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Around Red Deer June 14th…..

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1:15 pm – Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Advisory for Red Deer and the surrounding area. Meteorologists say conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds this afternoon. Read More.

11:10 am – The property tax payment deadline in Innisfail is coming up on June 30th. Read More.

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11:03 am – There was some special recognition for Innisfail’s CAO Helen Dietz this week. Find out why and what else happened at Council June 12th.

10:57 am – Development should occur on the Old Hotel site in downtown Sylvan Lake on or before November 15th, 2018. Find out what else happened at Sylvan Lake Town Council this week.

10:49 am – The Centennial (50) Street railway crossing in Sylvan Lake is closed today until 8:00 pm to complete rail crossing repairs. Read More.

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10:04 am – Red Deer RCMP have two men in custody after a failed armed robbery attempt at one gas station early this morning was followed minutes later by an armed robbery at gunpoint at a second gas station. Details Here.

9:51 am – Ron Orr, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka, provided Lacombe City Council this week with an update on activities at the most recent session of the Alberta Legislature. Find out what he told them!

9:44 am – The RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section executed a search warrant on a rural property located east of Highway 2 and just north of Didsbury, on June 8, 2017.  One male suspect was arrested at the scene and criminal charges are pending. Read More.

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9:39 am – A 17 year old Youth has been charged in connection with a stabbing at a residence on the Montana First Nation June 9th. Read More.

9:29 am – With Canada Day celebrations approaching, Lacombe County reminds all residents that a fireworks permit is required if you wish to sell, purchase or set off fireworks within the province of Alberta. Read More.

9:20 am – Downtown Red Deer is a busy place today! Get rid of those wet weather blues by taking in some live music at the Alexander Way Parklet today from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Also today, the ATB Financial Downtown Farmer’s Market runs rain or shine on Little Gaetz Avenue from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Read More.

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8:47 am – Road construction, sidewalk repair and the Downtown Farmer’s Market today will result in some road closures for Red Deer drivers to be aware of. Click here for Details.

8:37 am – Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, will make remarks at the Alberta Pork Congress tonight at 6:00 pm. The event is taking place June 14th and 15th at the Westerner Park Harvest Centre in Red Deer. Click here for more details on the Alberta Pork Congress.

8:25 am – Red Deer Public School is moving forward in its Truth and Reconciliation journey and will raise the Alberta, Treaty Six, Treaty Seven, and Métis Nation flags today. By raising the flags and having them on permanent display in front of the school district office, officials say they are acknowledging the traditional lands the school district is on, honouring the First Nations and Metis people, as well as recognizing the history and treaties of this area. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Flag Raising Ceremony starts at 11:00 am.

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8:14 am – It’s a Grade 9 Farewell at École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake this evening. It’s a night dedicated to celebrating the school’s graduating Grade 9 students. There will be speeches, stories and a slide show to showcase student transformations, as well as some local talent too. All are welcome to join this special celebration in the gymnasium from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

8:09 am – Staff and students at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School in Red Deer will look back on the 2016-2017 school year today and say farewell to their graduating students and staff that are leaving the school. This event will take place in the gymnasium from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

8:02 am – The wet weather has forced officials with St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer to postpone their Track and Fun Day today. However, the BBQ previously planned will still go ahead.

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City of Red Deer survey says 93% of Red Deerians say life is good.. 50% concerned with crime rates

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Red Deerians happy with quality of life but crime is top concern

Ninety-three per cent of Red Deerians say their overall quality of life is good or very good and overall satisfaction with municipal services remains high, according to the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey released today.

“Red Deer is consistently described as a beautiful and friendly city with numerous amenities and an expansive trail system that citizens cite year after year as reasons why quality of life here is so good,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “Like any growing city, Red Deer is facing significant challenges, particularlyin regards to crime and social issues and these issues are top priority for The City.”

Eighty-three per cent of respondents said they receive very good or fairly good value for tax dollars. When asked about how The City should balance taxation and service delivery levels, 47 per cent of respondents supported increasing taxes, while 41 per cent of respondents favoured cutting services.

When asked about the change in quality of life, 15 per cent of respondents said things have improved, attributing a well-managed municipality, job opportunities and enjoyment of living in Red Deer for the increase. For those who said their quality of life had remained the same (43 per cent), or worsened (41 per cent), crime, unemployment and social issues were identified as the top reasons.

From the survey, the top issues facing our community are crime (50 per cent), social issues (23 per cent) and transportation (14 per cent).

“This annual survey is one tool City Council uses to identify and respond to citizens’ priorities,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Crime has doubled in importance for Red Deerians this year compared to last year, and this issue will continue to remain City Council’s top priority until we see substantial improvements in the crimeand social challenges our community is contending with.”

Roads were identified as the highest priority for residents in terms of infrastructure (76 per cent), followed by water treatment facilities (69 per cent), recreation facilities (43 per cent), wastewater treat ment facilities (43 per cent), and the transit system (38 per cent).

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey was conducted over the phone by Ipsos Public Affairs between May 13 and 24, 2019, with a randomly selected sample of 300 Red Deer residents aged 18 years or older; 30 per cent of interviews were conducted on cell phones. The margin of error is +/-5.7%, 19 times out of 20.

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Police make arrest after fires in Eastview’s Terrace Park

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Terrace Park Vehicle Fire

Post from Red Deer RCMP.      Photos Contributed by Glenn Rhodes to Facebook

Red Deer RCMP arrest man for arson after vehicles fires

A Red Deer man is facing arson charges after two vehicles were set on fire early this morning.

At 3:25 a.m. Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services were called to an address in Terrace Park for a vehicle on fire. A short time later, at 4:15 a.m., they responded to a call for another vehicle on fire at a separate address in Terrace Park.

Residents were briefly evacuated from their homes, but there were no injuries.

RCMP have arrested a 43-year old male in connection with the fires. RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services continue to investigate.

Terrace Park vehicle fire

 

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