A lone paddleboarder returns from a morning on Shuswap Lake on Sunday, July 29. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

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

The Eagle Valley News takes a look back at what made headlines from July to December 2018.


A U.S. court handed convicted Shuswap drug smuggler Colin Martin a seven-year prison sentence on June 29 in relation to a drug ring that flew marijuana and other drugs into Washington State and returned with cocaine to sell in B.C.

Martin, a married father of six, has already served time in jail on drug charges in Canada.

• Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue assisted Sicamous RCMP with locating a man suspected of an assault.

On June 29 at 9:30 p.m. the RCMP were told that a 60-year-old Sicamous man was assaulted in his home on Cambie-Solsqua Road by a 52-year-old friend. Sicamous RCMP officers learned that the suspect, who had been drinking, had fled the residence into a rural area. He had his four-year-old daughter with him.

Shuswap Search and Rescue were called because the RCMP were concerned for the well-being of the child and wanted to locate the suspect as soon as possible, who they believed was actively trying to evade them.

At 5 a.m. the following morning, search and rescue team members located the suspect with his daughter in a wooded area.

• The Sicamous and District Museum and Historical Society is looking for memorabilia and stories related to internment camps that housed Japanese Canadians in the area during the Second World War.

The camps were located at Solsqua, Yard Creek, Griffin Lake, Taft and Three Valley Gap.

• Sicamous is beginning to look its best as the Community in Bloom judging date approaches. The judges for the nationwide community beautification program will be in Sicamous July 15 to 17.

A great deal of work has gone into sprucing up Sicamous for the judges. One of the centrepieces of Communities in Bloom’s 2018 effort to improve the look of Sicamous’ downtown is the mural on the west-facing wall of the Sicamous branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

• Soon, Sicamous residents suffering from chronic pain, recovering from an injury or trying to prevent one will not have to travel to Salmon Arm or Revelstoke to get the physiotherapy treatment they need.

Megan Sapinski will be bringing physiotherapy treatments she learned at the University of Manitoba and while travelling to far-away countries to Sicamous within the next few weeks.

• The District of Sicamous is making its views known on the Main Street Bridge option for the replacement of the aging Bruhn Bridge, but Mayor Terry Rysz says the decision about the bridge replacement is largely out of council’s hands.

A resolution made by council states that council will support the Main Street Bridge option if several conditions are met by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Conditions include: maintenance and replacement costs are to remain the ministry’s responsibility, adherence to federal and provincial environmental regulations and guaranteed protection for Splatsin cultural heritage and replacement of any boat slips lost during construction. As well, council urges the ministry to include a connection from the bridge pathway to the Sicamous-to-Armstrong rail trail.

• New floating play structures will be installed in the Sicamous Beach Park. District of Sicamous council voted to award the contract for the construction and installation of three 10-by-30-foot play floats to Nexus Dock and Marina, a Kelowna-based firm.

The Eagle Valley News took top prize in its circulation category for both Best All Around Newspaper and Best Front Page in a national-newspaper competition.

Some colour will be aded to the lives of the Eagle Senior Citizen’s Housing Society residents thanks to a donation from the Christian Labour Association of Canada.

The $2,500 grant has funded the painting of several white plastic chairs and tables.

• Sicamous was humming with the droning noise of motorcycle engines and the roar of satisfied crowds as high-octane entertainment and fun community events closed down Main Street for a celebration of two-wheeled travel, coinciding with the Summer Stomp and Burnout going on at the Dog Park.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Just Posted

Open house to reveal proposed changes to Balmoral intersection on Trans-Canada Highway

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce has already provided input to the ministry

Dancing with Shuswap Stars attracts Rust Valley Restorers

TV show stars join quest to hone some fancy footwork

Salmon Arm residents learn how to protect properties from wildfire

Removing debris from forest floor can help stop fires from spreading

Thunderstorm leaves small fire near Adams Lake in its wake

Wildfire crews in the Kamloops Fire Centre are also fighting a small blaze near Kamloops

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Heat, sun and a chance of thunderstorms for Father’s Day

Morning pancake breakfasts and fishing derbies across the region will see sun, showers may follow.

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Police probe report of shooting as Raptors rally continues

There were reports of a woman being injured at the event that celebrates the team’s NBA title win

Top classic car show cruises back into the South Okanagan

Peach City Beach Cruise runs June 21 to 23 in Penticton

North Okanagan adds wildfire protection

“The important message we would like to get out is that there are actions that people can take to make their homes less susceptible to the threat of wildfires”

Dangerous driving in Keremeos and Vernon nets jail time

Gary Patrick Richard will serve 73 days in jail for dangerous driving and other offences

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

Portion of Okanagan highway closed due to vehicle incident

Accident happened on Highway 6 a few kilometres east of the Village of Lumby; detour in effect

More student housing for UBC Okangan

B.C. government to build $25-million, on-campus building to address high demand, low vacancy rate

Most Read