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photo940.jpgIt was an amazing weekend for celebrity sightings in Jasper, as Shania Twain, Annie Lennox, Reba and Cher were all in town to celebrate the fourth annual Jasper Pride Weekend. 

OK. You caught us. They weren’t actually here. But, Edmonton’s Guys in Disguise did do some incredibly entertaining impersonations of said icons during Saturday night’s Fairy Tales and Legends party at the Activity Centre.

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The man behind the brew

Dave Mozel drinks on the job. In fact, he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t pour himself a beer a few times a day.

As the Jasper Brewing Company’s brew master, half the job is taste testing to ensure the best possible batch.

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Moving up the food chain

Finding full-time, well paying work in Jasper can often be easier said than done. It can take years to work your way up from your first seasonal job to a full-time career. 

It’s almost like a form of initiation, to see just how committed you are to the Jasper lifestyle and community.

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Hinton cancer patient navigator assists rural patients

Jasperites living with cancer face numerous challenges beyond their diagnosis.

Doctors appointments and radiation treatments are four hours away in Edmonton and they’re often spread out, forcing a person to drive to the city once a week or once every two weeks. Those trips add up financially, with the cost of gas, hotel rooms and food.

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Deer on the move

University of Calgary researcher Colleen Arnison holds her binoculars to her eyes and peers into the pine and Douglas fir forest before us. She keeps a well-trained eye on a female mule deer that has just been darted by Geoff Skinner, human-wildlife conflict specialist with Parks Canada.

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IN BRIEF – April 11, 2013

Taste of the Town postponed indefinitely

For many years, the iconic Taste of the Town has been the key fundraiser for the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives’ operating budget. Unfortunately in the past few years it has become increasingly difficult for local restaurants and hotels to participate during the Jasper in January schedule as it is already such a busy time. So, last year the popular event changed its date, separating itself from the festival.

Roof fund nearly halfway there

Museum volunteers went door to door and blitzed the town to garner donations for its ailing roof last month and to date $32,370 has been raised.  

Get your ‘Rave On’

For 10 years, Mark Kozub met with his band The Raving Poets in smokey little bars and coffee houses on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue. 

Willmore film premier in Jasper

Humans are but a speck in time.

Mountains are timeless. They are a silent witness of those trails rarely travelled and those who ventured upon them. 

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National Park News APRIL 11

Fireguard burning for Vine Creek

Good conditions and cooperating weather may soon allow the fire management team in Jasper National Park to carry out further fireguard work at Vine Creek. As long as good burning conditions continue, crews will ignite small, well contained fireguard burns in this area, which will augment the extensive fireguard work completed over the past six years. This will help prepare for the planned ignition of 725 hectares at Vine Creek, located 20 km north of Jasper on the slopes of Mount Greenock. 

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Budget passed, structural review still incomplete

Council voted to accept the 2013 operating budget, which includes a 4.72 per cent municipal tax increase, at their March 2 meeting.

The total budget sum came in at $13,352,484. This total doesn’t include the solid waste fee hike, which is still being determined by Parks Canada. 

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Rodeo hopes to lasso cheaper contract

In response to a 240 per cent fee increase to $16,822 to rent the Activity Centre for this year’s rodeo, the Jasper Heritage Rodeo Association is proposing a $10,000 contract to rent the facility instead.

“We knew that the increase was coming, and so we tried to figure out what we thought was fair and what was financially achievable for our organization,” said treasurer Gail Lonsberry, who presented the proposal to council.

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