Lana Michelin

This 2003 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

AHS advises Albertans to cover up when outdoors to avoid the West Nile Virus

Symptoms can include chills, vomiting and, in rare cases, death

This 2003 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes albopictus mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)
The first annual Drag Queen Storytime event at the Red Deer Public Library on June 21 received some backlash from at least one Red Deer city councillor. (Contributed photo).

Central Alberta Pride Society demands apology from city councillor for denigrating library’s Drag Queen Storytime

This doesn’t fit with Red Deer’s mandate to be a welcoming and inclusive community: Society

The first annual Drag Queen Storytime event at the Red Deer Public Library on June 21 received some backlash from at least one Red Deer city councillor. (Contributed photo).
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Red Deer motorists should watch for three roads projects this weekend

The City of Red Deer is warning motorists about some traffic disruptions…

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Kole Lundie’s Sunflower Valley Farms grows a diverse array of crops east of Lacombe. The farm’s Sunflower Trail is opening in August for the third year. (Contributed photo).

Sunflowers are helping Lacombe County producers diversify their farm crops

Kole Lundie says planting a variety of crops has many advantages

Kole Lundie’s Sunflower Valley Farms grows a diverse array of crops east of Lacombe. The farm’s Sunflower Trail is opening in August for the third year. (Contributed photo).
Fair-goers to Westerner Days in Red Deer are getting to try out a new ride, as well as some old favourites. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Westerner Days midway offer Central Alberta fair-goers some renewed thrills

A new ride and some new flavours are being experienced at the fair

Fair-goers to Westerner Days in Red Deer are getting to try out a new ride, as well as some old favourites. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Alberta country and westerner singer Corb Lund will perform Friday at Red Deer’s Centrium, during Westerner Days. For concert ticket information, please visit www.ticketalberta.com. (Black Press file photo).

Alberta’s singing cowboy Corb Lund performs Friday at Red Deer’s Centrium

The show will include his hits — and a few friend-written tunes

Alberta country and westerner singer Corb Lund will perform Friday at Red Deer’s Centrium, during Westerner Days. For concert ticket information, please visit www.ticketalberta.com. (Black Press file photo).
Q-Tip, the little Havanese fluff-ball — shown here with owner Carly Zeleny of Calgary — is a big hit at The Canine Stars doggy agility show at Red Deer’s Westerner Days fair. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Four-legged “rescues to rock stars” entertain at Red Deer’s Westerner Days

The Canine Stars perform three shows daily at the fair

Q-Tip, the little Havanese fluff-ball — shown here with owner Carly Zeleny of Calgary — is a big hit at The Canine Stars doggy agility show at Red Deer’s Westerner Days fair. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Billy Talent performs on Thursday at the Centrium during Red Deer’s Westerner Days. Tickets to the show will also get you into the fair. (Contributed photo).

Billy Talent’s bassist muses about forgiveness and healing society’s rifts

Billy Talent performs Thursday at the Centrium in Red Deer

Billy Talent performs on Thursday at the Centrium during Red Deer’s Westerner Days. Tickets to the show will also get you into the fair. (Contributed photo).
A metal plaque memorializing the lives of airmen lost in 20th Century wars, was pried off of its decorative base and is missing from Red Deer City Hall Park. (Contributed photo)

Memorial to lost aviators was stolen from Red Deer City Hall Park

Al Low said he was “aghast” to discover the vandalism and theft

A metal plaque memorializing the lives of airmen lost in 20th Century wars, was pried off of its decorative base and is missing from Red Deer City Hall Park. (Contributed photo)
Members of the Red Deer Royals Colour Guard twirl their flags and kick off the 2022 Westerner Days Parade on Wednesday morning. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Red Deerians line the streets for the 2022 Westerner Days Parade

Huge turnout indicates excitement about the parade resuming after a two-year absence

Members of the Red Deer Royals Colour Guard twirl their flags and kick off the 2022 Westerner Days Parade on Wednesday morning. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)

City reaches out to Red Deer property owners who could have a potential shelter site

The City of Red Deer is putting out a call for privately…

Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)
Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston (centre) and Councillor Bruce Buruma (left), look at a screen showing Capstone’s design vision in the new mobile discovery centre in a converted city transit bus. (Contributed photo).

Capstone Discovery Bus shows a 3D vision of what the new development could look like

The converted transit bus can travel around to special events in the city

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston (centre) and Councillor Bruce Buruma (left), look at a screen showing Capstone’s design vision in the new mobile discovery centre in a converted city transit bus. (Contributed photo).
Joe Hittel, a big-time fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (right) will be joined by donor Grayson Averill. The two men will be driving in a vintage truck from Mr. Motors in Red Deer’s Westerner Days Parade on Wednesday. (photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Joe Hittel, a big-time fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (right) will be joined by donor Grayson Averill. The two men will be driving in a vintage truck from Mr. Motors in Red Deer’s Westerner Days Parade on Wednesday. (photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
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Albertans 18 years and older can book a fourth COVID vaccine starting Wednesday

This second booster will be available five months after getting the first booster shot

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The City of Red Deer is busy hiring for the first time in two years. In this Advocate file photo, parks workers Nicole Roberts (right) and Carrie Vivier plant thousands of annuals in City Hall Park.

The City of Red Deer is now doing the most hiring since 2019

Vacancies have risen to pre-pandemic levels: city manager

The City of Red Deer is busy hiring for the first time in two years. In this Advocate file photo, parks workers Nicole Roberts (right) and Carrie Vivier plant thousands of annuals in City Hall Park.
Have you seen Dayton Clark? The 15 year old was last seen in Red Deer on July 13. (Contributed image).

Red Deer RCMP seek missing youth

Have you seen Dayton Clark, age 15?

Have you seen Dayton Clark? The 15 year old was last seen in Red Deer on July 13. (Contributed image).
A new planning tool for the downtown was approved on Monday by Red Deer city council. (Advocate file photo).

A playbook to ‘activate’ downtown Red Deer was approved by city council

While it doesn’t address all concerns, council hopes the plan starts a positive conversation

A new planning tool for the downtown was approved on Monday by Red Deer city council. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)

A public call for private properties is part of the City of Red Deer’s shelter site selection process

A comprehensive list of all possible locations is being compiled

Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)
Red Deer’s Richard Beaune will be acting in the one-man show ‘The Commandment,’ by Phil Rickaby, at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival from Aug. 12 to 21. Another local resident, Lori Lane, will be directing. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer actor will relay ‘message from God’ at Edmonton’s fringe festival

Richard Beaune appears in the one-man play ‘The Commandment’ Aug. 12-21

Red Deer’s Richard Beaune will be acting in the one-man show ‘The Commandment,’ by Phil Rickaby, at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival from Aug. 12 to 21. Another local resident, Lori Lane, will be directing. (Contributed photo)
Prime Stock Theatre actors Layne Zazalak and Allison Weninger rehearse a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run in repertoire with Richard II during Red Deer’s Bard on Bower season in July. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Bard on Bower: Tales of political intrigue and mis-matched love to unfold on Red Deer’s Bower Ponds stage

Prime Stock Theatre presents: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Richard II’

Prime Stock Theatre actors Layne Zazalak and Allison Weninger rehearse a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run in repertoire with Richard II during Red Deer’s Bard on Bower season in July. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).