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Tyrrell faces funding cuts


    The Royal Tyrrell Museum may have to tighten up its belt, like many other organizations under the Ministry of Culture and Community Spirit.
    Last week, the Alberta Government presented its budget, and while many touted it as a spending budget, the ministry that oversees the Tyrrell Museum is facing cuts.
    “Across the board we are looking at about a 15 per cent cut across our ministry,” said Tyrrell director Andrew Neuman. “How that translates into each program is kind of tricky because we haven’t had a chance to talk to our financial people and get some definite numbers, but we will certainly be seeing some cutbacks next year.”
    He says there have been reports of reduced off-season hours at some of the sites under the Ministry, but that will not be the case at the Tyrrell.
    “To the best of our knowledge we will not be reducing hours here because we actually make money in those hours. If we close, we lose money so there wouldn’t be any savings,” said Neuman.
                            He says so far the directive he has heard is that there will be no loss of jobs.
    “We’re not expecting that here, for some of our service contracts it is hard to judge,” he said. “It is really going to boil down to how we manage our programs and keep things running to the best of our ability.”
    The Tyrrell’s financial year winds up at the end of April. Until then, they will be continuing on projects that are in the works including landscaping at the entrance as well as gallery improvements and washroom improvements at the palaeo-conservatory they have already embarked upon. 
    “What we will be looking at probably is deferring some of the major projects we have been looking at, and some of the redevelopments, we will have to be put on hold for a while,” said Neuman.
    An example of some of the projects they will have to review includes the barriers at the Hoodoos, as well as continued gallery upgrades.
    “As far as actual impact on the public, we are going to try to minimize that,” he said. “It will be a few weeks before we hear more.”

Pliva challenge nets additional $75k for community facility



A challenge issued by Tony Pliva and his family has inspired some residents to generously support the community facility project.
     inSide Drumheller reported, in its February 5 edition, that Tony Pliva and family committed $25,000 to the Badlands Community Facility.  He challenged others in the community who felt strongly about the need for such a facility in the valley to also pledge. 
    This week, Drumheller businessmen Gary Chambers, Bob Sheddy and Braden Bosch have each matched the Pliva donation, bringing it up to a $100,000 total.
    Sheddy said in conversation with Pliva over lunch, he learned of Pliva’s donation and challenge.
    “Tony just said he felt it was the right thing to do. The next thing I knew, the story with the photo of Tony Pliva and his family were in the next edition of inSide Drumheller and online at,” said Sheddy.  “Every time I opened the newspaper or went online that week, I was more and more convinced I should do the same.  I admit that Tony’s $25,000 donation put my original donation value to shame, and made me reconsider how much I could give to a facility that will be in my town for the rest of my life. In those terms, $25,000 is a reasonable amount to give.”
    “Drumheller is where I live, and it is where my clients live. As my dad keeps telling me, it’s our generation’s turn,” adds Sheddy.
    He was convinced, and quickly contacted Chambers and Bosch, and they signed on immediately.
    For Chambers, he says the facility is needed for the community, and makes sense in both his personal life and professional life as a realtor.    
    “As I tour clients around Drumheller, one concern these prospective new residents often lament about is the lack of a community / recreation center.  A community center is much more than a physical structure, it is a testimonial to civic pride in a community,” he said.  “Both my wife and I … know first hand how a facility, such as the one under construction, will contribute to an enhanced quality of life amongst Drumheller’s residents.  I have played hockey in the Drumheller Arena all my life, and my wife swims and works at the Drumheller Aquaplex. We use the current facilities, but are excited by the prospect of being able to enjoy our favorite recreational pursuits in one convenient location. 
    This donation is our way of supporting active living for the residents and visitors of Drumheller.”
    While his roots aren’t as deep in the valley, Bosch recognizes the importance of recreation facilities.
    “Coming from Hanna, I can truly appreciate the benefits of having a community facility in town,” said Bosch. “For the past three years I have been planting my roots in Drumheller and am very excited about the addition of this facility to our community.”
      “In 2007, Ray Page and Ron Poole trusted me to look after their clients and take over their insurance business formerly known as Page Agencies. I believe our customers and their families deserve to live in a town with a great facility they can enjoy for years to come,” said Bosch.
     For more information, or to donate to the Badlands Community Facility, contact fundraising committee chair Jeff Hall at 403-823-7800.

SUV hits parked truck at top of South Hill



At about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17 emergency crews responded to an accident at the top of the South Hill near the truck brake stop, south of the penitentiary.  A north bound Hyundai Santa Fe crashed into the back of a semi tractor-trailer unit, that was stopped partially on the shoulder of the road. The SUV was crushed, and pushed the tractor-trailer unit ahead about 10 feet upon impact. The driver of the SUV was taken to the Drumheller Health Centre and treated for a broken arm and a small laceration to his face as a result of the collision. The road was sanded and wet, but it was dark at the time of the collision, and visibility was reduced by fog.

The driver of the semi truck had parked and went to sleep. He failed to place any warning devices on the road or leave his flashers on. He received  two citations as a result of the accident.








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