Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Hardisty’s Lane Watt holds on for a strong ride June 30 on the fifth day of the Ponoka Stampede. Watt managed to hold on but scored a 69.25, not enough to get him in the top 12. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka team ropers in top 12 spot so far

As Ponoka Stampede day 5 closes, Ponoka team ropers land themselves in the runnings

Hardisty’s Lane Watt holds on for a strong ride June 30 on the fifth day of the Ponoka Stampede. Watt managed to hold on but scored a 69.25, not enough to get him in the top 12. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Bareback rider Jake Vold prepares his saddle before the bareback riding event.

Jake Vold takes the lead at Ponoka Stampede

Ponoka Stampede’s fourth day of rodeo was full of thrills and spills.

Bareback rider Jake Vold prepares his saddle before the bareback riding event.
Bareback Trenton Montero gives it his all Tuesday evening on the first day of the Ponoka Stampede.

Ponoka Stampede gets out of the gate

The 82nd version of the largest seven-day rodeo in Canada started last night

Bareback Trenton Montero gives it his all Tuesday evening on the first day of the Ponoka Stampede.
Ponoka union staff approve strike

Ponoka union staff approve strike

“Vast majority” of staff voted in favour of a strike against the town, 72-hours notice required

Ponoka union staff approve strike
Image from the University of Manitoba Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre

Potential for isolated tornado on Saturday afternoon

Central Alberta east of Edmonton may see tornado action along with thunderstorm activity

Image from the University of Manitoba Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre
Heat warning issued for Red Deer, Ponoka areas

Heat warning issued for Red Deer, Ponoka areas

Central Alberta under heat warning Thursday

Heat warning issued for Red Deer, Ponoka areas
Alberta School Boards president wants to return transparency to organization

Alberta School Boards president wants to return transparency to organization

Lorrie Jess was elected president on Monday after an exodus of leadership

Alberta School Boards president wants to return transparency to organization
Meeting Creek’s Layton Green earned a once-in-a-lifetime centennial buckle at the Falkland Stampede over the May long weekend. It was at this time last year that Layton’s season started rolling, the same appears to be the case for this season. File photo from the Ponoka Stampede

Layton Green wins centennial Falkland Stampede buckle

The Meeting Creek saddle bronc rider’s 2018 season is starting to kick off at a decent pace.

Meeting Creek’s Layton Green earned a once-in-a-lifetime centennial buckle at the Falkland Stampede over the May long weekend. It was at this time last year that Layton’s season started rolling, the same appears to be the case for this season. File photo from the Ponoka Stampede
Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild along with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde take part in the MESC signing Friday afternoon. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Maskwacis and feds sign historic education agreement

The Maskwacis Education School Commission signed an agreement setting the stage for their education

Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild along with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde take part in the MESC signing Friday afternoon. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Emergency crews attend to a motorcycle driver involved in a collision with another motorcycle on Highway 2 south of Ponoka Sunday afternoon. Both northbound and southbound lanes were backed up for some time while the scene was cleared. Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit and EMS crews attended.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Minor injuries in motorcycle collision south of Ponoka

A motorcycle rear-ended another motorcycle on Highway 2 Sunday afternoon

Emergency crews attend to a motorcycle driver involved in a collision with another motorcycle on Highway 2 south of Ponoka Sunday afternoon. Both northbound and southbound lanes were backed up for some time while the scene was cleared. Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit and EMS crews attended.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Members of the Ponoka County West District Fire Department handled a few grass fires Saturday afternoon. The warm weather and heavy winds recently helped create ideal grass fire conditions.                                Photos courtesy of the Ponoka County West District Fire Department

Grass fires keep Rimbey firefighters busy

Ponoka County firefighters battle two grass fires near Rimbey

Members of the Ponoka County West District Fire Department handled a few grass fires Saturday afternoon. The warm weather and heavy winds recently helped create ideal grass fire conditions.                                Photos courtesy of the Ponoka County West District Fire Department
The four occupants of this vehicle are believed to have suffered relatively minor injuries after this vehicle rolled Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred on Highway 2 south of Ponoka just before 1 p.m. About an hour later another vehicle rolled in the same area due to the traffic slowing down.                                Photo submitted

Two rollovers in same spot near Ponoka

Emergency crews handled two rollovers south of Ponoka on Highway 2 on Saturday

The four occupants of this vehicle are believed to have suffered relatively minor injuries after this vehicle rolled Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred on Highway 2 south of Ponoka just before 1 p.m. About an hour later another vehicle rolled in the same area due to the traffic slowing down.                                Photo submitted
This highway camera image near the Morningside exit of Highway 2 shows the road conditions just before 1 p.m. on Monday. As the snow came down, certain areas were reported as partly snow covered and a semi was reported jackknifed by Innisfail’s Antler Hill.                                511 Alberta photo

Jackknifed semi near Innisfail

Monday’s snowfall covered central Alberta highway roads

This highway camera image near the Morningside exit of Highway 2 shows the road conditions just before 1 p.m. on Monday. As the snow came down, certain areas were reported as partly snow covered and a semi was reported jackknifed by Innisfail’s Antler Hill.                                511 Alberta photo
Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins

Changing self-defence laws not an easy process

MP Blaine Calkins working on rural crime issues, says there’s many facets to taking on rural crime

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins
Ponoka RCMP are investigating a small fire that occurred at the Ponoka Provincial Building around lunch time on Wednesday. Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department was on scene to inspect and help with clean up. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka RCMP investigating small fire at provincial building

Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department attended the scene.

Ponoka RCMP are investigating a small fire that occurred at the Ponoka Provincial Building around lunch time on Wednesday. Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department was on scene to inspect and help with clean up. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
There was a heavy police presence near Wetaskiwin on Highway 13 related to a white Ford F150. Roads were blocked and RCMP were armed and rifles drawn. Police confirm the Ford is the one stolen from Stettler.                                 Photo submitted

UPDATE: RCMP confirm stolen Ford in suspicious death located

The intersection of Highway 13 and Road 254 had strong police presence and roads were blocked

There was a heavy police presence near Wetaskiwin on Highway 13 related to a white Ford F150. Roads were blocked and RCMP were armed and rifles drawn. Police confirm the Ford is the one stolen from Stettler.                                 Photo submitted
A recent search warrant in Wetaskiwin resulted in the seizure of several stolen items along with this sawed-off firearm. The investigation stemmed from a tip of a stolen laptop attempted to be sold in Wetaskiwin and four Wetaskiwin residents have been charged. RCMP photo

Sawed off firearm, drugs seized in Wetaskiwin RCMP investigation

Four people from Wetaskiwin were arrested after a tip from Beaumont RCMP and the public

A recent search warrant in Wetaskiwin resulted in the seizure of several stolen items along with this sawed-off firearm. The investigation stemmed from a tip of a stolen laptop attempted to be sold in Wetaskiwin and four Wetaskiwin residents have been charged. RCMP photo
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were called to the scene of a collision at the Secondary Highway 611 overpass on Highway 2 with a semi and two vehicles Thursday afternoon. It’s unclear the cause of the incident but believed that the injuries were minor. Photo submitted

Collision with semi and two vehicles on Highway 2

Highway officers north of Ponoka at the Maskwacis overpass dealing with collision

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were called to the scene of a collision at the Secondary Highway 611 overpass on Highway 2 with a semi and two vehicles Thursday afternoon. It’s unclear the cause of the incident but believed that the injuries were minor. Photo submitted

UPDATED Man missing from Ponoka Centennial Centre located

UPDATED Ponoka RCMP say have been in contact with Jesse Ashton

Ponoka RCMP were able to nab two suspects in the theft of a bait car recently.                                File photo

Theft of Ponoka RCMP bait car leads to arrests

Ponoka RCMP investigators’ use of a bait car helps nab two residents from Joffre

  • Mar 27, 2018
Ponoka RCMP were able to nab two suspects in the theft of a bait car recently.                                File photo
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