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July 11, 2016 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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    B1RAONIC FALLS IN WIMBLEDON FINAL

    CANADA POST DROPS LOCKOUT THREAT

    HERBED SALMONSALAD

    HARPER ENDORSES KENNEY

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    PLEASE RECYCLE

    M O N D A Y J U L Y 1 1 2 0 1 6

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    A5

    INDEX RED DEER WEATHER

    NEWS A2,3,5,7,8

    COMMENT A4

    SPORTS B1-4

    BUSINESS: A9-10

    ENTERTAINMENT: B9

    ADVICE: B10

    COMICS B8

    LOTTERIESSATURDAY

    6/49: 23, 28, 30, 32, 42, 44, Bonus: 24

    Western 6/49: 3, 23, 39, 44, 47, 49 , Bonus: 37

    SUNDAYPick 3: 259

    Extra: 2161530

    Numbers are unofficial.

    Local Today Tonight Tuesday Wednesday

    XXXXX A Few ShowersRain Cloudy Rain

    A6IN PICTURES: BENALTO RODEO

    BY MARY-ANN BARRADVOCATE STAFF

    Despite the moisture that July storms have been routinely bringing almost each day, some trees could be in need of extra watering because of drought con-ditions, says the City of Red Deers forester.

    As Susan Katzell puts it, trees in Red Deer went to bed fairly dry and woke up dry. Drought is tough on trees.

    A dry fall and winter, followed by a dry spring will have been harder on young trees, which do not have an established root system yet, she said.

    Surface root trees in the city such as poplar and spruce are okay now that theres been rain but the deep-rooted ones could be suffering.

    At the same time, younger spruce trees can suffer from dry conditions because they havent yet got es-tablished roots systems.

    Katzell said that in construction areas she has noticed that the ground is dry a foot below the sur-face so deep-rooted trees could use supplemental watering.

    We were dry until probably the end of June. Trees such as American elm and green ash, which are deeper rooted trees, are suffering a bit more.

    During drought conditions trees should be wa-tered deeply, she said. Put the hose on them and soak the area around mature trees. Dont just water around the trunk because the root mass is further out around the tree. But dont over water new trees because the roots need air too.

    Insects havent been any more of an issue this year than usual, Katzell said.

    For tree insects, 99.9 per cent of insects do little damage to your trees. If you do suspect you do have an insect on your tree, its good to identify it prop-erly, and save your money they dont do too much damage. Theyll eat a few leaves and then they turn into a butterfly or something like that, said Katzell who much prefers to call bugs insects rather than

    pests.Drought is something to be more concerned

    about, she said. The recent rains have staved off the hounds for the moment from drought but a few days of soaking rain would really help.

    The City of Red Deer has almost 30,000 trees in-ventoried that have been formally planted in areas

    like boulevards and parks. There is a good mix in the city of planted trees as well as those in the river val-ley and other the forested areas, Katzell said.

    Trees are one of the citys biggest environmental assets as they help to reduce greenhouse gases and they also have a cooling affect, she said.

    barr@reddeeradvocate.com

    BY ADVOCATE STAFF

    A 74-year-old Red Deer senior has carved out his own special weekly newspaper route that brings papers to shut-ins and other people who want news from their hometowns.

    About eight years ago, Arnold Mottus began delivering a free rural newspaper based in Leslieville, the Western Star, to people he knew in the city who used to live in the rural area.

    Mottus grew up on a farm in the Eckville area. He and his wife Vera moved to Red Deer in 1972. He started informally obtaining copies of the weekly as a friendship thing, handing them out to people he knew when he got together with them for coffee or at their homes.

    At one point he used to get copies of the paper in the middle of the night on Hwy 2 just outside Red Deer, meeting a driver who was bringing the papers fresh off the press back to Leslieville.

    It grew from there and for the last few years he has also been coming to the Red Deer Advocate every week to pick up a variety of Black Press-owned weekly papers to give to people wanting to read about happenings in their hometowns.

    AND THEYRE OFF

    Photo by Mark Bretherton/Advocate staff

    Competitors start the second annual Comfortec Red Deer Duathlon on Saturday morning, commencing at the Crossroads Church. The races comprised of hybrid running and cycling events over various distances, representing wide age ranges. According to organizers, the event is designed to inspire interest in the sport of triathlon.

    Dry winter and spring can be tough on trees

    Keeping connectedSENIOR KEEPS SHUT-INS CONNECTED WITH THEIR HOMETOWNS THROUGH

    NEWSPAPER DELIVERY

    See DELIVERY on Page A8

    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    City of Red Deer urban forester Susan Katzell inspects an American Elm tree in a small green space in Johnstone Park on Jarvis Avenue on Thursday.

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    Monday. July 11, 2016NEWS A2

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    Thunderstorms16 10

    Rain19 12

    Thunderstorms17 12

    Showers20 11

    Light Rain20 11

    Light Rain19 11

    Light Rain19 13

    Sun and Cloud16 12

    Local Today

    Rain A Few Showers Cloudy Rain Thur

    19

    Sunrise

    5:28

    Sunset

    9:53

    Fri

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    Sat

    19

    Tonight Tuesday WednesdayTHE WEATHER

    12 21 1917

    The regions weatherfor tonight

    Fort McMurray 27/13

    Grande Prairie22/11

    Jasper20/10

    Banff 15/8

    Calgary17/12

    Lethbridge20/11

    Edmonton21/15

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    SWEET SOUNDS

    Photo by Mark Bretherton/Advocate staff

    Four-year-old Cohen Woodfin, is supported by his uncle, Jamie Woodfin, a local performing artist, along with Jamies band on the Ross Avenue patio on Friday night. Forced to go on tour earlier than anyone might have expected, Cohen was recently evacuated from Fort McMurray on his birthday, of all days, avoiding the wildfire. Demonstrating stoicism in the face of adversity, hes already told his mom, Carleen, that he wants a microphone for his fifth birthday.

    Fleeing duo nabbed in Red DeerTwo men were arrested late Thursday evening

    in Red Deer after driving a stolen vehicle for miles down QEII Hwy even though police had earlier flat-tened two tires on the vehicle.

    The men, one age 19 and the other 23, had fled Edmonton Police (EPS) in the stolen car and were tracked by the EPS helicopter as they drove south-bound on Hwy 2 that night.

    RCMP officers from Maskwacis, Leduc, Ponoka and Blackfalds all participated in attempts to stop the car as it made its way down the highway. The vehicle struck a tire deflation device laid by Maskwacis RC-MP at the junction of Meniak Road and QEII Hwy, but it continued to Red Deer despite having both passen-ger tires flattened.

    Shortly before 11 p.m. Red Deer RCMP were asked to assist EPS in arresting the men. Red Deer RCMP located the car as it entered the city on Hwy 11A and drove south on Taylor Drive to the Mustang Acres mo-bile home park.

    The driver and passenger abandoned the car there and fled on foot into a wooded area. RCMP contained the area and Police Dog Services tracked the suspects who were located walking westbound on 67th Street.

    RCMP executed a high-risk takedown because of unconfirmed reports that one of the suspects may have been carrying a firearm. The suspects were tak-en into custody without incident and police did not locate a firearm.

    The men are now facing several charges related to the incident.

    BY THE CANADIAN PRESS

    CALGARY Former prime minister Stephen Harper gave an impassioned speech Saturday night supporting his long time friend and political col-league Jason Kenney in his quest to unite-the-right in Alberta.

    He has demonstrated time and again that he is a principled, thoughtful and highly capable conserva-tive, Harper said to hundreds of supporters at the annual Stampede barbecue held in his southwest Calgary riding.

    And friends I would ask all Alberta members of the Conservative Party of Canada to join me and to work to elect as the next leader of the PC Party of Al-berta the Honourable Jason Kenney.

    Kenney announced last week his plan to leave federal politics, seek the vacant Progressive Conser-vative leadership in Alberta, and facilitate a merger with the rival right-wing Wildrose Party.

    Albertas PCs were ousted from office last year by the NDP after more than four decades in power.

    Harper was able to unite the right federally in 2003, merging the Canadian Alliance an