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Bus service restored to Drumheller

    Some good news came with the new year as bus service through Drumheller is coming back.
    Last fall, service through Drumheller was cut although parcel service remained. Narinder Tambar, owner of the Greyhound office in Drumheller confirmed that service would be restored.
    “It is very exciting,” said Tambar. “I am glad that we have the buses back.”
    She explained that Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) applied to operate the routes and learned last Friday they would be able to run a route from Alsask to Drumheller and Drumheller to Calgary for Greyhound.
     The schedule is pending.
    Mayor Terry Yemen was happy to hear the announcement.
    “I have been contacted by a number of seniors who were concerned because it was the only way for them to get to Calgary for medical appointments,” said Yemen. “Anything is better than what we have right now.”
    Tambar also said she heard from seniors over the Christmas holiday who were not able to join loved ones for the holidays without the bus.
    She adds that it was not only seniors who were missing the bus, but all ages. Residents of Grace House also needed the service for appointments.
    Tambar opened the store in July of 2009. They were in business for just over two years when they learned of the changes. She said customers were very upset. She is relieved by the news. 
    “Something great for New Year!” She said.
STC is a crown corporation of the Province of Saskatchewan that has been offering service since 1946.


Bamford wows at Hussar School

    The community of Hussar had an uplifting Christmas after Gord Bamford spread some holiday cheer to their annual Christmas concert.
    The 53 students of the school were joined by the whole community as the award winning country singer brought his brand of a Country and Western Christmas.
    “Our community was not only honoured to host such a country music star as Gord Bamford, but it was a perfect event to get everyone in the Christmas spirit,” said Linda Moczulski, teacher at Hussar School. “Having our school students, parents of school kids, grandparents, community members from Hussar, and those from outlying communities all together as one group showed us all how we could put on a high calibre show that I really believe was impressive to all.”
    Moczulski explains Bamford met with winners of a radio contest, and they were in awe. He spent some time with them answering questions. The students were already excited they came on stage to sing.
    “I know that I had never heard them sing so enthusiastically and the audience said afterwards it was some of the best singing they had every heard.  Some of the schools on the tour had a selected “choir” and any outside observer would have never guessed that our “choir” was, in fact, our entire school population, said Moczulski.
    According to Moczulski, Bamford said this was the perfect concert to end his Christmas concert tour and he stayed to enjoy Christmas treats and mingle with community members.
    He also made a donation of $1,000 to the school. This combined with the school’s Christmas raffle and a 50/50 draw earned the school about $2,000 following the evening of music.
    “We hope to use it to bring something or someone to perform at Hussar (since we are always looking to expand their horizons!), or we’ve talked about the idea of a school mural to be a lasting memory,” said Moczulski. “Either way, we’ll make sure the money goes directly to benefit our fifty-three Hussar School students.”

Council shares residents' concerns over McMullen drilling

    At the January 4, 2012, meeting of the Drumheller Town Council, discussion ensued regarding the expansion of natural gas drilling at McMullen Island. Council shares the concerns of residents and will voice those concerns to the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB).
    Bearspaw Drilling, who currently owns the existing McMullen station, is planning on expanding its operations at the site. As part of its requirements to the ERCB, Bearspaw notified the four residents nearest to the site.
    “I have spoken with several of the residents who live close to the proposed drilling site and they have numerous concerns that I support,” said Councillor Garbutt. “I think the residents for all of Drumheller, not necessarily the ones close to the drilling site, have every reason to be concerned.”
    “I understand the concerns of the people of Nacmine, and if I lived in Nacmine I would have those same concerns,” said Mayor Terry Yemen.
    Concerns regarding the proposed project include the noise that will be generated during the initial construction and when routine flaring occurs and the danger of contamination to the entire water supply of Drumheller.
    Flaring would occur for 4 hours each day and to access one of the natural gas reservoirs, Bearspaw would drill underneath the Red Deer River.
    “Whenever someone is using the fracking process, there are concerns that there is going to be contamination that was unintended. Because they can’t provide us with a 100 per cent guarantee that won’t occur, we should all be in opposition of this when there is a threat to our water supply,” said Councillor Garbutt.
    “We have an abundance of natural gas in Alberta,” said Mayor Yemen. “I would have to ask why do they want to drill in the Valley when it can be accessed all over Alberta. I think they have other options.”
    The Town of Drumheller has begun drafting a formal letter to express their opposition to the proposed expansion of natural gas extraction at McMullen Island.
    However, as part of the Municipal Government Act, the Town of Drumheller does not have the jurisdiction to outright stop the drilling from taking place.
    “The Municipal Government Act allows them to drill, they don’t need our permission. So we’re going by our bylaws and saying we strongly discourage the drilling of wells in the Valley,” said Mayor Yemen.
    “The ERCB is, unfortunately, not required to live by our wishes. They have jurisdiction. All we can do is tell them in the strongest words possible that we’re not in favour of this, it’s a long standing position of Council,” said Councillor Garbutt.
    Concerned residents will  be sitting down with Bearspaw and a ERCB facilitator to discuss the matter as part  of the Appropriate Dispute Resolutions (ADR) process on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Nacmine Hall.
    Should there be any unresolved issues from that meeting, Town Council may meet with the ERCB directly and discuss the matter further. Should the meeting and formal letter be unsuccessful, further steps may be taken.
    “If there’s unresolved issues, we would sit down with the ERCB,” said Mayor Yemen. “We could lobby through the provincial government through our MLA.”
    Council encourages all residents to fill out the Objecting to an Energy Resource Project form, found on the ERCB website, www.ercb.ca, and send it to the ERCB, the idea being that numerous letters will have a far greater effect than a few. The form can be found in the public zone of the website, in the Enerfaqs section.
    “There’s a means right there to object and that’s how residents should address it, and they should,” said Mayor Yemen.


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