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NDP executive resign

A financial dispute has the federal NDP scrambling for a new executive in North Okanagan Shuswap.

According to a news release later Monday, the riding executive resigned en masse Saturday in a dispute with the party's head office over the transfer of $7,339 to the official agent for the 2015 campaign.

"The funds in question, in normal circumstances, would be tranferred to the riding association to help fund the upcoming 2019 election campaign," the news release stated.

A new executive was to have been elected at a meeting Saturday, however, a motion asked the election be deferred so the membership could stand in solidarity with the outgoing executive.

“It’s terribly sad for me to end my career with the NDP like this, but I can’t continue to support a party that has so little regard for its grassroots. Sometimes, you have to make some noise so that a problem gets noticed," said outgoing president Alice Brown, who ran unsuccessfully in three federal elections.

The outgoing executive say they had spent three years looking for accountability as to how those funds were spent.

The funds were transferred to the official agent of the 2015 campaign to cover election expenses by both the candidate and agent.

“At the end of the day, it’s distressing that the federal NDP made a backroom deal that enriches these individuals at the expense of our local riding association.” said Zev Tiefenbach, outgoing financial agent for the riding association.

“Without transparency from the leadership, it’s difficult to keep the faith in this political party.”



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Threatened to kill his wife

A 78-year-old man has been arrested after threatening his wife with a knife. 

Salmon Arm RCMP say the incident was reported at 6 p.m. Sunday, but the threat happened Saturday. 

A 63-year-old Cranbrook woman was on vacation in the White Lake area with her husband. 

A domestic dispute unfolded, the woman's husband threatening to kill her while holding a knife to her throat if she left the cabin they were staying in.  

"She was able to calm her husband down and was able to call family to arrange to pick her up on June 17," stated RCMP. "After she was able to leave she came directly to the RCMP Detachment to report the incident."

The man was arrested and is in custody awaiting a bail hearing.



Threats lead to arrest

UPDATED: 4:55 p.m.

Salmon Arm police are now investigating after arresting a young man, who is under 18 years old, on Thursday who allegedly made threatening posts on social media.

The RCMP and both the school districts in Kelowna and Salmon Arm worked together to identify the person who made the threats.

The RCMP located the man, who is a student at Salmon Arm Secondary and arrested him this morning as he got off the bus.

No weapons were located when the suspect was taken into custody.

At this time there is no further known threat to student safety in Salmon Arm as a result of the social media threats.

Police remind the public that should you come across information or threats online to contact your local police immediately so it can be assessed and acted upon if necessary.


UPDATED: 3:55 p.m. 

A young man was arrested in Salmon Arm on Thursday after posts made online. 

The Salmon Arm Secondary school student allegedly made posts to his Twitter account graphically describing the ways in which he wants to harm other classmates.

The young man did not reveal any specific names of the students he was allegedly planning to harm.

The high school student did make reference in a Twitter post to the Columbine High School massacre which occurred in 1999 in the United States.

RCMP have not yet released any information on the incident 


ORIGINAL: 3:36 p.m.

One young man has been arrested following threatening posts he made on his Twitter account.

The Sullivan Campus, Salmon Arm Secondary School student remains in custody at this time.

On Thursday morning, the school was informed by Salmon Arm RCMP there were threatening social media posts made by a student.

The police and school staff found the student and the young man was arrested. No weapons were found at the time of his arrest.

The incident is being taken very seriously and the school district safety procedures and protocols are being followed.

"The safety of our students is always our top priority. The school district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students."



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Women who wine

Hoping to build a new network, Kailee Ramsell started "Women Who Wine – but do something about it" in May 2018. 

The networking group aims to reach higher than supporting one another’s businesses, they want to make an impact on their community as well.

Made up of 20 members, the group's mission statement is to "Connect and empower women of various business acumens in our community through meaningful networking events and collectively giving back to our community by organizing quarterly community giving events." 

"These ladies plan to make a difference by holding monthly get-togethers for members with a focus on networking, sharing ideas about business, and finding ways to connect individual networks with other members businesses," stated Ramsell.

The group is hoping to build its membership. The "Women Who Wine - but do something about it" launch party will be held on June 20th at Tanto

Latte, the new wine and cheese café on 10th Avenue SW in Salmon Arm. 

If you would like an invite to the event or would like to learn more about this networking group of ‘women supporting women and our community’, contact Kailee by email at [email protected]



Fatal train collision

UPDATE 2 p.m.

RCMP have provided more information on the man struck and killed by a train near Chase Friday.

While they are not releasing the name, police have said the victim is a 59-year-old man from the Lee Creek area, northeast of Chase.


A man was killed in a collision with a freight train Friday evening near Chase.

Police learned of the tragedy about 4:40 p.m.

The unknown male was walking on the tracks about five kilometres west of the Shuswap community when he was struck by the eastbound train.

RCMP members performed CPR on the man until an air ambulance arrived and paramedics declared the victim deceased.

Chase RCMP and CP Police Service are investigating the incident and are asking for the public's help in identifying the victim, as the man was carrying no identification.

He is described as a Caucasian male, 50-60 yrs of age, with a slim build, short, grey hair, a short moustache, and blue eyes.

He was wearing blue shorts, a yellow T-shirt, black, zip-up fleece jacket, and sandals.

The man was last seen about 2:15 p.m., near the intersection of Shuswap Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway in Chase.

Anyone who may have seen the man or who may know his identity is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.



Salute to the Sockeye

The Adams River Salmon Society and Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will be hosting a two-day symposium on Sockeye salmon.

In conjunction with the Salute to the Sockeye celebrations this fall at the Adams River, The Shuswap Salmon Symposium, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, is a gathering of knowledge keepers around salmon conservation. 

The symposium will involve Indigenous and scientific communities, along with the public and conservation groups.

The agenda will focus on action planning toward the protection, conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their habitat.

“Hosting this symposium with our Indigenous partners is a game changer for The Adams River Salmon Society,” says Don Paterson, President.

"The two-day event will be held at the Quaaout Lodge and will include Indigenous experiences, the Salute to the Sockeye opening ceremony, keynote addresses and action planning sessions."

Presenters include Pacific Salmon Foundation CEO Dr. Brian Riddell, Simon Fraser University salmon researcher Dr. John Reynolds, Thompson Rivers University sustainability researcher Dr. Courtney Mason and Indigenous food security specialist Dawn Morrison. For more information or to book a seat, go to www.salmonsymposium.com.



Stolen truck slips past police

RCMP in Salmon Arm are asking for the public to be on the lookout for a stolen black Ford F150 pick-up truck. 

Police spotted the stolen vehicle yesterday on the Trans Canada Highway near Canoe and attempted to make a stop, but the driver fled. 

Police said the driver of the stolen vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles on the right as it went west on the highway.

"The officer did not pursue the vehicle and additional officers were called in to assist in locating the vehicle," stated Staff Sgt. Scott West. "The response included utilizing the RCMP helicopter which was in the area at the time. The local Highway patrol unit and Sicamous RCMP members also assisted in looking for the vehicle."

Unfortunately, the driver and stolen vehicle were able to slip past police and has not been located.

The vehicle is described as a black, 1998 F150, four-wheel drive. At the time it was last sighted by police the truck did not have licence plates on.

The vehicle had been stolen from the 3000 block of Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road earlier in the day.



Rowdy weekend in Chase

It was a rowdy start to the long weekend for Chase RCMP.

Police were called to two separate incidents involving intoxicated people causing a disturbance.

Cpl. Scott Linklater said on May 18 at 1:45 a.m., police received a report of a man yelling, screaming and throwing loose items in the 700 block of Shuswap Avenue.

“Police attended and located an intoxicated 17 year old male. The youth was placed under arrest and lodged in detachment cells until sober,” said Linklater.

Then less than 24 hours later on May 19 at 12:55 a.m., police received a report of a disturbance at the St. Ives Provincial Park Campground.

Linklater said callers reported an intoxicated man being combative and uttering threats. Police attended and found a 25-year-old Kamloops man who was arrested, lodged in detachment cells until sober and released on a Promise to Appear in Court.



River to crest again

A flood warning will remain in place for the Salmon Valley area as another peak in river flows is expected this week.

The River Forecast Centre says a high-pressure system is producing higher than normal hot weather conditions, resulting in rapid snowpack melt.

The Salmon River is currently flowing at 58 to 59 cubic metres per second, down from a peak reached last week of 77.7 m3/s. The extreme hot weather is anticipated to increase river levels to last week’s peak or higher, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District advises.

The Shuswap Emergency Program advises residents along the river to prepare and protect their property. River levels are likely to rise during the night.

Approach water crossings, such as bridges, carefully as the approach may be undermined, keep away from river banks and move animals to higher ground.

If you require support, including sand and sandbags, contact the Shuswap Emergency Program at 250-832-2424.



Rising Salmon River

Flooding continues to threaten homes and properties throughout the Okanagan.

For Salmon Arm, the River Forecast Centre has issued flood warnings for the Salmon River.

Peter Weisinger sent Castanet drone photos of some of the flooding in Salmon Arm – Salmon River at Hwy 1 and DeMilles.

Temperatures are expected to rise over the weekend and with that comes the increase in the threat of flooding due to extremely heavy snowpacks.



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