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Roll Scooters, a Toronto-based E-scooter company, would like to add Lacombe County’s Rosedale Valley subdivision to potential destinations. (Photo courtesy of Roll Scooters)

E-scooter company has eye on Lacombe County subdivision

Roll Scooters is about to start operating in City of Lacombe

Roll Scooters, a Toronto-based E-scooter company, would like to add Lacombe County’s Rosedale Valley subdivision to potential destinations. (Photo courtesy of Roll Scooters)
Vesta Energy provided an update on its operations in central Alberta to Lacombe County council on Thursday. (Photo contributed)

Vesta Energy says drilling not triggering earthquakes

Company has not triggered any earthquakes since March 2019 incident

Vesta Energy provided an update on its operations in central Alberta to Lacombe County council on Thursday. (Photo contributed)
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Joint RCMP operation seizes guns, drugs and cash in B.C. and Alberta

Springbrook among communities RCMP target to break up drug trafficking and money laundering ring

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Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta ending regular in-person COVID-19 updates

COVID Statistics will be updated weekly but news conferences held only as required

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Olympic women’s hockey five-time medallist Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser and Humboldt Bronco Ryan Straschnitzki provided plenty of inspiration at a recent The Lending Cupboard fundraiser in Red Deer. (Photo contributed)

Olympic women’s gold medallist and Humboldt Bronco share inspirational stories

Hayley Wickenheiser and Ryan Straschnitzki in Red Deer to support The Lending Cupboard

Olympic women’s hockey five-time medallist Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser and Humboldt Bronco Ryan Straschnitzki provided plenty of inspiration at a recent The Lending Cupboard fundraiser in Red Deer. (Photo contributed)
The St. George and St. Paul The Anchorite Monastery has been approved by Red Deer County for a site, about five kilometres east of Red Deer, just south of Highway 11. (Photo contributed)

Coptic monastery approved in Red Deer County

Monastery to be located just east of Red Deer

The St. George and St. Paul The Anchorite Monastery has been approved by Red Deer County for a site, about five kilometres east of Red Deer, just south of Highway 11. (Photo contributed)
Red Deer County approved a $50,000 sponsorship of the 2023 Canadian International Air Race Championships, which is set for July 7-9 2023 at the Red Deer Regional Airport and will feature Formula F1 Pylon Racers and Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) drag racers along with aerobatic display by top performers. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer County agrees to $50,000 air racing sponsorship

2023 Canadian International Air Race Championships coming to Red Deer airport July 7-9, 2023

Red Deer County approved a $50,000 sponsorship of the 2023 Canadian International Air Race Championships, which is set for July 7-9 2023 at the Red Deer Regional Airport and will feature Formula F1 Pylon Racers and Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) drag racers along with aerobatic display by top performers. (Photo contributed)
Rooftop goats were a big hit at the Norwegian Laft Hus 35th Year Festival that took place at Heritage Park on Saturday. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Laft Hus Norwegian Festival celebrates return

First festival since 2019 because of pandemic postponement draws hundreds on Saturday

Rooftop goats were a big hit at the Norwegian Laft Hus 35th Year Festival that took place at Heritage Park on Saturday. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
An SUV smashed through a brick wall at Sproule's Mountview IDA Pharmacy shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday. The pharmacy is expected to remain closed for at least two weeks for repairs. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

SUV smashes into Mountview pharmacy

SUV ended up entirely inside building after 10 a.m. collision

An SUV smashed through a brick wall at Sproule's Mountview IDA Pharmacy shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday. The pharmacy is expected to remain closed for at least two weeks for repairs. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
COVID-19 health restrictions meant the court system had to respond quickly and handled much of the routine work remotely. Many who work in the system hope some of those changes continue. (Advocate file photo)

Lawyers hope to see some pandemic-inspired court changes continue

Pandemic showed a lot of routine court work can be done remotely

COVID-19 health restrictions meant the court system had to respond quickly and handled much of the routine work remotely. Many who work in the system hope some of those changes continue. (Advocate file photo)
Kemron Alexander (Photo from ALERT)

Canada-wide warrant issued for accused sex trafficker

Kemron Alexander, 28, known to travel through Central Alberta

Kemron Alexander (Photo from ALERT)
There are now 15,384 active cases of the virus in Alberta, to go along with 500,756 recovered cases. (Black Press file photo)

Alberta reports nearly 100 fewer people now in hospital with COVID

719 in hospital, down from 816 a week ago, as of Monday

There are now 15,384 active cases of the virus in Alberta, to go along with 500,756 recovered cases. (Black Press file photo)
On Thursday, Leduc-Beaumont MLA Brad Rutherford introduced Bill 207, the Traffic Safety (Tow Truck Warning Lamps) Amendment Act, which would allow flashing blue lights to be added to Alberta tow trucks. (Photo courtesy of Alberta Motor Association)

Alberta tow trucks can get blue lights in safety pilot project

Tow truck operators say too many drivers ignore amber flashing lights

On Thursday, Leduc-Beaumont MLA Brad Rutherford introduced Bill 207, the Traffic Safety (Tow Truck Warning Lamps) Amendment Act, which would allow flashing blue lights to be added to Alberta tow trucks. (Photo courtesy of Alberta Motor Association)
Mayor Mike Yargeau was one of the panelists speaking to municipal leaders from all over Canada on balancing work, life, and politics at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Regina recently. (Photo contributed)

Municipal “frontline governments” critical to Canada’s recovery: Penhold mayor

Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau re-elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities board

Mayor Mike Yargeau was one of the panelists speaking to municipal leaders from all over Canada on balancing work, life, and politics at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Regina recently. (Photo contributed)
Mountain pine beetle in the Hinton region. (Photo from Black Press News Services)

Mountain pine beetles continue trek east

Lacombe County recently alerted residents pine beetles found on west side of county

Mountain pine beetle in the Hinton region. (Photo from Black Press News Services)
In this July 12, 2017, photo, a dead pine beetle is shown on the inside of a piece of bark peeled from a beetle-killed tree near Albany, Wyo. U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press show that about 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 western states, up from 5.8 billion five years earlier. The Forest Service says about 20 percent were likely killed by a massive beetle outbreak. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)

Pine beetle forest devastation has far-reaching impacts

Destruction of older forests could also effect flooding

In this July 12, 2017, photo, a dead pine beetle is shown on the inside of a piece of bark peeled from a beetle-killed tree near Albany, Wyo. U.S. Forest Service statistics compiled for The Associated Press show that about 6.3 billion dead trees are still standing in 11 western states, up from 5.8 billion five years earlier. The Forest Service says about 20 percent were likely killed by a massive beetle outbreak. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)
Rod and Heidi Wild are joined by son Jackson (left) and daughter Chloe in their Roly Guacamole food truck. Rod left the oilpatch to sell handmade tacos in the summer and thin crust pizza out of his takeout pizza business Tomato Static in Gasoline Alley in the winter. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Food trucks enjoying their tasty career change

Energy industry workers reinvented themselves as mobile chefs

Rod and Heidi Wild are joined by son Jackson (left) and daughter Chloe in their Roly Guacamole food truck. Rod left the oilpatch to sell handmade tacos in the summer and thin crust pizza out of his takeout pizza business Tomato Static in Gasoline Alley in the winter. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Many Central Alberta farmers got some welcome rain over the weekend. Seeding almost entirely complete in the region and about two-thirds of crops have emerged. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Timely rain welcomed by central Alberta farmers

Central and southern parts of the province got much-needed moisture in last week

Many Central Alberta farmers got some welcome rain over the weekend. Seeding almost entirely complete in the region and about two-thirds of crops have emerged. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
A new electoral map for Alberta would create a new Red Deer riding containing the entire city, currently split between the Red Deer-Lacombe and Red Deer-Mountain View ridings. (Map from Federal Election Commission)

New election map puts Red Deer in single riding

Red Deer was split between two ridings in 2012

A new electoral map for Alberta would create a new Red Deer riding containing the entire city, currently split between the Red Deer-Lacombe and Red Deer-Mountain View ridings. (Map from Federal Election Commission)
Ken Williamson, of Red Deer’s Optimist Bikes for Kids program, fine tunes another donated bike. The group has a lengthy waiting list and needs more donations of bikes of all kinds in good condition. (Photo contributed)

Bike donation group running short of rides

Optimist Bikes for Kids has a waiting list and welcomes good donated bikes

Ken Williamson, of Red Deer’s Optimist Bikes for Kids program, fine tunes another donated bike. The group has a lengthy waiting list and needs more donations of bikes of all kinds in good condition. (Photo contributed)