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Skating program combats isolation during holidays

Gabby Maravilla of Red Deer put one foot in front of the other and cautiously shuffled into the middle of the arena, arms stretched wide out for optimum balance.

  • Jan 3, 2014

City releases new snow plowing schedule

New year, new snow, new residential plowing schedule.

Red Deer RCMP seeking new superintendent

Red Deer’s acting police superintendent is a 32-year veteran who supervised the surrounding detachments in Central Alberta for more than a year.

  • Jan 2, 2014

Boxing Day sales madness rages

Shoppers were out in force across much of Canada today trying to snap up deals in the annual Boxing Day sales.

Renegades take South Sudan capital

South Sudan’s central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world’s newest country.

  • Dec 23, 2013

Town issues warning about thin ice on Sylvan Lake

The cold weather isn’t making Sylvan Lake any safer for ice skaters. Despite a fairly sustained cold snap, higher than average snowfall has prevented Sylvan Lake from completely freezing over.

Innisfail group seeks volunteers

Citizens on Patrol groups in Innisfail and Red Deer are on the lookout for more volunteers.

RDC teams going to be busy during Christmas

The RDC sports teams will be busy over the Christmas break. Both volleyball teams will travel to the United States while the basketball squads will compete in Alberta tournaments.

  • Dec 19, 2013

TransCanada CEO sees Mexico oil pipeline opportunities

The CEO of TransCanada Corp. sees opportunities to build new oil pipelines in Mexico, which is poised to end its government’s monopoly on energy development and open its oilfields up to foreign players.

  • Dec 19, 2013

Scrutiny over crude-by-rail gathered steam in 2013 in shadow of Lac Megantic

Crude oil moved along Canadian railway lines in unprecedented volumes in 2013 as delays in building new pipelines caused oil companies, clamouring to reach the most lucrative markets, to seek out alternative paths.

Cows rescued after barn collapse

Recent snowstorms are being blamed for a pair of barn collapses in Central Alberta that required rescue operations for trapped livestock on Sunday afternoon.

Happy holidays to all, even those who stole our tree

I would like to thank the person/persons responsible for stealing our outdoor 4.5-foot Christmas tree off our front step while our family was out Christmas shopping. It’s not so much that the tree is gone, it’s the way it was taken.

  • Dec 16, 2013

Central Albertan’s journey with disease a detailed and heroic story

This is the story of a young man, William Boulton, who in January 2007 fell victim to a debilitating disease.

  • Dec 13, 2013

Add a little colour to the exterior this holiday season

Central Alberta does not have to worry about lack of snow this holiday season. The white stuff is everywhere. Adding colour to the outside over the holidays and throughout the winter makes the world outside appear a more hospitable place.

  • Dec 12, 2013

Canada, South Africa relations in decline

As Canadians spend the week marking their country’s close ties with Nelson Mandela, the celebrations have obscured a troubling reality — a steady decline in relations with South Africa.

A genocide forestalled?

The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the poorest and most inaccessible countries in the world. It’s the size of France, but it only has four and a half million people. It is a serious contender for the title of Worst Governed Country in Africa, and it is now teetering on the brink of a genocide.

Celebrity dance off

Dance Magic instructor Jody Liptak breaks out in laughter as celebrity dancer Sam Wong supports her during a rehearsal at Dance Magic on Tuesday.

  • Dec 11, 2013

Wildrose Harmonizers providing sounds of the season Sunday

Fun and breezy sounds of the season will be delivered by the Wildrose Harmonizers at the group’s Noel Noel charitable concert on Sunday.

RCMP warn of ’emergency’ phone scam

The “emergency” scam is re-emerging and Red Deer RCMP are warning people to be alert about late-night phone calls.

Acidifying Arctic Ocean threatens food web in the North: research

Scientists huddled in a sea ice camp on the Arctic Ocean have produced new evidence that climate change could be threatening the food web in the far North.

  • Dec 6, 2013