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Hwy near Tappen reopens

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.

The Trans Canada Highway between Tappen and Salmon Arm is completely open to eastbound and westbound traffic.

The highway was closed earlier this afternoon for a crash near Tappen.

About 5:30, a second crash further east compounded traffic issues.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.

The BC Ambulance Service says a second motor vehicle crash in the vicinity of an incident near Tappen has sent multiple people to hospital.

Officials say five people were injured in the second incident, about three-and-a-half kilometres east of the first crash.

Four people are said to be in stable condition which a fifth, who was airlifted from the scene, is in serious condition.

No other details are available.

That portion of the road is also open to single-lane alternating traffic.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

Highway 1 west of Tappen is now partially opened to single-lane alternating traffic.

UPDATE: 5:04 p.m.

Drive BC estimates that the highway will reopen at around 6 p.m.

We will update the story when it is opened.

ORIGINAL: 4:04 p.m.

Drive BC reports that Highway 1 is closed in both directions at James Road, just west of Tappen.

There is no direct detour available around the crash at this time, they said.

The next scheduled update on the closure is 5 p.m.

We will provide updates as details are confirmed.

Fire start near Salmon Arm

BC Wildfire is reporting a fire start on Sunday southwest of Salmon Arm.

The fire is the minimum .01 Ha in size, and the cause is not yet known.

The location is described as Fly Hill.

We'll have more on this fire should conditions change.

Step back in time

The R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is inviting people to step back in time this weekend.

The museum is celebrating Pioneer Day with a community party July 14.

Located at 751 Highway 97B, people are being invited to learn about what life was like in the Shuswap in 1907.

The day will feature interactive exhibits with some of Salmon Arm's historical characters like the blacksmith in the Newnes Blacksmith Shop, Mrs. McGuire at the General Store and Cyril Thomson at the Lester and Thomson Garage.

See demonstrations and hear stories from the Shuswap Pioneer Collectors Club, the Shuswap Spinners & Weavers, Jack Stead with his gun collection and more.

Join the first schoolmarm, Miss Halpenny in the Broadview School. Slate board and stylus in hand, you will experience what it was like to attend a one-room school 100 years ago.

There will also be old-fashioned races and games like tug a war, walking on stilts, sack races and carnival midway games, face painting and wagon rides.

Visit Chelsea’s Petting Zoo, and come dressed in your favourite vintage garb and enter the “Best Dressed” contest.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m.

For more information click here or call 250-832-5243.


Panhandlers face fines

Salmon Arm has passed a bylaw that will fine people $50 for panhandling.

But the city says the fines aren't the intended "primary method of achieving compliance." Instead, it will focus on education, CTV News reports.

"Council was very clear that the intention was not to fine, the intention was to look for resolutions and set clear expectations of what is permitted in the bylaw," says Coun. Louise Wallace Raymond.

"I have zero expectation it will ever be issued."

Mayor Alan Harrison compared the fines to those for breaking water restrictions or having a messy property.

"How many actual tickets have we written for watering rules being broken or unsightly premises or pesticides?" he said.

The fine comes one month after Penticton passed a bylaw that comes with $100 fines for sleeping on the sidewalk.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Threats cancel abortion film

Salmon Arm's Salmar Theatre has cancelled showings of a controversial anti-abortion movie after allegedly receiving threats against staff.

The film "Unplanned" was due to be shown for five days before the cancellation. The threats were allegedly directed at the theatre's manager, CTV News reports.

The film is based on the memoirs of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who went on to become an anti-abortion activist.

Salmon Arm RCMP say the alleged threats have not been reported to the detachment, however.

Meanwhile, the film is so far going ahead at the Landmark theatre in West Kelowna on July 17.

The film sold out in just hours when tickets went on sale Sunday.

“The level of interest this movie has generated across the United States and now Canada is amazing," event organizer Marlon Bertram said in a press release. “Abortion proponents are doing all they can to prevent this film from being seen. They have started boycotts, launched petitions, used intimidation tactics, even issued death threats against theatre owners.

"The movie is so powerful it has the potential to change countless hearts and minds on the issue of abortion."
The society is considering a second showing in either Kelowna or West Kelowna.

Additional showings are also planned in Chilliwack and at Cineplex locations in 14 cities across Canada.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Three crashes over weekend

Salmon Arm responders were busy over the weekend attending motor vehicle crashes.

The most serious incident involved a head-on crash between a motorcycle and a truck on Saturday. 

"Police and ambulance responded to a two-vehicle collision in the 6000 block of Park Hill Road in Salmon Arm. At the scene it was determined that a motorcycle had crossed the centre line in the curve and hit a Ford truck head on," said Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm detachment.

"Thankfully the rider of the motorcycle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the truck was relatively unharmed."

Also on Saturday, RCMP attended the scene of a property damage hit and run on 40th Street NE.

"A pick-up truck failed to negotiate an intersection at that location, crashed through a cement barricade and then hit a residence at that location," said West. "The vehicle then reversed in the yard hitting other property and fled the area."

Police are following up the investigation into this matter based on evidence located at the scene, West added. The occupants of the house were unharmed as a result of the crash.

On Friday, police responded to a single-vehicle crash on 10th Avenue SE at 6th Street SE at around 7:30 p.m.

"A vehicle left the road at that location and did not impact another vehicle. The driver and passenger were unharmed and left with family from the scene," West said.

100 low-income units

More affordable housing is coming to Salmon Arm.

Construction is underway on 67 affordable rental homes that will be built in two, four-storey buildings at 540 3rd St. South West.

The affordable homes will be a mix of one- to four-bedroom units for families, seniors and people with disabilities.

In a third adjacent building, 38 new supportive homes will be built for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Each unit is a self-contained studio home that includes a bathroom and kitchenette. A communal kitchen, dining area and laundry facilities will also be provided on-site.

"For too long, people have struggled to find safe, affordable housing," said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We are proud to be working with local partners to build the housing people need, so they can stay in the community they call home."

Supportive housing applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports in place including meal programs, life and employment skills training and access to health and wellness support services.

All residents will sign a program agreement and will pay rent.

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Shuswap-Revelstoke will operate the entire site.

"We are pleased to be working in collaboration with our partners to provide affordable housing solutions in our community," said Dawn Dunlop, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap-Revelstoke.

Construction is expected to be complete by winter 2020.

Parking lot gold jewelry fake

This might come as a shock to some, but "gold jewelry" purchased from a random parking lot may not actually contain real gold.

At least two people reported to Salmon Arm RCMP that they were taken by a "gold jewelry" salesperson at an area parking lot.

"Both individuals have now found out that they purchased 'fake gold' jewelry and are out hundreds of dollars," said Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm detachment.

"Buying jewelry in a parking lot from people who are not known to you is not a good idea. If it seems 'to be too good to be true' or just a great deal in a parking lot it is probably a scam of one kind or another."

If anyone is approached in a parking lot to buy jewelry, politely decline the offer and call 911 so that we can locate these individuals and investigate, West said.

Trailer flips on Trans-Canada

A travel trailer being pulled by a pickup has flipped on its side on the Trans-Canada Highway, east of Chase.

Traffic is reportedly stop and go as only a single lane is open at the crash scene.

Vehicles are apparently backed up all the way into Chase.

Slide closes Shuswap road

Rainy weather has delayed work at a landslide in Seymour Arm that initially closed the road on Sunday.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has been informed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development that, due to continued rainy weather, engineers have advised repairs to the road can not begin until the risk of more debris coming down the slide path has been reduced, the CSRD said in a release.

Shuswap road still closed

This is for the safety of workers at the site, the CSRD said. 

At this point, there is no estimate on how long the road may be closed, however, work will take place as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

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