Martha Wickett

The former Canoe school property is to be the subject of a rezoning and amendment to Salmon Arm’s official community plan. (City of Salmon Arm photo)

Building which has ‘captured the imagination of Canoe’ to be rezoned

Former school to be renovated for owners of Vancouver antique store to live and work in

The former Canoe school property is to be the subject of a rezoning and amendment to Salmon Arm’s official community plan. (City of Salmon Arm photo)
People who were living in tents in Salmon Arm or staying at night in an insulated, heated sea can on the side of 3rd Street SE now have the option of staying overnight in a temporary winter shelter in the Downtown Activity Centre gym, in background. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

4 to 8 people use new emergency shelter in Salmon Arm for first few nights, opinions mixed

City to dismantle tent encampment this week across from Salvation Army building

People who were living in tents in Salmon Arm or staying at night in an insulated, heated sea can on the side of 3rd Street SE now have the option of staying overnight in a temporary winter shelter in the Downtown Activity Centre gym, in background. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Pictured are Gage Penney, dad Tyler, mom Marlena and sister Savannah. 
(Contributed)

‘Worst news imaginable’: Salmon Arm RCMP officer’s 9-year-old diagnosed with cancer

Fellow officers start fundraiser for family now living near BC Children’s Hospital

Pictured are Gage Penney, dad Tyler, mom Marlena and sister Savannah. 
(Contributed)
An Enderby man was found not guilty in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops on Jan. 20, 2023 of all but one minor firearms charge in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a Salmon Arm liquor store in 2020. (Kamloops This Week file photo)

Enderby man found not guilty in 2020 robbery of Salmon Arm liquor store

Anthony Summers convicted of just one firearms charge

An Enderby man was found not guilty in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops on Jan. 20, 2023 of all but one minor firearms charge in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a Salmon Arm liquor store in 2020. (Kamloops This Week file photo)
Pausing for a photo in the Salmon Arm office is Essie’s Place Executive Director Donovon Koch. Essie’s Place works to improve the quality of life for LGBTIQ2SA+ people in the Shuswap. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Quality of life: Survey shows psychological world for LGBTQ2S+ folks in Shuswap not good

Counselling now available through Essie’s Place pilot project, family members wanted for survey

Pausing for a photo in the Salmon Arm office is Essie’s Place Executive Director Donovon Koch. Essie’s Place works to improve the quality of life for LGBTIQ2SA+ people in the Shuswap. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
The city’s Traffic Safety Committee looked at several roads and intersections in Salmon Arm that were the subject of complaints in 2022 and made decisions on whether action should be taken. (File photo)

Speeding biggest concern for Salmon Arm residents wanting road improvements

Traffic safety committee recommends more streets be put on mobile speed sign list

The city’s Traffic Safety Committee looked at several roads and intersections in Salmon Arm that were the subject of complaints in 2022 and made decisions on whether action should be taken. (File photo)
The new temporary winter shelter at the Downtown Activity Centre, 451 Shuswap St. S in Salmon Arm, will be open seven days a week, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Jan. 19 to April 30. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

New temporary shelter in Salmon Arm to address residents’ concerns

Hours, access in building set up to meet needs of worried tenants and parents

The new temporary winter shelter at the Downtown Activity Centre, 451 Shuswap St. S in Salmon Arm, will be open seven days a week, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Jan. 19 to April 30. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Traffic was interrupted on Shuswap Street about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 due to a report of smoke on the top floor of one of the offices in the 200 block. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Suspected building fire in Salmon Arm turns out to be non-threatening

Occupants smell smoke but the odour was not from the structure burning

Traffic was interrupted on Shuswap Street about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 due to a report of smoke on the top floor of one of the offices in the 200 block. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm council considers concerns on Jan. 9, 2023 about e-bikes on Foreshore Trail. (File photo)

Concerns raised about speeding e-bikes on Salmon Arm’s Foreshore Trail

Questions about issue to be forwarded to city’s Greenways Liaison Committee

Salmon Arm council considers concerns on Jan. 9, 2023 about e-bikes on Foreshore Trail. (File photo)
Julia Beatty of the Shuswap Climate Action Society who is also a member of the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee, presents a report to Salmon Arm council on Jan. 9, 2023 with recommendations for a new pesticide bylaw. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Deep concerns’: Committee reports on ‘extensive use of unnecessary pesticides’ in Salmon Arm

City’s environmental advisory committee reviews 2008 pesticide bylaw, recommends overhaul

Julia Beatty of the Shuswap Climate Action Society who is also a member of the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee, presents a report to Salmon Arm council on Jan. 9, 2023 with recommendations for a new pesticide bylaw. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm’s Downtown Activity Centre will be the site of a temporary shelter until April 30, 2023. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Long-awaited announcement by BC Housing on emergency shelter for Salmon Arm

Shelter to be open at Downtown Activity Centre from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily

Salmon Arm’s Downtown Activity Centre will be the site of a temporary shelter until April 30, 2023. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Chinook painting, Valerie Rogers.

It’s official: Created in Salmon Arm painting to adorn salmon conservation stamp

Pacific Salmon Foundation expresses accolades for local artist’s winning painting

Chinook painting, Valerie Rogers.
Salmon Arm council puts more than $300,000 in a reserve fund in its 2023 budget for the Active Transportation Task Force (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Hats off to Norma’: Resident relentless in quest for improvements to Salmon Arm street

City council approves about a dozen ‘specific referral’ requests in 2023 budget

Salmon Arm council puts more than $300,000 in a reserve fund in its 2023 budget for the Active Transportation Task Force (Black Press Media file photo)
City council’s budget deliberations for Salmon Arm’s 2023 budget began on Jan. 10 and wrapped up about 1 p.m. on Jan. 11. (File photo)

Getting people out of their vehicles key part of Salmon Arm’s 2023 budget

Taxpayers to face 3.83 per cent increase in what mayor describes as budget to maintain core services

City council’s budget deliberations for Salmon Arm’s 2023 budget began on Jan. 10 and wrapped up about 1 p.m. on Jan. 11. (File photo)
Staff at the new Askew’s Foods store at 1006 George St. in Enderby, formerly the Red Basket, take time out for a quick photo outside the new location. Jan. 4, 2023 was the first day of operation for the store under the Askew’s Foods banner. (Photo contributed)

Askew’s Foods adds a fifth location, former Red Basket site in Enderby

Owner, manager plan to carry on good corporate citizenship of former store owner

Staff at the new Askew’s Foods store at 1006 George St. in Enderby, formerly the Red Basket, take time out for a quick photo outside the new location. Jan. 4, 2023 was the first day of operation for the store under the Askew’s Foods banner. (Photo contributed)
Frederik Vroom and Luke Gubbels present a review of and recommendations for Salmon Arm's Urban Tree Removal Bylaw to city council on Jan. 8, 2023. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Not just landscaping’: Better protection, planning for Salmon Arm trees needed

Environmental Advisory Committee suggests a tree management plan and improved tree protection bylaw

Frederik Vroom and Luke Gubbels present a review of and recommendations for Salmon Arm's Urban Tree Removal Bylaw to city council on Jan. 8, 2023. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Musical Theatre 11 & 12 students at the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan Campus, guided by teacher Danielle Berger, will be presenting Aladdin Jr. from Jan. 17 to 20 at the SAS Theatre, doors open at 5:30 p.m. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Snapshot: Aladdin Jr. brings Genie powers to Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre

Production to run at Sullivan Campus theatre from Jan. 17 to 20

Musical Theatre 11 & 12 students at the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan Campus, guided by teacher Danielle Berger, will be presenting Aladdin Jr. from Jan. 17 to 20 at the SAS Theatre, doors open at 5:30 p.m. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sarah Tokarek of Shuswap Adventure Girl outdoor adventure and travel blog, along with her adventuring companions, took part in the popular New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in the North Shuswap. But when most brave souls were back on shore warming up, the Adventure Girls were still enjoying the water because they cold swim nearly every day in the Shuswap. (Photo contributed)

Snapshot: Basking in the chill of Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day

Shuswap Adventure Girls stay for a soak after Polar Plunge in North Shuswap

Sarah Tokarek of Shuswap Adventure Girl outdoor adventure and travel blog, along with her adventuring companions, took part in the popular New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in the North Shuswap. But when most brave souls were back on shore warming up, the Adventure Girls were still enjoying the water because they cold swim nearly every day in the Shuswap. (Photo contributed)
Salmon Arm council will be making decisions on the city’s proposed 2023 draft budget on Jan. 10 and, if needed, Jan. 11. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Salmon Arm council to ponder potential 3.3% tax increase in draft budget

Council members to begin work of dissecting draft budget on Jan. 10

Salmon Arm council will be making decisions on the city’s proposed 2023 draft budget on Jan. 10 and, if needed, Jan. 11. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
The Salmon Arm Liquor Store on Lakeshore Drive says it is holding a ‘Going Under’ sale to try to generate business following losses incurred from construction of the Ross Street Underpass and accompanying road closures. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘A Hail Mary’: Going Under Sale to counteract hardship of Salmon Arm underpass construction

Owners say project has changed customer habits on Lakeshore which will take work to remedy

The Salmon Arm Liquor Store on Lakeshore Drive says it is holding a ‘Going Under’ sale to try to generate business following losses incurred from construction of the Ross Street Underpass and accompanying road closures. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)