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Local artist gets acquainted with ‘perfect strangers’

A few years ago local artist Jason Bartziokas was at a marathon, cheering on his wife, when he noticed one man that would trigger a three-year art project. “This guy was getting ready for his run and he was wearing every running accessory in the world—the cap, the gloves, the water bottle belt—just everything,” Bartziokas said. “I just stood there thinking ‘man, this guy is so intense’. “He was comically in ...

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Jasper artist shares his skills

Local artist Alan Butler grew up in England, home of wizards, the Brothers Grimm and King Arthur and his round table of knights. “When I was kid there was no television or computers. The first time I ever saw a TV, it was a tiny little box with black and white images. Every kid in the neighbourhood gathered around it to watch the coronation of QE2,” Butler said, referring to Queen Elizabeth II. “So all we h ...

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Cariboo Magi to be performed in Jasper

Join the Jasper Theatre Company for an evening of dinner theatre on Jan. 10 and 11. Cariboo Magi follows a troupe of bedraggled actors who head into the wilds of British Columbia to perform a Christmas pageant at the Theatre Royal in Barkerville. Set in the Gold Rush era, Cariboo Magi is an unabashed celebration of the power of theatre to renew our lives and banish our worries. Tickets range from $50-$55, a ...

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JES food chain tradition continues

The cold weather didn’t stop the students of Jasper Elementary from participating in their annual crafty food bank donation, Dec. 16. In years gone past, the students would hand-deliver bags of nonperishable food to the Jasper Food Bank by lining up along the street and passing each bag hand-to-hand, creating a human food chain, eventually getting the bags to the basement of St. Mary and St. George Anglican ...

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JES and École Desrochers celebrate Christmas

Students at Jasper Elementary School (JES) and École Desrochers put down their books to celebrate Christmas before the holidays.  The theme for this year’s show at JES was “Christmas Idol,” loosely based on the television series American Idol.  The students donned their best outfits and impersonated some of their favourite musicians while belting out some classic Christmas tunes, Dec. 14 and 15. At École De ...

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Former Jasperite living in a fantasy world

lives in a land of warrior princesses, sailor scouts and comic book characters. After graduating from Jasper Junior/Senior High School and completing a brief production internship at the Fitzhugh in 2011, the Philippines native packed up and moved to Calgary, enrolling in the Alberta College of Art and Design’s (ACAD) bachelor of design program. Despite spending most of her four-year degree holed up in some ...

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Rockies adventurer bares all in new biography

Canadian adventurer Stan Walchuk Jr. should probably be dead by now. Since he was about 13 years old, Walchuk has spent a whole lot of time trekking through the Canadian Rockies, encountering everything from angry grizzlies and other ferocious beasts to near-drowning accidents and bar fights. “In the mountains you meet a lot of people who are really into rock climbing and whitewater rafting and skiing in pl ...

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The Grinch visits JJSHS

Just in time for the holiday season, the students of Jasper Junior/ Senior High School pulled out all the stops for their production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dec. 11. During the 30-minute performance, the packed gymnasium laughed along as the Grinch and his faithful dog Max elaborately plotted to steal Christmas from the holiday-loving Whos of Who-ville. The play ended with a warm-fuzzy feeling as ...

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Local author gets her rhyming game back

Jasperite Moira McKinnon is at it again. She’ll be releasing her second children’s book on Dec. 10.  Wood Lillies and Silly Billies promises to take children on a journey of exploration through the Canadian Rockies. “One of the things that really encouraged me to do another book was the feedback I had received from the first one,” McKinnon said. “Parents and kids would come up and tell me that they had lear ...

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Seniors host annual cookie walk

The Alpine Summit Seniors Lodge was packed with all sorts of people on Dec. 3 for the annual seniors’ cookie walk. Along with the cookie sale, which offered up a hearty variety of cookies and squares, there was also a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and an ornament sale. Photographer Brian Van Tighem was also on hand, snapping Santa photos for all. This year’s 50/50 prize amounted to $96, but the winner still ...

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