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Discarded hair from Copper Lane Hair Studios in Red Deer and Lacombe is being used in oil spill cleanups.

Lane Tomalty, owner of both locations, said the hair is collected and sent to a women’s prison in B.C., where it is put into booms used to help clean up oil spills in the water. READ

City stacks up well against competitors in home building survey

A study on home building red tape shows Red Deer is competitive with other communities, says the city’s planning department. READ

Diversity key to enduring economic slide

The pain from low oil prices has been felt in Red Deer, but diversity may help the city weather the economic storm. READ

Open Farm Days: a great opportunity

Summer is when families like to create memorable moments together. For many, that’s on the lake, or around the campfire, or at the ball diamond. But there’s also a great opportunity to make that special time happen ‘on the farm’. READ

Sales down, but market strong

Central Alberta’s real estate market continues to outperform the rest of the province. READ

Are preferred shares right for you?

“Derek, should I consider preferred shares for my retirement portfolio?” Investors seeking income often limit their selection to bonds or guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) and give little or no consideration to preferred shares. They usually ignore preferred shares simply because they don’t know much about them. READ

‘We need your business in Sylvan Lake’

A retail gap analysis suggests Sylvan Lake should lure more restaurants, family entertainment and personal services businesses. Town council got its first look at the first phase of the analysis by consultants MXD Development Strategists on Monday. READ

Plains Midstream meeting regulatory obligations

Nearly a year after being taken to task by the National Energy Board, the company responsible for a major oil spill on the Red Deer River appears to be satisfying its regulatory critics. READ

Expo to feature engaging changes

Both established businesses looking to network and fledgling entrepreneurs seeking advice will find what they need at this year’s Success 4 Business Expo. Now in its 3rd year, the Oct. 8 expo at Westerner Park’s Harvest Centre has seen a number of tweaks to provide more sit-down opportunities for local business-minded people. READ

Investing is a balancing act

“Derek, how risky should I be with my investments?” Determining your willingness to accept risk is a very important piece of the investment puzzle. The reality is that we all define risk differently, but with an understanding of how various investments are built you can choose your investment path accordingly. READ

Two new fitness clubs planned for Parkland Mall

Side-by-side fitness clubs operated by the same company are planned at Parkland Mall next year. Located in the former Sears site at the mall, a 63,000-square-foot GoodLife Fitness and a 12,000- square-foot Fit4Less by GoodLife are expected to open next spring. READ

An all-women brew

The latest beer to emerge from the Olds College brewmaster and brewery operations management program is a pale ale that owes its existence to a woman’s touch — or, more accurately, the touch of seven women. READ

Cineplex to offer UltraAVX

Red Deer will officially become an UltraAVX community on Friday. Movie enthusiasts will recognize the UltraAVX name as Cineplex Inc.’s premiere offering, with its sharpest picture, crispest sound and most comfortable seating. It was rolled out in a handful of Canadian theatres in 2010, and has since spread to about 60 locations. “They’ve been hugely popular,” said Mike Langdon, director of communications with Cineplex. READ

News outlet will take to cyberspace

It’s been 5 1/2 years since CHCA-TV went black and Red Deer lost its only local television station. But a former videographer and producer at the station now hopes to fill part of the lingering void. READ

Agri-Trade will have an international flavour

There will be plenty of farm talk at Westerner Park when the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo kicks off on Wednesday. But if you listen carefully, you might also hear Spanish, Turkish and other languages. READ

Hog exchange owner reacts to video showing abuse

Hidden-camera video shot at Western Hog Exchange’s handling facilities in Red Deer has attracted the scrutiny of CTV’s investigative program W5. READ

DataCan buys Lee’s Specialties

The business formerly known as Lee Specialties has been purchased by DataCan Services Corp. READ

Evraz going public, will offer shares

Evraz North America, which operates a pipe plant north of Red Deer, announced on Friday that it plans to go public. READ

Bower Place Shopping Centre rebranding

Bower Place Shopping Centre has rebranded itself as Bower Place. READ

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