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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Tuesday that Albertans could start booking second dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday night. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

‘Another big milestone’: Alberta announces plan for second doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Every eligible Albertan should be able to book a second shot of COVID-19 vaccine in June

  • Jun 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Tuesday that Albertans could start booking second dose shots of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday night. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Ponoka June 2

Alberta Health Services is encouraging Ponoka residents to make an appointment to…

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Minister Doug Schweitzer. (File/ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol)

Minister Schweitzer: Alberta’s recovery looking ‘positive’

Schweitzer spoke to the Ponoka chamber during their May meeting

Minister Doug Schweitzer. (File/ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol)
Jonny Williams (Xotxwes), of the Sto:lo Nation, holds eagle feathers as he helps guide his late ancestors from an unmarked, undocumented burial site to a canoe so they can travel home, outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been discovered buried near the former school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Delicate, sensitive process:’ Expert talks on searching for burial sites with radar

Alberta anthropologist says projects have to be community-led and culturally sensitive

Jonny Williams (Xotxwes), of the Sto:lo Nation, holds eagle feathers as he helps guide his late ancestors from an unmarked, undocumented burial site to a canoe so they can travel home, outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been discovered buried near the former school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Provincially, 439 people are hospitalized by COVID-19, with 133 of those individual in an intensive care unit. In the Central zone, 50 are hospitalized and 12 of those individuals are in an ICU. (File photo)
Provincially, 439 people are hospitalized by COVID-19, with 133 of those individual in an intensive care unit. In the Central zone, 50 are hospitalized and 12 of those individuals are in an ICU. (File photo)
Bashaw School’s grad parade, June 2020. (File photo)
Bashaw School’s grad parade, June 2020. (File photo)
Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
Alberta continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, with less 10,000 active cases of the virus. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Red Deer drops to 331 active cases of COVID-19

Central zone sits at 1,066 active cases

  • May 28, 2021
Alberta continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, with less 10,000 active cases of the virus. (NIAID-RML via AP)
The Lacombe Fire Department responded to a power pole fire on the C&E Trail. (Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express)

Controlled burn along Hwy. 2A in Lacombe

Lacombe Fire Department, CP, conducting controlled burn May 30

  • May 28, 2021
The Lacombe Fire Department responded to a power pole fire on the C&E Trail. (Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express)
Mayflies cover a wall at a Pigeon Lake Property. Photo/ Stephen and Dannah Cote.

Something out of a nightmare: Mayflies take over villages surrounding Pigeon Lake

Residents say that they are seeing more bugs this year than years past.

Mayflies cover a wall at a Pigeon Lake Property. Photo/ Stephen and Dannah Cote.
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Ponoka Splash Park opens for the season May 29

The Ponoka Splash Park is reopening for the season on Saturday, May…

  • May 28, 2021
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The BRICK Learning Centre. (File photo)

If you didn’t walk the stage in high school, it may not be too late

The BRICK Learning Centre in Ponoka can help adult learners complete their high school diplomas

The BRICK Learning Centre. (File photo)
Premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed questions about the province’s summer reopening plan on Thursday. (Photo by Government of Alberta)

Red Deer down to 368 active COVID-19 cases

Announcement of second dose COVID-19 vaccine plan may come next week

  • May 27, 2021
Premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed questions about the province’s summer reopening plan on Thursday. (Photo by Government of Alberta)
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Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit lay charges in homicide on Ermineskin Cree Nation

An additional arrest has been made in relation to the homicide of Albert Dean Wildcat.

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Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit lay charges in homicide on Ermineskin Cree Nation

An additional arrest has been made in relation to the homicide of Albert Dean Wildcat.

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Mature, black galls can release a large amount of spores. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

What to do if you spot Black Knot in Ponoka

If you’ve taken a walk along the Battle River walking trail in…

Mature, black galls can release a large amount of spores. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Red Deer has seen a dramatic drop off in COVID-19 cases in the last half of May. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Red Deer active COVID-19 cases hit lowest mark since mid-April

Central Zone down to 1,230 active cases

  • May 26, 2021
Red Deer has seen a dramatic drop off in COVID-19 cases in the last half of May. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Black bear cub spotted crossing Highway 13 on May 26, 2021. Photo/ County of Wetaskiwin.

Black bear cub spotted in County of Wetaskiwin crossing Highway 13

A County employee spotted the black bear cub at Highway 13 and Range Road 222 May 26, 2021.

Black bear cub spotted crossing Highway 13 on May 26, 2021. Photo/ County of Wetaskiwin.