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Last updateThu, 29 Feb 2024 12pm

Suspension Bridge to open soon

TIMG 0377 edithe Star Mine Suspension Bridge, that crosses the Red Deer River in Rosedale, has been closed to the public since May 2020. An inspection of the bridge revealed that the support on the North-East end was in very poor condition, making it unsafe for use.
“Up until 2023, if you walked across the bridge and stepped onto soil, it used to be an old railway right-of-way, which was never supposed to be sold to private land. The landowner wanted an agreement to make permanent access for us to have it. We ended up buying the land,’’ explains Drumheller’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski, “We did an inspection, incidentally during Covid, but because of flood-mitigation, of all the bridge structures in the valley. The Suspension Bridge is held up by four posts, one of which was rotted. This deemed it unsafe for visitors.”
In June of last year, the Town of Drumheller received the land and the work started in November. “Now that the work is complete, it will be open this January,” says CAO Drohomerski.
The total cost of repairs was $383,000. That included the acquisition of the land needed, plus engineering and construction. $200,000 of these costs came from the province, as the province actually owns the bridge but the town is responsible for the care and upkeep of it.
“I think from our standpoint,” says CAO Drohomerski, “it’s been a long time coming with the Suspension Bridge, and we appreciate people’s patience on it. I think the challenge that no one realized is this land ownership dilemma that we had to go through so we were happy that it all got resolved. We’re happy to have one more space for the public to go to. It’s been four long years since this bridge has been closed.”
There will be seasonal paid parking for tourists looking to use the bridge, and will be open for pedestrians by February.

RCMP, Emergency Services respond to fatal head-on collision

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On Jan. 6, 2024, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Drumheller RCMP, Emergency Medical Services, and local Fire Departments responded to a 2 vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 9 near Range Road 214 West of Drumheller. It was reported that multiple injuries occurred and a vehicle was on fire.

Upon arrival of first responders the vehicle fire was extinguished.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a pickup truck and a car collided on the highway. The driver of the car, a 39-year-old male resident of Drumheller was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the car, a 33-year-old female resident of Drumheller was taken to hospital via ground ambulance with undetermined injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, a 50-year-old male resident of Strathmore, was taken to Drumheller Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

A RCMP Collision Re-Constructionist attended the scene to assist in the investigation. Traffic flow was affected for several hours and the scene cleared on Jan. 7, 2024 at 6:30 a.m..

RCMP are investigating the driver of the pick up for impaired driving causing death. This investigation continues.

Alumni players return to DVSS court

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Former DVSS/DCHS hoopsters were invited back to their alma mater to test their meddle and lung capacity against a younger squad. The Annual DVSS Alumni games went on Thursday, December 21, with the senior DVSS dynos boys and girls teams taking on former players. Many alumni players still had what it takes on the court, although they were helped along by an extremely long bench.


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