Sunday, September 25, 2016


Joyce Sasse - We get depressed when we give in to our baser nature. So many issues and problems confront us daily – issues of health, of family, of finances; issues of broken relationships, of conflict, of negativity and fear-mongering.

It happens because we are mortal beings who have to face the realities of failure, of conflict, of aging, of death … But that’s not the whole story.

It’s not all about me

Chris Ney - I always had this idea when I was first a believer that prayer was about me, I mean; I knew it was to God but I thought it was for me to ask for something, and He was supposed to give it to me. I would often ask Him for money, newer car, house, and more stuff like that. I would kneel down and say God I am trying to live for you don’t I deserve these things, doesn’t your word tell me that what I ask for in your name I will get. Time would go by and He wouldn’t answer the way I thought He should so I would get mad and ask for something else. The funny thing is that I wasn’t seeing those prayers answered; all I was seeing were the prayers about other people being answered, and I was seeing people get their prayers answered that didn’t really need it, or at least to me they didn’t seem to need it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Serious MVC on Hwy 22

RCMP Alberta - On September 23, 2016, at 7:19 a.m., Cochrane RCMP responded to a complaint of a serious collision on Highway 22 north of the intersection with River Heights Drive. A white Toyota SUV collided with a semi truck hauling a load of lumber. The female driver of the SUV has been identified and is a 34 year old female from Cochrane, AB. Her name will not be released at this time. This female was trapped inside her vehicle after the collision occurred. The Cochrane Fire Department removed her from the vehicle and she was transported to the Foothills Hospital via ground ambulance where she remains in serious and life threatening condition. The driver of the semi truck was not injured.

Three arrested after southern Alberta crime spree

RCMP Alberta - On September 16, 2016, the Airdrie RCMP along with assistance of the Okotoks RCMP arrested three individual responsible for a recent string of property crimes and related thefts in the Southern Alberta area. The trio were found at an Airdrie Hotel, where police located and arrested them without incident.  All three accused, 28 year old Cole McLean of High River, Alberta, 32 year old Derek Mumford of Blairmore, Alberta, and 23 year old Paige Rist of Calgary, Alberta, were charged with numerous Criminal Code offences including S. 354, Possession of Stolen Property, as well as outstanding warrants.

Outlaw biker investigation in Fort McMurray

ALERT - ALERT and RCMP Wood Buffalo are currently conducting a joint forces investigation into outlaw motorcycle groups operating in Fort McMurray.  The investigation is in relation to an on-going conflict between the Fort McMurray chapters of the Warlocks and the Syndicate, a Hells Angels support club. Four search warrants were executed on September 21, 2016 and five suspects have been arrested.  Full details will be provided at a news conference:

Licensed Heavy Duty Technician wanted


Wanted: Licensed Heavy Duty Technician

Small, diverse Alberta based company is seeking to hire licensed heavy duty technicians; although we're seeking licensed tech's we would consider third year apprentices as well. We are also seeking experienced technicians that are not necessarily licensed by have experience with small engines.

Chief Mountain to close for season, Wild Horse resuming normal hours

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) advises travellers that the Chief Mountain port of entry will close for the season at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016. It will re-open for the next summer season on May 15, 2017. Chief Mountain is located along Highway 6 in Alberta.  Additionally, the Wild Horse port of entry will be resuming its regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on October 1, 2016. The port of Wild Horse is located 145 km (90 miles) south of Medicine Hat on Highway 41.

2016 Heritage Acres Fall Fair - upholding rural traditions

1917 Case Steam Engine

Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres hosted their fifth annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17.  This year they had displays, demonstrations, bench exhibits, and a market with 35 vendors.  There were some new additions including a turkey shoot, a barn hunt for dogs, book readings. and other activities.

Crowsnest-Pincher Creek Landfill holds open houses about proposed incinerator project

EWS Steve Meldrum, CNPCL Emile Saindon and NSEC Cody Halleran
Photo T. Lucas, slides from 
CNPCL management presentation

Toni Lucas - Crowsnest-Pincher Creek Landfill (CNPCL) hosted a series of three open houses in Blairmore, Lundbreck and Pincher Creek regarding the possibility of installing and operating a two-stage combustion biomass incinerator at the landfill site from September 12-15. In total 87 people attended. CNPCL plans to apply in January, 2017 to Alberta Environment and Parks for approval to run an incinerator. CNPCL administration estimates it will take at least 2 years to get approval and start the project.

Western Feedlots to suspend operations

Christian Davis - Alberta's Western Feedlots Ltd. is a custom cattle feeder operating feedlots near Strathmore, High River, and Mossleigh. According to their website, "Western Feedlots Ltd.’s shareholders have decided to voluntarily wind down cattle ownership and cattle feeding operations. Western will continue to feed and market the existing cattle and after they are marketed, Western will be suspending feedlot operations. Western will not be hiring employees, or purchasing feed grain or feeder cattle after that time. Western will continue farming operations for the foreseeable future."

Group Group Youth Society now hiring



Part-Time/Casual Youth Worker: Position to begin October 18, 2016

Electors in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner have several voting options

Elections Canada - For the by-election now underway in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner (Alberta), electors can choose the voting option that best suits their schedule.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Sept. 13-19, 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 September 13-19, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 38
Assaults – 1
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 3
Theft under $5000 - 3
Impaired Driving - 3
Disturbing the Peace - 3
Driving complaints general) – 2
MV Collisions - 8
Liquor offences - 4
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Prisoners held – 4

Wildlife needs room in the Castle - CCWC

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition - Global Forest Watch Canada's September 20, 2016 report highlights how human disturbance has significantly reduced wildlife habitat in the proposed Castle Parks. The report found there is only 1.54km2 of secure Grizzly Bear habitat in the provincial park and confirms that all westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout critical habitats in both proposed parks are located in areas of high human disturbance. This level of human disturbance exceeds any acceptable thresholds for wildlife.

Conservatives demand immediate action on Energy East

Office of John Barlow, MP - Conservative Members of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Mark Strahl, Critic for Natural Resources, John Barlow, MP for Foothills, and Shannon Stubbs, MP for Lakeland, are calling on the Minister of Natural Resources to stand up for energy workers and immediately restart the pipeline review process for the proposed Energy East pipeline.

Pincher Creek weather from Environment Canada

Links lead to the Environment Canada website

Thursday, September 22, 2016

University of Lethbridge hits record enrollment figure

University of Lethbridge - A burgeoning research reputation, a student-centred learning experience and a continuing commitment to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) education has resonated with students, pushing University of Lethbridge enrollment to a record high for the Fall 2016 semester.

AHS launches Academy for Tobacco Prevention

  • New interactive resource another tool to help prevent tobacco use among youth 
Alberta Health Services -  Teachers across the province now have access to a new resource to support the delivery of tobacco prevention education with today’s launch of the Academy for Tobacco Prevention.

Town of Pincher Creek waives Dolphins annual swim meet fees

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a regular meeting on Monday evening, September 12. During this meeting they discussed a request from the Pincher Creek Dolphins Swim Club for the Town to waive the Pincher Creek Pool rental fee of $1116.20 for the annual local swim meet that was held June 10-11. Councillor Doug Thornton said he could support the motion, for one year. Mayor Don Anderberg reminded the councillors that the Dolphins rent pool time throughout their entire season, and that many of the club members and their families are pool pass holders. Councillor Duane Filipuzzi suggested they may want to see if the Dolphins would like to consider adding the annual swim meet expenditure to their joint funding application costs.  Council decided to waive the fees for 2016 on a one-time basis.

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Seasonal tax preparer required at H&R Block


Seasonal tax preparer position. Full time for the tax season
Duties include some reception and working with the public.
Please respond by email @ steven.barfuss@hrblock.ca
Or drop resume by our office at 733 Main Street Pincher Creek

Scheduled public hearing and change to procedural bylaw postponed

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a regular meeting on Monday evening, September 12. Two items which were scheduled for the meeting had to be postponed until a later meeting due to issues with proper notification: A scheduled public hearing for area structure plan Bylaw #1313 amendment, and procedural Bylaw #1596-16 amendment. Bylaw 1313 amendment has to do with the North Hill area rezoning on Pincher Creek's north hill. Procedural Bylaw #1596-16 amendment is to change the Town council meeting procedure. Currently this bylaw says the council will begin at 6:00 pm and will adjourn at 9:30 pm unless council passes a motion no later than 9:00 pm to extend the meeting by unanimous consent. Both these issues will be brought forward at a future meeting after proper notification has been given.

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Drugs and firearms bust near Pincher Creek airport

RCMP Alberta - On September 21, 2016 at approximately 10:00 pm members of the Southern Alberta Emergency Response Team and the Pincher Creek RCMP executed a search warrant on a rural property located near the Pincher Creek airport. One male was located in the home and was taken into custody without incident. On September 22 an extensive search on the property was conducted with the assistance of the RCMP Special Tactical Operation team. Police located what is believe to be crack cocaine as well as several firearms. Charges are pending against several individuals associated to the property and the investigation is ongoing.

An update will be provided when new information becomes available.

Temporary full time receptionist wanted at H&R Block


Temporary full time receptionist wanted
Duties to include office cleaning and client interaction.
Willing to train.
Please respond by email @ steven.barfuss@hrblock.ca
Or drop resume by our office at 733 Main Street Pincher Creek

Town of Pincher Creek natural gas distribution franchise fee percentage unchanged for 2017

Toni Lucas - At their regular meeting on Monday evening, September 12, council for the Town of Pincher Creek agreed to keep the natural gas distribution franchise fee percentage unchanged for 2017.  Council reviews this fee percentage annually. The maximum gas distribution franchise fee that a municipality can charge is 35% currently the percentage is 25% and has been since 2015.

Committee of the Whole meeting rescheduled to October 13.

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a regular meeting on Monday evening, September 12. During that meeting council decided to change the date of the regular Committee of the Whole meeting from Wednesday, October 5, to Thursday, October 13, because of scheduling conflicts with an Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Conference in Edmonton.

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