January 24th, 2021

Local News

Local doctors thankful to get first dose of vaccination

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 13th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Three local physicians report they have recently had an opportunity to receive a Pfizer COVID vaccination. Dr. Debakanta Jena, chief of surgery at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, says he was happy to get the first of two doses of the vaccine last week. He hopes the vaccination rollout will help the community get “back ... Read More »

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College education students putting together online musical

By MO CRANKER on January 13th, 2021

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker Education students at Medicine Hat College have been dealt a curveball this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but are making the best of the situation. Traditionally, fourth-year students in the program put on a musical as part of their drama teaching studies. Due to the pandemic, students have shifted from an in-person show to ... Read More »

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Nominations open now until Feb. 15 for Alberta Order of Excellence

By Medicine Hat News on January 13th, 2021

Nominations are being accepted for the province’s highest honour – the Alberta Order of Excellence. A maximum of 10 people will receive the honour this year in recognition of remarkable contributions to their community, the province and beyond. Nominations must be received by Feb. 15 to be considered for investiture this year. Nominations not selected ... Read More »

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Sell off or partner up: City’s future in power

By COLLIN GALLANT on January 13th, 2021

cgallant@medicinehatnews.com@CollinGallant Offers to sell its power generation business or partner with private industry are now being considered by the City of Medicine Hat, officials said Tuesday. That announcement comes after several years of pullback in the “Gas City’s” natural gas production unit, and increasing talk among elected officials and administrators about shielding the municipality from ... Read More »

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Scottish couple seeks help finding lost Hatter friend

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 13th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade A couple in Scotland is trying to connect with a long lost friend they believe is possibly still living in Medicine Hat, and her sons may be here, too. Jane and David Shields live in the village of Falkland in Fife, Scotland, and would like to renew contact with Pat Cook and her sons ... Read More »

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Cafe Verve to display work of local photographers

By MO CRANKER on January 12th, 2021

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker A local photography club is showing off its members work for the next couple months at Cafe Verve. The mini-exhibit went up at the beginning of the New Year and showcases work from a number of the city’s best photographers. “We had an open theme with this show,” said club president Robert Ingram. “It ... Read More »

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Local Christmas bird count numbers are in

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 12th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade A total of 52 species were observed during the 39th annual local Christmas Bird Count. Although the temperature was relatively mild with a high of 8 C there was a brisk wind that can affect bird activity, said Marty Drut, compiler and park interpreter for the Medicine Hat Interpretive Program. The 52 species counted ... Read More »

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Minor injuries suffered after SUV hits pedestrians in a crosswalk

By Medicine Hat News on January 12th, 2021

Two female pedestrians were sent to hospital with what police say don’t appear to be serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk near 7-Eleven on Carry Drive. The collision occurred just after 1 p.m., when a GMC Acadia travelling east on Carry Drive attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Cameron ... Read More »

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Community comes through for Santa Claus Fund record year

By MO CRANKER on January 12th, 2021

mcranker@medicinehatnews.com@mocranker The Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund was able to meet record demand this Holiday Season thanks to an outpouring of community support. In mid-December the SCF had helped 668 families, including 1,397 children – and that was while emergency intake was still ongoing. On top of the increased volume of those in need, ... Read More »

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With 55 cases nationwide, Alberta still without first case of influenza, months behind norm

By GILLIAN SLADE on January 12th, 2021

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Alberta continues to have no cases of influenza but according to a Canadian report there are 55 cases in other parts of the country. “To date this season, 51 influenza detections have been reported … which is significantly lower than the past six seasons where an average of 8,784 influenza detections were reported for ... Read More »

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