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News: May 22, 2017

Community mailboxes in County broken into

by Dana McArthur
Several community mailboxes near McKay and Hattonford in Yellowhead County were broken into over the weekend of May 13.
The contents of the mailboxes were stolen which has several local residents worried that they may become the victims of identity theft.
"They took all the mail, even the flyers," said one resident who wished to remain anonymous. "They have all my mail and my address and who knows what else. I don't feel safe if my name was printed, but people should be aware of what happened."
The mailboxes are an older style that still requires padlocks supplied by the local residents. "My lock and I know several others, were cut off. At one location they even left the cut locks on top of the mailbox. Mine was just tossed onto the grass," said the local resident.
The incident was reported to the RCMP and the Evansburg detachment was dispatched to the scene on Township Road 522. The RCMP also investigated another report of a damaged community mailbox on Township Road 553. Residents’ personal mail was missing and the mailboxes will need to be replaced.
The investigation is ongoing and Evansburg RCMP would like to encourage residents to report suspicious persons and vehicles in their area.
"We were told we'd receive new updated mailboxes by the post office two years ago but we have never seen them," said the local resident. "It's very difficult as I have to cancel all my cards and have to talk with the bank about protecting my accounts."
"I guess checking my mail more often would help and maybe that's what a lot of county residents should do to protect themselves. But as my husband says locks only keep the honest people out," said the local resident.
 Evansburg RCMP are requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 780-727-3654 or call your local police. 
If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

News: May 15, 2017

Rezoning request for 9 hole golf course

by Mikaela Kuefler
The motion to rezone a property south of Hwy 16 near Millers Lake (PT SE 06-53- 19-W5) from Rural District (RD) to Recreational Use (RU) District for a proposed golf course on the property had its first reading on May 9 by Yellowhead Council.
The property is 152.74 acres and is owned by Erich Ploentzke. It has been developed with a private nine hole golf course. Presently, Ploentzke wishes to re-district this property for recreational use to accommodate a public nine hole golf course.
Alberta Transportation has commented that they need a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) to assess the impacts on the intersection and to identify any required improvements. In addition, they stated that access to the subject parcel may be more circuitous when Hwy 16 is made into a freeway.
The TIA was submitted in March 2017 and it was concluded that the proposed golf course is expected to generate a low traffic volume for five months a year. The development traffic will use the low volume Range Road 195 A to access Hwy 16. In the 20 years horizon scenario, no improvements will be required to the existing intersection or rail crossing to accommodate this additional traffic on the road.
CN had no further comments or objections regarding the crossing at 145.51 Edson sub.
Yellowhead County Infrastructure Services commented that it exclusively deals with the highway access and the CN crossing. The existing local road connections are low standard but do not meet the six meter minimum width requirement.
The County has not received comments from Alberta Transportation regarding the TIA but it is anticipated that their comments will come in the near future.
“I'm in favor of people developing on their property as long as they don't affect the general public,” said Councilor Shawn Berry.
A Public Hearing will be held on June 13. 

News: May 8, 2017

 Summer fun on the way!

When it comes to summer festivals and family fun Edson and Yellowhead County are hard to beat.
There's absolutely loads to do and see as May kicks off with the 37th Annual Medicine Lodge Rodeo from the 12th to 14th. Join them to celebrate and enjoy the thrills and spills, and their old-time western hospitality.
To kick off another month chalked full of events the Wildwood Bronc Bustin’ Rodeo is happening on June 2 to the 4th. Then head to Evansburg June 9 to 11th for the Rangeton Folk Festival and enjoy performers ranging from country to folk, and blues to rock.
Then Eddie's Big Run takes off in Edson on June 24 but remember to register before June 22. This month also marks the beginning six events for Rotary Sundays in the Park starting with Aboriginal Days on June 25 at the RCMP Centennial Park in Edson.
Next up is a whirlwind of events beginning July 1 with the Canada 150 celebrations in Edson and throughout the County.
The Great Canadian BBQ, a part of Canada 150, takes place at the RCMP Centennial Park in Edson on July 8. And the Edson Summer Festival takes place July 12 to 15 with fair rides, food, bargains and fun for the whole family. Rotary Sundays in the Park continue with Edson Rocks at the RCMP Centennial Park in Edson on July 16. 
In the County, Pembina River Nights at Rangeton Park takes place July 7 to 8th and the Chip Lake Music Festival near Wildwood is set for July 7 to 9th.  Then the Niton Junction Jamboree hits the stage on July 23. And for days of fun, Peers Gold Dust Daze take place the August 4 to 7th.
Back in Edson, the Edson Kin-SloPitch Tournament also takes place August 4 to 7th.
The fun continues in the County with P.V. Daze in Evansburg running August 11 to the 13th and don't miss the Wildwood Ag Fair on August 18.
At the end of August the Outdoor Movie in Centennial Park in Edson is planned for the 30th.
Then get ready in September for crashes and splashes during the Edson Hillbilly Demolition Derby & Mud Bog in Edson on Saturday and Sunday of the Labour Day weekend.
These are just a few highlights of a summer filled with activities and events in the area.
Take advantage of this festival-packed summer and don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do around Edson and Yellowhead County.
Pick up a copy of the Weekly Anchor’s 2017 Summer Visitor’s Guide coming out soon and share all the great activities and places there are to experience in a fun-filled West Yellowhead summer.

News: May 1, 2017

A week of free activities planned
for National Youth Week

by Deanna Mitchener
National Youth Week is May 1 to 7 and is dedicated to celebrating youth and their active participation in the community.
Through the participation of activities like recreation, art, leadership, and volunteerism youth learn five basic life skills, social, moral, ethical, physical and cognition competence.
Recreation and Culture Programmer Ali Broda, says, "National Youth Week is the opportunity to celebrate youth in our community by helping to reinforce the importance of play in the lives of our youth."
 For National Youth Week this year the Town of Edson Youth Interagency partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Edson to come up with a week’s worth of activities for the youth of Edson.  
Through participation in activities like recreation, art, leadership, and volunteerism youth learn five basic life skills, social, moral, ethical, physical and cognition competence.
"ConocoPhilips has sponsored the events with a generous donation. The activities are free and open to youth ages 11-17," says Broda. "There are lots of activities for the youth to come and enjoy."
Among these activities are free yoga, henna tattoos, glow in the dark Nerf wars, volunteering at long-term care, bowling, and three on three basketball. "The whole week is filled with fun activities that promote youth’s involvement in the community," says Broda.
If you would like more information or have any questions call 780-7523-4403.

News: April 24, 2017

Young adults "Night on the Town" program

by  Mikaela Kuefler
The Town of Edson Community Services is opening up a new program for those who are over 18, called “night on the Town Edson”.
“There's not that much programming for young adults to get together and hang out, so we wanted to get something going for them. It's kind of new to us,” said Recreation and Culture Coordinator Krista Hawboldt.
The program is offered once a month and is geared towards new people, for the transient population, or for anyone looking to have some fun.
“It's kind of for new people or for some of our transient population to try and get them connected to our community and show them how great it is. It also can be for anyone looking to have some fun with their current friends or to make new ones. Really, everyone's welcome,” said Hawboldt.
The first night is on May 6 at the Red Brick and is a paint night called “Beers and Brushes”. Participants will be painting a landscape scene with a canoe on the water looking at the mountains. Those interested must register with the Town.
The next night is on May 25 at Holy Redeemer High School and is called “I like the way you roll”. People wishing to participate in sushi making must register at the Town as well.
Board game pub night is at Galloway Pub on June 8 and gets people together to give them a chance to meet other people while playing board games.
Beer Yoga is on July 13 at Uptown Yoga. Teaching the class will be Lindsay Boxma.
Beer yoga is a fun, goofy, beginner friendly yoga class. “We’re going to drink beer throughout it. You can come even if you don't drink beer,” said Hawboldt.
Finally, the Town plans to have a pool party August 19 before the pool closes for shutdown. Participants can have fun with body paint while the Town provides a DJ and food.
“We’re trying to make it not so formal as the other programming where you have to register by a deadline. It'll be text at (780)517-7055 or email at alicjab@edson.ca to reserve a spot,” said Hawboldt.

News: April 17, 2017

Jasper Park Lodge expected to start
chartering large aircrafts to Edson Airport

by Adrienne Tait
Director of operations for the town of Edson Darin Borysko and airport manager Sam Shine were present at the April 4 Committee of the whole meeting to provide an update and answer questions regarding the Edson airport. 
The Edson airport recently passed Transport Canada’s program validation inspection which is an audit of operational and program administration as well as the safety management system.
The airport has applied to Transport Canada for approval to host an air craft and car show.
The Jasper Park Lodge is expected to start chartering large passenger air craft to Edson beginning in May as part of their promotion packages. 
Shine said in conversation with Jasper Park Lodge (JPL)it was discovered that JPL was not aware Edson could take an aircraft as large as a 737 and had therefore previously been diverting their flights to Edmonton.  JPL believes there is enough tourism to provide and promote holiday packages to Jasper from Toronto via the Edson airport.  The vacation packages would also help Edson with the airport statistics for scheduled flights.  Chartered flights are expected to begin in May.
The Edson airport is also expected to be a stop in a contest which will see a 737 land at the airport and 20 BMWs at the airport’s long term parking in mid-May.  Details regarding that day are still being determined.

News: April 10, 2017

Reduced Speed Zone for Fulham School

Yellowhead County lobby efforts result in
province moving forward with 70km/hr limit

   In 2016, Yellowhead County received a letter stating that Alberta Transportation was in the process of investigating a proposed speed reduction zone on Highway 32 adjacent to Fulham School and that they were seeking support from local stakeholders for this pilot project.
This proposed speed limit would only be activated during the dates and times when the school is in session and would revert to 100km/hr outside of school hours. The proposed speed limit reduction zone would be implemented during the school year from September 1 to June 30. The speed limit would be reduced to 70km/hr during these dates and times.
The pilot project would include the installation of variable electronic speed reductions signs in this area that would alert drivers to the current speed limit. Alberta Transportation, based on the Ministerial Order Process for Speed Limit Amendments, requires stakeholder support for the implementation of this speed reduction proposal.
A letter of support from Yellowhead County Council was sent to Alberta Transportation in favour of the proposed speed limit. The lobbying efforts of Yellowhead County to encourage the other stakeholders have resulted in Alberta Transportation moving forward in the speed limit to 70km/hr.
Recent correspondence from Alberta Transportation states that they anticipate all work and the implementation of this pilot project to be completed by the end of summer 2017.

News: April 3, 2017

Town discusses rezoning for proposed
Glenwood mobile home subdivision

by Adrienne Tait
The application to rezone the property at 5A Avenue and 70th Street in Glenwood, as a proposed mobile home subdivision, will be coming back to council for second reading.
During the Town’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday director of planning Ann Dechambeau brought forth some of the information that administration was directed to find following the public hearing on March 21.
One of the questions raised during the public hearing was in regards to Bylaw 2172 and the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) adopted by the town in 2016.  According to Dechambeau the intent in the MDP states that zoning for mobile homes in the R-GR (Glenwood Residential subdivision) would be phased out over time.  Dechambeau said when the town took over Glenwood, in the 1980s, the original intent was that should an older home be removed it needed to either be replaced with a new mobile within six months —and if more than six months lapsed a “stick built” home would be required.  “The goal was that the RGR zoning would become R-1B eventually,” said Dechambeau.
Councillor Boyce said it was important to note that the MDP was not the same as a bylaw. “The MDP is a statutory document not just a bylaw,” said Boyce.
The planning department has also examined the maximum number of lots allowable should the same space be subdivided for single family residential development and discovered that regardless of single family or mobile home zoning the maximum allowed would be under 10.  “With either zoning it would not be more than eight or nine lots,” said Dechambeau.
Administration pointed out that one of the concerns raised by a Glenwood resident was with respect to a development permit that had not been approved while the current matter deals with a rezoning application.  “It is not the same request,” said CAO Mike Derricott.
The matter will return to council for second reading at a regular council meeting.