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Rotary White Elephant sale returns

The Rotary Club of Drumheller’s annual White Elephant sale will return Saturday, October 2 following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.There will be some changes to the one-day sale this year, including a change of venue to the Drumheller… Read More
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Drumheller man pleads guilty to possession of stolen property

A Drumheller man pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property over $5,000 after selling a stolen truck.Jeffery Morse appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, September 17, to make his plea.The court heard Morse purchased a 2018 Toyota RAV4… Read More
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Questions for Drumheller mayoral candidates - Ed Almond

In the spirit of the Municipal Election, we are asking the candidates for the position of Mayor of Drumheller five questions to allow them to let voters know a little bit more about themselves, outline their platform and their positions on current issues in… Read More

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Candidates announced for municipal election

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Nominations for the 2021 Alberta municipal election closed at noon on Monday, September 20. Municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 18, giving candidates four…

Rotary donates to Health Foundation

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The Rotary Club of Drumheller presented a $10,108.80 cheque to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation to purchase 48 chairs for the Drumheller Health Centre to meet COVID…

ATB donates to Colton's Place emergency shelter

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The Drumheller Salvation Army received a donation of $3,000 to support local Colton’s Place, the local emergency shelter which opened earlier this year on March 1. The…

New flood mitigation director hired

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Effective September 27, 2021, Mayor and Council have directed administration to appoint Deighen Blakely, P.Eng, of Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd, as the new Flood Project…

Questions for Drumheller mayoral candidates - Ed Almond

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In the spirit of the Municipal Election, we are asking the candidates for the position of Mayor of Drumheller five questions to allow them to let voters know a little bit…

Questions for Drumheller mayoral candidates - Heather Colberg

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In the spirit of the Municipal Election, we are asking the candidates for the position of Mayor of Drumheller five questions to allow them to let voters know a little bit…

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Titans top St. Paul

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The Drumheller Senior Titans continued the momentum they began in the preseason to Saturday afternoon, topping St. Paul.The Titans hosted the St. Paul Lions on their home…

Dragons notch first exhibition win at home

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It has been a long time coming, but the Dragons are back on the ice and fans are lapping it up.Last week the Dragons completed its main camp, and just like that, the…

Miners take Padres in provincial championship

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The U11AA Provincial Championships were held in Drumheller on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 and local youth team, The Drumheller Miners, went undefeated…

Dragons prep for 2021 campaign

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Hockey fans got a sneak peek at the 2021-2022 Drumheller Dragons at its annual training camp. The team invited fans in to take in exhibition play on Sunday and Monday night,…

Drumheller Minor Hockey welcomes new board

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Drumheller Minor Hockey Association selected its new board at its AGM.The Association held its AGM virtually on Wednesday, May 5, via Zoom. Keith Poole will be serving as…

Dragons' season ends

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It was an unceremonious end to the Drumheller Dragons hockey season on Wednesday, April 28, when the AJHL announced the final schedule for the 2020-2021 season, and the…

Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Stanley Charles Baird - Celebration of Life

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A Celebration of Life will be held for Stanley Charles Baird Saturday, October 2, 2021 Royal Canadian Legion Branch #22 (Drumheller) 295 Centre Street 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.…

Condolences to the family of Matthew Wayne Mcdonough

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MCDONOUGHMatthew Wayne December 19, 1977 - September 13, 2021 Matthew passed suddenly at home on September 13, 2021, due to his heart condition and C.O.P.D. He was deeply…

Condolences to the family of June Shirley (nee Pickering) Trentham

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June Shirley(nee Pickering)TRENTHAM August 1, 1927 - September 8, 2021 June, a much-loved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandmother passed away…

Condolences to the family of Lance Edward Peters

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PETERSLance Edward December 12, 1958 - September 5, 2021 Mr. Lance Edward Peters of Drumheller, Alberta passed away at the Drumheller Health Services on September 5, 2021…

Parties organize for provincial election

    While a date for the 2012 provincial election has not been set, parties in Alberta are jostling for a position for a potential vote this fall.      Of the three mainline parties, the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals are looking for leaders, while Brian Mason looks like he will lead the NDP into the next election.
    Two relatively new, or new-look parties have jumped into the fray and are busy organizing.
    Danielle Smith has been at the helm of the Wildrose Alliance Party (now simply Wildrose Party) since October of 2009, and the party appears to have gained some traction, including in the Drumheller-Stettler riding.
    A Drumheller-Stettler Constituency association for the Wildrose is well established and so far three candidates have shown interest in seeking nomination to be the candidate for the area.
    Dave France is no stranger to politics in the area. The Stettler resident has run under the banner of the Alberta Alliance Party in the 2004 and 2007 elections. In 2008 he ran for the newly amalgamated Wildrose Alliance and placed third.
    Also in the running for the nomination for the area is Rick Strankman of Altario, although it took some shuffling for him to run.
    A meeting of the constituency association was held in Hanna on Sunday, July 17. At the meeting, Strankman resigned as president of the board in order to seek nomination to be the candidate in the next election.
    Chris Warwick is also completing his nomination forms.  He is a third generation Hanna resident and owns a hardware store. He is serving his third term on Hanna town council.        Alfred Erichsen of Botha was named the association's new president, and encourages anyone interested in  running to go to www.wildrose.ca.
 Nominations for a candidate for the Wildrose for Drumheller-Stettler opened July 15 and will remain open until August 5.   
    Another party on the horizon is the Alberta Party. While it is behind in its organizing compared to the Wildrose Alliance, it is gaining some interest among voters.
    On May 28 Glenn Taylor, Mayor of Hinton, was elected leader of the party. Prior to the election, he came through Drumheller and met with a small group interested in hearing what the party has to offer.
    Andrew Berdahl was privy to the meeting, and says there is a group in Drumheller who are interested in forming a constituency association, although there is no solid commitment.
    “We are still in the process of seeing if there is enough support to make it viable,” said Berdahl, adding so far there has been no one to stand up to run as a candidate.
    “First things first, you can’t run a candidate without a healthy constituency association,” said Berdahl.
    While they are gauging support for a constituency association, he says there is interest in the ideas of the party.
    "That is one of the strengths (the ideas) of the party provincially,” said Berdahl, “talking about political issues in ways that are not rooted in old ideologies.”
    Election Alberta will be conducting province-wide enumeration of electors from Friday, August 26 to Monday, September 19, and is actively recruiting enumerators.

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