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Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours three times this week because of doctor shortages. (Black Press file photo)

Sylvan Lake hoping new doctor helps ease urgent care crunch

Sylvan Lake Ambulatory Care Services often reducing hours because of doctor shortages

Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service has had to shorten its hours three times this week because of doctor shortages. (Black Press file photo)
The Sportsmen’s Den owner Dale Malin says gun owners and dealers are upset with a new federal firearms ban that they say will punish law-abiding citizens and do nothing to reduce crime. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Proposed handgun legislation missing the mark, say critics

Handgun import ban will do nothing to stem flow of illegal guns, critics say

The Sportsmen’s Den owner Dale Malin says gun owners and dealers are upset with a new federal firearms ban that they say will punish law-abiding citizens and do nothing to reduce crime. (File photo by Advocate staff)
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COVID-19 cases rising slightly

1,717 new cases in week ending July 25, compared with 1,691 the previous week

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Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Mike Ellis and Counselling Alberta executive director Robbie Babins-Wagner held a virtual news conference on Tuesday to ensure those suffering from mental health issues know where to go for help. (Advocate file photo)

Rural mental health help available says Alberta government

$6.75 million Counselling Alberta program aimed at helping rural Albertans

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Mike Ellis and Counselling Alberta executive director Robbie Babins-Wagner held a virtual news conference on Tuesday to ensure those suffering from mental health issues know where to go for help. (Advocate file photo)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta ending regular in-person COVID-19 updates

COVID Statistics will be updated weekly but news conferences held only as required

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
There are now 15,384 active cases of the virus in Alberta, to go along with 500,756 recovered cases. (Black Press file photo)

Alberta reports nearly 100 fewer people now in hospital with COVID

719 in hospital, down from 816 a week ago, as of Monday

There are now 15,384 active cases of the virus in Alberta, to go along with 500,756 recovered cases. (Black Press file photo)
A three-week trial was unexpectedly stopped just before it began at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Monday when the accused, Chase Freed, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and fatally wounding a Red Deer man outside a Walmart in December 2019. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Man pleads guilty to fatal 2019 Red Deer Walmart shooting

Jury had already been selected when unexpected guilty plea entered

A three-week trial was unexpectedly stopped just before it began at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Monday when the accused, Chase Freed, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and fatally wounding a Red Deer man outside a Walmart in December 2019. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Many Central Alberta farmers got some welcome rain over the weekend. Seeding almost entirely complete in the region and about two-thirds of crops have emerged. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Recent rain came at a good time for Central Alberta farmers

Seeding mostly finished in Central Region

Many Central Alberta farmers got some welcome rain over the weekend. Seeding almost entirely complete in the region and about two-thirds of crops have emerged. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

Alberta COVID-19 BA.2 variant peak has passed: health minister

Health officials keeping an eye on two new sub-variants BA. 4 and BA.5

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Sylvan Lake RCMP are asking for help locating baseball memoriabilia, a violin and sound board and other items recovered after a bust last month. (Photo from RCMP)

Sylvan Lake RCMP looking for owners of stolen artwork, violin, photos

Art pieces, violin, baseball memoriabilia and music amps among recovered items

Sylvan Lake RCMP are asking for help locating baseball memoriabilia, a violin and sound board and other items recovered after a bust last month. (Photo from RCMP)
Central Alberta beef producers are seeing feed costs soar and supplies dwindle. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Central Alberta beef producers hit by soaring feed costs

Barley double the price it was a year ago

Central Alberta beef producers are seeing feed costs soar and supplies dwindle. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says 318 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital across the province, including 64 in the ICU. (File photo by Government of Alberta)

COVID-19 will not be going away: health official

COVID-19 cases will likely fluctuate like the flu

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says 318 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital across the province, including 64 in the ICU. (File photo by Government of Alberta)
Nicole Buss (right) with her daughter Samantha. Buss is donating flowers to mothers at Red Deer's Ronald McDonald House this weekend as a thank you to the home, which was there for her family when Samantha was in hospital being treated for Type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. (Photo contributed)

Florist gives back for Mother’s Day

Nicole Buss donating flowers to mothers at Ronald McDonald House as a thank you

Nicole Buss (right) with her daughter Samantha. Buss is donating flowers to mothers at Red Deer's Ronald McDonald House this weekend as a thank you to the home, which was there for her family when Samantha was in hospital being treated for Type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. (Photo contributed)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)

69 more COVID-19 deaths but infection peak may be in sight: health minister

Four Red Deer deaths and 11 in central Alberta

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says while hospitalizations are increasing there are signs the BA.2 variant may be peaking. (File photo from The Canadian Press)
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for a Maskwacis family who lost their home in a fatal fire on April 14. A 19-year-old died from his injuries in hospital the following day. (Photo from GoFundMe)

Fundraiser launched for central Alberta family who lose home in fatal fire

19-year-old died in hospital day after early-morning April 14 fire

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for a Maskwacis family who lost their home in a fatal fire on April 14. A 19-year-old died from his injuries in hospital the following day. (Photo from GoFundMe)
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37 more COVID-19 deaths in Alberta and Red Deer cases climbs sharply

212 Red Deer cases in seven days ending April, up from 118 over previous seven days

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The Alberta government is stepping up efforts to trap and kill wild boar. (Photo from the Government of Alberta)

Unconfirmed wild boar sighting in Red Deer County

Province rolled out new wild boar entrapment and bounty programs this week

The Alberta government is stepping up efforts to trap and kill wild boar. (Photo from the Government of Alberta)
Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Rural municipalities reject provincial police force

Provincial police would be expensive and do nothing to improve rural service, says RMA

Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Honey producers are finding winter bee deaths far above normal levels this spring. (Photo from Nixon Honey Facebook)

Honey farm bees hit hard

Many honey producers see winter bee deaths many times above normal average

Honey producers are finding winter bee deaths far above normal levels this spring. (Photo from Nixon Honey Facebook)
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COVID-19 hospitalizations stable but 30 more deaths over 7 days

In seven days ending on Monday, 4,612 new COVID-19 cases identified

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