July 31st, 2021



  • Subaru Crosstrek a fantastic crossover

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com l Beeber Lethbridge Herald abeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Since it was first introduced, the Subaru Crosstrek has been one of my favourite small crossovers. And for 2021, this popular choice among buyers and reviewers is even better. The Crosstrek, in Subaru-speak, has been “re-engineered” for the 2021 model year and the improvements make an already great [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Spiritual Care Team providing care for the soul

    These days we regularly see TV footage of health care professionals in hospitals. Yet barely visible is a vital group who provide care for the soul. They are the Spiritual Care Team. At the Chinook Regional Hospital, I met Roman Catholic Spiritual Care Coordinator Annella Wehlage, who introduced me to Spiritual Health Practitioner John Moerman, [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Modern-day example of the Good Samaritan

    It was a chilly February morning in 2001 when my father left the mall after his routine walk to drive to the curling rink to meet the rest of his retired buddies. With known heart problems, he must have sensed something amiss, and quickly and haphazardly pulled into the first pull-out he came upon. Immediately [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Small businesses getting help; Schweitzer

    Dale Woodard Lethbridge Herald Small businesses in Alberta are being offered a helping hand. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder small businesses, the province is offering supports to help owners through a tough time with additional pandemic support through a new financial relief program, the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, beginning in April. The Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit provides [...] Read More »

    5 months ago
  • Blood Tribe members want election reform

    Tim Kalinowski Lethbridge Herald tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com Blood Tribe members are calling for the reform of the current electoral system after about 300 people were not allowed to vote in the municipal election at the Lethbridge polling station back in November. A separate problem happened in Calgary when the location of the vote was changed the day [...] Read More »

    5 months ago

Local News

  • Southern Alberta loses a philanthropy giant

    Al Beeber Lethbridge Herald abeeber@lethbridgeherald.com Well-known southern Alberta philanthropist and cattleman Cor Van Raay has died at Chinook Regional Hospital. Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Lethbridge, said Friday “his donation to the Y and his support of the Y has been foundational in our ability to serve the community in the [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Judge finds man guilty of kidnapping, assault and other charges

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com A man charged with kidnapping and assault following a violent carjacking has been convicted in Lethbridge provincial court. Judge Gregory Maxwell handed down a guilty verdict on Thursday on eight charges for Cory Ray Williams including kidnapping, assault with a weapon, flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, threats to [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • City restoring some parks dept. budget

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com A seemingly straightforward decision on whether or not to raise Parks funding in the City of Lethbridge went a bit sideways as city council engaged in a philosophical debate about operational spending priorities. The lengthy discussion during Tuesday’s council meeting was prompted by a motion introduced by Coun. Blaine Hyggen to increase Parks [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • 4-H sows the seeds for an agricultural career

    Some agricultural expertise as well as stellar people and marketing skills has planted the seed for Carmen White’s future. The Claresholm resident who attended Catholic Central High School recently competed at her second Summer Synergy and 4H Provincial show in Olds earlier this month alongside siblings Charles and Lauren. All three siblings came away with [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago
  • Judge receives final submissions on case of woman involved in swarming attack on boy

    LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com The case of a woman accused of being part of a gang-style attack against a younger boy more than a year ago is now in the hands of the judge. Judge Gregory Maxwell received final submissions from Crown lawyer Adam Zelmer and Calgary lawyer Andre Ouellette in Lethbridge provincial court on Thursday with [...] Read More »

    22 hours ago

National News

  • No winning ticket for Friday’s $20 million Lotto Max jackpot

    TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $20 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. The jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 3 will be an estimated $26 million[...] Read More »

    1 hour ago
  • Alberta Medical Association head concerned over government lifting COVID restrictions

    EDMONTON – The head of the Alberta Medical Association says he has significant concerns with the province’s decision to suspend almost all of its COVID-19 public health protocols. In an open letter to members, Paul Boucher says the pace at which the United Conservative government is ending restrictions is troubling. He says the government should [...] Read More »

    7 hours ago
  • B.C. readies response before second heat wave

    VANCOUVER – British Columbia is gearing up for another heat wave this weekend by opening more cooling centres and redeploying health-care workers as temperatures are expected to soar. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday that while more staff will be shifted to emergency rooms, work is underway to keep hospitals cool while workers in long-term [...] Read More »

    8 hours ago
  • Alberta receives inquiry’s final report on eco groups and energy industry

    EDMONTON – A final report is in from a public inquiry into what the Alberta government says is foreign funding of environmental groups who want to curtail energy development. Steve Allan, the commissioner in charge of the inquiry, says when the report is later released Albertans will gain a new understanding of how foreign funding [...] Read More »

    10 hours ago
  • Deadline day for inquiry’s final report on eco groups and Alberta energy industry

    EDMONTON – Friday was the deadline for a public inquiry into what the Alberta government says is foreign funding of environmental groups who want to curtail energy development – an investigation lauded by Premier Jason Kenney as principled but derided by critics as a buffoonishly sinister political witch hunt. “We have not yet received the [...] Read More »

    12 hours ago

Provincial News

  • Appeal Court convicts Calgary man who attacked woman while he was high on mushrooms

    CALGARY – Alberta’s Appeal Court has ordered a Calgary man be convicted for breaking into a professor’s house and assaulting her while he was naked and high on magic mushrooms. Last year, a judge found Matthew Brown not guilty of two counts of break and enter — one with the intent to commit aggravated assault [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • UCP backbencher fined $15K by Elections Alberta for funding violations

    EDMONTON – A United Conservative backbencher has been fined $15,000 by Elections Alberta for a variety of offences including filing false financial statements. Devinder Toor, the legislature member for Calgary Falconridge, was penalized for fundraising and spending infractions both as a candidate for the party nomination and well as in the 2019 election. The 10 [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • ASIRT investigating after man shot during confrontation with Edmonton police

    EDMONTON – Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating after a man who was reportedly firing a gun in an Edmonton parking lot was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers. The Edmonton Police Service says in a news release that a caller reported a man was damaging vehicles near the neighbourhood of Millwoods on [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Calgary Stampede linked to 71 COVID-19 cases; community spread from event unknown

    CALGARY – Alberta Health says 71 cases of COVID-19 were likely acquired at the Calgary Stampede but community spread as a result of those cases is unknown. Government officials say the 10-day rodeo and festival that welcomed hundreds of thousands of attendees isn’t a significant driver, so far, in rising infections in the province. The [...] Read More »

    3 days ago
  • Sentencing delay for men found guilty of flouting Alberta COVID-19 rules

    CALGARY – Sentencing arguments for an Alberta pastor and his brother found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders have been put over until September. Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering. The [...] Read More »

    4 days ago

World News

  • Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, the state Health Department reported Friday, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak’s epicenter. The release came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks [...] Read More »

    11 hours ago
  • Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’

    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec. 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump [...] Read More »

    17 hours ago
  • Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

    HONG KONG (AP) – A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as Beijing tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit was convicted Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers during [...] Read More »

    1 day ago
  • Navy charges sailor with setting fire that destroyed warship

    SAN DIEGO (AP) – The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it’s charged a sailor with starting a fire last year that destroyed a warship docked off San Diego. The amphibious assault ship called the USS Bonhomme Richard burned for more than four days and was the Navy’s worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in [...] Read More »

    2 days ago
  • Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. The [...] Read More »

    2 days ago