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Michichi couple rescues injured owl

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    A great horned owl may have a new lease on life thanks to the quick thinking of a Michichi couple.
     Dave Heistad and Janet Stevenson were driving on Sunday afternoon, January 13, when Stevenson spotted an injured owl near the intersection of Highway 849 and Highway 9, north of Michichi. It was pecking at a frozen fox carcass at the side of the road.
    “We could either do one of two things, leave her by the side of the road and let nature take its course or you try to help,” said Heistad.
    They turned to social media for what to do. They follow some Alberta bird pages on Facebook and they were able to get advice on how to deal with the injured bird and where to take it.
    They returned to where the bird was last seen, and with help of another couple and captured the bird. They located the owl in some scrub grass, covered it with a blanket and took it home in a box.
    “One of her wings is obviously damaged, she couldn’t fly away from us. She just kind of flapped  her wings and hobbled away,” said Heistad. “She was able to lift her wings she just couldn’t get any lift.”
They were able to administer a simple mixture of sugar and water delivered through a syringe to temporarily nurse the bird. The owl took to it on Sunday night as well as Monday morning.
    “Sunday she was calm, but Monday she was kind of getting a little more grumpy,” said Stevenson.
    The couple took the injured fully grown female great horned owl to Red Deer on Monday Night. A volunteer in Red Deer took the bird and planned to take it the next day to  Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Spruce View. A further assessment showed the bird has an injured eye and possibly a head injury, indicative of a possible collision with a car.
    The couple says they plan to follow up in the next few days to learn about the bird’s condition.


Strankman to sit as independent in Legislature

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MLA for Drumheller Stettler Rick Strankman has announced he will sit as an independent MLA in the Legislature.
    In a letter dated January 15, he requests to Speaker of the Assembly, the Hon. Robert E Wanner, that he be seated immediately as an independent MLA.
    “Since the amalgamation of the Wildrose and the Progressive Conservative Parties, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that this is not including the grassroots principles of strong Conservative Albertan values,” he states.
    “The hyper-partisan self-centered politics we see at play again today in Alberta has side-stepped the direct grassroots representation of Albertans to a point where their best interests are being put behind unwritten party interests. That is simply not acceptable to the hard-working Albertans within the constituency that are urging me to sit as an independent member.”
    Strankman was elected in 2012 and 2015 as a Wildrose candidate. He ran for the UCP nomination but was unsuccessful. He stated sitting as an independent removes him from the current undemocratic atmosphere that is being fostered.
    “At this time I will continue to carry out my duties as elected, and also focus my efforts on Economic Development as well as Property Rights entrenchment within the diverse constituency of Drumheller Stettler and Alberta.

Four facing firearms charges after RCMP raid home

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Four people were arrested and are facing firearms charges after RCMP executed a search warrant Tuesday morning in upper Newcastle.

Corporal Gerald Sherk tells the Mail that between 7:30 and 8 a.m., January 15, RCMP executed a search warrant on a home in the 1400 block of 4th Avenue South West. They were assisted by an Emergency Response Team from Airdrie with a canine unit. A drone was used to monitor the situation.

“We had the Emergency Response Team and negotiator help us out this morning just because we are dealing with firearms, we wanted to take extra caution,” said Sherk.

“Sometimes they will use things (like drones) or people in high points just to get a good idea on who is moving around the residence so when they approach they have a good idea what is going on and the lay of the property.”

Police remained on scene continuing their search of the property into Tuesday afternoon.

“Our investigation is still underway,” said Sherk.”There are going to be several charges coming out of this. There are four people in custody.”

He adds that some of the suspects are known to police.


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