Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

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.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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