ONE YEAR AGO
• Red Deer residents still had access to live traps for skunks and cats while the City of Red Deer undertook a review on beaver control. Alberta Animal Services had been fielding numerous calls from residents wondering if the company’s live trap program had been shut down in the wake of a city review of its animal trapping policy within city parks.
• In an east African country rocked by violence and instability, a young, kidnapped Central Alberta woman had languished for nearly 365 days. Sunday marked one year since freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, 28, of Sylvan Lake, and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, 38, were abducted at gunpoint near Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as they worked on a news story about a refugee camp.
FIVE YEARS AGO
• Bashaw hailed two heroes for aiding a woman trapped in a burning house. Murray Holroyd and Joe Dupé spotted fire and tried to rescue the woman but were stopped by thick smoke. Dupé used a ladder against a window to pull the woman to fresh air until firefighters arrived to rescue her.
10 YEARS AGO
• The Pine Lake tornado claimed its 12th victim as a 51-year-old man died in hospital from injuries suffered in the July 14 storm.
25 YEARS AGO
• Red Deer county council received another 12 letters objecting to a proposal to convert the abandoned CP Rail roadbed into a trail between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. Earlier council tabled any decision on the trail, proposed by the Red Deer River Naturalists, until October so interested parties could comment. The 12 letters received were all the same, with different signatures. They were added to another 15 or 20 letters of objection already received.
50 YEARS AGO
• Almost 20 acres of city parks were under the green thumb of Hugh Gilchrist, Red Deer park superintendent. He and his nine-man staff planted 33,000 annual in the Red Deer parks each year. The parks ranged in size from the small flower beds at the filter plant to the six-acre Coronation Park. But perhaps the prettiest was the park next to the City Hall. In this park were 13,000 annuals and 3,000 perennials.
90 YEARS AGO
• Sylvan Lake is becoming one of the most popular and attractive summer resorts in Western Canada. For the last two months every available cottage, boarding house, and hotel has been taxed to the limit.