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New arena one of the big ticket items in $173M capital budget

City of Red Deer administration proposes a $173-million capital budget that features new facilities and upgrades for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, increased spending on roads and basic infrastructure.

In what is expected to be an all-day affair today, council will consider some 105 projects. Some can be dismissed and others deferred others to the 10-year plan during the annual capital budget deliberations. READ

City council mulls bylaw change for microbreweries

It may be a while before the kegs are tapped, but the City of Red Deer approved a step towards making it easier to develop microbreweries. READ

Towle crosses floor to join governing Progressive Conservatives

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Kerry Towle said she heard loud and clear when she door-knocked during recent byelections that it was time to give new Tory Premier Jim Prentice a chance. READ

RCMP investigating attempted child luring

Red Deer RCMP are searching for an older Caucasian male who attempted to lure an eight-year-old girl into his truck on Monday morning. READ

Two killed in collision near Eckville

Two people are dead following a three-vehicle collision near Eckville late Friday afternoon. READ

Final year of fanciful, festive decorations at von Hollen house

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — This town’s much-loved Christmas house will dazzle for one more season beginning on Saturday. Alfred and Cheryl von Hollen have turned their home and yard into a Central Alberta Yuletide beacon for years. READ

Red Deer Youth Justice Committee: providing 20 years of second chances

For 20 years, Red Deer Youth Justice Committee has been steering young people going down the wrong path in a better direction. Committee chairperson Gwen Philip, who has sat on the committee for 15 years, said it’s been years since members dealt mostly with youth charged with shoplifting. READ

‘A firearm to us is a tool’

First lesson — the words firearm and weapon are not synonymous. And Derek Bostock, president and CEO of Red Deer Shooting Centre, will politely correct people should they mistakenly use the W-word. “We call them firearms. A firearm to us is a tool. Simple as that,” said Bostock inside the Red Deer County centre as the muffled pop of gun shots could be heard from its state-of-the-art indoor firing ranges. “They are a tool to a police officer. They are a tool to a hobby guy like me. It becomes a weapon when the person behind that tool decides to use it in a dishonourable way.” READ

Sunchild couple still searching for answers 27 years after son's disappearance

Karen and Rodger Rinker have been talking for a while, fireplace crackling in the background of their cozy, rustic home, when Rodger leaves the table. READ

Red Deer Native Friendship Society takes possession of land for Asooahum Centre

The Red Deer Native Friendship Society now owns the land where individuals and families will live and breathe aboriginal culture. READ

Blackfalds-area resident concerned about hunters

From his rural window east of Blackfalds, Roman Chubey can count seven houses within eye shot. READ

RCMP trying to locate owners of jewelry

Blackfalds RCMP are trying to locate the owners of about nine pieces of jewelry that were seized at a Red Deer pawn shop this week. READ

MADD vigil Saturday at St. Luke's Anglican Church

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is holding its 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil on Saturday night at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Red Deer. READ

Drilling activity expected to drop 10% next year

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is anticipating a 10 per cent drop in drilling activity next year — its pessimism fueled by the uncertainty surrounding market access and energy prices. READ

Fire stations, microbreweries on council’s agenda

Another Red Deer fire station may move location to accommodate growth in the city’s east end. READ

Man who killed father found not criminally responsible

A man who admitted to killing his father with a baseball bat has been declared not criminally responsible for his actions.A review panel must now decide the fate of a Red Deer man found not criminally responsible for killing his father. READ

Two children rescued from drug house in police bust

Police arrested two parents and took two children to safety after have shutting down a crack lab operating in a Lancaster Green area home earlier this month. READ

RCMP seeking information on stolen ring, rifle

A Bentley Generals 2013 Allan Cup Championship ring and a rifle were stolen from a rural residence in Central Alberta last week. READ

Head-on crash south of Stettler sends two to hospital by air ambulance

Two people were airlifted to hospital after a head-on crash south of Stettler early Tuesday morning. READ

Christmas charities ramping up campaigns

Work is underway to ensure that those in need have toys for their children and food for their families this Christmas. READ

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