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SATURDAY NEWS (DEC. 20)

 

AMBER ALERT CANCELLED - A MAN AND WOMAN ARE IN CUSTODY AND THREE MISSING KIDS ARE SAFE AFTER AN AMBER ALERT YESTERDAY. THIS AFTER A VEHICLE WAS SPOTTED A PROPERTY NEAR EVANSBURG ABOUT FIVE HOURS AFTER THE CALL WAS PUT OUT. JUST AFTER THE FIVE O'CLOCK HOUR, POLICE ANNOUNCED THEY HAD CONVERGED ON THE PROPERTY ABOUT 100 KMS WEST OF EDMONTON. ALL THREE BOYS ARE SAFE AND IN GOOD CONDITION. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED BUT AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE.
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MURDER CHARGES REINSTATED - POLICE HAVE REINSTATED CHARGES AGAINST TRAVIS VADER, THE MAN ALLEGED TO HAVE MURDERED ST. ALBERT COUPLE LYLE AND MARIE MCCANN IN JULY 2010. THEIR BODIES HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND BUT THEIR BURNT OUT MOTORHOME WAS DISCOVERED SHORTLY AFTER THEY WENT MISSING. THEY WERE LAST SEEN FUELING UP THAT MOTORHOME IN ST. ALBERT FOUR AND HALF YEARS AGO. CHARGES WERE STAYED AGAINST VADER IN MARCH BUT RCMP HAD ONE YEAR TO REINSTATE THEM. VADER WILL REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL A BAIL HEARING WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN SET.
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BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS SOUGHT - THORSBY RCMP ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TWO SUSPECTS WHO WERE DRIVING A STOLEN DODGE RAM PICKUP AFTER A BANK ROBBERY IN WINFIELD YESTERDAY. AROUND 11:30 ON FRIDAY, POLICE SAY TWO MALES ENTERED THE ATB AND BRANDISHED A HANDGUN. AFTER DIRECTING CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES TO LAY ON THE GROUND, THE SUSPECTS TOOK AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. ONE MALE WAS INJURED IN THE ALTERCATION BUT HIS INJURIES WERE NOT LIFE THREATENING. WHEN RCMP ATTENDED THE SUSPECTS HAD FLED SOUTH IN THE 2006 DARK BLUE PICKUP MISSING A TAILGATE. THE DODGE WAS FOUND TO BE STOLEN FROM A PROPERTY IN PONOKA COUNTY AND WAS FOUND ABANDONED NEAR USONA. POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO COME FORWARD.
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ARSON SENTENCE HANDED DOWN - A 22 YEAR OLD MAN FROM THE SYLVAN AREA WILL SERVE SIX MONTHS OF HOUSE ARREST AND CURFEW. THIS AFTER LOGAN WILLIAM GRAHAM WAS CONVICTED OF ARSON IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. GRAHAM IS ONE OF TWO MEN CHARGED WITH TORCHING A VEHICLE TIED TO A FATAL HIT AND RUN. HE'LL SERVE THE FIRST THREE MONTHS UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOLLOWED BY A 9 PM TO 6 AM CURFEW FOR THE REMAINING THREE. GRAHAM WILL THEN HAVE A ONE YEAR PROBATION SENTENCE. IN MAY, 18 YEAR OLD TRISTAN SORENSEN DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A MOTORIST ON HIGHWAY 592. THE NEXT DAY, GRAHAM AND STEVEN LAGACE TOOK THE SUV OWNED BY 25 YEAR OLD JESSICA MASYK AND TORCHED IT IN A FIELD. LEGACE WAS SENTENCED IN OCTOBER TO 26 MONTHS FOR ARSON AND CHARGES CONNECTED TO A SEPARATE INCIDENT. MASYK IS ALSO ACCUSED IN THE CASE OF LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL COLLISION, DISQUALIFIED DRIVING AND MISCHIEF.
SHE ALSO FACES CHARGES IN A SEPARATE INCIDENT WHICH SHE IS DUE IN COURT ON FEBRUARY 27TH TO ANSWER TO.
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RESIDENTIAL SNOW PLOWING WRAPS UP - CITY OF RED DEER SNOW CLEARING CREWS ARE SET TO FINISH UP RESIDENTIAL PLOWING THIS WEEKEND. THERE WERE ONLY TWO ZONES TO COMPLETE COMING INTO THE WEEKEND IN ZONES J AND K. THESE ARE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH EAST PORTION OF THE CITY AND INCLUDE THE NEIGHBOURHOODS OF LANCASTER, SUNNYBROOK SOUTH, INGLEWOOD AND VANIER WOODS. GREEN OR PRIORITY ROUTES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLEARED, JUST LEAVING THE GREY OR SECONDARY ROUTES TO FINISH UP TODAY.
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HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION CHANGES - THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS WILL FORCE SOME CHANGES TO RED-DEERIANS WHO HAVE THEIR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING PICKED UP ON THURSDAYS. CITY OFFICIALS SAY WITH CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY BOTH BEING ON THURSDAY THIS YEAR, RESIDENTS WHO HAVE COLLECTION ON THOSE DAYS WILL SEE IT PICKED UP A LITTLE LATER THAN NORMAL. IN ANDERS IT WILL BE PICKED UP ON FRIDAY. MORRISROE, EASTVIEW, MICHENER HILL EAST OF 40TH AVE AND CLEARVIEW MEADOWS WILL HAVE COLLECTION ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY. CLEARVIEW RIDGE AND GARDEN HEIGHTS WILL BE THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY. YOU CAN ALSO MAKE NOTE THAT THE CITY'S RECYCLING PROGRAM DOES NOT ACCEPT WRAPPING PAPER, TISSUE PAPER OR STYROFOAM, SO YOU'RE ASKED NOT TO PUT THAT IN YOUR BLUE BIN.
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2014 CITY OF RED DEER SUMMARY - THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH THE YEAR THAT WAS IN 2014. KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR INCLUDE ACQUIRING THE RIGHT TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES AND IMPROVING THE SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL POLICY. THIS WAS ALSO THE FIRST FULL CALENDAR YEAR FOR THE NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCIL, AND CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS WAS IMPRESSED WITH HOW WELL THEY WORKED AS A TEAM. CURTIS HAS HIGH HOPES FOR 2015 AND HOPES TO BUILD ON THE MOMENTUM LEFT IN 2014.
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SYLVAN LAKE INVESTMENT STRATEGY - SYLVAN LAKERS CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN THE TOWN OVER THE COMING YEARS. THAT ACCORDING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VICKI KURZ WHO SAYS THEY'VE ADOPTED A NEW "INVESTMENT ATTRACTION STRATEGY" TO DO JUST THAT. SHE SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE SYLVAN LAKE A MORE BALANCED COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS. SHE SAYS SYLVAN LAKE IS CURRENTLY 85 PERCENT RESIDENTIAL AND ONLY 15 PERCENT NON-RESIDENTIAL
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2014 ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SUMMARY - THE PROVINCIAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER CALLS 2014 AN UP AND DOWN YEAR. VERLYN OLSON BELIEVES GRAIN TRANSPORTATION AND COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING DISPUTES BROUGHT SOME TOUGH TIMES IN 2014. OLSON SAYS HE WAS VERY HAPPY TO KEEP HIS TITLE AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AFTER A RECENT CABINET SHUFFLE.

 

FRI PM NEWS (DEC. 19)

 

AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR NORTH & CENTRAL AB - THAT AMBER ALERT CONTINUES---AS EDMONTON POLICE TRY TO FIND THREE LITTLE BOYS WHO WERE ABDUCTED FROM NORTH EDMONTON THIS MORNING. THEY ARE 2 YEAR OLD JEREMY HUTCHINSON, 8 YEAR OLD ANDREW HUTCHINSON AND 9 YEAR OLD DAMIEN HUTCHINSON. POLICE ALLEGE THAT 50 YEAR OLD LEONARD HUTCHINSON TOOK THEM. HE'S DESCRIBED AS WHITE, BALD, ABOUT 6'1 AND 300 LBS. HE WAS WEARING A GREY SHIRT AND PANTS WITH SUSPENDERS AND GLASSES. THEY WERE LAST SEEN IN A RED KIA SEDONA - WITH THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER BPB 6141. IT'S BELIEVED THE VEHICLE WAS HEADING WEST OF EDMONTON. HUTCHINSON MAY BE IN THE COMPANY OF AN ABORIGINAL WOMAN WITH LONG DARK HAIR.
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LURING CHARGE DROPPED - A MAN ACCUSED OF LURING A RED DEER TEEN ONLINE FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES HAS HAD HIS CHARGE DROPPED IN CALGARY COURT. HOWEVER, NO REASON HAS BEEN PROVIDED AS TO WHY THE CHRGE WAS DROPPED FOR 28 YEAR OLD WILLIAM RYAN OF CALGARY. THE ALLEGED INCIDENT WAS REPORTED TO POLICE BY THE TEEN'S CAREGIVER ON OCTOBER 5TH. RYAN WAS RELEASED ON BAIL LATER THAT MONTH.
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ARMED ROBBERY SENTENCE HANDED DOWN - A GUILTY PLEA IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (THU) FROM ONE OF THREE PONOKA MEN CHARGED IN A LOCAL ROBBERY LAST WINTER. 20 YEAR OLD JORDAN BARON PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF ROBBERY AND WILL BE SENTENCED MARCH 4TH WHEN HE'S ALSO SLATED TO SPEAK TO TWO OTHER COUNTS THAT SAME DAY. 21 YEAR OLD CO-ACCUSED STEPHEN DONALDSON HAD HIS CHARGES DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY WHILE 18 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN LESANN WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN APRIL OF NEXT YEAR TO SEE IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE FEBRUARY 3RD WHEN RCMP SAY A LONE MALE WITH A HANDGUN HELD UP THE MAC'S CONVENIENCE STORE ON GAETZ AT 21ST STREET AND FLED WITH SOME CASH IN A WAITING WHITE TRUCK.
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RECENT SPREE OF LOCAL MAIL THEFTS - RED DEER POLICE ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR MAIL AFTER AT LEAST SEVEN THEFTS IN THE LAST WEEK. THESE THEFTS HAVE OCCURRED ON OBERLIN AVENUE, JENNING CRESCENT, 54TH STREET AND JORDAN PARKWAY. THERE ARE ALSO REPORTS FROM NORTHWOOD ESTATES, 60TH STREET AND KENNING CRESCENT. THE RCMP SAY THEY USUSALLY SEE A SPIKE IN MAIL THEFTS AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, YOU'RE ASKED TO GIVE THEM A CALL.
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POLICE CHASE SENTENCE HANDED DOWN - A SYLVAN LAKE MAN CHARGED IN A HIGH SPEED CHASE NEAR WHITECOURT LAST YEAR HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN JAIL. 33 YEAR OLD BRIAN BUXTON PLED GUILTY TO 8 COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT ON WEDNESDAY AND WAS ALSO HANDED A TWO YEAR DRIVING BAN BUT WAS GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, SO NOW HAS JUST OVER FOUR YEARS LEFT BEHIND BARS. IT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2013 WHEN MOUNTIES TRIED TO PULL OVER A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 43 WEST OF WHITECOURT BUT DIDN'T STOP, FLEEING AT SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 230 KMS/HR BEFORE GETTING STUCK AT THE END OF A SIDE ROAD. THE SUSPECT WAS FOUND IN THE FOREST FIVE HOURS LATER WITH A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE TURNING UP A LOADED HANDGUN AND VARIOUS ILLEGAL DRUGS. BUXTON WAS ALSO WANTED ON WARRANTS OUT OF RED DEER, BLACKFALDS, INNISFAIL AND B.C.
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CITY IDENTITY SURVEY RESULTS - IT SEEMS RED DEERIANS FEEL OUR CITY IS ENTREPRENUERIAL, UNIQUELY CONNECTED AND AUTHENTICALLY ALBERTAN. THAT ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS WHO SAY THAT FEEDBACK WAS TAKEN FROM EARLY PHASES OF THE CITY'S "IDENTITY PROJECT" WHICH AIMS TO FIND OUT RED DEER'S PERSONALITY, CHARACTER AND BETTER ATTRACT NEW RESIDENTS, VISITORS AND BUSINESSES. NOW CITY OFFICIALS WANT MORE PUBLIC FEEDBACK TO SEE IF MOST RED DEERIANS FEEL THIS PAINTS AN ACCURATE PICTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY. FOR MORE INFO ON THE CITY'S IDENTITY PROJECT, VISIT REDDEER.CA.
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ROCKY 2015 BUDGET PASSED - COUNCIL FOR THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HAS APPROVED IT'S BUDGET FOR 2015 AND IT INCLUDES A MODEST TAX INCREASE FOR RESIDENTS. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT A TAX RATE INCREAS OF JUST UNDER 3 PERCENT NEXT YEAR BUT CAN ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO A NUMBER OF CAPITAL UPGRADES IN THE COMMUNITY. THOSE INCLUDE AN UPGRADE AND EXPANSION TO THE RECREATION COMPLEX, MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION AND A STORE-FRONT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES. THE FINAL TAX RATE INCREASE OF COURSE WON'T BE KNOWN UNTIL THE SPRING WHEN THE PROVINCE DECIDES THE EDUCATION PORTION OF THE TAX BILL.
 

 

FRI AM NEWS (DEC. 19)
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CANADA WIDE WARRANT - 
A CANADA WIDE WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MAN POLICE BELIEVE IS WORKING AND LIVING IN RED DEER.  39 YEAR OLD JOHN FRID IS BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY POLICE FOR BREACHING HIS PAROLE. RCMP DON'T BELIEVE HE POSES ANY DANGER TO THE PUBLIC, BUT IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP.
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PONOKA KIDNAPPING UPDATE -  RCMP IN PONOKA HAVE CHARGED 7 PEOPLE AFTER A VIOLENT HOME INVASION INCIDENT ON WEDNESDAY.
MOUNTIES SAY THE SUSPECTS ARE ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A PONOKA HOME AND ABDUCTING A 23 YEAR OLD MAN FROM THE RESIDENCE, THE SUSPECTS WERE LATER ARRESTED.  RCMP HAVE ANNOUNCED THE NAMES OF THE SUSPECTS YESTERDAY (THURS), AS CHRISTINE KIRKEBY, SHANE KERIK, TYLER SCOTT, LANE DICKSON, ASHLEY SHEWCHUK, ZACKARY PURDY AND JAMES MILLER-LANEY ARE ALL FACING CHARGES. THOSE CHARGES RANGE FROM KIDNAPPING TO UTTERING THREATS TO KILL, AMONG OTHERS.  THEY WILL ALL APPEAR IN PONOKA COURT TODAY (FRI)
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KIJIJI MURDER -  ONE OF TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN RED DEER LAST YEAR AFTER AN EDMONTON KIDNAPPING WILL GO TO TRIAL IN 2015.
20 YEAR OLD HARSUMEET BRAR WILL HAVE A JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL IN EDMONTON COURT STARTING MAY 25TH OF NEXT YEAR WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED, 21 YEAR OLD GURSUMEET BRAR WILL HAVE A BAIL HEARING NEXT MONTH.  RED DEER MOUNTIES USED A SPIKE BELT IN JULY OF 2013 TO STOP THE PAIR WHO WERE IN A STOLEN VEHICLE OUT OF EDMONTON.  IT'S ALLEGED THE MEN KIDNAPPED AN EDMONTON MAN WHO PLACED HIS VEHICLE FOR SALE ON KIJIJI AND PUT HIM IN THE TRUNK AND DROVE TO CALGARY WHERE THE VICTIM EVENTUALLY ESCAPED.
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MARY ANNE JABLONSKI REACTION -  RED DEER NORTH MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI SAYS SHE WAS AS SURPRISED AS ANYONE WHEN 9 WILDROSE MEMBERS, INCLUDING LEADER DANIELLE SMITH CROSSED THE FLOOR TO JOIN THE CONSERVATIVES THIS WEEK.  JABLONSKI SAYS IT'S DIFFICULT TO EMBRACE THOSE WHO CRITICIZED AND CONDEMNED YOU IN THE PAST, BUT SHE SAYS IT'S TIME TO SET THOSE DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND MOVE FORWARD.  THE RED DEER MLA SAYS THERE ARE MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD AND IT'S TIME TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE, TO MAKE SURE THE RIGHT THINGS ARE DONE, FOR WHAT'S BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF ALBERTA.
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CAL DALLAS REACTION -  RED DEER SOUTH MLA CAL DALLAS SAYS HE DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING UNTIL EARLIER THIS WEEK BUT FEELS THE ADDITION OF MORE MLA'S TO THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE A GOOD THING. HE SAYS HAVING GREATER REPRESENTATION ACROSS THE PROVINCE WILL RESULT IN THE WISEST DECISIONS BEING MADE AND IS A TESTAMENT TO THE LEADERSHIP OF JIM PRENTICE.
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KERRY TOWLE REACTION -  INNISFAIL - SYLVAN LAKE MLA KERRY TOWLE SAYS IT WAS A SURPRISE TO HER WHEN OTHER WILDROSE MEMBERS CROSSED THE FLOOR THIS WEEK, EVEN THOUGH SHE DID THE SAME THING LAST MONTH.  SHE ADDS THERE HAS BEEN A GOOD RESPONSE FROM MOST OF HER CONSTITUENTS SINCE JOINING THE TORY'S.  TOWLE SAYS SHE HASN'T TALKED WITH DANIELLE SMITH SINCE THE FORMER WILDROSE LEADER CROSSED THE FLOOR.  TOWLE ADDS, THERE IS ALOT OF REBUILDING TO DO WITH THE NEW LOOK ALBERTA LEGISLATURE.
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CLEARVIEW SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION  -  THE CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN STETTLER IS HOPING TO IMPROVE RURAL TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS.BOARD CHAIR CHERI NEITZ (SHER-EE NEETS) SAYS ADEQUATE FUNDING AFTER GOVERNMENT CUT BACKS TO THE FUEL CONTINGENCY FUND HAVE IMPACTED STUDENTS THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF ROUTES AND LONGER RIDE TIMES.SHE SAYS OVER TWENTY RURAL SCHOOL DIVISION DISCUSSED THEIR BUSSING CHALLENGES LAST MONTH AND NOW THEY HOPE TO FORM A COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS WITH THE PROVINCE.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

7 CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING

THE NAMES OF 7 PEOPLE CHARGED IN A FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT INCIDENT IN PONOKA YESTERDAY (WED) HAVE BEEN RELEASED. EACH SUSPECT WAS INTERCEPTED YESTERDAY AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A PONOKA HOME AND FORCIBLY REMOVING A 23 YEAR OLD MAN FROM THE RESIDENCE. THE MAN WAS NOT HARMED AND 6 PEOPLE NOW FACE SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING KIDNAPPING AND THREATS TO KILL, AMONG OTHERS. CHRISTINE KIRKEBY, SHANE KERIK, TYLER SCOTT, LANE DICKSON, ASHLEY SHEWCHUK, ZACKARY PURDY AND JAMES MILLER-LANEY, ALL FROM AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE IN CUSTODY. THEY RANGE IN AGE FROM 19 TO 42 AND WILL ALL APPEAR IN PONOKA COURT TOMORROW (FRI)

 

 

SYLVAN LAKE MAN DIES IN HWY 11A CRASH

A 51 YEAR OLD SYLVAN LAKE MAN IS DEAD AFTER A TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR RED DEER LAST NIGHT. RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 11A, ABOUT 1.5 KILOMETRES WEST OF RED DEER WHEN AN EASTBOUND VAN BELIEVED TO BE DRIVING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, LOST CONTROL AND CAME INTO THE PATH OF A WESTBOUND ONE-TON PICK-UP. THE DRIVER OF THE VAN DIED ON SCENE WHILE THE OCCUPANTS OF THE TRUCK WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES AND LATER RELEASED. THE VICTIM'S NAME WILL NOT BE RELEASED AT THE REQUEST OF HIS FAMILY.

 

6 INJURED IN ROLLOVER NEAR SUNDRE

A VEHICLE ROLL OVER NEAR SUNDRE THIS MORNING (WED) HAS INJURED 6 PEOPLE. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 27 NEAR SUNDRE WHEN A TRUCK SOMEHOW LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED INTO A DITCH. ONE MAN WAS TAKEN TO CALGARY HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES, WHILE 5 PASSENGERS WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.

THE MALE DRIVER WHO SUFFERED THE WORST OF IT IS A 24 YEAR OLD FROM SUNDRE. RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE ROLL OVER AND IF YOU SAW THE ACCIDENT THE RCMP WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

 

 

NATION WIDE WARRANT ISSUED FOR JOHN FRID

A CANADA WIDE WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MAN RCMP BELIEVE IS WORKING AND LIVING IN RED DEER. 39 YEAR OLD JOHN FRID IS BEING SOUGHT AFTER BY POLICE FOR BREACHING HIS PAROLE. RCMP DON'T BELIEVE HE POSES ANY DANGER TO THE PUBLIC, BUT IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP.

 

 

MISSING TEEN FOUND

A RED DEER GIRL REPORTED MISSING LAST THURSDAY HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. CITY RCMP SAY 15 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER HAS NOW BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.

 

 

BUXTON GETS 7 YEARS

A SYLVAN LAKE MAN CHARGED IN A HIGH SPEED CHASE NEAR WHITECOURT LAST YEAR HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN JAIL.

33 YEAR OLD BRIAN BUXTON PLED GUILTY TO 8 COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. IT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2013 WHEN MOUNTIES TRIED TO PULL OVER A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 43 WEST OF WHITECOURT.

BUT IT DIDN'T STOP, FLEEING AT SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 230 KMS/HR BEFORE GETTING STUCK AT THE END OF A SIDE ROAD. THE SUSPECT WAS FOUND IN THE FOREST FIVE HOURS LATER. DRUGS AND WEAPONS WERE FOUND IN THE VEHICLE.

 

BUDGET PASSED IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE

COUNCIL FOR THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HAS APPROVED IT'S BUDGET FOR 2015 AND IT INCLUDES A MODEST TAX INCREASE FOR RESIDENTS. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT A TAX RATE INCREASE OF JUST UNDER 3 PERCENT NEXT YEAR BUT CAN ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO A NUMBER OF CAPITAL UPGRADES IN THE COMMUNITY. THOSE INCLUDE AN UPGRADE AND EXPANSION TO THE RECREATION COMPLEX, MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION AND A STORE-FRONT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES. THE FINAL TAX RATE INCREASE OF COURSE WON'T BE KNOWN UNTIL THE SPRING WHEN THE PROVINCE DECIDES THE EDUCATION PORTION OF THE TAX BILL.

 

 

HOME SALES BOOMING IN CENTRAL AB

CENTRAL ALBERTA REALTORS HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS YEAR. THE LATEST STATS FROM THE CENTRAL ALBERTA REALTORS ASSOCIATION SHOWS 2014 WILL SET A NEW RECORD FOR HOME SALES IN OUR REGION, TOPPING THE FIVE THOUSAND UNIT MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. HOME SALES NUMBERED 361 IN NOVEMBER, UP OVER 10 PERCENT FROM NOVEMBER OF 2013, WHILE YEAR TO DATE FIGURES ARE UP 11.6 PERCENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF LAST YEAR.

HOME SALES IN ALL OF ALBERTA LAST MONTH ROSE THREE PERCENT

 
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THURS AM NEWS (DEC. 18) 
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WILD MOVE BY THE WILDROSE -
  IT WAS AN HISTORIC DAY IN ALBERTA POLITICS YESTERDAY (WED), AS 9 WILDROSE MLA'S OFFICIALLY JUMPED SHIP TO THE PC'S.  BOTH PARTIES ISSUED A JOINT RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE MERGER OF SORTS WILL BE UNDER A SET OF ALIGNED VALUES AND PRINCIPLES.  THE 9 NEW PC MEMBERS INCLUDES FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH, LACOMBE-PONOKA MLA ROD FOX AND OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS MLA BRUCE ROWE.
PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS THEY ARE VERY WELCOME TO HAVING MORE WILDROSE MLA'S ON BOARD.
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PONOKA ADBUCTION - MORE DETAILS ARE EXPECTED FROM PONOKA RCMP TODAY (THURS) AFTER A MAN WAS ABDUCTED FROM HIS HOME YESTERDAY (WED). MOUNTIES SAY FOUR MEN GAINED ENTRY INTO A HOME IN PONOKA AROUND ONE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, FORCIBLY REMOVING A 23 YEAR OLD MAN, TAKING HIM TO ANOTHER RESIDENCE.
THE VICTIM WAS LATER TAKEN FROM THAT HOME INTO A VEHICLE THAT WAS INTERCEPTED BY POLICE WHO ARRESTED SEVERAL SUSPECTS.  POLICE SAY THE VICTIM WAS NOT PHYSICALLY HARMED.  THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AND CHARGES ARE PENDING.
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MAJOR DRUG BUST IN ALBERTA -  Another big hit  for the ALERT team as they've arrested members of a gang known as La Familia, which allegedly has ties to Mexican drug cartels.  They believe the members were trying to gain control of drug channels in this province, as they were running lines between Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Drayton Valley, Lloydminster and Red Deer.  The Alberta president was arrested December 11th while trying to board a flight at the Edmonton International Airport, while three other members were also picked up.   
They're facing about 40 drug and weapons charges.
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WED PM NEWS

DANIELLE SMITH JOINS PRENTICE GOVERNMENT

IT'S NO LONGER SPECULATION, AS 9 WILDROSE MLA'S HAVE OFFICIALLY JUMPED SHIP TO THE PC'S. BOTH PARTIES ISSUED A JOINT RELEASE TODAY (WED), ANNOUNCING THE MERGER OF SORTS WILL BE UNDER A SET OF ALIGNED VALUES AND PRINCIPLES. THE 9 NEW PC MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH, LACOMBE-PONOKA MLA ROD FOX AND OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS MLA BRUCE ROWE. PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS THEY ARE VERY WELCOME TO HAVING MORE WILDROSE MLA'S ON BOARD.

 

 

FIRE DESTROYS SHOP BUILDING NEAR PENHOLD

A LARGE SHOP ON A FARM PROPERTY EAST OF PENHOLD WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE LAST NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 8:30 ON HIGHWAY 42 WEST OF RANGE ROAD 263 WHEN ROUGHLY 30 FIREFIGHTERS FROM THREE DIFFERENT STATIONS AND TECHNICAL RESCUE ATTENDED AND FOUND THE SHOP FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER RIC HENDERSON SAYS IT WAS A CHALLENGING SITUATION AS HOWLING WINDS WERE BLOWING SMOKE ACROSS HIGHWAY 42, REDUCING VISIBILITY IN THE AREA. HE SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT AND THE CAUSE HAS YET TO BE IDENTIFIED, ADDING IT TOOK SEVERAL HOURS FOR CREWS TO GET THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL. 

 

 

ROSS/TAYLOR INTERSECTION IMPROVED

LOCAL MOTORISTS SHOULD HOPEFULLY SEE SOME IMPROVED TRAFFIC FLOW AT THE NEWLY RECONFIGURED TAYLOR DRIVE AND ROSS STREET INTERSECTION. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE COMPLETED SOME FINE-TUNING OF THOSE LIGHTS SINCE DRIVERS, ESPECIALLY SOUTHBOUND, WERE EXPERIENCING DELAYS AFTER THE LIGHTS RE-OPENED IN OCTOBER. CHANGES INCLUDE THE LIGHTS BEING SYNCHRONIZED WITH OTHER LIGHTS ON TAYLOR. THE LENGTH OF THE LIGHTS AND TURN SIGNALS WILL ALSO NOW BE DETERMINED BY DATA FROM VEHICLE DETECTION CAMERAS AND NO LONGER BE RAN ON FIXED TIME CHANGES.

 

 

FESTIVAL OF TREES NETS HOSPITAL 1 MILLION DOLLARS

THIS YEAR MARKS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION HAS RAISED OVER A MILLION BUCKS WITH THE FESTIVAL OF TREES. THEY RAISED ONE MILLION, SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS DESPITE SLIGHTLY LOWER ATTENDANCE FROM RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AT THE END OF NOVEMBER. THE MONEY WILL GO TO THE NEW OBSTETRICS UNIT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL

 

 

DELBURNE RESIDENTS GIVE BACK TO UNITED CHURCH

RESIDENTS OF DELBURNE HAVE SHOWN THEIR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DESPITE THE GRINCH TRYING TO PUT A DAMPER ON THINGS LAST WEEKEND. MERVIN PETERS IS THE BOARD CHAIR OF THE DELBURNE UNITED CHURCH AND SAYS IT WAS BROKEN INTO SOMETIME LATE SATURDAY NIGHT, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND HAD A LAPTOP AND FOOD FOR THEIR ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM TAKEN. PETERS SAYS IT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING TO HEAR OF THE CRIME BUT ADDS THE COMMUNITY HAS SINCE DONATED ENOUGH FOOD AND CASH FOR THE PROGRAM TO REPLACE WHAT WAS STOLEN OVER THE WEEKEND. 

 

 

LACOMBE COUNTY APPROVES BUDGET

LACOMBE COUNTY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED IT'S INTERIM OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS FOR 2015. COMMISSIONER TERRY HAGER (HAGAR) SAYS THEY'RE BALANCED BUDGETS THAT REFLECT THE CURRENT NEEDS AND DEMANDS OF COUNTY RESIDENTS. HE SAYS LACOMBE COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT A TAX RATE INCREASE NEXT YEAR OF JUST UNDER THREE PERCENT, ALTHOUGH FINAL APPROVALS WON'T HAPPEN TIL SPRING. CAPITAL PROJECTS WILL LARGELY BE FOCUSED ON PAVING, ROAD RECONSTRUCTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO REMOTE SITES TO HELP ADDRESS SERVICE LEVELS IN THE EAST AND WEST ENDS OF LACOMBE COUNTY.

 

 

BUDGET APPROVED IN PONOKA

PONOKA TOWN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED IT'S INTERIM BUDGET FOR 2015. OFFICIALS SAY THE BUDGET INCLUDES 31 CAPITAL PROJECTS AND INCREASED FUNDING FOR OPERATIONS, RESULTING IN A PROPOSED TAX RATE INCREASE OF 3 PERCENT FOR PONOKA RESIDENTS NEXT YEAR.

MAYOR RICK BONNETT SAYS THEY'RE PLAYING CATCH-UP ON REPAIRS AND UPGRADES TO TOWN ASSETS THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT FOR FAR TOO LONG. CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 3.5 MILLION FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE NORTH BRIDGE AND 1.6 MILLION FOR 47TH AVENUE STORM UPGRADES, PAVEMENT REPLACEMENT AND WATER MAIN REHABILITATION. THE FINAL TAX RATE AND BUDGET APPROVAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SPRING. 

 

 

WED AM NEWS (DEC. 17) 
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RED DEER KITCHEN FIRE - 
RED DEER FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A KITCHEN FIRE IN NORTH RED DEER ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
AROUND 3 PM, THEY GOT A CALL FROM A PASSERBY WHO NOTICED SMOKE AND FLAMES COMING OUT OF A UNIT. WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, THE BLAZE HAD SUBSIDED SOME BUT WAS STILL ACTIVE.
CREWS MANAGED TO PUT OUT THE FIRE AND SECURE THE SCENE IN ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES IN THE 8-PLEX AT 6829-59TH STREET.
THEY THEN DID A CHECK OF SURROUNDING SUITES AND FOUND NO OTHER DANGERS. PAT MULROONEY, RED DEER PLATOON CHIEF SAYS NO ON WAS  HOME AT THE TIME IN THE SUITE AND THERE ARE NO INJURES.
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RED DEER LAPTOP THEFT -  LOCAL POLICE ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN A WOMAN THEY BELIEVE STOLE A LAPTOP HERE IN RED DEER LAST MONTH.  IF YOU WERE AT FUTURE SHOP ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AROUND FIVE PM, THEN RCMP WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH YOU.  THEY SAY THAT EVENING A WOMEN TOOK OFF INTO A WAITING VEHICLE WITH THE DEVICE AS SHE WAS HEADED UP TO THE TILL.  THERE IS NO DESCRITION OF THE VEHICLE BUT THE STORE DID MANAGE TO CATCH THE SUSPECT ON CAMERA.  YOU CAN SEE THAT PHOTO ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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WILDROSE UPDATE -  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL MEET TODAY (WED) TO DISCUSS A BID BY AT LEAST HALF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION TO CROSS THE FLOOR.  SOURCES SAY SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE WILDROSE, INCLUDING DANIELLE SMITH WANT TO JOIN THE ALBERTA CONSERVATIVES.  THE PREMIER HAS SAID THE TORY CAUCUS WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON THE MATTER.
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RED DEER REACTION TO POSSIBLE MERGER AND BUDGET -
    RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER COMMENTED ON THE POSSIBLE MERGER BETWEEN THE WILDROSE AND CONSERVATIVES SHE SAYS WHENEVER THERE IS INFIGHTING IN POLITICS, THE PUBLIC IS NOT WELL SERVED BY THAT.  VEER SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE A RECALIBRATION IN PROVINCIAL POLITICS IN ALBERTA TO FOCUS MORE ON PEOPLE AND NOT POLITICS.  AND THE RED DEER MAYOR SAYS IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS MANY DECISIONS WERE DELAYED AND WITH A NEW PREMIER THERE IS MUCH MORE MOVEMENT IN THE PUBLIC POLICY.
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 RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE CITY IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL BUDGET WITH CONTINUED LOW WORLD OIL PRICES.  VEER SAYS THE CITY TAKES THE WARNING FROM THE PROVINCE THAT IT WILL BE A TOUGH BUDGET IN THE SPRING VERY SERIOUSLY.  SHE SAYS IN ALL LIKELYHOOD THE CITY WILL SEE SOME CUTS IN PROVINCIAL FUNDING. VEER ADDS IT WILL NOT ONLY IMPACT THE MUNICIPALITY, BUT ALSO MANY SOCIAL AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL.  SHE SAYS THE CITY IS HIGHLY DEPENDANT ON PROVINCIAL FUNDING, SO THE CITY WILL HAVE TO BE VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL ECONOMY.
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RED DEER RENTAL VACANCY -  RED DEER HAS SEEN A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF RENTAL UNITS IN THE CITY OVER THE PAST YEAR BUT THEY'RE ALSO COSTING A LITTLE MORE.  THE LATEST FIGURES FROM CMHC INDICATE A 2.2 PERCENT VACANCY RATE IN THE CITY IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR, UP FROM 1.9 PERCENT IN OCTOBER OF 2013.  OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S DUE TO AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW RENTAL UNITS BUILT IN THE CITY OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ALSO THE REASON AVERAGE RENTS ARE HIGHER AS WELL.  THE AVERAGE RENT FOR A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT IN RED DEER IN OCTOBER WAS 966 DOLLARS A MONTH, UP FROM 937 IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR.
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RED DEER JOBS AVAILABLE -  NEARLY FIVE PERCENT OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN RED DEER ARE CURRENTLY UNFILLED.  THAT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST STATS FROM THE CFIB WHICH INDICATE RED DEER'S PRIVATE SECTOR JOB VACANCY RATE IS 4.8 PERCENT, AS OF THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.  OFFICIALS SAY THE RATE HAS BEEN ON A SLOW AND STEADY CLIMB RIGHT ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
CALGARY HAS THE LOWEST RATE OF UNFILLED PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AT 2.7 PERCENT, WHILE WAINWRIGHT HAS THE HIGHEST AT 6.4 PERCENT.
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WIFE CONVICTED OF KILLING HUSBAND -  THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL HAS DISMISSED AN APPEAL FROM A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN CONVICTED OF KILLING HER HUSBAND FOUR YEARS AGO.
64 YEAR OLD HEATHER WILSON-DUNCAN OF THE DIDSBURY AREA WANTED A NEW TRIAL AFTER BEING CONVICTED IN NOVEMBER OF 2013 OF MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HER 68 YEAR OLD HUSBAND.
HOWEVER, AFTER HAVING HER CASE HEARD EARLIER THIS MONTH, A JUDGEMENT WAS RELEASED TODAY (TUE) THAT WILSON-DUNCAN LOST HER APPEAL AS THE APPEAL COURT FOUND THE TRIAL JUDGE DID NOT MAKE ANY ERRORS IN HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE JURY DURING THE TRIAL LAST YEAR.  WILSON-DUNCAN'S HUSBAND DIED OF A SHOT-GUN WOUND TO THE HEAD IN DECEMBER OF 2010 AFTER THE COUPLE GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT AS A RESULT OF HEAVEY DRINKING WHILE PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AT THEIR HOME WEST OF DIDSBURY.
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DELBURNE CHURCH THEFT -  RESIDENTS OF DELBURNE HAVE SHOWN THEIR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DESPITE THE GRINCH TRYING TO PUT A DAMPER ON THINGS LAST WEEKEND. MERVIN PETERS IS THE BOARD CHAIR OF THE DELBURNE UNITED CHURCH AND SAYS IT WAS BROKEN INTO SOMETIME LATE SATURDAY NIGHT, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND HAD A LAPTOP AND FOOD FOR THEIR ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM TAKEN.PETERS SAYS IT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING TO HEAR OF THE CRIME BUT ADDS THE COMMUNITY HAS SINCE DONATED ENOUGH FOOD AND CASH FOR THE PROGRAM TO REPLACE WHAT WAS STOLEN OVER THE WEEKEND.
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MISSING TEEN FOUND -  RED DEER MOUNTIES SAY A 14 YEAR OLD MALE WHO WAS MISSING YESTERDAY (TUES) HAS BEEN FOUND.   POLICE SAY JACOB CHAMBERS HAS BEEN LOCATED.
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CHARITY CHECK-STOP -  INNISFAIL RESIDENTS STEPPED UP BIG THIS YEAR FOR THE RCMP'S ANNUAL CHARITY CHECKSTOP HELD IN THE TOWN LAST SATURDAY.  MOUNTIES SAY OVER 12 THOUSAND IN CASH WAS COLLECTED, IN ADDITTION TO TWO TRUCK LOADS OF TOYS, ONE TRUCKLOAD OF CLOTHING AND 775 POUNDS OF FOOD.  ALL THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE INNISFAIL FOOD BANK, CHRISTMAS BUREAU, WOMEN'S OUTREACH SOCIETY AND BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF INNISFAIL.
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TUES PM NEWS (DEC. 16)

 

AFTERNOON FIRE ON 59TH AVE - RED DEER FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A KITCHEN FIRE IN NORTH RED DEER ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON. AROUND THE THREE O'CLOCK HOUR, THEY GOT A CALL FROM A PASSERBY WHO NOTICED SMOKE AND FLAMES COMING OUT OF A UNIT. WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, THE BLAZE HAD SUBSIDED SOME BUT WAS STILL ACTIVE. CREWS MANAGED TO PUT OUT THE FIRE AND SECURE THE SCENE IN ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES. THEY THEN DID A CHECK OF SURROUNDING SUITES AND FOUND NO OTHER DANGERS. PAT MULROONEY, RED DEER PLATOON CHIEF SAYS NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME IN THE SUITE AND THERE ARE NO INJURES.
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15 YEAR OLD REPORTED MISSING - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE HELP IN FINDING A MISSING RED DEER GIRL. 15 YEAR OLD KYLA WEBER WAS REPORTED MISSING LAST THURSDAY. YOU CAN SEE HER PHOTO AND DESCRIPTION ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT - RED DEER POLICE ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN A WOMAN THEY BELIEVE STOLE A LAPTOP HERE IN RED DEER LAST MONTH. IF YOU WERE AT FUTURE SHOP ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AROUND FIVE PM, THEN RCMP WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH YOU. THEY SAY THAT EVENING A WOMEN TOOK OFF INTO A WAITING VEHICLE WITH THE DEVICE AS SHE WAS HEADED UP TO THE TILL. THERE IS NO DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE BUT THE STORE DID MANAGE TO CATCH THE SUSPECT ON CAMERA. YOU CAN SEE THAT PHOTO ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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NEW APARTEMENT VACANCY RATE FOR RED DEER - THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE APARTMENTS IN RED DEER HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN THE CITY'S VACANCY RATE. OFFICIALS WITH CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION SAY RED DEER'S VACANCY RATE INCREASED SLIGHTLY FROM 1.9 PERCENT IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR, TO 2.2 PERCENT IN OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. AVERAGE RENT FOR A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT HAS ALSO CLIMBED, GOING FROM 937 DOLLARS A MONTH IN OCTOBER OF 2013, TO 966 A MONTH IN OCTOBER OF 2014.
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NEW LOCAL JOB VACANCY RATE - RED DEER'S PRIVATE SECTOR JOB VACANCY RATE HAS COME IN AT UNDER FIVE PERCENT. THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS SHOW THE RATE AT 4.8 PERCENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. WAINWRIGHT HAS THE HIGHEST RATE IN THE PROVINCE FOR UNFILLED JOBS AT 6.4 PERCENT WHILE CALGARY HAS THE LEAST AT 2.7 PERCENT. OFFICIALS SAY ALBERTA PRIVATE SECTOR JOB VACANCY RATES HAVE BEEN ON A SLOW, STEADY CLIMB IN RECENT MONTHS.
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SUMMER EMPLOYEE FUNDING AVAILABLE - LOCAL EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO FILL THEIR SUMMER JOB NEEDS NEXT YEAR CAN NOW APPLY FOR SOME FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP IN THAT RESPECT. RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN SAYS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CANDA SUMMER JOBS 2015, WITH THE HOPES OF CREATING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE BETWEEN 15-30. HE SAYS THE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE QUALIFIED, FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL NEXT FALL.
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CHARITY CHECKSTOP NUMBERS IN - INNISFAIL RCMP ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THEY HELD THEIR MOST SUCCESSFUL CHARITY CHECKSTOP EVER LAST WEEKEND. OVER 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS RAISED IN ADDITION TO TWO TRUCK LOADS OF TOYS, 1 TRUCK LOAD OF CLOTHING AND 775 POUNDS OF FOOD. THE DONATIONS WILL GO TO THE INNISFAIL FOOD BANK, CHRISTMAS BUREAU, WOMEN'S OUTREACH SOCIETY AND BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF INNISFAIL.


 

TUES AM NEWS (DEC. 16)
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ALBERTA POLITICAL MERGER? - 
ALBERTA'S OPPOSITION WILDROSE CAUCUS IS EXPECTED TO MEET TODAY (TUES) TO DISCUSS A POSSIBLE MERGER WITH THE CONSERVATIVES.  ONE SOURCE SAYS IF A MERGER FAILS, THERE MAY BE AT LEAST FOUR MORE DEFECTIONS FROM THE WILDROSE TO THE TORY TEAM.
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ALBERTA TIGHT BUDGET -   THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS PUT AN IMMEDIATE FREEZE ON HIRING, AS IT STRUGGLES TO KEEP THE BOOKS BALANCED DUE TO PLUMMETING OIL PRICES. PREMIER JIM PRENTICE ALSO SAYS ANY DISCRETIONARY GRANTS, TRAVEL AND TRAINING COSTS ARE BEING LIMITED.  A NEW COMMITTEE HAS BEEN STRUCK TO START WORK ON THE 2015 BUDGET TO LOOK AT ALL SPENDING REDUCTION AND REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES WHICH WILL BRING BACK RECOMMENDATIONS BY MID-JANUARY.
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RED DEER MAN JAILED FOR HIT AND RUN - A 20-YEAR-OLD RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR RUNNING DOWN A WOMAN WHO WAS CROSSING A STREET IN LACOMBE IN SEPTEMBER, WHILE HE WAS FLEEING FROM POLICE IN A STOLEN VEHICLE. WILLIAM CAMERON PLED GUILTY TO FOUR CHARGES INCLUDING FLIGHT FROM POLICE AND IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING BODILY HARM. COURT WAS TOLD 22-YEAR-OLD LEAH COBETTO WAS INJURED SO BADLY SHE HAD TO HAVE ONE OF HER LEGS AMPUTATED. COBETTO READ A TEARFUL VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT DURING SENTENCING IN RED DEER COURT MONDAY, SAYING SHE FEELS LIKE SHE HAD TO START HER LIFE OVER, RE-LEARNING HOW TO WALK, SWIM AND EVEN SLEEP. CAMERON WILL ALSO FACE A SEVEN-YEAR DRIVING PROHIBITION AND 10-YEAR WEAPONS BAN ONCE HE'S RELEASED.
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PONOKA CHILD LURING UPDATE -  A NUMBER OF RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN PLACED ON A MAN IDENTIFIED IN AN ALLEGED CHILD LURING INCIDENT IN PONOKA THIS MONTH. THAT ACCORDING TO PONOKA MOUNTIES WHO SAY THEY'VE WRAPPED UP THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE DECEMBER 4TH INCIDENT NEAR PONOKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUT WILL NOT BE LAYING CHARGES AS THE CRITERIA FOR CHARGES HAS NOT BEEN MET. CONSTABLE SARA MCLAUGHLIN SAYS THE MAN'S RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE NOT BEING ALLOWED ON ANY PROPERTY OF THE WOLF CREEK SCHOOL DIVISION.  SHE ADDS THE GIRL DID THE RIGHT THING THOUGH WHEN APPROACHED BY THE STRANGER, RUNNING TO SAFETY AND TELLING AN ADULT.
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CASTOR MURDER UPDATE -  THE MURDER CASE INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A CASTOR COUPLE AND THEIR DAUGHTER WAS BACK IN RED DEER COURT ON MONDAY. THE NEW LAWYER FOR JASON KLAUS REQUESTED TIME TO GET UP TO SPEED ON THE CASE AND THE JUDGE AGREED TO ADJOURN THE CASE UNTIL JANUARY 20TH.  42 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK FACE FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND ARSON IN THE DEATHS OF KLAUS'S PARENTS AND SISTER LAST DECEMBER.  BOTH ACCUSED APPEARD IN COURT YESTERDAY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT T.V. FROM THE RED DEER REMAND CENTRE.  THE BODIES OF GORDON AND MONICA KLAUS WERE FOUND IN THE RUBBLE OF A BURNED FARMHOUSE (DECEMBER 2013). THE BODY OF THE MOTHER SANDRA, HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND.
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CROSSFIELD CRASH - A TWO VEHICLE CRASH SOUTH OF CARSTAIRS MONDAY MORNING HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A 40 YEAR OLD STRATHMORE MAN.  DIDSBURY RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 7:30 WHEN A SOUTHBOUND CAR ON HIGHWAY 2A, CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A NORTHBOUND TRUCK.  MOUNTIES SAY THE DRIVER OF THE CAR DIED ON SCENE WHILE THE 25 YEAR OLD PICK-UP DRIVER FROM EDMONTON AND A 20 YEAR OLD PASSENGER FROM KELOWNA WERE NOT HURT.  THE VICTIM'S NAME IS BEING WITHELD AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY.
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DIDSBURY FATALITY -  AT 7:30AM MONDAY CROSSFIELD FIRE, PROVINCIAL EMS AND DIDSBURY RCMP WERE NOTIFIED OF A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION 7 KMS SOUTH OF CARSTAIRS ON HWY 2A.
A RED 1994 OLDSMOBILE CAR HAD BEEN TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND, WHEN IT CROSSED CENTER AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A NORTHBOUND 2013 WHITE FORD TRUCK.  THE DRIVER / SOLE OCCUPANT OF THE CAR, A 40 YEAR OLD STRATHMORE MAN, WAS FOUND DECEASED AT THE SCENE.  THE TRUCK'S 25 YEAR OLD DRIVER FROM EDMONTON AND 20 YEAR OLD PASSENGER FROM KELOWNA WERE BOTH NOT INJURED. THE RCMP COLLISION ANALYST FROM CALGARY ATTENDED.  ALCOHOL, WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS ARE NOT BELIEVED TO BE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.  THE DECEASED'S NAME IS BEING WITH HELD AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY.
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PENHOLD CRASH -  INNISFAIL MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF FLEEING THE SCENE OF A TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN PENHOLD YESTERDAY MORNING (MON) THAT INJURED A 22 YEAR OLD PREGNANT WOMAN AND A SIX YEAR OLD CHILD. PENHOLD FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 8:20 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 2A AND 42, LEAVING THE MOTHER AND CHILD SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  HE SAYS HIGHWAY 2A WAS BLOCKED OFF FROM HAWKRIDGE BOULEVARD TO HIGHWAY 42 FOR ABOUT AN HOUR WHILE CREWS CLEANED UP THE AREA. THE SECOND VEHICLE IS REPORTED TO BE STOLEN.
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WETASKIWIN INCIDENT -
  INVESTIGATORS THINK A FAKE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WAS SET TO DISTRACT EMERGENCY PERSONNEL CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A DELIBERATELY SET FIRE IN A CENTRAL ALBERTA PAWN SHOP. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN WETASKIWIN AND FULLY ENGULFED THE BUILDING. POLICE SAY RESPONDING CREWS FOUND WHAT APPEARED TO BE AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE ON THE ROAD, WHICH PROMPTED A CALL TO THE R-C-M-P BOMB SQUAD.NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE FIRE AND THE DAMAGE IS STILL BEING ASSESSED.
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RED DEER TEEN FOUND -   14 YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE AND SOUND.  RED DEER RCMP MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY, AFTER THE TEENAGER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON OCTOBER 7TH.
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VEHICLE BREAK-INS  -   RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A DEER PARK UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE LAST WEEK.  IT HAPPENED LATE THURSDAY EVENING OR EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AT A BUILDING ON DUSTON STREET.  POLICE SAY TWO MEN BROKE IN AND STOLE VARIOUS ITEMS FROM EIGHT DIFFERENT VEHICLES, THEN TOOK OFF BY STEALING A SILVER COLOURED 2010 JEEP PATRIOT WHICH STILL HASN'T BEEN RECOVERED. PICTURES OF THE SUSPECTS CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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UNDERGROUND BREAK-IN -  LOCAL MOUNTIES HAVE RELEASED SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF TWO PEOPLE ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO AN UNDERGROUND PARKADE IN THE INGLEWWOD NEIGHBOURHOOD THIS MONTH.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 6AM DECEMBER 5TH AT A BUILDING ON IRONSIDE STREET WHEN A MAN AND WOMAN TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO BREAK INTO A SUZUKI SWIFT. THEIR PICTURES ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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ATV DEATH UPDATE - 
RCMP ARE REMINDING PEOPLE TO ENSURE ICE CONDITIONS ARE SAFE BEFORE VENTURING OUT ONTO ANY FROZEN BODY OF WATER IN ALBERTA.  THIS AFTER A QUADING ACCIDENT ON PIGEON LAKE WEST OF WETASKIWIN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.
IT HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 3 WHEN MOUNTIES SAY TWO MEN ON A QUAD ON PIGEON LAKE HIT A THIN PATCH OF ICE AND ROLLED, KILLING THE 24 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER. 43 YEAR OLD KEVIN GRAHAM OF OKOTOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CARELESS DRIVING.
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CONSORT OIL SITE THEFT -  A BREAK-IN AT AN OIL LEASE SITE IN EASTERN ALBERTA ON FRIDAY HAS RCMP IN CONSORT ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE. THEY SAY A CHART RECORDER WAS TAKEN FROM THE SITE SOMETIME BETWEEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNING.
CHART RECORDERS ARE VALUED AT AROUND FIVE GRAND AND ARE USED TO DETERMINE THE LIFESPAN OF A WELL. IF YOU WERE WORKING IN THE AREA AND SAW ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CONSORT RCMP.
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SYLVAN GREEN BIN PROGRAM -  THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE HAS MADE SOME TWEAKS TO THEIR CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICK-UP SERVICE.
OFFICIALS SAY THE TOWN IS INTRODUCING AN OPTION TO THOSE WHO REGULARLY EXCEED THEIR CART LIMITS, THE OPTION TO UPGRADE THEIR CURRENT AUTOMATED GARBAGE CART TO A LARGER CART.
THE LARGER CART OPTION WILL RESULT IN A ONE- TIME FEE OF $18.40, THEN WITH A MONTHLY FEE OF $19.75. FOR RESIDENTS THAT OCCASIONALLY OR RARELY EXCEED LIMITS, THEY MAY PURCHASE A $1 GARBAGE TAG FROM THE TOWN OFFICE, WHICH ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO DELIVER THE EXCESS MATERIAL TO THE WASTE TRANSFER SITE WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY THE REGULAR SCALE FEES AND MINIMUM CHARGES.
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INNISFAIL PLAYGROUND -  THE TOWN OF INNISFAIL WILL SEE A NEW PLAYGROUND AT THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MUCH SOONER THAN ANTICIPATED.  THIS AFTER THE NEEDED $200,000 WAS RAISED IN JUST OVER A YEAR.  STUDENTS AT E'COLE JOHN WILSON ELEMENTARY CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE NEW PLAYGROUND IN PLACE AROUND JUNE.
THE PARK WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE FOOTBALL AND SOCCER FIELDS. OFFICIALS HAD EXPECTED THIS TO BE A THREE OR FOUR YEAR FUNDRASING EFFORT.
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MON PM NEWS (DEC. 15)

 

LOCAL MISSING TEEN FOUND - GOOD NEWS FROM THE RED DEER RCMP AS A TEENAGE GIRL REPORTED MISSING SINCE OCTOBER HAS BEEN FOUND. 14 YEAR OLD DIAMOND SADDLEBACK WAS LOCATED TODAY AND IN GOOD HEALTH.
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CHILD LURING INVESTIGATON WRAPS UP - PONOKA RCMP HAVE WRAPPED UP THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO AN ATTEMPTED CHILD LURING INCIDENT THIS MONTH. CONSTABLE SARA MCLAUGHLIN SAYS THEY'VE IDENTIFIED THE INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED AND HAVE PLACED RESTRICTIONS ON HIM FROM BEING ON ANY PROPERTY OF THE WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION. SHE SAYS HOWEVER THAT NO CHARGES WILL BE LAID IN THE DECEMBER 4TH INCIDENT NEAR PONOKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AS IT DID NOT MEET THE CRITERIA FOR CHARGES TO BE LAID. MCLAUGHLIN SAYS THE TEN YEAR OLD GIRL INVOLVED DID THE RIGHT THING WHEN THE STRANGER APPROACHED BY RUNNING TO SAFETY AND TELLING AN ADULT.
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EARLY MORNING CRASH INVOLVING SUSPECTED STOLEN VEHICLE - INNISFAIL MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF FLEEING THE SCENE OF A TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN PENHOLD THIS MORNING (MON) THAT INJURED A 22 YEAR OLD PREGNANT WOMAN AND A SIX YEAR OLD CHILD. PENHOLD FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 8:20 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 2A AND 42, LEAVING THE MOTHER AND CHILD SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. HE SAYS HIGHWAY 2A WAS BLOCKED OFF FROM HAWKRIDGE BOULEVARD TO HIGHWAY 42 FOR ABOUT AN HOUR WHILE CREWS CLEANED UP THE AREA. THE SECOND VEHICLE IS REPORTED TO BE STOLEN.
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ASSISTANCE REQUESTED IN DUSTON STREET CAR THEFTS - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A DEER PARK UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED LATE THURSDAY EVENING OR EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AT A BUILDING ON DUSTON STREET. POLICE SAY TWO MEN BROKE IN AND STOLE VARIOUS ITEMS FROM EIGHT DIFFERENT VEHICLES, THEN TOOK OFF BY STEALING A SILVER COLORED 2010 JEEP PATRIOT WHICH STILL HASN'T BEEN RECOVERED. PICTURES OF THE SUSPECTS CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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POLICE SEEKING SUSPECTS AFTER BREAK-IN ON IRONSIDE STREET -  LOCAL MOUNTIES HAVE RELEASED SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS OF TWO PEOPLE ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO AN UNDERGROUND PARKADE IN THE INGLEWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD THIS MONTH. IT HAPPENED AROUND 6AM DECEMBER 5TH AT A BUILDING ON IRONSIDE STREET WHEN A MAN AND WOMAN TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO BREAK INTO A SUZUKI SWIFT. THEIR PICTURES ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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BAIL APPLICATION DENIED FOR LOCAL MOTHER - A RED DEER WOMEN AND MOTHER OF TWO WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT MONTH TO SEE IF SHE CAN BE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY. 28 YEAR OLD NATASHA VERNA CLARK FACES 13 COUNTS RELATED TO WEAPONS AND STOLEN PROPERTY AND DRUG POSSESSION. SHE WAS ARRESTED BY LACOMBE POLICE ON OCTOBER 20TH WHILE OUT ON BAIL RELATED TO OTHER MATTERS. RECENTLY SHE HAD APPLIED FOR BAIL AND WAS DENIED WHEN SHE APPEARED IN COURT ON FRIDAY. SHE STANDS ACCUSED ALONGSIDE 32 YEAR OLD SEAN DAVID PORTER, ALSO OF RED DEER. BOTH WILL BE BACK IN COURT HERE IN RED DEER ON JANUARY 7TH.
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FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR EMPLOYERS HIRING STUDENT HELP - LOCAL EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO FILL THEIR SUMMER JOB NEEDS NEXT YEAR CAN NOW APPLY FOR SOME FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP IN THAT RESPECT. RED DEER MP EARL DREESHEN SAYS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CANADA SUMMER JOBS 2015, WITH THE HOPES OF CREATING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE BETWEEN 15-30. HE SAYS THE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE QUALIFIED, FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL NEXT FALL.
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PONOKA ELEMENTARY UPDATE - THE MODERNIZATION OF DIAMOND WILLOW SCHOOL IN PONOKA IS TAKING A LITTLE LONGER THAN INITIALLY PLANNED BUT WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL OFFICIALS AREN'T TOO CONCERNED. SUPERINTENDENT LARRY JACOBS SAYS CREWS ARE STILL WORKING ON THE FINISHING TOUCHES SO INSTEAD OF A MOVE DURING THE CHRISTMAS BREAK, THE MOVE WILL TAKE PLACE DURING SPRING BREAK AT THE END OF MARCH. HE SAYS ONCE FINISHED, THE NEWLY MODERNIZED DIAMOND WILLOW SCHOOL WILL HOUSE HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 6, LEAVING THE CURRENT PONOKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EMPTY.
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RESTAURANT KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN - A SINGLE MOM FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS HOPING CENTRAL ALBERTANS CAN HELP HER REACH THE AMBITIOUS GOAL OF OPENING A RESTAURANT IN THE TOWN BY CHRISTMAS EVE. DORA COTE, A HOMETOWN FAVORITE ON SEASON ONE OF MASTER CHEF CANADA, LAUNCHED A KICK STARTER CAMPAIGN LAST MONTH IN HOPES OF REALIZING THAT DREAM WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO NOW. THE ROADHOUSE SPACE HAS ALREADY BEEN SECURED ALONG WITH THOUSANDS IN KITCHEN EQUIPMENT. COTE HAS A FUNDRAISING GOAL OF 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH OVER THREE GRAND CURRENTLY RAISED.
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THEFT FROM OIL LEASE SITE - RCMP IN THE EASTERN ALBERTA TOWN OF CONSORT ARE SEEKING HELP IN FINDING SOME OILFIELD EQUIPMENT THAT WAS STOLEN OVER THE WEEKEND. THEY SAY THAT SOMEONE BROKE INTO AN OIL LEASE SITE AND STOLE A CHART RECORDER. THIS IS BELIEVED TO HAVE HAPPENED SOMETIME DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY OR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING THESE RECORDERS ARE USED TO DOCUMENT THE ESTIMATED LIFESPAN OF AN OIL WELL AND ARE VALUED AT ABOUT $5000. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, CONTACT RCMP IN CONSORT AT (403) 577-3001.

 

 

MON AM NEWS (DEC. 15)
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HIGHWAY 11 FATAL CRASH - 
A CRASH ON HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN RED DEER AND ROCKY SATURDAY AFTERNOON HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF THREE PEOPLE AND HAS ANOTHER FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE IN HOSPITAL.
EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE CALLED OUT TO THE SCENE NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF CONDOR AFTER A FORD MUSTANG COLLIDED WITH A FIVE TONNE TRUCK.  ONE WOMAN AND TWO MEN IN THE MUSTANG DIED.  THE MALE DRIVER WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND TAKEN TO THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON.  NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED.  POLICE SAY ALL FOUR PEOPLE IN THE CAR WERE FILIPINO'S ON THEIR WAY BACK TO ROCKY AFTER ATTENDING LAUNGUAGE TRAINING IN RED DEER.

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DEADLY QUAD CRASH -  A 24 YEAR OLD MAN DIED WEST OF WETASKIWIN AFTER AN ATV CRASH ON PIGEON LAKE SATURDAY MORNING.  RCMP SAY THAT THE MAN AND A 43 YEAR OLD FRIEND WERE QUADING ACROSS THE LAKE AT AROUND 2:30 AM.  IT'S BELIEVED THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND HIT A SNOWBANK AND THE 24 YEAR OLD WAS EJECTED.  THE 43 YEAR OLD MAN WAS NOT INJURED BUT IS FACING CARELESS DRIVING CHARGES.  POLICE BELIEVE SPEED MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR.
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ADDITIONAL RED DEER TRANSIT SERVICE -  RED DEER TRANSIT IS EXPANDING IT'S SERVICE IN A COUPLE OF NEWER AREAS OF THE CITY.
OFFICIALS SAY HOURS OF SERVICE WILL NOW RUN INTO THE LATE EVENING FOR ROUTE 6 TO AND FROM CLEARVIEW RIDGE AND VANIER EAST FROM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. STARTING TODAY (MON), ROUTE 6 WILL HAVE SERVICE TO 11:30PM TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS FROM OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY TO GET TO THESE NEIGHBOURHOODS DURING LATER HOURS. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT REDDEER.CA/TRANSIT.
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OLDS COLLEGE COPY - A NEW PROGRAM WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY AT OLDS COLLEGE THAT AIMS TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH OF IT'S STUDENTS. IT'S CALLED THE "BREATHING ROOM" PROGRAM AND CONSISTS OF EIGHT INTERNET-BASED MODULES SO STUDENTS CAN ACCESS IT AT ANY TIME. COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON FRITZ LATIMER SAYS THE PROGRAM ESSENTIALLY TEACHES STUDENTS NEW AND POSITIVE WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN THEIR LIVES.  THE PROGRAM IS BEING MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM RBC.
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SYLVAN GREEN BIN PROGRAM - SOME CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SYLVAN LAKE'S CURBSIDE RECYCLING PICKUP SERVICE. OFFICIALS SAY THE TOWN IS INTRODUCING AN OPTION TO THOSE WHO REGULARILY EXCEED THEIR CART LIMITS, THE OPTION TO UPGRADE THEIR CURRENT AUTOMATED GARBAGE CART TO A LARGER CART. THE LARGER CART OPTION WILL RESULT IN A ONE-TIME FEE OF $18.40, THEN WITH A MONTHLY FEE OF $19.75. FOR RESIDENTS THAT OCCASIONALLY OR RARELY EXCEED LIMITS, THEY MAY PURCHASE A $1 GARBAGE TAG FROM THE TOWN OFFICE, WHICH ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO DELIVER THE EXCESS MATERIAL TO THE WASTE TRANSFER SITE WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY THE REGULAR SCALE FEES AND MINIMUM CHARGES.
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GERMS HOLIDAYS -
  "SPREAD JOY, NOT GERMS".  
THAT MESSAGE FROM AHS AS THOUSANDS OF ALBERTANS CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH FOOD AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS.  OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PREVENTATIVE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND ILLNESSES THIS MONTH, LIKE NOT COOKING WHILE YOU'RE SICK, KEEPING WORKPLACE AND HOUSEHOLD SURFACES CLEAN AND SIMPLY GETTING REST AND EATING A BALANCED DIET AMONG OTHERS.
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FRI PM NEWS (DEC. 12)

 


MULTIPLE HOME BREAK-INS IN ANDERS - LOCAL RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH DETAILS ON A NUMBER OF HOME BREAK-INS IN THE LAST WEEK. POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT TO THE ANDERS NEIGHBORHOOD THREE TIMES IN THE LAST WEEK.

 

ON DECEMBER 5TH A THIEF STOLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AND A RED 2006 CHEVY IMPALA FROM A HOME ON ASSINGER AVENUE.

 

ON TUESDAY MORNING, POLICE WERE CALLED TO INVESTIGATE A BREAK-IN AT A HOME ON ALDRICH CLOSE.

 

THEN BETWEEN THE 10TH AND 11TH, A HOME IN ALEXANDER CRESCENT REPORTED A SIMILAR INCIDENT. THIS TIME A NUMBER OF ITEMS AND A WHITE 2013 FORD F150 WAS STOLEN.

NEITHER THE IMPALA OR F150 HAVE BEEN FOUND. AT THIS TIME, POLICE CANNOT SAY IF ALL THREE BREAK-INS ARE RELATED. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS.

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DRUG BUST IN LANCASTER THIS WEEK - A RED DEER MAN WILL APPEAR IN LOCAL COURT IN JANUARY AFTER A DRUG BUST ON WEDNESDAY. AT AROUND FIVE AM THAT MORNING, RED DEER RCMP APPROACHED A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN AN ALLEY BEHIND LANCASTER DRIVE. THEY IMMEDIATELY SPOTTED DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND ARRESTED A MAN AND WOMAN WITHOUT INCIDENT. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE FOUND A LOADED SHOTGUN AND SHELLS AS WELL AS A QUANTITY OF MARIJUANA AND HEROIN. 24 YEAR OLD JOSHUA MCKINNON FACES FOUR COUNTS THAT HE WILL ANSWER TO ON JANUARY 6TH.

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RDC BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING - CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW MULTI-PLEX AT RED DEER COLLEGE IS SET FOR THIS SPRING IF ALL GOES TO PLAN. RDC'S BOARD OF GOVERNORS MET THIS WEEK AND APPROVED THE LAND USE MASTER PLAN FOR THE 66 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION. PRESIDENT JOEL WARD SAYS THEY ARE NOW WORKING WITH BOTH THE PROVINCE AND THE FEDS TO SECURE ADDITIONAL FUNDING. ONCE THESE DOLLARS ARE SECURED, THE COLLEGE WILL LAYOUT A DETAILED BUDGET FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE CENTRE. THE BUILDING WILL BE A CENTERPIECE OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES AND WILL PROVIDE THE COLLEGE WITH NEEDED ATHLETIC AMENITIES.

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WEEKEND RESIDENTIAL PLOWING SCHEDULE - SNOW PLOWS WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN RESIDENTIAL ZONES THIS WEEKEND. SNOW ZONES G,H,I, AND J WILL ARE ON THE DOCKET FOR THIS WEEKEND. THOSE AREAS INCLUDE BOWER, THE SOUTH HILL, WEST PARK, EAST VIEW, GRANDVIEW, MORRISROE, MOUNTVIEW, ANDERS, SUNNYBROOK NORTH, DEER PARK SOUTH OF 39TH STREET AND LANCASTER. A MORE DETAILED SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE, AND CARS MUST BE REMOVED FROM CITY STREETS TO AVOID BEING TICKETED OR TOWED.

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"TOYS FOR TICKETS" NUMBERS IN -
RESULTS FROM THIS YEAR'S TOYS FOR TICKETS PROGRAM ARE IN AND THE NUMBERS ARE VERY POSITIVE. OVER 450 TOYS WERE COLLECTED BY THE CITY OF RED DEER THIS YEAR IN LIEU OF PARKING TICKETS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1ST AND DECEMBER 5TH. OVER 8 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF TOYS WILL NOW BE GIVEN TO THE RED DEER CHRISTMAS BUREAU. THIS WAS THE 8TH YEAR FOR THE PROGRAM IN RED DEER.

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TRANSIT SERVICE HOURS EXPANDED - RED DEER TRANSIT IS EXPANDING IT'S SERVICE IN A COUPLE OF NEWER AREAS OF THE CITY. OFFICIALS SAY HOURS OF SERVICE WILL NOW RUN INTO THE LATE EVENING FOR ROUTE 6 TO AND FROM CLEARVIEW RIDGE AND VANIER EAST FROM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. STARTING MONDAY, ROUTE 6 WILL HAVE SERVICE TO 11:30PM TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS FROM OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY TO GET TO THESE NEIGHBOURHOODS DURING LATER HOURS. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT REDDEER.CA/TRANSIT.

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LOCAL SCHOOL HELPS THOSE IN NEED - A SCHOOL IN NORTH RED DEER MADE A SPECIAL DELIVERY TODAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY. OFFICIALS AT FATHER HENRI VOISIN SCHOOL IN CLEARVIEW RIDGE SAY STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE TAKEN DONATED PRESENTS FROM THEIR "GIVING TREE" AT THE SCHOOL AND TAKEN THEM TO THE WOMEN'S SHELTER AND SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION HEALTH & WELLNESS PARTNERSHIP - RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND 360 FITNESS HAVE PARTNERED UP TO PROMOTE STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS. BROOKE EINARSON-SCHAAB, THE GM OF 360 FITNESS SAYS THEY MADE A CHEQUE PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY FOR JUST OVER TWENTY FOUR AND A HALF THOUSAND DOLLARS. ABOUT HALF OF THIS MONEY WAS RAISED DURING THEIR FUNDRAISING GALA IN SEPTEMBER, AND WILL HELP OUT 22 SCHOOLS IN OUR REGION. SCHOOLS WILL HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO DECIDE WHERE TO SPEND THESE DOLLARS, SUCH AS NEW EQUIPMENT OR EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS. THE LOCAL FITNESS COMPANY HAD BEEN IN TALKS WITH THE DIVISION SINCE THE SUMMER TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE.

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LOCAL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN - A SINGLE MOM FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS HOPING CENTRAL ALBERTANS CAN HELP HER REACH THE AMBITIOUS GOAL OF OPENING A RESTAURANT IN THE TOWN BY CHRISTMAS EVE. DORA COTE, A HOMETOWN FAVORITE ON SEASON ONE OF MASTER CHEF CANADA, LAUNCHED A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAST MONTH IN HOPES OF REALIZING THAT DREAM WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO NOW. THE ROADHOUSE SPACE HAS ALREADY BEEN SECURED ALONG WITH THOUSANDS IN KITCHEN EQUIPMENT. COTE HAS A FUNDRAISING GOAL OF 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH OVER THREE GRAND CURRENTLY RAISED.

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GREEN BINS NOW AVAILABLE IN SYLVAN - THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE DEBUTED A NEW SERVICE FOR WASTE COLLECTION THIS WEEK. THE TOWN IS NOW OFFERING GREEN BINS FOR COMPOSTING FOR AN $18 FEE. RESIDENTS CAN THEN GET THEIR BIN PICKED UP AT ANY TIME FOR A MONTHLY $19 FEE. YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO DROP OFF KITCHEN AND YARD WASTE FOR FREE AT THE SYLVAN TRANSFER SITE. REGULAR CURBSIDE COLLECTION FOR THE SOLID WASTE PROGRAM WILL RESUME IN THE SPRING.

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INNISFAIL PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISING UPDATE - THE TOWN OF INNISFAIL WILL SEE A NEW PLAYGROUND AT THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MUCH SOONER THAN ANTICIPATED. THIS AFTER THE NEEDED $200,000 WAS RAISED IN JUST OVER A YEAR. STUDENTS AT E'COLE JOHN WILSON ELEMENTARY CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE NEW PLAYGROUND IN PLACE AROUND JUNE. THE PARK WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE FOOTBALL AND SOCCER FIELDS. OFFICIALS HAD EXPECTED THIS TO BE A THREE OR FOUR YEAR FUNDRAISING EFFORT.

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HOLIDAY TRAIN ROLLS THROUGH RED DEER - THIS WEEKS C.P. HOLIDAY TRAIN TURNED IN RECORD NUMBERS FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS ACROSS ALBERTA. WHEN THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN ROLLED THROUGH RED DEER ON WEDNESDAY, OVER 16 HUNDRED POUNDS OF FOOD WAS DONATED TO THE LOCAL FOOD BANK, WITH OVER 12 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH, PLUS 7 THOUSAND DOLLARS DONATED BY C.P. MEANTIME GOODMAN ROOFING HAS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE TO HELP THE RED DEER FOOD BANK. THE COMPANY IS DONATING TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COVER THE COST OF REPLACING THE STOLEN PROPANE TANKS EARLIER THIS WEEK.

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LOCAL MLA'S THOUGHTS ON LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SOME CUTS AND TOUGH CHOICES LIKELY LIE AHEAD FOR THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IN 2015. THAT ACCORDING TO RED DEER NORTH MLA MARY ANNE JABLONSKI WHO SAYS THE CURRENT LOW OIL PRICES WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE PROVINCE. SHE SAYS CONSUMERS ARE CURRENTLY BENEFITING WITH LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMPS AS IS THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY BUT THERE ARE FEW OTHER UPSIDES. HOWEVER, JABLONSKI SAYS THE MOST RECENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION WHICH WRAPPED UP THIS WEEK WAS A SUCCESSFUL ONE WITH THE GOVERNMENT PASSING TEN BILLS INCLUDING ONE FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS AND ANOTHER FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. BILL 10 REGARDING GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCES WAS PUT ON HOLD FOR FURTHER PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

 

 

FRI AM NEWS (DEC. 12)
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RECORD HIGHS - 
THIS WEEKS CHINOOK SAW MORE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ACROSS ALBERTA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).
ROCKY HIT 10.9 BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 9.5 FROM 2005, SUNDRE'S HIGH WAS 10.3, BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 9.8 SET IN 2005, LACOMBE WAS UP TO 10.4, UP FROM 8.9 IN 2005, DRUMHELLER HIT 12 DEGREES, BREAKING THE RECORD OF 10.9 IN 2005, CORONATION GOT UP TO 8.2, UP FROM 7.5 SET IN 2005, CAMROSE HIT 9.5 BREAKING THE RECORD OF 8.5 IN 2005, BROOKS WAS UP TO 12.1, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 9.9 SET IN 2004 AND PINCHER CREEK WAS UP TO 11.2 BREAKING THE RECORD OF 8.5 SET IN 2005. RED DEER WAS CLOSE, HITTING 9 DEGREES, BUT NOT QUITE BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 9.4 THE RECORD SET IN 1980. RED DEER WON'T LIKELY HIT A NEW RECORD TODAY WITH THE HIGH ONLY FORECAST TO HIT PLUS 5.  RED DEER'S RECORD FOR TODAY (DEC. 12TH) IS 10.2 SET IN 2002.
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BOWER PONDS SKATING UPDATE -  THE BOWER PONDS SKATING SURFACE IS SET TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TODAY (FRI)
IN SPITE OF THE WARM TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, THE ICE CONDITION IS STILL RATED AS "GOOD".  HOWEVER, OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS NOT NEXT TO ACTIVITY CENTRES IN THE CITY WILL NOT OPEN AS PLANNED.  THE WARM WEATHER HAS CREATED VERY POOR CONDITIONS AND NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS TEMPERATURES COOL DOWN.
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NORTH RED DEER CRASH -  AN EARLY MORNING CRASH THURSDAY BETWEEN A TRUCK AND A CAR IN RED DEER HAS SENT TWO PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 1AM WHEN A NORTHBOUND TRUCK AND SOUTHBOUND CAR COLLIDED ON HIGHWAY 2A NEAR PRECISION DRILLING.  A WOMAN DRIVING THE CAR HAD TO BE EXTRACATED FROM HER VEHICLE BUT A MAN DRIVING THE TRUCK WAS ABLE TO GET OUT ON HIS OWN.  THE CRASH CLOSED THE ROAD FOR SOMETIME WHILE CLEAN-UP AND THE INVESTIGATION TOOK PLACE.
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CANADA GAMES CHAIR -  THE FIRST EVER SOLO FEMALE CHAIR OF THE CANADA WINTER GAMES HAS BEEN APPOINTED IN RED DEER.  LYN RADFORD WAS OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED ON WEDNESDAY TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.  SHE SAYS NOW THE BOARD WILL BE PUT TOGETHER, WITH SEVEN PRE-APPOINTED POSITIONS AND THE REMAINING EIGHT BOARD MEMBERS SELECTED  FROM A GROUP OF APPLICANTS.  YOU CAN CHECK OUT CANADA GAMES ONLINE TO APPLY, OR PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT THE COLLICUT, RECREATION OR DAWE CENTRES.
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LOST PAINTING -  A LARGE PAINTING BY LOCAL ARTIST DOUGLAS STRICKLAND IS CURRENTLY UNACCOUNTED FOR SO CITY RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND IT.  THE PAINTING DEPICTS A BIBLICAL SCENE AND IS FIVE AND A HALF FEET LONG BY TWO FEET HIGH.  POLICE BELIEVE IT MIGHT BE HANGING IN A RED DEER CHURCH.
YOU CAN SEE A PICTURE OF IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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STOLEN PROPERTY TRIAL  -  A TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT JUNE FOR A PENHOLD MAN CHARGED IN A MAJOR STOLEN PROPERTY INVESTIGATION THIS FALL.  THIS AFTER 39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE PLED NOT GUILTY TO ALL SEVEN COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK.  AUVIGNE WAS CHARGED AFTER INNISFAIL MOUNTIES SEARCHED A PENHOLD RESIDENCE OCTOBER 11TH AND SEIZED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY, MOSTLY CONSTRUCTION TOOLS.
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OLDS COLLEGE PROGRAM -  A NEW PROGRAM WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY AT OLDS COLLEGE THAT AIMS TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH OF IT'S STUDENTS. IT'S CALLED THE "BREATHING ROOM" PROGRAM AND CONSISTS OF EIGHT INTERNET-BASED MODULES SO STUDENTS CAN ACCESS IT AT ANY TIME. COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON FRITZ LATIMER SAYS THE PROGRAM ESSENTIALLY TEACHES STUDENTS NEW AND POSITIVE WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN THEIR LIVES.  THE PROGRAM IS BEING MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM RBC.
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INNISFAIL CHARITY CHECKSTOP -  THE INNISFAIL RCMP'S CHARITY CHECKSTOP RUNS THIS WEEKEND.  THE 17TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY (DECEMBER 13TH) FROM 11 AM TIL 4 PM AT THE USUAL STRIP ON 50TH STREET, BETWEEN 48TH AND 49TH AVENUE.
THERE YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE ANY FOOD, CLOTHING, OR CASH DONATION WHERE SEVERAL AGENCIES WILL BENEFIT.
THIS INCLUDES THE LOCAL FOOD BANK, CHRISTMAS BUREAU, WOMEN'S OUTREACH SOCIETY AND BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS.
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THURS PM NEWS

 

2 INJURED IN MORNING CRASH

TWO PEOPLE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2A IN RED DEER EARLY THIS MORNING. RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED NEAR PRECISION DRILLING AROUND 1AM WHEN A NORTHBOUND DODGE RAM COLLIDED WITH A SOUTHBOUND NISSAN ALTIMA. A WOMAN DRIVING THE CAR HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM HER VEHICLE BUT BOTH SHE AND A MAN DRIVING THE TRUCK WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

 

AUVIGNE HEADING TO TRIAL

A TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT JUNE FOR A PENHOLD MAN CHARGED IN A MAJOR STOLEN PROPERTY INVESTIGATION THIS FALL. THIS AFTER 39 YEAR OLD GARY AUVIGNE PLED NOT GUILTY TO ALL SEVEN COUNTS AGAINST HIM IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK. AUVIGNE WAS CHARGED AFTER INNISFAIL MOUNTIES SEARCHED A PENHOLD RESIDENCE OCTOBER 11TH AND SEIZED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY, MOSTLY CONSTRUCTION TOOLS.

 

RCMP SEARCHING FOR PAINTING

RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A LARGE PAINTING BY LOCAL ARTIST DOUGLAS STRICKLAND. IT'S APPROXIMATELY FIVE AND A HALF FEET LONG BY TWO FEET HIGH AND DEPICTS A BIBLICAL SCENE. MOUNTIES THINK IT MIGHT BE HANGING IN A RED DEER CHURCH. YOU CAN SEE A PHOTO OF IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

2019 WINTER GAMES CHAIR PERSON SELECTED

LYN RADFORD HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED (WED) AS CHAIR OF RED DEER'S 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. RADFORD IS THE FIRST EVER SOLO FEMALE CHAIR APPOINTED TO HEAD UP THE CANADA WINTER GAMES. SHE SAYS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL NOW BE PUT TOGETHER TO BEGIN PREPARING FOR THE 2019 EVENT. THE RED DEER GAMES WILL ATTRACT 3600 ATHLETES WITH THE HELP OF SIX THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS.

 

BOWER PONDS SKATING OPENS TOMORROW

YOU MIGHT HAVE GUESSED IT, BUT THE CITY OF RED DEER SAYS THE WARM WEATHER THIS WEEK HAS DELAYED THE OPENING OF IT'S OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS. NO DATES HAVE BEEN SET YET FOR A NEW REOPENING DATE, AS IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER. HOWEVER, THE SKATING SURFACE AT BOWER PONDS IS STILL EXPECTED TO OPEN TOMORROW. IT WILL BE OPEN FROM 4:30 TO 9:30 PM ON WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 11 AM TIL 9 PM ON WEEKENDS. BOWER PONDS WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY BUT REMAIN OPEN EVERY OTHER DAY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH REDUCED HOURS. 

 

WARM WEATHER RECORDS BROKEN

IT'S BEEN ANOTHER MILD DAY IN ALBERTA TODAY, AND 2 RECORDS WERE BEATEN IN OUR AREA. ROCKY GOT AS WARM AS 11 AT 1 OH CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON, BEATING A RECORD SET IN 2005. AND DRUMHELLAR WARMED UP TO 12 AT 2 OH CLOCK, ALSO BREAKING A RECORD SET 9 YEARS AGO. IT GOT AS WARM AS 8 DEGREES IN RED DEER TODAY, 1 DEGREE SHORT OF A NEW RECORD.

 

OLDS COLLEGE LAUNCHING "BREATHING ROOM" PROGRAM

A NEW PROGRAM WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY AT OLDS COLLEGE THAT AIMS TO ADDRESS THE MENTAL HEALTH OF IT'S STUDENTS. IT'S CALLED THE "BREATHING ROOM" PROGRAM AND CONSISTS OF EIGHT INTERNET-BASED MODULES SO STUDENTS CAN ACCESS IT AT ANY TIME. COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON FRITZ LATIMER SAYS THE PROGRAM ESSENTIALLY TEACHES STUDENTS NEW AND POSITIVE WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN THEIR LIVES. THE PROGRAM IS BEING MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM RBC.

 

THURS AM NEWS (DEC. 11) 
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RECORD HIGHS - 
THE CHINOOK HITTING ALBERTA THIS WEEK HAS BROKEN SOME RECORDS.  ON TUESDAY, THE RED DEER AIRPORT, WHERE RECORDS ARE RECORDED, HIT AN OFFICIAL HIGH OF 9.2 BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 7.9 SET IN 2005.  YESTERDAY (WED) RED DEER OFFICIALLY HIT 6.6, BUT DIDN'T REACH OUR RECORD OF 10.6 RECORDED IN 1993. TODAY (THRUS), WE COULD BREAK A RECORD WITH A HIGH EXPECTED NEAR PLUS 9, THE RECORD FOR DEC. 11TH IS 9.4 SET BACK IN 1980.
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QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR RDC DONATION - 
RDC WAS ON THE RECEIVING END OF A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLAR GIFT YESTERDAY (WED). COLLEGE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THE DONATION DURING A CEREMONY IN WHICH PETER AND KATHY LACEY WERE THANKED AND ACKNOWLEDGED FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY. KATHY LACEY SAYS THIS MONEY WILL GIVE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE'S BUSINESS AND NON-PROFIT PROGRAMS A CHANCE TO HONE THEIR SKILLS TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL LEADERS AND ALSO HAVE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE BY SOON HAVING IT ONLINE AS WELL.
THE LACEYS HAVE A STRONG BACKGROUND IN BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT AND VOLUNTEERISM IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, ONE THAT SPANS 30 YEARS.
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SYLVAN ICE HUTS -  IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN TO REGISTER YOUR ICE HUTS.   THE SYLVAN LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IS SENDING OUT THE REMINDER TO ICE FISHERMAN TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AND REGISTER.  YOU CAN DO SO AT SYLVANLAKE.CA/TAKE-IT-OFF. THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES TO REGISTERING, INCLUDING PROPER RCMP INVESTIGATION IN THE EVENT YOUR HUT IS VANDALIZED OR STOLEN.  YOU ONLY NEED TO REGISTER ONCE.
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SYLVAN TRAIN DERAILMENT -  THERE WAS A MINOR TRAIN DERAILMENT, JUST WEST OF SYLVAN LAKE WEDNESDAY MORNING AROUND 11. AN EMPTY CN RAIL CAR LEFT THE TRACKS NEAR RANGE ROAD 22 AND HIGHWAY 11.  THE CAR REMAINED UPRIGHT AND THERE WAS NO SPILL. NO ONE WAS HURT AND THERE IS NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC. OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING WHY THE CAR WENT OFF THE RAILS.
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SUNNYBROOK FIRE -    THERE WAS A HOUSE FIRE IN RED DEER'S SUNNYBROOK AREA YESTERDAY MORNING (WED).
THE BLAZE HAPPENED AROUND 10:30 AM AT 15 SOMERSET CLOSE.
THERE WERE NO INJURIES AND INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE.
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FOOD BANK THEFT -  RED DEER'S FOOD BANK WAS THE TARGET OF THIEVES THIS WEEK.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRED SCAIFE SAYS SOMEONE STOLE TWO LARGE AND FULL PROPANE TANKS THIS WEEK FROM THEIR BIG BAR-BE-QUE THAT THEY USE DURING THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS EACH YEAR. HE SAYS THEY HAD TO REPLACE THOSE TANKS YESTERDAY (WED) AS THE BBQ WAS NEEDED FOR THEIR APPEARANCE AT THE RAILYARDS OVER THE NOON HOUR FOR THE HOLIDAY TRAIN'S ARRIVAL IN RED DEER. THIS BAD NEWS ASIDE, SCAIFE SAYS FOOD SUPPLIES ARE CURRENTLY STRONG BUT ADMITS THEIR CASH RESERVES ARE VERY LOW RIGHT NOW.
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HIRING CLIMATE -  CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC.  THAT'S HOW OFFICIALS WITH MANPOWER ARE DESCRIBING THE HIRING CLIMATE FOR RED DEER IN THE COMING MONTHS.  THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK SURVEY INDICATES 12 PERCENT OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS PLAN TO HIRE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2015, WHILE 81 PERCENT PLAN TO STAY THE COURSE.  5 PERCENT PLAN TO CUT STAFF WHILE 2 PERCENT ARE UNSURE.
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PENHOLD FIRE CADET PROGRAM -  THE TOWN OF PENHOLD OFFICIALLY DEDICATED THEIR FIRE CADET PROGRAM MONDAY MORNING.  THE MEDIA WAS INVITED TO COME MEET SOME OF THE FIRST CADETS AFTER A CHEQUE PRESENTATION.  ATCO GAS HAS GIVEN $2700 TO FUND THIS PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. THE PENHOLD FIRE CADET PROGRAM WILL GIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AN IDEA OF WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS A CAREER THEY WOULD CONSIDER.  STUDENTS WILL EARN FIVE CREDITS FOR COMPLETING THE COURSE AS THEY LEARN IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK SKILLS.  THEY ALSO ATTEND CALLS THE DEPARTMENT RECIEVES AND PARTICIPATE IN WEEKLY TRAINING AND COURSES.
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LACOMBE/BLACKFALDS/INNISFAIL/OLDS BUDGETS -  LOOKING AT BUDGETS  AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS WEEK AFTER COUNCIL APPROVAL. RESIDENTS IN LACOMBE ARE LOOKING AT A TAX INCREASE OF 4.89 PERCENT NEXT YEAR. BLACKFALDS AND INNISFAIL WILL SEE TAXES GOING UP ABOUT 2 PERCENT IN 2015.AND OLDS IS NOT ANTICIPATING A TAX HIKE, ALTHOUGH RESIDENTS WILL PAY A LITTLE MORE FOR WASTE COLLECTION.
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LACOMBE DOG PARK -  SOME TAIL WAGGING NEWS FOR DOGS IN THE CITY OF LACOMBE THIS WEEK. COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THIS WEEK A LOCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY'S NEW OFF-LEASH DOG PARK TO BE DEVELOPED IN 2015. OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL BE NEXT TO THE CITY'S FUTURE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY IN THE LEN THOMPSON INDUSTRIAL PARK PHASE 2. THE PARK WILL BE FENCED, LANDSCAPED AND HAVE A GRAVEL PARKING LOT, WITH WALKING TRAILS TO THE AREA TO BE CONSIDERED AS WELL.
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HOLIDAY TRAIN -
   THE C.P. HOLIDAY TRAIN ROLLED THROUGH RED DEER YESTERDAY (WED). THE SPECIAL TRAIN DECORATED WITH THOUSANDS OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND FEATURING CANADIAN PERFORMERS  ARRIVED IN RED DEER OVER THE NOON HOUR, THEN MADE IT'S WAY TO INNISFAIL, DIDSBURY AND AIRDRIE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
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RADFORD TO CHAIR RED DEER GAMES -  LYN RADFORD WAS INTRODUCED AS CHAIR OF RED DEER'S 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES ON WEDNESDAY.   THE RED DEER GAMES WILL ATTRACT 3600 ATHLETES WITH THE HELP OF SIX THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS.
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THE VON HOLLEN'S LIGHT DISPLAY IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE IS PICTURED BELOW.  ALFRED AND CHERYL VON HOLLEN AND THIS CHRISTMAS DISPLAY OF OVER 120 THOUSAND LIGHT WILL BE ON FOR THE LAST TIME THIS YEAR, ON EACH EVENING UNTIL DEC. 28TH, IT'S AWESOME, COME SEE IT :