February 7th, 2016

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clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Lorna Payne says one situation every driver can relate to explains the appeal and enjoyment of driving monster trucks. “If you can imagine being in rush-hour traffic and you’re not going anywhere, and all you want to do is run over all the cars; here we get to run over all of the

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  • South hanging in despite economy

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Alberta’s jobless rate has moved above the national average but a local business development official says the southern-most region of the province is weathering the current economic storm better than more oil-dependent centres. Ryan Jackson, head of Invest Medicine Hat, which does contract economic development work for the City of Medicine Hat, says ... Read More »

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  • Local man refuses to give up life in face of Alzheimer’s

    gslade@medicinehatnews.com @MHNGillianSlade An early diagnosis of dementia is crucial in getting medication that can help you to function at an acceptable level and still enjoy life, says a local resident. The words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” were devastating but Roger Marple, 58, says he decided he wouldn’t allow the disease to manage him but instead fight ... Read More »

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  • Province announces $5.5M to boost solar efforts

    amccuaig@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCuaig It’s an admittedly small step forward in encouraging renewable energy production in the province but the Alberta government announced Friday it will fund a $5.5-million program to assist municipalities and farmers develop solar projects. “This is just the beginning,” Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said. “By investing now in proven programs we will be ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Tigers fall seven back in race

    Medicine Hat News The Medicine Hat Tigers dropped a crucial pair of points Friday at the Brandt Centre. The Tigers were unable to best former captain Cole Sanford and the Regina Pats in a 5-1 loss and fell seven points out of the playoff picture. Tigers goaltender Nick Schneider turned aside 40 shots and held ... Read More »

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  • Playoff hopes stung by upset loss

    srooney@medicinehatnews.com @MHNRooney Many of them smiled as they went through the handshake line, but make no mistake; Friday’s loss was not a happy result for the Medicine Hat College Rattlers women’s volleyball team. Facing the Ambrose University Lions at the Snake Pit, Medicine Hat continued its trend of poor Friday showings, falling 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, ... Read More »

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  • Midget AAA’s look to the positives in late going

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken The Southeast Athletic Club midget AAA Tigers may have lost Friday’s rivalry matchup to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 4-2, but they left the ice with their heads held high. The Tabbies have struggled to a 4-22-5 record in Alberta Midget Hockey League play this season, but head coach Chad Gans says Friday’s third period ... Read More »

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  • ‘Forgotten corner’ might be hurt because of its relative stability

    The latest jobs numbers for the province don’t paint a very rosy picture of Alberta’s current economic situation — not that anyone was expecting anything that would. But the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region is proving once again to be a region more resilient to the boom-and-bust cycles. As the Gas City, Medicine Hat never did quite ... Read More »

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  • Guest Column: In dumping Harper, voters chose reason over fear, hope over secrecy, vision over nastiness

    As a teacher of social studies, I came to believe that by having students explore the various highs and lows of human history, they might become more thoughtful members of society. I hoped they would develop the skills of critical thinking, of careful inquiry, and of participation. They would rise above merely fulfilling the needs ... Read More »

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  • Drowning in paperwork

    Bureaucracy has run amok and we are drowning in useless paperwork. The federal government’s quest to find new fixed wing aircraft for search and rescue purposes has long been delayed. The bidders on the project have now revealed they have had to rent vehicles, normally used for moving houses, to submit the mountain of paperwork ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Guest Column: Suicide prevention: It is everyone’s responsibility

    Albertans have heard regularly lately about the devastating rise in suicide deaths in our province. It is staggering. Alberta has a high rate to start with (higher than Ontario, for example). More Albertans die by suicide each year than in fatal car collisions. And that was before this year’s increase. This new trajectory is beyond ... Read More »

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  • School board getting best bang for its buck

    Re: “New school, not renovation, a better idea,” Jan. 27 I am delighted that Mr. Moritz is so concerned about the students and staff at Medicine Hat High School as expressed in his letter. As a board, we spent considerable time reviewing the options about restructuring the existing building, or building a new one. After ... Read More »

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  • ‘Sad’ to compromise dignity of youth at expense of being politically correct

    Re: “Bishop’s remarks on gay/straight alliances hurtful,” Jan. 19 How “sad” that Peggy Revell won’t consider any of the negative consequences that will come from the NDP’s new regulations for Alberta schools. I write this as a parent and citizen of Alberta, and I believe these new regulations will have a huge impact on life ... Read More »

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