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Most popular local stories March 10-16

By Medicine Hat News on March 17th, 2017

A child luring guilty plea and a ruling that a Medicine Hat woman will stand trial for her husband’s murder in June 2016 topped the list this week. Beyond the criminal matters health, sports and business stories were also popular with readers. Below are the most popular local stories from March 10-16: 1. Hatter enters ... Read More »

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Invasive plant has local officials preparing for battle

By Tim Kalinowski on March 17th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Medicine Hat and Cypress County could face major problems if an insidious aquatic invasive weed called Phragmites gets a firm hold along local waterways this summer. The county and city have confirmed discovery of one patch of Phragmites, a rush-like plant which grows to 15 feet high and completely takes over river eco-systems ... Read More »

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Local flyers had anticipated drone rules for quite some time

By Collin Gallant on March 17th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Recreational drone pilots will now face stiff fines for taking off within nine kilometres of any airport in Canada after a federal government announcement Thursday that essentially bans flights throughout Medicine Hat. The measures however, don’t apply to commercial drone operators who are regulated separately, but could mean fines of $3,000 for unlicensed ... Read More »

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Cypress County closes roads due to flooding from speedy melt

By Tim Kalinowski on March 17th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Cypress County was forced to close a few roads Wednesday as rapid melting swelled creeks to the point where they flooded their banks and covered the roadways. While local creeks are now on the ebb, Cypress County public works supervisor Jamie Garland is asking residents to remain vigilant. “With that fast melting, ... Read More »

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Not much budgeted for southeast Alberta

By Collin Gallant on March 17th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant There are no new bells or whistles in the provincial budget for southeastern Alberta, but no large cuts either. While no major infrastructure projects were announced for Medicine Hat, levels of funding in the the Municipal Sustainability Initiative program appear to remain stable. That program provides the city about $11 million a year ... Read More »

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School divisions wary of no new funding

By Tim Kalinowski on March 17th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal While local school divisions were relieved the government’s education budget on Wednesday did account for a projected 1.8 per cent in cohort growth, they were concerned government spending did not account for inflation in schools’ operating costs, give substantial answers on school fees, and effectively included cutbacks to the Regional Collaborative Services Delivery ... Read More »

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Landmark Feeds closing down

By Gillian Slade on March 17th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Landmark Feeds is closing its doors in Medicine Hat, affecting about 15 employees and ending a chapter in history spanning more than three decades. The writing was already on the wall last fall when six employees lost their jobs, said manager Manfred Ohler. “They decided to shut Medicine Hat down and keep ... Read More »

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If (when) Kenney wins, it’s going to get interesting

By Gillian Slade on March 17th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade No matter which political party you favour, there are implications for all as the Alberta PC party chooses its next leader this weekend. The NDP government will be watching to determine whether the PCsare going to be a “force to be reckoned with in the next election or be in a state ... Read More »

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61-year-old man will go to trial in July on arson charges

By Peggy Revell on March 17th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell The case of a man charged with arson over a grassfire in an open field by the Gas City Campground and Clarion Hotel will be going to trial. Wesley Vanbocquestal, 61, appeared in court Thursday to set up a trial for July 7 on charges of arson and possessing incendiary material. Vanbocquestal has ... Read More »

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High-profile drug trials will take place in the coming months

By Peggy Revell on March 17th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Some high-profile drug trafficking cases from 2016 will head to trial this year— including the one surrounding the first appearance of “purple meth” in Medicine Hat. Defence lawyers for Wayne Arthur Shrubsall and Joshua Munroe stated Thursday they would proceed to trial over the numerous charges the pair face. A not-guilty plea was ... Read More »

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