Martha Wickett

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)
A GoFundMe has been set up to help lay to rest Ashley Simpson with dignity and respect, as well as to support her family as they travel from Ontario to B.C. to attend the murder trial of the man accused of killing her. (File photo)

GoFundMe will help Ashley Simpson’s family lay her remains to rest, attend court in Shuswap

Fundraising support appreciated so family can lay remains to rest in Ontario with dignity, respect

A GoFundMe has been set up to help lay to rest Ashley Simpson with dignity and respect, as well as to support her family as they travel from Ontario to B.C. to attend the murder trial of the man accused of killing her. (File photo)
People gather at the edge of the pond at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College on Dec. 6 during the United Against Violence Against Women candlelight vigil held to mark the 1989 massacre of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal as well as to remember and bear witness to the women murdered and missing in the Okanagan-Shuswap and beyond. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Emotional vigil held on day police find remains of Shuswap woman missing for 5 years

Annual vigil pays respects to women killed in the École Polytechnique massacre and local women

People gather at the edge of the pond at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College on Dec. 6 during the United Against Violence Against Women candlelight vigil held to mark the 1989 massacre of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal as well as to remember and bear witness to the women murdered and missing in the Okanagan-Shuswap and beyond. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Nicole Bell has been missing from Malakwa since Sept. 2, 2017. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan families of missing women hopeful for answers after charges laid in Simpson case

Simpson family gets closure after remains of Salmon Arm woman found and man charged

Nicole Bell has been missing from Malakwa since Sept. 2, 2017. (Facebook photo)
From top left, clockwise, Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz and Nicole Bell. With the remains of Ashley Simpson found in 2021, three women from the Shuswap and North Okanagan are still missing – Caitlin and Deanna for five years, Nicole for four. (Photos contributed)

RCMP find remains of Shuswap woman missing for five years, former boyfriend charged

The news they’ve been praying for brings both happiness and sadness for Ashley Simpson’s parents

From top left, clockwise, Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz and Nicole Bell. With the remains of Ashley Simpson found in 2021, three women from the Shuswap and North Okanagan are still missing – Caitlin and Deanna for five years, Nicole for four. (Photos contributed)
A murder charge has been laid regarding Ashley Simpson who went missing in April 2016. (Photo contributed)

Former boyfriend of missing Shuswap woman charged with murder

Ashley Simpson went missing in April 2016, she had been living on Yankee Flats Road near Salmon Arm

A murder charge has been laid regarding Ashley Simpson who went missing in April 2016. (Photo contributed)
Rob Hislop and his spouse Tammy were visiting family in Chilliwack for the weekend of Nov. 12 when they discovered with frustration they wouldn’t be returning to Salmon Arm. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Floodwaters in Chilliwack bring inspiration for Salmon Arm couple

A shift to ‘smelling the roses’ while stranded changes a week away

Rob Hislop and his spouse Tammy were visiting family in Chilliwack for the weekend of Nov. 12 when they discovered with frustration they wouldn’t be returning to Salmon Arm. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Taxpayers in Salmon Arm will be paying a four per cent increase in taxes in 2022 due mainly to increases in the policing budget. (File photo)

Taxpayers in Salmon Arm to pay 4% hike mainly due to policing costs

One new officer for city, plus taxpayers to shoulder impact of wage raise in Canada-wide contract

Taxpayers in Salmon Arm will be paying a four per cent increase in taxes in 2022 due mainly to increases in the policing budget. (File photo)