Zachary Roman

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced a proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Salmon Arm businesses react to B.C.’s vaccine passport system

Some businesses worry for workers who will be enforcing passport, while others won’t enforce it

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced a proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Shuswap businesses and economic groups have reported a labour shortage in 2021. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap labour shortage: Businesses hiring, but can’t find employees

Lack of affordable housing said to be part of the problem

Shuswap businesses and economic groups have reported a labour shortage in 2021. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Peggy Buckler photo)

Two Mile wildfire near Sicamous held thanks to firefighting crews’ ‘great work’: Fire chief

Brett Ogino was quick to commend wildfire crews for holding the fire

A BC Wildfire Service helicopter approaches the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Peggy Buckler photo)
Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino (in blue) is proud of the progress made fighting the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous. (Sicamous Fire Department photo)

‘We’re really starting to get a handle on some of these fires’: Sicamous Fire Chief

Brett Ogino says it’s important for media to focus on victories as well as losses

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino (in blue) is proud of the progress made fighting the Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous. (Sicamous Fire Department photo)
Sicamous community members and visitors came together to support the Sicamous Fire Department at an impromptu Aug. 7 outdoor music event held at Bruhn Crossing. On Aug. 20, Brenda Dalzell (right) presented a large-format cheque to Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino on behalf of Sicamous residents and visitors. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)

Night of live music in Sicamous supports local fire department

On Aug. 7, Sicamous community members and visitors came to Bruhn Crossing in support of fire crews

Sicamous community members and visitors came together to support the Sicamous Fire Department at an impromptu Aug. 7 outdoor music event held at Bruhn Crossing. On Aug. 20, Brenda Dalzell (right) presented a large-format cheque to Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino on behalf of Sicamous residents and visitors. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)
The Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team located the remains of an Alberta man who drowned in Mara Lake on Aug. 20, 2021. (HEART image)

Body of Alberta man who drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous recovered

Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team was successful in their search

The Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team located the remains of an Alberta man who drowned in Mara Lake on Aug. 20, 2021. (HEART image)
According to BC Hydro, properties in the red area of this map have been without power since 9:33 a.m. Aug. 21. (Google Maps image)
According to BC Hydro, properties in the red area of this map have been without power since 9:33 a.m. Aug. 21. (Google Maps image)
The search continues for an Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021 (File photo)

Search continues for Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous

RCMP Underwater Recovery Team searched for three days but could not find the man

The search continues for an Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021 (File photo)
This map, made by the BC Wildfire Service on Aug. 16, shows the perimeter of the 4,359 hectare Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire. (BCWS image)

Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire north of Sicamous now over 4,000 hectares in size

Crews are mopping up the fire’s edge nearest to Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay

This map, made by the BC Wildfire Service on Aug. 16, shows the perimeter of the 4,359 hectare Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire. (BCWS image)
The Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous was 1542 hectares in size as of Aug. 13, 2021. (BCWS image)

Most recent mapping shows Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous grew slightly

Sicamous fire chief Brett Ogino said the fire was contained with fire guards yesterday morning

The Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous was 1542 hectares in size as of Aug. 13, 2021. (BCWS image)
A portion of Kelly Perry’s silkscreen on paper art, “Pushing and Pulling”, is shown here. The full artwork will be on display at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery from Aug. 28 to Oct. 9, 2021. (Kelly Perry Art)

Thompson-Okanagan artists to showcase their work at Salmon Arm printmaking exhibition

‘Pull: Printmaking in the Time of Covid’ opens Aug. 28 at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery

A portion of Kelly Perry’s silkscreen on paper art, “Pushing and Pulling”, is shown here. The full artwork will be on display at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery from Aug. 28 to Oct. 9, 2021. (Kelly Perry Art)
A large plume of smoke coming from the White Rock Lake wildfire Friday, Aug. 6. (Matt Knox photo)

‘It’s time to come together’: BC Wildfire Service incident commander pens heartfelt message

Kyle Young is a third generation wildland firefighter

A large plume of smoke coming from the White Rock Lake wildfire Friday, Aug. 6. (Matt Knox photo)
The latest BC Wildfire Service map of the Momich Lake wildfire was released on Aug. 12, 2021. (BCWS image)

Momich Lake wildfire in North Shuswap nearly doubles in size, no structures lost

Wildfire now estimated at 13,661 hectares according to the BC Wildfire Service

The latest BC Wildfire Service map of the Momich Lake wildfire was released on Aug. 12, 2021. (BCWS image)
An evacuation order was rescinded and an alert issued for some properties affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire on Aug. 13, 2021. (TNRD image)

UPDATE: Evacuation order rescinded for 246 Monte Lake, Paxton Valley properties, alert issued

76 nearby properties remain on evacuation order due to White Rock Lake wildfire

An evacuation order was rescinded and an alert issued for some properties affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire on Aug. 13, 2021. (TNRD image)
A man is missing and presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021.(Black Press Media File photo)

Alberta man presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous

Assistance of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team requested

A man is missing and presumed to have drowned in Mara Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 11, 2021.(Black Press Media File photo)
An evacuation order was issued for 11 properties due to the Momich Lake wildfire on Aug. 12, 2021. (TNRD image)

Evacuation order issued due to Momich Lake wildfire in North Shuswap

Wildfire is burning out of control across an estimated 7,345 hectares

An evacuation order was issued for 11 properties due to the Momich Lake wildfire on Aug. 12, 2021. (TNRD image)
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced recreational fishing is closed in the South Okanagan until Sept. 15, 2021. (File Photo)

High temperatures lead to South Okanagan closing river and creek fishing

The closure began July 29 and continues until Sept. 15

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development announced recreational fishing is closed in the South Okanagan until Sept. 15, 2021. (File Photo)
An aerial image of the Hunakwa Lake wildfire, which still has the community of Seymour Arm on evacuation alert. (Shuswap Emergency Program photo)

BC Wildfire Service: Structure protection no longer needed for North Shuswap community

Demobilization of structure protection in Seymour Arm expected to be complete by Aug. 10

An aerial image of the Hunakwa Lake wildfire, which still has the community of Seymour Arm on evacuation alert. (Shuswap Emergency Program photo)
Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino expresses his gratitude to Taylor Stuart and the Rhinos wildfire crew, which had been working on the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Fire Department photo)

‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint’: Sicamous fire chief on Two Mile Road wildfire

Fire moving away from properties due to hard work of fire crews and contractors, said Brett Ogino

Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino expresses his gratitude to Taylor Stuart and the Rhinos wildfire crew, which had been working on the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Fire Department photo)
A large plume of smoke coming from the White Rock Lake wildfire Friday, Aug. 6. (Matt Knox photo)

Evacuation alert for Kamloops neighbourhoods due to White Rock Lake fire rescinded

The threat of wildfire in the area no longer poses an imminent risk to the safety of residents

A large plume of smoke coming from the White Rock Lake wildfire Friday, Aug. 6. (Matt Knox photo)