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VICTIM DIES IN RED DEER HOUSE FIRE
WE HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE FROM THE HOUSE FIRE IN DEER PARK ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AND IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS. ONE MAN WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER THE HOME ON 14 DRUMMOND AVENUE CAUGHT FIRE AT AROUND 4:30 THAT DAY, AND IT'S BEEN REVEALED TODAY THE VICTIM HAS DIED. 69 YEAR OLD DALE ROTH WAS RENTING A SUITE IN THE HOUSE AND WAS THE ONLY VICTIM IN THE ACCIDENT. FURTHER INVESTIGATION HAS ALSO SUGGESTED THIS FIRE WAS NOT AN ARSON.
 
ONE MAN IS MISSING, BUT A TEEN IS FOUND SAFE
LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A MISSING MAN. 40 YEAR OLD RYAN POSTI WAS LAST SEEN OCTOBER 12TH AND NOW HIS MENTAL WELL BEING AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ARE OF CONCERN. YOU CAN SEE HIS PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS. MEANWHILE, POLICE ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING 15 YEAR OLD PAIGE HOMBORG. SHE WAS FOUND TO BE IN GOOD HEALTH AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING LAST FRIDAY.
 
CITY REVEALS NEW AND IMPROVED SNOW CLEARING PLAN
RED DEER STREETS WILL BE SNOW PLOWED SOONER AND MORE OFTEN THIS YEAR. THAT WAS THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CITY THIS AFTERNOON (THURS) AS THEY ROLLED OUT A REVAMPED SNOW CLEARING PLAN. INSTEAD OF A 45 DAY PLAN LIKE LAST YEAR, A MORE EFFICIENT 15 DAY CLEARING SCHEDULE WILL BE USED THIS WINTER. AND INSTEAD OF A SINGLE LARGE WINDROW ON ONE SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL STREETS, THERE WILL BE 2 SMALLER WINDROWS RUNNING ON EACH SIDE OF THE STREET. THE CITY HOPES THEY WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY SMALLER AND MORE MANAGEABLE. YOU CAN SEE THE NEW CLEARING SCHEDULE AND ENTIRE PLAN AT REDDEER.CA/SNOWZONE. LAST YEAR NEARLY 150 CENTIMETERS OF SNOW FELL IN RED DEER BY THE END OF JANUARY, WHICH WAS DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF A NORMAL YEAR.
 
SENIOR CITIZEN SCAMMED BY FRAUDSTER
RCMP ARE REMINDING EVERYONE TO PROTECT THEIR PINS AND TO KEEP THEIR DEBIT CARDS TO THEMSELVES. THIS AFTER A SENIOR CITIZEN WAS TRICKED BY A FRAUDSTER IN GIVING AWAY HER DEBIT CARD AFTER HE WATCHED HER PUNCH IN HER PIN. THE FRAUDSTER APPROACHED THE WOMAN OUTSIDE A RED DEER GROCERY STORE AFTER SHE HAD JUST MADE A PURCHASE. HE SAID HE WAS THE STORE MANAGER AND THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH HER CARD. THE SENIOR GAVE THE CARD TO THE FRAUDSTER AND HE NEVER RETURNED, AND SOON AFTER SEVERAL TRANSACTIONS WERE MADE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS FRAUD YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP.
 
DEATHS RULED "ACCIDENTAL" AFTER INQUIRY

NO RECOMMENDATIONS ARE STEMMING FROM A PUBLIC FATALITY INQUIRY HELD INTO THE DEATHS OF TWO B.C. PILOTS WHO PERISHED IN A CENTRAL ALBERTA PLANE CRASH THREE YEARS AGO. THE REPORT INDICATES 39 YEAR OLD LEE SORKEN AND 44 YEAR OLD DEAN SORKEN DIED OF MULTIPLE BLUNT INJURIES BUT THEIR DEATHS HAVE BEEN DEEMED ACCIDENTAL. THE FLIGHT ON JUNE 3RD OF 2011 ORIGINATED IN ABBOTSFORD, B.C. WITH THE BROTHERS TRAVELLING TO KILLAM, ALBERTA FOR A FAMILY WEDDING. HOWEVER, WEATHER CONDITIONS MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN DEAN SORKEN'S DECENT THROUGH HEAVY CLOUD COVER WHERE HE LOST CONTROL OF THE PLANE AND CRASHED IN A FIELD NEAR BASHAW. THE INQUIRY POINTS TO HUMAN ERROR AS THE CAUSE.
 
ENGELMAN FOUND GUILTY
A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN A FATAL SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH TWO YEARS AGO HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON TWO OF THREE COUNTS AGAINST HIM. THE CASE FOR 26 YEAR OLD MATTHEW ENGELMAN WILL NOW RETURN TO RED DEER COURT ON DECEMBER 1ST. HE'S CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT IN SEPTEMBER OF 2012 WHERE RCMP ALLEGE TWO PICK-UPS CRASHED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 20 NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE. THE COLLISION CRITICALLY INJURED 41 YEAR OLD RANDY PINCH OF BRETON WHO DIED FROM HIS INJURIES WEEKS LATER.
 
WILD HEADS TO TRIAL

A SUNDRE MAN CHARGED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER THAT KILLED A RED DEER WOMAN TWO YEARS AGO HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. THIS AFTER A PRELIMINARY HEARING WRAPPED UP IN DIDSBURY COURT TODAY (THU) FOR 26 YEAR OLD BRENDON WILD. HE'S CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT IN JUNE OF 2012 WHERE RCMP SAY A VEHICLE ROLLED ON HIGHWAY 587, INJURING A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND KILLING 20 YEAR OLD AMANDA HARLOS, A RECENT GRAD OF RDC AT THE TIME. A TRIAL DATE HAS YET TO BE SET FOR WILD.
 
SUSPECTS ON THE LOOSE AFTER ATTEMPTED THEFT
RCMP IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY ANY SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTEMPTED THEFT OF A QUAD THIS MONTH. IT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF OCTOBER 15TH WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL INTERRUPTED THREE YOUTH TRYING TO STEAL THEIR QUAD. THEY TOOK OFF DOWN AN ALLEY BUT A SHOE WAS LEFT ON SCENE. YOU CAN SEE A PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND CALL ROCKY RCMP IF YOU KNOW WHOSE IT IS.
 
RED DEER HOUSING STARTS HOLDING FORM
THE NUMBER OF HOUSING STARTS IN RED DEER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN STEADY IN 2015. THAT ACCORDING TO THE CMHC WHICH RELEASED IT'S LATEST HOUSING OUTLOOK TODAY. (THU) THERE ARE 840 NEW HOME STARTS FORECAST FOR 2014 WITH THAT SAME NUMBER EXPECTED NEXT YEAR AS WELL. THE AVERAGE PRICE HOWEVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TWO AND A HALF PERCENT IN 2015 TO 320 THOUSAND DOLLARS. OFFICIALS NOTE MULTI-FAMILY RENTAL UNITS ARE LEADING THE NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, A TREND THAT'S EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN THE COMING YEARS.

 

 

 

WED PM NEWS

 

FLAGS AND BALLOONS RAISED TO HONOUR SOLDIERS
AT LEAST 116 VOLUNTEERS CAME OUT THIS MORNING TO MAN EVERY FLAG ON HIGHWAY 11 IN A STAND OF SOLIDARITY. THE FLAGS WEREN'T ONLY PUT UP FOR THE TWO SOLDIERS LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST WEEK, BUT FOR ALL SOLDIERS WHO HAVE FALLEN OVER THE YEARS. WHEN THEY COME DOWN ON NOVEMBER 15TH THEY WILL BE PRESENTED TO VETERANS. A CEREMONIAL BALLOON RELEASE WAS ALSO PART OF THIS MORNING'S GATHERING
 
HOUSE FIRE CAUSES $300,000 IN DAMAGE
MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED ABOUT THE HOUSE FIRE IN EAST RED DEER ON TUESDAY. THE CITY SAYS THE HOME ON 12 DRUMMOND AVENUE CAUGHT FIRE AT AROUND 4:30 AND RESULTED IN 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES. THE CONDITION OF THE MAN HOSPITALIZED IN THE INCIDENT WAS NOT RELEASED. A CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED. FIRE CREWS WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TOMORROW (WED) AS PART OF THEIR "AFTER THE FIRE" PROGRAM.
 
CARDINAL TO HEAD TO TRIAL
A MAN CHARGED IN A PIGEON LAKE MURDER LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. THIS AFTER A PRELIMINARY HEARING WRAPPED UP IN WETASKIWIN COURT YESTERDAY (TUE) FOR 24 YEAR OLD RANDALL CARDINAL WHOSE CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 30 YEAR OLD JARED BROWN OF THE PIGEON LAKE FIRST NATION. BROWN DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A FIGHT WITH ANOTHER MAN IN JULY OF 2013. A TRIAL DATE FOR CARDINAL HAS YET TO BE SET.
 
BEAVERBONES LEARNS TRIAL DATE
A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR A MAN CHARGED IN A DANGEROUS CRIME SPREE SOUTH OF RED DEER LAST MONTH. THIS AFTER 7 NOT GUILTY PLEAS WERE ENTERED IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (TUE) BY 19 YEAR OLD RAVEN BEAVERBONES WHO STILL HAS TO ENTER PLEAS ON FIVE OTHER COUNTS AGAINST HIM. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 20TH SOUTHEAST OF RED DEER AND STARTED WHEN A RURAL LANDOWNER ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT SOMEONE TRYING TO STEAL GAS. THE PROPERTY OWNER WAS THEN DRAGGED BY A VEHICLE THAT HAD STOLEN PLATES AND EVENTUALLY RUN OVER. THE VICTIM'S SON ALSO TRIED TO STOP THE SUSPECT AND HAD HIS VEHICLE RAMMED SEVERAL TIMES BEFOR RCMP ARRESTED HIM NEAR PENHOLD. BEAVERBONES GOES TO TRIAL JULY 2ND OF NEXT YEAR.
 
LIQUOR STORE HELD UP IN SYLVAN LAKE
RCMP IN SYLVAN LAKE ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT IN AN ARMED ROBBERY. THE PLAZA LIQUOR STORE IN SYLVAN WAS STOOD UP ON MONDAY WHEN A MAN THREATENED THE STORE ATTENDANT WITH A LARGE SCREWDRIVER. THE SUSPECT THEN LEFT WITH CASH AND LIQUOR ON FOOT. A COMPOSITE SKETCH OF THE MAN IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, AND IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU SHOULD CONTACT MOUNTIES IN SYLVAN LAKE.
 
FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL OPENS ITS DOORS
ECOLE LA PRAIRE FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL OPENED THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC TODAY. THEY HELD THEIR RIBBON CUTTING AND DEDICATION CEREMONY EARLIER THIS MORNING. PRINCIPAL OF ECOLE LA PRAIRIE JEAN DOYON SAYS EVEN THOUGHT THEY OPENED NEARLY TWO MONTHS AGO, TODAY WAS A DAY TO THANK EVERYONE THAT GOT INVOLVED. THE SCHOOL SERVES ABOUT 140 STUDENTS IN RED DEER OF THE ESTIMATED 300 FRENCH FAMILIES IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.
 
PEACEFUL PICKET OVER THE NOON HOURS
BETHANY SENIOR CARE WORKERS TOOK TO 32ND STREET THIS MORNING TO HOLD AN INFORMATION PICKET. NEGOTIATOR JOHN WEVERS SAYS BETHANY WORKERS ALREADY MAKE LESS THAN THE PROVINCIAL STANDARD AND NOW THEY STAND TO MAKE LESS. WORKERS ARE NOT HAPPY THEY ARE BEING ASKED TO TAKE ROLLBACKS WHEN THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN A REASON. WE DID REACH OUT TO BETHANY CORPORATE SERVICES, THEY COULD NOT COMMENT ON THE STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS OTHER THAN TO SAY THE TWO SIDES WILL MEET ON FRIDAY.
 

 

 

 

TUES PM NEWS (OCT. 28)

 

COUNCIL SWORN IN ONE YEAR AGO - THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE DAYS AGO THE NEW CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR TOOK THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE. WE SAT DOWN WITH MAYOR VEER TO TALK ABOUT THE LAST YEAR. SHE LISTED A NUMBER OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS SUCH AS KEEPING THE MICHENER AND AMBULANCE DISPATCH SERVICES TO UPCOMING EVENTS LIKE THE MEMORIAL CUP AND CANADA WINTER GAMES. VEER ADDS SHE STILL WANTS TO IMPROVE AREAS OF TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

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FLU SHOTS - IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR FREE FLU SHOT YET, THERE'S THREE MORE IMMUNIZATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR RED DEER THIS WEEK. THEY'LL TAKE PLACE IN THE MARQUIS ROOM AT THE HARVEST CENTRE IN WESTERNER PARK ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THEY RUN FROM 12:30 TO 7:30 EACH DAY.

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CATHOLIC ELEMETARY SCHOOL CEREMONY - RED DEER'S NEWEST CATHOLIC SCHOOL HELD IT'S OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING THIS MORNING. FATHER HENRI VOISIN SCHOOL IN CLEARVIEW RIDGE OFFERS PRE-K TO GRADE 5 AND OPENED IT'S DOORS IN SEPTEMBER ALONG WITH TWO OTHER NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN RED DEER. LORRETA SALTER WAS A SPECIAL GUEST AT THE CEREMONY, SHE WAS BAPTIZED BY FATHER VOISON WHEN SHE WAS AN INFANT. AFTER AN OFFICIAL LITURGY, PRAYERS AND HYMNS WERE SUNG, THE SCHOOL WELCOMED EVERYONE ON A GUIDED TOUR.

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MOVEABLE SIGNAGE COMING IN SNOW EVENTS - AS PART OF THIS YEAR'S REVAMPED SNOW REMOVAL POLICY, THE CITY OF RED DEER IS ALLOWING REMOVABLE SIGNAGE WHEN THEY'RE OUT CLEARING THE STREETS. THAT MOTION WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL MONDAY TO FINALIZE THE DETAILS AHEAD OF A MEDIA CONFERENCE TO OUTLINE SNOW CLEARING DETAILS ON THURSDAY. THE SIGNAGE IS TO INDICATE ROAD REPAIR WORK AS WELL AS PARKING RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE DURING SNOW REMOVAL.

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PRIVATE CONTRACTORS NOW ALLOWED FOR WINDROW REMOVAL - HIRING A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR TO REMOVE THOSE WINDROWS THIS WINTER. THAT'S THE PLAN AFTER RED DEER CITY COUNCIL PASSED FIRST READING OF A MOTION TO ALLOW PRIVATE SNOW CLEARING. SECOND AND THIRD READING OF THIS ITEM WERE HEARD AND PASSED ON MONDAY. YOU WILL NOW BE ABLE TO REGISTER WITH THE CITY FOR A FIFTY DOLLAR FEE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR WINDROWS THIS WINTER A PRESS CONFERENCE IS SET FOR TOMORROW AFTERNOON (OCT. 29) TO FULLY EXPLAIN THE CHANGES.

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SENIOR CARE PICKET TOMORROW - RED DEER'S BETHANY CARE CENTRE AT RDC WILL BE THE SITE OF AN INFORMATION PICKET TOMORROW. (WED) AUPE OFFICIALS SAY THEIR SENIOR'S CARE WORKERS WILL BE PROTESTING THEIR EMPLOYER'S PROPOSAL TO ROLL BACK THEIR COMPENSATION AND WORKING CONDITIONS. THE PICKET RUNS FROM 11 TIL 1.

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DELEGATIOON FROM KENYA ATTENDS RDC - THE CUTTING EDGE FACILITIES AT RED DEER COLLEGE WERE ON DISPLAY FOR AN EDUCATION DELEGATION FROM KENYA LAST WEEK. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THE DELEGATION CAME TO ESTABLISH COLLABORATIONS WITH RDC AND OTHER POST SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS ACROSS ALBERTA TO SEE OUR PROVINCE'S APPROACH TO EDUCATION AND HELP PROVIDE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN KENYA.

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CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE MEETINGS - AFTER ENGAGING IN SEVERAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS THIS SUMMER ABOUT CRIME IN OUR CITY, RED DEER'S CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE WANTS TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT. OFFICIALS SAY THEY NOW WANT TO HOLD A SERIES OF ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THE ORIGINAL DISCUSSIONS TOOK PLACE. THE FIRST IS TONIGHT AT 6:30 AT THE DEER PARK ACTIVITY CENTRE WITH ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW NIGHT (WED) AT 7 AT THE RIVERSIDE MEADOWS ACTIVITY CENTRE. THE MEETINGS WERE HELD TO TALK ABOUT ANY CONCERNS THEY HAD ABOUT CRIME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOW TO PREVENT IT. SEVERAL OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS WILL HAVE MEETINGS NEXT MONTH.

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RED DEER DRUG AND ALCOHOL STRATEGY -  A FRAMEWORK WILL NOW BE LAID TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF ADDICTION IN RED DEER. THIS AFTER CITY COUNCIL APPROVED FIRST READING ON A DRUG AND ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE CITY. THIS WILL LOOK TO BRING TOGETHER THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES THAT DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES AND FIND A WAY TO HELP THEM COLLABORATE. THE ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST OF ADDICTION IS ABOUT 4.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN CANADA. IF YOU BREAK THAT DOWN TO RED DEER'S POPULATION THAT'S ABOUT 141 MILLION A YEAR. THAT'S EQUIVALENT TO THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE CANADA WINTER GAMES EACH YEAR.

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (OCT. 28)
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   ALBERTA BYELECTIONS -  IT WAS ALL TORY IN THE FOUR ALBERTA BYELECTIONS YESTERDAY (MON) AS THE GOVERNING CONSERVATIVES SWEPT THE FOUR SEATS.  58 YEAR OLD PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WON HIS OWN SEAT IN THE LEGISLATURE IN CALGARY FOOTHILLS, HANDILY BEATING KATHY MACDONALD FROM THE WILDROSE.HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL WON IN EDMONTON-WHITMUD DEFEATING NEW DEMOCRATE CANDIDATE BOB TURNER AND TIM GROVER FROM THE WILDROSE.  IN ALISON REDFORD'S OLD RIDING, CALGARY-ELBOW,    EDUCATION MINISTER GORDON DIRKS EDGED RIVALS JOHN FLETCHER FROM THE WILDROSE AND GREG CLARK, THE LEADER OF THE ALBERTA PARTY.  THE TIGHTEST RACE WAS IN CALGARY-WEST, AS POLICE SERGEANT MIKE ELLIS HELD ON TO DEFEAT WILDROSE CANDIDATE SHEILA TAYLOR.ALL FOUR RIDINGS HAVE BEEN TRADITIONAL TORY STRONGHOLDS. THE TORY'S HELD 61 SEATS IN THE 87 SEAT LEGISLATURE WHEN THE BYELECTINS WERE CALLED, THE WILDROSE HAVE 17, THE LIBERALS 5 AND THE NDP 4.  A GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN THE SPRING OF 2016.
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 NEW TORONTO MAYOR -   BUSINESSMAN JOHN TORY WON THE MAYORS RACE IN TORONTO, TAKING OVER FROM ROB FORD WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. TORY BEAT OUT OLIVIA CHOW AND DOUG FORD, WITH 40 PERCENT OF THE VOTE.  MEANTIME ROB FORD EASILY WON HIS SEAT ON COUNCIL IN TORONTO'S WEST END WARD. 
 A RECORD TURNOUT SHOWED UP AT THE POLLS IN TORONTO, 64 PERCENT OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS CAST THEIR BALLOTS IN MONDAY'S ELECTION.
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RED DEER COLLISION CENTRE -  YOU WILL SOON BE ABLE TO REPORT THAT FENDER-BENDER TO A CRASH CENTRE.  THE CITY OF RED DEER APPROVED A NOTICE OF MOTION FROM COUNCILOR BUCK BUCHANAN MONDAY.  THESE ARE DESIGNED TO HANDLE SECONDARY COLLISIONS AND FREE UP POLICE TIME FROM FILLING OUT ACCIDENT REPORTS.  A ONE YEAR PILOT PROJECT IS UNDERWAY IN LETHBRIDGE FOR A CENTRE AFTER FIRST BEING INTRODUCED IN TORONTO IN 1994.
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RED DEER HOMELESS -  THOSE WITHOUT A WARM PLACE TO SLEEP THIS WINTER WILL HAVE SHELTER FOR LONGER THAN LAST YEAR AFTER A MOTION WAS PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL.
THE WINTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM IS SET TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER FIRST THROUGH THE SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY.
IT WILL ALSO STAY OPEN A MONTH LONGER TAHN LAST YEAR AS TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE WARMER AT THE END OF APRIL.
THE REQUEST FOR AN ADIDITIONAL $32,000 WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL TO INCREASE STAFFING HOURS AND ADD 11 MORE BED'S FOR RED DEER'S PEOPLES PLACE.
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SNOW REMOVAL  -  AS PART OF THIS YEAR'S REVAMPED SNOW REMOVAL POLICY, THE CITY OF RED DEER WANTS TO ALLOW REMOVABLE SIGNAGE WHEN THEY'RE OUT CLEARING THE STREETS.  THAT MOTION WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL MONDAY TO FINALIZE THE DETAILS AHEAD OF A MEDIA CONFERENCE TO OUTLINE SNOW CLEARING DETAILS ON THURSDAY.  THE SIGNAGE IS TO INDICATE ROAD REPAIR WORK AS WELL AS PARKING RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE DURING SNOW REMOVAL.  COUNCIL ALSO WILL ALLOW PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO BE HIRED TO REMOVE WINDROWS.
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COUNCIL CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY -  IT WAS A YEAR AGO THAT THE NEW RED DEER CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR TOOK THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE.  MAYOR VEER LISTED A NUMBER OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS SUCH AS KEEPING THE MICHENER AND AMBULANCE DISPATCH SERVICES TO UPCOMING EVENTS LIKE THE MEMORIAL CUP AND CANADA WINTER GAMES.  VEER ADDS SHE STILL WANTS TO IMPROVE AREAS OF TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
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FESTIVAL OF TREES -  IT'S THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IN RED DEER AND YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GET INVOLVED. ORGANIZERS OF THIS YEAR'S 21ST ANNUAL "FESTIVAL OF TREES" ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE THE SHOW ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS.

THE FESTIVAL STARTS NOVEMBER 22ND, OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON THE 28TH AND SEES ALL PROCEEDS THIS YEAR GOING TOWARDS ENHANCING PATIENT CARE AND SERVICES IN THE NEW OBSTETRICAL OPERATING ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL.
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FLU CLINICS  -   IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR FREE FLU SHOT YET, THERE'S THREE MORE IMMUNIZATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR RED DEER THIS WEEK.  THEY'LL TAKE PLACE IN THE MARQUIS ROOM AT THE HARVEST CENTRE IN WESTERNER PARK ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.  THEY RUN FROM 12:30 TO 7:30 EACH DAY.
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MON PM NEWS

 

EARLY MORNING BREAK IN
RED DEER POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER AN ALARM CALL THIS MORNING ON 49TH AVENUE. SHORTLY AFTER ONE AM WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE GLASS DOOR TO A BUSINESS HAD BEEN SMASHED. WHEN THEY ENTERED THE PREMISES, THEY FOUND ONE MAN INSIDE WHO THEY PLACED UNDER ARREST. NO OTHER DETAILS ON THE INCIDENT AT CONVOY SUPPLY ARE YET AVAILABLE.
 
ROCKY SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE
RCMP IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A WANTED MAN. MOUNTIES ALLEGE THEY TRIED TO STOP A VEHICLE OPERATED BY 21 YEAR OLD TAYLOR BREMNER ON OCTOBER 10TH BUT HE FLED FROM POLICE. HE FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING FAILING TO COMPLY WITH CONDITIONS. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HES IS, CALL ROCKY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.
 
RED DEER TEEN STILL MISSING
RED DEER CITY RCMP SAY A LOCAL TEEN REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH MAY BE IN THE EDMONTON OR LAC LABICHE AREAS. 15 YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK WAS REPORTED MISSING OCTOBER 7TH. YOU CAN SEE HER PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
 
FESTIVAL OF TREES LOOMING
IT'S RED DEER'S OFFICIAL START TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AND THE EVENTS THAT LEAD THE WAY ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR. THE 2014 FESTIVAL OF TREES KICKS-OFF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND WITH THE "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT" EVENT IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER, FEATURES A PREVIEW DINNER ON WEDNESDAY THE 26TH AND OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON FRIDAY THE 28TH. EVENT SPOKESPERSON ALAINE MARTIN SAYS SCORES OF VOLUNTEERS ARE NOW NEEDED TO HELP CONTINUE IT'S TRADITION OF SUCCESS. SHE SAYS THE 21ST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION WILL SEE ALL THE PROCEEDS THIS YEAR GO TOWARDS ENHANCING PATIENT CARE AND SERVICES IN THE NEW OBSTETRICAL OPERATING ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL.
 
COUNCIL TO DISCUSS WINDROWS
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET THOSE WINDROWS OUT OF YOUR STREET MUCH QUICKER THIS WINTER. SECOND AND THIRD READING OF A MOTION TO ALLOW JUST THAT ARE ON THE TABLE TODAY (MON) AT RED DEER CITY COUNCIL. AFTER MANY COMPLAINTS LAST YEAR OVER WINDROWS LEFT IN STREETS, THE CITY IS LOOKING TO ALLOW PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO REGISTER WITH THEM TO HELP CLEAR RESIDENTIAL STREETS. COUNCIL IS ALSO LOOKING TO ALLOW MOVEABLE SIGNAGE ON ROADS WHEN THEY ARE OUT DOING SNOW REMOVAL THIS WINTER. THESE SIGNS WOULD ALSO INDICATE PARKING RESTRICTIONS WHEN ROAD REPAIRS ARE BEING DONE.
 
MORE FUNDING TO SUPPORT WINTER SHELTER TO BE DISCUSSED
THERE WILL BE A PUSH FOR MORE STAFF HOURS AT THE WINTER SHELTER AT CITY COUNCIL TODAY. A MOTION IS BEFORE COUNCIL TO FUND AN ADDITIONAL $32,000 TO INCREASE A STAFF MEMBERS HOURS FROM FOUR TO TWELVE. IN AUGUST, THE CITY OF RED DEER APPROVED $13,000 FOR FOUR HOURS OF STAFFED BY A SINGLE PERSON. THIS INCREASE IS BEING REQUESTED DUE TO THE ADDITIONAL SPACES ADDED AT PEOPLE PLACE DURING THE WINTER. THIS CENTRE RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1ST UNTIL APRIL 30TH OF NEXT YEAR, PROVIDING A WARM PLACE TO SLEEP FOR RED DEER'S TRANSIENT POPULATION
 
A COLLISION CENTRE COULD OPEN IN RED DEER
A NOTICE OF MOTION IS BEFORE CITY COUNCIL TODAY TO ESTABLISH A CIVILIAN COLLISION CENTRE. IN OTHER CITIES, THIS SERVICE ALLOWS PEOPLE TO REPORTS MINOR DINGS AND FENDER-BENDERS TO THEM.
THEY THEN PASS ALONG THE INFORMATION TO THE AUTHORITIES IF IT'S SIGNIFICANT AS A WAY TO FREE UP POLICE RESOURCES. A GROUP FROM ONTARIO CALLED ACCIDENT SUPPORT SERVICES INTERNATIONAL FIRST PROPOSED THE IDEA DURING MEETINGS WITH LOCAL RCMP IN 2013.
 
CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS, CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS A NEW BOARD CHAIR. OFFICIALS SAY OUT-GOING CHAIR KEN CHECKEL CHOSE NOT TO PUT HIS NAME FORWARD THIS YEAR AFTER PRESIDING OVER THE POST SINCE 2006. HE WILL HOWEVER CONTINUE TO SERVE AS TRUSTEE OVER THE NEXT YEAR. CLEARVIEW'S NEW BOARD CHAIR IS CHERI NEITZ, A TRUSTEE WITH THE DIVISION SINCE 2007.
 

 

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (OCT. 27)
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ALBERTA BYELECTIONS - 
THERE ARE FOUR PROVINCIAL BYELECTIONS TODAY (MON). THREE BYELECTIONS ARE IN CALGARY AND ONE IS IN EDMONTON.  RED DEER SOUTH M.L.A. CAL DALLAS SAYS ALL FOUR OF THE RIDINGS ARE UNIQUE AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RESULTS.  HE ADDS HE'S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE OUTCOME.
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL - 
A NUMBER OF ITEMS BEFORE RED DEER CITY COUNCIL TODAY (MON).  AFTER HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS SUCH AS SEATING ARRANGEMENTS AND COMMITTEE APPOINMENTS ARE DEALT WITH, THE REGULAR COUNCIL WILL BEGIN.  FIRST ON THE AGENDA IS A FUNDING REQUEST FOR THIS YEAR'S WINTER RESPONSE PROGRAM.
THE COMMUNITY HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD IS ASKING COUNCIL FOR AN ADDITIONAL $32,427 TO EXTEND HOURS FOR ONE STAFF MEMBER FROM FOUR TO TWELVE TO ACCOMADATE NEEDED SUPERVISION.
THERE IS ALSO A MOTION TO DEDICATE A PARK IN THE FUTURE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF EVERGREEN AS DAVE LARRAT PARK.
ALSO ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY ARE THE 2014 TAX NOTICES.
THIS LIST OF UNPAID TAX PROPERTIES ARE COMPILED EACH YEAR TO ASSESS HOW MUCH IS OWED TO THE CITY.  THERE ARE ALSO THREE PROPERTIES LOOKING FOR AN LAND USE AMENDMENT TO BE LISTED AS SECURITY SUITES IN THE BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL AREA.  RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW THEIR ALCOHOL AND DRUG STRATEGY AIMED AT FINDING LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO DEAL WITH ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE.  RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW AN UPDATE TO THE 2010 KIN KANYON CONCEPT PLAN.
THIS PLAN HAS BEEN CUT BACK TO REMOVE A NEW COMMUNITY HALL AND SPRAY PARK THAT WAS TO BE PUT IN SOUTH RED DEER.
THE HALL WAS TO BE BUILT FOR THE KINSMAN BUT THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A BUILDING AND THE EXISTING ONE IS TO BE DEMOLISHED.  A NOTICE OF MOTION WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED BY COUNCILOR BUCK BUCHANAN TO LOOK AT ESTABLISHING A COLLISION CENTRE IN RED DEER.  IN OTHER CITIES, CIVILIANS REPORT MINOR COLLISIONS HERE TO FREE UP POLICE RESOURCES.
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TRAILS CLOSED -  TRAIL USERS IN NORTH RED DEER WILL BE IMPACTED BY POWER LINE WORK THAT STARTS WORK TODAY (MON).
ALTA-LINK SAYS PATHS IN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AS WELL AS TRAILS CONNECTING PARSONS CLOSE TO 77TH STREET.  CREWS WILL START BY BRUSHING AND CLEARING THE AREA OF 82 STREET AND TAYLOR DRIVE BEFORE RECONSTRUCTION OF ANY TRANSMISSION LINES CAN BEGIN.
THIS WORK FALLS UNDER THE AREA TRANSMISSION DEVELOPMENT PLAN WHICH WILL CONNECT NORTH RED DEER TO THE SOUTHWEST.
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RED DEER PARADE OF HONOR -  TWO SOLDIERS KILLED LAST WEEK IN TWO SEPARATE DOMESTIC INCIDENTS BROUGHT PEOPLE OUT EN MASSE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING RED DEER ON THE WEEKEND. IN  EDMONTON,  CALGARY AND RED DEER VETERANS STOOD GUARD AT CENOTAPHS AS CITIZENS CAME BY TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS ON SATURDAY.  MAYOR TARA VEER HONOURED 41 SIGNAL REGIMENT WITH THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE HONORING REGIMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR PROVIDING EXCELLENT SERVICE AND PPAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS.  AN INSPECTION OF THE TROOPS WAS FOLLOWED BY A MARCH PAST OF THE CENOTAPH AT VETERANS PARK DOWNTOWN AND THEN BACK TO THE ARMOURY.
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FLAG TRIBUTE -  A TRIBUTE OF FLAGS FOR CANADIAN SOLDIERS IS NOW FLYING ALONG HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN SYLVAN LAKE AND RED DEER.  THE 116 FLAGS REPRESENT THE 116-THOUSAND CANADIAN SOLDIERS WHO HAVE DIED SINCE THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

ALLAN CAMERON OF VETERANS' VOICES OF CANADA SAYS THE TIMING OF THE TRIBUTE IS SAD IN THAT IN FOLLOWS LAST WEEK'S DEATHS OF TWO CANADIAN SOLDIERS IN OTTAWA AND  QUEBEC. SIMILAR TRIBUTES ARE PLANNED IN OTHER PARTS OF CANADA.   ALLAN CAMERON OF VETERANS' VOICES OF CANADA SAYS THE TIMING OF THE TRIBUTE IS SAD IN THAT IN FOLLOWS LAST WEEK'S DEATHS OF TWO CANADIAN SOLDIERS IN OTTAWA AND  QUEBEC. SIMILAR TRIBUTES ARE PLANNED IN OTHER PARTS OF CANADA.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (OCT. 26)

 

FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE HELD - TWO SOLDIERS KILLED THIS LAST WEEK IN TWO SEPARATE DOMESTIC INCIDENTS HAVE BROUGHT PEOPLE OUT EN-MASS TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. HERE IN RED DEER, EDMONTON AND CALGARY FOR EXAMPLE, VETERANS STOOD GUARD AT CENOTAPHS AS CITIZENS CAME BY TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. YESTERDAY MAYOR TARA VEER HONOURED 41 SIGNAL REGIMENT WITH A FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE. THESE ARE BESTOWED ON REGIMENTS FOR PROVIDING EXCELLENCE SERVICE. AN INSPECTION OF THE TROOPS WAS FOLLOWED BY A MARCH PAST OF THE CENOTAPH AND THEN BACK TO THE ARMOURY.

 

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OLDS COLLEGE AWARD -
OLDS COLLEGE IS NOW A MEMBER OF A PRESTIGIOUS WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION AFTER WINNING AN EXCELLENCE AWARD. THE INSTITUTION NOW FINDS ITSELF A MEMBER OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF COLLEGES AND POLYTECHNICS AND HAS WON A GOLD MEDAL FOR GOVERNANCE. IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT OLD COLLEGE'S GOVERNANCE MODEL HAS BECOME A LEVERAGE TO ATTRACT STUDENTS TO THEIR PROGRAMS. THE COLLEGE LEARNED OF THIS ACCOLADE VERY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN ANNOUNCED DURING THE FEDERATION'S CONFERENCE IN BEIJING, CHINA

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TRAVEL ALBERTA AWARD - A CENTRAL ALBERTA PARK THAT'S HOME TO BEARS, TIGERS, JAGUARS AND OTHER CARNIVORES HAS RECEIVED SOME SPECIAL RECOGNITION. THE DISCOVERY WILDLIFE PARK IN INNISFAIL HAS BEEN GIVEN A TRAVEL ALBERTA "ALTO AWARD" FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE EXCELLENCE. TOURISM OFFICIALS SAY THE PARK GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR IT'S CUSTOMERS, POINTING TO SUCH THINGS AS GOLF CART RENTALS, A SPECIAL FAMILY ROOM FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES AND COMPLIMENTARY SUNSCREEN AND BUG SPRAY FOR GUESTS

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FOUR PROVINCIAL BY-ELECTIONS TOMORROW - VOTERS IN AREAS OF BOTH THE CAPITAL AND THE LARGEST CITY IN THE PROVINCE ARE GETTING SET TO GO TO THE BALLOT TOMORROW. FOUR SEATS ARE UP FRO GRABS, THREE IN EDMONTON AND ONE IN CALGARY. THESE BY-ELECTIONS WERE CALLED TO TRY TO WIN SEATS FOR NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE, HIS HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL AND EDUCATION MINISTER GORDAN DIRKS. RED DEER SOUTH M.L.A. CAL DALLAS SAYS ALL FOUR OF THE RIDINGS ARE UNIQUE AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RESULTS. HE ADDS HE'S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE OUTCOME.

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RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION TOMORROW -
THE AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS HOSTING AN EVENT TOMORROW EVENING THAT IS SURE TO GET PEOPLE TALKING. A DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD AT SIX AT THE DOWNTOWN RDC MAIN STAGE OVER THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN ESTABLISHING WORLD PEACE OVER THE COURSE OF THE EVENING, THIS ISSUE WILL BE STUDIED THROUGH THE LENSES OF VARIOUS AFFINITIES AND FAITHS. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 AND IT IS FREE TO ATTEND.

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RURAL HEALTH PLAN -
THE PREMIERS PANEL ON HEALTH CARE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES HAS STARTED ITS TASK. THE PANEL IS MEETING WITH HEALTH CARE GROUPS IN COMMUNITIES THAT ARE UNDER 12-HUNDRED-50. THE NEXT MEETING IS IN FALLHERE ON THE 29TH, BOWDEN ON THE 12TH OF NOVEMBER, STIRLING ON THE 13TH, AND COWLEY LUNDBRECK ON THE 14TH. THE REPORT FROM THESE MEETINGS IS TO PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THE PANEL IS HEADED BY M.L.A. RICHARD STARKEY AND FEATURES 2-DOCTORS, 2-NURSES, A RURAL HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR AND A PRIVATE CITIZEN.

 

 

SATURDAY NEWSFILE (OCT. 25)

TEENS STILL  MISSING -
RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR A PAIR MISSING RED DEER TEENS. 15 YEAR OLD PAIGE HAMBORG WAS LAST SEEN AT AROUND 8 ON THURSDAY NIGHT WHEN SHE LEFT HER RED DEER HOME. AND 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS WAS LAST SEEN ON OCTOBER 16TH. PHOTOS AND FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF BOTH PAIGE HAMBORG AND SHAINA EVANS ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

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FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE
- THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL BE HOSTING A HISTORIC FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE TODAY FOR THE 41 SIGNAL REGIMENT AFTER THEIR EFFORTS ON WEDNESDAY. "FREEDOM OF THE CITY" IS AN HONOUR GIVEN TO MILITARY UNITS BY THE MAYOR AFTER PROVIDING GREAT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. THE LOCAL REGIMENT WILL MARCH THEIR WEAPONS AND BANNERS AT NOON THROUGH DOWNTOWN RED DEER PAST THE CENOTAPH ON ROSS STREET AND BACK TO CORMACK ARMORY ON 55TH STREET. THE PUBLIC IS ALSO INVITED TO THE ARMORY BETWEEN 2:00 AND 5:00 FOR AN OPEN HOUSE.

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RECYCLING SPOOKTACULAR - TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE TO LEARN ABOUT RECYCLING. THE CITY OF RED DEER'S HOLDING THEIR SECOND ANNUAL WASTE REDUCTION DAY TODAY AND ARE ENCOURAGING KIDS TO BRING ITEMS TO RECYCLE. ANYONE WHO BRINGS USED BATTERIES, LIGHT-BULBS OR ELECTRONIC WASTE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN PRIZES. THIS IS ALSO A HALLOWEEN THEMED EVENT SO KIDS ARE INVITED TO DRESS UP IN THEIR COSTUMES FOR AN EXTRA CHANCE AT THE PRIZE DRAW. THIS ALL HAPPENS AT THE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY ON 40TH AVE FROM 10:30 UNTIL 3.

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BLACKFALDS COLLISION -
THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL ON THE QE2 NEAR BLACKFALDS AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR BLACKFALDS YESTERDAY. RCMP HAD THE HIGHWAY SHUTDOWN AFTER A SEMI COLLIDED WITH A PICK-UP THAT WAS GOING THE WRONG WAY ON HIGHWAY 2. ONCE ON SCENE, POLICE FOUND THE PICK-UP CUT IN HALF AND ON FIRE IN THE EAST DITCH AND THE DRIVER OUTSIDE SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE SEMI DRIVER WASN'T HURT BUT WAS SHAKEN UP. TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP GOING THROUGH BLACKFALDS AS MOTORISTS DETOURED TAKING HIGHWAY 2-A AS AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

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TRAIL CLOSURES ON MONDAY -
THE TRAILS BETWEEN 82 STREET AND TAYLOR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY SO POWER LINE WORKERS CAN START BRUSHING AND CLEARING. ALTA-LINK WILL BE DOING THIS WORK IN NORTH RED DEER ALONG THE RIGHT OF WAY OF THEIR TRANSMISSION LINE STARTING OCTOBER 27TH. THIS IS TO RECONSTRUCT AN EXISTING TRANSMISSION LINE TO CONNECT THE NORTH WITH SOUTHWEST RED DEER. MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS BETWEEN 77TH STREET AND PARSONS AVENUE WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

 

FRI PM NEWS

 

ONE INJURED IN MAJOR QE2 CRASH - THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE2 NEAR BLACKFALDS SHOULD BE RE-OPEN ANYTIME NOW IF NOT ALREADY. THIS AFTER RCMP SHUT THE HIGHWAY DOWN SHORTLY AFTER 5 THIS MORNING AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION BETWEEN A PICK-UP AND SEMI-TRAILER HAULING TWO EMPTY FUEL TANKERS. MOUNTIES SAY THE PICK-UP WAS TRAVELLING SOUTH IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES WHEN THE CRASH OCCURED NEXT TO THE ALBERTA DOWNS RACEWAY. ONCE ON SCENE, POLICE SAY THE PICK-UP WAS ON FIRE AND THE DRIVER SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES WHILE THE SEMI DRIVER HAS NOT HURT BUT SHAKEN UP. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
 
CITY HOSTING ARMOURY PARADE SATURDAY - THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL BE HOSTING A HISTORIC FREEDOM OF THE CITY PARADE TOMORROW (SAT) FOR THE 41 SIGNAL REGIMENT AFTER THEIR EFFORTS ON WEDNESDAY. "FREEDOM OF THE CITY" IS AN HONOUR GIVEN TO MILITARY UNITS BY THE MAYOR AFTER PROVIDING GREAT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. THE LOCAL REGIMENT WILL MARCH THEIR WEAPONS AND BANNERS AT NOON TOMORROW THROUGH DOWNTOWN RED DEER PAST THE CENOTAPH ON ROSS STREET AND BACK TO CORMACK ARMORY ON 55TH STREET. THE PUBLIC IS ALSO INVITED TO THE ARMORY BETWEEN 2:00 AND 5:00 FOR AN OPEN HOUSE.
 
2 TEENAGERS MISSING - RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR A PAIR MISSING RED DEER TEENS. 15 YEAR OLD PAIGE HAMBORG WAS LAST SEEN AT AROUND 8 LAST NIGHT (THURS)  WHEN SHE LEFT HER RED DEER HOME. AND 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS WAS LAST SEEN ON OCTOBER 16TH. PHOTOS AND FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF BOTH PAIGE HAMBORG AND SHAINA EVANS ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
 
DISCOVERY WILDLIFE PARK WINS AN AWARD
THE DISCOVERY WILDLIFE PARK IN INNISFAIL HAS RECEIVED A SPECIAL AWARD FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE EXCELLENCE. THE ATTRACTION HAS BEEN AWARDED A TRAVEL ALBERTA ALTO AWARD, RECOGNIZING THE FACILITY'S OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE TO VISITORS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. OFFICIALS POINT TO THE PARK PROVIDING SUCH AMENITIES AS GOLF CART RENTALS AND A SPECIAL FAMILY ROOM FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES AMONG OTHERS.
 
"MIDNIGHT MADNESS" TONIGHT AT ZED HAUNTED HOUSE - THE 24TH ANNUAL ZED HAUNTED HOUSE AT THE PARKLAND MALLS NORTHEAST ENTRANCE HAS BEEN OPEN FOR A WEEK AND CONTINUES TO DRAW INCREDIBLE CROWDS. IT'S THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AS ORGANIZERS HOPE TO RAISE A HUNDRED THOSUAND DOLLARS THIS YEAR THIS YEAR. IT'S OPEN FROM 6 - 10 PM, PLUS WEEKEND MATINEES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10 FROM 1 - 4 PM THROUGH TO HALLOWEEN. AND TONIGHT  THERE'S A SPECIAL "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" FROM MIDNIGHT TO 2 AM FOR THOSE 18 AND OLDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRI AM NEWS  (OCT. 24)
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LACOMBE AREA CRASH ON QE-2 - 
A CRASH HAS CLOSED THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 2 NORTH OF THE BLACKFALDS OVERPASS THIS MORNING. A SEMI AND PICK-UP APPARENTLY COLLIDED AROUND 5 THIS MORNING (FRI) JUST SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 12 OVERPASS IN THE LACOMBE AREA. THE PICK-UP WAS TORN IN HALF AND CAUGHT FIRE.  THE DRIVER OF THE PICK-UP HAS BEEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, THE SEMI-DRIVER WAS NOT HURT.  YOU'RE ADVISED TO AVOID THE AREA AND TAKE HIGHWAY 2-A IF POSSIBLE. MOUNTIES ANTICIPATE THE HIGHWAY TO RE-OPEN BY 10AM.
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RED DEER M.P. COMMENTS ON OTTAWA TRAGEDY -  RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN HAS NOW GIVEN HIS REACTION TO THE SHOOTINGS ON PARLIAMENT HILL ON WEDNESDAY.  DREESHAN WAS IN A CAUCUS MEETING JUST OUTSIDE OF THE HALL OF HONOUR WHEN THE TRAGIC EVENTS BEGAN TO UNFOLD.  HE SAYS HE HEARD THE SHOUTING AND SHOTS FIRED OUTSIDE THE MEETING ROOMS AND WENT INTO A DEFESIVE MODE, BARACADING THE DOORS FOR THIER OWN SAFETY.
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HAUNTED HOUSE -    THE 24TH YEAR OF THE RED DEER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ZED HAUNTED HOUSE OPENED UP TO RECORD CROWDS LAST WEEKEND (OCT. 17) AND RUNS THROUGH HALLOWEEN.  IT'S LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST ENTRANCE OF THE PARKLAND MALL, THE OLD SEARS STORE.  IT'S OPEN FROM 6 - 10 PM, PLUS WEEKEND MATINEES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10 FROM 1 - 4 PM.   TONIGHT (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24TH) THE MIDNIGHT TO 2 AM "MIDNIGHT MADNESS" RETURNS FOR THOSE 18 AND OLDER.  THEY HOPE TO RAISE A RECORD BREAKING HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB THIS YEAR.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

A HAPPIER DAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL - THERE WAS A STRONG SHOW OF SUPPORT ON PARLIAMENT HILL THIS MORNING. PRIME MINISTER HARPER CROSSED THE FLOOR TO EMBRACE THE OPPOSITION LEADERS AFTER TELLING M-PS THAT THEY WON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY YESTERDAY'S ATTACKS. THE THREE LEADERS ALL SINGLED OUT THE BRAVERY OF SERGEANT-AT-ARMS KEVIN VICKERS, GIVING HIM SEVERAL PROLONGED STANDING OVATIONS.


 
LACOMBE REACTS TO OTTAWA EVENTS -  THE MAYOR OF LACOMBE IS ALSO SENDING OUT HIS CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN SOLDIERS IN OTTAWA AND QUEBEC THIS WEEK. STEVE CHRISTIE SAYS THE PEOPLE OF LACOMBE STAND UNITED WITH OTHER CANADIANS IN CONDEMNING THESE SENSELESS ATTACKS. POLICE IN LACOMBE ARE ALSO REACTING TO YESTERDAY'S SHOOTINGS IN OTTAWA, SAYING THE FREEDOM AND SAFE, PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES WE GENERALLY ENJOY HERE IN CANADA, SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. CHIEF STEVE MURRAY SAYS THEIR HEARTS AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE SOLDIERS IN MONTREAL AND OTTAWA WHO DIED THIS WEEK. MURRAY ALSO ENSURES RESIDENTS THAT WHILE THERE IS NO CREDIBLE INFORMATION TO SUGGEST THERE IS A THREAT TO LACOMBE, THEY REMAIN VIGILANT FOR ANY EVENT THAT WOULD COMPROMISE THE COMMUNITY'S SAFETY.


 
A PAIR OF INJURIES AFTER MVC IN LACOMBE - TWO PEOPLE SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AFTER A TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN LACOMBE WEDNESDAY MORNING. IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 8:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 12 AND 76TH STREET. POLICE SAY A NORTHBOUND TRUCK ON 76TH STREET TRIED TO TURN LEFT ONTO HIGHWAY 12 BUT WAS STRUCK BY AN EASTBOUND CAR. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WAS CHARGED.
 


NEW PHOTO OF BANK ROBBER - RCMP HAVE RELEASED ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE SUSPECT AT LARGE IN A BANK ROBBERY LAST WEEK. THE BOWER ATB FINANCIAL WAS HELD UP LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND THE MAN WANTED IS STILL BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY MOUNTIES. THE UPDATED PHOTO IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
 


GAS STATION ROBBERY VICTIM NOW CHARGED - RCMP IN INNISFAIL SAY A HOLD UP AT A PENHOLD GAS STATION IN AUGUST MAY HAVE BEEN AN INSIDE JOB. ON AUGUST 7TH, A MASKED MAN ENTERED THE CENTREX IN PENHOLD AT 1:30 AM AND LEFT WITH CASH. RCMP ARE CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR THAT SUSPECT, HOWEVER AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION THEY ARE NOW CONSIDERING THE LOAN FEMALE WORKING AT THE BUSINESS AT THE TIME AN ACCOMPLICE. A 30 YEAR OLD PENHOLD WOMAN HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE STILL AT LARGE MALE SUSPECT YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP.


 
2 MEN CHARGED BREAK IN - CITY MOUNTIES HAVE CHARGED TWO MEN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO ROSEDALE RESIDENCE THIS MONTH. 36 YEAR OLD MARK WOODCOCK AND 38 YEAR OLD SHANE YANKE EACH FACE THREE COUNTS AND REMAIN IN CUSTODY FOR THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE OCTOBER 29TH. IT WAS OVER THE NOON HOUR ON OCTOBER 15TH WHEN RCMP RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF TWO MEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR CLAIMING THEY WERE ANSWERING AN ONLINE AD FOR A BIKE FOR SALE. MOUNTIES ALLEGE THE PAIR TOOK OFF WHEN SPOTTED BY THEIR MEMBERS BUT THEY WERE FOUND A SHORT TIME LATER AND APREHENDED WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE DOG SERVICE. THE INVESTIGATION FOUND A HOME IN THE AREA HAD JUST BEEN BROKEN INTO.


 
WOODEN PLANTER BOX DEEMED THE ROOT OF HOUSE FIRE - A HOUSE FIRE IN RED DEER'S ANDERS NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA LAST NIGHT (WED) STARTED IN A WOODEN PLANTER BOX. DAMAGE TO THE HOME AT 33 ALLSOP DRIVE IS ESTIMATED AT 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CAUSE IS UNDETERMINED, BUT IT STARTED IN AN OUTSIDE PLANTER BOX, WENT THROUGH THE EAST EXTERIOR WALL AND INTO THE FLOOR JOISTS BETWEEN THE BASEMENT AND MAIN FLOOR. NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE AND EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED WHEN A PASSERBY CALLED 911 AROUND 8:00 PM.


 
WILDFIRE NOW CONSIDERED "UNDER CONTROL" - THE HARD WORK OF FIREFIGHTERS AND A LITTLE HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE NOW HAVE THE WILDFIRE WEST OF NORDEGG UNDER CONTROL. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SAY ONE HELICOPTER AND 28 FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL FIGHTING THE BLAZE ABOUT TWO KILOMETERS SOUTHWEST OF THE DAVID THOMPSON RESORT. THE FIRE IS OVER 12 HECTARES IN SIZE BUT WITH TWO MILLIMETERS OF RAIN ALSO FALLING IN THE AREA LAST NIGHT (WED), THE FIRE HAZARD IS NOW CONSIDERED MODERATE.