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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...

Youth charged in vandalism spree

Youth charged in vandalism spree

Drumheller RCMP have charged three area youth with different offenses from 2014, in...

Dragons take loss over Camrose Kodiaks in last regular season game Saturday night

Dragons take loss over Camrose Kodiaks in last regular season game Saturday night

The Drumheller Dragons travelled to Camrose to face the Kodiaks Saturday ni...
Pancakes and Hockey

Pancakes and Hockey


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voyage into history

Feb 20, 2015
French Students as St. Anthony’s are spending February studying The Voyageurs, the French explorers who traversed across Canada and discovered and charted routes across the country, including into Alberta, in the 1650s. French students helped create this display at St. Anthony’s, which shows a canoe, the sash the explorers wore woven into the… Read More




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


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


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


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


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

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

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.