Lachlan Labere

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Kristen Josey found helped deliver Nelson, a five-month-old border collie, to a veterinarian in Salmon Arm after the dog had fallen from the back of a truck and injured itself. The BC SPCA said it is investigating the incident and charges may be recommended. (Kristen Josey photo)

Puppy loses leg after fall from moving vehicle in Shuswap, BC SPCA investigates

Shuswap branch of BC SPCA appeals to the public for help with medical costs

Kristen Josey found helped deliver Nelson, a five-month-old border collie, to a veterinarian in Salmon Arm after the dog had fallen from the back of a truck and injured itself. The BC SPCA said it is investigating the incident and charges may be recommended. (Kristen Josey photo)
A Salmon Arm pharmacist agreed to a $25,000 and a one-year suspension following an investigation by a College of Pharmacists of B.C. Inquiry Committee. The committee considered allegations that a former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist had colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)

Salmon Arm pharmacist fined, suspended for involvement in drug sales scheme

Pharmacy owner agrees to $25,000 fine, complete ethics course for health-care professionals

A Salmon Arm pharmacist agreed to a $25,000 and a one-year suspension following an investigation by a College of Pharmacists of B.C. Inquiry Committee. The committee considered allegations that a former Shuswap Lake General Hospital pharmacist had colluded with a local pharmacy owner in the sale of misappropriated medications. (File photo)
Bystanders were shocked by a man screaming profanities at the staff of the Chinese Garden Restaurant in Blind Bay on Aug. 7, 2020. (Amanda Toms/Facebook)

Bad behaviour at B.C. restaurants ignites campaign calling for respect

“If you can’t follow the rules, then stay home,” says BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

Bystanders were shocked by a man screaming profanities at the staff of the Chinese Garden Restaurant in Blind Bay on Aug. 7, 2020. (Amanda Toms/Facebook)
A still from Golden resident Chad Willox’s dashcam footage shows a westbound semi and trailer colliding with a pickup truck before his own vehicle hit the trailer during a six-vehicle collision on Highway 1 west of Sicamous on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Chad Willox-Facebook image)

‘Blessed to be alive’: Dashcam video captures Highway 1 collision with semi near Shuswap

Golden resident shares harrowing footage from July 15 incident

A still from Golden resident Chad Willox’s dashcam footage shows a westbound semi and trailer colliding with a pickup truck before his own vehicle hit the trailer during a six-vehicle collision on Highway 1 west of Sicamous on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Chad Willox-Facebook image)
Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)

Orphaned B.C. bear cub named after Snowbirds Capt. Jenn Casey

Neighbours assist in capture of Tappen Triplets now in care of Northern Lights Wildlife Society

Orphaned cub Casey rejoined siblings Dylan and Sumac in the care of the Northern Lights Wildlife Society following his recent rescue in the Shuswap. (Contributed)
Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple
Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers

Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers

Silver Creek man worries visits will put local efforts to flatten the curve at risk

Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers
Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors

Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors

Chase’s Payton Koch’s exchange with Minnesota Wild’s Kevin Fiala caught on camera

Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors
McGuire Lake Congregate Living operator Dan Shields explains to residents what led to a courtesy notice being posted on the doors of the facility on the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, stating utilities would be disconnected and the building sealed as of Oct. 1. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Seniors at B.C. assisted living facility shocked by Oct. 1 eviction notice

Building owners terminate lease for McGuire Lake Congregate Living in Salmon Arm

McGuire Lake Congregate Living operator Dan Shields explains to residents what led to a courtesy notice being posted on the doors of the facility on the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, stating utilities would be disconnected and the building sealed as of Oct. 1. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmar Theatres has cancelled a July showing of the anti-abortion movie Unplanned after staff at the theatre received personal threats via social media. (File photo)

Anti-abortion film screening cancelled after B.C. theatre receives threats

Shuswap Pro-Life Society supports decision, will pursue private screening of movie Unplanned

Salmar Theatres has cancelled a July showing of the anti-abortion movie Unplanned after staff at the theatre received personal threats via social media. (File photo)
A Salmon Arm parent is upset with Salmar Grand moviegoers who took their frustrations over technical issues out on her daughter, a 15-year-old employee at the theatre. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. mom upset after angry movie mob yells at 15-year-old daughter

Salmon Arm theatre manager apologizes for technical problems, is shocked by moviegoers’ behaviour

A Salmon Arm parent is upset with Salmar Grand moviegoers who took their frustrations over technical issues out on her daughter, a 15-year-old employee at the theatre. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Case of man charged in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting adjourned until May

Case of man charged in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting adjourned until May

Matrix Savage Gathergood charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault

Case of man charged in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting adjourned until May
Man charged in fatal Shuswap church shooting to appear in court

Man charged in fatal Shuswap church shooting to appear in court

Matrix Savage Gathergood charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault

Man charged in fatal Shuswap church shooting to appear in court
Police arrest B.C. man linked to Edmonton armed robbery, explosion

Police arrest B.C. man linked to Edmonton armed robbery, explosion

RCMP assist investigation with search of rural Shuswap property

Police arrest B.C. man linked to Edmonton armed robbery, explosion
A petition is asking the province to extend lunch eating time at B.C. elementary schools to 35 minutes, giving kids more time to eat and instilling healthier eating habits in the process. (Flickr photo)

“Hangry” kids prompts petition for longer lunch time at B.C. elementary schools

Parent concerned school lunches are coming home uneaten and kids hungry and tired

A petition is asking the province to extend lunch eating time at B.C. elementary schools to 35 minutes, giving kids more time to eat and instilling healthier eating habits in the process. (Flickr photo)
City of Salmon Arm staff have been directed by council to draft a bylaw to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. (File photo)

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

City of Salmon Arm staff have been directed by council to draft a bylaw to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. (File photo)
The BC Conservation Officer Service is looking for information relating to the carcasses of two bears and a deer that were dumped in a publicly used area of Skimikin. (Brad Rennie/Facebook)

Animal remains found illegally dumped in B.C.

Carcasses of two bears and a deer discarded in Shuswap area well used by public

The BC Conservation Officer Service is looking for information relating to the carcasses of two bears and a deer that were dumped in a publicly used area of Skimikin. (Brad Rennie/Facebook)
Salmon Arm RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who attacked a security guard while attempting to steal fuel on the morning of Friday, Nov. 2. (File photo)

Security guard attacked with bear spray, Taser in attempted fuel theft

Salmon Arm RCMP seek suspect with dark-coloured pickup truck, tidy tank in back

Salmon Arm RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who attacked a security guard while attempting to steal fuel on the morning of Friday, Nov. 2. (File photo)