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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JULY 30TH

 

HEAT WAVE STRAINS POWER GRID - POWER CONSUMPTION TENDS TO GO UP WHEN THE THERMOSTAT REACHES THESE LEVELS BUT OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER SAY THEY'RE HANDLING THE INCREASED DEMAND WELL SO FAR.  HOWEVER, ELECTRIC, LIGHT AND POWER MANAGER JIM JORGENSEN HOPES RESIDENTS WILL CONTINUE THEIR CO-OPERATION OF USING POWER SPARINGLY DURING PEAK HOURS.  HE SAYS ALTHOUGH THE CITY HAS HANDLED THE DEMAND FOR POWER WELL SO FAR THIS SUMMER, THEY'RE MONITORING THE SITUATION CLOSELY, AS THE PROVINCE IS FEELING THE STRAIN.

WARRANT ISSUED IN DEADLY CRASH - A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A CLEARWATER COUNTY MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED AN ONTARIO WOMAN LAST MONTH. THIS AFTER 28 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER ROSS FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HIS SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE TODAY. ROSS IS CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT JUNE 22ND WHERE A 20 YEAR OLD ONTARIO WOMAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY AN SUV WHILE WALKING ON A RURAL ROAD NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12.  RCMP SAY THE WOMAN AND THE DRIVER OF THE SUV GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT JUST PRIOR TO THE CRASH, WITH ALCOHOL BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR IN THE INCIDENT.

DRIVING RAMAGE DENIED -
A PONOKA MAN ACCUSED OF STRIKING TWO PEDESTRIANS AND THREE VEHICLES DURING A WILD DRIVING INCIDENT LAST YEAR PLED NOT GUILTY TO ALL 14 COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN RED DEER COURT TODAY. 35 YEAR OLD JOSEPH DONOVAN'S CASE NOW RETURNS TO COURT AUGUST 6TH.  HE'S CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT ON JULY 31ST OF LAST YEAR WHEN MOUNTIES RECEIVED MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS OF AN ERRATIC DRIVER IN RED DEER'S NORTH-END WHERE PEDESTRIANS AND VEHICLES WERE STRUCK WHILE PUTTING OTHERS AT RISK.  FORTUNATELY THE PEDESTRIANS SUFFERED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. THE INVESTIGATION ALSO REVEALED A FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE SUSPECT VEHICLE WAS THREATENED AND BEING HELD AGAINST HER WILL BY THE DRIVER BEFORE EVENTUALLY ESCAPING.
 

RIMBEY FUNERAL HOME DISCIPLINED - A LOCAL FUNERAL HOME IS FACING PENALTIES.  THE INDUSTRY REGULATOR HAS DISCIPLINED BOTH LAVERNE AND MICHELLE OBERHAMMER OF RIMBEY'S OBERHAMMPER FUNERAL CHAPEL. ACCORDING TO THE FUNERAL SERVICES BOARD, THE PAIR FAILED TO PROVIDE GRIEVING FAMILIES MONUMENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER- AND FAILED TO PROVIDE THEIR CLIENTS A PROPER EXPLANATION FOR THE DELAY. THEY ALSO BROKE THE SECTOR'S CODE OF CONDUCT AND IGNORED INVESTIGATORS. BOTH HAVE HAD THEIR FUNERAL DIRECTOR LICENCES REVOKED. MICHELLE HAS LOST HER BUSINESS LICENCE, AND LAVERNE WILL HAVE TO TAKE A PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COURSE.

RED DEER TALKS SUICIDE PREVENTION -
RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN HOSTED A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE MONDAY.  OFFICIALS SAY THE DISCUSSION IS AN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA AND DESIGNED TO GATHER INSIGHT AND IDEAS SURROUNDING SUICIDE PREVENTION ACROSS CANADA. LOCAL EXPERTS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, POLICE, SCHOOL BOARD REPS, SOCIAL WORKERS, SERVICE CLUBS, VETERANS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS ALL TOOK PART.
 

 

  WED AM NEWS  (JULY 30)
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RED DEER MONEY LAUNDERING - 
MOUNTIES IN RED DEER HAVE ISSUED A WARNING AFTER A LOCAL WOMAN UNWITTINGLY BECAME A MONEY LAUNDERING MULE.  SHORTLY AFTER POSTING HER RESUME ONLINE, THE LOCAL WOMAN WAS APPROACHED BY TWO SUSPICIOUS EMPLOYERS.  THE FIRST COMPANY, CLAIMING TO BE BASED OUT OF THE UNITED STATES, OFFERED A HER A JOB WORKING FROM HOME IN A CUSTOMER SERVICE POSITION-THEN ASKED THAT SHE USE HER PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT TO FUNNEL LARGE ELECTRONIC MONEY TRANSFERS.  ANOTHER OFFER FROM A SECOND COMPANY, SUPPOSEDLY FROM RUSSIA, SOON FOLLOWED- AND THE WOMAN CALLED POLICE.  MOUNTIES SAY THE SCAMS ARE THE WORK OF ORGANIZED CRIME SYNDICATES AND ARE WARNING JOB SEEKERS THAT THEY COULD BE TARGETED.
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CENTRAL ALBERTA LOTTO WINNERS  -    A LACOMBE COUNTY COUPLE STRUCK IT RICH, WINNING ALMOST 18.4 MILLION DOLLARS ($18,397,958.80)  IN THE JUNE 25TH LOTTO 6-49 DRAW.    BRAD AND AMANDA KELLY WON THE BIG CASH AFTER PURCHASING THE WINNING TICKET AT A 7-11 IN CLARESHOLM.      A WEEK LATER, BRADLEY SAYS HE CHECKED HIS TICKET AND WAS IN ABSOLUTE SHOCK.    BRADLEY SAYS ONE THING FOR CERTAIN IS THEY'LL BE TAKING A TRIP.     HE ADDS "AFTER FIVE YEARS OF MARRIAGE, THEY NEVER DID HAVE A HONEYMOON, SO WE SHOULD GET ON THAT".
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BOWDEN PRISON KHADR CASE -  THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER THE BOWDEN INSTITUTION'S MOST INFAMOUS INMATE IS HEADED TO THE SUPREME COURT.  OMHAR KHADR'S LAWYERS ARE FIGHTING TO HAVE THE 27-YEAR OLD TRANSFERRED TO A PROVINCIAL FACILITY.  THEY ARGUE HE RECEIVED A JUVENILE SENTENCE IN THE STATES AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER SEEN THE INSIDE  OF A FEDERAL INSTITUTION WHEN HE WAS MOVED TO CANADA.  THE ONTARIO NATIVE WAS CAPTURED BY THE U.S. MILITARY IN 2002.  HE  PLEAD GUILTY TO TO A LONG LIST OF CHARGES,  INCLUDING MURDER AND CONSPIRACY,  AFTER ADMITTING TO THROWING A GRENADE THAT KILLED AN AMERICAN SOLIDER.
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DRILLING ACTIVITY -  INCREASED DRILLING ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE REST OF 2014 FOLLOWING A STRONGER THAN ANTICIPATED START TO THE YEAR.  THAT ACCORDING TO THE PETROLEUM SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA WHICH SAYS 11,460 WELLS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DRILLED, A SIX PERCENT INCREASE FROM WHAT WAS FORECAST LAST OCTOBER.  OFFICIALS SAY ALBERTA WILL SEE AN ADDITIONAL 207 WELLS DRILLED FOR A TOTAL OF 6,762.  INCREASED DRILLING ACTIVITY WILL ALSO BE SEEN IN SASKATCHEWAN AND B.C. WITH A SLIGHT DECREASE NOW ANTICIPATED IN MANITOBA.
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SYLVAN TRUCK HITS BUILDING CASE -  SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE THURSDAY FOR A THREE HILLS MAN ACCUSED OF DRIVING A TRUCK INTO A BUILDING IN SYLVAN LAKE LAST WINTER.  THIS AFTER 22 YEAR OLD THOMAS HANGER PLED GUILTY TO DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND PUBLIC MISCHIEF DURING HIS TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT ON MONDAY.  IT WAS ON MARCH 22ND WHEN MOUNTIES SAY A TRUCK DROVE INTO THE TELUS BUILDING IN SYLVAN LAKE AND FORCED PART OF THE DOWNTOWN TO EVACUATE DUE TO THE RESULTING NATURAL GAS LEAK.  A 24 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER SUFFERED SERIOUS HEAD INJURIES IN THE CRASH.
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RAVEN RIVER -   CONSTRUCTION HEADACHES AHEAD FOR RESIDENTS NEAR RAVEN RIVER.  RED DEER COUNTY SAYS THE BRIDGE, SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 54 WILL EB REPLACED, WHILE RANGE ROAD 42 WILL BE UPGRADED IN THE AREA.  THE CONSTRUCTION SITE WILL COVER MORE THAN 100 METRES AND DETOURS IS TAKING PLACE.  CONSTRUCTION CREWS WILL REMAIN IN THE AREA UNTIL EARLY SEPTEMBER.
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UNITED WAY LOAN REP -  THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALBERTA IS GETTING SOME EXTRA HELP DURING IT'S BUSY CAMPAIGN SEASON THIS YEAR.  FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE ORGANIZATION WILL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL STAFF MEMBER LOANED TO THEM DURING THIS BUSY TIME.  MEGLOBAL HAS STEPPED IN TO SPONSOR THE "LOANED REPRESENTATIVE" PROGRAM.
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CRIME PREVENTION -  THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE IS TARGETTING DEER PARK TO BE THE SITE OF IT'S NEXT "SAFE" PROGRAM.  THE PROGRAM AIMS TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN SOME GRASS ROOTS ACTIVITIES TO GET OUT AND TALK TO ONE ANOTHER AND DISCUSS WHAT ISSUES OR CONCERNS THEY MAY HAVE AND HOW TO ADDRESS THEM.  THE "SAFE" PROGRAM WILL RUN IN DEER PARK FROM TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH TO FRIDAY THE 8TH AND FEATURE A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION AND BBQ ON THE TUESDAY NIGHT, WITH A COMMUNITY CLEAN UP AND GRAFITTI REMOVAL ON THURSDAY THE 7TH.
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SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM -  WHEN IT COMES TO SUICIDE PREVENTION, "WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY".  THAT FROM RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN WHO HOSTED A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ON MONDAY.   THE DISCUSSION IS AN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION OF CANADA AND AIMS TO GATHER INSIGHT AND IDEAS SURROUNDING SUICIDE PREVENTION ACROSS CANADA.  ATTENDEES INCLUDED LOCAL EXPERTS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, POLICE, SCHOOL BOARD REPS, SOCIAL WORKERS, SERVICE CLUBS, VETERANS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS.
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RECORD BREAKING HEAT -   THE HEAT WAVE HAS BROKEN RECORD HIGHS IN SOME COMMUNITIES THIS WEEK.   ROCKY HIT 29.5 YESTERDAY (TUES) BREAKING TO OLD MARK OF 28.4 SET IN 2007, WHILE SUNDRE GOT UP TO 31.3 ON TUESDAY BREAKING THE RECORD OF 30.5 ALSO SET IN 2007.  RED DEER DID NOT BREAK OUT RECORD HIGH YESTERDAY (TUES) OF 30.4 SET IN 2007, AS WE HIT AN OFFICIAL HIGH OF 29 AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT.  RED DEER'S RECORD HIGH FOR TODAY (WED) IS 31.1 SET BACK IN 1960.CANADA'S HOTSPOT ON TUESDAY WAS 39.3 IN WARFIELD, B.C.
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TUESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 29TH

 

LACOMBE FIRE GUTS THREE HOMES - THREE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN LEFT HOMELESS BY A DEVASTATING FIRE IN LACOMBE THIS MORNING. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AT HENNER'S LANDING SHORTLY AFTER 5 O'CLOCK- DESTROYING THREE HOMES, AND CAUSING ABOUT $3 MILLION IN DAMAGES.  IT TOOK AN HOUR AND HALF FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO QUELL THE FLAMES BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. ACCORDING TO THE RED CROSS, 13 PEOPLE, INCLUDING SEVEN CHILDREN WERE AFFECTED. THE RED CROSS HAS STEPPED IN TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE. THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN THE GARAGE AREA OF THE CENTRE HOME, BUT THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

RED DEER'S DRUG TRADE A BIG DRAW FOR GANGS -
THE ARREST OF AN ALLEGED KINGPIN WILL SLOW, BUT NOT CRIPPLE GANG ACTIVITY IN RED DEER. THAT ACCORDING TO SERGEANT LINDSEY HOUGHTON OF B.C.'S SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT, AS THE INFAMOUS RED SCORPIONS EXPAND THEIR TERRITORY INTO ALBERTA. HE SAYS THE VANCOUVER-BASED GANG LAYS CLAIM TO A LARGE NETWORK OF MEMBERS WHO WILL TRAVEL FAR TO MAKE ILLEGAL PROFIT.
A RED SCORPION MEMBER AND THREE OF HIS ASSOCIATES WERE ARRESTED ON JULY 23RD. POLICE ALLEGE THE GROUP WERE OPERATING A TRAFFICKING RING IN RED DEER, AIRDRIE AND CALGARY.
29-YEAR OLD CORY LESPERANCE, ARRESTED AT A BALMORAL HEIGHTS HOME LAST WEEK, IS FACING 14 DRUG AND WEAPONS RELATED CHARGES.

ALLEGED CAR LOOTERS ARRESTED - TWO TEENS ARE FACING CHARGES AFTER POLICE SPOTTED A CAR PROWLING IN PENHOLD. THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, AFTER MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. POLICE SEIZED A STASH OF VALUABLES, INCLUDING ELECTRONICS, GOLD AND DIAMOND STUDDED JEWELERY.  AN 18-YEAR OLD LACOMBE MAN, AND 19-YEAR OLD BLACKFALDS MAN ARE DUE IN COURT IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. ANYONE IN THE PENHOLD AREA WHO HAD THEIR VEHICLE RANSACKED LAST WEEKEND IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE DETACHMENT- AS YOUR STOLEN ITEMS MAY BE IN STORAGE AT THE POLICE STATION.

MAN THROWN FROM VEHICLE IN BLACKFALDS CRASH - A LOCAL FARM WORKER IS RECOVERING AFTER CAREENING OFF THE ROAD WEST OF BLACKFALDS. POLICE RESPONDED THE SCENE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 THIS MORNING. THEY SAY A CROWN VICTORIA WAS TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND ALONG RANGE ROAD 275, APPROACHING TOWNSHIP ROAD 400, WHEN THE DRIVER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL ON THE GRAVEL. THE VEHICLE ROLLED NUMEROUS TIMES- EJECTING THE DRIVER- A  TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER, EMPLOYED AT A NEARBY FARM. HE WAS AIRLIFTED FROM RED DEER TO CALGARY IN SERIOUS STABLE CONDITION. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS HAVE BEEN RULED OUT, BUT THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN - RED DEER RCMP ARE RAISING THE ALARM OVER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A LOCAL TEENAGER. POLICE ARE CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING CHAZ KUJALA. THE 16-YEAR OLD WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 22ND WHEN HE LEFT HIS HOME ON A BLACK BICYCLE.  HE'S ABORIGINAL, SIX FOOT ONE, ROUGHLY 160 POUNDS WITH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES. HIS PHOTOGRAPH HAS BEEN POSTED TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT POLICE OR CRIME STOPPERS.
 
DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY AFTER COLLIDING WITH BUILDING - GUILTY PLEAS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY BY A THREE HILLS MAN ACCUSED OF DRIVING A TRUCK THAT CRASHED INTO A BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN SYLVAN LAKE LAST WINTER. 22 YEAR OLD THOMAS HANGER PLED GUILTY TO DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND PUBLIC MISCHIEF DURING HIS TRIAL ON MONDAY AND WILL NOW BE SENTENCED ON THURSDAY. IT WAS ON MARCH 22ND WHEN RCMP SAY A TRUCK CRASHED INTO THE TELUS BUILDING IN SYLVAN LAKE AND FORCED PART OF THE DOWNTOWN TO EVACUATE FOR NINE HOURS DUE TO A RESULTING NATURAL GAS LEAK. A 24 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER IN THE TRUCK SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT HEAD INJURIES IN THE CRASH.

STRANDED FAMILY RESCUED ALONG RD RIVER- A CAUTIONARY TALE FROM THE CITY. A FAMILY OF SIX, INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN, WAS FOUND COLD AND STRANDED ON THE RED DEER RIVER JUST BEFORE DARK.  WITH ONLY TWO LIFE JACKETS BETWEEN THEM- THEY DIDN'T DARE CROSS THE SHORE. RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES SAY THEY GET THIS KIND OF CALL OF ALL TOO OFTEN, AND ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWING POTENTIAL FOR TRAGEDY. ENSURE YOU SHARE YOUR RIVER PLAN WITH SOMEONE AT HOME, TAKE BOATS THAT CAN WEATHER THE RIVER- NOT POOL TOYS. WEAR A LIFE JACKET AND KEEP ALCOHOL OUT OF THE PICTURE.
 
SENIORS HOUSING GETS FINANCIAL BOOST -
SENIORS IN RIMBEY WILL SOON HAVE A LOT MORE HOUSING OPTIONS.  OTTAWA AND ALBERTA WANT TO ENSURE LOW-INCOME ELDERS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THEY'VE INVESTED NEARLY 50 MILLION IN SENIORS LODGES ACROSS THE PROVINCE, INCLUDING PARKLAND MANOR. MORE THAN $13 MILLION IN GRANTS WILL BE USED FOR MAJOR RENOVATIONS. 40 NEW UNITS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED, WHILE 63 CRAMPED AND OUTDATED APARTMENTS WILL BE CONVERTED.
 


TUESDAY MORNING NEWS (JULY  29)
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LACOMBE FIRE -   THREE HOMES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED AFTER A DEVASTATING FIRE IN NORTH LACOMBE JUST AFTER 5 THIS MORNING (TUES).    FIRE CREWS FROM BENTLEY, CLIVE AND BLACKFALDS ASSISTED LACOMBE FIREFIGHTERS.  POLICE EVACUATED HOMES IN THE AREA AND THERE ARE NO REPORTED INJURIES.  THE DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT THREE MILLION DOLLARS.   WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY, THE BLAZE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED IN THE GARAGE AREA OF THE MIDDLE HOME.
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NOVA FLARES -   A CHEMICAL PLANT IN JOFFRE IS APOLOGIZING TO ITS NEIGHBOURS AFTER SENDING MASSIVE FLAMES INTO THE SUNDAY NIGHT SKY.   MOMENTARY OUTAGE SET OFF A CHAIN OF SAFETY GUARDS AT THE NOVA CHEMICALS PRODUCTION SITE.  SAFETY MANAGER JOHN MULGREW SAYS OVERSIZED FLARES ERUPTED -ALARMING NEARBY RESIDENTS.   THE COMPANY SAYS OPERATIONS SLOWLY RETURNED TO NORMAL AND THE CAUSE OF THE OUTAGE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION .
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WATER SHORTAGE -   SPRUCEVIEW RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT SPUTTERING TAPS IN THE COMING HOURS.  RED DEER COUNTY SAYS EPCOR WILL BE TEMPORARY WATER SHUT DOWNS FROM 10 AM UNTIL 3PM TODAY ( JUL, 29TH).  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 403-350-5067.
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RED DEER GANG DRUG BUST  -  MOUNTIES ARE CONCERNED VIOLENCE WILL ERUPT AS A VANCOUVER.-BASED GANG INFILTRATES ALBERTA'S DRUG TRADE.  A RED SCORPION MEMBER AND THREE OF HIS ASSOCIATES WERE ARRESTED ON JULY 23RD, IN CONNECTION WITH ALLEGED TRAFFICKING LINE WHICH RAN FROM CALGARY TO RED DEER.  SERGEANT LINDSEY HOUGHTON OF B.C.'S SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SAYS MEMBERS ARE INFAMOUS FOR VERY PUBLIC BATTLES OVER DRUG TURF.  29-YEAR OLD CORY LESPERANCE, ARRESTED AT A BALMORAL HEIGHTS HOME LAST WEEK, IS FACING  14 DRUG AND WEAPONS RELATED CHARGES.
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NEW HEALTH FOUNDATION C.E.O. -
  NEW LEADERSHIP WILL SOON BE TAKING OVER THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION.  BOARD CHAIR JOHN DONALD SAYS THEY ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE APPOINTMENT OF IAN PARK AS THE ORGANIZATION'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STARTING AUGUST 11TH.  PARK AND HIS WIFE STARTED IGNITE FITNESS IN RED DEER SIX YEARS AGO WITH PARK MOST RECENTLY MANAGING A HEALTH WORKPLACE ACTION PLAN FOR AHS.  THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION RAISES CASH EVERY YEAR TO HELP BRING STATE OF THE ART MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO CENTRAL ALBERTANS.
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COUNTY WASTE ROUNDUP  -   TIME TO PURGE YOUR HOME OF TROUBLESOME TRASH.  RED DEER COUNTY IS GETTING READY FOR ITS ANNUAL WASTE ROUND-UP.  EVERYTHING FROM ELECTRONICS, CHEMICALS, AND OVERSIZED FURNITURE CAN BE DROPPED OFF ON AUGUST 15TH AND 16TH.  COLLECTIONS SITES WILL BE SET UP IN DELBURNE, BENALTO, SPRUCEVIEW AND SPRINGBROOK.  VISIT THE COUNTY'S WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS.
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RED SCORPION, GANG ASSOCIATES ARRESTED IN RED DEER BUST -

 

 

(JUST SOME OF THE ILLEGAL ITEMS RECOVERED DURING A SERIES OF JULY 23RD SEARCH WARRANTS, IMAGE PROVIDED BY RCMP)

 

POLICE SAY THE ALLEGED GANG KINGPIN BEHIND A RED DEER BASED DRUG RING IS NOW BEHIND BARS. THE SUSPECT AND ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES WERE ARRESTED AT A BALMORAL HEIGHTS HOME, JUST OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS, ON JULY 23RD. TWO MORE MEN, NAMED AS ASSOCIATE MEMBERS, WERE APPREHENDED AS SEARCH WARRANTS WERE EXECUTED IN AIRDRIE AND CALGARY. EACH PROPERTY HELD A STASH OF LOADED FIREARMS, DRUGS, AND CASH, INCLUDING MORE THAN 500 GRAMS OF METH, AND 500 GRAMS OF COCAINE. 29-YEAR OLD CORY LESPERANCE, ORIGINALLY FROM THE LOWER MAINLAND, WAS THE TARGET OF THE INVESTIGATION. POLICE SAY THE GROUP ARE PART OF THE RED SCORPIONS- A VIOLENT, VANCOUVER-BASED GANG, WHICH IS QUICKLY INFILTRATING ALBERTA'S DRUG TRADE.

MASSIVE FLARES SPOOK JOFFRE RESIDENTS - A CHEMICAL PLANT IN JOFFRE IS APOLOGIZING TO ITS NEIGHBORS AFTER SENDING MASSIVE FLAMES INTO THE SUNDAY NIGHT SKY. A MOMENTARY OUTAGE SET OFF A CHAIN OF SAFETY GUARDS AT THE NOVA CHEMICALS PRODUCTION SITE. OVERSIZED FLARES ERUPTED AS EXCESS GASES WERE BURNED OFF-EXCEEDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR THE STACKS, AND ALARMING NEARBY RESIDENTS. THE COMPANY SAYS OPERATIONS ARE SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL THIS AFTERNOON, AND THE CAUSE OF THE OUTAGE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LOCAL BUSINESS MAN CONVICTED OF WATER INFRACTIONS - A RED DEER BUSINESSMAN - FOUND GUILTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFRACTIONS- WILL SOON LEARN HIS LEGAL FATE. HARRY VEENSTRA, ALONG WITH HIS COMPANY- AUTO BODY SERVICES LIMITED, WAS CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT UNDER THE WATER ACT ON FRIDAY. THE JUDGE FOUND HIM LIABLE FOR DIVERTING WATER ONTO A HAY FIELD NORTH OF THE CITY- CAUSING A LANDSLIDE ON THE FARMLAND IN 2010. THE TRIAL DETERMINED THAT VEENSTRA KNEW THAT A COMPANY LEASING SOME OF HIS PROPERTY WAS PLANNING ON PUMPING WATER OFF SITE, BUT FAILED TO GET THE WORK PROPERLY LICENSED AND REGULATED. A SENTENCING DATE HAS YET TO BE SET.

ALBERTA BREAKS WAGE FREEZE PLEDGE - A PROMISE TO FREEZE WAGES FOR ALBERTA'S TOP-RANKING POLITICIANS IS FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE. THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION IS CRYING FOUL OVER A 7 PER CENT PAY HIKE FOR DEPUTY MINISTERS AND OTHER POLITICAL APPOINTEES. THE RAISE WILL SEE DEPUTY MINISTERS MAKE NEARLY $295,000 EACH YEAR. THE MOVE COMES JUST 17 MONTHS AFTER THE FINANCE MINISTER PLEDGED TO KEEP SALARIES FOR PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGERS STATUS QUO FOR THREE YEARS- A PROMISE WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO SAVE TAXPAYERS $54 MILLION.

 

 

MON AM NEWS (JULY 28)
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WEST COUNTRY FIRE UPDATE -  
COOLER, DAMP WEATHER IS GIVING PROVINCIAL FIREFIGHTERS THE UPPER HAND.  CREWS ARE QUELLING THE FLAMES OF A MASSIVE BLAZE, BURNING ALONG THE BANFF PARK BORDER.  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS NOW BEING HELD AND SOME PUBLIC ACCESS RESTRICTIONS IN THE ROCKY ZONE HAVE BEEN LIFTED.  THE RISK FOR NEW WILDFIRES IS CONSIDERED MODERATE, BUT A HEAT WAVE COULD CHANGE THAT IN AN INSTANT.  66 HUNDRED HECTARES OF LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN SCORCHED BY WILDFIRES IN THE ROCKY ZONE SO FAR THIS SEASON.
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FRIDAY’S STORM UPDATE -  THE WEEKEND INVOLVED CLEAN-UP IN SOME AREAS AFTER FRIDAY'S STORM THAT CAUSED POWER OUTAGES, KNOCKED DOWN TREES AND SENT BOATS ADRIFT AND SCATTERED ALONG THE SHORES OF SYLVAN LAKE.   SYLVAN MOUNTIES ISSUED A CALL TO BOATERS IN THE AREA, ASKING THEM TO COME CHECK ON THEIR PROPERTY, AFTER AT LEAST 15 BOATS WERE RIPPED FROM THEIR MOORINGS.  MOUNTIES SAY IF THE ESCAPEE BOATS END UP CAUSING ANY DAMAGE OWNERS WILL BE HELD LIABLE.
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RED DEER CRIME RATE  -   RED DEER'S CRIME RATE IS ON THE RISE.  THAT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT FROM STATS CANADA.  THE FEDERAL FIGURES SHOW THAT THE CITY IS GRAPPLING WITH A CRIME RATE ELEVATED ABOVE THOSE OF SIMILAR SIZED COMMUNITIES.  NON-VIOLENT ROBBERIES AND WIDE RANGE OF PETTY OFFENCES LED THE INCREASE.  BUT, VIOLENT AND SERIOUS CRIMES ARE ON A DOWNWARD TREND AFTER YEARS OF STEADY INCREASES.  AND DESPITE THE ADDED PRESSURE, LOCAL POLICE APPEAR TO COPING WELL- SOLVING AN INCREASING SHARE OF THE CRIMES REPORTED IN THE CITY.
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DOG STOLEN FROM SPCA -  RED DEER'S HOME FOR ABANDONED OR ABUSED ANIMALS IS REASSESSING ITS SECURITY PROTOCOLS, WHILE POLICE ARE LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION.  SPCA STAFF SAY A DOG WAS STOLEN FROM THE FACILITY ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON.  THE GREY AND WHITE STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER CROSS WHICH HAD RECENTLY BEEN SEIZED FROM A HOME, DISAPPEARED FROM HER LOCKED KENNEL.  PHOTOGRAPHS OF SYRA ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO COME FORWARD.
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KOREAN WAR CEREMONY  -  THOSE WHO SERVED IN A THREE YEAR CIVIL WAR WHICH KILLED THOUSANDS, WILL BE HONOURED TODAY.  THE KOREAN WAR CEASE FIRE WILL BE COMMEMORATED IN A DOWNTOWN CEREMONY THIS MORNING (JUL 28).  THERE WILL BE SPEECHES AND A MOMENT OF SILENCE AT RED DEER'S VETERANS PARK STARTING AT 10:40.
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ALTALINK  -  OPPOSITION PARTIES SAY TAXPAYERS WILL SUFFER AS ALTALINK IS SOLD TO AN AMERICAN CORPORATION.  OTTAWA HAS APPROVED THE SALE OF ALBERTA'S ELECTRICITY PROVIDER TO BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY.  BUT THE 3.2 BILLION DEAL IS STILL AWAITING APPROVAL FROM THE PROVINCIAL UTILITIES BOARD.  THE NEW DEMOCRATS SAY ITS A BAD DEAL THAT WILL ALLOW A FOREIGN COMPANY TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS, WHILE DRIVING UP RATES.  HOWEVER, LOCAL MLA- INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINISTER CAL DALLAS IS CALLING THE DEAL ESSENTIAL- AND MAINTAINS THAT SERVICE WILL BE STATUS QUO UNDER THE SALE.
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RED DEER MUSIC LOVERS - LOCAL TALENT WILL TAKE CENTRE STAGE THIS SUMMER.  MUSICAMP ALBERTA IS INVITING MUSIC LOVERS TO A SERIES OF FREE CONCERTS, FEATURING EVERYTHING FROM JAZZ TO MUSICAL THEATRE.  PERFORMANCES WILL BE RUNNING  AT THE RED DEER COLLEGE ARTS MAINSTAGE- UNTIL AUGUST 8TH.  FACULTY AND GUEST RECITALS HIT THE SPOTLIGHT AT 8PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.  THERE WILL ALSO BE THREE SPECIAL SATURDAY MATINEE PERFORMANCES.
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SUNDAY MORNING NEWS FILE - JULY 27TH

 

EGGEN COURTS THE VOTE IN RED DEER - NDP HOPEFUL DAVID EGGEN SAYS THE TORY PARTY IS IN TROUBLE.  THE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN RED DEER ON SATURDAY.
HE SAYS AS THE REIGNING PCS TRY AND MEND DEEP FRACTURES WITHIN PARTY LINES, THE NEW DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSING ON VOTERS.
HE SUGGESTS THAT THE TORY PARTY WILL PAY FOR ALISON REDFORD'S MISTAKES IN THE NEXT ELECTION.  THREE CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR THE LEADERSHIP JOB. MLA RACHEL NOTELY AND UNION PRESIDENT ROD LOYOLA HAVE ALSO ANNOUNCED THEIR BID IN THE NDP CAMPAIGN.

LOCAL TEEN KILLED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT HONOURED -
AN INNISFAIL TEEN KILLED IN A TRAGIC WORKPLACE ACCIDENT WILL BE LAID TO REST TODAY.  A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE WILL BE HELD THIS MORNING AT THE PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME.  THE 15-YEAR OLD WAS KILLED IN A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT AT A ARJON CONSTRUCTION GRAVEL CRUSHING SITE EAST OF CALGARY LAST SATURDAY.  HE'S BEING REMEMBERED AS YOUNG MAN WHO PREFERRED REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE TO THE CLASSROOM AND WHO LONGED TO FOLLOW IN HIS GRANDFATHER'S FOOTSTEPS, AND BECOME A HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC.  MEMORIAL DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE RED DEER SPCA.

BOATS ON THE LOOSE ON SYLVAN LAKE - FRIDAY'S STORM RIPPED ROUGHLY 15 BOATS FROM THEIR MOORINGS ON SYLVAN LAKE.
POLICE SAY THE VESSELS HAVE NOW WASHED UP ON THE SOUTH SHORE, AND ARE SCATTERED ALONG LAKESHORE DRIVE. ANYONE WITH A BOAT ANCHORED IN THE AREA IS ASKED TO CHECK ON IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH POLICE HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO TIE UP SOME OF THE BOATS, SOME ARE LISTING BADLY AND COULD BE WASHED BACK OUT INTO THE LAKE IF THE WINDS PICK UP.  MOUNTIES ARE ALSO REMINDING OWNERS THAT THEY COULD BE HELD LIABLE FOR BOTH PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES INCURRED DURING FRIDAY'S BATTERING WEATHER.

COUNTY RECRUITS FIREFIGHTERS -
THE RED DEER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING TO EXPAND THEIR RANKS. IN A CONTRACT SIGNED THIS WINTER, THE COUNTY ASSUMED DIRECT CONTROL OF FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES IN THE TOWN OF BOWDEN. THEIR JURISDICTION ALSO COVERS DELBURNE, INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE- AND THEY NEED MORE MANPOWER.A RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR NEW MEMBERS IS ONGOING UNTIL AUGUST 8TH. CONTACT THE COUNTY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY.

 

 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE -


RED DEER'S  CRIME RATE ON THE RISE - RED DEER'S CRIME RATE CONTINUES TO ESCALATE.  ACCORDING TO THE 2013 FIGURES FROM STATISTICS CANADA, THIS CITY IS STILL WRESTLING WITH A CRIME RATE, ELEVATED FROM SIMILARLY SIZED COMMUNITIES. OUR CRIME INDEX SITS AT 157, COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL RATE AT 68. NON-VIOLENT PROPERTY CRIMES AND OTHER PETTY OFFENCES LED THE INCREASE.  HOWEVER, SERIOUS CRIMES, SUCH AS HOMICIDE AND ASSAULT DROPPED AFTER A STEADY THREE YEAR SPIKE.

DEVELOPERS LOSE LAWSUIT AGAINST MOUNTAIN VIEW -
THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER A PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT NEAR OLDS IS COMING TO AN END. THE DEVELOPERS, INCLUDING NEUROSE PROPERTIES, STYLE REALTY AND ABE NEUFELD , HAVE LOST THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY.  THE CASE ALLEGED LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTED IN BAD FAITH WHEN IT CHANGED ITS CONCEPTUAL PLANS FOR THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION SITE-CAUSING FINANCIAL FALLOUT FOR THE COMPANIES INVOLVED.  THE LAWSUIT SOUGHT MORE THAN 33 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AND LOSSES.  THE NETOOK CROSSING NORTH DEVELOPMENT WOULD HAVE SEEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL SUBDIVISION, INCLUDING 400 HOMES.

FRAC SAND SPILL PROMPTS PUBLIC EXPOSURE CONCERNS - A SAND SPILL IN THE BASHAW AREA IS PROMPTING A WARNING FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES. OFFICIALS SAY ABOUT FIVE-HUNDRED AND 80 TONNES OF FRAC SAND OVERTURNED AT THE WILD ROSE COUNTRY COMMODITIES SITE ON JUNE 17TH. ALTHOUGH THE SPILL HAS SINCE BEEN CLEANED UP, THE SITE REMAINED CONTAMINATED FOR WEEKS AND LOCAL CHILDREN WERE SEEN PLAYING THE SUBSTANCE WHICH IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH HARMLESS LANDSCAPING MATERIAL. ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE REMOVED SAND FROM THE AREA SHOULD DISCARD IT IMMEDIATELY. AVOID BREATHING IN THE SUBSTANCE BY DAMPENING THE SAND, WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR AND DISPOSING OF IT IN A MUNICIPAL LANDFILL.

CENTRIUM GETS SOUND UPGRADE - LET IT BE MUSIC TO YOUR EARS. THE SOUND SYSTEM AT THE CENTRIUM IS GETTING SOME MAJOR UPGRADES. WESTERNER PARK MANAGEMENT SAYS A SET OF NEARLY 60 POWERFUL SPEAKERS, AND 13 AMPLIFIERS WILL DELIVER A CLEAN AND BALANCED SOUND THROUGHOUT THE ARENA BOWL. THE NEW GEAR WILL BE HEARD BY FANS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2014 15 WHL SEASON.

STREET PERFORMERS DESCEND ON DOWNTOWN - THE 12TH ANNUAL CENTREFEST INTERNATIONAL STREET PERFORMERS FESTIVAL RUNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROSS AND 49TH AVENUE. THE PERFORMERS HAIL FROM ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA AND WILL OFFER YOU A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT: THERE'S NO CHARGE TO ENTER THE FESTIVAL BUT YOU'RE ENCOURAGED YOU TO BRING SOME MONEY TO GIVE TO THE PERFORMERS AFTER THEY'VE DONE A SHOW. EVERYTHING STARTS AT 11:30 THIS MORNING.

 

 

FRIDAY PM NEWSFILE (JUL 25)

 

NON-SUMMERISH DAY (JUL 25) - TODAY'S WEATHER MAY NOT BE SO GREAT BUT OFFICIALS WITH ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAY TO HANG IN THERE CAUSE TOMORROWS ANOTHER DAY. METEOROLOGIST BRIAN PROCTOR SAYS TODAY'S WEATHER IS BASICALLY A COLD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT WILL SLOWLY MOVE OUT OF OUR REGION BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON SOMETIME

SEVERAL POWER OUTAGES (JUL 25) - THE WET WINDY WEATHER CAUSED SOME POWER OUTAGES IN RED DEER TODAY. AT AROUND 6:30 THIS MORNING. ELECTRIC, LIGHT AND POWER MANAGER JIM JORGENSEN SAYS THE NASTY WEATHER SHUT OUT SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND CAUSED THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT IN SEVERAL AREAS OF THE CITY. ALSO, A TREE COLLAPSED ONTO A POWER LINE IN THE AFTERNOON CAUSING OUTAGES AROUND DOWN TOWN AND EAST HILL.

CENTREFEST STARTS TOMORROW (JUL 25) - THE 12TH ANNUAL CENTREFEST INTERNATIONAL STREET PERFORMERS FESTIVAL RUNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROSS AND 49TH AVENUE. THE PERFORMERS HAIL FROM ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA AND WILL OFFER YOU A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT. THERE'S NO CHARGE TO ENTER THE FESTIVAL BUT HE ENCOURAGES YOU TO BRING SOME MONEY TO GIVE TO THE PERFORMERS AFTER THEY'VE DONE A SHOW. EVERYTHING STARTS AT 11:30 TOMORROW MORNING.

MAN INJURED IN CRASH (JUL 25) - A MAN IN HIS 40'S WAS TAKEN TO FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY AFTER A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A POLE NEAR THE O'CHIESE RESERVE WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. OFFICIALS WITH STARS SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 1:30 WITH THE VICTIM SUFFERING SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

EGGEN VISITS RED DEER SATURDAY (JUL 25) - ALBERTA NDP LEADERSHIP HOPEFUL DAVID EGGEN WILL BE IN RED DEER TOMORROW (SAT) TO TALK AND MINGLE WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS DURING HIS LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN. EGGEN WILL BE AT THE FARMER'S MARKET IN THE MORNING, GO DOOR KNOCKING WITH LOCAL ACTIVISTS OVER THE NOON HOUR, SPEND SOME TIME AT CENTRE FEST IN THE AFTERNOON AND WRAP UP THE DAY AT THE VELVET OLIVE FOR A SOCIAL MIXER.

RDPL LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE (JUL 25) - SOME GOOD NEWS FOR LOCAL BOOKWORMS. YOU NOW HAVE A MUCH LARGER BOOKSHELF TO CHOOSE FROM NEXT TIME YOU VISIT THE RED DEER PUBLIC LIBRARY, AS A PROVINCE-WIDE BORROWING PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE. THE "ME" LIBRARIES PROGRAM IS PROVINCIALLY FUNDED AND ENABLES A PUBLIC LIBRARY MEMBER TO ACCESS MORE THAN TEN MILLION BOOKS, CD'S OR DVD'S AVAILABLE IN OVER 300 PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN ALBERTA. YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE AT MELIBRARIES.CA AND SELECT WHICH LIBRARIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO BORROW FROM WITH THE ITEMS TO BE RETURNED AT ANY PARTICIPATING LIBRARY.

 

 

FRIDAY AM NEWS (JULY 25)

 

FRIDAY POWER OUTAGE -   A WIND WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR THE RED DEER AND EDMONTON REGION WITH GUSTS UP TO 90 KILOMETRES AN HOUR.  THE WEATHER CREATED SOME POWER OUTAGES AROUND 6:45 AM KNOCKING OUT SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS, CAUTION IS ADVISED AS CREWS WORK TO RESTORE POWER TO THOSE AREAS HIT.  JUST AFTER 8 AM THE CITY ISSUED A RELEASE SAYING MOST OF THE POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED, ALTHOUGH CREWS CONTINUES TO WORK ON A DOWNED POWER POLE NEAR THE LIONS CAMPGROUND AND POWER IS EXPECTED TO BE OUT IN THAT AREA FOR MOST OF THE DAY.

 

CENTREFEST UPDATE -  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS, THE CENTREFEST BARBEQUE PLANNED FOR CITY HALL PARK OVER THE LUNCH HOUR TODAY (FRI) HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE BRUTAL WEATHER.   CENTREFEST ITSELF IS STILL ON FOR THIS WEEKEND WITH STREET PERFORMERS IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER SATURDAY (11:30 AM - 8 PM) AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON (NOON - 6 PM).  ALSO A SPECIAL ADULTS ONLY EVENING STAGE SHOW PLANNED FOR SATURDAY NIGHT.   CHECK IT ALL OUT AT CENTREFEST.CA .

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VOGELZANG RESIGNS -   THE HEALTH QUALITY COUNCIL OF ALBERTA SAYS A BOARD MEMBER HAS RESIGNED AFTER A MEDIA REPORT ABOUT HIS ILLEGAL DONATIONS TO THE PROVINCIAL CONSERVATIVE PARTY.    THE COUNCIL SAYS JOHN VOGELZANG RESIGNED YESTERDAY (THURS).  REPORTS SURFACED THAT EXPENSE RECORDS FOR VOGELZANG SHOWED HE WAS INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL POLITICAL DONATIONS TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WHILE HE WAS C-E-O OF THE DAVID THOMPSON HEALTH REGION OF CENTRAL ALBERTA.   DR. TONY FIELDS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE COUNCIL, SAYS IT'S TAKING THE INCIDENT VERY SERIOUSLY.
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EGGEN VISITS RED DEER  -   ALBERTA NDP LEADERSHIP HOPEFUL DAVID EGGEN WILL BE IN RED DEER TOMORROW (SAT) TO TALK AND MINGLE WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS DURING HIS LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN.   EGGEN WILL BE AT THE FARMER'S MARKET IN THE MORNING, GO DOOR KNOCKING WITH LOCAL ACTIVISTS OVER THE NOON HOUR, SPEND SOME TIME AT CENTRE FEST IN THE AFTERNOON AND WRAP UP THE DAY AT THE VELVET OLIVE FOR A SOCIAL MIXER.
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LACOMBE COUNTY LAKES -  ALBERTA'S LAKES REMAIN FREE OF INVASIVE SPECIES.  AND LACOMBE COUNTY WANTS TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. THE COUNTY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROVINCE, ARE HOLDING AN INFORMATION SESSION AT THE SYLVAN LAKE SUNBREAKER COVE BOAT LAUNCH AUGUST 1ST FROM 10AM -2PM. BOATERS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN PREVENTION. BY KEEPING THEIR EQUIPMENT CLEAN, THEY CAN PREVENT THE SPREAD OF HARMFUL CRITTERS SUCH AS ZEBRA MUSSELS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE COUNTY.
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RDC PROGRAM  -  RED DEER COLLEGE HAS JOINED A SPECIAL PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS OFF-SET SOME OF THEIR SCHOOL FEES THROUGH REWARDS POINTS FROM PARTICIPATING LOYALTY PROGRAMS.
RDC HAS TEAMED UP WITH HIGHEREDPOINTS.COM SO STUDENTS CAN NOW CONVERT AEROPLAN MILES INTO CREDITS AT HIGHEREDPOINTS AND USE THEM TO OFF-SET THEIR EDUCATION FEES.
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  LACOMBE ENVIRONMENT REPORT -  OFFICIALS WITH LACOMBE COUNTY ARE PLEASED TO RELEASE THEIR 2014 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT.  THE DOCUMENT WHICH CAN BE VIEWED ON THE COUNTY'S WEBSITE, IS A SNAPSHOT OF THE CURRENT CONDITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE PRESSURES IMPACTING IT.  IT CONTAINS SCIENTIFIC DATA, CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION, ENVIRONMENTAL EXTENSION PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY PERCEPTION RIGHT NOW. LACOMBE COUNTY'S VERY FIRST STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT CAME OUT LAST YEAR.
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LACOMBE BETTER WORLD -  A LACOMBE-BASED CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION IS LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM CENTRAL ALBERTANS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE 90 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN SOUTH SUDAN WITH ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER.  A BETTER WORLD CANADA HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE ALASKA-SUDAN MEDICAL PROJECT WHICH SPECIALIZES IN HEALTH CARE, WATER, AGRICULTURE AND TRAINING TO HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN.  WITH 32 THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED SO FAR FOR THE PROJECT, OFFICIALS SAY ANOTHER 40 WOULD BRING THEM TO 75 PERCENT OF THEIR 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR GOAL.
RED DEER'S MONYBANY DAU WAS A CHILD SOLDIER WHO FLED SOUTH SUDAN IN THE EARLY 80'S AND SAYS THEIR IMMEDIATE PLAN IS TO DIG TEN WATER WELLS IN THE REGION WITH A LONG-TERM GOAL OF 50.
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RED DEER LIBRARY -  SOME GOOD NEWS FOR LOCAL BOOKWORMS.
YOU NOW HAVE A MUCH LARGER BOOKSHELF TO CHOOSE FROM NEXT TIME YOU VISIT THE RED DEER PUBLIC LIBRARY, AS A PROVINCE-WIDE BORROWING PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE.  THE "ME" LIBRARIES PROGRAM IS PROVINCIALLY FUNDED AND ENABLES A PUBLIC LIBRARY MEMBER TO ACCESS MORE THAN TEN MILLION BOOKS, CD'S OR DVD'S AVAILABLE IN OVER 300 PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN ALBERTA.  YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE AT MELIBRARIES.CA AND SELECT WHICH LIBRARIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO BORROW FROM WITH THE ITEMS TO BE RETURNED AT ANY PARTICIPATING LIBRARY.

 

 

THURS PM NEWSFILE (JUL 24)

 

VEHICLE THEFTS IN BLACKFALDS (JUL 24) - BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AND STOLEN VEHICLE OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. IN MOST CASES, MOUNTIES ARE LEARNING THE VEHICLES WERE LEFT UNLOCKED AND THE KEYS STILL INSIDE FOR MANY OF THE VEHICLES THAT WERE STOLEN. POLICE SAY THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THIS LATEST CRIME SPREE REVEALS ABOUT 70 VEHICLES WERE TARGETED IN TOTAL WITH 25 LEFT UNLOCKED. RCMP SAY MANY OF THESE CRIMES COULD BE AVOIDED SIMPLY BY LOCKING YOUR VEHICLE AND KEEPING ANY VALUABLES OUT OF SIGHT.

FUNDING FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA (JUL 24) - HISTORICAL LANDMARKS ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA WILL BE REVITALIZED WITH A CASH INFUSION FROM THE PROVINCE. IN RED DEER , THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE RECEIVED NEARLY 18-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE STEEL STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTED AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL ALSO ADD TO  THE NUMBER OF INTERPRETIVE SIGNS WHICH HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT HOMESTEADS ACROSS THE DOWNTOWN CORE. THE M & J HARDWARE BUILDING IN LACOMBE AND THE KEMP BLOCK IN OLDS ALSO BENEFITTED FROM THE LATEST ROUND OF HERITAGE GRANTS.

VOGELZANG CALLED OUT (JUL 24) - ALBERTA'S WILDROSE AND NDP PARTIES ARE CALLING FOR A FORMER LOCAL HEALTH EXECUTIVE TO STEP DOWN FROM HIS BOARD POSITION WITH THE HEALTH QUALITY COUNCIL OF ALBERTA. THE PARTIES ALLEGE JOHN VOGELZANG, A ONE-TIME CEO OF THE FORMER DAVID THOMPSON HEALTH REGION, MADE ILLEGAL DONATIONS OF JUST UNDER THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE GOVERNING PC PARTY WHILE IN THAT POSITION. VOGELZANG APPARENTLY REPAID THE MONEY IN NOVEMBER OF 2012 AFTER POLITICAL PRESSURE FROM A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST SENT BY THE CBC. VOGELZANG RECEIVED A PAYOUT OF 894 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SEVERANCE AFTER LEAVING THE DTHR AND WAS APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF THE HEALTH QUALITY COUNCIL OF ALBERTA BY HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE LAST DECEMBER. A STATEMENT RELEASED BY AHS SAYS THE EXPENSES CLAIMED IN THIS CASE DO NOT REFLECT THEIR CURRENT POLICY AND PRACTISES AS ALL EXECUTIVE EXPENSES ARE POSTED ON THEIR EXTERNAL WEBSITE.

NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM IN LACOMBE (JUL 24) - THE CITY OF LACOMBE HAS LAUNCHED A NEW PROGRAM TO HELP REMIND RESIDENTS OF THEIR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICK-UP DAYS. IT'S A NEW FREE ONLINE WIDGET THAT CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE AND SENDS OUT PICK-UP NOTIFICATIONS VIA PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS OR TEXTS. THE WIDGET ALSO COMMUNICATES SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS, EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION OR PROGRAM CHANGES WHICH CAN HAPPEN DURING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

BIG LACOMBE CONSTRUCTION PLANS (JUL 24) - CONSTRUCTION IS SLATED TO START LATER THIS SUMMER ON SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO MAPLE DRIVE IN LACOMBE. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE BULK OF THE WORK INCLUDES REHABILITATING THE PAVEMENT SURFACE, REPAIRING BASE FAILURES, INSTALLING CURBS AND GUTTERS AND ADDING PEDESTRIAN SIDEWALKS AND TRAILS. A PEDESTRIAN ACTIVATED CROSSING TO THE CUC'S PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTRE IS ALSO PLANNED IN THE OVER 1.5 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. WORK ADJACENT TO THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOULD WRAP UP BY THE END OF AUGUST WHILE WORK SOUTH OF THE CAMPUS SHOULD FINISH IN OCTOBER.

FUNDING FOR BIG BRO'S/SIS'S (JUL 24) - BIG BROTHERS - BIG SISTERS OF RED DEER AND DISTRICT IS ONE OF THREE ACROSS THE PROVINCE RECEIVING SOME PROVINCIAL FUNDING TO LAUNCH A NEW MENTORSHIP INITIATIVE. THE ORGANIZATION WILL SHARE 365 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN CALGARY AND EDMONTON TO HELP INCREASE VOLUNTEER MENTORS FOR YOUTH IN CARE. IT'S HOPED THE FUNDING WILL HELP RECRUITMENT, SCREENING, TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR THE ADULTS WHO WILL PROVIDE FRIENDSHIP AND GUIDANCE TO THE KIDS IN CARE.

HELP FOR RDC STUDENTS (JUL 24) - RED DEER COLLEGE HAS JOINED A SPECIAL PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS OFF-SET SOME OF THEIR SCHOOL FEES THROUGH REWARDS POINTS FROM PARTICIPATING LOYALTY PROGRAMS. RDC HAS TEAMED UP WITH HIGHEREDPOINTS.COM SO STUDENTS CAN NOW CONVERT AEROPLAN MILES INTO CREDITS AT HIGHEREDPOINTS AND USE THEM TO OFF-SET THEIR EDUCATION FEES.
 

 

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW WHO THESE GUYS ARE? (JUL 24) -- CITY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF 10 FLAT SCREEN TV'S FROM THE MARRIOTT HOTEL STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN WEST RED DEER. THE THEFTS WERE DISCOVERED MONDAY MORNING WITH MOUNTIES BELIEVING THE HEISTS TOOK PLACE SOMETIME LAST WEEKEND. THE TV'S ARE 42 INCH LG MODELS WITH PICTURES OF THE SUSPECTS AND THEIR VEHICLE CAUGHT ON VIDEO SURVEILLANCE. THE VEHICLE IS DESCRIBED AS A DARK FOUR-DOOR FORD ESCAPE WITH A NOVELTY LICENSE PLATE AND LARGE LOGO ON THE REAR WINDOW. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS HAS A LARGE TATOO ON HIS LEFT FOREARM.

 

  THURS AM NEWS  (JULY 24)
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SYLVAN DROWNING CAMPAIGN  -   
A DROWNING PREVENTION CAMPAIGN COMES TO SYLVAN LAKE TODAY (THURS).    FROM 3-5 THIS AFTERNOON OFFICIALS WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE IN CONJUNCTION WITH NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION WEEK.   THERE WILL BE MESSAGES ON TOWELS ALONG THE SYLVAN BEACH TO GET PEOPLE TALKING.  SAFE COMMUNITIES CENTRAL ALBERTA IS HOSTING THE EVENT WITH SPOKESPERSON KATHLEEN RAINES ADDING THAT DROWNING IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT PREVENTABLE.  LAST YEAR, THERE WERE TWO DROWNINGS IN SYLVAN LAKE, ONE OF THE VICTIMS FIT INTO THE 18-24 AGE GROUP WHICH EXPERIENCES THE MOST WATER RELATED DEATHS. IN THE LAST DECADE MORE THAN 570 CHILDREN HAVE DROWNED IN CANADA.
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RED DEER WAR MEMORIAL  -   THE CITY IS INVITING YOU TO DELVE INTO RED DEER'S MILITARY HISTORY.  THE COMMUNITY WILL HONOUR GENERATIONS OF RED DEER SOLDIERS WHO NEVER RETURNED HOME, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO REMAINED BEHIND-SERVING THE WAR EFFORT ON CANADIAN SOIL.  THE CITY WILL HOLD  A SOMBRE CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON  (THURS) AT VETERANS PARK, FOLLOWED BY GUIDED TOURS OF THE CITY'S MILITARY LANDMARKS.  THE WAR MEMORIALS TOUR WILL BEGIN AT 1 PM.  TO REGISTER, CALL -342-8147
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HERITAGE GRANTS -  HISTORICAL LANDMARKS ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA WILL BE REVITALIZED WITH A CASH INFUSION FROM THE PROVINCE.   IN RED DEER , THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE RECEIVED NEARLY 18-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE STEEL STRUCTURE CONSTRUCTED AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.  5-THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL ALSO ADD TO  THE NUMBER OF INTERPRETIVE SIGNS WHICH HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT HOMESTEADS ACROSS THE DOWNTOWN CORE.  THE M & J HARDWARE BUILDING IN LACOMBE AND THE KEMP BLOCK IN OLDS ALSO BENEFITTED FROM THE LATEST ROUND OF HERITAGE GRANTS.
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WED PM NEWSFILE

 

BOY INJURED IN HORSE ACCIDENT (JUL 23) - A 4 YEAR OLD BOY WAS FLOWN TO HOSPITAL THIS AFTERNOON (WED) AFTER  FALLING OFF A HORSE NEAR SUNDRE. STARS AIR AMBULANCE SPOKESMAN CAM HEKE (HEEK) SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE YAHA TINDA RANCH AT AROUND 1:30. THE BOY WAS IN STABLE CONDITION EN ROUTE TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON AND WAS THE ONLY ONE INJURED IN THE INCIDENT. NO OTHER DETAILS SURROUNDING THE ACCIDENT WERE RELEASED.

ALLEGED SEX OFFENDER GRANTED BAIL (JUL 23) - BAIL HAS BEEN GRANTED TO A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED IN MULTIPLE SEX ASSAULTS IN OUR CITY THIS MONTH. 23 YEAR OLD BLAISE KAMBU-NDENGI WAS RELEASED ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE BUT MUST ABIDE HOWEVER TO A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS, INCLUDING NO CONTACT WITH ANY OF THE ALLEGED VICTIMS. THERE WERE FOUR INCIDENTS THIS MONTH, TWO ON THE 1ST AND TWO ON THE 7TH, INCLUDING ONE AT THE DOWNTOWN PORT O'CALL SAFEWAY WHERE A WOMAN WAS APPROACHED AND ALLEGEDLY TOUCHED INAPPROPRIATELY AND THE SUSPECT CHASED OUT OF THE STORE BY STAFF. KAMBU-NDENGI'S CASE RETURNS TO COURT AUGUST 20TH.

PARKADED TO BE ADDED TO HOSPITAL (JUL 23) - HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR LONG STANDING PARKING CONCERNS AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. THE CITY'S MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED TODAY (WED), AN 11 HUNDRED STALL, FIVE STORY PARKADE FOR THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SITE. OFFICIALS SAY THE HOSPITAL'S PARKADE WILL INCLUDE AN ELEVATOR, BIKE PARKING AND PEDESTRIAN CONNECTION FROM 39TH STREET TO THE HOSPITAL.
CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

LACOMBE COUNTY MONITORING WATERWAYS (JUL 23) - LACOMBE IS LOOKING TO KEEP ITS WATERWAYS CLEAR OF INVASIVE SPECIES. THE COUNTY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROVINCE,  IS HOLDING AN AWARENESS BLITZ AT THE SYLVAN LAKE SUNBREAKER COVE BOAT LAUNCH ON FRIDAY. CRITTERS SUCH AS ZEBRA MUSSELS CAN EASILY INVADE AND WREAK HAVOC ON LOCAL ECO SYSTEMS. BUT BOATERS CAN HELP PREVENT THE HARMFUL SPECIES FROM SPREADING BY ENSURING THEIR EQUIPMENT IS CLEANED REGULARLY.

TEEN FOUND SAFE AND SOUND (JUL 23) - ANOTHER MISSING RED DEER TEEN HAS BEEN LOCATED. MOUNTIES ISSUED A RELEASE THIS MORNING (WED) THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL. HE WENT MISSING IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER LAST THURSDAY (JULY 17) BUT HAS NOW BEEN FOUND IN GOOD HEALTH.

COOLING OFF (JUL 23) - WORKING IN THE HEAT WITHOUT TAKING PRECAUTIONS IS NOT COOL. THAT MESSAGE FROM THE PROVINCE AS THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SCORCHING TEMPERATURES THIS MONTH. WORKERS ARE REMINDED TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF OVEREXPOSURE , INCLUDING DEHYDRATION, HEADACHE OR NAUSEA. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC CUT OFFS FOR WORKPLACE TEMPERATURES, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR STAFF YEAR ROUND.

   

WED AM NEWS  (JULY 23)
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RED DEER TEEN FOUND -  
ANOTHER MISSING RED DEER TEEN HAS BEEN LOCATED.  MOUNTIES ISSUED A RELEASE THIS MORNING (WED) THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL.  HE WENT MISSING IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER LAST THURSDAY (JULY 17) BUT HAS NOW BEEN FOUND IN GOOD HEALTH.
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HOT WEATHER ADVICE  -  AS TEMPERATURES RISE, SO DOES THE RISK TO LOCAL WORKERS EXPOSED TO THE SCORCHING HEAT.   AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP THE PROVINCE IS REMINDING YOU OF THE RISKS.  WORKERS SPENDING THEIR DAYS OUTSIDE SHOULD WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE, INCLUDING DEHYDRATION, HEADACHE OR NAUSEA.  ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC CUT OFFS FOR WORKPLACE TEMPERATURES, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR STAFF YEAR ROUND.
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RED DEER DRUG BUST - 
THREE MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A MAJOR DRUG BUST IN RED DEER'S KENTWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD LAST WEEK.  ON THURSDAY, LOCAL MOUNTIES WERE JOINED BY MEMBERS OF THE ALERT TEAM AND POLICE DOG SERVICES TO SEARCH A RESIDENCE AND A TRUCK WHERE SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF VARIOUS DRUGS AND CASH WERE FOUND. MACE OR PEPPER SPRAY AND REPLICA FIREARMS WERE ALSO SEIZED IN THE RAID AS WELL.
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RED DEER DRUNK DRIVING CRASH - 
RCMP ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH IN NORTHEAST RED DEER MONDAY NIGHT THAT SENT THREE PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:30 WHEN A TRUCK TRAVELLING SOUTH ON 30TH AVENUE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO TURN LEFT ONTO 55TH STREET BY SAFETY CITY AND STRUCK A NORTHBOUND CAR.  TWO OCCUPANTS OF THE CAR SUFFERED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES WHILE A THIRD SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE 25 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WAS NOT HURT.
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WILDFIRES -  PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS HAVE REMOVED THE FIRE ADVISORY PREVIOUSLY IN PLACE FOR THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA.  THIS MEANS THE WILDFIRE HAZARD HAS BEEN LOWERED TO MODERATE BUT A FIRE BAN REMAINS IN PLACE FOR JARVIS BAY AT SYLVAN LAKE.  THE LIFTING OF THE FIRE ADVISORY ALSO MEANS BURNING PERMITS ARE ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE.  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE WEST OF NORDEGG IS THE ONLY ONE STILL BURNING IN THE ROCKY REGION BUT CONTINUES TO BE "HELD" WITHIN IT'S PRE-DETERMINED BOUNDARIES.
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RED DEER WATER - 
SOME RED DEER COUNCILLORS WERE SUSPICOUS THAT WATER CLARIFICATION COSTS WERE MURKEY AT BEST.  A PAIR OF CLARIFIERS AT THE CITY'S WATER TREATMENT PLANT NEED TO BE REPLACED.   BUT THE COST OF REPAIRS IS PEGGED AT 3.1 MILLION, EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT THAT WAS LEFT OVER FROM THE YEARLY BUDGET.  THE MIRROR SUMS RAISED QUESTIONS OVER THE CITY'S BUDGET PROCESS AND THE CONSULTANTS INVOLVED, HOWEVER, THE SPENDING WAS APPROVED WITH A SOLE OPPOSING  VOTE FROM BUCK BUCHANAN.  WORK TO REPAIR THE FILTERS, DAMAGED BY YEARS OF SEDIMENT FROM THE RED DEER RIVER WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN A FEW MONTHS.
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SMALLER RED DEER LOTS -
  EXPECT TO SEE SMALLER, MORE CONDENSED LOTS AROUND THE CITY IN THE FUTURE.
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL PASSED A MOTION LAST EVENING TO MAKE AMENDMENTS TO THEIR LAND USE BYLAW.   THESE CHANGES WILL LEAD TO SHALLOWER, SMALLER LOTS, SUCH AS WHAT IS SEEN IN THE VANIER EAST AND LANCASTER NEIGHBOURHOODS.  ALL OF THE TABLE WAS IN AGREENCE WITH THIS MOTION, EXCEPT FOR COUNCILOR KEN JOHNSON WHO BELIEVES THIS WILL LEAD TO OVER REGULATION OF THE HOUSING MARKET. 
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TUES PM NEWSFILE (JUL 22)

 

MAJOR DRUG BUST (JUL 22) - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE REPORTING A MAJOR DRUG BUST IN THE KENTWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD LAST WEEK. ON THURSDAY, MEMBERS OF THE ALERT TEAM, POLICE DOG SERVICE AND CITY RCMP RAIDED A RESIDENCE AND SEIZED SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF HEROIN, COCAINE, METH, OXYCODONE, GHB WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE "DATE RAPE" DRUG AND OVER A THOUSAND OTHER PILLS YET TO BE IDENTIFIED. POLICE ALSO SEIZED CANISTERS OF MACE OR PEPPER SPRAY, REPLICA FIREARMS AND OVER THREE GRAND IN CASH. THREE MEN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY INCLUDING 33 YEAR OLD DAVID CLARK WHOSE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON THURSDAY. THE NAMES OF THE TWO OTHER MEN WILL BE RELEASED ONCE THEIR CHARGES HAVE BEEN SWORN.


WOMAN CHARGED IN DRUNK DRIVING CRASH (JUL 22) - CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST A 25 YEAR OLD WOMAN AFTER A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT SENT THREE PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL IN NORTHEAST RED DEER LAST NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:30 WHEN A TRUCK TRAVELLING SOUTH ON 30TH AVENUE, ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO TURN LEFT ONTO 55TH STREET BUT COLLIDED WITH A NORTHBOUND CAR. TWO OCCUPANTS IN THE CAR SUFFERED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES WHILE A THIRD SUFFERED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WAS NOT HURT. HER NAME AND THE CHARGES AGAINST HER WILL BE RELEASED ONCE THE CHARGES HAVE BEEN SWORN.


GOBOLOS LEAVING WESTERNER (JUL 22) - WESTERNER PARKS MARKETING MANAGER HAS ANNOUNCED HER RESIGNATION TO MOVE ONTO A NEW CHALLENGE. AFTER SEVEN YEARS WITH THE WESTERNER, ERIN GOBOLOS (GABLE-ISH) IS MOVING TO EDMONTON WITH HER YOUNG FAMILY TO TAKE ON A NEW MARKETING ROLE IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY.


SUCCESSFUL CHARITY TOURNEY (JUL 22) - A PAIR OF "HOLES IN ONE" AT A TOURNAMENT AT RED DEER'S RIVERBEND GOLF COURSE YESTERDAY (MON). TWO CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMEN DROPPED A HOLE IN ONE AT THE FIRST ANNUAL STANTEC "B.F.F." GOLF TOURNEY BENEFITING WOMEN'S ATHLETICS. PAULETTE HANSON AND KIM LEE COULD WIN 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH TOWARDS A NEW VEHICLE AT PONOKA DODGE CHRYSLER PENDING INSURANCE VERIFICATION. NO TOTALS ARE AVAILABLE YET FOR THE TOURNAMENT, BUT ORGANIZERS ARE CALLING IT A SUCCESS AND ARE ALREADY PLANNING AHEAD FOR NEXT YEAR.


NEW FIREFIGHERS CONTRACT (JUL 22) - AFTER YEARS OF FAILED CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS, LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS ARE INKING A NEW AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER. COUNCIL HAS RATIFIED A NEW SIX-YEAR DEAL WITH  FIREFIGHTERS, COMING TO TERMS WITH NEARLY 200 LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS. TALKS HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2011. THE DEAL INCLUDES A 15 PER CENT RETROACTIVE WAGE INCREASE, INCLUDING ANOTHER 2 PER CENT BUMP IN 2015.


FIRE ADVISORY DROPPED (JUL 22) - PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS HAVE REMOVED THE FIRE ADVISORY PREVIOUSLY IN PLACE FOR THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA. THIS MEANS THE WILDFIRE HAZARD HAS BEEN LOWERED TO MODERATE BUT A FIRE BAN REMAINS IN PLACE FOR JARVIS BAY AT SYLVAN LAKE. THE LIFTING OF THE FIRE ADVISORY ALSO MEANS BURNING PERMITS ARE ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE. THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE WEST OF NORDEGG IS THE ONLY ONE STILL BURNING IN THE ROCKY REGION BUT CONTINUES TO BE "HELD" WITHIN IT'S PRE-DETERMINED BOUNDARIES.


COUNCIL CONCERNED ON WATER PURIFIERS (JUL 22) - A BUDGET FOR NEW WATER PURFIERS HAD SOME RED DEER COUNCILORS ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION. THE COST OF A PAIR OF NEW PUMPS FOR THE TREATMENT PLANT WAS PEGGED AT 3.1 MILLION, EXACTLY WHAT HAD BEEN LEFT OVER IN THE UTILITIES BUDGET FOR THE YEAR. WHILE THE REPAIRS WERE APPROVED, COUNCILOR BUCK BUCHANAN OPPOSED THE PLAN, SAYING THE NUMBERS WERE A WASH, AND THAT WAS SUSPECT. THE CLARIFIERS HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY DAMAGED BY YEARS OF SEDIMENT FROM THE RED DEER RIVER, PUTTING THE CITY'S RELIABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AT RISK.

 

  

 

TUESDAY AM NEWS FILE (JULY 22)

 
FIREFIGHTERS DEAL  -  
THE CITY HAS RATIFIED A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS.  THE CONTRACT WHICH RUNS UNTIL DECEMBER OF 2016 AND COVERS MORE THAN 180 EMPLOYEES- FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS AND PREVENTION OFFICERS.  TALKS HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2011.  THE DEAL INCLUDES A 15 PER CENT RETROACTIVE WAGE INCREASE, INCLUDING ANOTHER 2 PER CENT BUMP IN 2015.  FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW DEAL BRINGS THEM IN LINE WITH OTHER COMMUNITEIS OF SIMILAR SIZE.
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IDLE FREE -  RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CONCERNING CAR IDLING IN THE COMMUNITY.  THIS WAS DECIDED DURING LAST NIGHT'S MEETING ALONG WITH A RECOMENDATION TO RESEARCH OTHER TYPES OF STRATEGIES TO REDUCE TRAFFIC-CAUSED AIR POLLUTION.   THERE WERE SOME CONCERNS HEARD BY COUNCIL REGARDING EMERGENCY AND CITY VEHICLES WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROGRAM, AND WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE AT ALL TIMES.   COUNCIL WILL PROCEED WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION UNTIL THE ITEM RETURNS TO COUNCIL IN 2016 FOR A FULL REPORT ON IT'S EFFECTIVENESS.
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MORE CASH FOR THE GAMES BID -  THE CHANCE TO HOST A WORLD CLASS SPORTING EVENT HAS RED DEER ONCE AGAIN OPENING UP THE PUBLIC PURSE.  THE 2019 WINTER GAMES COMMITTEE HAS BEEN GRANTED ANOTHER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACKING FOR THEIR CAMPAIGN.  THE LATEST ROUND OF FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR A COMMUNITY BASH, A SPECTACLE AIMED AT WOWING THE JUDGES.  THE CITY HAD ALREADY SHELLED OUT 260-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ITS BID, NOT MENTION MORE THAN 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN ANTICIPATED CAPITAL AND OPERATION COSTS.  A FINAL DECISION ON THE HOST CITY WILL BE MADE IN SEPTEMBER.
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POWER OUTAGES -  AN HOUR LONG POWER OUTAGE THAT AFFECTED TEN THOUSAND CUSTOMERS IN RED DEER EARLIER THIS MONTH, HAS BEEN BLAMED ON AN ISSUE WITH A SENSOR.  IT HAPPENED ON JULY 12TH WHEN CITY OFFICIALS SAY A SENSOR ON A TRANSFORMER AT A SUBSTATION MISINTERPRETED AN UNKONWN VIBRATION AS A GAS PRESSURE LEAK AND SHUT DOWN THE SYSTEM TO PREVENT EQUIPMENT DAMAGE.  AN INVESTIGATION AND TEST OF THE EQUIPMENT HOWEVER HAS DETERMINED NO EQUIPMENT DAMAGE SO NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN ORDERED TO REPLACE THE SENSORS.
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CONCERNS OVER INNISFAIL TEEN DEATH -  A 15-YEAR OLD INNISFAIL BOY IS DEAD AFTER A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY.  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT WHICH OCCURED AT A GRAVEL CRUSHING SITE NEAR DRUMHELLER.  CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE WAS A RELATIVELY NEW EMPLOYEE OF ARJON CONSTRUCTION.  THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR IS CRYING FOUL.  THEY SAY TIGHTENING ALBERTA'S CHILD LABOUR LAWS COULD PREVENT ANOTHER TRAGEDY.  THE AFL ARGUES THAT LEGISLATION REQUIRING REGULAR SITE INSPECTIONS FOR COMPANIES WHICH EMPLOY YOUTH, AND PROHIBITING MINORS FROM HIGH-RISK SECTORS SUCH AS CONSTRUCTION ARE LONG OVERDUE.
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VEHICLE FIRES WERE ARSON -  CITY RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR A PAIR OF VEHICLE FIRES IN ORIOLE PARK LAST WEEK.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 SATURDAY NIGHT IN A BACK ALLEY NEAR OGDEN AVENUE WHEN A 1997 DODGE CARAVAN AND 1999 DODGE RAM WERE SET ABLAZE.  EMS ATTENDED AND PUT THE FIRES OUT BEFORE ANY DAMAGE COULD BE DONE TO NEARBY HOUSES OR ANYONE GETTING HURT.  WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING A RED TRUCK FLEE THE AREA AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, WITH THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF IT'S LICENSE PLATE BEING 9979.
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SAFE COMMUNITIES -  RED DEER'S RIVERSIDE MEADOWS IS THE NEXT LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD TARGETTED BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE TO LAUNCH THEIR "SAFE" PROGRAM.  THE PROGRAM AIMS TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN SOME GRASS ROOTS ACTIVITIES TO GET OUT AND MEET ONE ANOTHER, TALK ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND CLEAN UP THEIR AREA.  A COMMUNITY BBQ TAKES PLACE TODAY (TUE) TO DO JUST THAT, WITH A NEIGHBOURHOOD CLEAN-UP PLANNED FOR THURSDAY AS WELL.  THE CLEAN-UP WILL INCLUDE GARBAGE AND GRAFFITI REMOVAL.
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WESTERNER WINNER -  THE RED DEER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB HAS ANNOUNCED THIS YEARS WINNER OF THE WESTERNER DAYS POT OF GOLD.  THE TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR WINNER THIS YEAR IS JAN KNIGHT OF LACOMBE. 
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TWO HOLES IN ONE -   A REMARKABLE DAY OF THE GOLF COURSE YESTERDAY (MON)FOR TWO CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN, BOTH DROPPING HOLES IN ONE.   THE PAIR OF GREAT SHOTS HAPPENED AT THE FIRST EVER STANTEC "B.F.F." GOLF TOURNEY BENEFITING WOMEN'S ATHLETICS.     THE HOLES IN ONE WILL MEAN KIM LEE AND PAULETTE HANSON WILL WIN 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH TOWARDS A NEW VEHICLE AT PONOKA DODGE CHRYSLER, PENDING VERIFICATION FROM INSURANCE.     THE AMOUNT RAISED HASN'T BEEN FINALIZED YET, ALTHOUGH ORGANIZERS SAY THE EVENT WAS A SUCCESS AND ARE  PLANNING AHEAD FOR NEXT YEAR.
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MON PM NEWS (JULY 21)

 

TEEN DIES IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT (JUL 21) - THE DEATH OF A INNISFAIL BOY HAS LABOUR CRITICS CALLING FOR A SAFETY OVERHAUL.
THE 15-YEAR OLD WAS KILLED DURING A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT AT A GRAVEL CRUSHING OPERATION EAST OF CALGARY ON SATURDAY. CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE WAS A RELATIVELY NEW EMPLOYEE OF ARJON CONSTRUCTION. THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR SAYS THE TRAGEDY WAS BORNE OUT OF ALBERTA'S UNSAFE WORK LAWS. THEY SAY YOUNG WORKERS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO INJURY AND ALBERTA'S CHILD LABOUR LAWS ARE THE MOST LAX IN THE COUNTRY.
 

2 INJURED IN BALCONY FALL (JUL 21) - 2 MEN WERE HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALLING FROM A RED DEER APARTMENT BALCONY LAST WEEK. FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE ON  65TH STREET AND 59TH AVENUE IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 14TH. THE 2 MEN FELL 3 METRES ONTO A PAVED SURFACE WHERE THEY SUFFERED SERIOUS, BUT NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. NO NAMES WERE RELEASED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FALL IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.

MISSING TEEN (JUL 21) - ANOTHER RED DEER AREA TEEN HAS BEEN REPORTED MISSING AND RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS ASSISTANCE. 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 17TH IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER AND HE HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A FIVE FOOT ELEVEN INDIVIDUAL WITH GREEN EYES AND BLACK HAIR. HE IS DESCRIBED AS ABOUT 200 POUNDS AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLACK JEANS WITH A BLACK HOODIE WITH WHITE WRITING. IF YOU SEE TRISTAN YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP AT 403 343 5575.

TEEN FOUND (JUL 21) - A LOCAL TEEN REPORTED MISSING JULY 12TH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. RCMP SAY 14 YEAR OLD DAVID KENNEDY WAS LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH AND THEY'RE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING HIM.

FIRE FIGHTERS BRINGING IN BACKUP (JUL 21) - ALBERTA IS BRINGING IN MORE MANPOWER TO DEAL WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF WILDFIRES IN THE PROVINCE. MORE THAN 100 ONTARIO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ARRIVED TO HELP BATTLE A BLAZE ALONG THE B.C BORDER.
A BURNING ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DISTRICT. ALL PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND NO NEW PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HOWEVER, SAFE CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED, FOR NOW.

WATER BAN LIFTED IN SYLVAN (JUL 21) - THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED IT'S WATER BAN. THE BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE LAST WEEK BUT TOWN SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS RESIDENTS CO-OPERATED WELL AND HELPED RESTORE RESERVOIR LEVELS TO FULL AGAIN. SHE SAYS HOWEVER THAT THE TOWN'S MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM IS NOW IN PLACE. THIS MEANS SYLVAN LAKERS WITH ODD NUMBERED ADDRESSES MAY WATER THEIR YARDS ON ODD NUMBERED DAYS WHILE THOSE WITH EVEN NUMBERED ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON EVEN NUMBERED DAYS.

93,000 VISIT WESTERNER DAYS (JUL 21) - RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS HAS WRAPPED UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND THE FINAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ARE NOW IN. THE ANNUAL FAIR BROUGHT IN 92,872 VISITORS, DOWN FROM LAST YEAR'S 95 THOUSAND. JUST UNDER 19 THOUSAND THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED ON SUNDAY TO WRAP UP THE FAIR. THE RECORD WAS SET IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE PASSED THROUGH THE GATES. OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THE EVENT GENERATED ROUGHLY 7.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC SPIN-OFF FOR THE COMMUNITY.

CASE CLOSED IN HORSE DEATH (JUL 21) - NO CHARGES WILL BE LAID AFTER A HORSE WAS EUTHANIZED AT WESTERNER DAYS. RCMP SAY THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR INVESTIGATION SURROUNDING A COLLISION BETWEEN A HORSE AND A TRUCK. MOUNTIES SAY THUNDER AND LIGHTNING WAS TO BLAME FOR SPOOKING THE HORSES WHO BROKE FREE FROM A CHUCKWAGON ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE WAGON WAS HAD BECOME HUNG UP ON THE BUMPER OF SEMI BEFORE THE RIGGING BROKE AND THE TEAM GALLOPED TOWARDS THE CROWDED PARKING LOT.

 

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (JULY 21)
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WESTERNER DAYS FINAL NUMBERS -   RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR WESTERNER DAYS, WHICH WRAPPED UP SUNDAY IS BEING LABELLED A HUGE SUCCESS.    ATTENDANCE FIGURES SHOW ALMOST 93 THOUSAND (92,872) TOOK IN THIS YEARS FAIR, ABOUT 26 HUNDED LESS THAN LAST YEAR (95,488) AND WELL UNDER THE RECORD YEAR IN 2012 WHEN OVER 102 THOUSAND PEOPLE WENT THROUGH THE GATES (102,665).  YESTERDAY (SUN) JUST UNDER 19 THOUSAND ATTENDED THE FAIR (18,737).  MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS OVERALL IT WAS A GREAT YEAR AND THE ECONOMIC SPIN-OFFS OF WESTERNER DAYS HAVE BEEN FELT ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, PROVIDING AN ESTIMATED 7.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC SPIN-OFF.  SHE ADDS THEY'RE ALREADY PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR, AND AFTER RAVE REVIEWS WILL BE KEEPING THEIR MAIN STAGE HEADLINERS FREE WITH ENTRY IN 2015.
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INNISFAIL WORKER DIES -  A 15 YEAR OLD INNISFAIL BOY DIED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT NEAR DRUMHELLER SATURDAY. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT LED TO THE DEATH OF THE INNISFAIL TEEN AT A GRAVEL-CRUSHING OPERATION AT A SITE BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND BASSANO.  THE WORKER DIED DURING A CONVEYOR BELT ACCIDENT.

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MEMORIAL NAME CHANGE  -  RED DEER IS CONSIDERING A NAME CHANGE FOR THE MEMORIAL CENTRE.  THE CENTRAL ALBERTA THEATRE HAS REQUESTED THAT THE CITY TWEAK THE NAME TO INCLUDE THE WORD 'ARTS'.  THE CULTURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE CONCERNED THAT VETERANS MIGHT CRY FOUL OVER THE CHANGES, GIVEN THE BUILDINGS ROOTS IN THE WAR EFFORT.  CITY PLANNERS WILL REQUEST MORE TIME FOR CONSULTATION DURING TODAY'S REGULAR MEETING.
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CANADA GAMES MONEY -  THE CANADA WINTER GAMES COMMITTEE IS ASKING FOR ANOTHER CASH INFUSION FROM THE CITY.  THE BID ORGANIZERS ARE ASKING RED DEER FOR ANOTHER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACKING FOR AN UPCOMING COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, MARKING THE ARRIVAL OF THE GAMES EVALUATION PANEL. THE FUNDS WOULD BE USED FOR A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION TO WOW THE JUDGES AND HOPEFULL GIVE US THE EDGE OVER LETHBRIDGE. COUNCIL HAS ALREADY APPROVED 260-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SUPPORT FOR THE BIDDING PROCESS.  THE PROPOSAL WILL BE UP FOR DEBATE IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS TODAY.
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IDLE FREE   -  RED DEER  IS LOOKING TO REVV UP ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM.   THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, WHICH LAUNCHED IN 2009, IS ASKING COUNCIL TO EXTEND IT'S MANDATE FOR ANOTHER YEAR.  DURING THAT TIME, ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER PROMOTIONAL TOOLS WHICH COULD HELP QUELL AIR POLLUTION.  2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED KEE INTEREST..AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING. COUNCIL WILL HEAR THE PROPOSAL TODAY
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NO MORE WATER BAN IN SYLVAN  -  THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED IT'S WATER BAN.  THE BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE ON FRIDAY BUT TOWN SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS RESIDENTS CO-OPERATED WELL AND HELPED RESTORE RESERVOIR LEVELS TO FULL AGAIN.  SHE SAYS HOWEVER THAT THE TOWN'S MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM IS NOW IN PLACE.  THIS MEANS SYLVAN LAKERS WITH ODD NUMBERED ADDRESSES MAY WATER THEIR YARDS ON ODD NUMBERED DAYS WHILE THOSE WITH EVEN NUMBERED ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON EVEN NUMBERED DAYS.

 

 

RCMP EXPAND SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN -

 

 

RED DEER RCMP ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANOTHER MISSING TEEN TODAY. YOU ARE ASKED TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL.  HE IS DESCRIBED AS FIVE FOOT ELEVEN, APPROXIMATELY 200 POUNDS, WITH GREEN EYES AND BLACK HAIR.
HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK HOODIE WITH WHITE WRITING ON IT AND BLACK JEANS.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON WHERE TO FIND MCDOUGALL, CALL THE RCMP AT 403 343-5575
 

 

 

COLLISION WITH TRUCK ENDS IN EUTHANIZATION FOR HORSE AT WESTERNER-

A HORSE HAS BEEN PUT DOWN AFTER WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED A FREAK ACCIDENT AT THE WESTERNER LAST NIGHT.A TEAM OF FOUR HORSES CAME FREE FROM THEIR CHUCKWAGON IN THE STAGING AREA BESIDE THE MIDWAY. THE WAGON HAD BECOME HUNG UP ON THE HITCH OF PARKED SEMI, WHEN THE TEAM BROKE LOOSE AND RAN TOWARDS THE CROWDED PARKING LOT WHERE THEY HIT A TRUCK IN THE PROCESS OF PULLING INTO A SPOT.THE TRUCK HAD TO BE TOWN AWAY AND THE HORSE WAS ETHUNIZED IMMEDIATELY. HOWEVER, NEITHER THE DRIVER OR RIDER WERE INJURED. THE ALL PRO CHUCKWAGON ASSOCIATION SAYS THE INCIDENT WILL PROMPT A PRECAUTIONARY REVIEW OF ON SITE SAFETY.

 

 

SUNDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 20TH

 

NO TWISTER YET - ALTHOUGH SOME HOMES WERE HAMMERED, RED DEER EVADED ANOTHER TORNADO SCARE.  THE COUNTY WAS PLACED ON WATCH LAST NIGHT.SOME AREAS WERE HAMMERED WITH POWERFUL WINDS UP 10 115 KILOMETRES PER HOUR, LIGHTNING AND EVEN TOONIE SIZED HAIL, BUT ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS NO RECORD OF A TWISTER. THE SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM SNAKED ITS WAY THROUGH CENTRAL ALBERTA BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN IN SASKATCHEWAN AROUND MIDNIGHT.  THE TORNADO ADVISORY HAS SINCE BEEN CALLED OFF, WITH ONLY MILD THUNDERSTORMS IN THE FORECAST.

MORE MANPOWER FOR ALBERTA'S WILDFIRE EFFORT - ALBERTA IS BRINGING IN MORE MANPOWER TO DEAL WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF WILDFIRES IN THE PROVINCE.  MORE THAN 100 ONTARIO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ARRIVED TO HELP BATTLE A BLAZE ALONG THE B.C BORDER.
A BURNING ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DISTRICT.  ALL PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND NO NEW PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  HOWEVER, SAFE CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED, FOR NOW. THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE NOW COVERS MORE THAN 89-HUNDRED HECTARES, AND THE FORESTED AREA WHICH SURROUNDS IT HAS BEEN SHUTTERED TO PUBLIC ACCESS.

VEHICLE FIRE IN ORIOLE PARK SPARKS INVESTIGATION - WHAT CAUSED A PAIR OF VEHICLES TO GO UP IN FLAMES IN THE ORIOLE PARK AREA REMAINS UNCLEAR.  RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE LATE LAST NIGHT.  THE CITY SAYS TWO VEHICLES ABLAZE IN AN ALLEY ON OGDEN AVENUE HAVE SINCE BEEN EXTINGUISHED.
A NEARBY SHED WAS DAMAGED BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.
THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS ACTIVE.

CTF BRINGS DEBT CLOCK TO RED DEER - IT'S TIME TO STOP ALBERTA'S DEBT CLOCK. THAT FROM THE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION WHOI BROUGHT THEIR MESSAGE OF FISCAL RESTRAINT TO RED DEER THIS WEEKEND, AS PART OF A PROVINCIAL TOUR.
THE CTF SAYS ALBERTA IS SWIMMING IN RED INK, AND THE 1.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN INTEREST PAID EACH YEAR TO THE BANKS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WANTON WASTE BY THE REIGNING TORIES.
FEDERATION PRESIDENT DEREK FILDEBRANT ESTIMATES THAT OVERALL DEBT HAS BALLOONED TO 10 BILLION DOLLARS.

DUST SET TO SETTLE AT WESTERNER - TIME TO DON YOUR COWBOY CLOTHES. IT'S YOUR LAST CHANCE TO CATCH WESTERNER DAYS.
THE FAIR CONCLUDES WITH CONTINUES TODAY WITH AN ACTION-PACKED LINE-UP, FEATURING EVERYTHING FROM CELEBRITY PIG RACES TO MAGIC SHOWS TO LIVE MUSIC. MIT'S FAMILY DAY WHICH MEANS YOUR CLAN CAN GET THROUGH THE GATES FOR 25 DOLLARS.
FOR A FULL EVENTS LINE-UP VISIT, WESTERNER DAYS.CA.

 

 

SATURDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 19TH


BLACKFALDS MAN FREE AFTER MAN HUNT - A BLACKFALDS MAN, ONCE CONSIDERED A FUGITIVE IS BEING RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.  MARVIN LODGE WAS ARRESTED IN LATE JUNE, ON WARRANTS DATING BACK TO 2010..AND 16 CHARGES. MOUNTIES FOUND THE 37-YEAR OLD HIDING IN A BLACKFALDS HOME, INSIDE A CLOSET.  IN A PLEA DEAL REACHED IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK, LODGE PLED GUILTY TO SOME COUNTS, INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND BREACH OF CONDITIONS...AND THE JUDGE GAVE HIM CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED.  HOWEVER, HE DOES FACE STEEP FINES AND A FOUR YEAR DRIVING PROHIBITION.

SYLVAN WATER BAN REMAINS - DESPITE SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN, SYLVAN LAKE'S OUTDOOR WATER BAN REMAINS IN PLACE.
THE TOWN IS URGING CONSERVATION AS A BONE DRY SPRING PUTS STRAIN ON RESERVES. WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES , FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS AND PRESSURE WASHING ARE ALL PROHIBITED .
HOWEVER, BUT SAYS HAND HELD WATERING OF PLANTS AND SHRUBS IS ALLOWED. NO TIME LINE ON WHEN THE BANS WILL BE LIFTED.

ALGAE POISONS WIZARD LAKE - A BLUE GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR YET ANOTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA LAKE. A-H-S SAYS WIZARD LAKE, SOUTH OF CALMAR HAS BEEN POISONED BY A TOXIC BLOOM. ALL CONTACT WITH THE TOXIC WATER SHOULD BE AVOIDED. EXPOSURE CAN CAUSE A MYRIAD OF SYMPTOMS INCLUDING NAUSEA, FEVER AND RASH. A NUMBER OF OTHER LOCAL LAKES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PLACED UNDER ADVISORY, INCLUDING PIGEON LAKE, COAL LAKE AND PINE LAKE.
 

FARMING FAMALIES HONOURED - LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS WHO HAVE HELD FAST TO THE FAMILY FARM FOR GENERATIONS ARE BEING HONOURED. SIX CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES HAVE BEEN NAMED FOR THE CENTURY FARM AND RANCH AWARDS, INCLUDING THE HUSTONS OF LACOMBE, THE WIANCKO'S OF PONOKA AND THE WRIGHT-CLARK CLAN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.
THE AWARDS, HANDED OUT BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON THIS WEEK, RECOGNIZE THE FOUNDING FAMILIES OF ALBERTA'S FARMING SECTOR.

WESTERNER WEEKEND - WESTERNER DAYS IS BACK IN THE SADDLE THIS WEEKEND. FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY. MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS TODAY'S LINE-UP IS ACTION-PACKED,
IT FEATURES EVERYTHING FROM CELEBRITY PIG RACES TO CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAGIC SHOWS TO AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITS.
THE SHEEPDOGS TAKE THE MAINSTAGE TONIGHT.
FOR A FULL EVENTS LINE-UP VISIT, WESTERNER DAYS.CA.

 

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 18TH

 

ACCUSED MURDERER BARRED FROM INVESTMENT BUSINESS - A FORMER INVESTMENT BANKER CHARGED IN THE MURDER OF ONE OF HIS CLIENTS HAS BEEN BARRED FROM THE BUSINESS.  THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY REGULATION ORGANIZATION HAS PERMANENTLY BANNED BRIAN MALLEY AND HIS WIFE CHRISTINE.  HE'S ALSO BEEN FINED MORE THAN 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR IMPROPERLY HANDLING DOZENS OF CLIENT PORTFOLIOS DURING THEIR TIME WITH ASSANTE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT.  BRIAN HAS BEEN NAMED IN THE DEATH OF VICKY SHACHTAY OF INNISFAIL.  THE 23-YEAR OLD DISABLED MOTHER WAS KILLED IN NOVEMBER 2011 WHEN A BOMB, DELIVERED TO HER HOME, EXPLODED.  A TRIAL IS SLATED TO BEGIN IN JANUARY.

CARELESS SMOKING TO BLAME FOR LANCASTER FIRE - A STRAY EMBER FROM A CIGARETTE IS TO BLAME FOR A SPARKIGN FIRE IN LANCASTER EARKLY YESTERDAY MORNING.EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO 104 LAMONT CLOSE JUST BEFORE 7 AM. INVESTIGATORS SAY A CIGARETTE, IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF IN A PEAT MOSS PLANTER SPARKED THE BLAZE. THE FIRE CAUSED ROUGHLY 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. FIRE INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL NOW CANVASS HOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS PART OF THE CITY'S NEW AFTER THE FIRE AWARNESS CAMPAIGN.

PAIR OF MISSING TEENS PROMPT POLICE SEARCH - RED DEER RCMP ARE EXPANDING THE SEARCH FOR A PAIR MISSING TEENS. 15-YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK AND 16-YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW WERE REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 9TH. POLICE SUSPECT THE GIRLS MAY BE IN EDMONTON BUT INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CONFIRM THEIR WHERABOUTS. SADDLEBACK IS ABORIGINAL, FIVE FOOT FIVE, WITH BROWN EYES, BLACK HAIR WITH NOSE AND LIP PIERCINGS. CROW IS ALSO ABORIGINAL FIVE FOOT TEN, 130 POUNDS WITH BROWN EYES AND BLACK HAIR, AND LIP PIERCINGS. PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY POLICE ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

BEER TRUCK TOPPLES -
A BEER TRUCK TOPPLED ON THE QE-2 THIS MORNING. BUT POLICE SAY, OUTSIDE THE GALLONS OF BREW WHICH WERE SPILLED ON THE HIGHWAY- ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.CORPORAL BARRY LAROCQUE SAYS THE RIG VEERED INTO THE MEDIAN BEFORE LOSING ITS LOAD JUST NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 597 OVERPASS THIS MORNING.THE DRIVER WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.  POLICE BELIEVE DRIVER ERROR OR FATIGUE MAY BE TO BLAME FOR THE CRASH.

UDDERLY RIDICULOUS POLICE CHASE- YOU CAN UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME, BUT BLACKFALDS RCMP DIDN'T HAVE THE PATIENCE.  AS CORPORAL BARRY LAROCQUE EXPLAINS, FOUR OFFICERS WERE BUSY ON AN UDDER-LY RIDICULOUS CALL THIS MORNING.  THE CALL CAME IN JUST AS POLICE CLEARED THE SCENE OF A BEER TRUCK CRASH NEAR THE BLACKFALDS OVERPASS. GALLONS OF BREW WERE LOST ON THE Q E 2 WHEN THE CUBE VAN LOCAL SHOPPING FANATICS- LACOMBE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK.

 

LACOMBE LOOKS AT RETAIL OPTIONS- LOCAL SHOPPING FANATICS- LACOMBE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK. IN AN EFFORT TO ASSESS THE LOCAL RETAIL CLIMATE, THE CITY IS LAUNCHING AN ONLINE RETAIL SURVEY. THE QUESTIONNAIRE WILL TAKE STALK OF LOCAL SHOPPING HABITS AND RETAIL DEMANDS,  AND HELP SHAPE PENDING UPDATES TO LACOMBE'S MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. THE BLUEPRINT FOR EXPANSION WILL HELP SHAPE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY FOR YEARS TO COME. YOU CAN WEIGH IN AT LACOMBE.CA.

PICK A PARK - LACOMBE IS INVITING YOU TO PICK A PARK.
THE CITY NEEDS YOUR HELP IN CHOOSING A DESIGN FOR HENNER'S PARK. AN ONLINE VOTE ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO WEIGH IN ON TWO CONCEPTS, ONE WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE NATURAL LANSCAPE WITH A MODEST WALKING TRIAL. THE OTHER WHICH INCLUDES OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PICK AT LACOMBE.CA.  THE UPGRADES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR'S CONSTRUCTION SEASON.

 


FRIDAY STORIES (JULY 18)
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MISSING TEENAGERS -  POLICE ARE CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN THEIR LATEST MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION.  RED DEER RCMP SAY 15-YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK AND 16-YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN BY THEIR FAMILY FOR WEEKS.  POLICE BELIEVE THE PAIR, REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 9TH ARE IN THE EDMONTON AREA, BUT ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THEM HAVE FAILED.   PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOTH GIRLS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT POLICE OR CRIME STOPPERS.
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HIGHWAY NEAR BLACKFALDS RE-OPENED -   THE QE-2 NEAR BLACKFALDS IS RE-OPENED.  CREWS HAVE CLEANED UP THE CRASH SITE OF A BEER TRUCK THAT DUMPED IT'S LOAD CLOSING THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 597 EARLY THIS MORNING.   IT HAD BEEN DOWN TO ONE LANE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
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WESTERNER DAYS FRIDAY -   TODAY IS DAY THREE AT WESTERNER DAYS WITH ROCK BANDS HARLEQUIN AND HONEYMOON SUITE SET TO HIT THE STAGE TONIGHT, THEN THE FIREWORKS AROUND 10:45 THIS EVENING.   MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLISH SAYS THE FORECAST IS CALLING FOR HIGHS AROUND 20 THIS WEEKEND   SHOULD BE GREAT FOR WEATHER FOR FAIR GOERS.  RED DEER'S SUMMER FAIR RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.
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LANCASTER FIRE
-  AN ERRANT CIGARETTE BUT IS TO BLAME FOR NEARLY PUTTING A LANCASTER HOME UP IN FLAMES.  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ON 104 LAMONT CLOSE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.  A CIGARETTE IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF IN A PETE MOSS PLANTER WAS TO BLAME FOR THE BLAZE WHICH CAUSED 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.  NO ONE WAS HURT, BUT SAFETY OFFICIALS WILL CANVASS THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS PART OF THE CITY'S NEW 'AFTER THE FIRE' AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.  OFFICERS WILL BE KNOCKING ON DOORS, PROMOTING FIRE PREVENTION.
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RED DEER IDLE FREE - THE CITY IS LOOKING TO QUELL AIR POLLUTION BY GIVING ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM ANOTHER LAP THROUGH CITY STREETS.  THOSE BEHIND THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ARE REQUESTING THAT COUNCIL EXTEND THEIR MANDATE UNTIL 2016.  THAT EXTENSION WOULD ALLOW RED DEER MORE TIME TO FIND NEW WAYS TO PROMOTE THE CAMPAIGN.  2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED KEEN INTEREST FROM THE COMMUNITY...AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE
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WILD STORM -  RED DEER WAS WALLOPED BY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THRUSDAY AFTERNOON.   LIGHTNING STRIKES, DOWNED POWER LINES AND A GAS LEAK NEAR THE HOSPITAL MADE FOR A HECTIC AFTERNOON FOR LOCAL EMERGENCY CREWS.   NO ONE WAS INJURED IN BY THE SEVERE WEATHER, BUT POWER SURGES LEFT ONE GROUP TRAPPED IN AN ELEVATOR FOR A COUPLE HOURS.  RED DEER ESCAPED THE HEAVIER HAIL THAT HIT SOUTH OF US, WITH CRACKED WINDSHIELDS IN THE AIRDIRE AREA AND FLATTENED GARDENS IN SUNDRE AS THE STORM CHASED FAIRGOERS OFF THE GROUNDS AT WESTERNER DAYS.
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THURSDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 17TH

 

POWERFUL STORM RIPS THROUGH RED DEER -  RED DEER WAS WALLOPED BY A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THIS AFTERNOON.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CITY, BUT A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING HAS BEEN CALLED OFF.  LIGHTING STRIKES ARE REPORTEDLY TO BLAME FOR KNOCKING OUT POWER ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF RED DEER.  POWER HAS BEEN LARGELY RESTORED AFTER A POWERFUL STORM RIPPED THROUGH RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON.  THE CITY SAYS A LIGHTNING STRIKE AND DOWNED TREE WERE TO BLAME FOR A SERIES OF OUTAGES THIS AFTERNOON.
HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS IN SOUTHWEST NEIGHBORHOODS WERE LEFT IN THE DARK FOR NEARLY IN HOUR. CREWS ARE STILL WORKING TO RESTORE POWER TO A HANDFUL OF SITES, INCLUDING HERITAGE RANCH AND THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME.  A SMALL EVACUATION IS UNDERWAY NEAR THE SKYWAY MEDICAL CENTRE ON 52ND AS OFFICIALS RESPOND TO REPORTS OF A GAS LEAK. NO REPORTS OF INJURIES SO FAR.

RCMP EXPAND SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN -
RED DEER RCMP ARE CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING A MISSING TEEN.
14-YEAR OLD MABEL ROASTING WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JULY 13TH.
ALTHOUGH POLICE BELIEVE THE GIRL MAY HAVE SPENT SOME TIME AT A HOME AT ORIOLE PARK, VARIOUS POLICE CHECKS HAVE FAILED TO LOCATE HER.  SHE'S ABORIGINAL, FIVE FOOT EIGHT, 100 POUNDS, WITH HAZEL GREEN EYES AND LONG BLACK HAIR WHICH MAY BE COLOURED RED.

HAZE LINGERS OVER RED DEER -
SMOKE CONTINUES TO LINGER OVER RED DEER.  CENTRAL ALBERTA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN HAZY AS WILDFIRES ACROSS THE WEST CONTINUE TO GROW AMID SCORCHING TEMPERATURES AND BONE DRY CONDITIONS.  HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING HEART AND LUNG CONDITIONS, AS WELL AS YOUNG CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY ARE MOST AT RISK DURING POOR AIR QUALITY EVENTS. RED DEER IS RANKED FOR A MODERATE RISK FOR AIR QUALITY TODAY, HIGH RISK FOR TOMORROW.

THREE INJURED IN LACOMBE CRASH -
RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A CRASH, SOUTH OF LACOMBE, LANDED THREE PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER YESTERDAY MORNING.
A CAR, CARRYING THREE PEOPLE WAS TRAVELLING ALONG RANGE ROAD 272 NEAR LACOMBE LAKE WHEN IT CAREENED INTO THE DITCH.
THE 16-YEAR OLD DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. WHILE A 23-YEAR OLD PASSENGER INCURRED SERIOUS INJURIES.
AN 18-YEAR OLD MAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT ALCOHOL IS NOT CONSIDERED A FACTOR.

IDLE FREE PROGRAM LOOKS FOR ANOTHER LAP - RED DEER IS LOOKING TO REVV UP ITS IDLE FREE PROGRAM. THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, WHICH LAUNCHED IN 2009, IS ASKING COUNCIL TO EXTEND IT'S MANDATE FOR ANOTHER YEAR. DURING THAT TIME, ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THE CITY TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER PROMOTIONAL TOOLS WHICH COULD HELP QUELL AIR POLLUTION.
2013 AIR QUALITY READINGS FOR RED DEER FAILED TO MEET FEDERAL STANDARDS, BUT THE IDLE FREE PROGRAM HAS GARNERED WIDESPREAD PARTICIPATION FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS..AND OUR AIR QUALITY PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING. COUNCIL WILL HEAR THE PROPOSAL ON MONDAY.

GAS LINE BREAK REPAIRED - RESIDENTS EVACUATED AFTER A GAS LINE WAS STRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER HAVE NOW RETURNED HOME. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS CONFIRM, AN EVACUATION ORDER WAS CALLED OFF AROUND NOON. TRAFFIC SHOULD BE FLOWING AGAIN AND POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED.A GAS LINE AT 55TH STREET AND 49TH AVENUE WAS HIT BY CONSTRUCTION CREWS THIS MORNING.
 

  


THURSDAY UPDATE  (JULY 17)
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GAS LINE BREAK  -   REPAIRS TO A RUPTURED GAS LINE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER ARE NEARLY COMPLETE.   EMERGENCY CREWS HAVE CLEARED THE SCENE AT 55TH STREET AND 49TH AVENUE.   CONSTRUCTION CREWS HIT THE LINE DURING MORNING RUSH-HOUR, SHUTTERING AN ENTIRE CITY BLOCK, PROMPTING AN EVACUATION AND POWER OUTAGE.  THE AREA HAS BEEN CLEARED, AND RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME.  TRAFFIC IN THE AREA SHOULD BE FLOWING SMOOTHLY AND POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED.
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WATER SUPPLY IN RED DEER  -  RESIDENT-DEMAND IS DRAINING THE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY.  CONSUMPTION IN RED DEER IN RECENT DAYS HAS BEEN 50 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL, AND OFFICIALS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ARE URGING CONSERVATION.  ALTHOUGH WE'RE ALONG WAY OFF FROM HAVING A WATERING BAN IN PLACE LIKE SYLVAN LAKE, THE CITY SAYS RESTRICTIONS ARE POSSIBLE.  WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES, FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS AND PRESSURE WASHING YOUR HOME ARE ALL SUMMERTIME ACTIVIES WHICH ARE PUTTING ADDED PRESSURE ON LOCAL TAPS.
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AIR QUALITY -  FOREST FIRES BURNING IN ALBERTA, B.C. AND THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARE BLOWIN SMOKE ACROSS MANY PARTS OF ALBERTA CAUSING POOR AIR QUALITY AND REDUCING VISIBILITY.  ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT LATE LAST NIGHT (WED) FOR THE RED DEER, PONOKA, INNISFAIL AND STETTLER AREAS.  THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN AND BE PRESENT FOR THE NEXT 24-48 HOURS.  PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY INDOORS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE AND ARE ADVISED TO MONITOR THEIR SYMPTOMS AND CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IF THEY WORSEN.
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WESTERNER DAYS -   IT'S KIDDIES DAY AT THE FAIR ON DAY TWO OF WESTERNER DAYS, WITH FREE ADMISSION FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER UNTIL 6 PM.  THE HEADLINERS AT THE CENTRIUM TONIGHT IS THE BAND DIAMOND RIO (THURS).      MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLOS (GAY-BLISH) SAYS EVEN IN THE RAIN THERE'S LOTS TO SEE AND DO INDOORS AT THE FAIR, PLUS SHE ADDS WE ALL NEED SOME RELIEF FROM THE HEAT.
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BIZARRE POLICE CHASE SUSPECT LANDS IN COURT - THE MAN ACCUSED IN THE MOST CANADIAN POLICE CHASE EVER- REMAINS IN CUSTODY.  IN EARLY APRIL, LOCAL POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A BREAK AND ENTER AT A RURAL PROPERTY EAST OF RED DEER.
WITHIN HOURS, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A SECOND PROPERTY, WHERE A THIEF HAD FLED ON A JOHN DEER TRACTOR.  OFFICERS BUMBED A RIDE WITH A PASSING SNOWMOBILER AND MADE CHASE.
THE SUSPECT WAS EVENTUALLY APPREHENDED AFTER ROLLING THE STOLEN TRACTOR.  25-YEAR OLD JESSE CECKA APPEARED IN COURT TODAY BUT THE CASE HAS BEEN PUT OVER UNTIL JULY 30TH.

MISSING TEEN FOUND BY AIR CREWS -  A MASKWACIS TEENAGER WHO DISAPPEARED INTO THE WILDERNESS HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND. THE 15-YEAR OLD, REPORTED MISSING LAST NIGHT, WAS SPOTTED BY A HELICOPTER CREW, WANDERING NEAR THE SAUNDERS AREA, WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  HE HAD BEEN MISSING FOR HOURS AFTER PACKING HIS THINGS, AND LEAVING HIS CAMPSITE LAST NIGHT.  THE BOY HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN ANGRY WITH HIS FELLOW CANOEISTS WHEN HE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE GROUP WITHOUT WARNING.

HIGHWAY 11 CRASH CAUSES TRAFFIC SNARL-UPS -
ON-SCENE CLEAN UP CONTINUES HOURS AFTER A MESSY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 11.  SYLVAN LAKE RCMP WERE CALLED TO SCENE OF A ROLLOVER NEAR THE HIGHWAY 20 JUNCTION THIS MORNING.  A TRACTOR TRAILER, HEADED WESTBOUND, VEERED OFF THE HIGHWAY, OVER CORRECTED AND JACKKNIFED A SEMI.  ONE OF THE RIGS INVOLVED WAS HAULING CANADIAN TIRE MERCHANDISE, AND EVERYTHING FROM TIRES TO CANOES WERE STREWN ACROSS THE ROAD.  NO ONE WAS INJURED. ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC REMAINS OPEN, BUT DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO TRAVEL CAUTIOUSLY IN THE AREA.

ALBERTA BATTLES AGRESSIVE WILDFIRES -
RAPIDLY SPREADING WILDFIRES HAVE INCREASING PORTION OF ALBERTA'S MAP UNDER WATCH.  FIRE BANS HAVE BEEN ISSUED NOT ONLY FOR RED DEER COUNTY, BUT ALSO SYLVAN LAKE, JARVIS BAY, RED LODGE PROVINCIAL PARKS AND THE GLENNIFER RESERVOIR- JUST TO NAME A FEW.  THAT MEANS ALL FIRES, INCLUDING THOSE IN DESIGNATED FIRE PITS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED.MORE THAN 16 WILDFIRES ARE BURNING ACROSS THE PROVINCE, PROMPTING EVACUATION ORDERS IN A HANDFUL OF DISTRICTS NEAR THE BC BORDER.

WESTERNER DAYS BACK IN THE SADDLE - FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY, THE LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR'S WESTERNER DAYS IN RED DEER IS A CROWD-PLEASER. THE FULL SLATE OF EVENTS FOR THE FIVE DAY FESTIVAL INCLUDES CENTRIUM HEADLINERS, A DOUBLEHEADER WITH BRET KISSLE AND TIM HICKS TONIGHT.  THE CELEBRATION TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY ALSO FEATURES A CARNIVAL, AGRICULTURAL FAIR, CHUCKWAGGON RACES AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS.  AS WELL THE ANNUAL WESTERNER DAYS PARADE WOUND IT'S WAY THROUGH DOWNTOWN RED DEER THIS MORNING. MARKETING MANAGER ERIN GOBOLOS SAYS THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR AND THEY'RE HOPING TO SET A RECORD ATTENDENCE THIS YEAR. AIMING FOR 103 THOUSAND PEOPLE, HOPING TO BEAT THE RECORD OF JUST OVER 102 THOUSAND SET IN 2012.

NEW SUPPORT FOR SICK KIDS - NEW SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN FACED WITH A TRIP TO THE RED DEER EMERGENCY ROOM. A-H-S HAS BEGUN HANDING OUT COPING KITS TO KIDS UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE. EACH PACKAGE CONTAINS ITEMS SUCH AS A STUFFED ANIMAL, BOOKS, AND TINY TOYS. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SAY THE KITS HELP CALM AND DISTRACT CHILDREN FROM WHAT CAN OFTEN BE A SCARY SITUATION.

COUNTY FARM TOURS - TAKE A STEP ONTO THE FARM WITH RED DEER COUNTY. ALL ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR'S ENTERPRISING AG TOUR, WHICH HAS SHOWCASED MORE THAN 60 INNOVATIVE OPERATIONS OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS. THE TOUR TOMORROW WILL EXPLORE A VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL SITES INCLUDING COMPOSTING, FARM EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT, SEED PLANT OPERATIONS, CHICKENS AND MORE.
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE COUNTY WEBSITE.
 

 

WED NEWS  (JULY 16)


TRAFFIC TROUBLE - 
A ROLL-OVER ON HIGHWAY 11 IS CAUSING TRAFFIC SNARL-UPS THIS AFTERNOON (WED).  TRAFFIC IS MOVING SLOWLY THROUGH THE SCENE OF THE CRASH NEAR THE HIGHWAY 20 TURN-OFF. A TRACTOR TRAILER,  HEADED WESTBOUND, VEERED OFF THE HIGHWAY, OVER CORRECTED AND JACKKNIFED A SEMI.  ONE OF THE RIGS INVOLVED WAS HAULING CANADIAN TIRE MERCHANDISE, AND EVERYTHING FROM TIRES TO CANOES WERE STREWN ACROSS THE ROAD.  NO ONE WAS INJURED. ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC REMAINS OPEN, BUT DRIVERS ARE ASKED TO TRAVEL CAUTIOUSLY IN THE AREA.
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MISSING TEEN - SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS ARE LOOKING FOR A 15 YEAR OLD BOY WHO DISAPPEARED FROM A CAMPING TRIP WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  A GROUP FROM MASKWACIS ON A CANOEING TRIP WERE CAMPING YESTERDAY (TUES) NEAR THE SAUNDERS AREA ABOUT 50 KILOMETRES WEST OF ROCKY.  A 15 YEAR OLD YOUTH LEFT THE CAMPING AREA AND DID NOT RETURN, SO ROCKY RCMP WITH NOTIFIED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT.  POLICE SAY WHEN SUPERVISORS CHECKED HIS TENT HE HAD PACKED HIS THINGS AND LEFT.  SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS, AN RCMP JET BOAT, HELICOPTER AND POLICE DOG ARE CURRENTLY OUT LOOKING FOR THE MISSING TEEN.
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WESTERNER DAYS -  RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF TODAY AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED DOWNTOWN STREETS FOR THE ANNUAL PARADE.  THE FAIR GROUNDS OPENED AT NOON TODAY, WITH THE FAIR RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY.  FROM THE MAINSTAGE TO THE MIDWAY, THE LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR'S WESTERNER DAYS IS A CROWD-PLEASER.  THE FULL SLATE OF EVENTS FOR THE FIVE DAY FESTIVAL INCLUDES CENTRIUM HEADLINERS,  BRET KISSLE AND TIM HICKS TONIGHT (WED) AND DIAMOND RIO TOMORROW (THURS). THE CELEBRATION ALSO FEATURES THE AGRICULTURAL FAIR, CHUCKWAGON RACES AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS.
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NO ARREST A GUEST  -  FOR THE FIRST TIME THE WESTERNER DAYS WILL NOT HAVE A GUEST FAMILY.   EVERY YEAR, THE DAY BEFORE THE FAIR BEGINS, POLICE HEAD OUT ON THE QE-2 TO "ARREST A GUEST FAMILY", SURPRISING THEM WITH A FREE OVERNIGHT STAY AT A RED DEER HOTEL, A RIDE IN THE PARADE AND A FREE DAY AT WESTERNER DAYS, BUT OTHER PERKS.    BUT THIS YEAR AMONG THE HALF DOZEN FAMILIES STOPPED, DIDN'T HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY IN THEIR HOLIDAY'S TO ACCEPT THE OFFER.   WESTERNER OFFICIALS WILL REVIEW THE PROGRAM TO SEE IF THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO FIND A GUEST FAMILY NEXT YEAR.
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 RED DEER FIRE -  A SMALL FIRE AT RED DEER'S SHERATON HOTEL LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (TUES) RESULTED IN AN EVACUATION AS A PRECAUTION.   THE CAUSE WAS AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE IN AN ELEVATOR.   EMERGENCY CREWS REPONDED AROUND 4:30 AND QUICKLY PUT OUT THE SMALL BLAZE WITH THE EVACUEES ALLOWED BACK AROUND 6 PM.
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 NORDEGG FIRE  -  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE CONTINUES TO GROW WEST OF NORDEGG, BUT IS STILL CLASSIFIED AS BEING HELD.   DUE TO SMOKE CONDITIONS, A CURRENT FIRE SIZE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.  RESOURCES ON SITE INCLUDED ABOUT 125 FIRE FIGHTERS, 7 HELICOPTERS, VARIOUS HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND AIR TANKERS ON STANDBY FOR SUPPORT IF NEEDED.
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MURDER CASE -  THE MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING A CALGARY BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS APPEARED IN COURT THROUGH CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV THIS MORNING (WED).  54-YEAR OLD DOUGLAS GARLAND IS FACING TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF ALVIN AND KATHY LIKNES AND ONE COUNT OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 5-YEAR OLD NATHAN O'BRIEN.   THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FOUND.  THE CASE HAS BEEN PUT OVER TO AUGUST 14TH SO THE DEFENCE CAN BE BRIEFED ON THE EVIDENCE.
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TUESDAY PM NEWSFILE (JUL 15)

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SEXUAL ASSAULTS (JUL 15) - RED DEER RCMP HAVE ONE MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER SEVERAL REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AROUND THE CITY. IF YOU CAN RECALL, RCMP CHARGED A MAN FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AT THE PORTO CALL SAFEWAY DOWN TOWN LAST WEEK. AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION, IT'S BELIEVED THE SUSPECT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NUMEROUS ASSAULTS BETWEEN JULY 1ST AND JULY 10TH. RCMP SAY THE MAN'S METHOD INVOLVED APPROACHING WOMAN IN PUBLIC PLACE AND TOUCHING THEM INAPPROPRIATELY. 23 YEAR OLD BLAISE KAMBU-NDENGI IS NOW FACING 5 COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HE'LL REMAIN IN CUSTODY FOR HIS FIRST COURT DATE ON THURSDAY. (JUL 17)

GARLAND IN CHARGED (JUL 15) - CALGARY POLICE FORMALLY CHARGED AN AIRDRIE MAN IN THE PRESUMED DEATHS OF A MISSING CALGARY BOY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS. DOUGLAS GARLAND IS FACING 2 CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND 1 COUNT OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AFTER 5 YEAR OLD NATHAN OBRIEN AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNESS WENT MISSING. SO FAR THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND

 

WHOAS LOOKING AT CONTRACEPTION (JUL 15) - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY IS EXPLORING MORE HUMANE WAYS TO CONTROL THE WILD HORSE POPULATION IN ALBERTA. THEY'LL BE OFF TO MONTANA THIS WEEK FOR A 2 DAY WORKSHOP, WHERE THEY'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE THAT COULD BE USED HERE IN ALBERTA. WHOAS PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THE VACCINE WOULD BE A MUCH BETER ALTERNATIVE COMPARED TO A CULL. WHOAS, BASED OF OUT OLDS,IS IN BILLINGS MONTANA TODAY AND AGAIN TOMORROW (WED)
IF THEY LIKE WHAT THEY'LL SEE, THEY'LL PUSH FOR APPROVAL FROM THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO VACCINE UP TO 36 HORSES AROUND THE SUNDRE AREA.


PARADE TO CLOSE DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC (JUL 15) - DOWNTOWN TRAVELERS IN RED DEER WILL HAVE TO MAKE WAY FOR AN ANNUAL SUMMERTIME SPECTACLE. THE WESTERNER PARADE HITS THE CITY TOMORROW (JULY 16TH) AND DRIVERS WILL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH FLOATS, MARCHING BANDS AND LARGE CROWDS. STREETS IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM UNTIL NOON. FOR A FULL LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES, VISIT THE CITY’S WEBSITE.


LOCAL GIRL RECOVERING (JUL 15) - AFTER SURGERY TO REMOVE A DEBILITATING BRAIN TUMOR, A LOCAL GIRL IS RETURNING HOME TO WETASKAWIN. 11-YEAR OLD MIKAYLA CURRAN HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM A HOUSTON HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING A PROCEDURE PAID IN FULL BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. HER MOTHER ANGELA SAYS MIKAYLA IS ON THE MEND- THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF ALBERTANS. MIKAYLA HAS NOT ONLY BEEN FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE BUT ALSO BATTLING FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE 210-THOUSAND DOLLAR SURGERY WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CANADA.

PARKLAND FUELS HUNTS FOR NEW BOSS (JUL 15) - A MAJOR PLAYER IN RED DEER'S BUSINESS SECTOR IS LOSING ONE OF THEIR KEY PLAYERS. THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT PARKLAND FUELS, MICHEAL LAMBERT,  HAS RESIGNED HIS POST TO PURSUE AN OPPORTUNITY IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY. THE COMPANY IS CANADA'S LARGEST INDEPENDENT FUEL MARKETER AND DISTRIBUTOR, AND IS THE PARENT COMPANY BEHIND FAS GAS, AND BLUEWAVE ENERGY...JUST TO NAME A FEW. NO WORD YET ON LAMBERT'S REPLACEMENT.