Paul Cowley

Provincial regulations drive up cost of Gasoline Alley sign

Cost of Gasoline Alley sign increases to $250,000 from about $150,000

Alberta politicians urge PM to intervene in rail strike

Rail strike will hurt agriculture and energy industries already facing tough times: politicians

Red Deer County taxes trickling in slower than usual

Poor economy blamed for higher amount of unpaid taxes

Red Deer Airport looks to buy new administration building

Airport has asked to borrow $240,000 from Red Deer County for office purchase

Two-year rural crime pilot project to look at every aspect of problem

Project funded with $200,000 from provincial government

Blackfalds predicting ongoing population boom

Town’s population could double by 2026, says study

Future unclear of central Alberta addiction facility closed by Alberta Health

Alberta Health closed facility southwest of Sundre because of patient safety concerns

Central Alberta experiencing a growing cockroach problem

Travellers unwittingly bringing back pests from their trips

Tax hike upsets pot growers

Tax changes could hurt a thriving industry: canola producers

Municipal councils looking for savings as provincial cuts loom

Innisfail town council freezes its pay and Lacombe considering 0% tax increase

Canola producers want more biofuel included in diesel

Boosting biofuel requirements would increase canola demand hurt by China trade barriers

Rural school boards facing steep insurance rate hikes

Chinook’s Edge and Wolf Creek School Divisions saw insurance jump by $1 million

Lacombe County won’t fund group that links energy companies with rural residents

Group offers link between energy industry and residents

Lacombe County pleased that sharing policing costs could mean more officers

Alberta government proposing small communities and rural municipalities pay part of police costs

Another tough harvest for many farmers

Snow has brought harvest to a halt with plenty of crops still on fields

Struggling oilpatch leads to $600,000 Lacombe County tax writeoff

Bankruptcies in oil and gas industry biggest reason for unpaid tax bills

Province on right track with rural crime initiatives: Lacombe County

Higher trespassing fines, faster 911 response and landowner legal protection applauded

Public meetings on crime off to a good start

About 50 residents turn out for meeting on discussing crime problems and possible responses

Red Deer County seeks feedback on managing farmland and development

Survey asks county residents opinions on how much farmland subdivision should be allowed

Oilfield employer pulling out of Red Deer

Oilfield service company consolidating its operations in Clairmont, Alta.