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A day at the rodeo

The second annual Long Island Lake Amateur Rodeo took place June 11 at the Long Island Light Horse Association saddle club. Close to 800 people attended to participate and take in the show, said association activities director Adam MacDonald. The day featured many different rodeo activities, a vendors market and a dance in the evening. Pictured is Jordana of the Rough and Tough Trick Riding team performs one of several dangerous manoeuvres the team showcased in their special performance.
Future of northern Westlock-area schools bandied at Jarvie meeting

Future of northern Westlock-area schools bandied at Jarvie meeting

Parents, principals, trustees and county representatives gathered at Jarvie School on Wednesday to discuss the future of the three schools along Highway 44 north of Westlock, which are facing declining enrolment as time goes on.
Diabetes walk a huge success

Diabetes walk a huge success

The quest to find a cure for juvenile diabetes took another big step June 2 when 115 Westlock walkers raised more than $20,000 at the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes, surpassing the $17,000 goal.

Postal workers begin strike action

The ongoing strike action of the postal workers’ union will have a “minimal” effect on service in Westlock, a union official says.

Pembina Hills faces $125,000 deficit

The Pembina Hills school division (PHRD) will run the 2011-2012 school year with a $125,000 deficit after making changes to its operations budget to account for a $1.13 million shortfall in funding from the province.
Fires under control in the county

Fires under control in the county

The town, county and province-wide fire bans have been lifted and replaced with fire advisories, and county firefighters have been able to catch up on some much-need sleep.

County unhappy with town rec funding request

Westlock County’s reeve is “disappointed” with the town’s request for additional recreation funding, he said following a closed-door discussion at the May 24 council meeting.

Hats Off!

St. Mary School's graduating class of 2011 did the traditional hat toss Friday morning following a service at the St. Mary Church. The grad supper was held later that evening at the community hall.
We got the Games!

We got the Games!

The communities of Westlock and Barrhead have been successful in their bid to co-host the Alberta 55-Plus Summer Games in 2013.

Residents open their hearts and homes

With dozens of evacuees from Slave Lake taking up temporary residence in Westlock, the local community has banded together to make the stay as smooth and stress free as possible.