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THURSDAY APRIL 30
A CALGARY FAMILY'S HOME IS IN RUINS AFTER THEY RENTED IT OUT LAST WEEKEND THROUGH AIR B-N-B, AN ONLINE RENTAL ACCOMMODATION SERVICE. MARK AND STAR KING WENT AWAY UNDER THE IMPRESSION THEIR HOME WAS GOING TO BE USED BY FOUR OLDER ADULTS WHO WERE IN CALGARY FOR A WEDDING. INSTEAD, THEIR IMMACULATE HOUSE WAS INVADED BY ABOUT 100 ROWDY PEOPLE FOR A TWO-DAY PARTY THAT POLICE SAY LEFT UP TO 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE. THE KINGS SAY THEIR HOUSE IS IN SUCH BAD SHAPE, A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM WILL BE NEEDED TO CLEAN IT OUT. THEY SAY AIR B-N-B IS CO-OPERATING, AND THE COMPANY HAS A ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR FUND TO TAKE CARE OF DAMAGE AT HOST PROPERTIES.
TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO GET YOUR EARLY BIRD SEASON TICKETS FOR THE DRUMHELLER DRAGONS OF THE ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE. BUY YOUR DRUMHELLER DRAGON SEASON TICKETS FOR NEXT SEASON BY THE END OF TODAY (APR 30) AND YOU'LL GET FREE TICKETS TO THE DRAGON'S FIRST TWO HOME PLAYOFF GAMES NEXT SEASON... DRAGONS COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER, BRIAN CURRAN FEELS THEY'LL HAVE ANOTHER STRONG AND COMPETITIVE TEAM NEXT SEASON. FOR SEASON TICKET DETAILS CALL THE DRUMHELER DRAGON'S OFFICE AT 823-2022.
MORE MONEY IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE IN SYLVAN LAKE. TOWN COUNCIL APPROVED A REQUEST OF ALMOST 3 MILLION DOLLARS DURING THEIR MEETING THIS WEEK, AFTER HEARING A REQUEST FROM THE PROJECT'S TASK FORCE. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO ADOPT SOME TWEAKS TO THE CONSTRUCTION PLANS BASED OFF SUGGESTINGS FROM THE TASK FORCE. THE NEW TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE MULTIPLEX SITS AT 33 MILLION DOLLARS.
FRIDAY MAY 1
A GUILTY PLEA IN RED DEER COURT THIS WEEK FROM A MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A CAR JACKING ATTEMPT THIS MONTH ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE CITY. 26 YEAR OLD JACOB DENNIS PLED GUILTY TO ROBBERY AND WAS SENTENCED TO 105 DAYS IN JAIL BUT GIVEN CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, SO HE HAS 90 DAYS LEFT BEHIND BARS. DENNIS WAS ALSO GIVEN 18 MONTHS OF PROBATION AND FINED 200 DOLLARS FOR THE APRIL 21ST INCIDENT. RCMP RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF SUSPECTS AT THE BEST BUY REMOVING SECURITY TAGS FROM ELECTRONICS IN THE STORE. MOUNTIES SAY THEY ARRIVED JUST IN TIME TO STOP AN ATTEMPTED CAR JACKING BY A MAN WITH A KNIFE.
RCMP IN DRUMHELLER ARE INVESTIGATING A BREAK-IN FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK. POLICE SAY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING (APR 28) BETWEEN 2:30 AND 3:00, A SUSPECT BROKE INTO THE EXTRA FOODS GROCERY STORE. INVESTIGATORS SAYS ENTRY WAS MADE BY SMASHING A WINDOW WITH AN AXE OR SIMILAR TOOL. THE SUSPECT THEN TARGETED THE PHARMACY AREA OF THE STORE, GRABBING A VARIETY OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. POLICE SAYS THE CULPRIT WAS WEARING TAN COLORED PANTS, DARK BROWN SHOES, AS WELL AS BLACK HOODIE WITH WHITE LOGOS ON THE SLEEVE, CHEST, AND BACK. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS BREAK-IN, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.
The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether a woman FROM ROSEBUD IN SOUTHERN Alberta can sue the province's energy regulator over her claim that hydraulic fracturing has so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire. Jessica Ernst began legal action against the regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana in 2007 and amended her statement of claim in 2011 to include Alberta Environment. The Alberta courts turned down a provincial attempt to get out of the case, but exempted the regulator, citing immunity provisions in Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Act. Ernst asked the Supreme Court to revisit the latter decision and the justices have agreed to hear her appeal. She alleges that fracking on her land IN THE ROSEBUD AREA, northeast of Calgary released hazardous amounts of chemicals such as methane into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.
MONDAY MAY 2
A Calgary taxi driver and one of his passengers have died following a collision with a luxury S-U-V. Police say they believe the driver of THE SUV was impaired when the vehicle allegedly ran a red light early SATURDAY MORNING (MAY 2), hit a SMALL CAR, and then hit the taxi. The driver of the SUV received minor injuries and was arrested at the scene. A Twenty-year-old MALE has been charged with impaired driving causing death.
SAFETY CONCERNS HAVE LED TO THE UNTIMELY CLOSURE OF THE SYLVAN LAKE AQUATIC CENTRE. A STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT RELATED TO WORK BEING DONE ON THE CONNECTING "NEXSOURCE CENTRE" REVEALED A PROBLEM, LEADING OFFICIALS TO CLOSE THE EXISTING COMPLEX. ENGINEERS WILL BE SHORING THE BEAMS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE COLUMNS THAT SUPPORT THE ROOF OF THE AQAUTIC CENTRE. THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THURSDAY (MAY 7) ABOUT THE SWIMMING POOL SITUATION AND WHEN TIMES FOR THE POOL WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
TUESDAY MAY 5
THE AIRDIRE RCMP ARE LOOKING INTO THE DISCOVERY OF A BODY LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. MOUNTIES WERE INFORMED ABOUT 4:00 O'CLOCK MONDAY AFTERNOON (MAY 4) THAT A WORK CREW IN A REMOTE RURAL AREA EAST OF AIRDRIE HAD FOUND SOME HUMAN REMAINS. THE RCMP ARE STILL AT THE SCENE AND HAVE SECURED THE IMMEDIATE AREA. THE BODY WILL THEN BE REMOVED POSSIBLY LATER TODAY (MAY 5) AND TAKEN TO THE CALGARY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE FOR IDENTIFICATION AND AN AUTOPSY. POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASE THE CAUSE OF DEATH, GENDER, AGE OF THE REMAINS, OR HOW LONG THEY WERE AT THAT LOCATION. THE RCMP WILL BE UPDATING THE SITUATION LATER TODAY.
BEISEKER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A STRANGE INCICDNT FROM LAST WEEK. THIS PAST WEDNESDAY MORNING (APR 29) AROUND 8:00 O'CLOCK, MOUNTIES RESPONDED TO A CALL ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE WEST OF BEISEKER ON RANGE ROAD 2-74, SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 72. POLICE DETERMINED THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN. WHEN AN OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO ARREST A MALE, THE SUSPECT TRIED TO DEPLOY SOME BEAR SPRAY AT THE MOUNITIE, THEN RAN AWAY. THE AIRDRIE RURAL RCMP AND AN RCMP POLICE DOG UNIT WERE BROUGHT IN, AND THE SUSPECT MALE WAS FOUND IN A NEARBY OILFIELD SITE AND EVENTUALLY SURRENDERED. 30 YEAR OLD CHAD IRELAND OF CALGARY WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH 19 OFFENCES, INCLUDING ASSAULTING POLICE WITH A WEAPON. A 27 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM CALGARY WAS ALSO LOCATED AND ARRESTED IN IRRICANA. THE WOMAN ALSO FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES AND WILL BE IN AIRIDRIE PROVINCIAL COURT ON JULY 2ND. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.
A HUGE UNDERTAKING FOR CREWS IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. THE ANNUAL TOWN SPRING CLEANUP IS UNDERWAY. WORKERS ARE PICKING UP ITEMS NOT NORMALLY TAKEN WITH THE REGULAR GARBAGE PICKUP. OPERATIONS MANAGER WITH THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT REGIONAL LANDFILL, TAMMY NYGARD SAYS TODAY (MAY 5) THEY'RE FOCUSING ON THE AREAS OF WAYNE, ROSEDALE, HIGHWAY 10X, AND HIGHWAY 10 IN ROSEDALE TO THE CORPORATION LIMITS. FREON APPLIANCES LIKE REFRIGERATORS AND AIR CONDITIONERS ARE ACCEPTED, BUT YOU HAVE TO BUY A SPECIAL TAG FOR TEN DOLLARS AT TOWN HALL. HOME OWNERS ARE ASKED TO SORT YOUR ITEMS FOR THE CLEAN-UP AND PLACE THEM NEATLY IN THE SAME SPOT YOU PUT YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE FOR PICK-UP. THE CLEAN-UP COMTINUES UNTIL MAY 13TH.
WEDNESDAY MAY 6
A WAVE OF N-D-P ORANGE HAS SWEPT ACROSS THE LONG TORY-BLUE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES HAVE LOST THEIR 44-YEAR-OLD GRIP ON POWER, LOSING TO RACHEL NOTLEY'S NEW DEMOCRATS WHO WILL FORM A GOVERNMENT IN THE PROVINCE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. AND IT WILL BE A MAJORITY SINCE THE N-D-P WON 53 OF ALBERTA'S 87 RIDINGS. THE WILDROSE PARTY WILL FORM THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WITH 21 SEATS, THE TORIES CAPTURED ONLY 10 AND THE UPSTART ALBERTA PARTY AND THE LIBERALS SECURED ONE SEAT EACH. ONE RIDING WAS UNDECIDED AS P-C INCUMBENT LINDA JOHNSON AND AN N-D-P CHALLENGER FINISHED IN A TIE IN CALGARY-GLENMORE.
LOOKING AT NUMBERS IN RIDINGS AROUND OUR REGION...
RICK STRANKMAN WILDROSE PARTY 7563
JACK HAYDEN PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES 5,399
EMILY SHANNON NDP 2928
DERICK FILDEBRANDT WILDROSE 8657
MOLLY DOUGLAS PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE 4449
LYNN MCWILLIAM NDP 2463
CHESTERMERE - ROCKY VIEW
LELA SHARON AHEER WILDROSE 7679
BRUCE MCALLISTER PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE 7457
WILLIAM JAMES PELECH NDP 3704
NATHAN COOPER WILDROSE 10.687
WADE BEARCHELL PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES 5290
GLENN NORMAN NDP 3364
ANGELA PITT WILDROSE PARTY 7499
CHRIS NOBEL NDP 6368
PETER BROWN PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE 6168
WAYNE ANDERSON WILDROSE PARTY 8508
CARRIE FISCHER PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE 6825
LESLIE MAHONEY NDP 3937
DON MACINTYRE WILDROSE PARTY 7827
KERRY TOWLE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE 5138
PATRICIA NORMAN NDP 4250
CALGARY CITY POLICE SAY THE DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS EAST OF AIRDRIE YESTERDAY (MAY 4) MAY BE CONNECTED TO A MISSING PERSON'S INVESTIGATION FROM MARCH. A WORK CREW MADE THE GRUESOME DISCOVERY OF A WOMAN'S BODY YESTERDAY IN A DITCH. HER IDENTITY AND THE CAUSE OF DEATH ARE STILL BEING DETERMINED. SINCE THE MISSING PERSON CASE HAS TIES TO CALGARY, THE AIRDRIE RCMP ARE TURNING OVER THE INVESTIGATION TO THE CALGARY CITY POLICE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE. POLICE ARE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY.
MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED ABOUT A CRASH NEAR SYLVAN LAKE FROM TUESDAY MORNING (MAY 5). AT AROUND 7:15, A SMALL CAR WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION WITH A CEMENT TRUCK ON ASPELUND ROAD JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 20. RCMP SAY THE CAR PASSED THE CENTRE LANE BEFORE HITTING THE WEST BOUND TRUCK. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HAD TO BE EXTRICIATED FROM HER VEHICLE, AND WAS FLOWN TO THE U OF A HOSPITAL BY STARS IN STABLE CONDITION. THE CEMENT TRUCK DRIVER WAS NOT HURT, AND ASPELUND ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR 3 HOURS BEFORE REOPENING.
THURSDAY MAY 7
CALGARY Police are asking for the public's help after a wild weekend resulted in 150-thousand dollars in damage to a rental home in Calgary. Police say they were called numerous times to the home over the last weekend in April for noise complaints and then were called again on April 27th by the owners asking for help in removing the renters. Anyone in the home who may have information about those responsible for the significant damage is being asked to contact police. The investigation has also determined fraudulent credit cards were used to buy food and alcohol for the home over the weekend.
A 12-ballot margin of victory in Tuesday's provincial election has resulted in a vote recount in a southern Alberta constituency. Dave Schneider of the Wildrose narrowly defeated Tory incumbent Ian Donovan to take the seat in Little Bow NEAR LETHBRIDGE. Constituency returning officer Virginia Wauters and the election clerk will count more than 13-thousand votes again. Wauters says it will be some time before a definitive winner is declared.
THE ANNUAL SPRINGFEST IN THE DRUMHHELLER COMMUNITY OF EAST COULEE GOES THIS WEEKEND. IT ALL KICKS OFF FRIDAY EVENING (MAY 8) AND GOES ALL DAY SATURDAY. A REMINDER THAT THE SPRINGFEST SHUTTLE BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND EAST COULEE WILL BE RUNNING AGAIN THIS YEAR. THERE ARE TWO RUNS ON FRIDAY AT 6:00 AND 7:00PM, THEN BACK TO DRUMHELLER FRIDAY NIGHT AT 11:00 AND MIDNIGHT. ON SATURDAY, THE SHUTTLE BEGINS AT 11:30AM AND GOES EVERY HOUR. THE LAST SHUTTLE BACK TO DRUMHELLER GOES SATURDAY NIGHT JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE FOUR SPRINGFEST PICK-UP POINTS IN DRUMHELLER ARE THE HEARTWOOD INN, THE ECONO LODGE IN THE DOWNTOWN ACROSS FROM THE BRICK, THE QUALITY INN (FORMERLY THE DRUMHELLER INN), AND THE RAMADA HOTEL.
FRIDAY MAY 8
A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER A POLICE OFFICER WAS HIT BY A FLEEING TRUCK IN SOUTHEASTERN ALBERTA. POLICE SAY THEY TRIED TO STOP A 3/4 TON TRUCK IN MEDICINE HAT EARLY THURSDAY (MAY 7). THEY SAY THE TRUCK DROVE OFF, BUT LATER STOPPED AND REVERSED, HITTING A POLICE OFFICER. THE TRUCK THEN SPED OFF TOWARDS HIGHWAY 3. BOTH MEDICINE HAT POLICE AND REDCLIFF RCMP PURSUED THE TRUCK TOWARD SEVEN PERSONS, SOUTH WEST OF MEDICINE HAT, WHERE TWO VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED BEFORE A SPIKE BELT WAS DEPLOYED. THE INJURED OFFICER WAS IN HOSPITAL WITH NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.
SYLVAN LAKE RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT DOWNTOWN THIS PAST WEEKEND. RCMP SAY ON SATURDAY (MAY 2) A WOMAN WAS GRABBED FROM BEHIND AT THE INTERSECTION OF 48TH STREET AND 48TH AVENUE IN SYLVAN LAKE AND DRAGGED INTO A NEARBY ALLEY. IT'S ALLEGED SHE WAS THROWN TO THE GROUND BY THE SUSPECT, BUT THE MAN RAN AWAY NORTHBOUND AFTER THE VICTIM THREATENED TO CALL POLICE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP. MOUNTIES ARE ALSO ASKING ANY NEARBY SYLVAN LAKE BUSINESSES TO REVIEW THEIR SURVEILLANCE RECORDINGS BETWEEN 4:30 AM AND 6:30 SATURDAY MORNING FOR POSSIBLE SIGHTINGS OF THE INCIDENT.
A VERY SUCCESSFUL "MCHAPPY DAY" HELD AT THE MCDONALD'S IN DRUMHELLER ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 6). THEY WERE ABLE TO SET A NEW RECORD THIS YEAR WITH 5,530 DOLLARS RAISED, WHICH BEAT LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OF 47 HUNDRED DOLLARS. CO-OWNER OF THE DRUMHELLER MCDONALD'S RESTAURANT GREG MANCA IS VERY GREATFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT FROM TOWN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE WHO DROPPED BY THE RESTAURANT SEVERAL TIMES THROUGH THE DAY. THE DRUMHELLER MCDONALD'S WILL BE SPLITTING THE MONEY RAISED BETWEEN THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES IN CALGARY AND RED DEER.
MONDAY MAY 11
A BODY FOUND IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA EARLIER THIS MONTH HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A CALGARY WOMAN WHO WENT MISSING IN MARCH. POLICE SAY 24-YEAR-OLD JESSICA RAE NEWMAN'S REMAINS WERE FOUND LAST MONDAY (MAY 4) EAST OF AIRDRIE WHEN A WORK CREW DISCOVERED THEM IN A DITCH. NEWMAN WAS LAST SEEN IN THE FOREST LAWN NEIGHBOURHOOD IN SOUTH EAST CALGARY ON MARCH 10TH. POLICE SAY IT WAS A HOMICIDE BUT AREN'T RELEASING THE CAUSE OF DEATH.
A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER WILL FIND OUT LATER THIS YEAR IF HIS CASE HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. 52 YEAR OLD NEIL COOLING WAS DENIED BAIL LAST WEEK AND WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT ON DECEMBER 14TH. HE'S CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR WHERE 57 YEAR OLD HARLEY SMITH OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A FIGHT. POLICE SAY THE TWO MEN WERE APPARENTLY FRIENDS.
IT'S THE FINAL THREE DAYS OF THE SPRING CLEANUP FOR THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. TODAY (MAY 11), CREWS ARE IN THE AREA OF BANKVIEW AND HUNTINGTON, NORTH OF 10TH ANVENUE SOUTH EAST. OPERATIONS MANAGER WITH THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT REGIONAL LANDFILL, TAMMY NYGARD REMINDS PEOPLE THAT LONG PIECES OF TREES OR PIPE ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED. THEY HAVE TO BE CUT INTO FOUR FOOT LENGTHS SO THEY WILL FIT INTO THE BACK OF A TANDEM TRUCK BOX. ALSO, LEAVES AND DEAD GRASS MUST BE BAGGED. NYGARD ADDS, THERE IS ALSO AN AMNESTY UNTIL MAY 16TH AT THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT REGIONAL LANDFILL FOR HOME OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR OWN LOADS OF WASTE, BUT COMMERCIAL LOADS OF WASTE WILL STILL BE CHARGED THE REGULAR FEE.
TUESDAY MAY 12
Police in Calgary are revealing that five COMPUTER notebooks were also stolen from an off-duty police officer's car in Calgary last month along with a patrol rifle. The rifle and its case have been recovered, but the service-issue notebooks are still missing. They are used by officers to record details of on-duty interactions with the public. Police say they are notifying between 350 and 400 people about a possible breach of their personal information such as birth dates, home addresses and driver's licence numbers. The privacy commissioner's office also been contacted. The officer involved is on paid leave while the investigation continues.
Leader Brian Jean has told Wildrose members of the legislature it's going to be tough being the official Opposition against an NDP government.
Speaking at the party's first caucus meeting in Edmonton ON MONDAY (MAY 11), Jean said it will be important to find common ground with premier-designate Rachel Notley's New Democrats. He said the Wildrose will not stoop to fearmongering. Jean instead urged his caucus to stand on the party's principles and ideals. The Wildrose won 21 seats in last week's provincial election in which voters threw out the Progressive Conservatives after 44 years in power. JEAN ALSO ANNOUNCING HIS SHADOW CABINET AND CAUCUS OFFICERS, WITH SEVERAL WILDROSE MLA'S FROM AROUND OUR REGION ON THE LIST...
Derek Fildebrandt, MLA Strathmore - Brooks is the Shadow Minister for Finance & Treasury Board
Rick Strankman, MLA Drumheller - Stettler is the Shadow Minister for Agriculture
Drew Barnes, MLA Cypress - Medicine Hat is the Shadow Minister for Health.
Pat Stier, MLA Livingstone - Macleod is the Shadow Minister for Municipal Affairs
Leela Sharon Aheer, Chestermere - Rocky View is the Shadow Minister for Energy
Nathan Cooper, MLA Olds - Didsbury - Three Hills is the Wildrose House Leader
Jason Nixon, MLA Rimbey - Rocky Mountain House - Sundre is the Wildrose Whip
BRIAN JEAN SAYS HE'LL BE MAKING FURTHER SHADOW CABINET ANNOUNCEMENTS, ONCE THE PREMIER DESIGNATE ANNOUNCES HER CABINET.
Former infrastructure minister Ric McIver is the new interim leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. The party says McIver was chosen by members of the PC caucus ON MONDAY (MAY 11), which was reduced from 70 members to 10 in the provincial election last Tuesday. Leader Jim Prentice resigned immediately after the defeat. McIver finished second to Prentice last year in the PC leadership race. McIver says he is honoured that his caucus colleagues have chosen him to lead the party as it works to rebuild. McIver, who was re-elected in the Calgary-Hays riding by a healthy margin, SAYS HE IS INTERESTED IN LOOKING AT TAKING ANOTHER RUN AT THE PC LEADERSHIP to succeed Prentice.
WEDNESDAY MAY 13
A NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD SPOKESMAN SAYS THERE'S NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND NO ONE WAS HURT AFTER A LEAK WAS DISCOVERED ON A TRANSCANADA GAS PIPELINE NORTH OF MEDICINE HAT IN SOUTH EASTERN ALBERTA. AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE BREACH OF THE SWEET NATURAL GAS PIPELINE WHICH TOOK PLACE MONDAY NIGHT (MAY 11) BUT ENERGY BOARD SPOKESMAN DARIN BARTER SAYS THE GAS, ALSO KNOWN AS METHANE, HAS BEEN SHUT OFF. TRANSCANADA SAYS THE LEAK WAS ON A SECTION OF A BRANCH LINE IN A RURAL AREA NEAR THE SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER ABOUT 15 KILOMETRES NORTH OF MEDICINE HAT, AND THE NEAREST HOME IS MORE THAN FOUR KILOMETRES AWAY. IT'S NOT IMMEDIATELY KNOWN WHAT CAUSED THE LEAK OR HOW MUCH GAS WAS VENTED.
ALBERTA'S INCOMING PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY HAS MET FACE-TO-FACE WITH HER PREDECESSOR FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HER HISTORIC ELECTION WIN. NOTLEY AND JIM PRENTICE MET TUESDAY (MAY 12) AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN EDMONTON. NOTLEY SAYS PRENTICE GAVE HER SOME INSIGHT AND ADVICE, BUT DECLINED TO BE MORE SPECIFIC. PRENTICE QUIT AS PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER AND AS AN MLA A WEEK AGO, WHEN HIS PARTY WAS DEFEATED BY THE NDP IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION. PRENTICE REMAINS PREMIER UNTIL NOTLEY IS SWORN IN, BUT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN THE LEGISLATURE AND HAS DECLINED TO SPEAK TO MEDIA. NOTLEY SAYS IF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION SHOULD ARISE BEFORE SHE IS SWORN IN, SHE HAS BEEN ASSURED BY PRENTICE THAT HE WILL ACT ON HER WISHES TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
A PRIVATE ZOO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA THAT HAS BEEN CRITICIZED FOR YEARS BY ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS IS SHUTTING DOWN. GUZOO, A PRIVATE OPERATION NEAR THREE HILLS, NO LONGER HAS A LICENCE TO REMAIN OPEN. A TEMPORARY PERMIT THE PROVINCE ISSUED TO GIVE THE ZOO'S OWNER TIME TO MAKE REPAIRS AND ADDRESS OPERATIONAL ISSUES RAN OUT LAST WEEK. LYNN GUSTAFSON SAID IN APRIL THAT FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS SET OUT BY THE PROVINCE WOULD HAVE BANKRUPTED HIM. HE SAYS HE HAS SOLD ALL HIS EXOTIC ANIMALS TO OTHER ZOOS AND WILL KEEP MOST OF THE DOMESTIC STOCK WITH AN EYE TO OPENING A PETTING ZOO. ALL OF THE WILD ANIMALS NEED TO BE OUT OF THE FACILITY BY THE END OF JUNE.
THURSDAY MAY 14
A NEAR HEAD-ON COLLISION IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (MAY 13) HAS KILLED TWO PEOPLE. RCMP SAY THE INICIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 2:45 YESTERDAY ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 15 KILOMETRES NORTH OF STETTLER WHEN A NORTHBOUND SUV CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND STRUCK A SOUTHBOUND MINIVAN. BOTH DRIVERS, AN ELDERLY MAN AND MIDDLE AGED MAN DIED OF THEIR INJURIES WHILE A PASSENGER IN THE MINIVAN WAS TAKEN BY STARS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON IN SERIOUS CONDITION. STETTLER RCMP ARE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION BUT AREN'T RELEASING ANY NAMES.
Calgary CITY officials say they want to remind people about being responsible for their pets after four serious dog attacks in five days. A girl was bitten Wednesday (MAY 13) by a pitbull-type dog, leaving her with injuries to her left leg and right calf. Calgary's animal and bylaw services says the owner and the dog fled. On Monday, a Great Pyrenees DOG attacked two children, and the dog's owner is facing five bylaw charges. Two dogs were killed in two separate attacks last Saturday and Sunday, and owners of the attacking dogs are facing several charges. Alvin Murray, manager of CALGARY'S animal and bylaw services, says in serious cases the owner must appear in court and punishments include mandatory obedience training, public muzzling, fines up to $10,000, or euthanasia of the attacking dog.
THE SALVATION ARMY IN DRUMHELLER HAS BEGUN ITS CAMPAIGN TO SEND LESS FORTUNATE CHILDREN IN DRUMHELLER AND AREA TO SUMMER CAMP. THE "SEND A KID TO CAMP" RADIO-THON WAS HELD WEDNESDAY MORNING (MAY 13) ON Q-91, TO KICK OFF THE FUNDRAISING. MORNING MAN MARK NICHOLLS AND LIEUTENANT LAURIE SAUDER WERE AT THE DRUMHELLER MCDONALD'S ACCEPTING DONATIONS AND PLEDGES, AND LAURIE IS OVERWHELEMED WITH THE SUPPORT SO FAR. SHE SAYS THEY RAISED $4,280 DURING THE FOUR HOURS (6:00AM TO 10:00AM) AND ARE SO GREATFUL FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED WHICH WILL ALLOW MANY CHILDREN TO HAVE AN ADVENTURE THIS SUMMER. MORE DONATIONS TO SEND A KID TO CAMP AT PINE LAKE ARE BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH AND POSSIBLY LONGER IF NEEDED. TO MAKE A DONATION, YOU CAN CALL LAURIE SAUDER AT 403-823-0445 OR DROP BY THE SALVATION ARMY CHURCH IN DRUMHELLER.
FRIDAY MAY 15
ANOTHER ARREST WARRANT HAS GONE OUT FOR AN INNISFAIL MAN CHARGED IN THE ASSAULT OF A RED DEER CAB DRIVER LAST YEAR. 21 YEAR OLD JAMES CURRIE FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR HIS LATEST COURT APPEARANCE IN RED DEER ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 13). CURRIE ALSO DID NOT APPEAR FOR A PREVIOUS COURT APPEARANCE LAST NOVEMBER. HE EVENTUALLY TURNED UP IN RED DEER COURT FOR AN APPEARANCE IN APRIL BUT THE JUDGE THEN GRANTED CURRIE BAIL. POLICE SAY CURRIE IS CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT IN RED DEER IN APRIL OF 2014 WHERE TWO MEN PUNCHED AND KICKED A CAB DRIVER IN THE STOMACH WHO WAS TRYING TO STOP THE THE PAIR FROM GETTING AWAY WHEN THEY REFUSED TO PAY THEIR FARE. CURRIE'S CO-ACCUSED WAS SENTENCED IN MARCH TO 12 MONTHS OF PROBATION AND ORDERED TO PAY A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION TO HIS VICTIM.
DRUMHELLER RCMP MAKING A DRUG BUST EARLIER THIS WEEK. SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY (MAY 12), OFFICERS PULLED OVER A VEHICLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE NORTH HILL IN DRUMHELLER. IN A RANDOM CHECK, POLICE SEIZED 339 GRAMS OF COCAINE FROM THE VEHICLE. A 25 YEAR OLD MALE AND A 22 YEAR OLD MALE, BOTH FROM B.C. WERE ARRESTED AND ARE FACING A VARIETY OF CHARGES. DRUMHELLER MOUNTIES CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION.
OUTGOING ALBERTA PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY HAS BEEN HUMBLED BY THE MESSAGE VOTERS SENT THEM IN THE RECENT PROVINCIAL ELECTION. HE TOLD THE ANNUAL LEADER'S DINNER IN CALGARY LAST NIGHT (MAY 14) HE MADE MISTAKES AND TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PARTY'S LOSS TO THE N-D-P -- A LOSS THAT ENDED THE TORIES' 44-YEAR RUN IN POWER. PRENTICE SAID HE AND THE PARTY WERE UNABLE TO CONVINCE ALBERTANS OF THE MERITS OF HIS BUDGET. HE SAYS IT ALIENATED PUBLIC-SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS WHO THOUGHT IT TOO AGGRESSIVE AND CONSERVATIVE VOTERS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH. PRENTICE ALSO SAID THE TORIES MUST LEARN THE PUBLIC WILL NEVER ENTRUST A PARTY THAT IS PREOCCUPIED WITH ITS OWN INTERNAL MATTERS. HE SAYS THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD ONLY ONE CONCERN -- THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PROVINCE. UNTIL HIS SPEECH LAST NIGHT, PRENTICE HADN'T SPOKEN PUBLICLY SINCE THE MAY 5TH VOTE, WHEN HE IMMEDIATELY RESIGNED BOTH HIS SEAT AND THE PARTY LEADERSHIP.
TUESDAY MAY 19
A preliminary hearing is to begin today (MAY 19) for aN AIRDRIE man accused of killing a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents. Douglas Garland, who is 55, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and one charge of second-degree murder in the death of Nathan O'Brien. The trio vanished from the Liknes home last June. Nathan had been sleeping over with his grandparents after they held a sale at their Calgary home in advance of a move to Edmonton and then Mexico. When his mother went to pick up Nathan the next morning, no one was home. Police have said there was evidence of a violent encounter in the house, but have not disclosed a motive.
RCMP IN MASKWACIS WERE CALLED OUT TO THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION ON SATURDAY (MAY 16) AFTER REPORTS OF TWO STABBINGS. POLICE SAY AN ALTERCATION AT A RESIDENCE LED TO TWO MEN IN THEIR 20'S BEING STABBED. BOTH MEN WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITALS IN WETASKIWIN AND EDMONTON WITH SERIOUS, BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THEY ARE BOTH IN STABLE CONDITION. TWO 17 YEAR OLD MALE SUSPECTS ARE TO APPEAR IN WETASKWIN YOUTH COURT TOMORROW (MAY 20) FACING CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON AND BREAK AND ENTER.
The World Trade Organization has rejected a final American appeal, agreeing that U-S ``country of origin'' labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. AFTER thE ruling, the STEPHEN Harper government ANNOUNCED plans to pursue retaliatory trade measures against Washington, UNLESS THE U.S. DROPS "COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING". THOSE IN THE UNITED STATES IN FAVOUR OF THE LABELLING argued consumers deserved to know where their meat comes from. But opponents said the labels did nothing to affect safety standards, caused headaches for businesses, and amounted to a protectionist measure that has slashed Canadian meat exports to the U-S by half.
THURSDAY MAY 20
AN UPDATE ON A DEADLY CRASH WHICH TOOK PLACE A WEEK AGO NORTH OF STETTLER. LAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (MAY 13) A NORTHBOUND SUV COLLIDED WITH A MINI VAN HEADING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 15 KILOMETERS NORTH OF STETTLER. THE DRIVER OF EACH VEHICLE DIED OF THEIR INJURIES, WHILE A PASSENGER FROM THE MINI VAN WAS SENT BY STARS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON, AND REMAINS THERE IN SERIOUS CONDITION. STETTLER RCMP SAY NO NAMES ARE BEING RELEASED, BUT WILL CONFIRM THE TWO MALES IN THE MINI VAN WERE FROM DRUMHELLER AND THE LONE PERSON IN THE SUV WAS FROM CALGARY. MOUNTIES ADD THE COLLISION ANALYST IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH, BUT ALCOHOL AND ROAD CONDITIONS ARE NOT FACTORS.
Two of three men charged in the 2011 slaying of a woman on a central Alberta reserve have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Chelsea Yellowbird, who was 23, was slain two months after her five-year-old nephew, Ethan Yellowbird, was killed by a gunshot as he slept in a bed in the house next to his aunt's on the Samson Cree reserve in Maskwacis (MASS'-kwah-cheez), formerly known as Hobbema. Yesterday (MAY 19) IN WETASKWIN COURT, Wacey Applegarth pleaded to second-degree murder while Randall Omeasoo (OHM-ee-uh-soo) pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Both men had originally been charged with first-degree murder. A third man, Shelby Minde (MIN-dee), is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 13.
A 17-year-old girl who stabbed a young man to death at a Calgary house party two years ago has been sentenced as an adult. Brett Wiese, who is 20, died after being stabbed in the back outside a home on Jan. 12, 2013. Police said violence erupted when several uninvited party goers who had been ejected from the house later returned. The judge ruled that the teenAGER, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in Wiese's death, would be sentenced as an adult. Jazlyn Radke, now 19, was Sentenced TUESDAY (MAY 19) to life in prison without any chance of parole for seven years.