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Adams bail denied
A judge denied the bail request of Karin Adams at the Red Deer Courthouse on Sept. 14. Adams has retained council in the form of a law student to help deal the 13 matters she was originally charged with on July 19, including impersonating a Peace officer, harbouring more than three dogs and trespassing. Adams was arrested for breaching conditions of her release according to the CBC in a story they released on Sept. 11. Innisfail RCMP confirmed that they had added an additional four counts of breaching conditions earlier in the month, but would not give details on what those breaches entailed. The Red Deer Animal Rights Advocates group were present in court Sept. 14. The group, who were rallying to demand changes to provincial and federal legislation to have companion animals deemed sentient beings, told the Herald that the Adams matter was held over for plea until Sept. 18. They added that bail had been denied for Adams. “We intend to rally at every Red Deer court appearance that the Adams have until justice is served, as we believe that repeat offenders such as they are, will set a precedent for why federal changes are needed,” the group noted in a press release. Catherine Adams, Karin’s daughter, had no charges during the Red Deer Court proceedings, but was merely there, along with a companion, to support her mother. Karin Adams’ trial in Red Deer is set for Feb. 7. Catherine is awaiting sentencing for animal cruelty charges stemming from the Oyen RCMP in 2016 and will be sentenced at the Drumheller Provincial Court on Nov. 2. email@example.com
South Saskatchewan Regional Plan released to mixed reviews
The provincial government released its South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, that included the creation of a new wildland provincial park in the Pincher Creek area, on Wednesday, July 23 to mixed reviews from conservationists who called it a "missed opportunity".
New support to communities for flood erosion damage
Alberta is providing dedicated funding to help restore damaged lands in flood-affected communities. “While some communities have already done good work to re-contour creeks and stabilize channels, we need to better ensure the long-term stability of the banks and the safety of residents,” said Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. “This is a significant milestone in flood recovery and future mitigation, and we will be working together with local municipalities as we move forward.” The province will provide this new funding directly to municipalities - details will be finalized in the coming weeks. This funding is in addition to assistance provided through the Disaster Recovery Program. Disaster Recovery Program funding helps communities, homeowners, and small businesses rebuild to a functional and safe state and covers damages to buildings and structures caused by uninsurable events. However, outside of this minimum replacement and restoration of land for structural safety, additional work is not covered. This new funding will help address this additional erosion control work. Physical barriers, such as rocks or boulders, are often used as erosion controls as they armor a river or stream bed against water or ice erosion. Bridge abutments and pilings are other techniques used for erosion control. “Time is of the essence,” said Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister for Recovery and Reconstruction of Southwest Alberta. “That’s why we’re providing additional funding immediately for the restoration of highly-eroded sites in these communities.” In total, the government will provide approximately $20 million in immediate financial support. The province will continue to work with flood-affected municipalities to determine which communities need additional funding for erosion control work. Areas already identified include: • Canmore (Cougar Creek); • Calgary (Bow River); • Sheep River (Black Diamond to Okotoks - including Threepoint Creek); • Exshaw (Exshaw Creek and Jura Creek); • Lac des Arcs (Bow River); • Crowsnest Pass (Lyons Creek); • Highwood River (upstream of High River); and • Bragg Creek (Elbow River). Costs of individual projects are still to be determined.
Redford government responds to Albertans' feedback on flood policy
In response to input from Albertans, the Alberta government has adjusted recent policies on land titles and minimum individual flood mitigation measures. “Since we introduced our flood mitigation program to protect homeowners from future floods a few weeks ago, some common questions have been raised,” said Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction in High River. “We’ve heard Albertans loud and clear and have taken their feedback to adjust the policy.” A ‘location notice’ on land titles to identify all properties in the province that are in a floodway or flood fringe is no longer planned. The province is working with the real estate industry to identify other ways consumers can receive the flood-related information they will need to inform home purchases. Future buyers can also check the property on the flood mapping hazard website. Plans for a ‘Disaster Recovery Program notice’ have not changed. This notice will be placed on the land title of properties where future flood-related disaster eligibility is at stake. It will simply state that funding was received. For property owners in the flood fringe, the notice will be removed from the land title once minimum mitigation requirements have been met. For property owners in a floodway, the notice will remain on the land title if Disaster Recovery Program funding was provided to inform future owners that no additional funding will be available in future floods. Minor modifications to the existing minimum individual mitigation measures have also been made to simplify the rebuilding process for Albertans. These standards are designed to minimize basement damage resulting from future floods. Additional funding is available through the Disaster Recovery Program for homeowners to meet these requirements. “We want to help property owners get their homes back to normal as quickly as possible while ensuring the property is protected from future floods,” said Associate Minister Fraser. “These changes will make mitigation easier and more efficient.” Details on land title notices and minimum individual flood mitigation measures can be found in the backgrounder or at Alberta.ca.
Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Centre continues to provide High River hope
The Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Centre in High River continues to provide assistance to those affected by the floods. On Thursday, August 22, 2013, The Disaster Assistance Centre is inviting families who have previously registered to visit the centre and receive donations of baby food, diapers, baby shampoo, pet food, personal care products and rubber boots to help with the clean-up efforts. High River residents who have not registered with The Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Centre are encouraged to come by the centre and registered for assistance so that they may receive a $100 gift card, food hamper, new clothing and clothing that can be used for cleanup purposes, e.g. rubber boats, gloves, etc. The centre is located at 117 2nd Street S.E. and will be in operation Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the foreseeable future. The Salvation Army has been providing services to the residents of High River for over 106 years. Anyone looking to donate can do so on line at salvationarmy.ca/ab/flood or by calling 1-800-725-2769. Only monetary donations are being accepted at this time.
Flood-impacted owners get extension for heritage grant applications
Owners of historic resources impacted by 2013 flooding will have more time to submit applications for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) heritage grants program. The foundation has extended the deadline for applications to September 30 for owners of properties that: lhave been directly impacted by flooding; lare included on a formally adopted Municipal Heritage Inventory, with a Statement of Significance; and, lhave been issued a Notice of Intention to designate as a Municipal Historic Resource by the applicable municipality. Historic resources in southern Alberta were hit particularly hard by the summer flood. Additionally, some municipalities in the path of flooding have been unable to complete work toward the designation of some historic sites within their jurisdictions. Properties must be designated as either municipal or provincial historic resources in order to be eligible for AHRF grants. The current Sept. 1 deadline remains the same for owners of historic resources not impacted by flooding. AHRF provides matching grants to individuals and organizations for initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta’s heritage through conservation, heritage awareness, publications, research grants, and scholarships. Municipalities can also access funding assistance, expertise and networks to help them establish or maintain existing municipal heritage conservation programs through the foundations Municipal Heritage Partnership Program. Two rounds of grant applications are accepted annually in February and September. To speak with the AHRF Grant Program Coordinator, please call 780-438-2305 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000).
RCMP look for info on thefts in High River
It seems that some people are getting a little ahead of themselves on the whole clean up of High River — to the point where they’re cleaning up things that don’t belong to them. High River RCMP are looking for information on two such occurrences. The management of the Willows Condo unit located at 101-1ave S.E. High River observed a lone male removing property from within units #15 - #62 on July 25. When confronted by management the male stated that he was working for TERVITA, the company responsible for remediation of homes in High River. When challenged further to provide identification proving he was a TERVITA employee the male fled the area in a White 1997 Dodge truck with Alberta lic# BHZ8708 . The truck was full of Copper pipe and wire. The public is reminded that it is important to check for company picture identification of all workers found in the area. All legitimate employees will be displaying picture identification and will be happy to show it upon request. If the public has any concerns they are asked to call the High River RCMP complaint line @(403)652-2356. The second removal took place sometime between Tuesday, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 24th, when a number of antique fire hydrants were removed from a residential property in High River. These fire hydrants are believed to have been taken by people collecting scrap metal. The homeowner is wishing for the return of these fire hydrants as they were not intended for removal. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the High River RCMP or Crime Stoppers. Sheena Read Editor
High River flood evacuees move into new temporary neighbourhood
Flood evacuees from High River currently living in hotels and dormitories are being welcomed into the new temporary neighbourhood of Saddlebrook beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24. This temporary community, just north of High River, will provide housing and stability to those impacted by the devastating June floods, and allow them to remain in their community as they recover and rebuild.