Salmon Arm

Kenthen Thomas will be emcee for the family oriented Plulk’w Stage at this year’s ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES: Secwepemc stories and culture in spotlight on Plulk’w Stage

Festival features Indigenous acts including Northern Cree, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Piqsiq

  • Aug 9, 2022

 

Two new wildfires were sparked in the Shuswap on Aug. 4, one by Niskonlith Creek near Chase and the other in Larch Hills near Salmon Arm. (BC Wildfire Service map)

UPDATE: Status of both new wildfires in Shuswap downgraded

Following crews’ work, Larch Hills fire ‘being held’ while Niskonlith Creek blaze ‘under control’

 

Salmon Arm RCMP is warning the public about instances of counterfeit $100 bills. (Black Press file)

Counterfeit bills circulate Shuswap, suspect remains on the loose

Fake bills were found in Salmon Arm business bank deposits

 

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
Hiker Jason Reedyk found the rehabilitated historic Eagle Pass Lookout destroyed by fire, part of it still burning, on Tuesday afternoon, Aug, 2, 2022. (Jason Reedyk photo)

‘Rehabilitated’ historic Shuswap fire lookout destroyed by fire

Hiker finds part of Eagle Pass Lookout still burning

Hiker Jason Reedyk found the rehabilitated historic Eagle Pass Lookout destroyed by fire, part of it still burning, on Tuesday afternoon, Aug, 2, 2022. (Jason Reedyk photo)
Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘It was unbelievable’: Shuswap farmer overwhelmed by kindness of residents

Sidelined by injuries from a fall, 91-year-old Tappen man wondered how he’d handle the hay crop

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
A man was caught on surveillance stealing a van from an Alexis Park area home early Monday, July 25. (Video still)

Van stolen in Vernon, ditched, then car allegedly taken from Salmon Arm

RCMP tell owner the thief took a salvage yard employees vehicle after his broke down

A man was caught on surveillance stealing a van from an Alexis Park area home early Monday, July 25. (Video still)
Highway 1 was closed in both directions following a multiple-vehicle collision on the Bruhn Bridge at Sicamous on Thursday evening, July 28, 2022. (Contributed)

Highway 1 closed in Sicamous due to collision on Bruhn Bridge

Traffic being detoured on highways 97A and 97B

Highway 1 was closed in both directions following a multiple-vehicle collision on the Bruhn Bridge at Sicamous on Thursday evening, July 28, 2022. (Contributed)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

Gas prices below $2 per litre around the Okanagan

In Kelowna, gas is below $2 per litre for the first time since May

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
Volunteer George Johnston and Luke Heart dance together to the rhythm of Amadou Fall Trio at the Boogie Bar’N Stage on the Salmon Arm fairgrounds during the 2015 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)

Volunteers wanted for Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival

Perks include festival pass, access to after party with Five Alarm Funk

  • Jul 18, 2022
Volunteer George Johnston and Luke Heart dance together to the rhythm of Amadou Fall Trio at the Boogie Bar’N Stage on the Salmon Arm fairgrounds during the 2015 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)
Melissa Brett captured this dramatic image amid a shower of lightning during the storm in Salmon Arm on the evening of Sunday, July 17, while having fun with her family on their new electric dirt bikes.

Skies in Shuswap dazzle during summer storm

Resident captures beautiful image during Sunday’s light show

  • Jul 18, 2022
Melissa Brett captured this dramatic image amid a shower of lightning during the storm in Salmon Arm on the evening of Sunday, July 17, while having fun with her family on their new electric dirt bikes.
Alex Cuba and brother Adonis Puentes, aka the Puentes Brothers, were among the acts to perform in the 2001 ROOTSandBLUES Festival, the first year the event was held outdoors at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. The 2022 Grammy Award-winning Cuba returns to the fairgrounds in August for the fest’s 30th anniversary. (File photo)

30 years of ROOTSandBLUES: Festival goes outdoors for 2001

Tegan and Sara, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings among acts to play first fest at fairgrounds

  • Jul 15, 2022
Alex Cuba and brother Adonis Puentes, aka the Puentes Brothers, were among the acts to perform in the 2001 ROOTSandBLUES Festival, the first year the event was held outdoors at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. The 2022 Grammy Award-winning Cuba returns to the fairgrounds in August for the fest’s 30th anniversary. (File photo)
In a July 14, 2022 media release, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District said it is working with the Little Shuswap Lake Band and BC Parks to possibly restart its mosquito control program in the Scotch Creek area, including Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, in 2023. (File photo)

‘Swarms of mosquitoes’ have campers reconsidering stay at Shuswap provincial park

CSRD working with Little Shuswap Lake Band to possibly restart mosquito control program in 2023

In a July 14, 2022 media release, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District said it is working with the Little Shuswap Lake Band and BC Parks to possibly restart its mosquito control program in the Scotch Creek area, including Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, in 2023. (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm issued a statement saying the mayor, council and staff share the frustration of residents over the “disruptive and disrespectful” use of Blackburn Park. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Disruptive and disrespectful’: Political rallies at Salmon Arm park prompt reply from city

Municipal bylaws not designed for these troubling circumstances, says city

The City of Salmon Arm issued a statement saying the mayor, council and staff share the frustration of residents over the “disruptive and disrespectful” use of Blackburn Park. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)

Shuswap hockey star signs with Vancouver Canucks

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar, who also played minor hockey in Vernon, inks three-year deal

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)
Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Canoe journey paddlers pull it together in Enderby

The 20th Pulling Together Canoe Journey began Tuesday morning, July 12, on the Shuswap River

Canoes dot the western shore of the Shuswap River at Belvidere Park in Enderby Tuesday, July 12, for the start of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)

Algal bloom or pollen? Salmon Arm city councillor wants more timely water testing

Councillor concerned recent algal bloom advisory was prompted by reported sighting, not data.

  • Jul 12, 2022
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)
Category 2 open fires will be prohibited within the Kamloops Fire Centre as of noon on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Kamloops Fire Centre image)

More open burning restrictions coming into effect for Okanagan-Shuswap

Kamloops Fire Centre prohibitions include fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels

Category 2 open fires will be prohibited within the Kamloops Fire Centre as of noon on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Kamloops Fire Centre image)
Canoe Journey file photo

Shuswap canoe journey pulls Indigenous, law enforcement and public together

More than 400 participants paddling for 8 days

Canoe Journey file photo
The City of Salmon Arm told the Shuswap Pro-Live Society on June 20, 2022 it won’t be sticking with a relatively new ‘commercial advertising only’ policy on its transit bus benches. (File photo)

City of Salmon Arm reverses policy on bus bench ads following Pro-Life complaints

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms threatens legal challenge of policy

The City of Salmon Arm told the Shuswap Pro-Live Society on June 20, 2022 it won’t be sticking with a relatively new ‘commercial advertising only’ policy on its transit bus benches. (File photo)