Salmon Arm

The new Neskonlith council, elected Jan. 26, 2023, from left, is: Councillor Frances Narcisse (Salmon Arm), Coun. Joan Hooper, Coun. Shirley Anderson, Coun. Mindy Dick, Kukpi7 (Chief) Irvin Wai and Coun. Brad Arnouse. (Tara Willard photo)

Neskonlith chief defeated after 16 years as leader of Salmon Arm, Chase area band

Judy Wilson replaced by Chief (Kukpi7) Irvin Wai, incumbent Salmon Arm councillor also loses seat

 

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.’

 

When fentanyl, in photo, is mixed with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or stimulants like cocaine, it increases the risk of accidental overdose. Illicit fentanyl is much more toxic than other pharmaceutical-grade opioids. (File photo)

Salmon Arm does not escape B.C. trend of escalating overdose calls to paramedics

City sees substantial increase in 2021 and 2022, community of Chase bucks trend

 

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)
An aerial shot shows the Canoe Forest Products Ltd. plywood/veneer plant in Canoe. (Image courtesy of Canoe Forest Products Ltd.)

Business stable for Canoe Forest Products in Salmon Arm despite some industry closures

Although the company isn’t immune, market forces remain kind to plywood/veneer production

An aerial shot shows the Canoe Forest Products Ltd. plywood/veneer plant in Canoe. (Image courtesy of Canoe Forest Products Ltd.)
Popeyes Chicken in Salmon Arm opened for business on Dec. 30, 2022. (File photo)

New Popeyes Chicken outlet in Salmon Arm targeted in break and enter

Suspect reported to have stolen cash register

  • Jan 30, 2023
Popeyes Chicken in Salmon Arm opened for business on Dec. 30, 2022. (File photo)
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)
Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)

Shuswap horse rescue seeks support to take advantage of hay bale discount

Freedom’s Gate fundraising to purchase hay offered at half price

Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)
A map showing the stretch of highway affected by vehicle removal west of Tappen on Jan. 25 2023. (AIM Roads/Facebook image)

Delays on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm due to vehicle removal

Eastbound lane to close for recovery of vehicle involved in crash

A map showing the stretch of highway affected by vehicle removal west of Tappen on Jan. 25 2023. (AIM Roads/Facebook image)
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)
People who were living in tents in Salmon Arm or staying at night in an insulated, heated sea can on the side of 3rd Street SW now have the option of staying overnight in a temporary winter shelter in the Downtown Activity Centre gym, in background. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

4 to 8 people use new emergency shelter in Salmon Arm for first few nights, opinions mixed

City to dismantle tent encampment this week across from Salvation Army building

People who were living in tents in Salmon Arm or staying at night in an insulated, heated sea can on the side of 3rd Street SW now have the option of staying overnight in a temporary winter shelter in the Downtown Activity Centre gym, in background. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Pictured are Gage Penney, dad Tyler, mom Marlena and sister Savannah. (Photo contributed)

‘Worst news imaginable’: Salmon Arm RCMP officer’s 9-year-old diagnosed with cancer

Fellow officers start fundraiser for family now living near BC Children’s Hospital

Pictured are Gage Penney, dad Tyler, mom Marlena and sister Savannah. (Photo contributed)
Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer are heading to the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. next month and are fundraising for the trip. Team Tam out of Salmon Arm and Port Moody Curling Clubs are also fundraising to compete at the same tournament. (Team Blaeser/ Facebook)

Young Salmon Arm curlers fundraising for Canadian championships next month

Athletes continue to impress, winning top prizes at provincial and regional competitions

Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer are heading to the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. next month and are fundraising for the trip. Team Tam out of Salmon Arm and Port Moody Curling Clubs are also fundraising to compete at the same tournament. (Team Blaeser/ Facebook)
Pausing for a photo in the Salmon Arm office is Essie’s Place Executive Director Donovon Koch. Essie’s Place works to improve the quality of life for LGBTIQ2SA+ people in the Shuswap. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Quality of life: Survey shows psychological world for LGBTQ2S+ folks in Shuswap not good

Counselling now available through Essie’s Place pilot project, family members wanted for survey

Pausing for a photo in the Salmon Arm office is Essie’s Place Executive Director Donovon Koch. Essie’s Place works to improve the quality of life for LGBTIQ2SA+ people in the Shuswap. (Martha Wickett - 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)
Two North Okanagan athletes and one coach will take part in snowshoeing at the Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games Feb. 2-4 in Kamloops (SOBC Photo)

North Okanagan Special Olympics contingent set for B.C. Games

18 athletes, coaches, staff and medical crew to converge on Kamloops Feb. 2-4

Two North Okanagan athletes and one coach will take part in snowshoeing at the Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games Feb. 2-4 in Kamloops (SOBC Photo)
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)
The new temporary winter shelter at the Downtown Activity Centre, 451 Shuswap St. S in Salmon Arm, will be open seven days a week, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Jan. 19 to April 30. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

New temporary shelter in Salmon Arm to address residents’ concerns

Hours, access in building set up to meet needs of worried tenants and parents

The new temporary winter shelter at the Downtown Activity Centre, 451 Shuswap St. S in Salmon Arm, will be open seven days a week, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Jan. 19 to April 30. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
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)