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Landslide risk in Salmon Arm prompts evacuation alert for one house

Landslide risk in Salmon Arm

One house in the Ravenscroft Strata in Salmon Arm has been issued an evacuation alert on Tuesday due to a landslide risk.

Bank erosion and sloped land slippage has caused the landslide risk, which is due to the heavy rainfall over recent weeks. The family home is located at 4425-13 Street NE, and the residents will have to prepared to leave their house on short notice if needed.

A Preliminary Landslide Hazard Assessment report has been obtained from a geotechnical engineering firm which determined the alert was necessary. No other properties in the strata are affected at this time, and the public is urged to stay away from the area.





Salmon Arm RCMP searching for two-time grocery store thief

Searching for shoplifter

The Salmon Arm RCMP are on the lookout for a woman who is a suspect in stealing from a local grocery store on at least two occasions.

On June 11, police were told the unidentified woman went into the store and went toward the meat and frozen food area. She then allegedly left the supermarket with a cart full of stolen items.

We are investigating the incident as a theft under $5,000," says S/Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP. "We ask that you please have a look at the attached photograph and contact the RCMP if you recognize the woman or spot her in the community."

The woman is described as a white woman in her mid-30s, with brown hair and glasses.

If you know who this woman is or if you have any information about this incident, the Salmon Arm RCMP ask you to contact them at 250-832-6044. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



'2 hippie gals' are taking requests as they paint their way across BC

2 hippie gals painting away

A pair of 'hippie gals' are making their way across the province while painting works of art, and they are currently taking requests from people in the Okanagan.

Shalagh Quinn and Amy Wu are looking to spread happiness and positivity through their art to the people of B.C.

"Considering all of the heavy stuff that is happening in the world right now, we thought this would bring a bit of light to people," says Shalagh. "We were making a trip across B.C. anyway so we thought this would be a fun project to do."

Since Shalagh made a post on social media about the project, the pair has received quite a few requests from citizens of Salmon Arm to come paint for them.

"We're currently in Salmon Arm right now and we've a lot of requests from people, we didn't even plan on staying in Salmon Arm for this long," says Shalagh. "We found a nice little campsite so I think we'll stick around for a bit and have some fun and paint."

The girls are making their way through the province and plan to end up on Vancouver Island, and will be painting their artwork as they go along. They will be going through the Okanagan on their way to the Lower Mainland over the next little while.

"We will paint pretty much anything we can get our hands on, but ideally we would like it to be at least eight feet by four feet so that you can see the work from a distance," says Amy. "We actually have more painting supplies in our car than camping supplies so we are ready to go."

If you would like the pair to paint something of yours, you can send Shalagh a private message on Facebook with a picture of the space you would like painted.





2 men in Salmon Arm rob house at knifepoint & tied up the victims

House robbed at knifepoint

Two suspects robbed a house at knifepoint in Salmon Arm early Saturday morning and are still at large.

Shortly after 8 a.m., RCMP were called to a residence in the 1200 block of 30 Street SW and learned that the two men forced their way into the house with a knife while two of the residents were inside.

"Once inside the suspects searched the house and allegedly took cash, debit bank cards, a lap top computer, a tablet and keys to the homeowner’s red Ford Taurus," states S/Sgt. Scott West, Detachment Commander for the Salmon Arm RCMP. "The residents provided access pin codes to the armed suspects after being threatened."

The victims were tied up when the men left, but they were able to free themselves and called 911 from a neighbour's house.

The Taurus has been recovered, and RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services will examine the vehicle for any signs of evidence.

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5'8" to 6' tall with a slender build, approximately 40 years of age and was seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, a pair of light coloured shorts and a light coloured baseball cap.

The second is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5'8" to 6' tall with a slender build, approximately 40 years of age and was seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, and a pair of blue jeans.

The police encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment at 250-832-6044, or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



Dancing with the Shuswap Stars cancelled for 2020

No dancing this year

Yet another popular event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

This time, it is a fundraising event for the Shuswap Hospice Society that will not be going ahead in November.

On Thursday, officials announced Dancing with the Shuswap Stars has been cancelled for 2020.

"With the uncertainties surrounding public gatherings, and a very high likelihood that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s restrictions on no more than 50 people at a physically distanced event will not change, our organizing committee has made the decision to postpone the event until 2021," said a post on the group's Facebook page.

"This decision was incredibly difficult when we consider that this event is the single biggest source of community fundraising for the Shuswap Hospice Society. It has been even more heart-wrenching because the need for the Shuswap Hospice Society's compassionate end-of-life care and grief and bereavement programs has been heightened by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The process of palliative care and grieving has been seriously altered by the pandemic. In-person visits to hospitals and care homes have been restricted, resulting in situations where people may die in a facility alone.

According to the society, in-home palliative care requests have skyrocketed, "but this comes with additional stresses on families and loved ones. And for the bereaved, the pandemic has turned our usual grieving rituals and comforts upside down, adding to the stress, loneliness and anguish of loss."

Shuswap Hospice Society Staff and volunteers are continuing their work connecting with clients by Zoom video conference and by phone.

They have also been able to reopen the One-on-One Grief and Bereavement program by appointment only. Anyone wanting these services can call the Shuswap Hospice Resource Centre at 250-832-7099.

Donations to the society can still be made online or by phone.



Salmon Arm RCMP release pictures of trailer theft suspects

Suspects, truck on camera

Salmon Arm RCMP have released pictures of pair of suspected trailer thieves.

On Tuesday, police reported a stolen 2016 Jayco tent trailer had come free from a black truck and smashed into a tree.

“The driver of the truck, which had been towing the trailer, failed to remain at the scene and fled the area,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West, adding the truck was described to police as a smaller black pickup truck. The driver of the truck was believed to be a female.

It was determined the trailer was taken from a Shuswap-area storage facility.

Police reviewed video surveillance footage in an effort to determine who may have stolen the trailer.

RCMP have now released images of the two female suspects and vehicle, which is now confirmed to be an older model Toyota pickup.

Anyone with information on the alleged theft is urged to contact their local RCMP.



Elephant statue stolen from Salmon Arm has been located

Pilfered pachyderm found

The mystery of the pilfered pachyderm has been solved.

Police say a grey elephant statue went missing June 6 from a residence in downtown Salmon Arm.

But, on Thursday, RCMP announced the elephant has been returned to its grateful owners.

Staff Sgt. Scott West said the statue was recovered Wednesday evening.

“At the same time, a travel trailer stolen from Alberta was recovered in close proximity to the stolen statue,” said West. “Police continue to investigate to determine if charges can be laid.”



Columbia Shuswap offers workshops on how to identify & consume weeds

Poisonous or delicious?

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is hosting online training sessions for those who are interested in identifying and managing invasive plants, or for people looking to harvest the edible portions of garden weeds.

CSISS is partnering with Okanagan College to feature two online training sessions in June to educate people who are interested in more than just pulling weeds. The workshop will instruct you how to identify the invasive species, and how to properly use their edible properties.

"The goal is to prevent spreading of these species, while harvesting their beneficial properties and learning how to properly manage them," says Robyn Hooper, executive director for CSISS. "There will be recipes to share so you can make your own homemade edible invasive treats."

The first workshop will be taking place online on June 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, you can reserve your sport on the CSISS website.

The second online training session is geared toward industry, forestry, Indigenous Peoples, municipal and regional staff, landscapers, gardeners, stewardship groups and other interested individuals. It will focus on invasive plant identification as well, along with prevention and management practices.

"The ID portion of the course this year will focus on the carrot family species – such as Giant Hogweed, Wild Chervil, Wild Parsnip and others," says Hooper. "Plants in this family range from highly edible to fatally poisonous."

This workshop will be taking place on June 30 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is free to attend. Pre-registration is required, and you can register on the CSISS website.



Evacuation, alerts issued in Shuswap over landslide danger

Landslide alert issued

Landslide risk has prompted the evacuation of five properties in the Shuswap.

Seven other properties in the Gateway Lakeview Resort neighbourhood in Lee Creek were placed under evacuation alert Tuesday.

The affected properties are located on Squilax-Anglemont Road.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District says an unstable slope and possibility of a landslide prompted the notice.

Evacuation orders mean residents must leave the area immediately, while those under an evacuation alert can remain, but must be prepared to leave the area on short notice from emergency officials.

Only two of the five properties under the evacuation order were occupied, and all residents were quickly evacuated without incident.

The evacuation order and alert were put in place following concerns from residents about land sloughing and cracks developing in the area on June 13, following a period of significant rainfall.

A geotechnical engineering firm was retained by the Shuswap Emergency Program, and its recommendations, after an inspection of the area, led to the notice.

The public is asked to keep away from the affected area.

The area continues to be monitored, and the evacuation orders and alert will remain in place until further notice.



Stolen tent trailer comes unhitched near Salmon Arm

Stolen trailer breaks free

Salmon Arm RCMP are on the lookout for a black pickup that lost a stolen tent trailer it was towing.

Staff Sgt. Scott West says police received a complaint on Sunday that a 2016 Jayco tent trailer had come unhitched from a black truck as it travelled on 15th Street SE in Salmon Arm.

The trailer came to a stop after hitting a tree.

“The driver of the truck which had been towing the trailer fled the scene,” said West. “The truck was described as a smaller black pickup truck. It is believed that it may be a Mazda truck. The driver of the truck is believed to be a female.”

Police contacted the owner of the trailer, who said it was supposed to be at a storage facility.

The trailer was towed from the scene.

Police are reviewing security video to determine who may have been responsible for the theft.



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