Martha Wickett

Salmon Arm’s SASCU Recreation Centre has been the base of operation for Interior Health’s local COVID-19 immunization efforts. (File photo)

‘Now is the time to be urgent’: Salmon Arm mayor wants vaccination numbers higher

Revelstoke leads Interior towns in terms of population vaccinated, Vernon and Salmon Arm rates lower

Salmon Arm’s SASCU Recreation Centre has been the base of operation for Interior Health’s local COVID-19 immunization efforts. (File photo)
The Shaw Centre will be open for walkers above the Spectator arena on Saturday, July 31 to provide relief from the wildfire smoke. (File photo)

Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm to be open for walkers July 31 to escape smoke

Centre is also open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but not Monday, Aug. 2

The Shaw Centre will be open for walkers above the Spectator arena on Saturday, July 31 to provide relief from the wildfire smoke. (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 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)
Salmon Arm RCMP would like the public’s help locating this travel trailer stolen in the early morning hours of July 25. (Contributed)

RCMP want public’s help locating trailer stolen in Salmon Arm

Two suspects observed at RV dealership between 4 and 5 a.m. July 25

Salmon Arm RCMP would like the public’s help locating this travel trailer stolen in the early morning hours of July 25. (Contributed)
More property owners in Salmon Arm did not claim their homeowner grants this year, but it’s not too late, say city staff. (Black Press Media file)

More than 400 homeowner grants in Salmon Arm go unclaimed

It’s not too late to apply, council wonders if new application process responsible for 2021 increase

More property owners in Salmon Arm did not claim their homeowner grants this year, but it’s not too late, say city staff. (Black Press Media file)
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)
Air quality in Salmon Arm has been dismal recently, as this example of fallen ash from wildfires on the morning of July 27 illustrates. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

Two citizen-owned air quality sensors in Salmon Arm help fill monitor gap

Provincial monitors in Kamloops, Vernon don’t cover Shuswap atmosphere

Air quality in Salmon Arm has been dismal recently, as this example of fallen ash from wildfires on the morning of July 27 illustrates. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
Strange visitors from Runaway Moon Theatre in a mysterious experiment called SPLASH were offered a ride on the Sweet Ida and accepted. They were seen in Salmon Arm Bay during the afternoon of July 24. (Dalynn Kearney photo)

Strange blue visitors make a Splash in Salmon Arm Bay

Grindrod’s Runaway Moon Theatre explains the unusual beings are part of an experiment

Strange visitors from Runaway Moon Theatre in a mysterious experiment called SPLASH were offered a ride on the Sweet Ida and accepted. They were seen in Salmon Arm Bay during the afternoon of July 24. (Dalynn Kearney photo)
BC Hockey’s Try Program for kids five to 12 who haven’t skated before is being offered in Salmon Arm in August. (File photo)

Kids invited to free Try Hockey program in Salmon Arm

Minor hockey offers program in August, register now as just 15 spaces per group

BC Hockey’s Try Program for kids five to 12 who haven’t skated before is being offered in Salmon Arm in August. (File photo)
The Evacuation Order issued on July 14, 2021, has been downgraded to an evacuation alert for 10045 Adams East Forest Service Road and other properties identified on the map. (TNRD image)

Evacuation order for Momich Lake Wildfire downgraded to alert

The last estimate of the fire by the BC Wildfire Service was 4,200 hectares

The Evacuation Order issued on July 14, 2021, has been downgraded to an evacuation alert for 10045 Adams East Forest Service Road and other properties identified on the map. (TNRD image)
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)
On July 26, Salmon Arm Council granted the request of seven community organizations which applied for COVID-19 Restart grants-in-aid. (File photo)

Salmon Arm groups get what they wanted to help with COVID-19 shortfalls

Council figures out how to give seven organizations more than was initially allocated

On July 26, Salmon Arm Council granted the request of seven community organizations which applied for COVID-19 Restart grants-in-aid. (File photo)
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)
The mobile vaccination clinic in Canoe today, July 26, is cancelled, but residents can still go to the rec centre in Salmon Arm. (Contributed)

COVID-19 immunization clinic in Canoe cancelled due to wildfire smoke

Residents can still drop in at Salmon Arm’s recreation centre July 26 for vaccination

The mobile vaccination clinic in Canoe today, July 26, is cancelled, but residents can still go to the rec centre in Salmon Arm. (Contributed)
This photo, taken in June 2021, shows some of the work being done below Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road northeast of Herald Park. The road is to be moved farther away from the lake in concert with the highways ministry and a 14-lot waterfront strata housing development is to be constructed on the lake side of the new road. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Housing development on Shuswap Lake by former NHLer moves ahead

Kevin Lowe and partners clean up logging area near Salmon Arm, 5,000-year-old food site uncovered

This photo, taken in June 2021, shows some of the work being done below Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road northeast of Herald Park. The road is to be moved farther away from the lake in concert with the highways ministry and a 14-lot waterfront strata housing development is to be constructed on the lake side of the new road. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Councillor says building statistics by end of June could lead to record year in 2020. (File photo)

COVID-19 restricted many activities but not building in Salmon Arm

City council congratulates planning department on balanced growth in building categories

Councillor says building statistics by end of June could lead to record year in 2020. (File photo)
Jeremiah Vergera and Darah Thurston, Shuswap Middle School students who did the ceremonial unveiling of the first Trailhead post on June 1 near the Little Mountain fieldhouse in Salmon Arm, speak to Neskonlith knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas. Coming next in the project are Landmark signs. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Secwépemc Elders guide stories, bless sites for Shuswap Landmarks project

First three Landmark signs named for trout, tule and a gathering place where soopolallie bushes grow

Jeremiah Vergera and Darah Thurston, Shuswap Middle School students who did the ceremonial unveiling of the first Trailhead post on June 1 near the Little Mountain fieldhouse in Salmon Arm, speak to Neskonlith knowledge-keeper Louis Thomas. Coming next in the project are Landmark signs. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
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 in Salmon Arm to honour the Stemmer brothers

Candlelight vigil for men who died in crane collapse 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)
The City of Salmon Arm has amended its zoning bylaws to match Agricultural Land Reserve rule changes so farmers can have more flexibility in providing housing on their farms. (File photo)

Salmon Arm bylaw changes to make it easier for families to farm together

Zoning amendments align size of rural detached suite with changes to Agricultural Land Reserve rules

The City of Salmon Arm has amended its zoning bylaws to match Agricultural Land Reserve rule changes so farmers can have more flexibility in providing housing on their farms. (File photo)