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COVID-19: Four more deaths reported including one in Red Deer

17 Omicron variants have been identified so far

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Alberta reports no new Omicron variant cases but five more COVID-19 deaths

11 Omicron variants have been identified so far and more surely to come, say health officials

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Alberta reports 13 more COVID deaths, including two in Red Deer

Risk virus could spread more quickly as people move indoors, says top health official

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Al Cameron, Veteran Voices of Canada founder, has been collecting veterans’ stories for two decades. (Contributed photo)

Second World War veterans’ numbers are diminishing but Veteran Voices of Canada’s mission continues

The stories of all who have served are worth telling, says Veterans Voices founder

Al Cameron, Veteran Voices of Canada founder, has been collecting veterans’ stories for two decades. (Contributed photo)
A giant fireball is visible as a wildfire rips through the forest by Highway 63, 16 kilometres south of Fort McMurray on May 7, 2016. Despite the hot summer, 2021 was a relatively quiet year for wildfires in Alberta. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Wildfire season tame despite scorcher summer

Number of fires were up in West Country area but the amount of forest burned well below average

A giant fireball is visible as a wildfire rips through the forest by Highway 63, 16 kilometres south of Fort McMurray on May 7, 2016. Despite the hot summer, 2021 was a relatively quiet year for wildfires in Alberta. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
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Alberta reports 487 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths

There are 697 COVID patients in hospital, including 155 in intensive care

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Red Deer is down to 370 active cases of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)

Alberta reports 442 new COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths

Central zone has 1,836 active cases, including 20 in ICU

Red Deer is down to 370 active cases of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)
Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Improving energy industry fortunes being felt in rural central Alberta

Residential markets hot in Lacombe County and Nordegg

Central Alberta is seeing growing investor interest as the energy industry sees brighter days. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Red Deer hospital’s ICU is at 77 per cent capacity, with 17 COVID patients receiving intensive care. (File photo by Advocate staff)

ICU help coming for Red Deer hospital

About 20 Canadian Red Cross health workers going to Red Deer hospital

Red Deer hospital’s ICU is at 77 per cent capacity, with 17 COVID patients receiving intensive care. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Sylvan Lake's Flags of Remembrance ceremony organized by Veterans Voices of Canada was interrupted by an anonymous threat made to RCMP.
(Photo from Veterans Voices of Canada Facebook page)

Sylvan Lake flag ceremony shut down by anonymous threat

Flags of Remembrance is an annual event organized by Veterans Voices of Canada

Sylvan Lake's Flags of Remembrance ceremony organized by Veterans Voices of Canada was interrupted by an anonymous threat made to RCMP.
(Photo from Veterans Voices of Canada Facebook page)
Dane Michael Skinner who was in Red Deer provincial court Tuesday was arrested in July 2018 following an RCMP investigation that took almost five years. (File photo)

Trial delayed for Sylvan Lake man accused of fraud worth millions

Crown prosecutor sought adjournment to review medical reports on accused

Dane Michael Skinner who was in Red Deer provincial court Tuesday was arrested in July 2018 following an RCMP investigation that took almost five years. (File photo)
Sylvan Lake’s Kevin Cooke is raising money for his sister, Jackie, who lost everything last week when a wildfire destroyed her home at Monte Lake, B.C. (Photo contributed)

Animals lost in fire: Sylvan Lake man raising funds for sister left homeless by B.C. wildfire

A GoFundMe campaign set up for sister who lost home and numerous rescued animals in fire

Sylvan Lake’s Kevin Cooke is raising money for his sister, Jackie, who lost everything last week when a wildfire destroyed her home at Monte Lake, B.C. (Photo contributed)
Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)

Lacombe frustrated with rail company foot dragging

Lack of information following derailment and cluttered right-of-way among issues frustrating council

Trains are allowed to go 80 km/h, in the City of Lacombe, which many feel is too fast. The city has a laundry list of issues with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (Photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)

Two central Alberta D-Day veterans have died

Joseph Young and Frank Krepps fought through Europe in Second World War

Red Deer’s Frank Krepps, who landed in France on D-Day, holds a photo of himself taken in 1942. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer respiratory therapist Sarah MacKenzie was among the first central Alberta health professionals to receive the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020. Since then, nearly 3.4 million doses have been administered and COVID cases are falling rapidly. Photo by Alberta Health Services

Red Deer COVID cases continue to fall sharply

Red Deer cases almost into the double digits after topping more than 900 only five weeks ago

Red Deer respiratory therapist Sarah MacKenzie was among the first central Alberta health professionals to receive the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020. Since then, nearly 3.4 million doses have been administered and COVID cases are falling rapidly. Photo by Alberta Health Services
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Red Deer down to 102 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone has 332 cases with 26 in hospital and five in ICU

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Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)

Education minister says falling COVID-19 cases makes school return safe

Number of school teachers and staff self-isolating has fallen to 2% from 12%

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, other than some in northern Alberta, can return to schools following the May long weekend. (Photo from Government of Alberta)
Quentin Lee Strawberry was found not guilty of second-degree murder in connection with stabbing death of Joseph Gallant in March 2019. (Photo from RCMP)

Updated: O’Chiese man found not guilty of 2019 stabbing death of Red Deer man

Quentin Strawberry found guilty of assaulting murdered man’s common-law partner

Quentin Lee Strawberry was found not guilty of second-degree murder in connection with stabbing death of Joseph Gallant in March 2019. (Photo from RCMP)
Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe at Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff

AHS shuts down Whistle Stop Cafe for defying health orders

Health inspectors and RCMP locked doors early Wednesday

Alberta Health Services locked the Whistle Stop Cafe at Mirror on Wednesday morning after owner Christopher Scott refused to comply with health orders.
Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff
Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a closed-loop geothermal system that pulls heated water from the ground to provide heat or energy. Graphic from Eavor Technologies Inc. (Contributed illustration)

Geothermal technology being tested in central Alberta drawing international interest

Calgary-based Eavor Technologies is marketing closed-loop geothermal technology

Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a closed-loop geothermal system that pulls heated water from the ground to provide heat or energy. Graphic from Eavor Technologies Inc. (Contributed illustration)