January 19th, 2021

Local News

Dangerous situation safely defused by police

By RYAN MCCRACKEN on January 19th, 2021

mccracken@medicinehatnews.com@MHNMcCracken A man has been taken into custody and is awaiting formal criminal charges following a brief standoff with police in an isolated area south of Smelter Avenue and Factory Street on Monday afternoon. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Medicine Hat Police Service received a report of a male in distress who was a possible danger ... Read More »

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KXL-area mayors wonder what comes next

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 19th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant After waiting years for construction to begin on the Keystone XL expansion, local officials along the route in southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan are wondering this week about its potential shutdown. U.S. president-elect Joe Biden is expected to follow through on a campaign promise and cancel a presidential permit for the cross-national oil pipeline ... Read More »

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AHS hosting free online session regarding screen time for children

By Medicine Hat News on January 19th, 2021

Alberta Health Services is hosting a free online session to help parents set limits on screen time for children. AHS says the information session is for parents, caregivers and influencers of children and youth to learn how to help youth safely navigate the online world. Who’s In the Driver’s Seat? Finding Balance in our Family’s ... Read More »

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Brooks RCMP seek suspects in string of graffiti

By Medicine Hat News on January 19th, 2021

Mounties in Brooks are tracking down taggers who have gone on a graffiti spree this month. The detachment announced Monday it is looking for those responsible for spray painting a number of businesses in the city with crude references to feminine hygiene products, animals as well as “U.S.A.,” and “C.I.A.” Officials say the vandalism, which ... Read More »

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Dangerous Dunmore highway intersection finally gets traffic lights

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 19th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade The intersection of Trans-Canada Highway and Eagle Butte Road in Dunmore, where a number of serious collisions occurred over the years, now has traffic lights. “I think it’s going to be a huge benefit …,” said Cypress County Deputy Reeve Richard Oster. “I’m quite pleased that they’ve been finally installed. It was a long ... Read More »

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CCDA’s future will have to wait

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 19th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant The seemingly age-old question about what to do to improve the City Centre Development Agency will have to wait another two weeks for an answer. But, the parties involved in an hour-long public hearing and council debate on Monday aren’t sure about what will come forward at that time. The annual issue of passing ... Read More »

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Downtown store offers space to young entrepreneurs

By MO CRANKER on January 19th, 2021

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker A local business owner is allowing young entrepreneurs to display their work on her shelves. Top Notch Custom Kreations owner Shannon Deveau is happy to encourage young Hatters to get creative and start their own businesses. “At the moment we have eight young entrepreneurs selling different stuff at the store,” she said. “All of ... Read More »

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Salons swamped on day one of reopening

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 19th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade About 10 days ago hairstylists demonstrated locally about COVID restrictions that had forced them to close, but on Monday they were open for business once more. Paul Hemsing, an owner of Salon Purity in Crescent Heights who had helped to organize the protest, said he was “excited” to be back on the job. On ... Read More »

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Tongue on the Post awaiting word on when/if crowdless festival can begin

By MO CRANKER on January 19th, 2021

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker The annual Tongue on the Post music festival is going to happen, it’s just a matter of when. The festival is booked and ready to be livestreamed next week, but organizers are still waiting on an official green light to OK the festival. “We’ve talked to every level of government and we’re still waiting,” ... Read More »

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FLC to do maintenance before reopen

By Medicine Hat News on January 16th, 2021

The parks and recreation department will move up maintenance projects at the Family Leisure Centre to have them complete before the facility is allowed to reopen. The north-side facility is typically closed a few weeks each summer so crews can drain the pool, re-grout tiles, replace pipes and perform mechanical work. That will take place ... Read More »

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