Tracy Hughes

Maureen Kennah-Hafstein sits in front of her favourite dogwood tree in her backyard. Medication and supplements help to control some of her symptoms but each night she endures a painful withdrawal with uncontrollable movement and spasms. (Tracy Hughes/Salmon Arm Observer)

Column: Looking for a parting gift

Tracy Hughes’ final column asks readers to help Maureen Hafstein get the government’s attention

Maureen Kennah-Hafstein sits in front of her favourite dogwood tree in her backyard. Medication and supplements help to control some of her symptoms but each night she endures a painful withdrawal with uncontrollable movement and spasms. (Tracy Hughes/Salmon Arm Observer)
Maureen Kennah-Hafstein plans to continue her fight to get increased funding from the B.C. Government for Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Health minister offers no remedy for surgical wait time

Parkinson’s patient continues quest for province to fund more procedures

Maureen Kennah-Hafstein plans to continue her fight to get increased funding from the B.C. Government for Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
There will be changes to leadership at some North Okanagan-Shuswap schools this fall. (File photo)

Principals shift at North Okanagan-Shuswap schools.

Staffing changes announced as school year comes to an end

There will be changes to leadership at some North Okanagan-Shuswap schools this fall. (File photo)
Maureen Kennah-Hafstein hits the heavy bag during a workout designed to help Parkinson’s patients improve their health. But what Kennah-Hafstein is really fighting for is a reduced wait time in B.C. for DBS surgery – a procedure that could dramatically help control her symptoms. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm woman fights for a life-changing surgery

Parkinson’s patient lobbies government to fund another operating room and reduce wait time

Maureen Kennah-Hafstein hits the heavy bag during a workout designed to help Parkinson’s patients improve their health. But what Kennah-Hafstein is really fighting for is a reduced wait time in B.C. for DBS surgery – a procedure that could dramatically help control her symptoms. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
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Police identify man killed by train near Chase

The victim was a man from Lee Creek in the North Shuswap

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Moose decide to play through

Moose decide to play through

Mother and baby cross the Salmon Arm Golf Club course

Moose decide to play through
Kokanee salmon run

Salmon Society to host symposium

Two-day event to host scholars, indiginous knowledge keepers

Kokanee salmon run
A prescribed burn is being planned at the BC Wildfire Service’s Puntzi Forward Attack Base from May 2 to May 11. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Update: Two fires in the Shuswap no longer active

Fire crews also gain control of Perry River blaze between Sicamous and Revelstoke

A prescribed burn is being planned at the BC Wildfire Service’s Puntzi Forward Attack Base from May 2 to May 11. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Sunnybrae Water System users no longer have to boil their water after upgrades to the water system. The boil-water notice had been in place since 2009. (File photo)

Boil-water notice lifted after 9 years

Sunnybrae residents now have access to safe drinking water straight from the tap

Sunnybrae Water System users no longer have to boil their water after upgrades to the water system. The boil-water notice had been in place since 2009. (File photo)
At its meeting on Tuesday, May 22. School District No. 83 officials set the stage for the official adoption of the budget at the June 19 board meeting to be held at the District Education Support Centre on Shuswap Street. (File photo)

Enrolment increase boosts North Okanagan-Shuswap School District budget

Additional money provided to support new curriculum, school supplies for students

At its meeting on Tuesday, May 22. School District No. 83 officials set the stage for the official adoption of the budget at the June 19 board meeting to be held at the District Education Support Centre on Shuswap Street. (File photo)
The Sicamous boat launch at Kappel Street is the latest site to be closed due to high water. (File photo)

More boat launches shut down as Shuswap Lake rises

Municipalities warn other boat launches could be closed down with little advance warning

The Sicamous boat launch at Kappel Street is the latest site to be closed due to high water. (File photo)
A map from the BC Wildfire Service of the site of the blaze burning in a remote area between Malakwa and Revelstoke.

Crews fight small wildfire between Malakwa and Revelstoke

The blaze is classed as active and is estimated at 4 hectares in size

A map from the BC Wildfire Service of the site of the blaze burning in a remote area between Malakwa and Revelstoke.
School District 83 is selling the SASCU Downtown Activity Centre. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

Trustee won’t delay Downtown Activity Centre sale

Salmon Arm city council had asked for an extension, bid process will run until July 6

School District 83 is selling the SASCU Downtown Activity Centre. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
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High water forces closure of a boat launch on Shuswap Lake

Boat launch on Eagle Bay Road shut down, two others in Sorrento remain open

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South Canoe School. -Image credit: File photo.

School district gets OK from land commision for outdoor school

New South Canoe School program will open to 110 students in September

South Canoe School. -Image credit: File photo.
An accident at the Balmoral intersection has closed the westbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway. -image credit: google maps

TCH crash at Balmoral injures three

Highway reduced to single-lane traffic, drivers should use caution

An accident at the Balmoral intersection has closed the westbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway. -image credit: google maps
Plans to rename Roderick Haig-Brown Park proceed

Plans to rename Roderick Haig-Brown Park proceed

A Secwepemc name, Tsútswecw Park, will be used at the request of the Little Shuswap Indian Band.

Plans to rename Roderick Haig-Brown Park proceed
(File photo)                                A post on social media by a Langley teenager has caused quite a stir for RCMP and the Langley School District, prompting a letter home to parents. The police say schools are not in any danger. File photo

Motorcycle crash near Chase causes serious injuries

Incident disrupted highway traffic for a few hours near the Squilax-Angelmont turn off.

(File photo)                                A post on social media by a Langley teenager has caused quite a stir for RCMP and the Langley School District, prompting a letter home to parents. The police say schools are not in any danger. File photo
On Alex owner Cheryl Bateman poses with Shuswap Soul proprietor Riley Corcoran and his sister Grace after they recently delivered the inventory of Shuswap Soul t-shirts and hoodies for display in the retail shop. The brand, designed by the 13-year-old, is also available at ReMarket Etc. in Salmon Arm and through an online store. (Photo contributed)

Entrepreneurial teen inspired by the Shuswap

Riley Corcoran, 13, creates his own company, Shuswap Soul Clothing

On Alex owner Cheryl Bateman poses with Shuswap Soul proprietor Riley Corcoran and his sister Grace after they recently delivered the inventory of Shuswap Soul t-shirts and hoodies for display in the retail shop. The brand, designed by the 13-year-old, is also available at ReMarket Etc. in Salmon Arm and through an online store. (Photo contributed)
Man pours fuel inside B.C. government office

Man pours fuel inside B.C. government office

Suspect dumped an oil-gas mixture on desks and counters of B.C. ministries before fleeing the scene

Man pours fuel inside B.C. government office