Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The first and fourth images in this four-image panel feature design work by Derek Jagodzinsky, a Cree designer from the Whitefish Lake First Nation. The second and third images features work by Rhonda Johnson, Cree designer from the Bigstone Cree Nation. Photos by Delorna Makinaw

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

The first and fourth images in this four-image panel feature design work by Derek Jagodzinsky, a Cree designer from the Whitefish Lake First Nation. The second and third images features work by Rhonda Johnson, Cree designer from the Bigstone Cree Nation. Photos by Delorna Makinaw
Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to the scene of a trailer in flames early morning March 15. The driver was hauling two trailers but was able to unhook the semi and the first trailer to prevent further damage. There were no injuries.                                Photo submitted

Ponoka fire crews deal with trailer fire on QEII

There wasn’t much left of a 53 foot trailer after it went up in flames near Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to the scene of a trailer in flames early morning March 15. The driver was hauling two trailers but was able to unhook the semi and the first trailer to prevent further damage. There were no injuries.                                Photo submitted
Firefighters with the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to a barn fire Feb. 21 in the later morning. Crews were there for several hours before the fire was fully quelled. There were no injuries and rabbits in the barn were rescued.                                Photos submitted

Rabbits saved from barn fire in Ponoka County

The Ponoka County East District Fire Department was called to a barn fire

Firefighters with the Ponoka County East District Fire Department were called to a barn fire Feb. 21 in the later morning. Crews were there for several hours before the fire was fully quelled. There were no injuries and rabbits in the barn were rescued.                                Photos submitted
Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye/Black Press News Services                                Blake Taylor, territory sales representative with AGI speaks to attendees of a Bayer Crop Science trade show at the Calnash Ag Event Centre Feb. 21. The trade show is about working closely with seed science while also working with industry partners.

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye/Black Press News Services                                Blake Taylor, territory sales representative with AGI speaks to attendees of a Bayer Crop Science trade show at the Calnash Ag Event Centre Feb. 21. The trade show is about working closely with seed science while also working with industry partners.
Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation

Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation

Over 600 Albertans were surveyed their thoughts on separation of Alberta from Canada

Poll finds respondents against Alberta separation
The second vehicle involved in the Friday night collision had relatively minor damage to it, however, its airbags did deploy. The vehicle ended up in the southbound lane of Highway 2A. An RCMP collision analyst was on scene to determine the cause.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Head-on collision south of Ponoka closes Highway 2A lanes

Fire crews extricated one person with serious injuries

The second vehicle involved in the Friday night collision had relatively minor damage to it, however, its airbags did deploy. The vehicle ended up in the southbound lane of Highway 2A. An RCMP collision analyst was on scene to determine the cause.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett (third from right) speaks to media Friday morning about the town’s decision to not sign off on the school tax requisition unless the province comes to the table with some grant options. Town of Stettler Mayor Sean Nolls (far right) was also in attendance to show his support. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka pushes for a piece of the grant pie

The town argues that rural municipalities are losing out of provincial funding opportunities

Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett (third from right) speaks to media Friday morning about the town’s decision to not sign off on the school tax requisition unless the province comes to the table with some grant options. Town of Stettler Mayor Sean Nolls (far right) was also in attendance to show his support. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene of a single vehicle collision just after midnight on Thursday on the QE2 south of Ponoka. The cause of the incident is not known, however, crews were on the scene for several hours.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Man dies in collision near Ponoka

STARS Air Ambulance was called to a single vehicle collision on the QE2 south of Ponoka

STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene of a single vehicle collision just after midnight on Thursday on the QE2 south of Ponoka. The cause of the incident is not known, however, crews were on the scene for several hours.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Wintry driving conditions proved a struggle on the Friday morning commute on QE2 with multiple vehicles in the ditch, along with several collisions. This rollover occurred at QE2 and Secondary Highway 611. It is believed there were no injuries from the incident. Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit                                 Wintry driving conditions proved a struggle on the Friday morning commute on QE2 with multiple vehicles in the ditch, along with several collisions. This rollover occurred at QE2 and Secondary Highway 611. It is believed there were no injuries from the incident. Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit

Rollovers near Ponoka keep crews busy

Wintry road conditions proved a struggle for motorists on the QE2 highway with several incidents

Wintry driving conditions proved a struggle on the Friday morning commute on QE2 with multiple vehicles in the ditch, along with several collisions. This rollover occurred at QE2 and Secondary Highway 611. It is believed there were no injuries from the incident. Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit                                 Wintry driving conditions proved a struggle on the Friday morning commute on QE2 with multiple vehicles in the ditch, along with several collisions. This rollover occurred at QE2 and Secondary Highway 611. It is believed there were no injuries from the incident. Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit
A small plane crashed into a field east of Ponoka on Nov. 13 in the evening. It appears the plane crash-landed and then slid into a copse of trees before fully stopping. The plane lost its tail in the crash and had damage to its propellors and a few other areas.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Plane crash-lands near Ponoka

The airplane had its tail ripped off and it ended right side up in a copse of trees east of Ponoka

A small plane crashed into a field east of Ponoka on Nov. 13 in the evening. It appears the plane crash-landed and then slid into a copse of trees before fully stopping. The plane lost its tail in the crash and had damage to its propellors and a few other areas.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
The World Remembers vigil at Ponoka Secondary Campus features the names of Ponoka soldiers killed in action during the Great War. The vigil is featured in the school’s Hall of Valour and also at the Ponoka Legion.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka soldiers killed in action in WWI recognized in worldwide vigil

The World Remembers vigil concludes this year following the centenary of the last year of WWI

The World Remembers vigil at Ponoka Secondary Campus features the names of Ponoka soldiers killed in action during the Great War. The vigil is featured in the school’s Hall of Valour and also at the Ponoka Legion.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a truck and trailer that became stuck on a guardrail at the Secondary Highway 611 exit at Highway 2. The driver attempted to become unstuck and in the attempt ripped the driveline off the truck.                                Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit

Trailer hauling heavy equipment hits exit guardrail north of Ponoka

An attempt to get unstuck ripped drive line off the truck

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a truck and trailer that became stuck on a guardrail at the Secondary Highway 611 exit at Highway 2. The driver attempted to become unstuck and in the attempt ripped the driveline off the truck.                                Photo courtesy of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit
A serious collision involving a semi tractor and a pickup slowed the northbound lanes on Highway 2 near Lacombe Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Photo by Dan Mandryk/Twitter

UPDATE: Lacombe Fire reports 1 dead after collision between semi and pickup near Lacombe

Emergency crews dealt with a serious collision in the northbound lanes of Highway 2

A serious collision involving a semi tractor and a pickup slowed the northbound lanes on Highway 2 near Lacombe Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Photo by Dan Mandryk/Twitter
RCMP have arrested and charged a 19-year-old Ponoka man with several alleged property crimes. A search of a Ponoka property Sept. 12 recovered several items including ammunition and firearms, plus a snowmobile and trailer. RCMP photo

Suspicious activity links Ponoka man to property crimes

Ponoka RCMP conduct search warrant and recover several items including firearms and ammunition

RCMP have arrested and charged a 19-year-old Ponoka man with several alleged property crimes. A search of a Ponoka property Sept. 12 recovered several items including ammunition and firearms, plus a snowmobile and trailer. RCMP photo
First collision during first snowfall: Emergency crews were called to a rollover Thursday morning near the Highway 2 and Highway 53 interchange. With the first snowfall of the season some of the area highways were slippery. It is believed there were minor injuries in this incident.                                Photo submitted

Ponoka crews called to rollover

Cruise control may have been a factor in this incident, with thankfully minor injuries.

First collision during first snowfall: Emergency crews were called to a rollover Thursday morning near the Highway 2 and Highway 53 interchange. With the first snowfall of the season some of the area highways were slippery. It is believed there were minor injuries in this incident.                                Photo submitted
Jesi is a young and playful chocolate lab brought from Gwynne to take part in the Labrador Retriever Club of Alberta’s Triple Specialty Weekend show recently. There were 55 labrador retrievers at the show, many with smiles as wide as Jesi’s.

Labrador breed takes centre stage in Ponoka

Around 55 labrador retrievers showcased at recent dog show in Ponoka

Jesi is a young and playful chocolate lab brought from Gwynne to take part in the Labrador Retriever Club of Alberta’s Triple Specialty Weekend show recently. There were 55 labrador retrievers at the show, many with smiles as wide as Jesi’s.
Barrel racer Alyssa Duff makes a solid run at 17.381 seconds July 29 during the Runaway slot race, which saw over $100,000 in cash prizes.

$100,000 Runaway barrel race hosted in Ponoka

One of the more prestigious barrel racing events brings the best athletes to Ponoka

Barrel racer Alyssa Duff makes a solid run at 17.381 seconds July 29 during the Runaway slot race, which saw over $100,000 in cash prizes.
Lacombe city councillor Thalia Hibbs has thrown her name into the Lacombe-Ponoka UCP nomination run. She made the announcement July 25.                                Photo submitted

Lacombe councillor Thalia Hibbs adds her name to UCP nomination

Hibbs will challenge MLA Ron Orr and Rita Reich for the Lacombe-Ponoka UCP nomination

Lacombe city councillor Thalia Hibbs has thrown her name into the Lacombe-Ponoka UCP nomination run. She made the announcement July 25.                                Photo submitted
Lacoka Locos midget players stand at attention during a special drum song ceremony before a special exhibition game against a First Nations lacrosse team July 7. The special game was the signal of a new program to build up a lacrosse program in Maskwacis.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Lacoka Lacrosse and Maskwacis join efforts for lacrosse program

With support of the Maskwacis chiefs, the goal is to bring lacrosse back to Maskwacis kids

Lacoka Locos midget players stand at attention during a special drum song ceremony before a special exhibition game against a First Nations lacrosse team July 7. The special game was the signal of a new program to build up a lacrosse program in Maskwacis.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Chevi Rabbit poses in front of a tipi and flags at Bear Park in Maskwacis during the Ermineskin pow wow July 8. Rabbit, who is transgender, wants to bring back awareness of two-spirit First Nations. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit hopes to break stigmas

The transgender human rights activist is getting back into her First Nations culture and pow wows

Chevi Rabbit poses in front of a tipi and flags at Bear Park in Maskwacis during the Ermineskin pow wow July 8. Rabbit, who is transgender, wants to bring back awareness of two-spirit First Nations. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye