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Archived Media News Headlines re trails in Central Alberta
2008-1997 (chronologically in reverse)

News 2008 
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Fall 2008, Alberta Trailtracker, by Debbie Olsen

   New Rural Trail on the Horizon

     Talk trails to urban residents and you are likely preaching to the converted. Trails have long been recognized as one of the best-used and most cost effective recreational facilities in modern urban centres. They allow residents better . . .

Oct. 14, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail links coming -
Several local communities make inroads on regional trail project
      A leisurely bike ride from Lacombe to Ponoka could soon be a possibility, according to the president of the Central Alberta Region Trails Society.  Debbie Olsen said an increasing number of municipalities are helping develop a . . .

Sept. 26, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail bridge gets funds -
Lacombe County puts $50,000 into bridge over Blindman
     The Central Alberta Regional Trail System got another boost after Lacombe County council agreed on Thursday to put money towards a bridge over the Blindman River.  Most of the cost will come from a $200,000 grant from the Alberta . . .

Sept. 19, 2008, Red Deer Advocate - photo caption

   Trail dedication
     City Councillor Larry Pimm stops to read a plaque dedicated to Bob Johnstone, following a trail dedication ceremony held at Galbraith Park on Thursday. A 500-metre trail linking the 55th Street parkway to the south bank trail . . .

Sept. 13, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Nordegg trail project moves ahead
     ATVs, horses, hikers and bikers may soon share a new trail system running between Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg.  Clearwater County council this week chose Rimbey-based Armstrong Consulting to look into various . . .

July 30, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Council honours environmentalists
     Two of Red Deer's most dedicated environmental stewards were honoured posthumously by city council on Monday.
 Michael O'Brien was a long-time Red Deer River Naturalist and founding member of the Ellis Bird Farm, who died . . .

July 24, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Trails across county - Parks, open spaces included in new Red Deer County plan
     People got their first look this week at detailed, long-term plans for trails, parks and other open spaces in Red Deer County.  About 20 people came out to an open house on Tuesday at Red Deer County Centre to see maps of seven zones . . .

February 4, 2008, Red Deer Advocate

   Rail trail pushed as tourism boost
     An abandoned rail line west of Rocky Mountain House could be transformed into a haven for hikers and cyclists lured by river-spanning bridges amid spectacular mountain backdrops.  It's a vision that Clearwater County has been . . .

News 2007 
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Nov. 24, 2007, Red Deer Advocate
   Funds Approved
- Bridge over trail waters
     The progress of the Central Alberta section of a cross-Canada trail has taken several steps forward with a promise of money for a pedestrian bridge across the Blindman River.   "Alberta TrailNet has pre-approved $100,000, as soon as . . .

Oct. 15, 2007, News Release, Alberta Government

   World's longest trail a step closer to completion in Alberta
     A $1.2 million investment from the Alberta government will support efforts towards completing the province's 2,200-kilometre portion of the Trans Canada Trail.  "The Trans Canada Trail is a key component of our provincial trail . . .

July 18, 2007, Red Deer Advocate

   Council approves three new trails for county
     Red Deer County council has approved construction of three trails, kick-starting a major effort to boost recreational opportunities.  A 3.6-km trail will be built from Springbrook to Penhold, a 6.8-km trail will be built between Spruce . . .

Apr. 14, 2007, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail bridges proposed -
Trans Canada project targets Battle and Blindman River crossings
      Trans Canada Trail organizers are looking at bridging two rivers to accommodate hiking and biking trails between Red Deer and Ponoka.  "Rivers are major trail blockers. You can't build trails without building bridges," said Derry . . .

News 2006 
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Oct. 23, 2006, Press Release, Red Deer

   Trans Canada Trail Registration Confirmed

       The Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) is pleased to announce the registration of 70.6 kilometres of trail designated as Trans Canada Trail.  Debbie Olsen, CARTS chair, said, "We're absolutely thrilled to be able to . . .

Oct. 16, 2006, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail group on path to funding

      A Central Alberta trail group is optimistic that 80 km of rural trails will soon become part of the Trans Canada Trail after five years in the making.  Central Alberta Regional Trails Society expects to hear any day whether its planned . . .

July 3, 2006, Red Deer Advocate

   Big Potential for Trails &
   Central Alberta Trail System will cover much of region
     If you build it, they will come.  That's what Debbie Olsen, acting vice-president of Central Alberta Trail System (CARTS) believes about the estimated $4 million to $6 million, 90-km trail that will stretch for Penhold to . . .

June 27, 2006, Dan McGeady, Innisfail Province

   Council will decide fate of trail between Penhold and Springbrook
     The Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) has big plans for the old highway linking Penhold to Springbrook. Before the summer is over, they hope to use the old portion of Highway 2A for a trail linking the two . . .

June 21, 2006, Red Deer Region Online Magazine

   Trail Proposed Between Penhold and Springbrook
     A 3.2 km pedestrian-bicycle trail along the old Highway 2A right of way linking the communities of Penhold and Springbrook is being proposed for both recreational and urgent safety reasons, Red Deer County heard Tuesday. The . . .

April 20, 2006, Red Deer Advocate, Obituary

Johnstone, W.J.R. (Bob)
The family of Bob Johnstone sadly announces that he passed away at the age of 67 years in the Red Deer Regional Hospital on April 16, 2006 after a brief illness. Bob is survived by his twin sister, Mary Ellen (Larry) Olnick and . . .

News 2005 
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Sept. 14, 2005, Red Deer Advocate

   New trails proposed in master plan
     Building new trails and improving existing pathways are among recommendations heading to Red Deer city council this month.  The Recreation, Parks and Culture Board approved a trails and pathways master plan on Tuesday for . . .

Sept. 9, 2005, Red Deer Advocate editorial
   On the trail of a worthy plan
     Every community needs people who can take a good idea, hold on to it and patiently work it into completion. People like Bob Johnstone, president of the Central Alberta Region Trail Society.  He's bought into the idea that a national . . .

Sept. 7, 2005, Red Deer Advocate

   Gas price rise expected to drive up city trail use
     The radical rise in the cost of gasoline underscores the need for communities to develop vibrant local, regional and cross-Canada trail systems, a trail proponent says.  Bob Johnstone, president of the Central Alberta Regional Trail . . .

News 2003 
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Nov. 27, 2003, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley

   Area groups take steps to link up
     Central Alberta's trail groups are slogging ahead with efforts to develop networks of pathways.  Sherry Scheunert, chair of the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, said they are working on developing the so-called Bluebird Trail . . .

April 20, Red Deer Express/Adviser, by Lea Hilstrom

   TransCanada trail route stalled
     Plans to route the TransCanada trail through portions of Central Alberta have stalled.  "We're not working on any trail development in that (Torrington, Wimborne) area right now and probably won't be for some time," said Linda Strong . . .

News 2002 
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December 2002, Alberta TrailTracker, by Mark Anderako, Lone Pine Publishing 1985

   Historic Trails - The Calgary-Edmonton Trail
     For over a century, the forerunner of the Calgary-Edmonton Trail was an important conduit of communication and movement between the open prairie and Fort Edmonton. Situated in the vast expanse of a glacier corridor, this trail . . .

News 2001 
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Jan. 23, 2001, Lacombe Globe, by Greg Matt

   CARTS helping ensure trails in Central Alberta

     Capitalizing on Central Alberta's rich scenery organizations like Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS) will ensure adequate trails are constructed for residents to enjoy. Although CARTS does not actually build new . . .

News 2000 
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Feb. 1, 2000, Red Deer Advocate, Column by Greg Neiman

   Local trails worth support
     The chain of committees working to build the Trans Canada Trail have been spending the past week putting out the fires that sprang up with the news that major portions of this trail network would be open to motorized traffic. . .

News 1999 
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Nov. 9, 1999, Central Alberta Adviser, by Steve Srubowich

   Trail plans now complete

     The trails network plan is ready, says the Central Alberta Regional Trail Initiative.  Now the long-range hard work across Central Alberta begins.  Co-ordinator Deb Comfort spent about a year compiling public input prior to last week's

Nov. 8, 1999, Central Alberta LIFE, Area news in brief

   Rural trails proposed

     The Central Alberta Regional Trails Initiative is proposing three trails to municipalities and interested individuals and groups in the counties of Red Deer and Lacombe.  Red Deer County council was told last week possible routes are: . . .

Jan. 6, 1999, Red Deer Express, by Steve Srubowich

   Master plan first step to linked trail system

     It could be a short stroll or a long-distance jaunt but one thing seems certain -- new trails will be developed in Central Alberta.  It all depends on the public will, said Central Alberta Regional Trails Initiative co-ordinator Deb Comfort. . .

Jan. 2, 1999, Red Deer Advocate, by Cameron Kennedy

   Trail initiative's path uncertain - Master plan needed to map out future
     Plans for a Central Alberta trail system are in the works but with no mandate or firm commitment to build, the initiative's path is still uncertain.   "I have no idea how many trails are going to be built," said Deb Comfort, . . .

News 1998  (Click here for the following news stories)

Aug. 6, 1998, Red Deer Advocate, by Andrea Maynard

   Regional trail system proposed

     Recreational trails may someday link Red Deer, Innisfail, Lacombe and Sylvan Lake.  Red Deer groups have banded together to plan trails through the region.  Called the District Regional Trail Steering Committee, the group is hiring . . .

Jan. 13, 1998, Central Alberta Adviser, by Steve Srubowich

   TrailNet not on track yet

     Despite the support of two Central Alberta MLAs and the city of Red Deer, a recreational trail through some Central Alberta areas won't be any easy sale, one local director says.  "There are still major obstacles," said Bob Johnstone, a . . .

Jan. 11, 1998, Red Deer Advocate, by Harley Richards

   Trails proposed for abandoned rail lines  - Group plans Alberta link to Canada Trail
     Do you enjoy jogging along the river between Heritage Ranch and Bower Ponds, or cross-county skiing around the River Bend Golf Course?  How would you like to ride a horse from Red Deer to Sylvan Lake, or cycle across the country . . .

News 1997 
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May 12, 1997, Red Deer Advocate, by Andrea Maynard

   Trail supporters talking to landowners
     Easing the fears of landowners is a major goal of those planning a trail from Red Deer to Sylvan Lake.  Central Alberta members of Alberta TrailNet are looking at turning an old CP Rail line into a path for cyclists, hikers and even . . .

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