November 21st, 2014

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rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com @MHNMcCrackenHat High Mohawks quarterback Travis Van Maarion has been thinking about Saturday’s provincial championship game for four long years.“Ever since Grade 8 and Grade 9 as a Hawks player we were always saying, ‘in our Grade 12 year we’re going to do it, we’re going to make ... Read More »





Local News

  • City, MHPS close to finalizing deal on armoured vehicle

    amccuaig@medicinehatnews.com@MHNMcCuaigMedicine Hat’s police chief said MHPS and city officials are looking to finalize the purchase of a $200,000 armoured car — $78,000 less than budgeted.“This (armoured rescue vehicle) has more options than what we could have afforded on the $278,000 budget,” said MHPS Chief Andy McGrogan. “It met the ... Read More »

    2 hours ago
  • Medicine Hat’s first-of-its-kind solar thermal project now online

    The HAT Smart Solar Thermal project has begun operation, the City of Medicine Hat announced today.The project, the first of its kind in Canada, uses solar troughs to direct the sun’s energy to the heat transfer fluid which is then fed into the City of Medicine Hat power ... Read More »

    6 hours ago
  • Most popular local stories Nov. 14-20

    Readers were outraged this week after reading our story about a man in medical distress not getting an ambulance because the caller couldn’t give a street address. The executive director of EMS dispatch says there’s no need to have a specific street address and he’ll be looking into ... Read More »

    7 hours ago

Local Sports

  • Hat Sports Podcast Volume 13

    This week on the Hat Sports Podcast Sean and Ryan are joined by Tigers forward Anthony Ast, who’s preparing to return to the lineup as early as this weekend.The guys are still going music-free, but want to change that. Someone in Medicine Hat has just the music we’re ... Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Training Matters: Losing fat done right isn’t quick or easy

    Let’s talk about fat loss shall we? It is the No. 1 reason people seek training in the gym. It is one of the most researched topics in the modern world (both academic and real life). We have spent a lot of time, money and brain power trying ... Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Hat golfer takes second at junior nationals in Phoenix

    srooney@medicinehatnews.com @MHNRooney A trip to Phoenix sounds pretty good this time of year, but especially when you earn your way there. Such was the case for Medicine Hat’s Ronnie Postnikoff who did himself proud at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s national championships in Arizona this past weekend. ... Read More »

    15 hours ago

Local Entertainment

  • Give us music for the Hat Sports Podcast

    People already love listening to sports editor Sean Rooney and sports reporter Ryan McCracken each week on the Hat Sports Podcast, but it’s been missing something. Music.We want some intro music and know someone in Medicine Hat has just what we’re looking for. Send an original composition for ... Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Art Walk tonight

    Medicine Hat News The streets of downtown Medicine Hat will be filled with shoppers, walkers and art lovers tonight from 7-10 p.m. for the Christmas Roving Art Reception. This is the fourth and final Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk of the year and the events are gaining in ... Read More »

    15 hours ago

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Opinions

  • Voices of Hat voters should be respected; we’re not ‘orphans’

    A few weeks ago we were called the electorate, the bosses, the people who pull the strings, the people who get to say how they want the province run, but now the government says we’re “orphans.”That’s right. That is what the government calls a riding where there isn’t ... Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Wildrose’s approach to blame the media off base

    The Wildrose Party, fresh off a round of byelection defeats, has unfortunately taken a page from the Progressive Conservative playbook titled “blame the media.” Opposition Leader Danielle Smith laid out the case at her party’s preparations for the fall sitting last week. The party cannot rely on the ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Libraries are weathering the digital storm

    Several years ago, in the midst of the digital revolution, many were wondering about the future of the public library.Attendance and use had been steadily declining for much of the early part of the first decade of the millennium. For example, the Medicine Hat Public Library saw a ... Read More »

    3 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • Fallacy to suggest closure of lab will save Alberta $5 million over five years

    Several weeks ago, the Alberta Health System (AHS) announcedthat the current privately-owned Medicine Hat Diagnostic Laboratory (MHDL) would be closing.This would result in the termination of 70 employees.The plan is to have all diagnostic tests presently performed at MHDL done at the hospital.The intention is to hire some ... Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • Doubtful that Wildrose is ready to govern

    Danielle Smith continues to announce that she and the Wildrose Party are ready to govern Alberta.But are they? Recent events raise several major doubts about the party’s readiness, and especially about her level of organizational, managerial and leadership skills. She commented that Joe Anglin was suspected of taping ... Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Firearms sports safer than hockey, football

    Re: “Guns are evil,” Nov. 5. Medicine Hat is a firearms community. All of the data below is collected from a variety of sources and studies, and is readily available on the Internet. The UN reported that Canada ranks third among the developed western countries (behind U.S. and ... Read More »

    3 days ago

Ticked & Tickled

  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 20

    Tickled Pink I am impressed with the construction crew that worked on the Maple Avenue Bridge for having completed the work in record time. Ticked Off Beautiful Remembrance Day message on the back of the real estate guide, but can’t someone proofread such a small number of words? ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 18

    Ticked Off Council should take a look at Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, or Sherwood Park as to the fact that RCMP patrol the streets there. I guess huge costs overruns are not an issue there. Ticked Off Random Act of Kindness shouldn’t be a national day ... Read More »

    4 days ago
  • Ticked Off and Tickled Pink Nov. 13

    Tickled Pink That the guy from a political party set the record straight about the moving of testing services to the hospital. Ticked Off That people in this city are becoming so intolerant. Lots of road rage, more rude people in the streets and business. Nothing seems to ... Read More »

    1 week ago

Top Photos

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)
A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the One World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEWS PHOTO PEGGY REVELL Seamus McConnery lays a simple white cross at the base of the Cenotaph, to sit amongst the wreathes, during Tuesday's Remembrance Day ceremony.
Miranda Lambert, left, and Meghan Trainor perform onstage at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Cpl. Alex Amirault embraces his two-year-old daughter Cheyenne as HMCS Athabaskan returns to Halifax, Canada  on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The warship was on a seven-week deployment in the Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Andrew Vaughan)
This photo shows a bride at the altar inside San Biagio, a church outside Montepulciano, in Tuscany, Italy. The domed Renaissance church is one of a number of beautiful buildings that can be seen on a visit to Tuscany. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)
Marcus Cirillo, the son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, wears a Highlander cap during the funeral procession for his father in Hamilton, Ont. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Cirillo was standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The cover of the Canadian Geographic book "Biggest and Best of Canada" is shown. In a country the size of Canada, there is no shortage of places to visit, ranging from don't bother to don't miss. But which ones are the best? THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Police secure an area around Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament's sergeant-at-arms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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