At­las gate smashed by ve­hi­cle Sunday morn­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The At­las Coal Mine ap­pears to be an­other vic­tim on a long list of re­ported prop­erty dam­ages oc­cur­ring on the week­end in East Coulee.

The his­tor­i­cal site re­ported dam­age to a wooden gate and turf, to Drumheller RCMP Sunday morn­ing, caused by what ap­peared to be a ve­hi­cle driv­ing on parts of the prop­erty not reg­u­larly ac­ces­si­ble by ve­hi­cles.

The sus­pect ve­hi­cle drove through an un­locked gate and caused dam­age which would cost the non-profit at­trac­tion a cou­ple hun­dred dol­lars, if not for vol­un­teers al­ready of­fer­ing to help re­pair the gate.

“It sucks and costs us money, but I like to look at the pos­i­tive things – that no one was hurt and noth­ing was stolen,” said At­las in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jay Rus­sell. “We’re a non-profit and any­thing un­ex­pected hurts.”

Drumheller RCMP are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which may be re­lated to an ap­par­ent spree of prop­erty dam­age in East Coulee which oc­curred early Sunday morn­ing af­ter a truck and mo­tor boat were stolen from Mid­land, with the truck found burnt out­side the Juras­sic Inn around 4:30 am Sunday.

A un­locked wooden gate at the At­las Coal Mine was dam­aged by a ve­hi­cle Sunday morn­ing in what may be re­lated to a spree of prop­erty dam­age af­ter a ve­hi­cle and power­boat were stolen from Mid­land.

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