Martha Wickett

Ivan Gracia Rivera stands in his Cantina Vallarta restaurant in Salmon Arm where there are offerings for Day of the Dead, a tradition he grew up with in Mexico that celebrates and remembers those who have died. (Photo contributed)

Mexico-raised Salmon Arm resident speaks of keeping those who have died close

Day of the Dead celebrates and remembers people who have passed away

Ivan Gracia Rivera stands in his Cantina Vallarta restaurant in Salmon Arm where there are offerings for Day of the Dead, a tradition he grew up with in Mexico that celebrates and remembers those who have died. (Photo contributed)
BC Supreme Court rules on Oct. 8, 2021 that three men can be extradited to U.S. to face charges in connection with an alleged 2006 cannabis smuggling operation from the Okanagan-Shuswap to California. (File photo)

Extradition ordered in alleged Okanagan-Shuswap cannabis smuggling via hollow logs

Three men to be extradited to U.S. in connection with trafficking charges involving B.C., California

BC Supreme Court rules on Oct. 8, 2021 that three men can be extradited to U.S. to face charges in connection with an alleged 2006 cannabis smuggling operation from the Okanagan-Shuswap to California. (File photo)
Highway 1 was reopened just before noon on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive after a motor vehicle incident was cleared. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens east of Salmon Arm after motor vehicle incident cleared

Highway was closed near intersection with Canoe Beach Drive between Salmon Arm and Sicamous

Highway 1 was reopened just before noon on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive after a motor vehicle incident was cleared. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
A cement truck rolled over on Highway 1 near White Lake Thursday, Oct. 28 about 7:45 a.m. BC Highway Patrol is requesting help from any witnesses. (Twitter image)

Police request witnesses after cement truck rolls on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm

BC Highway Patrol would like to speak to occupants of white SUV that was in vicinity

A cement truck rolled over on Highway 1 near White Lake Thursday, Oct. 28 about 7:45 a.m. BC Highway Patrol is requesting help from any witnesses. (Twitter image)
Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)

Shuswap woman attracts provincial attention with her lone pro-COVID-19-vaccine sign

Counter-protest at B.C. legislature noticed by media, mentioned by provincial health officer

Shuswap woman Nell Saba counter-protests an anti-vaccination protest outside the B.C. legislature in Victoria in October. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)

First Nations consultation the first step in request for orange crosswalk in Salmon Arm

Petition asks for Orange Crosswalk for Truth and Reconciliation to honour children, instill healing

Salmon Arm Council received a letter and petition Oct. 12 with about 50 signatures asking for the city to paint a crosswalk orange in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Contributed)
A memorial for the five victims of July’s fatal crane collapse in Kelowna stands in front of the Bernard Block construction site as two new tower cranes are assembled at the site on Oct. 26, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Friends of victims urge construction pause at deadly Kelowna crane collapse site

Assembly of two new tower cranes at the site began on Tuesday

A memorial for the five victims of July’s fatal crane collapse in Kelowna stands in front of the Bernard Block construction site as two new tower cranes are assembled at the site on Oct. 26, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that destroyed their family home. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap man shocked, saddened by investigation of Lytton fire

Rebuilding plans another source of sadness as residents told of possible delay of two to three years

Joe Wilson with his children Kechia Wilson, Wes Snukwa (Wilson) and Spotted Eagle Williams of the Lytton First Nation, prior to the June 30, 2021 fire that destroyed their family home. (Photo contributed)
RCMP request help in their investigation of the shooting and killing of a horse on Grandview Bench Road in early October. (File photo)

RCMP request help in shooting death of horse near Salmon Arm

Police say killing took place between Oct. 8 and 9

RCMP request help in their investigation of the shooting and killing of a horse on Grandview Bench Road in early October. (File photo)
The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)

Interior Health restrictions likely mean B.C.’s lifting of COVID-19 rules delayed locally

Two sets of regulations spark anger targeted at business managers

The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)
Chase RCMP respond to reports of reckless driving on Oct. 10 which they say led them to the site of a collision on Highway 1. (File photo)

Air ambulance lands on Highway 1 after erratic driving may have caused crash near Chase

Chase RCMP received reports of vehicle being driven recklessly before they reached site of crash

Chase RCMP respond to reports of reckless driving on Oct. 10 which they say led them to the site of a collision on Highway 1. (File photo)
Chase RCMP searched to no avail for a suspect in an alleged assault in Chase on Oct. 14. (File photo)

Chase RCMP say they can’t find suspect who allegedly assaulted girl on trail

Police receive report of assault near skate park on Oct. 14 in Shuswap community

Chase RCMP searched to no avail for a suspect in an alleged assault in Chase on Oct. 14. (File photo)
Kate Fagervik, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Pride Project, and organizer Althea Mongerson stand in the Pride Palace across Hudson Avenue from the art gallery on Monday, Oct. 18, the beginning of the Salmon Arm Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival, continuing to Oct. 24. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Support for Salmon Arm’s Pride Project Festival delights organizers

Events include guided walks, art exhibition, craft sales, digital film festival and more

Kate Fagervik, artistic director of the Salmon Arm Pride Project, and organizer Althea Mongerson stand in the Pride Palace across Hudson Avenue from the art gallery on Monday, Oct. 18, the beginning of the Salmon Arm Pride Project Arts & Awareness Festival, continuing to Oct. 24. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)

Student housing at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus moving forward

Construction of 60-bed dormitory expected to begin in 2022, zoning amendment required

This conceptual rendering shows 60 units of student housing at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with construction expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2024. (Okanagan College image)
Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)

Virus specialist raised in Salmon Arm recommends more COVID rapid testing

Michael Worobey says vaccines ‘incredibly safe,’ still effective against delta variant

Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Ban on single-use plastic checkout bags to return to Salmon Arm

After several twists and turns, bylaw will be passed in January 2022, in full effect by July 2022

Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Salmon Arm’s Manny Christjansen has designed a breakdancing jacket that he hopes will be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics as breakdancing will be a new event there. (Lifestyle Flavors image)

Breakdancing’s move to Olympics sparks Salmon Arm man’s unique creation

Resident hopes to see Olympic teams attired in his design in 2024 Games

Salmon Arm’s Manny Christjansen has designed a breakdancing jacket that he hopes will be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics as breakdancing will be a new event there. (Lifestyle Flavors image)
(Kristall Burgess photo)

Rust Brothers to join judges’ panel for 2021 Dancing with Shuswap Stars

Shuswap stars of popular Rust Valley Restorers series will help decide this year’s winners

(Kristall Burgess photo)
Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)

2007 film on residential schools includes Neskonlith Elder’s memories from Kamloops

Co-producer of Fallen Feather says it is too bad it took so long for message to be heard

Revered Neskonlith Elder Mary Thomas is one of several people featured in the 2007 documentary, Fallen Feather, outlining the history of residential schools in Canada. She died the year the film was completed. (Contributed)
The Trans-Canada Highway closed in both directions near Tappen Monday morning, Oct. 4 due to fatal vehicle crash. (File photo)

UPDATE: Fatal collision closes Highway 1 in both directions in Shuswap

Monday morning closure about 16 kilometres west of Salmon Arm, detours from Kamloops, Sicamous

The Trans-Canada Highway closed in both directions near Tappen Monday morning, Oct. 4 due to fatal vehicle crash. (File photo)