Lachlan Labere

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)
Potter Bruce Nyeste of Sorrento’s Mud, Sweat and Tears Stoneware and Porcelain Pottery, donates a cheque for $2,036 to Second Harvest food bank manager Vahlleri Semeniuk. The funds were raised from the sale of 100 bowls Nyeste made and sold through DeMille’s Farm Market for donation. With help from the Shuswap Community Foundation, Nyeste is hoping to create and sell another 500 bowls, with all the proceeds going to Second Harvest. (Contributed)

Shuswap potter returns to kiln to create 500 bowls for food bank

Mud, Sweat and Tears’ Bruce Nyeste thrilled by successful sale of initial run

Potter Bruce Nyeste of Sorrento’s Mud, Sweat and Tears Stoneware and Porcelain Pottery, donates a cheque for $2,036 to Second Harvest food bank manager Vahlleri Semeniuk. The funds were raised from the sale of 100 bowls Nyeste made and sold through DeMille’s Farm Market for donation. With help from the Shuswap Community Foundation, Nyeste is hoping to create and sell another 500 bowls, with all the proceeds going to Second Harvest. (Contributed)
Dan Beals works on lap seven of his 100 Mile charity walk to raise funds for the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Virus prompts Salmon Arm teacher to take 100 mile walk for hospital

Daniel Beals treks back and forth along foreshore for Shuswap Hospital Foundation

Dan Beals works on lap seven of his 100 Mile charity walk to raise funds for the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The hummingbirds Rona Wylie Golding captured on video on May 9 represent only a small number those that have been visiting the feeder at her Sorrento home as of late. (Rona Wylie Golding image)

Video: Large number of hummingbirds surprise Shuswap resident

Sorrento resident Rona Wylie Golding says she’s never seen so many use her feeder

The hummingbirds Rona Wylie Golding captured on video on May 9 represent only a small number those that have been visiting the feeder at her Sorrento home as of late. (Rona Wylie Golding image)
Schools have been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

More North-Okanagan Shuswap students may be back in class by end of May

School District #83 will be asking parents if they want more direct instruction for students

Schools have been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Nash Bredick and Ian Calkins enjoying a ride at the 2019 Salmon Arm Fair on Friday, Aug. 6. This year’s fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Fair, Shuswap Canada Day events cancelled

Pandemic prompts decision to shelf annual Shuswap community festivities

Nash Bredick and Ian Calkins enjoying a ride at the 2019 Salmon Arm Fair on Friday, Aug. 6. This year’s fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Jim Hall receives his wings with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. (Contributed)

Shuswap resident shares tales from career as pilot, air traffic controller

Jim Hall releases Tower Tales, an autobiographical flight spanning 27 years

Jim Hall receives his wings with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. (Contributed)
A pile of trash was left scattered on the ground at the Highway 1 rest area west of Sicamous. (Ann Altmeyer photo)

Illegal dumping increasing along North Okanagan-Shuswap roads

Highways contractor frustrated by inability to hold people accountable

A pile of trash was left scattered on the ground at the Highway 1 rest area west of Sicamous. (Ann Altmeyer photo)
Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of a bear carcass that was dumped, burned in a Tappen gravel pit. (File photo)

Death of bear dumped, burned in Shuswap gravel pit prompts reward

Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers offers $1,000 for information leading to conviction

Wildlife group The Fur-Bearers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will assist the BC Conservation Officer Service in its investigation of a bear carcass that was dumped, burned in a Tappen gravel pit. (File photo)
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)                                Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)

Owners of award-winning Shuswap winery reflect on legacy

For 10 years, Recline Ridge’s Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff have worked to advance region’s reputation

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)                                Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery has been Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff’s home and business for 10 years. The two currently have the vineyard on the market. (BC Wine Institute photo)
Graydon Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery in Tappen, looks over grapes during the growing season. (BC Wine Institute photo)

Owners of award-winning Shuswap winery reflect on legacy

For 10 years, Recline Ridge’s Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff have worked to advance region’s reputation

Graydon Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery in Tappen, looks over grapes during the growing season. (BC Wine Institute photo)