The Drumheller Mail reporter, Lacie Nairn, joined grade 4 students at St. Anthony’s School on Thursday, November 19 via Zoom to answer questions about National Novel Writing Month and what it is like to work as a reporter.
Nairn previously spoke with grade 4 teachers, Ms. Sarah Boyne and Ms. Vicki Black, about their students’ participation in the annual writing contest. Following the interviews, Ms. Boyne invited Nairn to join students via Zoom to talk about her fifth year participating in the contest, and what it is like working as a reporter with The Drumheller Mail.
“It is an absolute honour to have been offered the opportunity to speak to Ms. Boyne and Ms. Black’s students,” Nairn says. “The students had plenty of thought-provoking questions and it was amazing to see so much enthusiasm.”
The students asked several questions, ranging from when Nairn first started writing and why she started participating in NaNoWriMo, her favourite books, and whether it gets easier to do NaNoWriMo after the first year.
Nairn gave students some writing tips and read an excerpt from her current NaNoWriMo project. She told students to be proud of how many words they write for NaNoWriMo, regardless of whether they reach their word count goals.
The students also asked questions about working as a reporter for The Drumheller Mail.
“It’s especially important right now with COVID to stay informed, but it can be something as simple as, for example, the town putting in a new park,” Nairn said. “My job is to help people stay informed and understand what is going on in their community.”
Starland County has expressed interest in operating the Tolman Bridge campground.
Starland CAO Shirley Bremer tells the Mail that Starland County has forwarded an expression of interest to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to operate the campgrounds. Starland owns a portion of the land within the campground area.
“This campground was one of the many on the chopping block by AEP last spring, that was intended for closure and/or for sale/rent,” she said. “The County was sent notice of these intentions by the government last February and we quickly contacted them to discuss our interest in this property. This was fuelled by both the concerns brought forward by our residents and also the concern and interest that Starland County has in this campground.”
Like many other projects, COVID-19 changed the circumstances. Bremer explains the province chose to operate the campground last season starting in June, delaying the closure.
She said talks about campgrounds in the province have begun again.
The County wanted to reinforce our interest in taking over this campground if the province chose to close it,” she said. “If we are successful in obtaining this site, our intentions are to continue operating it as a campground area with similar rules and regulations as were previously applied. This is a beautiful park area and is very busy most of the camping season.”
She notes that Kneehill County also has expressed an interest in operating the campground on the west side of the river.
“AEP has kept contact with us through this period of time and advised that they will keep us in the loop as to the government's intentions in this regard. Tentative plans have been made in regards to management and maintenance of this area should we be successful in obtaining the management and control,” said Bremer.
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