December 19th, 2014

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cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallantOfficials with the city utility are recommending automated electrical meter installation resume after the devices passed all tests by a third-party investigation.The program to switch all 26,000 local electrical meters from analog to computerized meters was halted in the summer after a similar program in Saskatchewan was ... Read More »





Local News

  • RCMP investigating death in Gleichen

    A 16-year-old teen is dead following an incident outside a Siksika home Thursday night.Gleichen RCMP were called to a home on the reserve at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a fight in progress and found the teen laying unconscious outside a home.Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the teen. An autopsy ... Read More »

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  • Most popular local stories Dec. 12-18

    A story of mourning and remembrance following a tragic accident a little more than a week before Christmas had people flocking to our website this week.Renato Franchetto died in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 16, and former students of the educator and friends from the ... Read More »

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  • No shoo-in for Pedersen

    cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallantLocal Progressive Conservative riding associations will hold open nomination processes in the early new year to determine candidates — meaning floor-crossing MLA Blake Pedersen will have to win the right to represent his new party.Pedersen was one of nine Wildrose Party MLAs who left that party Wednesday ... Read More »

    11 hours ago

Local Sports

  • Hat Sports Podcast Volume 16

    This week on the Hat Sports Podcast Ryan McCracken and Scott Schmidt touch on the Tigers, talk world juniors and question the legitimacy of luge as an Olympic sport… with hilarious results. Anybody interested in partnering with us for ads or sponsorship should email sports@medicinehatnews.com. We’d also love ... Read More »

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  • Training Matters: Keep your training diet on track over the holidays

    With the holiday season upon us athletes often get a short break from training and competition to enjoy some time off. It is important to eat well even when having down time so that your performance doesn’t suffer when it is time to get back to training. The ... Read More »

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  • Coming out swinging

    rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCracken Ewan Smith has been boxing for less than two years, but with a 12-2 record, the 14-year-old Medicine Hat product is already poised to take his skills to the national stage. “When I hear my coach shouting at me in the corner and I get on ... Read More »

    11 hours ago

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  • Politician Platform: New firearms legislation deemed Common Sense Act for good reason

    Our Conservative government continues to work with individuals, farmers, ranchers and sport shooters and to fix some issues regarding firearms. That is why we are bringing in new legislation Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. Bill C-42 has a number of amendments which will simplify parts ... Read More »

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  • Checkout requests for charitable donationslike an ‘ambush’

    There are many worthy causes to give money to but when soliciting is through the cashier at the supermarket, or any other store, it is an in-your-face approach to catch you off guard, without any opportunity for background research first. Just as you are ready to pay for ... Read More »

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  • More questions than answers in Alberta politics

    Alberta politics are a different animal — it goes without saying as this week presented the general collapse of the well-funded, well-supported Official Opposition of Her Majesty in Wild Rose Country. Collapse isn’t too strong a word either to describe the current situation of the Wildrose Party. Rumours ... Read More »

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Letters to The Editor

  • Need for more medical personnel in eye care field is plain to see

    I am a believer in the great health services we get in our province, but I think there is one area of health care that has not kept up to the needs of our aging population. I have been in treatment for age-related macular degeneration for 14 years ... Read More »

    11 hours ago
  • Condo owners: Unite to fight Bill 9

    Re: Bill 9 Alberta Condominium Amendment Act Alberta condo owners should be outraged and outspoken about Bill 9 and how little appears to be done to positively affect their property values; stress and wellness levels; quality of condo life and overall financial status. Owners — those of us ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Tour of new police headquarters offered very worthwhile insight

    I was one of the many fortunate people Dec. 13 to participate in a tour of the new and upgraded police headquarters. I commend each of the officers and other staff who facilitated at the various departments. These members proved to be very knowledgeable, articulate, informative and approachable ... Read More »

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Ticked & Tickled

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Dec. 18

    Ticked Off The only time I have to get down to the licence centre is on Saturday. What a disappointment to see all centres were closed on Saturday. Tickled Pink By those who are decorating their homes for Christmas, it’s always wonderful to see and weenjoy them. Thank ... Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Dec. 16

    Ticked Off The contest continues between the fire chief and police chief about who can spend the most money. One new police station and now the fire chief wants to up that with two new firehalls. Tickled Pink Thanks to whoever bought my supper at Joey’s. It totally ... Read More »

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  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Dec. 11

    Ticked Off That people do not realize the trains were here long before you were born. If you don’t like them being where they are you can always move. I quite enjoy being close enough to hear them idle. Ticked Off Working in the retail industry where I ... Read More »

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A man in a Santa Claus costume drives his Vespa during a parade at the main coastal avenue in southern port city of Limassol, Cyprus, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Around 1000 people in Santa Claus costumes take part in this parade during Christmas celebrations. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
December 12, 2014 NEWS PHOTO CHARLES LEFEBVRE Cole Martin of the Kelowna Rockets skates back to the bench as members of the Medicine Hat Tigers celebrate Mark Rassell's teddy bear toss goal during the first period of Friday evening's WHL home game at The Arena.
NEWS PHOTO CHARLES LEFEBVRE Kimberley Knight (left) and Linda Norrish hold up a Justin Bieber poster to be auctioned off at the 24th annual Corona Auction for the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund Thursday evening. The poster, one of more than 100 items on the auction block, sold for $50.
This photo provided by homeowner George Strother shows a sport utility vehicle that went airborne and sailed into the roof of his home in Escondido, Calif., around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Police said a BMW driver lost control during a turn, went off a road and plunged through the garage roof of a home that sits about 20 feet below the roadway. Strother said the car landed on the hood of his Nissan Pathfinder in the garage and knocked the ceiling down on another car. Neither he nor his wife, or the driver of the car, were hurt. (AP Photo/George Strother)
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A NASA Orion capsule on top of a Delta IV rocket lifts off on its first unmanned orbital test flight from Complex 37 B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Carmelo Suarez, 11-months, dresses in a turkey costume at his first 65th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado)
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, second from left standing on the top of a car, hugs an unidentified man, wearing an I am Mike Brown shirt, as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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