Greetings from 2017!
The Town of Drumheller packs up time capsule to be buried during Arts and Culture Days, and opened in 2067
If you are reading this in 2067, congratulations, you have had the honour of opening a time capsule placed by the Town of Drumheller to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada.
The Drumheller Mail is honoured to have been asked to include this issue in the time capsule. In 2017, The Drumheller Mail has been serving the community as its paper of record for 107 years. The media landscape is in a state of evolution and in 2017 we deliver the news through the newspaper, our website and social media. And while newspapers may not exist in 2067, the importance of disseminating news from independent journalism will always be valued.
Today’s cutting edge technology for delivering news is smart phones and tablets, and this year many are anxiously awaiting the release of Apple’s iPhone 8 which will retail for about $1,000. Electric cars are also making a debut in the valley.
Drumheller in 2017 is a vibrant community of about 8,000, with a public and Catholic school presence, a modern hospital, the Drumheller Institution penitentiary and a vibrant tourism industry spearheaded by the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the unique landscape.
While the oil and gas industries are currently in decline, it remains a positive community. In the Town of Drumheller’s short history, it has endured two world wars, the Great Depression
and the end of the coal mining industry.
This year the Drumheller Co-op just closed their grocery store leaving Freson Bros., Walmart, and Extra Foods.
In 2017, bitcoin is slowly being adopted and Bitfury is installing two factories in the area for data mining.
The community is well positioned for the future with a community recreation facility only five years old, a new skateboard park and the town is completing an extensive renovation to the Aquaplex. The town is looking at a downtown rejuvenation project.
Our wish from 2017 is that this time capsule finds a mature, successful community, that, like in the past, capitalizes on its strengths, works on its weaknesses and celebrates its differences.
We also hope the Drumheller Dragons hockey team is playoff bound.