Lachlan Labere

A still from security camera footage shows a man making a rude hand gesture towards a Salmon Arm Pizza Hut employee during an exchange in which racist comments were allegedly made towards the restaurant’s staff Monday night, Nov. 29, 2021. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm Pizza Hut employee shaken after being target of racist comments

RCMP say a Kelowna resident was advised not to return to the business

A still from security camera footage shows a man making a rude hand gesture towards a Salmon Arm Pizza Hut employee during an exchange in which racist comments were allegedly made towards the restaurant’s staff Monday night, Nov. 29, 2021. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm’s Mt. Ida Nursery commercial tree seedling nursery that grows seedlings for BC Timber Sales, private forest companies and woodlots. (Mt. Ida Nursery photo)

Old growth harvest deferrals create stress, uncertainty for Salmon Arm tree nursery

Province criticized for lack of consultation with First Nations, forest industry stakeholders

Salmon Arm’s Mt. Ida Nursery commercial tree seedling nursery that grows seedlings for BC Timber Sales, private forest companies and woodlots. (Mt. Ida Nursery photo)
Tracy Edwards, facility manager of the Zest Commercial Food Hub in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm’s Zest opens doors for food innovation and production

Commercial kitchen, classroom among offerings at Zest Commercial Food Hub

Tracy Edwards, facility manager of the Zest Commercial Food Hub in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
The City of Salmon Arm recently informed residents that metered utility bills may be delayed due to the recent flood damage to B.C. highways. Though the bills were mailed out on Nov. 12, city staff explained Canada Post sends mail to the Lower Mainland for processing. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The City of Salmon Arm recently informed residents that metered utility bills may be delayed due to the recent flood damage to B.C. highways. Though the bills were mailed out on Nov. 12, city staff explained Canada Post sends mail to the Lower Mainland for processing. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)

Salmon Arm school’s music video receives love from indie rocker Hawksley Workman

Hillcrest Elementary releases entry to CBC Music Class Challenge

Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)
Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating multiple reported break and enters, including one on Nov. 22, 2021, in which liquor was reported stolen from a business on 30th Street. NE. (File photo)

Salmon Arm RCMP recover stolen trailer, motorcycle before owner knows they’re missing

Police respond to multiple reports of break and enter over past week

Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating multiple reported break and enters, including one on Nov. 22, 2021, in which liquor was reported stolen from a business on 30th Street. NE. (File photo)
With road access to the Lower Mainland shut off due to flooding and debris flows, Jake Dewitt of Sicamous’ D Dutchmen Dairy said they’ve had to increase production to meet a spike in demand that has resulted in dairy aisles being cleared out at local grocery stores. (D Dutchmen Dairy/Facebook photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap dairies, farmers grapple shortages, impact of highway closures

Sicamous’ D Dutchmen Dairy increases production in response to demand

With road access to the Lower Mainland shut off due to flooding and debris flows, Jake Dewitt of Sicamous’ D Dutchmen Dairy said they’ve had to increase production to meet a spike in demand that has resulted in dairy aisles being cleared out at local grocery stores. (D Dutchmen Dairy/Facebook photo)
Mike Hall and instructor/dance partner Heather Stranks move across the dance floor in the 2019 edition of Dancing with the Shuswap Stars held in the SASCU Rec Centre on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (Dancing with the Shuswap Stars/Kristal Burgess Photography)

Dancing with the Shuswap Stars: Win time with Rust Valley Restorers’ Mike Hall and Avery Shoaf

Catch Dancing with the Shuswap Stars live online in support of Shuswap Hospice Society on Nov. 19

Mike Hall and instructor/dance partner Heather Stranks move across the dance floor in the 2019 edition of Dancing with the Shuswap Stars held in the SASCU Rec Centre on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (Dancing with the Shuswap Stars/Kristal Burgess Photography)
A North Okanagan man was taken to the cells at the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment after a BC Highway Patrol officer found him at a local convenience store with a vehicle allegedly stolen from Vernon. (File photo)

Man arrested after Highway Patrol officer finds stolen vehicle at Salmon Arm convenience store

Officer finds firearms, suspected narcotics in vehicle reported stolen from Vernon

A North Okanagan man was taken to the cells at the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment after a BC Highway Patrol officer found him at a local convenience store with a vehicle allegedly stolen from Vernon. (File photo)
Evacuees from the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) mudslides are rushed to a bus to be taken to a nearby shelter on Monday afternoon. (File photo)

Like a disaster movie: Surprise birthday visit in the Shuswap concludes with harrowing drive home

Sicamous man says son and grandson airlifted to safety after spending night in vehicle on Highway 7

Evacuees from the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) mudslides are rushed to a bus to be taken to a nearby shelter on Monday afternoon. (File photo)
Save-On-Foods confirmed all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland are on hold due to current road conditions, and said and all avenues are being explored to get products to their stores as quickly as possible. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

North Okanagan-Shuswap grocers adjusting to supply chain disruption due to highway closures

Armstrong Regional Cooperative says fuel supply chain currently unaffected

Save-On-Foods confirmed all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland are on hold due to current road conditions, and said and all avenues are being explored to get products to their stores as quickly as possible. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
With multiple road closures in B.C. affecting transportation of mail across Western Canada, Canada Post is warning customers that deliveries may be delayed. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Highway closures: Canada Post warns B.C. customers that deliveries may be delayed

Mail that cannot be delivered being held in ‘safe and secure’ facilities

With multiple road closures in B.C. affecting transportation of mail across Western Canada, Canada Post is warning customers that deliveries may be delayed. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
DriveBC reports flooding on Highway 97A south of Sicamous has reduced traffic flow to single lane, alternating. (Jessica Steel/Facebook photo)

Flooding delays traffic on Highway 97A near Sicamous

Traffic reduced to single lane, alternating in Two Mile

DriveBC reports flooding on Highway 97A south of Sicamous has reduced traffic flow to single lane, alternating. (Jessica Steel/Facebook photo)
Merritt on Monday, Nov. 15, following torrential downpour for several hours, sparking flooding and evacuation orders. (Bailee Allen photo)

Merritt under evacuation order as flooding wreaks havoc across B.C.

Evacuation order issued for all of Colletteville and the wastewater treatment plant has failed

Merritt on Monday, Nov. 15, following torrential downpour for several hours, sparking flooding and evacuation orders. (Bailee Allen photo)
Stephen Ingle works on a shot with Bastion Elementary music students at the piano beneath the giant treble clef for the school’s video entry in the CBC Music Class Challenge on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (File photo)

Community support helps former Salmon Arm ‘bad guy’ wrestler clutch career behind the lens

Stephen Ingle, aka Shotgun Stevens, transitions from flying elbows to full-time videographer

Stephen Ingle works on a shot with Bastion Elementary music students at the piano beneath the giant treble clef for the school’s video entry in the CBC Music Class Challenge on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (File photo)
Red dots on this map show prioritized “big-treed old growth” identified by the B.C. government as part of its priority deferral area. Purple dots are “ancient forest” and blue dots are “remnant old ecosystems.” (BC government image)

B.C. government deferral on harvest of old-growth includes stands throughout Shuswap

Local advocate for protecting old-growth receives announcement with cautious optimism

Red dots on this map show prioritized “big-treed old growth” identified by the B.C. government as part of its priority deferral area. Purple dots are “ancient forest” and blue dots are “remnant old ecosystems.” (BC government image)
Shuswap property owners through a group called the BC Dock Owners Coalition, have asked to meet with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to discuss concerns around the North Okanagan Shuswap Rail Trail and access to adjacent docks and buoys. (File Photo)

Property owners along Shuswap rail trail retain legal counsel in effort to preserve dock access

Columbia Shuswap Regional District administrator challenges group’s motives

Shuswap property owners through a group called the BC Dock Owners Coalition, have asked to meet with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to discuss concerns around the North Okanagan Shuswap Rail Trail and access to adjacent docks and buoys. (File Photo)
Highway 1 was reopened just before noon on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive after a motor vehicle incident was cleared. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens east of Salmon Arm after motor vehicle incident cleared

Highway was closed near intersection with Canoe Beach Drive between Salmon Arm and Sicamous

Highway 1 was reopened just before noon on Friday, Oct. 29 at the intersection of Canoe Beach Drive after a motor vehicle incident was cleared. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
Emergency personnel are responding to a collision west of Salmon Arm on Thursday morning, Oct. 28, 2021. (Drive BC image)

UPDATE: Detour in place after vehicle collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm

Westbound traffic is open, eastbound being rerouted

Emergency personnel are responding to a collision west of Salmon Arm on Thursday morning, Oct. 28, 2021. (Drive BC image)
Salmon Arm RCMP received several reports of overnight break in enters from downtown businesses between Oct. 23 and 27. (File photo)

RCMP respond to several break and enters in downtown Salmon Arm

Call from concerned citizen helps police catch suspect

Salmon Arm RCMP received several reports of overnight break in enters from downtown businesses between Oct. 23 and 27. (File photo)