Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sage Creek Fire updates

Highway 507 between Beaver Mines and Castle Mountain (Aug. 10)

Sage Creek Fire Update
August 15, 2018; 1620 hrs

The Sage Creek fire remains in the Province of B.C. and has not entered Alberta. There was no fire area growth overnight and the fire remains estimated at 1936 hectares. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant, as wildfires are unpredictable and this situation could change with minimal notice. Environment Canada predicts a weather forecast for the next few days as hot, with slight windy conditions. Rain is expected on Sunday.

Resources on the Sage Creek fire include; 102 firefighters, 12 helicopters, 3 heavy equipment and 2 air tankers. The Sage Creek fire continues to burn in remote terrain. Crews are working to reinforce the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road as a guard on the north of the fire.

The Evacuation Alert is still in effect for residents of Castle Mountain Resort, the West Castle Valley, South Castle Valley and all areas South of Highway 774 from the end of the pavement.

A map of the area is available on our website here. The Town of Pincher Creek is NOT included in the evacuation alert.

Impaired charge for operator of boat on Oldman Reservoir

Pincher Creek RCMP - On August 11, 2018 at 8:30 pm Pincher Creek Emergency Services and RCMP received a 911 call from a boater on the Oldman Reservoir who reported his boat had quit and the people onboard were in peril. With limited information and thunderstorms storms moving in, Pincher Creek Fire, Cowley Fire, and the RCMP responded to the North Fork boat launch.

The boater and boat were located on the Crowsnest River arm of the reservoir, where they were sitting on a shallow muddy area. In the boat was a 36-year-old male from Crowsnest Pass, a 32-year-old female and a 7-year-old child.

The adults were found to be intoxicated, the male operator of the boat was arrested and subsequently charged for impaired care and control of a vessel, as well as liquor offences.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Livingstone Macleod Constituency Office

Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Aug 16 - 19


2018 Pro Rodeo Schedule 
25th Annual Pro Rodeo 

M.D. Employment Opportunity - Safety Coordinator


Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Employment Opportunity
Safety Coordinator

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) is accepting applications for a Safety Coordinator. The position is expected to start on September 30, 2018, however, considerations will be made upon the availability of the successful candidate.

This full time position is responsible to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the starting wage is $38.50 per hour. The successful candidate will have two years of post-secondary education and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in coordinating and administering a health and safety management system. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Children's Festival Friday, August 17

Southern Nights at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village


Thursday, August 16, Mounted Police Night
Friday, August 17, Bygone Railway Companies of Southern Alberta
Saturday, August 18, Southern Nights Live Music - James Van Leeuwen 

Thursday, August 23, The History WranglerRob Lennard
Friday, August 24, Comedy and Stories with Jim Green 
Saturday, August 25, “A Taste of Pincher Creek” & Country Classics Wild West Show

Operations Committee volunteer opportunity


Operations Committee
Current Vacancy – One (1) Resident from the Town of Pincher Creek.
Term – 4 years. Meetings Quarterly (once every 3 months) 8:30am

The committee objectives are to study and provide advice to the Town of Pincher Creek regarding matters related to Operational Services which could include:
  • Infrastructure (Water/Waste Water and Roads/Streets)
  • Equipment
  • Policy/Bylaws
  • Cemetery
  • Bylaw Enforcement/Compliance Issues/Safety Codes

Monday, August 13, 2018

Collar Tire Mechanical


103 12 Street, Fort Macleod, AB
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Sunday, August 12, 2018

New norm unsettling

Joyce Sasse
Joyce Sasse - We might not want to think about it, but we have to – think about the changing climate, that is!

It is only human to be fearful in the face of uncertainty. That’s why so many, for so long, have tried to deny what climate scientists have been telling us for years. Now, in this 2nd year of extreme drought across the Canadian prairies, and with excessive temperature highs everywhere around the globe, the time has come to seek out facts and develop strategies for how to move forward.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Voluntary water restriction now in effect for Town of Pincher Creek

Town of Pincher Creek, August 10, 2018 - Due to hot, dry conditions a voluntary water restriction is now in effect for the Town of Pincher Creek. We are asking residents and businesses to cautiously consume water and to be mindful of your watering choices.

To be proactive and good environmental stewards the Town has reduced the watering and irrigation schedule as of August 7. We are hoping the reduction in draw will have a positive effect and set the stage for the community watching their water consumption.

Evacuation Alert issued for parts of MD of Pincher Creek, Castle area

MD of Pincher Creek, August 10, 2018; 1300 hours - While the Sage Creek Forest Fire has NOT crossed the Alberta border, a proactive Evacuation Alert is being issued to residents in the following locations:
  • Castle Mountain Resort
  • West Castle Valley
  • South Castle Valley
  • All areas South of Highway 774 from the turnoff to Beaver Mines Lake to Castle Mountain Resort
Barricades will be placed along Highway 774 at the turnoff to Beaver Mines Lake Road. Residents of this area are strongly encouraged to have an evacuation plan in place, and be prepared to evacuate with an hours’ notice. Additional information on the evacuation process can be found on the MD website.

Residents choosing to evacuate at this time are requested to register with the MD by calling 1-855-627-5365, and leave a message, or email Please provide your contact name, the number in your party, your contact numbers and your legal land description.

Residents with livestock in the area should prepare to remove your animals. A document on preparing your livestock for evacuation is available on the MD website here.

Alberta Parks has issued an Area Closure for the following locations:
  • West Castle Valley to the east and south of Castle Mountain Resort
  • South Castle Valley, south of designated camping area number 3

For further information on this Area Closure, visit AB Parks website at

Residents are strongly encouraged to download the Alberta Emergency Alert app. Instructions can be found at this link. Please listen to the local radio station, Real Country, found at 92.7 fm and continue to visit the MD of Pincher Creek website at for further updates, including important links related to the Sage Creek Fire, and air quality information.

MD of Pincher Creek Emergency Information Line 1 855 627 5365

Agriculture Youth Council launches

Agriculture for Life - Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life), is seeking Alberta youth aged 16 to 21 to join its Agriculture Youth Council. The council will pilot Ag for Life programs and resources, provide valuable insight and ideas on types of programs and ag-related topics for youth and attend Ag for Life events.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fire restriction for part of southern Alberta

Government of Alberta - There is a fire restriction prohibiting open fires on private land, as well as backcountry and non-designated camping sites in parts of southern Alberta.  The fire restriction is in effect in the Calgary Forest Area, which extends south of Highway 32 along the mountains and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

RCMP Major Crimes South investigating death of 2-year-old

RCMP Alberta - RCMP Major Crimes are investigating the death of a two year old girl who was taken to hospital on August 2 with serious injuries. The Cardston RCMP were notified of this situation on August 3, 2018 and launched an investigation. On August 6, the young girl died in the hospital as a result of her injuries. On August 7 an autopsy was completed at the Calgary Medical Examiner’s office. The RCMP are working with several agencies as the investigation continues.

An update will be provided when available.

Precautionary air quality advisory issued for Alberta

AHS South Zone – Air quality is expected to be variable across Alberta over the coming days due to wildfire smoke.  Alberta Health Services (AHS) is issuing a precautionary air quality advisory for the entire province because of these fires.  Residents of and visitors to Alberta are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions.

Pincher Creek RCMP and Southern Alberta CRT seize stolen property / firearms and cocaine

Pincher Creek RCMP  – The Pincher Creek RCMP worked in conjunction with the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team (CRT) to target and investigate activities at a rural residence believed to be involved in drug trafficking, and harboring stolen property. The investigation was successful, arrests were made and charges laid.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Triple fatality on Hwy 22 near Priddis

RCMP Alberta – This morning at 3:10 a.m., Turner Valley RCMP responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 22 west of Priddis Valley Road.

As a result of the collision three adults are deceased, and one adult has been transported to a hospital via STARS Air Ambulance.

Two vehicles were travelling on Highway 22 in opposite directions and collided head-on.  The 26-year-old male driver and his 31-year-old female passenger in a car were both declared deceased on scene.  The 34-year-old male driver of an SUV was also declared deceased while the 27-year-old female passenger of the SUV was transported to a Calgary hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

Investigation into this collision continues by the RCMP Collision Analyst.  Resources from Okotoks and Cochrane RCMP provided assistance.

The RCMP have now re-opened the highway to travel.

Further information will not be made available.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Precautionary air quality advisory issued for Southwest Alberta

Alberta Health Services, Pincher Creek – Due to wildfires burning in British Columbia, air quality is expected to be variable across Pincher Creek and surrounding areas in Southwest Alberta over the coming days. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is issuing a precautionary air quality advisory for the area.

Residents of and visitors to this area are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions.

Although minor smoke conditions do not typically cause health concerns in healthy individuals, if smoke conditions become more severe, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

If you can taste and/or smell smoke in the air: 
  • Monitor your symptoms. 
  • Minimize physical activity outdoors. 
  • Remain indoors with windows, doors and air circulation fans/vents closed. 
  • If you drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fan on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air. 

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms in smoky air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. 

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 811, to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can and will vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality website at

Heritage Acres 2018 Annual Show to feature stationary engines

Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres Farm Museum's 31st Annual Show featuring stationary engines and how they worked in the early farming/ranching days will occur August 3 - 5. Heritage Acres is a continually developing 180 acre attraction located north of the Town of Pincher Creek which showcases the history of rural life in the area. Heritage Acres Executive Director Mark Barber explained "Before the stationary engine came, there was a lot of work that was done by hand. This revolutionized rural life, and transformed agriculture in the west." He expects there will be a dozen or more demonstrations of stationary engines during the show including the ice cream maker. "I think it will be very, very unique. It made a lot of chores much easier. It was a huge, huge advancement."

Cannabis discussed at Town Council

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a public hearing on the subject of retail cannabis prior to their regular meeting Monday on Monday evening, July 23. Oldman River Regional Services Commission Senior Planner Mike Burla was present and discussed the matter at some length. "We are just moving into a totally different attitude in society in respect of some of the stuff that used to be taboo." Burla said the framework for non-medical cannabis establishments is regulated at a federal level. Non-medical cannabis use in Alberta is regulated by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

A spiritual pillar remembered

Joyce Sasse

Joyce Sasse - 
I spent time this morning at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens meditating on the memories of my oldest mentor and friend. Yesterday, amid family and friends, we celebrated a life that reached back 97 years.

She was a positive, joyous, forward-thinking person whose presence electrified any gathering. Her motto was to celebrate even the tiniest moments of life.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fifth wheel trailer stolen in Pincher Creek, RCMP request public's assistance.

Stolen fifth wheel trailer
Pincher Creek RCMP - Pincher Creek RCMP requests the public's assistance in solving a theftBetween July 3, 2018, and July 17, 2018, a fifth wheel trailer was stolen from 1274 Bighorn Avenue, Pincher Creek .

Licence plate : 5BG474
VIN :4X4FCRM24FS213557.
Make : Forest River.
Model: Cedar.
Year : 2015.
Colour : White.

Anyone with information about this theft or information about the whereabouts of the stolen items is asked to contact:

Cst. Laurence HARVEY
Pincher Creek RCMP

Friday, July 27, 2018

Premier Notley honours deceased Alberta Firefighter Jerry Gadwa

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley -“Yesterday, an Alberta wildland firefighter, Mr. Jerry Gadwa, a resident of Kehewin, unexpectedly passed away while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ontario. As Albertans, we know all too well the sacrifices of our firefighters and first responders. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I want to offer our deepest condolences and support to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Gadwa.

“We are one country and we look out for one another. Mr. Gadwa and his fellow firefighters were in Ontario fighting to defend the well-being of their fellow Canadians. The sacrifice they and their families make is extraordinary and is felt heavily in hearts throughout Alberta and across Canada.

“Mr. Gadwa's brave and selfless actions will be remembered. To those who knew him beyond his career – his family, friends and loved ones – it is my hope that your memories of him give you comfort, and that the shared grief of a grateful province and country provides you with peace. You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.”

Communities In Bloom judges applaud volunteer commitment in Pincher Creek

Commnities In Bloom judges Bernadette Solon and Larry Hall
Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek was the fourth of six communities visited by Communities in Bloom International Challenge Medium Category Judges Larry Hall (from Canada) and Bernadette Solon (from Ireland). They visited July 15-17 and evaluated over 80% of the town and were supplied with information from town employees and service groups along the way. Five communities of similar size to ours and in the same categoryare in Canada, the USA, and Croatia.

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