Local briefs – December 21

Surveyors are taking a close look at Red Deer’s Kin Canyon before work will begin on replacing a leaking, aging water main.

Water main work planned

Surveyors are taking a close look at Red Deer’s Kin Canyon before work will begin on replacing a leaking, aging water main.

Stakes are being put up in the area of Kin Canyon, east of 47th Avenue and just off 32nd Street.

Ron Wardner, construction and maintenance superintendent for the city, said the city needs to put a new water main in the area.

Wardner said the city has had water leaks from the old main, which is a rather large one in diameter at 350 mm.

“We don’t want silt running into the creek,” he said.

The project is being done over the winter when the creek is frozen. It’s important to not cause any environmental impacts, Wardner said.

There will be fewer people walking in the area as well.

“We want to do it when water consumption is low,” Wardner added.

Replacing the main has received Alberta Environment approval. It’s expected the project will go through the city’s Municipal Planning Commission.

Since the project is still in the preliminary stages, costs haven’t been ironed out.

“We’re not sure how far we’ll have to go,” he said. “It might just go under the creek.”

Hobbema theft suspect sought

RCMP in Hobbema seek the public’s help in apprehending a male suspect wanted in an armed robbery.

RCMP say the culprit, who was wearing a red bandana over his face, pulled out a knife at Elaine’s smoke shop on Dec. 11 and demanded cash and cigarettes.

He fled with an unknown amount from the business located on the Ermineskin First Nation reserve.

The suspect wore a black hoodie with white writing and black gloves.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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