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Albrecht case adjourned until August

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A Drumheller man facing charges relating to child pornography and luring a child has had his case adjourned until August 2022 following early case resolution discussions.
Counsel Michael James appeared on behalf of Shawn Albrecht on Friday, May 13 and asked the court adjourn the matter as a trial date has been set aside as Albrecht has agreed to a proposed resolution.
Albrecht was arrested in January 2022 following a year-long investigation between the Drumheller RCMP, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, and a policing agency in the United States, and Albrecht was charged with making sexually-explicit material available to someone under 18, luring a child, accessing child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
Mr. James explained Albrecht currently lives in a home owned by his brother, who recently passed away; Albrecht is currently handling affairs regarding his brother’s estate, and the adjournment will give him time to settle these matters.
The Honourable Judge G.J. Gaschler adjourned the case until Friday, August 3 in Drumheller.


Carbon receives 2021 financial statements

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The Village of Carbon has received is 2021 financial audit.
The annual 2021 consolidated financial statement for the Village of Carbon was presented to council at its April 19 meeting. It was prepared by Gregory Harriman and Associates.
“We just had our annual audit and it showed a $16,000 surplus, so we are very much on top of our budget,” said Mayor Bryan Peever.
The audit showed $16,143 excess of revenue over expenses in the 2021 operating budget and an accumulated surplus of $5,590,976, made up of financial and non-financial assets including tangible capital assets.
The Village saw its long-term debt fall by almost $50,000.
“The village is financially sound. We only have one loan and that was for the Diamond Subdivision and it has been on the books for 15 years, and we only have two years left and we’ll be debt-free,” said Peever. “But we have infrastructure problems so I think we are going to discuss it at our next meeting. Whether we are going to go down that road or not. Our options are to do it year by year and just take it out of the budget, or just get it done, so we have that decision to make.”
In 2021, the Village collected $529,548 in property tax, down by approximately $9,000 from the previous year.

Bobcat sighting in Rosedale concerns residents, Fish and Wildlife

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A bobcat was recently spotted at a residential property in Rosedale in the afternoon on Monday, May 9.
The bobcat made itself cozy in a patch of sunshine next to a greenhouse in Rosedale resident Dianne Snyder’s yard.
“We were home and, of course, concerned about the safety of people and small animals,” Ms. Snyder said.
She was alerted to the animal in her yard by a post on the social media group, Friends of Rosedale, from another community resident who spotted the creature. Ms. Snyder also made her own post warning the community so residents could take appropriate precautions.
She also contacted Alberta Fish and Wildlife to report the incident, and says they were “quite surprised” to hear a bobcat had been spotted during the day and in a residential area.
“It laid behind my greenhouse for a bit and then sauntered off,” she said, adding no one saw the bobcat leave.
Drumheller District Fish and Wildlife Officer Joa Markotic tells the Mail, “There are a number of bobcats in the Drumheller area, frequently living along river and creek valleys.”
He adds wildlife should be given plenty of space if encountered, especially if the wildlife has any young with it. Children and pets should be closely monitored around wildlife, and pets should be kept on a leash to prevent them from chasing wildlife.


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