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Chetamon wildfire now being held

A powerline amid the aftermath of the Chetamon wildfire on Sept. 11. | Parks Canada photo Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca Overnight rain has helped bring the Chetamon wildfire status to “being held,” according to an announcement from Parks Canada late Thursday morning. “While the wildfire remains active, firefighting efforts and a cooler forecast have effectively pre ...

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Beauty with a purpose: Jasper native cracks Top 10 at Miss Canada

A local beauty queen shone bright on a national stage last week, finishing in the top six of the Miss World Canada Pageant.  Natalie Allin, a woman raised in Jasper, returned last month after her busy week in Toronto. “Everyone in Jasper is so supportive, whether we are supporting one another in hockey tournaments, biking competitions, school events, skiing or marathons,” says Allin. “I am so happy to have ...

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Museum receives $49,000 in municipal funding

The financial picture for the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives appears to be headed in the right direction thanks in large part to $49,000 in municipal funding. Council unanimously approved supporting the museum on Aug. 15 a week after Warren Waxer, president of the Yellowhead Historical Society, told council that it would likely post a modest deficit of $4,000 in 2017 if council approved its funding r ...

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Slim pickin’s at shoreline clean up

Volunteers cleared a lot more brush than trash at Patricia Lake during a combined High 5 Trail Day and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup day July 25. Loni Klettl, Ben Nearingburg and Lloyd Sommers cleared sightlines along 100 metres of a trail on the west side of the lake leading to a picnic area, while Karen Huculak and others picked what little trash, mostly cigarette butts, she could find along the ne ...

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Pedestrian hit at Athabasca Falls

Update July 14: A pedestrian suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle shortly before 1 p.m. in the Athabasca Falls parking lot on July 12. The 40-year-old man was transported to Jasper via ambulance and was airlifted to Edmonton by Stars Ambulance, according to police. After securing the scene police contacted a collision reconstructionist to investigate. As a result, ...

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‘We’re not Squamish and we’re not Revelstoke and we’re not trying to be’

You remember that feeling as a kid, that uh-oh-here-it-comes gut drop when you’re about to be spanked? That’s how I feel right now. I’m out for an evening rip with one of Jasper’s XC nerds, Matt Staneland, who, to my concern, is riding a svelte 19-inch Kona Unit hardtail, ideal for smashing out big miles on the sprawling network of cross-country trails in Jasper National Park. The setting sun casts an amber ...

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Instruments with intestines: La Folia returns to Jasper

Prepare for a classical concert so authentic it’ll rip your guts out and make sweet, sweet music with them. La Folia returns to Jasper for a fourth consecutive year on May 28, bringing with them about eight performers playing baroque music written prior to 1850 from traditional manuscripts on traditional instruments complete with strings fabricated from intestines. Conductor Josephine van Lier, who immigrat ...

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J9 Sparkle Run raises awareness about mental health

Donning feather boas and other bright attire, 120 people participated in the fourth annual – third official – J9 Sparkle Run to raise awareness about mental health, May 13. The race is held every year in memory of Jeanine D’Antonio, an active community member who lost her battle with depression on April 16, 2014. Following her death, her friend Tracy McKay came up with the sparkle run as an opportunity to c ...

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Bike trail tender withdrawn

This story originally appeared in the Rocky Mountain Outlook on April 27, 2017. BANFF – Parks Canada has suddenly withdrawn a public tender call for the design and delivery of a controversial $86.4 million paved trail from Jasper to the Columbia Icefield. A spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna confirmed the decision earlier this week. “Parks Canada has withdrawn its ten ...

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Girls hockey tourney sets record

Fifteen teams descended on Jasper last weekend, hitting the ice for what may have been the largest hockey tournament ever hosted in Jasper. The field was originally 16 teams but a squad from B.C. had their travel permit denied by that province’s governing hockey body at the last minute. Part of the team was already on the road according to local tournament organizer Peter Hayashi. Hayashi said the tournamen ...

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