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Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.

Sebell hosts homecoming concerts

Greg Sebell will play two shows Feb. 18 in Salmon Arm

Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.
Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Irish Mythen to play Salmon Arm on Feb. 14.

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day
Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Drawings connect autistic student with the world

Leifen Mitchell-Banks creates colourful cartoon characters at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.
Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.
SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo

Poetry collection preserves Indigenous knowledge

B.C. author collaborates with Shuswap students, First Nations elders

SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo
In her second memoir, author Kay McCracken explores her journey from ill-health and despair to healing and a place of peace. )Image credit-Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Writing her way to recovery

Shuswap author finds healing and well-being by writing

In her second memoir, author Kay McCracken explores her journey from ill-health and despair to healing and a place of peace. )Image credit-Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Roots and Blues announces first six acts for 2018

Tickets for red-hot festival in Salmon Arm go on sale Dec. 1

Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed
After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Syrian mother gets behind the wheel

Ability to drive gives Salmon Arm newcomer and her husband more freedom

After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has announced he will run again in the 2019 federal election. -Image credit: File photo

MP announces intention to run

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold sets sights on 2019 federal election

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has announced he will run again in the 2019 federal election. -Image credit: File photo
Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale will be ready in time for Christmas

Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Peter Rizzi operates an excavator to collect illegally dumped garbage at a site on Shaw Road not far from the Canoe Creek Golf Course.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Dumping at Shaw Road “disgusting”

CSRD praises volunteers, wants illegal dumpers prosecuted

Peter Rizzi operates an excavator to collect illegally dumped garbage at a site on Shaw Road not far from the Canoe Creek Golf Course.-Image credit: Photo contributed
Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz’s request to withdraw from the CSRD Economic Development Committee after promising to commit funds to the 2018 budget. The district’s Economic Development Corporation will be launched on Jan. 1, 2018. - Image credit: File photo

Sicamous pulls out of CSRD economic committee

District launches its own economic development corporation on Jan. 1, 2018

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz’s request to withdraw from the CSRD Economic Development Committee after promising to commit funds to the 2018 budget. The district’s Economic Development Corporation will be launched on Jan. 1, 2018. - Image credit: File photo
Columbia Shuswap Regional District finance manager Jodi Pierce drafted a remuneration bylaw that pleased electoral area directors, but was defeated by municipal directors at a Nov. 16 board meeting.-Image credit: File photo

No raise for regional district directors

Remuneration bylaw rejected by municipal directors at Nov. 16 board meeting.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District finance manager Jodi Pierce drafted a remuneration bylaw that pleased electoral area directors, but was defeated by municipal directors at a Nov. 16 board meeting.-Image credit: File photo
File photo                                A view of Left Fields Farm near Sorrento, which is home to Crannog Ales, Canada’s first certified organic farmhouse microbrewery.                                A view of Left Fields Farm near Sorrento, which is home to Crannog Ales, Canada’s first certified organic farmhouse microbrewery.-Image credit: File photo

Brewery owner has concerns about new liquor rules

Crannog Ales owner concerned about possible industrial sprawl

File photo                                A view of Left Fields Farm near Sorrento, which is home to Crannog Ales, Canada’s first certified organic farmhouse microbrewery.                                A view of Left Fields Farm near Sorrento, which is home to Crannog Ales, Canada’s first certified organic farmhouse microbrewery.-Image credit: File photo
Road-clearing following a Nov. 2 snowfall spawns a storm of complaints against local road maintenance contractor JPW Inc.-Image credit: File photo

Public pans snow-clearing in Shuswap

Ministry says JPW’s road maintenance service needs review, improvement

Road-clearing following a Nov. 2 snowfall spawns a storm of complaints against local road maintenance contractor JPW Inc.-Image credit: File photo
Wright Lake in Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park with the Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake in the background is one of the beautiful photos included in Everything Shuswap: A Geographich Handbook Volume 1. The late photographer Myron Kozak was a committed conservationist and photographer, who donated much of his work, including this one, to environmental campaigns. -Image credit: Myron Kozak

Cooperman brings love of the Shuswap to new book

Monashee Arts Council welcomes author Jim Cooperman and Everything Shuswap in talk and slide show

Wright Lake in Anstey Hunakwa Provincial Park with the Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake in the background is one of the beautiful photos included in Everything Shuswap: A Geographich Handbook Volume 1. The late photographer Myron Kozak was a committed conservationist and photographer, who donated much of his work, including this one, to environmental campaigns. -Image credit: Myron Kozak
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Environmental Health Team Leader Ben Van Nostrand shows off one of the compost bins office staff are using to keep organic waste out of the landfill on Friday, Sept. 8. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

CSRD backs down on tipping fee deadlines

Regional district works to keep organic food waste out of landfills

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Environmental Health Team Leader Ben Van Nostrand shows off one of the compost bins office staff are using to keep organic waste out of the landfill on Friday, Sept. 8. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a collision at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.-Image credit: File photo

Accident sends one person to hospital

Another collision takes place at the intersection of TCH and Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road

Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a collision at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.-Image credit: File photo
A 36-year-old male suspect known to be violent was arrested after he threatened to injure his father and destroy the family residence.-Image credit: File photo

RCMP arrest man for uttering threats

Police say suspect is a known high-risk offender

A 36-year-old male suspect known to be violent was arrested after he threatened to injure his father and destroy the family residence.-Image credit: File photo
A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom                                A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom

Tradition carved into Little Shuswap canoes

A once-noble cottonwood tree continues life in the form of two canoes.…

A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom                                A section of a cottonwood tree is hewn with an ax. -photo by Tanner Quanstrom