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Booths available for 2015 Spring Expo

Booths available for 2015 Spring Expo

    There are still a few booths available for the Drumheller and Di...

Marijuana, hash seized from Acme home

Marijuana, hash seized from Acme home

Acme, Alberta – On February 28 2015 the Beiseker RCMP, with the assistance of Airdr...

CSI Tyrrell: Brinkman lends expertise to smuggling  case

CSI Tyrrell: Brinkman lends expertise to smuggling case

    Expertise from the Royal Tyrrell Museum helped to a secure a con...

Dragons take win in game one of first playoff series against the Grizzlys



The Drumheller Dragons secured the first win in their playoff series against the Olds...
Town postpones BCF fundraising strategy for 2015

Town postpones BCF fundraising strategy for 2015

The Mayor of Drumheller said lower oil prices and a bit of economic uncertainty has...

Senior girls Dynos playing for spot at zones

Senior girls Dynos playing for spot at zones

The DVSS senior girls’ basketball team wrapped up their final pre-playoff tournamen...

Encana supports Friends of Wheatland East

Encana supports Friends of Wheatland East

    Encana continues to show support for the communities it operates...

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ENDO 2015: Diabetes and Bones

ENDO 2015: Diabetes and Bones

Mar 05, 2015
And....we're off!!! ENDO 2015 is off to a fabulous start. I'm excited to share with you our learnings about diabetes and bone disease from a symposium held this morning. You'll need a few extra minutes to read this post - it's a little longer than my usual blogs - so much to cover and share! Grab a cuppa and get comfy. :)We were... Read More
Proud To Be An Official ENDO 2015 Blogger!

Proud To Be An Official ENDO 2015 Blogger!

Mar 04, 2015
This morning I'm on my way to ENDO 2015, the annual conference hosted by the Endocrine Society, in San Diego, CA. I'm always enthusiastic to be a part of this dynamic meeting, which brings together endocrinology experts from around the world, to provide updates on a wide range of clinically relevant topics.I'm extra excited this year,... Read More
Health Canada Approves New Obesity Treatment

Health Canada Approves New Obesity Treatment

Mar 02, 2015
Hot on the heels of the FDA's recent approval, Health Canada has now also approved the use of a diabetes medication called liraglutide as a weight loss medication for people with or without diabetes. Liraglutide is a medication that has been in use in Canada to treat type 2 diabetes for several years (called Victoza). As an... Read More
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Drumheller Curling Club applies for lottery grant

Feb 27, 2015
The Drumheller Curling Club is applying for lottery funds for a feasibility study on a building, possibly multi-use. When buying a lottery ticket, consider that the money the Alberta government earns from the sale of that ticket may go to help a local project. The new Curling Rink Project Team has applied for a Planning Studies Grant under the… Read More
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Grace House marks 25 years service

Feb 27, 2015
Daniel Harrison, Executive Director - The Drumheller Society for Recovery - Grace House. A dozen dedicated people saw a need in the area, and building from the ground up, Drumheller’s Grace House was formed 25 years ago. “It was a grass roots group of people who decided that addiction care was something that was needed, particularly for men, and… Read More
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Sharing awareness of endangered species

Feb 27, 2015
As part of environmental awareness, all students at Drumheller’s Greentree Elementary School took part in painting a paper grocery bag, supplied by Drumheller Co-op. Each student selected a threatened or endangered species to draw and colour, and included the name of the animal and a fact about them. Teacher and project organizer Mrs. Sharon… Read More
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Jaydee Bixby inks deal with US label

Feb 27, 2015
Drumheller country crooner Jaydee Bixby, 24, has a fresh start with a new Memphis - based record label. Drumheller’s Jaydee Bixby is taking his musical career south of the border, and is packing along a catalogue of music for his new audience. In January, Bixby signed a new record deal with Mid South Music Records based out of Memphis Tennessee.… Read More
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Woman given absolute discharge for marijuana…

Feb 27, 2015
A woman discovered with marijuana in a parking lot at the Drumheller Institution was given an absolute discharge. Stephanie Scholfield appeared in provincial court on Friday, February 20. She pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. The court heard how on September 12, 2014 Schofield was at the Drumheller Institution, outside the gate in a… Read More
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Council approves 2015 budgets

Feb 27, 2015
Drumheller Town Council has set their budgets for 2015, which includes over three million dollars in new project & equipment spending in the capital budget. Drumheller Town Coucil approved the Town’s Operating and Capital Budgets for the 2015 budget year at its regular Monday meeting February 23. The Town’s spending at $17,128,383 would come in… Read More
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Tyrrell launching new exhibit this spring

Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Craig Scott is part of the team at the Tyrrell assembling a new exhibit called Fossils in Focus, that will highlight dynamic nature of the museum. One specimen sure to on display this year is the recent discovery of a hadrosaur from the Castle River. One area that the Royal Tyrrell Museum sets itself apart from many others is the active and… Read More
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DVSS students tackle bullying

Feb 27, 2015
Students showed support for each other and those who have been bullied Wednesday, February 25 by wearing pink. Students at DVSS are leading the way in curbing bullying at their school. Last Wednesday, February 25, was Pink Shirt Day. It was observed at the local school to spread awareness of bullying. Students from Grades 7-9 showed their support… Read More
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Piecing together new waterslide

Feb 26, 2015
Drumheller Aquaplex Lifeguard Cagney Lowen, stands in front of the recently installed stairs for the Aquaplex’s new waterslide. Around her are the orange pieces containing sem-transparent stirps, of the waterslide the contractors are preparing to install. The Town said new supports are being manufactured for the glass windows that a section of the… Read More
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Structure fire at landfill

Feb 26, 2015
The Drumheller Fire Department responded to a structure fire shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Drumheller and District Landfill. It appears a shack containing recycled electronics caught fire. As three units from the Fire Department responded, a front-end loader at the landfill was able to douse the flames with snow. There were no… Read More
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Charmont Bilingual Academy opens in Roatan

Feb 26, 2015
Last week, class was officially in session in Roatan with the opening of the Charmont Bilingual Academy. The K-9 school in Roatan, is aimed at supporting families who are in the most need. On Monday the renovated house opened its doors to 53 students. “The students we have at our school either come from extreme poverty and/or AIDs affected… Read More
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Cougar sightings in North Drumheller

Feb 25, 2015
The wonders of nature can come pretty close to home as one North Drumheller resident learned watching a cougar trot through her yard last week. Penny Kushko’s most recent sighting came in the early morning hours last Thursday. “Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, he came through at the same time,” Kushko tells The Mail. Her home is on… Read More
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Two charged in smash and grab

Feb 25, 2015
On Thursday February 12th, 2015, just after 4:00 am, Drumheller RCMP responded to a commercial alarm at the Liquor Depot on Grove Place. The front window had been smashed and a small amount of liquor had been stolen. Police tracked suspects to a residence several blocks away. An 18 year old male from Drumheller has been charged with:- Break,… Read More
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Kallay to be inducted in the Alberta Hockey Hall…

Feb 25, 2015
A Drumheller man who has dedicated years to the development of hockey in the province is being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. On Tuesday morning, February 24, Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation announced their Hall of Fame Class of 2015. It includes George Kallay in the Builder Category. “This is a special time of… Read More
Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Feb 22, 2015
For those of you who have been following my blog posts about some of the popular diet plans out there, you may be wondering.... where does this leave you?!To round out this discussion, I'd like to draw your attention to a recent meta-analysis of data in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which compared data on a wide range of… Read More

Obituaries

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DOBSON CLIFFORD L

Mar 04, 2015
DOBSON, Clifford L September 13 ~ February 26, 2015 It is with great sadness and loss that we announce the passing of our dear and beloved Brother and Uncle, Clifford Dobson on February 26, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Clifford was born in Drumheller on September 13, 1926. He took all his schooling here. He was employed by the CNR Express and… Read More
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HOY ELLEN

Mar 04, 2015
HOY, Ellen 1918 - 2015 With sadness we announce the death of our dear mother, Ellen. Alice Ellen Murdoch was born 31 March 1918 at the Dack farm near Michichi. She was the daughter of Alice Dack and Walter Murdoch and grew up with her sisters, Betty and Marj, midst a flurry of activity, in the town of Michichi. As Smoky, she pitched for the Morrin… Read More
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PECKHAM REGINALD (Reg) MAX

Mar 04, 2015
PECKHAM, Reginald (Reg) Max July 25, 1960 – Feb 21, 2015 Reg Passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary. Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life and soulmate, Heather, his mother Lura of High River AB, his brothers Kent of Penticton BC, Greg and wife Melinda of High River AB, Guy and wife Mandy of Vancouver BC, as well as his… Read More
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CASTONGUAY EDMOND

Mar 04, 2015
CASTONGUAY, Edmond May 12, 1938 - February 28, 2015 It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our dear dad, grandpa and great grandpa, Edmond. He passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, Feb 28th at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. Dad was born May 12, 1938 in Rosetown, Sask. He grew up in Rosetown on… Read More
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ROES ANDREAS (Andy) JAMES

Mar 04, 2015
ROES, Andreas (Andy) James February 28, 2015 Andreas James Roes of Dorothy, beloved husband of Sheena Roes, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2015 at the age of 70 years. A Celebration of the life of Andreas (Andy), James Roes is to be held at the Homestead Coulée Community Centre on March 7th from: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Speeches and stories begin… Read More
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Samay ANNE (nee Gombos)

Feb 25, 2015
Samay, Anne (nee Gombos) June 18, 1924 in Czech Republic - February 18, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta Anne immigrated to Canada from the Czech Republic at the age of fourteen with her mother Anna and brother Michael to join their father making East Coulee their new home where her father worked in the coal mines. She met Frank Samay while working as… Read More

The original Dr. Phil

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    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.”