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WED PM NEWS (OCT 1)

 

TOYS R US EVACUATED - RED DEER'S TOYS R US STORE AT THE BOWER PLACE MALL HAS BEEN EVACUATED. SMOKE FROM A UNIT ON THE ROOF WAS DISCOVERED AT AROUND 3:30 THIS AFTERNOON, WHICH REQUIRED A RESPONSE FROM RED DEER EMS. THE PUBLIC IS NOT IN ANY DANGER, AND THE REST OF THE MALL IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS. TOYS R US IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN WEDNESDAY EVENING.


GIRL DIES AFTER ACCIDENT - AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A FOUR YEAR OLD CENTRAL ALBERTA GIRL WHO DIED AT THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON OVER THE WEEKEND. RCMP SAY THE GIRL SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES WHILE PLAYING WITH OTHER CHILDREN AT MASKWACIS NORTH OF PONOKA A FEW WEEKS AGO. DETAILS HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED ABOUT HOW THE GIRL WAS INJURED BUT MOUNTIES BELIEVE HER DEATH WAS THE RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT.

 

BLACKFALDS MAN CHARGED IN CHILD PORN STING - THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAM OR "ALERT" HAS ARRESTED A BLACKFALDS MAN ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES. 58 YEAR OLD ANTHONY MURRAY WAS ARRESTED ON MONDAY AND FACES COUNTS OF POSSESSION, ACCESSING AND MAKING AVAILABLE CHILD PORN. THE INVESTIGATION STARTED AFTER ALERT WAS INFORMED BY THE RCMP'S NATIONAL CHILD EXPLOITATION COORDINATION CENTRE ABOUT THE CHILD PORN BEING ACCESSED ONLINE. POLICE SAY CHILD EXPLOITATION OFFENCES CAN BE REPORTED TO CYBERTIP.CA.


TRUDELL TO WALK FOR HEART AND STROKE - RAISING MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION IS THE GOAL BEHIND A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN'S JOURNEY FROM OLDS TO RED DEER THIS WEEK. STARTING TOMORROW (THU), 48 YEAR OLD STROKE SURVIVOR DANIEL TRUDELL FROM TORRINGTON, EAST OF OLDS, WILL WALK 20 KILOMETRES A DAY FOR THREE DAYS, STARTING AT HIGHWAYS 27 AND 2A IN OLDS AND ENDING AT THE HARLEY DAVIDSON ON GASOLINE ALLEY NEAR RED DEER ON SATURDAY. TRUDELL SUFFERED A STROKE IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR AND SAYS THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN HIS RECOVERY.


FLU SHOT DATES ANNOUNCED - ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS RELEASED IT'S FLU CLINICS SCHEDULE FOR THIS SEASON AND RED DEER HAS FIVE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR SHOT DONE. THE FIRST ONE IS OCTOBER 20TH AT THE PIDERNHY CURLING CENTRE WITH FOUR OTHER DATES THERE TO FOLLOW. OTHERS START OCTOBER 23RD AT THE RED DEER I-HOTEL, OCTOBER 25TH AT THE WESTERNER PARK HARVEST CENTRE, NOVEMBER 4TH AT THE GOLDEN CIRCLE AND NOVEMBER 8TH AT THE RED DEER FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH. YOU CAN FIND MORE DETAILS AT ALBERTAHEALTHSERVICES.CA.


SYLVAN LAKE DISCUSES SECONDARY SUITES - SYLVAN LAKE IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING A NEW BYLAW TO REGULATE SECONDARY SUITES IN THE COMMUNITY. THIS AFTER TOWN COUNCIL RECENTLY PASSED FIRST READING OF A BYLAW TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF SECONDARY SUITES IN ANY GIVEN NEIGHBOURHOOD TO 15 PERCENT. SPOKSEPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS SECONDARY SUITES ARE A MUCH-NEEDED HOUSING OPTION FOR RESIDENTS, ADDING RESIDENTS CAN OFFER SOME FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSED BYLAW DURING AN OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 27TH.


COUNCIL TO DISCUSS LOUD A/C'S - THE CITY OF RED DEER IS LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE OF NOISY AIR CONDITIONERS. THIS AFTER COUNCILOR PAUL HARRIS INTRODUCED A MOTION YESTERDAY TO STUDY WAYS TO LESSEN THE NOISE IMPACT THESE DEVICES HAVE. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO MEASURES IN PLACE FOR THE CITY TO ENFORCE THIS ISSUE. COUNCILOR HARRIS WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE ALBERTA BUILDING CODE TO INCORPORATE AIR CONDITIONERS.  IF POSSIBLE, HE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT PROCESS.

 

 

WED AM NEWS (OCT. 1) 
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CFIB VISITS RED DEER  - 
MUNICIPAL SPENDING, PROPERTY TAXES, RED TAPE AND LABOUR SHORTAGES STAND TO BE AMONG THE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE CFIB AND RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER TODAY. (WED)  CFIB ALBERTA DIRECTOR RICHARD TRUSCOTT SAYS WITH SMALL BUSINESS WEEK COMING UP, IT'S THE PERFECT TIME TO SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES.  HE SAYS THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST MEETING WITH OUR CITY'S MAYOR AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING AWAY WITH A COMMITTMENT TO LOOK AT WAYS OF FURTHER HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES IN RED DEER.
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RED DEER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT  -   RED DEER CITY COUNCIL UPDATED THEIR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BYLAW DURING MONDAY'S MEETING.  A HANDFUL OF CHANGES WERE MADE TO UPDATE TITLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE BYLAW.  THERE WAS ALSO A QUESTION OF IF OVERTIME IS PAID OUT DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY.   ADMINISTRATION EXPLAINED THAT ONLY IN A LONG TERM SITUATION WOULD THEY GRANT OVERTIME TO THEIR EMERGENCY DIRECTORS.  THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE AGENDA IN FOUR WEEKS TIME FOR SECOND AND THIRD READING.
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NOISY AIR CONDITIONERS -  THE CITY OF RED DEER IS LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE OF NOISY AIR CONDITIONERS. THIS AFTER COUNCILOR PAUL HARRIS INTRODUCED A MOTION YESTERDAY TO STUDY WAYS TO LESSEN THE NOISE IMPACT THESE DEVICES HAVE.  CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO MEASURES IN PLACE FOR THE CITY TO ENFORCE THIS ISSUE.  COUNCILOR HARRIS WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE ALBERTA BUILDING CODE TO INCORPORATE AIR CONDITIONERS.  IF POSSIBLE, HE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT PROCESS.
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LACOMBE COLLISION -   THE COMMUNITY OF LACOMBE IS RALLYING AROUND A YOUNG WOMAN AFTER SHE LOST HER LEG IN A COLLISION LAST WEEK. LEAH CORBETTO, WHO IS 22 WAS HIT WHILE WALKING HOME LAST TUESDAY NIGHT.  SHE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY STARS IN EDMONTON WHERE DOCTORS AMPUTATED HER RIGHT LEG.  20 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CAMERON OF RED DEER FACES 7 COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. HE IS DUE BACK IN LOCAL COURT ON OCTOBER 7TH FOR A SECOND APPEARANCE.
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DRUG ARRESTS  -   A PISTOL-GRIP SHOTGUN AND QUANTITIES OF DOPE AND COCAINE WERE AMONG THE ITEMS SEIZED AT A SUSPECTED DRUG HOUSE IN RED DEER'S GRANDVIEW NEIGHBOURHOOD LAST WEEK.  MEMBERS OF THE ALERT TEAM RAIDED THE HOME IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OF LAST THURSDAY AFTER BEGINNING THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIDENCE EARLIER THIS MONTH DUE TO COMPLAINTS FROM NEARBY RESIDENTS.  POLICE SAY THE HOME IS LOCATED ACROSS FROM A MIDDLE SCHOOL.  THREE PEOPLE WERE CHARGED IN THE RAID, INCLUDING 47 YEAR OLD PAUL FISCH, 37 YEAR OLD SHARON SMITH AND 27 YEAR OLD RYAN LITWYN WHO WAS ALSO THE SUBJECT OF EIGHT OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FROM ADDITIONAL BREACH AND DRUG CHARGES.
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FAS GAS SHOOTING CASE  -  A MAN CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING OF GAS STATION CLERK IN RED DEER LAST YEAR WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT WEEK.  31 YEAR OLD JEFFERY GEARY OF NO FIXED ADDRESS FACES FIVE COUNTS AND WILL BE SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT NEXT MONDAY.  IT WAS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH OF 2013 WHEN LOCAL MOUNTIES SAY A CLERK AT THE FAS GAS IN WESTPARK WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND DURING AN ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY.  THE VICTIM WAS A TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER WHO HAD RECENTLY ARRIVED FROM THE PHILLIPINES.  GEARY'S CO-ACCUSED HAD ALL HIS CHARGES DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR.
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FERTIG APPEAL UPDATE -  A FORMER RED DEER TEACHER WHO LOST HIS APPEAL FROM A 1970'S RAPE CONVICTION THIS YEAR, HAS NOW LEARNED THE REASONS WHY HIS APPEAL WAS DISMISSED LAST WEEK.
THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL RULING STATES THAT FERTIG'S FIVE YEAR SENTENCE WAS NOT UNREASONABLE BUT RATHER FAIR CONSIDERING THE TIME SPAN IN WHICH THE OFFENCES OCCURED AND THE NUMBER OF TIMES IN WHICH THEY OCCURED.  THE OFFENCES TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 1975-77 WHEN FERTIG WAS IN HIS THIRTIES AND THE VICTIM WAS 12-15 YEARS OLD AND FERTIG'S FAMILY BABY SITTER.
IT WAS LEARNED DURING THE TRIAL THAT 10-15 SUCH INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE DURING THAT TIME.
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CALGARY BYELECTION -   THE WILDORSE PARTY HAS ANNOUNCED WHO WILL RUN AGAINST PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IN A BY-ELECTION NEXT MONTH.  KATHY MACDONALD, A FORMER CALGARY POLICE OFFICER WITH A MASTERS DEGREE WILL RUN IN THE RIDING OF CALGARY-FOOTHILLS.  PREMIER PRENTICE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY HE WILL SEEK A SEAT IN THIS RIDING ON OCTOBER 27TH.  THE NDP WILL RUN JENNIFER BURGESS IN THE NORTHWEST CALGARY RIDING.  THE LIBERAL PARTY HAS YET TO ANNOUNCE A CANDIDATE.
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SYLVAN LAKE SUITES -  SYLVAN LAKE IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING A NEW BYLAW TO REGULATE SECONDARY SUITES IN THE COMMUNITY.  tHIS AFTER TOWN COUNCIL RECENTLY PASSED FIRST READING OF A BYLAW TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF SECONDARY SUITES IN ANY GIVEN NEIGHBOURHOOD TO 15 PERCENT.  SPOKSEPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS SECONDARY SUITES ARE A MUCH-NEEDED HOUSING OPTION FOR RESIDENTS, ADDING RESIDENTS CAN OFFER SOME FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSED BYLAW DURING AN OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 27TH.
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SYLVAN SIGNALS  - 
SYLVAN TOWN COUNCIL HAS AWARDED TENDERS FOR A PAIR OF NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN THE COMMUNITY.  SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS THE SIGNALS WILL BE INSTALLED AT HERDER DRIVE AND 47TH AVENUE AND 50TH STREET AND 45TH AVENUE.  SHE SAYS THE LIGHTS AT 50TH STREET AND 45TH AVENUE WOULD REPLACE PEDESTRIAN ACTIVATED LIGHTS CURRENTLY AT THAT LOCATION. GAUDET SAYS THE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT BOTH LOCATIONS SHOULD INCREASE SAFETY AND BE FULLY OPERATIONAL LATER THIS YEAR.
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LACOMBE UPGRADES  -  LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS RE-SHAPING THE COMMUNITY'S DOWNTOWN.  COUNCIL HAS ADOPTED AN AMENDED DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT PLAN - IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO ALLOW FOR A NEW HOTEL SITE IN THE CITY'S CORE.  THE DARP-IMPLEMENTATION PLAN CONTAINS SEVERAL GUIDING PRINCIPLES INCLUDING IMPROVING DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN QUALITY, DEVELOPING A CENTRAL PARK SPACE FOR CIVIC EVENTS AND RELOCATING MORE MUNICIPAL AND PROVINCIAL OFFICE SPACE DOWNTOWN AMONG OTHERS.
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OLDS CHALLENGE - 
THE TOWN OF OLDS WILL BE PART OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS TO HELP FEED THE HOMELESS AND DIG WELLS FOR CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES.  THE "GOOD FOR OLDS" CHALLENGE WILL SEE A WEEK-LONG KICK-OFF THAT WILL INCLUDE LOCAL SCHOOLS, OLDS COLLEGE, THE TOWN AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALL TAKING PART.
OFFICIALS SAY THE CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES PARTICIPANTS TO DO FIVE THOUSAND "ACTS OF GOOD" OVER THE NEXT TEN MONTHS AND TURN THAT INTO GLOBAL CHANGE WITH 142 OTHER COUNTRIES ALL TAKING PART.  A LOCAL "ACTS OF GOOD" WILL BE POSTED ON AN "ANONYMOUS GOOD" WEBSITE.
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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT -  RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR BOARD OF TRUSTEES WITH MORE MEANINGFUL AND VALUED PERSPECTIVES.  THIS AFTER THE BOARD RECENTLY DECIDED TO HELP CREATE A STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL.
OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL ALLOW STUDENTS AND TRUSTEES TO BETTER DISCUSS ITEMS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, SIMILAR TO HOW THE CITY-WIDE SCHOOL COUNCIL OPERATES.
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BOWER MALL AWARDS -  THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2014 CANADIAN AWARDS.  RED DEER'S BOWER PLACE SHOPPING CENTRE CAPTURED TWO MAPLE LEAF AWARDS FOR MARKETING.  WINNING FOR THE "COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS AT BOWER PLACE" CAMPAIGN AND THE PART THEY PLAYED IN THE NATIONAL PROGRAM "CATCH THE SPIRIT".  BOWER PLACE WAS HONOURED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE CANADIAN CONVENTION IN TORONTO.
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TUES PM NEWS (SEPT. 30) 

 

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EARLY MORNING DRUG RAID LAST WEEK - A PISTOL-GRIP SHOTGUN AND QUANTITIES OF DOPE AND COCAINE WERE AMONG THE ITEMS SEIZED AT A SUSPECTED DRUG HOUSE IN RED DEER'S GRANDVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD LAST WEEK. MEMBERS OF THE ALERT TEAM RAIDED THE HOME IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OF LAST THURSDAY AFTER BEGINNING THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIDENCE EARLIER THIS MONTH DUE TO COMPLAINTS FROM NEARBY RESIDENTS. POLICE SAY THE HOME IS LOCATED ACROSS FROM A MIDDLE SCHOOL. THREE PEOPLE WERE CHARGED IN THE RAID, INCLUDING 47 YEAR OLD PAUL FISCH, 37 YEAR OLD SHARON SMITH AND 27 YEAR OLD RYAN LITWYN WHO WAS ALSO THE SUBJECT OF EIGHT OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FROM ADDITIONAL BREACH AND DRUG CHARGES.

 

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LACOMBE WOMAN LOSES LEG AFTER ACCIDENT LAST WEEK - THE COMMUNITY OF LACOMBE IS RALLYING AROUND A YOUNG WOMAN AFTER SHE LOST HER LEG IN A COLLISION LAST WEEK. LEAH COBETTO, WHO IS 22 WAS HIT WHILE WALKING HOME LAST TUESDAY NIGHT. SHE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY STARS IN EDMONTON WHERE DOCTORS AMPUTATED HER RIGHT LEG. 20 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CAMERON OF RED DEER FACES 7 COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. HE IS DUE BACK IN COURT ON OCTOBER 7TH FOR A SECOND APPEARANCE.

 

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FERTIG APPEAL REPORT RELEASED - THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL HAS NOW RELEASED IT'S REASONS FOR DISMISSING THE APPEAL OF A FORMER RED DEER TEACHER CONVICTED OF RAPING ONE OF HIS STUDENT IN THE 1970'S. THE APPEAL COURT RULING STATES THAT THE FIVE YEAR SENTENCE GIVEN TO 73 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR WAS FAIR AND NOT UNREASONABLE, GIVEN THE TIME SPAN IN WHICH THE OFFENSES TOOK PLACE AND THE NUMBER OF THEM, WHICH WAS 10-15 TIMES FROM 1975-77. FERTIG WAS IN HIS THIRTIES AT THE TIME WHILE HIS VICTIM WAS BETWEEN 12-15 YEARS OLD AND HIS FAMILY'S BABY SITTER. FERTIG LOST HIS APPEAL LAST WEEK, WITH THE REASONS NOT RELEASED UNTIL TODAY.

 

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SENTENCING FOR GAS STATION SHOOTING NEXT WEEK - A MAN CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING OF GAS STATION CLERK IN RED DEER LAST YEAR WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT WEEK. 31 YEAR OLD JEFFERY GEARY OF NO FIXED ADDRESS FACES FIVE COUNTS AND WILL BE SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT NEXT MONDAY. IT WAS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH OF 2013 WHEN LOCAL MOUNTIES SAY A CLERK AT THE FAS GAS IN WESTPARK WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND DURING AN ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY. THE VICTIM WAS A TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER WHO HAD RECENTLY ARRIVED FROM THE PHILIPPINES. GEARY'S CO-ACCUSED HAD ALL HIS CHARGES DROPPED IN RED DEER COURT IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR.

 

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WILDROSE CANDIDATE TO TAKE ON PRENTICE ANNOUNCED - A FORMER COP WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE. THAT'S WHO PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL HAVE TO FACE IN AN UPCOMING BY-ELECTION NEXT MONTH TO GAIN A SEAT IN THE LEGISLATURE. THE WILDROSE PARTY ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THAT KATHY MACDONALD WILL RUN IN THE RIDING OF CALGARY-FOOTHILLS. JENNIFER BURGESS HAS ALREADY SAID SHE WILL RUN FOR THE NDP IN THIS NORTHWEST RIDING. THE LIBERALS HAVE NOT YET CHOSEN A CANDIDATE FOR THE BY-ELECTION SET FOR OCTOBER 27TH.

 

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STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL CREATED - RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR BOARD OF TRUSTEES WITH MORE MEANINGFUL AND VALUED PERSPECTIVES. THIS AFTER THE BOARD RECENTLY DECIDED TO HELP CREATE A STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL. OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL ALLOW STUDENTS AND TRUSTEES TO BETTER DISCUSS ITEMS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, SIMILAR TO HOW THE CITY-WIDE SCHOOL COUNCIL OPERATES.

 

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AIR CONDITIONER NOISE MOTION INTRODUCED IN CITY COUNCIL - THE CITY OF RED DEER IS LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE OF NOISY AIR CONDITIONERS. THIS AFTER COUNCILOR PAUL HARRIS INTRODUCED A MOTION YESTERDAY TO STUDY WAYS TO LESSEN THE NOISE IMPACT THESE DEVICES HAVE. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO MEASURES IN PLACE FOR THE CITY TO ENFORCE THIS ISSUE. COUNCILOR HARRIS WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE ALBERTA BUILDING CODE TO INCORPORATE AIR CONDITIONERS.  IF POSSIBLE, HE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE CHANGES MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT PROCESS.

 

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RED DEER EMERGENCY  MANAGEMENT BYLAW AMENDED - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL UPDATED THEIR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BYLAW DURING YESTERDAY'S MEETING. A HANDFUL OF CHANGES WERE MADE TO UPDATE TITLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE BYLAW THERE WAS ALSO A QUESTION OF IF OVERTIME IS PAID OUT DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY.  ADMINISTRATION EXPLAINED THAT ONLY IN A LONG TERM SITUATION WOULD THEY GRANT OVERTIME TO THEIR EMERGENCY DIRECTORS. THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE AGENDA IN FOUR WEEKS TIME FOR SECOND AND THIRD READING.

 

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LACOMBE DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT PLAN - WORK CONTINUES ON ATTRACTING NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENTS AND CUSTOMERS TO DOWNTOWN LACOMBE. CITY OFFICIALS SAY FOR STARTERS, COUNCIL HAS RECENTLY AMENDED IT'S DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT PLAN-IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DOWNTOWN HOTEL SITE. WHICH THEY SAY WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER OBJECTIVES LIKE DEVELOPING HIGHER DENSITY HOUSING IN THE CITY'S CORE, DESIGNING GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE INFILL DEVELOPMENTS AND CREATING A VISION AND THEME THAT EVERYONE CAN BUY INTO.

 

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BOWER PLACE TAKES HOME TWO MARKETING AWARDS - THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2014 CANADIAN AWARDS.   RED DEER'S BOWER PLACE SHOPPING CENTRE CAPTURED TWO MAPLE LEAF AWARDS FOR MARKETING.  WINNING FOR THE "COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS AT BOWER PLACE" CAMPAIGN AND THE PART THEY PLAYED IN THE NATIONAL PROGRAM "CATCH THE SPIRIT". BOWER PLACE WAS HONOURED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE CANADIAN CONVENTION IN TORONTO.

 

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NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS COMING TO SYLVAN LAKE - SYLVAN TOWN COUNCIL HAS AWARDED TENDERS FOR A PAIR OF NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN THE COMMUNITY. SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS THE SIGNALS WILL BE INSTALLED AT HERDER DRIVE AND 47TH AVENUE AND 50TH STREET AND 45TH AVENUE. SHE SAYS THE LIGHTS AT 50TH STREET AND 45TH AVENUE WOULD REPLACE PEDESTRIAN ACTIVATED LIGHTS CURRENTLY AT THAT LOCATION. GAUDET SAYS THE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT BOTH LOCATIONS SHOULD INCREASE SAFETY AND BE FULLY OPERATIONAL LATER THIS YEAR.

 

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OLDS CITIZENSHIP AWARD - A FEW PROMINENT PEOPLE IN OLDS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH A 2014 CITIZENSHIP AWARD. THE TOWN'S ROTARY CLUB HAS ANNOUNCED KATHY KEMMERE AS THE HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR, SHALYN MORITZ AS YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AND GARY GAUDETTE AS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.

 

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"GOOD FOR OLDS" CHALLENGE - THE TOWN OF OLDS WILL BE PART OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS TO HELP FEED THE HOMELESS AND DIG WELLS FOR CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. THE "GOOD FOR OLDS" CHALLENGE WILL SEE A WEEK-LONG KICK-OFF THAT WILL INCLUDE LOCAL SCHOOLS, OLDS COLLEGE, THE TOWN AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALL TAKING PART. OFFICIALS SAY THE CHALLENGE ENCOURAGES PARTICIPANTS TO DO FIVE THOUSAND "ACTS OF GOOD" OVER THE NEXT TEN MONTHS AND TURN THAT INTO GLOBAL CHANGE WITH 142 OTHER COUNTRIES ALL TAKING PART. A LOCAL "ACTS OF GOOD" WILL BE POSTED ON AN "ANONYMOUS GOOD" WEBSITE.

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (SEPT. 30)
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NDP LEADERSHIP HITS RED DEER -  
NEARLY EVERY SEAT IN THE SNELL AUDITORIUM WAS FILLED LAST NIGHT (MON) AS THE THREE CANDIDATES VYING TO LEAD THE NDP MADE A STOP IN RED DEER. CANDIDATES TOOK AIM AT THE ENERGY SECTOR AND PUBLIC SERVICES IN ALBERTA.  RACHEL NOTLEY, ROD LOYOLA AND DAVID EGGEN EACH MADE THEIR CASE AS TO WHY THEY SHOULD TAKE OVER FROM BRIAN MASON.  LOYOLA BASES HIS PLATFORM ON COMMUNITY, RESPECTING TREATY RIGHTS, AND A PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE FLAT TAX THAT HE SAYS ONLY BENEFITS THOSE MAKING OVER 200,000 A YEAR. HE ALSO SAYS ALBERTA NEEDS TO DIVERSIFY THE OILPATCH AND TRANSITION INTO MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY.  EGGEN'S CAMPAIGN STANDS ON PENSION REFORM  AND POST SECONDARY ISSUES, AS WELL AS RESTORING SLASHED HEALTH SERVICES SUCH AS PHYSIO AND DENTAL CARE. WHILE NOTLEY SAYS SHE STANDS FOR SENIOR CARE, STOPPING INEQUALITY, INCREASED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND A BALANCED BUDGET.  THOSE WHO HOLD MEMBERSHIPS TO THE NDP PARTY WILL VOTE AT THEIR CONVENTION IN EDMONTON ON OCTOBER 18TH AND 19TH TO REPLACE CURRENT LEADER BRIAN MASON WHO IS SET TO RETIRE AFTER A DECADE LEADING THE PARTY.  ABOUT 40 PEOPLE ATTENDED LAST NIGHTS NDP LEADERSHIP DEBATE.
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ALBERTA BYELECTIONS  -  FOUR BYELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN ALBERTA ON OCTOBER 27TH.  THREE ARE IN CALGARY, ONE IN EDMONTON.  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WILL RUN IN CALGARY-FOOTHILLS IN THE NORTHWEST, IN CALGARY-WEST POLICE  SARGEANT MIKE ELLIS WILL RUN FOR THE CONSERVATIVES, IN ALISON REDFORD'S OLD RIDING OF CALGARY-ELBOW, A FORMER CALGARY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, GORDON DIRKS, NOW ALBERTA'S EDUCATION MINISTER WILL RUN, AND IN EDMONTON FORMER MAYOR STEPHEN MANDELL WHO IS NOW OUR HEALTH MINISTER WILL RUN FOR THE TORIES IN EDMONTON-WHITEMUD.  A GENERAL ELECTION IN ALBERTA MUST BE HELD BY LAW IN THE SPRING OF 2016.
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL -   


 (STORM EXTENSION)
THE MAIN ITEM ON YESTERDAY'S COUNCIL AGENDA WAS A REQUEST FOR NEARLY TEN MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL BORROWING AUTHORITY FOR SEWER LINE WORK.
THIS IS FOR THE STORM AND SANITARY LINES BEING INSTALLED TO LINK UP THE NORTHEAST SCHOOL SITE. THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR AND AMENDMENTS WERE MADE DURING THE MID YEAR BUDGET REVIEW LAST MONTH.  COUNCIL VOTED TO INCREASE THE BORROWING AUTHORITY FOR THE STORM OFF-SITE LEVY BY 6.5 MILLION AS WELL AS AN INCREASE OF 2.3 MILLION FOR THE SANITARY OFF-SITE LEVY.  COUNCILOR KEN JOHNSTON ALSO MADE THE POINT THAT IT TENDS TO FALL ON MUNICIPALITIES TO FUND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT GOES WITH A NEW SCHOOL.  HE WAS REFERRING TO PARKING LOTS, SPORTS FIELDS AND THINGS LIKE SEWER AND SANITARY LINES.
 

(TRANSMISSION REVIEW REQUESTED) -  A CONTROVERSIAL TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT THROUGH THE PINES NEIGHBOURHOOD ISN'T SITTING WELL WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER.  ALTA LINK HAS PLANS TO BUILD A LINE THROUGH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, BUT THE CITY FEELS THEY ARE CHOOSING AN INAPPROPRIATE ROUTE.  THE CITY HAS SENT A REQUEST FOR ALTALINK TO REVIEW THE ROUTE CHOICE, AND CONSIDER ALTERNATE ROUTES THAT WON'T BRING EYE SORES AND LOUD NOISES TO RESIDENCES.  ALTA LINKS PROJECT WAS APPROVED IN JULY, AND SINCE THEN THE PINES GROUP HAS ALREADY SENT THEIR OWN REQUEST FOR A REVIEW.
 

 (AUMA RECAP)  -   THE CITY OF RED DEER PLAYED A BIGGER ROLE THAN USUAL AT THIS YEAR'S AUMA CONFERNCE LAST WEEK.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO MAYOR TARA VEER, WHO SAYS  ABOUT HALF OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WERE SPONSERED BY THE CITY.  IN PARTICULAR WAS THE RESOLUTION ON TEMPORARY FORIEGN WORKERS PASSED IN COUNCIL LAST WEEK.
THIS CALLS FOR ALBERTA TO PUSH FOR THEIR OWN TYPE OF TFW PROGRAM TO ADDRESS THE PROVINCE'S SPECIFIC LABOUR NEEDS.
PREMIER JIM PRENTICE HAS PROMISED THAT ONE OF HIS FIRST ORDERS OF BUSINESS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE.  HE'S LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR DEAL TO WHAT QUEBEC WAS ABLE TO GET DURING LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS IN THE EARLY NINETIES.
 

(CAR FREE DAY)  -  RED DEER TRANSIT SAW RIDERSHIP INCREASE SEVEN PERCENT LAST MONDAY AS RESIDENTS MADE EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE WORLD CAR-FREE DAY. CITY OFFICIALS SAY ROUGHLY 50 RESIDENTS SIGNED A PLEDGE AT THE MARKET TWO DAYS EARLIER TO FIND OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO WORK ON THE 22ND.  OF THOSE, 61 PERCENT PLEDGED TO RIDE THE BUS, 56 PERCENT PLEDGING TO WALK AND 28 PERCENT PLANNED TO RIDE THEIR BIKE.
MORE THAN 50 CITY STAFF ALSO TOOK PART AND FOUND OTHER WAYS TO GET TO WORK AS WELL, INSTEAD OF TAKING THEIR VEHICLE.
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RED DEER STUDENT ENGAGEMENT  -
   RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR BOARD OF TRUSTEES WITH MORE MEANINGFUL AND VALUED PERSPECTIVES.  THIS AFTER THE BOARD RECENTLY DECIDED TO HELP CREATE A STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL.  OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL ALLOW STUDENTS AND TRUSTEES TO BETTER DISCUSS ITEMS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, SIMILAR TO HOW THE CITY-WIDE SCHOOL COUNCIL OPERATES.
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LACOMBE'S DOWNTOWN -  WORK CONTINUES ON ATTRACTING NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENTS AND CUSTOMERS TO DOWNTOWN LACOMBE.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY FOR STARTERS, COUNCIL HAS RECENTLY AMENDED IT'S DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT PLAN-IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DOWNTOWN HOTEL SITE.
WHICH THEY SAY WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER OBJECTIVES LIKE DEVELOPING HIGHER DENSITY HOUSING IN THE CITY'S CORE, DESIGNING GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE INFILL DEVELOPMENTS AND CREATING A VISION AND THEME THAT EVERYONE CAN BUY INTO.
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OLDS AWARD  - 
A FEW PROMINENT PEOPLE IN OLDS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH A 2014 CITIZENSHIP AWARD.
THE TOWN'S ROTARY CLUB HAS ANNOUNCED KATHY KEMMERE AS THE HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR, SHALYN MORITZ AS YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AND GARY GAUDETTE AS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.
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BOWER PLACE WINS MARKETING AWARDS -  THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS HAS ANNOUNCED ITS 2014 CANADIAN AWARDS.  
RED DEER'S BOWER PLACE SHOPPING CENTRE CAPTURED TWO MAPLE LEAF AWARDS FOR MARKETING.  WINNING FOR THE "COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS AT BOWER PLACE" CAMPAIGN AND THE PART THEY PLAYED IN THE NATIONAL PROGRAM "CATCH THE SPIRIT".
BOWER PLACE WAS HONOURED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE CANADIAN CONVENTION IN TORONTO.
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MON PM NEWSFILE

MAN FOUND DEAD IN A VEHICLE - A DEAD MAN WAS FOUND IN A VEHICLE IN RED DEER'S SOUTH HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD MONDAY MORNING. THE VEHICLE WAS AROUND 51ST AVENUE AND 34TH STREET AND EMERGENCY CREWS WERE ON HAND FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE DEATH IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS AT THIS TIME BUT AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN SCHEDULED. THE MAN'S NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED.

SUNDAY MORNING MUGGING - AN EARLY MORNING WALK TO WORK TURNED INTO A MUGGING FOR ONE RED DEER MAN OVER THE WEEKEND. RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 7AM SUNDAY MORNING NORTH OF EASTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN A MAN WAS APPROACHED BY THREE OTHER MEN DRESSED IN BLACK, CARRYING KNIVES AND WEARING BALACLAVAS. THE VICTIM WAS ALLEGEDLY THREATENED WITH A KNIFE BEFORE BEING PUNCHED. THE MAN'S BACKPACK, CELL PHONE AND WALLET WERE THEN TAKEN. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

CITY OPPOSING ALTA LINK LINE - A CONTROVERSIAL TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT THROUGH THE PINES NEIGHBOURHOOD ISN'T SITTING WELL WITH THE CITY OF RED DEER. ALTA LINK HAS PLANS TO BUILD A LINE THROUGH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, BUT THE CITY FEELS THEY ARE CHOOSING AN INAPPROPRIATE ROUTE. THE CITY HAS SENT A REQUEST FOR ALTALINK TO REVIEW THE ROUTE CHOICE, AND CONSIDER ALTERNATE ROUTES THAT WON'T BRING EYE SORES AND LOUD NOISES TO RESIDENCES. ALTA LINK'S PROJECT WAS APPROVED IN JULY, AND SINCE THEN THE PINES GROUP HAS ALREADY SENT THEIR OWN REQUEST FOR A REVIEW.


ANOTHER MISSING TEEN - RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANOTHER MISSING TEEN. 16 YEAR OLD JAMAICA DANIELS WAS LAST SEEN ON WEDNESDAY MORNING OF LAST WEEK AND HAS NOT BEEN FOUND AT ANY OF HER USUAL HANG OUTS LIKE THE COLLICUTT AND NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL. HER HAIR COLOUR CHANGES FREQUENTLY BUT IS BELIEVED TO BE BROWN AT THIS TIME. IF YOU KNOW WHERE SHE IS, CONTACT CITY RCMP.

TEEN FOUND SAFE - A LOCAL TEEN REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON SEPTEMBER 17TH BUT HAS NOW BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH. RCMP THANK THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING HIM.

 

SNOW REMOVAL CHANGES IN SYLVAN LAKE - SOME CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY FOR HOW THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE WILL CLEAR IT'S SNOW THIS WINTER. LAST WEEK, COUNCIL AMENDED IT'S SNOW REMOVAL, SNOW LOAD AND OUTDOOR ICE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE POLICIES. SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS THE TOWN FOR EXAMPLE WILL NO LONGER MAINTAIN AN ICE SURFACE ON THE LAKE PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS DAY FOR SAFETY REASONS. GAUDET SAYS SYLVAN LAKERS WILL HOWEVER SEE AN INCREASED LEVEL OF SNOW REMOVAL SERVICE, AS SNOW LOAD THRESHOLDS HAVE COME DOWN A BIT FOR THIS WINTER, CLEARING THE WAY FOR QUICKER RESPONSE TIMES.

STUDENTS TO MOVE OUT OF ANNIE L GAETZ - OVER THREE HUNDRED STUDENTS AND DOZENS OF STAFF AT ANNIE L GAETZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN RED DEER WILL SOON BE ON THE MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SAY THE MOVE WILL HAPPEN OVER THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND, SO THE 5.2 MILLION DOLLAR MODERNIZATION OF ANNIE L GAETZ CAN TAKE PLACE. STUDENTS AND STAFF WILL BE MOVING INTO THE CENTRAL CAMPUS DOWNTOWN, A SPACE FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. THE MODERNIZATION OF ANNIE L GAETZ WILL START RIGHT AFTER THE MOVE WITH HOPES OF BEING COMPLETE IN AUGUST OF NEXT YEAR.

ONE BOOK, THREE SCHOOLS - A RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL PROJECT WILL SOON GET UNDERWAY TO HELP MAKE READING A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS. "ONE BOOK, THREE SCHOOLS" WILL SEE STUDENTS FROM WESTPARK MIDDLE SCHOOL, WESTPARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MATTIE MCCULLOUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOIN THEIR FAMILIES IN READING TOGETHER EVERY NIGHT TO HELP PROMOTE LITERACY AND GOOD READING HABITS. THE LAUNCH TAKES PLACE AT WESTPARK MIDDLE SCHOOL TONIGHT FROM 6:30 TO 8:30, WITH THE PROGRAM ITSELF RUNNING FROM OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER.

A SUCCESSFUL WORLD CAR FREE DAY - RED DEER TRANSIT SAW RIDERSHIP INCREASE SEVEN PERCENT LAST MONDAY AS RESIDENTS MADE EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE WORLD CAR-FREE DAY. CITY OFFICIALS SAY ROUGHLY 50 RESIDENTS SIGNED A PLEDGE AT THE MARKET TWO DAYS EARLIER TO FIND OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO WORK ON THE 22ND. OF THOSE, 61 PERCENT PLEDGED TO RIDE THE BUS, 56 PERCENT PLEDGING TO WALK AND 28 PERCENT PLANNED TO RIDE THEIR BIKE. MORE THAN 50 CITY STAFF ALSO TOOK PART AND FOUND OTHER WAYS TO GET TO WORK AS WELL, INSTEAD OF TAKING THEIR VEHICLE.
 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (SEPT. 29)
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL -
  ONLY A FEW ITEMS AHEAD FOR TODAY'S (MON) CITY OF RED DEER COUNCIL MEETING.  THE TABLE WILL REVIEW A COUPLE OF BYLAWS BEFORE THEM FOR SECOND AND THIRD READING.
THE FIRST CONCERNS UPDATING PERSONNAL TITLES IN THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BYLAW TO CLARIFY THIS LEGISLATION. THE SECOND IS FOR A 6.5 MILLION DOLLAR  INCREASE TO GO TOWARDS FUNDING THE STORM TRUNK EXTENSION.  THIS WAS BROUGHT FORWARD DURING LAST MONTH'S MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW. FINALLY, COUNCIL WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING AND SECOND AND THIRD READING ON THE PROPOSED EVERGREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA STRUCTURE PLAN.
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NDP LEADERSHIP RACE HITS RED DEER  -  
DAVID EGGEN, ROD LOYOLA AND RACHEL NOTLEY WILL ALL BE IN RED DEER TONIGHT (MON).  THEY WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY BRANCH FOR AN ALL CANDIDATE FORUM FOR THE NDP LEADERSHIP RACE.  ALL THREE ARE VYING TO REPLACE BRIAN MASON WHO IS STEPPING ASIDE AFTER TEN YEARS.  THEY WILL BE AT THE SNELL AUDITORIUM FROM 6 UNTIL 8 P.M.   THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO VOTE ON OCTOBER 18TH, AS THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED TO BUY PARTY MEMBERSHIPS.
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PREMIERS DINNER IN RED DEER POSTPONED -    THE ANNUAL PREMIERS DINNER PLANNED FOR RED DEER'S SHERATON OCTOBER 16TH HAS BEEN POSTPONED. 
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CITY VOLUNTEERS  - 
THE CITY OF RED DEER IS STILL LOOKING FOR CITIZENS TO JOIN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES.  TODAY (MON) IS THE FINAL DAY THEY ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS TO GROUPS SUCH AS THE LIBRARY BOARD OR THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMITTEE.   IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING A COMMITTEE YOU CAN SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AT CITY HALL OR ONLINE.   YOU MAY ALSO CALL 403 342-8147 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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SCHOOL RELOCATION - KIDS AT ANNIE L GAETZ ELEMENTARY WILL BE MOVING TO THE CENTRAL CAMPUS BUILDING OVER THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND TO MAKE WAY FOR OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN UPGRADES.  JUST OVER 300 STUDENTS ARE GETTING READY TO PACK UP THEIR THINGS TO MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION WHILE THEIR SCHOOL IS RENOVATED.  THE CENTRAL CAMPUS LOCATION WAS VACATED IN JUNE WHEN THE GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL RELOCATED TO THE RIVER GLEN SCHOOL SITE. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UNTIL AUGUST OF NEXT YEAR.
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LACOMBE DOG PARK - THOSE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TAKE THEIR DOGS OFF LEASH IN LACOMBE MAY SOON BE IN LUCK.  THAT CITY COUNCIL IS MEETING ON OCTOBER 2ND TO IDENTIFY A LOCATION FOR A POSSIBLE OFF-LEASH AREA.  EVER SINCE THE MICHENER OFF-LEASH AREA CLOSED FOR HOTEL CONSTRUCTION, RESIDENTS OF LACOMBE HAVE NEEDED A SPACE FOR THEIR DOGS.  THE CITY IS STILL TAKING PUBLIC INPUT ON THIS ISSUE BEFORE THEI MEETING NEXT THURSDAY.
THIS WILL BE BROUGHT BACK IN THE 2015 BUDGET AS A PRIOIRTY ITEM FOR CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL.
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LACOMBE HISTORIC CHURCH  -  THE CITY OF LACOMBE IS NOW HOME TO A HISTORICALLY DESIGNATED BUILDING.  A CEREMONY WAS HELD YESTERDAY (SUN) MORNING TO DEDICATE ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH AS LACOMBE'S FIRST MUNICIPAL HISTORIC RESOURCE. THE RED BRICK CHURCH  WAS BUILT IN 1908 AND ORIGINALLY SERVED THE PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITY IN LACOMBE. IN 1922, THE METHODIST AND PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATIONS MERGED TO FORM THE UNITED CHURCH.
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MCKENZIE TRAIL -  BERM RECONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BEGIN TODAY (MON) ON THE MCKENZIE TRAIL SYSTEM.   THOSE WHO USE THIS TRAIL ARE ADVISED THAT 300 METERS OF THE PATH WILL  BE CLOSED UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER TO COMPLETE THIS WORK.  THESE BERMS WERE DAMGED BY HIGH WATER LEVELS LAST YEAR.  USERS OF THE PATH WILL STILL BE ABLE TO USE THE TRAIL VIA THE RECREATION ACCESS ROAD OFF OF 45TH STREET.  THERE WILL BE NO DETOURS OR ROAD CLOSURES WITH THIS CONSTRUCTION, HOWEVER RESIDENTS ON 45TH AVE WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN CONTRUCTION TRAFFIC DURING THIS TIME.
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CULTURE DAYS IN RED DEER -  YESTERDAY (SUN) WAS THE FINAL DAY OF ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS, A PROVINCE WIDE EVENT TO PROMOTE LOCAL HERITAGE.  HERE IN RED DEER, THE CITY CENTRE STAGE SHOWED A FILM THAT SHOWED HOW NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DEPICTED IN CINEMA OVER THE LAST CENTURY.  WHAT STARTED AS A ONE DAY EVENT IN 30 COMMUNITIES IN 2008, ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS HAS GROWN INTO A THREE DAY EVENT THAT STRETCHES TO ALL PARTS OF THE PROVINCE.
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SUNDAY NEWS (SEPT. 28)


ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SOON TO BE ON THE MOVE WHEN RENOVATIONS BEGIN - JUST OVER 300 STUDENTS ARE GETTING READY TO PACK UP THEIR THINGS TO MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION WHILE THEIR SCHOOL IS RENOVATED. KIDS AT ANNIE L GAETZ ELEMENTARY WILL BE MOVING TO THE CENTRAL CAMPUS BUILDING OVER THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND TO MAKE WAY FOR OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN UPGRADES. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UNTIL AUGUST OF NEXT YEAR. IN THE MEANTIME THE THIRTY TWO STAFF WILL TEACH THE STUDENTS AT THE CENTRAL CAMPUS. THIS LOCATION WAS VACATED IN JUNE WHEN THE GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL RELOCATED TO THE RIVER GLEN SCHOOL SITE.

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LACOMBE DEDICATES ST.ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH AS HISTORIC SITE - THE CITY OF LACOMBE WILL BE DEDICATING THEIR FIRST HISTORICAL BUILDING THIS MORNING. THE ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1908 AND ORIGINALLY SERVED THE PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITY IN LACOMBE. IN 1922, THE METHODIST AND PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATIONS MERGED TO FORM THE UNITED CHURCH. A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 10:30 AM THIS MORNING TO DEDICATE THE RED BRICK CHURCH AS LACOMBE'S FIRST MUNICIPAL HISTORIC RESOURCE.

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POLICE AND PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY TODAY - MINISTER OF JUSTICE JONATHAN DENIS WILL ATTEND A CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON AT THE LEGISLATURE GROUNDS IN EDMONTON. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DONALD S. ETHELL WILL JOIN DENIS AS THEY GATHER ON THE SOUTH GROUNDS AT 1 P.M. THIS IS PART OF THE 16TH ANNUAL POLICE AND PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY. 98 MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS ALBERTA TO DATE, HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE ACTIVE LINE OF DUTY.

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ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS WRAPS UP - TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS, A PROVINCE WIDE EVENT IN IT'S SEVENTH YEAR. THIS INITIATIVE WAS STARTED AS A WAY TO GET PEOPLE MORE INVOLVED IN THEIR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AND HISTORICAL ORGANIZATIONS. WHAT STARTED AS A ONE DAY EVENT IN 30 COMMUNITIES IN 2008, HAS GROWN INTO A THREE DAY EVENT ACROSS ALL FOUR CORNERS OF THE PROVINCE.  HERE IN RED DEER, YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO THE CITY CENTRE STAGE THIS AFTERNOON AT TWO TO LEARN HOW NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DEPICTED IN CINEMA OVER THE LAST CENTURY.


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NDP LEADERSHIP FORUM IN RED DEER TOMORROW - THE THREE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR LEADER OF THE ALBERTA NDP WILL BE IN RED DEER TOMORROW FOR AN OPEN FORUM. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY FROM 6 TO 8 PM. RACHEL NOTLEY, ROD LOYOLA AND DAVID EGGEN WILL DEBATE AFTER MEETING RED DEER VOTERS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. THIS FORUM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC HOWEVER THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE AN NDP MEMBERSHIP HAS PASSED. ONE OF THESE THREE CANDIDATES WILL REPLACE BRIAN MASON ON OCTOBER 18TH WHEN HE STEPS DOWN AFTER TEN YEARS AT THE HELM.


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CITY COUNCIL STILL NEEDS COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS - HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO HAVE A SAY IN SOME OF THE MUNICIPAL DECISIONS MADE AROUND RED DEER?  THE CITY IS STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN A NUMBER OF COUNCIL COMMITTEES BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING A COMMITTEE YOU CAN SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AT CITY HALL OR ONLINE. YOU HAVE UNTIL TOMORROW TO GET YOUR NAME IN. YOU MAY ALSO CALL 403 342-8147 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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TRAIL CLOSURE TO START TOMORROW - IF YOU USE THE MCKENZIE TRAIL SYSTEM AS PART OF YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE, YOU WILL NEED TO PLAN AN ALTERNATE ROUTE AS OF TOMORROW.. THE CITY WILL BE CLOSING 300 METERS OF THE ENTRANCE PATH TO THE PARK IN ORDER TO COMPLETE BERM RECONSTRUCTION.  THESE BERMS WERE DAMAGED LAST YEAR DUE TO HIGH WATER LEVELS. PATH USERS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO USE THE MCKENZIE TRAIL ACCESS ROAD OFF OF 45TH STREET. THIS WORK WILL NOT LEAD TO ANY ROAD CLOSURES BUT RESIDENTS ON 45TH AVE WILL NOTICE AN INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES. THIS WORK WILL HEIGHTEN THE EXISTING BERMS AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE AT THE END OF OCTOBER.


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SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA AGAIN - RED DEER CITY MOUNTIES ARE ASKING YOU TO CAL THEM IF YOU ARE HIT BY A SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS AGAIN. IN THE SPAN OF LESS THAN A WEEK, POLICE RECEIVED THREE CALLS FROM SENIORS WHO SAY THEY WERE DEFRAUDED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. VICTIMS RECEIVE CALLS FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE A "BANK INVESTIGATOR" TO SAY THEY ARE PROBING AN INTERNAL THEFT AND ASK YOU TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. RCMP ARE REMINDING YOU THAT THIS IS NOT HOW BANK INVESTIGATORS CONDUCT THEIR WORK.
 

 

SATURDAY NEWS (SEPT. 27)


MAN WANTED AFTER SYLVAN LAKE ROBBERY - POLICE ACROSS THE PRAIRIES ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MAN AFTER A ROBBERY IN SYLVAN LAKE LAST WEEK. RCMP FROM HERE EAST TO MANITOBA ARE LOOKING FOR 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN TAYLOR WHO IS BELIEVED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. HE'S SAID TO BE DRIVING A BLACK CHEVROLET IMPALA WITH THE LICENSE PLATE H-A-C 3-8-7. HE FACES A NUMBER OF CHARGES AFTER A MANHUNT IN THE COMMUNITY NORTHWEST OF RED DEER LAST WEEK.

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CONVICTION IN MONDAY MORNING STABBING - IT'S 90 DAYS IN JAIL TO BE SERVED ON WEEKENDS FOR A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED IN A HIGHLAND GREEN STABBING THIS WEEK. THIS AFTER 33 YEAR OLD LESLIE MAKOKIS PLED GUILTY TO ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY. IT WAS EARLY MONDAY MORNING WHEN RCMP SAY TWO PEOPLE SUFFERED CUTS FROM A MAN WITH A KNIFE AT A RESIDENCE ON HERMARY STREET. THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS A SHORT TIME LATER.

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ANNUAL HERITAGE RECOGNITION AWARDS HELD - AN EVENT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO PRESERVE OUR AREA'S HISTORY TOOK PLACE AT THE RED DEER CHILDREN'S LIBRARY YESTERDAY. UKRAINIAN DANCER IRENE VERHAEGHE TOOK HOME THE NEW LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR OVER 30 YEARS OF CULTURE PRESERVATION WORK. MARY JOAN CORNETT WON THE LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY HERITAGE AWARD FOR HER WORK IN ARCHIVE PRESERVATION AND ASSISTING RED DEERIANS WITH ANCESTRY RECORDS. SHE WAS ALSO THANKED FOR HER WORK ON THE RED DEER MAIN STREET COMMITTEE WHICH RESTORED MANY DOWNTOWN ORIGINAL EXTERIORS. THE ANNUAL HERITAGE RECOGNITION AWARDS HONOR THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PRESERVED HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND DIGITIZED HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BOOKS.

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7TH ANNUAL ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS - THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL BE FILLED WITH DANCERS, PERFORMERS, POP-UP GALLERIES, MUSEUM EXHIBITS AND MORE AS ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS KICKED OFF YESTERDAY. THE PROVINCE-WIDE EVENT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY WITH THE RED DEER ARTS COUNCIL HOSTING OUR CITY'S CELEBRATIONS. OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE CAN ALSO EXPECT TO SEE CHALK ARTISTS, BUSKERS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, DEMONSTRATION ARTISTS, PLAYS, WALKING TOURS AND VARIOUS WORKSHOPS AS PART OF THE FESTIVITIES. SOME WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE AT RED DEER COLLEGE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

 

FRIDAY P.M NEWS (SEPT. 26) 

 

LOCAL MISSING TEEN FOUND - RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING LOCAL TEENAGER. 14 YEAR OLD AUSTIN TAYLOR WAS REPORTED MISSING AFTER NOT BEING SEEN SINCE TUESDAY MORNING WHEN HE LEFT FOR SCHOOL. HE'S NOW BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH.

 

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SUSPECT NAMED IN SYLVAN LAKE ROBBERY - RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY IN SYLVAN LAKE LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED SEPTEMBER 16TH AT THE BOOSTER JUICE ON 47TH AVENUE IN SYLVAN WHERE THE PLACE WAS ROBBED BY A MAN WITH A LARGE KNIFE. 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN GRAY TAYLOR OF NO FIXED ADDRESS IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND SHOULD NOT BE APPROACHED. IT'S BELIEVED HE'S TRAVELING BETWEEN ALBERTA AND MANITOBA WITH HIS PICTURE AND A PHOTO OF HIS VEHICLE CURRENTLY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

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MISSING MAN ALSO LOCATED - SOME GOOD NEWS TO REPORT REGARDING A MISSING MANITOBA MAN VISITING RED DEER LAST WEEKEND. MOUNTIES SAY 43 YEAR OLD DAVID BARKER HAS BEEN FOUND IN GOOD HEALTH AND THEY'RE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN LOCATING HIM.

 

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TWO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR PENHOLD TODAY - ONE PERSON WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER A TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2A IN PENHOLD OVER THE NOON HOUR TODAY. IT HAPPENED AROUND 12:45 AT HIGHWAY 2A AND HAWKRIDGE BOULEVARD IN PENHOLD WITH TWO OTHER PATIENTS ASSESSED AT THE SCENE AND RELEASED. OFFICIALS SAY THE COLLISION AFFECTED TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.

 

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SENTANCE LAID IN STABBING CASE EARLIER THIS WEEK - IT'S 90 DAYS IN JAIL TO BE SERVED ON WEEKENDS FOR A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED IN A HIGHLAND GREEN STABBING THIS WEEK. THIS AFTER 33 YEAR OLD LESLIE MAKOKIS PLED GUILTY TO ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON IN RED DEER COURT TODAY. IT WAS EARLY MONDAY MORNING WHEN RCMP SAY TWO PEOPLE SUFFERED CUTS FROM A MAN WITH A KNIFE AT A RESIDENCE ON HERMARY STREET. THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS A SHORT TIME LATER.

 

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TRIAL SET FOR ACCUSED PINE LAKE MAN - A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR A PINE LAKE MAN CHARGED IN THE BUST OF A POSSIBLE CHOP SHOP EAST OF INNISFAIL THIS SUMMER. 29 YEAR OLD ANDREW MONTAGUE FACES NUMEROUS COUNTS AND WILL GO TO TRIAL ON JANUARY 9TH OF NEXT YEAR. IT WAS ON AUGUST 23RD WHEN RCMP SEARCHED A RURAL PROPERTY ON SOUTH PINE LAKE ROAD AND SEIZED FIVE STOLEN VEHICLES, IN ADDITION TO A LOADED 22 CALIBER RIFLE WHICH HAD A HOMEMADE SILENCER ON IT. MONTAGUE'S 38 YEAR OLD CO-ACCUSED KRIS ROWE HAS A COURT APPEARANCE NEXT MONTH.

 

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MOUNTIE SENTANCED TO JAIL TIME - A CENTRAL ALBERTA MOUNTIE CONVICTED OF USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHILE MAKING AN ARREST HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO MONTHS IN JAIL. LAST MAY, 36 YEAR OLD CONSTABLE RON LAVALLEE OF THE MASKWACIS DETACHMENT WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM IN THE DECEMBER 2011 INCIDENT. LAVALLEE WAS ALSO GIVEN TWO YEARS OF PROBATION AND A TEN YEAR FIREARMS BAN IN WETASKIWIN COURT YESTERDAY. NO WORD YET ON LAVALLEE'S CURRENT STATUS WITH THE RCMP.

 

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MAN SENTANCED AFTER DELBURNE INCIDENT EARLIER THIS YEAR - A MAN CHARGED IN A WILD STOLEN TRACTOR AND FIREARMS INCIDENT THIS SPRING HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL MINUS TIME ALREADY SERVED. THIS AFTER 26 YEAR OLD JESSE CECKA PLED GUILTY TO FIVE COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK. IT WAS ON APRIL 2ND WHEN RCMP WERE CALLED TO A RESIDENCE ON THE DELBURNE HIGHWAY WHERE SOME FIREARMS HAD BEEN TAKEN. THEY WERE THEN DISPATCHED TO A STOLEN TRACTOR COMPLAINT IN THE AREA AND FOUND IT DRIVING IN A FIELD CRASHING THROUGH TREES AND FENCES. AN OFFICER HITCHED A RIDE ON A SNOWMOBILE TO CATCH UP WITH THE TRACTOR AND EVENTUALLY SEIZE THE FIREARMS AND ARREST THE DRIVER AFTER THE TRACTOR ROLLED FROM CLIMBING A HILL DURING IT'S ESCAPE ATTEMPT.

 

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LACOMBE POLICE DEALING WITH GRAFFITI VANDALISM - LACOMBE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP WITH ANY INFORMATION REGARDING A VANDALISM SPREE AT A PAIR OF LOCAL SCHOOLS THIS MONTH. POLICE SAY PURPLE SPRAY PAINT WAS USED TO WRITE A VARIETY OF GRAFFITI ON DIFFERENT AREAS OF JS MCCORMICK AND FATHER LACOMBE SCHOOLS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO, CALL LACOMBE POLICE OR CRIME STOPPERS.

 

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ANNUAL HERITAGE RECOGNITION AWARDS HELD - AN EVENT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO PRESERVE OUR AREA'S HISTORY TOOK PLACE AT THE RED DEER CHILDREN'S LIBRARY TODAY. UKRAINIAN DANCER IRENE VERHAEGHE TOOK HOME THE NEW LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR OVER 30 YEARS OF CULTURE PRESERVATION WORK. MARY JOAN CORNETT WON THE LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY HERITAGE AWARD FOR HER WORK IN ARCHIVE PRESERVATION AND ASSISTING RED DEERIANS WITH ANCESTRY RECORDS. SHE WAS ALSO THANKED FOR HER WORK ON THE RED DEER MAIN STREET COMMITTEE WHICH RESTORED MANY DOWNTOWN ORIGINAL EXTERIORS. THE ANNUAL HERITAGE RECOGNITION AWARDS HONOR THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PRESERVED HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND DIGITIZED HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BOOKS.

 

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ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS KICKS OFF - RDC AND DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL BE THE SITES OF NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS CELEBRATING OUR PROVINCE'S CULTURE. ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS STARTS TODAY AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY WITH THE RED DEER ARTS COUNCIL HOSTING OUR CITY'S EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES. OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE EVERYTHING FROM DANCERS AND PERFORMERS, TO POP-UP GALLERIES, MUSEUM EXHIBITS, CHALK ARTISTS AND BUSKERS. AS WELL AS DEMONSTRATION ARTISTS, PLAYS, WALKING TOURS AND NUMEROUS KIDS ACTIVITIES. FOR MORE INFO, VISIT WWW.REDDEERARTSCOUNCIL.CA.

 

 

FRI AM NEWS  (SEPT. 26)
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NO ALBERTA SALES TAX - 
THE PREMIER DISPUTES A COMMENT FROM ONE OF HIS CABINET MINISTERS, THAT HE'S CONSIDERING A PROVINCIAL SALES TAX.  ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF ABORIGINAL RELATIONS, DAVID DORWARD, TOLD DELEGATES AT THE AUMA CONVENTION THAT THE PREMIER IS LOOKING AT A PST "VERY, VERY CLOSELY".   BUT JIM PRENTICE DENIES THAT.    PRENTICE SAYS HE'S HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM ALBERTANS THAT THEY DON'T WANT ANY NEW TAXES. 
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SCHOOL LOCKDOWN -
  HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL IN THE DEER PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD WAS IN A LOCKDOWN SITUATION FOR A BRIEF TIME THURSDAY.  HOWEVER, BY MID-AFTERNOON YESTERDAY RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL OFFFICIALS SAID THE INCIDENT WAS OVER AND RCMP CHECKED THE BUILDING TO FIND THAT EVERYONE IS SAFE.
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VOLUNTEER CENTRAL -   
AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS BEEN HIRED FOR VOLUNTEER CENTRAL. KAREN OATWAY WILL TAKE ON THE NEW POSITION TO HELP CONNECT VOLUNTEERS TO VARIOUS EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEPEND ON VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL.  SOME OF THE BIG EVENTS COMING UP THAT WILL NEED LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS INCLUDES TEH 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES, POTENTIALLY THE 2016 MEMORIAL CUP AND THE 2015 CANADIAN FEMALE MIDGET HOCEKY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
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CLEARVIEW SUPPORT STAFF - 
SOME GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK FOR SUPPORT STAFF WITH CLEARVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN STETTLER.  TRUSTEES HAVE WRAPPED UP DISCUSSIONS ON A NEW AGREEMENT FOR THEM AND IT INCLUDES A 1.34 PERCENT SALARY INCREASE THIS YEAR AND NEW 300 DOLLARS PER YEAR HEALTH SPENDING ACCOUNT.  PART-TIME AND BUS DRIVING STAFF WILL SEE A 50 DOLLAR INCREASE TO THEIR HEALTH SPENDING ACCOUNT TO 350 BUCKS A YEAR.  THE NEW AGREEMENT AFFECTS TEACHING ASSISTANTS, CUSTODIANS, SECRETARIES, FAMILY SCHOOL LIASON WORKERS, LIBRARIANS, COMPUTER TECHNICIANS, MECHANICS, BUS DRIVERS AND MAINTENANCE WORKERS.
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JERRY THE CHIHUAUA FOUND - 
A HAPPY UPDATE REGARDING THE LAST MISSING DOG FROM THAT ROLLOVER NEAR OLDS EARLIER THIS MONTH.   JERRY THE CHIHUAHUA-MIX WAS FOUND THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 19TH.   HE HAD GONE INTO HIDING FOLLOWING THE CRASH, BUT A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN THE REGION DISCOVERED HIM SLEEPING ON THE PATIO FURNITURE ON HER DECK.   HE HAD SOME FRACTURES AND WAS DEHYDRATED BUT IS GOING TO BE OKAY. HE WAS AMOUNG THIRTY DOGS HEADED FROM CALIFORNIA TO EDMONTON FOR AN ADOPTION EVENT.
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THURS PM NEWS FILE

 

VEER MEETS WITH PREMIER - DAY 2 OF THE AUMA CONFERENCE IS WRAPPING UP IN EDMONTON. TODAY, RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET WITH NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE. VEER BROUGHT FORWARD PRIORITY ISSUES FOR THE CITY AND EXPRESSED A STRONG INTEREST IN KEEPING A HEALTHY WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PREMIER. RED DEER'S TEAM ALSO MET WITH MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DIANA MCQUEEN AND INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER MANMEET BHULLAR. DURING THE FINAL DAY OF THE CONFERENCE TOMORROW (FRI), RED DEER WILL FORMALLY BRING THEIR TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM RESOLUTION FORWARD. THE CITY'S RESOLUTION URGES THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE PROGRAM APPROPRIATE FOR ALBERTA'S LABOUR MARKET.


MAN CHARGED IN PEDESTRIAN COLLISION - BLACKFALDS RCMP HAVE NOW LAID CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH A PEDESTRIAN BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN LACOMBE TUESDAY NIGHT. 20 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JOEL CAMERON OF RED DEER FACES 7 COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN THE INCIDENT WHICH SERIOUSLY INJURED A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN. IF HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER A POLICE CHASE ON THE QE2 WHERE THE FLEEING VEHICLE PULLED OFF THE HIGHWAY AND DROVE INTO LACOMBE, EVENTUALLY HITTING THE PEDESTRIAN. CAMERON WAS IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (THU) AND WILL REMAIN IN CUSTODY FOR HIS NEXT APPEARANCE OCTOBER 7TH.


2 ARSONS AT RED DEER SCHOOLS THIS WEEK  - RED DEER CITY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING A PAIR OF ARSONS AT TWO SOUTH-END SCHOOLS THIS WEEK. THEY BOTH HAPPENED EARLY MONDAY MORNING WITH THE FIRST BEING A SHED FIRE AT NOTRE DAME AROUND 4 AM. THE SECOND ONE WAS A DUMPSTER FIRE ON THE EAST SIDE OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI MIDDLE SCHOOL AROUND 6AM  MOUNTIES SAY THESE ARE NOT HARMLESS PRANKS BUT CRIMINAL ACTS THAT COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS DAMAGE, INJURIES OR EVEN DEATH  IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP. NEITHER FIRE DAMAGED ANY OTHER SCHOOL PROPERTY.


CULTURE DAYS BEGIN FRIDAY - THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL BE FILLED WITH DANCERS, PERFORMERS, POP-UP GALLERIES, MUSEUM EXHIBITS AND MORE AS ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS KICKS-OFF TOMORROW. (FRI) THE PROVINCE-WIDE EVENT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY WITH THE RED DEER ARTS COUNCIL HOSTING OUR CITY'S CELEBRATIONS. OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE CAN ALSO EXPECT TO SEE CHALK ARTISTS, BUSKERS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, DEMONSTRATION ARTISTS, PLAYS, WALKING TOURS AND VARIOUS WORKSHOPS AS PART OF THE FESTIVITIES. SOME WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE AT RED DEER COLLEGE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.


HERITAGE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED - AN EVENT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO PRESERVE OUR AREA'S HISTORY TAKES PLACE AT THE RED DEER CHILDREN'S LIBRARY TOMORROW. (FRI)THE ANNUAL HERITAGE RECOGNITION AWARDS WILL HONOUR THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION FROM VARIOUS PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PRESERVED HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND DIGITIZED HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BOOKS AMONG OTHER MEASURES. THERE ARE SIX CATEGORIES TO BE RECOGNIZED INCLUDING A NEW LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WHICH HAS BEEN ADDED THIS YEAR. THE AWARDS STARTS AT 11:30 AND RUN TIL 1:30 AND ARE FREE TO ATTEND BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.


SAFE HARBOUR HOSTS AGM - IT WAS A CHANCE TO LOOK BACK AND A CHANCE TO LOOK AHEAD FOR THE CENTRAL ALBERTA SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY DURING THEIR AGM LAST WEEK. SPOKESPERSON TRISHIA HAGGARTY-ROBERTS SAYS THEY HOUSED RECORD NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN THEIR MATT PROGRAMS OVER THE PAST YEAR, CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED EACH NIGHT. SHE HOPES CENTRAL ALBERTANS WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED WAY, AS THEY ARE A CRITICAL SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THE SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY.  

 

 

THURS AM NEWS  (SEPT. 25)
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HOCKEYVILLE -  IT'S BEEN A VERY EXCITING WEEK IN SYLVAN LAKE, WITH THE BIG EVENT, THE HOCKEYVILLE GAME HELD LAST NIGHT (WED) AT THE SYLVAN LAKE MULTIPLEX,  AS THE CALGARY FLAMES EDGED THE ARIZONA COYOTES 4-3 AS HOMETOWN BOY CURTIS GLENCROSS SCORED THE WINNER FOR THE FLAMES THREE MINUTES INTO OVERTIME.  AFTER LOSING THE SYLVAN ARENA DUE TO A ROOF COLLAPSE IN JANUARY, SYLVAN WAS ABLE TO RALLY THE COMMUNITY AND BEAT OUT 15 CANADIAN COMMUNITES TO WIN THIS YEARS KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE CONTEST.   HOCKEY FANS WERE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE BUILDING CHEERING AND TAKING PART IN THE HISTORIC HOCKEYVILLE GAME.
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CITY OF RED DEER AT AUMA -  TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH CARE AND POLICING WERE THE 3 BIG ITEMS OF DISCUSSION FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER AT AUMA CONFERENCE YESTERDAY (WED).
THE ANNUAL 3 DAY GATHERING KICKED OFF IN EDMONTON, WHERE SEVERAL MUNCIPALITIES HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET THE NEWLY APPOINTED CABINET MINISTERS.
RED DEER'S TEAM HAD THE CHANCE TO DISCUSS REALIGNMENT ON THE QE2, HOSPITAL WAIT TIMES AND POLICING ON DAY 1.
MEETINGS WILL CONTINUE ON THURSDAY BEFORE WRAPPING UP ON FRIDAY.
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SAFE HARBOUR -  OFFICIALS WITH THE CENTRAL ALBERTA SAFE HARBOUR SOCIETY ARE PLEASED WITH WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH OVER THE PAST YEAR.

DURING THE ORGANIZATION'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING LAST WEEK, IT WAS LEARNED THEY PROVIDED SHELTER TO A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THEIR MATT PROGRAMS, CLOSE TO 200 EACH NIGHT.
SPOKESPERSON TRISHIA HAGGARTY-ROBERTS HOPES CENTRAL ALBERTANS WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED WAY, AS THEY ARE A CRITICAL SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THEM.
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WED PM NEWS (SEP 24)

 

PEDESTRIAN HIT IN LACOMBE - A FLEEING VEHICLE ALLEGEDLY RAN OVER A PEDESTRIAN IN LACOMBE TUESDAY NIGHT DURING A POLICE CHASE. BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY MOUNTIES ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER  A SPEEDING VEHICLE HEADING NORTHBOUND ON THE QE2. THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT PULL OVER HOWEVER, AND WOUND UP SPEEDING INTO LACOMBE BEFORE ALLEGEDLY STRIKING A PEDESTRIAN. ALTHOUGH THE RCMP LOST SIGHT OF THE SUSPECTS BEFORE THE COLLISION, OFFICERS FINALLY FOUND THE VEHICLE PULLED OVER ON LAKESIDE SARGANT ROAD WHERE 3 PASSENGERS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. CHARGES AGAINST THE DRIVER ARE PENDING, WHILE THE 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN HIT BY THE SUSPECT CAR WAS FLOWN TO EDMONTON HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.


MAN CHARGED IN STABBING - CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID IN A NORTH-END STABBING IN RED DEER THIS WEEK. 33 YEAR OLD LESLIE GERARD MAKOKIS OF RED DEER FACES ONE COUNT OF ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON AND REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR A COURT APPEARANCE ON FRIDAY. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT A RESIDENCE ON HERMARY STREET IN HIGHLAND GREEN AROUND 4:30 MONDAY MORNING WHERE TWO PEOPLE SUFFERED INJURIES. RCMP SAY THE SUSPECT WHO WAS LATER FOUND IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS, WAS KNOWN TO THE VICTIMS.
 

LAVALLEE BACK IN COURT - A PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR FOR A PINE LAKE MAN CHARGED IN A SHOOTING INCIDENT LAST SPRING. 29 YEAR OLD CORY LAVALLEE WILL SEE IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL IN MAY OF NEXT YEAR. HE'S CHARGED IN A JUNE 2ND INCIDENT AT PINE LAKE WHERE RCMP SAY A MAN WAS SHOT. THE SUSPECT WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED NEAR BASHAW 19 DAYS LATER. MOUNTIES SAY THE TWO MEN ARE BELIEVED TO BE KNOWN TO EACHOTHER.


SEA-DOOS STOLEN - RED DEERIANS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A PAIR OF STOLEN SEA-DOOS AND A TRAILER. THE SEA-DOOS ARE YELLOW AND BLACK BOMBARDIERS, WITH THE TRAILER BEING A BLACK SHORELANDER. RCMP SAY THEY WERE LIKELY TAKEN FROM FIREMASTER OILFIELD SERVICES ON 78A STREET CLOSE IN THE NORTHLANDS INDUSTRIAL PARK SEPTEMBER 13TH OR 14TH. IF YOU SPOT THEM OR HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT, CALL CITY RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.


STOLEN TRACTOR CASE RETURNS TO COURT - SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE IN RED DEER COURT ON THURSDAY FOR A MAN CHARGED IN A BIZARRE STOLEN TRACTOR AND FIREARMS CASE THIS SPRING. THIS AFTER 26 YEAR OLD JESSE CECKA PLED GUILTY TO FIVE COUNTS IN RED DEER COURT ON TUESDAY. IT WAS ON APRIL 2ND WHEN BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A RURAL RESIDENCE ON THE DELBURNE HIGHWAY WHERE SOMEONE HAD BROKEN INTO THE HOME AND STOLE FIREARMS AND OTHER ITEMS. POLICE THEN RESPONDED TO A STOLEN TRACTOR COMPLAINT IN THE AREA AND SAW IT DRIVING THROUGH FIELDS AND CRASHING THROUGH TREES AND FENCES. AN OFFICER THEN HITCHED A RIDE ON A NEARBY SNOWMOBILE AND MANAGED TO ARREST THE DRIVER AND SEIZE THE STOLEN ITEMS AFTER THE TRACTOR ROLLED WHILE DRIVING UP A HILL.

 

AUMA CONFERENCE KICKS OFF - THE CITY OF RED DEER WAS HAPPY WITH DAY 1 OF AUMA CONFERENCE IN EDMONTON WHICH BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY. TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH CARE, AND THE RCMP WERE DISCUSSED TODAY WHERE CITY STAFF GOT THE CHANCE TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES TO THE NEW CABINET. TOPICS SUCH AS A PROPOSED QE2 REALIGNMENT, A NEED FOR INCREASED DIALYSIS IN RED DEER, AND RCMP DISPATCH AND RESOURCING WERE KEEN ISSUES FOR THE RED DEER REPRESENTATION. MAYOR TARA VEER, CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS, AND OTHER VARIOUS MEMBERS OF CITY STAFF WILL CONTINUE THE MEETINGS TOMORROW AND FRIDAY.

DAVID BARKER IS MISSING - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A MISSING MAN. 43 YEAR OLD DAVID BARKER WAS LAST SEEN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WHEN HE LEFT THE RED DEER RESIDENCE HE WAS STAYING AT. BARKER IS FROM MANITOBA AND ARRIVED IN RED DEER THE DAY BEFORE TO VISIT FAMILY AND MAY BE IN CALGARY OR EDMONTON. HE'S DESCRIBED AS ABORIGINAL, 5'10, 190 POUNDS AND LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK "SONS OF ANARCHY" T-SHIRT, DARK BLUE JEANS AND DARK COLOURED RUNNING SHOES. HE DRIVES A DARK GREEN FORD EXPLORER, EDDIE BOWER EDITION. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.


SYLVAN LAKE ENDORSES PREMIER'S ANNOUNCEMENT - THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS ENCOURAGED BY THE PREMIER'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON TUESDAY REGARDING HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN RURAL ALBERTA. MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE SAYS THEIR GLOBAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO SYLVAN LAKE AND AREA, APPEARS TO BE RIGHT IN LINE WITH WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING. SYLVAN IS ONE OF NINE COMMUNITIES APPROVED TO ACCESS FAMILY CARE CENTRE FUNDING, WITH THE TOWN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE SET TO SUBMIT THEIR BUSINESS PLAN TO AHS SHORTLY. MEMBERS FEEL IT'S A MORE ATTRACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE APPROACH THAN THEIR FORMER URGENT CARE CENTRE REQUEST.

 

 


WED AM NEWS (SEPT. 24)
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HOCKEYVILLE IN SYLVAN TONIGHT  -   IT'S BEEN AN EXCITING WEEK IN SYLVAN LAKE WITH TONIGHT BEING THE BIG HOCKEYVILLE GAME THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WAITING FOR.  THERE'S A FREE PUBLIC EVENT THIS MORNING (WED) AT 8 AS THE CALGARY FLAMES ARRIVE ON THE RED CARPET AND AT 9 THE ARIZONA COYOTES HIT THE RED CARPET TO GREET FANS. THE TEAMS PRACTICE FROM 9:30 TO AROUND 11:30, THE POST GAME VIEWING PARTY BEGINS AT 3:30 IN THE MULTIPLEX PARKING LOT.  THEN THE PRE-SEASON NHL GAME BETWEEN THE FLAMES AND COYOTES FACES OFF AT 5 THIS AFTERNOON AT THE SYLVAN LAKE MULTIPLEX.
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RURAL HEALTH CARE (PRENTICE)  -  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE WAS IN OLDS YESTERDAY (TUES) TO ANNOUNCE A REVIEW OF RURAL HEALTH CARE IN THE PROVINCE.  PRENTICE AND HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL PLEDGED TO HAVE THIS REVIEW COMPLETED WITHIN 90 DAYS TO SET A DIRECTION.  THIS WILL BE BROKEN DOWN INTO THREE STAGES. FIRST LOOK AT COMMUNITIES WITH A POPULATION UNDER 1250 PEOPLE AND WHAT THEIR CARE NEEDS ARE.
THEN LOOK AT HEALTH SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES WITH POPULATIONS BETWEEN 1250 AND 2500 PEOPLE.   FINALLY, LOOK AT HOW HEALTH CARE CAN BE IMPROVED FOR COMMUNITIES WITH MORE THAN 2500 PEOPLE.  MLA FOR INNISFAIL/SYLVAN LAKE KERRY TOWLE WAS NOT PLEASED TO HEAR ANOTHER REVIEW WOULD TAKE PLACE SAYING ONE WAS COMPILED ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO.
 
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CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY -  AS OF TODAY (WED) YOU'LL WANT TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF YOU NORMALLY TRAVEL RANGE ROAD 272 NEAR THE CLEARVIEW MARKET.  A KILOMETER AND A HALF SECTION WILL BE CLOSED OFF NORTH OF 67TH STREET TO ENABLE CREWS TO INSTALL UNDERGROUND UTILITIES FOR GROWING PARTS OF NORTHEAST RED DEER.  THE 67TH STREET/30TH AVE EXPANSION PROJECT WILL CLOSE THIS AREA OFF THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION AND WINTER SEASONS. DETOURS WILL BE ROUTED ON TO RANGE ROAD 271 OR 270. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING THE CITY'S WEBPAGE.
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BANK SCAMMERS - 
RED DEER CITY MOUNTIES ARE WARNING US ABOUT A SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS AGAIN.  IN LESS THAN A WEEK, POLICE HAVE RECIEVED THREE CALLS FROM SENIOR CITIZENS WHO SAY THEY WERE DEFRAUDED OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. 
VICTIMS RECEIVE PHONE CALLS FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE A "BANK INVESTIGATOR" TO SAY THEY ARE PROBING AN INTERNAL THEFT AND ASK YOU TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM YOUR ACCOUNT.  RCMP ARE REMINDING YOU THAT THIS IS NOT HOW BANK INVESTIGATORS OR ANY OTHER BUSINESS WOULD CONDUCT THEIR WORK.  YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL POLICE IF YOU GET A CALL LIKE THIS AND DON'T GIVE THEM ANY MONEY.
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MAYERTHORPE CASE  -   ONE OF THE MEN CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER IN THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF FOUR MOUNTIES NEAR MAYERTHORPE NINE YEARS AGO IS OUT ON DAY PAROLE. 36-YEAR OLD SHAWN HENNESSEY HAS BEEN GRANTED DAY PAROLE.  HENNESSEY AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW DENNIS CHEESEMAN HAD GIVEN KILLER JAMES ROSZKO A RIDE AND A RIFLE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MURDERS.
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TUES PM NEWS (SEPT. 23)

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COURT APPEAL DISMISSED FOR HISTORIC RED DEER CASE - A HISTORIC CENTRAL ALBERTA SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE SLATED TO BE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL TODAY, HAS BEEN DISMISSED. 73 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG WAS SENTENCED LAST MARCH TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL AND APPEALED THAT SENTENCE IN APRIL BUT NO REASON HAS BEEN GIVEN YET AS TO WHY HE LOST HIS APPEAL. FERTIG, A FORMER TEACHER AT RED DEER'S RIVERGLEN SCHOOL, WAS CONVICTED OF RAPING ONE OF HIS FORMER STUDENTS WHILE HE WAS A VICE PRINCIPAL AND SHE WAS BETWEEN 12-15 YEARS OLD AND HIS FAMILY'S BABY SITTER. FERTIG WAS IN HIS THIRTIES AT THE TIME. COURT HEARD DURING HIS TRIAL THAT 10-15 SUCH INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 1975-77.

 

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INTERUPTION TO PHONE SERVICE IN PENHOLD - PHONE SERVICE HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT FOR ABOUT 8 TELUS CUSTOMERS IN PENHOLD AFTER A VEHICLE BEING TRANSPORTED BY A TRACTOR TRAILER CAME INTO CONTACT WITH A COPPER PHONE LINE LAST NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 5:45 AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROBINSON AVENUE AND LUCINA STREET, WITH THE LINE GETTING TORN DOWN AND LAID ACROSS THE ROAD, SHUTTING IT DOWN FOR A FEW HOURS WHILE PENHOLD FIRE CREWS WORKED TO REMOVE IT. PENHOLD FIRE CHIEF JIM PENDERGAST SAYS TELUS CREWS ARE WORKING ON RESTORING THE LANDLINE PHONE SERVICE AS WE SPEAK FOR THOSE AFFECTED. UNTIL IT'S RESTORED, AFFECTED RESIDENTS NEEDING TO CALL 911 ARE ASKED TO USE THEIR CELL PHONES OR GO TO A NEIGHBOURS.

 

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MOUNTIES THANK PUBLIC FOR ASSISTANCE - THANKS TO THE PUBLIC'S WIDESPREAD SHARING OF PHOTOS OF TWO SUSPECTS IN A TAXI DRIVER ASSAULT THIS SPRING, LOCAL MOUNTIES HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO LAY CHARGES IN THE INCIDENT. RCMP SAY 21 YEAR OLD JAMES CURRIE AND 22 YEAR OLD RICHARD BARTHLOW, BOTH OF INNISFAIL, EACH FACE TWO COUNTS IN THE APRIL 10TH INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A RED DEER CABBIE WAS PUNCHED AND KICKED IN THE STOMACH ON NORTHEY AVENUE AFTER TRYING TO STOP TWO MEN FROM LEAVING WHEN THEY DIDN'T PAY THEIR FAIR.

 

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ANOTHER RURAL HEALTH CARE STUDY COMING - JIM PRENTICE WAS IN OLDS THIS MORNING TO ANNOUNCE A REVIEW OF RURAL HEALTH CARE IN THE PROVINCE. PRENTICE AND HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL PLEDGED TO HAVE THIS REVIEW COMPLETED WITHIN 90 DAYS TO SET A DIRECTION. THIS WILL BE BROKEN DOWN INTO THREE STAGES... FIRST LOOK AT COMMUNITIES WITH A POPULATION UNDER 1250 PEOPLE AND WHAT THEIR CARE NEEDS ARE. THEN LOOK AT HEALTH SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES WITH POPULATIONS BETWEEN 1250 AND 2500 PEOPLE. FINALLY, LOOK AT HOW HEALTH CARE CAN BE IMPROVED FOR COMMUNITIES WITH MORE THAN 2500 PEOPLE. MLA FOR SYLVAN LAKE KERRY TOWLE WAS NOT PLEASED TO HEAR ANOTHER REVIEW WOULD TAKE PLACE SAYING ONE WAS COMPILED ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO.

 

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AIDS WALK FOR LIFE FUNDRAISING NUMBERS IN - OVER 63 HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS RAISED THIS PAST WEEKEND FOR CENTRAL ALBERTANS LIVING WITH AIDS. THE CENTRAL ALBERTA AIDS SOCIETY SAYS TWICE AS MANY WALKERS AS LAST YEAR CAME OUT FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK FOR LIFE HELD AT ROTARY PARK IN RED DEER. SHE SAYS THE MONEY RAISED WAS OVER TRIPLE THIS YEAR'S FUNDRAISING GOAL OF TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS AND WILL STAY IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP THOSE DEALING WITH THE DISEASE.

 

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NEW CAO STARTS FOR PONOKA TOWN COUNCIL - A SPECIAL CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN PONOKA TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBERS THIS MORNING, WELCOMING NEW CAO RACHEL KUNZ. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY KUNZ HAS A DEGREE IN MINING ENGINEERING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL AND A CERTIFICATE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA. MOST RECENTLY, KUNZ WAS THE CAO FOR THE RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF SHERWOOD, WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE CITY OF REGINA AND INCLUDES A VARIETY OF INDUSTRIES LIKE FARMING, MANUFACTURING AND TOURISM. KUNZ WILL ACCOMPANY PONOKA TOWN COUNCIL ON THEIR TRIP TO EDMONTON FOR THE AUMA CONFERENCE THIS WEEK.

 

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ROAD CLOSURES START TOMORROW - DRIVERS IN NORTHEAST RED DEER WILL SOON SEE SOME CHANGES AT 67TH STREET AND 30TH AVENUE. STARTING WEDNESDAY, CONSTRUCTION CREWS WILL BE CLOSING OFF RANGE ROAD 272 AS PART OF THE AREA'S EXPANSION PROJECT WHICH INCLUDES A NEW TRAFFIC CIRCLE NORTH OF 67TH AND 30TH AND ROAD EXTENSIONS OF 67TH AND 30TH. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE CLOSURE OF RANGE ROAD 272 WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL CONSTRUCTION SEASON ENDS SO CREWS CAN INSTALL UNDERGROUND UTILITIES TO SERVICE THE NEARBY LANDS FOR DEVELOPMENT.

 

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PALLATIVE CARE CENTRE ANNOUNCED - DIDSBURY WILL SOON BE HOME TO A NEW FOUR-STORY, 300 BED PALLIATIVE CARE CENTRE. TOWN OFFICIALS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT MONDAY NIGHT AND SAY THE NEW FACILITY WILL CREATE 3-4 HUNDRED JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY. TOWN CAO ROY BROWN SAYS CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE ONCE STARTED.

 

 

TUES AM NEWS (SEPT. 23)
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PONOKA QE-2 CRASH -
THERE WAS TRAFFIC TROUBLE ON THE QE-2 AGAIN YESTERDAY (MON), THIS TIME NEAR PONOKA.   AROUND 4:30 PM EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER FIVE KILOMETRES NORTH OF HIGHWAY 53.
POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE WAS SOUTHBOUND WITH 7 OCCUPANTS WHEN IT LEFT THE DRIVING LANES AND ROLLED IN THE DITCH.   5 OF THE PEOPLE WERE TAKEN BY GROUND AMBULANCE TO PONOKA HOSPITAL, WHILE THE REMAINING TWO WERE TAKEN BY STARS TO EDMONTON WITH CRITICAL INJURIES, NOW SAID TO BE IN STABLE CONDITION.  BOTH NORTHBOUND LANES WERE CLOSED FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS AND THE SOUTHBOUND LANES REDUCED TO ONE LANE.

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SKATEBOARDER HIT -   A SKATEBOARDER HIT BY A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 2-A NORTH OF RED DEER MONDAY MORNING IS RECOVERING IN HOSPITAL.   THAT CRASH AROUND 6 AM YESTERDAY DISRUPTED TRAFFIC FOR SEVERAL HOURS NEAR THE BLINDMAN RIVER.  THE VICTIM SUFFERED SERIOUS BUT NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.
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TEACHER RAPE APPEAL -  A FORMER RED DEER SCHOOL TEACHER APPEALING HIS SENTENCE FROM A RAPE INCIDENT IN THE 70'S WILL HAVE HIS CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL TODAY (TUE).  LAST APRIL, 73 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG APPEALED THE FIVE YEAR PRISON SENTENCE HE WAS GIVEN IN MARCH AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF RAPING ONE OF HIS STUDENTS WHILE HE WAS A VICE PRINCIPAL AND TEACHER AT RIVERGLEN SCHOOL.  COURT HEARD DURING THE TRIAL THERE WERE 10-15 SUCH INCIDENTS BETWEEN 1975-77 WHILE THE VICTIM WAS BETWEEN 12-15 YEARS OLD AND FERTIG'S FAMILY BABY SITTER.  FERTIG WAS IN HIS THIRTIES AT THE TIME.
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TFW PROGRAM - A SHORT AND LONG TERM STRATEGY FOR THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM.
THAT WAS THE TALK AT CITY COUNCIL MONDAY MORNING AS A UNAMIOUS MOTION ON THE TFW PROGRAM WAS PASSED.  RED DEER WILL NOW TAKE THIS RESOLUTION TO THE AUMA CONFERENCE IN EDMONTON THIS WEEK.
COUNCIL FEELS THAT ALBERTA NEEDS IT'S OWN STRATEGY WHEN DEALING WITH TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS
APPLICATIONS TO THE PROGRAM HAVE GONE DOWN BY 75% SINCE CHANGES WERE INTRODUCED IN JUNE.
THE CITY FEELS THAT CHANGES SHOULD HAVE REFELCTED BETTER ACCESS AND ACCOUNTABILTY FROM THE PROGRAM.
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RED DEER STABBING - TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER AN EARLY MORNING STABBING INCIDENT IN NORTH RED DEER MONDAY.
IT HAPPENED AROUND 4:30 AT A RESIDENCE ON HERMARY STREET IN THE HIGHLAND GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD WHERE THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WERE KNOWN TO EACHOTHER.  THAT'S WHEN RCMP SAY ONE VICTIM SUFFERED CUTS TO HIS ARM AND FOREHEAD WHILE A SECOND SUFFERED A MINOR CUT TO HER HAND AFTER TRYING TO INTERVENE.  THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED A SHORT TIME LATER IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS.
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TELUS TOWER  -  A 26 YEAR OLD MAN IS FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER CLIMBING THE TELUS TOWER ON HERMARY STREET IN HIGHLAND GREEN FRIDAY NIGHT.
IT HAPPENED AROUND 6:30 WHEN BOTH TELUS AND EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED TO FIND A MAN ON THE SECOND HIGHEST PLATFORM OF THE TOWER.  TELUS HAD TO SHUT THE TOWER DOWN BEFORE MAKING THEIR RESCUE ATTEMPT AND ALSO HAD TO WAIT OUT A NEARBY LIGHTNING STORM.  HOWEVER, THE MAN EVENTUALLY CAME DOWN ON HIS OWN.  OFFICIALS SAY THE TOWER IS SURROUNDED BY A HIGH FENCE AND RAZOR WIRE BUT A SMALL SECTION OF THE FENCE HAD BEEN CUT OPEN.
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HOCKEYVILLE -   NHL OFFICIALS WILL HELP LOCAL MINOR HOCKEY OFFICIALS SHARPER THEIR SKILLS TODAY (TUES) AS PART OF SYLVAN LAKE'S HOCKEYVILLE EVENTS.  FROM 5 - 7 TONIGHT THERE WILL BE AN ON ICE CLINIC TO HELP LOCAL REFS IMPROVE.  OF COURSE THE BIG GAME GAME IS SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY AT 5 PM BETWEEN THE FLAMES AND COYOTES.
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MON PM NEWSFILE

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING - ONE MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER AN EARLY MORNING STABBING IN NORTH RED DEER ON MONDAY. AROUND 4:30, RCMP RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE ON HERMARY STREET IN THE HIGHLAND GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD WHERE ONE VICTIM RECEIVED CUTS TO THE ARM AND FOREHEAD WHILE A SECOND VICTIM RECEIVED A MINOR CUT ON HER HAND WHEN TRYING TO INTERVENE. THE SUSPECT WAS FOUND A SHORT TIME LATER IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS AND ARRESTED.

THOMAS DENIED BAIL - BAIL WAS DENIED IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY FOR A SUSPECT IN A DOWNTOWN STABBING THIS SUMMER. THIS MEANS 21 YEAR OLD MARLO THOMAS WILL STAY BEHIND BARS TIL HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE OCTOBER 1ST. IT WAS ON JULY 5TH WHEN RCMP SAY A 21 YEAR OLD MAN SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING STABBED IN THE STOMACH. POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED WHEN TWO GROUPS OF MEN GOT INTO A FIGHT ON THE CN WALKING BRIDGE.

2 TEENS STILL MISSING - POLICE ARE STILL ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING TWO TEENAGERS WHO WENT MISSING LAST WEEK. 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER WENT MISSING LAST WEDNESDAY AND HAS NOT BEEN SEEN AROUND THE NORTHWEST SINCE. RCMP ARE ALSO SEARCHING FOR 14 YEAR OLD ALEXIS BRUDER WHO WENT MISSING THE DAY BEFORE. POLICE HAVE MADE SEVERAL CHECKS ON HER WHEREABOUTS AROUND THE CITY. IF YOU HAVE KNOW WHERE EITHER ANDY OR ALEXIS ARE, YOU CAN CALL THE RCMP AT 403 343 5575.

CAR CHASE LEADS TO ARREST  - ONE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER A WILD SERIES OF INCIDENTS SOUTH OF RED DEER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. INNISFAIL RCMP SAY IT STARTED AR AROUND 3:45 AT A FARM SOUTHEAST OF THE CITY WHEN THE LAND OWNER CONFRONTED A MAN ON HIS PROPERTY TRYING TO STEAL GAS. THE PROPERTY OWNER WAS THEN DRAGGED BY THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND EVENTUALLY RAN OVER
THE PROPERTY OWNER'S SON THEN  TRIED TO STOP THE FLEEING SUSPECT AND MANAGED TO TAKE HIM DOWN SOUTH OF PENHOLD WHERE MOUNTIES ARRIVED TO MAKE AN ARREST. 19 YEAR OLD RAVEN BEAVERBONES FACES NUMEROUS COUNTS AND APPEARS IN RED DEER COURT ON MONDAY. THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES.

MAN CLIMBS TELUS TOWER, THEN CLIMBS DOWN - ONE MAN WAS UP TO NO GOOD ON FRIDAY NIGHT. AT AROUND 6:30, RCMP RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A MAN CLIMBING THE TELUS TOWER ON HERMARY STREET IN THE HIGHLAND GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD. MOUNTIES SAY BOTH TELUS AND EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED AND FOUND THE MAN ON THE SECOND HIGHEST PLATFORM OF THE TOWER WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY A HIGH FENCE AND RAZOR WIRE. TELUS HAD TO SHUT THE TOWER DOWN BEFORE ATTEMPTING THEIR RESCUE  IN THE END, THE 26 YEAR OLD MAN CAME DOWN ON HIS OWN AND NOW FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES TFW PROGRAM - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION THIS MORNING TO TAKE TO WEDNESDAY'S AUMA CONFERENCE. THIS CONCERNS THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM AND THE NEED TO DEVELOP SHORT AND LONG TERM STRATEGIES IDEAL TO ALBERTA. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HALTED THE PROGRAM DUE TO ABUSES IN THE SYSTEM. IN MAY, ALBERTA'S MID-SIZED CITIES SIGNED A JOINT LETTER ASKING THE FEDS TO REINSTATE THE PROGRAM. CHANGES WERE ANNOUNCED IN MID JUNE, AND LAST WEEK MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT- JASON KENNY SAID APPLICATIONS TO THE TFW PROGRAM HAVE GONE DOWN BY 75%


 

 

 

MON AM NEWS (SEPT. 22)
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  STABBING -  RED DEER MOUNTIES HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECT AFTER A STABBING IN THE CITIES NORTH END EARLY THIS MORNING (4:30 AM).   TWO PEOPLE WERE STABBED AT AN APARTMENT AND ARE BEING TREATED IN HOSPITAL.
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  QE-2 CRASHES  -  NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WAS SLOW GOING ON THE QE-2, JUST SOUTH OF RED DEER LAST NIGHT (SUN) AROUND 8 O'CLOCK, WHEN EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE CRASH INVOLVING A MOTORCYCLE.
  WITNESSES SAY A NORTHBOUND CAR LOST CONTROL AND HIT THE CABLE BARRIER.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES IN THE CAR, BUT SHORTLY AFTER A MOTORCYCLE HIT THE DISABLED VEHICLE. 
  THE MALE RIDER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
  THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS CHARGED UNDER THE TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT. 
    ANOTHER CRASH AFFECTED TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ON THE QE-2 JUST NORTH OF INNISFAIL LAST NIGHT (SUN) AROUND 6.
   EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION NEAR THE OLD POLE ROAD ON HIGHWAY TWO.
   WITNESSES SAY A SMALL CAR LOST CONTROL WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A LANE CHANGE, STRUCK ANOTHER VEHICLE, THEN HIT THE MEDIAN CABLE BARRIER.  
   PARAMEDICS TREATED SEVERAL OCCUPANTS, INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, ALL FOR MINOR INJURIES.
   A 28 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM CALGARY FACES CHARGES.
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   ABRAHAM LAKE - THERE WAS NOTHING PASSING MOTORISTS COULD DO AFTER A CAR DISAPPEARED UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER OF ABRAHAM LAKE LAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  THAT LAKE IS ABOUT A HUNDRED-AND-THIRTY KILOMETERS WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.  FRIDAY AN R-C-M-P DIVE TEAM PULLED THE BODY OF 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM THE WHITE OLDS ALERO THAT HAD A QUEBEC LICENSE PLATE.  EVERYTHING POINTS TO SPEED AND BOOZE AS CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN THAT DEADLY CRASH.
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  RED DEER COLLEGE HELD A GALA LAST NIGHT (SUN) AHEAD OF THE ANNUAL RDC GOLF CLASSIC TODAY. (MON)  RON MACLEAN, HOST OF THE ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR WAS IN ATTENDANCE.  HE AND HIS WIFE CARRIE WERE HERE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO FOR THE RED DEER IS READY RALLY IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES.  THIS IS THE 29TH YEAR THE RDC GOLF CLASSIC HAD BEEN HELD AND ALL OF THE FUNDS GENERATED GO TOWARDS LOWERING PROGRAM COSTS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES.
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  HOCKEYVILLE IN SYLVAN LAKE -  AFTER NEARLY SIX MONTHS OF PREPERATIONS AND MAKING DO WITH REDUCED ARENA FACILITIES, SYLVAN LAKE IS RAMPING UP FOR HOCKEYVILLE. (MON)   THE TOWN HELD THEIR KICKOFF TO THE NHL GAME YESTERDAY AT CENTENINIAL PARK.   AFTER LOSING ONE OF THEIR RINKS DUE TO A ROOF COLLAPSE, SYLVAN WAS ABLE TO RALLY THE COMMUNITY AND WIN THIS YEARS KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE.  SUNDAYS COMMUNTIY FUN FAIR WAS JUST ONE WAY TO CELEBRATE.  THERE ARE HOCKEY CLINICS AND ACTIVITIES RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE GAME ON WEDNESDAY
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WORLD CAR FREE DAY -  THIS IS WORLD CAR FREE DAY (SEPT. 22)
THE CITY IS ASKING RED DEERIANS TO LEAVE THEIR VEHICLE AT HOME.
YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO TRY AND FIND AN ALTERNATE MODE OF TRANSPORT AROUND THE CITY TODAY (SEPTEMBER 22).
WORLD CAR FREE DAY WAS STARTED IN THE 90'S TO HELP REDUCE AIR POLLUTION AND OUR DEPENDANCY ON VEHICLES.
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SUNDAY NEWSFILE (SEPTEMEBER 21)

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HOCKEYVILLE STARTS IN SYLVAN TODAY -
TODAY IS THE DAY SYLVAN LAKE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR. AFTER WINNING THE RIGHTS TO HOST AN NHL PRESEASON GAME, THE TOWN WILL KICK OFF A FOUR DAY CELEBRATION AT NOON TODAY AT CENTENNIAL PARK. THERE WILL BE LOTS TO TAKE IN FROM BBQS TO MASCOTS AND GAMES FOR THE KIDS. THE STANLEY CUP WILL ALSO BE THERE FROM NOON UNTIL THREE. YOU ARE INVITED TO WEAR YOUR FAVORITE JERSEY AND COME GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH LORD STANLEY.


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  TEEN STILL MISSING - POLICE ARE STILL ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER WHO WENT MISSING LAST WEDNESDAY AND HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE. IF YOU KNOW WHERE FERRIER IS, CALL RED DEER CITY RCMP.


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AIDS WALK FOR LIFE TODAY -
THE CENTRAL ALBERTA AIDS SOCIETY IS HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL AIDS WALK FOR LIFE AT ROTARY PARK TODAY. THIS EVENT AIMS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF HIV AND THE EFFECTS IT CAN HAVE ON A PERSONS WELL-BEING. REGISTRATION BEGINS AT NOON , WITH OPENING CEREMONIES AT 1:30 AND THE WALK WILL FOLLOW AT TWO. THE ""CAAS"" ASSISTS THOSE ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA LIVING WITH HIV OR AIDS FROM NORDEGG EAST TO SASKATCHEWAN. THE ADDRESS FOR ROTARY PARK IS AT THE CORNER OF 43RD STREET AND 48TH AVE.


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RDC GOLF CLASSIC GALA TONIGHT - RED DEER COLLEGE IS HOLDING A GALA THIS EVENING AHEAD OF THE ANNUAL RDC GOLF CLASSIC TOMORROW. THIS EVENING GUESTS WILL MINGLE AT THE GALA BEFORE HEADING OUT ON THE LINKS TOMORROW AT THE RED DEER GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. RON MACLEAN, HOST OF THE ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR WILL BE BACK IN THE CITY TONIGHT. HE AND HIS WIFE CARRIE WERE HERE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO FOR THE RED DEER IS READY RALLY IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. THIS IS THE 29TH YEAR THE RDC GOLF CLASSIC HAD BEEN HELD AND ALL OF THE FUNDS GENERATED GO TOWARDS LOWERING PROGRAM COSTS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES.


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REGIONAL POWER OUTAGE YESTERDAY - FOURTEEN HUNDRED CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER YESTERDAY AFTER AN OUTAGE NORTH OF THE CITY. AROUND 10 AM, 1400 PEOPLE WERE ORIGINALLY HIT IN AREAS NEAR RIMBEY BENTLEY AND GULL LAKE.  BY MID-AFTERNOON POWER HAD BEEN RESTORED TO ABOUT 800 CUSTOMERS BEFORE THE FINAL 600 WERE BROUGHT ONLINE. NEARBY RESIDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THERE ARE SOME PLANNED OUTAGES IN THE RIMBEY AREA DUE TO POWER POLE REPLACEMENTS.


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INNISFAIL RECOGNITION AWARD DEADLINE TOMORROW -
DO YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE IN THE INNISFAIL AREA DESERVING OF COMMUNITY RECOGNITION?  THE ANNUAL INNISFAIL COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS ARE COMING UP ON OCTOBER 17TH AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR NOMINATIONS.  YOU HAVE UNTIL TOMORROW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, AS WELL AS SPORTS TEAM AND COACH OF THE YEAR. THE TOWN IS ALSO LOOKING FOR THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, A COMMUNITY BUILDER AND A LEADER OF TOMORROW. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE AWARDS THAT WILL BE HANDED OUT THAT NIGHT.  VISIT WWW.INNISFAIL.CA FOR A NOMINATION FORM.


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SATURDAY NEWSFILE (SEPTEMBER 20)

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POLICE SEEKING ASSISTANCE NEAR ABRAHAM LAKE -
ROCKY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING HOW A CAR ENDED UP IN ABRAHAM LAKE WEST OF NORDEGG ON WEDNESDAY WITH A 22 YEAR OLD MAN TRAPPED INSIDE. MOUNTIES SAY A WITNESS WHO ARRIVED ON SCENE SHORTLY AFTER THE CRASH TRIED TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE VEHICLE BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO. A POLICE DIVE TEAM ATTENDED THE NEXT DAY AND FOUND THE MAN DECEASED. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED PENDING NEXT OF KIN NOTIFICATION WITH ALCOHOL AND SPEED BELIEVED TO BE FACTORS IN THE CRASH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL ROCKY RCMP.

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POLICE RESPOND TO LOCAL CELL TOWER - RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE CALLED OUT TO THE SCENE OF THE TELUS TOWER ON HERMARY STREET LAST EVENING. THIS AFTER A MAN CLIMBED THE TOWER AND EITHER WOULD OR COULD NOT COME DOWN. CREWS WERE ON SCENE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AS THEY TRIED TO GET THE TOWER OFFLINE. THE CITY OF RED DEER ALSO SENT OUT A NOTICE TO RESIDENTS TO LIMIT THEIR CELL PHONE USAGE. POLICE HAVE NOT COMMENTED FURTHER ON THIS SITUATION AT THIS TIME.

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TOXIC AND E-WASTE ROUNDUP IN LACOMBE - IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO GET RID OF THAT OLD TV OR USED PAINTS AND OILS, THE CITY OF LACOMBE CAN HELP YOU OUT TODAY. THEY ARE PUTTING ON THEIR TOXIC AND E-WASTE ROUNDUP TODAY FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2. YOU CAN BRING OLD ELECTRONICS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE TO THE CITY OF LACOMBE'S INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES BUILDING FOR PROPER DISPOSAL. THAT ADDRESS IS 5444 56 AVENUE. YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR A FULL LIST OF ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS.

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UNDERGROUND UTILITY WORK TO BEGIN IN NORTHEAST RED DEER THIS WEEK - STARTING ON WEDNESDAY YOU WILL WANT TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF YOU NORMALLY TRAVEL RANGE ROAD 272. A KILOMETER AND A HALF SECTION WILL BE CLOSED OFF NORTH OF 67TH STREET TO ENABLE CREWS TO INSTALL UNDERGROUND UTILITIES FOR GROWING PARTS OF NORTHEAST RED DEER. THE 67TH STREET/30TH AVE EXPANSION PROJECT WILL CLOSE THIS AREA OFF THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION AND WINTER SEASONS. DETOURS WILL BE ROUTED ON TO RANGE ROAD 271 OR 270. THIS PROJECT IN ITS ENTIRETY IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS. THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE IN WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY SEE A ROUNDABOUT BUILT NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION AT 30TH AVE AND 67TH STREET. ONCE COMPLETED, THE PLAN IS TO REMOVE THAT INTERSECTION. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING THE CITY'S WEBPAGE.

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POLICE SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN SYLVAN LAKE - SYLVAN LAKE RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING A ROBBERY AT A LOCAL BUSINESS THIS WEEK. RCMP SAY A MAN WALKED INTO THE BOOSTER JUICE IN RYDERS RIDGE PLAZA AT 8:00 ON TUESDAY NIGHT AND DEMANDED CASH. THE SUSPECT WOULD LEAVE WITH VALUABLE BUT, NOBODY WAS HURT. A MAN IN HIS LATE 20'S OR EARLY 30'S WAS DESCRIBED AS THE SUSPECT AND HIS COMPOSITE SKETCH CAN BE SEEN ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, YOU CAN CONTACT SYLVAN LAKE RCMP.

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AUMA RESOLUTION BEFORE CITY COUNCIL - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WILL GATHER ON MONDAY FOR A SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING. THIS IS CONCERNING A RESOLUTION THAT NEEDS COUNCIL'S APPROVAL TO BE PRESENTED AT THE AUMA CONVENTION THAT STARTS ON WEDNESDAY IN EDMONTON. THIS MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 8:30 WITH THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING SET FOR THE FOLLOWING MONDAY.

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ANOTHER PRENTICE ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED ON MONDAY - THE ANNOUNCEMENTS JUST KEEP COMING FROM THE NEW PREMIER. JIM PRENTICE IS SET TO MAKE ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT ON MONDAY MORNING IN CALGARY CONCERNING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE. PRENTICE WAS IN RED DEER YESTERDAY TO ANNOUNCE THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WILL NOT CLOSE THE MICHENER AFTER HE VISITED THE FACILITY PRIVATELY DURING THE SUMMER. PRENTICE ALSO SCRAPPED THE GOVERNMENT'S FLEET OF PLANES AND LICENSE PLATE DESIGNS IN HIS FIRST WEEK ON THE JOB.

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FRIDAY PM NEWS (SEPTEMBER 19)

 

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MICHENER CENTRE TO REMAIN OPEN - NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE MADE A STOP IN RED DEER THIS MORNING TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT AND TO TOUR A GROUP CARE HOME FACILITY. HE ANNOUNCED THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WILL NO LONGER BE SHUTTING DOORS ON THE MICHENER CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED. ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THEN PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAID SHE WOULD BE CLOSING THE CENTRE FORCING THE RESIDENTS TO MOVE. REPORTS SURFACED OVER THE SUMMER THAT FIVE OF FORTY ONE PEOPLE THAT HAD BEEN MOVED HAD DIED SINCE BEING TRANSFERRED. THE PREMIER SAID TODAY, THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN MOVED WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN.

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POLICE SITUATION IN RED DEER THIS MORNING - LOCAL MOUNTIES SPENT PART OF THEIR MORNING SEARCHING FOR AN ARMED MAN NEAR CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE REPORT CAME IN AROUND 8:30 BUT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE LATER CONFIRMED THE REPORT WAS UNFOUNDED. THE INVESTIGATION LED TO A HOLD AND SECURE SITUATION AT CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE STUDENTS AND STAFF WERE KEPT INSIDE AS A PRECAUTION.

 

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FATAL COLLISION INVESTIGATION AT ABRAHAM LAKE - ROCKY RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING HOW A CAR ENDED UP IN ABRAHAM LAKE WEST OF NORDEGG ON WEDNESDAY WITH A 22 YEAR OLD MAN TRAPPED INSIDE. MOUNTIES SAY A WITNESS WHO ARRIVED ON SCENE SHORTLY AFTER THE CRASH TRIED TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE VEHICLE BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO. A POLICE DIVE TEAM ATTENDED THE NEXT DAY AND FOUND THE MAN DECEASED. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED PENDING NEXT OF KIN NOTIFICATION WITH ALCOHOL AND SPEED BELIEVED TO BE FACTORS IN THE CRASH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL ROCKY RCMP.

 

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SMOKE DETECTOR TESTING SEASON - FIRE OFFICIALS ARE AGAIN STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WORKING SMOKE ALARM IN YOUR HOME. THIS AFTER A BLAZE THAT DESTROYED A RED DEER COUNTY HOME AT MELODY MEADOWS MOBILE HOME PARK WEST OF RED DEER THURSDAY MORNING. FIRE CHIEF TOM METZGER SAYS ALTHOUGH A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER MANAGED TO ESCAPE THURSDAY'S FIRE, IT WAS PRETTY CLOSE AT ONE POINT. THEY WERE TREATED IN HOSPITAL FOR SMOKE INHALATION AND ARE NOW GETTING HELP FROM THE RED CROSS. METZGER SAYS AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE IN THE BATHROOM CAUSED THE FIRE BUT NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

 

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WILDROSE SUPERINTENDENT TO RESIGN AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR - THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION HAS SUBMITTED HIS LETTER OF RETIREMENT. THAT ACCORDING TO BOARD OFFICIALS WHO ACCEPTED THE LETTER FROM BRIAN CELLI AT THEIR LAST MEETING THIS WEEK. CELLI HAS BEEN WITH THE WILDROSE SCHOOL DIVISION SINCE 2009 AND WILL STEP DOWN AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

 

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LOCAL TRANSMISSION LINE WORK BEGINS - RED DEERIANS CAN EXPECT TO SEE SOME TRANSMISSION LINE WORK BEGIN IN OUR CITY THIS WEEK AND SEE SOME TRAIL CLOSURES AS A RESULT. THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT WILL ALSO MEAN SOME TREE REMOVAL ALONG ALTA-LINK'S RIGHT OF WAY FROM NEAR THE TAYLOR DRIVE BRIDGE TO THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. OFFICIALS SAY COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT STRETCH FROM A SUBSTATION NEAR THE RED DEER COUNTY OFFICE TO THE TAYLOR BRIDGE AND WASTE-WATER TREATMENT PLANT, WITH ROUGHLY 700 METRES OF LINE UNDERGROUND THROUGH THE RIVERLANDS NEIGHBORHOOD. WORK IS EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL SPRING WITH TWO MORE TRANSMISSION LINES TO BE REBUILT ALONG 22ND STREET BEGINNING NEXT YEAR. THE PROJECTS WERE APPROVED BY THE ALBERTA UTILITIES COMMISSION IN JULY OF THIS YEAR.

 

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"HANDS ON HISTORY" EXHIBIT OPENS - OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER'S MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW PROGRAM THAT HELPS THE PUBLIC GET THEIR "HANDS ON HISTORY". THE ARTIFACT LENDING LIBRARY WAS UNVEILED THIS WEEK (WED) AND FEATURES A SELECTION OF OVER 500 MUSEUM STUDY COLLECTION ITEMS. THIS MEANS TEACHERS, SCHOOLS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE OBJECTS AND SPECIALIZED KITS RELATED TO SEVERAL THEMES WHETHER ONSITE IN THE CLASSROOM OR VISITING THE MUSEUM. THE MAG IS ONE OF THE FIRST MUSEUMS IN ALBERTA TO OFFER THE PROGRAM.

 

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CHARITABLE DONATIONS RECOGNIZED - IT WAS A HEART WARMING STORY FOR THREE LOCAL CHARITIES THIS WEEK. THE LATE VLADIMER NOVAK, KNOWN AS "LADDIE" TO HIS FRIENDS, BE-QUESTED 185 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH FOR THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT SPCA, RED DEER REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AND SUNNYBROOK FARM MUSEUM. OFFICIALS WITH ALL THREE ORGANIZATIONS HOPE TO TURN THE GENEROUS DONATIONS INTO A SUSTAINABLE FUND OF SOME KIND. NOVAK'S GENEROUS GIFTS WERE RECOGNIZED DURING AN EVENT AT SUNNYBROOK FARM ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON.