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Wife of drunk driving victim shocked by gaps in justice system

Court proceedings involving an Airdrie man who caused a fatal collision near Rocky Mountain House have exposed serious flaws in Canada’s criminal justice system, says the wife of the man who was killed.

On June 15, 2013, Rocky resident Wayne Rinas, 52, was heading north on Hwy 22, about 15 km north of Rocky, when his pickup truck was struck head-on by a southbound pickup truck driven by Peter MacLaurin, 25, of Airdrie. READ

Transmission reinforcement projects going ahead

Plan to feel dwarfed by quite a few new electrical giants in the region. READ

Woman drawn into money laundering scheme

After posting her resume online, a Red Deer woman became the unwitting conduit for a money laundering scheme. READ

Frac sand facility fate is unresolved

The fate of a proposed $15-million frac sand facility near Leslieville has been put on hold. READ

A mission to save lives

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has tasked the country’s 308 members of Parliament with a mission when it comes to suicide prevention. READ

Enjoy the heat, there’s more on the way

July was one hot and steamy month — and it’s not over yet. Environment Canada Meteorologist Bill McMurtry said typically the daily mean temperature for July was 15.9C over the last 30 years in Red Deer. So far this month, the average temperature 17.1C, 1.2 degrees warmer. READ

Albertans asked to conserve power use to ease demand

Scorching hot temperatures are putting pressure on the power grid, forcing the Alberta Electric System Operator to ask all Albertans to conserve power. READ

Fire destroys three homes in Lacombe

Fire destroyed three homes in Lacombe early Tuesday morning. READ

Teen missing since July 22

A Red Deer teen left his home on a black bicycle more than a week ago and remains missing. READ

Boats remain unclaimed

A few stray boats are still waiting to be claimed on the south shore of Sylvan Lake. About 15 vessels were washed ashore last week after Friday’s wind storm. READ

Rollover injures man

A 19-year-old man was transported by STARS air ambulance after a single vehicle rollover near Blackfalds on Tuesday morning. Blackfalds RCMP Cpl. Barry Larocque said the man was southbound on Range Road 275 at about 11:30 a.m. and appears to have lost control in the gravel. READ

Liver transplant a success

A Red Deer couple’s liver transplant surgery was a success. Ethel Lariviere donated a portion of her liver to her husband Randy as planned on July 7 at the University of Alberta Hospital. READ

Lacombe County couple hits jackpot

A Lacombe County couple hit the $18.3-million Lotto 6-49 jackpot. Bradley and Amanda Kelly won the big money in the June 25 lottery draw. READ

Transmission lines approved

An Alberta Utilities Commission panel has approved AltaLink’s preferred route to rebuild transmission lines, new lines and substations in Red Deer and area. READ

More pressure for Pine Lake: 200-home development proposed

Residential development on the south shores of Pine Lake is back on the discussion table. READ

A chariot into nature

When Krista Thiessen of Red Deer hit the ground for the first time in the TrailRider, she couldn’t stop smiling. “It’s something like you’ll never experience at all,” said Thiessen, 30. “Just the greatest opportunity to get out there, see some nature.” READ

Heating bills still being paid

People are still recovering from higher utility expenses during the long winter, based on the demand for groceries at the Red Deer Food Bank. READ

Red Scorpion gang member, associates arrested near Red Deer

A two-month drug investigation has led to the arrest of four people, and the seizure of more than 1.4 kg of drugs and guns. READ

RCMP arrest Red Scorpion, associates in gang-related operation

One member of the Red Scorpions gang and three associate members have been arrested after a series of warrants were executed in Red Deer, Airdrie and Calgary. READ

Smiles on the streets at CentreFest

Years of training, perfecting and experimenting go in to the 30 minute performances that delighted crowds and put smiles on the faces of onlookers at this year’s CentreFest. READ

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