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Last updateFri, 19 Jul 2024 12am

Drumheller gets long awaited boat launch

    Boating enthusiasts will rejoice to hear Drumheller now has a boat launch at the Newcastle Beach area.
    During the opening ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, June 1, Cindy Clark, Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce president, explained the need for a boat launch was brought to the Chamber’s attention last year by Councillor Terry Yemen. 
    The Chamber felt it was necessary for the town, not only for the Fire Department to enable them to quickly deploy their rescue boat, but also for residents and visitors to fully enjoy one of Drumheller’s top assets, the Red Deer River.    
    They partnered with the Town of Drumheller, Encana and the Fire Department to complete the project and the boat launch is now open for public use.
    Terry Yemen, a boating enthusiast himself, told inSide Drumheller he was aware there was a long standing issue for the Fire Department to have a point for rapid deployment of the first responders and that some boaters pass by the town of Drumheller due to the lack of a boat launch facility.
    “So I thought from a recreational and commercial tourism point of view, it would be an asset, too, to have a boat launch,” said Yemen, adding the river was very underutilized, although it was a top tourist attraction and needed promotion to be used to its full potential.
    The boat launch is located west of Newcastle Beach, close to recreational parking. Yemen explained this section of the river is an area where there is constantly three feet of water, making it a good place for boat deployment and it is town land so there won’t be any access issues. It is also far west of the beach so as not to interfere with beach users.
    First to use the new boat launch was the Fire Department who deployed their search and rescue Zodiak during the opening ceremony.

Community facility tender closing date pushed back

    The Town of Drumheller has extended the closing date for tenders for the construction of the Badlands Community Facility.
    The Town put out a request for tenders on Friday, May 7 with a closing date of Tuesday, June 1. It has since amended the date to now close on Tuesday, June 8.
    Ray Telford, communications officer for The Town of Drumheller explains the extension is due to the inability of structural steel providers of the girder truss system to have questions answered by the structural engineers within the tender time frame.
    “It is just going to take a little longer to answer those questions,” said Telford.
    The posting for the tenders have gone through the Alberta Purchasing Connection and the Alberta CoolNet to meet the TILMA requirements. The postings also went to the Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Construction Associations.
    On the Alberta Purchasing Connection website there is a list of 11 general contractors that have expressed interest in the project as well as a number of subcontractors.

Big tippers at WHIFS raise $1,600 for Walk to End Women’s Breast Cancers

    It wasn’t your typical morning at WHIFS last Saturday for those who came for breakfast. It was instead a bit of a celebration of friends coming together to support each other, and along the way they raised $1,600 for women’s cancers.
    The Drumheller restaurant played host to a fundraiser to support Carrie Sine’s (nee Shymanski) trek in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers coming up on July 24-25 in Calgary.
    The Weekend to End women’s Cancers is a 60-kilometre journey over two days. This is the sixth walk held in Calgary, and since its inception has raised more than $21 million for breast cancer research and programming.
    Carrie is on the “We’d go Through Hell with Mel” team, and is walking in dedication of her good friend Melanie Porter, a cancer survivor.
    The two grew up together in the valley, and have remained close.  Last year Melanie was expecting her second child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was at 34 weeks.
    Because the cancer was aggressive, her labour was induced on December 7 she gave birth to her daughter Megan Hope. On December 17, she began chemotherapy treatment. She underwent a double mastectomy earlier this month.
    The two friends were joined by a number of friends and supporters last Saturday, May 28, for the fundraiser. Melanie was there, joined by Sine and Lisa Grande-Gruner pouring coffee, and the serving staff at the restaurant donated their tips to Carrie’s walk.
    Along the way, they raised more than twice their goal.
    “It really was shocking when we started counting the money.  I was hoping to get between $500-700, so this helps out a lot,” said Sine.  “Throughout the day we heard many stories of friends with breast cancer and saw some ribbons dedicated to loved ones.  Hopefully future generations don’t have to deal with any type of cancer.”
    Sine is grateful for all the support from the staff at the restaurant as well as Lynne Hatt for allowing them to use the restaurant for the fundraiser.
    “Thanks to everyone who came to WHIFS that day and opened their wallets for a great cause,” said Sine.
    Those who are not able to come out for breakfast this Saturday, and still want to contribute to Carrie’s walk, can go to, select the Calgary event, click “donate,” and search Carrie’s name to make a donation.


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