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Jasper has more roadkill than Banff, but experts say solution not obvious

Bighorn sheep north of Jasper along Highway 16 on Feb. 5. | P.Shokeir photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper National Park has a higher wildlife mortality rate on its highways than Banff National Park does, according to a recent CBC article. Between 2011 and 2021, Parks Canada reported 1,007 animals, coyote-sized and larger, were killed on roads in Jasper Natio ...

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UPDATE: Power goes out again for entire town

The Chetamon Wildfire continued to blaze Wednesday but was abated by a downturn in the weather and is now estimated to be 5,500 hectares in size. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE from ATCO at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday: "We're currently experiencing a power outage to the entire town of Jasper. Our crews are responding. At this time we don't have a ...

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Jasper discouraging visitors, power restored to half of town

Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Power to half of Jasper has been restored as officials warn visitors not to come to the national park due to reduced services. Full restoration has been delayed due to technical difficulties and the complex process of generator power transference, according to ATCO in a Wednesday update. ATCO will continue to take direction from Jasper National Park and ...

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Notice from the Fitzhugh

The Jasper Fitzhugh will continue to be delivered to the townsite. Papers will be dropped off at whatever location is open. For those that are closed due to the power outage, we will try to drop off our copies once they reopen. We appreciate the continued support of our publication and will strike to keep the community informed during this difficult time. Peter Shokeir,Editor/Publisher,Jasper Fitzhugh ...

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Council discusses return of power to the people

A helicopter prepares to bucket water on the Chetamon wildfire on Sept. 4. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca In a naturally-lit Quorum room, council met to discuss the power outage in Jasper caused by the Chetamon wildfire during their Sept. 6 meeting. CAO Bill Given explained that while the fire still burns, it continues to pose no direct risk to the townsite, and the only emerg ...

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ATCO working to restore power to Jasper

Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The power is coming, and people need to be ready. Critical infrastructure sites have had their power restored after the Chetamon wildfire impacted the powerline to Jasper. Now ATCO is moving on to figure out the rest of the town. "We have put on the second phase of electrical restoration to bring additional load to t ...

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Be bear safe and clear the path: Parks Canada

The bears have been in town more and more this year. Parks Canada says residents and visitors need to give them space and also be more bear aware while out around the neighborhoods and in their homes. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca With a growing number of bears frequenting the townsite, Parks Canada hopes to keep all two- and four-legged animals saf ...

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Jasper experiences hottest summer on record

Visitors walk in +30 C temperatures on Sept. 3. Jasper experienced its hottest summer on record with some of that heat extending beyond August. | S.Hayes photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper had more heat than usual over the summer. While it experiences an average of four days of +30 C temperatures each year, Aug. 31 marked the 17th occasion that the mercury ...

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B.C. man charged in Banff stabbing

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca A B.C. man has been charged with second-degree murder in relation to a stabbing in Banff that left one dead. On Sept. 3, Banff RCMP responded to a 911 call at about 12:09 a.m. advising a male had been stabbed following an altercation outside of a local drinking establishment on Banff Avenue. Upon arrival, the injured male was located. The 27-year-old male, from Foothills C ...

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Jasper prepping for ‘extended’ power outage

A helicopter prepares to bucket water on the Chetamon wildfire on Sept. 4. | J.Stockfish photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca While the Municipality of Jasper lost power at 4 a.m. on Sept. 5, officials were already working to safely switch critical infrastructure to generator power by the afternoon. Those sites include the water and wastewater treatment plants, wate ...

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