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WEDNESDAY MARCH 25

A PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A YOUNG WOMAN IN RED DEER THIS WINTER. 29 YEAR OLD JUSTIN MUELLER FACES FIVE COUNTS IN THE DECEMBER 3RD INCIDENT WHERE RCMP SAY A 20 YEAR OLD WOMAN LEAVING HER WORK PLACE AT A HOTEL IN SOUTH RED DEER ON GASOLINE ALLEY, WAS APPROACHED AT THE DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR OF HER VEHICLE BY A MAN WITH A KNIFE. SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY FORCED INTO THE PASSENGER SEAT, THEN DRIVEN TO AN AUTOMATED TELLER AND FORCED TO WITHDRAW MONEY, THEN DRIVEN TO A RURAL LOCATION NEAR PENHOLD WHERE SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. THE VICTIM WAS THEN DROPPED-OFF AT A RED DEER CONVENIENCE, WITH THE SUSPECT DRIVING AWAY IN HER VEHICLE.

AN EDMONTON JUDGE SAYS SHE NEEDS TIME TO DECIDE WHETHER A FORMER GUANTANAMO BAY INMATE SHOULD GET BAIL. A TWO-DAY HEARING HAS CONCLUDED FOR OMAR KHADR AND THE JUDGE IS TO GIVE HER DECISION AT A LATER DATE. KHADR PLEADED GUILTY IN 2010 TO FIVE WAR-CRIMES CHARGES, INCLUDING MURDER, FOR KILLING A U.S. SOLDIER IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN KHADR WAS 15. NOW 28, HE IS MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH AN EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCE AND IS A PRISONER THE BOWDEN INSTITUTION SOUTH OF RED DEER. KHADR'S LAWYERS SAY HE SHOULD BE RELEASED WHILE HE APPEALS HIS WAR-CRIMES CONVICTION BEFORE A U.S. MILITARY COURT BECAUSE THE PROCESS IS TAKING TOO LONG.

 

 

 

TUESDAY MARCH 24

HIGHWAY 2 SOUTH OF CALGARY HAD TO BE SHUT DOWN FOR SEVERAL HOURS MONDAY AFTERNOON (MAR 23) DUE TO VERY POOR WEATHER. RCMP MADE THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE STRETCH OF HIGHWAY AFTER SEVERAL MULTIPLE CRASHES BETWEEN THE ALDERSYDE AND OKOTOKS OVERPASSES.  PARAMEDICS TOOK ABOUT 20 PATIENTS TO VARIOUS HOSPITALS IN CALGARY AND SURROUNDING AREA. ONE PERSON WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION, WHILE THE OTHERS ARE BELIEVED TO BE SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS TO MINOR INJURIES. POLICE SAY SEVERAL SEMIS WERE INVOLVED AND SAY THE ROADS WERE VERY ICY AT THE TIME. THE HIGHWAY DID REOPEN LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. RCMP WERE ALSO ADVISING AGAINST TRAVEL ON THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY BETWEEN STRATHMORE AND CALGARY, WITH SEVERAL MULTIPLE CRASHES ALONG THAT STRETCH OF HIGHWAY.

A BEGINNER SNOWBOARDER IS DEAD AFTER CRASHING INTO A TREE AT A SKI RESORT NEAR BANFF. THE CRASH HAPPENED LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (MAR 23) AT SUNSHINE VILLAGE RESORT, WEST OF BANFF. AN AIR AMBULANCE WAS DISPATCHED, BUT THE MAN DIED BEFORE IT ARRIVED. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. THE RESORT SAYS IT WILL REVIEW WHAT HAPPENED AND ASSIST LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH THEIR INVESTIGATION.

 THE VERY CONTROVERSIAL UPGRADED BUSINESS BYLAW IN DRUMHELLER NOW IN PLACE. DRUMHELLER TOWN COUNCIL PASSING SECOND AND THIRD READING AT YESTERDAY'S MEETING (MAR 23). THE SCHEDULE A OF THE BYLAW IS STRAIGHTFORWARD WITH REGULAR FEES FOR LOCAL AND OUT OF TOWN BUSINESSES. BUT SCHEDULE B, WHICH AFFECTS THE TOWN'S LODGING AND TOURISM SECTOR IS CALCULATED WITH A SPECIAL FORMULA TO SUPPLY TOURISM MARKETING FUNDING TO TRAVEL DRUMELLER. DRUMHELLER MAYOR TERRY YEMEN IS RELIEVED THE BYLAW HAS MOVED FORWARD. THE BYLAW UNDERWEST AN EXTENSIVE AMENDMENT TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO APPEAL THE INCREASED COSTS. THE MAYOR ADDS, THE BYLAW STILL REQUIRES MORE WORK ON THE REGULATIONS AND HOW THE TOURISM FUNDS WILL BE DEALT WITH BY TRAVEL DRUMHELLER.  THE BYLAW DID NOT HAVE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT WITH 4 COUNCILLORS IN FAVOUR, TWO AGAINST, AND ONE COUNCILLOR WAS ABSENT. THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY OF WHEN THE BYLAW TAKES EFFECT. 

 

MONDAY MARCH 23

A MAN SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING A RIMBEY AREA MAN TO DEATH HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD. LAST THURSDAY NIGHT (MAR 19) THE BODY OF 70 YEAR OLD FARMER PAUL MICHANUIK WAS DISCOVERED AT A RURAL HOME JUST NORTHWEST OF RIMBEY. TWO DAYS LATER, INVESTIGATORS LOCATED HIS SUSPECTED KILLED, BUT FOUND THE MAN DECEASED.  POLICE SAY HE WAS IN THE DITCH SUFFERING FROM A FATAL GUNSHOT WOUND.  HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. NO FURTHER SUSPECTS ARE BEING SOUGHT. MOUNTIES ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO MEN.

THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONSTITUENCY HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE EXPECTED UPCOMING PROVINCIAL ELECTION. A VOTE WAS WAS HELD ON SATURDAY (MAR 21) IN HANNA, AND FORMER CABINET MINISTER AND MLA, JACK HAYDEN WON THE NOMINATION. HE DEFEATED STETTLER COUNTY COUNICLOR GREGGORY JACKSON AND DRUMHELLER BUSINESS MAN ED MAH. THE CURRENT WILDROSE MLA FOR THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER CONTSTITUENCY, RICK STRANKMAN WILL BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION.

 
AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF, THE 75TH ANNUAL DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL RESUMES COMPETITION TODAY (MAR 23). THE VOCAL ENTRIES BEGIN THEIR PERFORMANCES AND FESTIVAL PRESIDENT LYNN EDWARDS IS URGING PEOPLE TO TAKE IN THE COMPETITION. ENTRIES WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, WITH TWO SESSIONS, AT 1:00 THIS AFTERNOON, AND AT 6:00 THIS EVENING. ADMISSION FOR ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS IS THREE DOLLARS A SESSION, KIDS 6 YEARS AND UNDER ARE FREE. YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE A FESTIVAL PASS AT THE DOOR, WHICH IS GOOD FOR ALL SESSIONS FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK.
 
 
   

FRIDAY MARCH 20

 

A WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA WOMAN WHO ORDERED HER PITBULL DOG TO ATTACK HER FRIEND DURING AN ARGUMENT HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON. APPEARING TODAY (MAR 20) FOR SENTENCING IN A CALGARY COURTROOM, 56 YEAR OLD RITA PHILLIP OF SUNDRE WAS FOUND GUILTY LAST JUNE OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING BODILY HARM. WITH CREDIT FOR TIME ALREADY SERVED, SHE HAS ANOTHER 27 1/2 MONTHS LEFT IN HER SENTENCE. DEANNA WOLFE WAS FOUND LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD AND UNCONSCIOUS IN PHILLIP'S TRAILER IN SUNDRE, IN AUGUST 2012 AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARRIVING AT THE SCENE THOUGHT SHE WAS DEAD.  THE CROWN HAD ASKED FOR SEVEN YEARS, WHILE THE DEFENCE WANTED PROBATION AND TIME SERVED, AS WELL AS A BAN ON OWNING DOGS. WOLFE SAID SHE'S HAD 14 SURGERIES AND STILL HAS TO UNDERGO NINE MORE.

RCMP IN OLDS CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT FROM WEDNESDASY AFTERNOON (MAR 18) INVOLVING 2 YOUNG CHILDREN.  POLICE RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT OF A MAN IN HIS 50'S ATTEMPTING TO LURE 2 CHILDREN TO HIS VEHICLE AROUND 3:15. THE CHILDREN WERE WALKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF 53RD STREET AND 55TH AVENUE IN OLDS WHEN THEY NOTICED THE MAN IN A WHITE SUV WAVE THEM OVER.  RCMP SAY NO WORDS WERE EXCHANGED, AND THE CHILDREN RAN HOME IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INCIDENT.  A SEARCH FOR  THE VEHICLE AROUND TOWN CAME UP EMPTY. NO FURTHER REPORTS WERE MADE TO THE RCMP. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP OR CRIME STOPPERS.

 

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT HAS LAID CHARGES AGAINST TWO FORMER OPERATORS AT A WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN ROCKY VIEW COUNTY WHICH SURROUNDS MUCH OF CALGARY.  SAMANTHA MANTAI AND CLARKE WALLACE ARE FACING SIX CHARGES UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT ACT FOR ALLEGEDLY NOT COMPLYING WITH LEGISLATION AND KNOWINGLY TAMPERING WITH WASTE WATER SAMPLES. IT'S ALLEGED THE OFFENCES TOOK PLACE FEBRUARY 1ST AND MARCH 11, 2013. THE TWO ARE TO MAKE THEIR FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON MAY 11TH IN CALGARY PROVINCIAL COURT.                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 19

 

THE FAMILY OF A MISSING RED DEER AREA WOMAN CARRIED OUT SEARCH OF ALL OF RED DEER YESTERDAY (MAR 18). TAMARA BURK, IS THE DAUGHTER IN LAW OF MISSING 68 YEAR OLD ROSE BURK....AND ORGANIZED THE SEARCH, RECEIVING A GREAT RESPONSE FROM RESIDENTS. TAMARA SAYS NOW THAT RED DEER HAS BEEN SEARCHED, THEY'RE NOT TOO SURE WHERE TO LOOK NOW. THEY ONLY HAVE A FEW TIPS TO GO ON, BUT NOTHING SOLID. ROSE BURK WAS LAST SEEN AT THE DEER PARK CO-OP IN RED DEER LAST THURSDAY (MAR 12) AND WAS EXPECTED TO HEAD STRAIGHT TO HER RURAL HOME LOCATED EAST OF RED DEER AFTER THE STOP AT THE STORE. THE ELDERLY WOMAN IS DRIVING A GREY 2008 FORD ESCAPE SUV, AND COULD BE SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA.

 

THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS SETTING UP EIGHT TO 10 HEALTH DISTRICTS TO GIVE REGIONS A STRONGER ROLE IN DELIVERING CARE. HEALTH MINISTER STEPHEN MANDEL (MAN-DELL') SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT WORKS FOR HEALTH CARE IN URBAN AREAS MAY NOT WORK AS WELL IN RURAL ONES. THE MOVE COMES SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE PROVINCE COLLAPSED ALL REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES INTO THE ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES SUPERBOARD TO SAVE MONEY AND IMPROVE CARE. MANDEL SAYS THE PROVINCE WILL ALSO CREATE A DELIVERY MODEL FOR PROVINCIAL AMBULANCE SERVICE.

 

 THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER IS GETTING FRUSTRATED WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE FUNDING PROMISED FOR DEALING WITH PROBLEMS FROM THE 2013 FLOOD. MAYOR TERRY YEMEN SAYS TOWN ADMINISTRATION PREPARED A DETAILED REPORT FOR THE PROVINCE ON WHAT KIND OF FLOOD MITIGATION IS NEEDED, BUT DRUMHELLER IS STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS.  YEMEN SAYS DRUMHELLER WAS PROMISED FUNDING BEFORE CHRISTMAS, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED, HE'S NOW EXPECTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON FLOOD MITIGATION FUNDING IN THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL BUDGET.  MAYOR YEMEN SAYS ON MONDAY (MAR 16) THE PROVINCE CALLED THE TOWN TO SAY THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPOINTED A NEW PERSON TO DEAL WITH DRUMHELLER'S FLOOD FILE. THE MAYOR EXPECTS THE NEW CONTACT TO BE IN TOWN NEXT WEEK TO MEET WITH DRUMHELLER OFFICIALS AND HOPEFULLY RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS. MAYOR YEMEN IS IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE ALBERTA AUDITOR GENERAL WHO SAID IN HIS REPORT LAST WEEK THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS OVER DEALING WITH DEALING WITH THE 2013 FLOOD.  

                                                                                        

 

 

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18

 

Premier Jim Prentice is making some minor changes to cabinet while Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson takes time off to recover following treatment for diabetes. Everett McDonald, the backbencher for Grande Prairie Smoky, becomes the new associate minister for agriculture. Olson is expected to be away for a few weeks after undergoing an islet cell transplant. He told followers on Facebook that he is doing well and resting comfortably. Prentice also announced that Municipal Affairs Minister Diana McQueen will take on additional responsibility for Alberta's action on climate change.

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

CALGARY Police have charged a 17-year-old male after a man's ear was cut off in an attack in northeast PART OF THE CITY. A man in his 30s was walking his dog on Feb. 13 when investigators say a group of youths approached him and began to utter threats. The man tried to walk away and that's when police say one male pulled out a machete and attacked him. The victim has several gash wounds on his face, head, shoulder, and back and his left ear was severed. Police say people nearby heard the man scream and called 9-11, and the group left before police arrived. The victim is expected to survive, but he requires extensive reconstructive surgery.

                                                                                                                                 

RCMP IN RED DEER AND DRUMHELLER ARE WARNING BUSINESSES AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT COUNTERFEIT AMERICAN MONEY. SEVERAL RED DEER BUSINESSES REPORTING THEY HAD CUSTOMERS PAY WITH FAKE AMERICAN 50 DOLLAR BILLS ON MARCH 5TH, 7TH AND 11TH. POLICE SAY  EACH OF THE BILLS HAD THE SAME SERIAL NUMBERS. MEANWHILE...Over the past four weeks, Drumheller RCMP have responded to two separate local businesses in which possible counterfeit money was passed to the merchant. These were different denominations and one of the merchants accepted the note. SO FAR, There are no suspects. AS THE TOURIST SEASON PICKS UP IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IN ALBERTA, BUSINESSES ARE REMINDED THAT IF YOU RECEIVE AMERICAN OR FOREIGN CASH, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. IF IN DOUBT, DO NOT ACCEPT THE BILLS OR TAKE THEM TO A BANK FOR VERIFICATION.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY MARCH 17

 

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been called in after police in Calgary fatally shot a man at a northeast hotel. Police say they got a call yesterday afternoon (MAR 16) from hotel staff about a man who was behaving strangely. When officers arrived AT THE "SUPER 8", JUST OFF BARLOW TRAIL, they found they weren't able to get into the man's room but were able to see that he appeared to be agitated and in medical distress. According to a news release, officers forced their way into the room and tried to subdue the man, but the situation escalated and a police gun was discharged. No officers were hurt.

 

                                                                                                                                               

THE 75TH ANNUAL DRUMHELLER AND DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTINUES TODAY (MAR 17).  THE PIANO COMPETITION BEGINS AT THE BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY STARTING AT 9:00 THIS MORNING. ENTRIES WILL BE PERFORMING ALL DAY. TOMORROW (MAR 18) IT'S THE BAND COMPETITION, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE GREENTREE SCHOOL GYM. ENTRIES BEGIN PERFORMING AT 9:30 TOMORROW MORNING. ADMISSION FOR ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS IS THREE DOLLARS A SESSION, KIDS 6 YEARS AND UNDER ARE FREE. YOU CAN PURCHASE A FESTIVAL PASS WHICH IS GOOD FOR ALL SESSIONS AT THE DOOR. THE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN DRUMHELLER CONTINUES UNTIL MARCH 26TH, WITH THE FINAL CONCERT GOING FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH.

 

                                                                                                           

 

 

 

MONDAY MARCH 16

 

A 16 YEAR OLD FROM BLUFFTON, WEST OF PONOKA,  IS DEAD AFTER A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION NEAR PONOKA ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON (MAR 14). JUST BEFORE 4:00, A HALF TON TRUCK HEADING EASTBOUND REAR ENDED A FLAT DECK TRUCK TURNING LEFT ONTO RANGE ROAD 2-62. EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE TO EXTRACT THE MALE VICTIM WHO WAS TRANSPORTED TO EDMONTON HOSPITAL BY STARS WHERE HE LATER DIED. THE TEENAGER'S IDENTITY IS NOT BEING RELEASED AND AUTHORITIES DO NOT BELIEVE ALCOHOL OR SPEED WERE FACTORS.  THE DRIVER OF THE FLAT DECK TRUCK WAS NOT INJURED AS POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE. MEANWHILE...ANOTHER CRASH SATURDAY AFTERNOON (AROUND 3 PM) HAD STARS CALLED TO A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NEAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. A WOMAN IN HER TWENTIES WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE SUNCHILD FIRST NATION TO CALGARY IN SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

RECENTLY, THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCING IT WILL PROVIDE AN EXTRA 400 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE Municipal Sustainability Initiative PROGRAM. THE MONEY IS USED BY COMMUNITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS PROVINCE MAINLY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS LIKE WATER AND SEWER UPGRADES. HOWEVER, THE MAYOR OF DRUMHELLER IS CONCERNED THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS STILL PLANNING TO REDUCE MSI FUNDING IN THE UPCOMING BUDGET. TERRY YEMEN SAYS THERE HAS TO BE MORE EXPLANATION ON MSI FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT. HE SAYS DRUMHELLER'S Municipal Sustainability Initiative PROGRAM FUNDING REQUEST FOR THIS YEAR IS 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT A RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PROVINCE ABOUT MSI INDICATES DRUMHELLER MAY ONLY GET AROUND 630 THOUSAND DOLLARS. MAYOR YEMEN SAYS HE WILL BE MEETING WITH PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MSI FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

                                                                                                                                                              ALBERTA'S THE WILDROSE PARTY IS TO START VOTING TODAY (MAR 16) FOR A NEW LEADER. ABOUT 24-THOUSAND PARTY MEMBERS ARE TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS OVER THE NEXT 12 DAYS. DREW BARNES, LINDA OSINCHUK (OH'-SIHN-CHUK) AND BRIAN JEAN (GENE) ARE VYING TO FILL THE VACANT SPOT LEFT BY DANIELLE SMITH. SMITH AND 10 OTHER WILDROSE MEMBERS CROSSED THE FLOOR TO THE GOVERNING PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES LATE LAST YEAR. THE WINNER IS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN CALGARY ON MARCH 28TH.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                     The Alberta government is setting up eight to 10 health districts to give regions a stronger role in delivering care. Health Minister Stephen Mandel (man-DELL') says it's important to recognize that what works for health care in urban areas may not work as well in rural ones. The move comes seven years after the province collapsed all regional health authorities into the Alberta Health Services superboard to save money and improve care. Mandel says the province will also create a delivery model for provincial ambulance service.

 
 THE TOWN OF DRUMHELLER IS GETTING FRUSTRATED WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE FUNDING PROMISED FOR DEALING WITH PROBLEMS FROM THE 2013 FLOOD. MAYOR TERRY YEMEN SAYS TOWN ADMINISTRATION PREPARED A DETAILED REPORT FOR THE PROVINCE ON WHAT KIND OF FLOOD MITIGATION IS NEEDED, BUT DRUMHELLER IS STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS.  YEMEN SAYS DRUMHELLER WAS PROMISED FUNDING BEFORE CHRISTMAS, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED, HE'S NOW EXPECTING AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON FLOOD MITIGATION FUNDING IN THE UPCOMING PROVINCIAL BUDGET.  MAYOR YEMEN SAYS ON MONDAY (MAR 16) THE PROVINCE CALLED THE TOWN TO SAY THE GOVERNMENT HAS APPOINTED A NEW PERSON TO DEAL WITH DRUMHELLER'S  FLOOD FILE. THE MAYOR EXPECTS THE NEW CONTACT TO BE IN TOWN NEXT WEEK TO MEET WITH DRUMHELLER OFFICIALS AND HOPEFULLY RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS. MAYOR YEMEN IS IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE ALBERTA AUDITOR GENERAL WHO SAID IN HIS REPORT LAST WEEK THAT THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS OVER DEALING WITH DEALING WITH THE 2013 FLOOD.
                                                                                
   
 

FRIDAY MARCH 13

 
A RED DEER MAN IS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION IN THE BOMBING DEATH OF A YOUNG INNISIFAIL WOMAN. A JURY FOUND BRIAN MALLEY, WHO IS 57, GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF VICTORIA SHACHTAY (SHAK'-TAY) AT HER HOME IN INNISFAIL IN 2011. SHACHTAY, WHO WAS PARALYZED IN A CAR CRASH IN 2004, DIED IN HER WHEELCHAIR WHEN SHE OPENED A GIFT BAG THAT EXPLODED. THE GIFT BAG CONTAINING A HOMEMADE PIPE BOMB HAD BEEN LEFT ON THE DOORSTEP. MALLEY BECAME SHACHTAY'S FINANCIAL ADVISER AFTER SHE RECEIVED $575,000 COURT SETTLEMENT FROM THE CRASH. MALLEY'S CASE IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 12 IN THE COURT OF APPEAL IN CALGARY.
                                                                                                                         THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR WILDROSE PARTY CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATION IN THE DRUMHELLER-STETTLER RIDING.GOES THIS WEEKEND. IT'S SET FOR SATURDAY (MAR 14) IN HANNA AT THE LEGION HALL, BEGINNING AT 1:00 O'CLOCK. MLA FOR DRUMHELLER-STETTLER, RICK STRANKMAN SAYS HE'S INVITED ALL THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE RUNNING FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WILDROSE PARTY TO SPEAK AT THE HANNA MEETING. BESIDES THE GUEST SPEAKERS, THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL COVER CONSTITUENCY BUSINESS FROM THE PAST YEAR AND WELL AS DISCUSS PLANS FOR THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE CALLED THIS SPRING.
 
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY MARCH 12

 
ALBERTA'S AUDITOR GENERAL SAYS THE PROVINCE IS FAILING TO PROPERLY REGULATE ITS NETWORK OF DAMS AND DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY DAMS IT HAS. MERWAN SAHER, IN A NEW REPORT, SAYS ALBERTA'S ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT HAS NOT INSPECTED MOST COAL MINE TAILINGS PONDS SINCE THE 1980S OR 1990S AND DOESN'T HAVE REVIEWS FOR THE 22 PONDS ON FILE. SAHER NOTED THAT IN 2013 A STRUCTURAL FAILURE AT THE OBED MOUNTAIN MINE RESULTED IN THE RELEASE OF COAL TAILINGS INTO THE ATHABASCA RIVER. THE PROVINCE HAS YET TO RELEASE ITS REPORT INTO WHY THE DAM FAILED. THE REPORT ALSO CALLED ON THE PROVINCE TO IMPROVE ITS FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENTS, AND COMPLETE UP-TO-DATE MAPS ON FLOOD HAZARD AREAS. 
                                                                                                                                               

THE COCHRANE RCMP SAY A MALE WHO WAS MISSING FROM AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY IN COCHRANE SINCE SUNDAY HAS BEEN FOUND. 21 YEAR OLD DONNY MYERS WAS LOCATED AT A STRIP MALL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (MAR 11) IN SOUTH EAST CALGRY. HE'S BEEN RETURNED TO COCHRANE AND MOUNTIES ARE GOING TO INTERVIEW MYERS ABOUT WHERE HE WAS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS.  MEANWHILE...STRATHMORE RCMP CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR A MISSING TEENAGER. 14 YEAR OLD NATALYA NILES WAS LAST SEEN IN STRATHMORE ON DECEMBER 21ST WHEN SHE LEFT HER RESIDENCE TO GO VISIT SOME FRIENDS. THE GIRL'S FAMILY SAY IT'S UNUSUAL FOR HER NOT TO KEEP IN TOUCH.  NATALYA IS 5 FOOT 2 IN HEIGHT, 105 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND HAZEL EYES. SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A GREY JACKET WITH A FUR COLLAR, GREY PANTS, RED PLAID SHIRT AND BLACK BOOTS. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON THIS MISSING GIRL CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

DRUMHELLER TOWN COUNCIL GIVING APPROVAL AT THIS WEEK'S MEETING TO SOME INFRASTRUCTURE ITEMS. COUNCILLORS GIVING THE OKAY TO THIS YEAR'S CAST IRON WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM. THERE WERE 9 BIDS TO DO THE WORK AND COUNCIL WENT WITH THE LOWEST TENDER AT JUST OVER 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS FROM KNIBB DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED. WORK ON THE WATER MAINS WILL BEGIN IN EARLY MAY AND GO UNTIL AUGUST. ALSO AT MONDAY’S MEETING, DRUMHELLER COUNCIL SELECTING A COMPANY TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR ROADS AND BRIDGE STRUCTURES IN TOWN. THE CONTRACT WAS AWARDED TO THE COMPANY AECOM TO HANDLE ANY WORK ON A YEARLY BASIS, AS ANNUAL BUDGETS ALLOW. THE TERM GOES FROM THIS YEAR UNTIL 2017. 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

 

 




 


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