Jim Cooperman

The gold rush at Cherry Creek

No discussion of mining in the Shuswap would be complete without a review of the early Cherry Creek gold rush

The fascinating Sinmax Creek Valley

This small, narrow ranching valley is often overlooked as being part of the Shuswap.

Shuswap’s internationally renowned Chief George Manuel

It has been said that Chief George Manuel was destined to greatness.

Restoring a sense of place

School principal, Robert Matthew, believes strongly that “the only thing that makes us special is our language and our land.”

Shuswap town was once a French enclave

Although the Lumby area is most often considered to be part of the North Okanagan, it is actually in the Shuswap watershed

School woodlot program a success

There are just two high schools in British Columbia that manage their own woodlot and one of them is in the Shuswap

When autumn smoke gets in your eyes

There was little time to revel in the sudden appearance of sunshine in October after over a week of low dense fog

A moose tale like no other

There is nothing like catching sight of a massive moose to evoke a sense of fascination and awe

What happened to dancing?

Despite the enormous increase in opportunities to hear live music in the Shuswap, there has been an unfortunate decline in community dances

What happened to simply swimming?

The Shuswap’s defining features are its lakes and rivers with warm water that is ideal for swimming.

Kids and camp go together

Some of my favourite childhood memories stem from the three summers I spent at camp in Northern Minnesota

Railway critical to early Shuswap settlement

If and when the Shuswap is fortunate to have a rails-to-trail, it will be one of the last regions in southern B.C. to have this feature

Settlement linked to forestry

The success of settlement in the Shuswap was due in large part to the contributions to the economy by the forest industry

Early settlers deemed squatters

When the first settlers began to arrive en masse after the railway was built, they faced enormous legal as well as physical challenges

How the Shuswap was settled

Prior to 1896, there were few permanent settlers in the Shuswap.

The second frontier boomtown

Shuswap’s first town of Seymour City (Ogdenville) that was built and mostly abandoned in just one year, 1866, is fairly well known

More creative economic ideas

The multiple economic benefits that could be achieved by paying better attention to changing demographics was the focus of the last column

An economic plan for the city

There is no doubt that a great deal of effort went into producing the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society’s five-year plan

Queest powder delights

It was clear that the word is out about the advantages of ski-touring in the Queest Mountain area.

Christmas a community affair

It can be enlightening to reflect upon the way Shuswap’s early settlers celebrated Christmas.