Local briefs – June 13

Waskasoo Pond at Heritage Ranch is stocked and ready for anglers.

One pond stocked

for city anglers

Waskasoo Pond at Heritage Ranch is stocked and ready for anglers.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development restocks the pond in both May and June with 1,000 rainbow trout, about 20 cm in length for the fishing public.

“The big things with ponds in the city is they’re relatively small and they’re heavily fished so they tend to get fished out pretty quick,” said Vance Buchwald, senior fisheries biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife in Red Deer.

The fish are probably caught within a matter of weeks so they don’t get much bigger, he said.

Bower Ponds hasn’t been stocked with rainbow trout since a flood in 2005 introduced two species of sucker fish, northern pike and mountain white fish from the Red Deer River.

Pike eat the trout and suckers compete with the trout for resources, Buchwald said.

For more information on fishing regulations, visit www.albertaregulations.ca.

Wolf Creek

irrigation eyed

Wolf Creek Golf Resort has lined up Lacombe County support in a bid to get Alberta Environment approval for an irrigation pond.

The resort plans to use the pond to store treated effluent from a housing project being developed next to the golf course next to Hwy 2 north of Lacombe.

The treated waste water will be used to irrigate the golf course.

Alberta Environment recently told Wolf Creek that the pond must be located 300 metres from any residences. The golf course had previously understood only the treatment plant for the subdivision’s sewage needed the 300-metre setback.

There are homes located 143 metres and 285 metres away from the pond.

County assistant planner Jolene Tejkl said only the local development authority, not developers, can apply for a variance to the provincial rules.

The county agreed unanimously to apply to the province for a variance on behalf of the golf course.

Superintendent

for Wild Rose

Brian Celli has been appointed as the new superintendent of schools and chief executive officer of Wild Rose Public Schools by the board of trustees.

The appointment is effective on Monday.

Celli has worked in Alberta as a high school social studies teacher, school counsellor, vice-principal, principal, deputy superintendent and acting superintendent.

He returns back to Central Alberta after leaving his post as the director of instruction in School District No. 67 for Okanagan-Skaha in Penticton, B.C.

Celli holds a bachelor of education degree and a master of education degree in education administration and leadership from the University of British Columbia.

Celli and his wife have five daughters.

Celli replaces former superintendent Beverly Hammond, who tendered her resignation on Dec. 31, 2008.

Hammond filed a $5.29-million lawsuit with the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench in April, claiming that the school division breached her employment and termination agreements, and damaged her reputation and health. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Dead cat

misidentified

Alberta Animal Services reported new information on Friday involving a dead cat found in a knapsack on the banks of the river in Red Deer recently.

Originally it was believed from tattoo information that the cat belonged to a couple in Sundre.

However further investigation has shown the tattoo information was incorrect, and now the cat’s owner has been traced to a Red Deer resident, said Duane Thomas, director of enforcement for Alberta Animal Services.

The Red Deer owner had not yet been contacted.

Parkland Institute

speaker coming

Red Deer and area’s Council of Canadians annual general meeting on Monday will feature a presentation by the executive director of Parkland Institute.

The meeting is open to the public.

Ricardo Acuna will speak on Hooked on Oil: Implications of Alberta’s dependence on oil and gas.

The AGM will be held at the Noodle House, at 4815 48th Ave.

Cocktail half-hour is at 6 p.m.

The evening meal and AGM run from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Acuna will speak from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person.

Bar drinks not included.

Those who come to hear Acuna only, a donation is appreciated.

People should RSVP to Ken Collier at 403-342-7989 if they plan to eat.

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