Greet­ings from 2017!

The Town of Drumheller packs up time cap­sule to be buried dur­ing Arts and Cul­ture Days, and opened in 2067

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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