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Individuals providing a statement at RCMP detachments in Alberta can swear upon an eagle feather. (Contributed photo)

Alberta RCMP recognizes Indigenous Awareness Week

From May 25 to 28, the Alberta RCMP is celebrating the diversity…

  • May 26, 2021
Individuals providing a statement at RCMP detachments in Alberta can swear upon an eagle feather. (Contributed photo)
There have been four COVID-19 exposures in Quesnel School District facilities. (File Photo)

Alberta identifies 387 new COVID-19 cases, nine new deaths

Central Zone has 1,289 active cases

  • May 25, 2021
There have been four COVID-19 exposures in Quesnel School District facilities. (File Photo)
The real estate market is hot in Vernon, and across the Okanagan. (John Dent photo)

Alberta house prices on the rise: ATB

House price index at highest point in six years

  • May 25, 2021
The real estate market is hot in Vernon, and across the Okanagan. (John Dent photo)
(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: reined cow horse show

Cutting cows: The Northern Alberta Reined Cow Horse Club held their cutting…

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Family members take photos from a designated distance during St. Augustine’s socially distanced grad in 2020. (File photo)

Graduates of Ponoka Parade to be held June 3

Ponoka’s class of 2021 will be celebrated in style with a joint…

Family members take photos from a designated distance during St. Augustine’s socially distanced grad in 2020. (File photo)
Overall the Central zone has 1,489 active cases with 52 hospitalizations. (File photo)
Overall the Central zone has 1,489 active cases with 52 hospitalizations. (File photo)
Photo Courtesy of Anam Rural Youth Association

New mobile crisis service helping rural Central Alberta youth

There is a new organization aimed at helping at-risk youth and their families rural Central Alberta

Photo Courtesy of Anam Rural Youth Association
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
McAuley with the dragon created entirely out of utensils. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.

Central Alberta artist gains huge TikTok following with sculptures from thousands of recycled utensils

Based in Falun, Alta., TheeUpCycler only creates his sculptures from 100 per cent recycled materials

McAuley with the dragon created entirely out of utensils. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
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Aurum Lodge co-owner Alan Ernst had a close encounter with this grizzly, which he later found out was killed by Fish and Wildlife officers. (Contributed photo)

Grizzly sniffing for human food west of Nordegg killed

Lodge owner reminds campers to keep all food away from wildlife

Aurum Lodge co-owner Alan Ernst had a close encounter with this grizzly, which he later found out was killed by Fish and Wildlife officers. (Contributed photo)
cole Nelson. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka resident drafted to the CFL in the first round

Cole Nelson, 24, was the fifth pick, selected by the Edmonton Football Team

cole Nelson. (Photo submitted)
Image/ Metro Creative Connection

Albertans urged to take precautions when driving ATVs

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is urging Albertans to make ATV safety a priority this summer.

Image/ Metro Creative Connection
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is recommending Albertans stay close to home over the May long weekend. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta sets new daily record for vaccines administered

Hinshaw reminds Albertans to be cautious of COVID-19 ahead of long weekend

  • May 21, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is recommending Albertans stay close to home over the May long weekend. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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Alberta RCMP focus on enforcing sober driving over Victoria Day long weekend

Alberta RCMP will be out patrolling and removing impaired drivers from the roads this long weekend.

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A COVID-19 rapid test device. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

Ponoka chamber offering rapid testing kits to local businesses

A chamber membership is not required to participate in the program

A COVID-19 rapid test device. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
<strong>Meaningful messages:</strong> Ponoka Secondary Campus students participated in ‘Chalk it Up with Positive Talk’ on May 6 as part of the school’s mental health week activities. Students wrote encouraging messages to each other in chalk on the sidewalks around the school. (Photos submitted)

PHOTOS: ‘Chalk it Up with Positive Talk’

Ponoka Secondary Campus share positive messages for mental health

<strong>Meaningful messages:</strong> Ponoka Secondary Campus students participated in ‘Chalk it Up with Positive Talk’ on May 6 as part of the school’s mental health week activities. Students wrote encouraging messages to each other in chalk on the sidewalks around the school. (Photos submitted)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to continue to follow the rules and avoid non-essential travel over the long weekend. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Red Deer active COVID-19 cases continue to fall

Province reports 812 additional cases of the virus

  • May 20, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to continue to follow the rules and avoid non-essential travel over the long weekend. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)

Education minister says falling COVID-19 cases makes school return safe

Number of school teachers and staff self-isolating has fallen to 2% from 12%

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she’s encouraged to see signs pointing to a summer with fewer restrictions. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Red Deer adds new COVID-19 death, active cases down to 605

Alberta COVID-19 cases continue to decline

  • May 19, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she’s encouraged to see signs pointing to a summer with fewer restrictions. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)