Lachlan Labere

Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)
Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)
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UPDATE: Traffic on Highway 1 west of Sicamous temporarily slowed by fallen rocks

Highway open, one vehicle reported damaged

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The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of traffic controllers working the roadblocks around the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous being subject to verbal and physical abuse from the public. (Aim Roads photo)

Abuse of flaggers at wildfire roadblocks on Highway 97A inflames Sicamous fire chief

BC Wildfire Service, RCMP encourage respect of traffic controllers there for public safety

The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of traffic controllers working the roadblocks around the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous being subject to verbal and physical abuse from the public. (Aim Roads photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service personnel are responding to a brush fire on the east side of Highway 97 just south of the Kal Lake Lookout, believed to have been sparked by a vehicle fire. (Roger Knox-Vernon Morning Star)

UPDATE: Vehicle fire ignites brush blaze along Highway 97 south of Vernon

Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service responding.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Wildfire Service personnel are responding to a brush fire on the east side of Highway 97 just south of the Kal Lake Lookout, believed to have been sparked by a vehicle fire. (Roger Knox-Vernon Morning Star)
The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous was still classified as out of control and estimated to be 2,446 hectares in size as of Monday, Aug. 2. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)

Shuswap wildfires: New blaze west of Seymour Arm, rain helps limit fire growth in region

Firefighting crews making progress on Two Mile Road fire near Sicamous

The Crazy Creek Gorge Wildfire near Sicamous was still classified as out of control and estimated to be 2,446 hectares in size as of Monday, Aug. 2. (Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook photo)
An evacuation alert for the White Rock Lake wildfire has been expanded to include area west of and above Yankee Flats Road, north to Spa Creek, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (CSRD image)

Evacuation alert for White Rock Lake fire expanded east from Falkland

Alert includes area west of and above Yankee Flats Road, north to Spa Creek.

An evacuation alert for the White Rock Lake wildfire has been expanded to include area west of and above Yankee Flats Road, north to Spa Creek, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (CSRD image)
Sicamous RCMP are investigating a suspicious structural fire that occurred on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP are investigating a suspicious structural fire that occurred on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (File photo)
Alexander Street, between Hudson Avenue NE and Lakeshore Drive NE, gets a fresh coat of paint in preparation for the return of the Alexander Plaza downtown market. (Downtown Salmon Arm photo)

Smoke, hot weather delay return of Salmon Arm’s Alexander Plaza

Saturday downtown market includes artisans, vendors and live music

Alexander Street, between Hudson Avenue NE and Lakeshore Drive NE, gets a fresh coat of paint in preparation for the return of the Alexander Plaza downtown market. (Downtown Salmon Arm photo)
City of Salmon Arm staff and residents are concerned complaints about local licensed residential cannabis grow operations are not being heard by Health Canada. (File photo)

Salmon Arm residents, city frustrated with Health Canada on cannabis odour concerns

City staff say there is no consultation around licensing of home grow operations

City of Salmon Arm staff and residents are concerned complaints about local licensed residential cannabis grow operations are not being heard by Health Canada. (File photo)
Line West Ltd. staff add a purple stripe to the triple-rainbow crosswalk going in at the intersection of Hudson Avenue NE and McLeod Street SE, near the Salmon Arm Arts Centre. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Road closed as triple-rainbow crosswalk painted in downtown Salmon Arm

Crosswalk part of ongoing effort to make Salmon Arm a safe and inclusive place

Line West Ltd. staff add a purple stripe to the triple-rainbow crosswalk going in at the intersection of Hudson Avenue NE and McLeod Street SE, near the Salmon Arm Arts Centre. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
This photo of a scene from Caravan’s Hands Up! includes Nans Kelder, Maggie Nagle and Corrine Koslo up front, with Sue Kyle playing banjo, Alan Bates on guitar and David Balser on bass. (Jim Cooperman photo)
This photo of a scene from Caravan’s Hands Up! includes Nans Kelder, Maggie Nagle and Corrine Koslo up front, with Sue Kyle playing banjo, Alan Bates on guitar and David Balser on bass. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Emmett Quintal sports a medal he received after acing the second hole at the Cedar Heights golf course in Blind Bay. (Contributed)

Four-year-old aces hole at Cedar Heights golf course in Blind Bay

Young golf prodigy over the moon with hole-in-one

Emmett Quintal sports a medal he received after acing the second hole at the Cedar Heights golf course in Blind Bay. (Contributed)
The Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra includes Meaghan Williams, Susan Aylard, Lauris Davis and Karmen Doucette. (Contributed)

Music at the Maples concert series takes root at White Lake

Organizer, Cod Gone Wild’s Susan Aylard, has next show scheduled for Aug. 6

The Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra includes Meaghan Williams, Susan Aylard, Lauris Davis and Karmen Doucette. (Contributed)
A wildfire reported at the south end of Adams Lake on Monday, July 26 was quickly brought under control. (BC Wildfire map)

Wildfire at south end of Adams Lake under control

Fire was reported on Monday, July 26

A wildfire reported at the south end of Adams Lake on Monday, July 26 was quickly brought under control. (BC Wildfire map)
The Children’s Museum and Discovery Centre opens its doors at RJ Haney Heritage Village on Friday, July 30, 2021. (Contributed)

Kids welcome to discover, learn and play at new Salmon Arm attraction

Children’s Museum and Discovery Centre opens at RJ Haney Heritage Village on July 30

The Children’s Museum and Discovery Centre opens its doors at RJ Haney Heritage Village on Friday, July 30, 2021. (Contributed)
Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Day 7 of Sicamous Two Mile Road wildfire brings a bit of good news

Fire chief cautions residents still need to be ready to evacuate

Sicamous residents fill the community’s curling rink for an update on the Two Mile Road wildfire from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and BC Wildfire Service incident commander Alan Berry on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (CSRD photo)
The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)

Majority of Sicamous properties under evacuation order now under evacuation alert

Residents able to return home but must be prepared to leave

The majority of Sicamous properties under an evacuation order are now on evacuation alert. (CSRD photo)
A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)

People not staying clear of Two Mile Road fire operations putting lives at risk: Sicamous fire chief

Fire chief grateful for the public support, including meals donated to firefighters

A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road fire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As July 23, the fire had grown to 1,000 hectares, prompting evacuation orders and alerts for Sicamous and Swansea Point. More inside. (Peggy Buckler photo)
Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a fire at the city landfill on the morning of Friday, July 23, 2021. (Shuswap Emergency Program photo)

Salmon Arm firefighters douse fire at city landfill

Crews from all firehalls responded as a precaution

Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a fire at the city landfill on the morning of Friday, July 23, 2021. (Shuswap Emergency Program photo)
Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)

RCMP asking boaters to keep away from firefighting efforts near Sicamous

Fire chief unimpressed as boater travels by while helicopter is bucketing

Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)