September 25th, 2017

Local News

Tax changes under fire

By Gillian Slade on September 23rd, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Concerns about the ramifications of a proposed federal tax change affecting business owners and farmers in particular attracted a large crowd at a meeting on Friday. Farmers used to be able to transfer their land to succeeding generations and keep the farm in the family. The farmer under the proposed tax system ... Read More »

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Ranchers pleased after meeting with base

By Gillian Slade on September 23rd, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Those affected by the Bindloss fire met with representatives from CFB Suffield on Thursday and are calling it a positive experience. “It was a constructive meeting, very good. The people from the base were very professional in what they did, and sincere,” said Jim Hern who with his wife Carol are ranchers ... Read More »

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Gap to city’s debt ceiling sure to shrink

By Collin Gallant on September 23rd, 2017

Medicine Hat News Off-loading 1,500 low-return natural gas wells could put the city’s energy division in the black this year, but the loss of revenue will further shrink room under the city’s debt ceiling, though not by a critical amount, administrators say. Municipal debt limits are calculated by a provincially mandated formula that in Medicine ... Read More »

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Mayoral candidates discuss debt

By Collin Gallant on September 23rd, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Among election issues, public debt tends to rank high in the queue, but most candidates for mayor say the level of city debt is reasonable. Candidate John Hamill however, says he would “put and immediate cap on everything” until a “clear financial plan” can be drawn up to tackle an operating shortfall, growing ... Read More »

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City notebook: Winter is coming (or already here in certain Alberta communities)

By Collin Gallant on September 23rd, 2017

Thursday was the first day of fall. Snow wafted down on Edmonton, Banff and Calgary this week. The Western Hockey League season began Friday and tonight the Tigers hit home ice for the 2017-18 campaign. In case you haven’t noticed, winter’s on the way, or at least colder temperatures. That forecast doesn’t extend to the ... Read More »

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Prostate cancer diagnosis a life changer in more ways than one

By Gillian Slade on September 23rd, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade If you are ever faced with the need for prostate cancer surgery, what you do before that surgery and the support network you have around you can make all the difference, says 74-year-old Jack Paul. Kegel exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles can not only assist in the recovery phase but can ... Read More »

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Early harvest forced, yields are down

By Jeremy Appel on September 23rd, 2017

Medicine Hat News Warm and dry conditions throughout the summer have led to an earlier harvest than usual with a lower yield, according to the most recent crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Harvest progress is simply a measure of what percentage of the fields that are seeded to the crops that are listed ... Read More »

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Suffield’s treated water supply deemed insufficient

By Tim Kalinowski on September 23rd, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal A report presented to Cypress County council Tuesday by MPE Engineering found the water supply to the hamlet of Suffield was “insufficient to meet the hamlet of Suffield’s demands during high-demand periods.” MPE further stated the existing treatment system in the hamlet is non-functional and should be abolished, and that expensive upgrades would ... Read More »

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Bovine TB testing should wrap up this year

By Collin Gallant on September 23rd, 2017

Medicine Hat News Food inspection authorities say the majority of new testing related to a bovine tuberculosis in southeast Alberta will complete by the year end with efforts going as far as Manitoba to determine the cause. An update Friday by the Canadian Food Inspection agency states no further cases have been detected aside from ... Read More »

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Most popular local stories Sept. 15-21

By Medicine Hat News on September 22nd, 2017

Criminal matters at home and in Drayton Valley bookend the top stories this week. In between it’s continuing coverage of the major grassfire near Bindloss and the city’s transit kerfuffle with election coverage smack dab in the middle. It’s a safe bet election coverage will be popular for the next month or so. Below are ... Read More »

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