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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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Riding the rails with Santa

It was like a scene right out of The Polar Express as hundreds of children lined up outside Jasper’s train station for a chance to ride the rails with Old St. Nicholas, Nov. 29. Once the train rolled out of the station, the eager passengers glued themselves to the large picture windows, waving goodbye to the townsite while singing classic holiday tunes. As the train approached the British Columbia border, S ...

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Movie of the Month: Denial

Coincidence or not, the Jasper Film Club’s final movie of the year, Denial, is a non-fiction, courtroom drama that is sure to stir up debate, especially in Jasper. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film recounts university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt’s real life legal battle against historian David Irving, who accused her of libel after she declared him a Hol ...

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How tall can you go? Sustainability club hosts tree growing contest

The Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth is hoping locals, young and old, will duke it out for its second annual tree-growing contest. The club is inviting people to come to Jasper Junior/Senior High School’s (JJSHS) foyer on Dec. 2 between 12-3 p.m. to purchase their very own tree seedling for $10. Once the tiny tree has been acquired, it’s up to the buyer to care for it during the long winter months. Then ...

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Get active with the December Project

As the days get shorter and the mercury dips, curling up in front of the TV, watching movies and gorging on comfort food starts to become more and more appealing, but Jasperite Joe Urie is once again asking locals to spend the month of December getting active while raising funds for charity. Urie started the December Project three years ago to encourage locals to get off the couch for at least 30 minutes a ...

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