August 19th, 2017

Local News

County gets water rights from Village of Champion

By Tim Kalinowski on August 18th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County confirmed Tuesday it had successfully acquired the water rights formerly held by the Village of Champion in Vulcan County. The acquisition brings 95 acre feet of additional water for present and future use within Cypress County. The terms of sale will not be publicly disclosed. “We aggressively pursued these,” confirmed Cypress ... Read More »

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Vossler wants another go in Cypress

By Tim Kalinowski on August 18th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Coun. Dustin Vossler announced he is running for re-election in Cypress County earlier this week. Vossler represents Ward 6 (Black and White/Seven Persons). Vossler’s ward has both active urban development and a strong agricultural sector. This requires Vossler to seek out compromises on council and act as dealmaker at times. “I have never ... Read More »

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Medicine Hat doctor charged with sexual assault

By Medicine Hat News on August 17th, 2017

A Medicine Hat doctor is facing charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a person with a disability. Police began an investigation following an allegation of an assault occurring on an adult male patient during a walk-in medical appointment in June. Dr. Ian Gebhardt, 55, has been released on bail and is scheduled to ... Read More »

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Total eclipse is ‘once in a lifetime’

By Collin Gallant on August 17th, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Bonafide astronomers and local amateur star gazers alike are preparing to chase the sun, or rather the shade, caused by the coming total solar eclipse on Monday. On that day the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking solar rays and pushing a shadow of darkness across the United ... Read More »

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Seniors Minister coming to honour award nominees

By Gillian Slade on August 17th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade In honour of those who have been nominated for the Minister’s Seniors Service Awards, the minister for seniors will be in Medicine Hat on Thursday. Of the 48 nominees this year from across the province, there are several from Medicine Hat and surrounding area: Bonnie Crocker of Medicine Hat, who has volunteered ... Read More »

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Local fire crews battle afternoon grassfire

By Peggy Revell on August 17th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Medicine Hat fire crews spent Wednesday fighting a “significant” grassfire just east of the Canalta Centre. It was a “pretty major grassfire,” said deputy fire chief Lance Purcell, occurring in a field used to grow hay, and the fire getting into hay bales. Firefighters were able to get it under control, but ... Read More »

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River safety stressed again after another drowning

By Tim Kalinowski on August 17th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal The RCMP is urging the public to be more mindful of the hazards posed by the South Saskatchewan River in light of another drowning incident near Echo Dale Regional Park on Tuesday. “My understanding is people were swimming prior to it happening,” confirms S-Sgt Sean Maxwell of the Redcliff RCMP. “Outside of that, ... Read More »

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Balmoral lift station on since June

By Collin Gallant on August 17th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Work continues at the sites of two major sewer projects in Medicine Hat months after stated completion dates, though utility officials say construction is winding up and one is already in operation. The Balmoral and Purmal sewage lift stations were taken off line during the 2013 flood, and last year the 60-year-old ... Read More »

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Pair pleads to lesser charges in firearms case

By Peggy Revell on August 17th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Two people arrested in February on drug and firearm charges have had the most serious of charges against them withdrawn by the Crown. The charges stem back to February, when Medicine Hat police executed a search warrant for a local residence and storage container, seizing two SKS semi-automatic rifles, one pump-action shot gun, ... Read More »

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County Reeve Darcy Geigle will run again

By Tim Kalinowski on August 17th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Reeve Darcy Geigle is ready to run for another term in Ward 2 (Irvine/Walsh) in the Cypress County municipal election this October. Geigle is a longtime farmer in the Irvine area. He has spent 13 years on council, serving as reeve for seven. “When you’re the reeve all the wards in the county ... Read More »

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