(CNW) The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on Dec. 15 released its second annual Responsible Canadian Energy Progress Report which details the oil and gas industry's performance in the areas of people, air, land and water.

By Jamie Woodford
Southern Alberta
In an effort to provide more effective and efficient emergency services, the Regional Fire and Rescue Services group (RFRS) is conducting a study on regionalization options with a goal to create improved sustainable fire and rescue services while also meeting evolving public needs and expectations.

By Susan Quinlan
Skywatchers are set to enjoy a unique event early Saturday morning when a lunar eclipse occurs, with Albertans set to have a near front-row seat.

The preferred and alternate routes have been announced for a pair of proposed AltaLink transmission projects in southern Alberta.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 07:31

Wednesday's weather is pure ugliness

Winter is here. If it isn't yet, it will be hitting with a vengeance very soon. Weather warnings are in effect for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Highway conditions are already bad, including Swift Current which doesn't have a weather warning issued yet. Highways around Brooks and Bassano are considered poor. Milk River RCMP is advising that travel on Highway 4 of Lethbridge to the Coutts border is not recommended. There is blowing snow, high winds and icy patches are making dangerous driving conditions. If you have to travel please drive slow and exercise caution. As well, the Lethbridge RCMP & Sheriff Integrated Traffic Unit(ITU) wish to advise the motoring public of the winter storm passing through  Southern Alberta (see Environment Canada website).  Roads are currently snow and ice covered with blowing snow and are expected to deteriorate further before improving. If travel is necessary, motorists are encouraged to slow down, wear seatbelts, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination and to check road conditions through web sites such as AMA.

By Delon Shurtz
Southern Alberta Newspapers
Southern Alberta
In the midst of miles and miles of charred trees, grass and stubble, two farm houses in the County of Warner sit unscathed; an island surrounded by a sea of angry black.
It’s like a Christmas miracle, if such it can be called when thousands of acres of farmland and prairie are burned bare from a ferocious fire that swept across the south, pushed by powerful winds that uprooted trees and knocked over semi trucks.

Courtesy Alberta Government
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, near Fort Macleod, is closed to visitors due to power outages in southern Alberta. The centre will reopen once power is restored.

The County of Lethbridge has lifted the evacuation on the areas of Township 8-22 and 9-22 which include Mountain Meadows, Sunset Acres and the surrounding area.

Courtesy County of Lethbridge

A state of local emergency continues due to grass fires in the County of Lethbridge west of the City of Lethbridge and on the Blood Reserve.

The Lethbridge Herald is reporting the severe grass fire near the southwestern city has been contained. See

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