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Fred the Alligator content in new home

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    Once in the spotlight, it appears now that Fred the Alligator is hardly seen, and that seems fine by him.
    In August 2015, Fred the Alligator, once the centerpiece of Reptile World was relocated to his new home at Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
    “Fred’s not around much actually,” laughs Thad Bowman public relations for Alligator Adventure. “He has 7-10 acres he has free range of, he spends the summers out there and then comes up for feeding, but other than that, he is pretty much a wild alligator out there.”
    Fred was removed from the former Reptile World with 142 other animals in the winter of 2015. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo of Ottawa took control of a number of the animals rescued and transported to Eastern Canada in good health.  Fred, then tipping the scales at about 600 pounds, was then taken with other rescues to the refuge in South Carolina.
    “He was definitely healthy, Fred is a big boy,” he said. “There are about 500 alligators in that area. He had plenty of room to hide, if he didn’t want to be with other alligators there are nooks and crannies they can get in to get away from others.”
    Bowman said they opted to place Fred in his natural habitat where the animals could take refuge rather than in the main pool.
    Within this enclosure there are males upwards of 13 feet long. Fred, when he arrived was estimated to be about 11 feet.
    “During this time of year they spend a lot of time out there in the sun. They are cold blooded so they absorb as much heat as they can,” he said, adding they are not seen much from October to about April as they aren’t fed during the winter.
    He says the only time they are typically seen is during feeding time in the summer and around breeding.
    “The males will fight during breeding, and the girls will battle over nesting areas,” he said.
    The move of the animals to the sanctuary was a very rare occurrence.
    “You have to give credit to Little Ray’s (Reptile Zoo),” he said “Those were the first alligators that have been brought to the United States since late 1960’s… they had to do a lot of talking to Fish and Wildlife to do this.    Alligator Adventure takes possession of about 100 rescues per year.

Drumheller Co-op to close food store

Drumheller Co op to close food store

Press New Release from thhe Drumheller Co-op

(DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA) February 8, 2017 – Drumheller Co-op will close its food store.
“Drumheller Co-op is owned and governed by our local members. Ultimately, we’re responsible for making our Co-op a sustainable business that will be here for our members in the long-term,” said Brent Walker, General Manager of Drumheller Co-op. “In the case of our food store, sales have declined over the last ten plus years to the point that our board and management made the decision to close the food store to ensure that our overall Co-op business is sustainable.”
“Our number one concern in making this decision is how it will impact the food store employees. To help them make the transition, we have been working with other Co-ops nearby and across southern Alberta to help these employees find other opportunities.”
Co-op members who have been regularly shopping at the food store will still be able to use their Co-op number at the other Drumheller Co-op locations and their equity accounts will not be affected by the closure.

In terms of the food store facility, Drumheller Co-op is exploring options for the Greentree Mall.

The food store location is the only Drumheller Co-op location that will be closing. Co-op customers and members will continue to be served by Drumheller Co-op’s Home & Agro Centre, Gas Bar and Cardlock locations. The closure of the food store will allow Drumheller Co-op to be sustainable by continuing to serve our customers well into the future by focusing on our other operations.


For more information, contact:

Brent Walker
General Manager
Drumheller Co-op
Phone: (403) 823-5555



Beiseker, Airdrie RCMP seek suspects in break and enters

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RCMP in Airdrie and Beiseker are looking for the people responsible for several break and enters that took place in the rural area north of Calgary.

Between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Feb. 2nd, suspects went onto a rural property near Kathyrn and forced entry to the home where they stole jewellery and cash.

The following day, Feb 3rd, suspects entered a rural property near Irricana and forced entry to the home where they stole jewellery and cash.

Also on Feb 3rd, suspects entered another rural property near Irricana and forced entry to the home where they stole small electronics.  

“The feeling of violation that comes with having your home broken into is awful,” says RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters., “These are people’s family treasures and heirlooms that were stolen, and the reality is that you just cannot replace things like that.”

RCMP from Beiseker and Airdrie Rural detachments are investigating these crimes and believe they are related. Surveillance cameras at one of the scenes captured the attached images of the suspect vehicle and the suspects.  

Suspect Vehicle

Investigators are asking anyone with information on these crimes to contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by Internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [] for instructions on how to do).  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), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.