Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

After more than 30 years at the Ponoka Golf Club, pro golfer Rob MacPherson is taking on a new role as the general manager at the River Bend Golf & Recreation Area. He’ll be jumping right in as the club readies itself for the 2019 Winter Games, hosting the cross country skiing and biathlon events. File photo

Ponoka pro golfer heads to new links

Ponoka’s Rob MacPherson will take on the general manager job at Red Deer River Bend

After more than 30 years at the Ponoka Golf Club, pro golfer Rob MacPherson is taking on a new role as the general manager at the River Bend Golf & Recreation Area. He’ll be jumping right in as the club readies itself for the 2019 Winter Games, hosting the cross country skiing and biathlon events. File photo
Ponoka business owner Katrina Kraft, of Thrifty Katz This N That, received two parking tickets of $40 each in downtown Ponoka related to the town’s one hour parking bylaw. She is challenging it and hoping to get some ease on its restrictions.                                Photo submitted

Ponoka business owner questions 1 hour parking policy

Having received three parking tickets, a Ponoka business owner hopes for ease of policy

Ponoka business owner Katrina Kraft, of Thrifty Katz This N That, received two parking tickets of $40 each in downtown Ponoka related to the town’s one hour parking bylaw. She is challenging it and hoping to get some ease on its restrictions.                                Photo submitted
The Ponoka Legion celebrated a new executive Jan. 22. Held at the Ponoka Legion, the group sees Barb Olsen taking on the role of past-president and Sid Gregr taking on the role of president. Pictured are (front row left to right): Lee Arnold, Dorothy Houghton, Sid Gregr (president), Barb Olsen (past-president), Garth Olson and Martin Pottie. Back row left to right: Marlene Perry, Richard Evans, Bob Smith, Juanita Knight, Earl Peavoy and Dick Cameron.                                 Photo by Eldred Stamp

Ponoka Legion sets sights on future

New executive celebrated as active Ponoka Legion looks to 2019

The Ponoka Legion celebrated a new executive Jan. 22. Held at the Ponoka Legion, the group sees Barb Olsen taking on the role of past-president and Sid Gregr taking on the role of president. Pictured are (front row left to right): Lee Arnold, Dorothy Houghton, Sid Gregr (president), Barb Olsen (past-president), Garth Olson and Martin Pottie. Back row left to right: Marlene Perry, Richard Evans, Bob Smith, Juanita Knight, Earl Peavoy and Dick Cameron.                                 Photo by Eldred Stamp
Jan Gross on Diesel makes a turn on a barrel Jan. 26 during the Calnash Ag Event Centre winter barrel racing series.

Results of Ponoka’s winter barrel race series

Hosted at the Calnash Ag Event Centre, the series is part of winter barrel racing in Ponoka

Jan Gross on Diesel makes a turn on a barrel Jan. 26 during the Calnash Ag Event Centre winter barrel racing series.
Hurrying hard to get the rock past the line is a hard working team of curlers. Here Kristen Gordon, Stephanie Tofsrud and Sarah Roggensack get sweeping to ensure the rock makes its mark. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka hosts Town and Country Bonspiel

22 rinks took in the fun bonpsiel at Ponoka’s six-sheet curling rink

Hurrying hard to get the rock past the line is a hard working team of curlers. Here Kristen Gordon, Stephanie Tofsrud and Sarah Roggensack get sweeping to ensure the rock makes its mark. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
There is still time to get in a team to take part in Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake. The fundraiser is set for March 8 at Leisure Lanes Bowling Centre and is the organization’s largest fundraising event.                                File photo

Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters aim for $20,000

The organizations biggest fundraiser, Bowl for Kids, is set for March 8. Still room for more teams.

There is still time to get in a team to take part in Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake. The fundraiser is set for March 8 at Leisure Lanes Bowling Centre and is the organization’s largest fundraising event.                                File photo
Emergency crews were called to the scene of a rock truck in a river Jan. 24. The incident occurred north of Crestomere. Police say wintry road conditions were the cause of the incident. Photo submitted

PHOTOS: Ponoka County man lucky to survive crash into river

The driver of the rock truck was trapped and the vehicle partially submerged in the water

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a rock truck in a river Jan. 24. The incident occurred north of Crestomere. Police say wintry road conditions were the cause of the incident. Photo submitted
OPINION: We can all learn from Washington

OPINION: We can all learn from Washington

Racial issues in the United States are constant

OPINION: We can all learn from Washington
Tournament winners: St. Augustine’s junior boys basketball team had a successful home tournament recently. The boys won a close final game against Holy Trinity from Drayton Valley. Pictured are back row (l-r): Coach Airon Balatbat, Liam Carr, Zak Mathieu, Gabe Kustiak, Louis Manalili, Brady Groot, Anzhel Salon-Trinidad, Raphael Ocampo and coach Glen Kawahara. Front Row: Justin Alfon, Philip Tagupa, Adam Hoag, Gian Urlanda, David Kawahara, Matthew Kawahara, Alexavier Lim. It was an eight boys teams and eight girls teams tournament. The Ardrossan girls won first with Mecca Glen in second.                                Correction: Player Raphael Ocampo was added to the names of players. His name was missed when originally published in the newspaper. We apologize for the error.                                 Photo submitted

PHOTO: St. Augustine basketball winners

St. Augustine’s junior boys basketball team had a successful home tournament

Tournament winners: St. Augustine’s junior boys basketball team had a successful home tournament recently. The boys won a close final game against Holy Trinity from Drayton Valley. Pictured are back row (l-r): Coach Airon Balatbat, Liam Carr, Zak Mathieu, Gabe Kustiak, Louis Manalili, Brady Groot, Anzhel Salon-Trinidad, Raphael Ocampo and coach Glen Kawahara. Front Row: Justin Alfon, Philip Tagupa, Adam Hoag, Gian Urlanda, David Kawahara, Matthew Kawahara, Alexavier Lim. It was an eight boys teams and eight girls teams tournament. The Ardrossan girls won first with Mecca Glen in second.                                Correction: Player Raphael Ocampo was added to the names of players. His name was missed when originally published in the newspaper. We apologize for the error.                                 Photo submitted
Edmonton Police advise delays expected for Tuesday pro pipeline convoy

Edmonton Police advise delays expected for Tuesday pro pipeline convoy

A pro-pipeline truck convoy is expected Tuesday morning on the Anthony Henday in Edmonton

Edmonton Police advise delays expected for Tuesday pro pipeline convoy
Rimbey RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Jan. 19 at the Rimbey Liquor Store at about 8:30 p.m.                                RCMP photo

Rimbey RCMP investigating armed robbery with possible handgun

Police are investigating an incident earlier in the day on Jan. 19 that may be linked

Rimbey RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Jan. 19 at the Rimbey Liquor Store at about 8:30 p.m.                                RCMP photo
Lunar lights: Many in North America took in the lunar eclipse that occurred Sunday night. With most people’s eyes to the sky, viewers were given the treat of a super blood wolf moon. The next lunar eclipse is expected to arrive on May 2021. For those with no clouds in the sky, it was a real treat. These two photos show the eclipse almost covering the moon and then about 30 minutes later. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Eyes turn to heavens to witness super blood wolf moon

These two photos show the lunar eclipse about 30 minutes apart from each other.

Lunar lights: Many in North America took in the lunar eclipse that occurred Sunday night. With most people’s eyes to the sky, viewers were given the treat of a super blood wolf moon. The next lunar eclipse is expected to arrive on May 2021. For those with no clouds in the sky, it was a real treat. These two photos show the eclipse almost covering the moon and then about 30 minutes later. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka Stampeders zero for two against Stettler Lightning

Ponoka Stampeders zero for two against Stettler Lightning

Stamps prepare for Sunday home game against the Cochrane Generals

Ponoka Stampeders zero for two against Stettler Lightning
Alberta’s rodeo world was sent into sadness after the passing of Ponoka cowboy Bud Butterfield. This file photo of Bud was taken during the Ponoka Stampede Tarp Auction in 2017 when the association featured Bud on its collectible poster.                                File photo

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Alberta’s rodeo world was sent into sadness after the passing of Ponoka cowboy Bud Butterfield. This file photo of Bud was taken during the Ponoka Stampede Tarp Auction in 2017 when the association featured Bud on its collectible poster.                                File photo
There were a variety of jumps at the Calnash Ag Event Centre for the Pacific Equine Sport Limited series. The event is all weekend and features a variety of skill levels and jumps.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s ag event centre busy with show jumping event

Equine show jumpers came to the Calnash Ag Event Centre for a show jumping event

There were a variety of jumps at the Calnash Ag Event Centre for the Pacific Equine Sport Limited series. The event is all weekend and features a variety of skill levels and jumps.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Photo by Cassidy Gordon

Environment Minister clarifies misconceptions in Bighorn proposal

Minister Shannon Phillips speaks to concerns around the Bighorn Country

Photo by Cassidy Gordon
A 511 Alberta camera captured this image near the Wetaskiwin exit on the QE2. This image shows the highway looking south.                                511 Alberta camera

Snowfall adds some delay to morning commute

The QE2 and area road conditions in central Alberta were partly snow covered

A 511 Alberta camera captured this image near the Wetaskiwin exit on the QE2. This image shows the highway looking south.                                511 Alberta camera
The first day of business for Makkinga Market on Wednesday proved a busy one. Here Dylan and Jackie Miedema grab some of the bulk candies up for sale. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

New market opens in downtown Ponoka

Makkinga Market had a soft opening showcasing many of the different foods in store

The first day of business for Makkinga Market on Wednesday proved a busy one. Here Dylan and Jackie Miedema grab some of the bulk candies up for sale. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
OPINION: Ponoka’s push for grant funding may not work

OPINION: Ponoka’s push for grant funding may not work

The goal to gain funds for a new field house is admirable but Ponoka may have to play hard ball

OPINION: Ponoka’s push for grant funding may not work
Celebrating Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters: Telus celebrated Ponoka BBBS’s 30th year by donating $25 for every Ponoka resident that signed up for services during the month-long 30th anniversary celebrations this fall. The total donation amount ended up being $2,500. Pictured recently (l-r) are Morgen Chernick, program director for BBBS and Chelsea O’Donoghue, senior regional market manager for Telus.                                Photo submitted

PHOTO: Telus donates $2,500 to Ponoka Big Brothers

Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters receives a $2,500 donation from Telus

Celebrating Ponoka’s Big Brothers Big Sisters: Telus celebrated Ponoka BBBS’s 30th year by donating $25 for every Ponoka resident that signed up for services during the month-long 30th anniversary celebrations this fall. The total donation amount ended up being $2,500. Pictured recently (l-r) are Morgen Chernick, program director for BBBS and Chelsea O’Donoghue, senior regional market manager for Telus.                                Photo submitted