Martha Wickett

Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, on March 1 elected trial by judge and jury. (File photo)

Man charged with murder of Ashley Simpson in Shuswap elects trial by judge and jury

Preliminary inquiry and bail hearing upcoming for accused, Derek Favell

Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, on March 1 elected trial by judge and jury. (File photo)
The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)

VIDEO: Shuswap man defies odds when his tiny life raft found in Caribbean Sea

Blind Bay resident floats for six days, consuming only nacho chips, crackers and tiny fish

The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)
One of two giant salmon lanterns in Runaway Moon Theatre’s Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession in Enderby on Feb. 20 were built at Kingfisher Centre and papered at local schools. (Meghan Budd photo)

VIDEO: Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession shines light on salmon

Runaway Moon Theatre holds month of lantern workshops to help Shuswap through winter doldrums

One of two giant salmon lanterns in Runaway Moon Theatre’s Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession in Enderby on Feb. 20 were built at Kingfisher Centre and papered at local schools. (Meghan Budd photo)
This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)

‘Predictable and preventable’: Engineer says abandoned logging road contributed to fatal B.C. landslide

Fingers pointed only at intense storms when resource roads may be at root of many slides in province

This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)
Statistics Canada released the general census information Feb. 9, with population increases for Salmon Arm and Sicamous ranging between seven and 10 per cent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Population of Salmon Arm jumps nearly 10 per cent since 2016 census

North Shuswap not the largest electoral area but tops local increases with 30.4 per cent jump

Statistics Canada released the general census information Feb. 9, with population increases for Salmon Arm and Sicamous ranging between seven and 10 per cent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
A parking variance was requested at the city’s Feb. 7, 2022 planning meeting for Centenoka Park Mall in Salmon Arm to accommodate a side gardening/retail yard adjacent to 3rd Street SW next to the former Safeway site as part of a conditional lease with Peavey Mart. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Peavey Mart proposed for Centenoka Park Mall in Salmon Arm

City receives application to reduce parking spots along 3rd Street SW next to former Safeway site

A parking variance was requested at the city’s Feb. 7, 2022 planning meeting for Centenoka Park Mall in Salmon Arm to accommodate a side gardening/retail yard adjacent to 3rd Street SW next to the former Safeway site as part of a conditional lease with Peavey Mart. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Man sentenced to six months in Vision Quest program after pleading guilty to charges of fleeing police and driving while prohibited. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Rehabilitation recommended for man who flees police in Shuswap several times

Man pleads guilty, judge agrees to crown and defence submission on Vision Quest program

Man sentenced to six months in Vision Quest program after pleading guilty to charges of fleeing police and driving while prohibited. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A Salmon Arm man was ordered in a Jan. 31, 2022 decision by the BC Securities Commission to pay a penalty and to halt various market activities for 15 years. (File photo)

BC Securities Commission orders Shuswap man to pay penalty, pause market activities

Losses for investors, many of them elderly, reported to be between 82 and 96 per cent

A Salmon Arm man was ordered in a Jan. 31, 2022 decision by the BC Securities Commission to pay a penalty and to halt various market activities for 15 years. (File photo)
Brendon Moore, 27, from Merritt, picks up his freshly won ‘69 Barricuda convertible on Jan. 17 from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Salmon Arm and takes his dad for a ride. (Photo contributed)

Winning raffle of ‘69 Barricuda restored by Rust Valley Restorers overwhelms new owner

27-year-old winner comes from a family which loves collector vehicles

Brendon Moore, 27, from Merritt, picks up his freshly won ‘69 Barricuda convertible on Jan. 17 from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Salmon Arm and takes his dad for a ride. (Photo contributed)
Adrenaline Auto Recyclers in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Firefighters were on scene for more than nine hours. (Megan Enoch Schulkowsky/Facebook photo)

Fire that consumed 20 vehicles at Shuswap autowreckers deemed ‘suspicious’ by police

Jan. 21 blaze created toxic smoke that hung over Chase for several hours

Adrenaline Auto Recyclers in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Firefighters were on scene for more than nine hours. (Megan Enoch Schulkowsky/Facebook photo)
The next appearance in Salmon Arm court for Dorian Bell, 32, charged with dangerous driving causing death in a May 2021 crash in Sicamous, will be Feb. 1, 2022. (File photo)

Man charged in crash that caused death of Shuswap woman changes plea to not guilty

Dorian Bell, 32, was not sentenced in Salmon Arm court but instead will undergo preliminary inquiry

The next appearance in Salmon Arm court for Dorian Bell, 32, charged with dangerous driving causing death in a May 2021 crash in Sicamous, will be Feb. 1, 2022. (File photo)
A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)

‘Freedom Fighters’ tune into article on potential takeover of Voice of the Shuswap

Membership in Salmon Arm’s community radio station triples in comparison to the past 10 years

A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)
An auto-wrecking business in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Five fire trucks were still on scene at 9:30 a.m. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Employee of auto-wrecking business in Chase thinks fire deliberately set

Fire chief urges people to stay inside, don’t breathe smoke from Aylmer Road fire as it may be toxic

An auto-wrecking business in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Five fire trucks were still on scene at 9:30 a.m. (Facebook photo)
A Civil Resolution Tribunal found that the City of Salmon Arm had not been proven negligent in a driver’s claim of damage and injuries from road work on Auto Road in September of 2020. (File photo)

City of Salmon Arm found not negligent after woman drives in ‘large trench’

Driver argues city should have had signs posted warning of ‘break’ across road

A Civil Resolution Tribunal found that the City of Salmon Arm had not been proven negligent in a driver’s claim of damage and injuries from road work on Auto Road in September of 2020. (File photo)
An influx of new memberships at CKVS, the Voice of the Shuswap community radio station, has the board suspecting an attempted ‘takeover’ of the station by people opposed to the way the pandemic is being handled. (File photo)

Membership jump for Salmon Arm community radio station seen as possible takeover

Voice of the Shuswap membership spike suspected from people disturbed by handling of pandemic

An influx of new memberships at CKVS, the Voice of the Shuswap community radio station, has the board suspecting an attempted ‘takeover’ of the station by people opposed to the way the pandemic is being handled. (File photo)
Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Feb. 15, 2022. (File photo)

Man charged with murdering Ashley Simpson to return to Salmon Arm court

Derek Lee Favell expected to choose type of trial during February appearance

Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Feb. 15, 2022. (File photo)
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)