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North Raven issue stirs passion

The recent two-part column on the threat to Alberta’s top trout stream, the North Raven River, from a proposed gravel pit operation adjacent to the springs that are its sole source has sprung a gusher of reader comment.

Bob Kreutzer writes that he partially disagrees with livestock having been the cause of the silting that practically killed the stream in the 1960s. READ

Daylily business blooms

In 2004, Jeff and Carolyn Brody came back to live on the farm where Carolyn grew up in the Kuusamo District south of Sylvan Lake. The property had been rented out for 30 years and was not in good shape. It took them three years and many hours of labour to get the property back to what they considered a livable condition. READ

Chamomile: the plant that keeps giving

This summer, chamomile (matricaria chamomilla) graces my side garden with abundance. READ

Good, bad factors in global market investment

International markets offer Canadian investors a myriad of opportunities. However, political and economic factors can have a big impact on investor sentiment and how those markets perform, and investors should consider investment options best suited to specific markets. READ

Elderly woman doesn’t want to reveal her STD

I am a 68-year-old woman who has been divorced for more than 30 years. I haven’t been in an intimate relationship for the past 10. Last year, I discovered that I have genital herpes. The doctor said I may have had it for years before experiencing symptoms. READ

Grateful people

“Are you up for a good challenge,” she asked. “Lay it on me,” I replied and we both laughed. READ

Finding good health, inside and out

As the stark white stucco ceiling stares down at me this morning, I feel somehow changed. READ

Woman bothered by husband’s weight

My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have no children. My biggest problem is his weight. He has put on a lot of poundage in the past several years and is definitely not the guy I married. READ

The happiest anniversary on Earth!

In just a few short days, it will be August and I don’t know about you, but I’m already wondering where most of July went. READ

Stories about the Jekyll-Hyde Fly

I was not aware that my fishing “stuff” in Old Farmer’s Almanac, Canadian Edition, also appears in the American Edition, and thus was unprepared for the inquiries about my heresy against always dead drifting artificial flies and in favour the “slow draw,” the “sudden inch,” ”the fast strip” and other moving fly fishing ploys. READ

Garderners can conserve water

Each time the temperatures soar, the employees in municipal water departments cringe as water consumption increases. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

Teen has a crush on two boys

I am 13 and an avid reader of your column. I have been working at a summer program, and I ride a school bus there and back. Two young men ride the same bus. I have a crush on one of them (I’ll call him “Liam”), but I happen to know he likes another girl. The other guy (I’ll call him “Noah”) seems to like me. READ

The moments you can’t take back

Today I would like to give you, my lovely readers, just four (out of thousands) of embarrassing moments my children can never take back; reminding you that you are certainly not alone in this thing we call parenthood. READ

Is patience out of date?

“Just a minute,” said Jerry. “I need to respond to a post.” “Something important?” I asked, leaning back in my chair. “Maybe,” he replied. “It’s someone asking for a quote.” READ

Educational needs vary from public to private schools

Q: Can you help us decide on a strategy for giving our child the best possible education? Our daughter is ready to start school, and we want to get her moving in the right direction. READ

Anything is possible at the fair

Can it really be that long ago? It feels like five minutes; it feels like 150 years. That’s what some birthdays are like, I guess, and the one this week felt like that. READ

Four tips to get abs faster

If you’re like most people, when you enter the gym, one of the top goals that you strive to reach is getting that coveted set of six-pack abs. Or perhaps you think you’d just be happy if you could get a set of flat abs and not have to worry about pesky love handles. READ

Inconvenient facts being omitted in global warming debate

I once had a chat over a beer with Bill Greenwood, so I know he’s a smart guy. And his wise advice against cherry picking bears that out. However, there’s the old saying that if you talk the talk, then you also have to walk the walk. READ

Stampede shifts to education

Summertime is fair and rodeo season in Alberta. For me, it’s meant my “field” for the last 10 days has been the dirt (and cement) of Stampede Park in Calgary. READ

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