Martha Wickett

Kris Cudmore shared this photo on Shuswap Everything Friendly Thursday evening, Aug. 11, which he took while trying to help out on his Sea-Doo after he learned the boat had capsized and people were calling for help. (Kris Cudmore/Facebook)

RCMP issue warning after boat capsizes on Shuswap Lake during big storm

Two people rescued, police urge boaters to check weather conditions before heading out

Kris Cudmore shared this photo on Shuswap Everything Friendly Thursday evening, Aug. 11, which he took while trying to help out on his Sea-Doo after he learned the boat had capsized and people were calling for help. (Kris Cudmore/Facebook)
Caden Dehoog, one of the instructors at the 2022 BC Hockey Summer Officiating School from Aug. 4-8, grew up in Salmon Arm and loves the path of refereeing he’s taken. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Hockey referee in Shuswap skates from student to instructor

40 budding officials join BC Hockey’s Summer Officiating School in Salmon Arm

Caden Dehoog, one of the instructors at the 2022 BC Hockey Summer Officiating School from Aug. 4-8, grew up in Salmon Arm and loves the path of refereeing he’s taken. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Discussions are taking place throughout August 2022 at the United Nations in New York to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (United Nations Web TV)

Salmon Arm mayor writes to prime minister about nuclear weapons

Citizen urges council to express support for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons treaty

Discussions are taking place throughout August 2022 at the United Nations in New York to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (United Nations Web TV)
Highway 1 reopened near Tappen early Monday, Aug. 8 following a two-vehicle crash Sunday night. (File photo)

One person killed in head-on crash on Highway 1 in Shuswap

Police say driver of sedan died after crossing centre line in Tappen and colliding with semi

Highway 1 reopened near Tappen early Monday, Aug. 8 following a two-vehicle crash Sunday night. (File photo)
Two new wildfires were sparked in the Shuswap on Aug. 4, one by Niskonlith Creek near Chase and the other in Larch Hills near Salmon Arm. (BC Wildfire Service map)

UPDATE: Status of both new wildfires in Shuswap downgraded

Following crews’ work, Larch Hills fire ‘being held’ while Niskonlith Creek blaze ‘under control’

Two new wildfires were sparked in the Shuswap on Aug. 4, one by Niskonlith Creek near Chase and the other in Larch Hills near Salmon Arm. (BC Wildfire Service map)
Salmon Arm RCMP is warning the public about instances of counterfeit $100 bills. (Black Press file)

Counterfeit bills circulate Shuswap, suspect remains on the loose

Fake bills were found in Salmon Arm business bank deposits

Salmon Arm RCMP is warning the public about instances of counterfeit $100 bills. (Black Press file)
Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘It was unbelievable’: Shuswap farmer overwhelmed by kindness of residents

Sidelined by injuries from a fall, 91-year-old Tappen man wondered how he’d handle the hay crop

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Three wildfires were ignited early July 29 in the North Shuswap and North Okanagan, causes so far listed by BC Wildfire as unknown. (BC Wildfire map)

UPDATE: Wildfire service responding to new blazes in North Shuswap and North Okanagan

Four of the fires are spot sized, all classified as out of control

Three wildfires were ignited early July 29 in the North Shuswap and North Okanagan, causes so far listed by BC Wildfire as unknown. (BC Wildfire map)
The Bastion Bay fire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek wildfire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres are no longer a threat. (Wildfire BC image)

UPDATE: Two small wildfires in North Okanagan-Shuswap no longer a threat

One fire near eastern arm of Shuswap Lake, the other east of Mabel Lake, taken off BC Wildfire map

The Bastion Bay fire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek wildfire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres are no longer a threat. (Wildfire BC image)
The Bastion Bay wildfire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek fire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres were discovered late on July 27, 2022. (Wildfire BC image)

Two new spot-sized wildfires discovered in North Okanagan-Shuswap

One fire near eastern arm of Shuswap Lake, the other east of Mabel Lake

The Bastion Bay wildfire near the eastern arm of Shuswap Lake and the Whip Creek fire across from Mabel Lake and inland about 10 kilometres were discovered late on July 27, 2022. (Wildfire BC image)
Volunteers needed to help with the Salute to the Sockeye Festival which runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, 2022, a dominant year in the four-year cycle of the salmon. (File photo)

Salute the sockeye’s journey to and from the Shuswap by volunteering for festival

Three-week festival celebrating the salmon run’s dominant year begins Sept. 30

Volunteers needed to help with the Salute to the Sockeye Festival which runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, 2022, a dominant year in the four-year cycle of the salmon. (File photo)
The City of Salmon Arm told the Shuswap Pro-Live Society on June 20, 2022 it won’t be sticking with a relatively new ‘commercial advertising only’ policy on its transit bus benches. (File photo)

City of Salmon Arm reverses policy on bus bench ads following Pro-Life complaints

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms threatens legal challenge of policy

The City of Salmon Arm told the Shuswap Pro-Live Society on June 20, 2022 it won’t be sticking with a relatively new ‘commercial advertising only’ policy on its transit bus benches. (File photo)
Silver Creek archer Joe Sarrazin qualified to represent Canada at World Championships in the men’s compound-bow competition in Terin, Italy in September 2022. (Photo contributed)

Shuswap archer heading to Italy to represent Canada in 3D competition

Silver Creek man could dispute the saying: ‘An archery hunter is a vegetarian’

Silver Creek archer Joe Sarrazin qualified to represent Canada at World Championships in the men’s compound-bow competition in Terin, Italy in September 2022. (Photo contributed)
A black bear, similar to the one pictured here, attacked a puppy in a rural trailer park in Salmon Arm on June 30. (Black Press file photo)

Salmon Arm man bit by bear while trying to save puppy in backyard

Conservation officers looking for bear, provide tips on avoiding bear encounters

A black bear, similar to the one pictured here, attacked a puppy in a rural trailer park in Salmon Arm on June 30. (Black Press file photo)
An evacuation alert was ordered at 3 p.m. on July 3 for the Sicamous Mobile Home Park. (District of Sicamous image)

Landslide risk prompts evacuation alert for Sicamous Mobile Home Park

Alert advises people to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice if danger increases

An evacuation alert was ordered at 3 p.m. on July 3 for the Sicamous Mobile Home Park. (District of Sicamous image)
Several gas stations in Salmon Arm had run out of gas on Friday, July 1 with no definite time when they would receive another delivery. However, other stations still had supplies of gasoline. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Some gas stations in Salmon Arm out of gas on Canada Day

Much higher than normal demand posed as one possible reason behind the shortage

Several gas stations in Salmon Arm had run out of gas on Friday, July 1 with no definite time when they would receive another delivery. However, other stations still had supplies of gasoline. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
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)