December 18th, 2014

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Nine Wildrose MLAs have crossed the floor and joined the Progressive Conservative caucus, including Medicine Hat MLA Blake Pedersen and Danielle Smith, who resigned as Wildrose leader this morning.“Today, we once again represent the full diversity of voices and regions from across Alberta – north, south, urban and ... Read More »

Local News

  • Is Drew Barnes the Wildrose’s logical choice to lead? @MHNGillianSlade Numerous Wildrose MLAs have “defected or capitulated” to the PC party and the only local MLA to stick his neck out and stay with the Wildrose may just emerge the leader in more ways than one, says a local political science instructor. “Drew Barnes is surfacing ... Read More »

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  • Hat police accused of coercing statements in murder case @MHNMcCuaig The main Crown witness against a woman convicted of a 2011 Medicine Hat murder has filed an affidavit recanting testimony that she saw Connie Oakes kill Casey Armstrong, now stating those statements were a result of police coercion, according to court documents filed last week. “Subsequent ... Read More »

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  • Federal gov’t increases annual grant funding for Esplanade

    Medicine Hat News As the Esplanade approaches its 10th anniversary, the Federal government is increasing a grant outlay that helps the arts and heritage centre book Canadian acts and exhibitions and helps subsidize ticket prices. MP LaVar Payne announced the grant, which runs throughout the 2016-2017 seasons, on ... Read More »

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Local Sports

  • Arena door comes unhinged @MHNRooney Wednesday’s WHL game at The Arena was delayed for more than an hour when a door on to the ice broke on the impact of a body check. Kamloops Blazers defenceman Riley Rehill took Medicine Hat Tigers forward Trevor Cox hard into the boards just 2:02 ... Read More »

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  • Hat athlete adds skiing to shooting @MHNRooney A weekend dump of snow was the perfect welcome home for Helaynea Moore. The 18-year-old needed to make sure she still had a place to train. Moore is competing in biathlon with the University of Alberta Augustana Campus Vikings, a club team that heads to provincial ... Read More »

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  • Peewee Venom Black earn a split

    Medicine Hat It was an up-and-down weekend for the Medicine Hat peewee Venom Black in the Central Alberta Hockey League this past weekend. The Venom beat Nanton 6-1 on the road Saturday, then fell 7-2 at home Sunday to Cremona. Hunter Chase and Oakley Wheeler each had two ... Read More »

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Local Entertainment

  • Mahoney going back in time @MHNBrown The roost is ruled by MP3s these days but there was a time — back before CDs, cassettes, eight-tracks and more — when listening to music meant getting your hands on some vinyl. If you long for those days, or want to experience them for the ... Read More »

    29 mins ago
  • Laughs on Sunday

    Medicine Hat News If you’re looking for laughs on Sunday look no further than the Silver Buckle. A pair of comedians are taking the stage for a Christmas Party Hangover Comedy show. Hometown boy Jesse Owens tours relentlessly across Canada and has performed at Toronto’s NXNE festival and ... Read More »

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By sadstateofaffairs: Medicine Hat News Comment Well balanced and thoughtful as usual, Colin. However, since 1935, there has been... Read More »

By sadstateofaffairs: Medicine Hat News Comment 1. Blake, why am I not surprised that you pin the blame on someone else for your dec... Read More »

By sadstateofaffairs: Medicine Hat News Comment Well, Drew, this is more action by you in one day than Medicine Hat has seen from yo... 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 »

    24 mins ago
  • This is not 1814: Mumps should be gone like the dodo bird

    Sidney Crosby made headline news last weekend, but not for his talent on the ice. Rather, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain became the latest of 15 professional hockey player to be stricken with a case of the mumps, and has led the NHL and players to do their best ... Read More »

    24 hours ago
  • For children’s sake, toys shouldn’t be gender specific

    There’s this idea nowadays that we’ve reached a point in time where girls can do anything boys do and vice versa.And yet walk into stores with toys, and there’s a blindingly pink aisle for girls and a blue aisle for boys. Thou shalt not pass.In fact, “the marketing ... Read More »

    2 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • 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 »

    24 hours 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 »

    24 hours ago
  • City should investigate creative ways to promote the use of public transit

    It has been reported that Public Services Committee wishes to increase transit fees to $3 a fare with a 90-minute transfer (All earlier proposed fee increses are now under review). This is exactly the same fare price as Calgary and only 20 cents less than Edmonton ($3.20 fare). ... Read More »

    24 hours ago

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 »

    24 mins 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 »

    2 days ago
  • 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 »

    7 days ago

Top Photos

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)
In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated hutia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet hutia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male hutia in to mate with Congui. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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