Martha Wickett

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)

Residents, fire crews commended for fast action on new North Okanagan wildfire

Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod initially subdued with help from residents

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)
National and international bestselling author, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, discusses her latest book, The Almost Wife. (Mitch Krupp photo)

Shuswap best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz reveals details about new book

The Almost Wife is a domestic thriller which Anderson-Dargatz says are often about empowerment

National and international bestselling author, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, discusses her latest book, The Almost Wife. (Mitch Krupp photo)
Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)

Plans to prohibit use of Salmon Arm aquifers for commercial water sales progress

Council explores zoning options because municipalities aren’t consulted about groundwater licences

Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)
Owners of the Llama Sanctuary at 2415 Chase Falkland Road near Chase are looking for someone with a truck or trailer to help them move 40 llamas. They also need a barn for the animals due to the White Rock Lake wildfire evacuation. (Llama Santuary photo)

Help needed to evacuate 40 llamas near Chase to a safer location

Owner says they need a large trailer or truck plus a barn for shelter

Owners of the Llama Sanctuary at 2415 Chase Falkland Road near Chase are looking for someone with a truck or trailer to help them move 40 llamas. They also need a barn for the animals due to the White Rock Lake wildfire evacuation. (Llama Santuary photo)
Jim Caldwell and his daughter Sorsha Woloshyn were among the Falkland evacuees affected by the order issued Wednesday, Aug. 4 due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. The pair were at the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm on Aug. 5. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Recent residents of Falkland shocked by wildfire evacuation order

Father from Chilliwack grateful for house insurance, also assistance from Shuswap Emergency Program

Jim Caldwell and his daughter Sorsha Woloshyn were among the Falkland evacuees affected by the order issued Wednesday, Aug. 4 due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. The pair were at the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm on Aug. 5. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A Salmon Arm man and his mortgage investment corporation, All Canadian Investment Corporation, ACIC, was found by the BC Securities Commission on July 29, 2021 to have made misrepresentations and false or misleading statements in documents required to be filed under the Securities Act. (File photo)

Salmon Arm man made misleading statements to investors: BC Securities Commission

Sanctions to be imposed after submissions from commission staff and the accused

A Salmon Arm man and his mortgage investment corporation, All Canadian Investment Corporation, ACIC, was found by the BC Securities Commission on July 29, 2021 to have made misrepresentations and false or misleading statements in documents required to be filed under the Securities Act. (File photo)
Interior Health nurse Joey Willis fills a needle with a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press Media file photo)

Revelstoke leads Interior Health region in percentage of population vaccinated

85 per cent of its population have had their first vaccine and 71 per cent have had their second

Interior Health nurse Joey Willis fills a needle with a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press Media file photo)
This map that includes Shuswap Lake and Salmon Arm shows lands of the Neskonlith and Adams Lake bands outlined in red, with no dividing lines. The Switzmalph area is on the south and southwest end of Shuswap Lake within the red lines. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Salmon Arm/Switzmalph members of Neskonlith Band make plans to separate

Group points to lack of confidence in chief and council, unjust colonial governing structure

This map that includes Shuswap Lake and Salmon Arm shows lands of the Neskonlith and Adams Lake bands outlined in red, with no dividing lines. The Switzmalph area is on the south and southwest end of Shuswap Lake within the red lines. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Michael Hewlett from Sorrento won a cool half a million dollars after buying a Lotto Max ticket for the July 13 draw at the Matchbox shop in Salmon Arm. (BCLC photo)

Shuswap man wins $500,000 boost for retirement in lottery draw

Sorrento resident buys Lotto Max Extra winner at Salmon Arm store

Michael Hewlett from Sorrento won a cool half a million dollars after buying a Lotto Max ticket for the July 13 draw at the Matchbox shop in Salmon Arm. (BCLC photo)
Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP warn public after tail of horse in Monte Creek east of Kamloops cut. (File photo)

Horse owners warned after trespasser east of Kamloops cuts horse’s tail

Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP say not the first time this has happened, horse hair can be used for crafts

Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP warn public after tail of horse in Monte Creek east of Kamloops cut. (File photo)
Birch Place, the second of three buildings to open in the affordable housing development at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street SW in Salmon Arm, opened June 1, 2021, with the third building, Cedar Place, expected to open in late fall 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

First two new BC Housing buildings in Salmon Arm all but full

Building for people without permanent housing expected to open in late fall, staff needed

Birch Place, the second of three buildings to open in the affordable housing development at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street SW in Salmon Arm, opened June 1, 2021, with the third building, Cedar Place, expected to open in late fall 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)

Discarded cigarette blamed for Salmon Arm roadside fire

Passersby manage to extinguish flames July 24 before they spread to nearby trees

A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)
A candlelight vigil for brothers Eric and Patrick Stemmer is being held in Salmon Arm on Sunday, July 18. (Facebook photos)

Vigil to be held for Salmon Arm brothers killed in Kelowna crane collapse

Candlelight vigil for Eric and Patrick Stemmer set for Sunday, July 18, 8 p.m.

A candlelight vigil for brothers Eric and Patrick Stemmer is being held in Salmon Arm on Sunday, July 18. (Facebook photos)
An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)

Driver flown to hospital after July 9 crash that closed Highway 1

RCMP provide details of crash between Salmon Arm, Sicamous

An AIM Roads truck heads east towards a motor-vehicle incident on Highway 1 east of the Canoe mill about 1 p.m. on July 9, going by vehicles stopped as emergency crews deal with the collision. (Zach Roman - Salmon Arm Observer)
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the Stemmer family after brothers Eric (pictured with his family) and Patrick Stemmer were killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe image)

GoFundMe set up for Salmon Arm brothers killed in crane collapse

Stemmer Construction operated crane which collapsed in Kelowna

A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the Stemmer family after brothers Eric (pictured with his family) and Patrick Stemmer were killed in a crane collapse in Kelowna. (GoFundMe image)
Salmon Arm resident raises concerns about one of Salmon Arm’s Rotary club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser, in the wake of unmarked graves of Indigenous children recently being confirmed at Kamloops Indian Residential School and others. (File photo)

Salmon Arm resident calls Rotary Club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser ‘extremely disrespectful’

Noon club said decision to proceed with fundraiser after residential school news was well-considered

Salmon Arm resident raises concerns about one of Salmon Arm’s Rotary club’s Canada Day flag fundraiser, in the wake of unmarked graves of Indigenous children recently being confirmed at Kamloops Indian Residential School and others. (File photo)
Several fires burning in the Shuswap on the morning of July 8, with lightning suspected to have sparked some overnight July 7/July 8. (Wildfire BC image)

Several new ‘spot-sized’ fires sparked overnight in Shuswap

Largest, at 0.25 hectares, east of Blind Bay and White Lake at Cedar Creek

Several fires burning in the Shuswap on the morning of July 8, with lightning suspected to have sparked some overnight July 7/July 8. (Wildfire BC image)
A provincial watercraft inspector inspects a boat at the Golden Watercraft Inspection Station. (Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society image)

Public in Columbia Shuswap warned of dangers of invasive mussels

People urged to clean, drain and dry their watercraft, including paddleboards and canoes

A provincial watercraft inspector inspects a boat at the Golden Watercraft Inspection Station. (Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society image)
Indigenous Education Workers Theresa Johnson and Kaeli Hawrys go to Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm with Kira Limber’s Grade 6/7 class on June 17 where Johnson helps them with their fishing skills at the wharf and Hawrys provides soapstone carving instruction. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Reconciliation project at Salmon Arm school catches elder’s eye

Indigenous workers say small actions can have big impacts

Indigenous Education Workers Theresa Johnson and Kaeli Hawrys go to Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm with Kira Limber’s Grade 6/7 class on June 17 where Johnson helps them with their fishing skills at the wharf and Hawrys provides soapstone carving instruction. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that may have destroyed their family home. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm man devastated after fire destroys Lytton First Nation community

Homes of relatives, childhood friends, possibly his own family’s home, struck by fire

Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that may have destroyed their family home. (Contributed)