|Bob Scammell – Alberta Outdoors|
Really good anglers go whatever the weather, good and bad; gardeners try to outwit the weather, try to time it like a volitile stock market: both start too soon in the spring.
Latest spring frost on record in Red Deer was July 1st in 1919 and the earliest fall frost was July 17th in 1904. The year escapes me, but the shortest number of frost free days was 48, from June 27th to Aug. 14. In our time in Red Deer the earliest killing fall frost was August 25th, 1992.
Last spring we did not get on the “land” until May 10th. It was pure mud up until then from the winter’s heavy snowpack and constant April showers. This spring is different: scant winter snowfall and virtually no rain in April had us worrying about dry conditions; we dislike having to stretch soaker hoses and start watering as soon as the first of our progressive-successive plantings of potatoes and sowings peas is in the ground. Full Story >
|Just a few words... by Jon Nesbitt|
Wednesday, May 6 – Kate Nesbitt
Thursday, May 7 – Val Deunk
Friday, May 8 – Fred Mandeville
Saturday, May 9 – Riley Danyluk
Sunday, May 10 – Reid Johnson
Tuesday, May 12 – Dawn Greenwood
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|Minority, majority or dog’s breakfast? - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by TIM HARPER|
For a man who may have badly miscalculated the level of anger among Alberta voters, Jim Prentice is carrying a curiously empty satchel with him in the final days of the campaign.
In his dark suit and cowboy boots, he brings only platitudes about free enterprise, he preaches stability and he pitches optimism, even if his body language looks a little grim.
Most curious of all, he is still trying to sell a budget that has sparked much of the anger, probably because he can’t do anything about three other wellsprings of anger, his early election call, his role in a massive political floor-crossing last winter and a couple of tone deaf comments which betray an elitism and arrogance. Full Story >
|Sports Talk by Bruce Parker|
Will someone please explain to me how a team can place first overall in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, be ranked number two in Canada and yet cannot win a game at the Western Canada Cup.
I’m talking about the Spruce Grove Saints. This team had all the ingredients for a championship season but then again, so did the Camrose Kodiaks and look what happened to them.
Both teams had talented rosters only to be denied with what they wanted most, namely a spot to compete in the RBC Cup. Full Story >