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Monday, September 25, 2017

Dianne Gray for Mayor of Pincher Creek

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The voice we deserve.
The change we need.

I see the Town of Pincher Creek becoming a vibrant and sustainable community. We have the potential to adapt to changing circumstances that will fuel our success. As a Community committed to transparent, meaningful change- OUR job has just begun.

LET’S TAP INTO PINCHER CREEK’S POTENTIAL TOGETHER!


Clara Yagos for LRSD Ward 2 Trustee

Make Education a Priority!!
On October 16
RE-ELECT
CLARA YAGOS
For
School Trustee
Ward 2

Experience, Commitment, 
Understanding, Compassion,
Belief in Consultation, Collaboration.

High School Rodeo says thank you

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High School Rodeo says "Thank you!"
to our many sponsors.  Your support helps make this a great event, every year!

Bulls: Big Chief Bucking Bulls
Cutting Cattle: Allan Lively
Goats: Sarah Kirby Goats
Working Cow Horse Cattle: Dewald Livestock
Pincher Creek Co-Op
MD & Town of Pincher Creek
Jenkins Lazy U
Glen West Express
SALE -Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange
Dewald Livestock
Pickard Performance Horses
Westcastle Motors
Castle Ford
Rocky Mountain Mechanical
Credit Union
Sinnott Insurance & Financial Solutions
Grassy Butte Ranch
Bar Nine 0 Ranch: Hay for Stock
DJ Equipment Rentals: Lights for arena
Triple T Energy: Water for arena

Seasonal tax preparer position at H&R Block

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Seasonal tax preparer position. 

Full time for the tax season
Duties include some reception and working with the public.
Please respond by email @ steven.barfuss@hrblock.ca
Or drop resume by our office at 733 Main Street Pincher Creek

Temporary full time receptionist wanted at H&R Block

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Temporary full time receptionist wanted at H&R Block

Duties to include office cleaning and client interaction.
Please respond by email @ steven.barfuss@hrblock.ca
Or drop a resume by our office at 733 Main Street Pincher Creek

Edson RCMP lay manslaughter charge after carfentanyl overdose


RCMP Alberta - On October 21, 2016, Edson RCMP responded to a sudden death of 48-year-old Guy Kennedy at a hotel in Edson, Alberta. Upon arriving at the scene, police believed the deceased had overdosed, and suspected it was due to fentanyl. Several tablets were also located in the room and powder residue. Given the dangers associated with fentanyl, the RCMP’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team was contacted to assist. The hotel room was secured until police with advanced safety gear could investigate the scene. Police later confirmed that the tablets were counterfeit oxycontin and they contained carfentanyl.

Fox Theatre show times

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Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing Sept. 22 - Oct. 5
(updated showtimes as of Monday)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Rated PG
8:30 nightly

Lego Ninjago
Rated G, 3D
6:50 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
Saturday and Sunday 2D Matinees at 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 23 Kenow fire update

Kenow Fire Update – Unified Command - September 23:
The Kenow Fire is now classified as being held. The fire remains active and covers an area of approximately 38,100 hectares. We continue to work closely with provincial and local partners to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources. Fire activity, including smoke and flame may continue to be visible to the public in some areas.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Waterton Lakes National Park is now open to the public and the fire ban has been lifted.

In the village of Waterton, visitors may access Cameron Falls and Cameron Bay Day Use Area. Four washrooms at the Playground, Cameron Falls, Heritage and the Fire Hall are open. Some picnic areas and shelters and the playground are also available in the village. At this time, camping is not permitted in the Townsite Campground, nor the Pass Creek winter campsite. Some businesses may be open; however, visitors coming to the park should be prepared with basic supplies. Visitors can get information from the information desk at the Parks Canada Operation Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

CASTLE BRANCH FIRE SUPRESSION

The area of fire within the Castle drainage is now classified as under control and is 221 hectares in size. It remains approximately 23 kilometres from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 kilometres from Beaver Mines. This area will continue to be monitored.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOUR

Temperatures are expected to return to mid-teens this weekend and last through mid-week.

WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED

At this time, only the Entrance road, Chief Mountain Road, and the town of Waterton are open. All other roads and areas in the park remain closed for safety reasons. Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards that remain throughout the park.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Pincher Creek High School Rodeo


Pincher Creek High School Rodeo Club
Back L-R Martyna Lively, Sarah Kirby, Alisha Stevenson, Jackson Brathwaite, Kassi Wells, Ben Mitchell, Nelz Vance
Front L-R Danielle Hann, Hailey Grove, Waci Thomson, Morgan Dingreville, Ryatt Thomson.
Cathy Mitchell photo

Toni Lucas - Alberta High School Rodeo District 1 held the 2017 Pincher Creek Rodeo at the Pincher Creek Agricultural Grounds on September 8 to 10. This is the second high school rodeo of the season for this group and the first year the junior high students have joined the senior high students, There were 80 high school students, and *40 junior high participants, coming from all over southern Alberta. They all demonstrated grace under pressure, particularly with having to deal with smoke affecting their animals.
*corrected for accuracy

Altie Rutledge winner Jackson Braithwaite with Pincher Creek Rodeo Club Student President, Alisha Stevenson
Cathy Mitchell photo


September 22 wildfire updates


Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 22, 2017, 2:00 pm:

Updates will be provided should additional information be received.

Kenow Fire Update:
- The fire status is now considered “being held”.
- The fire remains at 38,151 ha. Within the Castle Area:
- Remains at 221 ha.
- Remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.

Within the South Portion of the MD:
- Fire crews remain active within the area suppressing the deep ground fires and monitoring for hot spots.
- Smoke will continue to be evident in the area until these fires have been fully extinguished.
- Residents are reminded to remain vigilant to emergency vehicles, smoke and wildlife in the area.
- Although smoke from the ground fires may be present until the fires are completely extinguished, should the smoke be deemed emergent, please call 911.

Police car rammed in Red Deer


RCMP Alberta - Red Deer RCMP are investigating after a truck rammed a police car during an early morning traffic stop then fled the scene. Shortly after 2:00 am on September 22, RCMP initiated a traffic stop on a truck on 40 Avenue north of Township Road 375 in Red Deer. The truck stopped initially, then reversed and rammed the police cruiser, turning it 180 degrees and pushing it toward a ditch. The collision resulted in the air bags deploying, causing minor injuries to the police officer; he was able to exit the cruiser while it was being pushed as there was a danger of the cruiser overturning when it struck the ditch. EMS attended and treated the police officer at the scene.  RCMP located the abandoned truck a short time later. Police Dog Services attended and tracked the male suspect for some time before losing the track.

Aftermath


Editors note:  The Jenkins ranch lost their home and much more in the recent Kenow fire.

David Daniel Jenkins - My heart is full. I'm humbled to my core by the love you have shown me and my family and neighbours. It has been one exquisite kindness after another. Out of all of this, the one desire that stays with me, that keeps me up at night, is in the days and years ahead to be worthy of even a fraction of that love. When I'm overwhelmed and overcome it isn't so much because of the loss but because my heart is too full. And so I've had to step away for a day or two--no surprise, I'm sure, to all who know me. But I will be stepping forward soon, into your kitchens and guest bedrooms, with all the gratitude a heart can carry.

Trafficking bust in Lethbridge


Lethbridge Police Service - Police have charged a 49-year-old man and 34-year-old woman following a short term investigation into drug trafficking activity downtown.  On September 21, 2017 members of the Downtown Policing Unit observed drug transactions taking place in an area near Galt Gardens. A male suspect was arrested a short time later in Galt Gardens and found to be in possession of a quantity of prescription narcotics (Percocet) and cash. Two female suspects were also arrested along the 300 block of 5 Street South. One of the women was found in possession of fentanyl pills, tamazapam pills and cash.

Possible taxpayer relief for those affected by Kenow Fire




If you have been affected by the Kenow fire you may be eligible for taxpayer relief (click here for more information).

Excerpt from above link: 


Cancel or waive penalties or interest

The Minister may grant relief from penalty or interest when the following types of situations prevent a taxpayer from meeting their tax obligations:
  • extraordinary circumstances;
  • actions of the CRA;
  • inability to pay or financial hardship;
  • other circumstances

For more information about the circumstances that may warrant relief from penalties or interest, see Cancel or waive penalties or interest. To submit your request for relief, we recommend you use Form RC4288, Request for Taxpayer Relief - Cancel or Waive Penalties or Interest.


Multicultural Friendship Group Pot-Luck Sept. 30

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Multicultural Friendship Group
Pot-Luck Supper Meeting

Discussion topic:
“Water conservation and Fire-Smart Practises in Times of Extreme Drought”

Saturday, September 30
5-8 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church (Pincher Creek)

Bring your friends and your ideas

Estimated ED wait times in AHS South Zone now online


Alberta Health Services South Zone - Real-time estimated emergency department (ED) wait times for Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Regional Hospital are now online, giving southern Albertans another tool to help them decide where to access care for themselves and their families.  Available on the Alberta Health Services website and mobile app, patients and the public can access up-to-the-minute wait times in the ED 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The wait times posted reflect an estimate of how long it takes from being assessed by a triage nurse in the emergency department to being seen by a physician.

The times are calculated through a software system that uses current data from the facility that compares the number of people in the emergency department and how sick they are with how many resources are available and required to treat those patients.

This calculation does not take into account seriously ill patients, who will be seen immediately, and patients with non-urgent concerns, who may wait longer to be seen depending on resources.


Wait times do not represent the total time patients may spend at the hospital.

Off-highway vehicle restriction lifted, Fire Restriction fro CNP


Alberta Fire Bans, effective September 21, 2017 - Within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass a Fire Restriction has been issued for portions of the Calgary Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area within fire control zones 1-3, south of Highway 532. The Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction in this area is no longer in effect.

Under the restriction fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.

Prohibited
  • Wood campfires in backcountry or random camping areas
  • Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches
  • Fireworks and exploding targets

Allowed
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds
  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use. Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The Fire Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 21 Kenow fire updates

Alberta Wildfire: RE BAN & OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION LIFTED The ban and off-highway vehicle restriction has been lifted for the Calgary Forest Area, south of Hwy 532. A Fire Restriction is now in place
Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 21, 2017, 4:30 pm:

Kenow Fire Update:
- The fire status is now considered “being held”.
- The fire remains at 38,151 ha. Within the Castle Area:
- Remains at 221 ha.
- Remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.

Within the south portion of the MD:
- Fire crews remain active within the area suppressing the deep ground fires and monitoring for hot spots.
- Smoke will continue to be evident in the area until these fires have been fully extinguished.
- Residents are reminded to remain vigilant to emergency vehicles, smoke and wildlife in the area.
- Although smoke from the ground fires may be present until the fires are completely extinguished, should the smoke be deemed emergent, please call 911.

Waterton re-opens after Kenow fire evacuation


The Evacuation Order issued on September 8 for Waterton Lakes National Park has been rescinded. The Waterton townsite is no longer at risk from the Kenow fire On September 19 a phased re-entry was effected for some residents, leaseholders, and business owners. Yesterday, September 20, all residents, leaseholders, business owners as well as members of the public were allowed to re-enter the park. Services remain significantly reduced. At this time, only the entrance road, Chief Mountain Highway and the community of Waterton are open. All other roads and areas in the park remain closed for safety reasons. Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards that remain throughout the park. The Kenow wildfire remains active in certain areas and suppression efforts continue. Personnel from various specialized fields are working to reduce hazards such as danger trees, and to assess the state of roadways and other infrastructure. The fire is now classified as being held.


The park is not open for camping. Camping will not return this season. The townsite loop walking trail is open, but other outlying trails remain closed.


As of September 20, according to Alberta Wildfire, the Fire Danger Rating is Low across the province, and Moderate in the northern boreal and Southern Slopes. According to a Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update issued September 19, the Forest Area Closure for the Calgary Forest Area has been lifted, but a Fire Ban, OHV prohibition and advisory remains in effect. A Fire Ban remains in effect for the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA) south of highway 532. All existing Fire Permits are suspended. No new Fire Permits will be issued. Open fires in campgrounds, the backcountry or random camping areas are NOT permitted. Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers, tiki torches, fireworks, and exploding targets are NOT permitted. Portable propane fire pits, Gas or propane stoves, barbecues and heaters (catalytic/infrared) ARE permitted. The Fire Ban will remain in effect until conditions improve. Click here for the most current information.


A media tour (see video above) was conducted on September 20, with briefings from Unified Command members including Parks Canada Media Relations Chief Natalie Fay, Parks Canada Incident Commander Jed Cochrane, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Wildfire Operations Officer Rick Moore.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Search for Sara Coates continues



RCMP Alberta - On September 12th and September 16th, 2017 the Cochrane RCMP as well as Search and Rescue teams from Cochrane, Calgary, Foothills, Didsbury and Badlands conducted searches in the Morley area for Sara Coates. Over 50 Volunteers with the search and rescue teams contributed 644 working hours conducting the search. "Last week we attended our previous search areas to assess the region in light of the extremely dry weather this year, "says Corporal Troy Savinkoff, Cochrane RCMP "we discovered a large amount of land that was previously covered in water was now dry and we wanted to ensure that we took full advantage of this. Thanks to our partners with Search and Rescue we were able to get a large number of boots on the ground in a very short amount of time." The RCMP are dedicated to continue their efforts to locate Sara and would like to thank all the volunteers that have aided in the search.

Hinton RCMP warn drivers of poor road conditions


RCMP Alberta - The RCMP have been responding to vehicles getting stuck and vehicles in the ditch on Highway 40 between Hinton and Grande Cache.  Due to heavy snowfall in the area, road conditions are extremely poor and the RCMP are not recommending travel in this area. If possible, use an alternate route to get north of Hinton or south of Grande Cache.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Candidates announced for area elections


Updated

Election Day is October 16, 2017 for the MD and Town of Pincher Creek.  Advance polling for both municipalities will be held on October 11, 2017.

Town of Pincher Creek candidates (official):

Mayor (1 position):
Don Anderberg (incumbent) 
Dianne Gray

Councillors (6 positions):
Mark Barber (incumbent) 
Tim Blake
Wayne Elliott (incumbent) 
Lorne Jackson (incumbent) 
Scott Korbett
Brian McGillivray
Sussanne O’Rourke
Douglas Thornton (incumbent)

MD of Pincher Creek candidates:

Division 1:
Quentin Stevick (incumbent) - acclaimed

Division 2:
Rick Lemire
Fred Schoening (incumbent)

Division 3:
Bev Everts
Tom Judd
Garry Marchuk (incumbent)

Division 4:
Brian Hammond (incumbent) - acclaimed

Division 5:
Ernie Olsen
Terry Yagos (incumbent)

Village of Cowley:

At this point (September 25), there will not be an election for Cowley Village Council, as there were not enough candidates to fill the necessary positions. More information about Cowley is anticipated.  The matter is now in the hands of Alberta Municipal Affairs.

Candidate Training

The SLGM, in partnership with Alberta Municipal Affairs, will be offering five (5) training sessions for potential candidates and their campaign workers in various cities across Alberta. There is no charge for these sessions - but attendees must register. Click here for more information.

Livingstone Range School Division

Ward One
(2 Trustees to be elected)
Nanton, Stavely, Claresholm, Granum
John McKee (incumbent)
Jaye Swanson
Bradley Toone (incumbent)
Jacqui Vanderfluit

Ward Two
(2 Trustees to be elected)
Crowsnest Pass, Lundbreck
Gregory Alan Long
Kristy Stevens (incumbent)
Clara Yagos (incumbent)

Ward Three
(3 Trustees to be elected)
Pincher Creek, Fort Macleod
(Jim) James W. Burdett
Lori Hodges (incumbent)

Holy Spirit School Board
Judy Lane (incumbent) has been acclaimed as the one Trustee for Ward 4 (Pincher Creek and Area)

September 19 wildfire updates

Municipal District of Pincher Creek wildfire update September 19, 2017, 1:00 pm:

Kenow Fire Update:
- The fire status is now considered “being held”.
- The fire remains at 38,151 ha. within the Castle Area:
- Remains at 221 ha.
- Remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.

Within the South Portion of the MD:
- Fire crews remain active within the area suppressing the deep ground fires and monitoring for hot spots.
- Smoke will continue to be evident in the area until these fires have been fully extinguished.
- Residents are reminded to remain vigilant to emergency vehicles, smoke and wildlife in the area.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18 wildfire updates

Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 18, 2017, 2:45 pm:

Mandatory Evacuation Order Rescinded: 
  • The mandatory evacuation order for South of Oil Basin Road to the Waterton Park Boundary has been rescinded. 
  • Highway 6 is now open.
  • There is no access to Waterton Park. 
  • Fire operations are still ongoing, as some deep ground fires are still active. Residents in the area are reminded to remain vigilant and watch for vehicles. 
  • Watch for smoke in the area due to these fires.
  • Sprinkler suppression will continue in this area.
  • Watch for animals on the road. 
Re-Entry: 
  • Re-Entry information packages are available for residents returning to their homes. These packages are available at the Administration Building and on our website. 
  • Wildlife in the area has been impacted by this fire; residents should remain vigilant to their presence. Residents are reminded to retain all information regarding the evacuation, including receipts, inventory lists of possessions and other important information. This will likely be beneficial when processing insurance claims. 

Kenow Fire Update: 
Within the South Portion of the MD: 
  • Deep ground fires remain active. 
  • Ground crews continue to suppress these fires and monitor for hot spots. 
Within the Castle Area: 
  • Due to more accurate assessment and measurements, the total size of this fire is 38,100 hectares. The size within the Castle Area is stated as 221 hectares. 
  • This fire is still classified as out of control. 
  • A dozer guard is in place. 
  • It remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines. 
Local State of Emergency: 
  • The local state of emergency for Division 1 will expire at 2352hrs, tonight September 18, 2017. 
  • The local state of emergency for the entire MD will expire at 0807hrs, tomorrow, September 19, 2017. 
  • These will not be renewed

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17 wildfire updates

Municipal District of Pincher Creek Wildfire Update September 17, 2017, 2:30 pm:

Within the Evacuation Area:
  • Deep ground fires remain active within the evacuation zone.
  • Ground crews continue to suppress these areas and to monitor for hot spots.
  • There will be smoke in the area due to these active deep ground fires.
  • Highway 6 from Oil Basin Road to Waterton Park Boundary remains closed.
Within the Castle Area:
  • Due to more accurate assessment and measurements, the total size of this fire is 38,100 hectares. The size within the Castle Area is stated as 221 hectares.
  • This fire is still classified as out of control.
  • A dozer guard is in place.
  • It remains 23 km from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 km from Beaver Mines.
Mandatory Evacuation remains in effect South of Oil Basin Road (Township 3-2) to Waterton Park boundary.

Limited Access to Evacuation Area:
  • Residents, and tenants, of the mandatory evacuation area will continue to be permitted to enter the area for a 2 hour time period to attend to livestock and related activities.
  • Residents, and tenants, are required to check in at the blockade andprovide their driver’s license to RCMP personnel.  At that time, a “Release of Liability Waiver Form” must be signed prior to entering the area.

Kenow Fire Update - Unified Command  Septmeber 17, 11:00 am:

Note: Updates will be provided only when there is a significant change in fire activity or closures.
The Kenow Fire remains active and is classified as out of control. Fire activity is predominantly on the fire perimeter and at localized hotspots within the perimeter where pockets of unburned fuels remain. The fire did not demonstrate any further growth over night and the fire is still estimated at approximately 36,000 hectares. We continue to work closely with provincial and local partners and emergency management organizations to contain this wildfire and protect key infrastructure and resources. 

Our current priorities are:
- Continuing protection of values and infrastructure;
- Working to establish containment of the fire in strategic locations;
- On-going assessment of impacted values and infrastructure;
- Restoration of key infrastructure to prepare for re-entry.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
We wish to remind the public that the Kenow Fire is still active in the area and within the park boundaries. The Evacuation Order remains in effect and the park is closed to all incoming traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized personnel. Even though the townsite is no longer under threat, risks due to the active fire nearby and ongoing fire operations remain. Parks Canada continues to work to complete the detailed assessment, which includes identifying additional risks within the park. Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls, and other hazards that remain throughout. Community members should not attempt to return to the area until advised by Parks Canada.

CASTLE BRANCH FIRE SUPRESSIOB
The area of fire within the Castle drainage continues to see minimal activity and remains at 500 hectares in size. Clear skies yesterday allowed for the use of aircraft for both assessment and suppression. Crews were deployed on the ground and were able to make good progress as well. Similar conditions are expected for today. The wildfire remains approximately 23 kilometres from Castle Mountain Resort and 30 kilometres from Beaver Mines. For more information, visit wildfire.alberta.ca or call 1-866-FYI-FIRE at 1-866-394-3473.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOUR
-The Kenow Fire has received only minor precipitation over the last few days.
· Increased temperatures, drier conditions and increased wind are forecasted for this weekend. Fire behaviour and activity has the potential to increase with these conditions.

WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED
- Waterton Lakes National Park will be closed until we can assure it is safe to reopen. A safety assessment and any required work will be completed before the park is reopened.
- Calgary Forest Protection Area south of Highway 532 is closed

Stay up-to-date through Waterton Lakes National Park’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. Additional information about wildfires in the national mountain parks is available at www.parkscanada.ca/fire.

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