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March 0

- Alberta taxpayers were spared the cost and frustration of a second trial in the Bentley Hotel murder case. The provincial Court of Appeal found that while the trial judge had erred in law it did not constitute a miscarriage of justice and the appeal for a new trial for Walter Anderson, was turned down.

Anderson, 41, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the Sept. 17, 2004, stabbing death of Kenneth Gibson. Gibson was well-loved in Bentley.

- Lacombe dispatchers officially signed off the air, sending out a final page to the ambulance service and fire departments before the City of Red Deer took up the reins.

And while the first dispatch from Red Deer- for a fire call in Lacombe the same day services switched over -went off without a hitch, the transition wasn't without mixed emotion, with dispatchers calling it a "bittersweet day."

- Lacombe-based humanitarian group, A Better World (ABW), expanded their aid into Myanmar, after teamingup with Red Deer's Dr. Ray Comeau, and his wife, Deryl, a registered nurse, from Medical Mercy Canada (MMC).

The Comeaus and other volunteers with A Better World travelled to help Burmese refugees in Zokhawthar, a village bordering Myanmar and India.

"We have been working for three years on building a new medical facility in the village," said Dr. Comeau in an interview from the Thai/Burma border. "We realized that if we were going to do it right we needed help. Help did come to us in the form of A Better World. They could provide the knowledge and expertise to actually build the health center.

"A Better World has completed many successful projects all over the world," Comeau added. "These include schools, health centers and orphanages. They have a team of impressive professionals who volunteer their time and energy to help the developing world. We could provide the medical expertise but we needed them to make the project work."

- The Townf of Blackfalds recieved official word that there will be a new RCMP detachment built in town.

Ever since the town entered into discussions of bringing RCMP to town, Mayor Melodie Stol maintained it was not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

And with official word from the Solicitor General the plan continued to move forward, with the hope that the ground breaking on the new RCMP building will begin sooner rather than later.

"We're very excited to be moving forward," said Stol. "We take possession of the land April 1 and we've already got some design ideas on the go. It's a move that's going to beneficial for all parties.

Council acquired about 15 acres Crystal Poultry Farm for the site of the protective services buildings, using funds that were allocated for the project combined with some from the police reserve.

Municipal policing is required for all Alberta communities with populations surpassing 5,000.


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