Paul Cowley

Central Alberta farmers are expecting lower than normal yields due to drought-like conditions and lack of rain this season. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Dry conditions remind central Alberta farmers of 2002 drought

Yields expected to be low because of a lack of rain in many areas

Central Alberta farmers are expecting lower than normal yields due to drought-like conditions and lack of rain this season. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Crop insurance claims could be as bad as 2002 when they hit $1 billion, says Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

Crop insurance claims could reach $1 billion: Alberta agriculture minister

Dry conditions will hurt yields across the province

Crop insurance claims could be as bad as 2002 when they hit $1 billion, says Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
O'Chiese First Nation Chief Douglas Beaverbones said the band's purchase of the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre is part of an ongoing effort to boost econonomic development.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff

O’Chiese First Nation celebrates purchase of Red Deer Cambridge hotel

O’Chiese-owned partnership bought the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre last November

O'Chiese First Nation Chief Douglas Beaverbones said the band's purchase of the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre is part of an ongoing effort to boost econonomic development.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff
O'Chiese First Nation Chief Douglas Beaverbones cuts the ribbon with Premier Jason Kenney at the grand opening of the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer on Tuesday. O'Chiese bought the hotel last December. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange (left) and Regional Chief Marlene Poitras also took part.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff

Vaccination remains the key in COVID battle, says premier in Red Deer

Even if Delta variant leads to infection increases, vaccination will protect hospital system

O'Chiese First Nation Chief Douglas Beaverbones cuts the ribbon with Premier Jason Kenney at the grand opening of the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer on Tuesday. O'Chiese bought the hotel last December. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange (left) and Regional Chief Marlene Poitras also took part.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff
The heat and lack of moisture have hit crops hard across the Prairies. Central Alberta has fared better than most but yields are expected to suffer. (Advocate file photo)

Heat wave taking a toll on Alberta crops

Central Alberta faring better than many areas of the province and other Prairie provinces

The heat and lack of moisture have hit crops hard across the Prairies. Central Alberta has fared better than most but yields are expected to suffer. (Advocate file photo)
The health risk in Red Deer is very high due to the air quality, according to the Government of Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Air quality alert remains in effect for most of Alberta

Red Deer still at high risk level on Monday

The health risk in Red Deer is very high due to the air quality, according to the Government of Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)

F1 condemns racist abuse of Hamilton following crash

LONDON (AP) — Mercedes, Formula One and its governing body the FIA…

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)
Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Lacombe frustrated with rail company foot dragging

Lack of information following derailment and cluttered right-of-way among issues frustrating council

Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)
Mark Wilcox is Red Deer-Mountain View candidate for the Maverick Party. (Photo contributed)

Maverick Party wants to make West heard in Ottawa, says Red Deer area candidate

New party has candidates in all four western provinces

Mark Wilcox is Red Deer-Mountain View candidate for the Maverick Party. (Photo contributed)
Red Deer Polytechnic will offer two new degrees and two new diplomas this fall. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic announces two more degrees and two diplomas

Bachelor degrees in psychology and diplomas in arts and sciences debut this fall

Red Deer Polytechnic will offer two new degrees and two new diplomas this fall. (Photo by Advocate staff)
A petroleum analyst is predicting gas prices will surge more than 10 cents a litre because of issues with an Edmonton refinery and a desire by retailers to improve their profit margins. (Advocate file photo)

Gas prices to soar in Red Deer, predicts analyst

Gas prices could hit 142.9, says Canadians for Affordable Energy president

A petroleum analyst is predicting gas prices will surge more than 10 cents a litre because of issues with an Edmonton refinery and a desire by retailers to improve their profit margins. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)

Two central Alberta D-Day veterans have died

Joseph Young and Frank Krepps fought through Europe in Second World War

Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)
City of Lacombe will hold a public hearing on Aug. 9 to get community input on whether VLTs should be allowed in the community. They were removed following a plebiscite in 1998. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

Lacombe seeks public input on bringing back VLTs

VLTs have been banned in the community since 1998

City of Lacombe will hold a public hearing on Aug. 9 to get community input on whether VLTs should be allowed in the community. They were removed following a plebiscite in 1998. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Air Spray employees work to get one of the company’s Lockheed Electra L-188 water tanker aircraft ready for deployment at the Red Deer Airport in May 2016. (Advocate file photo)

Air Spray busy in B.C. weeks ahead of usual fire season

Edmonton-based Air Spray employs 130 in maintenance facility at Red Deer Regional Airport

Air Spray employees work to get one of the company’s Lockheed Electra L-188 water tanker aircraft ready for deployment at the Red Deer Airport in May 2016. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer peace officer Allan Gray is among more than a dozen peace officers employed by the City of Red Deer. Two officers are being specially trained to work with the RCMP investigating minor crimes as part of a pilot project. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer peace officers to join RCMP in pilot project

Two peace officers specially trained to investigate minor crimes

Red Deer peace officer Allan Gray is among more than a dozen peace officers employed by the City of Red Deer. Two officers are being specially trained to work with the RCMP investigating minor crimes as part of a pilot project. (Advocate file photo)
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Woman dead and child seriously injured: SUV collides with train near Wetaskiwin

A woman is dead and a child was seriously injured after a…

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Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr (centre) sits down with some farmers and agri-business representatives during the round table discussion portion of the Ponoka consultation tour stop on August 2019. (Black Press file photo)

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr relishes job as culture minister

Orr said he is well suited to the culture portfolio

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr (centre) sits down with some farmers and agri-business representatives during the round table discussion portion of the Ponoka consultation tour stop on August 2019. (Black Press file photo)
Michael Scrase
(Advocate file photo)

Red Deer lawyer one of eight new judges appointed

Michael Scrase has been a defence lawyer since 1995

Michael Scrase
(Advocate file photo)
An exterior design plan that was submitted to the City of Red Deer for a larger than anticipated car wash to locate in Clearview Market Square. (Contributed image).

Number of Red Deer building permits up but value down

There have been 603 building permits issued so far compared with 384 in 2020

An exterior design plan that was submitted to the City of Red Deer for a larger than anticipated car wash to locate in Clearview Market Square. (Contributed image).
This sidewalk on the north hill buckled during the recent heat wave. Heat damage has been spotted to concrete in about a dozen places around the city. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Heat wave so hot some sidewalks damaged in Red Deer

Sidewalks and other concrete heaved in the heat

This sidewalk on the north hill buckled during the recent heat wave. Heat damage has been spotted to concrete in about a dozen places around the city. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)