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Mayerthorpe tragedy questions remain

Mayerthorpe tragedy questions remain

Re: Mom of Fallen RCMP officer tells of inquiry tale The February issue of the Barrhead Leader featured an account by Mrs. Grace Johnston, whose son died along with four other men on March 3, 2005 in a Quonset hut near Mayerthorpe.
Saving vs. spending, time vs. money

Saving vs. spending, time vs. money

It was ironically appropriate that in the same week that the Athabasca & District Music Festival hosted its final performances, Athabasca town council took the opportunity to toot its own horn.
Footing the bill

Footing the bill

Westlock County’s plan to pay for an enhanced police position raises a very important issue in Alberta — how many services and their associated costs will continue to be passed from the provincial government down to their municipal counterparts? The
Tons of potential along Highway 827

Tons of potential along Highway 827

It would be very, very easy to undervalue last week’s announcement that the last 16 km of Highway 827 between Athabasca and Thorhild are finally going to be paved.
Farewell to our Japanese friends

Farewell to our Japanese friends

It must have seemed like only a few hours to those families that opened up their homes to the seven Japanese delegates who paid a visit to Barrhead last week.
Fort Assiniboine resident believes school board is bullying community

Fort Assiniboine resident believes school board is bullying community

Dear Editor, It has been several days now since Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7 trustees voted 6-1 to close the senior high school program at Fort Assiniboine School, and I have a few comments I would like to share.
Get the message

Get the message

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs and then getting behind the wheel is just about the stupidest thing a person can do. Not only are you risking your own well being, but you’re putting the lives of your passengers and innocent bystanders at risk.
Buckle up for safety

Buckle up for safety

Driving is a privilege, not a right. As with any type of activity that involves even the most remote possibility of danger, there are rules and regulations that must be followed.
Change needed for foster care system

Change needed for foster care system

Dear Editor, For reasons I fail to understand, I believe the Government of Alberta Children and Youth Services is failing to provide adequate care to children in foster care, their families and foster families.
Water rate rollback the right move

Water rate rollback the right move

A gold star goes to Athabasca town council this week for rolling back water rates to match the better-than-expected economic reality of the Aspen Regional Water System.
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