Process beginning to re-zone land for solar farm operation

By Rob VogtWith a solar farm southeast of Claresholm already approved by the Alberta government, the Municipal District of Willow Creek has begun the process of re-zoning the land from rural general use to direct control, which makes council the final approval authority.At its Jan. 31 meeting, M.D. council reviewed a report from Diane Horvath, the M.D.’s planner from the … Read more

Town council to discuss ‘Coffee with council’ sessions

By Rob VogtSoon, residents of the Town of Claresholm may have a regular opportunity to meet with mayor and council on a less formal basis to discuss issues in the community.At its Jan. 22 meeting, after a discussion on the topic, Claresholm town council directed administration to prepare a formal proposal for future council discussion on “coffee with council” events.Abe … Read more


January 30, 2024 – Students from across the globe are coming to Livingstone Range School Division for the rural Alberta high school experience. The Division’s International Student Program continues to grow, as students are drawn to the safe, welcoming environment of our rural communities.“Each year our program grows, welcoming more students from more countries around the world, “ says Jas … Read more

New ambulance bay needed addition to general hospital

By Rob VogtA $3.4 million addition to the Claresholm General Hospital is making a huge difference in care patients brought in by ambulances are receiving.A new ambulance bay has been built which is able to accommodate emergency medical services vehicles of all sizes.This bay replaces the old one where the ceiling was too low for ambulances to drive inside.That meant … Read more

Sheriffs boost highway safety in 2023

January 19, 2024  Alberta’s Sheriff Highway Patrol (SHP) removed more than 1,200 impaired drivers from the province’s roads in 2023. In July 2021, the SHP was granted the authority to investigate impaired driving and other criminal offences. Since then, SHP has caught almost 4,000 impaired drivers on provincial highways, increasing the safety of Albertans across the province. “Impaired driving is … Read more

Extreme cold causes school closure, electricity shortage

By Rob VogtAs temperatures dropped to minus-35 degrees Celsius and colder, they not only caused people to plug in their vehicles, dress in layers and take other precautions, they caused the closure of schools and a call by the provincial government to conserve electricity.On Jan. 11, the Livingstone Range School Division announced that due to the extreme cold weather and … Read more

M.D. advised about drought planning

By Rob VogtAlthough recent snowfall is a welcome relief, planning is underway throughout Alberta for the drought that is coming in the spring.At its Jan. 10 meeting, the council reviewed a letter from Rebecca Schulze, minister of Environment and Protected Areas, about the water situation in the province.“Alberta is currently in a significant drought,“ Schulze wrote. “During summer 2023, several … Read more