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Last updateFri, 20 Apr 2018 5pm

Aquaplex slide down for repair

Outside view of slide

The Town of Drumheller has closed the slide at the Aquaplex to facilitate repairs.
The pump in the slide stopped working and needs to be replaced. It has been decided to take this opportunity to upgrade the pump so it works better with the new pool system. Unfortunately this upgraded pump is not available locally which will delay the opening of the slide.
“It is very unfortunate that this happened as we were beginning to enjoy the new facility.” outlined Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller, “however we are making the most of the opportunity and upgrading the pump to make the systems work more efficiently moving forward.”
“We appreciate it is very frustrating for visitors and we will work at getting the slide open as soon as possible,” added Armia Mikhaiel, Director of Infrastructure. “We thank people for their patience and are aiming to have the slide open by the end of April.”

Extinction of Alberta’s ice age horses topic of Speaker Series

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The April 5 session of the 2018 Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s Speaker Series is a presentation by Dr. Christina Barron-Ortiz, Royal Alberta Museum, entitled, “The Extinction of Alberta’s Ice Age Horses.”
The remains of ancient horses are relatively common in the Ice Age record of Alberta. These remains are often fragmentary, but some nearly complete specimens have been found. Some of the most complete Ice Age horse skeletons in North America were collected in Alberta.

Most of the remains are approximately 11,000 to 100, 000 years old, a time interval that corresponds to the last glacial stage. This makes them particularly important for understanding how climatic and environmental changes at the end of the Ice Age affected populations of these animals.
In this presentation, Dr. Barron-Ortiz will discuss research she and her colleagues have undertaken to understand how these ancient horses lived, and how environmental and climatic changes may have contributed to their extinction 11,000 years ago.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. The series is held every Thursday until April 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium.

Town wins Economic Development awards

EDA awards March 2018 crop

    On Thursday, March 22, in Banff, the Economic Development Association of Alberta (EDA) awarded the Town of Drumheller two awards.
    They were awarded the Best Community Economic Development Program and Best Marketing Project for Dinowalk – The dinosaur street naming project.
    The Alex Metcalf Award acknowledges individuals or agencies for excellence in economic development relating to the attraction, expansion or retention of business within Alberta.
    This award is not limited to the attraction, retention and expansion of industry alone and includes the development of new strategies, programs and/or developments that bring economic benefit to a community. EDA recognizes up to three economic development initiatives or projects each year with this award.
    The Economic Developers Alberta Marketing Awards are open to all Economic Developers Alberta members, in good standing, who undertake to promote and market, with a view of improving the economic well-being of their communities. Drumheller alongside Brooks, High River and Big Lakes Municipal District were this year’s winners.
    “I want to thank Julia Fielding and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski in particular for their support of these projects; but I also want to thank all our staff that prepared and installed the wayfinding signage. In particular, Bob Bremner, Gord Cunningham and Kevin Blanchett and additional staff from Infrastructure Services that made this happen on the ground,” said  Paul Salvatore, Director of Community Services.
    The awards were given for the Dinowalk / Dinosaur Street Naming Project as great examples of community collaboration and excellent media coverage in relation to the secondary dinosaur themed street names in Downtown Drumheller.
    “These ideas and concepts were a product of collaboration with Urban Systems, Marketing Hits, the Economic Development Advisory Committee which includes representatives from the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Big Country in addition to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other key community members including Board Chair Summer Manca and our constant contact with Travel Drumheller,” added Julia Fielding, Economic Development Officer for the Town of Drumheller.
    “It is always great to be recognized by our peers within the industries that we serve. In this case, recognition from the Economic Development Association of Alberta underscores the work that we do is excellent, but only possible with great teamwork and support community-wide,” noted CAO Drohomerski.
    The selection of the dinosaur types and medallions took place in July 2017. Secondary street names of Drumheller dinosaurs took place in September, 2017 and the final installation of Wikipedia linked medallions will be installed during the Spring of 2018.
    Digital aspects of the project will be taken-over by Travel Drumheller in order to promote an interesting walking experience in the form of a virtual scavenger hunt that connects tourists to the stories about dinosaurs that once roamed Drumheller over 67 million years ago.

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