Lachlan Labere

The District of Sicamous released a conceptual design of the Shuswap Healing Centre being planned for 200 Main St. on July 29, 2022. (District of Sicamous image)

Development permit approved for Shuswap Healing Centre despite community concerns

Council unanimously in favour despite ongoing concerns around misinformation

The District of Sicamous released a conceptual design of the Shuswap Healing Centre being planned for 200 Main St. on July 29, 2022. (District of Sicamous image)
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)
A Transition Marketing Services is placed among actual election campaign signs at the intersection of Auto Road SE and 20th Street SE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

Enderby company uses election to launch unique advertising campaign

Election-sign lookalikes placed among other campaign signs in Salmon Arm, North Okanagan

A Transition Marketing Services is placed among actual election campaign signs at the intersection of Auto Road SE and 20th Street SE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
In March 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District posted a stop work order and a do not occupy notice on two 10,000 square-foot buildings located on a 40-acre property in the North Shuswap. The buildings were under construction to house cannabis production facilities. (CSRD image)

Stop work order, do not occupy notice posted on proposed Shuswap cannabis facility

CSRD to issue notice of building regulation contravention on Garland Road property

In March 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District posted a stop work order and a do not occupy notice on two 10,000 square-foot buildings located on a 40-acre property in the North Shuswap. The buildings were under construction to house cannabis production facilities. (CSRD image)
Gemma and Meika Hunter and mother Amanda Toms emerge from the haunted house at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, part of the 2019 Downtown Salmon Arm Treat Trail. (File photo)

Downtown Treat Trail, Spooktacular returning to Salmon Arm

Loud and Proud Celebration concerts to kick off Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival

Gemma and Meika Hunter and mother Amanda Toms emerge from the haunted house at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, part of the 2019 Downtown Salmon Arm Treat Trail. (File photo)
Current SD83 trustees gather for their first school board meeting of the 2022-23 school year at the Salmon Arm District Education Support Centre on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (File photo)

Three North Okanagan-Shuswap school trustee candidates acclaimed

Race down to three candidates vying for two seats representing Salmon Arm

Current SD83 trustees gather for their first school board meeting of the 2022-23 school year at the Salmon Arm District Education Support Centre on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (File photo)
North Shuswap Brandi Hansen said she was disheartened to find dozens of severed, declawed bear paws dumped in a culvert alongside a North Shuswap road on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Contributed)

Severed bear paws found along North Shuswap forest road linked to taxidermy business

Conservation Officer Service says paws ‘inadvertently fell out of the back of the individual’s truck’

North Shuswap Brandi Hansen said she was disheartened to find dozens of severed, declawed bear paws dumped in a culvert alongside a North Shuswap road on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Contributed)
Sicamous voters will have several opportunities to hear from mayoral and council candidates prior to the Oct. 15 election. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young photo)

Several all-candidates meetings in store for Sicamous residents

Five mayoral candidates invited to Oct. 4 debate

Sicamous voters will have several opportunities to hear from mayoral and council candidates prior to the Oct. 15 election. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young photo)
John MacLean (CSRD)

Columbia Shuswap Regional District welcomes new administrator

John MacLean to begin work with local regional district in November

John MacLean (CSRD)
Riders on the Super Shot begin their free fall as fellow Midway adventurers hang upside down on the Fire Ball at the Salmon Arm Fair on Saturday evening, Sept. 10, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Fun times at the Salmon Arm Fair

The Salmon Arm Fair saw record attendance numbers for its return over…

Riders on the Super Shot begin their free fall as fellow Midway adventurers hang upside down on the Fire Ball at the Salmon Arm Fair on Saturday evening, Sept. 10, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
A rim trail that runs along the top of Black Point Peninsula offers a 
spectacular view of Mara Lake. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Column: Exploring Black Point Peninsula on Mara Lake

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

A rim trail that runs along the top of Black Point Peninsula offers a 
spectacular view of Mara Lake. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Mycologist Paul Kroeger points out an inedible mushroom species growing at the back end of Beach Park during his 2017 Sicamous Fungi Fest walking tour. Kroeger will be a presenter and will guide tours for the upcoming 2022 festival. (File photo)

Stage set for return of Shuswap’s premier mushroom-focused event

Experts lined up for Sicamous Fungi Fest, Sept. 16-18

Mycologist Paul Kroeger points out an inedible mushroom species growing at the back end of Beach Park during his 2017 Sicamous Fungi Fest walking tour. Kroeger will be a presenter and will guide tours for the upcoming 2022 festival. (File photo)
Flags were lowered to half mast at Salmon Arm city hall Thursday morning, Sept. 8, following news that Queen Elizabeth II had died. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap residents pay respect, share memories of Queen Elizabeth II

‘You cannot replace Queen Elizabeth. She was one of a kind’

Flags were lowered to half mast at Salmon Arm city hall Thursday morning, Sept. 8, following news that Queen Elizabeth II had died. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The pavilion at Memorial Park in Chase is home to different community events including summer’s Music on the Lake concert series. (Rick Koch photo)

Sicamous council ponders selling portable stage to pursue pavilion at Beach Park

Funds budgeted for pavilion went to stage purchase in 2016

The pavilion at Memorial Park in Chase is home to different community events including summer’s Music on the Lake concert series. (Rick Koch photo)
Public assent was given via an alternative approval process for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to establish the North Shuswap Health Centre Financial Contribution Service Area, which will fund the health centre through taxation. (File photo)

North Shuswap residents support tax increase for health centre

Official results to be presented at Sept. 22 CSRD board meeting

Public assent was given via an alternative approval process for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to establish the North Shuswap Health Centre Financial Contribution Service Area, which will fund the health centre through taxation. (File photo)
A large police presence showed up at a residence on 8th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Man wanted in connection with Ranchero shooting arrested in Salmon Arm neighbourhood

RCMP said man taken into custody on warrants from Salmon Arm and North Okanagan

A large police presence showed up at a residence on 8th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
A large police presence showed up at a residence on 8th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Video of suspicious activity prompts large RCMP presence at Salmon Arm residence

Neighbour was informed police were after person involved in shooting

A large police presence showed up at a residence on 8th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
A Dairy Queen is one of the tenants going into a commercial building planned for 907 Trans-Canada Frontage Road. (District of Sicamous graphic)

Developer to seek variance for future Sicamous Dairy Queen location

Planning and development committee hopes to see variance at Sept. 28 council meeting

A Dairy Queen is one of the tenants going into a commercial building planned for 907 Trans-Canada Frontage Road. (District of Sicamous graphic)
The District of Sicamous is looking to enter a partnering agreement with the City of Revelstoke to share a building inspector between the two municipalities. (District of Sicamous image)

Sicamous council agrees to sharing building inspector with Revelstoke

District would hire full-time building inspector, charge Revelstoke for services

The District of Sicamous is looking to enter a partnering agreement with the City of Revelstoke to share a building inspector between the two municipalities. (District of Sicamous image)
This option for the future Shuswap Healing Centre at 200 Main Street shows about 3,100 square feet or .7 acres of green space and 39 parking stalls. A development permit for the healing centre is expected to be coming to the Sept. 28 Sicamous council meeting. (District of Sicamous image)

Council chooses more green space, less parking for Shuswap Healing Centre

Development permit expected for Sept. 28 Sicamous council meeting

This option for the future Shuswap Healing Centre at 200 Main Street shows about 3,100 square feet or .7 acres of green space and 39 parking stalls. A development permit for the healing centre is expected to be coming to the Sept. 28 Sicamous council meeting. (District of Sicamous image)