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Entrepreneurs catering to growing ex-pat population

There is a growing population of United Kingdom expatriates in Okotoks yearning for a taste of home, be it a bag of Bassett’s Jelly Babies or a package of Jammie Dogers.
Biodiesel plant shuts down operations

Biodiesel plant shuts down operations

The head of an Aldersyde-area biodiesel plant is blaming a slowdown in the biofuels sector and promised federal funding that has not come through for having to shut down production at the facility.
Local students fill backpacks with love

Local students fill backpacks with love

Having the proper gear in a backpack can be a lifesaver. This holiday season students at John Paul II Collegiate in Okotoks have filled more than 250 backpacks to help foothills families this Christmas.

Altalink unveils preferred route for new powerline

The proposed route for a major electrical transmission line south of Calgary could follow the alignment of an existing transmission line.

Quest doesn't compromise classroom: Rose

The Quest program might have one more extra teacher in the classroom, but it isn’t compromising other classes at Oilfields High School, according to the Foothills School Division.

Band members trying to force election

A group of Bearspaw First Nation band members is going to federal court to force an election for band council. Band member Robert Shotclose said papers were filed in federal court this week asking for a judicial injunction to force a vote.

Council approves 3.5% tax hike

Okotoks homeowners will be paying more on their tax bill in 2011. Town council approved Okotoks’ 2011 operating budget on Monday afternoon, including a 3.5 per cent increase in the municipal share of its property taxes.
Hearing scheduled for composting facility plan

Hearing scheduled for composting facility plan

A hearing will determine whether Alberta Environment’s approval of an expansion of a compost operation west of High River addresses its potential impacts on the environment.
Oilfields students on classroom Quest

Oilfields students on classroom Quest

A 17-year-old from Black Diamond was about to quit school last spring, but rather than call it quits, Geoff Wieler is now on a quest to finish his education.

Environment minister speaks in favour of water pipeline

Alberta’s environment minister has made his preference over a long-term water source for Okotoks quite clear.