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April 11th
Boyle RCMP Arrest One Man

Boyle RCMP have a 40 year-old in custody, following the execution of a search warrent.

Police say that approximately $200,000 worth of stolen goods, was recovered at a property, east of Boyle on Wednesday.

Some of items seized during the execution of the warrent include a travel trailer, skid steer, side by side, flat deck trailers, vehicles, plus other items.

Police believe the vehicles were stolen from various locales in northern Alberta, including Lac La Biche, Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Cold Lake.

Charges are pending against the 40 year-old.

They are expected to be laid at the conclusion of the investigation.

RCMP Seeking Public's Help...

Athabasca RCMP are looking to the public for help in solving a case of theft.

Reports indicate that on, or around  Monday, a mid-size sedan was stolen from a dealership in town.

The public's help is required.

Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

April 10th
Allergy Season Has Hit...

The snow is melting, spring is in the air, and allergies are hitting hard.

With the snow melting, the dust, pollen, and snow mold are being uncovered.

That means a case of the sneezes and sniffles may be on the horizon, if they haven't hit already.

Dr. Kathryn Koliaska is a senior medical officer of health for the north zone of Alberta Health Services.

She says the severity of the symptoms will depend on how you treat them.

Dr. Koliaska says the nieve factor of the patient also plays into effect on how severe the symptoms are.

April 9th
County Council Meeting...

The County of Athabasca has a position to fill.

At the beginning of the meeting, Council went in camera, and when they came out, it was learned that CAO Gary Buchanan was revoked from his position.

The County has appointed Director of Corporate Services Brian Pysyk as the interim CAO, until a replacement can be found.


County Council has chosen Integrated Airport System LTD as the tendor for lights at the Athabasca Airport.

The Airport has been labelled as as Code 3 Airport, based on use.

The Precision Approach Path Indicator Lighting System will be installed, as per Canadian standards.


The County has officially received their Federal Gas Tax Grant.

Over $420,000 has been earmarked for the County from Alberta Transportation.

The funds have been allocation to cover part of the costs for the paving project on First Avenue and the Cul-de-Sac in Wandering River.

April 8th
Drug Bust, North Of Wandering River

Boyle RCMP have one person in custody after a traffic stop, north of Wandering River.

Reports indicate that on the afternoon of March 27th, a large quantity of drugs was seized during the traffic stop on Highway 63 at Kilometre 70.

The stop was made because the registered owner had outstanding warrents.

A total of 432 grams of power cocaine, 125 grams of rock cocaine, and 20 grams of marijuana were seized

A 29 year-old man from Calgary is facing trafficking and possession charges.

He has been released on bail, to appear in Boyle Court later this month.

The cocaine seized has a street value of approximately $45,000.

April 7th
RCMP Seeking Public's Help

Athabasca RCMP are looking for the public's help in solving a couple of cases of Break and Enter.

Police reports indicate that early on Friday morning, both the Colinton Bowling Alley and the Post Office were broken into.

Police are asking for any information on these cases.

Any information is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

April 4th
Athabasca to be Re-Constructed

The town of Athabasca will be under construction this summer.

Gas Mains will be replaced throughout town.

The project will be in four phases, as construction will take place around EPC, in the East section of the downtown, in the West section of the downtown, and the west end will all have their Gas Mainlines replaced.

A similar project took place on the East Hill last year.

Notice will be given by AltaGas, the main company behind the project.

Some impacts will be happening to service in town.

The construction will be taking place, starting in May and continuing through October.

April 3rd
County Receiving Grants...

The County of Athabasca is receiving financial support for their Intern Program.

The provincial Municipal Affairs Department has granted support for the Internship Program for Administrators.

$24,000 in grant money will be supplied to help cover costs of supporting the current intern, who is Lynsey Race, for a second year.

As a condition of the grant, the County will enter into a conditional grant agreement with the province.


The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties is asking the Province to amend the Alberta Safety Code.

The Amendment would be to recommend the installation of Automated External Defibrillators in public facilities and schools.

Community Halls have been legislated to have these defibrillators on site.

April 2nd
RCMP & OHS Investigating Death

Authorities in the Boyle region are continuing their investigation into a death on the work site, north of Wandering River.

Reports indicate that on Monday morning, Police were alerted of a missing employee, at Kilometre 98 on Highway 63.

With help from the police dog service, the missing employee's body was found a short distance away.

It is said that the 37 year-old was working on Highway Construction.

While the death is not considered suspicious, Occupational Health and Safety has been called in to investigate.

It is believed the weather played a role in the incident, as the temperature was -25 with the wind chill at the time.

Names of the deceased and the company are being withheld.

April 1st
RCMP Seeks Public's Help

Athabasca RCMP are looking to the public for help in solving a case of theft.

Police say that on or around March 23rd, several vehicles in the Athabasca area had their tires stolen.

The public's help is required.

Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Two Wabasca Teachers Recognized

***Courtesy Newcap News Network***

Two teachers in Wabasca are being rewarded for their work.

Robert Rowland of St. Theresa School and Judy Meyer of Mistassiniy School in the Wabasca-Desmarais area, have been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award by the province of Alberta.

The Northland School Division says that Rowland was nominated for his unique approach to teaching.

His use of music to help children learn and how he interacts with his students, gave him the nomination.

Meanwhile, Meyer received her recognition for her ability to engage students and help them achieve success.

Meyer is also being recognized for work with extra-curricular activities.

Finalists will be announced later this month.

March 31st
MOU Signed for New EPC

The steps have been taken, now the work can begin.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been entered into the picture in the proposal for the new Edwin Parr Composite High School.

Brian LeMessurier (Le-Measure) is the Superintendant of the Aspenview School Division.

He explains that the document is an entitlement.

No opening date has been finalized for the new school, as of yet.

March 28th
RCMP Says Beware of Phone Scam

Athabasca RCMP is warning the public about a current telephone scam.

Police say that a caller will phone the residence and claim to be an investigator with the Canada Revenue agency.

The caller will identify themselves and provide a false investigator number

The caller would then demand that you pay your outstanding tax bill, or the RCMP will come to your residence and arrest you.

The caller would also ask that you obtain a "Government Certified Card", which is a prepaid Credit Card to pay the bill.

The caller does stress that you take immediate action before the police arrives and arrests you.

The RCMP says that this not the way the Tax Department or the RCMP conducts their business.

Authorities advise you to not fall for this trap and rush to pay your taxes in this manner.

March 27th
RCMP Seek Public's Help

Athabasca RCMP are looking for the public's help in solving a case of Break, Enter and Theft.

Police reports indicate that the Break-in occured sometime between last Sunday and last Tuesday, at a cabin, west of Perryvale.

Items reported stolen include a red Honda ATV, three wood stoves, a skinning knife and an air compressor and nailer.

Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

March 26th
Johnson Optimistic on Education Budget

News in and around the Legislature is now focused on the upcoming PC Leadership Race, but it is still business as usual, leading up to it.

Education Minister Jeff Johnson is still saying that funding for education is going in the right direction, despite the tough budget in 2013.

Johnson says money is being allocated all over the province.

The excitement is still in the air about the proposed new Pipeline Training Center that is being scheduled for the Boyle Campus of Portage College.

March 25th
Headliners Announced for River Rats

The 2014 Magnificiant River Rats Festivals is getting set for June 30th and July 1st, and the headliners have been announced.

Unwed Mothers, Tupelo Honey, and Big Sugar will be making their way to Athabasca for the festival.

Irene Fitzsimmons is with the organizing committee.

She says volunteers are needed for the Festival.

Fitzsimmons says the line-up for July 1st will be announced later.

Music Festival...

They put their musical talents on display.

The 41st annual Athabasca and District Music Festival took place this month.

The event culminated with the final concert at the Nancy Appleby Theatre.

Ida Edwards is the organizer of the event.

She says the festival was a success.

The festval is adjudicated, and there were a total of eight recommendations for performance at Provincials.

March 24th
Mavericks Play Athabasca

They were dancing in the aisles and having a great time.

About 600 people filed into the Fieldhouse at the Multiplex to see the Mavericks in Concert.

Robert Reynolds of the Mavericks says seeing everyone have a good time, is what it's all about.

In the meantime, Randy J Martin from Karizma Entertainment produced the show.

He says the band was great.

Whitney Rose, an up-and-coming country star from Eastern Canada was the opening act.

March 21st

One In Custody After Search Warrent

One person is in custody after authorities executed a search warrent.

Reports indicate that on Tuesday, the warrent was executed at a private residence in the County.

As a result, 49 year-old Robert Carlisle of Athabasca has been charged with possession of Crystal Meth, Marijuana for the puirpose of trafficking, and two counts of breach of recognizance.

Carlisle has been remanded in custody, and is scheduled in court in Athabasca on Monday.

March 21st
Town Council...

The Town of Athabasca is heading into Spring.

Town Council has passed a resolution allowing Athabasca Minor Ball to enhance the Ag. Diamond, across the River.

They've also allowed the installation of a C-can in the area, but Council says there will be no compensation for moving the diamond, if the bridge project on Highway 813 goes ahead.


The town is moving forward with the purchase of a grader.

The vehicle is a 2012 CAT 12M2 All-Wheel Drive with a snow gate.

The purchase is $245,000, including a 5-year warrenty and a guarenteed buyback at the end of the five years, if there is less than 4,000 operating hours.

The town averages just over 700 hours per year on its current grader.


The town will also be informing Alberta Transportation that the town will not pay the costs for a sidewalk over the proposed new bridge on Highway 813.

Athabasca Town Council has passed first and second readings to the Utility Rate Bylaw for 2014.

CAO Ryan Maier states that there would be a 5% increase in water rates, but no increase to sewer.

Maier says if passed, the rate adjustments wouldn't go ahead until July 1st.


Maier stated in his report that Outside Services has been busy dealing with water main breaks.

On at least four occasions, Outside Services were called out between the last week of February and the third week of March, to deal with repairs that were needed.

Outside Services were also dealing with the opening of storm drains, because of the recent warm spell and melting snow.


The town has also granted a letter of request for a "Fly-Past" over Athabasca on Canada Day.

The "Fly-Past" would be conducted by the Royal Canadian Air Force from CFB Cold Lake.

March 20th
Village Council Meeting...

The Village of Boyle is preparing for Spring

At last night's Council meeting, Superintendant of Public Works, Alex Neuman stated in his report that one Fire Engine is in need of replacement.

Neuman and CAO Charley Ashbey both say that a new fire engine has been passed on to budget deliberations.

For now, the electrician has been called in for repairs, but Neuman says there may be problems ahead, still.


Neuman also stated that road repairs will start, once the weather starts cooperating.

Crack filling, cold mix patching and line painting will be taking place in the spring months.


The Village is also receiving Grant Money from the Provincial Government's Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

In all, over $390,000 will be received, as the Village earmarks the money towards four main projects:

- The Bulk Water Station Payment System Upgrade,

- Curb and Gutter Replacement,

- A Wastewater Macerator Purchase, and

- Storm Water Replacement

The money qualifies under the MSI capital funding guidelines.

March 19th
NADC Meets in Athabasca

It is the first time the event has been hosted in Athabasca.

The Northern Alberta Development Council held their annual meeting at the fieldhouse at the Multiplex.

Municipal, Regional and First Nations leaders assembled to discuss the current and future growth of Northern Alberta.

Athabasca-Redwater MLA Jeff Johnson syas that it's an opportunity to showcase Athabasca.

The meetings were part of a busy day for Johnson, as he and Premier Alison Redford visited Boyle to discuss the potential Pipeline Training Center.

March 18th
AEC Info Session...

They educated the community on their current activities and initiatives.

The Alberta Energy Corridor hosted a Stakeholder Industry Information event at the Boyle Community Center.

The event was a showcase of several industry players who are working in the region and beyond.

Angela Betts is the Executive Director of the Alberta Energy Corridor.

She says everyone from speakers to companies present were a good mix at the show.

Betts refered to the event as like a reverse trade show, and an expansion of the Mayor's breakfasts that were presented in the past.

March 17th
Accident on Hwy 63...

Boyle RCMP have advised  of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 63, at Kilometre 90, north of Wandering River.

Police now say that one northbound lane has been re-opened, but another has been closed, due to the collision.

Reports indicate that roads are ice covered and slippery.

Authorities are reminding motorists to reduce your speed, and drive to the current road conditions.

Photo Courtesy Boyle RCMP:

Premier Redford in Athabasca...

She was in the area to find about the proceedings of two major development possibilities.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford stopped by Athabasca and Boyle to partake in the Leadership Summit for the Northern Alberta Development Council.

She was also in Boyle to take part in meetings with the Village and Portage College, regarding the proposed new Pipeline Training Center.

Redford comments that Northern Alberta is thriving right now, and in the future.

Redford points out that Canada's economic jewel is the province of Alberta.

March 14th
RCMP Seeking Public's Help...

Athabasca RCMP are looking to the public for help in solving a case of theft.

Police say that on Monday night,, rims were stolen off of a vehicle parked at Koch Ford.

Police also say a red, older model Mustang was seen leaving the area at that time.

Reports say that there were at least two men in the Mustang.

The public's help is required.

Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Highway 63 Re-opened...

Highway 63 from Grassland to Fort McMurray were still in bad shape this morning.

Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray RCMP were reporting freezing rain and snow were falling in the area last night, making the roads trecherous and impassable.

The Police did close Highway 63 from Grassland to Fort McMurray, and Highway 881 from Kilometre 150 to Fort McMurray.

Police are saying that travel was not recommended on those roadways.

Police re-opened the road at around 6:30 this morning..

County Councillor Re-Instated...

Athabasca County Council has voted to return one of their councillors to full duties.

Councillor Jack Dowhaluk was suspended, but the decision to reinstate him was made, after discrepancies in timesheets and minutes taken at various committee and commission meetings, were found to be inconclusive and of insufficient quantity.

The County says that while those discrepancies are still present, they were found to not have enough warrent for the suspension to continue.

Dowhaluk was reinstated yesterday by the county, to continue his duties as Councillor, representing the ALPAC and Wandering River areas.

March 13th
County Receives Awards...

It is a big project, that has received recognition.

The Design Build Project team of Graham Construction, Stantec Consulting, Pidherney's Trucking and Athabasca County were awarded with two awards:

the Showcase Award of Excellence from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta;

and the Project of the Year Award from the Alberta Public Works Association.

The awards was as a result of the building of the 88 kilometres of pipeline, supplying water to Grassland and Wandering River.

The existing waterline, from Athabasca to Boyle, was extended to Grassland in 2011, further extending to Wandering River by the Summer of 2012.

Athabasca County says the project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

County Council Meeting...

The County of Athabasca is wanting more input and final recommendations, regarding the alignment project of Highway 63, near Boyle.

Council has passed a resolution to have the consulting firm present them with final recommendations on the project.

The recommendatations would also come with input from the Provincial Government.


The County of Athabasca is receiving funding from the Provincial Government.

Over $420,000 is coming from Alberta Transportation, for the Municpal Infrastructure Grant Program.

The Grant represents approved grant allocation for the Federal Gas Tax Fund for 2013.


The County has passed a by-law, establishing the purpose of rural addressing, within the County.

The By-law states that all parcels of land supporting structures and having primary access to developed roads, will be assigned an address by the County, and will be posted.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the By-law are subject to fines.

March 12th
RCMP Seeking Help From Public

Athabasca RCMP are looking to the public for help in solving a case of Break and Enter.

Reports are indicating that on or around Saturday, a residence, south of town was broken into and several items were lifted.

Any information on this case is to be forwarded to Athabasca RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Music Festival Starts Today

They are bringing their musical talents to the stage.

The 41st annual Athabasca and District Music Festival gets underway today.

Sessions start at 9:00 this morning at the Nancy Appleby Theatre and will continue until next week.

Sessions will be taking place at the Theatre, Whispering Hills Primary School, and Pleasent Valley Lodge.

Programs for the festival are available from members of the Festival Committee.

The Final Concert is scheduled for next Thursday night at the Theatre.

March 11th
Harlem Crowns in Town

They are having fun, playing some hoops and entertaining the crowd.

The Harlem Crowns Basketball team brought their unique and comedic brand of Basketball to the Gym at EPC in Athabasca.

The show was put on to an overflow crowd at the High School.

Herbert Scaife Jr is one of the Crowns' players.

He says the idea of the show is simple.

Scaife says the Crowns have been entertaining for over 40 years.

Truck Rollover at the New Interchange Construction Site

Paul McCartney!

Power Transformer Exploding from Hurrican Sandy

Felix Baumgartner's Jump
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