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WED AM NEWS  (MAY 27)
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RED DEER PEDESTRIAN HIT
-  A PEDESTRIAN WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER YESTERDAY (TUES).  THE MALE WAS STRUCK AFTER STEPPING INTO MOVING TRAFFIC WEST OF CITY HALL PARK ON 49TH AVENUE LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.

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RED DEER BOIL WATER ADVISORY - 

•  THIRTY-THREE HOMES ON WEST PARK CRESCENT AND WEST PARK CLOSE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ONCE WATER IS TURNED BACK ON. CREWS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO FIX A LEAK FOLLOWING A WATER MAIN BREAK EARLIER TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  WATER WAS EXPECTED TO BE BACK ON AROUND 10 PM, ALTHOUGH THERE'S NO WORD FROM THE CITY IF THE WATER IS NOW BACK ON.
THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AFTER THE POTABLE WATER SUPPLY MIXED WITH SURROUNDING SOIL BEFORE THE LEAK WAS CONTAINED. ONCE THE WATER LEAK HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND A SUITABLE FLUSHING POINT HAS BEEN INSTALLED, THE CITY WILL SEND WATER SAMPLES TO ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES TO ENSURE CONTAMINATION HAS NOT OCCURRED.
HOMES AFFECTED BY THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
• WEST PARK CRESCENT, ODD NUMBERS  5921 TO 5945
• WEST PARK CRESCENT, EVEN NUMBERS  5936 TO 5964
• WEST PARK CLOSE, EVEN NUMBERS  5926 TO 5934
CITY STAFF WERE GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR LAST NIGHT TO ALL AFFECTED HOMES TO ADVISE OF THE SITUATION AND PROVIDE AN INFORMATION PACKAGE FROM THE CITY AND ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES.
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ALBERTA WILDFIRES -  MANY OF THE NEARLY FIVE-THOUSAND ALBERTANS EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES DUE TO FOREST FIRES ARE STARTING TO RETURN HOME.
LATE LAST NIGHT, THE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED AN EVACUATION ORDER HAD BEEN LIFTED FOR RESIDENTS OF THE HAMLET OF WABASCA.
THE DISTRICT SAID R-C-M-P WOULD BE ON HAND TO SUPERVISE THE RETURN AND WARNED THAT ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE HAMLET MIGHT BE LIMITED OR DELAYED FOR THE TIME BEING.
OFFICIALS ALSO SAID RECEPTION CENTRES WOULD REMAIN OPEN IN NEARBY COMMUNITIES TODAY AND MEALS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SERVED FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T IMMEDIATELY GET BACK HOME.
CYNDI TARON OF THE DISTRICT SAID MOST RESIDENTS OF THE BIGSTONE RESERVE WOULD ALSO BE ALLOWED HOME, ALTHOUGH SHE SAID ABOUT 200 IN A SPECIFIC PART OF THE RESERVE WOULD REMAIN ON EVACUATION ORDER.
THE FIRE DANGER THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE IS STILL RATED AS EXTREMELY HIGH, AND THERE IS A PROVINCEWIDE FIRE BAN.
AS OF YESTERDAY, THERE WERE 70 FIRES BURNING IN THE PROVINCE AND 20 WERE CONSIDERED TO BE OUT OF CONTROL.
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ROCKY WILDFIRE UPDATE - THE WILDFIRE HAZARD FOR THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA REMAINS HIGH.
COOLER TEMPERATURES AND HIGHER RELATIVE HUMIDITIES HAVE GIVEN SOME RELIEF TO THE WILDFIRE HAZARD.
THUNDERSHOWERS IN THE AREA TUESDAY PROVIDED SOME MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION, BUT ALSO BROUGHT ACCOMPANYING LIGHTNING.
AS A RESULT THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA HAD 7 NEW WILDFIRE STARTS YESTERDAY.
ALL WILDFIRES IN THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGMENT AREA AT THIS TIME ARE BEING HELD (BH) OR UNDER CONTROL (UC).
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FIRE BAN UPDATE - ANOTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA COMMUNITY HAS JOINED THE LIST OF LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES IMPLEMENTING A FIRE BAN.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS NOW UNDER A FIREBAN AND JOINS CAROLINE, CLEARWATER COUNTY, THE COUNTY OF WETASKIWIN AND THE PROVINCE'S FORESTED AREAS IN THAT BAN.
A FIRE RESTRICTION IS IN PLACE IN LEDUC COUNTY, WHILE FIRE ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE COUNTY OF STETTLER, LACOMBE COUNTY, PONOKA COUNTY, RED DEER COUNTY AND ROCKY VIEW COUNTY.
DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT ALBERTAFIREBANS.CA.
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NEW LACOMBE PARK -   LACOMBE COUNTY IS CELEBRATING A NEW PARK AND LAND DONATION TODAY (FRI).
THE KUHNEN FAMILY HAS DONATED 140 ACRES OF LAND AROUND LACOMBE LAKE TO THE COUNTY FOR RECREATIONAL ENJOYMENT BY THE PUBLIC.
THEY'RE HAVING BARBEQUE AT NOON FOLLOWED BY AN OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PARK AT 1 THIS AFTERNOON.
COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY IT BECOMES A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE EXISTING LACOMBE COUNTY TRAIL BETWEEN LACOMBE AND BLACKFALDS.
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BLUE GRASS BUYS DENTOOMS -    IT  S A BIG DEAL IN THE CENTRAL ALBERTA GREENHOUSE BUISNESS.   BLUE GRASS SOD FARMS IS BUYING DENTOOM  S GREENHOUSES.  
THE RED DEER COUNTY BUSINESS BLUE GRASS SOD FARMS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY IT WILL MOVE ITS RETAIL OOPERATIONS FROM THEIR HIGHWAY 11-A LOCATION WEST OF RED DEER TO DENTOOM  S HIGH VISIBILITY SITE CLOSER TO THE QE-2 AS OF JULY 1ST.
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RESERVIST RECRUITING -  THE CANADIAN FORCES WILL BE HOLDING A RECRUITMENT EVENT IN SYLVAN TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A CAREER WITH THE ARMY RESERVES.
THE 20TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT WILL BE AT THE SYLVAN LAKE LEGION (4916 50TH AVE) FROM 7:30 TO 9:30 PM (MAY 27TH).
MANY RESERVISTS HAVE FULL TIME CAREERS OUTSIDE OF THE FORCES, BUT CAN BE COMPENSATED IF THEY ARE NEEDED ON A RELIEF MISSION.
THERE'LL ALSO BE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ON HAND SUCH AS AN 81 MM MORTAR AND A C3 HOWITZER.
YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT VEHICLES LIKE A MEDIUM SUPPORT GUN TRACTOR OR A COMMAND POST VEHICLE.
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TUES PM NEWS
 
RED DEER TEEN MISSING
 
Red Deer mounties are asking for your help in finding a missing teen.
 
15 year old Andy Ferrier was last seen on May 24th and is known to spend time in the Johnstone Park area, the Dawe and at the Glendale Skate Park.
 
You can see his picture on our Facebook page.
 
 
 

FIRE BANS/ADVISORIES CONTINUE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA
 
The town of Rocky Mountain House is now the latest central Alberta municipality to impose a fire ban.
 
It came into effect on Monday and joins other communities throughout the region including Caroline, Clearwater County, County of Wetaskiwin and the province's forested areas.
 
A fire restriction is in place in Leduc County, while fire advisories are in effect for the County of Stettler, Lacombe County, Ponoka County, Red Deer County and Rocky View County.
 
Details can be found at AlbertaFireBans.ca.
 
 
 
 
WARD/RALSTON RESPOND TO RDC CONCERNS
 
RDC'S President and Board Chair are responding to concerns from the college's faculty association about the rising costs of administration amid program and faculty cuts in recent years.
 
President Joel Ward says RDC's administration spending is among the bottom third of post secondary schools in the province while Board Chair Shelley Ralston says the decisions they're making are to prepare the college to become a poly-technic university in the future. 
 
Ralston and Ward will meet with RDC Faculty Association President Ken Heather next week to discuss their concerns.
 
 
 
 
VEER DISAPPOINTED WITH CABINET SELECTION
 
Some disappointment from the mayor of Red Deer over the lack of NDP ministers from central Alberta.
 
Neither Kim Schreiner or Barb Miller were chosen to be a part of Rachel Notley's 12 person cabinet.
 
It is notable that we are the one of the only areas of the province without a minister.
 
In saying that though, only the Red Deer ridings and Wetaskiwin--Camrose voted for an NDP MLA.
 
Veer says that while she understands why we do not have a representative in cabinet at this time, she's hopeful that we will have a voice in the future. 
 
 
 
 
CITY HOPING FOR BEST IN NEXT PROVINCIAL BUDGET
 
There are a number of items in recent PC budgets the city of Red Deer hopes will be funded in this fall's provincial budget.
 
Mayor Tara Veer says that while the 2015 budget and upcoming MSI funding is set, beyond that is still up in the air.
 
Specifically she spoke to items like Canada Winter Games infrastructure and the Piper Creek Foundation.
 
Veer says she's already sent a list to the premier of about 10 to 15 city priorities.
 
She hopes to be able to sit down with Rachel Notley in the coming weeks to further discuss city funding down the road.
 
 
 
 
LACOMBE RESIDENTS GIVEN VOICE FOR UPCOMING BUDGETS
 
Residents of Lacombe are being encouraged to provide their thoughts on what the city's priorities should be next year.
 
2016 operating and capital budget submissions are being accepted between June 1st and 30th with city officials using that feedback to help determine what the priorities are.
 
The budgets will be presented in December.
 
 
 
 
CONSTRUCTION TO CLOSE ROAD TO RIVERBEND GOLF COURSE
 
A traffic note for motorists planning on heading to the Riverbend Golf Course or Discovery Canyon.
 
Construction crews have closed a portion of 30th Avenue or Range Road 272 north of 67th Street to begin underground utility installations and additional road construction and paving.
 
The closure will remain in place til the end of summer and means a detour will be in effect to get to the golf course or Discovery Canyon.
 
Work in the area also includes extending 30th Avenue two kilometers north and 67th Street one kilometer east with a new two lane roundabout to be installed just northeast of the current 30th Avenue-67th Street bend.
 
 
 
 
WATER MAIN FLUSHING UNDERWAY IN CITY
 
Red Deer city crews have now started their annual water main flushing and fire hydrant inspections.
 
The flushing helps improve the city's water quality by removing the stagnant water and it's sediment and minerals and replacing it with fresh water.
 
The process also helps determine which valves may need replacing or repairs.
 
Residents in the city's downtown, Anders, West Park and Highland Green neighbourhoods will see the water mains flushed from fire hydrants over the next several months.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TUES AM NEWS  (MAY 26)
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ALBERTA FIRE BANS - 
  FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011, ALBERTA IS UNDER A PROVINCE-WIDE FIRE BAN - MEANING NO OPEN FIRES, INCLUDING CAMPFIRES IN CAMPGROUNDS OR RANDOM CAMPING AREAS.  
ALL FIRE PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED AND NO NEW FIRE PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO THE HIGH TO EXTREME RISKS OF WILDFIRE ACROSS THE PROVINCE.  
APPROACHING FIRES FORCED A STATE OF EMERGENCY TO BE  DECLARED IN THE NORTHERN MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF OPPORTUNITY, INCLUDING THE HAMLET OF WABASCA AND BIGSTONE CREE NATION.   
AS MONDAY, OVER 13 HUNDRED FIRE FIGHTERS AND 100 AIRCRAFT WERE BATTLING A 200-HECTARE FIRE THAT CAUSED AN EVACUATION FOR ABOUT 2 THOUSAND WABASCA AREA RESIDENTS.   RECEPTION CENTRES ARE SET UP IN THE NEARBY COMMUNITIES OF CALLING LAKE AND ATHABASCA.
THAT'S ONE OF 29 WILDFIRES BURNING IN THE PROVINCE.  
FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER RESOURCES CAME IN FROM ONTARIO AND QUEBEC TO AID IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE FLAME. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK ALBERTAFIREBANS.CA 
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LACOMBE COUNTY FIRE BAN -   THE CONTINUING HOT, DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA MEANS LACOMBE COUNTY HAS NOW ISSUED A FIRE ADVISORY FOR THE REGION.
OFFICIALS SAY THIS MEANS NO NEW BURNING PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
HOWEVER, THOSE WITH EXISTING PERMITS CAN STILL CARRY OUT THEIR BURNING BUT WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND THEY MUST BE SUPERVISED VERY CLOSELY.
LACOMBE COUNTY JOINS RED DEER COUNTY IN THE FIRE ADVISORY DUE TO THE VERY DRY WEATHER LATELY.
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RDC LEADERSHIP NON-CONFIDENCE - RISING ADMINISTRATION COSTS WITH DECLINING ENROLLMENT AND FACULTY POSITIONS HAS RESULTED IN A VOTE OF NON-CONFIDENCE FOR RDC'S LEADERSHIP BY THE SCHOOL'S FACULTY ASSOCIATION.
ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT KEN HEATHER SAYS THEIR MEMBERS HELD A VOTE THIS MONTH THAT REVEALS 70 PERCENT OF THEM ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH PRESIDENT JOEL WARD AND BOARD CHAIR SHELLEY RALSTON.
HEATHER SAYS HE PLANS TO MEET WITH WARD AND RALSTON AGAIN NEXT WEEK TO ADDRESS THE FACULTY ASSOCIATION'S GROWING CONCERNS.
RDC SPOKESPEOPLE FOR WARD AND RALSTON SAY THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT TODAY. (TUE)
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL (MON)  -   PLENTY OF ITEMS TO DEAL WITH ON A BUSY CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MONDAY.
COUNCIL ENDORSED THE COMMUNITY HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD RECOMMENDATION TO ALLOCATE A $185,000 GRANT TO MCMAN CENTRAL.
THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT A YOUTH OUTREACH AND FAMILY UNIFICATION PROJECT FROM JULY 1ST UNTIL JUNE 30TH OF 2016.
 
-  COUNCIL THEN PASSED A RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE FOUR PARKS AROUND RED DEER AS "POLLINATOR PARKS."
THESE AREAS INCLUDE MASKEPETOON PARK, THE SNELL GARDENS, BOWER PONDS, AND CITY HALL PARK.
THE DESIGNATION WILL ENSURE STEPS ARE TAKEN TO PROTECT THE SPECIES LIKE BIRDS, BEES AND BATS CAN CONTINUE TO POLLINATE.
 
- RED DEER CITY COUNCIL HAS TAKEN STEPS TO REDUCE THEIR PESTICIDE USE OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
AS PART OF THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL MASTER PLAN, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A 10 PERCENT REDUCTION FROM 2009 LEVELS OF 210 MILLILITRES AN ACRE.
THIS IS JUST ONE OF A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES THE CITY IS LOOKING AT, AS THEY AIM TO REDUCE THE USE OF NON-ORGANIC PESTICIDES.
 
 
- COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED AN APPLICATION TO DESIGNATE A NEW MUNICIPAL HISTORIC SITE.
THE WILLSON HOUSE IN MICHENER HILL WAS BUILT IN 1911, AND IS ONE OF RED DEER'S OLDEST HOMES.
THE TABLE AGREED THAT IT MET THE PROPER CRITERA TO BE PRESERVED WITH IT'S QUEEN ANNE ERA DESIGN.
 
-  ON MONDAY, CITY COUNCIL RECEIVED AN UPDATE ON THE FINANCIAL VARIANCES DISCOVERED SINCE THE OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS WERE SET.
ON THE OPERATING SIDE THEY ARE SEEING A TOTAL DEFICIT OF THREE MILLION FROM WHAT THEY BUDGETED LAST YEAR.
THIS IS DUE MAINLY TO A THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT IN THINGS LIKE LAND SALES IN TIMBERLANDS AND QUEENS, ALONG WITH SERVICE DELAYS IN RIVERLANDS.
THIS IS PARTLY OFFSET BY A SIX MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS IN TAX SUPPORTED OPERATIONS AND A FOUR MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS IN UTILITY OPERATIONS.
 
-   COUNCIL ALSO FINALIZED THEIR TWO RESOLUTIONS TO TAKE TO THE AUMA IN SEPTEMBER.
THEY WILL ADVOCATE FOR CHANGES TO THE BUILDING CANADA FUND AND INCREASED HOMELESSNESS REPONSE.
 
-  A CONTROVERSIAL PARKING LOT GOT FINAL APPROVAL AT RED DEER CITY HALL ON MONDAY.
ON MARCH 30TH, A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON A PROPOSED LOT IN THE PARKVALE NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR THE JACKPOT CASINO.
IN THE END, COUNCIL RULED IN FAVOR OF THE CASINO AND ALLOWED A TEMPORARY ZONING OF THE AREA FOR 9 YEARS.
WHEN THE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT CAME BACK TO COUNCIL, IT FEATURED SOME NEW ITEMS LIKE A STONE BRICK SIGN AND A REQUEST TO TAKE DOWN TWO TREES ON THE LANEWAY.
THE TABLE RULED IN FAVOR BY A VOTE OF 8-1, AS LONG AS THE CASINO REPLACED THE TREES.
WHEN THE PERMIT EXPIRES IN 2024, THE COUNCIL OF THE DAY WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF IT CAN STAY.
 
 
-  SOME DISAPPOINTMENT FROM THE MAYOR OF RED DEER OVER THE LACK OF NDP MINISTERS FROM CENTRAL ALBERTA
NEITH KIM SCREINER OF BARB MILLER WERE CHOSEN TO BE A PART OF RACHEL NOTLEY'S 12 PERSON CABINET.
IT IS NOTABLE THAT WE ARE THE ONE OF THE ONLY AREAS OF THE PROVINCE WITHOUT A MINISTER.
IN SAYING THAT THOUGH, ONLY THE RED DEER RIDINGS AND WETASKIWIN--CAMROSE VOTED FOR AN NDP MLA.
VEER SAYS THAT WHILE SHE UNDERSTANDS WHY WE DO NOT HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE IN CABINET AT THIS TIME, SHE'S HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL HAVE A VOICE IN THE FUTURE.
 
-  A NUMBER OF ITEMS IN RECENT PC BUDGETS,  THAT THE CITY OF RED DEER HOPES WILL BE FUNDED IN THIS FALL'S PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
SPEAKING AFTER COUNCIL ON MONDAY, MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THAT WHILE THE 2015 BUDGET AND UPCOMING M.S.I FUNDING IS SET, BEYOND THAT IS STILL UP IN THE AIR.
SPECIFICALLY SHE SPOKE TO ITEMS LIKE CANADA WINTER GAMES INFTRASTRUCTURE, AND THE PIPER CREEK FOUNDATION.
VEER SAYS SHE'S ALREADY SENT A LIST TO THE PREMIER OF ABOUT 10 TO 15 CITY PRIORITIES.
SHE HOPES TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN WITH RACHEL NOTLEY IN THE COMING WEEKS TO FURTHER DISCUSS CITY FUNDING DOWN THE ROAD.
 
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SYLVAN LAKE WEBSITE
- A NEW TOURISM-FOCUSSED WEBSITE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED FOR THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE.
TOWN OFFICIALS SAY WWW.VISITSYLVANLAKE.CA IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT WILL PROVIDE LOCAL BUSINESSES A CHANCE TO BROADEN THEIR EXPOSURE AND OFFER EXCEELLENT INFORMATION FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS THE TOWN FOR ALL SEASONS SEES EACH YEAR.
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MON PM NEWS 
 
 
FIRE BAN ISSUED FOR ALL OF ALBERTA
 
The province has issued a full fire ban across Alberta, effective immediately. 
 
As of this morning, 29 wildfires were burning including a 200-hectare fire that forced evacuation of approximately 2 thousand residents of Wabasca last night. 
 
Over 13 hundred firefighters and about 100 aircraft are battling the flames, with the help of resources from Ontario and Quebec. 
 
The full fire ban prohibits all open fires, including campfires in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. 
 
All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. 
  
 
SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEEN
 
Red Deer RCMP are asking for your help in finding a missing teen.
 
15 year old Brittany Morrison was reported missing last Thursday and you can see her picture on our website and Facebook page.
  
 
MAN CHARGED IN 3 COLLISIONS
 
One man is facing several charges after multiple collisions on 67th Street on March 29th.
 
Mounties say a Grey Bonneville rear ended one vehicle at a red light on 67th in the late afternoon.
 
The Bonneville then backed into another vehicle and made a u-turn .
However the vehicle then hit a 3rd car, and became pinned at the scene on 65th Avenue.
 
Today (mon), RCMP have charged 51 year old Daniel Lapalme of Red Deer and he'll be in court on June 3rd.
 
His charges include dangerous driving, driving impaired, and leaving the scene of an accident. 
 
 
MAN AND WOMAN SUSPECTS IN CAROLINE LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY
 
Rocky mounties are investigating a break-in and theft from the Caroline Liquor Store.
 
Police say the suspects, a man and woman, used a pickup with a stolen plate to pull the front door right off the hinges.
 
About a hundred dollars worth of liquor was taken and the door was found a few blocks away.
 
Call rocky RCMP or Crimestoppers if you know anything.
 
  
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
 
Plenty of business ahead today on the Red Deer City Council agenda.
Council will review a request to designate the former Grandview Lodge on 43rd Ave as a municipal historical site.
 
Built in 1911, the Michener Hill residence is one of Red Deer's oldest homes.
 
The table will also decide whether to designate some areas around the city as "pollinator parks."
 
If passed, areas like City Hall Park, Bower Ponds, and the Snell Gardens would work to preserve pollinator species.
 
Administration will also update council on the state of their reserves and their approved capital cash flows.  
 
 
CONSTRUCTION TO CHANGE NORTH RED DEER BUS ROUTE
 
Transit riders will see some minor changes to routes in Clearview Ridge and Vanier East starting today.
 
Route 6 bus stops on 67th Street at Carleton Avenue and 30th Avenue at Range Road 272 are being removed due to construction starting in the area.
 
This means the route will now travel through Clearview Ridge via Carleton Avenue and Carrington Drive.
 
There will be no change to schedule times.
    
 
HOUSING STARTS DROP IN RED DEER
 
Lower oil prices are having an impact on Alberta's housing market, including the Red Deer region.
 
The latest numbers from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecast housing starts to drop 11 percent this year to 770.
 
MLS sales are being forecast to fall over 14 percent to 47 hundred while the average price of a home in the Red Deer area is being forecast to come in nearly two percent lower at 308 thousand dollars this year.
  
 
MCLENNAN ROSS GOLF TOUR LAUNCHES SEASON
 
The McLennan Ross tour will tee off a new season of junior golf in Alberta in a couple of weeks.
 
The tour is entering its 20th season, and again some very talented young golfers will compete from all areas of Alberta.
 
A kickoff gathering was hosted this afternoon (mon) from Ponoka's Wolf Creek Golf Resort to ring in a new year.
 
The first tournament will be in Drayton Valley on June 6th, with stops coming up this summer in Lacombe, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Olds, and Carstairs, among others. 
 
 
 
MON AM NEWS (MAY 25)
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NOTLEY'S CABINET -
ALBERTA'S NEW PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY AND HER CABINET WERE INTRODUCED ON SUNDAY IN FRONT OF A MASSIVE CROWD AT THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE.
SHE PICKED 11 NDP REPRESENTATIVES FROM ACROSS ALBERTA, BUT NOTABLY NONE FROM IN OR AROUND RED DEER.
SIX, INCLUDING THE PREMIER HAIL FROM EDMONTON, THREE FROM CALGARY AND ONE EACH FROM NORTH, SOUTH AND WESTERN ALBERTA.
THE REST OF THE MLA'S ARE TO BE SWORN IN ON JUNE 1ST.
WILDROSE OPPOSITION LEADER BRIAN JEAN SENT HIS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PROVINCE'S 17TH LEADER.
THE NEW NDP CABINET WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETINGS IN CALGARY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
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PREVIEW MAY 25 CITY COUNCIL - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL IS BACK IN SESSION THIS AFTERNOON (MON) FOLLOWING A SHORT MEETING TWO WEEKS AGO.
THE TABLE WILL FINALIZE THEIR TWO RESOLUTIONS TO TAKE TO THE AUMA CONVENTION IN CALGARY THIS SEPTEMBER.
ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THEY BRING THE ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE AND THE BUILDING CANADA FUND TO THE AUMA MEETING.
COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE SHOWN THE VARIANCES BETWEEN THEIR LAST OPERATING BUDGET AND THE LATEST FINDINGS OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE.
DEVELOPMENT PERMITS FOR A 9 YEAR TEMPORARY PARKING LOT FOR THE JACKPOT CASINO WILL ALSO COME TO THE COUNCIL TODAY.
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PREVIEW MAY 25 CITY COUNCIL 2 - PLENTY OF BUSINESS AHEAD TODAY (MON) ON THE RED DEER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA.
COUNCIL WILL REVIEW A REQUEST TO DESIGNATE THE FORMER GRANDVIEW LODGE ON 43RD AVE, AS A MUNICIPAL HISTORICAL SITE.
BUILT IN 1911, THE MICHENER HILL RESIDENCE IS ONE OF RED DEER'S OLDEST HOMES.
THE TABLE WILL ALSO DECIDE WHETHER TO DESIGNATE SOME AREAS AROUND THE CITY AS "POLLINATOR PARKS."
IF PASSED, AREAS LIKE CITY HALL PARK, BOWER PONDS, AND THE SNELL GARDENS WOULD WORK TO PRESERVE POLLINATOR SPECIES.
ADMINISTRATION WILL ALSO UPDATE COUNCIL ON THE STATE OF THEIR RESERVES AND THEIR APPROVED CAPITAL CASH FLOWS.
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ROCKY WILDFIRES -  THE WILDFIRE HAZARD IN ALBERTA CONTINUES TO INCREASE, WITH EXTREME CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE PROVINCE.
IN WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA, ROCKY WILDFIRE  RANGER BARRY SHELLIAN SAYS THE FIRE HAZARD IN THE ROCKY MANAGEMENT AREA IS NOW "VERY HIGH", AFTER AN UPDATE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
TO HELP CONTROL THE SITUATION, CREWS SUCCESSFULLY BURNED 45 HECTRES IN THE UPPER CLEARWATER PRESCRIBED FIRE.
FIREFIGHTERS FROM ONTARIO ARRIVED IN ALBERTA ON FRIDAY TO HELP BATTLE THE WORST AREAS UP NORTH.
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COLD LAKE WILDFIRE RELATED DEATH -  TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD INVESTIGATORS SAY IT'S TOO EARLY TO SPECULATE ON WHAT CAUSED A FIREFIGHTING PLANE TO CRASH IN ALBERTA ON FRIDAY, KILLING THE PILOT.
THE PLANE WENT DOWN INSIDE THE CANADIAN MILITARY'S COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE, AN AREA USED FOR WEAPONS TRAINING.
THE FIRE THE PLANE WAS HELPING TO FIGHT HAS MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR CRASH INVESTIGATORS TO GET TO THE SITE, BUT IT HAS BEEN SECURED.
THE PILOT WHO WAS KILLED WORKED FOR CONAIR AERIAL FIREFIGHTING, AND HE AND THE PLANE WERE CONTRACTED BY THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE PILOT WAS IN HIS FOURTH FIREFIGHTING SEASON WITH THE COMPANY.
CREWS IN NORTHERN ALBERTA HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WILDFIRES FOR MORE THAN A WEEK, AND WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS HAVE INCREASED THE FIRE HAZARD TO HIGH OR EXTREME IN SOME AREAS.
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WILDFIRES AFFECT OIL PRODUCTION -  A WILDFIRE ON THE COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE LED TO THE EVACUATION OF ABOUT 18 HUNDRED CENOVUS WORKERS AT THEIR FOSTER CREEK OPERATION OVER THE WEEKEND.
FOSTER CREEK'S OPERATION PRODUCES OIL ON THE COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE.  
CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES HAS ALSO EVACUATED WORKERS FROM THEIR PRIMROSE FACILITY. 
SEVERAL COMPANIES IN THE OILSANDS SHUTDOWN OPERATIONS DUE TO THE THREAT OF WILDFIRES IN THE AREA, AFFECTING ABOUT NINE PERCENT OF THE COUNTRYS OIL PRODUCTION.
 
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RED DEER COUNTY FIRE BAN -  RED DEER COUNTY HAS ISSUED A FIRE ADVISORY.    
REDUCED SNOWFALL OVER THE WINTER, PLUS HOT, WINDY CONDITIONS THIS SPRING HAS CREATED DRY CONDITIONS WHICH CAN EASILY LEAD TO GRASS OR BRUSH FIRES GROWING OUT OF CONTROL.
THE ADVISORY MEANS RED DEER COUNTY WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZING ANY NEW FIRE PERMITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 
COUNTY FIRE OFFICIALS ADVISE EXTREME CAUTION WHIL USING FIRE PITS AND BURNING BARRELS.
 
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RED DEER DOG POISONINGS -  THE RED DEER ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS CONCERNED AFTER SEEING TWO DOGS COME IN WITH POISON SYMPTOMS.
ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THEY HAD A COUPLE OF DOGS COME IN FROM NORTH RED DEER SUFFERING FROM STYRCHNINE POISONING.
SPECIFICALLY THIS INSTANCE WAS AT A HOME AROUND THE KENTWOOD AREA.
STYRCHNINE CAN LEAD TO BREATHING DIFFICULTIES WHICH CAN BE FATAL.
SYMPTOMS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN TEN MINUTES.
DUE TO PRIVACY CONCERNS, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO SHARE THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE DOGS.
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NEPAL FUNDRAISER -  A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF APRIL'S MAJOR EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL WAS PART OF A FUNDRAISER IN RED DEER ON THE WEEKEND.
RED DEER'S BEVERLY WILLIAMS SHARED STORIES AND PICTURES OF HER EXPERIENCES WHILE SHE WAS ON A BUSINESS AND HIKING TRIP IN NEPAL WHEN THE QUAKE HIT.
WILLIAMS WAS AT THE RED DEER PUBLIC MARKET SATURDAY AND THE RED DEER MUSEUM SUNDAY.
DONATIONS WERE TAKEN FOR THE CANADIAN RED CROSS TO BE MATCHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR RELIEF EFFORTS IN NEPAL.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (MAY 24)
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NOTLEY'S CABINET - RACHEL NOTLEY AND HER CABINET WERE INTRODUCED ON SUNDAY IN FRONT OF A MASSIVE CROWD AT THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE. SHE PICKED 11 NDP REPRESENTATIVES FROM ACROSS ALBERTA, BUT NOTABLY NONE FROM IN OR AROUND RED DEER. SIX, INCLUDING THE PREMIER HAIL FROM EDMONTON, THREE FROM CALGARY AND ONE EACH FROM NORTH, SOUTH AND WESTERN ALBERTA. THE REST OF THE MLA'S ARE TO BE SWORN IN ON JUNE 1ST. WILDROSE OPPOSITION LEADER BRIAN JEAN SENT HIS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PROVINCE'S 17TH LEADER. IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MOST OF CENTRAL ALBERTA VOTED IN A WILDROSE MLA OUTSIDE OF WETASKIWIN--CAMROSE AND THE RED DEER RIDINGS.
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RED DEER MOTORBIKE FATAL CHARGES - A MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED A MOTORCYCLIST IN RED DEER LAST WEEK,  IS ALSO FACING IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGES IN TWO OTHER INCIDENTS IN THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS. ACCORDING TO ALBERTA JUSTICE OFFICIALS, 30 YEAR OLD CHAD CONNATTY HAS IMPAIRED DRIVING COUNTS FROM AN INCIDENT IN RED DEER ON APRIL 12TH, AND ONE IN THE FORT MCMURRAY AREA LAST NOVEMBER. CONNATTY NOW FACES FIVE NEW COUNTS IN A THIRD INCIDENT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT THAT SAW A 44 YEAR OLD SPRINGBROOK MAN KILLED WHEN HIS SOUTHBOUND MOTORCYCLE ON 30TH AVENUE WAS STRUCK BY A NORTHBOUND TRUCK TURNING LEFT ONTO 19TH STREET. CONNATTY APPEARED IN RED DEER COURT FRIDAY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TV.
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DOG OWNER'S TWO DOGS SHOW POISON SYMPTOMS OVER THE WEEKEND -
THE RED DEER ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS CONCERNED AFTER SEEING TWO DOGS COME IN WITH POISON SYMPTOMS. ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THEY HAD A COUPLE OF DOGS COME IN FROM NORTH RED DEER SUFFERING FROM STRYCHNINE POISONING. SPECIFICALLY THIS INSTANCE WAS AT A HOME AROUND THE KENTWOOD AREA. STRYCHNINE CAN LEAD TO BREATHING DIFFICULTIES WHICH CAN BE FATAL. SYMPTOMS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN TEN MINUTES.  DUE TO PRIVACY CONCERNS, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO SHARE THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE DOGS.
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ROCKY WILDFIRE HAZARD INCREASED TO "VERY HIGH" -
THE WILDFIRE HAZARD IN ALBERTA CONTINUES TO INCREASE, WITH EXTREME CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE PROVINCE. IN WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA, ROCKY WILDFIRE  RANGER BARRY SHELLIAN SAYS THE FIRE HAZARD IN THE ROCKY MANAGEMENT AREA IS NOW "VERY HIGH", AFTER AN UPDATE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. TO HELP CONTROL THE SITUATION, CREWS SUCCESSFULLY BURNED 45 HECTRES IN THE UPPER CLEARWATER PRESCRIBED FIRE. FIREFIGHTERS FROM ONTARIO ARRIVED IN ALBERTA ON FRIDAY TO HELP BATTLE THE WORST AREAS UP NORTH.
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EVACUATIONS AFTER WILDFIRES UP NORTH THIS WEEKEND - A WILDFIRE ON THE COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE LED TO THE EVACUATION OF ABOUT 17 HUNDRED CENOVUS WORKERS AT THEIR FOSTER CREEK OPERATION OVER THE WEEKEND. SPOKESPERSON -- RHONA DELFRARI, SAYS THEY WERE MAINLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE OF THE ACCESS ROAD OUT OF THE AREA. FOSTER CREEK'S OPERATION PRODUCES OIL ON THE COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE. CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES HAS ALSO EVACUATED WORKERS FROM THEIR PRIMROSE FACILITY.

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NEPAL FUNDRAISER - A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF APRIL'S MAJOR EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL WAS PART OF A FUNDRAISER IN RED DEER ON THE WEEKEND. RED DEER'S BEVERLY WILLIAMS SHARED STORIES AND PICTURES OF HER EXPERIENCES WHILE SHE WAS ON A BUSINESS AND HIKING TRIP IN NEPAL WHEN THE QUAKE HIT. WILLIAMS WAS AT THE RED DEER PUBLIC MARKET SATURDAY AND THE RED DEER MUSEUM SUNDAY. DONATIONS WERE TAKEN FOR THE CANADIAN RED CROSS TO BE MATCHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR RELIEF EFFORTS IN NEPAL.
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SATURDAY NEWS (MAY 23)
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ACCUSED IMPAIRED DRIVER ALSO FACING OTHER DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES - TURNS OUT A MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED A MOTORCYCLIST IN RED DEER THIS WEEK,  IS FACING IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGES IN TWO OTHER INCIDENTS AS WELL. ACCORDING TO ALBERTA JUSTICE OFFICIALS, 30 YEAR OLD CHAD CONNATTY HAS IMPAIRED DRIVING COUNTS FROM AN INCIDENT IN RED DEER ON APRIL 12TH, AND ONE IN THE FORT MCMURRAY AREA LAST NOVEMBER. CONNATTY NOW FACES FIVE NEW COUNTS IN A THIRD INCIDENT IN RED DEER WEDNESDAY NIGHT THAT SAW A 44 YEAR OLD SPRINGBROOK MAN KILLED WHEN HIS SOUTHBOUND MOTORCYCLE ON 30TH AVENUE WAS STRUCK BY A NORTHBOUND TRUCK TURNING LEFT ONTO 19TH STREET.
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RIMBEY TEEN'S CELL PHONE TO BE TESTED AFTER CAUSING A FIRE - INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO HOW EXACTLY A RIMBEY TEEN'S CELLPHONE CAUGHT FIRE IN HIS BEDROOM EARLIER THIS MONTH.
ON MAY 11TH, FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE BASEMENT OF A FAMILY HOME AFTER A 16 YEAR OLD WOKE UP SUFFERING FROM THIRD DEGREE BURNS. TESTS ARE BEING DONE TO DETERMINE WHETHER A FAULTY CORD OR THE ACTUAL SMARTPHONE IS TO BLAME. THAT NIGHT, CREWS FOUND THE PHONE PLUGGED INTO A CORD, WHICH WAS RESTING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED. THE FAMILY MAINTAINS THAT THE IPHONE 5C WAS CHARGING ON THE NEARBY NIGHTSTAND WHEN THE TEEN FELL ASLEEP. REGARDLESS, AUTHORITIES ARE TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO LEAVE PHONES CHARGING ON YOUR BED, AS THEY CAN OVERHEAT.
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NOT-GUILTY PLEA IN ALLEGED POLICE ASSAULT CASE - A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER IN ECKVILLE TWO MONTHS AGO HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL SEVEN COUNTS AGAINST HIM. AS A RESULT, 36 YEAR OLD DARREL JAMIESON WILL GO TO TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT ON OCTOBER 23RD. IT WAS ON MARCH 6TH OF THIS YEAR WHEN RCMP ARRESTED A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY NARROWLY MISSED TWO HEAD-ON COLLISIONS WITH RCMP CRUISERS IN ECKVILLE THEN SMASHED INTO A POWER POLE AND CEMENT BARRIERS BEFORE FLEEING ON FOOT. ONE MOUNTIE WAS CHOKED BY THE SUSPECT BEFORE HE WAS RESTRAINED WITH THE HELP OF A SECOND OFFICER.
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PLANE CRASH ON COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE - INVESTIGATORS HAVE SECURED THE SITE OF YESTERDAY'S FATAL PLANE CRASH ON THE COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE WILDFIRE ACTIVITY IN THE AREA, THE CRASH SITE IS PROVING DIFFICULT TO ACCESS SAFELY. THE RCMP NOW SAY A 38 YEAR OLD CIVILIAN PILOT, DIED WHEN HIS WATER BOMBER CRASHED ON FRIDAY. AUTHORITIES WERE ABLE TO RECOVER THE BODY LATE LAST NIGHT. RCMP HAVE NOTIFIED THE NEXT OF KIN, AND WILL NOT BE RELEASING HIS IDENTITY. THEY PLAN TO PROVIDE A FURTHER UPDATE ON THIS SITUATION ON MONDAY.
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WILDFIRE SPREADING ON COLD LAKE AIR WEAPONS RANGE - OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO CONTAIN A LARGE WILDFIRE BURNING AT CFB COLD LAKE. LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES HAVE SPENT THE MORNING ON SCENE TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE SITUATION. TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY, ALL ACCESS TO THE AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED.
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UPDATE ON BREAK AND ENTER CHARGES NEAR MA-ME-O BEACH - AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY AND TWO TEENAGERS ARE AMONG THOSE BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A SERIES OF THEFTS AND BREAK AND ENTERS NEAR MA-ME-O BEACH THIS MONTH. WETASKIWIN RCMP SAY 18 YEAR OLD TRENTON OKEYMOW FACES NUMEROUS COUNTS, AS DOES A 16 YEAR OLD BOY WHO CAN'T BE NAMED. THE 11 YEAR OLD BOY CAN'T BE CHARGED AS HE IS TOO YOUNG TO FACE CHARGES UNDER CANADIAN LAW. MOUNTIES SAY QUADS AND MOTORCYCLES ARE AMONG THE MANY ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN DURING THE RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS BREAK-INS AROUND THE REGION RECENTLY.
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LOCAL GRADUATION CEREMONIES - CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STUDENTS WHO JUST GRADUATED OR ARE PREPARING TO DO SO IN THE COMING WEEKS. YESTERDAY, RED DEER'S HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL HELD CEREMONIES DOWN AT THE CENTRIUM. NEXT FRIDAY, KIDS AT LINDSEY THURBER WILL DON THE CAP AND GOWNS AT WESTENER PARK, WHILE NOTRE DAME STUDENTS WILL WALK THE STAGE AT THE CENTRIUM ON JUNE 27TH.
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NO LOTTO MAX JACKPOT WINNER - THERE ARE 15 NEW MILLIONAIRES THIS MORNING THANKS TO MAXMILLION PRIZES, BUT STILL NO JACKPOT WINNER. YET AGAIN, NO ONE HAD THE WINNING TICKET FOR THE 50 MILLION DOLLAR LOTTO MAX DRAW. NEXT FRIDAY'S JACKPOT IS STILL 50 MILLION, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 50 MAXMILLION PRIZES.
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FRI PM NEWS (MAY 22)
 
COYOTE GETS 9 YEARS FOR MANSLAUGHTER
 
It's nine years in jail for a woman charged in a murder two years ago.
 
22 year old Trista Coyote was convicted of manslaughter and interfering with a dead body back in January and sentenced in Wetaskiwin court yesterday.
 
She was given credit however for time already served so has 6 years and 3 months left behind bars.
 
It was in July of 2013 when RCMP were called to the Pigeon Lake reserve and found the body of 36 year old Jason Eldon Bull of the Pigeon Lake reserve.
 
 
MAN PLEADS GUILTY FOR VEHICLE BREAK INS, JEEP THEFT
Guilty pleas in Red Deer court yesterday (thu) from a Sylvan Lake man charged in a stolen vehicle and theft from vehicles incident last year.
 
19 year old Daniel Buehler pled guilty to 11 counts and returns to court July 14th for pre-sentencing.
 
It was in December of last year when RCMP say two men broke into eight vehicles at an underground parkade on Duston Street in Deer Park and stole various items from them before stealing a Jeep Patriot.

 

 
ONTARIO FIREFIGHTERS HELPING BATTLE ALBERTA FOREST FIRES
 
Firefighters from Ontario are arriving in Alberta today (fri) to help battle wildfires in the province.
 
The 126 reinforcement firefighters coming into Alberta are being sent to northern areas where the fire hazard is extreme.
 
The fire hazard in the Rocky Wildfire Management Area is currently high, but it could get worse if the hot, dry windy conditions continue. 
 
There are currently 24 wildfires burning in Alberta, but all are classified as being held or under control. 
 
A fire advisory is also now in effect for Red Deer County, which means new fire permits will not be issued for the time being.
 
 
NEPAL RELIEF FUNDRAISER IN RED DEER THIS SUNDAY
 
A first hand account of April's major earthquake in Nepal will be part of a fundraiser in Red Deer this Sunday.
 
Red Deer's Beverly Williams will share stories and pictures of her experiences while she was on a business and hiking trip in Nepal when the quake hit.
 
Donations will be taken for the Canadian Red Cross to be matched by the federal government for relief efforts in Nepal.
 
The Red Deer fundraiser starts at 2 pm on Sunday at the museum (4525-47 Ave). 
 
 
GREEN DEER STILL ON GOING 
 
The city of Red Deer is encouraging residents to register for the annual "Green Deer" campaign.
 
With three weeks left in the campaign, you can still help beautify the city and enter a draw to win a barbeque event hosted by KG Country and Zed 98.9.
 
The Green Deer campaign runs until June 14th.
 
FRI AM NEWS (MAY 22)
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MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
- A 44 YEAR OLD SPRINGBROOK MAN IS DEAD AFTER A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH BETWEEN A TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE IN SOUTH RED DEER WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 6:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF 30TH AVENUE AND 19TH STREET WHEN RCMP SAY A NORTHBOUND PICK-UP ON 30TH, TRIED TO TURN LEFT ONTO 19TH STREET AND STRUCK A SOUTHBOUND MOTORCYCLE.
A 30 YEAR OLD MAN ALLEGEDLY DRIVING THE TRUCK WAS ARRESTED FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH BUT HIS NAME HAS YET TO BE RELEASED PENDING HIS CHARGES SWORN BEFORE THE COURTS.
THE VICTIM'S NAME WILL NOT BE RELEASED OUT OF RESPECT FOR HIS FAMILY'S PRIVACY.
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WANTED MAN IN RED DEER - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A WANTED MAN BELIEVED TO BE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA.
49 YEAR OLD LLOYD HALL IS WANTED ON NUMEROUS WARRANTS PERTAINING TO VEHICLE THEFTS IN DRAYTON VALLEY AND EDSON, A CANADA-WIDE WARRANT FOR BREACHING PAROLE CONDITIONS AND BEING UNLAWFULLY AT LARGE IN RED DEER SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR.
POLICE DON'T BELIEVE HALL IS DANGEROUS BUT ASK YOU NOT TO APPROACH HIM IF YOU SEE HIM. HE ALSO GOES BY THE NAME OF LLOYD HOWEL. HIS PICTURE CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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GAS LEAK UPDATE - A CONSTRUCTION CREW HAS BEEN BLAMED FOR THE TIMBERSTONE GAS LEAK THAT CAUSED TRAFFIC CHAOS IN NORTHEAST RED DEER THIS WEEK. EMERGENCY CREWS SWARMED THE TIMBERSTONE NEIGHBOURHOOD AFTER A GAS LEAK LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. ENTRANCES TO TIMBERSTONE ALONG 30TH AVENUE WERE CLOSED AS A PRECAUTION, WHILE ATCO GAS SEALED OFF THE LEAK AT 440 TIMOTHY DRIVE. THE CONSTRUCTION CREW WAS EVACUATED, BUT NO RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.
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GAS PRICES BACK DOWN - GOOD NEWS AT THE GAS PUMP IN RED DEER AS PRICES HAVE GONE BACK DOWN. AFTER A DRASTIC JUMP OF 12 CENTS A LITRE, MOST GAS STATIONS HAVE NOW DROPPED THE PRICE FOR REGULAR FROM 104.9 BACK TO 92.9. 
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WILDFIRES - THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA NOW HAS A "HIGH" WILDFIRE HAZARD. AS A RESULT, ALL BURN PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED, NEW ONES WILL NOT BE ISSUED, AND ONLY SAFE CAMPFIRES WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE AREA. WEDNESDAY 71 HECTARES BURNED DURING A PRESCRIBED FIRE IN THE SOUTH IDLEWILD AREA.
ANOTHER BURN IS PLANNED FOR TODAY IN THE HUMMINGBIRD OR UPPER CLEARWATER.
 
IN ALBERTA AS OF THURSDAY, THERE WERE 18 ACTIVE WILDFIRES IN THE PROVINCE, 12 ARE UNDER CONTROL, 2 ARE BEING HELD, ONE IS OUT OF CONTROL AND THREE HAVE BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY.  SINCE APRIL FIRST, ALBERTA HAS RECORDED 574 WILDFIRES THAT HAVE BURNED ALMOST 23 HUNDRED HECTARES. IN THE ROCKY DISTRICT, 59 HUMAN CAUSED WILDFIRES HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED, BURNING ABOUT 29 HECTARS.
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THURS PM NEWS
 
 
MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION LAST NIGHT
 
A 44 year old Springbrook man is dead after a suspected drunk driving crash between a truck and motorcycle in south Red Deer last night.
 
It happened around 6:30 at the intersection of 30th Avenue and 19th Street.
 
RCMP say a northbound pick-up on 30th, tried to turn left onto 19th street and struck a southbound motorcycle.
 
CPR was performed but the victim died on scene, and the intersection was closed for 3 hours.
 
A 30 year old man was arrested for impaired driving causing death but his name was not released.
 
 
11 YEAR OLD AMONG 3 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN THEFTS
 
An 11 year old boy is among three people alleged to be involved in a series of thefts and break and enters in the Ma-Me-O Beach area near Wetaskiwin this month.
 
RCMP say a 16 year old boy and 18 year old Trenton Okeymow have also been charged in the incidents that have seen numerous homes and businesses broken into.
 
Mounties say quads and motorcycles are among the items that have been taken.
 
Police say break-ins are an ongoing issue and remind people to report any suspicious activity to them right away.
 
 
2 MEN ALLEGED IN KIDNAPPING TO HEAD TO TRIAL NEXT SUMMER
 
A judge and jury trial will now take place in 2016 for two men accused of kidnapping a man in Edmonton, then throwing him in the trunk of a car and driving him to Calgary two years ago.
 
21 year old Harsumeet Brar and 22 year old Gursumeet Brar were originally heading to trial next week, however it's now being pushed to June of next year.
 
The victim managed to escape in Calgary and the suspects were arrested in Red Deer.
 
RCMP say the victim placed a "vehicle for sale" ad on Kijiji and met up with two men who were interested in buying it.
 

PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT ORDERED FOR WOMAN IN NURSE STABBING INCIDENT 
 
A psychiatric assessment has been ordered for a woman accused of stabbing a nurse at the Red Deer Regional Hospital two months ago.
It will determine if 34 year old Meghan Dion of Red Deer is fit to stand trial.
 
She faces 16 counts and will return to court on June 24th for election and plea.
 
The stabbing took place March 6th, and the victim was the suspect's mother.
 
 
WILDFIRE RISK INCREASED TO “HIGH”
 
This hot, dry and windy weather has increased the wildfire hazard to "high" in the Rocky Wildfire Management Area.
 
This means all fire permits have been suspended and no new permits will be issued for the time being.
 
Only safe campfires will be allowed.
 
Also, a prescribed burn yesterday in the South Idlewilde safely burned 71 hectares, and a new burn is planned in either Hummingbird or Upper Clearwater tomorrow.
 
 
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? (MAY 21) -- LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A WANTED MAN BELIEVED TO BE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. 49 YEAR OLD LLOYD HALL IS WANTED ON NUMEROUS WARRANTS PERTAINING TO VEHICLE THEFTS IN DRAYTON VALLEY AND EDSON, A CANADA-WIDE WARRANT FOR BREACHING PAROLE CONDITIONS AND BEING UNLAWFUULY AT LARGE IN RED DEER SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR. POLICE DON'T BELIEVE HALL IS DANGEROUS BUT ASK YOU NOT TO APPROACH HIM IF YOU SEE HIM.
HE ALSO GOES BY THE NAME OF LOOYD HOWEL. (PICTURE COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)
 
THURS AM NEWS (MAY 21)
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NEW NDP GOVERNMENT -
  THE ALBERTA NDP WILL BE INTRODUCING A NEW SLIMMED-DOWN CABINET.
THE PREMIER AND 11 OTHER CABINET MINISTERS WILL BE SWORN-IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE LEGISLATURE.  
PREMIER DESIGNATE RACHEL NOTLEY SAYS THERE WON'T BE A FULL BUDGET TILL THE FALL.
IN THE MEANTIME, NOTLEY SAYS THE LEGISLATURE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVED WHAT SHE CALLS AN "INTERIM SUPPLY BUDGET" TO FINANCE GOVERNMENT.
 A THRONE SPEECH IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 15TH.
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TIMBERSTONE GAS LEAK -   EMERGENCY CREWS SWARMED A NEIGHBOURHOOD IN NORTHEAST RED DEER LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (WED) AFTER A GAS LEAK. 
ENTRANCES WHERE CLOSED TO TIMBERSTONE ALONG 30TH AVENUE AROUND 5:30 PM AS A PRECAUTION.
CREWS HAD THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL ABOUT AN HOUR LATER. 
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PENHOLD FIRE -  PENHOLD FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A FIRE ALARM IN A MOBILE HOME YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (WED).
AROUND 5:15 PM FIREFIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED TO SMOKE COMING OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF A HOME ON MINTO STREET.
PENHOLD FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS CREWS REMOVED THE PERSON IN THE HOME AND HAD THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY.
AN ELDERLY FEMALE WAS TAKEN TO RED DEER HOSPITAL SUFFERING SMOKE INHALATION AND BURNS TO HER HAND.
THE FIRE WAS CONFINED TO THE KITCHEN AREA AND THERE WAS SMOKE THROUGHOUT THE HOME.
THE CAUSE WAS COOKING ON THE STOVE WITH AN ESTIMATED DAMAGE OF FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS.
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GRASS FIRE RISK - THE HOT DRY WEATHER IS GREAT, EXCEPT FOR THE INCREASED RISK OF GRASS FIRES.
YESTERDAY MORNING (WED) FIREFIGHTERS FROM BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE DOUSED A SERIES GRASS FIRE ALONG THE TRAIN TRACKS AT THE NORTH END OF BLACKFALDS ON HIGHWAY 2A.
A PASSING CP TRAIN APPARENTLY SPARKED THE NEARBY GRASS.  THE FIRE WAS IGNITED JUST BEFORE 10 AM AND THE WIND SPREAD FLAMES QUICKLY.  IT WAS UNDER CONTROL BY NOON WITH CREWS STILL PUTTING OUT A FEW HOT SPOTS IN THE AFTERNOON.
THERE WERE NO INJURIES, ALTHOUGH SOME NEARBY RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED AS A PRECAUTION.
BLACKFALDS OFFICIALS SAY C.P. WILL BE GETTING A BILL IN THE MAIL TO HELP PAY FOR THE BILL TO FIGHT THE BLAZE, AS IT TOOK A LOT OF MANPOWER AND RESOURCES.
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PRICE AT THE PUMP JUMPS -   GAS PRICES IN RED DEER HAVE TAKEN A SUDDEN JUMP.  MOST SERVICE STATIONS RAISED THE PRICE AT THE PUMP FOR REGULAR GASOLINE 12 CENTS A LITRE, FROM 92.9 TO 104.9.
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WED PM NEWS
 
 
MAN ARRESTED IN THEFT BUST
 
One man was arrested southwest of Red Deer yesterday after RCMP found a large amount of stolen items.
 
Seized items included five trucks, four quads, three motorcycles, construction supplies, tools, and fire arms.
 
RCMP are also looking for a 2013 Dodge Viper reported stolen from the Burnt Lake Trail on Sunday.
 
It was originally white but may now have been spray painted black.
 
 
 
 
GRASS FIRES SPREAD NEAR BLACKFALDS
 
Firefighters from Blackfalds and Lacombe were called out to a series of grass fires in north Blackfalds this morning.
 
They got started just before 10 o'clock and forced some people in nearby homes to evacuate for a short time.
 
The fires stretched for at least half a kilometer along the CP tracks west of Highway 2A and may have started from sparks created by a passing train which ignited the dry grass nearby.
 
Trains in the area were stopped from going through until firefighters deemed it safe for them to resume their travels.
 
 
 
 

RED DEER RCMP NAB 50 DRIVERS DURING CHECKSTOP
 
Well over 50 charges including four for impaired driving were laid against local motorists after a series of traffic check stops held in Red Deer over the past week.
 
RCMP say their check stops focused on all impaired drivers including from alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs or any combination of intoxicating substances.
 
The check stops were held between May 12th and 18th.
 
You're reminded to call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.
 
 
 
 
ROCKY RCMP RAID GARAGE IN DRUG BUST 
 
A drug bust in Rocky Mountain House early this morning.
 
RCMP searched a garage at 2 AM and seized a large quantity of drugs, multiple registration and insurance cards, bicycles and cash.
 
Several people were arrested with charges pending.
 
 
 
 
HOME SALES DOWN IN APRIL
 
Residential home sales in the region were down on a year over year basis last month.
 
That according to the Central Alberta Realtors Association which says home sales numbered 444 units in April, a decline of 22 percent from the record April set in 2014.
 
However those sales numbers are in line with the five and ten year averages for that month.
 
Sales activity in all of Alberta fell 23 percent from the same month last year, while local dollar values were down over 21 percent and 23 percent province-wide.
 
 
 
 
LACOMBE COUNTY FINALIZES TAX HIKE
 
Lacombe County Council has finalized its 2015 property tax rate and it's resulting in a tax hike for residents this year.
 
With the confirmation now of assessment values and the province's education requisition, Lacombe County residents will see a 4.81 percent property tax rate increase in 2015.
 
The bylaw which was passed last week also gave final approval to the county's operating and capital budgets for this year.
 
 
 
 
6 RED DEER STUDENTS WIN SAFETY AWARDS
 
Six students from Red Deer's Notre Dame High School brought home eight medals and a safety award from a regional and provincial skills competition this month.
 
The competitions were held in Edmonton May 11th and 12th and saw the students win medals in job skill demonstration, electrical installation and hair styling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WED AM NEWS  (MAY 20)
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RDC COMMUNITY AWARDS -
  RED DEER COLLEGE HANDED OUT 4 PRESTIGIOUS HONOURS LAST NIGHT (TUES) DURING THEIR ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER.
DURING THE CEREMONIES, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, ALUMNI AND GUESTS CELEBRATED AND HONOURED THREE DESERVING COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND AN RDC COMMUNITY PARTNER.
FORMER BUSINESS PROGRAM GRADUATE MARLIN STYNER WAS REMEMBERED WITH THE 2015 LEGACY AWARD.
FORMER GRADUATE OF THE LEGAL BUSINESS PROGRAM, SHEILA MUSGROVE WAS NAMED THIS YEAR'S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS, MARTHA CORTES WAS GIVEN THE GH DAWE MEMORIAL AWARD, AND THE CITY OF RED DEER WAS NAMED RDC'S COMMUNITY PARTNER WINNER FOR 2015.
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RED DEER MAC'S STORE ROBBERY - 
THE MAC'S STORE ON 22ND STREET AND 29TH AVENUE IN RED DEER WAS ROBBED AT GUN POINT ON THE WEEKEND.
RCMP SAY A MAN IN HIS 30'S ENTERED THE STORE AT 4:20 ON SATURDAY MORNING WITH A HAND GUN AND DEMANDED MONEY AT THE COUNTER.
HE WOULD LEAVE WITH CASH STUFFED INTO A WHITE BAG AND FLED ON FOOT.
NOBODY WAS INJURED IN THE ORDEAL, BUT THE RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT.
IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RED DEER RCMP.
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RED DEER JEWELRY HEIST -  RED DEER RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY AND LOCATE A MAN SUSPECTED OF ROBBING A JEWELLERY STORE IN THE PARKLAND MALL ON FRIDAY.
MOUNTIES ALLEGE THE MAN STOLE A VERA WANG DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING WORTH 65 HUNDRED DOLLARS AND WAS LAST SEEN RUNNING DOWN THE NORTH HILL TOWARDS THE RIVER.
A POLICE DOG CAME IN TO HELP WITH THE SEARCH AND DID MANAGE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT'S DISCARDED CLOTHING WITH A NEARBY WITNESS NOTING A MAN MATCHING THE SUSPECT'S DESCRIPTION GET INTO A WAITING TRUCK DRIVEN BY AN OLDER MAN AT THE RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL AREA.
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RED DEER CONFINEMENT CASE - A MAN CHARGED IN A HOSTAGE SITUATION AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN IN RED DEER LAST MONTH HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.
39 YEAR OLD JOEL DOCTOR OF EDMONTON POSTED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH BAIL AND A THREE THOUSAND DOLLAR SURITY IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY.
HIS CASE RETURNS TO COURT ON JUNE 10TH WHERE HE FACES FIVE COUNTS IN RELATION TO THE APRIL 28TH INCIDENT.
THAT'S WHEN RCMP ATTENDED THE BLACK KNIGHT INN WHERE A MAN BELIEVED TO BE INTOXICATED ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED TWO EMPLOYEES WITH A METAL PIPE.
MOUNTIES SAY ONE STAFF MEMBER WAS FORCED DOWN THE LAUNDRY CHUTE FROM THE SECOND FLOOR WHILE ANOTHER WAS CONFINED TO A ROOM WITH THE SUSPECT.
BOTH VICTIMS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WERE TREATED AT HOSPITAL.
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MASKWACIS MURDER CASE -  TWO OF THREE MEN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE 2011 SLAYING OF A WOMAN ON A CENTRAL ALBERTA RESERVE HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES.
TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD WAS KILLED TWO MONTHS AFTER HER FIVE-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW AND NEIGHBOUR, ETHAN YELLOWBIRD, WAS KILLED BY A GUNSHOT AS HE SLEPT IN HIS HOUSE ON THE SAMSON CREE RESERVE IN MASKWACIS (MASS'-KWAH-CHEEZ), FORMERLY KNOWN AS HOBBEMA.
YESTERDAY, WACEY APPLEGARTH PLEADED GUILTY TO SECOND-DEGREE MURDER WHILE RANDALL OMEASOO (OHM-EE-UH-SOO) PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER.
A THIRD MAN, SHELBY MINDE (MIN-DEE), IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT IN NOVEMBER.
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MASKWACIS HOMICIDE -   A JURY TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN CHARGED IN A MASKWACIS MURDER LAST YEAR.
21 YEAR OLD WALTER LOUIS OF THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL IN PONOKA COURT LAST MONTH AND WILL NOW HAVE A JURY TRIAL STARTING APRIL 11TH OF 2016.
HE FACES CHARGES OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND INDIGNITY TO A HUMAN BODY IN THE OCTOBER 2014 INCIDENT WHERE RCMP FOUND THE REMAINS OF AN ADULT MALE NEAR A RESIDENCE ON THE SAMSON CREE NATION.
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SYLVAN BREAK-IN UPDATE - TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL WITH CONDITIONS HAS BEEN GRANTED TO A PENHOLD MAN CHARGED IN A SYLVAN LAKE BUSINESS BREAK-IN AND STOLEN PROPERTY SEIZURE LAST WEEK.
39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE FACES 30 COUNTS IN THE MAY 12TH BREAK-IN AND RESULTING STOLEN PROPERTY SEIZURE THE NEXT DAY AT A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR BENALTO WHERE A HOLIDAY TRAILER AND NUMEROUS STOLEN ITEMS WERE RECOVERED.
AUVIGNE'S CASE IS DUE BACK IN COURT JUNE 11TH WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED, 29 YEAR OLD TRAVIS MEYERS IS DUE IN RED DEER COURT JUNE 3RD.
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WILDFIRE HAZARD IN THE WEST COUNTRY - THE WILDFIRE HAZARD IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE REGION HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO MODERATE.
PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SAY IT'S DUE TO THE RECENT RAIN AND COOLER TEMPERATURES BUT WARN THAT RISK COULD SOON INCREASE AGAIN AS WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE FORECAST.
PRESCRIBED FIRES ARE ALSO DUE TO RECOMMENCE IN THE SOUTH IDLEWILDE ON WEDNESDAY, WITH THE HUMMINGBIRD FIRE TO RESUME ON FRIDAY.
TWELVE WILDFIRES CURRENTLY BURNING THROUGHOUT ALBERTA, BUT THEY'RE ALL UNDER CONTROL.
 
AND OFFICIALS SAY THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF THEIR FIREFIGHTING CREWS, IT MEANS THOSE BLAZES ARE COMPLETELY CONTAINED AND WILL BE EXTINGUISHED.
 
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RED DEER COUNTY CRIME MEETING -
  MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED A MEETING AT THE COTTONWOOD GORDON HALL LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS A RASH OF AREA BREAK-INS RECENTLY.
OFFICIALS WITH THE COTTONWOOD GORDON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY WHO HOSTED THE MEETING, SAY RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED NOW AS MANY OF THEM KNOW NEIGHBOURS OR RELATIVES WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES WITH SOME BEING ROBBED MORE THAN ONCE.
RCMP WERE ON HAND TO DISCUSS FORMING A RURAL CRIME WATCH IN THE AREA AND REMINDED RESIDENTS TO ALWAYS LOCK THEIR HOMES AND VEHICLES, WHILE ALSO URGING THEM TO CONSIDER GETTING DOGS OR SECURITY SYSTEMS AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS VEHICLES.
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LIGHTS THE NIGHT UPDATE -  THIS YEAR MARKS A CHANGING OF THE GUARD FOR RED DEER'S ANNUAL "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT".
OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER SAY AFTER 11 YEARS, THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION HAS ANNOUNCED THEY WILL NO LONGER BE HOSTING THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION IN OUR CITY.
THIS MEANS THE CITY WILL NOW TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY WITH THIS YEAR'S EVENT PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER 21ST AT RED DEER CITY HALL.
ANY VOLUNTEERS OR COMMUNITY ORGANZATIONS WANTING TO GET INVOLVED CAN CONTACT THE CITY'S CULTURAL SERVICES CENTRE.
 
 
TUES PM NEWS
 
 
 
TRIAL DATES SET IN SAMSON CREE NATION MURDER CASE
 
A jury trial will take place next year for a central Alberta man charged in a Maskwacis murder last year.
 
21 year old Walter Louis of the Samson Cree First Nation was ordered to stand trial in Ponoka court last month and will now have a jury trial starting April 11th of 2016.
 
He faces charges of second degree murder and indignity to a human body after remains of a dead man were found near the Samson Cree Nation last year.
 
 
 
 
SUSPECT IN BLACK KNIGHT INN INCIDENT GRANTED BAIL
 
An Edmonton man charged in a hostage situation at the Black Knight Inn last month has now been granted bail.
 
30 year old Joel Doctor was released from custody in Red Deer court on Friday by posting two thousand dollars cash bail and a three thousand dollar surety.
 
On April 28th, mounties were called to the hotel where an alleged intoxicated man assaulted two employees with a metal pipe.
 
One staff member was forced down the laundry chute from the second floor while the other was confined to a room with the suspect.
 
Doctor's case returns to court June 10th.
 
 
 
 
AUVIGNE RELEASED ON BAIL
 
39 year old Gary Auvigne of Penhold was released on two thousand dollars bail with conditions in Red Deer court today.
 
He faces 30 counts in relation to a break-in at a Sylvan Lake business last week and resulting stolen property seizure at a rural location near Benalto the next day where another man was also arrested.
 
Auvigne's case returns to court June 11th while his co-accused, 29 year old Travis Meyers is due in court June 3rd.
 
 
 
 
 
MAC’S STORE HELD UP
 
 
 
Red Deer RCMP are looking into another armed robbery in the city.
 
Mounties say the Mac's store on 22nd Street and 29th Avenue was held up by a man armed with a hand gun at around 4:20 on Saturday morning.
 
The suspect fled the store on foot carrying a white bag full of cash but nobody was hurt in the incident.
 
 
 
WILDFIRE HAZARD REDUCED TO “MODERATE”
 
Recent rain and cooler temperatures have downgraded the wildfire hazard in the Rocky Mountain House region to Moderate.
 
However, provincial officials warn that the coming week will bring warm and dry weather which can lead to forest and grass fires in the area.
 
Prescribed burns are slated to continue in the South Idlewild tomorrow, with the humming bird fire to recommence on Friday.  
 
 
 
 
RDC HANDING OUT AWARDS TONIGHT
 
Red Deer College will be hosting the annual RDC Community Awards Dinner tonight.
 
During the ceremonies, community members, alumni and guests will celebrate and honour three deserving community members and an RDC community partner this evening at RDC.
 
 
 
 
HEALTH FOUNDATION HANDS WINTER FESTIVAL TO THE CITY
 
After hosting the Festival Lights The Night in our city for the past 11 years, the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced they will no longer host the annual event.
 
As a result, the City of Red Deer has announced they will take over the event and plan to hold this year's festival November 21st at City Hall Park.
 
Any community groups or volunteers wanting to get involved can contact the city's cultural services centre.
 
 
 
 
 
 

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THIS MAN IS? (MAY 19) -- RED DEER RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM IDENTIFY AND LOCATE A MAN SUSPECTED OF ROBBING A JEWELLERY STORE IN THE PARKLAND MALL ON FRIDAY. MOUNTIES ALLEGE THE MAN STOLE A VERA WANG DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING WORTH 65 HUNDRED DOLLARS AND WAS LAST SEEN RUNNING DOWN THE NORTH HILL TOWARDS THE RIVER. A POLICE DOG CAME IN TO HELP WITH THE SEARCH AND DID MANAGE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT'S DISCARDED CLOTHING WITH A NEARBY WITNESS NOTING A MAN MATCHING THE SUSPECT'S DESCRIPTION GET INTO A WAITING TRUCK DRIVEN BY AN OLDER MAN AT THE RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL AREA. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)