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Municipalities respond to fire threat

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    As quickly as it rains, last week’s heat wave is already causing tinder-dry conditions, prompting municipalities to take action.
    On Thursday, July 11, the Town of Drumheller issued a Fire Restriction. This means all existing Fire Permits are revoked, and consumer and commercial fireworks are forbidden.
    Recreational Fire Pits are permitted but must comply with the Town of Drumheller Fire By-Law. This means a fire pit must be at least 3 metres from any combustible materials, have an ember screen with openings no greater than 1.30 centimetres and only clean wood or charcoal may be burned.
    On the same day, Starland County issued a Fire Advisory. In this case, all active fire permits issued by the County are now rescinded. This will remain in effect until conditions change or we see some significant moisture.
    The Fire Advisory means all controlled burning operations are suspended, and no permits will be issued at this time.
    This does not prevent the use of fire pits or campfires; however, they are highly recommended only when conditions are suitable and proper fire containment facilities such as grates or screens are used in conjunction.
    On Friday, July 12, Kneehill County also issued a Fire Advisory. It notes that Burn Permits may be applied for, but Fire Guardians may deny applications due to varying conditions.
    Campfires, backyard fires and charcoal briquettes are allowed.


Town of Drumheller hires infrastructure director

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Jared Brounstein has been appointed Director of Infrastructure Services at the Town of Drumheller.
For the last five years, Brounstein has worked in Osoyoos, BC, but also lived in various municipalities across Western Canada, including Clearwater, BC, Chilliwack, BC, and St. Albert.
“My background is in water and wastewater, but I also have experience in emergency management (I dealt with two large wildfires when in Osoyoos), project management, capital projects/programs, highway infrastructure, and civil engineering. I am currently completing my degree in technology management,” said Brounstein.
He has worked in both the public and private sectors, which has exposed him to various jurisdictions of different sizes. He intends to use that knowledge and experience in Drumheller to help council achieve its objectives for the Valley.
“So far, I find the valley very charming. I can’t wait to move my family out here to enjoy the events and activities the community offers,” said Brounstein. “It’s been very refreshing; people are so friendly! They say hi to you on the street. It’s been very welcoming. There seems to be so much to discover here.”

Big Valley’s Thurston loses in nail-biter showdown

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Big Valley Saddlebronc rider Zeke Thurston literally had the spoils of victory in his hand, before there was a slight recalculation.
Thurston led the way through Pool A at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, looking for his fourth title, having claimed a three-peat in 2015 through 2017. On his heels was Kade Bruno of Idaho qualified second from Pool C.
On Sunday, July 14 Thurston scored a 91 on Erotic Tango, and Bruno scored an 88 on Business Girl. with three points dividing the two.
In the showdown round, each scored a 92. In the final ride, Thurston scored a 90.5 on Yesterday’s Delivery and Bruno scored a 92 on Mary Lou. It appeared Bruno had won, the crowd was informed that Bruno would be docked two points and Thurston was declared the winner.
Thurston accepted the $50,000 prize for his ride, but that wasn’t the end of it. Bruno was then informed he had, in fact, won.
According to Stampede president and chief executive officer Joel Cowley, the error was quickly detected and then corrected, stated a Canada Press report.
"So, we unfortunately had a recording error in the short-go," Cowley said. "Apparently there was some confusion. Zeke was unfortunately named the winner, but we backed up and did it right and gave Kade his proper recognition."
Had Thurston won, not only would he have won his fourth, but he also would have been the only Canadian to win at this year’s Stampede.


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