Lachlan Labere

A semi truck went off the Trans-Canada Highway and struck the garage of a house on Walsh Road in Blind Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Police said the driver of the truck suffered minor cuts and was taken to hospital. The home owner was asleep and was uninjured. (Photo contributed)

Salmon Arm RCMP respond to 18 collisions over 10-day period on Highway 1

‘The speed limit is for perfect conditions, and our conditions are nowhere near perfect.’

A semi truck went off the Trans-Canada Highway and struck the garage of a house on Walsh Road in Blind Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Police said the driver of the truck suffered minor cuts and was taken to hospital. The home owner was asleep and was uninjured. (Photo contributed)
Robyn Spink operates Salmon Arm’s Jungle Mania. She and spouse Scott Casano took ownership of the business late August 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

New owner of Salmon Arm indoor jungle gym embraces input from youth

Robyn Spink plans to bring more of the jungle into Jungle Mania

Robyn Spink operates Salmon Arm’s Jungle Mania. She and spouse Scott Casano took ownership of the business late August 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm's Downtown Activity Centre is the site of a temporary emergency shelter until April 30, 2023. (File photo)

Salmon Arm councillor speaks to concerns around newly opened emergency shelter

Letter writer says children in day care in same building at ‘extreme risk’

Salmon Arm's Downtown Activity Centre is the site of a temporary emergency shelter until April 30, 2023. (File photo)
Members of the Shuswap Community Foundation’s YPAC receive a $75,000 donation from SASCU president and CEO Barry Delaney (back left). The money will bring SASCU’s Youth Endowment Fund up to $100,000. Interest from the fund goes to support youth-centred projects in the region. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Endowment fund for youth projects in the Shuswap given $75,000 boost

SASCU fund intended to have meaningful impact for youth in the region

Members of the Shuswap Community Foundation’s YPAC receive a $75,000 donation from SASCU president and CEO Barry Delaney (back left). The money will bring SASCU’s Youth Endowment Fund up to $100,000. Interest from the fund goes to support youth-centred projects in the region. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Chefs Deepak Chandra and Sanjay Chauhan recently opened Rangoli East Indian Kitchen + Bar at 111 Lakeshore Dr. (beside the downtown Askew’s Foods). Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Chefs bring unique flavours of Delhi to Salmon Arm

Sanjay Chauhan and Deepak Chandra open Rangoli East Indian Kitchen + Bar

Chefs Deepak Chandra and Sanjay Chauhan recently opened Rangoli East Indian Kitchen + Bar at 111 Lakeshore Dr. (beside the downtown Askew’s Foods). Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
School District 83 trustees received an overview of what SOGI is and what it means for schools and students during a presentation at the Jan. 17 school board meeting. (Black Press file)

It’s about inclusion: North Okanagan-Shuswap trustees primed on SOGI in schools

‘It’s really cool to be yourself, whatever that looks like.’

School District 83 trustees received an overview of what SOGI is and what it means for schools and students during a presentation at the Jan. 17 school board meeting. (Black Press file)
Signs cautioned users of Canoe Beach on Saturday, July 3, 2022, to take care in the beach area because of high water. The lower sign noted the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the City of Salmon Arm and Interior Health are monitoring an algae bloom in the Salmon Arm Wharf and Sunnybrae/Canoe Point areas of Shuswap Lake. (File photo)

Shuswap governments urge Interior Health to take lead on algal blooms

Health authority asked to have weekend staff on-call to respond to public inquries

Signs cautioned users of Canoe Beach on Saturday, July 3, 2022, to take care in the beach area because of high water. The lower sign noted the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the City of Salmon Arm and Interior Health are monitoring an algae bloom in the Salmon Arm Wharf and Sunnybrae/Canoe Point areas of Shuswap Lake. (File photo)
Salmon Arm’s Lily Brook and Maggie Manning (front centre) are excited to finally be able to share their experiences competing on season five of All-Round Champion. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm para-athletes surprised to find each other competing on All-Round Athlete

Maggie Manning and Lily Brook to host public premiere at Salmar Grand

Salmon Arm’s Lily Brook and Maggie Manning (front centre) are excited to finally be able to share their experiences competing on season five of All-Round Champion. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm’s Jim McConnell and Juanita Austin spent 58 days over the summer travelling across the country to PEI and back in their electric vehicle. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm couple put their electric vehicle to the test in cross-Canada road trip

A Salmon Arm couple’s cross-Canada journey by electric vehicle had their EV…

Salmon Arm’s Jim McConnell and Juanita Austin spent 58 days over the summer travelling across the country to PEI and back in their electric vehicle. (Contributed)
ROOTSandBLUES favourites Five Alarm Funk get their Main Stage audience dancing on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. The Vancouver band will be performing a concert at Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall on April 16. (File photo)

Five Alarm Funk bringing their ‘punk funk’ energy to Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall

April 16 concert part of band’s 20th anniversary celebration

ROOTSandBLUES favourites Five Alarm Funk get their Main Stage audience dancing on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. The Vancouver band will be performing a concert at Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall on April 16. (File photo)
The Eagle Valley Rescue Society is one of the groups currently providing road rescue services within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Eagle Valley Rescue Society/Facebook photo)

CSRD looks to fill gaps in road rescue services in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Two societies and two fire departments currently providing service in regional district

The Eagle Valley Rescue Society is one of the groups currently providing road rescue services within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Eagle Valley Rescue Society/Facebook photo)
Sun City Liquidations and Auctions owner Allan Tew and store associate Stephanie Ekmecic were in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, hiring staff and loading product into the new Sun City location at 380 Alexander, expected to open Feb. 1. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Kelowna liquidation store owner opening second location in downtown Salmon Arm

Sun City Liquidations and Auctions expected to open by Feb. 1 on Alexander Street

Sun City Liquidations and Auctions owner Allan Tew and store associate Stephanie Ekmecic were in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, Jan. 11, hiring staff and loading product into the new Sun City location at 380 Alexander, expected to open Feb. 1. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm’s Jim McConnell and Juanita Austin spent 58 days over the summer travelling across the country to PEI and back in their electric vehicle. (Photo contributed)

Salmon Arm couple put their electric vehicle to the test in cross-Canada road trip

Juanita Austin and Jim McConnell suggest charging station network along Highway 1 could be better

Salmon Arm’s Jim McConnell and Juanita Austin spent 58 days over the summer travelling across the country to PEI and back in their electric vehicle. (Photo contributed)
Hillcrest Elementary students Theiadh Beaumont and Olivia Coyne singing vocals, Alexander Buchanan on bass and Alix Kraft on drums impersonate Canadian alt-rockers Sloan while covering the band’s song, The Rest of My Life, for the school’s video entry in this year’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Hillcrest Elementary video)

Salmon Arm students’ Sloan cover earns spot among finalists in CBC Music Class Challenge

About 150 Hillcrest Elementary students take part in video filmed at Song Sparrow Hall

Hillcrest Elementary students Theiadh Beaumont and Olivia Coyne singing vocals, Alexander Buchanan on bass and Alix Kraft on drums impersonate Canadian alt-rockers Sloan while covering the band’s song, The Rest of My Life, for the school’s video entry in this year’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. (Hillcrest Elementary video)
Salmon Arm resident Tim Kubash said a lack of staffing contributed to him being prevented from boarding his WestJet flight home from Victoria on Dec. 3, 2022. (Tim Kubash/Facebook)

Salmon Arm man kept from boarding WestJet flight due to battery in wheelchair

Incident took place on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Salmon Arm resident Tim Kubash said a lack of staffing contributed to him being prevented from boarding his WestJet flight home from Victoria on Dec. 3, 2022. (Tim Kubash/Facebook)
Police said two vehicles collided with a semi that jackknifed in slippery conditions on Highway 1 east of Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2022. (Facebook image)

Minor injuries sustained in 3-vehicle collision on Highway 1 east of Salmon Arm

RCMP said incident began when semi jackknifed in slippery conditions

Police said two vehicles collided with a semi that jackknifed in slippery conditions on Highway 1 east of Salmon Arm on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2022. (Facebook image)
For three days in a row a cougar has been filmed visiting John Michaud’s Eagle Bay property. (John Michaud video)

VIDEO: Security camera captures repeat visits by cougar on Shuswap property

Eagle Bay homeowner alerts public to large cat in the area

For three days in a row a cougar has been filmed visiting John Michaud’s Eagle Bay property. (John Michaud video)
Jen Fowler and Gabriela Schoch recently opened Sweet Leaf Bakery & Cafe in the Mall at Piccadilly. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Friends form sweet partnership in new Salmon Arm bakery and cafe

Sweet Leaf Bakery & Cafe now open at Mall at Piccadilly

Jen Fowler and Gabriela Schoch recently opened Sweet Leaf Bakery & Cafe in the Mall at Piccadilly. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Santa Claus (Chris Emery) has been hearing Christmas wishes at the Centenoka Park Mall for more than 14 years. (Brian Bannister photo)

Shuswap Santa puts his Facebook hacker on the naughty list

Chris Emery humbled by calls of support after attempts by hacker to swindle friends

Santa Claus (Chris Emery) has been hearing Christmas wishes at the Centenoka Park Mall for more than 14 years. (Brian Bannister photo)
School District 83 has seen a recent uptick in staff and student absences due to illness. (Victoria_Watercolor/Pixabay photo)

Shuswap schools see uptick in absences due to illness

Interior Health offers guidance on when students should be kept home

School District 83 has seen a recent uptick in staff and student absences due to illness. (Victoria_Watercolor/Pixabay photo)