Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SUV vs van MVC in Pincher Creek

Chris Davis

On Monday September 1 at approximately 3:00 pm Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a motor vehicle collison near the UFA/Highway 6 intersection in Pincher Creek.  An SUV rear-ended a van.  No significant injuries were reported.

Train vs pedestrian collision near Brocket sends one to hospital

Chris Davis

On Monday September 1 at approximately 4:00 pm area first responders were called to the scene of a train vs pedestrian collision west of the trestle located to the west of Brocket.  Three people were involved, but only one turned out to be injured.  The injured person was transported to Pincher Creek Hospital with undetermined injuries.  Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded with two ambulances, Rescue, and Engine 43. One ambulance from Fort Macleod also responded, a precaution due to the possibility of multiple injuries.

Quad rollover at Beaver Mines Lake sends one to hospital via STARS

Chris Davis

A quad rollover on Saturday morning, August 30 at Beaver Mines Lake resulted in one person being transported to hospital in Calgary by STARS with serious injuries. Beaver Mines Fire and Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to the scene at approximately 7:55 am.  Pincher Creek Rescue also responded and established a landing site for STARS at the Beaver Mines Lake/Highway 774 junction.

Solutions and substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Readers share their best household solutions:

To repair a plastic toy, use the flame of a candle to heat the metal end of a knife. Hold the hot knife against both pieces of the toy to melt it back together. Submitted by Allan

Avoid pouring grease from cooking down the sink; instead put grease into the garbage, that way you don’t run the risk of clogging up the sink and damaging the pipes. Submitted by Charissa

MCC Arena ice scheduling meeting to be held September 16



All groups or individuals wishing to use the MCC Arena on a regular basis for the 2014/2015 Winter Season are requested to attend a Scheduling and Information meeting to be held Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Arena Lobby. Allocations for weekly ice time and special events will be discussed at the meeting. 

For more information contact the Recreation Office at 403-627-4322 or email rec@pinchercreek.ca

Volleyball officials needed

Discounting Lethbridge, there are only 2 registered volleyball officials now residing in the Westwind Volleyball League area, one in Pincher Creek and one in Claresholm. It is important to increase this number to help develop the game of volleyball in our area, and also to reduce officiating costs.

The Volleyball Officials of Southern Alberta (SAVOA) will be holding a Level 1 Officiating Theory Clinic at the University of Lethbridge on September 11 from 6-9 pm and a Practical September 12 and 13. For more information contact Karl at 403-394-3688 or visit www.albertavolleyball.com


Justine Jorgensen

A pair of feet thumped down the weathered steps of the porch. Limp strands of grass were flattened as the figure cut across the lawn, while the sounds of shouting faded the farther he got from the house. Dark clouds hung low in the sky and droplets of rain fell like tiny pebbles through the muggy air. The world was quiet – not a sound except for the faint patter of water on metal. The young boy meandered through the sombre town, kicking at rocks and wishing he had someone to talk to. Occasionally, a dog would bark from a side street, but the sound would fade away almost as quickly as it had begun.

Hunger is

Phil Burpee

Hunger is a living thing --
it lopes around the neighbourhood
like a half-wild dog
showing ribs
showing teeth
showing cold contempt
for all the careful trappings
of our careful lives
and our soft-bellied spaces

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Policing in Alberta to August 31, 2014

Missing Red Deer teen FOUND
Early morning shooting in Lethbridge
Large amount of $ seized from Lethbridge dealer
Fatal MVC northwest of Beaverlodge
Fatal MVC in Sylvan Lake
MVC near Didsbury
Impaired charges for man with 6 children in van
Bear sighting in High River
Man arrested on Canada-wide warrants
Next generation "Cop" meets current one
Trafficking charges laid in Peace Region
Accident east of Strathmore closes Hwy 1
Vehicle thieves sought by RCMP
Right place, right time
Homicide charges in Edmonton
Car vs cyclist hit and run in Edmonton

Drug and violence complaints shutter Edmonton pub

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Justine has left the building

Justine Jorgensen

Working at the Pincher Creek Voice this summer has been my first ever "real" job. Well, that's not entirely true - last year I did work one day at a greenhouse; unfortunately, a few days later I sustained a rugby injury, thus terminating my ability to be of any use to my employer. So I'm not sure if that counts.

It has been a great experience working as a reporter these past two months. When I showed up on the first day, I spent maybe ten minutes in the office as Toni explained my job, then I was sent out for my first story, on July 1. I have to admit, I might have been a bit flustered amid the Canada Day bustle. Nonetheless, I snapped pictures, took notes, and interviewed strangers, all in all discovering it wasn't as difficult and terrifying as I expected. When I returned to the office at the end of the day, Toni remarked cheerfully, "So you haven't run screaming yet!"

Canyon School Daycare opens September 2

Lynn Lievers with her son Kash signing up for daycare
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Canyon School is opening the Canyon School Daycare facilities on September 2, under the management of  Director Catherine Oczkowski. They held an open house for parents and children to visit on Wednesday, August 27. People were welcomed into a  room was bright and well appointed with toys and supplies.

Kash and Stran playing while mom gets more information

Policing in Alberta to August 28, 2014

Investigation into James Lee's disappearance continues
Fort McMurray flasher sought by police
Airdrie B&E suspect sought by police
Unique gold ring found in Red Deer
Please drive safely this weekend
Retired Chief Judge Gail Vickery passes away
Back to school safety reminders
Man arrested for Fox Lake homicide
Chainsaw theft near Girouxville
Free the Fuzz Red Deer raises more than $21,000
Danny soon to be returning to work
MVC on Highway 1 at Redcliff
Firearm found near McLennan
1,100 vehicles checked at Calgary landfills
Man charged in Farah shooting
Nighttime break-ins in Calgary
New elementary school zone speed limits in Edmonton

Notes from August 25, 2014 meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council

Land Use Bylaw amendments: Bylaw 1547 T, U, and V
Budgets approved for aesthetic improvement 
Signing authority assigned to positions, rather than people
AUMA planning discussed
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Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met on the evening of August 25, 2014. In attendance were Mayor Don Anderberg and Councillors Adrian Hartman, Wayne Elliott, Mark Barber, Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, and Doug Thornton. CAO Laurie Wilgosh and Oldman River Regional Services Commission Planner Ryan Dyck were also in attendance.

Marshmallow roast held at Crestview Lodge

Justine Jorgensen

On Thursday August 28, nine residents from Vista Village travelled to Crestview Lodge to join in a marshmallow roast. The group lounged in chairs and basked in the sun behind the main building at Tranquility Park while a fire was lit and drinks were handed out. "We try to get out as often as we can but this is the first time we've had Vista Village," explained Crestview Lodge Activity Coordinator Charmaine Tienkamp. Both Tienkamp and Jennifer Crook, the organizer from Vista Village, helped roast the marshmallows and make s'mores.

Alberta Ombudsman to visit Pincher Creek and Lethbridge


Do you have a complaint with how you were treated by an Alberta government department, agency, board, commission, designated professional organization, or Alberta Health Service’s patient concerns office?

Alberta Ombudsman investigators are visiting Lethbridge and Pincher Creek. You can book an appointment to discuss your concerns with them.

September 17
Lion’s Den Hall
644 Main Street, Pincher Creek
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 18
Lethbridge Public Library
Theatre Gallery and Community Meeting Room
810 - 5 Ave. South, Lethbridge
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To book a consultation with an investigator, 
call toll-free 1-888-455-2756.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beaver Mines residents propose a community pathway

Toni Lucas

A delegation of citizens from the Hamlet of Beaver Mines appeared before the council for the MD of Pincher Creek on Tuesday August 26 regarding the possible development of a pathway system in Beaver Mines. Several that made a presentation in favour of the idea, and one citizen, Mike Lynch,  was opposed. Those that spoke in favour expressed concerns about people walking, jogging, or cycling along the highway and having a safe area for children to navigate the hamlet was also a stated priority.

Byelection for new Cowley councillor to be held September 22 (updated)

Linda Findlater resigned her position as Mayor and Councillor for the Village of Cowley effective July 7, 2014.

The Village of Cowley held a Nomination Day on Monday, August 25, 2014. Nominations for the election of candidates for the position of Councillor were received at the Village of Cowley Office.   A byelection has been scheduled for September 22, 2014.  The candidates are:
  • Mary Kittlaus
  • Warren Mickels
  • Doug Paton
  • Florence Williams
Voting will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the Cowley & District Community Hall, 122 Cameron Street, Cowley, Alberta

Advance voting will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Village of Cowley Office, 518 Railway Avenue, Cowley, Alberta.

In order to vote you must produce identification:  photo ID and/or documentation with your name and address.

Policing in Alberta to August 27, 2014

Grande Prairie/Hythe fraudster sought
Copper wire theft in Grande Prairie
Pilot dies in amateur-built plane crash
Pedestrian fatality on Highway 2 near Balzac
LRPS investigates motorcycle collision
Armed Robbery at Mac’s in Airdrie
Multiple vehicle thefts in Airdrie
Do you know what you are taking?
Charges laid in Red Deer stabbing
Wood Buffalo traffic report
Update re weekend shooting in Calgary
Calgary car prowling suspects nabbed
Witnesses to incident in downtown Edmonton sought

Washed out road a concern for Twin Butte area landowner

Toni Lucas

Tony Bruder of Twin Butte Simmentals appeared before MD Council on Tuesday, August 26 to talk about the bridge washouts on Township road 29-2, and landslides below MD Township Road 29-2A by Yarrow Creek. He additionally brought before council concerns about the condition of MD Township Road 4-1A and MD Range Road 29-3, all south of Highway 505. His first comments were about the road washed out by the bridge. "This is a very heavily used road, and it has been out since the 28th of June flood. We are wondering when that repair will begin." Next Bruder discussed the washouts on 29-2A. "Obviously, if the bridge is out to the north of us, and washouts to the road to the south of us, we are very concerned how we are going to be able to get in and out of our place."

One of his concerns was about school busing. He said that Township Road 4-1 was poorly constructed for transit to the Gulf Plant in the area in the 1950s, which was demolished in 2006 after ceasing operations in the early 1980s. "It is an extreme drift hazard, as well as too narrow for MD standards," Bruder said.

Dead end bridge on Township Road 29-2

Town of Pincher Creek Fall Fitness offerings


Town of Pincher Creek


A variety of activities and exercises to accommodate all fitness levels – a little STEP, Circuit, Weight Training, Core Strength and Piloga to improve cardiovascular and strength. Newcomers and beginners always welcome! A good overall workout for all ages! Held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Date: September 9 – December 18, 2014 (cancelled November 11)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall Gym, 962 St. John Avenue
Instructor: Hilary Matheson

3 Options: $145/adult and $72.50/student 
$55 - Book of 10 classes
$6.00 - Daily Drop-in Fee 

*This class requires a minimum of 5 full-time participants in order to run.


Held Monday and Wednesday, this class is designed for adults with chronic health conditions, those recovering from surgery or with inactive lifestyles. Start on the road to better health! Work at a level that is right for you! All ages welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 

Date: September 15 – December 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am
Location: Town Hall Gym, 962 St. John Avenue 
Instructor: Jane Bruder

Fees: No Fees – this program is free of charge.


Register at the Recreation Office, 895 Main Street or with the Instructor.

Call 403-627-4322 for more information.

Honey harvest time at Ewelme Colony

Ewelme apiarist Phillip Walter
Chris Davis

Ewelme Hutterite Colony occupies a pretty piece of Alberta prairie next to the Waterton river north of Glenwood.  Equidistant to it are the towns of Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod.  The village of Glenwood just down the road to the south.  I visited during the final honey harvest of the year, earlier this month.

Ewelme was established in 1927 as an offshoot of the East Cardston Hutterite Bruderhof (founded in 1918), and is home to 87 people.  "We have branched off three times already," explained Ewelme apiarist Phillip Walter, when asked about the construction and beautification efforts evident at the colony.  "Things are looking up."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When to swath canola

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

When it comes time to decide whether canola is ready to swath, it’s key that growers crack pods open and look for seed colour change before making the final decision.

“We’ve got a really wide variation in how much colour change might take place on the plant on the outside as opposed to what might be happening to the seeds on the inside,” says Keith Gabert, agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada. “The key is the seed colour change on the inside of the pod.”

St. Albert teen survives cougar attack in Waterton Park

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According to a report by the Canadian Press, Mykaela Belter, 17, of St. Albert had a close call on a trail in Waterton Lakes National Park after being grabbed by a cougar.  Her father yelled at the cougar, scaring it away, and she received some scratches. According to the Canadian Press report,  Resource Conservation Manager Dennis Madsen said the cougar was subsequently shot and killed by wildlife officers.

Click here for the full Canadian Press story, as published by nationalnewswatch.com

Proposed Turcott/Bank of Commerce addition to KBPV discussed again at Town Council meeting

Justine Jorgensen

The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) has been planning to add the 110 year-old Turcott/Bank of Commerce building to the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) collection. The first proposed location was received with much displeasure from some of those who live close to the museum, who indicated their position at a Town Council meeting held July 28, 2014. A new location was suggested. PCDHS President Colleen Cyr attended a later Town Council meeting on Monday August 25 to reveal the response of many of the public on the new site.

Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council Fall Schedule



What Did You Learn Today?

Call Monica or Annie @ 403-627-4478 / pinchercreekalc@gmail.com

We are now located at St. Michael’s school, Room 11. 

View our Calendar Online at: www.pincherlearn.ca or Visit us on Facebook!

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