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Message interpreted incorrectly, no significant increase in water levels for Red Deer River or Rosebud Creek

An earlier report from Provincial Forecasting regarding rising water levels in the Red Deer River and the Rosebud Creek was somehow interpreted by some incorrectly. According to Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade, there is no prediction of any significant… Read More
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Walk-a-thon raises double initial goal

The Drumheller Heart-to-Heart Support Group raised almost double their original goal of $3,000 for a 24 hour blood pressure monitor on Wednesday, April 11 at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF). The group will most likely buy two monitors as last minute… Read More
The Red Deer River that runs through Drumheller has been closely monitored within the last few months as water levels continue to rise during the spring melt. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Town continues monitoring Red Deer River water levels

The Town of Drumheller has been hard at work checking in on the current height and flow of the Red Deer River that runs through Drumheller this weekend.“The river level has dropped overnight, and is flowing largely free of the ice observed yesterday,”… Read More

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Cindy Clark shares art talents

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Cindy Clark has taken her love of art and is sharing it with area seniors. Clark has been an active community volunteer, including serving on the Drumheller and District…

Volunteering not taxing for Wulff

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Volunteerism is simply freely applying your skills for the betterment of the community. For Bill Wulff, his skill of crunching numbers is helping seniors complete taxes. For…

Wheatland residents see cut in tax rate

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Despite the harsh economic climate, residents of Wheatland County are going to get a bit of a break on their property taxes. The County set its mill rate and the residential…

Beiseker RCMP on scene of serious collision

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Spring Expo showcases community

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Although there seems to be no green grass in sight, the 2018 Spring Expo will flourish regardless of the weather. The fourth annual event hosted by the Drumheller and…

Viola Adie continues caring legacy

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Viola Adie has spent 15 years of her life dedicated to the RCMP Victim Services program as well as a number of other volunteer positions. This includes spots like the…

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Drumheller Dragons head coach reflects on season

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Student Athletes compete for curling national title

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Taupert named to AJHL All-League team

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One Drumheller Dragon has been selected to the AJHL Viterra Southern Division All-League Team. Jordan Taupert, who was this year’s Drumheller Dragons’ Most Valuable Player,…

Dragons finish out season

Drumheller Dragons Forward Brady Risk charges the net on Sunday, March 25, during Game 6 of the second series of playoffs against the Brooks Bandits at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Bandits players Jacob LaPointe, 15, Jack Theis, 19, David D’Agostino, 21, and Goalie Mitchel Benson, 1, attempt to counter the offense. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley
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Dragons steal game five in Brooks

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Yavis Atom Raptors win provincial banner

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Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Alvin McLean

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McLEANAlvin March 2, 1942 - April 8, 2018 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Alvin McLean after a lengthy battle with chronic illness. He is survived by his…

Condolences to the family of Lois Evelyn Hiller

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HILLER (nee Colter)Lois Evelyn September 16, 1936 - April 13, 2018 Lois Evelyn Hiller (nee Colter) age 81, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loving family and…

Condolences to the family of John (Jack) Ross Humphries

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HUMPHRIESJohn (Jack) Ross July 26, 1942 - April 14, 2018 John (Jack) Ross Humphries was born July 26, 1942 in Calgary, Alberta. He passed away on April 14, 2018 in Olds,…

Condolences to the family of Myrna Faye Manning

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MANNINGMyrna Faye July 14, 1932 - April 4, 2018 Mrs. Myrna Faye Manning a longtime resident of the Drumheller Valley beloved wife of the late Charles “Gordon” Manning passed…

Candidates spar at forum

Three of the four federal candidates in Crowfoot constituency came out cordially, but swinging at the all candidates forum at the Drumheller Inn on Wednesday, October 1.
    Incumbent Kevin Sorenson, with candidates Kaitlin Kettenbach of the Green Party and Ellen Parker of the NDP traded barbs in a discussion of party politics and policy commitments. Liberal candidate Sharon Howe was unable to attend the event.


    In the order drawn, Parker began with her opening statement introducing the NDP platform that centered picking the ‘middle class over tax cuts’ and investing in the family.  She also brought up health care in her opening address.
    “Only the NDP can be trusted to keep the promises of health care that Tommy Douglas started,” she said.
    Kettenbach came out clearing up conceptions the greens are a one-issue party.
    “The Green Party of Canada has a full platform that incorporates social justice and financial planning,” she said.
    “The party’s policies are fiscally conservative, while more liberal on the environment and rights of people.”
    One element of the platform she stressed in her opening statement was the party’s plan to introduce income tax splitting. This is based on the concept of taxing the family rather than the individual. This would allow a couple to split their income, thereby reducing tax rates.
    “There is a lot of room to change, and this is the time to change,” said Kettenbach
    Sorenson’s opening statement focused on his party’s record. Some of the party’s accomplishments included the Accountability Act reducing the GST, the Universal Child Care Benefit and the Violent Crime Bill and long-term commitment to health care. He also stressed leadership.
    ‘We’re talking about who we will have at the helm in a very difficult time,” said Sorenson. “We need Steven Harper, we need the type of leadership he gives to this country.”
    The forum covered a number of issues including crime, domestic violence and agriculture and access to post secondary education. The largest contradiction in policy came in comments about strategies concerning the environment. The candidates were asked about incentives to help consumers wean themselves from dependence on oil.
    Kettenbach defended a carbon tax that would tax larger polluters, and transfer the funds back to citizens through tax rebates.
    Sorenson agreed there is a need for Canadians to get away from fossil fuels, however he says action has to start small.
    “Whether it is fuel efficient vehicles, or more efficient light bulbs, there are ways to start weaning ourselves,” said Sorenson. “What we won’t do is impose a tax… a punishment against those who want to bring change slowly and eventually get used to issuing less fossil fuels.”
    He also pointed out the Conservatives work towards introducing more bio-fuel.
    Parker balked at bio-fuel, explaining that using resources to raise a crop to make fuel makes no sense. She also pointed out the value of a cap and trade system.
    “It is proven a cap and trade system works, it then puts that money back into small corporations and small businesses that are working very hard to get a level playing field.”
    “I can see it only benefiting Alberta because it will shift the expertise we have right now for a dying industry we have now and move it towards solar power and wind power.”
    One ghost of the last candidate’s forum reappeared for Sorenson. Leading up to the last election, Belinda Stronach jumped ship to the Liberal Party from the Conservatives. At that time Sorenson was vocal about candidates crossing the floor. One questioner brought up the issue of David Emerson crossing the floor to the Conservative party weeks after the last election.
    “When someone is elected as a Conservative, I expect them to stay a Conservative, when some is elected as a New Democrat, I expect them to stay a New Democrat. Sometime people say ‘I cannot live with this leader or that leader.’”
    He adds Emerson is not running this year.
    Parker ended the debate on a positive note for change.
    “Think green, vote orange and don’t give up,” she said.
    Kettenbach jokingly said in her closing statement, “I think, ‘think green, vote Green is a little simpler.”
    Sorenson concluded the evening underlining Harper’s platform.   
    “Our prime minister during this election has come with a prudent modest platform.”

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