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Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.

Sebell hosts homecoming concerts

Greg Sebell will play two shows Feb. 18 in Salmon Arm

Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.
Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Irish Mythen to play Salmon Arm on Feb. 14.

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day
Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Drawings connect autistic student with the world

Leifen Mitchell-Banks creates colourful cartoon characters at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.
Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.
SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo

Poetry collection preserves Indigenous knowledge

B.C. author collaborates with Shuswap students, First Nations elders

SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo
Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Roots and Blues announces first six acts for 2018

Tickets for red-hot festival in Salmon Arm go on sale Dec. 1

Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed
After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Syrian mother gets behind the wheel

Ability to drive gives Salmon Arm newcomer and her husband more freedom

After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale will be ready in time for Christmas

Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed
A 36-year-old male suspect known to be violent was arrested after he threatened to injure his father and destroy the family residence.-Image credit: File photo

RCMP arrest man for uttering threats

Police say suspect is a known high-risk offender

A 36-year-old male suspect known to be violent was arrested after he threatened to injure his father and destroy the family residence.-Image credit: File photo
A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom                                A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom

Tradition carved into Little Shuswap canoes

A once-noble cottonwood tree continues life in the form of two canoes.…

A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom                                A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom
Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks

Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks

State-of-the-art equipment and trained staff handle the potentially deadly substance

Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks
UPDATED: Get out the galoshes

UPDATED: Get out the galoshes

High winds, rain and lightning expected as a cold front hits the Southern Interior

UPDATED: Get out the galoshes
photo contributed                                Josie Lofting and Ruben Taylor enjoying vacation time in Mexico.

Eight days in a health care ‘hole’

Spouse says health-care system broken but Shuswap Lake General staff are not too blame.

photo contributed                                Josie Lofting and Ruben Taylor enjoying vacation time in Mexico.
Mohamed Davud and his three-year-old son, Imram, enjoy a meal. The Kurdistani family came to Canada from a refugee camp in Turkey and are enjoying their new life in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Brian Ayotte

Seven refugee families choose to stay in Salmon Arm

Shuswap residents provide a warm welcome and a leg up to a new life

Mohamed Davud and his three-year-old son, Imram, enjoy a meal. The Kurdistani family came to Canada from a refugee camp in Turkey and are enjoying their new life in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Brian Ayotte
Daughter of a Notch Hill family, Eva Tavares performs the starring role in Cameron Macintosh’s spectacular new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.-Image credit: Photo contributed.

Phantom star unmasked

Eva Tavares stars in touring production of Phantom of the Opera

Daughter of a Notch Hill family, Eva Tavares performs the starring role in Cameron Macintosh’s spectacular new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.-Image credit: Photo contributed.
Swarms of small black flies have been filling the air and bugging people in the Shuswap.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Masses of midges and aphids are causing a stir

A swarm of little black bugs are buzzing around the B.C. Interior this year

Swarms of small black flies have been filling the air and bugging people in the Shuswap.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Photo Contributed                                Matthew Loring’s wheelchair-accesible van, stolen in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 2, was found in Olds, Alberta on Tuesday. Whether the vehicle is reparable, or expensive equipment inside remains, was still not known Wednesday afternoon.

Van stolen from disabled man

Citizens step up to help couple left stranded after Garth Brooks concert

Photo Contributed                                Matthew Loring’s wheelchair-accesible van, stolen in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 2, was found in Olds, Alberta on Tuesday. Whether the vehicle is reparable, or expensive equipment inside remains, was still not known Wednesday afternoon.
The Diamond Creek Fire is sending smoke and ash up the Okanagan Valley into the Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo taken from Facebook

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke

Diamond Creek Fire likely culprit in increased smoke and ash.

The Diamond Creek Fire is sending smoke and ash up the Okanagan Valley into the Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo taken from Facebook
An early morning accident eight kilometres east of Canoe has closed the Trans-Canada Highway.-image credit: File photo

Vehicle recovery to take place on TCH

Single-lane, alternating traffic from 7 to 11:55 tonight on Highway 1 east of Canoe

An early morning accident eight kilometres east of Canoe has closed the Trans-Canada Highway.-image credit: File photo
Photo: Geoffrey Stein                                Talented singer-songwriter-musician Livingston Taylor brings the warmth of his music and thoughtful lyrics to the Roots and Blues’ CBC Blues Stage on Sunday afternoon. He will also be part of a workshop Saturday with an eclectic group of artists.

Mellow music with a message

Livingston Taylor’s voice is as warm as the summer sun and has…

Photo: Geoffrey Stein                                Talented singer-songwriter-musician Livingston Taylor brings the warmth of his music and thoughtful lyrics to the Roots and Blues’ CBC Blues Stage on Sunday afternoon. He will also be part of a workshop Saturday with an eclectic group of artists.