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SATURDAY NEWS (NOV. 22)

 

DEADLY CRASH LAST NIGHT NEAR ECKVILLE - TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD AND ANOTHER IS IN HOSPITAL AFTER A THREE VEHICLE COLLISION NEAR ECKVILLE LAST NIGHT. EMERGENCY SERVICES FROM SYLVAN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WERE DISPATCHED TO HIGHWAY 766 JUST BEFORE 5:30 ON FRIDAY NIGHT. INVESTIGATORS SAY A SOUTH BOUND CHEVY PICKUP CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND HIT A NORTHBOUND NISSAN SUV HEAD ON. A FORD WINSTAR TRAVELING BEHIND THE NISSAN THEN STRUCK THE CHEVY PICKUP. AS A RESULT THE FORTY SIX YEAR OLD DRIVER OF THE PICKUP FROM BENALTO WAS EJECTED FROM HIS VEHICLE AND DIED OF HIS INJURIES. THE DRIVER OF THE NISSAN ALSO DIED OF HER INJURES. SHE'S SAID TO BE A THIRTY YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM CONDOR. HER PASSENGER, A FIFTY-SIX YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM ROCKY WAS TAKEN TO THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL WITH NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. NAMES OF THE VICTIMS ARE NOT BEING RELEASED UNTIL NEXT OF KIN HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. THE SCENE ON THE BRIDGE DECK OF THE MEDICINE RIVER CROSSING WAS REOPENED TO TRAFFIC SHORTLY AFTER THE TEN O'CLOCK HOUR.

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ARREST WARRANT OUT FOR FRAUD SUSPECT - A CANADA-WIDE ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MAN WHO TRIED TO DEFRAUD A RED DEER WOMAN LAST MONTH. RCMP SAY 45 YEAR OLD RENNIE DRAKE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAN WHO POSED AS A WALMART MANAGER OCTOBER 29TH WHEN A LADY HAD HER DEBIT CARD TAKEN AND CASH WITHDRAWN FROM HER ACCOUNT FRAUDULENTLY. POLICE SAY THE MAN ALLEGEDLY TOLD THE WOMAN THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH HER CARD AND NEEDED IT TO LOOK INTO THE PROBLEM, TELLING HER HE WOULD BE RIGHT BACK BUT NEVER RETURNED. IF YOU KNOW WHERE RENNIE DRAKE IS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

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CONTRACTOR DUE IN LOCAL COURT NEXT MONTH - THE OPERATORS OF AN AIRDRIE CONTACTING BUSINESS ARE DUE IN RED DEER COURT NEXT MONTH. THIS AFTER CHARGES OF WORKPLACE NEGLIGENCE WERE LAID UNDER THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT. THIS IS IN RELATION TO A WORKPLACE INCIDENT THAT SENT A 14 YEAR OLD TO HOSPITAL THIS PAST SUMMER. THE OPERATORS AT VITAL CONTRACTING LTD. WILL ANSWER TO CHARGES OF FAILING TO PROVIDE A SAFE WORKPLACE AND OTHERS ON DECEMBER 19TH. THE TEEN WAS HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALLING FOUR METERS OFF OF A ROOF IN LACOMBE IN JULY.

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SCAMMERS PRETENDING TO BE RED DEER RCMP -AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, LOCAL SCAM ARTISTS ARE RAMPING UP THEIR EFFORTS TO TRICK YOU OUT OF YOUR MONEY. RCMP SAY ONE RED DEER WOMAN GOT A CALL FROM ANOTHER WOMAN CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE RCMP AND NEEDED THE VICTIM'S CREDIT CARD NUMBER AS THEY FOUND A WALLET AND NEEDED TO VERIFY THAT IT WAS HERS. THE VICTIM ASKED FOR A BADGE NUMBER THEN CALLED LOCAL MOUNTIES TO CHECK ON THE CLAIM WHICH OF COURSE WAS BOGUS. CORPORAL LEANNE MOLZAHN SAYS POLICE WILL NEVER CALL YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR BANKING OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, ADDING THE INTENDED VICTIM DID THE RIGHT THING. IT'S BELIEVED THE SCAMMER WAS LOCAL AND MAY HAVE HAD ASSISTANCE FROM A MALE ACCOMPLICE.

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CHARGES LAID IN DRUG BUST LAST MONTH - THREE PEOPLE HAVE NOW BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A DRUG BUST ON THE CITY'S SOUTH HILL LAST MONTH. RCMP SAY THEY RAIDED A HOME OCTOBER 22ND AND SEIZED A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL DRUGS WHILE ARRESTING SEVERAL PEOPLE AS WELL, INCLUDING THREE WANTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS OR CHARGES FROM OTHER INCIDENTS. 42 YEAR OLD WESSAM HAIMOUR, 48 YEAR OLD RICKY YAREMKEVICH AND 51 YEAR OLD PAMELA HARDY, ALL OF RED DEER NOW HAVE COURT APPEARANCES NEXT MONTH.

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FLIGHTS TO GRANDE PRAIRIE START IN DECEMBER - YOU'LL SOON BE ABLE TO CATCH A FLIGHT DIRECTLY FROM RED DEER TO GRANDE PRAIRIE. THIS AFTER NORTHWESTERN AIR ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK, THEY'LL START OFFERING DIRECT FLIGHTS AS OF DECEMBER 1ST. PLANES WILL DEPART RED DEER AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING, FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE AT 8:45. THE FLIGHTS WILL BENEFIT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES WHO ARE EXPECTED TO SEND EMPLOYEES BETWEEN BOTH REGIONS. THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT CURRENTLY PROVIDES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO FORT MCMURRAY, CALGARY AND KELOWNA.

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FLU SHOT CLINIC LOCATIONS - THERE ARE JUST A COUPLE MORE FLU CLINICS IN RED DEER TO GET A SHOT FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES. THE NEXT IMMUNIZATION CLINIC TAKES PLACE AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH SATURDAY (9:30 AM - 4 PM). WITH THE FINAL RED DEER CLINIC SET FOR MONDAY (NOV. 24TH 12:30 - 7:30 PM) AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.

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CENTURY HOCKEY TOUR - HOCKEY CANADA IS CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN A COUPLE WEEKS, BUT FIRST THE CELEBRATION COMES TO RED DEER. THE CENTURY TOUR ROLLS THROUGH TOWN THIS WEEKEND AND WILL SET UP AT THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF GAMES AND INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS FOR THE KIDS AS WELL AS A MOBILE HALL OF FAME FOR THE ADULTS. THEY'VE BEEN ON THE ROAD SINCE JULY AND ARE ONLY A QUARTER WAYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS IS STOP TWENTY-FIVE OF A HUNDRED ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR HOCKEY CANADA THIS SEASON.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES KICKS OFF - THE FESTIVE SEASON WILL BE ALIVE AND WELL IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND. THE FESTIVAL OF TREES OPENS UP TODAY WITH THE "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT" EVENT AT CITY HALL PARK FROM 4 - 6:30 WITH THE LIGHTING OF RED DEER'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE. THE 21ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AT WESTERNER PARK RUNS NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

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SALVATION ARMY KETTLE CAMPAIGN BEGINS - THE SALVATION ARMY HAS KICKED-OFF IT'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN IN RED DEER YESTERDAY. MAJOR LARRY BRIDGER SAYS IT'S THEIR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER AND THEY HOPE TO COLLECT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS THIS YEAR TO HELP SUPPORT THE NUMEROUS PROGRAMS THEY RUN. HE SAYS THEY ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE KETTLES DURING THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH WRAPS UP DECEMBER 23RD.

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NEW SOCCER FIELDS OPEN - EXCITING TIMES FOR RED DEER CITY SOCCER AND OTHER SPORTING ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. TWO NEW INDOOR FIELDS OPENED LAST NIGHT (FRI) AT THE AGRI-CENTRE IN WESTERNER PARK, THE LARGEST NON-BOARDED SOCCER FIELDS IN THE PROVINCE. LOCAL SOCCER OFFICIALS SAY A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT WAS MADE INTO THE "AGILITY ELITE SYNTHETIC GRASS FIELDS" OR ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF. THE RED DEER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB ALSO PITCHED IN WITH 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS SO WILL HAVE THEIR LOGOS DISPLAYED AT CENTRE FIELD. ALTHOUGH BILLED AS SOCCER FIELDS, THE PLAYING SURFACES CAN BE USED BY MANY OTHER DIFFERENT SPORTS. THE FIELDS WILL BE OFFICIALLY DEDICATED ON MONDAY EVENING.

 

 

FRI PM NEWS (NOV. 21)
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LATEST HOMELESS FIGURES RELEASED - THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS A BETTER IDEA OF HOW MANY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME AFTER THE LATEST FIGURES WERE SHARED AT CITY HALL THIS MORNING. THE 2014 POINT IN TIME SURVEY FOUND 137 INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE CITY DURING THEIR COUNT LAST MONTH. OF THOSE SURVEYED, 67 PERCENT WERE COUNTED AT LOCAL SHELTERS. ANOTHER SIXTEEN PERCENT WERE LOCATED DURING THE TWO HOUR STREET COUNT. THE FINAL EIGHT PERCENT WERE SAID TO BE LIVING IN PUBLIC SPACES SUCH AS TRANSIT SHELTERS. AROUND 200 VOLUNTEERS SPENT THEIR EVENING HELPING THE CITY WITH THE COUNT ACROSS EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN MID-OCTOBER.

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AIRDRIE BUSINESS DUE IN RED DEER COURT - A CONTRACTING BUSINESS OUT OF AIRDRIE IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES AFTER A TEEN WAS INJURED ON THE JOB IN LACOMBE THIS SUMMER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN JULY OF THIS YEAR WHEN A 14 YEAR OLD WAS HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALLING OFF A ROOF. HIRING SOMEONE UNDER THE AGE OF 15, FAILING TO PROPERLY TRAIN STAFF OR KEEP EMPLOYMENT RECORDS ARE SOME OF THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST VITAL CONTRACTING LTD. THE OPERATORS ARE TO APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT ON DECEMBER 19TH.

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DIRECT FLIGHTS TO GRANDE PRAIRIE TO START IN DECEMBER - YOU'LL SOON BE ABLE TO CATCH A FLIGHT DIRECTLY FROM RED DEER TO GRANDE PRAIRIE. THIS AFTER NORTHWESTERN AIR ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK, THEY'LL START OFFERING DIRECT FLIGHTS AS OF DECEMBER 1ST. PLANES WILL DEPART RED DEER AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING, FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE AT 8:45. THE FLIGHTS WILL BENEFIT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES WHO ARE EXPECTED TO SEND EMPLOYEES BETWEEN BOTH REGIONS. THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT CURRENTLY PROVIDES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO FORT MCMURRAY, CALGARY AND KELOWNA.

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LAND TITLE TRANSFER COMPLETED FOR FUTURE ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE - THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE IS ONE STEP CLOSER AFTER A TITLE TRANSFER FROM THE CITY THIS WEEK. THIS MORNING, THE RED DEER NATIVE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY ANNOUNCED THEY'VE TAKEN POSSESSION OF A PIECE OF LAND EAST OF THE LIONS CAMPGROUND. THE ASOOAHUM CENTRE WILL FEATURE A COMMUNITY GARDEN, OFFICE SPACE AND A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. CITY COUNCIL BEGAN REZONING THE LAND LAST SPRING AND CHOSE THIS LOCATION AFTER REVIEWING MORE THAN TWENTY SITES. TIMELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION HAVE YET TO BE RELEASED.

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FRI AM NEWS  (NOV. 21)
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HUGE RED DEER DRUG BUST
-  TWO YOUNG CHILDREN ARE IN THE CARE OF FAMILY SERVICES AFTER THEIR PARENTS WERE ARRESTED FOR RUNNING A COCAINE CONVERSION LAB IN SOUTHEAST RED DEER.

MOUNTIES SEIZED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS AND EQUIPMENT, A RIFLE AND 40 GRAND IN CASH, DURING A NOVEMBER 4TH SEARCH OF THE HOME ON LANCASTER GREEN, IN WHICH THE KITCHEN WAS BEING USED TO CONVERT COCAINE TO CRACK. THE CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOUSE AT THE TIME OF THE SEARCH, AND WERE REMOVED UNDER THE DRUG ENDANGERED CHILDREN'S ACT. THEIR PARENTS, WHO HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF THE CHILDREN,  ARE FACING SEVERAL DRUG AND FIREARMS CHARGES.
THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDE TEAM (ALERT) WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON (THURS 1 PM) AT THE RED DEER RCMP DETACHMENT TO PROVIDE DETAILS ON THE DRUG BUST.
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MURDER CASE -  "NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE".
THAT WAS THE DECISION TODAY (THU) FROM COURT OF QUEENS BENCH JUDGE MONICA BEST REGARDING THE FATE OF A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS FATHER, A FORMER RED DEER CITY COUNCILLOR TWO YEARS AGO.  BAST SAID SHE ACCEPTS THE ARGUMENT THAT 33 YEAR OLD AARON GUILBAULT WAS SUFFERING FROM AN INCREASINGLY SIGNIFICANT CASE OF SCHITZOPHRENIA, INCLUDING HALLUCINATIONS WHEN HE KILLED HIS FATHER AND WAS NOT CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT WHAT HE WAS DOING WAS WRONG.  58 YEAR OLD TIM GUILBAULT DIED IN NOVEMBER OF 2012 AFTER HE WAS STRUCK TWICE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BASEBALL BAT AT HIS CABIN NEAR INNISFAIL.  AARON GUILBAULT WILL NOW REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL A REVIEW PANEL DECIDES WHERE HE SHOULD BE PLACED.
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STOLEN JEWELRY CASE -  BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES HAVE SOME POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THAT STOLEN 2013 BENTLEY GENERALS ALLEN CUP RING AND 22 CALIBRE DUCKS UNLIMITED RIFLE STOLEN LAST FRIDAY.  THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AFTER BEING TAKEN IN A BREAK-IN AT A RURAL RESIDENCE BETWEEN RED DEER AND SYLVAN LAKE.  THEY ARE AMONG NUMEROUS STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED BY POLICE RECENTLY AND CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST SEVERAL SUSPECTS.  RCMP ARE ALSO TRYING TO LOCATE THE OWNERS OF SOME OF THE STOLEN JEWELRY THEY HAVE, CALL THE BLACKFALDS DETACHMENT IF YOU THINK IT'S YOURS.
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RED DEER FESTIVAL OF TREES -  THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WILL HIT DOWNTOWN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND.  THIS YEARS FESTIVAL OF TREES OPENS UP SATURDAY WITH THE LIGHTING OF RED DEER'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE.  THE OUTDOOR YULETIDE PARTY, "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT" EVENT FEATURES LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS IN CITY HALL PARK FROM 4 - 6:30.  THE LIGHTS ON THE TREES AT CITY HALL WILL BE TURNED ON AROUND 5:15 PM, WITH RED DEER'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE AT THE OLD COURT HOUSE LIT UP AT 6.     THE 21ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AT WESTERNER PARK RUNS NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (NOV. 26-30).
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LOCAL CHARITIES NIGHT -  RED DEER'S BOWER PLACE IS GIVING YOU A CHANCE THIS WEEKEND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME GREAT DEALS AT THE MALL WHILE HELPING OUT LOCAL CHARITIES AT THE SAME TIME.
THE "RED AND WHITE NIGHT" TAKES PLACE SUNDAY NIGHT FROM 6 TIL 9 WITH TICKETS TO THIS SHOPPING EVENT AVAILABLE AT THE MALL OR FROM THE VARIOUS CHARITIES TAKING PART.  TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE RESEPCTIVE CHARITIES.
MALL OFFICIALS SAY SHOPPERS WILL BENEFIT FROM SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS AND ENJOY TEN GRAND IN DOOR PRIZES, SAMPLING IN THE FOOD COURT, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE.
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INNISFAIL CHARITY CHECKSTOP -  DATES FOR THE INNISFAIL RCMP'S CHARITY CHECKSTOP HAVE BEEN REVEALED.  THE 17TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 14TH FROM 11 AM TIL 4 PM AT THE USUAL STRIP ON 50TH STREET, BETWEEN 48TH AND 49TH AVENUE.
THERE YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE ANY FOOD, CLOTHING, OR CASH DONATION WHERE SEVERAL AGENCIES WILL BENEFIT.  THIS INCLUDES THE LOCAL FOOD BANK, CHRISTMAS BUREAU, WOMEN'S OUTREACH SOCIETY AND BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS.
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ALBERTA FLU NUMBERS -  ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES CONTINUES IT'S PUSH FOR ALBERTANS TO GET IMMUNIZED THIS FLU SEASON.
OFFICIALS SAY ALTHOUGH OVER NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND ALBERTANS HAVE GOTTEN THEIR FLU SHOT SO FAR THIS FALL, THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE MANY MORE GET THEM AS WELL.  AS OF NOVEMBER 15TH, THERE HAVE BEEN 219 CASES OF INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA, INCLUDING 69 HOSPITALIZED CASES AND SEVEN DEATHS.  THE WORST HIT AREA SO FAR IS EDMONTON WITH 132 CASES, CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS ONLY FOUR CASES, BUT OFFICIALS EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO CLIMB SOON.  THREE INFLUENZA OUTBREAKS HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE.
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FLU CLINICS -  THERE ARE JUST A COUPLE MORE FLU CLINICS IN RED DEER TO GET A SHOT FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES. THE NEXT IMMUNIZATION CLINIC TAKES PLACE AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH SATURDAY (9:30 AM - 4 PM).  WITH THE FINAL RED DEER CLINIC SET FOR MONDAY (NOV. 24TH 12:30 - 7:30 PM) AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.
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CATHOLIC CPR TRAINING -  SAVING LIVES WAS THE FOCUS OF OVER 12 HUNDRED STUDENTS AT RED DEER'S NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL THIS WEEK.   ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, KIM RUETHER FROM THE CANADIAN HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION SHARED HER EMOTIONAL STORY ABOUT HER SON BROCK WHO DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK TWO YEARS AGO.  RUETHER REINFORCED TO THE STUDENTS HOW IMPORTANT CPR AND AUTOMATIC DEFIBRILLAOTR TRAINING IS.
STUDENTS AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVED THE SAME TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

GUILTBAULT AVOIDS JAIL TIME

"NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE".

THAT WAS THE DECISION TODAY REGARDING THE FATE OF AARON GUILBAULT CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS FATHER, TIM GUILTBAULT, A FORMER RED DEER CITY COUNCILOR TWO YEARS AGO. THE JUDGE ACCEPTED THE ARGUMENT THAT AARON WAS SUFFERING FROM A SIGNIFICANT CASE OF SCHIZOPHRENIA, WHEN HE KILLED HIS FATHER AND WAS NOT CAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING THAT WHAT HE WAS DOING WAS WRONG. 58 YEAR OLD TIM GUILBAULT DIED IN NOVEMBER OF 2012 AFTER HE WAS STRUCK TWICE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BASEBALL BAT AT HIS CABIN NEAR INNISFAIL. AARON WILL NOW REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL A REVIEW PANEL DECIDES WHERE HE SHOULD BE PLACED.

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR ARREST OF SHERILYN BEAVERBONES

AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A WOMAN CHARGED IN A MURDER WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE THIS SPRING. ALBERTA JUSTICE SAYS 19 YEAR OLD SHERILYN BEAVERBONES FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HER COURT APPEARANCE IN ROCKY YESTERDAY. BEAVERBONES FACES COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON IN THE STABBING DEATH OF 20 YEAR OLD KIERON DALE BEAVERBONES IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S WHEN RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE O-CHIESE RESERVE AND FOUND TWO PEOPLE WITH INJURIES. ONE DIED AT THE SCENE WHILE THE OTHER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, TREATED AND RELEASED.

 

RED DEER RCMP AND ALERT SEIZE $100,000 IN DRUG BUST

THE PROVINCES ALERT TEAM REVEALED TO THE MEDIA TODAY EXACTLY WHAT WAS SEIZED DURING A MAJOR DRUG BUST IN LANCASTER GREEN 2 WEEKS AGO. PICTURED BELOW IS $40,000 IN CASH AND AROUND $60,000 WORTH OF CRACK/COCAINE, MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUG RELATED PARAPHERNALIA. VARIOUS FORMS OF COCAINE WERE FOUND IN THE HOME, INCLUDING CRACK COOKIES AND SPITBALLS. A WINCHESTER HUNTING RIFLE IS ALSO PICTURED. AN ADULT COUPLE WAS ARRESTED DURING THE RAID ON NOVEMBER 4TH, BUT MORE CONCERNING IS THE FACT THEIR 2 YOUNG CHILDREN WERE ALSO HOME AT THE TIME. THE 2 WERE SAFELY REMOVED FROM THE HOME AS PART OF ALERT'S ENDANGERED CHILDREN'S ACT. THEY WERE NOT HARMED AND APPEARED TO BE HEALTHY. THE SUSPECTS HAVE ALREADY MADE 1 COURT APPEARANCE AND THEY ARE DUE BACK IN RED DEER COURT IN JANUARY. NAMES OF THE SUSPECTS AREN'T BEING RELEASED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF THE CHILDREN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOLEN ALLAN CUP RING RECOVERED

RCMP IN BLACKFALDS SAY THE ITEMS EARLIER REPORTED STOLEN FROM A RURAL RESIDENCE LAST WEEK HAVE BEEN FOUND. THIS INCLUDES THE 2013 BENTLEY GENERALS ALLAN CUP RING AND A .22 CALIBER DUCKS UNLIMITED RIFLE, AMONG OTHER ITEMS. MOUNTIES RECOVERED THE ITEMS FROM A STOLEN VEHICLE FOUND IN BLACKFALDS.

 

INFLUENZA CASES RISING

INFLUENZA SEASON HAS BEGUN. THAT ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES WHO SAY AS OF NOVEMBER 15TH, THERE HAVE BEEN 219 CASES OF INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN THE PROVINCE., INCLUDING 69 HOSPITALIZED CASES AND SEVEN DEATHS. THREE OUTBREAKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED THIS MONTH IN ALBERTA. ALTHOUGH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ALBERTANS HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED SO FAR THIS SEASON, AHS OFFICIALS WOULD STILL LIKE TO SEE MORE.

 

AUPE HOPES TO BRING IN MEDIATOR FOR BETHANY EMPLOYEES

A MEDIATOR IS BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY THE AUPE TO HELP BRING AN AGREEMENT TOGETHER BETWEEN UNION MEMBERS AND THE BETHANY CARE SOCIETY. OVER 1000 THOUSAND EMPLOYEES ARE UPSET WITH PLANNED ROLLBACKS TO COMPENSATION AND WORKING CONDITIONS, AS PART OF AN INITIAL CONTRACT OFFER FROM THE EMPLOYER. THERE ARE 6 CARE FACILITIES ACROSS ALBERTA, INCLUDING ONE IN SYLVAN LAKE, WHO HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING SINCE JUNE. THE ALBERTA LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD WILL REVIEW THE REQUEST FOR A MEDIATOR.

 

 

 

 

 

THURS AM NEWS (NOV. 20)

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FATAL CRASHES -   A CRASH SOUTH OF THREE HILLS LAST NIGHT (SAT) HAS KILLED A 21 YEAR OLD MAN FROM BEISEKER.  RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 PM WHEN A WESTBOUND PICK-UP FAILED TO STOP AS IT ENTERED HIGHWAY 21 NEAR SWALWELL AND STRUCK A SOUTHBOUND TRUCK.  A THREE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2-A SOUTH OF WETASKIWIN LAST NIGHT (WED) TOOK THE LIFE OF A 56 YEAR OLD WOMAN. MOUNTIES SAY IT APPEARS A SOUTHBOUND CAR WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND BY ANOTHER CAR AND PUSHED HEAD-ON INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING TRUCK. THE COLLISION OCCURED NEAR MASKWACIS AROUND 7 P.M.   NO NAME HAS BEEN RELEASED.

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HOMELESS PLAN -  NEW WARMING CENTRES FOR RED DEER'S HOMELESS WILL OPEN UP ON MONDAY (NOV. 24). THE SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY, THE CITY AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A PLACE FOR THE HOMELESS TO WARM UP THIS WINTER, FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF BERACHAH (BURR-AWK'-AH) PLACE.  SAFE HARBOUR WILL EXTEND ITS HOURS AND THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIS CENTRE WILL OPEN AS TEMPORARY SITES TO PROVIDE HELP FOR ABOUT 60 PEOPLE BEGINNING MONDAY, THROUGH THE END OF APRIL. MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND A PLACE OF CONNECTION FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS DURING THE COLD WINTER MONTHS.

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ALLEN CUP RING FOUND - BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES HAVE SOME POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THAT STOLEN 2013 BENTLEY GENERALS ALLEN CUP RING AND 22 CALIBRE DUCKS UNLIMITED RIFLE STOLEN LAST FRIDAY. THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AFTER BEING TAKEN IN A BREAK-IN AT A RURAL RESIDENCE BETWEEN RED DEER AND SYLVAN LAKE. THEY ARE AMONG NUMEROUS STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED BY POLICE RECENTLY AND CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST SEVERAL SUSPECTS.

 

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WED PM NEWS

 

POLICE SHUTDOWN INGLEWOOD THIS MORNING
THERE WAS A HUGE POLICE PRESENCE IN SOUTH RED DEER EARLY THIS MORNING AS MOUNTIES WERE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT. RCMP SURROUNDED THE INGLEWOOD SUBDIVISION IN CONNECTION TO A STOLEN VEHICLE. DETAILS ARE SKETCHY, BUT POLICE SAY ONE MAN HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER THE RECOVERY OF A STOLEN VEHICLE.
THERE WERE NO INJURIES.
 
WARRANT OUT FOR JAMES CURRIE
AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MAN SUSPECTED IN A RED DEER CABBIE ASSAULT THIS SPRING AFTER HE FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HIS COURT APPEARANCE ON FRIDAY. ALBERTA JUSTICE SAYS THE WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 21 YEAR OLD JAMES CURRIE OF INNISFAIL. CURRIE AND ANOTHER MAN ARE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT APRIL 10TH WHERE A CAB DRIVER WAS PUNCHED AND KICKED IN THE STOMACH ON NORTHEY AVENUE AFTER TRYING TO STOP TWO MEN THAT LEFT THE CAB WITHOUT PAYING THEIR FARE. 22 YEAR OLD RICHARD BARTHLOW OF INNISFAIL IS ALSO CHARGED IN THE CASE AND IS SLATED TO GO TO TRIAL NEXT MARCH.
 
SCAM PREVENTION IMPROVING
RED DEER RCMP ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT SOME RECENT SCAM ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN INTERCEPTED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS. THEY SAY IN 3 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS AS OF LATE, RESIDENTS HAVE DETECTED A SCAM AND REPORTED IT TO POLICE BEFORE BECOMING VICTIMS. AGAIN, THE RCMP OFFER THE SIMPLE RULE OF THUMB THAT IF ANY DEAL SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS.
 
ALLAN CUP RING STOLEN
A 2013 BENTLEY GENERALS ALLEN CUP RING AND 22 CALIBRE DUCKS UNLIMITED RIFLE WERE AMONG THE ITEMS STOLEN FROM A CENTRAL ALBERTA RESIDENCE LAST WEEK. RCMP SAY THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE SOMETIME DURING THE DAY LAST FRIDAY, WHEN THE ITEMS ALONG WITH SEVERAL PIECES OF JEWELLERY WERE TAKEN FROM A RURAL RESIDENCE BETWEEN RED DEER AND SYLVAN LAKE. MOUNTIES SAY THE SUSPECT OR SUSPECTS SMASHED THROUGH A WINDOW TO ENTER HOME.
YOU CAN SEE A PICTURE OF THE RING ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
 
RED DEER MAN WINS $500,000
A RED DEER MAN IS ONE OF THE TOP WINNERS IN THIS YEAR'S CASH AND CARS LOTTERY FOR THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY. DARCY WARAWA WAS ON HIS WAY TO WORK WHEN HE WAS TOLD HIS TICKET WAS DRAWN FOR THE THIRD GRAND PRIZE OF HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. WARAWA PLANS TO SHARE HIS WINNINGS WITH HIS FATHER, SISTER AND THREE CO-WORKERS. THE LOTTERY IS A JOINT FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE OF THE ALBERTA CANCER FOUNDATION AND CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY.

 
RED CHALLENGE RETURNS
YOUNG ADULTS AND STUDENTS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA WITH A GREAT BUSINESS IDEA ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR'S 'RED CHALLENGE". THE 5TH ANNUAL EVENT HOSTED BY RDC, COMMUNITY FUTURES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS GIVES UP AND COMING ENTREPRENEURS A CHANCE TO PITCH THEIR BUSINESS IDEA TO A LOCAL GROUP OF BUSINESS LEADERS IN HOPES OF GETTING HELP TO LAUNCH THEIR VENTURE. THE FIRST PLACE WINNER RECEIVES 20 GRAND TOWARDS JUMP-STARTING THEIR BUSINESS IDEA, WHILE THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WINNERS RECEIVE TEN THOUSAND AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS RESPECTIVELY. SUBMISSIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE COMMUNITY FUTURES WEBSITE FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY 19TH.
 
CHINOOK'S EDGE EXPANDING BUSINESS PROGRAM
THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION HAS BEGUN AN OFF-CAMPUS EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT AIMS TO HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LAUNCH THEIR FUTURE CAREER. THE PROGRAM PLACES STUDENTS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, A CHANCE TO WORK AT CAM CLARK FORD WHERE THEY CAN WORK ON ENTRY LEVEL PROJECTS AND INCREASE THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES AS THEY GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE SHOP. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A GREAT WAY FOR STUDENTS TO GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THEIR FIELD, EARN CREDITS TOWARDS THEIR DIPLOMA, MAKE AN HOURLY WAGE AND GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR AT A MAJOR EMPLOYER.
 

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (NOV. 19)

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KEYSTONE PIPELINE UPDATE -   A SETBACK FOR THE ALBERTA OILPATCH AS THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE FELL JUST ONE VOTE SHORT OF GETTING A BILL PASSED IN THE U-S SENATE.  DESPITE YESTERDAY'S US SENATE VOTE REJECTING A BILL APPROVING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, OUR PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IS STILL OPTIMISTIC THE PROJECT CAN BE SALVAGED.  PRENTICE POINTS OUT BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL IS STRONG, ADDING THERE WILL BE A NEW SENATE IN THE NEW YEAR. 
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STETTLER CRASH -  A CENTRAL ALBERTA HIGHWAY WAS SHUT DOWN AND TWO PEOPLE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH SOUTH OF STETTLER YESTERDAY MORNING.   IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:45 TUESDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 19 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF STETTLER, FORCING POLICE TO CLOSE THE HIGHWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR OVER FOUR HOURS.  IT'S BELIEVED THE COLLISION TOOK PLACE AT HIGHWAY SPEED AND RESULTED IN A WOMAN BEING EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE THEN PINNED UNDERNEATH IT.  SHE WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO CALGARY WITH CRITICAL, LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON IN STABLE CONDITION SUFFERING NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
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BLACKFALDS MANHUNT -  MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS AFTER A TRIO OF ARMED ROBBERIES IN BLACKFALDS MONDAY NIGHT.  THE FIRST HAPPENED JUST AFTER 9 WHEN POLICE ALLEGE A MAN WITH A GUN DEMANDED CASH FROM THE CLERK AT CANADIAN PIZZA ON PARKWOOD ROAD.  TWO MINUTES LATER IN THE SAME STRIP MALL, THE SAME SUSPECT ROBBED THE HIGHWAY 2A LIQUOR STORE.
THEN, MINUTES LATER, TWO MEN ROBBED THE PONY EXPRESS LIQUOR STORE BUT NO ONE WAS HURT IN ANY OF THE ROBBERIES.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THESE CRIMES IS ASKED TO CALL BLACKFALDS RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.
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RED CHALLENGE -  CENTRAL ALBERTA'S ANSWER TO "DRAGON'S DEN" IS ONCE AGAIN UNDERWAY.  OFFICIALS WITH COMMUNITY FUTURES CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE LAUNCHED THE 5TH ANNUAL "RED CHALLENGE".
IT OFFERS YOUNG ADULTS AND STUDENTS FROM THE AREA WITH A GREAT BUSINESS IDEA, THE CHANCE TO POSSIBLY SECURE FINANCIAL HELP AND GUIDANCE IN DEVELOPING A FULL-SCALE BUSINESS PLAN.
THE BUDDING ENTREPRENUERS WILL PITCH THEIR BUSINESS IDEA TO PROMINENT LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS, WITH THE FIRST PLACE WINNER TO GET 20 GRAND TO HELP LAUNCH THEIR VENTURE WITH THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WINNERS RECEIVING 10 THOUSAND AND 5 THOUSAND RESPECTIVELY.  SUBMISSIONS CAN BE MADE ON THE COMMUNITY FUTURE'S WEBSITE FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY 19TH.
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FLU CLINICS -  THERE'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT AT A RED DEER IMMUNIZATION CLINIC TODAY. (WED)
THE FLU CLINIC RUNS AT THE I-HOTEL FROM 12:30 TO 7:30 TODAY, THEN AGAIN TOMORROW (THURS).  THERE'S ANOTHER IMMUNIZATION CLINIC SATURDAY AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (9:30 AM - 4 PM).  THE LAST RED DEER CLINIC IS SET FOR MONDAY (NOV. 24TH 12:30 - 7:30 PM) AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.
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LACOMBE OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT - 
IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA THE CITY OF LACOMBE SHOULD CONSIDER AHEAD OF THEIR NEXT BUDGET CYCLE, YOU'RE ASKED TO COME TO A PUBLIC HOUSE THIS WEEK.  TONIGHT (WED NOV. 19) THE CITY WILL HOLD A "Q AND A" SESSION ON THEIR 2015 CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS.  THESE ESTABLISH THE TAX LEVY THAT FORMS PART OF THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX BILL.
HEAD TO ANNA MARIE'S CAFE BETWEEN FIVE AND SEVEN AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE TO TAKE PART.
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CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL UPDATE -  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION STAND TO BENEFIT FROM A NEW OFF-CAMPUS EDUCATION PROGRAM NOW UNDERWAY.  THE PROGRAM ALLOWS STUDENTS INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH CARS, THE CHANCE TO GAIN SOME WORK EXPERIENCE AT CAM CLARK FORD.  OFFICIALS SAY THE STUDENTS WORK ON ENTRY-LEVEL PROJECTS AND INCREASE THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES AS THEY GAIN MORE EXPERIENCE.
THE PROGRAM ALSO LETS STUDENTS EARN CREDITS TOWARDS THEIR DIPLOMA, MAKE AN HOURLY WAGE AND GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR AT A MAJOR EMPLOYER, WITH THE DEALERSHIP GETTING SOME EXTRA HELP TOO.
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FIRE CHIEF FOR A DAY -  A COUPLE OF RED DEER STUDENTS HAD A DAY THEY WON'T SOON FORGET ON TUESDAY.  MATTHEW FEEHAN OF MATTIE MCCULLOUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LANCASTER WAS NAMED THIS YEAR'S "FIRE CHIEF FOR A DAY".  IT'S AN INITIATIVE HELD EACH YEAR BY RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES TO HELP TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY AND INJURY PREVENTION DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.  THE SIX YEAR OLDS NAME WAS DRAWN FROM OVER 15 HUNDRED ENTRIES AND MATTHEW AND HIS EIGHT YEAR OLD BROTHER ZACHARY WERE PICKED UP AT SCHOOL YESTERDAY BY A PUMPER TRUCK AND TAKEN TO THE DOWNTOWN FIRE STATION FOR A TOUR.
AFTER THAT, THEY WERE TAKEN BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A PIZZA PARTY.
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TUES PM NEWS

 

2 INJURED IN SERIOUS STETTLER AREA CRASH

A WOMAN IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL TODAY AFTER BEING CRITICALLY INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH SOUTH OF STETTLER THIS MORNING. STARS AIR AMBULANCE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT AROUND 9:45 ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 19 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF STETTLER, FORCING POLICE TO CLOSE THE HIGHWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR OVER FOUR HOURS. THE WOMAN WAS EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE AND WAS PINNED UNDERNEATH IT FORCING CREWS TO EXTRICATE HER. A MAN ALSO HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM HIS VEHICLE AND HE WAS TAKEN TO EDMONTON HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION 

 

3 ARMED ROBBERIES IN BLACKFALDS MONDAY NIGHT

RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING THREE ARMED ROBBERIES IN BLACKFALDS LAST NIGHT. THE FIRST HAPPENED JUST AFTER 9 WHEN A MAN WITH A GUN ENTERED THE CANADIAN PIZZA ON PARKWOOD ROAD AND DEMANDED CASH FROM THE CLERK. TWO MINUTES LATER, THE SAME SUSPECT ENTERED THE HIGHWAY 2A LIQUOR STORE IN THE SAME STRIP MALL AND ROBBED THE PLACE OF CASH. THEN, MINUTES LATER, TWO MEN ROBBED THE NEARBY PONY EXPRESS LIQUOR STORE BUT NO ONE WAS HURT IN ANY OF THE ROBBERIES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THESE CRIMES ARE ASKED TO CALL BLACKFALDS RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

 

SAMSON CREE NATION MAN ADDED TO LIST OF HOME BREAK IN SUSPECTS

A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN IS NOW ONE OF 5 PEOPLE CHARGED IN A ST. ALBERT BREAK AND ENTER THIS SUMMER THAT SENT THE HOMEOWNER TO HOSPITAL WITH UNDISCLOSED INJURIES. 18 YEAR OLD EASTIN LOUIS FROM THE SAMSON FIRST NATION FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN THE JULY 6TH INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A GROUP OF MEN BROKE INTO A ST. ALBERT HOME WITH THREE ADULTS AND THREE TEENAGERS SLEEPING INSIDE AND GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH THE HOMEOWNER BEFORE TAKING OFF. LOUIS IS SLATED TO APPEAR IN ST. ALBERT COURT NEXT MONDAY.

 

 

A FIRE CHIEF FOR THE DAY

A LUCKY STUDENT FROM RED DEER'S MATTIE MCCULLOUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN NAMED THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S "FIRE CHIEF FOR A DAY". MATTHEW FEEHAN'S NAME WAS DRAWN FROM 15 HUNDRED ENTRIES SO WILL NOW BE PICKED UP AT SCHOOL BY A PUMPER TRUCK TODAY (TUE) AND TAKEN TO FIRE STATION NUMBER 1 DOWNTOWN FOR A TOUR, THEN BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A PIZZA PARTY WITH HIS CLASS.

FEEHAN WILL ALSO RECEIVE A 150 DOLLAR GIFT CARD. EACH YEAR, RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES TEACHES LOCAL STUDENTS ABOUT FIRE AND INJURY PREVENTION AS PART OF FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.

 

 

FREE FLU CLINICS WRAP UP THIS WEEK

WE'RE NOW DOWN TO THE FINAL WEEK FOR YOU TO GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOT FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES. THE NEXT IMMUNIZATION CLINIC IS WEDNESDAY FROM 12:30 TO 7:30 AT THE I-HOTEL IN RED DEER. ANOTHER ONE FOLLOWS ON THURSDAY, SAME TIME, SAME PLACE.

THERE'S ANOTHER IMMUNIZATION CLINIC SATURDAY AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH FROM 9:30 AM - 4 PM.THE LAST RED DEER CLINIC IS SET FOR MONDAY BETWEEN 12:30 AND 7:30 PM AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.

 

ITY LAUNCHES DIGITAL ALERTS FOR SNOW REMOVAL

WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN CITY CREWS WILL BE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD THIS WINTER? YOU CAN NOW FIND OUT BY SIGNING UP FOR THE CITY'S SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS. THESE WILL ALSO TELL YOU WHEN TO MOVE YOUR VEHICLE AND WHAT ROUTES ARE BEING DONE. HEAD OVER TO REDDDEER.CA/ALERTS TO SIGN UP. YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR ALERTS ON ROAD CLOSURES, LAND USE BYLAWS AND RELEASES FROM THE CITY AND RCMP.

 

LACOMBE BUDGET OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW

THE CITY OF LACOMBE IS SEEKING RESIDENT'S INPUT FOR THEIR 2015 BUDGETS. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 5 UNTIL 8 AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE. HERE INFORMATION GATHERED THUS FAR WILL BE SHARED WITH CITIZENS AHEAD OF ASSEMBLING NEXT YEAR'S OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS. FEEDBACK FROM THIS SESSION WILL BE CONSIDERED AS CITY ADMINISTRATION HEAD BACK TO THE TABLE TO FINALIZE THIS LEGISLATION 

 

 

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (NOV. 18)
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THRONE SPEECH -  
ALBERTA GOVERNMENT MEMBERS ARE BACK TO WORK IN THE LEGISLATURE IN EDMONTON.  THE FALL SITTING OF THE LEGISLATURE OPENED MONDAY WITH THE THRONE SPEECH PROMISING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, KEEPING SPENDING LOW AND SAVING FOR THE FUTURE, WHILE BUILDING MORE ROADS AND SCHOOLS AND ADDING SENIOR CARE BEDS.  THE SPEECH OUTLINED PLANS TO WORK TOWARD GETTING THE BUDGET OFF THE ROLLER-COASTER RIDE OF RISING AND FALLING OIL REVENUES, WHILE MAKING A COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND EDUCATION.  THE PRENTICE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PURSUE PIPELINE PROJECTS AND TO KEEP FIGHTING TO ELIMINATE TRADE BARRIERS WITHIN CANADA.  A BILL WAS ALSO PROMISED TO RESTORE INTEGRITY TO GOVERNMENT, FOLLOWING THE SPENDING SCANDALS UNDER FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD.  ALBERTA NDP LEADER RACHEL NOTLEY SAYS YESTERDAY'S THRONE SPEECH SHOWS MORE OF THE SAME FROM THE PCS.  NOTLEY SAYS SHE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE PRENTICE ADDRESS REDFORD'S PROMISE TO END CHILD POVERTY WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
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RDC DONATION -  RDC IS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS RICHER.
THIS AFTER A LARGE DONATION TO THE SCHOOL FROM A FORMER STUDENT.  PRESIDENT OF STUDON ELECTRIC, DON SUTHERLAND MADE THE PRESENTATION TO THE COLLEGE MONDAY.  SUTHERLAND TOOK HIS ELECTRICAL APPRENTICESHIP AT THE RED DEER COLLEGE BEFORE SETTING UP HIS COMPANY IN 1995.  HE GAVE A DONATION ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO TO SET UP TRADES SCHOLORSHIPS AS A WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.  THE CASH WILL GO TO THIS AND ALSO HELP OUT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. 
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SNOW ROUTES -  WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN CITY CREWS WILL BE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD THIS WINTER? YOU CAN NOW FIND OUT BY SIGNING UP FOR RED DEER'S SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS.

THESE WILL ALSO TELL YOU WHEN TO MOVE YOUR VEHICLE AND WHAT ROUTES ARE BEING DONE. HEAD OVER TO REDDDEER.CA/ALERTS TO SIGN UP. YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR ALERTS ON ROAD CLOSURES, LAND USE BYLAWS AND RELEASES FROM THE CITY AND RCMP.
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MUSEUM DISPLAY -  TWO NEW EXHIBITS OPENED AT THE MUSUEM AND ART GALLERY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS AND STAFF HOPE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK THEM OUT.  "LET'S GO BOYS" TELLS THE STORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN AND AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA.  SINCE THE BOER WAR IN THE LATE 1800'S, RED DEERIANS HAVE NEVER HESTITATED TO SERVE KING AND COUNTRY.  MANY ALSO BECAME P.O.W.S DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND RECALL RECIEVING RED CROSS PACKAGES PACKED BY LOCALS.  "MISSING LIVES" TELLS THE STORIES OF 15 FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES DURING THE CIVIL WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA IN THE 1990'S.  YOU CAN CHECK OUT BOTH EXHIBITS UNTIL MID- FEBRUARY.
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FLU CLINIC -  TOMORROW (WED) MARKS ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOU TO GET A FREE FLU SHOT FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES.
THE NEXT IMMUNIZATION CLINIC TAKES PLACE AT THE I-HOTEL IN RED DEER FROM 12:30 TO 7:30, WITH ANOTHER TO FOLLOW ON THURSDAY AT THE SAME TIME IN THE SAME LOCATION.
SATURDAY THERE'S ANOTHER CLINIC AT THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (9:30 AM - 4 PM).
WITH ANOTHER RED DEER CLINIC SET FOR MONDAY (NOV. 24TH 12:30 - 7:30 PM) AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE.
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MON PM NEWS (NOV. 17) 

 

INCIDENT IN BLACKFALDS ON FRIDAY - THREE ADULTS AND A YOUTH ARE FACING A SLEW OF CHARGES AFTER A NUMBER OF INCIDENTS IN BLACKFALDS ON FRIDAY. THAT MORNING, BLACKFALDS RCMP RESPONDED TO A STOLEN VEHICLE CALL IN THE CEDAR CRESCENT NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN THE OFFICER ARRIVED HE NOTED THE VEHICLE IN THE BACK OF A RESIDENCE AND MULTIPLE SUSPECTS LEAVING THE AREA. WHEN HE TRIED TO CUT THEM OFF, HIS CRUISER WAS ACCIDENTALLY HIT BY A SEPARATE SLIDING PICK-UP TRUCK. THE OFFICER SUFFERED A BROKEN WRIST BUT HE IS NOW RECOVERING. THE STOLEN VEHICLE MANAGED TO GET AWAY BUT WAS FOUND LATER THAT DAY. SUBSEQUENTLY FOUR PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITHOUT INCIDENT. THREE MALES AND AN ADULT FEMALE REMAIN IN CUSTODY AT THIS TIME. THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC.

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CRASH SUSPECTS WANTED - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN AND ONE WOMAN SUSPECTED OF CRASHING A STOLEN VEHICLE INTO A WEST PARK FENCE AND HOME GARAGE EARLIER THIS MONTH. IT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 1ST ON WEST PARK CRESCENT, WITH WITNESSES COMING OUT TO SEE A WOMAN DRESSED IN BLACK WITH A WHITE PURSE AND TWO OLIVE-SKINNED MEN SPEAKING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE FLEEING THE SCENE ON FOOT AND HEADING SOUTH ON 57TH AVENUE TOWARDS RDC. THE POLICE DOG TEAM CAME OUT TO SEARCH FOR THE SUSPECTS BUT HEAVY FOOT TRAFFIC FROM HALLOWEEN MADE IT DIFFICULT TO TRACK THEM.

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LARGE DONATION TO LOCAL COLLEGE - RDC IS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS RICHER. THIS AFTER A LARGE DONATION TO THE SCHOOL FROM A FORMER STUDENT. PRESIDENT OF STUDON ELECTRIC, DON SUTHERLAND MADE THE PRESENTATION TO THE COLLEGE EARLIER TODAY. SUTHERLAND TOOK HIS ELECTRICAL APPRENTICESHIP AT THE RED DEER COLLEGE BEFORE SETTING UP HIS COMPANY IN 1995. HE GAVE A DONATION ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO TO SET UP TRADES SCHOLARSHIPS AS A WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. TODAY'S CASH WILL GO TO THIS AND ALSO HELP OUT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.

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HUNTING SEASON REMINDERS - POLICE ARE ONCE AGAIN REMINDING YOU NOT TO TRESPASS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. ELK SEASON STARTED THIS MORNING AND THOUSANDS OF HUNTERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE HEADING OUT INTO THE BUSH OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. BE SURE TO OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM LAND OWNERS OR YOU COULD FACE FINES OF $287. IF YOU ARE A LAND OWNER, BE SURE TO HAVE NO TRESPASSING SIGNS CLEARLY POSTED ON ALL FOUR CORNERS OF YOUR PROPERTY.

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ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK - A NUMBER OF EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS RED DEER AND AREA OVER THE COMING DAYS AS PART OF NATIONAL ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH TO HELP PREVENT ADDICTIONS FROM FORMING. FROM 6:30 TO 8 TONIGHT IN BLACKFALDS, THERE WILL BE A DRUG AWARENESS SESSION AT THE IRON RIDGE JUNIOR CAMPUS. ON TUESDAY STAFF FROM AHS AND RED DEER COLLEGE WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS FROM 11 TO 1. AND ON WEDNESDAY, THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOOTH SET UP AT RDC AT THE SAME TIME. THE AWARENESS WEEK STARTS TODAY AND RUNS UNTIL SATURDAY.

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ADOPT A FAMILY - IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, THE WOMEN'S OUTREACH CENTRE IN RED DEER HAS JUST THE PROGRAM FOR YOU. THEIR "ADOPT A FAMILY" PROGRAM IS RAMPING UP FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO HELP OUT A LOCAL FAMILY IN NEED WITH GIFTS FOR THE KIDS AND GIFT CARDS FOR FOOD. SPOKESMAN DARCY OUELLET (O-LET) SAYS THEY HELPED OUT JUST OVER TWO HUNDRED FAMILIES AND 416 KIDS IN LAST YEAR'S CAMPAIGN. HE SAYS YOU CAN APPLY TO HELP A LOCAL FAMILY IN NEED BY CONTACTING THE WOMEN'S OUTREACH BY DECEMBER 15TH.

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SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS - THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO KNOW WHEN YOUR STREETS WILL BE CLEARED. YOU CAN NOW SIGN UP FOR SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS DIRECTLY TO YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE. UPDATES ARE ALSO PROVIDED FROM OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS, POLICE AND BYLAW SERVICES. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT REDDEER.CA/ALERTS

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LACOMBE BUDGET OPEN HOUSE - IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA THE CITY OF LACOMBE SHOULD CONSIDER AHEAD OF THEIR NEXT BUDGET CYCLE, YOU'RE ASKED TO COME TO A PUBLIC HOUSE THIS WEEK. ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH THE CITY WILL HOLD A "Q AND A" SESSION ON THEIR 2015 CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS. THESE ESTABLISH THE TAX LEVY THAT FORMS PART OF THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX BILL. HEAD TO ANNA MARIE'S CAFE BETWEEN FIVE AND SEVEN AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE TO TAKE PART.

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LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - THE CITY OF LACOMBE HAS PASSED THEIR TEN YEAR CAPITAL PLAN, AT LEAST IN PRINCIPLE. THIS WAS DONE DURING THEIR REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING LAST WEEK. THE 2015 TO 2024 CAPITAL PLAN IS A LIST OF PROPOSED PROJECTS THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO CONSTRUCT IN THE NEXT DECADE. LACOMBE'S COUNCIL ALSO VOTED AGAINST PARTIALLY CLOSING THE RIGHT OF WAY ON 39TH STREET BETWEEN 52ND AND 53RD AVE. THIS MOTION WOULD HAVE SEEN THIS PARCEL SUBDIVIDED AND SOLD AS LIGHT INDUSTRIAL LOTS. COUNCIL DECIDED AGAINST THIS AS THERE IS POWER, WATER AND OPTIC LINES UNDERNEATH THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO DISPOSE OF.

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EXHIBITS ON AT THE MUSEUM - STAFF AT THE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY HOPE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO COME SEE SOME EXHIBITS THEY HAVE ON RIGHT NOW. "MISSING LIVES" TELLS THE STORIES OF 15 FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES DURING THE CIVIL WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA IN THE 1990'S AN ESTIMATED 130,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS ETHNIC CONFLICT BETWEEN SERBIANS AND ALBANIANS. IT HAS BEEN CALLED THE DEADLIEST INCIDENT IN EUROPE SINCE THE WAR, TODAY HUNDREDS ARE STILL MISSING. "LET'S GO BOYS" TELLS THE HISTORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN AND AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA. YOU CAN CHECK OUT BOTH EXHIBITS UNTIL MID- FEBRUARY.

 

 

MON AM NEWS (NOV. 17)
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ALBERTA CONVENTIONS -  TWO BIG CONVENTIONS WERE ON IN ALBERTA ON THE WEEKEND AS RED DEER HOSTED THE WILDROSE PARTY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND IN BANFF THIS WEEKEND THE CONSERVATIVES HELD THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION.
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WILDROSE MEETING -  RED DEER PLAYED HOST TO THIS YEARS WILDROSE PARTY AGM AT THE SHERATON HOTEL.  THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PARTY TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS OVER THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN HANDLED IN THE LAST YEAR.
A CONSENSUS WAS HEARD THAT TO MUCH TIIME WAS FOCUSED ON POINTING OUT THE PC'S FLAWS. LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS IN THE FUTURE THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON WHAT THEY WOULD DO IN GOVERNMENT.  SMITH ALSO SAID THIS WEEKEND SHE WOULD STEP DOWN AS LEADER IF NOT ELECTED PREMIER IN THE NEXT ELECTION.
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CONSERVATIVE MEETING -  YOU MAY SEE TOLL ROADS ON ALBERTA'S HIGHWAYS IN THE FUTURE, ESPECIALLY IF OIL PRICES CONTINUE TO DROP.  THIS NEWS COMES OUT OF BANFF AFTER THE CONSERVATIVES WRAPPED UP THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. DELEGATES VOTED ON A NUMBER OF RESOLUTIONS THIS PAST WEEKEND THAT THE PC CAUCUS WILL TAKE A LOOK AT.  ONE OF THOSE WAS TOLL ROADS WHILE ANOTHER LOOKED AT CREATING DRIVING REGULATIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS.  THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE NOT BINDING BUT WILL MAKE UP THE AGENDA THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PURSUES.
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LACOMBE BUDGET  -  IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA THE CITY OF LACOMBE SHOULD CONSIDER AHEAD OF THEIR NEXT BUDGET CYCLE, YOU'RE ASKED TO COME TO A PUBLIC HOUSE THIS WEEK.  ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH THE CITY WILL HOLD A "Q AND A" SESSION ON THEIR 2015 CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS.  THESE ESTABLISH THE TAX LEVY THAT FORMS PART OF THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX BILL.
HEAD TO ANNA MARIE'S CAFE BETWEEN FIVE AND SEVEN AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE TO TAKE PART.
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ADDICTIONS AWARENESS -  A NUMBER OF EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS RED DEER AND AREA OVER THE COMING DAYS AS PART OF NATIONAL ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH TO HELP PREVENT ADDICTIONS FROM FORMING.  FROM 6:30 TO 8 TONIGHT (MON) IN BLACKFALDS, THERE WILL BE A DRUG AWARENESS SESSION AT THE IRON RIDGE JUNIOR CAMPUS.  ON TUESDAY STAFF FROM AHS AND RED DEER COLLEGE WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS FROMK 11 TO 1.
AND ON WEDNESDAY, THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOOTH SET UP AT RDC AT THE SAME TIME.  THE AWARENESS WEEK STARTS TODAY AND RUNS UNTIL SATURDAY.
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SNOW ZONES -  THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO KNOW WHEN YOUR STREETS WILL BE CLEARED. YOU CAN NOW SIGN UP FOR SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS DIRECTLY TO YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE.  UPDATES ARE ALSO PROVIDED FROM OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS, POLICE AND BYLAW SERVICES. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT REDDEER.CA/ALERTS
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VON HOLLEN LIGHTS FINAL YEAR -  THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT RETURNS TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ONE LAST TIME THIS YEAR WITH THE VON HOLLEN LIGHT DISPLAY BACK ON.  ALFRED AND CHERYL VON HOLLEN HAVE ANNOUNCED THIS WILL BE THE FINAL YEAR OF MORE THAN A HUNDRED THOUSAND LIGHTS AND NUMEROUS INFLATABLES AND CHRISTMAS FEATURES.  AS THEY COLLECT DONATIONS FOR THE FOOD BANK, PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARK THEIR VEHICLES AND WALK THROUGH THE YARD TO VIEW THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS DISPLAY.
THE VON HOLLEN LIGHTS WILL BE ON FROM NOVEMBER 29TH THROUGH DECEMBER 28TH THIS YEAR AT 5725-57TH STREET CLOSE IN ROCKY.
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BUSINESS RED TAPE - 
YOU HAVE UNTIL MID-DECEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR THOUGHTS TO THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY.
THEY'RE HOLDING CONSULTATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR CANADIANS IDEAS ON HOW TO REDUCE RED TAPE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS.  THE CRA WAS IN RED DEER LAST WEEK TO HEAR FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON HOW SOME OF THEIR RED TAPE REDUCTION MEASURES ARE PANNING OUT.  EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE NEW ONLINE PAYMENT PORTAL AND BUSINESS TAX REMINDER APP.  SUGGESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 12TH.  TO FIND OUT MORE, GO TO WWW. CRA-ARC.GC.CA/REDTAPEREDUCTION
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (NOVEMBER 16)

 

WILDROSE PARTY AGM WRAPS UP - THE WILDROSE AGM MEETING WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND A LOT OF THE BUZZ CENTRES AROUND THE WORDING OF THE PARTY'S EQUAL RIGHTS STANCE. THE PARTY VOTED TO ROLL BACK A DEFINITIVE STATEMENT ON MINORITY EQUAL RIGHTS REGARDLESS OF RELIGION, RACE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE OFFENDED BY THE CHANGE AS THEY STILL SUPPORT A BROADER STATEMENT ON EQUAL RIGHTS: THE PARTY VOTED INITIALLY TO SUPPORT THE DEFINITIVE STATEMENT DURING THE LAST AGM. OVER THE WEEKEND SMITH SHOWED OFF A TWELVE POINT CHART ON HOW THEY DIFFER FROM THE PCS. THEY ARE ALSO PUTTING OUT A ALL FOR 100 SUGGESTIONS FOR IDEAS TO IMPLEMENT DURING THE FIRST 100 DAYS IF THEY FORM GOVERNMENT IN 2016.

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CONSTRUCTION WORK AROUND RED DEER - KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR VARIOUS LANE AND TRAIL CLOSURES AROUND THE CITY TODAY. THIS AS CREWS CONTINUE REBUILDING A TRANSMISSION LINE BETWEEN THE AREAS OF 67TH STREET AND TAYLOR DRIVE, NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE PERIODIC SINGLE LANE CLOSURES, SPEED REDUCTIONS AND MOMENTARY TRAFFIC STOPPAGES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF COMMUTERS AND WORKERS. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH TO MONDAY BUT ADDITIONAL WORK WILL TAKE PLACE PERIODICALLY UNTIL ROUGHLY MID FEBRUARY.

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SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS AVAILABLE - WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN CITY CREWS WILL BE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD THIS WINTER? YOU CAN NOW FIND OUT BY SIGNING UP FOR THE CITY'S SNOW ZONE EMAIL ALERTS. THESE WILL ALSO TELL YOU WHEN TO MOVE YOUR VEHICLE AND WHAT ROUTES ARE BEING DONE. HEAD OVER TO REDDDEER.CA/ALERTS TO SIGN UP. YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR ALERTS ON ROAD CLOSURES, LAND USE BYLAWS AND RELEASES FROM THE CITY AND RCMP.

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WINTER DRIVING REMINDER -
WITH A LITTLE EXTRA CARE AND SOME COMMON SENSE, WINTER DRIVING CAN BE JUST AS SAFE AS ANY OTHER DRIVING SEASON. THAT ACCORDING TO LACOMBE POLICE WHO SAY DESPITE WINTER'S ARRIVAL EVERY YEAR, SOME MOTORISTS SEEM TO FORGET BASIC WINTER DRIVING PRACTICES. THEY'RE ENCOURAGING YOU TO ADJUST YOUR SPEED AND FOLLOWING DISTANCES ACCORDINGLY, LEAVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME AND CHECK THE WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS AHEAD OF TIME AS WELL.

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ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK KICKS OFF - A NUMBER OF EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS RED DEER AND AREA OVER THE COMING DAYS AS PART OF NATIONAL ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH TO HELP PREVENT ADDICTIONS FROM FORMING. FROM 6:30 TO 8 TOMORROW IN BLACKFALDS, THERE WILL BE A DRUG AWARENESS SESSION AT THE IRON RIDGE JUNIOR CAMPUS. ON TUESDAY STAFF FROM AHS AND RED DEER COLLEGE WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS FROM 11 TO 1. AND ON WEDNESDAY, THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOOTH SET UP AT RDC AT THE SAME TIME. THE AWARENESS WEEK STARTS TODAY AND RUNS UNTIL SATURDAY.

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PC AGM CONVENTION IN BANFF - PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IS CALLING ON HIS PARTY TO RESIST BICKERING WITH THE OPPOSITION AT HIS PARTY'S AGM MEETING THIS WEEKEND. PRENTICE ALSO PROMISED TO BALANCE THE PROVINCE'S OPERATING BUDGET BY THE END OF MARCH BUT COMMENTED THAT LOW OIL PRICES PREVENT HIM FROM PROMISING FURTHER OUT THAN THAT. ALL PARTIES ARE TO RETURN TO EDMONTON TOMORROW FOR THE FALL SITTING BEFORE DEBATING DURING QUESTION PERIOD ON TUESDAY. THAT'S NOT THE ONLY CHANGE AT THE LEG TOMORROW, THE PUBLIC WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED UP THE STEPS OF THE GRAND ENTRANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE OTTAWA ATTACKS.

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CRA RED TAPE FEEDBACK - YOU HAVE UNTIL MID DECEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR THOUGHTS TO THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY. THEY'RE HOLDING CONSULTATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR CANADIANS IDEAS ON HOW TO REDUCE RED TAPE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS. THE CRA WAS IN RED DEER THIS WEEK TO HEAR FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON HOW SOME OF THEIR RED TAPE REDUCTION MEASURES ARE PANNING OUT. EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE NEW ONLINE PAYMENT PORTAL AND BUSINESS TAX REMINDER APP. SUGGESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 12TH. TO FIND OUT MORE, GO TO WWW. CRA-ARC.GC.CA/REDTAPEREDUCTION

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SOLDIER IMPERSONATOR ARRESTED - A MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY IMPERSONATING A MILITARY MEMBER ON LIVE TV LAST WEEK. QUEBEC NATIVE FRANCK GERVAIS FACES CHARGES OF UNLAWFUL USE OF MILITARY MEDALS AND A UNIFORM. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED LAST TUESDAY WHEN A MAN WAS INTERVIEWED WEARING A SERGEANTS UNIFORM DURING THE OTTAWA REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY. THE THIRTY TWO YEAR OLD CONSTRUCTION WORKER IS TO APPEAR IN COURTROOM NEXT MONTH.

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