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Gas leak creates major traffic headaches

A City of Red Deer firefighter opens the valve on a hydrant charging a line to a nearby engine at the corner of 32nd Street and 40th Avenue. A utility contractor hit a natural gas line causing a leak in an alley behind Anders Close around on Wednesday around 1 p.m. Eight homes were evacuated near 40th Avenue and 32nd Street. Residents were asked to stay away from the area. Traffic was rerouted at the intersection for several hours while crews repaired the line. The roads were reopened around 4 p.m. READ

Urgent remedy sought for pediatrician shortage

The departure of two local pediatricians has seen Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre calling in pediatricians more often from Calgary and Edmonton to cover on-call duties at the hospital. READ

Man dies in crane accident at Nova Chemicals' Joffre site

A man was killed while taking apart a crane at the Nova Chemicals’ Joffre site just one day before the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. READ

City projecting significant loss in growth revenue in 2017 budget

City officials are bracing for tough times ahead as the number crunching begins in preparation for the 2017 budgets. READ

Condor girl among lucky Canadians chosen to name RCMP puppies

Future Const. Jude, your picture is on its way to Condor, home of the schoolgirl who named you. READ

City takes wait-and-see approach to beat patrol proposal

Setting up a beat patrol program in downtown Red Deer could cost an estimated $1.4 million or pull nine police officers from other duties. READ

No tax increase in 2016 in Red Deer County

Red Deer County will hold the line on taxes. READ

Tax deadline extended

Procrastinators rejoice! READ

NDP vows to tackle deferred maintenance of seniors lodges

Minister of Seniors and Housing Lori Sigurdson says confronting deferred maintenance repairs of seniors lodges and housing is a priority for the province. READ

Social media blamed for spike in sexually-transmitted infections

Gonorrhea and syphilis rates dramatically spiked across Alberta last year mostly due to the use of social media, according to health officials. READ

Nominees announced for 2016 Women of Excellence Awards

Red Deer & District Community Foundation has named 29 nominees for the the 2016 Women of Excellence Awards. READ

Swinging into Red Deer

The nostalgic era of circle skirts and bow ties was revived last weekend when swing kids of all ages came to Red Deer to jitterbug and Lindy hop to live band music. READ

Western meets steampunk

Carrie Zelent creates clothing that’s sort of steampunk, somewhat Western — and something of a well-kept secret. READ

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a sign: Electronic billboard on QEII may be distracting for driver

On any given day, an average of about 32,000 vehicles pass by Innisfail on Hwy 2. If you’re a billboard owner, it’s not a bad place to put one. But of you’re Faye Hallett, and the billboard sign is electronic, it’s not a great idea. READ

Wild horse contraception, adoption efforts going well: WHOAS

Efforts to control Alberta’s wild horse population through adoption and contraception are working, says the group behind the programs. Bob Henderson, of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS), hopes that won’t be lost on the province, which has yet to commit to abandoning what was becoming an almost annual roundup of dozens of horses. READ

Police task force cracking down on crime

Last April 100 police officers descended on a 130-acre rural property near Markerville. READ

Sexual Assault Response Team operating in Rocky

More help is available for recent victims of sexual assault in the Rocky Mountain House area. READ

Swing dancers descend on Red Deer this weekend

The nostalgic era of circle skirts and bow ties will be revived this weekend as swing kids of all ages come to Red Deer to jitterbug and Lindy hop to live band music. READ

Province ponies up $800K to clear the air in the Red Deer region

The sources of the pollution that pushed the Red Deer region’s air quality past allowable standards may soon be conclusive. READ

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