Saturday, November 1, 2014

Prime Minister Harper announces tax cuts and benefits for families

Macleod MP John Barlow
John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod

I would like to highlight the recent announcements made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help make life more affordable for Canadian families with children. Our Government has unveiled new opportunities that are wonderful for Canadians, particularly for low and middle income families who will now see significant tax savings in 2015.

Out and About - Halloween 2014 part 1

New and Expectant Mothers Group at Parent Link
Sasha scaring Grandpa
Jane E. Goddard photo

Thrills and chills at 2014 Co-op haunted house

Today's special: terror
Toni Lucas

Pincher Co-op held their 3rd annual haunted house on three days in October, the 26, 28, and 30. Screams echoed through out the mall, some were moved to tears, and some were scared speechless. Many of the kids said it was better than last year. Adults and teens were welcome to tour through at their own risk. The Gatekeeper said that almost all the children that entered came back out, eventually.

2014 - 2015 MCC Arena hockey schedule

Please note that schedules are subject/susceptible to change.  Also of note, this season marks the 50th anniversary of the MCC Arena.

Saturday November 1:
  • Initiation Chinooks 10 -11:15 am vs Nanton
  • Peewee Chinooks 5-7:30 vs Kainai
  • RHL Huskies 8-11:00 pm vs Kainai
Sunday November 2
  • Novice Chinooks 9:15-11:15 vs Taber* note earlier start time
  • Peewee Chinooks 11:30-2:00 vs Picture Butte (seeding)
  • Atom Chinooks 2:15 - 4:15 vs Bow Island* recently added to schedule

Friday, October 31, 2014

Snowfall warning issued for southwestern Alberta

Issued by Environment Canada at 3:38 pm, October 31, 2014

Snowfall warning in effect for:

M.D. of Pincher Creek near Beauvais Lake Prov. Park
M.D. of Pincher Creek near Cowley Burmis and Maycroft
M.D. of Pincher Creek near Pincher Creek and Twin Butte
M.D. of Ranchland
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass including Coleman and Frank
Piikani Reserve
Waterton Lakes Nat. Park and Blood Res. 148A
Blood Res. 148 including Stand Off
Cardston Co. near Cardston and Carway
Cardston Co. near Del Bonita and Kimball
Cardston Co. near Hill Spring and Glenwood
Cardston Co. near Magrath and Woolford Prov. Park
Cardston Co. near Mountain View and Beazer
M.D. of Willow Creek near Fort Macleod
M.D. of Willow Creek near Granum and Peigan Timber Limit

Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.

A low pressure centre is forecast to track through Montana Saturday night. As the low approaches rain will develop on Saturday changing to snow Saturday afternoon. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm are expected before snow ends Sunday morning.

Notes from MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 October 2014 Council meetings

  • Rotary Club seeks support for theatre project
  • Interim financing approved
  • Funding for Turcott/CIBC building project approved
  • New Southwestern Alberta Conservation Partnership
  • Noble Flats road project
  • Development and Engineering Standards approved
  • Cowley on board with new Emergency Management partnership
  • 2014/15 snow plow map approved
  • Demo off-stream watering system approved
  • Notes from October 28 Director of Operations report
  • Public invited to provide input on noise bylaw
  • 2015 FCSS Funding Agreement passed
  • Gun Club road to get temporary snow fencing
  • MD to join Facilities Planning Steering committee

Laptop stolen from Lethbridge Sleep Clinic

  • Patients to be notified following theft of clinic laptop
  • Computer contained names and addresses – not health records

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is notifying approximately 5,000 patients after a laptop was stolen from a local (Lethbridge) clinic.

The laptop – stolen from the Lethbridge Sleep Clinic on October 17, 2014 – was not owned by AHS and not connected to any AHS network. The laptop contained a database with the names and addresses of patients, dates of services and types of equipment used by the clinic. The laptop and database were password protected but not encrypted. The laptop did not contain information such as an individual’s Alberta Health Care Number.

MD of Pincher Creek council holds organizational meeting

Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 held an organizational meeting prior to their regular public meeting on October 28.

Election of Reeve and Deputy Reeve

Brian Hammond was re-elected as Reeve by the council. Terry Yagos was re-acclaimed as Deputy Reeve.

Rural Economic Development Action Plan released

Premier Prentice and Minister Olson announced the Rural Economic Development Action Plan at MacKay’s Ice Cream factory in Cochrane on October 28, 2014
Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

On Oct. 28, Premier Prentice and I released the Rural Economic Development Action Plan. The Action Plan is a blueprint for future rural economic success in Alberta. It lays out clear strategies and specific actions that build on the strength of Alberta’s rural economy by linking existing resources and organizations, increasing infrastructure capacity, and ultimately growing our provincial economy.

Halloween 2014 events in Pincher Creek and area (updated)

Halloween display at Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library

Youth Carnival and Open House
Friday October 31 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Piikani Community Hall, Brocket

All youth ages 0 to 17 years are all invited

Come with your costume 

$2.00 charge includes
Hot dogs, candy, drinks, and a Haunted House

Children Must Be Accompanied by a Parent/Guardian
Proceeds go to children Christmas activities
For more information contact Piikani Child and family services at 403-965-2390

Lundbreck indoor Halloween Party/Family Supper

October 31 5:30-7:30
Pot Luck, Free event

Lundbreck Citizens Council is excited to be having an Indoor Halloween Party/Family Supper this year. The Community Hall will have a few games, activities, music, decorations, pot luck supper and candy to take home. Come party with friends in your costume and stay warm this Halloween while still getting CANDY.         

Volunteers please contact Kristen McIntyre at

If any Community Members would like to donate to the event with candy or other items please leave them at Obie's.

Scare Hunger with Matthew Halton School Inspiring Change Club

Matthew Halton School's Inspiring Change Club will be going door to door on Halloween night collecting non perishable food items for the Pincher Creek Food Bank. According to club member Caelan Taylor "The amount of houses we visit will depend on the amount of students interested in participating."

"We Scare Hunger" is an international campaign by Free The Children.  From their website: "36% of those helped by food banks are children.  Hunger affects people from all walks of life. They are your neighbours, the people you pass on the street or even friends. Most people never expect to have to go to a food bank. But when faced with unemployment, poverty or family crisis, many find themselves having to turn to their community food bank to feed their family. Some people need support over longer periods, but most require help only occasionally or for a short period of time. A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry. It’s time to be heroes and stop hunger in its tracks."

Update: Since we can't visit everyone, we will also have a food drop off bin set up in the foyer of the Ranchland mall. The drop off bin will be there from Monday October 27th to Saturday November 1st. This will give everyone the opportunity to donate food to the cause. Thanks to Co-op for giving us the space and lending us a drop off bin for the week. - Caelan Taylor

Halloween Howl at Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library

October 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library will be holding their third annual Halloween Howl on October 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  This will be a free natural history themed event to feature Cathy the snake, John "Spiderman" Hancock, a Skull Match game with real animal skulls, "Hunt Like A Bat", face painting, candy, and more.  The event is a non-supernatural option for children, who are invited but not expected to wear costumes, and it's free for all ages but targeted towards the younger end of the age spectrum.  Approximately 70 people attended last year.

A Family Friendly Halloween
3:00 - 7:00 Friday October 31 at Monster Fitness
Snacks, games, best dressed contest, trick or treating.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Midnight Showing on Friday October 31
Advance tickets available at the Fox Theatre

Do you have a community Halloween event you'd like to share with our readers?  Contact us at 403-904-2666 or email

Co-op Sale on from October 24 - 30


Co-op Sale on from October 31 - November 6
unless otherwise marked
Pincher Creek Co-op has great savings in every department. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Policing in Alberta to October 31, 2014

Fatal MVC near Elk Point
Missing Red Deer man Ryan Posti
Double Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House
Fatal MVC near Wabumun
Red Deer man dies as a result of house fire
2 charged with vehicle thefts in Okotoks
Con artist defrauds Red Deer woman
Attempted quad theft in Rocky Mountain House
Halloween safety tips from Red Deer RCMP
Suspect arrested in theft of Edmonton police service vehicle

Missing Red Deer man Ryan Posti

Red Deer RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 40 year old Ryan POSTI. POSTI was last seen on October 12th by his family. The mental well-being and physical health of Ryan POSTI are of concern.

Missing: Ryan Posti

Historical Alberta Halloweens

Halloween at the Wineglass Ranch near Brocket (1907-08)
Courtesy of the Glenbow Archives, NA-4035-188
Allan Rowe, Historic Places Research Officer, Government of Alberta

Halloween is tomorrow. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the different ways Halloween has been celebrated in Alberta since the late nineteenth century. Early newspapers offer a fascinating window into how we celebrated Halloween, ranging from private and public parties, to ‘trick-or-treating’ and pranking.

University of Lethbridge maintains top-three position in annual Maclean’s University rankings

University of Lethbridge 

The University of Lethbridge continues to affirm its place as one of the country’s top destinations for students, maintaining its top-three position for the third successive year in the Primarily Undergraduate category of the annual Maclean’s University Rankings.

The U of L ascended to the third spot in its classification two years ago, its highest-ever Maclean’s ranking, and has held steady ever since, all the while earning gains in many of the ranking factors. In 2014, the University maintained or bettered its category rankings in nine of 12 indicators and continued to show its strength as a leading undergraduate research institution.

Government of Alberta announces 2014 disaster recovery programs

June 2014 flooding at Beaver Creek (west of Pincher Creek)
Brent and Gloria Barbero file photo

The Government of Alberta has announced disaster recovery programs for southwestern Alberta areas affected by the rainfall event of June 16-23, 2014.

Principal homeowners, tenants, landlords, condo associations, small business owners,  agricultural operations, not-for-profit organizations, and institutions who suffered uninsurable property damage or loss between June 16 and June 23, 2014 in one of the communities below may be eligible to apply for 2014 DRP assistance.

Town of Pincher Creek
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
Blood Indian Reserve No. 148
The lands of the Piikani First Nation
City of Lethbridge
Town of Cardston
Town of Claresholm
Town of Coaldale
Town of Coalhurst
Town of Fort McLeod
Town of Granum
Town of Magrath
Town of Nanton
MD of Ranchland No. 66
MD of Taber
MD Willow Creek, No. 26
Lethbridge County

Westwinds Boys Volleyball - Sabres defeat Dragons

Senior Dragons vs Sabres
Chris Davis

St. Michael's Dragons JV and SV Volleyball squads hosted their Livingstone Sabres counterparts for an evening of volleyball at the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on October 29.  Despite the two teams being competitively matched, the Sabres had the edge through most of the sets, winning all but one senior set.  The Sabres came from behind to win the first SV set, then the Dragons came from behind to win the second.It was a fun game to watch with lots of action at the net, much of it subtly played by members of both teams.

Thank you from Vista Village


The Vista Village Bazaar and Tea held on Wednesday, October 22nd was a huge success thanks to those who contributed by attending, volunteering, donating items and baked goods to the bazaar and for selling / buying raffle tickets. Money raised goes towards the resident’s activity fund. Thanks again for being a supportive community, you’re the best !!! 

 Sincerely, Vista Village Resident Council

Notes from October 27, 2014 Pincher Creek Town Council meeting

Toni Lucas
  • Citizen Hugh Dunham brings several concerns to council
  • Windy Slopes donation request on hold
  • KBPV to get $7,500 toward Turcott/CIBC Building project 
  • Allied Arts Council washroom to be assessed
  • Town representatives to attend FCM
  • Alberta Farm Safety education program directed to Joint Funding
  • Town to send a Representative to AAMDC
  • Westray Act enforcement delegation (link)

Westray Act enforcement plea made to Pincher Creek Town Council

Toni Lucas 

A delegation from the United Steel Workers Local 9346 came to the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on Monday evening, October 27.  The delegates consisted of Local 9346 President Alex Hanson and Health and Safety Chair Troy Cook.  They were there to discuss Bill C-45, known as the Westray Act, and to get support from council for more education about and enforcement of the act, which can hold corporations, directors, and executives criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers during workplace fatalities due to neglect or unsafe work practices or situations.  They asked council for a letter of support toward changes to educating police and crown attorneys about this act for future enforcement.

Register for free water well management workshop



Working Well Free Workshop

November 13th, 2014 – Heritage Inn Pincher Creek
6:30 pm

Consider how your life would change if you lost your water supply!

Did you know that a poorly maintained water well can put your water supply at risk of contamination and reduce your well yield?

Pincher Creek Humane Society


Say hello to Smudge!   Smudge earned his name right from the start.  While learning how to lap from a dish this little man’s face was constantly smeared with formula and kitten food.  What a guy!  He is full of monkey business all the time making Smudge an continual source of amusement.  We can’t wait to see him every day!

The Pincher Creek Humane Society has a wide range of animals waiting to be adopted. Whether you want a puppy or kitten or a more mature dog or cat there is someone for you.

For more information:

Animal Control: 403-627-3156

The total is in...

We cleared $30,000.00 towards our new building!

Author Tyler Trafford to hold a free writing workshop

Tyler Trafford
Photo: Unique Perspective Photography 
Toni Lucas

Local author Tyler Trafford will be hosting a writing course at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) called 'Family Secrets', which is meant to help people flesh out their own family history. He explained that the course is designed to be a fun, comfortable course in writing a family history. "This is more how to take one of those names and create a story around that name," explained Trafford. "It's so that people can connect to the people in them (family stories, genealogies and histories). A lot of people don't realize that they stories they have in their head about their family that they have heard over the years are going to be lost if they don't tell them, or write them down. That does make them secret. Until you tell other people about them, they are secret. If you do and you haven't told them, that family secret is gone forever."

Request for pricing for Janitorial Service


The Municipal District of Pincher Creek # 9 is requesting pricing from interested parties for Janitorial Services. An information package with the details of the services required is available upon request.

The successful bid will include the necessary labour and equipment to clean and maintain the Administration Building, Public Works shop office areas and the Airport Terminal Building.  The successful bidder must be bondable.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Date change: United Church Anniversary celebration on November 2


Date Change:
The Pincher Creek United Church 
130th Anniversary celebration 
will be held on 
Sunday, November 2 
instead of November 1.  

The Silent Auction starts at 4.00 pm, the dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 followed by a program at 7:00 pm

All are welcome.

Sustainable Canada Dialogues - open letter to Canada

James Byrne, PhD and Bryson Brown, PhD
Professors, University of Lethbridge

Climate change poses major challenges to Alberta.  We’ve already seen the consequences of changing precipitation patterns. More changes are expected, and we know all too well that extreme events, whether drought or flood, can be disastrous.  But our economic dependence on fossil fuels, and bitumen production in particular, is a huge problem.  Science tells us that burning more than a small fraction of known fossil fuels reserves will cause global and regional climate hardships.  A choice of what to burn and what to leave in the ground has to be made, and that choice puts Alberta at a serious disadvantage.

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