Martha Wickett

RCMP request help in their investigation of the shooting and killing of a horse on Grandview Bench Road in early October. (File photo)

RCMP request help in shooting death of horse near Salmon Arm

Police say killing took place between Oct. 8 and 9

RCMP request help in their investigation of the shooting and killing of a horse on Grandview Bench Road in early October. (File photo)
The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)

Interior Health restrictions likely mean B.C.’s lifting of COVID-19 rules delayed locally

Two sets of regulations spark anger targeted at business managers

The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)
Chase RCMP respond to reports of reckless driving on Oct. 10 which they say led them to the site of a collision on Highway 1. (File photo)

Air ambulance lands on Highway 1 after erratic driving may have caused crash near Chase

Chase RCMP received reports of vehicle being driven recklessly before they reached site of crash

Chase RCMP respond to reports of reckless driving on Oct. 10 which they say led them to the site of a collision on Highway 1. (File photo)
Chase RCMP searched to no avail for a suspect in an alleged assault in Chase on Oct. 14. (File photo)

Chase RCMP say they can’t find suspect who allegedly assaulted girl on trail

Police receive report of assault near skate park on Oct. 14 in Shuswap community

Chase RCMP searched to no avail for a suspect in an alleged assault in Chase on Oct. 14. (File photo)
Kate Fagervik, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Pride Project, and organizer Althea Mongerson stand in the Pride Palace across Hudson Avenue from the art gallery on Monday, Oct. 18, the beginning of the Salmon Arm Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival, continuing to Oct. 24. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Support for Salmon Arm’s Pride Project Festival delights organizers

Events include guided walks, art exhibition, craft sales, digital film festival and more

Kate Fagervik, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Pride Project, and organizer Althea Mongerson stand in the Pride Palace across Hudson Avenue from the art gallery on Monday, Oct. 18, the beginning of the Salmon Arm Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival, continuing to Oct. 24. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)

Student housing at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus moving forward

Construction of 60-bed dormitory expected to begin in 2022, zoning amendment required

This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)
Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)

Virus specialist raised in Salmon Arm recommends more COVID rapid testing

Michael Worobey says vaccines ‘incredibly safe,’ still effective against delta variant

Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Ban on single-use plastic checkout bags to return to Salmon Arm

After several twists and turns, bylaw will be passed in January 2022, in full effect by July 2022

Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Salmon Arm’s Manny Christjansen has designed a breakdancing jacket that he hopes will be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics as breakdancing will be a new event there. (Lifestyle Flavors image)

Breakdancing’s move to Olympics sparks Salmon Arm man’s unique creation

Resident hopes to see Olympic teams attired in his design in 2024 Games

Salmon Arm’s Manny Christjansen has designed a breakdancing jacket that he hopes will be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics as breakdancing will be a new event there. (Lifestyle Flavors image)
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Rust Brothers to join judges’ panel for 2021 Dancing with Shuswap Stars

Shuswap stars of popular Rust Valley Restorers series will help decide this year’s winners

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Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)

2007 film on residential schools includes Neskonlith Elder’s memories from Kamloops

Co-producer of Fallen Feather says it is too bad it took so long for message to be heard

Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)
The Trans-Canada Highway closed in both directions near Tappen Monday morning, Oct. 4 due to fatal vehicle crash. (File photo)

UPDATE: Fatal collision closes Highway 1 in both directions in Shuswap

Monday morning closure about 16 kilometres west of Salmon Arm, detours from Kamloops, Sicamous

The Trans-Canada Highway closed in both directions near Tappen Monday morning, Oct. 4 due to fatal vehicle crash. (File photo)
While the Salmon Arm Marina in Shuswap Lake’s Salmon Arm Bay is deep enough to accommodate boats in September when the water level can be low, the channel outside the entrance to the marina is more shallow and, in 2021, reports were that it was not accessible to many boats beyond Aug.31. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Boaters want Shuswap Lake channel dredged but obstacles deter city

Salmon Arm mayor, staff say cost, government requirements, short life of remedy prohibitive

While the Salmon Arm Marina in Shuswap Lake’s Salmon Arm Bay is deep enough to accommodate boats in September when the water level can be low, the channel outside the entrance to the marina is more shallow and, in 2021, reports were that it was not accessible to many boats beyond Aug.31. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Splatsin Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) George William, one of the organizers of the Splatsin Walking Our Children’s Spirits Home Journey, walks with Darrel Jones, Splatsin education director on Sept. 10, the final day of the five-day journey. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Hearts fill with emotion as children’s spirits walked from Kamloops to Splatsin

Pain, hope among feelings experienced during five-day journey from residential school

Splatsin Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) George William, one of the organizers of the Splatsin Walking Our Children’s Spirits Home Journey, walks with Darrel Jones, Splatsin education director on Sept. 10, the final day of the five-day journey. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
People’s Party of Canada federal election candidate Kyle Delfing discovered the company from eastern Canada that created his campaign signs did not spell Shuswap correctly. He has since repaired or removed them. (Contributed)

Sign thefts, typo, vandalism all part of North Okanagan-Shuswap election campaign

One camp calls the campaign sign aspect of 2021 election ‘extraordinarily clean’

People’s Party of Canada federal election candidate Kyle Delfing discovered the company from eastern Canada that created his campaign signs did not spell Shuswap correctly. He has since repaired or removed them. (Contributed)
Dash-cam footage taken Sept. 8 about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street SW and the Trans-Canada Highway, with the Shell gas station across the highway from the camera, shows a transport truck about to go through a red light. (Phaedra Idzan image)

Dash-cam footage captures semi on Highway 1 in Salmon Arm running red light

Salmon Arm resident purchases dash-cam because of dangerous encounters on highway

Dash-cam footage taken Sept. 8 about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street SW and the Trans-Canada Highway, with the Shell gas station across the highway from the camera, shows a transport truck about to go through a red light. (Phaedra Idzan image)
The trial of Alexander Vittel Boucher who was charged with attempted murder and other offences was set to begin on Aug. 30, 2021 in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops when the charges were stayed. (RCMP photo)

Trial abandoned for man charged with attempted murder in Shuswap stabbing

Victim, a main witness in the BC Supreme Court trial, fails to show up so charges stayed

The trial of Alexander Vittel Boucher who was charged with attempted murder and other offences was set to begin on Aug. 30, 2021 in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops when the charges were stayed. (RCMP photo)
National and international bestselling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, has been nominated for a children’s literature prize for her book, The Ride Home. (Mitch Krupp photo)

Renowned Shuswap author nominated for B.C./Yukon children’s literature prize

Gail Anderson-Dargatz nominated for The Ride Home weeks after releasing thriller, The Almost Wife

National and international bestselling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, has been nominated for a children’s literature prize for her book, The Ride Home. (Mitch Krupp photo)
Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1, 2021 after three staff and one resident tested postive for the virus. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Four people test positive for COVID-19 at Shuswap long-term care facility

Letter from operator of Salmon Arm’s Hillside Village says outbreak does not mean family members sick

Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1, 2021 after three staff and one resident tested postive for the virus. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Chelsea Hobbs added a little humour to her poster during the vaccine card protests along the Trans-Canada Highway in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People against B.C.’s vaccine card protest along Highway 1 in Salmon Arm

Many gathered between 3rd and 5th Street SW, others seen at different spots on Trans-Canada Highway

Chelsea Hobbs added a little humour to her poster during the vaccine card protests along the Trans-Canada Highway in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)