Wildfire cleanup tips

Picture the scenario where you must suddenly abandon all your responsibilities, gather your children, and evacuate your residence. This fear is shared by 57 per cent of Albertan residents, as revealed in a recent survey conducted by First Onsite Property Restoration.  Edmontonian Curtis Azevedo has seen much devastation from wildfires, floods and other disasters in his role as Quality Assurance … Read more

‘Tis the tick season: Dog owners encouraged to watch out for ticks

By: Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Springtime means taking the dog for long walks in grass that keeps getting taller and taller.  That means ticks should now be on your watch list for wildlife. Dr. Janet Jones of the Jasper Veterinary Clinic said that the ticks found in Jasper are predominantly if not exclusively Dermacentor ticks, at least for … Read more

NDP renews calls to revoke Kananaskis Conservation Pass

By: Jessica Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The NDP is again calling upon Alberta’s government to revoke the Kananaskis Conservation Pass. Banff-Kananaskis MLA Sarah Elmeligi is criticizing the UCP for what she describes as a lack of transparency around the allocation of pass revenue and the high costs associated with accessing Alberta’s parks and natural areas. She argues that removing … Read more

NDP leadership debate shows new visions for future of the party

By Mia Parker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As the internal Alberta NDP leadership vote approaches, the party is hosting a series of official debates throughout the province to introduce the leadership seekers. The second official debate, hosted in Calgary on May 11, welcomed candidates Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse, Kathleen Ganley, Sarah Hoffman, Naheed Nenshi and Gil McGowan in a format that had … Read more

THE COURAGEOUS LIVES OF MENTAL HEALTH SUFFERS

Assembly Lines: mental health people and treatments, wildland firefighter pay, benefits and hiring, and the effects of red tape reduction By George Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Albertans dealing with mental health issues are the personification of courage, the member for Taber-Warner told the legislative assembly May 13. To drive his message home, the UCP’s Grant Hunter held up the struggles … Read more

Junior A Hockey coming to Claresholm

The National Junior A Hockey League (NJHL) proudly announces that it has come to terms on a  facility agreement with the town of Claresholm. The addition of Claresholm into its South Division, with league play to commence in the 2024-25 hockey season, represents a great opportunity to expand into a vibrant community with longstanding support for hockey.  The expansion team will … Read more

Property tax rates go down, but increased assessment may mean an increase in taxes

By Rob VogtProperty tax notices went out last week.Tax rates will go down for ratepayers in the Town of Claresholm but taxes will still increase an average of 3.7 per cent for residential properties and one per cent for non-residential properties because assessment has increased due to inflation.The 2024 rates will see a 7.4 percent decrease in the residential municipal … Read more