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Province pulls strings

Red Deer’s first provincially required Community Service Delivery Plan for affordable housing may have come with strings attached by the province itself, council heard on Monday.

Capital projects delayed?

Red Deer leaders are concerned that several large-scale projects will be delayed in 2010 because of fewer dollars being funneled to the municipality.

Ellis Bird Farm at a glance

Get up close and personal with bluebirds and pretty well every other species native to Central Alberta at the Ellis Bird Farm, operated by a non-profit society on land donated by the neighbouring Dow Chemicals plant.

A female mountain bluebird returns to the nestbox with a grasshopper meal for its young.

Bluebird disaster

The victims of disaster stared back at its discoverers in mute horror.

A female mountain bluebird returns to the nestbox with a grasshopper meal for its young.
Biologist and author Myrna Pearman photographs bluebirds near the Ellis Bird Farm.
Biologist and author Myrna Pearman photographs bluebirds near the Ellis Bird Farm.
After having carried this cedar fisherman carving out to the front lawn

Cedar fisherman delights partiers

Lobster traps may look a little out of place under a giant fruit tree in a prairie neighbourhood.

After having carried this cedar fisherman carving out to the front lawn

Benalto man wins big

Prizes valued at nearly $1 million will be given out on Friday to winners of the David Thompson Health Region Foundation’s 2009 Hospital Lottery.

Canada Day will be grand in Central Alberta

Scottish dancers, an African choir and food from around the world will be part of the Canada Day celebrations on July 1 at Bower Ponds in Red Deer this year. Entertainers start at 10 a.m. on the stage and continue to 11:15 p.m., with fireworks following.

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Residents show their community spirit

Cops and courtrooms have their place. Balloon animals and face paint also play a role in fighting crime.

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Turtle Awards honour aboriginal youths

It was nighttime when Tyrone Cattleman’s ranking officer told him and the other recruits to start to dig.

Five neighbourhoods to benefit from partnerships in recreation development

A co-ordinated effort is underway to boost recreation and culture for the estimated 20,000 residents living on the northwest side of Red Deer.

Chinese, Spanish courses part of new plan

The Red Deer Public School District will consider adding second language courses in Mandarin-Chinese and Spanish and will expand its Bright Beginnings program as part of its three-year plan released this week.

Buses to Gasoline Alley running late

The start of transit service to Gasoline Alley and Springbrook is a little behind schedule. The City of Red Deer and Red Deer County were hoping to have the first buses rolling on routes starting at Bower Place Shopping Centre next month, but the first trips aren’t expected to be made until August, said city transit manager Kevin Joll.

Justice programs receive grants

Restorative justice programs in Lacombe and Hobbema are among 11 projects around Alberta sharing $306,000 in provincial grants. The money goes to promote mediation between victims and offenders, training programs, leadership development in schools, and aboriginal programs. The programs are an alternative or supplement to the criminal sentences offenders receive and can be initiated at any time during the criminal justice process. Samson Cree First Nation’s Nipisihkopahk Family Justice Circles received $10,000 for training in resolving conflict and shaping transformative justice. Innisfail Restorative Justice Society received $20,000 for the restorative justice program A Needed Alternative.

Leading by example

Crash warning

Trauma centres need up to 50 units of fresh blood to save the life of a crash victim, say the Alberta Motor Association and Canadian Blood Services.

Leading by example

Fundraiser planned for Blackfalds on Saturday

Life is getting a little nerve-wracking for the only Canadian team entered in a 16,000 km rally race across Europe and Asia that starts July 18.

Lacombe County councillors heading to Vernon

Lacombe County councillors are heading to Vernon, B.C. to learn the do’s and don’ts of RV resort development.

Chinook’s Edge will use reserves to cover deficit

Chinook’s Edge School Division is cutting into its reserves to cover a deficit of about $1 million in its $108-million budget for the 2009/2010 school year.

Public trustees frustrated with province

The Red Deer Public School District trustees and the board chair are frustrated that the provincial government still hasn’t announced funding for a new elementary school in Red Deer.

Outdoor gyms to be installed soon

Four outdoor gyms will be installed in the coming weeks in Red Deer as part of a concerted doctors’ effort to increase physical activity among adults.