Lachlan Labere

Salmon Arm Salvation Army Lt. Joel Torrens and Keli Westgate Lekker Land Design have been working together with other community partners, including the Shuswap Food Action Society, on the creation of a food forest on the Salvation Army property at 441 3rd Street SW. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Community food forest taking root at Salmon Arm Salvation Army property

Edible landscape designed to require less maintenance and watering

Salmon Arm Salvation Army Lt. Joel Torrens and Keli Westgate Lekker Land Design have been working together with other community partners, including the Shuswap Food Action Society, on the creation of a food forest on the Salvation Army property at 441 3rd Street SW. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
John “Jack” Bryce and Brad Murphy of Revelstoke Paragliding soar over Revelstoke together on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The flight was how John chose to celebrate his 88th birthday. (Contributed)

88-year-old Shuswap thrill seeker fulfills wish to soar in a paraglider

John Bryce joined Revelstoke Paragliding for flight from 6,000 feet

John “Jack” Bryce and Brad Murphy of Revelstoke Paragliding soar over Revelstoke together on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The flight was how John chose to celebrate his 88th birthday. (Contributed)
Pictured are four examples of the five Club Cadet mowers reported stolen from a Salmon Arm business on Oct. 12, 2021. (Contributed)

More than $60,000 worth of riding mowers stolen from Salmon Arm business

Police ask for public’s help in locating ‘distinctive yellow mowers’

Pictured are four examples of the five Club Cadet mowers reported stolen from a Salmon Arm business on Oct. 12, 2021. (Contributed)
Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)

Shuswap elementary school closed for one week due to COVID-19, staffing constraints

School district says this is a ‘functional school closure,’ not a COVID-19 outbreak

Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)
Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema. (Contributed)

COVID-19: North Okanagan-Shuswap parents concerned with timeliness of exposure reporting

Interior Health medical health officer responds to concerns

Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema. (Contributed)
Serena Bosley’s winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was purchased at the Salmon Arm Pharmasave on Sept. 1, 2021. (BC Lottery Corporation photo)

Salmon Arm resident looking at new truck, real estate after lottery win

Winning 6/49 ticket purchased at Salmon Arm Pharmasave

Serena Bosley’s winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was purchased at the Salmon Arm Pharmasave on Sept. 1, 2021. (BC Lottery Corporation photo)
Splatsin elder Ethel Thomas, Lyndsey Leon and Erica Seymour were encouraged by the crowd that gathered in Salmon Arm’s Marine Peace Park to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Gathering at Salmon Arm park a step towards truth and reconciliation

Shuswap residents come together to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Splatsin elder Ethel Thomas, Lyndsey Leon and Erica Seymour were encouraged by the crowd that gathered in Salmon Arm’s Marine Peace Park to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Eagle River Secondary is one of the North Okanagan-Shuswap schools hosting international students for the 2021/22 school year. (File photo)

International students help bump enrolment numbers in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Thirty-eight students from Belgium, Germany, Italy, China and Spain participating

Eagle River Secondary is one of the North Okanagan-Shuswap schools hosting international students for the 2021/22 school year. (File photo)
Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s car collection. (Contributed)

Rust Valley Restorers’ Mike Hall not quite ready to bid adieu to entire 500-plus car collection

Auction of Mike Hall Collection to take place in Tappen on Oct. 2.

Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall have been restoring cars on Mike’s Tappen property for three season’s of the popular History channel show. Season four is underway, and will feature the auction of Mike’s car collection. (Contributed)
BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)

Splatsin: BC Hydro decision to remove Shuswap River dam disregards title and rights

Utility to provider to decommission 92-year-old Wilsey Dam, improve access for salmon

BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)
School District 83 Superintendent Donna Kriger announced hold and secure measures at Salmon Arm schools were lifted as of Sept. 20, 2021. (File photo)

Hold and secure measures lifted at Salmon Arm schools, following protester incidents

SD83 superintendent says most schools will lock main entry after opening bell

School District 83 Superintendent Donna Kriger announced hold and secure measures at Salmon Arm schools were lifted as of Sept. 20, 2021. (File photo)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17. They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (File photo)

Protesters at Salmon Arm schools prompt political, public condemnation

City, teacher’s union grateful for outpouring of support for students and educators

People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17. They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (File photo)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Unacceptable’: Protestors enter Salmon Arm schools, forcing hold and secure procedures

Teacher said he didn’t feel safe for students or staff

People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Unacceptable’: Protesters enter Shuswap schools, forcing hold and secure procedures

Teacher said he didn’t feel safe for students or staff

People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
B.C. vaccine passport (Black Press Media)

Salmon Arm chamber survey shows reluctance among membership to enforce vaccine passport

Respondents concerned for employees being shouldered with responsibility of enforcement

B.C. vaccine passport (Black Press Media)
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has chosen to remove unauthorized work done on the historic Eagle Pass fire lookout. (Contributed)

‘Beyond belief’: Decision made to remove unauthorized work at historic Shuswap fire lookout

Salvageable material at Eagle Pass lookout to be saved for possible future restoration project

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has chosen to remove unauthorized work done on the historic Eagle Pass fire lookout. (Contributed)
The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce is concerned local businesses will be burdened with enforcing the B.C. government’s proposed vaccine card. (File photo)

Asking businesses to enforce vaccine card is too much, says South Shuswap chamber

Chamber says businesses are already struggling with restrictions, impact of wildfires

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce is concerned local businesses will be burdened with enforcing the B.C. government’s proposed vaccine card. (File photo)
A man and a woman are in police custody following an alleged targeted attack west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 23, 2021. (File photo)

Salmon Arm RCMP recommend kidnapping charge in alleged targeted attack

Police say suspects broke into house, attempted to hide from officers

A man and a woman are in police custody following an alleged targeted attack west of Salmon Arm on Aug. 23, 2021. (File photo)
The Salmon arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association announced Tuesday, Aug. 24, that the 2021 Salmon Arm Fair was being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Fair organizers announce event’s cancellation

Recent pandemic restrictions, safety concerns and timing crunch led to decision

The Salmon arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association announced Tuesday, Aug. 24, that the 2021 Salmon Arm Fair was being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. (File photo)
Firefighters block off a section of Highway 97A during earlier firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous. (CSRD photo)

Province eyes post-wildfire debris flow mitigation plans along Highway 97A near Sicamous

Debris flows are a post-fire hazard and can be triggered by intense rainfall, says ministry

Firefighters block off a section of Highway 97A during earlier firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous. (CSRD photo)