The Drumheller Mail takes a look back on the high­lights of 2016 in our neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The Drumheller Mail - - YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 -

ally en­joy­able this year.” Mayor John­son told The Mail.

The Al­berta Steam Train also started a new Christ­mas train called the Po­lar Bear Ex­press for the first time in 2016. Ac­cord­ing to Mayor John­son four out of seven trains were com­pletely sold out.

Big Val­ley is also be­ing put on the map by a young 22 year old cow­boy, who was born and raised on a lo­cal ranch. Zeke Thurston is a sad­dle bronc cham­pion from the lit­tle Vil­lage of Big Val­ley that will be hon­oured with a new ban­ner and signs that will be lo­cated at both en­trances into the Vil­lage. He has gone from win­ning cham­pion sad­dle bronc rider in the Cal­gary Stam­pede, RodeoHus­ton and now Thurston has won the world cham­pi­onship.

Mayor John­son said, “We have ban­ners on our light posts to honor lo­cal cow­boys and now Zeke Thurston’s name will be on one of those ban­ners.”

The Vil­lage of Big Val­ley is a com­mu­nity lo­cated 66.6 kilo­me­ters north of Drumheller with a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 365.

Mayor John­son said, “There were 20 plus wel­come pack­ages given out in the last year to new res­i­dents mov­ing to the vil­lage. I would say we are grow­ing.”

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