Jodi Brak

Gavin Chhokar of the Shuswap FC attempts to intercept a player from Vernon United running the ball up the field while fellow Shuswap player Isaiah Peterson looks on during a game at Blackburn Park April 28. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap Youth Soccer cancels Shore’N’Score tournament due to smoke

Annual youth soccer tournament brings together clubs across B.C.

Gavin Chhokar of the Shuswap FC attempts to intercept a player from Vernon United running the ball up the field while fellow Shuswap player Isaiah Peterson looks on during a game at Blackburn Park April 28. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
(From left) Kathleen Nelson, Tessa Allwood and Carina Chu show off their medals from the national Special Olympics in Antigonish, N.S. Allwood returned with a gold medal in the basketball competition while Nelson and Chu earned silver and bronze in bocce, respectively. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap Special Olympians share memories from national competition

Trio brings home full suite of medals from Antigonish

(From left) Kathleen Nelson, Tessa Allwood and Carina Chu show off their medals from the national Special Olympics in Antigonish, N.S. Allwood returned with a gold medal in the basketball competition while Nelson and Chu earned silver and bronze in bocce, respectively. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
Trans-Canada Highway closed east of Sicamous due to accident

Trans-Canada Highway closed east of Sicamous due to accident

Estimated time of opening is 8 p.m.

Trans-Canada Highway closed east of Sicamous due to accident
Super League Triathlon was set to make its North American debut in Penticton Aug. 17 to 19, though the pro races have been delayed due to smoke. Photo provided

Penticton Super League Triathlon suspended due to smoky skies

Okanagan air quality levels are hindering outdoor events

Super League Triathlon was set to make its North American debut in Penticton Aug. 17 to 19, though the pro races have been delayed due to smoke. Photo provided
Residents prepare to evacuate their home as fires burn and smoke billows in the distance. (James Murray/Salmon Arm Observer)

Searing memories of the Shuswap’s 1998 Silver Creek wildfire

Tales recounted from the battle against the blaze that nearly destroyed Salmon Arm

Residents prepare to evacuate their home as fires burn and smoke billows in the distance. (James Murray/Salmon Arm Observer)
The Talking Rock Golf Course at Quaaout Lodge in Chase will be hosting the PGA of British Columbia Championship Aug. 20 and 21. (Quaaout Lodge photo)

PGA of B.C. Championship comes to the Shuswap

Talking Rock Golf Course readies the greens for the top competition in B.C. golf

The Talking Rock Golf Course at Quaaout Lodge in Chase will be hosting the PGA of British Columbia Championship Aug. 20 and 21. (Quaaout Lodge photo)
(From left) Shuswap Special Olympians Tessa Allwood (basketball), and Nick Anchikoski, Carina Chu, Tristan Harms-Popham, and Kathleen Nelson (four of B.C.s. nine bocce athletes) represented the province as part of Team B.C. at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S. July 31 to Aug. 4. Allwood brought home gold while Nelson and Chu earned a silver and bronze medal respectively in the bocce competition. (Ernie Nelson photo)

Shuswap Special Olympians take their place atop podium

Athletes bring home a complete set of medals - gold, silver and bronze

(From left) Shuswap Special Olympians Tessa Allwood (basketball), and Nick Anchikoski, Carina Chu, Tristan Harms-Popham, and Kathleen Nelson (four of B.C.s. nine bocce athletes) represented the province as part of Team B.C. at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S. July 31 to Aug. 4. Allwood brought home gold while Nelson and Chu earned a silver and bronze medal respectively in the bocce competition. (Ernie Nelson photo)
(From left) Wayne Merwin, Jane Stephenson, Larry Stephenson and Janny Merwin make up the Salmon Arm mixed curling team in the Canada 55 Plus Games in Saint John, N.B., Aug. 21 to 24. (Image contributed)

Shuswap curlers set sights on top spot in Canada 55 Plus Games

Two teams look to replicate undefeated 2017 championships

(From left) Wayne Merwin, Jane Stephenson, Larry Stephenson and Janny Merwin make up the Salmon Arm mixed curling team in the Canada 55 Plus Games in Saint John, N.B., Aug. 21 to 24. (Image contributed)
Drive BC is reporting a traffic incident in Peachland that is causing major delays for travel on Highway 97.

Traffic incident in Peachland causing delays on Highway 97

Drive BC warns of heavy congestion

Drive BC is reporting a traffic incident in Peachland that is causing major delays for travel on Highway 97.
Sheryl Crow performs live at the Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna July 20. (Image contributed)

Sheryl Crow hits West Kelowna for Mission Hill Winery concert

Songstress seems struck by the natural beauty of the Okanagan

Sheryl Crow performs live at the Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna July 20. (Image contributed)
The Flowering Rush plant, an invasive species of aquatic plant that can easily spread in B.C. waters. (Image credit: Invasive Species Council of B.C.)

Help stop the spread of invasive plants in the Okanagan-Shuswap

Ensure species such as Flowering Rush aren’t accidentally bought from garden stores

The Flowering Rush plant, an invasive species of aquatic plant that can easily spread in B.C. waters. (Image credit: Invasive Species Council of B.C.)
The propellor of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Image credit: CSISS)

Preventing invasive mussels in the Shuswap

Zebra and Quagga mussels threaten B.C. lakes and rivers

The propellor of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Image credit: CSISS)
A rider gets some air during the 2018 Bear Mountain Bike Festival in Langford, B.C. A study from the Mountain Bike Tourism Association revealed revenues and employment related to mountain bike tourism in B.C. have seen a significant increase in the last ten years. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)

Study shows increase in mountain bike tourism in B.C.

Numbers are up, way up, for bike-related visits to the province

A rider gets some air during the 2018 Bear Mountain Bike Festival in Langford, B.C. A study from the Mountain Bike Tourism Association revealed revenues and employment related to mountain bike tourism in B.C. have seen a significant increase in the last ten years. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)
A recent study by the Mountain Bike Tourism Association revealed a sharp increase in the number of visitors coming to B.C. for mountain biking. (File photo/Black Press)

Mountain biking draws increasing number of tourists to B.C.

Study shows numbers are up, way up, for bike-related visits to the province

A recent study by the Mountain Bike Tourism Association revealed a sharp increase in the number of visitors coming to B.C. for mountain biking. (File photo/Black Press)
SAS students visit their new Wellness Centre during an open house ahead of its April 5 opening at the Sullivan Campus. Students are able to visit the Wellness Centre for weekly walk-in clinics, one-on-one counselling, mental health supports and other services provided by community partners. (Observer file photo)

Salmon Arm Secondary’s Wellness Centre helping youth

Success stories shared at monthly school board meeting

SAS students visit their new Wellness Centre during an open house ahead of its April 5 opening at the Sullivan Campus. Students are able to visit the Wellness Centre for weekly walk-in clinics, one-on-one counselling, mental health supports and other services provided by community partners. (Observer file photo)
Vancouverite Chris Ronald will be joined by his band as part of the recently revealed seasoning of B.C. talent into the 2018 Roots & Blues festival lineup. (Image credit: ChrisRonald.com)

Roots & Blues fill out their roster

Festival rounds out lineup with B.C. talent

Vancouverite Chris Ronald will be joined by his band as part of the recently revealed seasoning of B.C. talent into the 2018 Roots & Blues festival lineup. (Image credit: ChrisRonald.com)
Canadian Cancer Society coordinator Jen Dies begins lighting candles in preparation for the luminary ceremony during the 2018 Relay for Life. These candles and the luminary bags they light symbolize the memory of someone lost to cancer. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm braves the windy weather to support Relay for Life

Annual event raised over $70,000 in 2018

Canadian Cancer Society coordinator Jen Dies begins lighting candles in preparation for the luminary ceremony during the 2018 Relay for Life. These candles and the luminary bags they light symbolize the memory of someone lost to cancer. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
The fifth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo returns to Vernon July 28-29. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan Military Tattoo seeks ticket sponsors

Organizers hope to help everyone see Vernon’s largest indoor show

The fifth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo returns to Vernon July 28-29. (Photo submitted)
Online oldies radio station brings Canadian classics to the Okanagan

Online oldies radio station brings Canadian classics to the Okanagan

Dusty Discs Radio plays classic tracks and forgotten hits

Online oldies radio station brings Canadian classics to the Okanagan
Lincoln Yarama of Chase competes in the senior tie-down roping at the B.C. High School Rodeo Association rodeo in Keremeos Oct. 21, 2017. (Tara Bowie/Keremeos Review)

Lincoln Yarama riding high in the rodeo world

Chase student to defend championship title in Merritt

Lincoln Yarama of Chase competes in the senior tie-down roping at the B.C. High School Rodeo Association rodeo in Keremeos Oct. 21, 2017. (Tara Bowie/Keremeos Review)