Martha Wickett

The residence of Matthew Heneghan, who lives in Falkland with his family, was one of those evacuated in early August 2021 due to the growth of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Photo contributed)

Falkland evacuee from White Rock Lake wildfire finds solace in gratitude

Man who grew up in Salmon Arm expresses thanks to all those who contribute to keeping people safe

The residence of Matthew Heneghan, who lives in Falkland with his family, was one of those evacuated in early August 2021 due to the growth of the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Photo contributed)
Greg Taypotat, who is supporting his sister Shayna Taypotat and her daughter Gracie while Shayna carries out A Walk To Healing For All, holds two white eagle feathers which signify change. Shayna, pictured in Salmon Arm on Aug. 18, is walking from Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Saskatchewan to the Kamloops Indian Residential School to bring awareness to the 215 children whose remains were confirmed there in May. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

From Saskatchewan to Shuswap, walker speaks of wish for healing for all people

On the way to Kamloops residential school, healing journey also aimed at bringing awareness

Greg Taypotat, who is supporting his sister Shayna Taypotat and her daughter Gracie while Shayna carries out A Walk To Healing For All, holds two white eagle feathers which signify change. Shayna, pictured in Salmon Arm on Aug. 18, is walking from Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Saskatchewan to the Kamloops Indian Residential School to bring awareness to the 215 children whose remains were confirmed there in May. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Highway 1 near Kamloops closed on Aug. 19 for about three hours due to a collision that left a Burnaby woman dead and two other people injured. (File photo)

Two-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Kamloops leaves one woman dead

Crash took place near entrance to Highway 5, Highway 1 closed for about three hours Aug. 19

Highway 1 near Kamloops closed on Aug. 19 for about three hours due to a collision that left a Burnaby woman dead and two other people injured. (File photo)
Chase RCMP were called Aug. 7 to investigate an alleged unauthorized use of a washroom in Sorrento and theft of the materials used there. (File photo)

RCMP called for report of unauthorized use of Shuswap business’ washroom

Items allegedly stolen on Aug. 7 include soap and toilet paper

Chase RCMP were called Aug. 7 to investigate an alleged unauthorized use of a washroom in Sorrento and theft of the materials used there. (File photo)
Lightning struck Copper Island in Shuswap Lake Aug. 16. The fire is believed to be out, but BC Wildfire will monitor it Aug. 17. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)

Lightning sparked fire on Copper Island in Shuswap Lake doused

BC Wildfire will monitor island where tree was hit Aug. 16

Lightning struck Copper Island in Shuswap Lake Aug. 16. The fire is believed to be out, but BC Wildfire will monitor it Aug. 17. (Columbia Shuswap Regional District photo)
This praying mantis was spotted recently in Enderby on the pumps at a gas station. Chélie Elsom-Pharand eventually invited it to crawl onto her hand and she carried it over to a bush. (Chélie Elsom-Pharand photo)

The elusive praying mantis turns heads in the Shuswap

Unusual insect noticed by residents in Salmon Arm and around the region

This praying mantis was spotted recently in Enderby on the pumps at a gas station. Chélie Elsom-Pharand eventually invited it to crawl onto her hand and she carried it over to a bush. (Chélie Elsom-Pharand photo)
The beginnings of a BC wildfire camp and base of operations is set up Aug. 13 in a field at 550 10th Ave. SW in Salmon Arm, across from the fairgrounds. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

BC Wildfire Service sets up camp in Salmon Arm for 100 firefighters

The camp, across from the fairgrounds, is expected to be operating into September

The beginnings of a BC wildfire camp and base of operations is set up Aug. 13 in a field at 550 10th Ave. SW in Salmon Arm, across from the fairgrounds. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)

Residents, fire crews commended for fast action on new North Okanagan wildfire

Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod initially subdued with help from residents

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services reports that the Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service took quick action to subdue the Violet Creek fire north of Grindrod near the Larch Hills Forest Service Road, which started during the evening of Aug. 9. (CSRD Fire Services)
National and international bestselling author, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, discusses her latest book, The Almost Wife. (Mitch Krupp photo)

Shuswap best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz reveals details about new book

The Almost Wife is a domestic thriller which Anderson-Dargatz says are often about empowerment

National and international bestselling author, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, pictured here at Salmon Arm Bay with the wharf behind her, discusses her latest book, The Almost Wife. (Mitch Krupp photo)
Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)

Plans to prohibit use of Salmon Arm aquifers for commercial water sales progress

Council explores zoning options because municipalities aren’t consulted about groundwater licences

Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)
Owners of the Llama Sanctuary at 2415 Chase Falkland Road near Chase are looking for someone with a truck or trailer to help them move 40 llamas. They also need a barn for the animals due to the White Rock Lake wildfire evacuation. (Llama Santuary photo)

Help needed to evacuate 40 llamas near Chase to a safer location

Owner says they need a large trailer or truck plus a barn for shelter

Owners of the Llama Sanctuary at 2415 Chase Falkland Road near Chase are looking for someone with a truck or trailer to help them move 40 llamas. They also need a barn for the animals due to the White Rock Lake wildfire evacuation. (Llama Santuary photo)
Jim Caldwell and his daughter Sorsha Woloshyn were among the Falkland evacuees affected by the order issued Wednesday, Aug. 4 due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. The pair were at the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm on Aug. 5. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Recent residents of Falkland shocked by wildfire evacuation order

Father from Chilliwack grateful for house insurance, also assistance from Shuswap Emergency Program

Jim Caldwell and his daughter Sorsha Woloshyn were among the Falkland evacuees affected by the order issued Wednesday, Aug. 4 due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. The pair were at the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm on Aug. 5. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A Salmon Arm man and his mortgage investment corporation, All Canadian Investment Corporation, ACIC, was found by the BC Securities Commission on July 29, 2021 to have made misrepresentations and false or misleading statements in documents required to be filed under the Securities Act. (File photo)

Salmon Arm man made misleading statements to investors: BC Securities Commission

Sanctions to be imposed after submissions from commission staff and the accused

A Salmon Arm man and his mortgage investment corporation, All Canadian Investment Corporation, ACIC, was found by the BC Securities Commission on July 29, 2021 to have made misrepresentations and false or misleading statements in documents required to be filed under the Securities Act. (File photo)
Displaced by the White Rock Lake wildfire, evacuees from Falkland are asked to register at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021. (File photo)

Evacuees from Falkland asked to register at Salmon Arm’s Prestige hotel

Compilation for those placed on evacuation order or alert on Aug. 4 from White Rock Lake fire

Displaced by the White Rock Lake wildfire, evacuees from Falkland are asked to register at Salmon Arm’s Prestige Harbourfront Resort beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021. (File photo)
Interior Health nurse Joey Willis fills a needle with a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press Media file photo)

Revelstoke leads Interior Health region in percentage of population vaccinated

85 per cent of its population have had their first vaccine and 71 per cent have had their second

Interior Health nurse Joey Willis fills a needle with a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press Media file photo)
This map that includes Shuswap Lake and Salmon Arm shows lands of the Neskonlith and Adams Lake bands outlined in red, with no dividing lines. The Switzmalph area is on the south and southwest end of Shuswap Lake within the red lines. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Salmon Arm/Switzmalph members of Neskonlith Band make plans to separate

Group points to lack of confidence in chief and council, unjust colonial governing structure

This map that includes Shuswap Lake and Salmon Arm shows lands of the Neskonlith and Adams Lake bands outlined in red, with no dividing lines. The Switzmalph area is on the south and southwest end of Shuswap Lake within the red lines. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Michael Hewlett from Sorrento won a cool half a million dollars after buying a Lotto Max ticket for the July 13 draw at the Matchbox shop in Salmon Arm. (BCLC photo)

Shuswap man wins $500,000 boost for retirement in lottery draw

Sorrento resident buys Lotto Max Extra winner at Salmon Arm store

Michael Hewlett from Sorrento won a cool half a million dollars after buying a Lotto Max ticket for the July 13 draw at the Matchbox shop in Salmon Arm. (BCLC photo)
Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP warn public after tail of horse in Monte Creek east of Kamloops cut. (File photo)

Horse owners warned after trespasser east of Kamloops cuts horse’s tail

Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP say not the first time this has happened, horse hair can be used for crafts

Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP warn public after tail of horse in Monte Creek east of Kamloops cut. (File photo)
Birch Place, the second of three buildings to open in the affordable housing development at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street SW in Salmon Arm, opened June 1, 2021, with the third building, Cedar Place, expected to open in late fall 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

First two new BC Housing buildings in Salmon Arm all but full

Building for people without permanent housing expected to open in late fall, staff needed

Birch Place, the second of three buildings to open in the affordable housing development at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street SW in Salmon Arm, opened June 1, 2021, with the third building, Cedar Place, expected to open in late fall 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)

Discarded cigarette blamed for Salmon Arm roadside fire

Passersby manage to extinguish flames July 24 before they spread to nearby trees

A grass fire beside Highway 1 near the junction with Highway 97B, believed to be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, was extinguished by three passersby about 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 before it ignited nearby trees. (Nell Saba photo)