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Man sentenced for evading police in stolen vehicle

 An Airdrie man was given a one-year conditional sentence after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property and failing to stop for a peace officer.
    Mark Christopher Logan appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, January 27 where he pleaded guilty to the charges.
    The incident occurred on October 30, 2011. Logan was in a rural area hunting with permission from a landowner. The vehicle he possessed at the time was parked at the side of a road and came to the attention of a resident who reported it, believing it may have been abandoned.
    RCMP attended and determined the vehicle was stolen. Around the same time Logan returned to the vehicle and drove away from the police. He travelled over a field and eventually entered Highway 56 and made away.
    In early December he attended to the Drumheller RCMP and made a confession. He indicated he has recently purchased the vehicle, which was found to be stolen.
    Judge Grieve sentenced Logan to a one-year conditional sentence in which he is bound by a curfew. He also received a one-year driver’s licence suspension.


Inmate sentenced to 45 days for drug possession

    An inmate who had his release revoked was sentenced  after drugs were found in his possession while he was being readmitted to the Drumheller Institution.
     Morley Ahkimnachie appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday January 20  where he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
    On May 28 of last year, Ahkimnachie, 22, was an inmate at the Institution but had achieved statutory release. He failed to report and his release was revoked.
    He was apprehended and returned to the Drumheller Institution.  While in dry cell during readmission he produced a 35-millimetre film canister, which contained 2 grams of cannabis resin. The Institutional value of the cache was said to be worth $950.
    Judge Grieve accepted a joint submission from the Federal Prosecutor and defense council for a 45-day sentence.

Town starts moving into Badlands Community Facility February 6

    The moment valley residents have been waiting for is a little closer. The Town of Drumheller will start moving into the field house and fitness centre of the Badlands Community Facility on February 6.
    Dawson Wallace, the contractors, are tantalizingly close to completing, cleaning, and vacating the field house and fitness areas. Afterwards, the town and contractors will have joint occupancy and the town can start moving in.
    The senior staff of the facility will bring over equipment and furniture that has been in storage at public works. Everything will be inventoried, assembled, and organized.
    The contractors will still be in other parts of the building. As areas are completed, the facility staff will move everything in.
    “On the sixth of February we get the field house and fitness centre. The next two areas that will probably be done  are the lobby and the library. After that, the meeting rooms and dining hall. The kitchen is going to be the last thing finished,” said Guy Latour, Business Manager of the facility.
    The week after the joint occupancy date, the remaining staff arrive and begin training.
    “There’s a lot of training to do because we’re all new to it,” said Latour.
    Prior to opening, the staff must be well versed in customer service, point of sale, fitness and sporting equipment, emergency procedures, and the particulars of each area of the diverse building.
    Apple Fitness will return later in February to set up the fitness equipment.
    As opening day draws near, plans are being made to showcase what the facility can offer. Ideas being considered are offering tours to sports leagues who have expressed interest in using the field house and having an open house, complete with activities and tours. A volunteer program is in the works as well.
    More information about the facility events and programs will be released in February.
    The news of joint occupancy  comes as a relief, because of the Sports Recreation and Arts Expo and Canadian Badlands conference planned at the facility in March. It is expected that at the current pace the events will continue in the facility as planned.
    The news generates the same excitement and anticipation a new homeowner feels when awaiting their possession date.
    “The joint occupancy was a big thing for us, because it’s indicating that we’re close,” said Latour. “It’s got me super excited. I’m ready to move everything over there myself!”


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