Rebecca Willson

The North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce chose the name Pebbles for the Winter Festival mascot. Pebbles will hang out at the festival, taking place from Feb. 17-19, 2023. (North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce- Facebook)

North Shuswap Winter Festival brings together communities

Pebbles the Penguin will oversee bed races, chili cook-off, games and more

The North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce chose the name Pebbles for the Winter Festival mascot. Pebbles will hang out at the festival, taking place from Feb. 17-19, 2023. (North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce- Facebook)
Jeff VanDooyeweert, Eagle Valley Road Rescue deputy chief, pulls up carpet in a unit at The Haven seniors’ living complex in Sicamous as the 48-year old unit undergoes a renovation. (Rebecca Willson- Eagle Valley News)

Two Sicamous nonprofits work together to improve affordable seniors’ living situation

Road Rescuers volunteer time and tools to revamp Haven unit; seniors’ housing plans moving forward

Jeff VanDooyeweert, Eagle Valley Road Rescue deputy chief, pulls up carpet in a unit at The Haven seniors’ living complex in Sicamous as the 48-year old unit undergoes a renovation. (Rebecca Willson- Eagle Valley News)
Pilinka Wiseman has furnished almost her entire trailer and outdoor area where she lives with things she has taken from the Share Shack at the Scotch Creek Refuse Transfer Station, including a trunk full of books and shelving. (Pilinka Wiseman photo)

‘We don’t all need something new’: Shuswap woman passionate about reducing waste

Pilinka Wiseman is willing to give anything a second chance at Scotch Creek Share Shack

Pilinka Wiseman has furnished almost her entire trailer and outdoor area where she lives with things she has taken from the Share Shack at the Scotch Creek Refuse Transfer Station, including a trunk full of books and shelving. (Pilinka Wiseman photo)
Concept still of the R.W. Bruhn Bridge replacement project, showing the new four-lane bridge and new connection at old Sicamous Road and Old Spallumcheen Road. (Province of British Columbia image)

Province responds to concerns with prolonged Highway 1 bridge replacement in Sicamous

Updated information on Bruhn Bridge project includes notice sent to federal Transport Minister

Concept still of the R.W. Bruhn Bridge replacement project, showing the new four-lane bridge and new connection at old Sicamous Road and Old Spallumcheen Road. (Province of British Columbia image)
A car rolled over at the intersection between Highway 33 and Rutland Road South in Rutland, Jan. 28.(Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

PHOTOS: 2 crashes 20 minutes apart cause havoc on Highway 33 in Kelowna

Second crash involved a vehicle rollover, one person sent to hospital

A car rolled over at the intersection between Highway 33 and Rutland Road South in Rutland, Jan. 28.(Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt has been cancelled for 2023, citing economic struggles. (Rockin’ River Music Fest- Facebook)

Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt cancelled due to financial struggles

Announcement follows Vancouver Folk Fest, Squamish Constellation Festival cancellations

Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt has been cancelled for 2023, citing economic struggles. (Rockin’ River Music Fest- Facebook)
Shuswap Search and Rescue volunteers practise their avalanche rescue skills in January 2023. (Shuswap Search and Rescue- Facebook)

Shuswap Search and Rescue takes avalanche training to better respond to crisis

Members work to better recognize avalanche terrain for safe, quick rescue

Shuswap Search and Rescue volunteers practise their avalanche rescue skills in January 2023. (Shuswap Search and Rescue- Facebook)
Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)

Shuswap horse rescue seeks support to take advantage of hay bale discount

Freedom’s Gate fundraising to purchase hay offered at half price

Two horses eating out of the same bucket at Freedom’s Gate Equine Rescue in the Shuswap. The rescue is fundraising to buy hay at a half-price discount from a local farmer. (Contributed)
A map showing the stretch of highway affected by vehicle removal west of Tappen on Jan. 25 2023. (AIM Roads/Facebook image)

Delays on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm due to vehicle removal

Eastbound lane to close for recovery of vehicle involved in crash

A map showing the stretch of highway affected by vehicle removal west of Tappen on Jan. 25 2023. (AIM Roads/Facebook image)
Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)

Caribou herds being left undisturbed in the Shuswap and surrounding areas

Frisby-Boulder and other herds remain small in number but healthy

Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)
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Woman, two RCMP officers rescued after falling through ice on Mara Lake near Sicamous

Firefighters with ice-rescue training able to extract citizen, would-be rescuers from lake

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Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer are heading to the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. next month and are fundraising for the trip. Team Tam out of Salmon Arm and Port Moody Curling Clubs are also fundraising to compete at the same tournament. (Team Blaeser/ Facebook)

Young Salmon Arm curlers fundraising for Canadian championships next month

Athletes continue to impress, winning top prizes at provincial and regional competitions

Team Blaeser, made up of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire and coach Dale Hofer are heading to the Under 18 Canadian Curling Championship in Timmins, Ont. next month and are fundraising for the trip. Team Tam out of Salmon Arm and Port Moody Curling Clubs are also fundraising to compete at the same tournament. (Team Blaeser/ Facebook)
Team Sullivan won gold at the 2023 Thompson-Okanagan Regional High School Curling Playdowns and will advance to provincial champions in February. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm high school curling teams compete for regional champion title

Brothers battle it out on opposing teams, Sullivan rink heads to provincials

Team Sullivan won gold at the 2023 Thompson-Okanagan Regional High School Curling Playdowns and will advance to provincial champions in February. (Contributed)
Bryson Dick operated an excavator for two months in Alaska after being hired by Kris Kelly who features on Discovery Channel’s TV show, Bering Sea Gold. Dick appears in episodes of the show’s 15th season. (Bryson Dick photo)

‘Anything that can kill you will’: Sicamous man digs deep for Discovery Channel show

Bryson Dick spent two months in Alaska working on latest season of Bering Sea Gold

Bryson Dick operated an excavator for two months in Alaska after being hired by Kris Kelly who features on Discovery Channel’s TV show, Bering Sea Gold. Dick appears in episodes of the show’s 15th season. (Bryson Dick photo)
Environment Canada issued a fog advisory for much of B.C.’s Interior, warning of sudden near-zero visibility. (Environment Canada image)

Fog advisory issued for much of B.C. Interior

Environment Canada warns of visibility conditions reduced to near zero

Environment Canada issued a fog advisory for much of B.C.’s Interior, warning of sudden near-zero visibility. (Environment Canada image)
District of Sicamous council is sending a letter to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to emphasize the need to prioritize and expedite the R.W. Bruhn Bridge replacement project due to safety hazards in its current state. (District of Sicamous photo)

Province urged to prioritize Highway 1 bridge replacement at Sicamous

RCMP sergeant calls Bruhn Bridge a hazard drivers have had to endure for too long

District of Sicamous council is sending a letter to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to emphasize the need to prioritize and expedite the R.W. Bruhn Bridge replacement project due to safety hazards in its current state. (District of Sicamous photo)
A truck was stuck in the ditch early on Jan. 13 as the road leading up to Salmon Arm’s Larch Hills cross country ski area has not been maintained and is once again a sheet of ice. (John Thielman photo)

‘Complete mayhem’: Icy road conditions, maintenance a concern for Shuswap residents

Business owner urges AIM Roads to respond in time for weekend loppet

A truck was stuck in the ditch early on Jan. 13 as the road leading up to Salmon Arm’s Larch Hills cross country ski area has not been maintained and is once again a sheet of ice. (John Thielman photo)
Work on the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous is underway, and traffic at the Highway 1 structure is expected to be reduced to single lane, alternating until Sunday, Jan. 15. (BC Transportation photo)

Traffic reduced to single lane at Bruhn Bridge, Highway 1, in Sicamous

Damaged guardrail being replaced, traffic delays until Jan. 15

Work on the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous is underway, and traffic at the Highway 1 structure is expected to be reduced to single lane, alternating until Sunday, Jan. 15. (BC Transportation photo)
Salmon Arm Snowblazers volunteers work to clear trees that have fallen due to heavy snow onto sledding trails. (Contributed)

Avalanche concerns low for Shuswap snowmobile clubs, warm weather brings other challenges

Salmon Arm Snowblazers looking for help with fallen trees

Salmon Arm Snowblazers volunteers work to clear trees that have fallen due to heavy snow onto sledding trails. (Contributed)
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cheerleading team is heading to the 2023 World Cup Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida Jan. 13-15. Team member Emily Berg is from Salmon Arm, Sneha Suniara is from Vernon and coach Meaghan Blakely is from Armstrong. (Contributed)

Shuswap, North Okanagan athletes take their cheers to World Cup championships

Cheerleading team from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops to compete with world’s best in Florida

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cheerleading team is heading to the 2023 World Cup Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida Jan. 13-15. Team member Emily Berg is from Salmon Arm, Sneha Suniara is from Vernon and coach Meaghan Blakely is from Armstrong. (Contributed)
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