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Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston leads Pool A at Stampede

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Big Valley Cowboy Zeke Thurston is on the road to make Stampede history, and judging by the pool results, he could make it happen.
Thurston is competing at the Calgary Stampede in the Saddle Bronc. He also has three Stampede crowns under his hat, winning in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
His results in the first three days of the competition put him on track for making it a possible four.
On Friday, June 5, he scored an 83, and then on Saturday, he scored the day’s best with an 85.5 on Cloudly Skys. He rounded out the Pool A competition on Sunday, July 7 with a score of 88.5 riding After Party.
So far this Stampede, he has earned $15,500 and has earned his spot in the finals.
Thursason, 29, has been riding professionally since 2013. He finished first in the 2023 world standings and has four world titles to his name.

1,500 mile road trip to Badlands Science camp


    The Badlands Science Camp at the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youngsters to live out their palaeontological dreams.
    For one family it also turned out to be the road trip of a lifetime.
    Jason Howe and his husband Adrien Perez Boluda registered their twin daughters Olivia and Clara for last week’s Science Camp and were set to board a plane from Los Angeles to Alberta to make that happen. The labour dispute at WestJet however certainly made that a little tougher.
    “It wasn’t just for them exactly, we had also planned a trip already, and we had hotel rooms booked,” said Jason.
    The family was through Drumheller last year and that’s what sold them on the Science Camp.
    “When we got the message our flight was cancelled, it was around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. We were due in Drumheller at the museum at 6 the following evening, so we just had barely enough time to drive,” said Howe. “One of my twins flopped down on the bed and said, “This was going to be the worst summer ever.’”
    There wasn’t much WestJet could do.
    “They (WestJet) were caught with their pants down. It seems like they hadn’t done anything to deal with the possibility,” he said.
    The only option WestJet gave them was to cancel the flight. With bags already packed, they opted for the family truckster.
    “‘I said, “throw the bags in the car, we’re going”,” laughs Jason.
    They hit the highway, and after 1,500 miles, a 3-hour nap in Salt Lake City, they arrived at camp, and on time.
    He said his daughters were looking forward to the camp and one is a budding palaeontologist. When speaking to Jason they were halfway through camp and so far, enjoying it.
    “They were in a fantastic mood on the way up, and we earned our brownie points as the best dads ever.”
    And the dads also got a break and headed to the mountains while the twins were at camp.
    As for the ride home, they are able to take it a little easier, however, it did open their eyes to possibly taking more road trips.
    “My husband is from Spain and we talked about doing road trips in Europe but it’s not really a European thing,” he said, noting it seems like the distances are too far. “But now we realize we drove the distance from where my husband is from in Spain, to Poland.”

Drumheller Street Improvement Program underway


The Drumheller Street Improvement Program (SIP) is underway, and many residents will be seeing work in their areas.
The following areas are included in this year’s SIP:
• The entirety of 1st Avenue in Wayne
• Centre Street, 1st Avenue, 3rd Street, and 4th Avenue in Rosedale
• Reworking of alleyways behind Maple Ridge Manor, Sunshine Lodge, and the Bank of Montreal
• Various roadways in Drumheller to repair damage caused by utility work
The 2024 SIP also includes various concrete repairs and/or replacements throughout the town boundary, and these activities should have minimal impact on residents.
Before any work begins, the contractor in charge of this year’s SIP will inform residents immediately affected through door-to-door notices.


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