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Trans-Canada now open after crash between Sicamous and Salmon Arm

Hwy 1 now clear

UPDATE: 1:41 p.m.

DriveBC is reporting Highway 1 is now open after a crash occurred between Sicamous and Salmon Arm.

UPDATE: 12:10 p.m.

Highway 1 is reduced to single-lane, alternating traffic at the scene of a crash between Sicamous and Salmon Arm.

ORIGINAL: 11:45 a.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed eastbound between Sicamous and Salmon Arm, due to a crash.

DriveBC reports the incident is between Canoe Beach Drive and Bernie Road.

A scene assessment in progress.

Watch for traffic control. 

VIDEO: Waterspout passes over houseboat on Shuswap Lake

Houseboat hit by waterspout

A family had some scary moments recently when a waterspout passed over the houseboat they were vacationing on.

Last month YouTuber Kristan Enciso, along with friends and family, were enjoying a few days on a houseboat on Shuswap Lake when the weather took an unexpected turn.

In his video Enciso captures the rainy weather a lot of the area experienced in late June, but as he's recording it begins to change. In the distance you can see spray being whipped up by a waterspout, and it quickly comes towards the vacationing group.

In the video you can hear the group shouting as it approaches.

WARNING: Parts of the video after the waterspout are not appropriate for all audiences.

"Guys, guys, get down," says one person as the swirling, airborne water approaches.

In just a couple moments the water goes from a little choppy to whitecaps as the wind catches the surface.

"Thanks god. We're all safe," Enciso writes in the video. "It lasted only 30 minutes and It's calm again [sic]."

The video continues on to show the group partying for the last couple days on the lake.

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Slide impacts approximately 500 people in Seymour Arm

Slide takes out water supply

There were no injuries, but a landslide in the Bass Creek area of Seymour Arm Thursday July 2, damaged a water system and the 1200 Forest Service Road.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District officials said the debris flow wiped out the water diversion structure on Bass Creek that supplies water to 205 connections on the system, affecting approximately 500 people in Seymour Arm.

The recent rainfall contributed to the slide, which caused water and debris to damage an existing channel and carve a new path.

It also resulted in damage to the 1200 Forest Service Road, which is used and maintained by Canoe Forest Products.

The public is asked to stay away from the area as there is still water flowing and the ground may be unstable.

The Shuswap Emergency Program is working with Emergency Management BC on a safety assessment of the channel before work can begin on re-establishing the water system.

Interior Health is communicating with owners of the private water system to determine an interim plan to ensure a safe supply of water to those affected by the damage.

Canoe Forest Products is working to repair the road.

Salmon Arm RCMP on lookout for stolen boat and trailer

Have you seen stolen boat?

Salmon Arm RCMP are on the lookout for a stolen boat and trailer.

On June 29 shortly before 6:30 a.m., police received a report of a theft of a boat from a property along 15th Street SE.

Taken was a green 13-foot, 2019 Lowe, model 1448M, aluminum boat, with a 2018 Mercury 20MH EFI motor on a grey 2017 Highlander boat trailer with BC licence plate WDL96S.

Anyone spotting the stolen boat are asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police advise people not to try to recover the boat, trailer or motor, but to call 911 immediately.

Suspects in Salmon Arm robbery caught in Princeton

Violent suspects caught

Police have arrested two suspects in a violent Salmon Arm robbery.

Princeton RCMP apprehended two men, one from Kelowna and the other from Nanaimo, in connection to a violent residential break, enter and robbery June 29 in the Shuswap city.

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.

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

On July 2, shortly after 2 p.m., Princeton RCMP responded to a suspicious person report from a Blackmine Road resident who had a strange encounter with a man he believed was casing the area.

The complainant followed the suspicious male, who met up with a second man.

When police arrived, a group of local residents had the two men surrounded.

As a result of the ongoing investigation by Salmon Arm RCMP, both men have been identified as suspects in the violent break, enter and robbery in Salmon Arm.

The unidentified men were taken into police custody without incident.

“Front line officers performed checks of nearby homes along Blackmine Road and located a residence that showed signs of forced entry and believed it to be the scene of a break and enter,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The 46-year-old Nanaimo man, and 44-year-old Kelowna man were held in police custody and face a number of potential criminal charges pending the conclusion of investigations in both Salmon Arm and Princeton.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911 or the Salmon Arm RCMP General Investigation Section at 250-832-6044.

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.

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