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Alberta closing 300 acute care hospital beds to save $50M over three years

EDMONTON — Alberta is closing 300 acute-care hospital beds and another 246 at an Edmonton mental hospital over the next three years as the province’s health superboard struggles with a $1-billion deficit.

Switchboard - September 16

b>Documentary and Discussion takes place at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Sept. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. In the mood for some debate?

Commission rejects Co-op’s plan to rebuild bulk fuel depot

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has been denied its request to tear down and rebuild a bulk fuel depot located alongside Hwy 2, east of Penhold.
Love your pumpkin

Love your pumpkin

Sianna Vennard, 3, hugs the small pumpkin she chose for her father at The Jungle Farm north of Innisfail Tuesday. She was part of a group of Sundre children who took a wagon ride to the you-pick farm’s pumpkin patch to choose their own pumpkins.
New air service touches down in Red Deer

New air service touches down in Red Deer

Local air travellers should soon be able to fly more often and in more directions.Swanberg Air Inc. plans to commence passenger service from the Red Deer Regional Airport on Oct. 13, with routes to Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. And starting Nov. 2, it expects to fly from Grande Prairie to Red Deer, and then on to Calgary, Swift Current, Regina and Estevan, Sask.

Rollover death, Monday

Police have released the name of a 23-year-old man who died in a car crash along Hwy 2, near Lacombe, on Monday.

Drugs, property and gun seized in north Red Deer bust

Red Deer City and Rural RCMP have seized a shotgun, stolen camper trailer, stolen ATV, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and cocaine from a residence north of Red Deer.
Convict on the loose after escape from Bowden Institution

Convict on the loose after escape from Bowden Institution

Bowden Institution is in lockdown and the hunt is on for an inmate from Bowden Institution who is considered armed and dangerous.
Crop circles draw crowds

Crop circles draw crowds

Crop circles discovered just outside of Stettler have attracted a steady stream of curiosity seekers to the town.
Koy at Kerry Wood

Koy at Kerry Wood

Bree Ruttan and Ryder Jackson peek in on the large Koi fish swimming in the lobby of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Monday morning. The two children were just getting out of their Duck and Ducklings class at the centre. The Koi are on loan from the Red Deer Museum while it is being renovated.