--Alberta Update --
(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) (Boat-Collision)
A man has died on the Athabasca River after the boat he was in collided with a sandbar.
R-C-M-P say the 45-year-old and another man who is 59 were both on the river about 140 kilometres north of Fort McMurray on Saturday night when the mishap occurred.
Police were still working to recover the body of the 45-year-old yesterday.
Investigators say they don't believe alcohol was a factor. (The Canadian Press)
Fire investigators will begin work to figure out the cause of a massive blaze that levelled a condo construction project in Edmonton.
The flames were so intense from the fire that it melted vinyl siding on nearby homes and engulfed vehicles on the street.
The buildings weren't occupied.
Investigators were waiting yesterday until the fire was out before getting a closer look. (CHED)
A motorcycle rider who was travelling with friends north of Sylvan Lake has died after police say he crashed on a turn.
R-C-M-P have identified the rider as 62-year-old Lloyd Spittal of Eckville.
Police say it appears Spittal failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and struck a fence.
No charges are planned. (The Canadian Press)
The former manager of a central Alberta oil and gas services company is accused of stealing close to 71-thousand dollars from the company.
R-C-M-P say they began investigating the case five months ago after getting a complaint from Red Flame Industries.
Police say the allegations involve misuse of the company credit card, as well as manipulation of the company payroll.
Forty-three-year-old Sean Keith Brouillette of Sylvan Lake faces theft and fraud charges and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court October 31st. (The Canadian Press)
A University of Calgary researcher says a satellite that's just launched will study the effect of solar storms on communications, satellite navigation and other technologies.
Greg Enno says data collected by the satellite during its two-year mission should make it a lot easier to predict the impact of solar storms on Earth.
The Canadian Space Agency's 63-million-dollar satellite blasted off from California yesterday on board a commercial rocket.
Enno says the sun sends out big plumes of energy that wallop our atmosphere, and he says it's one of the reasons why we can't use G-P-S to land aircraft. (The Canadian Press)
The family of a six-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a school bus will be holding a public memorial for their son on Friday.
Thomas Wedman was struck while crossing the street on his way to school in St. Albert last week.
His father, Jeff Wedman, says his son's heart valves were donated to the Alberta organ donor program where they will help two other children.
The memorial service will be held at Edmonton's North Pointe Community Church. (Global Edmonton)
(Alberta Update by Rob Drinkwater)
(The Canadian Press)
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