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Operators of the Red Deer Regional Airport received a failing grade from some of their tenants. The re-established Red Deer Airport Business and Tenants Association presented the airport authority with a report that, among other things, called for the resignation of founding CEO

Ryan Smart


• Operators of the Red Deer Regional Airport received a failing grade from some of their tenants. The re-established Red Deer Airport Business and Tenants Association presented the airport authority with a report that, among other things, called for the resignation of founding CEO Merv Phillips for the airport’s failure to market and improve its facilities.

• Three Central Alberta MLAs — including Red Deer North representative Mary Anne Jablonski — joined Premier Ed Stelmach’s new cabinet. It was the first cabinet post for Jablonski, who was named the minister of seniors and community supports. It was also a first for recently elected Drumheller-Stettler MLA Jack Hayden, Alberta’s infrastructure minister. Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Luke Ouellette, who had been in cabinet since 2006, was formerly the province’s transportation and infrastructure minister. He retained the transportation side of his portfolio.


• VHQ Entertainment Inc., a Red Deer-based company, announced it would rent DVDs online. President and CEO Trevor Hillman said a similar system had been successful in the U.S., but no major video company had adopted it in Canada.

• Red Deer bar owners, their patrons and staff vowed to fight to the bitter end a proposal to slap fees and added regulations on drinking establishments. Opponents of the bylaw said it discriminated against bars by singling them out for the fines and regulations.


• The Red Deer Housing Registry reported it was having to help more and more people with decent incomes find affordable housing. Families with incomes of more than $2,000 a month were having trouble finding homes during the housing crunch.

• With Canada’s big banks rolling up record profits year after year, Parkland Savings and Credit Union got in on the act. General manager Herb Der credited a tremendously strong economy for the record $9.5 million in pretax profits.


• City firefighters asked for an arbitration board to settle their contract differences with city hall, said union spokesman Mike Taylor. Taylor said the city is offering about a five per cent pay increase across the board for city employees. But he said firefighters are balking because the city wants to renegotiate other parts of their contract. The previous year, city firefighters won a seven per cent increase in arbitration. They say their pay has not kept pace with other Alberta fire departments.

• A theatre at Red Deer College was renamed in honour of Margaret Parsons. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the college. She approached the public school board in 1959 with the idea of opening a college in Red Deer. Her dream became reality when, in 1964, Red Deer Junior College, began offering classes in a wing of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.


• Daniel J. Morkeberg, of Markerville, became the sixth member of Alberta’s Agricultural Hall of Fame in a brief ceremony in the Legislative Chambers. Premier Manning spoke of Mr. Morkeberg’s high character and substantial contributions to both dairy farming and citizenship in the province during his 60 years residence here.

• Twelve representatives of the regular monthly meeting of the Red Deer Planning Commission passed a unanimous vote of confidence in commission director Denis Cole and his staff in view of recent harsh criticism of the commission. The commission agreed public relations methods should be employed, as it had become evident resentment stemmed primarily from the fact that planning objectives were misunderstood. Following the discussion on broadening public relations, the meeting voted $25 toward the purchase of a film on the basic objectives of building planning.


• Sheriff Douglas arrived from McIntosh, South Dakota, to take back prisoner John Wolff, who was charged with stealing a Ford car. Wolff has a record of stealing 11 cars in all.


• The Advocate printed newspaper advertisements calling for a brick “Parliament” building to be built by the provincial government in Edmonton. The building was to include about one million clay bricks.

• An ice carnival in Red Deer proved successful. “There were some nice costumes, but unfortunately the ice was a little off,” the Red Deer Advocate reported.

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