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Neighbours pitch in to fight Homestead Coulee area fire

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Thanks to the help of neighbours, a fire south of Homestead Coulee could have been much worse than it was.
On the morning of Sunday, November 12, a fire broke out on the Gillespie family farm. Laurie tells the Mail they were unaware until the keen eye of a neighbour alerted them.
“I live in the river valley, so I don’t always see smoke. We were alerted that we were smoking down here by a neighbour who lives up top,” said Laurie. “I have a house that has a million windows, but none that looks at the silage pit where the fire was at.”
Their neighbour, Mark Coutts, texted the family asking them if they were alright. Laurie confirmed they were okay until Coutts said he saw smoke. They went outside and saw the silage pit on fire.
“There were lots of red flames around our silage pit. So we were unbelievably pleased. We could have sat in our house and not have known,” she said.
The Homestead Coulee Fire Department and the Hanna Fire Department responded and put out the fire.
“They were professional and so nice. We are always grateful to live in a small community,” she said.
She is also grateful for neighbours Daniel Branson and Andy Andrus, who brought heavy equipment to move bales and salvage their food for the coming season.
“Even the people who are not on the fire department, they came down too. That’s the thing about a small community, news travels fast,” she said.
It was one more reminder of some of the benefits of living in a small community.
“We are super grateful… being in the river valley down here, and all the grass and the cottonwood trees. It is a tinder-rich environment. We were also grateful there was no wind because we had that hellacious wind that night,” she said. “We could have burned the whole countryside down.”
“We got the best possible outcome that could be for something that was uncontrollable.”

Drumheller RCMP seek public assistance identifying sexual assault suspect


Drumheller RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect.
On Wednesday, September 27 a female youth was approached by an unknown male on the streets of Drumheller. The male spoke with the female and started walking with her.

They both eventually sat down behind a building here he proceeded to touch her in a sexual manner.

The male suspect then left the scene.

The suspect is described as:

Dark complexion

Approximately 30-40 years old

Approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds

If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Drumheller RCMP Detachment at 403-823-2630. If you want 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.

The Salvation Army sets $60,000 Kettle goal

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The annual Salvation Army Kettle Kick Off was held at Freson Bros. on Friday, November 17. This year, The Salvation Army has set a goal to raise $60,000 from the kettle campaign, which will run until just before Christmas; in 2022 some $55,000 was raised. Kettles and mini kettles will be located throughout the Drumheller Valley, and a cashless option where donors can tap their phone, debit, or credit cards is also available and will rotate between three locations at Walmart, Extra Foods, and Freson Bros. All funds collected through the campaign, as well as the letter campaign, will remain local. Volunteers are still needed to fill some shifts, and anyone interested can contact The Salvation Army at 403-823-2215 for more information. At the kick off were (l-r) Cody Johnston, Salvation Army Major Robert Burrell, Salvation Army Community and Family Services and Anti-Violence coordinator Amanda Courtenay, kettle volunteer Heather Dyck, Fred Orosz, and Major Laura Burrell.


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