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Police stats show decrease in late night crimes in Ponoka

Police stats show decrease in late night crimes in Ponoka (Jan. 1) – Some information is finally emerging with regard to the impact of the implementation of last year’s most controversial piece of municipal legislation in Ponoka.

Federal government provides $2.89m for crime prevention in Maskwacis (Jan. 8) – Government of Canada has announced that it is to provide some $2.9m for the implementation of “Maskwacis Youth Initiative”, a five-year U.S-inspired crime prevention program in the Maskwacis First Nation communities, in an effort to reduce gang violence and persuade youth not to get involved with criminal activities.

Teammate lovingly remembered after vehicle crash (Jan. 15) – The Ponoka Stampeders are feeling the loss of a teammate and friend after 19-year-old Damian Pannenbecker was killed in a fatal crash near Olds, Jan. 6.

Ponoka town council fires CAO by unanimous vote – (Jan. 22) – After a unanimous decision, Ponoka town council has dismissed CAO Brad Watson after more than six years in his position as town manager.

County-based medical marijuana appeal denied (Jan. 29) – The land use appeal of Canruderal Inc., a commercial medical marijuana operation hoping to set up shop in Ponoka County, was once again denied, this time by the county’s appeal board.

Town council seeks ways to improve staffing structure, open up to community (Jan. 29) – For the first time in many years, town council opened the doors to its Committee of the Whole meeting.

Whistler trip brings potential for development in Ponoka (Feb. 5) – A trip to Whistler has councillors excited about the future for Ponoka.

Water fee profits benefit town’s capital budget (Feb. 12) – An increase to water rates has some residents questioning whether the raise is justified.

Residents allowed opportunity to speak with town council (Feb. 19) – Town residents will now have the opportunity to speak up during a regular town council meeting.

Red Deer RCMP charge Ponoka men in armed robbery (Feb. 26) – Police responded to 41 calls last week, which included a fatal rollover and assisting Red Deer RCMP with an armed robbery investigation.

Farmers furious with new ag bill (March 12) – A dozen farmers and agricultural workers

from Ponoka and Wetaskiwin counties gathered to express their disgust with the proposed Bill C-18, as well as learn more about the bill, during a presentation at the United Church, March 6.

Report shows little life left in North Bridge (March 19) – There are only two years of life left in the North Bridge.

Public-sector workers protest in front of Town Hall (March 26) – Public-sector employees took to the streets across Alberta during the noon hour of March 20 to protest pension cuts proposed by the Alberta government.

Low turnout at public meeting to debate liquor sales (April 2) – It took council six months to propose a bylaw to repeal the current business hours bylaw, which restricts the hours when liquor can be sold.

Liquor sales bylaw repealed after brief discussion (April 16) – It took only 10 minutes for town council to repeal the contentious business hours bylaw that restricts liquor sales in Ponoka.

Motorcyclist evades police, then runs out of gas (April 23) – Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were able to catch a speeding motorcyclist last week after he ran out of gas.

Chuckwagon tarp auction reaches new heights (May 7) – A furious back and forth bidding war between Rusway Construction and Pidherney’s Oilfield Construction caused quite a commotion last weekend at the Stagecoach Saloon during this year’s tarp auction in the run-up to the Stampede excitement.

Education report draws fire from teachers’ union (May 14) – The impending release of the curriculum change in Alberta brings with it some uncertainty, especially for teachers, and a new report makes bold recommendations on how that teaching will look. But not everybody likes what they see.

Drunk steals RCMP cruiser then crashes with minor injuries (May 14) – Police had to move quickly last week after a drunken man stole a police cruiser and tried to evade capture by travelling at speeds in excess of 200 km/h.

Ponoka children behind in early development (May 21) – Children in Ponoka are falling behind the curve when it comes to their early childhood development.

Councillors outline strategic plan for the Town of Ponoka (May 28) – Town councillors and administration have set the course for the Town of Ponoka for the next four years with a strategic planning document.

Concerns continue with Teaching Excellence report (June 4) – A report containing 25 recommendations to improve Alberta’s education was released last month, and Albertans are still giving feedback on a number of issues, including teacher evaluations, parent involvement, and perceived threats to principals positions.

Council authorizes refund to 38 Street residents (June 4) – Town council has decided to refund $74,000 to 38 Street residents over local improvement overcharges.

First Nations seek equal health care for special needs children (June 18) – Federal and provincial governments appear to be at a standoff over who should pay for the healthcare of First Nations children with severe special needs.

Snow removal costs reach new heights (June 18) – Operating costs for snow removal have already exceeded the Town of Ponoka’s budgeted $96,000.

Town considers behaviour bylaw changes (June 25) – Town councillors are considering the benefits of large fines under proposed behaviour bylaw that passed first reading in March.

To be continued in the Jan. 7, 2015 edition.


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