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3:49 pm – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has now ended for Clearwater County near Nordegg and the Big Horn Reserve, as well as for the Ya-Ha-Tinda Ranch. However, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place. Read More.

3:21 pm – Officials with the City of Red Deer say eligible voters are now able to request a Special Ballot for the 2017 Municipal Election to cast their vote by mail. Details Here.

2:45 pm – Lacombe County Council defeated a request last week from the Village of Alix to the County for long-term CAO support to the Village of Alix. Find out what else happened at Lacombe County Council July 6th.

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12:05 pm – Free disposal of trees and branches at the Waste Transfer Site in Sylvan Lake has been extended until 5:00 PM this Saturday, July 15th. Read More.

11:20 am – Red Deer RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify a group of thieves who stole five vehicles from a car rental company in the early hours of July 3rd. Read More.

11:07 am – Red Deer Mounties say they are no longer looking for 15 year old Terrylle Rain. He has been located and RCMP thank the public for their assistance.

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10:44 am – Red Deer’s Heritage Ranch will be the site of the Spartan Race on July 22nd and 23rd. The obstacle course race will put the athletes involved to the test and see what they’re made of while they battle mud, rope, barbed wire and fire! Details Here.

10:02 am – RCMP are investigating a pair of Industrial Park business break-ins last week they think might be linked. They happened on July 6th at Lafarge’s work site located at the Blindman industrial Park and at Knelsen & Gravel Ltd at Clearview Industrial Park. At Lafarge’s work site, 10 cement trucks were damaged and their exhaust systems taken apart, while the same thing happened to 2 cement trucks at Knelsen & Gravel.

9:45 am – One man is dead after a head-on collision between a motorcycle and pick-up truck west of Rimbey on Saturday, July 8th. RCMP say it happened along highway 53 at the junction of Range Road 21 just before 5 pm. The occupants of the truck were not seriously hurt.

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9:34 am – The City of Red Deer is in the midst of a major redevelopment of Riverlands, one of three key districts that will become focal points in Greater Downtown Red Deer. Here is the latest update on how things are going.

9:27 am – Blackfalds RCMP are hoping you can help them identify a man accused of breaking into the Airsoft Shop located on Lantern Street in Gasoline Alley. Mounties say the suspect smashed through the front door around 4:30 am and stole numerous airsoft pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotgun and accessories.

9:17 am – Looking to avoid traffic disruptions while driving throughout Red Deer today? Click here to see where today’s road closures are.

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Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury starts moguls World Cup season with gold

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Ruka – Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury has started the moguls World Cup season right where he left off.

Kingsbury won a gold medal at the first moguls World Cup event of the season on Saturday. After earning silver at the Beijing Olympics he finished the last freestyle skiing season with three consecutive World Cup wins.

The 30-year-old from Deux-Montagne, Que., reached the top of the podium on Saturday with a score of 84.50. Japan’s Ikuma Horishima earned silver with an 80.48 and Australia’s Matt Graham took bronze with an 80.12.

Kingsbury had the final run of the day and was surprised when he heard his competition’s scores.

“They were lower than what I expected but I just had to stick to my game plan, do what I wanted to do,” said Kingsbury. “It’s nice that I was able to improve my scores from the Final 1 to the super final.”

It was Kingsbury’s 10th career victory in Ruka, Finland. He has now reached a World Cup podium 145 times in his storied career.

Now in his 12th season on the World Cup circuit, Kingsbury said that he’s as motivated as ever.

“I’m always excited for the first race of the season. So I’ve never had a problem with motivation, really,” said Kingsbury. “I want to be there. I want to be the last guy to go. I want to be in those positions. I want to feel nervous.”

Gabriel Dufresne of Joliette, Que., was the only other Canadian to advance past the qualifiers. He finished 11th with a score of 75.24.

Elliot Vaillancourt (Drummondville, Que., 18th), Kerrian Chunlaud (Sainte-Foy, Que., 22nd), Alexandre Lavoie (Quebec City, 23rd), Daniel Tanner (Calgary, 33rd) and Julien Viel (Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que., 38th) were all eliminated in the qualification rounds, as were Laurianne Desmarais-Gilbert (Sainte-Adèle, Que.) and Maïa Schwinghammer (Saskatoon), who just missed making the top 16 in the preliminaries and moving on to the first elimination round.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2022.

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Reducing funding for RCMP on the table for Saskatchewan amid firearm buyback debate

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REGINA — Saskatchewan says it would consider reducing its funding for the RCMP if the force was to help the federal government with its proposed firearms buyback program.

Public Safety Minister Christine Tell says all options are on the table, signalling the province will not help Ottawa collect guns it has banned.

“We as a province fund the RCMP to a tune of 70 per cent, so it could even get more interesting,” Tell said Thursday.

The Saskatchewan Party government said it is pushing back to protect law-abiding firearms owners from what it views as federal intrusion on its provincial autonomy.

Under Ottawa’s proposed firearms buyback program, it would be mandatory for people to have their assault-style firearms rendered inoperable or have them discarded. That could also include centrefire semi-automatic rifles or shotguns designed to accept a detachable magazine that can hold more than five cartridges.

In response, Saskatchewan has introduced its own firearms act to forbid municipalities and police services from receiving federal money to help confiscate firearms.

The proposed law says a municipality, police service or board would have to get written approval from the province’s public safety minister before agreeing to support the federal buyback program.

It also states that Saskatchewan’s chief firearms officer would enforce which federal agent can or cannot confiscate firearms in the province.

“These legal firearm owners are not the ones committing the crimes,” Tell said.

The legislation was tabled Thursday, months after Tell wrote a letter to Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the head of Saskatchewan’s RCMP. It stated that the province would not support the Mounties using provincially funded resources to help confiscate firearms.

Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick have sent similar letters to their RCMP forces. They have joined Saskatchewan in asking Ottawa to not use up “scarce RCMP and municipal resources” for its buyback program.

In October, Blackmore said Mounties are service providers, not decision-makers, and any decisions over the buyback program are between the federal and provincial governments.

“As the service provider, we would be the individuals that get our information from them,” Blackmore told The Canadian Press.

That includes if additional resources would be needed by RCMP once the buyback program rolls out.

“It would depend on the level of expectation, and what that looks like, and what the involvement is if there are additional resources,” Blackmore said.

The specific role of the RCMP and the details surrounding the buyback program have not been determined.

On Friday, the Saskatchewan RCMP said it will continue to prioritize front-line services and the safety of communities is its highest priority.

The Saskatchewan Firearms Act also calls for helping firearm owners get fair market value for guns collected through the buyback program and would require all seized firearms to go through forensic and ballistic testing.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, which advocates for hunters and the protection of the province’s hunting heritage, praised the proposed act, saying it would mitigate the “draconian” federal legislation.

There are approximately 115,000 licensed firearms owners in Saskatchewan, 75,000 of whom may be penalized under the federal government’s policy. That’s about 10 per cent of Saskatchewan’s adult population, the province said.

Saskatchewan’s NDP Opposition has stood united with the government to denounce the program.

“It does not strike the right balance for Saskatchewan,” justice critic Nicole Sarauer said last week in the legislature.

“These amendments are overbroad and capture rifles that have legitimate uses for both hunters and producers in Saskatchewan.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2022.

Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press

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