Local briefs – July 24

A funeral for a 10-year-old Red Deer boy who died in a highway crash last week in Utah will be held next Tuesday.

Funeral set for accident victim

A funeral for a 10-year-old Red Deer boy who died in a highway crash last week in Utah will be held next Tuesday.

Rhey John Vibas, along with his mother and father, Caroline and Reynaldo, and his five siblings, were on their way to Disneyland when their van veered off the road.

His sister Carey, 20, suffered the most severe injuries of the survivors.

She was ejected from the vehicle, airlifted to a hospital and was in a coma for several days.

Her uncle Carl Pangan said Carey’s condition is improving.

She was moved out of the intensive care unit at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital on Wednesday.

Rhey’s funeral will be held at Word of Life Church at 1:30 p.m.


Flu vaccine available for all

Free seasonal flu vaccine will be available to all Albertans six months and older starting in October.

The Alberta government is also working on a plan to immunize Albertans against the H1N1 influenza virus for free. Details will be announced this fall.

Previously, free seasonal flu vaccine was given out to children six to 59 months, adults over 50 years, pregnant and lactating women and health care workers.

Those who didn’t qualify had to pay $25.

Howard May, communications officer with Alberta Health and Wellness, said influenza vaccines are not licensed for children under six months.

The seasonal flu vaccine program will cost the province about $8 million.

Shots will be available at public health clinics, some doctors’ offices and pharmacists.


Enviro charges back in court

A Red Deer company and its officials return to court in October after environmental charges were reserved on Thursday.

Quartz Land and Developments Ltd., and Mark MacNaughton and Donald Peters return to Stettler provincial court on Oct. 9.

They will enter a plea on two charges laid earlier this month under the Water Act.

The offences are alleged to involved water bodies and were for offences that occurred between Sept. 1, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2007.

The company is alleged to have started or continued an activity without an approval and without proper authorization relating to the water bodies near Stettler.

Quartz Land is involved in development of residential property near the Pheasantback golf course, north of Stettler.

If convicted, the charges carry maximum fines of $500,000 and $1 million respectively.


Trial date soon in death crash

A Leduc man who was charged in a crash that killed a Red Deer man near Grande Prairie nearly two years ago will set a trial date next month.

Daniel Cartier, 36, will be in Grande Prairie court on Aug. 19.

Jordan Robinson, 25, was killed when Cartier was allegedly driving a truck that contained four passengers on Oct. 30, 2007.

The vehicle rolled south of Grande Prairie, injuring three passengers and the accused.

Cartier faces numerous counts, including impaired driving causing death and three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.


Man charged for voyeurism

A 24-year-old Rimbey man faces charges of voyeurism after an incident at the Collicutt Centre this week.

City RCMP say several people reported seeing a man hiding in a curtained area in the women’s change room on Wednesday about 9:45 a.m.

Centre staff found the man and called police.

The suspect will be in court on Sept. 1.

His identity wasn’t released because an information hasn’t been sworn yet.

He was released from custody.


Strike vote for lab workers

Employees of DynaLIFE DX will hold a strike vote after their union and the company failed to hammer out the first contract since employees unionized last summer.

This week Alberta Labour Relations approved Health Sciences Association of Alberta’s application to hold the strike vote for the 900 medical laboratory staff, including 25 in Red Deer.

DynaLIFE DX operates 36 labs in Edmonton, Central and Northern Alberta.

Voting will take place across the province over the next two weeks, with a ballot count on Aug. 7.

If lab workers vote in favour of a strike, HSAA must provide the employer with 72 hours notice before taking strike action anytime over the next 120 days.

Negotiations between the union and DynaLIFE DX broke down on Monday.


Province studies Bashaw area

The province is looking for public feedback on the proposed deregulation of Meeting Creek Provincial Recreation Area near Bashaw.

The former transportation wayside site, located about 120 km northeast of Red Deer, has already been closed to the public for three years, replaced by modern washrooms and amenities elsewhere.

Due to its small size and limited natural resources, it was not considered feasible to develop new facilities.

Big Knife Provincial Park, about 60 km east of Meeting Creek, and Rochon Sands Provincial Park, 50 km southwest, will continue to provide recreation opportunities for local residents and visitors.

People can view the proposal and comment on it at www.tpr.alberta.ca

Feedback must be submitted by Sept. 13.


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