John Cope named Claresholm’s 2023 citizen of the year

By Rob VogtJohn Cope is the 2023 Claresholm citizen of the year.He was honoured with the award at the Volunteer Appreciation event at the Claresholm Community Centre on April 16 hosted by Claresholm and District Family and Community Support Services.Kozo Chisanga, last year’s junior citizen of the year, presented the award.He moved to Claresholm in 1979 with his family to … Read more

Oldman Watershed Council discusses water, drought, conservation

By Rob VogtThe Oldman Watershed Council is a not-for-profit organization that is working in partnership with communities and residents to improve the Oldman River Watershed. The council consists of members who live or work within the Oldman basin. These members provide leadership and guidance in watershed planning and management, water quality monitoring, and stewardship promotion.At a drought preparedness and mitigation … Read more

Claresholm RCMP report for the month of March

The following complaints/calls for service were made to the Claresholm RCMP Detachment during the month of March, 2024. Not every call/file is listed below, but just the most relevant ones. Some complaints received were later determined to be unfounded.Traffic related• Two traffic collisions, one resulting in non-fatal injuries;• Six reportable traffic collisions;• Four non-reportable traffic collisions;• Fourteen complaints of speeding, … Read more

Council approves final 2024 town budget

By Rob VogtAfter some adjustments, Claresholm town council has approved the 2024 town budget.Blair Bullock, the town’s director of corporate services, presented the budget at the April 8 council meeting.He noted there have been some changes since council approved the interim budget.Changes to the operating budget include:• The addition of a new special tax levy proposed to fund current and … Read more

Town to launch information campaign on water conservation

By Rob VogtLooks can be deceiving.The recent heavy snowfall has provided some moisture, but this area is still in drought, and the Town of Claresholm’s water restrictions are still in effect.The town gets its water from the Pine Coulee Reservoir west of Stavely, and Alberta Environment and Protected Areas has already started to fill the reservoir.“The reality is they need … Read more