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An example of the fire lantern proposed as the Secwépemc Landmark Art Project installation on Queest Mountain. (District of Sicamous image)

Sicamous council disapproves of proposed location for Secwépemc Landmark Art Project

Unanimous support for the project was voiced but location on Queest Mountain deemed unsuitable

An example of the fire lantern proposed as the Secwépemc Landmark Art Project installation on Queest Mountain. (District of Sicamous image)
The 2023 Secwépemc Dreamcatchers Conference will take place in Chase from March 17-19. (Splatsin image)

First Nations youth invited to connect at Secwépemc Dreamcatchers Conference in Chase

Workshops, guest speakers aim to inspire youth; traditional lahal tournament to kick off first night

The 2023 Secwépemc Dreamcatchers Conference will take place in Chase from March 17-19. (Splatsin image)
The Sicamous Creek Falls Trail is one of many District of Sicamous trails managed and protected by the Shuswap Trail Alliance. (Black Press file photo)
The Sicamous Creek Falls Trail is one of many District of Sicamous trails managed and protected by the Shuswap Trail Alliance. (Black Press file photo)
Lena and Peter Emmerzael and their son are grateful to live in Salmon Arm but war in Ukraine has devastated the lives of family and friends’. Lena is fundraising to help people in her hometown of Zaporizhzhya. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm woman’s heart warmed by support of fellow residents for people of Ukraine

‘To get help, of any size, it makes Ukrainian people feel like they’re not alone.’

Lena and Peter Emmerzael and their son are grateful to live in Salmon Arm but war in Ukraine has devastated the lives of family and friends’. Lena is fundraising to help people in her hometown of Zaporizhzhya. (Contributed)
Rolo the therapy dog kisses Nora Stitt’s hand after she read stories with the dog and his human, Rachel, and her mother and Paws 4 Stories at the Salmon Arm ORL branch, Jan. 28 2023. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Library’s therapy dog story time with Rolo a paw-pular spot

Kids read stories and pet Rolo, program benefits seniors and encourages reading

Rolo the therapy dog kisses Nora Stitt’s hand after she read stories with the dog and his human, Rachel, and her mother and Paws 4 Stories at the Salmon Arm ORL branch, Jan. 28 2023. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)
Sicamous Curling Club will host Rock the Rings, a free Family Day curling event on Feb. 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Black Press file photo)

Rock the Rings: Sicamous Curling Club hosts Family Day curling event

Province gives grant funding to the district to provide fun on the ice free to families

Sicamous Curling Club will host Rock the Rings, a free Family Day curling event on Feb. 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Black Press file photo)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was training at Mission Creek Park on Jan. 26, 2022. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue tune up their skills in training session

Every member of COSAR is a volunteer

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Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was training at Mission Creek Park on Jan. 26, 2022. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)
Storyteller James Murray shares a tale of a young girl and her dog, a husky named Arlo, during the PJ Storytime Unplug and Play event at Bastion Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Bedtime stories: Salmon Arm youth enjoy Unplug and Play event at Bastion Elementary

Sarah Elliman, James Murray and Patricia Rosamond Wilson captivate kids with unique tales

Storyteller James Murray shares a tale of a young girl and her dog, a husky named Arlo, during the PJ Storytime Unplug and Play event at Bastion Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The Kelowna RCMP’s held their third and final ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event of January was held at Bean Scene on Pandosy Street on Thursday. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

‘Coffee with a Cop’ completes successful January, more events in the future: Kelowna RCMP

Because of the success of the first three events, more events could start in March or April

The Kelowna RCMP’s held their third and final ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event of January was held at Bean Scene on Pandosy Street on Thursday. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Shuswap Search and Rescue volunteers practise their avalanche rescue skills in January 2023. (Shuswap Search and Rescue- Facebook)

Shuswap Search and Rescue takes avalanche training to better respond to crisis

Members work to better recognize avalanche terrain for safe, quick rescue

Shuswap Search and Rescue volunteers practise their avalanche rescue skills in January 2023. (Shuswap Search and Rescue- Facebook)
Sicamous Legion president Bill Moore had the honour of throwing the first of the new rocks the Sicamous Curling Club was able to purchase thanks to a donation from the Legion. (Sicamous Curling Club/Facebook)

Sicamous curling club ready to rock thanks to Legion donation

Curling rocks recently arrived after being ordered in September

Sicamous Legion president Bill Moore had the honour of throwing the first of the new rocks the Sicamous Curling Club was able to purchase thanks to a donation from the Legion. (Sicamous Curling Club/Facebook)
A painting done during Dody’s Art for Everyone program at the Red Barn. Several family-friendly craft classes are coming up through the Eagle Valley Arts Council starting in February. (Eagle Valley Arts Council- Facebook)

Sicamous’ Red Barn home to upcoming art classes and events

Moccasin making, jig dancing, dream catchers and more

A painting done during Dody’s Art for Everyone program at the Red Barn. Several family-friendly craft classes are coming up through the Eagle Valley Arts Council starting in February. (Eagle Valley Arts Council- Facebook)
Rob Balsdon hosts Train Wreck Comedy at Runaways on Feb. 23. (Facebook)

Chuckle for charity with Train Wreck Comedy in Kelowna

Train Wreck hosts a show in support of Kelowna charity Her International

Rob Balsdon hosts Train Wreck Comedy at Runaways on Feb. 23. (Facebook)
Saplings grown by the Sicamous Gardeners group and seeds destined for planting and for new owners. The Sicamous seed swap is planned for Feb. 18 at the Sicamous library. (Sicamous Gardeners- Facebook)

Sicamous gardening group hosting seed swap for community growers

Group hopes to keep heirloom plants alive, written log will keep track of who’s growing what

Saplings grown by the Sicamous Gardeners group and seeds destined for planting and for new owners. The Sicamous seed swap is planned for Feb. 18 at the Sicamous library. (Sicamous Gardeners- Facebook)
Shuswap Paws is hosting a Valentine’s Day dance to fundraise to continue to save and foster animals in need. (Audrey Torbohm photo)

Shuswap Paws hosts Valentine’s Day dance fundraiser

The rescue is raising funds to help with foster care and animal rescue expenses

Shuswap Paws is hosting a Valentine’s Day dance to fundraise to continue to save and foster animals in need. (Audrey Torbohm photo)
Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)

Shuswap horse rescue seeks support to take advantage of hay bale discount

Freedom’s Gate fundraising to purchase hay offered at half price

Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)
Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)

North Okanagan fire victims lose everything, no insurance

Family escaped the blaze, one cat still missing, fundraiser started

Firefighter Sean Wright with a cat rescued from a Spallumcheen house fire Jan. 17. (Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department photo)
(Central Okanagan Food Bank/Contributed)

‘Be An Angel’ campaign raises close to $500k for Central Okanagan Food Bank

In the 27th iteration of the December-based fundraiser, The Thomas Allen Budd Foundation contributed $30,000

(Central Okanagan Food Bank/Contributed)
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)
Chiropractors Jake Deeble and Jourdyne Mason teach kids about muscles, bones and their bodies before playing movement games at the Unplug and Play Anatomy and Movement class at Active Chiropractic, Jan. 21 2023. (Rebecca Willson photo)

Salmon Arm chiropractors hold body movement class and games for Unplug and Play

Children learned about muscles and bones, played and received free books

Chiropractors Jake Deeble and Jourdyne Mason teach kids about muscles, bones and their bodies before playing movement games at the Unplug and Play Anatomy and Movement class at Active Chiropractic, Jan. 21 2023. (Rebecca Willson photo)