Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit (left) was among many honoured folks in Edmonton Jan. 8 running the Canada Winter Games torch. Photo submitted

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit proud to be Winter Game torch bearer

The human rights advocate ran alongside Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit (left) was among many honoured folks in Edmonton Jan. 8 running the Canada Winter Games torch. Photo submitted
St. Augustine Kings’ Ramitha Wijarathna tries to find an inside path to the net Jan. 8 against the Rimbey Spartans. The Kings ended up winning a close 63-57. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s Kings basketball squad wins two in new year

St. Augustine Ponoka’s senior basketball team are showing strength in the season

St. Augustine Kings’ Ramitha Wijarathna tries to find an inside path to the net Jan. 8 against the Rimbey Spartans. The Kings ended up winning a close 63-57. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka’s bantam Broncs pose Jan. 9 during the team’s awards banquet. The big awards night highlighted the many accomplishments of the team’s most winningest season. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s bantam Broncs football players recognized at awards banquet

The awards banquet highlighted a season of accomplishments including a season with many wins

Ponoka’s bantam Broncs pose Jan. 9 during the team’s awards banquet. The big awards night highlighted the many accomplishments of the team’s most winningest season. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Siding 14 Bridge maintenance: Construction company Volker Stevin was in Ponoka Thursday to do some bridge maintenance on the Siding 14 Bridge over the Battle River. Crews were working on the bridge to add some depth to the drainage system.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Maintenance work on Ponoka’s Battle River bridge

Construction company Volker Stevin was in Ponoka to do some bridge maintenance work

Siding 14 Bridge maintenance: Construction company Volker Stevin was in Ponoka Thursday to do some bridge maintenance on the Siding 14 Bridge over the Battle River. Crews were working on the bridge to add some depth to the drainage system.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and a couple community volunteers help flood the ice skate path in Centennial Park Tuesday night. The second year of the feature, created by community volunteers, has become an exciting addition to Ponoka.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Flooding Ponoka’s ice skate path has begun

The flooding may take a few days to ensure the ice has a strong base

Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and a couple community volunteers help flood the ice skate path in Centennial Park Tuesday night. The second year of the feature, created by community volunteers, has become an exciting addition to Ponoka.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Hog farm in Alberta first in province to have deadly pig disease

Hog farm in Alberta first in province to have deadly pig disease

A 400-head hog farm operation was found to have the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.

Hog farm in Alberta first in province to have deadly pig disease
Ponoka seeks letters of support for grant funding battle

Ponoka seeks letters of support for grant funding battle

Mayor Rick Bonnett is seeking support from area municipalities with Ponoka’s push for grants

Ponoka seeks letters of support for grant funding battle
One person was flown to an Edmonton hospital Jan. 7 after a serious two vehicle collision on the QE2 at the Wetaskiwin exit. The southbound lanes were closed while members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit investigated and emergency crews cleared the scene.                                Photo submitted

UPDATE: One person flown by STARS after serious collision on QE2 near Wetaskiwin

Southbound lanes were closed until about 12 p.m. on the QE2 near Highway 13

One person was flown to an Edmonton hospital Jan. 7 after a serious two vehicle collision on the QE2 at the Wetaskiwin exit. The southbound lanes were closed while members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit investigated and emergency crews cleared the scene.                                Photo submitted
Celebrating their new baby, and Ponoka’s first baby of 2019, are the Hoekstras. In the picture are parents Jent and Michelle with older daughter Zoë and their newest addition, Cassidy Sita Hoekstra. She was born Jan. 4 at 11:10 p.m. and was a healthy 7 lbs, 3 ounces. Photo courtesy of the Hoekstra family

Ponoka’s first baby of 2019 born Jan. 4

The Hoekstra family welcomed their second daughter into the family healthy and well

Celebrating their new baby, and Ponoka’s first baby of 2019, are the Hoekstras. In the picture are parents Jent and Michelle with older daughter Zoë and their newest addition, Cassidy Sita Hoekstra. She was born Jan. 4 at 11:10 p.m. and was a healthy 7 lbs, 3 ounces. Photo courtesy of the Hoekstra family
Olive Moore’s family converged on Ponoka to celebrate her 100th birthday Jan. 7. Moore was born Jan. 7, 1919. Pictured with Olive in the photo (l-r) are niece Lynette Dean, granddaughter Catherine Ford, great grand niece Olive, son Ron Moore and son-in-law Tim ford. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Family celebrate’s Ponoka woman’s 100th birthday

Olive Moore’s family came to Ponoka to celebrate the centenary birthday

Olive Moore’s family converged on Ponoka to celebrate her 100th birthday Jan. 7. Moore was born Jan. 7, 1919. Pictured with Olive in the photo (l-r) are niece Lynette Dean, granddaughter Catherine Ford, great grand niece Olive, son Ron Moore and son-in-law Tim ford. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka mayor sets sights on 2019

Ponoka mayor sets sights on 2019

Mayor Rick Bonnett suggests 2019 will bring further momentum from town council

Ponoka mayor sets sights on 2019
Gator raffle winner: Congratulations to Mike Olson from Morningside, the winner of the Ponoka Agricultural Society’s 2018 John Deere XUV 825i Gator raffle that was held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Here he poses with his family, including his little girl (behind the Gator) recently. The big announcement was made New Year’s Eve.                                Photo courtesy of the Calnash Ag Event Centre

PHOTO: Ponoka ag event centre Gator raffle winner announced

Calnash Ag Event Centre’s Gator raffle winner is from Morningside

Gator raffle winner: Congratulations to Mike Olson from Morningside, the winner of the Ponoka Agricultural Society’s 2018 John Deere XUV 825i Gator raffle that was held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre. Here he poses with his family, including his little girl (behind the Gator) recently. The big announcement was made New Year’s Eve.                                Photo courtesy of the Calnash Ag Event Centre
Bull fighter Brett Monea

WATCH: Ponoka’s New Year’s bull riding a busy night

The Calnash Ag Event Centre was packed during the bull riding New Year’s Eve event

Bull fighter Brett Monea
Extreme cold warning set for northern Alberta

Extreme cold warning set for northern Alberta

Extreme wind chills for the northern part of the province at -40 degrees C

Extreme cold warning set for northern Alberta
Wintry road conditions affect QE2 near Leduc

Wintry road conditions affect QE2 near Leduc

Several vehicles in ditch due to icy patches

Wintry road conditions affect QE2 near Leduc
Keeping the fun going, the Ponoka Community Christmas had these musicians playing festive songs for attendees. Pictured (not in order) are Russell Adams, Richard Adams, Lloyd Brown, Linda Schmautz and Carol Gordon. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Legion full during Ponoka Community Christmas

Over 300 people attended the community event.

Keeping the fun going, the Ponoka Community Christmas had these musicians playing festive songs for attendees. Pictured (not in order) are Russell Adams, Richard Adams, Lloyd Brown, Linda Schmautz and Carol Gordon. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Banff RCMP investigate death ice climber on Christmas Day

Banff RCMP investigate death ice climber on Christmas Day

Police say a man, in his 20s, was climbing the popular Cascade Falls ice climb

Banff RCMP investigate death ice climber on Christmas Day
Remember When?                                Now that we are in the midst of another exciting Ponoka Minor Hockey season, and it’s always great to turn back the clock and feature some of our teams of days gone by. Shown here is the 1965 Ponoka Stampeder Bantam team, and featured in the back row from left to right are: Stan Weir, Murray Tofsrud, Lee Whitford, Ev Simanton, Keith Stickney, Don Hart, and unknown, and then up front is: Coach Jim Smith, Stan Hinkley, Jeff Ablett, Terry Johnston, Doug Lear, John Massing, Marcel Comeau, and Jim McCrimmon, kneeling is Doug MacLeod. Thanks to Tom Webber and Dunc Grant Jr. for helping identify this old photo, and if you have an early team photo please pop into the Ponoka News, get in scanned, and we can use it here, just to share the great memories of fun on ice.                                Photo submitted

Remember When: Check out Ponoka’s 1965 bantam hockey squad

Taking a look at Ponoka’s bantam hockey squad from 1965

Remember When?                                Now that we are in the midst of another exciting Ponoka Minor Hockey season, and it’s always great to turn back the clock and feature some of our teams of days gone by. Shown here is the 1965 Ponoka Stampeder Bantam team, and featured in the back row from left to right are: Stan Weir, Murray Tofsrud, Lee Whitford, Ev Simanton, Keith Stickney, Don Hart, and unknown, and then up front is: Coach Jim Smith, Stan Hinkley, Jeff Ablett, Terry Johnston, Doug Lear, John Massing, Marcel Comeau, and Jim McCrimmon, kneeling is Doug MacLeod. Thanks to Tom Webber and Dunc Grant Jr. for helping identify this old photo, and if you have an early team photo please pop into the Ponoka News, get in scanned, and we can use it here, just to share the great memories of fun on ice.                                Photo submitted
OPINION: Sometimes it’s nice to pause and say thanks

OPINION: Sometimes it’s nice to pause and say thanks

With all the anger and frustration and division, counteracting that with gratitude helps

OPINION: Sometimes it’s nice to pause and say thanks
Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum                                Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Story of Ponoka’s past lady pioneers continues

Celebrating Betty Matejka’s legacy in Ponoka

Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum                                Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum