Barb Brouwer

Interior Health lifts water advisories issued after the sinking of a tug on Shuswap Lake and a tanker truck crash near the Shuswap River. Both water advisories were issued based on initial concerns that diesel and/or gasoline may have created a health risk to water users. File Photo

Water advisories lifted

Interior Health says tug boat sinking and tanker crash have not created a health risk to water users

Interior Health lifts water advisories issued after the sinking of a tug on Shuswap Lake and a tanker truck crash near the Shuswap River. Both water advisories were issued based on initial concerns that diesel and/or gasoline may have created a health risk to water users. File Photo
School District #83 will be reducing walk limits and improving bus service with four new buses and changes to the transportation plan for September 2017, File photo

New and improved bus service for students

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District acquires new buses and reworks routes.

School District #83 will be reducing walk limits and improving bus service with four new buses and changes to the transportation plan for September 2017, File photo
Balanced budget for North Okanagan School District #83 approved at May 15 meeting. -File photo

More teaching time, support in school budget

Trustee: Recommendations aligned with priorities for student learning and sustainability

Balanced budget for North Okanagan School District #83 approved at May 15 meeting. -File photo
Festival celebrates writers

Festival celebrates writers

Many writers, many genres at the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

Festival celebrates writers
A.L. Fortune Secondary will include Grade 7 students starting in September. (Morning Star file photo)

Enderby schools restructured

Grade 7 students will begin attending class at A.L. Fortune Secondary in September

A.L. Fortune Secondary will include Grade 7 students starting in September. (Morning Star file photo)
Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                 Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo and his wife Georgina smile with delight after he was re-elected on May 9.

Update: Kyllo sweeps to election victory

MLA heads back to legislature with more than 50 per cent of the vote

Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                 Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo and his wife Georgina smile with delight after he was re-elected on May 9.
Fundraisers to help child with cancer

Fundraisers to help child with cancer

Movie showing, raffle to raise money for Scranton family

Fundraisers to help child with cancer
Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                Colton Greeno walks among seedlings planted on the foreshore as part of a habitat improvement project on Tuesday, April 4.

Planting proceeds on Salmon Arm’s foreshore

Students, volunteers plant foreshore hummocks despite the weather

Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                Colton Greeno walks among seedlings planted on the foreshore as part of a habitat improvement project on Tuesday, April 4.
Jean MacLennan, Deborah Mehes and Mary Landers meet to organize the Opposites Attract choir concert that will take place in Armstrong on Saturday, April 29 and in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, May 3.-Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Choirs go voice to voice

Shuswap Men’s Chorus and Tapestry Women’s Choir play off each other in concert

Jean MacLennan, Deborah Mehes and Mary Landers meet to organize the Opposites Attract choir concert that will take place in Armstrong on Saturday, April 29 and in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, May 3.-Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Photo contributed                                Bluegrass master Ricky Skaggs will be the Friday night headliner on the main stage at the Roots and Blues Festival, which runs Aug. 18 to 20 at te Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Get tickets to the hottest summer show in town by calling 250-833-4096. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Thunder will roll on Friday night mainstage

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs on Roots and Blues slate

Photo contributed                                Bluegrass master Ricky Skaggs will be the Friday night headliner on the main stage at the Roots and Blues Festival, which runs Aug. 18 to 20 at te Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Get tickets to the hottest summer show in town by calling 250-833-4096. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Frank Chouinard is reunited with his dog Lola who was saved by the staff at Shuswap Veterinary Clinic following a complicated pregnancy on Tuesday, April 4. -Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Community generosity leads to Lola’s survival

Donors step up to help with cost of emergency C-section

Frank Chouinard is reunited with his dog Lola who was saved by the staff at Shuswap Veterinary Clinic following a complicated pregnancy on Tuesday, April 4. -Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Photo contributed                                Jason Penner and Josh Bickle of Integrity Roofing with Shannon Thernes, last year’s beneficiary of Integrity’s annual free roofing giveaway and David Kroeker, the manager of the Salmon Arm Home Building Centre, who donated materials.

Free roof for someone in need

The area for nominations includes Salmon Arm to Sorrento, Sicamous, Silver Creek and Enderby

Photo contributed                                Jason Penner and Josh Bickle of Integrity Roofing with Shannon Thernes, last year’s beneficiary of Integrity’s annual free roofing giveaway and David Kroeker, the manager of the Salmon Arm Home Building Centre, who donated materials.
Scriptwriter for the popular Canadian television series, Murdoch Mysteries, Paul Aitken will return to the city in which he grew up as a presenter at this year’s Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, which takes place May 19 to 21 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College.-Image credit: Photo contributed.

Writer unveils some mysteries about Murdoch

Longtime television scriptwriter Paul Aitken will present at Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

Scriptwriter for the popular Canadian television series, Murdoch Mysteries, Paul Aitken will return to the city in which he grew up as a presenter at this year’s Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, which takes place May 19 to 21 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College.-Image credit: Photo contributed.
Photo contributed                                Internationally acclaimed artist Bill Bourne will perform as part of the Acoustic Avenue series at The Handmade Shoppe on Thursday, April 6.

Bill Bourne makes trip to Acoustic Avenue

Gifted musician and songwriter brings talent to The Handmade Shoppe

Photo contributed                                Internationally acclaimed artist Bill Bourne will perform as part of the Acoustic Avenue series at The Handmade Shoppe on Thursday, April 6.
Penny Brown photo                                This stretch of Kault Hill Road is full of potholes and just one street that has draw many complaints about the state of rural roads in the Shuswap.

Directors debate road priorities for the region

Concerns mounting about the state of secondary rural roads

Penny Brown photo                                This stretch of Kault Hill Road is full of potholes and just one street that has draw many complaints about the state of rural roads in the Shuswap.
Photo contributed                                 Opened in 2000 by Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen, Crannóg Ales sits in the middle of Sorrento’s Left Fields organic farm. The couple brews only organic ales, focusing on local and seasonal specialty ingredients, most of which come from their own farm.

Concern brewing over ALC changes

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors support Crannóg Ales

Photo contributed                                 Opened in 2000 by Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen, Crannóg Ales sits in the middle of Sorrento’s Left Fields organic farm. The couple brews only organic ales, focusing on local and seasonal specialty ingredients, most of which come from their own farm.
Deverick Clingwall receives a scholarship from Stuart McLean, vice-president of theVernon Flying Club. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Scholarship helps cadet take flight

Deverick Clingwall earned the Vernon Flying Club Aviation Scholarship in Memory of Len Neufeld.

Deverick Clingwall receives a scholarship from Stuart McLean, vice-president of theVernon Flying Club. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Shuswap Theatre Society vice-president Kim MacMillan says rather than going ahead with a play that doesn’t meet the quality both the community and theatre have come to expect, the decision was made to withdraw After You, this season’s third mainstage production.-Image credit:Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Play shelved due to casting challenges

Shuswap Theatre creative team working on creative replacement

Shuswap Theatre Society vice-president Kim MacMillan says rather than going ahead with a play that doesn’t meet the quality both the community and theatre have come to expect, the decision was made to withdraw After You, this season’s third mainstage production.-Image credit:Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Acclaimed scientist and author of several well-loved novels about a fictional Irish village, Patrick Taylor will be a presenter and keynote speaker at the 14th annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, which takes place May 19 to 21 at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College. - Image credit: Photo contributed

Luck of the Irish brings acclaimed author

Shuswap Association of Writers hosts fundraising ceilidh Friday

Acclaimed scientist and author of several well-loved novels about a fictional Irish village, Patrick Taylor will be a presenter and keynote speaker at the 14th annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, which takes place May 19 to 21 at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College. - Image credit: Photo contributed
After a long, five-year absence, Five Alarm Funk will be heating up the stage at this year’s Roots and Blues Festival, Salmon Arm’s premiere summer festival, which runs from Aug. 18 to 20. Member-only early bird tickets are on sale until March 31. Image credit: Observer file photo

Five more added to Roots and Blues slate

Artistic director builds diverse festival with wide appeal

After a long, five-year absence, Five Alarm Funk will be heating up the stage at this year’s Roots and Blues Festival, Salmon Arm’s premiere summer festival, which runs from Aug. 18 to 20. Member-only early bird tickets are on sale until March 31. Image credit: Observer file photo