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Residents are being asked to stay off the Red Deer River as a high streamflow advisory is in effect. (Advocate file photo)
Residents are being asked to stay off the Red Deer River as a high streamflow advisory is in effect. (Advocate file photo)
Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Red Deer and central Alberta. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Dylan Bilton puts on a 77.5-point ride during the bareback riding competition at the 2021 Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo. The annual event returns this weekend. (Advocate file photo)

Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo returns this weekend

There will be pro performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Dylan Bilton puts on a 77.5-point ride during the bareback riding competition at the 2021 Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo. The annual event returns this weekend. (Advocate file photo)
Now that banks’ mortgage rates have increased to four and five per cent to counter rising inflation, this region’s more affordable house prices are proving to be a boon for homeowners, as well as buyers, says Larrissa Kalyn, chair of the Central Alberta Realtors Association. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Jonathan Hayward)

Higher mortage rates create relatively less stress for central Alberta homeowners, says realtor

Lower home prices in the region pay-off now that interest rates are rising, says Larrissa Kalyn

Now that banks’ mortgage rates have increased to four and five per cent to counter rising inflation, this region’s more affordable house prices are proving to be a boon for homeowners, as well as buyers, says Larrissa Kalyn, chair of the Central Alberta Realtors Association. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Jonathan Hayward)
Lynden Fischer and Adam Saltesz make their way along downtown in the snowy rain Thursday morning. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff)
Lynden Fischer and Adam Saltesz make their way along downtown in the snowy rain Thursday morning. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff)
Justice Committee Chair Anthony Housefather waits to start a committee meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday March 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds’ curb on debate of online streaming bill condemned as draconian by Tories

OTTAWA — The federal government is cutting short debate by MPs of…

Justice Committee Chair Anthony Housefather waits to start a committee meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday March 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Black Press file photo/ (Shutterstock)
Black Press file photo/ (Shutterstock)
A Central Alberta chapter of Project Linus Canada has just started up. The organization provides handmade blankets to children who can use some comfort. (Photo contributed)

Project Linus delivering comfort one blanket at a time

Central Alberta chapter of organization now providing handmade blankets to those in need

A Central Alberta chapter of Project Linus Canada has just started up. The organization provides handmade blankets to children who can use some comfort. (Photo contributed)
City Hall Park is one of Red Deer’s outdoor spaces that will be celebrated during the Year of the Garden. (File photo by Advocate staff)
City Hall Park is one of Red Deer’s outdoor spaces that will be celebrated during the Year of the Garden. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Blue and green lights lit up Red Deer City Hall in March 2020 as a way of signaling support for health care and other essential workers. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer City Hall bathed in colour for celebration or recognition

Lighting requests possible for City Hall and downtown alleys

Blue and green lights lit up Red Deer City Hall in March 2020 as a way of signaling support for health care and other essential workers. (Contributed photo)
Leah Pahlke. (Contributed photo)

Innisfail RCMP looking for missing teen

Leah Pahlke, 16, was last seen in the early morning hours of Sunday

Leah Pahlke. (Contributed photo)
Staff at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, including (from left) Karli Kendall, Kim Verrier, and Melanie Berndt, are planning 50th anniversary exhibits and special events for this fall and in 2023. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery was first conceived 50 years ago

It’s evolved into a community hub with art programs, day camps, walking tours

Staff at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, including (from left) Karli Kendall, Kim Verrier, and Melanie Berndt, are planning 50th anniversary exhibits and special events for this fall and in 2023. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff)
A Ghostbusters-themed frame made by Andrea Tucker-Hutch, of Curiosity Art & Framing, was chosen as one of the top five frames at a recent Fine Art Trade Guild competition in Britain. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff)
A Ghostbusters-themed frame made by Andrea Tucker-Hutch, of Curiosity Art & Framing, was chosen as one of the top five frames at a recent Fine Art Trade Guild competition in Britain. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff)
Prime Stock Theatre’s artistic director Richard Beaune (right) works with cast members Irene Poole and Everett Dool during a rehearsal for this summer’s Bard on Bower productions. (Photo by Lana Michelin/Advocate staff)

Bard on Bower continues Red Deer’s outdoor summer theatre tradition

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Richard II’ will be staged in July

Prime Stock Theatre’s artistic director Richard Beaune (right) works with cast members Irene Poole and Everett Dool during a rehearsal for this summer’s Bard on Bower productions. (Photo by Lana Michelin/Advocate staff)
The heat and lack of moisture have hit crops hard across the Prairies. Central Alberta has fared better than most but yields are expected to suffer.
(Advocate file photo)
The heat and lack of moisture have hit crops hard across the Prairies. Central Alberta has fared better than most but yields are expected to suffer.
(Advocate file photo)
Sarah Maetche, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre communications and administration manager, decorates a vehicle just before the Red Deer Queer Community Association’s Car Pride Parade on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

2022 Pride Car Parade rolls through Red Deer

Events are being held throughout Pride Month

Sarah Maetche, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre communications and administration manager, decorates a vehicle just before the Red Deer Queer Community Association’s Car Pride Parade on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Dozens attended a ceremony hosted by the Remembering the Children Society at the Red Deer Cemetery Saturday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deerians remember First Nations children who died in residential schools

Red Deerians gathered to remember of the lives lost at residential schools…

Dozens attended a ceremony hosted by the Remembering the Children Society at the Red Deer Cemetery Saturday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Rod and Heidi Wild are joined by son Jackson (left) and daughter Chloe in their Roly Guacamole food truck. Rod left the oilpatch to sell handmade tacos in the summer and thin crust pizza out of his takeout pizza business Tomato Static in Gasoline Alley in the winter. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Food trucks enjoying their tasty career change

Energy industry workers reinvented themselves as mobile chefs

Rod and Heidi Wild are joined by son Jackson (left) and daughter Chloe in their Roly Guacamole food truck. Rod left the oilpatch to sell handmade tacos in the summer and thin crust pizza out of his takeout pizza business Tomato Static in Gasoline Alley in the winter. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
The grand opening ceremony for the QEII Wellness Centre was held Friday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

QEII Wellness Centre in Red Deer hosts grand opening

A grand opening ceremony was held for the QEII Wellness Centre on…

The grand opening ceremony for the QEII Wellness Centre was held Friday afternoon. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Elena Bakker will participate in the federal government’s Page Program at the House of Commons this upcoming year. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer woman participating in House of Commons page program

A Red Deer woman will be working in the House of Commons…

Elena Bakker will participate in the federal government’s Page Program at the House of Commons this upcoming year. (Contributed photo)