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Two women, Brenda Shenton in light orange sweater and Shannon Peace in dark rust shirt, with award certificates earned by Shootin' the Breeze.

Celebrate National Newspaper Week with us

While times are tough in most industries right now, our team tries to keep our chins up as we face new, and unique, challenges in the newspaper business.

Celebrating what Shootin’ the Breeze does well is something I enjoy. It’s not meant in a vain way but as a matter of shining a bright spotlight on the people who work very hard to ensure there is a newspaper in your hands every Wednesday morning.

A few weeks back, Brenda Shenton and I spent a weekend in Edmonton at the annual general meeting and convention of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. We’d talked about going together for a number of years, and now that she’s retired she finally had time to join me!

If you ask, Brenda will tell you that she came away with much deeper insight into what happens beyond our local media outlet. She knows that, despite the potholes and bumps on the newspaper highway, I come back from this annual event rejuvenated and motivated.

The turnout was grim and, as convention chairwoman, it’s something I’ve been trying to address over the past two years. Many say they simply can’t afford the cost of the trip or the cost of being away from their office for even two days.

On the bright side, those in attendance, both in person and virtually, are committed to keeping Alberta’s newspapers strong.

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Hardships were acknowledged and solutions were sought. There’s no better place to do this than among a group of your peers.

Once ideas get flowing, things quickly get productive. I’m sure each publisher in attendance went home with something new to implement.

Sometimes conversation leads to more questions than answers. This is just as important.

Brenda made a point of speaking with all of the younger members in attendance. She heard positive hopes for the future and concerns that their older co-workers or employers often aren’t open to trying new ideas.

An age-old story that is not limited to the press.

 

AWNA 2023 board of directors; Jeff Burgar, Amanda Zimmer, Lisa Sygutek, Shannon Peace and Evan Jamison.
2023 board of directors of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association are Jeff Burgar of the HIgh Prairie South Peace News, left, Amanda Zimmer of the Claresholm Local Press, Lisa Sygutek of the Pass Herald, Shannon Peace of Shootin’ the Breeze and Evan Jamison of the St. Albert Gazette. Missing are Craig Barnard of Post Media and Daria Zmiyiwsky of Black Press. | Photo by Pearl Lorentzen of the Slave Lake Lakeside Leader

 

 

The AGM always ends with the swearing in of the AWNA board of directors. A number of us are in our fourth year serving together, giving the board stability and strength.

This year, Lisa Sygutek of the Pass Herald has moved to the role of board president and I will work alongside her as vice-president.

Amanda Zimmer of the Claresholm Local Press is back on the board, giving southwestern Alberta the benefit of three female independent newspaper owners having a voice.

I mention female because back when my parents and Lisa’s parents were involved, these positions were generally held by men.

Joining us are Daria Zmiyiwsky of Black Press, Craig Barnard of Postmedia, Evan Jamison of the St. Albert Gazette and Jeff Burgar of the High Prairie South Peace News.

Lisa has been heavily involved in the government affairs of the association, something she excels in. Lisa is feisty and blunt, and fights for what she believes in.

We all believe in the value of community newspapers and look forward to a strong year supporting Alberta’s community news sources.

 

Ad for Vape in Pincher Creek

 

Along with a new title, I returned home with a number of awards for our publication.

The BNC Awards of Excellence and Photographic Awards are open to all Alberta newspapers, from the smallest to the largest.

Best Ad Campaign Award – third place: Jaiden Panchyshyn for Blackburn Jewellers 2022 Shop Local for Christmas campaign.

Best Agricultural Section – third place: Shootin’ the Breeze.

Sue Gawlak Best Local Editorial – honourable mention to Shannon Peace for My Little Corner.

Sports Writing Award – honourable mention to Mia Parker for Local Women Excel in 1,000-Mile Survival Race on the Yukon River.

Wildlife Photo – honourable mention to Jenaya Launstein.

The BNC General Excellence Awards are classed according to circulation. Shootin’ the Breeze is in a group of 13 newspapers and the awards reflect the work of our entire team.

Best Editorial Page – second place

Best Overall Score – third place

Best Front Page – third place

I tip my hat to my co-workers at the Breeze and to my fellow board members of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association. Work well done is worthy of celebration as we move forward.

 

Ad for Dragons Heart Quilt Shop in Pincher Creek

 

Ad for Darcys Nature Walk Crowsnest Pass
Man wearing a bicycle helmet chats to a black and white cat perched on his shoulder

Meet Dave and Taylor!

Woman in hippy outfit sings on stage on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze

March 22, 2023 Issue

Let It Be! rocks the Pass

Taking centre stage during the opening night of Let It Be! A Rock Musical last Friday, Clarissa Manson sings “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

Woman in white fur coat and blue helmet sits on a white horse and high fives another woman in red plaid jacket at the Pole & Spur in Crowsnest Pass

E-Edition – March 15, 2023

Hot runs and high fives

Touted as the ultimate mash-up of rednecks, horses and ski bums, the Pole and Spur provided a day of fun entertainment in Crowsnest Pass.

Black boy in white and black shirt and shorts moves with a basketball while being blocked by a dark-haired boy in blue with outstretched arms

E-Edition – March 8, 2023

Canyon Cougars take to the court

Channing Yellow Horn of Pincher Creek’s Canyon Elementary School plays defence during a basketball tournament Friday at Fort Macleod.

Kai Shefer, a young boy with dark hair hanging over his face and blue mini gloves on his hands, conducts an experiment on a bubble at Livingstone School's science fair.

E-Edition Feb. 22, 2023

Unpoppable bubble

Kai Shefer conducts an experiment for his unpoppable bubble project at Livingstone School’s annual science fair last Thursday.

Fluffy light brown dog grins widely through his mud-covered face

E-Edition Feb. 15, 2023

Muddy Monday

Bear enjoyed muddy outdoor activities prior to Monday’s snowfall in Pincher Creek. Windy chill expected today before above-zero temps return.

Front page of Feb. 8, 2023 issue of Shootin' the Breeze newspaper. Many people, wearing coloured hockey jerseys, walk on a cold winter morning

Feb. 8, 2023 E-Edition

Winter walk with memories of Wayne

Clad in hockey jerseys, locals gathered Feb. 1 for Pincher Creek’s annual Winter Walk Day, with the late Wayne Elliott in the thoughts of many.

 

infant girl in blue pajamas with white flowers and a yellow bow on her head, looks up at her parents, a woman with long dark hair and a man in a black ball cap.

Jan. 25, 2023

The beauty of local obstetrical care

Halen Benson’s parents are grateful for the level of maternity care currently available in Pincher Creek. See related articles in this issue.

 

Front page of Shootin the Breeze featuring two young women wearing mermaid fins pose in the empty hot tub at the Pincher Creek pool during shutdown

Jan. 18, 2023

Waiting for the waves

Lifeguards Kiana Neumann, left, and Jessie Shenton take a break from their work at the Pincher Creek pool to have a little fun in the empty hot tub. The pool is scheduled to reopen next Monday. 

 

Front page of Jan. 11/23 Shootin' the Breeze – Child-care worker, a dark-haired woman wearing glasses and a blue shirt, talks to three preschoolers

Jan. 11, 2023

Child-care crunch looms amid staffing shortage

About 100 children are waiting for spots in Pincher Creek early learning centres, which are running at only 60% capacity.