Martha Wickett

The Canoe Forest Products plywood plant in Salmon Arm is holding its own. (File photo)

Canoe Forest Products in Salmon Arm holding its own during pandemic

General manager says pandemic has not forced layoffs, still 180 people working

The Canoe Forest Products plywood plant in Salmon Arm is holding its own. (File photo)
The CP Holiday Train stops in Salmon Arm on Dec. 14, 2019. (File photo)

CP Holiday Train at Home to give $7,000 to Salmon Arm food bank

Council members express appreciation for support of the Shuswap from CP Rail

The CP Holiday Train stops in Salmon Arm on Dec. 14, 2019. (File photo)
Kristal Burgess, leader of the Canoe Traffic-Calming Working Group, wrote to council in November 2020 requesting safety improvements, including the reduction or eradication of speeding up and down 50th Street, the main access road in and out of Canoe. (Kristal Burgess photo)

Dangerous drivers prompt request from Canoe residents to Salmon Arm council

Traffic-calming work group makes several requests, including better signage and more police presence

Kristal Burgess, leader of the Canoe Traffic-Calming Working Group, wrote to council in November 2020 requesting safety improvements, including the reduction or eradication of speeding up and down 50th Street, the main access road in and out of Canoe. (Kristal Burgess photo)
Resident wants City of Salmon Arm to take action to eradicate rat population in town. (File photo)

Salmon Arm resident demands action to eradicate rats

City posts more information on social media, will consider more action at budget time

Resident wants City of Salmon Arm to take action to eradicate rat population in town. (File photo)
Resident wants City of Salmon Arm to take action to eradicate rat population in town. (File photo)

Salmon Arm resident demands action to eradicate rats

City posts more information on social media, will consider more action at budget time

Resident wants City of Salmon Arm to take action to eradicate rat population in town. (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm erected a fence around the Ross Street Plaza on Nov. 24/2020, citing reasons centering on safety and security due to camping by people who don’t have homes. The closure is temporary but it’s not known when it will be reopened. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

City of Salmon Arm erects fence around plaza so people can’t camp there

Lieutenant says lack of public space affects people without homes but he understands city’s decision

The City of Salmon Arm erected a fence around the Ross Street Plaza on Nov. 24/2020, citing reasons centering on safety and security due to camping by people who don’t have homes. The closure is temporary but it’s not known when it will be reopened. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
The City of Salmon Arm erected a fence around the Ross Street Plaza on Nov. 24/2020, citing reasons centering on safety and security due to camping by people who don’t have homes. The closure is temporary but it’s not known when it will be reopened. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

City of Salmon Arm erects fence around public plaza to prevent camping

Lieutenant says lack of public space affects people without homes but he understands city’s decision

The City of Salmon Arm erected a fence around the Ross Street Plaza on Nov. 24/2020, citing reasons centering on safety and security due to camping by people who don’t have homes. The closure is temporary but it’s not known when it will be reopened. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Construction of the proposed Ross Street underpass may start in the spring of 2021. (City of Salmon Arm illustration)

Salmon Arm’s Ross Street underpass to go to tender but not without risk

City council gives nod to construction agreement after pondering insurance

Construction of the proposed Ross Street underpass may start in the spring of 2021. (City of Salmon Arm illustration)
Missy MacKintosh, founder/CEO with MisMacK Clean Costmetics, has been chosen one of the top 100 Canadian businesses in Canada’s Total Mom Pitch, with the next round going to public voting. (White Willow Photography)

Salmon Arm’s MisMacK cosmetics hits top 100 in women’s entrepreneur program

To reach the finals, participants must garner votes on website

Missy MacKintosh, founder/CEO with MisMacK Clean Costmetics, has been chosen one of the top 100 Canadian businesses in Canada’s Total Mom Pitch, with the next round going to public voting. (White Willow Photography)
The giant Christmas tree lights up downtown Salmon Arm on Dec. 1, 2017. (File photo)

COVID-19: Holiday Market, Tree Light-up in Salmon Arm cancelled

Downtown Salmon Arm makes change in response to protocols from provincial health officer

The giant Christmas tree lights up downtown Salmon Arm on Dec. 1, 2017. (File photo)
Clea Roddick and Maizie Newnes look at an exhibit created by Karmen Krahn at the PRIDE Exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 during Salmon Arm’s first PRIDE Project Arts Awareness Festival, held Oct. 14 through 17. (File photo)

Column: Festival just the beginning to pride Salmon Arm can display

The View from Here by Martha Wickett

Clea Roddick and Maizie Newnes look at an exhibit created by Karmen Krahn at the PRIDE Exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 during Salmon Arm’s first PRIDE Project Arts Awareness Festival, held Oct. 14 through 17. (File photo)
A fire Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 about 5 p.m. at the Canoe Forest Products plywood plant was extinguished quickly. (File photo)

Fire at Canoe Forest Products plywood plant quickly extinguished

Fire started in veneer dryer during afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 22

A fire Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 about 5 p.m. at the Canoe Forest Products plywood plant was extinguished quickly. (File photo)
Métis carver and elder John Sayer works at the Storefront School in Salmon Arm on Thursday, Nov. 19, helping students learn to carve and sharing his culture, while, in background, student William Dicer hones his carving skills. The masks pictured will be placed on trees in Little Mountain Park as part of a student project. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Video: New faces to emerge from the forest in Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Park

Students at Storefront School join Métis elder in project that will add small carvings to trees

Métis carver and elder John Sayer works at the Storefront School in Salmon Arm on Thursday, Nov. 19, helping students learn to carve and sharing his culture, while, in background, student William Dicer hones his carving skills. The masks pictured will be placed on trees in Little Mountain Park as part of a student project. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm Council recently received a Community Energy and Emissions Plan, listing successes and needed actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (File photo)

Energy and emissions report for Salmon Arm points to passenger vehicle use

Data shows community spent $66 million in 2016 on energy, mostly mobility fuels – gas and diesel

Salmon Arm Council recently received a Community Energy and Emissions Plan, listing successes and needed actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (File photo)
Corryn Grayston, who is resigning from her position as executive director of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce as of Dec. 31, 2020, makes a presentation to city council in 2017, one of her roles in representing the chamber. (File photo)

Executive director of Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce to resign

Chamber board has begun process of recruiting for replacement

Corryn Grayston, who is resigning from her position as executive director of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce as of Dec. 31, 2020, makes a presentation to city council in 2017, one of her roles in representing the chamber. (File photo)
This photo of Cindy Simpson FaceTiming with her daughter Ashley on April 27, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. is the last photo Cindy has of them together. Ashley went missing from her home on Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek on that day. (Photo contributed)

Possible evidence regarding woman missing in Shuswap doesn’t change family’s anguish

Ashley Simpson’s mother frustrated by potential evidence that may have been missed in 2016

This photo of Cindy Simpson FaceTiming with her daughter Ashley on April 27, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. is the last photo Cindy has of them together. Ashley went missing from her home on Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek on that day. (Photo contributed)
This photo of Cindy Simpson FaceTiming with her daughter Ashley on April 27, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. is the last photo Cindy has of them together. Ashley went missing from her home on Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek on that day. (Photo contributed)

Possible evidence regarding woman missing in Shuswap doesn’t change family’s anguish

Ashley Simpson’s mother frustrated by potential evidence that may have been missed in 2016

This photo of Cindy Simpson FaceTiming with her daughter Ashley on April 27, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. is the last photo Cindy has of them together. Ashley went missing from her home on Yankee Flats Road near Silver Creek on that day. (Photo contributed)
Privacy is cited as one of the reasons why more details are not provided regarding the location of coronavirus outbreaks in smaller communities in B.C. such as Salmon Arm. (Image by Gerd Altmann, Pixabay)

COVID-19: Privacy cited as one reason for lack of details on Shuswap cases

Residents urged to take appropriate precautions as coronavirus present throughout Interior Health

Privacy is cited as one of the reasons why more details are not provided regarding the location of coronavirus outbreaks in smaller communities in B.C. such as Salmon Arm. (Image by Gerd Altmann, Pixabay)
Salmon Arm RCMP arrest suspect in several crimes on Nov. 16, 2020 following foot chase. (Black Press file photo)

One arrest in South Shuswap closes several investigations, police say

Foot chase nabs suspect wanted in three break-and-enters, collision and other offences

Salmon Arm RCMP arrest suspect in several crimes on Nov. 16, 2020 following foot chase. (Black Press file photo)
David Allard, president of the Salmon Arm Métis Associaition, speaks of Louis Riel’s importance before the Métis flag is raised at Salmon Arm city hall on Nov. 16, 2020 in recognition of Louis Riel Day in B.C. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Significance of Louis Riel Day displayed in Salmon Arm city hall courtyard

Métis association members gather to raise flag, honour Riel and his belief in equality, justice

David Allard, president of the Salmon Arm Métis Associaition, speaks of Louis Riel’s importance before the Métis flag is raised at Salmon Arm city hall on Nov. 16, 2020 in recognition of Louis Riel Day in B.C. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)