Thursday, April 17, 2014

Heartbleed Bug hacker charged by RCMP

The RCMP’s National Division Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) has charged a 19 year old London, Ontario man in relation to the malicious breach of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.

Holy Spirit welcomes the Bow Island Ward

press release

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is pleased to announce that, at its April 16, 2014 Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved and ratified an agreement incorporating Bow Island Roman Catholic School District No. 82 into the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4. The Bow Island Ward is currently part of Medicine Hat Catholic School Division No. 20. The Board of Trustees will now seek Ministerial approval for the transfer to take effect for the 2014/2015 school year.

Policing in Alberta to April 17, 2014 (updated)

press releases

  • Missing Blackfalds teen
  • Missing Red Deer teen
  • Dangerous driver eludes Ponoka police, smashes stolen vehicle into house
  • Red Deer RCMP convenience store robbery suspect apprehended (updated)
  • Update: New pictures of Grande Prairie robberies suspect
  • Taxi driver assaulted in Red Deer
  • RCMP respond to potential threat at Hunting Hills High School
  • Single vehicle follover in Strathcona County
  • Commercial Break, Enter and Thefts in Coronation
  • Strathcona County drug trafficker arrested
  • Critical injuries for Calgary driver
  • Investigation into Calgary homicides continues
  • Two charged with Turner Valley thefts
  • Grande Prairie Armed Robbery suspect apprehended
  • Red Deer RCMP investigate vehicle vandalism spree in Inglewood

Missing Blackfalds teen

Missing: Rolland Richard
Blackfalds RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen. On Tuesday April 15, 2014, Rolland Richard, 15 years old, walked away from his school midafternoon. Rolland Richard did not tell anyone where he was going, but it is believed the possible destination may have been Red Deer City.

At the time, Rolland Richard was wearing the following:
  • Jeans
  • A blue hooded sweater
  • A black coat with the insignia “Bulldogs Hockey”
  • A yellow / blue baseball cap
Rolland Richard is described as 5’10”, 170 lbs, blond/brown hair with a beard / goatee starting to grow on his chin.

Anyone with information on Rolland Richards whereabouts are asked to call Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3333.

Missing Red Deer teen
Missing: Denise Deschamps

Stamps Camp and Spring Camp 2014 to be held early May (updated)

At last year's Stamps Camp
C. Davis photo
  • Stamps Camp May 2/3
  • Spring Football Camp Mondays and Wednesdays May 5-21

Author Tyler Trafford nominated for three provincial awards

Local/Calgary author Tyler Trafford's book "Almost A Great Escape: A Found Story" is a finalist in three provincial book awards categories, including:

AHS encourages Albertans to think about end-of-life care

New online tools are now available to help Albertans think and talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Conversations Matter, launched by Alberta Health Services (AHS) to coincide with National Advance Care Planning Day, provides information on advance care planning and an interactive online tool designed to help individuals determine their personal preferences in the event that they become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

Tech time with Dan - phone scams

Dan Stumborg, Pincher Creek Computers

Today is my first official Tech Time with Dan post, although last week I offered a bit of info about the heart bleed bug.

I want to share some information about phone scams.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vandals dump signs, lawnmowers, and garbage bins into the Pincher Creek

Town employees fishing signs out of the Pincher Creek
Janet Jones photos

Chris Davis

Vandals dumped a number of real estate signs, lawnmowers, and garbage bins into the Pincher Creek (the creek) at the bridge on Beaver Drive at the west end of the town of Pincher Creek on Tuesday night, April 15.

Atlantic salmon fillets on sale at Co-op


 Farmed Atlantic Salmon Fillets
$2.49 /100g
at Pincher Creek Co-op
Sale ends April 17

Policing in Alberta to April 16, 2014

  • Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing male youth FOUND
  • Man charged with five homicides in Calgary
  • Premier Hancock statement on Calgary homicides
  • Grand Prairie convenience store robbers sought
  • Grande Prairie RCMP investigating rash of armed robberies
  • Wood Buffalo RCMP officer charged with historic Sexual Assault of minor
  • Vandalism in Brooks
  • Break and Enter at Oxford Hotel in Brooks
  • Woman in RCMP custody passes away in hospital
  • Attempted pharmacy robbery in High River
  • Assault with a knife at pub in Lloydminster
  • Arson in Brooks
  • Red Deer RCMP charge male in multiple vehicle hit and runs
  • Charges laid in Spruce Grove armed robbery
  • Fort McMurray Tagger Tagged
  • LRPS Charge 3 with thefts from unlocked vehicles

Lethbridge Regional Police warn public about High Risk Offender Wesley Arcand

Wesley Alfred Arcand
In the interest of public safety, the Lethbridge Regional Police Service is issuing the following public warning in regard to the release of a high risk offender. Wesley Alfred Arcand, 37, was released from Grande Cache Institution after serving a two-year, four-month sentence for assault causing bodily harm, assault, trafficking in a controlled substance and failing to comply with conditions. Arcand has a history of violence and information contained in his file indicates he is a high risk to re-offend.

Where do we go from here?

The Duke of Url
Chris Davis, Comment

I am, by local standards, a relatively recent addition to the population of Pincher Creek, having moved to the area in 2006 after visiting here frequently for a couple of years prior to that.

I moved here for a number of reasons.  Toni and I would frequently make the drive to Cowley (exactly 200 km door-to-door) from Calgary for reasons that were personal and compelling.  During one of those trips, on our way back to a pretty condo in an ugly neighbourhood, I said to her (paraphrasing) "I know why we keep going to Cowley.  I'm not sure why we keep going back to Calgary."

Pincher Creek Town Council notes from April 14, 2014 meeting

  • Chinook Arch Library presentation
  • Coal mining: The Grassy Mountain Project
  • Committees created for housing, transportation and facilities
  • Town, Lions Club, Lethbridge Community Foundation chip in towards SASG facility upgrades
  • Pincher Planters request for funding granted
  • Mill rate increase projected
  • Surplus funding transferred to reserves
  • Year end audited financial statements approved
  • Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village antique car barn approved
  • Water looping project contract award
  • Report highlights

Pincher Creek Humane Society


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


Request for proposals for the operation of a Daycare at Canyon School


Livingstone Range School Division 
Request for Proposals For the Operation of a
Daycare at Canyon School

Canyon School in Pincher Creek, Alberta is accepting proposals for the operation of a daycare for 3 to 5 years olds in their K-6 elementary school.  Parties interested in operating the daycare are required to submit a letter which includes the following:
  • a proposal for the operation of a full time daycare within Canyon School for 3 to 5 year olds;
  • a philosophical statement regarding operating a daycare program;
  • previous experience in a child care setting;
  • relevant educational certification.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hawk rescued by TransAlta employees

TransAlta Plant Supervisor Hal Jorgensen with rescued hawk
Colin Wier photo
Toni Lucas

On April 9th TransAlta Plant Specialist Darrell Mason and Plant Supervisor Hal Jorgensen earned a feather in their caps by rescuing a Ferruginous Hawk found injured at a rural location between Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod. The bird was seen by a TransAlta contractor who contacted TransAlta Wind Control Centre.    Jorgensen contacted staff senior environmental specialist Mike Peckford and the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation, which is located in Coaldale. Following advice from the Birds of Prey Foundation, Mason and Jorgensen safely captured the bird and transported him 100 km to the centre.

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