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  • Albertosaurus tops list of Drumheller's favourite dinosaurs

    Albertosarus tops Drumheller's favourite dinosaur list, replacing the iconic T-Rex for first place.

    Following intense competition for the naming of Downtown streets,AlbertosaurusdefeatedTyrannosaurus Rexas the most popular dinosaur in theDinosaur Capital of the World, Drumheller, Alberta.

    The Top 10 Favorite Dinosaurs selected from electronic and print ballots are (in highest voting order):

    1. Albertosaurus
    2. Tyrannosaurus Rex

    3. Triceratops

    4. Ankylosaurus
    5. Gorgosaurus
    6. Toodon
    7. Centrosaurus
    8. Edmontonsaurus

    9. Stegoceras

    10. Parasaurolophus

    Voting took place over a fourteen day period, and was completed on July 6thThe selection of the dinosaurs will result in the addition of new secondary street names in Drumheller’sdowntown business district. The newly named streets signage will installed later this Summer. Medallions that feature the selected dinosaurs will also be added to pedestrian wayfinding signage, which will include a mapped out walking tour of Downtown Drumheller.

    I have to admit that I’m a little bit shocked that T-Rex didn’t come out on top,but this will definitely make exploring Drumheller that much more interesting, said Drumheller Mayor Terry Yemen.”

    Albertosaurus beat the T-Rex by 16 votes out of a total of 3,148 votes cast through the process. The good news is that that the top names selected are all very popular and the fact that Drumheller is still home to an 86 foot tall T-Rex makes it hard to overlook that T-Rex continues to be Drumheller’s most iconicdinosaur. It cements Drumheller’s position asthe Dinosaur Capital of the World.

    I think it says something patriotic about Drumheller that we would rally around Albertosaurus, the first dinosaur named after our province and discovered in this area over 100 years ago," said Summer Manca, Chair of the Drumheller Economic Development Advisory Committee.

  • Charges laid in Drumheller sexual interference investigation


    The Drumheller RCMP conducted an investigation into child sexual interference allegations which has resulted in charges laid against a 21-year-old Drumheller man.

    On June 19, 2017 Drumheller RCMP received a complaint from a parent against a local daycare worker at a daycare facility in Drumheller. A thorough investigation involving the Sheldon Kennedy Centre in Calgary and the RCMP Major Crimes Unit has resulted in charges being laid. Once an investigation was initiated, two other victims were identified, each involving a different offence date.

    Anthony Piecowye has been charged with three counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference. He has been released with conditions and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court of Alberta in Drumheller on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

    The identities, including the ages and sex of these young victims, will not be disclosed by the RCMP. These charges are now before the courts and further information will not be made available.

    If you have information about this investigation, please call the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet, or by SMS.

  • Dry weather spawns field fires

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    A call came into the Drumheller Fire Department at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. A stubble fire had started, roughly 4 km North of the top hill between Munson and Drumheller. Munson Fire as well as Drumheller Fire Department arrived on scene monitor the situation as a scheduled stubble fire was permitted. 

    arial map of fire

    The location of the fire is pictured above^

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    The sheer size of the smoke that was overlapping the road as well as enveloping the clear blue sky.

    far way blaze

  • South Central Alberta feels like Lethbridge for a day

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    Due to excessive winds, the entire south central part of Alberta felt like Lethbridge for a day.

    Winds reached up to 100 km per hour on top of the hill, with Keoma reaching the highest recorded wind strength of 117 km.

    In Drumheller, no record breaking winds occurred but damage was evident.

    “It was pretty minimal overall like there was a couple of downed trees, like there was a tree that fell over by Riverside Park,” said Darryl Drohemerski, Director of Infrastructure Services.

    According to Environment Canada, reports from last night’s winds reached just under 100 km per hour in Morrin and Hand Hills area.

    Work crews including the Town of Drumheller and Carillion work have worked seamlessly to discard any debris that may have obstructed homes and roadways.

    “We work well together between the Town and Carillion to kind of make sure that we’re not inconveniencing our residents or visitors by determining who’s responsibility it is,” said Drohemerski.

    At approximately 10:30 p.m. last night, Drumheller Fire crew responded to a tree that had fallen across the North Dinosaur Trail near the Dinosaur RV Resort, where they worked tirelessly through wind and rain to clear it.

    On another note, no reports indicated water levels rising enough to cause flooding within the valley.

    “‘It was more of a spray than a heavy downpour so it was just more of the wind,” said Drohemerski.

    The Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club has closed down this morning as many of trees and branches have littered the course.

    A tree branch was found on another tree, causing it to lean onto a power pole near DVSS, ultimately causing some power issues.

    “ATCO is dealing with the tree right now,” said Drohemerski.

    More than one power issue happened last night as Rosedale was completely out of power due to arcing from some trees where they continually hit power poles.

    As calls come into the public works branch, workers will deal with the situation.

    Citizens are urged to call the Public Works Office at 403-823-1330 or call the Town office at where you will be redirected.

    Anyone is also encouraged to share their information and problems on the Town of Drumheller Facebook page. Any major problems on evenings or weekends can be directed to the after-hours phone number at403-823-2512.

    “There’s a lot of the cities recovering from extensive trees and a lot of the wind damage as a result of that storm but it seems that we were lucky and escaped the brunt of that storm,” said Drohemerski.

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