Cameron Thomson

A protestor stands near train tracks that Shuswap First Nations leaders have set up a blockade across from the Neskonlith Hall in Chase the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Protesters say they will maintain blockade near Chase “as long as it takes”

Signs at protest site say in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

A protestor stands near train tracks that Shuswap First Nations leaders have set up a blockade across from the Neskonlith Hall in Chase the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Deena Beaudoin’s fidget cuffs are intended to reduce stress for dementia patients and are on high demand from local senior’s homes. (Contributed)

Shuswap woman creates stress-reducing cuffs for Alzheimer’s patients

Personal connection to disease adds meaning to endeavour

Deena Beaudoin’s fidget cuffs are intended to reduce stress for dementia patients and are on high demand from local senior’s homes. (Contributed)
Washing your hands frequently and staying home when you’re feeling ill are far more effective than face masks in controlling the spread of a virus. (File photo)

Interior Health updates North Okanagan-Shuswap parents on coronavirus

COVID-19 can cause mild to severe symptoms and be difficult to recognize

Washing your hands frequently and staying home when you’re feeling ill are far more effective than face masks in controlling the spread of a virus. (File photo)
‘Red’ the red-tailed hawk perches on a streetlamp near the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville)

Shuswap shutterbug enjoys international company of fellow bird enthusiasts

Blind Bay’s Ron Banville frequents Salmon Arm’s wharf for colourful avian images

‘Red’ the red-tailed hawk perches on a streetlamp near the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville)
Environment Canada is warning road users of heavy snowfall between Hope and Merritt on Friday, Feb. 7. 2020. (File photo)

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Coquihalla

20 to 25 centimetres of snow expected

Environment Canada is warning road users of heavy snowfall between Hope and Merritt on Friday, Feb. 7. 2020. (File photo)
A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)

Safety concerns prompt Salmon Arm residents to remove homeless camp

Four truck loads of spoiled food, clothes, other items taken to dump or metal recycling centre

A team of Salmon Arm residents set to work clearing a homeless camp on private property on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Contributed)
Security camera footage captured these images of an armed robbery suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk demanding an undisclosed amount of cash from a downtown Salmon Arm financial institution on on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm RCMP release photos of armed robbery suspect

The suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk while demanding money

Security camera footage captured these images of an armed robbery suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a clerk demanding an undisclosed amount of cash from a downtown Salmon Arm financial institution on on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm fire crews arrived at the Salmon Arm Comfort Inn to rescue a man trapped in an elevator on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Sean Heddle)

Video: Man trapped in elevator following power outage

A rescue team freed the man within 15 minutes of the power going out

Salmon Arm fire crews arrived at the Salmon Arm Comfort Inn to rescue a man trapped in an elevator on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Sean Heddle)
Ronin Hansen from South Broadview presses forward through the snow at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Young pirates storm the Shuswap’s snowy Larch Hills

More than 400 student buccaneers take part in School District #83 event

Ronin Hansen from South Broadview presses forward through the snow at the 2020 Pirate Loppet on Larch Hills Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)

Black ice warning issued for Highway 1, Highway 97B in the Shuswap

Drivers advised to slow down, maintain safe distance, avoiding aggressive braking

DriveBC has reported limited visibility with black ice on Highway 97B. (Contributed)
Beloved horse dies in Shuswap after shelter collapses under snow

Beloved horse dies in Shuswap after shelter collapses under snow

Owner concerned exposed hay could rot from lack of rain cover

Beloved horse dies in Shuswap after shelter collapses under snow
Fievel the cat was found trapped under the hood of a car after a long drive, serving as a reminder for drivers to “Think Thump” before they begin driving. (BC SPCA photo)

Shuswap drivers warned to check under the hood – for cats

Think & Thump decal to raise awareness of animals seeking refuge in vehicles

Fievel the cat was found trapped under the hood of a car after a long drive, serving as a reminder for drivers to “Think Thump” before they begin driving. (BC SPCA photo)
Victoria Olynik, branch manager of the Shuswap SPCA, stands in front of the recently collapsed outdoor cat shelter on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos and video: Snow collapses cat shelter at Shuswap SPCA

Organization says no cats were injured, help wanted to rebuild

Victoria Olynik, branch manager of the Shuswap SPCA, stands in front of the recently collapsed outdoor cat shelter on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Patricia Rahanan, a researcher from Concordia University, has started work on a study that will look at a number of factors surrounding mental health in Shuswap communities. (File photo)

Shuswap mental health study: Grocery stores a destination for people in need of connection

Ongoing interviews provide useful insight to suicide prevention efforts

Patricia Rahanan, a researcher from Concordia University, has started work on a study that will look at a number of factors surrounding mental health in Shuswap communities. (File photo)
Urgent and Primary Care Centres, such as the one that opened in November in Vernon, help reduce pressure at local hospital emergency rooms by providing care for issues that do not need to be seen in a hospital. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)

Doctors dispute need for Salmon Arm urgent and primary care centre

Medical professionals would rather see investment in local Primary Care Network

Urgent and Primary Care Centres, such as the one that opened in November in Vernon, help reduce pressure at local hospital emergency rooms by providing care for issues that do not need to be seen in a hospital. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)
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Milania, Georgia and Olivia Kwiatkowski with rescue kittens Boo, Jack, Shadow and Pumpkin. (Contributed)

Handmade shelters help house Salmon Arm’s large feral feline population

Shuswap Paws Rescue Society fixed and adopted out about 500 cats in 2019

Milania, Georgia and Olivia Kwiatkowski with rescue kittens Boo, Jack, Shadow and Pumpkin. (Contributed)
Justin Trudeau, pictured in this 1997-98 yearbook for Pitt River Middle School in Port Coquitlam along with current teacher Angela Cummings, who instructs at the Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus. (Contributed)

Photo reminds Salmon Arm resident of connection to former drama teacher Justin Trudeau

Prime minister remembered as being as a funny, larger-than-life person

Justin Trudeau, pictured in this 1997-98 yearbook for Pitt River Middle School in Port Coquitlam along with current teacher Angela Cummings, who instructs at the Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus. (Contributed)
Gabriel Nava, operations manager for AIM Roads stands in front of a tow plow in the company’s yard in Sicamous on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

AIM Roads responds to abuse of staff, public frustrations in Okanagan-Shuswap

Residents asked to be patient and respectful of workers

Gabriel Nava, operations manager for AIM Roads stands in front of a tow plow in the company’s yard in Sicamous on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Gabriel Nava, operations manager for AIM Roads stands in front of a tow plow in the company’s yard in Sicamous on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

AIM Roads responds to abuse of staff, public frustrations in Okanagan-Shuswap

Residents asked to be patient and respectful of workers

Gabriel Nava, operations manager for AIM Roads stands in front of a tow plow in the company’s yard in Sicamous on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)