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Water rate complaint heard by Alberta Utilities Commission


    A hearing was underway yesterday at the Drumheller Court House in regards to how the Town of Drumheller bills for water.
    Anthony Audia, owner of Greenwood Villa Mobile Home Park, spurred the action. He filed a complaint to the Alberta Utilities Commission, stating the changes to the utility rate are discriminatory.
Under the changes introduced by the Town of Drumheller, each unit in an apartment complex or in a manufactured home park will be charged the $10 fixed rate for water, and $10 fixed rate for waste water. With 110 units on his property, Audia said his monthly bill increased by $2,200, a cost he will have to pass on to the residents of the trailer court.
    It is written into the Municipal Government Act that a resident can appeal to the commission and it can rule if the billing for the utility service does not conform to the public utility rate structure established by the municipality, has been improperly imposed, or is discriminatory.
    Council passed the new Utility Rate Bylaw on January 18, 2010.

Musical Ride will go in Drumheller

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There have been media releases today advising that all the performances of the Musical Ride in Alberta this summer have been canceled due to the horses being placed into quarantine.  

This report is not accurate. 

One of the horses has been diagnosed with a minor illness. That horse has been quarantined and the remaining are under supervision for the next couple of weeks.  To ensure that this illness is not passed on to other horses at various locations, the scheduled performances during this period have been canceled.

The musical ride is expected to resume its engagements prior to the end of July.  The Drumheller engagement is scheduled for Aug 11th and it is "not"  in jeopardy of being canceled at this time.

Proceeds from the Drumheller performances will go to support Big Country Victim Services and the Drumheller Stampede and Agriculture society.

Youth charged after fire at Extra Foods

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A youth has been charged with arson after lighting clothes in the Drumheller Extra Food on fire on Thursday night.
 At 5 p.m. on June 24, the Drumheller Fire Department and police were dispatched to a fire in the Drumheller Extra Foods. 
Subsequent investigation has determined that, two male youths attended into the store to steal some merchandise.  While in the store, one of the youths stole a lighter, and then lit some clothing on fire.  The two youths quickly exited the store while the fire grew in strength and intensity. 
The store was occupied by several customers and staff at the time of the fire.
Upon the fire being discovered, the staff cleared the store of any people while the emergency services were being dispatched.  No injuries were sustained by anyone.  The store received an extensive amount of smoke and water damage, and will subsequently be closed an indeterminate amount of time.  A damage value has not been determined at this time.
One 12 yr old youth was arrested, and has been charged with arson and theft. He will be appearing in youth court in Drumheller on July 23


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