Paula Trotter

Watershed concerns flow

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance has kicked off its year-long community consultation process with the first of many forums detailing the current conditions and issues that impact the health of the Central Alberta watershed.

Few are surprised by gun registry vote results

A few community members said they were not surprised that the federal opposition parties succeed in foiling the Conservative’s effort to kill the long-gun registry Wednesday night.

Trans-Canada trekkers awed by local scenery

Trekking together along Hwy 2A, heading north towards Red Deer from Penhold, a family from British Columbia continued to marvel at their first look at vast prairie farm fields, bright yellow canola crops and a horizon that goes forever.

Cloud seeding for safer weather

Volatile Alberta summer weather has kept the hail mitigators busy. Weather Modification Inc., based in Olds, has sent cloud seeding planes to 58 storm cells between High River and Lacombe since storm season started on June 1, in an effort to decrease the size of ice stones.

Cycling grannies complete 1,300-km relay to Winnipeg

Elsie McKinnon and Jo Maetche have recorded some impressive numbers. At 61- and 67-years-old respectively, the Red Deer grandmothers recently completed the cycling relay Hot Pursuit.

A chick in the chimney

One of Red Deer’s juvenile peregrine falcons found himself in a tight situation Wednesday night.

Public library revives online election forum

The Red Deer Public Library is again launching an online tool to boost interaction between candidates and voters in the upcoming municipal election. The library first created www.electionforum.ca for the 2004 civic election and the site was revamped for the 2007 election.

Food bank coping with summertime blues

Fred Scaife and his team at the Red Deer Food Bank have been busy trying to offset the typical summertime decline in donations.

Fair records fall

It was a record-breaking year at Westerner Days. In fact, three new records were set over the span of the five-day fair that wrapped up on Sunday night.

Grandmothers on go for orphans

A couple of Red Deer grandmothers have opted for a bicycle instead of a rocking chair.

RDC’s Series has been offering summer art camp for adults for 25 years

Summer camp isn’t just for kids. In fact, Red Deer College has been offering Series for the past 25 years so adults can take a break from the daily grind and revel in a week-long art workshop.

Dinosaur-hunting voyage scuttled

The expectations Darren Tanke built up over the past eight years drowned just nine days after he and a crew embarked on scow boat expedition along the Red Deer River.

Race day at Lacombe

Except for the occasional neigh or nicker, mornings are seemingly quiet at Alberta Downs.

Hoping for liberation

Tom King is a man who mentions hope quite frequently. But the pastor of the Clearwater Cowboy Church isn’t talking about his faith when he mentions the word.

Community backing key to Ronald McDonald House project’s success

The chair of the capital campaign cabinet for Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta is amazed by how eagerly the community has stepped up to support the project.

Sudan non-profit opens in city

A non-profit agency striving to help orphaned children in southern Sudan has officially set up shop in Red Deer.

Tools of the trade

Darren Jones uses an unconventional tool to create his art. The Rimbey resident started crafting elaborate and intricate tree sculptures 14 years ago when his family gave him a chain saw as a Father’s Day gift, a present his wife and kids assumed he would use to buck firewood to heat their acreage home.

Emergency crews rescue 11 people from Red Deer River

Red Deer Emergency Services rescued 11 people from the Red Deer River Tuesday evening.

Seniors want input about neighbourhood

A crowd of about 150 gathered outside Valley Park Manor Thursday afternoon to protest the upcoming closures of the centre and the Red Deer Nursing Home.

Tight budget predicted

Mayor Morris Flewwelling is predicting another tight budget in a year that will likely see a new face or two welcomed aboard city council.