Local briefs – April 15

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance will hold area workshops to receive public and stakeholder input on the solutions for the watershed’s problems.

Watershed alliance to hold workshops

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance will hold area workshops to receive public and stakeholder input on the solutions for the watershed’s problems.

Community workshops will run in Sundre on Tuesday April 26 at West Country Seniors Centre, Wednesday April 27 at Red Deer’s Quality Inn, Seniors Centre in Oyen on Thursday April 28.

The workshops run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

“We are hoping to engage everyone from the foothill headwaters in the west, the parklands in the middle and the grasslands in the east,” said Tom Daniels, board chair.

About 130 people met in January to determine the problems and issues in the watershed and now they can work together on developing recommended solutions, Daniels said.

More information is found on the Alliance’s website at www.rdrwa.ca, emailing at iwmp@rdrwa.ca or phoning 403-340-7379. The Alliance is also on Facebook and Twitter.

People are encouraged to register early.

The watershed alliance is a multi-sector, nonprofit organization that promotes the good use and proper management of water in the Red Deer River watershed.

The alliance was created in September 2005 and is one of 10 watershed planning and advisory councils, which are part of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.

Electrial union negotiators

hopeful settlement can be reached

Union negotiators for the City of Red Deer’s electrical workers are hopeful a settlement can be reached soon with the municipality.

The 32 employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union No. 254 voted last week in favour of strike action.

Carter Woloszyn, assistant business manager with the union at the Stony Plain office, said on Thursday that last week’s vote received 100 per cent support from the employees.

He said he was confident an agreement could be reached with the city.

“Hopefully, we’ll have an agreement by the first week of May,” said Woloszyn. “A strike vote is just part of the bargaining process.”

Bargaining talk dates have been set for this month, he added.

Woloszyn declined to disclose on whether it was pay, benefits or working conditions that was the main issue for the workers.

With a strike vote, employees are in a legal position to strike after giving the city 72 hours notice.

The contract expired on March 4, 2010.

The workers plan, build, operate and maintain electrical transmission and distribution for Red Deer homes and businesses.

Parkinson’s Society plans free day of seminars

The Red Deer and Area Parkinson’s Society is offering a free day of seminars on the common neurodegenerative disorder.

An education day from 9 am to 4:30 p.m. will run Wednesday, April 20, at Red Deer’s Davenport Church of Christ at 68 Donlevy Ave.

Registration gets underway at 8:20 a.m. and includes coffee. Four speakers will be on hand to talk to those affected by the disease, as well as family members, health professionals and other interested individuals.

Clinical herbal therapist Abrah Arneson will give a talk on meditation tools and Tanya Schur will speak on drumming for health. The Tai Chi Society of Red Deer will talk on taoist tai chi and Dr. John Kennedy, a physician from Raymond, will speak on depression and Parkinson’s disease.

Approximately 100,000 people in Canada and 2,000 in Southern Alberta have Parkinson’s disease which affects both motor and non-motor functioning. It is caused by a loss of dopamine in the brain.

A free lunch is provided. Displays will also be on hand during the break from 12-1:30 p.m.

To register, call client services co-ordinator Marilynne Heron at 403-346-4463 or email her at mherron@parkinsons-society.org

Boozy suspect caught after liquor stolen

An alleged booze thief was nabbed by police early Wednesday when a concerned citizen reported a suspected drunk driver to police officers at a Tim Hortons in Red Deer.

With the help of the sharp-eyed citizen, the police officers, who were having a coffee at a Tim Hortons on 67th Street, were able to find the suspect and charge him.

While police dealt with that arrest about 2:30 a.m. they determined the same culprit was suspected of being involved in the theft about a half hour earlier of a number of boxes containing bottles of alcohol at Hi-Way 9 Express in Riverside Industrial Park.

Police allege the suspect got into the compound and then got into a parked trailer. An undisclosed number of cases of booze were stolen.

Employees working at the company at the time were able to give police a description of a vehicle involved.

A 35-year-old Red Deer man has been charged with one count each of driving with a blood alcohol over 0.08, operating a vehicle while impaired and break and enter. He is scheduled to be in Red Deer provincial court on May 10.

Resolution may be coming in child porn case

A resolution may be at hand in the case of a Sylvan Lake man charged in a North American-wide child pornography bust last November.

Andrew John Tettersell, 33, reserved his plea again in Red Deer provincial court until April 21 when he appeared in court Thursday.

The accused is one of 57 men arrested and charged after an international investigation involving U.S., Canadian and European police services.

On Nov. 10, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Sylvan Lake. Police seized a computer, related equipment and discs.

Lawyer Paul Morigeau of Red Deer said he may be able to resolve his client’s charges when a Calgary prosecutor is next scheduled to appear in Red Deer. Tettersell is charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making child pornography available.

Police said earlier the investigation, which involved 13 Canadian police agencies as well as the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other international police services, rescued 25 children from child abuse worldwide including 12 in Canada, 10 in the U. S. and three in Europe.

Tettersell was released earlier from custody on certain conditions.

He cannot have contact with any child under the age of 16 and must not have any access to a computer or the Internet.

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