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Last updateThu, 30 Mar 2023 3pm

Hot water issue at Drumheller hospital fixed says AHS

Hospital Main Entrance

It appears the Drumheller Health Centre has solved an issue with hot water it has experienced over the last month.
Readers expressed concerns the hospital in Drumheller was lacking hot water in the morning and in the evenings.
According to Tracy Kennedy, senior communications advisor, central Zone for AHS, last month the Drumheller Health Centre was having short-term issues with its hot water supply. Some areas were seeing it take a longer period of time to get hot water.
“In response, our Facilities, Maintenance and Engineering staff worked vigilantly to resolve the concern as quickly as possible,” stated an emailed response. “Initial repairs were undertaken and followed up with the permanent replacement of a water valve. Work has now been completed and hot water has been restored to normal.”
She notes patient care has not been impacted.

Three Hills RCMP charge male with historic sexual assaults

Taplin Derek

Three Hills RCMP have laid charges related to a historic sexual assault investigation.
On June 10, 2021, Three Hills RCMP initiated an investigation after receiving a report regarding an alleged historic sexual assault.
Winnipeg Police Service apprehended Derek Taplin, 43, a resident of Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 28 on a Canada Wide Warrant; Taplin will be escorted back to Alberta.
He has been charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a young person, four counts of sexual interference, four counts of sexual assault, and four counts of invitation to sexual touching.
Through investigation, police have identified four alleged victims from multiple incidents at the Prairie College in Three Hills, spanning a two-year period from 2002 to 2004. The investigation is still ongoing. Police believe there may be more victims and are urging any other victims, or anyone with information, to come forward.
To aid in this investigation, RCMP have released a photo of Taplin.
A court date for Taplin is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Newcastle #2 ball diamond faces temporary closure

Newcastle Diagram

Newcastle Baseball Diamond #2 will be closed for use by the public to allow for upcoming berm construction this spring, according to an announcement made by the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) on Wednesday, March 22.
The closure, which will be effective April 1, and DRFMO has notified local baseball associations of the impact this will have on the season.
“We understand this is not the news everyone has been hoping for, but in the interest of safety, we ask everyone to stay away from Newcastle (Ball Diamond) #2 while work proceeds,” the notice states.
It is hoped construction will wrap up by June 24. Games, tournaments, and camping in the area will be prohibited until at least this time.
“Bookings in Newcastle #2 will be made on a case-by-case basis after June 24,” the notice says.
Contractors for the project, Pidherney’s, have planned to return for a two-week period in August if work cannot be completed by June 24.
Acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Infrastructure Services director Dave Brett tells the Mail the Town met with user groups in February to discuss the potential closure of the Newcastle #2 ball diamond.
“The temporary closure (of Newcastle #2) will allow for significant, long term flood protection,” Mr. Brett adds.
He says the Town had kept the diamond open last year for tournaments, but there were some incidents and safety concerns having children around heavy machinery and it was decided, for the safety of the public, to close the diamond.
Mr. Brett shares the Town plans to assess the Rosedale Baseball Diamonds to determine any work needed to allow user groups to utilize the facility; however, this cannot be completed until the snow has melted. He is hopeful this can be done by the end of April.
Once assessments are done, the Town will complete any maintenance necessary and will continue to maintain the facility throughout the closure.
Both Newcastle #1 and Newcastle #3 ball diamonds will remain open throughout the duration of the closure.


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