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IT training will help Indigenous populations bridge the skills gap

By Rebecca Medel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com The world has become…

  • Jan 5, 2022
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Fun skating in Centennial Park: After many hours of work, and frigid winter temperatures, volunteers had the ice skate path in Centennial Park ready last weekend. Getting in the first skates on the path Jan. 13 is mom Shelly Wright and her daughter Felicity. Developing the path was also made possible with a grant from Ponoka FCSS and some work from the Town of Ponoka, flooding from members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and work from other community groups. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Lions Centennial Park’s skating trail now open

Good news for those who have been eagerly sharpening their skates for…

  • Jan 5, 2022
Fun skating in Centennial Park: After many hours of work, and frigid winter temperatures, volunteers had the ice skate path in Centennial Park ready last weekend. Getting in the first skates on the path Jan. 13 is mom Shelly Wright and her daughter Felicity. Developing the path was also made possible with a grant from Ponoka FCSS and some work from the Town of Ponoka, flooding from members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and work from other community groups. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
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Ponoka town council gets stuck in ‘quagmire’ over two contentious issues

Council passes borrowing bylaw with two opposed but stalls on residential incentive programs

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Contributions to Ponoka’s Community Christmas Dinner ‘appreciated very much’

Although there was perhaps lower numbers than anticipated for the Ponoka Community…

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Laura Lopez and Dali D’Eclipse competing in the 1.30-metre category of the Canadian National Show Jumping Championships in November. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka area horse trainer takes Bronze Medal at Canadian Show Jumping National Chamipionships

A local show jumper based out of Join Up Stables, located between…

Laura Lopez and Dali D’Eclipse competing in the 1.30-metre category of the Canadian National Show Jumping Championships in November. (Photo submitted)
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Alberta Health Services not announcing 2022 New Year’s babies

AHS says it’s ‘simply not possible’ to facilitate interviews or invite media into facilities

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Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange announced that students and teachers will now return to in-person learning on Jan. 10. (Photo by Government of Alberta)

Winter break extended for K-12 students

The government announced Thursday afternoon that students will not be returning to…

Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange announced that students and teachers will now return to in-person learning on Jan. 10. (Photo by Government of Alberta)
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Alberta estimates 30 per cent positivity rate, 4,000 new COVID-19 cases

The Alberta government provided only estimates for COVID-19 cases in the province…

  • Dec 30, 2021
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Ponoka’s Downtown Skating Plaza set to open for New Year’s Eve

The Downtown Skating Plaza at 5110, 48 Ave. next to the old…

  • Dec 30, 2021
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Youth centre anniversary. September

Year in review: 2021 was a year of moving forward despite challenges

For some, 2021 may have represented a year of continued struggles, and…

Youth centre anniversary. September
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Alberta sets one-day COVID-19 case record

Big jump in COVID cases due to Omicron variant

  • Dec 29, 2021
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Dr. Margo Greenwood.

Former Ponoka resident appointed to Order of Canada

Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry Dr. Margo Greenwood was born in Wetaskiwin, grew up in Ponoka

  • Dec 29, 2021
Dr. Margo Greenwood.
Deer can indiscriminately prune shrubs, bushes during the fall and winter and eat and trample gardens in the summer. (File photo)

Ponoka Fish and Game Association’s winter report

Robert Greene: ‘It was a good fall for hunting weather-wise.’

  • Dec 29, 2021
Deer can indiscriminately prune shrubs, bushes during the fall and winter and eat and trample gardens in the summer. (File photo)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday that the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province is concerning. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Alberta officials estimate nearly 8,250 new COVID-19 cases over the holidays

Alberta had nearly 8,250 suspected COVID-19 cases over the past five days,…

  • Dec 28, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday that the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province is concerning. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
President elect Sherry Gummows speaks to chamber members over Zoom Dec. 21. (Screenshot)
President elect Sherry Gummows speaks to chamber members over Zoom Dec. 21. (Screenshot)
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Santa figures from around the world

Krampus Krampus, in central and eastern Alpine folklore, is hairy with cloven…

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Artist Byron Samson, was commissioned by the City of Lacombe to create an artwork recognizing the significance of Treaty 6. (Submitted)

City of Lacome Treaty 6 Land Recognition Ceremony

Maskwacis artist commissioned to recognize the significance of Treaty 6

Artist Byron Samson, was commissioned by the City of Lacombe to create an artwork recognizing the significance of Treaty 6. (Submitted)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says 318 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital across the province, including 64 in the ICU. (File photo by Government of Alberta)

Alberta reports 1,625 new COVID-19 cases

Province has a 13 per cent test positivity rate over the past 24 hours

  • Dec 23, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says 318 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital across the province, including 64 in the ICU. (File photo by Government of Alberta)