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Sorenson sees tax grabs in budget

It was a raucous week in Parliament as the Trudeau government released its budget and also proposed changes to the House of Commons rules. The budget came down on March 22 and MP for Battle River-Crowfoot, Kevin Sorenson, has some very serious concerns. One… Read More
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Flags hung to mark Canada 150

Barry Pozzo fastens a new Canada 150 flag to a pole along Highway 9 on Tuesday morning, March 29. The town is looking a little more festive as brand new flags, marking Canada’s 150th birthday are being erected at the entranceways to the town as well as in the… Read More
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Snowpack levels rated as average

Operators of the Dickson Dam could be releasing water in the coming weeks in anticipation of what appears to be an average year for snow pack runoff. A set date hasn't been made to release the water yet but will possibly start in the first week of April in… Read More

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Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Joyce Pozzolo

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POZZOLOJoyce Belle (nee Saul) April 29, 1934 - March 23, 2017 Joyce Pozzolo passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Health…

Condolences to the family of Bernice Gillespie

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GILLESPIEBernice Dorothy(nee Budenski) Born June 12, 1929 – East Coulee, AlbertaPassed Away March 24, 2017 – Calgary,…

Condolences to the family of Corey Favell

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FAVELLCorey December 24, 1970 - March 17, 2017 Corey, cherished wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and…

Condolences to the family of Ted Kohut

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KOHUT, Ted 1943 ~ 2017 Ted Kenneth Kohut, beloved husband of Susan Kohut of Medicine Hat, Alberta passed away on Thursday,…

Inmate sentenced to five more years for drug charges

    A serving Drumheller Institution inmate was sentenced to five more years after corrections staff discovered a stash of drugs with an institutional value of $27,000.     Michael Butcher appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Wednesday, May 4. He was charged with three counts of possession of drugs for the purposes of trafficking. He pleaded guilty to a single count of possession for the purposes of trafficking.
    The court heard how on January 6, 2010, he was serving as an inmate and was in a visiting area with another party. The visitor exhibited unusual behaviour and was observed placing an unknown package in a game box.
    Staff intervened and observed Butcher place an item in the back of his pants. Staff intercepted the item in his pants, and the package in the box. They discovered 100 red 200-gram morphine pills, 40 ecstasy tablets and 26.4 grams of powdered cocaine. The value of the drugs if sold in an institutional setting is $27,000.
     Butcher is currently serving a 10-year sentence for charges that include robbery. Judge Grieve accepted a submission from the federal prosecutor and the defence for a five-year sentence consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving. He also ordered a DNA sample, a firearms prohibition and forfeiture of the seized items.

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