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Blackfalds to expand multi-plex with second ice surface!



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  • From the Town of Blackfalds

    Council chooses Architect to move Multi-Plex expansion plans forward

    Town Council unanimously approved the next step in the expansion to the Blackfalds Multi-Plex, which will include a second ice surface and other possible amenity space needs. Following a thorough competition and review process, the Town awarded the Architectural Services contract for the expansion of the Multi-Plex to ACI Architects Inc.

    “We had great interest with 13 different submissions for our Request for Proposal process and following the review and evaluation process we were able to determine the group that best met the criteria and expectations in moving this project forward.,” said Mayor Richard Poole. “The winning group from ACI includes members we have worked with in the past who helped us build our award-winning Abbey Centre.”

    An additional ice surface was identified as a Community priority within the next seven years through the 2015 Town of Blackfalds Recreation and Parks Master Plan. The Town of Blackfalds included capital funding in the 2018 budget to undertake the design and contract document development. The Town has also identified funding in the long-range capital funding plan for the construction of the expansion. Community members responded positively to this project establishing a fundraising group to support this initiative. The Dual Ice Development Society (DIDS) is represented by all current users of the existing arena and are working towards raising $1 Million dollars as their commitment to this project.

    The Town will be entering into a contract with ACI Architects Inc. for the submitted bid amount of $743,355 which is less than the budgeted amount for this component of the project. Pre- construction estimates for the Multi-Plex expansion is estimated at $15 million dollars with construction timeline set for 2021.

    For further details visit the Town website at

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    UPDATE – Penhold – School bus with students onboard collides with armed robbery suspect



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  • Update: Jan 23. Correction: The incident of shots fired on January 16 occurred in Delburne, in the Three Hills detachment area, not in Three Hills itself. 

    Jan. 22 Update #2

    RCMP seeking information on activities of stolen Fountain Tire Truck

    Blackfalds, Alta. – On January 15, 2019 the Fountain Tire in Drumheller was broken into, and a truck was stolen.  On January 16, 2019 the truck was associated to a break and enter in Bashaw and an incident of shots fired in Three Hills.  Today, the Blackfalds RCMP recovered that truck following a collision and car-jacking, and are looking for any possible information as to the timeline of activities of that truck between January 16 and today.

    Attached are photos of the stolen truck.  The public is asked to contact the Blackfalds RCMP if anyone saw that truck throughout the last week.

    Note:  The photos being provided of the truck were taken today following the collision it was involved in.  The truck did not have the front end damage prior to today.


    16Original Story from earlier today 11:37 am

    Blackfalds RCMP on scene of bus collision and car jacking

    The Blackfalds RCMP are currently investigating both a collision and a carjacking that occurred this morning.

    At 8:12 a.m. the RCMP responded to a 911 call about the carjacking which had just occurred.  A male driving a truck collided with a school bus on Township Road 372 and Range Road 281.  When a passerby stopped to offer assistance, the male suspect pointed a handgun and demanded her vehicle.  He fled in the victim’s Mitsubishi Outlander, heading westbound on Township Road 372.

    The school bus was connected to the Chinook’s Edge School Division, servicing Penhold schools.  The bus had seven children on board, all of whom were assessed and cleared by on scene EMT.  Two children had minor injuries which were treated, and the children released.

    RCMP are looking for a silver 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, with Alberta license plate BNR6558.

    This is NOT the actual vehicle. It’s an example of a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander.

    The public is not to approach this vehicle, or the male driving the vehicle.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

    The truck which was involved in the initial collision was earlier reported stolen and involved in previous incidents.  The RCMP had been working to locate the truck.  (see attached background).

    The male suspect is described as:

    –       Caucasian

    –       5’11” tall

    –       Dark wavy hair

    –       Black skull bandana pulled up covering the lower half of his face

    –       Dark jacket with the hood covering his head

    –       Dark cargo pants

    BACKGROUND  From Jan. 16, 2019

    Drumheller RCMP apprehend wanted male and seize stolen vehicle – Seeking second male and stolen Fountain Tire truck

    Drumheller RCMP received a report at 7:30 am January 15 that a burgundy Ford F350 truck smashed into a bay door at Fountain Tire and a logo’d ‘Fountain Tire’ GMC truck was stolen.  Later in the evening, the burgundy Ford F350 was involved in rural fuel thefts which culminated in a male being apprehended at a farm and the truck seized.

    The male was arrested and taken to hospital.  Police investigation is ongoing.  The suspect cannot be named pending the swearing of an information.

    The stolen Fountain Tire truck has since been linked to a rash of offences in the Three Hills to Bashaw area and police are looking for the public’s assistance in locating the truck and suspect.

    If located, DO NOT APPROACH.  RCMP believe the suspect is armed and dangerous. Please contact 911 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”


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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Blackfalds welcomes Canada Winter Games Torch Relay



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  • Blackfalds, Alberta (January 22, 2019) – Blackfalds is gearing up to welcome the Canada Winter Games as the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay arrives in Town on Tuesday, January 29, now on its final leg prior to the games in Red Deer from February 15 to March 3. We encourage you to join us, with the runners, to celebrate the spirit of the games together.

    Six local runners will carry the Torch through the town of Blackfalds on January 29th along with dignitaries from MNP and Canada Winter Games along with Waskasoo, the Games Mascot.

    Here’s the schedule at Abbey Centre (4500 Womacks Rd):

    Torch Relay – 3:30 pm

    Ceremony – 4:30 pm

    For the first time in the Canada Games’ 52 year history, the torch will make its way across Canada stopping in nearly 50 communities along the way. The torch relay embodies the Canada Games’ motto of Unity through Sport as Canadians from coast to coast have engaged in torch relay activities in their communities.

    Prior to its run through Alberta, the Torch Relay has visited over 20 communities across the nation. The spirit of the torch relay is being shared with Albertans and Canadians to celebrate the significant accomplishments of the torchbearers who are outstanding leaders in youth, sport and community development.

    In Blackfalds the MNP Canada Games Torchbearers are:

    Heather Buelow, Byron Hackett, Chris Overacker, Robert Thompson, Rachel Weppler and Richard Poole.

    For the complete MNP Canada Games Torch Relay schedule and information of torchbearers, please visit

    For further details visit the Town website by clicking here.

    Each torchbearer will run between around 200 m to 1km and the torch design is light enough to be carried even by children.

    Torchbearer bios January 29 – Blackfalds

    Heather Buelow

    Heather Buelow has owned Dancer’s Edge Studio for the past 16 years. With over 500 students enrolled at the studio, she enjoys spreading her love of dance and interacting with all the students. The studio is very community driven and you can quite often find them volunteering or performing at different events. Miss Heather gives back to her community whenever possible and loves what the town of Blackfalds stands for.

    Byron Hackett

    Byron Hackett moved to Red Deer in 2016 and has been welcomed by the sports community with open arms. As the sports reporter at the Red Deer Advocate, Byron has taken great pride in telling the stories of up-and-coming central Alberta athletes and sharing their accomplishments with as many people as possible.

    Chris Overacker

    Chris Overacker has been involved in his community, Blackfalds, since moving here 15 years ago. He served on the Minor Hockey board for 8 years, where he was President and Coach/Player development representative. Currently, Chris is the President of minor baseball and started AA baseball in Blackfalds; he has coached both for the past 14 years. He has also been a volunteer badminton and basketball coach.

    Robert Thompson

    Robert Thompson raises his family, and lives and works in central Alberta. He is involved in his four children’s activities including soccer, pond hockey, pee wee football, skiing, 4H, skating and other interests. At 54, Robert’s life changed. After suffering from a heart attack, he saw that he needed to lead a healthier life, so he began to exercise and eat healthier. Through running, he has inspired others.

    Rachel Weppler

    Rachel Weppler resides in Blackfalds with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation and is a teacher at Ermineskin Elementary School in Maskwacis. Growing up in a First Nations community, Rachel knew she wanted to work with indigenous youth. Since she began teaching at Ermineskin Elementary school, she has been involved with the sports programs.

    Richard Poole

    Richard Poole has represented the Town of Blackfalds for over a decade as a Councillor and as Mayor. He continues to volunteer at many Town functions and is committed to encouraging sports and volunteerism within his community. Mayor Poole is proud to know many of the citizens who are offering their assistance in the upcoming Games.

    Click here for more stories about the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

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