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Drumheller author publishes first book

Drumheller author publishes first book


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Area enforcement supports Special Olympics

Area enforcement supports Special Olympics


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Mini speed demons on track for Hot Rims Tournament

Mini speed demons on track for Hot Rims Tournament

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Old Grouch’s 24 Hour Jam raises bar

Old Grouch’s 24 Hour Jam raises bar



The Old Grouch my not be so grouchy if it can reach its goal raisin...

Lockdown and search at Drumheller Institution-Medium Security Unit

Lockdown and search at Drumheller Institution-Medium Security Unit

The Drumheller Institution was put on lockdown on March 26, 2015, at about 8:45 a.m...

Stars On Ice

Stars On Ice



The Drumheller Skating Club Junior figure skaters and Senior figure...

Moderate temps for weekend, expect cooler Easter

Moderate temps for weekend, expect cooler Easter



Environment Canada and The Weather Network both forecast of a mix o...

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Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara

Mar 29, 2015
Love this slow cooker permutation of chicken marinara - SkinnyMom wins the award for an awesomely healthy recipe that didn't need any 'doctoring' to make it DrSue.ca approved. Imagine how much you'll love coming home from work, cracking open the front door to find the delicious scent of your dinner wafting out to great you....Ingredients2... Read More
Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Testosterone Treatment in Men - Risk To The Heart?

Mar 22, 2015
At the Endocrine Society’s recent ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego, I managed to score a seat in a packed-to-overflowing symposium discussing some of the controversies surrounding testosterone therapy in men.At the heart of the discussion ws the fact that testosterone prescribing in men has dramatically increased over the last several years,... Read More

Limerick writers treated to pizza

Mar 20, 2015
Congratulations to three Drumheller poets whose wordsmith skills were rewarded. They entered The Drumheller Mail/Inside Drumheller’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest and earned Boston Pizza gift cards. They are (l-r) Dave Wood, with Shari Christensen of The Drumheller Mail, Eleanor Jensen and Mary Pearson. Winning Limericks were published… Read More

Dragons eliminated from playoffs by Camrose…

Mar 20, 2015
The Drumheller Dragons have been eliminated from the AJHL playoffs. The Dragons headed to Camrose Thursday night to play game five in the series, and after two over time periods, Camrose scored winning the game 3-2 and taking the series 4-1. Dakota Zaharichuk scored both goals for the Dragons.  Read More

Rotary launches matching fund campaign for…

Mar 19, 2015
Those in Drumheller wanting to support the construction of a new skatepark now have the opportunity to make their donation go twice as far. The Drumheller Area Skateboard Enthusiasts (DASE) has been working hard to make the new park a reality. They are hoping to break ground this spring, but are still working hard to raise the funds needed for the… Read More

Local cowboy competing for sponsorship for…

Mar 19, 2015
A local cowboy is in a contest for sponsorship and is hoping for some local support to put him over the top. Michael Solberg, who lives and ranches east of Drumheller near Big Stone, competes in bareback. He is hoping for sponsorship from a clothing company called Kimes Ranch. “It would be for a one year jeans and clothing sponsorship for… Read More

DVSS Dynos welcome province

Mar 19, 2015
Drumheller residents will have a rare treat this week of seeing their own DVSS senior boys basketball team take on the province’s best right in their own backyard. The Dynos are hosting the 2A provincial basketball tournament starting this Thursday. The top 12 teams in the province at the 2A Level will be in the valley to play for the top prize.… Read More

Big Valley teen competes in Canada pageant

Mar 18, 2015
A Big Valley student is on her way to represent the area in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. Tennille Day Chief, 14, of Big Valley has been selected into the preliminary round to represent the Drumheller-Stettler and Big Valley Area. “This is something I have always wanted to do,” Tennille tells The Mail. Tennille says that she saw the page for… Read More

Brian Jean Wildrose leadership campaign comes to…

Mar 18, 2015
And the race is on for the leadership of the Wildrose Party and candidate Brian Jean made a campaign stop through Drumheller last Monday to talk with constituents. Jean was at the Badlands Community Facility to meet with voters and tell his story. While his professional and political career has taken him all over the province and indeed the… Read More

10 year sentence for violent attack on teacher…

Mar 18, 2015
A 22-year-old inmate, motivated by entertainment and notoriety was sentenced to 10 more years for attempted murder of a civilian teacher. Cory Derdak appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, March 13 in shackles. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder. The court heard how Derdak was in a class at the Drumheller Institution, when he… Read More
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Dragons take a 3-1 loss in game four giving the…

Mar 17, 2015
The Drumheller Dragons hosted the Camrose Kodiaks Tuesday night for game four of the second round series.The Kodiaks now lead the series 3-1 after a 3-1 win.The Kodiaks took a 1-0 lead in the second period but just after Wyatt Noskey scored to tie the game at one goal each. The Kodiaks scored a second goal late in the second and then a third in… Read More

Drumheller RCMP charge four with drinking and…

Mar 17, 2015
Drumheller RCMP were busy over this past weekend. In addition to responding to twenty five calls for service over the weekend, police dealt with four impaired drivers on Saturday night. Of note, these incidents were not reported to police by the public, and were initiated by multiple officers conducting traffic enforcement. On Saturday evening,… Read More

Wheatland fire ban lifted

Mar 16, 2015
Sunday’s snow had a positive affect for residents of Wheatland County as it lifted its fire ban. The Mail reported in its March 11 edition that the county suspended its fire permits. Other are municipalities were also on high alert due to dry conditions. On Friday, March 13, Wheatland County issued an all out fire ban. A Sunday afternoon blanket… Read More
Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes Prevention?

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Mar 15, 2015
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New site offers over 3,000 courses to DVSS…

Mar 14, 2015
Having a bit of a techie for a principal seems to be a bonus for Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) in obtaining availability to current learning tools for both students and staff. School principal Curtis LaPierre launched to the school in mid-February “lynda.com”, a website that offers over 3,000 courses in different categories such as… Read More

Community Learning Centre looks for input for…

Mar 13, 2015
The Drumheller Community Learning Society is being proactive and looking to the community to update a Needs Assessment for Drumheller and area. The Community Learning Society has gone through a number of changes over the years, but has always remained a group that has served the community and delivers programs that are needed. Linde Turner has… Read More

Who Are You: Marley Henneigh

Mar 12, 2015
Age:24 Current Occupation:Office & Chamber Services Coordinator, Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce.How long have you been doing that for?Just over six months now.What do you most enjoy about your work?There’s so many little things. Overall, interacting with the community and my co-workers.How long have you lived in the area?I moved to the… Read More

Delia’s Art Hoover honoured

Mar 12, 2015
The late Art Hoover, Delia resident, was honoured by a provincial agricultural association. Delia resident Art Hoover was recognized posthumously with induction onto the honour roll of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies February in Edmonton. Mr. Hoover was nominated for the honour by the Delia & District Agricultural Society, where… Read More




Mar 25, 2015
GILLIS, Justin Bryce February 29, 1996 - March 20, 2015 Justin Bryce Gillis of Drumheller, AB passed away at the age of 19 years on March 20, 2015. He is survived by his father Clayton, mother Rena, older brother Devon, younger brother Adam, younger sister Autumn and all his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Justin is lovingly remembered… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
LONG, Mary Margaret September 30, 1918 - March 22, 2015 Mary Margaret Long of Delia, AB, passed away peacefully, with family by her side on Sunday, March 22 at the Hanna Long Term Care Centre at the age of 96. Mary was born on September 30, 1918 on the family farm in the Handhills, near Delia, AB. She was the fifth oldest child of John and Jean… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
POWELL, Martin Wayne December 1, 1941 - March 6, 2015 It is with great sadness we announce that Wayne passed away peacefully at the Lacombe Hospital on March 6, 2015. He will be fondly remembered by his son Dave Powell (Lori) of Drumheller, and their children, Tyson and Kassidy; and daughter Kimberley Rietze of Lacombe, and her children, Jeremy… Read More


Mar 25, 2015
BISHOP, William Charles (BILLY) June 12, 1959 - March 15, 2015 Bishop, William Charles “BILLLY” after a valiant effort Billy passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Born June 12, 1959. Passed away March 15, 2015 at the age of 55 years. Remembered and sadly missed now and always by his parents; Bill and Carol Bishop of Penticton,… Read More


Mar 19, 2015
CAWIEZEL, Doris Elvira August 24, 1950 - March 15, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear and loved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt, Doris Elvira, on March 15, 2015 surrounded by family at the age of 64 years. Doris was born in Drumheller, Alberta on August 24, 1950. She was the third of a family of seven… Read More


Mar 18, 2015
HARGREAVES, Norris Gordon April 7, 1929 - March 3, 2015 Norris Gordon Hargreaves, born in Silverton, Manitoba on April 7, 1929, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015 at the age of 85 years. Beloved husband of Mary Hargreaves (formerly Aagaard, nee Liptak) and father of Rick, Brent, Kary and Heather (Hassler). Norris was predeceased by his first… Read More

Bill to scrap long gun registry passes

Bill to scrap long gun registry passes

    Last week, gun owners in Canada breathed a sigh of relief as there is a concrete end in sight for the gun registry.
    In October of last year Bill C-19 was introduced, which would scrap the long gun registry, and last Wednesday the bill was passed with a vote of 159-130. The last hurdle is the senate.

    Bill C-19 is an amendment to the Firearms Act to remove the requirement to register firearms that are neither prohibited nor restricted. It also calls for the destruction of the existing records. It amends the Criminal Code and the Fire Arms Act.
    For avid bird hunter Sandy Brown it is about time.
    “I heard on the news they were going to vote on it and now it is history,” said Brown. “I think it is a good thing.”
    Brown had a number of concerns about the gun registry, one of the main ones was that too much money was spent on it. In 1995, the Department of Justice reported it would cost $119 million to implement, with $117 million being returned in fees.  One estimate is that between 1995-2009 the net cost of the Canadian government’s expenditure on firearms, less the cost of registration fees was $1.23 billion.
    “They really didn’t accomplish anything,” said Sandy Brown. “They were targeting the wrong people, and I was one of them.”
    “I’ve had a gun since I was 12. I used to go across the river and shoot magpies, and I wasn’t alone, lots of people did it. I was brought up with rifles and shot guns and it was never a problem,” he said.
    Brown hunts birds, and says he is a conservative hunter. He rarely shoots his limit. For him it is more about the experience, and often on his “hunting trips” he only carries a camera.
    “I have my dog and like to watch them do work, and to see the migrations in this part of the world is phenomenal,” said Brown.
    He said the long gun registry focused on lawful-abiding gun owners, and not the criminal elements.
    “How many things happen today with guns that are not registered? Most of them. What about that young fellow that killed those people on the highway in Southern Alberta? His guns were registered, he had a pistol. All the guns he had that night were all registered, that didn’t stop him.”
    He does not see how the registry would reduce crime like it was billed to do. He adds that he doesn’t believe that even 50 per cent of the guns in Canada were registered, and of the funds spent on the long gun registry, a lot of police could have been hired.
    While the changes to the Firearms Act scraps the registering of long guns, restricted and prohibited weapons still have to be registered. The licensing system that came in with the act is still in place. This includes background checks and safety training.
    “Most of the guys I know are pretty smart about guns,” said Brown.