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Last updateSat, 20 Jul 2024 10am

Awareness of holiday check stops growing

    ‘Tis the season for safe driving, and it appears so far Drumheller residents are getting the message.
    The Drumheller RCMP has stepped up its enforcement and has been staging a number of check stops leading up to and through the holiday season. Staff Sergeant Art Hopkins said awareness of the check stops is getting out.
    “Last Friday night and Saturday they were really busy,” said Hopkins. “People are talking about it.”
 On top of the weekend check stops, Drumheller RCMP are also implementing random check stops.
    “If you are caught driving under the influence, there are many things that could happen, ranging from driving prohibition to vehicle seizures,” said Hopkins. “That is not including what could happen if someone gets hurt as a result of your actions while under the influence. The financial implications to you and your family are huge should you get caught driving or are involved in a collision where someone gets hurt.”
    Hopkins said so far, during their check stops, no drivers have been charged with impaired driving.
    “There have been some minor drug possession charges and some open liquor charges, but there haven’t been any impaired drivers or 24 suspensions,” said Hopkins. “We have had a couple no insurance and other violations.”
    He said the random check stops will continue through to the new year.
    Bottom line for Hopkins: if you are planning on drinking, plan on a ride home.

iKettle makes online donations easy

    The iKettle phenomenon is catching as an iKettle in the community is now ranked sixth in the country for donations.
    Last week a generous online donation from Rod Dyck of Rosedale Concrete Works of $1,000 put the Drumheller iKettle, sponsored by Q91, up to $1,900.
    Introduced a couple years ago, the iKettle has become a safe and easy way to donate to the local kettle campaign. Online donations are just like regular donations. The funds go to the local Salvation Army to fund local programs. It is less work for the local office at this busy time of year as an e-receipt is automatically generated.
    The iKettle allows the donor to make their contribution using a credit card or through PayPal. iKettle also allows donors or hosts to send emails to help fill iKettle.        Donors can host a kettle, or they can simply give to an existing one. There is no registration fee to participate.
    So far the iKettle is catching on. Last year, the Drumheller Salvation Army was also ranked in the top 10 across Canada for online donations. This year they appear to be on the same track.
    To make a donation to the Kettle, simply go to or, and follow the banner link on the bottom of the page.

80 youth sign up following launch of Duke of Edinburgh Awards

    While it has only been a month since the Duke of Edinburgh Awards were launched in Drumheller, already more than 80 youngsters have signed up to take part in the program.
    The program is a journey of self-discovery and community service for the young people ages 14-25. It is a self-directed development program with components that include volunteerism, personal skill development, physical recreation and adventure.    
    The RCMP in Drumheller has teamed up with community organizations for the Community Youth Challenge Project, and they are pleasantly surprised with the uptake.
    Constable Tomas Dobrich said they had modest expectations of about 20 students participating.
    “It surpassed our expectations,” he said. “We have participants from Delia, Carbon, DVSS and St. Anthony’s.”
    He said they will be introducing the program to more students in the new year, as well as expanding its core of trained mentors into the rural area.
    While the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program was founded in 1956 and came to Canada in 1963, awareness of the program was often in private schools or universities. The community project with the Drumheller RCMP is a pilot.
    Dobrich said since the Drumheller launch, interest is growing throughout the province.
    “Because of what we have done here in Drumheller, other detachments and areas such as the Edmonton Police Service have taken notice. They want to have the Duke of Edinburgh Awards with their police service", said Dobrich. "Fort McLeod is also trying to get involved.”
    Dobrich said they are looking for community leaders or organizational leaders who are interested in working with youth to train as mentors to help facilitate the program. While the program is self-directed, mentors are there to lend support when needed. They are planning more training in the new year. Those interested can contact Dobrich at 403-823-7590 for more information.
    This week the students who have registered will be receiving their work report books used to track their community service hours and progress.
    Dobrich said they are able to accommodate as many students who want to participate. It is a great resume-building tool, is recognized internationally and can open doors for students in the future.
    “It has not only exceeded our expectations," said Dobrich, “it has blown us away.”


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