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Highway 20 Fatal, Rocky Cougar Shooting, Red Deer’s Emergency

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  • 11:45 am (Jun 24) – As of Friday night, about 50 homes remained without power in Red Deer. However, City officials say those properties are expected to be reconnected by mid-day Saturday, June 24th. Parks crews will also be continuing to clean-up trees and debris on trails, parks and roadways. Read More.

    11:39 am (Jun 24) – On Friday, June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm, Sylvan Lake RCMP along with Lakeside EMS, Stars Air Ambulance and the Sylvan Lake Fire Department responded to a fatal two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 12. Read More.

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    3:20 pm – The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra (RDSO) is preparing for the conclusion of the pilot phase of their education and outreach program Music + Explorers at G.H. Dawe Elementary School. A Pop Up Percussion performance from the Grades 2-5 students involved will take place on Tuesday, June 27th. Read More.

    3:03 pm – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has declared the Red Deer River Watershed infected with Whirling Disease. Read More.

    2:57 pm – The City of Lacombe has released an update on it’s Main Street project which has now advanced into Stage 2. Read More.

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    2:46 pm – Rocky Mountain House RCMP put down a cougar with a single shot after it was spotted near an elementary school within town limits early this morning. Police say a 9-1-1 report indicated it was initially spotted walking down Main Street in Rocky and eventually climbed up a tree near École Rocky Elementary School. After consulting with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, the officers were instructed to put the big cat down. No people were hurt.

    11:44 am – With the 2019 Canada Winter Games less than two years away, The City of Red Deer provided an update today on the capital projects that are underway as the community prepares to host the Games. The new facilities will leave Red Deer with new and improved recreational and cultural amenities, increasing the City’s sport hosting capabilities and benefiting the overall community. Capital Project Details Here.

    11:30 am – Daddy and Me Year-End BBQ in Penhold on Saturday, June 24th! Read More.

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    10:56 am – From Live Music, to Dancing, a Show & Shine and 5K Foam Fest at Heritage Ranch, there’s lots of fun things to do in the City of Red Deer this weekend! Check them out here!

    10:45 am – The Quarter Horse Association of Alberta continues it’s Chinook Show at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today through Sunday (June 25)! Read More.

    10:38 am – If you’re interested in giving back to your community in meaningful ways, volunteering with the Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit (VSU) may be just what you’re looking for. Join VSU staff and volunteer victim advocates at one of two volunteer information events to learn more: Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 am, or Thursday, June 29 at 7 pm. Both events are held in the Community Room off the lobby at the downtown Red Deer RCMP detachment at 4602 – 51 Avenue.

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    10:27 am – Power is back on in Vanier Woods, Glendale and Normandeau with crews working through the night in these three major areas. Approximately half of Riverside Light Industrial was also restored. Read More on the latest updates from Red Deer’s Windstorm Cleanup.

    10:21 am – Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 60 year old Elaine Tirrell. She was last seen in Red Deer on June 21st and RCMP wish to verify her well-being. Read More.

    10:13 am – Giant Tiger will celebrate the official opening of its first store in Red Deer on Saturday, June 24th! Speeches and a Ribbon cutting will kick-off the event at 7:30 am. The new Giant Tiger will be located at 6751 50th Avenue and will have approximately 15,500 square feet of selling space. The grand opening will be a fun-filled day with gift card and promotional giveaways, a charity BBQ with funds going to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, face painting and a visit from Friendly, the Giant Tiger.

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    10:00 am – On Friday, June 30th, over 150 newcomers to Canada from all over the world will be coming together at Eastview Estates Park (120 Ellenwood Drive) for a day of sports, family and fun. With many helping hands, youth and their families will be given instruction and the chance to play slo-pitch, volleyball, tennis, basketball, football, disc golf and lawn games. All this activity will be followed by a BBQ supper for all the participants and volunteers to enjoy. The event runs from 1- 5 pm.

    9:52 am –  Ponoka RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in the apprehension of Blair Hinkley. Hinkley was arrested on warrant in Wetaskiwin. 

    9:44 am – The first ever triathlon for kids is being held at the Abbey Centre in Blackfalds on Saturday, – July 8th. Read More.

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    9:36 am – Here’s where Red Deer’s road closures are over the next few days as crews continue their road rehabilitation work.

    9:25 am – The Grand Opening of the new Eagle’s Nest Rotary Lodge and the completion of the Camp Alexo Master Plan will be celebrated at Camp Alexo near Nordegg on Saturday, June 24th. There will be a BBQ, Cake and some light refreshments served from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Camp Tours conducted by Counsellors in training and Alumni. Read More.

    9:10 am – It’s Track and Fun Day at St.Patrick’s Community School today! Elementary students will participate in a fun day of games and events on the playing field at the school.

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    9:00 am – Lacombe County invites you to attend the Lacombe County Farm Safety Day, which will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Lacombe County Operations Building. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., when the County will be hosting 250 Grade 5 students from across Lacombe County. A barbeque lunch will also be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    8:53 am – It’s Field Day today at Mountview Elementary School in Red Deer. From 1 – 3 pm, students will celebrate an awesome year outside doing fun things no doubt! Elsewhere, it’s Alternative School Graduation tonight starting at 6 pm at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Red Deer South. Students will be celebrating their graduation with family and friends.

    8:30 am – Grade 9 students from École Camille J. Lerouge School are working in conjunction with Kevin Traptow, owner of the “Cool Beans Coffee Company” to launch an initiative called “Pay Ahead for Daily Bread.”  The aim of the project is to encourage Red Deerians to pre-pay for various food or drink items at the Cool Beans Coffee bus so that when someone in need stops by the coffee shop, there is a cup of warm coffee or a small snack available for them to have free of charge. The event runs today from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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    The 67th Street / 30 Avenue Roundabout will be a construction zone all summer!

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  • From the City of Red Deer

    Construction detours at 67 Street/30 Avenue roundabout

    Starting May 28, there will be lane closures and detours in place at the 67 Street/30 Avenue roundabout.

    Crews will be reinstalling a sanitary pipe connection as part of warranty repairs related to the previously installed underground infrastructure.

    Throughout the work, the following lane closure/detours will be in place:

    •   The dedicated turning lane from eastbound 67 Street to southbound 30 Avenue will be closed. Drivers can continue to turn south through the roundabout.
    •   Upon exiting the roundabout on westbound 67 Street, two lanes will merge into one lane. This single lane will then detour around a work site on the median.
    •   The pedestrian trail on the south side of 67 Street will be closed. Pedestrians will be detoured to the north side of 67 Street.Please see the attached detour map for more information.
      This closure is expected to last for up to three months, but is weather dependent.
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    Lacombe Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Award

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  • Government of Canada News Release

    Steven Schultz, a Grades 10 – 12 Mechatronics-Robotics teacher at École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award, Certificate of Excellence.

    Mr. Schultz will be celebrated at an awards ceremony with the Prime Minister on May 28 in Ottawa.

    The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines. Recipients are recognized for their leadership and exemplary teaching practices as well as for their commitment to help the next generation of Canadians gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success in a world inspired by ideas and driven by innovation.

    From robotics to beekeeping, Mr. Schultz shares his wide-ranging passions with students and engages them through hands-on projects and activities that have inspired a surge of interest in STEM fields in central Alberta.

    The Prime Minister’s Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

    Steven David Schultz

    Certificate of Excellence Recipient

    General Science, Chemistry, Electro-Technology, Agriculture, Green Certificate
    Beekeeping, Mechatronics-Robotics, grades 10–12
    École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School, Lacombe, Alberta

    “Steve is helping to shape Lacombe one child at a time. His energy and drive are matched only by his sincere commitment to helping his students.”
    — President, community environmental association

    Steven Schultz started a robotics program 15 years ago, that has since involved hundreds of students at 10 schools. He shares his project-based approach, and STEM and robotics activities, with teachers and students in schools and orphanages around the world.

    Teaching approach

    A great listener, Steven finds the positive in any situation, encouraging students, regardless of ability, race or gender, to pursue their passions and strengths. Inspired by multiple intelligences theory, he uses project-based learning strategies to help students gain confidence and improve performance.

    In the classroom

    • Goes beyond the curriculum with EcoVision environmental projects—building a tropical greenhouse, establishing a two-acre garden and launching a composting program—that allow students to develop leadership, communication and innovation skills not possible in the classroom.
    • Pioneered a robotics team for young people to learn programming, design, mechanics and electronics skills; has led to considerable interest in STEM subjects in central Alberta.
    • Integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning: computer-assisted instruction supplements classroom time in electro-technology and robotics course; Netflix and YouTube videos sustain beekeeping course over the winter, when students can’t access the hives.
    • Leads international trips to extend learning: students learned about recycling, biodiversity and Indigenous culture in Costa Rica, and developed lesson plans in Kenya.

    Outstanding achievements

    • Secured partnerships with a college leading to mechatronics and robotics program for high school students, and another college to develop the first-of-its-kind high school Green Certificate beekeeping program; students then launched the urban beekeeping program with municipality.
    • Has been part of Science 30 curriculum development team for Alberta Education for 25 years, developing and testing innovative diploma exam questions, and reviewing and marking exams.
    • Classes are continually above provincial averages; less than one percent of students have failed his courses over 25 years, including diploma-level courses in chemistry and science.
    • School named Canada’s Greenest School in 2018 (tied for first); robotics team regularly earns spot in world championships; Steven named 2018 Citizen of the Year by local chamber of commerce.
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