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Rural Crime Watch group helps RCMP arrest alleged theives

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Innisfail RCMP track stolen generator and arrest two

On 2019-05-10 at approximately 10 am Innisfail RCMP were notified by Blackfalds RCMP that a generator had been stolen from a rural location near Gas Alley.  The generator had been tracked to a rural location near Spruceview, where it appeared to stop.  Innisfail RCMP entered into an investigation to attempt to locate the generator.  During this ongoing investigation Innisfail RCMP received a tip from a member of the Raven Crime Watch Society.  This tip ultimately led to the recovery of the generator as well as the arrest of two males.  Innisfail RCMP would like to thank the continued efforts of local crime watch groups and recognize them as a valued partner in rural crime reduction efforts.

Brandon Edmond Wegner (29 yrs) of Penhold Alberta has been charged with:

  • Possess stolen property over $5000
  • Possess break in tools
  • Possess weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Breach recognizance X6

Wegner was brought before a Justice of the Peace and remanded to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court Monday May 13, 2018 at 0830 am

Jaydyn Warrick Lovelace (23 yrs) of Red Deer Alberta has been charged with:

  • Possess stolen property over $5000
  • Possess break in tools
  • Possess weapon dangerous to public peace

Lovelace was released to appear in Red Deer provincial court June 24, 2019 at 0830 am

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Blackfalds Town Council approves Arena and Library Expansion – Video and photo galleries included

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From the Town of Blackfalds

The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion

The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.

At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.

Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.

Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”

Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”

The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”

A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.

If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.

 

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Snowbirds flyover Central Alberta Saturday morning!

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The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and Operation Inspiration will take off at 9:30 Saturday morning for a tour of the Central Alberta skies.   The Snowbirds will head south-east for Camrose, then turn west to fly over Wetaskiwin. At Wetaskiwin the team turns south and heads for Maskwacis, Ponoka, Lacombe, Blackfalds, and Red Deer.  At Red Deer, the Snowbirds turn west for Sylvan Lake, and then they’ll land at Rocky Mountain House Saturday morning by 10:30.

The entire trip will only take about an hour!

Here’s some video of the Snowbirds Edmonton Flyover from Friday afternoon.

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