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Thursday December 18th


The average price of a litre of gas hit a four-and-a-half year low today, but are expected to rise overnight in many parts of the country.  The price monitoring website GasBuddy.com says the average nationwide price dropped below one-dollar a litre today for the first time since August 30th, 2010.  The national average price has fallen for 77 straight days -- but GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says it's anyone's guess where prices will go next.

 


While thousands of Canadians wait for lifesaving transplants, a report says many potentially willing organ donors are never identified or don't make it through the complex donation process.  The Canadian Institute for Health Information says each year, more than 500 Canadians who die in hospital donate their organs, but only about one-third of people who are clinically eligible actually become a donor.  It says there are more than 46-hundred Canadians on waiting lists for a kidney, liver or other organ transplant, and that hundreds on the list die each year because no suitable donor organ becomes available.

 

WEDNESday December 17th

THERE'S BEEN A SEISMIC SHIFT IN ALBERTA'S POLITICAL MAP.

THE PROVINCE'S OPPOSITION LEADER DANIELLE SMITH AND EIGHT OF HER WILDROSE CAUCUS MEMBERS ARE JOINING THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT OF PREMIER JIM PRENTICE. THE EIGHT WILDROSE MEMBERS JOING THE TORIES INCLUDE...

ROB ANDERSON, MLA FOR AIRDRIE
JEFF WILSON, MLA FOR CALGARY-SHAW
GARY BIKMAN, MLA FOR CARDSTON-TABER-WARNER
JASON HALE, MLA FOR STRATHMORE-BROOKS, AND
BLAKE PEDERSEN, MLA FOR MEDICINE HAT

REPORTS SAY THREE WILDROSE MLA'S WERE ON THE FENCE AS OF YESTERDAY (DEC 16), BUT WORD IS THEY WERE CONVINCED TO JOIN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES...THEY ARE...

ROD FOX, MLA FOR LACOMBE-PONOKA
BRUCE MCALLISTER, MLA FOR CHESTERMERE-ROCKY VIEW
AND BRUCE ROWE, MLA FOR OLDS-DIDSBURY-THREE HILLS

THAT LEAVES WILDROSE WITH JUST FIVE MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATURE, AND PRENTICE SAYS THEY ARE WELCOME TO JOIN HIS TEAM.

THOSE REMAINING WILDROSE MEMBERS INCLUDE...

SHAYNE SASKIW, MLA FOR LAC LA BICHE-ST. PAUL-TWO HILLS

RICK STRANKMAN, MLA FOR DRUMHELLER-STETTLER

DREW BARNES, MLA FOR CYPRESS-MEDICINE HAT

HEATHER FORSYTH, WHO SAID SHE PLANS TO RETIRE AFTER THIS SITTING,

AND PAT STIER, MLA FOR LIVINGSTONE-MACLEOD.

DANIELLE SMITH SAID THE MOVE TO JOIN THE TORIES WAS MADE AFTER "CAREFUL DELIBERATION." SHE RESIGNED AS LEADER OF THE WILDROSE PARTY THIS MORNING (DEC 17).

HANNA RCMP ARE WARNING DRIVERS TO BE CAREFUL ON THE HIGHWAYS AROUND THE REGION AS THEY CONTINUE TO BE ICY IN MANY PLACES. HANNA MOUNTIES WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY EVENING (DEC 16) AROUND 6:30 AFTER A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK ROLLED OVER ON HIGHWAY 9 EAST OF HANNA. THE WRECKAGE BLOCKED THE ENTIRE HIGHWAY AND HIGHWAY 9 HAD TO BE CLOSED BETWEEN YOUNGSTOWN AND HANNA FOR SEVERAL HOURS, BECAUSE TRAFFIC COULD NOT BE RE-ROUTED. AFTER THE CRASH SCENE WAS CLEANED UP, HIGHWAY 9 BETWEEN HANNA AND YOUNGSTOWN RE-OPENED ABOUT 10:15 LAST NIGHT.  THERE WERE NO INJURIES. HANNA RCMP CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION.
 
THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SAYS IT WAS HISTORIC FLOOD WATER AND NOT ANY NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF C-P RAIL THAT CAUSED A DERAILMENT AND PARTIAL BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN CALGARY DURING THE JUNE 2013 FLOODS. IN FACT, THE BOARD SAYS THE RAILWAY'S INSPECTIONS EXCEEDED REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS.  THE BRIDGE OVER THE BOW RIVER DATES BACK TO 1897 AND HAD SURVIVED SEVERAL PREVIOUS SIGNIFICANT FLOODS. THE FOUNDATION OF THE BONNYBROOK BRIDGE GAVE WAY AS A C-P RAIL FREIGHT WAS CROSSING IT AT THE HEIGHT OF THE JUNE 2013 FLOOD.  SIX CARS LOADED WITH CHEMICAL JUMPED THE TRACKS AND HUNG OVER THE RIVER, BUT WERE SAFELY REMOVED. A TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD REPORT RELEASED TODAY (DEC 17) SAYS THE BRIDGE CROSSING SIMPLY FAILED BECAUSE OF THE FORCE OF THE WATER, WHICH REMOVED GRAVEL AT THE FOUNDATION OF THE HISTORIC BRIDGE.
 
THE DRUMHELLER AND AREA HEALTH FOUNDATION RECEIVING SOME SIGNIFICANT DONATIONS ON WEDNESDAY (DEC 17) TO HELP THE DRUMHELLER  HOSPITAL. THE ENERGY COMPANY CENOVUS PRESENTING A CHEQUE FOR 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE FOUNDATION. THE MONEY HAS BEEN USED TO HELP PAY FOR A HIGH DEFINITION MONITOR AND CAMERA WITH CONTROLLER WHICH IS USED IN THE SURGERY ROOM. THE NEW SYSTEM ALLOWS SURGEONS LOOK INSIDE A PATIENT AND CONDUCT MAJOR SURGERY WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE A HUGE INCISION. TOTAL COST OF THE EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS PURCHASE EARLIER THIS YEAR IS JUST OVER 54 THOUSAND DOLLARS.   MEANWHILE,  THE CHOP SHOP IN DRUMHELLER ALSO PRESENTING A CHEQUE ON WEDNESDAY (DEC 17) TO THE DRUMHELLER FOUNDATION FOR 2,232 DOLLARS. THE BARBER SHOP HELD A NEW FUNDRAISING EVENT  IN NOVEMBER CALLED THE "MOVEMBER CHALLENGE", WHICH URGED PEOPLE TO GROW SOME FACIAL HAIR, TAKE PLEDGES, AND THEN GET IT SHAVED OFF FOR CHARITY. OWNER OF THE CHOP SHOP KATHY MORSE SAYS SHE WANTED TO START UP A NEW FUNDRAISER FOR THE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. MORSE HEADED UP THE "CUTS 4 CANCER" FUNDRAISER FOR 10 YEARS, WHICH WRAPPED UP LAST FEBRUARY. MORSE HOPES TO MAKE THE "MOVEMBER CHALLENGE" AN ANNUAL EVENT THE FINAL FRIDAY IN NOVEMBER.
                                                                                                                                                              

Tuesday December 16th

ATCO Electric REPAIR crews continue work this morning (DEC 16) torestore power to customers in MANY communities throughout east-central Alberta. THE severe frost continues to cause some power lines to sag or break. Communities experiencing power outages at this time include Drumheller, Three Hills, Hanna, Oyen, AND Consort.  SOME Rural communities and some Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) are also experiencing POWER outages.  ATCO Electric Manager, Southeast Region, Brent Kobelka SAYS THEY have multiple crews working across the affected areas to safely restore power as quickly as possible.  KOBELKA ADDS, it's hard to say exactly when all power will be back on. HE SAYS The heavy frost continues to cause new outages throughout the region. THE priority is to fix the downed or sagging power lines that may pose a safety risk to our crews or the public. AND Repairs are expected to be completed throughout the day. ATCO CUSTOMERS CAN contact ATCO Electric at 1-800-668-5506 to report sagging, damaged or downed overhead power lines and poles.

 
a 40-year old Strathmore man IS DEAD AFTER A TWO VEHICLE CRASH south of Carstairs. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING YESTERDAY MORNING (DEC 15) ABOUT 7 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF CARSTAIRS ON HIGHWAY 2-A.  RCMP WERE CALLED OUT ABOUT 7:30. POLICE say the car THAT the victim was driving had crossed the centre line. THE STRATHMORE MAN DYING AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH.  AN Edmonton man driving the truck and his passenger--were nOt hurt.
DRUMHELLER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL THREE VEHICLE CRASH WHICH TOOK PLACE OVER THE WEEKEND. ON SATURDAY (DEC 13) ABOUT 8:45 IN THE EVENING, MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO A LOCATION ON HIGHWAY 9 WEST OF DRUMHELLER, ABOUT 5 KILOMETERS EAST OF HIGHWAY 21. POLICE SAY THERE WAS A COLLISION INOLVING A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK, AND TWO OTHER VEHICLES. THE PASSENGER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLES WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE, WHILE THE DRIVER OF THIS VEHICLE was airlifted to Hospital in Calgary by STARS and is currently in stable condition. Both are Calgary residents. INVESTIGATORS SAY WEATHER IS BELIEVED TO BE THE MAIN FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

 A 20-YEAR-OLD RED DEER MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR RUNNING DOWN A WOMAN WHO WAS CROSSING A STREET IN LACOMBE IN SEPTEMBER, WHILE HE WAS FLEEING FROM POLICE IN A STOLEN VEHICLE. WILLIAM CAMERON PLED GUILTY TO FOUR CHARGES INCLUDING FLIGHT FROM POLICE AND IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING BODILY HARM. COURT WAS TOLD 22-YEAR-OLD LEAH COBETTO WAS INJURED SO BADLY SHE HAD TO HAVE ONE OF HER LEGS AMPUTATED. COBETTO READ A TEARFUL VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT DURING SENTENCING IN RED DEER COURT MONDAY (DEC 15), SAYING SHE FEELS LIKE SHE HAD TO START HER LIFE OVER, RE-LEARNING HOW TO WALK, SWIM AND EVEN SLEEP. CAMERON WILL ALSO FACE A SEVEN-YEAR DRIVING PROHIBITION AND 10-YEAR WEAPONS BAN ONCE HE'S RELEASED. 

Sources have told The Canadian Press that Alberta's opposition Wildrose caucus is expected to meet today (DEC 16) to discuss merging with Premier Jim Prentice's Progressive Conservatives. One source says if merger talks fail, there may be four or more defections to the Tory team. Wildrose member Drew Barnes of Cypress-Medicine Hat didn't address the controversy but wrote on Twitter that he is 100 per cent committed to the party, its principles and his constituents. Shayne Saskiw said on Facebook that rumours he will be crossing the floor today are false.
 
Members of a disputed Wildrose party constituency association board in central Alberta are resigning.  Edwin Erickson, who became president of the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre board in October, says he and 14 others are washing their hands of the WILDROSE party. Erickson and his board were elected by supporters of former Wildrose M-L-A Joe Anglin. He quit the party in October and now sits as an Independent. Erickson says the Wildrose is a lost cause and is going down the tubes.  

 

 

MONDay December 15th

A HIGHWAY CRASH NEAR SYLVAN LAKE OVER THE WEEKEND HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF MORE FOREIGN WORKERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES. RCMP SAY ONE WOMAN AND TWO MEN DIED WHEN THE CAR THEY WERE IN LOST CONTROL ON HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN RED DEER AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON SATURDAY (DEC 13)AND COLLIDED WITH A FIVE-TON TRUCK HEADING THE OTHER WAY. THE DRIVER SURVIVED BUT REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL. POLICE SAY ALL FOUR PEOPLE IN THE CAR WERE FILIPINOS, AND WERE ON THEIR WAY BACK TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AFTER ATTENDING LANGUAGE TRAINING IN RED DEER. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY BELIEVE DRIVER INEXPERIENCE MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR. LAST MONTH, FOUR TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES DIED WHEN THEIR VEHICLE HIT A PATCH OF ICE AND COLLIDED WITH A SEMI SOUTH OF EDMONTON NEAR LEDUC. 
                                                                                                        
A 43 YEAR OLD MAN FROM OKOTOKS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CARELESS DRIVING AFTER AN ATV CRASH THAT KILLED HIS FRIEND WEST OF WETASKIWIN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING (DEC 13). THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY BEFORE 3:00AM WHEN RCMP SAY TWO MEN ON A QUAD RIDING ON PIGEON LAKE, HIT A THIN PATCH OF ICE, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO ROLL OVER. A 24 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER WAS THROWN FROM THE ATV, SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES AND DIED AT THE SCENE. 43 YEAR OLD KEVIN GRAHAM OF OKOTOKS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CARELESS DRIVING. MOUNTIES REMIND PEOPLE TO ENSURE ICE CONDITIONS ARE SAFE BEFORE VENTURING OUT ONTO ANY FROZEN WATER BODY.
LAWYERS WILL BE IN COURT TOMORROW (DEC 16) SEEKING BAIL FOR A CALGARY COUPLE ACCUSED OF CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR TODDLER'S DEATH BY NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH NUTRITION. JENNIFER CLARK AND JEROMIE CLARK ARE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING DEATH AND FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE IN LAST NOVEMBER'S DEATH OF THEIR 14-MONTH-OLD SON, JOHN.  POLICE SAY HE HAD AN UNTREATABLE INFECTION THAT WAS COMPLICATED BY MALNUTRITION, AND THAT HE WAS BROUGHT TO HOSPITAL THE DAY BEFORE HE DIED. THE CLARKS APPEARED IN COURT TODAY (DEC 15) VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION.
 

 

FRIday December 12th

RCMP IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL CRASH.  OFFICERS FROM THE  HANNA  DETACHMENT WERE CALLED OUT LATE THURSDAY (DEC 11) MORNING AROUND 11:20 AFTER A PICK-UP TRUCK COLLIDED WITH A SEMI-TRAILER UNIT. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING ON HIGHWAY 9  BETWEEN HANNA AND YOUNGSTOWN. THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS WITH TRAFFIC DIVERTED TO OTHER HIGHWAY IN THE AREA. MOUNTIES CONFIRM THE DRIVER AND ONLY OCCUPANT OF THE HALF TON TRUCK DYING AT THE SCENE. LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON, THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND THE HEAD OF THE SPECIAL AREAS IN EASTERN ALERTA ISSUING A JOINT RELEASE TO SAY THE DECEASED WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SPECIAL AREAS. NO NAME IS BEING RELEASED UNTIL NEXT OF KIN ARE NOTIFIED.
 
 
THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS TARGETING MORE ELK IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE PROVINCE IN HOPES OF REDUCING A GROWING HERD THAT HAS BEEN DAMAGING CROPS AROUND A MILITARY BASE NEAR MEDICINE HAT. ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE HAVE AGREED TO LET HUNTERS KILL UP TO 500 ADDITIONAL FEMALE ELK AT CANADIAN FORCES BASE SUFFIELD IN FEBRUARY. ABOUT 200 ELK WERE BROUGHT TO THE BASE IN THE 1990S TO INTRODUCE GRAZING ANIMALS TO THE REGION, BUT THE HERD HAS SINCE SWOLLEN TO AS MANY AS EIGHT THOUSAND ANIMALS.  THE ELK LIVE ON THE BASE BUT JUMP FENCES TO DINE ON AND TRAMPLE CROPS. RANCHERS HAVE BEEN LOBBYING THE PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS TO HOLD A ROUNDUP TO REDUCE THE HERD.
 
 
A CHARITABLE FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE NAME OF A CALGARY GIRL WHO CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF MANY, INCLUDING PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE. NINE-YEAR-OLD DIAMOND MARSHALL DIED EARLIER THIS WEEK FROM OSTEOSARCOMA. IN JULY 2011, DIAMOND BECAME A MEDIA DARLING AFTER GIVING THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE A TIMID HUG ON THE WINDSWEPT TARMAC OF THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE ROYAL COUPLE'S CANADIAN TOUR. THE"DIAMOND SHINE FUND" HAS BEEN CREATED IN HOPES OF HELPING RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR CHILDHOOD CANCERS. THE MARSHALL FAMILY HAS DONATED 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE FUND AND HOPES TO REACH THEIR GOAL OF 10 MILLION DOLLARS.  
       
A WONDERFUL WAY FOR PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA TO GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. THE BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MORRIN, NORTH OF DRUMHELLER IS ONCE AGAIN PRESENTING THEIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA. IT FEATURES CHRISTMAS SONGS AND SPOKEN WORD. PASTOR OF THE BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MORRIN, SKIP MCARTHUR INVITES EVERYONE TO TAKE IN ONE OF THEIR PEFORMANCES. THE FIRST PERFORMANCE GOES THIS EVENING (DEC 12) AT THE BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MORRIN, SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY CHAPEL, AND SUNDAY NIGHT AT ST. MAGLORIES ANGLICAN CHURCH IN DRUMHELLER. ALL PERFORMANCES START AT 7:30. ADMISSION IS A FREE WILL OFFERING. ONCE ALL EXPENSES ARE COVERED, THE REMAINING MONEY WILL BE DONTATED TO THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY.

 

 

THURSday December 11th

THERE IS DISAPPOINTMENT TODAY FROM THE FAMILY OF A SLAIN POLICE OFFICER AFTER HIS ATTACKER WAS DECLARED NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE. TREVOR KLOSCHINSKY (KLOH-SHIHN'-SKEE) ATTACKED AND KILLED ROD LAZENBY (LAY'-ZEHN-BEE) ON AN ACREAGE NEAR PRIDDIS, SOUTH OF CALGARY IN 2012 BELIEVING HE WAS TRYING TO STEAL HIS DOGS. LAZENBY'S DAUGHTER, MEGHAN MCLEAN THINKS THE COURT COULD HAVE DONE MORE. THE JUDGE SAYS KLOSCHINSKY DID NOT REALIZE HE WAS DOING ANYTHING WRONG BECAUSE OF A MENTAL DISORDER. LAZENBY, WHO WAS 62, DIED IN AUGUST 2012 AFTER GOING TO KLOSCHINSKY'S RURAL PROPERTY NEAR PRIDDIS, SOUTH OF CALGARY TO INVESTIGATE AN ANIMAL COMPLAINT. LAZENBY WAS A RETIRED RCMP OFFICER WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING BYLAWS IN THE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF FOOTHILLS NEAR CALGARY. DOCTORS TESTIFIED AT KLOSCHINSKY'S TRIAL THAT HE WAS ``ACTIVELY PSYCHOTIC'' AND HIS LAWYER ARGUED HER CLIENT WAS NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE DUE TO A MENTAL DISORDER.

AN ANNUAL TRADITION GOES TODAY (DEC 11) AT DRUMHELLER VALLEY SECONDARY SCHOOL. THE AWARD WINNING SENIOR'S CHRISTMAS DINNER IS READY TO GO TODAY DURING THE NOON HOUR. STUDENTS FROM GRADE 9 TO GRADE 12 ARE INVOLVED IN THE EVENT, INCLUDING PREPARING THE FOOD, GREETING AND SEATING THE SENIORS, AS WELL AS PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT. SENIORS FROM DRUMHELLER AND SURROUNDING AREA ARE BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL FOR THE CHRISTMAS MEAL. THE DRUMHELLER HIGH SCHOOL EVENT WAS PRESENTED AN AWARD BY THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT A FEW YEARS AGO.

 
A COWBOY FROM AUSTRALIA WHO IS TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD ON HORSEBACK IS VISITING DRUMHELLER THIS WEEK. JOE GUY WAS A STREET KID IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ALWAYS IN TROUBLE, BUT THEN HE BECAME A LONGRIDER WHICH CHANGED HIS LIFE. GUY SAYS HE'S BEEN DOING THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. JOE GUY IS A SINGER, SONGWRITER, AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, BUT IT'S ALL BECAUSE HE'S A LONGRIDER THAT DEALS WITH TROUBLED HORSES. JOE GUY IS PUTTING ON A SHOW THIS EVENING (DEC 11) AND FRIDAY EVENING AT THE LAST CHANCE SALOON BEGINNING AT 6:30. HE HAS A PRESENTATION AND SONGS ABOUT HIS TRAVELS AND STORIES. THE SHOW IS FREE, AND HE URGES ANY TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS TO HEAR HIS STORY.

 

 

WEDNESday December 10th

Family members of a slain Alberta peace officer say they are feeling pain, anger and despair on the eve of a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing him. Robyn Halbert says her brother Rod Lazenby (LAY'-zehn-bee) did not deserve to die so cruelly. Trevor Kloschinsky (kloh-SHIHN'-skee) is charged with first-degree murder in Lazenby's death on property near Priddis, SOUTH OF CALGARY, where Kloschinsky was breeding dogs. The defence has argued that Kloschinsky is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder, and the Crown does not oppose that position. Halbert says she hopes that justice will be served, but adds that no matter what happens, it will not relieve the family's pain. Kloschinsky has admitted to causing Lazenby's death and dropping him off, handcuffed and unconscious, at a southeast Calgary police station in 2012. LAZENBY, A RETIRED RCMP OFFICER WAS A BYLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THE MD OF FOOTHILLS, SOUTH OF CALGARY AND WAS INVESTIGATING A DOG COMPLAINT AT KLOSCHINSKY'S ACREAGE NEAR PRIDDIS.

The owner of a controversial zoo NEAR THREE HILL is suing the ALBERTA government department that approved his latest operating permit. Lynn Gustafson of GuZoo Animal Farm near Three Hills alleges Alberta Environment and four employees copied his development plan without permission.  He alleges the plan was strictly confidential because it is sought after by animal rights activists. The department's statement of defence denies that Gustafson or GuZoo ever had a copyright on the development plan.  The lawsuit has complicated an attempt by two animal welfare groups hoping that a judicial review of the permit will end up cancelling it. Voice for Animals Humane Society and Zoocheck Canada say GuZoo has repeatedly failed to meet minimum standards set out by the province.

THE Alberta GOVERNMENT will not appeal a court ruling that says a woman FROM THE ROSEBUD AREA can sue the province over hydraulic fracturing that she alleges has so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire. Jessica Ernst began legal action against Alberta's energy regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana in 2007, and amended her statement of claim in 2011 to include Alberta Environment.  Last month, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann of Court of Queen's Bench dismissed the government's application to strike ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT from the lawsuit. An Alberta Justice spokeswoman gave no reason for the government's decision not to appeal.  Ernst alleges fracking on her land NEAR ROSEBUD, NORTHEAST OF Calgary released hazardous amounts of chemicals such as methane into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.  She says she is delighted and surprised by the province's decision not to appeal and is looking forward to reading the government's statement of defence.
 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

THE WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION HAS ISSUED A NOTE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS ABOUT AN ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION CASE LAST WEEK. MOUNTIES ARE INVESTIGATING AN ATTEMPTED CHILD LURING CASE LAST THURSDAY (DEC. 4) AROUND 3:20 PM AT PONOKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. PONOKA RCMP CONSTABLE SARA MCLAUGHLIN SAYS A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL WAS APPROACHED BY A LONE MALE ABOUT 30 - 40 YEARS OF AGE, AROUND 180 POUNDS AND ABOUT FIVE FOOT NINE. POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A LONE MALE SUSPECT WITH A DARK MUSTACHE, WEARING A BLACK WINTER COAT AND GREEN TOQUE. THE YOUNG GIRL WAS ABLE TO RUN TO A NEARBY YOUTH CENTRE. THE WOLF CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEBSITE SAYS THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, INCLUDING HEIGHTENED SUPERVISION AND MONITORING OF ALL SCHOOL CAMPUSES IN PONOKA.
 
A JUDGE IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WHAT EVIDENCE CAN BE ALLOWED IN THE UPCOMING TRIAL OF A MAN CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF A YOUNG INNISFAIL MOTHER THREE YEARS AGO. A HEARING IS UNDERWAY AT THE RED DEER COURT HOUSE FOR 57 YEAR OLD BRIAN MALLEY WHO IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD VICKY SHACHTAY (SHACK-TAY) IN NOVEMBER OF 2011. THAT'S WHEN AN EXPLOSIVE PACKAGE WAS SENT TO HER RESIDENCE AND ULTIMATELY KILLING HER. SHE WAS CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR AFTER A CAR CRASH TEN YEARS AGO AND LEFT BEHIND A 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AT THE TIME. MALLEY WAS SHACHTAY'S FINANCIAL ADVISOR. A JUDGE AND JURY TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO START IN LATE JANUARY.
 
THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER IS RECEIVING MORE MONEY TO HELP PAY FOR THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY. THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECENTLY PRESENTING A CHEQUE TO THE TOWN FOR 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THIS WAS THE FIFTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT FROM THE CHAMBER AS PART OF A TOTAL COONTRIBUTION OF 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY. THE MONEY FROM THE DRUMHELLER CHAMBER COMES IS FROM THE WORLD S LARGEST DINOSAUR LEGACY FUND. THE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE CHAMBER, WHICH REINVESTS A PORTION OF THE MONEY GENERATED BY THE WORLD'S LARGEST DINOSAUR TOURIST ATTRACTION AND GIFTSHOP, BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY FUNDRAISING CABINET'S "LEGACY LEAF" CAMPAIGN ALSO CONTINUES. DONATIONS ABOVE A CERTAIN LEVEL WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED WITH NAMES PLACE ON A METAL LEAF WHICH WILL BE PART OF A SCULPTURE PLACED ON THE WALL IN THE LOBBY OF THE FACILITY. FOR DETAILS ON THE LEAF CAMPAIGN, CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE FUNDRAISING CABINET OR CALL THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY.  
                                                                                                   

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

                                                                                        A Calgary man accused of murdering his missing spouse has had his court case put over. Allan Shyback, who is 38, faces charges of second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body. He was to appear in court this morning (DEC 8) but his case has been rescheduled for tomorrow. Police say they got a search warrant for his home on Friday and found what they believe are human remains. Lisa Michelle Mitchell, a 31-year-old mother of two young children, and was last seen alive at the home in OCTOBER OF 2012. Police say her family reported her missing the following month to RCMP in Turner Valley, southwest of Calgary, when they became concerned that they hadn't heard from her for an unusual amount of time.

A HOMESTEAD NEAR HANNA IS TO BECOME ALBERTA'S 76TH PROVINCIAL PARK. GOTTLOB SCHMIDT AND HIS FAMILY HAVE OWNED A HOMESTEAD SINCE 1933 IN THE HANNA AREA. ON FRIDAY (DEC 5), SCHMIDT ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL DONATE THE LAND TO THE PROVINCE TO BECOME A PROVINCIAL PARK. THE AREA WILL BE KNOWN AS "ANTELOPE HILL PROVINCIAL PARK" AND WILL BECOME A WILDLIFE PROTECTED ZONE. THE DONATED LAND HAS high ecological value because it has never been cultivated. It ALSO features rare native grasslands, aspen groves, and healthy wetlands in addition to being home to a variety of wildlife, including the "thirteen-lined ground squirrel", deer, and elk. NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING OR HUNTING WILL BE PERMITTED.
                                                                                                  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

RCMP in central Alberta are warning women to be on guard for their own safety after a young woman was robbed and sexually assaulted.  Police say a 20-year-old woman was leaving her job shortly after midnight WEDNESDAY (DEC 3) at a hotel in Red Deer, when a man came to her driver's side door and THREATENED THE WOMAN WITH a knife. The male forced the female to get in the passenger seat and he drove to a bank where he took her to the ATM and forced her to withdraw money from her account.  RCMP say he then took her to a rural location near Penhold where he sexually assaulted her before driving her back to Red Deer and dropping her off at a convenience store and leaving with her vehicle. The woman's car was later recovered at a construction site and Mounties say they are looking for a white, male suspect with blonde or brown hair and tattoos on his biceps. Because the suspect is still at large, Blackfalds RCMP are urging women to be vigilant when out at night and when possible to be accompanied to their vehicles if leaving work later at night.
 
 
A Calgary couple is facing 51 criminal charges after a major drug seizure last week. Three search warrants executed in Calgary last Friday (NOV 28) led to the charges against Taylor Zazoni, who is 23, and 30-year-old Kayla Wright.  Police say they recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, cannabis resin, fentanyl and GHB the so-called 'date rape' drug. They say one of the residences was being used as a lab to cook cocaine into crack. A hydraulic cocaine press was seized from the apartment, along with other evidence of drug trafficking. Investigators also recovered a .357 Magnum revolver, ammunition and other weapons, including a collapsible baton, brass knuckles and body armour.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4

                                                                                                        A JUDGE HAS RESERVED A DECISION IN THE CASE OF A CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN APPEALING HER MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION IN THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND FOUR YEARS AGO. 64 YEAR OLD HEATHER WILSON-DUNCAN OF THE DIDSBURY AREA HAD HER CASE HEARD IN THE CALGARY COURT OF APPEAL ON WEDNESDAY (DEC3) BUT IT'S NOT KNOWN AT THIS POINT WHEN THAT DECISION CAN BE EXPECTED. WILSON-DUNCAN WAS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN JAIL AND GIVEN A LIFETIME FIREARMS BAN IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HER 68 YEAR OLD HUSBAND IN DECEMBER OF 2010 AT THEIR RURAL HOME WEST OF DIDSBURY.  DURING THE TRIAL, COURT HEARD THE COUPLE HAD BEEN BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED FIGHT. WILSON-DUNCAN TESTIFIED THAT HER 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 9-11 CALL WHICH WAS PLAYED IN COURT.

AN ALBERTA AGENCY THAT INVESTIGATES POLICE SAYS OFFICERS DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO A CRASH INVOLVING A MENTALLY DISABLED WOMAN DRIVING AN ATV ON A BUSY FREEWAY. THE ALBERTA SERIOUS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM SAYS NO CHARGES WILL BE LAID. THE AGENCY INVESTIGATED AFTER THE 21-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS INJURED IN CALGARY IN OCTOBER.  SHE HAD DRIVEN A QUAD OFF HER FAMILY'S PROPERTY NEAR GLEICHEN AND ONTO A HIGHWAY, WHERE SHE MAINTAINED SPEEDS WITH OTHER CARS AND SWERVED ACROSS LANES OF TRAFFIC. A MOUNTIE FOLLOWED HER FROM A DISTANCE WITH EMERGENCY LIGHTS TO HOLD BACK TRAFFIC. POLICE IN CALGARY PLANNED TO CATCH HER AT A TRAFFIC STOP AFTER SHE GOT ON DEERFOOT TRAIL BUT, BEFORE THEY COULD, THE WOMAN LOST CONTROL OF THE QUAD AND HIT A FENCE.
 
A BIG WIN FOR A SMALL COMMUNITY. THE MUNSON AND AREA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, JUST NORTH OF DRUMHELLER HAS WON 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE SECOND EDITION OF THE UFA'S "GET 'N GIVE CONTEST". THE MUNSON ASSOCIATION ENTRY IS A VIDEO ABOUT WHY THEY NEED A NEW COMMUNITY HALL. THEY ENTERED THE CONTEST LAST YEAR, BUT WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL. ASSOCIATION CHAIR BECKY KOWALCHUCK SAYS THEIR ENTRY THIS TIME FEATURED A SONG WRITTEN JUST FOR THE VIDEO BY COMMITTEE MEMBER DAVE DALEY WITH HELP FROM THE WAYFARING FIDDLERS. KOWALCHUCK SAYS THE ORIGINAL SONG TELLS THE MORRIN GROUP'S STORY AND PROBABLY HELPED THEM WITH THE WIN. YOU CAN SEE THE WINNING ENTRY AT THE WEBSITE UFA DOT COM.  KOWALCHUCK SAYS THE UFA 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE WILL LET THEM TO START CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THE SPRING. THE UFA WILL PRESENT THE 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR CHEQUE AT AN EVENT IN MUNSON AT THE END OF JANUARY, AND AT THAT TIME THE MUNSON GROUP WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE THE WINNER OF ROUND THREE OF THE UFA "GET 'N GIVE "CONTEST.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

                                                                                                      
There was a deadly crash near Okotoks this morning (DEC 3). RCMP say it happened on Highway 2-A and Dunbow Road SOUTH OF CALGARY, when a car hit another car that had crossed in front of it. The 38 year old man driving the second vehicle--died at the scene--while the woman driving the other vehicle--was taken to hospital. Mounties are still investigating.
Alberta Environment is looking at options to manage the province's wild horses that include signing an agreement with a group trying to protect the animals. Environment spokesman Duncan MacDonnell says the five-year agreement with the Wild Horses of Alberta Society came into effect November 1st. It calls for the society to oversee a contraceptive vaccine program for mares to try to lower the wild herd population around Sundre. It also allows the society to adopt out horses and foals that have been captured, abandoned or injured.
 
PEOPLE IN DRUMHELLER AND AREA HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR A SENIOR CITIZEN. THE ANNUAL "ADPOT AN ANGEL PROGRAM" IS BACK. IT'S RUN THROUGH DRUMHELLER CONTINUING CARE AND THE LOCAL SCOTIA BANK BRANCH. YOU CAN PURCHASE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR A SENIOR IN DRUMHELLER WHO MAY NOT HAVE ANY FAMILY OR FRIENDS NEARBY. ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS IS PATTY RISCHE, AND SHE SAYS THEY ARE NOW HANDLING MORE SENIORS THIS YEAR. THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN GOING FOR 9 YEARS AND THIS YEAR THEY'RE ALSO TAKING ON RESIDENTS AT THE HILLVIEW AND SUNSHINE LODGE AS WELL AS PEOPLE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.  YOU'RE ASKED TO DROP BY THE DRUMHELLER SCOTIA BANK BRANCH AND TAKE A GIFT LIST CARD OFF THE TREE, THEN PURCHASE SOME OF THE SUGGESTED GIFTS. RETURN THE UNWRAPPED GIFTS TO THE BANK AND THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE ELDERLY AT A SPECIAL PARTY JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL PATTY AT 823-1283 EXTENSION 4400.         

 
 
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
 
HIGH RIVER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AN ARMED ROBBERY  FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON (NOV 30) AROUND 2:30, A LONE MALE ENTERED THE "FOLKSOWN BISTRO AND LOUNGE" IN HIGH RIVER. THE SUSPECT WAS ARMED WITH A LONG BARRELED WEAPON AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE CASH REGISTER. THE MALE THEN TOOK OFF WIN AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THE MALE WAS LAST SEEN HEADING NORTH IN THE ALLEY BEHIND THE LOUNGE. WITNESSES SAY THE SUSPECT WAS CAUCASION WITH BLUE EYES, ABOUT 18 YEARS OF AGE, 5 FOOT 8 TO 5 FOOT 11 IN HEIGHT. HE WAS WEARING A DARK HOODIE WITH A SCARF HIDING HIS FACE, DARK PANTS, AND SKATE SHOES.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.                           
 
POLICE IN MEDICINE HAT DENY THAT OFFICERS BEAT A MAN WHO WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE WAS FOUND LYING FACE DOWN ON A YOGA MAT IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROAD.  THE DENIAL FOLLOWS THE RELEASE OF SOME VIDEO THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER MONDAY MORNING'S (DEC 1) ARREST NEAR CITY HALL THAT WAS TRIGGERED BY A 9-1-1 CALL ABOUT SOMEONE THREATENING TO JUMP INTO TRAFFIC.  AN OFFICER REPEATEDLY ASKED THE MAN TO GET UP, BUT HE REFUSED AND WHEN AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO ARREST HIM, HE PASSIVELY RESISTED AND SAID THE EVENT WAS STAGED AND POLICE WOULD HAVE TO HURT HIM.  TWO OFF-DUTY OFFICERS HELPED THE FIRST OFFICER TAKE THE MAN TO HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS ASSESSED AND LATER ADMITTED UNDER THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT. ANOTHER MAN WHO SHOWED UP AT THE SCENE OF THE ARREST TOOK THE VIDEO, BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY CLAIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE ARE COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED.                                                      
 
FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE RECALLING PACKAGES OF GROUND BEEF PRODUCED BY WINNIPEG-BASED CARGILL MEAT SOLUTIONS OVER CONCERNS ABOUT E.COLI.  THE MEAT CARRIES THE YOUR FRESH MARKET BRAND NAME AND IS SOLD AT WALMART STORES IN B-C, ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA. THE GROUND BEEF IS SOLD IN 475-GRAM, 900-GRAM AND 1.6-KILOGRAM PACKAGES AND ALL CARRY A BEST-BEFORE DATE OF EITHER NOVEMBER 28TH OR 29TH. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY SAYS RECALLED PRODUCTS SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OR RETURNED TO THE STORE WHERE THEY WERE BOUGHT.
 
                                                                                                                  
 
 
 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
CALGARY'S MEDICAL EXAMINER IS INVESTIGATING THE DISCOVERY OF A DEAD HIKER IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY. R-C-M-P CPL. JOHN SPAANS SAYS CONSERVATION OFFICERS FOUND THE MAN AT GRIZZLY CREEK TRAIL ON SATURDAY (NOV 29). THE MAN WAS FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA, AND IN HIS 40S. SPAANS SAYS HE APPEARED TO BE AN EXPERIENCED HIKER PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER, BUT THE HEAVY, WAIST-DEEP SNOW COULD HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN HIS DEATH.

A 38-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WAS FOUND GUILTY IN THE GRUESOME MURDER OF A RETIRED FARMER FROM VULCAN, ALBERTA, IS APPEALING THE CONVICTION, SAYING HE DID NOT GET A FAIR TRIAL. IN OCTOBER, TIMOTHY ENGEL OF CLARESHOLM WAS CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGE AND INDIGNITY TO HUMAN REMAINS IN THE JANUARY 2012 DEATH OF 77-YEAR-OLD OTTO BUNTY LOOSE.  LOOSE'S TORSO WAS DISCOVERED BY POLICE IN THE WOODS NEAR BRAGG CREEK, WEST OF CALGARY, IN 2012.  HIS HANDS WERE MISSING AND HIS HEAD WAS FOUND SEVERAL KILOMETRES AWAY FROM THE TORSO.  DURING HIS TRIAL, COURT HEARD THAT ENGEL CASHED A 10-THOUSAND-DOLLAR CHEQUE FROM LOOSE, JUST ONE DAY AFTER LOOSE WAS KILLED AND BEFORE HIS BODY WAS FOUND.

THE TWO MEN ACCUSED IN THE TRIPLE HOMICIDE CASE ON A FARM NEAR CASTOR WHICH TOOK PLACE LATE LAST YEAR WILL RETURN TO RED DEER COURT ON DECEMBER 8TH.  JASON KLAUS AND JOSHUA FRANK EACH STAND CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATHS OF MONICA, GORDON, AND SANDI KLAUS LAST DECEMBER (2013). BOTH MEN APPEARED IN RED DEER COURT ON FRIDAY (NOV 28) AND WILL ELECT HOW THEY'LL BE TRIED DURING THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE. THE PROCEEEDINGS CAME TO A HALT AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER WHEN KLAUS FIRED HIS LEGAL COUNCIL. HE WILL NOW BE REPRESENTED BY ALLEN FAY, A DEFENSE LAWYER OUT OF CALGARY.

AND THE GREY CUP HAS ARRIVED IN CALGARY. THE STAMPEDERS WON THE C-F-L'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME YESTERDAY  (NOV 30) BY DOWNING THE HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 20 TO 16 IN VANCOUVER. THE TEAM ARRIVED TODAY DURING THE NOON HOUR TO MCMAHON STADIUM. WHILE MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI SAYS A BIG CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE TUESDAY (DEC 2)  AT THE CITY'S DOWNTOWN OLYMPIC PLAZA AND ON THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF CITY, STARTING AT NOON. THE FAMOUS TROPHY SUFFERED SOME DAMAGE AS THE STAMPS CELEBRATED THEIR VICTORY ON THE FIELD LAST NIGHT.  THE CUP STARTED TO SPLIT FROM ITS BASE WHEN LINEBACKER JUWAN SIMPSON HOISTED IT ABOVE HIS HEAD.

 

FRIDAY, november 28

TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED ON MANY HIGHWAYS IN ALBERTA. THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION 5-11 WEBSITE SHOWS THAT ALL HIGHWAYS ACROSS ALBERTA ARE NOW EITHER SNOW COVERED OR PARTLY SNOW COVERED. THERE SNOW FALLING IN MANY PLACES, BUT STRONG WIND IS CAUSING DRIFTING SNOW AND REDUCING VISIBILITY IN JUST ABOUT ALL AREAS.  RCMP ARE DIVERTING HIGHWAY 2 TRAFFIC BETWEEN INNISFAIL AND BLACKFALDS TO OTHER HIGHWAYS. POOR ICY ROAD CONDITIONS ALONG THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY TWO HAS LEFT MULTIPLE COLLISIONS IN THE AREA, INCLUDING A SEMI TRAILER UNIT JACK-KNIFED AROUND BOWDEN... IN CALGARY NORTH BOUND DEERFOOT TRAIL AT BEDDINGTON TRAIL, POLICE REPORT A CRASH. THEY ADD THERE'S POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA. YOU'RE ASKED TO SLOW DOWN AND TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS. WHILE TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED ON MOST HIGHWAYS, IF YOU ARE GOING OUT, PLEASE TAKE EXTREME CAUTION AND ADJUST YOUR SPEED TO MATCH ROAD AND VISIBILITY CONDITIONS. AND FOR ALBERTA DRIVERS NEEDING MORE INFORMATION ON ROADS GO TO THE ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION WEBSITE AT 511.ALBERTA.CA OR MAKE AT PHONE CALL 5-11 AND GET A RECORDED MESSAGE.

A HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER HAS BEEN INJURED IN A COLLISION DURING HEAVY SNOWFALL IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. MOUNTIES SAY THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF HAD BEEN STANDING OUTSIDE, CHECKING ON MOTORISTS INVOLVED IN ANOTHER CRASH YESTERDAY (NOV 27) NEAR RED DEER ON HIGHWAY 2, WHEN AN OUT-OF-CONTROL SEMI TRUCK JACKKNIFED AND SLID INTO BOTH THE OFFICER AND HIS CRUISER. HE WAS TAKEN TO RED DEER HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE AND TREATED FOR SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. 

ALBERTA HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY A CALGARY PATIENT WHO WAS FEARED TO HAVE A POTENTIALLY CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS DOES NOT HAVE THE EBOLA VIRUS. THE FEMALE ARRIVED WEDNESDAY NIGHT (NOV 26) AT THE PETER LOUGHEED CENTRE. STAFF QUICKLY SHUT DOWN PART OF THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND POLICE TAPED OFF THE ENTRANCE, ALTHOUGH THE ER FULLY REOPENED SOME TIME LATER. THE PATIENT WAS TRANSFERRED TO CALGARY'S SOUTH HEALTH CAMPUS ONE OF FOUR HOSPITALS IN THE PROVINCE DESIGNATED TO DEAL WITH EBOLA CASES. THE PROTOCOL WAS PUT INTO PLACE DUE TO THE INDIVIDUAL'S TRAVEL AND SYMPTOM HISTORY. CALGARY'S MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER SAID ON THURSDAY THAT THE CHANCE OF THE PATIENT HAVING EBOLA WAS VERY LOW.

ANOTHER HORSE WAS SUSPICIOUSLY SHOT IN ALBERTA THIS MONTH. BROOKS RCMP SAY A HORSE WAS SHOT IN A PASTURE NEAR THE COMMUNITY SOMETIME BETWEEN NOVEMBER 15TH AND 19TH. THE HORSE SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY, AND HAD TO BE PUT DOWN. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS, BUT IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP. EARLIER IN NOVEMBER, A HORSE SURVIVED AN ATTACK AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE CHEST NEAR ANDREW, NORTH EAST OF EDMONTON. 

 

                                                                                                        

THURSDAY, november 27

A JUDGE HAS DELAYED A DECISION UNTIL NEXT YEAR ON A MEDIA REQUEST TO GAIN ACCESS TO EVIDENCE IN CALGARY'S WORST MASS MURDER. MATTHEW DE GROOD IS ACCUSED OF KILLING FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE AT A HOUSE PARTY LAST APRIL. SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS HAVE REQUESTED ACCESS TO WARRANTS AND WITNESS INTERVIEWS THAT OCCURRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ATTACK. BUT FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS HAVE PUBLICLY EXPRESSED OPPOSITION TO THE GRAPHIC DETAILS BEING MADE PUBLIC. THEY SAY THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE BENEFIT OF PUBLICIZING THE INFORMATION PRIOR TO A TRIAL. THEY SAY PEOPLE AT THE PARTY WERE TRAUMATIZED AND CONSTANTLY RELIVE THE EVENTS OF THAT NIGHT, AND DON'T NEED FURTHER ANGUISH AND SORROW. THE JUDGE HAS PUT THE MATTER OVER UNTIL MARCH -- THE SAME MONTH A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR DE GROOD IS SCHEDULED ON CHARGES OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

ALBERTA WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS THERE WILL BE NO MORE MLAS FROM HER PARTY CROSSING THE FLOOR TO THE GOVERNING PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES. SMITH SAYS SHE HAS CHECKED WITH THE REMAINING 13 MEMBERS IN HER CAUCUS AND THEY ARE ALL ON SIDE. SHE ALSO SAYS SHE HAS NO PLANS TO STEP DOWN AS PARTY LEADER. SMITH WAS TAKING QUESTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE KERRY TOWLE (PRONOUNCED TOLE) AND IAN DONOVAN QUIT ON MONDAY TO JOIN PREMIER JIM PRENTICE AND THE PCS. TOWLE'S DEPARTURE WAS A BITTER BLOW, GIVEN HER STATUS AS A KEY LIEUTENANT TO SMITH AND A RISING STAR. SMITH SAYS SHE AND TOWLE WERE ONCE FRIENDS, BUT NOW SHE CONSIDERS TOWLE JUST ANOTHER MEMBER ACROSS THE AISLE IN THE LEGISLATURE.

A BUSY EVENING THIS EVENING (NOV 27) IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. IT'S THE ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR THE DRUMHELLER SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK. STARTING AT 6:00 THIS EVENING, VOLUNTEERS WILL BE COVERING THE VALLEY FROM NACMINE TO ROSEDALE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, ALONG WITH, MORRIN AND MUNSON. ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS HEATHER COLBERG SAYS IF YOU CAN'T HELP BY GOING DOOR TO DOOR, YOU'RE INVITED TO HELP SORT DONATIONS IN THE OLD LIQUIDATION WORLD OUTLET AT THE GREENTREE MALL.  YOU CAN ALSO DROP OFF YOUR FOOD DONATION AT THE MALL IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE HOME. ORGANIZERS WERE HOPING TO COVER CARBON IN THE DRIVE, BUT COULDN'T GET AN ORGANIZER. ANYONE FROM CARBON IS WELCOME TO BRING DONATIONS TO THE MALL. THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU CAN HELP OUT, CALL HEATHER COLBERG AT 403-823-0811. A LIST OF GATHERING POINTS FOR VOLUNTEERS CAN BE FOUND IN LAST WEEKS DRUMHELLER MAIL OR GO TO THE COMMUNITY EVENTS PAGE AT OUR WEBSITE Q91 COUNTRY DOT COM. 

PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN DELIA AND SURROUNDING AREA WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO STOP "CYBER-BULLYING". BULLYING AND INTIMIDATION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BECOME A MAJOR PROBLEM IN OUR SOCIETY. THE FCSS DEPARTMENT WITH STARLAND COUNTY IS BRINGING IN A SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER ON THE ISSUE. DIANA ROWE WITH STARLAND COUNTY SAYS KATHY MACDONALD IS AN EXPERT ON "CYBER-BULLYING" WHO ALSO WORKS WITH THE CALGARY CITY POLICE. ROWE SAYS IT'S A TOPIC THAT STUDENTS WANTED MORE INFORMATION. ALSO, IT'S AN AREA THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT. THERE ARE TWO PRESENTATIONS TODAY (NOV 27), AT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON AND 7:00 THIS EVENING IN THE DELIA COMMUNITY CENTRE, NORTH EAST OF DRUMHELLER.

 

 



 


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