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Badlands Historical Centre new board seeks input

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The Badlands Historical Centre is working on finding a new path forward and is wanting to know what residents would like to see in the space.
The Badlands Historical Centre is considered Drumheller’s original museum, founded in the 1950s. Recent years have been hard for the museum, with COVID, 19, a break-in in 2019, where they lost a significant part of their valuable collection as well as building issues. The last year they were open, they had 800 visitors.
“Does the community want another museum and what does that look like?” said new chair, Louise Henrickson.
In June a new board was formed, with six active members, with a vision of revamping the focus of the museum to agriculture.
‘We have two scenarios, but of an agricultural theme. One is more of agricultural and Drumheller’s history, or do we move into agriculture across Canada? That would be unique across the world because there is no history of agriculture anywhere,” explains Henrickson. “We want to look at what would be enticing and what would be something that people could support.”
“Or is there an option C that we are not seeing? What would you like to see?”
They are also looking at the best way to use the space. Beyond the traditional mandate of a museum, they are wondering if the space could be used by the community as a meeting or event space.
“Could we rent out the space? If all the displays are in the cases, and they are locked up, is there some way of clearing out that space and renting it out for different activities? Making it a diversified space,” said Henrickson.
“We can’t just rely on a casino and that gets very stipulated on where you can spend the money,” she said.
One of its most pressing issues is the roof. There needs to be significant repairs. To help raise funds, they are holding a Raise the Roof event at the Museum on Saturday, September 24. This will include a free scavager hunt, a barbecue and a kick-off for a Silent Auction. The event will also allow residents to provide feedback on what they like about the museum and what they would like to see moving forward.

Trochu man handed suspended sentence

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A Trochu man facing charges stemming from a 2021 arrest, was handed an 18-month suspended sentence in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, September 16.
The court heard how Three Hills RCMP set up a trail camera on a rural property near the Town of Trochu in February 2021 due to reports of suspected drug trafficking in the area.
A day after the trail camera was installed, it captured a vehicle-described as a blue GMC Sierra-make a turn onto the range road being observed with two people inside at approximately 11:45 p.m.
It was determined the license plate was not registered to the GMC Sierra, but rather a vehicle of a different make and model, and Three Hills RCMP conducted a traffic stop.
Christopher Weich of Trochu was identified as the driver, and his passenger was identified as Simon May, also of Trochu.
During the traffic stop RCMP observed the ignition of the vehicle was punched out and, upon running the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) it was determined the vehicle, valued at approximately $2,000, had been reported stolen from a Calgary transit station on February 1.
Crown prosecution suggested a suspended sentence with 18 months probation for Mr. Weich, with the condition Mr. Weich maintains a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for the first six months of his probation period, abstain from the consumption of illicit substances, and have no contact with his co-accused, Simon May, except through court or legal counsel.
Mr. Weich was also ordered to pay a $100 victim fine surcharge and given time to pay until October 31, 2022.
All other charges were withdrawn.

Drumheller Rotary receives major contribution from Last Chance Saloon

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A highlight of the September long weekend was Waynestock. The event attracted large crowds as over 30 bands performed. Rotary assisted in providing security. Paula Sutherland of the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne, presents Rotary President Linda Fisher (left) and Club Director of Administration Helen Peers with a major contribution which will assist the club in local projects to benefit youth, families and seniors.


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