Jim Eskeland reports that Owen’s Drumheller Pee Wee Raptors had a busy weekend when they hosted a tournament which included four visiting teams representing Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Okotoks and Carstairs. The Raptors played a total of six games with three of them taking place on Sunday when they went all the way to the “A” final where they lost in an overtime shootout to the Medicine Hat team. One of the referees for the tournament was a local boy, Jayden Nail, who did a fine job officiating.
The population at Dalum recovered a bit last week as Don Ostergard returned home from hospital and Joan and Laurie Reiffenstein came back from a Hawaiian vacation. There will be others taking temporary leave during the mid-winter lull but we have seen several pieces of farm equipment heading to and from the shops in Drumheller as many area farmers are preparing for the coming season.
A few days ago we had a phone call from a lady well known to many of our readers, former Dalum resident Carol Vogstad, who enjoys keeping in touch through the Dispatch. She provided several additions to my ever growing birthday list including that of her daughter, Rosemary Rosin, who will soon mark another year. Three other former Dalum girls who celebrate birthdays this week are Sandy Sinclair (n. Merkel), Brenda Sharp (n. Petersen) and Eileen Peltier (n. Jensen). Best wishes to all.
The much anticipated royalty review report was presented last week and the content was not as scary as many had feared, based upon Premier Notley’s previous campaign rhetoric. It seems that the royalty structure in Alberta is not out of line with other jurisdic- tions and the government has accepted the recommendations which are, essentially, that no major changes need to be made at this time. After the increase in corporate taxes and the introduction of the new carbon tax the cruel reality of trying to conduct the affairs of a province where energy revenue is so important seems to be having an effect and, in her meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, our Premier strongly promoted the need for the Energy East pipeline. In what might be considered a surprise for many, Rick Mercer aimed his weekly television rant in favor of the project. Although he acknowledged the growing sentiment that carbon based energy is held in low regard these days, he stressed the benefits in the context of the nation as a whole and encouraged Montreal mayor, Denis Codere, who has spoken against the project, to take a broader Canadian view. The Prime Minister’s comments regarding the National Energy Board review process have not been encouraging to the energy sector but, perhaps, he has not yet felt the same pressure as Ms. Notley has, here in Alberta. Like a moose trying to get through a heavy patch of brush he may have to pull his horns in a little bit, too; there is a lot of forest ahead.
Each year on February second we begin to cast a hopeful gaze toward the end of winter. The Ground Hog has served as prognosticator in many communities although varia- tions such as Balzac Billy, the man-sized gopher north of Calgary, may also offer their predictions. Until last week Winnipeg had relied on “Winnipeg Willow”, an orphaned Ground Hog who had become a pet and minor celebrity at a local animal shelter to call for an early or late end to winter but her unexpected death has forced the cancellation of that city’s ceremony. Without Willow’s advice they are now left wondering if “Winterpeg” will live up to its chilly reputation.
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