Lachlan Labere

School District 83 has seen a recent uptick in staff and student absences due to illness. (Victoria_Watercolor/Pixabay photo)

Shuswap schools see uptick in absences due to illness

Interior Health offers guidance on when students should be kept home

School District 83 has seen a recent uptick in staff and student absences due to illness. (Victoria_Watercolor/Pixabay photo)
Firefighters from the Malakwa Fire Department and others from the Shuswap participate in a live-burn training exercise. (File Photo)

New builds made of combustible materials make for hotter blazes: Shuswap firefighters

‘It really is a dangerous environment now. Stuff can be replaced but firefighters cannot’

Firefighters from the Malakwa Fire Department and others from the Shuswap participate in a live-burn training exercise. (File Photo)
Salmon Arm resident Chris Lethbridge is speaking out against B.C.s new tax rules for privately sold used vehicles after being told he owed provincial sales tax based on an $11,000 estimate for a used truck that cost him $2,100. (Contributed)

‘It’s ludicrous’: Salmon Arm man resists new rules for private vehicle sales in B.C.

‘I’m not paying about $1,300 in taxes on a vehicle I paid $2,100 for.’

Salmon Arm resident Chris Lethbridge is speaking out against B.C.s new tax rules for privately sold used vehicles after being told he owed provincial sales tax based on an $11,000 estimate for a used truck that cost him $2,100. (Contributed)
Charlotte Charlton took ownership of the Pink Cherry this summer from former owners Angie and Bill Alde. The Aldes purchased the downtown Salmon Arm coffee shop/eatery in 2016 from Charlotte’s parents, Helen and Stephen Charlton. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Young entrepreneur takes over downtown Salmon Arm eatery once run by parents

Charlotte Charlton follows her passion in becoming business owner

Charlotte Charlton took ownership of the Pink Cherry this summer from former owners Angie and Bill Alde. The Aldes purchased the downtown Salmon Arm coffee shop/eatery in 2016 from Charlotte’s parents, Helen and Stephen Charlton. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will be hosting Canadian rockers Sloan at Song Sparrow Hall on Sunday, March 5, 2022. (Sloan/Facebook photo)

Canadian alt-rockers Sloan to play Salmon Arm

Harry Manx concert to kick off new year for Salmon Arm Folk Music Society

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will be hosting Canadian rockers Sloan at Song Sparrow Hall on Sunday, March 5, 2022. (Sloan/Facebook photo)
Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)

Calm and ‘unrufflable’: Salmon Arm woman celebrates 102

Daughter describes mother Peggy Ashton as ‘calm and unruffleable’

Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm firefighters prepare to fight a residential fire near the corner of 20th Street NE and Okanagan Avenue in April 2022. (File photo)

Shuswap fire chiefs applaud expanded cancer coverage for firefighters

‘A car fire is not a car fire anymore, it’s a toxic chemical dump’

Salmon Arm firefighters prepare to fight a residential fire near the corner of 20th Street NE and Okanagan Avenue in April 2022. (File photo)
Kaytlynn Davidson and Paige Murphy are the owners of Fern & Co. Creative Collective, located in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)

Providing a safe space a priority for owners of Salmon Arm’s Fern & Co.

City’s ‘first non-binary personal service provider’ a place for anyone

Kaytlynn Davidson and Paige Murphy are the owners of Fern & Co. Creative Collective, located in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)
Melissa Woods models her Cruella-inspired newspaper skirt that she spent 12 hours putting together for Halloween. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm resident’s newspaper costume a Halloween hit

Melissa Woods costume inspired by dress from movie Cruella

Melissa Woods models her Cruella-inspired newspaper skirt that she spent 12 hours putting together for Halloween. (Contributed)
The closure of Rocana Meats’ Salmon Arm facility in August left local pork producers without a local abattoir for processing. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Fragile industry: Loss of Salmon Arm slaughter facility impacting region’s pork producers

Spallumcheen Agri-Hub study identifies need for local processing facility

The closure of Rocana Meats’ Salmon Arm facility in August left local pork producers without a local abattoir for processing. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Salmon Arm Art Gallery hosts the exhibition A Place to Belong to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm Art Gallery hosts the exhibition A Place to Belong to Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (File photo)
Notch Hill Express Railway Show Case creator Richard Lawrence pauses for a picture with Cassidy Mceown and Mike Hall during filming for Rust Valley Restorers at the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Retro railcar-inspired Rust Valley reveal makes a stop at Salmon Arm farmers’ market

Richard Lawrence based his Notch Hill Express on Pullman railway cars

Notch Hill Express Railway Show Case creator Richard Lawrence pauses for a picture with Cassidy Mceown and Mike Hall during filming for Rust Valley Restorers at the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sicamous RCMP are seeking a suspect involved in a sexual assault that occurred near Parkview Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (File photo)

Sicamous RCMP seek suspect after youth sexually assaulted near school

Incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21

Sicamous RCMP are seeking a suspect involved in a sexual assault that occurred near Parkview Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (File photo)
Chere Strain shows one of her works of art, Rhino Blues, which includes a rhino beetle positioned at a grand piano, accompanied by a jewel beetle in cuff links singing at a microphone. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm ‘insect mortician’ brings bugs to life in three-dimensional works of art

Creepin’ It Real’s Chere Strain scared of, yet inspired by, insects

Chere Strain shows one of her works of art, Rhino Blues, which includes a rhino beetle positioned at a grand piano, accompanied by a jewel beetle in cuff links singing at a microphone. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Jenny and Michael Vu recently celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant, Weekends Restaurant & Lounge, at 321 Alexander St. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm couple capture spirit of the weekend with new restaurant

Hanoi 36 owners Jenny and Michael Vu open Weekends Restaurant & Lounge

Jenny and Michael Vu recently celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant, Weekends Restaurant & Lounge, at 321 Alexander St. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Jenny and Michael Vu recently celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant, Weekends Restaurant & Lounge, at 321 Alexander St. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm couple capture spirit of the weekend with new restaurant

Hanoi 36 owners Jenny and Michael Vu open Weekends Restaurant & Lounge

Jenny and Michael Vu recently celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant, Weekends Restaurant & Lounge, at 321 Alexander St. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The District of Sicamous has received an application for a demolition permit for 1133 Paradise Ave., where the former Secret Garden Restaurant stands after years in disuse. (File photo)

Former Sicamous eatery in disuse facing demolition

Property owner issued $23,000 in tickets for building’s ‘unsightly and hazardous’ condition

The District of Sicamous has received an application for a demolition permit for 1133 Paradise Ave., where the former Secret Garden Restaurant stands after years in disuse. (File photo)
Whizbang Boxing coach and co-owner Shawn Desautels works the speed bag. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm couple’s boxing gym on good footing in city’s downtown

Whizbang Boxing’s Shawn Desautels aims to foster a love for the sweet science

Whizbang Boxing coach and co-owner Shawn Desautels works the speed bag. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The BC Coroners Service is investigating a motor-vehicle collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm that left two dead on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. (File photo)

Two killed in Highway 1 collision near Salmon Arm

BC Coroners Service investigating

The BC Coroners Service is investigating a motor-vehicle collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm that left two dead on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. (File photo)
The BC Prosecution Service announced no charges have been approved against two members of the RCMP involved in the arrest of a suspect with outstanding warrants on April 14, 2020, near Sicamous. (File photo)

RCMP officers won’t be charged after suspect injured in 2020 arrest near Sicamous

BC Prosecution Service says available evidence does not meet charge assessment standard

The BC Prosecution Service announced no charges have been approved against two members of the RCMP involved in the arrest of a suspect with outstanding warrants on April 14, 2020, near Sicamous. (File photo)