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Ewing sentenced to four months



A resident of Starland County was sentenced to four months in jail, after pleading guilty to anumber of charges after police attempted to arrest him in July of this year.

Darcy Lee Ewing, 47, appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, September 14 via closed-circuit television. He pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without consent, resisting a peace officer and a breach of his probations by being in a vehicle without the registered owner.

The court heard that Darcy Ewing was originally permitted to use a motor vehicle owned by his father, but his father had withdrawn consent.

On July 20, Drumheller RCMP observed Ewing in the parked vehicle. When police placed him under arrest, he put the vehicle in drive and sped off.

On July 25, police took Ewing into custody at a rural residence.

Ewing also pleaded guilty to a gas and dash from the Fas Gas in Hanna. He filled the vehicle he was driving and a jerry can and left without paying.

The 47-year-old was sentenced to four months in custody. He was given 1.5 times credit for 52 days he spent incarcerated awaiting this day in court. This leaves him 42 days to serve.

He also pleaded guilty to a no insurance ticket and was given nine months time to pay the $2,875 fine.

Westview Co-op acquires Tri West Agro

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Westview Co-op is expanding with the purchase of Tri West Agro near Drumheller and will officially become part of Westview Co-op on October 1.

Tri West Agro’s crop input location offers customers custom granular fertilizer blending, seed, and crop supplies. Other services offered include soil sampling and agronomic advice. ‘ “We believe in investing locally and we appreciate this opportunity to expand our commodity offering and serve even more members and guests in our agriculture community,” said Westview Co-op general manager Dennis Laing in a press release.

The acquisition is also a sign of how the network of services and support is expanding for Co-op members. In September 2017, Federated Co-operatives Limited opened by investing $75 million in to new fertilizer terminals so that it could better distribute fertilizer to local Co-ops and agricultural producers.

Westview Co-op has locations in and near Carstairs, Drumheller, Eagle Hill, Linden, Olds, and Sundre.

Wheatland calls on Fire Commissioner

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    Wheatland County has met with Fire Associations and Village Councils throughout the county and has agreed to call upon the provincial Fire Commissioner to help ensure fire services remain strong in the area.
    This comes after firefighters have vocally expressed their opposition to a new fire services bylaw the county had previously given first reading.
    The Mail reported on Tuesday, August 14, members of the community and firefighters attended a Wheatland County Council meeting to discuss the new bylaw. Many at the meeting had issues with the new piece of legislation.
    At the end of the meeting, Division 1 Councillor Jason Wilson proposed a motion the county meet with the fire association.
    That meeting took place on September 10. The outcome of the meeting was a letter drafted and signed by the County, representatives of fire associations and villages requesting the Fire Commissioner’s assistance with the bylaw.
    “We are asking the Commissioner's Office to complete a review of the necessary documents both administratively and operationally to ensure the new bylaw conforms to all required legislation, regulations, standards, codes, programs, and guidelines both Provincially (and Federally when applicable). We are seeking organizational and governance advice to build better relationships and want to ensure we are all in line with Provincial (Municipal Affairs) expectations and responsibilities,” states the letter.
    In a press release, Wheatland County said the meeting was beneficial.
    “Wheatland County Council listened and gained valuable input from the associations and village members during the meeting. Council has created a group consisting of two councillors and two senior members of county administration, with the intent of meeting alongside the five-member associations to review the proposed Fire Services Bylaw 2018-07 in order to move towards second and ultimately third reading,” it stated.
    It appears fire departments are still concerned about the direction of County. This comes a day later, after the county followed up with an email to discuss the bylaw. Many felt the review of the Fire Commissioner would come before more work was put into the bylaw. There has since been some clarification.
     “The very next morning a couple of the councillors, said they would like to get the bylaw a little closer to what we want before the commissioner sees it,” said Brett Gates of the Standard Rural Fire Association. “I think that is reasonable. These two councillors are really trying, so I think we are going to go along with it. The first reaction from the email wasn’t good, but I think those councillors phoned most of us to explain what was going on and I think we are going to take them for their word.”
 He is hopeful the groups will work towards an agreeable resolution.
    “I think the only condition we are going to meet with them is if it doesn’t get rammed through without the Fire Commissioner’s input. That is our intention, and I think it is certainly Reeve Koester’s intention too, so hopefully, it works out.”