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Bikes stolen, thefts from vehicles reported
Brooks RCMP remind everyone the warm temperatures mean it is the time of year when thefts begin to rise.
“Springtime comes, more people are riding bikes, there’s more bikes out so in April there were three reports of bicycles stolen,” said Sgt.Chris Zanidean.
“It’s the time of year. It’s on the rise.”
He said the RCMP will be at the upcoming bike rodeos “to tell the kids to lock their bikes, record the serial number so they have it.”
Also in April, there were four reports of thefts from motor vehicles and three reports of stolen motor vehicles - two were F350s. It’s unclear, he said, if the stolen vehicles were locked.  Full Story >
Brooks detachment gets acting commander
Sgt. Chris Zanidean has been seconded from the Redcliff detachment as the acting commander in Brooks.
Zanidean, who was born and raised in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, has been with the RCMP for 14 years.
His career started in Hanna where he stayed just under five years then moved to the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a specialized federal unit in Lethbridge dealing with cross border crime between the U.S. and Canada.  Full Story >
City official blue over red and white tulips
The city’s park supervisor was looking forward to the red and white tulips they planted depicting the Canadian flag in honour of the country’s 150th birthday but it is not to be.
Last week the bulbs that were planted by Phil Lunn in front of city hall opened red.
“Disappointed. Really disappointed,” said Lunn who had created a Canadian flag using a mixture of bulbs and wildflowers.
“The red and white ones were supposed to be the outside to look like a maple leaf with red on the inside and white on the outside. You were supposed to pick out the maple leaf,” he said.  Full Story >
County union workers ratify contract
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1032 at the County of Newell ratified their collective agreement for the next four years.
The contract was ratified by 18 county union members on April 10. County council agreed to it on April 20.
The percentage of those that voted in favour of the ratification is unknown.
The four year contract calls for a zero per cent increase in 2018, one per cent 2019, and two per cent in both 2020 and 2021.
One of the most significant changes in the contract is the reduction in the sick bank from 90 days to 15 days.  Full Story >
Leaders reach agreement in principle to unite conservatives
The Alberta Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose parties signed an agreement-in-principle last Thursday to form the United Conservative Party (UC).
The agreement has to be ratified by all party members on July 22. Seventy-five per cent of Wildrose and 50 per cent of PC members are needed to ratify the agreement.
“It’s about unifying conservatives. It cannot be based on a principle of gaining power for power’s sake. It must be about more than that,” said Wildrose leader Brian Jean during a press conference in Edmonton.  Full Story >
Makerspace could close social gaps, says SPEC executive director
Scott Berry, executive director of the SPEC Association is trying to reach an early goal to not only have a physical Makerspace in Brooks but also a ‘magic bus’ by the fall.
Makerspace, or as they are also known within technological circles as FabLab, Techshop or hackerspace, is an area where anyone can develop and create technology in a hands-on environment.
As technology continues to grow at an exponential rate and is expected to replace many of today’s jobs, the makerspace fad continues to rapidly grow around the world.  Full Story >
Mayor to Grasslands FCSS board: Set aside a reserve for community funding
At the annual general meeting of Grasslands FCSS, Brooks mayor Barry Morishita suggested to the board they should get financially prepared for the next crisis.
FCSS executive director Lynn Pye-Matheson said during the AGM the agency has been able to rollover about $160,000 since 2015 when there was a provincial increase.
Instead of spending the money, the organization has been able to increase funds to their partners while keeping some aside.  Full Story >
Uplands School students win excellence awards
Three Uplands School grade five students recently received awards of excellence from the Southern Alberta Regional Historical Fair in Lethbridge.
Skylar Tong, Hasset Mekuria and Claire Knutson advanced to Lethbridge after placing second at their school Heritage Fair.
Second-year Uplands School teacher Danielle Van Herk came up with the idea of holding a Heritage Fair last year.  Full Story >
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