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Around Red Deer May 25th…..

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2:41 pm – Red Deer RCMP have arrested and charged 19 year old Jacob Conrad Courtemanche in relation to a home invasion in the Morrisroe neighbourhood on April 25th that sent one man to hospital with serious injuries to his hand. Read More.

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1:23 pm – After being reported missing and then located by Red Deer RCMP, 15 year old Terrylle Rain has again been reported missing. Please contact Red Deer RCMP if you have information about his whereabouts. Terrylle Rain is described as Aboriginal, 5’6” tall, slim build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

1:15 pm – Burn permits have been reinstated for Red Deer County today. However, landowners are urged to exercise caution in case winds pick up again. Burn permits are required for all prohibited debris within the County.

10:37 am – Camping season is well underway in Central Alberta, with Westerner Park getting into the spirit by hosting the Southside RV Centre Spring Event today through Sunday, May 28th! Read More.

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10:13 am – The City of Red Deer has provided an update on power restoration and clean-up efforts after Wednesday’s wind storm. Details Here.

10:11 am – Innisfail Town Council awarded on Wednesday night, the removal and disposal of sludge from the former wastewater lagoon. The move is part of a multi-year plan to reclaim the lagoon. Find out what else happened at this week’s Council Meeting.

10:07 am – Road closures are in place throughout Innisfail today. Read More.

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9:58 am – Sylvan Lake Town Council wants to know what it’s options are to address concerns about the community’s Visitor Pay Parking program. Find out what else happened at Sylvan Lake’s Town Council meeting this week.

9:46 am – Many parts of Red Deer and other surrounding communities were without power for parts of their afternoon and evening on Wednesday due to the wind storm. Today is now a day of cleanup for many communities, including Red Deer and Sylvan Lake where the town is offering free branches and tree drop-off at the Waste Transfer Site until June 2nd. Some power outages remain in the region today. Click here for details.

9:12 am – Two people were taken to hospital for precautionary measures after a two vehicle crash near Alix on Sunday, May 21st. Bashaw RCMP say it happened at the intersection of Highways 601 and 12 when a southbound pick-up truck on HIghway 601 proceeded after a stop sign into the path of a westbound car on Highway 12. Both occupants of the car were taken to hospital while the three occupants of the truck were not hurt. A 38 year old woman driving the truck has been charged.

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9:02 am – École Secondaire Notre Dame High School is turning 20 years old. So the school is celebrating with a birthday party to mark this milestone from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m at the school today! Read More.

8:41 am – Students at Red Deer’s St. Martin de Porres School are busy with numerous activities and events today. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 are taking part in “CREATE” (Children Regularly Engaged Actively to Excel) which includes things such as making prayer beads, juggling, art, puppetry, costume makeup, Lego car racing, cats cradle, finger knitting, ukulele, cooking, zumba, poetry and more. Also, Grade 4 students will visit seniors at the lodge and interview them in regards to the pioneer days, while the School will also host a “Welcome to Kindergarten event tonight. Elsewhere, St. Teresa of Avila School will hold it’s Annual Spring Musical this year, “The Granny Awards,” a production based on an award show for fairytales. Over 100 students are involved with 70 choir members and 30 cast members performing on stage.

8:13 am – It’s a busy day for many local schools today as a Bike Rodeo focusing on bicycle safety is taking place for Grade 2 and 3 students at G.W. Smith Elementary School from 9:15 – 11:45 am. Elsewhere, G.H. Dawe School’s “Roots of Empathy” program will have it’s year-end party in the Library starting at 10:30 am, while a used book sale and swap continues at Normandeau School during the lunchtime break.

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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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