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Nominations Announced for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Winner lineup

    It is that time of year again. Small business week is October 18-24 and The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce have announced the nominees. These awards recognize the outstanding businesses, groups, and individuals in our community.
    Some new award categories have been added this year, including a Diversity Leadership award and an Arts, Culture & Community award. Other award categories include Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Business Professional of the Year, and Most Promising New Business.
    The award winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, October 22, at the Badlands Community Facility.
    The Drumheller Chamber is pleased to once again be celebrating it with the Business Excellence Awards.
    “Our community has an abundance of outstanding business, groups, and individuals, and these awards are a great way to honour them and give them the recognition that they deserve,” stated Heather Bitz, Executive Director for the Chamber, in a press release.
    “We, at the Chamber really enjoy Small Business Week and the Business Excellence Awards in particular; it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone about all of the wonderful people that make our community such a great place,” said Bitz.
    For more information please contact Bitz at the Chamber at 403-823-8100.
Small business of the year:
    Top Rocker Motorcycle Gear ltd.
    Bold Efexx Hair Shop
    Dry Canyon Collectables
    R&J Flowers
Large Business of the Year:
    Western GM Drumheller
    Reality Bytes Incorporated
    Yavis Prop Room Lounge
Most Promising New Business:
    Ivy’s Awesome Kitchen & Bistro
    Tech-Rex Canada
    Pizza Hut Drumheller
    4 Elements Environmental Controls
Arts, Community & Culture Award:
    Western GM Drumheller        Dry Canyon Collectables
    Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon
Diversity Leadership Award:
    Reality Bytes Incorporated
    McDonalds Drumheller
    Pizza Hut Drumheller
Business Professional of the Year:
    John Shoff (Reality Bytes)
    Diana Hanik (ATB)
    Jason Blanke (Chinook Financial)
    Kim Suntjens (Century 21)
    Tony Ibrahim (Pizza Hut)

Dragons drop two games on road


    Coach of the Drumheller Dragons Brian Curran is confident the right pieces are in place, now it is up to the players to buy in and get on the same page.
    This comes after a tough weekend where the Dragons fell two straight on the road.
    “At the end of the day, I still have a lot of faith and believe in this team, and we are not hitting any panic button and we are not going to be negative. We are going to get things straightened around and that what we coach for, to make sure the kids know they are good, and there is a price they have to pay more than they have,” said Curran.
    “I think you are going to see better hockey from this team going forward.”
    On Friday night, they were in Brooks to take on a tough Bandits team. Five quick goals in the first period put the game out of reach. Evan Rochowiak scored for the Dragons with about four minutes left, as the Bandits took away a 7-1 win.
    “Brooks is a very good hockey club, but I think the message we were sending our guys is that while Brooks is a very skilled team, we need to have an attitude or a swagger when we play anybody, said Curran. “If we just sit back and watch, Brooks is going to kill anybody.”
    “I liked our second and third period, but we have to get more involved in the physical side. At the end of the day we showed a lot more heart and compete in the second and third period which was a positive.”
    On Saturday, things were looking a lot brighter for the Dragons as Levi Wunder scored just 42 seconds in versus Canmore. The Eagles scored the next three before Craig Ofner scored with a minute and half left in the first, ending the period down 3-2.
    “We came out strong in the first 12 or 15 minutes of the game. I really liked our game, the compete level was good and we had a good attitude,” he said.
     Canmore lit it up in the second period with three more goals. Tyrell Mappin scored on the power play with five minutes left as Canmore went on to a win 6-3.
    Some positives out of the Canmore game for Curran was their power play and penalty kill.
    ‘“Our five on five and the odd man rushes were being created by our mistakes. We have some teaching to do,” he said.
    He is positive for the future of this squad.
    “We have given them a good game plan, we just have to have guys execute the game plan better than what they are doing,” said Curran. “The plan is there. the coaching is there, but obviously when they are not winning the coaching staff has to find ways to get them to understand what we want.”
    “The pieces are there, and there are things Gavin and I can’t teach, that is what we are challenging them with.”

Drumheller-born photographer's work featured in Badlands novel

Badlands book

    Inspiration from friendship and the valley have come together in the re-release of the 1975 novel called Badlands, by renown Canadian author Robert Kroetsch and photographer George Webber.
    Webber is originally from the valley and has carved out a long career as a professional photographer. Some of his most prized works are of the Badlands of Alberta.
    “I grew up with the knowledge that I was living in a magical place, the Alberta Badlands, in the little coal mining town of Drumheller,” he says in a passage introducing his photos in the new publication.
    A few years into his career, he came out to valley and began shooting. Today, he continues to explore and shoot the Badlands.
    “I love it to bits and the photography is great as well,” he said.
    He was familiar with Kroetsch and as a university student, he read Badlands. A few years ago, he came to know the Governor General Award winning author when he was commissioned to do a shoot of the author for Alberta Views magazine.
    “We really clicked, we were both from small town Alberta,” said Webber. “I loved the guy, he was so incredible and articulate.”
    A couple years later, Kroetsch was killed in a car crash near Leduc. He was 83 years old.
    “I was shocked at how upset I was because I had only known him for a short time, but he had a huge impact on me,” said Webber.
Not long after that, he was in conversation with Don Gorman, publisher at Rocky Mountain Books and mentioned that he has a collection of photos from the Badlands he took as a young photographer. These were originally exhibited in 1990 at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
    The publisher was aware of Kroetsch’s work Badlands and the idea of a hard cover luxurious version of the novel, featuring some of these photos was born. The publisher secured the rights.  
    While some of the photos used in the book are from existing collections, there are some new photos. These new images share the same lineage as the original photos.
    As a young photographer, he experimented with Kodak infrared film in his landscape images. He was happy with the results and today these photos are in galleries and museums all over the world.
    The infrared film used in his original photos had been discontinued in 2007, but by an incredible stoke of luck, he was able to secure more than he could imagine.
    Webber is an instructor at SAIT. One day, he received a call from the school and his colleague told him they were clearing out a storeroom of old photography equipment, and if he was interested to come and take a look at what was there, before it ended up in dumpster.
    In the back of the room, they discovered a refrigerator humming away.
    “I open this thing and the whole top freezer part was stuffed with this infrared film,” Webber said.
    He made good use of it.
    “The cover photography and maybe 20 per cent of the other photographs were taken in 2011 and 2012. It was a miracle catch. That film should have been in the dumpster.”
    He printed the images for the book in his own darkroom.
    While he read the book as a student, when he went to shoot the images, he shied away from it.
    “I thought, Robert Kroestch wrote a novel and I am trying make a series of photographs. I didn’t want the photographs to serve the book… creative work is such a fragile thing and to trust in your own instincts is the best way to do it.”
    “They are two very different bodies of work, but they make a wonderful marriage.”
    The new edition of Badlands is available at rmbooks.com and other trusted online retailers, as well as local bookstores throughout the province.