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Retired Drumheller teachers continue service overseas

Drumheller teachers, Irv and Corinne Gerling, have headed back overseas to continue their work at the Our Lady of Grace Children’s Home in Kenya. About a year ago, The Mail brought readers the story of the Gerlings. A few years ago, they reconnected with… Read More
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Voting strong Drumheller as Canada’s Most Rider Friendly Community

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Zero per cent increase in taxes

Residents of Drumheller can breathe easy, after council adopted the 2017 Operating Budget which includes no increase to property taxes. Mayor Terry Yemen told The Mail, “A few weeks ago I challenged Council to not only talk about helping the people of… Read More

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Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Rosino Ewing

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EWING (DeGiano), Rosino January 20, 1922 - February 8, 2017 Rose joined her beloved husband, Louis, on February 8, 2017,…

Condolences to the family of George Humphrey

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HUMPHREY, George 1925-2017 George of Olds, Alberta, formerly of Drumheller and Delia, passed away on February 7, 2017, at…

Condolences to the family of Peter Kuchel

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KUCHEL, Peter January 6, 1925 - February 7, 2017 Peter Kuchel passed away peacefully February 7, 2017 at the age of 92…

Condolences to the family of Wesley Gordon Dyck

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Dyck, Wesley Gordon October 14, 1946 - February 7, 2017 Mr. Wesley Gordon Dyck of Carbon, Alberta passed away in Drumheller…

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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