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Mar 29, 2015
Love this slow cooker permutation of chicken marinara - SkinnyMom wins the award for an awesomely healthy recipe that didn't need any 'doctoring' to make it DrSue.ca approved. Imagine how much you'll love coming home from work, cracking open the front door to find the delicious scent of your dinner wafting out to great you....Ingredients2... Read More
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Mar 22, 2015
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Limerick writers treated to pizza

Mar 20, 2015
Congratulations to three Drumheller poets whose wordsmith skills were rewarded. They entered The Drumheller Mail/Inside Drumheller’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest and earned Boston Pizza gift cards. They are (l-r) Dave Wood, with Shari Christensen of The Drumheller Mail, Eleanor Jensen and Mary Pearson. Winning Limericks were published… Read More

Dragons eliminated from playoffs by Camrose…

Mar 20, 2015
The Drumheller Dragons have been eliminated from the AJHL playoffs. The Dragons headed to Camrose Thursday night to play game five in the series, and after two over time periods, Camrose scored winning the game 3-2 and taking the series 4-1. Dakota Zaharichuk scored both goals for the Dragons.  Read More

Rotary launches matching fund campaign for…

Mar 19, 2015
Those in Drumheller wanting to support the construction of a new skatepark now have the opportunity to make their donation go twice as far. The Drumheller Area Skateboard Enthusiasts (DASE) has been working hard to make the new park a reality. They are hoping to break ground this spring, but are still working hard to raise the funds needed for the… Read More

Local cowboy competing for sponsorship for…

Mar 19, 2015
A local cowboy is in a contest for sponsorship and is hoping for some local support to put him over the top. Michael Solberg, who lives and ranches east of Drumheller near Big Stone, competes in bareback. He is hoping for sponsorship from a clothing company called Kimes Ranch. “It would be for a one year jeans and clothing sponsorship for… Read More

DVSS Dynos welcome province

Mar 19, 2015
Drumheller residents will have a rare treat this week of seeing their own DVSS senior boys basketball team take on the province’s best right in their own backyard. The Dynos are hosting the 2A provincial basketball tournament starting this Thursday. The top 12 teams in the province at the 2A Level will be in the valley to play for the top prize.… Read More

Big Valley teen competes in Canada pageant

Mar 18, 2015
A Big Valley student is on her way to represent the area in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. Tennille Day Chief, 14, of Big Valley has been selected into the preliminary round to represent the Drumheller-Stettler and Big Valley Area. “This is something I have always wanted to do,” Tennille tells The Mail. Tennille says that she saw the page for… Read More

Brian Jean Wildrose leadership campaign comes to…

Mar 18, 2015
And the race is on for the leadership of the Wildrose Party and candidate Brian Jean made a campaign stop through Drumheller last Monday to talk with constituents. Jean was at the Badlands Community Facility to meet with voters and tell his story. While his professional and political career has taken him all over the province and indeed the… Read More

10 year sentence for violent attack on teacher…

Mar 18, 2015
A 22-year-old inmate, motivated by entertainment and notoriety was sentenced to 10 more years for attempted murder of a civilian teacher. Cory Derdak appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, March 13 in shackles. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder. The court heard how Derdak was in a class at the Drumheller Institution, when he… Read More
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Dragons take a 3-1 loss in game four giving the…

Mar 17, 2015
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Mar 17, 2015
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Mar 16, 2015
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Mar 14, 2015
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Mar 13, 2015
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Mar 12, 2015
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Delia’s Art Hoover honoured

Mar 12, 2015
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Mar 31, 2015
BECK, Alice July 23, 1931 - March 14, 2015 Alice Beck passed away at Drumheller Continuing Care on March 14, 2015, at the age of 83 years. Alice is survived by daughter Ruby, sons Randy and Bud, her sister Shirley, Mildred , brothers Edward, Andrew and many other family members and friends. Alice was predeceased by her husband Benjamin (Ben) in… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
WATTENBARGER, Louis Lawrence November 29, 1944 - February 27, 2015 Beloved husband, father, Poppa and friend passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Louis will be remembered and dearly missed by his wife Marilyn; daughter Thirza; sons Dean (Zara), Calvin (Jennifer), Philip (Elizabeth), and Todd (Liza); grandchildren Tianna, Amy,… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
SIWY, Margaret October 26, 1921 - March 16, 2015 Margaret Siwy of Drumheller (Extended Care), beloved wife of the late Vincent Siwy, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on March 16, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Margaret was born in Podzameczek, Poland on October 26, 1921. She immigrated to Canada in 1959 where she married Vincent in… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
JEWELL, John “Wayne” July 12,1943 - March 27, 2015 It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Wayne on March 27, 2015 at the age of 71 years. He will be forever loved and remembered by his loving wife of almost 45 years, Myna. Wayne was born in Drumheller, Alberta on July 12, 1943. Wayne worked as a power lineman for Canadian… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
GILLIS, Justin Bryce February 29, 1996 - March 20, 2015 Justin Bryce Gillis of Drumheller, AB passed away at the age of 19 years on March 20, 2015. He is survived by his father Clayton, mother Rena, older brother Devon, younger brother Adam, younger sister Autumn and all his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Justin is lovingly remembered… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
LONG, Mary Margaret September 30, 1918 - March 22, 2015 Mary Margaret Long of Delia, AB, passed away peacefully, with family by her side on Sunday, March 22 at the Hanna Long Term Care Centre at the age of 96. Mary was born on September 30, 1918 on the family farm in the Handhills, near Delia, AB. She was the fifth oldest child of John and Jean… Read More

The original Dr. Phil


    While television’s Dr. Phil has made a career of finding unity and balance in people’s lives, Drumheller’s Dr. Phil considers his greatest political achievement was unifying the valley.

    Now 80, you’ll find Dr. Phil Bryant at the Pioneer Trail Centre in downtown Drumheller. Usually the morning sees about a dozen men playing snooker or cards, enjoying coffee, often discussing the municipal, provincial and federal political problems facing citizens.
    Bryant has always loved politics and has been active most of his life. He was part of a chapter of history which saw the amalgamation of the Municipality of Badlands and the new Town of Drumheller.
    “I was involved in bringing the valley together, of anything I have done (politically) I am most proud of that,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant, originally from Rosedale, B.C., came to the valley in 1958-1959 to work as a veterinarian for the federal government.
     He went on to practice privately in  Bow Island. There he became mayor. He came back to the valley in 1976 and settled in Rosedale as the area’s district veterinarian. He jokes that his hometown of Rosedale, B.C. had four churches, while Rosedale, Alberta has  four bars.
    Politically he didn’t rest. He was appointed to the second Advisory Council for Improvement District #7. He explains that at the time, there was no formal council for the area, which included the areas in the valley surrounding Drumheller.
    There were local advisors, but the Minister of Municipal Affairs acted as the political head. In 1983, the position became elected, and Bryant continued.
    There was a sense in the Improvement District that it needed more influence politically. Bryant said there was a feeling that land was often annexed for the City of Drumheller’s own good.
    “Whenever they wanted more land they would go to Edmonton, talk to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, our legal leader, and ask for some more land and  there got to be some bad feelings that they were gradually chipping in on us,” he said.
    In 1991 The Municipal District of Badlands was formed.
    “At that time we became a legal municipality with an elected government making our own decisions,” said Bryant who served as reeve.
    He said the arrangement was good, but the MD had too small of a base and found themselves losing money each year, eating away at its reserves.
    Bryant, and then sitting Drumheller Mayor Brock Wood, could see the valley were better off with amalgamation.
    “After about two or three years of negotiations and a lot of publicity and arguments as politics does, we made an agreement to join with the city,” he said.
    Part of the negotiators guaranteed staff severance pay or a new job within the new municipality for Badlands employees, they also retained the Ward System. The City of Drumheller became a town, according to Bryant, was so the province would be responsible for the major highways through the valley, saving the municipality.  The MD of Badlands also gave up some land to Kneehill County, which also realized savings.
 In January 1 1998, a new combined council was sworn in with 13 members. That fall, the first election for councillors of the new look town took place and Bryant became Mayor.
    He says there are sill rumblings from some that were not happy with amalgamation.
“There are some who feel we sold out, but of course they don’t realize we were going broke,” he said, adding he believes they made one mistake. He would have liked to see the Ward System stay in place. The 2004 election was the last election that allowed residents to vote for candidates in their direct community.
    “I thought in the span of six years we would all get to love each other and all be mature enough to enjoy open voting, but that didn’t happen,” he said.
    Dr. Bryant served for one term and was defeated by Paul Ainscough in the next municipal election. By then, he had been retired professionally for four years.
    “I always liked politics and I always liked promoting the town,” said Bryant.
    While he has retired from the political realm, he has remained active in the community. He served as president of the Pioneer Trail Society for about five years. He believes in this institution.
    “To me this is the ideal place for seniors that are retired. It is a recreation room, we have the quilters and shuffle boarders, we have the card players and the pool players,” he said. “To me it’s a coffee row, but it is also a place to do things.”
    The Pioneer Trail Society became a registered society in 1974, but its roots go back to the 1950’s when it was started by the Elks Club.
Looking at his career in service, the people have been important to Bryant.
    “It is the satisfaction of doing your part and working with good people,” he said.
    As for the Town of Drumheller, it is on the right path.
    “I like to think that the political group can’t cause a lot of trouble.  This is true because you can be mayor or you can be councillor and you can give them your advice, but when it comes right down to it there is a bureaucracy there that is working and it is our job as elected officials to make sure that bureaucracy is on the right track. If they are on the right track; and this is true in Canadian government and anywhere else, you can’t change that overnight, and once you find out how it works, you probably don’t want to change it.”