Weekly Anchor Newspaper
Due to the possibility of a Canada Post interuption The Weekly Anchor already has additional distribution plans in place:

We have set up our RED Outdoor Newspaper Boxes in the following locations:
RED Boxes in Edson: beside the Medical Centre; beside Edson Post Office; beside Royal Bank; and beside Treasury Branch.
RED Box in Peers: beside Peers Food Mart
RED Box in Niton: beside Postal Super Boxes across from A&W
RED Box in Wildwood: beside Post office
RED Box Evansburg: beside Post Office
Additional copies can also be found at our usual locations at: Edson Sobeys, Independent Grocer in Edson, Tags North Edson, Husky 4 Ave Edson, Shoppers Drug Mart Edson, Peers Food Mart, Super A Foods Evansburg… and numerous restaurants and businesses throughout the area.

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NEW: August 22, 2016

County debates Edson bypass road

by Adrienne Tait

Yellowhead County council discussed the benefits and drawbacks of building a by-pass service road from Wilmore Park to the Golf Course road during their regular Committee of the Whole meeting on August 15.
Council included $100,000 in the 2016 budget for preliminary engineering for the proposed road. AMEC Foster Wheeler submitted a proposal for $124,312 for the preliminary engineering with an estimate of $5.7 million for the project construction cost.
Because the estimate came in at three times the anticipated cost, county administration brought the project back before council to see if (or how) they wished to proceed.
The proposed service road would follow along the same corridor as the by-pass proposed by Alberta Transportation.
Councillor Jack Williams asked if there was any indication from the provincial government as to when they plan to build the by-pass. With no project start date to that project Williams questioned the need for the service road and said, “Why do anything until they make a positive move? This could be 10 or 20 years down the road.”
Director Don O'Quinn told council that if they chose to wait until such time as the by-pass was being built they may be able to achieve lower construction costs by partnering at the time.
One of the reasons given for the high cost of construction was the soil type and possible challenges of building through muskeg. “If the soil is that soft will the road stand up?” asked Mayor Soroka who added, “It is a good project but the cost is substantial and the traffic volume does not warrant it yet.”
Council decided to delay the project.

NEW: August 15, 2016

Tender awarded for new school in Edson

Grande Yellowhead Public School Division is pleased to announce that the recent tendering process for construction of the new replacement school in Edson has been completed and the successful tender has been awarded to United Construction Company Inc. for approximately $12 million.
The project is under the management of Alberta Infrastructure as a Design-Bid-Build approach with the construction drawings and specifications completed with input from local stakeholders.
The government issued the tender on June 8, 2016 and the closing date was extended until June 30th. During the tender period, building contractors reviewed the construction documents and prepared their bid price to complete the construction work. The qualified building contractor who submitted the lowest acceptable bid was awarded the contract to construct the facility.
In October of 2014, the Province announced the approved replacement of AH Dakin School. In December of 2015, trustees approved the final design for a replacement school facility in Edson that will be built on the current A.H. Dakin School site. After a review earlier in 2015 by provincial representatives, the replacement facility project was expanded to include the replacement of Evergreen School by adding space to the initial proposal to replace A.H. Dakin School. Instead of space to support only up to 200 elementary students, the combined facility with an opening capacity of 450 students with the permanent core sized to accommodate a fully built out availability up to 500 if needed.
The design plans were completed by the Workun Garrick Partnership Architecture and Interior Design Inc. in collaboration with Alberta Infrastructure, Alberta Education, along with parent and school staff representatives from both Evergreen and A.H. Dakin Schools, division representatives as well as local trustees were involved in the visioning, planning and designing during this phase of the project to ensure that the new facility met the needs of both school communities. Completion of the new school is scheduled for the fall of 2017


NEW: August 8, 2016

Bull of the Woods coming for Junior Forest Rangers

by Deanna Mitchener
Every year the Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program brings their crews together at the end of the season to have a light-hearted forestry competition called Bull of the Woods (BOTW).
This year it falls on August 23 and 24 at the Cold Creek fire base. Bull of the Woods is a traditional name for forestry or logging sports competitions. One of the early uses of the term was the person in charge of field logging operations.
"For our JFR crews, BOTW is a crew competition rather than an individual one. Some of the events are still logging based, while others are related to wildfire, outdoor survival and natural resource management knowledge," says Joan Simonton, the area information coordinator for the Edson Forestry and Agriculture Division.                                                       
 "The first day typically honours our aboriginal JFR culture with bannock baking, drumming, dancing, setting up teepee, and more. The second day is where the JFR youth get to showcase some of the skills they have learned in a friendly competition,” said Simonton.
 Events include melon rolling, swede saw relay, wayjax relay, pump and hose, fire starting, knot tying, trivia challenge and a mystery event. 
The JFR program is for youth aged 16 to 18 years old attending high school. The program vision is to foster an appreciation, awareness and respect for our natural resources through stewardship, education, career opportunities and leadership. And to provide Indigenous youth an opportunity to investigate natural resource careers while learning about their cultural heritage.


NEW: July 25, 2016

Fun and competition at Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament

by Mikaela Kuefler
The 2016 Edson Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament will be held from July 29-Aug 01. So far, 128 teams have registered. The Kinsmen club is also holding an invitational tournament for sixteen more teams.
Proceeds from the tournament continue to pay for the Edson Kinsmen Spray Park. Security and Bar Chair, Mike Baier, stated, "We're holding the tournament to make a profit so we can spend money on the community."
During the tournament, the Kinsmen also 'charity contracts out' as the charity organization carries out certain tasks during the tournament to receive donations to their cause. "The Kinsmen Club tries to include charity groups as often as possible," said Baier.
The tournament also runs the beer gardens and has “Econoline Crush” coming out to play, with the cover band “David and the Titan”, on July 31. Guest DJ's will be playing on July 29 and 30. The tournament will also have concessions on site, such as the Olive Tree and Boston Pizza.
The Home Run Derby will take place on July 30 (men) and July 31(women). Tournament prizes include $30,000 in prize money and division winner jackets.
This year, the nearby campground, Kin Kamper Village, has organized a shuttle to run from the beer gardens and back.
Recognizably, team numbers are down from previous years, possibly due to the economy and new tournaments starting outside of the area. The tournament could also be "settling into a new normal and we're finding out what size of tournament we can hold, given the market size we have. We'll adjust the tournament as it goes on. Keep in mind, there are no other big tournaments on that weekend, in this area. Locally, we still dominate the scene. No one else has the same kind of tournament like ours," says Baier.

News: July 18, 2016

Renewed hope for progress says ACES

Meetings with town administration “very positive”

With the Town of Edson looking at increasing program and facility options at the Recreation Complex it is natural for Edsonites to wonder where that leaves local arts center society ACES.
Over the past nine years ACES developed a plan and has worked towards obtaining approval to build a new theatre facility at the Recreation Complex which would coincide with needed repairs to the facility.
Recent meetings with Town administration have been “very positive” according to both parties.
“ACES only official plan that we have is the attachment of a new theatre to the Rec Complex. That said, ACES is always considering other options as well. If the Town wishes to proceed with an indoor play structure at the Rec Complex then ACES may look at other options. Or perhaps there may be possibilities of combining the two. Everything is still in the very preliminary stages, so all options are always being considered,” said ACES president Peter Taylor. See the July 18, 2016 issue for more detail.

News: July 11, 2016

Four impaired drivers arrest in Edson

On July 1, 2016 (Canada Day), Edson RCMP Detachment and Edson Integrated Traffic Unit members removed four impaired drivers from the community’s roadways.
Shortly before 4:00 PM, Edson Detachment members responded to a call concerning youth drinking alcohol in a vehicle at the Edson Skate Park. A 16-year old male youth was subsequently arrested and found to have a blood-alcohol concentration in excess of the legal limit. The youth was charged with Impaired Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code.
Between 9:30 PM and 2:00 AM, proactive patrols within Edson by Detachment members and members of the Edson Integrated Traffic Unit resulted in three further impaired driving investigations. In each case, the driver of the motor vehicle was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration in excess of the legal limit. A 28-year old male from Edson, a 36-year old male from Edson, and a 33-year old male from Edmonton have been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code.
Since January 1, 2016, in the Edson area, 38 individuals have been charged with Criminal Code impaired driving offences, compared to 53 individuals during all of 2015.
Impaired Driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada each year, outnumbering homicides by nearly 2 to 1. Tens of thousands more each year are injured by impaired drivers.
Members of the Edson Detachment and the Edson Integrated Traffic Unit encourage everyone to make sober driving a priority. If you drink, don’t drive – find a safe and sober way home.

News: July 4, 2016

Colourful future of community newspapers

With our July 4, 2016 issue we welcome our readers and advertisers to a whole new look for The Weekly Anchor. Beginning with this issue you are going to notice a lot more colour. In fact, every page in our issues will now be in full colour. B&W photos will be a thing of the past.
On a weekly basis we have had so many submissions from our schools, clubs and programs, along with our great team of writers we have struggled to include it all each week. Well, now we will be able to open up our pages for bigger photographs and more of them, along with more of the local stories and submissions you love to read.
We will also be able to offer amazingly low prices to add colour to every advertisement, anywhere in the paper without worrying about press limitations.
Also keep an eye out for some great new page layouts and feature pages, including some creative ‘false’ centerspreads we will be showcasing.
These exciting improvements are made possible by the serious multi-million dollar investments being made in newspaper presses in Alberta in recent years. Surprised? Well you shouldn’t be and here is why.
The financial and readership plummets of the daily newspaper industry have little to nothing to do with the weekly community newspaper industry. We serve two totally different markets and readers.
In fact, there are more independent weekly newspapers in Alberta than ever before! Why? Community newspapers are really good at staying in touch with what local readers want to read –local pictures and stories about local people. And then connecting an advertiser to these readers is what it’s all about!
The new multi-million dollar press we are printing on now was built in Würzburg, Germany and is among the most technologically sophisticated the newspaper industry has ever seen.
I am no stranger to press rooms as I learned the pre-press trade on a Goss NewsKing as a young man fresh out of school. When I toured this new printing facility near Edmonton I was amazed at the automation and precision. It was more like a 356 tonne mechanical watch than the greasy presses of the past. Even the five foot thick concrete slab this mammoth press sits on was specially designed to maintain perfect press alignment with zero movement.
This high speed double-wide press is what enables us to offer amazing front to back colour with laser-accurate registration second to none in the industry. And with eight page increments, instead of the typical four of smaller presses, we can open our pages up to more of what you pick our newspaper up for! And believe us keeping our newsstands full is no easy task, but thank you for emptying them each week, that’s what it’s all about!
To top it off our new press uses 100% recyclable newsprint made right here in Alberta, creating Alberta jobs!
Ultimately for our readers and our advertisers, it will mean a crisp, full-colour newspaper, free to our readers and affordable for our advertisers. A win-win if there ever was one. And don’t forget our electronic edition is available free on our website as well.

News: June 27, 2016

Charity Ball Tournament planned August 13

Last year a local family stepped up to the plate and organized a charity ball tournament, the first of its kind, and it was a hit.
The Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament Association is expanding their membership this year and will become a society. Last year the tournament brought in 20 teams and raised $12,000. Committee member Natasha Kowalchuk, said, "Last year out of the 12 cash prizes we had 10 of them were donated back to the fund which was pretty awesome. We had a prize for the best dressed team and encouraged teams to come dressed up and we hope to get even more teams playing and dressing up this year. We will be excepting up to 32 teams and registration is open now.”
“This year the plan is to help out a couple of charities rather than just focusing on one. We would like to be able to help more within our community," said Kowalchuk.
The tournament had a lot more than ball going on, there were bouncy houses for kids and contests like wheel barrel races.
This year the tournament will be held on the weekend of August 13. If you would like more information or to make a donation, please contact Chris Valliere Kowalchuk at 780-712-1656, Chad Kowalchuk at 780-712-6612, Laura Kowalchuk at 780-728-6050 or Natasha Kowalchuk at 780-712-6977.