Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka County resident wants $62,000 in lease revenue

Ponoka County resident wants $62,000 in lease revenue

County approves revenue to landowner going forward, legal review to look at retroactive funds

Ponoka County resident wants $62,000 in lease revenue
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Ponoka’s Queens senior girls host basketball tourney

The girls hosted a fun tournament over the long weekend

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Grand opening celebration: The official grand opening of Makkinga Market was celebrated on Valentine’s Day. Here Sarah Overeem makes a purchase with her kids Conrad, Melanie, Janessa and Caleb while co-owner Elaine Makkinga does the sale. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Ponoka’s Makkinga Market holds grand opening

The downtown Ponoka store held its official opening on Valentine’s Day

Grand opening celebration: The official grand opening of Makkinga Market was celebrated on Valentine’s Day. Here Sarah Overeem makes a purchase with her kids Conrad, Melanie, Janessa and Caleb while co-owner Elaine Makkinga does the sale. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka council approved sale of Kinsmen Centre at $510,000

Ponoka council approved sale of Kinsmen Centre at $510,000

Council approved the sale after an in-camera session related to the property

Ponoka council approved sale of Kinsmen Centre at $510,000
The Ponoka Right to Farm Society issued a letter of intent to Ponoka County to file a claim against its northwest area structure plan that deals with confined feeding operations.                                File photo

Ponoka County receives letter of intent related to livestock operations

The Ponoka Right to Farm Society intends to submit claim through Court of Queens Bench

The Ponoka Right to Farm Society issued a letter of intent to Ponoka County to file a claim against its northwest area structure plan that deals with confined feeding operations.                                File photo
After 45 years of business in town, Ponoka’s H&R Block held a special celebration Thursday with cake and coffee for clients. The celebration is significant enough that the company president visited with company executives. Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Ursula Hefti, tax preparer; Gena Whiting, client service leader; Brenda Hulsman; senior tax pro; Altaf Hirji, AVP retail operations; Peter Bruno, president; Rob Conway, vp operations; Cecile Wahl, owner/operator; Tracy Taylor, district district manager; Joyce Vopni, tax pro; Jean Hastie, client; John Hickerson, director of franchise development plus Camrose franchise owners Janice and Allen Zimmerman.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kayep[;

Ponoka H&R Block celebrates 45 years of business in town

The company president stopped by for a visit to congratulate the Ponoka branch for its longevity

After 45 years of business in town, Ponoka’s H&R Block held a special celebration Thursday with cake and coffee for clients. The celebration is significant enough that the company president visited with company executives. Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Ursula Hefti, tax preparer; Gena Whiting, client service leader; Brenda Hulsman; senior tax pro; Altaf Hirji, AVP retail operations; Peter Bruno, president; Rob Conway, vp operations; Cecile Wahl, owner/operator; Tracy Taylor, district district manager; Joyce Vopni, tax pro; Jean Hastie, client; John Hickerson, director of franchise development plus Camrose franchise owners Janice and Allen Zimmerman.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kayep[;
Man in Black reappears: The Rusty Putter at the Ponoka Golf Club was full to the brim with folks looking to take in the Johnny Cash tribute show Feb. 9. Singer Philip Bauer a did great job of singing Cash’s popular tunes.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Johnny Cash tribute show at the Ponoka Golf Club

The Rusty Putter restaurant was packed for the tribute show

Man in Black reappears: The Rusty Putter at the Ponoka Golf Club was full to the brim with folks looking to take in the Johnny Cash tribute show Feb. 9. Singer Philip Bauer a did great job of singing Cash’s popular tunes.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
OPINION: Change for Ponoka comes from Ponoka

OPINION: Change for Ponoka comes from Ponoka

Looking at the past, present and future of Ponoka, change can come from within

OPINION: Change for Ponoka comes from Ponoka
Looking for an opening: Ponoka’s Steven Strizich looks for a way in to score Feb. 8 in Ponoka versus Coaldale Copperheads. This was the last game of the regular season for the Stamps who lost 3-2 and now are set to play in the first round of playoffs. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTOS: Ponoka Stampeders play last game of regular season

The Stampeders lost to the Coaldale Copperheads and set sights on playoffs

Looking for an opening: Ponoka’s Steven Strizich looks for a way in to score Feb. 8 in Ponoka versus Coaldale Copperheads. This was the last game of the regular season for the Stamps who lost 3-2 and now are set to play in the first round of playoffs. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka Secondary Campus’ junior girls Broncs team had a strong weekend winning gold in a tournament. Pictured (back row, l-r) are assistant coach Rory Marcoux, Taelor Gillis, Olivia Willier, Lily Potts, Ryland Mendoza, Emily McMillan and coach Kendall Marcoux. Front row (l-r) Courtney Spelrem, Laura Wilson, Tori Christiansen, Jordyn Marcoux and Elise Resler.                                Photo submitted

Junior Broncs Ponoka basketball squad wins tourney

The junior girls team played a solid tournament over the weekend

Ponoka Secondary Campus’ junior girls Broncs team had a strong weekend winning gold in a tournament. Pictured (back row, l-r) are assistant coach Rory Marcoux, Taelor Gillis, Olivia Willier, Lily Potts, Ryland Mendoza, Emily McMillan and coach Kendall Marcoux. Front row (l-r) Courtney Spelrem, Laura Wilson, Tori Christiansen, Jordyn Marcoux and Elise Resler.                                Photo submitted
Jean and Ron Melrose have a story of love that spans their lives. Both 82, they culminated that story after 65 years of being apart with a wedding Feb. 9 in Ponoka. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Couple marries in Ponoka after 65 years apart

The couple were born in Scotland and went to the same school and dated before his family moved

Jean and Ron Melrose have a story of love that spans their lives. Both 82, they culminated that story after 65 years of being apart with a wedding Feb. 9 in Ponoka. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Mountie Brad MacCallum, pictured here in the Yukon recently, helped prevent an alleged bank robbery on his day off. His quick-thinking diffused the situation. Photo submitted

Off-duty Mountie from Ponoka prevents bank robbery

The RCMP member was in Red Deer and went to make a bank transaction when the incident occurred

Mountie Brad MacCallum, pictured here in the Yukon recently, helped prevent an alleged bank robbery on his day off. His quick-thinking diffused the situation. Photo submitted
OPINION: Just because the news isn’t desired, doesn’t mean it’s fake

OPINION: Just because the news isn’t desired, doesn’t mean it’s fake

This week’s editorial looks at political bias and disagreeing with the news presented

OPINION: Just because the news isn’t desired, doesn’t mean it’s fake
Ponoka Storm U17 boys win Silver: The team participated in a Red Deer Tier 3 Winter Games tournament Jan. 25 to 27. Pictured in the photo are (front row): Aiden Halbert, Braeden Bowering, Bryce Scott, Jayson Young and Chance Hoffman. Back Row: Shaun Pallin, assistant coach, Connor Stiles, Cameron Haagsma, Kyle Pallin, Nick Mercer, Brandon Horrocks, Zachary Danchek, Ethan Rousseau and coach Matt Young. Missing from the picture is: JanHarm Bakker.                                Photo submitted

PHOTO: Ponoka’s indoor soccer U17s land silver

The Ponoka U-17 team took part in a Red Deer tournament recently

Ponoka Storm U17 boys win Silver: The team participated in a Red Deer Tier 3 Winter Games tournament Jan. 25 to 27. Pictured in the photo are (front row): Aiden Halbert, Braeden Bowering, Bryce Scott, Jayson Young and Chance Hoffman. Back Row: Shaun Pallin, assistant coach, Connor Stiles, Cameron Haagsma, Kyle Pallin, Nick Mercer, Brandon Horrocks, Zachary Danchek, Ethan Rousseau and coach Matt Young. Missing from the picture is: JanHarm Bakker.                                Photo submitted
Ponoka County residents concerned with proposed gravel pit

Ponoka County residents concerned with proposed gravel pit

The residents have appealed a decision to approve the development

Ponoka County residents concerned with proposed gravel pit
Wolf Creek Schools closed Tuesday

Wolf Creek Schools closed Tuesday

Extreme winter weather closes Wolf Creek Public Schools for Tuesday

Wolf Creek Schools closed Tuesday
Dancers with Got 2 Dance Productions will be part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies set for Feb. 15. Pictured (l-r) are: Kendra Feragen, Anna MacLaren, Shayla Gratrix and Cadence McBride.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka dancers among opening ceremonies crew

The dancers are among dozens who will help kick-off the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Dancers with Got 2 Dance Productions will be part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies set for Feb. 15. Pictured (l-r) are: Kendra Feragen, Anna MacLaren, Shayla Gratrix and Cadence McBride.                                Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
PHOTOS: Ponoka midget Stampeders take on Redwater

PHOTOS: Ponoka midget Stampeders take on Redwater

The Ponoka team played a solid game tying it 5-5

PHOTOS: Ponoka midget Stampeders take on Redwater
Incident management training: Ponoka firefighter Donna Noble (pictured far right) was among a small group of Canadians to take part in a recent specialized emergency management training program offered by Incident Command System Canada. She was picked by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to take part and was among a group of Canadian first-responders in the class. The entire trip was paid for by ICS Canada. Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Robert Sumner, transport Canada Manitoba; Helene Genest, Parks Canada Quebec; Mike Anderson, City of Grande Prairie Alberta; Jeff Erwin, Office of Fire Commissioner Manitoba; Des Lamoureaux, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Joelle Kirbyson, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Marjorie Ouskan, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Shannon Landels, Parks Canada NWT; Brad Kiedyk, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Nathan Whiffen, Coast Guard Newfoundland/Labrador; Jean Pierre(JP) Gallo, Canada Task Force 2 Alberta; Rob Morton, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, me. Front row (instructors): Dan Michaud, Energy and Resource Development New Brunswick and Mark Emrick, Office of Fire Commissioner Manitoba.                                Photo submitted

PHOTO: Ponoka firefighter picked for specialized emergency training

Firefighter Donna Noble was picked by AEMA to take part in this specialized training

Incident management training: Ponoka firefighter Donna Noble (pictured far right) was among a small group of Canadians to take part in a recent specialized emergency management training program offered by Incident Command System Canada. She was picked by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to take part and was among a group of Canadian first-responders in the class. The entire trip was paid for by ICS Canada. Pictured in the photo are (l-r) Robert Sumner, transport Canada Manitoba; Helene Genest, Parks Canada Quebec; Mike Anderson, City of Grande Prairie Alberta; Jeff Erwin, Office of Fire Commissioner Manitoba; Des Lamoureaux, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Joelle Kirbyson, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Marjorie Ouskan, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Shannon Landels, Parks Canada NWT; Brad Kiedyk, Sustainable Development Manitoba; Nathan Whiffen, Coast Guard Newfoundland/Labrador; Jean Pierre(JP) Gallo, Canada Task Force 2 Alberta; Rob Morton, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, me. Front row (instructors): Dan Michaud, Energy and Resource Development New Brunswick and Mark Emrick, Office of Fire Commissioner Manitoba.                                Photo submitted
Alberta Environment and Parks map

MLA Jason Nixon speaks on province’s Bighorn Country proposal

The MLA suggests more discussion is needed related to the proposal and its future

Alberta Environment and Parks map