Category: News

Rural residents set roots

More people in Bashaw, Ponoka, Ponoka County and Rimbey stayed put over a five-year period than moved, according to 2013 national census figures. West Central Planning Agency analysed inter-municipal migration based on the Canada census that asked 20 per cent of Canadians more questions, including if they had moved in the last five years. “Rural […]

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Snowmobiling and safety woes

ome Central Alberta snowmobile groups support driver training legislation to make the recreational sport safer. The Alberta Snowmobile Association is lobbying the provincial government to have mandatory driving training for 12- to 16-year-olds. “I think that would be a really good spot to start,” says Louise Sherren, executive director of the association. “That’s about the […]

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Mirror council in disarray; merger with county proposed

Mirror badly needs new leadership after the mayor and two councillors stepped down, leaving the village floundering. With only two councillors left, the Village of Mirror could not achieve the quorum necessary to run its affairs. So Alberta Municipal Affairs was forced to assigned an administrator to manage village business until a byelection can be […]

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South project moves ahead

Construction on phase two of Southpointe Common could start this fall or next spring, says the developer. Brent McKay, development manager for Calgary-based Qualico Developments (West) Ltd., said no major tenants have been signed yet for the 25-acre site just south of Southpointe Common, the development that is home to Home Depot and Wal-Mart. “I […]

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Schooling a priority, MLAs say

York’s two MLAs take exception to accusations by some York public school trustees that the provincial government is indifferent to education. “Of course we’re concerned. Those are our kids and we’re responsible for educating them,” said York North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski. York South MLA Victor Doerksen said the government has put millions of dollars […]

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Ecstasy linked to woman’s death

RCMP are probing the death of an 18-year-old woman after she took two ecstasy pills Saturday night. The woman and three friends took the popular party drug at the Euphoria dance club Saturday night, police said Tuesday. The woman, whose name has not been released, became ill. “She wasn’t doing well with it. They said […]

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Bomb scare hits Gasoline Alley

Several Gasoline Alley restaurants were evacuated Thursday night after a bomb scare at the Donut Mill. Patrol cars blocked off entrances to the Hwy 2 commercial strip about 8 p.m. after a phone call warning of a bomb was received at the restaurant. Restaurant owner Parry Dyck said one of his staff took the call […]

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Weapons used to help end lengthy chase

RCMP used their weapons to apprehend a suspected truck thief after chasing him through Central Alberta on Monday. The identity of the 27-year-old Blackfalds man has not been released by police. However, RCMP say he is under guard at York Regional Hospital Centre where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his arm and […]

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Rural doctor shortage examined

A Sundre physician is searching for a new way to encourage medical students to work in rural areas. Dr. Carol Rowntree is concerned about finding a doctor to eventually replace her. Now she’s working to identify students interested in rural practice and has put a rural physician mentorship program in place for 11 students at […]

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Siege stalls aid delivery

UMM QASR, Iraq (AP) — Tonnes of desperately needed food and water reached this port city escorted by attack helicopters and a minesweeping ship, but the people it could benefit most — 1.3 million residents of nearby Basra — remained under siege Friday and under fire from Iraqi fighters. Iraq’s second-largest city, just 30 kilometres […]

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