Martha Wickett

Salmon Arm RCMP would like information on a vehicle that caused damage from a parking lot off First Nations Road. (File photo)

Driver suffers minor injuries in South Shuswap after vehicle slides off road, rolls 0ver

RCMP seek identity of driver connected to mischief complaint

Salmon Arm RCMP would like information on a vehicle that caused damage from a parking lot off First Nations Road. (File photo)
A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)

Victim of house fire near Salmon Arm prays for mother of man she believes started blaze

Homeowner, whose son died in 2018, says she knows helplessness of having a child with addictions

A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)
More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)

Column: Following the lead of children into 2022

Fear is no match for taking action together

More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP put the focus on drivers over the past nine months of 2021. (File photo)

Complaints prompt Salmon Arm RCMP to stop nearly 500 drivers for various offences

Seventy-seven impaired drivers removed from local roads in last nine months of 2021, police say

Salmon Arm RCMP put the focus on drivers over the past nine months of 2021. (File photo)
Paramedics responded to spike in overdose calls in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021, a trend seen across B.C. (File photo)

Overdose calls to paramedics spike in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021

B.C.-wide calls increase by 30%, smaller communities in North Okanagan-Shuswap see steadier totals

Paramedics responded to spike in overdose calls in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021, a trend seen across B.C. (File photo)
Bonnie Thomas, whose home was destroyed on Jan. 8. (Contributed)

Home destroyed in fire, Salmon Arm RCMP track footprints to unconscious man 2km away

Man witnesses believe started fire flees, officer performs CPR for an hour

Bonnie Thomas, whose home was destroyed on Jan. 8. (Contributed)
Most property assessments in Salmon Arm for single family homes jump by more than 30 per cent. (File photo)

Most Salmon Arm properties see 2022 assessment jump more than 30 per cent

BC Assessment notes top-priced single family home in Salmon Arm is valued at 2,528,000

Most property assessments in Salmon Arm for single family homes jump by more than 30 per cent. (File photo)
Laura Derksen braves the cold on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 as she watches her grandson Tim Grant play hockey on a rink ready-made for him. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Frozen Shuswap Lake beautiful but fire chief warns of dangers

Temperatures forecast to warm heading towards weekend

Laura Derksen braves the cold on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 as she watches her grandson Tim Grant play hockey on a rink ready-made for him. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Bob Wilkins heads back to shore after an exhilarating splash in Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day in Canoe. (Photo contributed)

Welcoming the New Year by taking a Polar Plunge into Shuswap Lake

A small group of individuals endures a fast dip in the frigid waters of Shuswap Lake on Jan. 1

Bob Wilkins heads back to shore after an exhilarating splash in Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day in Canoe. (Photo contributed)
Jackson Mint enjoys frozen Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 after having moved to Salmon Arm in the summer. (Marika Mint photo)

First winter in Salmon Arm brings joy to former Lower Mainland residents

Young hockey player thrilled with frozen rink on Shuswap Lake

Jackson Mint enjoys frozen Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 after having moved to Salmon Arm in the summer. (Marika Mint photo)
Christmas Day festivities for Chase RCMP and some residents of Anglemont were interrupted Dec. 25 when police report receiving death threats they thought could be acted on. (File photo)

Police report receiving death threats on Christmas Day in North Shuswap

Chase RCMP evacuate neighbours from homes, lengthy standoff ends in peaceful resolution

Christmas Day festivities for Chase RCMP and some residents of Anglemont were interrupted Dec. 25 when police report receiving death threats they thought could be acted on. (File photo)
Mallards, which use sleep to get through the cold, congregate in -20 C degree temperatures near the wharf in Salmon Arm’s Marine Park on Dec. 27, 2021. Birds must only be fed food appropriate to them or they will become sick. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Birds in Okanagan-Shuswap can use support during extreme cold

Access to appropriate food, water needed when usual sources frozen

Mallards, which use sleep to get through the cold, congregate in -20 C degree temperatures near the wharf in Salmon Arm’s Marine Park on Dec. 27, 2021. Birds must only be fed food appropriate to them or they will become sick. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People in Salmon Arm sheltered at night still face frigid daytime temperatures

Lighthouse shelter offers overnight refuge but there’s no place for people without homes during day

Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Rosa Guthrie of Rosa’s Taco Stand, pictured in this 2011 photo, closes doors on the Blackburn Park concession a final time. (File photo)

Rosa’s Taco Stand in Salmon Arm closes doors before contract ends, owner unhappy

Rosa Guthrie says city didn’t treat her fairly, city says it can’t comment on contractual issues

Rosa Guthrie of Rosa’s Taco Stand, pictured in this 2011 photo, closes doors on the Blackburn Park concession a final time. (File photo)
A medevac helicopter lands at the Shuswap Regional Airport in Salmon Arm in 2017. (File photo)

Airport in Salmon Arm to recertify in order to keep providing medevac for region

Changes required to keep ‘certified’ status which allows scheduled flights would cost millions

A medevac helicopter lands at the Shuswap Regional Airport in Salmon Arm in 2017. (File photo)
An RCMP officer surveys the scene behind Bastion Elementary School in Salmon Arm following the murder of Tyler Myers in November 2008. (File photo)

Parole release changed in Salmon Arm schoolyard murder due to threats

Woman sentenced in 2008 murder prohibited from going to Vancouver Island, location of release moved

An RCMP officer surveys the scene behind Bastion Elementary School in Salmon Arm following the murder of Tyler Myers in November 2008. (File photo)
Kukpi7 (Chief) James Tomma is the new chief of the Little Shuswap Lake Band, declared elected on Dec. 1, 2021. (Contributed)

Determined candidate sworn in as chief of Little Shuswap Lake Band

Kukpi7 James Tomma would like to make sure youth prosper on and off reserve

Kukpi7 (Chief) James Tomma is the new chief of the Little Shuswap Lake Band, declared elected on Dec. 1, 2021. (Contributed)
The City of Salmon Arm will be reintroducing its ban on single-use plastic shopping bags on July 1, 2022. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)

‘Around the block’: Salmon Arm sets stage for return of ban on single-use plastic bags

An education period for customers will continue until July 1 when the prohibition begins

The City of Salmon Arm will be reintroducing its ban on single-use plastic shopping bags on July 1, 2022. (Andy Bronson/The Herald)
The CP Holiday Train made its last in-person visit to Salmon Arm in 2019. (File photo)

Holiday Train to make virtual stop at Salmon Arm’s Salmar Classic theatre

Salmon Arm Rotary to match donations for food banks fundraiser up to $10,000

The CP Holiday Train made its last in-person visit to Salmon Arm in 2019. (File photo)
North Shuswap Elementary is closed and will be holding online classes from Dec. 13 though 17, meaning the school won’t reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 4 due to the winter vacation break. (Facebook photo)

Self-isolating for COVID-19 leads to North Shuswap Elementary moving online

Doors closed Dec. 13 to 17 due in part to staff shortages, then 2-week winter vacation break starts

North Shuswap Elementary is closed and will be holding online classes from Dec. 13 though 17, meaning the school won’t reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 4 due to the winter vacation break. (Facebook photo)