Monday, May 22, 2017

Notes from April 24 and May 8 meetings of Pincher Creek's town council

Toni Lucas - The council for the Town of Pincher Creek met during the regular meetings on Monday, April 24 and Monday, May 8 when they voted on a number of issues brought forward for consideration.
  • Representation from the Town at events
  • Pincher Creek to support Vegerville in protest of Case Processing Centre shutdown
  • Council on board with wear the gear contest
  • Celestial Sweets Bakery under consideration to revert to housing
  • Alberta SouthWest proposes a Castle Park Tourism Study

My Experiential Learning Week in Lethbridge

At the VRKADE in Lethbridge
(l-r) First row: Irvin Provost, Euwen Erickson, Cassandra, Sebastien C., Christian S., William S. Curtis 
Second row: Mr. Lamont, Mrs. Heinke, Joshua Fitzgerald, Brook Balazs, and Eva Bliss

Irvin Provost - Matthew Halton High School (MHHS) hosted their bi-annual event, “Experiential Learning Week” during the first week of May. As part of MHHS’s learning initiative, the school offers students week-long courses that give a chance to students to experience hands experience to a student. As a student, I chose to participate in the school’s collaborative-course between MHHS and the University of Lethbridge. The activities of the trip included a campus tour, a chance to explore the facilities, and attend a class. Our course gave us the chance to meet with professors, who presented issues related to water. Overall, our week gave the nine of us a look at the transition between high school and post-secondary life.

Submit a tick to Alberta’s surveillance program

Government of Alberta - Albertans are encouraged to submit ticks they find on themselves and their animals to help government monitor the types of ticks found in the province. Albertans can present ticks they find in the environment or on themselves to an Environmental Public Health Office, a First Nations Health Centre or a physician. Ticks found on pets or livestock should be submitted to a veterinarian. Information on how to remove a tick and submit it to the program is available on Alberta Health’s website.

Alberta RCMP reports to May 22, 2017

  • Fatal collision near Picture Butte
  • Vegreville woman charged for multiple B&Es
  • Wood Buffalo search warrants result in multiple charges
  • B&E to Richardson Pioneer Grain Elevators
  • Vehicle drives into pond in Blackfalds
  • Semi hits truck and fence on Hwy 2
  • Traffic stop leads to fentanyl seizure
  • Online threats made to school
  • Getting a handle on crime in Grande Prairie
  • Cochrane RCMP investigating fire at McDougall Church
  • Killam RCMP investigate armed robbery
  • Many stolen identity documents recovered in Sylvan Lake
  • Suspicious activity at school in Innisfail

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduands of Matthew Halton High School

Matthew Haltom High School 2017 Graduating Class
Photos: Lifetouch Photography

Matthew Halton High School 2017 Graduands will be attending their graduation ceremonies including the Cap and Gown Ceremony at Matthew Halton High School at 9:00 am and the Spring Celebration at 2:00 pm the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Saturday, May 27th.

Congratulations to the Matthew Halton High School Class of 2017 from the Pincher Creek Voice.

Solutions and substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

I am not only getting tired of replacing numerous plug-in air fresheners around my home, but it is also becoming expensive. Do you have a recipe for homemade air fresheners? Thanks, in advance. Ruth

Heritage Acres Farm Museum 2017 Special Events

  • June 10 Heritage Acres Horse Show and Chuck Wagon Supper
  • August 4, 5 and 6 Annual Show 
  • September 16 Fall Fair
  • December 1 Candle Light Christmas Church Service
  • December 2 Breakfast With Santa. 

Hours of Operation:
9:00AM to 5:00PM (Sunday 12:00 to 5:00) 
May 20 – September 16, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Food sharing memories

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - I grew up in a context where quality of food and good cooking went hand-in-hand. A recent radio discussion, about bake sales and (some) modern-day women, has brought memories to mind.

When I was a student minister in the 50’s, the wife of a retired lawyer told about being the “city girl” who was newest village bride. Not only did she face a wood-coal stove for the first time, but she had to take her turn hosting the Ladies Aid. “I started my baking a month ahead so I would have two or three things that were presentable for the meeting!”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fight the good fight

Pastor Chris Ney - How often have we stuck our nose in somewhere to defend someone or something and ended up on the wrong side of a fight. We try to do the right thing and help but it doesn’t work out. In the end we feel like no one appreciated it and or we just feel like we wasted our time for nothing. It is frustrating because our effort and time should be worth something, they do say that time is money. I know that is a strange analogy however we often have the thought cross our mind and it also makes us hesitant to get in the middle again.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fenatanyl bust in Lethbridge

ALERT - The execution of a search warrant at a west Lethbridge apartment has resulted in the seizure of 400 fentanyl pills and two people being arrested on drug-related charges.  On May 17, 2017, ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime and gang team arrested two men in a vehicle after receiving information about suspected fentanyl trafficking. They then obtained warrants to search the westside apartment where one of the men lived.  When the warrants were executed, 400 fentanyl pills were seized. The vehicle in which the two men were arrested earlier in the day was also searched, and police seized cellphones, a small amount of cash and an additional fentanyl pill.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fundraiser established for Pincher Creek couple who lost their home to fire recently

A GoFundMe page has been established for a Pincher Creek couple who lost their home to a fire on May 14.  They lost everything they owned, including two cats, needed medicines and hearings aids, their vehicle, and all their possessions.  They have hotel accommodations for a short while, but have no clear picture of their future after that.

Seasonal student employment opportunities at KBPV

Pincher Creek & District Historical Society
“Celebrating Our Golden Anniversary Year!”

Seasonal Student Employment Opportunities

The Pincher Creek & District Historical Society is seeking hardworking and enthusiastic individuals for the 2017 summer season (May – August) at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.
  • Museum Assistants
  • Gardeners

Provincial campgrounds get funding boost

Government of Alberta - Alberta’s provincial parks will receive $54.2 million this year for improvements to campgrounds, new picnic tables and improved infrastructure.  The funding is part of a five-year, $239-million plan to revitalize and expand the provincial parks system after years of underfunding that left shelters, roads and sewers in poor condition.

AWA: Alberta's oil sands, coal mines security not keeping pace with risks

Alberta Wilderness Association, - The Alberta Energy Regulator has reported that oil sands and coal mine cleanup liabilities in 2016 rose to 17 times greater than the dollars held in trust by the regulator to help pay for cleanup, compared to 13 times greater in 2014. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) requests that Alberta’s Mine Financial Security Program be reformed, and the Auditor General’s 2015 recommendations be adopted, to reduce Albertans’ risk of major environmental liabilities from these projects.

Jean and Kenney set out process to form united conservative party

Press release -  Today, Wildrose Leader, Brian Jean, and PC Leader, Jason Kenney, signed a historic agreement in principle (AIP) that establishes the process to unify both parties into the United Conservative Party.

The AIP sets out how the parties will wind down their respective operations once the membership of each party has ratified the unity agreement. Ratification votes will be determined by each party in the coming weeks. Should the memberships of both parties ratify the unity agreement, the new party will immediately set out to elect a new leader.

Alberta Government - New energy rebates mean big cost savings

Goverment of Alberta - Businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions can save hundreds of dollars annually with a new energy efficiency rebate program.  Organizations and businesses can purchase and install eligible energy-efficient lighting, heating and other products to receive a rebate to a maximum of $60,000 per year, per facility on a first-come, first-served basis.

PCWESA AGM June 7 with guest speaker Faye Morning Bull


Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association
Invites you to our
Wednesday June 7th, 2017
5:30 pm Appetizers
6:00 p.m. Meeting
Ramada Inn, Conference Room

Guest Speaker: Faye Morning Bull
Topic: The Pass System

Letter to the Editor - Fundamental freedoms

D. Gray

Dear Editor,

I appreciate E. Rob’s time and consideration in writing their letter. It’s time the Town of Pincher Creek began a community dialogue and begin to dismantle the commonplace ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Before I begin, I must point out for E. Rob, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that our Veterans fought to uphold and many died for. This Charter pertains to mine, E. Rob’s, yours and every Canadian citizen:

CBSA travel tips for Victoria Day

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds travellers to plan ahead for their Victoria Day weekend travel plans. The CBSA is expecting higher traffic volumes throughout the holiday weekend, particularly on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22.  

The Coutts port of entry is open 24-7 and has the greatest capacity to process large volumes of travellers. During peak hours, all primary inspection lanes will be open and the port will be operating at maximum capacity.

Other border crossings in southern Alberta are also expected to see larger traffic volumes on the long weekend including Chief Mountain, Carway and Del Bonita.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing May 18-25

3D, Rated PG, held over for a third week
7:00 and 9:15 nightly
2D on Wednesday

PG, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
7:00 and 9:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Public Meeting for MD animal control bylaw amendment on May 23


Bylaw No. 1272-17
Animal Control Bylaw Amendment
Tuesday, May 23, 2017; 6:30 pm
Council Chambers,
MD Administration Building

Two St. Michael's students to compete in the International La Dictée P.G.L

William Johnson Jr. and Sofia Citrigno

Toni Lucas - Two students from St. Michael's French Immersion classes were honoured to engage in the International La Dictée P.G.L. competition Friday, May 12 12:30 pm Eastern Standard Time.  This is the first year the competition is open to middle school participants, and Sofia Citrigno and William Johnson Jr., grades 7 and  8 respectively, won the right to compete in the international segment of the competition.  Both have been taking French immersion since kindergarten.

Town of Pincher Creek celebrates new columbarium

Councillor Wayne Elliott, Mayor Don Anderberg, Councillor Doug Thornton
Toni Lucas - The grand opening of the first columbarium in Pincher Creek was held at the Fairview cemetery on Friday, May 12. It's a structure which interns the cremated remains of people who have passed on. This particular construction has 72 niches, and each niche can house up to 2 persons remains if requested. Pincher creek Town Councillor Wayne Elliott said he has been pushing for one of these structures in Pincher Creek since 2004. He explained how this is an environmentally friendly option and was very happy with the classic style of the chosen building. "It looks good, and is a good option".

Alberta RCMP and ALERT reports to May 17, 2017


Pincher Creek RCMP stats to May 14, 2017
Blackfalds man faces numerous vehicle theft charges
Grande Prairie Man Faces Child Pornography Charges
Grandin area break-ins
Arson charges laid in apartment building fire
Theft from rural residence near Elk Point
Stabbing and home invasion in St. Albert
Arrest in hit and run case and series of armed robberies
Drayton Valley RCMP warn residents to lock vehicles
Beaverlodge RCMP Investigate Weekend Mischief Complaints
Jasper RCMP Investigate Attempted Fraud
Two Red Deer deaths under investigation
Investigate youth fight(s) in Spruce Grove
Peace Regional RCMP charge 3 more in fatal house fire
Red Deer RCMP investigate carjacking
Cocaine Seized in Pair of Fort McMurray Busts
Airdrie man charged in arson of own home

Pincher Creek RCMP stats to May 14, 2017

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of May 8 -14, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service – 38
Sexual assault - 1
Assaults – 1 
Break and Enter (residential) – 1 
Fraud / Forgery - 2 
Uttering Threats - 3
Theft under $5000 – 4 
Drugs - 2 
Disturbing the Peace - 1 
Driving complaints general) – 5 
MV Collisions - 1 
Liquor offences - 6 
Assistance to other agencies - 1 
911 calls (invalid) - 1 
Prisoners held – 7

Public Works Week Water Treatment Plant facility tours


In celebration of Public Works Week the Town of Pincher Creek Operations team are offering; 
Water Treatment Plant Facility Tours 
Open to the Public. 
2 - 4 pm
Wednesday May 24 
at 1100 Beaver Drive.
*bookings are not required, open house format.

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