June 24th, 2017

Local News

21st annual JazzFest on all week long around town

By Mo Cranker on June 20th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker Medicine Hat’s 21st annual Jazz Fest kicked off Sunday with a pair of Juno-nominee performers at the Esplanade. The event spans over an eight-day period and finishes June 25 with a show by Enslow at 7:30 p.m. at the Esplanade. Show producer Lyle Rebbeck says Hatters have grown to love the JazzFest shows, ... Read More »

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Local senior guilty of defrauding trailer park

By Peggy Revell on June 20th, 2017

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell A Medicine Hat senior pled guilty and was sentenced Monday after defrauding a local trailer park out of more than $20,000. According to the agreed statement of facts filed in court, Leighton George Barton was employed as manager of the local Wild Rose Trailer Park, and his role included collecting monthly rental fees ... Read More »

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River Heights School hosting ‘Upcycling’ Market on Friday

By Tim Kalinowski on June 20th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal All manner of strange inventions are being concocted at River Heights Elementary School for this Friday’s “Upcycling” Market. “We have some students building birdfeeders. We have some students bringing in old hockey sticks to make picture frames. We have a student who is bringing in old T-shirts and making dog chewy toys out ... Read More »

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Rotarians from Sri Lanka in Medicine Hat for a visit

By Gillian Slade on June 20th, 2017

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade A group of Rotarians travelled more than 13,400 kilometres from Sri Lanka to visit Medicine Hat and were immediately introduced to some local culture by attending the chuckwagon races on Sunday afternoon. The social event was “very exciting” after only ever having seen images of chuckwagon racing on television, said Gihan Panditaratne, ... Read More »

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Mumps outbreak officially over

By Gillian Slade on June 20th, 2017

Medicine Hat News The mumps outbreak announced by Alberta Health Services in February has been declared over. On Feb. 16, a mumps outbreak was declared by the health authority for the south, Calgary and Edmonton zones with a total of 61 cases reported according to online AHS data. Of that number there were 17 in ... Read More »

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Cypress County to vote on contentious land issues today

By Tim Kalinowski on June 20th, 2017

tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com @MHNTimKal Some contentious land issues will be coming up for discussion at Cypress County council’s public meeting today. The proposed new Western Tractor location between Township Road 120 and Range Road 64 just off of Highway 3 is causing friction with adjacent landowners who do not wish to sell to accommodate intersection changes. Bootleg ... Read More »

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YMCA hosting World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

By Mo Cranker on June 20th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker The Medicine Hat YMCA is giving Hatters the chance to make history. On Thursday the downtown YMCA is hosting the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event with 600 locations in 20 countries taking part. Aquatic director Aubrianne Pudwell says the event is about raising awareness for the importance of swimming lessons. “This event ... Read More »

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Saretzky’s aunt, autopsy doc take stand in triple murder trial

By None on June 20th, 2017

**Warning: graphic details; reader discretion advised** Nick Kuhl Lethbridge Heraldnkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com Derek Saretzky’s aunt testified Monday her nephew had previously been to the family ranch — where Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s remains were found — conflicting with his recorded statement to police that he hadn’t until “that day.” Day nine of the triple murder trial also had an ... Read More »

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Going the distance

By Scott Schmidt on June 19th, 2017

Medicine Hat News Sometimes life can change in the blink of an eye. For one Hatter, who just over one year ago was struggling to even kneel and walk, her life changed for the better and just last week completed her first ever five kilometre race. Michelle Schneider said the key was to not get ... Read More »

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Tail-wagging good time at city’s first dog festival

By Mo Cranker on June 19th, 2017

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker Medicine Hat went to the dogs on Saturday. “I’ve been saying this for a while, but Medicine Hat really just is dog crazy,” said Mike Steiner, organizer of the city’s first-ever Dogs in the Hat festival. “The support we have gotten from the community has just been amazing. There’s so many great things ... Read More »

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