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Local briefs – June 13

Waskasoo Pond at Heritage Ranch is stocked and ready for anglers.

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Native centre has home; fire cause unknown

Destruction from the fire at the building that housed Red Deer Native Friendship Society has made it difficult to determine whether it was caused by cigarette disposal in a planter, a barbecue or electrical wiring.

Youth jobs in demand

One hundred more Red Deer youth are competing for the same number of jobs as last summer.

Protecting brain health

Faye Stephenson remembered the signs of a friend with Alzheimer’s disease and knew she likely had it too.

Police hunt for flasher

City RCMP are hunting for a middle-aged man who exposed himself to several girls on Thursday morning.

County examines RV resort controls

Lacombe County councillors are looking for a little visual help in determining the right and wrong ways to control RV resort development.

Stretched thin

Red Deer Emergency Services fire-medics were caught in a rare double major emergency situation on Thursday afternoon that resulted in a reduced response time for complete coverage of one of the events.

July 1 stage set

Workers are hustling to finish the new concrete stage at Bower Ponds by Canada Day. The stage is to be opened for use during the July 1 festivities by cultural dancers, singers and other entertainers.

Children play in the Kinsmen Ball Park playground next to Fairview Cemetery in Lacomb

Lacombe residents concerned about cemetery expansion plan

Opposition is mounting in Lacombe to a town plan to expand a cemetery into an adjacent ball diamond park.

Children play in the Kinsmen Ball Park playground next to Fairview Cemetery in Lacomb

Frost frustrations

Pesky frost problems brought harness racing to a halt two weekends early at Alberta Downs, but owner Robert Allen hasn’t reined in his ambitions.

Foreign workers often homesick

Horror stories often fill the pages of newspapers about temporary foreign workers being taken advantage of by employers who make them work extra hours or agencies that charge exorbitant fees.

MS Walk raises more than $182,000

Organizers of the 19th Annual Meyers Norris Penny MS Walk are ecstatic that they defied the recession and had their best year yet.

While Dorian Watson of Edmonton rests on the tire of a Harvard Alex and Win Busshoff of Springbrook look up at the vintage plane at the Red Deer Regional Airport on Saturday. Watson joined his father and uncle at the airport over the weekend as they flew their Harvard’s to Red Deer to participate in the event.

$5-million aviation museum proposed

Airplane and air force enthusiasts got a first glimpse at plans for a new aviation museum during the Air Affair at the Red Deer Airport on Saturday.

While Dorian Watson of Edmonton rests on the tire of a Harvard Alex and Win Busshoff of Springbrook look up at the vintage plane at the Red Deer Regional Airport on Saturday. Watson joined his father and uncle at the airport over the weekend as they flew their Harvard’s to Red Deer to participate in the event.

Blood tests rule out prime suspect in Rocky area pig farm swine flu

Officials have ruled out the prime suspect in the mystery over how a herd of Alberta pigs was infected with the new swine flu virus sweeping the globe.

Jarvis Bay proposal ruffles feathers

Residents of Sylvan Lake and the Summer Village of Jarvis Bay voiced their concerns Saturday that land designated as a natural preservation area could soon be used for the Twin Fawn Development.

Bottom: A motorhome involved in a standoff Saturday west of Rimbey is seen after the incident ended.

Suspect with firearm arrested west of Rimbey

A man was taken into custody after an RCMP negotiator convinced him to throw out a gun from his motorhome at the Open Creek Campground, around 35 kilometres west of Rimbey, Saturday.

Bottom: A motorhome involved in a standoff Saturday west of Rimbey is seen after the incident ended.

Trial for man accused of quad theft set for fall

The trial of one of three man charged with stealing a quad that resulted in one of them being shot by a farmer is set for the fall. Kyle Rosenthal 23, of Alix entered a not guilty plea in Stettler provincial court on Thursday and will be back in court on Sept. 21 for trial He faces a charge of theft of less than $5,000.

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Local briefs – June 12

Three trial dates in March were set Thursday for a teenager charged with killing two males in a crash last fall.

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Lake will be tested

Lacombe County is continuing efforts to develop a snapshot of the health of Lacombe Lake.

Dead cat found in knapsack belonged to Sundre couple

The horrific discovery of a drowned cat inside a knapsack weighted down by rocks in Red Deer has turned out to be a beloved pet from Sundre.