A luncheon is being held on Wednesday, June 6th from noon until 1:30pm in the Santano Room of the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel in order to honour the three award recipients who have taken exemplary action in their local communities to improve the air quality in Central Alberta.
The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) will be handing out its Blue Skies Awards for 2018 on Wednesday, June 6th in Red Deer.
The Counties of Mountain View, Red Deer, and Lacombe are among the recipients.
Kevin Warren, Executive Director of PAMZ says the three counties are all involved in the Alternative Land Use Services Program (ALUS).
Warren says since the counties started the program, 100 farmers and ranchers have enhanced natural ecosystems. Almost 5000 acres of land have been improved.
As for air quality, he adds, the planting of trees and hedges has had the biggest impact.
Warren notes that - in general - our local air quality is pretty good.
Also receiving a Blue Skies Award for 2018 are NOVA Chemicals and Developments 2 Inc.Timberlands Market Project.
Olds RCMP had a busy weekend of patrols during Oldstoberfest 2019 at the Olds Regional Exhibition (ORE) grounds.
RCMP say they had additional resources to address increases in vehicle and pedestrian related traffic, as well as addressing attendees requiring police intervention.
Chinook's Edge School Division has a new Board Chair following the recent election of the executive. CESD trustees elected Allan Tarnoczi as Board Chair, Colleen Butler as Vice Chair and Holly Bilton as Second Vice Chair.
Over the past 5 years the Olds Elks branch #100 has donated $21,400 to the community and individuals in need, according to the President of the Alberta Elks Association. Darren Scott stopped in to visit the town of Olds on Tuesday, September 17th.
Earl Dreeshen is a fourth generation farmer from Pine Lake. He served on the hospital board for a number of years in Elnora and was a high school math and physics teacher for 34 years in Innisfail. Dreeshen has been an Member of Parliament since 2008. He was twice elected as an MP for the Red Deer riding. Dreeshen has represented the newly formed Red Deer-Mountain View constituency in Ottawa since 2015.
Red Deer-Mountain View candidate Conner Borle agrees with the Green Party's desire to move to a grassroots democracy. The 27 year old lives in Red Deer and as a teacher says his goal is working towards the future.
The Mountain View Child Care Society recently celebrated its one year anniversary in the community last week. Program Director Jennifer Thompson says they received a grant from the Alberta Government to open an early learning child care centre in Olds last year. Thompson says it offers affordable child care with 26 staff members serving 80 children. They also have a wait list.
Police are still looking to identify a male suspect and an accomplice who fled the scene in a black 2019 Dodge Ram 4 door pick up truck following a shooting at the CrossIron Mills mall near Balzac, Alberta on Monday, September 16th.
If you work and/or live in the Nordegg area near Rocky Mountain House, please be extra aware when driving around and keep an eye out for a 1995 white/aqua Ford F-250 pick up truck with Alberta licence plate CDC 9685. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 16 year old Zachary Lemay or his vehicle is asked to contact RCMP immediately.