The Lethbridge Police Service announced Saturday afternoon that they have finally retrieved the body of a 14-year-old youth who drowned in the Oldman River on July 6. According to the press release, two kayakers on the river found the body just north of the city limits on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, the Coalhurst Fire Department and the RCMP all went out to assist with the recovery.
The boy’s body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary to confirm his identity, and the police investigation will remain active pending the results of an autopsy.
On July 6 at 7:42 p.m. the boy lost his footing and fell into the river while attempting to cross with a male friend and his friend’s 59-year-old grandmother, and was presumed drowned.
An intensive six-day dive recovery effort by Lethbridge Fire and EMS off the point at Alexander Wilderness Park where the boy fell in was suspended on Thursday as efforts moved to a wider surface recovery search.
Police have not officially released the name of the youth, but a GoFundMe campaign started to raise money for his family reported his first name as Mason.
Comedian coming to Enmax
Global comedy superstar Russell Peters is returning to Canada for a string of shows this fall, including a Nov. 7 date at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.
The performance, announced on Friday, will be one of 11 Canadian dates from Vancouver to Ottawa on his Deported World Tour.
Peters, an Emmy, Gemini and Peabody award-winning comic, will bring his sometimes controversial brand of humour back to the stage after taking time off to film his CTV/Netflix series “The Indian Detective.”
Peters can also be seen in the recent films “The Clapper,” “Supercon” and “Adventures in Public School.”
The Deported World Tour kicked off in Australia and New Zealand in February and has been to 20 countries and been seen by more than 100,000 fans.
Tickets for Enmax Centre show on Nov. 7 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at http://www.enamxcentre.ca, at 403-329-7328, or in person at the Enmax Centre.
Exhibit focuses on bugs
The Helen Schuler Nature Centre is hosting a photography exhibit this summer on the mysterious world of insects and spiders.
“At Our Fingertips: The Hidden World of Insects and Spiders” is a collection of photographs by local artist Lesley Roy featuring various insects and a small assortment of spiders (as well as a common relative, the spider mite), which hopes to bring a more artistic view and understanding of their habitat and day-to-day lives.
“It is estimated that insects and spiders comprise over 80 per cent of all animals on Earth,” said artist Lesley Roy in a press release.
“There are almost 1.5 million species already identified and nearly 100,000 living in North America. And yet, even though they are found everywhere, we hardly notice them because they are so tiny.”
Many native insects and spiders have become endangered due to human encroachment into their natural habitat by way of pollution, direct destruction of their environment or by introduction of non-native species.
The exhibit aims to have viewers considering all of the benefits of these tiny creatures and have a better understanding the role they play in our ecosystem.
The new community art gallery exhibit will be on display daily at the Nature Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in July and August.
Road closures for water projects
Two partial road closures in the downtown area due to water projects took effect Monday.
One is the westbound lanes and one eastbound lane along the 900 block of 3 Avenue South will be closed so crews can upgrade watermain lines. Work is expected to be complete by Thursday, weather permitting.
The other is at the intersection at 8 Street and 5 Avenue South and lanes along the 400 block of 8 Street South, which will be closed intermittently so crews can continue to work on the 5 Avenue South watermain renewal project.
Parking in this area may be reduced to allow for construction. Work is expected to be complete by mid-August.
The full project schedule, detour routes and a parking map is available at http://www.lethbridge.ca/5AveS. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in these areas and follow posted detours.