February 21st, 2024

Local News

Bandits’ jump to BCHL could prove costly for late-season arena tab

By Medicine Hat News on February 21st, 2024

@MedicineHatNews Switching leagues mid-season could cost the Brooks Bandits $10,000 if ice at the Centennial Regional Arena is needed for a championship series in the British Columbia Junior A hockey league. The former AJHL team, and defending Alberta Junior A champions, left the Alberta circuit in a high profile dispute with four other teams earlier ... Read More »

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City of Medicine Hat eyes better grant approval system

By COLLIN GALLANT on February 21st, 2024

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant City Hall will study how grant requests from nonprofit groups could be evaluated and potentially fulfilled. Coun. Ramona Robins told the regular meeting of council Tuesday that an obvious need exists, requests are being made and the city has resources to help community groups with money for building projects and equipment needs. Her colleagues ... Read More »

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Investigation ongoing into Brooks attempted ATM theft

By Medicine Hat News on February 21st, 2024

On Tuesday at 2:35 a.m., Brooks RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at Brooks Industrial Metals, Secure Energy. They found locks to the front door were cut, and while an ATM inside was heavily damaged, there had been no successful entry into the machine. Evidence has since been collected on scene, ... Read More »

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City’s new green plan delayed a few months

By Medicine Hat News on February 21st, 2024

@MedicineHatNews An environmental framework for city operations due this spring could be delayed until the summer, council heard Tuesday. The “Environmental Framework and Action Plan” would seek ways to reduce energy and water use at city facilities. It was due to be finished in April, according to a draft report made public in late 2023. ... Read More »

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Brooks RCMP seek missing 44-year-old male

By Medicine Hat News on February 21st, 2024

The Brooks RCMP is seeking assistance with locating a missing man. Enrique Reimer, a 44-year-old resident of Brooks, was last heard from on Feb. 18, and the RCMP say there is concern for Reimer’s wellbeing. Reimer is described as a man standing at 5-foot-4 with a medium complexion. He weighs approximately 170 pounds, and is ... Read More »

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Province to help more women into commercial trucking

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on February 21st, 2024

asmith@medicinehatnews.com In an effort to bolster the numbers of drivers on the road and bridge a significant gender gap, the province is releasing grants to support women who seek to become professional drivers. In Alberta, women represent only 2.9 percent of commercial truckers, below the national rate of four per cent. There are currently roughly ... Read More »

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Challenge claims Escort Bylaw too invasive

By COLLIN GALLANT on February 21st, 2024

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant A court challenge of the city’s 40-year-old Escort Bylaw will proceed this week but without several witnesses called for by the plaintiff, who argues the process of getting a licence is onerous and gives police too much personal information. Since 1983, escort agencies have been required to hold a city business licence, undergo background ... Read More »

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Commissioning Methanex’s new plant in Louisiana could be delayed through summer

By Medicine Hat News on February 21st, 2024

@MedicineHatNews Methanex says commissioning of its new methanol plant in Louisiana could be delayed until late summer after damage was found during the startup of the 1.8-million tonne methanol plant. The Vancouver-based company, which has a major plant in Medicine Hat, announced Tuesday that during the late-stage startup of the Geismar 3 plant, officials initiated ... Read More »

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Local Retired Teachers Association honours its past president

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on February 21st, 2024

asmith@medicinehatnews.com The Medicine Hat and District Retired Teachers Association was pleased to surprise one of their own with the 2024 Volunteer of the Year Award. The nominee in question, Mel Deydey, had served previously as the president of the local Alberta Retired Teacher’s Association branch for six years, including over some of the most difficult ... Read More »

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Redcliff to host cats for family and felines event

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on February 20th, 2024

asmith@medicinehatnews.com Redcliff Library will be hosting a handful of furry friends on Wednesday, in partnership with the Medicine Hat SPCA. After the success of previous cat cafes, says library manager Tracy Laternus, they’re excited to have a repeat event. “There will be approximately four cats from the SPCA free-roaming in the conference room, and we’ll ... Read More »

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