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Rural Mental Health Network invites Humbolt Bronco to speak


The Rural Mental Health Network is presenting a second speaker with an impactful message to area residents.
On Thursday, February 9, Humbolt Bronco survivor Tyler Smith will be speaking at Kaleidoscope Theatre. This follows up on last week’s speaker Tom Watson.
“April 6, 2018, was a day that my life changed forever physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Smith in a bio about the tragic crash. “But I never understood mental health and chose to neglect what was going on in my mind. The physical recovery took precedence and that caused me to suffer mentally and emotionally.”
He runs his company “Not Alone Co” which bills itself as a Mental Health Awareness Community. This includes his speaking engagements, a blog, and a clothing line that focuses on the message that you are “Not Alone” and “It’s okay to not be okay”.
“Now almost four years since the accident, I am still making steps in my healing journey and have found that speaking about my story and journey has allowed myself to heal while hopefully helping others do the same,” he said. “The power of a story, the power of a new perspective, and the power of a conversation, I used to take all of these for granted, but not anymore.”
Along with his organization at, he also hosts a podcast called “Speak Your Mind” with NHL player Riley Sheahan, where they interview guests from the world of sports, entertainment and beyond on their experiences with mental health aiming to help people feel more comfortable with the topic and spread awareness for mental health.
Diana Rowe of the Rural Mental Mental Health Network says his messaging is around removing stigma, seeking help when you need it, and fostering a supportive community where we check up on others around us.
Smith will be appearing at Kaleidoscope Theatre on February 9 at 7 p.m.

Three Hills, Stettler RCMP investigate robbery, break ins

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Three Hills and Stettler RCMP are actively looking for an individual breaking into homes.
On Monday, February 6 at 8:09 a.m. Three Hills RCMP received a report of a break in and robbery to a home on Range Road 235 in Kneehill County. When the homeowner confronted the suspect, the suspect held a small knife to the homeowner and fled.
The homeowner received a minor cut as a result of the confrontation.
On February 6 at 9:50 a.m. Stettler RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a home on Highway 56 in Stettler County. The homeowner observed a suspect on their video surveillance cameras breaking into their home. The suspect stole items from the victim’s garage and fled the area.
RCMP believe these two offences have been committed by the same individual and are asking for the public’s assistance.
The suspect is described as
-Fair or medium complexion
-Middle aged, possibly in his 40s
-Grey hair
-Wearing a grey blue puffer jacket
The vehicle the suspect is driving is described as an older model single cab pickup truck, red in colour.
As these offences just occurred, officers are actively looking for the suspect and vehicle. RCMP are asking for the public's assistance.
If you have any information about this crime or those responsible, please contact the Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3381 or the Three Hills RCMP at 403-443-5538 and encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity.
Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Kneehill, Starland County pass Intermunicipal Development Plan


Councils in both Kneehill and Starland County passed an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) which will allow for the two municipalities, which share a common border, to have better collaboration in planning for development along this shared border.
Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA), an IDP is required for all municipalities which share a common border to foster collaborative planning between municipalities. Previously, both Starland and Kneehill County agreed to be exempt, but determined upon further reflection there were some benefits to adopting an IDP.
Starland County adopted the IDP on December 14 following a public hearing as its council had no concerns with the presented document, and any feedback received during the public hearing was dealt with during the meeting; Kneehill County also held a public hearing on December 13, however it was noted there were some concerns.
“We know, because of the process Starland County used, which was to approve all of the readings, that kind of leaves us in a place where the concern we had will not be addressed,” stated Deputy Reeve Ken King during the regular Tuesday, January 24 Kneehill County council meeting.
Planning and Development manager Barb Hazelton noted, while she is aware of concerns over wording within a particular section of the IDP pertaining to resource extraction and renewable energy development, this section is superseded by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), which is outside the IDP. Ms. Hazelton explained changing the wording in this section would not change anything in this regard.
She also noted, although there are residential properties along the shared border, the majority of land along this border is Crown land and there will be very little opportunity to develop on these lands.
Although council had some concerns, it was noted the IDP “will allow both parties to come to the table when different development comes together” and allow Starland and Kneehill to have discussions at that point.
Despite these concerns, Deputy Reeve Ken King stated he was prepared to move forward with the process, but wanted to ensure council members had had the opportunity to express any concerns prior to passing the IDP.
Kneehill County council unanimously passed second and third reading and adopted the IDP as presented.


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