Paul Cowley

Innisfail mayoral candidate Glen Carritt posted an election sign last month that raised hackles among some. Town council is looking at tightening up its regulations so that election signs cannot be planted more than 45 days before the Oct. 18 election. Photo from Glen Carritt’s Facebook page

Innisfail beefs up election sign regulations

Bylaw prompted by complaints signs for October municipal election already going up

Innisfail mayoral candidate Glen Carritt posted an election sign last month that raised hackles among some. Town council is looking at tightening up its regulations so that election signs cannot be planted more than 45 days before the Oct. 18 election. Photo from Glen Carritt’s Facebook page
If you're heading out to the West Country have a plan in case things go wrong, says Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services fire chief Steve Debienne.
(Photo from CRFRS Facebook)

West Country visitors should have an emergency plan: regional fire chief

Cellphones can’t be relied on in many back country areas

If you're heading out to the West Country have a plan in case things go wrong, says Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services fire chief Steve Debienne.
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Paul Harris, owner of Tribe restaurant downtown, said a lot of the blame for the latest restrictions that will close outdoor patios on Sunday can be blamed on those not obeying health regulations and the government for failing to enforce the rules.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff

Restaurant owners frustrated by patio shutdowns

Outdoor patios must stop serving by midnight Sunday to stem rising COVID infections

Paul Harris, owner of Tribe restaurant downtown, said a lot of the blame for the latest restrictions that will close outdoor patios on Sunday can be blamed on those not obeying health regulations and the government for failing to enforce the rules.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff
Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

UPDATED: AHS shuts down Whistle Stop Cafe for defying health orders

Justice minister promises to get tough with those ignoring public health orders

Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Alberta Environment says motorists should not go past the high water mark where the vegetation begins on Abraham Lake. Careless visitors did this environmental damage. (Photo from Alberta Environment)

Alberta Environment warns drivers to stay off Abraham Lake

Low water levels leaves Abraham Lake bottom exposed tempting unwary drivers

Alberta Environment says motorists should not go past the high water mark where the vegetation begins on Abraham Lake. Careless visitors did this environmental damage. (Photo from Alberta Environment)
Residential building permits are up so far this year in Red Deer.
(Advocate file photo)

City of Red Deer building permits up in 2021

Residential building permit numbers stronger this year

Residential building permits are up so far this year in Red Deer.
(Advocate file photo)
Naloxone kits available at Turning Point in Red Deer. File photo

Turning Point uses webinar series to spread health messages

Online series wraps up on Friday, which is International Harm Reduction Day

Naloxone kits available at Turning Point in Red Deer. File photo
Limestone dust falls as Sean Callahan uses a chisel to work on a carving of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winning author Elie Wiesel in the Human Rights Porch at the Washington National Cathedral, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel gets seat at National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral, the massive Episcopal house of worship that prides itself…

Limestone dust falls as Sean Callahan uses a chisel to work on a carving of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winning author Elie Wiesel in the Human Rights Porch at the Washington National Cathedral, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
FILE - Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose with their awards for best rap performance and best rap song, for "Thrift Shop," best rap album for "The Heist" and best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014. The Grammy Awards are in discussion to remove its nomination review committees — the group that determines the contenders for key awards at the coveted music show. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

In major decision, Grammys cut nomination review committees

NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards have changed its tune and voted…

FILE - Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose with their awards for best rap performance and best rap song, for "Thrift Shop," best rap album for "The Heist" and best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014. The Grammy Awards are in discussion to remove its nomination review committees — the group that determines the contenders for key awards at the coveted music show. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
In this March 13, 2020, file photo, Katherine Quezada shows off her engagement ring as she takes a selfie with her new fiance, Fernando Carranza, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle the during the last day before Disneyland closes because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Anaheim, Calif. Carranza proposed to Quezada in front of the castle earlier that day. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park will reopen to visitors on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Disneyland opening highlights California’s COVID turnaround

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Four months ago, America’s most populous state was struggling…

In this March 13, 2020, file photo, Katherine Quezada shows off her engagement ring as she takes a selfie with her new fiance, Fernando Carranza, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle the during the last day before Disneyland closes because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Anaheim, Calif. Carranza proposed to Quezada in front of the castle earlier that day. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park will reopen to visitors on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)
City council has given first reading to bylaw changes allowing Safe harbour Society's homeless shelter to operate at the former Cannery Row Bingo for another year. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
City council has given first reading to bylaw changes allowing Safe harbour Society's homeless shelter to operate at the former Cannery Row Bingo for another year. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Kim Fox, a realtor with Re/Max, said she always tries to bring somebody else with her to open houses. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Demand high for vacation properties in central Alberta

Vacation properties in central Alberta are red hot as the pandemic has…

Kim Fox, a realtor with Re/Max, said she always tries to bring somebody else with her to open houses. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
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Harness racing returning to Lacombe track this weekend

Track on 2 Racing and Event Centre has high hopes for 2021

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Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a closed-loop geothermal system that pulls heated water from the ground to provide heat or energy. Graphic from Eavor Technologies Inc. (Contributed illustration)

Geothermal technology being tested in central Alberta drawing international interest

Calgary-based Eavor Technologies is marketing closed-loop geothermal technology

Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a closed-loop geothermal system that pulls heated water from the ground to provide heat or energy. Graphic from Eavor Technologies Inc. (Contributed illustration)
Skyrocketing lumber prices driven by high demand across North America are adding thousands to the cost of building a new home. (Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff)

Soaring lumber prices boosting construction costs

Record lumber costs adding as much as $10,000 to cost of new home build

Skyrocketing lumber prices driven by high demand across North America are adding thousands to the cost of building a new home. (Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff)
Heavy equipment at work in Sundre Forest Products harvesting area west of Rocky Mountain House. (File photo by Advocate staff)

High lumber prices a boon to Alberta’s forestry industry

Lumber prices at record highs driven by North American demand and low inventories

Heavy equipment at work in Sundre Forest Products harvesting area west of Rocky Mountain House. (File photo by Advocate staff)
A cleaner goes into Red Deer’s Canada Post sorting facility near 67th Street and Taylor Drive on Thursday morning. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Red Deer Canada Post mail sorting facility

Canada Post has confirmed an employee at the Red Deer mail processing…

A cleaner goes into Red Deer’s Canada Post sorting facility near 67th Street and Taylor Drive on Thursday morning. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall was used as a vaccination clinic on Wednesday. A steady stream of people came to get their COVID-19 shots either by appointment or as walk-ins. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

No long lineups at walk-in vaccination site in Red Deer

A steady stream of people walked into Westerner Park on Wednesday to…

Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall was used as a vaccination clinic on Wednesday. A steady stream of people came to get their COVID-19 shots either by appointment or as walk-ins. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
House sales remain hot in central Alberta with first-quarter sales nearly double last year’s numbers. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Central Alberta real estate market hot in 2021

Residential sales nearly double 2020 in first quarter

House sales remain hot in central Alberta with first-quarter sales nearly double last year’s numbers. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
After considerable consultation with student representatives, Red Deer College has made the difficult decision to increase tuition and fees for the 2021/2022 academic year. (Contributed photo)

RDC students to be hit with steep fee and tuition increases

Many students will see more than $1,000 in extra education costs in 2021-22

After considerable consultation with student representatives, Red Deer College has made the difficult decision to increase tuition and fees for the 2021/2022 academic year. (Contributed photo)