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January 14, 2020

Getting ready for the January 24 and 25

CRE operations staff Penny McEachern, left, Jamie Finnegan, centre and Derrick Mikasko, right, set up metal gates and panels used to “steer” bulls into the showring during the Bull Congress Shows.

Camrose County Reeve Cindy Trautman (standing) gets assistance from CRE Canadian Bull Congress Event coordinator Vanessa Sheppard (left) and CRE Agriculture liaison and Bull Congress Education Program coordinator Megan Lethbridge, with filling the ‘swag bags’ to be handed out to students participating in the Education School Program held on Jan. 21 and 22 for participating Camrose and area schools. Camrose County is a key sponsor of the Education Program which offers hundreds of Camrose and Camrose County elementary students an opportunity to learn more about the agriculture industry.


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We are looking for someone who: • consistently demonstrates exceptional customer service • sells and orders parts for customers, including pricing, locating and receiving parts • has excellent communication skills and is highly organized • is eager to take direction, learn and become a key member of our parts team • excels at analyzing and interpreting information • reads and interprets parts diagnostics and diagrams • uses computerized inventory system and parts libraries • merchandises parts department sales area We will give preference to individuals with: • previous product and industry knowledge and experience • excellent customer service and leadership skills • valid driver’s license

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Agriculture research By Murray Green

Engagement sessions and an online survey will be used to gather feedback about the future of agriculture research in Alberta. “We are working with farmers to determine their research priorities. This is an opportunity to transform how we do research

and attract investment from the private sector. I see world-leading agricultural research happening here, either by leveraging work happening in existing facilities or building brand new ones,” said Devin Dreeshen, AB Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Continued on page 4

Canadian Bull Congress about to kick up some dust at CRE By Lori Larsen

The Camrose Regional Exhibition will be “showing the beef” again this year during the much anticipated Canadian Bull Congress being held Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25. The best of the best will be on display and taking to the show ring for parading and judging. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to come out and see for yourself the dedication and hard work of some of the finest purebred breeders, commercial cattlemen and agricultural producers. The two-day, not-forprofit event includes livestock and other agricultural vendors exhibiting products and available to provide information and speak about their services. This Bull Congress is steeped in rich history of showcasing a vital part of Canada’s culture and economy and has been host to more than 7,500 visitors from all over Canada and internationally as well. Aside from offering a

two-day spectacular for breeders and other visitors, the Canadian Bull Congress promotes continued learning in the beef industry through both the 4-H judging seminar and the agricultural School Education Program offered to elementary students of Camrose and area schools, held Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22. The show winds up

with a Taste of Beef Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25 including a dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Schedule of events

The School Education Program begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21 and 22, hosting elementary students from Camrose and area schools. The program includes informative ses-

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Last year a variety of stock was shown in the ring.

sions with lots of hands-on demonstrations that educate the students on the many aspects of the agricultural industry including: auctioneering, vet talk, farm and fire safety, cereals and oilseeds and milk production. Thursday, Jan. 23 is Camrose County Move-In Day with registration from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. including the Canadian Bull Congress Sponsors’ and Exhibitors’ Social Drop-in sponsored by Camrose County from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. The show, which is open to public, gets underway on Friday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. The show begins at 11 a.m. featuring the Junior Heifer Show, Single Purebred Heifer Show, 4-H Heifer Project Show, Showmanship Class, Junior Bull Show and Marketing Award Presentation (Show Ring). The show closes at 6 p.m. The Taste of Beef Banquet will begin shortly thereafter, featuring a delicious dinner and entertainment by none other than

the hilarious stand-up comedian Lars Callieou. Lars was named the funniest new comedian in Edmonton in 2004 when he won the Comedy Idol competition. First prize was a trip to Toronto where he competed again and was named the Funniest New Comedian in Alberta. Since then he has been featured on City TV, CBC Radio and on his own weekly comedy radio show on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, which he hosts Wednesdays at midnight. The doors for the show will open again on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. with the show beginning at 11 a.m. featuring the Mature Bull Show, Senior Bull Show, Pen of Three Bull Show, Ranchers’ Choice Single Bull Show and the ever popular Bullnanza. The show will end at 5 p.m. The program is subject to change so for updates and more information visit the website at

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farmer-led research means to Albertans, farmer-led research priorities and governance models for delivering farmer-led research. Camrose has been

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Armed robber nabbed


By Lori Larsen

Bashaw RCMP have charged a 40-year-old Ponoka man following an armed robbery that took place on Dec. 20 at the ATB Financial Agency in Alix. On Dec. 20, at approximately 11:14 a.m. RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call about an armed robbery, noting the suspect fleeing the scene on a snowmobile. The lone man entered the branch of the financial agency with a long barrelled firearm and a machete demanding cash. Once he received an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the area. No employees were injured during the incident. Upon investigation, RCMP determined the snowmobile was last known to be on Alix Lake. On Dec. 23, a male who was in custody at the Ponoka RCMP detachment on an unrelated investigation, was identified as the suspect in the armed robbery. On Dec. 24, the Bashaw RCMP, with the assistance of Ponoka RCMP general investigation section, obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s rural property, which is east of Ponoka. The search warrant was executed through the night into Dec. 25, 2019 by the Bashaw RCMP, with the assistance of members from Ponoka and Maskwacis detachments. Evidence linking the suspect to the armed robbery was collected. The 40-year-old suspect was charged with 10 criminal offences in relation to the armed robbery including: robbery with a firearm, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm, while prohibited and two counts of fail to comply with a Probation Order. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on outstanding warrants for other matters. He was remanded into custody and appeared at Red Deer Provincial Court on Jan. 2.


34th Anniversary


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Viking break and enter By Lori Larsen

With property crime in rural areas on the rise, RCMP reminds residents to lock up all their property and report any suspicious behaviour or activity by either calling the local detachment or 9-1-1. On Jan. 3, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Viking RCMP received a call regarding a break and enter in progress at a rural residence. The homeowner reported two males were visible outside the property and had broken into a sea can and shed on the property. The males were also engaged in the theft of fuel on the property as well. Viking RCMP intercepted a vehicle occupied by the suspects shortly after it left the property. The suspect driver originally failed to stop for police; however, both males were arrested

when the vehicle stopped at a property within the Town of Viking limits. A 22-year-old suspect of Viking was charged with: Break and Enter, Theft under $5,000, Trespass at Night and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order. An 18-year-old suspect of Viking, was charged with: Break and Enter, Theft under $5,000, Flight from peace officer, Trespass at Night, operating a motor vehicle without registration, driving an uninsured motor vehicle on highway and operating a motor vehicle without holding subsisting operator’s licence. Both males have been released from custody pending court dates in January and February in Vegreville Provincial Court.

Keeping landowners informed By Lori Larsen

While many rural property owners still allow hunting on their private property, Camrose Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch (FWEB) reminds those landowners that guides and outfitters must obtain permission authorizing access from the landholder for conducting those guiding services on that land. If permission is then granted by the landowner the guide/outfitter must carry on their person the landholder’s name, address (or legal land location of landholder’s residence) and telephone number. Failing to do so can result in charges and a substantial fine, which is exactly what occurred with a Camrose and area guide. “In this instance, a guide approached a local farmer and did not advise him that he was a guide nor that he would be taking four paying, out-of-country clients on a goose hunt,” noted Camrose FWEB District Officer Lorne Rinkel. “He further mislead the farmer by stating he was a friend of the farmer’s son and had worked out a hunt opportunity with him.” Rinkel said the next morning the farmer’s son discovered the suspect guide and clients shooting out in his father’s field so the son immediately placed a telephone call to Camrose FWEB. An investigation ensued resulting in the charges being laid and during a hearing held on Feb. 21, 2018 the accused guide/outfitter plead guilty to one count under Section 95(4) (a) of the Alberta Wildlife Act Regulations for illegally providing guiding services on private property without prior authorization from the land owner. The guide, from California, and the outfitting corporation itself were also charged. “When the Justice inquired as to how much money was made from the illegal, one morning hunt, they were advised that each of the four clients paid $1,000 per day to hunt geese,” explained Rinkel. “The Justice stated that no money should be made from an illegal hunt and assessed a $4,000 fine for the half-day hunt.” Landowners may not be aware of the fact that guides and outfitters must identify themselves as such and that they intend on accessing their land to conduct a commercial hunt. If a landowner still chooses to grant permission for the guide/outfitter to guide

a hunt on their land, they are advised to inquire as to how many clients the guide/ outfitter will be guiding, set the duration of the access granted, possibly issue a written permission slip and liability waivers. The landowners can further set out any and all other conditions that they see fit, such as vehicle access, garbage collection, and the excavation of hunting blinds.

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster FWEB District Officer Lorne Rinkel informs landowners about guided hunts on private property.

Rinkel also advised that it is illegal for landowners to accept payments or compensation for allowing access as this could constitute “paid access” which is contrary to the Wildlife Act and could result in charges against the landowner. Laws and regulations are set to not only protect landowners, but ensure continual protection of Alberta’s natural resources. For more information on hunting regulations, visit the 2019 Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations at albertaregu or to report any suspected poaching, or serious public land abuse, call the toll-free Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or visit report-a-poacher. Both the telephone line and webpage can also be used for emergent wildlife incidents.

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Murray Green, Camrose Booster St. Mary’s Hospital Ladies Auxiliary past president Anna-Mae Feddema, centre, accepts $500 from Janelle Ness and Ralph Sorenson from the 23rd annual Killam Charity Auction and Garage Sale held on July 19 and 20 organized by Jean and Ralph Sorenson. The family donates the proceeds from the event to several local charities.

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Illegal pesticide sales stopped



By Murray Green

The United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a Stop Sale order to online marketplace Bonanza. com, requiring the company to immediately halt sales of a dozen imported pesticide products not legal, or safe for sale in the United States. Among the unregistered, illegal pesticides targeted by the order is Miraculous Insecticide Chalk, a common and particularly dangerous product because of its documented history of causing illness in children who mistake the chalk for regular sidewalk or black board chalk. Ed Kowalski, the director of the enforcement and compliance division of EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle said, “The proliferation of unregistered pesticides in the marketplace, particularly in the e-commerce environment, poses a significant and immediate health risk to consumers, children, pets and others exposed to the products in use or in transit.� Here is the list of products targeted by the EPA’s Stop Sale order. Cockroach Killing Bait Box Anti Pest Control Roach Magic, 30 pieces Miraculous Insecticide Chalk Cockroach Roaches Bug Pest Killer Magic Pen, 50 pieces Cockroach Killing Bait Cockroach Killer Roach Pest Control Insecticide, 100 pieces Cockroach Killing Bait Pest Control Powder Powerful Kill Particle Specif, Green Leaf Powder Killer Bait Cockroach Repeller, Pest Control Effective 50 pack, GreenLeaf Cockroach Killing Bait Powder 100 per cent Effective 50/100/200 pieces, 10 pieces Powerful Cockroach Killing Bait Roach Catcher Kitchen Household Pest Contr, six pieces Cockroaches Killer Cockroach Repellent Smoke Mosquitoes Fly Ants Home Pests, Maxforce FC Select Roach Killer Gel Bait 20g/230g plus Feeding 30 each Free Ship Track, Mole Poison Veleno Talpa. Killer Taupe-Pest Control, two pieces times 120 g and 240 g. No-nest Cockroach Eliminator Gel, Cockroach Pest Control Gel 35G Cockroach and Domestic Insects Killer Agromaxi. Illegal distribution of Miraculous Insecticide Chalk and Green Leaf Cockroach Killing Bait Powder were the subject of EPA Stop Sale orders issued to Amazon in 2015 and 2016 and a subsequent $1.2 million penalty order against the company. The stop sale order is effective immediately upon receipt by Bonanza.











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January 14, 2020 Country Booster  

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January 14, 2020 Country Booster  

Country newspaper for rural Alberta farming communities