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Surrey had more housing starts than elsewhere in Metro Vancouver in September. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Surrey had more housing starts than elsewhere in Metro Vancouver in September. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)

Tom Harris memorial fundraiser supports kids camps

Tom Harris Legacy Fund sends over 200 underpriviledged local kids to camp this summer.

Tom Harris passed away on June 29, 2017. (News Bulletin file)
A request for review of a confined feeding operations of 120 dairy cows plus replacements proposal west of Ponoka is in the hands of the NRCB. A decision is expected in the next four to six weeks.                                Illustration from the NRCB files

Special review for confined feeding operation goes to NRCB

The request for 125 cow dairy operation west of Ponoka will wait 4 to 6 weeks for a decision

A request for review of a confined feeding operations of 120 dairy cows plus replacements proposal west of Ponoka is in the hands of the NRCB. A decision is expected in the next four to six weeks.                                Illustration from the NRCB files
First auction of 2018 has solid numbers: auction market

First auction of 2018 has solid numbers: auction market

Stettler Auction Mart sees 700 head move through Jan. 9

First auction of 2018 has solid numbers: auction market
The north end basement of the old hospital sits exposed as crews demolish the building last week.

PHOTOS: Ponoka’s old hospital goes down

In progress: Crews were busy last with the demolition of the old Ponoka hospital

The north end basement of the old hospital sits exposed as crews demolish the building last week.
Celebrating the Elks barbecue is this photo of the Bashaw community taken Aug. 6, 1975. As the caption explains it, the capacity crowd enjoyed the evening and danced the evening away with music from Crystal Faction. As it happens, the Elks have a special fundraiser set for this weekend, Aug. 12 with a special hypnotist and DJ providing entertainment. The fundraiser is to help pay for the Bashaw Fire Department’s new rescue unit.                                Star photo

Blast from the Past: Celebrating the Elks barbecue

This Bashaw Star archive photo celebrates an Elks barbecue. There is a fundraiser coming up too

Celebrating the Elks barbecue is this photo of the Bashaw community taken Aug. 6, 1975. As the caption explains it, the capacity crowd enjoyed the evening and danced the evening away with music from Crystal Faction. As it happens, the Elks have a special fundraiser set for this weekend, Aug. 12 with a special hypnotist and DJ providing entertainment. The fundraiser is to help pay for the Bashaw Fire Department’s new rescue unit.                                Star photo
Ponoka County brothers celebrate 100 year farm

Ponoka County brothers celebrate 100 year farm

It was in 1917 this family farm started between Bashaw and Ponoka

Ponoka County brothers celebrate 100 year farm
Freehold Owners Association

Mineral rights owners in competition with the Crown

Ponoka plays host to meeting on understanding mineral rights

Freehold Owners Association
A field of flax is quite a contrast from the canola, barley and wheat generally seen. Upon closer inspection, many fields are dealing with weeds and soil that is drying out in the excessive heat.Photo by Karen Douglass

Excessive heat getting to crops in Bashaw, Ponoka areas

Moisture and cooler temperatures needed to help improve central Alberta crop conditions

A field of flax is quite a contrast from the canola, barley and wheat generally seen. Upon closer inspection, many fields are dealing with weeds and soil that is drying out in the excessive heat.Photo by Karen Douglass
Hauling hay the old way - Brian Fankhanel drives his team of Belgians, Prince, 7 and Duke, 11, along Hwy 21. He uses the team throughout the summer hauling hay to keep them in shape for winter. In rural Alberta this scene unfolds on a regular basis. Photo by Karen Douglass

PHOTO: Hauling hay the old way

A team of horses stay in shape hauling hay during the summer months

Hauling hay the old way - Brian Fankhanel drives his team of Belgians, Prince, 7 and Duke, 11, along Hwy 21. He uses the team throughout the summer hauling hay to keep them in shape for winter. In rural Alberta this scene unfolds on a regular basis. Photo by Karen Douglass
The central region of the province is at normal precipitation levels so far this growing season, while areas to the north have seen higher than usual moisture, which is hampering seeding efforts.                                Image: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Central Alberta farming moving along nicely

Timing of weather ensuring crops in Ponoka area are doing well

The central region of the province is at normal precipitation levels so far this growing season, while areas to the north have seen higher than usual moisture, which is hampering seeding efforts.                                Image: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry