Thursday, November 27, 2014

MD of Pincher Creek council notes from November 25, 2014 meeting

  • $20,000 in extra funding for SPCA/Humane Society build
  • Tax Penalty Bylaw to return to council for further consideration
  • No MD rep at Seed Cleaning Plant board meetings
  • Water standpipe rate to increase
  • Transportation Committee rep a no-go until more info
  • New janitorial contract approved
  • Final Mile grant agreement process extension granted
  • Citizen concerned about Final Mile tower fencing costs
  • Bobby Burns Fish Park funding increase
  • $55,900 asset management software approved
  • CAO to represent MD at CUPE negotiations

MD of Pincher Creek holds public meeting to discuss proposed noise bylaw

Chris Davis

The MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 held a public meeting for proposed Noise Bylaw No. 1256-14 on the evening of November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. The bylaw has passed two readings, and needs to pass third reading.  Presiding over the meeting were Chief Administrative Officer Wendy Kay, Director of Development and Community Services Roland Milligan.  Approximately 10 members of the public were in attendance. Also seated in the gallery were MD councillors Terry Yagos and Garry Marchuk and new RCMP Community Policing Officer Cst. Rodney LeGrow.

Evaluating fertilizer performance claims

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
From the November 20, 2014 Call of the Land broadcast

An Alberta Agriculture specialist says that producers should be wary of unproven claims of fertilizer performance. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says even before the federal government changed the rules for registration of fertilizer products, there were plenty of fertilizer products with lofty claims of improved yield. Brook adds since the regulations have changed, fertilizers merely have to be proven safe, not even effective, and there are a multitude of new fertilizer products with a wide variety of claims. He says now more than ever, it’s up to the individual to prove to themselves how effective these products are.

Crestview Lodge Christmas Tea and Bazaar to be held Dec. 5


Crestview Lodge
Christmas Tea & Bazaar

December 5, 2014, 2:00 pm

Christmas Baking
Homemade Crafts
Door Prizes
Everyone Welcome

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Policing in Alberta to November 26, 2014

Icy road conditions between High River and Cayley
Two large RCMP drug seizures on southern Alberta roads
Workplace fatality near Carsland
Calgary Police nab bank robbers
Stabbing in Grande Prairie
Stolen property recovered near Spruce Grove
St. Albert robbery suspect nabbed
Tips to prevent robbery
A series of unfortunate events for suspects fleeing police
Community mail box robbed near Grande Prairie

November 26, 2014

Icy road conditions between High River and Cayley

High River RCMP, Nov 26, 2014 at 19:13 hrs

RCMP High River is advising of icy road conditions and light snow on Highway 2, between 48 Ave and Cayley.

Bear and Wolf sessions asked 'How many bears are enough?'

Jeff Bectell, Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association
Toni Lucas

Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association (WBRA) hosted an information session about bears, cougars and wolves in Chain Lakes, Pincher Creek and Cardston recently. Over 50 producers attended the one that happened in the Ranchland Mall on Wednesday, November 12. The speakers included  WBRA Carnivore Working Group (CWG) Coordinator Jeff Bectell,   Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project biologist Andrea Morehouse, Fish and Wildlife Regional Problem Wildlife Specialist Terry Mack, and Alberta Environment Carnivore Specialist Paul Frame.

Although many topics were presented the main thing that people seemed to want to know was how many bears are enough bears, and has that magic number been reached in the area yet.
"You guys probably have as many bears as are socially acceptable." - Paul Frame, Alberta Environment

Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Canadian Mental Health Association
Serving Chinook Health Region and south part of Calgary
426-6 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9
Crisis 24 hours: 1-888-787-2880
Crisis 24 hours: (403) 327-7905
Business: (403) 329-4775
Fax: (403) 320-7432

Livingstone School Grad 2015 Italian Night to be held Nov. 28

Friday, November 28
Cowley Community Hall
Dinner:  5:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from any Livingstone School Grade 12 student or at the office.
Adults:  $8.00  Students:  $5.00
Family of four(2 adults/2 children): $20.00
Children 6 and Under:  Free

Silent Auction!  Dessert Auction!

Snowfall warning in effect

Angels Within Us 2014 a great success

The hall between dinner and auction
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Angels Within Us held their 5th annual Supper and Auction on Saturday, November 22 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall.  The event is the major fundraiser for Angels Within Us, a foundation that helps families in crisis within Pincher Creek and area.  Over 370 people attended. The evening started with steak dinner, then progressed into a live auction, then the silent auction items were tallied, and finally there was an area cleared for dancing to the Chevelles, who entertained the crowd late into the night.

Claresholm Emerging Artists Gala celebrates artists in Livingstone Range School Divsion

'Loric Stian' by Lauren Fisher
Matthew Halton High School
Photos by Lauren Fisher

Toni Lucas

The Emerging Artists Gala was hosted at the Livingstone Range School Division Central office in Claresholm on Tuesday, October 14. This event is the opening of a public showing where young artists from the school division have their work judged, professionally framed, and/or presented in the central office over the course of the school year. This year 79 students were represented, with 88 artworks in a variety of genres and mediums being displayed through May, 2015.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Livingstone School to host 2016 ASAA Senior 1A Boys Basketball Provincials - updated

The spirit of basketball is strong in these ones
Chris Davis
Updated November 25, 2014

As reported here November 22, Livingstone School was planning to submit an official bid to host the 2016 Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) Senior 1A Boys Basketball Provincials. Sabres coach Paul Erickson was informed on November 24 that the other school planning to bid for the event decided not to, so the honour will go to Livingstone School.

The video below is a teaser for a promo clip that was to be submitted as part of the now-cancelled bidding process.

Livingstone has hosted many tournaments, including Senior Boys Basketball Provincials in 1999 and 2002.  The Senior Boys Sabres basketball team made it to Provincials last season.

Thank you from Allen Anderson


Thank you, from Allen Anderson

I would like to thank everyone who helped after my accident on October 20.  
I am truly grateful for all the care and efforts take by the RCMP, Pincher Creek Emergency Services staff, and everyone at the hospitals that cared for me.  
A special thank you to Beaver Mines Fire Chief Allen Tapay.

Missing In Alberta

  • Three missing persons did not return from Montana fishing trip
  • Deanna MacNeil of Mundare still missing
  • Diamond Saddleback of Red Deer still missing
  • Missing Red Deer teen Alexander Stone
  • Missing Thorsby woman Rachelle Marie Humphrey
Three missing persons did not return from Montana fishing trip

Picture Butte RCMP

Missing individuals and the vehicle they were driving

Policing in Alberta to November 25, 2014

Armed robbery suspect and person of interest sought
12 MVC fatalities in Alberta last week
Body discovered in vehicle in Fort McMurray

Weekend Edmonton death deemed a homicide
Counterfeit US $100 bills in Edmonton area
Drayton Valley Drug Dealers Busted
Change of CSC Command in Prairie Region
Batteries and fuel stolen in Cochrane
Youth armed with cap gun causes alarm in Red Deer
Poor road conditions in Strathcona County
Stolen vehicle rolled near Airdrie
One suspect still sought for Red Deer hotel tv thefts
3 charged after search of Grande Prairie residence
Grande Prairie assault suspect sought
High River Charity Checkstop planned
Edmonton's African community invited to meet with police
Redwater area armed robbery suspect and person of interest sought

RCMP Alberta Media Relations

RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at the Husky Gas Station located on Highway 28 at the Highway 63 junction. On November 24 at 8:20 pm a male entered the store brandishing a knife. The male approached the clerk demanding money before departing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Armed robbery suspect

House of Commons passes Agricultural Growth Act

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Key legislation aimed at modernizing Canada's agriculture industry and expanding markets has passed Third Reading in the House of Commons. This important stage signals the final phase of the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) as it progresses to the Senate.

The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) will update and modernize existing legislation to respond to the latest technology and international practices. Bill C-18 will enshrine a farmer's ability to save, store, and clean their own seed of a protected variety and allow Canada to adopt the 1991 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 91). These changes, made through Bill C-18, are expected to enhance farmers' access to new crop varieties and trade opportunities while providing tools to enhance oversight of agricultural products.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Invitation to tender: Service Contract(s) for Grounds Maintenance and Snow Removal services.


INVITATION TO TENDER: Service Contract(s) for Grounds Maintenance and Snow Removal services. 
RCMP Piikani Detachment, Brocket, Alberta

APPEL D’OFFRES: Contrat(s) de services Le personnel du détachement de la GRC de Piikani, à Brocket, en Alberta, sollicite des offres pour l’enlèvement de neige et de la maintenance des motifs.  
Détachement de la GRC de Piikani, Brocket, Alberta

Blowover season begins on Highway 22

Chris Davis

RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a semi truck blow-over on Highway 22 north of Highway 3 near the turn-off to Willow Valley earlier this evening, November 24, just after 6 pm.

Here's a look at the conditions just after 8:00 pm:

Details are scant at this time, we will update this story as warranted.

At 8:00 - 8:30 pm, in addition to the blown-over semi, I witnessed a holiday trailer upside down in the east ditch of Highway 22, and several large vehicles were parked and unable to continue down the highway for various reasons.

According to a tweet from @DeputyChiefPCES (Pincher Creek Emergency Services):

According to Environment Canada, who issued a wind warning for the area earlier in the day, winds were gusting to 59 km/h at Pincher Creek Airport at 11:00 pm, down from 63 km/h measured earlier in the day. As of this time the wind warning is still in effect.  

Click here for the most current Environment Canada information.

For those of you unfamiliar with the weather here, heed the warnings.  The section of Highway 22  where these most recent rollovers occurred is sometimes just impassible for some vehicles, and treacherous for others.  There are many wind-related incidents every year, concentrated in the same area. Holiday vehicles and trailers and livestock trailers are particularly susceptible to the wind as well.

Quad accident near Beauvais Lake sends teen to hospital in Calgary

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek RCMP and Emergency Services responded to an offroad side-by-side ATV  vehicle rollover on Sunday, November 23, approximately 2:44 pm. Two people were riding the ATV on private property north of Beauvais Lake when the incident occurred .  Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Randy Dixon said that a 16 year old girl suffered injuries to her lower extremities.

Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann said that Pincher Creek responded with a fire engine and an ambulance, and Beaver Mines Fire was also dispatched.  The patient was airlifted to Calgary via STARS for further treatment.

The incident did not involve alcohol.

Food File Maintenance Clerk wanted


Are you interested in living in a quiet community surrounded by year-round outdoor activities? Would you like to raise your children in a nice rural town with plenty of fresh air?
If you answered yes to one of these questions then Pincher Creek Co-op is for you!!! 

Pincher Creek Co-operative is now accepting applications for: 

Food File Maintenance Clerk 

Policing in Alberta to November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014
MVC near Whitecourt and Swan Hills
Injury MVC in Strathcona County
Indecent exposure incidents in Vegreville
Child luring incident in Red Deer

Central Alberta jewelry retrievedHomicide charges in Calmar
Edmonton man dies of gunshot wounds
Theft charges for 3 Hinton residents
Leduc multiple fatality MVC - update
Armed robbery in Vauxhall
Armed and barricaded male near Lousana
Guilty plea and sentencing in pedestrian fatality
Pincher Creek RCMP weekly summary
Airdrie City RCMP weekend report
RCMP Grande Prairie weekend summary
La Crete shoplifting suspects sought
Grande Prairie vehicle stop leads to multiple charges
Arrests made in Cypress County B&Es
Medical supplies stolen in Airdrie
Airdrie dine and dashers sought
Fatal MVC in Edmonton

Peewee Chinooks tie Bow Island Rebels

T. Lucas

Peewee Chinooks vs Bow Island Rebels
The game between the Pincher Creek Peewee Chinooks and the Bow Island Rebels held November 23 at the MCC arena was well matched, right down to the 2 - 2 at the end. These are two teams that can skate, and both played like they wanted to win. One thing that was obvious was that the Rebels appeared to be a young team. Rebel Parent Nathan Hofmann explained that the team is actually an Atom team that "was doing extremely well in seeding," and has been placed to play at the Peewee B level.

Atom A Chinooks defeat Vauxhall Sabres

C. Davis
Atom A: Chinooks vs Sabres
Pincher Creek's Atom A Chinooks hosted Vauxhall's Sabres at the MCC arena on Saturday, November 22.  It was the first post-seeding Spud League game for the teams, and the Chinooks emerged with a 6-1 win.  Four goals for Chinooks #6 Riley Potts, two goals for #28 Cory Dyck, and assists to Rhett Fitzpatrick and Mayz Vance.  The sole Sabres goal was scored by #12 Tanner Wiest in the third period, assisted by #4 Cody Wickenheiser.  The Chinooks served 5 minor penalties, compared to two for the Sabres.  The Chinooks win was the result of strong passing plays, a strong offence, a solid defence, good netminding from the Kipper, and of course the scoring efforts of Potts and Dyck.  The Atom A Chinooks continue to look like a strong, well organized team with a relatively deep bench.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Countdown to Christmas 2014 a huge success

#1 Float: C&D Floral's Nicki Schoening (far right) with family and friendly/Grinchy staff
Toni Lucas
photography and videography by T. Lucas, C. Davis, and R. Manalac-Diwa

On November 21 the town of Pincher Creek welcomed Santa Claus to town. Hosted once again by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, the annual pre-Christmas shopping season kick-off was somewhat re-branded this year. Formerly called 'The Parade of Lights, and 'Moonlight Madness', this year it was 'The Parade of Lights and Countdown to Christmas'.
Attendance was way up, the number of events was way up, the number of floats was way up, and the event ran much longer than in recent memory, that possibly due to favourably warm weather for an event that has the outdoor Parade of Lights at its heart.

2014 Residential Winter Lights competition



Celebrate the joy of the season and make our community sparkle! Participate in the “Winter Lights Competition”!

Judges will tour the town and evaluate residential light displays on overall impact, visual appeal, uniqueness and variety of decorations. Safe, energy efficient and environmentally friendly options are encouraged.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Between 6:00pm and 9:00pm

Turn your lights on for the judges to view!

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