RCMP Investigating Crash...
Authorities in the area are continuing with their investigation into a two-vehicle collision on the ALPAC connector road.
Police reports indicate the collision happened yesterday morning between a van and a logging truck, just south of the mill.
Police say that the passenger of the van was air-lifted, and the van driver was transported by ground ambulance to hospital.
The logging truck driver was not injured.
Police are determining road conditions as a factor in the crash.
The ALPAC Road was closed for the bulk of the morning.
TelusWise Program Teaches Everyone
They advise the public on the ever-changing world of technology.
Telus is continuing to educate the public, especially parents and teachers, on the issues of safety, when it comes to the use of the Internet and smartphones, especially by children.
The program is called TelusWise, and it presents answers to the many questions that adults have on keeping their kids safe while on-line.
Andy Depner is a Field Support Manager in the region with Telus.
He says the world of technology is changing at a rapid rate.
With seminars and on-line resources available, Depner says that using these, and communicating with children are the keys to being safe.
BREAKING NEWS (9:15am)
Reports of Accidents...
Authorities are still reminding motorists take some extra time to get to and from your destination today.
The Radio Station has received phone calls regarding Vehicle accidents along the ALPAC Connector Road.
Reports are the accident has reduced the road down to one lane.
Crews are continuing to clear the snow from the roads in and around the Athabasca Area.
Athabasca Digging Out
The second step of a three-step winter process is now complete.
Athabasca is continuing to dig out of 10-15 centimeters of snow that fell on the region yesterday.
The snow follows the small amount of Freezing Rain that was given on the weekend.
511 Alberta says the roads are in better shape than they were at this time yesterday, however caution is still needed to be taken into consideration on the commute to and from your destination today.
The third step of this winter blast is expected to stick around for the rest of the week, and that is the cold air.
Environment Canada says that the coldest days of the week are expected to start tomorrow and last until Friday.
RCMP Have Two in Custody
Athabasca RCMP have two people in custody following the recovering of two stolen vehicles.
Reports indicate that late Friday evening, Police were advised that a stolen vehicle was travelling west on Highway 55 towards town.
Police say numerous attempts were made to stop the vehicle, which was carrying an ATV, that was stolen in a seperate incident, earlier that morning.
The truck ended up in a field, southeast of town, where the driver drove into a ditch, after striking a police vehicle.
The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was arrested.
A further search found property stolen from a third location within the past two days.
Police also have a 30 year-old Edmonton man facing charges after police recovered a truck, which they believe was stolen earlier that morning from the Days Inn.
Authorities also believe that the two incidents are related to one another.
Winter Hitting Region
We may not get as much as the rest of the province, but a blast of winter is expected to come to the region.
Environment Canada is continuing with a snowfall warning for the Athabasca area.
They say that snow, at times heavy, will fall on the area for the bulk of today.
Around 10 centimeters is expected, which is far less than other parts of Alberta is getting, in conjunction with this storm.
Strong winds are accompanying this batch of winter making visibility on the roads, a potential problem.
At this time, roads in and around Athabasca, Boyle and surrounding area are listed as being in fair winter driving conditions, with areas partially covered with snow and ice.
After this snow is finished, a blast of cold air is expected to sweep into the area.
The cold temperatures are likely to stick around for the rest of the week.
One in Custody Following Vehicle Theft
Athabasca RCMP have one person in custody following a report of a stolen vehicle.
Police say that late on Friday evening, they were notified of the vehicle having been stolen from the alley behind Cheap Seats Sporting Goods.
The vehicle, belonging to an employee of Cheap Seats, was recovered a few minutes later in a snow bank near EPC.
A 34 year-old man was located nearby and charges have been laid, relating to the theft.
Authorities are reminding the public to not leave vehicles running and unlocked, and to remove all valuables, when they are parked.
MoonLight Madness Today...
Let the Christmas shopping season begin...
Moonlight Madness takes place today in Athabasca.
Most of the shops around town will be open late tonight.
A parade will be taking place at 6:30 tonight, along with the tree light-up and fireworks.
94.1 The River will be live on location,. starting at 3:00 this afternoon, as Moonlight Madness continues...
Vehicle Reports Reported...
Authorities are still asking motorists to be careful on the road.
In a delegation to Athabasca County Council, Seargent Brian Scott of the Athabasca RCMP stated that between July 15th and October 31st, 170 Motor Vehicle Collisions took place.
Of those collisions, Scott says that between 40 and 45% of them were animal strikes.
Another alarming stat was Scott mentioning that in that same timeframe, 8 thefts of vehicles were reported.
Scott said that most took place with people leaving their keys in the vehicle.
Scott did say that speed is being enforced...
During the summer, He said that the top speeder was a motorcyclist caught doing 201 km/h on Highway 2, near Perryvale.
The guilty party received a $1,700 fine and a 30-day licence suspension.
Leak Posed No Safety Threat: Neuman
A Natural Gas leak has occured near Boyle.
Superintendant of Public Works Alex Neuman explains that a de-pressurization occured in the line, which was diverted to north of the Village.
The leak from the line, owned by TransCanada, posed no safety concerns, according to Neuman.
Neuman says his next step is to contact TransCanada, to get a full report.
The National Energy Board is also investigating.
AODC Wants Businesses
They are looking to succeed even more in the local business sector.
The Athabasca Opportunity Development Cooperative held an Open House at the Multiplex.
The idea was to get the word out on investing into regional business development.
Mike Gismondi is one of the leaders of the Co-op.
He says the event went well.
Gismondi says the Co-op gives the idea of investment for a new business, a business expansion, or a transition of an existing business.
One Arrested in Calling Lake...
Athabasca RCMP have one person in custody on a Canada-wide Warrant.
26 year-old Lindsie Bigstone was taken into custody on Sunday for Statutory Release Violations.
Police say Bigstone was arrested in Calling Lake
They were looking to gather input on Child and Family Services in rural communities.
The North-Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authoritiy held a Community Consultation at Turnabout Place to gather input on programs and services, the Authoritiy's Business Plan, and stakeholder's priorities.
Dr. David Rideout is the CEO of the Authority, based in Barrhead.
He says the needs are consistant, despite the wide area to cover.
Around 40 stakeholders attended the meeting.
Rochester Science Fair...
They were discovering their inner scientist.
Students at Rochester School held their 9th annual Science Fair in the Gym.
Around 30 entries were part of the fair.
Howard Ruttan is the organizer of the event.
He says the projects had a vast array of topics.
Ruttan says that the array of projects were as fascinating as previous years.
RCMP Requests Public's Help
Athabasca RCMP are requesting the public's help regarding theft from mail and possible identity theft.
Reports indicate that Police have received several complaints of people missing cheques, as well as bill and bank statements from their mail.
Police say that some cheques have been cashed by other parties.
Bank statements are often used to take out false accounts using the identity of others.
Police are asking residents to contact authorities if mail is missing or you suspect that your identity has been stolen.
Police also ask residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, like loitering around mailboxes, especially at night.
Any information or suspicious activity is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Bridge Construction Increasing on Hwy 63
Highway 63 is continuing its face-lift.
Construction is increasing at the new North Wandering River bridge crossing, just north of the hamlet.
The Alberta Government says that motorists are asked to watch for signs and flag persons warning of turning trucks and to slow down in construction zones.
Intermittent traffic delays will happen to allow trucks to pull into the existing worksite.
The bridge project, worth $3.2 million dollars, is part of the Highway 63 Twinning initiative.
The Government has fast-tracked the twinning project to be done by 2016.
Cherniwchan Honoured By AUMA
He's being recognized for his years on Town Council.
Lionel Cherniwchan was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award, by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
The Award was given at the Association's President's Dinner, the first event of its Annual Convention and Trade Show in Calgary.
It was given for 20 years or more of service on Municipal Council.
Snowfall Warning in Effect...
Call it the calm before the storm, and eventual melt.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Athabasca area.
They say that between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow could fall between now and the end of tomorrow.
After the snow starts tapering off, the cold temperatures are expected to be gone, and will go above zero, just in time for the weekend.
Family Fun Night @ Multiplex
They are taking an event and keeping it fresh.
National Addictions Awareness Week was this week, and a Family Fun Night was Organized at the Multiplex.
Various Activities like shooting rubberbands at a stack of pop cans, or balancing five dice on a popsicle stick in your mouth were two of a dozen different games one could play.
Debbie Hammond is part of the organizing committee.
She says the event is family oriented.
Door Prizes were also drawn for at the event.
RCMP Seize Property
RCMP have three people in custody following the execution of Search Warrants.
The Warrants were on two separate residences within the County of Athabasca.
Police found stolen property at both locations, which included stolen vehicles, firearms, narcotics, and explosives.
Authorities believe the vehicles were being striped down and parts were being interchanged between them.
Two men and a woman have charges pending
One man has already been charged resisting arrest, after trying to flee from police.
Police estimate the seizure to be worth around $120,000.
The investigation continues...
Science Fair Today
They could possibly be the next Albert Einstein, or Stephen Hawking.
Rochester School is hosting their annual Science Fair today.
The judges will be present from 10:00 until 2:00 in the gym.
Then, the public will get to see the students' projects from 2:00 until 3:00.
Admission is Free and everyone is welcome to attend.
"Funding is a Start": AU
They are saying it's not fixing the problem, but it is a first step.
Earlier this month, the Provincial Government announced an additional $50 million dollars going to Campus Alberta institutions.
Athabasca University says the money received would represent a 2 1/2% increase in to the University's Capital Grant, or just under $1 million dollars for the 2014 fiscal year.
Barry Walker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the University.
He says the additional money will be of assistance.
University President Dr. Frits Pannekoek says they will be working more with the Alberta government on long-term, stable funding to ensure that continued enrollment growth pressures are addressed.
Winter Driving is Here...
The snow hit and the temperatures dropped significantly this past weekend, which means winter is here.
Authorities in the area are reminding motorists to be ready for driving this winter.
Corporal John Spaans with the RCMP in Boyle says everyone has to look out for one another.
The RCMP, all over the province, were reporting a number of collisions this past weekend, due to the weather.
Village Council Meeting...
The Village of Boyle is in preparation mode for the upcoming winter months.
At their recent Council Meeting, Seargent Kevin McGillivray and Corporal John Spaans of the Boyle RCMP presented a quarterly report.
Seargent McGillivray stated that there has been an increase in Impaired cases through the quarter, however the Year-to-date cases are about even.
Criminal code Cases are also even in Year-to-date stats, according to the Seargent.
The Seargent does state that Collision Cases are up from at this time last year, including 10 fatality incidents.
Elsewhere in the meeting, Superintendant of Public Works Alex Neumann stated in his report that the Water Line Break that happened on second street is repaired.
Neumann said that the line had to be re-bedded properly because of unstable ground.
Also, one faulty Hydrant has been repaired and is now back in service.
And most of the potholes in the Village have been repaired.
PRAAC Candlelight Vigil...
They are making aware of a serious problem.
The Athabasca and Area Prevention of Relationship Abuse Action Committee held their annual Candlelight Vigil at the United Church.
It's an event to bring to light family violence, as part of Family Violence Month.
Brenda is the coordinator of the event.
She says they event was changed a little.
Around 30 to 40 people attended the event.
BREAKING NEWS (12:00pm)
Freezing Rain Warning in Effect...
Environment Canada has issued a Freezing Rain Warning for the Athabasca Area.
Environment Canada says a broken band of showers is making its way across Central and Northern Alberta.
With temperatures being above zero and some ground surfaces being near or below zero, rain is freezing on exposed surfaces.
Environment Canada says the threat of freezing rain should end later this afternoon as colder air moves in from the north.
They say at that time, showers will change over to snow.
National Down's Syndrome Awareness Week...
National Down's Syndrome Awareness Week has come and gone for 2013, and Athabasca did its part.
Buddy Walks took place at Whispering Hills Primary School and at Landing Trail Intermediate School for the fourth successive year.
Darlene Birton of the Blue Genes Foundation in Athabasca says the school support is present.
Birton says that next year's fifth anniversary is already in the works.
Rig Driver Faces Court Appearance
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A 54-year old Edmonton truck driver is facing impaired driving charges following a couple of incidents on Highway 63 over the weekend.
RCMP say one of their officers had been heading northbound with its lights flashing when an oncoming semi tried passing other vehicles, forcing the cruiser to head for the ditch..
Not long afterwards, the semi apparently slid through a stop sign at the Atmore Junction and collided with another rig.
No one was hurt, but the driver in question is due in court on Christmas Eve.
Town Council Meeting...
The First meeting of the new Town Council in Athabasca has been completed.
One bylaw was passed, which was Bylaw 9-13.
The bylaw was to rezone the land at 4902 50th Avenue from C-1 Primary Commercial to C-2 General Commercial.
Town Council is also trying to improve operations.
The Town has brought forward a proposal to bring timelines for the yearly budget.
Council is hoping to bring in similar timelines to the County, where the budget is finalized at the beginning of the calendar year.
The Athabasca Heritage Society has been granted permission to place a heritage sign at the West Athabasca School.
The school is located at 4704 48th street.
Similar signs are found all around town at places like Falconer House, The United Church, and the Brick School, to name a few.
Town Council has also directed administration to chat with the Lion's Club about the operation of the Old Athabasca Campground, across the river.
The Campground was closed a few months ago for various concerns.
BREAKING NEWS (10:30am)
Highways Slow Going...
The snow has caused havoc on the Highways.
Reports have come into the radio station regarding Highway conditions being slick today.
Numerous accidents have been reported on area roadways and speed has been reduced because of snow-covered roads.
Authorities are reminding motorists to be careful and take extra time to get to and from your destination today.
Snow Hits Region...
Winter has arrived...
Mother Nature dumped between five and ten centimetres of snow on the Athabasca Region last night.
That means the area roads are slick for today's commute.
511 Alberta are reporting that roads in and around Athabasca are partially covered with snow and ice.
Meanwhile, Highway 63 around Boyle and Grassland are listed as snow covered.
Despite the snow on the roads, busses in the Aspenview School Division are running today.
Authorities are reminding motorists to take extra caution when getting to and from your destination today.
RCMP Looking for Help...
Athabasca RCMP are asking for the public's help in solving a case of theft.
Police reports indicate that sometime last Saturday morning, a 2006 dark blue Ford F350 truck was stolen from the parking lot of the UFA Bulk Fuel Station.
Police are trying to find the person or people responsible.
Any information is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Power Outage Tuesday Night...
An accident involving a logging truck and a power pole resulted in about 1,500 customers searching for flashlights at home.
Power was knocked out to Muskeg Creek, Athabasca University, the Multiplex, as well as some customers in Island Lake, Baptiste Lake, and Forfar, after the truck hit the pole on 50th Avenue near the Shell Station and the Athabasca Native Friendship Center.
Fortis Alberta say the lights went out at around 5:45, for just over two hours.
Fortis says that replacing the pole will likely take place next week, but service will not be disrupted.
No injuries occured in the accident.
Boyle RCMP Busy...
Boyle RCMP have had a busy last couple of weeks, responding to 112 calls.
Last Friday evening, police were called to a break-in, that occured at the Boyle Waste Transfer Site.
Used vehicle batteries and tires were reported stolen.
Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Boyle RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Police also responded to three impaired incidents in less than 24 hours.
Last Friday night, police stopped a car for a vehicle equipment violation.
When stopped, Police detected an odour of alcohol, and attempted to conduct a roadside soberity test.
The man refused and was arrested.
The 69 year-old from Boyle is scheduled in court later this month.
Early Saturday morning, a vehicle was stopped on Highway 63, near the south entrance to the Village.
The male driver was found to be unlicensed, and on probation that required him to not drink liquor.
But he was found to be consuming alcohol, and subsequently failed a roadside test.
The 21 year-old from Buffalo Lake was found to have a blood-alcohol of over twice the legal limit.
He is scheduled in court later this month.
On Saturday night, a vehicle was stopped on 3rd street for driving in the angle parking lanes.
The male driver was found to be suspended, with no insurance or registration.
He also failed a roadside test and was arrested.
The 60 year-old from Athabasca County was found to have a blood-alcohol of over twice the legal limit.
He is scheduled in court later this month.
Fatal Highway 63 Accident...
Boyle RCMP were busy piecing together what happened last night on Highway 63.
A two-vehicle collision happened, just north of the Highway 55 junction.
Reports indicate an eastbound pick-up truck came onto the Highway and struck a southbound semi, that was carrying sulphur.
The lone occupant of the pick-up was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the semi was not hurt.
The Sulphur did not spill in the accident.
Traffic was re-routed for several hours, while the invesigation was underway.
Weather has been rulled out as a factor in the crash, no names have been released.
One in Custody after Theft of "Poppy Box"
Athabasca RCMP have one person in custody after a complaint of theft was received.
Reports indicate that sometime yesterday, Police were called to the Husky Gas Bar, because the "Poppy Box" had been stolen.
With the help of video surveillance, police identified the female suspect and was arrested.
Chantel Lynn Trembley has been charged with theft under $5,000.
She is due in Athabasca Court next month.
National Down's Syndrome Awareness Week...
They are making aware of a rather common disability.
National Down's Syndrome Awareness Week is this week.
Here in Athabasca, the Blue Genes Society is marking the week with Buddy Walks in two locations.
Darlene Birton of the Society says the schools, where the walks are taking place, are on board.
Last Friday, hundreds of people turned out for the Buddy Walk at Whispering Hills Primary School.
Another Buddy Walk takes place at Landing Trail Intermediate School on Thursday.
Water Monitoring in Effect...
Alberta Government responders are keeping an eye on the Athabasca River.
This after a sediment was released into the River from a decommissioned mine near Hinton.
The sediment, released from an on-site storage pond, contains high levels of suspended solids, like clay and organic matter.
Officials say that infrastructure, such as pipelines, power lines, major roads and bridges, has not been impacted.
Government staff are continuing to monitor the situation, with regular water sampling.
Results are shared with Alberta Health Services and other agencies, and will be made public as soon as possible.
As a result, the Aspen Regional Water Services Commission has closed the intake from the Athabasca River until the matter passes.
The Water Commission has a storage cell on site with capacity up to 30 days, therefore no change in water quality or safety provided is expected to consumers in the area.
Meanwhile, local officials, including the Water Commission, the Town and County of Athabasca are continuing to monitor the situation.
Pacers Finished at 8-1
The Athabasca Pacers will finish the 2013 football season at 8-1.
The Pacers lost 34-20 in Bonnyville on Saturday afternoon in the Consulation Cup Final.
Meanwhile, St. Paul successfully repeated as Wheatland Champs, thanks to a 47-17 win over Holy Rosary.
Football Alberta Playoffs begin next week.
Four teams from the Wheatland League will be playing.
St. Paul, Cold Lake, and the two Lloydminster teams will be there.