Welcome to the Star and Times Website!


Growing up in the Valley has made me realize the importance and impact that rural living has had on me as an individual and working at the Star and Times for the past year has opened my eyes further to the all the exciting events and passionate people that we share our community with. I am reminded every week when I am out and about, covering events, what a wonderful community I am a part of. The way that this community comes together to support someone in need or to organize an event never ceases to amaze me. It is because of these things that I can tell others, with pride, that I live in the Swan River Valley. I am thrilled to be in a position that allows me to continue to share both the triumphs and tribulations of the community with my fellow residents by bringing you, our readers, the information that matters most. I look forward to hearing all of your suggestions about how you think that we can better serve the community. My door is always open – stop in, shoot me off an email or give me a call. 


Danielle Gordon-Broome



Terra Pohl

I have lived in the Swan River Valley for many years, and I love it here. I wouldn’t trade the life I have here for any other. The beauty of the Valley and the life I share with the people around me is as unique and wonderful as the story that every individual has to tell about themselves. If there is anything that connects the people within a community, it must surely be their stories. I love stories. If the heart of a community is the spirit of the people who live within it, then truly their stories are the lifeblood of that spirit. When we go for coffee in the mornings, we go to swap stories, when we bump into an old friend on the street, we stop for a moment to share stories. Through the Star and Times we share our events, our plans, our hopes for the future, our fear, our grief, and our triumphs; we share our lives. As a lover of stories, and the newest member of the Star and Times team, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be an intrinsic part of that community spirit. When we reach for a copy of the Star and Times, we are about to share the stories that connect us all as members of our community. I love stories, and I can’t wait to hear and share yours.



It is with great excitement and gratitude to introduce myself as the new photographer and reporter with the Swan Valley Star and Times. My name is Catie St. Jacques, and I have recently moved to the Swan River Valley. Having only been here for a short period of time, I feel very grateful to be given the opportunity to immerse myself into such a rich and vibrant community. I already feel so welcome here; the support and encouragement from everyone has reminded me of the importance of community and the value of living among such wonderful people.
After living in Calgary, Alta. for the past five years, my partner and I decided to move to his hometown of Minitonas to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, spend time with family and friends and to focus on my creative endeavours, making this opportunity one I am thrilled about. I am delighted to be in a position where I can get to know the community and everyone who lives here. I hope to connect with the readers each week by sharing stories and working together. If you see me out and about, stop to say hello, I’d love to hear your ideas and any suggestions you may have. I look forward to meeting you.


Catie St. Jacques
Weekend Reporter/Photographer