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Morrin's Chase Chambers earns internship

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A local Morrin resident currently studying at Lethbridge College will have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with some leaders in the field of media after a story pitch earned him the Troy Reeb Internship.
Chase Chambers, 20, is the son of Gary and Martha Chambers and grew up on a grain farm just east of the Village of Morrin; he attended Morrin School up until Grade 9 and then transferred to Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) where he graduated in 2021.
He is currently in his second year studying Digital Communications and Media at Lethbridge College and recently earned the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business thanks to a story proposal submitted in competition for the Troy Reeb Internship, which is offered by Lethbridge College.
Chambers penned an in-depth article on the gender inequality of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) cross-country races – men run eight kilometres while women only run six.
The story idea, he says, stemmed from one of his early observations as a rookie member of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks cross-country and indoor track teams.
“I was entirely new to cross-country running this academic year, and I was slower than a lot of the women on my team,” says Chambers. “So, when I went to my first meet and found out they ran a shorter distance, even though they were more capable than me, I wanted to know why.”
Chambers interviewed student athletes and coaches in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference as well as a former Canadian national team coach to try to get a better understanding of the distance discrepancy. He says he found out the CCAA follows the lead of the World Athletics organization’s competition guidelines for the under-20 division; however, his pitch notes that some progress has been made by the CCAA in recent years to close the gap on men’s and women’s cross-country distances. Up until 2016, women only ran five kilometres.
This is the second time Chambers has made it to the final phase of the Troy Reeb Internship selection process. As a first-year DCM student, he was selected for the interview round based on a story he had written about farming technology.
The annual internship, sponsored by Reeb, has been available to Lethbridge College DCM students for the past 18 years. A 1988 graduate of the college’s Broadcast Journalism program, Reeb is now Executive Vice President, Broadcast Networks for Corus Entertainment. He was also named a Distinguished Alumni in 2003 and received an honorary degree in 2019.
“In addition to a unique and well-researched story idea, Chase has demonstrated a strong work ethic and willingness to learn that makes him an ideal candidate for this year’s internship,” says Reeb.
As part of his internship experience, Chambers will take an all-expenses-paid trip to Toronto and Ottawa where he will spend 10 days getting hands-on experience with Global’s online news platforms, television and radio stations. Chambers will also work on Parliament Hill with the Ottawa bureau of Global National. Past winners have gone on to achieve great professional success in the media and communications industries.
Chambers says he’s excited for the opportunity and is eager to learn new skills that he can use during his summer internship at RealAgriculture in Lethbridge and in the fall when he begins the Film and Video Production program at SAIT.
“I really enjoy visual storytelling,” he says. “The DCM program here at the college gave me a strong foundation for the media industry and a lot of experience in writing and in journalism. Now I’m hoping to really hone my film and video capabilities to round-out that skillset.”
Chambers says he also plans to try out for the SAIT cross-country team.

Kevin Johnston returns to court


Controversial former Calgary City Council candidate Kevin Johnston was back in court in Drumheller on Friday, April 28.
The charges Johnston is facing in Drumheller court stem from an April 2021 incident in Delburne. Three Hills RCMP were informed of a protest in Delburne on April 7, 2021 against COVID-19 protocols. It was discovered Johnston was in attendance, but had left before officers arrived.
He is facing criminal charges of forcible entry, causing a disturbance, and mischief. He is also facing three counts under the Petty Trespassing Act and a single violation of the Alberta Public Health Act. Charges were sworn in July 2021 from this incident.
Johnston appeared in person with duty counsel. He asked that a referral letter be prepared for him to get Legal Aid to fight his charges. On previous appearances, Lawyer Ian McCuaig, of McCuaig Law in Ontario, appeared on behalf of Johnston.
He is scheduled to return to court in Drumheller on Friday, May 26 in order for him to apply for Legal Aid and to attain counsel.
Earlier this month Johnston was ordered to pay $650,000 to AHS Public Health Inspector Sarah Nunn after a Judgement in Court of King’s Bench by the Honourable Justice Colin C.J. Feasby. The decision found the plaintiffs were harassed and defamed by Mr. Johnston.
He is also restricted from coming within 50 metres of hospitals and AHS clinics, and 25 metres from the entrances of all AHS facilities.

Drumheller issues Fire Restriction

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As of May 5, 2023, the Town of Drumheller has issued a Fire Restriction.
The Town of Drumheller advises that only necessary burning should take place, and with
extreme caution. Fire hazard levels within the Town and the surrounding areas are currently
at a level where fire can start and grow quickly. The public is asked to ensure that all fires
are attended to and completely extinguished before being left unattended.
• Consumer fireworks
• All burning that is not contained to a fire pit conforming to Fire Bylaw 04.07
• All burn permits are revoked
• Fires previously allowed by permit must be extinguished
• Recreational fire pits that are compliant with Fire Bylaw 04.07
• Natural gas, propane, electric stoves, barbecues and smokers that are CSA
approved or ULC certified
• Solid fuelled barbecue appliances, where the primary source of fuel consists of
charcoal, briquettes, or wood
There is a very high risk of fire spreading during windy conditions in any cured (dead and
dry) grass fuel type, such as those that exist across the Town and the surrounding areas at
the current time. Due to the rapidly changing weather conditions and the fine fuel moisture
content, the Town of Drumheller may move to a Fire Ban with little to no notice.
To review and subscribe to fire advisories and bans, please visit


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