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Jasper loses power due to wildfire

The Municipality of Jasper is experiencing a power outage due to the wildfire. | K.Gedling / Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Jasper townsite is undergoing a power outage due to the Chetamon wildfire, which is now estimated to be over 8,000 hectares in size. The townsite briefly lost power for an hour on Sunday evening before losing power again at 4 a.m. the following morning. ATCO ...

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‘I think I was kind of born into it’: Jasperite recognized as Sommelier of the Year

Jasper-raised Jayton Paul is the acting wine director at Published on Main in Vancouver, B.C. | Supplied photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper-raised Jayton Paul was named Sommelier of the Year at the 2022 Vancouver International Wine Festival earlier this year. Paul is currently the acting wine director at Published on Main in Vancouver, B.C. “Since working in Vancouver, I’ve worked in a couple d ...

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Wildfire spreads to powerlines, grows significantly

At approximately noon Sunday, the Chetamon wildfire spread to the ATCO electric powerline. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Chetamon wildfire has spread to the ATCO powerline as of noon on Sunday with power briefly going out for about an hour in the evening. The wildfire began to impact power poles at around 2 p.m. At about 2:45 p.m., wind from the west started pushing the wildfir ...

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Wildfire could cause power outage to Jasper

The Chetamon wildfire is currently over 400 hectares in Jasper National Park. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Chetamon wildfire is not threatening the townsite at this time, but a power outage is possible, according to the Municipality of Jasper. As officials work to ensure power to Jasper is maintained, the municipality has activated its Emergency Coordination Centre to address pot ...

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Private Home Accommodation operators speak out on Parks’ proposed policy

This Focus Feature is a paid advertorial written by the Fitzhugh. Most private home accommodation operators in Jasper would have gone out of business if the proposed amendments to the 2005 Jasper Land-Use Policy had gone through. Parks Canada put forward these controversial amendments in May that were subsequently withdrawn for further consultation. In response to this proposed policy, PHA operators are spe ...

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Calling all amateur naturalists: Please submit your reports ‘e’-mediately

This beautiful Lady Slipper was taken at Jasper House by Steph Weizenbach. Alberta is home to 26 native species of orchids. Right now, Nature Alberta is promoting a Citizen Science project called Orchids Of Alberta to help raise awareness about our native orchids and monitor their health. | S.Weizenbach photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca The data has been tabulate ...

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Jasper RCMP in partnership with the Municipality of Jasper share back-to-school safety tips

Jasper RCMP in partnership with the Municipality of Jasper share back-to-school tips to kick off the 2022-2023 school year. Once again the school bells will ring and Jasper schools will be back in full swing. Jasper RCMP are reminding the public that school zones are in effect. Drivers are reminded to be aware that there will be an increase in pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and motor vehicle traffic o ...

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Fire department looking for volunteers

Jasper Fire Chief Mathew Conte (left) and firefighter Kelly Dawson at the Jasper Emergency Services Building on Sept. 29. | P.Shokeir photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Ever thought of becoming a volunteer firefighter? The Jasper Fire Department is now accepting applications for volunteer firefighters with the goal of getting four to six recruits. The application deadline is Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. “Typical ...

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Small wildfire east of Snaring River

Lightning from a passing thunderstorm late Wednesday evening started a small wildfire on Mount Chetamon. Parks Canada firefighters were already battling the blaze on Thursday morning. | K.Neef photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada firefighters were already hard at work battling a small forest fire on Thursday morning. Details are still developing, but it ...

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Lutherans gifting local properties to Baptists

The Jasper Lutheran Church board has decided to gift its iconic church and manse to the Jasper Baptist Church and a non-profit affiliate, Kurios. | J.Stockfish photo Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca After receiving numerous proposals from non-profit organizations, the Jasper Lutheran Church (JLC) has chosen to gift its iconic church and manse to the Jasper Baptist Church and Kurios. In late March 2 ...

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