Monday, January 23, 2017

Pincher Creek Curling Club hosts 2017 Combo Bonspiel

C. Davis photos except where noted
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Chris Davis - The Pincher Creek Curling Club hosted a Combo Bonspiel last weekend.  Eight men's teams and 6 ladies teams participated.  Winning the Men's side was Calgary's CCOTR (Canadian Club on the Rocks) team.  Pincher Creek's Lemire team won the Ladies side.

Annora Brown - From a woman's perspective

Annora Brown 1957
Joyce Sasse - As a child in Fort Macleod, Annora Brown was sensitive to the people around who pitied the fact “she had to grow up in a place like this.” But her mother insisted she learn to value what was right before her eyes. That made all the difference.

Registration renewal reminder from Pincher Creek License and Registry


Pincher Creek Licence and Registries would like to remind everyone that if your last name or company name begins with A,I,J,U,X, KE, and all numbered companies to please renew your registration.  The last day for renewal is January 31st.

Making healthy choices easier

Sonya Brown, Alberta Health Services - When it comes to promoting healthy weights, we’ve begun to understand the need to make the healthy choice the easy choice. This means ensuring that the environments where people live, work, learn and play have a positive effect on their health.

Alberta government sets out energy efficiency vision

Government of Alberta -
Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel members, Jesse Row, Tanya Doran and Michele Aasgard, presented the panel’s final report to Minister Shannon Phillips and Graham Sucha, MLA, Calgary-Shaw, at Avalon Master Builder in Calgary (as pictured above).

Olds wins 2017 Bantam Chinooks tournament

First place - Olds Grizzlys
Third place - Airdrie Lightning
Pincher Voice honourable mention - RMAA Renegades

Chris Davis -  Pincher Creek's Bantam Chinooks hosted their home invitational tournament last weekend at the Memorial Community Centre Arena.  Six teams participated, including the Chinooks, Okotoks Oilers, Innisfail Flyers, RMAA Renegades (Carstairs area), Airdrie Lightning, and Olds Grizzlys.  After a total of 11 games, the Grizzlys earned first place and the Chinooks earned second place.  The Lightning edged the Renegades for third place with a game-deciding goal at only half a second left on the third period clock.  With the exception of games involving the Grizzlys, the teams were very closely matched throughout the tournament.  The Grizzlys dominated all their games with the exception of game 9 against the Lightning, which the Grizzlys still won 3-1.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Jan. 16-22, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the noted period. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 38
Assaults - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft over $5000 - 1
Theft under $5000 - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 2
MV Collisions - 8
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 4
False Alarms - 4
Animal calls - 1
Prisoners held – 1

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Strengthening our communities

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - “Come in, come in and sit down – you are part of the family” is sung with gusto in many of our churches. But are we actually that inclusive?

One of our rural values encourages us to try to build healthy communities. We can choose to actively participate in this endeavour. Or we can simply let things float along and hope for the best!

You are important

Pastor Chris Ney - Sometimes in life we can all wonder why are we here, what does my life mean, am I even needed or important? We have all struggled from time to time with these very questions, and sometimes let it control us. Words from the past, even past mistakes can haunt us for a while, but is that a place we should live. Quick and easy answer is no, we should not live there but we do and even sometimes when we try to move forward others constantly remind us of our past.

Solutions and substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

This week: Brightening stainless steel cutlery, lowest sudsing laundry detergent, preventing rice from glumping, bird feeder ideas, and more.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pincher Creek Dolphin Swim Club AGM Feb. 2

Pincher Creek Dolphin Swim Club AGM
Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:30 pm at the Parent Link Centre

Friday, January 20, 2017

Taber man crtitically injured while walking on Hwy 3 near Coaldale

RCMP Alberta - On January 20, 2017 at 7:40 p.m. Coaldale RCMP and Lethbridge Fire/EMS were dispatched to a pedestrian vehicle collision on Highway 3 at the Sunnyside Road just east of the City of Lethbridge. The initial investigation reveals a pickup truck was travelling eastbound on Highway 3 and struck a 47 year old man from Taber, Alberta while he was on Highway 3. The exact point of impact appears to be close to the driving lane. The man was wearing dark clothing. At time of the collision the road was dry, weather mild but dark with no artificial light in the area.

Castle parks draft management plan released at Pincher Creek event

Premier Rachel Notley, Minister Shannon Phillips, and private citizens at today's announcement
Photos/video C. Davis/T.Lucas except where otherwise noted

C. Davis / T. Lucas - Today, Friday January 20, 2017, a press conference was held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.   Presenters included Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office Shannon Phillips, and Piikani First Nation Chief Stanley Charles Grier.  The occasion was the official release of the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft Management Plan, which among other things sets the boundaries of the expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park and the new Castle Provincial Park.

Leduc RCMP saves French Bulldog puppies

RCMP Alberta - On January 19, the Leduc RCMP received information that 5 French Bulldog Puppies were being imported from Budapest, Hungary. A male was to collect the animals, but was recognized from recent media attention to be on conditions to: not participate or be involved in any business involving pets or animals including volunteer work or business organizations whose main purpose is dealing with animals. Those conditions stem from multiple charges before the courts for Cruelty to Animals.

RCMP warns of heroin laced with Carfentanil

RCMP Alberta - The RCMP has been involved in an ongoing drug investigation in Strathcona County since October, 2016, during the course of which some quantities of heroin were seized and found to contain the extremely dangerous and potentially lethal drug, Carfentanil.

AWC: Long overdue protection for Castle wilderness

Alberta Wilderness Assocation - An Order in Council for the Castle Parks was passed on Thursday, January 19th that expands the previously announced Castle Wildland Provincial Park boundaries. Coupled with an announcement today by Premier Notley that all illegal off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails will be closed immediately and all others will be phased out over the next few years, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) recognizes the significant progress being made to offer true protection to the essential ecosystems within the Castle boundaries that are so desperately in need of restoration.

Okotoks, Turner Valley and Vulcan RCMP looking for man wanted on numerous offences

Wanted: Cole McLean
RCMP Alberta - RCMP in southern Alberta are looking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted on charges from three detachments.

Cole McLean's truck
28 year old Cole Stuart Mclean is wanted on numerous charges including Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Failing to Appear, Possession of stolen property, and failing to comply with recognizance. The charges stem from investigations in Vulcan, Okotoks and Turner Valley. He is known to travel throughout southern Alberta and may be operating a white, Dodge, 1-ton mega cab, flat deck truck with a tool box on the back.

STEP 2017 program launches today

Labour Minister Christina Gray meets with a kindergarten student and employee at the Jasper Place Child and Family Resource Centre. The permanent staff member was a STEP student at the centre in 2016.

Government of Alberta - Starting today, Alberta employers looking to hire students for summer 2017 can now apply for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Albertans reminded to cook shellfish to reduce risk of illness

Alberta Health Services - Ten cases of gastrointestinal illness potentially linked to consumption of raw oysters are under investigation in the Edmonton Zone, prompting Alberta Health Services (AHS) to remind all Albertans of the risk of illness associated with consumption of raw shellfish.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southern Alberta communities awarded over $4.8 million in federal funding, including $463,000 for Pincher Creek spray park

Town of Pincher Creek draft conceptual drawings of the water slide and spray park

T. Lucas / C. Davis -
Western Economic Diversification Canada yesterday announced a total federal investment of $4,899,327 in grants from three different programs, the 150 Community Infrastructure Program. and Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for ten southern Alberta projects "that celebrate our communities and shared heritage" by helping those communities "modernize local recreation facilities, as well as improve social and cultural infrastructure and programs."
“A great legacy for Canada 150 and wonderful addition to the Town of Pincher Creek” - Mayor Don Anderberg, Town of Pincher Creek
Among those projects, the Town of Pincher Creek was awarded a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant of $463,000 to enhance the Pincher Creek Multi-Purpose Facility on Main Street with the addition of a spray park, water re-circulation system, water slide, and landscaping. According to the Town, the facility enhancement will be installed to the north of the facility. "The Town of Pincher Creek has budgeted up to one million dollars for this project including the grant, with an additional contingency for spray park donations. The Town of Pincher Creek is aiming to have the spray park ready for operation in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st, 2017 and the remainder to be complete by December 31, 2017."

Coaldale man charged with sexual assault of teen

Registered sex offender Trevor Pritchard charged
RCMP Alberta - On the morning of January 18, 2017 the Coaldale RCMP were informed of a sexual assault of a 15 year old female at a residence in Coaldale on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

CNP Fire/Rescue Department December monthly report

CNP Fire/Rescue

The Fire/Rescue Department responded to a total of 14 Emergency calls for the month of December:
3 Alarm Bells
4 Motor Vehicle Collisions
1 Vehicle Fire
5 Public Service Calls
1 EMS Assist

Respiratory Syncytial Virus data prompts illness reminder

Alberta Health Services - Due to an increased number of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) outbreaks and positive lab specimens across the province, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all Albertans to practise good respiratory etiquette and refrain from visiting infants, children and vulnerable individuals when sick.

St. Michael's Dragons and Cardston Cougars tops at 2017 Halton Jr Girls basketball tourney

A First Place - St. Michael's Dragons
B First Place - Cardston Cougars
Chris Davis - Last Friday and Saturday the Matthew Halton Gym was the busy site of the 2017 Halton Hawks Junior Girls A and B invitational basketball tournament.  12 teams played in a total of four pools for preliminary games before contesting in A and B final games.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Alberta government moves forward with panel to strengthen child intervention

Government of Alberta - Members have been selected for a panel that will explore ways to improve Alberta’s child intervention system. The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention will make recommendations to improve Alberta’s child death review process, propose actions to strengthen the child intervention system, and explore the systemic issues that lead to children coming into government care.

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