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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 transmission prevention protocols. The chairs will be placed in Acute Care rooms, Continuing Care rooms, and the waiting rooms in the hospital, so they can be easily cleaned to meet COVID transmission prevention protocols. At the presentation are (l-r) Tania Johnson, President of the Rotary Club of Drumheller, Nathan Banda, Site Manager, Drumheller Health Centre, Jim Fisher, Chair, Rotary Club Foundation, Susan Schmidt, Chair, Drumheller Area Health Foundation, Linda Fisher, Secretary, Rotary Club of Drumheller, and Gary Krabsen, Treasurer, Drumheller Area Health Foundation.

Drumheller recreation facilities implement Restrictions Exemption Program

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The Town of Drumheller has changed their initial response to the new COVID-19 public health measures and will begin implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) at recreation facilities including the Aquaplex, Badlands Community Facility, and the Drumheller Memorial Arena.

Initially the town announced they would not yet be imposing the REP andwould operate at one-third capacity; however, following discussions with council, direction was given to implement the program for all user groups starting Monday, September 27.

“The primary focus during our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has always been the health and safety of our patrons and our staff,” says Darren Goldthorpe, manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our recreation facilities respect patron and staff privacy, dignity, and confidentiality. At this time, we will be asking users to show our staff their proof of vaccination each time they come in, and at the point of registration for upcoming fitness classes.”

Vaccine information or rapid test results will not be recorded in any fashion and users should come prepared with their documentation and identification upon entry to any town recreation facility.

All patrons 12 years and older must provide valid proof of vaccination, or proof of a privately-paid rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service, or documentation of a medical exemption.

Please visit for more information and a list of all restrictions.

RCMP seek male wanted in home invasion


On Sept. 19, 2021, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Drumheller RCMP responded to a home invasion/robbery in progress.

A male allegedly entered a residence located in the Newcastle area, wielded a weapon and stole personal items from the occupants. None of the victims sustained any physical injuries.

The male was seen leaving the area of residence in an early 2000’s black Ford Mustang.

As a result of the investigation, Patrick Robert Kimmel (43) from Drumheller has been identified and he has been charged with:

· robbery with a weapon (x2)

· break and enter,

· possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,

· uttering threats (x2)

RCMP have been unable to locate Kimmel and have obtained a warrant for his arrest on the above noted charges.

Kimmel is described as:

· 5’9” tall

· 139 lbs

· Short brown hair, balding

· Blue eyes

· Has numerous hand and arm tattoos including: bones, skull, “$”, clouds, clown on his right forearm and cobras, bones and skull on his left forearm

Kimmel is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If located, you are asked to call 911 and provide the location. Police believe this to be a targeted incident.

If you have information about Patrick Kimmel’s whereabouts you are asked to contact Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."


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