Local briefs – October 30

The province will be looking for funding help from municipalities to keep a program to stabilize Gull Lake water levels going.

Gull Lake water aid sought

The province will be looking for funding help from municipalities to keep a program to stabilize Gull Lake water levels going.

Since the mid-1970s, water has been pumped out of the Blindman River and into the lake to maintain water levels. The original plan was for the province to build the pumps and then it would be turned over to local authorities, which would operate on a user-pay basis. But that never happened. The province has been paying the average annual pumping cost of $114,000, although $50,000 was saved this year by stopping pumping early.

Alberta Environment spokeswoman Cara Van Marck said the pumping program — especially the funding — is among projects under review by the department.

Discussions have been underway with municipalities around the lake to share the cost. Those talks are expected to continue over the winter.

Lacombe County council recently voted to send a letter to Environment Minister Rob Renner urging the province to continue the program.


Reba McEntire coming

Grammy-winning country singer Reba McEntire will perform in Red Deer next spring to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

McEntire, who’s album My Kind of Country made her a star in the 1980s, is known for many hits, including How Blue and Somebody Should Leave. She has released 25 gold- or platinum-selling albums, charted 22 No. 1 singles and has even branched into acting on stage and in TV and film.

The performer will put on a concert at the Centrium on March 22, with special guest Crystal Shawanda and Melissa Peterman. Tickets go on sale today at Ticketmaster.


Trial ordered in drug case

A Calgary woman charged with attempting to smuggle $25,000 worth of drugs into a federal jail has been ordered to stand trial.

Stacey Lynn Crough, 31, waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday in Red Deer provincial court and will now proceed to Court of Queen’s Bench on Dec. 7 to set a trial date.

Crough was charged in August 2007 with attempting to bring illegal drugs into Bowden Institution.

She faces three counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

RCMP allege a woman visitor to the jail brought 140 morphine, 78 dilaudid (codeine based) and 42 ecstasy pills into the jail grounds on Aug. 28, 2007, where she met an inmate.

Police said Corrections Canada officers watched the incident and when they attempted to strip search the inmate, he ran and threw the drugs onto a roof.

Just Posted

Police investigate shooting at O’Chiese

High-powered firearm involved

Rollover on Hwy 2 near Red Deer

Driver sustains minor injuries

City of Red Deer gets ball rolling on annexing more land

”It’s important we look ahead,” says Mayor Veer

Video: Windows smashed at three Red Deer businesses

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vandalism spree

NHL stays with status quo as Canada pot legalization looms

As Riley Cote took and delivered countless punches over more than a… Continue reading

Paul Stanley: Kiss farewell tour could include ex-members

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It won’t be all night, but former members… Continue reading

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

WASHINGTON — A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President… Continue reading

Canada open to growing trade with China now that USMCA is a done deal: PM

TORONTO — Canada is open to doing more business with China now… Continue reading

Pot shop raids “highly unlikely” on Wednesday: head of police chiefs

VANCOUVER — Police departments across Canada are fully prepared for marijuana legalization… Continue reading

Campers will be able to smoke cannabis at campsites in Canada’s national parks

Parks Canada says visitors should do their research on cannabis before going… Continue reading

U.S. pot firms urge Trump to deny Canadian producers’ ‘competitive advantage’

WASHINGTON — An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that… Continue reading

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

OTTAWA — More than one million jobs could be lost to the… Continue reading

Most Read