August 17th, 2018

Local News

County mulls utility fee like the city’s

By Collin Gallant on August 17th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant City of Medicine Hat utility customers will be charged an additional fee next year, and now administrators in Cypress County are examining whether they, too, should add franchise fees not currently billed. In early July, city councillors agreed to a basic budget plan that would see new revenue arrive via a consent and ... Read More »

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City, province still under air quality advisory

By Medicine Hat News on August 17th, 2018

Medicine Hat and area remains under a special air quality statement on Friday morning, as is the rest of Alberta and large portions of B.C. and the Prairies. Smoke from fires in British Columbia continues to blanket the city. This marks the third day since the first statement was issued for the Medicine Hat-Bow Island-Suffield ... Read More »

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In trouble again: Man once shot four times by police arrested again for impersonating a cop

By Mo Cranker on August 17th, 2018

Medicine Hat News A local man has been charged once again with impersonating a police officer and is also facing other charges, the Medicine Hat Police Service announced Thursday. Michael Carolan, 38, allegedly entered a preschool Tuesday and became agitated with staff members, states a release from the MHPS. Carolan allegedly said he was a ... Read More »

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90 days in custody remain for man who set off bear spray indoors; will be served on weekends

By Jeremy Appel on August 17th, 2018

Medicine Hat News A man who set off bear spray in an apartment complex on Victoria Day weekend was sentenced Monday to 225 days in jail, with 135 credited for time served. Jamie Snow pled guilty to possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, for which he received the 135 days served and a ... Read More »

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Nine hopeful pot stores await fate

By Collin Gallant on August 17th, 2018

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com @CollinGallant Nine potential pot retailers in Medicine Hat are expected to appear at the city’s planning commission meeting next week in a bid to be operating when the substance is decriminalized on Oct. 17. A federal move to regulate recreational use among adults has caused a rush of sorts — according to those in ... Read More »

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SD76 proudly showing off the Hat this week

By Jeremy Appel on August 17th, 2018

jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel Medicine Hat’s SD76 is hosting the Public School Board Association of Alberta’s summer conference this weekend, with trustees coming from across the province. “It gives us as trustees a chance to see what other centres have for facilities, programs and services,” said SD76 board chair Rick Massini. “It also helps us develop an ... Read More »

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Court Briefs: Woman charged in connection with stolen property, break-in and then pointing gun at police had no previous record

By Jeremy Appel on August 17th, 2018

jappel@medicinehatnews.com @MHNJeremyAppel A woman who allegedly helped steal a truck,and ATM, as well as break into a rural residence near Bassano, leading to a chase by the RCMP where she pointed a stolen gun at police, didn’t have any criminal record before 2018, Medicine Hat Provincial Court heard Thursday. Hailey Morrison appeared in court via ... Read More »

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Needle exchange program saved my life: former addict

By Gillian Slade on August 17th, 2018

gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade After a decade-long heroin addiction, it was staff at a needle exchange centre that gave Carolyn Warne a glimmer of hope. Now she has been drug free for more than 20 years. It only took five days to become addicted, but the battle to free herself took 10 years, says Warne, who ... Read More »

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Local singer-songwriter hosting concert evening tonight with a personal touch

By Mo Cranker on August 17th, 2018

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com @MHNmocranker There’s no place like home for Christie Kurpjuweit. The local singer and songwriter was born and raised in the Hat, and has a show today at 7 p.m. at Cafe Verve where she will play a number of original and cover songs. “It’s going to be a really fun night with a good ... Read More »

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Southwest Saskatchewan getting some park facility upgrades

By Collin Gallant on August 17th, 2018

Medicine Hat News The government of Saskatchewan is touting $1.5 million in facility improvements in the coming year at parks in the province’s southwest. The central block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is scheduled to receive electrical expansion at Shady Pine campground as well as new digital sings. Upgraded power to camper stalls at Douglas ... Read More »

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