Friday, October 24, 2014

Jay Ingram to bring prion presentation to Pincher Creek

Jay Ingram
Alberta Prion Research Institute

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with Lakeland College and Medicine Hat College to host free public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Lectures will be held in Lloydminster, Pincher Creek and Brooks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta.

World Polio Day - a personal perspective

Lois Smyth

World Polio Day – October 24.   For as little as 60¢ a day a child can be protected from this disease for life.  Thanks to Dr. Jonas Salk for his work in developing the Salk vaccine back in the 1950s.  And thanks to the Rotary Clubs for their continued efforts in eradicating this dreaded disease.

I was 10 years old when I spent six months in bed, most of the time unable to sit up or roll over. When I did get up, I quickly realized that my legs no longer worked and I could not stand on them.  For the next many months I crept on the floor like a baby.  I was 10 years old – learning how to walk.  My parents were firm believers in positive thinking and would not allow me to give up or feel sorry for myself.   With their encouragement, my own determination and the support of the wonderful people in our local service clubs, my future began to look brighter.

Policing in Alberta to October 24, 2014

Missing Lac La Biche teens
Missing Edson woman Natasha Klok
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
"Hold and Secure" at St. Albert schools
Innisfail gas station robbery possibly an inside job
Happy ending to search for missing hunter
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
Cross Iron Mills theft suspects sought
Two arrested for Red Deer residential break-in
B&E in Gibbons
Luggage incident at Edmonton Airport deemed harmless
Replica firearm seized and drug charges laid
Downward trend for Alberta traffic collision fatalities
Message from Her Majesty The Queen
Alberta flags lowered to honour fallen Canadian soldiers
RCMP Commissioner's update on Ottawa incidents

Missing Lac La Biche teens

Lac La Biche RCMP are requesting the public.s assistance in locating two youth who were reported as "running away" on October 19, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm.

After extensive checks Lac La Biche RCMP believe that the two youth are no longer in the Lac La Biche area. Police are asking that the public assist in locating 15 year old Mabel ROASTING and 13 year old Braden STRAWBERRY.

Missing: Mabel Roasting

Missing: Braden Strawberry

Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass looking for a Program Director



Healthy fundraising

Pat MacIntosh, Alberta Health Services

It’s that time of year again, when many schools, community groups and sports teams begin fundraising. However, unhealthy foods are often sold to raise money.  Healthy food choices help children to grow, play and learn. They also help people of all ages maintain a healthy body weight. Help support your organization’s goals to improve workplace wellness or adopt healthier eating policies and consider healthy fundraising this year! Here are just a few ideas.

Foothills 4-H Beef Club starts a new season


Foothills 4-H Beef Club welcomes new and old members to the start of a new 4-H year!

Re-organizational/General Meeting 
will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 pm at the Horseshoe Pavilion where the new members will finalize their projects for the upcoming year and hold elections for all positions.

Leader positions needed - General Leader, Assistant General Leader, Fed Steer Project Leader, Female Project Leader,  Sheep Project Leader, Communications Leader, Prize & Awards Leader, Record Book Leader and other positions available.

For further information, please contact Michel at 627-2511

High Country Western Wear


Recently relocated in the Pincher Creek Ranchland Mall 
Open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday

High Quality Western Wear and Accessories
Function and Fashion
For Men, Women and Children

Featuring: Roper, Cinch, Wrangler, Panhandle Slim, Bailey Hats, Stetson and Roper Boots and Montana Silver.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

South Country Trappers hold 2014 AGM and Banquet

SCTA President Brent Sinclair
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

"It is our Annual General meeting and Banquet that is for the South Country Trappers Association (SCTA), explained new SCTA President Brent Sinclair just before the banquet.  Over 100 people attended the banquet.  The AGM was held earlier in the day.  "It was started about three years ago, and is a community event to get people involved and more exposure out there about what trapping is all about," Sinclair continued.  We formed for wildlife management reasons, fur  management reasons, regulation changes that can be implemented through associations with the government, to put people in the management position aware of what land owners interests and trappers interests are down here."  Sinclair said he recognizes in a changing society there has to be education to the general public, and those that have an interest in pursuing trapping.   "We get kids involved," said Sinclair.  "We are trying to improve membership and get more young people involved with education of the industry itself."

Luke Legault
One of those kids is 15 year old Luke Legault.  He has heavily invested in traps and talked about how the SCTA helped pay for education, made sure he was aware of trapping legislation before he ever went out on his line.  He has caught over 65 muskrats in two days, the pelts selling at auction between $10 and $15 a pelt.  Although many young trappers have someone close to them that traps, Legault's mother said that this was something he pursued on his own after meeting a trapper and learning more about what was involved. 

Ben and Jessica Crane

The evening unfolded with dinner, live and silent auctions, and the headlining performer musician Ben Crane, along with his daughter Jessica adding fiddle and harmony and his wife Sharmon running the lights, slideshow and soundboard.  "I'm a picker, singer, songwriter, and western cartoonist," he explained.  He said it was a family friendly show, "Lots of clean, rural humour.  I'm not known to be serious for very long.  I love seeing joy on people's faces.  It's all about the audience."

Kelly and Jim Simpson

The Alberta Trappers Association Rendezvous is scheduled to be held in Pincher Creek in the summer of 2016.  "It usually takes a lot of years to be able to build up a membership, or have the facilities where a local is located that can accommodate that big of an event," said Sinclair.  "It is a big event.  It is basically like Cowboy Poetry, or larger."  It is difficult for a local chapter to stage this event, and that the South Country Trappers have managed to secure the event within three years of their inception is remarkable.

Alex Wight, Russell Graham, Sarha Unrau at the peg-pull table
The current membership contains roughly 60 members and the new board of the SCTA is President Brent Sinclair, Vice President Ken Hildebrand, Secretary Lisa Unrau, Treasurer Sarah Graham, and Directors Rod Graham, Bruce MacKintosh, Peter Pemberton and Mike Unrau. Past President Jim Simpson and his wife Kelly have stepped down from the board indicating that they believe the South Country Trappers Association is in good hands that will make it thrive. During the AGM the SCTA earmarked $5,000 to go to the Alberta Trappers Association and $1,000 to go to the Tanner Sinclair Memorial Fund. The first SCTA Member of the Year Award was presented to Mike Unrau. All in all, a very lively and successful evening.

Silent auction tables

Ben Crane and Jim Simpson

Mark Matheson shows an auction item

Live auction time,  Elizabeth demos a scarf

Barry Unger does a draw

Co-op Sale on from October 24 - 30


Co-op Sale on from October 24 through 30 unless otherwise marked
Pincher Creek Co-op has great savings in every department. 

2014 Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards Night

Toni Lucas
Sharon Roberts
T. Lucas photos, unless otherwise noted.
The Heritage Inn was the site of the 2014 Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence on Wednesday evening, October 22. It was the 19th annual edition of this event, which is organized by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce. Over 180 people attended the dinner, with more joining later on in the evening to watch the awards.

Congratulations to Gloria and Brent Barbero on their 26th Anniversary

Gloria and Brent Barbero

Happy 26th Anniversary to Gloria and Brent Barbero, and congratulations on winning the Family Farm Award at the 2014 Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.

Westwinds Girls volleyball - Dragons host Raiders, complete with retro party

Boys Dragons and Coach Tamara Parkin in retro garb
Lori-Jo Ettenhofer photo
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Westwinds JV and SV Dragons hosted their Nanton Raiders counterparts for volleyball on the evening of October 22 at the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium.  So if this this a story about girls volleyball, why are there boys in the top picture, you might ask.  On this evening, the boys of St. Michael's made an event out of supporting their female classmates by dressing up in retro Dragons gear dating back to the 1980s and 1990s, and helped raise flagging spirits (pun intended) during breaks in the action with various antics, including games of invisible badminton.  A pizza party also featured in the festivities.  In short, the boys stole the show.  I think the only suitable vengeance for the girls would be to do the same in return at a future boys game.

The best game of badminton you never saw

Canadian Cancer Society: Here to help

2014 Pincher Creek Relay for Life participants
C. Davis file photo
Michelle Sauvé, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division

Did you attend or support the Relay for Life in June? The committee sincerely thanks all those who contributed to the success of Pincher's 1st Relay for Life June 21, 2014.  An amazing $39,303 was raised through the kindness and generosity of our community.  To say we were in awe of this success is an understatement!

Response to panhandlers Complaint Letter

My name is Duane Filipuzzi and I have witnessed much worse than just panhandling. I recently have seen drug deals transpire, had encounters with extremely intoxicated individuals, two of which entered our office causing issues, and I've seen posts on Facebook of someone exposing himself and urinating on the 7-11 front window. Unfortunately all of these individuals where First Nations people, of which I sympathize with their situation.  However to the best of my knowledge loitering, being intoxicated in public, exposing yourself in public, urinating in public and selling drugs are all against the law, regardless of one's ethnic background.
These individuals frighten our children and make our main street feel unsafe, which is not acceptable under any circumstance.

- Duane Filipuzzi

Pincher Creek Humane Society


Jasper has been selected by the Pincher Creek Humane Society to be our Special pet of the week. 

Jasper has been selected by the Pincher Creek Humane Society to be our Special pet of the week.

Jasper is one of those kittens that you can’t help but fall in love with when you meet him. Everyone who comes to the shelter is drawn to his unique looks and gentle dispositition. He spends most of his days hanging out on the cat tree with his brothers Theodore and Bandit. Please stop by for a visit and help us give Jasper a loving home.

The Pincher Creek Humane Society has a wide range of animals waiting to be adopted. Whether you want a puppy or kitten or a more mature dog or cat there is someone for you.

For more information:

Animal Control: 403-627-3156

The total is in...

We cleared $30,000.00 towards our new building!

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

Government of Canada

Yesterday the Bank of Canada announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.

Inflation in Canada is close to the 2 per cent target. Core inflation rose more rapidly than was expected in the Bank’s July Monetary Policy Report (MPR), mainly reflecting unexpected sector-specific factors. Total CPI inflation is evolving broadly as expected, as the pickup in core inflation was largely offset by lower energy prices. Underlying inflationary pressures are muted, given the persistent slack in the economy and the continued effects of competition in the retail sector.

Policing in Alberta to October 23, 2014

Missing Bonnyville woman Jamie Alexis Gadwa
Missing 82 year old man FOUND
Young Calgary man still missing
Former Cargill employee fined for tampering with wastewater samples
Red Deer B&E crook sought
Arrest made in Fort Chipeweyan restaurant fire
Grande Prairie RCMP investigating gun shot report
Charges laid in Fort McMurray pedestrian collision
Suspects in Red Deer vandalisms still sought
Chief of Defence Staff statement regarding Ottawa attacks
Minister of National Defence statement regarding attacks in Ottawa
Statement from Premier Jim Prentice on the situation in Ottawa
Alberta RCMP statement about Ottawa attacks
Governor General of Canada statement following Ottawa tragedy
Compilation of October 22 Ottawa RCMP statements
Statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Ottawa attacks

Missing Bonnyville woman Jamie Alexis Gadwa

Cold Lake RCMP

The Bonnyville and Cold Lake RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 29 year old woman.
Missing: Jamie Alexis Gadwa

Private Day Home opening


Angels Within Us 5th Annual Dinner and Dance Nov. 22


Angels Within Us 5th Annual Fundraiser 

Saturday, November 22 

at the Pincher Creek Community Hall.

Featuring the Music of the Chevelles, Dinner, Dancing 
Prizes and Auctions 

Halloween 2014 events in Pincher Creek and area (updated)

Halloween display at Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library

Halloween Masquerade Sobriety Dance
October 24, 2014, Piikani Nation Community Hall

Adults $5
12 and under $2
2 and under free

It's time to dance with Peter Gunn and Co., MC Kiitokii, Drum groups welcome with prize payout for dance categories.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, lunch provided.

Sponsored by the Piitaapoyi Group.  For more information please contact Marlon @ 403-432-0711, Peter @ 403-965-2241/403-627-9883, or Doug @ 403-632-9008.

Lundbreck indoor Halloween Party/Family Supper
October 31 5:30-7:30
Pot Luck, Free event

Lundbreck Citizens Council is excited to be having an Indoor Halloween Party/Family Supper this year. The Community Hall will have a few games, activities, music, decorations, pot luck supper and candy to take home. Come party with friends in your costume and stay warm this Halloween while still getting CANDY.         

Volunteers please contact Kristen McIntyre at

If any Community Members would like to donate to the event with candy or other items please leave them at Obie's.

Scare Hunger with Matthew Halton School Inspiring Change Club

Matthew Halton School's Inspiring Change Club will be going door to door on Halloween night collecting non perishable food items for the Pincher Creek Food Bank. According to club member Caelan Taylor "The amount of houses we visit will depend on the amount of students interested in participating."

"We Scare Hunger" is an international campaign by Free The Children.  From their website: "36% of those helped by food banks are children.  Hunger affects people from all walks of life. They are your neighbours, the people you pass on the street or even friends. Most people never expect to have to go to a food bank. But when faced with unemployment, poverty or family crisis, many find themselves having to turn to their community food bank to feed their family. Some people need support over longer periods, but most require help only occasionally or for a short period of time. A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry. It’s time to be heroes and stop hunger in its tracks."

Update: Since we can't visit everyone, we will also have a food drop off bin set up in the foyer of the Ranchland mall. The drop off bin will be there from Monday October 27th to Saturday November 1st. This will give everyone the opportunity to donate food to the cause. Thanks to Co-op for giving us the space and lending us a drop off bin for the week. - Caelan Taylor

Halloween Howl at Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library
October 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library will be holding their third annual Halloween Howl on October 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  This will be a free natural history themed event to feature Cathy the snake, John "Spiderman" Hancock, a Skull Match game with real animal skulls, "Hunt Like A Bat", face painting, candy, and more.  The event is a non-supernatural option for children, who are invited but not expected to wear costumes, and it's free for all ages but targeted towards the younger end of the age spectrum.  Approximately 70 people attended last year.

Pincher Creek Co-op annual Haunted House
Sunday October 26, 1 - 4 pm
Tuesday October 28, 5 - 8 pm
Thursday October 30, 5 - 8 pm
Free admission, at the Ranchland Mall. 

Face your fears and bring your courage!

A Family Friendly Halloween
3:00 - 7:00 Friday October 31 at Monster Fitness
Snacks, games, best dressed contest, trick or treating.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Midnight Showing on Friday October 31
Advance tickets available at the Fox Theatre

Do you have a community Halloween event you'd like to share with our readers?  Contact us at 403-904-2666 or email

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vista Village holds annual Bazaar and Tea

Lorraine Bruder, Betty Whipple, and Holly Ouellette
Toni Lucas

Vista Village held their Annual Tea and Bazaar during the afternoon of Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  The dining areas were packed to overflowing.  People enjoyed tea with sandwiches and squares, and shopped at the Bazaar down the hallway that was lined with jams, jellies, preserves, baking, handicrafts, Christmas decorations and other assorted items that had been donated to the sale.

Charges laid in fatal September motor vehicle collision east of Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek RCMP

On September 6, 2014 Pincher Creek RCMP attended a fatal single vehicle rollover on highway 507 five kilometres east of Pincher Creek. A single vehicle was westbound on 507 when it left the road and rolled through the road ditch and came to rest in the south field.

49 yr old Shelly Lee DUNBAR was found deceased on scene after being ejected from the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Joseph Jean-Rene RICHARD, 40 yrs old, has been charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death, Refusing to provide blood upon Demand, Dangerous Driving Causing Death.

Neither occupant is believed to have been wearing a seatbelt.

Joseph Jean-Rene RICHARD was released to appear on November 18, 2014 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

Related story: Fatal rollover east of Pincher Creek

Junior Girls Volleyball - Sabres, Cobras, Dragons, and Hawks

Dragons vs Hawks

Sabres vs Cobras

Multi-generational genetic effects from transmission lines?

Dear Editor;

AltaLink information sessions:   Lundbreck Hall 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm October 22, 2014 or Heritage Inn Pincher Creek October  22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

This is an update to a letter that I presented to the MD of Pincher Creek and submitted to them some years ago.  It dealt with the issue of electrical generation and the effects on the local population.

The letter pre-dated all the new wind generators installed after the old original ones on Cowley Ridge had been in place for some years.

There are economic and conservation benefits that I support, but "From a distance".

Matthew Halton School to present A Midsummer Night's Dream Thurs. Oct 23

Rehearsing for the Fairy Dream scene
Kevin Sheen photos
Toni Lucas

In conjunction with Matthew Halton Experiential Learning week, 28 students signed up to work with Theatre Prospero to put on a performance of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. They will present the play on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 pm in the Bandroom of Matthew Halton School.

Arianna Prairie Chicken
"It has been a really incredible experience," said teacher Renee VanLoon. So far, working with them has been fantastic. They really got the kids going." The performance is free to attend, but seating is limited.

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