Tracy Hughes

Dragon boaters make contribution

Dragon boaters make contribution

Pink Piston Paddlers help SAFE Society

Dragon boaters make contribution
Salmon Arm realtor leads real estate board

Salmon Arm realtor leads real estate board

Board includes realtors from Shuswap, Vernon and Kelowna.

Salmon Arm realtor leads real estate board
Kelsey McDonald and Blazen show their B.C. service dog identification card. Businesses can ask for this identification, which looks similar to a driver licence, to prove that he is legally entitled to public access. Businesses may ask to see B.C.certification at any time, which also provides confidence to businesses that a dog and handler team meet the high public etiquette and safety standards expected of a guide dog or service dog team. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Certified service dog much more than a pet

Non-certified service animals create issues for Salmon Arm woman and her medical assistance dog.

Kelsey McDonald and Blazen show their B.C. service dog identification card. Businesses can ask for this identification, which looks similar to a driver licence, to prove that he is legally entitled to public access. Businesses may ask to see B.C.certification at any time, which also provides confidence to businesses that a dog and handler team meet the high public etiquette and safety standards expected of a guide dog or service dog team. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Olds’ Graysen Cameron (centre) in hospital with Humboldt Broncos teammates Derek Patter and Nick Shumlanski holding hands after a bus crash that killed 14 and left 14 injured. (Photo courtesy R.J. Patter Twitter)

Column: No one walks this painful road alone

Salmon Arm Observer editor reflects on the tragedy in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Olds’ Graysen Cameron (centre) in hospital with Humboldt Broncos teammates Derek Patter and Nick Shumlanski holding hands after a bus crash that killed 14 and left 14 injured. (Photo courtesy R.J. Patter Twitter)
An image of the Blind Bay beach where a body was found Friday morning. (File photo)

Update: Body found on Blind Bay beach ‘recently deceased male’

Police and coroner investigating, death deemed ‘non-suspicious’

An image of the Blind Bay beach where a body was found Friday morning. (File photo)
Colin Martin leaves court in Kamloops after a 2014 court proceeding. -File photo

B.C. drug smuggler pleads guilty in U.S. court

Shuswap man admits to using helicopters to transport marijuana and cocaine across the border

Colin Martin leaves court in Kamloops after a 2014 court proceeding. -File photo
The world-famous RCMP Musical Ride will be making a stop in the Shuswap this summer. (File photo)

RCMP’s Musical Ride to perform in the Shuswap

Performances to be held in Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Kelowna and Princeton this summer

The world-famous RCMP Musical Ride will be making a stop in the Shuswap this summer. (File photo)
Levi Eden is wanted on a Canada-Wide warrant. (Facebook photo)                                Levi Eden turned himself in to Calgary police after a Canada-Wide warrant was issued for his arrest. (Facebook photo)

Salmon Arm man turns himself in to Calgary police

Levi Eden is accused of assaulting, stabbing a 50-year-old man in Edmonton.

Levi Eden is wanted on a Canada-Wide warrant. (Facebook photo)                                Levi Eden turned himself in to Calgary police after a Canada-Wide warrant was issued for his arrest. (Facebook photo)
Splatsin band councillors George Dennis and Daniel Joe show their support for the Eagle Pass summit lookout, rebuilt by volunteers, as a welcome addition to the Secwepemc First Nation. The cabin, however, may be torn down if the provincial ministry decides the structure was renovated illegally. (File photo)

Hearing set to determine fate of Eagle Pass cabin

Volunteers could face fine of up to $10,000 for rebuilding structure without official permits.

Splatsin band councillors George Dennis and Daniel Joe show their support for the Eagle Pass summit lookout, rebuilt by volunteers, as a welcome addition to the Secwepemc First Nation. The cabin, however, may be torn down if the provincial ministry decides the structure was renovated illegally. (File photo)
A surveillance photo of the suspect in a bank fraud at TD Bank branches in Salmon Arm and Kelowna. (Photo contributed by RCMP)

Police ask for help finding fraud suspect

Suspect obtained funds at banks in Salmon Arm and Kelowna

A surveillance photo of the suspect in a bank fraud at TD Bank branches in Salmon Arm and Kelowna. (Photo contributed by RCMP)
An image of circular designs on Shuswap Lake taken by Shuswap resident Grace Edwards. They were taken between Herald Park and Wittner Road in Tappen. (Photo contributed)

Strange Shuswap Lake ice circles prompt questions

A Tappen resident stopped to take photos, wonders about interesting patterns on the ice

An image of circular designs on Shuswap Lake taken by Shuswap resident Grace Edwards. They were taken between Herald Park and Wittner Road in Tappen. (Photo contributed)
Levi Eden is wanted on a Canada-Wide warrant. (Facebook photo)

Canada-wide warrant issued for man with connections to Salmon Arm

Levi Eden is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Levi Eden is wanted on a Canada-Wide warrant. (Facebook photo)
A moose was spotted in the 1300 block of 4th Ave. SE on Thursday, Feb. 8. (Photo contributed by Alma Sept)

Column: Return of the moose

Our moose is back. I’m actually not sure if it is the…

A moose was spotted in the 1300 block of 4th Ave. SE on Thursday, Feb. 8. (Photo contributed by Alma Sept)
Investigators mark the location of spent bullet casings and gunshot marks on the vehicles involved in the Jan. 30 shooting at the Xcalibur car wash in Salmon Arm. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

RCMP officer officially cleared in shooting incident

Police watchdog concludes Salmon Arm officer’s use of force was justified

Investigators mark the location of spent bullet casings and gunshot marks on the vehicles involved in the Jan. 30 shooting at the Xcalibur car wash in Salmon Arm. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
A suspect was placed into an RCMP vehicle for transportation to the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment following an arrest outside the Shaw Centre on Saturday, Feb. 17. He is awaiting a court appearance. (Tracy Hughes/Salmon Arm Observer)

Suspect faces charges of possession of stolen property, weapon

Two people arrested outside Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm Saturday, woman released without charge

A suspect was placed into an RCMP vehicle for transportation to the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment following an arrest outside the Shaw Centre on Saturday, Feb. 17. He is awaiting a court appearance. (Tracy Hughes/Salmon Arm Observer)
Sunday’s widespread snowfall left many Cariboo and Williams Lake residents digging out their vehicles after leaving them parked overnight and throughout the day. (Greg Sabatino photo)                                A snowfall warning has been issued for the Shuswap, Revelstoke, North Thompson and the Trans-Canada Highway Mountain passes. (File photo)

Update: Snowfall alert cancelled for Shuswap, Revelstoke, North Thompson

Okanagan expecting snow, but in amounts of 5 cm or less, travellers urged to be cautious

Sunday’s widespread snowfall left many Cariboo and Williams Lake residents digging out their vehicles after leaving them parked overnight and throughout the day. (Greg Sabatino photo)                                A snowfall warning has been issued for the Shuswap, Revelstoke, North Thompson and the Trans-Canada Highway Mountain passes. (File photo)
John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo

Column: Bushman of the Shuswap saga reaches its end

Reporter Tracy Hughes recounts her experiences covering the former fugitive’s story

John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo
Members of Shuswap Search and Rescue used a rope system to reach an injured snowmobiler and assist with transporting her to an ambulance on Monday, Feb. 12. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap Search and Rescue helps injured snowmobiler

Woman lost control of machine, went over embankment in the Fly Hills

Members of Shuswap Search and Rescue used a rope system to reach an injured snowmobiler and assist with transporting her to an ambulance on Monday, Feb. 12. (Photo contributed)
John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo

‘Bushman of the Shuswap’ fugitive John Bjornstorm dies at 58

Bjornstrom made the news when he escaped from a jail, evaded police capture for nearly two years

John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo
John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo

Bushman of the Shuswap dies in Williams Lake

John Bjornstrom earned notoriety from living on the run, stealing supplies to survive

John Lambert Bjornstrom, the Bushman of the Shuswap, while he was on the run from police near his main camp close to Shuswap Lake. -Observer file photo