Shuswap

Award-winning Shuswap author Gail Anderson-Dargatz reads from her latest novel, The Almost Wife, at this years Word on the Lake Shuswap Writers’ Festival, hosted by the Shuswap Association of Writers at Sorrento Centre, April 30 to May 1, 2022. (Barb Brouwer photo)

‘Nothing short of a celebration’: Writers grateful for opportunity to gather in the Shuswap

Shuswap Writers’ Festival held April 30 to May 1 at Sorrento Centre

  • May 10, 2022
Award-winning Shuswap author Gail Anderson-Dargatz reads from her latest novel, The Almost Wife, at this years Word on the Lake Shuswap Writers’ Festival, hosted by the Shuswap Association of Writers at Sorrento Centre, April 30 to May 1, 2022. (Barb Brouwer photo)
Paige Hilland with the SAFE Society receives food from Rotarian Grant Remus during the annual Rotary Food Drive held April 30 in Salmon Arm and other parts of the Shuswap. Residents filled bags with food, which the three Rotary clubs picked up to give to several recipient organizations. (SAFE Society image)

Exceeding expectations: Salmon Arm residents double food donations in Rotary drive

15,000-plus pounds of food collected in Salmon Arm, 2,500 in Chase for Shuswap organizations

Paige Hilland with the SAFE Society receives food from Rotarian Grant Remus during the annual Rotary Food Drive held April 30 in Salmon Arm and other parts of the Shuswap. Residents filled bags with food, which the three Rotary clubs picked up to give to several recipient organizations. (SAFE Society image)
WorkSafeBC issued a penalty to School District 83 in March 2022, saying it found drilling work in a school had disturbed drywall and vermiculite, both identified as asbestos-containing materials on the building’s hazardous materials survey. (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District appealing $200,000 fine for asbestos handling

WorkSafeBC states potentially hazardous materials weren’t contained or removed before renovation work

WorkSafeBC issued a penalty to School District 83 in March 2022, saying it found drilling work in a school had disturbed drywall and vermiculite, both identified as asbestos-containing materials on the building’s hazardous materials survey. (File photo)
This photo was taken in 2016 during the 24th Annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES Festival in Salmon Arm requests more campsites due to big demand

As accommodation fills up, city council shows support for expanding camping slots up to 750

This photo was taken in 2016 during the 24th Annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
Melanie Mohr with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Shuswap-Revelstoke branch stands next to Jack Barker from Shuswap Lake Estates, who’s turning 97 this month. He is taking a few turns on a stationary bike outside the CMHA’s thrift shop on Hudson Avenue May 3 to help promote Mental Health Week and the Ride Don’t Hide cycling event coming up in June. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Moving mental health forward in Shuswap with Ride Don’t Hide

Stationary bikes raise awareness of Mental Health Week, point way to cycling fundraiser in June

Melanie Mohr with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Shuswap-Revelstoke branch stands next to Jack Barker from Shuswap Lake Estates, who’s turning 97 this month. He is taking a few turns on a stationary bike outside the CMHA’s thrift shop on Hudson Avenue May 3 to help promote Mental Health Week and the Ride Don’t Hide cycling event coming up in June. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Coach Tricia Martin enjoys the fun at the Girls Only Soccer Camp’s World Cup Tournament at Little Mountain fields in July 2019. (File photo)

Girls Only Soccer School in Salmon Arm ready to celebrate its 24th year

Following a two-year pandemic break, deadline for registration for the July school is June 6, 2022

Coach Tricia Martin enjoys the fun at the Girls Only Soccer Camp’s World Cup Tournament at Little Mountain fields in July 2019. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Coun. Louise Wallace Richmond, co-chair with Coun. Debbie Cannon of the April 27 to 29 convention of SILGA, the Southern Interior Local Government Association, introduces members of a panel who presented at the conference. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Floods, fires, food demand attention in Salmon Arm as politicians meet

150 regional representatives from Southern Interior compare notes, strategies

Salmon Arm Coun. Louise Wallace Richmond, co-chair with Coun. Debbie Cannon of the April 27 to 29 convention of SILGA, the Southern Interior Local Government Association, introduces members of a panel who presented at the conference. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Serena Caner, president of the Shuswap Food Action Society, helps presenter Brad DeMille of DeMille’s Farm Market, both part of the community food resiliency panel at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference in Salmon Arm April 27-29, 2022, as he demonstrates the difference in price between local and imported vegetables. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘You’re going to start getting hungry’ if Southern Interior food producers aren’t supported

Food resiliency panel at conference in Salmon Arm speaks of need for local food security

Serena Caner, president of the Shuswap Food Action Society, helps presenter Brad DeMille of DeMille’s Farm Market, both part of the community food resiliency panel at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference in Salmon Arm April 27-29, 2022, as he demonstrates the difference in price between local and imported vegetables. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
BC Wildfire Service personnel continue to work on the Horseshoe Bay wildfire near Anglemont, which grew Sunday, May 1, from 15.7 to 18.5 hectares. (Allen Douglas/Twitter)

UPDATE: Crews get a hold on blaze burning for 5 days near Anglemont

BC Wildfire Service plans to add personnel to firefighting effort

BC Wildfire Service personnel continue to work on the Horseshoe Bay wildfire near Anglemont, which grew Sunday, May 1, from 15.7 to 18.5 hectares. (Allen Douglas/Twitter)
Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Spot on brain’ story helps urge Southern Interior leaders to promote healing

Author, broadcaster Jesse Wente receives standing ovation for talk at Salmon Arm convention

Jesse Wente, keynote speaker at the Southern Interior Local Government Association Convention in Salmon Arm April 27 to 29, told delegates that ‘to heal ourselves we must confront the trauma we have and that we cause.’ (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm RCMP provide several safety tips for boaters to follow before heading out on the lakes in the Shuswap this spring or summer. (Metro Stock photo)

‘Don’t let a fun day on the lake end in tragedy’: Salmon Arm RCMP

Along with personal flotation devices for everyone, tips include informing someone of trip plan

Salmon Arm RCMP provide several safety tips for boaters to follow before heading out on the lakes in the Shuswap this spring or summer. (Metro Stock photo)
Soccer and field equipment in Salmon Arm will be stored in sea-cans during the 2022 outdoor season at two soccer venues in Salmon Arm. (File photo)

Sea-cans multiplying at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain fields

City wants to regain use of change rooms in field house, sports groups obtain storage containers

Soccer and field equipment in Salmon Arm will be stored in sea-cans during the 2022 outdoor season at two soccer venues in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
A runner leaves Klahani Park in Salmon Arm during the Lewiston Ultra Marathon in September 2019. The BC Backyard Ultra route, starting 8 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, includes Little Mountain Park trails in Salmon Arm during the day and road running at night. (File photo)

Athletes to run 6.7 kilometre loops in Salmon Arm until they can run no more

BC Backyard Ultra starts April 29 in Little Mountain Park, could continue for 25 to 40 hours

A runner leaves Klahani Park in Salmon Arm during the Lewiston Ultra Marathon in September 2019. The BC Backyard Ultra route, starting 8 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, includes Little Mountain Park trails in Salmon Arm during the day and road running at night. (File photo)
RCMP are hoping someone might be able to identify this dog after police found it near a burnt vehicle containing the body of an unknown person near Skmana Lake on April 22, 2022. (RCMP photo)

RCMP investigating after body found in burnt vehicle abandoned near Chase

Police hoping someone might recognize dog found near vehicle

RCMP are hoping someone might be able to identify this dog after police found it near a burnt vehicle containing the body of an unknown person near Skmana Lake on April 22, 2022. (RCMP photo)
From left, Amy Vallarino, Will Oswald, Beth Savage and Julia Beatty, volunteers with Shuswap Climate Action, help give away seedlings to the public on April 23 at Uptown Askew’s parking lot. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Planting a tree for the planet in the Shuswap

Shuswap Climate Action gives away free seedlings April 23 to celebrate Earth Day

From left, Amy Vallarino, Will Oswald, Beth Savage and Julia Beatty, volunteers with Shuswap Climate Action, help give away seedlings to the public on April 23 at Uptown Askew’s parking lot. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
The purple urn in the Simpson family home holding Ashley Simpson’s remains sits nestled among special items saved or given to the Simpson family marking the disappearance and death of their beloved Ashley. Ashley disappeared from Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek in April 2016 and her remains were discovered near Salmon Arm in November 2021. (Photo contributed)

Family of woman killed in Shuswap looks for ‘new normal’

Holding memorial service after daughter’s remains returned to Ontario from Salmon Arm brings comfort

The purple urn in the Simpson family home holding Ashley Simpson’s remains sits nestled among special items saved or given to the Simpson family marking the disappearance and death of their beloved Ashley. Ashley disappeared from Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek in April 2016 and her remains were discovered near Salmon Arm in November 2021. (Photo contributed)
On May 9, 2022, a date will be set in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops after a bail application involving Derek Favell, 39, was adjourned April 20. It’s expected a date will be set then for the judge to provide a decision on the application. (Kamloops This Week file photo)

Another delay in bail application for man charged in death of Shuswap woman

Next court date involving second-degree murder charges in death of Ashley Simpson in Kamloops in May

On May 9, 2022, a date will be set in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops after a bail application involving Derek Favell, 39, was adjourned April 20. It’s expected a date will be set then for the judge to provide a decision on the application. (Kamloops This Week file photo)
In a case of hindering those who help, someone stole the tail light off the Chase Fire Rescue command truck over the April 16-18 long weekend. (Chase Fire Rescue photo)

Tail light stolen from Chase Fire Rescue command truck

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Chase RCMP

In a case of hindering those who help, someone stole the tail light off the Chase Fire Rescue command truck over the April 16-18 long weekend. (Chase Fire Rescue photo)
Fire devours a barn used for storage in the 1400 block of Vella Road in Tappen during the morning of Tuesday, April 19. Although the son of the owner was living upstairs in the barn, he was not home and no one was injured. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)

Fire destroys barn on Vella Road in Tappen, person was living upstairs

No one in the structure at the time, lower floor used mainly for storage

Fire devours a barn used for storage in the 1400 block of Vella Road in Tappen during the morning of Tuesday, April 19. Although the son of the owner was living upstairs in the barn, he was not home and no one was injured. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)
About 200 seedlings will be given away at the Uptown Askew’s plaza by Shuswap Climate Action on Saturday, April 23 in honour of Earth Day on April 22 (File photo)
Fir seedlings are in abundance in the Cariboo region in 2020. (Angie Mindus photo)

Shuswap Climate Action to give away seedlings to invest in the Earth

Earth Day coming up on April 22, seedling give-a-way planned for April 23 in Salmon Arm

About 200 seedlings will be given away at the Uptown Askew’s plaza by Shuswap Climate Action on Saturday, April 23 in honour of Earth Day on April 22 (File photo)
Fir seedlings are in abundance in the Cariboo region in 2020. (Angie Mindus photo)