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CIGARETTE BUTT BLAMED FOR RED DEER HOUSE FIRE

A DISCARDED CIGARETTE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE CAUSE OF A HOUSE FIRE IN RED DEER'S MORRISROE NEIGHBOURHOOD EARLY THIS MORNING. OFFICIALS WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES SAY THE BLAZE STARTED AROUND 4:15 ON THE HOME'S EXTERIOR AFTER A CIGARETTE BUTT WAS DISCARDED IN A BLUE BOX, EVENTUALLY CAUSING 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE. LUCKILY, TWO ADULTS AND TWO KIDS INSIDE WERE ABLE TO EVACUATE THE RESIDENCE ON MALCOLM CRESCENT SAFELY. RESIDENTS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO DISCARD SMOKING MATERIALS IN DEEP, STURDY ASHTRAYS OR PAILS, PREFERABLY WITH SAND INSIDE AND PLACED AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT CAN BURN.

 

IT'S HOME FIRE SAFETY WEEK

OFFICIALS WITH THE CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL WANT YOU TO PUT SAFETY ON THE FRONT BURNER THIS WEEK TO MARK "NATIONAL HOME FIRE SAFETY WEEK". ACCORDING TO REPORTS, CARELESS COOKING REMAINS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF HOME FIRES, WITH KITCHENS BEING THE MOST COMMON PLACE FOR FIRES TO START. YOU'RE REMINDED TO NEVER LEAVE FOOD ON THE STOVE UNATTENDED AND KEEP ALL FLAMMABLE MATERIALS AWAY FROM HEAT SOURCES LIKE THE STOVE OR OVEN.

 

MOUNTIES SEARCHING FOR POPPY BOX THIEF

LOCAL MOUNTIES HAVE RELEASED PHOTOS OF A SUSPECTED POPPY BOX THIEF. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE AROUND 9PM ON NOVEMBER 10TH WHEN A MAN WALKED INTO THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ON SOUTH GAETZ AND STOLE THE POPPY BOX ON THE FRONT DESK. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY TAKEN IS UNKNOWN BUT THOSE FUNDS OF COURSE GO TOWARDS SUPPORTING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. YOU CAN CHECK THE PICTURES OUT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL RED DEER RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

 

LACOMBE RCMP WARNS OF HOLIDAY SCAMS

LACOMBE POLICE WANT TO REMIND CENTRAL ALBERTANS TO BE AWARE OF SCAMS OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON. THEY SAY SCAMS TAKE PLACE YEAR ROUND OF COURSE BUT ALWAYS INCREASE DURING CHRISTMAS. SOME BASIC TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS INCLUDE "DON'T PAY MORE THAN SOMETHING IS WORTH", WINNING SOMETHING SHOULDN'T COST YOU ANY MONEY, "SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY NEEDS BAIL MONEY" AND "THERE HAS BEEN FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY ON YOUR ACCOUNT AND WE NEED TO VERIFY YOUR INFORMATION" TO REPORT A FRAUD OR SCAM, VISIT THE CANADIAN ANTI-FRAUD CENTRE'S WEBSITE.

 

LACOMBE COUNCIL DECIDES TO KEEP PHOTO RADAR

LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO CONTINUE IT'S PHOTO RADAR PROGRAM FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR. OFFICIALS SAY THE PROGRAM HELPS AUGMENT EXISTING TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT, ESPECIALLY IN HIGH-RISK ZONES KNOWN FOR SPEEDING. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 26 PHOTO RADAR ENFORCEMENT AREAS IN THE COMMUNITY WITH 48 PERCENT OF TICKETS GOING TO LACOMBE RESIDENTS AND THE OTHER 52 PERCENT GOING TO NON-RESIDENTS. THESE LOCATIONS AVERAGE 6 TICKETS PER HOUR WITH WELL OVER TEN THOUSAND TICKETS ISSUED SO FAR THIS YEAR.

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS BEGIN THIS WEEK

THERE ARE SEVERAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVALS ON IN CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS WEEK. RED DEER'S FESTIVAL OF TREES IS ON AT WESTERNER PARK (NOV. 26-30) THROUGH SUNDAY WITH THE HUGE PREVIEW DINNER TONIGHT (WED). LACOMBE'S ANNUAL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT WINTER FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY TONIGHT. THE FOUR DAY EVENT HAS SOME NEW ADDITIONS THIS YEAR INCLUDING A BIG BAND CONCERT, SELFIE WITH SANTA SESSION AND ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT FOR THE WORLD'S LARGEST HUMAN SNOWMAN. 20 ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS WITH PROCEEDS ASSISTING FIVE LOCAL CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS. SYLVAN LAKE'S YULETIDE FESTIVAL GOES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (NOV. 28-29).  AND THE BLACKFALDS CHRISTMAS SHOW WILL BE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE ABBEY CENTRE.

 

NATIVE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY OPENS

THE RED DEER NATIVE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY IS MARKING THE OFFICIAL OPENING TODAY (WED) OF THE NEW RED DEER ABORIGINAL YOUTH CENTRE FOR SUCCESS. THE EVENT WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE RUNNING FROM 3 TIL 7 AT THEIR DOWNTOWN FACILITY ON 51ST AVENUE. OFFICIALS SAY THE CENTRE HAS A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM, SPIRIT SEEKERS, ARTS AND CRAFTS, WELLBRIETY, ABORIGINAL COOKING, WORKSHOPS AND CEREMONIES.

 

RED DEER CONTINUES TO PREPARE FOR 2019 WINTER GAMES

TIMELINES ARE STARTING TO SPEED UP AS RED DEER PREPARES TO HOST THE CANADA WINTER GAMES IN ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. FORMER COMMITTEE CHAIR LYN RADFORD PAID A VISIT TO CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT TO UPDATE THE PUBLIC ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING. THEY WILL BE PUTTING OUT THE CALL FOR PUBLIC MEMBERS TO JOIN THEIR TRANSITION TEAM IN MID DECEMBER AND FOR VOLUNTEERS NOT LONG AFTER THAT. THE HOPE IS TO HAVE THE TEAM FINALIZED BY THE END OF JANUARY SO THEY CAN TRAVEL TO THE GAMES IN PRINCE GEORGE AS A DELEGATION.

 

LOCAL SCHOOL DIVISIONS WIN PREMIERS AWARD

FIVE CENTRAL ALBERTA SCHOOL DIVISIONS ARE CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A PREMIER'S AWARD FOR INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE. RED DEER PUBLIC, RED DEER CATHOLIC, CHINOOKS EDGE, WOLF CREEK AND WILDROSE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE ALBERTA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR THEIR "JOURNEYS LEARNING PROGRAM". OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A PROGRAM THAT SERVES 11 - 18 YEAR OLDS WITH COMPLEX DEVELOPMENTAL, MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL NEEDS. THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO EVENTUALLY MOVE THESE STUDENTS BACK INTO THE REGULAR SCHOOL SYSTEM.

 

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (NOV. 26)
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RED DEER HOUSE FIRE -
  RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES ATTENDED AN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN MORRISROE. FIRE CREWS WERE ABLE TO EVACUATE EVERYONE SAFELY AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES AFTER THE BLAZE ON MALCOLM CRESCENT.
THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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PHONES BACK ON -  TELUS HAS RESTORED LANDLINE PHONE SERVICE TO 860 CUSTOMERS IN ALIX AND MIRROR AFTER A CABLE WAS CUT BY A CONSTRUCTION CREW. A BACKHOE DOING WORK ON THE THE EAST SIDE OF RED DEER NEAR 39TH STREET AND 20TH AVENUE ACCIDENTALLY CUT A TELUS LINE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  CUSTOMERS WERE UNABLE TO MAKE OR RECIEVE LOCAL OR LONG DISTANCE CALLS OR MAKE 911 CALLS.  WIRELESS AND INTERNET SERVICE IN THE AREAS OF STETTLER, ALLIANCE, OYEN, CASTOR, HANNA, CORONATION, ALSASK AND HALKIRK WRE ALSO IMPACTED.  TELUS RESTORED THE LANDLINE PHONE SERVICE AROUND 8 LAST NIGHT (TUES). 
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RED DEER CITY BUDGET -  THE CITY OF RED DEER'S BUDGET IS ALL SET FOR 2015 AFTER A MARATHON COUNCIL SESSION ON MONDAY.
COUNCIL APPROVED NEXT YEAR'S CAPITAL BUDGET TO THE TUNE OF 173 MILLION DOLLARS.  THIS TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION ALL CURRENT AND MULTI-YEAR PROJECTS THAT WILL INCUR COSTS IN 2015.
TARA VEER SAYS THIS ENSURES THE CITY BALANCES THE PRESSURES OF GROWTH WITH MAINTAINING CURRENT SERVICE LEVELS.
COUNCIL ALSO TOOK A LOOK AT THE 10 YEAR CAPITAL PLAN BUT ONLY APPROVED ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR WORK IN THE COMING YEAR.
MAYOR VEER CALLS IT THE MOST ENGAGING BUDGET IN PERHAP'S RED DEER'S HISTORY HAVING TAKEN A LOT OF INPUT FROM THEIR WEBSITE, SURVEYS AND SOCIAL MEDIA.
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CANADA WINTER GAMES -   TIMELINES ARE STARTING TO SPEED UP AS RED DEER PREPARES TO HOST THE CANADA WINTER GAMES IN ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF YEARS.  FORMER COMMITTEE CHAIR LYN RADFORD PAID A VISIT TO CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT TO UPDATE THE PUBLIC ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING.  THEY WILL BE PUTTIING OUT THE CALL FOR PUBLIC MEMBERS TO JOIN THEIR TRANSITION TEAM IN MID DECMBER AND FOR VOLUNTEERS NOT LONG AFTER THAT.  THE HOPE IS TO HAVE THE TEAM FINALIZED BY THE END OF JANUARY SO THEY CAN TRAVEL TO THE GAMES IN PRINCE GEORGE AS A DELEGATION.
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RED DEER COUNTY BUDGET -  A 67 MILLION DOLLAR COMBINED CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGET WILL BE CONSIDERED BY RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL YESTERDAY (TUES).  THIS YEAR'S BUDGET INCLUDES COMMITMENTS TO THE SYLVAN LAKE MULTIPLEX, REPAIRS TO BRIDGES AND THE PAVING OF COUNTY ROADS.  A FUNDING REQUEST OF 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS BY THE RED DEER AIRPORT FOR EXPANSION IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE 2015 BUDGET.
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REACTION TO WILDROSE DEFECTIONS -  MORE REACTION THIS WEEK AFTER TWO MEMBERS OF ALBERTA'S WILDROSE PARTY CROSSED THE FLOOR TO SIT WITH THE GOVERNING PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES.

KERRY TOWLE (TOLL) AND IAN DONOVAN HAVE LEFT THE OPPOSITION CAUCUS IN FAVOUR OF JIM PRENTICE'S GOVERNMENT.  RED DEER NORTH MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI AND RED DEER SOUTH MLA CAL DALLAS ARE BOTH WELCOMING THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW M.L.A.'S. 
JABLONSKI SAYS KERRY TOWLE FROM INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE BRINGS A GREAT UNDERSTANDING OF MANY ISSUES SUCH AS SENIOR'S CARE. 
CAL DALLAS SAYS GAINING TWO NEW MLA'S FROM THE WILDROSE SHOWS THE PC'S ARE MAKING PROGRESS.  BOTH TOWLE AND DONOVAN CITED RECENT TURMOIL WITHIN THE WILDROSE AS A REASON FOR LEAVING.
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RED DEER TEEN WITH FAKE GUN -  A 16 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER BRINGING A CAP GUN INTO THE COLLICUTT CENTRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (TUES).  THE TEEN WAS ARRESTED INSIDE THE REC COMPLEX AFTER RCMP RECEIVED A COMPLAINT THAT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON CARRYING A HAND GUN WAS SEEN WALKING TOWARDS THE BUILDING AT AROUND 1:45.  WHEN RCMP ARRIVED THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT, WHERE IT WAS REVEALED THE WEAPON WAS A CAP GUN, AND NOT A REAL FIRE ARM.  THE TEEN IS FACING A MISCHIEF CHARGE.  DURING THE PROCESS HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AND NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL WERE BOTH PLACED UNDER HOLD AND SECURE AS A PRECAUTION, BUT THAT HAS SINCE BEEN REMOVED.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES DURING THE ORDEAL.
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SCAM UPDATE -    LACOMBE POLICE WANT TO REMIND CENTRAL ALBERTANS TO BE AWARE OF SCAMS OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
THEY SAY SCAMS TAKE PLACE YEAR ROUND OF COURSE BUT ALWAYS INCREASE DURING CHRISTMAS.  SOME BASIC TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS INCLUDE "DON'T PAY MORE THAN SOMETHING IS WORTH", WINNING SOMETHING SHOULDN'T COST YOU ANY MONEY, "SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY NEEDS BAIL MONEY" AND "THERE HAS BEEN FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY ON YOUR ACCOUNT AND WE NEED TO VERIFY YOUR INFORMATION".  TO REPORT A FRAUD OR SCAM, VISIT THE CANADIAN ANTI-FRAUD CENTRE'S WEBSITE.
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HOME FIRE SAFETY -  OFFICIALS WITH THE CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL WANT YOU TO PUT SAFETY ON THE FRONT BURNER THIS WEEK TO MARK "NATIONAL HOME FIRE SAFETY WEEK".  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, CARELESS COOKING REMAINS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF HOME FIRES, WITH KITCHENS BEING THE MOST COMMON PLACE FOR FIRES TO START.  YOU'RE REMINDED TO NEVER LEAVE FOOD ON THE STOVE UNATTENDED AND KEEP ALL FLAMABLE MATERIALS AWAY FROM HEAT SOURCES LIKE THE STOVE OR OVEN.
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TUES PM NEWS

 

TEEN CHARGED AFTER BRINGING CAP GUN INTO THE COLLICUTT 

A 16 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER BRINGING A CAP GUN INTO THE COLLICUTT CENTRE THIS AFTERNOON (TUES). THE TEEN WAS ARRESTED INSIDE THE REC COMPLEX AFTER RCMP RECEIVED A COMPLAINT THAT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON CARRYING A HAND GUN WAS SEEN WALKING TOWARDS THE BUILDING AT AROUND 1:45. WHEN RCMP ARRIVED THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT, WHERE IT WAS REVEALED THE WEAPON WAS A CAP GUN, AND NOT A REAL FIRE ARM. THE TEEN IS FACING A MISCHIEF CHARGE. DURING THE PROCESS HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AND NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL WERE BOTH PLACED UNDER HOLD AND SECURE AS A PRECAUTION, BUT THAT HAS SINCE BEEN REMOVED. THERE WERE NO INJURIES DURING THE ORDEAL.

 

MAN CHARGED IN HOTEL TV THEFT

RED DEER MOUNTIES HAVE ARRESTED AND CHARGED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF 10 LARGE FLAT SCREEN T.V.'S FROM THE MARRIOT HOTEL IN JULY. THE THEFTS OCCURRED WHILE THE HOTEL IN NORTHWEST RED DEER WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND TWO SUSPECTS WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA. 21 YEAR OLD STEPHEN JOHNATHON FEAVER OF RED DEER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER TO A BUSINESS. HE MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE OCTOBER 20TH AND IS TO BE BACK IN RED DEER COURT JANUARY 5TH, 2015. RCMP CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR A SECOND SUSPECT.

 

DAMAGED LINE CUTS PHONE SERVICE IN ALIX AND MIRROR

860 TELUS CUSTOMERS AROUND ALIX AND MIRROR ARE WITHOUT LAND LINE PHONE SERVICE THIS AFTERNOON. A LINE WAS DAMAGED IN RED DEER AT AROUND NOON TODAY BY CONSTRUCTION CREWS, CAUSING THE DISRUPTION. TELUS SAYS THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO RESTORE THE SERVICE, AND THEY EXPECT DIAL TONES TO RETURN LATER TONIGHT. TELUS CAUTIONS THAT 911 CALLS WON'T WORK UNTIL THE LINE IS FIXED. ALSO WITH THIS INCIDENT, WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE MAY BE AFFECTED FOR CUSTOMERS IN MANY AREAS EAST OF RED DEER

 

RD COUNTY, CITY DIVE INTO BUDGET TALKS

RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL IS LOOKING FOR PUBLIC INPUT INTO IT'S PROPOSED CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGETS FOR NEXT YEAR. DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES HEATHER GRAY SAYS WHAT THEY'VE PUT TOGETHER SO FAR IS FAIR AND ACHIEVABLE, ADDING IT AIMS TO MAINTAIN CURRENT SERVICE LEVELS. MUCH OF THE CAPITAL SPENDING IS PEGGED FOR ROAD PAVING AND BRIDGE REPAIRS. PUBLIC FEEDBACK WILL BE CONSIDERED BEFORE THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING DECEMBER 9TH WHERE THE BUDGETS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PASSED. THE CITY OF RED DEER IS ALSO DEBATING THEIR 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET FROM CITY HALL THIS AFTERNOON.

 

SUCCESSFUL SOCKEY NIGHT

THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALBERTA HELD AN EVENT THIS MORNING (TUES) TO TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF SOCKEY NIGHT IN RED DEER. THE RED DEER REBELS GAME ON NOVEMBER 15TH SAW 1845 SOCKS TOSSED ONTO THE ICE TO BE DONATED TO LOCAL AGENCIES. LOCAL UNITED WAY OFFICIALS CALLED SOCKEY NIGHT IN RED DEER A HUGE SUCCESS THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF A LONG LIST OF SPONSORS.

 

MORE MONEY RAISED FOR RDC EMERGENCY BURSARY FUND

RDC WAS ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO RAISE SOME FUNDS FOR STUDENTS IN DIRE FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THEY ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THEY RAISED $14,000 FOR THEIR STUDENT EMERGENCY BURSARY FUND. THIS ACCOUNT IS SET UP TO ASSIST STUDENTS WHO RUN INTO UNEXPECTED MONETARY EMERGENCIES. THESE FUNDS WERE RAISED DURING THEIR INTERNAL GIVE A LITTLE CAMPAIGN. LAST YEAR RED DEER COLLEGE HELPED OUT 29 STUDENTS WITH ABOUT $40,000 WORTH OF ASSISTANCE. 

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (NOV. 25)
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WILDROSE DEFECTIONS - 
SHOCKWAVES REGISTERED THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE AND ACROSS ALBERTA'S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE ON MONDAY WITH WORD THAT A PAIR OF WILDROSE MLA'S HAVE JUMPED SHIP.   INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE MLA KERRY TOWLE IS NOW PART OF THE CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS. FORMER WILDROSE AGRICULTURE CRITIC IAN DONOVAN FROM THE LITTLE BOW RIDING SOUTH OF CALGARY, ALSO CROSSED THE FLOOR, SAYING HE'S IMPRESSED WITH THE NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE PC PARTY. BOTH CITED RECENT TURMOIL WITH THE WILDROSE AS REASONS FOR JOINING THE JIM PRENTICE GOVERNMENT.

TOWLE FELT SHE WAS BEGIN TOLD HOW TO VOTE THE WILDROSE PARTY MEMBERSHIP.  WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH HAD HARSH WORDS FOR THE DEFECTORS, SUGGESTING THEY ACTED OUT OF A DESIRE FOR PERSONAL GAIN.
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CHILD LURING -  AN 8 YEAR OLD RED DEER GIRL WAS FOLLOWED TO SCHOOL BY A SUSPICIOUS MAN IN A TRUCK MONDAY MORNING AND THE RCMP ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT.  MOUNTIES SAY THE GIRL WAS WALKING TO MATTIE MCCULLOUGH SCHOOL YESTERDAY MORNING (MON), WHEN A MAN DRIVING A BLACK TRUCK WITH TINTED WINDOWS INVITED THE GIRL INSIDE AT AROUND 8:45.  SMARTLY, THE GIRL REFUSED AND CONTINUED WALKING TO SCHOOL, BUT THE TRUCK CONTINUED TO FOLLOW HER.  THE GIRL WOULD GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY AND NOW RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP IDENTIFY THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK.  HE'S DESCRIBED AS A MIDDLE AGED WHITE MAN WITH LIGHTLY COLORED HAIR, AGAIN DRIVING A BLACK TRUCK WITH TINTED WINDOWS.
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LOUSANA INCIDENT  -  A MAN WANTED ON SEVERAL WARRANTS FROM RED DEER, BLACKFALDS, STETTLER AND DRAYTON VALLEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN ARMED BARRICADE INCIDENT SOUTH OF DELBURNE SUNDAY.  THREE HILLS RCMP SAY THEY FOUND OUT THE MAN WAS AT A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR LOUSANA AND UPON ARRIVAL LEARNED HE HAD A GUN AND WAS THREATENING TO HARM HIMSELF IF MOUNTIES CAME IN.  EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS FROM RED DEER AND CALGARY ASSISTED IN THE INCIDENT AND A SHORT TIME LATER THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  21 YEAR OLD CONNOR MUELLER IS NOW AWAITING HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE.
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CITY COUNCIL -  THE 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET IS ALL SET FOR FINAL APPROVAL TODAY (TUES) AT CITY COUNCIL.  THIS AFTER COUNCILORS APPROVED BOTH THE FIREHALL RELOCATIONS AND SPORTS FIELDS STUDY ON LAST NIGHT'S AGENDA.  THESE TWO ITEMS HAVE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS IN THE COMING YEAR AND NEEDED TO BE ENDORSED IN ORDER TO APPROVE THE 2015 BUDGET.  ADMINISTRATION BROKE DOWN THE MAJOR CAPITAL PROJECTS TO BE STARTED NEXT YEAR TOTALING OVER 170 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE TEN YEAR CAPITAL PLAN IS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED BUT COUNCIL IS NOT FINANCIALLY TIED TO IT.
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CAPITAL BUDGET DETAILS  -   IT'S A BUSY COUPLE OF DAYS AT CITY COUNCIL WITH THE 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET ON THE AGENDA.  THIS DOCUMENT TO BE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH TODAY (TUES) WAS OUTLINED TO THE MEDIA ON MONDAY AND LISTS ANY EXPEDITURES OVER $10,000 AND WILL GUIDE COUNCIL OVER THE NEXT YEAR.  THIS YEAR'S BUDGET TOTALS 173 MILLION DOLLARS CONSIDERING ALL CURRENT AND MULTI-YEAR CAPITAL PROJECTS.  SOME OF THESE INCLUDE THE RED DEER ARENA REPLACEMENT AND THE TIMBERLANDS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.  ANY PROJECT THAT WILL BEGIN IN 2015 OR WILL REQUIRE FUNDING MUST BE PRESENTED IN THE YEARLY CAPITAL BUDGET.  SOME UPCOMING ITEMS INCLUDE THE NORTH HIGHWAY CONNECTOR THAT WILL RELIEVE CONGESTION ON THE GAETZ AVE AND 67TH STREET INTERSECTION.  COUNCIL ALSO PLANS TO INVEST IN THE LIBRARY IN THE IRONSTONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO BEGIN IN 2015.
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RED DEER'S TEN YEAR PLAN -  THE CITY ALSO SHARED THEIR TEN YEAR CAPITAL PLAN ON MONDAY.  CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS SAYS THIS IS ABOUT BALANCING THE NEEDED AMENITIES WITH THE PRESSURES OF GROWTH IN RED DEER.  OVER THE NEXT DECADE THE CITY WILL LOOK TO BUILD A NEW MULTI-USE AQUATIC CENTRE AS WELL AS A NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE.  THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING TO COMPLETE THE NEXT TWO PHASES OF THE RIVERWALK AND SPRAY PARK IN NORTH RED DEER.  COUNCIL SETS OUT THE TEN YEAR PLAN TO ENSURE FUNDING IS AVAILBALE BEYOND THE 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET. OTHERWISE THE YEARLY OPERATING BUDGET TAKES THE BRUNT OF EXTRA COSTS.  THE 2015-2024 CAPITAL PLAN IS PROJECTED TO COST ABOUT 1.73 BILLION DOLLARS IN TODAY'S DOLLARS.
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MORE CITY COUNCIL
-  PLENTY GOING ON AT CITY HALL ASIDE FROM CAPITAL PLANS AND BUDGETS.  COUNCIL HELD THEIR REGULAR MEETING LAST NIGHT (MON) AND LOOKED AT A NUMBER OF ITEMS.
COUNCILORS APPROVED BOTH THE FIREHALL RELOCATIONS AND SPORTS FIELDS STUDY. THE NORTHEAST FIRE STATION IS TO BE SERVED BY STATION 4 WHEN IT MOVES TO TIMBERLANDS.  STATION NUMBER THREE WILL NOW MOVE TO 30TH AVE AND LEES STREET TO SERVE THE SOUTHEAST.  A NEW TEN YEAR OPERATING AGREEMENT WITH FCSS WAS ENDORSED BY THE CITY.  IN DECEMBER, BOTH GROUPS WILL MARK FORTY YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP PROVIDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO THE REGION.  COUNCIL ALSO WROTE OFF JUST OVER $7000 IN UNCOLLECTED TAXES ON 16 MOBILE HOME PROPERTIES.
IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT THESE PROPERTIES NO LONGER EXISTED, OR WERE NO LONGER WITHIN CITY LIMITS.  AN IDEA ON THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE CANADA WINTER GAMES WAS SHARED DURING LAST NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  FORMER CHAIR OF THE GAMES, LYN RADFORD WAS THERE TO UPDATE COUNCIL ON THEIR PROGRESS.  SHE SAYS THEY WILL NEED ABOUT 30 TO 100 VOLUNTEERS NEXT YEAR.  OVER THE FOLLOWING TWO YEARS, SHE ANTICIPATES THEY WILL NEED 500 MORE BY THE END OF 2017.  THAT NUMBER WILL JUMP TO 5000 BY THE TIME 2018 ROLLS AROUND.  RADFORD ADMITS THESE ARE HIGH WATERMARKS TO REACH BUT SHE BELIEVES RED DEER WILL COME THROUGH.
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RED DEER COUNTY BUDGET -  A 67 MILLION DOLLAR COMBINED CAPITAL AND OPERATING BUDGET WILL BE CONSIDERED BY RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL TODAY. (TUES)  THIS YEAR'S BUDGET INCLUDES COMMITMENTS TO THE SYLVAN LAKE MULTIPLEX, REPAIRS TO BRIDGES AND THE PAVING OF COUNTY ROADS.  A FUNDING REQUEST OF 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS BY THE RED DEER AIRPORT FOR EXPANSION IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE 2015 BUDGET.
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RD COUNTY FRAUD -  A COCHRANE WOMAN ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING HER FORMER CENTRAL ALBERTA EMPLOYER OF OVER A MILLION DOLLARS WILL SEE THIS WEEK IF HER CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL.  A WEEK-LONG PRELIMINARY HEARING GOT UNDERWAY IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (MON) FOR 38 YEAR OLD SHELLEY DAVIDSON.  SHE WAS CHARGED BY BLACKFALDS RCMP IN AUGUST OF 2013 AFTER A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED INTERNAL FRAUD AT AN OILFIELD COMPANY.  POLICE INVESTIGATED CLAIMS THAT THE COMPANY'S BOOK KEEPER WAS ALTERING DOCUMENTS AND TAKING MONEY BETWEEN 2006 AND 2011.
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BLACKFALDS THEFTS  -  SOME STOLEN JEWELLERY RECOVERED BY BLACKFALDS RCMP LAST WEEK HAS NOW BEEN LINKED TO FOUR SEPARATE BREAK AND ENTERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA.  MOUNTIES SAY MOST OF THE ITEMS HAVE NOW BEEN OR WILL SOON BE RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS WITH ONLY A HANDFUL OF ITEMS STILL UNCLAIMED.  THEY INCLUDE A FEW WATCHES, BRACELETS, RINGS AND EARINGS WITH A PICTURE OF SOME ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
POLICE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STORE YOUR JEWELLERY IN EITHER A SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OR HIDDEN WHERE THIEVES WOULDN'T THINK TO LOOK FOR IT.
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RED DEER GIRL FOUND -   RED DEER MOUNTIES SAY 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS HAS BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.
RCMP THANKS THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN FINDING HER AFTER BEING MISSING SINCE MID-OCTOBER.
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PENHOLD STOLEN PROPERTY -  CHARGES WERE DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY FOR ONE OF TWO MEN CHARGED IN A MAJOR STOLEN PROPERTY INVESTIGATION IN PENHOLD THIS FALL.
32 YEAR OLD TYLER LORIMER OF NO FIXED ADDRESS SAW HIS COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND POSSESSION OF BREAK-IN TOOLS WITHDRAWN WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED, 39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE OF PENHOLD IS STILL SLATED FOR A DECEMBER COURT APPEARANCE.  IT WAS ON OCTOBER 11TH WHEN INNISFAIL MOUNTIES SEARCHED A PENHOLD RESIDENCE AND SEIZED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY, MOSTLY CONSTRUCTION TOOLS.
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SCAM AWARENESS -  IT'S THE SEASON FOR GIVING BUT POLICE IN LACOMBE REMIND YOU TO BE CAREFUL WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR MONEY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.  THEY SAY SCAMS OPERATE YEAR-ROUND OF COURSE BUT ALWAYS INCREASE IN FREQUENCY OVER CHRISTMAS.  SOME SCAM WARNING SIGNS INCLUDE "WILL THAT BE CASH OR CASH?", "MY FAMILY MEMBER HAS A SERIOUS ILLNESS AND DESPERATELY NEEDS MONEY FOR MEDICAL HELP", "I'D LOVE TO BE YOUR FRIEND, SEND CASH AND I'LL COME VISIT" OR "THIS IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY".  TO REPORT A SCAM, VISIT THE CANADIAN ANTI-FRAUD WEBSITE.
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LACOMBE CHECKSTOPS -  SOME GOOD NEWS OF SORTS TO REPORT IN THE LATEST ROUND OF ROADSIDE CHECKSTOPS IN LACOMBE.  POLICE SAY THEY STOPPED 850 VEHICLES ON FRIDAY AND NO IMPAIRED DRIVERS WERE FOUND.  HOWEVER, A PAIR OF 24 HOUR SUSPENSIONS, HALF A DOZEN GAMING AND LIQUOR INFRACTIONS AND 17 OTHER VIOLATION TICKETS WERE AMONG 30 TICKETS ISSUED.
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MON PM NEWS


TOWLE DEFECTS TO PC PARTY

SHOCKWAVES REGISTERED THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE AND ACROSS ALBERTA'S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE WITH WORD TODAY THAT A PAIR OF WILDROSE MLA'S HAVE JUMPED SHIP. INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE MLA KERRY TOWLE IS NOW PART OF THE PC CAUCUS ALONG WITH  FORMER WILDROSE AGRICULTURE CRITIC IAN DONOVAN. THEY CROSSED THE FLOOR, SAYING THEIR CONSTITUENTS WOULD FIND THEM MORE EFFECTIVE AS MEMBERS OF THE ACTING GOVERNMENT.

  

COUNCIL MEETING AT CITY HALL

IT WILL BE  A BUSY COUNCIL MEETING AT RED DEER CITY HALL TODAY.

AMONG THE ITEMS ON THE AGENA, THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT WILL PRESENT THEIR 20 YEAR MASTER PLAN. AFTER GATHERING FEEDBACK OVER THE SUMMER, THE AIRPORT HAS A NUMBER OF SUGGESTIONS GOING FORWARD. AND THE CITY WILL ALSO  REVIEW THE LOCATIONS OF FIREHALLS THREE AND FOUR WHEN THEY DELVE INTO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SITE SELECTION REPORT. COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS WHETHER FIRE STATION NUMBER 3 ON 32ND STREET SHOULD MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION.

 

COUNCIL READY TO DIVE INTO 2015 BUDGET

THE CITY OF RED DEER SHARED DETAILS OF THEIR 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET THIS MORNING. THIS YEAR'S BUDGET TOTALS 173 MILLION DOLLARS CONSIDERING ALL CURRENT AND MULTI-YEAR CAPITAL PROJECTS. SOME OF THESE INCLUDE THE RED DEER ARENA REPLACEMENT AND THE TIMBERLANDS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE RELOCATION OF FIREHALL NUMBER THREE AND THE NORTH RED DEER COMMUNITY CENTRE ARE ALSO SLATED TO BEGIN IN  THE NEXT YEAR. FINALLY, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE  FOURTH FIREHALL IN THE NORTHEAST WILL MAKE UP SOME OF THE PROJECTS IN THE 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET. COUNCIL IS SET TO APPROVE THE DOCUMENT TOMORROW MORNING.

 

SAFE HARBOUR OPENS SHELTER TODAY

NEW WARMING CENTRES FOR RED DEER'S HOMELESS WILL OPEN UP TODAY. THE SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY, THE CITY AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A PLACE FOR THE HOMELESS TO WARM UP THIS WINTER, FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF BERACHAH PLACE. SAFE HARBOUR WILL EXTEND ITS HOURS AND THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CENTRE WILL OPEN TO PROVIDE HELP FOR ABOUT 60 PEOPLE STARTING TODAY AND RUNNING THROUGH THE END OF APRIL. MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND A PLACE OF CONNECTION FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS DURING THE COLD WINTER MONTHS. 

 

SMALL GIRL LURED BY A SUSPICIOUS MAN

AN 8 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS FOLLOWED TO SCHOOL BY A SUSPICIOUS MAN IN A TRUCK THIS MORNING (MON) AND THE RCMP ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT. MOUNTIES SAY THE GIRL WAS WALKING TO MATTIE MCCULLOUGH SCHOOL THIS MORNING (MON), WHEN A MAN DRIVING A BLACK TRUCK WITH TINTED WINDOWS INVITED THE GIRL INSIDE AT AROUND 8:45. SMARTLY, THE GIRL REFUSED AND CONTINUED WALKING TO SCHOOL, BUT THE TRUCK CONTINUED TO FOLLOW HER. THE GIRL WOULD GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY AND NOW RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP IDENTIFY THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK. HE'S DESCRIBED AS A MIDDLE AGED WHITE MAN WITH LIGHTLY COLORED HAIR, AGAIN DRIVING A BLACK TRUCK WITH TINTED WINDOWS.

 

 

RCMP EASE A SUICIDE THREAT

AN ARMED BARRICADE INCIDENT SOUTH OF DELBURNE SUNDAY MORNING ENDED WITH THE ARREST OF A MAN WANTED ON NUMEROUS OUTSTANDING WARRANTS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. THREE HILLS RCMP SAY THEY ATTENDED A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR LOUSANA WHERE A MAN INSIDE INDICATED HE HAD A GUN AND WOULD HARM HIMSELF IF POLICE CAME IN. MEMBERS FROM THE CALGARY AND RED DEER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS ASSISTED AND THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY A SHORT TIME LATER. 21 YEAR OLD CONNOR MUELLER OF NO FIXED ADDRESS FACES SEVERAL COUNTS FROM RED DEER, BLACKFALDS, STETTLER AND DRAYTON VALLEY AND REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE.

 

SOBER DRIVING AROUND LACOMBE

SOME GOOD NEWS OF SORTS TO REPORT IN THE LATEST ROUND OF ROADSIDE CHECKSTOPS IN LACOMBE. POLICE SAY THEY STOPPED 850 VEHICLES ON FRIDAY AND NO IMPAIRED DRIVERS WERE FOUND. HOWEVER, A PAIR OF 24 HOUR SUSPENSIONS, HALF A DOZEN GAMING AND LIQUOR INFRACTIONS AND 17 OTHER VIOLATION TICKETS WERE AMONG 30 TICKETS ISSUED.

 

RCMP RECOVERS STOLEN JEWELRY

BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY THE RECOVERY OF SOME STOLEN JEWELRY LAST WEEK HAS BEEN LINKED TO FOUR SEPARATE BREAK AND ENTERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. HOWEVER, MOST OF THE PIECES HAVE BEEN OR WILL SOON BE RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS AND ONLY A FEW UNCLAIMED PIECES LEFT. THEY INCLUDE A FEW WATCHES, BRACELETS, RINGS AND EARRINGS. MOUNTIES ENCOURAGE YOU TO STORE YOUR JEWELRY IN EITHER A SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OR HIDE IT IN A PLACE WHERE THIEVES WOULDN'T THINK TO LOOK.

 

RDC ACKNOWLEDING DONORS

RED DEER COLLEGE IS HOSTING A SPECIAL EVENT TONIGHT (MON) WHERE GENEROUS DONORS CAN MEET THE STUDENTS WHO BENEFIT FROM THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. THE RDC STUDENT AWARD CEREMONY STARTS AT 5:30 IN THE CENOVUS ENERGY LEARNING COMMON AND INCLUDES SHORT SPEECHES BY A GUEST DONOR AND STUDENT AND FOLLOWED BY A LIGHT RECEPTION. OFFICIALS SAY THERE WERE 810 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS HANDED TO RDC STUDENTS IN THE PAST YEAR.

 

NEW RED DEER SOCCER FIELD READY FOR REVEAL

RED DEER SOCCER WILL OFFICIALLY DEDICATE NEW FIELDS THIS EVENING. TWO NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF FIELDS OPENED ON FRIDAY AT THE WESTERNER AGRI-CENTRE

THE FIELDS ARE NOW READY FOR THE INDOOR SEASON BUT CAN BE USED FOR MORE THAN JUST SOCCER. OFFICIALS SAY A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT WAS MADE TO PURCHASE THE "AGILITY ELITE SYNTHETIC GRASS" AND THEY ARE THE LARGEST NON-BOARDED INDOOR SOCCER FIELDS IN ALBERTA. THE RED DEER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB HAS ALSO PITCHED IN 50 GRAND SO WILL HAVE THEIR LOGO AT CENTRE FIELD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (NOV. 24)
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ALBERTA TRAFFIC FATALS -
  A DEADLY WEEKEND ON THE HIGHWAYS ACROSS THE PROVINCE AFTER SIX DEATHS WITHIN THE SPAN OF A DAY.

ON FRIDAY EVENING JUST BEFORE 5:30 SYLVAN EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE CALLED OUT TO HIGHWAY 766 NEAR ECKVILLE AFTER A THREE VEHICLE COLLISION. TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON SCENE, A 30 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM CONDOR AND A 46 YEAR OLD MAN FROM BENALTO.

ON SATURDAY MORNING JUST BEFORE 11, LEDUC RCMP RESPONDED TO A HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 21 NEAR AIRPORT ROAD.

FOUR PEOPLE IN A CAR WERE KILLED WHEN THEIR VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A TRACTOR TRAILER. NAMES OF THE DECEASED IN BOTH CASES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED UNTIL THEIR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.
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RED DEER BUDGET/COUNCIL -     IT'S A BIG WEEK OVER AT RED DEER CITY HALL.   THIS MORNING (MON) AT 9 CITY OFFICIALS WILL GO OVER CAPITAL BUDGET PLANNING WITH THE MEDIA AHEAD OF TUESDAY'S BUDGET DISCUSSIONS BY COUNCILLORS.  THIS AFTERNOON AT CITY HALL IT'LL BE A BUSY REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  AMONG THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA:
- THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT WILL PRESENT THEIR 20 YEAR MASTER PLAN.  AFTER GATHERING FEEDBACK OVER THE SUMMER, THE AIRPORT HAS A NUMBER OF SUGGESTIONS GOING FORWARD.
-  THE CITY WILL ALSO  REVIEW THE LOCATIONS OF FIREHALLS THREE AND FOUR WHEN THEY DELVE INTO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SITE SELECTION REPORT.  COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS WHETHER FIRE STATION NUMBER 3 ON 32ND STREET SHOULD MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION.
-   COUNCIL WILL HEAR A PRESENTATION CONCERNING THE TRANSITION TEAM FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES
-   THE RED DEER DRUG AND ALOCOHOL STRATEGY RETURNS TO CITY COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.  THE CITY HAS MET WITH THE CENTRAL ALBERTA ADDICTIONS CONSORTIUM AND FEELS CONFIDENT THEY CAN HANDLE THIS WORK.
-   COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW AN INVENTORY OF SPORTS FIELDS AROUND THE CITY.  THIS HELPS ADMINISTRATION DETERMINE THE NEED FOR NEW FIELDS AND UPKEEP OF CURRENT ONES.
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HOMELESS COUNT -  THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS A BETTER IDEA OF HOW MANY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME AFTER THE LATEST FIGURES WERE SHARED AT CITY HALL THIS MORNING.
THE 2014 POINT IN TIME SURVEY FOUND 137 INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE CITY DURING THEIR COUNT LAST MONTH.  OF THOSE SURVEYED, 67 PERCENT WERE COUNTED AT LOCAL SHELTERS. ANOTHER SIXTEEN PERCENT WERE LOCATED DURING THE TWO HOUR STREET COUNT.
THE FINAL EIGHT PERCENT WERE SAID TO BE LIVING IN PUBLIC SPACES SUCH AS TRANSIT SHELTERS.  AROUND 200 VOLUNTEERS SPENT THEIR EVENING HELPING THE CITY WITH THE COUNT ACROSS EVERY NEIGHBOURHOOD IN MID-OCTOBER.
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WARMING CENTRES -   RED DEER WILL OPEN TWO TEMPORARY SITES THIS WEEK TO HELP THE HOMELESS WARM UP THIS WINTER.
SAFE HARBOUR WILL EXTEND ITS HOURS AND THE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CENTRE WILL OPEN TO PROVIDE HELP FOR ABOUT 60 HOMELESS PEOPLE BEGINNING TODAY (MON) AND RUNNING THROUGH THE END OF APRIL.  MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS DURING THE COLD WINTER MONTHS.
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FESTIVAL OF TREES  -   THE FESTIVE SEASON WAS ALIVE AND WELL IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER OVER THE WEEKEND. THE 21ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES OPENED UP SATURDAY WITH THE "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT" EVENT AT CITY HALL PARK WITH THE LIGHTING OF RED DEER'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE. THE 21ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AT WESTERNER PARK RUNS NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (NOV. 26-30).  EVENT SPOKESPERSON ALAINE MARTIN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHANGES WITH THIS YEAR'S EVENT INCLUDING NO SANTA CLAUS PARADE DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS EACH YEAR.  SHE ADDS THEY'RE STILL IN NEED OF 200 VOLUNTEERS, ESPECIALLY FOR CANDY CANE LANE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON.  FUNDRAISING EFFORTS THIS YEAR GOES TO THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO EQUIP TWO DEDICATED OPERATING ROOMS FOR SCHEDULED CAESAREAN SECTIONS AND EMERGENCY OBSTETRICAL PROCEDURES.
LACOMBE'S LIGHT UP THE NIGHT FESTIVAL ALSO RUNS THIS WEEK FROM WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (NOV. 26 - 29TH).  ON FRIDAY FROM 5 - 6 PM ORGANIZERS HOPE TO BREAK THE THE GUINNESS WORLD FOR THE LARGEST HUMAN SNOWMAN AT M.E. GLOBAL ATHLETIC PARK.  THE MONEY RAISED GOES TO LACOMBE'S ARTS ENDOWMENT.
SYLVAN LAKE'S YULETIDE FESTIVAL AND MARKET RUNS IN THE MULTIPLEX FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (NOV. 28-29).
THE BLACKFALDS CHRISTMAS SHOW IS ON AT THE ABBEY CENTRE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (NOV. 29-30).
PARKLAND NURSERIES AND GARDEN CENTRE WILL LIGHT UP THE ICE SCULPTURES ON THE GROUND ON DECEMBER 13TH (WEATHER PERMITTING).
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KETTLE CAMPAIGN - 
IT'S A CALL OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS AS THE SALVATION ARMY KICKS-OFF IT'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN IN RED DEER. THE ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS NUMEROUS PROGRAMS IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH MAJOR LARRY BRIDGER SAYING THEY HAVE TEN KETTLES THROUGHOUT THE CITY FOR VOLUNTEERS TO MAN DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  HE SAYS THEY'RE HOPING TO RAISE 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH THIS YEAR'S KETTLE CAMPAIGN WHICH WRAPS UP DECEMBER 23RD.
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WARRANT ISSUED -  A RED DEER MAN AWAITING TRIAL IN THE INNISFAIL CAMPGROUND ROBBERY THIS PAST SUMMER IS NOW AT LARGE.  RCMP HAVE ISSUED A WARRANT FOR 33 YEAR OLD MICHEAL EDWARD HOLT. HE WAS TO HEAR NEW CHARGES OF THEFT AND BREACH OF PROBATION IN COURT ON FRIDAY.  HOLT SERVED SEVEN DAYS IN CUSTODY IN AUGUST AND HIS LAWYER HAS NOT HEARD FROM HIM SINCE.  THIS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS AND A BREACH OF RELEASE AT THAT TIME.  HE'S FACING TRIAL NEXT YEAR IN APRIL AND MAY FOR SEPARATE STOLEN PROPERTY, FRAUD AND FORGERY CHARGES.
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HOME FIRE SAFETY WEEK  -  NEARLY ONE QUARTER OF HOME FIRES IN ALBERTA IN 2012 WERE CAUSED BY CARELESS COOKING.  THAT ACCORDING TO THE CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL WHICH IS REMINDING YOU TO KEEP FIRE SAFETY ON THE FRONT BURNER WITH THIS WEEK BEING "NATIONAL HOME FIRE SAFETY WEEK".  OFFICIALS SAY YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE THE STOVE UNATTENDED WHEN YOU'RE COOKING, KEEP ALL FLAMABLE ITEMS AWAY FROM THE STOVE AND OTHER HEAT SOURCES AND BE SOBER WHEN COOKING AS WELL.
THE KITCHEN IS THE MOST COMMON PLACE FOR HOME FIRES TO START.
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NEW EXECUTIVE -  RED DEER'S DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION IS BOASTING THREE NEW MEMBERS FOR 2015.  ALLIE GRANDE OF TYPE 2 ARCHITECTURE, OMAR LOCKHART OF BDO CANADA LLP AND TYLER HANSEN OF MELCOR DEVELOPMENT HAVE ALLBEEN ELECTED.
THEY WERE CHOSEN BY BALLOT DURING NOVEMBER'S MEETINGS.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMANDA GOULD IS PLEASED WITH THEIR NEW BOARD MEMBERS SAYING THEY HAVE AN ACCURATE CROSS-SECTION OF THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS SCAPE  THE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION WILL MEET IN JANUARY TO REFINE THEIR BUDGET AND CHOOSE A NEW EXECUTIVE.
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NEW SOCCER FIELD -  EXCITING TIMES FOR RED DEER CITY SOCCER AND OTHER SPORTING ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.
TWO NEW INDOOR FIELDS OPENED ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE AGRI-CENTRE IN WESTERNER PARK, THE LARGEST NON-BOARDED SOCCER FIELDS IN THE PROVINCE.  LOCAL SOCCER OFFICIALS SAY A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT WAS MADE INTO THE "AGILITY ELITE SYNTHETIC GRASS FIELDS" OR ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF.
THE RED DEER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB ALSO PITCHED IN WITH 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS SO WILL HAVE THEIR LOGOS DISPLAYED AT CENTRE FIELD.  ALTHOUGH BILLED AS SOCCER FIELDS, THE PLAYING SURFACES CAN BE USED BY MANY OTHER DIFFERENT SPORTS.
A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THIS (MON) EVENING TO OFFICIALLY DEDICATE THE FIELDS.
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RDC STUDENT AWARDS  -  A SPECIAL EVENT IS TAKING PLACE AT RED DEER COLLEGE TONIGHT (MON) WHERE GENEROUS COMMUNITY DONORS GET A CHANCE TO MEET THE STUDENTS THEY HELP THROUGH THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.  THE 2014 RDC STUDENT AWARDS CEREMONY STARTS AT 5:30 IN THE CENOVUS ENERGY LEARNING COMMON AND FEATURES SHORT SPEECHES FROM A GUEST DONOR AND STUDENT AHEAD OF A LIGHT RECEPTION.  OVER 810 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT TO RDC STUDENTS IN THE PAST YEAR.
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RDC STUDENT BURSARY - RDC WAS ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO RAISE SOME FUNDS FOR STUDENTS IN DIRE FINANICAL CIRCUMSTANCES.  THEY ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THEY RAISED $14,000 FOR THEIR STUDENT EMERGENCY BURSARY FUND.  THIS ACCOUNT IS SET UP TO ASSIST STUDENTS WHO RUN INTO UNEXPECTED MONETARY EMERGENCIES.  THESE FUNDS WERE RAISED DURING THEIR INTERNAL GIVE A LITTLE CAMPAIGN.  LAST YEAR RED DEER COLLEGE HELPED OUT 29 STUDENTS WITH ABOUT $40,000 WORTH OF ASSISTANCE.
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FINAL FLU CLINIC - 
   TODAY (MON NOV. 24) MARKS THE LAST CHANCE FOR YOU TO GET A FREE FLU SHOT FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER.  THE FINAL IMMUNIZATION CLINIC TAKES PLACE AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE FROM12:30 - 7:30 PM.
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RED DEER DIRECT FLIGHTS -  YOU'LL SOON BE ABLE TO CATCH A FLIGHT DIRECTLY FROM RED DEER TO GRANDE PRAIRIE.
THIS AFTER NORTHWESTERN AIR ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK, THEY'LL START OFFERING DIRECT FLIGHTS AS OF DECEMBER 1ST.
PLANES WILL DEPART RED DEER AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING, FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN GRANDE PRARIE AT 8:45.
THE FLIGHTS WILL BENEFIT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES WHO ARE EXPECTED TO SEND EMPLOYEES BETWEEN BOTH REGIONS.
THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT CURRENTLY PROVIDES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO FORT MCMURRAY, CALGARY AND KELOWNA.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (NOV. 23) 

 

FESTIVAL OF TREES - IT'S STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS DOWNTOWN. THE CITY'S BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE WAS LIT UP OUTSIDE OF THE OLD COURT HOUSE AS RED-DEERIANS CAME OUT TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE "FESTIVAL LIGHTS THE NIGHT" IS RED DEER'S OFFICIAL KICK-OFF TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON BEFORE THE FESTIVAL OF TREES BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY. EVENT SPOKESPERSON ALAINE MARTIN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHANGES WITH THIS YEAR'S EVENT INCLUDING NO SANTA CLAUS PARADE DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS EACH YEAR. SHE ADDS THEY'RE STILL IN NEED OF 200 VOLUNTEERS, ESPECIALLY FOR CANDY CANE LANE NEXT FRIDAY AFTERNOON. CALL 348-9905 IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP.


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CENTURY TOUR WRAPS UP - HOCKEY CANADA WILL MARK THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN A COUPLE WEEKS, AND THEY'RE ON A CROSS COUNTRY TOUR TO CELEBRATE. THE CENTURY TOUR IS IN RED DEER THIS WEEKEND AND FEATURES A NUMBER OF DISPLAYS. COMMUNICATIONS LEAD WITH HOCKEY CANADA, CHARLOTTE COULSON SAYS ONE OF THEIR EXHIBITS ON THE CENTURY TOUR IS BASICALLY A HOCKEY HALL OF FAME ON WHEELS. THIS IS JUST ONE OF A HUNDRED STOPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS SEASON FOR HOCKEY CANADA. YOU CAN FIND EVERYTHING DOWN AT THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME FROM 10 UNTIL 4 TODAY.

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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TOMORROW - THE RED DEER DRUG AND ALCOHOL STRATEGY RETURNS TO CITY COUNCIL ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. THIS ITEM WAS TABLED AT THE END OF OCTOBER TO ALLOW AN AD-HOC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE THE WORK. SINCE THAT MEETING THE CITY HAS MET WITH THE CENTRAL ALBERTA ADDICTIONS CONSORTIUM AND FEELS CONFIDENT THEY CAN HANDLE THIS WORK. COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW AN INVENTORY OF SPORTS FIELDS AROUND THE CITY. THIS HELPS ADMINISTRATION DETERMINE THE NEED FOR NEW FIELDS AND UPKEEP OF CURRENT ONES.

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SKI SEASON - THE CANYON SKI RESORT OPENED UP FOR ANOTHER SEASON THIS WEEKEND. ALBERTA'S LARGEST NON -MOUNTAIN RESORT CAN BE FOUND ABOUT NORTH OF HIGHWAY 11 ABOUT TEN MINUTES EAST OF RED DEER. THERE ARE ALSO A COUPLE OF NEW FEATURES IN THE BEGINNERS AREA THIS YEAR. THEY'RE OFFERING OPENING WEEKEND PASSES FOR 20 DOLLARS PER PERSON. HOURS FOR NOVEMBER ARE 9 TO 5 ON WEEKENDS AND 5 TO 9 WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY.

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BOWER MALL CHARITY EVENT TONIGHT - YOUR CHANCE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONE-TIME DISCOUNTS AT RETAILERS IN BOWER PLACE TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES HAPPENS TONIGHT. MALL OFFICIALS SAY THIS EXCLUSIVE TICKETED SHOPPING EVENT WILL FEATURE SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS, TEN GRAND IN DOOR PRIZES, SAMPLING IN THE FOOD COURT, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS AND WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO THE FESTIVITIES FROM 6 TIL 9PM THIS EVENING. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MANY CHARITABLE PARTNERS OR FROM THE MALL, WITH TICKET SALE PROCEEDS GOING TO THOSE RESPECTIVE CHARITIES.

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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TOMORROW - THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT WILL PRESENT THEIR 20 YEAR MASTER PLAN TO CITY COUNCIL ON MONDAY. AFTER GATHERING FEEDBACK OVER THE SUMMER, THE AIRPORT HAS A NUMBER OF SUGGESTIONS GOING FORWARD. THE CITY WILL ALSO REVIEW THE LOCATIONS OF FIRE HALLS THREE AND FOUR WHEN THEY DELVE INTO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SITE SELECTION REPORT. COUNCIL WILL ALSO HEAR A PRESENTATION CONCERNING THE TRANSITION TEAM FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.

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FLU SHOT CLINICS - THERE IS ONE FINAL FREE FLU CLINICS IN RED DEER FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO GET A SHOT YESTERDAY. THE LAST RED DEER CLINIC IS SET FOR MONDAY (NOV. 24TH 12:30 - 7:30 PM) AT THE PIDHERNEY CURLING CENTRE. SOME LOCAL PHARMACIES ARE OFFERING THE SHOTS IF THIS TIME DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU.

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NEW SOCCER FIELDS - FRIDAY WAS AN EXCITING DAY FOR RED DEER CITY SOCCER. THE ORGANIZATION SAW THE OPENING OF IT'S TWO NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF FIELDS AT THE WESTERNER AGRI-CENTRE. THE FIELDS ARE NOW READY FOR THE INDOOR SEASON BUT CAN BE USED FOR MORE THAN JUST SOCCER. OFFICIALS SAY A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT WAS MADE TO PURCHASE THE "AGILITY ELITE SYNTHETIC GRASS" AND THEY ARE THE LARGEST NON-BOARDED INDOOR SOCCER FIELDS IN ALBERTA. THE RED DEER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB HAS ALSO PITCHED IN 50 GRAND SO WILL HAVE THEIR LOGO AT CENTRE FIELD. AN OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY TAKES PLACE MONDAY NIGHT.

 

 

SATURDAY NEWS (NOV. 22)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

GUILTBAULT AVOIDS JAIL TIME

"NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE".

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

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR ARREST OF SHERILYN BEAVERBONES

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOLEN ALLAN CUP RING RECOVERED

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

 

INFLUENZA CASES RISING

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

 

AUPE HOPES TO BRING IN MEDIATOR FOR BETHANY EMPLOYEES

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

 

 

 

 

 

THURS AM NEWS (NOV. 20)

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

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

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

 

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WED PM NEWS

 

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

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

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (NOV. 19)

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KEYSTONE PIPELINE UPDATE -   A SETBACK FOR THE ALBERTA OILPATCH AS THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE FELL JUST ONE VOTE SHORT OF GETTING A BILL PASSED IN THE U-S SENATE.  DESPITE YESTERDAY'S US SENATE VOTE REJECTING A BILL APPROVING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, OUR PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IS STILL OPTIMISTIC THE PROJECT CAN BE SALVAGED.  PRENTICE POINTS OUT BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL IS STRONG, ADDING THERE WILL BE A NEW SENATE IN THE NEW YEAR. 
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STETTLER CRASH -  A CENTRAL ALBERTA HIGHWAY WAS SHUT DOWN AND TWO PEOPLE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH SOUTH OF STETTLER YESTERDAY MORNING.   IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:45 TUESDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 19 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF STETTLER, FORCING POLICE TO CLOSE THE HIGHWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR OVER FOUR HOURS.  IT'S BELIEVED THE COLLISION TOOK PLACE AT HIGHWAY SPEED AND RESULTED IN A WOMAN BEING EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE THEN PINNED UNDERNEATH IT.  SHE WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO CALGARY WITH CRITICAL, LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON IN STABLE CONDITION SUFFERING NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
NO NAMES WERE RELEASED.

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