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Drumheller posts record dollars in building permits

Drumheller posts record dollars in building permits

Renovations and additions to the ATCO building on 12th Street at the end of the Hy-...

Fatal ATV rollover near Byemoor

Fatal ATV rollover near Byemoor

 

On Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at about 9:30 pm, Drumheller, Hanna, ...
Dragons take shootout win over Bonnyville Pontiacs Sunday afternoon

Dragons take shootout win over Bonnyville Pontiacs Sunday afternoon

 
 
Sarah Devereaux
 
The Drumheller Dragons went home from the ...
Dragons take a win in the first of two north road trip games this weekend

Dragons take a win in the first of two north road trip games this weekend

 
 
 
Sarah Devereaux
 
The Drumheller Dragons secured a w...
Three Hills RCMP request public help on break and enter

Three Hills RCMP request public help on break and enter

 

 

 
 
Twenty-eight unique rodeo belt buckles were stolen ...
St. Anthony’s Junior B Saints notch first win

St. Anthony’s Junior B Saints notch first win

 

The Junior B Saints Girls basketball team won their first game of the seaso...

Downtown merchants seek common ground

Downtown merchants seek common ground

Downtown Drumheller merchants are reviewing ideas to attract more shoppers.


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Dr Oz Fails The True Test Of Research

Jan 25, 2015
There are a lot of conflicting opinions about Dr Oz out there. Some people feel that he is the guru of modern medicine, whereas others, including many health care professionals, are very critical of his claims. I'm thrilled to report that researchers at the University of Alberta have put this debate to the true test of research.In the s... Read More
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Incident at Acme School

Jan 23, 2015
Beseiker RCMP are investigating the incident near the Acme School playground Thursday, January 22, at lunch. Beiseker RCMP report the incident involving men exposing their buttocks near the Acme School playground Thursday does not appear to be sexual in nature. Concerned parents were left wondering what happened at Acme school during the lunch… Read More
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Suspect in Drumheller, Hanna robberies nabbed

Jan 23, 2015
On January 23rd, 2015, members of the Hanna and Drumheller RCMP Detachments with the assistance of the Serious Crimes Branch have arrested and charged one male with 3 counts of Armed Robbery as well as 14 other related offences. Beaulieu was charged after a lengthy investigation relating to three separate armed robberies. On January 30, 2014,… Read More
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The Stare Down

Jan 23, 2015
Students from Greentree, Morrin and Delia schools and the Drumheller Dragons went into knee hockey battle Wednesday morning, January 21, at the 10th annual Knee Hockey Tournament to mark National Non-Smoking Week. Not only did the students have fun but learned the health effects of tobacco. James Zuccatto, left, and Haydn Mcfadden, right, mean… Read More
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Local help available for sexual assault victims

Jan 23, 2015
Sarah Andersen, Big Country Victim Services For anyone local who has suffered the trauma of sexual assault, Big Country Victim Services is an important local resource. Big County Victim Services is often the first contact to help support people in their start with dealing with the trauma. Big Country Victim Services Assistant Coordinator Sarah… Read More
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Parties preparing for expected spring vote

Jan 23, 2015
Nathan Cooper, seeks Wildrose nod in Wade Bearchell seeks PC nod in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Indicators are pointing to a spring provincial election and the action is heating up in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding. MLA Bruce Rowe, was one of the nine Wildrose MLAs that crossed the floor to join the Progressive… Read More
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Battle of the sexes spreads to BCF

Jan 22, 2015
The Battle of the sexes is ramping up come February and this year participants can battle it out in the pool or on the track at the BCF. The Battle of the Sexes is coming back, but with a twist. The annual contest that pits the men against the women counting lengths at the Aquaplex is growing into the Badlands Community Facility. This year,… Read More
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Atlas Coal Mine looks forward to 2015 season…

Jan 22, 2015
Jenn Balderston, Visitor Services Manager, and long-time volunteer Bob Moffat, of the Atlas Coal Mine. Moffat, 78, is a fifth-generation miner who will be guiding tours for the 2015 tourist season at the Atlas. The Atlas Coal Mine is looking forward to the upcoming tourist season with great anticipation after two record-setting years of visitor… Read More
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Valley feeling effect of lower oil prices

Jan 21, 2015
Gasoline at the pump was under 77 cents per litre as of Wednesday afternoon, January 21. With the price of crude oil falling to $48 a barrel Monday, January 19, there’s a definite upside to the low prices. Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce president John Shoff said the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has done studies on the economic impact of… Read More
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Candidates jockey for Drumheller-Stettler voters

Jan 21, 2015
Drumheller's Ed Mah has been working hard to be ready as a candidate vying for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Drumheller-Stettler. Mah said the PCs will be holding a Super Saturday, where 35 constituencies will pick their candidate to run in the next provincial election. The message coming from Edmonton over the last week appears to… Read More
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Pint sized pucksters

Jan 21, 2015
The Drumheller Minor Hockey Association Freson Bros. Tykes faced each other Sunday morning at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. The Orange and Black Tykes played a close game with the Orange team, taking the win 11-10. Read the complete story on page B3 in the January 21st edition of The Drumheller Mail. Read More
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MP Sorenson talks federal budget

Jan 21, 2015
Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance and Crowfoot MP was through Drumheller last Friday afternoon to talk budget with some area residents. He met with civic and municipal leaders from the area as well as citizens at large to discuss a number of topics. These included how the federal government can help support the costs of living and… Read More
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2015 Drumheller Ladies Bonspiel Champions

Jan 18, 2015
2015 Drumheller Curling Club Ladies Bonspiel Champions (l-r) Skip Katie Primrose, Third Shelby Primrose, Second Brittany Cawiezel, Lead Joanne Schinnour. The Katie Primrose rink wins the Centennial Cup as the Drumheller Curling Club’s 2015 Ladies Bonspiel Champions. Skip Katie Primrose said it was a good final game, and “It’s nice to beat the… Read More
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Updated: Freezing rain warning ended

Jan 18, 2015
511 Alberta reports snow and ice covered area highways. Environment Canada has ended the freezing rain warning in effect for Drumheller, Three HIlls, Hanna, Coronation and Oyen. The weather agency says we can expect partly cloudy conditions, with Drumheller reaching a high of plus three. Current conditions reported on 511 Alberta as of 1:30 pm… Read More
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Scrumptious Zucchini Apricot Muffins!

Jan 18, 2015
Here's a delectable recipe to help you bring in 2015 in healthy style. These packets of goodness make a super mid morning snack, and are great to help fuel winter mountain adventures! I cut back from the original recipe on the walnuts; they could be cut down further to further drop the calorie and fat count, but at 1/2 cup in the... Read More
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Dragons fall to Saints in third straight shootout…

Jan 17, 2015
Sarah DevereauxThe Drumheller Dragons hosted the Spruce Grove Saints Saturday night and forced the third straight shootout on home ice. The Dragons took a 2-0 lead into the second period, but Spruce Grove scored to make the score at the end of the second 2-1. The third period kept fans on their seats, as the Dragons took a two goal lead again… Read More
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Minister Sorenson hosts pre-budget consultation…

Jan 16, 2015
Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today hosted a pre-budget roundtable discussion in Drumheller, Alberta, with business representatives, community leaders and academics. The pre-budget consultations, which began in November 2014, are allowing Canadians to provide valuable input on how the Government can continue to create jobs, improve… Read More
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Number spoofing drawing residents into telephone…

Jan 16, 2015
Corporal Kevin Charles, Drumheller RCMP. Scammers have found another way to draw locals into telephones scams by spoofing local numbers. Residents have been reporting they are receiving recorded telephone messages. What makes these more recent calls more sinister, is that they are often coming from a local phone number. Corporal Kevin Charles of… Read More

Obituaries

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CONNELLY, RONALD DOUGLAS

Jan 21, 2015
CONNELLY, Ronald Douglas 1947 - 2015 With great sorrow and regret we announce the passing of Ronald Douglas Connelly on Jan12/2015 at the age of 67, after a courageous battle with Cancer. Ronald was born in Drumheller and his travels took him throughout Alberta and BC, but he had always returned to his roots here in Drumheller. Ron worked in the… Read More
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HARPER, DAVE

Jan 21, 2015
HARPER, Dave 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Harper. Dave suddenly passed away while at his winter residence in Yuma, Arizona, with Rose, his loving wife of sixty one years, at his side. Dave will be deeply missed by all. Friends and family will cherish memories of Dave’s strong will and personality. At a young… Read More
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LEFFERSON, CLAUDIA

Jan 21, 2015
LEFFERSON, Claudia A. January 9, 1936 - January 14, 2015 Claudia was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan to James Alexander Turkington and Dorothy Alma Turkington. She was the middle child with three older brothers, Cy, Tom, Jim, and three younger sisters, Nita, Mary, and Stella. Claudia grew up on the family farm at Daylesford, Saskatchewan and in… Read More
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MARSHALL, MAUDE

Jan 21, 2015
MARSHALL, Maude Sunrise - November 27, 1923, Lawsonburg, Alberta Sunset - January 13, 2015, Drumheller, Alberta Maude Marshall passed away in her sleep at the Sunshine Lodge in Drumheller. She was predeceased by her parents Kingsley and Alice Morton, Husband Michael. Brothers Lloyd, Roy, Arthur (Lillian), Lawrence (Frances) and Charlie (Marg).… Read More
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HERMAN, DONALD ARTHUR

Jan 21, 2015
HERMAN, Donald Arthur December 29, 1931 - January 19, 2015 Donald Arthur Herman, born December 29, 1931, died January 19, 2015 at the age of 83, after a brave but painful struggle with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife Joan, children Deborah, Shelley, Douglas & Tracey, Kim & Tony, grandsons Matthew, Justin, Dale & Shaun, his… Read More
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Jan 21, 2015
Carl W. DEEM, B.Sc.MT. (ASCP)(CLS) March 11, 1940 - January 15, 2015 Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Carl was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He loved music, chess, reading and food. He was on the honor roll at the University of Reno, Nevada and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. 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.”