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 FRIDAY AUGUST 21

 A MAN FROM THREE HILLS WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH FOR DRAGGING A MOUNTIE ABOUT 100 METRES WITH A PICKUP TRUCK DURING A TRAFFIC STOP EAST OF EDMONTON. 24 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER FERGUSON PLEADED GUILTY IN JUNE TO DANGEROUS OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE CAUSING BODILY HARM AND OBSTRUCTING A PEACE OFFICER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON MAY 30, 2014 IN SHERWOOD PARK AND POLICE SAID THERE WAS A YOUNG CHILD IN THE PICKUP AT THE TIME. THE CHILD WAS LATER FOUND SAFE WITH HIS FAMILY AND FERGUSON WAS ARRESTED AT AN ACREAGE NEAR THREE HILLS. THE OFFICER HAD NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND REQUIRED SURGERY IN RECOVERY. FERGUSON WILL HEAR HIS SENTENCE ON SEPT. 17 IN COURT IN SHERWOOD PARK.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES HAS ISSUED A WARNING ABOUT ANOTHER BEACH AT A CENTRAL ALBERTA LAKE. THE AGENCY SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SWIM OR WADE IN THE WATER AT MISSION BEACH ON PIGEON LAKE, WEST OF WETASKIWIN, DUE TO HIGH FECAL COLIFORM COUNTS. THE WATER CONTAINS ORGANISMS THAT CAN CAUSE VOMITING AND DIARRHEA. AHS ALSO SAYS THE WATER CAN CAUSE SKIN, EAR AND EYE INFECTIONS. EARLIER THIS WEEK AHS ISSUED A SIMILAR ADVISORY FOR GRANDVIEW BEACH, ALSO AT PIGEON LAKE. THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

A HUGE EVENT COMING TO DRUMHELLER THIS WEEKEND. CANADIAN ROCK STAR TOM COCHRANE IS PERFORMING ON SATURDAY EVENING, 7:30,  AT THE CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY AMPHITHEATRE ON THE WEST SIDE OF DRUMHELLER. COCHRANE WILL BE APPEARING WITH HIS ORIGINAL BAND RED RIDER. A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT ARE STILL AVAILABLE. GET MORE INFORMATION BY CALLING THE PASSION PLAY BOX OFFICE AT 1-888-823-2001.

 

 

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 20

A WOMAN WHO WAS 12 WHEN SHE HELPED MURDER HER FAMILY IN SOUTH EAST ALBERTA HAS NO FURTHER CURFEWS. A MEDICINE HAT JUDGE HAS RULED TODAY (AUG 20) THE WOMAN WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO REMAIN HOME AFTER A CERTAIN HOUR ON WEEK NIGHTS.COURT HAS HEARD SHE HAS PROGRESSED VERY WELL IN HER REHABILITATION. THE WOMAN, WHO CAN'T BE NAMED UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT, WAS CONVICTED ALONG WITH HER THEN-BOYFRIEND OF STABBING TO DEATH HER MOTHER, FATHER AND EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BROTHER IN THE FAMILY'S MEDICINE HAT HOME IN APRIL OF 2006. SHE IS NOW 21 AND LIVING ON HER OWN IN CALGARY AND HAS BEEN IN UNIVERSITY.

 

 

 

 

THE DRUMHELLER DRAGONS OF THE ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF AREAS TO FILL FOR HOME GAMES& INCLUDING TICKET TAKERS, SELLING 50-50 TICKETS, AND SECURITY. YOU CAN VOLUNTEER FOR A COUPLE OF GAMES OR THE WHOLE SEASON. IF YOU CAN HELP, CALL JASON BLANK AT 403-823-5126 OR DROP BY THE DRAGON'S OFFICE.

NEARLY 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS GOING TO HELP STARS AIR AMBULANCE KEEP FLYING. THE 26TH ANNUAL RUMSEY RIDE FOR STARS WAS HELD RECENTLY NORTH WEST OF DRUMHELLER, AND THE FUNDRAISER WAS ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS. ONE OF THE RIDE'S ORIGINAL ORGANIZERS ERNIE GODDARD SAYS HE'S GREATFUL FOR EVERYONE THAT IS INVOLVED IN THE EVENT EVERY YEAR THAT MAKES IT SO SUCCESSFUL. ALL THE MONEY HAS BEEN COLLECTED AND THE RIDE BROUGHT IN 39, 337 DOLLARS FOR STARS.  THIS WAS THE 26TH ANNUAL RUMSEY RIDE FOR STARS AND IS THE LONGEST RUNNING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER FOR STARS. IT'S PUT TOGETHER BY THE RUMSEY AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, AS WELL AS THE RUMSEY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND MANY OTHER LOCAL GROUPS AND SUPPORTERS.  

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19

 

THE GROUP THAT OWNS THE CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB AND STAMPEDERS FOOTBALL TEAM HAS REVEALED PLANS FOR A $900-MILLION PROJECT TO BUILD A NEW HOME FOR THE TWO TEAMS. THE PLAN CALLS FOR A 20,000-SEAT ARENA THAT WOULD REPLACE THE SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME WHERE THE NHL FLAMES CURRENTLY PLAY. IT ALSO INCLUDES A 30,000-SEAT INDOOR FOOTBALL STADIUM FOR THE CFL STAMPEDERS THAT WOULD ALSO SERVE AS A FIELDHOUSE. THE FACILITIES WOULD BE BUILT ON THE WESTERN EDGE OF CALGARY'S DOWNTOWN ALONG THE BOW RIVER, WHERE THE CITY'S GREYHOUND BUS DEPOT AND SOME CAR DEALERSHIPS NOW SIT. THE LAND WOULD HAVE TO BE DECONTAMINATED AS IT WAS THE SITE OF A CREOSOTE WOOD-TREATMENT PLANT UNTIL THE 1960S. THE PLAN CALLS FOR THE PROJECT TO BE FUNDED THROUGH A $250-MILLION TICKET TAX, A $240-MILLION COMMUNITY LEVY, $200 MILLION FROM TEAM OWNERSHIP AND $200 MILLION FROM CITY TAXPAYERS FOR THE FIELDHOUSE. CALGARY MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI ISN'T READY TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON. HE SAYS WHILE THE PROPOSAL IS INTRIGUING, HE STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT PUBLIC MONEY MUST BE FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT NOT PRIVATE PROFIT.

 

A HIGHWAY JUST WEST OF CALGARY IS NOW RE-OPEN AFTER A FATAL CRASH OVERNIGHT. AROUND 1:00 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING (AUG 19), COCHRANE RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 8 AND RANGE ROAD 31, JUST SOUTH OF GLENCOE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, AFTER A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK AND CAR COLLIDED. POLICE SAY AN EMPTY SEMI-TANKER WITH ONE OCCUPANT WAS HEADING EASTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 8, WHEN A CAR  APPEARS TO HAVE CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND HITTING THE SEMI HEAD-ON. THE DRIVER AND ONLY PERSON IN THE CAR WAS PROUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIGHWAY 8 WAS CLOSED OVERNIGHT, BUT WAS BACK TO NORMAL TRAFFIC FLOW BY 8:30 THIS MORNING. THE CAUSE OF THE COLLISION IS STILL NOT KNOWN.

 

RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK ROLLOVER WHICH TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK NEAR CASTOR. LAST WEDNESDSAY (AUG 12), CORONATION RCMP, EMS, AS WELL AS THE CASTOR FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 36, ABOUT 20 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF CASTOR.  POLICE SAY A SEMI TRAVELLING NORTHBOUND WAS HAULING A LOAD OF FERTILIZER, LEFT THE ROADWAY AND WENT INTO THE EAST DITCH, LEAVING THE TRAILER PARTIALLY BLOCKING THE HIGHWAY. A PORTION OF THE ROAD HAD TO BE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS, WHILE FIRE AND TOWING CREWS  CLEARED THE HIGHWAY OF DEBRIS. OFFICIALS FROM ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT WERE ALSO AT THE SCENE DUE TO PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER SPILLING FROM THE TRAILER. THE DRIVER OF THE SEMI-TRAILER UNIT WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL BY EMS AND WAS TREATED FOR NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

THE CITY OF BROOKS MAYOR MARTIN SHIELDS HAS BEEN GIVEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE BY CITY COUNCIL.  SHIELDS WON THE NOMINATION TO RUN AS THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE IN THE NEW FEDERAL RIDING OF BOW RIVER AND WILL NOW START CAMPAIGNING FOR THE OCTOBER 19TH ELECTION.  DURING MONDAY NIGHT'S (AUG 17) BROOKS COUNCIL MEETING, THE MAYOR'S "LEAVE OF ABSENCE" REQUEST WAS VOTED ON, AND PASSED 4 TO 2. COUNCILLORS KATHY CORBETT-SHOCK AND DAN KLIEN VOTED AGAINST THE REQUEST. CORBETT-SHOCK SAID SHE DIDN'T THINK A LEAVE OF ABSENCE WAS NECESSARY.  THE NEW FEDERAL BOW RIVER RIDING WILL INCLUDE THE CITY OF BROOKS, COUNTY OF NEWELL AND PLACES LIKE VAUXHALL, TABER AND STRATHMORE. THE CITY OF BROOKS AND COUNTY OF NEWELL WERE PREVIOUSLY PART OF THE MEDICINE HAT FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY.

 

 

 

TUESDAY AUGUST 18

 

A Drumheller man has been sentenced to the maximum fine ALLOWED after a fatal car CRASH north of Big Valley last year. 58-year old Christopher Dexter previously pled guilty in Stettler court to Careless Driving. It was ON November 18th last year when Dexter was driving ALONG Highway 56 south of Stettler and drifted into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle, leading to the DEATH of 49 year old Hazel Davidson of Stettler. The POLICE investigation revealed that neither alcohol or road conditions were factors in the collision. Dexter apologized in Stettler court LAST WEEK (AUG 13) and was sentenced to a $2000 fine, aS WELL AS a 90 day drivers license suspension.

 

 

 A MAN CONVICTED IN THE DEATH OF A CALGARY COLLEGE STUDENT WHO WAS HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A FRYING PAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON. GATLEAK THOR METKURJOCK WAS 20 WHEN HE DIED IN JANUARY 2012 AT A HOUSE PARTY. THE SUDANESE STUDENT HAD BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE THE HOME, BUT REFUSED TO COMPLY. AN AUTOPSY CONFIRMED THAT METKURJOCK, WHO WAS LEFT OUTSIDE IN THE COLD, DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA. THE 20-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WAS SENTENCED ON MONDAY (AUG 17) WAS A YOUTH AT THE TIME AND PLEADED GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER. HE HAS 2 1/2 YEARS LEFT TO SERVE FOLLOWING TIME SPENT IN A YOUTH FACILITY.

 

There is a renewed call for a review of Saskatchewan's All-Terrain Vehicle Act following a fatal crash ON THE WEEKEND. Biggar R-C-M-P IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN say a 20-year-old man died instantly Saturday night (AUG 15) after the ATV he was driving rolled. One of his passengers was in stable condition in hospital.
Police say none of the riders were wearing helmets and alcohol may have been a factor. John Meed of the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association says such crashes show the need for mandatory training. He says the rules should be similar to snowmobile regulations IN SASKATCHEWAN, where a structured training program is required for every driver born after Jan, 1, 1989, who is at least 12 years old.

 

 

THE VILLAGE OF MUNSON, JUST NORTH OF DRUMHELLER BREAKING GROUND YESTERDAY (AUG 17) ON A NEW COMMUNITY HALL. COST OF THE PROJECT IS AROUND ONE MILLION DOLLARS, WITH ABOUT 85 PERCENT OF THE MONEY RAISED. CHAIRPERSON OF THE MUNSON AND AREA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, BECKY KOWALCHUCK SAYS THEY'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THOSE IN MUNSON AND SURROUNDING AREA. DONATIONS HAVE COME FROM A VARIETY OF SUPPORTERS, AS WELL AS MAJOR DONATIONS FROM THE VILLAGE OF MUNSON, STARLAND COUNTY,  FARM CREDIT CANADA, PLUS THE 50 THOUAND DOLLARS WON LAST YEAR IN THE UFA'S "GET-N-GIVE" CONTEST. THE PRESENT MUNSON COMMUNITY HALL IS IN A RENOVATED OLD SCHOOL THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1930'S. THE NEW HALL WILL BE ABOUT 51 HUNDRED SQUARE FEET, AND BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE 250 PEOPLE, WITH A FULL COMMERCIAL KITCHEN, STAGE, AND STORAGE. KOWALCHUCK SAYS THE NEW BUILDING WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMODATE ALL KINDS OF EVENTS. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT WEEK, AND WEATHER PERMITTING, IT SHOULD BE FINISHED IN 8 TO 9 MONTHS.

 

 

 

 MONDAY AUGUST 17

ONE PERSON HAS BEEN KILLED IN A COLLISION INVOLVING A CAR AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE NEAR CALGARY.  ANOTHER PERSON IS IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION AFTER THE T-BONE CRASH THAT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING (AUG 17) ON THE TSUU T'INA (SOO-TEE-NUH) FIRST NATION, BORDING CALGARY'S SOUTH WEST. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY THE PERSON WHO DIED IS A MAN IN HIS LATE TEENS WHO WAS DRIVING THE CAR. A WOMAN IN HER LATE TEENS WHO HAD TO BE CUT OUT OF THE WRECKAGE WAS AIRLIFTED TO A CALGARY HOSPITAL.

A 29 YEAR OLD MASKWACIS MAN IS NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER. BACK ON AUGUST 8TH, MASKWACIS RCMP WERE CALLED TO THE  RODEO GROUNDS ON THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION AFTER A REPORT OF A MAN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT. THE 20 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON AND HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED. MITCHELL POTTS WAS ON THE RUN AND A CANADA WIDE WARRANT WAS ISSUED FOR POTTS LATE LAST WEEK. BUT HE WAS ARRESTED IN PONOKA ON FRIDAY NIGHT (AUG 14) AND HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH A DOZEN COUNTS INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER. A 22 CALIBER RIFLE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN USED IN THE ORIGINAL INCIDENT WAS RECOVERED BY MASKWACIS RCMP AT A SEPARATE LOCATION. POTTS IS TO APPEAR IN WETASKIWIN COURT ON THURSDAY (AUG 20). 

 

SAFEWAY IS RECALLING SEVERAL VARIETIES OF STORE-PACKAGED, COOKED CHICKEN WINGS OVER CONCERNS THEY MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH A TOXIN-PRODUCING BACTERIA. VARIOUS FLAVOURS OF THE SAFEWAY WINGS ARE PART OF THE RECALL, WHICH INCLUDES PACKAGE DATES UP TO AND INCLUDING AUGUST 14. THE PRODUCTS WERE SOLD IN SAFEWAY STORES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN, MANITOBA AND ONTARIO. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED ILLNESSES ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMPTION OF THE PRODUCTS. ANYONE WHO HAS PURCHASED THE SUSPECT WINGS SHOULD THROW THEM OUT OR RETURN THEM TO SAFEWAY. THE FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING.

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED TO HELP OUT WITH THE UPCOMING SECOND ANNUAL TOUGH MUDDER EVENT IN DRUMHELLER. SECRETARY OF THE DRUMHELLER FESTIVAL SOCIETY AND ONE OF VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATORS, ANGELA KEIBEL SAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN. IF YOU HAVE TIME TO SPARE ON THE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND (SEPT 5-6) CALL ANGELA KEIBEL AT 403-334-2365. TO EMAIL HER, USE DRUMHELLER TM@GMAIL.COM. THERE ARE SEVERAL JOBS AND SHIFTS THAT NEED TO BE FILLED. THE TOUGH MUDDER CHALLENGE INVOLVES A HUGE OBSTACLE COURSE BASED ON TRAINING USED BY THE BRITISH SPECIAL FORECES.

 

 

 

 A MAN FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE HAD TO BE RESCUED BY HELICOPTER EARLIER THIS WEEK, AFTER A BASE JUMPING ACCIDENT AT MICHELLE LAKES. ON TUESDAY (AUG 18) MORNING AROUND 11:30, THE 39 YEAR OLD EXPERIENCED BASE JUMPER WAS BLOWN INTO THE SIDE OF A CLIFF BY A GUST OF WIND AND HIS PARACHUTE DID NOT FULLY OPEN. THREE HELICOPTER COMPANIES INCLUDING STARS WHICH FLEW HIM TO CALGARY, WERE INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE, ALONG WITH ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AND NORDEGG EMS. STARS OFFICIALS SAY THE VICITIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO FOOTHILLS MEDICAL CENTRE IN CRITICAL AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING CONDITION.



 


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