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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).
Thousands of Albertans who usually flock to Westerner Days will have to wait until early June to find out if this year’s fair can be held in mid-July, as planned, or be postponed or cancelled due to virus control measures. (Advocate file photo).

Updated: Westerner Days’ fate expected to be announced Friday

Edmonton’s K-Days and Calgary Stampede have been cancelled this summer

Thousands of Albertans who usually flock to Westerner Days will have to wait until early June to find out if this year’s fair can be held in mid-July, as planned, or be postponed or cancelled due to virus control measures. (Advocate file photo).
The 2020 high school graduations will be postponed for Catholic and public schools in Red Deer. (Black Press file photo).

High school graduations postponed in Red Deer

Public and Catholic school district decide to delay ceremonies

The 2020 high school graduations will be postponed for Catholic and public schools in Red Deer. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer city manager Allan Seabrooke says a cash-flow problem will arise in one to two months. (Contributed photo).

A cash crunch is coming for the City of Red Deer, says city manager

City council will have to consider loans or borrowing from reserves

Red Deer city manager Allan Seabrooke says a cash-flow problem will arise in one to two months. (Contributed photo).
Spring is taking its time getting to central Alberta. March was the 13th coldest in 106 years of record-keeping, making pandemic-related self-isolation measures easier to follow. (Advocate file photo).

Cold spring weather makes self-isolation measures easier to follow for central Albertans

March was the 13th coldest on record, says Environment Canada

Spring is taking its time getting to central Alberta. March was the 13th coldest in 106 years of record-keeping, making pandemic-related self-isolation measures easier to follow. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer Cowboy singer Ivan Daines has written a tune about the pandemic to give people hope. His Corona Song can be heard on YouTube. (Screenshot from YouTube).
Red Deer Cowboy singer Ivan Daines has written a tune about the pandemic to give people hope. His Corona Song can be heard on YouTube. (Screenshot from YouTube).
These newly hatched baby robins will be placed in other robins’ nests for adoption, says Carol Kelly, executive-director of the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. Anybody who knows the locations of various bird nests, for future reference, can call the centre. (Contributed photo).
These newly hatched baby robins will be placed in other robins’ nests for adoption, says Carol Kelly, executive-director of the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. Anybody who knows the locations of various bird nests, for future reference, can call the centre. (Contributed photo).
Eight-month-old litter-mates Kobe and Lebron, held by veterinary technician Nicole Appenrodt, are among the pets still available for adoption at the Central Alberta Humane Society. (Contributed photo by Tara Hellewell).

Staff at the Central Alberta Humane Society are ‘bracing for more pet dumpings’

Lay-offs and pandemic measures could take a toll on pets

Eight-month-old litter-mates Kobe and Lebron, held by veterinary technician Nicole Appenrodt, are among the pets still available for adoption at the Central Alberta Humane Society. (Contributed photo by Tara Hellewell).
Cell phones are distractions for students’ learning. The Seven Summits School wants to limit access to them during school hours. File photo.                                File photo.
Cell phones are distractions for students’ learning. The Seven Summits School wants to limit access to them during school hours. File photo.                                File photo.
Cell phones are distractions for students’ learning. The Seven Summits School wants to limit access to them during school hours. File photo.
Cell phones are distractions for students’ learning. The Seven Summits School wants to limit access to them during school hours. File photo.
A new hand-held virus testing device, made by Spartan BioScience, provides quick results without having to be sent to a lab. It will be available soon to communities outside Edmonton and Calgary, says Alberta Health Services. (Contributed image).

Central Alberta to soon get new hand-held virus tests for quicker results

AHS has formed a partnership with Spartan BioScience to develop the devices

A new hand-held virus testing device, made by Spartan BioScience, provides quick results without having to be sent to a lab. It will be available soon to communities outside Edmonton and Calgary, says Alberta Health Services. (Contributed image).
A new hand-held virus testing device, made by Spartan BioScience, provides quick results without having to be sent to a lab. It will be available soon to communities outside Edmonton and Calgary, says Alberta Health Services. (Contributed image).

Central Alberta to soon get new hand-held virus tests for quicker results

AHS has formed a partnership with Spartan BioScience to develop the devices

A new hand-held virus testing device, made by Spartan BioScience, provides quick results without having to be sent to a lab. It will be available soon to communities outside Edmonton and Calgary, says Alberta Health Services. (Contributed image).
(Advocate file photo).

Non-profits that are helping people impacted by COVID-19 can apply for relief funding

Red Deer and District FCSS can draw from a provincial pot of $30 million

(Advocate file photo).
(Advocate file photo).

No Alberta renter will be evicted for non-payment on April 1, promises the premier

No evictions during the entire Alberta public health emergency

(Advocate file photo).
Alberta announces immediate closure of non-essential businesses, provincial parks

Alberta announces immediate closure of non-essential businesses, provincial parks

No more public gatherings of more than 15 people

Alberta announces immediate closure of non-essential businesses, provincial parks
A member of Moms Stop the Harm believes now is a critical time to open Red Deer’s Supervised Consumption Site, which would replace this Overdose Prevention Centre, having greater capacity and wrap-around services. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Opening Red Deer’s safe consumption site would reduce strain on system during COVID-19, says advocate

Alberta should give also give addicts clean drugs, added Deborah Watson

A member of Moms Stop the Harm believes now is a critical time to open Red Deer’s Supervised Consumption Site, which would replace this Overdose Prevention Centre, having greater capacity and wrap-around services. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
More hospital spaces are being sought, and the province is looking at whether social gatherings should be restricted to less than 50 people. (Courtesy Photo | NIAID-RML via AP)

Three weeks of COVID-19 cases have left AHS staff seeking out more hospital spaces

Province is examining the 50-person limit for social gatherings

More hospital spaces are being sought, and the province is looking at whether social gatherings should be restricted to less than 50 people. (Courtesy Photo | NIAID-RML via AP)
(Black Press image).
(Black Press image).
Alberta Health Services says Red Deer hospital will not be left short-staffed because three virus-infected doctors had contact with 97 other health care workers. (Advocate file photo).
Alberta Health Services says Red Deer hospital will not be left short-staffed because three virus-infected doctors had contact with 97 other health care workers. (Advocate file photo).