Friday, August 17, 2018

Sage Creek Fire updates

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

Sage Creek Fire Update

August 17, 2018; 1630 hrs

The Sage Creek Fire remains within the Province of BC and has not crossed the border into the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9. The estimated size of the fire is 1947 hectares. With increasingly hot and dry weather, wildfires can change rapidly. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant, as wildfires are unpredictable and this situation could change with minimal notice.

Resources on the Sage Creek fire include 109 firefighters, 10 helicopters, and 2 air tankers. This fire is burning in remote terrain. Crews are working to reinforce the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road as a guard on the north end of the fire. The south side of the fire is burning upslope and connecting with the fuel break created from the Kenow Mountain wildfire from 2017.

Crews and equipment made good progress along the perimeter. Bucketing and air tanker drops continued in priority areas. Crews will continue to work the line with pump and hose supported by helicopter bucketing; aerial suppression will continue to limit further spread along the perimeter.
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.

Joint federal and provincial review panel for Grassy Mountain Coal Project announced

Government of Canada map of proposed mine site

Chris Davis -
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency yesterday (August 16, 2018) announced the establishment of a three-member Joint Review Panel for the environmental assessment of Benga Mining Limited's proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, which would be located 7km north of Blairmore in Crowsnest Pass, pending final approval. "Mr. Alex Bolton has been appointed as the Chair of the Joint Review Panel. Mr. Hans Matthews and Mr. Dean O'Gorman have been appointed as members of the Joint Review Panel."

Update on investigation into shooting on Highway 1A

RCMP Alberta - The RCMP Serious Crimes Branch is appealing to the public for information in the investigation into a shooting that occurred August 2, 2018.

At approximately 11:40 am, a black Dodge Durango was travelling eastbound on Highway 1A through the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. The investigation thus far has revealed that the vehicle, driven by a 60-year-old man from Germany, was travelling from Banff towards Calgary. While travelling on Highway 1A, the man and his family detoured into the Nakoda Lodge briefly then continued east, travelling off the highway once again onto Branch Road and driving a short distance before returning to Highway 1A and continuing east.

‎Bill Roques‎ (via our Facebook page) - Hi all. I'm writing from Buckinghamshire in England just to pass on a strange coincidence. We were driving through Alberta in July and stopped to buy a pair of sunglasses at Pincher Creek... it was our first experience of main street Canada... and apologies to the driver at the four way stop... it was also our first experience and we forgot the sequencing.

I used to be a Housemaster at a boarding school in Wokingham called Bearwood College. During WW1 the school (it was an old mansion) was used as a convalescence home for Canadian soldiers (20,000 passed through there). Its early Registrar was "Captain Gillespie of Pincher Creek, Alberta, of Queens University and Intercollegiate hockey fame". I didn't realise this connection till later, is he remembered in Pincher Creek? He would have been a very important man in Winnersh (where the school was).

Editor's note: Winnersh is a village in Berkshire, England.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Heritage Acres holds 2018 Annual Show

Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres held their 2018 Annual Show over the August long weekend, and celebrated how the stationary engine made people's lives easier by mechanizing farming related tasks. It also indirectly celebrated families. Everywhere on the extensive grounds families were enjoying time with each other and the multitudinous exhibits. Children were enjoying activities like rope making and trying out pedal and miniature tractors. Adults enjoyed the machines, the cool weather, and the nostalgia.

Sea cans used as sheds under discussion at town council

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek passed the first reading of land use bylaw amendment 1547-AF on Monday, July 23. This bylaw pertains to add standards of development which include allowing a shipping container such as a sea can be part of the accessory building for discretionary use in R1 areas within Pincher Creek. One consideration is the exterior finish is to match the design, character and appearance of the primary building. Council also passed there will be a public hearing on this bylaw amendment Monday, August 27, at 6 pm in council chambers.

Pool temperature to be raised and situation monitored

Toni Lucas - At their regular meeting on July 23. Council for the Town of Pincher Creek supported a recommendation to increase the pool temperature by 0.25 degrees to a 28.75 set-point The decision was in response to a request by a  June 25 delegation of people who participate in aquafit at the pool, represented by Debbie Reed.

Letter: A crash course in Highway 3 planning

David McIntyre - Highway engineers appear to have become so preoccupied with their vision to create a high-speed, twinned superhighway that spans Alberta they’ve embraced a solution that serves the landscape to the east, applied it to the entire equation and, in the process, ignored a mountain.

Alberta RCMP alarm policy changes to improve efficiency

RCMP Alberta - Alberta RCMP is following a new policy: to verify alarms before responding, and to not respond to alarms that are only triggered once. The policy came into effect on July 13, 2018.

Canada Revenue Agency fraud scam

RCMP Alberta - RCMP have recently received reports of a telephone scam circulating where individuals posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tell the call recipient they own money to CRA and can pay with Google cards or some form of alternate gift card purchase.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Fox Theatre is now air-conditioned!
Come enjoy a movie in the cool comfort.

Showing August 17-23:

The MEG 
Held Over
Rated PG Violence, Frightening Scenes
7:00 & 9:05 nightly

Rated 14A frequent Violence, Coarse Language.
7:10 & 9:00 nightly

For more information please call 403-827-0084.
The Fox now has  air conditioning!! 

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.

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