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Travel Drumheller welcomes one new, returning board members during AGM

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Travel Drumheller held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, April 5 and welcomed one new member to the board, and one returning board member.
The evening started off with greetings from Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg and Battle River-Crowfoot Member of Parliament Damien Kurek, as well as presentations from Travel Alberta Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Goldstein.
During the AGM, Travel Drumheller highlighted things it has been working on in 2022, such as the Destination Development Plan, and plans ahead for 2023.
Expenses and revenues in 2022 were both up compared to the previous year; there was a total of $675,976 in revenues in 2022, not including income from interest of $1,189. This was up from $360,771 in 2021, not including interest income of $534. However, expenses were also up, from $318,858 in 2021 to $678,124, and there was a deficiency of $959 for the year; Travel Drumheller had had a total of over $41,000 in excess revenues over expenditures in 2021.

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Two positions were filled on the board, with Ramada Hotel manager Theresa Vyvey welcomed back to the board as a returning member and Chris Lorenz, owner and operator of Heller Good Sandwiches, welcomed as a new member to the board.

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Travel Drumheller Executive director Julia Fielding says Travel Drumheller currently has about 60 partners within the community, primarily in tourism related businesses. She explains partners are given the opportunity to participate in several Travel Drumheller programs, such as the Tourism and Hospitality Job Fair, and Drum Discovery which helps to build knowledge about the Drumheller region and was developed to make front-line staff valley ambassadors.
Partnerships have gradually increased year over year, and Ms. Fielding says partnership is up by about 15 from the previous year.

Trial date set for inmate accused of murder


A trial date has been set for an inmate charged with murder after an assault in January 2022.
Defence for Ashley Baird, Hugh Sommerville appeared in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, May 12.
This was a procedural appearance to make sure process was transferred to the Court of King’s Bench, where Baird was arraigned the previous day.
The charges arise from an incident on January, 26, 2022, at approximately 8:40 p.m., where Drumheller RCMP responded to a serious assault at the Drumheller Institution.
The assault on 34-year-old Jeffrey Ryan of Parkland County, Alberta, by Ashley Baird, 38, of Nanaimo, B.C., was allegedly unprovoked.
Jeffrey Ryan sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital where he died.
Baird was charged with second-degree murder. A trial date for Baird was set for May 27, 2024.

Drumheller RCMP finalize 2023 policing priorities

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Drumheller RCMP have announced its finalized policing priorities for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
The priorities were established after much consultation, including with elected officials, partners, the general public, committees, and after holding Town Hall Meetings and running a public survey.
“The purpose of establishing policing priorities is to ensure that our detachment is focusing on current and local policing issues that matter, are relevant, and important to the community,” says Drumheller RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Rob Harms. “The priorities are supported by our statistical data, officer observations, and equally important are supported by the many people, partners, and officials (who) offered input.”
A total of four priorities were outlined, as well as initiatives to address each priority.
Crime reduction, with a focus on property crime, is the first priority laid out, with initiatives on compliance checks on prolific and repeat offenders, fraud awareness presentations with partners focusing on vulnerable community members, proactive initiatives on property crime, and Operation Street Sweep and Crime and Traffic Suppression shifts.
Public engagement, transparency and visibility was the second priority, and will focus on town hall meetings, media releases for transparency, red serge and public appearances, including with partners, and public engagement through Mocha with a Mountie.
Reducing substance abuse, with a focus on drugs, has been an ongoing priority, and RCMP will focus on drug enforcement operations, drug training for members, and presentations to youth and other focus groups on drug awareness.
The final priority is to enhance road and traffic safety through traffic interventions and enforcement, conducting impaired driver interventions and enforcement, and Alberta Checkstop operations with partners.
S/Sgt Harms adds he is happy to see the Drumheller RCMP already addressing the priorities as the fiscal year began on April 1.


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