Monday, December 22, 2014

Closed for Christmas

The Pincher Creek Voice will be closed from December 22 to January 5.  We wish you a very merry Christmas and holiday season, and we look forward to bringing you many more stories in 2015.

If there's an emergent story you'd like to tell us about during this time off, or to book an ad, contact us a or leave a message at 403-904-2666.  We will respond as soon as possible.

Alerts for: Crowsnest Pass - Pincher Creek - Waterton Lakes Nat. Park - Environment Canada

Alerts for: Crowsnest Pass - Pincher Creek - Waterton Lakes Nat. Park - Environment Canada

Wind warning in effect

Environment Canada
3:24 PM MST Monday 22 December 2014

Wind 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

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

A trough will develop along the foothills, resulting in strong winds with gusts reaching 100 km/h beginning Tuesday afternoon. Winds are expected to diminish Tuesday evening.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates. If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

Pincher Creek Health Centre elves prepare Christmas cheer for patients

Volunteers Sue Possnett, Linda Conley, Carol Fitzpatrick, June LeGrandeur, Bev Barr, Joyce McFarland, Edith Warkentin, Joanne Evans, and Rae Olds (Volunteer Coordinator- AHS)


While everyone appreciates the care delivered at Pincher Creek Health Centre, no one looks forward to being a patient during the holiday season. Thankfully, a clever gang of ‘elves” stockpiled a supply of well-stuffed stockings to brighten the spirits of those who had to be hospitalized over Christmas.

Wildrose announces new interim leader and critic roster

Wildrose Party press release

Today, the Wildrose Opposition announced Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Heather Forsyth as new interim leader and released an updated critic roster.

Policing in Alberta to December 22, 2014

Double fatality MVC near Rimbey
Charges laid in assault of 6 yr old at Paul Band First Nation

Charges laid in death of Gleichan teen
Cypress County rollover results in impaired charges

Travis Vader makes Queens Bench court appearance
Baby unharmed in Calgary stolen vehicle incident
Senior has parking mishap in Calgary
Witnesses to fatal Edmonton assault sought
Dead baby birds among prohibited goods at YYC
4th person charged in November Calgary bank robbery
Theft of snowmobile and side-by-side at Norris Beach

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Peewee Chinooks blank Thunder

Merry Christmas from the Peewee Chinooks

Merry Christmas from Livingstone Macleod MLA Pat Stier

Pincher Creek Co-op Holiday Hours

Turcott/CIBC building moves to new home at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Turcott/CIBC building at its new KBPV home
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis

The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) has successfully added the 108 year-old Turcott/CIBC building to the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) collection of historic Pincher Creek buildings.

Turcott/CIBC building move

Policing in Alberta to December 21, 2014

Double fatality MVC near High River
Stony Plain youth critically injured
Armed robbery at Scotiabank in High River
Mischief and theft from vehicle in Brooks
Man in critical condition after alleged Edmonton assault

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Santa visits the MCC

Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena last Tuesday, where he enlisted the help of  Pappy Olson.  Claus heard requests from Initiation and Novice Chinooks and Olson handed out goodie bags. Then Santa reportedly took his sled to Sudsy's to get it washed before his upcoming big journey on December 25.

Follow Santa's journey on December 25

You can follow Santa's December 25 journey courtesy of Norad at or via the @NoradSanta twitter feed, embedded below.

Policing in Alberta to December 20, 2014

Wanted: John Frid
EPS on the hunt for “Blizzard Bandit”
Infant homicide in Edmonton
Death of Siksika teen under investigation
Winfield ATB armed robbers sought
Fatality MVC near Red Deer
RCMP arrest Travis Vader
Arrests made in forcible confinement investigation
Mail thefts in Red Deer
Truck struck pedestrian in Leduc
RCMP and Citizens Patrol in St. Albert
Firearms seizure and charges near Duchess
Charges laid in Whidden homicide
Single vehicle rollover near Sundre
Strickland painting located
Tanker truck burns after hitting horse
Armed robbery of Calgary cabbie
Multi-million $ mortgage fraudsters charged
Guns seized in Brooks drug investigation
Carjacking in Calgary
EPS lays charge of manslaughter in traffic fatality
June Edmonton death confirmed homicide
EPS concludes investigation of 2nd homicide of 2014


Wanted: John Frid

Red Deer RCMP are currently looking for 39 year old John Daryl Frid of Red Deer, who is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for breaching his parole.

Wanted: John Frid

Coming Up for Christmas at the Pincher Creek Arena


Monday December 22 & 29
Friday January 2 

Tuesday December 23 & 30

Wednesday December 24, 31

December 22, 23, 29, and 30

Don’t Forget about ICE rentals
Call The Rec Office 403-627-4322

Friday, December 19, 2014

Shell donates $20,000 to Pincher Creek Emergency Room Project

Jordan Koch, Adrian Hartman, Rod Sinclair, and Sylvia Inabnit

Toni Lucas

On Thursday December 18 the Windy Slopes Health Foundation (WSHF)  received a $20,000 check from Shell Waterton to go toward their Emergency Room Project. WSHF has been fundraising for this cause for a number of years and is getting very close to making it a reality. Some of those who attended the presentation included Pincher Creek Health Centre Site Manager Jordan Koch, WSHF members Adrian Hartman and Sylvia Inabnit, and Shell Waterton Community Affairs Coordinator Rod Sinclair. "This donation pushes us past the 75% mark, and gets us one step closer," said Inabnit.  Hartman also expressed his appreciation for the donation. One of the ways that the WSHF has been fundraising for this cause is through the 'Trees of Hope' campaign. The hospital has brightly lit metal trees out along Hewitson Avenue as a symbol of the drive, and in the lobby there is tree wall hanging with presents that are tagged with names of those who have donated this year.

Albert Stella to be closed indefinitely

 Albert Stella Memorial Arena
Google Street View image
Municipality of Croswsnest Pass press release

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has received a facility review and evaluation of the Albert Stella Memorial Arena. The purpose of the review, which commenced in 2013, was to investigate the condition of the building, short and long term renovation costs, and the viability of renovation options. As a result of the evaluation, several flags were raised by the consultant with regard to the condition of the building that will require further evaluation and testing. As a precaution, and in the interest of ensuring the health and safety of our user groups, staff and the public, the Municipality must temporarily close the facility until the full scope of the issues are investigated further.

The Municipality apologizes for the short notice, however this issue required immediate action to minimize safety risks. The Municipality will be working with the user groups to attempt to find alternate arrangements so that they may continue their programming. For more information please contact Lyle Hannan, Director of Community Services at (403) 562-8833.

Community Foundation announces $4.4 million gift from Pincher area rancher Bill Long

Donor Bill Long gazes out on his Hereford cattle
Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

Rural communities across southwestern Alberta will benefit from the $4.4 million estate bequest of Bill Long, a rancher from the Fishburn district southeast of Pincher Creek. The donation was announced at an event on December 19 that was attended by past and current board and staff members of the Community Foundation, community members and friends and family of Bill Long.

Napi Builds hampers to fulfill Christmas requests

Justin One Owl and Nathan Provost filling hampers
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Napi Friendship Association (NFA) had volunteers filling hampers for close to 200 hamper requests on Thursday, December 18, doing their best to make sure that every family in our communities could have a merry Christmas. "We had an extremely generous donation from the food bank," explained Napi Executive Director Dianna Gray. NFA was distributing hampers to those that had made requests through the Napi membership, Brighter Futures, Piikani Children and Family Services, and Piikani elders. "We have had amazing volunteers" Gray said. As well as packing hampers, volunteers picked donations and supplies, and did deliveries. Gray said that even though the office will be closed over the holidays someone will be checking the phone (403-627-4224) in case of emergency hampers.

Countdown to Christmas winners: the Hutchison family

Sharon Roberts with Brandi and Phillip Hutchison
T. Lucas photo

Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the winner for their Countdown to Christmas Passport contest was Brandi Hutchison. Brandi and Dave Hutchison are the parents of three children and together they filled in two passports. Brandi was delighted to find our that she was the winner and says this is the first time that she has won anything, ever. When she picked up the package that contained $1,250 worth of gift certificates to local businesses she said, "I think it is very important to shop local."

Heartwarming talent show at Canyon School

MCs Jaxon and Justin
Toni Lucas

Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek held a  'North Pole Talent Show' on Thursday, December 18. Principal Carole Goodreau was happy to hand all the credit for the performances to the students and the school's new music teacher Candice Janzen.  Janzen has been working with the students since November 1 to deliver two blockbuster performances that showcased vocal, instrumental and dance pieces.  The first performance was held in the morning, the second during the afternoon. "What you see up here is definitely all her work," said Goodreau.

Raiden 'Hid a frog in sisters bed'  - grade 1

Know the numbers that will help over the holiday season

Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has a range of supports available for Albertans who need help during the Christmas season.

Families experience more stress during the holiday season for a variety of reasons – financial strain, time spent with family members who may be abusive or even just the pressure to be happy during a time of personal vulnerability.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

My children love to eat chicken wings. I make them by battering them with flour and spices but, when I deep fry the wings the coating falls off, making a big mess of skinless chicken wings. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Rorie

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.

Tories open gates to large wooden horse

Phil Burpee

     Well, I suppose somebody should make comment on the further, possibly terminal, degradation of what remained of our wilting democracy in this province. On the face of it, what do we have? - an unelected Premier blithely eviscerates Her Majesty's loyal opposition in a feeding-frenzy of self-congratulatory malfeasance, thusly undermining everything that is understood to be dynamic and accountable in the Westminster system of government. The electorate is removed from the equation as being a mere peripheral adjunct to the affirmation of power. Democratic process is thoroughly flouted. And this is touted as a good day in Alberta politics by the Premier himself. For truly, if we are to believe it to be so, he sees nothing wrong in this - an indication of just how far the rot has set in. And yet there is more.

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