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
Shareena Ermineskin is crowned Miss Teen Central Alberta as a pageant in Calgary recently. Her platform was suicide awareness.                                Photo submitted

Teen from Maskwacis crowned Miss Central Alberta

The 13-year-old is heading to Toronto, Ont. for nationals in August

  • Mar 26, 2018
Shareena Ermineskin is crowned Miss Teen Central Alberta as a pageant in Calgary recently. Her platform was suicide awareness.                                Photo submitted
Northern lights hunters #TeamTanner Darlene (Dar) and Theresa (Tree) Tanner are on another big trip to Yellowknife. The pair sent us some photos of some of the majestic lights they’ve captured sop far. Photo courtesy of Theresa and Darlene Tanner of #TeamTanner

PHOTOS: Team Tanner takes in northern lights in Yellowknife

The aurora borealis and storm hunters photograph Yellowknife’s picturesque night skies

Northern lights hunters #TeamTanner Darlene (Dar) and Theresa (Tree) Tanner are on another big trip to Yellowknife. The pair sent us some photos of some of the majestic lights they’ve captured sop far. Photo courtesy of Theresa and Darlene Tanner of #TeamTanner
A young Jersey cow is tied to a Ponoka RCMP cruiser Saturday night while crews wait for a livestock trailer to collect the animal.                                Photo courtesy of Cyrus Thompson

Young Jersey cow takes Saturday night walk through Ponoka

Ponoka residents help police locate runaway bovine, which was safely collected.

  • Mar 18, 2018
A young Jersey cow is tied to a Ponoka RCMP cruiser Saturday night while crews wait for a livestock trailer to collect the animal.                                Photo courtesy of Cyrus Thompson
Northern lights hunters #TeamTanner Darlene (Dar) and Theresa (Tree) Tanner are on another big trip to Yellowknife. The pair sent us some photos of some of the majestic lights they’ve captured sop far. Photo courtesy of Theresa and Darlene Tanner of #TeamTanner

PHOTOS: Team Tanner takes in northern lights in Yellowknife

The aurora borealis and storm hunters photograph Yellowknife’s picturesque night skies

  • Mar 17, 2018
Northern lights hunters #TeamTanner Darlene (Dar) and Theresa (Tree) Tanner are on another big trip to Yellowknife. The pair sent us some photos of some of the majestic lights they’ve captured sop far. Photo courtesy of Theresa and Darlene Tanner of #TeamTanner
Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Edmonton about next the championships, which take place next month. Mayor Don Iveson also took some time to praise the tournament, now coming into its 25th anniversary. Photo submitted

Over 250 First Nations teams to converge on Edmonton for Native provincials

The 25th anniversary of the Alberta Native Provincial Hockey Championships starts April 5

  • Mar 16, 2018
Priscilla Swampy-Dion, Treaty 6 representative and registrar for the Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships speaks during a press conference Wednesday in Edmonton about next the championships, which take place next month. Mayor Don Iveson also took some time to praise the tournament, now coming into its 25th anniversary. Photo submitted
Snowfall warning set for central Alberta

Snowfall warning set for central Alberta

Some areas are expected to receive 20 cms by Friday morning

Snowfall warning set for central Alberta
Bashaw Fire Department and EMS crews speak to a tow truck operator Friday after their truck was hit by another vehicle. At the time the operator was collecting a previous vehicle that hit the ditch due icy patches on the road. There were minor injuries from the incident.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTOS: Vehicle collides with tow truck south of Bashaw

The tow truck was collecting a different vehicle that had slid of the road

  • Mar 10, 2018
Bashaw Fire Department and EMS crews speak to a tow truck operator Friday after their truck was hit by another vehicle. At the time the operator was collecting a previous vehicle that hit the ditch due icy patches on the road. There were minor injuries from the incident.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
The northern lights contrast with this scene of a Jeep that rolled Friday night. The incident occurred east of Ponoka on Highway 53 and at it is believed icy patches on the highway were a factor. There were little to no injuries from the incident.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Minor injuries in rollover near Ponoka

Blowing snow on Friday afternoon caused for icy spots on area highways in the evening

  • Mar 10, 2018
The northern lights contrast with this scene of a Jeep that rolled Friday night. The incident occurred east of Ponoka on Highway 53 and at it is believed icy patches on the highway were a factor. There were little to no injuries from the incident.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka RCMP seek the public’s help locating an urn and stolen cremated remains as well as some personal belongings. The item on the left, what appears to be an antique blush box was taken, but its matching cameo/broach (the image on the right) wasn’t. Police hope these items will help locate the stolen documents and cremated remains.                                RCMP photo

Urn and cremated remains stolen near Ponoka

Ponoka RCMP seek the public’s help locating cremated remains along with personal valuables

  • Mar 9, 2018
Ponoka RCMP seek the public’s help locating an urn and stolen cremated remains as well as some personal belongings. The item on the left, what appears to be an antique blush box was taken, but its matching cameo/broach (the image on the right) wasn’t. Police hope these items will help locate the stolen documents and cremated remains.                                RCMP photo
So close yet so far: Quick-thinking good samaritans helped corral a yearling that escaped out of the VJV Auction Mart in Ponoka Wednesday afternoon. It appears the animal ran out and then headed north on Highway 2A at about 4:30 p.m. It then tried to jump through a snow bank and slipped near the Ponoka Husky gas station. The three helpful gentlemen held down the yearling safely until staff could secure the animal and bring it back to the auction mart.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

PHOTO: Good samaritans help corral escaped cow in Ponoka

A cow escaped out of the VJV Auction Mart in Ponoka on Wednesday afternoon but was caught

  • Mar 7, 2018
So close yet so far: Quick-thinking good samaritans helped corral a yearling that escaped out of the VJV Auction Mart in Ponoka Wednesday afternoon. It appears the animal ran out and then headed north on Highway 2A at about 4:30 p.m. It then tried to jump through a snow bank and slipped near the Ponoka Husky gas station. The three helpful gentlemen held down the yearling safely until staff could secure the animal and bring it back to the auction mart.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye