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Wildlife photographer turns lens on wolves killed with neck snares

Wildlife photographer turns lens on wolves killed with neck snares

John Marriott shares passion for conservancy with video series, Exposed

Wildlife photographer turns lens on wolves killed with neck snares
A Silver Creek couple have been given 30 days to find another home after being handed an eviction notice because their rental unit is non-compliant with zoning. (Photo submitted)

Shuswap couple shocked by eviction notice for rural illegal suite

Regional district says zoning doesn’t permit residence to be used as rental duplex

A Silver Creek couple have been given 30 days to find another home after being handed an eviction notice because their rental unit is non-compliant with zoning. (Photo submitted)
Leon Yanko serves Salmon Arm Secondary principal Rob MacAulay coffee in a photo from the front page of School District #83’s Newsline publication. (SAS Sullivan Campus photo)

Special-needs student faces barriers to post secondary education

Okanagan College campus not funded to provide courses for people who need one-on-one assistance

Leon Yanko serves Salmon Arm Secondary principal Rob MacAulay coffee in a photo from the front page of School District #83’s Newsline publication. (SAS Sullivan Campus photo)
Canadian Christian musician, guitarist and drummer who grew up in Salmon Arm will perform a CD release concert at the Salmar Classic Theatre on April 5. (Photo contributed)

Loss of record contract strengthens musician as artist

Shuswap singer-songwriter Dan Bremnes to release new CD

Canadian Christian musician, guitarist and drummer who grew up in Salmon Arm will perform a CD release concert at the Salmar Classic Theatre on April 5. (Photo contributed)
A real trooper, Jane Scranton has been fighting cancer for two-and-a-half years. While the drugs she is receiving are helping her win the battle, contagious diseases like measles could kill her. (Photo submitted)

Shuswap residents share good reasons for immunization

Two families dealing with debilitating diseases offer stories of fear and pain

A real trooper, Jane Scranton has been fighting cancer for two-and-a-half years. While the drugs she is receiving are helping her win the battle, contagious diseases like measles could kill her. (Photo submitted)
Graphic artist Justin Maas’s book, “Drawing Realistic Pencil Portraits Step by Step: Basic Techniques for the Head and Face,” will be available for purchase in July and can e previewed and pre-ordered online. (Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer)

Celebrity portraits attract book offer

Talented Shuswap artist Justin Maas shares technique for realistic pencil portraiture

Graphic artist Justin Maas’s book, “Drawing Realistic Pencil Portraits Step by Step: Basic Techniques for the Head and Face,” will be available for purchase in July and can e previewed and pre-ordered online. (Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer)
Shuswap residents challenge complaints, misconceptions around refugees

Shuswap residents challenge complaints, misconceptions around refugees

Arriving with permanent resident status, families receive same benefits as other Canadians

Shuswap residents challenge complaints, misconceptions around refugees
Devon More returns to Salmon Arm with Berlin Waltz, which played Shuswap Theatre’s 2016 Theatre on the Edge festival before becoming a smash hit at fringe festivals from Montreal to Vancouver. (Petrocker Photography)

Cold War Cabaret offers song, slam poetry and sock puppets

Devon More returns to Shuswap with Berlin Waltz, March 16

Devon More returns to Salmon Arm with Berlin Waltz, which played Shuswap Theatre’s 2016 Theatre on the Edge festival before becoming a smash hit at fringe festivals from Montreal to Vancouver. (Petrocker Photography)
Shuswap Children’s Association executive director June Stewart looks over flyers for the various services and programs the organization continues to offer despite rising costs and insufficient funding. (File photo)

Shuswap children’s organizations offer mixed reviews on Budget 2019

Concern over long waitlists, early intervention funding, but relief child care funds are included

Shuswap Children’s Association executive director June Stewart looks over flyers for the various services and programs the organization continues to offer despite rising costs and insufficient funding. (File photo)
Letter: BC Liberals best at enriching wealthy friends

Letter: BC Liberals best at enriching wealthy friends

Are B.C. voters sick enough yet of being fleeced? Given that British…

Letter: BC Liberals best at enriching wealthy friends
Elk herd crossing Highway 97A in search of food

Elk herd crossing Highway 97A in search of food

Snow at higher elevations forces herd to move into valleys

Elk herd crossing Highway 97A in search of food
The founder and leader of the Juno award-winning band Fathead, Al Lerman is a disciple of acoustic blues, whose presence at Roots & Blues will add a lot of substance to many workshops, says Peter North festival artistic director. (Photo contributed)

Top blues talent joins festival roster

Salmon Arm’s Roots and Blues adds stellar Canadian acts to 2019 event

The founder and leader of the Juno award-winning band Fathead, Al Lerman is a disciple of acoustic blues, whose presence at Roots & Blues will add a lot of substance to many workshops, says Peter North festival artistic director. (Photo contributed)
Dr. Richard Zigler (second from left) left Canada for Africa, where he taught special needs education at Pwani University in Kenya. (Photo contributed)

Former Shuswap teacher remembered for staying true to beliefs

Celebration of life for Dr. Richard Zigler taking place Saturday, Feb. 23

Dr. Richard Zigler (second from left) left Canada for Africa, where he taught special needs education at Pwani University in Kenya. (Photo contributed)
Interior Health on high alert for possible measles cases

Interior Health on high alert for possible measles cases

No reports of the disease yet, but regular travel to the Coast could bring measles to the Interior

Interior Health on high alert for possible measles cases
The brilliantly coloured white-winged crossbill is one of the songbirds that call the Shuswap home. (Roger Beardmore Photo)

Domestic, feral cats implicated in steep decline of songbirds

Committee to help save Shuswap songbirds through education

The brilliantly coloured white-winged crossbill is one of the songbirds that call the Shuswap home. (Roger Beardmore Photo)
Snow shovel woes: How to avoid injuries in the day-to-day of winter

Snow shovel woes: How to avoid injuries in the day-to-day of winter

Physiotherapists see influx of clients during winter months

Snow shovel woes: How to avoid injuries in the day-to-day of winter
Birdseed sales spike as birds contend with cold snap

Birdseed sales spike as birds contend with cold snap

Freezing weather forces fowl to find warmer waters

Birdseed sales spike as birds contend with cold snap
Sockeye Salmon swim in the Adams River towards their spawning grounds in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on Sunday, Oct. 12. (File photo)

Returning Shuswap sockeye drop by 700,000

Sockeye returning to local spawning grounds down by almost 700,000 fish

Sockeye Salmon swim in the Adams River towards their spawning grounds in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park on Sunday, Oct. 12. (File photo)
Blind since birth, Jody Hanna has found a way to let her creativity shine at Salmon Arm’s Inclusive Arts on Hudson Avenue. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Blind B.C. artist uses fingers for creative vision

Shuswap art studio helps people with special needs express themselves

Blind since birth, Jody Hanna has found a way to let her creativity shine at Salmon Arm’s Inclusive Arts on Hudson Avenue. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
Stephanie Weightman began trying to access daycare services for her daughter, Quinn, when she was just three months pregnant. With her maternity leave over and some holiday time used up, the young mother is running out of time to find qualified daycare. (Photo submitted)

Childcare crisis looms over B.C. Interior

Shuswap parents frustrated by lack of spaces while care providers struggle to find qualified staff

Stephanie Weightman began trying to access daycare services for her daughter, Quinn, when she was just three months pregnant. With her maternity leave over and some holiday time used up, the young mother is running out of time to find qualified daycare. (Photo submitted)