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Red Deer RCMP Announce New Officer in Charge



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  • Chief Superintendent Jerry Scott, District Commander of the Central Alberta RCMP, is pleased to announce that a new Officer in Charge has been appointed to the Red Deer RCMP detachment. Inspector Ken Foster is anticipated to take over full-time operations by late Fall; after arriving in Red Deer, he will assume the rank of Superintendent.Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 1.49.56 PM“Crime continues to be a priority for City Council and the community,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “I look forward to working with Inspector Foster to continue work on the City’s policing and crime prevention initiatives.”

    Foster has 25 years of service with the RCMP where he has moved through the ranks and across the country since 1991. In 2015, he was appointed the Officer in Charge for the St. Albert detachment, and prior to that, he resided in the Yukon where he oversaw twelve detachments, the Division Air Services, Forensic Identification Section, Traffic Section, Police Dog Section and Relief Unit.

    Born in Calgary, Foster spent much of his RCMP career in Alberta. He is a former Innisfail resident and still has roots in and around Red Deer.

    “I am excited to be returning home to central Alberta and joining the Red Deer detachment where I was sworn in to the RCMP nearly 25 years ago,” said Inspector Foster. “I’m extremely honoured to have been selected as the Officer in Charge of Red Deer Detachment and look forward to leading and working with the dedicated and hardworking members and staff of the detachment as we continue to work collaboratively with the community.”

    Inspector Heidi Wild has been the Acting Detachment Commander since May 6, 2016. “We are delighted to welcome Inspector Foster to Red Deer,” said Wild. “We’re a busy detachment full of dedicated police officers, with a strong focus on reducing property and persons crimes, working with youth and creating safer roads, and we look forward to benefiting from Inspector Foster’s leadership and experience.”

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    Hunting Hills High School needs 7 million for a new roof, and an addition for 200 more students



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  • From Red Deer Public Schools

    The three year capital plan was one of the topics tackled at Tuesday’s regular board meeting of the Red Deer Public School District.

    The Red Deer Public School District is preparing to submit its three year Capital Plan for 2020-2023 to Alberta Education.  The plan identifies the top priorities for the Public School Board.  On top is a 7 million dollar ask for Hunting Hills High School.  This includes the replacement of the roof.

    Meanwhile, a modernization of Eastview has moved to third from fifth on the list of requests for modernizations.

    Here’s the top seven priorities for the three year Capital Plan.

    1. The modernization of Hunting Hills (new roof, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
    2. New Grade 6-8 Middle School in North East Red Deer, 600 spaces
    3. The modernization of Gateway Christian School (architectural, mechanical, and functional)
    4. The modernization of Eastview Middle School (architectural, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
    5. The modernization of Fairview Elementary School (full mechanical and electrical)
    6. New Grade 9-12 High School, North Red Deer, 1000 spaces
    7. The modernization of Glendale School (CTS upgrade, mechanical and functional)

    The Hunting Hills modernization also includes an addition to the building to accommodate an additional 200 students. Currently, there are 1478 grade 9 to 12 students in attendance at Hunting Hills High School, creating a utilization rate of 98%. Baragar projects an increase of 30 students for the 2019/2020 school year. By 2033 there will be an additional 173 students in the building, creating even more enrollment pressure. By increasing the capacity of the school by 200 students, enrollment pressure should no longer be an issue.

    Click here to read the Red Deer Public School District Three Year Capital Plan

    Westpark Middle School construction update

    Significant progress has been made on the $18 million school, which will open this fall.  Concrete block is completed on the main floor, all mechanical rooms are completed, as well as electrical and mechanical rough in of the main floor, exterior cladding is almost completed, and dry walling is in progress on the main floor.  Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June according to the latest construction schedule. Meetings to coordinate scheduling for the installation of new technology, audio systems, furniture delivery, the building flush, etc. will be taking place in March.

    Two new modular classrooms were delivered and have been placed on footings at the new school. Two modulars that are currently on the existing school, will be moved to the new school in the spring. Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June. UPDATE

    In the spring, a request for proposals will be sent out to invite bids for the demolition of the old school. The hope is to recycle as much material from the old school as possible. Facility Services will be attempting to salvage and reuse some of the mill work and electrical and mechanical components that are in good condition. Where possible, materials from the old school will be recycled.

    Students continue to meet with Berry Architecture and Skyfire Energy to tour the school and to discuss and provide input for the solar panels and arrays that will be installed once the Development Permit from the City of Red Deer has been approved and Alberta Education has given their approval on the design and scope of the project. Installation of the solar chimney is now complete.

    Bi-weekly meetings continue to occur on site with our consultant, contractor, and sub trades.

    It is anticipated that the project will qualify for for Leed Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).


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    Ponoka youth tries to fight off RCMP officers during arrest



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  • From Ponoka RCMP

    Ponoka RCMP lay charges against two youth committing mischief

    The Ponoka RCMP arrested two youth and laid charges following an incident of vandalism at Centennial Park on January 22.

    At 2:02 p.m., a 911 call was received that three youths were throwing objects and spray painting other people’s personal, as well as public, property.  The RCMP responded and took two males into custody.  While lodging one of the males into the police detachment, the suspect was resisting and engaged in a fight with the arresting officers.

    Neither the police officer nor the suspect were injured during the altercation.

    Charges have been laid against two youth who cannot be named.  A 17-year-old is facing the following criminal charges:

    –          Mischief under $5,000 (x2)

    –          Fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance (x5)

    –          Assault on police officer

    Following a judicial interim release hearing, he was released to attend court on February 13, 2019.

    A 15-year-old is charged with Mischief under $5,000 (x2). He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on March 13, 2019.

    “A call from the public was instrumental in us locating these youth and affecting arrests” says Sergeant Chris Smiley of the Ponoka RCMP Detachment.  “Engagement like this from the citizens of Ponoka helps the RCMP work towards crime prevention in our community.”

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