Barb Brouwer

High temperatures and dry weather have driven fire danger to high levels across the B.C. Interior, sparking concern about wildfires-image credit: file photo

Soaring temperatures spark wildfire concerns

A lack of rain and periods of wind have dried out valley bottoms

High temperatures and dry weather have driven fire danger to high levels across the B.C. Interior, sparking concern about wildfires-image credit: file photo
Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                 Louise Wallace Richmond poses with students from North Canoe Elementary and the oversized Quebec postcard and canoe paddles that will decorate Canoe Beach on Canada Day.

Salmon Arm celebrates Canada at 150

Two family friendly community events mark Canada Day on July 1

Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                 Louise Wallace Richmond poses with students from North Canoe Elementary and the oversized Quebec postcard and canoe paddles that will decorate Canoe Beach on Canada Day.

Province says calls for logging moratorium premature

Regional district directors advised to wait for final assessments

Shuswap Lake levels have peaked for the year and water levels are beginning to drop. -Image credit: File photo

Shuswap Lake peaks below 2012 levels

Shuswap Lake Watch’s measurements notes the lake peaked at 349.072 metres on June 10

Shuswap Lake levels have peaked for the year and water levels are beginning to drop. -Image credit: File photo
File photo                                 Roots and Blues organizers are preparing for another awesome festival Aug. 18 to 20, with finely tuned performances, including a tribute to Leonard Cohen on Sunday night.

Special salute to Leonard Cohen

Roots and Blues Festival to pay tribute to one of Canada’s well-loved artists.

File photo                                 Roots and Blues organizers are preparing for another awesome festival Aug. 18 to 20, with finely tuned performances, including a tribute to Leonard Cohen on Sunday night.
Sicamous firefighters rescued a woman from the middle of Sicamous Creek after she fell into the water at Two Mile Falls, where water levels are much higher than this photo suggests. -Image credit: Sicamous Fire Department

Woman rescued from raging creek

Sicamous firefighters put training into effort to save the life of a person stranded on a rock

Sicamous firefighters rescued a woman from the middle of Sicamous Creek after she fell into the water at Two Mile Falls, where water levels are much higher than this photo suggests. -Image credit: Sicamous Fire Department
Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors have approved a communications plan to inform members of the public of a proposed noise bylaw, the purpose of which is primarily to provide the RCMP with ticketing ability for severe noise infractions. FILE PHOTO

Making noise about noise

Falkland director opposes CSRD communication plan

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors have approved a communications plan to inform members of the public of a proposed noise bylaw, the purpose of which is primarily to provide the RCMP with ticketing ability for severe noise infractions. FILE PHOTO
Raven Kanetakta of Digging Roots dances with the crowd in a traditional circle dance during their set on the TD Main Stage at the 2016 Roots and Blues Festival.-Image credit: Barb Brouwer

Treat Dad to great music

Tickets to family friendly Roots & Blues Festival, a great Father’s Day gift.

Raven Kanetakta of Digging Roots dances with the crowd in a traditional circle dance during their set on the TD Main Stage at the 2016 Roots and Blues Festival.-Image credit: Barb Brouwer
Reports of yet-to-identified algae in Shuswap Lake near Canoe are continue to be under investigation. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Algae, pollen and large debris in Shuswap Lake

Reports today of algae in the lake near Canoe under investigation

Reports of yet-to-identified algae in Shuswap Lake near Canoe are continue to be under investigation. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Roy Sharp lost his life in a May 6 mudslide on Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road. -Image Credit: photo contributed

Community seeks to honour late resident

A petition asks that a Sunnybrae park be renamed the Roy Sharp Community Park

Roy Sharp lost his life in a May 6 mudslide on Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road. -Image Credit: photo contributed
Christmas Island looks more like Christmas trees as high water continues to affect the Salmon Arm foreshore. - Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Flood threat may be receding

High water situation depends on how much rain falls later this week

Christmas Island looks more like Christmas trees as high water continues to affect the Salmon Arm foreshore. - Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Nathan Meakes poses with one of the two signs he placed on Lakeshore Drive to alert drivers to migrating turtles on Sunday, June 11. image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer.

Resident turtles in jeopardy

Some McGuire Lake turtles are travelling to the foreshore to lay their eggs

Nathan Meakes poses with one of the two signs he placed on Lakeshore Drive to alert drivers to migrating turtles on Sunday, June 11. image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer.
Several residents were evacuated and police have cordoned off an area of 16th Street and 11th Avenue. Image credit. Tracy Hughes NE.                                Police have taken one man into custody in a situation they described as very dangerous.-Image credit. Photo contributed

UPDATE: Standoff ends with one arrest

Members of RCMP Emergency Response Team still on scene

Several residents were evacuated and police have cordoned off an area of 16th Street and 11th Avenue. Image credit. Tracy Hughes NE.                                Police have taken one man into custody in a situation they described as very dangerous.-Image credit. Photo contributed
Photo contributed                                Students study invertebrates, which are an indicator of water health, as part of the Stream to Sea program that reaches about 35,000 students across the Pacific Region. About one half of B.C.’s population has participated in a classroom salmon incubation project that is part of the Stream to Sea project.

Proposed cuts to education funding dropped

Environmentalists, educators and MP voice strong opposition to DFO plans

Photo contributed                                Students study invertebrates, which are an indicator of water health, as part of the Stream to Sea program that reaches about 35,000 students across the Pacific Region. About one half of B.C.’s population has participated in a classroom salmon incubation project that is part of the Stream to Sea project.
Rain worsens Shuswap flood risk

Rain worsens Shuswap flood risk

Weather forecast does not bode well for water levels.

Rain worsens Shuswap flood risk
Kaitlan Hunter accepts a merit award for best solo performance at the Okanagan Zone Drama Festival awards on Saturday, May 27. Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer.

Okanagan Zones wrap with gala award ceremony

Shuswap Theatre hosts successful, weeklong BC Interior drama festival

Kaitlan Hunter accepts a merit award for best solo performance at the Okanagan Zone Drama Festival awards on Saturday, May 27. Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer.
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Financial Manager Jodi Pierce has worked 175 hours along with the deputy treasurer in an attempt to develop a remuneration bylaw that is acceptable to elected directors.-image credit: file photo

Remuneration talks drag on

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors are at odds with staff about pay

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Financial Manager Jodi Pierce has worked 175 hours along with the deputy treasurer in an attempt to develop a remuneration bylaw that is acceptable to elected directors.-image credit: file photo
Clean-up efforts begin following wild storm

Clean-up efforts begin following wild storm

Road closures impact the Shuswap, some residents still without power

Clean-up efforts begin following wild storm
Bluesman David Essig returns to the 2017 Roots & Blues Festival, which runs Aug. 18 to 20 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Earlybird tickets sales close on May 31.

Festival celebrates deep roots

B.C. Interior artists get chance to be mentored and perform at festival 2017

Bluesman David Essig returns to the 2017 Roots & Blues Festival, which runs Aug. 18 to 20 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Earlybird tickets sales close on May 31.
Teachers Ashley Mazur and Sherri Field check out defibrillators under the guidance of instructor Colin Fitzpatrick with BC Emergency Health Services at Salmon Arm Secondary’s Jackson campus on May 19. - Image credit: Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer.

Teachers to train students to save lives

CPR and defibrillator training for Grade 10s starts in September.

Teachers Ashley Mazur and Sherri Field check out defibrillators under the guidance of instructor Colin Fitzpatrick with BC Emergency Health Services at Salmon Arm Secondary’s Jackson campus on May 19. - Image credit: Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer.