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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.

In its 2015 forecast, which was released on Thursday, CAODC projected that 10,354 wells would be completed in 2015 This would equate to 119,578 operating days for drilling contractors. 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

School board rejects, then approves multi-school site

A lack of shared spaces at the site of three proposed high schools led the Red Deer Public School District board to vote against the site concept plan at first. READ

Suspects sought in connection with three armed robberies in Blackfalds

Blackfalds RCMP are looking for suspects involved in three armed robberies that occurred within minutes of each other on Monday night. READ

Father wins custody of son after two year battle

A man who has been fighting for custody of his son for nearly two years, after the child was taken away from him in the hospital shortly after his birth, will get to take his son home. READ

Mountain View County approves moratorium on development in floodways

A contentious temporary moratorium on development in floodways along a stretch of the Red Deer River has been approved by Mountain View County council. READ

Red Deer Public Library spreads digital knowledge

A rise in questions about digital content sparked the first Digital Literacy Fair at the Red Deer Public Library downtown branch on Saturday. About 15 people attended the fair which boasted one-on-one help with all things digital including accessing databases, borrowing movies, audiobooks and eMagazines. READ

Wildrose Party message needs better delivery

Wildrose Party members say too much time has been spent attacking the ruling Alberta Progressive Conservative party instead of sending their own message. READ

Waste reduction strategy making headway

Day after day, trucks loaded with everything from newspapers, plastic bags, cardboard boxes to clothing make one last stop at Red Deer’s regional landfill. READ

Wildrose Party at a 'crossroads': Smith

Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith offered up her political head if the party fails to win government in the next election. READ

Lawyer files complaint against Red Deer RCMP constable

A Red Deer RCMP constable who was caught on video beating a man arrested for impaired driving two years ago could be investigated. READ

Court losing patience with accused in death of longboarder

A Penhold woman implicated in the death of a longboarder late in May has been given two more weeks to make some decisions on a growing list of criminal charges. READ

Red Scorpions suspects back in court on Nov. 26

Four Red Deer-area residents alleged to have ties with the Red Scorpions crime group have been given two more weeks to enter elections on criminal charges now before the court. READ

Prentice focused on rebuilding trust in government

In the midst of trying to rebuild Alberta’s trust in the Progressive Conservatives, Premier Jim Prentice vowed a no nonsense and common sense government as he delivered his speech at the Leader’s Dinner. READ

Wind energy production facing strong headwinds in province

When the wind blows hard, golfers anticipate high scores and sailors brace for high waves. READ

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