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Sunday, May 27, 2018

The empty halter


Joyce Sasse -
Since we are in the season of 4-H Achievement Days, the recollection of a story that happened several years ago seems appropriate.

The day after Robbie sold his first 4-H calf he brought the empty halter to church. That halter and the pathetic look on Robbie’s face told it all. On past Sundays he had lovingly talked about training and caring for his calf. Now he told what happened. It wasn’t about the dollars raised. It was about the surrender of his pet. As we listened, tears welled in all our throats.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Parks Canada has designated the Waterton Park Board Room the “Annora Brown Room”

Annora Brown 
Pioneer artist Annora Brown would be so honored to learn that Parks Canada has named the Waterton Park Board Room the “Annora Brown Room”.  Its location is on the 3rd floor of the Administrative Building in the Waterton Work Compound, looking out toward the Prince of Wales Hotel.  Enlarged prints of six of Annora’s paintings adorn the walls. A plaque indicates some of her many contributions and directs visitors to the website www.annorabrown.ca.

Pincher Creek RCMP to host Bike Rodeo May 31

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Wear the Gear 2017 file photo with Bicycle winners Zachary Clinton and Ethan Maier up front

Pincher Creek RCMP - The spring season is the perfect opportunity to hit the road on your bike. The RCMP are offering a friendly reminder to be aware of bikes and riders. Bike riders are also encouraged to be mindful of their own actions.

Pincher Creek Bike Rodeo


On May 31, 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, there will be a Bike Rodeo held at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek. The Pincher Creek Bike Rodeo is the finale of a month-long event called “Wear the Gear” that teaches children how to stay safe while riding their bikes.

Between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018, Pincher Creek Emergency Services will conduct patrols in the communities of Pincher creek, Beaver Mines, Cowley and Lundbreck. Children wearing helmets while riding their bikes or scooters will receive a “ticket” as reinforcement for good behaviour.

MD of Pincher Creek appoints new CAO


MD of Pincher Creek - Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 would like to announce that during their Council Meeting held May 22, 2018, Sheldon Steinke was appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer, effective June 11, 2018.

Council would like to thank the Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Roland Milligan, for his efforts and support during this transition.

Behind the badge: RCMP Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit


RCMP Alberta - On May 24 the RCMP in Alberta escorted Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, and President of the Cochrane Foothills Protective Association, Rosemary Lindsay, on a tour of the RCMP Airdrie Detachment for a rare behind-the-scenes look at its specialized Crime Reduction Unit (CRU).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Diversity is God’s gift


Joyce Sasse - The puppeteer enacted her story by wearing an orange glove on one hand and a lime-green one on the other. With her two hands outstretched, she imitated youngsters passing a ball back-and-forth in the park.

They laughed and giggled and enjoyed playing together. Then, when one player missed his catch and ran for the ball, he found a mirror. Looking in the mirror he noticed the other player was different from himself. How could an orange puppet possibly play with a lime-green one?

Friday, May 18, 2018

CCWC applauds Castle Management Plan


Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition  -  For almost 30 years, the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) has worked with its conservation partners to see the Castle Area in southwestern Alberta receive the protection it deserves.  The CCWC thanks and commends Minister Shannon Phillips and the Government of Alberta for the final Castle Management Plan, and for the plan's commitment to manage the Castle Parks in the best interests of all Albertans.

Get ticks tested


Government of Alberta - As the May long weekend approaches and families head outdoors, Albertans are encouraged to submit ticks they discover to help monitor for the Lyme disease bacteria.  If Albertans find ticks on themselves, they should remove the ticks safely, using tweezers, as soon as possible. Ticks found on people or in their surroundings can be submitted to an Environmental Public Health Office, a First Nations Health Centre or a doctor. Ticks found on pets or farm animals should be taken to a veterinarian.

AWA lauds Castle Parks management plan

Castle River. (Alberta Wilderness Association photo)
Alberta Wilderness Association - The provincial government has released a final management plan for the Castle Parks. Along with the establishment of Public Land Use Zones in the Livingstone-Porcupine, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) recognizes the significant progress that has been made to protect the headwaters of the Oldman River.  "The Castle wilderness is truly a one-of-a-kind treasure in Alberta that will be enjoyed by all for generations to come," said Joanna Skrajny, AWA Conservation Specialist. "The Castle Parks hold cultural significance and will protect grizzly bears and native trout, while providing spectacular recreation opportunities." The government's plan acknowledges the overwhelming body of science that shows off-highway vehicles are not compatible with conservation goals and headwaters protection.

Better camping, more tourism in Castle parks

Travel Alberta / Jeff Bartlett photo
Government of Alberta - New family campsites, improved rustic backcountry camping and a new tourism campaign will encourage more Albertans to visit the Castle region this summer.  Albertans will have more opportunities for adventure this year as the province invests $3 million in capital upgrades in the Castle parks. Improvements will include new and improved family-friendly camping opportunities, trails, highly accessible front-country experiences and better access to the vast wilderness.

Plan ahead for a busy Victoria Day weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park


Parks Canada - Waterton Lakes National Park is open to visitors. When planning a trip, we ask visitors to remember that the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has impacted the park in a number of ways. There are many recreation opportunities for visitors to experience in Waterton Lakes National Park, however, some areas remain closed as a result of hazards. For a full list of what is available and information on recreational opportunities, we encourage visitors to check www.parkscanada.ca/waterton-open for up-to-date information.

Town of Pincher Creek council approves up to $60,000 for Lebel Mansion elevator


Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a regular meeting on Monday, May 14 in council chambers. Pincher Creek Allied Arts Council (PCAAC) Executive Director Stacey McRae approached council as a delegation to ask if they could get a letter of support required the next day. They are hoping to get matching funding to complete the project they have had in the works for years, the addition of an elevator in the Lebel Mansion building. The letter is for a grant they are asking from Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). The elevator has been planned to be in the back half of the building and help those with mobility issues and to make the building a more accessible public building.

Outdoor enthusiasts urged to respect public land

Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips addresses public land enforcement prior to the May long weekend.
Government of Alberta - More than 300 provincial enforcement officers will patrol public land, parks and protected areas this spring and summer.  Over the upcoming long weekend and throughout the rest of the season, provincial government staff will once again work together to ensure everyone understands and follows the rules and regulations that protect public lands.

Alberta fire bans go mobile

Minister Carlier demonstrates new wildfire app ready for download.
Government of Alberta - The Alberta government has released a mobile fire ban app so people across the province can be aware of the wildfire risk.  The new app, available for Android and Apple devices, will give people mobile access to see where there are fire bans, restrictions and advisories to help plan their camping and recreational experiences.

CBSA travel tips for Victoria Day

The Coutts, Alberta border crossing

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds travellers to plan ahead for their Victoria Day weekend travel plans. The CBSA is expecting higher traffic volumes throughout the holiday weekend, particularly on Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21.

The Coutts port of entry is open 24-7 and has the greatest capacity to process large volumes of travellers. During peak hours, all primary inspection lanes will be open and the port will be operating at maximum capacity.   Other border crossings in southern Alberta are also expected to see larger traffic volumes on the long weekend including Chief Mountain, Carway and Del Bonita.

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Trade show builds networking and reveals possibilities


Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce (PCCOC) Administrator Ola Crook was one of many who helped the annual Pincher Creek Trade Show prepare to open their doors on Friday, May 4.  Crook explained the event was bigger than the previous year, with 98 vendors, and 10% of those new to the trade show.  Crook believes they have been running the trade show for 'almost a decade'.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Don’t sail through mandatory boat inspection stations


Alberta Environment and Parks - Although spring was slow to arrive this year, yacht to know the aquatic invasive species team has already sprung into action in fight against aquatic invasive species! The mandatory inspection stations have started this year’s search for invasive species on watercraft entering Alberta and have already found the first mussels of 2018 on a sailboat headed for Ghost Lake. When canoe expect all of the stations to be open? They will all have their flashlights out to put a spotlight on these invasive hitchhikers by the end of May, so expect to be inspected!

Alberta Government releases Livingstone-Porcupine plan

Porcupine Hills overlooking Livingstone (Sam Wirzba photo)
Government of Alberta - New land management plans for the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills areas will help conserve and protect sensitive ecosystems while improving economic and recreation opportunities.

Livingstone-Porcupine final plans released

Looking west to the Livingstone Range (Alberta Wilderness Association photo)

Alberta Wilderness Association - The provincial government has released final plans and established Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ) in the Livingstone Porcupine region in order to manage the impacts of industrial development and motorized recreation in the area. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes these measures signal an important shift towards sustainable management of our public lands.

Response to request for additional information for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project

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Grassy Mountain Mine Review - Benga Mining Limited (Benga Mining) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited) is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass (the Grassy Mountain Coal Project), approximately seven kilometers north of the community of Blairmore, in Alberta. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years.

Increased fire risk in High River area


High River RCMP – High River RCMP and local Fire Departments would like to remind community members that our area has particularly dry conditions currently which result in an increased fire risk.

On May 12th, 2018 a High River RCMP officer was patrolling south of High River and noticed a grass fire burning near Hwy 540 and 40 St E. Cayley Fire Department attended and along with landowners and neighbours, the fire was extinguished safely. The fire was most likely started by a cigarette butt flicked out of a passing car.

Lloydminster woman Crystal Hackett missing for two months


Crystal Hackett
RCMP Alberta - Crystal Hackett, 44 years old from Lloydminster, has been missing for two months. Crystal was last seen on March 22 in Lloydminster. The Lloydminster RCMP are urging anyone with information to contact the Lloydminster RCMP or the police in their area.

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