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Stars poised to come out for Dark Sky Festival

There’s a lot to take in during this year’s Dark Sky Festival running from Oct. 14 to 23. | J.Bartlett photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Love space? Of course you do. After all, you live in one of the most star-friendly places in the Milky Way Galaxy: the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve. For that and for so many other reasons, the Jasper Dark Sky Festival reigns supreme ...

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Hinton hosts first-ever Energy Festival

Terry Emslie, community awareness ambassador with the Edmonton Area Pipeline and Utility Operators Committee, regaled Cecile Wasson with utility safety stories during the first-ever Hinton Energy Fest. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The Performing Arts Theatre was abuzz with industry exhibitors and attendees during the first-ever Hinton Energy Festiv ...

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Photos: Culture Days returns to Jasper

Jasper's own The Project kicked off the Alberta Culture Days festivities on Sept. 24. | J.Stockfish photos Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Under sunny skies on Sept. 24, residents and visitors gathered together at Robson Park for a celebration of Alberta Culture Days. The event was co-hosted by l’ Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA), the Jasper Artists Guild (JAG), the Jasper Muni ...

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Hinton getting geothermal energy project with integrated vertical farm

Novus Earth Energy’s Latitude 53 project in Hinton is part vertical farming and aquaculture facility and part geothermal well that anticipates extracting 3.1 megawatts of electricity and 20 to 30 megawatts of thermal energy annually. | Supplied image Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca What started as one Calgary company’s effort to extract a renewable energy source has ...

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Business owner frustrated over perceived lack of communication during power outage

A generator gives power to a Jasper business on Sept. 8 during the power outage caused by the Chetamon wildfire. | P.Shokeir photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Council’s committee of the whole heard from a business owner regarding her perceived lack of communication from the municipality during the recent power outage. Lynn Wannop, owner of Coco’s Cafe, who had previously sent a letter to the m ...

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Wildfire being allowed to spread on western flank for ecological benefits

Regeneration at Vine Creek on Sept. 15. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Now that the Chetamon wildfire is under control, Parks Canada is planning to let the fire run its natural course along the western flank of its perimeter. “We've met our safety objectives and our critical infrastructure objectives on the other flanks and areas,” said Brad Rom ...

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Photos: Duck Race returns in 30th annual event

Under sunny skies, volunteers in canoes and kayaks prepare to follow the ducks down the Miette River. | J.Stockfish photos Volunteers drop the ducks into the Miette River to begin the 30th annual Duck Race on Sept. 25. This fundraiser supports both the Jasper-Yellowhead Historical Society and the Right to Read Society of Jasper. Onlookers patiently await the arrival of the slow-moving ducks near the finish ...

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Energy Management Assessment Report brought to council

Faraz Khan is the municipal energy manager for both Jasper and Hinton. | File photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The municipal energy manager offered his assessment of the energy usage at Municipality of Jasper facilities during the council meeting held on Sept. 13. “We're trying to build an energy management plan, and we're trying to follow principles of strategi ...

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Notley talks inflation, UCP leadership race

NDP Leader Rachel Notley at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on Sept. 21. She was visiting Jasper to address the Building Trades of Alberta convention. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca NDP Leader Rachel Notley visited Jasper last week to address the Building Trades of Alberta convention at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Building Trades of Alberta co-ordinates and promotes the interests of ...

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UCP leadership hopeful hosts town hall in Hinton

Travis Toews is a contender in the Alberta UCP leadership race. | Supplied photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UCP leadership candidate Travis Toews stopped by the Hinton Royal Canadian Legion on Sept. 20 to hear the concerns of residents, which ranged from inflation to health care. Serving as finance minister under Premier Jason Kenney, Toews is now hoping to lead the United Conservative Party into th ...

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