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Man found in breach of court order, borrowing vehicle without authorization


A former resident of the Grace House in Drumheller was sentenced to 90 days for borrowing a company vehicle without authorization and 30 days, to be served concurrently, for breaching a court order in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, November 17.
Travis Seitz, 32, appeared in person for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to the charges.
The court heard how on May 14 of this year, Drumheller RCMP received a report Mr. Seitz was in breach of a release order of a 24 hour house arrest at the Grace House, located at 175 3 Street West in Drumheller.
Grace House management informed RCMP Mr. Seitz had left the residence the previous night and had taken a company vehicle without permission. At the time RCMP had arrived at the residence neither the vehicle, nor Mr. Seitz had returned.
Crown and defense entered a joint submission for a 90 day sentence on the charge of borrowing a motor vehicle without authorization, and a 30 day concurrent sentence for breach of the court order.
It was noted aggravating factors included a prior criminal record with related charges for failure to comply and property offenses. Crown also noted, while not necessarily considered a mitigating factor, the vehicle was ultimately returned to the Grace House in good condition; a guilty plea early in the process was considered a mitigating factor.
Defense noted Mr. Seitz has struggled with mental health and addiction and was very grateful for the opportunity offered to him at the Grace House and, during his time there had become well liked by staff.
Mr. Seitz has been in custody on this and other matters since July 12 of this year and, at the enhanced pre-trial custody, was given time served; the victim fine surcharge was also waived.

ATB searching for new banking provider in Morrin

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Alberta Treasury branch is looking for an operator to run a branch in Morrin.
This comes after ATB informed Starland County that it would not be renewing its contract with the municipality.
For years, ATB has offered its services in the community, and it was housed in the Starland County Municipal building.
“When we do the agency, a contract is put in place with a business that wants to run the agency, and it gets renewed every year, and what that looks like,” said Drumheller ATB branch manager Lychelle Horner. “Currently, we are looking for a new agent.”
Starland CAO Christopher Robblee wrote a letter to residents informing them of the change.
“Several months ago, administration was informed of ATB’s decision to discontinue their banking services within our community. Despite our earnest discussions and attempts to negotiate, Starland County has received formal notifications of service non-renewal,” states his letter.
Horner confirms that ATB is looking for another operator.
“Starland had taken the contract to run the agency out of their building, so based on the contract renewal, it was decided we were looking for a different agency, we are not renewing it with Starland right now,” she said.
While ATB is searching for a new agency, Starland is also looking to make sure banking service continues in the community.
“Our team is actively seeking alternative providers and will continue to do so with diligence and determination,’ states Robblee.
He also notes the current ATB contract concludes on March 13, 2024.
ATB Financial Drumheller has posted the opportunity on its social media.

Carbon Library receives grant for mural

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The Village of Carbon is looking forward to another possible mural thanks to a grant from Canada Post.

The Carbon Library secured a grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation. Jay-Lynn Boutin of the Carbon Library tells the Mail, they are planning on using it to create a mural on the east side entrance of the Carbon Community Centre where the library is located.

“We have been after that grant for years,” Boutin tells the Mail. “I am extremely happy. We applied every year.”

She says the proposed mural will complement another War Amps mural on the building, beautifying the town.

“I am really excited to add to the rest of the building,” she said.

The grant is for $5,000, and according to the letter from the foundation, the library aims to prominently showcase the principles of diversity, education, access, intellectual freedom, democracy, sustainability, gathering place and support.

The next step, according to Boutin, is to gather people’s ideas and vision and hopefully identify an artist to take on the project.

The Library has been very active in recent years and is enjoying a bit of a revival. Boutin says they are also in receipt of a grant from Mountain View Credit Union for programming. They are also actively fundraising in a number of areas.

“Everything helps!” said Boutin.


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