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One Red Deer woman barely got out of Haiti while the going was good. Janell Steeves, a local registered nurse,

Taking his blackened fingers in hand

Taking his blackened fingers in hand


• One Red Deer woman barely got out of Haiti while the going was good. Janell Steeves, a local registered nurse, flew out of Port-Au-Prince a few hours before the earthquake hit. “I found out at the airport coming home, in the Dallas airport. My jaw dropped and I just started praying. I felt like God has a purpose and reason for my life, and I’ve been in really deep thought and reflection mode ever since,” Steeves said Friday. “Basically, I’ve been glued to the news. I’m definitely feeling a little bit of shock.”

• Ron Woodward had enjoyed many memorable moments in his career as an educator and community builder but none would touch the magnificence of making the final run in the journey of the Vancouver Olympic flame through Red Deer, he said. Woodward’s role in the Olympic torch run was a best kept secret. However, many people in the crowd said his choice was appropriate for the all the work he’s done in 11 years as the recently retired president of the Red Deer College.


• Red Deer Conservatives celebrated the defeat of the scandal-laden liberal government in the federal election. The Conservatives formed a minority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Red Deer MP Bob Mills captured 76 per cent of the vote in his fifth consecutive election win.

• The Town of Sylvan Lake and Red Deer County hammered out an agreement to annex seven quarters of land south of the town’s existing boundary. Mayor Bryan Lambertson said the town needed the additional land for residential and commercial development.


• Rising natural gas and electricity costs sent chills through Central Alberta businesses, charities and community groups. Jumbo Car Wash co-owner Bernie Boisvert figured his monthly natural gas bill would be $9,000 or $10,000, up from $4,000 the year before.

• Jean Gillette, a Red Deer woman who broke the gender barrier when she briefly became Canada’s first female sheriff, died at the age of 77. After seven years of working her way up the career ladder, Gillette became one of the country’s first deputy sheriffs in 1957, with the ability to serve court warrants.


• The opening of Red Deer College’s new Performing Arts Centre was expected to cause a jump in student enrolment, the college’s registrar said. Bob Bennett said the new centre was expected to attract more students because of its schools of drama and music. Construction on the $15-million arts centre began in 1983. It was slated for completion in Feb. of 1986, a year behind schedule.

• The Red Deer Health unit planned to protest the stripping of some of its authority to the Department of Social Services, unit board members decided. In a written report, environmental health director Sam Dymianiw told the board, the 1985 Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Heath Act had stripped health unit inspectors of the authority to approve proper construction of food premises and other sites. Construction details of new buildings erected for the purpose of housing restaurants, food stores, swimming pools, dairy plants, beauty salons and abattoirs would now be “primarily the responsibility of the Department of Labor,” said Mr. Dymianiw.


• The warmest mid-January temperatures in 19 years for Red Deer and district were recorded as the southern half of the province from Edmonton to the border, basked in readings of around 50 degrees. In Red Deer, the temperature reached a high of 49, breaking the previous high in 1942 of 43 degrees. Overnight, the temperature dropped to 26.

• The law should crack down on married women who work when the money is not needed, said a Red Deer civic official. “There are far too many women out earning money for things they don’t really need when they should be at home with the children,” said the official who asked that her name not be used. She said that if the husband earned an adequate salary — “at least $250 a month” — then the wife should not be permitted to have a full-time job.


• The Red Deer exchange at the Alberta Government Telephones will be moved to the handsome new building to-morrow (Saturday) night. All the phones will be disconnected at ten o’clock in the evening, and the various staffs will rush the new connections through and remove the switchboards and equipment. The preliminary arrangements which have been underway for weeks, are practically complete and, after the shift, it will take weeks more before the re-construction attending the change of location is finally complete.

• Edward English, keeping the pool room at Czar, was fined $100 and costs for selling liquor, and had to get out of his pool-room. Chas. S. Lee, known as “The Chinese Doctor,” was fined $200 and costs at Czar for a third infraction of the Alberta Medical Act and practicing medicine without a license. Lee Sing paid his fine. Joe Brophy pleaded guilty before Judge Lees at Provost of forging and uttering two cheques of $46 each, and uttering false pretenses, and was sentenced to one year in jail on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.


• St. Luke’s Church reduced its debts by $1,000 over the course of the previous year.

• James Bower of Red Deer was elected to a third term as provincial president of the United Farmers’ of Alberta.

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