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WED PM NEWS (OCT 22)

 

2 CONFIRMED DEAD IN OTTAWA SHOOTINGS - THE MAYOR OF OTTAWA CALLS THIS A SAD AND TRAGIC DAY FOR THE CITY AND THE COUNTRY. JIM WATSON MADE THE COMMENTS AFTER OTTAWA POLICE DELIVERED THE GRIM NEWS THAT A SOLDIER SHOT TWICE AT POINT BLANK RANGE AT THE WAR MEMORIAL HAS DIED. CORPORAL NATHAN CIRILLO, BASED OUT OF HAMILTON HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE VICTIM. OTTAWA POLICE CHIEF CHARLES BORDELEAU ALSO SAYS A SUSPECT WAS SHOT DEAD INSIDE THE PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS BY THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. THE OTTAWA CIVIC HOSPITAL SAYS IT HAS TWO PATIENTS IN STABLE CONDITION, BUT POLICE WILL NOT CONFIRM THAT THERE ARE ANY OTHER SUSPECTS STILL ON THE LOOSE. OFFICIALS WILL ONLY SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE VIGILANT AND REPORT ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS.
 
RED DEER REFLECTS ON PARLIAMENT HILL INCIDENT - RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER HAS REACTED TO THE TRAGIC EVENTS IN OTTAWA. VEER SAYS "HER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FELLOW CANADIANS AFFECTED BY THE SHOOTINGS ON PARLIAMENT HILL". THE MAYOR'S STATEMENT ADDS, THERE IS NO INDICATION THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF RED DEERIANS IS AT RISK IN ANY WAY, THE CITY AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION IN OTTAWA AND ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
 
VEHICLE BREAK-INS A GROWING PROBLEM - RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE DOZENS OF VEHICLE VANDALISM COMPLAINTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY THIS MONTH. A STRING OF INCIDENTS BEGAN OCTOBER 13TH WITH 55 REPORTED THE NEXT DAY ALONE AND MORE SPORADIC REPORTS SINCE THEN AS WELL. MOUNTIES SAY WINDOWS WERE BROKEN ON VEHICLES PARKED ALONG THE STREETS IN NUMEROUS CITY NEIGHBOURHOODS BUT IN MOST CASES NOTHING WAS TAKEN. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THESE CRIMES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.
 

SUSPECT BREAKS IN TO CAFE O PLAY - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT WHO BROKE INTO THE CAFE O PLAY ON SOUTH GAETZ EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:30 AND RESULTED IN THE SUSPECT STEALING TWO NINTENDO DS GAME CONSOLES AND A NUMBER OF GAMES. YOU CAN SEE SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF THE SUSPECT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. MOUNTIES SAY THE  SUSPECT WAS WEARING A GREEN AND YELLOW SWEATER WITH THE WORD "CROOK" WRITTEN ACROSS THE BACK.
 
TOP BUSINESSES TO BE AWARDED WEDNESDAY NIGHT - RED DEER'S BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS WILL BE HANDED OUT TONIGHT (WED) NINE FINALISTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN THREE CATEGORIES OF BUSINESS EXCELLENCE. IN THE 1-10 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY THEY INCLUDE LARKAUN HOMES, FAMILY FIRST CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS AND GO TIRE INC. IN THE 11-20 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY, CEDARWOOD VETERINARY HOSPITAL, COLLEGIATE SPORTS MEDICINE AND RED DEER ELECTRIC. IN THE 21 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY, CARPET COLOUR CENTRE, BOSTON PIZZA AND ACCU-THREAD MACHINING. THE RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS THE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR GALA THIS EVENING AT THE RDC ARTS CENTRE.
 

 

 

WED AM NEWS (OCT. 22) 
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THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED DURING A SPECIAL PRESENTATION TAKING PLACE AT PENHOLD CROSSING SECONDARY SCHOOL THIS MORNING (WED). IT'S PART OF "NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK" THIS WEEK AND IS HOSTED BY SAFE COMMUNITIES CENTRAL ALBERTA. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KATHLEEN RAINES SAYS STATISTICS SHOW THAT TEXTING DRIVERS ARE 23 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO CRASH THAN SOMEONE WHO IS JUST DRIVING. MORE THAN 14 HUNDRED FATALITIES HAVE OCCURED IN CANADA BETWEEN 2006 AND 2010 DUE TO DISTRACTED DRIVING.
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RED DEER'S BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS WILL BE HANDED OUT TONIGHT (WED).  NINE FINALISTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN THREE CATEGORIES OF BUSINESS EXCELLENCE.  IN THE 1-10 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY THEY INCLUDE LARKAUN HOMES, FAMILY FIRST CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS AND GO TIRE INC.  IN THE 11-20 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY, CEDARWOOD VETERINARY HOSPITAL, COLLEGIATE SPORTS MEDICINE AND RED DEER ELECTRIC.  IN THE 21 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES CATEGORY, CARPET COLOUR CENTRE, BOSTON PIZZA AND ACCU-THREAD MACHINING.  THE RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS THE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR GALA THIS EVENING AT THE RDC ARTS CENTRE.
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BUSINESS STRATEGY -  THE PREMIER UNVEILED THE GOVERNMENT'S SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY ON TUESDAY.  JIM PRENTICE SAYS A NEW WEBSITE AT SMALL-BUSINESS-DOT-ALBERTA-DOT-CA WILL PROVIDE A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.   
THE STRATEGY WILL ALSO SEE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS MEET WITH GOVERNMENT LEADERS AT SEMI-ANNUAL ROUNDTABLES TO PROVIDE INPUT.
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LACOMBE COUNTY COUNCIL RE-ELECTED DIVISION FOUR COUNCILOR PAULA LAW AS REEVE AT ITS ANNUAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ON TUESDAY (OCT. 21).  COUNCILLOR LAW ASSUMES THE REEVES CHAIR IN LACOMBE COUNTY FOR A SECOND TERM.
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BLOCK HEATERS -  IT'S HOPED TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, IMPROVE AIR QUALITY AND HELP SAVE USERS 48 DOLLARS EACH WINTER.  THE CITY ROLLED OUT IT'S "BLOCK HEATER TIMER PROGRAM" LAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND OFFICIALS ARE PLEASED WITH THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AS 500 OF THE FREE DEVICES WERE HANDED OUT IN JUST HOURS.  THE TIMER WOULD SEE THE USER'S VEHICLE CHARGED FOR THREE HOURS DURING A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT INSTEAD OF SOMETHING CLOSER TO 12.
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THE PREMIERS PANEL ON HEALTH CARE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES HAS STARTED ITS TASK.   THE PANEL IS MEETING WITH HEALTH CARE GROUPS IN COMMUNITIES THAT ARE UNDER 12-HUNDRED-50. 
THE GROUP WILL ARRIVE IN BOWDEN ON NOVEMBER 12TH.
THE REPORT FROM THESE MEETINGS IS TO PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  THE GROUP WILL THEN MEET IN COMMUNITIES WITH A POPULATIONS UP TO 25-HUNDRED PEOPLE.
THE PANEL IS HEADED BY M.L.A. RICHARD STARKEY AND FEATURES 2-DOCTORS, 2-NURSES, A RURAL HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR AND A PRIVATE CITIZEN.
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TUES PM NEWS

 

WILDFIRE SPREADS NEAR NORDEGG -  OVERNIGHT RAIN HELPED FIREFIGHTERS WEST OF NORDEGG BATTLE A 12 HECTARE WILDFIRE. ABOUT THREE MILLIMETERS OF MOISTURE FELL ON THE BLAZE ABOUT TWO KILOMETERS SOUTHWEST OF THE DAVID THOMPSON RESORT. THE FIRE IS CLASSIFIED AS BEING HELD AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO GROW PAST THE PRE-DETERMINED BOUNDARIES. 13 FIREFIGHTERS AND TWO HELCOPTERS ARE ON SCENE, WITH 16 MORE FIREFIGHTERS FROM AROUND ALBERTA EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THIS AFTERNOON (TUES).
 
LAWYER SETTLING ISSUES IN WEST COUNTRY -  A LAWYER HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO HELP SETTLE THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE WILDROSE PARTY'S CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATION BOARD IN THE RIMBEY-ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE-SUNDRE RIDING. TORONTO-BASED DONALD BUR WHO HAILS FROM CROSSFIELD AND HAS PREVIOUSLY PRACTICED CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN ALBERTA, WILL TRY TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH AND IMPARTIAL REVIEW OF THE SITUATION AND CLEAR UP THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUES. REPORTS INDICATE THE RIDING'S AGM BECAME HEATED LAST WEEK WHEN THE NAMES OF CERTAIN CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR THE NEW BOARD DID NOT APPEAR ON THE VOTING BALLOT. THE DIVIDE MAINLY RESTS BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF SITTING MLA JOE ANGLIN AND NEW ELECTED JASON NIXON.
 
HOMELESS DAY SHELTER CLOSES - IT'S ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN THE BATTLE AGAINST HOMELESSNESS IN RED DEER. THE CITY'S ONLY DAY DROP-IN SHELTER BERACHAH PLACE HAS CLOSED IT'S DOORS, LEAVING MANY TO FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GET WARM, DO LAUNDRY, SHOWER OR STORE SOME BELONGINGS. MUCH TO HIS REGRET, PROGRAM SPOKESMAN JUSTIN HUBERT SAYS THEY NO LONGER HAVE THE MONEY TO FUND IT AND KEEP IT OPEN, ADDING THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER AND FIND A WAY OF ADDRESSING THE NEED FOR SUCH A FACILITY IN RED DEER.
 
TRIAL WRAPS UP IN NUR CASE - A JUDGE'S DECISION IS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH REGARDING THE FATE OF A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A MAJOR DRUG AND FIREARMS BUST THREE YEARS AGO. THIS AFTER A THREE WEEK TRIAL WRAPPED UP AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE ON MONDAY FOR 32 YEAR OLD AHMED NUR WHO FACES 34 COUNTS IN THE JULY 2011 INCIDENTS. THAT'S WHEN RCMP RAIDED TWO VEHICLES AND TWO RED DEER RESIDENCES ON DRUG AND FIREARM SUSPICIONS.
SEVERAL WEAPONS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND ABOUT 65 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH WERE SEIZED. A DECISION ON THE CASE IS EXPECTED NOVEMBER 24TH WHILE ONE OF NUR'S CO-ACCUSED IS SET TO GO TO TRIAL IN DECEMBER.
 
BREAK IN SUSPECTS REMAIN IN CUSTODY – A MAN AND WOMAN FROM RED DEER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO BREAK INTO HOMES AND VEHICLES IN LACOMBE ON MONDAY WILL REMAIN IN JAIL FOR THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE LATER THIS MONTH. AT AROUND 1:30 MONDAY MORNING, LACOMBE POLICE ARRESTED A MAN AND WOMAN THAT WERE ALLEGEDLY OBSERVED TRYING TO ENTER PARKED VEHICLES AND THE FRONT DOORS OF SEVERAL RESIDENCES ON HENNER'S ROAD. 28 YEAR OLD NATASHA CLARK AND 32 YEAR OLD SEAN PORTER BOTH FACE NUMEROUS COUNTS WITH THEIR CASE RETURNING TO COURT OCTOBER 29TH.
 
NEW WEBSITE FOR FLU SHOT USERS -  ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS LAUNCHED A WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR STORY AS TO WHY THEY GET THE FLU SHOT. ALBERTAFLUCHAMPS.CA AIMS TO PROVIDE A FUN AND INTERACTIVE SPOT FOR IMMUNIZED ALBERTANS TO EXPRESS THEIR REASONS FOR JOINING THE BATTLE AGAINST INFLUENZA AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. INFLUENZA CLINICS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY IN THE PROVINCE WITH THE NEXT RED DEER CLINIC TAKING PLACE AGAIN TODAY FROM 9:30 TIL 4 AT THE PIDHERNY CURLING CENTRE.
 
LACOMBE COUNTY HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE  - THE BALMORAL COMMUNITY CENTRE EAST OF RED DEER WILL BE THE SITE OF AN OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT (TUE) REGARDING A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT FOR LACOMBE COUNTY. THE PROJECT WOULD CONSIST OF A 521 LOT CLUSTERED-STYLE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND AN 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE, WHICH WOULD BE CALLED "DEER RIVER". STANTEC CONSULTING IS PROPOSING TO REZONE OVER 937 ACRES ABOUT 10 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF JOFFRE TO DEVELOP THE PROJECT. THE BALMORAL COMMUNITY CENTRE IS ON HIGHWAY 11, ABOUT 2.3 KMS EAST OF RED DEER. THE OPEN HOUSE RUNS FROM 7-9.

 

 

 

TUES AM NEWS  (OCT. 21)
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WEATHER RECORDS BROKEN -  IT WAS A HOT ONE IN ALBERTA YESTERDAY (MON), NUMEROUS COMMUNITIES BROKE TEMPERATURE RECORDS.  EVEN THE HOT SPOT IN CANADA WAS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, JUST WEST OF MEDICINE HAT,  AS BOW ISLAND REACHED 27.4.   THREE HILLS BROKE A RECORD SET IN 1999, HITTING 24.9, LACOMBE HIT 23.3 (UP FROM THE RECORD OF 20.2 IN 1999), SUNDRE WAS UP TO 22.9 (UP FROM THE RECORD OF 19.1 IN 1998), ROCKY ROSE TO 21.6 (BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 18.9 FROM 2000).  RED DEER OFFICIALLY REACHED 22.4 AT THE AIRPORT, BUT DID NOT BREAK THE RECORD FOR OCT. 20TH OF 24.4 SET BACK IN 1940. 
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HARVEST ALMOST DONE -   FARMERS CAN BREATH EASY THIS WEEK AS HARVEST HAS ALL BUT WRAPPED UP.  RED DEER COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUCK SAYS THE 2014 HARVEST IS ESSENTIALLY ALL COMPLETE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. HE'S SAYS MOST CROPS ARE ALREADY ALL IN THE BIN, AND IF THEY AREN'T NOW THEY WILL BE THIS WEEK.
PREACHUCK SAYS IN SPITE OF THE LATE START TO SPRING AND ROUGH SUMMER WEATHER, FINISHING HARVEST BEFORE WINTER IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING.
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WEST COUNTRY WILDFIRE -  THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF FIREFIGHTERS, THE WILDFIRE TWO KILOMETRES SOUTH WEST OF DAVID THOMPSON RESORT, WEST OF NORDEGG IS NOT EXPECTED TO GROW PAST PRE-DETERMINED BOUNDARIES. SEVEN FIREFIGHTERS AND TWO HELICOPTERS WERE FIGHTING THE BLAZE MONDAY AFTERNOON AND IT IS CONSIDERED BEING HELD AT EIGHT HECTARES. 
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WINTER TIRES NEEDED -   WITH WINTER ON IT'S WAY, THERE'S A NATIONAL SAFETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN STOPPING IN RED DEER TODAY (TUE) TO WARN DRIVERS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF USING ALL-SEASON TIRES IN WINTER.  BILL GARDENER FROM MOTORING TV WILL BE AT THE KAL TIRE ON 67TH STREET, DEMONSTRATING TO MEDIA THE SURPRISING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALL-SEASON, ALL WEATHER AND WINTER TIRES.  CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE DRIVERS TO AT LEAST USE AN ALL-WEATHER TIRE IF THEY CAN'T AFFORD A SECOND SET OF WINTER TIRES.
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LACOMBE OPEN HOUSE - 
 A PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND GOLF COURSE IN LACOMBE COUNTY WILL BE THE FOCUS OF AN OPEN HOUSE NEAR RED DEER TONIGHT. (TUE)  STANTEC CONSULTING IS PROPOSING TO REZONE OVER 937 ACRES FOR THE "DEER RIVER" DEVELOPMENT.  DEER RIVER WOULD CONSIST OF A 521 LOT CLUSTERED-STYLE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF JOFFRE.  TONIGHT'S OPEN HOUSE IS FROM 7-9 AT THE BALMORAL COMMUNITY CENTRE ON HIGHWAY 11, ABOUT 2.3 KMS EAST OF RED DEER.
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LACOMBE WATER METER CHANGE -  THE CITY OF LACOMBE IS CURRENTLY IN THE MIDST OF A FOUR-YEAR PROJECT TO REPLACE ALL MANUAL-READ WATER METERS IN THE COMMUNITY.  OFFICIALS SAY THEY BEGAN CHANGING SOME OF THE OLD METERS BACK IN MAY AS THE NEW METERS HAVE A MORE EFFICIENT RADIO-READ SYSTEM THAT CAN GET READINGS REMOTELY.   OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE SOFTWARE THAT CAN BILL CUSTOMERS FOR THEIR ACTUAL USAGE AND NOT JUST AN ESTIMATE BASED ON THEIR USAGE FROM THE PAST 12 MONTHS.
ANY LACOMBE RESIDENTS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR WATER BILL CAN CALL THE CITY.
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FLU CLINICS -   FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINCIS CONTINUE TODAY (OCT. 21) ACROSS ALBERTA.  RED DEER'S IMMUNIZATION CLINICS GO AGAIN TODAY (TUES) AT THE PIDHERNY CURLING CENTRE FROM 9:30 - 4.   THEN THURSDAY (OCT. 23) AT THE I-HOTEL ON 67TH STREET 12:30 - 7:30 AND SATURDAY (OCT. 25) AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE FROM 9:30 - 4.  EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE SHOT-FREE OF CHARGE.
 
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TUESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS (OCT. 20)

 

GIRL MISSING  - A 15 YEAR OLD RED DEER GIRL IS MISSING AND LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND HER. MEGAN L'HIRONDELLE WAS LAST SEEN ON FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN SHE LEFT HER RESIDENCE WITH SOME FRIENDS. HER PICTURE IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


WOMAN CHARGED IN MASKWACIS HOMICIDE - SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID AGAINST A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED IN THE STABBING DEATH OF A MASKWACIS TEENAGER LAST YEAR. RCMP SAY 35 YEAR OLD CHARMAINE CHERALEE LOUIS-CRIER OF MASKWACIS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED ON FRIDAY AND REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR A WETASKIWIN COURT APPEARANCE TOMORROW. (TUE) IT WAS ON AUGUST 8TH OF LAST YEAR WHEN MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A MASKWACIS RESIDENCE AND FOUND A 19 YEAR OLD WOMAN SUFFERING FROM STAB WOUNDS. SHE WAS TAKEN TO WETASKIWIN HOSPITAL BUT DIED FROM HER INJURIES.
 

MAN INJURED AFTER COLLISION WITH TRUCK - CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST A FORT MCMURRAY MAN AFTER A RED DEER PEDESTRIAN WAS STRUCK BY A TRUCK IN FORT MCMURRAY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. MOUNTIES SAY IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER SIX WITH WITNESSES SAYING THE VEHICLE FLED AFTER THE 53 YEAR OLD RED DEER MAN WAS HIT. HE SUFFERED NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES DURING THE INCIDENT. THE 47 YEAR OLD MAN DRIVING THE TRUCK WAS LATER LOCATED AND ARRESTED.

 

NEW FEE FOR FALSE ALARMS -  RESIDENTS OF RED DEER COUNTY WILL SOON HAVE TO PAY A FEE IF EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOW UP FOR A FALSE ALARM AS COUNCIL PASSED A NEW FALSE ALARM BYLAW RECENTLY. THE COUNTY SAYS EMS RESPONDS TO ABOUT HALF A DOZEN FALSE ALARM CALLS EACH MONTH AND IT PUTS OTHERS AT RISK WHEN CREWS ARE BUSY WITH A FALSE ALARM. A FIRST OFFENCE WOULD COME WITH NO PENALTY BUT SUBSEQUENT FALSE ALARM CALLS WOULD RESULT IN 200 AND 400 DOLLAR FEES.


LAND SOUTH OF CITY BEING RESTORED - RE-THINK RED DEER IS SPEARHEADING A MOVE TO HELP RESTORE ROUGHLY 25 ACRES OF LAND ALONG PIPER CREEK, SOUTH OF THE CITY'S LANDFILL. OVER THE COURSE OF FIVE YEARS, THE "PIPER CREEK RESTORATION AGRICULTURE PROJECT"  WILL REPAIR AND IMPROVE THE HISTORICAL IMPACTS ON AN IMPORTANT RIPARIAN AND AGRICULTURAL AREA IN THE RED DEER RIVER WATERSHED. DURING THIS TIME, THREE RIPARIAN HEALTH INVENTORIES WILL ALSO BE DONE TO COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE VEGETATION, SOIL AND HYDROLOGY IN THE AREA.
 

SAVING MONEY ON LOW FLOW TOILETTES - THE CITY IS REMINDING YOU THAT NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO LOOK AT SAVING SOME MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILL. OCTOBER IS HOME RENOVATION MONTH AND MANY RED DEERIANS ARE CONSIDERING UPGRADING THEIR BATHROOMS. IF YOU REPLACE A HIGH FLOW TOILET WITH A LOW FLOW MODEL, YOU CAN GET YOU HANDS ON A TWENTY-FIVE DOLLAR REBATE FROM THE CITY.  FIFTY DOLLAR REBATES WILL BE OFFERED FOR DUAL FLUSH TOILETS AS LONG AS THEY ARE PART OF A RENOVATION AND DO NOT NEED A PERMIT. ESTIMATES SHOW THAT REPLACING A 20 LITER TANK WITH A LOW FLOW SIX LITRE TANK CAN SAVE OVER 25,000 LITRES OF WATER PER PERSON A YEAR.


RED DEER RANKED HIGHLY BY CFIB - THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS HAS RANKED RED DEER AS ONE OF THE MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL CITIES IN THE COUNTRY. RED DEER HAS PLACED 8TH ON THE CFIB'S LIST OF ENTREPRENEURIAL CITIES IN 2014, THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW THAT RED DEER HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE TOP TEN. EIGHT ALBERTA CITIES PLACED IN THE TOP TEN THIS YEAR, WITH LLOYDMINSTER RANKED NUMBER ONE.

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (OCT. 20)
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FLU SHOTS -  IT'S TIME TO GET THAT FLU SHOT.   VACCINATION CLINICS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TODAY (OCT. 20) AND THE VACCINE IS FREE AND AVAILABLE TO ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF SIX MONTHS.  SOME HEALTH EXPERTS ARE WARNING THAT THIS FLU SEASON WILL BE A BAD ONE.   TO FINDOUT WHERE YOU CAN GET A SHOT, VISIT ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES.CA/INFLUENZA.   RED DEER'S IMMUNIZATION CLINICS GO TODAY (MON) AND TOMORROW (TUES) AT THE PIDHERNY CURLING CENTRE FROM 9:30 - 4.   THEN THURSDAY (OCT. 23) AT THE I-HOTEL ON 67TH STREET FROM 12:30 - 7:30 AND SATURDAY (OCT. 25) AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE FROM 9:30 - 4.  NASAL INJECTIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BUT ARE BEING SUGGESTED FOR CHILDREN GETTING IMMUNIZED.
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NEW RED DEER INTERSECTION -  THE LIGHTS ARE NOW WORKING AT THE NEWLY DESIGNED INTERSECTION AT TAYLOR DRIVE AND ROSS STREET IN RED DEER.   THE LIGHTS WERE UP AND RUNNING ON THE WEEKEND WITH THE LANES ALL OPENED UP FOR TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS.  THE CITY SAYS THERE ARE BETTER ROAD CONNECTIONS, NEW SIDEWALKS AND IMPROVED ACCESS IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
THE BULK OF THE TWO YEAR, 20 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS NOW OPERATING WITH THE NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS NOW DIRECTING TRAFFIC.
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SYLVAN CHPPER VANDALS -  SYLVAN LAKE RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FIND THE VANDALS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGING A HELICOPTER THAT WAS BEING USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW TRANSMISSION LINES WEST OF ECKVILLE. MOUNTIES SAY SEVERAL PARTS OF THE CHOPPER WERE STOLEN AND BOTH THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR WERE VANDALIZED SOMETIME BETWEEN FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY MORNING.  POLICE SAY THE HELICOPTER WILL BE OUT OF SERVICE UNTIL THE REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED AND INSPECTED.

YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS OR SYLVAN RCMP IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.
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SYLVAN HOUSE FIRE -  THE CANADIAN RED CROSS IS ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY A HOUSE FIRE IN SYLVAN LAKE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.   THREE VOLUNTEERS WITH THE CANADIAN RED CROSS PERSONAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TEAM ARE PROVIDING EMERGENCY FOOD, HYGIENE KITS, CLOTHING AND ACCOMMODATION FOR 72 HOURS TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THE FIRE. NO DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED YET ABOUT THE FIRE.
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LACOMBE CHARGES -  SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE IN MID-NOVEMBER FOR A MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A DANGEROUS COLLISION IN LACOMBE IN JUNE. LACOMBE POLICE HAVE LAID FOUR CHARGES AGAINST 19 YEAR OLD TREVOR MICHAEL ANDERSON ON FRIDAY AFTER THE TWO VEHICLE CRASH.  ON JUNE 14TH WHEN A NORTHBOUND PICKUP COLLIDED WITH A WESTBOUND VEHICLE ON HWY 2A AT 47 AVE IN LACOMBE AND CAME TO A STOP ON THE TRAIN TRACKS. FOUR OUT OF EIGHT PEOPLE ON SCENE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL, TWO BY AIR AMBULANCE. SERVICE ON THE RAIL LINE WAS DELAYED FOR SEVERAL HOURS WHILE THE SITE WAS CLEANED UP.
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LACOMBE WATER METRES -  IT'S OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW FOR THE CITY OF LACOMBE AND IT'S WATER METERS.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE BEGUN THE PROCESS OF REPLACING RESIDENTS OLD WATER METERS WITH NEW ONES THAT CAN GET THEIR READINGS REMOTELY.  THE PROJECT BEGAN IN MAY AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT FOUR YEARS BEFORE ALL THE CITY'S METERS ARE UPDATED WITH THE NEW ONES THAT ALSO PROVIDE A READING OF ACTUAL USAGE AND NOT JUST AN ESTIMATE BASED ON USAGE FROM THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.
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KICK IT TO THE CURB OVER -  IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND TO GET OUTSIDE AND TREASURE HUNT AROUND NEIGHBOURHOODS IN RED DEER. YESTERDAY WAS THE FINAL DAY OF THE FALL "KICK IT TO THE CURB" PROGRAM. THIS IS PUT ON TWICE A YEAR BY THE CITY TO TRY TO DIVERT MATERIALS OUT OF THE LANDFILL. TAKING A DRIVE AROUND THE CITY, PEOPLE WERE GETTING RID OVER EVERYTHING FROM DINING ROOM SETS, TO POTRAITS AND OVENS. CHARITIES SUCH AS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WILL GLADLY TAKE ANY HOUSEHOLD ITEMS STILL ON THE CURBSIDE.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (OCT. 19)

 


CHARGES LAID IN JUNE LACOMBE CRASH -
SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE IN MID-NOVEMBER FOR A MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A DANGEROUS COLLISION IN LACOMBE IN JUNE. POLICE LAID FOUR CHARGES AGAINST 19 YEAR OLD TREVOR MICHAEL ANDERSON ON FRIDAY AFTER THE TWO VEHICLE SMASHUP ON HWY 2A AT 47 AVE IN LACOMBE. THIS HAPPENED ON JUNE 14TH WHEN A NORTHBOUND PICKUP COLLIDED WITH A WESTBOUND VEHICLE AND CAME TO A STOP ON THE TRAIN TRACKS. FOUR OUT OF EIGHT PEOPLE ON SCENE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL, TWO BY AIR AMBULANCE. SERVICE ON THE RAIL LINE WAS DELAYED FOR SEVERAL HOURS WHILE THE SITE WAS CLEANED UP. ON NOVEMBER 18TH, ANDERSON WILL ANSWER TO A DANGEROUS DRIVING AS WELL AS THREE COUNTS OF CAUSING BODILY HARM.

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KICK IT TO THE CURB - DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE SOME ITEMS ON THE CURBSIDE TODAY IF YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE. TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF THE "KICK IT TO THE CURB" WEEKEND IN RED DEER. THIS MEANS YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR SAFE AND UNWANTED HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ON THE CURB FOR OTHERS TO TAKE. THE KERRY WOOD NATURE CENTRE IS ALSO HOLDING THEIR TRASH TO TREASURE SWAP MEET THIS WEEKEND IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO TAKE YOUR ITEMS THERE. YOU ARE ASKED TO TAKE IN ANYTHING LEFT ON THE CURB AT THE END OF THE DAY.

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FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE TOMORROW - IT'S ALMOST TIME TO GET THAT FLU SHOT. VACCINATION CLINICS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TOMORROW (OCT. 20) AND THE VACCINE IS FREE AND AVAILABLE TO ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF SIX MONTHS. SOME HEALTH EXPERTS ARE WARNING THAT THIS FLU SEASON WILL BE A BAD ONE. TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET A SHOT, VISIT WWW.ALBERTAHEALTH SERVICES.CA/INFLUENZA

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CENTRAL ZONE CONTINUING CARE BEDS -
OFFICIALS WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SAY THE CENTRAL ZONE WILL SEE 28 MORE CONTINUING CARE SPACES ADDED TO THEIR CAPACITY OVER THE NEXT 6-12 MONTHS. THIS, AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THEY'LL BE ADDING A TOTAL OF 464 THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE DURING THAT TIME. THE MOVE IS BEING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE REALLOCATION OF EXISTING FUNDS. THE SECOND PHASE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S PLAN INCLUDES 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN TARGETED AFFORDABLE SUPPORTIVE LIVING INITIATIVE FUNDS FOR THOSE REMAINING PATIENTS WAITING IN ACUTE CARE.

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PIPER CREEK RESTORATION -
RE-THINK RED DEER IS SPEARHEADING A MOVE TO HELP RESTORE ROUGHLY 25 ACRES OF LAND ALONG PIPER CREEK, SOUTH OF THE CITY'S LANDFILL. OVER THE COURSE OF FIVE YEARS, THE "PIPER CREEK RESTORATION AGRICULTURE PROJECT" WILL REPAIR AND IMPROVE THE HISTORICAL IMPACTS ON AN IMPORTANT RIPARIAN AND AGRICULTURAL AREA IN THE RED DEER RIVER WATERSHED. DURING THIS TIME, THREE RIPARIAN HEALTH INVENTORIES WILL ALSO BE DONE TO COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE VEGETATION, SOIL AND HYDROLOGY IN THE AREA.

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COMMUNITY SAFETY AD-HOC COMMITTEE -
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL HAS LAID THE FRAMEWORK FOR A COMMUNITY SAFETY AD-HOC COMMITTEE. THEY'RE LOOKING TO ASSEMBLE TEN OTHER PEOPLE FROM A VARIETY OF AGENCIES TO JOIN A COUNCILOR TO HELP DEVELOP INITIATIVES. THESE WILL LOOK TO HAVE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE AND MUST HAVE A COMMUNITY BASED GOAL IN MIND. CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE TERMS OF REFERENCE DURING TUESDAY NIGHT'S MEETING. THEY MUST ALSO DE3CIDE IN THE FUTURE IF THIS WILL REPORT DIRECTLY TO COUNCIL OR TO A BOARD OF DIRECTORS. IN THE NEW YEAR, THIS COMMITTEE WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN.

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TOILET RENOVATION REBATES -
TWENTY FIVE AND FIFTY DOLLAR REBATES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CITY OF RED DEER IF YOU ARE THINKING OF REMODELING YOUR BATHROOM THIS MONTH. THIS APPLIES TO LOW FLOW AND DUAL FLUSH TOILETS INSTALLED DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. SIMPLY KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS, FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FORM ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE AND BRING YOUR OLD TOILET DOWN TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY FOR FREE RECYCLING. THE TOILET REBATE PROGRAM DOES NOT APPLY TO NEW CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATIONS THAT REQUIRE A PLUMBING PERMIT.

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NEW PROVINCIAL PARTY LEADER - THE ALBERTA NDP HAVE A NEW LEADER THIS MORNING. RACHEL NOTLEY WON SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE VOTES ON THE FIRST BALLOT LAST NIGHT TO SECURE HER VICTORY. SHE BEAT OUT FELLOW LEGISLATURE MEMBER DAVID EGGEN AND EDMONTON LABOUR LEADER ROD LOYOLA IN THE RACE. WHEN SHE MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN RED DEER A FEW WEEKS AGO SHE SAID THE PARTY NEEDS TO SET ITS OWN PATH WHILE LEARNING FROM OTHER NDP GOVERNMENTS. HER FATHER, GRANT NOTLEY, LED THE ALBERTA NDP FOR SIXTEEN YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1984.

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SATURDAY NEWSFILE (OCT. 18)

 

POLICE SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP WITH FRIDAY ROBBERY - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT AFTER A BANK ROBBERY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (FRI). THE ATB AT BOWER PLACE WAS HELD UP AROUND 1 O'CLOCK WITH THE SUSPECT FLEEING WESTBOUND ON FOOT. HE'S DESCRIBED AS WHITE, 5'5, 175 POUNDS, PALE SKIN WITH FLUSHED RED CHEEKS AND WEARING A BRIGHT RED OR PINK JACKET, SUNGLASSES, WHITE CHECKERED PANTS, A HAT AND WHITE SHOES. PICTURES OF THE SUSPECT CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CRIME.

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LEAVE UNWANTED HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ON THE CURB THIS WEEKEND - THE "KICK IT TO THE CURB" PROGRAM RETURNS TO RED DEER THIS WEEKEND TO ONCE AGAIN UNCLUTTER RED DEERIANS HOMES. YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO LEAVE UNWANTED SAFE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ON THE CURB TODAY AND TOMORROW (OCT 18TH AND 19TH) SO OTHERS CAN FIND USES FOR THEM. THE PROGRAM WAS STARTED IN 2010 AS A WAY TO DIVERT MATERIALS OUT OF THE LANDFILL AND IT IS GROWING EACH YEAR.

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NEW LOCAL PRODUCTION STUDIO OPENS -
NEW RECORDING STUDIO IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER OPENED THEIR DOORS LAST NIGHT (FRI). "THE SPACE" LOCATED ON 50TH AVENUE IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UNVEIL STUDIOS AND THE MELODIOUS DESIGN RECORDING COMPANY. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A FILM PRODUCTION AND AUDIO RECORDING STUDIO THAT WILL PRODUCE PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL MEDIA IN A SOUND SAFE AND HI-TECH ENVIRONMENT.

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BLOCK HEATER TIMER SIGNUP TODAY - STARTING THE CAR IN THE DEAD OF WINTER CAN BE HARD ON THE BLOCK HEATER AND HARD ON THE ENVIRONMENT. TO HELP EASE THIS BURDEN, THE CITY OF RED DEER IS LOOKING TO GIVE AWAY A NUMBER OF BLOCK HEATER TIMERS TO HELP REDUCE ENERGY USE. THOSE INTERESTED IN GETTING A BLOCK HEATER TIMER SHOULD FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FORM BY VISITING THE BOWER PLACE FOOD COURT THIS AFTERNOON FROM NOON UNTIL THREE (SAT), AFTER BEING AT PARKLAND MALL ON FRIDAY.

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ZED HAUNTED HOUSE NOW OPEN - THE 24TH ANNUAL ZED HAUNTED HOUSE BEGAN LAST NIGHT (OCT. 17) AND RUNS THROUGH HALLOWEEN AT THE NORTHEAST ENTRANCE TO RED DEER'S PARKLAND MALL. IT'S THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND LAST YEAR RAISED A RECORD 80 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HOPE TO RAISE A HUNDRED GRAND THIS YEAR.

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CHARITY CHECK STOP TODAY -
THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE IS HOPING TO HELP OUT LOCAL KIDS AND FAMILIES IN NEED THIS WINTER BY HOLDING THEIR FIRST EVER CHARITY CHECK-STOP. THE CHECK-STOP WILL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO DONATE ANY GENTLY USED WINTER OUTERWEAR SUCH AS COATS, TOUQUES, MITTS AND SCARVES. IT'S TAKING PLACE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COATS FOR KIDS PROGRAM RUN BY THE RED DEER CHRISTMAS BUREAU. THE CHARITY CHECK-STOP WILL RUN TODAY FROM TEN UNTIL FOUR AT THE WEST BAY PARKING LOT OF BOWER PLACE.

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ALIX LIBRARY 100 ANNIVERSARY - A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS ONLY HAPPENS ONCE IN A CENTURY. THE VILLAGE OF ALIX IS HOSTING A NUMBER OF FESTIVITIES THIS AFTERNOON TO MARK THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR LIBRARY. THEY WILL HAVE AN OPEN MIC CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON FOLLOWED BY A FUNDRAISING GIG FROM SEVEN TIL TEN. THERE WILL ALSO BE A FIVE CENT CANDY AND BOOK SALE FROM TWO TO FOUR AFTER A HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM IS SHARED FROM NOON UNTIL TWO.


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HERBICIDE SPRAYING THIS WEEKEND IN LACOMBE - THE CITY OF LACOMBE IS WARNING CITIZENS TO STAY AWAY WHILE THEY ARE OUT HERBICIDE SPRAYING THIS WEEKEND. THEY ARE ADVISING RESIDENTS TO STAY AWAY FROM AREAS MARKED WITH "TURF-PRO" SIGNS AS THESE ARE INDICATORS THE AREA IS BEING TREATED. INGESTION OF HERBICIDE SPRAY BY SMALL ANIMALS OR CHILDREN CAN MAKE THEM ILL. THIS TREATMENT WILL WRAP UP LACOMBE'S FALL SPRAYING PROGRAM AIMED AT CONTROLLING NUISANCE WEEDS AROUND THE CITY.


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RED DEER HOSPITAL PARKADE CONSTRUCTION TO SOON BEGIN - CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW, LONG-AWAITED PARKADE AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL IS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY. AHS OFFICIALS SAY THE 44 MILLION DOLLAR, FIVE STOREY STRUCTURE WILL HAVE 11 HUNDRED PARKING STALLS AND BE LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE HOSPITAL SITE. AHS SPOKESMAN KERRY BALES SAYS IT SHOULD TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE. IN THE MEANTIME, HE SAYS BOTH STAFF AND VISITORS TO THE HOSPITAL CAN EXPECT SOME MINOR TRAFFIC DELAYS IN THE AREA.

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