Local briefs – May 8

Red Deer city parks officials are still assessing damage caused when the Red Deer River jammed last month with ice.

City assessing ice damage

Red Deer city parks officials are still assessing damage caused when the Red Deer River jammed last month with ice.

Trevor Poth, parks superintendent, said on Thursday that Waskasoo Park trails near the river are cleaned up and ready to go after crews worked to remove ice and debris left behind after the ice jam.

However, assessing the financial cost will take some time, Poth said.

The boat launch and Great West Adventure Park, both located just east of the Taylor Bridge, will need some work.

“Water levels have come up now so we can’t really do any assessments working in the water,” Poth said.

However, the good news is that only small sections of asphalt failed on the trails because of the ice jam.

At the time of the jam, some trails were rendered unstable and barricades were put in place while cleanup was conducted.

Some ice chunks are still around the trails.

“Trail conditions are fair, but there is still some missing signs and debris next to some trails.

“We encourage users to be aware of potential unmarked hazards,” Poth said.

Compensation deadline set

Anyone in Red Deer whose property suffered uninsurable damage from a heavy storm on Aug. 8, 2008, has until May 22 to apply for compensation.

Don Huestis, emergency management co-ordinator for the City of Red Deer, said his office has been working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to take applications from homeowners, tenants, small businesses, institutions and condominium associations.

To date, 120 applications have been processed and it is expected that the program will provide about $350,000 in assistance.

The 2008 City of Red Deer Disaster Recovery Program provides help for day-to-day costs, but is not intended to provide full compensation for losses, said Huestis. It does not cover damages from sewer backup, for which insurance is available, he said.

To learn more, call 1-888-671-1111.

Alternative measures sought

A 14-year-old male has been placed on alternative measures after he was charged with uttering threats against another student last October in Delburne.

The youth, who was 13 at the time of the mid-October incident at Delburne Centralized School, returns to Drumheller youth court on Sept. 11.

He had been charged with three counts of uttering threats and was set to have a trial on Wednesday before the alternative measures was implemented.

If the youth complies with the provisions of the measures imposed, he won’t have a youth record.

Part of the process involves the accused taking responsibility for his actions.

His name is protected under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Three Hills RCMP received a call that a youth was on his way to the school with a weapon.

Police, acting quickly, intercepted the youth about a block from the school but didn’t locate a weapon believed to have been edged.

The school was locked down for about 30 minutes while police handled the situation.

Police said earlier the incident apparently stemmed from the student who made a threat against another student. The other student was contacted and spoken to, police said earlier.

Alternative measures is step taken by the court and is designed to provide an effective and timely response to offending behaviour outside the bounds of judicial measures.

It encourages young people to acknowledge and repair the harm caused to the victim and the community.

Fire damages Anders home

An early morning fire Thursday in an Anders on the Lake home caused an estimated $100,000 damage.

RCMP responding to an intruder alarm spotted the blaze and called Red Deer Emergency Services about 1:50 a.m.

Seventeen fire-medics from three stations were dispatched to the fire and were on scene within six minutes. The fire at 37 Archer Drive was brought under control at 2:09 a.m., said fire investigator Al Robichaud.

The owner and her daughter were not at home at the time.

Fire damage was contained in the kitchen.

Brooks and Dunn to play Red Deer

Country music fans hold onto your hats. Brooks and Dunn are performing at the Centrium on Oct. 22.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.

Local country music fans will get an extra treat in that Lacombe country music performer Gord Bamford will open for the popular duo.

Tickets are $79.50 plus service charges.

Truck and train collide at Stettler

A youth from Stettler County suffered only minor injuries after his pickup truck collided with a train inside town limits late Wednesday.

Const. Stephanie Lesyk of the Stettler RCMP said it appears that the 18-year-old male, who had been travelling south into town, had stopped at the rail crossing at 57th Street at 51st Avenue at about 5 p.m., and then into the path of an eastbound train.

The youth was treated at the Stettler hospital and released later the same day.

Fiddles take stage this Sunday

Two different fiddling events are coming to venues near you.

The Fiddlemania 2009 Concert Tour stops on Sunday at St. Luke’s Anglican Church at 4929-54th St., Red Deer.

Fiddlemania features entertainment from some of Calgary’s best acoustic musicians to “spread the word” about a summer music camp in Cochrane that specializes, among other things, in teaching bluegrass, swing, Celtic and old-tyme fiddle playing.

The lineup includes the camp’s music director, Ben Plotnick on the fiddle, Jarred Albright on mandolin, Spencer Taubner on guitar and Mark Thompson on bass.

The same program will be performed in Sundre on Sunday, May 24, at the Sundre Arts Centre, at 100-2nd Ave. The shows start at 3 p.m.

Admission is pay what you can for most people, but the concert is free for violinists and fiddle students. Visit www.fiddle-mania.com or call 403-681-5087.

Another musical event featuring Canadian fiddle champion Scott Woods is on Thursday, May 21, at Sunnybrook United Church, at 12 Stanton St. in Red Deer.

The Fiddle Variety Show, with traditional country, gospel, swing, and fancy fiddling will start at 7 p.m. It’s a benefit concert for youth programming at the church.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for children 5 to 12 years) by calling (403) 347-6073 or by e-mailing office@sunnybrookunited.org.

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