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Canadian Badlands announces new executive director

     The CBL Board of Directors is pleased to announce Bob Davis has been appointed to the position of executive director of Canadian Badlands Ltd. (CBL).
    Davis joins CBL from the Rosebud Centre of the Arts, one of the signature experiences within the Canadian Badlands.
     “Bob brings a legacy of success at the Rosebud Centre of the Arts and he’s been a supporter for many years for the ongoing development of the Canadian Badlands as an iconic tourism destination,” says Doug Jones, CBL president. “Bob will be a tremendous addition to Canadian Badlands Ltd. as we continue to work to implement the Tourism Development Strategy to benefit our 63 shareholder communities economically, socially and environmentally.”
     Canadian Badlands Ltd. will be formally introducing Davis as its new executive director on Sunday, October 23 from 3-5 p.m. in the Conservatory Room at the Travel Alberta Industry Conference.
    “I have been fortunate to have worked with an organization and in a community that is an Alberta and Canadian Badlands treasure in the arts, education, hospitality and tourism,” says Davis. “I look forward to bringing my skill and passion to the Canadian Badlands Ltd. There is tremendous potential for expanding and developing new tourism opportunities in the Canadian Badlands region.”
    Davis was on the Alberta South Tourism Destination Region Board from 2004 – 2010, including the position of Board Chair from 2006 – 2009.
    In his previous roles, Davis assisted with the design of five-year strategic plans and implementation of key objectives, including marketing plans for Rosebud Theatre, fund development plan, and local and regional partnerships for tourism. He has held a management position for a non-for profit community economic development organization and has been an independent facilitator for community based board training programs.
    Davis succeeds Cindy Amos and Manuelle Prunier, who were CBL’s previous executive directors from 2007-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively.


Bridge repairs reduce lanes on Highway 27 near Morrin

    Motorists can expect minor delays and lane reductions on Highway 27 near Morrin.
    The highway will be reduced to single lane traffic on and around the bridge carrying the highway over the Red Deer River.
    The lane reduction takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, starting Oct. 25 and continuing through Oct. 28, weather permitting.
    Traffic will be controlled through signage and temporary traffic lights. The travel lane width will be reduced to 3.6 metres and vehicles exceeding this width will have to use alternate routes.
    The lane reduction accommodates repairs to the bridge required due to a high-load collision earlier this year.
    Motorists should use caution in this area and obey all signs, message boards, and flag people. Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

The search is on for volunteers

    For anyone who has hiked in the badlands that line the Red Deer River, the scenic terrain can become  a maze.
    To help stranded individuals in the badlands and the Drumheller area, Search and Rescue (SAR) Alberta is adding a new team to the badlands of Alberta.
    At the moment, there are more than 1240 volunteers in 6 regions and 38 teams operating in Alberta.
    A meeting to be held in Strathmore will help recruit and train volunteers. The meeting took place in the Global Training Centre on  October 15 at 4:00 p.m.
    In Alberta, search and rescue began in the early 1990s. The purpose of search and rescue is to find individuals believed to be lost in the wilderness.
    The organization is entirely operated by dedicated volunteers. Individuals are trained to support police, fire departments, and emergency services, and provide security and first aid functions.
    The closest teams to the Drumheller area and badlands are based in Calgary and Red Deer. 
    “Every search is an emergency,” said Scott Campbell, who is spearheading efforts to form a search and rescue team in the badlands. “If there is a group with an hour response time, as opposed to two or more, then we can get things going faster and find the lost individual.”
    Incidents last year help emphasis the need for a team in the area. “River rafters got lost on the river,” said Campbell. “Helicopters and boat rescue were called and they were found.
    “And then more river rafters were lost shortly after.” Campbell went on. “There’s a lot of stuff going on, and the vast majority of the time there is a great conclusion.”
    A badlands search and rescue team may also be involved in search and recovery, which entails searching for human remains and assisting the RCMP with evidence gathering.
    If you are interested in helping out with search and rescue in the area you are encouraged to email badlandsar@gmail.com.


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