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Facility completion date now set for early 2012

    While no firm date is set, or is planned to be set, the Badlands Community Facility is now slated to open some time  early in the new year.
    The most recent date for completion was set at December 30 of this year. Mayor Terry Yemen concedes that this deadline will not be met.
    “We are looking very early in 2012,” said Mayor Yemen.
    He said one of the issues recently is that over Christmas there are not any inspectors available to approve work as it moves forward.
    “They (contractors) said it is their intention to keep working through Christmas but there will be some challenges because you can’t cover up the work without it being inspected,” said Yemen.
    The Badlands Community Facility broke ground last fall as residents heard the piles being driven. Today the building has taken shape and is an impressive sight. This fall the cenotaph was relocated from Centennial Park behind the curling arena to the front of the building.
    To get that far however, has taken longer than anticipated. The original opening date was slated for August of 2011. This was pushed back to November and then finally December. Yemen said they would not publicly set a new date for opening.
     According to CAO Ray Romanetz, the construction of the facility is roughly $650,000 under budget at this time.

Morrin School SADD group raised awareness of drinking and driving

    On Tuesday, December 13, members of the Morrin School Students Against Drinking & Driving (SADD) Chapter held an event entitled, “White Out Day”.
    This event was the first the Chapter has held, as they have recently started up at the school.
    “White Out Day” is an event that is meant to provide a visual of just how many people are lost to drinking and driving throughout the course of a day. In North America, one life is lost every 23 minutes due to impaired driving (roughly 3 per hour).
    Students in Grades 7-12 volunteered to have their names put into a random draw to be selected to represent actual victims of impaired driving from all over North America.
    Throughout the course of the day, students were randomly selected every 23 minutes and their faces were painted white. As the event drew to a close, there were 16 students and teachers who represented lives lost to impaired driving.
    At the end of the day, students and staff were called into the gym to listen to the stories of the victims whom the randomly chosen “victims” were representing. 16 lives were lost, and they each had a different story to tell.

Holy rollers at Drumheller Institution sentenced

    Some use the bible for inspiration; some use it for a quick buzz.
    An inmate at the Drumheller Institution received a 90-day consecutive sentence for possessing a small amount of marijuana resin.
    Dale Chalifoux appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, December 9. He was charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking. He pleaded guilty to simple possession of drugs.
    The court heard how on April 3, Chalifoux was observed by   a corrections officer receiving a package from another inmate. The package was apprehended and wrapped on cellophane were two bible pages with what are known as smears in them, a layer of cannabis resin.
    The 23 year old from Slave Lake has achieved his GED and has a release date of March 2013.
    The Federal Prosecutor and defense agreed to joint submission of 90 days consecutive to any sentence he is currently serving.
    In another unrelated  matter, on Friday, December 16 inmate Jesse Thomson appeared in provincial court in Drumheller. On September 28, during a range walk a corrections officer noted the smell of burning marijuana coming from Thomson’s cell.
 Thomson’s cell was searched, and he also underwent a strip search. Officer found in his sock a smear of cannabis resin on a bible page.
    He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days consecutive to his present sentence.
    Federal prosecutor Colin Kloot explained to the court using a bible page was not an aggravating factor to consider in sentencing. Bible pages are used simply because they are very slim and absorbent.


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