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Brooks RCMP seek info on missing 44-year-old man
The Brooks RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in the disappearance of Mohamed Jama Abdi of Brooks.
RCMP report the 44-year-old man has not been seen by his family or friends for two weeks.
Cpl. Ian Patey of the Brooks RCMP detachment said a friend of Abdi’s filed the complaint during the evening of July 23.   Full Story >
County satisfied with progress on North Headgates
There has been more cooperation between the north headgates landowner and the County of Newell staff in the past month than there has been in the past decade but it must continue said the reeve.
County planning and development staff provided the bi-monthly update to council last Thursday and although there are gaps in the process to move forward towards an area redevelopment plan, it is moving forward.
“Ron (Redelback) has been very good about submitting information we requested from the meeting on July 14,” said Alyce Wickert, the county’s manager of planning and development.  Full Story >
County to consider higher taxes, fees for 2016 budget

Some County of Newell landowners could face an increase in their property taxes beginning next year.
Last Tuesday the county held a public pre-budget meeting and invited ratepayers to attend to listen to the discussion.
Early in the meeting Matt Fenske, the county’s manager of finance, had councillors think about county sustainability and who should pay for what.
He said the top 10 county taxpayers — industrial companies — pay 76 per cent of the total municipal tax bill or $22.4 million.  Full Story >
County will review sign rules
County councillors spent about 30 minutes last Thursday debating the virtues and vices of highway signs only to come to the conclusion they should be part of the Land Use Bylaw amendment committee discussions.
We’ve taken far too much staff time,” said Division 10 councillor Lionel Juss.
He said staff is concerned about their schedule and time commitments and discussing the sign issue didn’t help.  Full Story >
Firing of former college president justified
The Medicine Hat College’s Statement of Defence against a lawsuit by its former president claims Ralph Weeks was justly fired.
The defence document was filed on June 6, about six weeks after Weeks filed his statement of claim against the college for his firing in 2013.  Full Story >
Gawkers cause of two collisions, one person medivaced
Eastbound rubberneckers watching a westbound vehicle fire about one kilometre west of Brooks caused two separate vehicle collisions just before 1:30 a.m. on July 22.
Deputy fire chief Stewart Luchies said the crew responded to a fully engulfed semi trailer fire on Highway 1 parallel to Gun Club Road near JBS Food shortly after 11 p.m.
The trailer which was filled with frozen chicken, was extinguished in about an hour but the fully stocked trailer had to be emptied before it could be towed.  Full Story >
Hay bale fire on TransCanada will likely cost thousands
It’s unknown how high costs will climb to pay for the fire departments that responded to a hay bale fire last Monday east of Tilley.
The driver of the semi that was hauling 33 hay bales eastbound on the TransCanada Highway near Range Road 12-3 noticed a shadow through the rearview mirror and pulled over to discover a fire.
The county’s manager of emergency services said fire departments were called out four times to the July 20 fire.  Full Story >
County will review sign rules 

County satisfied with progress on North Headgates 

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