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URGENT CARE CENTRE APPROVED FOR SYLVAN LAKE

 

After years of lobbying the provincial government for an urgent care centre, the Town of Sylvan Lake is finally going to get one.

 

It was announced today that Sylvan will be one of three communities across the province to receive a facility. The centre will provide urgent care for non-life threatening injuries and some observation beds as well.

 

The preliminary groundwork for the project has already been done so they now need to work with Health Minister Stephen Mandel to map out further project details. 

 

 


DEAD BODY FOUND IN A BURNED TRAILER

 

Mounties in Wetaskiwin are scratching their heads after finding a dead body in a burned holiday trailer this morning.

 

The discovery was made at around 5:00 with an autopsy set for tomorrow.

 

The RCMP hopes this will help determine the exact cause of death and identity of the deceased.

 

 

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN PARKING LOT STABBING INCIDENT

 

A Red Deer man was arrested following a stabbing in Riverside Meadows yesterday. RCMP responded to a fight between two men in the parking lot of Cheers pub in the afternoon.

 

The altercation began across the street when a man was cut with some broken glass, and the fight then moved across the street into the parking lot.

 

The two were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries and 29 year old Keith Pratt of Red Deer faces an assault with a weapon charge.

 

 

 

 

COLLISIONS LEADS TO ARREST OF SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER

 

A 51 year old Red Deer man was arrested after a series of suspected drunk driving collisions on 67th Street yesterday.

 

Shortly before 5:00, RCMP responded to a complaint of a man in an eastbound truck being hit from behind by a grey Bonneville while stopped at a light.

 

When the victim got out of the truck the suspect vehicle allegedly backed up into another vehicle, then drove around the truck, grazing the victim. The car then made a u-turn and headed west where it hit another vehicle, and became pinned until police arrived.

 

 

 


A RED DEER WOMAN IS MISSING

 

Police looking for a 33 year old Red Deer woman who's been missing for about ten days.

 

Orsolya Baunok was last seen on Saturday, March 21st, and if you know anything you're asked to call Red Deer RCMP.

 

 

 


PROPOSED CASINO PARKING LOT ON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY 

 

The City of Red Deer is holding a public hearing today on a proposal to build a downtown parking for the Jackpot Casino. This was decided in February after council weighed the need for it.

 

The Jackpot Casino first proposed building a lot in the adjacent Parkvale neighbourhood but this was shot down by the previous city council. The lot in question is located on the corner of 47th Ave and Ross Street and used to house the residence of former Mayor William Botterill.

 

The lot is now empty, aside from a Siberian larch tree that nearby residents have expressed a desire to preserve. The parkvale community association does not support building a parking lot in their historic neighbourhood

 

 

 

 

TIME RUNNING OUT TO APPEAL SAPUTO EXPANSION 

 

Those who are against the expansion of a local dairy plant have until April 10th to file an appeal. Earlier this month, the Municipal Planning Commission approved the application to expand the Saputo Dairy Plant on Gaetz avenue near the city's downtown.

 

The proposal would see a 4 thousand square meter expansion to the building. You can contact the city to make your appeal or learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WOMAN? -- RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING 33 YEAR OLD WOMAN. ORSOLYA BAUNOK WAS LAST SEEN SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST. POLICE BELIEVE SHE MAY BE IN CALGARY. SHE'S DESCRIBED AS FIVE FOOT NINE, WITH A SLIM BUILD AND SHOULDER LENGTH DARK BROWN HAIR. IF YOU KNOW WHERE SHE IS, PLEASE CONTACT RED DEER RCMP. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RED DEER CITY RCMP)

 

 

 

 


MON AM NEWS (MARCH 30)
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ROZE BURK TRAGEDY -
   SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT ABOUT A MISSING 68 YEAR OLD RED DEER COUNTY WOMAN.
A FAMILY FACEBOOK POSTING REVEALS ROZE (ROSE) BURK WAS FOUND DECEASED FRIDAY MORNING IN THE EVANSBURG AREA, NORTH OF DRAYTON VALLEY (WEST OF EDMONTON).
A PLANE APPARENTLY SPOTTED HER VEHICLE.
BURK WAS LAST SEEN AT RED DEER'S DEER PARK CO-OP ON MARCH 12TH.
THE FAMILY IS REQUESTING PRIVACY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND SAY AT THIS POINT THEY HAVE NO ANSWERS TO ALL THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING HER DEATH.
THE FAMILY ALSO HAS ISSUED A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED IN THE SEARCH.
THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON PLANS FOR WHEN A FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD.
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MISSING 23 YEAR OLD - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING RED DEER MAN.
23 YEAR OLD STAN CARDINAL HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE MORNING OF MARCH 13TH AT HIS HOME IN ORIOLE PARK.
HIS FAMILY HAS NOT HEARD FROM HIM EITHER SINCE THEN AND THERE IS NOW CONCERN FOR HIS WELL-BEING.
CARDINAL IS DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, 6 FEET TALL, 185 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES AND A MEDIUM BUILD.
IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.
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O'CHIESE STABBING -   A 17 YEAR OLD MALE IS FACING CHARGES AFTER RCMP FROM ROCKY WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A STABBING ON SATURDAY MORNING.
AT AROUND 1:45 IN THE MORNING, THEY WERE CALLED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT AT A HOUSE PARTY ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION.
ANOTHER 17 YEAR OLD MALE WAS STABBED DURING THE ALTERCATION AND HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE.
POLICE CONTACTED HIS MOTHER TO LET HER KNOW HE WAS BEING TREATED FOR A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND.
THE 17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED REMAINS IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TO HEAR CHARGES.
AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING NAMES AS THEY FALL UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT.
TWO OTHER YOUTHS RECEIVED MINOR ABRAISONS AND CUTS IN THE INCIDENT.
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IN POLITICAL NEWS...
NEW WILDROSE LEADER
BRIAN JEAN WILL LEAD THE WILDROSE PARTY INTO THE NEXT ELECTION AS HEAD OF ALBERTA'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
THE FORMER FORT MCMURRAY MP DEFEATED DREW BARNES & LINDA OSINCHUK IN A PARTY VOTE IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY.
JEAN CAPTURED ABOUT 55 PERCENT OF NEARLY 5000 VOTES CAST BBY TELEPHONE OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.
THE 52 YEAR OLD  TAKES OVER FROM INTERIM LEADER HEATHER FORSYTH WHO STEPPED IN AFTER DANIELLE SMITH LEFT IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE PC'S.
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POLITICAL NOMINATIONS:
PETER DEWIT HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF LACOMBE-PONOKA AFTER DEFEATING CHALLENGERS, LARRY HENKELMAN, WAYNE REMPLE AND MLA ROD FOX.  ALSO RUNNING IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING IS DOUG HART UNDER THE NEW DEMOCRATS.
ELSEWHERE, FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL NOT REPRESENT THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES AFTER LOSING TO OKOTOKS TOWN COUNCILOR CARRIE FISCHER.
SMITH AND FOX WERE TWO OF 11 WILDROSE M.L.A.'S WHO CROSSED THE FLOOR TO THE CONSERVATIVES LAST YEAR.
THE ALBERTA PC'S HAS 83 OF 87 CANDIDATES IN PLACE FOR THE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
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RED DEER COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET THIS AFTERNOON FOR THEIR REGULAR MEETING.
ON THE AGENDA TODAY IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE TRAFFIC SAFTEY ACTION PLAN. FIRST PUT TOGETHER IN 2006, THIS DOCUMENT LOOKS FOR WAY TO REDUCE THE SEVERITY AND FREQUENCY OF TRAFFIC COLLISIONS.
THE TABLE WILL ALSO REVIEW SECOND AND THIRD READING OF A BORROWING BYLAW FOR THE RIVERLANDS DISTRICT.
24.5 MILLION DOLLARS WAS SET ASIDE IN LAST YEAR'S CAPITAL BUDGET TO DEVELOP 25 ACRES IN THE GREATER DOWNTOWN AREA.
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JACKPOT CASINO PARKING -  ON MONDAY, CITY COUNCIL WILL MAKE A DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT A SECTION OF LAND TO THE EAST OF THE JACKPOT CASINO WILL BE TURNED INTO A PRIVATE PARKING LOT FOR THE COMPANY.
A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE  HELD AT SIX TO HEAR CITIZENS THOUGHTS ON THE PARKING LOT  PROPOSAL.
MEMBERS OF THE PARKVALE COMMUNITY HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR DISPLEASURE WITH THE POTENTIAL LOT, AND SAY THE PROPERTIES CURRENT ZONING DOESN'T LIST PARKING LOTS AS A POSSIBLE USE.
IF APPROVED, THE LOT ACROSS FROM THE CASINO ON 50TH STREET WOULD FEATURE 41 REGULAR STALLS AND TWO ACCESSIBLE SPACES
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TIMBERLANDS NORTH LOT DRAW - THOSE LOOKING TO BUY A HOME IN TIMBERLANDS NORTH WILL WANT TO MARK APRIL 30TH ON THEIR CALENDARS.
THAT'S WHEN THE CITY OF WILL HOLD A DRAW AT WESTENER PARK FOR THE 98 AVAILABLE LOTS IN THE NORTHEAST RED DEER NEIGHBOURHOOD.
APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BETWEEN APRIL 13TH AND THE 24TH ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF CITY HALL BETWEEN 8:30 AND 4 PM.
THOSE LOOKING TO APPLY FOR THE DRAW WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $5000 REGISTRATION FEE.
WHEN THE CITY HELD A DRAW ON PHASE 1B OF TIMBERLANDS SOUTH LAST MARCH, THE 42 LOTS WERE SOLD WITHIN HOURS.
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SYLVAN POOL ROOF PROTECTION -  THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR AQUATIC CENTRE AND FUTURE MULTIPLEX FROM HEAVY SNOW LOADS.
THIS WAS DECIDED AFTER CORROSION WAS DISCOVERED ON FOUR SUPPORT COLUMNS DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE BUILDING.
THEIR COUNCIL APPROVED $140,000 FOR ENGINEERS TO UNDERTAKE THE STUDY AND COMPLETE STRUCTURAL SHORING OF THE COLUMNS.
THE POOL WILL NOT NEED TO CLOSE FOR THIS, HOWEVER SWIMMING TIMES MAY BE CANCELLED WHILE WORK IS BEING DONE
IT WAS IN JANUARY OF 2014, WHEN HEAVY SNOW CAUSED A ROOF COLLAPSE ON ONE OF THE TOWN'S ARENAS.
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FUTURE SHOP CLOSURES -  RED DEER'S FUTURE SHOP IS ONE OF THE SIXTY-SIX THAT HAVE CLOSED FOR GOOD

SPOKESMAN ELLIOT CHUN CONFIRMED TO US THAT THE STORE ON 22ND STREET IS NOW CLOSED, EFFECTIVE SATURDAY MORNING

THE REMAINING 65 OF THEIR 131 STORES WILL BE CONVERTED TO BEST BUYS.
COUNTRY-WIDE 500 FULL TIME JOBS AND 1000 PART TIME POSITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LOST

THE NEARBY BEST BUY ON 19TH STREET WILL REMAIN OPEN.

THE FUTURE SHOP LOCATIONS SET TO BECOME BEST BUYS WILL RE-OPEN AFTER A ONE WEEK RENOVATION.
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TARGET CLOSURES -  TARGET IS PLANNING TO CLOSE ALL OF ITS CANADIAN STORES EVEN FASTER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED.

A COURT-APPOINTED MONITOR SAYS ALL 133 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN BY AS EARLY AS MID-APRIL, ABOUT A MONTH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

SOME OUTLETS HAVE ALREADY SHUT DOWN.

SEVENTEEN CEASED OPERATIONS EARLIER THIS MONTH, AND ANOTHER SIX WILL CLOSE TODAY.

TARGET ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY THAT IT WOULD BE LEAVING CANADA, JUST TWO YEARS AFTER IT MOVED IN TO THE COUNTRY.
RED DEER'S TARGET IN BOWER PLACE WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED TO CLOSE ON APRIL 4TH.
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WESTERNER AGM -   A NEW OUTLOOK AND DIRECTION IS FALLING INTO PLACE FOR RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK THIS YEAR.

THE PARK'S BOARD HELD IT'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING LAST WEEK AND OUTLINED A NEW APPROACH TO DOING BUSINESS, INCLUDING MORE CONSULTATION WITH STAKE HOLDERS AND MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL AGE GROUPS AND CUSTOMERS.

WESTERNER PARK ALSO HAS A NEW GENERAL MANAGER IN PLACE AFTER THE RESIGNATION OF JOHN HARMS IN MAY OF LAST YEAR.
DARRELL KOMICK (COMIC) WAS HIRED OUT OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS MONTH.
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PARENT LINK CENTRES
-  CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN GOT SOME GOOD NEWS IN THURSDAY'S PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
THREE NEW PARENT LINK CENTRES WILL BE CREATED IN THE PROVINCE WITH ONE IN EDMONTON, ONE IN INNISFAIL AND ONE IN SYLVAN LAKE.
THE SYLVAN LAKE PARENT LINK CENTRE WILL BE RUN BY THE TOWN'S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND ALSO SERVE ECKVILLE AND BENALTO.
THE NEW INNISFAIL PLC WILL BE RUN BY MCMAN YOUTH AND FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ALSO SERVE SPRING VIEW, MARKERVILLE, PENHOLD, SPRINGBROOK AND BOWDEN.
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THESE FACILITIES WILL HELP THEM PROVIDE EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN THROUGH FREE RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS FOR THEIR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.
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SUNDAY NEWS (MARCH 29)

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YOUTH HOSPITALIZED AFTER A STABBING ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION - A 17 YEAR OLD MALE IS FACING CHARGES AFTER RCMP FROM ROCKY WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A STABBING ON SATURDAY MORNING. AT AROUND 1:45, THEY WERE CALLED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT AT A HOUSE PARTY ON THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. ANOTHER 17 YEAR OLD MALE WAS STABBED DURING THE ALTERCATION AND HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE. POLICE CONTACTED HIS MOTHER TO LET HER KNOW HE WAS BEING TREATED FOR A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND. THE 17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED REMAINS IN CUSTODY TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TO HEAR CHARGES. AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING NAMES AS THEY FALL UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT. TWO OTHER YOUTHS RECEIVED MINOR ABRASIONS AND CUTS.
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PC PARTY NOMINATION VOTES AROUND ALBERTA ON SATURDAY -
PETER DEWIT HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF LACOMBE-PONOKA AFTER DEFEATING MLA ROD FOX. ELSEWHERE, FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL NOT REPRESENT THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES AFTER LOSING TO OKOTOKS TOWN COUNCILOR CARRIE FISCHER. MLA GARY BIKMAN ALSO LOST IN HIS RACE FOR THE PC NOMINATION IN THE CONSTITUENCY OF CARDSTON-TABER-WARNER TO BRIAN BREWIN. BRUCE MCALLISTER WAS THE ONLY FORMER WILDROSE MEMBER STILL RUNNING FOR A SEAT. THE CHESTERMERE-ROCKY VIEW MLA HAS NOW BEEN ACCLAIMED AFTER TORY CANDIDATE JAMIE LALL WAS DISALLOWED FROM THE RACE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
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WILDROSE PARTY PICKS A NEW LEADER -
BRIAN JEAN WILL LEAD THE WILDROSE PARTY INTO THE NEXT ELECTION AS HEAD OF ALBERTA'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. THE FORMER FORT MCMURRAY MP DEFEATED DREW BARNES & LINDA OSINCHUK IN A PARTY VOTE IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY. JEAN CAPTURED ABOUT 55 PERCENT OF NEARLY 5000 VOTES CAST BY TELEPHONE OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THE 52 YEAR OLD  TAKES OVER FROM INTERIM LEADER HEATHER FORSYTH WHO STEPPED IN AFTER DANIELLE SMITH LEFT IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE PC'S.
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FUTURE SHOP CLOSES -
RED DEER'S FUTURE SHOP IS ONE OF THE SIXTY-SIX THAT HAVE CLOSED FOR GOOD. SPOKESMAN ELLIOT CHUN CONFIRMED TO US THAT THE STORE ON 22ND STREET IS NOW CLOSED, EFFECTIVE SATURDAY MORNING THE REMAINING 65 OF THEIR 131 STORES WILL BE CONVERTED TO BEST BUYS. COUNTRY-WIDE 500 FULL TIME JOBS AND 1000 PART TIME POSITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LOST THE NEARBY BEST BUY ON 19TH STREET WILL REMAIN OPEN. THE FUTURE SHOP LOCATIONS SET TO BECOME BEST BUYS WILL RE-OPEN AFTER A ONE WEEK RENOVATION.
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FIREFIGHTER'S CHARITY BOOT DRIVE -
MOTORISTS IN NORTH RED DEER CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME MINOR TRAFFIC DELAYS ALONG EASTBOUND 67TH STREET OVER THE WEEKEND. TODAY, EASTBOUND 67TH STREET WILL BE DOWN TO ONE LANE BY FIRESTATION 2 AS LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCT A CHARITY BOOT DRIVE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, FOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS WILL CAMP ON THE ROOF OF THE FIREHALL FROM UNTIL TUESDAY FOR A CHARITY SUPPORTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS. SO FAR THEY'VE RAISED $6000 AFTER ONLY A DAY UP ON THE ROOF.
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RDC SUPPORT STAFF SIGN NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT -
RED DEER COLLEGE SUPPORT STAFF HAVE RATIFIED A NEW THREE YEAR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT. THIS DEAL WILL SEE THE ROUGHLY 300 EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A $1550 LUMP SUM ALONG WITH A TWO PERCENT WAGE INCREASE RETROACTIVE TO JULY 1ST OF 2014. THE A.U.P.E SUPPORT STAFF WILL ALSO SEE AN ADDITIONAL 2.25% WAGE INCREASE COME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1ST OF THIS YEAR. THE ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES REPRESENTS ABOUT 8,500 WORKERS AT 16 POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
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APPEALS BEING TAKEN FOR DAIRY PLANT EXPANSION - THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF A LOCAL DAIRY PLANT HAVE UNTIL APRIL 10TH TO FILE AN APPEAL. THE RED DEER SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD WILL TAKE SUBMISSIONS UNTIL THEN ON THE DOWNTOWN PLANTS PROPOSAL. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE APPLICATION TO EXPAND THE SITE AT 5410 50TH STREET. THE PROPOSAL WOULD SEE FOUR AREAS ADDED TO THE SAPUTO DAIRY PLANT THAT WOULD TOTAL JUST OVER A THOUSAND SQUARE METRES. CALL THE CITY (403) 342-8132 IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION.
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SATURDAY NEWS (MARCH 28)

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MISSING 23 YEAR OLD - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MISSING RED DEER MAN. 23 YEAR OLD STAN CARDINAL HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE MORNING OF MARCH 13TH AT HIS HOME IN ORIOLE PARK. HIS FAMILY HAS NOT HEARD FROM HIM EITHER SINCE THEN AND THERE IS NOW CONCERN FOR HIS WELL-BEING. CARDINAL IS DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, 6 FEET TALL, 185 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, BROWN EYES AND A MEDIUM BUILD. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.
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TIMBERLANDS NORTH LOT DRAW -
THOSE LOOKING TO BUY A HOME IN TIMBERLANDS NORTH WILL WANT TO MARK APRIL 30TH ON THEIR CALENDARS.  THAT'S WHEN THE CITY OF WILL HOLD A DRAW AT WESTENER PARK FOR THE 98 AVAILABLE LOTS IN THE NORTHEAST RED DEER NEIGHBOURHOOD. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BETWEEN APRIL 13TH AND THE 24TH ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF CITY HALL BETWEEN 8:30 AND 4 PM. THOSE LOOKING TO APPLY FOR THE DRAW WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $5000 REGISTRATION FEE. WHEN THE CITY HELD A DRAW ON PHASE 1B OF TIMBERLANDS SOUTH LAST MARCH, THE 42 LOTS WERE SOLD WITHIN HOURS.
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ALBERTA PREMIER STOPS IN RED DEER ON FRIDAY - PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WAS AT WESTENER PARK ON FRIDAY TO EXPLAIN HIS REASONING BEHIND THE BUDGET INTRODUCED ON THURSDAY. IN HIS SPEECH, PRENTICE NOTED THE STRENGTH AND DIVERSITY OF THE RED DEER REGION IS SOMETHING THE REST OF THE PROVINCE SHOULD LOOK UP TO: PRENTICE ALSO SAYS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE TO AVOID THE ISSUES THEY RAN INTO IN THE NINETIES: THE PREMIER SPOKE OF THREE LEVERS AVAILABLE TO HIM WHILE PUTTING TOGETHER THE BUDGET. THOSE WERE USING THE SAVINGS IN THE HERITAGE TRUST FUND, RETAINING SPENDING AND INCREASING REVENUE, EXAMPLES OF WHICH WE SAW LAID OUT IN THURSDAY'S BUDGET. WHEN ASKED WHY CORPORATE TAXES DID NOT GO UP, PRENTICE TOLD THE RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON THAT THIS WOULD HAVE STYMIED BUSINESS IN ALBERTA.
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LACOMBE-PONOKA PC MEMBERS VOTE TODAY -
PC SUPPORTERS WILL BE CASTING BALLOTS FOR THEIR PARTY CANDIDATE IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING TODAY. LOCAL BUSINESSMAN PETER DEWIT IS CONFIRMED TO BE SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION IN THAT CONSTITUENCY. ALL OTHER PC CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE ALREADY BEEN VOTED IN OR ACCLAIMED.
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WILDROSE LEADERSHIP VOTE - THREE HILLS WAS THE SITE LAST NIGHT OF THE WILDROSE PARTY'S OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH. OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT INCLUDED THE APPEARANCE OF WILDROSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BRIAN JEAN WHO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN THREE HILLS. THE PARTY WILL HOLD IT'S LEADERSHIP VOTE THIS EVENING IN CALGARY.

 

FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WILL ALSO LEARN THIS EVENING IF SHE HAS WON THE PC NOMINATION IN THE RIDING OF HIGHWOOD.
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FCSS GRANTS SET ASIDE FOR LACOMBE - FOUR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN LACOMBE WILL BENEFIT FROM FCSS GRANT FUNDING THIS YEAR. OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF LACOMBE SAY 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL BE DOLED OUT BETWEEN BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS, NEIGHBOURHOOD PLACE, YOUTH UNLIMITED AND VOLUNTEER LINK.
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EARTH HOUR -
TODAY MARKS EARTH HOUR AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AROUND RED DEER. BOTH THE COLLICUT AND THE DAWE CENTRE WILL BE HOLDING "EARTH HOUR" SWIMS FROM 8 TO 10 PM FOR ONLY A TOONIE. THEY'LL ALSO HAVE ENERGY-EFFICIENT GIFT BASKETS TO GIVE AWAY TO THOSE WHO COME OUT TO THE LOW LIGHT SWIM.
 

OTHER CITY FACILITIES WILL ALSO TURN OFF ANY UNNECESSARY LIGHTS TO REDUCE ELECTRICITY DEMAND. FIRST STARTED IN AUSTRALIA IN 2007, EARTH HOUR IS NOW CELEBRATED AROUND THE GLOBE. LAST YEAR, THE CITY SAW A 2.85% REDUCTION IN POWER USAGE FROM 8:30 TO 9:30 PM.

 

 

FRI PM NEWS (MARCH 27)
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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED -
RCMP HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF THE BANK OF MONTREAL ON 67TH STREET TWO WEEKS AGO. SOON AFTER THE ROBBERY, THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 56 YEAR OLD PATRICE GAUTHIER WHO WAS LATER LOCATED AT A RESIDENCE IN THE GLENDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD YESTERDAY. GAUTHIER FACES THREE COUNTS AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY. (FRI)
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ALBERTA PREMIER IN RED DEER ON FRIDAY - JIM PRENTICE WAS IN RED DEER TODAY, THE DAY AFTER OUTLINING THE ALBERTA 2015 BUDGET. PREMIER PRENTICE WAS ASKED ABOUT A NEW COURTHOUSE ON FRIDAY AND SAYS A PLANNING STUDY IS IN THE WORKS. PRENTICE PROMISED TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE AND HONOUR EXISTING UNION CONTRACTS, SPEAKING TO A CROWD OF ABOUT 200 AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON. THE PREMIER ALSO RESPONDED TO THURSDAY'S MOVE TO FILE A COURT INJUNCTION TO PREVENT HIM FROM CALLING AN ELECTION. HE SAYS HE WILL LEAVE THIS IN THE HANDS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DECIDE. THIS YEAR'S BUDGET WILL SEE 59 NEW TAXES, FEES AND INCREASES AS ALBERTA LOOKS TO TAKE A SEVEN BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.
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LANE REDUCTIONS ON 67 STREET ON SATURDAY - EASTBOUND 67TH STREET WILL BE REDUCED BY ONE LANE NEAR FIRE STATION 2 THIS WEEKEND. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE PERIODIC CLOSURES WILL BE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AS THE RED DEER FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION HOSTS A BOOT DRIVE FOR CHARITY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, FOUR FIREFIGHTERS WILL CAMP ON THE ROOF OF STATION 2 FROM SATURDAY TO TUESDAY FOR A CHARITY SUPPORTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS. A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT STATION 2 ON SATURDAY AT 11:30.
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WILDROSE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH -
ALBERTA'S WILDROSE PARTY IS HOLDING THEIR OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH FROM THREE HILLS TONIGHT. OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION OF OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE-HILLS WILDROSE CANDIDATE NATHAN COOPER AND THE ATTENDANCE OF WILDROSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BRIAN JEAN WHO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN THREE HILLS. WILDROSE MEMBERS WILL VOTE ON THEIR NEW LEADER TOMORROW.
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LACOMBE-PONOKA PC NOMINATION VOTE ON SATURDAY - PC SUPPORTERS WILL BE CASTING BALLOTS FOR THE PARTY'S CANDIDATE IN THE LACOMBE-PONOKA RIDING TOMORROW. LOCAL BUSINESSMAN PETER DEWIT IS CONFIRMED TO BE SEEKING THE TORY NOMINATION IN THAT CONSTITUENCY. ALL OTHER PC CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA HAVE ALREADY BEEN VOTED IN OR ACCLAIMED.
 

 

FRI AM NEWS (MARCH 27)
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PREMIER VISITS RED DEER -
THE ALBERTA BUDGET CAME DOWN YESTERDAY (THURS) AND THIS AFTERNOON THE PREMIER STOPS IN RED DEER TO EXPLAIN THE PROVINCES ECONOMIC SITUATION.
PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL OUTLINE THE PROVINCES FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT AT THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE.
 

ALBERTA BUDGET -  THE PROVINCIAL BUDGET CAME DOWN THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE, INCREASING TAXES ON GASOLINE, CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL, HIGHER TAXES AND A NEW HEALTH CARE FEE.
IT INCLUDES A 5 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, AND OVER 1 POINT 5 BILLION DOLLARS IN EXTRA TAXES AND FEES THAT AFFECT PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY.
A HEALTH CARE LEVY WILL BE IN STORE FOR ANYONE WHO MAKES MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
ALSO, STARTING TODAY (FRI), GAS WILL GO UP AT LEAST 4 CENTS A LITRE, AND THE PRICE OF CIGARETTES AND ALCHOHOL WILL GO UP. 
FEES FOR EVERYTHING FROM TRAFFIC TICKETS TO CAMPING, TO COURT FILINGS AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES ARE GOING UP. 
THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCREASE TO CORPORATE TAXES AND NO SALES TAX.


LOCAL REACTION TO THE BUDGET....


CHAIR FOR THE RED DEER CHAPTER OF THE ALBERTA FRIENDS OF MEDICARE, BRENDA CORNEY, IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH LEVY REVEALED IN THE BUDGET.
 

RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR -- BEV MANNING IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FREEZE ON ENROLLMENT INCREASES. 

MANNING SAYS THE BOARD HAS ALSO BEEN TOLD THEY CANNOT REDUCE THEIR TEACHING STAFF WHICH MAY RESTRICT SOME DECISIONS THEY ARE LOOKING TO MAKE.


RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE CITY WILL BE ABLE TO FULFILL ITS COMMITMENTS IN THEIR CAPITAL BUDGET FOR 2015 BUT CITY STAFF ARE STILL CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS TO SEE HOW IT WILL AFFECT RED DEER IN THE FUTURE.


RED DEER SOUTH MLA CAL DALLAS SAYS HE REALLY LIKES THE INCREASED PROTECTION FOR LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME ALBERTANS IN THE BUDGET.


ASSOCIATE MINSTER OF AGRICULTURE, EVERETT MCDONALD SAYS THIS BUDGET IS POSITIVE FOR FARMERS AND PEOPLE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES.
 

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FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY ON 67TH STREET - MOTORISTS IN NORTH RED DEER CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME MINOR TRAFFIC DELAYS ALONG EASTBOUND 67TH STREET OVER THE WEEKEND.
ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, EASTBOUND 67TH STREET WILL BE DOWN TO ONE LANE BY FIRESTATION 2 AS LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCT A CHARITY BOOT DRIVE.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, FOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS WILL CAMP ON THE ROOF OF THE FIREHALL FROM SATURDAY TO TUESDAY FOR A CHARITY SUPPORTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASOSCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS.
A CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THE CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT 11:30 SATURDAY MORNING.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

 

BUDGET COMES DOWN, SEES $5 BILLION DEFICIT

 

The provincial budget came down this afternoon from Edmonton.

 

It includes a $5 billion deficit, and over $1 point 5 billion in extra taxes and fees that affect pretty much everybody. A health care levy will be in store for anyone who makes more than $50 thousand a year.

 

Also, starting tomorrow, gas will go up at least 4 cents a liter, and the price of cigarettes and alcohol will also rise.

 

There will not be an increase to the corporate tax rate and a sales tax is not being brought in.

 

 

 

WALES TO BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH

 

Sentencing will take place next month for a Red Deer man accused in a crime spree throughout the Sylvan Lake area last year. 32 year old Christopher Wales faces 24 counts in the December 2014 incidents and will be sentenced on April 13th.

 

It was December 5th when RCMP responded to a complaint of a man who had been caught trying to steal another man's snowmobile at his residence, with the victim also having a hand gun pointed at him during the altercation.

 

The suspect took off in a vehicle that eventually got stuck in a snowbank near Gull Lake after trying to avoid a police spike belt.

 

 

 

PETERS PLEADS GUILTY

 

A pair of guilty pleas in Red Deer Court on Wednesday from a man facing 43 charges in a series of crime sprees throughout Central Alberta.

 

As a result, 24 year old Lance Peters will be sentenced on two counts on June 26th and speak to four others in an October 2014 incident.

 

That's when police arrested a fugitive riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle in Edmonton who was accused of committing several house break-ins in Rocky and Sylvan Lake and ramming a police cruiser in Sylvan before leading mounties on a high speed chase. 

 

 

KEDDY RELEASED FROM CUSTODY

 

A Red Deer man facing dozens of gun, drugs and stolen property charges has been released from custody on a five thousand dollar surety in Red Deer court yesterday. 

 

However, 35 year old Jeremy Keddy is to remain under house arrest with several conditions including a curfew until his next court appearance April 8th.

 

It was 4am on December 20th when mounties approached a stolen truck behind the village mall in north Red Deer and arrested the man inside. A search of the truck turned up an extensive amount of stolen property, a small amount of drugs and three guns, including one that was loaded.

 

 

 

PONOKA KINSMEN REMEMBERING HAMILTON

 

The Ponoka Kinsmen are spearheading an initiative to help preserve the memory of a local avalanche victim who died while snowmobiling in B.C. last week.

 

29 year old Tom Hamilton of Ponoka died in an avalanche in McBride, B.C. and is survived by his wife Amanda, 18 month old daughter Kaitlyn and 6 month old son James.

 

Kinsmen officials say a toboggan hill at the kinsmen recreation centre park at the edge of town will be named the Tom Hamilton Memorial Hill.

The project however still requires some fencing, landscaping and the addition of a smaller hill for young kids.

 

 

Hamilton's funeral is set for Monday at 3:00 at the Stage Coach Saloon on the Ponoka Stampede Grounds. 

 

 

 

THURS AM NEWS  (MARCH 26)
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ALBERTA BUDGET -  THE ALBERTA BUDGET COMES DOWN THIS AFTERNOON.   PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING AT IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM PLANNING FOR OUR ECONOMY. THE PREMIER SAYS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO GENERATE REVENUE TO HELP DIG OUT FROM LOW WORLD OIL PRICES.
PREMIER PRENTICE SAYS WARNS OF CUTS AND A NEW FEE ALBERTANS WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR HEALTH-CARE.  HE ADDS WE NEED TO REDUCE SPENDING AND DIVERSIFY OUR ECONOMY AND GET OFF THE ENERGY REVENUE ROLLER COASTER.  PRENTICE WILL VISIT RED DEER TOMORROW (FRI) THE DAY AFTER THE BUDGET TO OUTLINE THE PROVINCES FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT AT THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE.


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LACOMBE BREAKS RECORD HIGH -   ONLY TWO RECORD HIGHS WERE REACHED IN ALBERTA YESTERDAY (WED).
EDMONTON REACHED 7.6, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 7.4 SET IN 2000 AND  AT 4 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON LACOMBE GOT UP TO 16.2, SMASHING TO OLD RECORD OF 12.2 SET IN 1998.
RED DEER ONLY REACHED 6.9 DEGREES ON WEDNESDAY, WE DIDN'T EVEN GET CLOSE TO OUR RECORD HIGH OF 15.7 SET IN 1999.
WE'LL SEE IF WE COME CLOSE TODAY (THURS) AS RED DEER'S RECORD FOR MARCH 26TH IS 16.1 SET IN 1992, WHILE LACOMBE'S RECORD FOR THIS DATE IS 12.8 SET IN 2000.
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WED PM NEWS

 

ANOTHER GAS STATION ROBBED THIS MORNING

 

Local mounties are once again investigating another armed robbery in our community.

 

This one happened around 5:30 this morning (wed) when RCMP allege a man with a hand gun entered the Petro Canada gas station on south Gaetz and robbed the place of cash, cigarettes and a few scratch tickets. Police say he left in a waiting vehicle believed to be driven by another man.

 

A full description of the suspect and suspect vehicle are on our Facebook page. 

 

 

MURRAY CASE CONTINUES

 

A Blackfalds man facing child pornography charges should see later this year if his case has enough evidence to go to trial.

 

59 year old Gordon Murray will have a preliminary hearing in Red Deer Court on September 25th .

 

Police say a man was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, or "ALERT" last September after a tip from the RCMP's National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre that child porn was being accessed online.

 

 

RCMP NAB SUSPECTED SERIAL BANK ROBBER 

 

A Wetaskiwin man is facing 60 charges following a series of bank robberies in North-Central Alberta. 

 

Banks were hit in Edmonton, Camrose, Leduc, Sherwood park and Red Deer between January and this March.

 

Police in Edmonton, Camrose and Strathcona County set up surveillance on the suspect which led to his arrest outside a Camrose bank this past Saturday. 

 

52 year old Christopher Zubko could be facing even more charges.

 

 

 

RDC REQUESTING $5 MILLION FROM COUNTY 

 

Councillors with Red Deer County want to hear from their rate payers before deciding on a major funding request from RDC yesterday.

 

County Mayor, Jim Wood, says the college has requested a 5 million dollar capital funding investment from the county to help build an 88 million dollar multi-purpose facility containing an Olympic sized rink and performance gymnasium for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

 

The money would be paid over the course of the next 10 years. RDC officials will make their pitch and presentation again during a public hearing at council chambers on April 21st.

 

  

 

LOCAL GAS STATION ROBBED (MAR 25) -- LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ONCE AGAIN INVESTIGATING ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS ONE HAPPENED AROUND 5:30 THIS MORNING WHEN RCMP ALLEGE A MAN WITH A HAND GUN ENTERED THE PETRO CANADA GAS STATION ON SOUTH GAETZ AND ROBBED THE PLACE OF CASH, CIGARETTES AND A FEW SCRATCH TICKETS. POLICE SAY HE LEFT IN A WAITING VEHICLE BELIEVED TO BE DRIVEN BY ANOTHER MAN. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver or light blue Ford Edge.

Suspect #1 description:
•         Caucasian male
•         Early 20s
•         Approximately 5'8" tall
•         Skinny build
•         Light-coloured eyes
•         Wearing a blue jacket with fluorescent yellow inside the hood, a black hoodie, a black bandana with white pattern, white gloves, black jeans with a white dragon symbol on the right back pocket, a white belt and beige shoes.

At this point in the investigation, RCMP cannot confirm if this armed robbery is related to other armed robberies in the area or not.

 

WED AM NEWS  (MARCH 25)
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PREMIER'S TELEVISED ADDRESS
-    PREMIER JIM PRENTICE MADE A 16 MINUTE TELEVISED PROVINCE-WIDE ADDRESS LAST NIGHT (TUES).

THE PREMIER REVEALED A FEW HINTS AT WHAT ALBERTANS CAN EXPECT TO SEE ON BUDGET DAY, THE PROMISE OF A BALANCED BUDGET BY 2017 AND NOT SURPRISINGLY, NO SALES TAX.  PRENTICE TALKED ABOUT ALBERTA BECOMING MORE DIVERSIFIED AND LESS DEPENDENT ON ENERGY REVENUES.  THE PREMIER SAYS DRASTIC MEASURES ARE NEEDED TO REPLACE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOST DUE TO LOW OIL PRICES. PRENTICE ALSO HINTED AT A RETURN TO HEALTH-CARE PREMIUMS. HOW MUCH YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY - AND WHAT FORM THE LEVY WILL TAKE - IS NOT CLEAR. THE PREMIER ALSO PROMISED MORE MONEY FOR ALBERTA'S SAVINGS FUND BY 2019-2020.   OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE REACTION WITH CONCERN THAT CHANGES WILL HIT ALBERTANS IN THE WALLET.   DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN THURSDAY'S BUDGET.
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RDC DIVERSITY -  RED DEER COLLEGE IS CELEBRATING IT'S DIVERSITY AND DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS WEEK.
COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES STARTED YESTERDAY AND WILL TAKE PLACE TO MARK DIVERSITY WEEK INCLUDING A DRUMMERS PERFORMANCE AND CULTURAL POT LUCK YESTERDY AND A DISCRIMINATION WORKSHOP TODAY(WED) AND BOOTH-STYLE MARKET ON THURSDAY.
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TUES PM NEWS

 

 

MAN SHOT IN STAND OFF IN WETASKIWIN

 

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is still investigating after a man was shot by RCMP this morning in Wetaskiwin. 

 

Mounties had been called to an apartment building at around 4 am to deal with a domestic problem. When they got there they were confronted by a man armed with a bow and arrow. 

 

They backed off, contained the area, and called for backup. 

 

During that time they say he moved towards them and was shot. 

He's in serious but stable condition in the hospital. 

 

 

 

 

MISSING TEEN FOUND SAFE

 

RCMP in Red Deer are happy to report a teen gone missing has been found. 14 year old Tristan MacDougall was declared missing last week, but has now been located in good health.

 

 

 

RED DEER WOMAN CHARGED AFTER EVADING POLICE 

 

A Red Deer woman is facing charges after a hit and run involving a cyclist this month. 

 

RCMP say 35 year old Cora Bush was arrested on Friday in connection with an incident March 11th that saw a cyclist get struck by a stolen vehicle in riverside meadows that was allegedly trying to evade police.

 

Mounties say Bush was also wanted on 11 outstanding warrants and will appear in Red Deer court April 10th.

 

A male passenger in the vehicle at the time was also taken into custody but later released without charges.

 

 

 

SYLVAN LAKE TO PILOT DOWNTOWN FOOD TRUCKS

 

Residents of Sylvan Lake and visitors can expect to see food trucks, carts and other mobile vendors in the community's downtown this year.

 

This after council approved a 25 week pilot project Monday night to look into the possible benefits of such an initiative. Mayor Sean McIntyre says there will be five locations throughout the downtown with the pilot to wrap up at the end of October.

 

It will be reviewed over the winter to determine it's success.

 

 

 

 

CENSUS TO SOON BE TAKEN IN RED DEER

 

The City of Red Deer will soon be conducting its annual census.

 

Officials say personal identification numbers or "pins" will be hand delivered to homes from April 1st to 6th, with residents able to fill out their short census survey's online once again until April 19th. After that, enumerators will go door to door.

 

The census will ask the number of people living in the residence, genders, years of birth and new this year, if anyone needs or would prefer communication in a language other than English.

 

 

A census is done to get an official population and help with city planning for services and infrastructure, as well as ensuring we get an appropriate amount of grant funding from other levels of government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUES AM NEWS  (MARCH 24)


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PLANE CRASH 
-   THERE'S BEEN A MAJOR PLANE CRASH IN THE FRENCH ALPS.  FRENCH OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE LIKELY NO SURVIVORS IN THIS MORNING'S (TUES) ALPINE CRASH OF AN AIRBUS PASSENGER JET CARRYING 150 PEOPLE.  IT WAS TRAVELLING FROM BARCELONA, SPAIN TO DUSSELDORF, GERMANY.  SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARE HEADED TO THE CRASH SITE. 


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PREMIER TV ADDRESS -  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL TAKE TO THE AIRWAVES TONIGHT (TUES) IN A TELEVISED ADDRESS, PRIOR TO THE ALBERTA BUDGET COMING DOWN ON THURSDAY.
THE PREMIER IS EXPECTED TO TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES TO THE FINANCIAL SITUATION IN ALBERTA DUE TO FALLING OIL PRICES.
THE DAY AFTER THE BUDGET (FRI), THE PREMIER WILL BE IN RED DEER TO ADDRESS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON, OUTLINING THE PROVINCES FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT.
 

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SENIORS FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT IN RED DEER -  ALBERTA SENIORS MINISTER JEFF JOHNSON WAS IN RED DEER MONDAY TO ANNOUNCE 63 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FIVE PROJECTS.
ONE OF THOSE WAS 12.2 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO REPLACE RED DEER'S PIPER CREEK SENIORS LODGE.

COMPLETED IN 1958, IT IS THE OLDEST SENIORS LODGE STILL IN USE IN ALBERTA, AND ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE COUNTRY. THE NEW REPLACEMENT LODGE WILL HOUSE 65 UNITS THAT WILL INCLUDE LARGER ROOMS AND MODERN FIRE AND SAFETY CODE SYSTEMS. UPGRADES WILL ALSO BE MADE TO FIRE AND SAFETY SYSTEMS IN THE PINES AND PARKVALE LODGES.

ALSO, OUTGOING MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI HAS ANNOUNCED 180 NEW LONG TERM CARE BEDS FOR RED DEER AND AREA.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL SEE 60 NEW LONG TERM CARE SPACES IN PHASE 2 OF COVENANT CARE'S VILLA MARIE.

ELSEWHERE, 120 LONG TERM CARE SPACES AS WELL AS 24 SUPPORTIVE LIVING SPACES WILL BE DESIGNATED TO THE HAMLETS OF RED DEER.

THESE BEDS WILL BE SUPPORTED THROUGH AFFORDABLE SUPPORTIVE LIVING INIATIVE GRANTS.


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RDC DIVERSITY -  RED DEER COLLEGE WILL BE CELEBRATING IT'S DIVERSITY AND DIVERSITY IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS WEEK.
STARTING TODAY (TUE), COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE TO MARK DIVERSITY WEEK INCLUDING A DRUMMERS PERFORMANCE AND CULTURAL POT LUCK TODAY, DISCRIMINATION WORKSHOP TOMORROW (WED) AND BOOTH-STYLE MARKET ON THURSDAY.


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STOLEN RED DEER SAFE -  RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A SAFE AND SOME CASH FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THIS MONTH.
IT HAPPENED THE EVENING OF MARCH 13TH WHEN POLICE SAY A MAN HAD A MEAL AT BRAD'S PITT SMOKEHOUSE IN ORIOLE PARK WEST, THEN MADE HIS WAY UPSTAIRS WHERE HE FORCED HIS WAY INTO A LOCKED OFFICE AND STOLE MONEY FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S PURSE AND A SMALL SAFE WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH.
SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF THE MAN AND THE VEHICLE HE WAS DRIVING CAN BE SEEN ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
 

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OKOTOKS CRASH UPDATE -  MULTIPLE CRASHES NEAR OKOTOKS SENT 15 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY (MON).
EMERGENCY WORKERS TOOK PATIENTS TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY AND SURROUNDING AREA. ONE PERSON IN CRITICAL CONDITON, WHILE THE REST OF THE INJURIES WERE FROM SERIOUS TO MINOR.
SEVERAL SEMI'S WERE INVOLVED.
HIGHWAY 2 SOUTH OF CALGARY WAS CLOSED MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER BEING COVERED WITH SNOW AND ICE, IT WAS RE-OPENED LATE IN THE AFTERNOON.
THERE WERE ALSO MULTIPLE CRASHES ALONG THE TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY YESTERDAY (MON) BETWEEN STRATHMORE AND CALGARY WITH VERY ICY CONDITIONS.


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OLDS WI-FI - TWO COMMUNITY-OWNED BUSINESSES HAVE TEAMED UP TO PROVIDE THE TOWN OF OLDS WITH NO-CHARGE WI-FI ACCESS POINTS IN VARIOUS PUBLIC PLACES AROUND TOWN.
TOWN OFFICIALS SAY MOUNTAIN VIEW POWER AND O-NET , BOTH OWNED BY THE OLDS INSTITUTE ARE COLLABORATING ON THE THREE YEAR PROJECT.


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REC POOL CLOSES -  LOCAL SWIMMERS WHO TAKE TO THE WATERS OF THE REC CENTRE WILL HAVE TO GO ELSEWHERE NEXT WEEK.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE REC CENTRE POOL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MARCH 30TH TO MONDAY, APRIL 6TH FOR SOME UNSCHEDULED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS.
HOWEVER, OTHER AREAS OF THE FACILITY WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THIS TIME, AS WILL OTHER POOLS SUCH AS THE COLLICUT, DAWE AND MICHENER CENTRE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO SWIMMING DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE.
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RED DEER SUPER SCHOOL NOMINATION -  THE SUPERINTENDENT OF RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD.
THE COLLEGE OF ALBERTA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT RECENTLY THAT PIETER LANGSTRAAT HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE "EXL" AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE AMONG MEMBERS OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY OF CANADA.
LANGSTRAAT WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED AS ALBERTA'S EXL AWARD NOMINEE DURING A CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN MONTREAL THIS SUMMER.
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ONLINE CENSUS
-  IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR RED DEERIANS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED ONCE AGAIN.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE ANNUAL CENSUS STARTS APRIL 1ST WITH RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE THEIR PERSONLIZED "PIN" NUMBER DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.
FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, RESIDENTS CAN FILL OUT THE SHORT SURVEY ONLINE BEFORE ENUMERATORS COME TO THE DOOR STARTING APRIL 20TH.
FILLING OUT THE CENSUS WILL HELP THE CITY GET AN ACCURATE POPULATION COUNT, ASSIST WITH PLANNING FOR FUTURE SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENSURE THE CITY GETS AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF GRANT FUNDING FROM OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.
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TANNING BED UPDATE -  THE PROVINCE IS MOVING AHEAD WITH A PLAN TO BAN TEENS FROM GETTING A TAN.   AT LEAST WHEN IT COMES TO TANNING BEDS.  THE "SKIN CANCER PREVENTION ACT" WILL KEEP ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 FROM USING THE MACHINES.  IN THE U-S, TEEN GIRLS ARE AMOUNG THE MOST FREQUENT USERS.  IF ALBERTA GOES AHEAD WITH THE IDEA, SASKATCHEWAN WOULD BE THE ONLY PROVINCE LEFT, THAT ALLOWS THE KIDS TO TAN HOWEVER THEY LIKE. 
 

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ALBERTA BUDGET SURVEY -  RESULTS ARE FINALLY OUT FROM THE ONLINE SURVEY MORE THAN 40 THOUSAND ALBERTANS TOOK WHEN IT COMES TO THE PROVINCIAL BUDGET.


WHEN ASKED WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO DEAL WITH FALLING OIL PRICES, PEOPLE WERE SPLIT BETWEEN CUTTING SPENDING, BOOSTING REVENUE AND RUNNING A DEFICIT BUDGET.


PEOPLE WERE ALSO KEEN ON RAISING TOBACCO TAXES, CORPORATE TAXES AND INTRODUCING A GRADUATED PERSONAL TAX.
THE BUDGET COMES DOWN THIS THURSDAY.
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MON PM NEWS (MARCH 23)

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LOCAL TEEN DECLARED MISSING - RED DEER RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A MISSING TEEN. 14 YEAR OLD TRISTAN MCDOUGALL WAS LAST SEEN MARCH 18TH AND IS KNOWN TO SPEND TIME AT VARIOUS DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS BUT CHECKS TO FIND HIM SO FAR HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL. YOU CAN SEE HIS PICTURE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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SAFE STOLEN FROM LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT - RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A SAFE AND SOME CASH FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THIS MONTH. IT HAPPENED THE EVENING OF MARCH 13TH WHEN POLICE SAY A MAN HAD A MEAL AT BRAD'S PITT SMOKEHOUSE IN ORIOLE PARK WEST, THEN MADE HIS WAY UPSTAIRS WHERE HE FORCED HIS WAY INTO A LOCKED OFFICE AND STOLE MONEY FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S PURSE AND A SMALL SAFE WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF THE MAN AND THE VEHICLE HE WAS DRIVING CAN BE SEEN ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED IN SEX ASSAULT CASE -
A PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUNG WOMAN THIS WINTER. 29 YEAR OLD JUSTIN MUELLER WAS DENIED BAIL IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY AND WILL SEE ON SEPTEMBER 21ST IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. HE FACES FIVE COUNTS IN THE DECEMBER 3RD INCIDENT WHERE RCMP SAY A 20 YEAR OLD WOMAN LEAVING HER WORK PLACE AT A HOTEL IN GASOLINE ALLEY, WAS APPROACHED AT THE DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR OF HER VEHICLE BY A MAN WITH A KNIFE. SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY FORCED INTO THE PASSENGER SEAT, THEN DRIVEN TO THE CIBC ON 22ND STREET WHERE SHE WAS FORCED TO WITHDRAW MONEY, THEN DRIVEN TO A RURAL LOCATION NEAR PENHOLD WHERE SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. THE VICTIM WAS THEN DROPPED-OFF AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN INGLEWOOD, WITH THE SUSPECT DRIVING AWAY IN HER VEHICLE.
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FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR LOCAL SENIORS LODGES -
THE PROVINCE ANNOUNCED 63 MILLION DOLLARS FOR FIVE PROJECTS FROM THE PIPER CREEK LODGE ON MONDAY.

 

ONE OF THOSE WAS 12.2 MILLION DOLLARS TO REPLACE PIPER CREEK. COMPLETED IN 1958, IT IS NOW THE OLDEST SENIORS LODGE STILL IN USE IN ALBERTA.

SENIORS MINISTER JEFF JOHNSON WAS ALSO ON HAND TO ANNOUNCE 120 LONG TERM CARE BEDS & 24 SUPPORTIVE LIVING SPACES FOR RED DEER.

IN ADDITION, 60 NEW LONG TERM CARE BEDS WILL BE ADDED IN PHASE 2 OF COVENANT'S VILLA MARIE CENTRE.

FINALLY, THE PINES AND PARKVALE LODGES WILL BE GETTING SPRINKLER AND SAFETY UPGRADES.

OFFICIALS WOULD LIKE TO SEE WORK BEGIN ON PIPER CREEK AND THE ADDITION TO VILLA MARIE THIS FALL.
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PONOKA MAN KILLED IN B.C. AVALANCHE -
ACCORDING TO GLOBAL CALGARY, SATURDAY'S SLIDE IN EASTERN B.C. HAS KILLED TWO MEN FROM ALBERTA, INCLUDING TOM HAMILTON OF PONOKA. R-C-M-P SAY FOUR SNOWMOBILERS WERE IN THE AREA WHEN THE AVALANCHE HIT, TWO ESCAPED BUT TWO WERE UNABLE TO AVOID THE SLIDE. THE SECOND VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CHRIS FRIES FROM EDMONTON.
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LOCAL SUPERINTENDENT NOMINATED FOR AWARD -
THE SUPERINTENDENT OF RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. THE COLLEGE OF ALBERTA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT RECENTLY THAT PIETER LANGSTRAAT HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE "EXL" AWARD WHICH RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE AMONG MEMBERS OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY OF CANADA. LANGSTRAAT WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED AS ALBERTA'S "EXL" AWARD NOMINEE DURING A CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN MONTREAL THIS SUMMER.
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REC CENTRE POOL CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE - LOCAL SWIMMERS WHO TAKE TO THE WATERS OF THE REC CENTRE WILL HAVE TO GO ELSEWHERE NEXT WEEK. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE REC CENTRE POOL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MARCH 30TH TO MONDAY, APRIL 6TH FOR SOME UNSCHEDULED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS. HOWEVER, OTHER AREAS OF THE FACILITY WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THIS TIME, AS WILL OTHER POOLS SUCH AS THE COLLICUT, DAWE AND MICHENER CENTRE FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO SWIMMING DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE.
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2015 RED DEER CENSUS STARTS IN APRIL -
IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR RED-DEERIANS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED ONCE AGAIN. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE ANNUAL CENSUS STARTS APRIL 1ST WITH RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE THEIR PERSONALIZED "PIN" NUMBER DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL. FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, RESIDENTS CAN FILL OUT THE SHORT SURVEY ONLINE BEFORE ENUMERATORS COME TO THE DOOR STARTING APRIL 20TH. FILLING OUT THE CENSUS WILL HELP THE CITY GET AN ACCURATE POPULATION COUNT, ASSIST WITH PLANNING FOR FUTURE SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENSURE THE CITY GETS AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF GRANT FUNDING FROM OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.
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TWO LOCAL SOCCER ORGANIZATIONS MERGE - A SPECIAL MEETING HELD BETWEEN RED DEER CITY SOCCER AND THE RENEGADES CLUB LAST WEEK WILL NOW SEE THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS MERGE.
LOCAL SOCCER OFFICIALS SAY THE RENEGADES PROGRAM WILL DISSOLVE AND MERGE WITH CITY SOCCER TO CREATE ONE YOUTH PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES A CONTINUUM OF ALL LEVELS OF PLAY AND BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HOUSE LEAGUE AND COMPETITIVE PLAY FROM YOUTH TO ADULT.
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FREE WI-FI POINTS ACCESS COMING TO OLDS -
TWO COMMUNITY-OWNED BUSINESSES HAVE TEAMED UP TO PROVIDE THE TOWN OF OLDS WITH NO-CHARGE WI-FI ACCESS POINTS IN VARIOUS PUBLIC PLACES AROUND TOWN. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY MOUNTAIN VIEW POWER AND O-NET , BOTH OWNED BY THE OLDS INSTITUTE ARE COLLABORATING ON THE THREE YEAR PROJECT.
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MON AM NEWS (MARCH 23)
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RIMBEY MURDER SUSPECT DISCOVERED
-  A MAN SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING A RIMBEY AREA MAN TO DEATH HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD.
LAST THURSDAY NIGHT THE BODY OF 70 YEAR OLD FARMER PAUL MICHANUIK WAS DISCOVERED AT A RURAL HOME (ON MEDICINE LAKE ROAD) JUST NORTHWEST OF RIMBEY.
TWO DAYS LATER, INVESTIGATORS LOCATED HIS SUSPECTED KILLER, BUT FOUND THE MAN DECEASED.  POLICE SAY HE WAS IN THE DITCH SUFFERING FROM A FATAL GUNSHOT WOUND.  HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
NO FURTHER SUSPECTS ARE BEING SOUGHT.
MOUNTIES ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO MEN.
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MOORE WINS P.C. NOMINATION -  RED DEER COUNTY COUNCILOR CHRISTINE MOORE HAS WON THE NOMINATION TO REPRESENT RED DEER NORTH FOR THE PC'S IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

THIS AFTER DEFEATING CITY COUNCILOR BUCK BUCHANAN IN A PARTY VOTE ON SATURDAY.
SHE JOINS DARCY MYKYTYSHYN -- THE DEAN OF RDC'S DONALD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, WHO WAS ACCLAIMED FOR THE TORIES IN RED DEER SOUTH LAST WEEK.
IN THE DRUMHELLER-STETTER RIDING, FORMER M.L.A. JACK HAYDEN DEFEATED CHALLENGERS GREGGORY JACKSON AND ED MAH TO CARRY'S THE PARTY'S FLAG INTO THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
ALBERTA IS EXPECTED TO HEAD INTO ELECTION MODE AFTER THE PROVINCIAL BUDGET IS HANDED DOWN ON THURSDAY.
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PREMIER VISITS RED DEER -   THE ALBERTA BUDGET COMES DOWN ON THURSDAY (MARCH 26) AND THE NEXT DAY THE PREMIER STOPS IN RED DEER.
ON FRIDAY (MARCH 27) PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL OUTLINE THE PROVINCES FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT AT THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON AT THE WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE.
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RED DEER CITY BUILDINGS -   A MOTION WILL BE COMING TO RED DEER CITY COUNCIL IN A FEW WEEKS TO LOOK AT INSTALLING WHITE ROOFS ON CITY-OWNED BUILDINGS.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO LOOK AT WHAT THE IMPACT AND COST WOULD BE TO IMPLEMENT SUCH AN IDEA.
WHITE ROOFS ABSORB LESS ENERGY FROM THE SUN THAN BLACK ROOFS AND ARE BEING SUGGESTED AS A WAY TO CONSERVE ENERGY.
A DATE ON WHICH THE MOTION WILL COME TO COUNCIL HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED.
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ALTA LINK WORK DELAYED - ALTALINK WAS SCHEDULED TO DO SOME POWER-LINE WORK WITH A HELICOPTOR ON FRIDAY, BUT THIS HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO THE WEATHER.
THE COMPANY NOW SAYS THEY ARE ON TRACK TO COMPLETE THE WORK THIS WEEK (TODAY (MON) AT THE EARLIEST).
THEY ARE TO INSTALL BIRD DIVERTERS ON PART OF THE RECENTLY BUILT TRANSMISSION LINE OVER THE RED DEER RIVER.
THE RIVER CROSSING IS JUST WEST OF THE SOUTHBOUND 50TH AVENUE BRIDGE.
THE ELECTRICAL UTILITY SAYS THEY'LL TRY TO GIVE NOTICE AHEAD OF THE EXACT TIMES THEY'LL BE IN THE AIR.
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HOSPITAL PARKING - THE NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE PARKADE AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL THIS MORNING. (MON)
LARGE VEHICLES ARE BRINGING IN PRE-CAST CONCRETE T-BEAMS WHICH WILL CAUSE TRAFFIC DELAYS.
THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON THE STREET ALONG 52ND AVE AS CREW ARE USING THIS AS A STAGING AREA.
PEDESTRIANS SHOULD ALSO TAKE NOTE AS SIDEWALKS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF 39TH STREET WILL BE UNAVAILABLE.
VISITORS AND PATIENTS SHOULD GIVE THEMSELVES AT LEAST TEN EXTRA MINUTES AS THE HOSPITAL IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE FROM THE EAST ENTRANCE. (50 A AVE)
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INNISFAIL SENIOR HOUSING -  SENIORS IN INNISFAIL SHOULD HAVE A NEW LODGE COME 2018 THANKS TO A 17.6 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT.
THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE LAST WEEK (FRI) BY MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANDICE BERGEN (BERG-EN), MP EARL DREESHEN AND MLA KERRY TOWLE.
THE AUTUMN GLEN LODGE ON 50TH AVENUE IN INNISFAIL WILL BE TORN DOWN AND REPLACED BY A NEW FACILITY.
THIS WILL FEATURE 30 SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENTS ALONG WITH 60 NEW UNITS.
THE EXISTING 62 UNIT LODGE WILL NOT BE TORN DOWN UNTIL NEW SPACES ARE AVAILABLE TO OCCUPY.
THE PROJECT WILL BE OPERATED BY THE PARKLAND FOUNDATION AND THE BETHANY GROUP.
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RDC STUDENT ELECTION -  RED DEER COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE ELECTED A NEW EXECUTIVE FOR THE 2015-16 EXECUTIVE TEAM.
THE 2015-16 STUDENT ASSOCIATION WILL BE REPRESENTED BY INCOMING PRESIDENT MARYANNE MCGRATH, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS -- LUKE NEILSON AND VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE -- BRADY PODLOSKI.
OUTGOING PRESIDENT BAILEY DAINES, ALONG WITH REBECCA TOOTOOSIS AND JAMIE MIRANDA WILL REMAIN IN OFFICE UNTIL THE END OF APRIL.
A BY-ELECTION WILL BE HELD THIS FALL FOR THE POSITION OF VICE PRESIDENT OF COLLEGE AFFAIRS.
THEY BEGIN THEIR MANDATE ON MAY 1ST FOLLOWING THE VOTE LAST WEDNESDAY. (MAR. 18)
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RED DEER OPEN HOUSE -  THE CITY OF RED DEER WILL BE HOLDING AN OPEN HOUSE ON TODAY (MAR. 23) IN NORTHEAST RED DEER.
AN APPLICATION IS BEFORE THE CITY TO REZONE THE PROPERTY AT 22 GUNN STREET INTO A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.
A CHANGE TO THE GLENDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD WOULD ALLOW FOR A 16 UNIT TOWNHOUSE TO BE BUILT.
THOSE THAT ATTEND THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK OVER PLANS FOR THE SITE AND ASK QUESTIONS.
IT ALL HAPPENS AT ST. TERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL FROM 3:30 TO 7:30 PM TODAY.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (MARCH 22)

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RIMBEY DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE - RCMP IN RIMBEY SAY THE DISCOVERY OF A BODY ON THURSDAY WAS A HOMICIDE. THEY SAY THAT 70 YEAR OLD PAUL MICHANUIK WAS DISCOVERED ON A RURAL ROAD SHORTLY AFTER 6 THAT NIGHT, BEFORE THE MAJOR CRIMES UNIT WAS CALLED. INVESTIGATORS IN THE MEANTIME LOCATED A LONE SUSPECT WHO WAS FOUND TO BE DECEASED.  NO FURTHER SUSPECTS ARE BEING SOUGHT AT THIS TIME. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS CASE, YOUR ASKED  TO CALL RED DEER MAJOR CRIMES AT (403) 396 - 4047.
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BORDER SHOOTING ON THURSDAY LINKED TO CALGARY HOMICIDE CASE - THE RCMP ARE NOW CONNECTING A MURDER INVESTIGATION NEAR CALGARY WITH A SHOOTING DEATH AT THE BORDER NEAR VANCOUVER. THE BODY OF 18 YEAR OLD BRANDO WALKER WAS DISCOVERED PARTIALLY BURNED TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE TSUU TINA RESERVE NEAR CALGARY. TWENTY YEAR OLD JAMISON CHILDRESS OF PRINCE GEORGE WAS KILLED ON THURSDAY WHEN HE WAS SHOT BY BORDER GUARDS.  POLICE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING A FIRST DEGREE MURDER WARRANT FOR CHILDRESS WHEN HE WAS KILLED. OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE INTERVIEWED IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT IS STILL ON-GOING. THREE OTHERS INCLUDING A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD YOUTH ARE FACING CHARGES IN THE MURDER CASE. ALL THREE WILL APPEAR IN CALGARY COURT THIS WEEK.
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TRAIN DERAILMENT ON SUNDAY NEAR WETASKIWIN - THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD WILL BE LOOKING INTO A TRAIN DERAILMENT THAT OCCURRED OUTSIDE OF WETASKIWIN THIS MORNING. AROUND 9:30 15 CARS CARRYING POTASH ON A CP RAIL TRAIN WENT OFF THE TRACKS NORTHEAST OF THAT COMMUNITY. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT NEAR HIGHWAY 12 AND RANGE ROAD 235. THE SPILLED POTASH IS NOT HAZARDOUS AND POSES NO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. CP RAIL CREWS ARE NOW ON SCENE.
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RED DEER COUNTY SENIOR STILL MISSING - THE SEARCH CONTINUES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA TO HELP FIND A 68 YEAR OLD RED DEER COUNTY WOMAN REPORTED MISSING LAST WEEK. 68 YEAR OLD ROZE BURK WAS LAST SEEN MARCH 12TH AT THE DEER PARK CO-OP IN RED DEER AND IS DRIVING A GREY FORD ESCAPE AND MAY HAVE HER SHAGGY, WHITE DOG WITH HER. BURK'S FAMILY SAYS ROZE IS SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA BUT HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY DIAGNOSED. HER PICTURE IS ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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CHRISTINE MOORE ELECTED IN PARTY VOTE TO REPRESENT RED DEER NORTH - CHRISTINE MOORE WILL BE THE PC'S CHOICE TO REPRESENT RED DEER NORTH WHEN A PROVINCIAL ELECTION IS CALLED.
CARD CARRYING PC MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO VOTE THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE DAY AT FESTIVAL HALL. THE RED DEER COUNTY COUNCILOR DEFEATED CITY COUNCILOR BUCK BUCHANAN, THE ONLY OTHER CONTENDER AFTER JEFFREY DAWSON DROPPED OUT LAST WEEK.
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JACK HAYDEN WINS PC NOMINATION IN DRUMHELLER-STETTLER -
TO THE EAST OF RED DEER, FORMER INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER JACK HAYDEN HAS BEEN NOMINATED IN THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER RIDING.
HE DEFEATED STETTLER COUNTY COUNCILOR GREGGORY JACKSON AND DRUMHELLER RESIDENT ED MAH.
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HOSPITAL PARKADE CONSTRUCTION - KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR TRAFFIC DELAYS NEAR THE HOSPITAL COME MONDAY MORNING AS CONSTRUCTION ON THE PARKADE MOVES ONTO THE NEXT PHASE. LARGE, PRE-CAST CONCRETE T-BEAMS ARE BEING DELIVERED TO THE SITE WHICH WILL CAUSE A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS. ACCESS TO THE HOSPITAL WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THE EAST ENTRANCE OFF OF 50 A AVENUE. THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF 39TH STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ASIDE FROM RESIDENTIAL TRAFFIC. TRANSIT RIDERS CAN USE THE BUS STOP ON 50 A AVENUE, AS THE STOPS ON 52 AVE AND 39TH STREET WILL BE OUT OF SERVICE. THE WEST ACCESS ONTO 52ND AVE IS FOR EXITING AS PARKING WILL BE UNAVAILABLE.
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OPEN HOUSE IN NORTHEAST RED DEER ON MONDAY - THOSE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A TOWNHOUSE IN GLENDALE MAY WANT TO COME OUT TO AN OPEN HOUSE ON MONDAY. IT'LL BE HELD AT ST. TERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL FROM 3:30 TO 7:30 ON MARCH 23RD.
THE APPLICATION BEFORE CITY COUNCIL AIMS TO REZONE THE PROPERTY ON 22 GUNN STREET FROM URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT. THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR A TOWNHOUSE UP TO SIXTEEN UNITS TO BE BUILT IN THE NORTHEAST NEIGHBOURHOOD. ALL RESIDENTS WITHIN 100 METRES ARE TO HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE OPEN HOUSE BY MAIL.
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WHITE ROOF PROPOSAL - A MOTION WILL BE COMING TO RED DEER CITY COUNCIL IN A FEW WEEKS TO LOOK INTO INSTALLING WHITE ROOFS ON CITY-OWNED BUILDINGS. THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO LOOK AT WHAT THE IMPACT AND COST WOULD BE TO IMPLEMENT SUCH AN IDEA. WHITE ROOFS ABSORB LESS ENERGY FROM THE SUN THAN BLACK ROOFS AND ARE BEING SUGGESTED AS A WAY TO CONSERVE ENERGY. A DATE ON WHICH THE MOTION WILL COME TO COUNCIL HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED.

 

 

SATURDAY NEWSFILE (MARCH 21)

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CRASH ON THE QE2 ON SATURDAY MORNING -
BOTH LANES OF THE QE2 ARE NOW RE-OPENED AFTER A SERIOUS COLLISION INVOLVING MULTIPLE VEHICLE THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 JUST SOUTH OF RED DEER ON ANTLER HILL. FIVE VEHICLES IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE NEEDED TO BE TOWED AFTER ICY CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED EARLIER. THERE IS STILL A FOG ADVISORY IN PLACE SO DRIVE WITH CAUTION.
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HELICOPTER TRANSMISSION LINE WORK DELAYED -
ALTALINK WAS SCHEDULED TO DO SOME POWER-LINE WORK WITH A HELICOPTER YESTERDAY, BUT THIS WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE WEATHER. THE COMPANY NOW SAYS THEY ARE ON TRACK TO COMPLETE THE WORK EITHER SUNDAY OR MONDAY AT THE SOONEST. THEY ARE TO INSTALL BIRD DIVERTERS ON PART OF THE RECENTLY BUILT TRANSMISSION LINE OVER THE RED DEER RIVER. THE RIVER CROSSING IS JUST WEST OF THE SOUTHBOUND 50TH AVENUE BRIDGE. THE ELECTRICAL UTILITY SAYS THEY'LL TRY TO GIVE NOTICE AHEAD OF THE EXACT TIMES THEY'LL BE IN THE AIR.
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RED DEER PC NOMINATION VOTE TODAY -
THE CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION VOTE FOR THE PROVINCIAL RED DEER NORTH RIDING GOES TODAY. THERE ARE ONLY TWO CANDIDATES OFFICIALLY REGISTERED TO RUN FOR THE TORY NOMINATION IN RED DEER NORTH, COUNTY COUNCILLOR CHRISTINE MOORE AND CITY COUNCILLOR BUCK BUCHANAN.  FORMER CITY COUNCILLOR JEFFREY DAWSON WITHDREW FROM THE RACE EARLIER THIS WEEK.  THE VOTE FOR THE RED DEER NORTH CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION FROM 10 AM - 8 PM IS TODAY AT FESTIVAL HALL.

DEAN OF THE RDC DONALD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, DARCY MYKYTYSHYN WAS EARLIER ACCLAIMED FOR THE P.C.'S IN RED DEER SOUTH, TO RUN UNDER THE CONSERVATIVE BANNER IN THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
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CANYON SKI RESORT CLOSES -
THE WARM WEATHER OF LATE HAS FORCED THE CANYON SKI RESORT EAST OF RED DEER TO CLOSE EARLY FOR THE SEASON. CANYON OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE PREPARING TO CLOSE AFTER THE SLUSH CUP THIS SUNDAY BUT JUST CAN'T REPAIR THE WASHOUTS ON THE HILL TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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PRESCRIBED BURNS SCHEDULED FOR WEST OF ROCKY - OFFICIALS WITH THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA ARE HOPING TO MAKE ALBERTA'S WEST COUNTRY SAFER AND WITH HEALTHIER FORESTS THIS YEAR. THIS MEANS A SERIES OF PRESCRIBED BURNS ARE SLATED TO TAKE PLACE AT RANDOM CAMPSITES IN THE MOUNTAIN REGIONS WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. CONDITIONS PERMITTING, THE FIRST TOOK PLACE AT THE BIG HORN DAM ON THURSDAY. ALBERTA'S WILDFIRE SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGAN MARCH 1ST.
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EARTH HOUR -
SATURDAY MARKS EARTH HOUR AND THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AROUND RED DEER. BOTH THE COLLICUT AND THE DAWE CENTRE WILL BE HOLDING "EARTH HOUR" SWIMS FROM 8 TO 10 PM FOR ONLY A TOONIE. THEY'LL ALSO HAVE ENERGY-EFFICIENT GIFT BASKETS TO GIVE AWAY TO THOSE WHO COME OUT TO THE LOW LIGHT SWIM.  OTHER CITY FACILITIES WILL ALSO TURN OFF ANY UNNECESSARY LIGHTS TO REDUCE ELECTRICITY DEMAND.  FIRST STARTED IN AUSTRALIA IN 2007, EARTH HOUR IS NOW CELEBRATED AROUND THE GLOBE. LAST YEAR, THE CITY SAW A 2.85% REDUCTION IN POWER USAGE FROM 8:30 TO 9:30 PM.
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WORLD WATER DAY - A NUMBER OF GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL GATHER ON SATURDAY TO COMMEMORATE WORLD WATER DAY. IT ALL TAKES PLACE AT THE MARGARET PARSONS THEATER AT RED DEER COLLEGE FROM 10 TO 1 PM. BOOTHS WILL BE SET UP BY A HANDFUL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS TO GIVE ATTENDEES THE CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR WATER SYSTEM. THE RED DEER RIVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE ENCOMPASSES A 49,000 SQUARE KILOMETER AREA. RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO COME OUT TO THIS WEEKEND'S ECO- LIVING FAIR TO LEARN ABOUT INVASIVE SPECIES AND POTENTIAL THREATS TO OUR ECOSYSTEM. WORLD WATER DAY WAS FIRST STARTED IN 1993 BY THE UNITED NATIONS TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT.
 

 

FRIDAY PM NEWS (MARCH 20)

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RCMP MAJOR CRIMES UNIT INVESTIGATING DEATH OUTSIDE OF RIMBEY - THE SUDDEN DEATH OF A MAN FOUND ON THE SIDE OF A RURAL ROAD NORTHWEST OF RIMBEY HAS THE RCMP'S MAJOR CRIMES UNIT INVESTIGATING. POLICE SAY THE MAN WAS DISCOVERED SHORTLY AFTER 6 LAST NIGHT WITH INVESTIGATORS STILL ON SCENE TODAY. AN AUTOPSY IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR TODAY BUT NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
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NEW SENIOR'S LODGE TO BE BUILT IN INNISFAIL - SENIORS IN INNISFAIL SHOULD HAVE A NEW LODGE COME 2018 THANKS TO A 17.6 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT. THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE THIS MORNING BY MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANDICE BERGEN, MP EARL DREESHEN AND MLA KERRY TOWLE. THE AUTUMN GLEN LODGE ON 50TH AVENUE IN INNISFAIL WILL BE TORN DOWN AND REPLACED BY A NEW FACILITY. THIS WILL FEATURE 30 SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENTS ALONG WITH 60 NEW UNITS. THE EXISTING 62 UNIT LODGE WILL NOT BE TORN DOWN UNTIL NEW SPACES ARE AVAILABLE TO OCCUPY. THE PROJECT WILL BE OPERATED BY THE PARKLAND FOUNDATION AND THE BETHANY GROUP.
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RDC STUDENT ELECTION RESULTS -
RED DEER COLLEGE STUDENTS CAST THEIR BALLOTS THIS PAST WEEK FOR THE 2015-16 EXECUTIVE TEAM. THE CURRENT STUDENT'S ASSOCIATION MADE UP OF PRESIDENT BAILEY DAINES, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS -- REBECCA TOOTOOSIS AND VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE -- JAMIE MIRANDA WILL COMPLETE THEIR TERM ON APRIL 30TH. MARYANNE MCGRATH HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT. LUKE NEILSON WILL TAKE OVER AS VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS WHILE BRADY PODLOSKI WILL BECOME THE NEXT VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE. THEY BEGIN THEIR MANDATE ON MAY 1ST FOLLOWING THE VOTE THIS PAST WEDNESDAY.
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POLICE LOOKING FOR TIPS IN INDUSTRIAL BREAK-INS -
RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE HOPING YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME INFORMATION REGARDING SOME BREAK-INS AT THE RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL PARK THIS WEEK. THEY HAPPENED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AROUND 1:45 WHEN MOUNTIES SAY TWO SUSPECTS BROKE INTO A NUMBER OF FENCED COMPOUNDS AT 46TH AVENUE AND 62ND STREET AND BROKE INTO A TRAILER AND SMASHED VEHICLE WINDOWS. A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PROPERTY WAS TAKEN INCLUDING SPECIALTY TOOLS WITH THE SUSPECTS DRIVING AWAY IN A BLACK HONDA RIDGELINE TRUCK. YOU CAN SEE A COMPLETE LIST OF THE TOOLS TAKEN ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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LOCAL MAN CHARGED IN BOAT ASSAULT TO GO TO TRIAL - A RED DEER MAN CHARGED IN AN ASSAULT ON A BOAT ON SYLVAN LAKE LAST SUMMER WILL GO TO TRIAL LATER THIS YEAR. 30 YEAR OLD AARON HICK HAS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO ALL NINE COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN THE JULY 2014 INCIDENT AND WILL GO TO TRIAL ON SEPTEMBER 30TH. MOUNTIES ALLEGE THE ASSAULT TOOK PLACE ON A BOAT NEAR THE PIER AT HALF MOON BAY WHEN WITNESSES REPORTED A MAN PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING A FEMALE ON BOARD.
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PROBATION SENTENCE HANDED DOWN IN TAXI ASSAULT CASE - AN INNISFAIL MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING A RED DEER CAB DRIVER LAST YEAR WAS GIVEN 12 MONTHS OF PROBATION IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. 23 YEAR OLD RICHARD BARTHLOW WAS ALSO GIVEN A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE AND ORDERED TO PAY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION IN THE APRIL 2014 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A LOCAL CAB DRIVER WAS PUNCHED AND KICKED IN THE STOMACH WHILE TRYING TO STOP TWO MEN WHO LEFT HIS CAB WITHOUT PAYING THEIR FARE ON NORTHEY AVENUE. 21 YEAR OLD JAMES CURRIE ALSO OF INNISFAIL IS ALSO CHARGED IN THE CASE AND HAS A WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST AS HE FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR A COURT APPEARANCE ON THE MATTER LAST NOVEMBER.
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TEEN ARRESTED ON TERROR CHARGES - A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD BOY HAS BEEN REMANDED INTO CUSTODY---AFTER BEING CHARGED YESTERDAY WITH TRYING TO LEAVE CANADA TO TAKE PART IN TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. RCMP SAY THEY ARRESTED HIM IN BEAUMONT ON THURSDAY. HE'S DUE IN COURT--APRIL 9TH.

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WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION MEETING -
SOME CHANGES OVER AT THE TRUSTEE TABLE IN THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION. VICE-CHAIR DIXIE MCLEOD HAS RESIGNED AS OF THEIR MARCH 17TH MEETING. AFTER THIS, THE BOARD NOMINATED FELLOW TRUSTEE GARY THOMPSON TO TAKE HER PLACE AS VICE-CHAIR.

TRUSTEES ALSO HEARD FROM A GRADE 12 STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN SERVING ON THE PROVINCIAL MINISTER'S ADVISORY COUNCIL. MARK KLOOSTER SPOKE TO THE BOARD ABOUT THE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SKILLS HE PICKED UP WHILE ATTENDING LAST YEAR'S "SPEAK OUT" CONFERENCE. THE WEST CENTRAL HIGH STUDENT ALSO SHARED HIS GOALS FOR THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN EDMONTON IN MID-APRIL.

PARENTS IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WILL NOW ALSO BE ABLE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO FULL TIME KINDERGARTEN. THIS AFTER THE DIVISION APPROVED A PILOT PROGRAM DURING THEIR ST. PATRICKS DAY MEETING. THE EXTENDED PROGRAM INCREASES THE COST TO $275 DOLLARS A MONTH.

THE WILDROSE BOARD IN ROCKY ALSO GAVE APPROVAL FOR A JUNIOR HIGH FIELD TRIP TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. H. W PICKUP STUDENTS WILL TRAVEL THERE TO  TAKE PART IN BLOOMSDAY RUN AT THE BEGINNING OF MAY. THE ANNUAL ROAD RACE IN SPOKANE IS TWELVE KILOMETERES LONG AND FEATURES OVER $50,000 RUNNERS MOST YEARS.
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL NEWS -
RED DEER'S LICENSING BYLAW WILL RETURN TO COUNCIL IN TWO WEEK'S TIME AFTER CHANGES WERE MADE ON MONDAY. INSTEAD OF RENEWING YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE ON THE DATE IT WAS ISSUED, ALL PERMITS WILL NOW BE SENT OUT JANUARY 1ST. TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROCESS, THE CITY WILL PRO-RATE LICENSES FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2015 TO GET EVERYONE IN LINE WITH A CALENDAR CYCLE. THIS BYLAW ALSO APPLIES TO TAXIS, ESCORT AND LIMO SERVICES AND DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS,. TEMPORARY PERMITS FOR FOOD TRUCKS AND CHRISTMAS TREE VENDORS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS. THEIR COSTS WILL BE ANALYZED IN THE "FEES & CHARGES" REVIEW ALSO GIVEN APPROVAL LAST NIGHT.

CITY COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED A FEW APPOINTMENTS TO A COUPLE OF COMMITTEES THIS WEEK. STEVE BONTJE, ARCHANA CHAUDHARY AND KATHY LIDDEL WILL JOIN THE COMMUNITY SAFETY AD-HOC COMMITTEE. MEANWHILE SHARON DIEP WILL TAKE UP A SPOT ON THE MUNICIPAL FEATURES NAMING COMMITTEE. ALL FOUR REPRESENTATIVES WILL SERVE UNTIL THEIR TERMS EXPIRE IN 2016.
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BRIAN JEAN SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN FOR WILDROSE LEADERSHIP - WILDROSE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BRIAN JEAN IS SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AFTER HEARING OF AN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY. OFFICIALS SAY JEAN'S CAMPAIGN EVENTS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WILL PROCEED BUT SEE WILDROSE STRATHMORE-BROOKS CANDIDATE DEREK FILDEBANT STAND IN FOR JEAN.
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BLACKFALDS MAN SELECTED FOR NHL TRYOUT -
WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA OILFIELD SUPPLIES SALESMAN LAST WEEKEND WHEN HE SUITED UP IN NET DURING A TRYOUT FOR THE NHL'S FLORIDA PANTHERS. THE OPPORTUNITY AROSE AFTER GOALIES ROBERTO LUONGO AND AL MONTOYA WENT DOWN TO INJURY AND THE TEAM FOUND ITSELF IN NEED OF A BACK-UP EMERGENCY GOALTENDER. DARCY RAMSTEAD OF BLACKFALDS WHO PLAYS FOR THE BARON KNIGHTS IN PENHOLD WAS ONE OF 65 MEN WHO WAS SELECTED FOR THE TRYOUT AFTER OVER 16 HUNDRED APPLIED. ALTHOUGH HE WASN'T CHOSEN FOR THE SPOT, RAMSTEAD ENJOYED HIS EXPERIENCE AND STOPPED FIVE OF SIX SHOTS DURING A PANTHERS PRACTICE.

 

 

FRIDAY AM NEWS   (MARCH 20)

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CHOPPER HOVER OVER RED DEER
-  RED DEERIANS MAY SEE A HELICOPTER OVERHEAD TODAY (FRI), BUT NO NEED TO PANIC.
ALTALINK WILL BE USING A CHOPPER TO HELP INSTALL BIRD DIVERTERS ON PART OF THE RECENTLY BUILT TRANSMISSION LINE OVER THE RED DEER RIVER.  THE RIVER CROSSING IS JUST WEST OF THE SOUTHBOUND 50TH AVENUE BRIDGE.

 


RED DEER RIDING CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS
-  A POLITICAL CANDIDATE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IN THE RED DEER NORTH RIDING HAS DROPPED OUT, ONE DAY BEFORE THE VOTE FOR THE NOMINATION.
FORMER CITY COUNCILLOR JEFFREY DAWSON WITHDREW FROM THE NOMINATION RACE IN RED DEER NORTH WITH THE VOTE SET FOR TOMORROW.

 

THE RACE IS NOW DOWN TO TWO CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE P.C. NOMINATION TO REPLACE MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI.
CITY COUNCILLOR BUCK BUCHANAN AND RED DEER COUNTY COUNCILLOR CHRISTINE MOORE. 

 

THE VOTE FOR THE RED DEER NORTH CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION IS FROM 10 AM - 8 PM TOMORROW AT FESTIVAL HALL. BALLOTS CAST FOR JEFFERY DAWSON IN THE ADVANCE POLL YESTERDAY PRIOR TO HIS WITHDRAWL WILL HAVE THEIR SECOND CHOICE (IF INDICATED) AS THE VOTE. THOSE WITHOUT A SECOND CHOICE WILL BE CONSIDERED SPOILED.


DEAN OF THE RDC DONALD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, DARCY MYKYTYSHYN DIDN'T HAVE ANYONE RUN AGAINST HIM SO HE WILL REPRESENT THE TORY'S IN RED DEER SOUTH, IN THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
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CANADIAN DIES IN MEXICO - A MAN WITH CONNECTIONS TO NOVA SCOTIA HAS BEEN KILLED WHILE VACATIONING IN MEXICO. 50-YEAR-OLD MARTY ATWOOD WAS KILLED IN LOS CABOS THIS WEEK AFTER HE WAS FOUND BEATEN TO DEATH. MEXICAN POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING HIS DEATH AS A MURDER. ATWOOD REPORTEDLY HAD BEEN WORKING IN ALBERTA FOR SOMETIME, BUT ORIGINALLY HAILED FROM SHELBURNE COUNTY AND STILL HAS FAMILY THERE.
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PRESCRIBED FIRES - OFFICIALS WITH THE ROCKY WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT AREA ARE HOPING TO MAKE ALBERTA'S WEST COUNTRY SAFER AND WITH HEALTHIER FORESTS THIS YEAR. THIS MEANS A SERIES OF PRESCRIBED BURNS ARE SLATED TO TAKE PLACE AT RANDOM CAMPSITES IN THE MOUNTAIN REGIONS WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. CONDITIONS PERMITTING, THE FIRST TOOK PLACE AT THE BIG HORN DAM YESTERDAY. ALBERTA'S WILDFIRE SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGAN MARCH 1ST.
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PREMIER MEETS WITH UNIONS
- AS A GESTURE OF GOOD FAITH AS THE UNIONS AND GOVERNMENT START DISCUSSIONS ON ALBERTA'S FISCAL CRISIS, THE PREMIER ANNOUNCED THAT CONTROVERSIAL BILL 45 WILL BE REPEALED. THE LEGISLATION, BROUGHT IN UNDER FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD, INCLUDED HEFTY PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKES. PREMIER PRENTICE SAYS THE MOVE WILL RE-SET THE TABLE AS TALKS WITH LABOUR GET UNDERWAY. UNION LEADERS ARE COMMENDING THE MOVE TO REPEAL BILL 45, CALLING THE LEGISLATION PUNITIVE AND MEAN-SPIRITED.

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NEW T.V. PACKAGES -  COMING SOON TO A TV NEAR YOU, "SKINNY BASIC" AND "PICK-N-PAY". THE CRTC IS MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR CANADIANS TO CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT TO WATCH. CHAIRMAN JEAN-PIERRE BLAIS SAYS BY MARCH OF NEXT YEAR, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO JUST BUY A BASIC PACKAGE WORTH 25-DOLLARS A MONTH. THE PICK-N-PAY ASPECT WILL HAPPEN BY DECEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.