Ceremony prepares way for return of buffalo to Banff
August 8, 2016. Banff Indian Days included a ceremony for bringing the buffalo back to the park. On Thursday, the Stoney Nakoda Nations held a special ceremony paving the return of the buffalo, which Parks Canada plans to do in January 2017. Officials with Banff National Park will reintroduce about 12 to 15 bison to a paddock before the animals are released into a 425-square-kilometre, partially fenced backcountry area called the Panther Valley on the eastern edge of the park.
Warrant round-up nets big money, arrests
August 8, 2016. Last week, Beaverlodge RCMP with assistance from Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit, Police Dog Services, and the Grande Prairie Crime Analyst, conducted a two-day warrant round-up resulting in 56 warrants being executed and $8,280 collected in unpaid fines. The goal of the initiative was to locate individuals with outstanding warrants living in the areas of Beaverlodge, Wembley, Hythe, Horse Lake First Nation and Valhalla Centre. The warrants executed were for a wide variety of offences. One person with outstanding warrants for sexual assault and interference dating back to 2005, was arrested.
Suspicious death near Chiniki Rodeo Grounds
August 8, 2016. Southern Alberta RCMP Major Crimes has been deployed to manage the investigation of a suspicious death near the Chiniki Rodeo Grounds. The body of a 21-year-old male of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation was located by the Cochrane RCMP in response to a complaint in the late afternoon of Aug. 7. Major Crimes is working in conjunction with Cochrane RCMP and the Calgary Medical Examiner's office in order to determine the cause and manner of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Cochrane RCMP is requesting help from the public, who can call 403-851-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).