Drumheller had a busy year. Not only did the town have a spectacular summer, but it hosted two popular concerts at the Badlands Amphitheater, elected a new Town Council and lost a grocery store. Here's what happened in the area in 2017:


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The fifth most popular story of the year came in January. A fatal accident south of Hanna claimed two lives and caused serious but not life-threatening injuries to two others.

In February, the Drumheller Co-op announced it was closing its food store. The decision came as a surprise to many residents and the time between the announcement and when the store closed was a short two months.

Also in February, MLA Rick Strankman found out he wasn't invited to a committee meeting in Hanna about the provincial government's plan to phase out coal.

Just before Valentine's Day, Tough Mudder decided not to return to Drumheller in 2017 and beyond. No concrete reason was given, but participation in 2016 was about 50 per cent lower than in the race's first year.

March saw a big announcement from the Canadian Badlands Passion Play about an upcoming concert at the Badlands Amphitheater. In August, Randy Bachman played at a two-day concert at the ampitheatre.

The second show of that two-day concert was announced in April: John Michael Montgomery. He took the stage on the Friday evening and 99.5 Drum FM was on site to enjoy the show.

Even though most people in Drumheller own vehicles, the passenger bus service is well-used. In June, Greyhound announced it was terminating its passenger bus service. Luckily, another company stepped up in mid-June and resumed service between Calgary and Drumheller.

In June, the Drumheller Penitentiary was on lockdown, and not for the only time in 2017. Additional lockdowns occurred in April, August and September.

June also saw the Town receive some special visitors. A three-year old, 150-pound black bear was spotted near Orkney and another was spotted near Rumsey. Fish and Wildlife officers were unconcerned about the sighting and left the bears to find their way back home.

Fires were a big story all over Alberta this summer. A small fire west of Hanna quickly grew out of control in August, taking the resources of three fire crews to get under control.


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The Drumheller Dragons are popular in Drumheller. The top three stories this year were Dragons-related, and were all about its coaching team. In January, the team announced that it was not renewing head coach and GM Brian Curran's contract. A search for a new coach and GM was soon underway and Kevin Hasselberg snagged the top job in March.

Another hockey story was popular in 2017. Fourteen-year-old Drumheller-native Talyn Boyko was drafted by the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in May.

In July, a local MMA fighter took part in his first fight of 2017, fourteen months after having knee surgery.

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