Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Excitement for upcoming Communities in Bloom International Judging

Director of Community Services Diane Burt Stuckey
Pincher Creek Voice file photos

"If people could put out a flowerpot, it makes everything a little bit more cheerful. It is Communities in Bloom, they do promote flowers, as part of it. But the focus that I see is the tidiness aspect. Painting a fence, or washing your windows can contribute to making everything look very neat and tidy, and show how we care about our properties."  - Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey

Toni Lucas - Judging for Pincher Creek's bid in the Communities In Bloom International Challenge will take place July 16. Town of Pincher Creek Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey said, "It's an honour to even be involved in the program at this level, and making the community a better place to live is really what it's all about." Pincher Creek won at the national level (2009), and the Class of Champions (2015) against other Canadian communities at the same category of size. The first international challenge the town competed in was in 2016 where Pincher Creek won Honourable Mention. "I was completely floored. It was very encouraging."  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444
Fox Theatre is now air-conditioned!

Showing July 6 - 12:

3D, held over
7:00 & 9:15 nightly
Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm
Wednesday and matinees in 2D

Rated PG violence NRFYC
7:00 & 9:10 nightly
Wednesday in 2D only

Showing July 13 - 19:

Rated General
7:00 & 8:45 nightly 
Saturday matinee at 2:00

Held Over
Rated PG violence NRFYC
6:45 & 9:00 daily
Saturday matinee in 2D at 2:00

2018 Heritage Acres Special Events


Mark your Calendars!
Hours of Operation 9:00am to 5:00pm (Closed Sundays)
May 22 – September 15, 2018
Tel: 403-627-2082

Southern Nights at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village


Thursday, July 12, Metis Pioneers Author Night!
Friday, July 13, Pioneer Village Show and Shine - Cars, Cars, and More Cars!
Saturday, July 14, Southern Nights Live Music It's time to boogie the evening away!
Featuring Rod Gschaid

Thursday, July 19, Mounted Police Night
Friday, July 20, “Hangfire Gang" Player-Improv Theatre
Friday, July 21, Wedding on Site

Collar Tire Mechanical


103 12 Street, Fort Macleod, AB
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Friday, July 6, 2018

Alberta will be ready to roll on October 17

Cannabis Sativa -Thayne Tuason photo (Wikimedia Commons)
Government of Alberta -
 The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC) has finalized contracts with licensed cannabis producers and agreements for distribution and warehousing well ahead of the legalization date for cannabis.

Annora Brown: Mistress with watercolour

Annora Brown
Joyce Sasse - When we look closely at Annora Brown’s landscape paintings we see how masterfully she planned her design techniques and use of colour and light to express what she wanted to say.

AHS: Potential tuberculosis exposure no risk to general public

Alberta Health Services - On July 4 Alberta Health Services (AHS) hand-delivered notification letters to 55 individuals potentially exposed to a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in the South Zone.  The letters include information on arrangements for standard TB assessment and screening and treatment, if required.  The exposures were contained, and there is not a risk to the general public.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Karsh and Raffi

“If you have to cast a stone – be sure to miss.” - Yousuf Karsh

Joyce Sasse - 
Renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and children’s musician Raffi hold several things in common. They are known for their elegant dignity, their Armenian heritage and their pride in being an essential part of the Canadian fabric.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pincher Creek Emergency Services 2017 Awards

Chris Davis - Pincher Creek Emergency Services held their  2017 awards event on Friday evening June 22 at the Pincher |Creek Fire Hall.  The Elks prepared a roast beef dinner for the first responders, administrative staff, family members, and dignitaries present for the event.  Chief David Cox and his wife Deputy Chief (retired) Margaret Cox were honoured for 20 years of service to PCES, and Margaret was also awarded for Exemplary Service, a provincial award and the top honour of the evening.

June Yard of the Month winners announced

Arianna Korbett - Pictured left to right is Rhonda Oczkowski, Rae Olds, Rosaline Berger, BJ Scott and Diane Burt Stuckey for the presentation of June’s Yard of the Month winner Rae Olds. Olds is a former Pincher Planter and says she loves gardening because she “likes to get down and dirty.” She was presented the Yard of the Month yard sign, as well as a Scotts Miracle Gro package by Communities in Bloom members Rhonda Oczkowski, BJ Scott and Diane Burt Stuckey.

Pictured left to right is Rhonda Oczkowski, BJ Scott, runner up of Yard of the Month Susan Hillman, and Diane Burt Stuckey. The runner up for Yard of the Month nominations was Susan Hillman. She built custom planters this year and customizes them with holiday themed décor. Hillman was presented a Scotts Miracle Gro package for the effort she’s put into her yard.

Bev McLachlin named Companion of the Order of Canada

17th Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin - Agência Brasil photo
On June 29 Canada's Governor General Julie Payette announced 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among those appointments, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the order's highest honour, "For her prodigious impact on our country’s legal landscape, notably as the longest-serving chief justice of Canada, as well as the first woman in the role." McLachlin was born and raised in the Pincher Creek area. She retired from her role as Chief Justice on December 15, 2017 at the age of 74.

Statement from Alberta Trade Minister about U.S. tariffs

Government of Alberta -  Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous issued the following statement supporting Canada’s response to U.S. tariffs:  “We applaud the federal government’s retaliatory tariffs in response to the U.S. administration’s illegal protectionist actions. When the federal government announced their intention to implement retaliatory tariffs, I met with Alberta industry and business leaders to hear their concerns and suggestions.  I subsequently wrote Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne relaying this feedback and I appreciate that they listened and today responded with countermeasures and new supports that reflect this input."

Friday, June 29, 2018

Livingstone Macleod Constituency Office

Heritage Acres holds second annual Horse Show and Chuckwagon Supper

Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres held their Second Annual Horse Show and Chuckwagon Supper on Saturday, June 9,  a day of warm weather and sunny skies.  The organization has the aim of preserving and presenting to the public the history of rural life in this area of Alberta, and it works closely with those currently involved in rural life.  The show not only had a variety of horse demonstrations but celebrated the Achievement Day for two local 4-H clubs; Silver Reins and Multi Club.

Bear warning issued by the Town of Pincher Creek

MD of Pincher Creek hires new CAO

MD of Pincher Creek Chief Administrative Officer Sheldon Steinke
Chris Davis - At a June 12 meeting of the council for the MD of Pincher Creek, Reeve Stevick officially welcomed Sheldon Steinke as the MD's new Chief Administrative Officer, taking over the role from interim CAO Roland Milligan, who in turn took on the role when former CAO Wendy Kay stepped down from the position as of March 28, 2018. June 11 was was Steinke's first day of "boots on ground".  Steinke was formerly interim CAO for Lethbridge County, and before that was CAO for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, and the Town Manager for Coaldale.

Pincher Creek Airport house to be removed

Chris Davis - At their June 26, 2018 regular meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek decided to approve a motion by Councillor Brian Hammond to put the house located at the Pincher Creek Airport up for tender, as is where is, with no offer necessarily accepted, and with the condition that it must be removed from the site.  The decision came after an unflattering report on the structure's condition from Director of Operations Leo Reedyk.  Council also briefly discussed potential security issues at the airport with no one living on site, but there seemed to be a consensus that security is a separate issue.  CAO Sheldon  Steinke recommended council task administration with security plan options for future consideration.  Councillor Terry Yagos made a successful motion to that effect.

Beauvais Lake Métis Gathering Camp Out July 3-6


Beauvais Lake Métis Gathering Camp Out
Tuesday July 3, Wednesday July 4, Thursday July 5, &
Friday July 6/2018 at the Homestead Group Camp

Arrive at 4:00 pm on Tuesday. Activities take place on
Wednesday and Thursday, clean up and farewell on Friday
after breakfast.

Entertainment by Nate Baker and Chris Davis
Jam Sessions
Fiddle and guitar lessons

Historical walks
Campfire stories
Dance lessons
Capote & mitten making
Tomahawk throwing
and more.

If you want to fish, bring your license and your gear.
Phone the office at 403-627-1884 to reserve your spot.

On site catering provided by DB Catering.

Health Canada announces regulations to support the Cannabis Act

Cannabis Sativa -Thayne Tuason photo (Wikimedia Commons)
Regulations provide Canadians and stakeholders with details on how cannabis legalization and regulation will be implemented starting October 17, 2018

Health Canada - Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for the Government of Canada. That’s why the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act—a new legal framework that puts in place a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis. On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent, an important step toward legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis in Canada.

Ranchlands Victim Services Society seeks volunteers



Ranchlands Victim Services Society is seeking volunteers interested in becoming front-line advocates to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy, at all unit locations. We require individuals interested in a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience, who are caring and nonjudgmental with a sincere interest in helping victims move past their immediate trauma.

We provide extensive training in many areas, including domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide intervention, advocate safety and the justice system.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, contact Christine at:

Pincher Creek 403-627-6040
Crowsnest Pass 403-562-7098
Piikani Nation 403-965-2001
Fort Macleod 403-553-7255
Claresholm 403-625-4445
Toll-free 1-877-627-6040

Canadian forage and grasslands look to be export ready

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Livestock producers across the country and abroad depend on the high quality hay produced by Canada's forage and grassland industry in order to deliver safe, nutritious, and sustainable food. Increased forage exports, valued at $360.8 million for 2017, are helping the agriculture sector reach its potential to be an even stronger economic engine for the economy, driving towards our target of growing annual agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

Oral health for seniors

Dental Hygienist Jenna Simmons
Jenna Simmons, Alberta Health Services - Healthy teeth lead to a healthier well being! It is common for people to keep their own teeth as a result of more access to care, more education and more advances in professional services. In Canada, dental care is mainly privately funded. Financial challenges are often a concern when it comes to seniors visiting the dentist. Oral care is postponed for many people. Overall health is directly connected to oral health. Periodontal disease, cavities, lack of proper nutrition and poorly fitted dentures are among some of the most common problems seen by health care providers. There are many factors that place seniors at high risk for an unhealthy mouth.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rural Break and Enters, theft of farm equipment in Pincher Creek area

Pincher Creek RCMP - Pincher Creek RCMP have seen an increase in thefts and rural crime, the following is some of the vehicles and equipment that have been stolen and to date not recovered.

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