Monday, January 14, 2019

Coaldale RCMP vehicle rammed by a stolen truck

RCMP Alberta update:

Throughout this day, thanks to overwhelming public tips from the earlier media release and information sharing from members of the Lethbridge Police Service, the identity of the suspect was learned. The white Dodge Ram 1500 truck was located abandoned this morning a short distance from the initial crime scene. A second truck, a black 1993 Chevrolet was reported stolen a short distance away from the abandoned white Dodge truck.

This afternoon at around 4:20 p.m. the stolen black 1993 Chevrolet truck was reported in the Tempest area east of Coaldale as a suspicious vehicle. Members from the Taber, Picture Butte and Coaldale RCMP Detachments along with a K-9 unit from the Lethbridge Police Service converged to the area. The driver and lone occupant, a 32 year old man from the Lethbridge area, was followed from the Tempest/Chin area to the east side of Stafford Lake. This is where he ditched the stolen truck and ran on foot across the sort of ice covered Stafford Lake to the west side. Once on the west side the suspect tried to enter a few vehicles before being lost in the residential area. A home owner alerted RCMP members out front of his residence stating his garage alarm was just activated. The man door was tried and noted barricaded from the inside.

RCMP members entered the garage using the garage door opener and searched the double car garage. The well hidden suspect was found trying to conceal himself above the garage door on a storage platform used to store light weight bulky items. The suspect was arrested without incident ending a long crime spree.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Words make the difference

Joyce Sasse -
Words, and how we use them, form the basis of our understanding. But what if we use inappropriate words?

A current example is apparent in how we speak about the moon. Many have called the side-of-the-moon that always faces away from the earth “the dark side”. But now a Chinese lunar spaceship has landed there and is sending brightly lit moonscape pictures back to earth. Might we now more aptly speak about “the-other-side-of-the-moon’? Does that change of wording make a difference to your understanding about the properties of the moon?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team seek public's assistance to locate wanted woman

Wanted: Sarah Jane Doumont

RCMP Alberta - The Southern Alberta Crime Reduction team is seeking the public's assistance to locate a wanted woman.  Sarah Jane Doumont (32) of Calgary, is wanted on 43 outstanding warrants out of Airdrie, Strathmore, Didsbury, Olds, Nanton, and Sundre RCMP detachment areas.

Shell in discussions to sell Foothills sour gas assets, including Waterton Complex

Shell Waterton (PC Voice file photo)
Shell Canada - Shell Canada is in exploratory discussions to sell its Foothills sour gas assets in central and southern Alberta, including the Waterton Complex and its gas fields. If there are no qualified buyers, Shell will continue to operate the site. There are no plans for closure.

“We have been proud to call these communities home for many, many years. The folks around here have taught us much about what it means to be a good neighbour,” said Rej Tetrault, General Manager, Foothills and Groundbirch, Shell Canada. “And, while this wasn’t an easy decision, I’m proud of the business we’ve built here and I expect potential buyers will also see the value we’ve created. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on safe operations.”

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing January 11 - 17:

2D only, Rated General
6:45 & 8:45 nightly
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00

in 2/3D, Rated PG Violence
7:00 & 9:00 nightly
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00
Please note: 2D performance on Wednesday and all matinees.

For further information or special booking for meetings, seminars and parties please text or call Edith at 403-827-0084
We accept debit cards.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tribute to volunteer church organists

Joyce Sasse -
Volunteer church organists are the unsung heroes of Sunday worship – expected to perform suitably whether there are 5 or 50 in the congregation. Expected to be there regardless the weather or whatever their family schedule might include. Expected to make meaningful sound – often with instruments handed down from generations.

They do their best to cope with hymns selected by clergy that are unfamiliar to the congregation.

They treasure their broken and tattered hymn books that don’t threaten to close halfway through verse 2. 

They slowly make necessary adjustments when sporting new bifocals and as fingers stiffen.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fatal apartment fire in Coaldale

RCMP Alberta - On January 4, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Coaldale RCMP members responded to a 911 complaint of a female in distress at a three storey apartment on 19th street and 23rd avenue in Coaldale. The nature of the 911 distress was not known at that time. Entry to a third floor apartment was attempted but a wall of thick smoke prevented immediate access. This was the first indication the apartment was engulfed with fire.

The Coaldale Fire Department was dispatched and made entry rescuing an elderly female occupant. Despite efforts the woman died from what is believed to be smoke inhalation related causes. The Calgary Medical Examiners Office has been notified. Coaldale RCMP and Coaldale Fire Department personnel will work together along with the Medical Examiners Office to determine the cause of the death and fire.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

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

RCMP Alberta - Crowsnest Pass and surrounding detachment areas are advising motorists that travel on Highway 22 and Highway 3 is not recommended for any large light vehicles or empty semi-tractor trailers due to extremely high winds. Police have responded to several collisions on Highway 22 as winds have reached 100+ km/h in some areas and are forecasted to continue throughout the day.

Wind warning in southwest Alberta

Government of Alberta - A wind and heavy snow warning is in place for southwest Alberta which is experiencing gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour. In addition, 10 to 20 centimetres of snow is expected in the mountain parks.

Commercial vehicles are having difficulty traveling along highways 22 and 3. RCMP have set up checkpoints at the intersection of highways 22 and 3 near Lundbreck and the intersection of Highways 2 and 533 near Nanton to advise larger, light commercial and recreation vehicles not to travel in the area.

All drivers should proceed with caution and should be prepared to stop if conditions become difficult. Motorists are strongly advised to carry an emergency road kit.

Strong winds are expected for the remainder of today and Friday.

Wind has the potential to create visibility issues.

Know before you go – check 511 Alberta for the latest real-time road conditions.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fort Macleod RCMP investigating multiple thefts

STOLEN 1998 black Dodge Ram with a flat deck

RCMP Alberta -
Between December 24 and December 27, 2018 multiple businesses in Fort Macleod were victim of break-and-enters and thefts. A business located on Hwy 785 near Hwy 2, had a red 1996 dually Ford service truck stolen on Christmas eve night. It had a red toolbox on the rear of the truck which makes it readily identifiable. Within the town limits, 3 businesses in the industrial area on 12 Street had multiple vehicles which were entered and damaged in an attempt to steal them. A second vehicle was successfully stolen from a business in the 500 block of 12 Street. It is also identifiable as it is a 1998 black Dodge Ram with a flat deck. In addition to the vehicles, batteries and tools were also stolen from the locations in town.

These thefts may have occurred over the same time period, and are believed to be the work of the same individual(s).

Anyone with information about this or any other crime can contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403-553-7200. 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 on how). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

RFP for Director of Regional Emergency Management


Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Director of Regional Emergency Management (RDEM) Service

The Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO) is seeking proposals from interested parties or individual(s) to provide DEM services for 2019. The position would be a 12 month contract position to act as the Regional DEM and during the contract period there will be an expectation for the successful individual to provide recommendations to the REMO to develop training for Municipal Staff from the Partner Municipalities as well plan and activate at least one practical exercise during the contract.

AUC notice: Application for Cowley Ridge Green Power Project


Sunday, December 30, 2018

We’ve made it!

Joyce Sasse - We North Americans have made it past another “longest night of the year”! How appropriate that the birth of the Holy Child should be celebrated in these days as a coming-of-Light time.

What ever it is that causes darkness in our lives, the opening statement of a Creed (of Faith) professed in 1968 brings comfort to many. It starts “We are not alone. We live in God’s world.”

The wording came in the midst of struggles about how the United Church of Canada could be “more inclusive” in its thinking and practises. The “New Creed” is a Statement of Faith which tries to affirm what God’s presence means in the lives of believers and communities of believers in contemporary times.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Man injured by roadside firework near High River

RCMP Alberta - High River RCMP are seeking the public's assistance after a suspected firework exploded damaging a vehicle just south of High River.

On Sunday December 23, 2018, at approximately 5:30 am High River RCMP were called to a grass fire and damaged vehicle on the off ramp from 498 Avenue exiting onto Highway 2 northbound. Upon arriving, High River RCMP members spoke with the driver of the damaged vehicle who reported seeing a small object burning on the shoulder of the off-ramp. The driver stopped to stomp out the small fire when it exploded next to his driver`s side door damaging the vehicle and starting two separate grass fires. The High River Fire Department was able to extinguish both fires an no one was injured.

Claresholm RCMP Christmas day investigation leads to stolen property, drugs, and outstanding warrant arrests

RCMP Alberta - On December 25, 2018, Claresholm RCMP were made aware of a stolen vehicle from Okotoks that was equipped with GPS tracking. It was located at a residence in Claresholm. RCMP members then tracked the suspects to a second location within Claresholm. A search warrant was conducted on a house in Claresholm, where drugs, stolen property, stolen identifications and weapons were located. 4 males and one female were arrested. A total of 45 new charges were laid, plus warrants for arrest on these individuals where they will be facing an additional 27 charges from other jurisdictions. 24 of these additional charges are against Michael Wayne Bolt, including being Unlawfully at Large.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Snodgrass Funeral Homes In Memoriam 2018

Amschler, Doreen - Aug. 20, 2018
Bad Eagle, Kathlynn - Mar. 8, 2018
Boudreau, Ernest “Jack” - Jan. 19, 2018
Crowshoe, Jessie - Sept. 19, 2018
Fuller, Lawrence - Dec. 30, 2017
Grant, Kathleen - Mar. 16, 2018
Henderson, Barb - Feb. 5, 2018
Hoffman, Bernard “Bunny” - Feb. 5, 2018
Hoof Sr., Reginald - Oct. 12, 2018
Houze, Ernest Dwayne - Oct. 20, 2018
Iron Shirt, Cheryl - June 30, 2018
Janke, Scott - Jan. 25, 2018
Kirkham, Carol Ann - Oct. 18, 2018
Knowlton, Allison - Mar. 26, 2018
Kostyniuk, Ily Irma - Oct. 21, 2018
LeBlanc, Claudette - April 22, 2018
Lehner, Leo Roy - Mar. 31, 2018
Little Mustache, Linda - June 7, 2018
McDonnell, Donald - Aug. 2, 2018
Munro, Gordon - Mar. 20, 2018
Murin, Claire - May 29, 2018
Murray, Don - May 16, 2018
North Peigan, Caroline - June 24, 2018
Oakes, Joyce - July 29, 2018
One Owl, Elroy - Aug. 17, 2018
One Owl/Crow Shoe Joshua - Sept. 2, 2018
Palfreyman, Mona - Nov. 4, 2018
Pollock, Marlene "Faye" - Feb. 15, 2018
Provost, Gerry - April 22, 2018
Rittinger, Robert - Jan. 18, 2018
Scott, Wesley Joseph - Nov. 15, 2018
Shouting, Shayla - Mar. 26, 2018
Skahl, Stanley - Dec. 15, 2017
Small Legs, Alfred - Dec. 6, 2017
Smith, Darrell “Kevin” - Aug. 12, 2018
Steele, Duke Sinew - July 15, 2018
Strikes With a Gun, Hilary - June 12, 2018
Toney, Roderick “Ted” - Oct. 12, 2018
Turcott, Garth - Jan. 11, 2018
Ursel, Robert - May 5, 2018
Walper, Keith Adam - Mar. 30, 2018
Weatherbee, Hunter - Nov. 19, 2017
Yellow Horn, Rebecca Ann - Sept. 26, 2018
Yellowhorn, Marlon - June 19, 2018

May we forever remember those who have passed and remain in our hearts always!

Joseph at the front of the stable

Mary & Joseph entering the stable of Bethlehem (Excerpt, Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)
Joyce Sasse - Men have sometimes been labeled as the “stagehands” of Christmas: following through on the orders of their wives, and financing the extravaganza.  But when Ann Weems, in her book Kneeling In Bethlehem, thinks of Joseph’s place in the stable, she envisions him being more central to the Christmas Story.  “Who put Joseph in the back of the stable?” she asks, to stand as “background for the magnificent light of the Madonna?”

Friday, December 21, 2018

Cardston RCMP charges Moses Lake woman with extortion

RCMP Alberta - On December 18, 2018 Cardston RCMP investigated alleged extortion and assault of an individual from Cardston.  Through the investigation it was learned that the individual had been assaulted over a period of three months and extorted out of approximately $8000.

Karla Renae Black Plume (35) of Moses Lake, Alta., has been charged with:
· Extortion
· Unlawful confinement
· Assault with a weapon
· Uttering threats
· Possession of a dangerous weapon

She has been released from custody and will be appearing in Cardston Provincial Court on Jan. 7, 2019.

Mental health and wellness resources for the holidays

Alberta Health Services - The holiday season can be a joyful time, but it can also bring challenges that lead to stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Alberta Health Services provides a wide range of mental health and wellness supports throughout the year, including over the holiday season. These supports include:

Addiction Services Helpline – This service provides help for problems with gambling, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The service is available 24/7 by calling 866-332-2322.

Addiction and mental health walk-in counselling services – This service provides information, prevention and treatment for alcohol, tobacco, drugs, mental health and gambling, as well as referrals to inpatient treatment services if needed. In Lethbridge, walk-in services are located at 103, 200 5 Ave. S. Call 403-381-5260 for more information. In Medicine Hat, walk-in services are located at 2, 346 3 St S.W. Call 403-529-3500 Ext. 1 for more information.

Canadian Mental Health Association Distress Line – This service provides support for individuals experiencing a crisis. The service is available 24/7 by calling 888-787-2880.

Family Violence Info Line – This service provides support and offers information about family violence programs, resources and services. The service is available 24/7 by calling

Health Link – This service provides health information and advice from registered nurses. You can reach Health Link 24/7 by calling 811.

Kids Help Phone – This service is free, anonymous and confidential and provides telephone and web counselling for youth in Canada. The service is available 24/7 by calling 800-668-6868.

Mental Health Helpline – This service provides crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services, and referrals to other agencies if needed. The service is available 24/7 by calling 877-303-2642.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cardston RCMP lay charges in home robbery investigation

RCMP Alberta - On December 17, 2018 at approximately 12:00 pm the Cardston RCMP responded to a robbery in Cardston, Alberta where an elderly female was threatened with a weapon, assaulted and robbed of her vehicle and wallet at her residence. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment and released soon after.

The victim's bank cards were then used multiple times and the police were able to positively identify the person responsible from surveillance video. Cardston RCMP and Blood Tribe Police Service were able to locate the stolen vehicle in Stand Off, AB and arrested the male responsible for the offence.

Riley Mistaken Chief, age 26, of Brockett, AB is currently charged with numerous offences and will make a court appearance on December 20, 2018 at Lethbridge Provincial Court.

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.

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