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Bixby comes home for July 1 celebration

Jaydee Bixby
   Jaydee Bixby has been singing about quality small town girls lately, and will be heading back to his hometown for Canada Day. He will be coming to Drumheller to play some shows and pre-release his new album, “Cowboys and Cadillacs.” Drumheller will be the first town to get a chance to purchase his album which will not be officially released until July 8. “He is so pumped to be coming back to Drumheller, and we were so excited to find out that HRM Records is going to pre-release his record first to Drumheller!” said Jaydee’s mom Shelley Bixby. Bixby and his new band, will be playing their first show on Monday, June 30, at Red’s Place starting at 10 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a three dollar burger patio barbecue with all proceeds going to the Morgan Jayne Project. Bixby will also be playing on Canada Day and will have his parents opening both nights.

Food Bank struggles under heavy demand

Food Bank struggles Agency sees rise in need for hampers
 Demand by local families in need has depleted The Salvation Army Food Bank to the point they are having trouble keeping up. For the first time in many years, shelves at the institution that has helped hundreds of families over the years, are getting bare. Captain Bram Pearce says it is not due to lack of donations, but the increased demand in 2008 has dwindled supplies. Yola Dyck has worked at the food bank for 13 years and says never has she seen such demand. They estimate the number of clients has gone up by 25 per cent since January. “There are more clients than ever before,” said Dyck. Dave Graham of The Salvation Army says there are a number of reasons for demand. People have seen reduced hours at their job, which has made it more difficult for families to make ends meet,

River not threatened by oil slick

Drumheller Fire Chief Bill Bachynski told The Mail, according to information received so far an oil spill which occurred upstream from the Dickson Dam has been contained, and there is no threat to communities downstream.

A leak was discovered on June 15 in a sweet crude pipeline licensed to Pembina Pipelines, about five kilometres north of the Town of Sundre. The line was running under the Red Deer River. Between 75 and 125 barrels of oil were spilled into the river, according to an Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) release.

An oil sheen has been detected on Glennifer Lake, about 30 kilometres downstream from the site of the leak.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” said Bachynski.”

Cheryl Robb of Alberta Environment says a boom has been set up at the mouth of the river, which has been successful in stopping much of the spill. A second boom has also been set up near the Dickson dam. Helicopter inspections of the river are being done, and water samples have been taken.

"Pembina has been walking the banks to monitor for impact on wildlife, right now there isn't any," said Robb.

Davis Sheremata of the ERCB, says they will be launching an investigation into the incident.


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