Mountain View County council made a motion during the Wednesday, January 9th meeting to send a letter to the provincial Environment Minister asking that the public town hall forums regarding the Bighorn Country proposal be rescheduled to ensure proper public consultation.
Mountain View County council wants to understand and get the full plan on the table regarding the proposal of eight new parks in Bighorn Country before saying they are in favor or not.
That is according to Reeve Bruce Beattie. He notes this week council made a motion to send a letter to the provincial Environment Minister asking the public town hall forums regarding the Bighorn Country proposal be rescheduled to ensure proper public consultation.
He says council is not taking a position relative to the proposal for the park, but rather to make sure there is proper consultation with stakeholders.
Reeve Beattie adds, there is a strong desire to have public forums.
He says the biggest thing is that Mountain View County wants to find out what the full plan looks like.
According to Reeve Beattie, the Sundre area and their neighbours in Clearwater County will be primarily impacted by the new park plans.
He says Sundre town council has also sent a letter to the Environment Minister asking for public consultations on the Bighorn proposal.
An Oilfield Support Rally is planned for Saturday, January 26th and it will make its way from Innisfail to Olds. The convoy is being organized as a joint effort between Parkland Pipeline Contractors in Olds and Bristow Projects Inc in Innisfail.
Earl Dreeshen - the Member of Parliament for Red Deer-Mountain View - says the Conservative Party will continue to work on behalf of Canadians. He feels "stop hurting ourselves" is the key message. Dreeshen notes as the Conservatives want to make sure that message gets through to the federal government when it comes to issues such as the carbon tax.
Innisfail RCMP provided an update on Friday night (January 18th) that nearly all of the stolen property that was outstanding from a break and enter to a rural property east of the town of Innisfail has been located.
Farm Credit Canada has released the 5 key economic trends in agriculture to watch in 2019.
Chief Economist at FCC J.P Gervais says market access is critical and there are lots of different trends that have an impact on the bottom line of farm operations here in Alberta. He says there is always the potential to see supply grow in commodities in 2019.
The 26th annual Alberta Farm Animal Care Livestock Care Conference is coming to Olds this spring. The 2019 edition of the event is planned for March 20th and 21st at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites. The Alberta Farm Animal Care Awards of Distinction will be presented there as well.
The General Manager of Westview Co-op is excited to add Consort and Hanna to the local Co-op family. Dennis Lang says Westview Co-op has acquired Fox Lake Agro Services - which has locations in Consort and Hanna - as well as Hanna Building Supplies.
The Spruce View Citizens of the Year for 2019, Dick & Jean Foesier, will be honoured during the Spruce View Lions Annual Charter Night. It is coming up on Saturday, January 19 at the Spruce View Community Hall.
The Community Learning Campus and Olds College are hosting a "Ride for Mental Health". Recreation & Special Events Programmer at the CLC Steven Bowie says it is free for members of the community to drop in even without a gym membership. The ride will be a two day event this year at the CLC Fitness Centre on January 25th and 26th.
According to Transport Canada tighter regulations that would impose age limits, knowledge tests and registration requirements on all drone operators are set to take effect this year - with June 1st, 2019 being the date for most of the changes. Earl Dreeshen - the Red Deer-Mountain View MP - says these rules are important to ensure the safety of Canadians. However, he adds, with technology moving quickly you want to make sure not hinder innovation either.
Mounties believe that poor road conditions including fog and ice are factors in a two vehicle collision which resulted in one fatality on Highway 2A between Carstairs and Crossfield on Wednesday, January 16th.
The Olds & District Chamber of Commerce has its first event of 2019 next week with the Chamber Appreciation Open House. It will be held at the Chamber office on Wednesday, January 23rd from 9am through until 7pm.
Kobi Chant is a 16 year old grade 11 student at Olds High School who will be competing in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. Chant has been skating since he was 3 years old in CanSkate and has been competitive ice dancing for the past 5 years.
A total of 48 communities coast to coast get a visit from the MNP Torch Relay prior to the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer in just a few weeks. The stop in Olds will be on Thursday, January 31st with the town incorporating all 19 of the CWG sports that day. The Torch Ceremony is slated for 5 until 5:15pm at the SportsComplex.