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CFR announces first Rising Stars Rodeo Queen competition

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Red Deer, Alberta – The Canadian Finals Rodeo is proud to welcome the first-ever Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition in 2019. The event goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo event: providing the youth in rodeo an opportunity to showcase their talents, and compete in the same setting as their idols.

“The Rising Stars programing does not just look at what youth can do in the arena, but also works on their skills outside of the arena with workshops on managing their social media, public speaking, and interviewing skills,” said Christina Sturgeon, Agriculture Events Sales & Production Assistant Manager at Westerner Park, and creator of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo. “The next logical step in our programing was to include the same opportunities for the youth that could potentially become the next Miss Rodeo Canada.”

Created with the help of Miss Rodeo Canada 2018, Brittney Chomistek, the competition will span over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo. Contestants will compete in a number of categories over the three day competition. From October 31-November 2, participants will be judged on horsemanship, public speaking, modelling and personal interviews taking place at Westerner Park.

“I love that the Canadian Finals Rodeo is recognizing Rodeo Queens as an integral part of rodeo. Just like the CFR Rising Stars Program, this year they will be providing royalty with an opportunity to compete at a national level,” added Brittney Chomistek, 2018 Miss Rodeo Canada. “These youth are the future of our sport, and 2019 will be an exciting year as we showcase our junior athletes and royalty giving them professional experience to one day compete in the pro league, or represent it as Miss Rodeo Canada.”

The lucky winner will not only take home the title of 2019 Rising Stars Rodeo Queen; she will also be down in the dirt after the Saturday afternoon performance, presenting winning buckles to the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals go-round winners.

Applications will be open to young women, ages 17 and under, from August 1-30, 2019. Stay tuned to cfrreddeer.ca for more information on the first annual Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition and contestant application details.

Click here to visit the official CFR website.

President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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Search for missing man last seen at Red Deer hotel expands

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Missing Man

The Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit is seeking public assistance in relation to the disappearance of Abdikadir TUKHOV, who was reported missing in December 2016.

Abdikadir TUKHOV, 43, of Calgary was reported missing by friends on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. He was last seen on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, leaving a residence in the community of Abbeydale.

Police have exhausted all footprints of life and as a result of new information from members of community, TUKHOV’s disappearance is considered suspicious. Friends also believe that TUKHOV may have been met with foul play.

TUKHOV lived a transient lifestyle and spent time in Calgary, Grand Prairie, Edmonton and Red Deer. It is believed he worked as a taxi driver in Grand Prairie prior to his disappearance.

Investigators are seeking public assistance to identify a man and a woman seen with TUKHOV at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel (previously the Sheraton Red Deer), located at 3310 50 Ave., Red Deer, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Police believe they may have information about TUKHOV’s disappearance or his activities prior to his disappearance.

A photo of TUKHOV with the man and woman is available above.

The woman is described as 25 to 40, with an average build with brown hair.

The man is described as 30 to 45, with an average build. He can be seen wearing a hat in the photo.

“We know that people in the community have information about Abdikadir’s disappearance,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit. “Abdikadir left behind a wife and two children and we ask that anyone who has information come forward so that we can provide closure to his friends and family. Even what seems like the most insignificant information can sometimes be enough to help detectives solve a case.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877. They may also contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TEXT: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

Case # 16660072/4110

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Million-Dollar Cocaine Seizure Made in Edmonton

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From ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team)

Edmonton… Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine has been seized after ALERT conducted search warrants at two Edmonton homes. ALERT seized over 11 kilograms of cocaine and 84 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent.

ALERT’s Edmonton organized crime team made the seizure on June 8, 2019, and one person was arrested. The Edmonton Police Service and Alberta Sheriffs provided assistance.

ALERT alleges that an apartment in the Pembina neighbourhood was being used to package and press cocaine. That is where investigators located 84 kilograms of the cocaine buffing agent Phenacetin – one of the largest seizures of its kind by ALERT.

Phenacetin is a cutting agent used to dilute the purity of cocaine in order to maximize profits. It was banned in Canada in 1973 due to its carcinogenic and kidney-damaging properties.

The total value of the drugs seized is estimated at $1.4 million and includes:

11.37 kilograms of cocaine;
84 kilograms of Phenacetin;
902 grams of ketamine; and
$15,465 cash.

A 26-year-old Edmonton man was arrested. Mihnea Vasiu has been charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Vasiu became known to ALERT after he was observed meeting with targets in previous investigations.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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