Paul Cowley

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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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Chris Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 outside his restaurant in May. Scott is appealing his sentence for contempt of a court order prohibiting the rally. (Canadian Press photo)

Mirror cafe owner appeals sentence for contempt of court order

Notice of appeal claims Chris Scott’s constitutional rights violated

Chris Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 outside his restaurant in May. Scott is appealing his sentence for contempt of a court order prohibiting the rally. (Canadian Press 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)
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)
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Harness racing returning to Lacombe track

Track on 2 Racing and Event Centre has high hopes for 2021

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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.
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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)
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Harness racing returning to Lacombe track this weekend

Track on 2 Racing and Event Centre has high hopes for 2021

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released the results of its investigation into the fatal crash that claimed well-known Rocky Mountain House aerobatic pilot Ken Fowler and his passenger, Hannelie Eder, on Sept. 26, 2020. Advocate file photo

Central Alberta aerobatic pilot’s plane hit power lines before fatal crash

Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases report on September 2020 crash

Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released the results of its investigation into the fatal crash that claimed well-known Rocky Mountain House aerobatic pilot Ken Fowler and his passenger, Hannelie Eder, on Sept. 26, 2020. Advocate file photo
The enthusiasm for house buying and selling is being fed partly by interest rates, which remain low and make borrowing more attractive. (File photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Central Alberta house sales surging

House sales up 70% in region and 60% in Red Deer

The enthusiasm for house buying and selling is being fed partly by interest rates, which remain low and make borrowing more attractive. (File photo from THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Allen Kraft, seen here with son Jeffery, wants a life sentence for the man who admitted killing him. Black Press file photo

Lacombe man expected to seek to withdraw manslaughter guilty plea

Tyler Campbell reconsidering guilty plea after judge rejected seven-year prison sentence

Allen Kraft, seen here with son Jeffery, wants a life sentence for the man who admitted killing him. Black Press file photo