About The Gazette

The Macleod Gazette . . . unfolding since 1882.

The Macleod Gazette is an independent newspaper published every Wednesday at Fort Macleod, Alta.
310 Col. Macleod Blvd. (Main Street)
P.O. Box 720, Fort Macleod, Alta., T0L 0Z0
Phone: 403-553-3391 Fax: 403-553-2961
E-mail: ftmgazet@telusplanet.net

The Macleod Gazette lays claim to being the oldest newspaper in Alberta. Two former members of the North West Mounted Police, C.E.D. Wood and E.T. Saunders, established the Gazette in 1882. At the time, the only two other papers in what was then the North West Territories were the Edmonton Bulletin and Battleford Herald. The Bulletin went out of business and in 1905 Battleford became part of the new province of Saskatchewan.

The Macleod Gazette was honoured by the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association as the best newspaper in its class in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Canadian Community Newspapers Association recognized The Macleod Gazette in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 as best all-around paper in its circulation category. The Gazette has also won numerous awards for news reporting, photography, opinion writing, education writing, coverage of the arts, sports reporting and design.

The newspaper has changed owners several times in its history. In 2001 Frank and Emily McTighe bought the Gazette from Jack Murphy, who spent 33 years as an employee and later owner of The Macleod Gazette.


People in Fort Macleod and district who have symptoms and think they may have COVID-19 should call Health Link at 811. If their symptoms match the criteria, Health Link will advise on their next steps regarding testing.

Most recent updates below.

  • There are 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including one in Claresholm.
  • Since yesterday, 31 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total to 226. Sixteen cases are suspected to be as a result of community transmission. The rest are travel-related.
  • Canada and the United States have an agreement that will restrict non-essential travel across the border, including for tourism and recreation. Canadian and American citizens and permanent residents who are currently visiting each other's country can still return home.
  • Forty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alberta, bringing the total Friday afternoon to 195. On a positive note, three people who contracted the virus have been identified as recovered.
  • Fort Macleod Fish and Game has cancelled its awards banquet set for Saturday, March 28.
  • The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod is closed.
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