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Last updateFri, 26 Feb 2021 10am

Flood office reaching out to landowners


Beginning the week of February 17, 2021, associates from Scott Land and Lease, the land agent
for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office, will start reaching out to landowners
whose land will be directly affected based on our early berm designs.
It’s important that our land agents connect directly with impacted landowners prior to making the
full designs public. These meetings are designed to allow direct and confidential conversations
with impacted landowners first and foremost. Please note, the land agents will not be
participating in group meetings at this time.
After these meetings are complete, we will begin to have discussions with landowners adjacent
to new construction, but who we do not need to purchase property from ie. portions of
Newcastle, Midland, Nacmine and Willow Estates. These will likely begin in early March. Cambria
and Lehigh will be contacted in Fall 2021, as we still need to complete further analysis.
Finally, we will meet with neighbourhoods at the end of March, beginning of April, to discuss the
overall berm alignment for their area.
We ask for residents’ patience as we work our way through the lists. We anticipate this to take a
couple of weeks to schedule the meetings, and another two weeks to go through the site visits.
We understand your neighbours may have information about their properties before you, please
rest assured our team is working hard to get the information out to impacted landowners as soon
as possible. If you are concerned that you have not yet been reached out to by the end of March,
check our website for updates or contact our team at the flood office for further information.

RCMP recover drugs, stolen vehicle

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A Drumheller woman has been arrested and is facing drug and property charges.
On Friday, February 12, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Drumheller RCMP were conducting proactive patrols in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue West when an officer located a vehicle blocking the alley. Further investigation found that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Calgary.
As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and executed on a residence where the stolen vehicle was located. Drumheller RCMP located a female inside the residence who was subsequently arrested as she was found to have outstanding warrants from Drumheller and Calgary. She was also found to be in possession of the key for the stolen vehicle.
Drumheller RCMP seized the following in the investigation:
· 20.6 g of suspected fentanyl
· 12.7 g of suspected methamphetamine
· 16.5 g of suspected cocaine
Carrie Garson (22) of Drumheller has been charged with the following:
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
· Possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5000
· Possession of property obtained by crime not exceeding $5000
· Possession of a stolen identity document
· Possession of ammunition contrary to an order
· Failing to attend court
· Failing to comply with probation order (x2)
· Failing to comply with a release order (x4)
· Uttering threats
Garson was held for a Judicial Interim Release Hearing and was subsequently remanded into custody and appeared in Strathmore Provincial Court on Feb. 16, 2021.
Drumheller RCMP are asking the public who suspect illicit drug activity in their community 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.

Great Plains MDF looks to bring $850 million plant to Kneehill County

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Great Plains MDF Production Inc., a Canadian company which produces manufactured medium density fibreboard (MDF), approached Kneehill County regarding building a mill in the county.
Executives from Great Plains gave a presentation to Kneehill County council during their regular Tuesday, February 9 council meeting regarding the proposed $850 million facility.
“The plant itself we’re talking about will provide about 380 direct jobs on-site, another 85 jobs in the head office, and up to 1,900 indirect jobs—straw collection, delivery, plant supplies, maintenance and repairs, outboard transportation. In total, we’re estimating around 2,335 total jobs attributed to the mill,” said President of Great Plains Brian McLeod during the meeting.
Currently, Great Plains is looking to build the facility on three quarter sections between the towns of Three Hills and Trochu, known as Equity. A location for the head office has not been chosen at this time.
The facility will be both the world’s largest medium density fibreboard plant and will be the first to produce MDF with wheat straw rather than wood. McLeod also noted during the meeting Great Plains is also researching using other straws, such as barley and canola to increase output and productivity.
It is estimated the plant will use approximately 800,000 tonnes of wheat straw annually.
Previously, Great Plains had approached the Town of Stettler and Stettler County councils, though the water consumption required by the plant was the ultimate decider against approval.
The mill is estimated to need approximately 1,300 cubic metres of water per day. However, the facility will not require potable water and McLeod noted Great Plains is in discussion with the Town of Three Hills regarding water supply for the facility.
Following delegation by Great Plains, Councillor Debbie Penner moved to accept the presentation as information.
The motion was carried unanimously.


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