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FRI PM NEWS (JAN.30)

 

SNOWFALL WARNING - SAY GOODBYE TO THAT UNSEASONABLY NICE WEATHER WE'VE BEEN SEEING THE PAST WHILE. THE MERCURY IS SET TO DROP INTO THE MID-TEENS OVER THE WEEKEND WITH A SNOWFALL WARNING TO ACCOMPANY THAT. THE FORECAST IS CALLING FOR TEN TO TWENTY CENTIMETERS AROUND MOST OF CENTRAL ALBERTA. THE HEAVEST OF THAT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED BETWEEN GRANDE CACHE EAST TO RED DEER. TAKE PRECAUTIONS IF YOU ARE HEADING ONTO THE HIGHWAYS THIS WEEKEND AS VISABILTY WILL BE REDUCED.
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CREDIT CARD THEFT - CITY RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY A MAN SUSPECTED OF STEALING SEVERAL CREDIT CARDS AT A LOCAL BUSINESS RECENTLY. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE JANUARY 21ST AT PLATOS CLOSET ON NORTH GAETZ IN RED DEER. AROUND 11AM, POLICE SAY A MAN SNUCK INTO THE STAFF ROOM AND WENT THROUGH AN EMPLOYEE'S BELONGINGS AND STOLE SEVERAL CREDIT CARDS. YOU CAN SEE HIS PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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RED DEER SOUTH MLA TO STEP DOWN IN NEXT ELECTION -
MLA CAL DALLAS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION. THE RED DEER SOUTH REPRESENTATIVE WILL STAY ON UNTIL THE WRIT IS DROPPED FOR A PROVINCIAL ELECTION. AFTER SEVEN YEARS, HE'S NOT SURE WHAT NEXT FOR HIM -- OTHER THAN SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY. THE MLA MADE HIS DECISION THURSDAY, BEFORE SHARING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA THIS MORNING. AN ELECTION DATE HAS YET TO BE SET, HOWEVER NOMINATION REQUESTS HAVE GONE OUT ACROSS THE PROVINCE. DALLAS WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2008, AND SERVED AS MINISTER OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS UNTIL RECENTLY. BEFORE THIS HE HELD PORTFOLIOS IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND FINANCE DEPARTMENTS.
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"FREEZE THE HOUSE" BONSPIEL -
THE FOURTH ANNUAL FREEZE THE HOUSE CHARITY BONSPIEL RUNS THIS WEEKEND (FRI-SUN) AT RED DEER'S PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE. 72 TEAMS ARE COMPETING IN THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE LOCATED NEAR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN ALMOST TWO YEARS THE 11 SUITE FACILITY HAS HELPED MORE THAN 800 FAMILIES WITH CRITICALLY ILL BABIES, SICK OR INJURED CHILDREN. LAST YEAR, 379 FAMILIES STAYED AT THE HOUSE AND 543 FAMILIES MADE USE OF THE AMENITIES DURING THE DAY WHILE THEIR CHILD WAS IN THE HOSPITAL.  THE HOUSE CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 11 FAMILIES, EACH WITH THEIR OWN SUITE. RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA RUNS ON AN ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET OF 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS.
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RECREATION FUNDING APPROVED BY LACOMBE COUNTY - LACOMBE COUNTY COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO HELP THE CITY OF LACOMBE WITH SOME OF IT'S UPCOMING RECREATIONAL NEEDS. COUNTY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED 1.35 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO GO TOWARDS MAJOR UPGRADES AT THE BARNETT ARENA AND AQUAPLEX AMONG OTHERS. HOWEVER, THE COUNTY HAS REQUESTED THE CITY PROVIDE THEM WITH A FIVE YEAR BUSINESS PLAN TO HELP THE COUNTY PREPARE FOR FUTURE FUNDING REQUESTS FROM THE CITY. OFFICIALS SAY THE MONEY IS ABOUT 29 PERCENT OF THE COSTS FOR THESE UPGRADES, A SHARE THAT IS BASED ON THE ESTIMATED PERCENTAGE OF COUNTY USERS AT THE FACILITIES.
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LACOMBE SIDEWALK REMINDER -
LACOMBE RESIDENTS ARE BEING REMINDED TO KEEP THEIR SIDEWALKS CLEAR OF SNOW AND ICE AS BEST THEY CAN THIS WINTER. CITY OFFICIALS SAY FAILING TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN SOME HEFTY FINES. WHETHER BUSINESSES, PROPERTY OWNERS OR TENANTS, RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CLEAR THEIR SIDEWALKS AND THOSE ADJACENT TO THEIR PROPERTIES WITHIN 48 HOURS OF EACH SNOWFALL. AFTER THAT, ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE ON PATROL AND READY TO HAND OUT TICKETS WITH NO WARNINGS ISSUED. IT'S A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE FOR A FIRST OFFENCE, 150 FOR THE SECOND WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND 200 FOR A THIRD OFFENCE IN SIX MONTHS.
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KERRY TOWLE ANNOUNCEMENT ON SATURDAY - ANOTHER BIG POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE COMING OUT OF CENTRAL ALBERTA TOMORROW. INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE MLA KERRY TOWLE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE PC NOMINATION FOR THAT RIDING FROM THE INNISFAIL LEGION BOARDROOM AT 12:30. TOWLE WILL BE JOINED BY JUSTICE MINISTER AND SOLICITOR GENERAL JONATHAN DENIS.
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STETTLER SCHOOL RECONFIGURATION -
STUDENTS IN STETTLER WILL ULTIMATELY BENEFIT FROM SOME PENDING RECONFIGURATIONS SET TO TAKE PLACE THIS FALL. THE CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED THIS WEEK, THE RECONFIGURATION OF STETTLER ELEMENTARY GOING FROM A K-5 FACILITY TO A K-6 SCHOOL WHILE THE SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL HOUSE STUDENTS FROM GRADES 7-12. OTHER RECONFIGURATIONS INCLUDE BOTHA SCHOOL CHANGING FROM K-5 TO K-6 AND THE ADDITION OF AN EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM AND PLAYSCHOOL WORKING WITH STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. CLEARVIEW OFFICIALS HOPE THESE CHANGES WILL HELP IMPROVE FACILITY UTILIZATION, USE OF RESOURCES, LONG-TERM FINANCIAL STABILITY AND THE TYPE OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT'S BEST FOR IT'S STUDENTS.

 

 

FRI AM NEWS (JAN. 30)
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PREMIER ANNOUNCES CUTS -   AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST, THE PREMIER AND CABINET MINISTERS IN THE PROVINCE ARE TAKING A 5-PERCENT PAY CUT.  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE AS OIL PRICES STAY ON THE LOW END AND PEOPLE HAVE TOLD THEM THEY WANT POLITICIANS TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.   
A MOTION IS GOING TO COME OUT NEXT WEEK RECOMMENDING THAT ALL MLA'S TAKE THE SAME CUT.
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WILDROSE REACT TO CUTS
-   WILDROSE LEADER HEATHER FORSYTH SAYS HER PARTY IS FINE WITH ANY CUT TO THEIR PAY, BUT SAYS 5-PERCENT ISNT "REAL ACTION".  SHE SAYS TOTAL COMPENSATION FOR CABINET MINISTER SHOULD BE ROLLED BACK BY 30-PERCENT AND ADJUSTED TO 2008 LEVELS.  SHE ALSO SAYS MLA WAGES SHOULD BE CUT BY 8-PERCENT SO THEY'D BE WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE THE PC'S GAVE THEMSELVES AN EXTRA 11-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE FALL OF 2012.  SHE SAYS THAT WOULD SAVE ABOUT 1.4-MILLION DOLLARS.  
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STETTLER RAT FOUND -   STETTLER COUNTY IS SEARCHING FOR RATS AFTER A NORWAY RAT WAS TRAPPED AT THE STETTLER REGIONAL LANDFILL ON THE WEEKEND.   THE RED DEER ADVOCATE REPORTS THE TWO MONTH OLD RAT WAS 14 CM (5.5 INCHES) LONG AND WAS THE COUNTY'S FIRST EVER RAT DISCOVERED.  TRAPS AT THE STETTLER LANDFILL SINCE SUNDAY HAVE NOT CAUGHT ANY MORE RATS.
COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S A GOOD SIGN AND IT LOOKS LIKE AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.  IF ANOTHER RAT IS FOUND, THE PROVINCE WOULD BE CALLED IN TO ASSIST AT THE STETTLER LANDFILL, LOCATED OFF HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 15 MINUTES NORTH OF STETTLER.
FOR THE PAST FOUR DECADES, ALBERTA HAS HAD A PROGRAM IN PLACE TO KEEP RATS OUT OF THE PROVINCE.  SUSPECTED SIGHTINGS OF RATS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO 311 OR THE ALBERTA RAT PATROL'S TOLL-FREE NUMBER 310-RATS (7287).
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LACOMBE SIDEWALKS -  OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF LACOMBE ARE REMINDING RESIDENTS TO CLEAR ALL SNOW AND ICE FROM THEIR SIDEWALKS IN A TIMELY MANNER THIS WINTER.  WHETHER A BUSINESS, PROPERTY OWNER OR TENANT, YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO CLEAR THE SNOW AND ICE FROM YOUR PROPERTY AND ADJACENT PROPERTIES WITHIN 48 HOURS OF A SNOWFALL. FAILING TO DO SO CAN RESULT IN FINES OF 100 DOLLARS FOR A FIRST OFFENCE, 150 FOR A SECOND WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND 200 BUCKS FOR A THIRD IN THAT SAME TIME.
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE ON PATROL 48 HOURS AFTER THE END OF A SNOWFALL AND NO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED.
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FREEZE THE HOUSE CHARITY BONSPIEL - 
THE CENTRAL ALBERTA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE HOLDS ONE OF ITS BIGGEST FUNDRAISERS THIS WEEKEND IN RED DEER.  THE FOURTH ANNUAL FREEZE THE HOUSE CHARITY BONSPIEL RUNS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.   72 TEAMS WILL COMPETE TO HELP RAISE CASH FOR THE 11 SUITE FACILITY NEAR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
IN ALMOST TWO YEARS THE RED DEER HOUSE HAS SERVED OVER 800 FAMILIES WITH CRITICALLY ILL BABIES, SICK OR INJURED CHILDREN.  
LAST YEAR, 379 FAMILIES STAYED AT THE HOUSE AND 543 FAMILIES MADE USE OF THE AMENITIES DURING THE DAY WHILE THEIR CHILD WAS IN THE HOSPITAL.  THE HOUSE CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 11 FAMILIES, EACH WITH THEIR OWN SUITE.  SINCE OPENING IN NOVEMBER OF 2013, THE LOCAL RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE HAS HAD OVER 340 FAMILIES STAY IN THE FACILITY.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

 

16 STOLEN GUNS SEIZED IN RED DEER HOME RAID

THE PROVINCES "ALERT" TEAM MADE WHAT THEY ARE CALLING A SIGNIFICANT WEAPONS BUST IN RED DEER THIS WEEK. ALONG WITH THE RCMP, THEY SEARCHED A HOME IN RED DEER ON JANUARY 23RD WHERE 16 STOLEN GUNS AND SEVERAL PIECES OF STOLEN ELECTRONICS WERE FOUND. JOSEPH SWAIN, JOSEPH SINCLAIR, STEPHANIE HUGHES, ANGIE DENEFF AND AMANDA FOX ALL FACE 230 COMBINED WEAPON AND DRUG CHARGES. 24 GRAMS OF METH WAS ALSO FOUND IN THE HOME.

RCMP OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT AFTER FINDING 2 HAND GUNS WITHIN ARMS REACH OF THE DRIVER DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP IN NORTH RED DEER. ALBERTA'S CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE SAYS FIREARM RELATED HOME BREAK-INS INCREASED BY OVER 1400% IN THE PROVINCE BETWEEN 2008 AND 2013.

 

ERICKSON SKIPS TRIAL DATE, WARRANT ISSUED

AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MAN WHO FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HIS HOME INVASION TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT TODAY. 40 YEAR OLD BRADLEY ERICKSON OF RED DEER FACES EIGHT COUNTS IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 INCIDENT WHERE THE VICTIM WAS ASSAULTED BY 3 ARMED MEN. IT TOOK PLACE AT A HOME ON 56TH AVENUE IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS AND POLICE ARRIVED AS IT WAS STILL IN PROGRESS. TWO OTHER MEN CHARGED IN THE CASE WERE BOTH SENTENCED LAST YEAR, ONE TO SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL AND THE OTHER FOUR YEARS.

 

SUSPECT STEALS 8 iPADS FROM WALMART

RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY A MAN SUSPECTED OF STEALING EIGHT I-PADS FROM THE NORTH WALMART SATURDAY AFTERNOON. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT TAMPERED WITH THE DISPLAY CASE, REMOVED THE DEVICES VALUED AT NEARLY 58 HUNDRED DOLLARS AND LEFT THE STORE WITHOUT DETECTION. YOU CAN SEE HIS PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

RCMP STILL SEARCHING FOR VOYEUR SUSPECT

CITY RCMP ARE STILL HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY A MAN SUSPECTED OF TRYING TO TAKE A PICTURE OF A WOMAN IN A PUBLIC WASHROOM STALL THIS MONTH. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE JANUARY 14TH AT THE COLLICUT CENTRE WHEN RCMP SAY A WOMAN IN A WASHROOM STALL NOTICED A MAN'S HAND HOLDING A CELL PHONE FROM UNDER THE DOOR. WHEN THE SUSPECT WAS CONFRONTED BY THE WOMAN, HE CLAIMED TO MISTAKENLY BE IN THE WRONG WASHROOM AND GAVE HER A FAKE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER. A SKETCH OF THE SUSPECT CAN BE FOUND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

RD PUBLIC SCHOOLS SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT TONIGHT

WORK IS NOW UNDERWAY IN THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION TO DEVELOP A NEW POLICY TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF LGBTQ STUDENTS, STAFF AND TEACHERS. BOARD CHAIR BEV MANNING SAYS THE BOARD MADE THE REQUEST THIS WEEK THAT A NEW POLICY BE CREATED, TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE WITHIN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING THOSE OF A SEXUAL MINORITY. SHE SAYS PUBLIC CONSULTATION WILL SOON OCCUR FOR THE NEW SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY POLICY, WITH HOPES OF IT BEING IN PLACE SOMETIME IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.  

  

 

THURS AM NEWS (JAN. 29) 
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211 SERVICE HITS RED DEER
-  THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALBERTA PLANS TO LAUNCH A NEW PHONE LINE SERVICE IN RED DEER NEXT MONTH.  OFFICIALS SAY 211 WILL BE THE REGION'S NEWEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION REFERRAL SERVICE AND WILL FURTHER ENHANCE THE ONLINE SERVICE WHICH HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE JUNE.  THE LAUNCH FOR RED DEER'S 211 PHONE SERVICE IS PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 26TH.
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PENHOLD ARREST -  MANY RESIDENTS IN PENHOLD ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE BIG ARREST MADE BY MOUNTIES.  AFTER RECEIVING OVER 70 COMPLAINTS ABOUT A HOME ON LINCOLN STREET SINCE JULY, THE RCMP SEARCHED THE RESIDENCE ON SATURDAY WHERE THEY RECOVERED VARIOUS STOLEN PROPERTY.  39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE WAS ARRESTED DURING THE RAID.  MOUNTIES FOUND COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF STOLEN ELECTRONICS, TOOLS AND A SHOT GUN REPORTED STOLEN FROM THREE HILLS ON JANUARY 1ST.
WHILE AT THE HOME, 2 OTHER MEN AND A YOUTH WERE ARRESTED BUT THEY WERE RELEASED.  AUVIGNE IS SET TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY (THURS)
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DOG ABUSE CASE -  MORE THAN 200 DOGS, SOME WITH BROKEN BONES, GAPING WOUNDS AND PARASITES HAVE BEEN SEIZED FROM A PROPERTY IN MILK RIVER, ALBERTA.  THE ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY SAYS IT'S ONE OF THE WORST CASES OF NEGLECT IT'S EVER SEEN. OFFICIALS SAY A NUMBER OF HUSKIES, IRISH WOLFHOUNDS, MALEMUTES AND KOMONDORS WERE FOUND EMACIATED, DEHYDRATED AND WITH BADLY MATTED HAIR.   TWO OF THE DOGS HAVE DIED.  THREE SHELTERS IN RED DEER ARE NURSING ALMOST 50 OF THE DOGS BACK TO HEALTH. THE RED DEER SPCA, KLASSIC KENNELS AND ALBERTA ANIMAL SERVICES ARE CARING FOR THE CANINES AFTER TAKING THEM IN NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO.  THE S-P-C-A IS INVESTIGATING WHILE THE DOGS ARE CARED FOR PRIOR TO ADOPTION.  A WOMAN WITH A HISTORY OF ANIMAL ABUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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RED DEER MICROBREWERIES -  RED DEER'S RIVERLANDS NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL SOON BE HOME TO THE CITY'S VERY FIRST MICRO-BREWERY. THIS AFTER THE MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION FROM "TROUBLED MONK BREWING" YESTERDAY. (WED)  DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VICKI SWAINSON SAYS THE BUSINESS WILL PRODUCE AND PACKAGE BEER ON SITE, HAVE RETAIL AND OFFICE SPACE INCLUDING A BEER TASTING AREA AND AN AREA TO PURCHASE AND DRINK BEER ON SITE.

TROUBLED MONK BREWING WILL BE ON 45TH STREET IN THE CRONQUIST BUSINESS PARK WITH WORK EXPECTED TO START SOMETIME IN THE NEXT MONTH TO SIX WEEKS.
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WED PM NEWS

 

 

 

RCMP RAID PENHOLD HOME, RECOVER STOLEN PROPERTY

MANY RESIDENTS IN PENHOLD ARE HAPPY ABOUT A BIG ARREST MADE BY THE RCMP. AFTER RECEIVING OVER 70 COMPLAINTS ABOUT A HOME ON LINCOLN STREET SINCE JULY, THE RCMP SEARCHED THE RESIDENCE ON SATURDAY WHERE THEY RECOVERED VARIOUS STOLEN PROPERTY.

39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE (OH-VEEN) WAS ARRESTED DURING THE RAID. MOUNTIES FOUND COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF STOLEN ELECTRONICS, TOOLS AND A SHOT GUN REPORTED STOLEN FROM THREE HILLS ON JANUARY 1ST. WHILE AT THE HOME, 2 OTHER MEN AND A YOUTH WERE ARRESTED BUT THEY WERE RELEASED. AUVIGNE IS SET TO APPEAR IN COURT TOMORROW (THURS)

 

DATES SET FOR KLAUS/FRANK PRELIMINARY HEARINGS

A PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR FOR A PAIR OF CENTRAL ALBERTA MEN CHARGED IN A TRIPLE HOMICIDE AND ARSON NEAR CASTOR IN 2013. THE HEARING IS SLATED FOR FEBRUARY 29TH OF 2016 AND WILL DETERMINE IF THERE'S ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK AND 42 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS TO GO TO TRIAL.

THEY EACH FACE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES IN THE DEATHS OF KLAUS'S 62 YEAR OLD MOTHER SANDRA, 61 YEAR OLD FATHER GORDON AND 40 YEAR OLD SISTER MONICA. GORDON AND MONICA'S CHARRED REMAINS WERE FOUND IN THE BURNED DOWN FAMILY FARM HOUSE IN DECEMBER OF 2013 WHILE SANDRA'S REMAINS WERE NEVER FOUND BUT BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN IN THE HOME. RCMP BELIEVE THE TRIO WERE KILLED BEFORE THE HOUSE WAS SET ABLAZE.

 

"TROUBLED MONK BREWING" TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION 

RED DEER'S RIVERLANDS NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL SOON BE HOME TO THE CITY'S VERY FIRST MICRO-BREWERY. THIS AFTER THE CITY APPROVED A BUILDING PERMIT FROM "TROUBLED MONK BREWING" TODAY. THE BUSINESS WILL PRODUCE AND PACKAGE BEER ON SITE, HAVE A BEER TASTING ROOM AND AN AREA TO PURCHASE AND DRINK BEER. TROUBLED MONK BREWING WILL BE ON 45TH STREET IN THE CRONQUIST BUSINESS PARK WITH WORK EXPECTED TO START SOMETIME IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO.

  

GROUP BLAMING ALTA-LINK FOR CLUBROOT SPREAD

CONCERN IS GROWING AMONGST SOME CENTRAL ALBERTA LANDOWNERS THAT A MAJOR POWER LINE PROJECT IS HELPING TO SPREAD THE DISEASE OF CLUBROOT IN FARM FIELDS. THAT ACCORDING TO KURT KURE, A LANDOWNER DOWNSTREAM FROM THE DICKSON DAM WHO SAYS ABOUT HALF A DOZEN AREA FARMERS HAVE FOUND CLUBROOT IN THEIR FIELDS. THEY THINK THE ALTA-LINK PROJECT THAT STRETCHES FROM EDMONTON TO CALGARY IS ONE OF THE CAUSES FOR IT'S SPREAD AS CREWS MOVE FROM FIELD TO FIELD. ABOUT 20 LANDOWNERS FROM BENALTO TO THE DICKSON DAM ARE FORMING A GROUP TO BRING THEIR CONCERNS TO THE ALBERTA SURFACE RIGHTS BOARD IN THE COMING WEEKS. 16 CANOLA FIELDS HAVE CLUBROOT IN RED DEER COUNTY WITH ANOTHER 28 IN LACOMBE COUNTY.

 

RED CHALLENGE OFF TO A QUICK START

IT SEEMS CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS A GROWING NUMBER OF BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS. OFFICIALS WITH RDC AND OLDS COLLEGE SAY THEY RECEIVED 46 ENTRIES THIS YEAR FOR THEIR "RED CHALLENGE", DOUBLE WHAT CAME IN LAST YEAR. THE RED CHALLENGE SEES ASPIRING YOUNG BUSINESS OWNERS PRESENT THEIR BUSINESS IDEAS TO A "DRAGON'S DEN" STYLE PITCH SESSION TO TRY AND OBTAIN FUNDING TO GET THEIR BUSINESS GOING. ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS RECEIVE HELP IN PUTTING TOGETHER A BUSINESS PLAN, WITH THE FIRST PLACE WINNER TO RECEIVE 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE SECOND PLACE GETS 10 GRAND AND 5 THOUSAND FOR THE THIRD PLACE FINISHER.

 

CITY TO REVIEW ADVISORY COMMITTEES

THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL REVIEW HOW EFFECTIVE THEIR ADVISORY COMMITTEES ARE THIS YEAR. SPECIFICALLY THEY WILL LOOK AT THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF EACH COMMITTEE AND COMPARE THAT TO IT'S POTENTIAL. COUNCIL WILL THEN DECIDE WHICH SHOULD BE CONTINUED, DISBANDED OR MERGED. THIS IS DONE BY THE CITY EVERY FEW YEARS TO GAUGE THE NEED FOR THEM. THE LAST REVIEW WAS DONE IN 2011, AND 2006 BEFORE THAT. EXPECT TO SEE THIS DONE BY OCTOBER WHEN THEY ARE TO HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPOINTED TO ALL OF THEIR COMMITTEES

 

 

NOTLEY TOURING AB, IN RED DEER FEB 9

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROVINCE'S REVENUE SHORTFALL? IF SO, NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. SHE WILL BE IN RED DEER ON FEBRUARY 9TH FOR WHAT SHE'S CALLING A PRE-BUDGET TOUR. NOTLEY IS TRAVELING AROUND THE PROVINCE STARTING TODAY (WED) TO HEAR ALBERTAN'S IDEAS ON HOW TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. YOU CAN JOIN HER AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN BETWEEN ONE AND THREE PM ON THE 9TH TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS.

 

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (JAN. 28)
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CATTLE LINER CRASH -  
POOR ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE FACTORS WHEN A SEMI, LOADED WITH CATTLE, CRASHED IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS MORNING (WED).  EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO THE CATTLE LINER ROLL-OVER ON HIGHWAY 36 ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF CASTOR. MANY OF THE CATTLE DIED OR HAD TO BE EUTHANISED, WHILE THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.  MOUNTIES SAY THE HIGHWAY WAS VERY ICY AND VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED, DUE TO FOG.
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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENTS IN PENHOLD -  THREE MEN AND ONE YOUTH WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER THE RECENTLY CREATED PRIORITY CRIMES TASK FORCE SEARCHED A PROBLEM RESIDENCE IN PENHOLD ON SATURDAY.  RCMP SAY THE INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED ALL HAVE EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL RECORDS AND ARE WELL KNOWN TO POLICE.
LARGE AMOUNTS OF STOLEN PROPERTY LINKED TO NUMEROUS CRIMES IN THE REGION WERE SEIZED DURING THE SEARCH.  MOUNTIES SAY THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MORE THAN 70 COMPLAINTS TO POLICE AND THE RESIDENT INVOLVED IN ALMOST 40 COMPLAINTS.  FURTHER DETAILS ON THIS RAID WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE LATER TODAY.
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RED DEER WANTED MAN ARRESTED -  POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A MAN WANTED FOR SKIPPING OUT ON THE LAST DAY OF HIS FATAL HIT AND RUN TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT JANUARY 16TH. 26 YEAR OLD BRENT CAMERON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AT A RED DEER RESIDENCE.   CAMERON HAS BEEN REMANDED IN CUSTODY UNTIL HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE ON MONDAY (FEB. 2).
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RED DEER GUN POINTING INCIDENT -   RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS OF A MAN POINTING A GUN AT A MOTORIST OUTSIDE THE PARKLAND MALL.  MOUNTIES SAY IT HAPPENED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON (JAN 25) AT AROUND 4:45, WHEN A MAN POINTED A HAND GUN AT A PASSING VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THE MALLS SOUTH ENTRANCE.
RCMP COULD NOT FIND A SUSPECT, BUT IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING THEY'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.  HE'S CAUCASIAN, TALL WITH A THIN BUILD, BROWN HAIR AND WAS WEARING A DARK BASEBALL CAP AND A RED BANDANA. 

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BRANCHES ON POWER LINES -  THE CITY OF RED DEER'S ANNUAL TREE-TRIMMING PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. TODAY (WED) THE CITY'S CONTRACTOR WILL START REMOVING TREE BRANCHES THAT HAVE GROWN NEAR POWER LINES OVER THE WINTER. THIS WORK IS MANDATED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AS PART OF THE ALBERTA ELECTRICAL UTILITY CODE.  IF YOU SEE CREW OUT REMOVING BRANCHES, YOU ARE ASKED TO STAY AWAY.
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CITY COMMITTEE REVIEW -  THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL REVIEW HOW EFFECTIVE THEIR ADVISORY COMMITTEES ARE THIS YEAR.  SPECIFICALLY THEY WILL LOOK AT THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF EACH COMMITTEE AND COMPARE THAT TO IT'S POTENTIAL.  COUNCIL WILL THEN DECIDE WHICH SHOULD BE CONTINUED, DISBANDED OR MERGED.
THIS IS DONE BY THE CITY EVERY FEW YEARS TO GAUGE THE NEED FOR THEM.  THE LAST REVIEW WAS DONE IN 2011, AND 2006 BEFORE THAT.
EXPECT TO SEE THIS DONE BY OCTOBER WHEN THEY ARE TO HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS APPOINTED TO ALL OF THEIR COMMITTEES.
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NDP PRE-BUDGET TOUR
-  DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROVINCE'S REVENUE SHORTFALL?  IF SO, NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.  SHE WILL BE IN RED DEER ON FEBRUARY 9TH FOR WHAT SHE'S CALLING A PRE-BUDGET TOUR.  NOTLEY IS TRAVELING AROUND THE PROVINCE STARTING TODAY (WED) TO HEAR ALBERTAN'S IDEAS ON HOW TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.
THE CACUS IS ALSO INVITING INDIGENIOUS GROUPS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, NON-PROFITS AND UNIONS TO COME OUT TO SHARE THEIR CONCERNS.  YOU CAN JOIN HER AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN BETWEEN ONE AND THREE PM THAT DAY TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS.
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DAWE TO RUN FOR LIBERALS -  WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF A SPRING ELECTION, RED DEER'S MICHAEL DAWE HAS DECIDED TO TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT PROVINCIAL POLITICS.  THE 58 YEAR OLD LOCAL HISTORIAN HAS THROWN HIS HAT IN THE RING FOR THE LIBERAL NOMINATION FOR RED DEER NORTH. NO DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR THE LIBERAL NOMINATION, BUT IT'S EXPECTED TO BE IN FEBRUARY.
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RED CHALLENGE - IT SEEMS CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS A GROWING NUMBER OF BUDDING ENTREPRENUERS.  OFFICIALS WITH RDC AND OLDS COLLEGE SAY THEY RECEIVED 46 ENTRIES THIS YEAR FOR THEIR "RED CHALLENGE", DOUBLE WHAT CAME IN LAST YEAR.  THE RED CHALLENGE SEES APSIRING YOUNG BUSINESS OWNERS PRESENT THEIR BUSINESS IDEAS TO A "DRAGON'S DEN" STYLE PITCH SESSION TO TRY AND OBTAIN FUNDING TO GET THEIR BUSINESS GOING.  ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS RECEIVE HELP IN PUTTING TOGETHER A BUSINESS PLAN, WITH THE FIRST PLACE WINNER TO RECEIVE 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE SECOND PLACE GETS 10 GRAND AND 5 THOUSAND FOR THE THIRD PLACE FINISHER.
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TUES PM NEWS (JAN.27)


AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR BANK ROBBER - POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A PROLIFIC BANK ROBBER AROUND THE PROVINCE. IT STARTED ON JANUARY 2ND, WHEN A MAN HELD UP A BANK IN SOUTHWEST EDMONTON. HE THEN HELD UP A BRANCH IN THE BOWER PLACE MALL HERE IN RED DEER, BEFORE HOLDING UP A BANK IN CAMROSE ON JANUARY 17TH. POLICE SAY THE MAN USED A HANDGUN IN ALL THREE INSTANCES. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS BETWEEN FIVE FOOT FIVE AND FIVE FOOT EIGHT WEARING A BLACK COAT AND HOODIE. HE HAS A THIN BUILD AND IS BELIEVED TO BE IN HIS EARLY TO MID-FORTIES WITH A "RASPY" VOICE. THE DESCRIPTION ALSO LISTS A BLACK AND WHITE TOQUE AND SNEAKERS. HIS FACE WAS COVERED IN ALL THREE INSTANCES AS HE MADE OFF WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. IF YOU SEE HIM, YOU SHOULD CONTACT POLICE RIGHT AWAY.
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OIL DRILLING FORECAST LOWERED -
IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE LESS BUSY THAN FIRST THOUGHT IN CANADA'S OIL-PATCH THIS YEAR. THAT ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS WITH THE PETROLEUM SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA WHO RELEASED THEIR 2015 DRILLING FORECAST TODAY. THE REVISED FORECAST NOW PREDICTS 7,650 WELLS TO BE DRILLED ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS YEAR, DOWN 24 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS FORECAST IN OCTOBER. PROVINCIALLY, ALBERTA WILL SEE NEARLY 42 HUNDRED WELLS DRILLED, NEARLY 27 HUNDRED IN SASKATCHEWAN, 415 IN B.C. AND 364 IN MANITOBA, ALL DOWN FROM THE FORECASTS LAST FALL.
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QUEENS BUSINESS PARK EXPANSION OPEN HOUSE - THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL BE HOLDING AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY ON A PROPOSAL TO EXPAND THE QUEENS BUSINESS PARK. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE DAWE CENTRE FROM 4 TO 7 PM IN ACTIVITY ROOM TWO. THE PLAN COVERS TWO QUARTER SECTIONS WEST OF RANGE ROAD 281 AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11 A. THE 125 HECTARES WILL SEE PRIMARILY LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, ALONG WITH WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS. THE CITY WILL USE FEEDBACK FROM THIS OPEN HOUSE AT FUTURE MPC AND COUNCIL MEETINGS.
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THIN ICE WARNINGS AROUND ALBERTA -
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE HEADING OUT ONTO THE ICE. THE WARM WEATHER WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT WEEKS HAS WEAKENED THE INTEGRITY OF MANY SURFACES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. DIRECTOR OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES WITH THE COUNTY - RIC HENDERSON SAY ALTHOUGH THE ICE IS USUALLY SAFE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN 2015. THE CONSTANT FREEZE/THAW CYCLE HAS REDUCED MANY LAKES AND RIVERS TO MANY THIN LAYERS OF ICE, RATHER THAN A SOLID CHUNK. OVER THE WEEKEND IN CALGARY, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAD TO BE CALLED OUT AFTER NEARLY A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE OUT ON AN ICY RIVER.
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SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM FROM U.K. TRAINING IN RED DEER THIS WEEK - OFFICIALS FROM THE COUNTY OF RED DEER ARE PLAYING HOST TO A SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM FROM THE U.K. THE SIXTEEN MAN TEAM IS HERE TO LEARN COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL TACTICS UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. THEY ARRIVED ON SUNDAY AND ARE TAKING PART IN CLASSROOM SESSIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT INTO THE BUSH. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME, THESE TWO GROUPS HAVE TRAINED TOGETHER.IN 2013 A GROUP TRAVELED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AS PART OF A JOINT TRAINING PROGRAM.
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RED DEER TREE TRIMMING PROGRAM STARTS WEDNESDAY -
THE CITY OF RED DEER'S ANNUAL TREE-TRIMMING PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. ON WEDNESDAY, THE CITY'S CONTRACTOR WILL START REMOVING TREE BRANCHES THAT HAVE GROWN NEAR POWER LINES OVER THE WINTER. THIS WORK IS MANDATED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AS PART OF THE ALBERTA ELECTRICAL UTILITY CODE. IF YOU SEE CREWS OUT REMOVING BRANCHES, YOU ARE ASKED TO STAY AWAY.
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PRESCRIBED BURN AT LACOMBE GOLF COURSE - OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF LACOMBE WANT TO GIVE RESIDENTS THE HEADS UP THAT THERE WILL BE A PRESCRIBED BURN AT THE LACOMBE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB TODAY. THE GOLF COURSE HAS AMASSED A LARGE BUILD UP OF TREE BRANCHES AND BRUSH FROM RECENT CLEAN-UP EFFORTS AND HAVE PILED THEM ON THE DRIVING RANGE AWAY FROM STRUCTURES AND OTHER TREES. THE BURN STARTS AT 10 AND COULD LAST AS LONG AS THREE DAYS BUT WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AT ALL TIMES.
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LOCAL VOLUNTEER HONOURED - A LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER WITH RED DEER CITY SOCCER IS ONE OF ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD OF MERIT FROM THE ALBERTA SOCCER ASSOCIATION THIS YEAR. THE ASA PRESENTED THE AWARD TO CLIFF MADDOCK AT THEIR AGM AND ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET HELD IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY. LOCAL SOCCER OFFICIALS SAY THE AWARD OF MERIT IS PRESENTED TO THOSE WHO'VE DISPLAYED GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS AND BROUGHT PRIDE TO SOCCER IN THE PAST YEAR AND IS SELECTED BY THE ASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
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LOCAL PRINCIPAL HONOURED - THE PRINCIPAL FROM ECOLE MOUNTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN RED DEER WILL BE HONOURED DURING A NATIONAL GALA IN TORONTO NEXT MONTH. CATHY GUKERT HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF CANADA'S OUTSTANDING PRINCIPALS IN 2015. SHE'S ONE OF 40 PRINCIPALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BE HONOURED THIS YEAR AND WILL JOIN A MEMBERSHIP OF 350 IN THE GALA'S 11TH YEAR. OFFICIALS SAY THE WINNERS ARE NOMINATED BY THEIR PEERS, SCHOOL STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ARE THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE INNOVATION, AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND ARE CREATIVE IN FINDING SOLUTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES.

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (JAN. 27)
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ALBERTA MOUNTIE FUNERAL
-  MONDAY WAS  SOMBRE DAY IN ALBERTA SAYING GOODBYE TO RCMP CONSTABLE DAVID WYNN.
HIS REGIMENTAL FUNERAL TOOK PLACE IN ST. ALBERT.
PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER AND PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WERE AMONG DIGNITARIES THERE, WITH MANY PEOPLE LINING  THE PROCESSIONAL ROUTE.  ABOUT SEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FUNERAL, INCLUDING MORE THAN 21 HUNDRED MOUNTIES AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.   
WYNN'S SISTER TOLD HIS FUNERAL YESTERDAY THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT FROM HIS LAST ACT OF PUBLIC SERVICE.  MONA WYNN SAID 35 PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED TISSUE AND ORGAN DONATIONS FROM HER LATE BROTHER.  SHE POINTED OUT HER BROTHER WAS AN ORDINARY MAN WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY CAPACTIY TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. 
CONSTABLE WYNN DIED LAST WEDNESDAY, A FEW DAYS AFTER HE'D BEEN SHOT AT A LOCAL CASINO BY A CAREER CRIMINAL WHO LATER KILLED HIMSELF.
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RED DEER HIGH RISK TAKEDOWN -  A POLICE HELICOPTER HELPED TRACK DOWN A SUSPECT SOUTH OF RED DEER MONDAY AFTERNOON.
RCMP RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT OF A MAN WITH A GUN ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A TRUCK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 2 PM.
POLICE CONDUCTED AN AGGRESSIVE SEARCH OF THE SUSPECT IN THE PARKING LOT OF SCHLUMBERGER (SLUM-BURR-JHAY) OILFIELD SERVICES, IN THE MCKENZIE BUSINESS PARK.
REPORTS INDICATE A MAN WENT OUT TO CHECK HIS TRUCK WHEN THE SECURITY SYSTEM WENT OFF.  WHEN HE OPENED HIS TRUCK DOOR, A MALE WITH A HAND GUN SHOWED UP.  THE VICTIM BACKED AWAY AND CALLED POLICE. 
RCMP FROM RED DEER, BLACKFALDS AND TRAFFIC UNITS CONVERGED ON THE AREA AND SET UP CONTAINMENT.  AN RCMP HELICOPTER, POLICE DOGS AND A CRISIS NEGOTIATOR WERE BROUGHT IN AND JUST AFTER 4 PM THE MALE SURRENDERED PEACEFULLY.
TRAFFIC WAS BLOCKED OFF AT MACKENZIE ROAD AND 30TH AND 40TH AVENUE IN THE AREA YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHILE RCMP CONTAINED THE SCENE.
A 17 YEAR OLD MALE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND POLICE SAY THE HANDGUN USED IN THE INCIDENT WAS A RELICA PISTOL.
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JABLONSKI CALLS IT QUITS -  AFTER 14 YEARS OF BEING THE MLA FOR RED DEER NORTH, MARY ANNE JABLONSKI IS CALLING IT A CAREER.
SHE ANNOUNCED FROM THE SHERATON HOTEL IN RED DEER MONDAY MORNING THAT SHE WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION BUT HAS FAITH IN THE PRENTICE GOVERNMENT.
JABLONSKI HAS BEEN THE MEMBER FOR RED DEER NORTH SINCE 2000.

SHE SAYS IT WAS A TOUGH DECISION, BUT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF PREMIER JIM PRENTICE.
JABLONSKI ANTICIPATES A PROVINCIAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN ALBERTA IN APRIL.
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ANGLIN SEEKING TORY NOMINATION -  MORE POLITICAL NEWS OUT OF CENTRAL ALBERTA MONDAY AS INDEPENDENT MLA JOE ANGLIN HAS ANNOUNCED HE'S SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION FOR THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE RIDING AHEAD OF THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
ANGLIN LEFT THE WILDROSE PARTY TO SIT AS AN INDEPENDENT LAST SUMMER AFTER BECOMING EMBROILED IN A DISPUTE WITH THE WILDROSE LOCAL RIDING ASSOCIATION.
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DOUG GRIFFITHS STEPPING DOWN -  YET ANOTHER FORMER CABINET MINISTER HAS THROWN IN THE TOWEL. 
DOUG GRIFFITHS HAS BEEN AN MLA IN THE WAINWRIGHT AREA SINCE 2002 MEANING HE SPENT 12 YEARS IN SERVICE AND THROUGH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PORTFOLIOS. 
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LIBERAL LEADER STEPS DOWN -  ALBERTA LIBERAL LEADER RAJ SHERMAN IS QUITTING AS THE PARTY'S BOSS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

THE TWO-TERM EDMONTON MLA AND EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR SAYS HE WILL STAY ON IN HIS SEAT UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION WHICH COULD COME AS EARLY AS THIS SPRING BUT WON'T RUN AGAIN.
HIS DEPARTURE MEANS THAT NONE OF THE FOUR MAJOR PARTY LEADERS ELECTED IN ALBERTA IN 2012 REMAINS IN THAT JOB TODAY.
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LACOMBE CONTROLLED BURN -  THE LACOMBE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO CONDUCT A CONTROLLED BURN AT THE GOLF COURSE TODAY. (TUES)
WEATHER PERMITTING, CREWS WILL BURN ANY EXCESS TREES AND BRUSH THAT HAVE PILED UP OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.
THEY ARE PUTTING OUT THE WARNING THAT THIS WILL START AT 10 AM AND COULD TAKE UP TO THREE DAYS.
THERE SHOULD BE NO SERIOUS IMPACT TO THE AIR QUALITY, ALTHOUGH LACOMBE RESIDENTS COULD BE SMELLING SMOKE FOR A FEW DAYS.
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RED DEER MAN FOUND -  A RED DEER MAN REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND.
CITY RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING 32 YEAR OLD CECIL ALBERTA WHO THEY SAY WAS LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.
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MISSING PONOKA TEEN FOUND -
  PONOKA MOUNTIES SAY A MISSING TEENAGER HAS BEEN LOCATED.
15 YEAR OLD BRADEN CHASE GUNSCH, ALSO KNOWN AS BRADEN STEELE HAS BEEN FOUND AFTER HE WENT MISSING LAST THURSDAY NIGHT IN PONOKA.
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RED DEER SOCCER AWARD -  A LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER WITH RED DEER CITY SOCCER IS ONE OF ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD OF MERIT FROM THE ALBERTA SOCCER ASSOCIATION THIS YEAR.
THE ASA PRESENTED THE AWARD TO CLIFF MADDOCK AT THEIR AGM AND ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET HELD IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY.
LOCAL SOCCER OFFICIALS SAY THE AWARD OF MERIT IS PRESENTED TO THOSE WHO'VE DISPLAYED GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS AND BROUGHT PRIDE TO SOCCER IN THE PAST YEAR AND IS SELECTED BY THE ASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
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RED DEER OPEN HOUSE -  THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL BE HOLDING AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY (TUES) ON A PROPOSAL TO EXPAND THE QUEENS BUSINESS PARK.
IT WILL BE HELD AT THE DAWE CENTRE FROM 4 TO 7 PM IN ACTIVITY ROOM TWO.
THE PLAN COVERS TWO QUARTER SECTIONS WEST OF RANGE ROAD 281 AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11 A.
THE 125 HECTRES WILL SEE PRIMIARILY LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, ALONG WITH WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS.
THE CITY WILL USE FEEDBACK FROM THIS OPEN HOUSE AT FUTURE MPC AND COUNCIL MEETINGS.
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PRINCIPAL HONOURED
-  THE PRINCIPAL FROM ECOLE MOUNTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN RED DEER WILL BE HONOURED DURING A NATIONAL GALA IN TORONTO NEXT MONTH.
CATHY GUKERT HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF CANAD'A OUTSTANDING PRINCIPALS IN 2015.
SHE'S ONE OF 40 PRINCIPALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BE HONOURED THIS YEAR AND WILL JOIN A MEMBERSHIP OF 350 IN THE GALA'S 11TH YEAR.
OFFICIALS SAY THE WINNERS ARE NOMINATED BY THEIR PEERS, SCHOOL STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ARE THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE INNOVATION, AN ENTREPRENURIAL SPIRIT AND ARE CREATIVE IN FINDING SOLUTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
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MON PM NEWS (JAN.26)

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ARREST MADE IN MONDAY AFTERNOON INCIDENT - RED DEER RCMP HAVE CONCLUDED AN INCIDENT SOUTH OF RED DEER NEAR MCKENZIE ROAD BY TAKING ONE SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY. DETACHMENTS FROM INNISFAIL AND BLACKFALDS, POLICE DOGS AND THE RCMP HELICOPTER ALL HELPED SEARCH FOR A SUSPECT.  

THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE BEING CLEARED OF POLICE PRESENCE AND SHOULD BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. THE RCMP IS NOT PROVIDING ANY DETAILS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED EXACTLY AT THIS TIME.


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MAN WANTED FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF TO CHILDREN - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE AGGRESSIVELY INVESTIGATING A VERY DISTURBING INCIDENT IN NORTH RED DEER ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IT HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 2 WHEN RCMP SAY A MAN EXPOSED HIMSELF TO FOUR 8 YEAR OLD GIRLS PLAYING IN THE FRONT YARD OF A HOME ON NORTHEY AVENUE.

 

POLICE SAY ONE GIRL WALKED AWAY TO GO INSIDE FOR A DRINK WHEN THE MAN APPEARED IN THE YARD AND PICKED HER UP, TAKING HER TOWARD A SHED IN THE BACKYARD. THE OTHER THREE GIRLS FOLLOWED AND THE MAN DIRECTED THEM TO THE SHED AND BLOCKED THEIR EXIT. IT'S ALLEGED HE THEN EXPOSED AND TOUCHED HIMSELF, REFUSING TO ALLOW THE GIRLS TO LEAVE.

 

HE LEFT A SHORT TIME LATER LAST SEEN RUNNING SOUTH DOWN THE ALLEY BEHIND NORTHEY AVENUE. POLICE DOGS WERE CALLED OUT BUT COULDN'T FIND THE SUSPECT, WITH RCMP HOPING SOMEONE MAY HAVE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN THE AREA. THE GIRLS WERE NOT HURT IN THIS INCIDENT AND YOU CAN SEE HIS SKETCH ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


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GLENDALE ROBBERY SUSPECT WANTED - RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR AN ARMED ROBBER THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE SATURDAY NIGHT AROUND 8:15 WHEN A MAN DRESSED IN BLACK AND WEARING A BLACK BALACLAVA ENTERED THE EXPRESS 24 ON NORTHEY AVENUE IN GLENDALE AND POINTED A HANDGUN AT THE CLERK DEMANDING MONEY FROM BOTH TILLS.

 

HE MANAGED TO FLEE WITH SOME CASH AND WAS LAST SEEN RUNNING NORTH ON NORTHEY AVENUE. A POLICE DOG WAS ABLE TO TRACK HIS SCENT EAST DOWN A NEARBY BACK ALLEY BUT LOST IT THERE. NO ONE WAS HURT BUT RCMP SAY SEVERAL WITNESSES WERE IN THE STORE AT THE TIME INCLUDING ONE MAN AT THE TILL WHEN IT HAPPENED.

 

POLICE ARE HOPING THAT MAN AND TWO WOMEN WHO WERE ALSO IN THE STORE AT THE TIME CAN GIVE THEM A CALL. THE SUSPECT'S DESCRIPTION IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


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NO INJURIES IN SUNDAY PENHOLD FIRE - LUCKILY THERE WERE NO INJURIES AFTER PENHOLD FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED OUT TO A RESIDENCE ON DUNDEE CRESCENT JUST BEFORE 9 LAST NIGHT. FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS THEY ARRIVED TO FIND SMOKE IN THE HOUSE AND THE OCCUPANTS WAITING FOR THEM OUTSIDE.

 

THE CAUSE WAS OVERHEATED OIL SPILLING FROM A PAN IN THE OVEN. CREWS WERE ON SCENE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR, WITH THE RESIDENCE SUFFERING MINOR SMOKE DAMAGE.


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PONOKA TEEN DECLARED MISSING - PONOKA MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A MISSING TEEN. 15 YEAR OLD BRADEN CHASE GUNSCH, ALSO KNOWN AS BRADEN STEELE WAS LAST SEEN JANUARY 22ND AROUND 9:30PM IN PONOKA. POLICE SAY HE COULD BE IN THE RED DEER, LEDUC OR CALGARY AREA. HIS DESCRIPTION IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


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POLICE SAY RED DEER MAN FOUND SAFE - A RED DEER MAN REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. CITY RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING 32 YEAR OLD CECIL ALBERTA WHO THEY SAY WAS LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.


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GAS LEAK AT LOCAL NORTHWEST SCHOOL - OFFICIALS WITH THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION PUT ST. TERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL UNDER A LOCK AND SECURE PROTOCOL THIS MORNING DUE TO A GAS ODOUR. EMERGENCY CREWS CHECKED IT OUT AND HAVE SINCE LEFT THE BUILDING. ATCO CREWS STAYED ON SCENE TO CHECK IT OUT FURTHER.


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SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN INNISFAIL BREAK AND ENTERS - JEWELRY, COLLECTOR'S COINS AND FIREARMS WERE THE TARGET OF THIEVES IN THE INNISFAIL AND SPRUCEVIEW AREAS LATE LAST WEEK. INNISFAIL MOUNTIES SAY THEY ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING SEVERAL BREAK AND ENTERS THAT OCCURRED FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY LAST WEEK AND SOMETIME BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10AM AND 6PM.

 

IN EACH CASE, THE SUSPECT OR SUSPECTS GOT ACCESS TO THE RESIDENCE BY KICKING IN THE DOOR. POLICE ARE REMINDING YOU TO ALWAYS REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS PERSON OR ACTIVITY IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND TO GIVE THEM OR CRIME STOPPERS A CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE CRIMES.


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RED DEER NORTH MLA WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION - THOSE LIVING IN THE PROVINCIAL RIDING OF RED DEER NORTH WILL HAVE A NEW REPRESENTATIVE IF THEY VOTE PC. MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY THAT SHE WILL NOT BE SEEKING A SIXTH TERM IN OFFICE. 

AFTER NEARLY FIFTEEN YEARS IN OFFICE, SHE SAYS SHE HAS SEEN INCREDIBLE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY COME TO THIS PROVINCE. SHE SAYS SHE DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE PARTY WHILE IT WAS IN TURMOIL AS SHE WOULD HAVE FELT A RESPONSIBILITY. 

JABLONSKI SAYS HER ONLY REGRET IS THE TIME IT TOOK HER AWAY FROM HER FAMILY AND THE TOLL IT TOOK ON THEM.


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RED DEER SOUTH MLA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIS FUTURE -
CAL DALLAS WILL SOON MAKE A DECISION ON HIS FUTURE IN POLITICS. HE WILL BE MEETING WITH HIS CONSTITUENCY BOARD ON FRIDAY AND WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. RUMOUR IS THE PREMIER WILL CALL FOR AN ELECTION AFTER INTRODUCING THE BUDGET IN MID-MARCH.
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JOE ANGLIN LOOKS TO RUN FOR PC'S IN RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE - MORE POLITICAL NEWS OUT OF CENTRAL ALBERTA TODAY AS INDEPENDENT MLA JOE ANGLIN HAS ANNOUNCED HE'S SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION FOR THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE RIDING AHEAD OF THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION. 

ANGLIN LEFT THE WILDROSE PARTY TO SIT AS AN INDEPENDENT LAST SUMMER AFTER BECOMING EMBROILED IN A DISPUTE WITH THE WILDROSE LOCAL RIDING ASSOCIATION.

 

 

MON AM NEWS (JAN. 26) 
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JABLONSKI ANNOUNCEMENT -
  AFTER 14 YEARS OF BEING THE MLA FOR RED DEER NORTH, MARY ANNE JABLONSKI IS CALLING IT A CAREER.
SHE ANNOUNCED FROM THE SHERATON HOTEL IN RED DEER THIS MORNING THAT SHE WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION IN THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION BUT HAS FAITH IN THE PRENTICE GOVERNMENT.
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ANGLIN SEEKS NOMINATION -  MORE POLITICAL NEWS OUT OF CENTRAL ALBERTA TODAY (MON) AS INDEPENDENT MLA JOE ANGLIN HAS ANNOUNCED HE'S SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION FOR THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE RIDING AHEAD OF THE NEXT PROVINCIAL ELECTION.  ANGLIN LEFT THE WILDROSE PARTY TO SIT AS AN INDEPENDENT LAST SUMMER AFTER BECOMING EMBROILED IN A DISPUTE WITH THE WILDROSE LOCAL RIDING ASSOCIATION.
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PENHOLD FIRE -  A HOME SUFFERED MINOR SMOKE DAMAGE BUT NO ONE WAS HURT AFTER A KITCHEN FIRE IN PENHOLD LAST NIGHT. (SUN)
FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS THEY WERE CALLED OUT JUST BEFORE 9 TO A HOME ON DUNDEE CRESCENT AND ARRIVED TO FIND THE OCCUPANTS WAITING FOR THEM OUTSIDE.  SMOKE WAS IN THE HOME, WITH THE CAUSE DETERMINED TO BE OVERHEATED OIL SPILLING FROM A PAN IN THE OVEN. 14 FIREFIGHTERS AND THREE UNITS WERE ON SCENE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.
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RED DEER MAN FOUND SAFE -  A RED DEER MAN REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND.  CITY RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING 32 YEAR OLD CECIL ALBERTA WHO THEY SAY WAS LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.
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LACOMBE DIGITAL REVIEW
-  A REPORT HIGHLIGHTING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF LACOMBE IN 2014 HAS NOW BEEN PUBLISHED ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE.  CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE YEAR IN REVIEW WILL ALSO SHOW RATE PAYERS THE VALUE THEY RECEIVE FOR THEIR TAX DOLLARS.  THE REPORT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO ENHANCING AND MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE TO LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE GROWTH THROUGH RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING.
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RCMP FUNERAL -  WE GET READY TO SAY GOODBYE TO ANOTHER FALLEN MOUNTIE, THE SPOUSES OF THE RCMP ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT BY WEARING RED.  CONSTABLE DAVID WYNN DIED IN THE HOSPITAL LAST WEEK AFTER HE WAS GRAVELY WOUNDED WHILE TRYING TO ARREST A MAN LAST WEEKEND IN ST. ALBERT.  HIS PARTNER SURVIVED BEING SHOT TWICE, BUT IS FACING A LONG RECOVERY AT HOME.  WYNN IS GETTING A FULL REGIMENTAL FUNERAL TODAY (MON) AT SERVUS PLACE IN ST. ALBERT.  PRIME MINISTER STEVEN HARPER AND PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL BE AMONG MANY DIGNITARIES ATTENDING. 
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MELTDOWN CONTINUES
-  THE WEEKEND TEMPERATURES WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL WITH SEVERAL PLACES IN ALBERTA BREAKING RECORDS.  IN RED DEER WE WERE CLOSE, OFFICIALLY CLIMBING TO 8.9  AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT ON SUNDAY, JUST SHY OF OUT THE RECORD OF 10.3  IN 2006.  CALGARY JUMPED TO 17 DEGREES YESTERDAY.  THE LOW OFFICIALLY DROPPED TO MINUS 1.4 AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT COMPARED TO THE RECORD OF MINUS 45 SET BACK IN 1950. THESE TEMPERATURES ARE WELL ABOVE NORMAL, WITH OUR AVERAGE HIGH FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR OF MINUS 6, AND THE AVERAGE LOW MINUS 17.  THE FORECAST CALLS FOR HIGHS AROUND PLUS 5 THIS WEEK, BEFORE IT COOLS OFF TO MORE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ON THE WEEKEND.
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