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RCMP meet with Kneehill County to discuss crime

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Drumheller Staff Sergeant Robert Harms was one of four RCMP members who met with Kneehill County council at the Tuesday, March 12, Committee of the Whole Meeting.
The Three Hills, Olds, Beiseker and Drumheller detachments gave a presentation to council members about the impact recent policing has had on the communities involved.
Through Town Hall Meetings and online surveys, RCMP have been able to piece together important information from residents about what they believe should be priorities for police within their communities.
Crime reduction, community engagement, mental health/family violence, and enhancing road safety are the top main focuses for Kneehill County’s RCMP detachments.
Mental health is an ever increasing concern, especially in rural areas.
There is a new Regional Police and Crisis Team (RPACT) that will be made available to the county to help assist with mental health calls. It will be made up of an officer and a health practitioner to help better address what exactly it is a person in crisis needs.
Three Hills’ short-staffed RCMP detachment loses a member if they have to transport someone to Red Deer, where wait times are on average ten hours, causing a huge strain on the RCMP’s resources. RPACT will help ease this strain.
Property crimes are trending down in Kneehill County. In Beiseker, Break and Enters (B&E’s) are up 24 per cent in 2023, with five more occurring than in 2022. Theft of Motor Vehicles (TMV’s) is down nine per cent, with two fewer thefts than the previous year, and Theft Under (TU) $5000 is down 36 per cent with 27 fewer incidents.
Olds B&E’s and TMV’s statistics are down by over 30 per cent for both, and TU is down by 29 per cent.
Three Hills is down across all three categories, with TMV’s down 34 per cent, the highest of the detachments involved.
Although crime is decreasing across the County, RCMP still receive over 200 calls a month. A bigger policing presence and community engagement are very important to the RCMP. They will be offering workshops in Olds that will be posted on Kneehill County’s social media pages when they become available.
“In reality, we don’t do this enough. Everybody is busy but our phone is always on and our door is always open,” says Harms at the end of the meeting. “And, thank you for your comments and support. It means a lot to us.”


Starland engages with community on economic development strategy

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As part of their Economic Development Strategy, being completed by Schollie Research and Associates, Starland County is planning a Business Park Development project.
An engagement session being held by Starland’s Economic Development Officer, Jason Jede, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, to gather preliminary information from potential businesses interested in establishing themselves within the park.
“I am getting out into the community to see what the general consensus is for the Business Park Development, dispelling any rumours from fact, and developing a basis for what the ratepayers would like to see as opportunities and initiatives,” Jede tells the Mail.
The business park will be developed at Morrin Corner (Highway 9 and 56), on 143 acres of both commercial and industrial zoned land.

Jurassic Jamboree attempting dino-sized record

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Get ready to stomp, roar, and make history as Travel Drumheller presents the Jurassic Jamboree, an exciting event set to attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest gathering of people dressed as dinosaurs.

On April 27, 2024, Downtown Drumheller will transform into a prehistoric paradise, welcoming dino-enthusiasts of all ages to join in this epic quest for greatness. Imagine a sea of colorful scales, tails, and claws as dinosaur enthusiasts from across the globe come together to make history against the stunning backdrop of Drumheller's iconic landscapes. The Jurassic Jamboree promises an unforgettable experience filled with fun, excitement, and the chance to become a part of record-breaking history.
But that's not all - the festivities kick off on Friday, April 26, with a pre-party like no other! Join us at the plaza from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a night of games, activities, and live music by
Calgary's own Redhead Mack Band. On April 27, from 9am to 2pm, the heart of Downtown Drumheller will come alive with the Jurassic Jamboree. In addition to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt, attendees can enjoy live music by Calgary-based sensation, The Accomplice, indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast, and dive into a world of activities and games that will transport them back in time to the era of the dinosaurs.
"Not only will attendees have the chance to be a part of a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt, but they'll also enjoy a day filled with entertainment, excitement, and the unique charm of Drumheller," says Keri Looijen, Marketing Manager of Travel Drumheller.

"We are the Dinosaur Capital of the World already we just want to prove it with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title."
The Jurassic Jamboree is a family-friendly event, welcoming dino-lovers of all ages to join in the fun. Whether you're a hardcore enthusiast, a casual admirer, or simply looking for a day of adventure, there's something for everyone at this larger-than-life celebration.
For more information and to stay updated on the latest news and announcements, visit Event Website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok.


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