By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Local restaurant staff are doing their part to reduce food waste and support agriculture by turning kitchen and table scraps into chicken feed. Sou Boss, owner of Thai Orchid Room in Medicine Hat, proposed…

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Southeast Region and South Country Co-op are teaming up to support local mental health initiatives through the ‘Share the Wealth for Mental Health’ contact-less pay campaign. Shoppers at…

By Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For more than 11 years, Jenna McGrath has been assisting families as a doula with the birth of their children. This work is an extension of McGrath’s other chosen paths as a registered massage…

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Grande Prairie Regional Hospital (GPRH) has been serving the community since Dec. 4, and Saturday marked the official opening with Premier Jason Kenney and local leaders in attendance. “Congratulations to Grande Prairie and the…

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Wembley Fire Department saw its busiest year yet in 2021, responding to 320 calls while seeing a decline in volunteers. “We are trending in an unfavourable direction right now with retention and recruitment…

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Coronation man walked into a Calgary second hand store over 30 years ago, purchased some antique items that included a rare, 19th Century newspaper and has been wondering about the periodical ever since.…

By Gillian Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With population decline affecting many small Alberta municipalities, local governments and policymakers are putting their heads together to come up with a plan to make rural living more attractive for immigrants and Canadians from…

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Traffic safety in local school zones will be at the forefront of discussion this March as the Southeastern Albert Traffic Safety Coalition works to inform drivers about proper safety protocol when dropping off and…

By Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Alberta government is hoping to spur growth in rural communities through two new immigration streams announced during the Premier’s Summit on Fairness for Newcomers on Wednesday, February 16.  Through the Rural Renewal and…

By Anna Smith, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A lack of willing hands and empty bottles may spell dire straits for independent brewers and distillers across Alberta. The number one issue has been getting or keeping staff, said John Warlow, owner of…

By LAUREN THOMSON, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Kara and Kristian Dunroth had a vision of a year-round, indoor, local shopping space, and that dream is coming to fruition with today’s grand opening of Homestead Market. Located in the building that was…

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As Medicine Hat and area dips in and out of extreme cold spells, the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association is sharing tips on how to best care for and protect livestock in frigid weather.…

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The province is making changes to license plate renewal it says will accelerate auto theft investigations.  As of Wednesday this week, motorists are required to report lost or stolen license plates before requesting a…

By Jeremy Appel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter (ANNews) – Moose Hide Campaign Day, which is intended to raise awareness for violence against Indigenous women and children, has been postponed to May 12, due to the significant health risks of the Omicron…

By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Strathmore Municipal Library is eliminating membership card fees and overdue fines following a funding contribution from the Town of Strathmore. Beginning this year, library users will no longer have to pay for membership,…

Legality of Oct. 18 municipal election challenged UPDATE: Editor’s note – The Town of High Prairie was served with court documents Monday, Dec. 20 regarding the Oct. 18, 2021 municipal election. Barry Sharkawi says the next step in the process will…