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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

 

RCMP say a six-year-old boy who was shot at a farm in central Alberta is expected to make a full recovery. The boy was shot Tuesday (SEPT 16) at the family farm near Beiseker. Police say he has been released from hospital and investigators are working with the Crown to determine if anyone will be charged. RCMP say the shooting was an accident involving a small-calibre firearm. No other details were released. The boy was treated at the SOUTHERN ALBERTA Children's Hospital IN Calgary.

HIGH RIVER RCMP HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE A LOCAL WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 15), 39 YEAR OLD CATHRINA ROBIDEAU LEFT HER HOME IN HIGH RIVER AND WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE HEADING TO THE HOMESTEAD ACRES TRAILER PARK IN THE NORTH EAST PART OF HIGH RIVER. RCMP CARRIED OUT A SEARCH OF THE AREA ON MONDAY EVENING WITH A POLICE DOG UNIT AND THE CALGARY CITY POLICE HAWCS HELICOPTER, WITH NO SUCCESS. HIGH RIVER MOUNTIES SAYS THE WOMAN WAS LOCATED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 17), IS OKAY AND HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY.

THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CALGARY BOY AND THE CHILD'S GRANDPARENTS WILL HAVE A PRELIMINARY HEARING NEXT MAY. DOUGLAS GARLAND, WHO IS 54, APPEARED BRIEFLY IN COURT WEDNESDAY (SEPT 17).  HE'S CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF NATHAN O'BRIEN AND ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNES (LIHK'-NESS). THE THREE HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE JUNE 29 AFTER AN ESTATE SALE AT THE LIKNES HOME IN CALGARY. NATHAN HAD BEEN STAYING WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS FOR A SLEEPOVER AND WHEN HIS MOTHER GAME TO PICK HIM UP THE NEXT MORNING, THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE HOME. THE PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR MAY 19 TO MAY 29, 2015.

TWO MEN CHARGED IN A TRIPLE HOMICIDE EAST OF STETTLER WERE IN RED DEER COURT YESTERDAY (WED) VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT T.V. 38 YEAR OLD JASON KLAUS AND 29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA FRANK WERE ARRESTED LAST MONTH (AUG) IN CONNECTION WITH THE DECEMBER 2013 DEATHS OF KLAUS'S MOTHER, FATHER, AND SISTER AT THE FAMILY FARM NEAR CASTOR. 61 YEAR OLD GORDON KLAUS, HIS WIFE 62 YEAR OLD SANDRA AND THEIR DAUGHTER 40 YEAR OLD MONICA DIED IN A HOUSE THAT BURNED DOWN LAST DECEMBER. BOTH FACE THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ONE CHARGE OF ARSON. FRANK ALSO IS CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING AN ANIMAL AFTER THE FAMILY DOG WAS SHOT AND KILLED. BOTH HAVE RESERVED PLEA AND REMAIN IN CUSTODY UNTIL THEIR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.

SOME GOOD NEWS...PEOPLE AROUND OLDS, ARE NOW  BEING ASKED TO WATCH FOR JUST ONE DOG FROM CALIFORNIA THAT IS STILL ON THE RUN AFTER THEY WERE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT ON THE WEEKEND. A PITBULL-CROSS BY THE NAME OF DONAVON WAS RESCUED EARLY THIS MORNING (THURS). THE DOG WAS AMONG 30 RESCUED DOGS BEING SHIPPED FROM CALIFORNIA TO EDMONTON FOR ADOPTION WHEN A VEHICLE THAT WAS HAULING THEM GOT INTO A CRASH THIS PAST SATURDAY (SEPT 13) ON HIGHWAY TWO NEAR OLDS. THE ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY (ARCS) SAYS MOST OF THE DOGS THAT GOT AWAY HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP, BUT JERRY THE CHIHUAHUA-CROSS IS STILL ON THE LOOSE. 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17

A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY IS IN STABLE, NON-LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER BEING SHOT ON A FARM NEAR BEISEKER, NORTH EAST OF CALGARY. RCMP SAY THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY (SEPT 16) AND WAS ACCIDENTAL, BUT HAVEN'T RELEASED ANY OTHER DETAILS EXCEPT TO SAY THE GUN INVOLVED WAS A SMALL-CALIBRE FIREARM. THE INJURED BOY WAS BEING DRIVEN DOWN HIGHWAY TWO WHEN EMS TOOK A 911 CALL AND MET THE CAR NEAR AIRDRIE, JUST NORTH OF CALGARY. STUART BRIDEAUX OF CALGARY EMS SAYS WHEN THEY ARRIVED, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS WITH THE CHILD WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A DETAILED HISTORY OF WHAT HAD OCCURRED. HE SAYS THE BOY WAS QUICKLY TRANSFERRED TO AN AMBULANCE AND RUSHED TO THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CALGARY.

A SOUTHERN ALBERTA WOMAN CHARGED WITH ABDUCTING HER TWO DAUGHTERS HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL.  TRINA MEISEL, WHO IS 49, WAS RELEASED FROM CUSTODY ON $5,000 BAIL LATE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 15) AFTER A LENGTHY HEARING IN LETHBRIDGE PROVINCIAL COURT. HER BAIL CONDITIONS WILL INCLUDE RESIDING IN HIGH RIVER UNDER SUPERVISION, HAVING NO CONTACT WITH HER CHILDREN AND SHE MUST ADVISE POLICE IF SHE'S GOING TO BE LEAVING HER RESIDENCE. THE GIRLS, AGES 12 AND 6, DISAPPEARED DURING RECESS FROM A SCHOOL NEAR VULCAN THIS PAST MAY (2014). THEY WERE FOUND ABOUT A WEEK LATER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA UNHARMED AFTER POLICE ISSUED AN AMBER ALERT.  A SOUTHERN ALBERTA WOMAN HAS LOST HER APPEAL TO SUE THE PROVINCE'S ENERGY REGULATOR OVER HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON HER PROPERTY.

A COLLISION INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS AND A WATER TRUCK HAPPENING NEAR SYLVAN LAKE YESTERDAY MORNING (SEPT 16). POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT TAKING PLACE ON HIGHWAY 11 WEST OF SYLVAN LAKE AROUND 7:30.  THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES, A WOMAN AND HER SON WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION. OFFICIALS WITH RED DEER CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOLS SAY THE WOMAN DRIVING THE BUS AND HER SON WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON BOARD AS THEY WERE HEADED TO THE FIRST PICK-UP OF THE DAY. ANOTHER BUS WAS SENT TO COMPLETE THE ROUTE WHICH SERVES THE TOWN OF SYLVAN LAKE. MOUNTIES SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, ADDING THE BUS TURNED IN FRONT OF THE WATER TRUCK WHICH TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID A MORE SERIOUS CRASH. IT'S BELIEVED BRIGHT SUN IN THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER'S EYES MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE.

JESSICA ERNST WHO LIVES ON A FARM NEAR THE HAMLET OF ROSEBUD 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 LAND LOCATED BETWEEN DRUMHELLER AND CALGARY UNLEASHED HAZARDOUS AMOUNTS OF METHANE AND ETHANE GAS AND OTHER CHEMICALS INTO HER WATER WELL. LAST FALL AN ALBERTA COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH JUDGE RULED THAT ERNST CAN'T SUE THE ENERGY REGULATOR BECAUSE IT IS IMMUNE FROM PRIVATE LEGAL CLAIMS. THE ALBERTA COURT OF APPEAL HAS UPHELD THAT RULING. ERNST SAYS SHE WILL CONTINUE HER LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PROVINCE AND ENCANA.

THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY HOLDING ANOTHER IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER TODAY (SEPT 17).  THE ANNUAL "CAGED FOR KENNELS" EVENT GOES TODAY FROM 11:00 THIS MORNING UNTIL 2:00 IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE GREENTREE CO-OP MALL.  A NUMBER OF LOCAL CELEBRITIES ARE BEING LOCKED UP IN CAGES AND PLEADING FOR PEOPLE TO DONATE FUNDS TO EVENTUALLY TO GET THEM OUT. YOU'RE INVITED TO DROP BY AND MAKE A DONATION, AND ALSO ENJOY BEEF ON A BUN. THAT'S THE ANNUAL "CAGED FOR KENNELS" EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY AT THE GREENTREE MALL PARKING LOT IN DRUMHELLER TODAY (SEPT 17), 11:00AM TO 2:00PM. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT AND STILL WANT TO HELP OUT. PLEASE CALL THE DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT HUMANE SOCIETY AT 823-8999 AND MAKE A DONATION.

 

tUESDAY, SEPT. 16

A TORONTO MAN IS NOW CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A WOMAN ON A CALGARY STREET. NATASHA MOHAMED FARAH WAS HIT BY A STRAY BULLET LAST MONTH AS SHE STOOD OUTSIDE A NIGHTCLUB. POLICE SAY THE 26-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO MOVED TO CALGARY FROM FROM TORONTO ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WAS AN INNCOCENT BYSTANDER. HUSSEIN IBRAHIM, WHO IS 21, WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH RECKLESSLY DISCHARGING A FIREARM. CALGARY POLICE UPGRADED THE CHARGE MONDAY. HE IS TO APPEAR IN COURT FRIDAY.

RED DEER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT FROM LAST WEEK.  POLICE SAY A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS HARASSED BY A MAN ON A RED DEER TRANSIT BUS. THE SUSPECT SAT BESIDE THE GIRL, TALKING TO HER INAPPROPRIATELY WHILE TOUCHING HIMSELF. THE MAN GOT OFF THE BUS ON GAETZ AVENUE BETWEEN 74TH STREET AND 78TH STREET AT AROUND 5 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPT T12). AND WAS LAST SEEN WALKING TOWARDS THE FAS GAS STATION AT 7905  50TH AVENUE. THE VICTIM WAS NOT INJURED IN THE ALTERCATION BUT IS VERY UPSET. RCMP ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT THAT WITNESSES SAY WAS A WHITE MAN IN HIS 40'S. HE'S DESCRIBED AS HAVING SHORT, SHAGGY BROWN HAIR. THE MALE APPEARED TO BE SHAKEY. HE WAS WEARING A  BROWN BASEBALL CAP WITH A CRUVED PEAK, BLACK SWEAT PANTS THAT OPENED AT THE BOTTOM, AND LONG BEIGE OVERCOAT. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL THE RED DEER RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

THE RCMP AND THE CALGARY CITY POLICE IS PUTTING A CALL OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN LOCATING A WANTED MAN. THEY'RE LOOING FOR 31 YEAR OLD BRADLY KOWALCZYK. HE HAS SEVERAL OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANTS AT A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS AROUND ALBERTA INCLUDING CALGARY, THREE HILLS, CHESTERMERE, VIKING, THE TOWN OLDS, AS WELL AS LOCATIONS IN SASKATCHEWAN. KOWALCZYK IS FACING FRAUD CHARGES, PLUS BREACHING CONDITIONS OF HIS RELEASE. POLICE ARE ALLEGING THAT OVER THE PAST YEAR, THEACCUSED HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN LURING VICTIMS THROUGH CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS OVER THE INTERNET, FOR HIGH END ITEMS LIKE FARM AND INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT, TAKING DEPOSITS FOR THE ITEMS AND THEN NOT GIVING THE PRODUCT.  IT'S BELIEVED THAT KOWALCZYK IS TRAVELLING IN A 2012 NISSAN TITAN DARK GREY IN COLOUR, WITH A 2009 FLEETWOOD TRAVEL TRAILER. POLICE ARE ALSO WARNING THE PUBLIC TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT BUYING ITEMS OVER THE INTERNET. IF YOU'VE BEEN A VICTIM OF BRADLY KOWALCZYK OR KNOW WHERE HE MAY BE, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.


RCMP SAY THE DEATH OF A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AT A WORKERS' CAMP IN KINDERSLEY, SASK., IS BEING TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS. THE UNRESPONSIVE MAN WAS FOUND LYING ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE A TEMPORARY WORK RESIDENCE IN THE WEST-CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNITY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (SEPT 14). DYLAN CORDELL HANNA WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL, WHERE ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE HIM WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. MOUNTIES SAY HANNA HAD BEEN LIVING IN A MULTI-DWELLING TRAILER AT THE WORKERS' CAMP, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE COMMUNITY. SEVERAL EMPLOYEES FROM VARIOUS OILFIELD COMPANIES LIVE IN THE CAMP WHILE WORKING IN THE KINDERSLEY AREA. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS WEEK.

 

mONDAY, SEPT. 15

A CHARGE OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER HAS BEEN LAID AGAINST A 24-YEAR-OLD CALGARY MAN AFTER WHAT POLICE ARE CALLING A DOMESTIC-RELATED HOMICIDE. OFFICERS WENT TO A SOUTHWEST ADDRESS IN CALGARY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT 14) AFTER GETTING WORD ABOUT SOMEONE IN DISTRESS. A WOMAN IN HER 40'S WAS FOUND DEAD AT THE SCENE, BUT POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED HER NAME PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN AUTOPSY. SCOTT MONROW FERGUSON WAS TO APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY. THIS IS CALGARY'S 26TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR.

A ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MAN IS DUE IN RED DEER COURT TODAY (MON) AFTER A CRIME SPREE ACROSS CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST WEEK .  AROUND 7:15 THURSDAY MORNING (SEPT 11), SYLVAN LAKE RCMP WERE CALLED ABOUT A STOLEN VEHICLE IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT HAD BEEN LEFT RUNNING.  A FEW HOURS LATER POLICE RECIEVED ANOTHER REPORT THAT AN UNKNOWN MALE WAS FOUND IN SOMEONE'S BASEMENT LIVING ROOM. THE HOMEOWNER TRIED RESTRAINING THE INDIVIDUAL BUT THE SUSPECT MANAGED TO BREAK FREE.  RCMP LATER RECOVERED THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND POLICE DOGS TRACKED A MAN TO A NEARBY FARM. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT STOLE TWO MORE PICKUP TRUCKS BEFORE HE WAS SEEN QUADING DOWN TOWNSHIP ROAD 3-74 WITH A RIFLE ON HIS BACK. RCMP FROM BLACKFALDS AND INNISFAIL JOINED IN THE SEARCH AND APPREHENDED THE SUSPECT IN A NEARBY FIELD WITHOUT INCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING. 29 YEAR OLD TYLER JOSEPH SHAW FACES 14 ALLEGED COUNTS INCLUDING FOUR COUNTS OF THEFT, 3 OF BREAK AND ENTER AND FIVE WEAPONS RELATED CHARGES.

FOUR DOGS ARE DEAD AND TWO WOMEN INJURED AFTER A CRASH SATURDAY (SEPT 13) ON HIGHWAY TWO  NEAR OLDS. THE WOMEN WERE ON THEIR WAY TO EDMONTON FROM LOS ANGELES WHEN THEY LOST CONTROL OF THEIR SUV THAT WAS HAULING A HORSE TRAILER FULL OF RESCUE DOGS.   THE WOMEN WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES IN HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT TWO KILOMETRES SOUTH OF THE OLDS OVERPASS ON HIGHWAY TWO.  THE VEHICLE ROLLED, KILLING 4 DOGS AND INJURING MANY OF THE 30 DOGS INSIDE.  20 OF THE DOGS WERE TAKEN TO OLDS COLLEGE WHICH HAS A VETERINARY PROGRAM. VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED RETRIEVE SEVERAL DOGS THAT GOT AWAY SAID YESTERDAY THAT THREE OF THE ANIMALS REMAINED ON THE LOOSE. THE DOGS WERE HEADED FOR A SHELTER IN EDMONTON WHERE THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE ADOPTED. MOUNTIES SAY DRIVER ERROR AND FATIGUE MAY HAVE BEEN FACTORS.

ENMAX SAYS IT'S BEEN ABLE TO RESTORE POWER TO ALL OF ITS CUSTOMERS IN CALGARY FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S SUMMER SNOWSTORM. THE UTILITY HAD TO RECONNECT THOUSANDS OF HOMES AFTER HEAVY WET SNOW SNAPPED TREE LIMBS THAT PULLED DOWN POWER LINES. THE COMPANY SAYS CREWS RESPONDED TO MORE TROUBLE CALLS OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT A WEEK THAN THEY TYPICALLY GET IN A FIVE-MONTH PERIOD.  IT SAYS SOME CUSTOMERS MAY STILL NEED THE SERVICES OF AN ELECTRICIAN TO GET THEIR LIGHTS BACK ON.

THE CITY OF CALGARY SAYS SOME FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED OR PARTIALLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEK'S SNOWSTORM. THE CITY IS ASKING EVERYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM ALL PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACES WITH MATURE TREES WHILE WORKERS CONTINUE TO CLEAR DEBRIS. ALL MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES REMAIN CLOSED, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MCCALL LAKE. THE CITY SAYS LANDFILLS WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR EXTENDED HOURS THIS WEEK TO ACCOMMODATE DEBRIS DROP-OFF, AND TREE-RELATED DISPOSAL FEES WILL BE WAIVED.

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12

A WOMAN WHO WAS JUST 12 WHEN SHE HELPED MURDER HER FAMILY IN SOUTHEAST ALBERTA IS GETTING MORE FREEDOM.  DURING AN ANNUAL SENTENCE REVIEW IN MEDICINE HAT THURSDAY (SEPT 11), QUEEN'S BENCH JUSTICE SCOTT BROOKER AGREED TO LIFT THE WOMAN'S CURFEW ON WEEKENDS. THE NOW 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO APPEARED VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION, THANKING THE JUDGE AFTER HIS DECISION. THE JUDGE CALLING THE YOUNG WOMAN A ``POSTER CHILD'' OF REHABILITATION, AND SAYING SHE NEEDS TO ASSUME MORE RESPONSIBILITY.  THE WOMAN, WHO CAN'T BE NAMED UNDER THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT, WAS CONVICTED ALONG WITH HER THEN-BOYFRIEND, JEREMY STEINKE, OF KILLING HER MOTHER, FATHER AND YOUNGER BROTHER IN THE FAMILY'S MEDICINE HAT HOME IN 2006. THE WOMAN'S CURFEW WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FROM 11:30 P.M. TO 6:00 A.M. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THE WOMAN IS TO BE FULLY RELEASED WITHOUT SUPERVISION IN MAY 2016.

ALBERTA PARKS SAYS A BEAR THAT KILLED A HUNTER IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY WILL NOT BE DESTROYED.  RICK CROSS  OF CALGARY WAS MAULED WHEN HE ACCIDENTALLY GOT BETWEEN A MOTHER BEAR WITH A FRESH KILL AND HER CUB. OFFICIALS SAY IT'S BEING CONSIDERED A DEFENSIVE ATTACK. RICHARD STARKE, THE MINISTER FOR ALBERTA'S PARKS AND RECREATION, SAYS IT'S A GOOD DECISION TO LEAVE THE MOTHER BEAR AND HER CUB IN THEIR HABITAT.

LACOMBE CITY COUNCIL IS LOOKING TO MAKE THE COST OF UPGRADES TO THE LOCAL SPORTS AND LEISURE COMPLEX CHEAPER. AT THE LATEST CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CITY STAFF WAS ASKED TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO TRIM DOWN THE COSTS OF BRINGING SAFETY STANDARDS UP TO CODE AND RENOVATING THE LOBBY. NEW LOCKER ROOMS ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE UPGRADES, BUT NO TIME LINES FOR THE WORK HAVE BEEN REVEALED YET. ADMINISTRATION WILL BRING A NEW REPORT BACK TO COUNCIL AT A LATER MEETING, WITH THE PROJECT'S ORIGINAL PRICE TAG SITTING AT 14 MILLION DOLLARS.

THIS SUNDAY (SEPT 14) IS TERRY FOX DAY ACROSS CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD. IT'S A CHANCE TO GET OUT AND HONOR THE MEMORY OF TERRY FOX AND TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH. LOTS OF RUNS BEING HELD AROUND OUR REGION INCLUDING STRATHMORE, EAST OF CALGARY. ORGANIZER, RAYLENE SEDLEY SAYS THIS YEAR THEY'RE INVITING PEOPLE FROM SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T HAVE A RUN LIKE CHESTERMERE AND LANGDON, AS WELL AS OTHER COMMUITIES IN THE AREA. TO TAKE PART IN STRATHMORE'S 17TH ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN. THE STRATHMORE TERRY FOX RUN BEGINS THIS SUNDAY MORNING AT GRAY PARK ON WHEATLAND TRAIL. REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:30, A WARM UP AT 10:30, THE RUN STARTING AT 11:00...WITH 3 DISTANCES TO CHOOSE FROM 3.5 KILOMETERS, 7.0 KM, AND 10.5 KM.  YOU CAN WALK, RUN, BIKE, SKATEBOARD, OR ROLLERBLADE. DOGS ARE WELCOME. THERE ARE ALSO TERRY FOX RUNS IN AIRDRIE AND ACME, SUNDRE AND SYLVAN LAKE, AS WELL AS OLDS AND OKOTOKS, PLUS MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES. FOR INFORMATION ON A TERRY FOX RUN NEAR YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE, TERRY FOX DOT ORG.

ANOTHER TV PROJECT IS BEING FILMED IN DRUMHELLER, THIS TIME AT THE CANADIAN BADLANDS PASSION PLAY SITE. THE COMPANY, CROSSROADS COMMUNICATIONS IS FILMING A SERIES CALLED "WOMEN OF THE BIBLE". THEY'VE SPENT TWO MONTHS OF SHOOTING IN ISREAL BUT HAVE A FEW MORE SCENES TO DO. WITH VERY SIMILAR TERRAIN AT THE PASSION PLAY SITE, PRODUCERS HAVE DECIDED TO FILM THE REST OF THE SERIES IN DRUMHELLER.  PASSION PLAY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VANCE NEUDORF SAYS THEY'RE STILL IN NEED OF 100 MEN TO TAKE PART IN A NUMBER OF LARGE BATTLE SCENES THIS WEEKEND. THE FILMING GOES TODAY (SEPT 12) THROUGH SUNDAY. TO SIGN UP, CALL THE BADLANDS PASSION PLAY OFFICE AT 1-800-823-2001. THEY'LL PROVIDE YOU ALL THE TRAINING YOU NEED TO MAKE IT LOOK REALISTIC.

IT'S GOING TO BE A BUSY WEEKEND ON THE TRACK AT THE DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE GROUNDS. THE STOCK CARS ARE RETURNING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH OVER 40 CARS, WITH I.M.C. MODIFIED, OPEN STOCK COMPETITION, HOBBY CLASS, AND MUCH MORE. THE HEAD OF WEE PROMOTIONS ALBERTA, MIKE HANSON SAYS THE TIMES FOR RACING ARE THE SAME FOR EACH DAY.  GATES OPEN EACH DAY AT 1:00, WITH RACING BEGINNING AT 2:00 O'CLOCK. ADMISSION, 10 DOLLARS FOR THOSE 12 YEARS AND UP, UNDER 12 IS FREE. RV PARKING FOR THE WEEKEND IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ADMISSION.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11

CALGARY'S MAYOR SAYS IT COULD TAKE DAYS OR EVEN WEEKS TO CLEAN UP THE DAMAGE FROM A SECOND MAJOR SUMMER SNOWFALL IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HEAVY, WET SNOW STRUCK THE CITY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING (SEPT 10) JUST IN TIME FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE.  TREES THAT WERE UPROOTED OR WHOSE BRANCHES SNAPPED CAUSED POWER OUTAGES, INCLUDING AT SEVERAL MAJOR TRAFFIC LIGHTS RESULTING IN HAVOC ON CITY ROADS. MAYOR NAHEED (NAH-HEHD') NENSHI (NEHN'-SHEE) SAYS THERE IS SOME REAL DAMAGE AND THE LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF MATURE TREES IS A SHAME. HE SAYS IT COULD BE A WHILE BEFORE THE CLEANUP IS COMPLETE AND HE IS URGING CALGARIANS TO STAGGER THEIR COMMUTE TO REDUCE CONGESTION ON THE ROADS. OFFICIALS ARE ALSO ASKING DRIVERS TO BE ALERT AND SLOW DOWN BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF CREWS OUT THERE WORKING ON POWER LINES AND TREES. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE WORKING ON A PLAN FOR THE CLEANUP, AND SAY THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE TO BRING STORM DEBRIS TO THE LANDFILL. AS OF EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING 26,000 TO 30,000 PEOPLE WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER. MAINLY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CITY AND IN THE SOUTH EAST. ENMAX ELECTRICTY REPAIR CREWS WERE PLANNING ON WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT IN THE HOPES OF GETTING THE POWER BACK ON BY THURSDSAY MORNING.

A FORMER CENTRAL ALBERTA RCMP OFFICER HAS ADMITTED HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A WOMAN WHILE HE WAS STILL A MOUNTIE. AMBROSE GREGORY WOLFE, WHO IS 60, PLEADED GUILTY TO THE CRIME THAT OCCURRED WHILE HE WAS SERVING AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE DETACHMENT. COURT IN RED DEER HEARD THAT WOLFE AND HIS VICTIM WERE WELL KNOWN TO EACH OTHER. THE WOMAN'S IDENTITY IS PROTECTED UNDER A COURT-IMPOSED PUBLICATION BAN. WOLFE WAS TO GO TO TRIAL THIS WEEK, BUT ENTERED THE GUILTY PLEA INSTEAD. HE IS TO RETURN TO COURT FOR SENTENCING ON OCT. 6.


BROOKS RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SERIES OF RECENT BREAK, ENTER AND THEFTS AROUND THE CITY. LOCAL CONSTABLE BLAKE MCLAUGHLIN ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO KEEP ANY VALUABLE ITEMS OUT OF THE SIGHT OF POSSIBLE THEIVES. HE SAYS KEEP YOUR EQUIPMENT LOCKED UP, AND USE SECURITY CAMERAS IF YOU HAVE THEM.  AT THE END OF AUGUST, AN ATV WAS STOLEN FROM THE COMPOUND AT ALL SEASON CYCLE IN BROOKS. IT WAS LATER RECOVERED IN THE BACK PARKING LOT OF A STRIP MALL IN THE CITY.  BROOKS RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE SEVERAL BREAK-IN'S IN THE CITY'S INDUSTRIAL PARK, INCLUDING THE THEFT OF A FLATBED TRAILER CARRYING A BOBCAT LOADER AND SEVERAL ATTCHEMENTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION INTO ANY OF THESE INCIDENTS, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

IN A BID TO BOOST FUNDING FOR RESEARCH, THE ALBERTA DIABETES FOUNDATION HAS LAUNCHED A MAJOR MEDIA CAMPAIGN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRAD FOURNIER SAYS WHILE ISLET TRANSPLANTS HAVE BEEN LIFE-CHANGING FOR HUNDREDS OF DIABETICS, OTHER OPTIONS ARE NEEDED. IT'S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST ISLET TRANSPLANT WAS PIONEERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL FALL SPORTS, RECREATION, AND ARTS EXPO WAS HELD YESTERDAY (SEPT 10) IN THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER. THE BIG EVENT WAS HELD AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY AND ATTRACTED 33 EXHIBITORS. ORGANIZER LYLE ROWE SAYS THEY HAD A GREAT TURNOUT BY PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN. ROWE SAYS THE EXPO REALLY MEETS A BIG NEED WHEN PARENTS ARE LOOKING AT SIGNING UP THEIR KIDS FOR ACTIVITIES.  ROWE SAYS IF YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO ATTEND WEDNESDAY'S EXPO, AND NEED INFORMATION ABOUT A SPORT OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION YOU CAN CALL THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY AT 823-1370 AND THEY'LL DIRECT YOU TO THE RIGHT GROUP.

IT WAS ON THIS DAY 260 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 11TH 1754, THAT THE FIRST WHITE MAN TO VISIT WHAT IS NOW ALBERTA, WROTE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES. FUR TRADER ANTHONY HENDAY WAS WITH A GROUP OF NATIVE GUIDES TRAVELING ALONG WHAT IS NOW THE BATTLE RIVER VALLEY NEAR FABYAN, JUST WEST OF WAINWRIGHT IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA. THERE WERE SO MANY BUFFALO IN THEIR WAY, THEY HAD TO USE THEIR BOWS AND ARROWS TO KILL OFF SOME OF THE ANIMALS SO THE HERDS WOULD SCATTERER AND THE PARTY COULD MOVE ON TO EVENTUALLY ESTABLISH FORT EDMONTON.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10

ALBERTANS WHO THOUGHT MONDAY WAS AN ODD WEATHER DAY WITH 11 CENTIMETRES OF SNOWFALL IN CALGARY ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER RARE SEPTEMBER HIT FROM OLD MAN WINTER. IT'S STILL OFFICIALLY SUMMER, AND YET ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A SNOWFALL WARNING LAST NIGHT FOR A LARGE STRETCH OF THE PROVINCE'S WEST AND SOUTHWEST. FORECASTERS WERE EXPECTING UP TO 15 CENTIMETRES BY LATER TODAY FOR CALGARY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, HIGH RIVER, AND AREAS FURTHER SOUTH TO THE U.S. BEFORE THIS ODD BLAST OF WINTER GIVES WAY TO MORE SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES BY THE WEEKEND.

RED DEER CONTINUES TO BREAK SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT, WHERE RECORDS ARE KEPT, 2.6 CM OF THE WHITE STUFF FELL ON TUESDAY, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF .5 CM IN 1949.  ON MONDAY, RED DEER BROKE A RECORD FOR SNOWFALL ON SEPTEMBER 8TH WITH 4 CM OF SNOW FALLING, BREAKING THE OLD MARK OF 1.8 CM IN 1974.

TWO CALGARY MEN WHO WERE WORKING ON SEWER LINES IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT.  RCMP SAY THE TWO EMPLOYEES FELL ABOUT 3 1/2 METERS AND WERE BURIED IN THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A LINE ON MONDAY EVENING (SEPT 8). A THIRD WORKER CALLED EMERGENCY CREWS TO THE SITE AT FOX VALLEY, LOCATED SOUTH OF LEADER NEAR THE ALBERTA BORDER.  THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN OUT, BUT HE WAS DEAD WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE MAPLE CREEK HOSPITAL. NOXIOUS FUMES MADE IT DIFFICULT TO EXTRICATE THE SECOND MAN, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE, BUT A FARMER WITH EQUIPMENT WAS ABLE TO PULL THE 24-YEAR-OLD TO THE SURFACE. BOTH MEN WORKED FOR A SWIFT CURRENT COMPANY, BUT THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.

HIGH RIVER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SEMI-TRUCK ROLLOVER. THE INCIDENT HAPPENING LAST EVENING (SEPT 9) AROUND 8:00 O'CLOCK, ON HIGHWAY 5-43, JUST WEST OF THE DUMP ROAD TURN OFF. POLICE SAY THERE WERE NO INJURIES, BUT TRAFFIC HAD TO BE DIVERTED AROUND THE SCENE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE TRUCK WAS CARRYING A LOAD OF GRAIN WHICH SPILLED AND REQUIRED CLEAN-UP.

A CENTRAL ALBERTA MLA IS CALLING ON THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE ABOUT MANAGING CHRONIC DISEASES IN ALBERTA. WILDROSE MLA KERRY TOWLE FROM THE INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE CONSTITUENCY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT 800 MILLION DOLLARS ON CREATING AN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM BUT THE SYSTEM IS STILL UNABLE TO PROVIDE PHYSICIANS WITH BASIC PATIENT INFORMATION LIKE WHO SUFFERS FROM A CHRONIC DISEASE. TOWLE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO SIT DOWN AND MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO CREATE A PROPER ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD. SHE ADDS NOT TAKING STEPS TO BETTER ADDRESS THE ISSUE WILL LEAD TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS IN THE FUTURE.

A VERY SUCCESSFUL "TOUGH MUDDER" ENDURANCE CHALLENGE HELD IN DRUMHELLER THIS PAST WEEKEND. THERE WERE OVER 78 HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS AND WELL OVER TWO THOUSAND SPECTATORS. THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" CANADA, NICK COGGER SAYS THEY'LL HAVE A CHALLENGE OF TRYING TO OUTDP THEMSELVES WITH A MORE EXCITING COURSE WHEN THEY RETURN TO DRUMHELLER NEXT YEAR. PARTICIPANTS COMING TO DRUMHELLER WERE FROM ACROSS WESTERN CANADA, PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES, GERMANY, FRANCE, AND ENGLAND. ORGANIZERS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF TEARING DOWN THE COURSE AT DINOSAUR DOWNS.

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9

THE MOTHER OF A NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN A VEHICLE ON A ROAD NEAR SUNDRE LAST WEEK, BROKE DOWN IN TEARS IN COURT YESTERDAY (SEPT 8) AS SHE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. LAURA COWARD, WHO IS 47, APPEARED IN COURT VIA CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION IN DIDSBURY PROVINCIAL COURT. COWARD WAS ARRESTED WHEN SHE WAS FOUND STANDING OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE IN WHICH HER DEAD DAUGHTER, AMBER LUCIUS, WAS DISCOVERED. AMBER'S FATHER, DUANE LUCIUS, ISSUED A STATEMENT THAT SAID A FUNERAL FOR HIS DAUGHTER WOULD BE HELD LATER THIS WEEK.

MOUNTIES SAY A HUNTER MISSING IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY WEST OF CALGARY HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD.  THEY SAY RICK CROSS APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY MAULED BY A BEAR. THE 54-YEAR-OLD FROM CALGARY HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING BY HIS FAMILY AFTER HE DID NOT RETURN FROM A SHEEP HUNTING TRIP NEAR PICKLEJAR LAKES ON THE WEEKEND. WILDLIFE OFFICERS PUT UP BEAR WARNINGS IN THE KANANASKIS REGION ON MONDAY (SEPT 8).  MEANWHILE, MOUNTIES SAY SNOW IN THE ALBERTA ROCKIES IS HAMPERING THE SEARCH FOR A HIKER WHO HAS NOT BEEN SEEN FOR A WEEK. RCMP SAY 40-YEAR-OLD RALPH GREENAWAY TOLD FRIENDS ON SEPT. 2 THAT HE WAS GOING TO THE MOUNT RUNDLE AREA IN BANFF FOR THE DAY.

TWO CALGARY MEN WHO WERE WORKING ON SEWER LINES IN WESTERN SASKATCHEWAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT.  RCMP SAY THE TWO EMPLOYEES FELL ABOUT 3 1/2 METERS AND WERE BURIED IN THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A LINE ON MONDAY NIGHT (SEPT 8). A THIRD WORKER CALLED EMERGENCY CREWS TO THE SITE AT FOX VALLEY, LOCATED SOUTH OF LEADER NEAR THE ALBERTA BORDER.  THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN OUT, BUT HE WAS DEAD WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE MAPLE CREEK HOSPITAL. NOXIOUS FUMES MADE IT DIFFICULT TO EXTRICATE THE SECOND MAN, WHO DIED AT THE SCENE, BUT A FARMER WITH EQUIPMENT WAS ABLE TO PULL THE 24-YEAR-OLD TO THE SURFACE. BOTH MEN WORKED FOR A SWIFT CURRENT COMPANY, BUT THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF TRAFFIC SERVICES FOR THE ALBERTA RCMP IS REMINDING MOTORISTS TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT WILDLIFE ON THE ROAD AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT HOWARD EATON SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN MORE COLLISIONS BETWEEN VEHICLES AND ANIMALS IN EARLIER SEPTEMBER COMPARED TO OTHER YEARS. EATON SAYS IF YOU DO HIT AN ANIMAL--STOP--PUT YOUR FLASHERS ON--AND CALL 911 FOR HELP IF IT NEEDS TO BE EUTHANIZED.   IF ITS ALREADY DEAD, EATON SAYS THE BODY NEEDS TO BE MOVED OFF THE ROAD SO NO ONE ELSE HITS IT.

 

 

 

 

mONDAY, SEPT. 8

A CRASH ON HIGHWAY 2 NEAR OLDS SUNDAY MORNING (SEPT 7)  HAS CLAIMED TWO LIVES. OLDS RCMP REPSONDED TO THE CRASH, SOUTH OF BOWDEN, ABOUT 5:30 SUNDAY MORNING, AFTER A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A SEMI-TRAILER UNIT. A MAN AND WOMAN WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE ON HIGHWAY 2. THE OLDS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ALSO ATTENDING TO THE INCIDENT. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, THE SEMI-TRAILER WAS LEAGALLY PULLED OVER AT A REST STOP WITH ITS LIGHTS ON, WHEN IT WAS HIT. THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY TWO WERE CLOSED FOR ABOUT 5 HOURS. RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING AND SAY NO CHARGES WILL BE LAYED. ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR.

COCHRANE RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH FROM OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY A MOTORCYCLE RIDER DIED AFTER FAILING TO YIELD TO A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK IN A HIGHWAY TRAFFIC CIRCLE. R-C-M-P SAY THE MOTORCYCLE WAS HEADING NORTH ON HIGHWAY 22, WEST OF CALGARY ON SATURDAY (SEPT 6) AFTERNOON. THE MOTORBIKE ENTERED THE CIRCLE WHERE THE ROAD INTERSECTS WITH HIGHWAY 8 NORTH OF REDWOOD MEADOWS, AND HIT THE TRAILER OF THE SEMI. POLICE SAY THE RIDER WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.

ALBERTA'S INCOMING PREMIER IS ALREADY GETTING DOWN TO WORK AS HE PREPARES TO TAKE OVER THE SCANDAL PLAGUED PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.  JIM PRENTICE ANNOUNCED HIS TRANSITION TEAM YESTERDAY (SEPT 7), HEADED BY TIM HEARN, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF IMPERIAL OIL. AND THIS MORNING (SEPT 8) THE PREMIER-DESIGNATE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH INTERIM PREMIER DAVE HANCOCK TO GET THE TRANSITION BALL ROLLING. PRENTICE WON THE LEADERSHIP ON SATURDAY. IT'S NOT KNOWN EXACTLY WHEN HE`LL BE SWORN IN AS PREMIER OF ALBERTA.

A VERY SUCCESSFUL "TOUGH MUDDER" ENDURANCE CHALLENGE HELD IN DRUMHELLER OVER THE WEEKEND. THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" CANADA, NICK COGGER SAYS THE FINAL "TOUGH MUDDER" FOR THE SEASON IN CANADA WAS FANTASTIC. HE SAYS THEY'LL SPEND THE NEXT FEW DAYS AT DINOSAUR DOWNS TAKING APART THE COURSE, AND THEN DO A FINAL ASSESSMENT OF THE WEEKEND. 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

MOUNTIES HAVE LAID CHARGES AGAINST THE MOTHER OF A CHILD WHOSE REMAINS WERE FOUND IN A VEHICLE NEAR SUNDRE EARLIER THIS WEEK. RCMP SAY THE FAMILY OF AMBER LUCIUS HAS CONSENTED TO THE RELEASE OF THE LITTLE GIRL'S NAME. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE HAS YET TO RELEASE THE CAUSE AND HOW THE CHILD DIED. OFFICERS FOUND THE REMAINS IN A VEHICLE ON A RURAL ROAD NEAR SUNDRE ON TUESDAY (SET 2). LAURA COWARD, WHO IS 47, IS CHARGED WITH ABDUCTION AND ONE COUNT OF BREAK AND ENTER AND THEFT. COWARD IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY (SEPT 8) AT THE DIDSBURY COURTHOUSE VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TV ON THE CHARGES.

ABOUT 1,400 PEOPLE ATTENDED A MUSIC CONCERT LAST NIGHT (SEPT 4) IN MEMORY OF FIVE YOUNG CALGARIANS WHO DIED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN THE CITY'S WORST MASS MURDER. ZACKARIAH RATHWELL, 21; JOSHUA HUNTER, 23; LAWRENCE HONG, 27; JORDAN SEGURA, 22; AND KAITI PERRAS, 23, WERE STABBED TO DEATH IN APRIL AT A PARTY NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY TO MARK THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THURSDAY NIGHT'S CONCERT AT THE JUBILEE AUDITORIUM FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY FIVE LOCAL BANDS INCLUDING ZACKARIAH AND THE PROPHETS, THE BAND FOR WHICH RATHWELL AND HUNTER HAD PLAYED. PROCEEDS FROM THE TICKET AND MERCHANDISE SALES WILL GO TOWARD TRUST FUNDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CALGARY BOY HAS BEEN REMEMBERED AT A MEMORIAL AS AN ACTIVE BOY WHO LOVED LIFE. NATHAN O'BRIEN DISAPPEARED MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO, ALONG WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS, ALVIN AND KATHRYN LIKNES (LIHK'-NESS). WHILE THEIR BODIES HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND, DOUGLAS GARLAND HAS SINCE BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER. O'BRIEN'S PARENTS, JEN AND ROD O'BRIEN, GAVE AN EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE TO THEIR YOUNG SON AND SEVERAL SONGS WERE PERFORMED IN THE BOY'S HONOUR. A SEPARATE MEMORIAL FOR THE GRANDPARENTS IS TO BE HELD IN THE COMING WEEKS. GARLAND IS TO RETURN TO COURT SEPTEMBER 17TH. THE CROWN EXPECTS A THREE-WEEK PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

AN INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN GRUELING HALF-MARATHON/ENDURANCE CHALLENGE IS COMING THIS WEEKEND (SEPT 6+7) TO THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER, LOCATED NORTH-EAST OF CALGARY. IT'S CALLED "TOUGH MUDDER" AND IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT BETWEEN 8 AND 10 THOUSAND PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS. THEY ARE STILL IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS FOR "TOUGH MUDDER" IN DRUMHELLER. TO SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE, "TOUGH MUDDER DOT COM", CALL ANGELA KEIBEL AT 403-334-2365, OR COME TO THE DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE GROUNDS AT THE VOLUNTEER TENT AT 7:00AM ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:00 O'CLOCK.



THURSDAY, SEPT. 4

THE MOUNTIES HAVE CALLED IN THEIR MAJOR CRIMES UNIT TO INVESTIGATE THE DISCOVERY OF A GIRL'S REMAINS IN WEST-CENTRAL ALBERTA. RCMP SAY OFFICERS FOUND THE REMAINS IN A VEHICLE ON A RURAL ROAD NEAR SUNDRE ON TUESDAY (SEPT 2). THEY SAY A WOMAN IS IN CUSTODY, BUT THERE'S NO WORD ON CHARGES. POLICE SAY THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RELEASE MORE DETAILS ONCE AN AUTOPSY IS COMPLETED BY THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE IN CALGARY.

A THREE HILLS MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MULTIPLE PEOPLE AT THE PRAIRIE BIBLE INSTITUTE LAST MONTH HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL. 33 YEAR OLD RENIE GALL WAS IN DRUMHELLER COURT ON WEDNESDAY (SEPT 3) WITH HIS CASE RETURNING TO COURT NOVEMBER 5TH. IT WAS IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF AUGUST 17TH WHEN RCMP SAY A MAN BROKE INTO THE FACILITY'S STUDENT DORM AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED SEVERAL STUDENTS IN THEIR ROOMS BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT TURNED HIMSELF INTO POLICE THE NEXT DAY.

A CALGARY WOMAN HAS BEEN FINED TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HITTING AND KILLING AN ELDERLY MAN WHILE BACKING HER TRUCK OUT OF A DRIVEWAY. THE 91-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS ON THE SIDEWALK, USING HIS WALKER. HE WAS DRAGGED ABOUT 125 METRES AND DIED OF HIS INJURIES, WHILE THE DRIVER TOOK OFF. 
POLICE TALKED TO THE DRIVER, AND DETERMINED SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED.  JACOBA JEAN DAVIDSON, WHO IS 26, HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO UNSAFE BACKING. HER LICENCE HAS ALSO BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 90 DAYS.

THE HUGE ENDURANCE CHALLENGING EVENT "TOUGH MUDDER" IS COMING TO DRUMHELLER THIS WEEKEND, BUT ORGANIZERS ARE STILL IN NEED OF MORE VOLUNTEERS. ONE OF THE VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATORS, ANGELA KEIBEL SAYS THEY CAN ALWAYS USE MORE PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING RUNS SMOOTHLY. TO SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE, "TOUGH MUDDER DOT COM", CALL ANGELA KEIBEL AT 403-334-2365, OR COME TO THE DRUMHELLER STAMPEDE GROUNDS AT THE VOLUNTEER TENT AT 7:00AM ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING AT 8:00 O'CLOCK.

 

 

 

wEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS FROM INNISFAIL WERE CALLED OUT ALONG HIGHWAY TWO ON FRIDAY NIGHT (AUG 29) AFTER A MULTI-INJURY COLLISION LOCATED BETWEEN DIDSBURY AND OLDS. AROUND 8:15, TWO SUVS HAD PULLED OVER ON THE SHOULDER OF THE NORTHBOUND LANE, DUE TO POSSIBLE MECHANICAL FAILURE WHEN THE REAR SUV WAS STRUCK BY A NORTHBOUND MINI-VAN AND SLAMMED  INTO THE OTHER SUV SENDING IT INTO THE MEDIAN. THE MINIVAN MEANWHILE STRUCK A UTILITY TRAILER ON THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK IN THE RIGHT LANE. IN TOTAL, 8 PEOPLE WERE SENT TO HOSPITAL, TREATED, AND RELEASED, WHILE 3 OTHER VICTIMS WERE UNINJURED. POLICE SAY THAT EVERYONE WAS WEARING SEATBELTS AND AT THIS TIME DO NOT THINK SPEED OR ALCOHOL WERE FACTORS.

 WITH THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR UNDERWAY, THE WILDROSE EDUCATION CRITIC HAS LAUNCHED A PETITION TO END MANDATORY SCHOOL FEES IN ALBERTA. THE WILDROSE MLA FOR CHESTERMERE-ROCKY VIEW, BRUCE MCALLISTER SAYS FEELS PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE PRESSURED ON THE ISSUE FROM ALBERTANS BEFORE IT WILL REACT. HE SAYS PARENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR NOON SUPERVISION, TEXT BOOKS, LOCKERS, PHOTOCOPYING, AND EVEN ADMINISTRATION. MCALLISTER SAYS THE MANDATORY FEES ARE A "HIDDEN TAX" BY THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE THE PUBLIC ALREADY PAYS FOR EDUCATION THROUGH PROPERTY TAXES. HE'S URGING PEOPLE TO LOOK AT THE PETITION AT THE WEBSITE  WILDROSE.CA/ENDMANDATORYFEES.

CANDIDATES FOR THE CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION IN BOW RIVER SAY ROB ANDERS' ENTRY IN THE RACE IS CAUSING SOME RESENTMENT.  THE M-P LOST A NOMINATION BATTLE IN CALGARY SIGNAL HILL, WHICH TAKES IN A LARGE PART OF THE CONSTITUENCY THAT HE HAS REPRESENTED FOR 17 YEARS.  BROOKS MAYOR MARTIN SHIELDS, WHO IS ONE OF THREE OTHER CANDIDATES IN BOW RIVER AND SAYS ANDERS LOSING HIS OWN NOMINATION SHOULD BE A MESSAGE THAT MAYBE RUNNING SOMEWHERE ELSE IS A POOR IDEA. ROCKY VIEW COUNTY REEVE ROLLY ASHDOWN AND FORMER MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR GERALD LUCYSHYN, WHO ARE ALSO CANDIDATES, AGREE SOMEBODY LOCAL SHOULD REPRESENT THE AREA. ANDERS HAS SAID HE NOW LIVES IN CHESTERMERE, WHICH IS WITHIN THE NEW RIDING.

A RARE VISIT TO EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA BY THE RCMP'S MUSICAL RIDE. THE WORLD FAMOUS PRECISION RIDING EXHBITION IS IN WAINWRIGHT AT THE STAMPEDE GROUNDS TONIGHT (SEPT 3). CONSTABLE SARA MARSHALLDIN-WHITE SAYS SHE SAW THE RIDE EARLIER IN SUMMER FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WAS AMAZED HOW SPECTACULAR THE SHOW IS AND THE TRAINING THAT'S REQUIRED TO BE PART OF THE RIDE. SHE SAYS THERE ARE 32 HORSES IN THE TROOP AND THEIR PRECISION RIDING GOES BACK MORE THAN 100 YEARS. THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IN WAINWRIGHT BEGINS AT 6:30.

 

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2

POLICE IN SYLVAN LAKE SAY NEITHER OF THE MEN INVOLVED IN A FATAL CRASH OVER THE LONG WEEKEND BETWEEN TWO DIRT BIKES WAS WEARING A HELMET OR ANY OTHER PROTECTIVE GEAR. MOUNTIES SAY THEY RESPONDED TO THE CRASH IN A BACK LANE IN SYLVAN LAKE EARLY SATURDAY (AUG 30). A 26-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM SYLVAN LAKE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE WHILE A 27-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS AIRLIFTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON. POLICE SAY THEY ARE INVESTIGATING THE CRASH AS A CASE OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH, AND THEY ANTICIPATE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

A CALGARY WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HAS TOLD POLICE SHE TRIED TO FLAG DOWN TWO MOTORISTS, BUT NEITHER OF THEM STOPPED. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN HAS TOLD THEM SHE WAS WALKING HOME THROUGH AN ALLEY EARLY MONDAY MORNING (SEPT 10) IN THE NORTH EAST AREA OF CORAL SPRINGS, WHEN TWO MEN APPROACHED, AND ONE OF THEM HIT HER IN THE FACE AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER. SHE RAN AWAY AFTER THE ASSAULT, AND AFTER FAILING TO FLAG DOWN THE DRIVERS, SHE WENT FOR HELP AT A CONVENIENCE STORE. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN SUFFERED A POSSIBLE HEAD INJURY.

RCMP CONTINUES TO LOOK FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC IN CONNECTION WITH RECENT "GAS AND DASH" INCIDENT  INVOLVING A STOLEN VEHICLE. MOUNTIES SAY IT HAPPENED AUGUST 19TH AT A GAS STATION IN AIRDRIE WHEN TWO MEN IN A BLACK MERCEDES TWO SEAT COUPE BEGAN FUELLING UP BUT WHEN APPROACHED BY AN OFFICER, THE PAIR HOPPED IN THE VEHICLE AND TOOK OFF. THE CAR WAS LATER LOCATED IN INNISFAIL AND FOUND TO BE STOLEN FROM RED DEER. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION INTO THIS INCIDENT OR SAW ANYTHING, CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

IT'S A NEW YEAR OF SCHOOL BEGINNING TODAY (SEPT 2) FOR MOST KIDS ACROSS ALBERTA. IN THE RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION, ABOUT 11 THOUSAND STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE HEADING BACK TO CLASS. THE SCHOOL DIVISION ALSO HAS 3 NEW FACILITIES TO THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THIS INCLUDES THE NEW BARRIE WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE TIMBERLANDS NIEGHBOURHOOD OF RED DEER, THE OPENING OF THE GATEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, AND THE NEW  ESCUELA (ES-QU-EH-LA) PINES SCHOOL, WHICH OFFER SPANISH BILINGUAL EDUCATION.

 

 

 



 


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