Zachary Roman

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Sicamous to donate $1 per person in district to help Village of Lytton rebuild

Sicamous council received a call to action from the Regional District of Mount Waddington

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced the reopening of the Sicamous Creek and North Fork Wild Trails on Sept. 24, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Hiking trails near Sicamous reopen after Two Mile Road wildfire

Sicamous Creek and North Fork Wild Trails were closed since July 22

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced the reopening of the Sicamous Creek and North Fork Wild Trails on Sept. 24, 2021. (CSRD photo)
A protest against vaccine cards was held outside of the District of Sicamous office on Sept. 22, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)

People against vaccine cards stage ‘peaceful’ protest outside Sicamous council meeting

Sicamous RCMP observed the protest from a distance and from inside district office

A protest against vaccine cards was held outside of the District of Sicamous office on Sept. 22, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)
Ryan Milligan, pictured with wife Amanda and kids Raya and Emmett, was in the ICU at Kelowna General Hospital fighting against COVID-19 on Sept. 23. A gofundme has been launched to support his family. (Contributed)

‘This could happen to anyone’: Golden man, 38, with COVID-19 fighting for life in ICU

Fundraiser launched to support family of former Sicamous resident Ryan Milligan

Ryan Milligan, pictured with wife Amanda and kids Raya and Emmett, was in the ICU at Kelowna General Hospital fighting against COVID-19 on Sept. 23. A gofundme has been launched to support his family. (Contributed)
Conservative incumbent Mel Arnold’s campaign spent $1,700 on Facebook ads from Aug. 22 to Sept. 20. (Facebook Image)

North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservatives spend most in riding on Facebook ads

Liberals spend more than any other party to sway the public via Facebook

Conservative incumbent Mel Arnold’s campaign spent $1,700 on Facebook ads from Aug. 22 to Sept. 20. (Facebook Image)
Salmon Arm firefighters were quick to extinguish a vehicle fire at a Hillcrest neighbourhood residence Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm firefighters respond to vehicle burning in driveway

Firefighters quick to extinguish fully engulfed vehicle in Hillcrest neighbourhood

Salmon Arm firefighters were quick to extinguish a vehicle fire at a Hillcrest neighbourhood residence Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Salmon Arm Observer)
Merritt RCMP caught a prohibited driver from Salmon Arm on March 1, 2021. (File photo)

Salmon Arm man gets 14 days in jail for driving while prohibited in Merritt

The man was caught at a RCMP check stop

Merritt RCMP caught a prohibited driver from Salmon Arm on March 1, 2021. (File photo)
By the end of October 2021, a BC Emergency Health Services spokesperson says Sicamous will have 8 full-time paramedics serving the district 24/7. (File photo)

Sicamous ambulance station to get extra ambulance, 8 full-time staff by end of October

New positions will be filled by mix of paramedics already at station and provincial hires

By the end of October 2021, a BC Emergency Health Services spokesperson says Sicamous will have 8 full-time paramedics serving the district 24/7. (File photo)
Valid Manufacturing acquired West Coast Electric on June 30, 2021. (Valid Manufacturing image)

Salmon Arm’s Valid Manufacturing acquires West Coast Electric

Valid said merger will enhance presence in infrastructure, utility, industrial and municipal markets

Valid Manufacturing acquired West Coast Electric on June 30, 2021. (Valid Manufacturing image)
Six RCMSAR Shuswap Station 106 volunteers were awarded the National Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Merit Medal for their help in rescuing a 68-year-old hiker who fell off of a cliff on Sept. 9, 2020. (Facebook)

Shuswap search and rescue volunteers receive medal for life-saving mission

Rescue effort focused on 68-year-old hiker who fell 10 metres off a cliff

Six RCMSAR Shuswap Station 106 volunteers were awarded the National Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Operational Merit Medal for their help in rescuing a 68-year-old hiker who fell off of a cliff on Sept. 9, 2020. (Facebook)
One person is dead following a vehicle incident east of Kamloops on Sept. 21, 2021. (File photo)

RCMP say one person killed in vehicle incident on Highway 1 near Kamloops

Highway 1 westbound reopened following police investigation

One person is dead following a vehicle incident east of Kamloops on Sept. 21, 2021. (File photo)
According to DriveBC, Highway 1 westbound is closed east of Kamloops due to a vehicle incident early in the morning Sept. 21, 2021. (Google image)

Update: Vehicle incident on Highway 1 near Kamloops now clear

DriveBC estimates a reopening time of 1 p.m.

According to DriveBC, Highway 1 westbound is closed east of Kamloops due to a vehicle incident early in the morning Sept. 21, 2021. (Google image)
Kathryn Vennard (center, sitting on chair) and some of her “amazing team of ladies” give a thumbs up amid another successful She Shoe Swaps for charity sale, which raises money for the SAFE Society and Shuswap Community Foundation each year. After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, this year’s event was held outside the Brooke Downs Vennard LLP building on Sept. 18, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)

She Shoe Swaps sale supports Shuswap charities

Annual sale donates all proceeds split evenly between SAFE Society, Shuswap Community Foundation

Kathryn Vennard (center, sitting on chair) and some of her “amazing team of ladies” give a thumbs up amid another successful She Shoe Swaps for charity sale, which raises money for the SAFE Society and Shuswap Community Foundation each year. After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, this year’s event was held outside the Brooke Downs Vennard LLP building on Sept. 18, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)
B.C. Premier John Horgan took to Twitter to condemn protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools on Sept. 17. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Stay away from children!’: Premier denounces protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools

John Horgan said there’s no justification for the actions of the protesters in a Sept. 18 tweet

B.C. Premier John Horgan took to Twitter to condemn protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools on Sept. 17. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
This photo was taken at the first ever Witches Paddle in the Shuswap. Since then, organizers say the turnout has increased by almost three times, and they can’t wait to see how this year’s Oct. 3 event turns out. (Facebook/Shuswap Witches)

Shuswap Witches to paddle in support of local fire departments

Annual event will be held on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

This photo was taken at the first ever Witches Paddle in the Shuswap. Since then, organizers say the turnout has increased by almost three times, and they can’t wait to see how this year’s Oct. 3 event turns out. (Facebook/Shuswap Witches)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Unacceptable’: Protesters enter Salmon Arm schools, forcing hold and secure procedures

Teacher said he didn’t feel safe for students or staff

People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ first preseason game of the 2021-22 BCHL season will take place on Sept. 21. (Tami Quan Photography)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks are almost back in action

First preseason game takes place Sept. 21 against the Vernon Vipers

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ first preseason game of the 2021-22 BCHL season will take place on Sept. 21. (Tami Quan Photography)
A black bear next to a trash bin. (Mark Levisay photo)

Columbia-Shuswap residents warned September usually when human-bear conflicts highest

WildSafeBC says usual food sources for bears affected by summer drought conditions

A black bear next to a trash bin. (Mark Levisay photo)
The District of Sicamous released its Fall 2021 Recreation Programs & Events Guide on Sept. 9. (District of Sicamous image)

Activities for people of all ages, and even dogs, available in Sicamous this fall

District of Sicamous released its Fall 2021 Recreation Programs & Events Guide on Sept. 9

The District of Sicamous released its Fall 2021 Recreation Programs & Events Guide on Sept. 9. (District of Sicamous image)
From left to right: Vahlleri Semeniuk on behalf of the Second Harvest Food Bank; Jaylene Bourdon on behalf of the SAFE Society; Kaily Jeffery, who raised and sold her own 4H steer; and Tony Nikic, manager of the Salmon Arm Save-On-Foods, who bought Jeffery’s steer and donated the meat to Second Harvest and the SAFE Society. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm charities, Sicamous teen benefit from grocer’s generous bid on 4-H steer

Tony Nikic, manager of the Salmon Arm Save-On-Foods, donated meat to Second Harvest, SAFE Society

From left to right: Vahlleri Semeniuk on behalf of the Second Harvest Food Bank; Jaylene Bourdon on behalf of the SAFE Society; Kaily Jeffery, who raised and sold her own 4H steer; and Tony Nikic, manager of the Salmon Arm Save-On-Foods, who bought Jeffery’s steer and donated the meat to Second Harvest and the SAFE Society. (Contributed)