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Two charged after RCMP execute search warrant

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Drumheller RCMP have arrested two individuals who are facing drug and property crime charges.
On July 13, following an investigation into street-level drug trafficking, Drumheller RCMP executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a home west of downtown Drumheller.
The RCMP located a large amount of money, substances suspected to be fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills, drug trafficking paraphernalia, and a bag of copper wire which was believed to be stolen property.
Michael Douglas Farmer, 38, of Drumheller is charged with:

· Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
· Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking
· Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
· Possession of prescription pills for the purpose of trafficking
· Possession of property obtained by crime

April Margaret Couturier, 33, of Hanna is charged with:

· Possession of property obtained by crime

Farmer and Couturier were released with conditions and will be appearing in Drumheller provincial court on October 16.

Information provided by the public plays a crucial role in helping police identify where crime is occurring, and who is committing it. Members of the public who suspect drug activity in their community are encouraged to contact the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

New faces on Chamber of Commerce board

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There are four new members of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce Board.
The chamber held its annual general meeting on Wednesday, July 15 virtually. They welcomed Deana Hannem of Dinosaur Valley Massage & Wellness, Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk of Western Financial Group of Drumheller, Martina Morrison of Riverside Value Drug Mart and Bob Sheddy of The Drumheller Mail to the board.
Re-elected to the board are Mike Bell of Western GM, Cindy Clarke of the Canalta Jurassic Hotel, and Jeff Hall of Meyers Norris Penny.
“While there is much uncertainty looking forwards as a result of COVID-19, we are confident that our incoming board has the knowledge and experience to guide the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and our business community through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Hall.
Following the AGM, the Board of Directors met to internally elect the Executive Committee for the coming year. Jeff Hall was elected President, Bob Sheddy will serve as Vice President, and Jared Potter was elected as Secretary-Treasurer.
The Chamber also said farewell and thanked board members Nathan Fleming (RBC), Darryl Reid (Pro-Active Building Maintenance), Barry Fullerton, and Joanne Hodgson (Fountain Tire) for their years of service and commitment to the organization.
At the meeting, tourism service manager Debbie Schinnour was recognized for 10 years of service, and office and chamber services coordinator Marley Henneigh was recognized for five years of service.

Back to school for Alberta students this fall

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Premier Jason Kenney was joined by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw Tuesday afternoon, July 21, in announcing that students would be returning to class this fall.
Schools will be welcoming students under the province’s Scenario 1, which is near normal operations with health measures in place to protect students and staff.
“We are determined to do everything that we can to safely return our students, teachers, and staff to school. I appreciate the input and support of school authorities across the province, as well as our education partners, in developing and refining our school re-entry plan,” said Minister LeGrange. “We are providing clear and detailed guidelines and a re-entry tool kit so everyone can do their part and prepare for a safe return to school.”
Indeed his scenario, classes would resume with all students returning to school. There would be measures in place which include frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which could include staggering start times for classes, recesses, and lunches. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system.
The announcement came earlier than expected, allowing schools and boards more time to prepare for the season.
“The College of Alberta School Superintendents appreciates the opportunity to work alongside government and education partners to develop a detailed re-entry plan,’ said Bevan Daverne, president, College of Alberta School Superintendents and Golden Hills School Division superintendent. “The CASS board of directors strongly believes that the re-entry plan offers the appropriate balance of guidance from the chief medical officer of health and the government while providing for the authority and autonomy for individual school divisions to assure their students, parents, and staff that a successful return to school will be safe.”
A release from the Alberta Teacher's Association (ATA) states that teachers are still concerned about the return to school.
“Teachers are looking forward to doing the work they love to do with their students, but we remain concerned by the failure of the government to adequately address their concerns,” said ATA President Jason Schilling. “Successful school reopening is critical to the well-being of students, teachers, staff, their families, and the economy, and it requires the confidence of everyone impacted.”



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