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Greentree fire causes damage

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A small fire structure in Greentree on Thursday, April 22, caused minor damage to a home. The Drumheller Fire Department was called at about 11:30 a.m. They responded with their new ladder truck, rescue unit, and about 10 firefighters. Fire Chief Bruce Wade said the fire was accidental and was confined to its point of origin in a bedroom and an outside wall. The department quickly controlled the fire. The homeowner was safely evacuated, and there were no injuries.


Drumheller RCMP charge Hanna man

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Drumheller RCMP have arrested a Hanna man and he has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking.
In the evening hours of April 21, 2021, the Drumheller RCMP and Drumheller Crime Reduction Unit were on patrol when they identified a male they knew and recognized was in breach of a court order.
Michael Farmer, 39, of Hanna, was arrested for failing to comply with his release conditions. Incidental to arrest, police located what is believed to be methamphetamine, psilocybin (mushrooms), fentanyl, and proceeds of crime.
Farmer was charged on three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and for failing to comply with his undertaking.
At the time of his arrest, Farmer was on release conditions for similar offences.
Farmer was held for a Judicial Interim Release hearing and was released to appear on April 23, 2021 in Drumheller Provincial Court.

Local group protests COVID restrictions

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A small but vocal group of protesters were out on Wednesday, April 21, expressing their displeasure with the lockdowns.
A group of about seven protesters was on South Railway Avenue, waving signs to passing traffic.
“We’re sick of the lockdown,” Darcy Graham told the Mail. “There is an over 99 per cent recovery rate. Unless you have obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and you’re under 65 you are going to most likely recover from this.”
It is not only COVID-19 restrictions but how they are applied. “We’re locked to the nines, we’re sick of it. You can’t travel, can’t gather, we can barely go to church, but you are allowed to sit on airplane row-by-row, person-to-person, so the rules are very inconsistent,” said Graham.
Elaine Funk was protesting on her own on Tuesday afternoon, but she contacted Graham, who put a call out to like-minded residents.
“I think our freedoms are being eroded under the guise of protection. We’re all going to be affected sometime, and I am going to stand today. Maybe you think you don’t need it, but I think you need your freedom,” said Funk.
She feels the media helps to create fear, and people shouldn’t be surprised there are variants.
“The more you know, the less you fear,” she said.


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