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Stettler County coping with one of worst farm seasons in 60 years

Stettler County coping with one of worst farm seasons in 60 years

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Stettler County council declared an agricultural disaster in the municipality after hearing a stark, sobering report on regional farming conditions at their regular meeting Aug. 11. Director of Municipal Services Andrew Brysiuk submitted councillors a report from Quentin Beaumont, director of agricultural operations, that illustrated perfectly the summer of 2021: very hot and very dry…

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No gas in Fort Providence as community loses power

No gas in Fort Providence as community loses power

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Fort Providence’s Big River and Snowshoe Inn gas stations lost power on Friday, warning drivers the community was unable to provide fuel. Linda Croft, the Big River gas station’s acting manager, told Cabin Radio an incident involving a truck damaging a power line caused a community-wide blackout at around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The Snowshoe…

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Bra shop hopes to help women feel beautiful

Bra shop hopes to help women feel beautiful

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “Every woman is worthy to feel beautiful on the outside and the inside, and one of those foundations is a good fitting bra,” says Janice Nowochin, co-owner of B Worthy Bra Boutique. “Only women can understand that.” Nowochin and Michelle O’Neill recently opened B Worthy in Slave Lake. It’s their first business. “We’re learning as we go,” says…

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Whitecourt Workwear and Ladies Boutique strives to have something in store for everybody

Whitecourt Workwear and Ladies Boutique strives to have something in store for everybody

By Serena Lapointe, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Sandra Bilau has been the proud owner of Whitecourt Workwear and Ladies Boutique for roughly eight years. She previously worked at the store for fifteen years before buying it. “I wanted to buy my job because I loved it,” smiled Bilau. Located in downtown Whitecourt, at 5107 50 Street beside CIBC, the long-time store has…

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Controversy Surrounds The Cancellation Of Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Controversy Surrounds The Cancellation Of Grassy Mountain Coal Project

By Jacob Cardinal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Last month, a joint panel made up of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) denied the provincial applications for the Grassy Mountain project in the Rocky Mountains. The AER and the IAAC determined that the open-pit coal mining project was “not in the public interest” due…

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Dandelion offices growing on the prairies

Dandelion offices growing on the prairies

By Anna Smith, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter  Dandelion Renewables, headquartered in Alberta and with an office in Maple Creek,  looks to help provide the agricultural industry with new and innovative  ways to be energy efficient. Offering their services to British  Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Dandelion Renewables offers  primarily solar and wind energy consultations and contracts for both  large and small scale projects,…

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‘MORE THAN JUST BUSINESS’ Riverton man’s potato chip operation going national

‘MORE THAN JUST BUSINESS’ Riverton man’s potato chip operation going national

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter In just over five years an Indigenous business owner has taken an upstart potato chip business from humble roots in rural Manitoba, to a distribution deal that will now see his chips sold all across the country. Alfred Lea of Riverton, a community approximately 110 kilometres north of Winnipeg, is the creator of the Native…

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After another street-related incident, Tim Hortons closes its doors indefinitely

After another street-related incident, Tim Hortons closes its doors indefinitely

By Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A North Kamloops Tim Hortons restaurant has closed indefinitely as a result of an incident last weekend that was the latest in a series of property crime and other social issues impacting the area. At about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, a man reportedly entered the business at 481 Tranquille Rd., went behind the…

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Chief administrator insists no conflict in Invest RFP process

By ALEX MCCUAIG, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Medicine Hat chief administrator insists there is no conflict in the process involving Orka Management Group staff being involved in the lead up to a request for proposals being issued for Invest Medicine Hat. But the standard conflict of interest definitions used in city procurement packages were altered in the RFP bid involving Invest…

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Future of wild salmon: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces sweeping closures to commercial fisheries on the Pacific coast

Future of wild salmon: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces sweeping closures to commercial fisheries on the Pacific coast

By Matt Simmons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For Kevin Carpenter, a Heiltsuk gillnetter from Bella Bella, fishing has long been a way of life for him and his community. “I started on boats when I was like five or six years old,” he told The Narwhal on a call from Prince Rupert. In fact, he said he was preparing his boat for…

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