Salmon Arm  

New mayor in Salmon Arm

The City of Salmon Arms has a new mayor. 

Alan Harrison won out over incumbent Nancy Cooper to become the mayor-elect in Salmon Arm.


  • Alan R Harrison    3,387        
  • Nancy J Cooper    1,516        
  • Jim T Kimmerly    758 

Meanwhile, the four incumbents running for council were re-elected. 


  • Tim W Lavery (i)   3,358        
  • Chad R Eliason (i)    3,158        
  • Kevin W Flynn (i)   3,083        
  • Debbie L Cannon   2,827        
  • Louise C Wallace Richmond (i)    2,758        
  • Sylvia J Lindgren  1,856


Electric car option en route

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is helping to spark the purchase of an electric vehicle which will help provide free door-to-door transportation for senior residents of Electoral Area E and Sicamous.

In a partnership with the Eagle Valley Transportation Society, CSRD directors unanimously approved a $25,000 contribution to purchase an electric vehicle for the program. 

The Society has raised matching funds to cover the $50,000 budget for the vehicle purchase.

“Transportation has been identified as a challenge in any study done in the Eagle Valley. I want to thank the efforts of this group to identifying an issue of long-standing in the community and taking steps to address it. This is a very valuable service,” said CSRD Board Chair Rhona Martin.

Sicamous and Electoral Area E have no taxi services and limited transit and private bus options.

The funds for the contribution will be drawn from the Sicamous and Area E Economic Opportunity Fund, as the purpose of the project is to allow seniors to continue to live in their rural communities, where they can continue to contribute economically to the region. 

The program is designed to give seniors continued access to the services they need, rather than see them leave the community for larger centres with increased access to services.

“When seniors age in place, they provide a solid economic benefit to the community and surrounding area by shopping local at the grocery store, pharmacy, using the post office, Interior Health Blood Clinic, hardware store, visiting the Legion and much more,” says Eagle Valley Transportation Society President Malcom Makayev in a letter to the board.

The society’s service is extremely well-used, with drivers logging as much as 3,000 km per month in volunteer trips.

Makayev also noted in his application that the majority of the seniors live in residences supported by the Eagle Valley Seniors Citizens Housing Society, which is one of the largest, year-round employers in the District of Sicamous.

The District of Sicamous has agreed to allow the society to use its vehicle charging station for free.

Firefighter training for teens

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is moving ahead with plans to establish a Regional Junior Firefighter Program.

The program is designed to give youth, ages 15 to 17, an opportunity to learn basic firefighting skills in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Interest in the program could enhance the future recruitment of firefighters in the region.

The CSRD board enthusiastically approved the initiative, citing the benefits of engaging youth in community service and volunteerism, as well as teaching important skills such as first aid and safety training.

"This is an important mentorship opportunity for young people, with the hope to build future capacity for our fire departments as well," notes Karen Cathcart, Electoral Area A Director.

Derek Sutherland, Team Leader, Protective Services, says the program has been offered with success in other jurisdictions and the District of Sicamous currently has a similar program in place. 

CSRD staff have also been in discussions with representatives from area high schools, who will offer up to four-course credits each year to students who participate.

"The fire department benefits from a steady influx of already trained recruits if the junior participants are interested in joining the departments as a regular member once they turn 18," adds Sutherland. "A significant part of the program is to teach the value of community service, which is key for volunteer fire departments."

Junior firefighters will not respond to fire calls but may assist in clean-up activities after an incident. 

The students will also be issued all the appropriate protective equipment and will be closely supervised by experienced firefighters.

"Safety of the students who participate in the program is a top priority and focus in the program," says Sutherland. "Students will participate in a modified training program designed to limit exposure to higher hazard activities."

The cost of the program is estimated at $5,000 each year for participating fire departments. 

This would be allocated as part of the budget process.

As the program begins to roll out, students will be able to obtain information about participating through their local high school.


Sockeye by the thousands

In a scene that has played out for countless centuries, thousands of sockeye salmon are making their way from the Pacific Ocean to spawning grounds deep in the B.C. Interior.

It is a one-way trip for the large red fish as they die either en route to the spawning grounds of soon after spawning.

The Adams River attracts thousands of people during the course of the salmon run which is expected to peak between Sept. 28 and Oct. 21.

The Salute to the Sockeye takes place during the dominant year of the four-year cycle with the parking lot near the spawning grounds taking on a carnival-like atmosphere with vendors and information kiosks set up.

But the real stars of the event are the fish.

People can get within a few metres of the salmon as they make their way upstream, but viewing areas are strictly controlled so as not to disturb the fish or their spawning grounds.

Hundreds of thousands of sockeye are expected to make the 500-kilometre trip from the ocean to the Shuswap area.

Sockeye have played a vital role for First Nations for thousands of years and continue to do so.

60 years of healing

Shuswap Lake General Hospital has been serving the community six decades.

Staff and physicians gathered in the cafeteria of SLGH Tuesday for a celebratory tea and historical photo display to mark the facility’s 60th birthday.

“I offer my congratulations to the health-care teams who have, for generations, provided top-notch quality care at Shuswap Lake General Hospital,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “The hospital has a fascinating history of ground-breaking work and pioneering physicians. Today we celebrate the 60 years of expert medical care provided by SLGH for people throughout the Shuswap and North Okanagan.”

With approximately 600 employees, the hospital plays an important role as a major employer in the region. It is common for families to have multiple generations working at SLGH.

One particularly inspiring family is that of Sarah (Eve) Reid, a critical care nurse. Sarah has worked in a variety of departments at SLGH since 2007, and her sister Casey Gulliford works at SLGH as a Unit Clerk. They proudly walk in the footprints of their grandmother Dr. Eve Gulliford – Salmon Arm’s first female physician and a strong community advocate until her passing in 1997.

“She was a strong, intelligent and passionate woman. She would say she had lived three lifetimes in one,” says Sarah.

Opened in 1958, SLGH is 43-bed hospital located in Salmon Arm. The hospital offers services including surgical and obstetric services, as well as a 24-hour emergency department. It also features an on-site laboratory, medical imaging, mental health and public health services.

Heal from trauma with yoga

A trauma-focused yoga program has finally made its way to Salmon Arm.

The yoga program is for women who are fleeing from violence.

“Violence from an intimate partner is now widely understood as having the potential to cause trauma," said Joanne Baker, executive director of the BC Society of Transition Houses. "The practice of yoga, and in particular trauma-informed yoga, is increasingly being recognized as a valuable practice in supporting the recovery of those who have experienced such violence."

The Reaching Out With Yoga program is part of a five-year province-wide research project looking at how women and children can heal from trauma caused by violence.

Researchers are hoping to show that yoga can reduce anxiety and help survivors gain control over common trauma symptoms such as panic attacks or insomnia.

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the program provides trauma-informed classes in 21 transition houses across the province.

Yoga Outreach is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach classes for Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society.

"This project is a huge step towards our goal of removing the barriers of access to yoga for our most vulnerable community members," said Delanie Dyck, Yoga Outreach's executive director.

To volunteer, qualified yoga teachers must complete the Yoga Outreach Core Training TM, an 18-hour course that empowers instructors to plan trauma-informed classes for individuals facing multiple barriers, including domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, and mental health challenges.

Training takes place in Salmon Arm from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Register online by clicking here.

Car collides with cruiser

A police cruiser was involved in a vehicle crash early Thursday morning in Salmon Arm. 

At around 2  a.m., police received a call from an employee at a local mall that there were suspicious people associated to a black car at the back of the building.

The officer dispatched to the call found the car and three people, however,  one of the individuals got in the car and left the area. 

The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle on 30th St. SW. 

As soon as the vehicle stopped it fled and turned around on 30th St. SW to come back towards the police vehicle.

As a result, there was a minor collision between the black car and the police vehicle. The officer involved was uninjured.

The RCMP investigation is ongoing at this time but investigators believe they have identified the driver.

Charges will be forwarded to Provincial Crown once the investigative steps are complete.

Trans-Canada now open

UPDATE 3 p.m.

DriveBC is reporting Highway 1 is now open in both directions.

ORIGINAL: 2 p.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed in both directions near Sicamous.

A material spill at Cambie-Solsqua Road (7 kilometres east of Sicamous) is being cleared.

A detour is in effect at Oxbow Frontage Road, DriveBC advises.

The highway should reopen by 3 p.m.

Shred it in Salmon Arm

North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers will be shredding documents in Salmon Arm Oct. 13.

People can brin g personal papers, CDs and other materials containing confidential information to Piccadilly Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be shredded on site by Interior Mobile Shredding.

“Watch your documents get destroyed in seconds and feel good that it will be recycled,” said Const. Kelly Brett.

Participants are asked to remove bindings, such as plastic coils and three-ring binders, etc. when possible. Electronics will also be accepted on site for recycling only. tThis does not entail destroying data on devices recycled.

There is a minimum donation of $5 per box, with all proceeds going to the North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers program.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, community-based crime-solving program working in conjunction with police, media and the public to help make your community a safer place to live.

Crime Stoppers operates in more than 20 countries worldwide and is the number one community based crime solving organization.

Trans Canada reopens

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.

Eastbound traffic is again moving along the Trans Canada Highway east of Sicamous.

The highway was closed 14 kilometres east of Sicamous for close to seven hours Monday following a traffic collision.

The road reopened shortly after 4 p.m.

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

DriveBC now estimates eastbound traffic on the Trans Canada Highway near Sicamous should reopen around 3:30 p.m.

The section of highway about 14 kilometres east of Sicamous has been closed since just after 9 a.m. due to a traffic collision.

A detour remains in place using nearby business frontage roads.

UPDATE 12 p.m.

DriveBC reports the highway should be reopened by 3 p.m. A detour remains in place using nearby business frontage roads. 

UPDATE 10:45 a.m.

The highway remains closed to eastbound traffic, reports DriveBC. No estimated time of reopening. The next update is due at noon.

ORIGINAL 9:20 a.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed eastbound 14 kilometres east of Sicamous due to a motor vehicle incident.

DriveBC reports the closure is between Yard Creek Provincial Park and the Sicamous KOA.

A detour is available via Oxbox Frontage and Clifford Frontage Roads, which run parallel to the highway.

There is no estimated time of reopening. Next update is due at 10 a.m.

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