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Blackfalds Community Plaza To Be Named Border Paving Plaza

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News Release from the Town of Blackfalds 

The Town of Blackfalds is proud to announce that the community plaza set to open in the fall of 2022 will be officially named the Border Paving Plaza! Council formally approved the naming sponsorship at the March 22 Regular Council meeting.

The Border Paving Plaza will be a four-season gathering place that will provide residents and visitors with an aesthetically pleasing open area in which they can participate in markets, festivals, performances, and other community events. The Plaza will be east of the Eagle Builders Centre and south of the existing parking lot.

“Over the past number of years, outdoor gatherings and events have been steadily growing in participation and popularity in Blackfalds, so it’s very exciting that we are moving forward with the Border Paving Plaza project that will serve to be a focal point for many of these exciting events,” shared Mayor Jamie Hoover. “Along with completing the Eagle Builder Centre and the road realignment, this outdoor plaza will quickly become a central point of pride in our always improving community.”

The 24,000 square foot space will feature a decorative stained concrete deck, stairs and ramps, landscape features, and a natural gas fire pit.

Border Paving Plaza’s budget is $668,000, of which 75 per cent was approved through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. The remaining funds will be alleviated from sponsorships, including Border Paving Ltd, DB Bobcat Services, STEP Energy, Stantec, and ATCO gas.

Amanda Stasiuk, Border Paving’s Community Outreach Coordinator, said that the company is looking forward to the development and the continued partnership with the Town.

“Once again, we are very excited to be a part of Blackfalds’ commitment to public gatherings and community-minded development. Donations like this are part of our long-standing commitment to the communities we are part of.”

Construction of the Border Paving Plaza will begin this spring, in conjunction with the Gregg Street Realignment project.

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Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club announces finalized agreement to join the BC Hockey League effective immediately

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News release from the Blackfalds Bulldogs

The Blackfalds Bulldogs have announced a finalized franchise agreement with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and are official members of the league, effective immediately. 

Prior to this agreement, the Blackfalds Bulldogs had agreed to terms on a framework of what joining the BCHL would look like. 

Along with the Blackfalds Bulldogs, the Brooks Bandits, Okotoks Oilers, Sherwood Park Crusaders and Spruce Grove Saints will also join the BCHL starting this season. 

“The Blackfalds Bulldogs are thrilled to express our excitement to be joining the BCHL. The BCHL’s dedication and efforts in expediting this process in light of the AJHL decisions have not gone unnoticed and we are sincerely grateful for the commitment they have shown to ensure all our players have the opportunity to complete this season with competitive hockey. This swift transition in light of the AJHL’s decisions is a testament to the BCHL’s professionalism and passion for the sport. We eagerly anticipate the journey ahead and look forward to contributing our Bulldog Best to the vibrant hockey community that the BCHL represents,” said Doug Quinn, Owner of the Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club.  

“We are pleased to officially welcome these five franchises into the fold as members of our league,” said Graham Fraser, Chairman of the BCHL Board of Governors. “All five are strong organizations from great communities and we look forward to the immediate boost they will give our league.” 

Due to the Alberta Junior Hockey League cancelling league games for the 2023-24 regular season, the five teams will engage in competition with each other as BCHL teams for the remainder of the season and will eventually crown an Alberta champion. Following the conclusion of the BCHL Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for the champion from Alberta to meet the champion from B.C. in a year-end competition. 

“With the unfortunate situation the Alberta teams have faced in recent weeks with having games cancelled in their previous league, it was imperative to us to get these players back on the ice in meaningful competition,” said BCHL Commissioner Steven Cocker. “This five-team schedule and postseason will give these athletes the chance to get in a full set of games for the remainder of the year, which is the most important thing to us.” 

The schedule for the Alberta teams starts tomorrow and can be viewed here.

Details for the post-season competition will be announced at a later date. 

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this decision, visit our FAQ page here.

About the BCHL: 

Sending more players on to Division I college hockey every season than any other hockey league in Canada, the BCHL has established itself as a national leader in the development of young student athletes. Considering approximately a third of today’s NHL is made up of NCAA alumni, the BCHL has become a breeding ground for some the sport’s most elite and successful players. In 2022-23 alone, there were a league-record 190 players in the league with NCAA Division I scholarships. The BCHL is also a leader in player safety, with a full-time Department of Player Safety, the toughest rules on fighting in North American junior hockey, as well as a league-wide independent Safe Sport Officer and an individual Athlete Advocate assigned to all 17 teams.  

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28 year old Blackfalds woman arrested after drug trafficking investigation

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Blackfalds RCMP lay charges after drug trafficking investigation

In the summer of 2023, Blackfalds RCMP began an investigation into drug trafficking in the Blackfalds area. As a result of the investigation, on Sept. 5th, 2023, RCMP observed the suspect who appeared to be selling drugs from a Toyota Camry. RCMP initiated a traffic stop and arrested the suspect.  RCMP seized:

  • 86.8 grams of suspected Methamphetamine
  • 5.6 grams of suspected Cocaine
  • 93 Percocet pills
  • A loaded prohibited/Restricted firearm
  • $5100 in Canadian Currency
  • 16 grams of suspeceted Fentanyl
  • Other pills that are not yet known.

Evidence obtained in the search of the vehicle led officers to continue the investigation. On Sept. 6, 2023, RCMP executed a search warrant at a hotel in Red Deer. As a result of the search of the hotel room, RCMP seized:

  • 28.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine
  • 8 grams of suspected Cocaine
  • 12.6 grams of suspected Fentanyl

RCMP have arrested and charged Blackfalds resident, Reanne Brodersen (28), with:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (x4)
  • Possession of the Proceeds of Crime
  • Weapons offences (x4)
  • Failure to Comply with Weapons Prohibition Order (x2)
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order (x2)

Bordersen has been taken before a justice of the peace and remanded with her next appearance date set for Oct. 19, 2023, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer.

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