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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
An aerial view of the Habitat for Humanity Aspen West build site in Blackfalds. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Red Deer

Habitat for Humanity Red Deer is building four new homes in Blackfalds

The homes are already under construction and expected to be completed by August 2021

An aerial view of the Habitat for Humanity Aspen West build site in Blackfalds. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Red Deer
The Government of Alberta has identified 1,828 new cases and 15 new COVID-19-related deaths, which brings the provincial death toll to 590. (File photo)
The Government of Alberta has identified 1,828 new cases and 15 new COVID-19-related deaths, which brings the provincial death toll to 590. (File photo)
Lacombe Police and RCMP have charged four people and seized three loaded guns and a small amount of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Dec. 2. (Photo contributed)

Lacombe Police and RCMP arrest four people after joint investigation

The operation resulted in multiple loaded weapons seized and 116 charges

Lacombe Police and RCMP have charged four people and seized three loaded guns and a small amount of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Dec. 2. (Photo contributed)
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. (File photo)

Wolf Creek and Wetaskiwin school boards ‘reassured’ by letter from LaGrange

Boards urge the Alberta government to honour commitments to Indigenous peoples

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. (File photo)
Longtime central Alberta politician Judy Gordon has passed away. Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe

Former Lacombe Mayor Judy Gordon passes away

Gordon also served as MLA for Lacombe-Stettler before retiring from politics in 2010

Longtime central Alberta politician Judy Gordon has passed away. Photo courtesy of the City of Lacombe
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Alberta now has 17,743 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

  • Dec 3, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (March 15 update) 
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, accompanied by Premier Jason Kenney, gives an update on COVID-19 in Alberta. Photo by Government of Alberta

COVID-19 vaccine likely available to Albertans in January, will be distributed in three phases

Vaccine won’t be widely available until the fall of 2021

  • Dec 2, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (March 15 update) 
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, accompanied by Premier Jason Kenney, gives an update on COVID-19 in Alberta. Photo by Government of Alberta
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Central zone up to 1,249 active COVID-19 cases

Red Deer sits at 257 active COVID-19 cases

  • Dec 1, 2020
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
The budget surplus outlined in the third-quarter report was accepted at council on Nov. 23. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)

City of Lacombe expects to see a budget surplus for 2020

The third quarter variance report was accepted as information at the Nov. 23 council meeting

The budget surplus outlined in the third-quarter report was accepted at council on Nov. 23. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)
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Rimbey woman gathering Christmas gifts for seniors at Valleyview Manor

Margaret Tanasiuk says she doesn’t want anyone to feel forgotten on Christmas morning

(Black Press File Photo)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

New record: Red Deer at 236 active COVID cases

One more death in central zone reported

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta RCMP. (Black Press file photo)

Blackfalds RCMP responded to a collision on Friday

One man was pronounced dead at the scene

Alberta RCMP. (Black Press file photo)
Alberta had 1,571 active COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta had 1,571 active COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Alberta reports 1,731 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

The province’s central zone has 992 active cases

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Debra DeWaal was a Calgary Police officer for ten years before she began working as a consultant full-time in 1998. DeWaal gave a three-hour presentation on resiliency at the LMC in Lacombe on Nov. 24. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)

Lacombe Victims Services celebrated Victims and Survivors of Crime week in November

Debra DeWaal gave a presentation about mental toughness to a socially distanced audience on Nov. 24

Debra DeWaal was a Calgary Police officer for ten years before she began working as a consultant full-time in 1998. DeWaal gave a three-hour presentation on resiliency at the LMC in Lacombe on Nov. 24. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)
White t-shirts made by Jeffery Kraft’s family have a photo of Jeff and the words “Justice for Jeff,” which they wear at every court date. (Submitted file photo)

Family of Jeffery Kraft feels ‘robbed’ after one accused discharged

Family of victim responds to preliminary hearing in homicide case

White t-shirts made by Jeffery Kraft’s family have a photo of Jeff and the words “Justice for Jeff,” which they wear at every court date. (Submitted file photo)
“I urge Albertans to exercise patience and kindness in the days ahead,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said Friday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

1,227 additional COVID-19 cases in Alberta on Friday

Red Deer up to 155 active cases

  • Nov 27, 2020
“I urge Albertans to exercise patience and kindness in the days ahead,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said Friday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
The Town of Blackfalds voted to implement a mandatory mask bylaw on Nov. 24. It is currently not mandatory across the province of Alberta, just in select municipalities. Photo coutesy of the Town of Blackfalds

Town of Blackfalds announces new facility closures and updates

The changes come after the province declared a public state of emergency on Tuesday

The Town of Blackfalds voted to implement a mandatory mask bylaw on Nov. 24. It is currently not mandatory across the province of Alberta, just in select municipalities. Photo coutesy of the Town of Blackfalds
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)