Sunday, March 18, 2018

Deepening our understanding of Lent

Joyce Sasse - As I learn more about the practices associated with Ramadan, which marks the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, I think more deeply about how I approach Lent.

During the month of Ramadan, which will occur May 15 to June 14, 2018, a practicing Muslim is expected to fast from sunrise to sunset (i.e. to give up food). In the book “The Faith Club”, one man speaks about how this affects his life. “We exercise discipline and attempt to cleanse mind, body and soul of vices and bad thoughts.”

What do you value most?

Chris Ney - Sometimes we can answer that very easily, and of course it is family or something important, right? I mean, how could it not be, and on the outside that seems right and really it is. Sometimes we can answer the question like this by saying my faith, or for me my relationship with Jesus I value the most over anything else. The problem is sometimes what we say and how we live end up being two totally different things. While living two ways and serving two masters we are not only being dishonest with ourselves but with the world around us. Too often we/I can also think I am living like this and yet everyone around us/me sees what I really value.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2019 Southern Alberta Summer Games Organizational Meeting Tues. March 20

Organizational Meeting 
2019 Southern Alberta Summer Games 

Pincher Creek & area is set to host the 50th Annual Southern Alberta Summer Games from July 3-6, 2019. If you would like to assist with the planning and coordination of various sports and events for these commemorative Games, please attend an organizational meeting to be held: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:30pm 
Town Hall Council Chambers 
962 St. John Avenue, Pincher Creek 

To register as a volunteer, forms are available online or from the Recreation Office, 895 Main Street (swimming pool). Call 403-627-4322 for more information.

Cardston RCMP and Blood Tribe Police charge two for possession of Fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking

RCMP Alberta - Members of the Cardston RCMP and Blood Tribe Police Service Crime Reduction Unit seized suspected fentanyl pills from a residence in the town of Cardston on March 8, 2018.

As a result of the joint investigation between RCMP and Blood Tribe Police, two persons, Chantelle Cecilia Daychief (age 44) and Allan Blake Tail Feathers (age 41) have both been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking under section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Lethbridge travel delays for bridge rehabilitation

Government of Alberta - The bridge on Highway 3 over the Oldman River in Lethbridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction for rehabilitation work. Motorists can expect delays.  Drivers will be restricted to the westbound lanes, one in each direction from the end of March to the end of July. The speed limit will be reduced to 50 kilometres per hour, and there will be a lane- width restriction of 3.7 metres for large truck traffic.

There will be no pedestrian access to the bridge during the project.

There may be periodic traffic delays on Coal Banks Trail and parking restrictions in the area as work is underway.

Check 511 for regular updates.

Freezing rain and snow affecting southwest Alberta

@511 camera of Highway 3 at Cowley as the snow starts to fall
Cochrane RCMP -  Currently the roads in and around Cochrane are in poor winter driving condition. The highway 1A in Cochrane, specifically the Cochrane hill is very slippery. The roads are all open at this time, however it is slow going on the main routes. The RCMP are reminding motorists to slow down and drive for the conditions. As well, they are asking that motorist please give room to the road maintenance crews as they try and make our roads easier to navigate.

Government of Alberta - An incoming weather system expected later today, forecasting up to 20 centimetres of snow, could result in poor driving conditions and low visibility across much of the southern and western regions of Alberta. Drivers are reminded to prepare for winter conditions, including reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces, and adjust their driving habits accordingly. Consider postponing any unnecessary travel.

Additional information
  • Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real time road conditions.
  • Drivers should consider postponing non-essential travel.
  • Posted speed limits are the maximum intended for ideal summer conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive for winter conditions.
  • Snow can accumulate quickly and visibility will be reduced.
  • Drivers are encouraged to have winter or all-weather tires on their vehicles.
  • Drivers are reminded to activate headlights so that tail lights are visible to other drivers following behind.
  • All vehicles should have a winter emergency kit during the winter months.
  • Please give snowplows room to work – stay back at least 10 metres to prevent collisions.Drivers are reminded to prepare for winter conditions, including reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces, and adjust their driving habits accordingly. Consider postponing any unnecessary travel.
  • Environment Canada
  • Safer Winter Highways
  • Winter driving tips (PDF)
  • Alberta Snowplows
  • Road Reports

For up-to-date road information and traffic delays
Call: 511 toll-free inside Alberta
Call: 1-855-391-9743 outside of Alberta
Follow: @511Alberta

Pincher Creek Weather

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Heritage Acres Farm Museum AGM April 24


Memberships are required to be purchased at least one month prior to the AGM.
Everyone welcome.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

U of L neuroscientists awarded nearly $2 million for research into Alzheimer’s disease

University of Lethbridge - Drs. Bruce McNaughton and Majid Mohajerani will investigate brain neurobiology related to Alzheimer’s disease thanks to two grants worth nearly $2 million over five years from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Driver facing child intervention charge after impaired investigation

RCMP Alberta - An Athabasca woman is now facing charges of impaired driving, and causing children to be in need of intervention after a traffic stop in the busy hamlet of Grassland Sunday.

Public meeting McLaughlin Wind Farm March 27


NOTICE:  Public Meeting
McLaughlin Wind Farm

The Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9, has scheduled a Public Meeting for public input on the McLaughlin Wind Farm Project (Development Permits No. 2018-12 through 2018-14). The project consists of 11 Enercon E-26 Wind Turbines with a hub height of 99m and a rotor diameter of 127m, for a total height of 162.5m. The project is located east of the Town of Pincher Creek.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 pm
Council Chambers
MD Administration Building
For more information, please call 403-627-3130 or
or visit our website at

Town of Pincher Creek Community Information Meeting March 28


Town of Pincher Creek 
Community Information Meeting
Town Hall Gym on March 28, 2018

6:30pm Open House and Information booths staffed by administration and council
7:00pm Mayor and Council Presentations
8:00pm Facilitated Q& A
8:30pm Thank you and good evening

Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA AGM March 28


Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA AGM
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:00 pm
Ramada Inn, Pincher Creek

Everyone welcome - memberships $5 will be sold at AGM and are required to vote.

Pot luck presentation: Fifty Dollar Bride - early Pincher Creek Pioneer Marie Rose Smith

Pot-Luck Supper Meeting
Saturday, March 24
5:00 – 8:00 PM at St. John’s Anglican Church
Metis Local 1880 will present the story of Marie Rose Smith
(the early Pincher Creek Pioneer known as the “Fifty Dollar Bride”)
Everyone welcome.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444


3D, rated PG Violence, NRFYC
7:00 & 9:10 nightly
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm in 2D

3D, Held Over, rated PG violence
7:05 and 9:00 nightly
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm in 2D

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pincher Creek's Town Council approves funding for Grant Writer Initiative

Jonathan Skrimshire (updated with more complete information * - Pincher Creek Town Council approved $20,000 in first year funding for the Grant Writer Initiative at their meeting of March 7. The initiative, which will result in the creation of a full time position for a professional grant writer in Pincher Creek, is the brainchild and first project of the newly christened Pincher Creek Community Development Initiative (PCCDI). With commitments of $15,000 from community organizations, $20,000 from the Municipal District Council and $20,500 from Shell already in hand, Town Council's $20,000 contribution means PCCDI now has 89 percent of the project's first year funding requirements in place.*  Both councils have recommended that PCCDI make application to the Joint Council funding program for years two and three of the initiative.

Full of laughter, full of light


Joyce Sasse -
 With a harsh winter like South Alberta has experienced, memories of weather related aspects of my work with the Saddle Bag ministry come back to mind.

This experimental ministry project was defined by church folk who well understood rural Saskatchewan. They determined that January and February be the time when church activities close down. Wise planning: the weather was severe, roads were impassable and “snowbirds” went south. So, the minister took holiday and study-break time.

Room for more

Chris Ney - One of the most common responses when you ask someone about church or invite them to church is there are too many hypocrites in the church. If often used to offend me and I would wonder what they meant, while at the same time I started to see something open myself up. It was easy for me to point at other people and say "Man you are a hypocrite" and walk away, but what I missed for a lot of years is that I was one to. It took a good friend of mine to challenge me once with the answer to that statement. He looked at me and said Yes, there is lots of hypocrites at church and if you want to join me there is always room for one more".

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Curling Club president addresses Pincher Creek Town Council

Jonathan Skrimshire - Armed with a thick sheaf of letters of support from downtown businesses, Curling Club President Jessie Nelson appeared before Pincher Creek Council March 7 to present figures on membership and usage of the existing curling rink and to argue for the retention of the facility in the town's central core.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Overdose prevention site opens at Stand Off

Government of Alberta - The province is working with a harm-reduction agency in Lethbridge to provide lifesaving medical supervision on Kainai First Nation. The Alberta Health Services' ATCO trailer has been set up in Stand Off, Alberta to provide lifesaving medical supervision to help prevent opioid overdoses. The initiative will help the community respond to a spike in opioid overdoses.

Bragg Creek senior attacked with sword

RCMP Alberta - An elderly female was taken to hospital following a serious assault at a residence in Bragg Creek, AB earlier today. Police attended the residence at approximately 12:45 am after reports that the victim had been attacked with a sword by another occupant of the house. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she remains in serious condition. The 19 year old male suspect in this case was known to the victim and has been taken into custody. There are presently no concerns for public safety. Investigation into this matter is in the preliminary stages and will continue throughout the day.

Employment opportunity: Equipment operator/truck driver


Employment Opportunity The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association

We are looking for a Equipment Operator / Truck Driver Class 3 min with Air Brakes.
Full time position includes excellent benefit package.

Resume closing date is March 23, 2018 
 Please resend any previous resumes.
Please send to Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill
Box 668 Pincher Creek, AB
T0K 1W0
Or fax: 403-628-2258

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pincher Creek Town Council approves Pride ceremony and flag raising

Jonathan Skrimshire - Pincher Creek Town Council has approved Pincher Creek Pride's proposal for a ceremony and flag raising in recognition of the victims of homophobic violence. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place June 12 on the Multi-Purpose Facility grounds. Following the ceremony, the Pride flag will fly on the site for a period of one week.

MD of Pincher Creek appoints interim CAO

On March 2, 2018 council for the M.D. of Pincher Creek No. 9 released a statement via their website that "due to the temporary absence of Wendy Kay, CAO, Council hereby appoints Roland Milligan, Director of Development and Community Services, as the Interim CAO effective March 1, 2018 (resolution 18/098)."

Economic Development Committee volunteer opportunity


Economic Development Committee

Current Vacancy – Two (2) Residents from the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipality of Pincher Creek No.9, the Village of Cowley or Waterton

Term – 3 year | Meetings – Monthly on the 3rd or 4th Thursday at 4 p.m.

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