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Torch bearer

Steven Elm, left, an Olympic speedskater and Red Deer native, shows a thrilled Pete Weddell the Olympic torch after the latter was named the city’s first Olympic torch bearer at the downtown RBC branch Thursday. Weddell and 14 others will carry the torch when the 45,000-km, 106-day relay comes to Red Deer Jan. 15th. Weddell is also on the local relay committee helping ensure the event is as environmentally friendly as possible. RBC Royal Bank, the torch relay’s national sponsor, is still accepting applications at www.carrythetorch.com for the 12,000 bearers needed.

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Stampede preparations

Mike Lewis greases the bearings of Tim Haroldson’s chuckwagon at the Ponoka Stampede grounds Thursday.

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Men ordered to pay damages

Three men charged with trashing more than two dozen golf carts at a Rocky Mountain House golf course last October were sentenced on Wednesday in Rocky Mountain House provincial court.

Group urges 11 p.m. curfew for city youth

More than 600 people are pressing the City of Red Deer to make its curfew two hours earlier to help curb young troublemakers and keep youth in general safe.

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New RCMP Building in north Red Deer

RCMP Cpl. Ben Draper stands inside a holding cell at the Red Deer city RCMP detachment’s new north building Wednesday. The $8.5-million project, on 67th Street, is expected to house more than 24 officers and support staff who will be shifting from the downtown RCMP detachment.

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Public School board facing deficit

A deficit of $224,941 will cause the Red Deer Public School District to dip into reserve funds to cover the shortfall during the 2009/2010 school year budget.

One-way hall plan raises ruckus

A proposed one-way road giving visitors more direct, safer access from Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum into Red Deer is drawing fierce opposition from nearby residents.

Ride will help fund prostate cancer research

Fathers are invited to rumble down the highway through rural areas in support of prostate cancer research.

Cigarette butts a concern

Now that out-of-hand cursers and spitters are taken care of, the Town of Sylvan Lake is turning its attention to smokers.

Rondo Wood of Red Deer writes down some ideas on a map of the Rotary Recreation Park as Tammy Greba of the City of Red Deer looks on. Red Deer Residents were invited to an open house at the Golden Circle to give their input as to how the recreation area should be developed in the future.

Park name among issues: survey

Red Deer citizens are getting a chance to speak up about Rotary Recreation Park.

Rondo Wood of Red Deer writes down some ideas on a map of the Rotary Recreation Park as Tammy Greba of the City of Red Deer looks on. Red Deer Residents were invited to an open house at the Golden Circle to give their input as to how the recreation area should be developed in the future.

Red Deer man killed in construction accident

A 23-year-old Red Deer man was killed in a construction accident in Edmonton Monday.

Former Chief of Defence Staff and war hero coming to Red Deer

The Red Deer Food Bank has recruited Canada’s former top soldier, as well as a war hero who lost his legs in Afghanistan, to drum up donations for a unique luncheon fundraiser in September.

This mural was approved for the side of the Family Services of Central Alberta building in Red Deer on Monday.

Commission approves giant mural

Family Services of Central Alberta are taking an eye-catching approach to showing the community what the organization does.

This mural was approved for the side of the Family Services of Central Alberta building in Red Deer on Monday.

Turtle Awards

Leaders in Red Deer’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit community were honoured during the first ever Turtle Awards, held at Red Deer Lodge Friday.

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Local briefs – June 23

Crime calls up slightly last week

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‘Don’t hold your breath’: council

After promising $3 million to help the Town of Sylvan Lake redesign Centennial Park, Alberta tourism minister Cindy Ady is getting a thank-you note from town council.

Video clip of the suspect in the robbery at the West Park Liquor Store.

Liquor store robbery suspect sought

Police have released a photograph of the man they are seeking in connection with an armed robbery Saturday at the West Park Liquor Store.

Video clip of the suspect in the robbery at the West Park Liquor Store.
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Local briefs – June 20

Alberta forestry workers are wrapping up a controlled burn that was deliberately set to reduce the number of older, drier trees near the Banff Park border.

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Grisly discovery

A farmer doesn’t agree with Alberta Fish and Wildlife that more than a dozen wild animals near Bowden most likely died of starvation.

Mark Fält

Back to Afghanistan

A year ago, he was in Afghanistan on foot patrols sampling goat meat. This September he is going back.

Mark Fält