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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Lethbridge County allowing OHVs on rural roads

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Lethbridge County has passed a bylaw, allowing off-highway vehicles to use county roads.

The bylaw was given third and final reading Thursday (July 4) morning.

County Reeve Lorne Hickey says this something that rural residents have been asking for, for a while. “In agriculture, especially during irrigation season, there is a lot of use of OHVs. It’s only a natural fit to be able to go to and from your field in one of those.”

Under the new bylaw, any person operating an OHV in Lethbridge County must be licenced and the vehicle itself has to be registered and insured.

An off-highway vehicle won’t be allowed to be operated a half-hour before sunrise or one half-hour after sunset and can’t go any faster than 50 km/h on county roads.  The bylaw does not allow for OHV use in hamlets or subdivisions either for safety reasons.

Hickey says other counties in southern Alberta have similar OHV bylaws.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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