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Current St. Anthony’s School possible location for post secondary college launch

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    Once vacated, the current St. Anthony’s School building is being considered as the ideal location for the launch of the post secondary college project by the Hope Health Initiative.
    Project manager, Jordan Webber, told The Mail the Hope Health Initiative is close to finalizing the financial projections and progress is being made on the business plan. Operational decision would also soon be made on how to implement the project.
    The Hope Health Initiative is preparing to do a site plan on the old hospital building, however, the preferred location for launching the school is at the St. Anthony’s School building, which should be vacated in 2011.
    “We are still thinking the old hospital would be a possible spot for the school but we have concluded we will not launch at that facility. We are looking to lease a substantial portion of the St. Anthony’s School.”
    As reported in The Mail’s June 2 edition, once vacated, St. Anthony’s School is being eyed by The Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle who will be looking at sharing the space with other organizations.
    Webber said that some of the development needed in the long term on the former hospital location may be started in the next couple of years, 
    “Residence facilities to house students will probably happen at that site, even in the near future,” he said.
    The initiative is still studying which unique program to deliver to make the post secondary college a success and one of the options being closely looked at is rural health delivery.
    “Rural health delivery is very unique from urban health delivery because of the diverse skill set that it takes a person to be efficient in a rural setting, whereas in an urban setting, people are more specialized, so it’s a much more well rounded and thorough education that a rural practioner requires,” Webber said. He added offering the specific rural setting skill sets could give a unique educational experience, needed to attract students.
    The Hope Health Initiative will be hosting a public forum in late August, date yet to be confirmed.

Wind turbine powers up for final phase

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    People driving to Drumheller from Highway 9 South may have spotted the wind turbine located at the Drumheller Institution rotate last Friday.
    After months of delay due to a faulty part during performance testing, the wind turbine is now ready for its final phase of commissioning.
    Dawn Bancroft, chief of administration at the Institution told inSide Drumheller engineers finished installing the replacement part last week and the turbine now needs to run for 500 hours for the contractors to review the operation.
    “I think it will be giving some electricity at this point, but what they are doing is making sure that everything is working properly and that it is producing the power it needs and going to the right holding facility,” she said.
    Bancroft explained that the turbine only powers itself when the wind velocity reaches a certain level, adding, “People may also notice that when it is really windy, it is not turning because at a certain point if the velocity of the wind is too high, it stops turning as well.”
    The turbine was installed in December 2009 to help offset some of the institution's power costs, as well as improve its ecological footprint.

Royal Tyrrell featured on newly minted 50-cent coin

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    Celebrating its 25th birthday this summer, the Royal Tyrrell Museum seems to be getting nods from all over the country.
    The latest came from the Royal Canadian Mint which rolled out a new dinosaur collector-coin in honour of the museum.
    “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Mint’s series of dinosaur coins,” says Tyrrell marketing coordinator Leanna Mohan.
    With a lenticular Albertosaurus in front of the museum itself, the  brass coin is sure to be a favourite of local and visiting dinosaur enthusiasts.
    Mohan says the coin’s response has been overwhelming, with many people calling the museum to get their hands on one.
    They came into the Tyrrell’s giftshop on Wednesday.
    The Mint’s announcement of including the Tyrrell is just another example of good press the museum, and Drumheller, have been seeing recently.
    No doubt because of the museum’s 25th birthday, and the fact that the Tyrrell is expecting its 10 millionth visitor tp come through come through this month.
    This 50-cent brass-plated coin comes with six exciting trading cards: five showing off different dinosaurs found in Alberta and the sixth telling the story of province’s famous Royal Tyrrell Museum.
    The coin is legal tender.
    Developed as part of a series celebrating significant milestones for two of Canada’s most popular natural history museums - the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature - the Albertosaurus coin will retail for $24.95.
    “This coin is a perfect tribute to the Royal Tyrrell Museum on its 25th anniversary,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit.
    "It is at once very educational and very cool. Collectors in Alberta, across Canada and around the world will love it.”

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