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Sabres soccer performs well at zones

The St. Anthony’s senior girls Soccer team competed at the South Central Zone Championships over the weekend hosted by Hugh Sutherland High School in Carstairs. There were 8 teams competing at Zones with St. Anthony’s being the only 1A school. All other… Read More

Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance now includes Drumheller area

With hunting season less than a month away, deer hunters are reminded of the seriousness of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Alberta Government has added Wildlife Management Units (WMU) on the northwest and southwest sides of Drumheller to the list of… Read More
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Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club celebrates 50 years on the green

Fifty years of golfing among dinosaur bones. On Sunday, October 4, the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club (DTG&CC) celebrated its 50th birthday. Golf in the Drumheller area began in 1919 when Drumheller’s first golf course was opened. Since then several… Read More

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Terrapins take first home win

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Saturday’s cold, windy rainy weather didn’t stop the Tim Hortons Peewee Terrapins from showing the Rocky Mountain House…

Drumheller fire department kicks off Fire Prevention Week with open house

The cold weather didn’t stop families from heading to the Drumheller Fire Hall for the annual open house to kick-off Fire…

NDP’s Katherine Swampy on campaign trail

As the federal election looms closer, NDP candidate in the Crowfoot–Battle River Constituency, Katherine Swampy is…

Dentists from Uganda learn of Rotary hospitality

The reach of the Rotary Club goes all around the world and back to the valley. This was evident on Saturday, September 26…

Drumheller Emergency Services respond to single vehicle rollover near Carbon

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Shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, October 2 Drumheller Emergency Services responded to a single vehicle rollover in the…

Dragons take loss against Wolverines at AJHL Showcase Thursday

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The Drumheller Dragons were in action Thursday afternoon at the annual Alberta Junior ‘A’ Hockey League (AJHL) Showcase in…

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Junior A Dynos boys basketball winding down regular season

The DVSS Junior A Boys Dynos had a fast-paced and close game with Three Hills last week, with the Dynos only a few points…

Junior A Girls Dynos basketball team nets improvements

The DVSS Junior A Girls Dynos took their match with Three Hills last week, and will be playing their last regular season…

DVSS Dynos Junior Boys win bronze at home tournament

The DVSS Junior high Dynos beat Clearwater Academy in the third place match to win bronze at their home tournament. The DVSS…

Junior Curling League returns

Heather Little, centre in the toque, provides curling tips to 11 year-old Jayden Wipf as she prepares to throw a rock.…

Saints defeat Dragons Saturday in Spruce Grove

Sarah Devereaux The Spruce Grove Saints defeated the visiting Drumheller Dragons Saturday night 5-2. The Dragons' Jarell…

Dragons take shootout win over Lloydminster Friday night

Sarah Devereaux The Drumheller Dragons won their second straight game on Friday night when they visited the Lloydminster…



OLSON, Francis John Robert May 4, 1928 – September 30, 2015 It is with great sadness that the family of Francis John Robert…


BOWEN, Eileen Lillian February 3, 1925 - October 2, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen…


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Bill to scrap long gun registry passes

    Last week, gun owners in Canada breathed a sigh of relief as there is a concrete end in sight for the gun registry.
    In October of last year Bill C-19 was introduced, which would scrap the long gun registry, and last Wednesday the bill was passed with a vote of 159-130. The last hurdle is the senate.

    Bill C-19 is an amendment to the Firearms Act to remove the requirement to register firearms that are neither prohibited nor restricted. It also calls for the destruction of the existing records. It amends the Criminal Code and the Fire Arms Act.
    For avid bird hunter Sandy Brown it is about time.
    “I heard on the news they were going to vote on it and now it is history,” said Brown. “I think it is a good thing.”
    Brown had a number of concerns about the gun registry, one of the main ones was that too much money was spent on it. In 1995, the Department of Justice reported it would cost $119 million to implement, with $117 million being returned in fees.  One estimate is that between 1995-2009 the net cost of the Canadian government’s expenditure on firearms, less the cost of registration fees was $1.23 billion.
    “They really didn’t accomplish anything,” said Sandy Brown. “They were targeting the wrong people, and I was one of them.”
    “I’ve had a gun since I was 12. I used to go across the river and shoot magpies, and I wasn’t alone, lots of people did it. I was brought up with rifles and shot guns and it was never a problem,” he said.
    Brown hunts birds, and says he is a conservative hunter. He rarely shoots his limit. For him it is more about the experience, and often on his “hunting trips” he only carries a camera.
    “I have my dog and like to watch them do work, and to see the migrations in this part of the world is phenomenal,” said Brown.
    He said the long gun registry focused on lawful-abiding gun owners, and not the criminal elements.
    “How many things happen today with guns that are not registered? Most of them. What about that young fellow that killed those people on the highway in Southern Alberta? His guns were registered, he had a pistol. All the guns he had that night were all registered, that didn’t stop him.”
    He does not see how the registry would reduce crime like it was billed to do. He adds that he doesn’t believe that even 50 per cent of the guns in Canada were registered, and of the funds spent on the long gun registry, a lot of police could have been hired.
    While the changes to the Firearms Act scraps the registering of long guns, restricted and prohibited weapons still have to be registered. The licensing system that came in with the act is still in place. This includes background checks and safety training.
    “Most of the guys I know are pretty smart about guns,” said Brown.

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