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Born to be freed, students release butterflies at senior lodges

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Grade 3s from Greentree School travelled to the Sunshine and Hillview Lodges Monday to release dozens of painted lady butterflies they had raised this year. Above, Jack Lau, Kayley Lefferson, and Reese Hatch coax on an injured butterfly to spread its wings, and lodge resident Peter Friesen admires a painted lady, whose colouring imitates that of the monarch butterfly, which apparently tastes bad to predators.


Asset management system puts Drumheller ahead of the curve

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    Work is near completion on the town’s asset management system and officials say the digital catalogue allows for better management of their assets, while giving Drumheller a step up in securing provincial funding.
    The system unifies all the town’s assets across different departments into one searchable, user-friendly program for managing and evaluating infrastructure assets such as transportation, storm water, facilities, and equipment. An individual asset’s origin, lifespan, condition, cost, and other information will be on a file that is compatible across different departments and even other municipalities.
    “From an administrative point of view, and a political one, too, it’s an excellent document,” said Mayor Terry Yemen.
    The asset management system will provide a tool to council to set service expectations as well as provide transparency on decision making to the public.
    “It will help to communicate to the public that the assets are managed to the best of council’s ability under the current constraints, as well as raise the community’s awareness as to what the real costs are for maintaining service standards,” said CAO Ray Romanetz.
    Romanetz said the system places emphasis on determining the true cost of the town’s existing infrastructure, as well as understanding the level of effort required to maintain a reasonable level of service.
    The system will be available to the public via the town’s website,, once the final version has been approved by council in the coming month. Council has already received versions of the system but has been given time to evaluate it.
    The Asset Management Plan was initiated by a mandate from the federal government to prepare asset management plans to qualify for funding. The town received a grant of $250,000 from the province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative fund, and Stantec Inc. started work on the program last year.
    “From our information, we’re ahead of a lot of other municipalities, who have been sitting on their project,” said Yemen.
    “It’s a huge undertaking.”

Firefit athletes post speedy times


    Members of the Drumheller Fire Department are brushing up their skills to be ready for the coming Firefit competition in the valley.
 This September, the department will be hosting the nation at a regional Firefit contest in the shadow of The World’s Largest Dinosaur. To prepare for the event, members of the department headed to Spruce Meadows over the weekend to take on the course.
    In all, six members competed on June 11 and 12. Duane Bolin posted a quick 2:01 and Merv Smith posted a 2:12, Jonathon Molzahn posted a time of 2:49, Darby Page posted a 2:53, Mitch Smith had a blistering 1:48 and Kyle Smith posted a 2:01.
    The Drumheller event is coming up in on September 10 and 11 and they have a number of events planned including a Corporate Challenge on Friday night where locals can put together a team of 3-5 people who will compete against other teams on the course.
    For more info about corporate challenge call Kim at 403-820-5757.
    They also are in need of volunteers to make sure the event runs smoothly for more information, contact Mitch 403-820-5942 or Kyle 403-820-0972.

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