Rebecca Willson

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)
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)
In 2022, the BC Conservation Officer Service completed its ninth consecutive boat safety patrol program. Twenty one patrols were conducted on six priority bodies of water in the North Okanagan and Shuswap. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)

Many lake enthusiasts in North Okanagan, Shuswap break laws over summer

Conservation officers patrolling lakes and rivers in 2022 report 71% non-compliance

In 2022, the BC Conservation Officer Service completed its ninth consecutive boat safety patrol program. Twenty one patrols were conducted on six priority bodies of water in the North Okanagan and Shuswap. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)
Chase RCMP are looking for a suspect involved in a hit and run on Jan. 1, 2023. The vehicle involved was a white pickup truck with damage on the front passenger side. (File photo)

Hit and run in Shuswap damages fence, second vehicle

Chase RCMP looking for white pickup truck with damage on front passenger side

Chase RCMP are looking for a suspect involved in a hit and run on Jan. 1, 2023. The vehicle involved was a white pickup truck with damage on the front passenger side. (File photo)
The cast of All-Round Champion season 5, from left to right: Dominic Demaio, Jackson Atwood, Gurnoor Chouhan, Bradley Pedrick, coach Perdita Felicien, Maggie Manning, Braydon Butler, Momo Sutton, Lily Brook and Samantha Fraser. Manning and Brook are both from Salmon Arm. (All-Round Champion/ Facebook)

Salmon Arm para-athletes compete in sport competition TV show

Maggie Manning and Lily Brook played against other young athletes living with disabilities

The cast of All-Round Champion season 5, from left to right: Dominic Demaio, Jackson Atwood, Gurnoor Chouhan, Bradley Pedrick, coach Perdita Felicien, Maggie Manning, Braydon Butler, Momo Sutton, Lily Brook and Samantha Fraser. Manning and Brook are both from Salmon Arm. (All-Round Champion/ Facebook)
Shuswap Search and Rescue members snowshoeing to recover a stranded snow biker and his bike, Dec. 29 2022. (Shuswap Search and Rescue/ Facebook)

Shuswap search team rescues snow biker stuck down deep drainage

13 members sledded and snowshoed to trapped man; biker was not injured

Shuswap Search and Rescue members snowshoeing to recover a stranded snow biker and his bike, Dec. 29 2022. (Shuswap Search and Rescue/ Facebook)
The well-known Burner Bar and Grille is open until Dec. 31 2022 to engage interested potential buyers, as the property is currently for sale. (File photo)

One-of-a-kind Sicamous Burner Grille reopens for limited time

Owner looking for potential new buyers for unique restaurant

The well-known Burner Bar and Grille is open until Dec. 31 2022 to engage interested potential buyers, as the property is currently for sale. (File photo)
Edgar Road leading up to the Larch Hills cross-country ski area near Salmon Arm was impassable due to sheer ice on Dec. 27 and the morning of Dec. 28. (John Thielman photo)

Calls for action after Shuswap’s Larch Hills nordic area inaccessible for over 24 hours

Sheer ice leaves ski area affected by lack of road maintenance, access restored Dec. 28

Edgar Road leading up to the Larch Hills cross-country ski area near Salmon Arm was impassable due to sheer ice on Dec. 27 and the morning of Dec. 28. (John Thielman photo)