News: July 6, 2015
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Edson's future festivity plans
to include new inflatables for kids
Krysta Hawboldt coordinator for the Canada Day
Festivities was a little disappointed to find out, she could not
bring back the Extreme Bungie for this years event. "They booked it
out to another event, it's so hard to get vendors from the city that
find it worth their while to drive out to surrounding communities.
Next year we will be purchasing at 50 foot inflatable obstacle
course, and inflatable game centre. We hope to get some corporate
sponsorship to help pay for them. It would be nice not having to
depend on others to provide activities for our community. This way
we would be able to use them at all our events, and not worry that
someone else booked it," said Hawboldt.
"Velvet Energy has expressed some interest in sponsoring it, so we hope they do, and if anyone else would like to help. Between the two activity centers they would cost around $15,000. We hope to get lots of use out of both. Once the ice is out of the skating arenas we will be able to rent them out for special occasions such as birthday parties," said Krysta.
If you would like to help sponsor bringing in some of our own equipment for these sorts of activities please contact Krysta Hawboldt, recreation coordinator for the Town of Edson, or call 780-723-4403.
News: June 29, 2015
Lightning strikes blows tank 60 yards at well site
by Adrienne Tait
A bolt of lightning struck a local well site on Tuesday afternoon. The strike resulted in a flash fire and one tank had “blown.” Overall two tanks and two structures were affected.
Yellowhead County fire chief Cory Chegwyn said the county responded initially believing that the lightning strike had caused a fire that was threatening the well site. Instead crews arrived to discover the actual facility had been struck.
“It was a significant strike. One tank flew through the air and landed at the edge if the lease about 50 to 60 yards from where it was placed,” said Chegwyn.
Two structures that were three or four meters apart had been on fire when crews arrived.
The sweet gas wellsite had been shut in by the energy company operators by the time the county fire crews arrived. There was some venting but was from the residual gas left within the closed circuit.
“What was burning when we arrived was the rig matts because the fuel source had been taken away and everything else was metal it was out,” said Chegwyn.
In situations such as these it falls to the energy regulator to investigate the cause of and response to a fire rather than the county.
News: June 22, 2015
Recreational fire pits now require permits
by Adrienne Tait
Edson residents now require a permit for their recreational fire pits. At the June 16 council meeting the second and third readings of the amended fire bylaw were passed.
Among the changes to the bylaw is a permitting system for fire pits which will see a onetime $25 permit fee and all recreational fire pits required to comply with safety regulations and pass an inspection. The permits are non-transferable should there be a change in property ownership.
After receiving some public feedback minor changes were made to the wording of the original amendment which would allow fire pits at the discretion of the fire chief with regards to minimum distances from property lines and combustible materials.
There will be a grace period until December 31 for residents to obtain their permits.
Councillor Brian Boyce said, “Fire pits are almost a cultural thing in Edson….by giving the grace period we are giving residents the opportunity to get their permits without paying any fee.”
The original bylaw was passed in 1963 and had not received significant updates since.
The protection services committee worked on the revised bylaw for a number of months before presenting it to council in February.
In addition to the recreational and open air fire pit permitting system the amended bylaw allows fines for false alarms and restricts fireworks.
Section eight of the proposed bylaw sets the guidelines for false alarms. If during one calendar year the fire department responds to three false alarms originating from the same property there will be a $200 fee. That fee increase to $400 for each subsequent alarm.
The new bylaw changes also addressed the sale of fireworks. The bylaw states, “It is strictly prohibited to display for sale, offer for sale, sell, possess or store low-hazard fireworks, firecrackers, fireballs, squibs or any such Chinese firecrackers within the boundaries of the town of Edson.”
Likewise it is strictly prohibited to buy, obtain, or discharge such fireworks.
The bylaw will now come into affect.
News: June 15, 2015
Aggravated assault charges after incident at campground
On Sunday, June 7, 2015 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Evansburg
RCMP were dispatched to an assault complaint at the Pembina River
Provincial Park Campground. On arrival at the campground, RCMP
met with local Emergency Medical Services who were treating an
injured person. The female victim had been assaulted and had
several lacerations to her face.
Investigators determined there had been two large groups of people involved in multiple altercations at a local beach a short time earlier.
RCMP have charged 30-year-old Katrina IRONEAGLE, of St. Albert, Alta. with one count of Aggravated Assault with Intent to Wound/maim. She is scheduled to appear in Evansburg Provincial Court on September 14, 2015.
One additional male has been arrested in relation to this incident, and charges are pending.
The victim was taken to the hospital and has since been released. No other injuries have been reported.
RCMP are interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed the incident at the Pembina River Provincial Park on June 7, 2015. If you know anything about this please contact the Evansburg RCMP Detachment at 780-727-3654.
News: June 8, 2015
Kinsmen Soap Box Derby set for Father’s Day
by Adrienne Tait
It is time once again for the Kinsmen Go Kit Derby. This year marks the fifth annual Father’s Day event which was inspired and organized by Gean Chouinard and his son Ryan.
The event routinely draws a sizeable crowd the largest of which was over 200 drivers and 500 spectators. One of the most surprising aspects of the race for organizer Gean Chouinard is the large area from which it draws. “We’ve had people come from Grande Cache, Hinton, Whitecourt, and Drayton Valley.”
As with any annual event there are moments for the organizers that stand out. When asked what his favorite Soap Box Derby memory is Chouinard said, “There were two four or five year old boys who were on the starting ramp and they smiled and showed each other their driver’s licence. (Because when you register Trail Printing donates and we give them each a driver’s licence.) So they are sitting on the starting ramp all smiles and waiting for thumbs up and they’re showing one another their driver’s licence. That was one that sticks. There has been a hundred memories but that is one that sticks.”
Not just for the young, but also for the young at heart Chouinard said they have had racers from aged two to well into their 60s.
There is no pre-registration for the race just a requirement to show up an hour prior to race time. The race runs June 21 from noon until 3 or 4 p.m. weather permitting.
Soap box derby car kits are still available to purchase but there are several cars that will be made available for people who just want to come out and drive.
As in previous years refreshments will be available and the Kinsmen will be on hand to run the event. The cost of registration is $2 per person as the event is designed to promote community spirit and be fun event not a fundraiser.For more information contact Gean Chouinard
News: June 1, 2015
Tour of Alberta preparations underway
'Edson and County residents will get to see a world class event
by Adrienne Tait
Town of Edson preparations for the Tour of Alberta are underway. The elite cycling event will start in Grande Prairie and will be travelling from Jasper to Edson September long weekend.
Town of Edson community services director Jim Desautels said, “Our local organizing committee is meeting regularly and our planning is on schedule. We have a festival coordinator as well as many other coordinators.”
The committee is comprised of town employees who have agreed to volunteer their time on race day in order to ensure it is a success.
Details of the festival have not yet been released but updates will be forth coming in the coming months.
Edson is the starting point for stage five of the tour which will see racers leave from Edson and finish the leg in Spruce Grove. The race start and festival is set to take place at Talisman Place on Sunday, September 6.
“This will be the longest leg of the Tour of Alberta ever. The residents of the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County will get to see a world class event up close. I am advised that the Tour of Alberta plans on using many county roads, including some gravel roads, as they make the trek to Spruce Grove,” said Desautels.
The Town of Edson is partnering with the Tour of Alberta to be a full stage partner for the fifth leg of the race. The Tour of Alberta had requested a partnership be formed with the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County each contributing $50,000 to cover the $100,000 cost of being a host community. The request was approved by town council but defeated by county council.
Desautels said, “The Town of Edson is paying $50,000 dollars for the start to take place in Edson. I can’t speak on behalf of the Tour of Alberta on where any funding shortfalls will come from. I can only speculate they will try and make it up in sponsorship opportunities.”
Despite not receiving the sought after support from the county, the Tour plans to show as much of the province, and the county, as possible. The current route will see racers make their way down the old highway across the low bridge into Entwistle providing Evansburg residents an up close look at the race.
“The Tour of Alberta wants to ensure the riders and the 40 million plus worldwide viewers receive a true picture of our spectacular corner of the province,” said Desautels.
Approximately 120 volunteer course marshals are required for the race start in Edson. Volunteers will receive a Tour or Alberta T-shirt in addition to the opportunity to see the race up close.
Anyone wishing to volunteer can visit the Tour of Alberta website at www.tourofalberta.ca to register.
Desautels said, “In the world of elite cycling there are only three cycling races in a higher calibre bracket than this race. The Giro D’Italia, the Tour de Spain, and of course the Tour de France. We will get to see many of the same teams and riders at our start that compete in those three races. Many of the best riders in the world are looking forward to competing here as it is the last major test before the UCI Road World Championships being held in Richmond Virginia September 19-27.”