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Jasper Art Gallery showcasing spring-themed group exhibition

Louise Hayes used fabric to create the pieces in the foreground, which include “Dragonfly in Reeds” (left) and “Dragonfly in Rushes” (right). | P.Shokeir photos Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Spring has sprung at the Jasper Art Gallery as artists display their works in a group exhibition, “The Colour of Spring,” from April 14 to May 14. Michael Flisak is a local artist who is one of the founding members ...

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Jasper Folk Music Festival bringing the beat back in 2022

The Jasper Folk Music Festival will return in 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. | Supplied photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Casting a cautiously optimistic eye toward the future, the Jasper Heritage Folk & Blues Society announced the Jasper Folk Music Festival will return in 2022. With the worst of the pandemic seemingly in the rear view, the festival will bring music, art ...

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Jasper Heritage Rodeo officially folding

Saddle bronc action at the 2018 Jasper Heritage Rodeo. | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper has likely seen its last rodeo as the Jasper Heritage Rodeo officially decided to fold during its annual general meeting on April 4. Jasper has had a rodeo since the 1920s, and the event would have reached its 100th anniversary in 2025. “It was a hard decision that we made,” said Michael Furzeland, ...

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Residential properties rise in value during pandemic as hotels decrease

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Residential buildings in Jasper increased eight per cent in overall value, while non-residential properties decreased three per cent, according to property assessments for 2021. Troy Birtles, assessment co-ordinator with Accurate Assessment Group (AAG) located in Sherwood Park, presented these figures to council at its April 19 meeting. The total number of Jasper pr ...

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Empathy in action: Celebrating the volunteers of Jasper

From the left: Ginette Marcoux, Monica Rodriguez and Astra Fe Penas with the Jasper Employment and Education Centre hold a banner for National Volunteer Week outside the provincial building on April 14. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Volunteers will be honoured for their contributions to Jasper and its residents during National Volunteer Week from April 24 to April 30. This year’s them ...

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Parks Canada hosting annual public forum

Pyramid Island in Jasper National Park. | Parks Canada/Sanne van der Ros photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada will be hosting a virtual annual public forum for Jasper National Park on April 27 to provide highlights of the past year and coming priorities. The forum will include presentations, a question-and-answer session and the chance to connect with Parks Canada staff. Jasper Field Unit S ...

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Rogers now offering 5G in Jasper

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Rogers 5G is now available to Rogers customers in Jasper on Infinite plans with 5G devices. Rogers 5G now reaches more than 1,500 communities across the country, including Jasper, Grand Cache and Hinton. “5G is a next generation wireless network technology that over time will deliver unprecedented speed, instant response times and fast, reliable connections, fundamentally ...

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Construction on bike park to ramp up this summer

Manu Loir-Mangazon, president of the JPCA, catches some air on his mountain bike. | T.Begg photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is getting a mountain bike skills park for residents and tourists alike to enjoy after almost a decade in the making. The driving force behind the initiative is the Jasper Park Cycling Association (JPCA), and Hoots Inc. has been hired to construct the park.  ...

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Hinton pulp mill cutting 75 jobs

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. will permanently reduce capacity at its pulp mill in Hinton. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca West Fraser will permanently reduce capacity at its pulp mill in Hinton by the end of this year. In an April 5 news release, the company stated the capacity reduction will see staffing levels transition from 345 positions to 270, a total of 75 jobs. “Hinton Pulp has b ...

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Historic roots to be planted on Snape’s Hill

Danny Frechette stands atop Snape’s Hill looking over where his project will soon establish roots. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper resident Danny Frechette has spearheaded a project to create a self-sustaining place of contemplation and historical interpretation located at Snape’s Hill. The project will come in a few phases, the first of which is the deep-rooted foundati ...

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