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Single vehicle accident near Nacmine

Single vehicle accident near Nacmine

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

Drumheller mixed slo-pitch gets ready to wrap up season

Drumheller mixed slo-pitch gets ready to wrap up season

 

The Drumheller mixed slo-pitch teams will be wrapping up their 2015 season ...

Emerging actress clowns around in wacky musical

Emerging actress clowns around in wacky musical

 

It’s already been an exciting year for emerging actress Brynn Linsey. Sprin...

Local lily grower wins big at Calgary show

Local lily grower wins big at Calgary show

Local resident Dani Dooley has been growing lilies for about 30 years, and it has p...

Alberta Men's Amateur Golf Champion has Drumheller connection

Alberta Men's Amateur Golf Champion has Drumheller connection


(Photo courtesy of the Alberta Golf twitter feed)

The champion of the Sunlife Financ...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for Drumheller and area

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for Drumheller and area

 

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Drumheller and ar...

Storm damages grain elevator, Dorothy church

Storm damages grain elevator, Dorothy church

 

      
(Submitted photo)

The roof of the Alberta Pacific ...

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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DIANETHOMAS

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
ElizabethNixon

NIXON, ELIZABETH MONICA

Jul 07, 2015
NIXON, Elizabeth Monica“Betty” April 15, 1922 - June 29, 2015 Elizabeth Monica (Betty) Nixon was born on April 15, 1922 at the Graves’ house in Stettler as the hospital was full. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 29, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Betty was raised in the Hartshorn/Wolf Hill area where her parents farmed.… Read More

Remembering a forgotten name in Alberta palaeontology

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    Harold D’acre (pronounced “Day-ker”) Robinson Lowe  was born in Liverpool, England on February 1, 1886, one of four sons born to Matthew Booth Lowe and his wife Sarah Ann of St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England. The entire family moved to Toronto around 1905 and farmed there.

In 1909 they moved to Alberta and were among the first homesteaders to settle and farm in the Big Stone district, about 50 km NE of today’s Dinosaur Provincial Park (DPP). Farming life was tough on the Lowes with drought, poor crops, Harold’s home burning down, and grass fires burning valuable feed for their animals. The family moved to Youngstown, AB around 1914, where they provided a variety of handyman jobs such as digging cellars; tilling gardens; selling cream separators, horses and coal; breaking and training horses for WWI military use overseas; taxi service; and hauling wagon loads of all types. Around 1920 some of the family (Harold included) moved to Drumheller and for several years ran one of the first bus and taxi companies in that then rough and rowdy coal town. The rest of the Lowe family soon followed suit. Despite being a Drumheller resident, Harold also continued farming his land in the Big Stone district until at least 1923.
    Early in the 1925 Geological Survey of Canada’s (GSC) field season near Tolman Bridge, AB Charles M Sternberg suddenly found himself without a teamster. The departing man recommended Harold Lowe and a field partnership lasting from 1925-1937 was born. Harold was an ideal field man. Though of slight build, years of hard labor on the farm had made him wiry and strong. He was a hard worker familiar with excavation tools and their use, horse and wagon care/operation, loading and hauling heavy wagon loads, and motor vehicle maintenance. Owing to the Great Depression and other interruptions, Harold did not work for Sternberg every year, but did put in six full field seasons (1925-1926,1928,1935-1937), not only in Alberta, but in 1935 also assisted Sternberg in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While the Royal Ontario Museum worked in Alberta during the Depression, Harold only worked for the GSC under Sternberg’s supervision. In the field he quickly became Sternberg’s “right hand man”.
    After his last field season, Harold had a number of jobs in Drumheller. He was a coal miner at the Hy-Grade Mine, manager of the St. Regis Hotel and then worked at Whitlock Lumber. He and his family (wife Daisy (1889-1973); son Don (1932-); and two daughters Connie (1923-1976) and Georgina (1928·2006)) moved away from Drumheller in 1944, starting a new life in Burnaby, BC. There he worked as a caretaker and maintenance man at a restaurant and later was a shipper/receiver at a car parts dealership. He suffered a fatal heart attack on September 5, 1952, age 66 (Anonymous, 1952a-b). The former Lowe home in Drumheller still exists and is now converted into the Old Grouch’s Restaurant, a popular hangout for some Tyrrell Museum staff.
    Harold’s name briefly comes up in several published histories of early dinosaur collecting in Alberta (Russell, 1966:26; Dodson, 1996:160; Spalding, 1999:89). The taxonomically problematic centrosaurine Monoclonius Lowei was named after him, the only civilian so honoured by M Sternberg who erected 37 new species of western Canadian dinosaurs or dinosaur ichnospecies.
    Despite these recognitions, who Harold Lowe was and his full contributions to Albertan vertebrate palaeontology are largely lost on most of the palaeontological community. This note is excised from a much larger and nearly completed project on the Albertan palaeontological contributions of Harold Lowe which will be published elsewhere (Tanke, in prep.). During Harold’s fieldwork in Alberta he made some significant ceratopsian discoveries and/or helped collect same in four of the six summers he was employed by the GSC. These are briefly reviewed here:
    1925
    Downstream of the Tolman Bridge, Harold finds and helps collect CMN 8882 ceratopsian scattered skull, jaws and teeth. This specimen has not been prepared and Sternberg considered it as “possibly not Anchiceratops”. Harold also helps excavate CMN 8547 a ct. Anchiceratops complete postcranial skeleton with fragments of frill. This is the panel mounted specimen which has been on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa) since about 1927.
    1928
    In today’s DPP, Harold finds and helps collect CMN 8801 (quarry 63) Chasmosaurus russelli, skull and partial skeleton.
    1936
    Work was again conducted in DPP. CM Sternberg’s 1936 field notes (Sternberg, 1936) for July 8 mention Harold collecting a ~small crest” of a ceratopsian, but no other details are given. A ceratopsian skeleton (possibly quarry 98) was explored July 29 and abandoned the next day.
    Fieldwork was also done in support of dinosaur exhibits underway at the Calgary Zoo Prehistoric Park. Dinosaur specimens (including ceratopsian) were collected by Harold and crew 10 create a simulated bonebed exhibit at the Zoo.
    1937
    This was Harold’s last summer of fieldwork and the most successful one for the discovery and collection of ceratopsians. In the Manyberries/Onefour, AB district the following specimens were secured: Field No. 1-1937. Monoclonius· partial skull (later discarded due to poor quality). CMN 8802. Chasmosaurus russelli skull and lower jaws. Described in Sternberg, 1940 and accidentally destroyed jaws saved during a move. CMN 8797. Scattered pieces of small centrosaurine ceratopsian skull: left side of face with orbital rim; ?frontal, prefrontal, jugal, squamosal. MN 9813. Part of crest. Found by Harold and described by Langston as Anchiceratops. . Parts of small centrosaurine ceratopsian skull: 2 squamosa Is, part of parietals, 1 quadrate, 1 ?prefrontal, 2 postorbitals, 2 horncores and other skull pieces; found by Harold. CMN 8790. “Monoc/onius· skull. Described in Sternberg, 1940 as Monoc/onius lowei; named after Harold. Field No. 16-1937. Large orbital horn core; rest of fragmentary skull not collected.