Local briefs – July 6

A man from Sunchild First Nation died Saturday afternoon after a pickup with seven people rolled in a ditch on Sunchild Road, northwest of Rocky Mountain House.

Sunchild man dies in crash

A man from Sunchild First Nation died Saturday afternoon after a pickup with seven people rolled in a ditch on Sunchild Road, northwest of Rocky Mountain House.

The driver, Travis Lorne Quewezance, was pronounced dead at the scene, about 20 km north of Hwy 11.

Passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Rocky Mountain House Hospital and Care Centre.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP said the northbound pickup fishtailed into the ditch and rolled several times.

The driver and three passengers were ejected and were not believed to be wearing seatbelts.

The investigation continues.

Youth justice groups aided

A $20,000 grant for the Red Deer youth justice committee tops a list of Central Alberta communities receiving funds to assist their youth justice committees in hopes of turning young lives around.

Brian Mulawka, a spokesman for the Solicitor General and Public Security Department, said the Red Deer grant is the third largest award announced, following those to Edmonton and Calgary groups.

Other grants to youth justice committees in the region:

• Didsbury, $1,500

• Rimbey and district, $500

• Olds, $1,500

• Ponoka, $1,000

• Stettler, $1,700

• Sundre and district, $1,000

• West Central Alberta group in Rocky Mountain House, $2,000

• Lacombe, $3,000

• Maskwacis in Hobbema, $2,500

• Nipishkopahk of the Samson Nation in Hobbema, $2,500

• O’Chiese, $3,000

The funds are part of the $350,000 announced by the government for the committees to continue their work in keeping young people away from a life of crime, Mulawka said.

The committees assist with sentencing and engage in crime reduction activities.

The committees work to show young people the impact their crimes have on the community, often involving victims and helping offenders accept responsibility for their offences.

There are more than 1,400 youth justice volunteer committee members in Alberta providing help to youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17.

Seniors eligible for benefits

An estimated 6,000 more seniors are now eligible for benefits after the provincial government approved higher income thresholds for four financial aid programs.

Alberta Seniors Benefit and Special Needs Assistance for Seniors will each see their thresholds rise by $1,300 to $24,000 for singles and by $2,100 to $39,000 for couples.

Full coverage for Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors has increased to $24,000 for singles and $48,000 for couples. Partial coverage amounts to $31,675 for singles and $63,350 for couples.

Effective July 1, the start of the new benefit year, incomes from 2008 will be used to determine program eligibility. Seniors who receive benefits from one or more of these programs will receive a July letter outlining eligibility.

Seniors and Community Supports Minister Mary Anne Jablonski said her department is committed to helping low-income seniors who are most in need, which is why these thresholds have been increased.

“This ensures benefits are not reduced as a result of increases to federal government programs such as Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and Canada Pension Plan.”

For more information, go online at www.seniors.alberta.ca or phone 1-800-642-3853.

Olds College honours man

A man considered the father of Olds College’s horticultural programs will be honoured at the annual Hort Week this month.

B.J. (Buck) Godwin was a popular instructor at the college from 1963 until 1988 and was renowned in his industry holding numerous titles, said Matt Klatt, program manager of continuing education school of horticulture and geospatial technology, said the event runs from July 19 to 24.

This is the 45th annual event for what has become the college’s flagship event, Klatt said. The annual show A Touch of Class will honour the late Godwin.

Godwin was a former president of the Alberta Horticulture Association and director of the Western Canadian Society for Horticulture.

For more on local events, see “Home Front” and “Switchboard” under the “Community” tab

Just Posted

More than $25k raised for Red Deer firefighter who is recovering in hospital

‘I think the support he’s getting is because of the person he is’

Lacombe backs Blackfalds stormwater plan

Stormwater management plan will open up more land for development in Blackfalds

Two men facing charges in alleged abduction

RCMP issued alert for woman on Wednesday morning who was found safe later that day

Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to identify suspect in indecent acts

Red Deer RCMP are looking for a man believed to be responsible… Continue reading

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl has overtime winner as Edmonton Oilers down Boston Bruins 3-2

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid set up Leon Draisaitl for the overtime winner… Continue reading

Edmonton girl guide sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store on first day

EDMONTON — She’s being called one smart cookie. As people lined up… Continue reading

New vacuum needed: Calgary family adopts three bonded St. Bernard buddies

EDMONTON — Three adult St. Bernards who couldn’t be separated because they’re… Continue reading

Film with Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis cancelled after tax case

BEIJING — The director of “Air Strike,” featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing,… Continue reading

Michael Buble shuts down rumours of retirement from music

LOS ANGELES — Michael Buble is shutting down rumours that he’s going… Continue reading

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

MONTREAL — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada’s… Continue reading

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook’s expansive… Continue reading

Military to overhaul morale-boosting trips after review finds serious problems

OTTAWA — Canada’s top general is overhauling military morale-boosting tours after an… Continue reading

Most Read