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An event photo from the 2019 Ponoka Stampede. (Black Press file photo).

Ponoka Stampede is postponed due to pandemic

Organizers are considering later dates in 2021

An event photo from the 2019 Ponoka Stampede. (Black Press file photo).
Aurum Lodge co-owner Alan Ernst had a close encounter with this grizzly, which he later found out was killed by Fish and Wildlife officers. (Contributed photo)

Grizzly sniffing for human food west of Nordegg killed

Lodge owner reminds campers to keep all food away from wildlife

Aurum Lodge co-owner Alan Ernst had a close encounter with this grizzly, which he later found out was killed by Fish and Wildlife officers. (Contributed photo)
Students at Ermineskin Elementary School are using a Cree-style learning program that’s boosting literacy and attendance. (Contributed photo)

Maskwacis school is boosting student literacy, attendance with a Cree-style program

Students are more engaged with community and there’s more parental ‘buy-in,’ says principal

Students at Ermineskin Elementary School are using a Cree-style learning program that’s boosting literacy and attendance. (Contributed photo)
Volunteers will be out beside highways on Saturday cleaning up litter to raise money for non-profits. Motorists are urged to watch out for them and take safety precautions. (Black Press file photo).

Highway shoulders around central Alberta will be cleaned up Saturday

Motorists are urged to watch out for volunteers

Volunteers will be out beside highways on Saturday cleaning up litter to raise money for non-profits. Motorists are urged to watch out for them and take safety precautions. (Black Press file photo).
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, cautioned that tighter restrictions will be needed if things don’t improve. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, cautioned that tighter restrictions will be needed if things don’t improve. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
From left, Daniel, Liam and Noah Moran raise glasses of sparking raspberry juice to celebrate the founding of their charitable enterprise, the Caring Cookie Company. It will raise money for Safe Harbour programs. (Contributed photo)

Young central Alberta brothers baking to help homeless people in Red Deer

Daniel, Noah and Liam Moran have started The Caring Cookie Company charity

From left, Daniel, Liam and Noah Moran raise glasses of sparking raspberry juice to celebrate the founding of their charitable enterprise, the Caring Cookie Company. It will raise money for Safe Harbour programs. (Contributed photo)
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. (File photo)

Another death linked to Red Deer hospital COVID outbreak

It’s hard to pinpoint any one cause, said Hinshaw

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. (File photo)
(Black Press file photo).

Alberta’s COVID cases have risen to more than 6,200

More vaccine delays were announced by Dr. Hinshaw

(Black Press file photo).
Many rural seniors are having to travel a long way to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Stettler residents are being told to go to Red Deer, Drumheller or Camrose. (Black Press file photo).

Rural central Alberta seniors have to travel far to get vaccines

Stettler residents are being directed to Red Deer, Drumheller or Camrose clinics

Many rural seniors are having to travel a long way to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Stettler residents are being told to go to Red Deer, Drumheller or Camrose. (Black Press file photo).
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. (Black Press file photo).

Two more deaths in central zone including woman in her 20s

There are now 5,831 active cases in the province, with 281 in Red Deer

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. (Black Press file photo).
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

Alberta reports growing number of COVID variants

Red Deer has 276 active case of the coronavirus

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the vaccination program will be accelerated. (Photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)

Albertans who are 75 and older to get vaccinated starting in February

There were 23 more deaths reported in the province

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the vaccination program will be accelerated. (Photography by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer has joined with other Alberta mayors to lobby against the provincial government’s plan to centralize ambulance dispatch in Calgary. (Contributed image)
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer has joined with other Alberta mayors to lobby against the provincial government’s plan to centralize ambulance dispatch in Calgary. (Contributed image)
Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen (Alberta government photo)

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA who worked on Trump’s campaign denounces U.S. Capitol violence

Devin Dreeshen says ‘voters are the ultimate deciders’

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen (Alberta government photo)
Shaun Isaac, owner of Woodchucker Firewood in Trochu, is awaiting a new shipment during a firewood shortage in the province. All of the wood he has left is being saved for long-time customers who need it to heat their homes. (Contributed photo).

Firewood shortage in central Alberta caused by rising demand, gaps in supply

‘I’ve said “No” to more people than ever’: firewood seller

Shaun Isaac, owner of Woodchucker Firewood in Trochu, is awaiting a new shipment during a firewood shortage in the province. All of the wood he has left is being saved for long-time customers who need it to heat their homes. (Contributed photo).
Many rural municipalities were concerned about a proposed reduction to their industrial revenues, but Alberta’s Municipal Affairs minister has come up with an alternative solution. (Photo contributed)

Province and rural municipalities agree on a plan to support Alberta’s energy industry

Creating new wells or pipelines would result in a three year ‘tax holiday’

Many rural municipalities were concerned about a proposed reduction to their industrial revenues, but Alberta’s Municipal Affairs minister has come up with an alternative solution. (Photo contributed)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Alberta reports 77 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Dr. Deena Hinshaw cautions small-town Albertans not become complacent

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alberta has 258 new COVID-19 cases

Alberta has 258 new COVID-19 cases

Red Deer continues to have eight active cases

Alberta has 258 new COVID-19 cases
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says discussions will be held this week between the province and municipalities, such as Sylvan Lake, to come up with solutions to the problem of overcrowded beaches. (Government of Alberta photo).

230 new COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend

City of Red Deer has nine active cases

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says discussions will be held this week between the province and municipalities, such as Sylvan Lake, to come up with solutions to the problem of overcrowded beaches. (Government of Alberta photo).
The Chutes of the Ram River, 45 kilometres west of Rocky Mountain House, is described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Some Central Albertans are alarmed that coal strip mining is slated to start there. (Contributed photo).

Central Alberta naturalists fear pristine headwaters will be contaminated by coal mine

Chutes of the Ram constitute one of Earth’s ‘most beautiful’ spots

The Chutes of the Ram River, 45 kilometres west of Rocky Mountain House, is described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Some Central Albertans are alarmed that coal strip mining is slated to start there. (Contributed photo).