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Community facility to host 2013 Alberta Chamber of Commerce AGM

    While it is more than a year away, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to hosting the province in 2013.
    Last week the Chamber made good on its fundraising pledge for the Badlands Community Facility. They are looking forward to utilizing the facility to its fullest extent hosting the 2013 Alberta Chamber of Commerce Provincial Conference and Policy Session.
    “The facility is going to be a wonderful enhancement to the Drumheller valley and really good for business,” said Chamber board vice president John Shoff. “I think it is going to open a lot of doors to a lot of opportunities to hold larger events.”
    One of the events is the 2013 conference.
    He explains they made a bid for the 2012 conference, but there were concerns as to whether the facility would be completed. The next year they got the nod.
    “This gives a year for planning and we know the facility will be up and running strong by this time,” said Shoff.
    The AGM is slated for May 16-18, 2013 and will attract more that 200 delegates as well as possibly family members. While there will be the formal business of the event, the delegates will also get a chance to see all the valley has to offer.
    “We usually put on a community related package, so you will have the AGM related meetings, but there will also be community events to showcase the valley,” said Shoff.
    “In our discussion we found the hardest part of planning the AGM is going to be narrowing down all the different things we can show people. There are just so many things we can do.” 
    Delegates will get a sneak peak of what to expect at the 2013 AGM at this coming year’s conference in Spruce Grove. The Drumheller Chamber will be sponsoring a breakfast, providing attendees with an idea of what they could expect.


Trial date set for animal cruelty case

    Two weeks in December of 2012 have been set aside to hear the criminal case of John Barry Graham and Lawrence Bryden relating to the seizure of horses and cows at an East Coulee
area ranch.
    An agent for the pair and their legal counsel appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, November 18. Bryden has been charged with cruelty to animals and creating a nuisance under the criminal code, as well as charges under the Animal Protection Act.
 Graham, too, faces creating nuisance and cruelty to animals charges as well as disobeying a court order. He also faces charges under the Animal Protection Act as well as the Stray Animals Act.
    Both elected to be tried in a provincial court and pleaded not guilty. December 3-7 and December 17-21, 2012 have been set aside for trial on the criminal charges and the matters under the Animal Protection Act. 
    The Stray Animals Act charges against Graham will be spoken to on December 9, 2011.

Shandera makes first court appearance

    An agent for Nathan Shandera, a correctional supervisor charged with property offense, appeared on his behalf last Friday in provincial court in Drumheller.
     The case related to the alleged theft of money and video cameras from the Drumheller Institution. The latter ended up for sale on e-Bay. Shandera was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of proceeds of crime and theft under $5,000.
    The Crown Prosecutor asked to amend the wording of the first count of possession of
stolen property to reflect two video cameras, not exceeding $5,000.
    Shandera is scheduled to appear on December 16 to enter a plea.


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