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Columbia Shuswap Regional District firefighters attack a blaze in a home on Centennial Road in Blind Bay on Monday, Jan. 14.                                (Sean Coubrough photo)

Dog dies saving B.C. family from burning home

Homeowners safe but one pet missing, another confirmed dead following fire

Columbia Shuswap Regional District firefighters attack a blaze in a home on Centennial Road in Blind Bay on Monday, Jan. 14.                                (Sean Coubrough photo)
Second-year Juilliard School student and talented pianist, Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, will perform in a solo recital at the Nexus at First United in Salmon Arm at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. (Photo contributed)

Talented Shuswap teen loves life at Juilliard

Jaeden Izik-Dzurko returns from New York, will perform in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton

Second-year Juilliard School student and talented pianist, Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, will perform in a solo recital at the Nexus at First United in Salmon Arm at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. (Photo contributed)
A BC Coroner’s Report that provides confirmed and suspected illicit overdose deaths indicates that between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2018, there were 32 deaths per 100,000 individuals in the Interior Health Authority – the second highest in the province. (File photo)

Use of street drugs in B.C. Interior compared to playing Russian roulette

Overdose deaths spike in Interior Health over past five years, help available

A BC Coroner’s Report that provides confirmed and suspected illicit overdose deaths indicates that between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2018, there were 32 deaths per 100,000 individuals in the Interior Health Authority – the second highest in the province. (File photo)
This view of the search area and the following comment was posted Sunday night, Jan.6, by Shuswap Search and Rescue on the organization’s Facebook page. “Not much of a view up there this morning but, thankfully, conditions improved!! We are grateful to have everyone home safe tonight.”

Man spends cold night in Shuswap’s Blue Lake snowmobile area

RCMP, Shuswap Search and Rescue, Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club find missing Albertan east of Sicamous

This view of the search area and the following comment was posted Sunday night, Jan.6, by Shuswap Search and Rescue on the organization’s Facebook page. “Not much of a view up there this morning but, thankfully, conditions improved!! We are grateful to have everyone home safe tonight.”
A core sample will be taken at one of the deepest parts of Mara Lake for a research project to be conducted by UBC Okanagan in order to provide a centuries-long look at nutrient deposition on the lake bottom. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Researchers to dig deep into bottom of Shuswap’s Mara Lake

UBC Okanagan to use core sample to analyze lake deposition over the centuries

A core sample will be taken at one of the deepest parts of Mara Lake for a research project to be conducted by UBC Okanagan in order to provide a centuries-long look at nutrient deposition on the lake bottom. (Jim Cooperman photo)
This fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, was spotted among a flock of robins during the annual Salmon Arm Bird Count on Dec. 16. This is only the second time the bird, which is native to northern Europe and Asia, has been seen in B.C. (Roger Beardmore photo)

Rare Russian bird sighting sees birdwatchers flock to the B.C. Shuswap

The fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, might have made its way to B.C. from Russia

This fieldfare, a member of the thrush family, was spotted among a flock of robins during the annual Salmon Arm Bird Count on Dec. 16. This is only the second time the bird, which is native to northern Europe and Asia, has been seen in B.C. (Roger Beardmore photo)
Three family members are alive but a dog and cat lost their lives in a house fire on Bohn Road in Sunnybrae, west of Salmon Arm, early Monday morning. (Sean Coubrough/CSRD Fire Services)

Family saved but pets lost in Shuswap house fire

Firefighters manage to extinguish the blaze but a cat and dog perished

Three family members are alive but a dog and cat lost their lives in a house fire on Bohn Road in Sunnybrae, west of Salmon Arm, early Monday morning. (Sean Coubrough/CSRD Fire Services)
Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)

Canadian passports now available in Salmon Arm

The Service Canada office on Shuswap Street will provide weekday service in English.

Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)
Wolf Wesle and Karen Dow show a tray of microgreens in front of a rack of lettuce, both of which are being grown by Living Leaf Growers located at the Westgate Public Market. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap business to provide fresh greens year round

Salmon Arm growers offer hydroponic test market to help develop signature salad mix

Wolf Wesle and Karen Dow show a tray of microgreens in front of a rack of lettuce, both of which are being grown by Living Leaf Growers located at the Westgate Public Market. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
Brad DeMille picks satsuma oranges in his cousin’s California orchard in order to sell the tree-ripened fruit to customers in Salmon Arm. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap farm market owner picks up oranges in California

Brad DeMille travels to U.S. to bring another 8,000 pounds of satsumas from family farm

Brad DeMille picks satsuma oranges in his cousin’s California orchard in order to sell the tree-ripened fruit to customers in Salmon Arm. (Photo contributed)
International Bluegrass Music Association 2017 Momentum Award winners, Mile 12, presents their uncompromisingly authentic songwriting, crafted arrangements and gliding groove that have thrilled audiences throughout the States as well as Canada, Ireland, The UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap’s Roots & Blues adds world-class acts to roster

Popular Salmon Arm festival will encompass Afrobeat to bluegrass

International Bluegrass Music Association 2017 Momentum Award winners, Mile 12, presents their uncompromisingly authentic songwriting, crafted arrangements and gliding groove that have thrilled audiences throughout the States as well as Canada, Ireland, The UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. (Photo contributed)
A group of activists with the Okanagan Animal Save group come together around a Rocana Meats delivery truck for a photo during a protest at the company’s facility in Salmon Arm. (Facebook/Okanagan Animal Save)

Activists protest at Shuswap pig abattoir

Incident at meat processing plant under investigation by Salmon Arm RCMP

A group of activists with the Okanagan Animal Save group come together around a Rocana Meats delivery truck for a photo during a protest at the company’s facility in Salmon Arm. (Facebook/Okanagan Animal Save)
Shuswap Children’s Association physiotherapist is Estera Hazlewood is teaching four-year-old Oli Brooks how to push a button on an adaptive car. The association is unable to provideOli with the number of hours he requires for his complex needs. (Zev Tiefenbach photo)

Provincial funds not adequate for four-year-old boy’s health needs

Only Shuswap Children’s Association funded to help, but not enough for young Oliver

Shuswap Children’s Association physiotherapist is Estera Hazlewood is teaching four-year-old Oli Brooks how to push a button on an adaptive car. The association is unable to provideOli with the number of hours he requires for his complex needs. (Zev Tiefenbach photo)
Dean Edwards gives Morgan, his seven-year-old Newfoundland dog, a pep talk at the Pacific Northwest Newfoundland Club water test in September. (Amanda Buse photo)

B.C. dog dives to the top of the water test

Morgan the Newfoundland dog from the Shuswap adds underwater rescue to her list of accomplishments

Dean Edwards gives Morgan, his seven-year-old Newfoundland dog, a pep talk at the Pacific Northwest Newfoundland Club water test in September. (Amanda Buse photo)
$224.5 million announced for Highway 1 bridge replacement in Sicamous

$224.5 million announced for Highway 1 bridge replacement in Sicamous

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says bridge option will be announced next month

$224.5 million announced for Highway 1 bridge replacement in Sicamous
A sign on the Trans-Canada Highway at DeMille’s Farm Market expresses owner Brad Demille’s opinion of the roadwork that has snarled traffic near the Salmon River Bridge. (Brad DeMille photo)

Gridlock on Highway 1 in Shuswap angers market owner

Owner of DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm says store is suffering as ministry paves during day

A sign on the Trans-Canada Highway at DeMille’s Farm Market expresses owner Brad Demille’s opinion of the roadwork that has snarled traffic near the Salmon River Bridge. (Brad DeMille photo)
Chélie Elsom stands in front of bags of recyclable plastics in Salmon Arm, plastics that, in B.C., will be remanufactured into new items. Elsom has created a petition she hopes will be presented in the House of Common, asking for a national strategy that will prohibit the use of single-use plastic. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

BC resident calls for national plan to tackle plastic

Shuswap petition calls for zero plastic waste in Canada by 2030

Chélie Elsom stands in front of bags of recyclable plastics in Salmon Arm, plastics that, in B.C., will be remanufactured into new items. Elsom has created a petition she hopes will be presented in the House of Common, asking for a national strategy that will prohibit the use of single-use plastic. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Above, Yankee Flats Road residents are concerned repairs to an area at the north end of the road that has a steep drop to the valley below will not be paved or barricaded before winter.                                To left, a steep slope at the north end of Yankee Flats Road, near the junction with Salmon River Road, has long been a concern to area residents and other road users. (Lynne Fortin photos)

Shuswap resident concerned road repairs won’t be complete before winter

Ministry says road paving will take place Nov. 2 - weather permitting

Above, Yankee Flats Road residents are concerned repairs to an area at the north end of the road that has a steep drop to the valley below will not be paved or barricaded before winter.                                To left, a steep slope at the north end of Yankee Flats Road, near the junction with Salmon River Road, has long been a concern to area residents and other road users. (Lynne Fortin photos)
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Electoral Area A director Karen Cathcart and chair Rhona Martin attended a meeting on abattoirs with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, third from left. Also attending the meeting were CSRD chief administrative officer Charles Hamilton, Salmon Arm Youth Council member Gray Simms and Columbia Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap student a big hit at UBCM conference

Delegates, ministers at Union of BC Municipalities impressed by Gray Simms’ knowledge and attitude

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Electoral Area A director Karen Cathcart and chair Rhona Martin attended a meeting on abattoirs with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, third from left. Also attending the meeting were CSRD chief administrative officer Charles Hamilton, Salmon Arm Youth Council member Gray Simms and Columbia Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok. (Photo contributed)
Brian Ayotte, Lorna Thomas, Phil Wright, Isabel Reinertson, Lloyd Charlie, Delores Purdaby, Dale Johnson and Mohammed Zakreet give enthusiastic support for the new Seniors Health and Wellness Centre at Marine Plaza. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap offers one-stop wellness for seniors

Salmon Arm centre for seniors with chronic conditions offers collaborate approach to health

Brian Ayotte, Lorna Thomas, Phil Wright, Isabel Reinertson, Lloyd Charlie, Delores Purdaby, Dale Johnson and Mohammed Zakreet give enthusiastic support for the new Seniors Health and Wellness Centre at Marine Plaza. (Photo contributed)