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Animatronic dino family coming to Fossil World


    One of Drumheller’s premier attractions is in the process of expanding and adding a whole herd of animatronic dinosaurs.
     Fossil World has had a presence in the valley for more than two decades, and is in the sixth year of operations of its Discovery Centre on North Dinosaur Trail. One of the main features of the Discovery Centre is the Animatronics Tyrannosaurus Rex, the premier machine of its kind in the world.
    “We are very excited about the new animatronics family we are bringing to the valley. The official unveiling will be this coming spring,” said Sandra Thompson Chambers owner of Fossil World. “We are revamping the interior of the museum, a portion coming in September to mimic a dinosaur valley. It will give visitors an image of walking back in time; the lighting, the sounds, the dinosaurs and the foliage.”
    Chambers tells The Mail there will be five new full sized dinosaurs and a number of juvenile animatronics added to its collection, in all making 13 new dinosaurs. The dinosaurs have just arrived in Canada.
    There will be a stegosaurus and juveniles, a triceratops and two juveniles, a spinosaurus, a raptor, and brachiosaurus with two juveniles.
    The new animatronics are top of the line with the newest technology.
    “We’re not bringing in inexpensive dinosaurs, we are bringing in custom made dinosaurs with custom movements so visitors will see a little more excitement with the dinosaurs,” said Chambers. “Our T-Rex is number one in the world, the company that produces them is the top in animatronics, and that technology is amazing.”
    She adds that bringing in the juvenile dinosaurs will be of interest to younger visitors.
    “They will help balance off the children’s understanding of dinosaurs. This way they will associate each of the dinosaurs with adults and their children,” I think this will be an exciting addition to Alberta because this is one of the first.”
 She explains her husband Don Chambers was in China to see the construction of the new additions; from the mechanics to the exterior finish.    
    “We are really detailed oriented with our new dinosaurs and we want everyone to be surprised and impressed,” she said, and the new display could have a larger impact on the rest of the community.
    “People are going to be here longer because there is more to see. Our museum is going to create a lot of interest, and it is something new that has not been done. It is a permanent feature.”
     In the meantime, the museum has been busy adding to some of its dinosaur statues outside. They have unveiled a new 60 foot brachiosaurus and raptors to replace the one damaged by last summer’s windstorms. There is also a new installation at one of the shops on Highway 9 South. “We are dressing up the town,” she says.    
    Chambers says Drumheller has advantage with such a strong brand.
    Every small town struggles with an identity. We are so lucky to have the Tyrrell and all of the dinosaurs, and the World’s Largest Dinosaur,” she said. Of course with ‘Jurassic World’ just coming out, it is really going to boost tourism in Drumheller for everyone. We already see substantial interest in the specimens that are featured in the movie.”
    “The fascination with dinosaurs is never going to go away.”

New Staff Sergeant looking forward to new posting


    The incoming Staff Sergeant of the Drumheller RCMP detachment is looking forward to his new posting in the valley.
    Staff Sergeant Grant MacDonald was through the valley last week. He will start his new post in August. He has spent 25 years in the RCMP and his most recent posting before coming to Drumheller was in Burns Lake, British Columbia where he served as Staff Sergeant. He began his career in Leduc, so this will be a return to the province.
    “This will be my most southern post by far,” MacDonald told The Mail. “It will be interesting, very different.”
    He has spent most of his career in Canada North and his family makes their home in the Yukon. He is excited about the recreation possibilities in Drumheller.
    “I am so excited because I do a lot of biking and running. I coach, referee and play soccer, so I am very excited about the opportunities,” he said.
    Events such as the Gran Fondo, the Dinosaur Valley Marathon and Tough Mudder are events that interest him.
    One advantage he says Drumheller has is a wealth of experience in its RCMP ranks.
    “Where I am now is almost exclusive, the constables we receive come out of Regina,” he said. “They come as cadets with zero experience and they need the Cadet Field Coaching program, so it takes time to develop.”
    He says policing responsibilities in the north are different from what he expects in Drumheller.
    “From a policing perspective, I get a sense that a lot more of the reported crime here is property crime. When you do northern policing there is a lot more violent crimes and crimes against people. I see Drumheller being similar to Leduc.”
    He adds that alcohol abuse was very rampant in some of the places he has worked during his career.
    He looks forward to exploring the area and serving the community.
    “One of the great things I enjoy about being in the RCMP is the opportunity to explore this great country, meet new people and learn different cultures, to experience and learn about Canada. Southern Alberta is a part of the country I have never lived. Getting the opportunity to go to some of the small communities you see on a railcar for example, I’ll have an opportunity to see.”
    “Personally I joined the RCMP because I was born in a small community…and one of the beautiful things about living in small town Canada is you develop lifetime friendships.”   

Three Hills RCMP investigate post pounder theft

RCMP in Three Hills AB is currently investigating the theft of a red 2014 Wheat Heart post-pounder valued at nearly $15,000.  The theft occurred from a rental company on the afternoon of April 28th, 2015 in the 1200 block of 2nd Street north in Three Hills AB.  Security cameras captured footage of 2 male suspects in a blue pickup truck enter the property, backup to the post-pounder, and drive off with it in tow.  Three Hills RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the culprits and vehicle involved as described below:
- mid 1990's extended cab Chevrolet.
- blue.
- 1/2 ton.
- running boards and box rails.
- has square tidy tank in box and tool box mounted behind cab.
Suspect 1 - Driver
- wearing blue coveralls with fluorescent stripes.
- male.
Suspect 2 - Passenger
- wearing light coloured t-shirt.
- wearing dark coloured shorts.
- male.
- Caucasian.
- 2014 Wheat Heart.
- red.
- has a 13 HP Honda engine.
Those with information are encouraged to call Three Hills RCMP Detachment at 403.443.5539 or 403.443.5538.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477(TIPS), or by internet at  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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