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Missing woman found deceased

Drumheller RCMP say the body of a woman who went missing was found in a wooded area in Drumheller. Candace Deleeuw, 40, was previously reported missing on September 16 after being last seen near the Drumheller Health Centre on September 7. Drumheller RCMP,… Read More
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JayWalker succeeds Hey Romeo with new single

There is a new name in Canadian country music, but the faces behind it are well known in the community and the industry. Drumheller’s Rob Shapiro and guitarist Darren Gusnowsky have been mainstays in the country music scene for many years, as the two out of… Read More
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First Drumheller ultra-marathon set for Saturday

This Saturday about 200 athletes will be taking on some of the toughest, and most beautiful terrain in the valley at the first-ever X- Ultramarathon. The cross country run, made of four legs totaling 50 kilometres goes Saturday morning September 21 from the… Read More
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Strong interest in senior’s living project

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It appears there is strong interest in a new senior living complex in the valley. In July of this year, the Town of Drumheller posted a survey to gauge the interest in a new…

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Kneehill County celebrates 75 years

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Pictures, lots of pictures, from Kneehill County’s 75th Anniversary event will show Kneehill County Councillors flagged by Minister Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, along…

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The shooting incident earlier this evening at CrossIron Mills is reportedly resolved according to RCMP. Global Calgary and DiscoverAirdrie.com have both said on Twitter…

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Senior Titans top Canmore, Wetaskiwin

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The Drumheller Senior Titans had a busy week, but when the dust cleared they chalked up two victories. The Titans were on the road Monday evening, September 9, to take on…

Bantam Titans fall 0-2 on season Saturday, rally around injured teammate

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Dragons open season versus Bandits tonight

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Terrapins top Airdrie in season opener

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Drumheller Titans shut out Olds in season opener

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Schellenberg claims XFC Welterweight belt

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Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Henry Barborka

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BARBORKAHenry January 19, 1930 - September 14, 2019 Henry Barborka passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Drumheller Health Centre on Saturday, September…

Condolences to the family of Oscar William Clark

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CLARKOscar William July 25, 1932 - September 9, 2019 With sad hearts, we announce Oscar’s peaceful passing on Monday, September 9, 2019 at the age of 87 years.He will be…

Condolences to the family of Adriana "Janie" Scott

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SCOTTAdriana “Janie” September 30, 1952 - September 13, 2019 Adriana “Janie” Scott, beloved wife of Bob Scott of Delia, passed away at the Foothills Hospital, Friday,…

Condolences to the family of Arthur Edward "Bud" Bryant

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BRYANTArthur Edward“Bud” September 5, 1940 - September 13, 2019 Bud passed away peacefully on Friday, September 13, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at the Drumheller…

Hope College health school hops another hurdle

    After a year of work towards creating a post-secondary college in Drumheller, Hope College has now been officially registered as a not-for-profit institution.     With this hurdle passed, Hope College will also be submitting a proposal to the Rural Alberta Development Fund before March 17, with a response expected within a month saying if they are accepted.
    “If that proposal is found to be favourable, then we’ll be a reality,” said Dr. Jon Ohlhauser, project manager for the college.  “We’re very confident we’ll find favour for the final funding.”
    Hope College will be a health field focused school – plans now involve three different start-up diploma courses: licensed practical nursing, physical therapy assistant, and business administration.
    Plans are to build programs to the degree level, once student numbers grow over the first five years of the institute’s life. Dr. Ohlhauser said they plan to add three programs per year for the first five years Hope College is operating.
    “We will ask what the best opportunities to teach in Drumheller are, as far as practicum placements, and what job placements are available in town and in surrounding rural communities,” Dr. Ohlhauser said.
    “After that, we hope to see programs in the areas of environmental studies, environmental technologies, deeper into the business areas, and perhaps communications,” he said. “But that is far down the road.”
    In aim of becoming a “destination college”, Hope College’s programs will entice students to travel across the province – bringing money and a new workforce. Projections indicate in their tenth year of operation, the school will have between 800-900 students, Dr. Ohlhauser said.
    “It would be a tremendous shot in the arm for the economy and in terms of events in the community,” he said.
    The opening of Hope College is planned for the fall of 2012, Dr. Ohlhauser said, after plans to begin in fall 2011 were delayed because their Alberta Rural Development Fund application was denied this autumn.
    Currently, the college is eyeing two locations: the old hospital on Riverside Drive and St. Anthony’s once they move to their new school on North Dinosaur Trail. Residences for out-of-town students will be provided.
    Dr. Ohlhauser says interest from the Drumheller Health Centre has been received, adding that Drumheller is one of few communities in Alberta without a resident college. “They’ve expressed interest in working with students located at a college within the community – it allows them to integrate more into the community when they live there.”
    “Drumheller has seen the development of post-secondary education as a key economic development piece,” says Dr. Ohlhauser. “If we can get a college residence in our community, that would allow so many more additional economic pieces to move forward.
    “It’s not something that develops in isolation and has no impact on the community,” he said.
    As part of the proposal, Hope College wishes to provide response from the community regarding the school. Public functions will be held soon to communicate with residents. Dates have not yet  been set.
    “With this approval, our spirits have been encouraged and we wish to pass on support from the community to the (Alberta Rural Development Fund)", said Dr. Ohlhauser.

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