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Partial washout on Highway 93N

High temperatures likely contributed to the partial washout of 34 metres of Hwy 93N. Travel is now down to one lane of alternating traffic as work continues to stabilize and repair the section. | Supplied photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Icefields Parkway motorists can expect delays and the possibility of unexpected road closures after a section of the southboun ...

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Council discusses challenges with paid parking

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Council dealt with an interim report regarding paid parking on July 12, nearly two months into the second season of the municipality's program. Christine Nadon, director of legislative and protective services, presented council at its committee of the whole meeting with a recommendation and an alternative recommendation in administration’s paid parking program repor ...

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JasperNow providing parking info

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Jasper National Park launched its “JasperNow” web page to provide information about parking just in time for Canada Day long weekend. The new web page includes real-time information about parking at some of the park’s most popular places. “With over a million visitors expected in the next few months, it can be tough to escape crowds during the summer season,” Parks Canada ...

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Orphan grizzly cub being monitored after mother fatally struck by truck

A female grizzly bear with one cub was struck and killed by a commercial transport truck on Highway 16 near the townsite last week. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca Parks Canada will monitor an orphan grizzly cub after its mother was struck and killed by a commercial transport truck on Highway 16. The incident happened roughly five kilometres east of the townsite around midnight on Ju ...

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Council approves speed limit reduction to 30 km/h

Jason Stockfish | advertising@fitzhugh.ca The speed limit will drop from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town after council gave third and final reading to the traffic safety bylaw during its May 3 meeting. With the passing of the bylaw, all roads in town, with the exception of the north and south entrances on Connaught Drive, will be reduced to 30km/h once the new speed limit signs are erected. In a previous ...

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Spring melt may cause closures on Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road

There may be potential closures on the Icefields Parkway and Maligne Road due to spring avalanche conditions. | Parks Canada photo Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca UPDATE: The Icefields Parkway from Parker Ridge to Saskatchewan Crossing and Maligne Road at Watchtower are closed due to increased avalanche risk and control work. The anticipated reopening is late evening on Tuesday, March 29. Temporary closu ...

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Public reminded to view wildlife safely

Mountain sheep north of Jasper along Highway 93 on Feb. 5. | P.Shokeir photo Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Seeing wildlife in Jasper National Park can be a thrilling experience, but stopping on a roadway to get a closer look can be hazardous. Const. Chris McSavage with the Jasper RCMP detachment noted in an email that stopping on roadways was a “big safety con ...

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Icefields Parkway may have temporary closures

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway may be closed between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing south of the Jasper townsite for periods of two-to-six hours beginning 11 a.m. on Tuesday. These temporary closures should be completed by 5 p.m., but control work may be postponed to Wednesday depending on the weather. A winter storm is forecasted to hit Jasper National Park starting Monday ...

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Uncertainty about driver exams as Jasper moves to lower speed limit

Jasper Municipal Council may soon decide to reduce the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town. It is unclear how this will affect driver exams. | File photo Jason Stockfish, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | advertising@fitzhugh.ca Jasper is one step closer to reducing its speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h throughout town amid questions about how this would affect driver exams. During th ...

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Possible rolling closures for Icefields Parkway this Friday

Peter Shokeir | editor@fitzhugh.ca The Icefields Parkway could see rolling closures between Parker Ridge and Saskatchewan Crossing on Friday, March 3, starting 10 a.m. with delays of up to two hours. Parks Canada warned that early spring conditions can now be expected for the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) south of the Jasper townsite and Maligne Lake Road. "This typically means localized, intense snowfall ...

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