Stavely school receives $10,000 award for love of reading

By Rob VogtThe hard work of the students, families and staff at Stavely Elementary School has been rewarded with a prestigious award.On June 4, it was announced Stavely Elementary School was selected from hundreds of applications to receive an Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant.Because of the hard work the school has done to champion literacy in their … Read more

Claresholm awarded junior hockey team; naming contest being held

By Rob VogtJunior “A’ hockey is coming to Claresholm and the new team is holding a contest to pick a name for the team.The National Junior “A’ Hockey League announced on May 8 that it has come to terms on a facility agreement with the Town of Claresholm.The addition of Claresholm to the league’s South Division, with league play to … Read more

80th Anniversary of D-Day: Military Liaison Justin Wright

Military Liaison Justin Wright issued the following statement on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day: “Eighty years ago, on June 6, 1944, Canadian soldiers bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy — running into machine gun fire, land mines and years of built-up German defences — to help the Allied forces liberate France from the Nazis. “The hard-fought battle claimed thousands of … Read more

Overdoses remain a threat despite positive trends

By Justin Sibbet, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following a record-high number of overdose fatalities in the province last year, the funeral processions are not stopping. Like the province, Lethbridge also saw a yearly record rate of fatal overdose victims, with 124 total deaths in 2023. This is up dramatically from 78 deaths in 2022 and 70 the year before that. Dr. … Read more

New studies reveal high risk to at-risk trout from Kananaskis logging

By Jessica Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A planned logging operation in the upper Highwood River watershed threatens critical habitat for at-risk trout species, raising concerns over increased erosion, sedimentation and altered stream flows that could harm sensitive fish populations. A new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Freshwater Research Ltd. found lumber company West Fraser’s 1,100-hectare … Read more

Reasons for voter ID changes unclear, fuel distrust in elections, say Alberta municipal leaders

By Brett McKay, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Leaders of two organizations representing Alberta’s municipalities say the reasons for changes to voter ID requirements in Bill 20 are unclear and could inadvertently fuel distrust in the election process. Proposed changes in Bill 20 would remove vouching as a form of voting ID, except in cases of confirming an elector’s physical address if … Read more