April 22nd, 2018

Local News

State-of-the art fire hall nears opening

By Collin Gallant on December 9th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Medicine Hat’s newest fire hall could be up and running by the end of January, complete with a brass fire pole — the first in the city in decades — and a system to clear traffic at its Trans-Canada Way location. A media tour with city and fire service officials on Thursday showed ... Read More »

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Accused in taxi-cab sex assault in court Thursday

By Peggy Revell on December 9th, 2016

Medicine Hat News The man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a local cab driver made his first court appearance Thursday. Shawn Thomas Baldhead appeared by CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre, with his matters adjourned until Jan. 10. Baldhead told the court he had retained Lethbridge-based lawyer Greg White for his charges. Baldhead was charged ... Read More »

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Big local news as Cenovus amping up regional drilling

By Collin Gallant on December 9th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Energy giant Cenovus will not only resurrect a major oilsands project in 2017, but also up its spending for conventional oil exploration in southeastern Alberta, the company announced Thursday. The announcement is a wide ray of sunshine for the local oilpatch, which has suffered with low prices and inactivity for two years. It’s ... Read More »

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Bail granted to man pleading not guilty to drugs, weapons charges

By Peggy Revell on December 9th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Not-guilty pleas were entered and bail was granted to a man facing multiple drugs and weapons charges. Aaron Grant Hotchen was granted release on $4,000 cash bail following an appearance Thursday at the Medicine Hat Courthouse. His release comes with strict conditions, including a curfew at his residence, visitors limited to those approved ... Read More »

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Man pleads guilty in spree of crimes ending in a grandfather being stabbed three times

By Peggy Revell on December 9th, 2016

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell Guilty pleas were entered by a young man whose drug-fueled early-morning break-and-enters spree led to a man being stabbed. Joshua Buffalo-Calf-McConnell, 19, appeared in person at the Medicine Hat Courthouse Thursday expecting to be sentenced, but this was delayed as a report requested by defence counsel had not been completed. The incident occurred ... Read More »

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27 more admitted to hospital with influenza

By Gillian Slade on December 9th, 2016

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Another 27 people have been admitted to hospital with laboratory-confirmed influenza in the past week, and two of those were in the south zone, says Alberta Health Services’ latest data. There have been 145 people admitted to hospital across the province and a total of 16 in the south zone. An additional ... Read More »

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City plans to import some power

By Collin Gallant on December 8th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant The City of Medicine Hat will tweak a long-standing practice in the new year and begin to import more power, more often from the provincial grid when the price is right. A brief mention in the power utility’s 2017-2018 operating plan, presented to council on Monday, raised eyebrows and sent reporters scrambling for ... Read More »

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LGX Oil will keep Manyberries

By Collin Gallant on December 8th, 2016

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant A oil exploration company party to a lawsuit launched by the City of Medicine Hat against the federal government will retain its Manyberries assets as it goes through bankruptcy proceedings. LGX Oil + Gas entered into Court Creditors Arrangement Act protection on June 8 arguing that a 2013 federal environmental protection order in ... Read More »

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Math test makeover welcomed in the Hat

By Charles Lefebvre on December 8th, 2016

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com @MHNLefebvre Local school boards are welcoming changes to the province’s mathematics diploma exams. Education Minister David Eggen announced Tuesday that starting in the 2018/19 school year, the province will once again require Grade 12 students writing the diploma exam to show their work, replacing a portion of the exam which had been dropped by ... Read More »

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Kettle Campaign donations down 26 per cent

By Gillian Slade on December 8th, 2016

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade Donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign are down 26 per cent. “We expected it to be low this year due to the economy, but we know there are a lot of people in need this year,” said co-ordinator Michelle Schuett. “We will do our very best with whatever we are ... Read More »

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