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TUES PM NEWSFILE (SEP 2)

 

BACK IN CLASS - IT WAS BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY (TUE) FOR THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA STUDENTS INCLUDING THOSE WITH RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOLS. OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE A RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THEIR KINDERGARTEN AND PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS THIS YEAR WITH THE NEW FATHER HENRI VOISIN SCHOOL ALSO OPENED IN CLEARVIEW RIDGE. ROUGHLY 225 STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED THERE WHILE GRADE 11 AND 12 STUDENTS AT NOTRE DAME HEAD BACK TO CLASS TOMORROW. ELSEWHERE, MODERNIZATIONS ARE CONTINUING AT PONOKA COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL AND DIAMOND WILLOW SCHOOL IN THE WOLF CREEK SCHOOL DIVISION, WHILE A NEW SCHOOL OPENED IN PENHOLD FOR THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION. IN THE WILDROSE DISTRICT, OVER FIVE THOUSAND STUDENTS WENT BACK TO CLASS TODAY


MISSING GIRL FOUND - SOME GOOD NEWS TO REPORT REGARDING A MISSING TEENAGE GIRL FROM CENTRAL ALBERTA. RCMP SAY 14 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER HAS BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH AND THEY'RE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING HER.

WEEKEND CHECKSTOP RESULTS - FOUR SEPARATE CHECKSTOPS NABBED FOUR IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR RED DEER CITY RCMP OVER THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND. MOUNTIES SAY THEY CHECKED 360 VEHICLES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND LAID A TOTAL OF 87 CHARGES.

COUNCIL CONSIDERING THEATER SIGN - THE LOOK OF 49TH STREET COULD SOON BE CHANGING IF A MOTION IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL PASSES SECOND AND THIRD READING.  DURING THE LAST MEETING COUNCIL PASSED FIRST READING ON A PROPOSAL TO UPDATE THE MARQUEE SIGN ON THE CITY CENTER STAGE. RED DEER COLLEGE IS LOOKING TO REPLACE THE OLD THEATER STYLE BULB SIGN WITH AN ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD THAT WOULD MAINTAIN THE CURRENT SHAPE OF THE SIGN. THERE WAS CONCERN FROM COUNCILORS WYNTJES AND BUCANNAN OVER LOSING A PIECE OF HISTORY AND THE BRIGHTNESS OF AN ELECTRONIC SIGN. COUNCILOR BUCANNAN VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION BUT IT PASSED IN A 7 TO 1 VOTE. THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA FOR A PUBLIC HEARING IF THE SECOND AND THIRD READINGS PASS.

MORNING POWER OUTAGE - CREWS FROM FORTIS ALBERTA ATTENDED SCENE NEAR THE UFA IN GASOLINE ALLEY THIS MORNING TRYING TO FIX A POWER OUTAGE. THE OUTAGE HAPPENED JUST AFTER 9:30 AND AFFECTED CLOSE TO 700 CUSTOMERS IN RED DEER COUNTY. FORTIS OFFICIALS SAY THE OUTAGE WAS CAUSED WHEN A VEHICLE FROM A HIGH LOAD MOVE CONTACTED A POWER LINE. NO WORD YET ON WHEN CREWS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE THE POWER FULLY RESTORED.

 

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (SEPT. 2)
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A NEW YEAR OF SCHOOL OFFICIALLY BEGINS TODAY (SEPT. 2) FOR MOST STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA.
ABOUT 11 THOUSAND STUDENTS AND STAFF WILL KEEP THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION BUSY.
THERE ARE ALSO 3 NEW BIG ADDITIONS TO THE SCHOOL DIVISION THIS YEAR.
THIS INCLUDES THE NEW BARRIE WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE TIMBERLANDS NIEGHBOURHOOD, THE OPENING OF GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, AND THE NEW  ESCUELA (ES-QU-EH-LA) PINES SCHOOL, WHICH OFFER SPANISH BILINGUAL EDUCATION.
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WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY AND THE RCMP WANTS EVERYBODY TO BE SAFE.
MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED THAT THE SPEED LIMIT IN SCHOOL ZONES IS 30 KILOMETERES AN HOUR, AND EVERYBODY IS ASKED TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO PEDESTRIANS.
THE RCMP IS ALSO ASKING MOTORISTS TO BE CAUTIOUS OF SCHOOL BUSSES.
DRIVING PAST A SCHOOL BUS WITH IT'S RED LIGHTS FLASHING RESULTS IN A 345 DOLLAR FINE.
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THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION HELD THEIR FIRST BOARD MEETING SINCE THE SUMMER BREAK LAST TUESDAY.
HERE A NUMBER OF ITEMS WERE BROUGHT FORAWARD TO GET ADMINISTRATION ROLLING FOR THE YEAR.
ONE NEW ITEM IN PARTICULAR WAS THE ANTI-SPAM LEGISLATION BEFORE THEM.
THIS IS A NEWLY PASSED FEDERAL LAW THAT PROHIBITS ADVERTISERS FROM CONTACTING YOU WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.
STUDENTS IN THE CATHOLIC DIVISION WILL BE SENT HOME WITH CONSENT FORMS TODAY (TUES) THAT WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED TO ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO HAVE EMAIL ACCESS AT SCHOOL.
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THERE WAS A FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN A BACK ALLEY NEAR SYLVAN LAKE'S FOX RUN SCHOOL EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (6 AM).
POLICE SAY TWO DIRT BIKES COLLIDED, KILLING A 26 YEAR OLD SYLVAN LAKE MAN, WHILE A 27 YEAR OLD MAN, ALSO FROM SYLVAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
POLICE BELIEVE THAT BOTH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PLAYED A FACTOR AND CHARGES COULD BE LAID.
THE RIDERS WERE NOT WEARING HELMETS.
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EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FROM INNISFAIL WERE CALLED OUT TO THE QE2 ON FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A MULTI-INJURY COLLISION BETWEEN DIDSBURY AND OLDS. AROUND 8:15, TWO SUVS HAD PULLED OVER ON THE SHOULDER OF THE NORTHBOUND LANE WHEN THE REAR SUV WAS STRUCK AND CAREENED INTO THE OTHER ONE SENDING IT INTO THE MEDIAN. THE MINIVAN MEANWHILE STRUCK A UTILITY TRAILER ON THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK IN THE RIGHT LANE. IN TOTAL, 8 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL, WHILE 3 OTHERS WERE UNINJURED. POLICE SAY THAT EVERYONE WAS WEARING SEATBELTS AND AT THIS TIME DO NOT THINK SPPED OR ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS.
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  A SMALL AGENDA AHEAD TODAY (TUES) FOR RED DEER CITY COUNCILORS. THE TABLE WILL BE GOING THROUGH SECOND AND THIRD READINGS ON A NUMBER OF RECENT BYLAW AMENDMENTS MADE IN THE LAST MONTH. THERE WILL ALSO BE PUBLIC HEARINGS CONCERNING THE RESIDENTIAL NARROW LOT BYLAW AND THE CANOPY SIGN PROPOSAL FOR THE CITY CENTRE STAGE. COUNCIL NORMALLY MEETS ON MONDAYS BUT AS IT IS LABOUR DAY, THEY WILL CONVENE ON TUESDAY EVENING AT FIVE PM WITH PUBLIC HEARINGS SET FOR SIX. (SEPT 2)
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  A SMALL CHANGE WAS MADE TO THE CONTESTED URBAN CHICKEN BYLAW DURING THE LAST CITY COUNCIL MEETING. AFTER DEBATING AND PASSING THE BYLAW IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS, THE COUNCIL WAS REQUIRED TO PASS ANOTHER MOTION. THIS WAS TO ADD THE CHICKEN BYLAW TO THE APPEAL PROCESS. CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO APPEAL A RULING UNDER THESE REGULATIONS. THIS PASSED FIRST READING DURING THE LAST MEETING AND WILL BE BROUGHT BACK THIS EVENING FOR SECOND AND THIRD READING. (SEPT 2)
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  THE LOOK OF 49TH STREET COULD SOON BE CHANGING IF A MOTION IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL PASSES SECOND AND THIRD READING. DURING THE LAST MEETING COUNCIL PASSED FIRST READING ON A PROPOSAL TO UPDATE THE MARQUEE SIGN ON THE CITY CENTER STAGE. THE RED DEER COLLEGE IS LOOKING TO REPLACE THE OLD THEATER STYLE BULB SIGN WITH AN ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD THAT WOULD MAINTAIN THE CURRENT SHAPE OF THE SIGN. THERE WAS CONCERN FROM COUNCILORS WYNTJES AND BUCANNAN OVER LOSING A PIECE OF HISTORY AND THE BRIGHTNESS OF AN ELECTRONIC SIGN. COUNCILOR BUCANNAN VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION BUT IT PASSED IN A 7 TO 1 VOTE. THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA FOR A PUBLIC HEARING IF THE SECOND AND THIRD READINGS PASS. (SEPT 2)
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  RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN HAS BEEN SELECTED BY PRIME MINISTER HARPER TO JOIN HIM ON HIS TRIP TO THE U.K TODAY (TUES). THEY BOTH LEFT THIS MORNING AND HAVE A NUMBER OF MEETINGS BEFORE THEM OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS.
THEY ARE MEETING WITH BRITISH BUSINESS LEADER FROM A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIES AND ARE LOOKING TO PROMOTE CANDAIN TRADE WITH THEM.
THIS WILL ALSO BE ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO SOLIDIFY THE CONTROVERSIAL CANADA-EU TRADE AGREEMENT THAT HAS MEDE HEADLINES IN RECENT WEEKS. (SEPT 2)
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  THIS WINTER, RED DEER WILL BE LOOKING TO DO ANOTHER COUNT OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION IN THE CITY. THESE ARE REFERRED TO AS "POINT IN TIME"COUNTS AND THIS WOULD BE THE SECOND ONE FOR THE CITY, HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST ONE IN 2012. THE SOCIAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT IN CITY HALL IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST THEM WITH THE COUNT. THEY WILL NEED PEOPLE THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 16TH FROM 10 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT. THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED DO NOT NEED ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OTHER THAN BEING AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. THE CITY BELIEVES IF THEY CAN GET ABOUT 200 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THEM, IT SHOULD BE EASIER TO DETERMINE THE STATE OF HOMELESSNESS IN RED DEER.
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  DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL TRANSFORMED INTO A RACE TRACK FOR SOME OF THE WORLDS BEST CYCLISTS LATER THIS WEEK.
THE ROADMAP FOR THE LOCAL LEG OF THE TOUR OF ALBERTA HAS COMPETITORS COMING INTO THE CITY ON THURSDAY, ALONG HIGHWAY 11, TURNING SOUTH ON 30 AVENUE, SPEEDING THEIR WAY ACROSS THE CIRCUIT TOWARDS THE FINISH LINE ON ROSS.
RED DEER WILL SERVE AS THE SECOND LEG OF THE COMPETITION ON THURSDAY (SEPT. 4).
THE RACE WHICH WILL TRACE A ROUTE FROM CALGARY STARTING TODAY (SEPT. 2), THEN WINDING THROUGH LETHBRIDGE, INNISFAIL, RED DEER AND WETASKIWIN, WITH THE FINAL LEG FINISHING IN EDMONTON ON SUNDAY (SEPT 2ND TO 7TH).
IT'S ESTIMATED THAT LAST YEAR'S TOUR OF ALBERTA NETTED 650-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (AUGUST 31)

 

 

DIRT BIKING DEATH IN SYLVAN LAKE - POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER ONE MAN DIED AND ANOTHER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER A DIRT BIKING INCIDENT IN SYLVAN LAKE YESTERDAY MORNING. A 26 YEAR OLD SYLVAN LAKE MAN WAS DECLARED DECEASED ON SCENE AFTER CREWS WERE UNABLE TO REVIVE HIM. TWO STARS AIR AMBULANCE CHOPPERS FROM CALGARY AND EDMONTON WERE CALLED IN TO ASSIST IN TRANSPORTING THE SURVIVING VICTIM. RCMP SAY THAT THEY BELIEVE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS PLAYED A ROLE IN THIS CASE. THE INJURED MAN IS A 27 YEAR OLD SYLVAN RESIDENT. BOTH VICTIMS ARE KNOWN TO EACH OTHER AND IDENTITIES ARE NOT BEING RELEASED UNTIL NEXT OF KIN ARE NOTIFIED. NEITHER MAN WAS WEARING ANY SAFETY OR PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. CRIMINAL CHARGES WILL BE LAID AND ARE BEING PROCESSED.

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MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH NEAR OLDS AND DIDSBURY
- EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FROM INNISFAIL WERE CALLED OUT TO THE QE2 ON FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A MULTI-VEHICLE COLLISION BETWEEN DIDSBURY AND OLDS. AROUND 8:15, TWO SUVS HAD PULLED OVER ON THE SHOULDER OF THE NORTHBOUND LANE WHEN THE REAR SUV WAS STRUCK AND CAREENED INTO THE OTHER ONE SENDING IT INTO THE MEDIAN. THE MINIVAN MEANWHILE STRUCK A UTILITY TRAILER ON THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK IN THE RIGHT LANE. IN TOTAL, 8 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL, WHILE 3 OTHERS WERE UNINJURED. POLICE SAY THAT EVERYONE WAS WEARING SEAT BELTS AND AT THIS TIME DO NOT THINK SPEED OR ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS.

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TEEN STILL MISSING - THE RCMP ARE ASKING YOU TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A TEENAGER MISSING SINCE AUGUST 27TH. 14 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON WEDNESDAY AFTER BEING LAST SEEN JUST BEFORE 2 PM THAT DAY.. MOUNTIES HAVE BEEN SEARCHING IN THE RED DEER AREA BUT SHE MAY HAVE TRAVELED TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. A PHOTO OF HER CAN BE FOUND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. IF YOU KNOW OF HER WHEREABOUTS, YOU ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE POLICE

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GRAIN TRAIN DERAILMENT -
INVESTIGATORS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD ARE EN ROUTE TO A CN TRAIN DERAILMENT THAT OCCURRED EARLIER TODAY. TWENTY FIVE GRAIN CARS HAVE DERAILED ABOUT 180 KILOMETERS NORTHWEST OF EDMONTON. THE TSB DOES NOT DETERMINE CRIMINAL LIABILITY OR ASSIGN FAULT. THEY ARE ON SCENE TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE AND THE CLEAN UP EFFORT THAT WILL BE NEEDED.

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BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY REMINDER-
THE RED DEER RCMP WANTS TO MAKE SURE BACK TO SCHOOL IS A SAFE OCCASION. RED RCMP CONSTABLE DEREK TURNER IS ASKING ANYBODY WALKING TO SCHOOL TODAY TO BE VERY CAREFUL. MOTORISTS ARE ALSO REMINDED TO BE CAUTIOUS OF PEDESTRIANS, AND THAT THE SPEED LIMIT IN SCHOOL ZONES IS 30 KILOMETERS PER HOUR.

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NEW SCHOOLS IN RED DEER -
RED DEER'S YOUTH ARE BACK IN CLASS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR THIS WEEK. RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS VERY OPTIMISTIC HEADING INTO THE NEW YEAR, WITH THE ADDITION OF ECOLE BARRIE WILSON ELEMENTARY, GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AND ESCUELA PINES SCHOOL. BOARD CHAIR BEV MANNING SAYS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IS ALWAYS A SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR. DIVISION WIDE, ABOUT 11 THOUSAND STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE BACK IN CLASS ON TUESDAY.

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TOUR OF ALBERTA BICYCLE RIDE - ANTICIPATION IS BUILDING FOR THIS YEAR'S TOUR OF ALBERTA CYCLING RACE. STAGE 2 OF THE WORLD CLASS CYCLING COMPLETION WILL BE HOSTED IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH. TOUR OF ALBERTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DUANE VIENNEAU SAYS THE STAGE WILL BEGIN IN INNISFAIL. THE RACES WILL BE FREE TO ATTEND, BUT EACH COMMUNITY IS CAUTIONED THAT SEVERAL MAJOR ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING RACE TIME.

 


SATURDAY NEWSFILE (AUGUST 30)


MAJOR TRAFFIC TIE-UPS YESTERDAY - THOSE WHO WERE TRYING TO TRAVEL BETWEEN GASOLINE ALLEY AND BLACKFALDS WERE DELAYED LAST EVENING AFTER A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION. POLICE WERE ADVISING PEOPLE THAT IT WOULD TAKE TIME TO INVESTIGATE AND CLEAN UP THE SCENE. DUE TO THIS TRAFFIC WAS REROUTED ONTO HIGHWAY 2A TO EASE SOME OF THE CONGESTION UNTIL TRAFFIC FLOW RESUMED TO NORMAL SHORTLY BEFORE 8 PM LAST NIGHT.


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LIGHTNING STRIKE IN PENHOLD - A NUMBER OF FIRE UNITS HAD TO BE CALLED OUT TO PENHOLD LAST EVENING AFTER LIGHTNING STRUCK A POWER POLE IN THAT COMMUNITY. AROUND 9:40 PM, A POLE ON THE CORNER OF WASKASOO AVE AND LUCINA STREET WAS STRUCK AND FIRE CREWS WILL ABLE TO CONTAIN THE AREA AS THE POLE WAS SPARKING WHEN THEY ARRIVED. FOUR UNITS MADE UP OF SEVENTEEN PERSONNEL WERE SENT TO SECURE THE AREA UNTIL THE POWER UTILITY ARRIVED. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED AND AFTER ABOUT TWO HOURS CREWS WERE ABLE TO LOOSEN THEIR PERIMETER.


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MISSING TEENAGER - RED DEER RCMP ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER MISSING TEEN. 14 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON AUGUST 27TH IN RED DEER, BUT SHE MAY ALSO HAVE BEEN IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE THAT DAY. IF YOU KNOW OF HER WHEREABOUTS YOU CAN CONTACT THE RCMP


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HOMELESS POPULATION COUNT - THIS WINTER, RED DEER WILL BE LOOKING TO DO ANOTHER COUNT OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION IN THE CITY. THESE ARE REFERRED TO AS "POINT IN TIME"COUNTS AND THIS WOULD BE THE SECOND ONE FOR THE CITY, HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST ONE IN 2012. THE SOCIAL PLANNING DEPARTMENT IN CITY HALL IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST THEM WITH THE COUNT. THEY WILL NEED PEOPLE THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 16TH FROM 10 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT. THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED DO NOT NEED ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OTHER THAN BEING AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. THE CITY BELIEVES IF THEY CAN GET ABOUT 200 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THEM, IT SHOULD BE EASIER TO DETERMINE THE STATE OF HOMELESSNESS IN RED DEER.


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OUTDOOR POOLS CLOSING FOR SEASON -
THIS IS YOUR LAST WEEKEND TO TAKE UP SWIMMING IN RED DEER'S OUTDOOR POOLS. THE CITY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT AFTER NEXT TUESDAY BOTH OUTDOOR POOLS WILL CLOSE FOR THE SEASON. THIS IS CONCERNING THE FACILITIES AT THE RECREATION CENTER AND THE SPRAY AND PLAY PARK. ANNUALLY THEY BOTH CLOSE THEIR DOORS AFTER THE LABOR DAY LONG WEEKEND.


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ANTI-SPAM CONSENT FORMS - THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION HELD THEIR FIRST BOARD MEETING SINCE THE SUMMER BREAK ON TUESDAY. HERE A NUMBER OF ITEMS WERE BROUGHT FORWARD TO GET ADMINISTRATION ROLLING FOR THE YEAR. ONE NEW ITEM IN PARTICULAR WAS THE ANTI-SPAM LEGISLATION BEFORE THEM. THIS IS A NEWLY PASSED FEDERAL LAW THAT PROHIBITS ADVERTISERS FROM CONTACTING YOU WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. STUDENTS IN THE CATHOLIC DIVISION WILL BE SENT HOME WITH CONSENT FORMS WHEN THEY START ON TUESDAY THAT WILL NEED TO BE SIGNED TO ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO HAVE EMAIL ACCESS AT SCHOOL.
 

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS GUY IS? (AUG 29) -- RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR SOME HELP IN IDENTIFYING A SUSPECT IN A GAS AND DASH WITH A STOLEN VEHICLE LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED AUGUST 19TH AT A GAS STATION IN AIRDRIE WHEN TWO MEN IN A BLACK MERCEDES TWO SEAT COUPE BEGAN FUELLING UP BUT WHEN APPROACHED BY A STAFF MEMBER, HOPPED IN THE VEHICLE AND TOOK OFF. THE CAR WAS LATER LOCATED IN INNISFAIL AND FOUND TO BE STOLEN. (PICTURES COURTESY OF AIRDRIE RCMP)

 

 

RCMP ON EXTRA PATROL THIS WEEKEND - THE LONG WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE AND THE RCMP WILL BE CRACKING DOWN ON THE HIGHWAYS. THERE WILL BE EXTRA ENFORCEMENT ON THE QE2 BETWEEN EDMONTON AND CALGARY TO MAKE SURE MOTORISTS ARE DRIVING SAFELY. ALL OTHER HIGHWAYS ASIDE FROM THE QE2 WILL ALSO BE HEAVILY PATROLLED. THE RCMP SAYS THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND HAS A BAD HISTORY OF FATAL ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY ALCOHOL AND SPEED

A WARNING FOR MOTORCYCLISTS - OFFICIALS WITH STARS AIR AMBULANCE ARE HOPING FOR A SAFE LONG WEEKEND FOR ALBERTA MOTORISTS, INCLUDING THOSE ON MOTORCYCLES. SPOKESPERSON CAM HEKE (HEEK) SAYS THE BIGGEST MESSAGE THEY WANT TO GET ACROSS IS TO SLOW DOWN AND WATCH OUT FOR THOSE ON BIKES. HEKE SAYS STARS RESPONDED TO 46 SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE AND DIRT BIKE RELATED INCIDENTS IN ALBERTA LAST YEAR. FIVE OF THOSE TOOK PLACE ON THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND.

 

 

3 MISSING PEOPLE FOUND - RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING A TRIO OF MISSING PERSONS. MOUNTIES SAY 20 YEAR OLD DUNCAN LAGRELLE, 16 YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW AND 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS HAVE ALL BEEN LOCATED.

 


NEW MISSING TEENAGER - THE RCMP IS NOW TURNING THEIR ATTENTION TO A NEW MISSING PERSONS CASE. 14 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER WAS LAST SEEN ON AUGUST 27TH IN RED DEER. RCMP BELIEVE SHE COULD ALSO HAVE BEEN IN ROCKY THAT DAY. YOUR TIPS CAN BE SENT TO THE RED DEER RCMP.

GOLD RING TURNED IN TO RCMP - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ASKING IF ANYONE IN THE CITY HAS LOST A GOLD RING. A CITIZEN TURNED IN A CUSTOM GOLD RING TO THE DETACHMENT THAT WAS FOUND AT THE A AND W RESTAURANT IN THE VILLAGE MALL ON AUGUST 25TH. IF THIS RING IS YOURS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP. YOU'LL BE REQUIRED TO DESCRIBE THE RING AND PROVIDE A PROOF OF PURCHASE BEFORE CLAIMING IT.

2 NEW HOTELS COMING TO RED DEER - THE CITY'S MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION HAS APPROVED THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO HOTELS IN ORIOLE PARK WEST. THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ALONG ORR DRIVE WILL HAVE FIVE STORIES AND 79 UNITS, WHILE A STAYBRIDGE SUITES RIGHT NEXT TO IT WILL HAVE 77. THE DEVELOPER SAYS THE HOTELS WILL SHARE A RECEPTION AREA, SWIMMING POOL, FITNESS CENTRE AND GUEST LAUNDRY AND FEATURE AN OUTDOOR TERRACE IN THE BACK, INCLUDING A FIRE PIT AND BASKETBALL COURT. ELSEWHERE, A BRAD'S PIT SMOKEHOUSE AND SPORTS BAR ON 66TH STREET IS SET TO OPEN IN THAT AREA IN OCTOBER.

LACOMBE FINDS TENDER FOR POLICE STATION - LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL HAS NOW CHOSEN THE ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN THE COMMUNITY'S NEW POLICE STATION. COUNCIL PASSED A MOTION TO HIRE KOZAK ACI ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS TO COME UP WITH A DESIGN FOR THE NEW BUILDING. ELSEWHERE, COUNCIL AMENDED A BYLAW TO DESIGNATE ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH A MUNICIPAL HISTORIC RESOURCE. THE DOWNTOWN CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1908-1909.

OVERDOSE RALLY TOMORROW - RED DEER'S ROTARY PARK WILL BE THE SITE OF NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES TOMORROW (FRI) TO MARK INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY. THE EVENT IS BEING HOSTED BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA AIDS NETWORK SOCIETY TO RAISE AWARENSS OF OVERDOSE AND REDUCE THE STIGMA OF DRUG RELATED DEATHS. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S ALSO A CHANCE TO THINK ABOUT THE GRIEF FELT BY FAMILIES AND FRIENDS REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THAT WAY. THE EVENT RUNS FROM 10:30 TIL 1. ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, THERE WERE 387 DRUG OR ALCOHOL OVERDOSE DEATHS IN ALBERTA LAST YEAR.



 

 

WED PM NEWSFILE

 

NORBERT SENTENCED (AUG 27) - A SEVEN AND A HALF YEAR JAIL SENTENCE HAS BEEN HANDED TO A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING A TEENAGE BOY ON THE PIGEON LAKE RESERVE NEAR MA-ME-O BEACH TWO YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD CHRIS NORBERT OF THE SADDLE LAKE RESERVE WAS ALSO HANDED A LIFETIME FIREARMS BAN IN WETASKIWIN COURT ON TUESDAY BUT GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, SO HAS OVER FOUR AND A HALF YEARS LEFT BEHIND BARS. NORBERT PLED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER BACK IN MAY FOR HIS PART IN THE AUGUST 30TH, 2012 INCIDENT WHERE MASKWACIS MOUNTIES FOUND 17 YEAR OLD PERRY JOHNSON SUFFERING FROM LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER A FIGHT WITH ANOTHER MAN. JOHNSON DIED FROM THOSE INJURIES THE NEXT DAY.

FREE THE FUZZ RAISIS $21K (AUG 27) - IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER RCMP AT PARKLAND MALL ON THE WEEKEND. THEIR FREE THE FUZZ EVENT RAISED MORE THAN 21 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS. ALBERTA SHERIFF RYAN CRAWFORD AND RED DEER RCMP CONSTABLE RAY LEONHARDT EACH SPENT THE NIGHT ON SOME SCAFFOLDING ON THE ROOF OF WALMART FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, ROLLING OUT SLEEPING BAGS FOR THE CHILLY EVENINGS.

"DANNY" HEADING BACK TO WORK (AUG 27) - THE RCMP POLICE DOG WHO PARTNERED WITH ONE OF THE FALLEN MOUNTIES IN THE MONCTON SHOOTINGS EARLIER THIS SUMMER IS RETURNING TO WORK. A MEDIA GATHERING WAS HOSTED AT THE RCMP POLICE DOG TRAINING CETNRE IN INNISFAIL THIS MORNING TO ANNOUNCE THAT "DANNY" WILL SOON BE APPOINTED A NEW PARTNER. DANNY'S PARTNER, CONSTABLE DAVID ROSS, WAS KILLED DURING THE SHOOTING IN MONCTON BACK ON JUNE 4TH ALONG WITH 2 OTHER OFFICERS. THE WHEREABOUTS OF DANNY'S NEW POSTING WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.


LENDING CUPBOARD LAUNCHES (AUG 27) - A STYLISH NEW WEBSITE HAS BEEN UNVEILLED BY A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT LENDS MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AT NO COST TO CENTRAL ALBERTANS FOR AS LONG AS THEY NEED IT, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR INCOME. CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO CHECK OUT WWW.LENDINGCUPBOARD.CA WHERE YOU CAN FIND MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR BORROWING, STORIES OF CLIENTS, VOLUNTEERS AND MORE. OFFICIALS SAY THE LENDING CUPBOARD HAS OVER 75 HUNDRED ITEMS IN THEIR INVENTORY AND LOANS OUT ROUGHLY 650 PIECES EACH MONTH.

SPRAY PARK CLOSING FOR SEASON (AUG 27) - LABOUR DAY MONDAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ENJOY THE REC CENTRE'S OUTDOOR POOL AND DOWNTOWN SPRAY PARK FOR THE SEASON. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO FACILITIES WILL CLOSE EACH YEAR FOLLOWING THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND.

 

 

 

 

TUES PM NEWSFILE (AUG 26)

 

49TH/55TH TO REOPEN (AUG 26) - SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORISTS FIGHTING SUMMER CONSTRUCTION ZONES IN THE CITY. THE CITY OF RED DEER SAYS 3 NORTHBOUND LANES ON 49TH AVENUE WILL REOPEN AT 55TH STREET TOMORROW. ALTHOUGH THE LANES WILL BE OPEN, IT WILL STILL BE IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE SO THE SPEED LIMIT WILL REMAIN AT 30 KILOMETERS PER HOUR. 55TH STREET HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR ALMOST 2 MONTHS WHILE THE CITY UPGRADES UTILITIES IN THE AREA AND CONSTRUCTS NEW SIDEWALKS.

MAN CHARGE IN STABBING (AUG 26) - A RED DEER MAN HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A STABBING NEAR THE CITY'S DOWNTOWN LAST MONTH. 21 YEAR OLD MARLO THOMAS FACES TWO COUNTS INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN THE JULY 5TH INCIDENT WHERE TWO GROUPS OF MEN GOT INTO AN EARLY MORNING FIGHT ON THE CN WALKING BRIDGE. A 21 YEAR OLD MAN WAS LATER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING STABBED IN THE STOMACH. THOMAS WAS TO APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT TODAY.

MCGINNES PLEADS GUILTY (AUG 26) - GUILTY PLEAS IN RED DEER COURT MONDAY FROM A MAN CHARGED IN AN ARMED BARRICADE WITH POLICE LAST YEAR. 23 YEAR OLD GARNET COLBY MCINNES PLED GUILTY TO ROBBERY AND TWO COUNTS OF BREACH OF PROBATION AND GIVEN A 26 MONTH JAIL TERM AND LIFETIME FIREARMS BAN IN THE MAY 2013 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RED DEER MOUNTIES SURROUNDED A RESIDENCE IN HIGHLAND GREEN WHERE SUSPECTS IN AN ARMED ROBBERY WERE HOLED-UP. MCINNES HAS TWO OTHER PENDING TRIALS IN RELATION TO OTHER INCIDENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AROUND THE SAME TIME, WHILE A CO-ACCUSED WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH.

LAGRELLE SENTENCCES 26 MONTHS (AUG 26) - A FOUR AND A HALF YEAR JAIL SENTENCE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN A SERIES OF CRIMES IN OUR CITY THIS SPRING. 27 YEAR OLD ANDREW LAGRELLE PLED GUILTY TO SIX COUNTS BACK IN JULY BUT WAS GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, SO NOW HAS OVER FOUR YEARS LEFT BEHIND BARS IN ADDITION TO A TEN YEAR FIREARMS BAN. IT WAS ON JUNE 9TH WHEN RCMP ARRESTED A MAN ACCUSED OF AN ARMED ROBBERY, CAR THEFT AND HIT AND RUN IN SOUTH RED DEER THAT DAY. THE SUSPECT WAS FOUND HIDING IN THE BACKYARD OF A BOWER NEIGHBOURHOOD RESIDENCE.
 

SMALL CHANGE FOR CHICKEN BYLAW (AUG 26) - A SMALL CHANGE WAS MADE TO THE CONTESTED URBAN CHICKEN BYLAW DURING LAST WEEK'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING. AFTER DEBATING AND PASSING THE BYLAW IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS, THE COUNCIL WAS REQUIRED TO PASS ANOTHER MOTION. THIS WAS TO ADD THE CHICKEN BYLAW TO THE APPEAL PROCESS. CITIZENS WILL BE ABLE TO APPEAL A RULING UNDER THESE REGULATIONS. THIS PASSED FIRST READING DURING THE LAST MEETING AND WILL BE BROUGHT BACK NEXT WEEK FOR SECOND READING.

 

 

 

MONDAY PM NEWSFILE (AUGUST 26)

 

CORRECTION ON MISSING TEENS UPDATE - RED DEER CITY POLICE HAVE ISSUED A CORRECTION ON A MISSING PERSONS UPDATE FROM EARLIER TODAY.

 

SIXTEEN YEAR OLD SKY BIG CROW HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE JULY 9TH AND IS BELIEVED TO BE IN THE MORELY AREA.
 

POLICE HAD ISSUED A NOTICE EARLIER TODAY SAYING SHE HAD BEEN FOUND. 15 YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE.

 

POLICE ARE STILL ASKING YOU TO LOOK FOR 13 YEAR OLD HALEY SASKATCHEWAN WHO WAS DECLARED MISSING LAST THURSDAY.
 

RCMP ARE ALSO TRYING TO LOCATE 20 YEAR OLD DUNCAN LAGRELLE WHO HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE AUGUST 8TH.

 

14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER HAS ALSO BEEN MISSING SINCE AUGUST 16TH.


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MULTI-VEHICLE COLLISION IN RED DEER - THERE IS A COLLISION IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE CITY TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS AFTERNOON. THREE VEHICLES HAVE COLLIDED ON JOHNSTONE AND TAYLOR DRIVE. THIS IS CAUSING BACKUPS ON SOUTHBOUND TAYLOR SO AVOID THIS AREA IF YOU CAN. WESTBOUND ON JOHNSTONE IS ALSO COMING TO A STANDSTILL. THE LIGHTS ARE ALSO OUT AT THIS INTERSECTION AND THIS IS CAUSING CONFUSION. TRY TO FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES ON YOUR DRIVE HOME.


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FROST WARNINGS ON THE WAY IN THE NEXT MONTH - IT'S ALMOST TIME TO START COVERING YOUR TOMATOES. ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS FROST MAY SOON BE ON THE WAY TO CENTRAL ALBERTA. IN AN AVERAGE YEAR FROST NORMALLY FALLS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, BUT FROST ALMOST ARRIVED EARLY ON THE WEEKEND. SATURDAY'S OVERNIGHT LOW DROPPED TO JUST PLUS 1 POINT 8 DEGREES. YOUR REMINDED TO ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO DAILY FORECASTS AND TO BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ANY FROST ADVISORIES ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA.


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CITY CENTER STAGE SIGN PROPOSAL - THE LOOK OF 49TH STREET COULD SOON BE CHANGING IF A MOTION IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL PASSES THIRD READING. LAST WEEK, COUNCIL PASSED FIRST READING ON A PROPOSAL TO UPDATE THE MARQUEE SIGN ON THE CITY CENTER STAGE. THE RED DEER COLLEGE IS LOOKING TO REPLACE THE OLD THEATER STYLE BULB SIGN WITH AN ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD THAT WOULD MAINTAIN THE CURRENT SHAPE OF THE SIGN. THERE WAS CONCERN FROM COUNCILORS WYNTJES AND BUCANNAN OVER LOSING A PIECE OF HISTORY AND THE BRIGHTNESS OF AN ELECTRONIC SIGN. COUNCILOR BUCANNAN VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION BUT IT PASSED IN A 7 TO 1 VOTE. THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON THE SEPTEMBER 2ND AGENDA FOR A PUBLIC HEARING.


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ARRESTS IN INNISFAIL ON THE WEEKEND - A POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT WAS BELIEVED TO BE A "CHOP SHOP" EAST OF INNISFAIL HAS NETTED TWO SUSPECTS THIS PAST WEEKEND. 30 YEAR OLD ANDREW MONTAGUE OF PINE LAKE AND 37 YEAR OLD KRIS ROWE WERE PICKED UP ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND ARE FACING A NUMBER OF ALLEGED CHARGES. RCMP RECOVERED FIVE STOLEN VEHICLES AND A LOADED 22 CALIBER RIFLE WITH A HOME SILENCER FROM A PROPERTY ON SOUTH PINE LAKE ROAD. MONTAGUE AND ROWE ARE TO APPEAR IN RED DEER PROVINCIAL COURT IN SEPTEMBER.


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INAUGURAL FUNDRAISER HELD IN LACOMBE - LOCAL FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO RAISE A CHILD WITH HEALTH CONCERNS AT THEIR HOME'S RECEIVED A MAJOR BOOST OVER THE WEEKEND. THE FIRST ANNUAL "LUKEY'S LIGHT GOLF TOURNAMENT" WAS HELD AT THE LACOMBE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB AND RAISED OVER 36 THOUSAND DOLLARS, NEARLY DOUBLE THE GOAL OF 20 GRAND. OFFICIALS SAY THE MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THESE FAMILIES. THE EVENT WAS HELD IN HONOR OF LUKAS OSZUST, A TWO YEAR OLD BOY WHO PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY AFTER BATTLING LIFE THREATENING HEALTH ISSUES FROM BIRTH.

 


MONDAY AM NEWSFILE (AUGUST 26)

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOY? (AUG 25) -- RED DEER RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A MISSING TEENAGE BOY. 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER WAS REPORTED MISSING AUGUST 16TH AND IS KNOWN TO FREQUENT THE COLLICUT, DAWE AND DOWNTOWN SKATE PARKS BUT HE HAS NOT BEEN FOUND YET. (PICTURE COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY NEWSFILE (AUGUST 24) 


STARS AIR AMBULANCE CALLED OUT - THE STARS AIR AMBULANCE OUT OF CALGARY WAS CALLED OUT TO A SCENE SOUTH OF RED DEER LAST NIGHT. SHORTLY AFTER 8 PM, REPORTS AND PICTURES SURFACED OF AN ACCIDENT BETWEEN A SWATHER AND A VEHICLE WEST OF THE C AND E TRAIL ON HIGHWAY 592.  DETAILS ARE STILL SCARCE AT THIS TIME AS TO THE AIR AMBULANCES INVOVEMENT OR THE EXTENT OF ANY INJURIES.


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SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER CONTINUES - THE "FREE THE FUZZ" FUNDRAISER CONTINUES TODAY DOWN AT THE PARKLAND MALL. THIS IS BEING PUT ON BY LOCAL POLICE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. AN RCMP MEMBER AND AN ALBERTA SHERRIF ARE UP ON SCAFFOLDING AGAIN IN FRONT OF WALMART AND ARE STAYING PUT UNTIL THEY RAISE THEIR GOAL OF $25,000.


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SUSPECTS POSING AS POLICE OVER THE PHONE - THE RCMP ARE PUTTING OUT THE WARNING ABOUT PHONE CALLS FROM FRAUDSTERS PRETENDING TO BE THE POLICE. WETASKIWIN MOUNTIES SAY THAT OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF WEEKS, CITIZENS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE BEEN RECIEVING PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE LAW ENFORCEMENT.  THESE INDIVIDUALS WILL CALL AND REQUEST PAYMENT TO CANCEL WARRANTS OR TO STOP PENDING LAWSUITS. POLICE SAY THIS IS NOT HOW THEY CONDUCT THEIR WORK AND ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE SOURCE OF THESE CALLS. THEY WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH YOU IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO. YOU CAN GET AHOLD OF THEM AT (780) 312 7267.


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ALS DONATION UPDATE - IT LOOKS LIKE THE FRENZY OF THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE IS PAYING OFF ON THE DONATION END. AT THEIR LAST COUNT THEY HAVE RECIEVED ABOUT SIXTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN DONATIONS SINCE THE CAMPAIGN KICKED OFF. IN COMPARISON, THEY WERE ABLE TO RAISE JUST OVER TWO POINT FOUR MILLION IN THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THEY ALSO BELIEVE THEY HAVE ABOUT ONE POINT TWO MILLION NEW DONORS TO HELP FIND A CURE FOR ALS AND SIMILAR DISEASES.
 

 

SATURDAY NEWSFILE (AUGUST 23)


LARGE FUEL THEFT TO THE WEST OF RED DEER - RCMP IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ARE LOOKING INTO THE THEFT OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF FUEL OVER THE LAST WEEK. THEY SAY THAT BETWEEN AUGUST 17TH AND THE 19TH, 3000 LITRES OF FUEL WERE STOLEN FROM THE WILLESDEN GREEN COMPRESSOR AREA. THIS IS LOCATED ABOUT EIGHT KILOMETERS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 ON THE BEAVER FLATS ROAD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS CRIME THAT MAY HAVE INVOLVED A TRUCK AND TRAILER IS ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP.

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FINAL THOUGHTS ON RED DEER RALLY - YESTERDAY THE CITY PUT ON THE RED DEER IS READY RALLY IN HOPES OF WINNING THE RIGHTS TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. RON MACLEAN WAS ALSO A GUEST HONORARY CHAIR FOR THE BID AND SAYS HE WAS SIMPLY BLOWN AWAY BY THE PEOPLE THAT CAME OUT. PAUL FLAHERTY WITH THE GAMES BID COMMITTEE SAYS THEY HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO NOW THAT THE TOURS ARE COMPLETE. THEY MUST NOW COMPILE THEIR FINDINGS AND SUBMIT A RECOMMENDATION TO THE PROVINCE. THERE IS STILL A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN ON UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY FOR THE GAMES BID THAT YOU CAN FOLLOW BY SEARCHING RED DEER IS READY ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. WE WILL FIND OUT WHO THE HOST CITY IS BETWEEN LETHBRIDGE AND RED DEER WHEN IT IS ANNOUNCED CALGARY ON SEPTEMBER 4TH.

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LEGAL AID FUNDING - THOSE WHO MAKE LESS THAN $16,000 A YEAR WILL STILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE LEGAL AID THIS YEAR. THIS AFTER ALBERTA JUSTICE APPROVED AN EXTENSION OF THEIR BUDGET TO COVER ALL CASES REMAINING IN 2014. IN RECENT WEEKS THE LEGAL AID DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN MAKING HEADLINES AFTER ANNOUNCING THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FAIR REPRESENTATION TO ALL OF THEIR CLIENTS.

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PC LEADERSHIP DEBATE HELD LAST NIGHT
- ONE OF THE FINAL PC LEADERSHIP FORUMS WAS HELD LAST NIGHT IN CALGARY. CANDIDATES RIC MCIVER, THOMAS LUKASZUK AND JIM PRENTICE EACH HAD A CHANCE TO MAKE THEIR CASE ON WHY THEY SHOULD BECOME PREMIER. PRENTICE STANDS BY THE FACT THAT HE IS AN OUTSIDER HAVING BEEN A FORMER FEDERAL POLITICIAN. LUKASZUK AND MCIVER BOTH MADE A POINT ABOUT THE CULTURE OF OVERSPENDING DURING THE TIME OF REDFORD'S GOVERNMENT.

 

 

FRI PM NEWS (AUG.22)

 

RED DEER IS READY RALLY WRAPS UP - IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN A SEA OF RED DOWNTOWN OF ROSS STREET TODAY, AS RED DEERIANS CAME OUT IN DROVES TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES BID. LOCAL OLYMPIAN MELLISA HOLLINGSWORTH SAYS SHE THINK THE WELCOME CELEBRATION WENT OFF SPLENDID AND THAT MANY PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES DESERVE THANKS. THE EVENT KICKED OFF TODAY WITH A LUNCHEON AT THE PIDHERNEY CENTRE FOR SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS. GUEST HONORARY CHAIR RON MACLEAN AND HIS WIFE CARI ALSO ATTENDED AND WERE SIMPLY BLOWN AWAY BY THE SUPPORT THEY SAW. WE WILL FIND OUT IN A FEW WEEKS TIME WHO WILL HOST THE GAMES WHEN IT IS ANNOUNCED IN CALGARY ON SEPTEMBER 4TH.


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LUNG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TOMORROW - IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF YOUR LUNGS, YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT THIS WEEKEND IF YOU HEAD DOWN TO THE RED DEER MARKET TOMORROW. A SUPPORT GROUP STARTED BY THE LUNG ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA WILL BE ON HAND TOMORROW TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE TO LILVE WITH BREATHING ISSUES. THIS YEAR IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LUNG ASSOCIATION AND THEY ARE CELEBRATING BY TAKING THEIR POWERED BY BREATHING CAMPAIGN ACROSS THE PROVINCE. THEY HOPE TO SCREEN 75,000 ALBERTANS FOR EARLY SIGNS OF LUNG DISEASE SUCH AS C.O.P.D WHICH MAKES BREATHING MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. YOU CAN FIND THEM AT 4751 43RD STREET ALL DAY TOMORROW.


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EARLY MORNING FIRE NORTH OF RED DEER - INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO AN EARLY MORNING BLAZE IN WETASKIWIN. EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO PARKVIEW R.V. CENTRE AROUND 3 AM TO A REPORT OF SEVERAL RECREATIONAL VEHICLES ON FIRE. FOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, THREE TRAVEL TRAILERS AND A MOTOR BOAT WERE DAMAGED, THREE EXTENSIVELY. FIRE INVESTIGATORS HAVE DETERMINED THE BLAZE IS SUSPICIOUS AND IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, YOU'RE ASKED TO CONTACT RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

 

 

FRI AM NEWS  (AUG. 22)
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RED DEER IS READY -  THE CITY OF RED DEER  IS ASKING EVERYONE TO WEAR RED IF YOU ARE COMING OUT TO THE RALLY TODAY (FRI).  MAYOR TARA VEER PROCLAIMED AUGUST 22ND AS "RED DEER IS READY" DAY AS PART OF THE VISIT FROM THE CANADA GAMES EVALUATION COMMITTEE.  THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO SHOW OFF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL BE NEEDED TO HOST THESE GAMES IN JUST UNDER FIVE YEARS TIME.  RED DEER IS UP AGAINST THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE FOR THE RIGHTS TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES AND WE'LL KNOW WHO WILL HOST THE EVEN WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS MAKE IN CALGARY SEPT. 4TH.   TODAY'S RALLY WILL FEATURE ARTS, CULTURE, LIVE MUSIC AND INTERACTIVE SPORTS.   IT RUNS FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM ON ROSS STREET DOWNTOWN.
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THREE HILLS COURT APPEARANCE -  THERE'S A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (FRI) FOR A MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO THE PRIAIRE BIBLE INSTITUTE IN THREE HILLS ON SUNDAY AND ASSAULTED SEVERAL STUDENTS.  33 YEAR RENIE GALL OF THREE HILLS FACES SIX COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND ONE COUNT OF BREAK AND ENTER AND THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HE'S ALSO CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER ON AN UNRELATED CRIME.  GALL HAS BEEN IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER COURT THIS MORNING (AUG. 22) AT 10 AM.
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MICHENER CENTRE UPDATE -   IT'S UNUSUAL IN POLITICS FOR ALL OPPOSITION PARTIES TO AGREE ON AN ISSUE, BUT ALBERTA'S THREE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE UNITED IN A REQUEST TO KEEP RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE OPEN.  THE NDP, LIBERALS, AND WILDROSE ARE CALLING ON THE PROVINCE TO IMMEDIATELY STOP THE TRANSFER OF PATIENTS OUT OF THE FACILITY, AN INSTITUTION FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.  THE PARTIES ARE MAKING THE REQUEST FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF FIVE PEOPLE WHO PASSED AWAY AFTER BEING TRANSFERRED OUT OF THE FACILITY.  THE FRIENDS FOR MICHENER CENTRE ADVOCACY GROUP SAYS IT HAS CROSS-REFERENCED REPORTS FROM THE RED DEER FACILITY WITH OBITUARIES TO DETERMINE HOW MANY FORMER RESIDENTS HAVE DIED.
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER  -   THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS AS WELL AS THE RCMP AND ALBERTA SHERRIFS ARE HOLDING AN IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND.  STARTING AT 9 AM THIS MORNING, THE FREE THE FUZZ CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF AT PARKLAND MALL.
VOLUNTEERS FROM THE POLICE ORGANIZATIONS WILL HANG UP ON THE SCAFFOLDING THIS WEEKEND UNTIL THEY CAN RAISE $25,000 FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.  THEY'ILL HAVE ENCOURAGEMENT ON THE GROUND WITH MUSIC, DANCING AND A BBQ AND THEY'RE ASKING YOU TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THEM AS WELL. THE GOAL IS TO BEAT LAST YEAR'S TOTAL AND BEFORE 4 PM ON SUNDAY TO GET THEIR MEN BACK ON SOLID GROUND.
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THURSDAY PM NEWSFILE (AUG 21)


POLICE IN RED DEER ARE TRYING TO LOCATE A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WENT MISSING THIS PAST MONDAY. HALEY SASKATCHEWAN HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED AFTER POLICE CHECKED A NUMBER OF RED DEER LOCATIONS.THEY SAY IT IS POSSIBLE SHE IS TRYING TO TRAVEL TO MASKWACIS. HER DESCRIPTION IS LISTED AS:


- ABORIGINAL, FIVE FOOT THREE, AND 135 POUNDS. SHE HAS SHOULDER LENGTH DARK BROWN HAIR AND A PIERCING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HER LIP.
 

SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A WHITE T-SHIRT AND NAVY BLUE JACKET WITH WHITE SLEEVES.
 

SHE ALSO HAD PEACH COLORED PANTS AND A SMALL SILVER PURSE.
IF YOU KNOW WHERE HALEY SASKATCHEWAN'S IS, YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP AT 403 - 343 - 5575.


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THERE ARE TWO OTHER MISSING TEENAGERS THAT RED DEER RCMP ARE ASKING YOU TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR.
 

SKY BIG CROW AND DIAMOND SADDLE BACK HAVE BOTH BEEN MISSING SINCE JULY 9TH. VARYING REPORTS HAVE SAID THE GIRLS WERE HEADING TO EITHER EDMONTON OR MASKWACIS.


16 YEAR OLD - Sky Big Crow is described as:
" Aboriginal
" 5"10'
" 130 lbs
" Brown eyes
" Black hair
" Lip piercings
" Last seen wearing all black

15 YEAR OLD Diamond Saddleback is described as:
" Aboriginal
" 5"5'
" 125 lbs
" Brown eyes
" Black Hair
" Nose and lip piercing
" Last seen wearing an orange tank top, white t-shirt and orange shorts
 

AS THESE TWO HAVE BEEN MISSING OVER A MONTH, POLICE ARE ASKING YOU TO REMAIN VIGILANT IF YOU SEE THEM. CALL 403 - 343- 5575 IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.


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POLICE IN RED DEER ARE SEEKING INFORMATION ON A NUMBER OF LIQUOR STORE ROBBERIES IN CENTRAL ALBERTA OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A CAUCASIAN MALE WITH DARK HAIR AND TATTOOS ON HIS FOREARMS. HE SOMETIMES WEARS A BALL CAP AND HAS FACIAL HAIR FROM TIME TO TIME. HE WAS LAST SEEN DRIVING A GREY EXTENDED CAB TRUCK ACCORDING TO VIDEO SURVEILLANCE. ANYONE WITH INFO ON THESE ROBBERIES FROM THE CO-OP LIQUOR STORES IN DEER PARK AND TAYLOR PLAZA AND OTHERS IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE AT 403-343-5575.


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POLICE WERE CALLED TO A RESIDENCE IN MASKWACIS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AFTER REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED. THE RCMP WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF POLICE DOGS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE SCENE AROUND TWO HOMES AND DIVERTED TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT AN HOUR ON HIGHWAY 611. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE HOME BUT POLICE RECOVERED A PELLET GUN AFTER A WINDOW WAS DAMAGED. AN ADULT MALE FROM MASKWACIS IS AWAITING CHARGES ONCE AN INVESTIGATION WRAPS UP.


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A NEW FIRE CHIEF WILL BE TAKING OVER IN RED DEER THIS OCTOBER.
THE CITY'S EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THAT BRIAN MAKEY WILL HEAD TAKE OVER THAT SECTOR IN A FEW WEEKS TIME. MAKEY COMES TO RED DEER AFTER SERVING FOR 29 YEARS WITH THE WOOD BUFFALO DEPARTMENT IN FORT MCMURRAY.
THERE HE SERVED AS A FIREFIGHTER AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THE LADDER TO BECOME THE DEPUTY AND FIRE CHIEF.
 

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THURS AM NEWS  (AUG. 21)
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RED DEER MAN KILLED - 
A RED DEER MAN WAS KILLED IN A NORTHERN ALBERTA TRAFFIC CRASH.  WOOD BUFFALO RCMP SAY A 26 YEAR OLD MAN FROM RED DEER DIED SUNDAY NIGHT IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER 150 KILOMETRES NORTH OF LAC LA BICHE.  THE RED DEER MAN, WAS ONE OF FOUR MEN IN THE VEHICLE, THE OTHER THREE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. POLICE SAY NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED ON THE VICTIM, OUT OF RESPECT FOR HIS FAMILY.
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A NEW REGIONAL TRANSIT SERVICE - 
WILL LAUNCH THIS SUMMER CONNECTING LACOMBE AND BLACKFALDS WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER.  GUY LAPOINTE IS THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WITH THE CITY OF LACOMBE AND SAYS THE "BOLT TRANSIT" SERVICE WILL RUN SIX TIMES A DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND THREE TIMES A DAY ON SATURDAYS.  THE SERVICE STARTS MONDAY (AUGUST 25TH).
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PONOKA HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE - 
THE MODERNIZATION OF PONOKA'S HIGH SCHOOL IS NEARING COMPLETION.  THAT FROM WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT LARRY JACOBS WHO SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS SEEN MAJOR UPGRADES TO IT'S CLASSROOMS AND OTHER FACILITIES LIKE THE GYM AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE.  HE SAYS THE CLASSROOMS ARE ALREADY DONE WITH THE GYM TO BE DONE IN A FEW WEEKS AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE FINISHED LATER THIS FALL. JACOBS SAYS THE MODERNIZATION OF DIAMOND WILLOW SCHOOL IS ALSO GOING WELL, WITH THAT PROJECT EXPECTED TO BE DONE BY CHRISTMAS.
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WED PM NEWSFILE (AUG 20)

 


PRENTICE MUM ON MICHENER CENTRE (AUG 20) - PC PARTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE JIM PRENTICE WAS CAMPAIGNING IN RED DEER TODAY. HE OUTLINED HIS PLATFORM IF HE IS ELECTED PREMIER NEXT MONTH, AND ALSO ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE. PRENTICE SAYS RIGHT NOW HE IS STILL GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT THE ISSUE AND WILL MAKE A DECISION AT A LATER DATE. HE PLANS TO VISIT WITH THE MICHENER STAFF AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY IT'S CLOSURE VERY SOON. BOTH THOMAS LUKASZUCK AND RIC MCIVER HAVE VOWED TO KEEP THE MICHENER OPEN IF THEY ARE ELECTED PREMIER. PRENTICE HOSTED A MEET AND GREET AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.

CHARGES LAID IN DRUG BUST (AUG 20) - RCMP HAVE FORMALLY LAID CHARGES TO 2 PEOPLE AFTER A DRUG BUST BACK IN JUNE. MOUNTIES RAIDED A RED DEER RESIDENCE WHERE THEY SEIZED 2.2 KILOGRAMS OF WEED AND OVER 120 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. THEY'D LATER RESTRAIN BANK ACCOUNTS VALUED AT 103 THOUSAND DOLLARS. 29 YEAR OLD SHANE WHITE AND 23 YEAR OLD ALYSSA LANDRY OF RED DEER HAVE BEEN CHARGED AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT TOMORROW (AUG 21)


STOLEN OILPATCH EQUIPMENT (AUG 20) - ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP AFTER SEVERAL OILPATCH THEFTS THIS WEEK. POLICE RECEIVED 3 SEPARATE COMPLAINTS OF THEFTS FROM OILFIELD LEASE SITES NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 NEAR THE ORAS ROAD YESTERDAY (TUES). THEY TOOK FUEL, COPPER WIRE AND OTHER MATERIALS. MOUNTIES RECOVERED A LICENSE PLATE FROM ONE OF SITES THAT BELONGED TO A TRAILER STOLEN EARLIER FROM BLACKFALDS. IT'S DESCRIBED AS A SILVER, 2012 ROAD CLIPPER FLAT DECK. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS OR ROCKY RCMP.
 

 

ENUMERATORS COMING SOON (AUG 20) - EXPECT TO HAVE A CENSUS TAKER ON YOUR DOORSTEP SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. THEY CITY OF RED DEER HAS BEGUN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER THEIR 2015 CENSUS. DURING YESTERDAY'S MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW, THE COUNCIL APPROVED A TOTAL OF JUST OVER $169,000 DOLLARS TO GO TOWARDS PUTTING TOGETHER THIS IMPORTANT DOCUMENT. THESE NUMBERS DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THE CITY WILL GET FROM OTTAWA AND THE PROVINCE. MANY AGENCIES SUCH AS THE CITY AND SCHOOL BOARDS RELY ON ACCURATE CENSUS NUMBERS FOR THEIR FUNDING.
RED DEER'S FUNDING HAS INCREASED BY NEARLY $300,000 DOLLARS THANKS TO ABOUT 1500 NEW RESIDENTS THIS YEAR.

 


WED AM NEWS  (AUG. 20)
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OILPATCH THEFTS - 
MOUNTIES IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ARE INVESTIGATING SEVERAL THEFTS FROM OILFIELD LEASE SITES RECENTLY. FUEL, COPPER WIRE AND OTHER MATERIALS WERE TAKEN NORTH OF HIGHWAY 12 NEAR THE ORAS ROAD YESTERDAY (TUES).   TRACKS IN THE MUD INDICATE THE SUSPECTS WERE DRIVING A FULL SIZE PICKUP AND TOWING A TRAILER.  POLICE FOUND A LICENSE PLATE AT ONE OF CRIME SCENES THAT BELONGED TO A TRAILER STOLEN EARLIER FROM BLACKFALDS.  IT'S DESCRIBED AS A SILVER, 2012 ROAD CLIPPER FLAT DECK.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU'RE ASKED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ROCKY RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.
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CHARITY RIDE RAISES BIG CASH  -  THERE WAS A BIG CHEQUE PRESENTATION IN RED DEER LAST NIGHT (TUES).  THE 2014 BIG HEARTS CHARITY RIDE RAISED OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION.  THE SECOND ANNUAL CHAIRTY RIDE HAS 87 MOTORCYCLISTS PARTICIPATING, FROM ALL OVER ALBERTA, SOME FROM B.C. AND EVEN FROM VEGAS.  OVER TEN GRAND WAS PRESENTED TO THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION LAST NIGHT.
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LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE IN RED DEER -     ALBERTA TORY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE JIM PRENTICE MAKES A CAMPAIGN STOP IN RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON (WED) AT A MEET AND GREET WITH CONSERVATIVE SUPPORTERS AT THE BLACK KNIGHT INN.   THE TWO OTHER CONTENDERS, THOMAS LUKASZUK AND RIC MCIVER ALSO MADE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN RED DEER RECENTLY.  THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WILL DECIDE WHO THEIR NEXT LEADER IS IN SEPTEMBER.
 
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RED DEER CENSUS -   EXPECT TO HAVE A CENSUS TAKER ON YOUR DOORSTEP SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. THEY CITY OF RED DEER HAS BEGUN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER THEIR 2015 CENSUS.  DURING YESTERDAY'S MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW, THE COUNCIL APPROVED A TOTAL OF JUST OVER $169,000 DOLLARS TO GO TOWARDS PUTTING TOGETHER THIS IMPORTANT DOCUMENT. THESE NUMBERS DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THE CITY WILL GET FROM OTTAWA AND THE PROVINCE. MANY AGENCIES SUCH AS THE CITY AND SCHOOL BOARDS RELY ON ACCURATE CENSUS NUMBERS FOR THEIR FUNDING.  RED DEER'S FUNDING HAS INCREASED BY NEARLY $300,000 DOLLARS THANKS TO ABOUT 1500 NEW RESIDENTS THIS YEAR.
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 RECORD BREAKING HOME SALES  -   JULY HOME SALES IN CENTRAL ALBERTA WERE RECORD BREAKING.  THE CENTRAL ALBERTA REALTORS ASSOCIATION RELEASED STATS SHOWING 582 HOUSES WERE SOLD LAST MONTH, UP 12 PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO AND THE BEST JULY EVER.  HOME SALES IN ALL OF ALBERTA JUMPED AS WELL IN JULY, BUT ONLY BY FIVE PERCENT.  IT'S BEEN AN EXCELLENT YEAR SO FAR FOR LOCAL REALTORS WITH SALES UP 13 PERCENT IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, ONLY 1.3 PERCENT BEHIND THE RECORD YEAR OF 2007.
 

 

TUES PM NEWSFILE (AUG 19)

 

TIGHTER RULES FOR GOV'T PLANE (AUG 19) - THE PROVINCE IS GETTING STRICT ON THE USE OF GOVERNMENT PLANES. FINANCE MINISTER DOUG HORNER SAYS INVITED GUESTS MUST NOW BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FLEET AND THAT IT MUST BE PROVEN THAT REASONABLE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS IS BEING CONDUCTED. THESE CHANGES ARE NOW IN EFFECT

COUNCIL REVIEWS 2014 BUDGET (AUG 19) - THE CITY OF RED DEER HELD THEIR ANNUAL MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW EARLIER TODAY. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW THEY HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR NUMBERS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS.  COUNCIL PASSED A PAIR OF RESOLUTIONS TODAY TO FUND DESIGNS FOR A COUPLE OF FIRE HALL RELOCATIONS AS WELL AS A SHUTTLE BUS PILOT PROGRAM. WITH THE APPROVAL OF THESE PROJECTS, THE CITY WILL SEE A $58,000 INCREASE IN THE OPERATING BUDGET AND A NEAR 9.4 MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE ON THE CAPITAL SIDE. AS THE TAX RATE HAS ALREADY BEEN SET THIS YEAR, ALL DECISIONS WILL BE FUNDED FROM GRANTS, DEBT OR RESERVES.

MAN ARRESTED IN BIBLE SCHOOL ASSAULT (AUG 19) - MOUNTIES HAVE NOW LAID CHARGES AFTER A MAN BROKE INTO THE PRAIRIE BIBLE INSTITUTE IN THREE HILLS ON SUNDAY AND ASSAULTED SEVERAL STUDENTS. 33 YEAR RENIE GALL OF THREE HILLS FACES SIX COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND ONE COUNT OF BREAK AND ENTER AND THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HE'S ALSO CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER ON AN UNRELATED CRIME. GALL HAS BEEN REMANDED IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER COURT FRIDAY AT 10 AM.

KEEPING KIDS OUT OF HOT VEHICLES (AUG 19) - A REMINDER TO DRIVERS FROM RED DEER RCMP NOT TO LEAVE CHILDREN IN VEHICLES UNATTENDED. MOUNTIES SAY DURING THE SUMMER, THEY HAVE RESPONDED TO NUMEROUS REPORTS OF KIDS BEING LEFT ALONE IN VEHICLES. POLICE ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT IN REPORTING CHILDREN LEFT IN VEHICLES WITHOUT A CAREGIVER IN SIGHT, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WEATHER IS EXTREMELY HOT. RCMP REMIND YOU THAT VEHICLES ARE NOT SECURE, EVEN WHEN LOCKED AND CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES COULD SUFFER MEDICAL DISTRESS, LEAVE THE VEHICLE AND GO MISSING OR FALL VICTIM TO AN ABDUCTION OR VEHICLE THEFT.

VINTAGE CARS IN RED DEER (AUG 19) - THREE VINTAGE CAR COLLECTORS ARE CHARTING THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP TO RED DEER THIS WEEK. RAY FOWLER AND TWO HIS FRIENDS WILL TRACE THEIR WAY FROM CALGARY TO EDMONTON IN A TRIO OF 100-YEAR OLD AUTOMOBILES.
THEIR ROUTE IS BASED ON A CENTURY-OLD ROAD MAP, THE FIRST ONE EVER DESIGNED FOR ALBERTA DRIVERS. THEY'LL CAMP OUT OVERNIGHT AT FORT NORMANDEAU WITH THEIR VINTAGE  STUDEBAKERS AND BUICK MCLAUGHLIN TONIGHT (AUG. 19), AND  CRUISE THEIR WAY ACROSS TOWN TOMORROW MORNING.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY AM NEWS (AUG. 19)
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   A WARNING TO MOTORISTS FROM RED DEER MOUNTIES TO NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE.
  POLICE HAVE RESPONDED TO SEVERL REPORTS OF KIDS BEING LEFT ALONE IN VEHICLES THIS SUMMER IN RED DEER. 
  RCMP REMIND US THAT VEHICLES CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES COULD LEAVE THE VEHICLE AND GO MISSING, SUFFER MEDICAL DISTRESS, OR FALL VICTIM TO AN ADBUCTION OR VEHICLE THEFT.

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  MOUNTIES HAVE NOW LAID CHARGES AFTER A MAN BROKE INTO THE PRIAIRE BIBLE INSTITUTE IN THREE HILLS ON SUNDAY AND ASSAULTED SEVERAL STUDENTS.  33 YEAR RENIE GALL OF THREE HILLS FACES SIX COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND ONE COUNT OF BREAK AND ENTER AND THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  HE'S ALSO CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER ON AN UNRELATED CRIME.  GALL HAS BEEN REMAINDED IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER COURT FRIDAY (AUG. 22) AT 10 AM.
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   RED DEER CITY COUNCILLORS ARE BUSY THIS WEEK, WITH A LONG LIST OF ITEMS ON MONDAY'S AGENDA AT THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING, A MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW TODAY (TUES) AND THEN FRIDAY, THERE'S A HUGE RALLY FOR THE RED DEER IS READY CAMPAIGN, IN OUR BID FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.
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  MAYOR TARA VEER OFFICIALLY PROCLAIMED AUGUST 22ND AS  "RED DEER IS READY" DAY.
THIS FRIDAY A RALLY IS BEING HELD ON ROSS STREET FROM 11 TO 3 PM TO SHOW THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO BRING THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES TO RED DEER.
YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO WEAR RED AND COME OUT TO IMPRESS THE CANADA GAMES EVALUATION COMMITTEE.
WE NOW ALSO KNOW THAT ON SEPTEMBER 4TH, THE WINNER BETWEEN LETHBRIDGE AND RED DEER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN CALGARY.
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  RED DEER CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO REJECT A NAME CHANGE TO THE MEMORIAL CENTRE DURING LAST NIGHT'S MEETING.
A PROPOSAL HAD BEEN PUT FORWARD BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA THREATRE TO ADD THE WORD "ARTS" TO THE TITLE.
HOWEVER, AFTER RECEIVING PUBLIC FEEDBACK COUNCIL FELT THIS WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE ""MEMORIAL"" ASPECT OF THE BUILDING. ORIGINALLY PART OF A MILITIA TRANING CENTRE IN WORLD WAR 2, IT WAS LATER REMODELED INTO THE MEMORIAL CENTRE IN 1951.
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  A NEW PROGRAM WILL HELP RED DEER'S YOUNG HOMELESS POPULATION BEGINNING THIS FALL.  RED DEER CITY COUNCIL GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO THE COMMUNITY HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD FOR 124 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR THE YEAR LONG PILOT PROJECT.  STARTING IN OCTOBER, FOUR TO FIVE YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 24 WILL BE PLACED IN REGULAR MARKET HOUSING. 
IT'S AN EFFORT TO FOCUS MORE ON RED DEER'S YOUTH HOMELESSNESS.
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  A TRIO OF VINTAGE CAR FANATICS ARE DIVING INTO THE ARCHIVES TO PLOT THEIR ROAD TRIP TO RED DEER THIS WEEK.  RAY FOWLER AND TWO FELLOW COLLECTORS WILL JUMP BEHIND THE WHEELS OF THEIR DECADE OLD VEHICLES AND  TRACE THEIR WAY FROM EDMONTON TO CALGARY.  FOWLER SAYS THEY FOLLOWING A ROUTE LAID OUT IN THE FIRST DRIVING MAP PRINTED IN ALBERTA, DATING BACK TO 1914.  THEY'LL CAMP OUT OVERNIGHT AT FORT NORMANDEAU WITH THEIR VINTAGE  STUDEBAKERS AND BUICK MCLAUGHLIN TONIGHT (AUG. 19TH), AND  CRUISE THEIR WAY ACROSS TOWN TOMORROW MORNING (WED).
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MON PM NEWSFILE

 

KLAUS/FRANK MAKE FIRST APPEARANCES (AUG 18) - TWO MEN WERE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (MON) IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRIPLE MURDER OF THE KLAUS FAMILY WHEN A CASTOR AREA FARMHOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE IN DECEMBER. JASON KLAUS AND JOSHUA FRANK MADE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCES. KLAUS STANDS CHARGED OF THREE ALLEGED COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ONE COUNT OF ARSON. JOSHUA FRANK IS ALSO ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, ONE COUNT OF ARSON AND ONE COUNT OF CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL. BOTH WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON FRIDAY AFTER AN RCMP TACTICAL OPERATION IN STETTLER AND CASTOR. THEY APPEARED VIA CCTV FROM THE RED DEER REMAND CENTER. KLAUS KEPT HIS HEAD BOWED AS HIS CHARGES WERE READ WHILE FRANK APPEARED STOIC AND REMAINED FIXATED ON THE CAMERA. BOTH ARE TO REAPPEAR FOR THEIR SECOND APPEARANCE ON SEPTEMBER 17TH IN RED DEER COURT.

2 ARRESTED IN FLEE FROM RCMP (AUG 18) - 2 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AFTER A POLICE CHASE THROUGH HIGHLAND GREEN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. RCMP RESPONDED TO COMPLAINTS OF SUSPICIOUS TRUCK IN A PARKING LOT IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AT AROUND 1 AM.
WITNESSES SAY THE OCCUPANTS OF THE TRUCK WERE TRYING TO BREAK INTO PARKED VEHICLES. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THE SUSPECTS GOT INTO THE TRUCK, RAMMED THE POLICE CRUISER, AND THEN TRIED TO SPEED AWAY. THEY WOUND UP SMASHING INTO PARKED VEHICLES IN THE PROCESS, AND WERE EVENTUALLY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

RCMP LOOKING INTO STABBING (AUG 18) - RED DEER RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING A STABBING ON THE WEEKEND. DETAILS ARE LIMITED RIGHT NOW, BUT THE RCMP SAYS ONE MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER A FIGHT ENDED WITH SOMEONE BEING STABBED IN THE NORMANDEAU AREA. CONDITION OF THE VICTIM IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME AND THE SUSPECT'S NAME WAS NOT RELEASED.

ALLEDGED SEX OFFENDER TURNS HIMSELF IN (AUG 18) - THREE HILLS MOUNTIES SAY A MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUASATIONS HAS TURNED HIMSIELF IN. POLICE SAY A MAN BROKE INTO THE STUDENT DORMITORIES AT THE PRAIRIE BIBLE INSTITUTE IN THREE HILLS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. IT'S ALLEGED SEVERAL STUDENTS IN THEIR DORM ROOMS WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BEFORE THE SUSPECT FLED ON A BICYCLE. AFTER CALLING ON THE PUBLIC FOR TIPS, RCMP SAY THE MAN TURNED HIMSELF IN AT 1 THIS AFTERNOON. HIS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED.

COUNCIL TO REVIEW HOMELESS PILOT (AUG 18) - A FUNDING AGREEMENT FOR A PROPOSED YOUTH HOMELESSNESS PILOT PROJECT WILL BE BROUGHT FORWARD AT THIS EVENING'S RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THIS AGREEMENT IS BEING BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE COMMUNITY HOUSING ADVISORY BOARD IN AN EFFORT TO HELP PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THESE INDIVIDUALS. THE BOARD IS RECOMMENDING THAT AN AMOUNT OF JUST OVER 124 THOUSAND DOLLARS  BE ALLOCATED TO THE MCMAN YOUTH, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION. IF APPROVED, THIS WILL BE USED TO IMPLEMENT A YOUTH HOMELESSNESS PILOT PROJECT.

RED DEER IS READY (AUG 18) - THIS MORNING RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER OFFICIALLY PROCLAIMED AUGUST 22ND AS "RED DEER IS READY" DAY. THIS FRIDAY, A RALLY WILL BE HELD ON ROSS STREET  FEATURING ARTS, CULTURE, INTERACTIVE SPORTS AND LIVE MUSIC. THIS IS ALL BEING DONE IN AN ATTEMPT TO WOO THE JUDGES TO CHOOSE RED DEER AS THE HOST CITY OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. THE RALLY IS A FREE EVENT THAT WILL BE HELD FROM ONE TO THREE PM  AND THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR DISPLAYS OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT. WE ARE FACING OFF AGAINST THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE FOR THE RIGHTS TO THE GAMES, SO THE BID COMMITTEE HOPES EVERYONE CAN COME OUT TO SHOW WHY RED DEER SHOULD HOST THE GAMES.

MCIVER MAKES PROMISE TO AISH RECIPIENTS (AUG 18) - PC PARTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE RIC MCIVER PLEDGES TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE HANDICAPPED WITH MORE LEGAL AID. HE SAYS HE WILL RAISE THE ELIGIBILITY LEVELS FOR LEGAL AID TO 1 DOLLAR ABOVE THE ALBERTA INCOME FOR THE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED LEVELS IF ELECTED AS PREMIER. RIGHT NOW THE QUALIFYING INCOME LEVEL FOR LEGAL AID EXCLUDES AISH RECIPIENTS. THE PC PARTY WILL VOTE ON A NEW LEADER ON SEPTEMBER 6TH

 

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS  (AUG. 18)
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CASTOR MURDER CASE UPDATE - 
RCMP INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY RECOVERED A KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE LAST MONTH CONCERNING THE TRIPLE HOMICIDE CASE AT A CASTOR AREA FARM, EAST OF STETTLER.   MOUNTIES ARE NOT SAYING WHAT DIVERS FOUND WHILE SEARCHING NEAR BIG KNIFE PROVINCIAL PARK, OTHER THAN IT WAS AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT.  38 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK HAVE EACH BEEN CHARGED WITH ARSON AND 3 COUNTS OF FIRST DEGEE MURDER RELATED TO THE DECEMBER 8TH FIRE AND DEATHS OF THE KLAUS FAMILY.  THE SON THE THE VICTIMS AND HIS FRIEND BOTH ARE TO APPEAR HERE IN RED DEER COURT  (MON) THIS MORNING AT 9:30.  THE TWO SUSPECTS WERE CHARGED AFTER AN RCMP TACTICAL OPERATION IN THE STETTLER AND CASTOR AREAS ON FRIDAY.  WITNESSES SAY THE PROPERTY OWNED BY MONICA KLAUS WAS SURROUNDED BY THE RCMP EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLE AND MEMBERS OF THE STETTLER RCMP FRIDAY MORNING.  MONICA (40) AND HER FATHER GORDON (61) DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE IN CASTOR ON DECEMBER 8TH AND THE RCMP ARE CONSIDERING THE DEATHS HOMICIDES.  THE REMAINS OF 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA KLAUS WERE NOT FOUND AT THE HOME IN CASTOR BUT RCMP BELIEVE SHE HAS ALSO PERISHED.
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THREE HILLS MOUNTIES ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING A SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT.  POLICE SAY A MALE BROKE INTO THE STUDENT DORMITORIES AT THE PRAIRIE BIBLE INSTITUTE IN THREE HILLS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  RCMP SAY SEVERAL STUDENTS IN THEIR DORM ROOMS WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BEFORE THE SUSPECT FLED ON A BICYCLE.  VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ON SITE CAPTURED IMAGES OF THE SUSPECT WHO IS SIX FEET FALL, HEAVY SET, MUSCULAR AND ABOUT 200 POUNDS.  HE WAS WEARING A DARK GREEN SKULL TOUQUE, A BLACK JACKET, JEANS AND WHITE SHOES.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS OR THREE HILLS RCMP.
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WHAT CAUSED A FARMHOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF RED DEER TO GO UP IN FLAMES SATURDAY MORNING REMAINS UNCLEAR.  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ALONG THE C & E TRAIL JUST NORTH OF THE CITY, NEAR TAYLOR DRIVE, JUST BEFORE 4:30 SATURDAY MORNING.   THE STRUCTURE WAS GUTTED BY THE BLAZE.  ARSON HAS NOT BEEN RULED OUT BUT THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.  THE PROPERTY WAS UNOCCUPIED BUT THE HOMEOWNER HAS SINCE BEEN CONTACTED AND IS WORKING WITH INVESTIGATORS.
 NO ONE WAS HURT.
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  RIMBEY FIREFIGHTERS DOUSED A BLAZE ON A SPEEDBOAT SUNDAY ON THE NORTH SHORE OF GULL LAKE (AT THE RV HEAVEN AND MARINA IN PARKLAND BEACH).  THE PEOPLE ON THE BOAT MANAGED TO JUMP OUT AND SWIM TO SHORE SAFELY. THERE'S NO WORD ON THE CAUSE.
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 IT’S A BUSY WEEK FOR RED DEER CITY COUNCIL.   THE CITY HAS NUMEROUS ITEMS ON THE AGENDA TODAY (MON) AT A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AND WILL ALSO HAVE A MID YEAR BUDGET REVIEW TOMORROW (TUESDAY).  IF THE CITY HAS THEIR WAY, THE MEMORIAL CENTRE'S NAME WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AFTER TODAY'S COUNCIL MEETING.  CENTRAL ALBERTA THEATRE HAD REQUESTED THAT THE WORD ARTS BE ADDED TO THE TITLE FOR THE PURPOSES OF REBRANDING THE SITE AS 'THE MAC'.  BUT AFTER MONTHS OF CONSULTATIONS,  ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING COUNCIL REJECT THE PROPOSAL.  SOME VETERANS AND HERITAGE GROUPS OPPOSED THE IDEA- SAYING IT WOULD DIMINISH THE SACRIFICE OF RED DEER SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN WORLD WAR TWO- SOLDIERS WHOSE NAMES ARE STILL ETCHED ON A GRANITE PLAQUE, JUST OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. 

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RED DEER'S DOWNTOWN HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE NEARING CAPACITY.  DURING MONDAY'S REGULAR MEETING, SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY WILL ASK COUNCIL TO APPROVE 13-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN WINTER RESPONSE FUNDING.  THE GRANTS WILL BE USED TO HIRE ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER DURING ALBERTA'S HARSHEST MONTHS, ADDED MANPOWER WHICH WILL ALLOW THE SHELTER TO ACCOMMODATE A DOZEN ADDITIONAL CLIENTS WHEN TEMPERATURES PLUNGE.  2013 WAS A TOUGH YEAR FOR THE SHELTER- BEYOND CAPACITY THEY WERE FORCED TO TURN MANY PEOPLE AWAY. BUT THEY'RE LOOKING TO EXPAND THEIR ACCOMODATIONS TO ENSURE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE PLACE TO SLEEP.  CITY PLANNERS SAY THE SCOPE OF THE CITY'S HOMELESS POPULATION IS UNPREDICTABLE, AND A PROACTIVE APPROACH IS NEEDED.
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AMONG THE ITEMS DURING THE MID-BUDGET REVIEW, COUNCIL WILL BE ASKED TO PUT NEARLY 9 MILLION DOLLARS MORE INTO A WATER AND SEWER PROJECT TO SERVE RED DEER'S NORTHEAST, INCREASING THE COST BY ALMOST 40 PERCENT. ALSO THE CITY WILL HAVE TO SHELL OUT SOME SERIOUS CASH BEFORE CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW HIGHSCHOOL CAMPUS IN NORTHEAST RED DEER CAN BEGIN.
RED DEER RECENTLY SIGNED ON TO PARTNER WITH THE CATHOLIC, PUBLIC AND FRANCOPHONE DISTRICTS  IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHARED CAMPUS. ADMINISTRATION IS REQUESTING THAT THE BUDGET FOR SERVICING THE 56 ACRE SITE BE INCREASED BY  NEARLY 8.9 MILLION DOLLARS...ADDED COSTS THAT WILL BE PAID FOR THROUGH DEBT FINANCING. A RE-ORIENTATION OF THE SCHOOL DESIGN HAS UPPED THE COST OF UTILITIES, AND THE CITY HAS DISCOVERED THAT THE SOIL ON SITE IS POORLY SUITED FOR CONSTRUCTION.
MEANTIME, THE SPEED OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE EVERGREEN AREA MEANS THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED SOONER THAN EXPECTED.
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NEW DEMOCRAT RACHEL NOTELY CAMPAIGNED IN RED DEER ON THE WEEKEND.  THE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE IS BIDDING FOR THE SEAT AGAINST DAVID EGGEN AND ROD LOYOLA.  SHE'S CALLING FOR A FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO TORY SPENDING ABUSE, AND SAYS THAT VOTERS DESERVE BETTER.  SHE'S ALSO CALLED ON THE PC PARTY TO HALT THE CLOSURE OF MICHENER CENTRE AND LOBBIED FOR IMPROVED POLLUTION SAFEGUARDS IN THE OIL PATCH.  SHE TOOK PART IN PRIDE EVENTS AND STOPPED BY THE DOWNTOWN MARKET SATURDAY.
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THE KERRY WOOD NATURE CENTRE IS WELCOMING MORE KIDS OUTSIDE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW NATURAL PLAYGROUND.  THEIR NEW NOVA CHEMICALS IMAGINATION GROVE PLAYGROUND IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IS SET TO OPEN AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.  THE GOAL BEHIND THE PLAYGROUND IS TO EXPAND THE MINDS OF OUR YOUNGSTERS AND GET MORE KIDS TO PLAY OUTSIDE.
THIS PLAYGROUND WILL COST ABOUT 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND WILL BE BUILT AT GAETZ LAKE SANCTUARY.
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SUNDAY AM NEWSFILE (AUGUST 17)

 

UPDATE ON CASTOR FIRE CHARGES - RCMP INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY RECOVERED A KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE LAST MONTH CONCERNING THE TRIPLE HOMICIDE CASE IN CASTOR. AT THIS POINT, MOUNTIES ARE NOT SAYING WHAT DIVERS FOUND WHILE SEARCHING NEAR BIG KNIFE PROVINCIAL PARK, OTHER THAN IT WAS AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT. ON FRIDAY, A TACTICAL OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT IN STETTLER AND CASTOR WHERE TWO MEN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATHS OF GORDON, MONICA AND SANDI KLAUS. THE SON, JASON KLAUS AND JOSHUA FRANK ARE EACH CHARGED WITH ARSON AND THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER RELATED TO THE DECEMBER 8TH FIRE IN CASTOR. FRANK ALSO FACES 1 COUNT OF CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL. BOTH ARE TO APPEAR HERE IN RED DEER COURT TOMORROW MORNING AT 9:30.
 


FARMHOUSE FIRE INVESTIGATION
- A POWERFUL FIRE HAS GUTTED A FARMHOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF RED DEER. THE PROPERTY ALONG THE C& E TRAIL, NEAR TAYLOR DRIVE JUST BEFORE 4:30 SATURDAY MORNING HAS BEEN LEVELED. OFFICIALS SAY THE EXTREME DAMAGE IS MAKING FOR A CHALLENGING INVESTIGATION. ARSON HAS NOT BEEN RULED OUT BUT THE CASE REMAINS ACTIVE. THE PROPERTY WAS UNOCCUPIED BUT THE HOMEOWNER HAS SINCE BEEN CONTACTED AND IS WORKING WITH INVESTIGATORS. NO ONE WAS HURT.
 


POSSIBLE SHUTTLE SERVICE COMING TO RED DEER - THE CITY MAY REV UP A SHUTTLE SERVICE THIS FALL. THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT WILL ASK COUNCIL TO APPROVE A YEAR LONG PILOT PROJECT DURING TUESDAY'S BUDGET REVIEW. TRANSPORT OFFICIALS SAY THE FLEET WOULD SERVICE ROUTES WITH LOW-RIDERSHIP. IT COULD ALSO BE USED TO ACCESS SITES ON RUGGED ROADS, SUCH AS THE MICHENER CENTER AND THE KERRYWOOD NATURE CENTER, WHICH ARE CURRENTLY INACCESSIBLE BY THE BIG CITY BUSES. IF APPROVED THE PILOT WOULD HIT THE ROAD ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, AND IMPLEMENTATION WOULD COST ROUGHLY 73-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
 


UPCOMING BUILDING DEMOLITION
-  BY THIS TIME NEXT WEEK, EXPECT TO SEE CHANGES TO THE SKYLINE OF THE OLD CIVIC YARD. THE FORMER ELECTRIC LIGHT AND POWER BUILDING IS SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION THIS WEEK AS PART OF THE RIVERLANDS AREA REDEVELOPMENT PLAN. WADE MARTENS, THE RIVERLANDS PROJECT MANAGER SAYS THIS IS THE SECOND OF FIVE BUILDINGS SET FOR DEMOLITION OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS:.
THIS IS PART OF THE GREATER DOWNTOWN ACTION PLAN TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICLE TRAFFIC AROUND THE DOWNTOWN AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
 


MEMORIAL CENTER NAME CHANGE RECOMMENDATION
- THE WEIGHT OF THE CITY'S WAR EFFORT SHOULD OUTWEIGH ANY MARKETING SCHEME. THAT RATIONALE FROM RED DEER ADMINISTRATION AS THE CITY PONDERS A NAME CHANGE FOR THE MEMORIAL CENTER. THE CENTRAL ALBERTA THEATER WANTED TO RE-BRAND THE BUILDING AS THE MEMORIAL ARTS CENTER OR THE MAC. BUT AFTER MONTHS OF CONSULTATIONS ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING THE PROPOSAL BE REJECTED, OUTRIGHT. SOME VETERANS AND HERITAGE GROUPS OPPOSED THE IDEA- SAYING IT WOULD DIMINISH THE SACRIFICE OF WORLD WAR TWO SOLDIERS.

 

 

SATURDAY AM NEWSFILE (AUGUST 16)

 

MURDER CHARGES LAID IN CASTOR FIRE - TWO SUSPECTS WERE CHARGED AFTER AN RCMP TACTICAL OPERATION IN THE STETTLER AND CASTOR AREAS YESTERDAY. 41 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 32 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK WERE CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGES. WITNESSES SAY THE PROPERTY OWNED BY MONICA KLAUS WAS SURROUNDED BY THE RCMP EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLE AND MEMBERS OF THE STETTLER RCMP YESTERDAY MORNING. MONICA AND HER FATHER GORDON DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE IN CASTOR ON DECEMBER 8TH AND THE RCMP ARE CONSIDERING THE DEATHS HOMICIDES. THE REMAINS OF 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA KLAUS WERE NOT FOUND AT THE HOME IN CASTOR BUT RCMP BELIEVE SHE HAS ALSO PERISHED. THEY WILL RELEASE MORE INFORMATION DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON.



EARLY MORNING FARMHOUSE FIRE
- WHAT CAUSED A FARMHOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF RED DEER TO GO UP IN FLAMES THIS MORNING REMAINS UNCLEAR. EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ALONG THE C& E TRAIL, NEAR TAYLOR DRIVE, JUST BEFORE 4:30 THIS MORNING. THE STRUCTURE WAS ENGULFED BY THE FLAMES- BUT THE BLAZE WAS LARGELY STIFLED WITHIN THE HOUR. ITS UNCLEAR TO FIRE OFFICIALS IF THE HOUSE WAS AN ACTIVE RESIDENCE, AND THERE'S BEEN NO SIGN OF ANY HOMEOWNER SO FAR THIS MORNING. HOWEVER, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. CREWS REMAIN ON SCENE, EXTINGUISHING HOT SPOTS.
 


TRIALS SET ALLEGED GANG MEMBERS - FOUR ALLEGED GANG ASSOCIATES ARRESTED IN THE WAKE OF A RAID IN RED DEER WILL STAND TRIAL IN EDMONTON. ON JULY 23, RCMP ARRESTED ALLEGED RED SCORPIONS KINGPIN CODY LESPERANCE, AND HIS ASSOCIATE AT A BALMORAL HEIGHTS HOME. MEANTIME, TWO MORE MEN WERE ARRESTED AS SEARCH WARRANTS WERE EXECUTED IN AIRDRIE AND CALGARY. IN EACH PROPERTY, POLICE UNCOVERED A STASH OF ILLEGAL NARCOTICS, LOADED FIREARMS AND CASH. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BC-BASED GANG IS MAKING MAJOR IN ROADS IN ALBERTA'S DRUG TRADE.
 


NOTLEY CAMPAIGNS IN RED DEER
- NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE ATTENDS DOWNTONEW DEMOCRAT RACHEL NOTELY IS CAMPAIGNING IN RED DEER TODAY. THE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE IS BIDDING FOR THE SEAT AGAINST DAVID EGGEN AND ROD LOYOLA. SHE'S CALLING FOR A FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO TORY SPENDING ABUSE, AND SAYS THAT VOTERS DESERVE BETTER. SHE'S ALSO CALLED ON THE PC PARTY TO HALT THE CLOSURE OF MICHENER CENTRE...AND LOBBIED FOR IMPROVED POLLUTION SAFEGUARDS IN THE OIL PATCH. SHE TOOK PART IN PRIDE EVENTS LAST NIGHT AND WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN MARKET ALL MORNING.
 


PRIDE CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF - CENTRAL ALBERTA PRIDE IS WELCOMING AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE CITY. RED DEER HAS ISSUED AN OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION FOR THE COMMUNITY'S SECOND PRIDE EVENT. SOCIETY CO-CHAIR TONY JEGLUM SAYS THEY'RE STILL FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY AND ACCEPTANCE. THE WEEKEND KICKED OFF WITH A LAUNCH PARTY LAST NIGHT. ALL ARE WELCOME TO A SERIES OF WEEKEND EVENTS, INCLUDING A PRIDE BBQ AND CHURCH SERVICE TOMORROW.

 


FIESTIVAL HITS RED DEER - IT'S THE FIFTH ANNUAL LATIN FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND. TODAY, FROM 11 AM TO 10 PM THE FIESTIVAL WILL DISPLAY LATIN CULTURE INCLUDING FOOD AND DANCE IN FRONT OF RED DEER CITY HALL.
 


WASTE ROUND-UP - FROM YOUR MOULDY OLD COUCH TO YOUR BROKEN TELEVISION- ITS YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR OLD JUNK INTO THE LANDFILL. THE COUNTY IS GEARING UP FOR THE FINAL DAY OF ITS ANNUAL WASTE ROUND-UP. RESIDENTS CAN BRING THEIR OVERSIZED, OR HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE TO LOCATIONS IN DELBURNE, BENALTO, SPRINGBROOK AND SPRUCEVIEW. VISIT THE COUNTY'S FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

 

 

 

FRI PM NEWSFILE (AUG 15)

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER KLAUS HOUSE EXPLOSION (AUG 15) - ONE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED THIS MORNING (FRI)  AFTER AN EXPLOSION WAS HEARD AT A HOUSE IN STETTLER. WITNESSES SAY THE PROPERTY OWNED BY MONICA KLAUS WAS SURROUNDED BY THE RCMP EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLE AND MEMBERS OF THE STETTLER RCMP. KLAUS AND HER FATHER GORDON DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE IN CASTOR ON DECEMBER 8TH AND THE RCMP ARE CONSIDERING THE DEATHS HOMICIDES. REMAINS OF 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA KLAUS WERE NOT FOUND AT THE HOME IN CASTOR BUT RCMP BELIEVE SHE HAS ALSO PERISHED. THE RCMP K DIVISION CAN'T PROVIDE MUCH DETAIL, BUT THEY HAVE CONFIRMED ONE PERSON WAS ARRESTED THIS MORNING. THEY WILL RELEASE MORE INFORMATION TOMORROW.

GIRL MISSING (AUG 15) - INNISFAIL RCMP ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING TEENAGER. 14 YEAR OLD KIAH WILLIS HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE WEDNESDAY (AUG 13) AFTER SHE RAN AWAY FROM HER HOME IN PENHOLD. HER PHOTO AND FULL DESCRIPTION HAS BEEN POSTED TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

MAN CHARGED FOR PELLET GUN (AUG 15) - RED DEER MOUNTIES CONVERGED ON THE ORIOLE PARK AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER COMPLAINTS ABOUT A MAN WALKING AROUND WITH A GUN. RCMP LOCKED DOWN THE AREA BETWEEN OAK DRIVE AND ORIENT GREEN AS A PRECAUTION. POLICE FOUND A MAN CARRYING A PELLET GUN AND HE'LL FACE A MISCHIEF CHARGE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

VEHICLE BREAKINS RISE IN OLDS (AUG 15) - OLDS MOUNTIES ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP RELATING TO NUMEROUS THEFTS FROM VEHICLES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS. RCMP RESPONDED TO SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS WHERE ITEMS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM UNLOCKED VEHICLES. POLICE ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE AND NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THESE THEFTS CALL OLDS RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

ROAD WORK PLANNED FOR WEEKEND (AUG 15) - TRAFFIC WILL BE DISRUPTED AT A COUPLE OF SOUTH RED DEER INTERSECTIONS FOR RE-PAVING THIS WEEKEND. CITY CREWS WILL BE DOING OVERNIGHT ROAD RE-SURFACING ALONG 19TH STREET NEAR THE WESTERNER. YOU'LL WANT TO AVOID 40TH AVENUE AND 19TH STREET FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM TONIGHT (FRI) THROUGH SUNDAY, AND THE SAME TIME ON GAETZ AVENUE AND 19TH STREET SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. ALL THE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CITY WEBSITE.

COOLING OFF FOR ALS (AUG 15) - NEW AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IS MAKING WAVES. THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE HAS GONE VIRAL- HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS AND GARNER FUNDS FOR THE ALS SOCIETY OF ALBERTA. THE CAMPAIGN CALLS ON PARTICIPANTS TO POUR A BUCKET OF ICY WATER OVER THEIR HEAD, FILM IT, AND THEN NOMINATE ANOTHER FOR THE CHILLING CHALLENGE. IF THEY FAIL TO DELIVER WITHIN 24 HOURS, THEY'RE ASKED TO SHELL OUT A 100 DOLLAR DONATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.

 


 

 

   FRI AM NEWS  (AUG. 15)
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RED DEER RALLY AUGUST 22ND  - 
A WEEK FROM TODAY, ON FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND, ROSS STREET WILL PLAY HOST TO THE "RED DEER IS READY" RALLY.  THIS IS TO WELCOME THE JUDGES FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.  LYN RADFORD WHO IS CHAIR OF THE LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE SAYS THEY ARE STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS TO PULL THIS OFF.  YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND WEAR RED TO THE RALLY.  THIS WILL BE OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO TRY AND SWAY THE JUDGES DECISION.  A DECISION ON EITHER RED DEER OR LETHBRIDGE TO HOST THE 2019 GAMES WILL BE MADE NEXT MONTH (SEPT.).
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RED DEER TRAFFIC NOTICE -  AN ADVISORY FOR SOUTH RED DEER MOTORISTS, AS CREWS DO SOME OVERNIGHT RE-PAVING WORK AT TWO INTERSECTIONS NEAR THE WESTERNER THIS WEEKEND.  WORKERS WILL BE DOING RE-SURFACING ALONG 19TH STREET AND 40TH AVENUE FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM TONIGHT (FRI) THROUGH SUNDAY, AND ALSO ALONG 19TH STREET AND GAETZ AVENUE FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 IN THE MORNING SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.  MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO USE ALTERNATED ROUTES WHILE CREWS ARE WORKING, AS MAJOR DELAYS ARE EXPECTED.
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ORIOLE PARK GUN INCIDENT -  RED DEER RCMP WERE BUSY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (THURS) IN ORIOLE PARK WITH REPORTS OF A MAN WITH A GUN.  AS A PRECAUTION, POLICE LOCKED DOWN THE AREA BETWEEN ORIENT GREEN AND OAK DRIVE, WHILE THEY INVESTIGATED. IT TURNS OUT, IT WAS A MALE CARRYING A PELLET GUN.  HE'S FACING A CHARGE OF MISCHIEF.  NO ONE WAS HURT.
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OLDS THEFTS -  A RASH OF THEFTS RECENTLY IN OLDS HAS MOUNTIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS.  POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CALL THEM, ABOUT NUMEROUS THEFTS FROM UNLOCKED VEHICLES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS.  MEANTIME OLDS RCMP REMIND YOU TO ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLE AND DON'T LEAVE ANY VALUABLES INSIDE.
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NDP TOUR STOPS IN RED DEER -   NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE RACHEL NOTLEY WILL BE IN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND.  TODAY (FRI) SHE'LL ATTEND THE KICK OFF EVENT FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA PRIDE EVENTS AT 5 AT CITY HALL PARK.  NOTLEY WILL ALSO REACH OUT TO LOCAL VOTERS AT THE RED DEER MARKET TOMORROW (SAT) FROM 9:30 - NOON.
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LACOMBE FAMILY HELPS SICK CHILDREN  - FOR FAMILIES WITH SICK CHILDREN, TIME AT HOME- AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL IS PRECIOUS.  BUT THE STEEP COST OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT OFTEN STANDS IN THE WAY OF BRINGING CHILDREN HOME.  HOWEVER, A LACOMBE FAMILY IS LOOKING CHANGE THAT.  THE OSZUSTS HAVE FOUNDED LUKEY'S LIGHT FOUNDATION IN MEMORY OF THEIR SON, WHO DIED OF A SEVERE HEART DEFECT IN JANUARY, AT JUST TWO YEARS OLD.  KATHY OSZUSTS SAYS THEY WANT TO GIVE OTHER FAMILIES A CHANCE AT A NORMAL LIFE. THE FAMILY IS HOSTING A CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT ON THE 23RD.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE FOUNDATION'S WEBSITE.
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RED DEER COUNTY WASTE ROUND-UP -  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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ICE BUCKET CAMPAIGN -  RED DEERIANS ARE TAKING THE PLUNGE, AS A NEW ALS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN GOES VIRAL.  THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE IS A NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE ALS SOCIETY OF ALBERTA.  PARTICIPANTS MUST FILL A BUCKET WITH ICE AND COLD WATER, DUMP IT OVER THEIR HEADS, POST THE EVIDENCE ONLINE AND CHALLENGE OTHER TO DO THE SAME.  IF YOU FAIL TO DELIVER WITHIN 24 HOURS, YOU'RE ASKED TO SHELL OUT A 100 DOLLAR DONATION TO THE CAUSE.
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THURS PM NEWSFILE (AUG 14) -

 

CARD SKIMMING FRAUD IN RED DEER (AUG 14) - THE RED DEER RCMP IS SENDING OUT ANOTHER CAUTION ABOUT CREDIT/DEBIT MACHINE FRAUD.
THEY SAY 3 MEN SWAPPED A PAY MACHINE AT EDO JAPAN RESTAURANT ON TAYLOR DRIVE WITH ONE OF THEIR OWN ON JULY 29TH. SUSPICIONS ABOUT THE MACHINE GREW AFTER A CUSTOMER'S CARD WASN'T FITTING SMOOTHLY THROUGH THE MACHINE. AFTER REVIEWING SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE, 3 MEN WORKED TOGETHER TO DISTRACT STAFF AND SWAP THE MACHINES. YOU CAN SEE SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF THE SUSPECTS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, AND YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING. ALL BUSINESSES ARE REMINDED TO NEVER LET POINT OF SALE MACHINES GO OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.

WARRANT OUT FOR ARREST (AUG 14) - RED DEER RCMP ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT THEY BELIEVE WAS INVOLVED IN AN ASSAULT IN JUNE. MOUNTIES SAY 2 MEN ATTACKED ANOTHER MAN OUTSIDE OF GENTS NIGHT CLUB ON JUNE 21ST. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN THE ATTACK HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 21 YEAR OLD HECTOR QUINTANILLA, AND A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST HAS BEEN ISSUED. RCMP ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A SECOND SUSPECT, AND IF YOU KNOW OF WHO THAT MIGHT BE OR THE WHEREABOUTS OF QUINTANILLA YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP.

MCIVER VOWS TO KEEP MICHENER CENTRE OPEN (AUG 14) - PC PARTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE RIC MCIVER HAS PROMISED HE'LL KEEP RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE OPEN IF HE'S ELECTED AS PREMIER NEXT MONTH. MCIVER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON SITE AT THE MICHENER CENTRE THIS AFTERNOON (THURS) DURING A CAMPAIGN TOUR. HE SAYS HE'LL KEEP THE ORIGINAL PROMISE MADE BY THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT, THAT THE CENTRE WILL STAY OPEN TO CURRENT RESIDENTS BUT NOT ACCEPT NEW RESIDENTS. MCIVER REACHED THIS FEELING AFTER VISITING THE MICHENER CENTRE RECENTLY WHERE HE MET WITH RESIDENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND STAFF. THE PC'S WILL VOTE ON A NEW LEADER ON SEPTEMBER 6TH.

HEAT ADVISORY (AUG 14) - IT'S ANOTHER SCORCHER ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. IT'S SO HOT, ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS ISSUED HEAT ADVISORIES FOR SEVERAL AREAS IN THE PROVINCE, INCLUDING THE DRUMHELLER, CORONATION AND WAINWRIGHT REGIONS. RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO THESE AREAS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY STEPS TO AVOID HARMFUL EFFECTS OF THE SUN, LIKE HEAT STROKE, EXHAUSTION AND SUNBURNS. WHEN OUTSIDE, YOU'RE ASKED TO WEAR A HAT AND SUNGLASSES, APPLY SUNSCREEN OFTEN,  TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS FROM THE HEAT AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER OR SPEND MORE TIME INDOORS. PLUS DON'T LEAVE PEOPLE OR PETS INSIDE A CLOSED VEHICLE.

BLUE-GREN ALGAE FOR BATTLE LAKE (AUG 14) - THERE'S A BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY FOR BATTLE LAKE, WEST OF WETASKIWIN. ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE ISSUED WARNINGS TO VISITORS AND RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE SHORES OF BATTLE LAKE. YOU'RE ADVISED TO NOT DRINK THE WATER OR LET YOUR PETS DRINK THE WATER FROM THE LAKE, AVOID CONTACT WITH THE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ALONG THE SHORELINE, DO NOT SWIM IN THE LAKE, DON'T FEED FISH TO YOUR PETS AND PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO LIMIT THEIR OWN CONSUMPTION OF FISH FROM THE LAKE. THE ADVISORY FOR BATTLE LAKE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

 

 

THURSDAY AM NEWS FILE (AUG. 14) 

 
MISSING RED DEER TEEN  -  
RED DEER RCMP STILL HAVEN'T LOCATED 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS, WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JUNE 27.  SHE LIVES IN THE RED DEER AREA AND IS BELIEVED TO STILL BE IN THE REGION.  MOUNTIES CONTINUE TO FOLLOW UP ON ALL LEADS AND ASK FOR CONTINUED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE THIS MISSING TEEN.   IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON SHAINA EVANS WHEREABOUTS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CONTACT RED DEER RCMP.
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RED DEER CHARGED IN HUSBAND'S COURT CASE -  A RED DEER WOMAN IS DENYING GUILT IN THE CASE SURROUNDING HER HUSBAND'S ILLEGAL INTERACTION WITH CHILDREN.  THE 61-YEAR OLD ACCUSED PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO AIDING AND ABETTING HER PARTNER IN BREAKING THE CONDITIONS OF HIS PEACE BOND.  THE MAN WAS PROHIBITED FROM COMING TO CONTACT WITH CHILDREN, BUT BATHED AN INFANT SEVERAL TIMES AFTER THE COUPLE BEFRIENDED A YOUNG FAMILY.  A TRIAL DATE FOR BARBARA HALLIDAY IS YET TO BE DETERMINED, BUT SENTENCING IS PENDING FOR HER HUSBAND.  ALLEN HALLIDAY WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A GIRL AT THE RED DEER REC CENTRE LAST SUMMER.
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BATTLE LAKE HEALTH ADVISORY -    THERE'S A BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR BATTLE LAKE, WEST OF WETASKWIN.  ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE ISSUED WARNINGS TO VISITORS AND RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE SHORES OF BATTLE LAKE.   YOU'RE ADVISED TO NOT DRINK THE WATER OR LET YOUR PETS DRINK THE WATER FROM THE LAKE, AVOID CONTACT WITH THE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ALONG THE SHORELINE, DO NOT SWIM IN THE LAKE, DON'T FEED FISH TO YOUR PETS AND PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO LIMIT THEIR OWN CONSUMPTION OF FISH FROM THE LAKE.  THE ADVISORY FOR BATTLE LAKE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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LACOMBE FIRE INVESTIGATION -  THE LACOMBE FIRE CHIEF HAS PROVIDED ANOTHER UPDATE ON THE HENNERS POINTE FIRE THAT DESTROYED THREE HOMES IN JULY.  SIX ADULTS AND SEVEN CHILDREN WERE LEFT HOMELESS BY THE FLAMES WHICH BROKE OUT IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 29TH.  FIRE CHIEF ED VAN DELDEN SAYS THE INVESTIGATION HAS CONCLUDED AND THE OFFICIAL REPORT TO THE FIRE COMMISSIONERS OFFICE CLASSIFIES THE CAUSE CANNOT BE DETERMINED.  ALTHOUGH EARLIER REPORTS INDICATED FOUL PLAY HAS BEEN RULED OUT.  MEANTIME, THREE LACOMBE FAMILIES WHO WATCHED THEIR HOMES BURN TO THE GROUND LAST MONTH, WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE TAXMAN.  LACOMBE COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO WAIVE ANY REMAINING LEVEES OWED ON THE PROPERTIES GUTTED BY A BLAZE ON HENNERS POINTE.  THE DECISION ERASED A TOTAL BILL OF MORE THAN 26-HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM THE TOWN'S BOOKS.
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LACOMBE ARENA REPAIRS  -  CRITICAL REPAIRS TO THE BARNETT ARENA ARE BEING SHELVED.  LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL IS PUTTING CONSTRUCTION AT THE BARNETT COMPLEX ON HOLD FOR THREE MONTHS.  LARGE PORTIONS OF THE BUILDING FAILED TO PASS SAFETY CODE INSPECTIONS, BUT SOME HAVE BALKED AT THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR PLUS COST OF REPAIRS.  THE CITY SAYS THEY NOW WANT TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF A JOINT-USE FACILITY...AND ARE NOW EYEING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE COUNTY AND OTHER SURROUNDING HAMLETS.  THE DELAYS MEAN CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE ARENA AND AQUATIC CENTRE, WHICH AREN'T UP TO CODE,  WILL REMAIN OUT OF BOUNDS INDEFINITELY.
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 BLACKFALDS POPULATION -   ONE OF ALBERTA'S FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES CONTINUES TO BE BLACKFALDS.     NEW CENSUS FIGURES JUST RELEASED SHOW JUST UNDER EIGHT THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVE IN BLACKFALDS (7,858), A JUMP OF EIGHT PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR.
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RED DEER SAVES ENERGY AND TAXES -  A NEW ENERGY SYSTEM AT RED DEER'S COLLICUT CENTRE PROMISES TO BE A WIN-WIN.  THE RECREATION FACILITY WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST TO PARTICIPATE IN  A NEW COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PROGRAM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ATCO GAS.  A NEW POWER UNIT WILL CURB OPERATIONAL COSTS, WHILE SHRINKING THE FACILITY ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT.  THE WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE THE FACILITY NEARLY 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ENERGY COSTS AND CURB EMISSIONS BY  800 TONNES ANNUALLY.  THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF TAKING 160 CARS OFF THE ROAD, EACH YEAR.
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LEADERSHIP RACE COMES TO RED DEER  -  THE ALBERTA TORY PARTY NEEDS TO CLEAN HOUSE.  THAT MESSAGE FROM PC LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE THOMAS LUKASZUK WHO SAYS A FULL PUBLIC INQUIRY AND A POLICE INVESTIGATION WILL HELP RESTORE FAITH IN THE PARTY.  HE CONTINUED TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM THE FORMER PREMIER, WHILE CAMPAIGNING IN RED DEER WEDNESDAY.  LUKASZUK SAYS AN INDEPENDENT OFFICER OF THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED TO MONITOR THE EXPENSES OF ALL TOP-RANKING POLITICIANS.  LUKASZUK IS VYING FOR THE VOTE AGAINST RIC MCIVER AND JIM PRENTICE.  LEADERSHIP HOPEFUL RIC MCIVER IS IN RED DEER TODAY (THURS) TO RELEASE HIS SOCIAL POLICY PLATFORM AND MAKE AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT AT MICHENER CENTRE AT 1 THIS AFTERNOON.
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ROCKY CHUCK RACES -  IT'LL BE A BUSY AND EXCITING WEEK ON THE TRACKS IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE THIS WEEK.  THE 5TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES PRO CHUCKWAGON RACES TOUR FINALS BEGAN LAST NIGHT (WED), RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY.  SOME WORLD CLASS RACERS ARE IN TOWN THIS WEEK AS THE TOP 36 TEAMS ON THE CIRCUIT WILL BE IN ACTION.  THE OPENING NIGHT OF RACES WAS LAST NIGHT (WED) WITH MIKE VIGEN, POSTING THE FAST TIME OF THE NIGHT WITH A 1:16.85.  RACING BEGINS AT 7 EACH NIGHT, WITH THE FINALS BEGINNING AT 2 SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
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PM NEWS FILE - AUGUST 13TH


SEARCH FOR STABBING SUSPECT - TWO MEN ARE RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER A STABBING AT THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AT APPROXIMATELY 1 AM THIS MORNING. INVESTIGATORS SAY A VERBAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHICH BROKE OUT ON THE STREET ESCALATED, ENDING IN A BLOODY BRAWL. THE 17-YEAR OLD SUSPECT FLED BEFORE OFFICERS ARRIVED, AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ACCUSED CONTINUES.
THE VICTIMS, AN 18-YEAR OLD AND 20-YEAR OLD, REMAIN IN HOSPITAL.
NAMES ARE BEING WITHHELD TO PROTECT THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF THE UNDERAGE SUSPECT.

TAXES WAIVED FOR INCINERATED HOMES -
THREE LACOMBE FAMILIES WHO WATCHED THEIR HOMES BURN TO THE GROUND LAST MONTH, WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE TAXMAN. COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO WAIVE ANY REMAINING LEVEES OWED ON THE PROPERTIES GUTTED BY A BLAZE ON HENNERS POINTE. THE DECISION ERASED A TOTAL BILL OF MORE THAN $2,600  FROM THE TOWN'S BOOKS. SIX ADULTS AND SEVEN CHILDREN WERE LEFT HOMELESS BY THE FLAMES WHICH BROKE OUT IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JULY 29TH.
THE CAUSE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT FOUL PLAY HAS BEEN RULED OUT.

LUKASZUK PLEDGES TRANSPARENCY - AS CONTROVERSY OVER EXPENSES CHURNS IN THE LEGISLATURE, THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IS BRINGING THOMAS LUKASZUK TO RED DEER. THE PC LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE CONTINUES TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD, AS HE PLEDGES TO KILL ALBERTA'S GOVERNMENT AIR FLEET. HE SAYS A PUBLIC INQUIRY SHOULD BE LAUNCHED IN THE WAKE OF A SCATHING REPORT FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL. LUKASZUK IS VYING FOR THE VOTE AGAINST RIC MCIVER AND JIM PRENTICE.
A FIRST ROUND OF BALLOTS WILL BE TABLED ON SEPTEMBER 1ST.

TRIAL PENDING IN CHILD ENDANGERMENT CASE - A RED DEER WOMAN ACCUSED OF CULPABILITY IN THE CASE AGAINST HER HUSBAND WILL STAND TRIAL. THE 61-YEAR OLD WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AIDING AND ABETTING HER HUSBAND BREAK THE CONDITIONS OF HIS PEACE BOND.ALLEN HALLIDAY WAS PROHIBITED FROM INTERACTING WITH CHILDREN, BUT ALLEGEDLY BATHED AN INFANT SEVERAL TIMES AFTER THE COUPLE BEFRIENDED A YOUNG FAMILY. BARBARA HALLIDAY PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK, BUT A TRIAL DATE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. SENTENCING IS PENDING FOR HER HUSBAND, WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A GIRL AT THE RED DEER REC CENTRE LAST SUMMER.

FRAUDSTERS PREY ON HAIL-DAMAGED HOMES -
OPPORTUNISTIC CRIMINALS ARE PREYING ON VICTIMS OF DESTRUCTIVE HAIL STORMS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. IN LIGHT OF REPORTS OF ALLEGED CONSTRUCTION FRAUDS, AIRDRIE RCMP ARE WARNING CONSUMERS TO BE CAUTIOUS OF ANY OFFERS WHICH APPEAR TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
FRAUDSTERS HAVE BEEN GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR, ADVERTISING DISCOUNTS, TAKING CASH DEPOSITS, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY RETURNING TO DO THE WORK. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK OUT A CONTRACTORS CREDENTIALS BEFORE HANDING OVER ANY MONEY, AND BE SURE TO REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS OFFERS TO POLICE.

NEW GREEN POWER FOR COLLICUT -
NEW INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE COLLICUT CENTRE WILL NOT ONLY CONSERVE ENERGY, IT WILL SAVE RED DEER TAXPAYERS SOME CASH TOO. THE RECREATION FACILITY WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEW COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PROGRAM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ATCO GAS.
A NEW HEAT AND ELECTRICITY SYSTEM, USING WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY, WILL BE INSTALLED. IT WILL SAVE THE FACILITY NEARLY $35,000 IN ENERGY COSTS OVER THE LIFE OF THE PROJECT.
THE UNIT WILL ALSO CURB EMISSIONS BY 800 TONNES EACH YEAR, THE EQUIVALENT OF TAKING 160 CARS OFF THE ROAD.

LACOMBE ARENA RENO SHELVED -
RENOVATIONS TO THE LACOMBE ARENA ARE ON HOLD. ALL WORK ON THE KINSMEN POOL AND BARNETT COMPLEX WILL BE ON A THREE MONTH HIATUS. IN A SPLIT VOTE COUNCIL DECIDED TO PAUSE CONSTRUCTION SO CITY PLANNERS CAN CONSULT WITH THE COUNTY AND OTHER SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A JOINT-USE FACILITY.  THE DELAYS MEAN CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE ARENA AND AQUATIC CENTRE, WHICH AREN'T UP TO CODE, WILL REMAIN OUT OF BOUNDS INDEFINITELY.
THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO COST UPWARDS OF $10 MILLION.