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Friday, May 25, 2018

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

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing May 24-31:

3D, Rated PG Violence
Showtimes  6:45 & 9:00 nightly
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm
Matinees and Sundays in 2D only
*no free passes for Solo

Held Over
Rated 14A  NRFYC
7:00 & 9:10 nightly
Sunday matinee 2:00 pm

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 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

Government of Canada map
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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek donates $1,000 to Rough Runner event

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met for their regular meeting on MondayMay 14.Wildrose Rough Runner Race (WILDR Rough Runner) Director Alecia Williams requested the Town of Pincher Creek sponsor an 'Elk' level donation to the race of $1,000. During her presentation, she explained this is the fourth year of the race and it has grown each year. This year they project 200 participants, 70% of whom are expected to be non-residents in the local area. Williams said non-local people are projected to spend approximately $350 each while in the local area including the race itself, accommodations, food, and fuel.  For the first time, this year the event is being expanded to two days, June 1-2, with events held at Castle Mountain.

Coaldale RCMP responds to multiple fatality MVC

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2018 Coaldale RCMP and Coaldale Fire Department personnel responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 845 just south of Highway 4. Through investigation it was determined a grey Ford Freestar minivan heading northbound on Highway 845 drove off of the highway on a curve just before the CP Rail tracks. The minivan entered a deep ditch striking with significant impact on the north bank and coming to a rest on the rail tracks. The speed zone transitioned just south of the collision area from 100 km/p/h to 65 km/p/h.

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz at Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz performed at the Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering on May 12 at the Hoadley Hall, west of Ponoka.
Sheena Read photo

Child amputees: Don’t let it happen to you

Kennedy and Ernie warn kids to spot the danger before they play
Press release – Kennedy Rhodes, 15, and Ernie Friesen, 10, lost limbs in accidents and are members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. As the weather warms up, they are warning kids to spot the danger before they play in a new War Amps video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.

Kennedy was 13 when she lost her left leg in a train accident. She and her friends were playing by the railway tracks and decided to hop on a moving train. Kennedy fell off and her leg went under the wheels. Ernie was chasing a dog on the farm when he fell onto the blades of a moving grain auger and lost his left arm at the shoulder. They are now using their experiences to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to other children – PLAYSAFE!

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