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Last updateSat, 17 Mar 2018 3pm

Wind farm proposed near Dalum


Plans are underway for a wind farm two kilometres southeast of Dalum, in the Wintering Hills of Wheatland County.

If approved it will generate enough electricity to run several small communities, and add a clean sustainable energy source to the energy grid, said Kolja Vainstein a renewable Energy Engineer, for Suncor Energy Services Inc.

The wind farm will generate 99 megawatts of energy using up to 66 wind turbines. A two megawatt turbine meets the energy needs of about 100 homes.

Suncor Energy Products Inc., and Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. the two companies involved in the program, held an open house meeting at the Dalum Community Hall on Thursday, June 26.

“We have tested the wind levels, and have received good support from the community, so things are looking positive, it will be exciting moving forward,” said Vainstein.

Town clearing up water clarity issues

The Town of Drumheller is still seeking clarity as issues of tinted water continued last week to show up in pockets throughout the Town of Drumheller.

Last week The Mail reported the Town was having issues with potassium permanganate, a chemical typically used in the treatment of water, tinting area supply with a brown colour. Efforts to rectify this caused more sediment in lines to be stirred up, causing more clarity issues. Complaints of tinted water continued this week and town crews have responded to these calls.

Fifteen months for kidnapping

The young man who kidnapped a local boy on his way home from school last November has been sentenced to 15 months in closed custody followed by three years probation.

The 19-year-old man, who The Mail has chosen not to identify, appeared in provincial court on Friday, June 27 for sentencing. Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault with a weapon and a number of breaches of his release. He was to be sentenced in youth court for sexual crimes two days before the kidnapping event in November 2007.

The court heard how on November 14, the young man was left alone in his stepfather’s car in the Bashaw area. About three hours later in he appeared in Drumheller in the car. The man approached three boys between the ages of six and nine who were on their way to an after school program. Armed with a utility knife, the man ordered one young boy into the car. The boy refused. The man then grabbed another boy by the backpack and put him in the car. The third child grabbed the man in an attempt to stop him, and was struck. The boy in the car climbed in the backseat, while the other two ran to separate homes for help.

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