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Members of the Abta family, from left, Allison, Violet, Eli, and Ariella hold hens in front of their backyard chicken run in Ross, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is coming home to roost in America’s backyards. Forced to hunker down at home, more people are setting up coops and raising their own chickens, which provide an earthy hobby, animal companionship and a steady supply of fresh eggs. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

COVID cluckers: Pandemic feeds demand for backyard chickens

Businesses selling chicks, coops saw surge in demand

  • Dec 30, 2020
Members of the Abta family, from left, Allison, Violet, Eli, and Ariella hold hens in front of their backyard chicken run in Ross, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is coming home to roost in America’s backyards. Forced to hunker down at home, more people are setting up coops and raising their own chickens, which provide an earthy hobby, animal companionship and a steady supply of fresh eggs. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
A woman standing on Ross Street in the winter of 1920 with the Lyric Theatre in the background. Just like this year, the year 1919 was a tough one for the Red Deer Region. (Red Deer archives)

Michael Dawe: New Year 1920 was full of hardships

Another New Year will soon be upon us. However, after the incredible…

  • Dec 30, 2020
A woman standing on Ross Street in the winter of 1920 with the Lyric Theatre in the background. Just like this year, the year 1919 was a tough one for the Red Deer Region. (Red Deer archives)

Beryl Lucile Abbott (nee Nelson)

November 29, 1929 - December 30, 2020The Abbott Family is sad to…

  • Dec 30, 2020

Glen Joseph Germsheid

January 21, 1937 - December 30, 2020On December 30, 2020 our dad…

  • Dec 30, 2020

Rodney Greaves

February 5, 1945 - December 30, 2020It is with great sadness that…

  • Dec 30, 2020
Gwynne Dyer

Opinion: European Union free at last

Blaming the victims is never a good look. As Britain finally leaves…

  • Dec 29, 2020
Gwynne Dyer
Firefighters ride in an aerial ladder as they inspect buildings damaged in a Christmas Day explosion Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Federal officials now turn to exploring the monumental task of piecing together the motive behind the bombing that severely damaged dozens of downtown Nashville buildings and injured three. Officials have named 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, but the motive has remained elusive. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nashville bomber left hints of trouble, but motive elusive

Bomber didn’t leave behind a clear digital footprint or any other obvious clues

  • Dec 29, 2020
Firefighters ride in an aerial ladder as they inspect buildings damaged in a Christmas Day explosion Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Federal officials now turn to exploring the monumental task of piecing together the motive behind the bombing that severely damaged dozens of downtown Nashville buildings and injured three. Officials have named 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, but the motive has remained elusive. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Canada Energy Regulator says its expects oil production in Canada to average 4.38 million barrels per day this year, down by 6.6 per cent compared with 2019. A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Cambodia’s first commercial extraction of oil begins

A peak rate of about 7,500 barrels of oil per day expected

  • Dec 29, 2020
The Canada Energy Regulator says its expects oil production in Canada to average 4.38 million barrels per day this year, down by 6.6 per cent compared with 2019. A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada and Russia take to the ice for warm up during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship pre-competition action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Germany edges Slovakia 4-3 in OT at world juniors

Germany finished with a 32-25 edge on shots

  • Dec 29, 2020
Canada and Russia take to the ice for warm up during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship pre-competition action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach (77) picks up the rebound during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Kirby Dach sidelined for four to five months after wrist surgery: Blackhawks

Dach was injured in Canada’s exhibition game against Russia

  • Dec 29, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach (77) picks up the rebound during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
This photo provided by Pyramide Films, shows a scene from the film “You Will Die at Twenty.” For the first time, Sudan has a contender for the Oscars. The film ‘You Will Die at Twenty’ based on a short story by Sudanese novelist Hammour Ziyada, is competing for the Best International Feature film at the Academy Awards.

A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

Movie met with commendations from inside the region

  • Dec 29, 2020
This photo provided by Pyramide Films, shows a scene from the film “You Will Die at Twenty.” For the first time, Sudan has a contender for the Oscars. The film ‘You Will Die at Twenty’ based on a short story by Sudanese novelist Hammour Ziyada, is competing for the Best International Feature film at the Academy Awards.
FILE - In this May 3, 2005 file photo, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin presents his exhibition “Design and Fashion 1950- 2005” at the academy for arts in Vienna, Austria. France’s Academy of Fine Arts says famed fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at 98(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Maverick French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Fine Arts Academy announced his death in a tweet

  • Dec 29, 2020
FILE - In this May 3, 2005 file photo, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin presents his exhibition “Design and Fashion 1950- 2005” at the academy for arts in Vienna, Austria. France’s Academy of Fine Arts says famed fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at 98(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)

From Zoom to Quibi, the tech winners and losers of 2020

Hard to find a Switch in March

  • Dec 29, 2020
Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)
Treena Mielke

Family: Reasons to believe in better future

Even as 2021 waits patiently on the doorstep, strong winds of change…

  • Dec 29, 2020
Treena Mielke
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

Health: Lessons learned in disastrous 2020

How carefully have you been reading our column over the past year?…

  • Dec 29, 2020
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones
Alberta Chief Medicial Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 19 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Updated: Alberta tops 1,000 COVID-19 deaths over holidays

Red Deer records fourth COVID death, all residents of Point West Living seniors facility

  • Dec 28, 2020
Alberta Chief Medicial Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 19 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Opinion

Opinion: The year that turned America inside out

My family’s memories of life in 2020 will be much like those…

  • Dec 28, 2020
Opinion
A resident takes a photograph of the damage caused by an earthquake in Sisak, Croatia, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. A moderate earthquake has hit central Croatia near its capital of Zagreb, triggering panic and some damage south of the city. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (AP Photo)

Moderate 5.0 magnitude quake hits Croatia, damages buildings

ZAGREB, Croatia — A moderate earthquake hit central Croatia near the capital…

  • Dec 28, 2020
A resident takes a photograph of the damage caused by an earthquake in Sisak, Croatia, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. A moderate earthquake has hit central Croatia near its capital of Zagreb, triggering panic and some damage south of the city. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (AP Photo)

Clarence W. Duckering

December 28, 2020The Duckering family is sad to say goodbye to their…

  • Dec 28, 2020

Owen Henry Jennings

September 19, 1929 - December 28, 2020Dad (Owen) passed away at the…

  • Dec 28, 2020