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Big Valley changes meeting date, appoints new Mayor

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There are some changes in the Village of Big Valley following the organizational meeting on Thursday, October 12, as council elected Councillor Clark German as the village’s new Mayor and approved changes to its regular meeting schedule.
Mr. German was acclaimed to council in September 2022 after former Councillor Gail Knudsen tendered her resignation earlier the same month, and had previously served in the capacity of Mayor prior to the 2021 municipal election.
Big Valley Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Colleen Mayne shares that Amber Hoogenberg retained her role as Deputy Mayor at the organizational meeting.
Along with the change in leadership, council also changed when the village’s regular council meetings are held.
Meetings will be moved from the second Thursday of the month to the third Monday of the month. If a statutory holiday falls on the third Monday, such as Family Day or Victoria Day in February and May respectively, the meeting will instead be held on the second Monday of the month.

Historic dinosaur fossil discovery at Horseshoe Canyon


On October 13 and 19 of this year, staff from Kneehill County’s Parks and Agriculture department worked in tandem with experts from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology to carefully unearth large dinosaur fossils from Horseshoe Canyon—a site owned and operated in part by Kneehill County and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This event marks the second successful fossil recovery facilitated by Kneehill County staff, following a previous endeavour in October 2022.
The fossils recovered this time have been identified as belonging to an adult hadrosaur, known as the duckbilled dinosaur, which roamed the earth around 69 million years ago.
The find is especially remarkable as it provides rare insights into a period of North America's prehistoric life that remains largely a mystery, particularly in what is now Alberta.
Visitors to Horseshoe Canyon continue to play a vital role in discovering new fossils. If you stumble on a fossil:
Respect the site: Leave the fossil undisturbed in its original location
Document the find: Take clear photos of the fossil, including an object for scale.
Note the location: Use GPS coordinates to record the precise location if possible.
Report your discovery: Contact the Royal Tyrell Museum at, or contact the Kneehill County Parks department, 403-443-5541.

Power outage leads to elevator rescue

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The Drumheller Fire Department responded to an elevator rescue in downtown Drumheller caused by a widespread unplanned power outage in Drumheller on Tuesday morning, November 14.
The Town of Drumheller experienced a power outage on Tuesday morning, affecting the downtown core. Residents also reported outages in parts of Riverside, North Drumheller and Midland. According to the ATCO outage website, the issues affected over 1,100 customers.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the Drumheller Fire Department was called to Keystone Tower on 3rd Avenue in downtown Drumheller. An elderly woman was trapped in the elevator when the power went out.
Fire Chief Derian Rosario tells the Mail, that the elevator was stopped slightly between floors. The department was able to open the door and give her a handout. There were no medical issues.
Power was restored at approximately 12:30 p.m.


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