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Every can and bottle in the Velvet Olive Lounge’s main bar cooler exploded earlier this week due to a mechanical failure. (Contributed photo)
Every can and bottle in the Velvet Olive Lounge’s main bar cooler exploded earlier this week due to a mechanical failure. (Contributed photo)
Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours Friday. (Black Press file photo)

Sylvan Lake urgent care centre closing early on Friday

Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service closing doors at 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

  • Dec 2, 2022
Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours Friday. (Black Press file photo)
Kipp Scott GMC donated this 2022 cargo van to the Central Alberta Humane Society this week. (Contributed photo)

Central Alberta Humane Society launches Giving Tree fundraiser

The Central Alberta Humane Society has launched its end of the year…

Kipp Scott GMC donated this 2022 cargo van to the Central Alberta Humane Society this week. (Contributed photo)
Burman University will receive $98,000 in funding for its new finance and entrepreneurship program, the Government of Alberta announced in a statement on Friday. (Contributed photo)

Alberta funding new micro-credential program at Burman University in Lacombe

Institution will receive $98,000 in funding for new finance and entrepreneurship program

Burman University will receive $98,000 in funding for its new finance and entrepreneurship program, the Government of Alberta announced in a statement on Friday. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer region’s unemployment rose to 6.2 % in November from 5.5 % in October. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer region unemployment on the rise

Alberta unemployment rose to 5.8 % in November from 5.2 % in October

Red Deer region’s unemployment rose to 6.2 % in November from 5.5 % in October. (Advocate file photo)
A new pedestrian bridge would ignite development in Red Deer’s Capstone area, predicts city Coun. Victor Doerksen. (Image contributed)

A new bridge at Capstone would ignite that area’s development, says Red Deer city councillor

The proposed Red Deer River gondola project has been shelved for now, council told

A new pedestrian bridge would ignite development in Red Deer’s Capstone area, predicts city Coun. Victor Doerksen. (Image contributed)
Safe Harbour Society executive director Kath Hoffman says 130 to 150 guests a night have been staying at the Cannery Row shelter during the recent cold snap. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Cold snap has homeless shelters full

Flu bug hitting social agency staffers also a challenge

Safe Harbour Society executive director Kath Hoffman says 130 to 150 guests a night have been staying at the Cannery Row shelter during the recent cold snap. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Stephanie Hodgkins’ arm was broken after slipping on a patch of ice last week. An off-duty nurse assisted the Red Deerian after the incident. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Off-duty nurse helps Red Deerian with broken arm

‘I just want to say thank you to her’

Stephanie Hodgkins’ arm was broken after slipping on a patch of ice last week. An off-duty nurse assisted the Red Deerian after the incident. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Red Deer's population is 100,844, making it Alberta's third largest city, according to the 2021 Statistics Canada census. (Advocate file photo)

Sports, crime prevention groups are winners in Red Deer city council’s latest number-crunching

Red Deer Transit needs to boost revenues before adding new routes, council told

Red Deer's population is 100,844, making it Alberta's third largest city, according to the 2021 Statistics Canada census. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer Public Schools says that in the absence of additional funds from the provincial government, there was no consideration of using alternate classroom sites in the district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Central Albertans on Minister’s Youth Council

‘Students on the council provide their perspectives on a number of education topics,’ says government

Red Deer Public Schools says that in the absence of additional funds from the provincial government, there was no consideration of using alternate classroom sites in the district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Ronald McDonald House has turned on its Christmas lights to spread a little holiday cheer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Ronald McDonald House turns on Christmas lights

Red Deer’s Ronald McDonald House is shining bright. The nonprofit organization that…

Ronald McDonald House has turned on its Christmas lights to spread a little holiday cheer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
A Maskwacis man is in critical condition after allegedly being shot by a police officer on Thursday afternoon. (Advocate file photo)

Maskwacis man allegedly shot by police in critical condition

Man was shot in confrontation at Samson First Nation on Thursday afternoon

  • Dec 1, 2022
A Maskwacis man is in critical condition after allegedly being shot by a police officer on Thursday afternoon. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)

More money for digital efficiencies will stay in Red Deer’s 2023-24 budget

A city council bent on cost-savings will not eliminate digital upgrades needed…

Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo.)
<em>The Widows’ Pact</em>, by Jenna Hanger, writing as J.L. Cole, to be released Jan. 25, 2023. (Contributed)

Central Alberta author sets story in Red Deer

The Widows’ Pact to be released in January

<em>The Widows’ Pact</em>, by Jenna Hanger, writing as J.L. Cole, to be released Jan. 25, 2023. (Contributed)
RCMP from Ponoka, Red Deer, and Blackfalds responded to multiple reported collisions on the Highway 2 in the areas of Highway 11 and Highway 11a overpasses near Red Deer on Wednesday afternoon. (Facebook photo)

Jackknifed semi trailer among vehicles that collided near Red Deer on Wednesday

A four-vehicle pileup started a domino of collisions on Highway 2 that…

RCMP from Ponoka, Red Deer, and Blackfalds responded to multiple reported collisions on the Highway 2 in the areas of Highway 11 and Highway 11a overpasses near Red Deer on Wednesday afternoon. (Facebook photo)
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Red Deer EMS could get increase of 14 staffers in 2023-24

Council gives initial approval to more fire/medics than were in the proposed budget

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A Ponoka Regional Fire Services firefighter at the scene of a collision in 2017. (Black Press file photo)

Ponoka mayor goes to bat for local firefighters

Slow ambulance response putting pressure on volunteer firefighters

A Ponoka Regional Fire Services firefighter at the scene of a collision in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health acknowledge that ambulance wait times are still too long in Alberta but progress is being made toward resolving the issue. (Photo by Advocate Staff)

Ambulance response times too long but progress being made: health officials

A number of initiatives underway to deal with “unprecedented” demand for ambulances

Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health acknowledge that ambulance wait times are still too long in Alberta but progress is being made toward resolving the issue. (Photo by Advocate Staff)
Extreme weather shelters have been opened in Abbotsford, and shelters in Chilliwack are also responding to the incoming cold weather. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Extreme cold warning in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

An extreme cold warning has been issued for Red Deer and central…

Extreme weather shelters have been opened in Abbotsford, and shelters in Chilliwack are also responding to the incoming cold weather. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
The 29th annual Festival of Trees was held this past weekend at Westerner Park in Red Deer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

29th annual Festival of Trees a success

The 29th annual Festival of Trees successfully brought holiday spirit to the…

The 29th annual Festival of Trees was held this past weekend at Westerner Park in Red Deer. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)