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Parade committee seeking volunteers

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    The new Planning Committee for the 2019 Canada Day parade in Drumheller has been busy and are looking for volunteers on the day of the parade to make sure it goes smoothly and safely.
    This year a committee of community supporters are working on organizing the parade. They are working closely with the Town of Drumheller and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, which previously hosted the event, to make sure the parade continues to be the legendary success it has been for generations.
    The theme of the Canada Day Parade will honour the Drumheller Fire Department as it celebrates its Centennial.  The route will be relatively unchanged and the Chamber is supporting the parade by sponsoring some high-quality bands to march the route.
    As the committee continues to hammer out details, safety will be the primary concern going forward, while at the same time maintain all the fun details that make a small town parade a fun and unique experience.
    To make the parade a safe experience, the committee is looking for 50 volunteers to act as deputies along the route. They will be wearing safety attire and will have stop signs. They will have the ability to stop the parade at any time to ensure safety.
    These deputies will line the route at regular intervals and is a great chance to support the community and make sure the parade continues in a safe fashion.
    To learn more about volunteering as a deputy, or volunteer to support the parade, email

Drumheller Institution staff member charged with drug trafficking


A civilian staff member at the Drumheller Institution is facing drug trafficking charges.

On March 10, Drumheller RCMP attended the Drumheller Federal Institution to investigate after a female civilian staff member had been detained by security for allegedly bringing in drugs and additional contraband items.

Sarah Kathleen Blanke, 40, of Drumheller has been charged with one count of trafficking in methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, one count of trafficking cannabis 'shatter' under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as well as a charge under the Corrections Conditional Release Act for introducing contraband to a penitentiary.

She has been released from custody to appear in provincial court in Drumheller on April 12, 2019.

NDP names candidates in local ridings


The writ has been dropped and Albertans will be going to the polls  on April 16 for the 2019 provincial election. The Alberta NDP have selected candidates for the Drumheller-Stettler and the Olds-Didsbury Three Hills Ridings.
    Holly Heffernan has been selected to represent the Alberta NDP in the Drumheller-Stettler Riding and Kyle Johnston will be the NDP Candidate in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding.
     According to a bio provided, Heffernan is a retired Registered Nurse and spent her nearly 40-year career in the health care system in Calgary, working in a number of hospitals including the Calgary General and the Rocky View. She was involved with the United Nurses of Alberta for 37 years as an advocate for nurses and the healthcare system.
    As a labour advocate, she volunteered in many areas including the Calgary and District Labour Council and served as president in 2009, and the United Way Labour Partnership Committee.
    This is not her first election. She ran federally for the NDP in Calgary Southwest in 2006, 2008 and 2011. This was Stephen Harper’s Riding. She was a provincial candidate in Calgary-Glenmore for the NDP in the 2004 and 2008 provincial elections.
    Also running in Drumheller-Stettler are Nate Horner for the United Conservative Party (UCP), Mark Nikota  for the Alberta Party and Rick Strankman as an independent.
    In Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, Kyle Johnston will be the NDP Candidate. Currently, the Central Alberta man works in telecommunications and was the President of the Red Deer and District Labour Council. He also served as the Unit Chair for the United Steelworkers National Local 1944 and has also served on the Union Health and Safety Committee.
    Johnston volunteers with the Lacombe and District Big Brothers and Big Sisters and volunteered as a minor hockey coach.
    Also running in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills are Chase Brown for the Alberta Party and Nathan Cooper for the UCP.

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