REAL COUNTRY NEWS
THURSDAY NEWS (JUNE 22)
TUESDAY NIGHTS STORM
SOME RESIDENTS IN AND AROUND RED DEER MAY STILL BE WITHOUT POWER.
CREWS ARE WORKING HARD AROUND THE CLOCKS CLEANING UP AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT’S STORM THAT UPROOTED TREES, DAMAGED HOMES AND BUSINESSESS AND INJURED ONE PERSON.
A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY STILL REMAINS IN EFFECT.
THE CITY WANTS TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PATIENCE AS RESPONSE TIMES HAVE BEEN SLOWER THAN USUAL.
PARKLAND SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY DUE TO EXPOSED WIRES HANGING DOWN.
LACOMBE POLICE INVESTIGATING STOLEN CAR
LACOMBE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A VEHICLE WAS STOLEN THEN SET ON FIRE.
IT HAPPENED SOMETIME MONDAY EVENING (JUNE 19) BETWEEN 8 AND 11:30.
AUTHORITIES SAY A 2006 BLACK KIA SEDONA WAS STOLEN FROM THE 5200 BLOCK OF 47TH STREET IN LACOMBE.
A SHORT TIME LATER IT WAS LOCATED SET ON FIRE IN A FIEL EAST OF HIGHWAY 2A AND 63RD STREET IN LACOMBE.
LETHBRIDGE MURDER TRIAL
THE MOTHER OF A TWO YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WAS KILLED WITH HER FATHER NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO IN BLAIRMORE TOOK THE STAND IN LETHBRIDGE YESTERDAY.
DEREK SARETZKY FACES THREE COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF A SENIOR, A MAN AND HIS TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.
DUNBAR TESTIGIED SHE MET SARETZKY WHEN HER DAUGHTER WAS THREE-MONTHS OLD AND SPENT TIME WITH HIM FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS – BUT ONLY AS FRIENDS, NOT ROMANTICALLY
US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS STILL TALKING ABOUT THE WALL HE WANTS TO BUILD ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER, AND IS NOW EVEN MUSING ABOUT PUTTING SOLAR PANELS ON IT.
HE SAID THAT A SOLAR WALL WOULD CREATE ENGERY AND PAY FOR ITSELF.
CONSTRUCTION HAS NOT BEGUN.
RED DEER FOUNDATION ANNUAL ATHELETE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
THE RED DEER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THEIR ANNUAL ATHELETE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR SPRING 2017.
GRANTS GO TO ATHELETES THAT LIVE IN RED DEER AND DISPLAY A HIGH LEVEL OF ABILITY AND STRONG COMMITMENT.
ATHELETES EITHER EXCELLED AT INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL, PROVINCIAL, OR REGIONAL LEVEL COMPEITIONS.
DARIUS RAMRATTAN - SLALOM KAYAK
DREW PERSSON – WRESTLING
MOLLY SIMPSON – BMX
STEPHANIE SPICER – SPEED SKATING
KYLE RINGDAHL – FASTBALL
WEDNESDAY NEWS (JUNE 21)
TUESDAY NIGHT'S STORM
CLEAN UP IS UNDERWAY AFTER LAST NIGHTS NASTY STORM.
MANY RESIDENTS ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER AND OFFICIALS SAY IT COULD BE TWO DAYS BEFORE POWER IS RESTORED IN SOME AREAS.
A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT WHILE CREWS WORK TO FIX DOWNED LINES.
WINDS GUSTING ABOVE 110 KILOMETRES AN HOUR INJURED ONE PERSON, UPROOTED TREES AND DAMAGED HOME AND BUSINESSES YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).
HIGHWAY 11A ACCIDENT
BLACKFALDS RCMP SAY ONE PERSON HAS DIED IN A TWO VEHICLE COLLISION WEST OF RED DEER EARLIER THIS MORNING.
IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 11-A AND RANGE ROAD 283.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMEMT PLANS TO RENAME NATIONAL ABORIGIONAL DAY AS NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY.
PRIME MINISTER SAYS IT IS A DAY TO CONGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS OF FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND METIS PEOPLE.
THERE’S REPORTS OF SEARS CANADA PREPARING TO SEEK BANKRUPTCY PROECTION WITHIN WEEKS.
THE RETAILER WARNED THERE WAS “SIGNIFICANT DOUBT” ABOUT ITS FUTURE LAST WEEK.
SEARS CANADA ISN’T COMMENTING YET ON WHETHER IT’S PREPARING FOR A COURT FILING OR LIQUIDATION.
RED DEER ARRESTS
THERE’S BEEN A NUMBER OF RECENT ARRESTS IN RED DEER INVOLING SUSPECTS FLEEING POLICE AT HIGH RATES OF SPEED.
FORTUNATELY, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
SEVERAL SUSPECTS WERE IN POSSESSION OF WEAPONS OR FIREARMS, AND MANY WERE WANTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS.
PRELIMINARY HEARING SET FOR FORMER TEACHER
A PRELIMINARY HEARING HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR A FORMER LOCAL TEACHER FACING SEX-RELATED CHARGES.
40 YEAR OLD, RHETT LUNDGREN WAS A TEACHER AT HUNTING HILLS HIGH SCHOOL IN 2008.
HE HAS PLEASED NOT GUILTY AND HAS ELECTED TO BE TRIED BY JUDGE ALONE.
TUESDAY NEWS (JUNE 20)
HOSPITALS’ LOTTERY TICKET SALES EXTENDED
OFFICIALS WITH THE HOSPITALS’ LOTTERY HAVE EXTENDED TICKET SALES IN HOPES FOR A SELL OUT.
FUNDS WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE NEW TECHNOLOGY PATIENT BEDS AT THE HOSPITAL, BEDS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED.
NEW DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH.
A PLANE CRASHED IN THE PROVINCE YESTERDAY.
IT HAPPENED WHEN THE HOME-MADE AIRCRAFT GOT HIT BY SOME CROSSWINDS – AS IT WAS TAKING OFF – FROM THE OLDS-DISBURY AIRPORT LATE YESTERDAY (MONDAY) MORNING.
ONE MAN SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES AND HAD TO BE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.
MOUNTIE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS IN COURT
AN ALBERTA RCMP CONSTABLE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS IN COURT YESTERDAY.
JASON TRESS WAS CHARGED BACK IN MARCH FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION THAT BEGAN IN JULY 2016.
TRESS IS INVOLVED IN THREE ICIDENTS THAT RESULTED IN CRIMINAL CHARGES – TWO OF THEM WHILE HE WAS ON DUTY.
HE’LL BE BACK IN COURT ON JULY 19TH IN RED DEER.
TWO MEN ARE IN CUSTODY AFTER AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY.
IT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY AROUND 9 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING.
RED DEER RCMP SAY TWO MEN ATTEMPTED TO ROB ANOTHER MAN WHILE HE WAS STOPPED AT A RED LIGHT ON 60TH STREET.
20 YEAR OLD, IZAK SARARAS AND 26 YEAR OLD, JESSIE JAMES AUGER WILL BOTH APPEAR IN COURT IN JULY.
OFFICER RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
A LOCAL RCMP OFFICER HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HER OURSTANDING SERVICE.
CORPORAL KARYN KAY WAS HONOURED AT THE ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS IN BANFF ON APRIL 26TH.
KAY WORKS WITH AT-RISK RED DEER YOUTH – WITH A GOAL OF REDUCING THEIR INVOLVMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
ST. ELIZABETH SETON SCHOOL RAISES MONEY
THE FATHER’S DAY RUN AT ST. ELIZABETH SETON SCHOOL WAS A SUCCESS.
OVER $1300 WAS RAISED IN KIN KANYON FOR A NEW SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.
LAST YEAR, THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND WAS REMOVED TO MAKE WAY FOR NEW MODULAR CLASSROOMS TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR GROWING SCHOOL.
THE SCHOOL, WITH CURRENTLY 360 STUDENTS, IS NOW FUNDRAISING FOR A NEW PLAYGROUND.
NEW DRONE RULES
TRANSPORT CANADA HAS SOME NEW RULES FOR RECREATIONAL DRONE USERS, WHOSE DRONES WEIGH MORE THAN 250 GRAMS AND UP TO 35 KILOGRAMS.
DRONES CAN’T BE FLOWN HIGHER THAN 90 METERS ABOVE GROUND, CLOSER THAN 75 METERS FROM BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, VESSELS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE AND CLOSER THAN 9 MILOMETERS FROM THE CENTRE OF AN AERODROME.
IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THESE RULES YOU COULD FACE A FINE UP TO $3,000.
THE MUMPS OUTBREAK THAT HAD REARED ITS UGLY HEAD IN ALBERTA… IS OVER.
THAT’S THE WORD FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES… WHICH SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN 75 CASES IN THE PROVINCE SO FAR THIS YEAR.
BUT THEY ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE THE OUTBREAK IS DONE, IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU STILL CAN’T GET THE MUMPS, IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN VACCINATED.
STARLING NEW CANCER STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCEITY SAY ALMOST ONE IN EVERY TWO CANADIANS IS EXPECTED TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH A FORM OF THE DISEASE IN THEIR LIFETIME.
IT SAYS ONE IN FOUR CANADIANS WILL DIE FROM THE DISEASE.
THE REPORT ESRTIMATES THIS YEAR ALONE, 206-THOUSAND CANADIANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND NEARLY 81-THOUSAND WILL SUCCUMB.
PROSTATE, BREAST, LUNG AND COLORECTAL CANCER CONTINUE TO TOP THE LIST.
MON NEWS (JUNE 19)
LONDON POLICE SAY A 48 YEAR OLD MAN HAS BEEN DETAINED IN WHAT WITNESSES SAY WAS AN ATTACK ON WORKSHIPPERS LEAVING A MOSQUE.
ONE MAN WAS KILLED, 10 OTHERS INJURED WHEN A VAN PLOUGHED INTO A GROUP OF PEOPLE NEAR THE MOSQUE LAST (SUNDAY) NIGHT.
POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT WAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF A TERROR ATTACK.
A SUSPECT WAS HELD BY PEOPLE ON THE SCENE AND TURNED OVER TO ARRIVING POLICE, WHO SAY NO ONE ELSE, WAS FOUND IN THE VAN.
THEY CANT CONTIRM WITNESS ACCOUNTS THAT TWO OTHER MEN WERE IN THE VAN AND RAN AWAY.
THREE RESCUES ON NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
NINE BOATERS WERE STRANDED ON THE NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER OVER THE WEEKEND.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE MOUNTIES AND CLEARWATER FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIEVED THREE SEPARATE CALLS TO RESCUE BOATERS.
ALL CALLS WERE ABOUT CANOES BEING TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.
POLICE WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE WATER LEVELS ON THE NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER ARE EXTREMELY HIGH AND ASK PEOPLE TO STAY OFF UNTIL THE WATER LEVELS RECEDE.
PONOKA RCMP ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION TO AN ASSAULT EARLIER THIS MONTH.
AUTHORITIES SAY THEY RECEIVED A CALL ON JUNE 8TH – AND INVESTIGATION LEAD THEM TO IDENTIFYING 44 YEAR OLD BLAIR HINKLEY OF PONOKA AS THE MAN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVING IN ATTACKING A WOMAN.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT PONOKA RCMP.
HUNDREDS OF RED DEERIANS WERE OVER AT WESTERNER PARK THIS WEEKEND – FOR RED DEER’S HIGHLAND GAMES.
IT WAS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GAMES.
THERE WERE 230 DANCERS, 10 PIPE BANDS, A VARIETY OF VENDORS, ARCHERY AND SHEEP DOG.
FIRST ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IS COMING TO OUR CITY.
IT’LL ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO USE THEIR IMAGINATION.
IT’S MODELED AFTER SIMILAR PROJECTS IN CALGARY AND AROUND THE WORLD.
HEAD OVER TO NOVA CHEMICALS IMAGINATION GROVE AT THE NATURE CENTRE ON JUNE 30TH FROM 10-4 PM.
NEW WADEY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
BLACKFALDS HAS OPENED A NEW WADEY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE.
IT’LL GIVE THE TOWN A CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THE HISTORY IN THE REGION.
THE GRAND OPENING OF THE CENTRE WILL TAKE PLACE ON CANADA DAY.
TWO FINE ARTS PROGRAMS BEING ADDED IN LACOMBE
LACOMBE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IS ADDING TWO FINE ARTS PROGRAMS TO THE SCHEDULE.
A BAND AND CHORAL-BASED MUSIC PROGRAM WILL BEGIN IN THE FALL.
THE SCHOOL DIVISION SAYS THEY RECEIVED SUGGESTIONS ABOUT THESE NEW COURSES THROUGH AN ONLINE SURVEY.
BASED ON THE FEEDBACK, A FOOD STUDIES PROGRAM IS ALSO BEING ADDED, ALONG WITH NEW KITCHEN EQUIPMENT.
FRI NEWS (JUNE 16 )
RED DEER RCMP STANDOFF UPDATE
Red Deer RCMP have arrested 35 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry after locating him at an apartment in south Red Deer the afternoon of June 15.
Red Deer RCMP located Quentin Strawberry at an apartment on the 5100 block of 37 Street at approximately 1:30 pm on June 15. Because Strawberry was wanted on outstanding warrants for armed robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement, Red Deer RCMP assessed his arrest as having a high risk of danger to the public and to police officers. For that reason, RCMP evacuated the building and maintained a heavy police presence with numerous marked and unmarked police vehicles containing the area.
When negotiations for surrender were not successful, the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended the scene. Police officers entered the residence at 9:15 pm and Quentin Strawberry was taken into custody without incident along with a woman.
RCMP thank the public for their cooperation in avoiding the area during the containment and arrest, and especially appreciate the patience of those residents who were displaced during this time. RCMP further thank the public for not endangering police by revealing their positions on social media while the incident unfolded.
City of Red Deer Transit was on scene for approximately two hours between 3:00 and 5:00 pm to offer free transportation to Collicutt Centre for evacuated residents and those who were unable to return to their homes while the area was contained. RCMP thank the City of Red Deer for their support.
Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate and will issue an update as more information becomes available.
RED DEER GAS STATION ROBBERY CHARGES
Charges have now been sworn against the two men who robbed and attempted to rob two gas stations in the early morning of June 14. Upon locating the suspect vehicle and taking one robbery suspect into custody from that vehicle, RCMP also initiated an impaired driving investigation.
34 year old Lucas James Werner faces the following charges:
• Criminal Code 344(a) – Robbery with firearm X 2
• Criminal Code 253(1)(a) – Impaired operation of motor vehicle
• Criminal Code 253(1)(b) – Impaired operation over 80 mg
• Criminal Code 145(3) X 2 – Fail to comply with conditions
21 year old Shayden Alvin James Werner faces the following charges:
• Criminal Code 344(a) – Robbery with firearm X 2
• Criminal Code 87(2) – Pointing a firearm
Both suspects make their first appearance in court in Red Deer on June 16 at 9:30 am.
LACOMBE BIG BROTHERS/SISTERS FUNDING
On June 14, 2017, the City of Lacombe’s Recreation and Culture Manager Sandi Stewart joined Chris Ross, Vice Chair of the Lacombe & District Recreation, Parks & Culture Board at the Gord Bamford House to present a $2000 Recreation and Culture Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lacombe & District Director Crystal Zens and her staff for their new Match Recreation Room and Activity Centre.
BBBS has 52 matches that will have free space and activities available to them on Wednesdays from 6-8pm at the Bamford House. Activities will consist of building projects, art projects, painting classes, gardening and other life skills activities such as making budgets, etc.
The City of Lacombe has provided funds to facilitate initiatives identified in the 2013 Recreation and Culture Master Plan to be pursued through a grant program. The Recreation and Culture Grant supports new local programs and services that enhance the quality of life of residents through recreation and/or culture. The available funding for 2017 is $8000.
PENHOLD FIRE CADET GRADUATION
On Thursday June 22 2017 at 10:00 am at the Penhold Crossing High School, 1 Waskasoo Ave. there will be the graduation ceremony for the 2017 Penhold Fire Cadet class.
The Penhold Fire Cadet program is in its third year and all previous graduates have become members of the Penhold Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Cadet program is joint partnership between the Penhold Fire Department and the Chinooks Edge School Division, is managed by the Penhold Fire Department, follows a fully certified fire
training program, provides high school credits, and is sponsored by Atco Gas.
Former Fire cadet graduate and current Penhold firefighter Nicole Thomson says “becoming a fire cadet was the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had. It made me aware of an exciting career path and gave me the skills to be successful in life.”
Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast says “our firefighters have embraced this program and it has provided a steady influx of trained and dedicated volunteers to the department.”
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: A RED DEER STANDOFF, A PONOKA PLANE CRASH, THE HIGHLAND GAMES THIS WEEKEND AND DISCOVERY CANYON RE-OPENS....
RED DEER STANDOFF
A RED DEER STANDOFF THAT LASTED MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS ENDED AROUND 10 LAST NIGHT (THURS) WITH TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED.
AROUND 2 THURSDAY AFTERNOON, A SOUTH HILL APARTMENT NEAR THE HOSPITAL ON 51ST AVENUE AND 37TH STREET WAS EVACUATED BY POLICE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY.
THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM WAS BROUGHT IN, BLOCKING OFF AREA ROADS AND SURROUNDING THE APARTMENT.
AROUND 9 LAST NIGHT A MAN AND A WOMAN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
REPORTS INDICATE THE MAN ARRESTED IS 35 YEAR OLD QUENTIN STRAWBERRY WHO WAS WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY, ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON AND FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT.
RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION DURING THE INCIDENT.
PONOKA PLANE CRASH
MOUNTIES ARE INVESTIGATING A PLANE CRASH NEAR PONOKA.
POLICE SAY A SMALL ULTRA-LIGHT AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN NEAR THE COMMUNITY THURSDAY NIGHT AROUND 7.
THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES TO THE LONE PILOT ABOARD
THE CRASH HAPPENED CLOSE TO THE QE-2 HIGHWAY, RESULTING IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES BEING CLOSED FOR AWHILE.
RIMBEY RCMP HAVE RELEASED MORE INFORMATION ON A TWO VEHICLE CRASH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THAT SENT ONE PERSON TO HOSPITAL.
AN S.U.V. AND A PICKUP COLLIDED NORTH OF RIMBEY AROUND 4:30 PM ON HIGHWAY 53 AND RANGE ROAD 23.
THE DRIVER OF THE S.U.V. WAS AIRLIFTED BY STARS TO HOSPITAL WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. ANOTHER ADULT IN THE S.U.V. WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE AND RELEASED. THE PICKUP DRIVER AND HIS CHILD PASSENGER WERE NOT HURT.
THE MALE DRIVING THE PICKUP HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FAILING TO OBEY A STOP SIGN.
CANADA GAMES FUNDING
RED DEER'S 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES RECEIVED A CHEQUE FOR 48 THOUSAND DOLLARS YESTERDAY (THURS).
THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA, THROUGH ALBERTA CULTURE AND TOURISM'S COMMUNITY INITIATIVES PROGRAM PRESENTED THE FUNDING THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE CANADA WINTER GAMES OFFICE (5205-48TH AVENUE).
THE GRANT WILL BE MATCHED BY THE GAMES COMMITTEE AND GO TOWARDS GYMNASTIC AND JUDO EQUIPMENT FOR THE GAMES.
THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES WILL RUN FROM FEB. 15 TO MARCH 3 AND BRING 36 HUNDRED ATHLETES TO RED DEER TO COMPETE IN 19 SPORTS, ALONG WITH 25 THOUSAND VISITORS.
DISCOVERY CANYON RE-OPENS
RED DEER'S DISCOVERY CANYON OPENS THIS WEEKEND.
THE NEW AND IMPROVED SITE AT RIVERBEND RE-OPENS SATURDAY AFTER UPGRADES AND ENHANCEMENTS CLOSED THE SITE LAST YEAR.
DISCOVERY CANYON HAS A BRAND NEW STREAM BED FOR THE LAZY RIVER, AN ENHANCED BEACH AREA, UPGRADED PUMPS AND IMPROVED SITE TRAILS AND ACCESSIBILITY.
THE AREA IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC, ALTHOUGH FLOAT TUBES CAN BE RENTED AT THE NEARBY CONCESSION.
THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING IS PLANNED FOR JULY 21ST.
RED DEER'S HIGHLAND GAMES WILL MARK IT'S 70TH ANNIVERSARY AT WESTERNER PARK ON SATURDAY.
ATHLETES WILL BE TOSSING CABERS AND HAMMERS, WITH TUG OF WAR TEAMS GOING HEAD TO HEAD AND THE RED STAGS MEDIEVAL BATTLE GROUP WILL ENTERTAIN. THE 78TH FRASER HIGHLANDERS SENIOR REGIMENT WITH BLACK POWDER MUSKETS WILL ALSO SET UP A MOCK ARMY CAMP.
AND DANCERS WILL COMPETE IN THE HIGHLAND FLING, IRISH JIG, SWORD DANCE AND MORE.
TICKETS ARE $15 FOR ADULTS AND $10 FOR SENIORS AND CHILDREN WITH A FAMILY PASS FOR $40. GATES OPEN AT 8 AM.
IT'S A BIG WEEKEND OF FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BLACKFALDS.
THE ANNUAL BLACKFALDS DAYS INCLUDES A PARADE, BARBECUE'S, DANCING AND A SHOW AND SHINE.
ACTIVITIES KICK OFF THIS AFTERNOON AT 5 (FRI) AND RUN THROUGH THE WEEKEND (SAT-SUN).
THURS NEWS (JUNE 15)
IF YOU'RE HEADED SOUTH OF RED DEER, TRAFFIC IS MOVING SLOWLY IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE QE-2 BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION RIGHT FROM GASOLINE ALLEY TO ANTLER HILL.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: BRIAN MALLEY APPEAL DENIED, TWO RED DEER SENIORS HIT BY AN S.U.V., STARS AT RIMBEY CRASH, FIREWORKS RULES AND CANADA GAMES FUNDING....
MALLEY APPEAL DENIED
ALBERTA'S COURT OF APPEAL HAS TURNED DOWN AN APPEAL APPLICATION BY BRIAN MALLEY, CONVICTED IN THE BOMBING DEATH OF INNISFAIL'S VICTORIA SHACHTAY IN 2011.
THE 60 YEAR OLD FINANCIAL ADVISOR WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN 2015 AND SENTENCED TO LIFE BEHIND BARS WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS.
SHACHTAY WAS PARALYZED IN A CAR CRASH IN 2004 WHEN SHE WAS 16 AND PREGNANT. SHE RECEIVED A 575 THOUSAND DOLLAR COURT SETTLEMENT IN 2007 AND TURNED TO MALLEY, A FAMILY FRIEND, TO HELP INVEST THE MONEY. BY APRIL 2011 IT WAS NEARLY ALL GONE.
IN NOVEMBER OF 2011, A GREEN AND GOLD GIFT BAG WAS DELIVERED TO HER INNISFAIL HOME. THE 23 YEAR OLD'S CAREGIVER BROUGHT THE PACKAGE INSIDE AND THE WHEELCHAIR BOUND SHACHTAY OPENED THE PRESENT THAT CONTAINED A PIPE BOMB AND SHE WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.
MALLEY'S APPEAL APPLICATION WAS TURNED DOWN ON WEDNESDAY AS THE APPEAL JUDGE SAID SHE HAD NO REASON TO DISAGREE WITH THE TRIAL JUDGES DECISION.
ONE PERSON WAS FLOWN TO HOSPITAL BY STARS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A TWO VEHICLE CRASH NORTH OF RIMBEY.
MOUNTIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE COLLISION AND ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO GIVE THEM A CALL.
RED DEER PEDESTRIANS HIT
TWO PEDESTRIANS WERE HIT BY A VEHICLE AT RED DEER'S EAST HILL SHOPPING CENTRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (WED).
AROUND 2:30 PM, TWO SENIORS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING STRUCK BY AN SUV, AT LOW SPEED IN THE PARKING LOT.
THE DRIVER REMAINED ON SCENE AS POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE.
RASH OF RED DEER ROBBERIES
RED DEER MOUNTIES HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN AFTER AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A GAS STATION YESTERDAY MORNING (WED) AND ANOTHER ATTEMPTED HEIST, PLUS SEVERAL OTHER RECENT ROBBERIES.
AROUND 2 AM, A PAIR OF CROOKS UNSUCCESSFULY TRIED TO SMASH A LOCKED DOOR AT A 76 STREET FAS GAS STATION, THEN TOOK OFF IN A CAR.
ABOUT HALF AN HOUR LATER, AROUND 2:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING, TWO MEN WITH A GUN STOLE CASH AND LOTTERY TICKETS FROM A FAS GAS STATION ON 40TH AVENUE AND ROSS STREET.
POLICE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN A GETAWAY CAR NEARBY AND PICKED UP ANOTHER SUSPECT IN A HOME.
RCMP CONFIRM THE TWO INCIDENTS ARE LINKED TO A STRING OF RECENT ARMED ROBBERIES AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
RED DEER - STOLEN DOCUMENTS
A RED DEER MAN AND WOMAN WERE ARRESTED AFTER MOUNTIES SIEZED STOLEN I.D., CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS.
POLICE FOUND THE STOLEN DOCUMENTS AT A NORMANDEAU RESIDENCE DURING A SEARCH WARRANT ON MAY 16TH.
RCMP ALSO LOCATED, METH DURING THE SEARCH, AS WELL AS A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE AT THE NICHOLS CRESCENT HOME, ALONG WITH I.D. AND STOLEN DOCUMENTS FROM MULTIPLE VICTIMS.
40 YEAR OLD MICHAEL LABAR AND 20 YEAR OLD SAVANNAH KORTH FACE SEVERAL CHARGES.
ONE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER A BIG DRUG AND STOLEN PROPERTY BUST NEAR DIDSBURY LAST WEEK.
POLICE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT A RURAL PROPERTY JUST NORTH OF DIDSBURY ON THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH.
RCMP SEIZED OVER FIVE HUNDRED MARIJUANA PLANTS, A GUN AND OVER 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STOLEN PROPERTY, INCLUDING VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.
FIREWORKS - YOU NEED A PERMIT
WITH CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, LACOMBE COUNTY REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT THE RULES AROUND FIREWORKS.
OFFICIALS SAY A FIREWORKS PERMIT IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO BUY, SELL, POSSESS OR SET OFF FIREWORKS WITHIN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA.
LACOMBE COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TODD GUSTAFSON SAYS THE USE OF FIREWORKS IS REGULATED UNDER THE ALBERTA FIRE CODE. HE ADDS IF YOU PLAN ON SHOOTING OFF FIREWORKS, REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF YEAR, A FIREWORKS PERMIT IS REQUIRED.
LACOMBE GARAGE SALE UPDATE
SOME GARAGE SALES ARE BECOMING A PROBLEM IN LACOMBE.
TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, THE CITY OF LACOMBE HAS MADE AN AMENDMENT TO THE NUISANCE BYLAW TO REGULATE MULTI-DAY GARAGE SALES.
YOU'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO HOLD UP TO SIX DAYS OF GARAGE SALES PER YEAR, THE HOURS OF OPERATION WILL HAVE TO BE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM AND YOU'LL HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOUR GARAGE SALES ARE NOT UNTIDY.
LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAYS IT'S NOT THE VOLUME OF GARAGE SALES, BUT THE DISRUPTION OF SPREADING ITEMS ALL OVER A PROPERTY FOR PROLONGED PERIODS AND IT'S ONLY A FEW GARAGE SALES THAT ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS.
SPECIAL RED DEER COUNCIL MEETING
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL HAS A SPECIAL MEETING PLANNED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST.
THE MEETING STARTS AT 9:30 AM AS COUNCIL ENTERS A FORMAL PROTOCOL AGREEMENT WITH THE RED DEER URBAN ABORIGINAL VOICES SOCIETY.
AFTER THE SPECIAL MEETING, THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN IN A PIPE CEREMONY AND BLANKET EXERCISE AT 1 PM AT CORONATION PARK, TO COMMEMORATE THE SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT.
RED DEER SCHOOL FLAG RAISING
RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS HELD A SPECIAL FLAG RAISING CEREMONY YESTERDAY (WED).
MOVING FORWARD IN ITS TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION JOURNEY, SCHOOLS RAISED THE ALBERTA, TREATY SIX, TREATY SEVEN AND METIS NATION FLAGS.
THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 11 AM AND NOON WEDNESDAY AT THE CENTRAL SERVICES OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER (4747-53RD STREET).
THE EVENT WAS TO RECOGNIZE THE HISTORY AND TREATIES OF THIS AREA.
BLACKFALDS NEW BIKE PARK
BLACKFALDS IS BUILDING A NEW BIKE SKILLS PARK.
THE UNIQUE FACILITY WILL BE AT ALL-STAR PARK AND HAS JUMPS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS, A PUMP TRACK, SKILLS AREA AND A PERIMETER TRAIL.
BLACKFALDS COUNCIL SAYS THE PROJECT IS ON TIME AND THE NEW PARKING LOT IS UNDER BUDGET.
THE TOTAL COST IS AROUND HALF A MILLION DOLLARS, INCLUDING A 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR PARKING LOT.
IT'S EXPECTED TO BE DONE THE END OF AUGUST.
CANADA GAMES FUNDING
RED DEER'S 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES WILL RECEIVE A BIG CHEQUE TODAY (THURS).
THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA, THROUGH ALBERTA CULTURE AND TOURISM'S COMMUNITY INITIATIVES PROGRAM WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE THIS AFTERNOON AT 2 AT THE CANADA WINTER GAMES OFFICE (5205-48TH AVENUE).
WED NEWS (JUNE 14)
RED DEER GAS STATION ROBBERIES
Red Deer RCMP have two men in custody after a failed armed robbery attempt at one gas station early this morning (Wed) was followed minutes later by an armed robbery at gunpoint at a second gas station.
At 2:15 am on June 14, RCMP responded to a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Fas Gas located at 5101 76 Street. Two men with a firearm approached the locked door and attempted unsuccessfully to smash it to gain entry before fleeing in a Ford Contour. Red Deer RCMP responded and obtained descriptions and surveillance images of the suspects and the suspect car and began an immediate city-wide search for the suspects.
At 2:36 pm Red Deer RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Fas Gas located at 4023 50 Street, after two men entered the building with a firearm and demanded cash and lottery tickets. RCMP located the suspect car nearby and took the driver into custody without incident, seizing a firearm from the vehicle. Police officers arrested the second male suspect at a residence a short time later.
The suspects’ names and the charges they face will be released once those charges have been sworn before the courts.
At this time, RCMP cannot confirm whether these incidents are linked to recent armed robberies, but police continue to pursue all investigational avenues.
If you have information about these robberies, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST, A TERRIBLE INFERNO AT A LONDON, ENGLAND APARTMENT TOWER, A SPECIAL RED DEER SCHOOL FLAG CEREMONY TODAY, A POSITIVE LOCAL HIRING CLIMATE AND A SUCCESSFUL SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER IN RED DEER....
A DEADLY FIRE IN LONDON, ENGLAND WHERE A BLAZE ENGULFED A 24 FLOOR APARTMENT TOWER IN WEST LONDON OVERNIGHT, KILLING AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE AND INJURING DOZENS MORE, SEVERAL CRITICALLY.
WE'RE HEARING STORIES OF SOME DESPERATE RESIDENTS WHO THREW THEIR CHILDREN FROM HIGH WINDOWS FOR PEOPLE BELOW TO CATCH THEM.
RED DEER HIRING CLIMATE
RED DEER AREA EMPLOYERS EXPECT A MODEST HIRING CLIMATE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.
THE LATEST MANPOWER EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK SURVEY SHOWS 10 PERCENT OF EMPLOYERS PLAN TO HIRE IN THE UPCOMING QUARTER, JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. 88 PERCENT OF EMPLOYERS PLAN TO MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT STAFF, WHILE TWO PERCENT ANTICIPATE CUTBACKS.
THAT'S A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.
NATIONALLY THE THIRD QUARTER IS ONE OF CAUTIOUS OPTIMIST, WITH THE ECONOMY STILL RECOVERING FROM LOW OIL PRICES, AS THE JOB MARKET SEES SLOW, BUT STEADY GROWTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A POSITIVE SIGN FOR THE FUTURE.
RED DEER SCHOOL FLAG RAISING
RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL HOLD A SPECIAL FLAG RAISING CEREMONY TODAY (WED).
MOVING FORWARD IN ITS TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION JOURNEY, SCHOOLS WILL RAISE THE ALBERTA, TREATY SIX, TREATY SEVEN AND METIS NATION FLAGS.
THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 11 AM AND NOON TODAY AT THE CENTRAL SERVICES OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER (4747-53RD STREET).
THE EVENT IS TO RECOGNIZE THE HISTORY AND TREATIES OF THIS AREA.
RED DEER FIFTH WHEEL THEFT
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE THIEVES WHO BROKE INTO A LOCKED COMPOUND, THEN HOOKED UP TO A FIFTH WHEEL WORTH OVER A HUNDRED GRAND AND TOOK OFF.
AROUND 7:30 ON SATURDAY NIGHT JUNE 3RD, TWO MEN IN A BLACK FORD PICK-UP BROKE INTO THE ALLAN DALE INDUSTRIES COMPOUND ON QUEENS DRIVE. THEY STOLE A 121 THOUSAND DOLLAR HEARTLAND ROAD WARRIOR 427-RW HOLIDAY TRAILER. BECAUSE THE F-150 TRUCK ISN'T BIG ENOUGH TO PULL THE TRAILER, POLICE BELIEVE THE CROOKS MAY HAVE HOOKED UP TO ANOTHER LARGER VEHICLE NEARBY.
ONE UNIQUE FEATURE OF THE STOLEN TRAILER IS A WASHER AND DRYER SYSTEM THAT WAS INSTALLED, WITH A CHROME DRYER VENT.
POLICE ARE ASKING WITNESSES WHO MAY HAVE SEEN THE TRAILER OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS OR RED DEER RCMP.
MISSING MAN FOUND
RED DEER RCMP ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN HELPING LOCATE A MISSING MAN.
37 YEAR OLD MICHAEL GINTER WHO HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE JUNE 6TH HAS BEEN FOUND.
A YOUTH HAS BEEN CHARGED FOLLOWING A STABBING ON THE MONTANA FIRST NATION LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON (JUNE 9).
A MALE VICTIM WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
A 17 YEAR OLD MALE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON.
HE'S TO APPEAR IN WETASKIWIN COURT JUNE 21ST.
THERE WAS A BIG DRUG AND STOLEN PROPERTY BUST NEAR DIDSBURY LAST WEEK.
POLICE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT A RURAL PROPERTY JUST NORTH OF DIDSBURY ON THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH.
RCMP SEIZED OVER FIVE HUNDRED MARIJUANA PLANTS, A GUN AND OVER 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STOLEN PROPERTY, INCLUDING VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.
ONE MAN WAS ARRESTED.
LACOMBE POLICE ARRESTED ONE MAN ON MONDAY (JUNE 12TH) AFTER EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT AT A HOME IN THE 4900 BLOCK AND HIGHWAY 2-A.
DETAILS ARE SKETCHY, BUT POLICE SAY THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS DONE IN CONNECTION WITH A DRUG INVESTIGATION.
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED WHEN CHARGES ARE LAID.
LACOMBE URBAN HENS
LACOMBE IS EXTENDING ITS URBAN CHICKEN PROGRAM FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
CITY COUNCIL VOTED MONDAY TO ACCEPT THE CITY ADMINISTRATIONS RECOMMENDATION TO EXTEND THE EXPIRATION OF URBAN HEN LICENSES ISSUED IN 2017 TO THE END OF 2018.
10 LICENSES WERE ISSUED FROM JULY OF LAST YEAR TO JUNE OF THIS YEAR, ALLOWING LACOMBE RESIDENTS TO HAVE UP TO FOUR HENS. SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE ARE EIGHT ACTIVE LICENSES.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER
THERE WAS A PACKED WESTERNER HARVEST CENTRE IN RED DEER TUESDAY MORNING FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS CELEBRITY BREAKFAST.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER, LOCAL PARALYMPIAN TAMMY CUNNINGTON BROUGHT HER MESSAGE "TO KEEP FIGHTING" TO THE CROWD, WITH 300 MEMBERS STRONG.
ALMOST 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS RAISED IN THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPIC SPORTS.
LACOMBE FIREWORKS UPDATE
With Canada Day celebrations approaching, Lacombe County reminds all residents that a fireworks permit is required if you wish to sell, purchase or set off fireworks within the province of Alberta.
“The use of fireworks is regulated under the Alberta Fire Code, and unfortunately, there are no exceptions to the rules spelled out in the code,” says Todd Gustafson Lacombe County Fire Chief. “If you plan on shooting off fireworks, regardless of the time of the year, a fireworks permit is required within Lacombe County.”
Gustafson notes that a number of municipalities within Lacombe County have banned fireworks altogether, and it is important that you check with your municipality before you plan on having a celebration that includes fireworks.
Although the use of fireworks can be a safe practice, if all precautions are adhered to, people are reminded that they are responsible for any fireworks they have in their possession. Fireworks permits are free of charge and an application is available on the Lacombe County website www.lacombecounty.com or by stopping in at the front desk of the County administration office. It can take up to one week to process an application, so please do not wait until the last minute before the celebration begins.
WELLNESS RIDE UPDATE
Berry Architecture Community Wellness Ride in Support of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)-Central Alberta Region and Central Alberta Brain Injury Society (CABIS)
Registrations are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Berry Architecture Community Wellness Ride taking place on August 19th, 2017 in Red Deer.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to get behind two local agencies that provide support services and programming for individuals and families impacted by mental health issues, addiction, and acquired brain injuries,” says Trish McAllister-Hall, Executive Director for CMHA Central Alberta Region.
Cyclists can choose from one of four distances to ride: 10 km, 25 km, 50 km, or 100 km. The 10 and 25 km rides will take place on the trails of Red Deer, while the 50 and 100 km rides will take place on the highway from Red Deer to Delburne.
Co-Chairs Melissa Brilz and Angela Darbel are excited about the improvements being made this year. The addition of the 10 km ride, and moving the 25 km ride in to the City is the most significant change. “While the support we have received from cyclists willing to ride 50 km or 100 km has been amazing over the years, we found that it really limited participation to the experienced rider. It is our hope that by having the option to ride shorter distances, the event will be more appealing to the casual rider and families”.
The registration fee is $25.00 and minimum pledge amounts are required based on the distance being ridden.
For additional information and to register, please visit the event page at www.wellnessride.ca.
Sponsorship packages for the event are also available by contacting CMHA at (403) 342-2266.
TUES NEWS (JUNE 13)
RED DEER HIRING CLIMATE UPDATE
Red Deer area employers expect a modest hiring climate for the third quarter of 2017, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
Survey data reveals that 10 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (July to September), while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta region. Another 88 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s third quarter Net Employment Outlook of four per cent is a 10 percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Upright. “It is also an increase of one percentage point from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a mild hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
“Nationally, the overall tone for the third quarter is one of cautious optimism,” said Darlene Minatel, Vice President, Manpower Canada Operations & Strategic Accounts. “While the economy is still recovering from the effects of low oil prices, we’re seeing slow but steady job growth in many urban areas across the country, a positive sign for the months ahead.”
RED DEER 5TH WHEEL THEFT
Red Deer RCMP are investigating the theft of a fifth wheel trailer from a locked compound in Queens Business Park the evening of June 3.
Shortly after 7:30 pm on June 3, two men in a truck broke into the Allan Dale Industries compound located on Queens Drive, hooked a fifth wheel trailer up to the truck and drove out through the front gate.
The stolen trailer is a Heartland Road Warrior 427RW worth approximately $121,000. One unique identifying feature of the stolen trailer is that it had a washing machine and dryer system installed, with a chrome dryer vent.
The suspect truck is a black Ford F150 with a large dent in the box behind the passenger side of the crew cab. Because the truck is not adequate for pulling a trailer of this size any significant distance, RCMP believe the fifth wheel may have been pulled a short distance and then hooked up to a more appropriate vehicle.
Police are asking any witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity involving a Heartland Road Warrior fifth wheel trailer in that area or around that time to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
On Monday (JUNE12th) at approximately 11:15am Lacombe Police Service members executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4900 block and Highway 2A in Lacombe.
One male resident was taken into Police custody without incident.
The search warrant was executed in relation to an investigation under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
At this time the Lacombe Police cannot offer more information on the investigation as the investigation is ongoing.
Subsequent updates will be provided as the investigation continues and if/when charges have been sworn before the courts.
NEW RED DEER FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK
A new financial framework that will help guide The City in making decisions about its finances was approved by City Council on June 12.
The framework, which outlines criteria for financial decision making across the organization, will enable The City to explore more innovative service delivery options, provide financial information in more accessible and understandable ways and ensure the financial decisions, both big and small, are made with an understanding of the full range of options available.
“Making sound and sustainable financial decisions has always been a priority for The City of Red Deer; this framework is one more mechanism we can use to ensure we manage our financial resources wisely, with a focus on being accountable and transparent,” said Paul Goranson, Director of Corporate Services.
The framework will be implemented over the next several years, and The City will report back to the community as it is put into effect.
“The benefit of this framework is two-fold. It will certainly serve us in making sound financial decisions and recommendations to City Council,” said Goranson. “But it will also result in improved financial reporting and communication with citizens and our community.”
Approval of the Financial Leadership Framework came on the heels of City Council’s Strategic Direction 2015-2018, which called for The City to explore financial sustainability in a new way.
“The Financial Leadership Framework is part of Council’s Strategic Plan which identifies financial sustainability as a priority”, said Mayor Tara Veer, “Creating a solid financial base allows us to continue to responsibly invest in our infrastructure; build strong community relationships through our commitment to transparency and accountability; and provide quality of life opportunities for citizens.”
Financial Leadership is one of the three themes identified in City Councils Strategic Direction 2015-2018. To learn more about the Strategic Plan visit www.reddeer.ca
RED DEER EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDELINES
At Monday’s regular City Council meeting, Council formally adopted the High Intensity Residential Fires (HIRF) response time guidelines for Red Deer Emergency Services.
The HIRF standards call for a total response time of 10 minutes 90 per cent of the time, including call handling, assembly or chute time, travel time and set up. Red Deer Emergency Services has been following the HIRF guideline since 2014 to comply with the Alberta Building Code, and has been meeting the response time guideline since then.
“The HIRF guidelines tell us we need to be on scene and have water on the fire within 10 minutes of receiving the initial call,” said Brian Makey, Emergency Services Manager. “Our previous local guidelines only specified travel time, which is just one component of response times; it’s important that we look at how we’re responding from the minute the call comes in to when we’re set up and ready to fight the fire so we can provide the best possible outcome for citizens.”
The previous response guideline for fire calls, which dates back to 2002, specified only travel time as follows: 4/6/8 minutes, 90/75/75 per cent of the time. This meant the first responding vehicle should arrive on scene within four minutes, 90 per cent of the time; a second within six minutes 75 per cent of the time; and the third within 8 minutes 75 per cent of the time.
However, it’s important to note this does not include the time for call handling, assembly/chute time (the time from the notification sounds in the station until when the first vehicle leaves the station), and set up.
“Under the previous standard, our total response time was around 11 minutes,” said Makey. “With the introduction of the HIRF standards, which also triggered the relocation of Stations 3 and 4, we are consistently achieving a response time of 10 minutes.”
LACOMBE CITIZEN REQUEST AND RESPONSE POLICY
In an effort to provide consistency and formalize how public inquiries made to elected officials are processed, Council Monday approved the Citizen Request and Response Policy.
“The City of Lacombe is committed to ensuring that any inquiry or complaint regarding civic affairs is given consideration and is dealt with in a fair, open and timely manner,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “A priority of Council is to provide the public with responses to any questions that have been presented directly to us.”
The Citizen Request and Response Policy outlines the City’s resolution process regarding requests to address inquiries or complaints raised by the public, including but not limited to municipal employees, activities, programs, services, and facilities. The policy excludes the Lacombe Police Service and Peace Officers.
“Any complaint against City staff will be considered in a professional manner and take into account the protection of personal information of employees,” said Chief Administrative Officer Dion Pollard. “Citizens who submit inquiries or complaints will receive a written response; however, the City has the right to reject complaints deemed to be frivolous or vexatious.”
“Frivolous or Vexatious” means that a inquiry or complaint was initiated with malicious intent or is part of a pattern of conduct by the inquirer/complainant that amounts to an abuse of the formal Citizen Request and Response Policy.
The policy applies to the inquirer, City administration, and members of Council regarding complaints and inquiries, requests for action or a decision received by the City of Lacombe.
LACOMBE MULTI-GARAGE SALES
In response to citizen concerns, Council Monday approved amendments to the Nuisance Bylaw 326 to regulate multi-day garage sales within the city and to provide enforcement on a complaint basis.
“The City will regulate only those garage sales that create a nuisance rather than the entire garage sale segment,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “It’s not the volume of garage sales taking in the place in the community, but the disruption of spreading items all over a property for prolonged periods, and the perpetual nature of a few garage sales that is causing problems.”
The Nuisance Bylaw includes a new set of regulations governing garage sales based on:
1. Length – Properties can hold up to six days of garage sales per calendar year. The rules apply to a specific garage sale per property, so a group of individuals cannot combine garage sales to extend past the combined six days on the same property.
2. Hours of operation – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
3. Location – rules applies to garage sales that take place in residential districts only.
4. Tidiness – rules would be in place to ensure that garage sales are no untidy.
“If a property owner or tenant fails to meet the above conditions, they would be deemed to have created a nuisance and would be subject to a fine and/or an order to remedy the unsightly conditions,” said Chief Administrative Officer Dion Pollard.
Since the beginning of the year, City staff and the public have noticed several multi-day garage sales taking place in Lacombe. These garage sales are taking place over a long period of time, and in some cases, are continuing. As well, the yards where these sales take place are covered in a variety of goods, creating unsightly conditions.
These multi-day garage sales are a small number of the overall garage sales that take place in Lacombe. Most sales are one-time events spanning one to two days.
LACOMBE URBAN CHICKEN BYLAW
Lacombe Council Monday accepted City administration’s recommendation to extend the expiration time for the urban hen licenses issued in 2017 to December 31, 2018.
“Council is pleased to hear that no formal complaints have been received to date concerning the maintenance of the properties involved or the welfare of the birds,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “In fact, the City has received at least four other inquiries about obtaining licenses. However, we are making no changes to the number of licenses issued as there seems to be sufficient supply to meet demand.”
In the fall of 2015, a request from the public was made to Council seeking permission to house hens at private residences within city limits. Council subsequently approved Bylaw 419, which authorized the issuance of up to 10 urban hen licenses as part of a year-long pilot project.
A total of 10 licenses were issued for the period July 2016 to June 2017. The licenses allowed a residential property owner or tenant to have up to four hens, subject to a number of health, safety and animal welfare conditions. The status of the issued licenses is as follows:
• Eight active licenses with submitted Premises Identification (PID) numbers ;
• One license with PID number pending; and
• One license returned.
A PID number is a requirement for the ownership of poultry in the province, mandated and administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
SPIRIT OF SYLVAN YULETIDE FESTIVAL
Exciting New Changes Coming For The 2017 "Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival" Moving into the breathtaking new Nexsource Center was enough of an exciting change for the 2017 Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival, However, recent date shuffles and related event restructures have the organizational committee 'over the moon' with expectations for the 6th Annual event!!
"Just moving into the Nexsource Center was going to be enough to get excited about': said Festival Chairman Graham Parsons, "But with recent news that we can move our dates later by one week to Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd' is about as good as it gets, as now, we don't have to go head to head with Red Deer's Festival ofTrees. That is significant, simply because the added traffic only adds to the Market, the entertainment and the overall Holiday atmosphere."
More good news comes from Michelle Houle, the Town of Sylvan Lake Special Events Coordinator. "To make the weekend complete, in consultation with the Festival Committee, we have realigned our Santa Claus Parade and Fireworks to Saturday, effectively culminating the weekend with the parade starting at 5:00 pm and the Lakefront fireworks at 6:15 pm:' Ms. Houle continues"Not only does this align better with the Festival, but it gives our parade participants all day Saturday to get their floats ready and, as well, fewer parents have to rush home to get the kids ready for the event:'
With the confirmation of the changes the heavy lifting now begins for the organizers. The extra space means an overall expansion and addition of activities. The KidZone will take on a much different look, as will the configuration of the entertainment stage and Holiday Market. Other possibilities may be an acoustic stage in the main foyer hosted by local entertainment, adding to the festive atmosphere. "The possibilities are endless," says KidZone coordinator Crystal Graham. "We can hardly wait! Bring it on!"
Although the goal of the Festival has been to enhance the kick off to the holiday season, generous donations from sponsors like Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Servus Credit Union, the Trilliant Real Estate Group, Coverdale No Frills, Townsend Electrical and a myriad of generous local businesses and organizations have contributed to over $50, 000.00 to the Sylvan Lake and District Urgent Care Committee, the Sylvan Lake Food Bank and the Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau.
The sales team will soon be out with information on new opportunities to contribute to the success of the event however, if anyone wants further information go to www.spiritofsylvanyuletide.com or on our Facebook page.
Fakeley and Aubin Provincial Champions
Kathryn Fakeley and Kyra Aubin were crowned provincial champions at the recent Alberta Music Festival Association Provincial Championships held in Edmonton.
Fakely competed in the Cello Solo 12 & Under division performing Concerto in C major and Meditation by Massenet to claim her provincial title. Aubin’s first place result was in the Vocal Solo Girls 12 and Under division performing L’Ete by Henderson and The Red River Valley by Culli. Aubin also had a second place finish in the Musical Theatre Ballad 12 and Under division performing All for You from the musical Seussical.
Other notable performers from Red Deer included Julia Butcher in the Cello solo 16 and under division, Carter Friesen at the Provincial National Brass level and Hailey Wilson in the Musical Theatre Up-Tempo 16 & Under division, all with second place finishes.
The Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts Society had 22 individual and groups invited to the Provincial Championships from the over 800 participants who participated in the Red Deer Festival in April of this year.
The Alberta Music Festival Association is the provincial body which represents a majority of the music festivals which happen throughout the province of Alberta in the spring of every year.
For more information please contact Brent LaBrosse, Festival President at 403.356.9360 or email@example.com.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: RED DEER ADOPTS NEW FIRE RESPONSE TIME GUIDELINES, RED DEER MOUNTIES SEARCH FOR A WANTED MAN, THREE RED DEER ARMED ROBBERIES APPEAR TO BE RELATED AND A SPECIAL OLYMPICS BREAKFAST AT THE WESTERNER....
RED DEER ROBBERIES
RED DEER RCMP ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING A MAN WHO COMMITTED TWO ARMED ROBBERIES ON THE WEEKEND AND HAS BEEN LINKED TO A THIRD ROBBERY LAST WEEK.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON (JUNE 10TH) AROUND 3, A THIEF WITH A KNIFE ROBBED MONEY FROM THE MAC'S STORE ON IRONSIDE STREET, THEN AROUND 2 MONDAY MORNING (JUNE 12TH) THE SUSPECT ROBBED CASH AND CIGARETTES AT KNIFEPOINT FROM THE NORTH END EXPRESS 24 FOODMART ON 71ST STREET AND GAETZ AVENUE.
THE SAME SUSPECT IS BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED IN A SIMILAR ROBBERY WITH A KNIFE EARLY LAST THURSDAY MORNING (JUNE 8TH) AT THE NORTHSIDE RUNNING ON EMPTY.
HE'S DESCRIBED AS IN HIS EARLY 20'S, ABOUT FIVE FOOT SIX, 160 POUNDS WITH A SHAVED HEAD AND DARK STUBBLE. HE WORE A BLACK HOODIE WITH A "HAMMER DOWN" LOGO ON IT, SOMETIMES WEARS A WHITE HOODIE, BLUE JEANS OR PLAID SHORTS, UNLACED SHOES AND HAS USED A DARK BANDANA OVER HIS FACE.
THE HUNT IS ON IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, AS RED DEER MOUNTIES SEARCH FOR A WANTED MAN.
RCMP ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR 35 YEAR OLD QUENTIN LEE STRAWBERRY. HE'S WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY WITH A FIREARM, ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON AND FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT. HE'S BELIEVED TO BE IN THE RED DEER AREA.
MOUNTIES WARN YOU NOT TO APPROACH HIM, BUT ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHERE HE MIGHT BE, TO CALL POLICE.
MISSING RED DEER MAN SEARCH
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FIND A MISSING MAN.
37 YEAR OLD MICHAEL JAMES GINTER, WHO WORKS IN WHITECOURT WAS LAST SEEN IN RED DEER LAST TUESDAY (JUNE 6TH).
RCMP SAY HE MAY BE IN THE ROCKY OR WHITECOURT AREA, BUT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE HIM AND WANT TO VERIFY HIS WELL BEING.
MISSING RED DEER WOMAN FOUND
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING WOMAN.
45 YEAR OLD SHERRY LYNN WAHOBIN HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE JUNE FIRST, BUT HAS NOW BEEN FOUND, SAFE.
RED DEER CITY COUNCIL - FIRE RESPONSE TIME
THE CITY OF RED DEER HAS ADOPTED NEW PROVINCIAL FIRE RESPONSE GUIDELINES.
THE NEW GUIDELINES REQUIRE CREWS TO BE AT THE SCENE AND HAVE WATER ON A FIRE WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF THE INITIAL CALL.
CITY COUNCIL ALSO ACCEPTED THE FINDINGS OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES OPERATIONAL REVIEW, SETTING OUT 19 RECOMMENDATIONS, SOME OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN IMPLEMENTED.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BREAKFAST
RED DEER'S 11TH ANNUAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS BREAKFAST IS SET FOR TODAY (TUES JUNE 13TH).
PARALYMPIAN SWIMMER AND LOCAL ATHLETE TAMMY CUNNINGTON WILL HEADLINE THE EVENT AT 7:30 THIS MORNING AT THE WESTERNER PARK HARVEST CENTRE.
TAMMY WON THREE MEDALS AT THE PARA-PAN AMERICAN GAMES IN 2015 AND HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD IN THE S-4 50 METRE BUTTERFLY.
THE FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE WHO TAKE PART IN 12 SPORTS OFFERED BY SPECIAL OLYMPICS RED DEER.
MON NEWS (JUNE 12 )
RED DEER WANTED MAN
Red Deer RCMP are searching for 35 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry, who is wanted on warrants for armed robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement. Red Deer RCMP have been working diligently to locate Strawberry and are asking for public assistance to locate him; RCMP believe he is in the Red Deer area.
Quentin Strawberry is described as:
• 5’10” tall
• 240 lbs
• Shaved or partially shaved head, short brown hair
• Brown eyes
Citizens are advised not to approach Strawberry if he is seen; instead, please contact Red Deer RCMP immediately at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.
MISSING RED DEER MAN
Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 37 year old Michael James Ginter. He works in Whitecourt but was last seen in Red Deer on June 6; RCMP believe there is a possibility he may be in the Rocky Mountain House or Whitecourt area but have not been able to locate him, and wish to confirm his well-being. Michael Ginter drives a white 2016 Nissan Maxima, Alberta license plate BWZ 3711.
Michael Ginter is described as:
• 5’10” tall
• Approximately 210 lbs
• Brown hair
• Blue eyes
If you have been in contact with Michael Ginter or have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.
MISSING RED DEER WOMAN FOUND
RED DEER MOUNTIES ARE THANKING THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING WOMAN.
45 YEAR OLD SHERRY LYNN WAHOBIN HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE JUNE FIRST, BUT HAS NOW BEEN FOUND, SAFE.
ON TODAY'S WEBCAST: ALBERTA FIRE CHIEFS MEET IN RED DEER, THE RED DEER CHAMBER NAMES A NEW C.E.O. AND A RED DEER MOTHER - DAUGHTER LOTTO WIN....
FIRE CHIEFS MEETING IN RED DEER
ABOUT TWO HUNDRED FIRE CHIEFS FROM ACROSS ALBERTA ARE IN RED DEER FOR THE 70TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW OF THE ALBERTA FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION.
OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALBERTA'S FIRE CHIEFS TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, SHARE IDEAS AND PREPARE TO BETTER LEAD THEIR LOCAL DEPARTMENTS.
PART OF THE A.F.C.A. CONFERENCE IS A MEDAL CEREMONY WITH 193 MEDALS PRESENTED TO OUTSTANDING FIREFIGHTING PROFESSIONALS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK.
THE ASSOCIATION IS COMPRISED OF FIRE CHIEFS FROM 450 FIRE DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT ALBERTA, REPRESENTING ABOUT 13 THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS, 11 THOUSAND OF WHICH ARE VOLUNTEERS.
RED DEER CONSTRUCTION UP
A POSITIVE ECONOMIC SIGN IN RED DEER.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN THE CITY IS UP.
THERE WERE 155 RESIDENTIAL PERMITS ISSUED IN MAY, WORTH 5.8 MILLION DOLLARS, NEARLY DOUBLE THE 3 MILLION IN MAY OF LAST YEAR WHEN 103 PERMITS WERE ISSUED.
OVERALL THIS YEAR, RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IS ALSO HIGHER, WITH 348 PERMITS WORTH OVER 20 MILLION DOLLARS FROM JANUARY THROUGH MAY. THAT'S UP ALMOST FIVE MILLION BUCKS OVER LAST YEAR WHEN 284 RESIDENTIAL PERMITS WERE ISSUED.
LOCAL LOTTO WINNERS
A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FROM RED DEER ARE RICHER THANKS TO A RECENT LOTTO WIN.
MADELEINE AND IRENE LOWE LIKE TO PLAY SCRATCH AND WIN GAMES TOGETHER AND IT PAID OFF.
THEY BOUGHT A "SET FOR LIFE" SCRATCH TICKET AT RED DEER'S SUNNYBROOK GROCERY AND WALKED AWAY WITH A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE WINDFALL WINNERS ARE GOING TO USE THE MONEY TO PAY OFF SOME BILLS AND HELP OUT OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. AND MADELEINE SAYS SHE ALSO PLANS TO BY A NEW BARBECUE.
RED DEER NAMES NEW C.E.O.
THE RED DEER AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS NAMED A NEW C.E.O.
ROBIN BOBECEL WHO OWNED A GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CONSULTING COMPANY, HAS AN M.B.A AND HAS A WEALTH OF BUSINESS EXPERIENCE, BEGINS HIS NEW POSITION WITH THE RED DEER CHAMBER ON JULY 4TH.
ASPEN HEIGHTS AWARD
RED DEER'S ASPEN HEIGHTS MICRO SOCIETY RECEIVED ANOTHER AWARD LAST WEEK.
THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS HONOURED BY THE ALBERTA EMERALD FOUNDATION IN THE EDUCATION CATEGORY FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENT WORK, AS PART OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT WEEK.
CENTRAL ALBERTA FATALITIES
NASTY WEATHER MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN A HIGHWAY CRASH THAT KILLED A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND SENT THREE OTHERS TO HOSPITAL.
RCMP SAY A CAR AND S-U-V COLLIDED ON HIGHWAY 21 NEAR HIGHWAY 9 COLLIDED FRIDAY NIGHT BETWEEN BEISEKER AND DRUMHELLER.
MOUNTIES SAY THERE WAS HEAVY HAIL AND RAIN AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION WHEN A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL DIED AND A 67-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO A CALGARY HOSPITAL WITH CRITICAL INJURIES. A 43-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO CALGARY BY GROUND AMBULANCE IN SERIOUS CONDITION, WHILE A 58 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO THREE HILLS HOSPITAL IN NON-LIFE THREATENING CONDTION.
ELSEWHERE, A 29 YEAR OLD MAN FROM MASKWACIS WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER FRIDAY NEAR WETASKIWIN. MOUNTIES SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 10 PM. ON RANGE ROAD 235 SOUTH OF TOWNSHIP ROAD 452 IN WETASKIWIN COUNTY.
A VAN WITH FOUR OCCUPANTS WAS HEADING NORTH WHEN IT LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES. TWO OTHERS WERE TAKEN TO AN EDMONTON HOSPITAL IN IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
ALSO, FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 2 THERE WAS A FATALITY NEAR THE HAMLET OF CHINOOK, JUST WEST OF OYEN.
POLICE SAY A CAN-AM SIDE-BY-SIDE BEING DRIVEN BY A MAN ROLLED IN A FARM FIELD.
THE 33-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM CEREAL WAS KILLED.
RED DEER MAN CLIMBS EVEREST
A FORMER RED DEER M.L.A. HAS BECOME THE OLDEST CANADIAN TO SUMMIT MOUNT EVEREST.
JOHN OLDRING, WHO SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE FROM 1986 TO 1993 AFTER SPENDING MORE THAN A DECADE ON RED DEER CITY COUNCIL, ACCOMPLISHED THE FEAT ON MAY 25TH.
IT WAS THE SECOND EVEREST ATTEMPT FOR THE 64-YEAR-OLD.
HE TRIED IN 2015 BUT AN EARTHQUAKE STRUCK AND THEY HAD TO COME DOWN.
THE OLDEST PERSON TO CLIMB EVEREST IS YUICHIRO MIURA OF JAPAN, WHO REACHED THE SUMMIT IN 2013 AT THE AGE OF 80.
RED DEER SCHOOL/PLAYGROUND ZONE CHANGES
Red Deer school and playground zones will follow new times starting August 1, 2017.
The City is changing the effective times of school and playground zones to make them easier to remember.
The following changes will come into effect August 1:
• School zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days
• Playground zones will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day
• Combinations zones (marked as both school and playground zones) will be converted to playground zones.
To make the changes easier for drivers, all signs will be equipped with a time tab noting the effective times of that zone. The speed limit in school and playground zones will continue to be 30 km/h during effective hours.
“The new times are really simple and cover peak play hours for schools and playgrounds,” said Wayne Gustafson, Engineering Services Manager. “This will make it easier for drivers and safer for pedestrians.”
The City currently follows the school and playground zone times set by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. As allowed by the Traffic Safety Act, the City is moving to new times that better fit the needs of the community.
“There is a lot of confusion around the end time of playground zones and the definition of sunset in provincial standards,” said Gustafson. “We’ve eliminated that confusion, so drivers should have an easier time remembering the new times.”
More information is available at www.reddeer.ca/go30.
WESTERNER DAYS FAIR IN JULY
Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has over 20 agricultural events and attractions! This year’s shows will focus on creating an educational and entertaining experience for everyone. Westerner Park is proud to announce exciting new additions to our agricultural program for the Fair.
• 2017 Westerner Days Pony Steeplechase Championship Series – Don’t miss out on the action as the smallest race horses with the biggest hearts take centre stage.
• Ranch Hand Competition – This event is a throwback to the past when neighbouring ranches would come together and hold a competition to see whose cowboys were the best riders, ropers and all round toughest hands.
• Gypsy Vanner Feathered Horse Show – The Gypsy Vanner is a beautiful breed often referred to as a “people-sized” draft horse. The Gypsy Vanner is a wonderful family horse and is popular as a trail horse due to its unflappable nature.
• Equine Mounted Games – These relay type races are played on horseback, which is modelled after old military mounted troop exercises that were used to keep the soldiers' skills sharp. This is a fast-paced exciting sport that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
• Equine Experience – The Equine Experience will take you out of city life and immerse you in the world of horses. Walk through the barn to meet the horses, learn about the different breeds and how to take care of them.
• Xtreme Cowboy Competition – Learn good horsemanship by enhancing the relationship between a horse and a ride through obstacles that challenges the rider’s skills.
• Urban Farm – Through an interactive and experiential environment we will create a farm fresh experience right in the heart of Westerner Days. Learn some things that you can do in your own backyard. Tour our new Westerner Park Urban Farm and see what we are doing to help educate our community on ways to create a sustainable food future.
The AFSC Livestock Pavilion is the place to find exhibitors showcasing their cattle, goats, miniature donkeys and stock dog trials. The following people’s favourite events will return.
• Stock Dog Trials – A great competitive dog sport where herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates or enclosures as directed by their handlers.
• Miniature Donkey Extravaganza II Show – This show is expected to be bigger and better than ever! We are excited to welcome exhibitors from all over Canada and the United States. Show runs Friday and Saturday with the junior show on Sunday.
• Beef Shows – On Friday, July 20 at noon the Maine Anjou Junior and Shorthorn Junior Show will kick off another exciting Beef Show being held in the Livestock Pavilion.
• Goat Shows – We’re excited to be hosting the “Kids Promoting Kids” Westerner 4-H and Junior Goat Show! Wednesday's Dairy Goat Show will feature Alpine, Toggenburg, La Mancha, Saanen, Nubian and Recorded Grade dairy classes.
• Canadian Heritage Breeds Poultry Show – The Canadian Heritage Breeds Association works to promote and educate people about the importance of heritage breed livestock. You will leave with a better understanding of what breeds are native to Canada and what we can do to preserve and protect them.
• Little Red Barn – The Little Red Barn will once again feature the Petting Pals Petting Zoo, home to over 70 different animals, presented by BIG 105 FM and Cosmos Bottle Depot!
• 19th Annual Westerner Days Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagons Championships – We are thrilled to have 48 wagons competing daily for top honours, presented by Walway Waste and 96.5 CKFM. Before ever race, the Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters will kick-off the pony chucks with a fast action entertaining event!
There is so much to see and do at the 2017 Westerner Days agricultural events and attractions.
Do not forget to buy your RAD and MEGA passes before the discounted prices expire on June 15 at 11:59 pm.
Learn more by visiting www.westernerdays.ca/tickets.
PREMIER IN RED DEER
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY JOINED NUMEROUS OTHER PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL POLITICIANS IN RED DEER YESTERDAY (THURS).
FIRST THEY SPOKE AT THE NEW RED DEER JUSTICE CENTRE THURSDAY MORNING (11 AM).
THE NEW 97 MILLION DOLLAR CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL INCLUDE A NEW COURTHOUSE AFTER BEING ANNOUNCED IN THE RECENT PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
THE FUNDING IS OVER FOUR YEARS WITH THE FIRST 25 MILLION FOR PLANNING IN 2017 AND 2018.
THERE WILL BE 12 COURTROOMS, UP FROM THE CURRENT 7, WITH THE POTENTIAL TO EXPAND TO 16.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE NEW JUSTICE CENTRE WILL BE A HUGE HELP WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF BACKLOGGED COURT CASES...
THE CITY HAS ALLOCATED THE OLD DOWNTOWN RCMP BUILDING AS THE PREFERRED SITE FOR THE NEW JUSTICE CENTRE, SINCE THE RCMP MOVED INTO THE NEW BUILDING IN 2011.
THE PREMIER ALSO JOINED OTHER POLITICIANS AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT THURSDAY AFTERNOON ( 1 PM) TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG AWAITED EXTENDED RUNWAY PROJECT.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE EXTENDED RUNWAY IS SLATED FOR MAY 12TH.
RED DEER COURTHOUSE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
A new justice centre with 12 courtrooms and space for dispute resolution services will be built to serve Red Deer and central Alberta residents.
Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure; Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General; Rachel Notley, Premier; Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer; Barb Miller, MLA for Red Deer-South; Kim Schreiner, MLA for Red Deer-North.
The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing courthouse was built in the 1980s, the city’s population has almost doubled and the surrounding area’s population has also increased substantially.
The facility will increase the number of courtrooms in central Alberta from seven to 12 and create a Resolution Services wing. This section will provide dispute resolution, civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.
“With Budget 2017, our government is investing in critical infrastructure that will make a real difference in Albertans’ lives. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will resolve a long-standing space shortage in the community and ensure vital justice services are delivered effectively to residents of central Alberta.” Rachel Notley, Premier
“Making life better for Albertans means improving access to justice. This new facility is something the community has been requesting for several years and we are proud to fund it. This project is part of our government’s investment in the justice system and will help address pressures that have been building for many years.” Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
“We are excited to invest in the Red Deer Justice Centre. A new, modern facility will improve services in central Alberta and will meet the needs of the community. Investments in public infrastructure like this make the lives of Albertans better while stimulating economic activity and supporting jobs.” Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure
"We have been actively working with the Alberta government and local stakeholders for a number of years to resolve the critical need for court capacity in Red Deer. Community safety is a priority for citizens in Red Deer and this region, and this significant announcement acknowledges the province's support of this justice need. A new Red Deer Justice Centre, including 12 courtrooms, helps ensure more charges are upheld – an important part of the city's enforcement and community safety efforts."
Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer
Although the project is still in the planning phase, at least $97 million has been allocated for the new centre over the next four years. This initiative, as with other capital projects across the province, will create jobs and stimulate Alberta’s economy.
• The next step is to secure land and begin design work, which will be used to help plan the construction schedule.
• The new Red Deer Justice Centre will increase the number of courtrooms serving Provincial and Queen’s Bench courts.
• The new building will include 12 courtrooms immediately, with the potential to expand to 16 in the future.
• Enhanced security measures will separate prisoner, public and judicial/staff circulation.
• Specific services will include:
o civil, criminal, traffic, family and youth courts
o justice-related supports, including Crown and barrister assistance, as well as services from external groups, such as probation workers, Indigenous court workers, Legal Aid representatives, counselling staff and Elizabeth Fry/John Howard employees
o resolution services, such as civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.
THURS NEWS (MARCH 30 )
RED DEER JUSTICE CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT
PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY JOINED NUMEROUS OTHER PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL POLITICIANS IN RED DEER TODAY (THURS).
THE NEW 97 MILLION DOLLAR CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN RED DEER WILL INCLUDE A NEW COURTHOUSE WITH 12 COURTROOMS AND A RESOLUTION SERVICES WING, LOCATED IN THE FORMER DOWNTOWN RCMP BUILDING.
OFFICIALS MADE THE JUSTICE CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY MORNING....The following audio includes Premier Rachel Notley,Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason....
THE PREMIER ALSO JOINED OTHER POLITICIANS AT THE RED DEER AIRPORT THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG AWAITED EXTENDED RUNWAY PROJECT.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE EXTENDED AIRPORT RUNWAY IS SLATED FOR MAY 12TH.
NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE TOUR
IT WAS AN EXCITING DAY IN SYLVAN LAKE YESTERDAY (WED) AS TOWN OFFICIALS SHOWED OFF THE NEW 33.5 MILLION DOLLAR NEXSOURCE CENTRE WITH A TOUR OF THE FACILITY FOR THE MEDIA.
THE NEW MULTI-USE RECREATION CENTRE INCLUDES TWO ARENAS, A FIVE SHEET CURLING RINK, SWIMMING POOL, THREE LANE RUNNING TRACK, SENIORS CENTRE, AND MANY OTHER MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS.
SYLVAN LAKE'S DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES RON LEBSACK SAYS THE NEW NEXSOURCE CENTRE IS GREAT FOR SYLVAN AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES...
SYLVAN LAKE DEPUTY MAYOR GRAHAM PARSONS TALKS ABOUT THE NEW FACILITY....
SYLVAN LAKE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR DAVE BRAND TALKS ABOUT THE IMPRESSIVE NEW FACILITY...
THE NEXSOURCE CENTRE WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 9 AM FRIDAY MORNING (MARCH 31) WITH A BIG GRAND OPENING PLANNED FOR THE MAY 12TH WEEKEND.
A HUGE INFRASTRUCTURE ANNOUNCEMENT IN LACOMBE YESTERDAY (MON) WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS UNVEILING THE 71 MILLION DOLLAR WASTEWATER PIPELINE TO BE BUILT IN CENTRAL ALBERTA BY MARCH OF NEXT YEAR.
THE 26 KILOMETRE PIPELINE WILL CONNECT RED DEER'S WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY TO BLACKFALDS, LACOMBE AND LACOMBE COUNTY.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE CITY BUILT CAPACITY INTO THE TREATMENT PLANT IN ORDER TO BE A REGIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER.
BLACKFALDS MAYOR MELODIE STOL AND LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE SAY THE PROJECT IS MUCH NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY GROWTH.
LISTEN TO INTERVIEWS WITH POLITICIANS FOLLOWING THE MARCH 27TH ANNOUNCEMENT IN LACOMBE....
THE MEDIA TALKED ABOUT THE MULTI - MILLION DOLLAR PIPELINE WITH FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER AMARJEET SOHI, ALBERTA INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER BRIAN MASON, LACOMBE MAYOR STEVE CHRISTIE, BLACKFALDS MAYOR MELODIE STOL AND RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER.....
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL KICK IN 32.6 MILLION DOLLARS, WHILE THE PROVINCE PROVIDES 27.4 MILLION WITH THE MUNICIPALITIES SUPPLYING THE OTHER 11 MILLION.
NEW BUSINESS WEBSITE
A NEW WEBSITE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO HELP CENTRAL ALBERTA BUSINESSES AND FOREIGN INVESTORS.
CENTRAL ALBERTA ACCESS PROSPERITY HAS A NEW WEBSITE ONLINE (WWW.ACCESSPROSPERITY.CA) TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES GROW AND ATTRACT FOREIGN INVESTORS TO THE RED DEER REGION.
THE NEW WEBSITE GUIDES VISITORS ON A PATH THROUGH CENTRAL ALBERTA'S KEY INDUSTRIES, WITH LINKS TO VARIOUS RESOURCES.
RED DEER YOUTH CENTRE NAME CHANGE
THE RED DEER YOUTH AND VOLUNTEER CENTRE CELEBRATED A 40 YEAR MILESTONE FRIDAY AND THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION MADE A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.
THE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED A NEW NAME, BRAND AND WEBSITE. THE NEW NAME IS NOW YOUTH H.Q TO REFLECT THE MISSION THAT EVERY YOUTH HAS POTENTIAL AND THAT YOUTH H.Q. IS THEIR PLACE.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR KRIS FLECKENSTEIN TALKS ABOUT THE NEW YOUTH HQ...
YOUTH H.Q. PROVIDES A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR OVER 17 HUNDRED YOUTH ANNUALLY, IN THE RED DEER AREA THROUGH BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, THE 49TH STREET YOUTH SHELTER AND CAMP ALEXO.
OPPOSITION PARTIES IN ALBERTA ARE ACCUSING THE GOVERNMENT OF DRIVING THE PROVINCE OFF A FISCAL CLIFF WITH THURSDAYS BUDGET THAT INCLUDES A 10-BILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT.
BUT FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI (SEE-SEE) SAYS ALBERTANS WILL BE GRATEFUL THE GOVERNMENT IS MAINTAINING HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS.
RED DEER CITY OFFICIALS ARE THRILLED 97 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR A LARGER NEW COURTHOUSE, WHILE WETASKIWIN OFFICIALS ARE PLEASED WITH 35 MILLION EARMARKED TO RENOVATE THE REYNOLDS MUSEUM.
ALTHOUGH LOCAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AREN'T PLEASED NO NEW MONEY IS BEING SPENT TO EXPAND THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
CITY OF RED DEER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DEAN KREJCI REACTS TO THE ALBERTA BUDGET...
RED DEER CITY MANAGER CRAIG CURTIS DISCUSSING THE ALBERTA BUDGET HANDED DOWN ON THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH....
FRI NEWS (MARCH 10)
NEW COURTHOUSE A BIG WIN FOR RED DEER
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER REACTS TO THE ALBERTA BUDGET...
A new Red Deer courthouse was announced during the provincial budget yesterday, acknowledging the ever increasing population Red Deer’s courthouse serves and demands on the judicial system. The City is still working through the budget details to determine how it will impact citizens, businesses and our community as a whole.
“The courthouse is good news for our community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Community safety is a priority for citizens in Red Deer, and a new courthouse helps ensure more local charges are upheld, which is an important part of The City’s enforcement and community safety efforts.”
The province’s capital budget is $9.2 billion with an investment of $97 million, over four years, for the new courthouse.
“The City will engage in further discussions with the Province in the coming weeks about the courthouse details, including the municipal land we’ve been holding in anticipation of this announcement,” added Mayor Veer.
The province kept their commitment with both capital and operating Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding streams remaining fairly consistent and Red Deer’s allocation being $23.7 million.
“It is our job as local government to do what we can to realize stability for businesses, residents and communities, and with MSI funding remaining relatively stable, The City can continue moving forward with local infrastructure projects such as roadway improvements and facility development in our community,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “While we do not yet know how this funding will be funneled into our city, we remain hopeful that it will assist us in meeting the needs of our growing community.”
The province also referenced a continued investment in small and medium size enterprises. “We welcome this continued investment in local and community entrepreneurship as it aligns with our overall vision for Red Deer and a continued focus on economic development in our city,” said Mayor Veer.
There were no announcements specifically related to funding for social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and other social supports needed in Red Deer and central Alberta; however, the budget for FCSS, which increased last year, has remained constant.
In the coming weeks, The City will analyze the impacts of the education requisition for Red Deer and what this means for citizen’s property tax bill. The education requisition will be combined with the approved municipal operating budget when City Council considers the tax rate bylaw in April. Tax notices will then be mailed out in May.
The carbon levy remains an issue for The City because of its impact on the operating budget, but the programs referenced yesterday could help bring some of this money back to Red Deer.
“We await further details on potential energy-efficiency programs before we can fully understand how businesses, citizens and municipalities can apply. The City remains committed to environmental sustainability and we continue to discuss our position on revenue neutrality with the Government of Alberta and our municipal colleagues across the province,” said Mayor Veer.
Red Deer has identified many other community priorities not addressed in this budget such as Polytechnic University status for RDC, Red Deer Regional Hospital growth needs and local social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and other social supports. In the past few years, we have had several advocacy successes including the Highway 2 interchange, Red Deer Airport expansion, and now a new courthouse. We look forward to success in these additional community needs as we continue to work with the Government of Alberta.
Provincial and federal budget decisions affect the daily lives of Red Deerians. As the details of programs from the provincial budget are announced there may be other impacts to the community and organization. We will address these as they arise. On March 22, Red Deer City Council and administration will watch for infrastructure funding and affordable housing investment in the federal budget release to determine further impacts on and opportunities for Red Deer.
NEW RED DEER YOUTH HQ
The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer is pleased to announce that it has officially changed its name to Youth HQ... Red Deer - Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins comments....
Details on new Youth HQ:
The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer is pleased to announce that it has officially changed its name to Youth HQ to better represent the wide range of programs and services it provides to children and youth in central Alberta.
“Our new name, brand, and website are a reflection of our mission and belief that every youth has potential and that Youth HQ is their place,” said Kris Fleckenstein, Board Chair of Youth HQ. “We want to thank the community that has allowed us to reach our 40-year milestone of providing enriching opportunities for youth in central Alberta.”
Formerly the Youth and Volunteer Centre, Youth HQ is a grassroots non-profit organization affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer & District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Alexo, and the 49th Street Youth Shelter. By rebranding to Youth HQ – introducing a fresh visual identity and launching a new website – Youth HQ intends to gain greater public awareness of the organization’s programs and services while also appealing to children and youth in a positive and approachable way.
Youth HQ’s new name, brand identity, and website were developed by Reaction, a local web development and marketing firm. The project began in August of 2016 and was completed in early March of 2017.
“This new identity will provide a framework for Youth HQ to build greater recognition within the community and create awareness around the important services they make possible,” said Owner and Agency Director of Reaction, Mike Szyszka. “The use of bright colours, large text, and bold patterns create a friendly, approachable, and engaging look that supports the core messaging and speaks directly to the young audience they serve.”
Youth HQ is your place to…
make friends, ask tough questions, be heard, be yourself, and make a difference.
Youth HQ. This is your place.
To learn more about Youth HQ and its new branding, visit YouthHQ.ca.
ALBERTA BUDGET - RED DEER GETS A NEW COURTHOUSE
ALBERTA FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI (SEE'-SEE) HAS DELIVERED A BUDGET WITH LOTS OF DEBT BUT PROMISES A HOSPITAL, NEW SCHOOLS AND MORE MONEY FOR SENIORS AND SOCIAL SERVICES.
THE BUDGET FORECASTS A 10.3-BILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT THIS YEAR.
THAT'S SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN 10.8-BILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL FORECAST IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT CONCLUDES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.
THERE ARE NO NEW TAXES, TAX INCREASES OR PROGRAM CUTS IN THE 2017-18 FISCAL PLAN.
THE BUDGET SETS ASIDE 4.5 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING 100 MILLION IN NEW MONEY TO HELP FIRST NATIONS ON RESERVES GET RELIABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER.
AFTER LOBBYING FOR YEARS, RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER AND CITY COUNCIL ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY RED DEER WILL FINALLY GET A LARGER NEW COURTHOUSE AFTER BEING PROMISED 97 MILLION DOLLARS OVER FOUR YEARS FOR THE PROJECT IN THURSDAY'S BUDGET.
WETASKIWIN-CAMROSE MLA BRUCE HINKLEY PLEASED WITH PART OF THE BUDGET SINCE MORE THAN 35-MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE PUT TOWARDS RENOVATING THE REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM IN WETASKIWIN. HE SAYS IT’S A BIG PART OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY
RED DEER FOOD BANK RECORD YEAR
IT'S A RECORD THE ORGANIZATION DOES NOT WANT TO BREAK.
THE RED DEER FOOD BANK IS ON PACE TO SERVE A RECORD 20 THOUSAND PEOPLE THIS YEAR.
ALTHOUGH DEMAND AT THE FOOD BANK HAS GONE UP EVERY MONTH FOR THE PAST 16 MONTHS IN A ROW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FRED SCAIFE SAYS THE GOOD NEWS IS, DEMAND IN FEBRUARY, TYPICALLY ONE OF THE BUSIEST MONTHS, WENT DOWN ABOUT 8 PERCENT OVER FEBRUARY OF 2016.
THE RED DEER FOOD BANK CONTINUES TO BE OVERWHELMED BY THE GENEROUSITY OF CENTRAL ALBERTANS. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY RECEIVED ALMOST A MILLION POUNDS OF DONATED FOOD FROM GROCERY STORES LAST YEAR.
FRI NEWS (MARCH 10)
CANADA WINTER GAMES
THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES UNVEILED THREE BIG ITEMS FRIDAY.
THE GAMES LAUNCHED IT'S WEBSITE (canadagames.ca/2019) , TWO NEW SPONSORS (PEAVEY INDUSTRIES AND KIPP SCOTT), AND THE NEW BRAND "THIS IS OUR MOMENT".
GAMES C.E.O. SCOTT ROBINSON SAYS IT'S ANOTHER GREAT STEP FORWARD TOWARDS THE NATIONAL EVENT.
ROBINSON ADDS ORGANIZERS ARE GETTING VERY EXCITED, WITH JUST UNDER TWO YEARS UNTIL RED DEER HOSTS THE CANADA WINTER GAMES.
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER SAYS THE BRAND IS A PERFECT FIT AND SHE SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HOSTING CANADA WINTER GAMES IN 2019.
GAMES BOARD CHAIR LYN RADFORD SAYS IN 2019 THE COMMUNITY WILL BE SHOWCASED TO THE NATION, ATHLETES WILL COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS WILL MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT.
SCOTT ROBINSON WITH THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES TALKS ABOUT FRIDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WEBSITE (canadagames.ca/2019) , NEW SPONSORS (PEAVEY INDUSTRIES AND KIPP SCOTT), AND THE NEW BRAND "THIS IS OUR MOMENT"....
RED DEER MAYOR TARA VEER COMMENTS ON THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES...
LYN RADFORD DISCUSSES THE 2019 CANADA WINTER GAMES COMING TO RED DEER....
HOSPITALS LOTTERY LAUNCHED
THE 19TH ANNUAL HOSPITALS DREAM HOME LOTTERY WAS LAUNCHED IN RED DEER TODAY (FRI).
145 PRIZES ARE UP FOR GRABS VALUED AT OVER 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP PROVIDE FUNDING NEW TECHNOLOGY BEDS AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL CENTRE.
THE DREAM HOME WORTH ABOUT 840 THOUSAND DOLLARS IS AT 105 LARRATT CLOSE IN LAREDO, BUILT BY SORENTO CUSTOM HOMES. IT'S A 35 HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT, 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH LUXURY HOME. YOU CAN ALSO WIN A MINIMUM OF A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE MEGABUCKS 50 DRAW.
THE EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS MAY 14TH WITH THE DRAW MAY 30TH. THE TICKET CUT OFF IS JUNE 18TH AND THE MAIN DRAW WILL BE JULY 7TH.
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT HOSPITALSLOTTERY.COM OR CALL 403-430-1878 OR TOLL FREE 1-877-808-9005
RED DEER HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT
A BIG HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT IN RED DEER.
THE PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCED EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO UPGRADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE CITY.
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND COMES FROM THE PROVINCE AND THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE PROVINCE HAS EARMARKED 14 MILLION FOR MORE THAN 300 PROJECTS IN RURAL ALBERTA.
THE FUNDING WILL BE INVESTED IN RENOVATIONS FOR 11 BUILDINGS AND HELP 24 FAMILIES IN RED DEER.
THE MONEY GOES TO PROPERTIES OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE WOMEN'S SHELTER, PARKLAND COMMUNITY LIVING, THE PIPER CREEK FOUNDATION AND RED DEER HOUSING AUTHORITY.
RENOVATIONS INCLUDE ENERGY EFFICIENCIES LIKE FURNACE UPDRADES, HOT WATER TANK REPLACEMENT AND NEW WINDOWS.
WORK ON 24 UNITS WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND BE COMPLETE BY THE FALL.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE FRIDAY AT ONE OF THE UNITS IN NEED OF UPGRADES, AT A DUPLEX IN HIGHLAND GREEN.
RED DEER NORTH MLA KIM SCHREINER SAYS THIS FUNDING IS BADLY NEEDED TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES.
ALBERTA SENIORS AND HOUSING MINISTER LORI SIGURDSON IN RED DEER FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAYS THERE ARE MANY MORE PROJECTS THAT NEED HELP THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE AS WELL.
REPORTERS TALKED WITH THE HOUSING MINISTER AND RED DEER NORTH MLA ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING....
RED DEER HOSPITAL MEETINGS
THERE WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY AT TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS IN RED DEER ON TUESDAY DISCUSSING THE URGENT NEED TO EXPAND THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
ABOUT 400 PEOPLE PACKED A MEETING ROOM IN TWO SIMILAR MEETINGS, THE 4 O'CLOCK MEETING WAS SO POPULAR WITH 250 PEOPLE, THEY HELD A SECOND MEETING AT 5:30 PM WITH ABOUT 150 PEOPLE ATTENDING AT THE BAYMONT INN, DOWNTOWN.
IT WAS CALLED "A STATE OF THE HOSPITAL ADDRESS" ORGANIZED BY LOCAL DOCTORS TO ALERT THE PUBLIC AFTER THE EXPANSION PLANS FOR THE RED DEER HOSPITAL FELL OFF THE AHS INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITY LIST.
ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS, DR. KYM JIM WAS NOT SURPRISED BY THE STRONG TURNOUT AS CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE NOT GETTING THE STANDARD OF CARE THEY NEED AND THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL TO GET A LOT OF SERVICES....
RED DEER CITY COUNCILLOR KEN JOHNSTON, WHOSE WIFE ISABELLE HAD A MAJOR HEART ATTACK IN NOVEMBER. WITH NO CARDIAC CATH LAB IN RED DEER, SHE WAS FLOWN BY STARS TO FOOHILLS HOSPITAL IN CALGARY TO BE TREATED. TODAY HER HEALTH IS FRAGILE AND SHE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED.....
CENTRAL ALBERTANS ARE BEING URGED TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL MLA, HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN AND PREMIER RACHEL NOTLEY, PLUS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PUSH FOR CHANGE. LOCAL DOCTORS HAVE ALSO ASKED FOR A MEETING WITH HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN.
A RED DEER NEEDS ASSESSMENT SHOWS THE HOSPITAL IS SHORT 96 BEDS, THREE OPERATING ROOMS AND 18 EMERGENCY ROOM TREATMENT STRETCHERS.
DOCTORS SAY WITHOUT AN EXPANSION, THE NEED FOR OPERATING ROOMS, BEDS AND EMERGENCY TREATMENT SPACE WILL QUICKLY MULTIPLY.
A NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, FRIENDS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA HEALTH CARE IS BEING DEVELOPED TO PLAN A PUBLIC RALLY ON JUNE 3RD TO CONTINUE THE PUSH FOR CHANGE.
SYLVAN LAKE HEALTH CARE EXPANSION
IT'S THE ANNOUNCEMENT SYLVAN LAKERS HAVE BEEN WAITING SIX YEARS TO HEAR.
HEALTH MINISTER SARAH HOFFMAN WAS IN SYLVAN MONDAY AFTERNOON TO SHARE THAT EXPANDED HEALTH CARE SERVICE IS FINALLY ON ITS WAY....
THE SYLVAN LAKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE WILL BE RENOVATED TO PROVIDE AMBULATORY CARE FOR INJURIES SUCH AS STITCHES AND BASIC FRACTURES, 16 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. LAB AND DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES ARE ALSO ON THEIR WAY.
THE PROVINCE IS COMMITTING $2 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT, WHILE THE COMMITTEE IS HANDING OVER $197,000 FROM A TRUST FUND, RAISED THROUGH VARIOUS EVENTS OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS, TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT.
SYLVAN MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE CALLS IT A MILESTONE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE FOR THE SYLVAN LAKE AREA....
WHILE 24/7 SERVICE WAS NOT ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, MCINTYRE SAYS THAT’S AN ISSUE TO SAVE FOR ANOTHER DAY.
DR. BRAD BAHLER A LIFELONG SYLVAN RESIDENT SAYS THE IMPROVED HEALTH CARE IS NEEDED FOR THE SYLVAN REGION....
MEANTIME TODAY (TUES), ALBERTA'S FINANCE MINISTER JOE CECI WILL BE IN SYLVAN AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW BEACON HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
CECI IS ALSO VISITING RED DEER TODAY (TUES) AS HE CONTINUES HIS PROVINCIAL TOUR TALKING WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ALBERTANS, TO GET INPUT LEADING UP TO THIS SPRINGS PROVINCIAL BUDGET.
MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS
IT'S NOMINATION TIME FOR RED DEER'S MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE DESERVING TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS, THE CITY IS NOW ACCEPTION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 AWARDS.
THE MAYORS RECOGNITION AWARDS ARE A WAY TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS OR TEAMS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF OUR CITY.
THERE ARE FIVE CATEGORIES: ATHLETICS, VOLUNTARY SERVICE, FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND THE MAYOR'S SPECIAL AWARD.
THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FEBRUARY 28TH (9AM), THE AWARDS THEMSELVES WILL BE HELD JUNE 8TH.
STARS LOTTERY LAUNCH
THE 24TH ANNUAL STARS LOTTERY LAUNCHED ON THURSDAY (JAN. 12).
STARS OFFICIALS AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE HELPED ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THIS YEARS BIG STARS LOTTERY CAMPAIGN.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A TOTAL OF 3,145 PRIZES WORTH 4.9 MILLION DOLLARS, INCLUDING 24 VACATIONS, SIX VEHICLES AND FOUR GRAND PRIZES OF A NEW HOME IN RED DEER, LETHBRIDGE, EDMONTON AND CALGARY.
THE RED DEER HOME IS A 2,830 SQUARE FOOT MODERN DESIGN HOME BUILT BY MASON MARTIN HOME IN LAREDO WORTH 870 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE TWO EARLY BIRD PRIZES ARE 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND A 127 THOUSAND DOLLAR TRUCK AND TRAILER PACKAGE.
YOU CAN ALSO WIN THE LUCKY STARS 50/50 DRAW, (WITH THE CURRENT JACKPOT AT 1,240,000), THE WINNER GETS HALF.
THE STARS LOTTERY RAISES 11 MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR TO KEEP THE BIG RED HELICOPTERS FLYING AND SAVINGS LIVES IN ALBERTA.
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