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Drumheller May 19 2018 Motorcycle Incident

Emergency Services assist motor cyclists after impact with Gordon Taylor Bridge.

A motorcycle carrying two passengers headed southbound on the Gordon Taylor Bridge slid into the barricade on Saturday, May 19. RCMP, Drumheller Fire Department and EMS are currently on scene to assess the situation. More information will be made available as… Read More
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Community pays tribute to fallen miners

In the years when men risked their lives daily to eke out a living from the coal in the valley, 210 men perished in the mines. Now every year the Drumhellercommunity honours them. The annual Miners Memorial ceremonies are coming up on Sunday, May 20. Jay… Read More
Sheri Cooper stands at the location of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity Project in North Drumheller on Friday, April 6. The organization is looking for successful applicants to make the duplex project a reality for 2018.  mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Habitat for Humanity project needs family applicants

The Habitat for Humanity Drumheller Chapter is seeking new applicants interested in purchasing a new home with some conditions.The process has three simple steps: Take the eligibility quiz, attend an open house and then submit an application. The quiz portion… Read More

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Habitat for Humanity project needs family applicants

Sheri Cooper stands at the location of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity Project in North Drumheller on Friday, April 6. The organization is looking for successful applicants to make the duplex project a reality for 2018.  mailphoto by Terri Huxley
The Habitat for Humanity Drumheller Chapter is seeking new applicants interested in purchasing a new home with some conditions.The process has three simple steps: Take the…

Kneehill holds line on taxes

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Kneehill County Council has announced there will be no increase in municipal taxes this year.Although Kneehill County has lost significant assessment, particularly in the oil…

Roof-top dinos

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Centuries ago, dinosaurs roamed the Drumheller Valley, and today, they are roosting on the rooftops. Recently a small raptor appeared up on the roof of Pop’s Block, home of…

RCMP catch Break and Enter suspects

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Two adult males are facing Criminal Code charges after a property owner located them breaking into a sea can on his property last week. On Thursday, May 10 at approximately…

Rosebud home to innovative wastewater treatment project

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The Hamlet of Rosebud is seeing first-hand cutting-edge technology that could change how communities and industries deal with their wastewater. Symbiotic Envirotek Inc. has…

Novas National bound

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Beginning today, Wednesday, May 16, the U15 Nova Volleyball Club Team is headed to the Edmonton Expo Centre for the Volleyball Canada Nationals.The team is comprised of eight…

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Dietrich joins University of Regina Rams

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He took the long road, but a former Titan is headed to play college football. Last week Travis Dietrich signed with the University of Regina to join the Rams. The former St.…

Softball back into the swing of things

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The Drumheller Girls Softball Association (DGSA) has begun putting their leather gloves, bats, and cleats to good use as the softball season starts to ramp up. The Town of…

Minor Hockey ponders new Hockey Canada rules

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Drumheller Minor Hockey is still looking at how best to implement new rules from Hockey Canada. Hockey Canada is adopting cross-ice games for five and six-year-old players.…

Soccer house league looking for players

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Soccer teams are getting ready to get back on the field and are looking forward to a strong season. Mark Olbrich of Drumheller Minor Soccer said this year there have been a…

Badlands Rugby joins with Red Deer club to field men’s team

The Badlands Rugby Football Club (RFC) is joining forces with the Red Deer Titans to compete this season. The plan is to enter a joint men’s team in the Calgary Rugby Unions…

Drumheller Dragons head coach reflects on season

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After a successful season, the Mail sat down with Dragons Head Coach Kevin Hasselberg to reflect on the 2017-2018 season. Q How would you sum up the season as a whole?“It was…


Condolences to the family of Ronald Orval Bigford

BIGFORDRonald Orval June 10, 1933 - May 13, 2018 Mr. Ronald Orval Bigfordof Drumheller, beloved husband of Maria Gammie, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2018 at the age of…

Condolences to the family of Réal Joseph Alcide Dorais

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Condolences to the family of Jeffrey Guy Hirsch

HIRSCHJeffrey Guy Jeffrey Guy Hirsch passed away at the age of 45 years, husband of Patricia Seiller of Carbon,Alberta. He also leaves to cherish his memory his parents,…

Condolences to the family of Roland Albert Jensen

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WPCA to return next season

The Drumheller and District Ag Society may soon be the first community in Alberta to firm up its chuckwagon event for next season.
    An official from the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) is expected to be in Drumheller today to put the final touches on securing a one-year commitment to have the chuckwagons race in Drumheller next year.


    At the September 29 Drumheller Town Council meeting, the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society presented a report of their accomplishments from last season and thanked council for its support.
    “First, we were able to recover from a very large deficit; the facility has undergone some health authority upgrades as well as a thorough cleaning,” stated the report.
    Some of the accomplishments outlined were hosting the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Rodeo and WPCA Dodge Pro Tour, as well as the 25th annual Demolition Derby. More rentals for this facility was another accomplishment.
    Adding to the list, is confirmation of next year's Dinosaur Derby.  Vice president of the Ag Society, Larry Duxbury, received correspondence from Wayne Overacker, president of the WPCA, confirming the organization’s intention to sign with the Ag Society.
    “I would like to put the record straight and advise you of what our board has decided in terms of returning to Drumheller as we are currently at the end of a three year contract,” stated the message. “We have decided that we would like to sign a one year contract with some stipulations as to improvements that we would like to see before signing a longer term contract.”
    These stipulations include improvements to turn number three on the track, improvements to the barn area, and working to build tarp sponsorship from the local area.
    “This is not only a Drumheller situation (tarp sponsors) but one that applies to most of the venues that we race at,” states the correspondence.
    The Stampede and Ag Board has gone through a number of changes over the past year, but they are looking forward to next season and have interest from a number of other events for the venue, including motorsports associations.
    Duxbury said not long after the new board was put in place, they explored the idea of using the half-mile track for motorsports events. They long since abandoned the idea because due to the size of the track, the speeds of the cars would increase, resulting in the need for more safety barriers They agreed it would be cost prohibitive to erect the necessary barriers.
    “We do not have the safety equipment, or the maintenance equipment to put cars on the track,” said Duxbury
    They plan to have racing return, but on a 3/8-mile oval built inside the half-mile track.
    “At no point in time will cars be in the outside track,” said Duxbury.
    He says there won’t be as many automotive events as Hidden Valley Motorsports Park had. They are going from a quarter-mile track to a three-eighths oval. This will allow for  higher caliber, faster cars that are better equipped.
    As well as races, they are looking at bringing back the 4H club to their facility, and possibly bull riding events, wild pony races and amateur rodeo.
    “It has to be a multi-use facility to sustain itself,” said Duxbury. “All the groups up there are going to work together, it makes our resource pool that much better.”

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