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Safety of Morrin Corner, Highways 9 & 21 under review

Safety of Morrin Corner, Highways 9 & 21 under review


A filephoto of a collision at Morrin Corner in July of 2013 where two STARS choppers ...

George Kallay inducted into Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

George Kallay inducted into Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

A hockey hero who has served the game and the people who play it, locally and natio...

Atlas awarded Canada 150 grant

Atlas awarded Canada 150 grant

The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site received a boost from the federal govern...

Rosebud Chamber Music Festival returns even bigger

Rosebud Chamber Music Festival returns even bigger

As you drive toward Rosebud, Alberta, the blacktop prairie highway rolls under your...

Dinny the Dinosaur will get much needed repairs

Dinny the Dinosaur will get much needed repairs

Dinny the Dinosaur is going to be getting some much needed repairs.
Ed Palm of Palm...

Drumheller players shine at Alberta 55 Plus summer games

Drumheller players shine at Alberta 55 Plus summer games

 

Strathmore was full of activity July 16-19 as over 1200 individuals gathere...

Single vehicle accident near Nacmine

Single vehicle accident near Nacmine

At approximently 2:40 p.m. Friday, July 24 Drumheller Emergency Services responded ...

Drumheller Town Council Meeting

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2015 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede Gid'up

Jul 16, 2015
It doesn't take more than a few clicks through the official Calgary Stampede Photo Archives to see that there have been a few changes to Stampede fashion in the last 103 years. In fact, during the first decade of the event, the only people who wore 'old west' attire, were the cowboys who actaully competed in the rodeo, while the attendees simply… Read More
New Obesity Medication - Liraglutide On The SCALE

New Obesity Medication - Liraglutide On The SCALE

Jul 05, 2015
Liraglutide, a medication that we currently use to treat type 2 diabetes, will soon become available in Canada as a treatment for obesity. Hot off the presses, the biggest clinical trial to study liraglutide as an obesity treatment has just been published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.This SCALE obesity trial enrolled just... Read More
Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on TED Talks

Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on…

Jun 26, 2015
In a world where not only adult obesity, but also childhood obesity, is a common and serious health concern, strategies are urgently needed to help to combat this epidemic.Jamie Oliver, chef and advocate against childhood obesity, has provided a riveting TED talk about childhood obesity that is well worth watching. A few points that... Read More
Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All Year!

Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More
Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All Year!

Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More
We Think Fat. Why?

We Think Fat. Why?

Jun 14, 2015
While the balance between calories in and calories out is closely monitored by our brains, our brains tend to ‘think fat’ – meaning that this regulation favors an accumulation of fat stores. The extent to which our brains ‘think fat’ is very different from person to person – genetics may in fact underlie as much as 70% of human obesity. ... Read More
Chew Your Smoothie!

Chew Your Smoothie!

Jun 07, 2015
I came across the interesting concept of chewing a smoothie in my online travels, and I feel it's a concept well worth sharing!In my weight management counselling, one thing I will often mention to my patients is not to drink calories (with the exception of skim milk). There are a number of reasons for this:1. It takes about 15 minutes... Read More

Lots of excitement at the Tyrrell Museum this week

Jun 05, 2015
Check today's inSide Drumheller for the story about Regaliceratops peterhewsi. Read More
Peeing At Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea

Peeing At Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea

May 30, 2015
Many people get up to pee at night. This could simply be a reflection of drinking water before bedtime, caffeine, or alcohol, or it could be a symptom of a medical problem, one of which is sleep apnea.Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the upper airway is obstructed during sleep, causing pauses in air intake despite an effort... Read More

Obituaries

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CRAIG, SAM

Jul 28, 2015
CRAIG, Sam July 8, 1931 - July 27, 2015 Sam passed peacefully on Monday, July 27. She is survived by 2 sons, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grand children and 5 siblings. The family wants to express our appreciation for the community of Dalum for always being there for mom. Also a special thanks to the staff at the Continuing Care unit in Drumheller… Read More
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THOMAS, DIANE ROBERTA (CHAMBERS)

Jul 21, 2015
THOMAS, Diane Roberta (Chambers) August 13, 1955 - July 13, 2015 Diane was born August 13,1955 in Drumheller AB to Harold and Gertrude Chambers. She grew up on the family farm south of Delia. Diane received her high school diploma from Delia School and went on to complete her hairdressing certificate in Calgary. Diane married Ron Thomas December… Read More
BrentHoughton

HOUGHTON, BRENT DOUGLAS

Jul 20, 2015
HOUGHTON, Brent Douglas November 13, 1969 - July 13, 2015 It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Brent Houghton wish to announce his sudden passing. Brent was predeceased by his parents, Lorna & Vern Houghton. Brent leaves to mourn his passing his children, Victoria and Cole Houghton, and his brother Rob Houghton. A Celebration of Life… Read More
BerniceLiddicoat

LIDDICOAT, BERNICE ELIZABETH

Jul 16, 2015
LIDDICOAT, Bernice Elizabeth (nee Holmes) March 7, 1927 - Thunder Bay, ON - July 13, 2015 - Drumheller, AB Bernice Elizabeth Liddicoat went to be with her Lord on July 13, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta. It is with joy that she is now reunited with her husband Wilbert, son Larry, and daughter-in-law Carol. Bernice is survived by sons, Howard of Red… Read More
MaryRitz

RITZ, MARY FLORENCE

Jul 15, 2015
RITZ, Mary Florence August 17, 1941 - July 6, 2015 Heaven became a better place on Monday, July 6, 2015 when Mary Florence Ritz, née Hart, was called home. Mary was born August 17, 1941 in Swan River, Manitoba to William (Bill) and Yvonne Hart. Mary was the 5th in a family of 6 little live wires. Mary was predeceased by her brother Thomas, brother… Read More
RogerElisBerlando

BERLANDO, ROGER ELIS

Jul 09, 2015
BERLANDO, Roger Elis May 3, 1929 - July 8, 2015 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Elis Berlando. Roger passed away peacefully July 8, 2015 in the Drumheller Continuing Care Facility. Roger was born in Drumheller May 3, 1929 to parents Eugenio and Santina Berlando. He grew up in Star Mine where he spent most of his… 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.”