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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

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Condolences to the family of Roland Albert Jensen

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Drumheller to hoist Olympic Torch

olympic-run.jpgDrumheller is in limited company, as it became one of less than 200 communities across Canada, where the Olympic torch will make a stop on its way to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, British Columbia.
    Last Friday, an excited Mayor Bryce Nimmo and Economic Development officer Ray Telford delivered the word that Drumheller would be an official stop on the Olympic Torch Relay.  Drumheller Town Councillor Don Guidolin was also at the announcement as well as invited community stakeholders.
    “Just over two hours ago, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee finalized the Olympic Torch Relay Route,” said a beaming Nimmo on Friday afternoon at Town Hall. “It gives me great pleasure to announce the Olympic Torch for the 2010 Olympics will make a stop in Drumheller.” 
    “Not only will it pass through our community, but there is a program that will take place on the day it arrives."
    On January 16, 2010, Drumheller will be an “Olympic Community for a Day.” There will be a two-hour program, with a 30-minute official segment provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee. Each community is asked to present their own community flavour.
    The next step will be setting up an Olympic celebration committee, made up of people from the surrounding community to plan the event.
    “We’ll have our own unique opportunity to show what our community is and stands for,” said Nimmo. “We’re very happy to make this announcement, and I know a number of you sitting here will be involved, and will be very proud.”
    He says the Town of Drumheller has a wealth of talent, which can be tapped to make the event a success.
    Nimmo said the community was approached in May about the possibility of hosting the event. Drumheller was one of the first asked. They found out just days prior to Friday’s announcement the town is to be one of the communities.
    This is the longest torch relay in the history of the Olympics, and it starts October 30, 2009. It will travel 45,000 kilometres across Canada, with 12,000 people carrying the torch.Nimmo says the torch will be within a one-hour drive from 90 per cent of the population of Canada. The route will see the torch wind south through Red Deer and Olds, then Three Hills towards Drumheller on January 16, where there will be a reception. The torch will continue on a loop through southern Alberta, including Medicine Hat, Taber, Lethbridge and High River before heading to Calgary.   
    One of the biggest honours a Canadian can have is to carry the torch. The major sponsors of the relay, Coca Cola and RBC are the gatekeepers. Local residents can apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame at iCoke.ca or rbc.com/carrythetorch.ca.
 Coca-Cola and RBC, the relay’s presenting partners, have the exclusive rights for the public to enter the Olympic Torchbearer program and are looking for Canadian applicants who commit to live healthier or are inspired to create a stronger country by volunteering or making sustainable choices.
     While Lindsay Cunningham, daughter of Sandy and Joanne, was only seven years old during the Calgary 1988 Olympics, she remembers the day well. As the only Drumhellerite to carry the torch, she held the flame high (with a little help) on a small stretch near Airdrie. As a young girl some of the details that stick out in her mind are the big crowds, the weight of the torch and the ill-fitting tracksuit. She also remembers warming up in a motorhome with a chocolate bar. In retrospect she sees the gravity of how special the event was.
    "At the time I didn’t really get it, but my dad especially wanted me to do it,” she says. “It was so cool, and I am so glad I did it.”
    She says when they drive through Calgary they often stop at the base of Canada Olympic Park at the monument that names all of the torch run participants, and finds her name on the plaque.
    “It is something I am proud of, just to be able to be a part of it,” she said.   
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