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Pancakes and Hockey

Pancakes and Hockey


How many smaller towns could offer a great Canadian morning of pancakes and...

Dragons take win over Calgary Mustangs in last regular season home game

The Drumheller Dragons played their final regular season home game Friday night again...

MLA Jason Hale declines to seek re-election for Strathmore-Brooks seat

MLA Jason Hale declines to seek re-election for Strathmore-Brooks seat

Strathmore-Brooks MLA Jason Hale has called it quits.

Hale was one of the Wildrose...
Morrin curlers head to provincial playoffs

Morrin curlers head to provincial playoffs

Shown is the Morrin Mixed High School Curling Team, zone champions with the Morrin ...

Reaching for coffee causes vehicle collision

Reaching for coffee causes vehicle collision



A Calgary driver reaching for his coffee caused a collision with an...

Peewee Raptors in thick of playoffs

Peewee Raptors in thick of playoffs


The Drumheller Hi-Way 9 Peewee Raptors were on home ice Sunday morning to f...

Drumheller Curling Club applies for lottery grant

Drumheller Curling Club applies for lottery grant


The Drumheller Curling Club is applying for lottery funds for a feasibility...

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Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Pick the 'Diet' That Works For You!

Feb 22, 2015
For those of you who have been following my blog posts about some of the popular diet plans out there, you may be wondering.... where does this leave you?!To round out this discussion, I'd like to draw your attention to a recent meta-analysis of data in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which compared data on a wide range of… Read More

Voyage into history

Feb 20, 2015
French Students as St. Anthony’s are spending February studying The Voyageurs, the French explorers who traversed across Canada and discovered and charted routes across the country, including into Alberta, in the 1650s. French students helped create this display at St. Anthony’s, which shows a canoe, the sash the explorers wore woven into the… Read More

Gran Fondo set for banner year

Feb 20, 2015
This year’s Gran Fondo Badlands is set for June 27 and organizers are hoping for an even better turnout for the second annual event. Organizers of the Gran Fondo Badlands are looking for an improved turnout for this year’s event. The second annual Grand Fondo Badlands is set to go June 27. The fully supported ride has distances from 50 kilometres… Read More

Milder winter a pleasant change from last winter

Feb 20, 2015
The Drumheller area has experienced a much wilder winter compared to the previous. Photo is looking at 2nd Street East in Drumheller. For those living in the Drumheller area, this winter may feel like a welcome relief from the biting cold of last year’s winter. “It’s almost a tale of two winters when you compare this year versus last year for the… Read More

World Day of Prayer approaching

Feb 20, 2015
Christian women in Drumheller are hard at work planning World Day of Prayer coming March 6, hosted at St. Magloire’s Anglican Church at 2 p.m. World Day of Prayer is an international movement of Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayer. This year’s World Day of Prayer is prepared by the Women of the Bahamas. Planning the… Read More

Filipino Community looks to add more projects in…

Feb 20, 2015
Drumheller Filipino Community (DFC) president Sherrylyn Sapanlay is serenaded with some light-hearted karaoke by friend Edwin Manglalang at the community’s Valentine’s Day event at Drumheller’s Badlands Community Facility. The non-profit DFC was established in Drumheller in 2010. The Drumheller Filipino Community (DFC) mixed in some business with… Read More

Strankman running on Wildrose roots

Feb 20, 2015
Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman is the Wildrose Official Opposition candidate for the 2015 provincial election. With a provincial election looming possibly as soon as April, Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman is comfortable with the decision he made in December to stay with the Wildrose Party. The rest is up to the voters. “I am… Read More

Golf Course sees new Board

Feb 20, 2015
Drumheller's Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club elected a number of board members at their annual general meeting February 17. A new executive will guide the fortunes of the Dinosaur Trail Golf Club for the next year following the annual general meeting Tuesday, February 17. Six new board members, comprising, Wes Chung, Tony Pliva, Cheryl Richen,… Read More

Four young people injured in ATV accident

Feb 19, 2015
Three Hills RCMP are investigating an ATV accident that apparently caused injury to four young people. The Detachment was made aware of the collision on Thursday, February 19, 2015, The incident occurred at about noon the previous day on private property. It was reported that the four children have non-life threatening injuries. The police are… Read More

Minor injuries in rollover near Morrin Bridge

Feb 19, 2015
On February 18th, 2015, at about 8:45 pm, Drumheller RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 27 at Morrin Hill. Drumheller EMS and Morrin Fire Department also responded. Investigation revealed a Chevrolet Tahoe was travelling westbound on Highway 27 and began descending Morrin Hill. The poor weather conditions resulted in extremely… Read More
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Fossil record offers glimpse of earth’s history

Feb 18, 2015
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is pleased to welcome Jason Anderson from the University of Calgary on February 19 as the next presenter for the 2015 Speaker Series with his talk on “Gaps in the Fossil Record of Vertebrates.” Our understanding of the history of life on Earth is derived directly and indirectly from fossils. When the fossil record is less… Read More

Nominations taking place throughout electoral…

Feb 18, 2015
While potential candidates and political parties continue to wait with bated breath for the next provincial elections, a few more in the area served by The Drumheller Mail are getting ready for the inevitable. Drumheller -Stettler This week the Drumheller-Stettler riding, the Progressive Conservative Constituency Association announced its… Read More
Sniffing Out Inhaled Insulin

Sniffing Out Inhaled Insulin

Feb 16, 2015
In an effort to find alternative ways to administer insulin apart from the current standard of injecting it under the skin, a new inhaled insulin has recently been made available in the United States.Called Afrezza, the inhaled insulin is taken at mealtime, and is used instead of fast-acting insulin injection at mealtimes (it does not replace... Read More

Putting extra heart into jumping rope

Feb 12, 2015
(l-r) Gabe Hamilton and Abby McNaught, grade three students at Greentree Elementary, take part in Thursday's Jump Rope for Heart. The Greentree Elementary School gym was a hive of extra activity Thursday, as students put a little extra heart into a regular activity to skip rope for a good cause. Around 80 students from the school’s grade three… Read More

Support the new skatepark

Feb 12, 2015
Conceptual 3D drawing of the proposed Drumheller skatepark, courtesy of Drumheller Association of Skateboard Enthusiasts (DASE). The Drumheller Association of Skateboarding Enthusiasts (DASE) is very close to their goal of constructing a world-class concrete skateboard park within the town of Drumheller, and is asking residents for their support.… Read More
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Dragons take 5-2 loss to Mustangs Tuesday night

Feb 11, 2015
Sarah DevereauxThe Drumheller Dragons went to Calgary Tuesday night to face the Mustangs but the Mustangs went home with the two points in the win. Calgary took a 2-0 lead in the first period before Dakota Zaharichuk scored at 12:54 of the second period to get the Dragons on the board. Calgary scored a third goal less than a minute later, but the… Read More

Mugs support family of slain officer

Feb 11, 2015
Constable Eric Doucette, right, presents a mug to Graham Boland at a Friday afternoon checkstop. A few drivers in the valley had an unexpected surprise from the Drumheller RCMP. During a checkstop, the RCMP presented a few good drivers with a mug, courtesy The Drumheller Mail. The proceeds from the sale of the mugs go to a trust fund set up for… Read More

Reptile World collection seized, nine animals…

Feb 11, 2015
Dave Bethel, owner of Reptile World, said he is in the process of winding down his business. Nine specimens from Reptile World were euthanized after the Alberta SPCA took 142 reptiles and amphibians into protective custody. Last week the Alberta SPCA executed a search warrant of the reptile zoo in downtown Drumheller. On Friday afternoon, the… Read More



Samay ANNE (nee Gombos)

Feb 25, 2015
Samay, Anne (nee Gombos) June 18, 1924 in Czech Republic - February 18, 2015 in Drumheller, Alberta Anne immigrated to Canada from the Czech Republic at the age of fourteen with her mother Anna and brother Michael to join their father making East Coulee their new home where her father worked in the coal mines. She met Frank Samay while working as… Read More


Feb 25, 2015
McLEOD, Amelia Martha May 25, 1915 - February 13, 2015 Amelia McLeod known to her friends as Millie, to her five children as mom, and to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Grandma and Great Grandma; passed away peacefully with family holding her hands, where she appeared content and knew it was her time to be with God. Millie , just three… Read More


Feb 25, 2015
CODE, John Finlay April 16, 1919 - February 17, 2015 John Finlay Code passed away peacefully, with family at his side, in the Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 95. Finlay (Fin) was born in Red Deer to J. B. and Flora, and spent early years at New Brigden and Red Deer, with sister Betty and brother Duncan, until 1928 when the family moved to… Read More


Feb 25, 2015
MANTIE, Shirley May 22, 1928 - February 17, 2015 Shirley Mantie passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Shirley is lovingly remembered by 7 children, Wayne, Maxine, Don, Gary, Judy, Marilyn and Bobby; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by husband, Wilbert in 1986; son, Dwight; and sisters, Patsy,… Read More


Feb 25, 2015
Caswell, John Sylvanus July 3, 1925 - February 16, 2015 John Caswell was born July 3, 1925 in Drumheller, Alberta and passed away peacefully February 16, 2015 at Drumheller Long Term Care Facility. He was the only son of Sylvanus Caswell and Sarah Caswell (nee Bynersly). He was predeceased by his wife Myrtle Jane (Susie) (nee Murphy); his sister… Read More


Feb 25, 2015
GIBSON, Lawrence William (Larry) March 28, 1945 - February 16, 2015 It is with profound sadness and deep loss that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved partner, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend on Monday February 16, 2015. Larry is survived by his soul mate and best friend Betty Challand, son Corey, sisters Marilyn Hay and Pat… 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.