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Drumheller Institution lockdown ended


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Drumheller author publishes first book


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Area enforcement supports Special Olympics

Area enforcement supports Special Olympics


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Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Mar 29, 2015
Love this slow cooker permutation of chicken marinara - SkinnyMom wins the award for an awesomely healthy recipe that didn't need any 'doctoring' to make it DrSue.ca approved. Imagine how much you'll love coming home from work, cracking open the front door to find the delicious scent of your dinner wafting out to great you....Ingredients2... Read More
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?

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Mar 15, 2015
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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
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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




Mar 31, 2015
BECK, Alice July 23, 1931 - March 14, 2015 Alice Beck passed away at Drumheller Continuing Care on March 14, 2015, at the age of 83 years. Alice is survived by daughter Ruby, sons Randy and Bud, her sister Shirley, Mildred , brothers Edward, Andrew and many other family members and friends. Alice was predeceased by her husband Benjamin (Ben) in… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
WATTENBARGER, Louis Lawrence November 29, 1944 - February 27, 2015 Beloved husband, father, Poppa and friend passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Louis will be remembered and dearly missed by his wife Marilyn; daughter Thirza; sons Dean (Zara), Calvin (Jennifer), Philip (Elizabeth), and Todd (Liza); grandchildren Tianna, Amy,… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
SIWY, Margaret October 26, 1921 - March 16, 2015 Margaret Siwy of Drumheller (Extended Care), beloved wife of the late Vincent Siwy, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on March 16, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Margaret was born in Podzameczek, Poland on October 26, 1921. She immigrated to Canada in 1959 where she married Vincent in… Read More


Mar 31, 2015
JEWELL, John “Wayne” July 12,1943 - March 27, 2015 It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Wayne on March 27, 2015 at the age of 71 years. He will be forever loved and remembered by his loving wife of almost 45 years, Myna. Wayne was born in Drumheller, Alberta on July 12, 1943. Wayne worked as a power lineman for Canadian… 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

There Should Be No Shame in Having Diabetes

I came across this excellent article online yesterday on msnbc.com, which discusses the stigma often associated with having diabetes.  The personal stories made me sad, then made me mad, and then I decided to take matters into my own hands and discuss this very important topic as this week's blog.
Mary's story is one that I hear from my patients on a regular basis - there is often a feeling of shame associated with having type 2 diabetes.   Because type 2 diabetes is often seen in association with overweight, there is a stigma upheld by many members of the general public that people who have diabetes are lazy, eat too much, don't exercise, and are not interested in their health.
What people need to realize, is that it is not the fault of the individual that they have diabetes.   There is a very strong genetic basis for developing diabetes (as blogged previously), and a very strong genetic basis for obesity as well (read more here), which we are learning more about every day as new genes involved are continuously being discovered.  Furthermore, there are many people out there with type 2 diabetes who are not overweight or obese - this speaks to the very strong genetic tendency towards developing diabetes in these individuals.   While it is true that eating well and exercising are the cornerstones of the management of type 2 diabetes, and can certainly improve diabetes control, it is not possible for most people with diabetes to make it go away with these lifestyle changes.
When I am discussing optimization of diabetes control with my patients, they often tell me that they feel embarrassed to check their blood sugars in public, or to administer medications or insulin in front of other people.  As a result, they may choose to forgo checking sugars or administering medications at times like lunch, when they are often out in public.   It breaks my heart each time I hear this - how can our society be so cruel and judgemental?
It's high time that our society gets a grip on what it actually means to have type 2 diabetes.  This disease has a strong genetic predisposition; our extremely toxic, fast food, sedentary enviroment is conducive to bringing it out in many people who are genetically prone.
People with diabetes who are seen checking blood sugars or administering insulin in public are showing committment and motivation to watch their numbers, and to do everything they can to optimize their glycemic control and their health - they deserve a HIGH FIVE! from all of us!
And a High Five to msnbc.com for writing this fabulous article - I hope their far reach will do well to get this message out to many.  Feel free to pass on this article as well, to everyone you know!
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