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Monday, May 30, 2016

Livingstone School Drama Club presentations filled with actions and distractions

Livingstone School thespians

Toni Lucas - Livingstone School Drama Club put on their productions of 'The Internet is a Distract-Oh Look! A Kitten!' and 'Action News: Now with 10% More Action' on Thursday May 26 and Friday May 27. Directors Mary Krizan and Sharon Halibert were very pleased with the performances of the students, who have been working on these two productions since February.

Pincher Creek's 2016 Recycling Roundup to be held June 18


Your unwanted computers, TVs and old paint aren’t doing any good hanging around, but they will if you recycle them.

Bring your old computers, TVs, and paint to:
     Ranchland Mall Parking Lot
     Saturday, June 18th, 2016
     9am to 3pm

Visit www.albertarecycling.ca or call 1.888.999.8762 for more information on electronics and paint recycling in your area.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for May 24-29, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of May 24 - 29, 2016  . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 54
Uttering Threats - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft under $5000 - 1
Impaired Driving - 2
Drugs - 2
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 10
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 4
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 3
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 4
Prisoners held – 4

Nelz Vance ranked third in Alberta for Jr. High Rodeo Chute Dogging, Finals in Tennessee next

Nelz Vance (file photo)

Congratulations to Nelz Vance of Pincher Creek, who is ranked third in Alberta for Junior High Rodeo Chute Dogging. Nelz will be competing at the upcoming National Jr. High Rodeo Finals in Lebanon, Tennessee, to be held June 19 - 27.

Rocky Mountain Swine and Chinook Multi 4-H clubs show and sale to be held June 6


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Receptionist required at Creekside Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Clinic


Wanted: Part time receptionist required two to three days per week at Creekside Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Clinic.

New On-Reserve Student Registration for LRSD schools


Any On-Reserve Student who is currently not attending a school in Livingstone Range School Division, but would like to attend one in 2016-2017, must register in a school in the division by 1:15 pm, Tuesday, May 31. The early registration allows schools to staff and plan effectively for the new school year.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Chinook 4-H Multi-Club update

Nerf warriors: Chinook 4-H Multi-Club
Kelly Nelson photo

Justin Nelson, Chinook 4-H Multi-Club - We had a District fun day on May 13th.  It was a Nerf war at Canyon School. We set up tumble pads for cover and we played free-for-all, capture the flag and team death-match in the dark with strobe lights.  On May 14th we did highway cleanup.  It was cold, wet, but fun.  Some people even found cell phones after we went to Luigis for pop and pizza while having a meeting.

Registration closes Monday for Southern Alberta Summer Games

Pincher Creek SASG Coordinator Kiera Greenly

Josh Davis - The 47th annual Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG) are taking place in Lethbridge from July 6 – 9. Athletes of all ages and skill levels will have the chance to compete in any of 21 different events, including running, basketball, soccer, archery, equestrian, handguns, cycling, golf, photography, and cribbage among others. Registration cost $20, and includes entry in up to three events. Team Pincher Creek T-Shirts, designed by Pincher Creek SASG Coordinator Kiera Greenly, can be purchased for an additional $15. To register, visit the Pincher Creek recreation office, which is adjacent to the pool, by close of business day Monday May 30.

All victims suffer

Joyce Sasse - For those who take notice, it is apparent that there is a great deal of suffering within Aboriginal communities. If you pay closer attention you may notice it goes back a long way.

Justice Murray Sinclair, speaking about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, points to beginnings that reach back seven generations. That’s when it became the policy of our Government to “tell Aboriginal children their lives were not as good as the non-Aboriginals of the country. Their languages and cultures were irrelevant … their people and their ancestors were heathens and pagans … uncivilized … they needed to give up that way of life and come to a different way of living.”

Cultural genocide such as this leaves a terrible swath of destruction and degradation. The suffering is almost unbearable.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Heritage Acres update

  • Chuckwagon Supper to return to Heritage Acres in 2017
  • Tool donations needed after winter B&E
Gaytha Heighes for Ken Lewis, President - Most of the residents of the area remember that the famed and exciting Chuckwagon Supper was hosted by Heritage Acres for 13 years. It was a very special attraction for Heritage Acres, lots of fun, even in the rain, and it was a good fund-raiser too. Two years ago it went to the Agricultural Society, to our disappointment.

MD of Pincher Creek to donate $5000 to Fort McMurray wildfire relief

Josh Davis - During their Tuesday May 24 meeting.Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 decided to donate $5000 to Alberta Fire Appeal to assist with the efforts in Fort McMurray  “Mr. Reeve the administration has checked into donations going to the Fort (McMurray) disaster through Red Cross, and it’s our understanding that both the province and the Federal Government will match any donations,” said CAO Wendy Kay. “They consider us an individual donation. It’s any organization or person, they will match it.” The donation was prompted by an email to the MD from Acting Mayor of Vancouver Raymond Louie dated May 5, which was tabled for further discussion during Council’s May 10 meeting.

Tales of Kootenai Brown: book launch held at Pioneer Village

MC Bob Westrop
Josh Davis - On Tuesday, May 17, over 30 people attended the debut of the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society’s new photo book, celebrating 50 years of historical preservation. The authors for 'Tales of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village', Farley Wuth, and Gord Tolton and photographer Jessica Maunsell, signed copies of the book. Master of Ceremonies Bob Westrop auctioned off the first copy of the book, along with a lifetime Historical Society membership. Ray Degan won the auction with a bid of $700. James VanLeeuwen also paid his own high bid for a copy of the book.

Pincher Creek Town Council agrees to parades and proclamations

Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek made a number of decisions during the the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 24 about various upcoming parade invitations, and proclamations.  Council accepted two parade invitations.  The first was for Granum Canada Day Parade on Friday July 1, which Councillor Lorne Jackson volunteered to attend.  The second was for the Bellcrest Days Parade on Saturday, June 18 which Councillor Wayne Elliott will attend.

Councillor Wayne Elliott informed council Prostate Cancer Day is Friday, June 17.  'Wear Plaid for Dad' is the theme and Elliott suggested councillors mark the day by wearing plaid to show their support.

Council recognized June is Recreation and Parks Month.  One of the programs Pincher Creek will be promoting is the Active Living Challenge where teams from businesses groups, or banded individuals will take up the challenge to live healthier lifestyles and chart their progress.  Council discussed forming their own team to show their dedication to the endeavour.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin to receive Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
Roy Grogan photo, Supreme Court of Canada Collection

Christian Davis - The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin is one of six distinguished Canadians who will receive an Honorary Doctorate on May 31 at Laurentian University's Spring 2016 Convocation ceremonies in Sudbury. McLachlin (nee Gietz) was born in Pincher Creek in 1943 and spent her formative years here.  Bev McLachlin Drive was renamed in her honour. She is the 17th and current Chief Justice of Canada, and in that role also chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. McLachlin is also the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history, appointed to the position January 7, 2000, and is the first woman to hold the position. Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. She's been awarded with over 31 Honorary Degrees from various universities.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Packed house for 'Save the Waterton Field' event

Rashelle Leishman, Save the Waterton Field

A public forum, organized by the 'Save the Waterton Field' initiative, was attended by a couple of hundred residents and visitors packing the conference room at the Lodge at Waterton Lakes, on Saturday, May 21st. The event was moderated by Dr. Nolen Olsen, with standing room only. Official representation from Parks Canada was conspicuously absent, as Superintendent Ifan Thomas declined to attend the Public forum, although he and many other Waterton Park officials had been invited two weeks prior and allotted time to speak when the forum was organized. CTV News and Global News reporters were in attendance from the media. Presentations began with 'Save the Waterton Field' coordinator, Bonnie Fromm, providing background information on the situation arising from a March 7, 2016 Parks Canada Press Release that had stated a new Visitor Reception Centre would be built in the townsite.

Pincher Creek weather from Environment Canada

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pincher Creek's town council discusses Agricultural Society issues

Toni Lucas - On Tuesday evening Council for the Town of Pincher Creek discussed issues raised by a delegation from the Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society. Society President Janet Watmough and Vice President Hilary Matheson appeared before council on May 9. Their concerns included leveling, drainage, fencing issues, and safety for riders due to changes on the grounds due to construction, and insufficient restoration after the installation of the new water intake system for the town. Council went through a number of their concerns.

Oldman Rose Society asks Town of Pincher Creek for a lease extension

Lebel Mansion Rose Garden
Justine Jorgensen 2014 file photo

Toni Lucas - A delegation from the Oldman Rose Society of Southern Alberta (ORSSA) appeared before Pincher Creek's Town Council on Tuesday evening, May 24.  Jan Frith acted as the ORSSA spokeswoman and was accompanied by Society President Kay Weir and Executive Board Member Donna Cisar.  The seven year lease which was granted to ORSSA by the Town of Pincher Creek for the area east of the Lebel Mansion, for their rose garden, comes up for renewal this year, and Frith asked if it is possible to sign another seven year lease.  She also said the volunteers for the rose garden project "Have been amazing."  Other items discussed were an upcoming brochure explaining the different roses in the beds, and deer that dine at the garden.

Dismantled Cowley Ridge windmill donated to Dawson Creek Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program

According to the Dawson Creek Mirror News, one of the windmills dismantled at the decommissioned Cowley Ridge windfarm has been donated by TransAlta to the Northern Lights College (NLC) in Dawson Creek to be used as a simulator for students there. Click here to read the full story.

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Town of Pincher Creek to donate $10,000 for Fort McMurray wildfire relief

Toni Lucas -  During the regular meeting of council for the Town of Pincher Creek council decided to donate $10,000 to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in response to the damage caused by the Fort McMurray area wildfires.  The idea was discussed during the previous council meeting held May 9, but council at that time wanted to ascertain if money sent through the Red Cross from the Town of Pincher Creek would be matched dollar for dollar.  Administration investigated and found that the matching of funds did not include large corporate donations and therefore would not be matched.

Congratulations to the 2016 Livingstone School graduating class

Standing: Chelby Glen, Ethan Paridaen, Morgan Nobles, Brandon Hilbert, Ryan Grove, Jayden Hucik, Kori Sandeman.  Sitting: Chris Cail, Mary Blomgren, Josee Wiebe, Ross Cook. Not pictured: Eric Cadonic. 
(Photo by Shannon Bos)

Toni Lucas - Lundbreck's Livingstone School's 2016 graduation ceremonies were held at the Pincher Creek Community Hall the evening of Friday, May 6. The 12 graduands are Mary Blomgren, Eric Cadonic, Chris Cail, Ross Cook, Chelby Glen, Ryan Grove, Brandon Hilbert, Jayden Hucik, Morgan Nobles, Ethan Paridaen, Kori Sandeman, and Josee Wiebe.

Group Group Youth seeks Summer Program Coordinator

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