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Civic discord in Acme leads to Municipal Affairs review

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Carbon Library inspiring writers

Carbon Library inspiring writers



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Council okays tourism levy

Council okays tourism levy

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Hayden wins  PC nomination

Hayden wins PC nomination

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Tough Mudder returns to Drumheller

Tough Mudder returns to Drumheller

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Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Mar 22, 2015
At the Endocrine Society’s recent ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego, I managed to score a seat in a packed-to-overflowing symposium discussing some of the controversies surrounding testosterone therapy in men.At the heart of the discussion ws the fact that testosterone prescribing in men has dramatically increased over the last several years,... Read More

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
The Drumheller Dragons hosted the Camrose Kodiaks Tuesday night for game four of the second round series.The Kodiaks now lead the series 3-1 after a 3-1 win.The Kodiaks took a 1-0 lead in the second period but just after Wyatt Noskey scored to tie the game at one goal each. The Kodiaks scored a second goal late in the second and then a third in… Read More

Drumheller RCMP charge four with drinking and…

Mar 17, 2015
Drumheller RCMP were busy over this past weekend. In addition to responding to twenty five calls for service over the weekend, police dealt with four impaired drivers on Saturday night. Of note, these incidents were not reported to police by the public, and were initiated by multiple officers conducting traffic enforcement. On Saturday evening,… Read More

Wheatland fire ban lifted

Mar 16, 2015
Sunday’s snow had a positive affect for residents of Wheatland County as it lifted its fire ban. The Mail reported in its March 11 edition that the county suspended its fire permits. Other are municipalities were also on high alert due to dry conditions. On Friday, March 13, Wheatland County issued an all out fire ban. A Sunday afternoon blanket… Read More
Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Prevention?

Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Prevention?

Mar 15, 2015
Over the last decades, many modalities to prevent type 2 diabetes have been studied. Lifestyle changes, particularly if they result in weight loss, can be very powerful to prevent this condition. Of all of the medications studied, only metformin has so far been recommended to decrease the risk of developing diabetes in people who have... Read More

New site offers over 3,000 courses to DVSS…

Mar 14, 2015
Having a bit of a techie for a principal seems to be a bonus for Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) in obtaining availability to current learning tools for both students and staff. School principal Curtis LaPierre launched to the school in mid-February “lynda.com”, a website that offers over 3,000 courses in different categories such as… Read More

Community Learning Centre looks for input for…

Mar 13, 2015
The Drumheller Community Learning Society is being proactive and looking to the community to update a Needs Assessment for Drumheller and area. The Community Learning Society has gone through a number of changes over the years, but has always remained a group that has served the community and delivers programs that are needed. Linde Turner has… Read More

Who Are You: Marley Henneigh

Mar 12, 2015
Age:24 Current Occupation:Office & Chamber Services Coordinator, Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce.How long have you been doing that for?Just over six months now.What do you most enjoy about your work?There’s so many little things. Overall, interacting with the community and my co-workers.How long have you lived in the area?I moved to the… Read More

Delia’s Art Hoover honoured

Mar 12, 2015
The late Art Hoover, Delia resident, was honoured by a provincial agricultural association. Delia resident Art Hoover was recognized posthumously with induction onto the honour roll of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies February in Edmonton. Mr. Hoover was nominated for the honour by the Delia & District Agricultural Society, where… Read More

Morrin girls provincial champions

Mar 11, 2015
The Morrin Girls high school curling team took the provincial championship in Lloydminster Saturday, March 7. The team's players that took the gold are (l-r) Skip Katie Primrose, Third Amy Adams, Second Shelby Primrose, Lead Jessica Wolf, Coach Betty Primrose. While provincial teams were playing off in the national Tim Horton’s Brier curling… 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


Mar 25, 2015
POWELL, Martin Wayne December 1, 1941 - March 6, 2015 It is with great sadness we announce that Wayne passed away peacefully at the Lacombe Hospital on March 6, 2015. He will be fondly remembered by his son Dave Powell (Lori) of Drumheller, and their children, Tyson and Kassidy; and daughter Kimberley Rietze of Lacombe, and her children, Jeremy… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
BISHOP, William Charles (BILLY) June 12, 1959 - March 15, 2015 Bishop, William Charles “BILLLY” after a valiant effort Billy passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Born June 12, 1959. Passed away March 15, 2015 at the age of 55 years. Remembered and sadly missed now and always by his parents; Bill and Carol Bishop of Penticton,… Read More


Mar 19, 2015
CAWIEZEL, Doris Elvira August 24, 1950 - March 15, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear and loved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt, Doris Elvira, on March 15, 2015 surrounded by family at the age of 64 years. Doris was born in Drumheller, Alberta on August 24, 1950. She was the third of a family of seven… Read More


Mar 18, 2015
HARGREAVES, Norris Gordon April 7, 1929 - March 3, 2015 Norris Gordon Hargreaves, born in Silverton, Manitoba on April 7, 1929, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015 at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of Mary Hargreaves (formerly Aagaard, nee Liptak) and father of Rick, Brent, Kary and Heather (Hassler). Norris was predeceased by his first… Read More

Remembering a forgotten name in Alberta palaeontology


    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:
    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.
    In today’s DPP, Harold finds and helps collect CMN 8801 (quarry 63) Chasmosaurus russelli, skull and partial skeleton.
    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.
    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.