Barb Brouwer

Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks

Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks

State-of-the-art equipment and trained staff handle the potentially deadly substance

Shaw Centre’s systems guard against ammonia leaks
A residence at 8205 Tatlow Rd. in Ranchero was destroyed in an early morning fire. - Image credit: CSRD Photo

Fire destroys Ranchero home

Family safe and receiving assistance from emergency social services.

A residence at 8205 Tatlow Rd. in Ranchero was destroyed in an early morning fire. - Image credit: CSRD Photo
UPDATED: Get out the galoshes

UPDATED: Get out the galoshes

High winds, rain and lightning expected as a cold front hits the Southern Interior

UPDATED: Get out the galoshes
photo contributed                                Josie Lofting and Ruben Taylor enjoying vacation time in Mexico.

Eight days in a health care ‘hole’

Spouse says health-care system broken but Shuswap Lake General staff are not too blame.

photo contributed                                Josie Lofting and Ruben Taylor enjoying vacation time in Mexico.
CSRD landfill expansion worries neighbours

CSRD landfill expansion worries neighbours

Zoning, other issues to trigger public consultation process

CSRD landfill expansion worries neighbours
Mohamed Davud and his three-year-old son, Imram, enjoy a meal. The Kurdistani family came to Canada from a refugee camp in Turkey and are enjoying their new life in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Brian Ayotte

Seven refugee families choose to stay in Salmon Arm

Shuswap residents provide a warm welcome and a leg up to a new life

Mohamed Davud and his three-year-old son, Imram, enjoy a meal. The Kurdistani family came to Canada from a refugee camp in Turkey and are enjoying their new life in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Brian Ayotte
Michael Bragg, Tolko Industries Ltd. woodlands manager, addresses directors at the Sept. 21 Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting, while Tom Hoffman, the company’s manager of external and stakeholder relations stands by.-Image credit/Barb Brouwer

CSRD wants more consultation on forestry projects

Regional district asks forest company for detailed information on plans

Michael Bragg, Tolko Industries Ltd. woodlands manager, addresses directors at the Sept. 21 Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting, while Tom Hoffman, the company’s manager of external and stakeholder relations stands by.-Image credit/Barb Brouwer
Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors gave approval to the creation of a noise bylaw for electoral areas at a Sept. 21 board meeting in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Keeping the peace in the North Okanagan-Shuswap

CSRD noise bylaw would enable RCMP to ticket offenders.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors gave approval to the creation of a noise bylaw for electoral areas at a Sept. 21 board meeting in Salmon Arm.-Image credit: Photo contributed
Daughter of a Notch Hill family, Eva Tavares performs the starring role in Cameron Macintosh’s spectacular new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.-Image credit: Photo contributed.

Phantom star unmasked

Eva Tavares stars in touring production of Phantom of the Opera

Daughter of a Notch Hill family, Eva Tavares performs the starring role in Cameron Macintosh’s spectacular new touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.-Image credit: Photo contributed.
Crews were busy cleaning up from a collision on the TCH near Chase on Thursday morning. As well, local police were on the scene of an accident that took place Thursday night 14 kilometres west of Salmon Arm at the Sunnybrae turn-off.-Image credit: File photo

UPDATE: Cleanup continues at Chase accident scene

Still waiting for information on Sept. 14 accident at TCH and Sunnybrae

Crews were busy cleaning up from a collision on the TCH near Chase on Thursday morning. As well, local police were on the scene of an accident that took place Thursday night 14 kilometres west of Salmon Arm at the Sunnybrae turn-off.-Image credit: File photo
A semi-trailer burst into flames after colliding with a Honda and rolling into a ditch on the Trans-Canada Highway four kilometres west of Chase. Image credit: Chase RCMP Detachment

UPDATE: Highway 1 remains open to single-lane, alternating traffic

Honda and semi-trailer collide, truck catches fire

A semi-trailer burst into flames after colliding with a Honda and rolling into a ditch on the Trans-Canada Highway four kilometres west of Chase. Image credit: Chase RCMP Detachment
Swarms of small black flies have been filling the air and bugging people in the Shuswap.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Masses of midges and aphids are causing a stir

A swarm of little black bugs are buzzing around the B.C. Interior this year

Swarms of small black flies have been filling the air and bugging people in the Shuswap.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Photo Contributed                                Matthew Loring’s wheelchair-accesible van, stolen in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 2, was found in Olds, Alberta on Tuesday. Whether the vehicle is reparable, or expensive equipment inside remains, was still not known Wednesday afternoon.

Van stolen from disabled man

Citizens step up to help couple left stranded after Garth Brooks concert

Photo Contributed                                Matthew Loring’s wheelchair-accesible van, stolen in Calgary Saturday, Oct. 2, was found in Olds, Alberta on Tuesday. Whether the vehicle is reparable, or expensive equipment inside remains, was still not known Wednesday afternoon.
Small spot fires near Sicamous and Falkland were discovered Tuesday night and declared out by Wildfire BC on Wednesday morning -Image credit: File photo

And they’re out

Fires near Sicamous and Falkland have been extinguished

Small spot fires near Sicamous and Falkland were discovered Tuesday night and declared out by Wildfire BC on Wednesday morning -Image credit: File photo
The Diamond Creek Fire is sending smoke and ash up the Okanagan Valley into the Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo taken from Facebook

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke

Diamond Creek Fire likely culprit in increased smoke and ash.

The Diamond Creek Fire is sending smoke and ash up the Okanagan Valley into the Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo taken from Facebook
An early morning accident eight kilometres east of Canoe has closed the Trans-Canada Highway.-image credit: File photo

Vehicle recovery to take place on TCH

Single-lane, alternating traffic from 7 to 11:55 tonight on Highway 1 east of Canoe

An early morning accident eight kilometres east of Canoe has closed the Trans-Canada Highway.-image credit: File photo
Five Alarm Funk’s chief operating officer of props and the band’s menagerie adds many playful touches to the horn-powered band’s performances.-Image credit: Barb Brouwer

Feeding festival fine funk and fun

Five Alarm Funk blows the lid off Roots and Blues barn stage

Five Alarm Funk’s chief operating officer of props and the band’s menagerie adds many playful touches to the horn-powered band’s performances.-Image credit: Barb Brouwer
Photo: Geoffrey Stein                                Talented singer-songwriter-musician Livingston Taylor brings the warmth of his music and thoughtful lyrics to the Roots and Blues’ CBC Blues Stage on Sunday afternoon. He will also be part of a workshop Saturday with an eclectic group of artists.

Mellow music with a message

Livingston Taylor’s voice is as warm as the summer sun and has…

Photo: Geoffrey Stein                                Talented singer-songwriter-musician Livingston Taylor brings the warmth of his music and thoughtful lyrics to the Roots and Blues’ CBC Blues Stage on Sunday afternoon. He will also be part of a workshop Saturday with an eclectic group of artists.
Salmon Arm Museum                                Salmon Arm Fire Brigade 1939, with George Shirley wearing bow tie, third from right in back row.

Celebrating Shuswap history

Okanagan History annual report features Shirley family.

Salmon Arm Museum                                Salmon Arm Fire Brigade 1939, with George Shirley wearing bow tie, third from right in back row.
File Photo                                A large crowd of festivalgoers enjoys the music and vibe at the CBC Radio Blues Stage at the 2016 annual Roots and Blues Festival.

Festival fever rises

The 25th annual Roots and Blues Festival begins with a downtown crawl

File Photo                                A large crowd of festivalgoers enjoys the music and vibe at the CBC Radio Blues Stage at the 2016 annual Roots and Blues Festival.