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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE -


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

FRIDAY PM NEWSFILE (JUL 25)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

FRIDAY AM NEWS (JULY 25)

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

THURS PM NEWSFILE (JUL 24)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

  

 

TUESDAY AM NEWS FILE (JULY 22)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

RCMP EXPAND SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN -

 

 

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

 

 

COLLISION WITH TRUCK ENDS IN EUTHANIZATION FOR HORSE AT WESTERNER-

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

 

 

SUNDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 20TH

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SATURDAY NEWS FILE - JULY 19TH


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE - JULY 18TH

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WED NEWS  (JULY 16)


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

 

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

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

 

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


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


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

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

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY MORNING NEWS UPDATE (JULY 15)

 

RED DEER POWER OUTAGE UPDATE - ABOUT TEN THOUSAND RED DEER CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ABOUT AN HOUR LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, BUT THE EXACT CAUSE IS STILL A MYSTERY.  CITY CREWS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING TESTS SINCE THE OUTAGE BUT IT WILL LIKELY TAKE ANOTHER DAY OR TWO TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT WENT WRONG AT A SUBSTATION DOWNTOWN THE CAUSED THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT.
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LACOMBE’S POPULATION  -   THE CITY OF LACOMBE CONTINUES TO GROW.   THE 2014 MUNICIPAL CENSUS SHOWS LACOMBE'S POPULATION NOW SITS JUST UNDER 13 THOUSAND (12,728).  MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAYS THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT LACOMBE IS EXPERIENCEING STABLE GROWTH AND THE DATA COLLECTED WILL ALLOW THEM TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE MORE EFFECTIVELY.
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 WEST COUNTRY WILDFIRE -  THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS STILL CONSIDERED "HELD" BY ALBERTA ENVIORNMENT.  THE BLAZE IS NOW COVERING SEVEN THOUSAND HECTARES WEST OF NORDEGG, BUT AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.  HOWEVER  THERE IS STILL A FOREST AREA CLOSURE TO TAKE NOTE OF.  THIS MEANS THE PUBLIC IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11, NORTH TO THE CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITE RABBIT CREEK. TOURISM, PARKS AND RECREATION HAS CLOSED CAMPGROUNDS IN THE AREA.  SEVERAL BACK COUNTRY CAMPERS HAVE BEEN RELOCATED BY OFFICIALS.  THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED INJURIES DUE TO THE FIRE.  RIGHT NOW ABOUT 125 FIREFIGTHERS, 7 HELICOPTERS AND VARIOUS EQUIPMENT ARE BATTLING THE BLAZE AROUND THE CLOCK.  THIS WILDFIRE IS UNIQUE IN IT'S SETTING AND IS ALLOWING FIREFIGHTERS TO STEER THE FIRE INTO NATURAL FIREGUARDS SUCH AS THE MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS, HELPING US TO CONTAIN THE WILDFIRE TO THE AREA. 

 

 

MON PM NEWSFILE (JULY 14)

 

MURDER CHARGES ON THE WAY (JUL 14) - A heartbreaking development in the disappearance of a 5-year old Calgary boy and his grandparents. Today Calgary police Chief Rick Hanson told reporters its now a homicide case even though the bodies of Nathan O'Brien, Alvin and Kathy Liknes have not been found. A man was arrested in the Airdrie region this morning and charges are pending against him. He is looking at two counts of first degree murder and one count of 2nd degree murder. 

WILDFIRE CONSIDERED "HELD" (JUL 14) - WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN THE NORDEGG AREA. AS OF THIS AFTERNOON, THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS NOT CONSIDERED A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC, BUT SOME AREAS ARE BLOCKED OFF FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. THIS MEANS THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11, NORTH TO CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITERABBIT CREEK ARE OFF LIMITS. THERE ARE NO ROAD CLOSURES, BUT YOU CAN CHECK ALBERTA 511 FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE CLOSURES.

ADVISORY FOR PINE LAKE (JUL 14) - ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS ISSUED A BLUE GREEN ALGAE WARNING FOR PINE LAKE. BECAUSE OF THIS, AHS IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO NOT SWIM IN THE LAKE OR DRINK ANY WATER FROM THE LAKE. IN FACT, AHS IS RECOMMENDING TO NOT BE IN CONTACT WITH PINE LAKE AT ALL AT THE MOMENT, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU CAN CONTACT AHS IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN.

FIRE BAN IN RED DEER COUNTY (JUL 14) - THE HOT HEAT AND LACK OF RAIN HAS FORCED RED DEER COUNTY TO ISSUE A FIRE BAN AS OF THIS AFTERNOON. THIS MEANS FIRES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT PROHIBITED, AS THE DRY CONDITIONS CAN EASILY LEAD TO GRASS OR BRUSH FIRES

WATER BAN FOR SYLVAN LAKE (JUL 14) - THE HEAT WAVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS TRIGGERED A WATER BAN FOR SYLVAN LAKE. THE TOWN OF SYLVAN HAS ISSUED A BAN TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FROM ALL FORMS OF OUTDOOR WATER USE. THE INFLUX OF TOURISTS, ALONG WITH THE HOT WEATHER HAVE PUT INCREASED PRESSURE ON SYLVAN'S RESERVOIRS, FORCING THE WATER BAN. IT INCLUDES WATERING LAWNS, WASHING VEHICLES, FILLING OUTDOOR POOLS, PRESSURE WASHING DRIVEWAYS, DECKS AND BUILDINGS. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR NEW LAWNS, AS RESIDENTS WITH NEWLY PLANTED LAWNS ARE ASKED TO HAND WATER ONLY, BEFORE NOON OR AFTER 7 PM. SYLVAN LAKE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE ALSO ASKED TO CONSERVE INDOOR WATER USE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE OUTDOOR WATERING BAN IS IN EFFECT IN SYLVAN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 
SCAM TARGETING BUSINESSES (JUL 14) - MOUNTIES ARE WARNING RED DEER BUSINESS OWNERS OF A POTENTIAL SCAM. ON FRIDAY, RCMP RECEIVED REPORTS OF TWO MALES MAKING SUSPICIOUS "COLD CALLS" TO NUMBERS BUSINESSES IN THE AREA OF 43RD STREET AND 54TH AVENUE. TWO MEN IN SUITS CLAIMED TO OFFICER LOWER RATES FOR DEBIT MACHINES.  THE MEN ASKED TO HANDLE THE BUSINESSES CURRENT DEBIT MACHINE, BUT WERE REFUSED IN ALL CASES. POLICE AREN'T SURE THESE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, BUT WANT TO REMIND BUSINESSES NOT TO LET DEBIT MACHINES OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.

MON AM NEWS (JULY 14)
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SYLVAN WATERING BAN -    THE HOT WEATHER HAS FORCED THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE TO ISSUE A WATERING BAN.    THE INCREASE IN TOURISTS, ALONG WITH THE RECENT HEAT WAVE HAS INCREASED THE PRESSURE ON SYLVAN'S RESERVOIRS.    RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN SYLVAN ARE BANNED FROM ALL FORMS OF OUTDOOR WATER USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS FOR RESIDENTS WITH NEWLY PLANTED LAWNS, WHO ARE ASKED TO HAND WATER ONLY, AFTER 7 PM OR BEFORE NOON.
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THREE HILLS TRAIN DERAILMENT -   NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A TRAIN WENT OFF THE TRACKS IN THREE HILLS SATURDAY NIGHT.     15 CARS CARRYING GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS WERE INVOLVED IN THE DERAILMENT, BUT NO LEAKS WERE DETECTED.    NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, AND THE COMPANY SAYS THERE ARE NO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.    CN CREWS WERE ON THE SCENE ALL DAY SUNDAY WIORKING TO GET THE LINE BACK IN OPERATION.  THE LINE RE-OPENED AROUND 2 MONDAY MORNING.      THE CLEANUP WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS TO REMOVE ALL THE DEBRI FROM THE SITE.
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LACOMBE AREA CRASH -  A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON HIGHWAY 2-A SENT AN 18 YEAR OLD MAN TO HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION.  HE WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE. THE CRASH HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER NOON YESTERDAY NEAR LACOMBE LAKE TIEING UP TRAFFIC BETWEEN BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE.
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WILDFIRE UPDATE -  SCORCHING TEMPERATURES AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ONLY FAN THE FLAMES OF WILDFIRES ACROSS ALBERTA.   THA LARGEST IS WEST OF NORDEGG, THE SPREADING CREEK FOREST FIRE IS BEING HELD AT ITS CURRENT BOUNDARIES.   FORESTED AREAS IN THE VICINITY REMAIN OFF LIMITS, AND ONLY THOSE WITH A VALID PERMIT FROM ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT WILL BE ALLOWED IN. HAZY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO WORSEN ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA IN THE COMING DAYS, AND THOSE WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
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RCMP SCAM WARNING -  MOUNTIES ARE WARNING RED DEER BUSINESS OWNERS OF A POTENTIAL SCAM.  ON FRIDAY, RCMP RECEIVED REPORTS OF TWO MALES MAKING SUSPICIOUS "COLD CALLS" TO NUMBERS BUSINESSES IN THE AREA OF 43RD STREET AND 54TH AVENUE.  TWO MEN IN SUITS CLAIMED TO OFFICER LOWER RATES FOR DEBIT MACHINES.  THE MEN ASKED TO HANDLE THE BUSINESSES CURRENT DEBIT MACHINE, BUT WERE REFUSED IN ALL CASES.  POLICE AREN'T SURE THESE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, BUT WANT TO REMIND BUSINESSES NOT TO LET DEBIT MACHINES OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
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RED DEER POWER OUTAGE -  THERE WAS A HUGE POWER OUTAGE IN RED DEER LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  A GLITCH AT ONE OF RED DEER'S THREE MAJOR SUB-STATIONS CAUSED THE LIGHTS TO GO OUT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AROUND 4:30 P.M. THROUGH DOWNTOWN, IN WESTPARK, MOUNTVIEW AND ORIOLE PARK.  THE OUTAGED FORCED THE CLOSURE OF NUMEROUS STORES AND RESTAURANTS AND DISABLED SEVERAL TRAFFIC LIGHTS.
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PENHOLD SKATEBOARD PARK  -  PENHOLD WILL SOON BE A SKATEBOARDERS DELIGHT.  THE TOWN HAS UNVEILED CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS FOR A NEW SKATEPARK WHICH WILL BE SPREAD OUT OVER ONE ACRE OF LAND JUST SOUTH OF THE MULTIPLEX.  THE SITE WILL CATER TO ALL SKILL LEVELS WITH WEDGES, RAILS AND A CLOSED BOWL.  HOWEVER, FUNDRAISING FOR THE 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR PROJECT IS JUST GETTING STARTED.
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SUNDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JULY 13TH

 

TRAIN DERAILMENT IN THREE HILLS - NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A TRAIN WENT OFF THE TRACKS IN THREE HILLS LAST NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD, THE CN RAIL CONTAINER CAR CRASHED IN A REMOTE AREA, WITHIN TOWN LIMITS. 15 CARS CARRYING GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS WERE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT, BUT NO LEAKS WERE DETECTED. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED, AND THE COMPANY SAYS THERE ARE NO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN THE WAKE OF THE DERAILMENT. CN CREWS WILL REMAIN ON SCENE THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON, LOOKING TO GET THE LINE BACK IN OPERATION BY DAYS END.

VEHICLE FIRE STIFFLED - BILLOWING SMOKE IS NOW CLEARING FROM THE RED DEER SKYLINE. A VEHICLE FIRE JUST OFF KERRYWOOD DRIVE WAS TO BLAME FOR A THICK PLUME OF SMOKE VISIBLE OVERHEAD THIS MORNING. RED DEER FIRE CREWS REPORTED THAT THE BLAZE WAS KNOCKED DOWN AROUND 8 THIS MORNING. THE CAUSE IS UNKNOWN, BUT POLICE AND FIRE INSPECTORS WILL BE EXAMINING THE SCENE FOR ANY SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.

THREE INJURED IN COCHRANE CRASH - THREE PEOPLE, INCLUDING AN INFANT, ARE RECOVERING FROM A CRASH NEAR COCHRANE.   JUST BEFORE 3:30 YESTERDAY, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ON HIGHWAY 22, JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 1.  A MOTORCYCLE, HEADING SOUTHBOUND, TURNED ONTO HIGHWAY 22 WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH A SOUTHBOUND SEDAN.  THE BIKER INCURRED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  THE WOMAN AND CHILD WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.  NO WORD ON THE CAUSE.

FRADULENT R-V DEALS LAND MILLET MAN JAIL TIME - DEFRAUDING DOZENS OF HIS CUSTOMERS IS LANDING A MILLET BUSINESSMAN BEHIND BARS.  ARNOLD DONSZELMAN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF 31 COUNTS OF FRAUD IN JUNE.  AND THIS WEEK HE WAS SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY 2.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION.  MORE THAN 36 CUSTOMERS FELL VICTIM TO HIS SCHEME WHICH WOULD SEE THE COMPANY SELL R-VS WITHOUT THE NECESSARY DEEDS- MEANING CUSTOMERS WERE PAYING OUT OF POCKET FOR MOTORHOMES THEY DIDN'T OWN.  ALL THE FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS WERE DONE THROUGH LEISURE RV RENTALS LIMITED IN MILLET.

MENDING MIKAYLA - AFTER SURGERY TO REMOVE A DEBILITATING BRAIN TUMOR, A LOCAL GIRL IS RETURNING HOME TO WETASKAWIN.  11-YEAR OLD MIKAYLA CURRAN HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM A HOUSTON HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING A PROCEDURE PAID IN FULL BY COMMUNITY DONATIONS. HER MOTHER ANGELA SAYS MIKAYLA IS ON THE MEND- THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF ALBERTANS.  MIKAYLA HAS NOT ONLY BEEN FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE BUT ALSO BATTLING FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE $210,000 SURGERY WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CANADA. THE PROVINCE HAS DENIED THE FAMILY MEDICAL COVERAGE, DESPITE HER DIAGNOSIS.


LIGHTS OUT DOWNTOWN - ROLLING POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE CITY HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. THE CITY IS THANKING RESIDENTS FOR THEIR PATIENCE DURING THE MAJOR SERVICE DISRUPTION YESTERDAY EVENING. STAFF WERE UNABLE TO SAY WHAT CAUSED THE OUTAGE.

 

 

SATURDAY MORNING NEWS FILE, JULY 12

 

PAIR OF PONOKA THIEVES CAUGHT RED-HANDED - A PAIR OF SUSPECTS ARE DUE IN COURT AFTER TWO THIEVES WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED IN PONOKA.  EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, POLICE ON PATROL SPOTTED A TRUCK PARKED SUSPICIOUSLY BESIDE A LOCAL TIRE SHOP.  AS OFFICERS APPROACHED, TWO SUSPECTS RAN BACK INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND ATTEMPTED TO FLEE, RAMMING A POLICE CRUISER THREE TIMES IN THEIR BID TO ESCAPE.  THE PAIR WERE EVENTUALLY ARRESTED AND TWO OFFICERS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES ON SCENE.  POLICE SAY THE DUO WERE DRIVING A STOLEN VEHICLE AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF STEALING TIRES.  35-YEAR OLD GINA GODUTO AND 50-YEAR OLD KENNETH BRIMMER HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE CASE.

ONE KILLED IN FIERY HWY 22 CRASH - ONE DRIVER IS DEAD, ANOTHER CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER A CRASH NEAR EVANSBURG LAST NIGHT.  AT APPROXIMATELY 9 PM, A GRAIN TRUCK AND CRUDE OIL TANKER COLLIDED NEAR ENTWISTLE.  BOTH VEHICLES WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES AND CLOSURES BETWEEN TOWNSHIP ROAD 524 AND 530 ARE EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGHOUT THE MORNING AS CLEAN-UP CONTINUES.  THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. THE SURVIVOR REMAINS IN HOSPITAL AND HAS NOT BEEN NAMED BY POLICE.

'AFTER THE FIRE' CAMPAIGN SPARKS AWARENESS -  NEIGHBORHOODS TOUCHED BY FIRE WILL THE TARGET OF A NEW PREVENTION CAMPAIGN. RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL BE KNOCKING ON DOORS IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT TRAGEDY FROM STRIKING THE SAME PLACE TWICE.  WITHIN 24 HOURS OF AN EMERGENCY, UNIFORMED MEMBERS WILL CANVASS NEARBY STREETS TO ADDRESS RESIDENT CONCERNS. THE 'AFTER THE FIRE CAMPAIGN WILL INCLUDE HOME VISITS, SAFETY CHECKS AND SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATIONS.

ALBERTA IMPROVES PARKS ACCESSIBILITY - EVERYONE BELONGS OUTSIDE.  THAT'S THE RATIONALE BEHIND A NEW PROVINCIAL CAMPAIGN AIMED AT PROVIDING BETTER ACCESSIBILITY TO ALBERTA'S PARKS.  AMONG THE NEW SERVICES IN THE WORKS IS A DURABLE WHEELCHAIR, CALLED THE PARK EXPLORER, WHICH ALLOWS THOSE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES TO NAVIGATE RUGGED TERRAIN.
THE PROVINCE IS NOW EXPLORING FUNDING OPTIONS TO MAKE THE OFF-ROAD WHEELCHAIR AVAILABLE AT ALL GOVERNMENT SITES.

PROVINCE LETS ANGLERS OFF THE HOOK - FISH FOR FREE THIS WEEKEND. AS PART OF ITS FAMILY FISHING WEEKENDS CAMPAIGN, THE PROVINCE HAS LET YOU OFF THE HOOK. BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW, LISCENCES WON'T BE NEEDED, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO FISH ON WATER BODIES WITH OPEN FISHING SEASONS. NATIONAL PARKS ARE NOT INCLUDED. ALL OTHER FISHING REGULATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT.

 

 

FRI PM NEWSFILE (JUL 11)

 

MAN STABBED ON CPR BRIDGE (JUL 11) - A STABBING HAS BEEN REPORTED ON THE CPR WALKING BRIDGE EARLY THIS MORNING.
AT AROUND1:30, RCMP SAY A MAN WALKING ON THE BRIDGE WAS APPROACHED BY 3 MEN WHO DEMANDED HIS WALLET. AFTER A SCUFFLE, THE VICTIM WAS STABBED IN THE HAND BEFORE HE RAN WAY. RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE NOW SEARCHING FOR 3 SUSPECTS. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP. A SIMILIAR STABBING HAPPEND ON THAT SAME BRIDGE ON JULY 5TH, AND RCMP DON'T BELIEVE THE INCIDENTS WERE RELATED.


MISSING WOMAN (JUL 11) - RED DEER RCMP NEED YOUR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING PERSON. 29 YEAR OLD ANGIE BEAVERBONES WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 5TH ON THE OCHIESE FIRST NATION NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, BUT SHE LIVES IN RED DEER. YOU CAN CONTACT THE RCMP IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING.

ATV RIPS THROUGH CITY HALL PARK (JUL 11) - CITY RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO SUSPECTS THAT TORE THROUGH CITY HALL PARK ON AN ATV EARLY THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 4:45 WITH WITNESSES SAYING THE PAIR APPEARED TO BE DRUNK BUT NO DESCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. THE ATV HOWEVER IS DESCRIBED AS A CAN-AM RENEGADE. PATROLS OF THE AREA WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECTS. RCMP SAY THERE IS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL FLOWER BEDS IN THE PARK BUT NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT IS ENCOURAGED TO CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.
 

WILDIRES CLOSING ROADS (JUL 11) - ACCESS TO CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS WEST OF NORDEGG IS NOW BEING RESTRICTED. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SAY THE SPREADING CREEK WILDFIRE IS OVER 56 HUNDRED HECTARES WITH THE FIRE'S BEHAVIOUR AND FIRE HAZARD CONDITIONS BEING DESCRIBED AS EXTREME RIGHT NOW. THIS MEANS ALL RECREATIONAL, INDUSTRIAL AND PUBLIC ACCESS IN THE AFFECTED AREA IS BEING RESTRICTED. THE FOREST AREA CLOSURE EXTENDS FROM THE MOUNTAINS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11 AND NORTH TO THE CLINE RIVER AND EAST FROM THE BANFF PARK BORDER TO WHITE RABBIT CREEK.

POPULATION RISES (JUL 11) - RED DEER IS NOW HOME TO 98,585 RESIDENTS. THAT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CENSUS RESULTS RELEASED BY THE CITY TODAY (FRI) WHICH INDICATES NEARLY 15 HUNDRED PEOPLE MOVED TO RED DEER IN THE PAST YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 1.5 PERCENT. OFFICIALS SAY THE STRONGEST GROWTH TOOK PLACE IN THE VANIER WOODS NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH 603 NEW RESIDENTS AND TIMBERLANDS WITH 441 NEW RESIDENTS. STAFF ARE ALSO HAPPY THAT NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF CENSUS RESPONDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE CENSUS ONLINE, UP FROM 30 PERCENT IN THE INAUGURAL VERSION LAST YEAR.

BUILDING PERMITS DOWN (JUL 11) - THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE VALUE OF BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED IN RED DEER LAST MONTH WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE OF 2013. THE LATEST FIGURES SHOW 16.3 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PERMITS ISSUED IN JUNE, DOWN FROM 30 MILLION DURING THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS SHOW 78.4 MILLION IN PERMITS ISSUED SO FAR, DOWN FROM 132 MILLION DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2013.

HOUSING STARTS ON PAR (JUL 11) - HOUSING STARTS IN RED DEER LAST MONTH WERE PRETTY MUCH ON PAR WITH JUNE OF LAST YEAR. THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION SHOW 52 HOUSING STARTS IN JUNE, UP FROM 50 IN JUNE OF 2013. YEAR TO DATE NUMBERS ARE HIGHER AS WELL WITH 471 HOUSING STARTS SO FAR THIS YEAR, UP FROM 414 IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2013. AROUND THE REGION, HOUSING STARTS ARE UP IN RED DEER COUNTY, SYLVAN LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY AND DOWN SO FAR THIS YEAR IN LACOMBE AND LACOMBE COUNTY

 

 

THURS PM NEWSFILE (JUL 10)

 

RON AND CARI MCLEAN ARE READY (JUL 10) - SOME STAR POWER IS GETTING BEHIND RED DEER'S BID TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. THE BID COMMITTEE REVEALED RON MCLEAN AND HIS WIFE CARI AS HONORARY CHAIRS FOR RED DEER'S BID. BOTH RON AND CARI WERE BORN AND RAISED IN RED DEER AND DID NOT HESITATE AT THE CHANCE TO BACK OUR CITY'S BID TO HOST THE GAMES. THE COUPLE WILL BE IN RED DEER ON AUGUST 22ND FOR THE RED DEER IS READY RALLY, WHICH FALLS ON THE SAME DAY THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE MAKES THEIR VISIT. THE FINAL DECISION BETWEEN RED DEER AND LETHBRIDGE IS EXPECTED IN SEPTEMBER.

MAN INJURED ON HWY 22 (JUL 10) - A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NORTH OF SUNDRE EARLY THIS MORNING (THU) HAS SENT ONE MAN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 4 WHEN A SOUTHBOUND TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 22 ROLLED INTO THE WESTSIDE DITCH, TRAPPING THE MALE DRIVER INSIDE. SUNDRE RCMP CONSTABLE MIKE MARTIN SAYS IT RESULTED IN THAT SECTION OF HIGHWAY BEING SHUT DOWN FOR OVER THREE HOURS WHIEL EMERGENCY CREWS TENDED TO THE SCENE. MARTIN BELIEVES THE DRIVER IS FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AREA BUT DOESN'T KNOW HIS AGE AT THIS TIME.
HE ADDS, IT APPEARS SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

RCMP LOOKING FOR SUSPECT (JUL 10) - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY INVITED SEXUAL TOUCHING FROM A 12 YEAR OLD BOY LAST SATURDAY. RCMP SAY THE BOY WAS IN HIS PARKVALE YARD AT 48TH AVENUE AND 46TH STREET AROUND 5PM WHEN A MAN HANGING AROUND THE AREA, PASSED BY ONCE THEN APPROACHED HIM WITH THE OFFER. THE MAN LEFT WHEN THE BOY'S PARENT'S APPROACHED AND WAS LAST SEEN WALKING SOUTH TOWARDS ROTARY PARK BUT POLICE COULDN'T FIND HIM. A SIMILAR INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN THE PINES NEIGHBOURHOOD ON JUNE 27TH WHERE A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS APPROACHED.

AHS WARNS ABOUT SMOKEY AIR (JUL 10) - ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IS WARING PEOPLE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ABOUT SOME SMOKEY AIR. SMOKE FROM FOREST FIRES IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ARE HEADING SOUTH, AND COULD BE SEEN OR SMELT IN OUR REGION WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. AS A RESULT, A PRECAUTIONARY AIR QUALITY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED. THE SMOKE SHOULDN'T BE A MAJOR HEALTH CONCERN, BUT IF YOU DO EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT IN YOUR EYES OR THROAT IT'S BEST TO SIMPLY STAY INDOORS.

EVANS STILL MISSING (JUL 10) - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEENAGER. 15 YEAR OLD SHAINA EVANS WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JUNE 27TH, AND AS OF TODAY RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE STILL UNSURE OF HER WHEARABOUTS. YOU CAN CONTACT THE RCMP IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING.


CHARGES DROPPED IN ALLEGED STABBING (JUL 10) - CHARGES WERE DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (MON) FOR A THREE HILLS MAN ACCUSED IN AN ICE HUT STABBING ON SYLVAN LAKE LAST YEAR.
28 YEAR OLD CASEY STAPLE WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS IN THE JANUARY 2013 INCIDENT WHERE RCMP SAY TWO MEN GOT INTO A FIGHT AT AN ICE HUT, WITH ONE GETTING STABBED.
STAPLE WAS IN COURT FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING TO DETERMINE IF THERE WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR THE CASE TO GO TO TRIAL.
MOUNTIES SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE MOTIVE FOR THE ASSAULT BUT ADD IT TOOK PLACE AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JULY 9TH

 

PICK-UPS COLLIDE, KILLING ONE - ONE MAN IS DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED AFTER TWO PICK-UPS COLLIDED SOUTH OF SYLVAN LAKE.  AROUND 9 AM YESTERDAY, A WESTBOUND DRIVER FAILED TO YIELD AT THE INTERSECTION OF RANGE ROAD 10 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 380.  A SOUTHBOUND DRIVER WAS BROADSIDED, BATTERED AND BRUISED WITH BROKEN FINGERS, BUT MANAGED TO FLAG DOWN HELP.  THE OTHER DRIVER, A 54-YEAR OLD MAN DIED ON SCENE.  ALCOHOL DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR BUT THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

RCMP SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN - RCMP ARE EXPANDING THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING GIRL WHO HAS DISAPPEARED FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE LESS THAN TWO MONTHS.TANEASHA THOM IS NATIVE, FIVE FOOT FIVE WITH HAIR DYED TEAL AND SHAVED ON ONE SIDE.  THE 16-YEAR OLD IS FROM PONOKA BUT POLICE BELIEVE SHE'S IN THE RED DEER AREA.  THOM WAS THE SUBJECT OF ANOTHER MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION WHEN SHE DISAPPEARED IN LATE JUNE AND RESURFACED, UNHARMED MORE THAN 2 WEEKS LATER.  A PHOTOGRAPH OF THOM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.

RED DEER WARNED OF POSSIBLE CHILD PREDATOR  - A CHILD LURING INCIDENT HAS RCMP ON THE HUNT FOR THE MAN RESPONSIBLE.  POLICE SAY, ON JULY 3RD, A BOY WAS PLAYING IN HIS YARD IN THE ANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY A STRANGER.  THE MAN, DRIVING A WHITE SUV CROSSOVER, CLAIMED HE WAS A CAB DRIVER, AND OFFERED THE CHILD A DRIVE TO THE BEACH.
THE FOUR-YEAR OLD WENT TO HIS MOTHER INSTEAD, AND MAN FLED THE AREA.  THE SUSPECT IS IN HIS LATE TWENTIES TO EARLY THIRTIES WITH DARK SKIN AND DREAD LOCKS.
 

MAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT - A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE PORT O'CALL SAFEWAY DOWNTOWN ON MONDAY NIGHT.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 10 O'CLOCK WHEN A WOMAN CONFRONTED A MAN WHO HAD ALLEGDLY SEXUALLY TOUCHED HER.  THE SUSPECT WAS CHASED OUT OF THE STORE BY STAFF AND SPOTTED BY MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM WHO WERE DRIVING THROUGH THE AREA AND SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.  THE SUSPECT WAS DETAINED UNTIL RCMP ARRIVED MOMENTS LATER.  THAT SUSPECT'S NAME WILL BE RELEASED ONCE THE CHARGES ARE SWORN, WITH MORE CHARGES STILL POSSIBLE.

VETERAN MARCHES FOR PTSD AWARENESS - GOVERNMENT FAILURES ARE RE-VICTIMIZING THOSE ALREADY TRAUMATIZED BY COMBAT.  THAT MESSAGE FROM CANADIAN VETERAN STEVE HARTWIG WHO IS MARCHING ACROSS CANADA TO RAISE AWARENESS SURROUNDING PTSD.  HE SAYS PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING WITHOUT ADEQUATE RESOURCES AND UNDERSTANDING. HARTWIG ARRIVED IN RED DEER THIS AFTERNOON.
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HOSPITAL OPENS NEW PARENT CARE SUITE - FAMILIES CARING FOR A SICK INFANT CAN NOW STAY TOGETHER.  WITH THE HELP OF A DONATION FROM THE KINSMEN CLUB, A NEW $140,000 SUITE HAS OPENED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.  THE THREE BEDROOM FACILITY ALLOWS BOTH MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO STAY OVERNIGHT WITH THEIR CHILDREN, UNDER THE WATCHFUL CARE OF NURSES. PAST CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KINSEM CLUB TO THE HEALTH FOUNDATION HAVE ALSO HELPED CREATE A LOUNGE FOR TEENAGED PATIENTS AND A NEW PLAY AREA FOR THE KIDS.

IMPAIRED DRIVERS BEWARE - A WARNING FROM RED DEER MOUNTIES THAT THEY'RE ZEROING IN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS. RCMP SAY THEY NOW HAVE FOUR OFFICERS THAT HAVE BECOME CERTIFIED DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS OR "D.R.E.'S".  THEY SAY THESE OFFICERS WERE PUT TO GOOD USE DURING A CHECKSTOP ON JUNE 28TH WHEN THEY IDENTIFIED TWO MOTORISTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.
CORPORAL MATT LABELLE SAYS THE OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO CONDUCT EXAMINATIONS OF PUPIL SIZE, REACTION TO LIGHT, BLOOD PRESSURE, PULSE RATE, BODY TEMPERATURE AND MUSCLE TONE IF DRIVERS PERFORM POORLY ON FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS.
 

 

TUESDAY AFTERNOON NEWS FILE, JULY 8TH

 

TODDLER DROWNS SOUTH OF OLDS - RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER TRAGEDY STRUCK DURING A FAMILY REUNION IN OLDS.  ON SUNDAY NIGHT, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A RURAL HOME SOUTH OF TOWN AFTER A FOUR YEAR OLD BOY WAS DISCOVERED FACE DOWN IN A POND.  THE TODDLER WAS RUSHED TO CALGARY HOSPITAL BUT LATER DIED.  THE BOY AND HIS FAMILY WERE VISITING FROM THE UNITED STATES. FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED.


WOMAN DIES IN FIREPIT ACCIDENT - A RED DEER WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER FALLING INTO A CAMPFIRE.  THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 6AM SUNDAY AT A PRIVATE CAMPGROUND NORTH OF TORRINGTON.  POLICE SAY THE THE 53-YEAR OLD SUSTAINED SEVERE BURNS AFTER HER CLOTHING CAUGHT FIRE.  SHE SUCCUMBED TO HER INJURIES HOURS LATER IN CALGARY HOSPITAL.  AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE DEATH IS NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS.  THE WOMAN'S IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.


FOUL PLAY TO BLAME IN DOWNTOWN APARTMENT FIRE - CITY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AN ARSON AT A DOWNTOWN APARTMENT LAST MONTH.  IT HAPPENED ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 28TH ON 51ST STREET AND 50TH AVENUE WHEN ACCELERANT WAS THROWN ON AN APARTMENT DOOR AND THEN LIT ON FIRE.  THREE PEOPLE INSIDE THE PARTMENT TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO PUT IT OUT THEN ESCAPED THROUGH A REAR WINDOW.  EMS CREWS ARRIVED AND EVACUATED THE BUILDING BEFORE PUTTING THE FIRE OUT.  NO ONE WAS HURT AND NO WORD YET ON A DAMAGE ESTIMATE.


RCMP TURN UP THE HEAT ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS - IMPAIRED DRIVERS BEWARE.  THAT MESSAGE FROM RED DEER RCMP WHO SAY THE NOW HAVE FOUR OFFICERS RECENTLY CERTIFIED TO IDENTITY DRIVERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.  CORPORAL MATT LABELLE SAYS THE DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS OR "D.R.E.'S" WERE PUT TO GOOD USE DURING A CHECKSTOP HELD ON JUNE 28TH.  TWO MOTORISTS WERE ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE BEING IMPAIRED BY DRUGS.  LABELLE SAYS THE OFFICERS CAN ADMINISTER EXAMINATIONS ON PUPIL SIZE, REACTION TO LIGHT, BLOOD PRESSURE, PULSE RATE, BODY TEMPERATURE AND MUSCLE TONE IF A DRIVER FAILS SOBRIETY TESTS.


NIXON IN, ANGLIN OUT - THE NEW WILDROSE NOMINEE IN THE RIMBEY-ROCKY RIDING SAYS HIS LEADERSHIP WILL NOT BE OVERSHADOWED BY THE CONTROVERSIES OF THE CAMPAIGN.  JASON NIXON HAS OUSTED SITTING MLA JOE ANGLIN.  AND HE'S IS DOWNPLAYING ACCUSATIONS OF CAMPAIGN MISCONDUCT MADE BY HIS OPPONENT, AND PROMISING TO UNIFY THE PARTY.  ANGLIN CLAIMED THAT NIXON BROKE CAMPAIGN RULES, AND SAID THAT THINGS HAD BECOME SO HEATED IN THE POLITICAL BATTLE THAT HE ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED DEATH THREATS AND BRIBES. NIXON NETTED 242 VOTES, ANGLIN ONLY FETCHED 122.


BBQ BRUSH LANDS RED DEER WOMAN IN HOSPITAL - AS SUMMER BARBECUE SEASON KICKS OFF, A RED DEER WOMAN IS OFFERING A CAUTIONARY TALE.  KIM SCHELENBERG IS RECOVERING FROM MULTIPLE SURGERIES AFTER ACCIDENTALLY INGESTING A METAL BRISTLE FROM A GRILL BRUSH. SHE SAYS HER FREAK ACCIDENT SHOULD ACT AS A WARNING TO CONSUMERS. ALTHOUGH RARE, GRILL BRUSHES ARE TO BLAME FOR OTHER MEDICAL SCARES AND THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS A ISSUED WARNINGS IN THE PAST.


PLANNED OUTAGE SOUTH OF HOSPITAL - IT WILL BE LIGHTS OUT FOR HUNDREDS OF RED DEER RESIDENTS ON WEDNESDAY.  A HANDFUL OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS ALONG 52ND AVENUE, 36TH STREET, 37 STREET AND 39TH STREET WILL BE KICKED OFF THE GRID FOR MOST OF THE DAY.  POWER WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM APPROXIMATELY 8:30 UNTIL 4PM AS CITY CREWS COMPLETE UPGRADES TO THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM.  FOR A DETAILED LIST OF AFFECTED PROPERTIES, VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


SAFE CAMPAIGN REACHES OUT - RESIDENTS IN THE MOUNTVIEW AND SUNNYBROOK NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN SOME ACTIVITIES BEING RUN BY THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE THIS WEEK.  RESIDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO GET OUT AND MEET ONE ANOTHER, TALK ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND CLEAN UP THEIR AREA.  THE CENTRE IS HOSTING A BBQ AND ALSO LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HAND OUT FLYERS FOR A COMMUNITY CLEAN AND GRAFFITI ABATEMENT TAKING PLACE ON THURSDAY.


ALBERTA SET TO DITCH OLD LISCENCE PLATES - IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO CHOOSE ALBERTA'S NEW LICENCE PLATE.  THE PROVINCE HAS LAUNCHED AN ONLINE SURVEY AS IT LOOKS TO REVAMP THE CURRENT DESIGN, WHICH HAS BEEN USED ON ALBERTA RIDES FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. YOU CAN VOTE ON THREE POSSIBLE OPTIONS AT ALBERTA.CA.