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Local riders compete at Calgary Stampede

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Three-time Calgary Stampede Champion Zeke Thurston was hoping to make history with four wins in a row, but it was a tough crowd at this year’s event.
    The saddle bronc rider started strong winning on Day 1 with an 89 on  Stampede Warrior and finished third on day 3 with an 85.5  and third again on Day 4. He finished second in the pool in money.
    At Sunday afternoon’s performance, he was back on top, but Sunday night saw Milford, Utah rider, Ryder Wright take the top spot. Thurston’s second-place finish was still good enough for a $25,000 purse.
    Thurston wasn’t the only local competitor at the Stampede. Carbon bareback rider Cole Goodine was also in the hunt. Day 2 saw his best performance where he tied for third place and earned $3,000.
    On Saturday, July 14 he performed well in the wild card rounds. This is where the top two finishers earn a spot in the Sunday show for a chance to get back in the winner’s circle.
    Goodine scored an impressive 87, tying him for second and a berth into the final. They went to money earned to break the tie and Clayton Biglow went on to compete Sunday.
    Big Valley barrel racer Diane Skocdopole also competed but was not able to move out of the pool rounds.


Stop sign relocation feedback sought at open house

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The Town of Drumheller will seek feedback from residents affected by changes to traffic signs on 7 Avenue SE and 1 Street SW after concerns were raised over recent stop sign placements there.

Stop signs were reversed at the intersection last month, with stopping switched from east-west bound traffic to now stopping traffic running north and south. Administration made the changes for safety reasons, saying north and south bound traffic typically moved faster than east-west traffic.

Residents voiced concern over the changes, saying many drivers were not used to the change and were seen regularly driving through the relocated stop signs.

Mayor Heather Colberg says its an important meeting and urges nearby residents to attend the open house to have their voices heard.

“People should have a voice, they're the ones who have to determines what's safe for the families. I'm happy administration has opened it up to come give their opinion,” Colberg said.

“Those not living there should not speak for those living there.”

While the town will be seeking public feedback to help make a decision, there was talk at the July 3 committee of the whole meeting of turning the intersection into a four-way stop.

The open house will be held at the Badlands Community Facility from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 26. The town is also conducting an online survey to gather feedback which can be found here.

Tourism corridor committee looks to create new bylaws

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A committee is working on ways to beautify Drumheller to appeal to tourists and their recommendations may impact residents and businesses when it comes to community standards.
    A tourism corridor committee has been working on developing recommendations for new bylaws which would improve the appearances of Drumheller from a tourist’s perspective. The group has looked at how highways in and out of Drumheller, from Highway 9 north and south and Highway 10 from East Coulee and North Dinosaur Trail could be improved.
    “Almost everyone along the corridor already looks after their places so we’re really lucky, but it’s being done because for our residents and visitors we just want to raise the bar on the community so it all looks healthier,” says Mayor Heather Colberg who has been participating in the committee.
    The committee is seeing whether properties should be placed into primary and secondary areas which would have elevated bylaw requirements for maintaining the appearance of properties, such as weeds and where garbage bins are located.
    “I look around and see businesses trying to do their best. But we’re doing a lot of work in the community – trying to clean things up, planting flowers – we just want things to look good,” says Colberg.
    The committee will bring their recommendations to council later this summer to see if their work can be developed into a new set of bylaws.


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