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County begins recreation facility review
Staff at the County of Newell are undertaking a massive study to get a solid understanding of the region’s recreation facilities.
The project is similar to the regional fire program where the county has been working with its fire departments to standardize fire protection agreements.
“It’s always been administration’s intent to go through this,” said County of Newell CAO Kevin Stephenson.  Full Story >
Duchess firefighters, community honour 30 year veteran Steve Dunford
Following an afternoon of fun, games and a BBQ in recognition of Alberta Volunteer Firefighters Week on Saturday, friends, family, current and former firefighters and dignitaries celebrated Duchess fire department’s assistant fire chief Steve Dunford for 30 years of service.  Full Story >
High praise received for weekend trade show
“Utterly fantastic” is how the executive director of the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce described the weekend’s trade show.
“People loved, loved the Centennial Regional Arena. I have not heard one negative comment yet,” said Karen Vogelaar on Monday.
“It was so much brighter.”  Full Story >
Information evening to explain surrogacy
An evening for women to talk about infertility, surrogacy and egg donation will be held in Brooks next week.
Surrogate moms carry a child for intended parents via the transfer of an embryo so the child is genetically unrelated.
Lorraine Brown, who has two children of her own and decided she did not want any more, acted as a surrogate mom for an Australian couple.   Full Story >
Local improvement tax may increase with Tilley work
If Tilley residents agree that infrastructure work in the hamlet should be extended, county council is estimating a local improvement cost share of $1,485 for 25 years which is an increase over the original estimate.
In 2014, about five months after Tilley dissolved to become a county hamlet, administration presented Tilley residents with a number of water and sewer options.
The residents who attended a meeting overwhelmingly chose the most extensive work at the cost of $3.69 million over 25 years or $1,332 per ratepayer.  Full Story >
New EID chair acclaimed
For the first time in over a decade the Eastern Irrigation District will have a new chairman.
“I will not be standing for chair. After 15 years I think I’ve done my share,” said Bob Chrumka who has been a board member since 1997 and chairman since 2001.
The EID held its organizational meeting on Tuesday morning, which was the first meeting following Friday’s election of Rod Johnson in Division 4 and George Murray in Division 7. Jim Culligan was re-elected in Division 2 and is now into his third term.  Full Story >
Pump It Up run Saturday at Dinosaur park
The annual Brooks Rotary Club Pump It Up Run at Dinosaur Provincial Park is set to go on Saturday at 11 a.m. and is sold out at 500 participants for another year.
“The event has been so successful the committee was able to meet via e-mail to set up the sixth event,” said committee member Anne Marie Philipsen.
The Rotary Club had been holding an annual run on Brooks city roads but in 2008 it was moved to the park where it has had great success as an accurately timed event.  Full Story >
Telus investing $1.5 million in Brooks this year
Telus will invest $1.5 million in new infrastructure and facilities in Brooks this year to increase wireless and high speed internet capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand, ensuring customers stay connected at home, at work and on-the-go.
This significant investment is part of Telus’ commitment to invest $4.5 billion in Alberta through 2019.
The company will extend fibre optic infrastructure directly to thousands of homes and businesses in rural and urban communities, further strengthen wireless service, and support key services including health care and education with new technologies.  Full Story >
Pump It Up run Saturday at Dinosaur park 

Local improvement tax may increase with Tilley work 

Telus investing $1.5 million in Brooks this year 

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