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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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Sustainability class to engage peers

The high school’s sustainability class is heading to Slave Lake this month in search of the community’s youth voice.

From April 18-21, six Jasper students will be interviewing their peers, as well as Slave Lake teachers, fire fighters, reporters and developers about the redevelopment of the community in the aftermath of its devastating 2011 fire. Each of those interviews will be recorded to later be turned into a 10-minute documentary that the community can use and learn from.

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Teacher short-listed for award

Jasper Junior/Senior High School teacher Adam Robb has been named a semi-finalist in the provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards.

He is joined by more than 100 other educators from across the province. 

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Biannual scramble

Twice a year, Jasper’s seasonal workers find themselves frantically hunting for a job. April is one of those times.

For many of those workers, the seasonal lifestyle is stressful, but worth it because it means at least working six months of the year at a job they love.

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Sending stories home

When Joerg Michel sees a bear walking down Connaught Drive, he sees more than an animal, he sees a quirky little story that will be eaten up by his readers back home.

As a foreign correspondent writing regularly for about 30 newspapers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, those kinds of stories are Michel’s bread and butter. 

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Construction begins on new school

Excavation is again underway on the new school land and, according to the school division, soon the building’s footings will be poured.

Although this winter no visible work was done on the Bonhomme Street land, plenty of work was done behind the scenes, as permitting, construction drawings and finishing details—like decisions on exterior and interior colours—were completed.

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Muni seeks input on public engagement

The municipality is seeking to engage the public on how they want to be engaged. 

“As a local government organization, public engagement is what we’re here for,” said Christine Nadon, manager of communications and IT. “The premise is that people are affected by decisions, therefore they should have their say in the decision-making.”

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