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STARS air ambulance not exempt

from restraints of current economy

by Adrienne Tait

Since her presentation to Yellowhead County
The Board of Reflections
blind view council on April 12, Glenda Farnden municipal Invites the Community to our
relations liaison for STARS air ambulance has been
fielding calls from area residents inquiring about
window the service and expressing concerns regarding the Annual General Meeting
council's decision to deny the request for support.
Farnden asked county councillors to recognize
5:00 p.m. June 14, 2016
fashions Conservative STARS as a vital part of their protective services Regular meeting to follow
and requested a $2 per capita funding amount be
iews allocated as a line item in the protective services At Reflections Adult
budget. That request was denied in a 5:4 split vote
Drop-In Centre
decision by council.
Guest Column by Clyde Corser
STARS is a non-profit, registered charitable 5029 1 Avenue
organization that has been serving Alberta for more (Next to Sears)
January 4, January 25 than 30 years.
Farnden said of the rural municipalities in Alberta
two thirds participate in per capita annual funding For additional information
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February 15 with several of those providing more than the $2 780-723-2390
per capita request. The northern municipalities
have shown unanimous support with Saddle Hills
March 7, 28 iews County being the largest contributor at $65 per history STARS was in danger of not selling out for SPRING SPECIAL ON
capita, with the counties of Clear Hills and
Greenview each approaching the $30 per capita
their annual STARS lottery.
The lottery generates one third of the revenue
April 18 Guest Column by Clyde Corser mark. needed to keep STARS operational and Albertans 5/4”x5” pressure treated, radius edge decking
“Some consider it a large ask,” said Farnden, “But
5/4”x5” pressure treated, radius edge decking
at $2 per capita it is pretty miniscule in the big
came together to show their support and the lottery
available. Pure Lodgepole Pine.
available. Pure Lodgepole Pine.
picture and could be a significant amount in terms did sell out. “It is a testament to how Albertans feel 8’ at $3.54 each; 10’ at $4.43 each;
8’ at $3.54 each; 10’ at $4.43 each;
May 9, 30 of sustainability for STARS.” Farnden believes about STARS. That lottery pays for one [of the 12’ at $5.94 each; 14’ at $6.93 each
12’ at $5.94 each; 14’ at $6.93 each
being a line item on municipal budgets would allow
three] bases in Alberta,” said Farnden. However,
both the municipalities and STARS to budget
that leaves approximately $15 million to be
June 20 accordingly. fundraised for the charity from community, Yellowhead Yellowhead
Wood Products Inc.Wood Products Inc.
Hinton and Grande Cache have both supported
municipal, corporate, and public support.
STARS for the past number of years.
The largest single funding source for the charity is
While there have been a few negative responses
July 11 Summers Drilling Water Well Drillingater Well Drilling to their request, of the one third of rural Alberta Health Services at approximately $10
Summers Drilling W
million annually. The operational cost to fund the
municipalities not currently contributing on an
three Alberta bases is approximately $36 million
A proud Alberta business, since 1917, Summers
A proud Alberta business, since 1917, Summers
annual basis there are “a handful pending and some
Drilling specializes in water well drilling and water
August 1, 22 Drilling specializes in water well drilling and water haven't been asked yet,” said Farnden. annually. While the AHS donation covers 24% of P * Furnaces Replacement SHEET METAL
the required funding the charity must fundraise the
well repairs.
well repairs.
In 2015 STARS responded to 18 calls in Edson
remaining 76%.
and 46 in Yellowhead County. Over the last five
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care. We are known for being innovative,” said
With the economic downturn hitting industry,
Farnden. From night vision goggles to the first
corporate donations to STARS have declined. “Just airborne ultra sound machine Farnden said STARS Email:
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exempt from the restraints of the current economy,”
across the province who have seen improved
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said Farnden. For the first time in its 23 year
patient outcomes.
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