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Valley backdrop for military training exercises


plaque2.jpgThe Town of Drumheller and Starland County provided the setting for an Army Reserve training exercise during the weekend of March 19-21.
    The main purpose of the exercise was to build and enhance soldier skills such as patrolling and reconnaissance.
    During their 36 hour long exercise, reservists set up camp at the Drumheller Municipal Airport, where their communication centre was established, covering an area from Horsethief Canyon to Wayne.
    In this exercise scenario, troops were in a foreign country trying to interrupt supply lines going to insurgents in another part of the country. Drumheller was one of the transfer points, and a presence needed to be established to disrupt the supply line. 
    The first stage of the exercise was to do a full reconnaissance of the area, which was done on the ground and with the use of helicopters, as well as setting up good communication lines. Reservists would find out information about activity in the area by observing and talking to civilians, and then relay the information to the communication centre.
    Information was gathered and consolidated to make a picture until the end of the exercise when the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Coates of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment was to be briefed and would check how consistent the information was in terms of what was observed on the ground. 
    “This will show how robust our information passage is.  This is an important skill set for us to have for overseas places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, or any future places the government chooses to send us, and then of course if we are dealing with a domestic crisis, unarmed domestic responses,” explained Lt. Col. Coates.
    The landscape of the area enabled Army Reservists from 41 Canadian Brigade Group (Alberta’s Army Reserve Formation) the type of training they need to be able to work in complex environments they may encounter during future overseas missions or domestic emergency.

Parking Task Force to meet with Alberta Transportation


    Following their review of the documents which led to the decision to change downtown parking on 3rd Avenue from angle to parallel, the Parking Task Force is organizing  public meetings with Tony Cheliuk from Alberta Transportation and with iTrans, the consultants who carried out the traffic flow analysis.
    Those meetings will help answer some questions which, to date, have remained unanswered.
    As the changes made by Alberta Transportation to the intersections on Highway 9    resulted in increased traffic flow on 3rd Avenue, the Task Force is investigating whether changes can be made to reduce the queueing. 
    One of the key questions will be whether it would be feasible to open another left hand turn from downtown on 2nd Street.
    John Shoff, from the Task Force told The Mail, “We are still in the process of getting alternatives and getting options. The biggest hurdle is we need to get an answer from Alberta Transportation.”
    Some alternative options will be put forward to Alberta Transportation. For example:
    - add a left turn on the 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street West intersection.
     - add an advanced left turn delay at the lights on 3rd Avenue and the highway on 2nd  street.
    - upgrade the light system at 3rd Avenue to a more effective system with a queueing line  monitoring camera.
    The Task Force will then be in a better position to look at the options available.
    Parking Task Force chairman, Barry Fullerton, told The Mail, “We are heading in the right direction and we are still gathering information at this stage.”
    Public meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in council chambers with Alberta Transportation and on Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m. with iTrans at Community Futures Big Country’s offices.   

Multiple injuries sustained in Highway 56 rollover


Emergency Services from Drumheller and Starland County, and Badlands EMS responded to a rollover on Highway 56 about five kilometres north of Morrin Corner around 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. A 2000 Pontiac Montana van was northbound when the driver attempted to reach for a beverage being held by someone in the back seat.  The driver took her attention off of the road.  When she looked forward, she was in the oncoming lane. She attempted to move the vehicle back onto her side of the road. She over corrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled several times. There were eight passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.  All eight went to the hospital(s) with various injuries. Two were air lifted into Calgary in serious condition.  At present, three remain in a Calgary hospital. This accident is still under investigation.  No alcohol was involved.  None of the occupants are from the Drumheller area.


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