Martha Wickett

Adrenaline Auto Recyclers in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Firefighters were on scene for more than nine hours. (Megan Enoch Schulkowsky/Facebook photo)

Fire that consumed 20 vehicles at Shuswap autowreckers deemed ‘suspicious’ by police

Jan. 21 blaze created toxic smoke that hung over Chase for several hours

Adrenaline Auto Recyclers in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Firefighters were on scene for more than nine hours. (Megan Enoch Schulkowsky/Facebook photo)
The next appearance in Salmon Arm court for Dorian Bell, 32, charged with dangerous driving causing death in a May 2021 crash in Sicamous, will be Feb. 1, 2022. (File photo)

Man charged in crash that caused death of Shuswap woman changes plea to not guilty

Dorian Bell, 32, was not sentenced in Salmon Arm court but instead will undergo preliminary inquiry

The next appearance in Salmon Arm court for Dorian Bell, 32, charged with dangerous driving causing death in a May 2021 crash in Sicamous, will be Feb. 1, 2022. (File photo)
A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)

‘Freedom Fighters’ tune into article on potential takeover of Voice of the Shuswap

Membership in Salmon Arm’s community radio station triples in comparison to the past 10 years

A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)
An auto-wrecking business in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Five fire trucks were still on scene at 9:30 a.m. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Employee of auto-wrecking business in Chase thinks fire deliberately set

Fire chief urges people to stay inside, don’t breathe smoke from Aylmer Road fire as it may be toxic

An auto-wrecking business in Chase caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21. Five fire trucks were still on scene at 9:30 a.m. (Facebook photo)
A Civil Resolution Tribunal found that the City of Salmon Arm had not been proven negligent in a driver’s claim of damage and injuries from road work on Auto Road in September of 2020. (File photo)

City of Salmon Arm found not negligent after woman drives in ‘large trench’

Driver argues city should have had signs posted warning of ‘break’ across road

A Civil Resolution Tribunal found that the City of Salmon Arm had not been proven negligent in a driver’s claim of damage and injuries from road work on Auto Road in September of 2020. (File photo)
An influx of new memberships at CKVS, the Voice of the Shuswap community radio station, has the board suspecting an attempted ‘takeover’ of the station by people opposed to the way the pandemic is being handled. (File photo)

Membership jump for Salmon Arm community radio station seen as possible takeover

Voice of the Shuswap membership spike suspected from people disturbed by handling of pandemic

An influx of new memberships at CKVS, the Voice of the Shuswap community radio station, has the board suspecting an attempted ‘takeover’ of the station by people opposed to the way the pandemic is being handled. (File photo)
Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Feb. 15, 2022. (File photo)

Man charged with murdering Ashley Simpson to return to Salmon Arm court

Derek Lee Favell expected to choose type of trial during February appearance

Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Feb. 15, 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP would like information on a vehicle that caused damage from a parking lot off First Nations Road. (File photo)

Driver suffers minor injuries in South Shuswap after vehicle slides off road, rolls 0ver

RCMP seek identity of driver connected to mischief complaint

Salmon Arm RCMP would like information on a vehicle that caused damage from a parking lot off First Nations Road. (File photo)
A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)

Victim of house fire near Salmon Arm prays for mother of man she believes started blaze

Homeowner, whose son died in 2018, says she knows helplessness of having a child with addictions

A fire destroyed the home of Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew on Jan. 8, 2022. (Contributed)
More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)

Column: Following the lead of children into 2022

Fear is no match for taking action together

More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP put the focus on drivers over the past nine months of 2021. (File photo)

Complaints prompt Salmon Arm RCMP to stop nearly 500 drivers for various offences

Seventy-seven impaired drivers removed from local roads in last nine months of 2021, police say

Salmon Arm RCMP put the focus on drivers over the past nine months of 2021. (File photo)
Paramedics responded to spike in overdose calls in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021, a trend seen across B.C. (File photo)

Overdose calls to paramedics spike in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021

B.C.-wide calls increase by 30%, smaller communities in North Okanagan-Shuswap see steadier totals

Paramedics responded to spike in overdose calls in Vernon, Salmon Arm in 2021, a trend seen across B.C. (File photo)
Bonnie Thomas, whose home was destroyed on Jan. 8. (Contributed)

Home destroyed in fire, Salmon Arm RCMP track footprints to unconscious man 2km away

Man witnesses believe started fire flees, officer performs CPR for an hour

Bonnie Thomas, whose home was destroyed on Jan. 8. (Contributed)
Most property assessments in Salmon Arm for single family homes jump by more than 30 per cent. (File photo)

Most Salmon Arm properties see 2022 assessment jump more than 30 per cent

BC Assessment notes top-priced single family home in Salmon Arm is valued at 2,528,000

Most property assessments in Salmon Arm for single family homes jump by more than 30 per cent. (File photo)
Laura Derksen braves the cold on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 as she watches her grandson Tim Grant play hockey on a rink ready-made for him. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Frozen Shuswap Lake beautiful but fire chief warns of dangers

Temperatures forecast to warm heading towards weekend

Laura Derksen braves the cold on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 as she watches her grandson Tim Grant play hockey on a rink ready-made for him. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Bob Wilkins heads back to shore after an exhilarating splash in Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day in Canoe. (Photo contributed)

Welcoming the New Year by taking a Polar Plunge into Shuswap Lake

A small group of individuals endures a fast dip in the frigid waters of Shuswap Lake on Jan. 1

Bob Wilkins heads back to shore after an exhilarating splash in Shuswap Lake on New Year’s Day in Canoe. (Photo contributed)
Jackson Mint enjoys frozen Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 after having moved to Salmon Arm in the summer. (Marika Mint photo)

First winter in Salmon Arm brings joy to former Lower Mainland residents

Young hockey player thrilled with frozen rink on Shuswap Lake

Jackson Mint enjoys frozen Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 after having moved to Salmon Arm in the summer. (Marika Mint photo)
Christmas Day festivities for Chase RCMP and some residents of Anglemont were interrupted Dec. 25 when police report receiving death threats they thought could be acted on. (File photo)

Police report receiving death threats on Christmas Day in North Shuswap

Chase RCMP evacuate neighbours from homes, lengthy standoff ends in peaceful resolution

Christmas Day festivities for Chase RCMP and some residents of Anglemont were interrupted Dec. 25 when police report receiving death threats they thought could be acted on. (File photo)
Mallards, which use sleep to get through the cold, congregate in -20 C degree temperatures near the wharf in Salmon Arm’s Marine Park on Dec. 27, 2021. Birds must only be fed food appropriate to them or they will become sick. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Birds in Okanagan-Shuswap can use support during extreme cold

Access to appropriate food, water needed when usual sources frozen

Mallards, which use sleep to get through the cold, congregate in -20 C degree temperatures near the wharf in Salmon Arm’s Marine Park on Dec. 27, 2021. Birds must only be fed food appropriate to them or they will become sick. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

People in Salmon Arm sheltered at night still face frigid daytime temperatures

Lighthouse shelter offers overnight refuge but there’s no place for people without homes during day

Frigid temperatures in the Shuswap on Dec. 27, 2021 and forecast for the week make life more difficult and dangerous for those people living rough. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)