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Police receive reports of US counterfeit bills

Christmas can be a busy time for retailers, but it is also a busy time or those who are less than honest, and in recent weeks, there has been some reports of people passing counterfeit currency. Corporal Steve Lloyd says there have been some reports that have… Read More
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The Northlander comes home to Valley

With a red carpet welcome, The Northlander made its Drumheller debut at the Napier Theatre Monday night. Filmmaker Benjamin Ross Hayden was joined by actors from the film at the premiere. The film was shot in the Valley, but has since gone on to receive… Read More
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Hanna still waiting for answers on transition from coal

The Alberta Government’s plan to phase out coal still leaves a lot of questions for the future of Hanna. Last week the Alberta Government made another announcement on its drive to transition away from coal-fired power generation. It signed agreements with… Read More

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Trail of Trees makes BCF glow with Christmas spirit

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The Badlands Community Facility was a buzz of activity Friday night, December 2, as young and old were there to welcome in…

Heartland shoots Mongolia scenes in Valley

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For years, the CBC hit Heartland has been using the scenic back drop of Alberta to tell its unique tale. When it came to…

Hanna still waiting for answers on transition from coal

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The Alberta Government’s plan to phase out coal still leaves a lot of questions for the future of Hanna. Last week the…

New Year’s is the time to Commit to Fit

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There is no better time than the New Year to take a moment to reevaluate and Commit to Fit. This is the second year that The…

Cancer patients, survivors and families gather in Christmas spirit

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The Drumheller Health Centre, and the Alberta Cancer Board along with the Drumheller Area Health Foundation continued a…

Northlander comes home for red carpet premiere

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The feature film The Northlander has been globetrotting, and along the way receiving critical applause. This Monday, it’s…

More Local Sports

Powerplay clicking for Dragons in 3-2 win

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Another solid performance by the Drumheller Dragons saw them take down Olds Tuesday night 3-2. The Dragons hosted the…

Dynos back on court

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Basketball is back and in full swing at DVSS with six teams ready to take to the court. The gym at the school has been chock…

DVSS Sr. Dynos finish off season in Three Hills

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Three Hills hosted zones on November 18 and 19 which marked the end of Volleyball season for the Sr. Dynos. The Drumheller…

NGC Peewee Raptors top Airdrie at home

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Drumheller’s NGC Peewee Raptors are now 1-1 as they begin the regular season. The league is coming off realignment, and the…

Referee clinic coming up Saturday

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Basketball is a simple game where all that is needed is two teams, a ball and two hoops. However, it also needs a referee.…

Dragons drop two at home

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The Dragons had a tough two-game home-stand over the weekend, first falling to the Camrose Kodiaks on Friday night, and then…

Obituaries

Condolences to the family of HELEN PINKUS (MARUS)

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PINKUS (MARUS), Helen April 4, 1924 - November 30, 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother,…

Condolences to the family of SCOTT B DUDLEY

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DUDLEY, Scott B December 20, 1952 - November 28, 2016 Mr. Scott B. Dudley of Drumheller beloved husband of Kathy Dudley…

Condolences to the family of USTYNA (TINA) LARSEN

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LARSEN, Ustyna (Tina) October 21, 1936 - November 24, 2016 With heartfelt sadness, we announce the passing of our mother,…

Condolences to the family of JAMES VERNE (JIM) HAWKINS

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HAWKINS, James Verne (Jim) April 22, 1934 - November 30, 2016 James Verne “Jim” Hawkins passed away in Kirkland, WA, U.S.A.…

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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