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‘Sacred Fire’ unveiled for mural festival

Kalum Teke Dan poses in front of his piece, “Sacred Fire,” at an unveiling party hosted by the Uplift! Jasper Mural Festival at Jasper Pizza Place on Apr. 29. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Kalum Teke Dan unveiled his mural “Sacred Fire” to sponsors and supporters gathered on the rooftop patio of Jasper Pizza Place on April 29. Local knowledge keeper Matricia Bauer opened the ...

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Prescribed fire temporarily closes highway

The smoky aftermath of a prescribed fire near the Jasper airfield on May 4. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Smoke from the prescribed fire reduced visibility and closed a section of Highway 16 for several hours north of Jasper on May 3. The highway was temporarily closed in both directions at about 1:15 p.m. with the road opening to single-lane alternating escorted traffic as conditions ...

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Council approves speed limit reduction to 30 km/h

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The speed limit will drop from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town after council gave third and final reading to the traffic safety bylaw during its May 3 meeting. With the passing of the bylaw, all roads in town, with the exception of the north and south entrances on Connaught Drive, will be reduced to 30km/h once the new speed limit signs are erected. In a previous ...

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Utility rates rise for some users under new model

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Some users may have seen their water/sewer bill go up following the council’s approval of a new utility rate model earlier this year. CAO Bill Given explained the municipality expected the bill to go up by $50 per month—or $100 per two-month billing cycle—for the average residential consumer. “That was a pretty clear and explicit choice through the entire process,” Given s ...

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Jasper RCMP shares bicycle safety reminder

With the warmer months fast approaching, we are excited to welcome visitors from both near and far to Alberta’s national parks. However, with an expected increase in traffic, road safety will be critical for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists alike. Jasper RCMP would like to remind the public of basic bicycle safety ahead of the upcoming tourist season.  Children under the age of 18-years-old are req ...

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Municipality gets new logo and website

Jasper Municipal Council unveils the new flag for the Municipality of Jasper on April 27. From the left: Councillors Ralph Melnyk, Kathleen Waxer, Mayor Richard Ireland, Scott Wilson and Wendy Hall. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Municipality of Jasper is rebranding to give itself an updated visual identity, which includes a new logo, updated brand colours and a new website. Counci ...

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Charity run through Rockies to raise money for ill children

Matt Devine will run 300 kilometres through the Rockies in late June to raise funds for the Rainbow Society of Alberta. | Supplied photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca An endurance athlete will be running in the inaugural 7 in 7 Ultra Endurance Charity Run in June to raise money for children fighting illness. The 300-kilometre run will begin in Jasper on June 21 at the Jasper Information Centre and end ...

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Guide dog handler reminds public of right to access

Jashandra (Jay) Naidoo with his guide dog Elsa at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge on April 10. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca A guide dog handler is reminding Jasperites about how service dog teams have the legal right to access any location where the public is allowed. Jashandra (Jay) Naidoo, who is blind and works as a registered massage therapist, had two recent incidents where he was de ...

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Volunteers step up to help Ukrainian refugees

Former councillor Bert Journault (far right), who recently moved to Edmonton, meets Maria and her son Yuri, Ukrainian refugees who are destined for Jasper. | Supplied photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca It’s the ultimate form of volunteering. Jasperites have been stepping up to help out those fleeing the war in Ukraine. Using social media, Jasper resident Nancy Addison is connecting Ukrainian refugees ...

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Marmot Basin season ending next week

Sam Fitzgerald skis at Marmot Basin. | B.Payette/Marmot Basin photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Marmot Basin is remaining open to skiers and snowboarders until May 1 and will host events this weekend to wrap up a successful season. Brian Rode, vice-president of Marmot Basin, said attendance for the 2021/22 season was about the same as 2020/21. “Last year was a very strong year as well, so ticket sale ...

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