Lachlan Labere

RCMP seek two suspects in alleged armed break and enter of Salmon Arm home

RCMP seek two suspects in alleged armed break and enter of Salmon Arm home

Police say home’s occupants were bound by suspects during ordeal

RCMP seek two suspects in alleged armed break and enter of Salmon Arm home
In a notice of claim filed with the BC Supreme Court in Salmon Arm on June 19, Interior Health claims former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)

Interior Health suing former Shuswap hospital employee, pharmacist for alleged drug sales scheme

Health authority claims Salmon Arm hospital pharmacist conspired with pharmacy owner

In a notice of claim filed with the BC Supreme Court in Salmon Arm on June 19, Interior Health claims former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)
Melissa Nasby’s large felted map of Canada, featuring official animals of the nation’s provinces and territories, will be revealed at 1 p.m. on July 1 in the front window of Inclusive Arts at 81 Hudson Ave. in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)                                Melissa Nasby’s large felted map of Canada, featuring official animals of the nation’s provinces and territories, will be revealed at 1 p.m. on July 1 in the front window of Inclusive Arts at 81 Hudson Avenue in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)

Canada’s wildlife comes to life on Salmon Arm artist’s map of nation inspired by grandmother

Felt artist Melissa Nasby to reveal project two years in the making on Canada Day

Melissa Nasby’s large felted map of Canada, featuring official animals of the nation’s provinces and territories, will be revealed at 1 p.m. on July 1 in the front window of Inclusive Arts at 81 Hudson Ave. in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)                                Melissa Nasby’s large felted map of Canada, featuring official animals of the nation’s provinces and territories, will be revealed at 1 p.m. on July 1 in the front window of Inclusive Arts at 81 Hudson Avenue in downtown Salmon Arm. (Contributed)
Three BC Emergency Health Services ground crews and an air ambulance crew responded to a report of an overturned raft on the Adams River on Monday afternoon, June 22, 2020. (File photo)

Whitewater adventurers rescued after raft capsizes on Adams River near Shuswap Lake

Shuswap whitewater rafting company owner says now is not a safe time to be on the Adams

Three BC Emergency Health Services ground crews and an air ambulance crew responded to a report of an overturned raft on the Adams River on Monday afternoon, June 22, 2020. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP responded to two separate motor-vehicle collisions on Friday, June 19, 2020. (File photo)

Salmon Arm senior ticketed for no valid driver’s licence, no insurance after collision

RCMP respond to two motor-vehicle incidents on same day

Salmon Arm RCMP responded to two separate motor-vehicle collisions on Friday, June 19, 2020. (File photo)
Pinz Tattoo owner Rob Jobe prepares for a noon appointment in his new downtown Salmon Arm location at 91 Hudson Ave. on Friday, June 19, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Open concept: Pinz Tattoo artists enjoy street view in new Salmon Arm location

New location designed with COVID-19 top of mind

Pinz Tattoo owner Rob Jobe prepares for a noon appointment in his new downtown Salmon Arm location at 91 Hudson Ave. on Friday, June 19, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sek’maws (Sicamous), in Secwepemctsin language means “waist,” referring to the channel that connects Shuswap and Mara lakes. (File photo)

Splatsin elders share knowledge of local landmarks to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day

Knowledge passed down through generations highlight connection to the land

Sek’maws (Sicamous), in Secwepemctsin language means “waist,” referring to the channel that connects Shuswap and Mara lakes. (File photo)
Canada’s Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard Minister Bernadette Jordan highlighted efforts being made at the federal level against aquatic invasive species in her response to the CSRD for additional funding for B.C.’s efforts to combat the spread of invasive mussels. (File photo)

No additional federal funding for invasive mussels fight in Shuswap-Okanagan

Fisheries minister responds to request from Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Canada’s Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard Minister Bernadette Jordan highlighted efforts being made at the federal level against aquatic invasive species in her response to the CSRD for additional funding for B.C.’s efforts to combat the spread of invasive mussels. (File photo)
Roberta Brunin is seeking the return of her 100-lb. metal elephant statue that was stolen from her downtown Salmon Arm residence sometime between June 5 and 6. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm woman seeks return of stolen elephant

One-hundred pound aluminum statue taken from downtown residence

Roberta Brunin is seeking the return of her 100-lb. metal elephant statue that was stolen from her downtown Salmon Arm residence sometime between June 5 and 6. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues organizers have announced plans for a free virtual festival, to be hosted on all Black Press Media websites Aug. 14 to 16. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues to host free virtual festival with Black Press Media

New and archival footage to comprise two-hour shows running Aug. 14 to 16

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues organizers have announced plans for a free virtual festival, to be hosted on all Black Press Media websites Aug. 14 to 16. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm Arts Centre will reopen in August with its next exhibition, The Forecast, featuring eight multi-media artists who explore evidence for climate change through photography. (File photo)

Video series focuses on people behind Salmon Arm’s big ideas

Pandemic opens opportunity for Salmon Arm Arts Centre to focus on internet content creation

The Salmon Arm Arts Centre will reopen in August with its next exhibition, The Forecast, featuring eight multi-media artists who explore evidence for climate change through photography. (File photo)
Shuswap police look to return stolen bicycles and fishing gear

Shuswap police look to return stolen bicycles and fishing gear

Bicycles, fishing rods, golf clubs and more in police possession

Shuswap police look to return stolen bicycles and fishing gear
The Oxford Road park by Mara Lake in Swansea Point was closed due to flooding on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (CSRD photo)

Flooding prompts closure of parks along Shuswap and Mara lakes

Boaters asked to respect No Wake policy protecting properties along water

The Oxford Road park by Mara Lake in Swansea Point was closed due to flooding on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (CSRD photo)
Mother Rima, Sidra, Saraya, Mohammed and father Faysal Alahmad fill sandbags to help protect the 75th Ave. NE residence of Lucy and Patrick McStravick from the rising waters of Shuswap Lake. The Alahmad’s, a Syrian family sponsored by the St. John Anglican Church, stayed with the McStravicks for a time before finding a place of their own, and were happy to assist their former hosts. (Contributed)

Refugee family assists former hosts in effort to stop rising water of Shuswap Lake

Alahmad family spend morning filling sandbags to help protect residences

Mother Rima, Sidra, Saraya, Mohammed and father Faysal Alahmad fill sandbags to help protect the 75th Ave. NE residence of Lucy and Patrick McStravick from the rising waters of Shuswap Lake. The Alahmad’s, a Syrian family sponsored by the St. John Anglican Church, stayed with the McStravicks for a time before finding a place of their own, and were happy to assist their former hosts. (Contributed)
Home inspector Brad Campbell removes his cobweb covered cap after combing through the dirt crawlspace of a home built in the 1970s. (Brad Campbell photo)                                Home inspector Brad Campbell removes his cobweb covered cap after combing through the dirt crawlspace of a home built in the 1970s. (Brad Campbell photo)

From mouldy attics to giant wasp nests, Shuswap home inspector shares surprising finds

Salmon Arm’s Brad Campbell assembling photo gallery of disturbing discoveries

Home inspector Brad Campbell removes his cobweb covered cap after combing through the dirt crawlspace of a home built in the 1970s. (Brad Campbell photo)                                Home inspector Brad Campbell removes his cobweb covered cap after combing through the dirt crawlspace of a home built in the 1970s. (Brad Campbell photo)
Tracy Duncan gives husband Rick a hug before heading off to work for the night at a Salmon Arm seniors care facility. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap caregiver a hero in husband’s eyes

Night and day shifts leave little time for Tracy and Rick Duncan

Tracy Duncan gives husband Rick a hug before heading off to work for the night at a Salmon Arm seniors care facility. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Chef Darren Bezanson will be opening his latest culinary offering, Bistro 1460, at Salmon Arm’s Hilltop Inn on June 4. (Contributed)

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Chef Darren Bezanson will be opening his latest culinary offering, Bistro 1460, at Salmon Arm’s Hilltop Inn on June 4. (Contributed)
Alberta resident Roger Dunkley argues he and other owners of recreation properties along Shuswap Lake should be able to visit the area, provided they take every safety precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Mike Simpson photo)

Shuswap cabin owner disputes request to stay home in Alberta

Alberta resident redrafts response to CSRD request to stay home

Alberta resident Roger Dunkley argues he and other owners of recreation properties along Shuswap Lake should be able to visit the area, provided they take every safety precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Mike Simpson photo)
Pam Wenzel leads friends Anna Wasiuta, Lynne Gulliford and Ann Polson in a physically distanced line-dance practise, protected from the rain by the picnic shelter at Blackburn Park on Monday morning, May 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Snapshot: Distanced dancing in Salmon Arm

Friends use picnic shelter at Blackburn Park for safe practice

Pam Wenzel leads friends Anna Wasiuta, Lynne Gulliford and Ann Polson in a physically distanced line-dance practise, protected from the rain by the picnic shelter at Blackburn Park on Monday morning, May 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)

Rescued Shuswap bear cub named after Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey

Neighbours assist in capture of Tappen Triplets now in care of Northern Lights Wildlife Society

Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)