Lachlan Labere

Robyn Cyr, Carmen Massey, Kari Wilkinson, Caroline Grover, Jenna Robins are the team behind the Shuswap’s Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Network. (Kristal Burgess photo)

Tsuts’weye project positioned to help Shuswap business women through pandemic

Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Network has busy first year

Robyn Cyr, Carmen Massey, Kari Wilkinson, Caroline Grover, Jenna Robins are the team behind the Shuswap’s Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Network. (Kristal Burgess photo)
Ivan and Jamie Gracia Rivera represent for Mexico at last year’s Gathering Together Multicultural Festival in Salmon Arm. The two operate Salmon Arm restaurant Cantina Vallarta. This summer, Ivan opened new Mexican restaurants in Sicamous and Lake Country. (File photo)

Salmon Arm restaurateur brings taste of Mexico to Sicamous, and Lake Country

Cantina Vallarta owner Ivan Rivera embraces opportunities amid pandemic

Ivan and Jamie Gracia Rivera represent for Mexico at last year’s Gathering Together Multicultural Festival in Salmon Arm. The two operate Salmon Arm restaurant Cantina Vallarta. This summer, Ivan opened new Mexican restaurants in Sicamous and Lake Country. (File photo)
Leha Ward-Marshall and sister-in-law Crystal Wood of U Grow Girl could be seen selling bouquets this summer during downtown Salmon Arm’s Alexander Street market. Proceeds from the sales will go towards their goal of building a retreat at their North Okanagan Shuswap farm for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. (Contributed)

Shuswap farmers aim to grow healing retreat for childhood sexual abuse survivors

Cyrstal Wood has made it her mission to support fellow survivors

Leha Ward-Marshall and sister-in-law Crystal Wood of U Grow Girl could be seen selling bouquets this summer during downtown Salmon Arm’s Alexander Street market. Proceeds from the sales will go towards their goal of building a retreat at their North Okanagan Shuswap farm for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. (Contributed)
Kristen Josey found helped deliver Nelson, a five-month-old border collie, to a veterinarian in Salmon Arm after the dog had fallen from the back of a truck and injured itself. The BC SPCA said it is investigating the incident and charges may be recommended. (Kristen Josey photo)

Puppy loses leg after fall from moving vehicle in North Shuswap, BC SPCA investigating

Shuswap branch of BC SPCA appeals to the public for help with medical costs

Kristen Josey found helped deliver Nelson, a five-month-old border collie, to a veterinarian in Salmon Arm after the dog had fallen from the back of a truck and injured itself. The BC SPCA said it is investigating the incident and charges may be recommended. (Kristen Josey photo)
Two warehouses are all that stand on a North Shuswap property owned by Citation Growth Corp. The property, which was to be the home of a proposed cannabis production facility, is the subject of an ongoing transaction with Saskatchewan-based company Indigenomix, which has agreed to its purchase for the price of $8.5 million. (Contributed)

Sale of unfinished North Shuswap cannabis facility delayed

Citation Growth Corp. reports agreement for $8.5 million purchase of Celista property

Two warehouses are all that stand on a North Shuswap property owned by Citation Growth Corp. The property, which was to be the home of a proposed cannabis production facility, is the subject of an ongoing transaction with Saskatchewan-based company Indigenomix, which has agreed to its purchase for the price of $8.5 million. (Contributed)
The documentary Celebrate Shuswap 2020 will be filmed at the new concert hall on Lakeshore Drive. (File photo)

Documentary to celebrate the Shuswap’s music scene

Local initiative to feature several of the region’s artists

The documentary Celebrate Shuswap 2020 will be filmed at the new concert hall on Lakeshore Drive. (File photo)
Hiker stumbles upon dead man in Blind Bay park

Hiker stumbles upon dead man in Blind Bay park

Salmon Arm RCMP determine cause of death not suspicious

Hiker stumbles upon dead man in Blind Bay park
The BC SPCA in Salmon Arm is welcoming applications from low-income families in the Shuswap region for low-cost spay neuter surgeries. (Contributed)

Shuswap BC SPCA launches spay/neuter program for low-income residents

Program available to low-income residents in the region

The BC SPCA in Salmon Arm is welcoming applications from low-income families in the Shuswap region for low-cost spay neuter surgeries. (Contributed)
Sorrento resident Glenn Welschlau recently won $100,000 playing Keno. His winning ticket was purchased at the Copper Island Pub. (BC Lotto photo)

Shuswap man ‘started to lose it’ after learning of lottery win

Sorrento resident wins $100,000, ticket purchased at Copper Island Pub

Sorrento resident Glenn Welschlau recently won $100,000 playing Keno. His winning ticket was purchased at the Copper Island Pub. (BC Lotto photo)
Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)

Volatile enrolment leads to loss of teaching staff at 3 North Okanagan-Shuswap schools

Three quarters of students using online learning program expected to return to class

Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)
Shuswap search and rescue crew respond to dirt biker injured on Mount Ida

Shuswap search and rescue crew respond to dirt biker injured on Mount Ida

North Vancouver man transported to hospital for treatment of injuries

Shuswap search and rescue crew respond to dirt biker injured on Mount Ida
Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, photographed with wife Georgina following his 2017 election win, is opposed to BC Premier John Horgan calling a snap election amidst the current pandemic. (File photo)

Shuswap MLA opposed to ‘opportunistic’ snap election

Greg Kyllo says fall election would essentially shut down government when it’s needed most

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, photographed with wife Georgina following his 2017 election win, is opposed to BC Premier John Horgan calling a snap election amidst the current pandemic. (File photo)
Marco Bieri poses by his bicycle in Sicamous following a five-day ride, done largely over trails and backroads, from Vancouver between July 24 and 29, 2020. (Contributed)

Vancouver to Sicamous: a backroads journey by bicycle

Marco Bieri discovers backcountry via trails, logging and mining roads

Marco Bieri poses by his bicycle in Sicamous following a five-day ride, done largely over trails and backroads, from Vancouver between July 24 and 29, 2020. (Contributed)
Boaters maintain their distance during the September 2019 Shake the Lake concert in Cinnemousun Narrows. (Contributed)

Shuswap Shake the Lake concert cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Interior Health stands by province’s Gathering and Events Order

Boaters maintain their distance during the September 2019 Shake the Lake concert in Cinnemousun Narrows. (Contributed)
North Okanagan-Shuswap schools to compel mask use through kindness

North Okanagan-Shuswap schools to compel mask use through kindness

Non-compliance may result in loss of in-class instruction, bus use

North Okanagan-Shuswap schools to compel mask use through kindness
The RCMP detoured traffic along Squilax Anglemont Road through a parking lot as the investigated the scene of a serious hit and run collision on Aug. 20. (Jenn Breckenridge/Facebook)

Shuswap RCMP believe hit and run may be connected with shooting

Driver involved in North Shuswap collision may have offered help before leaving scene

The RCMP detoured traffic along Squilax Anglemont Road through a parking lot as the investigated the scene of a serious hit and run collision on Aug. 20. (Jenn Breckenridge/Facebook)
A Salmon Arm pharmacist agreed to a $25,000 and a one-year suspension following an investigation by a College of Pharmacists of B.C. Inquiry Committee. The committee considered allegations that a former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist had colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)

Salmon Arm pharmacist fined, suspended for involvement in drug sales scheme

Pharmacy owner agrees to $25,000 fine, complete ethics course for health-care professionals

A Salmon Arm pharmacist agreed to a $25,000 and a one-year suspension following an investigation by a College of Pharmacists of B.C. Inquiry Committee. The committee considered allegations that a former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist had colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)
Salmon Arm’s Visitor Information Centre sits empty on Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Visitor Information Centre closed

Facility closure follows city’s termination of contract with chamber

Salmon Arm’s Visitor Information Centre sits empty on Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Adam Meikle paints an osprey preparing its descent to pluck a rainbow trout from the waters below in a mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Giant interactive mural brings local wildlife to downtown Salmon Arm

Artists, property owner interested in producing more public murals

Adam Meikle paints an osprey preparing its descent to pluck a rainbow trout from the waters below in a mural on the east side of the blue building at 120 Hudson Ave. NE on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Deputy Mayor Chad Eliason, Darcie Fletcher, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services Co-ordinator Sean Coubrough, Anna Dimaggio, Matt Koivisto and Jennifer Beckett are among Salmon Arm residents thinking of their Penticton neighbours as the South Okanagan city struggles with the Christie Mountain wildfire. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Salmon Arm residents offer words of support to Penticton during Christie Mountain wildfire

Residents empathize having shared experience of past wildfires in B.C.

Deputy Mayor Chad Eliason, Darcie Fletcher, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Fire Services Co-ordinator Sean Coubrough, Anna Dimaggio, Matt Koivisto and Jennifer Beckett are among Salmon Arm residents thinking of their Penticton neighbours as the South Okanagan city struggles with the Christie Mountain wildfire. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)