May 24th, 2019

Featured Story Death is a normal part of life but it can be complicated, and now there are people trained to help at the end stages of life and in preparing for this. Local resident Heather Midder calls herself an end-of-life “doula.” After 20 years working as a health-care aid in palliative care she decided to

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  • Former Catholic board IT director Rolf Traichel sentenced to three years in fraud case

    Rolf Traichel, the disgraced former Medicine Hat Police Commission chair accused of defrauding the local Catholic school board of $1 million, has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing stolen property. Charges of fraud over $5,000 and money laundering were withdrawn in exchange for his guilty plea. Traichel appeared before ... Read More »

    15 hours ago
  • New community seeking cheap access, utilities Talks are underway to figure out how to bring utility service and roads to a proposed lake and coulee view community in Medicine Hat, and do it most cheaply for the out-of-step development, the News has learned. A formal request to update long-standing, but moribund planning documents in the south end was brought to ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Additional volunteers needed for Alberta 55plus Summer Games

    Additional volunteers are needed for the Alberta 55plus Summer Games taking place from July 4-7. Volunteers are particularly in demand in areas such as food services, safety and security, for the sport of bocce, cycling, horseshoes, lawn bowling, slo-pitch, swimming and track and field. “Medicine Hat is renowned for having very welcoming and dedicated volunteers ... Read More »

    22 hours ago

Local Sports

  • Siblings take to the soccer pitch Keshaun Francis was digging for the ball deep in the opposing team’s end during high school soccer action at the Methanex Bowl Wednesday when a familiar face came bearing down on him: His sister, Kalena. With the local league going co-ed there are a few sibling rivalries, but few where the siblings are on ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Reaching new heights: Hat High’s Dolter sets personal best in pole vault at city track meet Noah Dolter reached new heights on Wednesday at the Rotary Track – literally. The Grade 12 Hat High student achieved a personal best in pole vault with a 3.10 metre jump at yesterday’s Medicine Hat city track meet while fine-tuning a few mechanics in anticipation of provincials. “I haven’t jumped three metres since this ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Vikings focused on team culture The Crescent Heights Vikings are fighting for a brighter future, and that battle begins in the clubhouse. Vikings head coach Sean Davis says the team will be facing a handful of challenges as they prepare to compete for a Rangeland Football Conference championship next season, but all of them can be aided by a ... Read More »

    22 hours ago

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  • Council compensation about as clear as mud

    For 16 straight years the City of Medicine Hat’s financial statements have won honours for clarity and readability by the Government Finance Officers Association. Unfortunately, the committee must have skipped the section on local council compensation. Once, again the 2018 annual financial statements of the corporation of Medicine Hat includes a confusing breakdown of how ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • New energy in Alberta politics trumping previous administration

    Call it confrontational but at least Premier Jason Kenney doesn’t want to build a wall like Donald Trump does. Too many Albertans have cottages in British Columbia apparently. However, judging by the actions of Kenney and Sonya Savage, minister of energy, and their visit to Senate of Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • See energy investments for what they are

    The first of its kind in Canada – a solar thermal power plant in Medicine Hat that cost $10 million – is coming to an end after just five years. For those who saw this investment as more than a research project, and that probably means most people, there is disappointment that we are not ... Read More »

    7 days ago

Letters to The Editor

  • The election is over, but the venom persists

    So many people commented on how the recent provincial election was marred by personal attacks and wild accusations. Yet here we are with the legislature about to convene and the attacks keep coming. Regardless of your political affiliation, isn’t it time to set aside insults and provocations, and instead foster reasonable, rational debate about the ... Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Pay attention to the source of the food

    When shopping recently I found eight kinds of frozen fish in a major grocery store. All but one of these choices were products of China or Vietnam. Naturally, I bought the one which came to us from northern Saskatchewan. Look at the labels in most food stores. It would seem Canada can’t feed itself without ... Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Local Prostate Cancer Support Group may hold the answers

    Re: “What’s Up Doc?: Is the prostate-specific antigen test a public health disaster?,”April 30 The recent column refuting the value of routine annual PSA screening of men was disturbing. Prostate cancer screening is one of the most controversial issues in urology and preventative medicine. With varying recommendations on PSA screening, no consensus is established among ... Read More »

    2 days ago

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