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Pictured here are our favourite front page photos from 2013. Each one represents a month that has passed and a story that has been told. Please join us this week as we reflect on the past year, with our annual Year in Review.

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oni Klettl is a born and raised Jasperite, whose father Toni Klettl was one of the last park wardens to raise his family in the backcountry. Loni, an alpine skier who competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics, has been skiing Marmot Basin since her childhood and has been sharing her memories of the 50-year-old ski hill on her Facebook page. Printed here are two of those stories. Before the lifts Skiing in Jasper in the early 1950s was the must-do, new activity and everyone wanted to be a part of the scene and fun. In the 1930s, ski savvy Swiss pioneer Joe Weiss always knew the potential and value of Marmot Basin, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that everyone climbed aboard his ski entrepreneur bombardier with enthusiasm and delight. Parks Canada built the twisty road and cleared the outrun; Bill Ruddy ran the Bombardier snowmobiles, which took skiers from Portal Creek on 93A up a steep, corkscrew road, to the Martin Cabin— which was up on the Basin Run above the Paradise Chalet. They packed skis, lunch and gear into these contraptions, which were apparently stinky, noisy, claustrophobic and terribly brutal if one had too many beers the night before. From the Martin Cabin, the true Marmot Basin with its glades, bowls and alpine opened up and all enjoyed sun, powder, camaraderie and the long, long ski out at the end of the day. There were no ski lifts in those days; skiers used their real sealskin

skins to get them to the top and had cheap Italian wine in their wineskins. The Marmot Derby, which was recognized by the Canadian Amateur Association, was held in the spring and participants competed in the giant slalom and downhill. The downhill was no slouch—approximately five miles long; it was a marathon of skills, daring, fitness and a small dose of insanity. It started on top of Marmot Peak, swooped down over Knob Hill, and then competitors schussbombed past all the spectators cheering and hanging out at the Martin Cabin, past the nowadays Slash and over the sewer lagoons, then tested all resolve and leg strength in the thigh screaming outrun. In years with good snow, they would finish at Portal Creek. Cyclists know these trails as Scabies, Old Bus Road and Old Man Downhill Trail. Twelve minutes was a good time! Many ski pants were ripped and bindings were pulled right out of the skis on account of the tremendous wipe-outs. The entire run had to be sidestepped and slide slipped before racing. Whoever thinks it’s tough to climb the peak, I have no sympathy! These first skiers at Marmot Basin were fortunate, early ski troopers with attitude, guts and love for the sport that we all have still. Getting up there This is something we can all relate to. Getting up to the ski hill stories often define a winter, make or break friendships, ruin marriages, test the quality of a car and the subsequent lack of power and the poor quality of tires.

an artful pairing: wine maker’s dinner Join us at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for the Burrowing Owl Wine Maker’s Dinner and preview of Regional Artist John Webster’s latest art show in the Gallery.

Friday, January 10

6pm - Welcome Reception at Mountain Galleries 7pm - Four-course Dinner paired with Burrowing Owl Wines in The Moose’s Nook

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In the early days; as told by Loni Klettl

Getting up to Marmot Basin for a day on the slopes was quite the adventure in the early days. But dedicated skiers did what it took. Many an innocent journey up to the base of the mountain was and still is saturated with trials, tribulations and disasters which transcend through the decades. No one escapes the trip up to the mountain: we all endure the drive, spilling coffee on our legs, pounding the dash in juvenile agitation because of the perceived gitbags that are going too slow, yelling obscenities at the idiots ahead, losing our minds at the long lineups at the park gate, explosive frustration in the parking lot... Why do we all endure this grief? Because once the skis are on, it’s called forgive and forget. From 1964 to 1970, skiers truly suffered The Bus Road, which was the only way to get up to Marmot Basin. No one has fond memories of this, especially me who’s quite prone to motion sickness. Vehicles were parked at the top of Portal Hill on 93A and all skiers jammed their skis and poles, mish mash into dubious ski racks which were attached with unconventional means to an ugly, uncomfortable beast called a bus. I was a little kid that was jostled and shoved, enduring many elbow jabs to the eyes and often my packsack would end up in the muddy slop that was called a floor. The road was narrow, tight and steep, all corners had numbers and pull offs for meetings with oncoming buses. Some corners were so tight that the driver had to use all manly muscle to manhandle the steering wheel, body straining with the effort to manually convince the beast to do a threepoint turn. A corroded metal frame with

no suspension, seats that were harder than plywood; this ear-splitting, stinky, rickety contraption, lurched, jarred, and belched its way around tight corners, gears screeching with agony and a black cloud of poor quality oil fumes staining the pristine winter air. With head exploding with dizziness and vomit that was way too close for comfort, I would stumble and stagger out of the beast at the Upper Chalet with Craven A extra long no filter smoke lingering on my scrawny frame. I look with despair at the flat light! I was not alone in my wobbly agony; others had the recognizable sheen of motion-sicknesssurvival-hell. I actually had an occasional saviour, in the form of Dad. Parks Canada in the early years at Marmot was in charge of operations. Being the park warden in charge, he got to drive his warden truck up this nightmare; we didn’t care how early in the morning we had to get up. Once the Marmot Road was completed in the early 1970’s, the journey to the ski hill improved substantially. Miraculously, our skis, butts, ears and dizzy heads healed seemingly overnight and the torture of the bus became a long ago memory clipped to great times of early skiing with friends and family at Marmot Basin. The Fitzhugh is compiling stories of Marmot Basin’s past in celebration of the ski hill’s 50th anniversary. If you have a story to share or a photo of the old days, send it to Nicole Veerman at

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“Just what else can they privatize or sell off?” asked King, expressing concerns that privatization would lead to higher admission fees, possibly out pricing the attraction for some tourists. “This is about an attack on the national parks system, something that we hold dear,” said Hladun. Jasperite Monika Schaefer likened it to “a slap in the face.” Tracy Thiessen, executive director and acting vice president of the mountain national parks, cautioned that it could take months before a deal might be reached. And even then, she stressed, there were provisions in place for protecting the cultural and environmental aspects of the hot springs, as well as collective agreements with staff. “That’s real important to Parks Canada, that these heritage properties are protected and those values are protected,” said Thiessen.

New trampoline for gymnasts

It took two years of fundraising but the Jasper Gymnastics Club celebrated the arrival of a new, $8,000 trampoline on Jan. 10. The children in the program were bouncing with excitement. Nadia Wassef, head coach for the club, reported, “the kids love it.”

JPL keeps giving As part of Jasper in January, Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding offers free trips on Pyramid Lake. a.scholtz photo

Life and times of deer 165

Jasper National Park received some premature results from a deer study it was conducting, when one of the deer was found dead on Highway 16 near the junction with Highway 93A. Known as mule deer 165, this particular doe was originally caught and collared behind the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre in April. From there she made her way to the Whirlpool area, where she gave birth to and nurtured her fawn for the remainder of the summer. By fall, she had moved down to Whistlers campground. It was just outside of town that she was hit and killed in the early morning of Dec. 2. Parks officers later retrieved the GPS collar to collect and analyze the data.

In the spirit of giving, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge collected money and food for the Jasper Food Bank over the Christmas holidays. The collected items amounted to two large boxes of food and $1,200 in employee donations, reported Sage Livingstone, marketing and public relations coordinator. Efforts didn’t end with Christmas however; JPL hosted a Moonlight Charity Skate event on Jan. 20 at Lake Mildred, again to collect donations for the food bank.

Hockey for hope

The Whistle Stop Pub hosted the second annual Hockey for Hope tournament, Jan. 19, during Jasper in January’s ATCO Family Street Party. The tourney was a fundraiser for former Whistle Stop employee Brittany Howelko. Howelko hit her head in a snowboarding mishap at Marmot Basin on Nov. 14, 2011, suffering a brain injury that put her into a coma. Upon recovering, she had lost much of her gross and fine motor skills. A year later, Howelko had finally returned home and begun outpatient rehabilitation in Winnipeg. But progress was slow, reported her mother. “Our girl is still fighting like crazy and continues to make tiny baby steps of progress each and every week,” Debbie Howelko wrote in a letter.

Tempers boil over hot springs

Though Jasper National Park’s public relations officer Allison Ogle reassured Jasperites that Miette Hot Springs “are not for sale,” the Public Service Alliance of Canada saw differently after Parks prepared an RFP to turn over management and running of the facility to a private operator. On Jan. 9, Marianne Hladun (PSAC regional executive vice president, prairie region) and Kevin King (PSAC regional vice president, Alberta, N.W.T. and Nunavut) met with an audience of about 40 people at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre to discuss the matter and hear concerns.

The volunteer fire bridage dished up some tasty chili at the annual Chili Cookoff at the Jasper Activity Centre. S. Makowsky photo

Reuse It Centre under the gun

Janet Cooper, the municipality’s environmental stewardship coordinator, reported to council on Jan. 15 that the Reuse It Centre was not generating enough revenue to cover costs after its first eight months. Of the $65,000 council had approved for the pilot project, $52,000 had already been spent, including $2,500 monthly in rent. Realistically, she said, the centre would not break even in its first two years. “I’d have to come back to council and request more funds to be released from the environmental stewardship reserve fund to carry on for next year.” Nonetheless, several councillors voiced optimism about the project, and Mayor Richard Ireland stressed other considerations at play. “The Reuse It Centre is not really a stand-alone,” he said. “The intent was that it would be a mechanism to reduce stress and strain on our solid waste collection system, so there would be less stuff to pick up around trash cans and less stuff to haul to the transfer station.”

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Brave souls take the plunge into the frigid waters of Patricia Lake for the annual Polar Bear Dip. d. betts photo

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H ist ory at a gl a nce

The start of a new year is a time to reflect on both the triumphs and blunders of the past year, as well as look forward to the year to come. Within our pages this week, we’ve provided a Cole’s Notes version of the stories that made headlines in 2013—a year that was nothing short of newsworthy. Jasper saw a bit of everything in the last 12 months: a record-breaking voter turnout in the municipal election; Greg Van Tighem’s triumphant return home after a 2,700 kilometre bike ride for charity; the completion of the Sleepy Hollow dog park; the closing of the Shell Canada station and Jasper Camera and Gift; a compromise on delayed winter access in large areas of the park; the loss of Gertrude Kofin, Toni Klettl and Anne Williams; the never ending saga of the library and cultural centre; the museum’s successful campaign to raise $70,000 for its roof; the opening of Marmot Basin’s 50th season; Jasper the Bear’s 65th birthday; and Arts Jasper’s 40th anniversary. Now, of course, we could reminisce forever about the events of the past, but we can only fit a limited number of words in this space, so let’s show some restraint and instead turn our thoughts to the year to come. In this brand new year of 2014, there are no certainties, but there is a good deal of unfinished business that we’ll surely see completed or continued over the next 12 months. For instance, Parks Canada will continue its work on the Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy and Maligne Tours will continue its bid to develop overnight accommodation at Maligne Lake. Council will work toward resort municipality status and discuss with Parks Canada the possible transfer of land use and planning to the municipality. Jasper in January will celebrate its 25th year, the Jasper Tramway its 50th and the Visitor Information Centre its 100th. The new joint school facility will open its doors in September and, if all goes as planned, the library and cultural centre will finally be completed in the spring. So it seems, as with every new year, there is much to look forward to in 2014. But for now, we at the Fitzhugh hope you keep your thoughts in the present, enjoying a few more turkey sandwiches and leftover treats, before heading back to the grind of everyday life. Goodness knows, you’ll need the break with Jasper in January just around the bend. All the best in the new year.

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Members of the Jasper Ski Club having a winter picnic at Patricia Lake. [ca. 1928]

L et ters t o t he edi t or

‘Turn down this proposal’ Dear Editor, I attended the Maligne Tours open house in Jasper in late November and wanted to add my voice to all those others who are opposed to it. Since the Glacier Skywalk was approved, despite all the public opposition, it is easy to see why so many people, myself included, think the Maligne Lake proposal is a done deal as well, as was voiced by many at the open house. I am not sure where Parks gets their marching orders from but this seems to be the new pattern with them; invite public input into Parks management plans, then when a new development proposal comes along all that public input, given by people in good faith, is thrown out the window. There was overwhelming public opposition to the Skywalk, now there is clearly overwhelming opposition to the Maligne Tours proposal and yet we see the same scenario unfold again. I would like to be wrong, but if this proposal is approved there will be no doubt left in any of us that Parks Canada marches to a different drummer these days and that the public input process is a farce and a mockery of democracy.

If some tourists want to stay in a plush lodge by a beautiful lake they can go to Chateau Lake Louise. But the days of building those kind of structures are over. We now recognize that we have built enough of them, both in the Parks and outside. What we need now is to leave nature as it is and emphasize the serenity and stillness of the landscape we have left in the front country, so people can experience that in relative comfort, i.e. without taking long hikes into the backcountry. The latter will, hopefully, always be there but many will not or are not able to experience it for various reasons. As someone who lives in the Foothills just outside the park where we are surrounded by gas wells and coal mines, (and it’s getting worse), I know how precious those quiet places are. I go to the park all the time to enjoy them as they are getting harder and harder to find here. Parks Canada is quickly losing credibility with the public and if they want to restore it, as I am sure many Parks employees would, they need to demonstrate it now and turn down this proposal. Rocky Notnes Hinton, Alta.


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Dodge, the celebrity cat

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An injured stray feline became a cause célèbre in February, after Jasperite Karen Dyck and a small group of friends rescued the animal. Christened Dodge by his rescuers, the cat weighed less than four and a half pounds and had a brachial plexus (limb) injury when he was found near the Stone Mountain complex in late December.

Library completion postponed

With mechanical problems surfacing through an architects’ report, the municipality admitted that the library renovation project would not meet its original completion target of winter 2013. At the time, a new completion date could not be set, but it was guaranteed not to be within the next few months. This came after the budget had already grown a million dollars over the original $7.5 million budget, due to other unforeseen complications. “It’s longer than we had all hoped for, but we’re working together to have a building that people will be proud of,” said Peter Waterworth, CAO for the town.

Dyck took him in, but with Dodge’s wild pedigree, medical expenses soon began mounting. So Dyck and members of the Jasper Dog Owners Group (J-DOG) began raising funds. Dyck held a garage sale in early February, and began collecting bottles and cans for recycling. Jasper school children also contributed, collecting coins to donate to the “Dodge fund.” As of Feb. 21, Dodge had been neutered and vaccinated but was still in need of a booster shot and the limb still needed fixing. “It could either heal or it might have to be amputated,” Dyck said. s. makowsky photo

Town gets ready to rumble

After meeting with council to broach the subject of budget, municipal administration decided to proceed with hosting a Canadian National Wrestling Alliance event on Saturday, May 18. It was the first time such an event had been tried in Jasper, noted arena manager Peter Bridge.

While the municipality could have been on the hook for $6,500 if the event flopped, the arena had potential to generate solid revenue if sales were good. To break even, the arena needed to sell 400 of its total 2,000 seats. “My motivation [to host this event] was to try to bring the arena as close to breaking even as we can. It’s less burden on the taxpayers then,” Bridge explained. Excess money from the event would be put toward its project budget.

Searchlight shines on Jasper band

The Randal Scott Band earned one of 20 spots for Edmonton region artists in the CBC Searchlight contest. The vote-based competition saw bands compete for votes to progress from one stage to the next. First prize included a CBC Music video session, a paid performance at a high-profile showcase in Toronto, and $20,000 in musical equipment from Yamaha Canada Music. The Randal Scott Band entry was a song titled “The Real Miami.”

Storming the ski-mo championships

Reiner Thoni is a familiar name to Jasperites for his regular feats of athleticism in mountaineering. But in February last year he started to earn some recognition in Europe as well. First, he and skiing partner Andrew McNab placed 15th in the senior men’s team race at the International Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Pelvoux, France. Thoni and three other teammates (McNab, Bradley Schalles and Peter Knight) followed that up with a ninth place finish in the ISM men’s relay. To cap it off, Thoni took 26th in the individual race and 42nd in the men’s vertical.

Jasperite gets a GG

On Feb. 21, Brianna Bossio received the highest honour accorded to Canadian students for academics. Bossio graduated from Jasper Junior/Senior High School in 2012 and continued on to the University of Alberta to study engineering. She returned to Jasper to receive the Bronze Academic Governor General’s Award. Past recipients of the award include Pierre Trudeau, Kim Campbell, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy. “I was lucky to have good teachers in high school,” said Bossio. “It’s a real honour.” d. betts photo

Making a brighter future

Jasmine Payant, a Grade 12 student at Jasper Junior/Senior High School, won $10,000 in new solar panels for the new Jasper Joint School Facility as the winner of the Enmax Energy Challenge. She also got a new cruiser bike and $2,000 for her efforts. Payant’s winning entry garnered a total of 4,998 votes.

Children from both Jasper Elementary School and Ecole Desrochers enjoyed two days of winter carnival fun, including ice canoe races in Centennial Park. d. betts photo

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Jasper the Bear turns 65

Jasper’s mascot became a senior citizen on March 23, 65 years after the mischievous ursine first debuted in MacLean’s Magazine in 1948. Created by cartoonist James Simpkins, Jasper the Bear quickly became the park mascot. “He was created because James had a real affinity for the park and for nature,” said Pattie Pavlov, general manager of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. “In 1948, James already had concerns about the park and the sustainability of the national parks.” The spry bear enjoyed a party that included cake, dancing and tributes from local dignitaries, including Mayor Richard Ireland, MLA Robin Campbell and MP Rob Merrifield, who presented a $12,000 donation to Friends of Jasper National Park in honour of the furry mascot. a. scholtz photo

The slept-in look makes a comeback

The second annual PJ Day took Jasper by storm, starting with a flash mob in thickly falling snow at the Jasper Fire Hall. Breakfast Television was on hand to broadcast the event, as residents showed their support, enjoying a pancake breakfast, yoga demonstrations and more while dressed in their bedroom best. More pajama-populated events unfolded throughout the day, including a ski race and fashion show. Jasperite Marta Rode founded the event to raise awareness and support for autoimmune diseases.

Caribou closure sparked debate

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Museum roof drive

Fifty years after it was established, the Jasper museum found it had sprung some leaks. The museum’s roof was aging and in need of replacement, but the cost was high. “We have set an immediate goal of $70,000 to cover the cost to repair the entire roof,” said Anne Marie Couture, board member with the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. The museum launched a fundraising campaign on March 18, collecting soon-tobe-obsolete pennies and selling squares of roof for $25 a square foot.

Access to medical care takes longer

Edmonton’s City Centre Airport officially closed to medevac flights from Jasper on March 15, as part of a phased closure of the city’s central airport. Emergency medical flights out of Jasper now land at the international airport and proceed from there by ambulance, adding a minimum of 20 minutes travel time to reach specialized care in the city. “To save lives doctors need timely and effective medevac services to get our patients to trauma, heart, obstetric and other specialists at the Alex and U of A hospitals,” Dr. Kerry Pawlusky, an Edmonton medical doctor, stated in a press release. Along with 35 other doctors from rural and northern Alberta, Pawlusky signed an open letter expressing his concern. Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne assured northern and rural residents “patient care and safety will not be compromised” by the change of location.

april 2013 budget approved

Parks Canada hosted a backcountry winter use workshop Feb. 28, opening up debate about proposed recreational closures to protect sensitive woodland caribou herds. In all, Parks proposed closing winter access to three areas of the park—the Tonquin, Brazeau and North Boundary—totalling approximately 2,500 square kilometres, from Nov. 1–March 1. Some viewed the measures as extreme, but John Wilmshurst said that delays in


implementing policy had already proven highly detrimental to conservation efforts. “We are about 20 years too late,” he said. “We should have been making these decisions a long time ago.” Other attendees supported the intent to preserve the species but challenged the data, and the solutions that were presented. “The question is, are these the right measures to actually preserve the caribou population and are they the measures that are least likely to interfere with sustainability of the park in a larger sense?” asked Richard Ireland. Over 200 residents attended the Feb. 28 workshop, starting off weeks of discussion and review and prompting a flurry of letters to the Fitzhugh. A final decision would not be announced until July 26, when Parks announced only the Brazeau and A La Peche caribou ranges would be affected by delayed winter access.

Council voted to accept the 2013 operating budget, which includes a 4.72 per cent municipal tax increase, at its April 2 meeting. An interim budget had been adopted in December 2012 to allow for financial changes that could potentially be brought forth by the Services and Structural Review, originally anticipated to be completed in January. The Services and Structural Review, which was actually completed in May, is the first large scale review the Municipality of

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Jasper has undertaken to ensure it is running as efficiently as possible. In August 2012, a funding request for $106,990 was approved by council for the review. At that time, the standard two week public notice period was waived to ensure the review was complete in time for the 2013 budget process.

Pedalling from end to end

Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem embarked on his bike ride from one end of Highway 93 to the next to raise $93,000 for the MS Society of Canada in April. The ride, a total of about 2,700 kilometres, took him from Wickenburg, Ariz. to Jasper. He mounted his bike for the first day of riding on April 23. Van Tighem has been raising funds for the MS Society for seven years. Before the ride, he had already pulled in about $145,000 for the society.

Arts Jasper celebrates milestone

After 40 years, Arts Jasper continues to serve the community as a “low-key, non-profit” organization. The arts group started in 1973 with a meeting of 17 people seeking to address four key areas: assist the high school band program, re-establish a town band, establish a group of people to help bring choirs and bands to Jasper, and put in place a fundraising group to pay for everything. The group began primarily to fundraise, and later performances were added on the side. The first performance was in 1974. That year, a total of six performances were held, all in the high school gym. Since the organization began 40 years ago, Jasper has changed a great deal and businesses have begun bringing in frequent entertainment. So, the current seven members of Arts Jasper, dedicate their time to bringing in acts that are a little bit different.

Thoni wins European ski touring competition

Eight ambitious three-man teams set out to take part in the inaugural Atomic Waymaker ski touring challenge held at Dachstein in Austria, April 7. And ultimately, one team prevailed above the rest. The United States of Canada, made up of Mark Smiley, Andrew McNab and former Jasperite Reiner Thoni, collected 4,500 euros ($6,025) and bragging rights.

Construction begins on new school Excavation on the new school land began mid-April and the building’s footings were poured shortly after. There was no visible work done during the winter months on the Bonhomme Street land, but plenty of work was done behind the scenes, as permitting, construction drawings and finishing details—like decisions on exterior and interior colours—were completed. The new $21.3-million facility, set to open for the 2014-15 school year, will include exposed wood beams, decorative rock and distinct interior colours for each of the schools—Jasper Junior/Senior High School and Ecole Desrochers. There will be another colour used for shared spaces. The provincial government announced in May 2011 that Jasper would be one of 35 communities to receive a renovation or a new school. The following month, a plebiscite was held, asking the community’s permission to swap the dog park land on Bonhomme Street for the current high school site. The land transfer was passed with 60 per cent of voters in favour of the exchange. The dog park—now the school lands—was closed to the public Aug. 24 and on Sept. 14 a golden shovel was thrust into the ground signifying the beginning of construction.

Jubilee medal for Ireland

Mayor Richard Ireland was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during the annual Volunteer Banquet April 23. He was among 1,000 mayors across the country to receive the award. The commemorative medal is given to Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities. Ireland has been involved in municipal politics in Jasper for more than 20 years. Story continued on page 7

The Waymaker isn’t a timed event, like the European ski mountaineering (skimo) competitions Thoni had been competing in all season. Rather, it’s a test of the entire team’s endurance, skill, creative route planning and resilience. Although Thoni and his team had few expectations when they entered the race, they were incredibly proud to have actually won the event. “It was an experience that puts everything we’ve ever done in Europe in the shade,” said Smiley. submitted photo

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jubilee Story continued from page 6

As chair of the Jasper Town Committee, he played an integral role in bringing local government to town, acting as a spokesperson in negotiations with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta. He was chair of the committee for 14 years before the Specialized Municipality of Jasper was established in 2001, and he became mayor.

Jasper Camera and Gift marks end of an era

On Sunday, April 28, Ross Pugh slid his key into the door lock one last time and secured the building that housed his family’s business for 70 years. Jasper Camera and Gift has been in the Pugh family for three generations; he took it over from his dad, Jack, 22 years ago. The building, located on Connaught Drive, was constructed by F.A. Jackman in 1925 and the Pugh family took it over in the ‘40s. “I loved all 22 years in the business. It’s bittersweet,” Pugh said at that time.


Off with the roof

Following a report released in early May, it was determined that the air and vapour barrier on the library and cultural centre roof was inadequate, so the cedar shakes and shingles that were already installed were removed in order for a new barrier to be applied. The report was completed by Williams Engineering Canada. Gord Rajewski, the company’s regional director for Northern Alberta, is an Accepted Inspector with the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA). He was selected to review the library by the project contractors.

Singing in the spotlight one last time

The song of the Summit Singers came to an end, as the choral group closed its music books after 10 years, May 13. The group was formed in 2003 by Val and Morley Fleming. It was meant to give the staff at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge something to do during the cold long winter. But, instead, the group attracted a large number of singers from town, so it primarily held all of its practises and concerts in Jasper. Past choir members attended the last concert in May, to lend their voices to one final song: “I Feel the Spirit.”

Recommendations from services review

The municipality’s Services and Structural Review was completed and released for public consumption in May. One of the 13 recommendations within it was to restructure the departments within the municipality so there are only four directors. That would mean merging Community and Family Services and Culture and Recreation into one “Community

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Pride was literally in the air, May 17, as a rainbow flag rose to the top of the flag pole for the first time in Jasper’s history. It was fluttering next to the national and provincial flags outside the fire hall to mark International Day Against Homophobia—a day to remember that though homosexuality is accepted in some circles, it is still discriminated against in others. There to mark the occasion were a dozen onlookers, as well as Mayor Richard Ireland, who helped Mychol Ormandy, program coordinator for OUT Jasper, raise the flag. n. veerman photo

Services” department and turning Environmental Services into “Operational Services,” a department that would cover everything from solid waste to information technology. The review also recommended that council develop a five-year strategic plan and that the municipality develop a standard for services, among other things. The review was undertaken to provide a municipal health check to ensure the municipality is working as effectively as possible.

Jasper remembers Marilyn Monroe In early May, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives filled its gallery with memories of Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 month-long visit to the park. Monroe was in Jasper filming the movie River of No Return. During that time, many Jasperites had unforgettable encounters with the voluptuous actress, which were captured in the “Remembering Marilyn” exhibit. There was also space within the exhibit for people to record their own Monroe memories. The exhibit was open until September.



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Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem rolled into town, after 2,700 kilometres of cycling, in late May. During his trip, his solo bike ride from Wickenburg, Ariz. to Jasper, he was blown off the road, chased by a dog and pelted by rain, but nothing stopped him from reaching his goal. Van Tighem embarked on his journey as a way of raising awareness and funds for the MS Society of Canada. When he completed the last leg of his journey, he was joined by dozens of Jasperites who biked behind him down Connaught Drive to the Mile Zero Rock, where the group was met by 100 Jasperites, who cheered loudly as the chief pedalled his last few strides. n. veerman photo

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Ye a r i n re v i e w War, took a poetic, no-dialogue approach to Through Ice and Time. The 15-minute film centres on an elderly man as he looks back on his younger years and his experiences on the Columbia Icefield and Mount Athabasca. Eddie Klopfenstein, Dana Ruddy and Dylan Skinner portray the man during different stages of his life as he explores these natural wonders. Nico Magnan, Sean Elliot, Wyatt Bell and Erika Whitty also have roles in the film.

july Thirty-five students graduated from Jasper Junior/Senior High School in June. submitted photo

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june Cavell reopens

For the first time since the dramatic fall of Ghost Glacier in 2012, Mount Edith Cavell was open to the public June 14. The area had been closed since Aug. 10, when, in the early morning hours, more than 100,000 cubic metres of ice fell into Cavell Tarn, creating a wave and air blast that destroyed the parking lot, picnic area and a portion of the Lower Path of the Glacier trail.

New cultural area: ‘A place set apart’

The Jasper Aboriginal Cultural Area officially opened June 20, just in time for Aboriginal Day celebrations. The designation of the eight-hectare parcel of land—along the Maligne River between Fifth Bridge and Six Bridge—was announced at the raising of the Two Brothers Totem Pole in July 2011. The site blessing ceremony took place last August. The new cultural area is part of an ongoing collaborative process of reconnection and reconciliation between Parks Canada and the more than 20 Aboriginal communities who were displaced when Jasper became a national park in 1907.

Gertrude Kofin passed away May 25, less than a month before her 92nd birthday. She was a tireless volunteer, recognized by the municipality as Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and by the province for her 60 years of service to the Ladies Auxiliary in 2012. Despite those honours, she was quick to brush them off with one of her jokes. She even admitted to being embarrassed when recognized with her provincial award last August. Kofin always had a colourful joke ready and waiting to brighten someone’s day, and inevitably their cheeks. “She brightened all of our days that way,” said Lorna Chisholm, of the Seton Healthcare Centre. “She will definitely be missed by us. There have been people already saying, ‘We miss seeing Gertie everyday.”

Rodwell leaves municipality and Jasper

The municipality lost another of its longtime managers, July 23, as Doug Rodwell, acting director of environmental services, left Jasper for a position with the City of Lloydminster. Rodwell was the fifth high-level employee to leave in 18 months. He followed in the footsteps of Ken Quackenbush, George Krefting, Verne Balding and Chris Read. Rodwell secured a job at the municipality in 2002, after his wife cashed in on his promise that he’d retire from the military police after a 20-year career. Following a few years in that position, he then applied for the manager of utilities position, which he landed in 2011. The following year, when Quackenbush left for Diavik Diamond Mine outside of Yellowknife, NWT, Rodwell took over as acting director of environmental services.

Through Ice and Time premieres local efforts

Local talent in director Alar Kivilo’s short film Through Ice and Time previewed the fruits of their labour during a special pre-screening of the production June 22 at Chaba Theatre. Shooting took place over six days at the Columbia Icefield and Mount Athabasca. Kivilo, known for his work on films like The Blind Side, The Lake House and Hart’s

Jasper’s multicultural mosaic

Jasper’s Aboriginal Day festivities, June 21–23, attracted a diverse crowd, including travellers from as far away as Scotland and Australia, to help celebrate

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As always, Canada Day was a huge hit in 2012, with its annual parade, pancake breakfast and fireworks. S. Makowsky photo

Kreiner paged to Ottawa

Recent École Desrochers graduate Gabriel Kreiner was one of 40 individuals selected from across Canada for the House of Commons Page Program. A page performs administrative and ceremonial duties during parliament, such as delivering important messages to the prime minister from members. Kreiner is the first École Desrochers graduate to attend the page program, and is an ideal candidate because he is bilingual and has shown leadership qualities.

First Nations tradition and culture. “Multiculturalism is alive and well here [in Jasper],” said Sucker Creek First Nation council member Terry Calliou. The event featured live entertainment with singers, drummers and dancers, and the crowd even joined in for a few traditional round dances. Artisans also displayed their artwork, crafts and food, including fresh bannock. Those celebrating Aboriginal Day with Parks Canada and Sucker Creek First Nation even witnessed an event that doesn’t happen often: in honour of his journey and contributions as a leader, Chief Jim Badger was presented with a traditional headdress. S. Makowsky photo



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Ye a r i n re v i e w Rowing against the world

Jasper athlete Alex Walker represented Canada on the world stage, July 24–28. The former Jasperite was selected as one of 24 Canadian rowers to travel to Austria to compete in the 2013 World Rowing Under-23 Championships. Walker, who now resides in Victoria, B.C. and rows with the Vikes rowing team at the University of Victoria, competed in the lightweight men’s double with his rowing mate Dylan Harris.

30 years of Friends

July 20, Friends of Jasper National Park held a special anniversary celebration. For 30 years the organization has connected residents and visitors to the national park through volunteerism. Friends is a registered charity that formed in 1983 to promote understanding, appreciation and respect for the natural and cultural heritage of Jasper National Park. As well as programming, it also runs a gift shop in the Visitor Information Centre and is responsible for organizing events like the annual Parks Day celebration. Friends’ volunteers have ensured the organization’s durability over the past 30 years, said Mayor Richard Ireland. Indeed, the anniversary celebration’s aim was to recognize and celebrate everyone who has made a contribution with Friends. Volunteerism through Friends is a way for people to engage in the care of Jasper National Park. Programs include MAPS bird banding, hiking clubs, a historical tour and junior naturalist.

august Architect and builder liable for library roof replacement After an extended legal battle, the municipality of Jasper was freed of liability for the replacement of the library and cultural centre roof. “One hundred per cent of the redo on this roof, including the structural, the roofing, all aspects of it—including some wall work because the vapour barrier has to tie into the walls—has been allocated to Delnor and Stantec,” said Gord Hutton, the municipality’s on site manager. That allocation was the result of an extended legal battle between the municipality, Stantec—the project architect—and Delnor Construction Ltd.—the builder. At that time, the $8.5-million library renovation and expansion project was already a million dollars over budget after unforeseen issues with the renovation of the existing library—a heritage building subject to strict development rules.

Remembering a friendly, talented bartender People gathered at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Clubhouse, Aug. 18, to celebrate their brother, uncle, cousin, friend and coworker, Andy Coolen, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 13. The 46-year-old, who tended bar at JPL for 22 years, beginning in 1991, succumbed to head injuries he sustained after stumbling down the steps outside Le Pub, a popular gathering place for JPL staff. “Andy’s death was so sudden, so quick and so unexpected,” Coolen’s long-time friend Keith Clarke said during the memorial service. “Death is something you’ll never, ever get over, especially a dear, dear friend.” There wasn’t an empty seat in the golf clubhouse and it was “overwhelming to

Park pioneer passes on

Jasper National Park lost one of its pioneers July 12. Toni Klettl, born Anton Klettl July 3, 1927, was a long-time Jasperite and park warden, who passed away after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for a number of years. Toni was one the last wardens to raise his family deep in JNP’s backcountry, and

his wildlife carvings can still be found in numerous homes, offices and businesses. The Upper Path of the Glacier trail that he paved against the wishes of the powers that be still stands strong today, and the avalanche control and public safety programs he helped create in the 50s and 60s are the basis of the programs in place today. “He was proud of being who and what he was—a warden,” said Toni’s long-time friend Mike Eder. “He loved what he did very dearly and he loved this park.”

know that Andy had so many friends,” said Coolen’s brother, John. Coolen’s family members travelled all the way from Sydney, N.S. to attend his Jasper memorial.

Eighteen positions in Whistlers and Wapiti were affected, and the combined savings of salaries and goods and services for Jasper was $95,000.

Parks privatizes some campground and cleaning service jobs

JPL Canada’s top public golf course

In an effort to improve its bottom line, Parks Canada contracted out campground and cleaning services in Wapiti and Whistlers campgrounds. The decision was part of the Government of Canada’s Def icit Reduction Action Plan, said Jasper National Park Supt. Greg Fenton. Contracting out services was “intended to improve some eff iciencies of operations, reduce the cost to taxpayers, and come up with some savings that we need to capture as part of the def icit reduction decisions.”

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The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s golf course received the highest honour in SCOREGolf magazine’s top 59 Canadian public golf courses, being named No. 1. “There are some great golf courses on that list,” said Alan Carter, director of golf at JPL. “It’s a tremendous honour.” SCOREGolf selected 59 golf courses because of the number’s special meaning in the sport—few players have achieved a score below 60. The magazine’s panel of experts bestowed JPL’s golf course with a 8.69 rating out of 10 and also ranked it the most beautiful and fun to play in Alberta.

Wild weekend

July 19, hundreds of people flooded Entrance Ranch, 20 minutes from Jasper National Park, for the sixth annual Wild Mountain Music Festival. The three-day event attracted people as young as two and as old as 85, said WMMF chairperson Brian LaBerge, who, after the festival, said he was “tickled” with how things played out. It’s not just the diversity of the music that made the festival such a success, said LaBerge, it was the hundreds of volunteers that gave their time and energy to the event. WMMF is 100 per cent volunteer. n. veerman photo

Jasper Heritage Rodeo is facing tough times, but the dedicated volunteers that run the annual rodeo say it will be back in 2014. n. veerman photo

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Ye a r i n re v i e w september The last first day

Just as they’d done for the past 61 years, the doors of the Jasper Junior/Senior High School opened for the first day of school Sep. 3. But, unlike previous years, this one was different. It marked the last year those doors welcomed a new school year and a new crop of enthusiastic Grade 7s. In September of 2014, Jasper’s youth will instead enter a brand new school and experience a similar feeling of awe and excitement as the students of 1951, who moved into the existing high school in December of that year. Since those early days, the high school has had numerous additions, so it no longer resembles its original self. But even with all of the changes, one thing that always stayed the same was the fantastic opportunities allotted to the students. “Going to school here, I always felt extremely fortunate,” past graduate Vonna Arsenault said. “I think we were pretty privileged in Jasper.”

Folk festival brings good music and vibes

Mother Nature smiled down on the organizers of the Jasper Folk Music Festival Sep. 13-15, doling out three straight days of beautiful, hot sunshine for the festival’s return after a six-year hiatus. “The weather couldn’t possibly have been any better,” said festival coordinator Cristin Murphy. “We feel really happy with how everything came together. There was such a good vibe.” It was reassuring, she said, to see that even after a break, Jasperites want a festival and are happy to support one right in town. The success of the weekend, with about 500 people dancing to headliners Five Alarm Funk on Friday night and to Oscar Lopez the following night, was enough to get the festival organizers thinking to the future. n. veerman photo

Hockey night in Jasper Despite an early puck to the face, Theoren Fleury led the NHL Alumni to victory, scoring five goals and assisting seven others in Saturday night’s match-up against the Jasper Wolves’ all-star team. The final score in the charity game for Greg Van Tighem’s End to End to End MS campaign was 19–12. The game, along with a golf tournament, banquet and silent and live auction, was organized by Peter Hayashi in the span of 10 days. According to Van Tighem everything came together better than expected. “It was almost overwhelming to see the support,” he said, noting that, “like someone said, ‘Jasper just keeps giving.’ It does.”

october Farewell to the Jasper Naturalist

Anne Williams, a staple in Jasper’s guiding world for nearly 30 years, passed away Oct. 2, after a short battle with breast cancer. The naturalist, with a background in geology and history, was diagnosed in November 2012. She spent the last weeks of her life in Seton Healthcare Centre, where she was admitted a day after giving her last tour. Anne was an active volunteer with the Friends of Jasper National Park, and was even recognized as volunteer of the year after writing interpretive signage for the Cavell Meadows project. “Jasper and JNP has lost a true spirit,” wrote Loni Klettl on the Jasper Trail Alliance Facebook page after she passed. “Anne, you enriched our lives in so many ways. Thanks for being wonderful you.”

Glacier Skywalk to open next May

Construction of the Glacier Skywalk stopped in October, leaving Brewster Travel Canada’s newest tourist attraction “substantially complete.” Brewster said it will open to the public in early May. The structure won an international architectural award in 2011, and is a gleaming arc of glass and steel jutting out almost 280


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Lynda Knight fought for the status of her pet pig, Piglet, in front of a well-attended Jasper provincial court Sept. 26. The trial, which stemmed from a $100 ticket Jasper Bylaw Enforcement gave Knight in July for possession of livestock, lasted almost three hours, and ended in applause as

metres above the Sunwapta Valley. When the Skywalk, then called the Discovery Walk, was first proposed in 2011, it caused an uproar both locally and nationally, as opponents expressed concerns about the mountain goat and bighorn sheep populations in the area, as well as the privatization of the park.

Record voters in tight election

In the Oct. 21 election, which saw a record number of voters, Helen Kelleher-Empey secured the last seat on council by a margin of one vote. Holding strong behind the former general manager of the Chamber of Commerce was Bob Covey, with 478 votes. Although he was encouraged by many to request a recount, Covey declined and allowed the numbers to stand uncontested. Joining Kelleher-Empey on council is incumbent Dwain Wacko (711), Brian Nesbitt, who served on council from 2004–07 (597), incumbent Rico Damota (560), Vonna Arsenault (512) and incumbent Gilbert Wall (505). And at the helm yet again is Richard Ireland—the only mayor Jasper has ever known. With a total of 1,247 votes, Ireland won by

Judge C. D. Gardner dismissed the case. “What this case comes down to is the definition of livestock,” said Gardner in his verdict. According to his interpretation, an animal would have to be kept on a farm for agricultural purposes to be classified as “livestock” under municipal bylaws, and Piglet didn’t belong in that category. “It’s obvious that this pig is kept for domestic purposes,” he said. n. veerman photo

a margin of nearly 10-to-1 over Cloud Byrd, who finished with 130 votes. Karen Fontaine garnered 57. Voter turnout in the election, which had 20 candidates for council and three for mayor, came in at 43 per cent, with 1,486 ballots cast.

Returning officer ends 20 year career

After more than 20 years on the job, Jasper’s returning officer is calling it quits. Beryl Cahill worked behind the scenes to pull together every Jasper election since its 2001 incorporation as a specialized municipality, and even before that, she facilitated elections for the school board. She said she loves her work and will be sad to pass on the duties, but now feels like the right time to call it a day. “Four years from now I’ll be 72,” she said, referring to the date of the next election, “do I want that kind of pressure?” She said she will likely have retired by then, so it just makes sense to stop acting as returning officer now. Of course, until she retires, she will keep her job as Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Jasper.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES Community Outreach Services Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in.The coffee is always on. M – F, 9:00am to 4:30pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780-852-2100. Jasper Reuse-it Centre Anglican Church Hall basement, 602 Geikie Street (back door by parking lot). Hours: Mon 7-9 pm, Tues 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wed 7 -9 pm, Thurs 1-3pm. Donations accepted during operating hours. Alberta Healthy Living Education Programs

Alberta Health Services is offering FREE classes in Jasper for adults on the following: • Weight Management • Diabetes Management • High Blood Pressure • High Cholesterol This free group program includes an introduction to the condition and nutrition advice with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietician. Call the registration line at 1-877-349-5711 for more information or to register. Badminton Nights Interested in playing badminton? Come to the Jasper High School gym, every Wednesday, at 8:00 PM. Drop in fee is $2 ASK (Advocates for Special Kids)

Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Outreach office. Jasper Food Bank Help is available from the Jasper Food Bank Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 6:30pm. Call 780-852-8800 for more info. Town Council Meetings Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in the meeting room on the second floor of the EMS building. Royal Canadian Legion 401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4 p.m. Children welcome until 8pm.Chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740. Habitat for the Arts 500 Robson Street. Open Tues - Sat, 12 to 5 pm. 780-984-5252 or Thrift Shop Hours The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement.

Jasper Municipal Library Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. For more info 780-852-3652 or Jasper Adult Learning Centre Skills for Success Program Do you want to find a better job? Change careers? Learn new skills? Our new program offers basic training in reading, writing, math, computer use and other essential workplace skills. Drop by 631 Patricia St. or call 780-852-4418 ext 1 for more information and to see if you qualify.

Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-8522909.

HIV West Yellowhead For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800-772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper Follow the activities organized by the ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) on our web and Facebook pages. Come meet francophones of Jasper! Suivez les activités organisées par l’ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) sur nos pages internet et Facebook. Venez rencontrer les francophones de Jasper! Located at the Jasper Train Station Greyhound entrance. Situé à la gare de Jasper, entrée de Greyhound. Business hours/heures d’ouverture: 9 h à 16 h. Tél : 780-852-7476      www.facebook. com/ACFAJasper

Al-Anon Al-Anon Family Group help friends and families of alcoholics - meetings Friday at 7pm at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more info please call 780-852-4518 or 780-852-4578. 12 Step Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous

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Pap Test Clinics Pap Test Clinics available with female Registered Nurse. February 13, March 21, May 2. Please call 780.852.4759 for an appointment.

Community Band Rehersals Band rehersals 6-7pm on Thursdays in the Jasper High School music room.

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ries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Cultivating a new quality of exchange in some of your closest relationships will be a core theme in 2014. You will continue to undergo measurable changes which may be linked to the way you look, think and conduct your affairs generally. At best, this includes a steady rise of power, authority, responsibility and confidence. aurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Plans, dreams and schemes that have been brewing in the back of your mind for a long time will be brought out into the open this year. By mid-summer the pace should slow and the scope narrow compared to the past couple of years. This will help you to feel happier and more at peace. Still, your sights set on the future will remain a core focus.

A steady learning curve with a major focus on health and/or the overall quality of your lifestyle will continue. You will feel inspired to do something extra special in 2014. Yet, to make your dreams, visions, hopes and wishes come true, you will be challenged to be more disciplined. Expect to work harder towards realizing measurable results and returns.

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The process of or at least the prospect of entering new territory somehow will continue through the first half of 2014. Then even more attention will be directed to home and family than usual. Learning about and making investments will gain your attention especially during the second half of the year. Generally, your financial picture stands to improve.

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eo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) You will become more assertive and decisive this year. Your focus upon the future will inspire and/or challenge you to increase your network of friends and contacts. By summer you will be in the mood to take bigger risks than usual. Increasing the scope and quality of your creative abilities especially where financial returns is featured will emerge as a core motivation.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Knowing your direction and empowering your focus with knowledge will continue all year. Taking calculated risks to strengthen your professional standing will remain a core theme. This could include a steady increase in your scope of friends and professional contacts. Yet, you will be inspired and perhaps challenged to move on somehow without looking back.


ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A process of establishing a whole new foundation which began about 1.5 years ago will continue this year. It will require, however, that you become even more assertive, determined, decisive and disciplined. Beginning in July this practical focus will turn to include a broader scope of social, political and/or humanitarian interests and causes.


corpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) A process of devising, designing and implementing the next major focus of your life will continue in 2014. Philosophical and/or metaphysical interests, especially towards gaining a clearer sense of your own individuality and particular needs will remain important all year. Yet, the focus will swing significantly to the importance of relationships by summer.

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agittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) The cycle of clearing, purging, dissolving and completion in your overall lifestyle will continue in 2014. According to your evolutionary need this process has probably already proven to be quite dramatic. At best, you are feeling more liberated. The pressure will ease off somewhat during summer and will guide you to be more social and communicative.


apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Increasing your scope of influence will continue in 2014. In fact, you can expect it to go up a notch or two before spring. It remains important that you forge even stronger alliances with other key power players. As well, make sincere efforts to clear past debts and any other liabilities. Aim to establish a positive momentum by summer anyway and it could produce significant returns.


isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) It is important that you build a promising momentum by summer that will help see you through and into 2015. You will have to pay more attention to the details this year so do what you can to keep your mind clear and sharp. It may prove necessary for you to deepen your commitment, resolve and efforts. Set a determined pace early in the game to win.


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Students engage in active remembrance

Thirty-five junior high students cleared freshly fallen snow from 60 headstones, Nov. 8, to reveal the names of veterans laid to rest in the Jasper Cemetery. Each stone was then topped with a single poppy, as a gesture of remembrance and thanks. Jasper was the first community outside of Edmonton to take part in the No Stone Left Alone initiative, created to connect Grade 8 students with the act of remembrance. No Stone Left Alone is the result of a family tradition, started by Maureen Bianchini-Purvis, whose parents both served in the Second World War. When she was a child, Bianchini-Purvis began placing a poppy on her mother’s grave each year, and when her father passed away, she continued the tradition with him as well. It grew into a large scale event in 2011.


The Jasper resident, who was elected to the legislative assembly in 2008, also took over as government house leader, putting him in charge of steering government legislation through the house. The new titles were a step up for Campbell, who had been Minister of Aboriginal Relations, as well as deputy house leader. “It was a complete surprise, actually,” Campbell said in an interview a few days after the appointment.

The Jasper Curling Club celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. Former member and de facto club historian, Sandy Robinson, still has minutes from some of the original meetings. They show an enthusiastic group of Jasper residents intricately planning their club before they had even secured a rink. Those early meetings led to the creation of the 58-member Jasper Park Curling Club on Oct. 24, 1924. They built their first rink in 1925, and after a couple of moves throughout the years are now located in the Jasper Activity Centre. “[The club] was the social place to be—especially in the winter,” Robinson said, explaining that the great company, the free-flowing booze and the top-notch concessions, run by the ladies club, drew people in. Although it’s smaller today then in the past, a dedicated group of curlers still make up its core, and keep its spirit alive.

Council approves interim budget

Glaciers celebrate strong season

Lake Edith recognized for proactive safety approach

Ninety years of mountainside curling

Marmot celebrates half a century

Marmot Basin opened for its 50th season Nov. 15, one week after its target date. October’s unusually warm temperatures set the ski hill back, melting the natural snow that fell throughout the month and making it impossible to fire up the snow machines. “We’re like farmers that are waiting for the rain in the spring or the sun in the fall,” said Brian Rode, VP of marketing for Marmot, “we’re weather dependent. But we’re only weather dependent in so far as having cold enough temperatures to make enough snow.” To celebrate its 50th anniversary, a big anniversary bash will occur the first weekend in May, the last weekend of the ski season. n. veerman photo

Christmas in November celebrates 25 years For the 25th year in a row, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge brought Christmas to Jasper a month and a half early, with its 12-day-long Christmas in November celebration. People from across the country pay a hefty price to hunker down at the lodge every year to bask in a holiday atmosphere and to learn new Christmas recipes and decorating ideas from celebrity chefs and designers. “The spirit of Christmas in November is to get people in the spirit of Christmas and to get them to learn,” explained Markus Treppenhauer, general manager of the lodge. “It started with very, very small beginnings 25 years ago,” he said. The early years saw just a handful of people attending presentations from local experts over one weekend. But in 25 years, the event has grown to three separate sessions, spanning almost two weeks and attracting more than 1,500 guests.

Caribou decline in Jasper

In 2013 Jasper’s caribou herds declined in size. In October, Parks Canada employees did their annual count of the four herds that call the park home and found that, once again, there are fewer caribou than last year. Parks estimated that the A La Peche herd lost about 25 members, and now sits at around 100 animals. The other significantly-sized herd, the Tonquin, remained stable at 37. The already tiny Brazeau herd lost half its members in what was almost certainly an avalanche, and now there are only eight of the 15 left. Even the struggling Maligne herd lost a member, leaving only five caribou remaining in that group.

The Santa Train celebrated its 10th year chugging down Jasper’s tracks on Dec. 3. t. nichols photo

The Jasper Glaciers six-a-side football team wound down an impressive season with a banquet at Marmot Lodge Nov. 27. The team competes in the Alberta 6-Man Football League, and boasts players from both Jasper Junior/Senior High School and École Desrochers. This season the team won all six of its regular season games, many in dominating fashion, before going on to a disappointing loss to the Breton Cougars in the first round of the playoffs. “The Glaciers’ perfect 6-0 record against west division teams is quite remarkable when you consider we were competing against larger schools that have a longer tradition of playing football,” said the team’s coach, Fred Kreiner.

Promotion for Jasper MLA

A Dec. 6 cabinet shuffle resulted in an impressive new title for West Yellowhead MLA Robin Campbell. Campbell took over as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, replacing Diana McQueen, who moved to the energy portfolio.

Canada outlasts Japan in Yukigassen final

For the second year in a row, council approved an interim operating budget, Dec. 17, in order to wait for more information from administration. The proposed budget called for a 6.38 per cent tax increase for 2014, which equates to a $120 tax increase for a homeowner with a property assessed at $750,000. Approving an interim budget allows administration to continue business as usual while council carries on with its deliberations. When voting on the proposed budget, Dec. 17, council decided it would like some conditions on what expenses directors can undertake before the budget is approved in its entirety. Included in council’s conditions, as laid out by Mayor Richard Ireland, were no new studies or positions and no large expenditures until council gave final approval.

Jasper’s Lake Edith was the first neighbourhood in Canada to receive official FireSmart Canada community recognition. FireSmart is an initiative of Partners in Protection, a nation-wide organization that promotes awareness and education aimed at reducing risk from wildfires. It encourages communities to proactively prevent damage from forest fires by turning their properties into “defendable spaces.” Shauna Gifford is the president of the Lake Edith FireSmart committee. She said her community really got behind the FireSmart initiative from the beginning, and after working on it for so many years it’s satisfying to be the first in Canada to get official recognition from Partners in Protection. “The community’s been working with Alan [Westhaver] for more than 10 years, and it’s been a very successful program, it feels great,” she said. For a split second, Nov. 23, it looked like a Japanese team would win the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle, securing itself a spot in the World Championships this winter. The team, Itte Q , was made up of seven a-list Japanese celebrities who travelled to Jasper to film footage for a television show. In the final match of the tournament, Saturday afternoon, it took the Canadian Snow Battlers all three periods to oust their opponents, ensuring they would again represent the country in Japan next year. The sport, which is called Yukigassen in Japan, is like a cross between dodgeball and capture the flag. Tourism Jasper has hosted the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle three times since 2012 and each year it has grown with popularity. n. veerman photo

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