Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alberta considers abandoning Daylight Savings Time

  • Government of Alberta - The Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is seeking public input for its review of Bill 203: Alberta Standard Time Act.  “The result of this review could have an impact on the entire province of Alberta,” said Graham Sucha, Committee Chair and MLA for Calgary-Shaw. “It is important for this committee to hear from as many people as possible about Bill 203.”

Dangerous dirt bike stunt in a Strathmore school leads to charges

RCMP Alberta - Charges are pending against five individuals after a dangerous incident at a Strathmore school earlier today.  Shortly before 10:00 am, Strathmore RCMP were called to a report of a male riding a dirt bike through the halls of a school in the town of Strathmore. A male rode the dirt bike in and through the Holy Cross Collegiate High School and out at the other end of the Sacred Heart Academy Elementary School. Staff of the school followed the bike as it narrowly avoiding hitting students in the schools, to a nearby parking lot where a truck was waiting. Police arrested the driver of the bike in the parking lot without incident.

Further investigation by police identified several other individuals who assisted in the stunt. As a result, adults and 2 youths (students of the school) were arrested. All have been released from custody and charges of dangerous driving are pending.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Pincher Creek Cruise and Shine draws a big crowd

Toni Lucas - The 2017 Pincher Creek Cruise and Shine took place on Main Street Fathers Day Sunday, June 18. The street was blocked from the corner of Hewetson Avenue to Bev McLachlin Drive in order to host over 130 entries on both sides of the street. The show included various new, classic, and antique vehicles, motorcycles,  and some boats.

A new season of Alberta watercraft inspections

Roadside watercraft inspection stations will once again be a common sight along Alberta highways this summer season. If you are traveling into Alberta with a watercraft or are keeping it close to home and just visiting different lakes within the province, you are required by law to pull over at every watercraft inspection station.

Local organizations receive provincial grants

MLA Pat Stier (second from left) with Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier was in the Pincher Creek area earlier this month with Government of Alberta cheques in hand to pass on to local organizations, grants to be used in current projects. Pincher Spray Park Society received $125,000, as did Pincher Creek Curling Club. Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club/Heritage Acres received $10,000. The Alberta Whitewater Association also received $11,835.

MLA Stier with Pincher Spray Park Society ant Town of Pincher Creek representatives

MLA Stier with Pincher Creek Curling Club's Debbie Reed

Alberta's solar rebate program begins today

Government of Alberta - The beginning of summer marks the official launch of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s $36-million Residential and Commercial Solar Program.  Starting June 21, homeowners can receive up to 30 per cent off solar panel installation costs, to a maximum rebate of $10,000. Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to 25 per cent of system costs, to a maximum rebate of $500,000. Rebates are based on the size of the installation and calculated at $0.75 per watt.

2017 Hawks Senior Girls Rugby team goes to provincials

Hawks vs Cardston in quarter final
Chris Davis - Halton's Senior Hawks Girls Rugby team finished third in their league pool and seventh at provincials this season.  Their last home game was also the quarter final game, held at Sproule Field n nearly perfect weather against Cardston.  The Hawks won by a wide margin.  The Hawks went on the road to play the #1 team in the league , Taber's W.R. Meyers , in the semi-finals.  Taber blanked the Hawks in that game.  On June 9 and 10 the Hawks were in Black Diamond for provincials, due to some Tier 3 teams dropping out, where they finished 7th after two close losses and a win.

Pincher Creek Watershed Group Blueweed Blitz 2017 July 8


Pincher  Creek Watershed Group - Blueweed Blitz 2017!!
Saturday, July 8 
10:00 am
Meet at the Mountain Meadows Ranch on the Christie Mines Road

The Pincher Creek Watershed Group is once again busy setting the stage for the annual Blueweed Blitz. This major volunteer event will draw on the dedication of dozens of area citizens and landowners who care what happens on our creek. The event is focused on the eradication and control of the infamous Blueweed, a lovely but noxious invasive plant that, if left to multiply, eventually chokes out other vegetation in both riparian and near-riparian ecosystems.

Newly formed Public Land Alliance questions Waterton watercraft ban

Public Land Alliance logo
Chris Davis - A newly formed organization is asking Waterton Lakes National Park to reconsider a ban on the use of motorized and trailer-launched watercraft in the park, which was announced in March of this year due to fears of an possible invasive species infestation, with exceptions for park employees and some public agencies.  A similar ban was announced in late 2016 by Glacier National Park on the U.S. side of the border.  Public Land Alliance (PLA) is a southern Alberta based organization formed in May of this year which has the motto “keep public lands in public hands”.

Volunteer Lethbridge Project Paintbrush continues to paint a difference

Project Paintbrush volunteers paint exterior projects for seniors and people who are physically or financially unable to complete the work themselves. Through sponsorships and volunteer teams, a visible difference is made in just one day. Project Paintbrush has been painting a difference for 14 years. Just last year (2016), 21 projects were completed by over 250 volunteers.

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Pincher Creek Annual Cricket Match June 25


Pincher Creek Annual Cricket Match
Sunday June 25
Everyone is welcome! 
Free to attend and play, newcomers to the sport are welcome.
2:00 pm at Lions Park Ball Diamond

$75 million Classroom Improvement Fund announced

Education Minister David Eggen with MLA Trevor Horne and students from Sturgeon Heights School participate in the announcement about benefits to schools from the Classroom Improvement Fund.

Government of Alberta - An additional $75 million will be invested to benefit students and teachers during the 2017-18 school year. Education Minister David Eggen with MLA Trevor Horne and students from Sturgeon Heights School participate in the announcement about benefits to schools from the Classroom Improvement Fund.

Children and screen time

Kari Hagen
Kari Hagen, Alberta Health Services - It has become common to see children playing with electronics or being in front of a screen. Often electronics seem to be a lifesaver in our busy lives, keeping children occupied while we do other tasks or household chores.  Long periods of time spent in front of a screen has a direct effect on our child’s development and health. In many cases, time spent on electronics has reduced the time available for the child and their caregivers to interact, go outside, play with toys, read etc.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Alberta RCMP and Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association sign official partnership

Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean (RCMP) and Ms. Beverley Salomons (ACOPA)

RCMP Alberta - The Alberta RCMP has been proud to support the Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association for numerous years and today Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Alberta and Ms. Beverley Salomons, Chair of the Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association (ACOPA), signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) which outlines the partnership that has been fostered between the two organizations.

Monday, June 19, 2017

4-H Multi Club holds 2017 Achievement Day at Heritage Acres

Toni Lucas - On Saturday, June 10 there was a lot of action out at Heritage Acres Farm museum.. Included in the festivities of the Chuckwagon Cookout were two separate 4 H groups hosting their end of the year achievement shows Pincher Creek Multi Club and Silver Reins Light Horse Club.  Multi Club includes kids with a wide variety of interests. Over the 4 H season they could take part in doing a variety of projects, including Public Speaking, Pigs, Sheep, Pheasant, Sewing, Target shooting, and Mechanics. The results of their work were displayed, demonstrated, and judged in the Zoeteman.Vogelaar barn near the entrance of the museum grounds.

Going Wild with anthropologist Brian Keating

Chris Davis - Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary Brian Keating was the featured speaker at a very well attended event at Heritage Acres on the evening of June 9. His presentation, titled 'In Our Backyard, The Last of the Great North American Plains' was hosted by Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG). LLG board member Kevin Van Tighem acted as MC for the occasion.

How we will travel in the future - an outlook

Maria Miller - By 2050, travelling will be revolutionised by hypersonic jets, driverless cars, and space travel. Delve into the future of travel and see what’s in store.

Alberta SPCA celebrates 50 years of legislated protection for Alberta’s animals

Alberta SPCA - The Animal Protection Act of Alberta turns 50 this year.  Since it brought in the first version of the act in 1967, the provincial government has entrusted the Alberta SPCA with protecting Alberta’s animals from situations of neglect or abuse.  In 2016, the Alberta SPCA dispatched 2,201 investigations. Horses are typically the most common livestock species seen, being involved in 29 percent of cases last year. Cattle were investigated on 10 percent of cases and other farm animals on 13 percent. The remaining cases involved dogs, cats or other companion animals.

Sodium bicarbonate drug shortage mitigation

Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services (AHS) is taking steps to minimize patient impacts from a shortage of the drug sodium bicarbonate.  Like other jurisdictions across North America, AHS is facing a shortage of sodium bicarbonate injection, due to a manufacturing issue by producer Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company. The drug is used in critical care and other urgent clinical areas. It is commonly used in life-threatening situations when the blood becomes too acidic.

Women encouraged to run in municipal election

Front R-L: Marina Banister (University of Alberta Student Union President), Mayor Lisa Holmes (Morinville, and President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association), Minister Stephanie McLean, Lauren Pue (data analyst) and Lana Cuthbertson (chair, Equal Voice Alberta North)
Back R-L: Shane Scott, vice-president academic (University of Alberta Students’ Union); Adam Gordon and Weilun Guo (data analysts)

Government of Alberta - With three months left to run for the 2017 Alberta municipal elections, Status of Women is encouraging more women to submit their nomination forms.  Status of Women has been working across Alberta to increase the number of women running for office in the October 16 municipal elections. The deadline for people to declare their candidacy is September 18.

TransAlta community information open house June 27


Please join us for a community information open house.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to June 18, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for for the week of June 12 - June 18, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 48
Assaults - 2
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft of motor vehicle - 1
Theft under $5000 - 5
Drugs - 2
Driving complaints general) - 8
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 1
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 2
Prisoners held - 6

Mumps Outbreaks declared over in South and Edmonton Zones

Alberta Health Services – Two mumps outbreaks, declared in the South and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services (AHS) on February 16 and March 28, respectively, have been declared over.  48 cases were confirmed as linked to these two outbreaks, combined. 75 cases of mumps have been confirmed Alberta in 2017, to-date.  Although these outbreaks have been declared over, the risk of mumps remains worldwide, including here in Alberta. AHS continues to urge all Albertans to ensure they, and their families, are up-to-date on all immunizations, including immunizations that protect against mumps.

Thank you for making Bike Jam 2017 a success


Bike Jam 2017
Thank you to everyone who made Bike Jam 2017 a huge success!  
We would like to congratulate the winners and say thank you to our helpers, organizers and sponsors. You all made this a great day!

Gage Johnson
Brett Hibert
Mario Girard
Blake Coombs
Connor Donovan
Ethan Zoratti

Ethan Zoratti
John Girard
Adam Grose
Kiera Greenly
John Stoesser
Rodney Reed
Kris Larson 
Bart Denie

The Bike Jam was held on June 9th at the Pincher Creek bike park.

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