Salmon Arm

Wayne Matthews died on Jan. 23, 2023 at 82 years. He was a city councillor in Salmon Arm for 12 years. (File photo)

Salmon Arm council takes time to remember longtime councillor

Councillor who served for 12 years passed away in January

Wayne Matthews died on Jan. 23, 2023 at 82 years. He was a city councillor in Salmon Arm for 12 years. (File photo)
Lily Brook and Kaden Baum pose with their medals at the 2022 Nationals in Whistler. Both Lily and Kaden are heading to the Canada Winter Games in PEI, which begins Feb. 18, to compete in the Para Nordic events. (Donna Flatman photo)

Salmon Arm athletes head to Maritimes for PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games

Alpine skiing, nordic skiing and hockey will play a big role for Shuswap residents

Lily Brook and Kaden Baum pose with their medals at the 2022 Nationals in Whistler. Both Lily and Kaden are heading to the Canada Winter Games in PEI, which begins Feb. 18, to compete in the Para Nordic events. (Donna Flatman photo)
Volunteers at First United’s Food with Friends lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 8, were Coun. Louise Wallace Richmond, Paul Cox, Marten Lettinga, Dave Wood, Debbie Hewitt and Rev. Jenny Carter. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Poverty not a character flaw’: Removing stigma, highlighting services in Salmon Arm crucial

Groups in the city hardest hit by poverty are seniors, single parent families and newcomers

Volunteers at First United’s Food with Friends lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 8, were Coun. Louise Wallace Richmond, Paul Cox, Marten Lettinga, Dave Wood, Debbie Hewitt and Rev. Jenny Carter. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
Andrew Grose will have audiences laughing at the Salmar Classic Theatre on March 30, 2023. (Train Wreck Comedy image)

Canadian comedy veteran Andrew Grose coming to Salmon Arm

Performance scheduled for the Salmar Classic on March 30

Andrew Grose will have audiences laughing at the Salmar Classic Theatre on March 30, 2023. (Train Wreck Comedy image)
This image shows supplies that may be included inside a ShelterBox, which is delivered to a family in need after a disaster. (ShelterBox photo)

Salmon Arm Rotarians support relief efforts in Türkiye, Syria after earthquakes

Donations made to purchase ShelterBoxes for people displaced in catastrophic quakes

This image shows supplies that may be included inside a ShelterBox, which is delivered to a family in need after a disaster. (ShelterBox photo)
The BC Lottery Corporation announced Salmon Arm’s Richard Lambert won the $50,000 prize with a Super Crossword Scratch & Win ticket on Feb. 13, 2023. (BCLC photo)
The BC Lottery Corporation announced Salmon Arm’s Richard Lambert won the $50,000 prize with a Super Crossword Scratch & Win ticket on Feb. 13, 2023. (BCLC photo)
Child/ Pre-youth division speed skaters Mykenzie Acton from Kelowna, Callum Fleming from Salmon Arm, Harrison Wiebe from Kelowna, Kara Fortin from Williams Lake and Taylor Hughes from Kelowna line up to race at the Salmon Arm Interior FUNale competition, Feb. 11, 2023. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)

PHOTOS: Salmon Arm Ice Breakers host B.C. Interior speed skating qualifiers

Skaters of all levels vie for spots at BC Short Track Championships in Richmond

Child/ Pre-youth division speed skaters Mykenzie Acton from Kelowna, Callum Fleming from Salmon Arm, Harrison Wiebe from Kelowna, Kara Fortin from Williams Lake and Taylor Hughes from Kelowna line up to race at the Salmon Arm Interior FUNale competition, Feb. 11, 2023. (Rebecca Willson- Salmon Arm Observer)
Cameron and Vanessa Morris and daughters Paisley and Ruby find treats, not gold coins, on the Downtown Salmon Arm Halloween Treat Trail on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. According to the (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Cameron and Vanessa Morris and daughters Paisley and Ruby find treats, not gold coins, on the Downtown Salmon Arm Halloween Treat Trail on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. According to the (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Molly Knowles joins Salmon Arm para-athletes Lily Brook and Maggie Manning for the premiere of episode 1, season 5 of the TV show All-Round Champion at the Salmar Grand on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2023. Brook and Manning are among the para-athletes competing on the latest season of the reality TV program, showing on TVOKids and Youtube. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm para-athletes jump from plane in TV premiere

Lily Brook and Maggie Manning host special screening of All-Round Champion

Molly Knowles joins Salmon Arm para-athletes Lily Brook and Maggie Manning for the premiere of episode 1, season 5 of the TV show All-Round Champion at the Salmar Grand on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2023. Brook and Manning are among the para-athletes competing on the latest season of the reality TV program, showing on TVOKids and Youtube. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Chase resident Kim Harvey shared this photo of the unstable slope that prompted the closure of Highway 1. (Kim Harvey photo)

Highway 1 at Chase reopens after closure ‘to protect public safety’

Section of Trans-Canada was closed for geotechnical assessment

Chase resident Kim Harvey shared this photo of the unstable slope that prompted the closure of Highway 1. (Kim Harvey photo)
Former North Okanagan RCMP Const. Milan Ilic filed a lawsuit against the RCMP in 2016. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Mountie loses negligence claim in false accusations of drinking at murder scene

The officer alleges he suffered after being falsely accused of throwing a bottle at a crime scene

Former North Okanagan RCMP Const. Milan Ilic filed a lawsuit against the RCMP in 2016. (Morning Star file photo)
The Salmon Arm-Vernon rink of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire, shown playing at an event in Salmon Arm in 2022, fell to 1-4 at the Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Timmins, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 8, with an 8-7 loss to Prince Edward Island. (Black Press - file photo)

PEI holds on for 8-7 win over Okanagan-Shuswap rink

Canadian U18 Curling Championships, Timmins, Ont.; B.C. champs fall to 1-4; wrap up play Thursday

The Salmon Arm-Vernon rink of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire, shown playing at an event in Salmon Arm in 2022, fell to 1-4 at the Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Timmins, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 8, with an 8-7 loss to Prince Edward Island. (Black Press - file photo)
Man who allegedly abandoned a Jeep and an E-bike stolen from Kelowna, then hopped on a train, was arrested in Salmon Arm on Feb. 6, 2023. (File photo)

Salmon Arm RCMP arrest man who allegedly left stolen vehicle before hopping on a train

Suspect released as police investigate charges including hitching a ride on a train

Man who allegedly abandoned a Jeep and an E-bike stolen from Kelowna, then hopped on a train, was arrested in Salmon Arm on Feb. 6, 2023. (File photo)
Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer, all from Salmon Arm-Vernon, are off to an 0-2 start at the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. (Team Blaeser Facebook)

B.C. champs from Okanagan-Shuswap start 0-2 at national curling event

Team Beck looking to get into win column with pair of games Tuesday, Feb. 7

Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer, all from Salmon Arm-Vernon, are off to an 0-2 start at the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. (Team Blaeser Facebook)
Team Bee-Witched has been superbly successful in previous spelling bees in Salmon Arm, this one in 2018. (File photo)

‘So You Think You Can Spell?’: Spelling bee buzzes back to Salmon Arm after 4 years

Bee, with breakfast, raises funds for Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society

Team Bee-Witched has been superbly successful in previous spelling bees in Salmon Arm, this one in 2018. (File photo)
The new Neskonlith council, elected Jan. 26, 2023, from left, is: Councillor Frances Narcisse (Salmon Arm), Coun. Joan Hooper, Coun. Shirley Anderson, Coun. Mindy Dick, Kukpi7 (Chief) Irvin Wai and Coun. Brad Arnouse. (Tara Willard photo)

Neskonlith chief defeated after 16 years as leader of Salmon Arm, Chase area band

Judy Wilson replaced by Chief (Kukpi7) Irvin Wai, incumbent Salmon Arm councillor also loses seat

The new Neskonlith council, elected Jan. 26, 2023, from left, is: Councillor Frances Narcisse (Salmon Arm), Coun. Joan Hooper, Coun. Shirley Anderson, Coun. Mindy Dick, Kukpi7 (Chief) Irvin Wai and Coun. Brad Arnouse. (Tara Willard photo)
A semi truck went off the Trans-Canada Highway and struck the garage of a house on Walsh Road in Blind Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Police said the driver of the truck suffered minor cuts and was taken to hospital. The home owner was asleep and was uninjured. (Photo contributed)

Salmon Arm RCMP respond to 18 collisions over 10-day period on Highway 1

‘The speed limit is for perfect conditions, and our conditions are nowhere near perfect.’

A semi truck went off the Trans-Canada Highway and struck the garage of a house on Walsh Road in Blind Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Police said the driver of the truck suffered minor cuts and was taken to hospital. The home owner was asleep and was uninjured. (Photo contributed)
When fentanyl, in photo, is mixed with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or stimulants like cocaine, it increases the risk of accidental overdose. Illicit fentanyl is much more toxic than other pharmaceutical-grade opioids. (File photo)

Salmon Arm does not escape B.C. trend of escalating overdose calls to paramedics

City sees substantial increase in 2021 and 2022, community of Chase bucks trend

When fentanyl, in photo, is mixed with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or stimulants like cocaine, it increases the risk of accidental overdose. Illicit fentanyl is much more toxic than other pharmaceutical-grade opioids. (File photo)
Robyn Spink operates Salmon Arm’s Jungle Mania. She and spouse Scott Casano took ownership of the business late August 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

New owner of Salmon Arm indoor jungle gym embraces input from youth

Robyn Spink plans to bring more of the jungle into Jungle Mania

Robyn Spink operates Salmon Arm’s Jungle Mania. She and spouse Scott Casano took ownership of the business late August 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
An aerial shot shows the Canoe Forest Products Ltd. plywood/veneer plant in Canoe. (Image courtesy of Canoe Forest Products Ltd.)

Business stable for Canoe Forest Products in Salmon Arm despite some industry closures

Although the company isn’t immune, market forces remain kind to plywood/veneer production

An aerial shot shows the Canoe Forest Products Ltd. plywood/veneer plant in Canoe. (Image courtesy of Canoe Forest Products Ltd.)
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