Mary-Ann Barr

Kids and rubber ducks enjoy Discovery Canyon official re-opening

Kids and rubber ducks enjoy Discovery Canyon official re-opening

Red Deer outdoor recreational water feature saw $2 million upgrade

Kids and rubber ducks enjoy Discovery Canyon official re-opening
Photo courtesy of Jeff Neil Facebook

Streetheart’s Kenny Shields passes away, was supposed to play at Westerner Days

Sylvan Lake man remembers his friend who played Red Deer over the years

Photo courtesy of Jeff Neil Facebook
PC leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose leader Brian Jean

Alberta conservatives about to determine whether unity is in the cards

Vote results expected Saturday; Wildrosers meeting in Red Deer

PC leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose leader Brian Jean
Two-year-old Kayne Jarvis with his father Tyler Jarvis on one of the many midway rides during the first day of the Westerner Days Fair and Exposition in Red Deer on Wednesday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Day One of Westerner Days sees strong attendance

Over 13,000 people take in first day of annual fair

Two-year-old Kayne Jarvis with his father Tyler Jarvis on one of the many midway rides during the first day of the Westerner Days Fair and Exposition in Red Deer on Wednesday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
The Voyageurs’ Rendezvous teams prepare to depart from Saskatoon earlier in the race. (Photo contributed by Greg Cowan)

Historic canoe race from Rocky Mountain House to Manitoba nears end

Voyageurs’ Rendezvous event marks Canada’s 150th anniversary

The Voyageurs’ Rendezvous teams prepare to depart from Saskatoon earlier in the race. (Photo contributed by Greg Cowan)
The Collicutt Centre water park. (Advocate file photo)

Collicutt Centre water park mechanical failure means no waves

Expected to be four to six weeks before repairs

The Collicutt Centre water park. (Advocate file photo)
Trees crashed down onto a building at Michener Centre during the June 20 windstorm in Red Deer.

Red Deer windstorm serves as reminder to check insurance policies

‘We don’t think to update some of our insurance policies’

Trees crashed down onto a building at Michener Centre during the June 20 windstorm in Red Deer.
Air quality in Red Deer and area expected to decline substantially on Wednesday

Air quality in Red Deer and area expected to decline substantially on Wednesday

Another special statement issued by Environment Canada

Air quality in Red Deer and area expected to decline substantially on Wednesday
Central Alberta Pride plans rainbow crosswalk again during Pride Week in Red Deer

Central Alberta Pride plans rainbow crosswalk again during Pride Week in Red Deer

Vandalism in 2016 turned into positive sense of community

Central Alberta Pride plans rainbow crosswalk again during Pride Week in Red Deer
Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS                                A woman takes in the smoke blanketing Mt. Rundle from a forest fire in Kootenay National Park as she stands on a dock on the Vermilion Lakes near Banff.

Poor air quality anticipated for a while over Alberta from wildfires

If you smell smoke, see a haze, it’s time to be more cautious

Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS                                A woman takes in the smoke blanketing Mt. Rundle from a forest fire in Kootenay National Park as she stands on a dock on the Vermilion Lakes near Banff.
Rock moves on to take up new ministry in Toronto

Rock moves on to take up new ministry in Toronto

Credits Red Deer postitve experience as laying foundation for new role

Rock moves on to take up new ministry in Toronto
Red Deer North MLA Kim Schreiner announces the launch of a two-year business incubator program as Downtown Business Association executive director Amanda Gould looks on.

Central Alberta business incubator program launches

Office in Red Deer will help new businesses

Red Deer North MLA Kim Schreiner announces the launch of a two-year business incubator program as Downtown Business Association executive director Amanda Gould looks on.
Technical problem caused bug in TV alert system for some people in Red Deer

Technical problem caused bug in TV alert system for some people in Red Deer

Shaw testing system to ensure it doesn’t repeat

Technical problem caused bug in TV alert system for some people in Red Deer
Photo by MARY-ANN BARR/Advocate staff                                Reading College students have some fun with the Oilers and Flames around who is going to win the Stanley Cup. The consensus seemed to be the Oilers.

Red Deer students get a hand with improving literacy skills

They return to school ahead of where they were

Photo by MARY-ANN BARR/Advocate staff                                Reading College students have some fun with the Oilers and Flames around who is going to win the Stanley Cup. The consensus seemed to be the Oilers.
The scene from Boston Flats, where dozens of mobile homes have been burnt to the ground. (Black Press photo)

Cash donations better way to help victims of B.C. wildfires: Red Cross

Allows flexibility to provide exactly what people need

The scene from Boston Flats, where dozens of mobile homes have been burnt to the ground. (Black Press photo)
A nest with ferruginous hawk nestlings (Photo contributed by Janet Ng)

Owls, raccoons threaten endangered hawk in surprising way

Medicine River Wildlife Centre helps ferruginous hawk research

A nest with ferruginous hawk nestlings (Photo contributed by Janet Ng)
The storm north of Rocky Mountain House on Sunday triggered severe weather alerts. (Photo by storm chaser Braydon Morisseau)

Summer weather events create warnings, but also anxiety for some people

‘I get very nervous with storms,’ says woman who responded to Pine Lake tornado

The storm north of Rocky Mountain House on Sunday triggered severe weather alerts. (Photo by storm chaser Braydon Morisseau)
Photo of pool ball-sized hail northwest of Olds Sunday evening, taken by Braydon Morisseau and posted on Twitter.

Sunday’s severe weather warnings reminder to be prepared

Central Alberta saw tornado watches, warnings, rain and hail

Photo of pool ball-sized hail northwest of Olds Sunday evening, taken by Braydon Morisseau and posted on Twitter.
A farm in Lacombe County is illustrated in the new Municipal Development Plan.

Main focus of Lacombe County’s new muncipal plan continues to be agriculture

Council adopts 10-year vision, accompanying land-use bylaw

A farm in Lacombe County is illustrated in the new Municipal Development Plan.
Five-year-old Sophia Riopel offers some grass to one of the goats at Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project on Friday. (Photo by Mary-Ann Barr/Advocate staff)

Baaaaaah ….. Goats eating up Red Deer’s invasive weeds

Pilot project could one day expand to other natural areas

Five-year-old Sophia Riopel offers some grass to one of the goats at Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project on Friday. (Photo by Mary-Ann Barr/Advocate staff)