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Opening date pushed back for Valemont ski resort

The opening date for a new ski resort in Valemount has been pushed back again. According to the Rocky Mountain Goat, resort designer Tommaso Oberti said Valemount Glacier Destinations (VGD) is now aiming for a “soft-open” during the 2018-19 winter season, nearly a year later than initially anticipated. According to the news report even that date is fairly optimistic because it all depends on investors and h ...

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Heading to the circus

Eleven-year-old Kiara Davis is heading to circus school to learn the tricks of the trade thanks to a $1,000 donation from the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion. Located in Montreal, she will spend a week at École nationale de cirque, a professional circus school that offers intensive summer camps for children. “I kind of wanted to try something different, plus I’m bendable,” said Davis, who has been doing gymnas ...

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Museum to unveil Indigenous statue

The Jasper-Yellowhead Historical Society and Museum will officially unveil a new bronze sculpture called Kookum, which is Cree for grandmother, on June 23. Created by Crystal C Mossing, the sculpture is a depiction of an Indigenous woman gathering food and honours the original Aseniwuche Winewak (Rocky Mountain People) residents of Jasper. The event will take place in front of the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum a ...

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Jasper child labour allegations ‘very troubling’

With approximately 400 job vacancies in town and no one to fill them it appears some employers are getting desperate enough to allegedly break the law. During a collaborative action team meeting last week it was brought up children as young as 10 are allegedly working in the community, which, if proven true, would be illegal in Alberta. “It was mentioned that there are kids in Grade 5 working in our communi ...

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Zamboni still a lousy fit

From the moment it arrived in Jasper the municipality’s new Zamboni has caused one problem after another and those problems continue to persist nearly a year after it was first put into operation. Purchased in 2015 to replace its 20-year-old inferior, which was damaged in a fire a year earlier, the new Zamboni has been leaving a ridge of ice in the corners of the hockey rink every time it floods the ice pos ...

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Robson Park selected as festival site for Tour of Alberta

Robson Park will be ground zero for all things cycling when the Tour of Alberta rolls into town on Sept. 1. Adjacent to the Library and Cultural Centre, the site will ensure the downtown core remains open to traffic on one of the busiest weekends of the year – a major concern for business owners the last time the race was held in Jasper in 2015. “We are very proud of the collaborative effort that went into ...

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Oilers rookie camp returns

It might be the dog days of summer, but that only means things are heating up for the Edmonton Oilers. From July 2 to 5, 36 rookies will be in town to showcase their skills to try and earn an invitation to the team’s training camp in September. The team will hit the ice at the Jasper Activity Centre every morning at 9 a.m. with goalies starting a half hour earlier. The players will be split up into two grou ...

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Local guidebook hits new heights

Exploring Jasper National Park’s backcountry just got a little bit easier thanks to a new guide book that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical for those who want to bag a few peaks. If you’re unfamiliar with the term it’s probably because you’re not part of the mountaineering community, which loosely defines “peakbagging” as collecting summits, similar to someone who might collect stamps or hocke ...

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École Desrochers sends off three grads

With the end of June nearly upon us that can only mean one thing – graduation is just around the corner. Next week Caleb Catto, Walter Ostrander and Julian Tuffeau will embark on a new chapter in life as they graduate from École Desrochers on June 28. In an interview a week prior to their graduation, each student said they are looking forward to what the future holds. “I’m scared and unsure about the future ...

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Child labour allegations are shameful

Jasper is a place that prides itself as a progressive, forward thinking community, but allegations this week that some employers may be using child labour for their own narrow self-interest are deplorable and have no place here. Not only is it morally and ethically reprehensible to hire children who are under 12 years of age without parental consent and a permit from the province, if the allegations are pro ...

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