Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Agricultural fire northwest of Cowley

Chris Davis - Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) was called to the scene of a fire on agricultural land northwest of Cowley near Range Road 2-0A/Township Road 8-0 this afternoon at approximately 2:30 pm.

Livingstone Cemetery tour hosted by KBPV Curator Farley Wuth

KBPV Curator Farley Wuth
Toni Lucas - Talking Tombstones was a graveyard tour of Livingstone Cemetery led by Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) Curator Farley Wuth on the evening of Monday, August 21. Over 300 people are interred at the Livingstone Cemetery. The tour highlighted the lives of 24 pioneers that helped shape the beginnings of Lundbreck and area. The tour moved from marker to marker under the cover of night. Standing beside the grave sites, volunteers gave a summary of the life of early settlers. Wuth tried to create a tour that had a wide ranging representation of early life in a then fledgling community.

Made-in-Alberta machine guns seized

Following an eight-month investigation, ALERT has seized four prohibited firearms – including two homemade MAC-11 submachine guns – that were allegedly manufactured at a machinist shop just west of Edmonton.  ALERT Edmonton’s Guns and Gangs unit concluded its investigation on August 17, 2017, with the arrest of two suspects. Edmonton Police Service and RCMP investigators helped search two Edmonton homes and a rural property in Parkland County, where it is believed the guns were being manufactured.  ALERT is still investigating how many MAC-11s were manufactured, but it is believed some of these weapons have found their way to the criminal market.

SGB Fitbodies Grand Opening August 23


SGB Fitbodies Grand Opening and Open House Wednesday, August 23
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Free classes
Information Sessions, Draws, Deals and Smoothie Samples

Specials and early bird registration for Fall classes and programs. Our classes have limited space and fill fast this is a great opportunity to beat the rush and reserve a spot.

Bob Westrop to be nominated for Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award

Bob Westrop
TLCD - At their August 22 regular meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 decided to nominate Bob Westrop for a 2017 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. Councillor Fred Schoening's motion was to nominate Westrop "for his years of volunteerism throughout the community." The nomination was in response to a letter from Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda soliciting nominations for "Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community are eligible to be nominated." Westrop is an ever-present force in the Pincher Creek community, acting as MC, auctioneer, and even preacher at many local events, including the annual Pincher Creek parade, the annual show at Heritage Acres, and Canada Day at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village. In 2012 Westrop was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The deadline for nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards is September 15, 2017.

Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult, and senior, are presented annually on International Volunteer Day, December 5, at Government House in Edmonton. Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community are eligible to be nominated. - Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Home invasion and assault with a weapon in Blackfalds

RCMP Alberta - On August 22, 2017 at approximately 12:33 pm, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a call to assist Emergency Services at a residence where a 47 year old male had been shot. Three male subjects in a dark blue Chevrolet Pickup truck had pulled in behind the residence, entering the garage, shoving a 35 year old female to the ground.  The subjects were wearing black bandanas covering a portion of their face.  The three males than entered the residence through the back confronting the 47 year old male.  An altercation occurred in which the 47 year old resident was shot.

Vandals destroy volunteer effort to restore Chipman Creek fish habitat

Before: Volunteers working to restore Chipman Creek fish habitat

After vandals destroyed the efforts of Chipman Creek fish habitat volunteers

  • If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010.
"Literally, the entire project was ruined.  Everything that we put in place was displaced, and discarded.  But we'll keep going. The objective now will be to replace what can be salvaged at that site, and then try to come up with ways to prevent it from occurring again."  - M.D. of Pincher Creek Environmental Services Technician Lindsey Davidson

Lindsey Davidson, BSc. Environmental Services Technician, M.D. of Pincher Creek - A collaborate effort to restore fish habitat in Chipman Creek (a tributary of Pincher Creek), was made on Saturday, August 19. Volunteers from multiple organizations including Trout Unlimited Canada, The Oldman Watershed Council, The Oldman River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Municipal District of Pincher Creek and local community members came together in a coordinated effort to restore and re-vegetate a decimated stream crossing.

2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Chris Davis - The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) came to town August 17-20 for the annual Pincher Creek Rodeo.  The event was very well attended, possibly setting a record, and the weather co-operated throughout as contestants vied for a spot in the Canadian Finals Rodeo, to be held  November 8-12.

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Pincher Creek cowgirls with sponsor flags

RCMP police service dogs work hard in the fight against fentanyl

RCMP Alberta -
Earlier today, Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, in collaboration with the National Police Dog Service Training Centre hosted a special RCMP police dog services demonstration in Innisfail, Alberta. The demonstration focused on police dogs trained to detect fentanyl.

Volunteers spruced up Pincher Creek ahead of rodeo weekend

Co-op's Stew Postlewaite and Co-op Volunteer Barb Sabo

Toni Lucas - Many around here know 'Old Paint' may be the nickname of a pinto horse, but new paint was visible all around the Agricultural grounds on August 16, Volunteer Lethbridge’s Project Paintbrush worked with members of Avail, Co-op and the Ag Society who collectively spruced the site up, getting it ready for the Pincher Creek Rodeo.

Music for Young Children classes start September 4


Music for Young Children
Piano, rhythm, movement, singing, games and more!
Group classes for kids age 4 - 7 years old 
Starts September 4 - 8
Contact Carrie Cooley to register:
Home: 403-627-5402
Cell: 403-632-7191

Grain truck loses encounter with a deer

Toni Lucas - At approximately 2:00 am Monday, August 21 a member of Livingstone Colony was driving a fully loaded grain truck on RR 15, a gravel road near the Cowley Glider Strip.  RCMP Cst. Wallace said the driver tried to avoid the deer, but as that area of the road has almost no shoulder and a very steep grade, once the wheels went past the road the driver lost control and ended up laying the vehicle on its side, dumping the grain.  The driver sustained on injuries.  The spilled grain has since been reclaimed.

Sarahah: Parents need to know about new "honesty" app

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants to make parents aware of a popular new anonymous feedback app called Sarahah, now one of the most popular downloads in the App Store.

What is the concern?

Initially created so that users could receive anonymous "constructive criticism" from friends and co-workers, Sarahah has quickly turned into a platform for cyberbullying and harassment.

What can parents do?

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection encourage parents to:
  • Talk to your teens about the harm anonymous message apps can cause and limiting their use of the app.
  • Ensure that teens who are using the app change the settings to remove them from the search function and only share their user names with people they know. To do this, tap on the person icon on the bottom right of the screen, select the gear icon (settings) at the top right, and under "Privacy" swipe left on "Appear in Search" and "Receive messages from non-registered users".
  • Review the app to ensure it is age appropriate – the App Store states that you must be at least 17 years of age to download Sarahah. has more online safety information for youth available here.

Province appeals AIT panel decision on breweries

Government of Alberta - President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Joe Ceci issued the following statement regarding the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) panel decision on the Alberta Small Brewers Development program:

“I am proud of the success of the Alberta Small Brewers Development (ASBD) program. Since the program started a year ago, 18 new breweries have opened their doors, created jobs and made great Alberta beer. In short, the program works and is doing what it intended.

Annora Brown lectured on the Buffalo Berry

Joyce Sasse - “No berry, except the Saskatoon, is mentioned more often in the journals of travelers in the west a few generations ago (the buffalo berry).” Annora Brown said when speaking to a Fort Macleod audience in 1939.

“The Indian name of the Bull-Berry, signifying Rabbit Berries, but the fruit was so commonly used as a garnish for the buffalo roasts and steaks of that day that the voyageurs were soon calling it Buffalo Grease or Bull Fat. From there it is a natural step to the common name of Buffalo Berry and Bull Berry, when the French-Canadian population began to be outnumbered by the English-speaking population.

Bike safety

Lisa Doyle

Lisa Doyle, AHS - As summer comes to an end and people are starting to arrive home from vacation, back to school becomes a major topic of discussion. With that in mind, it is important to talk to your children about bike safety as they may be riding to school. Bike safety is a significant issue as Statistics Canada has indicated in a report that from 1994 to 2012, on average, there were 74 cyclist deaths each year. There are, however, ways to prevent an injury or reduce the severity of an injury that may occur.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fire bans continue, hot and dry harvest season sparking fires

Fire bans in effect for most of southern Alberta

Area fire chiefs want to remind residents that a Fire Ban is in effect for most of southern Alberta, due to above normal temperatures, forecasted to continue, which continue to create the potential for fire starts and extreme fire behavior. The above normal temperatures are forecasted to continue. If you have a fire start or see a fire call 911 immediately.  Fire bans are in effect for the Town of Pincher Creek, the MD of Pincher Creek, and Piikani First Nation. All fires are banned and fire pit permits are suspended until further notice.

"If you see something that looks like smoke right now, we would rather go and investigate and find it is just dust, than find out it is too late and we have a wildfire." - Peigan Fire Chief Floyd Provost

Aftermath of fire at Piikani Nation (Peigan Fire photos)
Stubble fire at Piikani Nation

Peigan Fire responded to a stubble fire that was reported to 911 at 5:22 pm on August 18. Fort Macleod Fire provided mutual aid and assistance. The fire was burning south of the Peigan CPR Crossing in Band Farmland. Fire crews were on-scene until just after 12:30 am August 19. According to Peigan Fire Chief Floyd Provost a harvester was swathing a crop when a spark was created from contact with a rock, igniting straw stubble. The fire burned eastward approximately half a kilometre to the reserve boundary fenceline pushed by a westerly wind; and then crossed the municipal boundary and burned approximately two kilometers into the MD of Willow Creek before being contained by the creek bottom there. The fire burned a total length of approximately 2.5 km, and was approximately 1 km at the widest point. A large number of local farmers assisted in containing the fire. RCMP from Fort Macleod and Peigan assisted with traffic control and notification of a possible evacuation. Crop land, pasture land, a hay field, and fence lines were lost to the fire. Fire units were instructed to protect the power transmission line in the immediate area.

"With the tinder dry conditions right now, everybody should be aware right now, and be cautious about fires," said Provost. "Safety is paramount." He encouraged people to not wait before calling 911 with smoke sightings right now. "If you see something that looks like smoke right now, we would rather go and investigate and find it is just dust, than find out it is too late and we have a wildfire.

"With harvest in full swing, a lot of farmers are being extra cautious," added Provost, including having a water truck nearby when working in the fields, or having equipment ready to make a fire perimeter if anything does spark up.

Smoke from this fire could be seen far east of Fort Macleod.

Bale fire at Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony

Bale fire at PC Hutterite Colony
Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a bale fire at the Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony on Sunday, August 20 at approximately 11:30 am.  The colony is located two miles west of Pincher Creek, just north of Highway 507.  Approximately one acre was affected, and approximately 30 straw bales were consumed.  The fire was largely under control by the time PCES arrived due to quick action from colony members.  "The Colony had actually put a guard around it with a disc (harrower), when we arrived," said PCES Chief Dave Cox.  PCES and the members of the colony worked together, breaking open bales and extinguishing the fire.  Cox explained that sparks caused by machinery or metal striking rock can easily turn into a blaze in the dry conditions we currently are experiencing.

For more information about fire bans in Alberta visit

ICE arrests man on Blood Tribe First nation, suspected of Child Luring and Extortion

ALERT -  A joint investigation between ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit, Blood Tribe Police, and Lethbridge Police has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year old man for numerous criminal offences.  Skylar Pantherbone was arrested on August 17, 2017 following allegations he lured and sextorted an underage victim. He was arrested at a Blood Tribe First Nations home where a number of drugs and weapons were also seized.  Pantherbone is accused of hacking into a Lethbridge teen’s social media account and accessing private photos to sextort her. The victim disclosed these offences to a Lethbridge Police School Resource Officer in March 2017, which prompted ICE’s involvement in the investigation.

Fifth wheel travel trailer stolen in Fort Macleod

RCMP Alberta -
On Sunday August 20, 2017 Fort Macleod RCMP were made aware of a theft of a fifth-wheel travel trailer which occurred the previous night. Unknown suspects cut a lock to the yard at Scougall's RV Centre in Fort Macleod and stole a large travel trailer. The trailer is a light brown 2017 Elkridge model 35TSRL, 38 foot long fifth-wheel. Details of the vehicle which removed the trailer from the RV yard are unknown, however it is suspected to be a larger model pickup truck, it would need to have a fifth-wheel hitch, and from tire prints observed on the scene it appears to have aggressive off-road tires. A stock photo of the stolen trailer model is pictured above.

If you have information regarding this theft, please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at (403) 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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  • Activities and events

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  • Picacho State Recreation Area 25 miles
  • 3 large Casinos within 12 miles

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Mutton Busting at the 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Mutton Busters at the 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

C. Davis - Every year the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo hosts several events that are very important to the continuance and growth of rodeo in southern Alberta. Kids come from all over the province and parts unknown to try their hand at several exciting challenges in front of large and enthusiastic crowds. 25 pre-registered cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 3 and 6 participated in the always popular Mutton Busting event on Sunday afternoon August 21. Approximately 20 sheep were provided, and each bravely took a turn riding one, trying to hold on for 8. All of the kids were winners, and accordingly all were awarded prizes, a box of smarties and a commemorative baseball hat. Some have a one-time adventure. Some come back for more, having tried it before. Some try it for the first time and get hooked on rodeo.  I'm relatively new, this being the seventh Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo I've attended, but I have already seen little kids turn into young men and women who compete at an international level.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 Pincher Creek Parade

Toni Lucas - The 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Parade was held Saturday, August 19, and was hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce. The parade itself and many of the entries featured a Canada 150 theme, from floats, golf carts, and even children walking. Before the parade local Rotarians and members of both local councils served breakfast to around 400 people, and McDonald's provided free coffee.

A time to heal part 4

Chris Ney - The next stage of the work God has been carving off of the rough edges I have built up over the years, these walls which often appeared in the form of insecurities, anger, control, frustration, having to get my way, blame and deflection. What I am going to share this week has to do with blame and deflection. It is never easy to pen the words of struggle on this page, it takes a lot of effort and openness that I am not comfortable with or used to but for our forth week here we go, as I am sure I am not alone in this one either, my hopes are that what I have gone through will give anyone hope for their own journey that we all struggle and we all have messes to get cleaned up.

Opening ourselves to innovative opportunities

Joyce Sasse - Innovative contributions which recent immigrants can offer us are often left unrecognized by rural communities.  We hit roadblocks when we ask “What do we have to do for them?”, instead of asking “What do they have to offer us?”

Several years ago a Saskatchewan Mennonite congregation invited a group of immigrants, known to them through urban counterparts, to spend a day or two in their small community. It took focused effort to plan the particulars for visitors on shift-work, who required transportation as well as accommodation. But I recall hearing many accolades about the venture being memorable.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Truck, skid steer, and trailer stolen near Longview

RCMP Alberta - Sometime between 5:00 pm on Tuesday August 16 and 8:00 am Wednesday August 17, 2017, a white 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck along with a 24 ft tandem wheel trailer and a Case SR250 Yellow Skid Steer were stolen from the Diamond V Ranch located at 48th St and 576 Ave between High River and Longview.

The RCMP investigation has not identified any witnesses or suspects in this investigation. If you have information about this incident, please call the High River RCMP at 403-652-2357 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

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