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Alberta pours $500,000 into Jasper pool, rink

Craig Gilbert | publisher@fitzhugh.ca Alberta's culture minister was on hand as West Yellowhead MLA Eric Rosendahl dropped off two cheques at the Jasper Activity Centre Friday afternoon worth a combined $496,095. The total represents one-third of two major projects at the complex, the replacement of the water slide and the curling rink's slab and brine lines. "It's talking about making sure people have acce ...

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Parkway closed from 4-6 p.m. TODAY

Parks Canada Visitor Safety technicians will be conducting avalanche control on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) between Parker Ridge summer trail and Saskatchewan River Crossing between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The highway will be closed during this time. ...

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Jasper ‘far short’ on some fire fighting equipment: chief

Craig Gilbert | publisher@fitzhugh.ca Jasper’s fire chief on Tuesday warned politicians the town is under equipped as the 2018 fire season approaches. Greg Van Tighem, also the town’s protective services coordinator, was before council on April 17 with a request for $150,000 to buy a second wildland-urban interface Structural Protection Unit trailer, which would be loaded with a made-for-Jasper mix of sprin ...

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Hinton police seek rural B and E suspects

Hinton RCMP appealed to the public after a pair of rural break-ins. Both break-ins took place at locations off Highway 40N on April 16 and involved a flatscreen TV disappearing in each case. Thieves also made off with a blu-ray player and a 9,000W generator. The first complaint came from Blue Lake Camp. Later in the day,  Mounties were alerted to another theft at Gregg Lake Camp. RCMP are asking the public ...

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Gravity Gear jacked for pricey jackets: Jasper RCMP

Jasper police hope the public can help them find a theft suspect after some heavy happenings at Gravity Gear. Three expensive jackets were stolen on April 14, according to Const. Patrick Vallee. He provided two images of a male suspect from security cameras at the Patricia Street store.   "Police are asking anyone who is able to identify the suspect or may have information regarding this occurrence to ...

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Emma Cook in Jasper April 17 behind fourth album

The Toronto-based singer-songwriter released her fourth album, the first since a 2013 head injury sidelined her, in February. Now she is on her first tour, a three-week ramble that will take her to The Stand Easy at the Jasper Legion on April 17. She spoke with the Fitzhugh last week. Emma Cook: I’m touring with a pared-down band, drums and keyboards. We’re going to try to represent the album as best we can ...

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Jasper councillors seek suggestions for No Name Park

by Craig Gilbert | publisher@fitzhugh.ca Let’s hear it one more time for No Name Park. Members of Jasper council are open to suggestion for the next little while as they prepare to bring the exchange lands renaming process to a close. They had a look at a new longer shortlist of names at a committee meeting on April 10. A town administrator confirmed on Tuesday that though referred to more commonly as the e ...

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Record run swells Jasper townsite

by Craig Gilbert | publisher@fitzhugh.ca Mountains come in all shapes and sizes. For Deanna Trzeciakowski, 28, the Jasper Canadian Rockies Half-Marathon on April 7 was another 21-kilometre challenge she proved to herself she could pass. After a 10-year battle, she was finally diagnosed with epilepsy on her 27th birthday. “Being ready for a marathon is like overcoming a challenge, like overcoming my disease ...

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Man arrested in Jasper after locking self in car

Jasper RCMP had to go in through the window after a man clammed up on Connaught Drive Tuesday. Pulled over for speeding on the main drag at about 7 p.m., Charles Simpson of Fort Saskatchewan refused to give his name, which is enough for an obstruction charge. He was informed he was under arrest but locked himself in his vehicle. "Police were forced to break a window on the vehicle in order to remove the dri ...

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Smoke, trail closures on Pyramid bench

FireSmart work to improve community wildfire protection around the Municipality of Jasper continues. In addition to the work completed by the Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada crews are now manually removing forest regrowth and mountain pine beetle affected trees in previously treated FireSmart areas along the community fireguard. To see a map of the project area, visit our website at pc.gc.ca/jasperfire ...

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