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Last updateThu, 18 Oct 2018 9am

Hwy 575 detour in effect

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Construction ramped up this week on the culvert replacement on Highway 575 after being delayed, and the detour on 575 is now in effect.

The provincial project to rebuild Ploeg Street Crossing connecting Highway 575 and Newcastle Drive and replacing a culvert on Highway 575 is underway. Originally the project was scheduled to be completed in September.

   “There was a slowdown of the manufacturer of the culvert segments,” said Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski. “It takes some time to build those, and balance that with everything else in the southern area of the province, apparently there is a lot of work going on.”

He tells the Mail they have received some of the segments needed to start the replacement of the concrete culverts.

“The reason the culvert is being replaced is the corrugated steel pipe is corroded to the point that if left undone you would probably have a failure on the road in the next couple of years. For these kinds of projects, they are putting concrete in because they will last longer.”

The weather may also play a factor.

“The more stuff we see from the sky, the harder it is. They could close it off, but they prefer to work on it in a dry environment, as opposed to having water running through it,” he said.

Watch for signage as the project continues. There will be a detour along 9 Street SW and Premier Road.

Pair facing drug, firearm charges postpone bail hearing


Two people charged with a number of firearm offenses and possession of drugs made brief court appearances in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, September 28.

Victor Foley of Big Valley and  Jaime Ryan of Drumheller were arrested on September 25. RCMP stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense and seized three firearms, drugs and ammunition.

Each is facing two charges of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition and six counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle and two counts of possession of drugs. Foley is facing driving while suspended charges and Ryan is charged with failing to comply with release conditions.

Both elected to put their bail hearings over until Friday, October 19.

Salute a Veteran Banners unveiled


The Drumheller Genealogy Club, the Drumheller Legion and The Town of Drumheller unveiled its unique project to commemorate the service of veterans in our area.

The Mail reported in its July 11 edition of the Salute a Veteran Remembrance Project. This a project where residents can sponsor a banner to be hung in Drumheller with an image of a veteran, the branch of the military, and the conflict they served in.

At the time, the volunteers undertaking the project were aiming to have 20 banners in the first year. They nearly doubled the total with 39. The first of which was of  Drumheller Legion life member Stan Baird.

At the ceremony on Monday, October 1, Debbie LaPlante said it was a collaborative effort. The Town of Drumheller was very supportive.

“The Genealogy Club and Legion members who spent a lot of their time doing various jobs required to make this project go smoothly. To all volunteers who helped with the project and to the newspaper and radio stations and Freson Bros.  for all their help in getting the word out there,” she said. Image Crafters in Drumheller are making the banners.

Baird is a well-known veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. He also served with NATO peacekeeping in Germany and did a tour with the United Nations in the Middle East. He was a very active Legion member until he moved away from the valley a few years ago. Now 94, the lifetime member of the Drumheller legion still keeps in touch with his comrades.

The banners will now be put up by town staff and will remain flying until after Remembrance Day.

“We hope everyone will walk around and look at these banners and be reminded our wish is to extend the period of remembrance leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, to say thank you to those brave men and women who served, and that we must never forget the sacrifices any Veteran has made so that we can live in a free democratic society like we have in Canada,” said Laplante.

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