193 votes. The city was beaten out by Sylvan Lake, Alta, Kingston, N.S. and Central Bedeque, P.E.I.

• Safety concerns mount in regard to the Trans-Canada Highway near the Tappen Co-op. ICBC reported that 33 crashes had happened in the area between 2008 and 2012. After being one of many residents to encounter a close call there, Kenneth Plunet took action by writing letters to every government organization he could think of to prompt action and upgrades to the dangerous stretch of highway.

• Colin Martin, convicted Malakwa drug dealer, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Martin, his common-law spouse Jennifer Cahill, and co-accused Jason Airey were all arrested in 2010 after the police raided their Malakwa home. Officers uncovered a bunker containing approximately 3,000 marijuana plants.

• Members of the Adams Lake Indian Band got the federal go-ahead on a 49-year lease with the Berezan Group. The group will build and operate a gaming centre in the site of the former GM dealership. It will cover 26,000 square feet and will contain 100 slot machines and bingo tables.

April

• Salmon Arm makes number seven in MoneySense Magazine’s list for the Top-10 Canadian Cities to Retire. Salmon Arm scored top marks in three categories: the climate, access to health care, and low crime rate.

• The community stepped up to support four-year-old Megan Leverrier, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. A variety of fundraisers were put on by various groups and people throughout the community, including the RCMP.

• Two mudslides blocked access to Eagle Bay Road and cut power to several residents. Approximately 20 trees and 30 cubic metres of mud came down during the second slide and covered roughly 100 feet of the roadway. The mud was approximately one foot deep.

• The Salmon Arm Novice Silver Speedsters hockey team won a contest sponsored by the Canucks Centre for BC Hockey that gave them the opportunity to head to Vancouver to attend a Canucks game. The team also got to feel what it was like to play in an NHL sized arena when they hit the ice during intermission to play a mini three-minute game.

• Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield spoke to Holly Kallie’s grade 4/5 class at Salmon Arm West elementary school via Skype. Hadfield was able to answer all of the questions the students had and helped them broaden their understanding of the universe.

• Two Sunnybrae couples were evacuated from their homes near McIntyre Creek after a mudslide. An increase of rainfall and debris flowing into the creek, combined with the recently melted snow, was a factor in the incident.

• Fifty students from Ranchero and Salmon Arm West got the chance to perform at three elementary schools with popular band Shred Kelly. The students played bass, keyboard and did vocal ensembles. The performances were part of the artist engagement program created by music teacher Brook Roberts, who wanted to give students an opportunity to be mentored by musicians whose music had relevance and meaning to them.

May

• Pascal the cat, owned by Twyla Stone, got his 15 minutes of fame after being featured playing a game of peek-a-boo on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

• Accused of being the head of a drug-smuggling ring, Shuswap resident Colin Martin will be extradited to the United Stated to stand trial on conspiracy charges.

• The British Columbia Teachers Federation began one-day rotating strikes across the province, advocating for more support, smaller class sizes and a wage increase. The provincial government responded by issuing a partial lockout.

• Bikers hit the trail for the 14th annual Salty Dog Enduro on Sunday, May 11. Some 75 local racers took part in the adult races, and more than 700 cyclists from across the globe came to ride in the six-hour race.

• Parking at the Hudson Avenue lot changed from free to paid, resulting in overcrowding in the Inner Core lot.

• Salmon Arm’s Michael Worobey, who is now a professor at the University of Arizona, made a breakthrough in discovering what caused the 1918 influenza pandemic. Backed by a team of researchers, Worobey found that because of mismatched properties of different strains of influenza, people lacked immunity to the strain that caused the pandemic.

June

• Students of Salmon Arm Secondary stage their own protests of the ongoing teachers dispute. Sullivan campus students walked out of classes for one day, saying they are not taking sides, they just want the dispute to come to an end. Students at Jackson campus headed to the streets to protest on June 4.

• Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Phedra Moon Morris left for Afghanistan for a year-long mission to head an international development team, whose main focus is on community-based education, maternity and newborn care s well as human rights for women and girls.

• A new remote control racetrack opens in Salmon Arm. The track, which is owned by Gord Erickson and Paul Downie, is located behind the Salmon Arm Water Slides and RV Park. The track is 120 feet by 60 feet, has 10 turns and a 100-foot straightaway.

• Five local ballet dancers make strides in their dancing careers. Just for Kicks students Kieran Allaway and Aria Izik-Dzurko were accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer intensive program and Jose Weightman was admitted to the Joffrey Ballet summer school in New York.

The Shuswap Dance Center also sent two students, Chantel Jeffrey and Joshua Williams to Royal Winnipeg’s summer school.

• School District #83 trustees reviewed reducing their number of trustees from nine to seven, but ultimately decided to keep all of their members. Cutting two trustees would have saved the district $25,000 a year, but the board decided that the cost was worth it in order to allow school representatives to retain a democratic voice in the process.

• A 20-year-old Salmon Arm woman was hospitalized after being accidentally shot while camping on Mt. Ida. The woman was located on a remote area of the mountain, and when police and ambulance arrived on scene they found she had been shot in the back. Her injuries were non life-threatening.

• Williams Lake resident Jeremy Wayne Davis, 24, and 27-year-old Mission resident Jordan Larry Barnes were arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Sorrento’s Nicholas Larsen in 2011. It was determined that Larsen, 24, was shot while travelling in a friend’s vehicle in what appeared to be a targeted attack.

 

• A full-scale teachers’ strike begins. The BC Teachers Federation was requesting a wage increase of eight per cent over five years, but the BC Public School Employers Association was only offering 7.25 per cent.

 

July

• Local governments in the North Okanagan and Shuswap launched an urgent drive to save the CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong from being sold to private investors. A meeting was held at the CSRD office in order to strategize ways to preserve the line.

• In light of the approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, Rebecca Kneen and a group of friends and acquaintances staged a theatrical demonstration against all pipelines in British Columbia outside of MLA Greg Kyllo’s office.

• Enderby’s Starlight Drive-In Theatre was the scene of romance when Tony Thomson of Salmon Arm proposed to his girlfriend Stacy Lamont. Lamont popped the question on the large screen on July 2. He had been planning the proposal for several months as the couple re-lives their first date at the drive-in every year. Lamont, who was overcome with emotion, gave him a teary-eyed yes.

• The Mosaic tile project on Ross Street Plaza Stage was completed. Spearheaded by the Salmon Arm Art Gallery and made up of thousands of glass tiles put together with the help of many area residents. The colourful scene captures the essence of the Shuswap’s four seasons.

• Megan Leverrier, the four-year-old cancer patient, receives a liver transplant after travelling to Toronto to for the procedure. The little girl underwent surgery to remove her liver and receive a new liver in order to begin the healing process.

 

• Controversy mounted around Blind Bay Resort development plans. Owner Dan Baskill proposed adding a dock and 112 seasonal units on the shores of Blind Bay. Supporters believed that Baskill’s plans could encourage people who visit the area as tourists to move to the Shuswap permanently. Those who opposed Baskill’s plans voiced concerns over the environmental impact on the lake of the large number of additional units being proposed.

 

August

• A young man who grew up in Salmon Arm was paralyzed in a diving accident in New York State. Jake van Dongen, 25, dove out of a tree into a lake, cracked his head on a rock and broke his spine. Van Dongen was transported to Vancouver General Hospital and was paralyzed from the waist down. Fundraisers from across the Shuswap rallied together to raise funds to help cover Van Dongen’s medical expenses.

• A family cat has returned home after having a lengthy escapade. Indy, the DeMille’s family cat, took off into the forest three years ago, but just recently found his way back home. The DeMille’s were extremely pleased to have their furry friend back safe and sound.

• An unusual spike in foreign investment inquiries in Salmon Arm was another sign the local economy was improving in early August. Salmon Arm Economic Development Society manager Lana Fitt said economic development had responded to 31 investment inquiries this year, many of them from foreign investors.

• The fire danger was high but Salmon Arm escaped the wrath of several thunderstorms that circulated around the Southern Interior, sparking several fires.

• A fire at Dinoflex Aug. 8 burned a few rubber mats but little else, thanks to heat detectors and smoke alarms.

• In August, council gave three readings to a bylaw which, as of Jan 1, 2015, will increase the councillors’ remuneration from $15,000 to $21,660 and the mayor’s pay from $44,800 to $53,725.

• The city took possession of the $50,000 earned in the 2014 Kraft Canada Hockeyville challenge for coming in second place in the Western Canada bracket.

• In the third week of August, all the schools in School District #83 were expected to be behind picket lines in an effort to get the provincial government back to the bargaining table.

• A new resource was announced in Salmon Arm for people dealing with addictions. A grand opening was held at Foothills Centre for Change on Aug. 22 to introduce people to the new facility, its staff and the specialized addictions treatment programs it offers.

• The Salmon Arm Slammers slammed the competition at the Miele Provincial Team Tennis Championships in late August. Shirley Knorr, Loree Boyd, Cynthia Langford, Marietjie du Plessis and Marianne VanBuskirk won the Division 2 Ladies 3.5-4.0 provincial championships held at the Whistler Racquet Club in Whistler.

 

 

September

• A strike by B.C. teachers meant that schools were closed on what was supposed to be the first day of school.

School District #83 Superintendent Glenn Borthistle said it was the first time in his 25 years in the education system that a strike forced school closures on the first day back to class.

• Logan Scott, a 31-year-old man from Salmon Arm was arrested and faces charges of manslaughter and theft under $5,000 in connection with the November 2013 death of Armstrong mother Jillian McKinty, who was found dead in her Armstrong residence.

• The city of Salmon Arm reinstated its free fall yard waste collection program, which had been cut in previous years due to budget constraints.

• The Selkirks, a new regionally based swim team, began practising in the SASCU Recreation Centre Pool.

• Ralph Owens, 82, continued his love of soccer by playing the game regularly on Monday nights and mentoring countless referees.

• After taking another financial loss on the 2014 Roots and Blues Festival, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society told city council its finances were in a “desperate” position and said the society needs to raise $150,000 in order to continue to pay staff and rent and book bands for next year’s festival.

The society is planning a Save-the-Festival concert to help raise the needed funds.

• While it was a hard and expensive fire season in much of the province, the Salmon Arm Fire Zone remained largely unscathed. A lack of lightning in the area combined with periods of cooler temperatures and rain helped keep wildfire activity down.

• Attendance at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair was on an upswing, with 8,900 paid admissions at the gate, which was 375 more than the previous year. There were also more vendors than usual, with a total of 88 booths packed into the indoor arena. Attendance records were also broken at the Shooting Star midway.

• Olympian Rick Say was inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his stellar swimming career, where he competed for Canada in the Oylmpics in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He reached the finals in the 200-metre freestyle race in both the 2000 and 2004 events.

• Shuswap Idol was once again a popular event at the fair, with Shaugnessy Rose, 14,  winning the 18-and-under category and Jesse Johnson taking first place in the 19-and-over class.

• A tentative deal was reached between the government and the BCTF to end the province’s school strike. The deal was negotiated by veteran mediator Vince Ready. School opened for the first day on Sept. 22.

• John Bjornstrom, 54, formerly known as the Bushman of the Shuswap, decided to run for mayor in Williams Lake, where he now resides. Bjornstrom was arrested in 2001 in the Shuswap by members of the RCMP who posed as a documentary film crew. He was later sentenced to 23 months of house arrest after pleading guilty to charges, including breaking and entering.

• Doug Murray became the new president of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, which celebrated the purchase of $400,000 worth of new equipment for the hospital this year.

• More than 70 seniors from Salmon Arm took part in the BC Seniors Games and brought home 53 medals – 11 gold, 22 silver and 20 bronze.

• Three candidates announced their intention to run for mayor including Nancy Cooper, Marty Bootsma and Debbie Cannon. Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes said he considered running for the position, but decided he needed to finish his federal term, which runs until 2015.

• The Salmon Arm Silverbacks opened their regular season at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, earning four points by beating the Langley Rivermen and the Surrey Eagles.

October

• Cindy Derkaz announces she will run for the federal Liberal Party in the Okanagan-Shuswap riding in the 2015 federal election. Derkaz, who has lived in Salmon Arm for 55 years, is a lawyer by trade and is well-known for her former role as president of the Shuswap Community Foundation.

• Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes was making progress on his attempt to tighten up rules for inmates. Mayes’ private members bill would extend the parole ineligibility period for those convicted of abduction, heinous acts of sexual assault and murder, from the current 25 years to a maximum of 40 years. The idea is to prevent victims and their families from having to face parole hearings every two years.

• The City of Salmon Arm nabbed an Open for Business award at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. The $10,000 prize was likely going to be used towards supporting the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society’s Launch-A-Preneur program.

• The Salmon Arm Silverbacks lost their home-opener to Merritt, but bounced back with a 4-2 win in Trail the following day.

• Artists Melissa Nasby and Nikki Webber won a Top-10 honourable mention in a world-wide Dark Crystal character contest. Their creation, Nym, was crafted from needle-felted wool and created with a tiny barbed needle. The contest was sponsored by the world-famous Jim Henson Studios.

• Mel Arnold was selected to represent the federal Conservatives as their candidate for the 2015 elections after the current MP Colin Mayes announced his retirement from the post. Arnold beat out Vernon’s Scott Anderson, Janet Green of Lumby and Wayne Lippert of Vernon to win the nomination.

• The Shuswap Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report gave the region high marks when it came to arts and culture, which earned the report’s only A grade. The lowest grades were awarded in the sectors of Gap Between Rich and Poor and Getting Around, which were issued C- marks. The report noted wages for entry-level jobs were low, and food bank visits are on the increase, while transportation was also a concern, with respondents asking for better transit options.

• Salmon Arm Rotary Clubs and Askew’s partnered to create a healthy lunch program for kids at local schools. The project was spearheaded by Rotary member and mother Kari Wilkinson, after learning how many children were coming to school without lunch on a regular basis.

• The City of Salmon Arm received two awards in the annual Communities in Bloom competition. Salmon Arm earned a four blooms award, which specifically pointed out the Ross Street Plaza mosaic, and a Criteria award for tidiness.

• Salmon Arm Minor Hockey product Curtis Lazar was set to play his first NHL game for the Ottawa Senators, after being selected 17th overall in the 2013 draft. In pre-season games for the Senators, Lazar scored two goals.

• The Shuswap Environmental Action Society marked 25 years of service to environmental causes in the region with a celebration and the release of the book, Big Trees Saved and Other Feats – The Story of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society, written by author Deanna Kawatski.

• Bev Kauffeldt, a former Salmon Arm resident and daughter of MP Colin Mayes, was planning to return to Liberia with the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse to help train others in the fight against Ebola. Kauffeldt, who was evacuated from Liberia and had to spend 21 days in quarantine in an undisclosed location, said her faith in God empowered her to return and help those affected by the deadly outbreak.

• A total of 19 candidates made the decision to run for seats on Salmon Arm’s city council. Marty Bootsma, Debbie Cannon, Nancy Cooper and Ian Wickett were running for mayor, while there were 15 candidates for council, including three incumbents, Alan Harrison, Chad Eliason and Ken Jamieson. Three seats were vacant, due to Cannon’s mayoral bid combined with the fact that Couns. Denise Reimer and Marg Kentel decided not to run for re-election.

• CP rail pledged $1 million towards the construction of an underpass at Ross Street, even though that project has not been finalized. Mayor Nancy Cooper said she would be looking for a further financial commitment from the company.

• Angered by high gas prices at the pumps in Salmon Arm in comparison with neighbouring communities, citizens began to stage protests outside local gas stations. The action was initiated by Salmon Arm resident Ernie Schiel, who started his own one-man protest along the Trans-Canada Highway as a way of attracting attention to the price disparity. Price of a regular litre of gas in the city was at 137.9, while it was 125.9 in Enderby and Vernon and 112.9 in Kamloops.

• Four Salmon Arm women were safe after blizzards and avalanches hit the Annapurna region of Nepal, where the women were trekking. Doctors Maureen McTavish, Ruth Brighouse along with Joyce Johnson and Eileen McDonald were safe, as they were travelling on a different trail not near the worst of the weather.

• The weekend of Oct. 18 and 19 broke temperature records previously set in 1974. The thermometer reached 20.8 degrees on the Sunday and 19.6 on the Saturday. The previous records were 19.4 and 16.7 C.

• City council voted to top up their previous funding commitment to the  Roots and Blues Festival by $50,000 owing to the dire financial situation facing the festival. This brought the city’s funding total for 2015 to $95,000. The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society was also planning a benefit ‘Save the Festival’ concert to help boost funds.

• Members of the community were rallying to help the Sato family, whose 22-month old daughter Aumie was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

The family was struggling to cope, with mother Yuko staying at BC Children’s Hospital while father Toshi was looking after the couple’s other two daughters and trying to run their downtown restaurant, Sushi Kotan.

• MP Colin Mayes described his fear and prayers as he was contained in a House of Commons caucus meeting room during a shooting on Parliament Hill.

Mayes was back in the House of Commons the following day, saying the government would, “make a statement by continuing on with business.”

• The Shuswap Pie Company was filmed for an upcoming episode of the Food Network program You Gotta Eat Here! The episode will be aired in the new year.

November

• Salmon Arm RCMP Const. Micah Chan was found not guilty of a charge of dangerous driving in an incident that involved the death of Courtney Eggen of Cherryville in June 2013. Just before midnight, a white Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Eggen crashed into a parked dump truck in the Salmon Arm industrial park, killing her. Shortly after, a police cruiser driven by Const. Chan went off the road nearby, sliding backwards down an embankment. Chan was charged in December 2013 following an investigation by the police Independent Investigations Office, a civilian-led body that conducts investigations into police-involved incidents that result in death or serious harm. Judge Anne Wallace concluded from the evidence that Chan was not driving dangerously that night and acquitted him of the charge.

• Candidates for the upcoming civic election were kicking their campaigns into high gear with the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Salmon Arm hosting a lively all-candidates meeting.

• Owners of De Mille’s Farm Market were panning the Ministry of Transportation and Highways’ preliminary plans for the upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway at the Salmon River Bridge.

Brad and Roger DeMille expressed concern that the current plan, which features a dead-end frontage road, would have a dire impact on their business.

• The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will be hosting a benefit concert featuring The Powder Blues in an effort to raise funds to keep the festival operating. The concert and dance is planned for March 14, 2015.

• Remembrance Day drew larger than usual crowds in Salmon Arm following the deaths of two soldiers, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec.

• The Salmon Arm branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is facing cuts in both staff time and operating hours, as a previous report from the library found this branch was over-serviced compared with others in the system.

• A fire was deliberately set inside the concession stand at the wharf, causing some damage to the floor, but not harming the structural integrity of the wharf itself.

• Olympic swimmer Rick Say and Gord Mackintosh and Garry Osborne, Salmon Arm members of the 1972 Vernon Essos hockey team, were inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

• Nancy Cooper was re-elected mayor of Salmon Arm in a resounding victory, earning more than double the number of votes of her nearest competitor, Marty Bootsma. Cooper will be joined on council for a newly implemented four-year term by incumbents Alan Harrison, Ken Jamieson and Chad Eliason. Newcomers will be Tim Lavery, Kevin Flynn and Louise Wallace Richmond.

• In School District #83, longtime trustees Bobbi Johnson and Michel Saab were re-elected by wide margins.

• The man formerly known as the Bushman of the Shuswap didn’t achieve his goal of becoming mayor of Williams Lake. John Bjornstrom placed fourth out of the four mayoral candidates.

• The family of two-year-old Aumie Sato expressed gratitude for the generosity of Salmon Arm residents in donating funds to help with expenses for the toddler’s cancer treatment in Vancouver.

• The Salmon Arm bantam Chargers football team won the Interior Championship defeating the Kelowna Lions 45-7.

• RCMP Const. Micah Chan was honoured at the annual Police Honours Night in Victoria for rescuing a woman and her dog from Shuswap Lake after their canoe overturned. The incident took place in October 2011.

December

• The new council was sworn in during a special session in council chambers. Outgoing council members Denise Reimer, Debbie Cannon and Marg Kentel were recognized. Kentel was honoured for 21 years of service on city council.

• Glynis Sim claimed silver in the Canadian Cross Country running championships in Vancouver. Sim sprinted from fifth place to take the silver medal in the last 800 metres of the race.

• Adam Michael Schultz, 39, pleaded guilty on Dec. 8 to one count of theft over $5,000 and one count of arson in relation to a fire at Pedro Gonzales Fruit Stand on Sept. 9, 2013. He was sentenced to a total of two-and-a-half years in jail.

• The popular Relay for Life event to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society announced it will be switching from an all-night format to an 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. event, in hopes of attracting additional participants.

• Rhona Martin was elected chair of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board. Vice chair will be Paul Demenok.

• Four affiliated companies involved in the SmartCentres development have initiated a lawsuit against an engineering firm and three of its employees regarding environmental assessments conducted on the shopping centre site. They are seeking damages due to “inaccurate information” provided in the reports.

• The Salmon Arm Lions Club has disbanded due to a lack of interest in membership and participation. The club’s remaining funds have been disbursed to other charitable organizations, including the Shuswap Hospital Foundation and the B.C. Lions Society.

• Mild temperatures were breaking Environment Canada temperature records. On Wednesday, Dec. 10 the new high temperature of 13.5 degrees was reached, followed by a high of 8.4 on Friday, Dec. 12.

• Cross-country skier Alysson Marshall notched two gold medals in the NorAm opening races held near Rossland. She won a 7.5-km classic race and an 11.25-km race.

 

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