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Alberta declares year an agricultural disaster
The provincial government declared Friday that economic losses and hardship in the provincial agricultural sector are a disaster and that crop yields are at a five year low after 2015 weather. Drought this spring and hail this summer have been named the main culprits. About 80 per cent of Alberta’s farmers have been impacted by the drought.
The declaration provides the mechanism for Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to access more premiums and reserves to ensure producers with insurance are compensated for their losses in a timely manner, said government spokesperson Renato Gandia in an email.   Full Story >
Busiest summer yet for Brooks fire department
Compared to this time last year, Brooks Fire Department members have responded to 10 per cent more calls. Fire chief Kevin Swanson confirmed the increase in fire department workload Monday.
“Between June and August 11 of this year, we have responded to 104 calls,” he said.
“In July, 47 calls was a record. I’ve never seen that amount in one month. Of those calls, six were property fires, nine were mutual aid fires, while 20 calls were motor vehicle accidents,” he said.
Swanson added August is getting even busier.   Full Story >
Health officer close to declaring whooping cough outbreak
Over the next couple of months Dr. Vivien Suttorp is expecting to declare a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak.
The medical health officer for the south zone said there is already an increase in the rate of whooping cough.
“I suspect we are heading into an outbreak which could last 10-11 months long,” she said.
Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that causes severe coughing that can last for weeks and can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage and even death.  Full Story >
New spillway construction to get underway in late October
The Siksika Nation and the Eastern Irrigation District have concluded the negotiation for 160 acres of land near the Bassano Dam.
With an agreement in place, permission for the EID to use the land while Siksika retains ownership of the property, and the province honouring the previous government’s commitment of $30 million for construction of a new spillway, work will begin in late October weeks after irrigation water is turned off.
“I had discussions with one of the deputy minister’s assistants for the province a couple of weeks ago and our funding is definitely secure,” said EID board chairman Bob Chrumka.  Full Story >
Patricia Rodeo fires up in the saddle Sept. 4 - 6
It is a weekend of titles to be had at the 37th annual Patricia Rodeo.
A $7,500 wild horse race will go both Saturday and Sunday around the track while the all-around saddle will be awarded to those entering both a riding and timed event with the best scores.
An open $5,000 bronc riding title goes Friday night under the lights while the Little Britches goes Sunday, Sept 6 at noon with Tiny Tots 8 years old and under, the Pee Wee division for those 9 to 12 and Junior for 13 to 16 year-olds. Nearly 20 cowboy events roll out over the course of the two days. Heats for the southern Alberta Professional Chuckwagon and Chariot championships go at 6 pm each night with the Chuckwagon buckle being provided this year by the Patricia Hotel.   Full Story >
Tannerite cause of grass fire
Fire officials report Tannerite, an explosive material used for target practice, caused a grass fire which destroyed about 88 acres (36 hectares) of EID land southeast of Brooks last week.
“(Three) gentleman were out doing target practice and unfortunately the Tannerite exploded and started a grass fire,” said Brooks deputy fire chief Stewart Luchies.
Luchies said there was no evidence of what the group was using as its target.  Full Story >
Truck donation adds to Rosemary fire dept. fleet
Representatives of TransCanada stopped by the Rosemary Fire Department with a special delivery on Thursday, a 2010 Chevy Silverado HD 4-door crew cab for the department to convert to a brush buggy-style response vehicle.
Shari Geisel, land associate with TransCanada said the company’s ongoing commitment to the wellbeing and safety of rural communities was what brought the company to Rosemary on Thursday.
“We fund initiatives that enable emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to local needs and focus on preparedness, accident prevention and education as well as training.” she said.  Full Story >
Tannerite cause of grass fire 

Busiest summer yet for Brooks fire department 

Alberta declares year an agricultural disaster 

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