Barb Brouwer

Three-year-old Huda and Mahmoud, six, sit with their dad, Tareq Qabour in their Salmon Arm home. Tareq, his wife, Rasha Kabour, and their sons Mohammad and Mahmoud, ran for their lives from Syria, before spending five-and-a-half difficult years in Jordan, where Huda was born. (Barb Brouwer/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap refugee family settles into new, more hopeful life

Father of 10th Syrian family to come to Salmon Arm says learning English, work, top priorities

Three-year-old Huda and Mahmoud, six, sit with their dad, Tareq Qabour in their Salmon Arm home. Tareq, his wife, Rasha Kabour, and their sons Mohammad and Mahmoud, ran for their lives from Syria, before spending five-and-a-half difficult years in Jordan, where Huda was born. (Barb Brouwer/Salmon Arm Observer)
The Seed to Soul cannabis retail store on Hudson Avenue in Salmon Arm has posted a sign indicating the store will be closed until further notice. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap pot shops close as cannabis becomes legal

One marijuana dispensary won’t require city approvals as on First Nations land

The Seed to Soul cannabis retail store on Hudson Avenue in Salmon Arm has posted a sign indicating the store will be closed until further notice. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
Shuswap goat delivery way above quota

Shuswap goat delivery way above quota

Hillside Dreams Callekno produced sextuplets, a rare event among goats

Shuswap goat delivery way above quota
Hundreds lined the shores of Adams River on Saturday Oct. 13 (Carmen Weld/Black Press Media)

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Hundreds lined the shores of Adams River on Saturday Oct. 13 (Carmen Weld/Black Press Media)
Early morning fire destroys Shuswap home

Early morning fire destroys Shuswap home

Owners of Tappen house away as structure undergoing renovations

Early morning fire destroys Shuswap home
Sockeye salmon swim up a stream near the Adams River searching for a place to spawn on Sunday, Oct. 7. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Fisheries officials puzzled over missing Shuswap sockeye

Abundance in weekend test fishery in Strait of Georgia much lower than expected

Sockeye salmon swim up a stream near the Adams River searching for a place to spawn on Sunday, Oct. 7. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
This special bus will shuttle visitors to the Salute to the Sockeye Festival on the Adams River, leaving the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre at 9 a.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8, with several stops along the way. The bus will depart Tsútswecw Provincial Park for the return trip at 2 p.m. (Photo contributed)

Many admirers make their way to Shuswap’s Salute to the Sockeye

Close to a million late-run sockeye expected to return to Adams River in nature’s amazing spectacle

This special bus will shuttle visitors to the Salute to the Sockeye Festival on the Adams River, leaving the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre at 9 a.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8, with several stops along the way. The bus will depart Tsútswecw Provincial Park for the return trip at 2 p.m. (Photo contributed)
Shuswap school takes the lead on environmental sustainability

Shuswap school takes the lead on environmental sustainability

Vision of a teacher and a systems ecologist, BC Tomorrow provides path to sustainable development

Shuswap school takes the lead on environmental sustainability
Firefighters respond to a controlled ammonia leak at Salmon Arm’s Fire Training Centre, a joint venture between the city and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. The scenario was part of a two-day workshop for refrigerant operators and emergency responders. (Brad Shirley photo)

Ammonia leak prompts education for Southern Interior

Arena operators, first responders come to Salmon Arm to learn about handling ammonia

Firefighters respond to a controlled ammonia leak at Salmon Arm’s Fire Training Centre, a joint venture between the city and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. The scenario was part of a two-day workshop for refrigerant operators and emergency responders. (Brad Shirley photo)
The CSRD has new procedures for dealing with materials containing asbestos, including drywall manufactured prior to 1990. (File photo)

Shuswap homes built before 1990 may contain asbestos in drywall

Regional district institutes procedures for accepting drywall containing asbestos

The CSRD has new procedures for dealing with materials containing asbestos, including drywall manufactured prior to 1990. (File photo)
Wearing an out-of-date band that reads “Cpru85 28099 aka Boomer,” a lost homing pigeon has taken up residence in a private greenhouse on Yankee Flats Road. Property owner Debbie Marzorini is hoping to find Boomer’s real home or some other sanctuary for him before the cold weather arrives. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap homing pigeon in need of new abode

Carrier pigeon wearing outdated identification band takes up residence in Yankee Flats

Wearing an out-of-date band that reads “Cpru85 28099 aka Boomer,” a lost homing pigeon has taken up residence in a private greenhouse on Yankee Flats Road. Property owner Debbie Marzorini is hoping to find Boomer’s real home or some other sanctuary for him before the cold weather arrives. (Photo contributed)
Sisters Anna, Holly and Jane Scranton are collecting refundable beverage containers until the end of September to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The money they collect will go to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for pediatric oncology research. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap family raises awareness of need for better child cancer treatments

Young cancer patient doing her best to help others with the disease that hits one in 333 kids

Sisters Anna, Holly and Jane Scranton are collecting refundable beverage containers until the end of September to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The money they collect will go to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for pediatric oncology research. (Photo contributed)
The first big push of late-run Shuswap sockeye salmon up the Fraser River from the Pacific Ocean began on Saturday, Sept. 15, with their arrival time at the Squilax Bridge expected in 10 days to two weeks. (File photo)

Race is on for Shuswap late-run sockeye salmon

New estimates say about 750,000 sockeye will spawn on the Adams River, similar to 2014 dominant run

The first big push of late-run Shuswap sockeye salmon up the Fraser River from the Pacific Ocean began on Saturday, Sept. 15, with their arrival time at the Squilax Bridge expected in 10 days to two weeks. (File photo)
Delegates to a conference in Salmon Arm were told that Forest Nursery Association of BC (FNABC) members are considered to be world leaders in tree growing practices and stand ready to help grow the hundreds of millions of trees that will result from Forest Enhancement Society BC sponsored initiatives. (FNABC photo)

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Delegates to a conference in Salmon Arm were told that Forest Nursery Association of BC (FNABC) members are considered to be world leaders in tree growing practices and stand ready to help grow the hundreds of millions of trees that will result from Forest Enhancement Society BC sponsored initiatives. (FNABC photo)
Sisters Hunter and Halle Krawczyk share a hug. The Salmon Arm family is grateful a drug geneticists have indicated might help nine-year-old Halle in her fight with a rare and vicious form of cancer has been made available through the BC Cancer Agency’s Compassionate Access Program. (Photo contributed)

Cancer returns to young B.C. girl with a vengeance

Shuswap family is grateful a drug geneticists believe could help will be made available

Sisters Hunter and Halle Krawczyk share a hug. The Salmon Arm family is grateful a drug geneticists have indicated might help nine-year-old Halle in her fight with a rare and vicious form of cancer has been made available through the BC Cancer Agency’s Compassionate Access Program. (Photo contributed)
Summer sockeye stocks have been returning to spawning grounds at Scotch Creek and Anstey and Seymour rivers while late-run sockeye that call the Shuswap home, including the Adams and Eagle rivers, will soon be on their way. (File photo)

VIDEO: Millions of sockeye to spawn on B.C. rivers

Early estimates are that 2.2 million of those fish will make their way to the Adams River

Summer sockeye stocks have been returning to spawning grounds at Scotch Creek and Anstey and Seymour rivers while late-run sockeye that call the Shuswap home, including the Adams and Eagle rivers, will soon be on their way. (File photo)
An accident near the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97B in Sicamous closed the TCH in both directions for several hours Tuesday night. File Photo

Tuesday night accident closes Trans-Canada Highway in Shuswap

Highway re-opened east of Sicamous in the early morning hours of Wednesday

An accident near the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97B in Sicamous closed the TCH in both directions for several hours Tuesday night. File Photo
The Trans-Canada Highway was closed for several hours on Saturday, Sept. 1 following a fatal accident at the intersection of the highway and Balmoral Road. (Mike Simpson photo)

Update: Motorcyclist loses his life in long weekend crash in the Shuswap

Accidents take place at two problem intersections just a day apart

The Trans-Canada Highway was closed for several hours on Saturday, Sept. 1 following a fatal accident at the intersection of the highway and Balmoral Road. (Mike Simpson photo)
Sockeye Salmon swim in the Adams River towards their spawning grounds in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. (File photo)

Shuswap symposium unites science, First Nations perspective on salmon

Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band and Adams River Salmon Society collaborate

Sockeye Salmon swim in the Adams River towards their spawning grounds in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. (File photo)
B.C.’s representative to the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Stephen Hiscock is working to establish a federal licensing program so that qualified surgeons could work anywhere in Canada, without having to apply to each province individually. Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer

Association breaking barriers to providing surgical services

Canadian Association of General Surgeons seeks federal licensing program

B.C.’s representative to the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Stephen Hiscock is working to establish a federal licensing program so that qualified surgeons could work anywhere in Canada, without having to apply to each province individually. Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer