Local briefs – August 15

The third and last Central Alberta information session on the future of electricity transmission in Alberta is set for Red Deer.

Power line meeting in Red Deer

The third and last Central Alberta information session on the future of electricity transmission in Alberta is set for Red Deer.

The session will be held on Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Lodge, says Alberta Energy spokesman Kirstin Stolarz.

The second session is set for Tuesday in Rimbey at the Super 8 motel at 5702 43rd St.

Plans to improve the system across Alberta will be available for viewing and Alberta Energy officials will be available to answer questions.

These sessions follow a meeting about two weeks ago in Olds. Stolarz said critical transmission infrastructure improvements are needed to continue delivering the power Albertans need for home and work.

The Red Deer session is the last of 20 held across the province.

Alternative forms of electrical generation, including wind and solar power, are also part of the overall equation.

People wishing to view plans can access information on the Internet at www.energy.alberta.ca

Comments can also be submitted online.

City park trail closed

A trail in the Waskasoo Park system will be closed for several months while the City of Red Deer constructs a new water intake building.

Trevor Poth, city parks superintendent, said that the South Bank Trail from Taylor Drive to the old railway bridge is closed now and isn’t expected to reopen until the spring of 2011.

Construction of the new water intake and screen building is expected to start soon.

Trail users can access an alternate route on the North Bank Trail, Poth said.

For more information about Red Deer parks and trails, visit www.reddeer.ca

Chinook’s Edge shuffle

Dot Negropontes, who has led the Community Learning Campus project in Olds for more than three years, is returning to her role as assistant superintendent with Chinook’s Edge School Division. Negropontes had been seconded to the CLC, which is a joint venture between Chinook’s Edge and Olds College.

Kerry Moynihan is the new executive director of the CLC.

“In the current economic time, the CLC is a great example of an alternative method for delivering education to rural learners. The CLC approach provides onsite and distance delivery in a meaningful and powerful way, and it is creating great advantages for all students in Chinook’s Edge,” Negropontes said.

“The CLC has an incredible depth and breadth of programming, and students across the division are now linked to that expertise. It is a very exciting time to be a student in Chinook’s Edge.”

Negropontes has had her own chance to learn online as a student. She will be finishing her thesis for her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Calgary. She has been involved in both online education and onsite learning at the U of C during the program.

Her thesis is titled Rural Alberta Educational Leaders’ Perspectives on Accountability and has involved her interviewing principals and superintendents from across the province.

Olds hosts youth conference

More than 800 students are expected to converge on Olds in September for a youth conference.

The Canadian Student Leadership Conference will run Sept. 29 to Oct. 4, says Sandy Bexon, a spokesman for the Chinook’s Edge School Division, which is co-hosting the event.

The co-host schools are Olds Junior Senior High School and Bow Valley School in the Rocky View School Division.

Planning for the conference has been shared by high school students from both schools. They have established 40 committees to handle the students and about 1,000 visitors in all.

The conference is designed to promote leadership, citizenship, volunteerism, global awareness and positive involvement in the school and community.

“It makes school more fun to be involved in this type of thing,” said Curtis Armstrong, a Grade 11 students at Olds High School who is the conference co-chair.

He said the goal is to have each student attending the conference return to their school to make a difference.

The conference has received corporate assistance from WestJet, Scotiabank, TD Bank and One Smart World, the Town of Olds, Olds Agricultural Society and Chinook’s Edge.

The province also kicked in $50,000 through the Wild Rose Foundation.

The total conference budget is $600,000.

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