Lookback: West Nile virus struck here in ’03

ONE YEAR AGO • RCMP busted two more marijuana grow operations, bringing their total to five. One of the busts was at a home in the Pines subdivision. RCMP declined to identify the location of the other.

Twenty antique tractors

ONE YEAR AGO

• RCMP busted two more marijuana grow operations, bringing their total to five. One of the busts was at a home in the Pines subdivision. RCMP declined to identify the location of the other.

• The vast majority of Red Deer residents reported they were pleased with their quality of life. A survey of 300 adults suggested 96 per cent believed their quality of life in Red Deer was good or very good. The reasons they cited included the economy, good standard of living and quality parks and green spaces.

FIVE YEARS AGO

• The first human case of West Nile virus hit Central Alberta. The man went to the hospital with fever-like symptoms and was eventually diagnosed with West Nile.

• A Sylvan Lake grandmother finally threw in the towel in her fight against the town to save her grandchildren’s front-yard tree house. Gail Armstrong fought for months to save the tree house that violated a town bylaw prohibiting structures in the front yard.

10 YEARS AGO

• Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy arrived in Red Deer on a cross-country tour promoting awareness of sexual abuse of children. Kennedy, who had been sexually assaulted by his coach while playing junior hockey, was raising money for a treatment ranch for young victims of sexual abuse.

• The last long weekend of the summer was marked with a record-breaking high of 31.7 C, shattering the old high of 29 for that day. Ten centres across the province set high temperature records.

25 YEARS AGO

• The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter — the 14th in Alberta — had its official opening ceremony. The 902-square-metre shelter was to offer refuge to battered women and their children. It could accommodate up to 20 people.

• The wording for a Red Deer referendum on nuclear disarmament was to be proposed to council at its next regular meeting. Some 123 Canadian municipalities had held similar referendums. Alberta Queen’s Bench Justice William Sinclair ruled there was nothing in the Alberta Municipal Government Act to prevent similar votes during the provincewide municipal elections.

50 YEARS AGO

• The director of the Red Deer District Planning Commission and representatives of the Municipal District of Red Deer were still at loggerheads over the question of subdivision policies following a three -hour meeting.

• The 1958 highway construction program was more than two-thirds completed, announced Gorden E. Taylor, minister of highways. This was the best progress in construction achieved for a number of years, and with reasonably good weather, it appeared the 1958 work would be completed, he added.

90 YEARS AGO

• The annual show of the Red Deer Horticultural Society was held at the Armouries. Society officials were delighted with the show of vegetables, roots, flowers and plants. The sweet peas, one of Red Deer’s favourite flowers, were rather less numerous.

100 YEARS AGO

• The previous week’s frost did practically no damage to the grain, save in some low-lying areas where the frost took hold, judging from reports received from Hilldown, Evarts, Horn Hill and Penhold districts. The wind came from the southeast instead of the northwest, the usual quarter, and the grain was saved because the frost didn’t linger long.

• Mr. R. Griggs, trade commissioner to Canada from Britain’s Local Government Board, was the guest of Mayor and Mrs. Gaetz. Griggs was spending five years in Canada to set up a British trade intelligence department in Canada to study the country’s trade requirements to help British manufacturers increase their trade.

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