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Four muralists decorating town in inaugural festival

Artist Five Eight works on his piece on the Bear’s Paw Bakery alley wall. | J.Stockfish photos Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The first annual UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival launched as four muralists converged on the town to prove that walls are for more than just structural integrity. Each artist is bringing a unique vision to a blank canvas in Jasper’s downtown, and over the next few days, pass ...

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JPL alumni reunion celebrating 100th anniversary of staff working at resort

The legendary "Royal Retreat" cabin at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) Staff Alumni Association will be holding a reunion for all former staff to celebrate the 100th anniversary of staff working at the resort. This will be held on May 6-8, and since this is not a private event, friends of alumni may also attend. “There are many alum ...

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Council finalizing scope of renovations to activity centre

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Renovations are coming to the Jasper Activity Centre and the committee of the whole met on April 26 to discuss and prioritize the future facelift.  The renovations under consideration are divided into those that are “required scope” and those that are “council requested scope.” Many of the required changes pertain to “building code and life safety deficiencies, ...

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Opposition MPs speak on challenges to tourism

Conservative MPs spoke to the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce during its general meeting at Chateau Jasper on April 20. | P.Shokeir photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The shadow minister of tourism and other Conservative politicians addressed some of the challenges facing the tourism sector while visiting Jasper. The Opposition MPs gave short presentations and answered questions from attendees during ...

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Travel Alberta getting $63-million boost

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Government of Alberta has increased Travel Alberta’s budget by $63 million over three years to aid the recovery of the tourism industry. The boost to Travel Alberta is part of the Bootstrap Plan, Alberta’s three-year tourism strategy that is centred around three pillars: marketing, air access and destination development. “The past two years have been very difficult for ...

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Runners gauge fitness level in half marathon

Runners take off from the starting line during the Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon on April 23. | P.Shokeir photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon returned to let runners gauge their fitness level and have some fun on April 23. Out of the 1,028 registrants, over 800 runners participated in one of the events, which were the half marathon, the 10-kilometre ru ...

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Hinton receiving $5,000 to support public transit

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The province is providing $5,000 to Hinton in support of public transit operations. Whitecourt, meanwhile, is receiving $23,369 for a total of $28,369 going to West Yellowhead in support of commuters. “As they go about their daily lives, my constituents want the best experience our public transit system has to offer,” said West Yellowhead MLA Martin Long in a news release. ...

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VIA Rail resuming most services by end of June

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca VIA Rail is on track to restore most of its services across the country by the end of June as travel demand continues to progress. This will include returning to three weekly round trips between Jasper and Prince Rupert, B.C. as of June 10. “This is a celebratory and crucial milestone in our service resumption plan after an incredibly challenging two years,” said Cynthia G ...

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Avoid injury this spring

The Valemount Mountain Bike Park north of Valemount, B.C. | File photo Sean FitzGerald | Special to the Fitzhugh Time to start storing the skis and start tuning up the bikes. For many of us, this means a transition from winter hibernation to summer madness, and this sudden transition can create issues. Even if you were active over the winter, those activities might not use the same muscles or movements and ...

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RCMP complete investigation into Icefield bus rollover

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Mounties have completed their investigation into a fatal bus rollover that occured at the Columbia Icefield nearly two years ago. The final report is currently in the hands of prosecutors but has not yet been made public, according to the Canadian Press. Three people were killed and 14 others sustained serious injuries after an Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle rolled over ...

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