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Brooks man gets 26 months in custody
Brian Joseph Furet, 26, was sentenced to 26 months in a federal prison following guilty pleas to numerous charges that led to his arrest last month.
Last Wednesday in Brooks Provincial Court Furet entered pleas to mischief of property, possession of stolen property, possession of break-in instruments, seven counts of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of break and enter, theft over $5,000, break and enter with intent, two counts of assault of a peace officer and assault.  Full Story >
CFIA approves plan for single area for calves

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved a proposal for an alternative site to overwinter calves in quarantine as a result of the bovine TB investigation near Jenner.
Local ranchers affected by the quarantine have continued to pressure the government for alternative locations, citing that their own farms are not equipped to over winter calves which are usually sold in the fall.
“This feedlot option ensures that the quarantine is maintained,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, the CFIA’s deputy chief veterinary officer.  Full Story >
City’s SDAB to hear liquor store appeal Dec. 14
Two businesses are appealing the city’s Municipal Planning Commission decision to allow a liquor store beside Safeway in Brooks.
The MPC approved the liquor store in October.
The appeal was to have been heard on Nov. 9, however, the lawyers for the applicant Crombie Limited Partnership, were granted an adjournment.  Full Story >
County taxes to jump
County councillors passed the 2017 interim budget on Thursday agreeing to increase municipal taxes as a way to equalize recreation taxes while removing the individual division recreation mill rates.
In early November the county’s finance manager Matt Fenske suggested an increase of two per cent for residential and non-residential taxes and a 7.5 per cent increase for farmland.
But now taxes will be much higher.
Fenske said if the school, paving and recreation taxes were removed the total non-residential increase is 8.75 per cent, farmland is 21 per cent and residential 16.75 per cent.  Full Story >
Invasive mussels inch closer to Alberta
Invasive mussels continue to move closer to provincial borders and each time there is a new detection Albertans should be concerned.
Through positive detections in Montana, mussels are about 80 kilometers from Alberta.
At Thursday’s meeting Eastern Irrigation District board member Bob Chrumka reported on a presentation that was made at the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association’s annual general meeting.
He focused on the ongoing issue with mussels in Manitoba and the new struggles facing Montana as they begin their fight.  Full Story >
Over $12,000 raised during Walk A Mile event
The 6th annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes raised $12,701 for the new women’s shelter in Brooks.
Brian Reinboldt, the top fundraiser, having collected $2,455, has been involved in the program for six years.
He said he participates because his mom would have been proud.
“She’d give me a thumbs up,” he said.
While he’s often asked if he likes to dress up like a woman, he said he does it because he knows Walk A Mile is a good cause.  Full Story >
Politicians weigh in on TB issue
Brad Osadczuk, the owner of the Jenner cattle herd identified with the six cases of bovine tuberculosis, travelled to Ottawa last week to address Parliament regarding the affect the quarantine has had on his cattle operation.
Two other producers, Ross White and Warren Henry, also addressed the federal government through teleconference.
Thursday, two days after Osadczuk and the other producers had addressed the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food, the committee sent a letter to the federal Minister of Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay indicating the concerns voiced by the ranchers and asking the minister to take “immediate action” by increasing the available resources to CFIA and to compensate ranchers for the additional costs incurred by the imposed quarantine.  Full Story >
County taxes to jump 

City’s SDAB to hear liquor store appeal Dec. 14 

Brooks man gets 26 months in custody 

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