Sunday, December 16, 2018

Turner Valley RCMP seek to ID B&E suspects


RCMP Alberta - On December 10, 2018 at approximately 7:17 am, Turner Valley RCMP received a call from a resident on 252 Street W in Priddis, AB. The homeowner had been woken up by their dog who was acting up. A black car was observed, unattended, left running in the driveway. Another vehicle drove down the laneway from the outbuildings shortly after. A female driver, who identified herself as "Haley", claimed that she and her boyfriend were out looking for their dog. The homeowner located two males inside the barn, going through items in a room. When confronted, one of the males advised that they were leaving and they all departed without incident.

The prelude to Christmas

The Virgin Mary and Elizabeth palpate each other's pregnant bellies on a hill. Engraving by C. Lasinio after Metalli after A. Dürer, Wikimedia Commons
Joyce Sasse - The prelude to Christmas starts with Mary, a young unmarried peasant girl, finding herself pregnant and scared.  Luke, the Gospel writer, gives background to the time leading up to the event that, to this day, celebrates Christ’s birth. (Luke 1:39 – 56) . Mary’s pregnancy was supposed to be a blessed event, he tells us, but she felt confused and alone. In her despair she remembered Elizabeth, an older relative known for her wisdom, and went to seek advice from her.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The precious gift of stories shared

Joyce Sasse - A book of stories beautifully written by and about the Hutterite people, was a precious gift I received this Advent Season. As I read it, I am reminded how important story-telling is in helping us build peaceful relationships.

In “Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen” Mary-Ann Kirkby tells about the traditions, rituals, food culture and lives shared in a number of colonies across Western Canada. We can almost hear the laughter and singing as the women cook and clean, plant their gardens and slaughter their poultry. Many is the time the author is reminded of her own colony roots – from before her family left their colony when she was aged-ten, and from the traditions carried on by her parents during her growing-up years.

2018 Pincher Creek Winter Lights and Decorating Challenge winners

Winners and runners-up in the annual Winter Lights and Decorating Challenge (Kathleen Hancock photos)
The Town of Pincher Creek held its annual Winter Lights and Decorating Challenge social on December 12 at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.  An awards ceremony was held, with the top Residential prize going to Gary and Wendy McAllister of Wilderness Crescent.  Dexter Oilfield had the top Business display.  An online map of some great lights locations around town has been created, click here for that.  A list of the winners and best streets to visit is below.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Collective agreement reached with AUPE Auxiliary Nursing

Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services (AHS) has ratified a three-year collective agreement with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Auxiliary Nursing.

The three-year retroactive agreement expires on March 31, 2020, and sets out terms and conditions for the diverse group of employees, which includes licensed practical nurses and health care aides who provide care in AHS hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that recognizes the important role these employees play in the delivery of patient- and family-centred care at AHS,” says Todd Gilchrist, Vice President, People, Legal & Privacy.

The agreement includes a salary freeze for two years with a requirement to negotiate wages in the third year.

Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups (single serve) recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

December 14, 2018 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an updated national Food Recall Warning for Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups (single serve), due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill seasonal hours

Holiday Greetings
From the Management & Staff at
The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association

2018-2019 Holiday Season Schedule

Regular business hours with the following exceptions:
Closed at 1:30 pm December 24 and 31
Closed December 25, 26, and January 1

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Alberta RCMP investigating email threats sent to multiple businesses

RCMP Alberta - The Alberta RCMP is aware and investigating email bomb threats that were sent to multiple businesses in communities throughout Alberta. The email threats are demanding Bitcoin payment.  

If you have been the recipient of one of these email threats, please do not respond to the Bitcoin demand.

The RCMP is determining the origin and validity of the threats.

Investigations are ongoing.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP and surrounding detachments deal with high winds and multiple collisions

RCMP Alberta - Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm, Fort Mcleod, and Nanton RCMP detachments are advising motorists that travel on Highway 2 and Highway 22 is not recommended for any large light vehicles - RVs / empty tractor trailers due to extreme winds. Police have responded to numerous large vehicles that have blown over. Crowsnest Pass and Nanton detachments are currently dealing with a semi blocking Highway 22 and have closed the road until the semi is cleared. Crowsnest Pass and Nanton RCMP detachments advise Highway 22 is now cleared of the semi collision.

Due to high winds on Highway 2 and Highway 22, travel is still not recommended for any large light vehicles, such as RVs and empty tractor trailers.

Police are still in the area dealing with numerous collisions. Please use caution and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing December 14 to 20:

2/3D, Rated PG Violence 
7:00 & 9:10  nightly
Sat & Sun matinee at 2:00 in 2D 
Wednesday showing in 2D, Free popcorn - bring your own bowl night

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE contains a brief sequence
which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive

epilepsy or other photo sensitivities. 

2D only
7:10 & 9:00 nightly
Sat & Sun matinee at 2:00 

For further information please text or call Edith at 403-827-0084 

Fox Theatre Staff would like to thank our patrons for their support and wish you all a Happy Holliday Season. 
We accept debit cards.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Mandatory Alcohol Screening begins December 18 on Alberta's roads

RCMP Alberta - Today, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services discussed the impact of the upcoming legislation of part two of Bill C-46 on police delivery, which will put Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) into force on Dec. 18, 2018.

On December 1, the RCMP participated in National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, a Canada-wide initiative that brings together RCMP officers and Alberta Sheriffs on patrol to remove impaired drivers from the road. A total of 11, 895 vehicles were checked. On this day alone, Alberta RCMP laid 23 charges for impaired operation by alcohol and two charges for impaired operation by drug. We can't allow these numbers to continue to grow, or exist.

Next week, the alcohol-impaired driving reforms will give police additional authority to detect and remove all instances of impaired driving.

Wanted: Stuart McLean

High River RCMP - High River RCMP are seeking the public's assistance to locate a 30-year-old male wanted on outstanding charges.

On Friday November 30th, 2018 Cole Stuart McLean was released from prison and was bound by a Probation Order with a number of conditions. McLean failed to comply with his conditions and is currently wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of failure to comply with a Probation Order.

McLean's whereabouts are currently unknown and he is known to travel throughout southern Alberta.

Police are encouraging any members of the public who have information on this or any other crime to contact the High River R.C.M.P. detachment at 403-652-2357. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers and if your information leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property and/or the seizure of illicit drugs you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Alone in the Clamour

Joyce Sasse - My friend, normally a faithful chorister and church attender, absolutely hated attending the Christmas Eve Candle Light Service. Her complaint? In her city congregation the tradition was for individuals to walk to the front in family clusters to light their candles. It meant she had to walk down the central aisle of the church alone. This careless oversight caused pain.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Roger Reid wins United Conservative nomination in Livingstone-Macleod

United Conservative Party - Leader Jason Kenney has issued a statement following the nomination of Roger Reid as the party’s candidate in Livingstone-Macleod for the 2019 provincial election:

“Over two days of voting, more than 880 United Conservative members in Livingstone-Macleod cast ballots for their preferred candidate for the next election from amongst three great contestants.  I would like to congratulate Roger Reid on winning this highly competitive race.

Friday, December 7, 2018

State of the Voice December 2018

Chris Davis, Publisher, Pincher Creek Voice - We established the Pincher Creek Voice more than 8 years ago with a simple mission statement: "All the news fits".  We sought to leverage the power of modern technology, including the internet and social media, in a way that ideally allowed this community to see itself in a clearer way.  We sought to elevate its citizens.  We sought, as much as possible, to observe the story rather than be part of it.

Arrests made during execution of search warrant at Moses Lake residence

Blood Tribe Police Service - On November 28, 2018, members of the Blood Tribe Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the Moses Lake community of the Blood Indian Reserve.  Police have arrested and charged Dakota Laderoute of Edmonton & Leanne Ternes of Cardston, with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine & Methamphetamine, Possession of Proceeds of Crime & Trespassing as per the Kainai Trespass Act.

Police seized 21 grams of Crack Cocaine, 3 grams of Methamphetamine, cell phones & $830 in Canadian currency.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blood Tribe man charged with Sexual Interference and Assault

Blood Tribe Police Service - The Blood Tribe Police Service have arrested and charged 54 year old Ronnie Standing Alone, with one count of Sexual Interference and one count of Assault. Standing Alone is a bus driver with the Blood Tribe Bus Co-Op.  Standing Alone has been released with several conditions and will appear in Cardston Provincial Court on December 10, 2018.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sweet Kale recalled nationally due to Listeria monocytogenes

Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Industry is recalling Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Kale from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Alberta RCMP recover large quantity of explosives. Remember, don’t touch!

RCMP Alberta - Explosives and detonators that are not disposed of properly are extremely dangerous and surprisingly common on Alberta properties. Historic rules gave Alberta farmers easy access to dynamite and as a result there is a large quantity of explosives that remain forgotten on properties.

From November 2017 to October 2018 the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) recovered a substantial amount of commercial explosives:

· 25 kilograms of Geogel

· 205 sticks of dynamite

· eight slurry explosives

· 233 detonators

· 2½ rolls (approximately 750 metres long) of detonator cord

· one bag of cordite (from Second World War)

“Please remember that no matter how old an explosive is, it is still extremely dangerous,” says Cpl. Paul Zanon. “We want Albertans to be safe and the safest thing to do is to call us.”

Anyone who finds explosives or detonators should contact their local police immediately. Citizens are reminded not to move or touch explosives and providing a picture and an approximate age is helpful. RCMP EDU is trained to safely dispose of explosives and detonators and there is no cost to the public for this service.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP investigate armed robbery

RCMP Alberta - On December 4, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am., Crowsnest Pass RCMP received a call of an armed robbery at the Blairmore, Shell Gas Station/Circle K Convenience Store. A man walked into the business and pointed under his clothing, what a witness believed to be a firearm. The man left the business with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. The suspect was subsequently located by officers from the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass Detachments and was arrested without incident.

The male was wanted in connection with offences committed in Lethbridge earlier that day. The accused is being held in custody pending a bail hearing. He faces charges of robbery, theft and breach of his release conditions.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek to commence Deer Aversion Program

Town of Pincher Creek - At the November 7 Pincher Creek Town Council meeting a motion was passed to allow for a deer-control program to be implemented in the Town of Pincher Creek. The permit for this program has now been approved, and the program will be commencing Wednesday December 5.

A permit from Alberta Environment and Parks has been issued to aversively condition mule deer within the Town of Pincher Creek using scent and auditory deterrents, paintballs and a leashed and controlled canine. Mule deer will not be handled or captured during this process.

Friday, November 30, 2018

New health and safety rules in force on Alberta farms and ranches

Government of Alberta - Farm and ranch workers now have similar health and safety requirements as workers in other industries and other provinces.

On December 1, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code will apply to farms and ranches that employ waged, non-family workers. The code contains technical health and safety rules and now includes new rules specifically for farms and ranches.

Tragedy as mobile home is damaged in Spruce Villa fire

Chris Davis - At approximately 3:00 pm yesterday, November 29, 2018, Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a dwelling fire at the Spruce Villa mobile home park, located on the northeast hill of the town.  According to PCES Chief David Cox, the fire was managed (contained) within 15 minutes, and remained contained within the structure.  No other structures were damaged.

Chief Cox said the fire did not appear to be suspicious in nature, and that insurance inspectors would likely ultimately determine its cause and financial implications.

Unfortunately, according to Chief Cox, a dog was probably killed in the fire.  Cats may have survived it.

In addition to a fire engine from the Pincher Creek station, Chief Cox also enlisted the assistance of the Beaver Mines and Lundbreck stations, in case it turned out to be more difficult to contain than it was.

Nanton RCMP recovered stolen property after pursuit with police

RCMP Alberta - On November 28, 2018 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Nanton and High River RCMP were conducting rural patrols in the area of Township Road 164 and Range Road 290, when they located a truck and cargo trailer that had been stolen from Chestermere earlier in the morning.

Police approached the truck and observed the driver flee and jumped into a waiting silver car. Police attempted to stop the car but it fled the area. RCMP members from Nanton, Claresholm, High River, and Turner Valley detachments assisted in locating and safely brought the fleeing vehicle to a stop just south of Black Diamond, Alta., close to Highway 22.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fort MacLeod RCMP member charged with assault after investigation

RCMP Alberta - A Fort MacLeod, Alberta RCMP member has been charged with assault following a police investigation.

On April 13, 2018, Cst. Troy Heystek responded to a 911 call made from a home in Granum, Alta. After confirming the welfare of the resident of that home, Cst. Heystek and the resident entered into a verbal exchange that escalated and became physical. It is alleged that Cst. Heystek pushed and punched the resident.

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