Wednesday, November 22, 2017

K Division RCMP warn public of high risk offender Ventress

Robert Ventress
RCMP Alberta - In the interest of public safety, “K” Division RCMP is issuing the following information and warning in regard to the release of Robert Ventress  on November 22, 2017, upon completion of his sentence, having served 18 months for Breach of Recognizance (x4).

Robert Ventress  is described as a 47-year-old Caucasian male, standing 183 cm (6'0") in height, weighing 77 kg (169 lbs), with green eyes and brown hair. He will be residing in the Mundare, Alberta area.

Twin Butte's Helen and Wilf Schrempp featured in Canada's History publication

Anita Hochstein of Glastonbury, Connecticut submitted this 1944 photo of her mother Helen Schrempp and her mother's brother Wilfred Schrempp (both of Twin Butte) in Ottawa in 1943 to the Album section of Canada's History magazine. It has been published in the Dec. 2017- Jan. 2018 issue, along with a history of the Schrempps (click here). Wilf 's son Blaine (Beanie) Schrempp lives in Pincher Creek.

From the article: 
"Mom worked for the Canadian Army, and Uncle Wilf visited her there while serving in the Army. Wilf also served in the Pacific theatre and brought home a real grass skirt from Tahiti.  After the war, Wilf ranched and taught in the Twin Butte area until he died in 1982. Mom went back to Twin Butte in 1944 to marry Dr. Francis A. Hochstein, who was also the son of homesteaders from Nebraska."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Seven Persons Spartans earn Gold and STM Dragons earn Silver at SZJHAA Volleyball Zones

First Plase - Seven Persons Spartans

Second Place - St. Michael's Dragons (Pincher Creek)

Third Place - St. Miachael's Bears (Forty Mile Region)

Toni Lucas - The 2017 Junior High South Zone Junior High Athletic Association (SZJHAA) Boys 2J Zones Volleyball Tournament was held at St. Michael’s School in Pincher Creek on November 17 and 18. The areas included southern Alberta with Medicine Hat region represented by the Seven Persons Spartans, the County of Vulcan was represented by the Brant Christian Eagles, Forty Mile Region was represented by the Bow Island St. Michael’s Bears, and Far West Region was represented by Lundbreck's Livingstone Sabres and the host team, Pincher Creek's St. Michael’s Dragons. Each team got the opportunity to play a minimum of 8 sets to determine who got to go to the playoff round. Ultimately, The Spartans took home the gold, the Dragons earned silver and the Bears earned bronze.

Advocate releases Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ youth in the child welfare and justice systems

Government of Alberta - The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) has completed a Special Report on the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ youth in the child welfare and youth justice systems and is publicly releasing the results and recommendations as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to Nov. 19, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of November 13-19, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 38
Assaults - 1
Break and Enter (commercial) - 3
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Uttering Threats - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 3
Theft under $5000 - 3
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 1
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 1
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 4
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Animal calls - 1
Prisoners held – 3

Grants for restorative justice programs available

Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta is supporting programs that allow offenders to repair the harm they have caused to victims and communities.  Organizations seeking to practise and promote restorative justice initiatives are invited to apply for an Alberta Community Restorative Justice (ACRJ) grant. A total of $252,000 in funding, with a maximum of $50,000 per initiative, is available.

Town of Pincher Creek is updating customer contact information


The Town of Pincher Creek is updating our customer contact information. We are requesting that all property owners update their information, this information may be used to contact you in case of an emergency.

Please click here and fill out the following information accurately.

Monday, November 20, 2017

How windy was it?

Kennedy Blakey photo
C. Davis - It was so windy I gave up trying to take a good picture of how windy it was. Southwestern Alberta communities are used to high winds. They're a fact of life here, and the average citizen doesn't blink at winds that provoke states of emergency elsewhere. Having said that, yesterday's wind event was memorable for its intensity. Castle Mountain Resort's Jason Crawford told the Voice that a peak gust of 182 km/h was recorded at 8:52 am yesterday at ridge top. TransAlta reported 140 km/h at Cowley Ridge, and that may not have been the peak activity. Those are not typos. Environment Canada warned of 120 km/h winds in the Crowsnest Pass and Cardston regions. The Pincher Creek Airport weather station reported 81 km/h gusting to as high as 107 km/h. At the Waterton Park gate it was 79 km/h gusting to 108 km/h. Residents said they believe the wind was more extreme than that in the Twin Butte area. The coulees on Highway 6 and Highway 3 are always treacherous in this kind of weather, but a longtime Twin Butte area resident tells us it was particularly bad at Yarrow Creek.

November 25 Multicultural Friendship Group Meeting

The holidays of our winter season are rich in memories of family, friends and faith. Please join us for a chance to share these memories at the next Multicultural Friendship Group pot luck gathering on Saturday, November 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church.

Favourites from our holiday meals will be shared, followed by a recounting of particular traditions that have become special memories marking the season for each of us.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Semi rollover on Highway 3 east of Cowley

Updated November 20, 12:19 am

C.Davis/T. Lucas - High winds pummeled the Pincher Creek area yesterday. Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) and RCMP responded to a tractor-trailer rollover on Highway 3 just east of Cowley yesterday afternoon around 2:00 pm. According to PCES Deputy Chief Pat Neumann the semi was carrying a light load, and the driver sustained minor injuries.  Multiple other incidents involving blown-over trailers big and small were reported throughout southwestern Alberta.

According to an Environment Canada wind warning issued for the area at 3:45 pm yesterday, "Strong westerly winds with damaging gusts near 120 km/h will continue in the Crowsnest Pass and Cardston regions until late tonight. Wind gusts of 100 km/h will move into the Lethbridge region this evening and then weaken overnight. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds. Drivers may lose control of their vehicles; tall vehicles are at risk of being overturned."

According to a Castle Mountain Resort representative Jason Crawford "We had a peak gust of 182 km/h at 8:52 am on November 19th. That was recorded at ridge-top."

TransAlta reports 140 km/hour was recorded at Cowley Ridge. This may not have been the peak activity there.

The high winds have dissipated since then.

The Fire Department was also called out multiple times on Friday by citizens south of town, due to be high flare activity at the Shell Plant (a normal part of the plant's process). Neumann said the fire department would rather people call in their concerns than miss an incident.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cochrane RCMP responding to numerous weather related accidents

RCMP Alberta - The RCMP out of Cochrane and surrounding detachments are asking the public to travel with extreme caution and to stay off the roads if travel is not completely necessary. Highway 22 and secondary roads are covered in black ice and blowing snow in the area is causing near whiteout conditions.

Castle Mountain Resort Area Structure Plan moves forward

Chris Davis - On November 7 council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved a recommendation from Development Officer Roland Milligan to re-start work on a Castle Mountain Resort Area Structure Plan. The planning process had been put on hold until a water plan could be developed. In an October 19 email Castle Mountain Resort requested that the area structure planning process move forward.

Just a little pinch of salt

Pastor Chris Ney -
 Food is one of our favorite things.  When you have good food you remember it and when you have bad food you definitely remember it. It could have been full of flavor and not in a good way. When something comes out with no flavor we often add hot sauce, ketchup, pepper or salt to give it some more flavor and if we add too much of most of it we can get by but what happens when we put too much of a good thing?  It becomes inedible and we throw it out. Salt I find is the worse, when I go out and there is too much salt it is really hard to eat and it really wrecks the food.

Beaver Mines Area Structure Plan/Municipal Development Plan moves forward

Chris Davis - At their regular meeting of November 7, council for the MD of Pincher Creek responded favourably to a request from the Beaver Mines Community Association to initiate the process for developing a new Beaver Mines Area Structure Plan/Municipal Development Plan.

Pincher Creek Weather

Let’s not surrender ourselves

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - In the name of modernization, we are being lured into the world of “let us do it for you”.   “Let us drive your car.” “Let us tell you which road to follow.” “Let this new app contact your best friends.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Missing Blood Reserve teen Neiko Morning Bird

Missing: Neiko Morning Bird
Lethbridge Police Service - Lethbridge Police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a missing 15-year-old boy. Neiko Morning Bird was last seen October 22 on the Blood Reserve but wasn’t reported as missing until November 17. Efforts to locate him have been unsuccessful and police are concerned for his well-being.

Morning Bird is described as an aboriginal male, approximately 5’2”, 72lbs, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Morning Bird’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pincher Creek's free swimming praised, proposed curling rink site questioned

Jonathan Skrimshire - Thumbs up to free swimming and thumbs down to the new curling rink site was the main takeaway from the November 15th meeting of the Pincher Creek Recreation Advisory Committee. Members expressed great satisfaction with the results of the 2017 free swimming initiative and a desire to consider extending the policy into 2018. Reaction to the proposed siting of a new curling rink and parking lot in the green space northeast of the Multi-purpose Facility, on the other hand, was decidedly negative. After airing various objections to the specific site selected, the committee passed a motion calling upon Council to engage in public consultation regarding the curling rink project.

Rural physicians and nurses in short supply

Pincher Creek Health Centre (file photo)
Chris Davis - On September 14 Pincher Creek Associate Clinic Executive Director Jeff Brockman appeared as a delegation before council for the Town of Pincher Creek to discuss concerns about staffing retention and recruitment at the clinic, which serves a region of approximately 8000 people (my estimate). Brockman received a sympathetic ear from councillors and the mayor. Related, albeit indirectly, on September 16 in the Alberta Legislature, Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon (UCP) queried Minister of Health Hoffman about the government's response to the ongoing rural healthcare practitioner crisis in Alberta.

Dane Barclay awarded for ten years of service to Town of Pincher Creek

Dane Barclay and Mayor Don Anderberg
At the November 14 meeting of Pincher Creek's Town Council,  Mayor Don Anderberg presented Public Works employee Dane Barclay with an award for ten years of service to the Town.

House fire in Pincher Creek

Chris Davis - Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a house fire on Canon Street in Pincher Creek, at a location adjacent to the Pincher Creek and facing Highway 6. According to PCES Chief Dave Cox, the call came in at approximately 1:30 am from someone inside the house. The home was evacuated before PCES arrived. There were no injuries, but damage to the home is extensive. The fire is currently under investigation, however no foul pay is currently suspected. As of 9:40 am PCES remains on scene monitoring the situation.

Barlow statement in response to Waterton visitor centre decision

MP John Barlow

Press release - The Member of Parliament for Foothills, Alberta, John Barlow, issued the following statement in response to the Environment Minister’s decision on the new location for the Waterton Lakes National Park’s visitor center:

“I’m pleased to hear the government is following through on a commitment the previous Conservative government made in July 2015 on the largest infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada for projects across Waterton Lakes National Park, including a new visitor center. When complete the new center will welcome more than 400,000 visitors annually.

Letter: Waterton visitor centre debate "definitely not over"

Jerry Kovacs - I have read Catherine McKenna's press release (Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada Catherine McKenna) and (Parliamentary Secretary and MP) Jonathon Wilkinson's 6 page letter numerous times.

Stier queries quality of supportive living facility food

Chris Davis - Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier (UC) spoke in the Alberta legislature twice this week against the serving of reheated frozen meals at supportive living facilities, including specifically one such facility in Claresholm.

Crowsnest - Pincher Creek Landfill receives provincial award of excellence


The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill has received the Alberta Recycling Collection Site Award of Excellence. We won this award in the 5,000 – 25,000 Population base category. Since 2008 Alberta Recycling has been recognizing municipal sites registered with the recycling programs that provide residents with Environmentally safe, convenient and accessible areas to recycle their end-of-life Electronics, paint, and tires.

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