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Town postpones BCF fundraising strategy for 2015

Town postpones BCF fundraising strategy for 2015

The Mayor of Drumheller said lower oil prices and a bit of economic uncertainty has...

Senior girls Dynos playing for spot at zones

Senior girls Dynos playing for spot at zones

The DVSS senior girls’ basketball team wrapped up their final pre-playoff tournamen...

Encana supports Friends of Wheatland East

Encana supports Friends of Wheatland East

    Encana continues to show support for the communities it operates...

Youth charged in vandalism spree

Youth charged in vandalism spree

Drumheller RCMP have charged three area youth with different offenses from 2014, in...

Dragons take loss over Camrose Kodiaks in last regular season game Saturday night

Dragons take loss over Camrose Kodiaks in last regular season game Saturday night

 
The Drumheller Dragons travelled to Camrose to face the Kodiaks Saturday ni...
Pancakes and Hockey

Pancakes and Hockey

 

How many smaller towns could offer a great Canadian morning of pancakes and...

Dragons take win over Calgary Mustangs in last regular season home game

Dragons take win over Calgary Mustangs in last regular season home game

 
The Drumheller Dragons played their final regular season home game Friday n...

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Proud To Be An Official ENDO 2015 Blogger!

Proud To Be An Official ENDO 2015 Blogger!

Mar 04, 2015
This morning I'm on my way to ENDO 2015, the annual conference hosted by the Endocrine Society, in San Diego, CA. I'm always enthusiastic to be a part of this dynamic meeting, which brings together endocrinology experts from around the world, to provide updates on a wide range of clinically relevant topics.I'm extra excited this year,... Read More
Health Canada Approves New Obesity Treatment

Health Canada Approves New Obesity Treatment

Mar 02, 2015
Hot on the heels of the FDA's recent approval, Health Canada has now also approved the use of a diabetes medication called liraglutide as a weight loss medication for people with or without diabetes. Liraglutide is a medication that has been in use in Canada to treat type 2 diabetes for several years (called Victoza). As an... Read More
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Drumheller Curling Club applies for lottery grant

Feb 27, 2015
The Drumheller Curling Club is applying for lottery funds for a feasibility study on a building, possibly multi-use. When buying a lottery ticket, consider that the money the Alberta government earns from the sale of that ticket may go to help a local project. The new Curling Rink Project Team has applied for a Planning Studies Grant under the… Read More
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Grace House marks 25 years service

Feb 27, 2015
Daniel Harrison, Executive Director - The Drumheller Society for Recovery - Grace House. A dozen dedicated people saw a need in the area, and building from the ground up, Drumheller’s Grace House was formed 25 years ago. “It was a grass roots group of people who decided that addiction care was something that was needed, particularly for men, and… Read More
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Sharing awareness of endangered species

Feb 27, 2015
As part of environmental awareness, all students at Drumheller’s Greentree Elementary School took part in painting a paper grocery bag, supplied by Drumheller Co-op. Each student selected a threatened or endangered species to draw and colour, and included the name of the animal and a fact about them. Teacher and project organizer Mrs. Sharon… Read More
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Jaydee Bixby inks deal with US label

Feb 27, 2015
Drumheller country crooner Jaydee Bixby, 24, has a fresh start with a new Memphis - based record label. Drumheller’s Jaydee Bixby is taking his musical career south of the border, and is packing along a catalogue of music for his new audience. In January, Bixby signed a new record deal with Mid South Music Records based out of Memphis Tennessee.… Read More
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Woman given absolute discharge for marijuana…

Feb 27, 2015
A woman discovered with marijuana in a parking lot at the Drumheller Institution was given an absolute discharge. Stephanie Scholfield appeared in provincial court on Friday, February 20. She pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. The court heard how on September 12, 2014 Schofield was at the Drumheller Institution, outside the gate in a… Read More
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Council approves 2015 budgets

Feb 27, 2015
Drumheller Town Council has set their budgets for 2015, which includes over three million dollars in new project & equipment spending in the capital budget. Drumheller Town Coucil approved the Town’s Operating and Capital Budgets for the 2015 budget year at its regular Monday meeting February 23. The Town’s spending at $17,128,383 would come in… Read More
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Tyrrell launching new exhibit this spring

Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Craig Scott is part of the team at the Tyrrell assembling a new exhibit called Fossils in Focus, that will highlight dynamic nature of the museum. One specimen sure to on display this year is the recent discovery of a hadrosaur from the Castle River. One area that the Royal Tyrrell Museum sets itself apart from many others is the active and… Read More
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DVSS students tackle bullying

Feb 27, 2015
Students showed support for each other and those who have been bullied Wednesday, February 25 by wearing pink. Students at DVSS are leading the way in curbing bullying at their school. Last Wednesday, February 25, was Pink Shirt Day. It was observed at the local school to spread awareness of bullying. Students from Grades 7-9 showed their support… Read More
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Piecing together new waterslide

Feb 26, 2015
Drumheller Aquaplex Lifeguard Cagney Lowen, stands in front of the recently installed stairs for the Aquaplex’s new waterslide. Around her are the orange pieces containing sem-transparent stirps, of the waterslide the contractors are preparing to install. The Town said new supports are being manufactured for the glass windows that a section of the… Read More
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Structure fire at landfill

Feb 26, 2015
The Drumheller Fire Department responded to a structure fire shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Drumheller and District Landfill. It appears a shack containing recycled electronics caught fire. As three units from the Fire Department responded, a front-end loader at the landfill was able to douse the flames with snow. There were no… Read More
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Charmont Bilingual Academy opens in Roatan

Feb 26, 2015
Last week, class was officially in session in Roatan with the opening of the Charmont Bilingual Academy. The K-9 school in Roatan, is aimed at supporting families who are in the most need. On Monday the renovated house opened its doors to 53 students. “The students we have at our school either come from extreme poverty and/or AIDs affected… Read More
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Cougar sightings in North Drumheller

Feb 25, 2015
The wonders of nature can come pretty close to home as one North Drumheller resident learned watching a cougar trot through her yard last week. Penny Kushko’s most recent sighting came in the early morning hours last Thursday. “Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, he came through at the same time,” Kushko tells The Mail. Her home is on… Read More
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Two charged in smash and grab

Feb 25, 2015
On Thursday February 12th, 2015, just after 4:00 am, Drumheller RCMP responded to a commercial alarm at the Liquor Depot on Grove Place. The front window had been smashed and a small amount of liquor had been stolen. Police tracked suspects to a residence several blocks away. An 18 year old male from Drumheller has been charged with:- Break,… Read More
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Kallay to be inducted in the Alberta Hockey Hall…

Feb 25, 2015
A Drumheller man who has dedicated years to the development of hockey in the province is being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. On Tuesday morning, February 24, Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced their Hall of Fame Class of 2015. It includes George Kallay in the Builder Category. “This is a special time of… Read More
Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Feb 22, 2015
For those of you who have been following my blog posts about some of the popular diet plans out there, you may be wondering.... where does this leave you?!To round out this discussion, I'd like to draw your attention to a recent meta-analysis of data in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which compared data on a wide range of… Read More
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Voyage into history

Feb 20, 2015
French Students as St. Anthony’s are spending February studying The Voyageurs, the French explorers who traversed across Canada and discovered and charted routes across the country, including into Alberta, in the 1650s. French students helped create this display at St. Anthony’s, which shows a canoe, the sash the explorers wore woven into the… Read More

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DOBSON CLIFFORD L

Mar 04, 2015
DOBSON, Clifford L September 13 ~ February 26, 2015 It is with great sadness and loss that we announce the passing of our dear and beloved Brother and Uncle, Clifford Dobson on February 26, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Clifford was born in Drumheller on September 13, 1926. He took all his schooling here. He was employed by the CNR Express and… Read More
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HOY ELLEN

Mar 04, 2015
HOY, Ellen 1918 - 2015 With sadness we announce the death of our dear mother, Ellen. Alice Ellen Murdoch was born 31 March 1918 at the Dack farm near Michichi. She was the daughter of Alice Dack and Walter Murdoch and grew up with her sisters, Betty and Marj, midst a flurry of activity, in the town of Michichi. As Smoky, she pitched for the Morrin… Read More
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PECKHAM REGINALD (Reg) MAX

Mar 04, 2015
PECKHAM, Reginald (Reg) Max July 25, 1960 – Feb 21, 2015 Reg Passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary. Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life and soulmate, Heather, his mother Lura of High River AB, his brothers Kent of Penticton BC, Greg and wife Melinda of High River AB, Guy and wife Mandy of Vancouver BC, as well as his… Read More
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CASTONGUAY EDMOND

Mar 04, 2015
CASTONGUAY, Edmond May 12, 1938 - February 28, 2015 It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our dear dad, grandpa and great grandpa, Edmond. He passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, Feb 28th at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. Dad was born May 12, 1938 in Rosetown, Sask. He grew up in Rosetown on… Read More
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ROES ANDREAS (Andy) JAMES

Mar 04, 2015
ROES, Andreas (Andy) James February 28, 2015 Andreas James Roes of Dorothy, beloved husband of Sheena Roes, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2015 at the age of 70 years. A Celebration of the life of Andreas (Andy), James Roes is to be held at the Homestead Coulée Community Centre on March 7th from: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Speeches and stories begin… Read More
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Samay ANNE (nee Gombos)

Feb 25, 2015
Samay, Anne (nee Gombos) June 18, 1924 in Czech Republic - February 18, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta Anne immigrated to Canada from the Czech Republic at the age of fourteen with her mother Anna and brother Michael to join their father making East Coulee their new home where her father worked in the coal mines. She met Frank Samay while working as… Read More

Alberta Party talks policy with Drumheller Councillors

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    The political landscape of Alberta has been shattered with the recent announcement of Premier Ed Stelmach’s retirement, quickly followed by Ted Morton stepping out of caucus and Liberal leader David Swan also announcing his retirement.

    The Wildrose Alliance has also been on the road publicly establishing itself as an alternative government ready to make a strike when an election is called.
    Another group has also been mobilizing, but over coffee, in kitchens and even online.
    Preceding the shake up at the legislature, Dave Taylor, Liberal MLA, announced he would be joining the Alberta Party, a name that has been around for years, but has a found new currency on the political landscape.
    Interim leader of the Alberta Party Sue Huff and organizer Michael Walters were through Drumheller on Monday, February 7. They met with Drumheller town councillors.
    “We have a municipal governance policy, it is a new policy we are working on and we want to get feedback from municipal councillors, mayor and reeves,” said Huff on their visit. They have been through a number of communities in Alberta with this goal in mind.
    The Alberta Party has been on the fringes of Alberta politics for years, first formed in 1985 from fragments of the Social Credit movement and even some separatist sentiments. About a year ago, a new movement began under the Alberta Party moniker.
    “We are a party that builds our policies on the values of Albertans and believes that in order to build good policy you better listen, and listen well, to what Albertans want,” said Huff.
    In fact, listen in what they say they have done over the last year. They even called it the “Big Listen.”
    Walter explains that a year ago the part membership was about 40 strong.
    “Our party started from scratch, any policies we did have we suspended because we didn’t want them to bias the process, we didn’t want to sell policy that was pre-existing based on a small group of people,” he said.  “In just over a year we have moved from 40 members to almost 900 today.”
Huff said the party takes a moderate balanced approach.
    “(We) believe that government should be pragmatic rather than ideological, and the best ideas come when you listen to a lot of people, and are willing to acknowledge that good ideas exist everywhere. Good ideas come from across the political spectrum,” said Huff.
    “Grassroots" is a term bandied about in politics. Another political movement under the banner of the Wildrose Alliance also went to the “grassroots” to form tips policy.
    “We started the conversation in a very different place, we started from values…we asked three questions - what pressures are you facing, what are your hopes for the future and what are you grateful for living in Alberta,” said Huff.
    Walters adds, “Before anyone had heard of the other party, they had a leader and were well financed, that is a significant difference. They came up with a product and a brand to sell.”
    With the change in the political climate in Alberta, the party is working hard to be ready for an election whenever it comes. Currently they have 29 constituency associations organized and are aiming to have 50 in place by mid-March. After associations are formed there will be a push for candidates.
    “We have a restrained sense of urgency. We know it (the election) is coming but we are not going to cut corners for political expediency. We are preparing to run candidates in every riding and build the infrastructure in every riding. If we find the right candidate who is local and committed…we are not going to parachute anyone in to be a candidate,” said Walters.
    More on the party can be found at www.albertaparty.ca.