A small memorial sits outside a home at 12248 132 St., in Edmonton on Saturday Dec. 24, 2016. A woman was found dead at a home Dec. 23, 2016. Photo by David Bloom

Friends remember homicide victim

As families gather for the Christmas holidays, the friends of Rachael Longridge are mourning the loss of a compassionate young woman whose life was tragically cut short.Edmonton police have charged her mother, Christine Longridge, 50, with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.Those who knew Rachael Longridge, 21, have taken to

Bret McCann (right), alongside his wife Mary-Ann (not shown) and St. Albert-Edmonton MP Michael Cooper calls for the removal of unconstitutional sections of the Criminal Code during a press conference in St. Albert, Alberta on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

Calls for Criminal Code reform

The son of an elderly St. Albert couple believed to have been murdered while driving to B.C. for a family camping holiday is calling on the Canadian government to reform the criminal code.

Planning for Phase 2 of water project underway

Phase 2 of the Wheatland Regional Water Corporation’s regional water line is getting started. Wheatland County council heard a presentation from Baha Hasasneh, the general manager for Wheatland Regional Corporation, on December 6 where he explained the project is under budget, on time and moving forward.

Growing Families Society presents at town council

Margo Sevcik, president of the Growing Families Society for East Rural Counties outlined the programs the organization was able to offer this year and also made a funding request of town council. They were also looking for direction from town council in terms of potential funding guidelines that they could employ in the future.

Taxes set to go up in 2017

The town of Strathmore is undergoing review of the annual budget. During the regular meeting of December 7, Mel Tiede, director of corporate and financial services for the Town of Strathmore revealed the town has an operating budget for 2017 of $31,414,748.

The Bow Valley wolf pack around the Banff townsite in 2015. AMAR ATHWAL / POSTMEDIA ARCHIVES

Snowmobiler flees Banff wolf pack

Parks Canada has issued an aggressive wolf warning for Banff National Park after a ski hill employee was approached by a pack of wolves and had to flee on a snowmobile.

Edmonton law courts

Mom accused of killing child denied bail

An Edmonton mother accused of killing her five-year-old daughter was denied release Friday in a bail hearing full of shocking, never-before-released allegations in the tragic case.Lauren Lafleche, 29, faces charges of second-degree murder and assault with a weapon in connection with the October 2015 death of her daughter, Shalaina Arcand.LaFleche w

A baby humboldt penguin (left) is watched by his dad Javier at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alta., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born a month earlier, the healthy baby was just announced to the public this day; he does not yet have a name. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network

Penguins may have panicked before drowning

A world expert on penguins — who reviewed the Calgary Zoo’s penguin enclosure in 2013 — said the drowning deaths of several Humboldt penguins on Thursday may have been the result of a natural response to a freak incident.

Strathmore Municipal Library board president Jim Greer(far right) and vice president Geoff Ball (left) accept a donation of $5,000 from the Strathmore Youth Justice Committee on November 23. The committee was represented by Amber Liversuch (second from left) and Deirdres MacLean.

Library gets donation to support local youth

The Strathmore Municipal Library has received a very generous donation of $5,000 from the Strathmore Youth Justice Committee. The donation was officially presented to the Strathmore Municipal Library’s board during their meeting on November 23.