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Penhold residence held large amount of stolen property

The Priority Crimes Task Force seized an undisclosed amount of stolen property from a Penhold residence on Saturday.

Police say the “extensive amount” of stolen property is linked to a number of crimes in the Central Alberta region. Police say three men and a youth have been linked to the crimes. READ

NAFTA environment watchdog won’t probe oilsands tailings ponds

The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement’s environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta’s oilsands. READ

Truck spills part of its load of diluted hydrochloric acid west of Edmonton

A transport truck has dumped part of its load of diluted hydrochloric acid after rolling off a highway in a remote area west of Edmonton. READ

Alberta NDP announces tour to hear from residents on next budget and low oil

The New Democrats are hitting the road to get their own take on what Albertans want Premier Jim Prentice to do given the collapse in oil prices. READ

Oldest fossils found in London museum kick off quest for snakes with legs

Sometimes, the best fossil hunting is done indoors. The chance discovery of a misidentified fossil in a London museum has led a University of Alberta paleontologist to push back the date of the earliest known snake by almost 70 million years — and has kicked off his quest for the first four-legged slitherer. READ

Alberta’s Prentice, Saskatchewan’s Wall skipping premiers’ trip to Ottawa

Two of western Canada’s conservative premiers, Alberta’s Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, are skipping this week’s premiers’ meeting in Ottawa. READ

Mourners pay respects to RCMP Const. David Wynn

ST. ALBERT — The sister of an Alberta Mountie told mourners at his funeral Monday that he would want them to live life the way he did — with joy, with passion and with every effort to make the world a better place. READ

Man picks up child; also exposes himself to group of young girls

Red Deer RCMP have released a composite drawing of a man who exposed himself to four eight-year-old girls on Saturday afternoon. READ

Red Deer North MLA Jablonski decides not to seek sixth term

Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski has called it a career. READ

Surviving Alberta Mountie’s recovery from shooting progressing: family

he family of an Alberta RCMP officer who survived a shooting that killed another Mountie says his recovery is progressing. But auxiliary Const. Derek Bond’s family says in a statement that it — quote — “remains a very difficult time for us.” READ

Travis Vader to face trial in 2016 in killings of two missing Alberta seniors

A trial date has been set for a man accused of killing two Alberta seniors whose bodies have never been found. READ

Local United Way sets record by raising $2.3 million in 2014

United Way of Central Alberta proved a target goal wasn’t necessary to raise a record-breaking $2,304,062 during its 2014 fundraising campaign. READ

Justice minister orders review into Crown’s actions in Mountie shootings

Alberta’s justice minister has ordered a review into how the Crown handled a career criminal who ended up gunning down two Mounties on the weekend. READ

Alberta RCMP officer shot in head during vehicle theft investigation dies

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — An Alberta RCMP officer who was shot in the head during a routine investigation in a community just outside Edmonton last weekend has died. READ

Observers warn against knee-jerk reaction to tragic police shootings

The brazen shootings of Canadian police officers remain tragic exceptions that shouldn’t result in overreaction, observers cautioned as the shooting of two Mounties in Alberta thrust the issue of officer safety into the national spotlight. READ

Oil-price collapse to cut $4.3 billion from federal revenues: report

The sharp collapse of world oil prices will cut the Canadian government’s income by $4.3 billion this year and deliver a nearly $10-billion blow to the provinces, says a new report Tuesday by the Conference Board of Canada. READ

Alberta Agriculture sets up special phone line to report rats: 310-RATS

Alberta Agriculture wants to make it easier to report sightings of rats in the hope of keeping the destructive rodents out of the province. READ

Court records show Alberta Mountie shooter Shawn Rehn a violent criminal

Court records show the man who shot two Alberta Mounties was a violent criminal awaiting trial on multiple charges the day he died. READ

Man fined $4,500 for swimming with endangered snails in Banff National Park

A judge has fined a man $4,500 for taking a dip in a thermal pool in Banff National Park that is home to a type of endangered snail. READ

No decision on retrial for Calgary reservist convicted in training accident

There’s still no decision on whether a Calgary reservist who won an appeal of his conviction in a deadly Afghanistan training accident will face a new trial. READ

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