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Surreal soccer season’s solstice send-off

Boys U11 Death Muffins | J.Wilmshurst photos John Wilmshurst | Special to the Fitzhugh In a year when we don’t recognize people unless they are wearing a mask and our body temperature is the cover charge to buy groceries, it is fitting that the Jasper Minor Sports soccer brain trust of Geoff Danks and Janice Branch inadvertently hosted some surreal soccer competitions at Commemoration Park as this shorted s ...

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Slo-Pitch League starts up again

The Jasper Slo-Pitch League plays every Monday and Wednesday night until Aug. 15, and the playoff weekend will run Aug. 14-15. | A.Howat photo Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca With the summer season upon, so is the slo-pitch season. The Jasper Slo-Pitch League started June 14 and will run till Aug. 15, with the playoff weekend being Aug. 14-15. The league consists of ei ...

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Minor Soccer plays on despite COVID hurdles

Jasper Minor Sports managed to hold a minor soccer season this year but did have to cut it short due to health restrictions. | A.Howat photo Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca During the months of May and June, local youth took part in the minor soccer program once again. Put on by Jasper Minor Sports, the minor soccer program caters to youth between the ages of four all ...

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Visitors encouraged to use bikes in Jasper National Park

Tourism Jasper and Parks Canada want to encourage Albertans to “BYOB” this summer. | Parks Canada/N.Gaboury photo Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca World Bike Day was celebrated on June 3, and what better way to celebrate than bringing your own bike to beautiful Jasper? This summer, Tourism Jasper and Parks Canada are encouraging everyone to “bring your own bike,” or BYO ...

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Jasper reopening some recreation services

Jasper Fitness and Aquatic Centre | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Municipality of Jasper is reopening some recreational services and offering new ones as Alberta moves into Stage 2 of the Open for Summer plan on June 10. The Fitness Centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a maximum capacity of 10 people and three metres of distance required between users, according to a June 4 ...

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Municipality to draft agreement for bike park

The Valemount Mountain Bike Park north of Valemount, B.C. | File photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Municipality of Jasper will work towards making the Mountain Bike Skills Park a reality following a presentation by the Jasper Park Cycling Association (JPCA). During its April 27 meeting, council's committee of the whole directed administration to work with the JPCA and return with a draft recommen ...

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Marmot Basin open until start of May

Marmot Basin is open for another month. Vice president Brian Rode and Kirsten Leblanc, group sales supervisor, invited folks to check out the new terrain, which opened March 9. | Marmot Basin photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Ski buffs have another month to ski at Marmot Basin, and with new terrain being opened, there’s more area to ski on. With an operation ...

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Mountaineer to climb Everest three years after severe heart attack

Experienced mountaineer Leonardo Namen is planning to summit Mount Everest in May. Namen had a severe heart attack in April 2018 and has built up his strength to the level of being able to attempt the 8,849-metre summit, the highest in the world. | Supplied photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE (May 4): Mountaineer Leonardo Namen was unable to summit Moun ...

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In any other year

In this special to the Fitzhugh, John Wilmshurst talks about what Jasper Minor Hockey looks like this year with health restrictions. Pictured, U13 (pee-wee) practice. | Sebastian Golla photo John Wilmshurst | Special to the Fitzhugh In any other year, around this time, we’d be hanging in the stands at the Jasper Arena, catching the last of the playoffs or taking in a weekend tournament or two. The stands wo ...

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Alberta allows limited school and team sports

The Alberta government is allowing limited school and minor sports training beginning Feb. 8. Above, the Atom Bears in February 2020. | File photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Jasper Minor Sports cancelled the rest of the current hockey season to prioritize the safety of players coaches and parent spectators. But with an announcement from the province on Feb. ...

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