Martha Wickett

Chase RCMP warn of a ‘sextortion scam’ after a young man is told to pay money if he doesn’t want a revealing photo he’s sent to a person online to be distributed on social media. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives)

Chase RCMP warn of ‘sextortion scam’ involving naked photo online

Police provide guideline for young people who may be particularly vulnerable to such crimes

Chase RCMP warn of a ‘sextortion scam’ after a young man is told to pay money if he doesn’t want a revealing photo he’s sent to a person online to be distributed on social media. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives)
The Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association Awards were presented May 18, 2022, recognizing the many players, coaches, volunteers and more who contributed to the successful 2021-22 season. (Kristal Burgess Photography)

Salmon Arm Minor Hockey players, volunteers, coaches honoured

Minor hockey awards for the 2021-22 season presented in person

The Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association Awards were presented May 18, 2022, recognizing the many players, coaches, volunteers and more who contributed to the successful 2021-22 season. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
Michael Heater from Salmon Arm was the happy winner of the Lotto Max Extra draw on May 3, winning $500, 000. (BCLC photo)

Salmon Arm resident sets sights on new truck after lottery win

Matching all four Extra numbers on Lotto Max provides $500,000 prize

Michael Heater from Salmon Arm was the happy winner of the Lotto Max Extra draw on May 3, winning $500, 000. (BCLC photo)
The new Liquor Coop at DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm, opening May 20, will feature B.C. craft wine, beer, spirits and ciders. (Image contributed)

DeMille’s to open Liquor Coop featuring B.C. wines, beer, spirits, cider

Local products as well as those from throughout the province to be sold May 20 and on

The new Liquor Coop at DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm, opening May 20, will feature B.C. craft wine, beer, spirits and ciders. (Image contributed)
The agent for this property at 30 2nd St. SE in Salmon Arm has applied for an official community plan reversal to its 2011 status of residential in order to build a duplex on the parcel. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Official community plan reversal requested for Salmon Arm ‘fringe residential’ lot

Parcel changed from residential to commercial in 2012, now residential wanted for duplex

The agent for this property at 30 2nd St. SE in Salmon Arm has applied for an official community plan reversal to its 2011 status of residential in order to build a duplex on the parcel. (City of Salmon Arm image)
A Shuswap man was awarded more than $1 million in damages by BC Supreme Court in May 2022 after he was badly injured in 2018 when his dirt bike hit a chain strung across a rural road in Mara, south of Sicamous. (rihaij/Pixabay photo)

Shuswap man awarded $1.3 million following ‘horrific’ dirt bike crash

Judge says crash south of Sicamous left driver to endure a ‘very great amount of pain and suffering’

A Shuswap man was awarded more than $1 million in damages by BC Supreme Court in May 2022 after he was badly injured in 2018 when his dirt bike hit a chain strung across a rural road in Mara, south of Sicamous. (rihaij/Pixabay photo)
An application for a 14-lot subdivision at 1281 20th Ave. SW near Foothill Road in Salmon Arm includes a plan to retain the existing house on the property. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Plans for 14-lot subdivision in Salmon Arm praised for keeping existing home

Council gives preliminary approval to variance needed to retain house on parcel near Foothill Road

An application for a 14-lot subdivision at 1281 20th Ave. SW near Foothill Road in Salmon Arm includes a plan to retain the existing house on the property. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Northyards Cider Co. at 3181 11th Ave. NE in Salmon Arm has applied to B.C.’s liquor branch to extend its liquor licence to include a lounge and patio area for up to 55 people. (City of Salmon Arm image)

More seats for cider proposed by Northyards Cider Co. in Salmon Arm

Application to Liquor Cannabis branch would add a lounge and patio area for a maximum of 55 people

Northyards Cider Co. at 3181 11th Ave. NE in Salmon Arm has applied to B.C.’s liquor branch to extend its liquor licence to include a lounge and patio area for up to 55 people. (City of Salmon Arm image)
An artist’s rendering of a proposed eight-unit rental complex at 130 Shuswap St. SE in Salmon Arm, with the west side facing Shuswap Street pictured on top and the southern outlook towards the Anglican church below it. (City of Salmon Arm)

Eight-unit rental complex planned for Salmon Arm’s Shuswap Street

Owner said rental units contemplated, older trees to be left on site in addition to landscaping

An artist’s rendering of a proposed eight-unit rental complex at 130 Shuswap St. SE in Salmon Arm, with the west side facing Shuswap Street pictured on top and the southern outlook towards the Anglican church below it. (City of Salmon Arm)
The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm will close its doors permanently on May 31, 2022. Plans are underway to come up with options that better meet the needs of people who are without homes. (File photo)

Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm to close its doors permanently May 31

Groups working together to provide options that better meet needs of individuals

The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm will close its doors permanently on May 31, 2022. Plans are underway to come up with options that better meet the needs of people who are without homes. (File photo)
Blind Bay Village Grocer managers Peggy Toole and Brenda Szlabon accept their winning plaque on April 25 in Vancouver from Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers presenters president Tom Shurrie and Tony Chapman. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap grocer recognized again at Independent Grocers of the Year awards

Blind Bay Village Grocer receives Hall of Fame Award for continued excellence

Blind Bay Village Grocer managers Peggy Toole and Brenda Szlabon accept their winning plaque on April 25 in Vancouver from Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers presenters president Tom Shurrie and Tony Chapman. (Photo contributed)
This photo captures a big tent being put up in fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, B.C. Salmon Arm council has suggested the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds might be a good space for a big tent request from the Salmon Arm Mennonite Church. (Black Press Media file photo)
A big tent is being put up in the middle of the Albion Fairgrounds. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Church’s request for big tent in city park denied by Salmon Arm council

City council suggests fall fairgrounds as an option because ball diamonds may be in use

This photo captures a big tent being put up in fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, B.C. Salmon Arm council has suggested the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds might be a good space for a big tent request from the Salmon Arm Mennonite Church. (Black Press Media file photo)
A big tent is being put up in the middle of the Albion Fairgrounds. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)

Woman charged in connection with multiple wildfires east of Kamloops

Joint investigation between RCMP and BC Wildfire Service leads to four counts of arson

An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)
City of Salmon Arm sprinkling regulations in effect from May 15 to Sept. 15. Another hot, dry summer could mean more stringent restrictions. (File photo)

Importance of conserving water in Salmon Arm rises to top with sprinkling restrictions

Regulations on who can water when in effect May 15, another dry summer may mean more stringent rules

City of Salmon Arm sprinkling regulations in effect from May 15 to Sept. 15. Another hot, dry summer could mean more stringent restrictions. (File photo)
The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson was denied bail in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops on May 12, 2022. (File photo)

Man charged with murder in death of Shuswap woman denied bail

Derek Favell faces second-degree murder charge in death of Ashley Simpson

The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson was denied bail in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops on May 12, 2022. (File photo)
These are examples of the types of signs that can appear on non-gendered public washrooms. (File photo)

‘Not just two options’: Salmon Arm to work towards non-gendered washrooms in city

Council votes unanimously to start with changing single-stall facilities

These are examples of the types of signs that can appear on non-gendered public washrooms. (File photo)
A Gathering of Gratitude is planned by the Shuswap Community Foundation for Marine Peace Park on Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the same day at the same time, the Shuswap Resource Centre will be having a family connection day in its parking lot, also with everyone welcome. (File photo)

Celebration at Salmon Arm’s Marine Peace Park to focus on gratitude

Shuswap Community Foundation to honour donors and organizations who improve life in Shuswap

A Gathering of Gratitude is planned by the Shuswap Community Foundation for Marine Peace Park on Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the same day at the same time, the Shuswap Resource Centre will be having a family connection day in its parking lot, also with everyone welcome. (File photo)
2022 Launch-a-Preneur participants Ana Brideau and Erin Messier promote their Beyond the Board business at the May 7 sneak-peek event at the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Launch-a-Preneur participants give Shuswap residents sneak peek at business creations

24 entrants registered in entrepreneur training which culminates in Dragons’ Den-style contest

2022 Launch-a-Preneur participants Ana Brideau and Erin Messier promote their Beyond the Board business at the May 7 sneak-peek event at the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmers Market. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Salmon Arm Sockeyes Swim Club will be hosting a swim meet in June and has received Salmon Arm council’s approval to allow RV campers near the pool. (Brad Calkins photo)

Smooth waters ahead for RV campers at Salmon Arm Sockeyes swim meet

City council approves request for recreational vehicles in rec centre parking lot

The Salmon Arm Sockeyes Swim Club will be hosting a swim meet in June and has received Salmon Arm council’s approval to allow RV campers near the pool. (Brad Calkins photo)
The Fashion for Famine fundraising fashion show is returning to Salmon Arm Secondary’s Sullivan Campus on Wednesday, May 25 after a two-year pandemic break. Clothing featured will be from Shuswap businesses. (File photo)

Students in Salmon Arm to rock the runway for Fashion for Famine fundraiser

Fashion show features student models wearing clothing from local businesses

The Fashion for Famine fundraising fashion show is returning to Salmon Arm Secondary’s Sullivan Campus on Wednesday, May 25 after a two-year pandemic break. Clothing featured will be from Shuswap businesses. (File photo)