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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.

 

 

 

 

FRI AM NEWS (SEPT. 19)
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PREMIER VISITS RED DEER  -  
ALBERTA'S NEW PREMIER WILL MAKE A STOP IN RED DEER TODAY (FRI).   JIM PRENTICE IS SLATED TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF MICHENER CENTRE.   THE PREMIER, THE MINISTER OF HUMAN SERVICES AND MINISTER OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ALL GOING TO BE AT RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT AT 10:30 THIS MORNING.
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NO NEW LICENCE PLATES -  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE HAS CANCELLED THE REDESIGN OF ALBERTA'S LICENCE PLATE. 
PRENTICE SAYS IT WOULD HAVE COST 15-MILLION DOLLARS THAT CAN BE "BETTER USED" ELSEWHERE.  SO THE CURRENT PLATES WITH THE FLOWER AND THE "WILD ROSE COUNTRY" SLOGAN WILL BE STAYING THE WAY THEY ARE.
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ALBERTA MANDATE LETTERS -  PREMIER JIM PRENTICE GAVE OUT HIS  MANDATE LETTERS TO CABINET THIS WEEK WITH RED DEER SOUTH MLA CAL DALLAS RECEIVING ONE AS WELL.  ALTHOUGH DALLAS IS NO LONGER IN CABINET, HIS MANDATE AS LEGISLATIVE SECRETARY FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS MINISTER, PREMIER JIM PRENTICE, INCLUDES STAYING COMMITTED TO SOUND, CONSERVATIVE FISCAL PRINCIPLES AND ENDING ENTITLEMENTS WHILE RESTORING PUBLIC TRUST.  OTHERS INCLUDE MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND RESPECTING PROPERTY RIGHTS, ESTABLISHING THE PROVINCE AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AND BECOMING A LEADER IN HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS TRAINING.
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THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS  -  THERE WAS A HUGE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT AT THE COLLICUTT CENTRE LAST NIGHT (THURS).  WELL OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE HELPED RED DEER WIN THE BID FOR THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES BID AND LAST NIGHT WAS A CHANCE TO SAY THANKS TO THOSE VOLUNTEERS.   CHAIR OF THE BID COMMITTEE LYN RADFORD SAYS THEY'LL SOON BE PUTTING A CALL OUT FOR UP TO FIVE THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RUN THE WINTER GAMES IN JUST OVER FOUR YEARS TIME. 
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TEEN FOUND -  SOME GOOD NEWS REGARDING A TEENAGE GIRL FROM RED DEER REPORTED MISSING EARLIER THIS MONTH.  CITY RCMP SAY 15 YEAR OLD KARISSA LABAR HAS BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH BUT POLICE STILL NEED TO FIND 14 YEAR OLD ALEXIS BRUDER AND 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER. YOU CAN SEE THEIR PHOTOS ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE.
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BANK BREAK-IN CONVICTION -   A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED OF BREAKING INTO A SOUTH-END BANK LAST WINTER HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE MONTHS IN JAIL.  THIS AFTER 30 YEAR OLD JOSEPH KINE WAS CONVICTED OF BREAK AND ENTER IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (THU).  KINE WAS ALSO GIVEN 18 MONTHS OF PROBATION AND A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE FOR THE JANUARY 13TH INCIDENT.  THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES SAY A MAN BROKE INTO THE TD BANK ON 19TH STREET AND WALKED THROUGH THE BRANCH BUT WAS UNABLE TO LEAVE WITH ANY VALUABLES.
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COUNTY FIRE  -  
AN EARLY MORNING FIRE YESTERDAY HAS LEFT TWO PEOPLE WITHOUT A HOME (THU 2 AM).   COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED OUT TO A FIRE AT MELODY MEADOWS MOBILE HOME PARK WEST OF RED DEER AND FOUND A TRAILER WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM THE BLAZE.  TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR MINOR SMOKE INHALATION.  THE RED CROSS HAS STEPPED IN TO HELP THE COUNTY RESIDENTS  A CAUSE AND DAMAGE ESTIMATE ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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SYLVAN BUS CHARGES -  SYLVAN LAKE MOUNTIES HAVE LAID CHARGES AFTER A CRASH ON TUESDAY MORNING INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK.  THE 43 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER OF THE SCHOOL BUS IS CHARGED WITH MAKING AN UNSAFE LEFT TURN IN FRONT OF A WESTBOUND TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 11.  POLICE CREDIT THE DRIVER OF THE WATER TRUCK WHO TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID HITTING THE BUS HEAD-ON, RESULTING IN LESS SERIOUS INJURIES.
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PEDESTRIAN HIT  -  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS YESTERDAY MORNING (THU) AFTER A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE ON RIVERVIEW AVENUE AROUND 6:30.  RCMP SAY THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES BUT ADD THE DRIVER WON'T BE CHARGED.
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HIGHWAY CRASHES -  A SERIES OF CRASHES ON THE QE2 NEAR RED DEER ON WEDNESDAY LED TO FOUR ADULTS BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  THAT ACCORDING TO PONOKA RCMP WHO SAY THE FIRST CRASH HAPPENED IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN RED DEER AND BLACKFALDS JUST AFTER 1 WHEN A SMALL CAR REAR-ENDED A TRACTOR TRAILER BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES.  THE SECOND CRASH HAPPENED JUST SOUTH OF THE BLACKFALDS OVERPASS AND INVOLVED THREE VEHICLES, INJURING FOUR PEOPLE.  THE THIRD CRASH HAPPENED SOUTH OF THAT ONE AND WAS ANOTHER REAR-ENDER BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.  MOUNTIES SAY THE COLLISIONS CLOSED BOTH NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE HIGHWAY FOR ROUGHLY FOUR HOURS, ADDING CHARGES ARE PENDING IN TWO OF THE CRASHES.
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WORLD CAR FREE DAY -   LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME NEXT MONDAY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO.  THAT'S THE CHALLENGE BEING ISSUED BY THE CITY OF RED DEER AS WORLD CAR FREE DAY APPROACHES.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO TRY AND FIND AN ALTERNATE MODE OF TRANSPORT AROUND THE CITY ON SEPTEMBER 22ND.   THE CITY HAS TEAMED UP WITH CARPOOL.CA TO MATCH DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS WITH SIMILAR DRIVING NEEDS TO SAVE MONEY, GAS AND EMISSIONS.  WORLD CAR FREE DAY WAS STARTED IN THE 1990'S IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION AND OUR DEPENDANCY ON VEHICLES.
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SCOTLAND REMAINS IN THE U.K.  -  SCOTLAND VOTED "NO" IN THURSDAY'S NATIONAL REFERENDUM.  55 PERCENT VOTED TO STAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, REJECTING INDEPENDENCE.
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THURS PM NEWSFILE (SEP 18)

 

HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND - A RED DEER COUNTY MAN AND HIS DAUGHTER ARE WITHOUT A HOME TODAY (THU) AFTER A FIRE AT A MOBILE HOME PARK EARLY THIS MORNING. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE TOOK PLACE AT MELODY MEADOWS WEST OF RED DEER AND RESULTED IN THE MAN AND HIS DAUGHTER BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR SMOKE INHALATION. THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND THERE IS NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE YET BUT THE TRAILER IS BEING DEEMED UNINHABITABLE.
 

1 TEEN FOUND, 2 STILL MISSING - A TEENAGE GIRL FROM RED DEER REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. CITY RCMP SAY 15 YEAR OLD KARISSA LABAR HAS BEEN LOCATED IN GOOD HEALTH BUT TWO OTHER MISSING TEENS STILL HAVEN'T BEEN FOUND. MOUNTIES ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP LOCATE 14 YEAR OLD ALEXIS BRUDER AND 14 YEAR OLD ANDY FERRIER. THEIR PICTURES ARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


4 INJURED IN SERIES OF QE2 CRASHES - FOUR PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER MULTIPLE CRASHES ON THE NORTHBOUND QE2 BETWEEN RED DEER AND BLACKFALDS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. PONOKA RCMP SAY THE FIRST CRASH HAPPENED JUST AFTER 1 AND INVOLVED A SMALL CAR REAR-ENDING A TRACTOR TRAILER BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE SECOND CRASH HAPPENED SOUTH OF THE BLACKFALDS OVERPASS AND INVOLVED THREE VEHICLES, RESULTING IN FOUR ADULTS BEING TAKEN TO HOSPITAL. THE THIRD CRASH WAS ANOTHER REAR-ENDER BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES IN THAT ONE. BOTH NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE2 WERE SHUTDOWN FOR ROUGHLY FOUR HOURS BECAUSE OF THE MESS. POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING IN TWO OF THE COLLISIONS
ONE MAN IS IN HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AROUND 6:30 ON RIVERVIEW AVENUE BUT POLICE SAY THE DRIVER WON'T BE FACING ANY CHARGES.


KINE HEADS TO JAIL - IT'S 90 DAYS IN JAIL FOR A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED OF BREAKING INTO A SOUTH-END BANK LAST WINTER. 30 YEAR OLD JOSEPH KINE WAS ALSO HANDED 18 MONTHS OF PROBATION AND A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE FOR THE JANUARY 13TH INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN CITY RCMP SAY A MAN BROKE INTO THE TD BANK ON 19TH STREET AND WALKED THROUGH THE BRANCH BUT WAS UNABLE TO LEAVE WITH ANY VALUABLES.


APPRECIATION NIGHT FOR VOLUNTEERS - IT'S A BIG "THANK YOU" EVENT TONIGHT (THURS) IN RED DEER FOR THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES BID. CHAIR OF THE BID COMMITTEE LYN RADFORD SAYS OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE HELPED RED DEER GET READY FOR THE GAMES, SO THIS EVENING'S EVENT IS A VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT. IT RUNS FROM 6:30 - 8:30 AT THE COLLICUTT CENTRE FIELD HOUSE.


CITY HOSTING WASKASOO OPEN HOUSE - THE CITY OF RED DEER IS HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY (THU) REGARDING A PLAN FOR THE WASKASOO NEIGHBOURHOOD. OFFICIALS SAY THE OPEN HOUSE WILL UPDATE AREA RESIDENTS ON THE PLAN AND ALLOW THE CITY TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT RESIDENTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THAT PLAN. THE COME AND GO EVENT TAKES PLACE AT FESTIVAL HALL FROM 3 UNTIL 8.


ONE DOG STILL MISSING AFTER OLDS ROLL OVER - RESIDENTS AROUND OLDS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ONE MORE DOG STILL MISSING FROM A ROLLOVER LAST WEEKEND THAT RESULTED IN SOME RESCUE DOGS BEING LOOSE IN THE REGION. DEANA DICKSON WITH THE ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY SAYS 30 DOGS WERE BEING TRANSPORTED FROM CALIFORNIA TO EDMONTON WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURED. DICKSON SAYS THE ONE DOG STILL MISSING IS JERRY, A BROWN CHIHUAHUA-CROSS WHO WAS LAST SPOTTED NEAR THE BOSTON PIZZA IN OLDS.
 

 

 

THURS AM NEWS (SEPT. 18)

 

RED DEER PEDESTRIAN HIT -  EMERGENCY CREWS WERE IN RIVERSIDE MEADOWS THIS MORNING (THU) AFTER A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE ON RIVERVIEW AVENUE AROUND 6:30.  RCMP SAY THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES BUT ADD THE DRIVER WON'T BE CHARGED.
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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CHARGED -  SYLVAN LAKE MOUNTIES HAVE LAID CHARGES AFTER A CRASH ON TUESDAY MORNING INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK.  THE 43 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER OF THE SCHOOL BUS IS CHARGED WITH MAKING AN UNSAFE LEFT TURN IN FRONT OF A WESTBOUND TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 11.  POLICE CREDIT THE DRIVER OF THE WATER TRUCK WHO TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID HITTING THE BUS HEAD-ON, RESULTING IN LESS SERIOUS INJURIES.
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MISSING DOG -  PEOPLE AROUND OLDS, ARE BEING ASKED TO WATCH FOR ONE DOG FROM CALIFORNIA THAT IS STILL ON THE LOOSE AFTER THEY WERE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT. 
THE DOG WAS AMONG 30 RESCUED POOCHES BEING SHIPPED FROM CALIFORNIA TO EDMONTON FOR ADOPTION WHEN A VEHICLE THAT WAS HAULING THEM GOT INTO A CRASH LAST SATURDAY.   THE ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY (ARCS) SAYS MOST OF THE MUTTS THAT GOT AWAY HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP, BUT JERRY THE CHIHUAHUA-CROSS IS STILL ON THE LAM, WHILE DONAVON THE PITBULL-CROSS WAS RESCUED EARLY THIS MORNING (THURS).  CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE (SEARCH FOR JERRY AND DONOVAN) TO HELP OUT. 

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CASTOR MURDER CASE -  TWO MEN CHARGED IN A TRIPLE HOMICIDE EAST OF STETTLER WERE IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (WED) VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT T.V.  38 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK WERE ARRESTED LAST MONTH (AUG) IN THE DECEMBER 2013 DEATHS OF KLAUS'S MOM, DAD AND SISTER AT THE FAMILY FARM NEAR CASTOR.  61 YEAR OLD GORDON KLAUS, HIS WIFE 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA AND THEIR DAUGHTER 40 YEAR OLD MONICA DIED IN A HOUSE THAT BURNED DOWN LAST DECEMBER.  BOTH FACE THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ONE CHARGE OF ARSON.  FRANK ALSO IS CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING AN ANIMAL AFTER THE FAMILY DOG WAS SHOT AND KILLED.  BOTH HAVE RESERVED PLEA AND REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.
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MURDER APPEAL -  A MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS OWN BROTHER IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA TWO YEARS AGO IS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION SENTENCE.  37 YEAR OLD JOHN WAYNE MOCK WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON LAST NOVEMBER FOR SHOOTING HIS BROTHER TIMOTHY AT THE FAMILY FARM NEAR CONSORT IN FEBRUARY OF 2012.  MOCK'S APPEAL WAS TO BE HEARD IN CALGARY COURT THIS WEEK (TUES), BUT HAS BEEN ADJOURNED TO JANUARY 6TH OF NEXT YEAR.
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PARKLAND FUEL DEAL -  RED DEER BASED PARKLAND FUEL HAS A DEAL IN PLACE TO BUY CANADA'S LARGEST PRIVATE INDEPENDENT FUEL MARKETER.  PARKLAND, WHICH OWNS FAS GAS SERVICE STATIONS, ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY (WED) IT'S ACQUIRING PIONEER ENEGERY FOR 378 MILLION DOLLARS.   THE PURCHASE WILL GIVE PARKLAND ANOTHER 319 GAS STATIONS IN ONTARIO AND 74 IN MANITOBA, INCREASING ITS TOTAL GAS STATIONS IN THE COUNTRY TO OVER A THOUSAND.  THE DEAL LIKELY WON'T BE COMPLETE UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
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TRANSMISSION LINE -  THIS WEEK WILL SEE THE START OF SOME MAJOR TRANSMISSION LINE WORK IN RED DEER.  OFFICIALS WITH ALTA-LINK SAY THE FIRST PHASE OF THEIR PROJECTS WILL SEE WORK GET UNDERWAY FROM THE TAYLOR BRIDGE TO THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT AND RESULT IN SOME TRAIL CLOSURES.  OTHER COMPONENTS WILL SEE RECONSTRUCTION OF A TRANSMISSION LINE FROM NEAR THE COUNTY OFFICE TO THE TAYLOR BRIDGE AND ONTO THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.  ROUGHLY 700 METRES OF TRANSMISSION LINE WILL ALSO BE BUILT UNDERGROUND IN THE RIVERLANDS NEIGHBOURHOOD.  WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE DONE NEXT SPRING BUT TWO MORE TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECTS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ALONG 22ND STREET NEXT YEAR.  THE PROJECTS WERE APPROVED BY THE ALBERTA UTILITIES COMMISSION IN JULY OF THIS YEAR.
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MAG PROGRAM -  LOCAL STUDENTS ARE AMONG THOSE THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM A NEW PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY THE RED DEER MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY YESTERDAY (WED). MAG OFFICIALS SAY THE "ARTIFACT LENDING LIBRARY" FEATURES A SELECTION OF OVER 500 MUSEUM STUDY COLLECTION ITEMS WHICH ESSENTIALLY ALOWS KIDS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO GET THEIR HANDS ON HISTORY. TEACHERS, SCHOOLS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO OBJECTS AND SPECIALIZED KITS RELATED TO SEVERAL THEMES, WHETHER ONSITE IN THE CLASSROOM OR VISITING THE MUSEUM.  THE MAG IS ONE OF THE FIRST IN OUR PROVINCE TO OFFER THE UNIQUE PROGRAM.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED BY THE CITY  -  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.  THERE ARE FIFTEEN COMMITTEES THAT ARE STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS.  YOU HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 29TH TO GET YOUR NAME IN. YOU MAY ALSO CALL 403 342-8147 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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INNISFAIL AWARDS -  YOU HAVE JUST UNDER A WEEK TO GET YOUR NOMINATIONS IN FOR THE 2014 INNISFAIL COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS.  APPLICATIONS FOR THESE AWARDS MUST BE INTO THE INNISFAIL TOWN OFFICE BY NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22ND IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE CONSIDERED.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CATAGORIES INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY CULTURE AND MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARD TO BE HANDED OUT.  A FULL LIST CAN BE FOUND ON THE TOWNS WEBSITE.  THE AWARDS WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 17TH AT THE INNISFAIL LEGION HALL.
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NEW BOWER LOGO - RED DEER'S BOWER PLACE SHOPPING CENTRE IS MAKING SOME SUBTLE CHANGES TO THEIR BRAND.  MALL OFFICIALS HAVE UNVEILLED A NEW LOGO TO GO ALONG WITH A NEW DIRECTION THEY PLAN TO TAKE BUT THE CHANGES AGAIN ARE SUBTLE WHILE STILL STICKING TO THE AREA'S ROOTS.  AN EXCITING NEW MIX OF RETAILERS IS ALSO ANTICIPATED OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.  BOWER PLACE AS IT WILL NOW BE KNOWN, OPENED IN 1981 AND UNDERWENT A MAJOR EXPANSION AND RENOVATION IN 2006.
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WED PM NEWS (SEP 17)

 

$450,000 IN FIRE DAMAGES - RED DEER EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICIALS SAY A HOUSE FIRE AT A HOME ON INGLEWOOD DRIVE YESTERDAY (TUE) CAUSED 350 THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE. NEIGHBOURING HOMES ALSO SUFFERED 100 THOUSAND IN DAMAGES WHILE TWO VEHICLES WERE ALSO DESTROYED AND DAMAGE THERE PEGGED AT TEN GRAND. INVESTIGATORS HAVE DETERMINED THE FIRE WAS ACCIDENTAL IN NATURE AND STARTED IN THE ATTACHED GARAGE BUT DUE TO THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE, THE CAUSE IS INCONCLUSIVE. HOWEVER, OFFICIALS SAY ELECTRICAL OR SMOKING-RELATED CAUSES CANNOT BE RULED OUT.

MOUNTIES FOLLOWED PROTOCOL - ALBERTA MOUNTIES HAVE COMPLETED A REVIEW OF AMBER ALERT PROTOCOLS AFTER THE DEATH OF 9 YEAR OLD AMBER LUCIUS THIS MONTH. THE GIRL'S BODY WAS FOUND IN A VEHICLE NEAR SUNDRE SEPTEMBER 2ND. HER MOTHER LAURA COWARD HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND WITH HER NEXT COURT APPEARANCE IN DIDSBURY NEXT MONTH. RCMP SAY THE REVIEW INDICATES THE OFFICERS INVOLVED ACTED IN COMPLIANCE WITH AMBER ALERT PROTOCOLS AFTER THE GIRL WAS REPORTED MISSING BY HER FATHER TO WETASKIWIN MOUNTIES ON AUGUST 31ST.

ANOTHER ROBBERY - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN AN ARMED ROBBERY IN NORTH RED DEER MONDAY NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 10 O'CLOCK AT THE RUN'N ON EMPTY ON KENT STREET IN THE KENTWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD. RCMP SAY A MAN CAME IN AND DEMANDED CASH AND CIGARETTES WHILE THREATENING STAFF WITH A KNIFE BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT TOOK OFF WITH SOME CASH AND 15 PACKAGES OF DU MAURIER KING SIZE SMOKES AND ARE LOOKING AT ANY COMMONALITIES BETWEEN THIS ROBBERY AND OTHERS IN THE CITY. YOU CAN SEE HIS PICTURE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

NEW CANADIANS - RED DEER OFFICIALLY HAS 50 NEW CANADIAN CITIZENS AS PART OF IT'S POPULATION. THIS AFTER A COMMUNITY CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE PIDHERNY CURLING CENTRE THIS MORNING. 50 RESIDENTS FROM 22 COUNTRIES TOOK THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO CANADA WHILE PROUD FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS LOOKED ON. THE CEREMONY WAS PRECEDED BY A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WHERE THE PARTICIPANTS TALKED ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM TO BE CANADIAN.

POWER OUTAGE TOMORROW - HOMES AND BUSINESSES NEAR THE RIVER BEND GOLF COURSE WILL BE WITHOUT POWER FOR 4 HOURS TOMORROW MORNING. THE CITY SAYS CREWS WILL BE MAKING UPGRADES TO THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, WHICH REQUIRES A PLANNED POWER OUTAGE BETWEEN 5 AM AND 9AM. CUSTOMERS ON RANGE ROAD 272 BETWEEN THE 67TH STREET AND 30TH AVENUE INTERSECTION TO TOWNSHIP ROAD 390 WILL BE AFFECTED.

SMILE COOKIES STILL GOING - TIM HORTON'S SMILE COOKIE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH THE PARKLAND MALL IN RED DEER THE SITE OF A COOKIE DECORATING CHALLENGE THIS MORNING. SOME LOCAL PERSONALITIES TOOK THE CHALLENGE WITH CHILDREN FROM THE PRE-KINDERGARTEN BRIGHT START PROGRAM WHICH BENEFITS FROM THE CAMPAIGN, JUDGING THE COOKIE DECORATING CONTEST. OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SAY ONE DOLLAR FROM EVERY SMILE COOKIE SOLD WILL GO TO THEIR BRIGHT START PROGRAM. 25 GRAND WAS RAISED WITH LAST YEAR'S CAMPAIGN WITH 30 THOUSAND THE GOAL FOR THIS YEAR.

OPEN HOUSE TODAY - IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING CHANGES BEING MADE TO THE KIN KANYON CONCEPT PLAN, THERE WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA ARE INVIITED TO ECOLE LA PRAIRIE SCHOOL BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN PM (SEPTEMBER 17TH) TO LOOK AT THE FULL AREA PLAN. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHANGES FROM THE ORIGINAL PLAN DEVELOPED BACK IN 2010. SINCE THAT TIME, THE NEW FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH THE ADDITION OF A SPORTS FIELD.  THE PLAYGROUND AND WASHROOM BUILDING HAVE ALSO BEEN MOVED AND TWO NEW GAZEBOS ARE IN THE WORKS. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CHANGES BEING MADE IN THE CONCEPT PLAN.
THE FULL PLAN CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY'S WEBPAGE

MR ELECTRIC WINS AN AWARD - A RED DEER COMPANY PICKED UP A MAJOR AWARD THIS MONTH. KENT AND TIFFANY CAMERON, OWNERS OF RED DEER'S MR. ELECTRIC WON THE TOP GUN AWARD DURING THE DWYER GROUP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO. THE AWARD GOES TO FRANCHISE OWNERS WHO REACH OPERATION BENCHMARKS.

 

 

WED AM NEWS  (SEPT. 17)

RED DEER FIRE DESTROYS HOME -  EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPONDED TO A BLAZE IN SOUTHEAST RED DEER JUST AFTER 4:30 TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  ACTING FIRE CHIEF GREG ADAIR SAYS THE HOME AT 127 INGLEWOOD DRIVE WAS FULLY INVOLVED WHEN THEY ARRIVED AND CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE SIDING OF A NEARBY HOME.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES AS FIVE PEOPLE INSIDE THE HOME WERE ALERTED BY SMOKE ALARMS.  THE RED CROSS HAS STEPPED IN TO HELP THE EIGHT RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE HOME.  THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  MEANTIME, FIRE CREWS WILL BE HEADING INTO THE INGLEWOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD TODAY (WED) AS PART OF THE "AFTER THE FIRE" PROGRAM TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS NEIGHBOURS MAY HAVE.
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RED DEER CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY -   A SPECIAL CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY TAKES PLACE IN RED DEER TODAY (WED) AS FIFTY NEW CANADIANS  FROM 22 COUNTRIES WILL BE OFFICIALLY WELCOMED INTOR OUR COUNTRY.   A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CANADIAN WILL HAPPEN AT 10 AM, FOLLOWED BY THE  CEREMONY AT 11 AT THE PIDHERNEY CENTRE.
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KIN KANYON PLAN  -  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING CHANGES BEING MADE TO THE KIN KANYON CONCEPT PLAN, THERE WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY (WEDNESDAY).  RESIDENTS IN THE AREA ARE INVIITED TO ECOLE LA PRARIE SCHOOL BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN PM (SEPTEMBER 17TH) TO LOOK AT THE FULL AREA PLAN.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CHANGES FROM THE ORIGINAL PLAN DEVELOPED BACK IN 2010.  SINCE THAT TIME, THE NEW FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH THE ADDITION OF A SPORTS FIELD.   THE PLAYGROUND AND WASHROOM BUILDING HAVE ALSO BEEN MOVED AND TWO NEW GAZEBOS ARE IN THE WORKS.  THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CHANGES BEING MADE IN THE CONCEPT PLAN.   THE FULL PLAN CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY'S WEBPAGE.
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PETERS DRIVE-IN COMING- 
 
A HISTORIC CALGARY DRIVE-THROUGH IS COMING TO RED DEER.  PETERS DRIVE-IN ANNOUNCED  THEY ARE LOOKING TO LEASE A PROPERTY ON GASOLINE ALLEY TO OPEN A SECOND RESTAURANT.  THE BURGER SHACK WILL BE LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF LEVA AVENUE AND LARGO STREET. THEY ARE LOOKING TO OPEN SOMETIME BETWEEN THE SPRING AND FALL OF NEXT YEAR.  THE ICONIC EATERY HAS BEEN A PART OF THE CALGARY SCENE SINCE 1962.  THIS IS THEIR FIRST EXPANSION OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.
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FIRE UNDER CONTROL IN INGLEWOOD

 

Red Deer EMS responded to a fire at a home in Red Deer's Inglewood neighbourhood late Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Fire Chief, Greg Adair, says the fire also spread to the neighboring home but it was contained.

 

5 people were home at the time, but they all managed to avoid harm thanks to working smoke detectors. 

 

Crews soon controlled the fire and a full investigation is now underway.

 

There is no estimate on damages at this time.

 

Fire crews will return to the scene on Inglewood Dr Wednesday afternoon for a routine follow up.

 

 

TUESDAY PM NEWSFILE (SEPTEMBER 16)

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EARLY MORNING BUS CRASH - A WOMAN AND HER SON WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION THIS MORNING AFTER THE SCHOOL BUS THEY WERE ON WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION WITH A WATER TRUCK. IT HAPPENED AROUND 7:30 ON HIGHWAY 11 WEST OF SYLVAN LAKE. OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOLS SAY THE WOMAN DRIVING THE BUS AND HER SON WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON BOARD ON THEIR WAY TO THE FIRST PICK-UP OF THE DAY BUT THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES. ANOTHER BUS WAS SENT TO COMPLETE THE ROUTE WHICH SERVES THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE. RCMP SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER AND ADD, SUNLIGHT IN THE DRIVER'S EYES MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE.

 

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PRELIMINARY HEARING COMING AFTER FATAL ROLLOVER LAST YEAR - A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN CHARGED IN A FATAL ROLLOVER NEAR MILLET LAST YEAR WILL SEE EARLY NEXT YEAR IF HER CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. 22 YEAR OLD CREE OMEASOO OF MASKWACIS WILL HAVE A THREE DAY PRELIMINARY HEARING IN WETASKIWIN COURT STARTING JANUARY 19TH OF 2015. SHE FACES 19 COUNTS IN THE OCTOBER 2013 INCIDENT WHERE POLICE SAY A SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 2A NORTH OF MILLET, ROLLED WITH SIX OCCUPANTS INSIDE, KILLING TWO OF THEM. MOUNTIES SUSPECT ALCOHOL WAS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

 

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CARD SKIMMING SCAM IN RED DEER - LOCAL MOUNTIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A HAND-HELD DEBIT MACHINE FROM A RED DEER RESTAURANT LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY AT MR. MIKE'S ON 67TH AND GAETZ AND COULD LEAD TO THE THEFT OF SOME CUSTOMER'S BANKING INFORMATION ACCORDING TO RED DEER CITY RCMP CORPORAL LEANNE MOLZAHN. SHE SAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEASURE BUSINESS OWNERS CAN TAKE TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING, IS TO NOT LET THESE MACHINES OUT OF THEIR SIGHT. MOLZAHN SAYS A SIMILAR COMPLAINT CAME IN LAST MONTH WHEN A RESTAURANT CUSTOMER NOTICED HIS CARD WASN'T FITTING INTO THE DEBIT MACHINE PROPERLY. IT HAD A MAGNETIC STRIP ON IT NOT SEEN ON OTHER MACHINES.

 

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PETERS DRIVE IN COMING TO RED DEER - A HISTORIC CALGARY DRIVE-THRU IS COMING TO RED DEER. PETERS DRIVE IN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THEY ARE LOOKING TO LEASE A PROPERTY ON GASOLINE ALLEY TO OPEN A SECOND RESTAURANT. THE BURGER SHACK WILL BE LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF LEVA AVENUE AND LARGO STREET. THEY ARE LOOKING TO OPEN SOMETIME BETWEEN THE SPRING AND FALL OF NEXT YEAR. THE ICONIC EATERY HAS BEEN A PART OF THE CALGARY SCENE SINCE 1962. THIS IS THEIR FIRST EXPANSION OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

 

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DAY CARE OPEN HOUSE HELD TODAY - THOSE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED RECENTLY TO FIND A DAYCARE IN THE CITY WILL BE PLEASED TO HEAR THIS NEWS. AN OPEN HOUSE WAS HELD THIS AFTERNOON AT WHAT WILL BE RED DEER'S LARGEST DAYCARE WHEN IT FULLY OPENS. LOCATED IN THE CLEARVIEW MARKET, KIDS AND COMPANY WILL BE ABLE TOP CARE FOR UP TO 135 CHILDREN AT ANY GIVEN TIME. THEY ALSO OFFER EXTENDED HOURS, GUARANTEED CARE AND CAN LOOK AFTER ANYONE FROM NEWBORN UP TO TWELVE YEAR OLDS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT BETWEEN NOON AND TWO TODAY ON CONWAY STREET.

 

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NAME CHANGE FOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - THE RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAY NO LONGER EXIST IN THE FUTURE. IF APPROVED BY INDUSTRY CANADA, THE ORGANIZATION WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. BOARD MEMBERS PUT FORWARD THIS CHANGE AFTER THEY AGREED THAT THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE IS STARTING TO REACH BEYOND THE CITY LIMITS. THIS WAS DECIDED DURING THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY NIGHT. THE CHAMBER ALSO TOOK A LOOK AHEAD AT PREPARATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL AGRI-TRADE SHOW WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN NOVEMBER.

 

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GOVERNOR GENERAL AWARD FOR RETIRED LOCAL MOUNTIE - SPECIAL HONOURS FROM CANADA'S GOVERNOR GENERAL LAST WEEK FOR A FORMER MOUNTIE FROM RED DEER. DAVID JOHNSTON AWARDED THE ORDER OF MERIT OF POLICE FORCES TO STAFF SERGEANT PETER QUILTY  WHO RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER A DISTINGUISHED 35 YEAR CAREER WITH THE MOUNTIES. THE HONOUR WAS ALSO BESTOWED UPON TWO OTHER MOUNTIES FROM ST. ALBERT, WITH THE TRIO RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND POLICING AS WELL. IN HIS LAST POSTING, QUILTY WAS AN OPERATIONS OFFICER WITH THE RED DEER DETACHMENT.

 

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RIVERVIEW PARK/WESTLAKE LAND USE BYLAW AND ROAD CLOSURE - RED DEER CITY COUNCIL WENT LATE INTO THE EVENING HOLDING THEIR PUBLIC HEARING ON THE RIVERVIEW PARK ISSUE. THIS AREA OF SOUTHWEST RED DEER IS NOW KNOWN AS THE WESTLAKE NEIGHBORHOOD. IN THE LATE 1980'S IT WAS NOTED THAT THE RIVERBANK TO THE NORTH ON CRONQUIST DRIVE WAS STARTING TO ERODE. SECOND AND THIRD READING WERE BEFORE COUNCIL ON A MOTION THAT WOULD ALLOW THE CITY TO CHANGE THE ZONING OF THE HOMES IN THE AREA. MANY HOMEOWNERS WHO ATTENDED WERE AFRAID THAT THEIR PROPERTY RIGHTS WERE BEING TAKEN FROM THEM AND THAT THE ZONING CHANGE WOULD DIMINISH THE VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTIES. COUNCIL PASSED THESE MOTIONS AFTER AMENDING THE MOTION TO REVIEW THE TEMPORARY ZONING ONCE STABILIZATION OF THE RIVERBANK IS COMPLETE.

 

 


TUES AM NEWS (SEPT. 16)
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TRAFFIC NOTES (SEPTEMBER 16 TO 17) -  WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 11A OVER THE QE II HIGHWAY WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE TO ALLOW CREWS TO REPAIR A BRIDGE IN RED DEER. WORKERS WILL MAKE MINOR REPAIRS TO THE CONCRETE CURBING ON THE BRIDGE DECK AS A PART OF THE CONTRACTOR'S WARRANTY.  AS REPAIRS TO THIS BRIDGE ARE COVERED BY WARRANTY, THERE IS NO COST TO ALBERTANS FOR THIS WORK. WEATHER PERMITTING, THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN TWO DAYS. 

 


THE BRIDGE WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE OF WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AND THE SPEED LIMIT REDUCED TO 50 KM/H FROM 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M. BOTH DAYS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT WIDE LOADS AVOID THE BRIDGE. MOTORISTS WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR DELAYS, DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC.
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SCHOOL BUS CRASH -  A COLLISION INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK NEAR SYLVAN LAKE THIS MORNING (TUE) SENT A WOMAN AND HER SON TO HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION.  IT HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 11 WEST OF SYLVAN LAKE AROUND 8 O'CLOCK BUT THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES.  OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOLS SAY THE WOMAN DRIVING THE BUS AND HER SON WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON BOARD ON THEIR WAY TO THE FIRST PICK-UP OF THE DAY.  ANOTHER BUS WAS SENT TO COMPLETE THE ROUTE WHICH SERVES THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE.  MOUNTIES SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, ADDING IT TURNED IN FRONT OF THE WATER TRUCK WHICH TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID A MORE SERIOUS CRASH.  IT'S BELIEVED SUNSHINE IN THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER'S EYES MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE.
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL -  LAST NIGHT'S RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MEETING (MON) TURNED INTO THE LONGEST MEETING OF THIS TERM.
FIRST THE TABLE PASSED A MOTION TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO A NUMBER OF HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH PROGRAMS ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA.  NEXT COUNCIL HEARD A PRESENTATION FROM THE RED DEER REBELS ON WHY THEY NEED THE FINANCIAL BACKING TO SECURE THEIR 2016 MEMORIAL CUP BID.  CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THIS REQUEST FOR TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS UP FRONT AND ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED GRAND IF THE EVENT GOES INTO A DEFICIT.

 

COUNCIL THEN MOVED ONTO THEIR THREE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.  THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE THEMES AND DIRECTION THAT COUNCIL WANTS TO FOLLOW FOR THE REST OF THEIR MANDATE. THE TABLE ALSO APPROVED A COUPLE OF LAND USE BYLAWS AND THEN HELD THEIR PUBLIC HEARINGS.

 

THE EAST HILL MAJOR AREA STRUCTURE PLAN WAS ALSO DISCUSSED.  HISTORICALLY THESE PLANS WERE DONE BY QUARTER SECTION BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE PLANNED OUT A FULL SECTION.
ANOTHER HEARING WAS ON A MOTION  ON THE NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL STRUCTURE PLAN.   THERE ARE PLANS FOR A CATHOLIC SCHOOL WITHIN A YEAR, A PUBLIC SCHOOLWITHIN SIX AND A FRANCOPHONE SCHOOL WITHIN TWENTY YEARS.

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RED DEER COUNCIL TO MEET WITH NEW PREMIER -  
MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS SHE HOPES TO MEET WITH NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS TIME.  SHE AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL WILL TRAVEL TO EDMONTON AND HAVE REQUESTED TO MEET WITH PRENTICE AND HIS NEW CABINET.  ISSUES SUCH AS THE MICHENER CENTER ARE SURE TO BE FRONT AND CENTER WHEN DISCUSSIONS TAKE PLACE.  PREMIER PRENTICE MET WITH THE MAYORS OF EDMONTON AND CALGARY THREE DAYS AFTER BECOMING LEADER OF THE PC PARTY.  MAYOR VEER WAS ALSO DISAPPOINTED TO NO LONGER SEE ANY RED DEER MLAS IN PROVINCIAL CABINET POSTS AS WE ARE ALBERTA'S THIRD LARGEST CITY.
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DAY CARE OPEN HOUSE - 
A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THIS  MORNING ON CONWAY STREET FOR A NEW CHILD CARE CENTER OPENING IN THE CITY (TUES).  THE KIDS AND COMPANY CENTER WILL BE RED DEER'S LARGEST DAYCARE AND WILL BE ABLE TO CARE FOR UP TO 135 CHILDREN AT A TIME.  THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE NEWBORNS UP UNTIL THE AGE OF 12 AND ARE LOCATED IN THE CLEARVIEW MARKET SQUARE.  THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OPEN HOUSE TODAY SO  THAT YOU CAN INSPECT THEIR FACILITIES. IT'S GOING ON FROM NOON UNTIL TWO.
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DAWE RUN - 
OVER TWO THOUSAND STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN A THREE KILOMETRE DAWE RUN TODAY (TUESDAY).  CHILDREN FROM GRADES 4 THROUGH 12 WILL RUN STARTING AT 11:30 AM AT HERITAGE RANCH, ENDING AT BOWER PONDS.  IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE RUN WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 23RD.
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INNISFAIL AWARDS  -   YOU HAVE JUST UNDER A WEEK TO GET YOUR NOMINATIONS IN FOR THE 2014 INNISFAIL COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS.  APPLICATIONS FOR THESE AWARDS MUST BE INTO THE INNISFAIL TOWN OFFICE BY NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22ND IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE CONSIDERED.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CATAGORIES INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY CULTURE AND MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARD TO BE HANDED OUT.  A FULL LIST CAN BE FOUND ON THE TOWNS WEBSITE.  THE AWARDS WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 17TH AT THE INNISFAIL LEGION HALL.
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LIBRARY COLLECTION -   IF YOU ARE HEADED TO ANY PARKLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY BRANCH  YOU MAY NOTICE A MASSIVE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF E-BOOKS AVAILABLE.  PARKLAND HAS LAUNCHED THE CLOUD LIBRARY WHICH WILL ADD 15,000 E-BOOK TITLES TO THEIR COLLECTION.  THIS SERVICE WILL BE COMPATABLE WITH A NUMBER OF TABLET AND SMARTPHONE SERVICES.   THE PARKLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM IS A NETWORK OF 50 PUBLIC LIBRARIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA.
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FOOD DRIVE -  A LOFTY FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT FOOD BANK DURING THE "FEED THE NEED" FOOD DRIVE.  THE EVENT TOOK PLACE AT CITY HALL PARK MONDAY WITH SPOKESPERSON SHANNON VAN PARYS SAYING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS CAN GO A LONG WAY FOR MANY FAMILIES AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.  THE GOAL IS TO BEAT LAST YEARS TOTAL OF TEN THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD AND $8,600 IN DONATIONS.
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MON PM NEWSFILE

 

PRENTICE REVEALS NEW CABINET - NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE ANNOUNCED HIS NEW CABINET THIS AFTERNOON. MISSING FROM THE LIST IS BOTH OF RED DEER'S MLA'S, MARY ANNE JABLONSKI AND CAL DALLAS. BOTH WILL ASSUME SMALLER ROLES WHILE ASSISTING THE NEW CABINET MINISTERS. ROBIN CAMPBELL IS THE NEW FINANCE MINISTER, FORMER EDMONTON MAYOR STEPHEN MANDELL IS THE NEW HEALTH MINISTER, GORDON DIRKS IS THE NEW EDUCATION MINISTER, AND FRANK OBERLE IS NOW ENERGY MINISTER, TO NAME A FEW. VERLYN OLSON IS STILL OUR AG MINISTER.

ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON RED DEER BUS - RCMP SAY A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE RIDING RED DEER PUBLIC TRANSIT ON THE WEEKEND. IT'S ALLEGED A MAN IN HIS 40'S MADE INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS TO THE GIRL ON A RED DEER BUS AT AROUND 5 PM ON FRIDAY. POLICE ALSO SAY THE MAN WAS TOUCHING HIMSELF. WITNESSES SAY THE MAN GOT OFF THE BUS ON GAETZ AVENUE AT THE STOP BETWEEN 74TH STREET AND 78TH STREET. A COMPOSITE SKETCH OF THE SUSPECT AND HIS FULL DESCRIPTION IS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

RCMP SEARCHING FOR FRAUDSTER - THREE HILLS RCMP AND THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE ARE HOPING YOU CAN HELP THEM FIND A WANTED MAN. 31 YEAR OLD BRADLY KOWALCZYK IS WANTED ON NUMEROUS WARRANTS RELATING TO FRAUD THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE INCLUDING CALGARY, THREE HILLS AND OLDS AMONG OTHERS. IT'S ALLEGED KOWALCZYK HAS BEEN PROLIFIC IN LURING VICTIMS THROUGH ONLINE CLASSIFIED ADS FOR HIGH VALUE ITEMS SUCH AS FARM AND INDUSTRIAL TYPE EQUIPMENT, TAKING DEPOSITS FOR THEM AND NOT DELIVERING THE PRODUCT. KOWALCZYK IS BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELLING WITH HIS 2012 DARK GREY NISSAN TITAN WITH A FLEETWOOD TRAVEL TRAILER. IF YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS, CONTACT THREE HILLS RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

2 TEENS FOUND, 1 STILL MISSING - LOCAL MOUNTIES SAY TWO OF THREE TEENAGERS REPORTED MISSING THIS MONTH HAVE NOW BEEN FOUND BUT ONE REMAINS UNACCOUNTED FOR. 13 YEAR OLD REAVEN RED YOUNG MAN AND 14 YEAR OLD SARCEENA STARLIGHT HAVE BEEN FOUND IN GOOD HEALTH BUT 15 YEAR OLD CHARRISSA CALFCHILD REMAINS MISSING. IF YOU KNOW WHERE SHE IS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CONTACT CITY RCMP.

NEW HOTEL TO OPEN IN LACOMBE - A NEW 83 ROOM BEST WESTERN HOTEL IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE CITY OF LACOMBE. AFTER 4 YEARS OF NEGOTIATING, MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE WAS VERY HAPPY TO BREAK GROUND ON THE PROJECT THIS AFTERNOON (MON) DURING A SPECIAL CEREMONY ON SITE. THE HOTEL WILL ALSO FEATURE 12 LONG TERM SUITES, A POOL WITH A WATER SLIDE, FITNESS AREA, AND SOME MUCH NEEDED VENUE AND MEETING SPACE. A BUILDING PERMIT VALUED AT 8.5 MILLION DOLLARS WAS ISSUED FOR THE PROJECT AND WORK ON 63RD STREET NEAR MICHENER PARK SHOULD BE ALL WRAPPED UP NEXT YEAR. A 9 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT STRIP MALL IS ALSO NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT THAT LOCATION.

SMILE COOKIES RETURN - THIS WEEK IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENJOY A COOKIE AND HELP OUT SOME YOUNG RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AT THE SAME TIME. THE THIRD ANNUAL TIME HORTON'S SMILE COOKIE CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY WHICH MEANS TIM HORTONS WILL DONATE ONE DOLLAR TO THE BRIGHT START PROGRAM FOR PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS WITH THE SALE OF EVERY SMILE COOKIE. RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL SPOKESPERSON BRUCE BURUMA SAYS THE PROGRAM IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR THE STUDENTS THAT TAKE PART, ADDING THEY RAISED 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND HOPE TO RAISE 30 GRAND THIS YEAR. 

 

MON AM NEWS (SEPT. 15)
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RED DEER CITY COUNCIL - 
A BUSY DAY AT RED DEER CITY COUNCIL TODAY (MONDAY).  A FUNDING REQUEST FOR THE MEMORIAL CUP BID AND LOOKING AT THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS WILL TAKE UP THE MOST TIME.  
COUNCIL WILL SPEND PART OF TODAY'S MEETING DECIDING WHAT THEIR DIRECTION WILL BE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THEIR MANDATE.  THE 2015 THROUGH 2018 STRATEGIC PLAN IS BEFORE CITY COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING AND IT HIGHLIGHTS THREE KEY THEMES THAT COUNCIL HAS CHOSEN.   THEY AIM TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC SO THEY CAN PROVIDE CITIZEN FOCUSED SERVICE.   WHILE DOING THIS, THEY MUST ALSO MAINTAIN STRATEGICALLY ORIENTED LEADERSHIP TACTICS TO ENSURE THE PROPER DECISIONS ARE MADE.  THESE THREE THEMES GO HAND IN HAND WITH THE THEMES OF CITY COUNCIL'S LAST STRATEGIC PLAN.
A FUNDING REQUEST FOR THE 2016 MEMORIAL CUP BID AND LOOKING AT THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. THAT'S THE BULK OF TODAY'S RED DEER CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  THE TABLE WOULD LIKE TO SET OUT THEIR STRATEGIC DIRECTION UNTIL 2018 AND WILL ALSO REVIEW A FUNDING REQUEST FROM THE RED DEER REBELS CONCERNING THEIR MEMORIAL CUP BID.   CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO HEAR COMMENTS DURING PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE THE EAST HILL MAJOR AREA STRUCTURE PLAN, AND WESTLAKE ROAD CLOSURE BYLAW.
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TRAGIC CRASH KILLS DOGS - 
FOUR DOGS ARE DEAD AND TWO WOMEN INJURED AFTER A CRASH SATURDAY ON THE Q-E-2 NEAR OLDS.  THE WOMEN WERE ON THEIR WAY TO EDMONTON FROM LOS ANGELES WHEN THEY LOST CONTROL OF THEIR SUV THAT WAS HAULING A HORSE TRAILER FULL OF RESCUE DOGS.   THE WOMEN WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES IN HOSPITAL AND RELEASED.  IT HAPPENED ABOUT 2 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF THE OLDS OVERPASS.  THE VEHICLE ROLLED, KILLING 4 DOGS AND INJURING MANY OF THE 30 DOGS INSIDE.  20 OF THE DOGS WERE TAKEN TO OLDS COLLEGE WHICH HAS A VET PROGRAM.  VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED RETRIEVE SEVERAL DOGS THAT GOT AWAY SAID YESTERDAY THAT THREE OF THE ANIMALS REMAINED ON THE LOOSE.  THE DOGS WERE HEADED FOR A SHELTER IN EDMONTON WHERE THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE ADOPTED.  MOUNTIES SAY DRIVER ERROR AND FATIGUE MAY HAVE BEEN FACTORS.
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NEW PREMIER -  ALBERTA'S NEW PREMIER AND CABINET WILL BE SWORN IN TODAY (MON).   JIM PRENTICE WILL BE SWORN IN AS ALBERTA'S 16TH PREMIER IN EDMONTON THIS AFTERNOON (MON).  THE NEW CABINET WILL ALSO BE PART OF THE CEREMONY.  MEANTIME IN OTTAWA, POLITICIANS RESUME PARLIAMENT TODAY (MON).
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RED DEER ROAD WORK (53RD AVE) -  IF YOU TAKE 53RD AVENUE AS PART OF YOUR DAILY COMMUNTE, THERE IS CONSTRUCTION WORK STARTING THIS MORNING (MON).  CREWS WILL BE OUT INSTALLING A SANITARY LINE ON THE NORTH END OF 53RD AVE AND WILL WORK THEIR WAY SOUTH IN FOUR STAGES.   DURING EACH STAGE, THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS THROUGH FOR VEHICLES AS CONSTRUCTION MOVES FROM NORTH OF 54TH STREET TO SOUTH OF 52ND STREET.   ONCE COMPLETE, WORKERS WILL TIE THIS IN TO THE SEWER LINE AT ROSS STREET.   THIS LINE WILL ALLOW FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE REVERLANDS AREA WHILE RELIEVING SOME OF THE LOAD OF THE EXISITING LINE.   EACH OF THE FOURS STAGES IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A WEEK TO COMPLETE DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER.
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55TH STREET CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE - DRIVING AROUND RED DEER, YOU MAY NOTICE SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION ALONG YOUR WAY HAS CLEARED UP.   THE CITY HAS COMPLETED THE SEWER AND WATER MAIN UPGRADES ON 55TH STREET BETWEEN 50TH AND 49TH AVENUE.   55TH STREET HAD BEEN CLOSED BACK IN JULY TO ALLOW CREWS TO UPGRADE THE UNDERGROUND SANITARY SYSTEMS.  NEW SIDEWALKS WERE POURED AND THE ROAD WAS REBUILT.  HOWEVER DON'T GET TO COMFORTABLE DRIVING IN THIS AREA. PHASE TWO OF THIS PROJECT WILL BEGIN NEXT YEAR, EAST OF 47-A AVENUE.
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SYLVAN LAKE'S FUTURE - SYLVAN LAKERS WILL SOON HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT KIND OF VISION COUNCIL HAS FOR IT'S COMMUNITY.  COUNCIL HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED A DRAFT VERSION OF A TEN YEAR VISION FOR SYLVAN LAKE AND THEY NOW WANT TO SHARE IT WITH THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR THOUGHTS.  MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE SAYS THE VISION ULTIMATELY HAS TO BE SHARED BY EVERYONE.  HE SAYS THE DRAFT OF THEIR TEN YEAR VISION WILL BE POSTED ON THE TOWN'S WEBSITE SOON WITH RESIDENTS GETTING A CHANCE TO TALK IT OVER WITH THEM DURING COFFEE WITH COUNCIL OCTOBER 4TH.
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RED DEER RECOVERY DAY - RED DEER HELD IT'S FIRST EVER RECOVERY DAY CELEBRATION SATURDAY AT CITY HALL PARK.   A GROUP OF RECOVERY SPEAKERS SHARED THEIR STORIES WITH THOSE LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES.   ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES AND OTHER GROUPS HAD INFORMATION BOOTHS DEVOTED TO HELPING THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS OF ALL KINGS.  RED DEER WAS ONE OF 26 CITIES ACROSS CANADA TAKING PART IN THE INITATIVE THAT LOOKS TO CHALLENGE THE STIGMA THAT ADDICTION HOLDS IN OUR SOCIETY.
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CENTRAL ALBERTA CRIME SPREE -  A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN IS DUE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (MON) AFTER A CRIME SPREE ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST THURSDAY.  AROUND 7:15 THAT MORNING, SYLVAN LAKE RCMP WERE ALTERED TO A STOLEN VEHICLE IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT HAD BEEN LEFT RUNNING.   A FEW HOURS LATER POLICE RECIEVED ANOTHER REPORT THAT AN UNKNOWN MALE WAS FOUND IN THEIR BASEMENT LIVING ROOM. THE HOMEOWNER TRIED RESTRAINING THE INDIVIDUAL BUT HE MANAGED TO BREAK FREE.   RCMP LATER RECOVERED THE STOLEN KIA AND POLICE DOGS TRACKED THE MAN TO A NEARBY FARM. POLICE SAY HE STOLE TWO MORE PICKUP TRUCKS BEFORE HE WAS SEEN QUADING DOWN TOWNSHIP ROAD 374 WITH A RIFLE ON HIS BACK.  RCMP FROM BLACKFALDS AND INNISFAIL JOINED IN THE SEARCH AND APPREHENDED THE SUSPECT IN A NEARBY FIELD WITHOUT INCIDENT THAT EVENING.  29 YEAR OLD TYLER JOSEPH SHAW FACES 14 COUNTS INCLUDING FOUR COUNTS OF THEFT, 3 OF BREAK AND ENTER AND FIVE WEAPONS RELATED CHARGES.

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RED DEER MAN SMUGGLING CHARGE - A RED DEER MAN HAS FOUND HIMSELF ACCUSED OF A CHARGE UNDER THE IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE PROTECTION ACT AFTER A SMUGGLING INCIDENT LAST YEAR.   ON OCTOBER 2ND CSBA AGENTS AT A BORDER CROSSING NEAR LETHBRIDGE DISCOVERED A WOMAN CONCEALED IN A VEHICLE WHO HAD BEEN REFUSED ENTRY TO THE COUNTRY.   MARK ABRAMENKO IS TO APPEAR IN LETHBRIDGE COURT TODAY (MON)TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGE.
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INDUSTRIAL VACANCY RATES -  THE LATEST REPORT ON VACENCIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF RED DEER CONTINUES TO SHOW LOW NUMBERS.   THE 2014 INDUSTRIAL MARKET SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE VACANCY CURRENTLY SITS AT 3.64 PERCENT.   THIS IS UP SLIGHTLY FROM THE 3.1 PERCENT REPORTED LAST YEAR.   ANALYISTS CONSIDER THIS NUMBERS TO BE HISTORICALLY QUITE LOW AND EXPECT CONTINUED DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL SPACE IN THE RED DEER REGION.
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TERRY FOX RUN -  IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY FOR THE TERRY FOX RUN AT RED DEER'S HERITAGE RANCH YESTERDAY (SUN).     OVER 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH BY ROUGHLY 335 PARTICIPANTS IN RED DEER.  THAT'S ABOUT 8 THOUSAND LESS THAN LAST YEAR.  RED DEERIANS TOOK PART IN THE 34TH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN ALONG WITH NINE OTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA COMMUNITIES AND OVER 80 THROUGHOUT ALBERTA, WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN ABOUT 25 OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE.  OVERALL, THE TERRY FOX RUN HAS RAISED OVER 650 MILLION DOLLARS FOR CANCER RESEARCH SINCE IT BEGAN.
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DAWE RUN -  OVER TWO THOUSAND STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN A THREE KILOMETRE RUN ON TUESDAY.  CHILDREN FROM GRADES 4 THROUGH 12 WILL RUN STARTING AT 11:30 AM AT HERITAGE RANCH, ENDING AT BOWER PONDS.  IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE RUN WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 23RD.
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FOOD DRIVE - 10,000 POUNDS OF FOOD AND $8,600 DOLLARS.   A LOFTY FUNDRAISING GOAL BUT THAT'S WHAT THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT FOOD BANK HOPES TO RAISE DURING TODAYS (MON) "FEED THE NEED" FOOD DRIVE.  THIS TAKES PLACE FROM 11 AM UNTIL 2 PM AT CITY HALL PARK IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER.   ORGANIZERS OF THE FOOD DRIVE ASK THAT YOU BRING FIVE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO ENJOY A BBQ LUNCH.   IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BRING ANY ITEMS, THEY ASK YOU BRING A FIVE DOLLAR DONATION TO GO TOWARDS PURCHASING ITEMS FOR THE FOOD BANK.  SINGER RANDI BOULTON WILL ALSO BE ON HAND TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON.
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