Last update03:00:37 PM

Foggy conditions on Highway 9

Foggy conditions on Highway 9


Photos from the 511 Alberta camera show foggy driving conditions on Highway...

Drug warrant executed on Acme home

Drug warrant executed on Acme home




Beiseker RCMP conducted a search at a house in Acme on Janu...

Another death at Drumheller Institution

Another death at Drumheller Institution


A second inmate in as many days has passed away after being found unrespons...

Local detachment honours fallen member

Local detachment honours fallen member



Constable Berry Allison and Constable Sara Rayat were among the mem...

Cool castles

Cool castles



Some young artists created some cool pieces of art with a little wate...

Death of inmate at Drumheller Institution investigated

Death of inmate at Drumheller Institution investigated

On January 26, 2015, Earl William Davenport, an inmate from the medium security uni...

Drumheller posts record dollars in building permits

Drumheller posts record dollars in building permits

Renovations and additions to the ATCO building on 12th Street at the end of the Hy-...

More Articles


Fatal ATV rollover near Byemoor

Jan 26, 2015
On Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at about 9:30 pm, Drumheller, Hanna, and Stettler RCMP responded to an ATV rollover at a rural location near the community of Byemoor. The driver of the vehicle was attempting to navigate a steep embankment when the quad flipped backwards, throwing the female passenger and landing on top of the male driver. The… Read More

Dragons take shootout win over Bonnyville…

Jan 25, 2015
Sarah Devereaux The Drumheller Dragons went home from the north with two wins this weekend after taking a 3-2 shootout win over the Bonnyville Pontiacs Sunday afternoon. The Dragons first goal was scored at 6:49 of the second period by Connor Boyd to tie the game at one. Bonnyville scored just under two minutes later to take a lead before the… Read More
Default Image

Dr Oz Fails The True Test Of Research

Jan 25, 2015
There are a lot of conflicting opinions about Dr Oz out there. Some people feel that he is the guru of modern medicine, whereas others, including many health care professionals, are very critical of his claims. I'm thrilled to report that researchers at the University of Alberta have put this debate to the true test of research.In the s... Read More

St. Anthony’s Junior B Saints notch first win

Jan 24, 2015
The Junior B Saints Girls basketball team won their first game of the season Wednesday, January 14. This Friday they are hosting a four team tournament.inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa The St. Anthony’s Saints Junior B girls basketball team had their first win of the season versus Standard School. The young team, made up mostly of Grade 6 and 7… Read More

Downtown merchants seek common ground

Jan 24, 2015
Downtown Drumheller merchants are reviewing ideas to attract more shoppers. Downtown merchants with an eye to the future had a successful meeting last Monday night. About 20 people representing business in the downtown core came out to Ivy’s Kitchen to discuss ideas concerning downtown. Last October, two signs were strategically placed in the… Read More

Knee hockey raises tobacco awareness

Jan 24, 2015
The 10th annual Knee Hockey Tournament during National Non-Smoking Week played out at Greentree School on Wednesday afternoon as students from Greentree, Delia and Morrin schools and the Drumheller Dragons had fun and learned about the health effects of tobacco.inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa Area students had fun and learned more about the risks… Read More

Incident at Acme School

Jan 23, 2015
Beseiker RCMP are investigating the incident near the Acme School playground Thursday, January 22, at lunch. Beiseker RCMP report the incident involving men exposing their buttocks near the Acme School playground Thursday does not appear to be sexual in nature. Concerned parents were left wondering what happened at Acme school during the lunch… Read More
Suspect-front 1

Suspect in Drumheller, Hanna robberies nabbed

Jan 23, 2015
On January 23rd, 2015, members of the Hanna and Drumheller RCMP Detachments with the assistance of the Serious Crimes Branch have arrested and charged one male with 3 counts of Armed Robbery as well as 14 other related offences. Beaulieu was charged after a lengthy investigation relating to three separate armed robberies. On January 30, 2014,… Read More

The Stare Down

Jan 23, 2015
Students from Greentree, Morrin and Delia schools and the Drumheller Dragons went into knee hockey battle Wednesday morning, January 21, at the 10th annual Knee Hockey Tournament to mark National Non-Smoking Week. Not only did the students have fun but learned the health effects of tobacco. James Zuccatto, left, and Haydn Mcfadden, right, mean… Read More

Local help available for sexual assault victims

Jan 23, 2015
Sarah Andersen, Big Country Victim Services For anyone local who has suffered the trauma of sexual assault, Big Country Victim Services is an important local resource. Big County Victim Services is often the first contact to help support people in their start with dealing with the trauma. Big Country Victim Services Assistant Coordinator Sarah… Read More

Parties preparing for expected spring vote

Jan 23, 2015
Nathan Cooper, seeks Wildrose nod in Wade Bearchell seeks PC nod in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Indicators are pointing to a spring provincial election and the action is heating up in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding. MLA Bruce Rowe, was one of the nine Wildrose MLAs that crossed the floor to join the Progressive… Read More

Battle of the sexes spreads to BCF

Jan 22, 2015
The Battle of the sexes is ramping up come February and this year participants can battle it out in the pool or on the track at the BCF. The Battle of the Sexes is coming back, but with a twist. The annual contest that pits the men against the women counting lengths at the Aquaplex is growing into the Badlands Community Facility. This year,… Read More

Atlas Coal Mine looks forward to 2015 season…

Jan 22, 2015
Jenn Balderston, Visitor Services Manager, and long-time volunteer Bob Moffat, of the Atlas Coal Mine. Moffat, 78, is a fifth-generation miner who will be guiding tours for the 2015 tourist season at the Atlas. The Atlas Coal Mine is looking forward to the upcoming tourist season with great anticipation after two record-setting years of visitor… Read More

Valley feeling effect of lower oil prices

Jan 21, 2015
Gasoline at the pump was under 77 cents per litre as of Wednesday afternoon, January 21. With the price of crude oil falling to $48 a barrel Monday, January 19, there’s a definite upside to the low prices. Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce president John Shoff said the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has done studies on the economic impact of… Read More

Candidates jockey for Drumheller-Stettler voters

Jan 21, 2015
Drumheller's Ed Mah has been working hard to be ready as a candidate vying for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Drumheller-Stettler. Mah said the PCs will be holding a Super Saturday, where 35 constituencies will pick their candidate to run in the next provincial election. The message coming from Edmonton over the last week appears to… Read More

Pint sized pucksters

Jan 21, 2015
The Drumheller Minor Hockey Association Freson Bros. Tykes faced each other Sunday morning at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. The Orange and Black Tykes played a close game with the Orange team, taking the win 11-10. Read the complete story on page B3 in the January 21st edition of The Drumheller Mail. Read More

MP Sorenson talks federal budget

Jan 21, 2015
Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance and Crowfoot MP was through Drumheller last Friday afternoon to talk budget with some area residents. He met with civic and municipal leaders from the area as well as citizens at large to discuss a number of topics. These included how the federal government can help support the costs of living and… Read More

2015 Drumheller Ladies Bonspiel Champions

Jan 18, 2015
2015 Drumheller Curling Club Ladies Bonspiel Champions (l-r) Skip Katie Primrose, Third Shelby Primrose, Second Brittany Cawiezel, Lead Joanne Schinnour. The Katie Primrose rink wins the Centennial Cup as the Drumheller Curling Club’s 2015 Ladies Bonspiel Champions. Skip Katie Primrose said it was a good final game, and “It’s nice to beat the… Read More




Jan 28, 2015
BEAGRIE, Wayne Ian December 11, 1940 - January 15, 2015 Wayne Ian Beagrie was born December 11, 1940 in Swalwell, Alberta and passed away suddenly at his home in Drumheller on January 15, 2015. After graduating from the Three Hills High School he enrolled in Culinary program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. When the… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
ALBRIGHT, Alma Jean April 3, 1932 - January 22, 2015 Our beloved mother, grandma, great grandma and friend to all who knew her. She passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on January 22, 2015. She is survived by her son; Richard (Joyce) Albright of Drumheller, her sister; Ida (Bill) Steeves of Chestermere, AB, her grandson; Jeremy Albright of… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
HANSEN, Shirley Mavern March 5, 1931 - January 25, 2015 It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Shirley Mavern Hansen of Drumheller, beloved wife of Glen Harold Hansen. Shirley passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Three Hills Health Centre Continuing Care on January 25, 2015 at the age of 83 years. Shirley was born March… Read More


Jan 28, 2015
COOPER, Lawrence Arthur (Coop) February 23, 1930 - January 23, 2015 Family and friends mourn the passing of Lawrence Arthur Cooper (Coop).LA Cooper, beloved husband of Irene Cooper of Drumheller passed away peacefully Friday, January 23, at the age of 84 years. Lawrence was born in Fort McLeod, AB on Feb. 23, 1930, to Gertrude and Thomas Cooper.… Read More


Jan 21, 2015
CONNELLY, Ronald Douglas 1947 - 2015 With great sorrow and regret we announce the passing of Ronald Douglas Connelly on Jan12/2015 at the age of 67, after a courageous battle with Cancer. Ronald was born in Drumheller and his travels took him throughout Alberta and BC, but he had always returned to his roots here in Drumheller. Ron worked in the… Read More


Jan 21, 2015
HARPER, Dave 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Harper. Dave suddenly passed away while at his winter residence in Yuma, Arizona, with Rose, his loving wife of sixty one years, at his side. Dave will be deeply missed by all. Friends and family will cherish memories of Dave’s strong will and personality. At a young… 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.