June 24th, 2017

Local News

BREAKING: Porfoun pleads out to manslaughter

By Scott Schmidt on June 21st, 2017

One of two Medicine Hat men charged with second-degree murder after a November 2016 homicide pled out Wednesday to manslaughter and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison. With days served due to pretrial custody, Jacob Peter Porfoun, 22, has five years and 205 days left to serve. The sentencing was handed ... Read More »

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County OKs $1.325M to buy, renovate building for fire station

By Tim Kalinowski on June 21st, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Cypress County council approved Tuesday a budget of $1.325 million to purchase and renovate the former Outlaw Collision building in Dunmore for its new fire station, but remains divided on whether the building will be temporary or long term. Coun. Richard Oster tried to push his fellow council members into taking a public ... Read More »

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Concerned Parents of SD76 re-submits petition over gender policy

By Tim Kalinowski on June 21st, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal The next chapter in the saga pitting SD76 against local group Concerned Parents of SD76 over the division’s sexual identity and gender Policy 622 played out at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. Jeremy Williamson of Concerned Parents re-submitted the group’s petition for more parental input into the policy after tweaking it to comply ... Read More »

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Masterpiece will build phase two

By Gillian Slade on June 21st, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Medicine Hat’s newest seniors’ residence is on schedule to open this fall, and Masterpiece has now announced it will move ahead with phase two of the project. Phase one of Masterpiece Southland Meadows will open in October and construction on phase two will start next May, says Tim Garforth-Bles, president and CEO ... Read More »

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Classroom improvements for regional schools will total $1.77 million

By Collin Gallant on June 21st, 2017

Medicine Hat News New money for classroom improvements that were a key point in the latest round of teaching contract negotiations will total $1.77 million for three local school boards. Alberta Education released a breakdown of the $75 million province-wide fund that can be used to hire new teachers and support staff, or purchase new ... Read More »

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Hirsch hopes to spike interest for MHC board positions

By Collin Gallant on June 21st, 2017

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Facing the spectre of five empty seats on the Medicine Hat College board, outgoing chair Darren Hirsch is hoping to make it known to Hatters that if they want to serve the college, they have to make their intentions known. Hirsch announced last week he wouldn’t seek another three-year term, saying he wants ... Read More »

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34 months in jail for woman who sold drugs, intimidated a witness and stole a puppy

By Peggy Revell on June 21st, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Puppy kidnapping, drug trafficking and witness intimidation were part of an array of charges a young women entered guilty pleas to Tuesday at the Medicine Hat Courthouse. Kelsie Mast will be serving 34 months in jail after being sentenced — with defence counsel stating that all of the 23-year-old’s actions in some way ... Read More »

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Bail denied for repeated breach of release conditions

By Peggy Revell on June 21st, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Bail was denied Tuesday for a Medicine Hat man facing multiple drug-trafficking charges, who has allegedly repeatedly failed to follow release conditions. Christopher Baird appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre for the hearing, and will remain in custody after defence counsel failed to convince the presiding judge the man ... Read More »

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Student leaders lead the way

By Tim Kalinowski on June 21st, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Hat High student Keriann Szemethy spoke to school board trustees about her experience at the Student Voice Conference in Red Deer. Szemethy was one of about three student leaders elected by delegates to speak directly to Alberta Education Minister David Eggen at the conference about the three overall mission statements as voted on ... Read More »

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Red Deer RCMP nab man wanted in Medicine Hat

By Peggy Revell on June 21st, 2017

Medicine Hat News A man wanted on outstanding warrants in Medicine Hat was one of many people arrested by Red Deer RCMP last week. James Mitchell, 46, was arrested June 12 just after midnight, when RCMP on foot patrol in the downtown area located him and another person on outstanding warrants and breaching court ordered ... Read More »

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