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Wizards carve out place in valley

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In what is becoming a May Long Weekend tradition, the Chainsaw Wizards took over the downtown plaza, carving out a place in the valley.
This is the third year for Chainsaw Wizards. The event began as a way to honour some of the trees that were cut during the Flood Mitigation project and has turned into an event that attracts all-star Canadian carvers, as well as hundreds of spectators. The result is some incredible art that will live in the community.
One of the organizers, Tony Miglecz, tells the Mail, that this year, the carving projects are based on the mining and rail history of the valley, and the six carvers are making benches for the Rails to Trails project. They also carved logs into art as trailhead barricades.
“What you're seeing is functional art that tells the story of the valley,” said Miglecz.
Carver Tyler Welfing of Carve Well Creations said they toured the Atlas Coal Mine, and he found inspiration in the tipple, which he incorporated into his design.
“I saw that tipple and thought, ‘That’s a challenge, I’m gonna do it!’ I’ll tie everything together with the hoodoos and railway crossing sign, and on the other side, I am going do a seam of coal running through and a couple of fossils,” said Welfing.


Boogie getting bigger

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The Valley Cruisers has the cure for the winter blues. It involves shining up your ride, charging the battery and cruising downtown to boogie.
Boogie in the Badlands is going into its 26th year. The Spring Thaw Show and Shine has evolved from a one-day car show to a weekend event. While the Saturday Show and Shine is still the mainstay of the event, it is bookmarked with all kinds of activities with the gearhead in mind.
Barb Lubinski tells the Mail last year’s 25th-anniversary show was one of their best, and they were bursting at the seams. This year, they have made space for even more cars as well as all kinds of other attractions. They are utilizing the new downtown plaza as well as the former plaza parcel, enough for 300-320 vehicles.
“We have Elvis this year,” she exclaims. “We have a variety of food trucks and we have vendors this year.”
The Show and Shine is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 in the downtown core. They already have strong preregistration, with people signing up from across the province as well as neighbouring provinces.
Before Saturday, enthusiasts can join the club for its Friday Night Cruise. They will be forming up on 7th Avenue East near DVSS at 7 p.m., and then heading out across the 11 Bridges to Wayne and The Last Chance Saloon where refreshments and a band will be waiting.
“The Friday night cruise seems to be taking off as part of our event,” said Lubinski.
There is also a Pancake Run on Sunday morning.
“We launch from DVSS at 10 a.m. and go to the East Coulee Community Breakfast,” she said.
The annual Show and Shine lives by the ethos, ‘run what you brung’ and welcomes all makes and models, from bikes to big rigs. It can be a modern ride, a classic, or a project in progress. There are 13 prizes for all kinds of categories.
For more information, to preregister or sign up as a vendor, go to www.valleycruisers.ca

Drumheller RCMP’s “Main Priorities” are working

At Tuesday, May 13, Committee of the Whole Meeting, council members were presented with Drumheller Detachment RCMP’s Quarterly Report by Staff Sergeant Robert Harms. The report represents the last fiscal year, ending March 31, with the new fiscal year beginning April 1.

Harms spoke about the four main priorities that were determined by a Public Survey, and how they were successful. Crime Reduction, Public Engagement, Reduce Substance Abuse and Enhance Road Safety were the main focus.

“We spoke to councils, and we spoke to the public, and pretty much right across the board, it was suggested that we run with the same priorities,” explains Harms. “We are going to hope for the same or similar results.”

From January to March, 2024, property crimes were down 33 percent, from 90 to 60 occurrences, drug offences were down 27 percent, from 22 to 16 offences, and traffic violations were down 36 percent, from 233 to 148 infractions.

“When it comes to check stops per year, how many do you hold?” asks Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk.

“We set a target of 24 for the year and we actually finished the year off with 38 formal check stops,” replied Harms. “They have been quite successful in identifying and apprehending impaired drivers. In fact, we have several examples of the first or second vehicle coming through our check stops being an impaired driver.”

“That is one priority that is a must to continue,” expressed Harms.

Harms also mentioned during the meeting that Alberta has a new highest ranking officer in the RCMP.

“Alberta has a new commanding officer at our headquarters, Deputy Commissioner Rob Hill. He has now taken post and is our highest ranking officer.”

Typically, the commanding officer will commit to appearing and engaging at municipal meetings throughout the province, providing opportunities to meet with the residents within the communities.


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