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 wednesday, april 23

Power is back on in most places in Drumheller. Earlier this morning, ATCO told Q91 that a Breaker Tripped causing a power outage to over 4000 customers.

ABOUT 70 RURAL CUSTOMERS IN AND AROUND DELBURNE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT POWER for several hours. a burned power pole created the problem and although fortess hoped to have power restored at ten this morning, it's expected power will be back on around very shortly as crews replace the pole. POWER WAS RESTORED TO ABOUT 33 HUNDRED CUSTOMERS IN THE PENHOLD AND INNISFAIL AREAS AROUND 6 THIS MORNING AFTER BEING OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. FORTIS ALBERTA SPOKESPERSON JENNIFER MACGOWAN SAYS THEY APPRECIATE THE PATIENCE OF THE PEOPLE AFFECTED WHILE CREWS WORK TO RESTORE THE POWER. 

RCMP in Stettler received a call reporting a suspicious male parked in a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 56 and Township Road 364. It happened around 12:30 Saturday morning. The driver was reported to be unconscious and breathing and the truck was running with the lights on. When investigators arrived on scene, it was noted that this vehicle was spotted at the intersection 2 hours prior. Upon closer inspection of the vehicle, the male driver was found to be in the back of his truck. There was a very strong odor of liquor coming from the male and he was unable to walk or talk. The 45-year-old driver from Crossfield, was arrested and transported to the Stettler Detachment, where it was determined that he was over 3 times the legal blood alcohol limit. The 1988 pick-up truck was also towed and seized for 7 days. Darryl Shayne IVERSON was released and is scheduled for first appearance, at Stettler Provincial Court on June 12th.

There's been no word yet as to what happened, but the man who died at the Suncor site  in Fort McMurray this past Sunday, has been identified by his family as Shane Daye. The 27-year old electrician had been working on some electrical panels at the time of the incident. Occupation Health and Safety has since issued a "stop use" order on those panels.

 The federal government is pulling 5,000 older tank cars off the rails immediately as it adopts the major rail safety recommendations of the Transportation Safety Board. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the least crash-resistant of the older tank cars must be removed from the rails immediately.
She says older tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol must be phased out or retrofitted within three years.
Rail carriers will also be required to prepare emergency response assistance plans for shipments of all petroleum products, including everything for crude oil to diesel.


Alberta Jobs Minister Thomas Lukaszuk denies that as deputy premier he orchestrated government-wide interference in the freedom of information process for partisan political reasons.Lukaszuk says the system to have Progressive Conservative political appointees track and respond to ongoing freedom of information requests was for informational purposes only.Freedom of information requests are used by journalists, citizens and the opposition to uncover information not made public by the government. Documents released by the opposition Wildrose party and by Lukaszuk yesterday revealed that last November, Lukaszuk, then deputy premier to then-premier Alison Redford, directed changes to the process.


Premier Dave Hancock will meet with Prime Minister Harper in Ottawa next week to discuss the next steps for the Keystone X-L pipeline. The U-S has delayed the project again -- this time to gather more information and to resolve court challenges to the pipeline's route through Nebraska. Hancock feels Washington already has enough data to make a decision. He's even offering to travel there to lobby for the project if it would help.

The RCMP in Cochrane needs the public’s help regarding a recent break and enter at the Chinki Gas Bar on the Stoney First Nation. While RCMP were en route, the Morley Security Personnel told them that a masked man was inside and immediately left the building and sped off in a newer white or silver Ford truck. If you have information pertaining to this incident, you’re asked to call Cochrane RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


According to a study from the the New York Times, Middle-class Canadians are better off financially than folks in the U.S. The analysis shows Canadian median income rose above that of the U-S within the past four years.
C-I-B-C's deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal suggests there's no real reason to celebrate.
He says it's not so much that Canada's middle class is doing great, but that America's is doing badly when it comes to the widening income gap.

And back here in Drumheller, the Pathfinders and Rangers will be having a bottle drive April 26 from 10 - 1pm. They will be starting at Riverside, then moving onto Greentree and Midland if time permits. A pick up service is available for anyone outside those neighborhoods. Call  403-916-4527 for set up a pick time. This is a fundraiser for the girls going to Adelbode Switzerland in 2016, as the each needs to raise about $5700. A drop off point will also be set up at Encana in Drumheller on April 26th.

 

Tuesday, April 22nd

The man charged in Calgary's worst mass murder is scheduled to make his first court appearance today.
Matthew de Grood was charged one week ago after five people were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held to mark the end of the school year.
He's been held at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre since his arrest.
His lawyer, Allan Fay, says de Grood is distraught, upset and fearful which is normal under the circumstances.

The RCMP in Bashaw responded to a single vehicle collision at the Servus Credit Union in Bashaw around 2:30 Monday afternoon. A 57 year old woman backed into a wall of the bank causing the wall to collapse. Significant damage was reported inside, however no injuries were reported. Police charged the woman and she is due in court in June. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the incident.

A scary morning at a Red Deer Mall yesterday. Red Deer Emergency Services responded to a small fire at the Parkland Mall. Towels inside a drier at a nail salon caught fire, creating a small blaze. When crews arrived the salon and Walmart was evacuated, as the minor flames were controlled. Salon staff used a fire extinguisher initially, and when fire fighters arrived all that was left to battle was smoke and smoulders. There were no injuries and the public was never in any danger. It's back to business as usual at the mall.

It was an exciting day for a young Albertan yesterday. 27 year old Tom McGrath of Edmonton completed the Boston Marathon. He finished 101st overall out of 36 thousand participants. He says it’s a pretty special accomplishment and admits he will be celebrating by eating a big juicy cheese burger!

Now that it’s spring, the Salvation Army in Drumheller is reminding folks to think of them when you’re doing spring cleaning. The Salvation Army Thrift Store is in need of donations of gently used clothing, household items, and furniture. The Thrift store is located at 349 Centre Street in Drumheller. For questions or to make a delivery you’re asked to call 403-823-3970 or visit drumsa.org.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney has ordered an investigation into a restaurant in Weyburn, Saskatchewan to make sure it's not abusing the temporary foreign workers program.
Two former waitresses at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza say they were let go last month and replaced by people from outside the country.
Ottawa also launched investigations last month after allegations that three McDonald's restaurants in British Columbia were violating the rules of the program.

Tributes continue to pour in for former politician and long time Liberal Herb Gray. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Gray was ``an honourable parliamentarian who served his country well.'' Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Herb Gray was beloved by all and served his Liberal party and his country well.
Gray died yesterday at an Ottawa hospital at the age of 82, having battled a heart condition and a bout with cancer in recent years
Gray spent four decades in politics -- from his first election to the Commons as a Liberal M-P from Windsor, Ontario in 1962 until he retired in 2002.
He held several cabinet posts, including deputy prime minister in 1997.

A funeral will be held today for one of the victims of Calgary's worst mass murder.
Promising musician Zackariah Rathwell was one of five young adults stabbed to death at a party meant to celebrate the end of university classes.
Funerals for three of the other victims were held yesterday.
Rathwell's bandmate Josh Hunter, Jordan Segura and Kaiti Perras were lovingly remembered by friends and family.
A service for the fifth victim, Lawrence Hong, is scheduled for tomorrow.

A RED DEER MAN REMAINS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT A CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER A LONG BOARDING ACCIDENT IN SYLVAN LAKE ON SATURDAY. RCMP REVEALED MONDAY THAT 3 MEN WERE LONG BOARDING DOWN THE HILL ON OLD BOOMER ROAD NEAR FERN GLADE CRESCENT AT HIGH SPEEDS BEFORE 2 OF THEM COLLIDED AT THE BOTTOM. THE OTHER INJURED MAN WAS TAKEN TO RED DEER HOSPITAL BUT HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED. NONE OF THE MEN WERE WEARING SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND THE RCMP SAYS IT'S POSSIBLE THAT CHARGES OF STUNTING COULD BE LAID SINCE THE LONG BOARDERS WERE TRAVELLING AT DANGEROUS SPEEDS.

It's one of Canada's biggest sporting events - and it could be coming to Red Deer.
That city is looking to play host to the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
The community is competing against Lethbridge for the honour of welcoming 23-hundred athletes to the city, five years from now.
The Bid Committee is welcoming you to learn more about more about ongoing bidding process at a pair of open houses.
The first info session is being held at the Collicutt Center today between 6 and 8pm- the second will be held at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, tomorrow also from 6 until 8pm.

Brooks RCMP is looking for the public’s assistance regarding another hit and run. This one happened on Saturday night around 11:45 at the corner of 5thave and 4th street west in Brooks. A green GEO metro was struck by a lifted white pickup truck. The driver then sped off. The truck may have some damage on the passenger side. If you have any information you’re asked to call Brooks RCMP or crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is back from visiting his counterpart in Japan where he pushed for a trade deal between the two countries. Negotiations began in 2012 on Canada-Japan Economic Partnership agreement and so far Ritz won’t commit to a timeframe for completing the deal. Just before the trip to Japan, Ritz lead a Canadian delegation of over 30 agriculture associations on a trade mission to South Korea.

It seems a lot of lonely Canadian farmers are looking for love online.
The Farmers-Only dating website in the U-S says 10 per cent of its 1.5 million members are from north of the border, and it wants to boost that number.
Founder Jerry Miller says an advertising push is underway in Canada to get the word out.
The company's motto is ``city folk just don't get it.''
Miller says there are two types of people -- busy city slickers and down-to-earth country people.
And he says his website makes it easier for the farm-types to find that special someone.


The province has launched a new online organ and tissue donor registry.Statistics show these types of donations have dropped almost 40-percent in the past ten years--and the registry is the first step in the government's plan to bump them up again.More than 5-hundred Albertans are currently waiting for an organ transplant and many more are waiting for tissue.The online registry will be made available through registry agents this spring--so people can sign up when they renew or apply for their driver's licence or other identification.

A man accused of killing five people in Calgary last week has been ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment.
The assessment will be used to determine whether Matthew de Grood is mentally fit to stand trial on five counts of first-degree murder.
The order was issued this morning when the 22-year-old appeared in a Calgary courtroom via closed-circuit television.
De Grood is being held in custody at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre and will return to court May 22nd.

AN EIGHT WEEK TRIAL THAT WAS TO HAVE BEGUN IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (TUE) FOR A MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED A TEENAGE BOY HAS BEEN DELAYED. ACCORDING TO THE CROWN PROSECUTOR, THE DEFENCE LAWYER FOR 36 YEAR OLD RODNEY ARENS WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO BEGIN PROCEEDINGS TODAY SO THE TRIAL WILL START TOMORROW. (WED) ARENS IS CHARGED IN AN INCIDENT ON JULY 1ST OF 2010 WHERE A TRUCK HIT A CAR AT THE INTERSECTION OF TAYLOR DRIVE AND KERRY WOOD DRIVE, KILLING A 13 YEAR OLD BOY. THE BOY WAS A PASSENGER IN THE CAR WHICH WAS HEADED TO BOWER PONDS FOR THE CANADA DAY FIREWORKS.

A special agreement has been signed that will a section of the foothills region near Calgary remain undeveloped. It’s a 130hectare parcel of land southwest of Calgary that once belonged to Grant MacEwan a former provincial Liberal Party leader and agriculturalist. This deal involves his daughter, Heather MacEwan Foran, and the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society.

Innisfail Town council has approved a new one-season agreement with the Innisfail and District Chamber of Commerce to continue funding for the Tourist Information Centre. The 45-hundred dollar allocation will keep the facility funded and staffed for the season. Its the second year in a row council has provided the operational cash, after the province discontinued funding under the Summer Temporary Employment Program.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

 

MANY HIGHWAYS IN CENTRAL AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA NOT VERY GOOD THIS MORNING. THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION 5-11 WEBSITE SHOWS SNOW COVER AND DRIFTING ON ROADS FROM AROUND THE CAMROSE-LLOYDMINSTER AREA SOUTH TO AROUND HIGHWAY ONE. ALSO HIGHWAYS WEST OF HIGHWAY 2 REPORTING POOR CONDITIONS WITH SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. HIGHWAYS WEST, SOUTH WEST OF THE CITY SNOWING WITH POOR VISIBILITY. CALLS SAYING HIGHWAY 5-75 FROM DRUMHELLER WEST TO CARBON NOT GOOD AT ALL. DRIFTING IN THE EAST COUNTRY AS WELL.  PLEASE TAKE CAUTION AND ADJUST YOUR SPEED TO MATCH ROAD AND VISIBILITY CONDITIONS.  AND FOR ALBERTA DRIVERS NEEDING MORE INFORMATION GO TO THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION WEBSITE AT 511.ALBERTA.CA OR MAKE AT PHONE CALL 5-11 AND GET A RECORDED MESSAGE.

A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT IN AIRDRIE. THE PROVINCE SAYS THE SCHOOL -- SLATED FOR THE CITY'S WEST SIDE -- WILL SERVE AS MANY AS 600 KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 4 STUDENTS. THE NEW SCHOOL IS ONE OF SIX ANNOUNCED RECENTLY TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR SOME 42-HUNDRED STUDENTS.
AIRDRIE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FASTEST-GROWING COMMUNITIES IN THE PROVINCE.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY THE JUNE FLOODS TO APPLY FOR AID. THE AID INCLUDES LOAN AND INTEREST REBATE PROGRAMS TO HELP ALBERTA'S FLOOD AFFECTED SMALL BUSINESSES, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE TO APPLY UNDER THE ALBERTA FLOOD RECOVERY PROGRAM WAS DEC. 31 IT NOW IS JUNE 30, 2014. TREASURY BOARD PRESIDENT DOUG HORNER SAYS THE DEADLINE WAS CHANGED BECAUSE THEY HEARD CONCERNS FROM SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES THAT THEY NEED MORE TIME TO ASSESS THEIR NEEDS FOLLOWING THE DISASTER. APPROXIMATELY 1,500 SMALL BUSINESSES WERE DIRECTLY AFFECTED WHEN FLOODING IN JUNE OVERWHELMED SOME PARTS OF CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. LAST WEEK, THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR HOMEOWNERS LIVING IN FLOOD FRINGE ZONES TO OBTAIN MUNICIPAL PERMITS FOR MITIGATION WORK TO MARCH 31.

PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND AREA ARE URGED TO BE GENEROUS TODAY (DEC 18). THE "INTERACT YOUTH CLUB" OF THE DRUMHELLER ROTARY CLUB IS HOLDING ITS SECOND ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS BASKET DRIVE" TODAY. INTERACT CLUB SPOKEPERSON, MADISON COLBERG SAYS IT'S A GREAT WAY TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THIS CHRISTMAS. THEY'RE COLLECTING BASKETS OF BASIC NECESSITIES LIKE SHAMPOO, BOOKS, AND USEFUL ITEMS. YOU CAN DROP OFF THE BASKETS TO THEIR COLLECTION TABLE AT THE DRUMHELLER GREENTREE MALL TODAY. THE BASKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE NEEDY THIS CHIRSTMAS BY THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY. ONCE AGAIN, YOU CAN BRING YOUR BASKETS OF TOILETRIES AND USABLE GIFTS TODAY TO THE GREENTREE MALL IN DRUMHELLER FROM 4:00 UNTIL 7:00PM.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

 

HUMAN REMAINS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE OF A FARM HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE NEAR THE EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA TOWN OF CASTOR EARLIER THIS MONTH (DEC. 8). MOUNTIES SAY FIRE INVESTIGATORS HAVE LOCATED "NON-IDENTIFIABLE HUMAN REMAINS", WHICH HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED TO THE CALGARY MEDICAL EXAMINER FOR IDENTIFICATION. THREE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WHO LIVED IN THE HOME REMAIN UNACCOUNTED FOR, BUT RCMP STILL CANNOT CONFIRM IF GORDON AND SANDI KLAUS AND THEIR ADULT DAUGHTER, MONICA, PERISHED IN THE BLAZE. MOUNTIES SAY THESE THINGS DO TAKE TIME AND OFFICIALS DON'T EXPECT TO HAVE ANY RESULTS ANY TIME SOON. THE FIRE HAPPENED AROUND 7 A.M. ON SUNDAY, DEC. 8 NORTHEAST OF THE TOWN OF CASTOR. INVESTIGATORS WEREN'T ABLE TO ENTER THE STRUCTURE UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK, AS THERE WERE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR THEIR CREWS DUE TO THE SMOULDERING RUBBLE. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE CONTINUES.

A SUSPECT IN THE KILLING OF A POPULAR ONE-TIME CALGARY SPORTSCASTER AND HIS WIFE IS GOING DIRECTLY TO TRIAL. DEREK PUFFER HAS AGREED TO SKIP A PRELIMINARY HEARING ON CHARGES OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF BILL POWERS AND DONNA LEE. THE COUPLE WAS FOUND STABBED TO DEATH IN THEIR CALGARY HOME IN JULY. PUFFER, LEE'S ADOPTED SON FROM HER FIRST MARRIAGE, WAS LIVING WITH THE COUPLE. A TRIAL DATE IS EXPECTED TO BE SET BY MID-FEBRUARY. POWERS RETIRED IN OCTOBER 2009 AFTER ALMOST 50 YEARS IN THE SPORTS BROADCASTING AND COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS.

SYLVAN LAKE MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING THE SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR A SERIOUS VANDALISM AND THEFT FROM A SERVICE RIG SITE SOUTHWEST OF ECKVILLE OVER THE WEEKEND. SOMETIME FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING (DEC 14-15), THE SUSPECTS ENTERED THE WELL SITE AND BROKE INTO A SERVICE RIG AND NEARBY BUILDINGS.  THE SUSPECTS STOLE FUEL AND NUMEROUS TOOLS FROM THE SITE. WHAT CONCERNS OFFICIALS THE MOST IS THAT THE SUSPECTS ALSO VANCALIZED THE RIG IN A MANNER WHICH CAUSED MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE RIG TO BECOME UNSAFE FOR THE EMPLOYEES WHO ARRIVED ON SITE THE NEXT MORNING TO START WORK. YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL SYLVAN RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION. 

A PAIR OF COUGARS HAS BEEN SHOT IN A ROCKY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY WEST OF CALGARY AFTER TWO DOGS WERE ATTACKED AND KILLED.  OFFICIALS SAY ONE DOG WAS ATTACKED AT THE SILVERTIP GOLF RESORT IN CANMORE AND THE OTHER DOG WAS POUNCED ON WHEN THE OWNER LET THE ANIMAL OUTSIDE. A FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICER TRACKED THE FIRST COUGAR, AN ADULT FEMALE, AND SHOT IT. WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK, HE FOUND ANOTHER YOUNGER COUGAR AND SHOT IT AS WELL. IT'S BELIEVED THE PAIR HAD BEEN WORKING TOGETHER AND HAD BEEN HUNTING PETS AS A SOURCE OF FOOD.

IT'S DOWN TO THE LAST WEEK FOR PEOPLE TO DONATE TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN. KETTLES ARE SET UP AT MAJOR STORES AROUND DRUMHELLER UNTIL THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23RD. LIEUTENANT LAURIE SAUDER SAYS THEY'RE STILL IN NEED OF SOME VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAN THE KETTLES FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LIEUTENANT LAURIE SAUDER SAYS THE SHIFTS ARE SHORT, USUALLY ABOUT TWO HOURS. IF YOU CAN HELP OUT, GIVE THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY A CALL AT 823-2215.

 

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

 

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC STAR GEORGE CANYON SAYS HE'S DEVASTATED TO LEARN THAT HIS FRIEND AND FELLOW PILOT CRASHED INTO A HOUSE AND DIED ON THE WEEKEND, SHORTLY AFTER FLYING HIM TO A SHOW IN LLOYDMINSTER. CANYON'S PUBLICIST, ANYA WILSON, SAYS THE SINGER WAS DROPPED OFF WITH HIS TOUR MANAGER IN LLOYDMINSTER ON SATURDAY (DEC 14) FOR A PERFORMANCE OF ``THE HURON CAROLE'' IN THE CITY THAT EVENING. THE PILOT THEN TOOK OFF FOR HIGH RIVER, SOUTH OF CALGARY, BUT THE CESSNA 210 SLAMMED INTO THE GROUND SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND SLID INTO A HOUSE. A PERSON WHO WAS IN THE HOUSE WASN'T HURT, BUT THE PILOT WAS KILLED. WILSON SAYS CANYON LEARNED OF THE TRAGEDY AT ABOUT DINNER TIME, NOT LONG BEFORE THE SHOW. THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH.

LIFE IS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY IN DRUMHELLER AFTER AN ESCAPE ATTEMPT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INSTITUTION HAS BEEN IN A LOCKDOWN SINCE DECEMBER 6TH, WHEN AN INMATE WAS CAUGHT TRYING TO ESCAPE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN IN QUESTION RECEIVED SOME MINOR CUTS AND HAD TO BE TREATED IN A HOSPITAL OUTSIDE OF THE PRISON. THE PENITENTIARY WAS PUT INTO A LOCKDOWN WHILE A REVIEW OF THE INCIDENT WAS CARRIED OUT.  DETAILS OF THE ESCAPE ATTEMPT WERE NOT RELEASED. OFFICIALS FELT IT WAS SAFE TO RESUME A NORMAL ROUTINE AND THE LOCKDOWN WAS LIFTED LAST WEEK. VISITS TO THE DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION HAVE ALSO RESUMED.

STRATHMORE R-C-M-P IN ARE INVESTIGATING THE SOURCE OF A BULLET THAT SHOT THOUGH A HOME IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MOUNTIES SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND INDUS, EAST OF CALGARY, ON SATURDAY (DEC 14). WITNESSES IN THE AREA TOLD POLICE THEY HAD BEEN HEARING GUNSHOTS THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON, IN THE AREA OF THE INDUS AIRPORT, ON HIGHWAY 22X AND RANGE ROAD 2-82.
POLICE SAY THE SHOT CAME WITHIN THREE METRES OF THE PERSON WHO WAS IN THE HOME. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

A MAN WHO FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AND CAUSED A FATAL ACCIDENT ON AN ALBERTA HIGHWAY HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON. GORDON LEPORE, OF RED DEER, WILL ALSO BE PROHIBITED FROM DRIVING FOR 30 MONTHS FOLLOWING HIS RELEASE. LEPORE, WHO IS 56, WAS CONVICTED IN JULY FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING THAT CAUSED A CRASH THAT KILLED 28-YEAR-OLD MARIA AMOR AQUINO OF FORT MCMURRAY.  DURING LEPORE'S TRIAL, SEVERAL WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT THEY SAW HIS COMPANY TRUCK DRIFTING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS HIGHWAY 63 SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE THE FATAL HEAD-ON CRASH ON MAY 3, 2011. AQUINO WAS ON HER WAY TO CALGARY WHEN SHE WAS KILLED.

LUCKILY NO SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER A BARN ROOF COLLAPSE IN RED DEER COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (DEC 15). CREWS WERE CALLED OUT AROUND 3:45 TO A DAIRY FARM ON RANGE ROAD 2-72 SOUTH OF RED DEER AND UPON ARRIVAL, FOUND THE ROOF OF A DAIRY BARN THAT NORMALLY HOLDS 120 ANIMALS, COLLAPSED WITH SIX TRAPPED ANIMALS INSIDE.  AFTER STABLIZING THE ROOF WITH SHORING AND REMOVING MATERIALS FROM THE BUILDING, OFFICIALS SAY ALL SIX ANIMALS WERE REMOVED, CHECKED BY A VET AND FOUND TO HAVE ONLY MINOR INJURIES. THE CAUSE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A BUILD UP OF SNOW ON THE ROOF.




 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

 

POLICE IN CALGARY HAVE CHARGED A FOURTH PERSON IN THE SWARMING DEATH OF A MAN. POLICE SAY 18-YEAR-OLD LUKAS STRASSER-HIRD DIED OF STAB WOUNDS ON NOV. 23. OFFICERS BELIEVE HE WAS INVOLVED IN TWO FIGHTS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH. JOCH POUK, WHO IS 20, AND 19-YEAR-OLD FRANZ EMIR CABRERA ARE CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. NATHAN PAUL GERVAIS, WHO IS 18, IS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. POLICE SAY THE FOURTH MAN IS FACING A CHARGE OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND HIS NAME WILL BE RELEASED ONCE HE HAS SEEN A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.

A 31 YEAR OLD DIDSBURY MAN IS NOW FACING CHARGES IN RELATION TO A FATAL CRASH NEAR CREMONA THAT KILLED A CREMONA MAN THIS SUMMER. JASON BEXSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FAILING TO OBEY A STOP SIGN AND DRIVING WITH WINDOW TINT AND WILL APPEAR IN DIDSBURY COURT JANUARY 3RD. IT WAS ON AUGUST 19TH OF THIS YEAR WHEN RCMP SAY A NORTHBOUND TRUCK DROVE THROUGH A STOP SIGN AND STRUCK A WESTBOUND SUV ON HIGHWAY 580, KILLING A 63 YEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS THE SOLE OCCUPANT OF HIS VEHICLE.

A RED DEER BOXER IS AMONG THREE PEOPLE AWAITING A JUDGE'S DECISION REGARDING A MAJOR COCAINE BUST FOUR YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD CAMERON O'CONNELL AND HIS TWO CO-ACCUSED WILL HEAR A JUDGE'S DECISION REGARDING THEIR CHARGES ON FEBRUARY 21ST OF NEXT YEAR. THE TRIO ALSO INCLUDES 25 YEAR OLD BRENT CYR AND 27 YEAR OLD MATTHEW EARLES WHO HAVE ALL PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO POSSESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING AND PRODUCING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN THE OCTOBER 2009 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEIZED 11 KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE WORTH 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS FROM RESIDENCES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, ARRESTING NINE PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS. EARLES IS ALSO AWAITING A JUDGE'S DECISION THAT SAME DAY ON A SEPARATE DRUG AND WEAPONS BUST THAT TOOK PLACE IN SYLVAN LAKE NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO.

THE BOWDEN PRISON HAS BEEN LOCKED DOWN AFTER TWO INMATES WERE ATTACKED. THE INJURED PRISONERS WERE DISCOVERED AROUND 9 TUESDAY NIGHT (DEC 10).  THEY WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION.    THE WARDEN ORDERED THE LOCKDOWN WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY, WITH VISITS TO THE MEDIUM SECURITY FEDERAL INSTITUTION SUSPENDED.

CENTRAL ALBERTA'S COUNTRY STAR GORD BAMFORD IS CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS A LITTLE EARLY THIS YEAR. BAMFORD FROM LACOMBE IS DONATING ANOTHER THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIVE LOCAL CHARITIES. THE GORD BAMFORD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION IS GIVING TEN THOUSAND TO BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF LACOMBE AND ANOTHER FIVE THOUSAND EACH TO THE CENTRAL ALBERTA PREGNANCY CARE CENTRE, MCMAN YOUTH AND FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICES, LACOMBE MINOR BASEBALL AND THE CENTRAL ALBERTA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE. THE DONATIONS WERE MADE THANKS TO THE RESOUNDING SUCCESS OF THIS YEARS CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC THAT RAISED A RECORD 355 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE STETTLER RCMP WILL BE OUT THIS SATURDAY FOR THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY CHECKSTOP. THEY WERE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE OUTSIDE BY THE LOCAL WALMART LAST SATURDAY, BUT THE TEMPERATURES WERE JUST TOO COLD. THE EVENT NOW RE-SCHEDULED TO TOMORROW (DEC 14). OFFICERS WILL BE ON HIGHWAY 12,  HEADING WEST OUT OF STETTLER FROM 10AM TO 3PM. THEY'LL BE ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF MONEY, FOOD AND NEW TOYS WHICH WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE STETTLER CHRISTMAS HAMPER SOCIETY.



 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

 

A SASKATCHEWAN MAN WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A CRASH WITH A LARGE TRUCK EAST OF CALGARY. MOUNTIES SAY A CAR WAS HIT BY A LARGE TRUCK YESTERDAY (DEC 11) AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 564 AND HIGHWAY 9, SOUTH OF BEISEKER. THE 19-YEAR-OLD MAN DRIVING THE CAR WAS AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL IN LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WASN'T HURT.

AN 18 MONTH JAIL SENTENCE HAS BEEN HANDED TO A BROOKS MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH NEAR WHITECOURT LAST YEAR THAT KILLED A MAN FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. A FOUR DAY TRIAL WAS TO BEGIN IN STONY PLAIN YESTERDAY (DEC 11) BUT THE CASE WAS MOVED UP TO THIS PAST JUNE WHERE 31 YEAR OLD RYAN FLORENCE PLEADED GUILTY TO A VARIETY OF OFFENCES. FLORENCE RECEIVING HIS SENTENCE YESTERDAY. BESIDES THE JAIL TIME, HE WAS ALSO GIVEN 18 MONTHS OF PROBATION AND A THREE YEAR LICENSE SUSPENSION. FLORENCE WAS CONVICTED OF DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE CAUSING DEATH AND DRIVING WHILE UNAUTHORIZED. IT WAS IN NOVEMBER OF 2012 WHEN RCMP SAY A WELDING TRUCK TRAVELLING EAST ON HIGHWAY 43 WEST OF WHITECOURT RAN INTO THE BACK OF A LOGGIN TRUCK, KILLING THE TRUCK'S PASSENGER, 27 YEAR OLD CLINTON LATTERY OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE.

A PARAMEDIC WHO RESCUED A BEATEN PUPPY IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA EARLIER THIS YEAR HAS ADOPTED THE POOCH. THE EIGHT-WEEK OLD DOG NAMED RUFUS HAD AN INFECTED, BROKEN JAW WHEN HE WAS DISCOVERED ON A ROAD NEAR COCHRANE IN SEPTEMBER. IT'S BELIEVED THE ANIMAL HAD BEEN KICKED IN THE HEAD. THE PARAMEDIC TOOK THE DOG TO THE LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY BUT LATER EXPRESSED INTEREST IN TAKING HIM HOME.

A LACOMBE COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO RURAL HOMES AND COMMITTING INDECENT ACTS WHILE INSIDE WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH. 30 YEAR OLD EMYR MORRIS OF THE CLIVE AREA PLED GUILTY THIS WEEK TO FOUR COUNTS OF HOUSE BREAK AND ENTER TO COMMITT ASSAULT AND WILL BE SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT JANUARY 7TH. THE INCIDENTS ALL TOOK PLACE LAST YEAR IN THE CLIVE AREA.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING SEVERAL THEFTS AND VANDALISM FROM RURAL POST OFFICE BOXES ON THE C & E TRAIL WEST OF RED DEER. BLACKFALDS MOUNTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECTS WHO KNOCKED OVER, DAMAGED AND ROBBED THE CONTENTS OF SEVERAL RURAL MAIL BOXES SOMETIME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY (DEC. 8-9). RCMP SUGGEST RESIDENTS WITH RURAL POSTAL BOXES TO CHECK THEIR MAIL FREQUENTLY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE BUSY CHRISTMAS PACKAGE SEASON. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THESE INCIDENTS, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL BLACKFALDS RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

 CANADIAN NATIONAL SAYS THERE WON'T BE AS MANY CREWS WORKING ON THE RAILROAD IN BIGGAR, IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN. THE TOWN WEST OF SASKATOON IS NO LONGER A PIT STOP ON THE MAIN LINE. MAYOR RAY SADLER SAYS THE CHANGE WILL MEAN INSTEAD OF MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE BASED OUT OF BIGGAR, THERE WILL ONLY BE A SMALL CREW. C-N SAYS MORE CUSTOMERS AROUND WAINWRIGHT IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA AND MELVILLE IN EASTERN SASKATCHEWAN IS BEHIND THE CHANGE.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

 

A SELF-PROCLAIMED WHITE SUPREMACIST CONVICTED IN THE BEATING DEATH OF A CALGARY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 13 YEARS.  ROBERT REITMEIER, WHO IS 26, WAS FOUND GUILTY LAST MONTH OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE 2010 DEATH OF MARK MARIANI. MARIANI WAS WALKING DOWN AN ALLEY TO HIS PARKED CAR WHEN HE WAS SAVAGELY KICKED AND STOMPED. THE 47-YEAR-OLD WAS FRAIL WITH CROHN'S DISEASE AND UNABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF. TYLER STURRUP PLEADED GUILTY TO SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN MARCH TO THE SAME CRIME AND WILL SPEND AT LEAST TEN YEARS IN JAIL BEFORE HE IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.

 

TURNER VALLEY RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SCHOOL BUS ROLLOVER.  SHORTLY AFTER 8:00 YESTERDAY MORNING (DEC 10) MOUNTIES RECEIVED A CALL OF A SCHOOL BUS, CARRYING CHILDREN THAT HAD ROLLED ONTO IT'S SIDE ON COALMINE ROAD IN PRIDDIS, SOUTH WEST OF CALGARY.  EMS AND FIRE CREWS REMOVED  FOUR CHILDREN AND THE DRIVER OF THE BUS  AND TREATED. ONE YOUTH WAS SENT TO LOCAL HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. THE BUS COMPANY CONTACTED PARENTS AND ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE TO REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR CHILDREN.  POLICE SAY THE DRIVER OF THE BUS PULLED TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO ALLOW ANOTHER VEHICLE TO PASS. THE BUS WAS TRAVELING AT A VERY LOW SPEED WHEN IT WAS PULLED INTO THE STEEP DITCH WHERE IT ROLLED ONTO IT'S SIDE. INVESTIGATORS ADD, BLOWING SNOW AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS EXISTED AT SCENE AND CONTRIBUTED TO THIS INCIDENT.  ALTHOUGH NO CHARGES WILL LAYED IN THIS INCIDENT, POLICE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE PUBLIC TO USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING IN WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS, AND SHARE THE ROAD WITH OTHER DRIVERS.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE A BLAZE THAT HAS BEEN BURNING FOR MORE THAN THREE WEEKS AT A LANDFILL NEAR MEDICINE HAT. A CYPRESS COUNTY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE OWNER OF THE WESTAR LANDFILL HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO REACH. JASON STORCH, THE COUNTY'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, SAYS THERE'S BEEN NO CONTACT WITH OWNER TERRY SCHMUNK. THE FIRE THAT SPEWED TOXIC SMOKE INTO THE AIR WAS REPORTED NOV. 18. AS AIR QUALITY DETERIORATED, THE COUNTY WAS FORCED TO ORDER THAT NINE HOMES IN THE AREA BE EVACUATED. STORCH IS RELUCTANT TO ESTIMATE HOW MUCH LONGER IT MAY TAKE TO PUT OUT THE FIRE.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR HOMEOWNERS LIVING IN FLOOD FRINGE ZONES TO OBTAIN MUNICIPAL PERMITS FOR MITIGATION WORK. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS SOME OWNERS HIT BY SEVERE FLOODING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA LAST JUNE FACED DELAYS OUT OF THEIR CONTROL AND COULDN'T GET A PERMIT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THEY NOW HAVE UNTIL MARCH 31 TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED PAPERWORK. IF THEY ARE STILL UNABLE TO GET A PERMIT, THE GOVERNMENT WILL ACCEPT A LETTER TO THE DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM OF A HOMEOWNER'S INTENT TO DO THE WORK. FLOOD MITIGATION MUST BE UNDERTAKEN BY RESIDENTS IN FLOOD FRINGE ZONES TO QUALIFY FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IN A FUTURE DISASTER.

GOOD NEWS FOR SYLVAN LAKE RESIDENTS. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY CREWS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR RESIDENTIAL AND ALLEY-WAY SNOW CLEARING CAMPAIGN. HOWEVER, SNOW HAULING WILL NOW TAKE PLACE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS OR SO TO REMOVE THE PILES OF SNOW LEFT BEHIND BY THE GRADERS. CREWS WILL NOW RETURN TO THEIR NORMAL SNOW AND ICE CONTROL PROCEDURES.

A REMINDER TO RESIDENTS IN YOUNGSTOWN. THE COMMUNITY MEETING THAT WAS TO BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT (DEC 9) WAS POSTONED DUE TO THE WEATHER. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT, THAT'S THIS EVENING (DEC 11) 7:00 PM AT THE YOUNGSTOWN COMMUNITY HALL. AND ALSO DUE TO A FIRE LAST WEEK IN THE OFFICE OF THE YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOL, CLASSES ARE NOW BEING HELD AT THE YOUNGSTOWN GOSPEL CHAPEL, WITH SENDING VC COURSES BEING HELD AT THE YOUNGSTOWN VILLAGE OFFICE. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES WILL BE GOING IN THE COMMUNITY HALL. BUSES WILL BE TRANSPORTING STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO THE NECESSARY LOCATIONS.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

 

A REMINDER THAT DUE TO A FIRE IN THE OFFICE, THE YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOL IS NOW HOLDING CLASSES AT THE YOUNGSTOWN GOSPEL CHAPEL, WITH SENDING VC COURSES BEING HELD AT THE YOUNGSTOWN VILLAGE OFFICE. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY HALL. BUSES WILL BE TRANSPORTING STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO THE NECESSARY LOCATIONS.

AND THE COMMUNITY MEETING THAT WAS TO BE HELD LAST NIGHT (DEC 9) WAS POSTONED DUE TO THE WEATHER. THE MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO TOMORROW NIGHT, THAT'S WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 7:00 PM AT THE YOUNGSTOWN COMMUNITY HALL.

THE WEATHER AGAIN STORMY THIS MORNING  ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA . THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION 511 WEBSITE IS SHOWING ROAD CONDITIONS AS MAINLY FAIR FROM EDMONTON SOUTH TO AROUND LETHBRIDGE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AS WELL AS SNOW IN SOME AREAS REDUCING VISIBILITY AND MAKING ROADS SLIPPERY IN PLACES. MANY AREAS WITH POOR CONDITIONS INCLUDING ALL HIGHWAYS AROUND RED DEER INCLUDING HIGHWAY 2, HIGHWAY 11, HIGHWAY 54 AND 21. POOR CONDITIONS ALSO ON HIGHWAY 21 FROM AROUND HIGHWAY 6-05 SOUTH TO THE JUNCTION WITH HIGHWAY 9. ALSO POOR CONDITIONS ON HIGHWAY 27 FROM TROCHU TO SUNDRE.

LOOKING AT HIGHWAYS IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN... THE HIGHWAY HOTLINE WEBSITE SHOWS ALL HIGHWAYS IN THE WEST PART OF SASKATCHEWAN IN WINTER DRIVING CONDITION WITH ICY SECTION, SWIRLING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THAT PRETTY MUCH CONTINUES EASTWARD ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

SOME SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS AROUND OUR REGION TODAY (DEC 10) DUE TO THE WEATHER...

THE OLDS (HOLY TRINITY) SCHOOL. ALL SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN.

IN CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, BUSES IN THE SUNDRE, CARSTAIRS, CREMONA, INNISFAIL, PENHOLD AREAS ARE CANCELLED FOR TUESDAY (DEC) 10. PLEASE CHECK THE CHINOOK S EDGE WEBSITE FOR ANY OTHER DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS. ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN FOR STUDENTS.


IN THE WILD ROSE PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION...

CAROLINE AREA ALL SCHOOL BUS ROUTES ARE NOT OPERATING TODAY

IN THE CORRIDOR AREA: BUS ROUTES 12, 29, 32, 55 ARE NOT OPERATING TODAY

ROCKY MTN. HOUSE AREA: ROUTES 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 35, 38, 40, 46, 53 ARE NOT OPERATING TODAY


IF YOU HAVE ANY SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS OR SCHOOL CLOSURES TO ANNOUNCE, GIVE OUR CONTROL ROOM A CALL AT 1-800-666-7715...

A COUPLE AND THEIR ADULT DAUGHTER ARE PRESUMED DEAD AFTER A HOUSE FIRE IN RURAL ALBERTA. JASON KLAUS SAYS HIS PARENTS, SANDI AND GORDON, OWNED THE HOME NEAR CASTOR WHERE THE FIRE BROKE OUT SUNDAY MORNING (DEC 8). HIS SISTER, MONICA, WAS VISITING THEIR PARENTS ON THE WEEKEND. CASTOR MAYOR GARRY DEVLOO SAYS THE TOWN IS RALLYING AROUND KLAUS AND HELPING WITH THE FARM.

THE CURFEW WILL STAND FOR AN ALBERTA WOMAN CONVICTED FOR HER PART IN THE MURDER OF HER FAMILY. THE NOW 20-YEAR-OLD, WHO CAN'T BE NAMED, WAS 12 WHEN HER PARENTS AND YOUNGER BROTHER WERE STABBED TO DEATH IN MEDICINE HAT IN 2006. HER THEN-BOYFRIEND JEREMY STEINKE, WHO WAS 23 AT THE TIME, RECEIVED A LIFE SENTENCE. THE WOMAN'S LAWYER HAD ASKED FOR THE 11:30 P-M. TO 6:00 A-M CURFEW TO BE LIFTED. BUT THE JUDGE SAYS HE DOESN'T SEE ANY COMPELLING NEED FOR CHANGES FOR THE TIME BEING. THE MATTER WILL BE REVISITED NEXT SEPTEMBER 11TH.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

 

MORE SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS AND SCHOOL CLOSURES AROUND OUR REGION THIS MORNING (DEC 9) DUE TO THE WEATHER....

IN THE PRAIRIE ROSE SCHOOL DIVISION...NEW BRIGDEN SCHOOL IS CLOSED TODAY.

IN THE PRAIRIELAND SCHOOL DIVISION...NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING TO VETERAN SCHOOL, BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN.

SEVERAL SCHOOL BUSES NOT RUNNING TO HANNA SCHOOL...THEY INCLUDE THE LYNN ANDERSON BUS, VAL FISHBUCK'S BUS, THE IRVIN DICK BUS NOT RUNNING, AS WELL AS THE SHIRLEY ROBERTSON BUS, THE SHELLY ELDER BUS, SHERRY LOCKE'S BUS, AND COLLEEN LITTLECHILD'S BUS  NOT RUNNING TO SCHOOLS IN HANNA.

IN THE CLEARVIEW SCHOOL DIVISION....IN THE COUNTY OF PAINTEARTH. BROWNFIELD SCHOOL, NORTH OF CORONATION IS CLOSED TODAY BECAUSE THERE'S NO ELECTRICITY.  AS WELL, TWO BUSES NOT RUNNING THIS MORNING IN THE COUNTY OF PAINTEARTH. BUS NUBMER C077 LYLE WEBSTER'S AND BUS NUMBER C074 THE HUGH MCLARTY BUS NOT RUNNING.

 

HIGHWAYS AROUND MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA NOT IN GREAT SHAPE THIS MORNING. THE WIND HAS PICKED UP CREATING A LOT OF DRIFTING SNOW. THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION 511 WEBSITE SHOWS HIGHWAYS FROM NORTH OF EDMONTON TO NEAR THE U.S. BORDER HAVE SOME SNOW COVER AND DRIFTING. MOST ROADS HAVE FAIR CONDITIONS, BUT POOR CONDITIONS ON HIGHWAY 27 FROM TROCHU TO SUNDRE, AS WELL AS HIGHWAY 54 WEST OF HIGHWAY 2.

A HOUSE FIRE NEAR CASTOR HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF THREE PEOPLE. POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENING SUNDAY MORNING (DEC 9). THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN INDENTIFIED AS SANDI AND GORDON KLAUS, ALONG WITH THEIR DAUGHTER MONICA.  THE COUPLE'S SON WAS NOT HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE. RCMP CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION. A CAUSE OF THE FIRE AND DAMAGE ESTIMATE HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

ON NOVEMBER 22ND A 14-YEAR GIRL WALKING ALONG HIGHWAY 11, ABOUT 40-KILOMETRES WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY SOMEONE DRIVING A PICK-UP.  THE 51-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WAS DRIVING THE HALF-TON STOPPED AND RUSHED TO SEE IF HE COULD HELP. BUT INSTEAD HE HAD TO TAKE OFF AFTER GETTING INTO A SCRAP WITH PEOPLE IN A SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLE THAT WAS PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF THE HIGHWAY. THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS TRACKED DOWN BY POLICE AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL TREATED AND RELEASED. BUT HE'S NOW FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING. 5-DAYS AFTER THE FATAL COLLISION THE MOUNTIES WITH A SEARCH WARRANT, WENT THROUGH THE PICK-UP AND CAME UP WITH 171-POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. THE SHIPMENT BELIEVED TO BE HEADING FROM B-C TO ALBERTA COMES WITH A STREET VALUE OF AROUND 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THERE WERE OTHER CHARGES LAID. THEY'RE AGAINST THE PEOPLE IN THE SUV WHO ALLEGEDLY BEAT UP THE DRIVER OF THE PICK-UP.  THE DRIVER OF THE S-U-V IS ALSO FACING A DRUNK DRIVING OFFENCE.

BASHAW RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A ROBBERY AT THE BASHAW BOTTLE DEPOT. THIS PAST THURSDAY (DEC 5), A PERSON WEARING A BALACLAVA ENTERED THE BUSINESS WITH GUN IN HAND AND DEMANDED MONEY. BASHAW MOUNTIES SAY THEY TRACKED DOWN, ARRESTED AND CHARGED A 30-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM THE TOWN WITH ATTEMPTED ROBBERY. THE FEMALE SUSPECT REMAINS IN POLICE CUSTODY AND WILL APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE LATER THIS WEEK.

THE DRIVER OF A MINIVAN HAS BEEN KILLED IN A COLLISION WITH A SEMI TRAILER TRUCK THAT HAPPENED NORTH OF KINDERSLEY IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN. POLICE SAY THE VAN WAS ON HIGHWAY 21 NEAR KERROBERT WHEN IT CROSSED THE HIGHWAY YESTERDAY (DEC 8). POLICE SAY THE SEMI TRIED TO AVOID THE CRASH BUT COULDN'T. THE DRIVER OF THE SEMI WASN'T SERIOUSLY HURT.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

 

THE VERY COLD TEMPERATURES CAUSING MANY SCHOOLS IN OUR REGION TO CLOSE TODAY (DEC 6).

ALL SCHOOLS IN OYEN WILL BE CLOSED. WHICH INCLUDES OYEN PUBLIC SCHOOL, SOUTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL,  AND ASSUMPTION SCHOOL IN THE CHRIST THE REDEEMER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION.

THE SCHOOL IN NEW BRIGDEN NORTH OF OYEN WILL BE CLOSED.

AND WARREN PEERS SCHOOL IN ACADIA VALLEY IS CLOSED TODAY.

MANY SCHOOL BUSES NOT RUNNING TODAY DUE TO THE COLD....

IN THE PRAIRIELAND SCHOOL DIVISION... NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING TO MORRIN SCHOOL, CONSORT SCHOOL, ALTARIO SCHOOL, OR VETERAN SCHOOL, BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.  NO SCHOOL BUSES TO DELIA SCHOOL OR BERRY CREEK SCHOOL IN CESSFORD, BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN. AND NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING TO ALL SCHOOLS IN HANNA, BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION ...ALL RURAL SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED (INCLUDING
BLACKFALDS) BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

INNISFAIL & SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS. ALL SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

IN OLDS (HOLY TRINITY) SCHOOL. ALL SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN.

AND IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

ANOTHER FAMILY SAYS A LOVED ONE HAS DIED OF A BLOOD INFECTION FROM UNTREATED BED SORES AT A CALGARY SENIORS HOME. WYONNE SOMERS, WHO WAS 75, WAS A RESIDENT AT MCKENZIE TOWN CARE CENTRE AND DIED A MONTH AGO. IT'S THE SAME PLACE WHERE 73-YEAR-OLD VIOLET MACDONALD LIVED BEFORE SHE DIED IN OCTOBER FROM BLOOD POISONING CAUSED BY UNTREATED BED SORES. DEAN SOMERS SAYS HIS MOTHER DEVELOPED A SEVERE URINARY INFECTION AND LEG SORES BECAUSE HER DIAPER WAS NOT CHANGED FREQUENTLY ENOUGH. REVERA, THE OWNER OF THE OWNER OF MCKENZIE TOWN CARE CENTRE AND 14 OTHER SENIORS HOMES IN ALBERTA, APOLOGIZED ``FOR FAILING TO MEET THEIR EXPECTATIONS.'' CEO JEFFREY C. LOZON SAYS GERIATRIC EXPERT DR. PAUL KATZ HAS BEEN HIRED TO INVESTIGATE THE CARE CENTER TO IDENTIFY ANY PROBLEMS AND HAVE THEM QUICKLY FIXED.

GUILTY PLEAS IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK (DEC 4) BY A MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A MOUNTIE AND LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE THIS FALL. AS A RESULT, 22 YEAR OLD WESTON PICKFORD WAS SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN JAIL AND GIVEN A THREE YEAR LICENSE SUSPENSION IN THE SEPTEMBER 4TH INCIDENT.  THAT'S WHEN RED DEER RCMP STOPPED A VEHICLE BUT THE DRIVER ASSAULTED THE OFFICER AND DROVE AWAY. HE WAS LOCATED LATER IN LACOMBE WHEN IT'S ALLEGED HE TRIED TO RUN OVER SOME OTHER OFFICERS, THEN LEAD THEM ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE BACK TO RED DEER WHERE HIS VEHICLE CAUGHT FIRE AFTER DRIVING OVER A SPIKE BELT.

PROMOTERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT WORK WILL BEGIN NEXT SPRING NEAR CALGARY ON A HORSE-RACING TRACK AND CASINO THAT HAVE BEEN PLAGUED BY DELAYS FOR YEARS. THE CENTURY DOWNS RACETRACK AND CASINO WILL BE BUILT JUST NORTH OF THE CITY NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF BALZAC. THE 24-MILLION-DOLLAR PROJECT WAS SUPPOSED TO OPEN IN 2007, BUT WAS HELD UP BY FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. MAX GIBB WITH THE UNITED HORSEMEN OF ALBERTA SAYS THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE FIRST PHASE OPENED BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

A MAN FACING TRIAL IN WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST-EVER PONZI-TYPE INVESTMENT SCHEME IN CANADA HAS BEEN ARRESTED AT HIS CALGARY HOME FOR ALLEGEDLY BREACHING THE CONDITIONS OF HIS RELEASE. MILOWE BROST IS ACCUSED OF PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN AN ALLEGED PLAN TO SWINDLE INVESTORS OUT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE 60-YEAR-OLD WAS ARRESTED WITH TWO OTHER MEN IN SEPTEMBER 2009 AND ORDERED TO WEAR A MONITORING BRACELET AND NOT TO SOLICIT INVESTMENTS WITHOUT COURT APPROVAL AS PART OF HIS RELEASE CONDITIONS. BROST WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY ON TWO COUNTS OF BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

 

STAFF WITH THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER ARE WORKING HARD TO CLEAR THE STREETS OF SNOW FROM THIS WEEK'S BLIZZARD. THE TOWN'S INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES DIRECTOR AL KENDRICK SAYS THEY'RE LOOKING AT BRINGING IN EXTRA STAFF. HE SAYS THEY'LL ASSESS THE SITUATION LATER IN THE DAY TO SEE IF THEY NEED TO HIRE ADDITIONAL CONTRACTORS. KENDRICK SAYS THEY ARE ALSO TRYING THEIR BEST TO RESPOND TO RESIDENT'S COMPLAINTS. HE ADDS, STAFF ARE BEING BROUGHT IN FROM THE AQUA-PLEX AND THE UTILITIES DEPARTMENT TO HELP WITH SNOW REMOVAL.

SYLVAN LAKE CREWS ARE BACK PLOWING SNOW TODAY (DEC 5) AFTER COUNCIL APPROVED ANOTHER 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS THIS YEAR FOR THE SNOW REMOVAL BUDGET AT A SPECIAL MEETING LAST NIGHT (WED). ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL ROADS IN SYLVAN ARE DONE AND OFFICIALS ANTICIPATE IT'LL BE 40 PERCENT DONE BY THE END OF TODAY. PLOWS WILL BE IN SEVERAL AREAS OF SYLVAN TODAY INCLUDING FOX RUN, HEWLETT PARK AND LAKEWAY LANDING.

 A TROCHU MAN CHARGED IN A STAND-OFF WITH RCMP LAST YEAR HAD ALL THREE COUNTS AGAINST HIM WITHDRAWN DURING HIS TRIAL IN DRUMHELLER COURT YESTERDAY (DEC 4). 39 YEAR OLD CHAD FRERE WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND TWO COUNTS OF UTTERING THREATS CAUSING BODILY HARM IN THE JUNE 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN A MAN FIRED FROM A TROCHU  BUSINESS AND ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO KILL HIS FORMER CO-WORKERS THEN BECAOME INVOLVED IN A POLICE STAND-OFF. FRERE'S MOTHER WAS ALSO CHARGED IN THE CASE BUT WAS GIVEN AN ABSOLUTE DISCHARGE IN FEBRUARY AS SHE HAD NO PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD.

THE FALL SITTING OF THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE HAS COME TO AN END WITH THE PASSAGE OF TWO CONTENTIOUS LABOUR BILLS. M-L-AS GAVE THIRD AND FINAL READING LAST NIGHT TO BILL 45, WHICH WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FINES FOR ALBERTA UNIONS THAT STRIKE ILLEGALLY. THE OTHER LEGISLATION -- BILL 46 -- WOULD IMPOSE A WAGE SETTLEMENT WITH A TWO-YEAR PAY FREEZE IF THE ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES FAILS TO REACH AN AGREEMENT BY JANUARY 31ST. IT ALSO TAKES AWAY THE UNION'S RIGHT TO BINDING ARBITRATION. THE UNION FILED A BAD-FAITH BARGAINING COMPLAINT WITH THE ALBERTA LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD ON TUESDAY.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY AN EMERGENCY ORDER TO PROTECT THE SAGE GROUSE ISN'T ENOUGH ON ITS OWN. DAVID INGSTRUP, REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE, SAYS THE ORDER IS JUST ONE OF MANY MEASURES THAT WILL HAVE TO HAPPEN IF THE SPECIES IS TO SURVIVE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS REVEALED DETAILS OF A LAST-DITCH PLAN TO SAVE THE PRAIRIE BIRD FROM VANISHING FROM THE GRASSLANDS. ABOUT 17-HUNDRED SQUARE KILOMETRES OF CROWN LAND IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN ARE COMING UNDER A SET OF RULES TO PROTECT THE SAGE GROUSE, THOUGHT TO BE DOWN TO AS FEW AS 90 BIRDS IN THOSE PROVINCES. THE RULES FORBID THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS, TALL FENCES OR HIGH OBJECTS AND RESTRICT LOUD NOISES DURING CERTAIN TIMES OF YEAR. DISTURBING GROUND COVER, SUCH AS THE SAGE GRASS THE GROUSE DEPEND ON, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. THE RULES ALLOW FOR EXEMPTIONS ``IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES OR LOCATIONS'' AND ONLY APPLY TO CROWN LAND, NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY OR GRAZING LEASES.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

 

AN INMATE AT THE BOWDEN INSTITUTION SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER HAS DIED IN HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO THE CORRECTION SERVICE OF CANADA, 65 YEAR OLD BARRY SCHACKER DIED AT THE INNISFAIL HOSPITAL ON SUNDAY. SCHACKER PLEADED GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN 2007 AFTER BEING CONVICTED IN THE DEATH OF HIS 55 YEAR OLD WIFE WHOM HE BEAT TO DEATH WITH A CROW BAR AT HIS THORHILD AREA FARM.

A FEDERAL PRISON IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA IS IN LOCKDOWN AFTER AN INMATE WAS CAUGHT TRYING TO ESCAPE.  THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE OF CANADA SAYS THE MAN SUFFERED MINOR CUTS SUNDAY (DEC 1) WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT BY GUARDS AS HE TRIED TO BREAK OUT OF THE MEDIUM SECURITY DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION.
AN OFFICIAL SAID THE INMATE WAS BEING TREATED IN AN OUTSIDE HOSPITAL FOR HIS INJURIES. DETAILS OF THE ESCAPE ATTEMPT, WHICH IS UNDER REVIEW, WERE NOT RELEASED. AN OFFICIAL SAID THE INSTITUTION WILL REMAIN LOCKED DOWN UNTIL MANAGERS DETERMINE IT IS SAFE TO RETURN TO NORMAL ROUTINE.

THE HEAVY SNOW OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS IS OVERWHELMING MANY COMMUNITIES AROUND OUR REGION, AS THEY PUT THEIR STAFF TO WORK CLEANING STREETS.  TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE IS INCREASING ITS WORKFORCE TO DEAL WITH SNOW REMOVAL. TOWN SPOKESPERSON JOANNE GAUDET SAYS SOME OUTSIDE HELP WILL GET CREWS INTO MORE RESIDENTIAL AREAS. THE TOWN IS SPENDING ABOUT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THIS EXTRA CLEARING, AND GAUDET SAYS THEIR 2013 SNOW BUDGET HAS NOW BEEN USED UP. SHE SUSPECTS THE TOWN WILL TAKE A BIG LOOK AT THEIR 2014 SNOW REMOVAL BUDGET DURING THEIR UPCOMING OPERATIONAL BUDGET DELIBERATIONS.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE HAS WARNED THE HEAD OF A NATIONAL CHAIN OF SENIORS CARE HOMES THAT IF HIS COMPANY DOESN'T SHAPE UP, THE PROVINCE WILL SHIP THEM OUT. FRED HORNE SAYS HE SENT THE MESSAGE IN A PHONE CALL TO THE HEAD OF TORONTO-BASED REVERA INC. FOLLOWING MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT THE DEATH OF VIOLET MACDONALD IN CALGARY. MACDONALD WAS A RESIDENT WITH DEMENTIA AT THE MCKENZIE TOWNE CARE CENTRE, WHICH IS RUN BY A REVERA. SHE DIED IN LATE OCTOBER AFTER BEING SENT TO HOSPITAL FOR BLOOD POISONING CAUSED BY BEDSORES THAT HAD BEEN NEGLECTED FOR SO LONG, HER FLESH HAD BEGUN TO BLACKEN AND DECAY. MACDONALD'S FAMILY HAS GONE PUBLIC WITH HER DEATH IN ORDER TO HELP CHANGE THE SYSTEM SO THAT NO OTHER SENIOR HAS TO ENDURE SUCH SUFFERING. HORNE SAYS HE WILL BE FOLLOWING UP WITH REVERA, WHICH HAS 15 CARE FACILITIES IN ALBERTA.

889 PEOPLE GATHERED IN LACOMBE LAST FRIDAY (NOV 29) TO WEAR MULTI-COLOURED GARBAGE BAGS AND STAND IN A CHRISTMAS TREE FORMATION FOR OVER FIVE MINUTES. IT WAS TO UNOFFICIALLY SET A NEW GUINESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE FORMATION.  IT TOOK PLACE AT THE M.E. GLOBAL ATHLETIC PARK AND BROKE THE OLD RECORD SET IN THAILAND ON NOVEMBER 22ND.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

 

STRATHMORE RCMP ADVISE THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY # 1 IS STILL CLOSED FROM CALGARY, STONEY TRAIL, TO THE HIGHWAY 36 TURNOFF NEAR BROOKS. MOUNTIES WILL RE-ASSESS THE SITUATION THIS MORNING AT FIRST LIGHT, CONSULTING WITH ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER RCMP DETACHMENTS ON HIGHWAY ONE.  TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED AS HIGHWAY'S AND ROADS REMAIN BLOCKED BY IMPASSABLE SNOW DRIFTS OR VEHICLES THAT HAVE BECOME STUCK DUE TO THE WINTER STORM. THE SNOWPLOWS HAVE NOT GONE HIGHWAY ONE SINCE YESTERDAY (DEC 2) BECAUSE IT WAS NOT SAFE. 

ALBERTANS ARE DIGGING OUT AFTER A MASSIVE BURST OF WINTER WEATHER BURIED THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PROVINCE IN UP TO 40 CENTIMETRES OF WIND-WHIPPED SNOW. CREWS WERE WORKING HARD TO GET A STRETCH OF THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY EAST OF CALGARY OPEN AFTER BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW FORCED IT'S CLOSURE MONDAY. THE CALGARY BOARD OF EDUCATION KEPT ITS SCHOOLS OPEN, BUT CANCELLED BUS SERVICE AND URGED PARENTS TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS ABOUT SENDING KIDS TO CLASS. AT THE AIRPORT IN CALGARY, SEVERAL FLIGHT WERE STILL LISTED AS CANCELLED AND MANY MORE WERE DELAYED A REPEAT OF WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY, AT THE STORM'S HEIGHT. LETHBRIDGE, TO THE SOUTH OF CALGARY, RECEIVED 30 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW AND NEARBY PINCHER CREEK WAS DEALING WITH AN EXCESS OF 40 CENTIMETRES. ENVIRONMENT CANADA'S BILL MCMURTRY SAID SNOW DRIFTS IN SOME AREAS HAVE BEEN MEASURED AT MORE THAN TWO METRES.

ALBERTA RCMP HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO A FIGHT WHERE A MOUNTIE FATALLY SHOT A MAN AND WOUNDED ANOTHER.
ON AUG. 3 AN RCMP OFFICER PULLED OVER A SUSPECTED IMPAIRED DRIVER NEAR MA ME O BEACH SOUTH OF EDMONTON. WHEN THE MOUNTIE TRIED TO ARREST ONE OF A FIVE PEOPLE INSIDE THE CAR A FIGHT BROKE OUT AND THE OFFICER SHOT TWO OF THE MEN. ONE OF THE MEN DIED AND THE OTHER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH CHEST WOUNDS. POLICE SAY LAWRENCE CUTARM, 63, IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A PEACE OFFICER WITH A WEAPON AND OTHER CHARGES. LARON CUTARM, 28, IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A PEACE OFFICER AND POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR LEE CUTARM, 42, WHO IS WANTED ON THE SAME CHARGE.

THE MEDIUM-SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON IN DRUMHELLER HAS BEEN PUT IN LOCKDOWN. CORRECTIONAL SERVICE OF CANADA SAYS THE LOCKDOWN IS DUE TO AN INCIDENT, BUT IT DOES NOT SAY WHAT HAPPENED. NO ONE AT C-S-C COULD BE REACHED FOR COMMENT. THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT SAYS VISITS ARE ALSO SUSPENDED FOR THE TIME BEING.

 

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

 

ALBERTA CITIES AND SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE BEEN BRACING AS THE FORECAST PREDICTS SNOW. EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD WARNED THAT SCHOOL BUSES COULD BE DELAYED THIS MORNING AND THAT PARENTS SHOULD MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS IN CASE THE BUS IS LATE OR DOESN'T ARRIVE AT ALL. CALGARY MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI TWEETED A REQUEST THAT IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, HE HOPES EMPLOYERS WILL CONSIDER ALLOWING PEOPLE TO WORK FROM HOME DURING THE STORM. EDMONTON OFFICIALS HAVE APOLOGIZED FOR DIFFICULTIES IN CLEARING NEIGHBOURHOODS OF SNOW FROM LAST MONTH, AND SAY THEY'LL KEEP CREWS ON THAT JOB AS LONG AS THEY CAN BEFORE HAVING TO CLEAR NEW SNOW OFF PRIORITY ROUTES.

 

IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, ALL BUSES ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY (MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND). ROADS HAVE NOT BEEN CLEARED AND MORE SNOW IS FALLING. ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL FOR STUDENTS.

IN THE GOLDEN HILLS SCHOOL DIVISION...CARSELAND SCHOOL IS CLOSED TODAY (DEC 2) DUE TO THE WEATHER...

BUSES NOT RUNNING TO  TROCHU VALLEY SCHOOL. SCHOOL IS OPEN.

NO SCHOOL BUSES GOING TO THREE HILLS SCHOOL, SCHOOL IS OPEN. 

NO SCHOOL BUSES TO CARBON SCHOOL, SCHOOL IS OPEN.  

NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING TO HUSSAR, ROCKYFORD, AND STANDARD SCHOOLS, BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

NO SCHOOL BUSES TO ACME AND LINDEN SCHOOLS, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

IN THE PRAIRIELAND DIVISION.

NO SCHOOL BUSES GOING TO MORRIN SCHOOL NORHTH OF DRUMHELLER, BUT THE SCHOOL IS OPEN.

ALL SCHOOL BUSES TO HANNA AND TO CONSORT ARE NOT RUNNING. SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.

SEVERAL BUSES NOT RUNNING TO DELIA SCHOOL INCLUDING...THE URICHUK, GRIFFITH, AND HAMELIN BUS ROUTES....

SCHOOL BUSES NOT GOING TO BERRY CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL...

IN THE CHRIST THE REDEEMER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION....RURAL BUSES IN STRATHMORE AND DRUMHELLER WILL NOT BE RUNNING TODAY BECAUSE OF SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY. THE OUT OF TOWN RURAL BUSES WILL NOT RUN IN THE MORNING OR IN THE AFTERNOON. HOWEVER, BUSES IN TOWN WILL RUN AS NORMALLY. THE SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN IN THESE TWO COMMUNITIES. 

AS OF 6:30AM CHRIST THE REDEEMER DIVISION OFFICIALS  EXPECT THAT BUSES WILL RUN NORMALLY IN OTHER COMMUNITIES: CANMORE, OKOTOKS, HIGH RIVER, AND BROOKS.

 

STRATHMORE RCMP ARE CURRENTLY DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF CARS AND TRANSPORTED TRUCKS THAT HAVE EITHER GONE INTO THE DITCH, BECOME STUCK IN AN IMPASSABLE SNOW DRIFT AND OR COLLIDED WITH ONE ANOTHER ON HIGHWAY # 1 WESTBOUND AT SECONDARY HWY # 21 APPROXIMATELY 12 KILOMETRES EAST OF STRATHMORE.  RCMP ARE ON SCENE BUT IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT ARE OFF THE ROAD DUE TO UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR THEIR OPERATORS.  STRATHMORE RCMP ARE RECOMMENDING THE PUBLIC NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL BY ROAD UNTIL THIS STORM PASSES. SNOW DRIFTS AND POOR ROAD CONDITIONS HAVE MADE TRAVEL EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS AND SOME ROADS AND HIGHWAYS IMPASSABLE. ANYONE TRAVELLING ON HWY # 1 EASTBOUND BEFORE STRATHMORE IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THEY STOP AT THE NEAREST SAFE LOCATION AND AWAIT THE PASSING OF THIS SNOW STORM AS TRAVEL MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

 

RCMP GLEISHEN OFFICERS REPORT MULTIPLE VEHICLE COLLISIONS AT BOTH THE CLUNY AREA AND APPROXIMATELY 15 KILOMETRES WEST OF GLEICHEN ON HIGHWAY 1.  A SIX VEHICLE COLLISION, INCLUDING THREE SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS AS WELL AS SEVERAL VEHICLES IN THE DITCH.   A SECONDARY COLLISION, INCLUDING THREE VEHICLES WHICH RESULTED IN TWO PEOPLE SUFFERING UNDETERMINED INJURIES

- A COLLISION INVOLVING THREE SEMI TRACTOR TRAILERS AND NUMEROUS VEHICLES TAKING PLACE AT THE CLUNY HILL TOP.  

- A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER COLLISION AT THE CROWFOOT CREEK

- OFFICERS REPORT THAT VISIBILITY IS LESS THAT 10 METRES, SEVERE DRIFTING WITH ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. PLOWS WERE RECALLED DUE TO DANGEROUS CONDITIONS.

- HIGHWAY 1 EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND FROM GLEICHEN TO HIGHWAY 21 IS CURRENTLY UNPASSABLE DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS, MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS AND STUCK / STRANDED VEHICLES. TRAVEL NOT ADVISED.



RCMP SAY CLOSE TO 30 CARS AND TRUCKS CRASHED ON A FOGGY HIGHWAY IN SASKATCHEWAN ON THE WEEKEND. MOUNTIES SAY THE PILEUP BEGAN WHEN A FEW VEHICLES THAT WERE HEADING EAST ON HIGHWAY 16 ON SATURDAY COLLIDED  ABOUT 75 KILOMETRES NORTHWEST OF SASKATOON.  POLICE SAY OTHER VEHICLES IN THE WEST-BOUND LANES SLOWED DOWN TO LOOK AT THE CRASH, LEADING TO ANOTHER COLLISION. POLICE SAY THAT BECAUSE OF THE FOG, ADDITIONAL VEHICLES CRASHED OR WENT INTO THE DITCH. SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITALS IN NORTH BATTLEFORD AND SASKATOON, BUT POLICE SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF THEIR INJURIES ARE LIFE-THREATENING. POLICE SAY THAT NO HAZARDOUS GOODS WERE INVOLVED.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, nOVEMBER 29

 

IT TOOK A JURY LESS THAN THREE HOURS YESTERDAY (NOV 28)  TO FIND JOHN WAYNE MOCK GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER. THE 35-YEAR-OLD SHOT 33-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY MOCK THREE TIMES AT THEIR HOME NEAR CONSORT, ALTA., ON FEB. 22, 2012. WHILE HE ADMITTED THE CRIME ALL ALONG, THE QUESTION WAS HIS MENTAL STATE AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENCE. THE DEFENCE PAINTED A DARK HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, BUT THE CROWN ARGUED THERE WAS NO PROOF MOCK WAS SUFFERING FROM ANY FORM OF PSYCHOSIS AT THE TIME. MOCK SAT STOIC IN THE PRISONER'S BOX AS THE JURY RENDERED ITS VERDICT, LIKE HE DID THROUGH MUCH OF THE NEARLY THREE-WEEK LONG TRIAL. SECOND-DEGREE MURDER CARRIES AN AUTOMATIC LIFE SENTENCE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS.

THE TWO MEN CHARGED IN THE ARMED ROBBERIES AT THE STETTLER FAS GAS AND ROYAL HOTEL AS WELL AS OTHER INCIDENTS IN DRUMHELLER, MADE THEIR FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN STETTLER ON THURSDAY (NOV 28). 23 YEAR OLD CRUISE DONOVAN IS CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY ROBBING THE FAS GAS ON OCTOBER 11TH AND THE ROYAL HOTEL ON NOVEMBER 12TH. OTHER THAN THE ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES, BOTH CRUISE AND HIS 19 YEAR OLD BROTHER CHASE DONOVAN STAND CHARGED OF AGGRAVATED ASSUALT, 2 COUNTS OF DISGUISES WITH INTENT FOR WEARING MASKS  AND ALSO THEFT UNDER $5000. THEY HAVE COURT APPEARENCE SCHEDULED IN DECEMBER IN DRUMHELLER FOR THEIR PART IN THE ALLEGED MAC'S STORE ROBBERY. THEY HAVE RESERVED ELECTION OF PLEA AT THIS TIME AND WILL APPEAR VIA CCTV IN STETTLER COURT ON DECEMBER 12TH.

A JUDGE HAS FOUND THAT AN RCMP OFFICER WAS NOT FOLLOWING PROPER POLICY WHEN HE CHASED A STOLEN CAR THAT ENDED UP IN A DEADLY CRASH IN WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA.  BUT JUDGE GEORGE GASCHLER RULED THE BREACH WAS SO MINIMAL AND THE 30-SECOND CHASE WAS SO SHORT, IT WAS NOT A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL SISLER'S DEATH. THE 33 YEAR OLD SISLER, WHO WAS KILLED ON APRIL 13, 2010, WHEN HE WAS THROWN FROM A STOLEN CAR HE WAS DRIVING AFTER IT ROLLED WEST OF SUNDRE, WHICH IS LOCATED NORTH WEST OF CALGARY. IN THE FATALITY INQUIRY REPORT, JUDGE GASCHLER FOUND THAT SISLER SPED OFF WHEN THE UNNAMED OFFICER APPROACHED WITH LIGHTS AND SIRENS ON. SISLER, WHO WAS DRUNK, WAS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY OUT OF SIGHT OF THE OFFICER, WHO GAVE CHASE, BUT CALLED THE PURSUIT OFF RIGHT BEFORE THE CRASH. GASCHLER MADE NO RECOMMENDATIONS TO PREVENT SIMILAR DEATHS.

A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH WATCHING A MOVIE WHILE DRIVING.TRAFFIC UNIT OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED WEDNESDAY NIGHT (NOV 27) AFTER A COMPLAINT CAME IN ABOUT SOMEONE WATCHING A MOVIE ON A LAPTOP WHILE DRIVING A MINIVAN ON HIGHWAY 2 NEAR CARSTAIRS. AN OFFICER FOUND THE BLUE CHRYSLER MINIVAN AND ALSO OBSERVED THE DRIVER WATCHING A MOVIE. A 42-YEAR OLD MALE FROM RED DEER WAS GIVEN A DISTRACTED DRIVING TICKET.

TEACHERS ARE SET TO RALLY ON THE STEPS OF THE LEGISLATURE SATURDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 30). THEY'RE CONCERNED THAT A 13 MILLION DOLLAR CUT IN DISTANCE-LEARNING FUNDING IS SERIOUSLY IMPACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME 60 THOUSAND STUDENTS, MANY IN REMOTE RURAL AREAS. OFFICIALS SAY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET CUTS HAVE LED TO FEWER SCHOOL BOARDS USING THE SERVICE PUTTING THE ORGANIZATION'S FUTURE AT RISK. UNDER A NEW FUNDING MODEL, SCHOOL BOARDS ARE GETTING LESS MONEY FOR DISTANCE LEARNING, WHICH HAS LED TO A DRASTIC REDUCTION IN ENROLLMENT.



 

 

 

THURSDAY, nOVEMBER 28

 

SENTENCING WILL TAKE PLACE IN A CALGARY COURT ROOM TODAY (THU, NOV 28) FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HER HUSBAND TO DEATH THREE YEARS AGO. 63 YEAR OLD HEATHER WILSON-DUNCAN OF THE DIDSBURY AREA WAS CONVICTED ON THE LESSER CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER WITH A FIREARM TWO DAYS AGO. SHE WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HER 68 YEAR OLD HUSBAND WHO WAS FOUND AT A DIDSBURY AREA RESIDENCE IN DECEMBER OF 2010. RCMP SAY THERE WERE NO PREVIOUS REPORTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT THE RESIDENCE PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT.

A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER HAS BEEN CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF A LITTLE BOY NORTH OF EDMONTON. JOSEPH ALLEN OF EDMONTON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DRIVING CARELESSLY AND FAILURE TO YIELD TO A PEDESTRIAN.
SIX-YEAR-OLD THOMAS WEDMAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A SCHOOL BUS AS HE WAS CROSSING THE STREET TO GET TO HIS SCHOOL IN ST. ALBERT. ALLEN IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON JANUARY 27TH IN ST. ALBERT PROVINCIAL COURT.

A JURY WILL NOW DECIDE THE FATE OF AN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA RANCHER CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS YOUNGER BROTHER ON A RANCH NEAR CONSORT. 36 YEAR OLD JOHN WAYNE MOCK WAS ARRESTED FOR THE MURDER OF 33 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY JAMES MOCK IN FEBRUARY OF 2012.   LAWYERS MADE THEIR FINAL ARGUMENTS TO THE JURY YESTERDAY (WED). A JUDGE WILL GIVE HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE JURY THIS MORNING (THURS) BEFORE THE JURY BEGINS DELIBERATIONS THIS AFTERNOON AT THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE.

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK IS SET TO GO THIS EVENING. IT'S A MAJOR EVENT FOR THE FOOD BANK AS THE DRIVE COLLECTS ENOUGH FOOD FOR CHRISTMAS HAMPERS AND TO LAST THROUGH THE WINTER. CO-ORDINATOR HEATHER COLBERG REMINDS PEOPLE THAT VOLUNTEERS WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENING. VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED TO PICK UP FOOD. YOU'RE ASKED TO STOP BY ONE OF THE GATHERING LOCATIONS IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA AT 5:45. THE LOCATIONS ARE LISTED ON THE Q-91 FACEBOOK AND OUR WEBSITE AT Q91 COUNTRY DOT COM.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, nOVEMBER 27

 

A JURY HAS FOUND A 63-YEAR-OLD FORMER TEACHER GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER FOR FATALLY SHOOTING HER HUSBAND IN THE COUPLE'S RURAL HOME NEAR SUNDRE. HEATHER WILSON DUNCAN HAD BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER BUT WAS CONVICTED ON THE LESSER CHARGE. DUNCAN TESTIFIED SHE AND HER 68 YEAR OLD HUSBAND, BARRY, HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY ON A DAY IN DECEMBER OF 2010 AND GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WHEN HE BROUGHT OUT A SHOTGUN AND URGED HER TO SHOOT HIM. SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T KNOW THE GUN WAS LOADED, AND SAID IT WAS ALL A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. BUT THE CROWN ARGUED THE EVIDENCE SHOWED SHE INTENDED TO PULL THE TRIGGER. THE CROWN SAID IT WILL BE SATISFIED WITH THE MINIMUM FOUR-YEAR SENTENCE BUT DEFENCE LAWYER JIM BUTLIN SAID THAT WOULD BE HARSH, AS THE WOMAN HAS NOT CRIMIMAL RECORD AND THIS IS HER FIRST OFFENCE.

HIGH RIVER RCMP, FIRE, AND EMS WERE CALLED INTO ACTION LAST NIGHT (NOV 26) AFTER AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE. CREWS RESPONDING TO STRUCTURE FIRE ON CENTER STREET, JUST AFTER 8:00PM. POLICE SAY THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A GAS LINE PUNCTURE WHICH CAUSED GAS TO FLOW INTO THE BUILDING RESULTING IN A SMALL EXPLOSION. THE GAS WAS TURNED OFF AND THE AREA CONTINUES TO BE CONTAINED AS A PRECAUTION.

ALBERTA'S HUMAN SERVICES MINISTER SAYS A PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM WILL INCLUDE HOW THE DEATHS OF FOSTER CHILDREN ARE INVESTIGATED AND REPORTED. DAVE HANCOCK SAYS EVERYONE IN THE SYSTEM WANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO KEEP KIDS SAFE. HANCOCK HAS PROMISED A ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE OF OPPOSITION MEMBERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO EXPLORE ISSUES RAISED IN STORIES IN THE EDMONTON JOURNAL AND CALGARY HERALD THIS WEEK. THE NEWSPAPERS SAID A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION OF RECORDS REVEALED THE PROVINCE HAS FAILED TO PUBLICLY REPORT THE DEATHS OF 89 FOSTER CHILDREN IN THE LAST 14 YEARS. 

AS MANY AS 40 VEHICLES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A CRASH ON A FOG-SHROUDED HIGHWAY EAST OF EDMONTON. R-C-M-P SAY VISIBILITY WAS NEAR ZERO WHEN THE MID-MORNING COLLISIONS STARTED HAPPENING ON HIGHWAY 21 IN STRATHCONA COUNTY. THERE WERE ONLY MINOR INJURIES. POLICE WERE ADVISING DRIVERS TO AVOID THE AREA UNTIL ALL THE VEHICLES COULD BE CLEARED.

SYLVAN LAKE RESIDENTS CAN NOW EXPECT TO SEE SNOW CLEARING BEGIN ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS. TOWN OFFICIALS SAY "NO PARKING" SIGNS ARE GOING UP IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOODS WHERE THE STREETS ARE TO BE PLOWED WITHIN 24-72 HOURS OF THE SIGNS GOING UP. ANY VEHICLES THAT DON'T GET MOVED WHEN THE SIGNS GO UP WILL BE TOWED AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE. THE PROGRAM IS ANTICIPATED TO TAKE 2-3 WEEKS BUT COULD TAKE LONGER IF FURTHER SNOWFALLS OCCUR. ALL STREETS ARE PLANNED TO BE CLEARED INCLUDING CLOSES AND CUL-DE-SACS.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, nOVEMBER 26

 

A CALGARY WOMAN ACCUSED IN THE DEATHS OF TWO OF HER NEWBORNS WHO WERE THROWN IN THE TRASH HAS BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. MEREDITH BOROWIEC (BOHR'-UH-WIK), WHO IS 32, HAS INSTEAD BEEN CONVICTED ON THE LESSER CHARGE OF INFANTICIDE. JUDGE PETER MCINTYRE SAID THE CROWN HAD PROVEN THAT THE INFANTS WERE ALIVE WHEN THEY WERE DISPOSED OF IN A GARBAGE BIN AND HE ACCEPTED THAT BOROWIEC WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS. BUT HE RULED SHE WAS NOT IN HER RIGHT MIND AS A RESULT OF CHILDBIRTH SO A MURDER CONVICTION WAS NOT WARRANTED. INFANTICIDE CARRIES A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. A SENTENCING DATE IS TO BE SET FRIDAY.

JURORS HAVE BEGUN DELIBERATIONS IN THE TRIAL OF AN ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER HUSBAND DURING A DRUNKEN FIGHT. HEATHER WILSON DUNCAN, WHO IS 63, IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF BARRY DUNCAN IN THE COUPLE'S RURAL HOME NEAR SUNDRE (SUN'-DREE) IN DECEMBER 2010. DUNCAN TESTIFIED EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT SHE AND HER 68-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY AND GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WHEN HE BROUGHT OUT A SHOTGUN AND URGED HER TO SHOOT HIM. SHE TOLD A 911 DISPATCHER THAT SHE DIDN'T REALIZE THE GUN WAS LOADED. DEFENCE LAWYER JIM BUTLIN TOLD THE JURY DURING MONDAY'S FINAL ARGUMENTS THAT THE SHOOTING WAS AN ACCIDENT. THE CROWN ARGUED THAT DUNCAN IS HEARD TELLING THE EMERGENCY OPERATOR THAT HER HUSBAND HAD GIVEN HER THE GUN AND TOLD HER IT WAS LOADED.

A MINOR HAS BEEN CHARGED FOLLOWING ONLINE THREATS THAT WERE MADE AGAINST STAFF AND STUDENTS AT A CALGARY HIGH SCHOOL. POLICE SAY THEY BECAME AWARE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THREATS THAT WERE MADE ON A SOCIAL MEDIA SITE. A 15-YEAR-OLD MALE STUDENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A WEAPON, THREATS AND EXTORTION. HE CANNOT BE NAMED UNDER PROVISIONS OF THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT.

THE ALBERTA FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION SAYS THE SHOOTING OF DOZENS OF ANIMALS BY SUSPECTED POACHERS THIS FALL IS DEPLORABLE. THE ASSOCIATION SAYS IT POINTS TO THE NEED FOR MORE WILDLIFE OFFICERS. IN JUST ONE AREA WEST OF EDMONTON, OFFICERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATHS OF 26 DEER, ELK, MOOSE AND A BLACK BEAR. ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT GORD POIRIER SAYS THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN CASES OF DRUNKEN PEOPLE OUT HUNTING AND PEOPLE SHOOTING ANIMALS AT NIGHT FROM VEHICLES.

 

 

 

MONDAY, nOVEMBER 25

 

A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL IS DEAD AFTER A VEHICLE-PEDESTRIAN COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 11 NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON FRIDAY NIGHT (NOV 22). RCMP SAY THE VICTIM WAS HIT WHILE JUST WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE BY A TRUCK, WHILE SHE WAS WALKING NEAR A PULLED OVER SUV. THE TRUCK DRIVER SAYS AFTER THE GIRL WAS HIT, HE  AND THE DRIVER OF THE  SUV GOT INTO AN ALTERCATION, AND THE GIRL WAS THEN PLACED INSIDE THE SUV BEFORE TAKING OFF. MEANWHILE MOUNTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO A REPORT OF A COLLISION AND SPOTTED THE SUV ON THEIR WAY OUT. ONCE SEEN, THE SUV THEN HIT THE DITCH WHERE SEVERAL INTOXICATED OCCUPANTS WERE FOUND INSIDE INCLUDING THE VICTIM OF THE COLLISION. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED AT THE SCENE. POLICE SAY SHE WAS AN EDEN VALLEY RESIDENT. NO WORD OF CHARGES SO FAR.

 MOUNTIES NORTH OF CALGARY SAY A MAN WHO CAME TO PICK UP A WOMAN WHOSE VEHICLE WAS IMPOUNDED WAS OVER THE LEGAL BLOOD-ALCOHOL LIMIT. POLICE SAY THEY PULLED OVER THE 57-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM CALGARY ON FRIDAY NIGHT NEAR BALZAC BECAUSE SHE WAS DRIVING 35 KILOMETRES PER HOUR UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT. THEY SAY THEY ASKED FOR A BREATH SAMPLE, AND WHEN SHE REFUSED, THEY SERVED HER WITH AN IMMEDIATE DRIVING SUSPENSION. POLICE SAY THEY GAVE HER THE CHOICE OF CALLING A TAXI OR CALLING A FRIEND TO COME GET HER. THE OFFICER BELIEVED THAT THE 54-YEAR-OLD AIRDRIE MAN WHO ARRIVED HAD ALSO BEEN DRINKING, AND POLICE SAY BOTH BREATH SAMPLES HE PROVIDED WERE OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT. BOTH HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY AND WILL APPEAR IN AIRDRIE COURT IN THE NEW YEAR.

STRATHMORE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A HOME INVASION FROM LAST WEEK. THIS PAST FRIDAY MORNING (NOV 22) JUST BEFORE NOON, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A RURAL RESIDENCE AFTER SOME SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND THREATENED THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE. THE INVADERS LEFT AFTER GRABBING SEVERAL ITEMS. THE PEOPLE IN THE HOME WERE UNHARMED.  IT'S BELIEVED THE SUSPECTS TOOK OFF IN A BLACK 2005 DODGE MINI VAN WITH ALBERTA LICENSE PLATE "KNA 486". IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION OR SEES THIS VEHICLE CALL POLICE, DO NOT APPROACH THIS VEHICLE AS THE SUSPECTS ARE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.  IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INICIDENT, CALL THE STRATHMORE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

TESTING IN MEDICINE HAT CONTINUES TO SHOW VERY GOOD AMBIENT AIR QUALITY AFTER A LANDFILL FIRE PROMPTED THE MONITORING. THE FIRE AT THE WESTAR DUMP HAS BEEN BURNING FOR A WEEK. THE CITY SAYS MONITORING HAS SHOWN THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT HEALTH RISK, BUT IT SAYS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY OR CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS COULD SEE THEIR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE. OFFICIALS WITH MEDICINE HAT AND CYPRESS COUNTY SAY THEY'VE HIRED HELLFIRE SUPPRESSION SERVICES, A COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN LANDFILL FIRES, TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, nOVEMBER 22

 

FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK, ALBERTA'S DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY HAS REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH. ACCORDING TO THE ALBERTA ELECTRIC OPERATOR, IT HIT MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND MEGAWATTS AT 6 P.M. WEDNESDAY EVENING. SPOKESWOMAN DAWN DELANEY SAYS RECORDS ARE TYPICALLY HIT IN THE WINTER, BUT USUALLY NOT THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON. SHE SAYS THIS SHOWS POWER DEMAND IS GROWING FAST, AND WILL CONTINUE TO GO HIGHER, AS THE PROVINCE'S ECONOMY GROWS.

THE CITY OF MEDICINE HAT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAS BEEN PUT UNDER AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY DUE TO TOXIC SMOKE FROM AN ONGOING LANDFILL FIRE.
EARLIER THURSDAY, ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAD ISSUED AN ADVISORY FOR AREAS EAST OF THE CITY BUT EXPANDED THAT WHEN THE SMOKE STARTED TO DRIFT INTO THE CITY ITSELF. AHS SAID IN A NEWS RELEASE THAT WHILE THERE IS A NOTICEABLE SMELL OF SMOKE IN MEDICINE HAT, AIR QUALITY MONITORING BEING DONE BY A MOBILE UNIT HAS SHOWN NO SIGNIFICANT HEALTH RISK. HOWEVER, PEOPLE WITH SENSITIVITIES AND PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS SUCH AS CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE, HEART PROBLEMS AND ASTHMA COULD BE IMPACTED. ON WEDNESDAY, OFFICIALS IN CYPRESS COUNTY DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND ORDERED NINE HOMES EVACUATED DUE TO THE FIRE, WHICH STARTED MONDAY. THEY SAID AT THE TIME THAT AIR QUALITY IN THE AREA HAD DETERIORATED TO THE POINT THAT IT WAS CONSIDERED ``A SERIOUS LIFE SAFETY HAZARD.''

THE CALGARY BASED ENERGY COMPANY ENCANA HAS STARTED LAYING OFF SOME OF ITS EMPLOYEES. THE CALGARY OFFICE IS THE FIRST BEING AFFECTED, WITH 200 PEOPLE GIVEN THEIR NOTICES EARLIER THIS WEEK.  BACK ON NOVEMBER 5TH, ENCANA CEO, DOUG SUTTLES ANNOUNCING A TOTAL OF 800 EMPLOYEES WERE BEING LAYED OFF BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, AS PART OF A COMPANY RESTRUCTURING PLAN. SUTTLES SAYS THE CUTS ARE A DIFFICULT PART OF ENCANA'S TRANSITION, AS IT TRIES TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. THE JOB CUTS ARE BEING FELT IN ALL AREAS OF THE COMPANY AND AFFECTS ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF ENCANA'S WORKFORCE.  

A PETITION TO KEEP OPEN A CENTRAL ALBERTA CARE HOME FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES IS STILL GROWING. RED DEER NORTH M-L-A MARY ANNE JABLONSKI HAS TA BLED IN THE LEGISLATURE THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES FROM PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THE MICHENER CENTRE. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION NOW SITS AT MORE THAN 24-THOUSAND. THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IN MARCH THAT IT WAS SHUTTING DOWN THE LIVE-IN CENTRE AND MOVING MOST OF ITS RESIDENTS INTO THE COMMUNITY.

 PREMIER ALISON REDFORD WILL HEADLINE THIS WEEKEND'S ANNUAL ALBERTA CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION HOSTED AT THE RED DEER'S SHERATON HOTEL. TORIES WILL DISCUSS POLICY AND ISSUES, BUT THE PARTY WILL ALSO HOLD THE ANNUAL LEADERSHIP REVIEW.    IT'S A YEARLY VOTE THAT IS HELD BY SECRET BALLOT AND THE PREMIER NEEDS MORE THAN HALF THE DELEGATES TO SUPPORT HER TO STAY ON AS LEADER.    MEANTIME, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONVENTION THE ALBERTA UNION OF PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES WILL RALLY OUTSIDE THE SHERATON THIS AFTERNOON AROUND 4 TO PROTEST THE CLOSURE OF RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE.

 

WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS HER PARTY WILL BE WORKING HARDER TO EARN THE SUPPORT OF VOTERS IN EDMONTON. SPEAKING AT HER ANNUAL LEADER'S DINNER IN THE CITY LAST NIGHT, SMITH ADMITTED THE WILDROSE HASN'T BEEN ON THE SAME PAGE AS MANY EDMONTONIANS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT MATTERED MOST TO THEM. SHE SAID THAT HURT THE PARTY AT THE BALLOT BOX; NONE OF THE PARTY'S 17 SEATS ARE IN EDMONTON. SMITH IDENTIFIED THE EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA AND THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM AS DEFINING INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, nOVEMBER 21

 

AN EDMONTON MAN CHARGED IN A FATAL CRASH ON THE HIGHWAY 2 NEAR DIDSBURY TWO YEARS AGO WILL BE SENTENCED IN CALGARY COURT EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE 22 YEAR OLD MAN HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND WILL BE SENTENCED ON JANUARY 24TH. HE WILL ALSO SPEAK TO ANOTHER COUNT OF THAT SAME CHARGE ON THAT SAME DAY. IT WAS IN OCTOBER OF 2011 WHEN RCMP SAY A NORTHBOUND CAR LOST CONTROL AND HIT A SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE, KILLING A 24 YEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN THE BACKSEAT OF THE NORTHBOUND CAR. AN ELDERLY COUPLE FROM RED DEER WERE IN THE SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE AND WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.

A WOMAN WHO SET FIRE TO HER HOME IN CENTRAL ALBERTA WHILE HER FAMILY WAS INSIDE WON'T BE GOING TO JAIL. A JUDGE IN RED DEER PROVINCIAL COURT HAS ORDERED THAT SHE SPEND 12 MONTHS UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND ANOTHER SIX MONTHS UNDER CURFEW. JUDGE GORDON DECK ALSO RULED THAT SHE MUST SERVE ONE YEAR OF PROBATION AFTER THAT TO ENSURE THAT SHE ATTENDS COUNSELLING AND THERAPY. THE 43-YEAR-OLD MOTHER OF TWO WAS CHARGED WITH ARSON AND ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER A FIRE IN BASHAW ON DEC. 16, 2010. SHE PLEADED GUILTY ON TUESDAY TO SETTING FIRE TO AN OCCUPIED HOUSE. COURT HEARD THAT SHE IS A LOW RISK TO REOFFEND, THAT HER HUSBAND IS SUPPORTIVE AND THAT THEY HOPE TO REUNITE AS A FAMILY.

A MAN WITH TIES TO A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP IN CALGARY HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FOR THE RANDOM KILLING OF AN AILING MAN. ROBERT REITMEIER WAS FOUND GUILTY IN THE BEATING DEATH OF MARK MARIANI. MARIANI WAS WALKING DOWN A NORTHWEST ALLEY, HEADING FOR HIS PARKED CAR, WHEN HE WAS SAVAGELY KICKED AND STOMPED. THE 47-YEAR OLD WAS FRAIL WITH CROHN'S DISEASE AND UNABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF. TYLER STURRUP, WHO HELPED FOUND THE WESTERN EUROPEAN BLOODLINE SUPREMACIST GROUP, HAD EARLIER PLEADED GUILTY TO SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN MARIANI'S DEATH.

LOTS OF ACTIVITY TODAY (NOV 21) AT THE SALVATION ARMY IN DRUMHELLER. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS TO DROP BY AND SELECT SOME WARM WINTER CLOTHING. LIEUTENANT LAURIE SAUDER SAYS THEY STILL HAVE A PRETTY GOOD SELECTION. TODAY IS ALSO THE MAIN DAY FOR APPOINTMENTS AT THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOR THOSE SEEKING CHRISTMAS HAMPERS. YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVEN'T BOOKED ONE YET. YOU CAN CALL 823-2215 TO GET AN APPOINTMENT AND MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT TO BRING IN.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, nOVEMBER 20

CHARGES OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING BODILY HARM WERE DISMISSSED IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT YESTERDAY (NOV 19) FOR A MAN CHARGED IN A FATAL CRASH NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE LAST YEAR. 27 YEAR OLD JACOB CABLE ALSO WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING AND NOW FACES JUST ONE COUNT OF DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE BUT NO NEW DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR CABLE TO RETURN TO COURT. IT WAS IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR (2012) WHEN RCMP SAY A TRUCK STRUCK A CAR WITH SIX PEOPLE THAT WAS PARKED ALONG THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 11 JUST WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE CRASH KILLED A 20 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER IN THE PARKED VEHICLE.

SOME PROBLEMS FOR DRIVERS YESTERDAY SOUTH OF CALGARY.  THE HIGH RIVER RCMP AND THE INTEGRATED TRAFFIC UNIT IN THE AREA TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 2. THERE WAS A JACK KNIFED SEMI TRAILER TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 2  NEAR CAYLEY. PLUS THERE WERE ALSO 2 ADDITIONAL MINOR INCIDENTS INVOLVING SEMI TRUCKS ALONG THE SAME STRETCH OF HIGHWAY. MOUNTIES SAY THE HIGHWAYS FROM CALGARY TO WELL SOUTH OF HIGH RIVER ARE SNOW COVERED WITH ICY SECTIONS.  THE SITUATION HASN'T CHANGED AND RCMP IS ASKING DRIVERS TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE AREA.  YOU ARE URGED TO PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE TO THE TRAFFIC AND ROAD CONDITIONS. NOW MOST ROADS AROUND ALBERTA STILL HAVE SOME TYPE OF SNOW OR ICE PATCHES AND VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED AS THE WIND PICKS UP. AND FOR ALBERTA DRIVERS NEEDING MORE INFORMATION GO TO THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION WEBSITE AT 511.ALBERTA.CA OR MAKE AT PHONE CALL 5-11 AND GET A RECORDED MESSAGE.

A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION NOTICE IS IN PLACE BECAUSE OF A FIRE IN A SOUTHERN ALBERTA LANDFILL. THE NOTICE AFFECTS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN A THREE-KILOMETRE RADIUS AROUND THE WESTAR LANDFILL EAST OF MEDICINE HAT. CYPRESS COUNTY FIRE CHIEF DENNIS MANN SAYS A VARIETY OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, INCLUDING ASPHALT SHINGLES AND VINYL SIDING, STARTED BURNING MONDAY EVENING. ONLY ONE OF 25 RESIDENTS IN THE AREA HAS COMPLIED WITH THE EVACUATION NOTICE, BUT MANN WARNS THAT IT COULD BE QUITE SOME TIME BEFORE THE FIRE IS EXTINGUISHED.

WILDROSE SENIORS CRITIC KERRY TOWLE IS DISAPPOINTED THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW SENIOR'S ADVOCATE IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT ONE. THE INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE MLA SAYS HER PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL 208, THE SENIOR'S ADVOCATE ACT WAS TO HAVE SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATURE ON MONDAY AND WOULD HAVE MADE THE POSITION AN INDEPENDENT ONE. SHE SAYS THE SENIOR'S ADVOCATE SHOULD REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE AS A WHOLE AND NOT JUST THE HEALTH MINISTER.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, nOVEMBER 19

 

RCMP IN DRUMHELLER HAVE MADE SOME ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBERY IN TOWN EARLIER THIS MONTH. WITH TIPS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC, MOUNTIES WERE ABLE TO TRACK DOWN TWO FORMER RESIDENTS OF DRUMHELLER AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. POLICE SAY THEY HAVE CHARGED 19 YEAR OLD CHASE DONAVAN AND 23 YEAR OLD CRUISE DONVAVAN WITH SEVERAL OFFENCES,  INCLUDING ROBBERY WITH A FIREARM. DRUMHELLER MOUNTIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A THIRD SUSPECT. THEY'VE ISSUED A WARRANT FOR 19 YEAR OLD DAYLON KERR. IF YOU KNOW WHERE THIS PERSON MAY BE DO NOT APPROACH HIM BUT CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.   THE PAIR IN POLICE CUSTODY APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER PROVINCIAL COURT THIS FRIDAY (NOV 22). IN THE EARLIER MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 6, THREE MALES WEARING MASKS ENTERED THE MAC'S/HUSKY CONVENIENCE STORE. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS WAS ALLEGED TO BE ARMED WITH A HANDGUN. THE TRIO FLEEING ON FOOT WITH CASH, AS WELL AS CIGARETTES AND LOTTERY TICKETS. THE LONE CLERK WAS NOT INJURED.

THE MURDER TRIAL OF A SUNDRE AREA WOMAN CONTINUING YESTERDAY (NOV 18) IN A CALGARY COURT ROOM. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE A JUDGE AND JURY, HEATHER WILSON DUNCAN SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE INTO AN "ALL DAY DRINKING SPREE", THE DAY HER HUSBAND DIED FROM A SHOTGUN BLAST TO THE FACE. THE 63 YEAR OLD WOMAN IS ON TRIAL FOR SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 68 YEAR OLD BARRY DUNCAN. WILSON DUNCAN SAYS SHE HAD NO INTENTION OF KILLING HER HUSBAND FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT OVER PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN DECEMBER, 2010. THE ACCUSED TESTIFYING SHE WAS VERY DRUNK, STILL DRINKING, AND SMOKING IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE WHEN HER HUSBAND WENT INTO THE BEDROOM OF THEIR RURAL HOME SOUTH OF BERGEN, NEAR SUNDRE, WHICHI IS LOCATED NORTH WEST OF CALGARY. THE WIFE THOUGHT HER HUSBAND WAS GOING TO LIE DOWN, AND WAS SURPRISED WHEN HE CAME OUT WITH A 12-GAUGE DOUBLE-BARREL SHOTGUN. APPARENTLY HE WAS SWEARING AT HER AND CHALLENGING THE WOMAN  TO SHOOT HIM. WHEN SHE TRIED TO TAKE THE GUN AWAY, THE MAN FELL DOWN. SHE THEN CALLED 9-1-1 AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, THE COUPLE HAD CONSUMED TWO BOTTLES OF HARD LIQUOR AND MOST OF TWO BOTTLES OF WINE. THE TRIAL IN CALGARY QUEEN S BENCH COURT HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR OVER A WEEK.

THREE MEN, ONE ONLY 17 YEARS OLD, HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH HUNTING OFFENCES IN A SUSPECTED ELK-POACHING CASE THAT TOOK PLACE ON THE WEEKEND. AFTER BEING TIPPED OFF BY A CITIZEN, RIMBEY MOUNTIES APPROACHED A TRUCK ON SUNDAY, ALONG LEEDALE ROAD NEAR HIGHWAY 7-66. THE FRONT PASSENGER HAD A SPOTLIGHT AND LOADED RIFLE. THE DRIVER AND BACK PASSENGER ALSO HAD LOADED RIFLES. IT WAS DETERMINED THE DRIVER HAD USED A SCOPED RIFLE TO SHOOT AT A BULL ELK FROM THE ROADWAY. IT'S THE SAME AREA WHERE TWO BULL ELK WERE SHOT AND LEFT TO ROT, WITH ONLY THEIR ANTLERS TAKEN. THE 17 YEAR OLD IS FROM RIMBEY, AND THE MEN WERE FROM ALHAMBRA. RCMP HAVE LAID 14 CHARGES, SEIZED THE TRUCK AND THE RIFLES...THE 17 YEAR OLD DRIVER HAS ALSO LOST HIS LICENCE FOR 30 DAYS.

IT'S BEEN A BUSY MONTH FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA TOW TRUCK DRIVERS. KERRIE CONKLIN WITH KEY TOWING IN RED DEER SAYS THEY'RE RESPONDING TO 150 TO 200 CALLS PER DAY RIGHT NOW AND WOULD APPRECIATE SOME EXTRA CAUTION FROM LOCAL DRIVERS. CONKLIN SAYS THEIR STAFF ARE WORKING LOTS OF EXTRA HOURS RIGHT NOW TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND FOR ASSISTANCE. HIS BEST ADVICE IS TO JUST SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW YOURSELF EXTRA TIME TO GET TO WHERE YOU'RE GOING.

ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE LED RCMP TO ISSUE A TOW ADVISORY FOR HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN HIGHWAY 11A IN RED DEER AND HIGHWAY 616 AT THE MILLET OVERPASS.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, nOVEMBER 18

 

DOZENS OF PEOPLE BECAME STRANDED IN A SMALL TOWN NORTH OF CALGARY FOLLOWING A MULTI-VEHICLE PILEUP ON A SNOWY HIGHWAY. CROSSFIELD FIRE CHIEF BEN NIVEN SAYS CLOSE TO 40 VEHICLES COLLIDED IN THREE SEPARATE CRASHES ON SATURDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 2 THE MAIN ROUTE CONNECTING CALGARY WITH EDMONTON. STUART BRIDEAUX WITH ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SAYS TWO PEOPLE IN A CAR THAT COLLIDED WITH A SEMI WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND WERE TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY, BUT HE SAYS ONE OF THE BIG PILEUPS DIDN'T PRODUCE ANY INJURIES AT ALL. THE CRASHES ON HIGHWAY 2 COMPLETELY BLOCKED SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC, AND NIVEN SAYS CROSSFIELD SENT OUT A SCHOOL BUS TO BRING THE STRANDED MOTORISTS TO A LOCAL CHURCH. IN NORTHEASTERN ALBERTA, POLICE SAY POOR WEATHER WAS A FACTOR IN A ROLLOVER THAT KILLED THE DRIVER ON HIGHWAY 43 NEAR VALLEYVIEW ON FRIDAY EVENING. RCMP ADVISED PEOPLE TO STAY OFF A NUMBER OF HIGHWAYS IN THE PROVINCE ON SATURDAY AS THE SNOW THAT BEGAN THE NIGHT BEFORE CONTINUED THROUGH THE DAY.



A FORMER CALGARY STAMPEDERS RUNNING BACK WHO WAS SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS FOR AN ASSAULT CONVICTION WILL NOT FACE STIFFER PUNISHMENT.
THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL HAS REJECTED THE CROWN'S BID TO HAVE JOFFREY REYNOLDS SERVE TWO TO THREE YEARS BEHIND BARS. REYNOLDS WAS GIVEN TWO YEARS PROBATION AND TOLD HE COULD SERVE HIS TIME ON WEEKENDS AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING A FORMER GIRLFRIEND AND BEING IN HER HOME UNLAWFULLY. TWO OF THE THREE HIGH-COURT PANEL MEMBERS RULED THE TRIAL JUDGE MADE NO ERRORS IN LAW, ALTHOUGH THE THIRD MEMBER SAID A FIT SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN NINE MONTHS IN JAIL

A 24-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN IS NOW FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER A WILD, HIGH SPEED MOTORCYCLE RIDE LAST WEEK ON HIGHWAY TWO.  ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 14) AROUND 1:30, R-C-M-P SAY A MOTORCYCYE BLEW THREW A SPEED TRAP SET UP NEAR AIRDRIE.  A PURSUIT FOLLOWED AND OFFICERS ALLEGE THE MOTORCYCLE WAS TRAVELLING AT TIMES IN EXCESS OF 200 KILOMETRES AN HOUR. MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC UNIT WERE UNABLE TO CATCH THE MOTORCYCLIST UNTIL HE WAS SLOWED BY TRAFFIC NEAR THE OLDS OVERPASS. THE MALE WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT. SPENCER DOUGLAS WILSON OF CALGARY IS CHARGED WITH NUMEROUS OFFENCES, INCLUDING DANGEROUS DRIVING, OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER, AND POSSESION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. HE SET TO APPEAR IN AIRDRIE PROVINCIAL COURT THIS THURSDAY (NOV 21).

ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS AN ADVOCATE TO HELP PATIENTS AND FAMILIES NAVIGATE THE HEALTH SYSTEM IS TO BE ON THE JOB JAN. 1.  REDFORD SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ADVOCATE TO HELP FAMILIES AND SENIORS LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE AND ANSWERS. THE PREMIER SAYS THE POSITIONS ARE PART OF THE NEW ALBERTA HEALTH ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED IN 2010, AND COMES INTO FORCE AT THE START OF NEXT YEAR. THE ACT INCLUDES A CHARTER THAT ENSHRINES ALBERTA'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTH CARE UNDER THE CANADA HEALTH ACT. THE CHARTER DOES NOT INCLUDE A WAIT-TIME GUARANTEE FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES. NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON SAYS IT'S UP TO THE ENTIRE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP PATIENTS AND ONE ADVOCATE TRYING TO DO THE JOB IS NOTHING MORE THAN, IN MASON'S WORDS, ``WINDOW DRESSING.''

DRIVERS IN RED DEER WHO ARE TICKETED FOR NEGLECTING TO FEED THE PARKING METER OVER THE NEXT WEEKS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO PAY THEIR PENANCE WITH A GIFT FOR A NEEDY CHILD. THE CITY'S CHRISTMAS BUREAU IS AGAIN RUNNING ITS TOYS FOR TICKETS CAMPAIGN, WHICH ALLOWS MOTORISTS TO PAY UP THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF A TOY EQUIVALENT TO OR GREATER THAN THEIR FINE. THE CAMPAIGN RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1ST TO DECEMBER 6TH. MORE THAN 400 TOYS WERE COLLECTED LAST YEAR, WITH 10 TIMES THAT NUMBER BROUGHT IN SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN SEVEN YEARS AGO. CHRISTMAS BUREAU SPOKESWOMAN TERESA KUTYNEC SAYS THE PROGRAM KEEPS GETTING BIGGER, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE SO GOOD FOR DRIVERS. RED DEER PARKING CO-ORDINATOR FRED DIENO SAYS NOBODY LIKES GETTING A TICKET, BUT THE PROGRAM ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PAY OFF THEIR TICKET AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. ALL TOYS MUST BE NEW, UNWRAPPED AND IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING AND MUST BE APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS BETWEEN THE AGES OF EIGHT AND 16.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, nOVEMBER 14

A GUILTY PLEA IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT YESTERDAY (WED) BY A MAN CHARGED IN A FATAL COLLISION WITH A MOTORCYCLE THIS SUMMER. 52 YEAR OLD BRADLEY BLAIN PLED GUILTY TO FAILING TO PROCEED SAFELY AFTER STOPPING AT AN INTERSECTION AND WAS FINED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT WAS AUGUST 26TH WHEN RCMP SAY A SOUTHBOUND SUV STOPPED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 11 AND HIGHWAY 756 AND PROCEEDED THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. A WESTBOUND MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY A MAN THEN HIT THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE SUV AND RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVER'S FEMALE PASSENGER WHO DIED LATER IN HOSPITAL.

AN ALBERTA MAN ARRESTED IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE LAST YEAR AFTER BEING SUSPECTED IN A STRING OF ARMED ROBBERIES ACROSS THE PRAIRIES IN 2012 HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN JAIL. HOWEVER, 28 YEAR OLD TYLER LEEDER OF LETHBRIDGE WAS ALSO GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED SO WILL SPEND THE NEXT 12 YEARS AND 28 DAYS BEHIND BARS. HE WAS CONVICTED ON 14 COUNTS IN A CALGARY COURTROOM YESTERDAY. (WED) LEEDER WAS PICKED UP OUTSIDE A HOTEL IN ROCKY IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR AND HAD A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL WITH HIM. SHE WAS REPORTED MISSING FROM THE LETHBRIDGE AREA IN 2010 AND IT WAS SUSPECTED SHE HAD BEEN TRAVELLING WITH HIM SINCE THEN.

ALBERTANS WHO SUFFERED UNINSURABLE PROPERTY DAMAGE IN JUNE'S HISTORIC FLOODING HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS REMAINING TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE. ANYONE WHO SUFFERED FLOOD DAMAGE, EVEN IF THEY ARE UNCERTAIN THEIR LOSS IS ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION, IS ASKED TO SUBMIT AN INITIAL CLAIM BY NOVEMBER 30TH. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY WILL BE ASSESSED ON ALL APPLICATIONS.

THE NEW DEMOCRATS SAY THEY'VE GOT DOCUMENTS THAT SHOW ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES  IS PLANNING TO CUT ABOUT 200 NURSING POSITIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.  BUT PREMIER REDFORD DISPUTES THAT, SAYING THE PROVINCE IS RE-STRUCTURING HEALTH CARE TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF ITS WORKERS. REDFORD SAYS THE PROVINCE WANTS TO HIRE MORE FULL-TIME NURSES TO WORK AT FAMILY CARE CLINICS.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, nOVEMBER 13

POLICE SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED A THIRD MAN IN THE SHOOTING OF A WOMAN ON A RESERVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD FROM THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT HER HOME ON SEPT. 5, 2011. RCMP LAST WEEK ARRESTED TWO MEN AND CHARGED THEM WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. A WARRANT WAS ISSUED FOR A THIRD SUSPECT AND MOUNTIES SAY HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON FRIDAY NOV 8). TWENTY-YEAR-OLD WACEY APPLEGARTH OF HOBBEMA IS ALSO CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. YELLOWBIRD WAS KILLED OUTSIDE HER HOME TWO MONTHS AFTER HER FIVE-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW, ETHAN YELLOWBIRD, WAS KILLED BY A GUNSHOT WHILE SLEEPING IN HIS BED NEXT DOOR.

A TRIAL IS UNDEREWAY FOR AN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS YOUNGER BROTHER LAST YEAR. THE THREE WEEK JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL STARTING AT  THE RED DEER COURTHOUSE YESTERDAY
(NOV 12). 35 YEAR OLD JON MOCK OF CONSORT IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF TIMOTHY MOCK WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN A CONSORT RESIDENCE IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR. JOHN MOCK HAS UNDERGONE MENTAL ASSESSMENTS THIS YEAR AND IT'S ANTICIPATED HE MAY BE FOUND NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIME.

A TRIAL CONTINUES IN A CALGARY COURTROOM TODAY (NOV 13) FOR A RED DEER BOXER AND TWO OTHER MEN CHARGED IN A MAJOR COCAINE BUST FOUR YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD BOXER CAMERON O'CONNELL, 25 YEAR OLD BRENT CYR AND 27 YEAR OLD MATTHEW EARLES ALL FACE DRUG CHARGES AND HAVE ALL PLED NOT GUILTY IN THE OCTOBER 2009 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEIZED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COCAINE FROM PROPERTIES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE. IT'S ALLEGED THE GROUP WAS SUPPLYING THE DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA.

A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HER HUSBAND AT A RURAL HOME NEAR SUNDRE SAYS SHE DIDN'T THINK THE GUN WAS LOADED WHEN HE GAVE HER THE WEAPON AND TOLD HER TO SHOOT HIM. HEATHER WILSON DUNCAN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HER 68-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND, BARRY.  HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD AT THE COUPLE'S RURAL HOME WEST OF DIDSBURY IN THE SUNDRE AREA ON DEC. 10, 2012. COURT HEARD THE COUPLE HAD BEEN BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED FIGHT. SHE TESTIFIED TUESDAY (NOV 12) THAT THE HUSBAND GAVE HER THE WEAPON AND SAID IF SHE WAS THAT ANGRY, SHE SHOULD SHOOT HIM. SHE FIRED THE WEAPON AND THEN MADE A FRANTIC 911 CALL WHICH WAS PLAYED IN COURT. THE DEFENCE ARGUES THAT WHILE DUNCAN MAY HAVE PULLED THE TRIGGER, IT DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S GUILTY AS CHARGED.

A CONVICTED KILLER HAS RECEIVED A SECOND LIFE SENTENCE FOR ESCAPING TWO YEAR AGO WHILE ON A PRISON DAY PASS AND TAKING SEVERAL PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN ALBERTA. WILLIAM BICKNELL, WHO IS 45, WAS FIRST SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN 2003 FOR THE BEATING DEATH OF A BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMAN. HE WAS GRANTED AN ESCORTED PASS IN 2011 FROM THE MINIMUM-SECURITY SECTION OF DRUMHELLER MEDIUM SECURITY INSTITUTION TO VISIT HIS SISTER IN EDMONTON. ON THE RIDE BACK, HE PULLED A KNIFE ON THE LONE GUARD WHO WAS DRIVING AND, OVER THE NEXT 10 DAYS, HELD THE GUARD AND THREE OTHER PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN THEIR HOMES AT VARIOUS TIMES. BICKNELL WAS TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY AFTER A DRAMATIC CAR CHASE AND SHOOTOUT WITH RCMP DURING WHICH HE WAS SHOT TWICE IN THE HEAD. ON TUESDAY (NOV 12), HE PLEADED GUILTY TO 14 CHARGES, INCLUDING UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, ESCAPING LAWFUL CUSTODY, ROBBERY AND WEAPONS OFFENCES.

CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID IN A PAIR OF DRUG BUSTS IN RED DEER AND INNISFAIL LAST WEEK. NUMEROUS COUNTS HAVE NOW BEEN LAID AGAINST 29 YEAR OLD CORY JAMES LESPERANCE OF INNISFAIL, 22 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS DAVID WHITE, 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN JEAN-YVES NOEL AND STEVEN MICHAEL HERMAN ALL OF RED DEER. HERMAN, LESPERANCE AND WHITE WERE ALL IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (NOV 12) WHILE NOEL REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON THURSDAY. THE ARRESTS WERE MADE LAST FRIDAY WHEN RCMP SEIZED A SIGNIFICANT QUANTITY OF METH, COKE AND POT, SEVERAL FIREARMS AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH. IT'S BELIEVED THE SUSPECTS HAVE TIES TO ORGANIZED CRIME.

ONE MAN IN CENTRAL ALBERTA IS FACING CHARGES AFTER BEING IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN TRAILER AND ATV. INNISFAIL MOUNTIES WERE NOTIFIED OF A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE ON A PROPERTY NEAR PENHOLD WHERE A SUSPECT WAS LOCATED WITH A TRUCK AND TRAILER LOADED WITH A QUAD. THE TRUCK APPEARED TO BE STUCK IN THE SNOW. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, RCMP DETERMINED THE HOME WAS FORCIBLY ENTERED AND THE TRAILER AND QUAD WERE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED STOLEN. ADAM WEBB WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND WILL MAKE A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (NOV 13) IN RED DEER FACING THEFT AND MISCHIEF CHARGES.

VOLUNTEERS AT AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY NORTHWEST OF CALGARY ARE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF TWO MOOSE THAT WERE SHOT TO DEATH SOMETIME LAST WEEK.  THE MOOSE WERE BEING RAISED AT THE COCHRANE ECOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, WHICH TAKES CARE OF ORPHANED AND INJURED ANIMALS UNTIL THEY ARE READY TO GO BACK INTO THE WILD. THE 18-MONTH OLD AND THREE-YEAR-OLD MOOSE WERE FOUND DEAD LATE LAST WEEK. STAFF AT THE FACILITY BELIEVE POACHERS MAY HAVE PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, SHOT THE MOOSE, AND THEN FLED THE AREA. THEY SAY THE AREA IS CLEARLY MARKED AS PRIVATE AND ``NO HUNTING'' SIGNS ARE POSTED. THERE IS ALSO A HIGH FENCE AROUND THE PROPERTY.


SO FAR, NO CASES OF MEASLES IN CENTRAL ALBERTA RIGHT NOW, BUT LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF CONCERN FOR THAT POSSIBILITY. DR. DEENA HINSHAW IS THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH FOR ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IN THE CENTRAL ZONE AND SAYS THEY ARE TRYING TO PREPARE FOR AN INCREASE IN CASES.  SHE SAYS THEY'RE INCREASING IMMUNIZATION RATES TO TRY AND WARD OFF MEASLES FROM MAKING ITS WAY INTO THE AREA. DR. HINSHAW SAYS KIDS FROM 12 MONTHS TO 17 YEARS SHOULD BE IMMUNIZED FOR MEASLES, ADDING CLINICS ARE UNDERWAY AT TWO HILLS AND LACOMBE. SHE SAYS IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOPS A FEVER AND RASH, YOUR FIRST ACTION SHOULD BE TO CALL HEALTH LINK.

A FORMER CONSERVATIVE MP WILL STILL BE WORKING OUT OF OTTAWA, ONLY NOW AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CROPLIFE CANADA.  TED MENZIES RESIGNED HIS SOUTHERN ALBERTA SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST WEEK SAYING ``OTHER EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES'' HAD COME UP.  ON TUESDAY (NOV 12), CROPLIFE CANADA ANNOUNCED MENZIES WILL BE TAKING OVER THE TOP JOB AT THE COMPANY. CROPLIFE CANADA REPRESENTS COMPANIES THAT DEVELOP, MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS AND PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY. MENZIES, WHO IS LAUDED ON ALL SIDES OF THE COMMONS AS A WELL-LIKED AND RESPECTED MP, WAS FIRST ELECTED IN THE MACLEOD RIDING SOUTH OF CALGARY IN 2004 AND WON RE-ELECTION THREE TIMES. THE 61-YEAR-OLD FARMER WAS NAMED JUNIOR MINISTER FOR FINANCE IN JANUARY 2011, BUT TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF CABINET CONSIDERATION BEFORE LAST SUMMER'S SHUFFLE BY SAYING HE WOULDN'T RUN AGAIN, AS HE ALSO WANTED TO CONCENTRATE ON HELPING PEOPLE IN HIS CONSTITUENCY WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE JUNE FLOOD.

 

OTTAWA HAS EARMARKED TWO-POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR ALBERTA'S FLOOD RECOVERY COSTS. FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT MINISTER JASON KENNEY SAYS THAT'S 90 PER CENT OF THE THREE-POINT-ONE BILLION IN CLAIMS THAT ALBERTA SUBMITTED AFTER JUNE'S FLOOD. KENNEY SAYS HE ANTICIPATES THERE WILL BE MORE MONEY DOWN THE ROAD. BUT HE SAYS THE FINAL AMOUNT SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WON'T BE KNOWN UNTIL ALL THE CLAIMS ARE COUNTED. THE TOTAL PRICE TAG FOR JUNE'S FLOODS IS MORE THAN SIX BILLION DOLLARS. THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS EXPECTED TO COVER ONE-POINT-SEVEN BILLION OF THE COSTS. ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT SO FAR THE PROVINCE IS PLEASED WITH THE AMOUNT OTTAWA IS GIVING.

A HUGE EVENT THIS EVENING (NOV 13) IN THE COMMUNITY OF HUSSAR, SOUTH OF DRUMHELLER. THE HUSSAR AND DISTRICT HALL MAINTENANCE SOCIETY IS THE WINNER OF THE FIRST OF FIVE PRIZES IN THE UFA "GET 'N GIVE CONTEST". COMMUNITY INVESTMENT MANAGER WITH UFA, JESSICA BERRY SAYS IT'S PRETTY EXCITING TO BE HANDING OUT THE FIRST PRIZE. SHE SAYS THE HUSSAR GROUP IS USING THE MONEY TO UPGRADE THE KITCHEN AT THE HUSSAR COMMUNITY HALL. THERE ARE FIVE PRIZES OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS BEING AWARDED IN THE UFA CONTEST WHICH STARTED IN SEPTEMBER AND  CONTINUES UNTIL SPRING.

THE HUSSAR SOCIETY'S WINNING ENTRY WAS A SONG CALLED "5 MILLION PENNIES", BASED ON THE SONG "IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS" BY THE CANADIAN BAND, "THE BARE NAKED LADIES". IT INCLUDES JUST ABOUT EVERONE IN HUSSAR SINGING OR PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT. THE SONG WILL BE PERFORMED TONIGHT AT A CHEQUE PRESENTATION AND FUNDRAISING ROAST BEEF DINNER STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENING AT THE HUSSAR COMMUNITY HALL. PEOPLE FROM HUSSAR AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE WELCOME TO COME OUT.

THE HUSSAR GROUP WILL ALSO NAME WINNER OF THE SECOND 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE.

THE FIVE COMMUNITIES IN THE RUNNING FOR THE SECOND 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE IN THE UFA CONTEST ARE...

- THE SULLIVAN LAKE WEST AGRICULTURE SOCIETY, IN BYEMOOR, NORTH OF DRUMHELLER.

- THE NEIGHBOURHOOD REVITALIZATION GROUP, IN CLIVE EAST OF LACOMBE.

- THE FOREMOST MINOR HOCKEY, SENIORS AND LEGACY BRIDGE COMMITTEE IN FOREMOST, SOUTH WEST OF BOW ISLAND.

- THE HAND HILLS LAKE COMMUNITY CLUB, NORTH EAST OF DRUMHELLER.

- AND THE LIBERTY HALL SOCIETY, AT SPRINGDALE, WEST OF WETASKIWIN.

DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITIES AND GROUPS TO ENTER FOR THE THIRD PRIZE OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR IS DECEMBER 15TH, 2013. GO TO WWW.GETNGIVEUFA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. THOSE COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN THE RUNNING FOR THE SECOND PRIZE ARE ENCOURAGED TO FINE TUNE THEIR ENTRY AND RE-ENTER.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, nOVEMBER 12

AN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS YOUNGER BROTHER LAST YEAR BEGINS A THREE WEEK JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (NOV 12). 35 YEAR OLD JON MOCK OF CONSORT IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF TIMOTHY MOCK WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN A CONSORT RESIDENCE IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR. JOHN MOCK HAS UNDERGONE MENTAL ASSESSMENTS THIS YEAR AND IT'S ANTICIPATED HE MAY BE FOUND NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIME.

A TRIAL CONTINUES IN A CALGARY COURTROOM TODAY (NOV 12) FOR A RED DEER BOXER AND TWO OTHER MEN CHARGED IN A MAJOR COCAINE BUST FOUR YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD BOXER CAMERON O'CONNELL, 25 YEAR OLD BRENT CYR AND 27 YEAR OLD MATTHEW EARLES ALL FACE DRUG CHARGES AND HAVE ALL PLED NOT GUILTY IN THE OCTOBER 2009 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEIZED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COCAINE FROM PROPERTIES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE.IT'S ALLEGED THE GROUP WAS SUPPLYING THE DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA.

A SENTENCING HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR NEXT YEAR FOR A CALGARY WOMAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HER NEWBORN BOY.
SHELBY HERCHAK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HER 26-DAY-OLD SON DANIEL. THE INFANT DIED 10 HOURS AFTER BEING RUSHED BY PARAMEDICS TO THE ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ON AUGUST 9TH, 2010. DANIEL SUFFERED BLUNT-FORCE HEAD TRAUMA, WHICH AN AUTOPSY INDICATED WAS NOT ACCIDENTAL.

 

RCMP HAVE MADE A THIRD ARREST IN THE CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD MURDER IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE-----20-YEAR OLD SHELBY MINDE AND 21 YEAR OLD RANDAL OMEASOO. TODAY (NOV 12) 20-YEAR OLD WACEY APPLEGARTH HAS BEEN CHARGED AS WELL---ALTHOUGH HE HAD BEEN PICKED UP NOVEMBER 8TH. ALL THREE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. YELLOWBIRD HAD BEEN KILLED IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION NEAR HOBBEMA IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011.

A CONVICTED KILLER HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO 14 CHARGES RELATED TO HIS ESCAPE WHILE ON A PRISON DAY PASS AND TO SEVERAL HOSTAGE-TAKINGS WHILE HE WAS ON THE RUN. WILLIAM BICKNELL, WHO IS 45, ADMITTED TO UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, ESCAPING LAWFUL CUSTODY, ROBBERY AND WEAPONS OFFENCES.
HE WAS SERVING TIME AT DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND WAS ON AN ESCORTED TRIP TO VISIT HIS SISTER IN EDMONTON IN 2011 WHEN HE OVERTOOK HIS GUARD. BICKNELL WAS A FUGITIVE FOR 10 DAYS BEFORE HE WAS WOUNDED BY MOUNTIES DURING A SHOOTOUT AND CAR CHASE IN NORTHWESTERN ALBERTA. COURT HEARD THAT BESIDES THE GUARD, BICKNELL TOOK THREE OTHER PEOPLE HOSTAGE DURING THE TIME HE WAS FREE.  HE WAS SERVING TIME AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2003 FOR THE BEATING DEATH OF A WOMAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA.

THE OLDS RCMP UNCOVERING A LARGE AMOUNT OF ALLEGEDLY STOLEN ITEMS LAST WEEK. POLICE CARRYING OUT A SEARCH WARRANT AT HOUSE IN OLDS ON FRIDAY (NOV 8) WHERE ABOUT 30 TO 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED. ITEMS RANGED FROM TIRES, STEREO EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, GARDENING CHEMICALS AND FIREARMS. THE ITEMS WERE ALLEGEDLY STOLEN FROM SEVERAL BUSINESSES AROUND SUNDRE, INNISFAIL AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. ONE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED AND A WARRANT IS NOW OUT FOR AN UNNAMED MAN. THE RCMP SAYS FURTHER CHARGES MAY BE LAID.

THOUSANDS HAVE TURNED OUT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES YESTERDAY (NOV 11) ACROSS THE PRAIRIES TO HONOUR MILITARY VETERANS AND SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD. THE SERVICE AT THE CONVENTION CENTRE IN WINNIPEG FEATURED A ``PASSING OF THE TORCH'' BY VETERANS. IN SASKATCHEWAN, PUBLIC EVENTS WERE HELD IN SASKATOON AND REGINA, WHERE THERE WAS ALSO A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT VICTORIA PARK'S CENOTAPH. GATHERINGS IN EDMONTON AND CALGARY INCLUDED THE INDOOR EVENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA BUTTERDOME. THERE WAS EVEN A CEREMONY AT THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH A PIPE BAND AND HONOUR GUARD FOR EMPLOYEES AND TRAVELLERS.

ALMOST TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE TURNED OUT IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES IN CALGARY FOR A REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY AT THE MILITARY MUSEUM. FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT MINISTER JASON KENNEY SAYS ATTENDANCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN ON THE RISE IN RECENT YEARS. HE SAYS THAT'S A CLEAR INDICATION THAT CANADIANS ARE NOT FORGETTING ABOUT THE SACRIFICES SOLDIERS HAVE MADE. KENNEY SUGGESTS THE DEATHS OF 158 SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE FOCUSED THE ATTENTION OF A NEW GENERATION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBRANCE DAY. ALBERTA LT.-GOV DONALD ETHELL, A RETIRED COLONEL, SAYS THERE ARE STILL YOUNG CANADIAN FAMILIES WHO ARE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES. HE ALSO SAYS THERE ARE TOO MANY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LIVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SCARS OF WAR.

A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM THE VILLAGE OF VETERAN, ALBERTA, SAY THEY ARE THRILLED THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP A WORLD WAR TWO SOLDIER GET HIS LOST MEDALS REPLACED. THE STUDENTS WERE INVITED TO SPENT YESTERDAY IN OTTAWA AT THE INVITATION OF OPERATION VETERAN, AN INITIATIVE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM. THE STUDENTS CONVINCED VETERANS AFFAIRS TO REPLACE FIVE MEDALS FOR 92-YEAR-OLD DAVE PENNINGTON. THE MEDALS WERE LOST 20 YEARS AGO WHEN HIS SISTER-IN-LAW ACCIDENTALLY THREW THEM OUT. PENNINGTON SAYS THE CHILDREN WHO HELPED HIM ARE A GREAT BUNCH OF KIDS.

ALBERTANS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN SOLDIERS WITH A NEW SPECIAL LICENCE PLATE. THE PLATES FEATURE THE IMAGE OF A YELLOW RIBBON AND THE ``SUPPORT OUR TROOPS'' SLOGAN. THE PROVINCE SAYS THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER EARLY NEXT YEAR AND WILL COST 150 DOLLARS. THE FEE INCLUDES THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEES AND ANY EXTRA REVENUE WILL ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ALBERTA.

THREE HIGH-END CALGARY RESTAURANTS HAVE BEEN HIT BY A DINE-AND-DASH ARTIST WHO RACKS UP A BIG TAB AND THEN ESCAPES BEFORE PAYING THE BILL. LAST WEEK, MUSE IN KENSINGTON WAS THE TARGET OF THE HIGH-LIVING THIEF, WHO ORDERED EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS, A $70 BOTTLE OF WINE, AN APPETIZER AND AN ENTREE. HE LEFT HIS WALLET ON THE TABLE AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO THE WASHROOM, THEN SLIPPED OUT THE DOOR. WHEN STAFF EXAMINED THE WALLET THEY FOUND BITS OF MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS INSIDE AND THAT'S WHEN THEY KNEW THEY'D BEEN HAD. A SECURITY CAMERA CAPTURED THE MAN'S IMAGE AND THE STORY AND PHOTO WENT VIRAL ON TWITTER WITH THE HASHTAG ``MUSECRIMEFIGHTERS'' OVER THE WEEKEND. TWO OTHER RESTAURANTS, TEATRO AND BLINK, BELIEVE THE SAME MAN PULLED A SIMILAR DINE AND DASH SCAM ON THEM.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IS TURNING TO TWO NEW COMMUNITIES IN HOPES OF CONTAINING A MEASLES OUTBREAK. VACCINATION CLINICS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN TWO HILLS AND LACOMBE, FOR CHILDREN AGED SIX MONTHS TO 17, AND FOR THOSE FOUR TO 17 WHO HAVE NOT HAD A SECOND DOSE OF THE MEASLES VACCINE.
A-H-S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER DR. MARTIN LAVOIE SAYS THE OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD FROM THE SOUTH ZONE COMMUNITIES OF COALDALE AND FORT MACLEOD, TO OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH LOW IMMUNIZATION RATES. AS OF YESTERDAY (NOV 11), THERE WERE 23 CONFIRMED CASES OF MEASLES IN ALBERTA.

IT'S DOWN TO BUSINESS THIS EVENING (NOV 12) FOR THE NEW COUNCIL IN THE TOWN OF BASSANO. IT'S THEIR FIRST REGULAR MEETING SINCE THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR MAYOR TOM ROSE, DEPUTY MAYOR RIC BEDDOWS, AND COUNCILORS DOUG BARLOW,  CYNTHIA CASSIDY, RICK DOHERTY, KEVIN JONES, AND LYNN MCWILLIAM. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING. ANY DELEGATIONS WANTING TO APPEAR BEFORE BASSANO COUNCIL HAVE TO FIRST MAKE AN APPLICATION AND BE PRE-APPROVED. CONTACT BASSANO TOWN HALL OR GO TO THE TOWN WEBSITE.  

ACROSS THE PRAIRIES, GRAIN BINS AND ELEVATORS ARE STUFFED TO CAPACITY. BUT FARMERS SAY ANY EXTRA PROFIT FROM THEIR BUMPER CROP IS BEING EATEN AWAY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR GRAIN TO MARKET. C-N AND C-P RAIL EACH SAY THEY'RE RUNNING ABOUT 55-HUNDRED GRAIN CARS A WEEK. C-N SPOKESMAN MARK HALLMAN SAYS THE PROBLEM IS FARMERS PRODUCED SO MUCH GRAIN THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED.


THE CANADIAN WESTERN AGRIBITION KICKING OFF YESTERDAY (NOV 11) IN REGINA. NOW IN ITS 43RD YEAR, THE FAIR HAS ALL KINDS OF LIVESTOCK ON DISPLAY AND ALSO FEATURES A TRADE SHOW WITH NEARLY 500 EXHIBITORS. LAST YEAR, THE SIX-DAY EVENT DREW ABOUT 122-THOUSAND VISITORS, INCLUDING MORE THAN 700 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS FROM OVER 60 COUNTRIES.

ORGANIZERS ARE CALLING AGRI-TRADE 2013 A SUCCESS. EVENT MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS ATTENDANCE TO THE 30TH EDITION OF THE HUGE RED DEER AGRICULTURAL SHOW WAS VERY STEADY OVER THE FOUR DAYS, WITH VISITORS FROM ALL OF THE WESTERN PROVINCES. RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TIM CREEDON SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE WESTERNER BOARD AND THE CHAMBER IN PRESENTING AGRI-TRADE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE SHOW'S SUCCESS. HE SAYS OF ALL THE MEMBERS IN THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO COMMUNITY DOES A SHOW LIKE AGRI-TRADE IN RED DEER.  STRONG SALES AND RENEWALS FOR BOOTHS AT NEXT YEAR'S AGRI-TRADE ARE BEING REPORTED. THE EVENT WOUND UP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, nOVEMBER 8

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a woman on a reserve NORTH OF RED DEER. RCMP say 21-year-old Randall Omeasoo of Hobbema was arrested YESTERDAY morning (NOV 7). ON WEDNESDAY (NOV 6), 20 YEAR OLD SHELBY MINDE WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT. Chelsea Yellowbird from the Samson Cree First Nation NEAR HOBBEMA was shot and killed at her home on September 5th, 2011. Alberta Justice says a third man, who has not been identified, has also been charged and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld the sentence of a man convicted of aggravated assault against a six-week-old infant. Dale Kunath of High River had argued that he wasn't given enough credit for his guilty plea when he was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison.
But the three-member Appeal Court panel says the trial judge's decision was thorough and comprehensive with no reviewable errors. During his sentencing, Justice Neil Wittman called the acts on the baby boy despicable, depraved and disgusting. Court heard that Kunath burned the baby's feet with a lighter and injured his genitals so severely that the child might never fully recover. Kunath was apparently upset that his girlfriend, the baby's mother, was speaking with the biological father.

Police are STILL looking for two men who stole money from a Calgary-area grocery store after abducting and threatening a clerk. R-C-M-P say the store worker in Airdrie was grabbed WEDNESDAY night (NOV 6) as she was getting into her vehicle after closing time. She was taken in her vehicle to another location where she was held for about half an hour and threatened, although no weapon was seen. The worker wasn't harmed and her abductors returned to enter the business to steal the cash.

A WANTED MAN HAS TURNED HIMSELF IN TO WETASKIWIN RCMP. 22 YEAR OLD WYATT DUSTIN BUFFALO IS CHARGED WITH ROBBERY AND FAILING TO COMPLY WITH A PROBATION ORDER IN RELATION TO AN INCIDENT ON HALLOWEEN, PLUS HE'S WANTED ON OTHER OUTSTANDING WARRANTS IN RELATION TO SEPARATE MATTERS. HE TURNED HIMSELF IN YESTERDAY (NOV 7), AND REMAINS BEHIND BARS FOR A BAIL HEARING.

A RED DEER SENIOR WHO IS FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE CHARGES AS A RESULT OF ALLEGED INCIDENTS DATING BACK TO THE 1970'S IS IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (NOV 8) FOR A POSSIBLE RESOLUTION. 73 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG WAS A TEACHER AT RED DEER'S RIVERGLEN SCHOOL IN THE 1970'S AND IT'S ALLEGED HE HAD INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH TWO FEMALE STUDENTS AT THE TIME. A FOUR DAY TRIAL WAS TO BEGIN ON TUESDAY BUT THE CASE WAS ADJOURNED TO THIS AFTERNOON FOR A POSSIBLE RESOLUTION.

A man charged in the death of a BYLAW ENFORCEMENT officer SOUTH OF CALGARY faces another 30 days of psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial. Trevor Kloschinsky (kloe-SHINS'-key) is charged with first-degree murder in Rod Lazenby's death last year.
Lazenby died in hospital on Aug. 10, 2012, from injuries he received while responding to a dog-related COMPLAINT at Kloschinsky's home in Priddis, just south of Calgary. Lazenby A RETIRED RCMP officer, WHO LIVED IN HIGH RIVER WAS WORKING AS A BYLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THE MD OF FOOTHILLS AT TIME TIME OF HIS DEATH. Kloschinsky, who has been representing himself since he and his lawyer parted company in July, consented to further assessment when he appeared before a judge (NOV 8). He is scheduled to return to court DecEMBER 6TH.

The Alberta government has introduced proposed legislation to limit children's exposure to smoking. The law would allow the province to take action to prevent sales of tobacco to minors. Such sales are currently covered only under federal legislation. Alberta also wants to put more restrictions on smoking tobacco-like products such as water pipes. And smoking would no longer be allowed in vehicles where children were present. The province is also promising to pass a private member's bill to restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco products.

AN 18 YEAR OLD BROOKS MAN ACCUSED IN A FATAL CRASH IN RED DEER SATURDAY MORNING WILL BE BACK IN COURT NEXT WEEK. TYLER JAMES WILSON WILL NOW HAVE A BAIL HEARING IN RED DEER COURT ON NOVEMBER 13TH AFTER APPEARING IN RED DEER COURT EARLIER THIS WEEK (NOV 6). HE WAS CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH, BUT THE CROWN HAS ADDED ANOTHER CHARGE OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH. AT ABOUT 3:30 A.M. SATURDAY (NOV 2), A TAXI WAS REAR-ENDED WHILE WAITING AT THE LIGHTS AT 30TH AVE AND 32ND STREET IN EAST RED DEER. 33 YEAR OLD JONATHAN DAVID WOOD OF RED DEER WAS A PASSENGER IN THE CAB AND DIED OF HIS INJURIES.

A Calgary judge is to rule next month on a dangerous offender application against Dustin Paxton. Paxton was convicted of aggravated and sexual assault for ongoing abuse he inflicted on his former friend and roommate. The man was dropped off at a Regina hospital in 2010 battered, emaciated and near death. He has suffered brain damage as a result of the abuse. A dangerous offender designation would keep Paxton in prison indefinitely. Justice Sheilah Martin's decision is set for Dec. 9.

The sound of a rather large explosion probably rattled a few people in the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat. But yesterday's (NOV 7) blast was just part of a research project being conducted by the federal government and the military. Bobbi Jo Bradley of Defence Research and Development Canada says a tanker was blown up at C-F-B Suffield. The military says there is no cause for concern, adding the research is helping to protect the lives of soldiers and emergency responders.

Another warning about phone scams throughout the province---this time in St. Paul. A resident says she keeps getting calls from groups trying to solicit donations----including one that claimed to be calling on behalf of the Calgary Police Association. They told her they were raising money for frontline support. Calgary police say there is no such fundraiser--and that police never call someone's home for this type of thing. RCMP say if you are getting calls from people or groups wanting money----just hang up on them.

The Alberta government is spending 83-million dollars to repair flood damage on the Siksika First Nation. The province says 167 homes will be repaired or rebuilt along with damaged infrastructure on the reserve, about 90 kilometres east of Calgary. The First Nation was hit hard in the June flood. Siksika tribal manager Romeo Crow Chief says a temporary neighbourhood is being built in the meantime to help get affected homeowners out of trailers.

LOTS OF FUN THIS WEEKEND IN THE COMMUNITIES OF GLEICHEN AND CLUNY. THE GLEICHEN AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY IS HOLDING A BIG FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY (NOV 9). IT'S ALL TO PAY FOR UPGRADES AND RENOVATIONS TO THE GLEICHEN ARENA AND CURLING COMPLEX. SOCIETY SPOKESPERSON, JANET YULE SAYS THE FACILITIES PLAY A BIG ROLE IN ACITIVITES FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA. THERE'S A GLEICHEN GUNNERS ALUMNI HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN DURING THE DAY. AND IN THE EVENING AT CLUNY COMMUNITY HALL THERE'S A SUPPER AND LIVE AUCTION. IT ALL KICKS OFF SATURDAY EVENING AT 5:30 WITH REFRESHMENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL Janet Yule at 403-734-2398.

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, nOVEMBER 7

DRUMHELLER RCMP CONTINUE LOOK FOR THREE SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (NOV 6). AROUND 2:00AM, THREE MALES WEARING MASKS ENTERED THE MAC'S/HUSKY CONVENIENCE STORE. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS WAS ARMED WITH A HANDGUN. THE CULPRITS DEMANDING MONEY FROM THE LONE CLERK. BUT THE TRIO FLEEING ON FOOT WITH SOME CASH, AS WELL AS CIGARETTES AND LOTTERY TICKETS. THE CLERK WAS NOT INJURED. POLICE BELIEVE THE SUSPECTS WERE WAITING BEHIND OR NEAR THE STORE LEADING UP TO THE ROBBERY. ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT SHOULD CALL THE DRUMHELLER RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.


ALBERTA CONSERVATIVE BACKBENCH MP TED MENZIES IS RESIGNING HIS SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.  THE MEMBER FOR THE RIDING OF MACLEOD SOUTH OF CALGARY HAS TWEETED A BRIEF STATEMENT WITH THE HASHTAG ``MOVINGON.'' MENZIES, A WELL-LIKED AND RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS, WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2004 AND WON RE-ELECTION THREE TIMES. THE 61-YEAR-OLD FARMER WAS A JUNIOR MINISTER FOR FINANCE BETWEEN JANUARY 2011 AND LAST JULY. HE WAS ALSO A PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO A NUMBER OF MINISTERS DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE. HE DECIDED TO STEP BACK FROM CABINET TO CONCENTRATE MORE ON HIS MACLEOD RIDING AFTER THE JUNE FLOODING. HIS DEPARTURE LEAVES THE CONSERVATIVES WITH 160 COMMONS SEATS, THE NDP WITH 100 AND THE LIBERALS WITH 34. THE BLOC QUEBECOIS HAS FOUR AND THE GREEN PARTY ONE, WHILE THERE ARE FOUR INDEPENDENTS AND FOUR VACANCIES.

RCMP HAVE CHARGED A MAN WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING OF A WOMAN ON A RESERVE NORTH OF RED DEER WITH A HISTORY OF GANG VIOLENCE. POLICE SAY 23-YEAR-OLD CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD FROM THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION NEAR HOBBEMA WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT HER HOME ON SEPT. 5, 2011.  THE HOUSE WAS NEXT DOOR TO A HOME WHERE HER NEPHEW, FIVE-YEAR-OLD ETHAN YELLOWBIRD, WAS SHOT DEAD WHILE SLEEPING TWO MONTHS EARLIER. IN BOTH CASES, THE SHOTS CAME FROM OUTSIDE THE HOMES. RCMP HAVE CHARGED 20-YEAR-OLD SHELBY MINDE (MYND) OF HOBBEMA AFTER A TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION. MINDE IS BEING HELD IN CUSTODY AND IS TO APPEAR IN WETASKIWIN PROVINCIAL COURT.

THE MOTHER OF A WOMAN SHOT IN HER HOME ON A CENTRAL ALBERTA RESERVE IS PLEASED POLICE HAVE FINALLY CHARGED A MAN WITH MURDER IN HER DAUGHTER'S DEATH. TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD WAS SHOT ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION ON SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2011. TRINA YELLOWBIRD SAYS NOW THAT AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE, SHE CAN FINALLY SLEEP AND HAVE SOME PEACE. R-C-M-P HAVE CHARGED 20-YEAR-OLD SHELBY MINDE OF HOBBEMA WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AFTER A TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION.

FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID AGAINST TWO MEN IN RELATION TO THE KILLING OF CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD TWO YEARS AGO. 20 YEAR OLD DARREN APPLEGARTH AND 21 YEAR OLD RANDALL OMEASOO ARE ACCUSED ALONG WITH 20 YEAR OLD SHELBY MINDE IN THE DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD WHO WAS SHOT AT A RESIDENCE ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011. HOWEVER, APPLEGARTH AND OMEASOO'S WHEREABOUTS ARE CURRENTLY UNKNOWN SO WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THEIR ARREST. MINDE RETURNS TO COURT ON TUESDAY (NOV12).

AIRDRIE RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN WHO STOLE MONEY FROM A CALGARY-AREA GROCERY STORE AFTER ABDUCTING AND THREATENING A CLERK. R-C-M-P SAY THE STORE WORKER IN AIRDRIE WAS GRABBED LAST NIGHT (NOV 6) AS SHE WAS GETTING INTO HER VEHICLE AFTER CLOSING TIME. SHE WAS TAKEN IN HER VEHICLE TO ANOTHER LOCATION WHERE SHE WAS HELD FOR ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AND THREATENED, ALTHOUGH NO WEAPON WAS SEEN. THE WORKER WASN'T HARMED AND HER ABDUCTORS RETURNED TO ENTER THE BUSINESS TO STEAL THE CASH.

A FIRE THAT DESTROYED AT A MOBILE HOME IN RED DEER'S MUSTANG ACRES ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 4) IS BEING CALLED A CASE OF ARSON. RCMP SAY THE FIRE AT THE HOME WHERE THREE ADULTS AND ONE INFANT RESIDED WAS DELIBERATELY SET.  RED DEER FIRE INSPECTOR TIM KIVELL SAYS IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO CLASSIFY THE BLAZE AS SUSPICIOUS AS TIME FRAMES AND STATEMENTS MADE TO THEM JUST DIDN'T ADD UP. 29 YEAR OLD RANDY EVANS, A TENANT RENTING THE HOME AND FATHER OF THE INFANT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF ARSON.  HE REMAINS IN CUSTODY AND WILL APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH.

NEW TRIAL DATES HAVE BEEN SET FOR A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN THE HUNTING DEATH OF A BENTLEY AREA MAN FOUR YEARS AGO. 61 YEAR OLD HERBERT MEISTER WAS ORIGINALLY TO HAVE A THREE WEEK JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL TWO YEARS AGO BUT NUMEROUS DELAYS FOR VARIOUS REASONS HAVE RESULTED IN NEW TRIAL DATES NOW BEING SET FOR SEPTEMBER OF  NEXT YEAR. MEISTER FACES TWO COUNTS IN THE DEATH OF 55 YEAR OLD PHILLIP MOORE WHO WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH DURING A HUNTING TRIP WITH AQUAINTANCES NEAR BENTLEY IN NOVEMBER OF 2009. IT'S BEEN ALLEGED MOORE WAS MISTAKEN FOR A DEER.

A PONOKA MAN CHARGED IN A TRAFFIC STOP TURNED WEAPONS BUST IN RED DEER LAST WINTER HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TIME ALREADY SERVED BEHIND BARS. 27 YEAR OLD STEPHEN RICHMOND HAS BEEN CONVICTED ON TEN OF 35 COUNTS AGAINST HIM AND WAS SENTENCED TO EIGHT AND A HALF MONTHS IN JAIL. IT WAS IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR WHEN CITY RCMP STOPPED A VEHICLE AT GAETZ AND 22ND STREET AND SEIZED NUMEROUS STOLEN FIREARMS AND PERSONAL I.D. AS WELL AS MARIJUANA AND TWO HUNTING KNIVES IN PROXIMITY OF THE DRIVER.

A JAIL GUARD IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA FACES DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION THAT TURNED UP MARIJUANA AND ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. POLICE SAY RICKI RAYMOND FEHR, WHO IS 24, WAS ARRESTED AT THE MEDICINE HAT REMAND CENTRE LAST WEEK. OFFICERS WERE INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS THAT SOMEONE WAS BRINGING MARIJUANA TO INMATES.
FEHR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING AND POSSESSION OF PROCEEDS OF CRIME.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING 83-MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR FLOOD DAMAGE ON THE SIKSIKA FIRST NATION. THE PROVINCE SAYS 167 HOMES WILL BE REPAIRED OR REBUILT ALONG WITH DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE RESERVE, ABOUT 90 KILOMETRES EAST OF CALGARY. THE FIRST NATION WAS HIT HARD IN THE JUNE FLOOD. SIKSIKA TRIBAL MANAGER ROMEO CROW CHIEF SAYS A TEMPORARY NEIGHBOURHOOD IS BEING BUILT IN THE MEANTIME TO HELP GET AFFECTED HOMEOWNERS OUT OF TRAILERS.

THE BRITISH ARMY WILL CONTINUE TO TRAIN SOLDIERS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, BUT WANTS OTTAWA TO CUT THEM A CHEAPER DEAL. THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE BRITISH ARMY TRAINING UNIT SUFFIELD SAYS THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA HAVE AGREED TO EXTEND A TRAINING AGREEMENT FIRST SIGNED IN 1971. COLONEL JIM LANDON SAYS THE BRITISH MILITARY CONSIDERED MOVING THE TRAINING UNIT TO A BASE IN GERMANY. BUT HE SAYS SENIOR OFFICERS DECIDED THE BASE IN SUFFIELD IS THE BEST PLACE TO CONDUCT LARGE-SCALE TRAINING. THE BASE TRAINS THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS EACH YEAR, WHICH PUMPS LOTS OF MONEY INTO SOUTHEASTERN ALBERTA.

A SCHOOL TRUSTEE IN RURAL ALBERTA IS APOLOGIZING FOR SENDING TWEETS THAT WERE RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC AND SEXIST. 50 YEAR OLD JAMES ANDRE (AND-REE), WHO SERVES IN A SCHOOL DIVISION IN THE CAMROSE AREA SAYS HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE SENT THE REMARKS AND THEY DON'T REPRESENT HIS VIEWS. HE SAYS MOST OF THE COMMENTS WERE JOKES HE RETWEETED TO HIS FRIENDS AND HE SENT THEM OUT BEFORE HE WON HIS SCHOOL BOARD SEAT ON OCTOBER. 21. HE HAS SINCE SHUT DOWN HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT, WHICH USED THE HANDLE ``HOTONE1963.'' KENDALL SEVERSON (SEE-VER-SON), BOARD CHAIR OF THE BATTLE RIVER SCHOOL DIVISION IN CAMROSE, SAYS STAFF ARE SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE ON WHETHER ANDRE CAN BE REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION. KRIS WELLS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA'S INSTITUTE FOR SEXUAL MINORITY STUDIES HAS SENT THE PROVINCE'S EDUCATION MINISTER A LETTER SAYING ANDRE IS NOT FIT FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS BROUGHT FORWARD A LAW THAT PROPOSES FURTHER REGULATION TO HOW CAR INSURANCE RATES ARE SET.  UNDER THE ENHANCING CONSUMER PROTECTION IN AUTO INSURANCE ACT, BOTH MANDATORY LIABILITY AND OPTIONAL COLLISION RATE HIKES WOULD BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW BY THE AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE RATE BOARD. CURRENTLY, ONLY THE MANDATORY RATE HIKES ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL. INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD ALSO HAVE TO APPLY FOR RATE HIKES INDIVIDUALLY WHEN WANTED, RATHER THAN ANNUALLY THROUGH AN INDUSTRY GROUP. ALBERTA FINANCE MINISTER DOUG HORNER SAYS DRIVER HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR MORE OVERSIGHT OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS AREAS OF THE SYSTEM THAT DEAL WITH THE DEFINITION OF MINOR INJURY AND THE CAP ON PAYOUTS FOR MINOR INJURIES ARE STILL UNDER REVIEW.

IT APPEARS THAT YOU CAN'T DIG A DEEP HOLE IN ALBERTA WITHOUT FINDING A DUCK-BILLED DINOSAUR. FOR THE SECOND TIME IN WEEKS A CONSTRUCTION CREW HAS DISCOVERED THE FOSSILIZED REMAINS OF A HADROSAUR, A PLANT-EATING CREATURE THAT STALKED THE EARTH ABOUT 68 MILLION YEARS AGO. THE LATEST DISCOVERY HAPPENED IN LEDUC, SOUTH OF EDMONTON. A CREW BUILDING A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOUND THE FOSSILS AND CALLED THE ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM TO REPORT THEIR FIND. MUSEUM CURATOR FRANCOIS THERRIEN SAYS THIS DINOSAUR WAS A TEENAGER WHEN IT DIED AND IS ABOUT EIGHT-METRES-LONG. LAST MONTH A PIPELINE CREW IN NORTHWESTERN ALBERTA UNCOVERED THE FOSSILS OF A LARGER AND OLDER HADROSAUR, A DINOSAUR THAT WAS ALMOST AS COMMON DURING THE CRETACEOUS ERA AS DEER ARE TODAY.


AGRI-TRADE 2013 IS INTO ITS SECOND DAY IN RED DEER AND ALREADY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME THROUGH THE DOORS. MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS CAL DALLAS IS PROUD TO HAVE THE HUGE EVENT IN RED DEER. DALLAS WANTS TO UNDERLINE JUST HOW BRIGHT THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE IS. DALLAS MADE HIS REMARKS YESTERDAY (NOV 6) AT A SPECIAL V.I.P. LUNCHEON. EVENT MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS THIS YEAR'S THEY ARE BRINGING AGRI-TRADE BACK TO ITS ALBERTA ROOTS, WITH INTERNATIONAL EXIBITORS MIXED IN WITH AGRICULTURAL INNOVATORS FROM AROUND THE PROVINCE. AGRI-TRADE RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY AT WESTERNER PARK IN RED DEER. 

 

 

 

 

 

wednesDAY, nOVEMBER 6

 

DRUMHELLER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AN ARMED ROBBERY FROM OVERNIGHT. AROUND 2:00 THIS MORNING (NOV 6), THREE MALES WEARING MASKS ENTERED THE MAC'S/HUSKY CONVENIENCE STORE. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS WAS ARMED WITH A HANDGUN AND THEY DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE LONE CLERK. THE TRIO FLEEING ON FOOT WITH CASH, AS WELL AS CIGARETTES AND LOTTERY TICKETS. THE CLERK WAS NOT INJURED. POLICE BELIEVE THE SUSPECTS WERE WAITING BEHIND OR NEAR THE STORE LEADING UP TO THE ROBBERY. ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT SHOULD CALL THE DRUMHELLER RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

A MAN IS IN HOSPITAL IN LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION AFTER HE WAS SHOT BY A CALGARY POLICE OFFICER. CALGARY POLICE SAY TWO OFFICERS APPROACHED A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE AROUND 11:00 YESTERDAY MORNING (NOV 5). POLICE SAY AS THE VEHICLE DROVE AWAY ONE OF THE OFFICERS FIRED HIS WEAPON, HITTING THE MAN AT LEAST ONCE. NEITHER OF THE TWO OFFICERS WERE HURT. INVESTIGATORS WHO REPORT TO ALBERTA'S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO REVIEW WHAT HAPPENED. THE ALBERTA SERIOUS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM INVESTIGATES WHENEVER SOMEONE IS SERIOUSLY HURT OR DIES DUE TO THE POSSIBLE ACTIONS OF POLICE.

A TRIAL CONTINUES IN CALGARY TODAY (NOV 6) FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING HER HUSBAND NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO. 63 YEAR OLD HEATHER WILSON-DUNCAN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DECEMBER 2010 INCIDENT IN WHICH A 68 YEAR OLD MAN WAS FOUND IN A RURAL RESIDENCE WEST OF DIDSBURY. POLICE SAY THERE WERE NO PREVIOUS REPORTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT THE HOME. WILSON-DUNCAN'S TRIAL RUNS TIL NOVEMBER 29TH.

THE BROOKS MAN BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FATAL REAR-ENDING OF A TAXI CAB IN RED DEER ON SATURDAY MORNING WILL BE BACK IN A RED DEER COURTROOM TODAY (NOV 6). 18 YEAR OLD TYLER JAMES WILSON OF BROOKS  MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE MONDAY AND WILL NOW ATTEND A BAIL HEARING BACK AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE TODAY (WED), FACING AN IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE. RCMP SAY HIS TRUCK REAR ENDED AN ALBERTA GOLD TAXI AT 3:30 AM ON SATURDAY WHILE THE CAB WAS WAITING AT THE LIGHTS ON 30TH AVENUE AT 32ND STREET IN EAST RED DEER.  THE TAXI CUSTOMER, 33 YEAR OLD JONATHAN DAVID WOOD OF RED DEER WOULD SUCCUMB TO HIS INJURIES. WILSON AND THE CAB DRIVER WERE TREATED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL BUT HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED.

SOME FRIGHTENING MOMENTS ON CENTRAL ALBERTA HIGHWAYS YESTERDAY (NOV 5) WITH TWO MAJOR CRASHES IN THE LACOMBE AREA. THE FIRST INCIDENT HAPPENING AROUND 10:30  YESTERDAY MORNING, CAUSING A TRAFFIC TIE-UP ON HIGHWAY TWO WEST OF LACOMBE. A VEHICLE WENT OVER THE EDGE OF HIGHWAY 2 AND ENDED UP ON ITS ROOF ON HIGHWAY 12.  A 74 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO EDMONTON'S UNIVERSITY  HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION.   THEN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 5) NORTHWEST OF LACOMBE, ONE MAN WAS KILLED IN A FATAL CRASH BETWEEN A CAR AND A GRAVEL TRUCK.  THE COLLISION TAKING PLACE AT RANGE ROAD 2-70 AND FORCED THE CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 6-04 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (TUES) FOR SEVERAL HOURS.  THE DRIVER OF THE CAR DIED OF HIS INJURIES AND THE DRIVER OF THE DUMP TRUCK WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL  NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AS BOTH CRASHES ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A SPRINGBANK HUNTER WHO WENT MISSING OVER THE WEEKEND. SIXTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD ROBERT FOLINSBEE WENT MISSING SATURDAY (NOV 2) DURING HEAVY SNOWFALL. ANOTHER MAN WAS IN RADIO CONTACT WITH FOLINSBEE FOR A FEW DAYS BUT LOST CONTACT MONDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAD THE PROPER EQUIPMENT WITH THEM AND HAD PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

A WOMAN CONVICTED IN THE NEW YEARS EVE STABBING DEATH OF A HOBBEMA MAN NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO HAS FILED FOR APPEAL. 31 YEAR OLD PHOEBE FIRINGSTONEY OF HOBBEMA WAS SENTENCED LAST MONTH TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 10 YEARS AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 34 YEAR OLD JAMIE LEE SOOSAY. SOOSAY WAS STABBED TO DEATH AT A RESIDENCE ON THE SAMSON CREE NATION ON DECEMBER 31ST OF 2011 WITH THE COUPLE'S FIVE YOUNG KIDS HOME AT THE TIME. IT'S NOT KNOWN AT THIS POINT WHEN FIRINGSTONEY'S CASE WILL BE HEARD IN APPEALS COURT.

A FORMER RED DEER SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT ON ONE OF HIS STUDENTS ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO MAY SOON LEARN HIS FATE. 73 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG BEGAN HIS 4 DAY TRIAL YESTERDAY (NOV 5) BUT THE CROWN AND HIS LAWYERS AGREED TO SUBMIT A RESOLUTION TO A JUDGE ON FRIDAY (NOV 8) AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE. A COMPLAINT WAS MADE TO THE RCMP IN 2010 THAT FERTIG AND A STUDENT ENGAGED IN AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP IN 1971 AND AGAIN BETWEEN 1975 AND 1977 WHILE HE TAUGHT AT RIVERGLEN SCHOOL IN RED DEER. THE STUDENT WAS 12 WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BEGAN AND 15 WHEN IT ENDED. FERTIG WAS ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011. HE WAS ABOUT TO PAY A 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR BAIL BOND. HE WAS FREE LEADING UP TO THIS WEEKS TRIAL.

AN ALERT IS GOING OUT TO ALL SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH REGIONS ON THE PROTOCOL FOR DEALING WITH NEEDLES AFTER A TODDLER PUT HER HANDS INTO A PAIL WITH USED SYRINGES AT A HOSPITAL. HEALTH MINISTER DUSTIN DUNCAN SAYS THE REGIONS ARE BEING TOLD TO MAKE SURE ALL FACILITIES ARE FOLLOWING THE RULES FOR PROPER DISPOSAL. THE ALERT COMES AFTER A WOMAN SAID HER 19-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER SNUCK OVER TO A GARBAGE AND GOT STUCK WITH SOME NEEDLES IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IN OUTLOOK LAST WEEK. PETRINA KUZYK (COO-ZIK) SAYS THE CHILD MUST NOW TAKE DRUGS AND GET BLOOD TESTS FOR SIX MONTHS TO DETERMINE IF SHE'S CONTRACTED ANY DISEASES. THE HEARTLAND HEALTH REGION SAYS IT CAN'T COMMENT ON SPECIFIC CASES, BUT USED NEEDLES ARE SUPPOSED TO GO INTO A SPECIAL RECEPTACLE THAT HANGS ON THE WALL. DUNCAN SAYS AN EXPEDITED INVESTIGATION COULD TAKE ABOUT A WEEK AND THE AUDIT RESULTS SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 DAYS.

ALBERTA CONSERVATIVE BACKBENCH MEMEBER OF PARLIAMENT TED MENZIES IS RESIGNING HIS SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (NOV 6). THE MEMBER FOR THE RIDING OF MACLEOD, SOUTH OF CALGARY HAS TWEETED A BRIEF STATEMENT WITH THE HASHTAG ``MOVINGON.''  MENZIES, A WELL-LIKED AND RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS, WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2004 AND WON RE-ELECTION THREE TIMES. THE 61-YEAR-OLD FARMER WAS A JUNIOR MINISTER FOR FINANCE BETWEEN JANUARY 2011 AND LAST JULY. HE WAS ALSO A PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO A NUMBER OF MINISTERS DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE.
HIS DEPARTURE LEAVES THE CONSERVATIVES WITH 160 COMMONS SEATS, THE NDP WITH 100 AND THE LIBERALS WITH 34. THE BLOC QUEBECOIS HAS FOUR AND THE GREEN PARTY ONE, WHILE THERE ARE FOUR INDEPENDENTS AND FOUR VACANCIES.


THE FORMER C-E-O OF THE ART GALLERY OF CALGARY HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR DEFRAUDING HER EMPLOYER OF 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS. VALERIE COOPER PLEADED GUILTY THIS SUMMER TO TAKING THE MONEY THROUGH FALSE EXPENSE CLAIMS OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD. SOME OF THE MONEY PAID FOR HER CONDO RENTAL, UNAUTHORIZED TRAVEL AND PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS CLOTHING, CLEANING AND MASSAGES. SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT FRAUD MEANT AND DIDN'T MEAN TO HURT THE ART GALLERY BECAUSE SHE LOVED WORKING THERE. COOPER WAS ALSO SENTENCED TO 80 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND IS BANNED FROM BEING EMPLOYED IN A POSITION WITH SIGNING AUTHORITY ON FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS. COOPER'S LAWYER, WILLIE DE WIT, HAD ASKED FOR A CONDITIONAL SENTENCE. DE WIT SAYS COOPER THOUGHT SHE WAS OWED THE MONEY AND MADE THE MISTAKE IN THE WAY SHE TRIED TO GET IT BACK. JUDGE ANNE BROWN SAID AGGRAVATING FACTORS WERE BREACH OF TRUST, THE AMOUNT AND DURATION OF THE FRAUD AND THE FACT THAT THE ART GALLERY IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

AGRI-TRADE STARTS TODAY (NOV 6) , CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN RED DEER.  THE NEWEST AND BEST IN AGRICULTURE HAS TAKEN OVER WESTERNER PARK FOR THE NEXT FOUR DAYS.  AGRI-TRADE 2013 OPENS ITS DOORS AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK AT 9 AM (WED). EVENT MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS THERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT YOUR BEST BET IS YOUR SMARTPHONE. ALL OF THE EVENTS ARE LISTED ONLINE AS WELL AT AGRI-TRADE.COM. AGRI-TRADE IS ONE OF WESTERN CANADA'S BIGGEST AGRICULTURAL TRADE SHOWS.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, nOVEMBER 5

DRIVERS WHO MAY BE HEADING TO THE DRUMHELLER AREA OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SOME BIG CHANGES AT TWO MAIN INTERSECTIONS IN THE REGION. ALBERTA TRANPORTATION IS CONVERTING THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9, 27, AND 56 NORTH OF DRUMHELLER, AND THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND 21 BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND BEISEKER INTO "FOUR WAY STOPS". INSTALLATION OF ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE AND SPECIAL RUMBLE STRIPS BEGAN ON SATURDAY, AND DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE CONVERSION WILL BE COMPLETED ON TODAY (NOV 5).  BOTH INTERSECTIONS ARE CONSIDERED AS DANGEROUS, WITH SEVERAL COLLISIONS AND FATALITIES IN THE PAST TEN YEARS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION DID SEVERAL SURVEYS, AN E INTENSIVE STUDY IN 2011, AND CONSULTED WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS BEFORE DECIDING ON THE CHANGE TO "FOUR WAY STOPS". ALBERTA TRANSPORATION SPOKESPERSON, NANCY BEASLEY-HOSKER SAYS THE CHANGES ARE BEING DONE IN THE NAME OF SAFETY. SHE SAYS THEY'LL BE MONITORING BOTH INTERSECTIONS TO SEE HOW THE CHANGES ARE AFFECTING DRIVERS HABITS. STATISTICS SHOW THERE SHOULD BE A 48 PERCENT REDUCTION IN COLLISIONS WITH A "FOUR WAY STOP".

 A NUMBER OF SCHOOL BUSES IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE STILL NOT RUNNING AGAIN TODAY. (TUE) THIS INCLUDES ALL BUSES FOR RURAL SCHOOLS IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL DIVISION LIKE BLACKFALDS, INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE, OLDS HOLY TRINITY AND ROCKY MOUNTAINHOUSE. THE BUSES ARE NOT RUNNING BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN. AND IN THE CHINOOKS EDGE SCHOOL DIVISIONS, ROAD CREWS ARE WORKING HARD TO CLEAR THE RURAL ROUTES BUT THEY STILL NEED MORE TIME, SO THE ONLY BUSES RUNNING TODAY ARE TO CARSTAIRS SCHOOLS AND DIDSBURY SCHOOLS. ALL OTHER CHINOOKS EDGE SCHOOL BUSES ARE CANCELLED. THIS INCLUDES PRAIRIE BUS LINES, JDR BUS LINES AND BOTH FILIPCHUCK AND HAND BUS LINES. ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE DIVISION WILL BE OPEN FOR STUDENTS. 

STARS AIR AMBULANCE WAS CALLED OUT TO THE QE2 NEAR LACOMBE JUST BEFORE TEN THIS MORNING (NOV 5) AFTER A VEHICLE WENT OVER THE EDGE OF HIGHWAY 2 AND ENDED UP ON IT'S ROOF ON HIGHWAY 12. EMERGENCY CREWS FROM LACOMBE ATTENDED THE SCENE WITH STARS TAKING ONE PATIENT TO HOSPITAL. NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS POINT BUT TRAFFIC IS BEING AFFECTED IN THE AREA.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY INJURED IN A SCHOOL BUS CRASH NEAR CROSSFIELD IS OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL. CROSSFIELD MAYOR NATHAN ANDERSON SAYS THE CHILD IS AWAKE, NO LONGER ON A VENTILATOR AND OPENING HIS EYES. TWO OTHER STUDENTS WHO WERE ALSO SENT TO HOSPITAL WITH CRITICAL INJURIES WERE SENT HOME LAST WEEK. THE BUS COLLIDED WITH A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK AT A RURAL INTERSECTION NEAR THE TOWN OF CROSSFIELD ON OCTOBER 25TH. THE FRONT END OF THE BUS WAS CRUSHED AND THE VEHICLE ENDED UP AGAINST A GUARD RAIL IN A DITCH. SIX OTHER CHILDREN AND THE FEMALE BUS DRIVER WERE LESS SERIOUSLY INJURED.

A MAN CHARGED IN THE BOMBING DEATH OF A SINGLE MOTHER IN INNISFAIL IS TO STAND TRIAL IN EARLY 2015. BRIAN MALLEY IS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND OTHER OFFENCES IN THE DEATH OF VICTORIA SHACHTAY (SHAK'-TAY). SHE DIED ON NOV. 25, 2011, WHEN A PACKAGE DELIVERED TO HER APARTMENT IN INNISFAIL EXPLODED. MALLEY WAS THE 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN'S FINANCIAL ADVISOR. A JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR JAN. 25 TO MARCH 6, 2015, IN RED DEER. A CHANGE OF VENUE APPLICATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HEARD ON MAY 12 AND HEARINGS TO DETERMINE IF CERTAIN EVIDENCE CAN BE PRESENTED IS SET FOR DEC. 8, 2014. SHACHTAY WAS WHEELCHAIR BOUND AFTER A CAR CRASH 9 YEARS AGO AND LEFT BEHIND A 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.

THE FAMILY OF A CALGARY MAN WHO WAS BEATEN TO DEATH SAYS IT'S AGONIZING TO LISTEN TO THE HORRIFIC DETAILS OF WHAT HAPPENED. ROBERT REITMEIER, WHO IS 25, IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF MARK MARIANI IN OCTOBER 2010. MARIANI, WHO WAS 47, WAS ATTACKED WHILE HE WAS RETURNING TO HIS CAR IN THE PARKING LOT OF A NORTHWEST STRIP MALL. THE CROWN SAID HE ENCOUNTERED TWO MEN PAINTING GRAFFITI AND THAT'S WHEN HE WAS STOMPED AND KICKED TO DEATH. THE FAMILY PLANS TO BE IN COURT EVERY DAY DURING THE TRIAL, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST THREE WEEKS.

A VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED CANADA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A SECOND CRIME IN SEATTLE, WASHINTON. THE SEATTLE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ACCUSED MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY ON MONDAY OF RESISTING ARREST RELATED TO AN OCTOBER INCIDENT. HE WAS PREVIOUSLY CHARGED WITH HARASSMENT.
AUTHORITIES HAVE SAID THEY ARE EXPLORING OTHER POSSIBLE CHARGES AGAINST STANLEY, WHOSE BAIL IS CURRENTLY SET AT $100,000. HIS COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURN A CALL SEEKING COMMENT. STANLEY WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL IN CANADA IN APRIL 2011 AFTER COMPLETING A 32-MONTH SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT AND FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT.
HE WAS BEING MONITORED BY POLICE IN RECENT MONTHS BUT CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET AND WAS ABLE TO CROSS INTO THE UNITED STATES. CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DECIDED NOT TO SEEK HIS EXTRADITION. 
 

A MAN WHO TAUGHT AT A CENTRAL ALBERTA SCHOOL IN THE 1970S WILL NOT GO TO TRIAL ON DECADES-OLD SEX CHARGES. WARREN FERTIG'S TRIAL WAS TO BEGIN IN RED DEER TODAY (NOV 5), BUT COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH HEARD A RESOLUTION HAS BEEN REACHED IN THE CASE.
FERTIG, WHO IS 72, IS CHARGED WITH RAPE AND SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH AN UNDERAGE STUDENT BETWEEN 1975 AND 1977. HE WAS CHARGED IN SEPTEMBER 2011 AFTER A WOMAN CAME FORWARD AND ALLEGED SHE HAD SEX WITH THE ACCUSED WHEN SHE WAS BETWEEN 12 AND 15 YEARS OLD. THE RESOLUTION IS TO BE SPOKEN TO IN RED DEER PROVINCIAL COURT ON FRIDAY (NOV 8).

A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN A SCAM WHERE MEN WERE BEATEN AND ROBBED AFTER BEING LURED TO AN APARTMENT WITH THE PROMISE OF SPENDING TIME WITH AN ESCORT. JOHN POITRA PLEADED GUILTY IN RED DEER PROVINCIAL COURT TO TWO COUNTS OF ROBBERY AND TWO COUNTS OF EXTORTION. COURT HEARD THAT TWO MEN WERE ROBBED OF CASH, CREDIT CARDS, VEHICLES AND OTHER VALUABLES. POITRA MUST ALSO PROVIDE A D-N-A SAMPLE AND IS BANNED FROM POSSESSING WEAPONS FOR 10 YEARS. SUSPECTS LINDSAY RAE MAZZEI AND MARK BITTERMAN ARE STILL BEFORE THE COURTS ON SIMILAR CHARGES.

CALGARY-BASED ENERGY COMPANY ENCANA SAYS IT'S CUTTING 20 PER CENT OF ITS WORKFORCE. THE CANADIAN NATURAL GAS GIANT ALSO SAYS IT'S SPINNING OFF A LARGE PART OF ITS ALBERTA ASSETS INTO A SEPARATE PUBLIC COMPANY AND CLOSING ITS OFFICE IN PLANO (PLAY'-NOH), TEXAS. ENCANA C-E-O DOUG SUTTLES SAYS THE MOVES ARE NECESSARY AS THE COMPANY FOCUSES ITS BUSINESS IN A MUCH SMALLER NUMBER OF AREAS. THERE'S NO WORD ON THE EXACT NUMBER OF JOB CUTS, BUT ENCANA SAYS IT WILL CONSOLIDATE ITS OFFICE LOCATIONS IN CALGARY AND DENVER.

49 EMPLOYEES OF NABORS CANADA IN SYLVAN LAKE ARE OUT OF WORK AFTER THE COMPANY RELEASED THEM RECENTLY. REPORTS SAY 41 OTHERS ARE BEING INTEGRATED INTO OTHER OPERATIONS AFTER THE COMPANY DECIDED TO GET OUT OF THE PRESSURE PUMPING BUSINESS. COMPANY PRESIDENT AND CEO JOE BRUCE SAYS SOME OF THE WORKERS WILL GO TO THE U.S. WITH SOME GOING TO SYLVAN LAKE-BASED NABORS PRODUCTION SERVICES AND THE REMAINDER TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR. BRUCE SAYS PRESSURE PUMPING WHICH IS USED IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OPERATIONS ACCOUNTS FOR ONLY A SMALL PART OF NABOR'S CANADIAN BUSINESS.

ALBERTA'S AUDITOR GENERAL SAYS ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB TO PREVENT AND CONTROL HOSPITAL INFECTIONS. MERWAN SAHER (SAW'-HER) SAYS IN HIS LATEST REPORT THAT THE PROVINCE NEEDS TO IMPROVE MONITORING OF INFECTION CONTROL. HE SAYS AHS NEEDS TO BEEF-UP MONITORING OF ITS PROCESSES TO CLEAN MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS. HIS REPORT ALSO CRITICIZES ALBERTA HEATH SERVICE'S HAND-HYGIENE STRATEGY. HE SAYS IT NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF IDENTIFYING HOSPITAL UNITS WITH POOR COMPLIANCE.

CENTRAL ALBERTA HUNTERS WHO SHOOT MORE GAME THAN THEY CAN EAT ARE BEING ASKED TO DONATE SURPLUS MEAT TO FOOD BANKS. A SPOKESMAN FOR A PROGRAM CALLED HUNTERS WHO CARE SAYS THE HARDEST THING FOR FOOD BANKS IS TO GET FRESH MEAT. ADAM MIRUS, WHO IS ALSO A FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICER, SAYS HIS COLLEAGUES HELP INSPECT ANY SUCH MEAT THAT'S GIVEN TO FOOD BANKS. HUNTERS WHO CARE HAS BEEN RUNNING IN ALBERTA SINCE 1996, BUT REGIONAL FOOD BANKS HAVE BARELY BENEFITED.
FRED SCAIFE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RED DEER FOOD BANK, CAN ONLY REMEMBER ONE GAME MEAT DONATION IN HIS 16 YEARS ON THE JOB. SCAIFE SAYS LOW DONATIONS FROM HUNTERS MAY BE CONNECTED TO THE LACK OF BUTCHERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM.

SLOWLY BUT SURELY, MORE STUDENTS IN THE FLOOD-DAMAGED TOWN OF HIGH RIVER, ALTA., ARE STARTING TO GET INTO THEIR MODULAR CLASSROOMS. EDUCATION MINISTER JEFF JOHNSON SAYS ABOUT 400 STUDENTS ARE NOW BEING TAUGHT IN THESE TEMPORARY BUILDINGS.
AND HE SAYS THE REMAINING 260 STUDENTS SHOULD BE READY TO MOVE IN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
JOHNSON SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAD HOPED TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY. HE SUGGESTED THE DELAY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SINGLE-SOURCE CONTRACT THE GOVERNMENT SIGNED FOR THE MODULARS. JOHNSON SAYS ONCE SCHOOLS DAMAGED BY THE FLOODS ARE REPAIRED, THE MODULARS CAN BE USED IN OTHER COMMUNITIES.

CHRISTMAS WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR FOR THOUSANDS OF HIGH RIVER RESIDENTS DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES DUE TO FLOODING. BUT, A LLOYDMINSTER BUSINESS WANTS TO BRING CHEER TO THOSE AFFECTED.
MANAGING PARTNER AT WESTERN FINANCIAL GROUP, BETTY ALLEN, SAYS EMPLOYEES AT THE LLOYDMINSTER OFFICE, DECIDED TO COLLECT CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND MUCH MORE TO SEND TO FLOOD-AFFECTED FAMILIES. SHE SAYS THE HIGH RIVER PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF EVERYTHING FROM BASIC TOILETRIES TO FURNITURE, AS WELL AS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. ALLEN SAYS ONE CUSTOMER HAS BROUGHT IN A COUPLE OF CHRISTMAS TREES. PEOPLE IN LLOYDMINSTER AND AREA ARE GATHERING ITEMS UNTIL NOVEMBER 8TH, AND THEN THEY WILL BE DELIVERED TO HIGH RIVER A FEW DAYS LATER.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, nOVEMBER 4

A REMINDER THAT DRIVERS WHO MAY BE HEADING TO THE DRUMHELLER AREA OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SOME BIG CHANGES AT TWO MAIN INTERSECTIONS IN THE REGION. ALBERTA TRANPORTATION IS CONVERTING THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9, 27, AND 56 NORTH OF DRUMHELLER, AND THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND 21 BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND BEISEKER INTO "FOUR WAY STOPS". ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE AND SPECIAL RUMBLE STRIPS ARE BEING INSTALLED THIS WEEKEND. IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT CO-OPERATE, THE CONVERSION WILL BE COMPLETED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (NOV 4-5).  BOTH INTERSECTIONS ARE CONSIDERED AS DANGEROUS, WITH SEVERAL COLLISIONS AND FATALITIES IN THE PAST TEN YEARS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION DID SEVERAL SURVEYS AND CONSULTED WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS BEFORE DECIDING ON THE CHANGE. TATISTICS SHOW THERE SHOULD BE A 48 PERCENT REDUCTION IN COLLISIONS WITH A "FOUR WAY STOP".

EMERGENCY PERSONNEL IN CALGARY HAD A BUSY WEEKEND WHEN THE CITY RECEIVED MORE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THERE WERE 187 CRASHES BETWEEN SUPPER TIME SATURDAY AND 9:00 SUNDAY NIGHT, WITH MINOR INJURIES IN 16 OF THEM. DRIVING CONDITIONS WERE POOR ON HIGHWAY TWO NORTH OF CALGARY, WHILE POLICE WERE ALSO BUSY ON THE ROADS IN AND AROUND EDMONTON. CALGARY GOT ABOUT 15 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW WHILE THE CAPITAL REGIONAL WAS HIT WITH ABOUT EIGHT TO 15, BUT SOME OUTLYING AREAS GOT MORE THAN 20 CENTIMETRES. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS ALONE 21 CENTIMETRES OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT, THE HIGHEST AMOUNT IN THE PROVINCE. THE RCMP SAYS HIGHWAY 2 FROM RED DEER TO DISBURY IS AN EXTREME HAZARD WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW PACKED AREAS. ALL HIGHWAYS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE NOT IDEAL FOR TRAVEL, THE BEST BET TODAY WOULD BE TO STAY HOME.

 THE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR MANY SCHOOLS AROUND OUR REGION. MANY SCHOOL BUSES DID NOT RUN DUE TO QUESTIONABLE ROAD CONDITIONS.  ALL BUSES IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, BOTH RURAL AND URBAN DID NOT RUN. HOWEVER, SCHOOLS IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE DIVISION WERE STILL OPEN. IN THE PRAIRIELAND SCHOOL DIVISION....SEVERAL CANCELLATIONS INCLUDING NO BUSES TO VETERAN SCHOOL,  CONSORT SCHOOL,  AND  NO BUSES TO ALTARIO SCHOOL. ALSO, ALL SCHOOL BUSES GOING TO HANNA WERE DELAYED THIS MORNING UNTIL THE ROADS ARE CLEARED. IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION. ALL RURAL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED (INCLUDING BLACKFALDS) BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.  INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOLS WERE OPEN. OLDS (HOLY TRINITY) SCHOOL..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN. AS WELL ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE SCHOOLS HAD NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN.

VULCAN RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE  A FATAL CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2) AROUND 8:25, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 23 NEAR TOWNSHIP ROAD 1-64 SOUTH OF VULCAN. THE VULCAN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMS ALSO RESPONDING. POLICE SAY IT APPEARS A NORTHBOUND PICKUP TRUCK DRIFTED INTO  THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, INTO THE PATH OF AN SUV. WHILE THE SUV SERVED, THE PICKUP TRUCK THEN CORRECTED BACK INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE STRIKING THE SUV HEAD ON. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST IN THE EAST DITCH, WITH THE PICKUP TRUCK BECOMING ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE FEMALE DRIVER OF THE SUV, DIED AT THE SCENE. A FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE SUV, WAS TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WAS THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE HALF TON TRUCK. HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY STARS TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION. POLICE SAY ALCOHOL AND ROAD CONDITIONS WERE NOT A FACTOR IN THIS CRASH.

A TAXI CAB CUSTOMER IS DEAD AFTER A 2 VEHICLE COLLISION IN EAST RED DEER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2). THE COLLISION HAPPENED AT ABOUT 3:30 WHEN A TAXI CAB WAS STOPPED AT SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS HEADING NORTH BOUND. THE CAB WAS REAR ENDED BY A TRUCK. IMPACT CAUSED THE TRUCK TO ROLL ON IT'S SIDE AND BLOCK TRAFFIC. THE PASSENGER RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAB WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED ON SCENE.  HE'S BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 33 YEAR OLD JONATHON DAVID WOOD OF RED DEER. THE DRIVERS OF THE CAB AND TRUCK WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, BUT THERE WERE BOTH TREATED AND RELEASED. 18 YEAR OLD TYLER WILSON OF BROOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (MON) IN RED DEER PROVINCIEAL COURT.

SIX ICE CLIMBERS WEST OF CALGARY WERE LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES AFTER SOME OF THEM GOT BURIED BY AN AVALANCHE ON THE WEEKEND.
MIKE KOPPANG, A PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIALIST WITH KANANASKIS COUNTRY, SAYS THE SLIDE HAPPENED ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) JUST AS THE SIX WERE DISCUSSING WHETHER OR NOT TO CONTINUE CLIMBING DUE TO DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. KOPPANG SAYS ONE CLIMBER WAS BURIED UP TO HIS CHEST IN SNOW WHILE ANOTHER WAS LEFT WITH ONLY HER FOOT STICKING OUT.
HE SAYS THE OTHER CLIMBERS WERE ABLE TO FREE THE WOMAN IN ABOUT 90 SECONDS.

RCMP FROM OKOTOKS AND HIGH RIVER MAKING SOME ARRESTS RECENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT INVOLVING TRAFFICKING OF STOLEN FIREARMS. MOUNTIES EXCUTING A SEARCH WARRANT AT RURAL HOME NORTH-EAST OF OKOTOKS IN THE MD OF FOOTHILLS ON OCTOBER 26TH. OFFICERS ARRESTING FOUR PEOPLE, CHARGING THREE WITH A VARIETY OF OFFENCES. 33 YEAR OLD LINDSEY CHARLTON IS FACING TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN PROPERTY AND DRUG RELATED CHARGES. A 21 YEAR OLD MALE AND 45 YEAR OLD FEMALE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. THE 21 YEAR OLD ALSO HAS 13 OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST FROM SEVERAL POLICE FORCES. OFFICERS SEIZING A NUMBER OF FIREARMS, ALLEGEDLY STOLEN BACK IN AUGUST FROM A RESIDENCE IN RED DEER.

THE TOWN OF BASSANO HAS ITS NEW COUNCIL IN PLACE. SIX COUNCILORS WERE ELECTED IN OCTOBER'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION, AND AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING WAS HELD RECENTLY WHERE COUNCILORS SELECTED TOM ROSE ONCE AGAIN AS THE MAYOR OF BASSANO. ROSE SAYS THERE ARE QUITE A FEW ITEMS TO BE TACKLED OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. HE'D LIKE TO SEE THE NEW DEVELOPMENT NORTH OF THE BASSANO GOLF COURSE TAKE SHAPE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. MAYOR ROSE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME PLANS PRESENTED TO COUNCIL BEFORE END OF THE YEAR (2013) AND EVENTUALLY SOME CONSTRUCTION TO START SOMETIME IN 2014. HE SAYS GETTING THE REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM TO BASSANO IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT. RIC BEDDOES WAS CHOSEN AS BASSANO'S DEPUTY...THE FOUR OTHER COUNCILORS ARE ED MAURER, KYLE MARKS, DOUG BARLOW, AND BERNARD GIBEAU.

A MAJOR MODERNIZATION PROJECT IS NOW UNDERWAY AT DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN PONOKA. WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION SPOKESMAN JOE HENDERSON SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS ALREADY BEEN GUTTED SO THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG NICELY. HE SAYS THE PROJECT IS IN THE EARLY STAGES WITH DEMOLITION TAKING PLACE AND ASBESTOS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL BEING REMOVED. HE SAYS THEY ARE STILL USING THE GYM AND ALLOWING THE PONOKA COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL TO USE IT FOR PROGRAMS UNTIL THE HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM IS COMPLETE. HENDERSON SAYS RENOVATIONS TO DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOULD BE DONE FOR SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE WRAPPED UP THEIR POLICY CONVENTION IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) AFTER VOTING IN FAVOUR OF POLICIES THAT TOUCH ON ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND LABOUR RIGHTS. THE RANK-AND-FILE APPROVED A MOTION CONDEMNING SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION, AND ANOTHER SAYING THE PARTY WILL NOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE EUTHANASIA OR ASSISTED SUICIDE. DELEGATES ALSO SUPPORTED POLICIES TO RESTRICT THE REACH OF UNIONS. IN ADDITION, THE HEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY'S FINANCES ASSURED DELEGATES THEIR DONATIONS WERE NOT USED TO PAY OFF SENATOR MIKE DUFFY'S CONTESTED EXPENSES. 

THE EDMONTON ESKIMOS HAVE FIRED HEAD COACH KAVIS REED TODAY (NOV 4). THE MOVE COMES AFTER A DISAPPOINTING 4-14 SEASON THAT INCLUDED JUST ONE WIN IN NINE HOME GAMES. A FORMER ESKIMOS DEFENSIVE BACK, REED ENDS HIS COACHING CAREER IN EDMONTON WITH A 22-32 RECORD. GENERAL MANAGER ED HERVEY RELEASED A SHORT STATEMENT THIS MORNING THANKING REED FOR HIS ``DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OVER THE PAST THREE SEASONS.''  REED'S FUTURE WAS IN DOUBT FOLLOWING THE ESKIMOS' DISMAL CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.  

 

   

FRIDAY, nOVEMBER 1

ONE OF TWO MEN CONVICTED IN THE KILLING OF A CALGARY COMPANY PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 18 YEARS. MOHAMED KARIM (KAH-REEM') WAS FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE JANUARY 2006 DEATH OF JACK BEAUCHAMP (BOH'-SHAMP), WHO WAS SHOT SIX TIMES IN A HALLWAY OF HIS COMPANY'S OFFICES, MORBANK FINANCIAL. A JUDGE TOLD THURSDAY'S (OCT 31) SENTENCING HEARING THAT THE PRE-MEDITATED NATURE OF THE CRIME PUT KARIM AT THE HIGH END OF THE PAROLE SCALE.  ROBERT DEER, THE SECOND MAN CHARGED IN BEAUCHAMP'S DEATH, WAS CONVICTED LAST YEAR OF MANSLAUGHTER AND GIVEN 16 YEARS IN PRISON.

A NEW TRIAL HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR A YOUNG MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING A CALGARY TEENAGER, BUT NOT ON A LESS SERIOUS CHARGE THE DEFENCE HAD BEEN SEEKING. THE MAN WAS 17 WHEN HE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AFTER ADAM CAVANAGH WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD THROUGH A BASEMENT WINDOW IN FEBRUARY 2007. HE WAS FOUND GUILTY AND GIVEN A 10-YEAR SENTENCE, BUT HIS LAWYER ARGUED BEFORE THE ALBERTA APPEAL COURT THAT THE JUDGE MADE ERRORS AND THAT A NEW TRIAL ON A COUNT OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IS WARRANTED. THE HIGH-COURT PANEL SAYS IT AGREES THAT THE CASE SHOULD BE HEARD AGAIN, BUT ON THE ORIGINAL CHARGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY SAYS THE CREW OF A TRAIN THAT HIT AND KILLED AN ELDERLY MAN AND WOMAN DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO STOP THE TRAIN. KEVIN HYRSAK (HER-SACK) SAYS THE CREW SOUNDED THE WHISTLE AND PUT ON THE EMERGENCY BRAKE BUT THE TRAIN STRUCK AND KILLED THE TWO ON THURSDAY (OCT 31) AT A CROSSING IN WETASKIWIN. R-C-M-P SAY THE MAN, WHO WAS IN HIS 80S, TRIPPED AND FELL ON THE TRACKS. THE WOMAN, WHO WAS IN HER 70S, WAS PUSHING AN EMPTY WHEELCHAIR AHEAD OF HIM, AND SHE WENT BACK TO HELP AS THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY TRAIN APPROACHED. HYRSAK OFFERED CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE TWO PEOPLE AND SAID THE CREW HAS BEEN OFFERED COUNSELLING.

ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD HAS SLAMMED THE BRAKES ON A BILL TO OVERHAUL PROVINCEWIDE REGIONAL PLANNING AMID CONCERNS IT WOULD GUT LOCAL AUTHORITY AND GIVE THE PROVINCE ABSOLUTE CONTROL. REDFORD SAYS THE PROPOSED MODERNIZING REGIONAL GOVERNANCE ACT WILL NOT BE ACTED UPON FURTHER UNTIL THEY HEAR MORE FROM MUNICIPAL LEADERS. THE BILL WOULD ALLOW THE PROVINCE TO CREATE REGIONAL GROWTH BOARDS TO DETERMINE THE SHARED INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING FOR COMMUNITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES THE PROVINCE THE POWER TO SET UP THE BOARDS, APPOINT THE BOARD MEMBERS, SET THEIR MANDATES AND HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON ALL DECISIONS. ELECTED LOCAL LEADERS WHO DON'T WORK WITH THE BOARDS BY FILING ALL REQUESTED DOCUMENTATION WOULD FACE A $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL. THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND PASSED SECOND READING 30 HOURS LATER BECAUSE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAID NO CONSULTATION WAS NEEDED.

AS PART OF ITS 50 MILLION DOLLAR PLEDGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AS A RESULT OF THE JUNE FLOODS, THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS RELEASING 9.2 MILLION OF THAT TO COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS IN FLOOD AREAS. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS THE PROVINCE IS NOT ONLY REPAIRING PHYSICAL DAMAGE, BUT EMOTIONAL DAMAGE AS WELL. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS IT'S NOT A TIME-LIMITED SERVICE, ADDING SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS FOR YEARS TO COME. SINCE THE JUNE FLOODS, THERE'S BEEN AN INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR CRISIS LINES, HIGHER RATES OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AMONG SCHOOL KIDS AND A SPIKE IN MENTAL HEALTH PRESCRIPTIONS IN AFFECTED AREAS.

ALBERTA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER IS HEADING TO THE U-S TO RALLY SUPPORT FOR CHANGES TO AMERICAN COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELLING RULES. VERLYN OLSON IS ATTENDING THE NORTH AMERICAN MEAT ASSOCIATION'S 2013 OUTLOOK CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK IN CHICAGO. A STATEMENT FROM OLSON'S OFFICE SAYS THE MINISTER WILL DISCUSS LABELLING REGULATIONS WITH LEADERS OF THE U-S MEAT-PACKING INDUSTRY, WITH THE HOPE OF TRYING TO MAKE HEADWAY ON RESOLVING THE ISSUE. REPRESENTATIVES FROM MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN WILL ALSO BE ON HAND. CANADIAN CATTLE AND HOG PRODUCERS ARGUE THAT HAVING TO LABEL MEAT EXPORTS TO THE U-S RESULTS IN EXTRA TRACKING AND SEGREGATION COSTS FOR THEM.


THE RED DEER AIRPORT CONTINUES TO GAIN IN POPULARITY. DUE TO STRONG DEMAND, NORTHWESTERN AIR WILL ADD TWO MORE FLIGHTS TO FORT MCMURRAY. BEGINNING NOVEMBER 18TH, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FLIGHTS WILL BE ADDED FROM RED DEER TO ALBERTA'S OIL HOTBED. TRAVELLERS CAN NOW FLY FIVE DAYS A WEEK DIRECT TO FORT MAC FROM RED DEER.

 

 THE CONSERVATIVE POLICY CONVENTION GETS UNDERWAY IN EARNEST TODAY IN CALGARY WITH THE HIGHLIGHT BEING TONIGHT'S SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER  HARPER.  THE ONGOING SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL IS DOMINATING CHATTER IN THE CORRIDORS, EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT OFFICIALLY ON THE AGENDA. FORMER CONSERVATIVE CABINET MINISTER STOCKWELL DAY SAYS THE SENATE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE AN ONGOING DISTRACTION. NOVA SCOTIA PARTY MEMBER RICK PERKINS SAYS THERE IS A LOT OF ANXIETY AMONGST THE PARTY FAITHFUL ABOUT WHAT THE SCANDAL IS DOING TO THE PARTY'S P OPULARITY. FORMER COLLEAGUES PAMELA WALLIN, MIKE DUFFY AND PATRICK BRAZEAU ARE FACING A CONSERVATIVE MOTION TO SUSPEND THEM FROM THE SENATE WITHOUT PAY. BUT DIVISIONS INSIDE THE TORY SENATE CAUCUS AND MOTIONS FROM THE LIBERALS HAVE DELAYED A VOTE. PARTY BRASS PREDICT A RECORD THREE-THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL BE ON HAND TO HEAR WHAT HARPER HAS TO SAY TONIGHT (NOV 1)ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PARTY.

MOST CANADIANS SWITCH FROM DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO STANDARD TIME THIS WEEKEND. BEFORE GOING TO BED TOMORROW NIGHT, TURN YOUR CLOCKS AND WATCHES BACK ONE HOUR. THE MAJOR CANADIAN EXCEPTION IS MOST OF SASKATCHEWAN, WHICH DOES NOT OBSERVE THE TWICE-YEARLY TIME CHANGE.

DRIVERS WHO MAY BE HEADING TO THE DRUMHELLER AREA OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SOME BIG CHANGES AT TWO MAIN INTERSECTIONS IN THE REGION. ALBERTA TRANPORTATION IS CONVERTING THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9, 27, AND 56 NORTH OF DRUMHELLER, AND THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND 21 BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND BEISEKER INTO "FOUR WAY STOPS". ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE AND SPECIAL RUMBLE STRIPS ARE BEING INSTALLED THIS WEEKEND. IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT CO-OPERATE, THE CONVERSION WILL BE COMPLETED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (NOV 4-5).  BOTH INTERSECTIONS ARE CONSIDERED AS DANGEROUS, WITH SEVERAL COLLISIONS AND FATALITIES IN THE PAST TEN YEARS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION DID SEVERAL SURVEYS AND CONSULTED WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS BEFORE DECIDING ON THE CHANGE. TATISTICS SHOW THERE SHOULD BE A 48 PERCENT REDUCTION IN COLLISIONS WITH A "FOUR WAY STOP".

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

ALCOHOL AND EXCESSIVE SPEED ARE BEING LOOKED INTO AS POSSIBLE FACTORS IN A CALGARY HEAD-ON COLLISION THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE. THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT (OCT 30) CRASH INVOLVED A SMALL CAR AND AN SUV ON THE CITY'S BUSY 17 AVE SOUTHWEST. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY A MAN AND A WOMAN WHO WERE PASSENGERS IN THE SMALL CAR DIED AT THE SCENE, WHILE A THIRD PASSENGER DIED IN HOSPITAL. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION, WHILE FOUR WOMEN WHO WERE IN THE SUV WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. WITNESSES SAY THEY HEARD A COMMOTION AND SCREECHING TIRES BEFORE THE CRASH. DUTY STAFF SGT. PAUL WOZNEY (WAHZ'-KNEE) SAYS POLICE BELIEVE THE CAR CROSSED THE DOUBLE-CENTRE LINE BEFORE THE COLLISION.

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

 

A MAN WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION LAST NIGHT IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER HIS VEHICLE WENT INTO THE WATER AT THE GHOST RESERVOIR IN WAIPEROUS.
SOME PEOPLE ON A-T-VS SPOTTED THE UNRESPONSIVE MAN, BELIEVED TO BE IN HIS LATE 20S OR EARLY 30S, IN THE WATER TUESDAY AFTERNOON (OCT 29) AND CALLED 9-1-1. THE PAIR THEN PULLED THE MAN FROM THE RIVER AND BEGAN C-P-R UNTIL EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED. COCHRANE FIRE DUTY CAPTAIN JORY JENSON SAYS THE MAN'S HEART WAS STOPPED WHEN HE WAS PULLED FROM THE WATER, BUT HE WAS HYPOTHERMIC, WHICH GAVE THEM A CHANCE TO REVIVE HIM. R-C-M-P ARE INVESTIGATING HOW THE MAN AND HIS VEHICLE ENDED UP IN THE WATER.

ALBERTA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A 67 YEAR OLD MAN WHO DIED ON A JOB SITE LAST WEEK. OHS SAYS HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY RUN OVER BY HIS OWN WATER TRUCK AFTER  HE STOPPED THE VEHICLE TO CLOSE A GATE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TRUCKS BREAK WAS NOT ENGAGED. THE MAN'S NAME WAS NOT REVEALED BUT HE WAS WORKING FOR RW MILLAR DRILLING. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST NORTH OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 22.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG BUST IN HOBBEMA LAST NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTING TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS  WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CARRYING OUT THE CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 PM.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS ON THE ROAD TO NEW TRAFFIC RULES THAT WILL ALLOW IT TO DESIGNATE LANES FOR SPECIFIC USES ON PROVINCIAL HIGHWAYS.
TRANSPORTATION MINISTER RIC MCIVER SAYS COMING LEGISLATION WILL HELP ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS PRIORITY BUS LANES AND LANES FOR SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES. THE CHANGE IS AIMED AT SOLVING PROBLEMS WITH CLOGGED AND SLOW MOVING TRAFFIC, PARTICULARLY IN FORT MCMURRAY, CALGARY AND RED DEER. MCIVER ALSO SAYS THE BILL WILL LET MUNICIPALITIES SET THEIR OWN RULES FOR REDUCED SPEEDS AROUND SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUND ZONES.

ALBERTA'S TRANSPORTATION MINISTER SAYS THE PROVINCE IS LOOKING AT STIFFENING PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS CAUGHT TALKING OR TEXTING BEHIND THE WHEEL. RIC MCIVER (MUH-KYE'-VUHR) SAYS TWO YEARS AFTER PASSING LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON DISTRACTED DRIVERS, TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL BREAKING THE LAW. THE CURRENT PENALTY FOR VIOLATORS IS 172 DOLLARS WITH NO DEMERIT POINTS. MCIVER SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING CHANGES, BUT WOULD STOP SHORT OF SEIZING VEHICLES. CALGARY POLICE SAY THAT DURING THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 2013, THERE WERE MORE THAN 470 CRASHES WHERE DISTRACTIVE DRIVING WAS A FACTOR.

A STUDY THAT HAS BEEN TRACKING BRAIN-INJURED PATIENTS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA FOR MORE THAN A DECADE SAYS SURVIVAL RATES HAVE IMPROVED. THE STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY SAYS ROUGHLY SEVEN OUT OF 10 PATIENTS WITH CRITICAL HEAD INJURIES NOW SURVIVE UP 10 PER CENT FROM 12 YEARS AGO.
 RESEARCHERS ALSO CONCLUDE THAT PEOPLE WITH BRAIN INJURIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO RETURN HOME WITHOUT REQUIRING ANY LONG-TERM MEDICAL CARE. THE STUDY FOLLOWED NEARLY 4,100 PATIENTS IN CALGARY'S ADULT INTENSIVE CARE UNITS. HEAD TRAUMA AND STROKE ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF ADMISSION FOR ABOUT ONE IN SIX ICU PATIENTS. THE DATABASE USED ALLOWED RESEARCHERS TO TRACK EACH PATIENT'S ADMISSION DIAGNOSIS AND DAILY CONDITION.

THE BADLANDS SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION BASED IN DRUMHELLER IS PICKING SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDS. THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HANDING OUT SOME MONEY YESTERAY (OCT 29) FROM ITS "WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR LEGACY FUND". A CHEQUE FOR 2,970 DOLLARS GOING TO THE RESCUE ASSOCIATION. DIRECTOR AND FUNDRAISER CO-ORDINATOR, KELLIE SMITH SAYS THE MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED TO UPGRADE THEIR TWO WAY RADIO SYSTEM.
SHE SAYS THIS WILL HELP COVER THREE/QUARTERS OF THE COST OF THE RADIOS, WITH SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY FROM ENCANA. TOTAL COST OF THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE AROUND 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE RADIOS ARE SPECIALIZED AS THEY WILL WORK WELL IN ROUGH TERRAIN AND VALLEYS.  THE BADLANDS SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION HAS MEMBERS FROM DRUMHELLER, HANNA, ROCKYFORD, STRATHMORE, AND SURROUNDING AREA. THE DRUMHELLER CHAMBER'S "WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR LEGACY FUND" IS BULT WITH A PORTION OF PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE GIANT TOURIST ATTRACTION. LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING, WITH MONEY HANDED OUT TWICE A YEAR. 

OCTOBER IS JUST ABOUT DONE, BUT ANOTHER REMINDER THAT THIS IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. AND ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES ALSO WANTS REMIND YOU THAT THEY HAVE A MOBILE BREAST SCREENING PROGRAM GOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY HAVE TWO MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY UNITS TRAVELING AROUND ALBERTA, ESPECIALLY TO REMOTE AND RURAL AREAS. COMMUNITY COORDINATOR, HARMONY MCRAE SAYS THE SCREENING TESTS ARE VERY VALUABLE DON'T TAKE LONG AT ALL. A MAMOGRAM IS AN X-RAY OF THE BREAST TISSUE AND CAN FIND ABNORMALITIES IN THE TISSUE 2 TO 3 YEARS BEFORE A CANCER CAN BE FELT WHEN DOING A PHYSICAL CHECK WITH YOUR HANDS. TO FIND OUT WHEN THE MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT WILL BE IN YOUR AREA OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 1-800-667-0604.


ONE OF THE BIGGEST AGRICULTURAL NETWORKING EVENTS IN ALBERTA TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK IN EDMONTON. IT'S THE 40TH ANNUAL FARM FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND EVENT MANAGER DAVE FIDDLER SAYS THEY GET A LOT OF FEEDBACK FROM THEIR VISITORS--ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUALITY OF THE CATTLE ON DISPLAY. FARM FAIR HAS AMBASSADORS IN MANY OVERSEAS COUNTRIES THAT SEEK PRODUCERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING CANADIAN GENETICS. THE OVERSEAS BUYERS ARE BROUGHT TO EDMONTON TO FARM FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND READY TO DO BUSINESS. LAST YEAR, ONE EXHIBITOR SOLD OVER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF SEMEN AND EMBRYOES AT THE SHOW. FARMFAIR RUNS NOVEMBER 3RD TO 10TH AT EDMONTON NORTHLANDS.

A BIG AWARD FOR THE CITY OF LACOMBE. THE CITY AND IT'S EDMONTON-BASED LAND USE PLANNING AND DESIGN CONSULTING FIRM HAVE BEEN HONOURED WITH AN AWARD OF MERIT FOR THEIR DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT AND URBAN DESIGN PLAN. OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY SAY THEY WERE RECOGNIZED AT THE ANNUAL ALBERTA PROFESSIONAL PLANNER'S INSTITUTE IN JASPER RECENTLY.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

WITH THE SNOWFALL OVER THE WEEKEND,  OFFICIALS IN WHEATLAND COUNTY HAVE DECIDED TO REMOVE THE FIRE BAN THAT WAS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY BEFORE THE WEEKEND STORM.  BURNING IS NOW ALLOWED IN WHEATLAND COUNTY, BUT YOU'RE ASKED TO GET A FIRE PERMIT BY CONTACTING THE WHEATLAND COUNTY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE. ALSO CALL THE OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

TWO OF THREE CHILDREN ARE WELL ENOUGH TO LEAVE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING FRIDAY'S (OCT 25) SCHOOL BUS CRASH NEAR CROSSFIELD. CROSSFIELD MAYOR NATHAN ANDERSON SAYS THE PAIR MAY EVEN BE HOME ALREADY. HE SAYS THE THIRD CHILD, A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY, IS ALSO CONTINUING TO IMPROVE. HE SAYS THE BOY'S VITAL SIGNS ARE STABLE AND DOCTORS ARE KEEPING HIM SEDATED SO HIS BODY CAN HEAL. THE THREE WERE RUSHED TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY WITH CRITICAL INJURIES AFTER THE BUS COLLIDED FRIDAY WITH A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK AT A RURAL INTERSECTION WITH TOWNSHIP ROAD 2-90 AND HIGHWAY 7-91, NEAR CROSSFIELD. SIX OTHER CHILDREN AND THE FEMALE BUS DRIVER ALSO WENT TO HOSPITAL WITH LESS SERIOUS INJURIES. RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

CALGARY CITY POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A  FATAL HIT-AND-RUN FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH. IN THE EARLY HOURS OF  OCTOBER 16TH, A 26-YEAR-OLD MALE PEDESTRIAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED IN THE 31 HUNDRED BLOCK OF 17TH AVENUE SOUTH-EAST. POLICE FOUND A VEHICLE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY WITH NO DRIVER, BUT THE VEHICLE'S REGISTRATION WAS RECOVERED. THE VEHICLE'S OWNER WAS TRACKED TO A RESIDENCE IN CHESTERMERE, WHERE 40 YEAR OLD JULIA MARIE MCMILLAN TURNED UP A FEW HOURS LATER. THE WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH HIT AND RUN CAUSING DEATH. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVED ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.

OVERCROWDING AT CHINOOKS EDGE SCHOOLS IN SYLVAN LAKE IS BECOMING A GROWING CONCERN.  SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION,  KURT SACHER WHO SAYS IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE NOW TRYING TO MEET WITH THE EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTERS ABOUT THE ISSUE DIRECTLY. HE SAYS THEY NEED A NEW KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 8 SCHOOL IN SYLVAN LAKE THAT COULD ACCOMODATE 500 OR MORE STUDENTS, ADDING IT'S BEEN THEIR TOP PRIORITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS SO THE PROVINCE IS WELL AWARE OF THEIR NEED.  SACHER SAYS OVERCROWDING IN THEIR SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS IS TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE USING STAFF ROOMS AND LIBRAIRIES AS CLASSROOM SPACE. HOWEVER, HE ADDS THEY'RE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GETTING A POSITIVE RESPONE FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE CHINOOK'S EDGE OFFICIALS ARE NOW TRYING TO MEET WITH THE EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTERS ABOUT THE ISSUE DIRECTLY.

THE FALL SESSION OF THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE BEGINNING YESTERDAY (OCT 28) AND THE ALISON REDFORD GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A BILL TO LEGISLATE PROMISED CHANGES TO MITIGATE DAMAGE FROM FLOODS LIKE THE ONES THAT RAVAGED PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA THIS SUMMER. THE LAW WOULD STOP FURTHER BUILDING IN FLOODWAYS, REDUCE PAYOUTS FOR DAMAGE IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS AND ENSURE HOMEBUYERS KNEW IF THEIR PROPERTY WAS ELIGIBLE FOR FLOOD ASSISTANCE. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS THE BILL IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE ALBERTANS ARE BETTER PROTECTED FROM FUTURE FLOODS. RAGING WATER IN AND AROUND CALGARY IN JUNE DISPLACED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE. DRUMHELLER AND FORT MCMURRAY WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THE RULES BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY BUILT ON FLOODWAYS AND HAVE ALREADY TAKEN SUITABLE PREVENTION MEASURES.

IT IS TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO PROCESS DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE CLAIMS FILED BY ALBERTANS FOR DAMAGE FROM THE JUNE FLOODS. THE PROVINCE HAS PUT 2,500 CLAIMS ON HOLD. A FLOOD TASK FORCE OFFICIAL SAYS THE PROBLEM IS THAT SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO DO CLAIM ASSESSMENTS. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT HAS BEEN MEETING WITH THE COMPANIES IN THE HOPE OF DEALING WITH THE BACKLOG. MORE THAN 1,300 PEOPLE REMAIN OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

SO FAR LESS THAN 10 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE JUNE FLOODS HAVE DECIDED TO ACCEPT A GOVERNMENT OFFER TO BUY THEM OUT.
OF THE 250 ELIGIBLE PEOPLE IN THE FLOODWAY ZONE, 22 HAVE ACCEPTED THE OFFER TO MOVE IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH. THE COST OF THE BUYOUTS TO DATE IS $13.8 MILLION. AN ALBERTA FLOOD TASK FORCE OFFICIAL SAYS ANOTHER 67 PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE RELOCATION PROGRAM. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS ZONE THAT WAS MOST AFFECTED BY THE DEVASTATING FLOODS HAVE UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER TO APPLY. HOMEOWNERS WHO SAY NO TO THE PROGRAM AND STAY PUT WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER MONEY IF ANOTHER FLOOD HITS.

THE RED DEER RCMP PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLIANCE TEAM VISITED OVER A DOZEN LOCAL BARS ON THE WEEKEND TO SEE IF THEY'RE FOLLOWING THE RULES.  THE TEAM IS MADE UP OF LOCAL MOUNTIES, EMERGENCY SERVICES, LIQUOR AND GAMING, CITY OF RED DEER LICENSING, AS WELL AS ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS. THEY  CONDUCT SEVERAL UNANNOUNCED VISITS TO LOCAL DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. ON FRIDAY (OCT. 25TH) THE TEAM CHECKED THIRTEEN RED DEER BARS AND FOUND A NOTICEABLE IMPROVED IN BUSINESSES FOLLOWING THE RULES AND PROTOCOLS. THE UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES IS CONTINUING IT'S OCTOBER BLOOD DRIVE IN ALBERTA AND THEY NEED MUCH MORE HELP TO REACH THEIR DONATION GOAL FOR THIS MONTH. SPOKESPERSON TANYA PAUL SAYS THEY'RE HOPING TO COLLECT 1,088 BLOOD DONATIONS THIS MONTH AND THEY'RE CURRENTLY SITTING AT JUST OVER 900. IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE, MAKE SURE YOU'RE RESTED, NOT SICK, DRINK LOTS OF WATER BEFORE HAND AND HAVE A FULL STOMACH. FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEAREST BLOOD DONOR CLINIC AND TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 1-888-TO-DONATE.

ITS BEEN A YEAR OF CELEBRATION FOR DUCKS UNLIMITED IN ALBERTA--AS THEY'RE MARKING THEIR 75TH ANNIVERSARY. SPOKESPERSON MAUREEN SCHNIRER (SCHNEER) SAYS THEY HIT A MILESTONE THIS YEAR--THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF A VERY LARGE CONSERVATION AREA WHICH IS THE "SHELL-BUFFALO HILLS RANCH" SOUTH OF CALGARY. THE LAND WAS BOUGHT IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR ALONG WITH HELP FROM SHELL. IT'S A WORKING RANCH WITH CATTLE GRAZING ON IT, PLUS IT'S ALSO A "CONSERVATION AREA" . DUCKS UNLIMITED IN ALBERTA  IS HOLDING ITS FINAL DIAMOND GALA OF THE YEAR IN EDMONTON, WHICH GOES ON NOVEMBER 14TH. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT 780-489-2002.

A PROJECT TO TURN OILSANDS OFF-GAS INTO A FEEDSTOCK FOR PLASTIC PRODUCERS IS ALMOST READY FOR STARTUP. THE PRESIDENT OF WILLIAMS ENERGY CANADA SAYS MECHANICAL WORK ON THE PROJECT WHICH INVOLVES EXPANSIONS TO ITS FACILITIES IN FORT MCMURRAY AND REDWATER IS NEARLY COMPLETE. DAVID CHAPPELL SAYS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WILLIAMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO REMOVE ETHANE FROM THE MIXTURE OF GASES THAT ARE A BYPRODUCT OF THE OILSANDS UPGRADING PROCESS. ORDINARILY THAT GAS WOULD BE BURNED AS AN ENERGY SOURCE, BUT WILLIAMS SAYS IT'S MORE VALUABLE TO SELL IT TO PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES THAT CAN TURN IT INTO PLASTIC PRODUCTS. SOME ETHANE AND ETHYLENE THAT'S EXTRACTED WITH THIS PROJECT WILL BE SENT TO NOVA CHEMICALS' FACILITIES IN JOFFRE, JUST EAST OF RED DEER. WILLIAMS HAS INVESTED BETWEEN $450 MILLION AND $500 MILLION ON THE PROJECT OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.

 

 

mondAY, OCTOBER 28

ALBERTA GETTING ITS FIRST REAL BLAST OF WINTER WEATHER. BOTH SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN ALBERTA GOT SNOW YESTERDAY (OCT 27), ALTHOUGH MUCH SNOW FALLING ON CALGARY AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HIGH WINDS CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROBLEM, REDUCING VISIBILITY. POLICE IN CALGARY SAY THEY RESPONDED TO 343 CRASHES BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 3:30 P.M ON SUNDAY.

THE MAYOR OF CROSSFIELD SAYS THE CONDITIONS OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE MOST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A SCHOOL BUS CRASH ARE IMPROVING. NATHAN ANDERSON SAYS THE STATUS OF THE YOUNG BOY WHO WAS WORST HURT IS STILL VERY SERIOUS, BUT HE SAYS THE CHILD IS SHOWING SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT. THE BUS COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK NORTH OF CALGARY ON FRIDAY MORNING (OCT 25), A RURAL INTERSECTION WITH TOWNSHIP ROAD 2-90 AND HIGHWAY 7-91, NEAR CROSSFIELD. FRONT END OF THE BUS WAS CRUSHED.   R-C-M-P ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CRASH.

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE POOR WEATHER PLAYED A ROLE IN A FATAL COLLISION BETWEEN A TRUCK AND A PIECE OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT THAT WAS BEING MOVED ON A HIGHWAY EAST OF THREE HILLS. POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED YESTERDAY MORNING (OCT 27) AROUND 10:00  ON HIGHWAY 27 AND RANGE ROAD 250. TWO PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK, A MAN AND WOMAN, WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE RIG EQUIPMENT WAS NOT HURT.

CALGARY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER THREE HOMES AND THREE VEHICLES IN CALGARY WERE SPRAYED WITH GUNFIRE. ONE DRIVER SAYS HE WAS FOLLOWED YESTERDAY MORNING (OCT 27) BY A GOLD S-U-V.  HE SAID THAT HE HEARD GUNSHOTS, AND WHEN HE CHECKED HIS VEHICLE HE FOUND A BULLET HOLE IN THE TRUNK. POLICE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF REPORTS OF MORE VEHICLES AND HOMES THAT WERE ALSO SHOT IN THE NORTH EAST. NOBODY WAS INJURED.

ALBERTA POLITICIANS RETURN TO THE LEGISLATURE TODAY (OCT 28), BUT IT'S NOT CLEAR WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S GOVERNMENT HASN'T DISCUSSED IN DETAIL WHAT ITS LEGISLATION OR PRIORITIES WILL BE FOR THE FALL SITTING, EXCEPT TO PROMISE NEW RULES ARISING FROM THE SUMMER FLOODS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS INSTEAD PUT OUT A VIDEO THAT REMINDS CITIZENS IT WILL CONTINUE TO QUOTE ``BUILD ALBERTA.'' OPPONENTS SAY NO ADVANCE NOTICE AND NO THRONE SPEECH HAVE BECOME THE WAY BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED UNDER REDFORD. THEY SAY UNDER REDFORD, THE LEGISLATURE SITS FOR FEWER DAYS EACH YEAR AND PASSES FEWER BILLS. AND THEY SAY THE BILLS THAT DO PASS ROUTINELY CONTAIN ONLY EMPTY MOTHERHOOD STATEMENTS, ALLOWING THE ACTUAL RULES TO BE DECIDED BY GOVERNMENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. LIBERAL HOUSE LEADER LAURIE BLAKEMAN SAYS IT'S THE FIRST RULE OF CYNICAL POLITICS -- IF YOU DON'T TELL ANYONE WHAT YOU'RE DOING, THEY CAN'T HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME. THE ALBERTA N-D-P SAYS IF PEOPLE ARE HOPING FOR DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY DURING THE FALL SITTING OF THE LEGISLATURE, THEY'LL BE DISAPPOINTED.

ALBERTA'S OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY HAS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY AT ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN RED DEER TO AFFIRM PARTY POLICY DENOUNCING INTOLERANCE AGAINST ANYONE, INCLUDING GAYS.
LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS THE PARTY NEEDED TO AMEND POLICIES AND FIX RULES THAT REPELLED MAINSTREAM VOTERS IN THE LAST ELECTION. WILDROSE DELEGATES ALSO APPOVING A RESOLUTION TO EXPLORE WAYS TO REDUCE GREEN HOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IF THEY WERE ELECTED INTO GOVERNMENT. PARTY LEADER DANIELLE SMITH WAS CRITICIZED IN THE PAST FOR NOT HAVING A STANCE, BUT ONE WAS CLEARLY GIVEN THIS WEEKEND IN RED DEER.  ALSO AT THE AGM 90 PER CENT OF DELELGATES VOTED IN SUPPORT OF SMITH DURING A LEADERSHIP REVIEW VOTE.

A REMINDER FROM RCMP TO SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES. OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS, OLDS MOUNTIES FOLLOWED UP ON A "SPEEDING THROUGH SCHOOL ZONES AWARENESS CAMPAIGN" DONE IN SEPTEMBER AND STOPPED 35 VEHICLES. 29 TICKETS WERE ISSUED WITH 27 OF THOSE BEING FOR SPEEDING AND THE FASTEST DRIVER CLOCKED AT 62 KILOMETRES AN HOUR IN A 30 ZONE. THAT RESULTED IN A 194 DOLLAR FINE. POLICE SAY SCHOOL ZONE TIMES ARE IN EFFECT ON SCHOOL DAYS ONLY BETWEEN 8 AND 4:30. BETWEEN 2003-2007, ON AVERAGE, 335 CHILDREN UNDER 15 WERE KILLED OR INJURED AS PEDESTRIANS OR CYCLISTS.

OFFICIALS WITH THE BLACKFALDS FIELDHOUSE SOCIETY ARE ECSTATIC AFTER RECEIVING A 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION RECENTLY FROM A DONOR WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. CAROL SIMPSON IS THE SOCIETY PRESIDENT AND SAYS THE GIFT SHOWS TRUE DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY. SHE SAYS THE DONATION BRINGS THEIR FUNDRAISING TOTAL TO 1.25 MILLION DOLLARS, WELL PAST THE 750 THOUSAND DOLLAR GOAL.  AS FOR THE FACILITY, CONSTRUCTION COULD BE DONE SOMETIME NEXT MONTH WITH A SOFT OPENING PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY AND GRAND OPENING IN MAY WHEN FUNDRAISING WRAPS UP.

MORE FLU SHOT CLINICS BEING HELD AROUND OUR REGION TODAY (OCT 28).  DR. DIGBY HORNE IS AN ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH FOR THE CENTRAL ZONE AND HE SAYS IT'S HARD TO PREDICT WHAT KIND OF FLU SEASON WE WILL GET THIS YEAR. HE SAYS THEY TRY AND PREDICT THE TYPES OF FLU BUGS BY THE KINDS OF FLU MAKING THE ROUNDS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.  DR. HORNE SAYS GETTING AN INFLUENZA SHOT HELPS PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THE FLU AND HELPS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE FLU VIRUS, WHICH CAN LEAD TO BEING ADMITTED INTO HOSPITAL OR EVEN DEATH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLU SHOT CLINICS IN YOU AReA GO TO THE ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES WEBSITE. 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

THE WEATHER OFFICE HAS ISSUED A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ALBERTA AFFECTING AREAS SOUTH OF A LINE FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, RED DEER, AND CONSORT TO THE U.S. BORDER. COMPUTER MODELS SHOW COLD AIR COMBINED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE COULD GENERATE AN AREA OF SNOW ON SUNDAY. IT'S POSSIBLE  5 AND 10 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW MAY FALL WITH GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ALONG THE FOOTHILLS.
THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING OVER SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND END IN THE EVENING. NO WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, BUT THEY COULD ONCE WE GET FUTHER INTO THE WEEKEND. LISTEN FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY ONE CHILD IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING A COLLISION BETWEEN A WORK TRUCK AND A SCHOOL BUS NORTH OF CALGARY.
STARS AIR AMBULANCE SPOKESMAN CAM HEKE (HEEK) SAYS A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES HAS BEEN FLOWN FROM THE CRASH SITE NEAR CROSSFIELD TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF JUDY UNSWORTH WITH ROCKY VIEW COUNTY SAYS NINE CHILDREN WERE ON THE BUS WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT 8 A.M. SHE SAYS WHEN SHE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THE BUS WAS UPRIGHT IN THE DITCH AGAINST A GUARD RAIL AND THE LARGE PICKUP TRUCK WAS NOSE DOWN IN A RAVINE. SHE SAYS THE CHILDREN SHE SAW WERE BEING TREATED BY PARAMEDICS AND FIREFIGHTERS. CALGARY EMERGENCY SERVICES SPOKESMAN ADAM LORIA SAYS FORTUNATELY ONE PERSON AMONG THE BYSTANDERS HAD MEDICAL EXPERIENCE. THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS TREATED ON THE SCENE AND DIDN'T REQUIRE FURTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT. EIGHT CHILDREN AND THE FEMALE BUS DRIVER WERE TAKEN TO CALGARY HOSPITALS BY GROUND AMBULANCE.

BROOKS RCMP CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO A SERIOUS ROLLOVER EARLIER THIS WEEK. ON TUESDAY DURING THE NOON HOUR, POLICE WERE CALLED TO A CRASH NEAR DUCHESS, ON HIGHWAY 36, NORTH OF HIGHWAY 5-50. OFFICERS AT THE SCENE SAY A SOUTHBOUND PICKUP TRUCK LOST CONTROL, AND ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE ENDING UP IN THE DITCH. A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM ROSEMARY WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE, AND FOUND NEAR THE WRECK. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS, IN SERIOUS CONDITION. INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND OUT IF HE WAS WEARING HIS SEATBELT AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. ALCOHOL IS NOT BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR.

TWO PICK-UPS COLLIDED EAST OF PENHOLD LAST NIGHT (OCT 24) AROUND 8 O'CLOCK SENDING FIVE PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL. EMERENCY CREWS FROM RED DEER AND INNISFAIL RESPONDED AFTER AN EASTBOUND TRUCK AND A NORTHBOUND TRUCK CRASHED ON HIGHWAY 42 AT RANGE ROAD 2-72. FOUR PEOPLE WENT TO RED DEER HOSPITAL WITH VARIOUS INJURIES, WHILE ONE MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION WAS AIRLIFTED TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL. RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING.

CALGARY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A VIOLENT SEXUAL ASSAULT. OFFICERS SAY THE VICTIM WAS FOUND OCT. 3, WHEN THEY WERE CALLED TO A BUILDING FIRE. THE PERSON WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE INJURIES. POLICE SAY THEY'VE IDENTIFIED A SUSPECT, BUT HAVE NOT YET LAID CHARGES. INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO TALK TO WITNESSES.

RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE CAUTIONING PARENTS AND REMINDING THEM TO TALK TO THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT STRANGERS AND STREET SAFETY. THE WARNING COMES AFTER A MALE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WAS PUNCHED IN THE STOMACH THIS WEEK AFTER GETTING OFF A BUS IN THE WESTPARK AREA OF THE CITY. THE MALE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS ABOUT 50 YEARS OLD WITH WHITE HAIR AND A LONG WHITE BEARD WEARING A BLUE JACKET WITH PATCHES AND BLUE TRACK PANTS. HE APPARENTLY ASSAULTED THE BOY, THEN TRIED TO SEARCH HIM FOR VALUABLES, AND RAN OFF. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS SENT A LETTER HOME TO PARENTS TO GIVE THEM SOME TIPS, LIKE KEEPING A SAFE DISTANCE FROM STRANGERS AND ESTABLISHING A BUDDY SYSTEM.

FOUR INMATES FACE CHARGES IN THE DEATH OF ANOTHER INMATE AT THE MAXIMUM-SECURITY FEDERAL PRISON IN EDMONTON. 32 YEAR OLD RYAN HOLTEEN, WAS KILLED AT THE EDMONTON INSTITUTION SEPTEMBER 26 ONLY A FEW WEEKS AFTER BEING SENTENCED FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND OTHER OFFENCES DURING A HOME INVASION LAST YEAR IN GRANDE PRAIRIE. EDMONTON POLICE SAY HOLTEEN, WHO WAS FROM SYLVAN LAKE,  DIED OF MULTIPLE INJURIES.  KIMANI CRAWFORD, WHO IS 20, AND 26-YEAR-OLD RODERICK MCNEIL ARE EACH CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. CHRISTOPHER MACOON-EVANS, WHO IS 24, AND RANDY TUCCARO, WHO IS 33, FACE CHARGES OF ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT TO MURDER AND ARE TO APPEAR IN COURT NOVEMBER 6. NO COURT DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR CRAWFORD AND MCNEIL.

A CALGARY POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A SUSPECT. IT'S ALLEGED THE OFFICER USED EXCESSIVE FORCE WHILE TRYING TO RESTRAIN A SUSPECT ON DEC. 11, 2011. THE INCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS SECTION AND THE FILE WAS FORWARDED TO THE EDMONTON CROWN PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE, WHICH DIRECTED A CHARGE OF COMMON ASSAULT BE LAID. THE MEMBER WAS CHARGED THURSDAY AND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED WITH PAY. POLICE SAY THE OFFICER'S NAME WON'T BE RELEASED BECAUSE IT HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF THE EXECUTION OF HIS DUTIES.

AGRIBUSINESS GIANT TYSON FOODS SAYS IT WILL STOP BUYING SLAUGHTER-READY CANADIAN CATTLE BECAUSE OF THE COST OF ADHERING TO U-S MEAT LABELLING RULES. TYSON IS THE THIRD-LARGEST BUYER OF CANADIAN CATTLE AND ITS DECISION IS EXPECTED TO LEAD TO A DROP IN PRICES FOR PRODUCERS. THE U-S ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS YEAR IT WANTS EVEN MORE DETAIL ON THE ORIGINS OF BEEF, PORK AND CHICKEN SOLD IN GROCERY STORES. TYSON SAYS IT DOESN`T HAVE ENOUGH WAREHOUSING CAPACITY TO ACCOMMODATE THE PROLIFERATION OF PRODUCTS REQUIRING DIFFERENT TYPES OF LABELS. AS A RESULT, IT WILL STOP BUYING CATTLE DIRECTLY FROM CANADA BUT WOULD CONTINUE BUYING CANADIAN CALVES FOR U-S FEEDLOTS. JOHN MASSWOHL OF THE CANADIAN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION SAYS THE TYSON MOVE IS DEVASTATING TO THE CANADIAN FEEDLOT SECTOR. CANADA IS CHALLENGING THE LABELLING RULES AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND IN THE U-S COURTS.

A COYOTE THAT GOT CAUGHT IN A COMPROMISING POSITION IS NOW SAFE, THANKS TO A QUICK-THINKING PARKS CANADA EMPLOYEE. THE YOUNG ANIMAL WAS FOUND AT A RECYCLING FACILITY JUST OUTSIDE OF BANFF, WITH ITS HEAD STUCK IN A LARGE JAR THAT HAD BEEN THROWN OUT. A PARKS CANADA OFFICER FOUND THE COYOTE AND MANAGED TO FREE HIM, WHILE DODGING FLAILING PAWS AND SHARP TEETH. THE CLOSE CALL IS SERVING AS A REMINDER FOR RESIDENTS TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WASTEESPECIALLY IN AN AREA RICH WITH WILDLIFE.

MEDIA REPORTS INDICATE A SOUTHERN ALBERTA FIRST NATION HAS VOTED IN FAVOUR OF A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT WOULD PAVE THE WAY FOR COMPLETION OF CALGARY'S RING ROAD.  ABOUT A THOUSAND MEMBERS OF THE TSUU T'INA (SOO-TIH'-NAH) BAND CAST BALLOTS YESTERDAY ON A DEAL REACHED LAST MONTH WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO COMPLETE THE ROAD'S SOUTHWEST LEG. DETAILS OF THE VOTE AND THE AGREEMENT ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED LATER TODAY, BUT IT'S BELIEVED A LAND SWAP AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COMPENSATION ARE AT THE CORE OF THE PACKAGE. BAND MEMBERS REJECTED THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT IN A 2009 VOTE, BUT OFFICIALS LATER SAID UNFORTUNATE WORDING MADE THE ORIGINAL PLAN HARD TO ACCEPT.


ALBERTA'S OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND IN RED DEER, AND THERE COULD BE SOME BIG CHANGES. MEMBERS WILL VOTE ON SEVERAL ITEMS THAT HAVE BROUGHT CRITICISM IN THE PAST THAT THE PARTY IS IGNORANT AND INTOLERANT. THE KEY CHANGES INVOLVE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RACE, CLIMATE CHANGE, THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, CONSCIENCE RIGHTS AND CITIZEN-INITIATED REFERENDUMS. ONE RESOLUTION URGES THE PARTY TO PLEDGE TO DEFEND THE EQUALITY OF ALL PERSONS REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. THE PARTY'S STANCE ON SUCH TOPICS WAS A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE IN THE LAST PROVINCIAL ELECTION. WILDROSE CANDIDATE ALLAN HUNSPERGER SUGGESTED BACK THEN THAT SATAN WAS SETTING A TRAP FOR HOMOSEXUALS, WHO WOULD SUFFER IN A LAKE OF FIRE IF THEY DIDN'T CHANGE. CALGARY CANDIDATE RON LEECH MADE HEADLINES FOR SAYING HE COULD MEDIATE MULTI-ETHNIC CONCERNS BEST BECAUSE HE WAS WHITE.

TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENCES AFTER AN RCMP RAID IN OLDS LAST WEEKEND. IT HAPPENED LATE SUNDAY NIGHT WHEN OFFICERS SEARCHED A RESIDENCE AT THE OLDS TRAILER PARK AND DISCOVERED A SMALL AMOUNT OF DOPE AND MARIJUANA PLANTS BEING GROWN. A 56 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND 17 YEAR OLD BOY WERE CHARGED AND RELEASED ON PROMISSES TO APPEAR IN DIDSBURY COURT NEXT MONTH.

A DECISION WAS RESERVED IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL THIS WEEK REGARDING A RED DEER MAN APPEALING HIS TEN YEAR SENTENCE IN A 2011 ARMED ROBBERY AND RESULTING DRUG AND WEAPONS BUST. 49 YEAR OLD STANLEY COX HAD HIS CONVICTION DISMISSED IN APPEALS COURT EARLIER THIS SPRING BUT THERE'S NO WORD YET ON WHEN A DECISION ON HIS APPEAL CAN BE EXPECTED. HE WAS CONVICTED LAST YEAR FOR HIS PART IN THE 2011 INCIDENT WHERE TWO MEN WITH A GUN ROBBED THE REXALL DRUG STORE IN OLDS. THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED A WEEK AND A HALF LATER WHEN RED DEER MOUNTIES RAIDED A RESIDENCE ON THE SOUTH HILL AND SEIZED GUNS, AMMUNITION AND DRUGS. COX'S SON TYLER IS CURRENTLY SERVING A FOUR AND A HALF YEAR SENTENCE.

THE CITY OF LACOMBE IS STILL IN THE RUNNING IN A NATIONAL TOURISM CONTEST. THERE ARE 14 FINALISTS IN A COMPETITION TO FIND "CANADA'S GREATEST PLACES".
THEY ARE COMPETING IN THREE CATEGORIES: NEIGHBOURHOOD, PUBLIC SPACE AND STREET. THOSE ON THE LIST FOR "BEST STREET" ARE...BERNARD AVENUE IN KELOWNA, B-C, THE 104TH STREET PROMENADE IN EDMONTON, THE HISTORIC MAIN STREET IN LACOMBE, IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, AND COURTHOUSE SQUARE IN GODERICH, ONTARIO ARE. THE ``GREAT PLACES IN CANADA'' COMPETITION IS PUT ON BY THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS -- WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 8TH, WHICH IS "WORLD TOWN PLANNING DAY".


EDMONTON NORTHLANDS HAS UNVEILED PLANS FOR THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO. PRESIDENT, RICHARD ANDERSON ADMITS THERE'S A LITTLE EXTRA BUZZ AROUND THE EVENT THIS YEAR.  NEW THIS YEAR TO THE CFR EXPERIENCE ARE DAILY TAILGATE PARTIES PRIOR TO EACH RODEO PERFORMANCE. THE CFR BEGINS IN EDMONTON ON NOVEMBER 6TH.

A GREAT MUSICAL EVENT HAPPENING SATURDAY EVENING (OCT 26) IN STRATHMORE. THE STRATHMORE MUSICAL ARTS SOCIETY FEATURES MAPLE AND JUNO AWARD WINNING MUSCIAN JACK DE KEYZER IN CONCERT, ALONG WITH SOME LOCAL MUSICIANS OPENING THE SHOW. SOCIETY PRESIDENT LINDA STORKSON SAYS IT'S ALL TAKING PLACE AT AN EASY TO FIND PLACE IN STRATHMORE, IN THE BALLROOM AT THE STRATHMORE TRAVEL LODGE.  THE EVENING STARTS WITH COCKTAILS AT 6:00 WITH A TURKEY DINNER TO FOLLOW, THEN THE SHOW. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT PJ'S APPLICANCES, PRO WATER CONDITIONING OR ASSIST BUSINESS ALL IN STRATHMORE. OR GO TO TRIPLE W DOT STRATHMORE ARTS DOT COM.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

A HOBBEMA MOUNTIE ACCUSED OF USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHILE MAKING AN ARREST LAST YEAR WILL GO TO TRIAL NEXT YEAR. 35 YEAR OLD CONSTABLE RON LAVALLEE FACES ONE COUNT OF ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM AND WILL HAVE A THREE DAY TRIAL STARTING OCTOBER 27TH OF 2014. THE ALLEGED INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY OF 2012. LAVALLEE WAS CHARGED IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION BY A SENIOR MEMBER OF AN INDEPENDENT RCMP UNIT. LAVALLEE HAS SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE AND IS CURRENTLY ON MEDICAL LEAVE WHILE HIS DUTY STATUS IS UNDER REVIEW.

A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF AN OLDS DRUG STORE AND RESULTING DRUG AND WEAPONS BUST TWO YEARS AGO HAD HIS CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL THIS WEEK (OCT 22). HOWEVER, A JUDGE HAS RESERVED THEIR DECISION ON THE SENTENCE APPEAL OF 49 YEAR OLD STANLEY COX WHO WAS SENTENCED LAST YEAR TO 10 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR THE 2011 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN TWO MEN WITH A GUN ROBBED THE REXALL DRUG STORE IN OLDS THEN GOT ARRESTED ON RED DEER'S SOUTH HILL A WEEK AND A HALF LATER WHEN MOUNTIES SEIZED GUNS, AMMUNITION AND DRUGS DURING A BUST AT A CITY RESIDENCE. COX'S SON TYLER IS CURRENTLY SERVING A FOUR AND A HALF YEAR SENTENCE IN PRISON FOR HIS PART IN THE INCIDENTS.

THE CALGARY OWNER OF A DOG THAT ATTACKED AND KILLED ANOTHER PET EARLIER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SLAPPED WITH A LARGE FINE. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN JANUARY, WHEN THE ANIMAL ESCAPED ITS YARD AND ENTERED A NEIGHBOUR'S, POUNCING ON ANOTHER DOG. THE INJURED ANIMAL LATER DIED. ANIMAL AND BYLAW SERVICES SAYS THE DOG WHO ATTACKED HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENT INCIDENTS, INCLUDING CHASING PEOPLE AND INJURING OTHER ANIMALS. THE ATTACK DOG WAS PUT DOWN IN FEBRUARY. ITS OWNER HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY $1,500, PLUS $1,700 IN RESTITUTION.

RED DEER COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A BRUSH FIRE ON THE C & E TRAIL SINCE BEFORE 4:00 THIS MORNING (OCT 24). ALTHOUGH THE BLAZE WAS UNDER CONTROL AROUND 5:00 AM, EMERGENCY CREWS ALSO HAVE SOME DOWNED POWER LINES IN THAT AREA TO CONTEND WITH.

MEMBERS OF A SOUTHERN ALBERTA FIRST NATION ARE SET TO VOTE ON A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HELP CLOSE THE RING ROAD AROUND CALGARY. THE TSUU T'INA (SOO-TEE'-NAH) BAND WILL CAST BALLOTS TODAY (OCT 24) FOR OR AGAINST A PACKAGE INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION ON THE SOUTHWEST LEG OF THE MAJOR ROUTE. IF APPROVED, THE DEAL COULD BRING THE FIRST NATION HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, PLUS COMPENSATION TO HELP WITH RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS OR BUSINESSES. A SIMILAR PACKAGE WAS REJECTED IN A 2009 VOTE, BUT ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION MINISTER RIC MCIVER SAYS UNFORTUNATE WORDING MADE THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL HARD TO ACCEPT.

THE C-E-O OF A COMPANY AT THE CENTRE OF A GROUND BEEF RECALL SAYS POSSIBLE E. COLI CONTAMINATION DIDN'T HAPPEN AT HIS TORONTO PLANT. DUFFY SMITH OF BELMONT MEATS SAYS THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY IS NOW CHECKING HIS BEEF SUPPLIERS.
LAST THURSDAY, THE ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH SAID THAT SOME OF THE RECALLED BEEF HAS BEEN LINKED TO NINE CONFIRMED CASES OF PEOPLE GETTING SICK FROM E. COLI IN THE PROVINCE. SMITH WON'T NAME HIS SUPPLIERS, BUT THE THREE MAIN BEEF-PROCESSING PLANTS IN THE COUNTRY INCLUDE TWO OPERATED BY CARGILL CANADA IN HIGH RIVER AND GUELPH, ONTARIO. THE OTHER IS THE J-B-S FOOD CANADA PLANT IN BROOKS FORMERLY OWNED BY X-L FOODS. THE PLANT WAS AT THE CENTRE OF THE LARGEST MEAT RECALL IN CANADIAN HISTORY LAST YEAR.

THE VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED TO SEATTLE AFTER VIOLATING HIS PAROLE IN CANADA IS FACING A NEW CHARGE IN THE UNITES STATES. BAIL FOR MICHAEL STANLEY HAS BEEN SET AT 100-THOUSAND-DOLLARS, AFTER STANLEY PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO A HARASSMENT CHARGE, WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED SOMEONE WHO ASKED HIM TO BE QUIET. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL WORKING TO RE-BOOK STANLEY ON MORE SERIOUS CHARGES, SAYING HE IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ASSAULTING A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING 81-MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR FACILITIES AND TRAILS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED IN SOME PROVINCIAL PARKS THAT WERE HIT BY JUNE'S DEVASTATING FLOOD. THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY, FISH CREEK AND WYNDHAM-CARSELAND PROVINCIAL PARKS, AS WELL AS THE OLDMAN DAM PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA.
OFFICIALS SAY THE FLOODING DESTROYED ABOUT 170 KILOMETRES OF PATHWAYS AND RECREATION TRAILS, WHILE MORE THAN 50 CAMPGROUNDS AND OVER 60 DAY-USE AREAS WERE DAMAGED. MONEY FOR THE REPAIRS WILL BE SPENT OVER FOUR YEARS.

THE NEWLY EXPANDED HIGHWAY 2A THROUGH THE CITY OF LACOMBE OFFICIALLY OPENED RECENTLY. ALTHOUGH THE PROJECT HAS BEEN MOSTLY DONE FOR THE PAST YEAR, CONSTRUCTION ON AN IMPORTANT SECTION AROUND THE TWO RAILWAY SECTIONS WRAPPED UP THIS PAST AUGUST.  THE ONCE RURAL ROAD HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN URBAN HIGHWAY, IMPROVING ACCESS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, BETTER TRAFFIC FLOWS AND INCREASED SAFETY. THE EXPANSION ADDED TRAFFIC LANES, UNDERGROUND STORM SEWERS, CONCRETE SIDEWALKS, CURBS AND GUTTERS WITH GREATLY ENHANCED SAFETY, ESPECIALLY FOR PEDESTRIANS.   THE OVER 19 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT CAME IN ALMOST THREE MILLION DOLLARS UNDER BUDGET.

ALL THE DUST IS SETTLING FROM MONDAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION. DRUMHELLER'S MAYOR, TERRY YEMEN WAS RETURNED TO THE POSITION FOR A SECOND TERM BY ACCLAMATION. HE SAYS THE RESULTS FOR COUNCIL WERE NOT TOO SURPRISING. HOWEVER, THE MAYOR SAYS HE WOULD HAVE LIKED A HIGHER TURNOUT PERCENTAGE FOR DRUMHELLER VOTERS. A COUNCILLOR SEMINAR IS BEING HELD THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY TO EDUCATE NEW MEMBERS ABOUT COUNCIL AND PROVIDE A REFRESHER FOR INCUMBANTS. INCUMBANT DRUMHELLER COUNCILORS RETURNING ARE JAY GARBUTT, TOM ZARISKI, LISA HANSEN-ZACHARUK, AND SHAREL SHOFF. THERE ARE TWO NEWCOMMERS... TARA MCMILLAN AND PATRICK KOLAFA.

MEANWHILE...IN YESTERDAY'S RECOUNT FOR MAYOR IN PONOKA. MONDAY'S VOTE STANDS. THE RECOUNT CONFIRMED THAT RICK BONNETT EDGED OUT DOUG GILL BY A SINGLE VOTE.

A REPORT HAS OUTLINED 54 RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. A RECENT SURVEY SHOWED THAT ALMOST 88 PER CENT OF STUDENTS FELT OVERWHELMED, WHILE MORE THAN HALF REPORTED FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS. ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENTS, ROBIN EVERALL SAYS ONE OF THE MOST SIMPLE RECOMMENDATIONS DEALT WITH RENAMING THE MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC AS A COUNSELING CENTRE. THE UNIVERSITY ALREADY HAS A "FURRY FRIENDS" PROGRAM WHERE STUDENTS CAN INTERACT WITH DOGS DURING EXAM WEEKS. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE DEVELOPING A CRISIS COUNSELING TEAM AND ENHANCING THE PROFILE OF CHAPLAINS AND OTHER SPIRITUAL SUPPORT.

YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND OUR REGION ARE GETTING SOME POSITIVE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING. CANADIAN COUNTRY SINGER, RYAN LAIRD WAS A VICTIM OF BULLYING IN SCHOOL AND HAS RECORDED A SONG ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE. LAIRD IS ALSO VISITING SCHOOLS ACROSS CANADA TO TALK ABOUT BULLYING. AND LAIRD HE LIKES TO GET THE STUDENTS INVOLVED INCLUDING BRINGING THEM ON STAGE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR BULLYING SITUATION. HE ALSO TELLS THEM THAT TO ACHIEVE HIS DREAM OF BEGIN A SONG WRITER AND COUNTRY MUSICIAN HE HAD TO LEAVE CANADA AND MOVE TO NASHVILLE.  RYAN LAIRD IS SPEAKING TO STUDENTS IN YOUNGSTOWN AND SURROUNDING AREA, TODAY (OCT 24) AT 12:30. HE'LL BE BACK IN HANNA FOR ANOTHER PRESENTATION, TONIGHT AT 7:30, AT THE HANNA CURLING CLUB.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

NINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES WHEN A SCHOOL BUS THEY WERE RIDING TIPPED ON ITS SIDE SOUTH OF CALGARY YESTERDAY MORNING (OCT 22). THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR MILLARVILLE, IN THE TURNER VALLEY AREA AROUND 8:00AM. R-C-M-P SAY THE CHILDREN, WHO RANGE IN AGE FROM FIVE TO 12 YEARS, WERE ABLE TO GET OFF THE BUS ON THEIR OWN AND WERE TREATED AT THE SCENE. POLICE ALSO SAY THE ROAD WAS BARE AT THE TIME AND VISIBILITY WAS GOOD.

MOUNTIES IN ALBERTA ARE HOPING A SCULPTURE WILL HELP SOLVE THE IDENTITY OF HUMAN REMAINS THAT WERE FOUND A YEAR AGO NEAR COCHRANE. POLICE SAY THEY HIRED A FORENSIC SCULPTOR TO RECONSTRUCT A FACIAL APPROXIMATION OF THE PERSON. THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN FORWARDED ACROSS CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. THE CALGARY MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS THE REMAINS ARE THOSE OF A CAUCASIAN MALE BETWEEN 20 AND 60 YEARS OLD, AND HAD BEEN DECOMPOSING FOR LESS THAN A YEAR.

231 FRUAD CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST A RED DEER WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING ALMOST THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE EMPLOYED AT IMAGE DENTAL STUDIO. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS EMPLOYED AS THE OFFICE MANAGER AT THE DENTAL OFFICE BETWEEN 2009 AND 2011 WHEN THE ALLEGED FRAUD TOOK PLACE WITH OVER 292 THOUSAND DOLLARS TAKEN. 49 YEAR OLD DEBBIE GAGNE RETUNS TO RED DEER COURT NOVEMBER 27TH.

IN THE VILLAGE OF DELBURNE THERE WILL BE A BY-ELECTION.  ORIGINIALLY ALL FIVE SPOTS ON COUNCIL WERE ACCLAIMED LEADING TO NO ELECTION, BUT AMY BEARD HAD TO RESIGN FORCING A BY-ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 4TH.  ADVANCE POLLS WILL BE HELD IN DELBURNE TOMDAY (WED OCT. 23) FROM 10 AM - 8 PM. OTHER COUNCILLORS ACCLAIMED IN DELBURNE ARE DARLENE DUSHANEK, JUDITH HOGEN, TIM WILSON AND RAY RECKSEIDLER (RECK'-SEEDELER) WHO HAS BEEN SELECTED AS DELBURNE'S MAYOR. 

RECOUNTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED YESTERDAY (TUES) FOR THE 2 TIED RED DEER COUNTY DIVISION COUNCILLOR RACES. DIVISION 3 AND 4 BOTH AMAZINGLY TIED, AND A RANDOM DRAW TIEBREAKER WAS COMPLETED ON ELECTION NIGHT. DON CHURCH AND CONNIE HUELSMAN BOTH HAD THEIR NAMES DRAWN AND WERE AWARDED DIVISIONS 3 AND 4, RESPECTIVELY. RECOUNTS YESTERDAY BOTH CAME UP AS A TIE ONCE AGAIN SO THE DRAW RESULT STANDS. IN PONOKA, A RECOUNT WILL BE MADE TODAY (OCT 23) TO CONFIRM RICK BONNETT'S VICTORY IN THE MAYOR RACE. HE BEAT DOUG GILL BY ONLY A SINGLE VOTE.

THERE WILL BE RECOUNTS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ACROSS ALBERTA. THE NUMBERS WERE CLOSE IN PONOKA, WITH ONLY ONE VOTE SEPARATING MAYORAL WINNER RICK BONNETT FROM HIS OPPONENT DOUG GILL. IN EDSON, THERE WAS ALSO JUST ONE VOTE SEPARATING JIM GOMUWKA AND JOHN WALKER IN A RACE FOR A COUNCIL SEAT. MEANWHILE IN MORINVILLE, THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE OF JUST TWO VOTES BETWEEN COUNCIL CANDIDATE ROBERT LADOUCEUR AND JACKI LUKER. THE MAYORAL RACE IN THE TOWN WAS A CLOSE ONE, AS WELL: LISA HOLMES BEAT SHELDON FINGLER BY A MERE 18 VOTES. A RECOUNT IS ALSO SCHEDULED IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN FOR THE POSITION OF ELK ISLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE.

THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY HAS EXPANDED AN ALERT OVER BEEF PRODUCTS FROM BELMONT MEATS OF TORONTO. THERE COULD BE E-COLI CONTAMINATION. THE FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG IS NOW WARNING THE PUBLIC NOT TO EAT SUNSPUN BEARPAW-SHAPED BEEF BURGERS SOLD AT LOBLAW-OWNED STORES NATIONALLY. ALSO SUSPECTED ARE COMPLIMENTS TRADITIONAL BEEF BURGERS SOLD AT SOBEYS-OWNED STORES IN ONTARIO AND THE WEST.

A VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED CANADA IS BEING HELD ON $100,000 BAIL AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF HARASSMENT AND ANOTHER SEXUAL ASSAULT. MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY MADE A FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (OCT 23). A JUDGE SET HIS BAIL AT $100,000, CITING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HOW HE FLED CANADA TO THE UNITED STATES. WEARING A RED PRISON UNIFORM WITH HIS HANDS SHACKLED IN FRONT OF HIM, STANLEY APPEARED BEFORE THE JUDGE BY VIDEO FROM THE LOCAL JAIL. STANLEY DID NOT SPEAK TO THE JUDGE DURING THE BRIEF HEARING. HE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES EARLIER THIS MONTH AS CANADIAN POLICE WERE SEARCHING FOR THE 48-YEAR-OLD.

A REMINDER FROM MOUNTIES THAT THEY ARE CONTINUING THEIR JOINT CHECKSTOP CAMPAIGNS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA. LAST WEEK, RCMP FROM RED DEER AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WERE JOINED BY ALBERTA SHERIFFS AND FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICERS, CHECKING FOR WILDLIFE ACT AND TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT OFFENCES IN THE CAROLINE AREA. ROUGHLY 800 VEHICLES WERE CHECKED AND IT RESULTED IN NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING SOME FOR SPEEDING, SEATBELTS, CHILD SEAT COMPLIANCE, LIQUOR, DRUG AND WILDLIFE ACT VIOLATIONS.

THE CRIME NUMBERS ARE DOWN IN RED DEER. THE CITY HAS RELESED THE THIRD QUARTER CRIME STATISTICS, SHOWING A DROP IN OVERALL CRIME OF ABOUT 13 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS SAYS THEY EXPECT TO CONTINUE SEEING CRIME NUMBERS DECREASE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AND INTO 2014 AS THE CITY FURTHER EXPLORES COMMUNITY SAFETY, CRIME PREVENTION AND POLICING. TOTAL PROPERTY CRIMES DROPPED 6.3 PERCENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHILE OVERALL PROPERTY CRIMES WENT DOWN 8.3 PERCENT THIS YEAR OVER LAST. THAT INCLUDES OFFENCES LIKE BREAK AND ENTER, ARSON AND FRAUD.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. IT'S A REMINDER TO VISIT YOUR DOCTOR AND GET CHECKED OUT. FIVE THOUSAND WOMEN THIS YEAR WILL DIE FROM BREAST CANCER AND REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUDATION, BONNIE MEGLEY SAYS THE DISEASE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. MGELEY ADDS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES, AND TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH. SHE ADDS, BOTH WOMEN AND MEN ARE AT RISK FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF BREAST CANCER. BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER AMONG CANADIAN WOMEN, WITH 23 THOUSAND, 8 HUNDRED WOMEN DIAGNOSED THIS YEAR. MEGLEY ADDS THAT THIS YEAR A TOTAL OF 5 THOUSAND WOMEN IN CANADA WILL DIE OF BREAST CANCER. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BREAST CANCER GO TO THE FOUNDATION'S WEBSITE AT TRIPLE W DOT CBCF DOT ORG.

THE CITY OF LLOYDMINSTER HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE NUMBER TWO CITY IN CANADA WHEN IT COMES TO ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES. THE REPORT FROM THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUISNESS, STUDIED 107 CITIES ACROSS CANADA, AND FOUND FIVE OF THE TOP TEN-BUSINESS FRIENDLY MUNICIPALITIES WERE IN ALBERTA. LLOYDMINSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT MICHEAL HOLDEN WASN'T SURPRISED WHEN HE HEARD THE RESULTS OF THE REPORT. THE NEWS COMES AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES SMALL BUISNESS WEEK IN THE BORDER CITY.

CANADIAN COUNTRY STAR RYAN LAIRD IS TRYING TO HELP SCHOOL STUDENTS DEAL WITH BULLYING. THE SINGER WAS BULLIED IN SCHOOL AND HAS WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT THE ORDEAL, PLUS HE'S VISITING SCHOOLS AROUND OUR REGION TO TALK ABOUT THIS VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE.  LAIRD WILL BE VISTIING WITH STUDENTS AT MORRIN SCHOOL THIS MORNING, AND THEN TRAVELS TO HANNA LATER TODAY. LAIRD WILL ALSO BE MAKING A STOP ALL DAY THURSDAY (OCT 25) IN YOUNGSTOWN.

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

SCHOOL OFFICIALS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA SAY NONE OF THE STUDENTS ON A SCHOOL BUS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN IT ROLLED INTO A DITCH. THE BUS WENT OFF A RURAL ROAD AROUND 8:00 THIS MORNING (OCT 22) NEAR MILLARVILLE, ABOUT 50 KILOMETRES SOUTHWEST OF CALGARY, IN THE TURNER VALLEY AREA. DREW CHIPMAN WITH THE FOOTHILLS SCHOOL DIVISION SAYS THE BUS WAS ON ITS WAY TO MILLARVILLE WHEN IT TIPPED ONTO ITS SIDE. HE SAYS NINE CHILDREN, BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 12, WERE EXAMINED BY EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. THE KIDS DIDN'T NEED TO GO TO A HOSPITAL AND WERE RELEASED TO THEIR PARENTS. RCMP SAY THE ROAD WAS CLEAR AND VISIBILITY WAS GOOD.

A SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED CANADA HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON FOR HARASSMENT. SEATTLE POLICE SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THEY RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS OF A MAN YELLING IN AN ALLEY, INCLUDING ONE PERSON WHO HAD ASKED STANLEY TO BE QUIET. POLICE SAY STANLEY THREATENED TO ASSAULT THAT PERSON. POLICE SAY STANLEY BECAME COMBATIVE WHEN POLICE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AND CLAIMED HE HAD A KNIFE. AUTHORITIES SAY STANLEY APPEARED INTOXICATED. STANLEY CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET IN CANADA EARLIER THIS MONTH. OFFICIALS THERE ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT OFFENDER WHO POSED A SIGNIFICANT RISK. HE CROSSED THE BORDER INTO THE UNITED STATES, AND AUTHORITIES RECENTLY HAD HIM REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER IN SEATTLE.

CHRIS WARWICK ELECTED AS HANNA MAYOR BY ACCLAMATION. THE SIX HANNA COUNCILORS ELECTED ON MONDAY ARE...CATHY WATTS, LARRY STICKLE, GERALD CAMPION, JASON SMITH, RICHARD PRESTON, AND JERRY KRUZE. THERE WAS ALSO AN ELECTED FOR TWO PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEES IN THE PRAIRIE LAND REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION. ELECTED ARE ANGIE WARWICK AND JADA HILL.

IN THE TOWN OF OYEN, DOUG JONES IS THE NEW MAYOR, DEFEATING LOIS BEDWELL AND KAY DINGMAN. THE SIX OYEN COUNCILORS ARE IN BY ACCLAMATION...THEY ARE...KEVIN BROST, JOE LAZZARI, BRADLEY ODLAND, DENNIS PUNTER, TOM TRACY, AND STACEY WIECHNIK


IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER...TERRY YEMEN HAS BEEN RETURNED TO A SECOND TERM AS MAYOR BY ACCLAMATION. INCUMBANT DRUMHELLER COUNCILORS RETURNING ARE JAY GARBUTT, TOM ZARISKI, LISA HANSEN-ZACHARUK, AND SHAREL SHOFF. THERE ARE TWO NEWCOMMERS... TARA MCMILLAN AND PATRICK KOLAFA.

ONLY TWO ELECTIONS HELD YESTERDAY IN WHEATLAND COUNTY, EAST OF CALGARY. IN DIVISION TWO, REX HARWOOD DEFEATED FIVE OTHER OPPONENTS. IN DIVISION THREE, DONALD VANDER VELDE IS THE WINNER. ALL OTHER WHEATLAND COUNCILORS ARE IN BY ACCLAMATION AND ALL ARE INCUBANTS. ALICE BOOTH IN DIVSION ONE.  DIVISION FOUR IS REPRESENTED BY BERNICE BLAND. BRENDA KNIGHT IS IN DIVISION FIVE. GLEN KOESTER IS LOOKING AFTER DIVISION SIX. AND BEN ARMSTRONG ONCE AGAIN REPRESENTS DIVISION 7 IN WHEATLAND COUNTY.

IN CLEARWATER COUNTY, JIM DUNCAN HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED IN DIVISION ONE.  KYLE GREENWOOD HAS WON DIVISION 2.  CURT MAKI HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED IN DIVISION 3.  IN DIVISION 4 CHUCK SHIPLEY BEAT JOHN VANDERMEER BY ONE VOTE.  IN DIVISION 5, BOB BRYANT BEAT THERESA LAING BY ONE VOTE, IN DIVISION 6 EARL GRAHAM WAS ACCLAIMED, AND IN DIVISION 7 THE WINNER WAS PAT ALEXANDER. 

TOWN OF STRATHMORE ELECTION RESULTS....NEW MAYOR MIKE ELL...COUNCILORS....(6) DENISE PETERSON,  PAT FULE, BRAD WALLS, BOB SOBOL, ROCKY BLOKLAND,  AND JOHN REMPEL .

IN PONOKA COUNTY, THERE ARE THREE NEWLY ELECTED COUNCILLORS, INCLUDING BRYCE LIDDLE, MARK MATEJKA, AND DOUG WEIR.  INCUMBENT PAUL MCLAUGHLIN HAS BEEN ELECTED, AND NANCY HARTFORD IS AN ACCLAIMED NEWCOMER.   

IN THE VILLAGE OF ALIX, INCUMBENTS CURTIS PETERSON, GORDON CHRISTENSON AND ROBERT FEHR HELD ON TO THEIR SEATS.  ALSO ELECTED WERE ARLENE NELSON AND JODY LOUISE WIDMANN.  THE MAYOR WILL BE VOTED INTO OFFICE BY THE FIVE COUNCILLORS DURING THE FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING. 

IN MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY, FOUR COUNCILLORS WERE ACCLAIMED, INCLUDING PATRICIA MCKEAN, DUNCAN MILNE, BRUCE BEATTIE, AND ANGELA AALBERS. ALSO TAKING COUNCILLOR SEATS WERE JEREMY SAYER, KEN HECK, AND AL KEMMERE (KAM-REE).

IN THE TOWN OF DIDSBURY, INCUMBENTS DONALD LAVAR ADAMS AND GAIL NOWLAN HAVE BEEN ELECTED.  ALSO ELECTED ARE NEWCOMERS GARTH HOLLINGER, JOYCE MCCOY, KIM MOORE, AND SHIELA SCHULTZ. 

THE 2013 ALBERTA MUNICIPAL ELECTION HAD VERY STRONG TURNOUTS IN MANY COMMUNTIES.  THE CITY OF RED DEER HAD A MUCH HIGHER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE POLLS. SEVERAL POLLING STATIONS IN RED DEER REPORTED VERY LONG LINEUPS WITH DELAYS IN REPORTING THE FINAL NUMBERS. DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER, ELAINE VINCENT SAYS THE LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE MEANT UP TO AN HOUR DELAY AND SOME RESULTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 11:00 LAST NIGHT. IN STRATHMORE, TOWN CAO DWIGHT STANFORD SAYS THERE WAS A LARGER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING OUT TO VOTE, WITH A LINE OF VOTERS WINDING OUTSIDE OF THE STRATHMORE CIVIC CENTRE. THERE WERE CONCERNS BY MANY THAT THEY WOULDN'T GET A CHANCE TO VOTE BECAUSE OF THE LINE-UP.  IN THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER, APPROXIMATELY 61 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION CAST THEIR BALLOT YESTERDAY. THE ADVANCE POLLS HAD MORE THAN 800 VOTERS PARTICIPATING, AND SHARON DOLL, DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES SAYS THIS IS MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED AT THE LAST ELECTION.

IN THE TOWN OF STETTLER ELECTION. MAYOR RICHARDS WAS ACCLAIMED BUT HE HAS SOME NEW COUNCILORS JOINING HIM AT THE TABLE. WILL BROWN HAS BEEN ELECTED WITH 609 VOTES. KAREN SERNECKY HAS BEEN ELECTED WITH 575 VOTES AND SEAN NOLLS IS IN WITH 537 VOTES. INCUMBANTS MALCOLM FISCHER IS BACK AT THE TABLE WITH 905 VOTES WHILE AL CAMPBELL WILL JOIN HIM WITH 740. DARCY BACHMAN HAS ALSO BEEN RE-ELECTED WITH 533 VOTES. THESE ARE UNOFFICIAL TOTALS AND WITH THE VOTES BEING SO CLOSE THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR IT TO CHANGE ONCE TOTALS ARE FINALIZED.

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE VILLAGE OF ALIX, THE FIVE COUNCILORS ELECTED TONIGHT ARE THE 3 INCUMBANTS CURTIS PETERSON, GORDON CHRISTENSON AND ROBERT FEHR. ARLENE NELSON AND JODY LOUISE WIDMANN HAVE ALSO BEEN ELECTED TO THIS COUNCIL. THE MAYOR WILL BE VOTED IN BY THE 5 COUNCILORS DURING THEIR FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING.THIS WAS A VERY CLOSE RACE WITH THE ONLY OTHER CHALLENGER LOSING THE SEAT BY ONLY TWO VOTES.

A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN HAS BEEN ELECTED MAYOR OF A SOUTHERN ALBERTA TOWN THAT CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM JUNE'S DEVASTATING FLOOD. CRAIG SNODGRASS WON THE TOP JOB IN HIGH RIVER IN YESTERDAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. SNODGRASS SUCCEEDS EMILE BLOKLAND, WHO DID NOT RUN AGAIN FOR MAYOR, INSTEAD HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN FOR A SPOT ON TOWN COUNCIL TO CONTINUE WORK REBUILDING THE COMMUNITY. THERE WAS A LARGE VOTER TURNOUT IN HIGH RIVER, WITH LONG LINES STRETCHING DOWN THE STREET EVEN AS THE 8 P-M DEADLINE APPROACHED. TOWN OFFICIALS PUT VOTER TURNOUT AT AROUND 61 PERCENT.

THE VILLAGE OF TROCHU WAS ALSO HAD ALL 7 OF THEIR COUNCILORS ACCLAIMED. THEIR NEW TABLE WILL CONSIST OF WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM, MARK GARNEAU, BARRY KLETKE, CHERYL LUMLEY, CHRISTOPHER REEDS, EDWARD STEPHAN, AND VALERIE WARNOCK.

IN A LANDSLIDE DECISION, DON IVESON CAPTURED EDMONTON'S MAYOR'S CHAIR...LOCKING UP 62 PER CENT OF THE VOTE...THE LARGEST MANDATE IN THE CITY'S HISTORY.

RED DEER'S NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR IS TARA VEER. THE 9 YEAR CITY COUNCILLOR WILL NOW SIT IN THE BIG CHAIR AT CITY HALL FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.



LOOKING AT ELECTION RESULTS IN THE CITY OF AIRDRIE....PETER BROWN RETURNS AS MAYOR FOR A SECOND TERM BY ACCLAMATION. THE SIX COUNCILORS CHOSEN ARE...KELLY HEGG, FRED BURLEY, RON CHAPMAN,  ALLAN HUNTER, CANDICE KOLSON,  AND DARREL BELYK. THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE ELECTED TO REPRESENT AIRDRIE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN THE ROCKY VIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION...THEY ARE SYLVIA EGGERER AND TODD BRAND. A TOTAL OF 5592 PEOPLE VOTING IN THE CITY OF AIRDRIE, THAT ABOUT 17 PERCENT OF ELLIGIBLE VOTERS TURNING OUT TO THE POLLS. 

 

IT WAS A CORONATION IN CALGARY AS WILDLY POPULAR MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI HANDILY WON RE-ELECTION. FROM THE MINUTE MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS STARTED ROLLING IN LAST NIGHT, IT WAS APPARENT NENSHI WOULD EASILY DEFEAT FORMER COUNCILLOR JON LORD AND SEVEN OTHER HOPEFULS TO WIN HIS SECOND TERM.

IN FORT MCMURRAY, MELISSA BLAKE WON HER FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TERM AS MAYOR OF THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO.

IN RED DEER, COUNCILLOR TARA VEER WAS ELECTED TO REPLACE LONGTIME INCUMBENT MORRIS FLEWELLING, WHO STEPPED DOWN AFTER NINE YEARS AT THE HELM.

LETHBRIDGE WELCOMED CHRIS SPEARMAN AS THE NEW MAYOR TO REPLACE INCUMBENT RAJKO DODIC, WHO DID NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION.

ONE OF THE FEW UPSETS OF THE NIGHT CAME IN MEDICINE HAT, WHERE TWO-TERM INCUMBENT NORM BOUCHER WAS DEFEATED BY VETERAN COUNCILMAN TED CLUGSTON.

IN GRANDE PRAIRIE, INCUMBENT MAYOR BILL GIVEN WAS RE-ELECTED OVER LOCAL UNITED WAY PRESIDENT GLADYS BLACKMORE.

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

CALGARY POLICE SAY THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN A DOWNTOWN SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND TWO OTHERS IN HOSPITAL. POLICE SAY A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WHILE A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA IS IN STABLE CONDITION. INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT THE MALE SURVIVOR OF THE ATTACK IS NOT COOPERATING WITH OFFICERS, ADDING THE SHOOTING WAS NOT RANDOM AND THE THREE PEOPLE WERE KNOWN TO EACH OTHER. STAFF SGT. GRANT MILLER SAYS IT LOOKS LIKE ORGANIZED CRIME WOULD BE INVOLVED, POSSIBLY SOMETHING IN THE DRUG TRADE. CALGARY CITY POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP AND ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE CALGARY POLICE OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD IS SEVERAL OTHERS HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN. R-C-M-P SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED YESTERDAY (OCT 20) ON HIGHWAY 7, ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES WEST OF ROSETOWN. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. THERE'S NO WORD ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE THREE WHO WERE INJURED.

A CALGARY JUDGE HAS ACCEPTED A GUILTY PLEA TO MANSLAUGHTER FROM A WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER 26-DAY OLD SON IN 2010. SHELBY HERCHAK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH. SHE WIPED AWAY TEARS WHILE DETAILS OF THE EVENT WERE READ IN COURT. LAWYER KIM ROSS SAYS IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE HIS CLIENT WOULD GET EMOTIONAL. BOTH A PRE-SENTENCE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS ORDERED AND SENTENCING ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR.

A REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SAYS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT A MOUSE BIT A DISABLED PATIENT IN A LONG-TERM CARE HOME IN THE FACE. THE GROUP FRIENDS OF MEDICARE RAISED THE ALLEGATION LAST MONTH, SAYING STAFF SAW MICE ON THE FACE OF A WOMAN WHO HAS DEMENTIA. THE REVIEW SAYS THERE WERE MICE IN THE PATIENT'S ROOM AT THE ST. THERESE VILLA IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE ALLEGATION OR THAT THE WOMAN SUFFERED SERIOUS BODILY OR EMOTIONAL HARM. THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT COVENANT HEALTH, A CATHOLIC HEALTH-CARE ORGANIZATION WHICH OPERATES THE 200-BED FACILITY, SHOULD FOLLOW THROUGH WITH PLANS TO IMPROVE PEST CONTROL FOR MICE AND BED BUGS.

TWO OF ALBERTA'S LARGEST CITIES OUTSIDE OF CALGARY AND EDMONTON WILL HAVE NEW MAYORS AFTER THE VOTES ARE COUNTED IN TODAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. CALGARY IS EXPECTED TO HOST A CORONATION, WHERE INCUMBENT MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI IS CONSIDERED A LOCK TO CAPTURE A SECOND TERM. COUNCILLOR DON IVESON HAS BEEN LEADING IN POLLS TO REPLACE OUTGOING EDMONTON MAYOR STEPHEN MANDEL, BUT VOTE SPLITTING MAY BE A FACTOR. LONGTIME INCUMBENT MORRIS FLEWELLING IS STEPPING DOWN AFTER NINE YEARS AT THE HELM IN RED DEER, WHILE INCUMBENT RAJKO DODIC IS NOT RUNNING AGAIN IN LETHBRIDGE. HANDLING RAPID GROWTH HAS BEEN ONE OF THE KEY ISSUES IN RED DEER, WHILE LOW TAXES AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT HAVE BEEN HIGH ON THE AGENDA IN LETHBRIDGE. FOLLOWING UP ON PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION CHANGES, ALL MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS WILL NOW SERVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS INSTEAD OF THREE.

FLU SHOTS ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE ACROSS ALBERTA AS OF TODAY (OCT 21). ONLY 23 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS BOTHERED TO GET A FLU SHOT LAST YEAR. HOWEVER, THE NUMBERS ARE BETTER FOR SENIORS AND KIDS, ABOUT 60 PER CENT FOR SENIORS AND 30 PER CENT OF CHILDREN WERE IMMUNIZED. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THEY NEED TO GET ALL OF THOSE NUMBERS HIGHER. MEANWHILE, ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS WERE IMMUNIZED. HORNE SAYS THEY'D LIKE TO SEE THAT NUMBER HIGHER AS WELL, BUT SAYS THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MAKE SHOTS MANDATORY FOR THOSE WORKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

RECORDS SHOW A SEX OFFENDER WHO CAUSED SCHOOL CLOSURES IN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN BEFORE HE FLED CANADA FOR THE UNITED STATES  IS NOW REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER, AND LIVES AT AN ADDRESS NEAR A PRESCHOOL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON STATE'S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY LISTED MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY TODAY AS A TRANSIENT ``LEVEL 2'' OFFENDER. SHERIFF'S OFFICE SGT. CINDI WEST SAID SHE WAS CHECKING TO SEE WHY STANLEY WAS NOT GIVEN A ``LEVEL 3'' STATUS RESERVED FOR HIGH-RISK OFFENDERS. STANLEY HAS A HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1, WHEN HE LEFT EDMONTON AND CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET IN CANADA. CANADIAN OFFICIALS ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT OFFENDER WHO POSED A SIGNIFICANT RISK. CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DECIDED NOT TO SEEK STANLEY'S EXTRADITION. STANLEY WAS ABLE TO CROSS THE BORDER. AUTHORITIES LOCATED HIM IN THE SEATTLE AREA LAST WEEK AND ASKED HIM TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IS UDNERWAY. THE 20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES RUNS NOVEMBER 22ND TO 24TH AT WESTERNER PARK, FEATURING 70 FULLY DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES ON DISPLAY AND ALL THE MONEY RAISED FROM THEIR SALE GOING TOWARDS DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, UROLOGY AND THE OPERATING ROOM AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. EVENT CO-CHAIR NOVA BAIS (BASE) SAYS THEY'VE ALREADY RAISED ABOUT 140 THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARDS THEIR GOAL OF OVER 1.2 MILLION THIS YEAR.  THEY ARE ALSO RAFFLING OFF A BEAUTIFUL SHOW HOME BUILT BY AVALON HOMES LOCATED IN THE VANIER EAST AREA OF RED DEER.   TCKETS FOR THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL OF TREES IN RED DEER AT  WESTERN PARK ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH TICKETMASTER.

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

CALGARY CITY POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER A SHOOTING LAST NIGHT IN THE DOWNTOWN, WHICH HAS LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND TWO PEOPLE SUFFERING SERIOUS GUNSHOT WOUNDS. POLICE WERE CALLED TO AN AREA IN THE SOUTH WEST PART OF THE CITY A LITTLE BEFORE 9:00 LAST NIGHT (OCT 17) AFTER GUNSHOTS WERE REPORTED. THEY FOUND ONE MAN DEAD IN A PARKING LOT NEAR WESTERN CANADA HIGH SCHOOL AND TWO PEOPLE INJURED. THE TWO SURVIVORS ARE  A MAN AND A WOMAN.  THE WOMAN IS IN LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION, WHILE THE MALE HAS NOT LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND IS ABLE TO TALK TO POLICE. THE CALGARY POLICE HOMICIDE UNIT HAS TAKEN OVER THE INVESTIGATION.

POLICE IN CALGARY SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED A MAN WANTED IN THE DEATH OF HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND THE SERIOUS INJURY OF A SECOND WOMAN.  65 YEAR OLD JAMES ALLAN CHRISTIANS,  WAS PICKED UP AT A GAS STATION IN THE CITY'S SOUTHWEST. HE IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSION OF A WEAPON.  CARMEL LEAH CHRISTIANS, WHO WAS 55, WAS STABBED TO DEATH AND A FEMALE FRIEND SHE WAS STAYING WITH WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AN ATTACK ON WEDNESDAY (OCT 16). DOCUMENTS SHOW CARMEL CHRISTIANS HAD GONE TO COURT TO GET A PROTECTION ORDER. SHE HAD TESTIFIED AT A HEARING SEPT. 3 THAT HER HUSBAND PUNCHED HER IN THE FACE AND TRIED TO STRANGLE HER.

A 51 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM THE RIMBEY AREA IS IN AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL AFTER HER CAR CRASHED INTO A SEMI NEAR RIMBEY WEDNESDAY NIGHT (OCT 16). IT HAPPENED AT HIGHWAY 53 AND RANGE ROAD 40, ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES WEST OF TOWN. RCMP SAY HER CAR CRASHED INTO A PARKED SEMI BUT IT DOESN'T APPEAR AS THOUGH CHARGES WILL BE LAID AT THIS POINT. HER INJURIES ARE NON-LIFE THREATENING. 

THE CEO AND PRESIDENT OF ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS RESIGNED. DR. CHRIS EAGLE SAYS IT WAS A ``PERSONAL AND VERY DIFFICULT'' DECISION, BUT ADDS IT IS RIGHT FOR HIM AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY. EAGLE'S RESIGNATION IS EFFECTIVE THURSDAY (OCT 17), BUT HE SAYS HE WILL STAY ON WITH THE ORGANIZATION UNTIL OCTOBER 2014. A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS EAGLE WILL TAKE VACATION TIME AND DO QUOTE ``PROJECT WORK'' UNTIL HE LEAVES THE ORGANIZATION NEXT YEAR.

CANADA'S FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG HAS ISSUED ANOTHER BEEF RECALL OVER POSSIBLE E. COLI CONTAMINATION THE FOURTH THIS MONTH. THE LATEST ``HEALTH HAZARD ALERT'' RECALL INVOLVES KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT A COSTCO STORE IN LETHBRIDGE. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY AND COSTCO ARE WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO EAT THIS PRODUCT BECAUSE IT MAY CONTAIN E. COLI BACTERIA. THE CFIA SAYS THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF A SIMILAR RECALL OF KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND ORGANIC LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT COSTCO STORES IN ALBERTA, B.C., MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN.


THE CALGARY ZOO PLANS TO FLING ITS DOORS WIDE TO VISITORS NEXT MONTH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE ANIMAL PARK WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FLOODING. THE ZOO SAYS IN A RELEASE THAT IT WILL COMPLETELY REOPEN NOV. 28 WITH A BIG CELEBRATION. DEVASTATING FLOODS THAT SWAMPED MUCH OF DOWNTOWN CALGARY IN JUNE CAUSED MORE THAN $50 MILLION IN BUILDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE AT THE ZOO. THE FACILITY HAD TO FIND NEW HOMES FOR DOZENS OF ANIMALS, CLOSED SEVERAL BUILDINGS AND LAID OFF ABOUT 300 EMPLOYEES. IT MANAGED TO REOPEN THE POPULAR PENGUIN PLUNGE EXHIBIT AND TWO OTHER DISPLAYS JULY 31 ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE PARK. ZOO CEO CLEMENT LANTHIER SAYS HE'S PROUD OF THE REBUILDING EFFORT IN SUCH A SHORT TIME.

A HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER WHO RECENTLY FLED CANADA HAS REGISTERED WITH  AUTHORITIES IN THE SEATTLE, WASHINGTON AREA. KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S SGT. CINDI WEST CONFIRMS MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY REGISTERED HIMSELF AS A SEX OFFENDER AS REQUIRED BY POLICE. AUTHORITIES HAD LOCATED THE 48-YEAR-OLD IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ON THURSDAY AND SAID HE WOULD BE ARRESTED IF HE FAILED TO REGISTER WITHIN THREE DAYS. STANLEY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1, WHEN HE LEFT EDMONTON AND CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET IN CANADA. U.S. OFFICIALS ALLOWED HIM TO CROSS THE BORDER AFTER DETERMINING HE WAS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND NOT THE SUBJECT OF AN EXTRADITABLE ARREST WARRANT. AUTHORITIES SAY HE ISN'T BEING ARRESTED BECAUSE CANADA HAS DECIDED NOT TO SEEK HIS EXTRADITION AND STANLEY IS NOT WANTED FOR ANY CRIMES IN THE UNITED STATES.

PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS HER GOVERNMENT PLANS TO GROW THE ALBERTA HERITAGE SAVINGS TRUST FUND BY $24 BILLION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
REDFORD ALSO TOLD ABOUT 400 COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORTERS AT THE CENTRAL ALBERTA LEADER'S DINNER IN RED DEER THAT SHE WANTS TO INCREASE MARKET ACCESS TO PLACES SUCH AS CHINA. FURTHER TO THAT, SHE SAYS HER GOVERNMENT IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE CANADA-EUROPEAN TRADE AGREEMENT. REDFORD LOOKED BACK AT HER TWO YEARS AS PREMIER AND REFLECTED ON SOME OF THE CHALLENGES HER GOVERNMENT HAS FACED, INCLUDING JUNE'S MASSIVE FLOODING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SHE SAYS ONE OF HER GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITIES IS TO INVEST IN NEW SCHOOLS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE.

PROVINCIAL FINANCE MINISTER DOUG HORNER WAS IN RED DEER YESTERDAY (OCT 18) TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC. THE MINISTER IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PROVINCE WIDE TOUR TO GATHER INPUT TO HELP THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PREPARE THE 2014 BUDGET.  HORNER SAYS IN CONTRAST TO LAST YEAR, REDUCING GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS VERY LOW ON FEEDBACK THIS YEAR. ADDRESSING UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ACROSS THE PROVINCE IS ANOTHER AREA OF CONCERN SO FAR ON HIS TOUR. IF YOU MISSED OUT ON HIS DISCUSSION YOU CAN FILL OUT A SURVEY ON THE GOVERNMENTS WEBSITE.

RED DEER MAYOR MORRIS FLEWWELLING CHAIRED THE FINAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF HIS LONG CAREER EARLIER THIS WEEK. FLEWWELLING HAS BEEN RED DEER MAYOR SINCE 2004, BUT HAS ALSO SERVED AS A COUNCILOR FOR 12 YEARS. HEADING INTO RETIREMENT, FLEWWELLING TALKS ABOUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS DURING HIS TIME AS IN THE MAYOR'S CHAIR. HE SAYS PERSONAL ISSUES THAT HE WAS ABLE TO ADVANCE INCLUDE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS. ON A MUNICIPAL LEVEL IS VERY PROUD OF HOW HE WAS ABLE TO BUILDING A BETTER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF RED DEER AND RED DEER COUNTY. FLEWWELLING SAYS HE'S VERY HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN IMPROVING THE GOVERNANCE WITH IN THE CITY ADMINISTRATION. HE KNOWS THE SYSTEM IS NOW VERY CLEAN AND CAN WITHSTAND ANY NEGATIVE FORCES.  IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL ADJOURNMENT TO THE RED DEER COUNCIL MEETING WITH SEVERAL HUGS AND HANDSHAKES WERE EXCHANGED. FLEWWELLING SAYS HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO CHOOSE FROM AFTER LEAVING CITY HALL.

A ZOOKEEPER HAS BEEN INJURED BY AN ANIMAL AT THE CALGARY ZOO. ZOO SPOKESWOMAN LAURIE SKENE SAYS THE EMPLOYEE IS RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT, BUT WON'T SAY HOW BADLY INJURED THE PERSON IS OR THE TYPE OF ANIMAL THAT WAS INVOLVED. SKENE SAYS THE ZOOKEEPER WAS WORKING OUTSIDE A CAGE THIS MORNING AND THE ANIMAL WAS INSIDE A CAGE. THE ZOO HAS HAD RECURRING PROBLEMS WITH STAFF AND ITS LOWLAND GORILLA EXHIBIT, INCLUDING LEAVING DOORS OPEN IN THE APES' ENCLOSURE. EARLIER THIS MONTH THE ZOO ANNOUNCED THAT TWO EMPLOYEES WERE DISCIPLINED OVER A DOOR INCIDENT A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT ALLOWED SIX GORILLAS TO ESCAPE INTO A KITCHEN AT THE FACILITY. A SIMILAR INCIDENT HAPPENED WITH THE KITCHEN DOOR IN MARCH AND THE EMPLOYEE INVOLVED WAS FIRED.

AN AMAZING HARVEST LAST WEEK NEAR PONOKA. THE PONOKA FOODGRAINS PROJECT COMBINED 170 ACRES OF CANOLA, AND YIELDED ABOUT 58 BUSHELS PER ACRE. SPOKESPERSON LARRY HENDERSON SAYS THEY HAD A LOT OF HELP FROM BUSINESSES AND VOLUNTEERS. THEY HAD ABOUT TEN COMBINES ON THE FIELD.  HENDERSON SAYS THEY SHOULD GET OVER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE CANOLA AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH THE MONEY 4 TO 1. HE SAYS THE COMMITTEE WILL NOW GET TO WORK ON THEIR CATTLE SALE, WHICH HAPPENS IN MARCH.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

POLICE IN CALGARY HAVE ISSUED A WARRANT FOR THE ESTRANGED HUSBAND OF A WOMAN WHO WAS STABBED TO DEATH AND FOUND ON A SOUTHEAST NEIGHBOURHOOD STREET. ANOTHER WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS, POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. JAMES ALLAN CHRISTIANS, WHO IS 65, IS WANTED FOR SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSION OF A WEAPON. POLICE SAY HE MAY BE DRIVING A 2013 GREY GMC PICKUP TRUCK WITH ALBERTA LICENCE PLATE JRA305. THE VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 55-YEAR-OLD CARMEL LEAH CHRISTIANS. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE WEDNESDAY MORNING AROUND 6:30 IN THE COMMUNITY OF LAKE CHAPARRAL. E-M-S FOUND THE BODY OF A WOMAN ON A GRASS-COVERED MEDIAN, WHILE THE OTHER WAS RUSHED TO FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL WITH CRITICAL INJURIES. POLICE SAY THEY HAD DEALT WITH THE COUPLE BEFORE AND A PROTECTION ORDER WAS IN PLACE.

A 51 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM THE RIMBEY AREA IS IN AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL AFTER HER CAR CRASHED INTO A SEMI NEAR RIMBEY LAST NIGHT (OCT 16). IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:45 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 53 AND RANGE ROAD 40, ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES WEST OF TOWN. RIMBEY RCMP SEARGENT MARK GROVES SAYS THE WOMAN'S CAR CRASHED INTO A PARKED SEMI BUT IT DOESN'T APPEAR AS THOUGH CHARGES WILL BE LAID AT THIS POINT. SHE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY STARS IN STABLE CONDITION AND WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. GROVES SAYS THE WOMAN WAS HEADING HOME AT THE TIME WITH THE SEMI DRIVER CLEANING UP FROM A ROLL-OVER AT THAT SAME LOCATION EARLIER THAT DAY.

A MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN FROM THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION THIS SUMMER WILL SEE NEXT SPRING IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. A DATE FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING WAS SET IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT YESTERDAY (OCT 16) FOR 36 YEAR OLD KEVIN GLADUE, ALSO FROM THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. GLADUE FACES THREE COUNTS, WAS DENIED BAIL AND WILL HAVE HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON APRIL 28TH OF NEXT YEAR. IT WAS JULY 18TH WHEN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP BEGAN A SEARCH FOR 25 YEAR OLD STEPHANIE BEAVERBONES WHO HAD GONE MISSING FOUR DAYS EARLIER. SHE EMERGED FROM THE BUSHES BADLY INJURED 12 DAYS AFTER ESCAPING HER ALLEGED ATTACKER.

A MAN WHO WAS TORTURED, STARVED AND MAIMED BY A CONVICTED TORTURER SAYS HE LIVES IN A CONSTANT STATE OF CONFUSION AND FEAR. THE MAN, WHO WAS DUMPED AT A REGINA HOSPITAL IN 2010, ADDRESSED THE COURT AT DUSTIN PAXTON'S DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING IN CALGARY YESTERDAY (OCT 16). HE SAYS HE HAS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND BRAIN DAMAGE FROM 18 MONTHS OF BRUTAL ASSAULTS IN WHICH HE WAS STARVED, HUMILIATED AND BEATEN ON AN ALMOST-DAILY BASIS. PAXTON TOLD COURT HE IS WORKING WITH EXPERTS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE HIM A BETTER PERSON, AND SAYS HE IS COMMITTED TO GET THE COUNSELLING HE NEEDS.  THE JUDGE SAYS SHE NEEDS AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS TO REACH A DECISION.

A LACOMBE COUNTY MAN FACING BREAK AND ENTER, INDECENT ACT AND HARRASSMENT CHARGES WILL BE SENTENCED THIS DECEMBER ON TWO OF THE 16 COUNTS AGAINST HIM. 30 YEAR OLD EMYR MORRIS WILL BE SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT ON TWO COUNTS OF BREAK AND ENTER ON DECEMBER 6TH AND WILL SPEAK TO 14 OTHER CHARGES. IT'S ALLEGED A MAN BROKE INTO A NUMBER OF HOUSES IN THE CLIVE AREA LAST YEAR AND LEFT BEHIND PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL AND BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL ON WOMEN'S UNDERGARMENTS.

 

CALGARY POLICE SAY THREE AMERICAN CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHER WHO WERE THE SUBJECT OF A SEARCH HAVE BEEN FOUND SAFE. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THE THREE CHILDREN -- AGES 15, 14 AND 11 -- AND THEIR MOTHER IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY AFTER ISSUING A PUBLIC PLEA YESTERDAY (OCT 16). THEIR MOTORHOME WAS FOUND AS WELL. POLICE SAY THEY ARE TALKING TO OFFICIALS IN MISSOURI ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO GET THE CHILDREN BACK HOME, WHO ARE THE VICTIMS IN A PARENT CUSTODY BATTLE.

AUTHORITIES IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON HAVE LOCATED A HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER WHO RECENTLY FLED CANADA. THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY WAS FOUND IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ON THURSDAY AND WAS ORDERED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. HE WASN'T ARRESTED BECAUSE CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DECLINED TO TRY EXTRADITING HIM. SEATTLE POLICE SAY THE 48-YEAR-OLD COULD BE ARRESTED IF HE FAILS TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. STANLEY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1, WHEN HE CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET AROUND THE ALBERTA-SASKATCHEWAN BORDER.  CANADIAN AUTHORITIES WARNED U.S. COUNTERPARTS THAT HE MIGHT TRY TO CROSS THE BORDER, BUT U.S. OFFICIALS ALLOWED HIM IN AFTER DETERMINING HE WAS A U.S. CITIZEN AND NOT THE SUBJECT OF AN EXTRADITABLE ARREST WARRANT.

CANADA'S FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG HAS ISSUED ANOTHER BEEF RECALL OVER POSSIBLE E. COLI CONTAMINATION THE FOURTH THIS MONTH. THE LATEST ``HEALTH HAZARD ALERT'' RECALL INVOLVES KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT A COSTCO STORE IN LETHBRIDGE. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY AND COSTCO ARE WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO EAT THIS PRODUCT BECAUSE IT MAY CONTAIN E. COLI BACTERIA. THE CFIA SAYS THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF A SIMILAR RECALL OF KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND ORGANIC LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT COSTCO STORES IN ALBERTA, B.C., MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN.

PEOPLE IN THE RED DEER REGION HAVE A CHANCE TO OFFER SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT ALBERTA'S BUDGET PRIORITIES SHOULD BE NEXT YEAR. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS ARE HOSTING A SERIES OF BUDGET OPEN HOUSES ACROSS ALBERTA WITH ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS TAKING PLACE TODAY (OCT 17) IN RED DEER. PEOPLE ATTENDING WILL BE GUIDED THROUGH A SERIES OF QUESTIONS THAT WILL HELP GOVERNMENT IDENTIFY  PRIORITIES. TODAY'S RUNS THIS AFTERNOON FROM 2:00 UNTIL 4:00 AT THE RED DEER LODGE. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE RED DEER MEETING, PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH ONLINE.  YOU CAN GET MORE DETAIL BY GOING TO THE PROVINCIAL WEBSITE AT TRIPLE W DOT ALBERTA.CA  AND CLICK ON FINANCE.

IN ONE OF HIS FINAL DUTIES AS MAYOR OF RED DEER, MORRIS FLEWWELLING READ A PROCLAMATION TODAY (OCT 17) RECOGNIZING TODAY AS THE "INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY IN RED DEER". THE PROCLAMATION TAKING PLACE ON THE WESTSIDE STEPS OF CITY HALL AND FEATURED AN UPDATE ON THE WORK THE CENTRAL ALBERTA POVERTY REDUCTION ALLIANCE IS DOING. THE EVENT, HELD THIS MORNING ALSO INCLUDED SPEAKERS WITH EXPERIENCE LIVING IN POVERTY.


 ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HOPES YOU'LL GET YOUR VACCINATION. STARTING NEXT WEEK, THE 'FLU SHOT WILL BE AVAILABLE HEALTH UNITS AROUND THE PROVINCE. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH, DR. KATHERINE KOLIASKA(COAL-EE-ASK-AH) SAYS THE SHOT IS ACTUALLY A WAY TO PREPARE FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE STRAINS OF INFLUENZA VIRUS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE MAKING THE ROUNDS THIS WINTER.  DR. KOLIASKA SAYS THE FLU SHOT PROTECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SHOTS ARE RECOMMEND ESPECIALLY FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, AND THOSE WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE BY NEEDLE OR NASAL SPRAY.

LITTLE CHILDREN IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER HAVE A NEW PLAY AREA TO ENJOY. AFTER SOME FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS, SOME NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT WAS INSTALLED EARLIER THIS YEAR AT THE LITTLE EXPLORERS CHILD CARE AND DISCOVERY CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL. THE DAYCARE DIRECTOR, NOLAH WALLACE SAYS THE PLAY AREA IS NOT JUST FOR THE DAY CARE BUT IS FOR THE COMMUNITY. SHE SAYS KIDS CAN DROP BY IN THE EVENINGS OR ON WEEKENDS. THEY HAD A GRAND OPENING RECENTLY WITH A RIBBON CUTTING. THE STRUCTURE HAS MULTIPLE SLIDES, A SWING OUT BAR, AND MUCH MORE. WALLACE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN FUNDRAISING FOR OVER A YEAR FOR THE PROJECT, PLUS THEY ALSO WANT TO THANK SEVERAL GENEROUS DONATIONS. SHE ADDS, THEY HOPE TO ADD SOME TREES, BENCHES, AND EVEN A PICNIC TABLE.

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

MOUNTIES SAY AN AUTOPSY HAS FOUND A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SHOT TO DEATH ON A RESERVE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. TEAGAN JOHNSON WAS FOUND DEAD LYING IN AN OPEN AREA ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION TOWNSITE IN HOBBEMA ON SATURDAY MORNING (OCT 12). THE MEDICAL EXAMINER DETERMINED THAT TEAGAN DIED OF A GUNSHOT WOUND. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND TWO FIREARMS OVER THE WEEKEND. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT EVENTUALLY KILLED A BRETON MAN LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. HOWEVER, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR 25 YEAR OLD MATTHEW ENGELMAN WHOSE PRELIMINARY HEARING WRAPPED UP LAST WEEK AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE (OCT 11). ENGLEMAN FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND REFUSING TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE IN THE SEPTEMBER 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES ALLEGE TWO PICKUPS CRASHED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 20 NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE, RESULTING IN CRITICAL INJURIES TO 41 YEAR OLD RANDY PINCH WHO DIED OF HIS INJURIES WEEKS LATER.

A FORMER FOSTER PARENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUTH WHO WAS IN HIS CARE. IN AUGUST 2013, POLICE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM A MAN WHO CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED WHILE IN A CALGARY-AREA FOSTER HOME. RODNEY JAMES MARCYNUIK, WHO IS 39, OF AIRDRIE, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL INTERFERENCE, INVITATION TO SEXUAL TOUCHING, AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BY A PERSON IN TRUST OR AUTHORITY. IT IS BELIEVED THAT 18 FOSTER CHILDREN, ALL BOYS, HAVE LIVED UNDER THE CARE OF MARCYNUIK AND HIS WIFE BETWEEN 2001 AND 2010. CALGARY POLICE HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN WITH ALL OF THE OTHER BOYS WHO LIVED IN THE HOME.

CALGARY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A WOMAN FOLLOWING A FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH. POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE WERE CROSSING A STREET EARLY THIS MORNING (OCT 16) WHEN ONE OF THEM WAS HIT BY AN S-U-V. THE VICTIM, A MAN, WAS KILLED. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THE VEHICLE ABANDONED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY AND LATER ARRESTED THE WOMAN AT A HOME IN CHESTERMERE.

POLICE HAVE CHARGED A 29-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS MOTHER ON THANKSGIVING DAY (OCT 14). POLICE SAY ANDREW DOUGLAS MURRAY, 29, HAD MOVED BACK INTO HIS MOTHER'S HOME LESS THAN A WEEK AGO. THE BODY OF LOIS MURRAY WAS FOUND MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER POLICE SAY THEY GOT A 911 CALL FROM HER SON. LOIS MURRAY HAD WORKED AS A GRIEF COUNSELLOR AT A FUNERAL HOME. POLICE SAY HER DEATH IS THE CITY'S 18TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR. NEIGHBOURS ARE SHAKEN BY THE INCIDENT AND SAY THE AREA IS A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD.

FLOOD VICTIMS IN TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WILL BEGIN PAYING RENT NEXT MONTH. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS THE PROVINCE ONLY PROMISED RENT-FREE LIVING FOR THREE MONTHS TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET FOLLOWING THE JUNE DISASTER.
PAYMENTS KICK IN NOV. 15 AND WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A HOUSEHOLD. THEY WILL BE $627 A MONTH FOR ONE ADULT UP TO JUST OVER $1,200 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. THE RENT IS INTENDED TO OFFSET ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THE PROVINCE'S OPERATING COSTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS, UTILITIES, TV AND OTHER SERVICES. HOMEOWNERS CAN APPLY TO HAVE RENTAL COSTS COVERED UNDER THE PROVINCE'S DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM.

WILDROSE SENIOR'S CRITIC KERRY TOWLE AND MLA FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE, WANTS TO SEE EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT TIMES GO DOWN. SHE CALLED OUT THE REDFORD GOVERNMENT ON TUESDAY (OCT 15)  DURING  A MEDIA GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPTIAL. SHE SAYS THE AVERAGE PATIENT STAY IN RED DEER'S EMERGENCY ROOM IS 14 AND A HALF HOURS, A FIGURE THAT'S GROWN 6 HOURS PER PATIENT SINCE 2005. TOWLE CLAIMS THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ALL ALBERTA EMERGENCY ROOMS. SHE IS BLAMING THE INCREASE ON THE PC PARTY'S MISMANAGEMENT AND CENTRALIZATION OF ALBERTA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

R-C-M-P IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE CHARGED A MAN WITH STEALING FOOD INTENDED FOR VICTIMS OF LAST SPRING'S FLOODING. MOUNTIES SAY THE OKOTOKS DETACHMENT WAS ADVISED LATE LAST MONTH THAT SOMEONE HAD BEEN TAKING SUPPLIES FROM A RELIEF COMMUNITY IN HIGH RIVER ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY DAMAGED COMMUNITIES. INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED A MAN'S HOME AND FOUND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES. DEVIN GILLINGHAM, WHO IS 24, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND UNSAFE STORAGE OF A FIREARM.

A NEW SESSION OF PARLIAMENT IS OPENING TODAY (OCT 16) WITH A SPEECH FROM THE THRONE. THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE ALBERTA RIDING OF CROWFOOT, KEVIN SORENSON BELIEVES A LARGE PART OF TODAY'S THRONE SPEECH WILL FOCUS ON JOB CREATION.  THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON SUCH AREAS AS ECONOMIC STABILITY, AND LAW AND ORDER. BUT CANADIANS CAN ALSO EXPECT FRESHER MATERIAL CATERING TO CONSUMERS, FIRST NATIONS TRAINING AND RAIL SAFETY.

RED DEER'S M.P. IS JOINING THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND A DELEGATION FROM CANADA ON A STATE MISSION TO CHINA AND MONGOLIA. EARL DREESHAN SAYS HE'S HONORED TO BE SELECTED FOR THE 10 DAY TRIP TO MEET WITH NUMEROUS ASIAN LEADERS. THE CANADIAN DELEGATION LEAVES TONIGHT (WED) AND RETURNS OCTOBER 26TH.

THE TOWN OF OLDS IS CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF A NEW LINK BETWEEN HIGHWAY 27 AND 51ST AVENUE IN THE CENTRE OF A REVITALIZED DOWNTOWN. OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW ROAD WILL IMPROVE ACCESS BETWEEN THE TOWN AND HIGHWAY FOR BOTH RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND TOURISTS. THE ROAD IS BUILT ON A FORMER SCHOOL SITE WHICH WAS REMOVED USING SUSTAINABLE RECYCLING TECHNIQUES WITH SOME OF THE MATERIAL BEING USED IN THE BASE OF THE NEW ROAD. THE PROJECT COST OVER 320 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

BAIL WAS DENIED IN CALGARY COURT FRIDAY (OCT 11) FOR A CALGARY MAN PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED IN THE DEATH OF AN OLDS COLLEGE STUDENT THREE YEARS AGO. 27 YEAR OLD JEFFREY LEINEN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AFTER HIS 2011 TRIAL BUT WAS GRANTED A NEW TRIAL BY THE COURT OF APPEAL TWO MONTHS AGO. LEINEN APPEALED BOTH HIS CONVICTION AND LIFE SENTENCE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 14 YEARS IN THE DEATH OF 18 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS BAIER, OF ALTARIO, WHO WAS RUN OVER BY A TRUCK OUTSIDE A BAR IN OLDS IN OCTOBER OF 2010.

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

THE CROWN WANTS TO TAKE THE CASE OF A CALGARY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AN OLDS COLLEGE STUDENT WITH HIS PICKUP TRUCK TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA.  JEFFREY LEINEN WAS CONVICTED IN DECEMBER 2011 OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FOR RAMMING INTO A GROUP OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE A BAR IN OLDS.  NICHOLAS BAIER, AN 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AT OLDS COLLEGE WHO WAS FROM ALTARIO, WAS KILLED AND LEINEN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 14 YEARS. WITNESSES TESTIFIED AT LEINEN'S TRIAL THAT HE HAD BEEN KICKED OUT OF THE BAR FOR FIGHTING. IN AUGUST, THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL ORDERED A NEW TRIAL FOR LEINEN, CITING AN ERROR THE JUDGE MADE IN HIS CHARGE TO THE JURY. ON FRIDAY (OCT 11), ALBERTA JUSTICE SPOKESMAN DAN LAVILLE SAID THEY'VE ASKED FOR A DELAY IN THE RETRIAL IN ORDER TO ASK THE SUPREME COURT TO RESTORE THE CONVICTION.

R-C-M-P IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A TEENAGER ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION.  POLICE SAY THEY GOT A CALL ABOUT A PERSON LYING IN AN OPEN AREA OF THE SAMSON TOWN SITE ON SATURDAY MORNING (OCT 12). THEY SAY 15-YEAR-OLD TEAGAN JOHNSON, A RESIDENT OF THE RESERVE, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY (TUES OCT 15).

A WOMAN IN CALGARY IS DEAD IN WHAT POLICE SUSPECT IS A DOMESTIC-RELATED HOMICIDE. OFFICERS FOUND THE WOMAN IN THE HOME YESTERDAY (OCT 14) AND THEY ARRESTED A MALE WHO WAS ALSO THERE. NEIGHBOURS SAY A MIDDLE-AGED COUPLE LIVED IN THE HOME AND THAT THEIR ADULT SON RECENTLY MOVED BACK IN WITH THEM.

POLICE IN CALGARY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK THAT THEY SAY RAN OVER A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY AND THEN TOOK OFF. POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED IN THE MARLBOROUGH MALL PARKING ON SATURDAY (OCT 12), AND THAT THE TRUCK HAD DUAL REAR WHEELS. THE CHILD SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES. POLICE SAY THEY'RE HOPING TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO HELPED THE VICTIM AND HIS MOTHER, BUT THEN LEFT BEFORE OFFICERS AND E-M-S GOT THERE.

SYLVAN LAKE MOUNTIES ARRESTED A MARRIED COUPLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF COPPER WIRE ON THE LONG WEEKEND. FRIDAY NIGHT AROUND 10:30 (OCT. 11), RCMP RESPONDED TO A BREAK AND ENTER AT NEXSOURCE POWER IN THE SYLVAN INDUSTRIAL PARK.  MEMBERS INTERRUPTED A THEFT OF COPPER WIRE IN PROGRESS.  TWO SUSPECTS SPED AWAY IN A TRUCK, RAMMING THROUGH A LOCKED GATE, BUT POLICE MANAGED TO STOP THE VEHICLE AND CAPTURE THE SUSPECTS WITHOUT INCIDENT. 58 YEAR OLD THOMAS HORNER AND 52 YEAR OLD LAURA HORNER WILL APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT ON NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, DANGEROUS DRIVING AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A MOUNTIE AND LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE WAS DENIED BAIL IN RED DEER COURT LAST WEEK (OCT 10). 22 YEAR OLD WESTON PICKFORD FACES NEARLY A DOZEN COUNTS IN THE SEPTEMBER 4TH INCIDENT WHERE RCMP STOPPED A VEHICLE BUT THE DRIVER ASSAULTED THE OFFICER AND DROVE OFF. THE SUSPECT WAS LATER LOCATED IN LACOMBE WHERE POLICE THERE APPROACHED A RESIDENCE ON FOOT AND SAW THE SUSPECT GET INTO A VEHICLE AND ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPT TO RUN THE OFFICERS OVER. THE SUSPECT THEN DROVE AWAY AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED WITH POLICE IN PURSUIT BUT HE WAS EVENTUALLY CAUGHT IN RED DEER AFTER THE VEHICLE DROVE OVER A SPIKEBELT THEN HIT A TREE AND CAUGHT FIRE. PICKFORD RETURNS TO COURT NOVEMBER 7TH.

THE CROWN AT A DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING FOR CONVICTED TORTURER DUSTIN PAXTON SAYS HE IS A HIGH RISK TO REOFFEND AND DIFFICULT TO TREAT. IN HER FINAL ARGUMENTS IN A CALGARY COURTROOM, JULIE MORGAN SAID PAXTON HAS SHOWN A PATTERN OF VIOLENCE FOR 20 YEARS. SHE SAID HE IS UNABLE TO CONTROL HIS ANGER, BELITTLES HIS VICTIMS AND USES THREATS AND PHYSICALITY TO OBTAIN HIS GOALS. MORGAN SAID THE CHANCES OF PAXTON BEING REHABILITATED ARE SLIM AND HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED. PAXTON WAS CONVICTED IN 2012 OF AGGRAVATED AND SEXUAL ASSAULT INVOLVING A FORMER ROOMMATE AND BUSINESS PARTNER. HE WAS CHARGED AFTER A BEATEN AND EMACIATED MAN WAS DROPPED OFF AT A REGINA HOSPITAL IN 2010.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SAYS FUGITIVE MICHAEL STANLEY WILL BE ARRESTED IF HE RETURNS TO CANADA -- BUT IT'S DECIDED NOT TO SEEK HIS EXTRADITION FROM THE UNITED STATES. THE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FLED TO THE U-S LAST WEEK. AN ALBERTA JUSTICE SPOKESMAN SAYS PROSECUTORS DON'T BELIEVE THE CHARGES HE'S FACING WARRANT ASKING OTTAWA TO REQUEST HIS EXTRADITION. EDMONTON POLICE ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER -- BUT HE CURRENTLY FACES RELATIVELY MINOR CHARGES SUCH AS BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE AND MISCHIEF.

WILDROSE SENIOR'S CRITIC KERRY TOWLE AND MLA FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE, WANTS TO SEE EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT TIMES GO DOWN. SHE CALLED OUT THE REDFORD GOVERNMENT TODAY (OCT 15)  DURING  A MEDIA GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPTIAL. SHE SAYS THE AVERAGE PATIENT STAY IN RED DEER'S EMERGENCY ROOM IS 14 AND A HALF HOURS, A FIGURE THAT'S GROWN 6 HOURS PER PATIENT SINCE 2005. TOWLE CLAIMS THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ALL ALBERTA EMERGENCY ROOMS. SHE IS BLAMING THE INCREASE ON THE PC PARTY'S MISMANAGEMENT AND CENTRALIZATION OF ALBERTA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

AN ALBERTA MAN WILL APPEAR IN COURT NEXT MONTH TO FACE A MISCHIEF CHARGE IN CONNECTION WITH A FLOOD AT A UNIVERSITY OF REGINA RESIDENCE TOWER. A SPRINKLER WENT OFF IN THE BUILDING IN LATE SEPTEMBER, CAUSING WATER TO FLOOD SIX FLOORS OF THE BUILDING. THE BUILDING WAS EVACUATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND 16 STUDENTS ON THE FIFTH AND SIXTH FLOORS HAD TO BE PUT UP IN HOTELS. EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD THAMAL HEMAKUMARA OF BROOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MISCHIEF OVER 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THERE'S A PROBLEM OF LARGE NUMBERS OF COYOTES WANDERING INTO THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. THERE'S ALSO CONCERN THE ANIMALS ARE FORMING INTO PACKS AND COULD INJURE PETS THAT ARE LEFT UNATTENDED IN BACKYARDS. WILDROSE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY RICK STRANKMAN SAYS HIS OFFICE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL CALLS, AND THE SITUATION IS NOW BEING DEALT WITH BY ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS THE FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AND STRANKMAN IS HOPING FOR A QUICK RESPONSE ON THE MATTER. HE SAYS IN SOME OF THE SITUATIONS THE PACKS OF COYOTES COULD BECOME VERY DANGEROUS. STRANKMAN SAYS THERE BEST WAY TO KEEP COYOTES OFF YOUR PROPERTY IS REMOVE ALL POSSIBLE SOURCES OF FOOD FOR THE WILD ANIMALS, THEY INCLUDE GETTING RID OF DOG FECES ON YOUR PROPERTY, AND DON'T HAVE ANY STANDING CONTAINERS OF PET FOOD IN YOUR YARD. HE SAYS IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, CALL HIS OFFICE OR THE FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICE. STRANKMAN SAYS HIS OFFICE ALSO HAS A PHAMPHLET AVAILABLE THAT CONTAINS TIPS TO DISCOURAGE COYOTES FROM COMING ONTO YOUR PROPERTY.

RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL HAS GIVEN APPROVAL TO THE SANBAR ESTATES AREA STRUCTURE PLAN NEAR SYLVAN LAKE. THE PLAN IDENTIFIES LAND USES WHICH MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR NEARLY 124 ACRES, NORTHEAST OF SYLVAN LAKE.  WHAT'S PROPOSED IN THE PLAN IS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, DUPLEXES AND SOME COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO HELP SERVE THE NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD, WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT HALF A MILE NORTHEAST OF SYLVAN LAKE AT HIGHWAY 20 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 3-91. A NUMBER OF PROVINCIAL APPROVALS HOWEVER WOULD NEED TO BE GRANTED BEFORE ANY WORK COULD GET STARTED.

FARM CREDIT CANADA IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL "DRIVE AWAY HUNGER" CAMPAIGN THIS WEEK. SPOKESMAN ROB SCHMEICHEL SAYS ITS THEIR 10TH YEAR OF DRIVING A TRACTOR AND TRAILER THROUGH VARIOUS COMMUNITIES--TO COLLECT FOOD AND CASH DONATIONS FOR FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS THEY'VE COLLECTED A TOTAL OF 11 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD FOR BANKS ACROSS CANADA. HE SAYS THIS YEAR'S GOAL IS FIVE MILLION POUNDS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.  THIS YEAR THE  FCC  "DRIVE AWAY HUNGER" STOPS ARE MAINLY IN THE EDMONTON REGION BUT STOPS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA INCLUDE BROOKS AND MEDICINE HAT TOMORROW (OCT 16). YOU CAN ALSO HELP OUT BY DROPPING OFF CASH OR FOOD DONATIONS AT ANY FARM CREDIT CANADA OFFICE NEAR YOU. DONATIONS STAY IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY ARE COLLECTED.  

 

 

 

THE CROWN WANTS TO TAKE THE CASE OF A CALGARY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AN OLDS COLLEGE STUDENT WITH HIS PICKUP TRUCK TO THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA.  JEFFREY LEINEN WAS CONVICTED IN DECEMBER 2011 OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FOR RAMMING INTO A GROUP OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE A BAR IN OLDS.  NICHOLAS BAIER, AN 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AT OLDS COLLEGE WHO WAS FROM ALTARIO, WAS KILLED AND LEINEN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 14 YEARS. WITNESSES TESTIFIED AT LEINEN'S TRIAL THAT HE HAD BEEN KICKED OUT OF THE BAR FOR FIGHTING. IN AUGUST, THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL ORDERED A NEW TRIAL FOR LEINEN, CITING AN ERROR THE JUDGE MADE IN HIS CHARGE TO THE JURY. ON FRIDAY (OCT 11), ALBERTA JUSTICE SPOKESMAN DAN LAVILLE SAID THEY'VE ASKED FOR A DELAY IN THE RETRIAL IN ORDER TO ASK THE SUPREME COURT TO RESTORE THE CONVICTION.

R-C-M-P IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A TEENAGER ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION.  POLICE SAY THEY GOT A CALL ABOUT A PERSON LYING IN AN OPEN AREA OF THE SAMSON TOWN SITE ON SATURDAY MORNING (OCT 12). THEY SAY 15-YEAR-OLD TEAGAN JOHNSON, A RESIDENT OF THE RESERVE, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY (TUES OCT 15).

A WOMAN IN CALGARY IS DEAD IN WHAT POLICE SUSPECT IS A DOMESTIC-RELATED HOMICIDE. OFFICERS FOUND THE WOMAN IN THE HOME YESTERDAY (OCT 14) AND THEY ARRESTED A MALE WHO WAS ALSO THERE. NEIGHBOURS SAY A MIDDLE-AGED COUPLE LIVED IN THE HOME AND THAT THEIR ADULT SON RECENTLY MOVED BACK IN WITH THEM.

POLICE IN CALGARY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK THAT THEY SAY RAN OVER A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY AND THEN TOOK OFF. POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED IN THE MARLBOROUGH MALL PARKING ON SATURDAY (OCT 12), AND THAT THE TRUCK HAD DUAL REAR WHEELS. THE CHILD SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES.
POLICE SAY THEY'RE HOPING TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO HELPED THE VICTIM AND HIS MOTHER, BUT THEN LEFT BEFORE OFFICERS AND E-M-S GOT THERE.

SYLVAN LAKE MOUNTIES ARRESTED A MARRIED COUPLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF COPPER WIRE ON THE LONG WEEKEND. FRIDAY NIGHT AROUND 10:30 (OCT. 11), RCMP RESPONDED TO A BREAK AND ENTER AT NEXSOURCE POWER IN THE SYLVAN INDUSTRIAL PARK.  MEMBERS INTERRUPTED A THEFT OF COPPER WIRE IN PROGRESS.  TWO SUSPECTS SPED AWAY IN A TRUCK, RAMMING THROUGH A LOCKED GATE, BUT POLICE MANAGED TO STOP THE VEHICLE AND CAPTURE THE SUSPECTS WITHOUT INCIDENT. 58 YEAR OLD THOMAS HORNER AND 52 YEAR OLD LAURA HORNER WILL APPEAR IN RED DEER COURT ON NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, DANGEROUS DRIVING AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

A RED DEER MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A MOUNTIE AND LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE WAS DENIED BAIL IN RED DEER COURT LAST WEEK (OCT 10). 22 YEAR OLD WESTON PICKFORD FACES NEARLY A DOZEN COUNTS IN THE SEPTEMBER 4TH INCIDENT WHERE RCMP STOPPED A VEHICLE BUT THE DRIVER ASSAULTED THE OFFICER AND DROVE OFF. THE SUSPECT WAS LATER LOCATED IN LACOMBE WHERE POLICE THERE APPROACHED A RESIDENCE ON FOOT AND SAW THE SUSPECT GET INTO A VEHICLE AND ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPT TO RUN THE OFFICERS OVER. THE SUSPECT THEN DROVE AWAY AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED WITH POLICE IN PURSUIT BUT HE WAS EVENTUALLY CAUGHT IN RED DEER AFTER THE VEHICLE DROVE OVER A SPIKEBELT THEN HIT A TREE AND CAUGHT FIRE. PICKFORD RETURNS TO COURT NOVEMBER 7TH.

THE CROWN AT A DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING FOR CONVICTED TORTURER DUSTIN PAXTON SAYS HE IS A HIGH RISK TO REOFFEND AND DIFFICULT TO TREAT. IN HER FINAL ARGUMENTS IN A CALGARY COURTROOM, JULIE MORGAN SAID PAXTON HAS SHOWN A PATTERN OF VIOLENCE FOR 20 YEARS. SHE SAID HE IS UNABLE TO CONTROL HIS ANGER, BELITTLES HIS VICTIMS AND USES THREATS AND PHYSICALITY TO OBTAIN HIS GOALS. MORGAN SAID THE CHANCES OF PAXTON BEING REHABILITATED ARE SLIM AND HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED. PAXTON WAS CONVICTED IN 2012 OF AGGRAVATED AND SEXUAL ASSAULT INVOLVING A FORMER ROOMMATE AND BUSINESS PARTNER. HE WAS CHARGED AFTER A BEATEN AND EMACIATED MAN WAS DROPPED OFF AT A REGINA HOSPITAL IN 2010.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SAYS FUGITIVE MICHAEL STANLEY WILL BE ARRESTED IF HE RETURNS TO CANADA -- BUT IT'S DECIDED NOT TO SEEK HIS EXTRADITION FROM THE UNITED STATES. THE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FLED TO THE U-S LAST WEEK. AN ALBERTA JUSTICE SPOKESMAN SAYS PROSECUTORS DON'T BELIEVE THE CHARGES HE'S FACING WARRANT ASKING OTTAWA TO REQUEST HIS EXTRADITION. EDMONTON POLICE ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER -- BUT HE CURRENTLY FACES RELATIVELY MINOR CHARGES SUCH AS BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE AND MISCHIEF.

WILDROSE SENIOR'S CRITIC KERRY TOWLE AND MLA FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE, WANTS TO SEE EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT TIMES GO DOWN. SHE CALLED OUT THE REDFORD GOVERNMENT TODAY (OCT 15)  DURING  A MEDIA GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPTIAL. SHE SAYS THE AVERAGE PATIENT STAY IN RED DEER'S EMERGENCY ROOM IS 14 AND A HALF HOURS, A FIGURE THAT'S GROWN 6 HOURS PER PATIENT SINCE 2005. TOWLE CLAIMS THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ALL ALBERTA EMERGENCY ROOMS. SHE IS BLAMING THE INCREASE ON THE PC PARTY'S MISMANAGEMENT AND CENTRALIZATION OF ALBERTA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

AN ALBERTA MAN WILL APPEAR IN COURT NEXT MONTH TO FACE A MISCHIEF CHARGE IN CONNECTION WITH A FLOOD AT A UNIVERSITY OF REGINA RESIDENCE TOWER. A SPRINKLER WENT OFF IN THE BUILDING IN LATE SEPTEMBER, CAUSING WATER TO FLOOD SIX FLOORS OF THE BUILDING. THE BUILDING WAS EVACUATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND 16 STUDENTS ON THE FIFTH AND SIXTH FLOORS HAD TO BE PUT UP IN HOTELS. EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD THAMAL HEMAKUMARA OF BROOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MISCHIEF OVER 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THERE'S A PROBLEM OF LARGE NUMBERS OF COYOTES WANDERING INTO THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. THERE'S ALSO CONCERN THE ANIMALS ARE FORMING INTO PACKS AND COULD INJURE PETS THAT ARE LEFT UNATTENDED IN BACKYARDS. WILDROSE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY RICK STRANKMAN SAYS HIS OFFICE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL CALLS, AND THE SITUATION IS NOW BEING DEALT WITH BY ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS THE FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT AND STRANKMAN IS HOPING FOR A QUICK RESPONSE ON THE MATTER. HE SAYS IN SOME OF THE SITUATIONS THE PACKS OF COYOTES COULD BECOME VERY DANGEROUS. STRANKMAN SAYS THERE BEST WAY TO KEEP COYOTES OFF YOUR PROPERTY IS REMOVE ALL POSSIBLE SOURCES OF FOOD FOR THE WILD ANIMALS, THEY INCLUDE GETTING RID OF DOG FECES ON YOUR PROPERTY, AND DON'T HAVE ANY STANDING CONTAINERS OF PET FOOD IN YOUR YARD. HE SAYS IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, CALL HIS OFFICE OR THE FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICE. STRANKMAN SAYS HIS OFFICE ALSO HAS A PHAMPHLET AVAILABLE THAT CONTAINS TIPS TO DISCOURAGE COYOTES FROM COMING ONTO YOUR PROPERTY.

RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL HAS GIVEN APPROVAL TO THE SANBAR ESTATES AREA STRUCTURE PLAN NEAR SYLVAN LAKE. THE PLAN IDENTIFIES LAND USES WHICH MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR NEARLY 124 ACRES, NORTHEAST OF SYLVAN LAKE.  WHAT'S PROPOSED IN THE PLAN IS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, DUPLEXES AND SOME COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO HELP SERVE THE NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD, WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT HALF A MILE NORTHEAST OF SYLVAN LAKE AT HIGHWAY 20 AND TOWNSHIP ROAD 3-91. A NUMBER OF PROVINCIAL APPROVALS HOWEVER WOULD NEED TO BE GRANTED BEFORE ANY WORK COULD GET STARTED.

FARM CREDIT CANADA IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL "DRIVE AWAY HUNGER" CAMPAIGN THIS WEEK. SPOKESMAN ROB SCHMEICHEL SAYS ITS THEIR 10TH YEAR OF DRIVING A TRACTOR AND TRAILER THROUGH VARIOUS COMMUNITIES--TO COLLECT FOOD AND CASH DONATIONS FOR FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS THEY'VE COLLECTED A TOTAL OF 11 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD FOR BANKS ACROSS CANADA. HE SAYS THIS YEAR'S GOAL IS FIVE MILLION POUNDS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.  THIS YEAR THE  FCC  "DRIVE AWAY HUNGER" STOPS ARE MAINLY IN THE EDMONTON REGION BUT STOPS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA INCLUDE BROOKS AND MEDICINE HAT TOMORROW (OCT 16). YOU CAN ALSO HELP OUT BY DROPPING OFF CASH OR FOOD DONATIONS AT ANY FARM CREDIT CANADA OFFICE NEAR YOU. DONATIONS STAY IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY ARE COLLECTED.  



 

A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT EVENTUALLY KILLED A BRETON MAN LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. HOWEVER, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR 25 YEAR OLD MATTHEW ENGELMAN WHOSE PRELIMINARY HEARING WRAPPED UP LAST WEEK AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE (OCT 11). ENGLEMAN FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND REFUSING TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE IN THE SEPTEMBER 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES ALLEGE TWO PICKUPS CRASHED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 20 NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE, RESULTING IN CRITICAL INJURIES TO 41 YEAR OLD RANDY PINCH WHO DIED OF HIS INJURIES WEEKS LATER.

A FORMER FOSTER PARENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUTH WHO WAS IN HIS CARE. IN AUGUST 2013, POLICE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM A MAN WHO CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED WHILE IN A CALGARY-AREA FOSTER HOME. RODNEY JAMES MARCYNUIK, WHO IS 39, OF AIRDRIE, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL INTERFERENCE, INVITATION TO SEXUAL TOUCHING, AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BY A PERSON IN TRUST OR AUTHORITY. IT IS BELIEVED THAT 18 FOSTER CHILDREN, ALL BOYS, HAVE LIVED UNDER THE CARE OF MARCYNUIK AND HIS WIFE BETWEEN 2001 AND 2010. CALGARY POLICE HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN WITH ALL OF THE OTHER BOYS WHO LIVED IN THE HOME.

CALGARY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A WOMAN FOLLOWING A FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH. POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE WERE CROSSING A STREET EARLY THIS MORNING (OCT 16) WHEN ONE OF THEM WAS HIT BY AN S-U-V. THE VICTIM, A MAN, WAS KILLED. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THE VEHICLE ABANDONED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY AND LATER ARRESTED THE WOMAN AT A HOME IN CHESTERMERE.

POLICE HAVE CHARGED A 29-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS MOTHER ON THANKSGIVING DAY (OCT 14). POLICE SAY ANDREW DOUGLAS MURRAY, 29, HAD MOVED BACK INTO HIS MOTHER'S HOME LESS THAN A WEEK AGO. THE BODY OF LOIS MURRAY WAS FOUND MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER POLICE SAY THEY GOT A 911 CALL FROM HER SON. LOIS MURRAY HAD WORKED AS A GRIEF COUNSELLOR AT A FUNERAL HOME. POLICE SAY HER DEATH IS THE CITY'S 18TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR. NEIGHBOURS ARE SHAKEN BY THE INCIDENT AND SAY THE AREA IS A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD.

FLOOD VICTIMS IN TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WILL BEGIN PAYING RENT NEXT MONTH. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS THE PROVINCE ONLY PROMISED RENT-FREE LIVING FOR THREE MONTHS TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET FOLLOWING THE JUNE DISASTER.
PAYMENTS KICK IN NOV. 15 AND WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A HOUSEHOLD. THEY WILL BE $627 A MONTH FOR ONE ADULT UP TO JUST OVER $1,200 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. THE RENT IS INTENDED TO OFFSET ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THE PROVINCE'S OPERATING COSTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS, UTILITIES, TV AND OTHER SERVICES. HOMEOWNERS CAN APPLY TO HAVE RENTAL COSTS COVERED UNDER THE PROVINCE'S DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM.

WILDROSE SENIOR'S CRITIC KERRY TOWLE AND MLA FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE, WANTS TO SEE EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT TIMES GO DOWN. SHE CALLED OUT THE REDFORD GOVERNMENT ON TUESDAY (OCT 15)  DURING  A MEDIA GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPTIAL. SHE SAYS THE AVERAGE PATIENT STAY IN RED DEER'S EMERGENCY ROOM IS 14 AND A HALF HOURS, A FIGURE THAT'S GROWN 6 HOURS PER PATIENT SINCE 2005. TOWLE CLAIMS THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ALL ALBERTA EMERGENCY ROOMS. SHE IS BLAMING THE INCREASE ON THE PC PARTY'S MISMANAGEMENT AND CENTRALIZATION OF ALBERTA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

R-C-M-P IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE CHARGED A MAN WITH STEALING FOOD INTENDED FOR VICTIMS OF LAST SPRING'S FLOODING. MOUNTIES SAY THE OKOTOKS DETACHMENT WAS ADVISED LATE LAST MONTH THAT SOMEONE HAD BEEN TAKING SUPPLIES FROM A RELIEF COMMUNITY IN HIGH RIVER ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY DAMAGED COMMUNITIES. INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED A MAN'S HOME AND FOUND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES. DEVIN GILLINGHAM, WHO IS 24, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND UNSAFE STORAGE OF A FIREARM.

A NEW SESSION OF PARLIAMENT IS OPENING TODAY (OCT 16) WITH A SPEECH FROM THE THRONE. THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE ALBERTA RIDING OF CROWFOOT, KEVIN SORENSON BELIEVES A LARGE PART OF TODAY'S THRONE SPEECH WILL FOCUS ON JOB CREATION.  THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON SUCH AREAS AS ECONOMIC STABILITY, AND LAW AND ORDER. BUT CANADIANS CAN ALSO EXPECT FRESHER MATERIAL CATERING TO CONSUMERS, FIRST NATIONS TRAINING AND RAIL SAFETY.

RED DEER'S M.P. IS JOINING THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND A DELEGATION FROM CANADA ON A STATE MISSION TO CHINA AND MONGOLIA. EARL DREESHAN SAYS HE'S HONORED TO BE SELECTED FOR THE 10 DAY TRIP TO MEET WITH NUMEROUS ASIAN LEADERS. THE CANADIAN DELEGATION LEAVES TONIGHT (WED) AND RETURNS OCTOBER 26TH.

THE TOWN OF OLDS IS CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF A NEW LINK BETWEEN HIGHWAY 27 AND 51ST AVENUE IN THE CENTRE OF A REVITALIZED DOWNTOWN. OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW ROAD WILL IMPROVE ACCESS BETWEEN THE TOWN AND HIGHWAY FOR BOTH RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND TOURISTS. THE ROAD IS BUILT ON A FORMER SCHOOL SITE WHICH WAS REMOVED USING SUSTAINABLE RECYCLING TECHNIQUES WITH SOME OF THE MATERIAL BEING USED IN THE BASE OF THE NEW ROAD. THE PROJECT COST OVER 320 THOUSAND DOLLARS.



 

A LACOMBE MAN CHARGED IN A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT EVENTUALLY KILLED A BRETON MAN LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. HOWEVER, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR 25 YEAR OLD MATTHEW ENGELMAN WHOSE PRELIMINARY HEARING WRAPPED UP LAST WEEK AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE (OCT 11). ENGLEMAN FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND REFUSING TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE IN THE SEPTEMBER 2012 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN MOUNTIES ALLEGE TWO PICKUPS CRASHED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 20 NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE, RESULTING IN CRITICAL INJURIES TO 41 YEAR OLD RANDY PINCH WHO DIED OF HIS INJURIES WEEKS LATER.

A FORMER FOSTER PARENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUTH WHO WAS IN HIS CARE. IN AUGUST 2013, POLICE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM A MAN WHO CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED WHILE IN A CALGARY-AREA FOSTER HOME. RODNEY JAMES MARCYNUIK, WHO IS 39, OF AIRDRIE, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL INTERFERENCE, INVITATION TO SEXUAL TOUCHING, AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BY A PERSON IN TRUST OR AUTHORITY. IT IS BELIEVED THAT 18 FOSTER CHILDREN, ALL BOYS, HAVE LIVED UNDER THE CARE OF MARCYNUIK AND HIS WIFE BETWEEN 2001 AND 2010. CALGARY POLICE HAVE NOT YET SPOKEN WITH ALL OF THE OTHER BOYS WHO LIVED IN THE HOME.

CALGARY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A WOMAN FOLLOWING A FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH. POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE WERE CROSSING A STREET EARLY THIS MORNING (OCT 16) WHEN ONE OF THEM WAS HIT BY AN S-U-V. THE VICTIM, A MAN, WAS KILLED. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THE VEHICLE ABANDONED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY AND LATER ARRESTED THE WOMAN AT A HOME IN CHESTERMERE.

POLICE HAVE CHARGED A 29-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS MOTHER ON THANKSGIVING DAY (OCT 14). POLICE SAY ANDREW DOUGLAS MURRAY, 29, HAD MOVED BACK INTO HIS MOTHER'S HOME LESS THAN A WEEK AGO. THE BODY OF LOIS MURRAY WAS FOUND MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER POLICE SAY THEY GOT A 911 CALL FROM HER SON. LOIS MURRAY HAD WORKED AS A GRIEF COUNSELLOR AT A FUNERAL HOME. POLICE SAY HER DEATH IS THE CITY'S 18TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR. NEIGHBOURS ARE SHAKEN BY THE INCIDENT AND SAY THE AREA IS A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD.

FLOOD VICTIMS IN TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WILL BEGIN PAYING RENT NEXT MONTH. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS THE PROVINCE ONLY PROMISED RENT-FREE LIVING FOR THREE MONTHS TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET FOLLOWING THE JUNE DISASTER.
PAYMENTS KICK IN NOV. 15 AND WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A HOUSEHOLD. THEY WILL BE $627 A MONTH FOR ONE ADULT UP TO JUST OVER $1,200 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. THE RENT IS INTENDED TO OFFSET ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THE PROVINCE'S OPERATING COSTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS, UTILITIES, TV AND OTHER SERVICES. HOMEOWNERS CAN APPLY TO HAVE RENTAL COSTS COVERED UNDER THE PROVINCE'S DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM.

WILDROSE SENIOR'S CRITIC KERRY TOWLE AND MLA FOR INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE, WANTS TO SEE EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT TIMES GO DOWN. SHE CALLED OUT THE REDFORD GOVERNMENT ON TUESDAY (OCT 15)  DURING  A MEDIA GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPTIAL. SHE SAYS THE AVERAGE PATIENT STAY IN RED DEER'S EMERGENCY ROOM IS 14 AND A HALF HOURS, A FIGURE THAT'S GROWN 6 HOURS PER PATIENT SINCE 2005. TOWLE CLAIMS THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ALL ALBERTA EMERGENCY ROOMS. SHE IS BLAMING THE INCREASE ON THE PC PARTY'S MISMANAGEMENT AND CENTRALIZATION OF ALBERTA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

R-C-M-P IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE CHARGED A MAN WITH STEALING FOOD INTENDED FOR VICTIMS OF LAST SPRING'S FLOODING. MOUNTIES SAY THE OKOTOKS DETACHMENT WAS ADVISED LATE LAST MONTH THAT SOMEONE HAD BEEN TAKING SUPPLIES FROM A RELIEF COMMUNITY IN HIGH RIVER ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY DAMAGED COMMUNITIES. INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED A MAN'S HOME AND FOUND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES. DEVIN GILLINGHAM, WHO IS 24, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT UNDER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND UNSAFE STORAGE OF A FIREARM.

A NEW SESSION OF PARLIAMENT IS OPENING TODAY (OCT 16) WITH A SPEECH FROM THE THRONE. THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE ALBERTA RIDING OF CROWFOOT, KEVIN SORENSON BELIEVES A LARGE PART OF TODAY'S THRONE SPEECH WILL FOCUS ON JOB CREATION.  THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON SUCH AREAS AS ECONOMIC STABILITY, AND LAW AND ORDER. BUT CANADIANS CAN ALSO EXPECT FRESHER MATERIAL CATERING TO CONSUMERS, FIRST NATIONS TRAINING AND RAIL SAFETY.

RED DEER'S M.P. IS JOINING THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND A DELEGATION FROM CANADA ON A STATE MISSION TO CHINA AND MONGOLIA. EARL DREESHAN SAYS HE'S HONORED TO BE SELECTED FOR THE 10 DAY TRIP TO MEET WITH NUMEROUS ASIAN LEADERS. THE CANADIAN DELEGATION LEAVES TONIGHT (WED) AND RETURNS OCTOBER 26TH.

THE TOWN OF OLDS IS CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF A NEW LINK BETWEEN HIGHWAY 27 AND 51ST AVENUE IN THE CENTRE OF A REVITALIZED DOWNTOWN. OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW ROAD WILL IMPROVE ACCESS BETWEEN THE TOWN AND HIGHWAY FOR BOTH RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND TOURISTS. THE ROAD IS BUILT ON A FORMER SCHOOL SITE WHICH WAS REMOVED USING SUSTAINABLE RECYCLING TECHNIQUES WITH SOME OF THE MATERIAL BEING USED IN THE BASE OF THE NEW ROAD. THE PROJECT COST OVER 320 THOUSAND DOLLARS.



 



 

A 51 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM THE RIMBEY AREA IS IN AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL AFTER HER CAR CRASHED INTO A SEMI NEAR RIMBEY LAST NIGHT (OCT 16). IT HAPPENED AROUND 9:45 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 53 AND RANGE ROAD 40, ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES WEST OF TOWN. RIMBEY RCMP SEARGENT MARK GROVES SAYS THE WOMAN'S CAR CRASHED INTO A PARKED SEMI BUT IT DOESN'T APPEAR AS THOUGH CHARGES WILL BE LAID AT THIS POINT. SHE WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY STARS IN STABLE CONDITION AND WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. GROVES SAYS THE WOMAN WAS HEADING HOME AT THE TIME WITH THE SEMI DRIVER CLEANING UP FROM A ROLL-OVER AT THAT SAME LOCATION EARLIER THAT DAY.

A MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN FROM THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION THIS SUMMER WILL SEE NEXT SPRING IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. A DATE FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING WAS SET IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT YESTERDAY (OCT 16) FOR 36 YEAR OLD KEVIN GLADUE, ALSO FROM THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION. GLADUE FACES THREE COUNTS, WAS DENIED BAIL AND WILL HAVE HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON APRIL 28TH OF NEXT YEAR. IT WAS JULY 18TH WHEN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP BEGAN A SEARCH FOR 25 YEAR OLD STEPHANIE BEAVERBONES WHO HAD GONE MISSING FOUR DAYS EARLIER. SHE EMERGED FROM THE BUSHES BADLY INJURED 12 DAYS AFTER ESCAPING HER ALLEGED ATTACKER.

A MAN WHO WAS TORTURED, STARVED AND MAIMED BY A CONVICTED TORTURER SAYS HE LIVES IN A CONSTANT STATE OF CONFUSION AND FEAR. THE MAN, WHO WAS DUMPED AT A REGINA HOSPITAL IN 2010, ADDRESSED THE COURT AT DUSTIN PAXTON'S DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING IN CALGARY YESTERDAY (OCT 16). HE SAYS HE HAS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND BRAIN DAMAGE FROM 18 MONTHS OF BRUTAL ASSAULTS IN WHICH HE WAS STARVED, HUMILIATED AND BEATEN ON AN ALMOST-DAILY BASIS. PAXTON TOLD COURT HE IS WORKING WITH EXPERTS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE HIM A BETTER PERSON, AND SAYS HE IS COMMITTED TO GET THE COUNSELLING HE NEEDS.  THE JUDGE SAYS SHE NEEDS AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS TO REACH A DECISION.

A LACOMBE COUNTY MAN FACING BREAK AND ENTER, INDECENT ACT AND HARRASSMENT CHARGES WILL BE SENTENCED THIS DECEMBER ON TWO OF THE 16 COUNTS AGAINST HIM. 30 YEAR OLD EMYR MORRIS WILL BE SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT ON TWO COUNTS OF BREAK AND ENTER ON DECEMBER 6TH AND WILL SPEAK TO 14 OTHER CHARGES. IT'S ALLEGED A MAN BROKE INTO A NUMBER OF HOUSES IN THE CLIVE AREA LAST YEAR AND LEFT BEHIND PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL AND BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL ON WOMEN'S UNDERGARMENTS.

 

CALGARY POLICE SAY THREE AMERICAN CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHER WHO WERE THE SUBJECT OF A SEARCH HAVE BEEN FOUND SAFE. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THE THREE CHILDREN -- AGES 15, 14 AND 11 -- AND THEIR MOTHER IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY AFTER ISSUING A PUBLIC PLEA YESTERDAY (OCT 16). THEIR MOTORHOME WAS FOUND AS WELL. POLICE SAY THEY ARE TALKING TO OFFICIALS IN MISSOURI ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO GET THE CHILDREN BACK HOME, WHO ARE THE VICTIMS IN A PARENT CUSTODY BATTLE.

AUTHORITIES IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON HAVE LOCATED A HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER WHO RECENTLY FLED CANADA. THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY WAS FOUND IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ON THURSDAY AND WAS ORDERED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. HE WASN'T ARRESTED BECAUSE CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DECLINED TO TRY EXTRADITING HIM. SEATTLE POLICE SAY THE 48-YEAR-OLD COULD BE ARRESTED IF HE FAILS TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. STANLEY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1, WHEN HE CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET AROUND THE ALBERTA-SASKATCHEWAN BORDER.  CANADIAN AUTHORITIES WARNED U.S. COUNTERPARTS THAT HE MIGHT TRY TO CROSS THE BORDER, BUT U.S. OFFICIALS ALLOWED HIM IN AFTER DETERMINING HE WAS A U.S. CITIZEN AND NOT THE SUBJECT OF AN EXTRADITABLE ARREST WARRANT.

CANADA'S FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG HAS ISSUED ANOTHER BEEF RECALL OVER POSSIBLE E. COLI CONTAMINATION THE FOURTH THIS MONTH. THE LATEST ``HEALTH HAZARD ALERT'' RECALL INVOLVES KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT A COSTCO STORE IN LETHBRIDGE. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY AND COSTCO ARE WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO EAT THIS PRODUCT BECAUSE IT MAY CONTAIN E. COLI BACTERIA. THE CFIA SAYS THIS IS AN EXPANSION OF A SIMILAR RECALL OF KIRKLAND SIGNATURE BRAND ORGANIC LEAN GROUND BEEF SOLD AT COSTCO STORES IN ALBERTA, B.C., MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN.

PEOPLE IN THE RED DEER REGION HAVE A CHANCE TO OFFER SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT ALBERTA'S BUDGET PRIORITIES SHOULD BE NEXT YEAR. PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS ARE HOSTING A SERIES OF BUDGET OPEN HOUSES ACROSS ALBERTA WITH ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS TAKING PLACE TODAY (OCT 17) IN RED DEER. PEOPLE ATTENDING WILL BE GUIDED THROUGH A SERIES OF QUESTIONS THAT WILL HELP GOVERNMENT IDENTIFY  PRIORITIES. TODAY'S RUNS THIS AFTERNOON FROM 2:00 UNTIL 4:00 AT THE RED DEER LODGE. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE RED DEER MEETING, PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH ONLINE.  YOU CAN GET MORE DETAIL BY GOING TO THE PROVINCIAL WEBSITE AT TRIPLE W DOT ALBERTA.CA  AND CLICK ON FINANCE.

IN ONE OF HIS FINAL DUTIES AS MAYOR OF RED DEER, MORRIS FLEWWELLING READ A PROCLAMATION TODAY (OCT 17) RECOGNIZING TODAY AS THE "INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY IN RED DEER". THE PROCLAMATION TAKING PLACE ON THE WESTSIDE STEPS OF CITY HALL AND FEATURED AN UPDATE ON THE WORK THE CENTRAL ALBERTA POVERTY REDUCTION ALLIANCE IS DOING. THE EVENT, HELD THIS MORNING ALSO INCLUDED SPEAKERS WITH EXPERIENCE LIVING IN POVERTY.


 ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HOPES YOU'LL GET YOUR VACCINATION. STARTING NEXT WEEK, THE 'FLU SHOT WILL BE AVAILABLE HEALTH UNITS AROUND THE PROVINCE. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH, DR. KATHERINE KOLIASKA(COAL-EE-ASK-AH) SAYS THE SHOT IS ACTUALLY A WAY TO PREPARE FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE STRAINS OF INFLUENZA VIRUS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO BE MAKING THE ROUNDS THIS WINTER.  DR. KOLIASKA SAYS THE FLU SHOT PROTECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SHOTS ARE RECOMMEND ESPECIALLY FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, AND THOSE WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE BY NEEDLE OR NASAL SPRAY.

LITTLE CHILDREN IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER HAVE A NEW PLAY AREA TO ENJOY. AFTER SOME FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS, SOME NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT WAS INSTALLED EARLIER THIS YEAR AT THE LITTLE EXPLORERS CHILD CARE AND DISCOVERY CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL. THE DAYCARE DIRECTOR, NOLAH WALLACE SAYS THE PLAY AREA IS NOT JUST FOR THE DAY CARE BUT IS FOR THE COMMUNITY. SHE SAYS KIDS CAN DROP BY IN THE EVENINGS OR ON WEEKENDS. THEY HAD A GRAND OPENING RECENTLY WITH A RIBBON CUTTING. THE STRUCTURE HAS MULTIPLE SLIDES, A SWING OUT BAR, AND MUCH MORE. WALLACE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN FUNDRAISING FOR OVER A YEAR FOR THE PROJECT, PLUS THEY ALSO WANT TO THANK SEVERAL GENEROUS DONATIONS. SHE ADDS, THEY HOPE TO ADD SOME TREES, BENCHES, AND EVEN A PICNIC TABLE.

 

 

CALGARY POLICE SAY THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN A DOWNTOWN SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND TWO OTHERS IN HOSPITAL. POLICE SAY A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WHILE A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA IS IN STABLE CONDITION. INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT THE MALE SURVIVOR OF THE ATTACK IS NOT COOPERATING WITH OFFICERS, ADDING THE SHOOTING WAS NOT RANDOM AND THE THREE PEOPLE WERE KNOWN TO EACH OTHER. STAFF SGT. GRANT MILLER SAYS IT LOOKS LIKE ORGANIZED CRIME WOULD BE INVOLVED, POSSIBLY SOMETHING IN THE DRUG TRADE. CALGARY CITY POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP AND ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE CALGARY POLICE OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD IS SEVERAL OTHERS HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN. R-C-M-P SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED YESTERDAY (OCT 20) ON HIGHWAY 7, ABOUT 16 KILOMETRES WEST OF ROSETOWN. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. THERE'S NO WORD ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE THREE WHO WERE INJURED.

A CALGARY JUDGE HAS ACCEPTED A GUILTY PLEA TO MANSLAUGHTER FROM A WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER 26-DAY OLD SON IN 2010. SHELBY HERCHAK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH. SHE WIPED AWAY TEARS WHILE DETAILS OF THE EVENT WERE READ IN COURT. LAWYER KIM ROSS SAYS IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE HIS CLIENT WOULD GET EMOTIONAL. BOTH A PRE-SENTENCE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS ORDERED AND SENTENCING ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR.

A REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SAYS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT A MOUSE BIT A DISABLED PATIENT IN A LONG-TERM CARE HOME IN THE FACE. THE GROUP FRIENDS OF MEDICARE RAISED THE ALLEGATION LAST MONTH, SAYING STAFF SAW MICE ON THE FACE OF A WOMAN WHO HAS DEMENTIA. THE REVIEW SAYS THERE WERE MICE IN THE PATIENT'S ROOM AT THE ST. THERESE VILLA IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE ALLEGATION OR THAT THE WOMAN SUFFERED SERIOUS BODILY OR EMOTIONAL HARM. THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT COVENANT HEALTH, A CATHOLIC HEALTH-CARE ORGANIZATION WHICH OPERATES THE 200-BED FACILITY, SHOULD FOLLOW THROUGH WITH PLANS TO IMPROVE PEST CONTROL FOR MICE AND BED BUGS.

TWO OF ALBERTA'S LARGEST CITIES OUTSIDE OF CALGARY AND EDMONTON WILL HAVE NEW MAYORS AFTER THE VOTES ARE COUNTED IN TODAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. CALGARY IS EXPECTED TO HOST A CORONATION, WHERE INCUMBENT MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI IS CONSIDERED A LOCK TO CAPTURE A SECOND TERM. COUNCILLOR DON IVESON HAS BEEN LEADING IN POLLS TO REPLACE OUTGOING EDMONTON MAYOR STEPHEN MANDEL, BUT VOTE SPLITTING MAY BE A FACTOR. LONGTIME INCUMBENT MORRIS FLEWELLING IS STEPPING DOWN AFTER NINE YEARS AT THE HELM IN RED DEER, WHILE INCUMBENT RAJKO DODIC IS NOT RUNNING AGAIN IN LETHBRIDGE. HANDLING RAPID GROWTH HAS BEEN ONE OF THE KEY ISSUES IN RED DEER, WHILE LOW TAXES AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT HAVE BEEN HIGH ON THE AGENDA IN LETHBRIDGE. FOLLOWING UP ON PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION CHANGES, ALL MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS WILL NOW SERVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS INSTEAD OF THREE.

FLU SHOTS ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE ACROSS ALBERTA AS OF TODAY (OCT 21). ONLY 23 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS BOTHERED TO GET A FLU SHOT LAST YEAR. HOWEVER, THE NUMBERS ARE BETTER FOR SENIORS AND KIDS, ABOUT 60 PER CENT FOR SENIORS AND 30 PER CENT OF CHILDREN WERE IMMUNIZED. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THEY NEED TO GET ALL OF THOSE NUMBERS HIGHER. MEANWHILE, ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS WERE IMMUNIZED. HORNE SAYS THEY'D LIKE TO SEE THAT NUMBER HIGHER AS WELL, BUT SAYS THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MAKE SHOTS MANDATORY FOR THOSE WORKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

RECORDS SHOW A SEX OFFENDER WHO CAUSED SCHOOL CLOSURES IN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN BEFORE HE FLED CANADA FOR THE UNITED STATES  IS NOW REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER, AND LIVES AT AN ADDRESS NEAR A PRESCHOOL IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON STATE'S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY LISTED MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY TODAY AS A TRANSIENT ``LEVEL 2'' OFFENDER. SHERIFF'S OFFICE SGT. CINDI WEST SAID SHE WAS CHECKING TO SEE WHY STANLEY WAS NOT GIVEN A ``LEVEL 3'' STATUS RESERVED FOR HIGH-RISK OFFENDERS. STANLEY HAS A HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1, WHEN HE LEFT EDMONTON AND CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC-MONITORING BRACELET IN CANADA. CANADIAN OFFICIALS ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT OFFENDER WHO POSED A SIGNIFICANT RISK. CANADIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DECIDED NOT TO SEEK STANLEY'S EXTRADITION. STANLEY WAS ABLE TO CROSS THE BORDER. AUTHORITIES LOCATED HIM IN THE SEATTLE AREA LAST WEEK AND ASKED HIM TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER FOR THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IS UDNERWAY. THE 20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES RUNS NOVEMBER 22ND TO 24TH AT WESTERNER PARK, FEATURING 70 FULLY DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES ON DISPLAY AND ALL THE MONEY RAISED FROM THEIR SALE GOING TOWARDS DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, UROLOGY AND THE OPERATING ROOM AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. EVENT CO-CHAIR NOVA BAIS (BASE) SAYS THEY'VE ALREADY RAISED ABOUT 140 THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARDS THEIR GOAL OF OVER 1.2 MILLION THIS YEAR.  THEY ARE ALSO RAFFLING OFF A BEAUTIFUL SHOW HOME BUILT BY AVALON HOMES LOCATED IN THE VANIER EAST AREA OF RED DEER.   TCKETS FOR THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL OF TREES IN RED DEER AT  WESTERN PARK ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH TICKETMASTER.



 

A SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED CANADA HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON FOR HARASSMENT. SEATTLE POLICE SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THEY RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS OF A MAN YELLING IN AN ALLEY, INCLUDING ONE PERSON WHO HAD ASKED STANLEY TO BE QUIET. POLICE SAY STANLEY THREATENED TO ASSAULT THAT PERSON. POLICE SAY STANLEY BECAME COMBATIVE WHEN POLICE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AND CLAIMED HE HAD A KNIFE. AUTHORITIES SAY STANLEY APPEARED INTOXICATED. STANLEY CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET IN CANADA EARLIER THIS MONTH. OFFICIALS THERE ISSUED A PUBLIC ALERT DESCRIBING STANLEY AS AN UNTREATED, VIOLENT OFFENDER WHO POSED A SIGNIFICANT RISK. HE CROSSED THE BORDER INTO THE UNITED STATES, AND AUTHORITIES RECENTLY HAD HIM REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER IN SEATTLE.

CHRIS WARWICK ELECTED AS HANNA MAYOR BY ACCLAMATION. THE SIX HANNA COUNCILORS ELECTED ON MONDAY ARE...CATHY WATTS, LARRY STICKLE, GERALD CAMPION, JASON SMITH, RICHARD PRESTON, AND JERRY KRUZE. THERE WAS ALSO AN ELECTED FOR TWO PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEES IN THE PRAIRIE LAND REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION. ELECTED ARE ANGIE WARWICK AND JADA HILL.

IN THE TOWN OF OYEN, DOUG JONES IS THE NEW MAYOR, DEFEATING LOIS BEDWELL AND KAY DINGMAN. THE SIX OYEN COUNCILORS ARE IN BY ACCLAMATION...THEY ARE...KEVIN BROST, JOE LAZZARI, BRADLEY ODLAND, DENNIS PUNTER, TOM TRACY, AND STACEY WIECHNIK


IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER...TERRY YEMEN HAS BEEN RETURNED TO A SECOND TERM AS MAYOR BY ACCLAMATION. INCUMBANT DRUMHELLER COUNCILORS RETURNING ARE JAY GARBUTT, TOM ZARISKI, LISA HANSEN-ZACHARUK, AND SHAREL SHOFF. THERE ARE TWO NEWCOMMERS... TARA MCMILLAN AND PATRICK KOLAFA.

ONLY TWO ELECTIONS HELD YESTERDAY IN WHEATLAND COUNTY, EAST OF CALGARY. IN DIVISION TWO, REX HARWOOD DEFEATED FIVE OTHER OPPONENTS. IN DIVISION THREE, DONALD VANDER VELDE IS THE WINNER. ALL OTHER WHEATLAND COUNCILORS ARE IN BY ACCLAMATION AND ALL ARE INCUBANTS. ALICE BOOTH IN DIVSION ONE.  DIVISION FOUR IS REPRESENTED BY BERNICE BLAND. BRENDA KNIGHT IS IN DIVISION FIVE. GLEN KOESTER IS LOOKING AFTER DIVISION SIX. AND BEN ARMSTRONG ONCE AGAIN REPRESENTS DIVISION 7 IN WHEATLAND COUNTY.

IN CLEARWATER COUNTY, JIM DUNCAN HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED IN DIVISION ONE.  KYLE GREENWOOD HAS WON DIVISION 2.  CURT MAKI HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED IN DIVISION 3.  IN DIVISION 4 CHUCK SHIPLEY BEAT JOHN VANDERMEER BY ONE VOTE.  IN DIVISION 5, BOB BRYANT BEAT THERESA LAING BY ONE VOTE, IN DIVISION 6 EARL GRAHAM WAS ACCLAIMED, AND IN DIVISION 7 THE WINNER WAS PAT ALEXANDER. 

TOWN OF STRATHMORE ELECTION RESULTS....NEW MAYOR MIKE ELL...COUNCILORS....(6) DENISE PETERSON,  PAT FULE, BRAD WALLS, BOB SOBOL, ROCKY BLOKLAND,  AND JOHN REMPEL .

IN PONOKA COUNTY, THERE ARE THREE NEWLY ELECTED COUNCILLORS, INCLUDING BRYCE LIDDLE, MARK MATEJKA, AND DOUG WEIR.  INCUMBENT PAUL MCLAUGHLIN HAS BEEN ELECTED, AND NANCY HARTFORD IS AN ACCLAIMED NEWCOMER.   

IN THE VILLAGE OF ALIX, INCUMBENTS CURTIS PETERSON, GORDON CHRISTENSON AND ROBERT FEHR HELD ON TO THEIR SEATS.  ALSO ELECTED WERE ARLENE NELSON AND JODY LOUISE WIDMANN.  THE MAYOR WILL BE VOTED INTO OFFICE BY THE FIVE COUNCILLORS DURING THE FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING. 

IN MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY, FOUR COUNCILLORS WERE ACCLAIMED, INCLUDING PATRICIA MCKEAN, DUNCAN MILNE, BRUCE BEATTIE, AND ANGELA AALBERS. ALSO TAKING COUNCILLOR SEATS WERE JEREMY SAYER, KEN HECK, AND AL KEMMERE (KAM-REE).

IN THE TOWN OF DIDSBURY, INCUMBENTS DONALD LAVAR ADAMS AND GAIL NOWLAN HAVE BEEN ELECTED.  ALSO ELECTED ARE NEWCOMERS GARTH HOLLINGER, JOYCE MCCOY, KIM MOORE, AND SHIELA SCHULTZ. 

THE 2013 ALBERTA MUNICIPAL ELECTION HAD VERY STRONG TURNOUTS IN MANY COMMUNTIES.  THE CITY OF RED DEER HAD A MUCH HIGHER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE POLLS. SEVERAL POLLING STATIONS IN RED DEER REPORTED VERY LONG LINEUPS WITH DELAYS IN REPORTING THE FINAL NUMBERS. DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF RED DEER, ELAINE VINCENT SAYS THE LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE MEANT UP TO AN HOUR DELAY AND SOME RESULTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 11:00 LAST NIGHT. IN STRATHMORE, TOWN CAO DWIGHT STANFORD SAYS THERE WAS A LARGER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING OUT TO VOTE, WITH A LINE OF VOTERS WINDING OUTSIDE OF THE STRATHMORE CIVIC CENTRE. THERE WERE CONCERNS BY MANY THAT THEY WOULDN'T GET A CHANCE TO VOTE BECAUSE OF THE LINE-UP.  IN THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER, APPROXIMATELY 61 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION CAST THEIR BALLOT YESTERDAY. THE ADVANCE POLLS HAD MORE THAN 800 VOTERS PARTICIPATING, AND SHARON DOLL, DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES SAYS THIS IS MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED AT THE LAST ELECTION.

IN THE TOWN OF STETTLER ELECTION. MAYOR RICHARDS WAS ACCLAIMED BUT HE HAS SOME NEW COUNCILORS JOINING HIM AT THE TABLE. WILL BROWN HAS BEEN ELECTED WITH 609 VOTES. KAREN SERNECKY HAS BEEN ELECTED WITH 575 VOTES AND SEAN NOLLS IS IN WITH 537 VOTES. INCUMBANTS MALCOLM FISCHER IS BACK AT THE TABLE WITH 905 VOTES WHILE AL CAMPBELL WILL JOIN HIM WITH 740. DARCY BACHMAN HAS ALSO BEEN RE-ELECTED WITH 533 VOTES. THESE ARE UNOFFICIAL TOTALS AND WITH THE VOTES BEING SO CLOSE THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR IT TO CHANGE ONCE TOTALS ARE FINALIZED.

THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE VILLAGE OF ALIX, THE FIVE COUNCILORS ELECTED TONIGHT ARE THE 3 INCUMBANTS CURTIS PETERSON, GORDON CHRISTENSON AND ROBERT FEHR. ARLENE NELSON AND JODY LOUISE WIDMANN HAVE ALSO BEEN ELECTED TO THIS COUNCIL. THE MAYOR WILL BE VOTED IN BY THE 5 COUNCILORS DURING THEIR FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING.THIS WAS A VERY CLOSE RACE WITH THE ONLY OTHER CHALLENGER LOSING THE SEAT BY ONLY TWO VOTES.

A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN HAS BEEN ELECTED MAYOR OF A SOUTHERN ALBERTA TOWN THAT CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM JUNE'S DEVASTATING FLOOD. CRAIG SNODGRASS WON THE TOP JOB IN HIGH RIVER IN YESTERDAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. SNODGRASS SUCCEEDS EMILE BLOKLAND, WHO DID NOT RUN AGAIN FOR MAYOR, INSTEAD HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN FOR A SPOT ON TOWN COUNCIL TO CONTINUE WORK REBUILDING THE COMMUNITY. THERE WAS A LARGE VOTER TURNOUT IN HIGH RIVER, WITH LONG LINES STRETCHING DOWN THE STREET EVEN AS THE 8 P-M DEADLINE APPROACHED. TOWN OFFICIALS PUT VOTER TURNOUT AT AROUND 61 PERCENT.

THE VILLAGE OF TROCHU WAS ALSO HAD ALL 7 OF THEIR COUNCILORS ACCLAIMED. THEIR NEW TABLE WILL CONSIST OF WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM, MARK GARNEAU, BARRY KLETKE, CHERYL LUMLEY, CHRISTOPHER REEDS, EDWARD STEPHAN, AND VALERIE WARNOCK.

IN A LANDSLIDE DECISION, DON IVESON CAPTURED EDMONTON'S MAYOR'S CHAIR...LOCKING UP 62 PER CENT OF THE VOTE...THE LARGEST MANDATE IN THE CITY'S HISTORY.

RED DEER'S NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR IS TARA VEER. THE 9 YEAR CITY COUNCILLOR WILL NOW SIT IN THE BIG CHAIR AT CITY HALL FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.



LOOKING AT ELECTION RESULTS IN THE CITY OF AIRDRIE....PETER BROWN RETURNS AS MAYOR FOR A SECOND TERM BY ACCLAMATION. THE SIX COUNCILORS CHOSEN ARE...KELLY HEGG, FRED BURLEY, RON CHAPMAN,  ALLAN HUNTER, CANDICE KOLSON,  AND DARREL BELYK. THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE ELECTED TO REPRESENT AIRDRIE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN THE ROCKY VIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION...THEY ARE SYLVIA EGGERER AND TODD BRAND. A TOTAL OF 5592 PEOPLE VOTING IN THE CITY OF AIRDRIE, THAT ABOUT 17 PERCENT OF ELLIGIBLE VOTERS TURNING OUT TO THE POLLS. 

 

IT WAS A CORONATION IN CALGARY AS WILDLY POPULAR MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI HANDILY WON RE-ELECTION. FROM THE MINUTE MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS STARTED ROLLING IN LAST NIGHT, IT WAS APPARENT NENSHI WOULD EASILY DEFEAT FORMER COUNCILLOR JON LORD AND SEVEN OTHER HOPEFULS TO WIN HIS SECOND TERM.

IN FORT MCMURRAY, MELISSA BLAKE WON HER FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TERM AS MAYOR OF THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO.

IN RED DEER, COUNCILLOR TARA VEER WAS ELECTED TO REPLACE LONGTIME INCUMBENT MORRIS FLEWELLING, WHO STEPPED DOWN AFTER NINE YEARS AT THE HELM.

LETHBRIDGE WELCOMED CHRIS SPEARMAN AS THE NEW MAYOR TO REPLACE INCUMBENT RAJKO DODIC, WHO DID NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION.

ONE OF THE FEW UPSETS OF THE NIGHT CAME IN MEDICINE HAT, WHERE TWO-TERM INCUMBENT NORM BOUCHER WAS DEFEATED BY VETERAN COUNCILMAN TED CLUGSTON.

IN GRANDE PRAIRIE, INCUMBENT MAYOR BILL GIVEN WAS RE-ELECTED OVER LOCAL UNITED WAY PRESIDENT GLADYS BLACKMORE.


 

MOUNTIES IN ALBERTA ARE HOPING A SCULPTURE WILL HELP SOLVE THE IDENTITY OF HUMAN REMAINS THAT WERE FOUND A YEAR AGO NEAR COCHRANE. POLICE SAY THEY HIRED A FORENSIC SCULPTOR TO RECONSTRUCT A FACIAL APPROXIMATION OF THE PERSON. THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN FORWARDED ACROSS CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. THE CALGARY MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS THE REMAINS ARE THOSE OF A CAUCASIAN MALE BETWEEN 20 AND 60 YEARS OLD, AND HAD BEEN DECOMPOSING FOR LESS THAN A YEAR.

231 FRUAD CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST A RED DEER WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING ALMOST THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE EMPLOYED AT IMAGE DENTAL STUDIO. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS EMPLOYED AS THE OFFICE MANAGER AT THE DENTAL OFFICE BETWEEN 2009 AND 2011 WHEN THE ALLEGED FRAUD TOOK PLACE WITH OVER 292 THOUSAND DOLLARS TAKEN. 49 YEAR OLD DEBBIE GAGNE RETUNS TO RED DEER COURT NOVEMBER 27TH.

IN THE VILLAGE OF DELBURNE THERE WILL BE A BY-ELECTION.  ORIGINIALLY ALL FIVE SPOTS ON COUNCIL WERE ACCLAIMED LEADING TO NO ELECTION, BUT AMY BEARD HAD TO RESIGN FORCING A BY-ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 4TH.  ADVANCE POLLS WILL BE HELD IN DELBURNE TOMDAY (WED OCT. 23) FROM 10 AM - 8 PM. OTHER COUNCILLORS ACCLAIMED IN DELBURNE ARE DARLENE DUSHANEK, JUDITH HOGEN, TIM WILSON AND RAY RECKSEIDLER (RECK'-SEEDELER) WHO HAS BEEN SELECTED AS DELBURNE'S MAYOR. 

RECOUNTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED YESTERDAY (TUES) FOR THE 2 TIED RED DEER COUNTY DIVISION COUNCILLOR RACES. DIVISION 3 AND 4 BOTH AMAZINGLY TIED, AND A RANDOM DRAW TIEBREAKER WAS COMPLETED ON ELECTION NIGHT. DON CHURCH AND CONNIE HUELSMAN BOTH HAD THEIR NAMES DRAWN AND WERE AWARDED DIVISIONS 3 AND 4, RESPECTIVELY. RECOUNTS YESTERDAY BOTH CAME UP AS A TIE ONCE AGAIN SO THE DRAW RESULT STANDS. IN PONOKA, A RECOUNT WILL BE MADE TODAY (OCT 23) TO CONFIRM RICK BONNETT'S VICTORY IN THE MAYOR RACE. HE BEAT DOUG GILL BY ONLY A SINGLE VOTE.

THERE WILL BE RECOUNTS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ACROSS ALBERTA. THE NUMBERS WERE CLOSE IN PONOKA, WITH ONLY ONE VOTE SEPARATING MAYORAL WINNER RICK BONNETT FROM HIS OPPONENT DOUG GILL. IN EDSON, THERE WAS ALSO JUST ONE VOTE SEPARATING JIM GOMUWKA AND JOHN WALKER IN A RACE FOR A COUNCIL SEAT. MEANWHILE IN MORINVILLE, THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE OF JUST TWO VOTES BETWEEN COUNCIL CANDIDATE ROBERT LADOUCEUR AND JACKI LUKER. THE MAYORAL RACE IN THE TOWN WAS A CLOSE ONE, AS WELL: LISA HOLMES BEAT SHELDON FINGLER BY A MERE 18 VOTES. A RECOUNT IS ALSO SCHEDULED IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN FOR THE POSITION OF ELK ISLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE.

THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY HAS EXPANDED AN ALERT OVER BEEF PRODUCTS FROM BELMONT MEATS OF TORONTO. THERE COULD BE E-COLI CONTAMINATION. THE FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG IS NOW WARNING THE PUBLIC NOT TO EAT SUNSPUN BEARPAW-SHAPED BEEF BURGERS SOLD AT LOBLAW-OWNED STORES NATIONALLY. ALSO SUSPECTED ARE COMPLIMENTS TRADITIONAL BEEF BURGERS SOLD AT SOBEYS-OWNED STORES IN ONTARIO AND THE WEST.

A VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED CANADA IS BEING HELD ON $100,000 BAIL AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF HARASSMENT AND ANOTHER SEXUAL ASSAULT. MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY MADE A FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (OCT 23). A JUDGE SET HIS BAIL AT $100,000, CITING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HOW HE FLED CANADA TO THE UNITED STATES. WEARING A RED PRISON UNIFORM WITH HIS HANDS SHACKLED IN FRONT OF HIM, STANLEY APPEARED BEFORE THE JUDGE BY VIDEO FROM THE LOCAL JAIL. STANLEY DID NOT SPEAK TO THE JUDGE DURING THE BRIEF HEARING. HE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES EARLIER THIS MONTH AS CANADIAN POLICE WERE SEARCHING FOR THE 48-YEAR-OLD.

A REMINDER FROM MOUNTIES THAT THEY ARE CONTINUING THEIR JOINT CHECKSTOP CAMPAIGNS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA. LAST WEEK, RCMP FROM RED DEER AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WERE JOINED BY ALBERTA SHERIFFS AND FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICERS, CHECKING FOR WILDLIFE ACT AND TRAFFIC SAFETY ACT OFFENCES IN THE CAROLINE AREA. ROUGHLY 800 VEHICLES WERE CHECKED AND IT RESULTED IN NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING SOME FOR SPEEDING, SEATBELTS, CHILD SEAT COMPLIANCE, LIQUOR, DRUG AND WILDLIFE ACT VIOLATIONS.

THE CRIME NUMBERS ARE DOWN IN RED DEER. THE CITY HAS RELESED THE THIRD QUARTER CRIME STATISTICS, SHOWING A DROP IN OVERALL CRIME OF ABOUT 13 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS SAYS THEY EXPECT TO CONTINUE SEEING CRIME NUMBERS DECREASE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AND INTO 2014 AS THE CITY FURTHER EXPLORES COMMUNITY SAFETY, CRIME PREVENTION AND POLICING. TOTAL PROPERTY CRIMES DROPPED 6.3 PERCENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHILE OVERALL PROPERTY CRIMES WENT DOWN 8.3 PERCENT THIS YEAR OVER LAST. THAT INCLUDES OFFENCES LIKE BREAK AND ENTER, ARSON AND FRAUD.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. IT'S A REMINDER TO VISIT YOUR DOCTOR AND GET CHECKED OUT. FIVE THOUSAND WOMEN THIS YEAR WILL DIE FROM BREAST CANCER AND REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUDATION, BONNIE MEGLEY SAYS THE DISEASE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. MGELEY ADDS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES, AND TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH. SHE ADDS, BOTH WOMEN AND MEN ARE AT RISK FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF BREAST CANCER. BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER AMONG CANADIAN WOMEN, WITH 23 THOUSAND, 8 HUNDRED WOMEN DIAGNOSED THIS YEAR. MEGLEY ADDS THAT THIS YEAR A TOTAL OF 5 THOUSAND WOMEN IN CANADA WILL DIE OF BREAST CANCER. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BREAST CANCER GO TO THE FOUNDATION'S WEBSITE AT TRIPLE W DOT CBCF DOT ORG.

THE CITY OF LLOYDMINSTER HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE NUMBER TWO CITY IN CANADA WHEN IT COMES TO ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES. THE REPORT FROM THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUISNESS, STUDIED 107 CITIES ACROSS CANADA, AND FOUND FIVE OF THE TOP TEN-BUSINESS FRIENDLY MUNICIPALITIES WERE IN ALBERTA. LLOYDMINSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT MICHEAL HOLDEN WASN'T SURPRISED WHEN HE HEARD THE RESULTS OF THE REPORT. THE NEWS COMES AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES SMALL BUISNESS WEEK IN THE BORDER CITY.

CANADIAN COUNTRY STAR RYAN LAIRD IS TRYING TO HELP SCHOOL STUDENTS DEAL WITH BULLYING. THE SINGER WAS BULLIED IN SCHOOL AND HAS WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT THE ORDEAL, PLUS HE'S VISITING SCHOOLS AROUND OUR REGION TO TALK ABOUT THIS VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE.  LAIRD WILL BE VISTIING WITH STUDENTS AT MORRIN SCHOOL THIS MORNING, AND THEN TRAVELS TO HANNA LATER TODAY. LAIRD WILL ALSO BE MAKING A STOP ALL DAY THURSDAY (OCT 25) IN YOUNGSTOWN.

 

 

A RED DEER MAN CONVICTED IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF AN OLDS DRUG STORE AND RESULTING DRUG AND WEAPONS BUST TWO YEARS AGO HAD HIS CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL THIS WEEK (OCT 22). HOWEVER, A JUDGE HAS RESERVED THEIR DECISION ON THE SENTENCE APPEAL OF 49 YEAR OLD STANLEY COX WHO WAS SENTENCED LAST YEAR TO 10 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR THE 2011 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN TWO MEN WITH A GUN ROBBED THE REXALL DRUG STORE IN OLDS THEN GOT ARRESTED ON RED DEER'S SOUTH HILL A WEEK AND A HALF LATER WHEN MOUNTIES SEIZED GUNS, AMMUNITION AND DRUGS DURING A BUST AT A CITY RESIDENCE. COX'S SON TYLER IS CURRENTLY SERVING A FOUR AND A HALF YEAR SENTENCE IN PRISON FOR HIS PART IN THE INCIDENTS.


THE CALGARY OWNER OF A DOG THAT ATTACKED AND KILLED ANOTHER PET EARLIER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SLAPPED WITH A LARGE FINE. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN JANUARY, WHEN THE ANIMAL ESCAPED ITS YARD AND ENTERED A NEIGHBOUR'S, POUNCING ON ANOTHER DOG. THE INJURED ANIMAL LATER DIED. ANIMAL AND BYLAW SERVICES SAYS THE DOG WHO ATTACKED HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENT INCIDENTS, INCLUDING CHASING PEOPLE AND INJURING OTHER ANIMALS. THE ATTACK DOG WAS PUT DOWN IN FEBRUARY. ITS OWNER HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY $1,500, PLUS $1,700 IN RESTITUTION.

RED DEER COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A BRUSH FIRE ON THE C & E TRAIL SINCE BEFORE 4:00 THIS MORNING (OCT 24). ALTHOUGH THE BLAZE WAS UNDER CONTROL AROUND 5:00 AM, EMERGENCY CREWS ALSO HAVE SOME DOWNED POWER LINES IN THAT AREA TO CONTEND WITH.

MEMBERS OF A SOUTHERN ALBERTA FIRST NATION ARE SET TO VOTE ON A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HELP CLOSE THE RING ROAD AROUND CALGARY. THE TSUU T'INA (SOO-TEE'-NAH) BAND WILL CAST BALLOTS TODAY (OCT 24) FOR OR AGAINST A PACKAGE INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION ON THE SOUTHWEST LEG OF THE MAJOR ROUTE. IF APPROVED, THE DEAL COULD BRING THE FIRST NATION HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, PLUS COMPENSATION TO HELP WITH RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS OR BUSINESSES. A SIMILAR PACKAGE WAS REJECTED IN A 2009 VOTE, BUT ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION MINISTER RIC MCIVER SAYS UNFORTUNATE WORDING MADE THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL HARD TO ACCEPT.

THE C-E-O OF A COMPANY AT THE CENTRE OF A GROUND BEEF RECALL SAYS POSSIBLE E. COLI CONTAMINATION DIDN'T HAPPEN AT HIS TORONTO PLANT. DUFFY SMITH OF BELMONT MEATS SAYS THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY IS NOW CHECKING HIS BEEF SUPPLIERS.
LAST THURSDAY, THE ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH SAID THAT SOME OF THE RECALLED BEEF HAS BEEN LINKED TO NINE CONFIRMED CASES OF PEOPLE GETTING SICK FROM E. COLI IN THE PROVINCE. SMITH WON'T NAME HIS SUPPLIERS, BUT THE THREE MAIN BEEF-PROCESSING PLANTS IN THE COUNTRY INCLUDE TWO OPERATED BY CARGILL CANADA IN HIGH RIVER AND GUELPH, ONTARIO. THE OTHER IS THE J-B-S FOOD CANADA PLANT IN BROOKS FORMERLY OWNED BY X-L FOODS. THE PLANT WAS AT THE CENTRE OF THE LARGEST MEAT RECALL IN CANADIAN HISTORY LAST YEAR.

THE VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER WHO FLED TO SEATTLE AFTER VIOLATING HIS PAROLE IN CANADA IS FACING A NEW CHARGE IN THE UNITES STATES. BAIL FOR MICHAEL STANLEY HAS BEEN SET AT 100-THOUSAND-DOLLARS, AFTER STANLEY PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO A HARASSMENT CHARGE, WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED SOMEONE WHO ASKED HIM TO BE QUIET. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL WORKING TO RE-BOOK STANLEY ON MORE SERIOUS CHARGES, SAYING HE IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ASSAULTING A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING 81-MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR FACILITIES AND TRAILS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED IN SOME PROVINCIAL PARKS THAT WERE HIT BY JUNE'S DEVASTATING FLOOD. THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY, FISH CREEK AND WYNDHAM-CARSELAND PROVINCIAL PARKS, AS WELL AS THE OLDMAN DAM PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA.
OFFICIALS SAY THE FLOODING DESTROYED ABOUT 170 KILOMETRES OF PATHWAYS AND RECREATION TRAILS, WHILE MORE THAN 50 CAMPGROUNDS AND OVER 60 DAY-USE AREAS WERE DAMAGED. MONEY FOR THE REPAIRS WILL BE SPENT OVER FOUR YEARS.

THE NEWLY EXPANDED HIGHWAY 2A THROUGH THE CITY OF LACOMBE OFFICIALLY OPENED RECENTLY. ALTHOUGH THE PROJECT HAS BEEN MOSTLY DONE FOR THE PAST YEAR, CONSTRUCTION ON AN IMPORTANT SECTION AROUND THE TWO RAILWAY SECTIONS WRAPPED UP THIS PAST AUGUST.  THE ONCE RURAL ROAD HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN URBAN HIGHWAY, IMPROVING ACCESS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, BETTER TRAFFIC FLOWS AND INCREASED SAFETY. THE EXPANSION ADDED TRAFFIC LANES, UNDERGROUND STORM SEWERS, CONCRETE SIDEWALKS, CURBS AND GUTTERS WITH GREATLY ENHANCED SAFETY, ESPECIALLY FOR PEDESTRIANS.   THE OVER 19 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT CAME IN ALMOST THREE MILLION DOLLARS UNDER BUDGET.

ALL THE DUST IS SETTLING FROM MONDAY'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION. DRUMHELLER'S MAYOR, TERRY YEMEN WAS RETURNED TO THE POSITION FOR A SECOND TERM BY ACCLAMATION. HE SAYS THE RESULTS FOR COUNCIL WERE NOT TOO SURPRISING. HOWEVER, THE MAYOR SAYS HE WOULD HAVE LIKED A HIGHER TURNOUT PERCENTAGE FOR DRUMHELLER VOTERS. A COUNCILLOR SEMINAR IS BEING HELD THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY TO EDUCATE NEW MEMBERS ABOUT COUNCIL AND PROVIDE A REFRESHER FOR INCUMBANTS. INCUMBANT DRUMHELLER COUNCILORS RETURNING ARE JAY GARBUTT, TOM ZARISKI, LISA HANSEN-ZACHARUK, AND SHAREL SHOFF. THERE ARE TWO NEWCOMMERS... TARA MCMILLAN AND PATRICK KOLAFA.

MEANWHILE...IN YESTERDAY'S RECOUNT FOR MAYOR IN PONOKA. MONDAY'S VOTE STANDS. THE RECOUNT CONFIRMED THAT RICK BONNETT EDGED OUT DOUG GILL BY A SINGLE VOTE.

A REPORT HAS OUTLINED 54 RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. A RECENT SURVEY SHOWED THAT ALMOST 88 PER CENT OF STUDENTS FELT OVERWHELMED, WHILE MORE THAN HALF REPORTED FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS. ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENTS, ROBIN EVERALL SAYS ONE OF THE MOST SIMPLE RECOMMENDATIONS DEALT WITH RENAMING THE MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC AS A COUNSELING CENTRE. THE UNIVERSITY ALREADY HAS A "FURRY FRIENDS" PROGRAM WHERE STUDENTS CAN INTERACT WITH DOGS DURING EXAM WEEKS. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE DEVELOPING A CRISIS COUNSELING TEAM AND ENHANCING THE PROFILE OF CHAPLAINS AND OTHER SPIRITUAL SUPPORT.

YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND OUR REGION ARE GETTING SOME POSITIVE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING. CANADIAN COUNTRY SINGER, RYAN LAIRD WAS A VICTIM OF BULLYING IN SCHOOL AND HAS RECORDED A SONG ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE. LAIRD IS ALSO VISITING SCHOOLS ACROSS CANADA TO TALK ABOUT BULLYING. AND LAIRD HE LIKES TO GET THE STUDENTS INVOLVED INCLUDING BRINGING THEM ON STAGE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR BULLYING SITUATION. HE ALSO TELLS THEM THAT TO ACHIEVE HIS DREAM OF BEGIN A SONG WRITER AND COUNTRY MUSICIAN HE HAD TO LEAVE CANADA AND MOVE TO NASHVILLE.  RYAN LAIRD IS SPEAKING TO STUDENTS IN YOUNGSTOWN AND SURROUNDING AREA, TODAY (OCT 24) AT 12:30. HE'LL BE BACK IN HANNA FOR ANOTHER PRESENTATION, TONIGHT AT 7:30, AT THE HANNA CURLING CLUB.

 

 

TWO OF THREE CHILDREN ARE WELL ENOUGH TO LEAVE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING FRIDAY'S (OCT 25) SCHOOL BUS CRASH NEAR CROSSFIELD. CROSSFIELD MAYOR NATHAN ANDERSON SAYS THE PAIR MAY EVEN BE HOME ALREADY. HE SAYS THE THIRD CHILD, A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY, IS ALSO CONTINUING TO IMPROVE. HE SAYS THE BOY'S VITAL SIGNS ARE STABLE AND DOCTORS ARE KEEPING HIM SEDATED SO HIS BODY CAN HEAL. THE THREE WERE RUSHED TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY WITH CRITICAL INJURIES AFTER THE BUS COLLIDED FRIDAY WITH A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK AT A RURAL INTERSECTION WITH TOWNSHIP ROAD 2-90 AND HIGHWAY 7-91, NEAR CROSSFIELD. SIX OTHER CHILDREN AND THE FEMALE BUS DRIVER ALSO WENT TO HOSPITAL WITH LESS SERIOUS INJURIES. RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

CALGARY CITY POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A  FATAL HIT-AND-RUN FROM EARLIER THIS MONTH. IN THE EARLY HOURS OF  OCTOBER 16TH, A 26-YEAR-OLD MALE PEDESTRIAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED IN THE 31 HUNDRED BLOCK OF 17TH AVENUE SOUTH-EAST. POLICE FOUND A VEHICLE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY WITH NO DRIVER, BUT THE VEHICLE'S REGISTRATION WAS RECOVERED. THE VEHICLE'S OWNER WAS TRACKED TO A RESIDENCE IN CHESTERMERE, WHERE 40 YEAR OLD JULIA MARIE MCMILLAN TURNED UP A FEW HOURS LATER. THE WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH HIT AND RUN CAUSING DEATH. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVED ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.

OVERCROWDING AT CHINOOKS EDGE SCHOOLS IN SYLVAN LAKE IS BECOMING A GROWING CONCERN.  SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION,  KURT SACHER WHO SAYS IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE NOW TRYING TO MEET WITH THE EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTERS ABOUT THE ISSUE DIRECTLY. HE SAYS THEY NEED A NEW KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 8 SCHOOL IN SYLVAN LAKE THAT COULD ACCOMODATE 500 OR MORE STUDENTS, ADDING IT'S BEEN THEIR TOP PRIORITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS SO THE PROVINCE IS WELL AWARE OF THEIR NEED.  SACHER SAYS OVERCROWDING IN THEIR SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS IS TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE USING STAFF ROOMS AND LIBRAIRIES AS CLASSROOM SPACE. HOWEVER, HE ADDS THEY'RE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT GETTING A POSITIVE RESPONE FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE CHINOOK'S EDGE OFFICIALS ARE NOW TRYING TO MEET WITH THE EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTERS ABOUT THE ISSUE DIRECTLY.

THE FALL SESSION OF THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE BEGINNING YESTERDAY (OCT 28) AND THE ALISON REDFORD GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A BILL TO LEGISLATE PROMISED CHANGES TO MITIGATE DAMAGE FROM FLOODS LIKE THE ONES THAT RAVAGED PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA THIS SUMMER. THE LAW WOULD STOP FURTHER BUILDING IN FLOODWAYS, REDUCE PAYOUTS FOR DAMAGE IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS AND ENSURE HOMEBUYERS KNEW IF THEIR PROPERTY WAS ELIGIBLE FOR FLOOD ASSISTANCE. MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS THE BILL IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE ALBERTANS ARE BETTER PROTECTED FROM FUTURE FLOODS. RAGING WATER IN AND AROUND CALGARY IN JUNE DISPLACED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE. DRUMHELLER AND FORT MCMURRAY WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THE RULES BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY BUILT ON FLOODWAYS AND HAVE ALREADY TAKEN SUITABLE PREVENTION MEASURES.

IT IS TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO PROCESS DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE CLAIMS FILED BY ALBERTANS FOR DAMAGE FROM THE JUNE FLOODS. THE PROVINCE HAS PUT 2,500 CLAIMS ON HOLD. A FLOOD TASK FORCE OFFICIAL SAYS THE PROBLEM IS THAT SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO DO CLAIM ASSESSMENTS. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT HAS BEEN MEETING WITH THE COMPANIES IN THE HOPE OF DEALING WITH THE BACKLOG. MORE THAN 1,300 PEOPLE REMAIN OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

SO FAR LESS THAN 10 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE JUNE FLOODS HAVE DECIDED TO ACCEPT A GOVERNMENT OFFER TO BUY THEM OUT.
OF THE 250 ELIGIBLE PEOPLE IN THE FLOODWAY ZONE, 22 HAVE ACCEPTED THE OFFER TO MOVE IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH. THE COST OF THE BUYOUTS TO DATE IS $13.8 MILLION. AN ALBERTA FLOOD TASK FORCE OFFICIAL SAYS ANOTHER 67 PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE RELOCATION PROGRAM. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS ZONE THAT WAS MOST AFFECTED BY THE DEVASTATING FLOODS HAVE UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER TO APPLY. HOMEOWNERS WHO SAY NO TO THE PROGRAM AND STAY PUT WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER MONEY IF ANOTHER FLOOD HITS.

THE RED DEER RCMP PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLIANCE TEAM VISITED OVER A DOZEN LOCAL BARS ON THE WEEKEND TO SEE IF THEY'RE FOLLOWING THE RULES.  THE TEAM IS MADE UP OF LOCAL MOUNTIES, EMERGENCY SERVICES, LIQUOR AND GAMING, CITY OF RED DEER LICENSING, AS WELL AS ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS. THEY  CONDUCT SEVERAL UNANNOUNCED VISITS TO LOCAL DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. ON FRIDAY (OCT. 25TH) THE TEAM CHECKED THIRTEEN RED DEER BARS AND FOUND A NOTICEABLE IMPROVED IN BUSINESSES FOLLOWING THE RULES AND PROTOCOLS. THE UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES IS CONTINUING IT'S OCTOBER BLOOD DRIVE IN ALBERTA AND THEY NEED MUCH MORE HELP TO REACH THEIR DONATION GOAL FOR THIS MONTH. SPOKESPERSON TANYA PAUL SAYS THEY'RE HOPING TO COLLECT 1,088 BLOOD DONATIONS THIS MONTH AND THEY'RE CURRENTLY SITTING AT JUST OVER 900. IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE, MAKE SURE YOU'RE RESTED, NOT SICK, DRINK LOTS OF WATER BEFORE HAND AND HAVE A FULL STOMACH. FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEAREST BLOOD DONOR CLINIC AND TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 1-888-TO-DONATE.

ITS BEEN A YEAR OF CELEBRATION FOR DUCKS UNLIMITED IN ALBERTA--AS THEY'RE MARKING THEIR 75TH ANNIVERSARY. SPOKESPERSON MAUREEN SCHNIRER (SCHNEER) SAYS THEY HIT A MILESTONE THIS YEAR--THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF A VERY LARGE CONSERVATION AREA WHICH IS THE "SHELL-BUFFALO HILLS RANCH" SOUTH OF CALGARY. THE LAND WAS BOUGHT IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR ALONG WITH HELP FROM SHELL. IT'S A WORKING RANCH WITH CATTLE GRAZING ON IT, PLUS IT'S ALSO A "CONSERVATION AREA" . DUCKS UNLIMITED IN ALBERTA  IS HOLDING ITS FINAL DIAMOND GALA OF THE YEAR IN EDMONTON, WHICH GOES ON NOVEMBER 14TH. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT 780-489-2002.

A PROJECT TO TURN OILSANDS OFF-GAS INTO A FEEDSTOCK FOR PLASTIC PRODUCERS IS ALMOST READY FOR STARTUP. THE PRESIDENT OF WILLIAMS ENERGY CANADA SAYS MECHANICAL WORK ON THE PROJECT WHICH INVOLVES EXPANSIONS TO ITS FACILITIES IN FORT MCMURRAY AND REDWATER IS NEARLY COMPLETE. DAVID CHAPPELL SAYS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WILLIAMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO REMOVE ETHANE FROM THE MIXTURE OF GASES THAT ARE A BYPRODUCT OF THE OILSANDS UPGRADING PROCESS. ORDINARILY THAT GAS WOULD BE BURNED AS AN ENERGY SOURCE, BUT WILLIAMS SAYS IT'S MORE VALUABLE TO SELL IT TO PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES THAT CAN TURN IT INTO PLASTIC PRODUCTS. SOME ETHANE AND ETHYLENE THAT'S EXTRACTED WITH THIS PROJECT WILL BE SENT TO NOVA CHEMICALS' FACILITIES IN JOFFRE, JUST EAST OF RED DEER. WILLIAMS HAS INVESTED BETWEEN $450 MILLION AND $500 MILLION ON THE PROJECT OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

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A man was in critical condition last night in a Calgary hospital after his vehicle went into the water at the Ghost Reservoir in Waiperous.
Some people on A-T-Vs spotted the unresponsive man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, in the water Tuesday afternoon (OCT 29) and called 9-1-1. The pair then pulled the man from the river and began C-P-R until emergency crews arrived.
Cochrane Fire Duty Captain Jory Jenson says the man's heart was stopped when he was pulled from the water, but he was hypothermic, which gave them a chance to revive him. R-C-M-P are investigating how the man and his vehicle ended up in the water.

ALBERTA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A 67 YEAR OLD MAN WHO DIED ON A JOB SITE LAST WEEK. OHS SAYS HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY RUN OVER BY HIS OWN WATER TRUCK AFTER  HE STOPPED THE VEHICLE TO CLOSE A GATE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TRUCKS BREAK WAS NOT ENGAGED. THE MAN'S NAME WAS NOT REVEALED BUT HE WAS WORKING FOR RW MILLAR DRILLING. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST NORTH OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 22.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG BUST IN HOBBEMA LAST NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTING TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS  WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CARRYING OUT THE CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 PM.

The Alberta government is on the road to new traffic rules that will allow it to designate lanes for specific uses on provincial highways.
Transportation Minister Ric McIver says coming legislation will help address issues such as priority bus lanes and lanes for slow-moving vehicles. The change is aimed at solving problems with clogged and slow moving traffic, particularly in Fort McMurray, Calgary and Red Deer. McIver also says the bill will let municipalities set their own rules for reduced speeds around school and playground zones.

Alberta's transportation minister says the province is looking at stiffening penalties for drivers caught talking or texting behind the wheel. Ric McIver (muh-KYE'-vuhr) says two years after passing legislation to crack down on distracted drivers, too many people are still breaking the law. The current penalty for violators is 172 dollars with no demerit points.
McIver says the government is seeking changes, but would stop short of seizing vehicles. Calgary police say that during the first eight months of 2013, there were more than 470 crashes where distractive driving was a factor.

A study that has been tracking brain-injured patients in southern Alberta for more than a decade says survival rates have improved. The study by the University of Calgary says roughly seven out of 10 patients with critical head injuries now survive up 10 per cent from 12 years ago.
 Researchers also conclude that people with brain injuries are more likely to return home without requiring any long-term medical care. The study followed nearly 4,100 patients in Calgary's adult intensive care units. Head trauma and stroke are the primary cause of admission for about one in six ICU patients. The database used allowed researchers to track each patient's admission diagnosis and daily condition.

THE BADLANDS SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION BASED IN DRUMHELLER IS PICKING SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDS. THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HANDING OUT SOME MONEY YESTERAY (OCT 29) FROM ITS "WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR LEGACY FUND". A CHEQUE FOR 2,970 DOLLARS GOING TO THE RESCUE ASSOCIATION. DIRECTOR AND FUNDRAISER CO-ORDINATOR, KELLIE SMITH SAYS THE MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED TO UPGRADE THEIR TWO WAY RADIO SYSTEM.
SHE SAYS THIS WILL HELP COVER THREE/QUARTERS OF THE COST OF THE RADIOS, WITH SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY FROM ENCANA. TOTAL COST OF THE NEW SYSTEM WILL BE AROUND 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE RADIOS ARE SPECIALIZED AS THEY WILL WORK WELL IN ROUGH TERRAIN AND VALLEYS.  THE BADLANDS SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION HAS MEMBERS FROM DRUMHELLER, HANNA, ROCKYFORD, STRATHMORE, AND SURROUNDING AREA. THE DRUMHELLER CHAMBER'S "WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR LEGACY FUND" IS BULT WITH A PORTION OF PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE GIANT TOURIST ATTRACTION. LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING, WITH MONEY HANDED OUT TWICE A YEAR. 

OCTOBER IS JUST ABOUT DONE, BUT ANOTHER REMINDER THAT THIS IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
AND ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES ALSO WANTS REMIND YOU THAT THEY HAVE A MOBILE Breast Screening Program GOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY HAVE TWO Mobile Mammography UNITS TRAVELING AROUND ALBERTA, ESPECIALLY TO REMOTE AND RURAL AREAS.
Community Coordinator, Harmony McRae SAYS THE SCREENING TestS ARE VERY VALUABLE DON'T TAKE LONG AT ALL. A MAMOGRAM IS AN X-RAY OF THE BREAST TISSUE AND CAN FIND ABNORMALITIES IN THE TISSUE 2 TO 3 YEARS BEFORE A CANCER CAN BE FELT WHEN DOING A PHYSICAL CHECK WITH YOUR HANDS. TO FIND OUT WHEN THE MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT WILL BE IN YOUR AREA OR To make an appointment, call 1-800-667-0604.
One of the biggest agricultural networking events in ALBERTA TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK IN EDMONTON.

the 40th annual Farm Fair International is ready to go next week. and Event Manager Dave Fiddler says they get a lot of feedback from their visitors--especially when it comes to the quality of the cattle on display. FARM FAIR hAS AMBASSADORS IN MANY OVERSEAS COUNTRIES THAT SEEK PRODUCERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING CANADIAN GENETICS. THE OVERSEAS BUYERS ARE BROUGHT TO EDMONTON TO FARM FAIR INTERNATIONAL AND READY TO DO BUSINESS. LAST YEAR, ONE EXHIBITOR SOLD OVER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF SEMEN AND EMBRYOES AT THE SHOW. FarmFair runs November 3rd to 10th at Edmonton Northlands.

A BIG AWARD FOR THE CITY OF LACOMBE. THE CITY AND IT'S EDMONTON-BASED LAND USE PLANNING AND DESIGN CONSULTING FIRM HAVE BEEN HONOURED WITH AN AWARD OF MERIT FOR THEIR DOWNTOWN AREA REDEVELOPMENT AND URBAN DESIGN PLAN. OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY SAY THEY WERE RECOGNIZED AT THE ANNUAL ALBERTA PROFESSIONAL PLANNER'S INSTITUTE IN JASPER RECENTLY.

 


 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN A CREEK WEST OF CALGARY EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS DIED. COCHRANE RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE RANCHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY (OCT 29) TO AN AREA NORTH WEST OF COCHRANE ON WAIPAROUS CREEK, WHEN TWO HUNTERS FOUND A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE IN THE WATER WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE NEARBY. THE VICTIM WAS SENT TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY BY STARS BUT DIED LATER. POLICE HAVE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS DELIBERATELY DRIVEN INTO THE CREEK . THE DRIVER THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND TRIED TO CLIMB UP A BANK, BUY MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO HYPOTHERMIA. AN AUTOPSY WAS CARRIED OUT YESTERDAY (OCT 30) TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MOUNTIES MADE A BIG DRIG BUST IN HOBBEMA TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 29) DURING A ROUTINE CHECK STOP. WHILE CHECKING A VEHICLE WITH TWO MALES INSIDE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF CASH WAS FOUND. POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND THEY'RE BOTH FACING CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING.  BOTH MEN ARE KNOWN TO POLICE AND ARE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS. WETASKIWIN, PONOKA AND MASKWACIS RCMP CONDUCTED A CHECKSTOP ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION TOWNSITE AROUND 8:30 TUESDAY EVENING.

ALBERTA'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED IN WORSENING WAIT TIMES AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. NUMBERS SHOW ONLY 39 PER CENT OF ADMITTED PATIENTS WERE ASSESSED AND TREATED WITHIN AN 8 HOUR TARGET. THIS IS DOWN FROM 43 PER CENT LAST YEAR. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THERE ISN'T ENOUGH INFORMATION TO SAY WHAT'S BEHIND THE GROWING WAIT TIMES. HE SAYS PRIMARY CARE IS VITAL AND WANTS PEOPLE TO GET CITIZEN ATTACHED TO A HEALTH TEAM FOR THEIR "EVERYDAY HEALTH CARE NEEDS", SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO TIE UP EMERGENCY ROOMS WITH MINOR ISSUES. HORNE SAYS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PUT MORE MONEY INTO HOMECARE TO GET PATIENTS OUT OF HOSPITAL MORE QUICKLY TO FREE UP BEDS.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO GIVE ITSELF SWEEPING POWERS TO SHAPE AND DICTATE REGIONAL PLANNING, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO TOSS DISSENTING ELECTED LEADERS IN JAIL. BILL 28, INTRODUCED MONDAY, ALLOWS PREMIER ALISON REDFORD'S CABINET TO SET UP GROWTH BOARDS TO ADDRESS THE SHARED NEEDS OF MUNICIPALITIES CLUSTERED CLOSE TOGETHER. THE BILL GIVES CABINET THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE GROWTH BOARDS, WHO SITS ON THEM, WHO WILL RUN THEM AND WHAT THEIR MANDATES WILL BE. THE BOARD MUST CREATE A GROWTH PLAN, BUT CABINET CAN SET THE OBJECTIVES, CONTENT AND TIMELINES. ANY DECISIONS MADE BY THE GROWTH BOARDS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER.
MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE GROWTH PLANS, AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REFUSE TO PROVIDE PAPERWORK TO THE BOARDS ARE SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM $10,000 FINE OR A YEAR IN JAIL.

COTTAGE OWNERS AT A GOLF RESORT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE LEARNED THAT THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED AND MANY ARE UPSET THAT THEIR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE WILL BE LOST. THE HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT HAS OPERATED ON SIKSIKA NATION LAND FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS BUT WILL CEASE TO EXIST AS OF TODAY (OCT 31), WHEN THE CURRENT LEASE EXPIRES. RESIDENTS OF THE RESORT AND THE FIRST NATION TRIED TO RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM LEASE LAST YEAR BUT BAND MEMBERS VOTED DOWN THE DEAL. THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 COTTAGES AT THE RESORT ON SIKSIKA LAND, AND MANY WERE DESTROYED IN THE JUNE FLOODING. MOST PEOPLE WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION BECAUSE THE PROVINCE WON'T PAY FOR VACATION HOMES LOST IN THE FLOOD.

A GROWING POPULATION MEANS SOME ALBERTANS WILL BE DIALING A NEW AREA CODE IN A FEW YEARS. THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE 825 CODE MAY BE ASSIGNED TO NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE STARTING IN APRIL 2016. EXISTING CUSTOMERS WILL KEEP THE AREA CODES THEY HAVE NOW. THE PROVINCE'S CURRENT CODES ARE 403, 780 AND 587. BUT THE CRTC SAYS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO RUN OUT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY JULY 2016.  TEN-DIGIT LOCAL DIALING BECAME MANDATORY IN ALBERTA FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE TOWN OF STETTLER HAS RECEIVED THEIR MARKS FOR THIS YEAR'S COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COMPETITION. STETTLER BROUGHT HOME 5 BLOOMS OUT OF 5 IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. THE TOWN ALSO WAS A FINALIST FOR THE LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENT ACTION CATEGORIES. THE 2013 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND AWARDS, HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, IN OTTAWA-GATINEAU WERE HANDED OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM CHALLENGE INVOLVES WINNERS FROM DIFFERENT NATIONAL PROGRAMS: BRITAIN IN BLOOM, AMERICA IN BLOOM, TIDY TOWNS OF IRELAND, AND JAPAN IN BLOOM.

THE STREETS  ACROSS CANADA WILL BE FILLED WITH GHOSTS AND GOBLINS TONIGHT (OCT 31) AS THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR IN SEARCH OF CANDY. RCMP CORPORAL SARAH KNELSEN SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR DRIVERS, PARENTS AND "TRICK OR TREATERS". KNELSEN SAYS DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN, PARENTS SHOULD INSPECT THE CANDY TO ENSURE IT IS NOT TAMPERED WITH AND THE KIDS SHOULD TRY TO WEAR AT LEAST SOME REFLECTIVE CLOTHING, TRAVEL IN GROUPS, AND USE THE CROSSWALKS. PARENTS SHOULD USE MAKE-UP ON THEIR KIDS INSTEAD OF WEARING A MASK, AS IT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR FIELD OF VISION.

EDMONTON'S NEW MAYOR DON IVESON IS WEARING HIS SIZE-15 COWBOY BOOTS AND BLACK STETSON TO PROMOTE THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" WHICH GOES THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL. EVEN THOUGH THE CANADIAN FINALS RODEO STILL HAS THREE YEARS REMAINING IN ITS CONTRACT, MAYOR IVESON SAYS HE'S DETERMINED TO SEE IT STAYS IN THE CITY OF EDMONTON. HE SAYS THE BIG EVENT CONNECTS THE CITY WITH RURAL PEOPLE AND TRADING PARTNERS IN WESTERN CANADA. HE SAYS WHOLE WEEK IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY OF EDMONTON AND SURROUNDING AREA. LEADING INTO FARMFAIR INTERNATIONAL AND THE CFR, THE "RIVER CITY ROUNDUP" GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW (NOV 1) WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF IN EDMONTON'S CHURCHILL SQUARE.

 

 

EMERGENCY PERSONNEL IN CALGARY HAD A BUSY WEEKEND WHEN THE CITY RECEIVED MORE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THERE WERE 187 CRASHES BETWEEN SUPPER TIME SATURDAY AND 9:00 SUNDAY NIGHT, WITH MINOR INJURIES IN 16 OF THEM. DRIVING CONDITIONS WERE POOR ON HIGHWAY TWO NORTH OF CALGARY, WHILE POLICE WERE ALSO BUSY ON THE ROADS IN AND AROUND EDMONTON. CALGARY GOT ABOUT 15 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW WHILE THE CAPITAL REGIONAL WAS HIT WITH ABOUT EIGHT TO 15, BUT SOME OUTLYING AREAS GOT MORE THAN 20 CENTIMETRES. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS ALONE 21 CENTIMETRES OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT, THE HIGHEST AMOUNT IN THE PROVINCE. THE RCMP SAYS HIGHWAY 2 FROM RED DEER TO DISBURY IS AN EXTREME HAZARD WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW PACKED AREAS. ALL HIGHWAYS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE NOT IDEAL FOR TRAVEL, THE BEST BET TODAY WOULD BE TO STAY HOME.

 THE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR MANY SCHOOLS AROUND OUR REGION. MANY SCHOOL BUSES DID NOT RUN DUE TO QUESTIONABLE ROAD CONDITIONS.  ALL BUSES IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, BOTH RURAL AND URBAN DID NOT RUN. HOWEVER, SCHOOLS IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE DIVISION WERE STILL OPEN. IN THE PRAIRIELAND SCHOOL DIVISION....SEVERAL CANCELLATIONS INCLUDING NO BUSES TO VETERAN SCHOOL,  CONSORT SCHOOL,  AND  NO BUSES TO ALTARIO SCHOOL. ALSO, ALL SCHOOL BUSES GOING TO HANNA WERE DELAYED THIS MORNING UNTIL THE ROADS ARE CLEARED. IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION. ALL RURAL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED (INCLUDING BLACKFALDS) BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.  INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOLS WERE OPEN. OLDS (HOLY TRINITY) SCHOOL..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN. AS WELL ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE SCHOOLS HAD NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN.

VULCAN RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE  A FATAL CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2) AROUND 8:25, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 23 NEAR TOWNSHIP ROAD 1-64 SOUTH OF VULCAN. THE VULCAN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMS ALSO RESPONDING. POLICE SAY IT APPEARS A NORTHBOUND PICKUP TRUCK DRIFTED INTO  THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, INTO THE PATH OF AN SUV. WHILE THE SUV SERVED, THE PICKUP TRUCK THEN CORRECTED BACK INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE STRIKING THE SUV HEAD ON. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST IN THE EAST DITCH, WITH THE PICKUP TRUCK BECOMING ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE FEMALE DRIVER OF THE SUV, DIED AT THE SCENE. A FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE SUV, WAS TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WAS THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE HALF TON TRUCK. HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY STARS TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION. POLICE SAY ALCOHOL AND ROAD CONDITIONS WERE NOT A FACTOR IN THIS CRASH.

A TAXI CAB CUSTOMER IS DEAD AFTER A 2 VEHICLE COLLISION IN EAST RED DEER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2). THE COLLISION HAPPENED AT ABOUT 3:30 WHEN A TAXI CAB WAS STOPPED AT SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS HEADING NORTH BOUND. THE CAB WAS REAR ENDED BY A TRUCK. IMPACT CAUSED THE TRUCK TO ROLL ON IT'S SIDE AND BLOCK TRAFFIC. THE PASSENGER RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAB WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED ON SCENE.  HE'S BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 33 YEAR OLD JONATHON DAVID WOOD OF RED DEER. THE DRIVERS OF THE CAB AND TRUCK WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, BUT THERE WERE BOTH TREATED AND RELEASED. 18 YEAR OLD TYLER WILSON OF BROOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (MON) IN RED DEER PROVINCIEAL COURT.

SIX ICE CLIMBERS WEST OF CALGARY WERE LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES AFTER SOME OF THEM GOT BURIED BY AN AVALANCHE ON THE WEEKEND.
MIKE KOPPANG, A PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIALIST WITH KANANASKIS COUNTRY, SAYS THE SLIDE HAPPENED ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) JUST AS THE SIX WERE DISCUSSING WHETHER OR NOT TO CONTINUE CLIMBING DUE TO DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. KOPPANG SAYS ONE CLIMBER WAS BURIED UP TO HIS CHEST IN SNOW WHILE ANOTHER WAS LEFT WITH ONLY HER FOOT STICKING OUT.
HE SAYS THE OTHER CLIMBERS WERE ABLE TO FREE THE WOMAN IN ABOUT 90 SECONDS.

RCMP FROM OKOTOKS AND HIGH RIVER MAKING SOME ARRESTS RECENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT INVOLVING TRAFFICKING OF STOLEN FIREARMS. MOUNTIES EXCUTING A SEARCH WARRANT AT RURAL HOME NORTH-EAST OF OKOTOKS IN THE MD OF FOOTHILLS ON OCTOBER 26TH. OFFICERS ARRESTING FOUR PEOPLE, CHARGING THREE WITH A VARIETY OF OFFENCES. 33 YEAR OLD LINDSEY CHARLTON IS FACING TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN PROPERTY AND DRUG RELATED CHARGES. A 21 YEAR OLD MALE AND 45 YEAR OLD FEMALE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. THE 21 YEAR OLD ALSO HAS 13 OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST FROM SEVERAL POLICE FORCES. OFFICERS SEIZING A NUMBER OF FIREARMS, ALLEGEDLY STOLEN BACK IN AUGUST FROM A RESIDENCE IN RED DEER.

THE TOWN OF BASSANO HAS ITS NEW COUNCIL IN PLACE. SIX COUNCILORS WERE ELECTED IN OCTOBER'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION, AND AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING WAS HELD RECENTLY WHERE COUNCILORS SELECTED TOM ROSE ONCE AGAIN AS THE MAYOR OF BASSANO. ROSE SAYS THERE ARE QUITE A FEW ITEMS TO BE TACKLED OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. HE'D LIKE TO SEE THE NEW DEVELOPMENT NORTH OF THE BASSANO GOLF COURSE TAKE SHAPE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. MAYOR ROSE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME PLANS PRESENTED TO COUNCIL BEFORE END OF THE YEAR (2013) AND EVENTUALLY SOME CONSTRUCTION TO START SOMETIME IN 2014. HE SAYS GETTING THE REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM TO BASSANO IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT. RIC BEDDOES WAS CHOSEN AS BASSANO'S DEPUTY...THE FOUR OTHER COUNCILORS ARE ED MAURER, KYLE MARKS, DOUG BARLOW, AND BERNARD GIBEAU.

A MAJOR MODERNIZATION PROJECT IS NOW UNDERWAY AT DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN PONOKA. WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION SPOKESMAN JOE HENDERSON SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS ALREADY BEEN GUTTED SO THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG NICELY. HE SAYS THE PROJECT IS IN THE EARLY STAGES WITH DEMOLITION TAKING PLACE AND ASBESTOS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL BEING REMOVED. HE SAYS THEY ARE STILL USING THE GYM AND ALLOWING THE PONOKA COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL TO USE IT FOR PROGRAMS UNTIL THE HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM IS COMPLETE. HENDERSON SAYS RENOVATIONS TO DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOULD BE DONE FOR SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE WRAPPED UP THEIR POLICY CONVENTION IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) AFTER VOTING IN FAVOUR OF POLICIES THAT TOUCH ON ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND LABOUR RIGHTS. THE RANK-AND-FILE APPROVED A MOTION CONDEMNING SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION, AND ANOTHER SAYING THE PARTY WILL NOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE EUTHANASIA OR ASSISTED SUICIDE. DELEGATES ALSO SUPPORTED POLICIES TO RESTRICT THE REACH OF UNIONS. IN ADDITION, THE HEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY'S FINANCES ASSURED DELEGATES THEIR DONATIONS WERE NOT USED TO PAY OFF SENATOR MIKE DUFFY'S CONTESTED EXPENSES. 

THE EDMONTON ESKIMOS HAVE FIRED HEAD COACH KAVIS REED TODAY (NOV 4). THE MOVE COMES AFTER A DISAPPOINTING 4-14 SEASON THAT INCLUDED JUST ONE WIN IN NINE HOME GAMES. A FORMER ESKIMOS DEFENSIVE BACK, REED ENDS HIS COACHING CAREER IN EDMONTON WITH A 22-32 RECORD. GENERAL MANAGER ED HERVEY RELEASED A SHORT STATEMENT THIS MORNING THANKING REED FOR HIS ``DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OVER THE PAST THREE SEASONS.''  REED'S FUTURE WAS IN DOUBT FOLLOWING THE ESKIMOS' DISMAL CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.


 

EMERGENCY PERSONNEL IN CALGARY HAD A BUSY WEEKEND WHEN THE CITY RECEIVED MORE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THERE WERE 187 CRASHES BETWEEN SUPPER TIME SATURDAY AND 9:00 SUNDAY NIGHT, WITH MINOR INJURIES IN 16 OF THEM. DRIVING CONDITIONS WERE POOR ON HIGHWAY TWO NORTH OF CALGARY, WHILE POLICE WERE ALSO BUSY ON THE ROADS IN AND AROUND EDMONTON. CALGARY GOT ABOUT 15 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW WHILE THE CAPITAL REGIONAL WAS HIT WITH ABOUT EIGHT TO 15, BUT SOME OUTLYING AREAS GOT MORE THAN 20 CENTIMETRES. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS ALONE 21 CENTIMETRES OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT, THE HIGHEST AMOUNT IN THE PROVINCE. THE RCMP SAYS HIGHWAY 2 FROM RED DEER TO DISBURY IS AN EXTREME HAZARD WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW PACKED AREAS. ALL HIGHWAYS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE NOT IDEAL FOR TRAVEL, THE BEST BET TODAY WOULD BE TO STAY HOME.

 THE SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR MANY SCHOOLS AROUND OUR REGION. MANY SCHOOL BUSES DID NOT RUN DUE TO QUESTIONABLE ROAD CONDITIONS.  ALL BUSES IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, BOTH RURAL AND URBAN DID NOT RUN. HOWEVER, SCHOOLS IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE DIVISION WERE STILL OPEN. IN THE PRAIRIELAND SCHOOL DIVISION....SEVERAL CANCELLATIONS INCLUDING NO BUSES TO VETERAN SCHOOL,  CONSORT SCHOOL,  AND  NO BUSES TO ALTARIO SCHOOL. ALSO, ALL SCHOOL BUSES GOING TO HANNA WERE DELAYED THIS MORNING UNTIL THE ROADS ARE CLEARED. IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL DIVISION. ALL RURAL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED (INCLUDING BLACKFALDS) BUT THE SCHOOLS ARE OPEN.  INNISFAIL AND SYLVAN LAKE SCHOOLS..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOLS WERE OPEN. OLDS (HOLY TRINITY) SCHOOL..ALL SCHOOL BUSES WERE CANCELLED BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN. AS WELL ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE SCHOOLS HAD NO SCHOOL BUSES RUNNING BUT THE SCHOOL WAS OPEN.

VULCAN RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE  A FATAL CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2) AROUND 8:25, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 23 NEAR TOWNSHIP ROAD 1-64 SOUTH OF VULCAN. THE VULCAN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMS ALSO RESPONDING. POLICE SAY IT APPEARS A NORTHBOUND PICKUP TRUCK DRIFTED INTO  THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, INTO THE PATH OF AN SUV. WHILE THE SUV SERVED, THE PICKUP TRUCK THEN CORRECTED BACK INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE STRIKING THE SUV HEAD ON. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST IN THE EAST DITCH, WITH THE PICKUP TRUCK BECOMING ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE FEMALE DRIVER OF THE SUV, DIED AT THE SCENE. A FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE SUV, WAS TRANSPORTED TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WAS THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE HALF TON TRUCK. HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY STARS TO CALGARY FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION. POLICE SAY ALCOHOL AND ROAD CONDITIONS WERE NOT A FACTOR IN THIS CRASH.

A TAXI CAB CUSTOMER IS DEAD AFTER A 2 VEHICLE COLLISION IN EAST RED DEER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (NOV 2). THE COLLISION HAPPENED AT ABOUT 3:30 WHEN A TAXI CAB WAS STOPPED AT SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS HEADING NORTH BOUND. THE CAB WAS REAR ENDED BY A TRUCK. IMPACT CAUSED THE TRUCK TO ROLL ON IT'S SIDE AND BLOCK TRAFFIC. THE PASSENGER RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAB WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED ON SCENE.  HE'S BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 33 YEAR OLD JONATHON DAVID WOOD OF RED DEER. THE DRIVERS OF THE CAB AND TRUCK WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, BUT THERE WERE BOTH TREATED AND RELEASED. 18 YEAR OLD TYLER WILSON OF BROOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (MON) IN RED DEER PROVINCIEAL COURT.

SIX ICE CLIMBERS WEST OF CALGARY WERE LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES AFTER SOME OF THEM GOT BURIED BY AN AVALANCHE ON THE WEEKEND.
MIKE KOPPANG, A PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIALIST WITH KANANASKIS COUNTRY, SAYS THE SLIDE HAPPENED ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) JUST AS THE SIX WERE DISCUSSING WHETHER OR NOT TO CONTINUE CLIMBING DUE TO DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. KOPPANG SAYS ONE CLIMBER WAS BURIED UP TO HIS CHEST IN SNOW WHILE ANOTHER WAS LEFT WITH ONLY HER FOOT STICKING OUT.
HE SAYS THE OTHER CLIMBERS WERE ABLE TO FREE THE WOMAN IN ABOUT 90 SECONDS.

RCMP FROM OKOTOKS AND HIGH RIVER MAKING SOME ARRESTS RECENTLY IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT INVOLVING TRAFFICKING OF STOLEN FIREARMS. MOUNTIES EXCUTING A SEARCH WARRANT AT RURAL HOME NORTH-EAST OF OKOTOKS IN THE MD OF FOOTHILLS ON OCTOBER 26TH. OFFICERS ARRESTING FOUR PEOPLE, CHARGING THREE WITH A VARIETY OF OFFENCES. 33 YEAR OLD LINDSEY CHARLTON IS FACING TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN PROPERTY AND DRUG RELATED CHARGES. A 21 YEAR OLD MALE AND 45 YEAR OLD FEMALE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. THE 21 YEAR OLD ALSO HAS 13 OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST FROM SEVERAL POLICE FORCES. OFFICERS SEIZING A NUMBER OF FIREARMS, ALLEGEDLY STOLEN BACK IN AUGUST FROM A RESIDENCE IN RED DEER.

THE TOWN OF BASSANO HAS ITS NEW COUNCIL IN PLACE. SIX COUNCILORS WERE ELECTED IN OCTOBER'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION, AND AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING WAS HELD RECENTLY WHERE COUNCILORS SELECTED TOM ROSE ONCE AGAIN AS THE MAYOR OF BASSANO. ROSE SAYS THERE ARE QUITE A FEW ITEMS TO BE TACKLED OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. HE'D LIKE TO SEE THE NEW DEVELOPMENT NORTH OF THE BASSANO GOLF COURSE TAKE SHAPE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. MAYOR ROSE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME PLANS PRESENTED TO COUNCIL BEFORE END OF THE YEAR (2013) AND EVENTUALLY SOME CONSTRUCTION TO START SOMETIME IN 2014. HE SAYS GETTING THE REGIONAL WATER SYSTEM TO BASSANO IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT. RIC BEDDOES WAS CHOSEN AS BASSANO'S DEPUTY...THE FOUR OTHER COUNCILORS ARE ED MAURER, KYLE MARKS, DOUG BARLOW, AND BERNARD GIBEAU.

A MAJOR MODERNIZATION PROJECT IS NOW UNDERWAY AT DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN PONOKA. WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION SPOKESMAN JOE HENDERSON SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS ALREADY BEEN GUTTED SO THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG NICELY. HE SAYS THE PROJECT IS IN THE EARLY STAGES WITH DEMOLITION TAKING PLACE AND ASBESTOS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIAL BEING REMOVED. HE SAYS THEY ARE STILL USING THE GYM AND ALLOWING THE PONOKA COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL TO USE IT FOR PROGRAMS UNTIL THE HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM IS COMPLETE. HENDERSON SAYS RENOVATIONS TO DIAMOND WILLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOULD BE DONE FOR SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE WRAPPED UP THEIR POLICY CONVENTION IN CALGARY ON SATURDAY (NOV 2) AFTER VOTING IN FAVOUR OF POLICIES THAT TOUCH ON ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND LABOUR RIGHTS. THE RANK-AND-FILE APPROVED A MOTION CONDEMNING SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION, AND ANOTHER SAYING THE PARTY WILL NOT SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE EUTHANASIA OR ASSISTED SUICIDE. DELEGATES ALSO SUPPORTED POLICIES TO RESTRICT THE REACH OF UNIONS. IN ADDITION, THE HEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY'S FINANCES ASSURED DELEGATES THEIR DONATIONS WERE NOT USED TO PAY OFF SENATOR MIKE DUFFY'S CONTESTED EXPENSES. 

THE EDMONTON ESKIMOS HAVE FIRED HEAD COACH KAVIS REED TODAY (NOV 4). THE MOVE COMES AFTER A DISAPPOINTING 4-14 SEASON THAT INCLUDED JUST ONE WIN IN NINE HOME GAMES. A FORMER ESKIMOS DEFENSIVE BACK, REED ENDS HIS COACHING CAREER IN EDMONTON WITH A 22-32 RECORD. GENERAL MANAGER ED HERVEY RELEASED A SHORT STATEMENT THIS MORNING THANKING REED FOR HIS ``DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OVER THE PAST THREE SEASONS.''  REED'S FUTURE WAS IN DOUBT FOLLOWING THE ESKIMOS' DISMAL CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.


 

 




 

A TRIAL CONTINUES IN A CALGARY COURTROOM TODAY (NOV 12) FOR A RED DEER BOXER AND TWO OTHER MEN CHARGED IN A MAJOR COCAINE BUST FOUR YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD BOXER CAMERON O'CONNELL, 25 YEAR OLD BRENT CYR AND 27 YEAR OLD MATTHEW EARLES ALL FACE DRUG CHARGES AND HAVE ALL PLED NOT GUILTY IN THE OCTOBER 2009 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEIZED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COCAINE FROM PROPERTIES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE.IT'S ALLEGED THE GROUP WAS SUPPLYING THE DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA.

A SENTENCING HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR NEXT YEAR FOR A CALGARY WOMAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HER NEWBORN BOY.
SHELBY HERCHAK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HER 26-DAY-OLD SON DANIEL. THE INFANT DIED 10 HOURS AFTER BEING RUSHED BY PARAMEDICS TO THE ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ON AUGUST 9TH, 2010. DANIEL SUFFERED BLUNT-FORCE HEAD TRAUMA, WHICH AN AUTOPSY INDICATED WAS NOT ACCIDENTAL.

 

RCMP HAVE MADE A THIRD ARREST IN THE CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD MURDER IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE-----20-YEAR OLD SHELBY MINDE AND 21 YEAR OLD RANDAL OMEASOO. TODAY (NOV 12) 20-YEAR OLD WACEY APPLEGARTH HAS BEEN CHARGED AS WELL---ALTHOUGH HE HAD BEEN PICKED UP NOVEMBER 8TH. ALL THREE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. YELLOWBIRD HAD BEEN KILLED IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION NEAR HOBBEMA IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011.

A CONVICTED KILLER HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO 14 CHARGES RELATED TO HIS ESCAPE WHILE ON A PRISON DAY PASS AND TO SEVERAL HOSTAGE-TAKINGS WHILE HE WAS ON THE RUN. WILLIAM BICKNELL, WHO IS 45, ADMITTED TO UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, ESCAPING LAWFUL CUSTODY, ROBBERY AND WEAPONS OFFENCES.
HE WAS SERVING TIME AT DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND WAS ON AN ESCORTED TRIP TO VISIT HIS SISTER IN EDMONTON IN 2011 WHEN HE OVERTOOK HIS GUARD. BICKNELL WAS A FUGITIVE FOR 10 DAYS BEFORE HE WAS WOUNDED BY MOUNTIES DURING A SHOOTOUT AND CAR CHASE IN NORTHWESTERN ALBERTA. COURT HEARD THAT BESIDES THE GUARD, BICKNELL TOOK THREE OTHER PEOPLE HOSTAGE DURING THE TIME HE WAS FREE.  HE WAS SERVING TIME AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2003 FOR THE BEATING DEATH OF A WOMAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA.

THE OLDS RCMP UNCOVERING A LARGE AMOUNT OF ALLEGEDLY STOLEN ITEMS LAST WEEK. POLICE CARRYING OUT A SEARCH WARRANT AT HOUSE IN OLDS ON FRIDAY (NOV 8) WHERE ABOUT 30 TO 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED. ITEMS RANGED FROM TIRES, STEREO EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, GARDENING CHEMICALS AND FIREARMS. THE ITEMS WERE ALLEGEDLY STOLEN FROM SEVERAL BUSINESSES AROUND SUNDRE, INNISFAIL AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. ONE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED AND A WARRANT IS NOW OUT FOR AN UNNAMED MAN. THE RCMP SAYS FURTHER CHARGES MAY BE LAID.

THOUSANDS HAVE TURNED OUT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES YESTERDAY (NOV 11) ACROSS THE PRAIRIES TO HONOUR MILITARY VETERANS AND SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD. THE SERVICE AT THE CONVENTION CENTRE IN WINNIPEG FEATURED A ``PASSING OF THE TORCH'' BY VETERANS. IN SASKATCHEWAN, PUBLIC EVENTS WERE HELD IN SASKATOON AND REGINA, WHERE THERE WAS ALSO A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY AT VICTORIA PARK'S CENOTAPH. GATHERINGS IN EDMONTON AND CALGARY INCLUDED THE INDOOR EVENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA BUTTERDOME. THERE WAS EVEN A CEREMONY AT THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH A PIPE BAND AND HONOUR GUARD FOR EMPLOYEES AND TRAVELLERS.

ALMOST TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE TURNED OUT IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES IN CALGARY FOR A REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY AT THE MILITARY MUSEUM. FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT MINISTER JASON KENNEY SAYS ATTENDANCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN ON THE RISE IN RECENT YEARS. HE SAYS THAT'S A CLEAR INDICATION THAT CANADIANS ARE NOT FORGETTING ABOUT THE SACRIFICES SOLDIERS HAVE MADE. KENNEY SUGGESTS THE DEATHS OF 158 SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE FOCUSED THE ATTENTION OF A NEW GENERATION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF REMEMBRANCE DAY. ALBERTA LT.-GOV DONALD ETHELL, A RETIRED COLONEL, SAYS THERE ARE STILL YOUNG CANADIAN FAMILIES WHO ARE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES. HE ALSO SAYS THERE ARE TOO MANY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LIVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SCARS OF WAR.

A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM THE VILLAGE OF VETERAN, ALBERTA, SAY THEY ARE THRILLED THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP A WORLD WAR TWO SOLDIER GET HIS LOST MEDALS REPLACED. THE STUDENTS WERE INVITED TO SPENT YESTERDAY IN OTTAWA AT THE INVITATION OF OPERATION VETERAN, AN INITIATIVE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM. THE STUDENTS CONVINCED VETERANS AFFAIRS TO REPLACE FIVE MEDALS FOR 92-YEAR-OLD DAVE PENNINGTON. THE MEDALS WERE LOST 20 YEARS AGO WHEN HIS SISTER-IN-LAW ACCIDENTALLY THREW THEM OUT. PENNINGTON SAYS THE CHILDREN WHO HELPED HIM ARE A GREAT BUNCH OF KIDS.

ALBERTANS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN SOLDIERS WITH A NEW SPECIAL LICENCE PLATE. THE PLATES FEATURE THE IMAGE OF A YELLOW RIBBON AND THE ``SUPPORT OUR TROOPS'' SLOGAN. THE PROVINCE SAYS THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER EARLY NEXT YEAR AND WILL COST 150 DOLLARS. THE FEE INCLUDES THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEES AND ANY EXTRA REVENUE WILL ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE CANADIAN FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ALBERTA.

THREE HIGH-END CALGARY RESTAURANTS HAVE BEEN HIT BY A DINE-AND-DASH ARTIST WHO RACKS UP A BIG TAB AND THEN ESCAPES BEFORE PAYING THE BILL. LAST WEEK, MUSE IN KENSINGTON WAS THE TARGET OF THE HIGH-LIVING THIEF, WHO ORDERED EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS, A $70 BOTTLE OF WINE, AN APPETIZER AND AN ENTREE. HE LEFT HIS WALLET ON THE TABLE AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO THE WASHROOM, THEN SLIPPED OUT THE DOOR. WHEN STAFF EXAMINED THE WALLET THEY FOUND BITS OF MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS INSIDE AND THAT'S WHEN THEY KNEW THEY'D BEEN HAD. A SECURITY CAMERA CAPTURED THE MAN'S IMAGE AND THE STORY AND PHOTO WENT VIRAL ON TWITTER WITH THE HASHTAG ``MUSECRIMEFIGHTERS'' OVER THE WEEKEND. TWO OTHER RESTAURANTS, TEATRO AND BLINK, BELIEVE THE SAME MAN PULLED A SIMILAR DINE AND DASH SCAM ON THEM.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IS TURNING TO TWO NEW COMMUNITIES IN HOPES OF CONTAINING A MEASLES OUTBREAK. VACCINATION CLINICS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN TWO HILLS AND LACOMBE, FOR CHILDREN AGED SIX MONTHS TO 17, AND FOR THOSE FOUR TO 17 WHO HAVE NOT HAD A SECOND DOSE OF THE MEASLES VACCINE.
A-H-S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER DR. MARTIN LAVOIE SAYS THE OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD FROM THE SOUTH ZONE COMMUNITIES OF COALDALE AND FORT MACLEOD, TO OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH LOW IMMUNIZATION RATES. AS OF YESTERDAY (NOV 11), THERE WERE 23 CONFIRMED CASES OF MEASLES IN ALBERTA.

IT'S DOWN TO BUSINESS THIS EVENING (NOV 12) FOR THE NEW COUNCIL IN THE TOWN OF BASSANO. IT'S THEIR FIRST REGULAR MEETING SINCE THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR MAYOR TOM ROSE, DEPUTY MAYOR RIC BEDDOWS, AND COUNCILORS DOUG BARLOW,  CYNTHIA CASSIDY, RICK DOHERTY, KEVIN JONES, AND LYNN MCWILLIAM. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING. ANY DELEGATIONS WANTING TO APPEAR BEFORE BASSANO COUNCIL HAVE TO FIRST MAKE AN APPLICATION AND BE PRE-APPROVED. CONTACT BASSANO TOWN HALL OR GO TO THE TOWN WEBSITE.  

ACROSS THE PRAIRIES, GRAIN BINS AND ELEVATORS ARE STUFFED TO CAPACITY. BUT FARMERS SAY ANY EXTRA PROFIT FROM THEIR BUMPER CROP IS BEING EATEN AWAY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THEIR GRAIN TO MARKET. C-N AND C-P RAIL EACH SAY THEY'RE RUNNING ABOUT 55-HUNDRED GRAIN CARS A WEEK. C-N SPOKESMAN MARK HALLMAN SAYS THE PROBLEM IS FARMERS PRODUCED SO MUCH GRAIN THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED.


THE CANADIAN WESTERN AGRIBITION KICKING OFF YESTERDAY (NOV 11) IN REGINA. NOW IN ITS 43RD YEAR, THE FAIR HAS ALL KINDS OF LIVESTOCK ON DISPLAY AND ALSO FEATURES A TRADE SHOW WITH NEARLY 500 EXHIBITORS. LAST YEAR, THE SIX-DAY EVENT DREW ABOUT 122-THOUSAND VISITORS, INCLUDING MORE THAN 700 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS FROM OVER 60 COUNTRIES.

ORGANIZERS ARE CALLING AGRI-TRADE 2013 A SUCCESS. EVENT MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS ATTENDANCE TO THE 30TH EDITION OF THE HUGE RED DEER AGRICULTURAL SHOW WAS VERY STEADY OVER THE FOUR DAYS, WITH VISITORS FROM ALL OF THE WESTERN PROVINCES. RED DEER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TIM CREEDON SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE WESTERNER BOARD AND THE CHAMBER IN PRESENTING AGRI-TRADE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE SHOW'S SUCCESS. HE SAYS OF ALL THE MEMBERS IN THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO COMMUNITY DOES A SHOW LIKE AGRI-TRADE IN RED DEER.  STRONG SALES AND RENEWALS FOR BOOTHS AT NEXT YEAR'S AGRI-TRADE ARE BEING REPORTED. THE EVENT WOUND UP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 9). 



 

A TRIAL CONTINUES IN A CALGARY COURTROOM TODAY (NOV 13) FOR A RED DEER BOXER AND TWO OTHER MEN CHARGED IN A MAJOR COCAINE BUST FOUR YEARS AGO. 24 YEAR OLD BOXER CAMERON O'CONNELL, 25 YEAR OLD BRENT CYR AND 27 YEAR OLD MATTHEW EARLES ALL FACE DRUG CHARGES AND HAVE ALL PLED NOT GUILTY IN THE OCTOBER 2009 INCIDENT. THAT'S WHEN RCMP SEIZED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COCAINE FROM PROPERTIES IN RED DEER, CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE. IT'S ALLEGED THE GROUP WAS SUPPLYING THE DRUGS TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STREET GANGS IN ALBERTA.

A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HER HUSBAND AT A RURAL HOME NEAR SUNDRE SAYS SHE DIDN'T THINK THE GUN WAS LOADED WHEN HE GAVE HER THE WEAPON AND TOLD HER TO SHOOT HIM. HEATHER WILSON DUNCAN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HER 68-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND, BARRY.  HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD AT THE COUPLE'S RURAL HOME WEST OF DIDSBURY IN THE SUNDRE AREA ON DEC. 10, 2012. COURT HEARD THE COUPLE HAD BEEN BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED FIGHT. SHE TESTIFIED TUESDAY (NOV 12) THAT THE HUSBAND GAVE HER THE WEAPON AND SAID IF SHE WAS THAT ANGRY, SHE SHOULD SHOOT HIM. SHE FIRED THE WEAPON AND THEN MADE A FRANTIC 911 CALL WHICH WAS PLAYED IN COURT. THE DEFENCE ARGUES THAT WHILE DUNCAN MAY HAVE PULLED THE TRIGGER, IT DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S GUILTY AS CHARGED.

A CONVICTED KILLER HAS RECEIVED A SECOND LIFE SENTENCE FOR ESCAPING TWO YEAR AGO WHILE ON A PRISON DAY PASS AND TAKING SEVERAL PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN ALBERTA. WILLIAM BICKNELL, WHO IS 45, WAS FIRST SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN 2003 FOR THE BEATING DEATH OF A BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMAN. HE WAS GRANTED AN ESCORTED PASS IN 2011 FROM THE MINIMUM-SECURITY SECTION OF DRUMHELLER MEDIUM SECURITY INSTITUTION TO VISIT HIS SISTER IN EDMONTON. ON THE RIDE BACK, HE PULLED A KNIFE ON THE LONE GUARD WHO WAS DRIVING AND, OVER THE NEXT 10 DAYS, HELD THE GUARD AND THREE OTHER PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN THEIR HOMES AT VARIOUS TIMES. BICKNELL WAS TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY AFTER A DRAMATIC CAR CHASE AND SHOOTOUT WITH RCMP DURING WHICH HE WAS SHOT TWICE IN THE HEAD. ON TUESDAY (NOV 12), HE PLEADED GUILTY TO 14 CHARGES, INCLUDING UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, ESCAPING LAWFUL CUSTODY, ROBBERY AND WEAPONS OFFENCES.

CHARGES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID IN A PAIR OF DRUG BUSTS IN RED DEER AND INNISFAIL LAST WEEK. NUMEROUS COUNTS HAVE NOW BEEN LAID AGAINST 29 YEAR OLD CORY JAMES LESPERANCE OF INNISFAIL, 22 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS DAVID WHITE, 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN JEAN-YVES NOEL AND STEVEN MICHAEL HERMAN ALL OF RED DEER. HERMAN, LESPERANCE AND WHITE WERE ALL IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (NOV 12) WHILE NOEL REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON THURSDAY. THE ARRESTS WERE MADE LAST FRIDAY WHEN RCMP SEIZED A SIGNIFICANT QUANTITY OF METH, COKE AND POT, SEVERAL FIREARMS AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH. IT'S BELIEVED THE SUSPECTS HAVE TIES TO ORGANIZED CRIME.

ONE MAN IN CENTRAL ALBERTA IS FACING CHARGES AFTER BEING IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN TRAILER AND ATV. INNISFAIL MOUNTIES WERE NOTIFIED OF A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE ON A PROPERTY NEAR PENHOLD WHERE A SUSPECT WAS LOCATED WITH A TRUCK AND TRAILER LOADED WITH A QUAD. THE TRUCK APPEARED TO BE STUCK IN THE SNOW. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, RCMP DETERMINED THE HOME WAS FORCIBLY ENTERED AND THE TRAILER AND QUAD WERE PREVIOUSLY REPORTED STOLEN. ADAM WEBB WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND WILL MAKE A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (NOV 13) IN RED DEER FACING THEFT AND MISCHIEF CHARGES.

VOLUNTEERS AT AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY NORTHWEST OF CALGARY ARE DEVASTATED BY THE LOSS OF TWO MOOSE THAT WERE SHOT TO DEATH SOMETIME LAST WEEK.  THE MOOSE WERE BEING RAISED AT THE COCHRANE ECOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, WHICH TAKES CARE OF ORPHANED AND INJURED ANIMALS UNTIL THEY ARE READY TO GO BACK INTO THE WILD. THE 18-MONTH OLD AND THREE-YEAR-OLD MOOSE WERE FOUND DEAD LATE LAST WEEK. STAFF AT THE FACILITY BELIEVE POACHERS MAY HAVE PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, SHOT THE MOOSE, AND THEN FLED THE AREA. THEY SAY THE AREA IS CLEARLY MARKED AS PRIVATE AND ``NO HUNTING'' SIGNS ARE POSTED. THERE IS ALSO A HIGH FENCE AROUND THE PROPERTY.


SO FAR, NO CASES OF MEASLES IN CENTRAL ALBERTA RIGHT NOW, BUT LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF CONCERN FOR THAT POSSIBILITY. DR. DEENA HINSHAW IS THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH FOR ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES IN THE CENTRAL ZONE AND SAYS THEY ARE TRYING TO PREPARE FOR AN INCREASE IN CASES.  SHE SAYS THEY'RE INCREASING IMMUNIZATION RATES TO TRY AND WARD OFF MEASLES FROM MAKING ITS WAY INTO THE AREA. DR. HINSHAW SAYS KIDS FROM 12 MONTHS TO 17 YEARS SHOULD BE IMMUNIZED FOR MEASLES, ADDING CLINICS ARE UNDERWAY AT TWO HILLS AND LACOMBE. SHE SAYS IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOPS A FEVER AND RASH, YOUR FIRST ACTION SHOULD BE TO CALL HEALTH LINK.

A FORMER CONSERVATIVE MP WILL STILL BE WORKING OUT OF OTTAWA, ONLY NOW AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CROPLIFE CANADA.  TED MENZIES RESIGNED HIS SOUTHERN ALBERTA SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST WEEK SAYING ``OTHER EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES'' HAD COME UP.  ON TUESDAY (NOV 12), CROPLIFE CANADA ANNOUNCED MENZIES WILL BE TAKING OVER THE TOP JOB AT THE COMPANY. CROPLIFE CANADA REPRESENTS COMPANIES THAT DEVELOP, MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS AND PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY. MENZIES, WHO IS LAUDED ON ALL SIDES OF THE COMMONS AS A WELL-LIKED AND RESPECTED MP, WAS FIRST ELECTED IN THE MACLEOD RIDING SOUTH OF CALGARY IN 2004 AND WON RE-ELECTION THREE TIMES. THE 61-YEAR-OLD FARMER WAS NAMED JUNIOR MINISTER FOR FINANCE IN JANUARY 2011, BUT TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF CABINET CONSIDERATION BEFORE LAST SUMMER'S SHUFFLE BY SAYING HE WOULDN'T RUN AGAIN, AS HE ALSO WANTED TO CONCENTRATE ON HELPING PEOPLE IN HIS CONSTITUENCY WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE JUNE FLOOD.

 

OTTAWA HAS EARMARKED TWO-POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR ALBERTA'S FLOOD RECOVERY COSTS. FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT MINISTER JASON KENNEY SAYS THAT'S 90 PER CENT OF THE THREE-POINT-ONE BILLION IN CLAIMS THAT ALBERTA SUBMITTED AFTER JUNE'S FLOOD. KENNEY SAYS HE ANTICIPATES THERE WILL BE MORE MONEY DOWN THE ROAD. BUT HE SAYS THE FINAL AMOUNT SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WON'T BE KNOWN UNTIL ALL THE CLAIMS ARE COUNTED. THE TOTAL PRICE TAG FOR JUNE'S FLOODS IS MORE THAN SIX BILLION DOLLARS. THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS EXPECTED TO COVER ONE-POINT-SEVEN BILLION OF THE COSTS. ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT SO FAR THE PROVINCE IS PLEASED WITH THE AMOUNT OTTAWA IS GIVING.

A HUGE EVENT THIS EVENING (NOV 13) IN THE COMMUNITY OF HUSSAR, SOUTH OF DRUMHELLER. THE HUSSAR AND DISTRICT HALL MAINTENANCE SOCIETY IS THE WINNER OF THE FIRST OF FIVE PRIZES IN THE UFA "GET 'N GIVE CONTEST". COMMUNITY INVESTMENT MANAGER WITH UFA, JESSICA BERRY SAYS IT'S PRETTY EXCITING TO BE HANDING OUT THE FIRST PRIZE. SHE SAYS THE HUSSAR GROUP IS USING THE MONEY TO UPGRADE THE KITCHEN AT THE HUSSAR COMMUNITY HALL. THERE ARE FIVE PRIZES OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS BEING AWARDED IN THE UFA CONTEST WHICH STARTED IN SEPTEMBER AND  CONTINUES UNTIL SPRING.

THE HUSSAR SOCIETY'S WINNING ENTRY WAS A SONG CALLED "5 MILLION PENNIES", BASED ON THE SONG "IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS" BY THE CANADIAN BAND, "THE BARE NAKED LADIES". IT INCLUDES JUST ABOUT EVERONE IN HUSSAR SINGING OR PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT. THE SONG WILL BE PERFORMED TONIGHT AT A CHEQUE PRESENTATION AND FUNDRAISING ROAST BEEF DINNER STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENING AT THE HUSSAR COMMUNITY HALL. PEOPLE FROM HUSSAR AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE WELCOME TO COME OUT.

THE HUSSAR GROUP WILL ALSO NAME WINNER OF THE SECOND 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE.

THE FIVE COMMUNITIES IN THE RUNNING FOR THE SECOND 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE IN THE UFA CONTEST ARE...

- THE SULLIVAN LAKE WEST AGRICULTURE SOCIETY, IN BYEMOOR, NORTH OF DRUMHELLER.

- THE NEIGHBOURHOOD REVITALIZATION GROUP, IN CLIVE EAST OF LACOMBE.

- THE FOREMOST MINOR HOCKEY, SENIORS AND LEGACY BRIDGE COMMITTEE IN FOREMOST, SOUTH WEST OF BOW ISLAND.

- THE HAND HILLS LAKE COMMUNITY CLUB, NORTH EAST OF DRUMHELLER.

- AND THE LIBERTY HALL SOCIETY, AT SPRINGDALE, WEST OF WETASKIWIN.

DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITIES AND GROUPS TO ENTER FOR THE THIRD PRIZE OF 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR IS DECEMBER 15TH, 2013. GO TO WWW.GETNGIVEUFA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. THOSE COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN THE RUNNING FOR THE SECOND PRIZE ARE ENCOURAGED TO FINE TUNE THEIR ENTRY AND RE-ENTER.

 

 

 


A FORMER CALGARY STAMPEDERS RUNNING BACK WHO WAS SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS FOR AN ASSAULT CONVICTION WILL NOT FACE STIFFER PUNISHMENT.
THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL HAS REJECTED THE CROWN'S BID TO HAVE JOFFREY REYNOLDS SERVE TWO TO THREE YEARS BEHIND BARS. REYNOLDS WAS GIVEN TWO YEARS PROBATION AND TOLD HE COULD SERVE HIS TIME ON WEEKENDS AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING A FORMER GIRLFRIEND AND BEING IN HER HOME UNLAWFULLY. TWO OF THE THREE HIGH-COURT PANEL MEMBERS RULED THE TRIAL JUDGE MADE NO ERRORS IN LAW, ALTHOUGH THE THIRD MEMBER SAID A FIT SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN NINE MONTHS IN JAIL

A 24-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN IS NOW FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER A WILD, HIGH SPEED MOTORCYCLE RIDE LAST WEEK ON HIGHWAY TWO.  ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 14) AROUND 1:30, R-C-M-P SAY A MOTORCYCYE BLEW THREW A SPEED TRAP SET UP NEAR AIRDRIE.  A PURSUIT FOLLOWED AND OFFICERS ALLEGE THE MOTORCYCLE WAS TRAVELLING AT TIMES IN EXCESS OF 200 KILOMETRES AN HOUR. MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC UNIT WERE UNABLE TO CATCH THE MOTORCYCLIST UNTIL HE WAS SLOWED BY TRAFFIC NEAR THE OLDS OVERPASS. THE MALE WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT. SPENCER DOUGLAS WILSON OF CALGARY IS CHARGED WITH NUMEROUS OFFENCES, INCLUDING DANGEROUS DRIVING, OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER, AND POSSESION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. HE SET TO APPEAR IN AIRDRIE PROVINCIAL COURT THIS THURSDAY (NOV 21).

ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS AN ADVOCATE TO HELP PATIENTS AND FAMILIES NAVIGATE THE HEALTH SYSTEM IS TO BE ON THE JOB JAN. 1.  REDFORD SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ADVOCATE TO HELP FAMILIES AND SENIORS LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE AND ANSWERS. THE PREMIER SAYS THE POSITIONS ARE PART OF THE NEW ALBERTA HEALTH ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED IN 2010, AND COMES INTO FORCE AT THE START OF NEXT YEAR. THE ACT INCLUDES A CHARTER THAT ENSHRINES ALBERTA'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTH CARE UNDER THE CANADA HEALTH ACT. THE CHARTER DOES NOT INCLUDE A WAIT-TIME GUARANTEE FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES. NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON SAYS IT'S UP TO THE ENTIRE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP PATIENTS AND ONE ADVOCATE TRYING TO DO THE JOB IS NOTHING MORE THAN, IN MASON'S WORDS, ``WINDOW DRESSING.''

DRIVERS IN RED DEER WHO ARE TICKETED FOR NEGLECTING TO FEED THE PARKING METER OVER THE NEXT WEEKS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO PAY THEIR PENANCE WITH A GIFT FOR A NEEDY CHILD. THE CITY'S CHRISTMAS BUREAU IS AGAIN RUNNING ITS TOYS FOR TICKETS CAMPAIGN, WHICH ALLOWS MOTORISTS TO PAY UP THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF A TOY EQUIVALENT TO OR GREATER THAN THEIR FINE. THE CAMPAIGN RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1ST TO DECEMBER 6TH. MORE THAN 400 TOYS WERE COLLECTED LAST YEAR, WITH 10 TIMES THAT NUMBER BROUGHT IN SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN SEVEN YEARS AGO. CHRISTMAS BUREAU SPOKESWOMAN TERESA KUTYNEC SAYS THE PROGRAM KEEPS GETTING BIGGER, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE SO GOOD FOR DRIVERS. RED DEER PARKING CO-ORDINATOR FRED DIENO SAYS NOBODY LIKES GETTING A TICKET, BUT THE PROGRAM ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PAY OFF THEIR TICKET AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. ALL TOYS MUST BE NEW, UNWRAPPED AND IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING AND MUST BE APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS BETWEEN THE AGES OF EIGHT AND 16.

OFFICIALS ARE SCALING BACK THEIR RESPONSE TO A FIRE AT THE LANDFILL IN KINDERSLEY, SASK. TOWN OFFICIALS HAVE LIFTED AN ADVISORY THAT HAD INSTRUCTED PEOPLE WITHIN A KILOMETRE OF THE BLAZE TO AVOID BREATHING IN THE SMOKE BY KEEPING THEIR WINDOWS CLOSED. MONITORING OF THE LANDFILL WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY TO ENSURE THAT HOT SPOTS REMAIN SUPPRESSED. HOWEVER, A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL REMAIN IN PLACE SO THAT THE TOWN MAY CONTINUE TO ACCESS ALL THE PROVINCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE. THE TOWN SAYS THAT DECLARATION WILL AUTOMATICALLY EXPIRE WITHIN A WEEK OF BEING ISSUED. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 49 PERSONNEL ON SITE.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE DISCOVERED THE ORIGIN OF A MAJOR EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN LACOMBE TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 8). FIRE CHIEF ED VAN DELDEN SAYS THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN THE FLAMABLE LIQUID STORAGE CABINET WITHIN THE CHEMISTRY LAB ITSELF BUT THEY STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT TO EXPLODE. HE SAYS CLEANUP AT THE FACILITY IS WELL UNDERWAY AND THEY'VE DISCOVERED THAT CONTAMINATION LEVELS ARE LOWER THAN ORIGINALLY FEARED. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

DAY PAROLE HAS BEEN GRANTED TO THE MAN WHO CAUSED A CRASH THAT KILLED FOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS. 23 YEAR OLD BRENDEN HOLUBOWICH, ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM A TWO-MEMBER PAROLE BOARD PANEL DURING AN HOUR-LONG HEARING THURSDAY (OCT 10) AT THE DRUMHELLER INSTITUTION. THE PANEL REJECTED HIS APPLICATION FOR FULL PAROLE, SAYING THEY WANTED TO SEE HOW HE HANDLED DAY PAROLE FIRST. HOLUBOWICH WAS SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY TO THREE YEARS BEHIND BARS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING BODILY HARM. HIS PICKUP TRUCK COLLIDED WITH A CAR CARRYING FIVE MEMBERS OF THE WARRIORS FOOTBALL TEAM FROM GRANDE PRAIRIE COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL IN OCTOBER 2011. A FIFTH PLAYER, ZACH JUDD, WAS PULLED FROM THE WRECKAGE AND SURVIVED, BUT SUFFERED BRAIN INJURIES AND HAD TO RELEARN TO WALK AND TALK.

 

IT'S 11 DAYS IN JAIL AND A FIFTY DOLLAR FINE FOR A MAN CONVICTED IN A ROBBERY AT GAS STATION IN RED DEER LAST MONTH (SEPT). 27 YEAR OLD MITCHELL BRUNET OF NO FIXED ADDRESS WAS CONVICTED OF UTTERING THREATS IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (OCT 10) WHILE A CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF A WEAPON WAS WITHDRAWN. IT WAS SEPTEMBER 24TH WHEN RCMP SAY A MAN AND WOMAN ENTERED THE STORE. THE WOMAN STEALING TWO LIGHTERS, THEN PAYING FOR ONE, WHILE THE MAN BOUGHT ONE LIGHTER THEN PULLED OUT A BATON AND THREATENED TO KILL THE CLERK. THE INCIDENT TAKING K PLACE JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER ANOTHER CLERK AT THAT SAME GAS STATION WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY WITH A SHOTGUN.

EDMONTON POLICE SAY A VIOLENT, HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER IS IN THE UNITED STATES. INVESTIGATORS SAY MICHAEL STANLEY CROSSED THE BORDER AT BLAINE, WASHINGTON ON MONDAY NIGHT (OCT 7). HE'S WANTED IN CANADA ON BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE, MISCHIEF AND DRIVING OFFENCES. BUT HE'S NOT WANTED STATESIDE. SO, POLICE -- EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW HIS WHEREABOUTS -- HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO ARREST HIM.

ALBERTA IS OPENING ANOTHER TEMPORARY HOUSING PROJECT FOR PEOPLE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES BY THE JUNE FLOOD. THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT SAYS THE GREAT PLAINS TEMPORARY NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL OPEN TUESDAY (OCT 15) IN SOUTHEAST CALGARY. TRAILERS IN THE CALGARY PROJECT WILL BE ABLE TO HOUSE UP TO 700 PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN HOTELS OR OTHER ACCOMMODATION SINCE THE DEVASTATING FLOODS. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE HOUSING WILL HELP PEOPLE AS THEY REBUILD THEIR LIVES. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ARE STILL OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THAT INCLUDES ABOUT 1,400 PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN TEMPORARY HOUSING SUCH AS THE SADDLEBROOK PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER.

LEAD-FOOT DRIVERS BEWARE THIS LONG WEEKEND... RCMP ARE WATCHING YOU FROM THE SKY. MOUNTIES AND SHERIFFS HAVE BEEN PATROLLING ALBERTA HIGHWAYS BY HELICOPTER SINCE THE SUMMER, AND IN JUST A FEW MONTHS THEY'VE BUSTED HUNDREDS OF VIOLATORS. AN OFFICER IN THE CHOPPER TIMES DRIVERS AS THEY TRAVEL OVER PAINTED LINES, AND CAN CALCULATE IF THEY'RE SPEEDING. IF SO, THE OFFICER RADIOS AN OFFICER ON THE GROUND TO PULL OVER THE DRIVER. SO FAR, THEY'VE HANDED OUT 57 TICKETS IN JUST 48 HOURS OF FLYING TIME, ALONG WITH NEARLY 400 SPEEDING TICKETS. THE HELICOPTER WILL FLY OVER 50 PROBLEM SPOTS THROUGHOUT THE WINTER, AS LONG AS HIGHWAYS ARE CLEAR ENOUGH TO SEE THE PAINTED LINES.

MORE THAN 10 HORSES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PIGEON FEVER THIS FALL, AN ILLNESS SO-NAMED FOR THE COMMON SYMPTOM OF SWELLINGS IN THE CHEST. DR. KELSEY BRANDON OF CLARESHOLM VETERINARY SERVICE SAID THE CLINIC HAS TREATED SEVERAL ANIMALS AND IT HAS ALSO BEEN DIAGNOSED IN HORSES FROM THE FORT MACLEOD AND LETHBRIDGE AREAS. THOUGH NOT USUALLY FATAL, THE FEVER RESULTS IN ABSCESSES THAT HAVE TO MATURE BEFORE THEY CAN BE LANCED, DRAINED AND REGULARLY FLUSHED WHILE HEALING. PIGEON FEVER IS CAUSED BY A BACTERIUM SPREAD BY FLIES. PREVENTION INVOLVES FLY CONTROL, USE OF FLY SPRAY, MASKS AND SHEETS ON HORSES, AND WEARING GLOVES WHEN HANDLING HORSES WITH DRAINING ABSCESSES.

SEVEN EMPLOYEES AT THE TOWN OF BOWDEN HAVE JOINED A UNION. EMPLOYEES FROM THE OPERATIONS, FACILITIES AND BYLAW DEPARTMENTS VOTED TO JOIN THE CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, KNOWN AS CUPE. THEY JOIN OVER 600 THOUSAND EMPLOYEES IN CANADA WHO UNITE WITH CUPE.

SASKATCHEWAN'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER SAYS THIS YEAR'S CROP WILL BE THE BIGGEST EVER RECORDED. LYLE STEWART HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE THURSDAY (OCT 10) AT HIS FARM JUST NORTH OF PENSE WHERE HE WAS FINISHING UP A FLAX FIELD. AFTER COMPLETING A FEW LAPS IN HIS COMBINE, STEWART STOPPED AND TALKED TO LOCAL MEDIA ABOUT THE KIND OF GROWING SEASON IT'S BEEN. HE SAYS IT STARTED OUT LOOKING LIKE A VERY DIFFICULT YEAR, WITH A LATE SPRING AND A LOT OF WATER. BUT HE SAYS FARMERS WORKED UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND GOT THE CROP IN WHEN THERE WAS STILL SOME SNOW AROUND. A COLD SUMMER DIDN'T HELP MUCH EITHER, THOUGH STEWART SAYS IT HELPED THE CANOLA YIELDS BY KEEPING THE PLANTS FROM BLOOMING TOO EARLY.

A COUPLE OF FUNDRAISING EVENTS GOING THIS LONG WEEKEND IN ACADIA VALLEY, NEAR THE SASKATCHEWAN BORDER.  TOMORROW (OCT 12) IT'S THE "ANNUAL SAUSAGE FRY AND SOCIAL EVENING". IT'S PUT ON BY THE ACADIA VALLEY KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FOR THEIR COMMUNITY PROJECTS. ENJOY SOME DELICIOUS HOMEMADE SAUSAGE AS WELL AS ENTERTAINMENT, WITH A DANCE FEATURING THE "CHEVELLES". IT ALL STARTS AT 5:00PM ON SATURDAY AT THE ACADIA VALLEY ARENA.

ON SUNDAY (OCT 13) TAKE IN THE ACADIA VALLEY TURKEY SHOOT. IT'S A FUNDRAISER FOR THE ACADIA VALLEY RECREATION CLUB. IT'S A SKEET SHOOTING EVENT WHICH BEGINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:00, AT THE ACADIA MUNICIPAL DAM, LOCATED ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH OF ACADIA VALLEY.

A SPECIAL SPEAKER COMES TO THE DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK VISITOR CENTER, NORTH EAST OF BROOKS THIS LONG WEEKEND. BRANDON KLUG WILL BE AT THE CENTRE TOMORROW AFTERNOON (OCT 12) AT 2:00 O'CLOCK FOR A PRESENTATION ABOUT BATS. HE HAS DONE STUDY ON BATS IN NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA, AS WELL AS AFRICA. ORGANIZER OF THE SPEAKER SERIES, DONNA MARTIN SAYS THIS THE LAST PRESENTATION IN THIS YEARS DINOSAUR PARK SERIES AND IT IS FREE. KLUG'S RESEARCH FOCUSES ON BEHAVIOUR OF BATS OVER-WINTERING ON THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES, PARTICULARLY IN DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL TRYING TO PUT OUT A FIRE AT A LANDFILL IN KINDERSLEY, SASKATCHEWAN. PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITHIN ONE KILOMETRE OF THE LANDFILL HAVE BEEN TOLD TO STAY INSIDE.  THE TOWN SAYS THE IMMEDIATE HEALTH CONSIDERATION IS RELATED TO PARTICULATES IN THE AIR. IT SAYS THERE ARE CHEMICALS IN THE SMOKE, BUT THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO THESE CHEMICALS IS REDUCED BECAUSE THE SMOKE PLUME IS RAPIDLY DISPERSING. THE BLAZE ERUPTED MONDAY EVENING (OCT 7) AND WAS CONTAINED, BUT IS EXPECTED TO SMOULDER FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS. A STATE OF EMERGENCY REMAINS IN EFFECT AND ALLOWS KINDERSLEY TO GET HELP FROM THE PROVINCIAL FIRE COMMISSION AND EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION.

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE CAUSE OF AN EXPLOSION AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN LACOMBE TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 8). IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:15 IN THE ORGANICS LAB AT THE SCIENCE CENTRE ON THE SECOND FLOOR. LACOMBE FIRE CHIEF ED VANDELDEN SAYS THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY CONTAINED WITH THE HELP OF BLACKFALDS, BENTLEY, RED DEER HAZMAT, EMS AND NOVA CHEMICALS CREWS AS WELL. VANDELDEN SAYS ABOUT 20 STUDENTS EVACUATED SAFELY AND THE DAMAGE IS SIGNIFICANT BUT NO ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE JUST YET. HE SAYS CLEANUP WILL ALSO BE EXTENSIVE SO THE FACILITY WILL BE OUT OF COMMISSION FOR AWHILE. THE EXPLOSION AND RESULTING FIRE ARE NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS.

DUE TO THE DRY, WINDY CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST WHILE THE SPECIAL AREAS BOARD IN EASTERN ALBERTA IS IMPOSING A FIRE BAN.  AS OF TODAY (OCT 10), THE BAN IS IN EFFECT THROUGHOUT SPECIAL AREAS NO. 2, 3 AND 4. NO OUTDOOR FIRES OR BURNING WILL BE ALLOWED, HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL USE GAS OR PROPANE BARBEQUES AS WELL AS FIRES CONTAINED IN CAMPFIRE FACILITIES AT DESIGNATED CAMPING AREAS. THE TOWNS, VILLAGES, AND PROVINCIAL PARKS WITHIN THE SPECIAL AREAS HANDLE THEIR OWN FIRE RESTRICTIONS AND SHOULD BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY. FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SPECIAL AREAS FIRE BAN, CALL THE SPECIAL AREAS ADMINSTRATION OFFICE IN HANNA.
 

EDMONTON POLICE SAY A VIOLENT, HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR MORE THAN A WEEK HAS BEEN LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT HE HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED. POLICE SAY MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY CROSSED OVER THE BORDER AT BLAINE, WA., ON MONDAY NIGHT (OCT 7), BUT WON'T SAY WHERE HE IS IN THE U.S. HE HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE OCT. 1 WHEN THE ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET HE WAS WEARING WAS FOUND IN LLOYDMINSTER, ON THE ALBERTA-SASKATCHEWAN BORDER. HE HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A CANADA-WIDE SEARCH AND HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN. EDMONTON DET. CHRIS HAYDUK SAYS AMERICAN POLICE ARE AWARE THAT STANLEY IS WANTED IN CANADA, BUT THERE ARE NO WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST IN THE U.S. HAYDUK SAYS JUSTICE OFFICIALS IN CANADA DON'T HAVE THE LEGAL POWER TO APPREHEND STANLEY, BUT WILL WORK TO HAVE HIM EXTRADITED.

BAIL WAS DENIED IN COURT WEDNESDAY (OCT 9) FOR AN  MAN FROM THE O'CHIESE FIRST NATION ACCUSED OF ATTACKING A WOMAN WHO WENT MISSING FOR 12 DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE 25 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS FOUND ON JULY 26TH BY AN OILFIELD WORKER.   RCMP SAY BEFORE THE FEMALE  WENT MISSING SHE AND FOUR OTHERS IN A TRUCK GOT STUCK ON THE O'CHISE RESERVE NORTH OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE WOMAN WAS THEN ASSAULTED AND ESCAPED, BUT BECAME LOST. 36 YEAR OLD KEVIN GLADUE FACES NUMEROUS COUNTS AND RETURNS TO COURT NEXT WEDNESDAY (OCT. 16TH) FOR ELECTION AND PLEA.

ONE DRIVER REMAINS IN HOSPITAL WITH UNDETERMINED INJURIES AFTER A CRASH TODAY (OCT 10) BETWEEN A GRAVEL TRUCK AND B TRAIN SEMI LOADED WITH LUMBER ON HIGHWAY TWO NEAR PONOKA. MOUNTIES SAY THE COLLISION HAPPENED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY TWO, ABOUT 5 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 53.

RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MAN AND WOMAN TRYING TO SELL FAKE GOLD JEWELRY IN THE CITY.  IT'S ALLEGED THE COUPLE ARE APPROACHING PEOPLE IN BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS AREAS AND SAY THEY WANT TO SELL IT BECAUSE THEY NEED THE MONEY. SOME REPORTS INDICATE THE COUPLE HAVE BEEN AGGRESSIVE AND IN SOME CASES THEFTS OF JEWELRY HAVE OCCURED. THE COUPLE ARE SAID TO BE DRIVING A RENTAL VEHICLE WITH OUT OF PROVINCE LICENSE PLATES AND THE JEWELRY ITSELF ONLY GOLD PLATED AND NOT 18 CARROT GOLD. SIMILAR INCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE PROVINCE WITH 8 SUCH INCIDENTS BEING REPORTED IN RED DEER SINCE SEPTEMBER 1ST.

A JUDGE HAS APPROVED A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST AN ALBERTA COMPANY INVOLVED IN THE LARGEST MEAT RECALL IN CANADA'S HISTORY. EDMONTON LAWYER RICHARD MALLETT SAYS ABOUT 200 PEOPLE WHO GOT SICK FROM EATING E. COLI-TAINTED BEEF IN CANADA, AS WELL AS IN THE UNITED STATES, HAVE SO FAR JOINED THE SUIT AGAINST XL FOODS. DURING THE OUTBREAK LAST FALL, HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRMED 18 PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE SPECIFIC STRAIN OF BACTERIA LINKED TO MEAT FROM THE COMPANY'S PLANT IN BROOKS. MALLETT SAYS OTHER PEOPLE ALSO GOT SICK BUT, FOR VARIOUS REASONS, DIDN'T GET TESTED. HE SAYS THE SUIT FURTHER REPRESENTS OTHER PEOPLE WHO PURCHASED SOME OF THE MILLIONS OF KILOGRAMS OF RECALLED BEEF AND LOST MONEY WHEN THEY HAD TO THROW IT AWAY. THE STATEMENT OF CLAIM WHICH CONTAINS ALLEGATIONS NOT PROVEN IN COURT CLAIMS XL FOODS KNEW IT HAD POOR QUALITY CONTROL SYSTEMS AND PUT ITS PROFITS ABOVE THE SAFETY OF CONSUMERS.

A SOUTHERN ALBERTA WOMAN HAS LOST A ROUND IN HER LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST THE CONTENTIOUS PROCESS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. ROSEBUD AREA RESIDENT JESSICA ERNST LAUNCHED A $33-MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT, THE PROVINCE'S ENERGY REGULATOR AND ENERGY COMPANY ENCANA. SHE CLAIMS GAS WELLS FRACKED AROUND HER PROPERTY  NEAR ROSEBUD, LOCATED SOUTH WEST OF DRUMHELLER UNLEASHED HAZARDOUS AMOUNTS OF METHANE AND ETHANE GAS AND OTHER CHEMICALS INTO HER WATER WELL. AN ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH JUDGE HAS RULED ERNST CAN'T SUE THE REGULATOR BECAUSE UNDER PROVINCIAL LAW IT IS IMMUNE FROM PRIVATE LEGAL CLAIMS. ERNST SAYS SHE PLANS TO APPEAL THE RULING, AND SAYS THE LAWSUIT AGAINST ENCANA AND THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WILL PROCEED.  IN ITS STATEMENT OF DEFENCE, ENCANA DENIES ALL OF ERNST'S ALLEGATIONS.

ROUGHLY 300 UNIONIZED REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE AND LIQUOR STORE STAFF IN RED DEER ARE JOINING THEIR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE PROVINCE IN CELEBRATING THEIR NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WITH LOBLAWS. DETAILS OF THE NEW DEAL HAVE BEEN RELEASED TODAY (WED) AS EMPLOYEES GOT BACK TO WORK AFTER RATIFYING THE NEW OFFER TUESDAY NIGHT. UNION OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A VASTLY IMPROVED OFFER THAT STAFF CAN BE PROUD OF AND NO TROUBLING CONCESSIONS THAT WERE PART OF THE PREVIOUS OFFER. ONE KEY FEATURE IS LOBLAWS AGREEING TO SEVERLY LIMIT MANAGERS AND OUTSIDE VENDORS FROM DOING UNION MEMBERS WORK, SO UNION STAFF CAN GET BACK THE HOURS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY CUT BACK.  OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE WAGE INCREASES IN EACH YEAR OF THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT, RETROACTIVE PAY, MONEY FOR A BRAND NEW SICK PAY PLAN FOR PART-TIME WORKERS AND BETTER BENEFITS FOR FULL-TIME STAFF.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SAYS IT'S WORKING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY JUNE'S MASSIVE FLOODING. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS SHE KNOWS PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE TIME IT TAKES TO PROCESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE CLAIMS. SHE SAYS THE REASON TEMPORARY HOUSING WENT UP WAS BECAUSE OFFICIALS KNEW IT WOULD TAKE TIME TO DEAL WITH SO MANY REQUESTS FOR HELP. REDFORD SAYS THE PROVINCE HAS SO FAR RECEIVED 86-HUNDRED APPLICATIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF.

ALBERTA IS LOOKING FOR SOME FLOOD HEROES. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS HER GOVERNMENT WANTS TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL DURING THE JUNE FLOODS. ANYONE WITH A STORY TO TELL ABOUT LOCAL OFFICIALS, PUBLIC SERVANTS OR NEIGHBOURS WHO STEPPED UP WITH EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS CAN SUBMIT IT ONLINE TO THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE. STARTING NEXT YEAR THOSE HEROES WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. DETAILS ON HOW THEY WILL BE RECOGNIZED WILL BE ROLLED OUT IN THE COMING MONTHS. THE FLOODS FORCED TENS OF THOUSANDS TO FLEE THEIR HOMES IN AND AROUND HIGH RIVER AND CALGARY, AND CAUSED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO ROADS, HOMES, BRIDGES AND BUSINESSES.

SASKATCHEWAN'S HEALTH MINISTER SAYS THE PROVINCE WON'T BE DETERRED BY A NEW STUDY ON A CONTROVERSIAL TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. DUSTIN DUNCAN SAYS THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY DON'T NECESSARILY DEBUNK THE EFFICACY OF THE LIBERATION TREATMENT FOR MS. THAT TREATMENT DEVELOPED BY ITALIAN DOCTOR PAOLO ZAMBONI PROPOSED THAT MS WAS LINKED TO CONSTRICTED VEINS IN THE HEAD AND NECK. THIS WEEK, RESEARCHERS IN B.C. AND SASKATCHEWAN FOUND THE NARROWING OF THE VEINS IS JUST AS PREVALENT IN PEOPLE WITHOUT THE DISEASE. DUNCAN SAID WEDNESDAY THE INFORMATION TO THIS POINT IS NOT CONCLUSIVE. HE SAID SASKATCHEWAN STILL WANTS TO BE INVOLVED WITH RESEARCH ON LIBERATION THERAPY, WHICH OPENS THE VEINS WITH A BALLOON DEVICE.

THE "WEALTHY BARBOUR" WAS IN RED DEER TUESDAY  NIGHT (OCT 8) AS A GUEST SPEAKER TO BUSINESS STUDENTS. AUTHOR AND "DRAGONS DEN" STAR DAVID CHILTON KICKED OF THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES AT THE RED DEER COLLEGE, DONALD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS IN FRONT OF A SOLD OUT CROWD AT CITY CENTER STAGE. CHILTON SHARED STORIES FROM HIS LENGTHY BUSINESS CAREER AND HOPED TO MENTOR YOUNG STUDENTS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL "COATS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY TODAY (OCT 9) AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS OF THE PROGRAM BARB LUBINSKI INVITES YOU TO BRING DONATATIONS OF GENTLY USED OR NEW WINTER CLOTHING TO THE DEALERSHIP.  THEY'LL BE COLLECTING AND SORTING CLOTHING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WINTER COATS, TOQUES, MITTS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND BOOTS. THE ITEMS WILL BE CLEANED BY ALSCO UNIFORM AND LINEN, THEN TAKEN TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY. THAT'S "COATS FOR KIDS" UNTIL FRIDAY AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. 

A SOUTHERN ALBERTA CATTLE RANCHER IS STEPPING UP TO HELP OUT CANADA'S NATIONAL LUGE TEAM, WHICH IS IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE AFTER LOSING THEIR BIGGEST SPONSOR. EARLIER THIS WEEK, MEMBERS OF THE LUGE TEAM WERE TREATED TO A COOKOUT AT A RANCH NEAR OKOTOKS, SOUTH OF CALGARY BY RANCHER MARK BARNERT. HE DONATED A COW TO THE ATHLETES, FILLING UP THEIR FREEZERS WITH ENOUGH MEAT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. LUGER ALEX GOUGH SAYS WHILE THE TEAM STILL NEEDS FINANCIAL SPONSORS, IT GOES TO SHOW THERE ARE UNIQUE WAYS TO SUPPORT CANADA'S OLYMPIANS.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

A COMMUNITY IN WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN HAS DECLARED A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT SMOKE FROM A LANDFILL FIRE. THE TOWN OF KINDERSLEY IS WARNING PEOPLE TO KEEP THEIR WINDOWS CLOSED AND TO AVOID INHALING THE SMOKE. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AIR QUALITY TESTS BEING DONE BY THE SASKATCHEWAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY. THE FIRE AT THE LANDFILL STARTED ON MONDAY NIGHT (OCT 7) AND THE FLAMES SPREAD DUE TO WINDY CONDITIONS, BUT THE BLAZE HAS BEEN CONTAINED.  TOWN OFFICIALS SAY THEY EXPECT THE FIRE TO CONTINUE TO BURN FOR A FEW DAYS AND THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. DECLARING A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY ALLOWS THE TOWN TO SPEND MONEY TO DEAL WITH A PROBLEM WITH THE HELP OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT.

AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AT THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN LACOMBE. A MAJOR EXPLOSION AND FIRE TAKING PLACE AT FACILITY ON TUESDAY NIGHT (OCT 8). IT HAPPENED AROUND 11:15 IN THE ORGANICS LAB OF THE SCIENCE CENTRE ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND FORCED THE EVACUATION OF ABOUT 20 PEOPLE.
LACOMBE FIRE CHIEF ED VAN DELDEN SAYS THE RESULTING FIRE WAS CONTAINED QUICKLY WITH THE HELP OF CREWS FROM BLACKFALDS, BENTLEY, RED DEER HAZMAT, EMS AND NOVA CHEMICALS. HE SAYS A LAB OF THIS NATURE USUALLY HAS A LARGE VARIETY OF CHEMICALS WHICH MUST BE DEALT WITH PROPERLY.  VAN DELDEN SAYS SEVEN FIREFIGHTERS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF EXPOSURE TO RELATED ELEMENTS BUT HAVE SINCE BEEN RELEASED. HE SAYS THE BUILDING WILL BE OUT OF COMMISSION FOR AWHILE AS THE DAMAGE IS SIGNIFICANT AND CLEANUP EXPECTED TO BE EXTENSIVE. NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE YET AND THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT IT'S NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS.

A JUDGE HAS FINED A CALGARY HOTEL FOR FIRE CODE VIOLATIONS THAT PUT PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK. THE OWNERS OF THE SHAMROCK HOTEL MUST PAY $30,000.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT PURSUED THE CHARGES BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE DOWNTOWN HOTEL COULDN'T ACCESS FIRE ESCAPES WHEN FLAMES BROKE OUT IN THE BUILDING IN AUGUST 2012. FIRE DOORS IN THE HOTEL COULD ALSO NOT BE CLOSED, ALLOWING SMOKE TO FILL THE CORRIDORS. ELEVEN PEOPLE WERE IN THE HOTEL AT THE TIME AND THREE PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN HOSPITAL FOR SMOKE INHALATION. FIRE MARSHAL ED KUJAT SAYS PEOPLE COULD DIE IF AN OWNER TAMPERS WITH OR DISABLES A BUILDING'S SAFETY FEATURES.

ONE CLASSROOM HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND THERE'S HEAVY SMOKE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE MAIN FLOOR AFTER A FIRE AT A CALGARY SCHOOL THAT INVESTIGATORS ARE CALLING SUSPICIOUS. THE FIRE AT THE TWO-STOREY WILLOW PARK SCHOOL IN THE CITY'S SOUTHEAST BROKE OUT EARLY THIS MORNING (OCT 9). FIREFIGHTERS SAY MOST OF THE WINDOWS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE GROUND FLOOR WERE BROKEN WHEN THEY ARRIVED AND CREWS FOUND ROCKS WHEN THEY GOT INSIDE THE BUILDING. MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS ATTEND WILLOW PARK SCHOOL, WHICH OFFERS AN ARTS-CENTRED PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 THROUGH 9. 

WORKERS AT REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE AND REAL CANADIAN LIQUORSTORE OUTLETS IN ALBERTA HAVE RATIFIED A NEW CONTRACT, ENDING A SHORT STRIKE AT THE GROCERY STORE GIANT.  THE UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS LOCAL 401 SAYS WORKERS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR OF THE DEAL. IT HAD BEEN REACHED EARLIER THIS WEEK AFTER AROUND-THE-CLOCK BARGAINING IN CALGARY BETWEEN UNION NEGOTIATORS AND BARGAINERS FROM THE PARENT COMPANY, LOBLAW. WORKERS HAD SET UP PICKET LINES AT STORES ACROSS THE PROVINCE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, LEAVING MANAGERS TO RUN THE OUTLETS. DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED, BUT THE UFCW SAYS THE CONTRACT WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS OVER AND ABOVE THE COMPANY'S LAST OFFER. THE UNION HAD RECOMMENDED ACCEPTANCE OF THE PACKAGE.

CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST NINE SUSPECTED "JOHNS" AFTER A WEEK-LONG INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY RED DEER MOUNTIES LAST WEEK. RCMP SAY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 30TH AND OCTOBER 4TH, 9 ESCORTS, 7 STREET WORKERS AND 9 JOHNS WERE ARRESTED. ALL THE JOHNS HAD THEIR VEHICLES SEIZED AND POSSIBLY FORFEITED TO THE CROWN. ALL THE ESCORTS AND STREET WORKERS MET WITH K DIVISION'S "KARE" UNIT AND RED DEER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO RECEIVE SAFETY PLANNING AND COUNSELLING. POLICE SAY AS A BONUS, 3 FOREIGN NATIONALS WERE ALSO DISCOVERED, ONE OF WHICH HAD AN EXPIRED VISITOR'S VISA.

 POLICE ARE WARNING THAT A VIOLENT, HIGH-RISK OFFENDER WAS IN AND AROUND LETHBRIDGE FOR A FEW DAYS LAST WEEK AND MAY STILL BE IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CITY. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SAY MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY, WHO IS 48, IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A CANADA-WIDE SEARCH. STANLEY, WHO HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMAN AND CHILDREN, CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET ON OCT. 1 IN LLOYDMINSTER. POLICE SAY THEY BELIEVE STANLEY DROVE DIRECTLY FROM LLOYDMINSTER TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE HAS FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WHO HAVE CONTACTED POLICE. STAFF-SGT. IAN SANDERSON SAYS POLICE HAVE SEIZED HIS SUV AND ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO BE SAFE AND BE WARY, BUT SCHOOLS IN THE CITY HAVE NOT BEEN LOCKED DOWN. ANDERSON SAYS POLICE BELIEVE STANLEY, WHO IS AN ALCOHOLIC, HAS BEEN DRINKING AND IS PROBABLY IN HIDING, AND THAT HIS RELATIVES ARE URGING HIM TO SURRENDER.

TRIAL DATES HAVE BEEN SET FOR A LACOMBE MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING AND SELLING DRUGS, VOYEURISM AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. 21 YEAR OLD KYLE BRACKEN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO NUMEROUS COUNTS AND WILL HAVE A THREE DAY TRIAL STARTING APRIL 30TH OF NEXT YEAR (2014) AFTER. IT WAS ON JANUARY 3RD OF THIS YEAR WHEN LACOMBE POLICE RAIDED A RESIDENCE IN THE CITY AND SEIZED A VARIETY OF DRUGS, CASH, IMITATION FIREARMS, MACHETES AND VIDEOS.

 A CALGARY JUDGE HAS RULED THAT MEDICAL NOTES AND PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS ARE ADMISSIBLE AS EVIDENCE IN DUSTIN PAXTON'S DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING. HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FOUR OF FIVE CHARGES INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A FORMER CALGARY ROOMMATE. PAXTON WAS ARRESTED THREE YEARS AGO AFTER A BADLY BEATEN AND EMACIATED MAN WAS DUMPED AT A REGINA HOSPITAL. DEFENCE LAWYERS TRIED TO PREVENT THE DOCTOR REPORTS FROM BEING ENTERED AS EVIDENCE. THE JUDGE ALSO RULED THAT PAXTON FAILED TO SHOW THERE WAS A BREACH OF HIS CHARTER RIGHTS. PAXTON'S DANGEROUS OFFENDER HEARING IS TO RESUME THURSDAY (OCT 10).

THE CONSORT RCMP ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN TRYING TO LOCATE A COUPLE OF STOLEN VEHICLES. THE FIRST ONE WAS TAKEN FROM A YARD IN VETERAN SOMETIME BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10:00PM ON SEPTEMBER 25TH AND 11:00AM ON SEPTEMBER 26TH . IT'S A 2008 BLACK CHEV SILVERADO DIESEL TRUCK WITH ALBERTA LICENCE PLATE ZNS-682. THE SECOND VEHICLE TAKEN IS A 2011 DODGE RAM DIESEL TRUCK, HUNTER GREEN IN COLOR WITH A BEIGE UNDER STRIPE. ALBERTA LICENCE MRE-025. THIS TRUCK WAS SWIPED FROM THE VILLAGE OF CONSORT BETWEEN THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 30TH AND THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 1ST. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THESE THEFTS SHOULD CALL THE CONSORT RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

THE NEWELL CONCERT ASSOCIATION IN BROOKS HAVE COMEDIAN BRENT BUTT FROM THE TV SHOW 'CORNER GAS' COMING TO THE CITY. A PERFORMANCE FEATURING BUTT GOES TOMORROW NIGHT (OCT.10TH) AT 7:30 P.M., IN THE BROOKS GRIFFIN PARK THEATRE. BORN IN TISDALE, SASKATCHEWAN BRENT BUTT AT ONE TIME IN THE MID 1980'S LIVED AND WORKED IN THE CITY OF BROOKS. BRENT BUTT HAS ALSO BEEN A REGULAR PERFORMER ON 'JUST FOR LAUGHS' AND NUMEROUS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TV PROGRAMS.

IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND AREA TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER. THE FIFTH ANNUAL "COATS FOR KIDS" CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY TODAY (OCT 9) AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER. ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS OF THE PROGRAM BARB LUBINSKI INVITES YOU TO BRING DONATATIONS OF GENTLY USED WINTER CLOTHING TO THE DEALERSHIP.  YOU CAN DROP BY THE WESTERN SHOWROOM TODAY (OCT 9) FROM 10:00AM TO 6:00PM WITH A DONATION. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT IN TODAY THEY'LL BE COLLECTING AND SORTING CLOTHING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WINTER COATS, TOQUES, MITTS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND BOOTS. THE ITEMS WILL BE CLEANED BY ALSCO UNIFORM AND LINEN, THEN TAKEN TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY. THAT'S "COATS FOR KIDS" TODAY FROM 10:00AM UNTIL 6:00PM AT WESTERN GM IN DRUMHELLER.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

POLICE ARE WARNING THAT A VIOLENT, HIGH-RISK OFFENDER MAY BE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY, WHO IS 48, HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A MULTI-PROVINCE SEARCH. STANLEY, WHO HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMAN AND CHILDREN, CUT OFF HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET LAST TUESDAY (OCT. 1) IN LLOYDMINSTER. POLICE SAY STANLEY HAS FAMILY TIES IN LETHBRIDGE, ALTA., AND EARLIER MONDAY, STANLEY'S VEHICLE, A PURPLE BLAZER, WAS SEIZED FROM A WEST-SIDE HOME. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SAY THEY HAVE CONFIRMED THAT STANLEY WAS IN THE CITY ON FRIDAY, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS NOW. POLICE ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC THAT HE MAY BE IN THE AREA AND TO CALL THEM IF THEY SEE HIM. LAST WEEK, SCHOOLS IN SEVERAL WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES LOCKED THEIR DOORS AND KEPT CHILDREN INSIDE AFTER UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS OF STANLEY.

A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING ANOTHER MAN FROM THE PIGEON LAKE FIRST NATION THIS SUMMER WILL SEE IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL NEXT YEAR. A THREE DAY PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR 23 YEAR OLD RANDALL CARDINAL WILL START OCTOBER 27TH OF 2014. CARDINAL IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 30 YEAR OLD JARED BROWN WHO DIED OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A FIGHT ON THE PIGEON LAKE FIRST NATION JULY 16TH.

A CALGARY FATHER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HIS TWO-MONTH-OLD SON HAS CHANGED HIS PLEA TO GUILTY.  BRYSON DOREY-FOX WAS TAKEN TO ALBERTA'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN AUGUST 2009 AND DIED TWO DAYS LATER. JAMIE DOREY, THE BABY'S FATHER, WAS THE ONLY PERSON HOME AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT AND WAS CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER. IN A 2009 INTERVIEW WITH POLICE, DOREY ACTED OUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY AND CLAIMED THAT THE FAMILY DOG MUST HAVE KNOCKED THE BABY OFF THE COUCH. AN AGREED STATEMENT OF FACTS SAYS DOREY ADMITS THE BABY'S HEAD STRUCK A SHARP CORNER OF AN OBJECT IN THE HOME. DOREY HAS BEEN RELEASED AND WILL RETURN TO COURT FOR SENTENCING IN JANUARY.

A MAN CONVICTED IN A GANG RELATED SHOOTING IN RED DEER LAST YEAR IS HAVING HIS CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL TODAY (OCT 8). 29 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER FLEIG IS APPEALING BOTH HIS FIRST DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND RESULTING LIFE SENTENCE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS IN THE KILLING OF 29 YEAR OLD BRANDON PREVEY. PREVEY WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN A VEHICLE OUTSIDE A  RESIDENCE IN INGLEWOOD AREA OF RED DEER IN APRIL OF 2009.

TWO YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY (OCT 6) FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF A STOLEN TRUCK IN RED DEER. 18 YEAR OLD JESSIE PROULX OF RED DEER AND ANOTHER YOUTH NOW FACE THEFT CHARGES. THE PAIR IN QUESTION ALONG WITH A 3RD SUSPECT WERE ALLEGEDLY SEEN STEALING DIESEL FROM A TRUCK IN THE DEER PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD OF RED DEER AROUND 3:30  SUNDAY MORNING. THE OWNER OF THE TRUCK APPROACHED THE TRIO AND FOLLOWED THEM UNTIL RCMP ARRIVED. IT WAS AT THAT POINT RCMP DISCOVERED THEIR VEHICLE WAS STOLEN AND THE CHARGES WERE LAID. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A SAFE ENDING, RCMP REMIND EVERYBODY TO NEVER APPROACH A CRIME SCENE IN PROGRESS AND TO CALL 911.

POLICING ON ALBERTA'S METIS SETTLEMENTS WILL INCREASE. THE PROVINCE HAS SIGNED A TEN-YEAR DEAL TO PROVIDE 13.6 MILLION DOLLARS TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF RCMP OFFICERS PATROLLING ALBERTA'S 8 SETTLEMENTS. ABORIGINAL RELATIONS MINISTER ROBIN CAMPBELL SAYS THE DEAL WILL EXTEND A THREE-YEAR PILOT PROJECT. HE SAYS THE PROGRAM WAS FOCUSING ON REDUCING YOUTH DRUG USE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND ORGANIZED CRIME. THE MONEY WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF RCMP OFFICERS FROM FIVE TO EIGHT.

A NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD SUMMARY OF CONVICTED CHILD ABDUCTOR RANDALL HOPLEY LABELLED HIM AN UNTREATED SEX OFFENDER, WITH NO DESIRE TO GET TREATMENT AND LITTLE INTELLIGENCE. THE REPORT WAS RELEASED IN A CRANBROOK, B.C., COURT BY CROWN PROSECUTOR LYNAL DOERKSEN ON THE SECOND DAY OF HOPLEY'S SENTENCING HEARING. HOPLEY HAS ADMITTED TO THE 2011 ABDUCTION OF THREE-YEAR-OLD KIENAN HEBERT FROM HIS HOME IN SPARWOOD, B.C., AND THEN RETURNING THE BOY A FEW DAYS LATER. THE COURT HEARD THAT HOPLEY CONSTANTLY REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN ANY TREATMENT FOR SEX OFFENDERS AND WAS UNWILLING TO TALK ABOUT HIS CRIMES. ANOTHER REPORT CONDUCTED IN 1985 LISTED HIM AS A DANGER BECAUSE OF HIS LACK OF REMORSE AND LIKELIHOOD TO REOFFEND. THE CROWN IS ASKING THAT HOPLEY BE DESIGNATED A DANGEROUS OR LONG-TERM OFFENDER, RESULTING IN A LONGER PRISON TERM OR STRICTER SUPERVISION ORDERS.

VOTING IS UNDERWAY TODAY ON A TENTATIVE DEAL  REACHED BEWTEEN LOBLAW AND MORE THAN 8,000 UNIONIZED WORKERS AT REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE AND REAL CANADIAN LIQUORSTORE LOCATIONS IN ALBERTA. LEADERS OF UFCW CANADA LOCAL 401 SAY THEY ARE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED CONTRACT REACHED EARLY YESTERDAY (OCT 7). HOWEVER, THEY SAY ITS MEMBERS WHO WENT ON STRIKE SUNDAY WILL REMAIN OFF THE JOB FOR NOW. STORES AFFECTED ARE IN EDMONTON, CALGARY, RED DEER, GRANDE PRAIRIE, LETHBRIDGE, FORT MCMURRAY, MEDICINE HAT, LLOYDMINSTER AND CAMROSE. MEANWHILE, LOBLAW SAYS ITS STORES IN ALBERTA REMAIN OPEN.

THE PROS AND CONS OF MOVING TOWARDS A WARD SYSTEM IN RED DEER WAS DISCUSSED LAST NIGHT (OCT 7). 3 POLITICAL EXPERTS MADE UP A PANEL AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC. ABOUT 50 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE MEETING AND LEFT WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE QUESTION THAT WILL BE ON THE RED DEER ELECTION BALLOT. THE PANELISTS DIDN'T PICK A SIDE, BUT SIMPLY PROVIDED CLEAR OPTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC. IT WILL BE A NON-BINDING QUESTION FOR RED DEER VOTERS ON OCTOBER 21ST.

OLDS COLLEGE WILL BE THE LAUNCHING SITE TODAY (TUE) OF NORTH AMERICA'S FIRST GAMIFIED CURRICULUM. THE OLDS COLLEGE "SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENUERSHIP" COURSE WILL COME IN THE FORM OF AN IPAD APP, ALLOWING STUDENTS TO CONNECT WITH THEIR PASSION THROUGH A VIDEO GAME EXPERIENCE. TODAY'S COURSE LAUNCH WILL BE ATTENDED BY NUMEROUS DIGNITARIES AND START AT NOON AT THE OLDS COLLEGE ALUMNI CENTRE.

CANADA, AND ALBERTA IN PARTICULAR, STAND TO LOOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOST SALES BECAUSE OF OUR INABILITY TO EXPORT LIQUID NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES TO ASIA. M-P FOR VEGREVILLE-WAINWRIGHT IN EASTERN ALBERTA, LEON BENOIT, SAYS CANADA AND ALBERTA HAVE TO HURRY UP TO CLAIM OUR SHARE IN THE INTERNATIONAL LNG MARKET. HE SAYS THE UNITED STATES IS CURRENTLY CONVERTING LIQUID NATURAL GAS IMPORT SITES  TO EXPORT SITES AND ARE AHEAD OF CANADA. BENOIT SAYS WE'LL BE GOING "HEAD TO HEAD" WITH THE U.S, BUT CANADA HAS TO GET THE PIPELINES AND FACILITIES ON THE WEST COAST IN PLACE QUICKLY. HE ADDS, THERE ARE NINE COMPANIES WORKING ON VARIOUS PROJECTS BUT IF SOLUTIONS ARE NOT FOUND, LOST SALES COULD AMOUNT TO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THAT'S SOMETHING ALBERTA, AND CANADA IN GENERAL, CANNOT AFFORD.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

COCRANE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SINGLE VEHICLE FATALITY FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY MORNING (OCT 6), JUST AFTER 8:00 COCHRANE MOUNTIES AND NAKOTA EMS WERE CALLED OUT TO A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER ON HIGHWAY 1-A ABOUT 3 KILOMETERS WEST OF THE GOODSTONEY RODEO GROUNDS IN MORLEY. A 29 YEAR OLD FEMALE OF MORLEY WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIGHWAY 1A WAS BLOCKED OFF IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 HOURS WHILE MEMBERS INVESTIGATED.  ANYONE THAT MAY HAVE COME ACROSS THE COLLISION PRIOR TO EMERGENCY PERSONNEL'S ARRIVAL OR WHO HAVE ANY OTHER INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE COCHRANE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

A MAN HAS SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING ESCORTED OUT OF A CONCERT AT THE SADDLEDOME. POLICE SAY THE MAN WAS BETWEEN 25 AND 30 AND ATTEMPTED TO HURDLE SOME STAIRS. HE FELL CLOSE TO NINE METRES. POLICE SAY HE WAS INTOXICATED.

POLICE IN SASKATOON SAY THERE WERE SEVERAL UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS OF A HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER IN THE CITY ON THE WEEKEND. THE LATEST CAME FROM A WOMAN WHO BELIEVES SHE SAW MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY BY THE SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER IN VICTORIA PARK YESTERDAY (OCT 6). THE PARK WAS SEARCHED BUT THERE WAS NO SIGN OF THE 48-YEAR-OLD MAN, WHO LEFT EDMONTON LAST TUESDAY AND REMOVED HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET IN LLOYDMINSTER. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS OF STANLEY AROUND SASKATCHEWAN, INCLUDING SEVERAL IN ROSETOWN AND KINDERSLEY LAST THURSDAY (OCT 3).

POLICE MAKING A MAJOR DRUG BUST IN A RURAL AREA JUST EAST OF CALGARY. THE AIRDRIE RCMP, ALONG WITH HELP FROM THE  SOUTHERN ALBERTA SPECIAL "GREEN TEAM" CARRYING OUT A SEARCH WARRANT ON THURSDAY OF LAST WEEK (OCT 3) AT A RURAL PROPERTY IN DELACOUR, NEAR RANGE ROAD 2-80. POLICE UNCOVERING A LARGE MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION WITHIN IN THE BUILDINGS ON THE SITE. AROUND 640 MATURE PLANTS AND GROWING EQUIPMENT WAS SEIZED. SO FAR, ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND DRUG RELATED CHARGES ARE PENDING. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, AND THE RCMP IS ASKING ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS CASE TO CALL THE AIRDRIE DETACHMENT OR CRIME STOPPERS.

A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED IN A LABOUR DISPUTE INVOLVING REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE AND 85-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES IN ALBERTA. THE DEAL WAS ANNOUNCED EARLY THIS MORNING (OCT 7) ROUGHLY A DAY AFTER THE WORKERS WENT ON STRIKE AT THE CHAIN'S GROCERY AND LIQUOR OUTLETS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. THE UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION, WHICH REPRESENTS THE EMPLOYEES, SAYS THE CONTRACT WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS OVER AND ABOVE THE COMPANY'S LAST OFFER. RATIFICATION VOTING IS EXPECTED TO START TOMORROW (OCT 8) AND THE UNION IS RECOMMENDING ACCEPTANCE.

EVEN AS A TEENAGER, PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENTS OF CHILD ABDUCTOR RANDALL HOPLEY CONCLUDED HE WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE TO OFFEND. THE ASSESSMENTS WERE DONE 30 YEARS AGO, WHEN HOPLEY WAS 17 YEARS OLD, AFTER THREE CHILDREN AT HIS FOSTER HOME WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. THE ASSESSMENTS WERE PRESENTED TODAY (OCT 7) IN A CRANBROOK, B.C., COURT, WHERE THE CROWN IS ASKING THAT HOPLEY BE LABELLED A DANGEROUS OFFENDER FOR THE ABDUCTION OF THREE-YEAR-OLD KIENAN (KEE-NUN) HEBERT FROM HIS SPARWOOD, B.C., HOME IN SEPTEMBER 2011. THE BOY WAS RETURNED SEEMINGLY UNHARMED A FEW DAYS AFTER THE ABDUCTION. THE ASSESSMENTS ALSO NOTED THE 47-YEAR-OLD MAN'S FUTURE PROSPECTS WERE BLEAK AND HE HAD LIMITED INTELLIGENCE, OPERATING AT A LEVEL EQUAL TO A CHILD IN GRADE 3. TWO RETIRED RCMP OFFICERS TESTIFIED AT THE HEARING THAT THEY ARRESTED HOPLEY IN 1985 FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY TO WHICH HOPLEY EVENTUALLY CONFESSED.

ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS SHE WANTS TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS OF PAYING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ON A COST-SHARED BASIS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR. REDFORD SAYS THAT THE SO-CALLED P3 PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MODEL HAS WORKED SO WELL ON PROJECTS LIKE ROADS, IT MAY WORK FOR OTHER PROJECTS AS WELL. REDFORD MADE THE COMMENTS OVER THE WEEKEND TO REPORTERS AT THE PROVINCE'S SECOND ECONOMIC SUMMIT, HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. ACADEMICS, POLITICIANS, AND BUSINESS LEADERS HASHED OUT IDEAS ON HOW TO RAISE MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND ON WHERE TO INVEST ALBERTA'S SAVINGS. OPPOSITION WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH, WHO WAS AT THE SUMMIT, SAYS REDFORD IS ON TRACK TO RACK UP $17 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEBT AND IS USING THE EVENT TO GET PUBLIC BUY-IN TO SPEND EVEN MORE. NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON SAYS REDFORD IS TRYING TO FIX A BROKEN FINANCIAL MODEL, SAYING HER GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO FIND MONEY BECAUSE TAXES ON THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS WERE SLASHED UNDER FORMER PREMIER RALPH KLEIN.

THE NEWLY RELOCATED TOWN HALL IN DRUMHELLER IS OFFICIALLY OPEN. A RIBBON CUTTING AND GRAND OPENING WAS HELD LAST WEEK (OCT 3). DRUMHELLER MAYOR, TERRY YEMEN SAYS IT'S GREAT TO HAVE THIS MAJOR PROJECT COMPLETED. HE SAYS TOWN HALL SHOULD BE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, ALONG WITH HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY. DEPUTY MAYOR TOM ZARISKI GAVE A HISTORY OF THE TOWN HALL SITE. IT WAS THE ACTUAL LOCATION OF DRUMHELLER TOWN HALL WHEN IT WAS OPENED IN 1922, BESIDE THE FIRE HALL AND HOUSING THE MUNICIPAL POLICE FORCE. THESE BUILDINGS WERE DEMOLISHED IN 1986. DRUMHELLER TOWN HALL WAS THEN HOUSED IN THE OLD PROVINCIAL COURT HOUSE BUILDING SINCE THE MID 1980'S. IN THE LATE 1990'S, THERE WAS DISCUSSION OF GETTING TOWN HALL BACK IN DRUMHELLER'S DOWNTOWN. AFTER A PUBLIC SURVEY, IT WAS DECIDED A MOVE SHOULD BE MADE. AFTER RENOVATONS BEGAN IN LATE 2012, THE TOWN HALL IS NOW IN THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE CIVIC CENTRE AND DRUMHELLER PUBLIC LIBRARY WHICH WERE MOVED TO THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY. STAFF MOVED FROM THE COURTHOUSE LOCATION IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR (2013).

A TOP UNITED NATIONS OFFICIAL ARRIVES IN CANADA TODAY TO TRAVEL THE COUNTRY ON A FACT-FINDING MISSION ON FIRST NATIONS. JAMES ANAYA (AH-NIE'-YAH) WILL MEET WITH ABORIGINAL PEOPLES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AS HE PREPARES HIS REPORT. AS THE U-N'S SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, ANAYA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING LAWS AND POLICIES THAT SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AROUND THE WORLD. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL GET A CHANCE TO RESPOND TO HIS FINDINGS BEFORE A FINAL REPORT IS CIRCULATED AND PRESENTED NEXT YEAR TO THE U-N HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. 

A PIECE OF THE TOWN OF ST. PAUL'S HISTORY HAS COME BACK TO THE TOWN. RECENTLY, MAYOR GLENN ANDERSEN RECEIVED A VERY SURPRISING PACKAGE IN THE MAIL...THE ORIGINAL ENGINEERING DOCUMENTS FROM THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TOWN'S FAMOUS UFO LANDING PAD WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1967. ANDERSEN SAYS THAT THE DOCUMENTS COME FROM THE ORIGINAL ENGINEER OF THE LANDING PAD WHO WAS CLEANING OUT AN OFFICE AS HE PREPARES FOR RETIREMENT. HE THOUGHT THE TOWN SHOULD HAVE THE DOCUMENTS AS THEY ARE OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THERE IS STILL ONGOING TALKS AS TO WHAT TO DO WITH THE DOCUMENTS. RIGHT NOW, SPECULATION IS THAT THEY WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY IN THE TOURISM CENTRE; THE LOCATION OF THE LANDING PAD.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

SCHOOLS IN SEVERAL WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITIES LOCKED THEIR DOORS AND KEPT CHILDREN INSIDE YESTERDAY (OCT 3) AFTER A WARNING ABOUT A POTENTIALLY VIOLENT HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDER. THREE SCHOOLS IN KINDERSLEY, ALONG WITH SCHOOLS IN COLEVILLE, ESTON, MARENGO, EATONIA AND PLENTY WENT INTO WHAT R-C-M-P CALL A ``HOLD AND SECURE'' MODE BECAUSE OF UNCONFIRMED SIGHTINGS OF MICHAEL SEAN STANLEY. STANLEY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SEX OFFENCES, INCLUDING TAKING CHILDREN FROM PLAYGROUNDS. HIS ELECTRONIC MONITORING BRACELET WAS FOUND TUESDAY ON THE ROOF OF A BUSINESS IN LLOYDMINSTER -- IT HAD BEEN CUT OFF. SUN WEST SCHOOL DIVISION SPOKESWOMAN ROXAN FOURSHA SAYS A HOLD AND SECURE MODE MEANS ONLY PARENTS WERE ALLOWED TO PICK UP THEIR OWN CHILDREN AFTER SCHOOL ON THURSDAY. BUSES DID NOT RUN YESTERDAY. FOURSHA SAYS R-C-M-P HAVE TOLD THE DIVISION THAT THE ALERT WILL BE IN PLACE FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THERE'S NO WORD IF THE LOCKDOWN WILL CONTINUE TODAY (OCT 4). RCMP SAY THEY'VE HAD MORE THAN 10 REPORTED SIGHTINGS OF STANLEY IN SASKATCHEWAN, BUT NONE HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AND SEVERAL HAVE BEEN PROVEN FALSE.

RCMP FROM THREE HILLS AND BEISEKER CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH. YESTERDAY MORNING (OCT 3) MOUNTIES AND EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO AN AREA NORTH OF LINDEN ON HIGHWAY 8-06 NEAR, HIGHWAY 5-85. APPARENTLY A SMALL CAR LEFT THE ROAD AND ROLLED. A 22 YEAR OLD MAN AND 25 YEAR OLD MAN WERE BOTH EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE.  POLICE SAY ONE MALE DIED AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE OTHER WAS SENT TO THREE HILLS HEALTH CENTRE WITH UNDERTERMINED INJURIES.

A TEENAGER WHO MADE THREATS ON FACEBOOK TO SHOOT STUDENTS AND STAFF AT A CENTRAL ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN SENTENCED. THE 16-YEAR-OLD, WHO CAN'T BE NAMED DUE TO HIS AGE, HAD PLEADED GUILTY TO UTTERING THREATS AND BREACHING PROBATION. A YOUTH COURT JUDGE IN RED DEER ON THURSDAY (OCT 3) GAVE THE BOY CREDIT FOR THE FOUR MONTHS HE SPENT IN CUSTODY AND SAYS HE WILL REMAIN ON PROBATION UNTIL NEXT SEPTEMBER. THE YOUTH TOLD THE JUDGE HE IS SORRY AND ASHAMED HE LET HIS ANGER GET THE BEST OF HIM AND SAYS HE NEVER INTENDED TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH HIS THREAT. THE JUDGE TOLD THE YOUTH HE HAS A LONG LIFE AHEAD OF HIM AND NOT TO SCREW IT UP. RCMP WERE ALERTED ON APRIL 4 TO A FACEBOOK POST THREATENING STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT LINDSAY THURBER HIGH SCHOOL.

A CENTRAL-ALBERTA WOMAN WHO STABBED HER COMMON-LAW HUSBAND TO DEATH HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 10 YEARS. PHOEBE FIRINGSTONEY, 31, OF HOBBEMA WAS CONVICTED OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. JAMIE LEE SOOSAY DIED IN HOSPITAL AFTER HE WAS STABBED SEVERAL TIMES IN A HOUSE ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN 2011. RCMP SAY THE STABBING ON THE SAMSON FIRST NATION RESERVE WAS THE RESULT OF A FAMILY FIGHT. THE COUPLE'S FIVE YOUNG CHILDREN WERE HOME AT THE TIME.

A PRISONER WHO ESCAPED NEARLY A MONTH AGO FROM AN ALBERTA CORRECTIONAL CENTRE IS BACK IN CUSTODY. RCMP SAY CODY JOSEPH MCINTOSH, WHO IS 29, WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT WEDNESDAY (OCT 2) IN EDSON ON A CANADA-WIDE WARRANT. POLICE SAY MCINTOSH AND A SECOND INMATE, SIMON ERWIN CARDINAL, ESCAPED FROM THE PE SAKASTEW CORRECTIONAL CENTRE IN HOBBEMA ON SEPTEMBER 6. CENTRE STAFF NOTIFIED MOUNTIES AND ARREST WARRANTS WERE ISSUED. CARDINAL WAS RECAPTURED BY EDMONTON POLICE ON SEPT. 16.

A CALGARY MAN CHARGED EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX WITH WOMEN WITHOUT TELLING THEM HE'S H-I-V POSITIVE IS FACING MORE CHARGES. JOHN JOSEPH MCNAMARA IS NOW CHARGED WITH EIGHT COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER TWO WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE ACCUSED HIM OF HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX WITH THEM BETWEEN MARCH AND JULY OF LAST YEAR. THE OTHER SIX CHARGES FOLLOW SIMILAR ACCUSATIONS FROM FOUR WOMEN IN CALGARY, ONE FROM AIRDRIE AND ONE FROM INNISFAIL. POLICE IN CALGARY HAD ISSUED A WARNING IN JUNE THAT A MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS ACTIVE ON INTERNET DATING SITES.

A JUDICIAL REVIEW ON THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO CLOSE MICHENER CENTRE WILL BE HEARD IN MARCH. THE SOCIETY OF PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF MICHENER CENTRE FILED A REQUEST LAST MONTH FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW INTO THE CLOSURE OF THE LIVE-IN CENTRE FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES. IT HOPES THE REVIEW WILL FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO EXPLAIN HOW IT CAME TO ITS DECISION AFTER YEARS OF ASSURING GUARDIANS AND FAMILIES THAT THEIR LOVED ONES WOULD REMAIN AT MICHENER FOR AS LONG AS THEY LIVED. SOCIETY PRESIDENT BILL LOUGH SAYS THE GROUP DOESN'T EXPECT THE REVIEW WILL CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT'S MIND.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS LIFTED IT'S BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES FOR SOME LAKES AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE ADVISORIES HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR PINE LAKE, PIGEON LAKE, ALIX LAKE AND HAUNTED LAKE. THEY'VE BEEN LIFTED THANKS TO THE RECENT COOL TEMPERATURES.

 ALBERTA PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS MUNICIPALITIES CAN'T BE LOOKING OUT FOR JUST THEIR OWN INTERESTS WHEN IT COMES TO REBUILDING AFTER THE MASSIVE JUNE FLOOD. SHE SAYS WHILE SOME SOLUTIONS WILL NEED TO BE LOCAL, THE ENTIRE WATERSHED MUST BE CONSIDERED. REDFORD SAYS PROGRESS WON'T BE MADE IF A BUNCH OF INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS ARE MADE WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE. THE PREMIER WAS SPEAKING AT A SYMPOSIUM TODAY (OCT 4) IN CALGARY WHERE EXPERTS ARE DISCUSSING IDEAS ON HOW TO LESSEN THE DAMAGE THE NEXT TIME THERE'S A MAJOR FLOOD IN THE PROVINCE. SHE SAYS THERE NEEDS TO BE LAYERS OF READINESS THAT RANGE FROM INDIVIDUAL HOMEOWNERS TO MAJOR GOVERNMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS BUILDING DAMS AND BERMS. REDFORD SAYS 2013 WILL BE THE YEAR THAT EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR ALBERTA AND WAS A REMINDER OF THE ``STARTLING BRUTALITY'' OF WATER.

ROUGHLY ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR A LEFT VERSUS RIGHT POLITICAL DEBATE AT RDC LAST NIGHT (OCT 3) FEATURING WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH AND NDP LEADER BRIAN MASON. THE TWO HAD A VERBAL SPARRING MATCH COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS BUT IN A VERY FRIENDLY AND RESPECTUFUL TYPE ATMOSPHERE THAT FREQUENTLY HAD ONLOOKERS LAUGHING. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION INCLUDED ALBERTA'S REVENUE AND EXPENSES, BORROWING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS, OIL AND GAS PIPELINES, THE ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, CUTS TO POST SECONDARY, HEALTH CARE AND THE PENDING CLOSURE OF RED DEER'S MICHENER CENTRE NEXT YEAR.

RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A NEW AREA STRUCTURE PLAN FOR THE RED DEER REGIONAL AIRPORT. AIRPORT CEO R.J. STEENSTRA SAYS IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS GUIDING FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AT THE AIRPORT. HE SAYS THEY'RE NOW IN THE PLANNING STAGES OF GETTING THE SOUTH FIELD DONE WITH INFRASTRUCTURE.

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP MAKE A WISH COME TRUE FOR AN ALBERTA CHILD WITH A LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS HAPPENS AT RED DEER'S BOWER PONDS THIS WEEKEND.
THE CHILDREN'S WISH FOUNDATION IS HOLDING IT'S ANNUAL "WISHMAKER WALK FOR WISHES" ON SATURDAY (OCT 5) WITH THE GOAL OF RAISING ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE AN ELIGIBLE CHILD'S WISH COME TRUE. SPOKESPERSON ELISHA JACKSON SAYS IT'S THE LARGEST AND SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER FOR THEM. THE EVENT WILL ALSO FEATURE A BOUNCY CASTLE, FACE PAINTING, FOOD VENDORS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT.

A BACKHOE OPERATOR WORKING ON A PIPELINE HAS UNCOVERED A MASSIVE DINOSAUR FOSSIL IN NORTHWESTERN ALBERTA. THE 30-METRE-LONG SKELETON WAS DISCOVERED TUESDAY NEAR SPIRIT RIVER WHEN THE OPERATOR MOVED SOME EARTH AND INADVERTENTLY BROKE OFF A PIECE OF THE PREHISTORIC BEAST.  THE WORKER THOUGHT HE HAD SIMPLY BROKE OFF SOME ROCK ABOUT ONE-AND-A-HALF METERS DOWN AND LAID THE CHUNK ASIDE, BUT THEN HE NOTICED THE EXPOSED FOSSIL IN AN EMBANKMENT AND STOPPED DIGGING. THE SITE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN WHILE PALAEONTOLOGISTS FROM THE TYRELL MUSEUM IN DRUMHELLER AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXAMINE THE REMAINS.

THE ANNUAL HANNA FALL RUMMAGE SALE IS SET TO GO TOMORROW (OCT 5). IT RUNS FROM 10:00AM TO 3:00PM AT THE HANNA ARENA AND THE HANNA CURLING RINK.
AUXILIARY MEMBER KAREN FROBB SAYS SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE USUALLY TAKE IN THE SALE OVER THE SIX HOURS. SHE URGES YOU TO GET THERE EARLY BECAUSE THERE'S USUALLY A LINE UP AT THE DOORS EVEN AT 9:00 SATURDAY MORNING. THE EVENT IS PUT ON BY THE HANNA LADIES HOSPITAL AUXILIARY WITH THE MONEY RAISED USED TO PURCHASE NEEDED EQUIPMENT AT THE HANNA HOSPITAL. DONATIONS OF ITEMS WERE ACCEPTED YESTERDAY AND TODAY (OCT 3-4) AT THE HANNA ARENA AND CURLING RINK.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

A judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment for man accused of shooting a clerk with a shotgun during a gas station robbery in Red Deer, Alberta. Jeffrey Geary is facing attempted murder and other charges after the September 11th holdup. The 30-year-old will remain in custody at Alberta Hospital in Edmonton while he undergoes an assessment to determine whether he can be held criminally responsible. Geary returns to court October 31st. The clerk was hit in the face and hand with the blast and required multiple surgeries. HE CONTINUES TO RECOVER IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL.

ONE OF TWO PEOPLE CHARGED IN A ROBBERY AT A RED DEER GAS STATION JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SHOOTING OF A STORE CLERK AT THAT SAME LOCATION HAS BEEN SENTENCED IN RED DEER COURT. 28 YEAR OLD KARLA PITTMAN OF RED DEER PLED GUILTY ON WEDNESDAY (OCT 2) TO THREE COUNTS AND RECEIVED 650 DOLLARS IN FINES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 24TH INCIDENT. MOUNTIES ALLEGE A MAN AND WOMAN EACH STOLE LIGHTERS FROM THE STORE WITH THE MAN PULLING OUT A BATON AND THREATENING TO KILL THE CLERK. 27 YEAR OLD CO-ACCUSED MITCHELL BRUNET OF RED DEER WILL BE IN COURT ON FRIDAY (OCT 4).

A TEENAGER IN RED DEER ACCUSED OF THREATENING ON FACEBOOK TO CARRY OUT A SCHOOL SHOOTING IN THE CITY WILL BE SENTENCED IN YOUTH COURT TODAY (OCT 3). THE 17 YEAR OLD WHO CAN'T BE NAMED PLED GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS BACK IN JULY AND WILL ALSO SPEAK TO ANOTHER CHARGE OF FAILING TO COMPLY IN THE APRIL 4TH INCIDENT. MEANWHILE, THE SAME TEEN WILL ALSO HAVE A TRIAL TODAY IN CONNECTION TO A SEPARATE INCIDENT WHICH TOOK PLACE ON MARCH 9TH. THE YOUTH IS FACING CHARGING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND UTTERING THREATS AMONG SEVERRAL OTHER OFFENCES.

HALF A DOZEN CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AGAINST A MAN FROM CENTRAL ALBERTA ACCUSED OF DAMAGING SENSITIVE PUBLIC LAND AND WATER BODIES IN CLEARWATER COUNTY WITH AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE. THE CHARGES WERE LAID AGAINST ANDREW HOLLAND SHARPE AFTER A JOINT INVESTIGATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA COMPLIANCE STAFF AND THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE RCMP.  IT'S ALLEGED SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS USED OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES BETWEEN MAY 2011 AND NOVEMBER 2012 TO DAMAGE THE AREA IN QUESTION WITH VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWING ONE OF THEM ENGAGED IN THOSE ACTIVITIES UPLOADED TO A SOCIAL MEDIA SITE. OFFICIALS SAY THE IMPACTED AREA INCLUDES SWAN CREEK, A STREAM THAT SUPPORTS A UNIQUE TROUT POPULATION WITH THE VEHICLE THAT WENT INTO THE STREAM DESTROYING SPAWNING GROUNDS FOR THE FISH, LIMITING THEIR ABILITY TO REPRODUCE.

A RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM HIS FORMER EMPLOYER, KNEEHILL COUNTY. THREE HILLS MOUNTIES CONDUCTED A TWO AND A HALF MONTH INVESTIGATION AND RESULTED IN CHARGES AGAINST 52 YEAR OLD NIALL SHARPE,  INCLUDING THEFT AND FRAUD OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND FORGERY. RCMP SEIZED A NUMBER OF ITEMS FROM HIS PROPERTY. SHARPE IS TO APPEAR IN DRUMHELLER COURT IN NOVEMBER. SHARPE WAS THE EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICER AT KNEEHILL COUNTY, AND HAD BEEN A 6 YEAR EMPLOYEE BUT RESIGNED IN JUNE.  

Alberta pharmacists and Alberta Blue Cross have reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government.  The agreement-in-principle includes four years of funding, changes to dispensing fees, a strengthened relationship between Alberta Health and the Alberta Pharmacists' Association, and updated compensation fees for the services pharmacists provide to Albertans. The agreement maintains Alberta's position as a top investor in pharmacy services and, if approved, will come into effect on April 1, 2014. Future pharmacy services that will be available to Albertans include counselling for smoking cessation and a larger focus on medication management for diabetics.
Health Minister Fred Horne says the deal is a step forward in improving access to care and enabling pharmacists to provide even more services to Albertans. Byron Bergh, president Alberta Pharmacists' Association, says the financial package provides stable funding and ongoing access to high quality pharmacy care.

THE NEW LEADER OF THE ALBERTA PARTY WAS TRAVELING THROUGH CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST WEEK.
GREG CLARK TOOK OVER THE REINS OFFICIALLY IN A LEADERSHIP VOTE HELD IN SEPTEMBER AND HE IS NOW TOURING THE PROVINCE. CLARK WANTS TO INCREASE THE PROFILE OF THE ALBERTA PARTY AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THEY STAND ON THE ISSUES. HE SAYS THE ALBERTA PARTY IS FOR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR A POLITICAL HOME. CLARK HAS THREE GOALS FOR THE PARTY IN THE SHORT TERM, ORGANIZATION, OUTREACH, AND FUNDRAISING. CLARK IS A 42 YEAR OLD FROM CALGARY WHO WAS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN BEFORE TURNING TO POLITICS.

A FEW MORE STEPS BEING TAKEN IN ESTABLISHING A NEW SKATEBOARD PARK IN DRUMHELLER. THE DRUMHELLER ASSOCIATION OF SKATEBOARD ENTHUSIASTS HAVE PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL FOR A DEVELOPMENT NEAR THE SPLASH PARK, NEAR THE WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR. DRUMHELLER COUNCIL RECENTLY GIVING ITS INITIAL SUPPORT, BUT MAYOR TERRY YEMEN SAYS THEY'VE ASKED TOWN ADMINSTRATION TO LOOK INTO A FEW ISSUES, ESPECIALLY IF THE PARK WOULD AFFECT LAND NEEDED FOR FUTURE EXPANSION OF THE AQUAPLEX. HE SAYS WITH SOME NEGOCIATIONS, THE AREA IN QUESTION SHOULD STILL WORK OUT.  THE DRUMHELLER ASSOCIATION OF SKATEBOARD ENTHUSIASTS AND IT'S CONSULTANT ARE HOLDING IT'S FIRST PUBLIC MEETING ON THE DESIGN OF THE PARK THIS EVENING (OCT 3), AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO DROP BY AND PROVIDE SOME INPUT. THE OPEN HOUSE WORKSHOP GOES FROM 6:30 TO 8:00 THIS EVENING AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY IN DRUMHELLER.


Calgary police have won an award for their use of social media to keep in touch with the public during June's devastating flood. The service was presented with the award last week at a social media conference called Connected Cops. Their Twitter account pushed out so much content that at one point it was temporarily placed in Twitter jail for exceeding the daily number of tweets.
But police say quick feedback from the public led to Twitter reopening the account. They also say Calgarians kept up the spirits of emergency personnel through their support, pictures, videos and acts of kindness on Twitter and Facebook.

MANY FARMERS AND GARDENERS IN ALBERTA ARE HARVESTING GREAT CROPS THIS FALL. AND A PLANT BREEDER IN THE VERMILION AREA ALSO HAS HAD A GREAT GROWING YEAR. FRED FELLNER SAYS IT'S REALLY BEEN A RECORD BREAKING YEAR IN HIS LILLY PATCH.
HE'S SEEN SUCH DIFFERENT AND VIBRANT COLORS IN HIS FLOWERS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE. FELLNER ADDS, SOME BLOOMS HAVE BEEN 6 TO 7 INCHES, WHICH IS AMAZING. ONE OF HIS PRIZE PURE BRED DEVELOPMENTS IS A BLACK LILLY. AND AFTER 40 YEARS OF TRYING IT'S LOOKS LIKE HE'S FINALLY REACHED HIS GOAL. FELLNER SAYS IT'S ACTUALLY A VERY DEEP RED, BUT LOOKS BLACK.


 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

A MAN IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER BEING FIRED FROM HIS JOB. RCMP IN TURNER VALLEY, SOUTH WEST OF CALGARY,  WERE CALLED TO THE EDEN VALLEY RESERVE ON TUESDAY MORNING (OCT 1) AFTER RECEIVING REPORTS ABOUT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. WITNESSES SAID A PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE SHOWED UP FOR WORK TO FIND OUT HE NO LONGER HAD A JOB. IT'S ALLEGED THAT HE THEN ASSAULTED A SUPERVISOR AND ANOTHER CO-WORKER, BEFORE FLEEING. HE WAS LATER FOUND BY POLICE HIDING IN SOME NEARBY TREES. Dusty Dixon will appear in court on October 8th. ONE OF THE VICTIMS HAD TO BE TREATED FOR HIS INJURIES AT THE HOSPITAL, BUT HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED.

RED DEER RCMP HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED TWO SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A CITY GAS STATION LAST MONTH. 27 YEAR OLD MITCHELL BRUNET OF NO FIXED ADDRESS FACES TWO COUNTS INCLUDING ROBBERY AND HAS BEEN REMANDED IN CUSTODY. HE MADE A COURT APPEARANCE IN RED DEER YESTERDAY (OCT 1). 28 YEAR OLD KARLA PITTMAN OF RED DEER FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING ROBBERY AND REMAINS IN POLICE CUSTODY. SHE MAKES A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY (OCT 2) IN RED DEER PROVINCIAL COURT. IT WAS SEPTEMBER 24TH WHEN RCMP ALLEGE A CLERK HAD THEIR LIFE THREATENED DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY AT THE WESTPARK FAS GAS. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER ANOTHER CLERK AT THE SAME STORE WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY WITH A SHOTGUN.

A young woman from Israel--had to swim to safety---after RCMP say her vehicle wound up in a stormwater rentention pond near Balzac, NORTH OF CALGARY. the incident happening yesterday morning (oct 1) around 10:00 o'clock. Officers say she'd been trying to merge onto Highway 2 from Crossiron Drive--but didnt make the curve and lost control of her SUV. the vehicle wound up completely underwater. The 21 year old female is okay---but she's been charged with careless driving.

A 63 YEAR OLD MAN IS IN STABLE CONDITION WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER FALLING INTO A BELL HOLE NEAR SUNDRE TUESDAY MORNING (OCT 1). THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10:30 WITH STARS AIR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTING THE MAN TO FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. THE BELL HOLE WAS 12-14 FEET DEEP. THEY'RE USED FOR WORKERS TO MAKE REPAIRS ON JOINT SECTIONS OF OIL OR GAS PIPELINES.

The National Parole Board has denied weekend passes for a pedophile who drowned a five-year-old Calgary girl and stuffed her body into a garbage can. The board says Harold Smeltzer needs close supervision and should not be allowed overnight leave. But it ruled that day parole can continue for the 57-year-old. The board first released Smeltzer on day parole in 2008 and, two years later, turned down a request for overnight leave from his Regina halfway house. Smeltzer served 27 years of a life sentence for the murder of Kimberley Thompson, who was snatched off A CALGARY street in 1980 while on her way to kindergarten. He was also convicted of several other sexual assaults and has admitted to attacking more young girls.

SOME GOOD NEWS...BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE RUN AWAY IS NOW BACK AT HOME. JOSELINE METZGER WAS REPORTED MISSING SINCE LAST FRIDAY (SEPT 27), BUT HAS CONTACTED AND MET WITH HER MOTHER.  THE RCMP THANK THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR INFORMATION AND HELP IN FINDING THE FEMALE.

Suncor Energy is reporting a shortage of diesel fuel in some parts of Western Canada. The energy giant says the shortage is mainly affecting its Petro-Pass commercial customers mostly truckers and farmers. A Suncor spokeswoman says the shortage began Monday (SEPT 30) and there is no immediate word on how long it might last. Calgary-based Suncor did not release the cause of the shortage. Suncor calls itself one of the region's largest diesel fuel producers. People in Western Canada suffered through a diesel shortage last November and in November 2011.

THE CENTRAL ALBERTA HARVEST IS ON HOLD WHILE THIS WET WEATHER ROLLS THROUGH.  CROP SPECIALIST HARRY BROOK SAYS 60-70 PERCENT OF THE WHEAT IS IN THE BIN, RATED AT NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO. BROOK SAYS THE COOLER WET WEATHER COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT SOME OF THE QUALITY OF THE REMAINING WHEAT IF IT HANGS AROUND. HE SAYS THE CANOLA HARVEST IS ALSO WELL UNDERWAY. BROOK SAYS THE HARVEST IS ABOUT 80 PERCENT COMPLETE AND THE MAJORITY OF FARMERS WILL HAVE ABOVE AVERAGE YIELDS.

More than 120 University of Alberta faculty and staff have accepted buyouts as the school struggles to deal with government budget cuts. The university says the buyouts should save up to 14 million dollars a year toward meeting a 56 million-dollar budget reduction. The buyouts include 53 professors, 20 associate professors and four assistant professors. Martin Ferguson-Pell, acting provost of the university, says the Faculty of Arts took the biggest hit, but all faculties will be affected.

Two of the provincial party leaders squarED off at the Augustana Campus in Camrose TUESDAY EVENING (OCT 1). IT'S ONE IN A SERIES OF DEBATES BEING HELD AT COLLEGE CAMPUSES AROUND ALBERTA BETWEEN Wildrose leader Danielle Smith AND THE NDP's Brian Mason. THE PAIR ARE FOCUSING ON Talking about the issues affecting younger Albertans, LIKE ALBERTA'S REVENUE AND EXPENSES, ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY, AS WELL AS PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS AND BUDGET CUTS TO POST SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS. Smith says there are some areas of "common ground", but they try to keep it interesting. SHE SAYS THEY'RE PRESENTING TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT VERSIONS FOR WHERE ALBERTA WOULD GO IF THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS REPLACED IN 2016. SMITH AND MASON WILL BE DEBATING THE ISSUES AGAIN ON THURSDAY EVENING AT RED DEER COLLEGE. IT ALL BEGINS AT 7:00.

THE VILLAGE OF DELBURNE HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE PROVINCE'S LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITIES. NOW IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT THAT MEANS, IT MEANS DELBURNE WILL BE PART OF A PROVINCE-WIDE COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVE. OFFICIALS SAY THE INITIATIVE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO GROW COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CAPACITY THROUGHOUT RURAL ALBERTA. IT'S A 15 WEEK PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR BOTH ADULTS AND STUDENTS WITH YOUR CHANCE TO REGISTER AT TRIPLE W DOT BECOMINGACOMMUNITYBUILDER DOT CA. THE PROGRAM WAS LAUNCHED AT THE DELBURNE DROP-IN CENTRE LAST NIGHT (OCT 1).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL ROLLOVER THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY (SEPT 30) SOUTHEAST OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. POLICE SAY 61 YEAR OLD CAROL CARL OF CAROLINE WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE AFTER HER VEHICLE VEERED OFF RANGE ROAD "54" SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 11 AND ROLLED JUST BEFORE 10 AM. THERE'S NO WORD ON WHAT LEAD TO THE ACCIDENT AS RCMP DON'T BELIEVE ALCOHOL OR ROAD CONDITIONS WERE FACTORS. EMS FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ECKVILLE, AND CLEARWATER COUNTY ALL RESPONDING TO THE SCENE.

ONE MAN IS DEAD AFTER A CRASH BETWEEN A VAN AND A TRUCK HAULING FARM EQUIPMENT ON HIGHWAY 599 EAST OF CASTOR FRIDAY NIGHT (SEPT 27). THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 10 O'CLOCK WHEN A VAN DRIVEN BY A MAN STRUCK A TRUCK HAULING FARM EQUIPMENT THAT WAS PROPERLY MARKED AND HAD A FLASHING AMBER LIGHT. THE TRUCK AND EQUIPMENT WAS  PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE BUT STILL PARTIALLY ON THE ROADWAY. MOUNTIES SAY THE VAN DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BUT HE LATER DIED OF HIS INJURIES WITH THE TRUCK DRIVER NOT HURT IN THE CRASH. POLICE FEEL SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE COLLISION.

A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A YOUNG INNISFAIL MOTHER NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO BY SENDING AN EXPLOSIVE PACKAGE TO HER HOME HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. 56 YEAR OLD BRIAN MALLEY FACES THREE COUNTS INCLUDING FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE NOVEMBER 2011 DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD VICTORIA SHACHTAY (SHACK-TAY). SHE WAS WHEELCHAIR BOUND AFTER A CAR CRASH 9 YEARS AGO AND LEFT BEHIND A 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AFTER THE EXPLOSION INCIDENT. MALLEY WAS HER FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND RETURNS TO COURT NOVEMBER 4TH TO SET A DATE FOR A TRIAL.

A young woman convicted of helping to kill her family IN MEDICINE HAT when she was 12 years old has been ordered to abide by a curfew. IN A HEARING HELD ON MONDAY (SPET 30) AT THE MEDICINE HAT COURTHOUSE, Her lawyer, Tim Foster, had gone BEFORE A JUDGE asking for the curfew to be lifted.  Foster says his client is a poster child for how young offenders can be rehabilitated, excelling at both work and school.  But Crown prosecutor Brandy Shaw says the woman has recently moved and has encountered changes at her job. SHAW argued lifting the curfew may be too much change all at once, and the judge agreed.  The 19-year-old was convicted along with her then-boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, of killing her mother, father and younger brother in their Medicine Hat home. Steinke received a life sentence without the chance of parole for 25 years, while the girl was sentenced to 10 years in youth court. SHE STILL HAS 2 AND HALF YEARS TO SERVE.

A TRIAL HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR A HOBBEMA MOUNTIE ACCUSED OF USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHILE MAKING AN ARREST LAST YEAR. 35 YEAR OLD CONSTABLE RON LAVALLEE IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM IN THE NEW YEARS DAY 2012 INCIDENT BUT HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE HAS YET TO BE SET. A TRIAL DATE IS HOPED TO BE SET AT THAT NEXT APPEARANCE. LAVALLEE WAS CHARGED FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION BY A SENIOR MEMBER OF AN INDEPENDENT RCMP UNIT. HE REMAINS ON MEDICAL LEAVE WHILE HIS DUTY STATUS IS STILL UNDER REVIEW.

ONE OF TWO PEOPLE CHARGED IN A CANCER FRAUD SCHEME IN RED DEER OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS WILL SEE NEXT JUNE IF HER CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. 51 YEAR OLD THERESA SUTHERLAND FACES 25 COUNTS AND WILL HAVE A TWO DAY PRELIMINARY HEARING STARTING JUNE 19TH OF 2014. SHE'S CHARGED ALONG WITH 58 YEAR OLD KEVIN SVEINSON WHO FACES HALF A DOZEN COUNTS AND RETURNS TO COURT NEXT MONTH. THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED AT A RESIDENCE IN CLEARVIEW LAST APRIL AFTER AN INVESTIGATION THAT BEGAN IN 2009. IT'S ALLEGED THE PAIR SOLICITED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM AN INDIVIDUAL AND REPAID THEM WITH STOLEN CHEQUES. RCMP SAY TWO OTHER VICTIMS WERE DISCOVERED AS WELL WITH TWO OF THE THREE BEING SENIORS.

THE Alberta GOVERNMENT has set a deadline for people who were affected by the devastating June floods to apply for disaster recovery money.  The province estimates more than 100,000 people in 30 communities were affected by the floods, including more than 40,000 people who were forced from their homes. More than 2,000 people are still out of their homes, including almost 1,300 living in temporary neighbourhoods in High River and Siksika. People have until NovEMBER 30TH to file their initial claim for uninsurable property damage and other expenses for their primary home, small business or farm.  The Municipal Affairs Department says once people file their application they will have more time to submit their paperwork to complete the process. People can call 310-4455 to apply or download the form online at http://alberta.ca/2013DisasterRecoveryPrograms

Alberta has hired two engineering companies to help it find ways to protect people from future devastating floods. The firms AMEC and AECOM were chosen following a request for proposals by the government. Details of the contracts, including the cost and when the companies will make their reports, were not released. Alberta officials have said the projects could include dams, dikes, berms and water diversions. Officials say the government will ask experts and the public for more ideas at a flood mitigation symposium Friday (OCT. 4)  in Calgary. The engineering firms would then help the government make a short list of the best ideas and assess their viability.

Premier Alison Redford says her government will not reconsider its decision to close a care home for the developmentally disabled in RED DEER. The province announced in March that it plans to move 125 of the Michener Centre's residents to community group homes or seniors facilities WITHIN THE AREA. Since then more than 20-thousand people have signed petitions to keep the centre in Red Deer open. Redford says her Progressive Conservative government will help Michener families through the transition PERIOD. 

RED DEER MAYOR MORRIS FLEWWELLING IS ON HIS WAY TO EDMONTON TO TALK ABOUT THE CENTRAL ALBERT CITY'S BID TO HOST THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES. EVERY CITY IN ALBERTA PLANNING ON SUBMITTING A BID WILL BE AT THE MEETING AND FLEWWELLING SAYS MONEY WILL BE THE MAIN FOCUS POINT OF THE GET TOGETHER. FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GRANT INFORMATION IS LIKELY TO BE SHARED. THE FINAL BIDS MUST BE IN BY NOVEMBER 4TH, A SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED THIS FEBRUARY, AND THE WINNING CITY WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT SEPTEMBER. A 13 PERSON BID COMMITTEE WAS APPROVED BY RED DEER COUNCIL LAST NIGHT (SEPT 30). COMMUNITY BUILDER LYN RADFORD WILL CHAIR THE RED DEER BID PLANNING COMMITTEE. 

DELBURNE AND AREA RESIDENTS THINKING OF BUILDING UP THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAVE A CHANCE TO DO JUST THAT TONIGHT (OCT 1).  THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY AS PART OF THE PROVINCE-WIDE "BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER - COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE". IT'S A 15 WEEK PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR BOTH ADULTS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. DELBURNE RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN TAKING PART CAN REGISTER FOR THE FREE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM BY VISITING TRIPLE W DOT BECOMINGACOMMUNITYBUILDER DOT CA. THE PROGRAM TAKES PLACE TONIGHT AT 7 AT THE DELBURNE DROP-IN CENTRE.

A University of Alberta researcher will deploy with Canadian troops to Afghanistan to study how soldiers cope with stress. Dr. Ibolja Cernak will spend a month in Kabul as part of her assessment of how soldiers and veterans cope physically and emotionally before, during and after deployment. She says the three biggest problems facing soldiers are mental health, concussions and lower back pain. DR. Cernak hopes to come up with ways to prevent some of these problems, which can sometimes become irreversible.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

An 88-year-old man is dead after a car and pick-up collided in Okotoks yesterday afternoon (SEPT 29). OKOTOKS Mounties say it was just before 4:00 that a car pulled into an intersection AT HIGHWAY 7 AND SUNDANCE TRAIL into the PATH of a half-ton TRUCK. POLICE say there was nothing the driver of the pick-up could do to avoid hitting the car. The driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle. He died in hospital. His 65-year-old passenger is in hospital in stable condition. The driver of the truck was NOT HURT.

A 62 YEAR OLD MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE CRASH NEAR SYLVAN LAKE ON THE WEEKEND. MOUNTIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM AS LLOYD SPITTLE, WHO IS FROM THE ECKVILLE AREA. POLICE SAY THE MAN WAS RIDING WITH A GROUP OF MOTORCYCLES AROUND 6:15 SATURDAY EVENING (SEPT 21), WHEN APPARENTLY HE  LOST CONTROL ON A CURVE ON THE RAINY CREEK ROAD, ABOUT 1 KILOMETER NORTH OF SYLVAN LAKE, AND STRUCK A FENCE. THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL BUT, DIED A SHORT TIME LATER. SPITTLE'S MOTORCYCLE WAS THE ONLY BIKE INVOLVED IN THE COLLISION.

OLDS AND INNISFAIL MOUNTIES HELPED THE AIRDRIE RCMP STOP A STOLEN VEHICLE IN A CHASE DOWN  HGHWAY TWO. ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 27) ABOUT 1:15, A THREE/QUARTER TON TRUCK , BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED IN NUMEROUS CRIMINAL OFFENCES IN CALGARY, WAS FOLLOWED BY THE CALGARY POLICE HAWCS HELICOPTER. THE TRUCK KEPT HEADING NORTH OF THE CITY, DRIVING THROUGH A SPIKEBELT IN OLDS. EVEN WITH TWO FLAT FRONT TIRES, THE truck CONTINUED TO NEAR RED DEER, WHEN THE VEHICLE BROKE DOWN. THE 28 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER AND 28 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER THEN TRIED TO FLEE BY FOOT BUT THEY WERE CAUGHT. BOTH REMAIN IN POLICE CUSTODY.

The former manager of a central Alberta oil and gas services company is accused of stealing close to 71-thousand dollars from the company. R-C-M-P say they began investigating the case five months ago after getting a complaint from Red Flame Industries. Police say the allegations involve misuse of the company credit card, as well as manipulation of the company payroll. Forty-three-year-old Sean Keith Brouillette of Sylvan Lake faces theft and fraud charges and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court October 31st.

A woman has seen her Calgary rental home for the first time since a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen was removed from the property last week. Rebekah Caverhill says the man claimed the home as his ``embassy'' shortly after moving in and she spent nearly two years trying to get him out. Caverhill was crying as she toured the beige-brick duplex today (sept 30) with a number of reporters and cameras. Windows were covered with towels, clothing was heaped on floors and dirty dishes were piled in the kitchen. Alphabet magnets on the refrigerator spelled out the word ``respect'' and a sign on the door of one room called it a meeting place for people of the Sovereign Embassy of Earth.  Caverhill rented the home to Andreas Pirelli in November 2011 but soon after he identified himself as a follower of the Freemen-on-the-Land, claimed the home as an embassy, changed the locks and placed a lien on the property.He was arrested Friday morning by police on outstanding warrants from Quebec. A JUDGE ALSO ISSUING A COURT ORDER TO HAVE ANYONE LIVING IN THE DUPLEX TO VACATE BY THIS PAST SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT, OR FACE EVICTION. EVERYONE WAS OUT.

A highway WEST OF CALGARY that was completely washed out during massive flooding earlier this year is open to traffic once again. Highway 7-58 into Bragg Creek reopened ON FRIDAY (SEPT 27), 100 days after being completely closed in June.
Transportation Minister Ric McIver says staff, consultants and contractors accomplished in 12 weeks what would normally take a year.
A portion of the Elbow River had to be diverted in order to complete the work.

SNC-Lavalin has put its stake in AltaLink, which owns more than half of Alberta's electricity transmission grid, up for sale. AltaLink operates about 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 280 substations in alberta, serving about 85 per cent of the population. The company provided few specific details of its plan, which is part of a broader strategy of reducing its investments in infrastructure assets. It says all options will be considered including a private sale, strategic alternatives or turning to the public market.

Pennies, pictures and predictions of what the future holds have been placed in a time capsule at the Alberta legislature. The items were placed last week in the northeast corner of the legislature during a ceremony to mark the end of the building's centennial year. Many of the objects were picked by more than six-thousand Albertans in online and in-person polls. one of the 50 items selected for the time capsule was a letter from strathmore Grade nine student Brooke Paiha. she wrote a "letter to the future" and was able to read a portion of her letter during the ceremony. the time capsule is set to be opened in September of 2112, when the alaberta Legislature will celebrate it's 200th anniversary.
Last fall, Premier Alison Redford opened a century-old time capsule that contained water-stained newspapers, a penny, a brittle Bible and a sheepskin scroll in the worn copper box.

GIRL GUIDE TROOPS ACROSS CANADA ARE BEGINNING THEIR FALL COOKIE SALES BLITZ. IT'S AN IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER FOR THE ORGANIZATION. DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR THE BADLANDS REGION OF SOUTHERN, ALBERTA DANIELLA BRISBOIS SAYS GIRLS IN DRUMHELLER WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR THIS EVENING (SEPT 30) from 5:00 to 8:00pm SELLING COOKIES. they will also try to cover carbon this evening. THE drumheller PATHFINDERS WILL BE COVERING THE COMMUNITY OF MIDLAND WITH COOKIE SALES THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND. AS THE GIRLS ARE ALSO RAISING FUNDS TO GO TO SWITZERLAND FOR A GIRL GUIDE FUNCTION IN 2016. tHE FALL COOKIE BLITZ FEATURES THE CHOCOLATE COVERED, MINT FLAVORED COOKIES. FOR THOSE IN DRUMHELLER THAT were MISSED BY THE GIRL GUIDES BLITZ THIS EVENING OR WANT TO BUY MORE cookies, JUST CALL DANIELLA BRISBOIS AT 823-6976.

THERE ARE ANYWHERE FROM 80 TO 100 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AROUND THE CITY OF BROOKS AND COUNTY OF NEWELL. THE AREA'S CULTURE WAS ON DISPLAY DURING ALBERTA CULTURE WEEK LAST WEEK. THE EVENT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY CITY OF BROOKS INCLUSION CO-ORDINATOR JEFF GERESTEIN. AND HE SAYS THERE'S A LOT MORE OF AN ARTISTIC SECTOR, HERITAGE, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND PROVINCIAL PRIDE WITHIN BROOKS AND SURROUNDING AREA THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. there are groups like the "tumbleweed theatre", "sagebrush arts", as well as many cultural and artistic events happening at the brooks public library.  ALBERTA CULTURE MINISTER HEATHER KLIMCHUK STOPPED IN BROOKS ON SATURDAY (SEPT 28) AND WAS IMPRESSED, ESPECIALLY with the  'TASTE OF NATIONS' VARIETY OF FOOD. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

AN INNISFAIL MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING AND ABDUCTING HIS FORMER PARTNER AND FIGHTING WITH POLICE LAST YEAR HAS HAD HIS CHARGES STAYED. THE 56 YEAR OLD WHO CAN'T BE NAMED WAS FACING NUMEROUS COUNTS IN THE MARCH 2012 INCIDENT AT THE CROSS IRON MILLS MALL NORTH OF CALGARY. THAT'S WHEN IT'S ALLEGED A WOMAN AT THE MALL PASSED A NOTE TO A GOOD SAMARATIN WHO THEN GAVE IT TO MALL SECURITY WHO THEN CALLED POLICE. TWO NEARBY PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICERS ARRESTED A MAN AT THE SCENE. THE STAY MEANS THE CASE MAY OR MAY NOT RETURN TO COURT AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE.

A BOWDEN MAN IS FACING HALF A DOZEN DRUG CHARGES AFTER SOME BUSTS IN WETASKIWIN AND LEDUC LAST WEEK. 32 YEAR OLD CHAD WENTWORTH IS ONE OF SEVEN PEOPLE CHARGED IN THE RAIDS WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE CHAD SMOKE SHOP IN BOTH WETASKIWIN AND LEDUC AND AT A LEDUC RESIDENCE ON SEPTEMBER 19TH. RCMP SAY THE SEARCHES TURNED UP A LARGE QUANTITY OF DRUG PARAPHANALIA AND NUMEROUS HERBAL INCENSE PRODUCTS WHICH ALLEGEDLY CONTAINED MARIJUANA. WENTWORTH HAS BEEN RELEASED ON BAIL AND WILL MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN LEDUC OCTOBER 3RD.

A GRAND OPENING OF SYLVAN LAKE'S NEW TOWN HALL TAKES PLACE TODAY (SEPT 25). THE 8 MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY IS MUCH LARGER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE, FULLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND FEATURES MORE MEETING ROOM SPACE AND BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS. IT'S LOCATED ON 48TH STREET NEXT TO THE LIONS PARK. GRAND OPENING CELEBRATIONS RUN FROM 4 TIL 7 WITH GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE AND A RIBBON CUTTING AT 5.

Mounties in Alberta say they are getting a lot of false 911 calls and they say it's coming from deactivated cellphones that parents have given their kids. Grande Prairie RCMP say in one day, one child made 44 false 911 calls to police. Police say even though cellphones may no longer be in service, if the phone has a battery and has power, 911 calls can be made. Each 911 call results in a file being created and police have to investigate to ensure that there is no emergency and that no one is in distress. Mounties say that takes resources away from other pressing concerns in the community. If a deactivated or decommissioned phone is given to a child, police ask that parents or caregivers take steps to ensure that child does not use the emergency contact button.

A PROJECT TO IMPROVE A CP RAIL CROSSING NEAR CARSELAND HAS BEEN DELAYED. WORK WAS TO HAVE BEEN DONE LAST WEEK TO UPGRADE THE CP RAIL CROSSING ON HIGHWAY 24 NEAR CARSELAND, HOWEVER, THE RAIL COMPANY HAD TO REASSIGN IT'S CREW TO ANOTHER PROJECT SO THE CARSELAND CROSSING UPGRADE IS BEING RESCHEDULED. IT'S HOPED THE PROJECT CAN BE DONE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. THE CROSSING NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED AND THE CROSSING SURFACE REPLACED. ADVANCE NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PUBLIC IN THE AREAS PRIOR TO THE WORK GETTING UNDERWAY.

the HARVEST so far in alberta has been pretty exceptional. and SOME FARMERS ARE very encouraged with THEIR EXPERIMENTAL CANOLA PLOT. JIM SIMPSON OF DUPONT PIONEER SEEDS has several tests IN the KITSCOTY area west of lloydminster. and he SAYS THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH TROUBLE FINDING PRODUCERS WHO WANT TO TRY SOME DIFFERENT varieties. HE SAYS THE TEST FARMERS GET ACCESS TO THE SEED BEFORE IT'S COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE TO OTHER GRAIN PRODUCERS. SIMPSON SAYS THEre are some very positive results in developing a SCLEROTINIA resistant canola seed.

THE 18TH ANNUAL CENTRAL ALBERTA FOODGRAINS BANK CHARITY HARVEST BARBECUE IS BEING CALLED AN 'EXTREME SUCCESS'.  THE BIG HARVEST EVENT WENT THIS PAST SATURDAY (SEPT 21) IN A FIELD NEAR JOFFRE EAST OF RED DEER. SPOKESMAN DOUG MAAS SAYS THEY HAD EIGHT COMBINES COME OUT TO THE HAYNES-AREA FIELD, AS WELL AS A GRAIN CART, AND FIVE TRUCKS. MAAS SAYS THEY HAD A GOOD CROP WITH 8,435 BUSHELS OF WHEAT, WHICH THEY SOLD TO THE PIONEER ELEVATOR IN LACOMBE, RAISING 46, 700 DOLLARS. PLUS THERE WERE CASH DONATIONS DURING THE HARVEST DAY TOTALING 1.805 DOLLARS.  THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH ALL THE MONEY RAISED  'FOUR TO ONE".  THE MONEY IS USED TO HELP DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY OPENED THE NEW OILERS SUITE IN THE PEDIATRIC UNIT. THE 4 BED SUITE IS COMPLETELY EDMONTON OILER  THEMED, CREATING A FUN ATMOSPHERE FOR THE YOUNG PATIENTS. FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY THE EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. THE FOUNDATION PROVIDED 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE PROJECT. THEY'VE RAISED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE LAST 8 YEARS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT.

The Stettler Skatepark Association and Stettler Park and Leisure Services are inviting citizens to an open house at the Stettler Rec Center toNIGHT (SEPT 25) at 7pm. Here you will be able view 3D images of concept plans for the new park which will be built on a site on 62nd street near the spray park. The Stettler Skatepark Association recieved a $75,000 contribution from the town and they continue to raise funds for this project.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

A man is in critical condition in hospital after being shot by a police officer in Medicine Hat. CITY Police say officers confronted a man with a gun Monday night (SEPT 23) and there was a shootout. No one else was injured. Justice department officials have assigned the government's Alberta Serious Incident Response Team to investigate the shooting.

A SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING OF A FAS GAS CLERK IN RED DEER EARLIER THIS MONTH. 29 YEAR OLD ERIC AYOTTE IS CHARGED WITH PARTY TO THE OFFENCE OF ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY AND MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE YESTERDAY. (MON) HE REMAINS IN CUSTODY FOR AN ELECTION AND PLEA APPEARANCE ON WEDNESDAY. HE'S CHARGED ALONG WITH JEFFERY GEARY IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH INCIDENT WHERE 26 YEAR OLD JAYSEN ARANCON REYES WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY AT THE WESTPARK FAS GAS. ARANCON WAS HIRED AS A TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER AND CAME TO CANADA IN MAY. HE REMAINS AT FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY RECOVERING FROM HIS INJURIES WHILE HIS CO-WORKERS HAVE ESTABLISHED A FUND TO HELP BRING HIS MOTHER OVER FROM THE PHILIPPINES SO SHE CAN SEE HIM.


An Alberta man has lost a bid to overturn his conviction and sentence for killing his estranged wife. Brian Volker (VOHL'-kuhr) was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Debra Volker at her home in Delburne, Alberta in February 2009. The 52-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 23 years. Volker's lawyer argued that the trial judge's charge to the jury left the panel with little choice but to convict the accused of first-degree murder. But the Alberta Court of Appeal has rejected the argument, saying the instructions to the jurors were clear.

A two-week trial is underway for an Alberta woman accused of fatally stabbing her common-law husband. Phoebe Firingstoney, who is 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jamie Lee Soosay. Police have said the 34-year-old man was discovered with multiple stab wounds at a home on the Samson Cree Nation in Hobbema on New Year's Eve 2011. Investigators have also said the couple's five children were at home at the time.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is now investigating 21 cases of E. coli in five provinces linked to an artisan cheese farm in Salmon Arm, B-C. There is one case each in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec, as well as nine cases each in B-C and Alberta dating back to mid-July.
An elderly B-C woman has died from the bacterium linked to Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled 15 raw-milk cheese products sold between late May and mid-September.

MONDAY WAS NOMINATION DAY ACROSS ALBERTA WITH MUNICIPALITIES DECLARING HOW MANY CANDIDATES THEY WILL HAVE RUNNING IN THE CIVIC ELECTION OCTOBER 21ST. IN THE CITY OF RED DEER, NOT ONLY WILL THEY ELECT A NEW MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILLORS ON OCTOBER 21ST, RED DEER RESIDENTS WILL ALSO BE ANSWERING A QUESTION. THE THE PLEBISCITE WILL ASK "DO YOU WANT THE CITY OF RED DEER DIVIDED INTO WARDS?", AND THE OPTION YES OR NO.

IT WAS ALSO REVEALED YESTERDAY (MON) THERE WILL BE 5 CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND A RECORD 30 CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL. MAYOR HOPEFULS INCLUDE WILLIAM HORN, CHAD MASON, TARA VEER, CINDY JEFFRIES AND DENNIS TREPANIER.

THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION WILL HAVE 14 CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM, WHILE IN THE RED DEER CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION SEVEN CANDIDATES WILL BE AFTER THE FIVE SEATS UP FOR GRABS.  

IN RED DEER COUNTY, MAYOR JIM WOOD HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED, AS HAS COUNCILLOR PHILIP MASSIER (MASS-EE-AY). 14 OTHER CANDIDATES WILL BE LOOKING TO FILL THE OTHER FIVE SPOTS ON COUNCIL.

IN SYLVAN LAKE, THREE PEOPLE ARE SEEKING THE MAYORS SEAT...THEY ARE INCUMBENT SUSAN SAMPSON, SHAWN MCINTYRE AND MARLESA STARCHESKY. 10 PEOPLE WILL RUN FOR THE POSITION OF TOWN COUNCILLOR.

IN LACOMBE 11 PEOPLE HAVE COME FORWARD AS COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES WITH TWO IN THE RUNNING FOR MAYOR.

IN LACOMBE COUNTY, FOUR COUNCILLORS HAVE UNOFFICIALLY BEEN ACCLAIMED WHILE THREE OTHER DIVISIONS WILL HAVE MULTIPLE CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM.

IN BOWDEN, SIX VALID CANDIDATES HAVE COME FORWARD FOR THE POSITION OF COUNCILLOR AND ONE FOR MAYOR SO THEY HAVE ALL BEEN DECLARED ELECTED. ROBB STUART WILL BE MAYOR OF BOWDEN.

IN OLDS, ALL SIX COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES HAVE UNOFFICIALLY BEEN ACCLAIMED WITH THREE CANDIDATES IN THE RUNNING FOR MAYOR.

IN PONOKA COUNTY, NANCY HARTFORD HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED AS COUNCILLOR WHILE THE FOUR OTHER DIVISIONS WILL HAVE A RACE.

IN ALIX, SIX NAMES HAVE UNOFFICIALLY BEEN ADDED TO THE BALLOT.

IN THE CHINOOK'S EDGE SCHOOL DIVISION, SIX TRUSTEES HAVE BEEN ACCLAIMED WHILE THREE OTHER DIVISIONS WILL HAVE MULTIPLE CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM.

AND IN THE WILDROSE PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION, UNOFFICIAL RESULTS SHOW ONE TRUSTEE HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED WHILE THE OTHER FOUR SPOTS ON THE BOARD HAVE MULTIPLE CANDIDATES.

THE TOWN OF OYEN IS STILL LOOKING FOR MORE PEOPLE TO RUN FOR TOWN COUNCIL. FIVE PEOPLE FILED THEIR NOMINATION PAPERS YESTERDAY FOR OYEN COUNCIL, BUT THERE ARE SIX POSITIONS TO FILL. TOWN CAO HERMAN MINDERLINE SAYS THEY WILL EXTEND NOMINATIONS FOR COUNCIL UNTIL TODAY AT NOON AT OYEN TOWN HALL. HE SAYS THEY'LL CONTINUE TO EXTEND THE NOMINATIONS FOR COUNCIL UNTIL THEY GET SIX OR MORE PEOPLE. THERE ARE THREE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF OYEN. THEY ARE...LOIS BEDWELL, KAY DINGMAN, AND DOUG JONES.

IN THE TOWN OF HANNA, THE MAYOR HAS BEEN DECLARED BY ACCLAMATION. CHRIS WARWICK WAS THE ONLY PERSON TO PUT HIS NAME FORWARD FOR THE MAYOR'S POSITION.  THERE ARE 7 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR SIX SPOTS ON HANNA COUNCIL. THEY ARE...GERALD CAMPION, BOB HUNTER, JERRY KRUSE, RICHARD PRESTON, JASON SMITH, LARRY STICKEL, AND CATHY WATTS.

IN THE TOWN OF THREE HILLS, INCUMBANT MAYOR TIM SHEARLAW RETURNS FOR A SECOND TERM BY ACCLAMATION. ALSO ELECTED BY ACCLAMATION ARE THE SIX MEMBER OF THREE HILLS COUNCIL...AL CAMPBELL, TERRY ANN DIACK, RON HOWE, HAROLD LEO, DAVID NADEAU, AND VERNON WIEBE.

IN THE TOWN OF STRATHMORE, THERE IS A RACE FOR MAYOR WITH MICHAEL ELL GOING UP AGAINST INCUMBANT STEVE GRAJCZYK. THERE ARE 13 PEOPLE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR NAMES IN FOR THE SIX STRATHMORE COUNCIL SEATS.

IN THE TOWN OF CHESTERMERE....ANOTHER TWO PERSON RACE FOR MAYOR WITH PATRICIA MATTHEWS FACING OFF AGAINST SABRINA WATSON. THERE ARE 19 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR CHESTERMERE COUNCIL.

IN THE TOWN OF OKOTOKS, THERE WILL BE A RACE FOR THE MAYOR'S CHAIR. INCUMBANT BILL ROBERTSON IS BEING CHALLENGED BY LARRY ALBRECHT.  MEANWHILE THERE ARE 13 PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE SIX COUNCIL POSITIONS.

THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER HAS TWO PEOPLE GOING AFTER THE MAYOR'S CHAIR, Jamie Kinghorn AND CRaig Snodgrass. AND A TOTAL OF 24 PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR HIGH RIVER COUNCIL.

THERE WILL NO RACE FOR MAYOR IN THE TOWN OF BLACK DIAMOND. INCUMBANT SHARLENE BROWN HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED AS MAYOR. THERE ARE SEVEN PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE SIX BLACK DIAMOND COUNCIL POSTS. THEY INCLUDE...JAMES DEACON, RUTH GOODWIN, MICHEL JACKSON, DIANE OSBERG, MIKEROSS, JACKIE STICKEL, AND JUDY THOMSON.

IN THE CITY OF AIRDRIE, INCUMBANT MAYOR PETER BROWN HAS RETURNED TO THE MAYOR'S CHAIR BY ACCLAMATION. AND THERE ARE 15 PEOPLE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR NAMES FORWARD FOR AIRDRIE COUNCIL.

THE TOWN OF CROSSFIELD HAS TWO PEOPLE RUNING FOR MAYOR, INCUMBANT Nathan Anderson AND Phil McCracken. THERE ARE FIVE PEOPLE GOING AFTER THE FOUR COUNCIL POSITIONS, INCLUDING Hadi Feltham, James Ginter, Jason Harvey, Jo Tennant, AND Shawn Vang.

IN THE TOWN OF DIDSBURY...Rick Mousseau IS Acclaimed AS MAYOR.  TEN PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR THE SIX COUNCIL SEATS IN DIDSBURY.

VOTERS IN THE TOWN OF COCHRANE WILL HAVE LOTS OF SELECTION IN THE OCTOBER 21 MUNICIPAL ELECTION. THERE ARE THREE PEOPLE UNOFFICIALLY RUNNING FOR MAYOR, INCLUDING IVAN BROOKER, JOANN CHURCHILL, AND DAVID SMITH. THERE ARE ALSO 13 PEOPLE GOING AFTER THE SIX COUNCIL SEATS, INCLUDING SEVERAL INCUMBANTS.

Alberta will ask Ottawa to help pay for flood prevention projects in addition to the costs of the devastation caused by flooding that hit the province in June. The province does not have an estimate yet on how much mitigation projects will cost. But the government expects total flood damage will be around five billion dollars. Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths says Ottawa's share of that would be up to 2.5 billion dollars. He says governments need to focus on preventing future floods because it will happen again at some point. Griffiths says since Ottawa would be on the hook for helping pay for future flood damage, it makes sense to spend money on mitigation projects now. Alberta plans to hold a flood mitigation symposium in Calgary on October 4th and has invited experts and community leaders to take part.

PUBLIC INPUT IS BEING SOUGHT INTO THE RED DEER RIVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE'S NEW REPORT ON SURFACE WATER QUANTITY AND GROUNDWATER RESOURCES. AS A RESULT, THE ALLIANCE IS HOSTING A PAIR OF WORKSHOPS WHERE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OR POTENTIAL STAKEHOLDERS CAN OFFER THEIR FEEDBACK WITH THE FIRST ONE TAKING PLACE IN RED DEER TODAY (TUE) AND THE SECOND ONE IN DRUMHELLER ON THURSDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THE FEEDBACK CAN BE ADDED TO THE EXISTING REPORT WHICH IS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WATERSHED PLAN. AN ONLINE FORM CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED OFF THE ALLIANCE'S WEBSITE TO PROVIDE YOUR INSIGHT.VISIT RDRWA.CA

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the June flood in southern Alberta was the costliest natural disaster ever in the country. Four people died and 100-thousand people in Calgary, High River and other communities were forced from their homes due to the flooding. The bureau says the latest estimate of the insured property damage now exceeds 1.7-billion dollars. Bureau vice-president Bill Adams says it's a significant catastrophe and not like anything seen before. He says most damage claims for insured losses were for sewer backups, vehicle repairs including writeoffs and business losses. Property Claim Services Canada says well over 25-thousand claims have been filed in the flood's aftermath. Adams says in the past most insurance claims were fire-related but water is now the chief culprit. Earlier this year, the insurance bureau urged municipalities to fix crumbling storm-water infrastructure to prepare for more of the same in the future.

A Calgary tax policy expert says Alberta should bring in an eight per cent sales tax and combine it with the five per cent GST. Jack Mintz says the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax could end up being revenue neutral for the province and make Alberta a more attractive place for business and investment. Mintz, from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, says Alberta is outdated in not having a provincial sales tax. He says the financial impact of an HST on Albertans could be offset by raising personal tax exemptions by nearly $40,000 a year, meaning many wouldn't have to pay any provincial income tax at all. Mintz says a HST would allow the Alberta government to recoup about $800 million a year from tourists and non-residents working in the province. He says it would also allow the province to reduce corporate taxes, making Alberta a more attractive place to invest. Mounties in Alberta say they are getting a lot of false 911 calls and they say it's coming from deactivated cellphones that parents have given their kids. Grande Prairie RCMP say in one day, one child made 44 false 911 calls to police. Police say even though cellphones may no longer be in service, if the phone has a battery and has power, 911 calls can be made. Each 911 call results in a file being created and police have to investigate to ensure that there is no emergency and that no one is in distress. Mounties say that takes resources away from other pressing concerns in the community. If a deactivated or decommissioned phone is given to a child, police ask that parents or caregivers take steps to ensure that child does not use the emergency contact button.

Albertans will soon have faster and easier access to more than 20 destinations across Europe. Starting in March OF 2014, the Edmonton International Airport will offer a direct flight to Reykjavik with Iceland Air. Airport president Reg Milley says it will save passengers on their way to Europe a lot of time and aggravation. The flight takes under 6 and-a-half hours with connections to all other European destinations in an additional one and-a-half to four hours.The four flights per week service will continue to January 2015, but the airline is confident the demand will be there for year-round service fairly quickly.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

 

TODAY (SEPT 23) IS "Nomination Day" in Alberta. Those WHO ARE running for Municipal Office and School Trustee positions HAVE TO officially declarE THEIR INTENTION TO RUN BY FILING THEIR NOMINATION PAPERS BY NOON TODAY. THOSE WHO FILE PAPERS HAVE 24 HOURS TO WITHDRAW THEIR NAMES. the upcoming Alberta Municipal Election GOES ON MONDAY, October 21st. STARTING THIS YEAR, THE TERM FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS WILL RUN FOR FOUR YEARS.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the June flood in southern Alberta is the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. The bureau says the latest estimate of the insured property damage now exceeds one-point-seven billion dollars. I-B-C spokesman Bill Adams says in a release that the number is staggering and is expected to go even higher. Torrential rain over a period of five days prompted states of emergency in Calgary and a number of other communities. Four people died and at least 100-thousand people were forced from their homes. Property Claim Services Canada, which tracks losses arising from catastrophic events in the country, says well over 25,000 claims have currently been filed in the flood's aftermath. Federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said last Tuesday that Alberta may soon get an initial interim payment of $500 million from Ottawa to help cover flood costs.

A panel of experts told a public forum in Calgary yesterday (SEPT 22) that more needs to be done to protect the city from the next big flood. The panel recommended enhanced monitoring and developing infrastructure to mitigate the effects of future flooding. University of Calgary geology professor Jerry Osborn says the flood of 2013 shouldn't be considered a freak occurrence. Some people who attended the forum expressed frustration that INFORMATION CONTAINED IN reports generated after flooding in 2005 wASN'T used TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF FLOODING.

The Alberta Party has chosen a new leader.
Calgary businessman Greg Clark was endorsed by 87 per cent of members who cast ballots in an online vote which began Friday and ended Saturday afternoon (SEPT 21). Clark ran against computer consultant Troy Millington, also of Calgary. Clark says he plans to be a full-time leader and will be travelling around the province to meet Albertans.

An Alberta woman is living a nightmare after renting a Calgary home to a self-described handyman two years ago. Rebekah Caverhill says her tenant later told her he's a follower of the Freemen-on-the-Land group, whose members believe they're free from government control. She says the man has now claimed her house as his embassy and he refuses to leave. Police have declined to get involved because they say it's a civil matter. In the U-S, the F-B-I considers the Freemen movement a domestic terror threat.

Internal government documents show CN Rail is considering shipping Alberta crude oil to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Government memos obtained by Greenpeace under the Access to Information Act suggest Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is working with CN to ship oil by tanker to Asia. CN told federal officials at a meeting last March that they had ``ample capacity'' to match the daily carrying capacity of the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline. Memos to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and to the ministers of trade and transport say oil by rail is an ``an increasingly viable option'' and that rail companies have an unlimited capacity, in theory, to carry oil.
Greenpeace says the Prince Rupert rail option looks like a Plan B in case Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is rejected, but says rail poses even greater risks.

A panel on legal issues facing people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is recommending conditional sentences would be better for those convicted of offences. Ian Binnie, a former Supreme Court justice, chaired a panel which heard evidence from experts over three days in Edmonton. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy; conditions can include a range of physical, behaviour and learning problems. On Friday, the jury came up with statement advocating that the federal government amend the Criminal Code to provide for conditional sentences for people with FASD. Binnie said right now, judges have to sentence according to mandatory minimum sentences for various crimes brought in over the years by the Harper government. But Binnie says people with FASD can't adjust to the structure of jail, and then parole.

PEOPLE IN BASSANO AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE IN A SPECIAL MEETING TODAY (SPET 23). THE PALLISER TRIANGLE HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL IS HOLDING A MEETING THIS AFTERNOON FROM NOON TO 3:00PM AT THE BASSANO AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY HALL. IT'S A CHANCE TO PROVIDE INPUT ON LOCAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH MATTERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 403-526-6259 OR GO TO THE WEBSITE TRIPLE W DOT ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES DOT CA.

Canada's top balloonists will be floating into High River, Alberta this week for the 2013 Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships. It's the first time High River has hosted the national event since 1982 and a lot has happened to the town since the initial announcement was made back in March. Severe flooding in June devastated the community which is still in rebuilding mode, but an organizer says there was little doubt the event would go ahead. Co-chair Jamie Kinghorn, who`s also competing in the championship, says the winner will earn a spot in the world championships in Brazil next year. Kinghorn says there will be 15 balloons in the competition which runs from Wednesday to Sunday (SEPT 25-29). He says the competition isn't about speed but rather about which pilot can navigate the closest to a pre-determined X.

Summer officially cAME to an end SUNDAY Afternoon (SEPT 22) at 2:44 ALBERTA time. The Weather Network is predicting a normal fall season with an expected wide range of temperatures and average rates of precipitation as the country transitions into winter. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott says this year is the 10th anniversary of hurricane Juan, which hit land directly over Halifax, causing extensive property damage.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Residents of a flood-ravaged Alberta town will be compensated for having their doors and windows busted in during the crisis. The town council in High River says it will be in charge of a process to reimburse people for the damage caused by RCMP and first responders as they went door to door during the evacuation of the town in June. The town issued a news release Wednesday (SEPT 18) saying the process will be carried out with the collaboration of provincial officials and the RCMP. Many residents had complained of delays in getting compensation and expressed anger about the RCMP's seizure of weapons from homes during the flood. The issue of whether the RCMP had the right to take the guns, most of which were later returned, has been a political football in Alberta. Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin has called for a public inquiry into the matter, saying he can't understand why doors had to be kicked in if the army was flying over the community with infrared cameras.

Vandals have struck three homes in a neighbourhood hit hard by flooding in High River. R-C-M-P say someone broke into the Hampton Hills residences early WEDNESDSAY morning (SEPT 18). Two of the homes have not yet been cleaned while the third, which is under repairs, was spray-painted in the basement. No one has been arrested, but witnesses say they saw two youths in the area.

Police in Calgary say a man who they allege was secretly recording students at a bus stop is also accused of leaving a toddler alone while he was using the camera. Investigators say a witness noticed a suspicious man in the bushes in the city's southeast on Monday morning (SEPT 16). When the suspect left, the witness found a camera and phoned police to report that he was in a vehicle nearby. The camera was allegedly pointed at a bus stop. Police say they quickly learned that the 29-year-old man left his two-year-old daughter home alone while he was setting up and operating the video camera. Police aren't releasing his name to protect the daughter's identity, but say he's charged with voyeurism and being unable or unwilling to provide the child with adequate care or supervision.

Several students at Mount Royal University in Calgary are upset after getting threatening notes on vehicles they parked on a residential street several blocks from school. Student Dana Sigurdson says the notes suggested the future well-being of their vehicles could be in danger, adding that THE NOTES SAY residents pay big taxes so they can park in front of their homes. However, Sigurdson says there are no parking restrictions in the neighbourhood and the students are doing nothing illegal. She says the police are now looking into the matter.


A WARNING OUT ABOUT SOME TAINTED CHEESE BEING SOLD MAINLY IN WESTERN CANADA. 7 of the 11 people who became ill from eating un-pasteurized cheese from BRITISH COLUMBIA, are Albertans. One person IN BC HAS died from e-coli poisoning. ALBERT'AS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James Talbot, says two Edmontonians and five Calgarians are all expected to recoveR. HE SAYS THERE'S ALWAYS A HIGH RISK WHEN CONSUMING ANY PRODUCTS THAT ARE UN-PASTEURIZED.  The 7 Albertans range in age from 3 to 78. HE SAYS NONE OF THE ALBERTA VICTIMS REQUIRED GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL. Un-pasteurized products from Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm in Salmon Arm BC have been recalled.

Telus is trying to find out what led to a phone service outage last night (SEPT 18) that affected customers in many parts of Alberta and B-C.
The intermittent outage in landline and cellphone service started late last evening and lasted about two hours. Telus spokesman Chris Gerritsen says despite some reports, the problem did not affect 9-1-1 calls. He says some non-emergency numbers were hit by the outage, but backup systems kept emergency services operating.

ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION IS WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT A ROAD CLOSURE IN THE ROSEBUD AREA, SOUTH WEST OF DRUMHELLER. HIGHWAY 8-41 IS CLOSED FROM THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAY 5-69 TO THE ROSEBUD RIVER. THE GRAVEL PORTION HAS BEEN CLOSED DUE TO THE RECENT HEAVY RAIN. IF SUNNY, DRY WEATHER CONTINES, THE ROAD WILL RE-OPEN LATER THIS AFTERNOON (SEPT 19). FURTHER MAINTENANCE AND GRAVELING WITH TAKE PLACE ON THIS PATCH OF ROAD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Parks Canada is trying to ease traffic congestion in the Alberta Rockies this fall. It's offering a new, free shuttle bus service for people flocking to the Banff and Lake Louise areas to see the trees display their autumn colours. Product development officer Julie Champagne said over the past few years, the rush to catch the display before the leaves fall has seriously slowed traffic in the area. Champagne says the shuttle will make the road safer.

THE TICKETS ARE GOING VERY FAST IN THE ANNUAL CALGARY HOSPITAL "HOME LOTTERY". ORGANIZERS SAY OVER 70 PERCENT OF THE TICKETS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD. LOTTERY SPOKESPERSON, NICOLE JANKE SAYS FIRST PRIZE IS A spectacular HOME IN THE SOUTH EAST CALGARY community of Mahogany, valued at over $2 million, AND THE HOME IS RIGHT BESIDE A lake. THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF VEHICLES UP FOR GRABS INCLUDING BMW'S, MERCEDES BENZ, AND THE EARLY BIRD PRIZE IS A 2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH.  TICKETS ARE three for $250 or $100 each and can be purchased by calling toll free 1-888-541-5540 or online www.CalgaryHospitalHomeLottery.ca.






WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

RCMP are investigating after human remains were found by a hiker in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park west of Calgary. Police say the medical examiner's office has confirmed the remains are human. Together they are trying to identify the person. RCMP say major crimes officers are investigating.

A campaign by a once-bullied teenager IN AIRDRIE has led to new rules in THE bedroom community just north of Calgary. City council in Airdrie has voted to amend its public behaviour bylaw to fine bullies. That includes verbal or physical abuse, threats, teasing and name calling, whether face-to-face or online. Offenders face a $500 fine for the first offence and $1,000 for a second offence. Mackenzie Murphy started a petition for stronger laws against bullying IN AIRDRIE after she was victimized herself. She says the abuse was so bad that she tried to kill herself when she was 13 years old. Murphy now wants Calgary to stiffen penalties for bullies, and a spokesman for Mayor Naheed Nenshi says officials would be happy to talk to her if she requests a meeting.

Governor General David Johnston has presented the communities of Calgary and nearby High River with commendations for outstanding service.
Johnston says the awards are being bestowed because of the response of residents after June's devastating floods. He says it is remarkable how people rallied to deal with the disaster. High River Mayor Emile Blokland accepted the award on behalf of the town's residents, as did Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Johnston also travelled to the flood-damaged Siksika First Nation yesterday (SEPT 17) to hand out a commendation.  He met with emergency workers in High River before checking out the town's new water treatment plant. There is still debris piled up in parts of the community of 13-thousand. Most businesses have been gutted and are in the process of being rebuilt.

It's prepped and ready to go, but a temporary housing site in Calgary to help victims of June's flooding might not be required. Temporary housing has already been provided for residents in High River and the Siksika First Nation east of Calgary. Several hundred people became homeless in June's flooding and more than 14-thousand and 500 homes were damaged in a number of communities. Alberta's associate minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction, Rick Fraser, says a site for temporary housing in Calgary has been prepared but no residences have been constructed yet.
Rick Fraser says a lot of people are moving out of the Saddlebrook temporary housing in High River. He says as people leave Saddlebrook it allows the government to move in new people in need of assistance INTO THE HIGH RIVER DEVELOPMENT.  Fraser says if the trend continues, the government won't have to swallow the expense of completing the site in Calgary.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning there could be more cases in an E. coli outbreak linked to raw cheese from a farm in Salmon Arm, B-C. One person has died and 10 have become ill -- seven of them in Alberta. The people got sick between mid-July and early September. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to eat certain products produced by Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm because they may be contaminated.

A bumper crop in Saskatchewan may be leading to problems storing the grain. Arrin Yager, who is president of Grain Bags Canada, says his supply will run out in about a week. Grain Bags Canada is a major distributor of grain storage bags in Saskatchewan. The Canadian Wheat Board says prairie farmers are in the midst of harvesting a record crop of wheat and canola this year.

Police in Medicine Hat have a new labour contract. The one-year deal has been ratified by the City of Medicine Hat and the police association. The deal includes a general wage increase of three per cent, effective January 1st of this year. The association's previous agreement expired at the end of last year.

DESPITE THE RAIN, construction WORK CONTINUES ON A ROAD IN STETTLER. CREWS BEGAN Base repairs TO Highway 56 on Monday on the north edge of Stettler. WORK IS STILL expected to be completed today (SEPT 18). MEANWHILE, HIGHWAY 56 is expected to be paved by the end of the weekend. The PAVING CREW WILL BEGIN AT THE intersection of 54th street and 48 aveNUE AND WORK WILL CONTINUE AS THE WEATHER ALLOWS.WATCH FOR SIGNS AND FLAG PERSONS, BE PREPARED FOR DELAYS.   Paving is also underway THIS WEEK on THE PARKING LOT AT the Stettler RecREATION Center.

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but that wasn't the case one day last week in the small WEST CENTRAL Saskatchewan town of Luseland. Murray Scogen, owner of the Golden Prairie restaurant, IN LUSELAND, WHICH IS NORTH WEST OF KINDERSLEY, says a woman came in last week and paid one-thousand dollars so patrons could have free meals for as long as the money lasted. Scogen says he didn't tell his customers until they came up to the till, adding all of them were very happy. Scogen says he has been sworn to secrecy about the name of the charitable stranger.

A WORKSHOP ON BUILDING A WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY TAKES PLACE IN WAINWRIGHT TOMORROW (SEPT 19). THE TOWN OF WAINWRIGHT'S CARLY HERBERT SAYS THE MID-DAY WORK-SHOP IS FREE, INFORMATIVE AND INTERACTIVE. SHE SAYS IT'S NOT TO LATE TO ATTEND EVEN THOUGH THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER HAS PASSED.
JUST CONTACT WAINWRIGHT TOWN HALL FOR MORE DETAILS.  HERBERT ADDS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO IDENTIFY THE STRENGTHS AND GAPS IN COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RESOURCES. SHE SAYS NEWCOMERS HAVE A GREAT PERSPECTIVE AND CAN CONTRIBUTE NEW IDEAS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN CONSIDERED BEFORE.  GUEST SPEAKER IS CAROLYN KENT AND LEAD THE DISCUSSION FROM 10 UNTIL 2PM THURSDAY IN THE C-PLEX.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

 

A fatality inquiry has concluded there was no foul play in the death of an inmate AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PENITENTIARY IN DRUMHELLER, who DID die from a cocaine overdose. The inquiry looked into the death of Justin Wood at the Drumheller INSTITUTION nearly three years ago. The 35-year-old man's father suggested his son was murdered, but the inquiry judge says there's nothing to support the claim. The judge also says the actions of staff at the Drumheller prison and the local R-C-M-P in this case were exemplary and commendable.

A MAN CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING OF A RED DEER FAS GAS CLERK DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY ATTEMPT LAST WEEK MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE YESTERDAY (SEPT 16). 30 YEAR OLD JEFFREY GEARY OF NO FIXED ADDRESS RESERVED HIS ELECTION AND WILL NEXT APPEAR IN COURT THROUGH CLOSED CIRCUIT TV ON SEPTEMBER 25TH FOR ELECTION AND PLEA AND A BAIL HEARING. GEARY FACES FIVE COUNTS INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH INCIDENT WHERE A MAN WALKED INTO THE WESTPARK FAS GAS WITH A SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN AND ATTEMPTED TO ROB THE PLACE OF MONEY AND CIGARETTES. THE CLERK WAS SHOT IN THE FACE AND HAND AND HAS SINCE UNDERGONE SEVERAL SURGERIES AT A CALGARY HOSPITAL. HE REMAINS IN STABLE BUT CRITICAL CONDITION. EMPLOYEES AT THE WESTPARK FAS GAS ARE NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR CO-WORKER IN HIS RECOVERY.

OFFICIALS WITH Alberta Health SERVICES say there are four new cases of West Nile virus IN ALBERTA, bringing the year's total number of cases to ten. THE AHS SAYS All VICTIMS live in southern Alberta, WITH the most serious CASE involving a man in his 30's who has developed West Nile neurological syndrome. The syndrome is a potentially fatal illness that affects the brain and symptoms include tremors, drowsiness, confusion, high fever and paralysis. Alberta Health says the other three cases involve the less serious non-neurological syndrome.

Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner is proposing changes to the public sector pensions to get them out from under billions of dollars in unfunded liability. Horner says the seven-billion-dollar shortfall can't be made up by hoping for a better return on investments. Among the changes will be no more incentives to retire early and reduced inflation-proofing for pensions.

Public sector union leaders say they are concerned about the Alberta government's plan to curb pension benefits. The unions say such changes would mean their members would have to work longer to retire and with reduced benefits. The unions include the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, United Nurses of Alberta, Health Sciences Association of Alberta and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Union leaders say they will discuss their concerns with Horner.

Calgary city council has voted to allow flooded-out grandfathered illegal suites to become legal suites, as long as landlords re-build to new codes. It will also waive the existing fee which is normally charged for applying for a suite, which is nearly five thousand dollars. The fee waiving is also in effect for any homeowner who wants to build a suite, though they will not receive automatic approval unless it was grandfathered. The move is in response to a housing shortage in light of the June flood, which damaged an estimated 500 rental suites.

Governor General David Johnston met with first responders in the TOWN OF High River this morning (SEPT 17), then walked through the flood-ravaged community's downtown. Johnston praised the people of High River for their community spirit before presenting the town with his commendation for outstanding service. High River Mayor Emile Blokland says the town will rebuild but it could take four to five years. The Governor General also went to Calgary and bestowed a similar honour on the City of Calgary with a presentation to Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The federal government is looking at giving Alberta an interim payment of 500-million-dollars to help cover costs from the devastating flooding this summer. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says Ottawa is taking steps to make payments under the Disaster Financial Assistance program more quickly. In the past it's taken years before the money starts to flow as expenses are tallied and verified. Blaney also announced today that Manitoba will receive another 200-million-dollars to help cover costs from flooding in 2011.

Insurance executives say homeowners will never have access to comprehensive flood insurance in Canada unless there are new maps of flood-prone areas that take climate change into account. That's the finding of a study that surveyed senior executives at 13 Canadian insurance firms on extreme flooding, which devastated parts of southern Alberta and Toronto this year and is becoming more frequent across the country. Affected homeowners are often surprised to learn their policies, while covering sewage backups, do not pay for damage from water entering basement windows from swollen rivers and streams. Canada is the only G8 country where this so-called overland flood insurance is simply not available in the private sector. The study by experts at the University of Waterloo, Ont., found most insurers agreed that existing flood maps are inaccurate, outdated and inadequate and until they improve, they can't even consider new insurance policies for overland flooding.

Handlers at the Calgary Zoo today (SEPT 17)carefully loaded Spike the elephant into a special crate for his trip to his new home at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. The crate is temperature-controlled, has a closed-circuit camera inside and a team of elephant experts to accompany Spike on his four-day road trip.  The Calgary Zoo says Spike will benefit from a warmer climate and a larger herd of elephants -- including some breeding age females.

 

After having its legal feathers ruffled in court, the federal government says it is moving to protect the endangered sage grouse.Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq (ah-GLOO'-kah) says the government intends to introduce an emergency protection order for the bird native to the southern Prairies. She says the order would impose obligatory restrictions to protect the sage grouse and its habitat on provincial and federal crown lands in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The restrictions would not apply to activities on private land, or on grazing on provincial or federal crown lands. Last year environmental groups went to court to force Ottawa to issue an emergency protection order for the bird after the government said discussions about the sage grouse were covered by cabinet confidentiality. Last month the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the federal government can't use cabinet secrecy to hide debate about the endangered bird.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Police have charged a man in the shooting of a Red Deer gas station clerk.  Thirty-year-old Jeffrey Lyle Geary of no fixed address is accused of attempted murder, robbery with a prohibited firearm and other offences. RCMP SAY THE MAN TURNED HIMSELF INTO THE BLACKFALDS DETACHMENT SHORTLY AFTER 1:00 FRIDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 13).  The victim was hit in the face and hand with a shotgun blast last week and required multiple surgeries. HE REMAINS IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION. Geary has been remanded into custody and will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court this morning (SEPT 16).

A Calgary man accused of running over his girlfriend is now facing a murder charge. In August, police were called to 42 Ave. and Macleod Trail IN THE CITY'S SOUTH EAST,  and found a woman pinned underneath a vehicle. It's believed Lacey Manion was in the vehicle, and got out just seconds before the CaR drove onto the sidewalk and hit her. Manion, who was 33, died at the scene. Kristoffer Del Campo was originally charged with manslaughter, but on Friday (SEPT 13), it was upgraded to second-degree murder. They had been dating for about six months before Manion was killed.

Two people have died in separate motorcycle accidents in Alberta over the weekend. The first happened Saturday afternoon (SEPT 14) in southwest Calgary when a 44-year-old man with a 53-year-old female passenger on the back T-boned a car that went through a yield sign.Both people on the bike were ejected and the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The second crash happened Saturday evening (SEPT 15) on Highway 1 near Cochrane. A passenger on a motorcycle was killed when the rider lost control and was thrown from the bike.

A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a two-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance at parole for 18 years. T.J. Heller, 33, had wept Thursday (SEPT 12) as he read a statement apologizing to the child's mother, her family and his own family for the pain he has caused. His trial was told Heller and the little boy's mother had moved to Medicine Hat, Alta., in June 2011. Court was told injuries began to show up on the boy when the mother got a job and Heller, who was unemployed, became the child's primary daytime caregiver. When he died three weeks later, an autopsy found the child died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to his head. Heller was originally charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault and interference with a dead body, but those charges were dropped.

An exhibit has been opened in Banff National Park to mark the thousands of Canadians who were taken prisoner by their own country during the First World War.  The 8,500 civilian prisoners, most of Ukrainian descent, were arrested and held in internment camps only because they were originally from EaSTern Europe. Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney says the camps have been covered up for decades and it's time to put things right. He says the prisoners were torn from their families and took part in what could be called slave labour. Dozens of people, the descendants of the prisoners, attended the ceremony at the exhibit, which is next to where the Banff camp was located. Nothing remains of the camp, which is grown over with bRUSH and trees.


One of the poorest neighbourhoods to be affected by flooding in Alberta earlier this summer is celebrating.  Residents of East Village in Calgary held a barbecue with live music ON SATURDAy (SEPT 14) to recognize everyone officially returning home. The area has the highest senior population with the lowest per capita income in Calgary. Ned Shillington with East Village Neighbourhood Association says the community has emerged stronger than it went in to the June floods.

The province is contributing 80-thousand dollars for three aboriginal events that the government says provide authentic experiences for tourists. Two Calgary events -- the ``Sharing Our Culture Pow Wow'' this month and the ``Making Treaty 7'' event in September 2014 -- are recipients of some of the funding. The ``International Peace Pow Wow'' this February in Lethbridge is the other. Tourism Minister Richard Starke says the money will help draw larger crowds to the events, which he says generate economic benefits.

Former Calgary Stampeders owner Sig Gutsche passed away on Saturday (SEPT 14) at age 63. The team announced his death on Sunday in a statement. Gutsche took over the Calgary franchise on April 3, 1996 and owned the Stampeders until 2001. His tenure as club owner was marked by success on and off the field. The Stampeders were in financial difficulty when Gutsche bought the club, but in his six years as owner he stabilized it. At the same time, Calgary posted a combined 67-40-1 record, finishing first in its division three times, reaching five West Division finals and winning Grey Cups in 1998 and 2001.

IT WAS 28 YEARS AGO WHEN TERRY FOX CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF THE COUNTRY AND YESTERDAY (SEPT 15)HE WAS BEING REMEMBERED ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
MANY TERRY FOX RUNS WERE HELD AROUND OUR REGION TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.  LESLIE KORN IS ONE OF MANY INSPIRED TO TAKE PART BECAUSE OF HIS FAMILIES EXPERIENCE WITH CANCER. SHE SAYS HER FATHER HAD LYMPHATIC CANCER, BUT BECAUSE OF THE RESEARCH AND SUPPORT PROVIDED 17 YEARS AGO, HE SURVIVED AND IS NOW A HAPPY GRANDFATHER. COMMUNITIES HOLDING RUNS INCLUDED WATER VALLEY, OLDS, ACME, IRRICANA, HANNA, HIGH RIVER, DRUMHELLER, AIRDRIE, CALGARY, AND MANY OTHERS. IN RED DEER ABOUT 400 PEOPLE TOOK PART RAISING OVER 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Canadian Olympians joined thousands of Calgarians to kick off the city s annual Terry Fox Run by leading the warm-up for the Eau Claire Market run site. MARK Tewksbury IS ALSO this year s Calgary Terry Fox Run spokesperson.

RAISING MONEY TO PAY FOR RED DEER'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS HASN'T BEEN EASY, BUT IT'S GOING WELL. CHAIR OF THE RED DEER CENTENNIAL  FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE LYNN DAVIS SAYS MANY GROUPS, BUSINESSES, AND CITIZENS DONATED TO HELP MAKE ALL THE EVENTS HAPPEN. THERE ARE STILL SOME EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR THAT HAVE BASIC FUNDING IN PLACE BUT COULD STILL USE SOME EXTRA CASH. THEY INCLUDE THE FALL FAIR AND THE FIRE AND ICE CELEBRATION IN DECEMBER. DONATIONS ARE ALSO BEING SOUGHT FOR A SPECIAL ART INSTALLATION TAKING PLACE IN THE RED DEER CHILDREN'S LIBRARY IN OCTOBER. ANYONE WITH IDEAS OR DONATIONS CAN CONTACT THE RED DEER CENTENNIAL OFFICE.

PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THE CARSELAND AREA SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR DELAYS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. STARTING AT 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON (SEPT 16), THE CP RAIL CROSSING ON HIGHWAY 24 NEAR CARSELAND WILL BE CLOSED TO ALLOW CREWS TO REPAIR THE CROSS AND REPLACE THE CROSSING SURFACE. IF ALL GOES WELL, THE WORK SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO HIGHWAY 9-01 AND HIGHWAY 8-17. PLEASE WATCH FOR SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND FLAG PEOPLE. A REMINDER THAT FINES FOR SPEEDING DOUBLE IN CONSTRUCTION ZONES.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

 

RCMP in Red Deer are searching for a man who shot a clerk in the face with a shotgun during a gas station robbery. The clerk, who was also hit in the hand, was in critical but stable condition in a Calgary hospital. Police say a man with a sawed-off shotgun walked into a Fas Gas outlet in the central Alberta city Wednesday night and demanded cash. After he got the money the suspect fired the gun, hitting the clerk. The suspect then fled on a bicycle.

RCMP ARE REVISITING THE SCENE OF A MURDER IN HOBBEMA TWO YEARS AGO. THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES, MOUNTIES SAY THEY ARE NOW RE-EXAMINING PREVIOUSLY COLLECTED EVIDENCE INTO THE MURDER OF 23 YEAR OLD CHELSEA YELLOWBIRD. SHE WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN HER HOME ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION ON SEPTEMBER 5TH OF 2011. THE HOUSE IS NEXT DOOR TO WHERE HER NEPHEW, FIVE YEAR OLD ETAHN YELLOWBIRD HAD BEEN SHOT WHILE SLEEPING EARLIER THAT YEAR. POLICE BEELIEVE IN BOTH CASES THAT THE GUN FIRE HAD COME FROM OUTSIDE THE HOMES. GANG ACTIVITY IS SUSPECTED BUT YELLOWBIRD'S DEATH REMAINS UNSOLVED.

A former ringette coach has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for having sexual contact with an underage player. Kelsea Hepburn, 24, was charged in 2011 after she was accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old player on her team. She was found guilty of sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching in February. The youth, who is now 15, says the relationship ended when her mother came home and caught the pair with their pants down. The defence had asked for 90 days in custody. Hepburn, a full-time student at a university in British Columbia, wanted to serve her sentence on weekends.

Calgary Mayor Naheed (NAH'-hed) Nenshi wants answers from C-P Rail after eight rail tanker cars carrying oil chemicals derailed in his city on Wednesday. A major road was closed and some homes were evacuated, although no one was hurt and there were no leaks. Nenshi says his people had ``an enormous amount of trouble getting a straight answer from C-P about what was in those cars.''  Less than three months ago, a bridge over the flooded Bow River in Calgary gave way under the weight of a C-P Rail train. Nenshi says ``two derailments is two too many.''

Crews are still carefully removing flammable and volatile cargo after this week's derailment of eight tanker cars at a C-P Rail yard in Calgary. Eight tankers full of oil chemicals flipped Wednesday afternoon, forcing the closure of a major road and the evacuation of some homes. Fire officials say the process is challenging, but three of the seven cars have now had enough product offloaded that they can be removed.

THE HOT, WINDY WEATHER OVER THE PAST WHILE IS STARTING TO CREATE SOME DRY CONDITIONS AROUND OUR REGION. WHEATLAND COUNTY EAST OF CALGARY HAS ISSUED A FIRE ADVISORY. THIS IS NOT A FIRE BAN.  COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THE PUBLIC THAT ONLY NECESSARY BURNING CAN TAKE PLACE, AND EXTREME CAUTION IS REQUIRED. ANY FIRE WITHIN WHEATLAND COUNTY HAS TO BE ATTENDED AND COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED BEFORE THE LEAVING THE SCENE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE WHEATLAND COUNTY ADMINSTRATION OFFICE.

The Alberta government is asking Ottawa for half-a-billion dollars to help with flood costs.
Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths has requested an advance payment and says he hopes to get it before the end of the year. Raging waters on June 20th swamped downtown Calgary and its low-lying neighbourhoods and inundated many surrounding communities. The town of High River was devastated and thousands of residents are still out of their homes. The Alberta government gave 27-million dollars last week to six communities that were damaged by flooding. Premier Alison Redford says the final bill for the flood will be around five-billion dollars.

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING ON TWO MORE FLOOD INFORMATION MEETINGS AROUND OUR REGION TODAY (SEPT 13). THE FIRST SESSION GOES IN LONGVIEW, BEGINNING AT 9:30 THIS MORNING AND RUNNING UNTIL 12:30 THIS AFTERNOON. IT'S TAKING PLACE AT THE EAST LONGVIEW HALL, LOCATED ABOUT 8 KILOMETERS EAST OF LONGVIEW. THE SECOND INFORMATION MEETING GOES THIS EVENING IN TURNER VALLEY. IT TAKES PLACE FROM 6:00 UNTIL 8:00, AT THE FLARE N' DERRICK COMMUNITY CENTRE. THESE TWO MEETINGS ARE MAINLY FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS.  IT'S A CHANCE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE JUNE FLOODS TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION AND ASK QUESTIONS.

ANOTHER HOT DAY YESTERDAY (THURS) WITH MANY NEW TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET ACROSS ALBERTA. RED DEER CLIMBED TO 30.1 AT 5 PM AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT (BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 29.4 SET BACK IN 1960).   LACOMBE HIT 29.9 (BEATING 27.2 SET IN 2009).  ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE REACHING 28 DEGREES (SURPASSING 26.8 IN 1996),  SUNDRE GOT UP TO 28.3 (BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF 27.7 SET IN 2009).   THREE HILLS HIT A RECORD 30.1 (BEATING THE OLD MARK OF 27.1 SET IN 2002).  CORONATION REACHED 28.2 (SURPASSING 25.8 SET IN 2009) AND DRUMHELLER HIT 31.2 (BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 27.8 SET IN 2009). The City of Edmonton has reached a high of 30.3 C, a record for Sept. 12.  The previous record temperature was 29.4 C, set back in 1944. THE HOT SPOT IN ALBERTA WAS HAWK HILLS, NORTH OF PEACE RIVER, REACHING 33.7.  CANADA'S HOT SPOT WAS ASHCROFT, B.C. AT 34.4. 

IT'S HARVEST TIME, AND FARMERS ARE OUT IN THEIR FIELDS. ATCO ELECTRIC IS BRINGING BACK A PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE FARMERS STAY SAFE WHILE MOVING MACHINERY FROM FIELD TO FIELD. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, ATCO ELECTRIC WILL ARRANGE FOR LOCAL STAFF TO MEASURE YOUR MACHINERY, AND POWER LINE HEIGHTS NEAR YOUR FARM TO HELP PLAN EQUIPMENT MOVES. IN SITUATIONS WHERE THE EQUIPMENT IS HIGHER THAN POWER LINES, ATCO WILL PROVIDE FREE LABOUR TO HELP RAISE LINES SO IT CAN PASS SAFELY UNDERNEATH. ATCO ELECTRIC SPOKESMAN, KEVIN LAING SAYS SAFETY IS A BIG PART OF ATCO'S MANDATE. TO CONTACT ATCO ABOUT A MOVE CALL THE CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTRE AT 1-800-668-2248.

A FORMER RAILWAY EXECUTIVE CAR THAT HAS TIES TO A FORMER U-S PRESIDENT HAS FOUND IT'S WAY TO THE WAINWRIGHT RAILWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY MUSEUM. TRAIN ENTHUSIAST DON McGUIRE SAYS THE HISTORY OF THE "TRUMAN" CAR AND HOW IT GOT TO WAINWRIGHT IS QUITE INTERESTING.  THE CAR WAS BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1916, AND WAS NAMED THE "HARRY S. TRUMAN" AFTER THE U.S. PRESIDENT. AND IT'S BELIEVED FOR A SHORT TIME THE CAR WAS USED BY TRUMAN. THE CAR FEATURES MAHOGANY WOODWORK THROUGHOUT ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL FURNISHINGS FROM THE 'PRESIDENT'S SUITE' TO THE GALLY AND STAFF SLEEPER. McGUIRE SAYS THEY ARE DELIGHTED IT'S OWNER, GARRY SOUTHGATE OF BATTLEFORD SASKATCHEWAN, HAS AGREED TO HAVE IT DISPLAYED IN WAINWRIGHT. 

IT'S A SELL OUT FOR A SPECIAL FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND. 825 TICKETS WERE QUICKLY SNAPPED UP FOR THE 'NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS' FLOOD RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT WHICH GOES THIS SUNDAY (SEPT. 17th) AT THE BASSANO ARENA. IT'S FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY CORB LUND -- IAN TYSON -- DON WEASEL CHILD, AND ARMOND SIKSIKA. THE BENEFIT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY KELSEY SOLOWAY FROM THE SIKSIKA FIRST NATION WEST OF BASSANO, WHERE THE JUNE FLOOD DISPLACED ABOUT 1000 RESIDENTS. SHE SAYS SHE FELT SO HELPLESS SEEING PEOPLE ON HER RESERVE LOSE EVERYTHING AND SHE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING. SOLOWAY SAYS THIS FUNDRAISER BECAME MUCH BIGGER THAN SHE EVER EXPECTED, WITH LOTS OF SUPPORT FROM BASSANO AND COMMUNITIES AROUND THE AREA. SHE SAYS THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE LIVING IN TENTS WITH A LOT OF RECONSTRUCTON LEFT TO GO. THE EVENT THIS SUNDAY EVENING WILL ALSO INCLUDE A SILENT AUCTION, 50/50 DRAW, AND MUCH MORE.

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH IS TERRY FOX DAY. IT'S THE DAY WHEN COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD HOLD EVENTS TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR CANCER RESEARCH. IN OUR REGION, A NUMBER OF TERRY FOX RUNS BEING HELD IN  COMMUNITIES INCLUDING WATER VALLEY, OLDS, ACME, IRRICANA, HANNA, HIGH RIVER, DRUMHELLER, AIRDRIE, CALGARY, AND MANY OTHERS. YOU CAN WALK, RUN, BIKE, OR ROLLERBLADE AT MOST OF THESE EVENTS. FAMILIES AND GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME OUT. FOR DETAILS ON THE TERRY FOX RUN IN YOUR AREA GO TO THE WEBSITE TERRY FOX DOT ORG. 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

 

Travis Baumgartner showed almost no emotion and gave no apology when he was sentenced to Canada's toughest prison term in 51 years. An Edmonton judge gave the 22-year-old ex-armoured car guard life in prison with no parole for at least 40 years. During a robbery 15 months ago, Baumgartner killed three colleagues and seriously wounded a fourth. This is the first sentence handed down under a two-year-old federal law that allows for consecutive terms of parole ineligibility for multiple killings.

A DECISION WAS RESERVED IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL THIS WEEK (SEPT 10) FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN APPEALING HIS CONVICTION AND SENTENCE FOR KILLING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO. HOWEVER, IT'S NOT KNOWN YET WHEN A PANEL'S WRITTEN JUDGEMENT WILL BE RELEASED REGARDING THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND RESULTING LIFE SENTENCE GIVEN TO 52 YEAR OLD BRIAN VOLKER OF THE DELBURNE AREA, EAST OF RED DEER. HIS ESTRANGED WIFE DEBBIE WAS A 44 YEAR OLD TEACHER'S ASSISTANT AT THE DELBURNE SCHOOL WHEN SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN HER DELBURNE HOME IN FEBRUARY OF 2009.

Eight cars of a CP Rail train have derailed at a rail yard in southeast Calgary. Company spokesman Ed Greenberg says there were no injuries and there was no leakage from the cars, which are lying on their sides at the Alyth Yard. The cars were carrying a diluting agent used in oil pipelines. Greenberg says the north-bound train was moving at a slow speed when the cars left the tracks Wednesday afternoon. He says the company has launched an investigation to determine what happened. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says there was briefly a small evacuation of the immediate area but everyone has since been allowed to return home.

A Calgary SKATEBOarder who suffered a stroke while on a cross-Canada fundraising trip has awoken from a medically induced coma. Twenty-year-old Brandon Harrison still isn't able to move parts of his body, but his parents say he is a survivor. The longboarder set out with his dad from St. John's, Newfoundland in mid-May to raise money and awareness for cancer, heart disease and stroke. They'd made it all the way to Red Deer last weekend when Harrison himself suffered a stroke.

 

The provincial government is eliminating five senior Alberta Health Services executive positions as part of a shake-up to make the system more efficient. The move follows a review that found the system is top-heavy with managers and should focus more on supporting health-care providers. The changes will include reassigning 75 other senior executives to positions where they will support front-line staff. Health Minister Fred Horne says more needs to be done to make patients and people the system's top priority. The review says greater performance should be expected considering how much money the government spends on health care. Horne fired the entire Alberta Health Services board in June after a dispute over executive pay and perks.

The Alberta government has asked Ottawa for half a billion dollars to help with flood costs.
Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths put in the request for an advance payment and says he hopes to get it before the end of the year. Raging waters on June 20 swamped downtown Calgary and its low-lying neighbourhoods and inundated many surrounding communities. The town of High River was devastated and thousands of residents are still out of their homes. The Alberta government also gave $27 million last week to six communities that were damaged by flooding. Premier Alison Redford says the final bill for the flood will be around $5 billion.

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HELD A PUBLIC MEETING RECENTLY IN DRUMHELLER TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FLOODING IN JUNE. AROUND 200 PEOPLE TOOK IN THE SESSION. THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER FOR RECOVERY AND RECONSTRUCTION FOR SOUTH WEST ALBERTA, KYLE FAWCETT SAYS THESE MEETING ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. he says the government wants to provide people with as much information as possible to help them  make choices as they re-build their lives. ONE OF THE PEOPLE AT THE MEETING WAS DAWN FROM EAST COULEE AND SHE BROUGHT ONE MAIN CONCERN TO THE DRUMHELLER MEETING. she's trying to sell her house, and some people are a little interested, but they're having trouble getting financing because the home in the flood zone on the provincial maps. however, just recently, homes in drumheller that were in the flood zone on the maps are now being declared as "flood fringe" due to the dike building and other measures the town of drumheller has done. dawn says government officials have taken her name and number and a minister is going to call her about the home situation. THE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY, RICK STRANKMAN ALSO TOOK IN THE MEETING, AND HE SAYS THERE WAS STILL TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY AND ALL QUESTIONS WERE NOT FULLY ANSWERED. he says the minister should have given a definte legal prepared statement which would out line where changes would be made in the province's flood mapping. 

MORE FLOOD INFORMATION MEETINGS GO AROUND OUR REGION TODAY AND TOMORROW (THUR-FRI). ONE GOES THIS EVENING (SEPT 12) IN BRAGG CREEK. IT GOES FROM 5:00 UNTIL 8:00PM AT THE BRAGG CREEK COMMUNITY CENTRE.  THERE ARE TWO SESSIONS ON FRIDAY (SEPT 13)...THE FIRST GOES FRIDAY MORNING IN LONGVIEW, FROM 9:30 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 12:30 IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE EAST LONGVIEW HALL, ABOUT 8 KILOMETERS EAST OF LONGVIEW. THE SECOND FRIDAY MEETING IS BEING HELD IN TURNER VALLEY IN THE EVENING FROM 6:00 UNTIL 8:00PM, AT THE FLARE N' DERRICK COMMUNITY CENTRE. THESE TWO MEETINGS ARE MAINLY FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS.

A special honour is being bestowed upon Calgarians for their work in fighting the devastating June flood that struck southern Alberta. The city says Governor General David Johnston will be in the province next week to present a commendation for outstanding service to all citizens of Calgary for their response to the flood. Mayor Naheed Nenshi will accept the award at the ceremony, which will be held next Tuesday (sept 17).  The flood caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in Calgary alone, and forced thousands of people from their homes.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

 

The provincial government is eliminating five senior Alberta Health Services executive positions as part of a shake-up to make the system more efficient. The move follows a review that found the system is top-heavy with managers and should focus more on supporting health-care providers. The changes will include reassigning 75 other senior executives to positions where they will support front-line staff. Health Minister Fred Horne says more needs to be done to make patients and people the system's top priority. The review says greater performance should be expected considering how much money the government spends on health care. Horne fired the entire Alberta Health Services board in June after a dispute over executive pay and perks.

A PROMINENT RED DEER BUSINESSMAN AND FORMER TEACHER ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH A PAIR OF FORMER STUDENTS IN THE 70'S WILL GO TO TRIAL THIS FALL. 72 YEAR OLD WARREN FERTIG FACES COUNTS OF RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT IN THE INCIDENTS WHICH ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE AT RED DEER'S RIVER GLEN SCHOOL IN 1971 AND 75-77. FERTIG'S FOUR DAY TRIAL STARTS NOVEMBER 5TH.

A DECISION WAS RESERVED IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL YESTERDAY (SEPT 10) FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN APPEALING HIS CONVICTION AND SENTENCE FOR KILLING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO. HOWEVER, IT'S NOT KNOWN YET WHEN A PANEL'S WRITTEN JUDGEMENT WILL BE RELEASED REGARDING THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION AND RESULTING LIFE SENTENCE GIVEN TO 52 YEAR OLD BRIAN VOLKER OF THE DELBURNE AREA, EAST OF RED DEER. HIS ESTRANGED WIFE DEBBIE WAS A 44 YEAR OLD TEACHER'S ASSISTANT AT THE DELBURNE SCHOOL WHEN SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN HER DELBURNE HOME IN FEBRUARY OF 2009.  

Close to 40 percent of the harvest is now complete in Alberta. That's the estimate from Alberta Agriculture's Harry Brook, at the agRICULTURAL INFORMATION centre in Stettler. Brook says the rain on the weekend in some parts of the province, likely shouldn't hold things up too much. As for what's come off the field so far, Brook says no one's complaining. HE SAYS THE PEOPLE HE'S TALKED TO SO FAR ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE YIELDS. The forecast is calling for good harvesting weather all this week. HE SAYS THERE ARE MANY FIELDS THAT ARE ALL CLEARED.

The Alberta government is releasing its long-awaited policy on protecting wetlands in the face of heavy development pressure, especially in the oilsands. The policy would assign greater value to some types of wetlands than others and would encourage developers to avoid their destruction. Where that's not possible, developers could create new wetlands as replacements or pay into a fund to preserve and improve other such areas elsewhere in the province. Alberta has been developing the plan for seven years.

The County of Stettler has recieved just over $57,000 in provincial funding to upgrade a bridge over the Big Knife Creek on Township Road 4-00 near Range Road 1-74 at a total cost of $221,000. The bridge is expected to get up to 30 years of service out of it and work is due to be complete by the end of the year.  COUNTY CAO Tim Fox SAYS THE PRICE TAG ON THE PROJECT is much LOWER than the $400,000 estimate council first saw last year.

IT WAS 12 YEARS AGO TODAY WHEN TERRORIST ATTACKS DEMOLISHED THE TWIN TOWERS IN NEW YORK CITY LEAVING THOUSANDS DEAD. AMONG THE FALLEN WERE HUNDREDS OF EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. THIS MORNING AT CITY HALL PARK, RED DEER FIREFIGHTERS, RCMP MEMBERS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE ALL IN ATTENDANCE FOR A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY. THEY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN RESPONDERS WHO DIED ON THAT DAY WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT INNOCENT VICTIMS.

The 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks started with solemn bell tolls and a moment of silence at the World Trade Center site. The moment of silence at 8:46 a-m marked the time when the first plane hit the south tower on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died. Of the nearly three thousand victims -- 24 were Canadian. A second bell tolled at 9:03 a-m to mark when the second plane hit the north tower.

PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL SPORTS, RECREATION, AND ARTS EXPO. IT GOES TODAY (SEPT 11) FROM 4:00 UNTIL 8:00PM AT THE BADLAND COMMUNITY FACILITY. THE EVENT FEATURES A WIDE VARIETY OF GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND SPORTS CLUBS THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ON WHAT THEY OFFER. IT'S A CHANCE TO TALK PEOPLE WHO ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH THE ACTIVITY AS WELL AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER.

tUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY IS UNDERWAY IN RED DEER COURT (sept 9) FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A YOUNG INNISFAIL MOTHER BY SENDING AN EXPLOSIVE PACKAGE TO HER HOME. THE THREE WEEK INQUIRY SHOULD DETERMINE IF 56 YEAR OLD BRIAN MALLEY'S CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. HE FACES THREE COUNTS IN RELATION TO THE NOVEMBER 2011 DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD VICTORIA SHACHTAY.SHE WAS WHEELCHAIR BOUND AFTER A CAR CRASH 9 YEARS AGO AND LEFT BEHIND A 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AFTER THE EXPLOSION.

A social worker says sex offender Dustin Paxton was controlling and indifferent during group counselling sessions meant to help inmates deal with addictions. Lori LaRose was testifying at the resumption of Paxton's dangerous offender hearing in Calgary. She said Paxton exerted a significant amount of control over certain members of the group and other participants became guarded and afraid to speak. Paxton was found guilty in February 2012 of aggravated and sexual assault against his former business partner and friend. He was charged after a man was found dumped, near death, at a Regina hospital in 2010. The Crown wants Paxton declared a dangerous offender, which would keep him in jail indefinitely.

A LACOMBE MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING AND SELLING DRUGS, VOYEURISM AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. HOWEVER, NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET YET FOR 21 YEAR OLD KYLE BRACKEN WHO FACES NUMEROUS COUNTS AND HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES. IT WAS ON JANUARY 3RD WHEN LACOMBE POLICE RAIDED A RESIDENCE AND SEIZED A VARIETY OF DRUGS, CASH, IMITATION FIREARMS, MACHETES AND VIDEOS FROM A HOUSE.

The former president of Mount Royal University's Student Association has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for her part in a 2012 bank robbery.
Meghan Melnyk must also undergo counselling and perform 240 hours of community service.
Melnyk pleaded guilty to stealing 62-hundred dollars from a Servus Credit Union to feed her gambling habit. Court was told a woman entered the bank, claimed she had a weapon, demanded cash, and then left with an undisclosed amount of money.

A 54-year old man from Massachusetts is dead following a hiking accident in Banff National Park.
The man was hiking with his wife Sunday afternoon on the Parker Ridge Trail when the woman became tired and returned to the car. The man decided to finish the hike. RCMP Sgt. Jeff Campbell says the victim then became disoriented and left the trail.
Campbell says it appears the man lost his footing and went over a cliff. Search and rescue crews found the man's body at the base of the 200-metre-tall cliff on Monday morning.

CENTRAL ALBERTA FARMERS ARE BACK IN THE FIELDS AS HARVEST GETS UNDERWAY. RED DEER COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUK THERE'S SOME STRAIGHT COMBINING OF CEREALS UNDERWAY. PREACHUK SAYS IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL IF FROST WILL CAUSE A PROBLEM. PREACHUK SAYS THE WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS since the middle of AUGUST HAVE BEEN BENEFICIAL FOR LOCAL CROPS. HE'S HOPING THE RECENT RAIN DOESN'T CAUSE MUCH OF A HARVEST DELAY.

A young man skatebarding across Canada for months to raise awareness for cancer and heart disease has himself suffered a stroke. Brandon Harrison, who turns 20 today, survived cancer at age two and battled back from a brain aneurysm and stroke at age 15. He began his trip with his father in St. John's, Newfoundland May 14th and had covered more than 54-hundred kilometres when Harrison suffered a stroke on the weekend in Red Deer.  His mother says he's in critical condition at Calgary's Foothills Hospital.

The Saskatchewan government says a clinical trial for the so-called liberation treatment for multiple sclerosis has been cancelled. The province says it's been told by a medical centre in Albany, N.Y., that it isn't going ahead with the therapy that involves opening blocked neck veins. Saskatchewan had planned to put up $2.2 million to have 86 patients from the province take part in the trial. But the trial lead, Dr. Gary Siskin, has indicated that the research team couldn't recruit enough participants to meet United States government requirements for a clinical trial. Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the news is disappointing for some 3,500 Saskatchewan people who want to know whether the treatment can help relieve MS symptoms. The Ministry of Health says it will explore other options.

PART OF RED DEER'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS THIS YEAR INVOLVES PROJECTS TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY IN THE CITY.  TWO LEGACY PROJECTS WERE CHOSEN TO MARK THE SPECIAL YEAR, INCLUDING THE PLANTING OF 120 TREES IN CENTENNIAL GROVE. A SECOND LEGACY PROJECT WILL BE INSTALLED IN THE RED DEER CHILDREN'S LIBRARY THIS FALL. IT CONSISTS OF A PIECE OF FABRIC ART BY INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED RED DEER ARTIST PATTI MORRIS.

Parks Canada is looking for public feedback on a plan to bring bison back to Banff National Park.
Officials have already met with provincial and municipal representatives as well as technical experts to discuss the idea. The plan involves fencing off a certain area of the park and bringing bison in from Elk Island Park near Edmonton. The fence would be removed after the bison got used to their surroundings. At one time, bison roamed the east slopes of the Banff area in huge numbers, but vanished before the park was created 126 years ago.

 


 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

A 21-year-old man from central Alberta has been sentenced to two years in prison for drunk driving that killed his teenage passenger. Trevor Dahl of Stettler was supposed to go to trial next March on numerous charges, but instead pleaded guilty to driving over the legal limit. Koralea Boettger (kohr-ah-LEE' BET'-ghur), who was 17, died in February 2012 when the truck Dahl was driving hit ice on a gravel road and crashed into some trees. Court heard Dahl had consumed six drinks at a house party before getting behind the wheel. He is also banned from driving for three years once he is released. The victim's mother, Janel (jah-NEL') Boettger, was one of many family members who read heart-breaking victim impact statements at Dahl's sentencing hearing in Red Deer LAST WEEK (SEPT 5).

The lawyer for a man accused of murdering a former Calgary sportscaster and his wife says his client may need another psychiatric review. Derek Puffer has already had two 30-day mental assessments, but lawyer Al Hepner told court a report is not yet complete. Bill Powers and his wife, Donna Lee, were found stabbed to death in their Calgary home July 4. Puffer, Lee's son, had been living with the couple. Hepner told court that Puffer is very ill. Puffer's next appearance before a judge is set for Sept. 19.

THREE HILLS AND OLDS RCMP DETACHMENTS TEAMING UP TO MAKE A SIZEABLE DRUG BUST IN ELNORA. ON FRIDAY EVENING (SEPT 6), MOUNTIES CARRYING OUT A SEARCH WARRANT AT SHOP BUILDING ON MAIN STREET IN ELNORA. POLICE SAY No persons or suspects were located at the Scene. OFFICERS seizING an undisclosed amount of marihuana, a firearm, and equipment related to drug trafficking. Police have identified 2 POSSIBLE suspects and continue THEIR INVESTIGATION.

THE CITY OF Brooks is celebrating that its turned a page since the 2012 discovery of E. coli bacteria in a shipment of beef from the X-L Foods plant.  It's been a year since the largest meat recall in Canadian history shut the plant for weeks and plunged Brooks into months of economic uncertainty. Brooks held a huge beef barbecue  on Saturday. The plant now employs 24-hundred workers and processes 38-hundred cattle each day.   X-L Foods was bought by Brazilian-based meat-packing giant J-B-S U-S-A in January.  

Alberta's chief medical officer of health wants liquor prices in the province raised to help curb binge drinking among young people.  Doctor James Talbot says binge drinking is on the rise, especially among Albertans aged 12 to 19 years. He also says alcohol-related problems cost the provincial health system more than one-point-five billion dollars a year in health-care and policing costs. DR. Talbot says it's important for young people to be aware of the potential health effects of binge drinking.

Rohan Dennis of Team Garmin-Sharp is the inaugural Tour of Alberta champion. Dennis finished the fifth and final stage of the Tour with a 18-second lead over second-place finisher Brent Bookwalter. Damiano Caruso finished the six-day tour in third overall. Peter Sagan won YESTERDAY'S fifth stage of the race , which started in Okotoks and finished in downtown Calgary. ON FRIDAY (SEPT 6)  "STAGE 3" OF THE "TOUR OF ALBERTA" WENT FROM STRATHMORE TO DRUMHELLER, AND ENDED IN A PHOTO FINISH, WITH Rohan Dennis OF AUSTRALIA TAKING THE VICTORY IN A PHOTO FINISH. SEVERAL PEOPLE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF DRUMHELLER TO WATCH THE RACE INCLUDING CALGARY AND EDMONTON.

"STAGE 4" OF THE "TOUR OF ALBERTA" WENT ON SATURDAY (SEPT 7)  IN AN AREA SOUTH AND WEST OF CALGARY. CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR BLACK DIAMOND, TURNER VALLEY, AND MILLERVILLE... DAVID PETROVICH SAYS THEY WERE EXTRA BUSY AS BLACK DIAMOND WAS THE ONLY PLACE ON THE TOUR TO HOST BOTH THE START AND FINISH OF A STAGE. HE SAYS CANMORE WAS TO BE THE FINISH OF THE RACE, BUT THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH HIGHWAY 40 DUE TO THE FLOODING AND TOUR ORGANIZERS ASKED BLACK DIAMOND TO ALSO HOST THE FINISH ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO. PETROVICH SAYS IT WAS PRETTY CRAZY GETTING ITEMS IN ORDER, BUT A "GOOD KIND OF CRAZY".


Ducks Unlimited Canada is calling the acquisition of a parcel of land in southern Alberta the largest in its history. The conservation group has acquired 25-hundred hectares of grasslands and wetlands about 110 kilometres southeast of Calgary, IN THE ARROWWOOD AREA. Shell Canada contributed 3-million dollars to buy the land from rancher Gordon Marsh and his family. Ducks Unlimited says the acquisition will allow it to protect the waterfowl that live there -- in particular, the northern pintail DUCK.

It's the end of an era for a firearms auction business in Red Deer. Bud Haynes Auctioneers is joining forces with Ward's Auctions Edmonton. Haynes president Linda Baggaley say the merger will combine firearms expertise and specialized technology to provide service online around the world. Bud Haynes has been in Red Deer since 1966. ONE FINAL AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE RED DEER OUTLET ON TUESDAY (SEPT 10).

LACOMBE'S Gord Bamford stole the show last night at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Edmonton. His ballad ``Leaning on a Lonesome Song'' won Single of the Year and C-M-T Video of the Year, while his album ``Is It Friday Yet?''won Album of the Year. Dean Brody won Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. Ottawa's Kira Isabella won Female Artist of the Year, and The Whitby, Ontario husband and wife team The Stellas won best duo or group.

Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is retiring. He spent the last nine seasons with the Flames. Kiprusoff says he made the decision at the end of last season. He wanted to think about things over the summer before making an official announcement. The 36-year-old native of Turku, Finland holds team records for wins, games played and shutouts. Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons with the San Jose Sharks before joining Calgary in 2003.

fRIDAY, sEPTEMBER 6

potential for heavy rainfall in the High River area over the next several days has the community taking precautions against floods. The town was devastated by severe flooding 10 weeks ago and many people still have not been able to return to their homes. Environment Canada says it's possible the area south of Calgary could get up to 50 millimetres of rain beginning Friday. The town of High River is to receive regular updates from river forecasters. Debris removal from underneath two bridges in the town has begun to increase the capacity of the Highwood River that runs through the community. Residents are also being encouraged to have 72-hour preparedness kits ready just in case.Sylvan Dillier won the second stage of the Tour of Alberta on Thursday while Peter Sagan remained atop the overall standings. Dillier, of BMC Racing, finished first in three hours 32 minutes 47 seconds following the 174.8-kilometre stagE between Devon and Red Deer. Sergei Tvetcov of THE "Jelly Belly Cycling Team" was just behind in second followed by Sagan in third. IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS.... Sagan, of Cannondale Pro Cycling, has a 26-second lead over Rohan Dennis of Team Garmin-Sharp. Tobias Ludvigsson is third. Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal is the top Canadian so far, 46 seconds behind at ninth overall.

LOTS OF ACTIVITY HAPPENING TODAY (SEPT 6) IN THE COMMUNITIES OF STRATHMORE AND DRUMHELLER. THE TWO SOUTHERN ALBERTA TOWNS ARE HOSTING THE THIRD STAGE OF "THE TOUR OF ALBERTA". STRATHMORE IS THE START OF THE INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE RACE AND ORGANIZING CHAIR, TRACY SIMPSON SAYS A HUGE FESTIVAL IS BEING HELD THIS MORNING STARTING AT 9:00 IN THE KINSMEN PARK NEAR DOWNTOWN STRATHMORE. THERE'S A FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS AND FACE PAINTING, THERE'S A CORPORATE CHALLENGE AT 10:30 AROUND THE STARTING LINE WITH VARIOUS MASCOTS FROM STRATHMORE BUSINESSES IN A "TRICYCLE RACE". THERE'S ALSO A "PIT ROW" WHERE FANS CAN SEE THE RACERS GETTING PREPARED FOR THE RACE AND GET AUTOGRAPHS. SIMPSON ADDS SAYS THE RACE GETS UNDERWAY AT NOON NEAR THE KINSMEN PARK.. THE RIDERS WILL DO A "PARADE LAP" THROUGH STRATHMORE AND LEAVE FOR DRUMHELLER ON HIGHWAY 8-17 AROUND 12:15.

THE "TOUR OF ALBERTA" FESTIVAL IN DRUMHELLER BEGINS AT NOON AT THE FEET OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR AND GOES UNTIL 6:00PM. THE RACERS ARE EXPECTED TO ENTER DRUMHELLER FOR THEIR FIRST PASS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY AROUND 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON. THEY'LL HEAD NORTH AND WEST OF TOWN IN A LOOP, RETURNING TO DRUMHELLER BETWEEN 4:00 AND 5:00 FOR THE SPRINT TO THE FINISH AT THE FEET OF THE "WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR". DRUMHELLER ORGANIZING CHAIR PAUL SALVATOR SAYS THE "TOUR OF ALBERTA" FESTIVAL IS A HUGE FOCUS DURING EACH STAGE OF THE RACE. PEOPLE IN STRATHMORE AND DRUMHELLER ARE REMINDED THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC DISRUPUTIONS AS MANY STREETS AND HIGHWAYS WILL BE BLOCKED OFF. FOR SPECTATORS IN BOTH COMMUNITIES, WALKING TO THE DOWNTOWN IS THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE START AND FINISH. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING IN DRUMHELLER AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY.  STAGE FOUR GOES TOMORROW (SEPT 7) IN THE BLACK DIAMOND-TURNER VALLEY-MILLARVILLE AREA. "The tour OF ALBERTA" winds up in Calgary ON SUNDAY.

THE CITY OF Calgary says June's flood forced about 50-thousand people from their homes in 26 communities and caused about 460 million dollars in damage. The new numbers are part of a report tabled THIS WEEK at a CITY OF CALGARY finance committee meeting. Administration expects flood costs will significantly affect current and future operating budgets, but it's too soon to say what will be covered by the provincial or federal governments. The committee also heard the city has already spent about 87 million dollars on emergency flood repairs and voted to approve another 95 million dollars immediately.

The mess has been cleaned up, equipment has been replaced and the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary is back in business. Water rose to the eighth row of seats in the facility when southern Alberta was hit by severe flooding in June. About 25-hundred seats have been replaced and a new ice plant was installed. Ice is back on the arena surface, there's new glass along the boards and everything from kitchens to hockey jerseys to scoreboard electronics have been replaced. Ken King, the president of Calgary Flames and Entertainment Corporation, calls the Saddledome's restoration ``miraculous.'' But the first even in the restored venue won't be a hockey game -- it will be performances by the Eagles next Wednesday and Thursday. The Flames will hold training camp in a different arena, but King expects their first pre-season game to be played at the Saddledome on September 14th.

Residents of High River packed a meeting last night to complain about how R-C-M-P broke into their homes during June's flooding. Many at the meeting say they want compensation for the damage caused to their doors. R-C-M-P have said they broke into the evacuated homes to make sure everyone was out safely. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says it didn't happen in Calgary or Canmore. She says the residents must be compensated by the province for the damage. 


A spectacular fire brought the northbound lanes of HIGHWAY TWO to a grinding halt near Crossfield. A truck hauling a car carrier trailer and its load of cars went up in flames THURSDAY afternoon (SEPT 5). R-C-M-P Sergeant Patricia Neely just happened to be passing by at the time and says the fire spread quickly. The northbound lanes were temporarily closed while firefighters battled the flames.


tHURSDAY, sEPTEMBER 5

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) WAS asking all Albertans YESTERDAY (SEPT 4) to reduce their use of electricity LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING. The situation WAS due to a combination of high demand, warm weather and limited wind output. In addition, a planned outage In the British Columbia ELECTRICAL SYSTEM preventED Alberta from having the ability to import power through its largest interconnection. ALSO, An unplanned outage in Saskatchewan is also currently limiting our ability to import electricity from the East.  Last week, the AESO forecast that electricity demand would be high. As a result of supply constraints on the grid, AND THE FORECAST OF HIGH TEMPERATURES. WITH MORE HOT TEMPERATURES FORECAST TODAY (SEPT 5) FOR MANY AREAS OF ALBERTA AGAIN, Albertans MAY BE askED to voluntarily conserve energy LATER TODAY. SO FAR, THERE'S BEEN NO WORD FROM THE Alberta Electric System Operator.

IT WAS HOT YESTERDAY (SEPT 4). 14 RECORD HIGHS WERE BROKEN IN ALBERTA.  CANADA'S HOT SPOT WAS GRASSY LAKE, IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, EAST OF TABER REACHING 33.4 YESTERDAY. ENVIRONMENT CANADA SHOWS THE TEMPERATURE AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT REACHED 29.8 DEGREES, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 29.4 SET BACK IN 1938. OTHER CENTRAL ALBERTA COMMUNITIES HITTING RECORDS YESTERDAY, LACOMBE REACHED 29.5 (BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 28.7 IN 2006), ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HIT 27.8 (SURPASSING THE 26.1 TEMPERATURE SET BACK IN 2006) AND SUNDRE GOT UP TO 29.4 YESTERDAY (JUMPING PAST THE OLD 2006 RECORD OF 28.9).

The Alberta government says cash is rolling out steadily to those affected by June flooding, but 2,200 people still aren't able to return home.
The province says in its latest update that $8.6 million has been sent out to cover disaster recovery claims on top of an initial outlay of $70 million in pre-loaded debit cards. About 25 per cent of 8,200 applications have been processed.
The government says long-term accommodation in temporary neighbourhoods has been provided to 950 people, with plans for 850 more in the next month. An additional 400 people are in other temporary housing such as hotels. The extent of the damage in High River continues to be evident as 2,050 truckloads of debris have been removed from the town's residential areas.

The response from Albertans following June's historic flooding was great but the impact of generous flood recovery donations has established charities struggling to make ends meet. Many agencies throughout southern Alberta are dealing with donor fatigue. Organizations are experiencing a massive drop in donations from both individuals and corporations. On Thursday, Easter Seals Alberta will host its biggest fundraising event of the year but as of Wednesday morning, they were only halfway to their goal of $300,000. 

A BIZARRE AND horrifying experience for a volunteer designated driver in Calgary OVERNIGHT (SEPT 5). Police say a woman was taking two men home from a bar early this morning when the pair demanded she turn up the radio. The driver refused and was threatened with a gun.
She stopped and the two men fled, but they were arrested after police spotted them in a pickup truck in southeast Calgary. The woman wasn't hurt and police say they've recovered a weapon.


 

THE CITY OF RED DEER IS READY FOR THE TOUR OF ALBERTA CYCLING RACE TODAY (SEP 5). STAGE 2 BEGINS IN DEVON AND ENDS WITH AN EXCITING FINISH IN DOWN TOWN RED DEER. THE CYCLISTS WILL ENTER  RED DEER FROM THE EAST THROUGH HIGHWAY 11 AT AROUND 3:30 THIS AFTERNOON AND THEY'LL THEN USE ROSS STREET TO ENTER DOWNTOWN. THEY'LL THEN DO A LOOP AROUND ROSS STREET AND 40TH AVENUE 3 TIMES BEFORE CROSSING THE FINISH LINE. THESE AREAS WILL ALL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. IF YOU AREN'T PLANNING ON WATCHING THE RACE DOWNTOWN YOUR BEST BET WOULD BE STAY OUT OF THE AREA TO AVOID ANY DELAYS.

THERE WILL BE A BIG PARTY IN RED DEER TODAY (SEPT 5)WHEN THE TOUR OF ALBERTA CYCLING RACE HITS CENTRAL ALBERTA. WHILE THE ATHLETES RACE ACROSS THE PROVINCE, RACE FANS IN RED DEER WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE ACTION, PLUS TAKE IN CONCERTS AT THE VARIOUS STOPS. RED DEER'S HUGE FESTIVAL GOES DOWNTOWN TODAY FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM, WITH THE HEADLINER BEING COUNTRY BAND EMERSON DRIVE. MEANTIME, BECAUSE SOME STREETS WILL BE SHUTDOWN THIS AFTERNOON, SOME RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL HAVE EARLY DISMISSAL AT NOON.     

 

 

 


 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 

THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF AN 18 MONTH OLD CHILD ON THE ERMINSKIN FIRST NATION NEAR HOBBEMA WAS NOT FOUND AFTER AN AUTOPSY BY THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER YESTERDAY (SEPT 3). RCMP HAVE INDICATED THE DEATH OF THE TODDLER IS SUSPICIOUS AND FURTHER TESTS ARE BEING DONE TO TRY TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH WHICH TOOK PLACE OVER THE LONG WEEKEND, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (SEPT 1).

CALGARY POLICE SAY THE DEATH OF A WOMAN WHO  FELL OFF A DOWNTOWN HOTEL LEDGE HAS BEEN DETERMINED AS ACCIDENTAL.  INVESTIGATORS SAY ON SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER 8 P.M, A FEMALE ALLEGEDLY BROKE A WINDOW ON THE SEVENTH STOREY OF A ROOM SHE WAS STAYING IN WITH HER BOYFRIEND AT THE FAIRMONT PALLISER HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY. THE WOMAN, IN HER MID 20S, WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION BUT DIED MONDAY EVENING. FIRE CREWS USED AN AERIAL LADDER UNIT TO HELP RESCUE THE WOMAN. POLICE SAY THE DEATH IS NOT SUSPICIOUS AND HAVE RULED IT ACCIDENTAL. ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR. THE VICTIM IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN FROM WHITECOURT.

ALBERTA CHILDREN GRABBED THEIR NOTEBOOKS AND HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL YESTERDAY (SEPT 3) AND SOME FACED CLASSROOMS PACKED WITH MORE STUDENTS THAN EVER BEFORE. ON AVERAGE, TEACHER-STUDENT RATIOS ARE INCREASING FROM ROUGHLY 27 STUDENTS PER TEACHER TO 30 STUDENTS PER TEACHER. HOWEVER, IN SOME CASES, IT'S REPORTED THAT CLASS SIZES HAVE SWELLED TO AS HIGH AS 40 STUDENTS PER CLASS. THE ALBERTA TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION SAYS HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE PROVINCE ARE BEING HIT ESPECIALLY HARD. SOME ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT LARGER CLASS SIZES MAY HAVE ON STUDENTS, AND WORRY IT COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR EDUCATION.

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SAYS DESPITE THE SUMMER FLOODS AND ON THIS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL----FUNDING PROMISES CONCERNING EDUCATION WILL PROCEED. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS THEY`VE BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS--PARTICULARLY THOSE INVOLVING EDUCATION WILL MOVE FORWARD.  SHE SAYS THEY MADE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS WITH THE ON THE BUDGET, BUT THE EDUCATION BUDGET WAS INCREASED BY TWO PERCENT. THE PREMIER ADDING THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES IS LEFT UP TO THE SCHOOLBOARDS. REDFORD SAYS THE BOARDS WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO PUT PROVINCIAL MONEY INTO THE CLASSROOM--OR TO DO SOMETHING ELSE WITH IT.

PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS IT ISN'T UP TO HER GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CUT SCHOOL FEELS FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOODING IN HIGH RIVER LAST JUNE. THE OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY SAYS THE FEES SHOULD BE CUT FOR EVERY STUDENT IN THE FLOOD-RAVAGED COMMUNITY SOUTH OF CALGARY BECAUSE FAMILIES ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH EXTENSIVE DEBT. BUT REDFORD SAYS IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO COME UP WITH EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES TO DEAL WITH PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND SHE SAYS THE MATTER OF SCHOOL FEES IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. SHE SAYS THE WILDROSE IS COMING UP WITH IDEAS THAT DO NOTHING MORE THAN EXACERBATE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES. REDFORD SAYS 80 OF 83 ALBERTA SCHOOLS WERE ABLE TO OPEN ON SCHEDULE TODAY AND PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN THE REBUILDING PROCESS FOR THOSE SCHOOLS SUFFERING GREATER DAMAGE IN THE FLOOD.  SHE SAYS CHEQUES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT FOR ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF THE 8,200 CLAIMS UNDER ALBERTA'S DISASTER RELIEF PLAN.

SOME VERY WORRIED PEOPLE IN AND AROUND OKOTOKS. EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING (SEPT 3), OKOTOKS RCMP RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT A FAMILY RAFTING ON THE BOW RIVER WERE OVER DUE. THE GROUP OF FIVE WERE TO ARRIVE NEAR NATURES HIDEAWAY ON THE BOW RIVER AT 8:30 P.M. ON MONDAY EVEING. A CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBER CALLED THE RCMP WHEN THE RAFTERS DID NOT ARRIVE. THE GROUP WAS MADE UP OF 3 ADULTS, TWO CHILDREN AGED 3 YEARS AND AN ADDITIONAL CHILD 11 YRS. OLD, PLUS THREE DOGS. THEOKOTOKS RCMP, ALONG WITH HELP FROM THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE HELICOPTER, LOCATED THE FAMILY ABOUT 15 KILOMETERS DOWNSTREAM FROM THEIR ORINGINAL LANDING LOCATION. RCMP ON THE GROUND FOUND THE MISSING FAMILY AND TOOK THEM TO SAFETY. EVERYONE WAS OKAY, OTHER THAN BEING COLD. APPARENTLY, THE FAMILY PULLED ONTO A SAND BAR TO REST, AND WHEN IT GOT DARK TOO QUICKLY, THEY DECIDED TO CAMP FOR THE NIGHT RATHER THAN CONTINUE ON THE RIVER INTO THE DARKNESS.

A NEWLY RENOVATED DOWNTOWN IS READY TO BE SHOWCASED IN INNISFAIL. PHASE 2 OF THEIR DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT IS COMPLETE, 2 WEEKS A HEAD OF SCHEDULE. BARRY BAKER IS INNISIFAIL'S DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND HE SAYS THE DOWNTOWN AREA WAS IN GREAT NEED OF AN UPGRADE. PHASE 2 OF THE 3 PART PROJECT MODERNIZED ALL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE 50TH STREET AND 49TH AVENUE AREA. PHASE 3 WILL BEGIN CONSTRUCTION IN THE SPRING. THE NEWLY RENOVATED DOWNTOWN AREA.OFFICIALLY REOPENING LAST WEEK.

A BIG ADDITION TO THE  RED DEER REGION. THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CITY IS OFFICIALLY ON THE LIST OF AIR CANADA DESTINATIONS. AIR CANADA SERVICE BEGAN WITH A DEPARTURE TUESDAY MORNING (SEPT 3).  AIRPORT CEO RJ STEENSTRA SAYS THE AIR CANADA SERVICE TO RED DEER IS MAJOR, AS THE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREA IS NOW CONNECTED TO MORE THAN 100 WORLDWIDE DESTINATIONS. HE SAYS IT'S VERY CONVENIENT AS FLIGHTS TO ZURICH, SWITZERLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA ARE BEING BOOKED RIGHT OUT OF RED DEER. THE DAILY PLANE SERVICE WAS MARKED WITH A SPECIAL CELEBRATION ON THE AIRPORT TARMAC YESTERDAY  WITH AIR CANADA AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES TAKING PART.

PRE-RACE FAVOURITE PETER SAGAN IS THE FIRST MAN TO WEAR THE YELLOW JERSEY IN THE INAUGURAL STAGE OF THE TOUR OF ALBERTA CYCLING RACE. THE CANNONDALE TEAM RIDER TOOK A COMMANDING 12-SECOND LEAD OVER HIS NEAREST COMPETITOR IN THE OPENING 7.3 KILOMETRE TIME TRIAL TUESDAY NIGHT (SEPT 3). VICTORIA, BC'S RYDER HESJEDAL WAS 30 SECONDS BACK OF SAGAN. MARGINS ARE EXPECTED TO BE TIGHT AND BATTLES FOR TIME BONUSES WILL BE CRUCIAL. TODAY'S RACE (WED) MOVES NORTH ALONG EDMONTON'S REFINERY ROW, THEN LOOPS BACK SOUTH THROUGH ROLLING PARKLAND, WITH THE 159-KILOMETRE STAGE ENDING IN CAMROSE. THE RACE HITS THE RED DEER REGION TOMORROW, STRATHMORE AND DRUMHELLER ON FRIDAY, THE BLACK DIAMOND-TURNER VALLEY-MILLARVILLE AREA ON SATURDAY. THE TOUR OF ALBERTA WINDS UP IN CALGARY---ON SUNDAY AFTER 900 KILOMETRES OF RACING.

DOZENS OF YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS WHOSE SKATES, PADS, HELMETS, AND STICKS WERE DESTROYED BY FLOODWATERS IN HIGH RIVER, GOT A HUGE ASSIST FROM SOME N-H-L PLAYERS. CALGARY FLAMES FORWARDS MATT STAJAN AND T-J GALIARDI AND DEFENCEMEN DEREK SMITH AND MARK GIORDANO HELPED PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EQUIPMENT YESTERDAY (SEPT 3) IN HIGH RIVER. THEY THEN JOINED SOME MINOR HOCKEY PLAYERS FOR A GAME OF BALL HOCKEY IN A JUNIOR HIGH GYMNASIUM. THE DONATION CAME FROM THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE'S PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION AND THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR A TODDLER WHO DIED ON THE ERMINESKIN FIRST NATION IN CENTRAL ALBERTA OVER THE LONG WEEKEND. R-C-M-P IN HOBBEMA SAY THEY GOT A CALL ABOUT AN UNRESPONSIVE 18-MONTH-OLD CHILD EARLY SUNDAY (SEPT 1). A NEIGHBOUR WHO DIDN'T WANT HER NAME USED SAYS A WOMAN KNOCKED ON HER DOOR EARLY SUNDAY ASKING IF SHE COULD CALL FOR AN AMBULANCE. POLICE SAY THEY ARE TREATING THE DEATH AS SUSPICIOUS. POLICE SAY FIREARMS WEREN'T INVOLVED, AND THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO SUGGEST THE INCIDENT IS GANG-RELATED.

A 16 YEAR OLD MALE FROM VULCAN IS IN CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH NEAR LONGVIEW OVER THE LONG WEEKEND. YESTERDAY MORNING, (SEPT 2) AROUND 2:30, RCMP FROM TURNER VALLEY AND THE LONGVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED ABOUT A CRASH AT A LOCATION ABOUT 20 KILOMETERS WEST OF LONGVIEW ON HIGHWAY 5-41. WITNESSES TELLING MOUNTIES THAT A MALE WHO ALLEGEDLY HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY AT A BUSH PARTY TRIED TO LEAVE THE SCENE ON A DIRT BIKE. THE YOUTH WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET WHEN HE SLAMMED HIS MOTORCYCLE INTO A PARKED CAR. WITNESSES SAY THE VICTIM WENT OVER THE CAR AND LANDED ON THE PAVEMENT. STARS AIRLIFTED THE YOUTH TO HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. 

RCMP IN THREE HILLS CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A STRANGE INCIDENT FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY (AUG 31) DURING THE NOON HOUR THREE HILLS MOUNTIES AND EMERGENCY CREWS RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT A SERIOUSLY INJURED MAN FOUND NEAR SOME RAILROAD TRACKS AROUND TROCHU. POLICE DETERMINING THAT THE 20 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM WAS FROM CALGARY, HAD BEEN INTOXICATED, AND WAS WALKING ON OR NEAR THE TRAIN TRACKS BEFORE HE WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN. APPARENTLY THE MAN LAY INJURED NEAR THE TRACKS, UNTIL CN CREWS FOUND THE VICTIM. IT'S BELIEVED THE MAN COULD HAVE BEEN LYING INJURED FOR ANYWHERE BETWEEN 6 TO 11 HOURS. AFTER INITALLY BEING TREATED AT THE THREE HILLS HEALTH CENTER, THE MAN WAS SENT TO CALGARY'S FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL BY STARS WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

A 24 YEAR OLD BENTLEY MAN IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER WEST OF RIMBEY LAST THURSDAY MORNING (AUG 29). A CAR LANDED UPSIDE DOWN ON HIGHWAY 7-66, SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 53 AROUND 2:00 LAST THURSDAY MORNING. THE MAN WHO WAS WEARING HIS SEATBELT WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AT THE RIMBEY HOSPITAL. POLICE BELIEVE ALCOHOL WAS A FACTOR.  CHARGES ARE PENDING.

ALBERTA SHERIFFS SAY THEY CLOCKED A MOTORCYCLE RIDER GOING 235 KILOMETRES PER HOUR OVER THE WEEKEND. OFFICERS SAY THEY SPOTTED THE BIKE ON SATURDAY EVENING (AUG 31)  AT A RADAR TRAP ON HIGHWAY 7-62 SOUTHWEST OF CALGARY NEAR BRAGG CREEK. SHERIFFS SAY IT WAS AN 80-KILOMETRES-PER-HOUR ZONE, MEANING THE MOTORCYCLE WAS TRAVELLING ALMOST THREE TIMES THE LIMIT.  A 23-YEAR-OLD CALGARY RESIDENT WAS ARRESTED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, AND FACES A CHARGE OF DANGEROUS DRIVING.

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS BEING ASKED TO CUT SCHOOL FEES FOR EVERY STUDENT IN A TOWN THAT WAS DEVASTATED BY FLOODING THIS SUMMER. THE OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY SAYS FAMILIES IN HIGH RIVER ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH EXTENSIVE DEBT AFTER THE JUNE FLOOD. PARTY LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS THEY NEED A BREAK BECAUSE MOST OF THEM HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY MONEY FROM THE PROVINCE'S DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM. SMITH ALSO SAYS THE PROVINCE SHOULD REVIEW EDUCATION FUNDING IN GENERAL TO FIND OUT WHY SCHOOL BOARDS CHARGE PARENTS EXTRA FEES IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE PROVINCE HAS NOT RESPONDED TO THE PARTY'S REQUEST.

PREMIER ALISON REDFORD SAYS IT ISN'T UP TO HER GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CUT SCHOOL FEELS FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOODING IN HIGH RIVER LAST JUNE. THE OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY SAYS THE FEES SHOULD BE CUT FOR EVERY STUDENT IN THE FLOOD-RAVAGED COMMUNITY BECAUSE FAMILIES ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH EXTENSIVE DEBT. BUT REDFORD SAYS IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO COME UP WITH EXTRAORDINARY REMEDIES TO DEAL WITH PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND SHE SAYS THE MATTER OF SCHOOL FEES IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. SHE SAYS THE WILDROSE IS COMING UP WITH IDEAS THAT DO NOTHING MORE THAN EXACERBATE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES. REDFORD SAYS 80 OF 83 ALBERTA SCHOOLS WERE ABLE TO OPEN ON SCHEDULE TODAY AND PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN THE REBUILDING PROCESS. SHE SAYS CHEQUES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT FOR ABOUT 25 PER CENT OF THE 8,200 CLAIMS UNDER ALBERTA'S DISASTER RELIEF PLAN.

MORE THAN 600-THOUSAND STUDENTS ARE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY (SEPT 3) IN ALBERTA. EDUCATION MINISTER JEFF JOHNSON SAYS ITS GOING TO BE A BUSY AND BUSTLING DAY---AS EVERYONE GETS BACK INTO A NEW BUT OLD ROUTINE. JOHNSON SAYS THERE'S A NUMBER OF NEW THINGS THIS FALL--INCLUDING STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENTS, HIGHSCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND THE SMALL CLASS-SIZE INITIATIVE.

PREMIER ALISON REDFORD WAS PUT ON THE SPOT WHILE TOURING EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA ON FRIDAY (AUG 30). THE PREMIER AND A DELEGATION OF MLA'S WERE IN STETTLER TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RURAL INTERNET FUNDING, WHEN THE OCCASION  TURNED INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT RURAL HEALTH CARE. THE LOCAL WILDROSE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY, RICK STRANKMAN INTERRUPTED THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ASK PREMIER REDFORD ABOUT DELAYS IN RE-INSTATING ACUTE CARE BEDS AT THE HOSPITAL IN THE COMMUNITY OF CONSORT WHICH IS A PART OF HIS RIDING. THE PREMIER GIVING THE MLA CREDIT FOR ADVOCATING FOR CONSTITUENTS, BUT SAYS THE ISSUE HAS TO BE TACKLED BY PEOPLE WORKING IN THE MEDICAL SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY ARE THE EXPERTS. REFORD ADDING THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERED 20 YEARS AGO MAY NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH NOW. PREMIER REDFORD AND HER DELEGATION ARE IN DRUMHELLER TODAY (AUG 31), VISTING THE ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM AND THE WORLD FAMOUS HOO DOOS.  

 

 PEOPLE IN EDMONTON WILL BE GATHERING IN DOWNTOWN THIS AFTERNOON AROUND 5PM (TUES)----FOR THE START OF THE TOUR OF ALBERTA. THE INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE RACE THEN HEADS TO THE CAMROSE AREA ON WEDNESDAY (SEPT 4). TODD MARKOWSKI IS THE CHAIR OF THE CAMROSE HOST COMMITTEE SAYS ALL THE PREPARATIONS ARE IN PLACE. HE SAYS THERE WILL BE DISRUPTION IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF CAMROSE ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 2:00 AND 4:00, AS THE CORE IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BUT OPEN TO SPECTATORS SO THEY CAN WATCH THE RIDERS. THE RACE GOING ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND ENDS IN CALGARY--SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH.

 

 

FRIDAY, august 30

A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL HAS DIED AS THE RESULT OF AN ATV ROLLOVER IN THE ALTARIO DISTRICT NEAR CONSORT. RCMP SAY IT HAPPENED TUESDAY AFTERNOON (AUG 27)AROUND 5 O'CLOCK. A FOUR-WHEELED ATV WITH THREE OCCUPANTS ROLLED OVER. THE VICTIM WAS A PASSENGER. TWO OTHER OCCUPANTS WERE TREATED IN HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. NO NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. 

TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A COLLISION IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. R-C-M-P SAY A CAR VEERED INTO THE PATH OF A SECOND VEHICLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON HIGHWAY 5-95, ABOUT 13 KILOMETRES EAST OF RED DEER. THE DRIVERS OF BOTH VEHICLES DIED, WHILE A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WAS IN THE CAR SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON. MOUNTIES SAY SPEED DIDN'T PLAY A ROLE IN THE CRASH, BUT THEY HAVEN'T RULED OUT ALCOHOL OR DISTRACTED DRIVING.

THE RCMP IS ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC TO IDENTIFY THE REMAINS OF A MAN FOUND IN A COMMUNITY WEST OF CALGARY LAST YEAR. CHILDREN PLAYING JUST SOUTH OF COCHRANE CAME ACROSS WHAT LOCALS DESCRIBED AS A HUMAN HEAD LAST OCTOBER. POLICE SAY THE REMAINS APPEARS TO BELONG TO A CAUCASIAN MALE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 60. THE INDIVIDUAL HAD ALSO SUFFERED A BROKEN NOSE THAT HAD HEALED. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE REMAINS DECOMPOSED FOR LESS THAN A YEAR PRIOR TO THEIR DISCOVERY. THE RCMP IS HOPING SOMEONE WILL KNOW WHO THE MAN WAS AND WILL HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING CALL THE COCHRANE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

A STABBING EARLY THURSDAY MORNING (AUG 29) IN HOBBEMA SENT A MAN TO HOSPITAL AND A WOMAN TO JAIL.  JUST AFTER SIX A.M, RCMP WERE CALLED TO A REPORTED STABBING ON THE MONTANA FIRST NATIONS. A MAN IN HIS MID-THIRTIES WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN NEARBY WETASKIWIN AND THEN AIRLIFTED BY STARS TO U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. ONE WOMAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.

 

 ALBERTA'S TWO BIGGEST CITIES ARE DRYING OUT AND CLEANING UP AFTER POWERFUL STORMS THURSDAY NIGHT (AUG 29) THAT PRODUCED LOTS OF RAIN IN ONE INSTANCE AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN ANOTHER. SEVERAL DRIVERS HAD TO SCRAMBLE ONTO THEIR VEHICLES' ROOFS WHEN ABOUT 40 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN IN ONE HOUR FLOODED UNDERPASSES ON EDMONTON'S YELLOWHEAD TRAIL. THE RUNOFF OVERWHELMED STORM DRAINS IN SEVERAL AREAS ALONG THE MAJOR NORTHSIDE ARTERY AND FORCED EMERGENCY CREWS TO RESCUE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHEN THEIR VEHICLES GOT SWAMPED. SEVERAL HOMEOWNERS IN THE AREA ALSO HAD FLOODED BASEMENTS. IN CALGARY, A BRIEF BUT POWERFUL STORM BROUGHT DOWN POWER LINES AND TOPPLED TREES THAT BLOCKED ROADS AND DAMAGED VEHICLES. EMERGENCY CREWS HAD TO DEAL WITH SEVERAL LIGHTNING STRIKES, BUT THERE WERE NO FIRES AND NO INJURIES.  IT WAS ALL DUE TO A COUPLE OF MAJOR STORM SYSTEMS THAT BANDED TOGETHER. SEVERAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED. NO WORD OF ANY SERIOUS DAMAGES OUTSIDE OF THE CITIES.  SOME OF THE WIND GUSTS REPORTED TO THE WEATHER OFFICE YESTERDAY INCLUDE: BARNWELL...........107 KM/H CALGARY INTL ARPT.. 98 KM/H BASSANO............ 93 KM/H LETHBRIDGE......... 91 KM/H SEVEN PERSONS...... 85 AND CLARESHOLM......... 81 KM/H NO WORD ON ANY HAIL. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS CONTINUE UNTIL JUST AFTER 10:00 LAST NIGHT (AUG 29).

A FORMER CALGARY FIREFIGHTER HAS BEEN CHARGED FOLLOWING TESTIMONY HE GAVE IN COURT IN JANUARY. POLICE SAY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE AND RAISED A CONCERN ABOUT THE FIREMAN'S EVIDENCE. THE FINDINGS WERE PASSED TO THE CROWN PROSECUTOR AND THEN TO POLICE. ANDREW STRACK, WHO IS 48, FACES ONE CHARGE OF PERJURY.

THREE KITTENS SURVIVED AFTER BEING TOSSED FROM A MOVING TRUCK ON A HIGHWAY IN WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN. WITNESSES SAY THE KITTENS WERE THROWN ONE BY ONE FROM A RED PICKUP TRUCK ON TUESDAY WHILE TRAVELING ALONG HIGHWAY 21, JUST NORTH OF KINDERSLEY. ONE OF THE CATS HIT THE WINDSHIELD OF A VEHICLE DRIVING BEHIND THE HALF TON. THE KITTENS WERE LATER FOUND WANDERING IN A DITCH. THEY ARE BEING TREATED FOR MINOR CUTS AND BRUISES, AND ALL HAD TO HAVE BROKEN TEETH REMOVED. NICHOLE DECK OF AN ANIMAL RESCUE IN KINDERSLEY SAYS TWO WOMEN WERE IN SEPARATE VEHICLES DRIVING BEHIND THE PICKUP AND WITNESSED THE BIZARRE INCIDENT.



THERE ARE PLENTY OF EVENTS TO TAKE IN THIS WEEKEND AT THE 5TH ANNUAL STETTLER STEEL WHEEL STAMPEDE. THERE'S A HORSE-MOUNTED SHOOTOUT AT 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON.  THE GIANT PARADE GETS UNDERWAY THIS EVENING (FRI) AT 5PM STARTING AT THE AGRI-PLEX.  PLUS ENJOY THE RIB COOK-OFF THIS EVENING AT 6:00.  ON SATURDAY MORNING, THERE'S A PANCAKE BREAKFAST ON STETTLER'S MAIN STREET FROM 8:00 TO 10:00. THEN SATURDAY AFTERNOON TAKE IN THE ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL BEING HELD AT NOON. TRACTORS FROM 1960 AND EARLIER ARE BEING ACCEPTED.  RODEO ACTION GOES AT THE EXHBITION GROUNDS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 5:00PM BOTH DAYS. THE FINAL STETTLER RODEO PERFORMANCE IS SET FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:00 O'CLOCK.

 PREMIER REDFORD WILL BE IN STETTLER TODAY (AUG 30) AS PART OF HER BUILDING ALBERTA TOUR. PREMIER REDFORD WILL BE MEETING WITH RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TO CELEBRATE COMMUNITIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA TODAY AND TOMORROW (AUG 30+31). AT 1:30 THIS AFTERNOON (FRI) PREMIER REDFORD IS SCHEDULED TO BE AT THE STETTLER TOWN AND COUNTY MUSEUM WHERE SHE WILL JOIN LOCAL OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE NEW FUNDING FOR THE SPECIAL AREAS BOARD IN EASTERN ALBERTA. AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTER VERLYN OLSEN IS SET TO JOIN HER ALONG WITH INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS MINSTER CAL DENNIS. THE PREMIER ALSO EXPECTED TO TAKE IN A PERFORMANCE THIS EVENING AT ROSEBUD THEATRE, WEST OF DRUMHELLER. PREMIER REDFORD ALSO VISTING DRUMHELLER TOMORROW (AUG 31) WITH STOPS AT THE ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM AND A VISIT TO THE WORLD FAMOUS HOO DOO'S .

LOTS OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT TAKING PLACE IN THE TOWN OF COCHRANE THIS LABOUR LONG WEEKEND. THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF EVENTS PLANNED INCLUDING THE 47TH ANNUAL COCHRANE LIONS RODEO AND THE HUGE LABOUR DAY PARDADE. BROOKS TOWER WITH THE COCHRANE AND AREA EVENTS SOCIETY SAYS IT'S THE BIGGEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR IN TOWN. THERE ARE 10,000 TO 12,000 PEOPLE IN TOWN FOR THE RODEO AND AROUND 12,000 SPECTATORS EXPECTED TO LINE THE PARADE ROUTE ON MONDAY. THE SLIMDOR RANCH RODEO GOES TODAY (AUG 30) FROM 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL 8:00 THIS EVENING. REGULAR FCA RODEO EXCITEMENT GOES SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY AT 1:00PM EACH DAY...ALL AT THE COCHRANE LIONS'S RODEO GROUNDS NEAR COCHRANE'S DOWNTOWN.

THE DRUMHELLER TITANS SENIOR FOOTBALL TEAM  ARE KICKING OFF THEIR SEASON THIS EVENING WITH A SPECIAL EVENT TO HELP THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK. FANS ARE ASKED TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONTATION TO THE GAME AND THEY'LL RECEIVE A FREE HOT DOG. JUST BRING YOU'RE DONATIONS TO THE CONCESSION AREA.  THE DRUMHELLER TITANS HOME OPENER IS TONIGHT (AUG 30) AT 7:00 O'CLOCK, AGAINST THE CRESENT HEIGHTS VIKINGS FROM MEDICINE HAT. IT'S THE FIRST GAME FOR THE DRUMHELLER TITANS UNDER THEIR NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM WHICH WAS INSTALLED LATE LAST FALL.

 

FRIDAY, august 23

ALBERTA HOMEOWNERS WHO LIVE ON FLOODPLAINS IN SIX COMMUNITIES ARE GETTING A DEAL FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WILL BUY ABOUT 250 HOMES IN HIGH RIVER, MEDICINE HAT, CALGARY AND BRAGG CREEK THAT WERE HIT BY THIS YEAR'S FLOODS. ALBERTA MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS MINISTER DOUG GRIFFITHS SAYS HOMEOWNERS DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT THE DEAL AND CAN STILL RECEIVE FUNDING TO REBUILD OR REPAIR THEIR HOMES. BUT HE SAYS IF ANOTHER FLOOD HITS AND THEIR HOMES ARE DAMAGED, THEY WON'T GET ANY MORE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

A REPORT FROM AN INQUIRY INTO AN ALBERTA BABY'S DEATH SAYS THE CHILD'S MEDICAL HISTORY SHOULD HAVE BEEN FORWARDED TO HER FOSTER FAMILY. BUT PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE BART ROSBOROUGH SAYS THAT STILL MIGHT NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE ONE-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S DEATH. THE JUDGE NOTES THAT THE FOSTER PARENTS WEREN'T INFORMED THAT THE GIRL HAD BEEN TREATED FOR RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, INCLUDING PNEUMONIA. THE BABY, WHO IS NOT IDENTIFIED, DIED OF PNEUMONIA IN MARCH 2009 WHILE IN THE CARE OF AN AGENCY THAT PROVIDES CHILD-WELFARE SERVICES TO THE SAMSON CREE NATION NEAR HOBBEMA. THE CHILD HAD BEEN SICK, BUT HER FOSTER FAMILY ASSUMED IT WASN'T SERIOUS. HER CAREGIVERS DIDN'T SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION UNTIL SHE WAS DISCOVERED NOT BREATHING IN HER CRIB.

A FORMER BOOKKEEPER FOR AN OILFIELD COMPANY IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $1 MILLION FROM HER EMPLOYER. BLACKFALDS RCMP BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE IN OCTOBER 2012 INTO A REPORT THAT AN EMPLOYEE APPEARED TO BE ALTERING FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS AND TAKING MONEY FROM A BUSINESS IN RED DEER COUNTY. POLICE DID NOT NAME THE BUSINESS OR WHERE IT IS LOCATED. MOUNTIES SAY THE EMPLOYEE WAS EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY FROM 2006 TO 2011 AND WAS IN CHARGE OF BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE, PAYROLL, AND DAY END RETURNS. IT IS ALLEGED THE EMPLOYEE STOLE THE MONEY OVER THE FIVE YEARS SHE WORKED FOR THE COMPANY. SHELLEY DAVIDSON, WHO IS 36, OF COCHRANE, IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN PROVINCIAL COURT IN RED DEER ON SEPT. 20 ON CHARGES OF THEFT AND FRAUD.

A SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER IS PARKED IN AN ALBERTA JAIL AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A CHASE THAT INVOLVED A SPEEDY JAGUAR AND A SLOWER BUT DETERMINED POLICE DOG. RCMP AND ALBERTA SHERIFF TRAFFIC UNITS TRIED TO STOP THE LUXURY CAR ON MONDAY NIGHT NEAR WHITECOURT, BUT THE DRIVER DROVE OFF AT SPEEDS EXCEEDING 230 KM/H. POLICE SAY THE JAGUAR ENDED UP GOING OFF THE ROAD, AND A SUSPECT FLED ON FOOT INTO A FOREST. OFFICERS TRACKED HIM DOWN WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE DOG, WHICH HELPED POLICE MAKE THE ARREST. POLICE SAY THEY SEIZED A LOADED HANDGUN AND QUANTITIES OF METH, COCAINE, HEROIN AND OXYCODONE PILLS. BRIAN BUXTON OF SYLVAN LAKE FACES DANGEROUS DRIVING, DRUG TRAFFICKING AND WEAPONS CHARGES.


TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO BE AROUND THE 30 DEGREE CELCIUS RANGE TODAY IN MOST COMMUNITIES AROUND OUR REGION. SO IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER REMINDER ABOUT LEAVING CHILDREN IN VEHICLES. ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SPOKESPERSON DR. KATHRYN KOLIASKA SAYS IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LEAVE CHILDREN IN THE CAR AT ANYTIME, BUT EXPECIALLY WHEN IT'S HOT. SHE SAYS EVEN IF YOU OPEN THE WINDOW A LITTLE, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO COOL THE INSIDE OF A CAR. THE DOCTOR SAYS THE INTERIOR HEAT CAN CLIMB 5 TO 15 DEGREES IN A VERY SHORT TIME. AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE SMALL AND DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO COOL DOWN QUICKLY.  DR. KOLIASKA ADDS THAT IF YOU ARE A PASSERBY AND SEE A CHILD OR A PET LEFT IN THE CAR, IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET HELP RIGHT AWAY.

ALBERTA'S STATUS AS A RAT FREE PROVINCE WAS CHALLENGED EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN A SINGLE NORWAY RAT WAS KILLED BY TWO DOGS IN A HEDGE AT A FARM YARD IN THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE M-D OF WAINWRIGHT IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA. THE M-D'S AGRICULTURAL FIELDMAN, JAMES SCHWINDT, SAYS THE DISCOVERY OF THE FEMALE RAT IS PROOF THAT ALBERTA'S RAT PATROL IS DOING IT'S JOB. HE FEELS THIS IS A SINGLE TIME OCCURRANCE WHERE THE RAT CAME OFF OF A VEHICLE ON THE HIGHWAY. HE SAYS IT'S THE FIRST TIME A NORWAY RAT HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE M-D OF WAINWRIGHT IN ALMOST 30 YEARS.

PENN WEST PETROLEUM SAYS IT HAS CUT 25 PER CENT OF ITS WORKFORCE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. THE CALGARY-BASED OIL COMPANY SAYS ITS HEAD COUNT NOW STANDS AT 1,600. THE COMPANY SAYS IT HAS REDUCED ITS STAFF BY 30 PER CENT SINCE LAST FALL. CEO DAVE ROBERTS SAYS THE MOVE IS MEANT TO RESTORE PENN WEST'S COMPETITIVENESS. THE COMPANY EXPECTS TO TAKE A $25-MILLION CHARGE IN THE THIRD QUARTER IN CONNECTION WITH THE LAYOFFS. PENN WEST WARNED OF JOB CUTS IN JUNE WHEN IT ANNOUNCED THAT ROBERTS WOULD BE REPLACING MURRAY NUNNS AS CEO AND THAT THE COMPANY WOULD BE CUTTING ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY HALF.

MORE THAN 230 HANDMADE QUILTS ARE HEADING TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA AS A GIFT OF LOVE TO PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES IN THE FLOODS IN JUNE. ARLYCE THOMPSON, WHO OWNS QUILTER'S HAVEN IN MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN, PUT OUT THE CALL FOR QUILTS AFTER HEARING OF THE DEVASTATING LOSSES IN THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER. THE ENTIRE TOWN WAS EVACUATED AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE STILL OUT OF THEIR FLOOD-DAMAGED HOMES AND LIVING IN TEMPORARY TRAILER CAMPS. THOMPSON AND HER 87-YEAR-OLD MOTHER PLAN TO DRIVE TO HIGH RIVER TODAY TO DELIVER THE QUILTS.

FLOODED OUT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAVE HAD A DELAYED GRADUATION CEREMONY. MORE THAN 100 TEENS FROM HIGH RIVER WERE SUPPOSED TO GRADUATE THE SAME DAY IN JUNE THAT FLOOD WATERS DEVASTATED THE COMMUNITY. MANY STUDENTS THOUGHT THEY'D JUST END UP GETTING THEIR DIPLOMAS IN THE MAIL. BUT, ON THURSDAY (AUG 22), THEY DONNED CAPS AND GOWNS IN NEARBY OKOTOKS. PREMIER ALISON REDFORD ATTENDED THE EVENT AND TOLD GRADS THAT PEOPLE ACROSS CANADA ARE CELEBRATING WITH THEM.

 THE WILDFIRE LEVEL IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AREA HAS INCREASED TO HIGH.   RECENT WARM WEATHER ALONG WITH INCREASED WIND HAS PUSHED UP THE FIRE HAZARD AND RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS IN FORESTED AREAS.   ALL BURNING IN THE AREA, EXCEPT FOR CAMPFIRES, REQUIRE A PERMIT.  IF YOU'RE CAMPING IN THE AREA PLEASE TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND ENSURE YOUR CAMPFIRE IS OUT.

 

THURSDAY, august 22

R-C-M-P SAY A WOMAN STRUCK WHILE STANDING OUTSIDE A STOPPED VEHICLE ON A BUSY HIGHWAY IN CENTRAL ALBERTA HAS DIED IN HOSPITAL. THE 53-YEAR-OLD WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE THAT HAD PULLED OVER ON HIGHWAY TWO NEAR RED DEER ON SUNDAY (AUG 18). SHE GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND WAS STANDING ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE. THE WOMAN WAS AIR-LIFTED TO AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE DIED ON TUESDAY.

MOUNTIES HAVE FOUND MORE BONES IN THE AREA NEAR BANFF WHERE HIKERS EARLIER DISCOVERED A HUMAN SKULL EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE RCMP SPECIAL TACTICAL OPERATIONS TEAM HAS COMPLETED A SEARCH OF THE AREA AND HAS SENT THE BONES FOUND TO CALGARY'S MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY AND THE SKULL ARE PART OF THE SAME SKELETON. AN INVESTIGATION IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF THE REMAINS.

MOUNTIES IN CANMORE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ONLINE DATING SCAM, THAT HAS COST VICTIMS MORE THAN 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  INVESTIGATORS SAY A MAN STARTS RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN HE MEETS ONLINE, AND SOON STARTS TO REQUEST LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY THROUGH WIRE TRANSFERS. HE PROMISES THAT HE WILL PAY THEM BACK, AFTER RECEIVING MONEY FROM ANOTHER SOURCE. THE VICTIMS SAY HE IS VERY CONVINCING, AND GAINS THEIR TRUST BY MAKING THE WOMEN BELIEVE THEY ARE IN ACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIM. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE IS ASKED TO CONTACT RCMP, ESPECIALLY ANY VICTIMS WHO HAVE NOT COME FORWARD. 

CALGARY POLICE ARE ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO BE WARY OF A TELEPHONE SCAM TARGETING CREDIT-CARD NUMBERS AND PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CALGARIANS. OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, POLICE HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANSWERED PHONE CALLS FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON LOOKING TO SELL ADVERTISING SPACE IN THE CALGARY POLICE NEWS MAGAZINE. THE PUBLICATION DOES NOT EXIST AND POLICE DO NOT SOLICIT ADVERTISERS. THE SCAM ARTIST'S PHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN TRACED TO WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA IN THE UNITED STATES.

 THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING HOMEOWNERS LIVING IN FLOODWAYS A CHANCE TO GET OUT. EVEN IF THEIR HOUSES WEREN'T DAMAGED IN THE JUNE FLOODS, PROPERTY OWNERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A BUYOUT UP TO A HOME'S TAX-ASSESSED VALUE THIS YEAR. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS ABOUT 250 HOMES IN SIX COMMUNITIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PAYOUT, WHICH COULD RUN AS HIGH AS $175 MILLION. MOST OF THE HOMES ARE IN HIGH RIVER, BUT RESIDENCES IN CALGARY, MEDICINE HAT, BRAGG CREEK, BLACK DIAMOND AND TURNER VALLEY ALSO QUALIFY. THE PROVINCE INTENDS TO DEMOLISH THE HOUSES OR SELL THEM IF THEY ARE REMOVED FROM THEIR LOTS. THE OFFER DOES NOT APPLY TO THE HARD-HIT HAMPTONS COMMUNITY IN HIGH RIVER, BECAUSE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE IN A FLOODWAY.

THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA TOWN THAT EVERYONE HAD TO LEAVE DUE TO FLOODING SAYS IT WILL NO LONGER TAKE DONATIONS OF GOODS BECAUSE IT HAS RUN OUT OF STORAGE SPACE. THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER ISSUING A RELEASE THIS WEEK THAT IT APPRECIATES THE GENEROSITY AND OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IT HAS RECEIVED SINCE THE DEVASTATING FLOOD IN JUNE. BUT THE TOWN SOUTH OF CALGARY SAYS IT NO LONGER HAS THE CAPACITY TO SORT, STORE AND DISTRIBUTE ANY MORE DONATIONS OF CLOTHING, FURNITURE, APPLIANCES AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS. THE TOWN SAYS IF PEOPLE STILL WANT TO HELP, THEY CAN MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION TO THE HIGH RIVER DISASTER RELIEF FUND THROUGH THE TOWN'S WEBSITE AT WWW.HIGHRIVER.CA OR AT ANY ROYAL BANK OF CANADA. MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE RECENTLY MOVED INTO A LONG LINE OF TRAILERS ON A 40-HECTARE PIECE OF LAND NORTH OF THE TOWN WHILE THEIR FLOOD-DAMAGED HOMES ARE EITHER REBUILT OR FIXED. THE TOWN SAYS 1,200 PEOPLE WILL EVENTUALLY BE LIVING IN THIS TEMPORARY TRAILER NEIGHBOURHOOD.

AN INQUIRY HAS FOUND THAT QUEUE-JUMPING HAS OCCURRED IN ALBERTA'S HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM AND AN ENVIRONMENT EXISTS IN WHICH IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN. JUSTICE JOHN VERTES MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. HIS REPORT SAYS THE DEFINITION OF QUEUE-JUMPING AND PROHIBITIONS AGAINST IT NEED TO BE STRENGTHENED. HE ALSO SAYS IT SHOULD BE MANDATORY TO REPORT CASES OF PATIENTS BEING PUSHED TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE AND WHISTLEBLOWERS SHOULD BE PROTECTED. HEALTH MINISTER FRED HORNE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN FULL AND A FEW IN PRINCIPLE, BUT SOME WILL REQUIRE NEW LEGISLATION. HORNE SAYS THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE USED INFLUENCE OR OTHER MEANS TO ENHANCE THEIR OWN CARE OR THAT OF FAMILY OR FRIENDS. THE INQUIRY WAS CALLED BY PREMIER ALISON REDFORD TO RESPOND TO SUGGESTIONS OF PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT IN ALBERTA'S 16-BILLION-DOLLAR HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM.

THE CURRENT MAYOR OF HANNA HAS DECIDED NOT TO RUN AGAIN FOR A SECOND TERM IN THIS FALL'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION. MARK NIKOTA SAYS HE'S REALLY ENJOYED THE TIME IN THE MAYOR'S CHAIR WITH PLENTY OF HIGHLIGHTS, INCLUDING MEETING THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ALBERTA DURING LAST YEAR'S CENTENNIAL AND MEETING A DELEGATION FROM JAPAN. NIKOTA FEELS HE'S HELPED TO SET UP A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE OF HANNA AND AREA. NIKOTA SAYS HE'D LOVE TO RUN AGAIN FOR HANNA MAYOR, BUT MAYBE SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE.

COMMON SENSE IS ONE OF THE TOPICS BEING TAUGHT BY THE ALBERTA FARM SAFETY CENTRE AT THEIR "SAFETY SMARTS PROGRAM" THIS UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LAURA NELSON SAYS THE PROGRAM TALKS A LOT ABOUT AWARENESS AND AVOIDANCE FOR CHILDREN IN KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE TWO. SHE SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO REACH THE NINE TO TEN YEAR OLD AGE GROUP BECAUSE IT IS BY FAR THE MOST INVOLVED IN RURAL DROWNINGS.  NELSON SAYS THEY VISIT SCHOOLS AROUND THE PROVINCE AND START THEIR GRADE TWO PROGRAM BY SHOWING A VIDEO OF A FAMILY THAT LOST THEIR SIX-YEAR OLD SON TO A DUGOUT DROWNING. NELSON SAYS THE PROGRAM TRIES TO CONNECT EMOTIONALLY, AND NOT JUST IN AN INTELLECTUAL WAY.

 

 



 


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