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Update: Manhunt for armed robbery suspects


RCMP have identified 24 year-old Cody Cutter of Rocky Mountain House as the suspect in the two attempted robberies which occurred in Didsbury and Olds respectively on February 10, 2015.




One suspect is identified, and RCMP seek three more suspects in connection with attempted armed robberies, vehicle thefts, and a grocery store theft in Hanna.


RCMP have identified 24 year-old Cody Cutter of Rocky Mountain House as the suspect in the two attempted robberies which occurred in Didsbury and Olds respectively on February 10, 2015. RCMP are asking the public to notify the Didsbury RCMP at 403 335-3382 or your local police detachment if you know his whereabouts. Police consider Cutter to be armed an dangerous and ask that the public not approach him.

Police in Alberta are on the lookout for the other three suspects in two armed robberies and grocery store theft, and three truck thefts, all from different communities across central Alberta.
    RCMP are searching for a 2007 white Dodge one ton truck believe connected to a Monday night grocery store robbery in Hanna. The vehicle was seen heading north after the robbery.
    Police consider the suspects armed and dangerous, and ask anyone recognizing them from the photos to not approach them, but contact Didsburty RCMP at 403-335-3382, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
    RCMP say the suspects started their crime spree stealing a blue Ford F450 flatdeck was from a compound in Airdrie Monday night. The truck was identified as the probable vehicle used for attempted robberies at a gas station later Monday night in Didsbury, and a short time later in Olds.
    The truck was left in a field on rural property in Sundre, where RCMP say the robbers stole two other vehicles, once which has since been recovered in Rocky Mountain House.

Speaker Series reaches into outerspace

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The February 12 edition of the 2015 Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series is a presentation by Dr. Amy Riches from the University of Alberta that explores “Messages from Meteorites: The Growth of Planets & the Delivery of Possible Seeds of Life.”
    While very little evidence is left of Earth’s early days, the highly cratered surfaces of the Moon and Mars indicate that the Earth must have had a very tumultuous past characterized by abundant meteorite impacts.
    These impacts played an integral part in the formation of early Earth by adding rocky material; however, recent discoveries show that many meteorites also harbored water and simple organic molecules. This suggests that the building blocks of life may have come from outer space.
    In her talk, Dr. Riches will review the importance of meteorites in planet formation and the possible role they played, through the transport of water and organic matter, in the origin of life on Earth.
    The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. The first part of the series will be held every Thursday until February 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium.
    Speaker Series talks are also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel:

Council re-examines tourism levy/surcharge


Drumheller Town Counci has tabled the draft bylaw to begin collecting the new tourism levy/surcharge after passing the first reading, pending further review and consultation.


    While Drumheller Town Council seems to support visitors to the valley contributing a few dollars on each hotel or motel stay, most of Council appeared not in favour of the proposed bylaw change as presented to them at their regular meeting Monday night, February 9.
    “Council was presented a draft of the new tourism levy bylaw a couple of Council meetings ago, and we’d read through it with the understanding that most of the operators or the shareholders/stakeholders were on-board. And of course over the last week and half, we discovered that was not the case. And after looking at the bylaw ourselves, we (Council) realized that it needed tweeking, if it was to be acceptable to those involved,” said Deputy Mayor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk.     
    “As it was put on the agenda this evening, Council collectively passed first reading, and what that did was allow the bylaw to go forward to have those adjustments or amendments made to it, and allow a bit more consultation with the shareholders.”
    The Deputy Mayor said the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce has invited the hotels and campgrounds for an information session as part of shareholder consultation.
    She hopes there will be more than one meeting, and that local operators will share their ideas on how to make the implementation of the tourism levy more acceptable to the people it will most affect.
    Each Councillor spoke to the proposed changes prior to passing the first reading of the bylaw, and seemed to be in agreement that a tourist funded, rather than a taxpayer funded, destination marketing organization is a smart move for Drumheller, especially in light of the probability of reduced funding from the Alberta government and possible increased competition from other towns and areas seeking to draw visitors.
    The Town’s solicitor will be looking into the issue raised by Councillor McMillan that two sections of the Municipal Government Act allow exemptions and also have a list of non-assessable properties for a tax purpose, noting travel trailers are not connected to a public utility, and wonders how the Town can assess a levy/fee to unserviced sites.
    The issue of the levy being applied to bed and breakfasts and RV resorts and campgrounds is also being re-examined.
    “I’m thinking that throughout this whole process, I’m hoping that the proper consultations will occur, and we can move forward for the betterment of the valley and the betterment of the people that actually live here,” said the Deputy Mayor.