February 23rd, 2017

Local News

Utility rates drop for September

By Collin Gallant on September 2nd, 2016

Medicine Hat News Utility rates will fall in Medicine Hat this September, according to prices posted on Thursday by the city’s utility department. The price of natural gas to residential and small businesses drops to $2.33 per gigajoule, down from $2.53 in August. The commodity cost of electricity falls to 3.74-cents per kilowatt hour, about ... Read More »

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Meth trafficking nets two years in prison

By Peggy Revell on September 2nd, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A two-year sentence in a federal penitentiary was handed down Thursday to a Medicine Hat man who pled guilty for trafficking methamphetamine. Eric Deslauriers, 37, had been on release with conditions when source information told city police he was selling drugs, and police were given the cell phone number being used. On April ... Read More »

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Irvine’s 20 Mile Post Days go this weekend

By Charles Lefebvre on September 2nd, 2016

Medicine Hat News Irvine will be ready to celebrate this weekend, as the 31st annual 20 Mile Post Days get underway Saturday. The event, named after the hamlet’s previous name, will get underway with a pancake breakfast in Lions Park from 8-10 a.m. The annual 20 Mile Post Day parade is scheduled to get underway ... Read More »

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Failing oil companies taking bites out of county tax revenue

By Collin Gallant on September 1st, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The County of Forty Mile expected to see one tax bill worth nearly $400,000 go unpaid Wednesday as its annual tax due date passed. Meanwhile, other rural governments in the province are sounding an alarm that they are seeing struggling oil and gas companies miss property tax payments and compound budget problems. Al ... Read More »

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Families in Transition hosting workshops for those affected by unemployment

By Charles Lefebvre on September 1st, 2016

Medicine Hat News Families in Transition will be hosting workshops to help people and families impacted by job loss. The group, a partnership between Medicine Hat Family Service, the YMCA Employment Centre and McMan Youth, Family and Community Services, will host a weekly support group for people aged 16 and older at the YMCA Employment ... Read More »

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Hard drug trafficking lands 37-year-old in jail for four years

By Peggy Revell on September 1st, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A four-year jail sentence was handed down Wednesday following guilty pleas for multiple counts of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Chad Lentz, 37, appeared before the Medicine Hat Court by way of CCTV for sentencing, which was a joint submission from both Crown and defence counsel. The charges stem from police ... Read More »

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Holmes briefly appears on her murder charge

By Peggy Revell on September 1st, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A Medicine Hat woman charged with the second-degree murder of her husband made a brief court appearance Wednesday Barbara Holmes, 53, appeared before court in Medicine Hat by CCTV from the Lethbridge Remand Centre, with her defence counsel asking for more time to meet with her due to further disclosure. Holmes will appear ... Read More »

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Excitement dominates day one

By Charles Lefebvre on September 1st, 2016

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre A feeling of excitement was in the air Wednesday morning, as students from SD 76 made their way back for the 2016/2017 school year. Students at Ross Glen School could be seen in front of their school, getting photos taken by their parents, meeting their friends and finding their classrooms for the upcoming ... Read More »

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Tentative deal between AMA and Alberta Health expected to curb spending growth

By Gillian Slade on September 1st, 2016

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade A tentative agreement reached with doctors is expected to slow the growth of health-care spending, Alberta Health announced Wednesday. The proposed agreement with the Alberta Medical Association will include a physician peer review and accountability mechanisms linking benefits and compensation to performance and cost-saving measures. “Together these measures will help significantly slow ... Read More »

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MHC has ways to help students manage their limited money

By Charles Lefebvre on September 1st, 2016

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre With Medicine Hat College getting its academic year started next week, the college is reminding students it has ways to assist them to become financially literate and escape school with less debt. Carla Pickering, student financial officer at the college, says the biggest challenge for students during the school year is creating a ... Read More »

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