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Crime statistics show improvements

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    While rural crime continues to be an issue, there appear to be some good signs in the Drumheller area.
     The RCMP K Division launched its Data and Innovation page on its website in April of this year. It keys in on selected property crime statistics and is updated quarterly.
    Last week the Division released its results from January to June of this year and in some areas crime in Drumheller is trending down.
     While break and enters in the Drumheller Municipal detachment were up slightly from, 36 instances to 41  compared to the same time in the previous year, theft of motor vehicles were down 23 per cent, from 26 to 20 instances, and thefts over and under $5,000 were down 43 per cent from 141 to 81. Possession of stolen goods charges remained roughly the same.
    In the Drumheller Rural area, break and enters were up 67 per cent from 12 to 20 and theft charges were up from 35 to 53. Theft of motor vehicle charges were down 77 per cent. Thefts are up 5  per cent with 53 reported instances, however, possession of stolen goods is down 70 per cent.
    Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque said it is difficult to look at statistics in a vacuum.
    “There are definitely many moving parts, and we are trying to take a proactive approach and continue the battle and work with our partners and communities,” he said.      “We want to encourage people to have their eyes and ears open for us and contact the police if there is anything suspicious.”
    He says these partnerships are important, not only in the community but sharing police resources.
    “It is always a work in progress. I think we have made some good inroads with our partners, in particular, the Crime Reduction Units that we have throughout our district as well as our detachment, and working to try to share intelligence throughout our district with neighbouring detachments,” he said.
     While he says some of the numbers are encouraging, it is important to remain vigilant.
    “If statistics are showing things are settling down a little bit, that’s great, but we are certainly not going to throttle back our efforts, because we are dealing with clients who are being personally affected,” he said.
    “We are going full steam ahead and putting together some initiative here to safeguard our community members,” he said.


Town turns on tap to fountain

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            The fountain was turned on Wednesday, September 18, after a season where the town has decided it would only run on a limited basis. On July 8 council announced it would begin the process of looking at a replacement water fixture for the area.
Before moving onto the next phase as discussed earlier this summer, staff took a look at the fountain to see if there was a way of it being used rather than removed. We have been able to modify the fountain to operate solely as a water feature at this time.
“As the fountain is running, we feel it is important to take the time over the fall and winter to liaise with groups such as the Rotary Club of Drumheller, who have made important contributions to the area,” said Dave Brett, Director of Infrastructure Services for the Town of Drumheller.
“Over late fall we will talk with the public and service groups on how they wish to use the area in the future. We will be determining if it should be kept solely as a fountain with some landscaping or to look at other options, including the costs involved with those options,” added Julia Fielding Communications Officer.

Kneehill County celebrates 75 years

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    Pictures, lots of pictures, from Kneehill County’s 75th Anniversary event will show Kneehill County Councillors flagged by Minister Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, along with Nathan Cooper, MLA Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills. They joined with past Councillors of Kneehill County, the Mayors, and Administrators of surrounding municipalities, and Reeves and Administrators of surrounding Counties.     
    The Three Hills Curling Rink was filled with displays of historical images which told the story of growth in the County, along with the historical beginnings of the various municipalities.   
    Also on display were the photos of the contest winners.  Reeve Wittstock made presentations to the winners.   In first place was Rachel Brown - Spring Sunset Farm Silhouette.  In second was Tyson Yost - Milky Way and in third was Cheryl Pask - Approaching Storm.   There were nine other Honorable Mentions that captured the beauty of the county. These photos sum up what it has been to live and grow in Kneehill - the weather (intimidating and beautiful), the agriculture, geography, the prosperity that came with the rail line, and the wildlife.  
    Nathan Cooper, MLA and Speaker of the House in Parliament, even noted in his speech this was God’s Country, and in the telling of a cute joke, it only costs a mere quarter to talk to God, (as it would therefore be a local call).  Mr. Cooper also noted the hard work of all the communities, their good neighbour policy and dedication, and the winning traits and values that have continued to get passed down throughout the years.  “Here’s to another 75 years of strength and prosperity for Kneehill County.”   
    Minister Madu addressed the audience, noting his upbringing in rural Nigeria.
 “I have great affection for rural communities such as in Kneehill and great respect for the responsibility undertaken by its Reeve and Mayors and Councils for their dedication to their communities.  It’s been three-quarters of a century calling this place home, a remarkable achievement on what it takes to be an Albertan and to build such an incredible province.”  
    He spoke about strong local governments finding ways to work together and be effective in the best use of tax dollars.           “We work together to reduce duplications and to decide when to support projects and when to get out of the way.”  He ended with a compliment for both Alberta and the County, deeming it still the best place to work and raise a family.  
    In putting the past 75 years to rest, and new beginnings, Reeve Wittstock unveiled the new logo, which received 75% of the votes.  
    “We couldn’t be more pleased with our resident’s choice. This logo perfectly represents the Kneehill County of today, combining traditional origins with new, modern elements,” said Wittstock. “The outline of the County is more accurately represented, and the colours of our logo tell the story of our summers—blue sky, green grass, and the abundant, vibrant fields and crops found throughout the countryside.”  
    On display were commemorative plaques and pictures gifted to Kneehill County from Rockyview County, Red Deer County, Wheatland County, Lacombe County, and a clock (Stettler County).    
     Guests attending the event received a commemorative booklet on Kneehill County’s past 75 years including the historical beginnings from MD of Kneehill #48.

 

 Courtesy Debi Moon, Three Hills Capital


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