ONE YEAR AGO
• An informal survey of shoppers suggested Red Deer had earned its ranking as one of Canada’s two dozen most dangerous cities. The March 12 edition of Maclean’s ranked Red Deer the eighth-highest city for aggravated assaults and 23rd most dangerous city overall in Canada, based on 2006 per capita crime rates gathered by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.
• CVA Canada Inc. was fined more than $300,000 over the death of worker Robert Jonathan Makortoff, The money was used to set up an endowment fund at Red Deer College in Makortoff’s memory. Makortoff, 35, died while checking insulation inside a nitrogen tank without proper gear in August 2005.
FIVE YEARS AGO
• Clearwater County’s municipal planning commission declined to grant a development permit to the controversial Abraham Glacier Wellness Resort. MPC members said the steep plateau above the scenic Abraham Lake was an unsuitable location for the $26-million project.
• Don Curr, a 62-year-old Rocky Mountain House man, became that town’s first lotto millionaire. The retired oilfield consultant split a $5-million jackpot. Curr played the same six 6/49 numbers for 20 years before he hit pay dirt. He planned to buy a motorhome with the money.
10 YEARS AGO
• Longtime teacher, administrator and community leader George Harold Dawe died at the age of 88. The co-founder of Red Deer College was the namesake of the Dawe Community Centre and school.
• Area naturalists hooted in disbelief after Environment Minister Ty Lund announced a study had suggested Alberta had the highest environmental standards in North America. Only California led Alberta in a few categories, but local skeptics said the province’s results may have looked better than they really were because there wasn’t enough monitoring of air quality.
25 YEARS AGO
• Red Deer County planned to chop workers’ wages 10 per cent if a new agreement was not signed by the time the contract expired on March 31. County Commissioner Bob Stonehouse said the county’s plan rested on a court ruling that labour agreements did not continue in effect during negotiations.
• James Layden, an Innisfail oilfield contractor who had his right leg amputated, successfully sued two Innisfail doctors for negligence. Dr. Nigel C.M. Davies and Dr. Richard A. Cope were ordered to pay $27,500 each, after a judge ruled they wrongly diagnosed gout when Mr. Layden was suffering from an infection.
50 YEARS AGO
• Mrs. Phyllis Cutting became the hostess for the newly organized Red Deer Welcome Wagon. Her duties included calling on newcomers to the city, engaged girls and mothers of first babies. Twenty-two Red Deer businesses sponsored the local Welcome Wagon, and the basket Mrs. Cutting carried contained a lovely gift from each one.
• The 5th Brownie Pack presented a brass record table and some LPs to the Children’s Ward of the hospital. Each year the Brownies raised money to do a “good turn” for the Children Ward and had given the ward more than 100 books and a substantial record library.
90 YEARS AGO
• Michener Bros. arranged for Chevrolet Motor Co. factory experts to give demonstrations explaining all the working parts of the car. The dealership said the plan of instruction was not intended as an advertising medium, although it conceded the demonstrations would be of great value to those contemplating the purchase of a Chevrolet.
• At the Union convention held in the Parish Hall, F.W. Galbraith, editor of the Red Deer Advocate, was placed in nomination as the Union candidate for the provincial byelection in Red Deer made necessary by the election of Mr. E. Michener to the Dominion Senate. Galbraith defeated H.F. Kenny 60 to 45 on the second ballot.
100 YEARS AGO
• Surveyors for the Canadian Northern Railway arrived in Alix to take measurements at the river south of the community in preparation for the construction of a bridge across the river.
• George Root of Red Deer returned from a trip to the United States with six Percheron mares and seven stallions.