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Man fined for Christmas Eve crash at DVSS

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A man who plowed into the side of Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) on Christmas Eve has been fined $1,050.
    Council appeared on behalf of Jonathan Noble in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, June 8.  He maintained his not guilty plea to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to remain at the scene.
    Shortly after 9 a.m. on December 24, 2017, Noble was driving a late model Ford F150  with excessive speed eastbound on 7th Avenue East  When it struck the southwest corner of DVSS damaging the truck and the school. He left the scene and parked the vehicle near the tennis courts.
    He did not admit his involvement until he was contacted by police.
    He was fined $550 for careless driving and $500 for failing to remain at the scene.


Realtors see upswing in market

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Real estate agents in the valley are reporting increasing sales after an extended period of a slower market, as Drumheller’s bloated inventory of houses begin to move.
    With over 115 houses currently on the market, Drumheller and area has had a 12-18 month period of slow sales but this past month has seen an increase in sales. While the number of houses for sale is higher than usual, local realtors say it is not a cause for concern.
    “It’s turning in the right direction,” says Kelly Boyko of Home-Town Realty, citing reductions in house prices and higher demand from buyers.
    “I look back historically and in a lot of markets people think spring and summer is the busiest time, but we’ve had years where February or September have been the highest.”
    Century 21’s Stacey Gallagher says house prices have tumbled during the recent slow period to meet buyer’s demands and now prices are more in line with the market.
    “Homes which show well and are priced competitively are getting offers and some of them multiple offers,” she says.
    Both realtors say buyers are coming from all walks of life and they are not noticing a single trend driving sales, saying they are seeing buyers of their first homes, people looking to upgrade or downsize, people retiring, and new employees in the valley.
    “I feel like no other town of our size has the amenities that we have,” says Remax’s Heather VanDyk. She says that in the past 180 days 46 properties were sold, with the highest fetching $505,000.
    Both VanDyk and Gallagher says the rental market may also be affecting home sales, with rentals at an all time high with low vacancy.
    “We have seen a squeeze in the rental vacancies in the last few months,” Gallagher says.
    “When our rental vacancies rates are low and there are less options to choose from to rent then purchasing becomes more attractive.”

Goruk of Herman Kloot and Company admitted to Bar

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There was an air of celebration Thursday at the Drumheller courthouse as Student at Law, Jared Goruk, was admitted to the Alberta Bar Association.
    Goruk has been articling at the local firm Herman Kloot and Company. Bill Herman who was his principal, made his application to the court for Goruk’s admission in front of Justice R.A. Neufeld on Thursday, June 21.
    Goruk graduated from the University of Leicester with Bachelor of Law in 2013, and  Masters of Law Degree from the University of Alberta in 2014. Prior to studying law, he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education and worked professionally as an educator.
    He completed his coursework in April of this year to be eligible to enter the Bar.
    Goruk has volunteered and worked with the Elizabeth Fry Society and volunteered with Student Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada while studying.
     Justice Neufeld told the courtroom filled with family friends and the legal community in Drumheller, that it is Mr. Goruk’s diverse experience that will make him a successful lawyer.
    Goruk expressed appreciation for all the support from his family that he received while he pursued his profession, especially his mother who inspired his lifelong pursuit of learning. She passed away in 2016 before she could see him admitted to the bar.
    Mr. Goruk intends to continue working with Herman Kloot and Company.


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