Martha Wickett

The Salmon Arm Tennis Club will be hosting the National Bank Provincial Team Tennis Championships from Aug. 4-7, 2022. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Tennis Club thrilled to host 2022 provincial championships

Early August event forecast to be a boon to local economy

The Salmon Arm Tennis Club will be hosting the National Bank Provincial Team Tennis Championships from Aug. 4-7, 2022. (File photo)
From left, Ron Tomma, Rod Tomma and Tilkotmes Tomma stand with the Sxwesméllp Landmark after it was unveiled following a celebration and ceremony on June 25, 2022 in Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm. Rod and his son Tilkotmes Tomma were the main carvers of Coyote Rock, while Rod’s cousin Ron helped them finish off the sculpture. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Spirit of reconciliation’: Landmark in Salmon Arm creates awareness of Secwépemc presence

Unveiling celebration at Marine Peace Park reveals place names, oral histories, relationship to land

From left, Ron Tomma, Rod Tomma and Tilkotmes Tomma stand with the Sxwesméllp Landmark after it was unveiled following a celebration and ceremony on June 25, 2022 in Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm. Rod and his son Tilkotmes Tomma were the main carvers of Coyote Rock, while Rod’s cousin Ron helped them finish off the sculpture. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm Bay is one of two places on Shuswap Lake the Shuswap Watershed Council identified on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 as having an emerging algal bloom. (File photo)

‘Emerging algal bloom’ reported on Shuswap Lake

Residents, visitors warned to take precautions in Salmon Arm Bay and Sunnybrae/Canoe Point

Salmon Arm Bay is one of two places on Shuswap Lake the Shuswap Watershed Council identified on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 as having an emerging algal bloom. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP say vehicle was going twice the posted speed when it was clocked on Highway 1 on June 25, 2022. (Black Press file photo)

Excessive speed: Sicamous RCMP say vehicle clocked going 205 km/h on Highway 1

Vehicle impounded for seven days, driver fined and may face more penalties

Sicamous RCMP say vehicle was going twice the posted speed when it was clocked on Highway 1 on June 25, 2022. (Black Press file photo)
A view of Captain’s Cove on Shuswap Lake shows the high lake levels as of Monday morning, June 27. The lake dropped just a smidgeon in the previous 24 hours - 0.002 metres or 0.07 inches. (Jan Thingsted/Columbia Shuswap Regional District)

Level of Shuswap Lake drops a smidgeon but peak still in question

Tuesday’s forecast thunderstorm, rapid snow melt could affect levels

A view of Captain’s Cove on Shuswap Lake shows the high lake levels as of Monday morning, June 27. The lake dropped just a smidgeon in the previous 24 hours - 0.002 metres or 0.07 inches. (Jan Thingsted/Columbia Shuswap Regional District)
Ashley Simpson. (Facebook photo)

Preliminary inquiry set for Shuswap man charged with murder of Ashley Simpson

Inquiry to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial

Ashley Simpson. (Facebook photo)
The Little Shuswap Lake Band issued an evacuation order due to flooding on June 22, 2022 for two properties on Schouten Road. The yellow area on the Google Earth image is subject to an evacuation alert while the red area is on evacuation order. (Little Shuswap Lake Band)

Little Shuswap Lake Band issues evacuation order due to flooding

Just a month after a devastating fire at Quaaout Lodge, two properties are threatened by flooding

The Little Shuswap Lake Band issued an evacuation order due to flooding on June 22, 2022 for two properties on Schouten Road. The yellow area on the Google Earth image is subject to an evacuation alert while the red area is on evacuation order. (Little Shuswap Lake Band)
An RCMP officer surveys the scene behind Bastion Elementary School in Salmon Arm following the murder of Tyler Myers in November 2008. (File photo)

‘No alcohol’ added to day parole for Salmon Arm woman charged in 2008 killing of boyfriend

Parole Board of Canada extends day parole of woman convicted in Tyler Myers’ death by six months

An RCMP officer surveys the scene behind Bastion Elementary School in Salmon Arm following the murder of Tyler Myers in November 2008. (File photo)
George protects his owner after she turns around to find scratched and muddy suspect behind her at White Lake on June 15, 2022. (Photo contributed)

B.C. dog chases off ‘scary-looking guy’ as RCMP seek fleeing suspect

Suspect wanted on Canada-wide warrant arrested near Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road

George protects his owner after she turns around to find scratched and muddy suspect behind her at White Lake on June 15, 2022. (Photo contributed)
Student Abigael Fletcher lands a fish June 10, 2022 at the docks at Marine Peace Park as part of a fishing program for Shuswap Middle School students put on each year by Indigenous education workers Theresa Johnson and Kaeli Hawrys as part of Indigenous History Month. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Got a fish!’: Favourite sound at Indigenous-led program for Shuswap school

Students in all Shuswap Middle School classes given chance to appreciate nature through fishing

Student Abigael Fletcher lands a fish June 10, 2022 at the docks at Marine Peace Park as part of a fishing program for Shuswap Middle School students put on each year by Indigenous education workers Theresa Johnson and Kaeli Hawrys as part of Indigenous History Month. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Dorian Bell appeared via video in BC Supreme Court in Salmon Arm on June 10, 2022 to be sentenced on three charges, one of them dangerous driving causing death stemming from a May 2021 incident near the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous that resulted in the death of a Malakwa woman. (File photo)

Details of high speed flight to Sicamous ending in death heard in Salmon Arm court

Moving victim impact statements from woman’s family read, sentencing delayed

Dorian Bell appeared via video in BC Supreme Court in Salmon Arm on June 10, 2022 to be sentenced on three charges, one of them dangerous driving causing death stemming from a May 2021 incident near the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous that resulted in the death of a Malakwa woman. (File photo)
Photo of debris on Highway 1 near the landslide posted to Facebook, about 9 p.m. Friday.
Photo of debris on Highway 1 near the landslide posted to Facebook, about 9 p.m. Friday.
An unusual black bear with a white coat seen in the North Shuswap on June 1 and possibly the same one on May 20. (Photo contributed)

Black bear with unusual white coat spotted in the Shuswap

Woman who saw it between Scotch Creek and Lee Creek was told it’s a Spirit Bear

An unusual black bear with a white coat seen in the North Shuswap on June 1 and possibly the same one on May 20. (Photo contributed)
Bears have been seen around Salmon Arm recently, in some cases getting into residents’ city food waste bins. The city asks residents to keep the bins in closed buildings and not put them out until collection day. (File photo)

Thwarted by tough lid, hungry bear in the Shuswap takes whole garbage can

Several bear sightings around Salmon Arm, city urges residents to keep food waste in closed buildings

Bears have been seen around Salmon Arm recently, in some cases getting into residents’ city food waste bins. The city asks residents to keep the bins in closed buildings and not put them out until collection day. (File photo)
Playwright and actor Laura Michel, from the Adams Lake band, creates play focusing on resilience, strength of those working to preserve languages, culture for future generations. Play runs from June 2 to 11 at Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops. (Photo contributed)

40-plus interviews help Shuswap playwright create story of Indigenous language survival

Adams Lake band member commended for production which runs from June 2 to 11

Playwright and actor Laura Michel, from the Adams Lake band, creates play focusing on resilience, strength of those working to preserve languages, culture for future generations. Play runs from June 2 to 11 at Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops. (Photo contributed)
Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Resort, conceived and run by the Little Shuswap Lake Band in the 1990s, was partially engulfed in flames Sunday morning, May 22. Kukpi7 (Chief) James Tomma said the complex will be rebuilt. (Andrew McCausland photo)

Quaaout Lodge in Shuswap to be rebuilt after devastating fire

Cause, extent of damage that destroyed guest wing being investigated for Little Shuswap Lake Band

Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Resort, conceived and run by the Little Shuswap Lake Band in the 1990s, was partially engulfed in flames Sunday morning, May 22. Kukpi7 (Chief) James Tomma said the complex will be rebuilt. (Andrew McCausland photo)
Michael Heater from Salmon Arm was the happy winner of the Lotto Max Extra draw on May 3, winning $500,000. (BCLC photo)

Salmon Arm resident sets sights on new truck after lottery win

Matching all four Extra numbers on Lotto Max provides $500,000 prize

Michael Heater from Salmon Arm was the happy winner of the Lotto Max Extra draw on May 3, winning $500,000. (BCLC photo)
A Shuswap man was awarded more than $1 million in damages by BC Supreme Court in May 2022 after he was badly injured in 2018 when his dirt bike hit a chain strung across a rural road in Mara, south of Sicamous. (rihaij/Pixabay photo)

Shuswap man awarded $1.3 million following ‘horrific’ dirt bike crash

Judge says crash south of Sicamous left driver to endure a ‘very great amount of pain and suffering’

A Shuswap man was awarded more than $1 million in damages by BC Supreme Court in May 2022 after he was badly injured in 2018 when his dirt bike hit a chain strung across a rural road in Mara, south of Sicamous. (rihaij/Pixabay photo)
The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm will close its doors permanently on May 31, 2022. Plans are underway to come up with options that better meet the needs of people who are without homes. (File photo)

Homeless shelter in Salmon Arm to close its doors permanently

Groups working together to provide options that better meet needs of individuals

The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter in Salmon Arm will close its doors permanently on May 31, 2022. Plans are underway to come up with options that better meet the needs of people who are without homes. (File photo)
An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)

Woman charged in connection with multiple wildfires east of Kamloops

Joint investigation between RCMP and BC Wildfire Service leads to four counts of arson

An old burn pile was reignited near the Westwold landfill and discovered May 1, 2022. (Patrick Green photo)
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