Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cowley Nomination Day is Monday, Feb. 5


Notice of Nomination Day
Local Authorities Election Act (section 26)
Village of Cowley, Province of Alberta

Notice is hereby given that Nomination Day is Monday, February 5, 2018 and that nominations for the election of candidates for the following offices will be received at the location of the local jurisdiction office set out below between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon on Nomination Day.

Office: Councillor

Location of Local Jurisdiction Office:
Village of Cowley Office
518 Railway Ave, Cowley Alberta

Dated at the Village of Cowley in the Province of Alberta, this 22nd day of January, 2018.

Cindy Cornish
Returning Officer

Taking the heart to the next level (part 1)

Chris Ney - Sometimes we try and look for the easiest way to live.  We can even justify our lives by saying "I’m not as bad at that person. I do not steal, I do not murder, I do not lie, I help people where I can and really, I am a good person". That is the outside look and that is how I was first taught things like the 10 commandments. Do this and don’t do that, and in the end, you will be OK. When Jesus came into the world the religious people thought they would have their biggest fan ever. In fact, when Jesus came they thought He would just take over and rule. What they missed and I did for so long was that there is more to life than just following the basic rules.

A life well-lived

Joyce Sasse

Joyce Sasse -The picture of a 60-year-old woman expressing exuberant joy, which accompanied Jessie Snow’s obituary, says more than words can about how this 97-year-old celebrated life. She was my oldest and one of my dearest friends – and I feel so grateful she was part of my life all these years.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Multicultural Friendship Group Pot-luck Supper Jan. 27

Pincher Creek Multicultural Friendship Group 
Pot-luck Supper Meeting
January 27th ,2018

Our communities and homes can be rich store houses of items with special significance to each of our lives. Please join us at the next Multicultural Friendship Group as we explore this concept.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Revised Pincher Creek curling rink site plan drawing released

Jonathan Skrimshire -
The revised site plan drawing for the proposed new Pincher Creek curling rink has been released. The plan depicts a four or optionally six sheet rink. The rink structure is to be sited on the field north of the Multi-Purpose Facility, aligned on a north-south axis parallel with Robertson Avenue. Following the demolition of the existing rink, the area between the Arena and the disused Sobey's building is to be developed into an 81 stall parking lot. The existing parking area east of the library is to be reconfigured into a one way 32 stall loop. In addition, 12 angle parking stalls are to be provided adjacent to the proposed rink structure.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to Jan.14, 2018

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of  January 8 - 14, 2018 . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 38
Assaults - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 3
Theft under $5000 - 2
Driving complaints general) - 3
MV Collisions - 11
Liquor offences - 1
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
False Alarms - 2
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Prisoners held - 5

Charges laid against Raymond man in historical sex crimes investigation

RCMP Alberta - RCMP in Picture Butte have laid charges against a 49-year-old man following an investigation into allegations of sexual assaults that occurred 30 years ago.  On January 16, 2018 investigators arrested Marvin “Ross “ Harker (49) of Raymond, Alberta. He faces charges of Sexual Interference and has been released on a recognizance with conditions including no contact with persons under 18. Harker is scheduled to appear on February 7th, 2018 in Lethbridge Provincial Court.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Albertans urged to check naloxone kits

Alberta Health Services - Albertans in possession of naloxone kits are being asked to check the contents to ensure they contain two or three vials of the life-saving drug.  Alberta Health Services (AHS) has been made aware of naloxone kits distributed to clinics and pharmacies in Alberta with the naloxone vials missing.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek introduces KCL Consulting and Park Enterprises


The Town of Pincher Creek would like to introduce KCL Consulting and Park Enterprises as new partners for 2018.

KCL Consulting will be conducting all property assessments.

Monday, January 15, 2018

$180,330 grant announced for Beaver Mines water reservoir project

Edited from Government of Alberta press release - The governments of Canada and Alberta today announced federal-provincial funding of more than $16.3 million for four water and wastewater projects in Alberta. $180,330 (federal funding*) has been allotted to the Municipal District of Pincher Creek towards a new water reservoir for the Hamlet of Beaver Mines, which is intended to ensure an emergency supply of clean drinking water is available at all times.  Funding has also been allotted for wastewater treatment plant upgrades in the towns of Vermilion, Barrhead and St. Paul to increase capacity and ensure cleaner water is released back into the environment.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing January 12 - 18:

Pitch Perfect 3
Rated PG
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm daily

Rated General, in 3D
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm daily
2:00 pm 2D matinee on Sunday
In 2D on Wednesday

Showing January 19-25:

3-D, Rated G
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
2D on Wednesday
2D matinee Sunday at 2:00 pm

Three Billboards
Rated 14A
7:00 and 9:00 nightly

Mature person required for a part time position at the Fox Theatre
Duties are cashier, supervision of staff, have good computer skills and work well with the public. This would involve some weekend evenings.

Position available for part time cleaning, work on your own schedule, must be available some weekends.
Please send resumes to

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Local Councils hear proposal for a community grant writer

Jonathan Skrimshire - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek and Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek each received presentations from the Grant Writer Task Group at their first regular meetings of the new year. The group, comprised of Page Murphy, Claren Copp-Larocque, Sam Schofield and James Van Leeuwen, presented the case for the creation of a salaried position for a community grant writer.

The many faces of God

Joyce Sasse - My first Christmas away from home was 1963, when I was sent as a delegate to a Student Theologs’ Conference in Toronto. Remembering back, I recognize how the presentations at that Conference formed the bedrock on which my understanding of ministry rests.


Chris Ney - As a child growing up it seemed like all my parents had over me were rules, don’t do this, don’t do that. Then I went to school and rules just got added on because now the school had rules, and it seemed at a first glance that if you didn’t follow the rules you were out. What I didn’t see as a kid and teenager was that those rules were there for a reason, and most of that reason was to keep order and for the safety of everyone around including me. I always thought they were there just to hold me back, so I would often take the rules and bend them as much as I possibly could so that I could still do what I wanted but technically still stay in the confines of the so-called rules.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas
Dear Reena,

I am wondering how to remove the white adhesive that is stuck on our cherry, wood table without damaging the wood? - Donna

Dear Donna,

The simplest solution for removing adhesive on wood, is to wipe a small amount of either mayonnaise or peanut butter (smooth not crunchy) onto the area. Remove the access with a soft cloth, and clean the table as normal. Rubbing alcohol and WD-40 are also effective, however; these choices may strip the finish of the wood.

Pincher Creek Daycare Committee now an official committee of Town Council

Jonathan Skrimshire - Pincher Creek's Town Council recently adopted formal terms of reference for the Pincher Creek Daycare Committee. The group will henceforth function as an official committee of Council. The committee's mandate is to inquire, study and provide advice to the Town of Pincher Creek Council regarding matters related to child care in the community. The Committee currently consists of Councillors Sussanne O'Rourke, Brian McGillivray and Wayne Elliott. It is anticipated that community members will volunteer to fill three member at large positions.

Design for new Waterton visitor centre announced

Parks Canada concept drawings of  planned new Waerton Lakes National Park visitor centre

Chris Davis - On January 12, 2018 Parks Canada unveiled the design concept for a new visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park. According to Parks Canada, three design option were considered before design option three (pictured above), called The Town Plaza, was selected "following public consultations, a community open house, and the careful review and consideration of three design options."  The new centre will be located in the Waterton Townsite, a location which has been the subject of considerable controversy for Waterton residents.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Brocket teacher arrested for Child Pornography offences

Mark Anderson Piitaawotaan (Pincher Creek Voice file photo)
ALERT - An elementary school teacher in Brocket, Alberta, has been charged with child sexual exploitation offences following an investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation unit.

Mark Anderson was arrested on January 11, 2018 with the assistance of Pincher Creek RCMP, Piikani Nation RCMP and Lethbridge Police. The 44-year-old man teaches at Brocket Elementary School and is also involved in various youth-oriented community programs on the Piikani Nation Reserve, such as minor sports and Scouts Canada.

Anderson is charged with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography.

While the investigation and charges are related to online offences, ICE is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact local police or

Beaver Mines wastewater treatment project back to square one

Jonathan Skrimshire

"The site suitability for the proposed sanitary sewage lagoon development is considered low and site relocation is highly recommended". So reads the epitaph for the controversial Mill Creek wastewater lagoon. The patient was pronounced dead Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The Beaver Mines wastewater treatment project is now back to square one.

In the weeks to come, Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek will relaunch the effort to identify a suitable wastewater treatment solution for the community. All viable options are to be considered, including piping wastewater to the existing Pincher Creek facility. Council has also directed that terms of reference be drafted with the goal of contracting a project manager to oversee aspects of the project going forward.

New parking options for Emergency Department at Chinook Regional Hospital

Alberta Health Services - A new parking lot located north of the Emergency entrance at Chinook Regional Hospital is now open, after being used for construction equipment during the hospital’s re-development project.  This lot is intended for patients using the Emergency Department and will operate with our Pay by Plate equipment, similar to parking options in the north loop and Auxiliary areas.

Pincher Creek Weather

Letter: End of Beaver Mines wastewater gong show

Cornell Van Ryk - There were a lot of things lining up to kill it but Mother Earth stepped in and killed the Mill Creek lagoon option for the Beaver Mines wastewater. Test digs revealed that the bedrock was too close to surface to facilitate a lagoon installation at this site. This is more the result of good luck than good management, but we’ll take it.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to Jan. 7, 2018

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of  January 2 - 7, 2018. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 40
Assaults - 2
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Theft under $5000 - 2
Disturbing the Peace - 1
Driving complaints general) - 5
MV Collisions - 8
Liquor offences - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 4
Animal calls - 1
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 5

Annora Brown: Innovator

Annora Brown and Peter (at Moyie Lake cabin) - Photographed by Gordon Crighton, from the Galt Museum Archives

Joyce Sasse -
The Annora Brown Life & Legacy Project from 2017 moves ahead with vigour on many fronts.  She was so creative and used her many artistic skills in such inspired ways, I believe Annora’s story shall find good traction with Young Innovators. Furthermore, her inspired works, reflecting the intimacy she felt for each subject, provides important templates which successors will appreciate.

Free Farm Succession Planning Seminar Jan. 31


Free Farm Succession Planning Seminars

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 pm Lebel Mansion, 696 Kettles St.

Protect Your Land and Your Legacy
Best Practices for Farm Succession

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