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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fort Macleod RCMP search for missing 17 year old


RCMP Alberta
- The RCMP in Fort Macleod are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 17 year old male.

Gerad John Vanee was last seen during the night of December 8. He was driving a 2017 white Ford Explorer. When Gerad did not arrive home at the expected time, RCMP were notified.

Gerad is described as Caucasian, 5'8" tall and weighing 138lbs. Gerad has brown hair and blue eyes.

The RCMP would like to check on the well-being of Gerad and are asking for the assistance of the general public. Should anyone know of Gerad's whereabouts, please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP.

Alone in the Clamour


Joyce Sasse - My friend, normally a faithful chorister and church attender, absolutely hated attending the Christmas Eve Candle Light Service. Her complaint? In her city congregation the tradition was for individuals to walk to the front in family clusters to light their candles. It meant she had to walk down the central aisle of the church alone. This careless oversight caused pain.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Roger Reid wins United Conservative nomination in Livingstone-Macleod


United Conservative Party - Leader Jason Kenney has issued a statement following the nomination of Roger Reid as the party’s candidate in Livingstone-Macleod for the 2019 provincial election:

“Over two days of voting, more than 880 United Conservative members in Livingstone-Macleod cast ballots for their preferred candidate for the next election from amongst three great contestants.  I would like to congratulate Roger Reid on winning this highly competitive race.

Friday, December 7, 2018

State of the Voice December 2018


Chris Davis, Publisher, Pincher Creek Voice - We established the Pincher Creek Voice more than 8 years ago with a simple mission statement: "All the news fits".  We sought to leverage the power of modern technology, including the internet and social media, in a way that ideally allowed this community to see itself in a clearer way.  We sought to elevate its citizens.  We sought, as much as possible, to observe the story rather than be part of it.

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Arrests made during execution of search warrant at Moses Lake residence


Blood Tribe Police Service - On November 28, 2018, members of the Blood Tribe Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the Moses Lake community of the Blood Indian Reserve.  Police have arrested and charged Dakota Laderoute of Edmonton & Leanne Ternes of Cardston, with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine & Methamphetamine, Possession of Proceeds of Crime & Trespassing as per the Kainai Trespass Act.

Police seized 21 grams of Crack Cocaine, 3 grams of Methamphetamine, cell phones & $830 in Canadian currency.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blood Tribe man charged with Sexual Interference and Assault


Blood Tribe Police Service - The Blood Tribe Police Service have arrested and charged 54 year old Ronnie Standing Alone, with one count of Sexual Interference and one count of Assault. Standing Alone is a bus driver with the Blood Tribe Bus Co-Op.  Standing Alone has been released with several conditions and will appear in Cardston Provincial Court on December 10, 2018.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sweet Kale recalled nationally due to Listeria monocytogenes


Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Industry is recalling Eat Smart brand Salad Shake Ups – Sweet Kale from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Alberta RCMP recover large quantity of explosives. Remember, don’t touch!


RCMP Alberta - Explosives and detonators that are not disposed of properly are extremely dangerous and surprisingly common on Alberta properties. Historic rules gave Alberta farmers easy access to dynamite and as a result there is a large quantity of explosives that remain forgotten on properties.

From November 2017 to October 2018 the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) recovered a substantial amount of commercial explosives:

· 25 kilograms of Geogel

· 205 sticks of dynamite

· eight slurry explosives

· 233 detonators

· 2½ rolls (approximately 750 metres long) of detonator cord

· one bag of cordite (from Second World War)

“Please remember that no matter how old an explosive is, it is still extremely dangerous,” says Cpl. Paul Zanon. “We want Albertans to be safe and the safest thing to do is to call us.”

Anyone who finds explosives or detonators should contact their local police immediately. Citizens are reminded not to move or touch explosives and providing a picture and an approximate age is helpful. RCMP EDU is trained to safely dispose of explosives and detonators and there is no cost to the public for this service.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP investigate armed robbery


RCMP Alberta - On December 4, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am., Crowsnest Pass RCMP received a call of an armed robbery at the Blairmore, Shell Gas Station/Circle K Convenience Store. A man walked into the business and pointed under his clothing, what a witness believed to be a firearm. The man left the business with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. The suspect was subsequently located by officers from the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass Detachments and was arrested without incident.

The male was wanted in connection with offences committed in Lethbridge earlier that day. The accused is being held in custody pending a bail hearing. He faces charges of robbery, theft and breach of his release conditions.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek to commence Deer Aversion Program


Town of Pincher Creek - At the November 7 Pincher Creek Town Council meeting a motion was passed to allow for a deer-control program to be implemented in the Town of Pincher Creek. The permit for this program has now been approved, and the program will be commencing Wednesday December 5.

A permit from Alberta Environment and Parks has been issued to aversively condition mule deer within the Town of Pincher Creek using scent and auditory deterrents, paintballs and a leashed and controlled canine. Mule deer will not be handled or captured during this process.

Friday, November 30, 2018

New health and safety rules in force on Alberta farms and ranches

Government of Alberta - Farm and ranch workers now have similar health and safety requirements as workers in other industries and other provinces.


On December 1, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code will apply to farms and ranches that employ waged, non-family workers. The code contains technical health and safety rules and now includes new rules specifically for farms and ranches.

Tragedy as mobile home is damaged in Spruce Villa fire


Chris Davis - At approximately 3:00 pm yesterday, November 29, 2018, Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a dwelling fire at the Spruce Villa mobile home park, located on the northeast hill of the town.  According to PCES Chief David Cox, the fire was managed (contained) within 15 minutes, and remained contained within the structure.  No other structures were damaged.

Chief Cox said the fire did not appear to be suspicious in nature, and that insurance inspectors would likely ultimately determine its cause and financial implications.

Unfortunately, according to Chief Cox, a dog was probably killed in the fire.  Cats may have survived it.

In addition to a fire engine from the Pincher Creek station, Chief Cox also enlisted the assistance of the Beaver Mines and Lundbreck stations, in case it turned out to be more difficult to contain than it was.


Nanton RCMP recovered stolen property after pursuit with police


RCMP Alberta - On November 28, 2018 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Nanton and High River RCMP were conducting rural patrols in the area of Township Road 164 and Range Road 290, when they located a truck and cargo trailer that had been stolen from Chestermere earlier in the morning.

Police approached the truck and observed the driver flee and jumped into a waiting silver car. Police attempted to stop the car but it fled the area. RCMP members from Nanton, Claresholm, High River, and Turner Valley detachments assisted in locating and safely brought the fleeing vehicle to a stop just south of Black Diamond, Alta., close to Highway 22.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fort MacLeod RCMP member charged with assault after investigation


RCMP Alberta - A Fort MacLeod, Alberta RCMP member has been charged with assault following a police investigation.

On April 13, 2018, Cst. Troy Heystek responded to a 911 call made from a home in Granum, Alta. After confirming the welfare of the resident of that home, Cst. Heystek and the resident entered into a verbal exchange that escalated and became physical. It is alleged that Cst. Heystek pushed and punched the resident.

Statement from the developers of the Windy Point Wind Farm Project



Boralex - We acknowledge the decision made by the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) of Pincher Creek this month to deny the development permit approval for the proposed 50MW Windy Point Wind Farm Project. We are disappointed with the decision and the factors that led to MPC’s conclusions on this matter. We are currently considering our options to address the decision made by the MPC.

We, as developers of the Windy Point Wind Farm, believe in environmental stewardship and are committed to respecting and protecting wildlife habitat and the environment throughout the Project’s development, construction and operation and eventual decommissioning.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Role-playing gives new meaning to ancient scripture

The Prophet Isaiah - Gustav Dore, Wikimedia commons
Joyce Sasse - A young farmer tried to re-enact a scene from the life of the 6th century BC Prophet Isaiah. It was a life-changing experience.

My friend knew this Scripture passage was always read at church on the first Sunday of Advent. So, when we invited the community to re-enact a “Bethlehem Market Scene” as our way of preparing for Christmas, his family came costumed as the Prophet’s family.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Carfentanil overdoses plague Blood Tribe

Blood Tribe Administration - Chief and Council continue to hear reports of substance misuse in our community, and in particular a street drug known as carfentanil which is extremely dangerous. We are concerned about the well-being of our tribal members and issue this warning again in hopes of preventing deaths. We have been informed that more overdoses have occured in recent days and the alert is not being taken seriously. This deadly drug has the potential to cause respiratory arrest and death after just one dose. One hundred times more potent than fentanyl, it is being sold in our community to unsuspecting users.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Stettler RCMP issue warning about Gift Cloud (pyramid) scheme


RCMP Alberta - The Stettler RCMP has recently obtained information on an illegal scheme being conducted in Stettler commonly referred to as a 'Gift Cloud'. The premise of this scheme is that people are invited to participate in what's considered a gift sharing group in which each participant will provide an amount of money that will be put in a 'pot' that will be given to the person at the 'top' of the pyramid and be removed from the group.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek denies two cannabis retail sales applications


Town of Pincher Creek - Two applications for cannabis retail sales were discussed this morning (November 20, 2018) at the Municipal Development Subdivision Authority (MDSA) meeting.  Both applications were refused. The applications were refused due to their proposed locations not adhering to the Municipal cannabis retail sale Bylaw No.1547.

LLG: Continuing wind development threatens environmentally sensitive grassland areas


Livingstone Landowners Group - In a bold move, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek this month denied development permit approval for the proposed 50MW Windy Point Wind Park northeast of Pincher Creek.  The decision follows numerous concerns raised by area residents and landowners about the environmental risks posed by this project and other wind-related infrastructure development.

"We applaud the MD of Pincher Creek Municipal Planning Commission for taking the widespread concerns of so many people to heart," said Bill Trafford, President of the Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG). "We need to consider the cumulative impact of all this development, including the proposed transmission infrastructure tied specifically to new wind projects in this region."

Charges laid in connection with June Hwy 3 death of Piikani man


RCMP Alberta - Charges have been laid against a 62 year old Lethbridge man who was operating a vehicle involved in a collision on Highway 3 near Coalhurst on June 25, 2018. This collision resulted in the death of a 42 year old man from the Piikani Nation.

Douglas Bagnall has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 80 mg% causing death. Mr. Bagnall was arrested on November 18, 2018, held in custody for a bail hearing. He has now been granted release based on conditions. His next court date is November 27, 2018 at the Lethbridge Provincial Court.

Border tips for Black Friday


Canada Border Services Agency - With the holiday season around the corner, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travellers and online shoppers of their responsibilities when importing goods to Canada. Whether you're flying or driving, these tips will help you plan accordingly.

Warrants and arrests in Claresholm


RCMP Alberta - On November 21, 2018, Claresholm RCMP members with the assistance of the RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team, (CRT) in and effort to reduce prolific offenders and rural crimes, attended a number of residences in the town of Claresholm in and effort to execute outstanding arrest warrants.  Two adult males and a female young offender all from the town of Claresholm were arrested after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the town of Claresholm.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Claresholm RCMP seek assistance in assault investigation

Assault suspect

RCMP Alberta -
The Claresholm RCMP is asking the public for assistance in solving an assault that occurred earlier this year. On January 20th, 2018, an unknown male forced his way into a residence in the town of Claresholm and assaulted a female. A composite sketch of the suspect was released closer to the time of the event and is being released again to see if anyone recognizes the male in the drawing. This investigation is ongoing.

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