Chamber hears how Nobleford grew, reduced taxes

By Rob VogtNobleford really is a modern municipal miracle, going from a declining population, few job opportunities and high property taxes, to attracting businesses, creating jobs and reducing taxes by 90 per cent.Growth was the objective in order to survive.At the centre of that activity was Kirk Hofman, who was Nobleford’s chief administrative officer.He was the guest speaker at the … Read more

Community learns more about Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterThe Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot has brought an infusion of new people into the community, to work and live.An information session on that program was held at the Claresholm town office and multi-use community building on Jan. 18 for about a dozen people in attendance.It was hosted on by the Claresholm and District … Read more

Four local organizations receive foundation grants

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterThe Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has provided grants to four local community organizations.On Dec. 7, the foundation announced it had supported:• The Claresholm and District Transportation Society with $10,000.The funding will be used to help the society purchase a replacement passenger van to provide medical transportation for seniors and persons with … Read more

Chamber, EDC host session on foreign workers

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterForeign workers have the same rights as other workers in Canada.That was one of the themes of a presentation given by Mark Holthe, a Canadian immigration lawyer from Lethbridge, to about 40 people gathered at the new town office and multi-use community building on Nov. 21.It was the latest installment of Opportunities for Growth, … Read more

SouthGrow visits council; discusses benefits

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterSouthGrow Regional Economic Development recently visited Claresholm town council to discuss what it does for the town.At town council’s Nov. 14 meeting, Peter Casurella, executive director of SouthGrow, appeared as a delegation via video conference.He explained he works for the Town of Claresholm and 31 councils around Southern Alberta.Casurella likes to make biannual reports … Read more

Natural gas rebates kicked in on Oct. 1

By Rob Vogt – Local Press WriterWith temperatures beginning to cool as fall sinks in, Albertans may see some relief in natural gas prices.The provincial government recently announced in a release that starting Oct. 1, Alberta’s natural gas rebate program will provide price protection from spikes in natural gas costs for millions of Albertans this winter.It was explained nations around … Read more

M.D. of Willow Creek declares agricultural disaster

By Rob Vogt Local Press WriterThe council of the Municipal District of Willow Creek has declared an agricultural disaster exists in the municipality.On June 9, the M.D. issued a statement that the Municipal District of Willow Creek council passed a resolution during its June 8 council meeting, declaring an agricultural disaster.The Alberta Crop Report of May 31, 2022 indicated the … Read more