Lethbridge City Council unanimously passed a resolution during Monday’s public meeting to rename Adams Park Ice Centre as Logan Boulet Arena.
“One of the reasons we name things is to be inspirational,” explained Coun. Belinda Crowson, giving voice to the feelings of council as a whole. “I had the opportunity this weekend to speak to a few people I know who are in the health field. I asked them about the Logan Boulet Effect. It’s amazing when you talk to people and you understand how many people have changed their own intention to donate, but also just how far this has spread. I can’t think of anything more inspirational than having an arena named after someone who may inspire people to save lives. If that is not inspirational, I don’t know what is.”
Coun. Blaine Hyggen put forth the motion to rename the ice centre after the hometown hockey hero. Hyggen credited Boulet’s former coach and close family friend Doug Paisley for putting the bug in his ear which kicked off the ultimately successful renaming campaign. Paisley was on hand to hear the decision of council. He said he could think of no one more worthy of such an honour in Lethbridge’s recent history.
“I’m not sure you could ever match the accomplishments (of Logan),” he told reporters after council passed the motion. “No disrespect to anybody who has been honoured in the past, or will be in the future, but a quarter million people signed up for organ donation. I don’t know if (that legacy) will ever be matched from a citizen of Lethbridge. Considering what that means to us as Lethbridge people, and our hockey community, I just thought it was appropriate.”
Two nabbed in drug bust
Two people were arrested and $20,000 in drugs seized following a bust last week in Lethbridge.
Officers from ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime team, as well as from Lethbridge, Taber, Blood Tribe and the RCMP, raided a northside and westside home March 26 and seized 468 carfentanil pills, 30 grams of cocaine, 48 codeine pills, 3.2 grams of methamphetamine and $1,250 in cash.
“This is a textbook example of the great things ALERT can accomplish when we partner with our partner agencies here in southwestern Alberta, and in this case specifically Blood Tribe police and the Taber Police Service,” Lethbridge police chief Rob Davis said Tuesday during a news conference.
“Crime doesn’t see boundaries or jurisdictions, so to have Blood Tribe police, Taber police working with ALERT to go after a common criminal that is causing issues in all of our respective communities, especially in the drug crisis, this is huge.”
Corey Amyotte, 32, and Keisha Tallow, 26, both of Lethbridge, were arrested March 26 and charged with a number of drug-related offences.
Exhibition lineup named
Lil Jon is an international superstar.
Arkells recently played the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Both will be coming to Lethbridge later this year.
Bigger musical acts, as well lower gate admissions, will highlight this year’s Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge in August, says Mike Warkentin, chief operating officer at Exhibition Park.
“We truly wanted to create an entertainment property that Lethbridge could call its own,” Warkentin said.
“When we built StagEX, we specifically built it as its own property so we could build this tourism property around it. It’s a significant investment from our board of directors into the entertainment portfolio moving forward for the next couple of years.”
The first StagEX Music Festival entertainment lineup includes:
• Aug. 20: Corb Lund, Aaron Goodvin, Alee
• Aug. 21: Sam Roberts Band, Nuela Charles, Mariel Buckley
• Aug. 22: Walk Off The Earth, Scenic Route to Alaska, Julian Taylor Band
• Aug. 23: Arkells, Dear Rouge, The Dirty Nil
• Aug. 24: Lil Jon, Notorious YEG, Harman B
“The change in particular genres and acts was really about reaching out to the different demographics,” Warkentin said.
LC launches programs
With the launch of new technology-based programs this fall, Lethbridge College is continuing to target emerging markets.
The college will be offering a two-year diploma in Architectural Animation Technology and a one-year certificate in Virtual and Augmented Reality. Both programs were developed through industry input to help meet industry needs, while building the reputation Lethbridge College has as a technological leader in post-secondary training, officials say.
“We are an institution that is flexible and nimble enough to quickly adapt to the needs of industry,” says Paula Burns, Lethbridge College president and CEO. “The launch of these two programs proves that we are ready for what comes next. Our knowledgeable faculty and our investment in leading technologies will provide students with state-of-the-art training that will prepare them to be industry leaders.”
The Virtual and Augmented Reality program is one of the first programs in Canada to focus on AR/VR training, and students will learn the fundamentals and in-demand skills which will allow them to build immersive games, interactive landscapes and training experience in a booming industry.
“We are on the cusp of something amazing,” says Michael McCready, Lethbridge College VR/AR instructor and president of the Alberta chapter of the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association. “The potential is quite high for finding jobs. The industry over the next three years is forecast to grow over 400 per cent and a lot of these areas where we will be seeing this growth is in education and training.”
Pothole battle in full swing
In Lethbridge, the arrival of spring means potholes. And roads crews are already making repairs.
But this year, there’s a bigger concern. February’s severe weather sent frost far deeper than usual.
And the result, says Darwin Juell, could be a rash of frost boils — far deeper than the average pothole.
But meanwhile Juell — the City’s Transportation manager — says he has one crew dedicated to repairing potholes as they’re reported. And there’s a second crew, starting the process of crack-sealing to prevent major damage caused by the season’s freeze-and-thaw cycles.
So far, he says, this year looks typical for pothole reports. Residents are encouraged to report them by calling 311 or online at Lethbridge311.ca.
Juell doesn’t count every hole, but he tracks the cost of repairs year by year. Last year’s total was about $486,000, he says, compared with close to $285,000 a year earlier.
“One year we had to go to city council for an extra $1 million” to complete the work, he says.
Then there’s the impact of frost boils. Just how much deeper damage last month’s cold snap will cause along the city’s thoroughfares is difficult to predict, he says.
Yard waste sites open
The City of Lethbridge has opened the yard waste sites for the season.
The three sites are located at the Bridge Drive West Recycling Station, Northside Recycling Station and the Southside Recycling Station.
Yard waste sites offer a convenient and environmentally responsible option for composting household grass clippings, leaves, garden waste and branches up to eight inches in diameter. The sites are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., including holidays, until the end of November.