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Hitch hiker assaulted near Hanna


On October 5, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. the Hanna RCMP responded to a complaint that a hitch hiker was threatened with a knife.  

The female victim reported that she was hitchhiking along Highway 36, south of Hanna  when a lone male stopped and picked her up offering her a ride to Wainwright.  While they were driving in the vehicle, the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.  The victim pushed the knife away and pulled out her cell phone at which point the suspect slammed on the brakes and released the victim from the vehicle. 

Once the victim was out of the vehicle, the suspect sped north on highway 36 towards Highway 9.  The victim flagged down a trucker who was in the area and then the RCMP were called.

The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as an aboriginal male, in his 30's, t-shirt, blue jeans, short crewcut hair style, black hair, medium build, over 5'8" tall.  

The suspect vehicle is described as a black 4 door sedan with a leather interior.  The suspect vehicle had some damage to the right front bumper.

If you have information about this investigation, please call the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3393, or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS.   

Wheatland water project delivers


    The Wheatland Regional Corporation (WRC) has delivered on its promise… and now it is delivering water.
    Last week it announced the substantive completion of the first phase of its regional water project and is delivering water to Gleichen.
    “Today marks a very important milestone for Wheatland Regional Corporation with the flowing of regional water to the residents of Gleichen and rural residents along the pipeline.  During the town hall meetings, the board committed to the people of Gleichen better quality water and a date for arrival and we have fulfilled that promise,” said Darcy Burke, Mayor of Rockyford and chairman of the WRC.
     The project draws water from the Western Irrigation District. The initial phase included the completion of a raw water intake and reservoir within the Village of Standard. Raw water pipes to the upgraded Standard Water Treatment plant were installed, followed by potable water lines from Standard to the hamlet of Gleichen. The line also supplies rural users along the way.
    The project is well supported by all levels of government, and the first phase is funded through the province’s Water for Life program as well as Wheatland County, and the Villages of Standard, Rockyford, and Hussar. Its initial price estimate was just over $22 million.
    “Our government is proud to support the Wheatland Regional Water Pipeline, an example of leaders coming together in the common interest of their communities,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. “Access to clean drinking water and water-wastewater treatment systems is essential for all Albertans and their quality of life. We will remain focused on investing in Alberta’s public infrastructure so that our province continues to serve the needs of Albertans today and for generations to come.”
    According to a press release, WRC highlights the support and commitment of our province to the project that it is delivered on time with the successful tie into Gleichen and supply water to the hamlet. The province had delivered the funds in a timely manner that resulted in a reduced cost of the project and delivery of the services.
    “On behalf of the corporation, I want to sincerely thank the partners and contractors for their commitment towards this accomplishment.  This project clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when strong partnerships have a dream and work hard together to bring that dream to reality,” said Burke.
    The WRC has received funding for the second phase of the project, which will supply water to Rockyford.

Hand Hills Stampede honoured by CPRA

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    After more than a century, you would think the Hand Hills Lake Stampede would have been recognized for the outstanding work they do.
    Well, that’s just what happened. Last week the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) announced its 2017 awards, and the Hand Hills Lake Stampede was named the Small Rodeo Committee of the Year.
    “We’ve been trying for 101 years,” laughs Hand Hills Lake Club President Layton Rosin.
    Kidding aside, there are not many rodeos in Canada that have as storied a history as the Hand Hills Lake Stampede. Started as a fundraiser for the Red Cross during World War I, it has outlasted many rodeos. In fact, it appears to be having a reassurance in popularity.
      “Many thought we were done. People were saying five years ago we wouldn’t make it to our 100th,” he said. “It has gotten bigger and better and then to have them say we are the number one small rodeo.”
    Even a greater feat considering how remote the rodeo is.
        “We are in the middle of nowhere, we just about have to trick people to get out there,” he chuckles. “But getting this award from the cowboys, that’s pretty cool.”
    The Hand Hills Rodeo had a banner year for its centennial and it remained strong.
    “Tradition plays a big part because of the centennial. We were really worried there would be a drop-off, but it wasn’t that bad. There are a lot of people that really care. It is more of a community. It’s not just rodeo, we put a lot back in the community.”
They hold all kinds of events to bolster the community including dances, dinners and Halloween parties.
    Last year the Donna Griffith Memorial Family Rodeo was established. This is a day of fun where family members of all ages can come out and compete in some friendly events. In its second year, it grew. This is reflective as there are more young families in the area, and they are getting involved.
    “There are not many things 100 years old, so when you start showing people the tradition and that you care about it, people want to get behind that,” said Rosin.
    There is an awards presentation in Edmonton in November during the National Finals Rodeo.

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