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Vol. 6, No. 12 | 12 pages
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Think before you send Kaleidoscope aiming for funny bone with latest production See page 4
Who are you? See page 6
Town offers graduation present to area students See page 11
INDEX inSide Opinions....... Page 2 inSide Happenings..... Page 4 Who are you?........... Page 6 Employment............. Page 7 inSide Break............ Page 9 Classifieds........... Pages 10 Sports.............. Pages 11-12
Constable Tom Dobrich fields a question from a student during the RCMP’s presentation of “Think Before You Send” at DVSS. The presentation aims to teach youth the dangers online and how to be safe when using the internet. See page 8.
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inSide Committee planning New Year's bash to kick oﬀ centennial | ing the centennial logo. The favourite. nity Services and committee STREETERS committee is asking artists, if For more information member, at 403-823-1316. Michael James
Graham James, the former junior hockey coach, has been sentenced to two years in prison for abusing the boys on the teams he coached. inSide Drumheller asks: “Is two years enough?”
Bonnie Bellrose “Oh no! It’s a slap on the wrist. He should have six years at least. He’ll probably be out in less than a year.”
The Centennial Celebration Committee has added another event to celebrate Drumheller’s 100th birthday. The Town will open 2013 with a New Year's Eve centennial celebration. The event, although only just conceived, is planned to take place in the Badlands Community Facility. Other major events being planned are celebrations on Drumheller’s birthday (May 15) and a bigger and better Canada Day bash. Other ideas include concerts, talent shows, host the 2013 FireFit, getting sports involved, monthly centennial breakfasts in conjunction with local organizations, inviting hot air balloons, centennial banners, corporate challenges, and a gallery exhibit in the Badlands Community Facility. One of keys to the centennial will be getting the community involved. For example, local organizations, businesses, and schools could theme their events around the centennial. One way residents can be involved oﬀ the bat is design-
interested, to submit designs. The committee would then ask residents to vote on their
about the centennial or to get involved, contact Paul Salvatore, Director of Commu-
(l-r) Sean Grande, Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, Councillor Sharel Shoff, Roxanne Clarke, Pam Yemen, Sylvia Adams, Paul Salvatore, Linda Traquair, and Kellie Smith have joined together to make 2013, the centennial of Drumheller, a grand celebration of the Town and its rich history. Plans are still in infancy, but several events are being
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planned, including Canada Day, Drumheller’s Birthday on May 15, and a New Year's celebration to start off the celebration. For more information, to get involved, or make suggestions contact Salvatore at 403-823-1316. Committee members not present are John Shoff, Heather Bitz, and Trevor Gough. inSide photo by Michael James
Public transit surveys may put brakes on service Angela Kroeger “He should have gotten more. Anyone who does what he did should not get off that easy.”
Nathan Fleming “No. He’s a repeat offender. I’d say life in prison. There’s no way he should be allowed close to kids.”
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The surveys residents received in their utility bills regarding the possibility of public transit are back at Town Hall. The results, though requiring further analysis, may halt the implementation of a municipally run transit system. Of the 227 returned surveys, 113 residents indicated they were in favour of public transit, 104 were not, and 10 did not respond. In question 2, when asked if they would use a service were it available, 78 responded yes, 140 no, and 9 maybe. The vast majority, 155, responded that any public transit should be funded entirely through user fees, rather than using any taxes. The majority of respondents, 129, said they were aged 55 and over, meaning they were eligible to use the
Valley Bus. When asked if the current service was good at the level of funding provided by Council, 119 responded yes and 10 no. The results cast the future of public transit into doubt. “The results are not what we expected. It’s still on the table at this point, but if there’s no support from the community, why would we proceed?” said Mayor Terry Yemen. Mayor Yemen highlighted a misunderstanding that residents are under the impression public transit would replace the Valley Bus. That, he said, is not true. “The program was to compliment the Valley Bus, not replace it,” said Mayor Yemen. “The Valley Bus is an important program.” “The Valley Bus mandate is solid, and it will still be in service no matter what kind of public transit,” said Councillor Tom Zariski, who sits on
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Wendy Cuncannon “That’s it? He should serve life for those crimes. He scarred those kids for life.”
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the Valley Bus board. Should public transit not happen at this time, the legacy of the survey and transit study conducted last year may be to help reﬁne the service the Valley Bus oﬀers. “Any information like that we will analyze from a Valley Bus perspective. We’re always trying to be more efﬁcient and analyze what we’re doing. What we’ll get out of the study, I’m not sure, but we’ll deﬁnitely take a look,” said Councillor Zariski. At the March 19 meeting of the Committee of the Whole, it was asked by Councillor Jay Garbutt for administration to analyze the results further and correlate the questions with age to get an idea of how those who cannot use the Valley Bus voted. That analysis is still going. Public transit will be brought before council again. For Mayor Yemen, the cost
is too high. “We’re just not big enough. The capital cost is through the roof. It wouldn’t be sustainable,” said Mayor Yemen. For example, the cost of one bus is roughly $180,000. The Town would need two at least. “There is grant money to help buy a bus, but you then have to pay for staﬃng or maintenance out of the Town,” said Yemen. When asked if a summer bus program could happen, for example a bus that stops at hotels and campgrounds and travels to the local sites, Mayor Yemen indicated that it would have to be self funded. Residents who may have missed the survey can contact Allan Kendrick, Director of Infrastructure, at 403-8231308 and leave their comments.
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Community Facility Galleryâ€™s first exhibit features Through the Lens: Coal Town Years Patrick Kolafa | inSide Drumheller
After a year-long celebration of the centennial of coal mining in the valley, the committee is holding its ďŹ nal event to honour the miners and the volunteers who made the celebration a success. 2011 marked 100 years since the ďŹ rst commercial coal mine in the valley was established, and the community celebrated the milestone. This Friday they are honouring the volunteers who helped make the celebration a success at a private function. At the same time, the new gallery at the Badlands Community Facility is opening and its ďŹ rst exhibit will be part of the celebration. â€œIt is exciting because Town Council felt it was really ap-
propriate to open the new gallery in the new facility with the story of Drumheller and this is what this is,â€? said Linda Digby, executive director of the Atlas Coal Mine. The exhibit is called Through the Lens: Coal Town Years and it is a collection of images of the valley. These come from the Atlas Coal Mineâ€™s extensive collections, as well as many of the images collected from residents to help celebrate the mining centennial. â€œCollecting images that depict life in Drumheller during the coal mining years is an ongoing process at the Atlas Coal Mine, which is an AfďŹ rmed Museum with the Alberta Museums Association. These images are priceless for
An exhibit called Through the Lens: Coal Town Years, hosted by the Centennial of Coal Mining Committee will be the first installation at the gallery in the Badlands Community Facility. It will be open to the public March 24-31. photo courtesy The Atlas Coal Mine
research and interpretation of local history. It is impossible to show them all in one exhibit. Selecting images from our archives to show in this exhibit was fun, and involved some tough decisions,â€? said Digby. Some of the images also come from the Royal Tyrrell Museumâ€™s archives depicting the early years of dinosaur hunting in the valley, continuing the narrative of Drumheller, as the coal industry collapsed and tourism became a major industry. Digby credits the Royal Tyrrell and its staďŹ€ for helping display the collection. The photos will be displayed in groupings with like-themed images and displayed on canvas. The Communities Anniversary Grant the committee received from Heritage Canada helped to pay for the materials to complete the exhibit. â€œIt is gorgeous, I think people will be delighted with how their history looks,â€? said Digby. The images will tell the complete story of life in the mining years; from the miners working to the social life, the homes and the commer-
cial sector. â€œI think people will love to see the town from the view of an earlier era,â€? said Digby. The gallery will make its premier at a volunteer appreciation night on Friday, March 23, and will open to the public on March 24. Digby encour-
ages the community to come see the works. The exhibit will only be installed until March 31, as there are more bookings for the space. Digby said there may be a chance the images will be displayed later in the year.
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