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Kenow fire still burning

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Lethbridge Sun Times

Parks Canada announced the Kenow fire in Waterton park has remained active and continues to be classified as out of control late Sunday morning.
However, the fire has not shown any growth and estimates remain around 36,000 hectares.
The fire activity is primarily on the fire perimeter as well as at localized hotspots
Parks Canada is currently focusing on protecting value and infrastructure, establishing a containment within strategic locations, assessing impacted values and infrastructure while restoring key infrastructure in preparation for re-entry.
Currently no one is permitted into Waterton park except emergency and authorized personnel.
Parks Canada continues to work towards a detailed assessment to help address hazards throughout the park such as danger trees and rock falls as a result of the high intensity of the fire. While the townsite does not appear to be under threat, precaution must be used as the active fire is nearby and ongoing.
For more information visit: http://www.parkscanada.ca/fire.
Collision centre marks five years
Lethbridge Accident Support Services celebrated five years of service recently at the Collision Reporting Centre at the Lethbridge police station.
“As the first city in Alberta to implement a Collision Reporting Centre we are extremely proud to celebrate five years of service and partnership with Accident Support Services International,” said Lethbridge Police Service Chief Rob Davis in a press release. “Since opening, the CRC has saved LPS in excess of 20,000 hours of police officer time that we have been able to re-direct to better serve the community.”
The Lethbridge Collision Reporting Centre simplifies reporting of vehicle collisions through a one-on-one interview process while offering citizens the convenience of a safe, comfortable location to make their collision report. In addition, Accident Support Services’ staff completes the data entry for all official reports, capturing the information for analysis and focused policing initiatives.
Accident Support Services provides access to police and insurers with near real-time collision data and reports through their Collision Reporting & Occurrence Management System.
For more information, visit http://www.accsupport.com.
Mearns not running again
City council member Bridget Mearns will not be running for re-election.
Mearns made the announcement on her Facebook page Friday afternoon, calling it a “very difficult decision.”
“I love this city and it has been a great honour to represent the interest of the citizens of Lethbridge as a member of city council for two terms,” she wrote.
She stated she is proud of what she was able to accomplish in her time on council, and that while there is more she would like to contribute, she was stepping back in order to focus on completing her MBA in executive management and to focus on professional development.
“As my heart truly is in public service, I look forward to serving the people of Lethbridge and Alberta again in some capacity,” she wrote.
U of L scholars in Royal Society
Two University of Lethbridge scholars been elected to The Royal Society of Canada.
The society recently welcomed 70 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including University of Lethbridge faculty members Ute Kothe and Yale Belanger.
Belanger, a member of the Department of Political Science, is a scholar of Indigenous Studies whose research is in the understanding of First Nations’ gambling enterprises, urban aboriginal policy and the role of federal housing policy in addressing homelessness among Indigenous peoples.
Kothe, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has made pioneering discoveries regarding the role of RNAs and proteins in gene expression with relevance for several diseases.

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