Local News

Murder charge laid in infant death

A Red Deer man was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-month-old infant who died last October.

Maggie Christensen

Central Alberta Women’s Outreach celebrates milestone anniversary

Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society continues to adapt to meet the needs of clients as it marks its 25th year.

Maggie Christensen

Accused in prison fight found not guilty

A man accused of beating another prisoner unconscious in a scrap at the Red Deer Remand Centre last year was found not guilty in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday.

Grand opening Saturday for police, fire station

Scores of innocent residents will briefly end up in the holding cells during Saturday’s official opening of Red Deer’s new police-fire station.


Local briefs – July 9

The Recreation Centre outdoor pool in Red Deer will be closed from Sunday until noon on Monday for an unexpected mechanical repair.


Storm knocked out warning signal, co-ordinator says equipment failed

A sudden malfunction that interrupted a storm warning in the Red Deer area on Saturday has raised concerns with the City of Red Deer’s emergency management co-ordinator.


Breast Cancer tour

Vicki Lattery of Rocky Mountain House, left, discusses an impending rainstorm with Marion Brown of Olds, rear, Susan Data-Samtak of New Jersey, front left, and Debra McCaw of Madden during a water break for their horses south of Bowden Wednesday. The outriders for the Wild Pink Yonder tour to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation decided to hole up in a nearby barn while the storm blew its way past. The 640-km tour, complete with covered wagon, is making its way through a number of Central Alberta communities over the next week.


Quads collide, man dies

A man died Tuesday in hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a collision involving two quads on July 1 near Caroline.

It’s official: you can call us Red Deerians

Calgarians, Edmontonians — and Red Deerians. We now have an official name to call ourselves after the City of Red Deer conducted a poll recently.

Province OKs portables for public schools

The space crunch at Red Deer public schools has received a reprieve. The province will give the Red Deer Public School District five modular classrooms that can be added to existing school buildings to help address space issues at southside schools.


Local briefs – July 8

Plans for expansion at Koinonia Christian School hit a roadblock on Monday when Red Deer’s municipal planning commission raised concerns about the appearance of portable classrooms there.


Local businessman loses rezoning bid

A local developer’s bid to create a mobile home next to an industrial park was shot down by Red Deer County council on Tuesday.

Proposed roundabout proves controversial

The developer of Red Deer’s Southbrook subdivision wants to do a 360-degree turn on its plans for a traffic roundabout in the new community.

Council approves new cottages in Whispering Pines

Red Deer County council approved nine new cottages in Whispering Pines even though they don’t meet area structure plan regulations.

Officials divided over drought

Red Deer County councillor Jim Wood says it’s time the municipality joined the growing list of counties that have declared themselves agriculture disaster areas because of drought.


Hospitals Lottery winner

Don Solberg relaxes in the living room of his new house in Red Deer’s Westlake subdivision. The Benalto man won the $650,000 furnished home in the Alberta Health Services Hospitals Lottery. It was the first time a house had been offered as a grand prize. Other prizes included cars, trucks, TVs, cash and electronics totalling $990,000. Proceeds from the lottery will be used to purchase state-of-the-art scopes for Central Alberta gastroenterology and urology programs.


Museum renovation

Jeff Marler from Scraper’s Edge makes short work of lifting carpet tiles off the floor of one of the museum’s galleries Monday morning. General contractor Scott Builders is in the process of gutting the entire building before the renovations begin. The building should be ready for occupation at the beginning of next year.

Bev Sliger

Enough insurance

Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House search and rescue teams are confident they have enough insurance coverage to protect them from lawsuits.

Bev Sliger

Population drops in Rocky Mountain House

The oilpatch downturn is showing up in Rocky Mountain House’s latest census. The town’s population as of April 1 dropped by 76 people, to 7,155 residents, according to the latest tally.


Local briefs – July 7

Calls to Red Deer City RCMP remain fairly steady.