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Connection with valley marked with 20 year old copy of The Mail



A Drumheller man’s Olympic experience hit close to home when he made a connection with a co-worker at the event who has special memories of the valley… and he has the paper to prove it.
     Bruce Thompson, a retired corrections officer from Drumheller, worked at the Vancouver Olympics as a security supervisor at Whistler. This was a ‘working holiday’ and he met people from all over the country and the globe.
    Being proud of the valley, he brought along a collection of Town of Drumheller pins to give out at the Olympics. Often he would give these pins to some of the crew that he worked with, especially when they performed a good job.
    He presented a man named Maurice Escobar, one of his co-workers, with a pin.
    Escobar was elated. Originally from Costa Rica, Escobar came to Canada more than two decades ago. Not long after he arrived, he visited the valley.
    His visit made an impression on him, because shortly after Thompson gave him the pin, Escobar went home to Burnaby and came back with a copy of The Drumheller Mail from October of 1990. He has been saving the paper as a souvenir for 20 years.
    “He was so happy to show me the paper,” said Thompson.
    Thompson said beyond his experience with Escobar, he was surprised at how many people he met were aware of Drumheller, and what the entire valley has to offer.
    “It was interesting how many knew of Drumheller and had visited,” Thompson told The Mail. “If they hadn’t seen it, they wanted to come and see it.”
    Thompsons says his Olympic experience was amazing, made even better by his experience with Escobar. The pair struck up a friendship and Thompson told him the next time they meet, Escobar is to bring the paper.
    Interestingly enough, Escobar, who was working in security, is interested in going into corrections.

Community Futures becomes naming sponsor of 'Dino Half'


marathon2.jpg    It has been confirmed there will be a running road race in Drumheller this fall, and it has Community Futures' name written all over it.
    Community Futures in Drumheller is the naming sponsor for the event, officially called the Community Futures Big Country Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon. It is scheduled for Sunday, September 12, and is the first of what is planned to become an annual event.
    “In celebration of our 25th year of operation as Community Futures, we are more than pleased to be able to help launch this first annual road race.  Our goal is to create yet another event that will attract athletes and spectators to the area in our shoulder season,” said Wayne Hove general manager of Community Futures.
    The tag line for the Dinosaur Half is “Run Drumheller…It’s in your backyard.”
    The challenging, but scenic 21 kilometre race is open to all runners of all abilities. It starts at the Little Church and heads directly north up the gravel hill to Fox Coulee, and then will head east past the airport. It will proceed down into the valley where it will join up with Highway 9, travel down the “North Hill” into Drumheller, and then head back west to end at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Spectators will have a great opportunity to view the race along Dinosaur Trail.
    Coordinating chair and avid runner Colin Kloot said the event is long overdue. 
    “I have been dreaming of staging a race in Drumheller for some years,” said Kloot.  “Thanks to Wayne Hove and Community Futures, this dream will become a reality. The course is very challenging and highlights all aspects of our community, of fering views of the valley, grain fields, the oldest oil jacks in the area, The Handhills and of course, Dinosaur Trail.”
    He adds, all profits will be donated to the Badlands Community Facility.
     There are categories for all ages and prizes will be awarded to the first three runners in:
• Male and female runners 18 and younger
• Male and female 19 through 39
• Male and female 40 through 49
• Male and female 50 through 59
•Male and female 60 and older   

ARMA paint recycling program to introduce changes at Landfill


program-image.jpgCurrently the Drumheller Regional Landfill offers free recycling of paint, both from residential and commercial architectural paint customers. 
    A recent proposed change by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) is threatening to change the free service and Tammi Nygaard, operations manager at the Landfill is fighting hard to prevent this.
    According to the ARMA, in 2009, Alberta was considered at the forefront in environmental stewardship, with their introduction of a tire, electronic and paint recycling program.
    The program was introduced to divert increasing amounts of waste materials from municipal landfills and provided not only a free commercial paint disposal, but also recycling.
    The program however, seems to have become a victim of its own success.
    A levy was introduced on paint purchases at the start of the program to fund this and due to a downturn in the economy, the sales have dropped but the volume of paint recycled hasn’t. 
    Chris Nielsen, of DBS Environtmental, a registered paint processor for the program, explained to The Mail that the paint they collect is on average 10 to 12 years old. “It’s a strange position to be in to be in a financial crunch like this and it is wholly attributed to the success of the program,” said Nielsen.
    Recently, a loan from the Alberta government also needed to be repaid by the ARMA and the program is now in deficit. 
    To remedy the situation until paint sales rebound, the ARMA has proposed to temporarily reduce the incentive payments made to paint processors by 15 per cent, to come into effect on April 1, 2010.
    This means the processors, who are already operating at a substantially reduced cost as a commitment to the program,  will need to pass on the extra cost to the municipalities.
    At present, municipalities pay nothing for the service as they receive a $50 incentive payment from the ARMA for each bin they have in place and they then pass this on to the processors as payment for picking up the bins.
    Nielsen, the processor who recycles the paint from Drumheller and surrounding areas, explained to The Mail, “We have come to an agreement with the Town of Drumheller to introduce a fee of $50 on each paint recycling bin to cover the extra cost. We average about 40 to 60 bins for the whole zone each year.”
    Ms. Nygaard is very unhappy with the ARMA’S proposed change as well as the short notice given, “I    t will cost municipalities double to recycle the paint. This happened three months into a new budget and we were not advised of this so nobody has budgeted for this, how are we going to recoup those costs?”
    At present, Nygaard isn’t sure how this extra cost can be paid.  The fear is that the program will not be as successful if customers have to be charged for their paint recycling and she and other stakeholders from the Calgary area are therefore in talks with processors and ARMA to find a solution to the problem.
    A meeting is taking place on Wednesday, March 24 with the Calgary Regional Waste Reduction partnership group where a representative from ARMA will attend to discuss this issue.


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