Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

It is with great in­ter­est I have been fol­low­ing the de­vel­op­ment of two owlets whose home is in a spruce tree be­side my drive­way. The lo­ca­tion of the nest had been a mys­tery for some time but once dis­cov­ered and the young­sters re­vealed a daily visit has been in­cluded in my rou­tine. The chicks do not ap­pear to be as in­ter­ested in me as I am in them and they tol­er­ate my in­tru­sions with ca­sual dis­re­gard. Un­like some species which do not be­gin in­cu­bat­ing their eggs un­til the en­tire clutch has been laid, the Great Horned Owl, like other owls, starts “set­ting” im­me­di­ately so one baby gets a head start on the other. This week one is be­gin­ning to show its feathers while the other is still cov­ered in down.

The rain which was promised for last week­end turned out to be only a few show­ers and, at the time of this writ­ing, only about 3 tenths Would like to thank the buy­ers, busi­nesses, organizati­ons, vol­un­teers, and 4-H fam­i­lies for mak­ing the 2019 Drumheller District 4-H Show and Sale a suc­cess. of an inch has reg­is­tered in my gauge. Per­haps the show­ers pre­dicted for Friday will amount to some­thing more sub­stan­tial. De­spite the dry weather there were no fire re­stric­tions or bans in place when I checked the Wheat­land County web­site on June 9. I have been in­formed when there are el­e­vated fire risks a ban­ner will be dis­played on the home­page in­di­cat­ing an ad­vi­sory, a re­stric­tion, or a full fire ban. It is worth­while to be­come fa­mil­iar with the county web­site and I learned, al­though too late to be in­cluded in last week’s col­umn, on the home­page you may click on “All the lat­est news & events from Wheat­land County” to learn of events such as the land own­ers in­for­ma­tion meet­ing which was held at the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall on Tues­day evening. The meet­ing per­tained to re­con­struc­tion of Town­ship Road 264 and I will in­clude in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the meet­ing and that project next week. To view the county web­site go to www.wheat­land­county.ca.

The floor­ing up­grade for the com­mu­nity hall en­try has been com­pleted and the next pro­posed project is the in­stal­la­tion of an air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem for the base­ment. Two op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered and the most ap­pro­pri­ate in re­gard to cost and ef­fec­tive­ness will be cho­sen. Mean­while the in­stal­la­tion of play­ground equip­ment is still in the plan­ning stage.

It seems I have been in­clud­ing sev­eral news items from the Delia area lately and this week I will men­tion the 4H lamb show and sale which was in­cluded with the re­cent 4H Beef show and sale held at the Delia arena. Our fam­ily had been ac­tive in the Di­nosaur Val­ley 4H Lamb Club which of­fered the 4H ex­pe­ri­ence to many chil­dren from Dalum and other com­mu­ni­ties in the Drumheller area un­til it ceased

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