Martha Wickett

These two photos of Karissa Pukas were taken the day of and the day after surgery in April of this year to remove her breast implants. She says she felt immediately better after having them removed. (Photo contributed)

B.C. YouTube sensation removes breast implants after years of illness

Former Shuswap resident Karissa Pukas wants women to be informed about breast implants.

These two photos of Karissa Pukas were taken the day of and the day after surgery in April of this year to remove her breast implants. She says she felt immediately better after having them removed. (Photo contributed)
A vehicle matching the description used in a Sicamous home invasion early Wednesday was reported stolen out of Armstrong sometime overnight on Oct. 24. That vehicle is a white 2003 Ford F-350 dually with BC license plate DN5358. There is a distinctive rack in the box with orange clearance lights on the cab roof. (RCMP photo)

UPDATE: GoFundMe campaign started for victim of Sicamous home invasion

Victim’s children hope to move their terminally ill mother away from Sicamous following the crime

A vehicle matching the description used in a Sicamous home invasion early Wednesday was reported stolen out of Armstrong sometime overnight on Oct. 24. That vehicle is a white 2003 Ford F-350 dually with BC license plate DN5358. There is a distinctive rack in the box with orange clearance lights on the cab roof. (RCMP photo)
Ashley Simpson went missing from Yankee Flats Road, south of Salmon Arm, in April 2016. Her drivers licence was was recently located in the tank of a sewage vacuum truck used by Sasquatch Crossing Lodge in Northern B.C. (File photo)

Missing Shuswap woman’s ID found in northern BC

Ashley Simpson’s identification found in tank of a sewage vacuum truck in Pink Mountain

Ashley Simpson went missing from Yankee Flats Road, south of Salmon Arm, in April 2016. Her drivers licence was was recently located in the tank of a sewage vacuum truck used by Sasquatch Crossing Lodge in Northern B.C. (File photo)
High water of Shuswap Lake, May 2018 (File photo)

Column: If not now, when will we make the changes needed to stop global warming?

The thought of our children or grandchildren suffering from the ravages of climate change are unbearable to think about, too frightening to consider. So we don’t.

High water of Shuswap Lake, May 2018 (File photo)
Column: Mother orca’s display of grief sends powerful message

Column: Mother orca’s display of grief sends powerful message

The grief of this orca mother may not be visible anymore, but we must not forget.

Column: Mother orca’s display of grief sends powerful message
A telephone scam involving people impersonating Canada Revenue Agency staff is getting aggressive in the Shuswap. (Black Press file photo)

Revenue Canada scam swindles $3,000 from B.C. resident

Victim provides fraudster with $3,000 in iTunes gift cards

A telephone scam involving people impersonating Canada Revenue Agency staff is getting aggressive in the Shuswap. (Black Press file photo)
RCMP block the driveway of a Canoe property where a suspect in an armed robbery in Sicamous on July 3, 2015 is alleged to have driven into after fleeing police. (File photo)

B.C. Mountie won’t be charged after robbery suspect shot

Prosecution Service determines that evidence in 2015 Salmon Arm shooting doesn’t justify charges

RCMP block the driveway of a Canoe property where a suspect in an armed robbery in Sicamous on July 3, 2015 is alleged to have driven into after fleeing police. (File photo)
B.C.’s ‘micro-preemie’ Ruby doing well at home

B.C.’s ‘micro-preemie’ Ruby doing well at home

After four-and-a-half months in hospital, Salmon Arm infant growing, moving, smiling

B.C.’s ‘micro-preemie’ Ruby doing well at home
An RCMP vehicle and a grey pickup truck are tarped over in the parking lot of the car wash and Kawasaki dealership on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 (File photo/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. man shot by police in 2017 pleads guilty to string of offences

Kaymen Winter gets two years, opts for trial on two charges related to Salmon Arm car wash shooting

An RCMP vehicle and a grey pickup truck are tarped over in the parking lot of the car wash and Kawasaki dealership on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 (File photo/Salmon Arm Observer)
Police ask for public assistance regarding stolen motorhome, may be connected to armed robbery near Lee Creek. (Photo contributed)

Cops say gun-toting robbers used fake police lights to pull over victims

Information wanted on North Shuswap robbery, police impersonation, burnt vehicle, motorhome theft.

Police ask for public assistance regarding stolen motorhome, may be connected to armed robbery near Lee Creek. (Photo contributed)
Indigenous tattoo artist Dion Kaszas tattoos an eagle on his sister Kris Wilson’s forearm in honour of their father who died on March 1. He also did the other tattoos on her arm. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. artist featured on T.V. series highlighting Indigenous tattoo artistry

Skindigenous, a series on APTN TV, features international tattooing traditions including a Salmon Arm artist

Indigenous tattoo artist Dion Kaszas tattoos an eagle on his sister Kris Wilson’s forearm in honour of their father who died on March 1. He also did the other tattoos on her arm. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
School district administration has posted notices stating that due to a shortage of certified teachers, the district is looking to hire individuals without a teaching certificate to replace absent teachers. -File photo

B.C. school district considers hiring non-teachers to teach

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District ponders way to counter provincial teacher shortage

School district administration has posted notices stating that due to a shortage of certified teachers, the district is looking to hire individuals without a teaching certificate to replace absent teachers. -File photo
Curtis Sagmoen seen while helping neighbours deal with floods in Salmon Arm. Photo credit: Black Press

Man linked to Silver Creek farm search faces new assault charges

New charges have been laid on Curtis Sagmoen and police seek information from witnesses or other women who may have been victimized.

Curtis Sagmoen seen while helping neighbours deal with floods in Salmon Arm. Photo credit: Black Press
Lucy the cat is purring and happy to be back with her ‘dad’ Greg after being stolen from his truck on Jan. 1 by a ‘do-gooder’ from the Lower Mainland. - Image credit: Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer.

‘Do-Gooder’ traumatizes B.C. cat owner

Cat stolen from vehicle in Salmon Arm by man who thought he was rescuing animal from neglect

Lucy the cat is purring and happy to be back with her ‘dad’ Greg after being stolen from his truck on Jan. 1 by a ‘do-gooder’ from the Lower Mainland. - Image credit: Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer.
B.C. flag person’s death shines light on dangers

B.C. flag person’s death shines light on dangers

Company calls for more awareness of and respect for flaggers following an Okanagan woman’s death

B.C. flag person’s death shines light on dangers
The police search at the Sagmoen farm in Silver Creek is finished, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9 - Observer file photo

Update: RCMP call off search at Silver Creek farm

Police say investigation into the death of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux continues.

The police search at the Sagmoen farm in Silver Creek is finished, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9 - Observer file photo
Forensic Search Evidence Recovery Team trailers remain in an area of the Sagmoen farm where tents had been set up days before. - Image credit: Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer.

Update: Police comment on search effort at Silver Creek farm

Tents and command units no longer visible on Salmon River Road property

Forensic Search Evidence Recovery Team trailers remain in an area of the Sagmoen farm where tents had been set up days before. - Image credit: Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer.
Residents recount odd influx of escorts in Silver Creek

Residents recount odd influx of escorts in Silver Creek

People living near Sagmoen farm say several prositutes arrived at wrong address.

Residents recount odd influx of escorts in Silver Creek
Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                RCMP officers went house to house asking questions of the residents of homes on 10th Street SW on Monday, Oct. 30.

Surrey police canvass Salmon Arm regarding missing woman

Salmon Arm residents questioned about Sept. 3, shown photos of Nicole Bell.

Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer                                RCMP officers went house to house asking questions of the residents of homes on 10th Street SW on Monday, Oct. 30.
Silver Creek resident Steven Langenegger was one of the two people who called police in August after discovering a hastily abandoned car on a property next to the farm where police have found human remains.

‘She was terrified’: Neighbours recount alarming discovery at B.C. property

Police search Silver Creek property adjacent to where car abandoned

Silver Creek resident Steven Langenegger was one of the two people who called police in August after discovering a hastily abandoned car on a property next to the farm where police have found human remains.