Sunday, March 17, 2019

Paradise musings continued

Joyce Sasse - Why are there so many Christian Denominations today? Give some thought to how external powers influenced changes in the church in the 9th century and beyond…

In the first millennium there was a dominant “form of Christianity that affirmed life in this world as the place of salvation”, according to research-theologians Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker. Even though many faced persecution and were executed, early Christians held tight to their beliefs.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Fox Theatre show times

Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444
We accept debit cards.

Showing March 15-21:

Rated General
7:10 & 8:45 nightly
Matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm

Held Over, 2D/3D, Rated PG Violent Scenes 
7:00 & 9:20 nightly
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00

Tuesday’s are cheap night and Wednesday is bring your own bowl for free popcorn. 

Please note:  Tuesday’s are Cheap Night and Wednesdays are Bring Your Own Bowl for free popcorn.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Claresholm RCMP and surrounding detachments deal with high winds and collisions

RCMP Alberta - Claresholm and surrounding RCMP detachments are advising motorists that travel on Highway 2 between Fort MacLeod and High River is not recommended for any large/light vehicles - RVs /empty tractor trailers due to extremely high winds.

Police have responded to several overturned trailers on Highway 2.

Coaldale RCMP Warn of Dangerous Lethbridge Area Highway Driving Conditions

RCMP Alberta – Coaldale RCMP wish to advise the public that area highways including 3 and Highway 23 outside the City of Lethbridge are in poor driving condition with extremely slippery areas and blowing snow caused by high winds. RCMP are currently at the scene of several collisions in this area. Please slow down if you have to drive on Lethbridge area highways.

Making peace with mortality

Registered Nurse Rachel McGean helps patients navigate the considerations involved with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) across South Zone for Alberta Health Services. “We don’t want people picking this as their first choice,” she says. “We want to make sure that they’re aware of all the options. Whether they choose those options is still their choice, but they need to know that they’re there.”

Navigator ensures patient aware of options in Medical Assistance in Dying

Story & Photo by Sherri Gallant - Many patients are very close to death already by the time they start looking for information about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Others, upon learning they have a terminal illness, make inquiries at the outset to determine what options they have nearer to the end.

Men and women who choose this route all have one thing in common — a terminal illness. They are or will be suffering, depleted and in pain. And, while they understand the inevitability of their death, they would prefer to have it happen on their own terms.

In the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the first point of contact in the MAID process is Navigator Rachel McGean, who can be reached through an e-mail address on the AHS MAID website. People can also make the request by calling Health Link (811), through the Palliative Care team or through their physician.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Finding Paradise: In this world or the next

(Lenten Musings gives opportunity for Christians to reflect on basic understandings about how our Faith evolved.)

Joyce Sasse, Lenten Musings - From earliest of times, the Hebrew people looked back expectantly to see who would re-open the gates to the Garden of Eden. Their paradise garden was almost within reach. Their stories and songs were filled with images of one day re-entering the place of safety and abundance.

This expectation focused on a messiah-like person. Finally one did come who talked about fulfilling old promises, being baptised into a new realm of love, offering hope and healing to those in despair.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Child porn charges laid after ICE receives tip from Australia

ALERT - Following an extensive ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit investigation, numerous new charges relating to child sexual exploitation have now been laid against Christopher Juneau. The total number of charges now stands at 73.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 25 - March 4, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for theperiod of February 25 to March 4, 2019. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 36
Sexual assault - 1
Assaults - 2
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Theft under $5000 - 1
Impaired Driving - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 1
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 2
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 1
Prisoners held – 1

Fortis donates $1000 to Spring Glen Elementary School green project

Submitted -
The Spring Glen Elementary School welcomed Darryl Pederson from Fortis Alberta on March 4 to deliver a check for a project proposed by the school.

A while ago, Fortis asked schools how they could “green up” their areas and the Spring Glen Elementary School discussed how planting trees would be a great way to enhance our playground and play spaces around the school. Fortis decided to name the school an Environmental Ambassador in the Green Up Program and gave them a grant of $1000.00 to help with the project. It is greatly appreciated!

Shiny's Commercial Cleaning

Turner Valley RCMP seeking the public’s assistance in locating wanted male

Wanted: Matthew Lee Grouette

RCMP Alberta - Turner Valley RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Matthew Lee Grouette who is charged and wanted in connection to multiple crimes in the Turner Valley area.

Historic Winter Games for Team Alberta

Government of Alberta -
Team Alberta has surpassed the all-time medals count for the province as the 2019 Canada Winter Games wrap up.  Team Alberta took home 100 medals, including a record 36 gold, finishing third behind Quebec and Ontario. They also took home the Centennial Cup for showing greatest improvement, and the Jack Pelech Award for best combination of good sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation and competitive performance. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RCMP Investigate theft of Cargo Trailer in Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek RCMP - On March 5th, 2019 at approximately 8:50 AM, the Pincher Creek RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a theft of a Cargo Trailer in the Town of Pincher Creek. A white coloured 2016 Royal utility double axle trailer (14 ft), (vin 2S9FL336XG3034167) AB licence plate 5BK422 was stolen from a residence.

The trailer had approximately $8000.00 in Power tools inside, along with shelving. The trailer had rock chips in the front as well as a large dent on the driver-side wheel well.

Police are continuing their investigation and are requesting anyone with information regarding this matter to contact the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP investigating Break and Enter, Poaching

RCMP Alberta - Pincher Creek RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in gathering information on the following crimes:

On Thursday February 28th, 2019 Pincher Creek RCMP and Alberta Conservation Officers attended a Break and Enter at the Beaver Mines Lake Provincial Campground. Person(s) unknown had cut the locks to several gates and then broke into three sea cans. They then stole six "Specialized" brand Fat Bikes, helmets, sets of handlebar mittens and seat storage bags. Value of the stolen items is over $10,000.00.

When the officers were on scene conducting their investigation into the theft they noted a blood trail near the sea-cans that led them to a head of a cow moose, a cape, and entrails from a field-dressed moose.

Police believe these incidents are connected and committed by the same person(s).

If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Pincher Creek RCMP at (403) 627-6010, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

Medical lead finds joy in helping the dying

“I feel that all people should be able to have a good death however they perceive it to be, and to have access to that where they live,” says Dr. Dionne Walsh, Physician Lead for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for South Zone of Alberta Health Services.
  • Dr. Dionne Walsh takes time to hear their stories, share in their lives
Story & photo by Sherri Gallant - Dr. Dionne Walsh had always wanted to be a family doctor, but her Lethbridge practice took an unexpected turn after about seven years. She loved family medicine, as she knew she would, especially the opportunity to get to know her patients well over long periods of their lives.  “But I found that I really enjoyed caring for patients with incurable illness, and those near end of life,” says Walsh. “Providing palliative care, following people I knew and journeying with them and their families through that time in their life.

“People say that must be such a hard thing to do, but it’s just such a lovely thing to do, and such a special time to be a part of people’s lives. I can spend a lot of time talking with my patients about fishing, or cooking or their losses, their family and the things that are important to them. They teach me so many things. It’s been very special.”

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Prairie gal touched by Paradise Gardens

Joyce Sasse, Lenten Musings
- The TV series “Paradise Gardens” whisked me back to wonderful experiences of traveling through India, Kashmir and the Middle East more than half a life-time ago.  Host Monty Don carefully and repeatedly described the essential role the oasis-like gardens of Islamic lands play in the psyche of desert people.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 18 - 25, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of February 18-25, 2019. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 52
Sexual assault - 2
Assaults - 2
Domestic assault - 1
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Theft under $5000 - 2
Impaired Driving - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 3
MV Collisions - 6 
Liquor offences - 3
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 8
Prisoners held - 9

Alberta RCMP warn public of frauds – Over 11,000 reports received last year

RCMP Alberta - March is Fraud Prevention Month and in all of 2018, there were over 11,000 reports of fraud within Alberta RCMP jurisdiction. Impersonation and identity related incidents accounted for 14 per cent of all reported frauds for the year.

Protect yourself by learning how to recognize fraud. Here are some tips:
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Ignore communication from unknown contacts
  • Purchase items from reputable organizations
  • Never send money on a dating site
  • Regularly monitor credit card statements for unknown charges
  • Research organizations via the Better Business Bureau
  • Don’t leave personal identification in your vehicle
Check out our social media accounts and #StopFraud2019 and #FPM2019 for more fraud education and tips. Follow us on Twitter @RCMPAlberta and on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta.

If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to your local police service and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at: or by calling: 1-888-495-8501.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Deadline for farm workers driver training extended

Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta is extending the deadline for farm workers to comply with new training requirements for commercial drivers until March 1, 2020.  To improve road safety, the province is introducing a Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program for drivers seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence. This new requirement comes into effect on March 1, 2019. It does not apply to any driver who obtained a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence on or before Oct. 10, 2018.

Following consultation with the agriculture industry, the government is extending the deadline for farmers and farm workers to comply with the MELT requirements to accommodate the demands of the 2019 farming season.

Compliments brand Chicken Nuggets recalled

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency food recall warning issued on January 25, 2019 has been updated to include additional product information. Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Chicken Nuggets from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described at this link (click here).

Wildfire operations prepare for 2019 season

Government of Alberta - It might still be winter, but wildfire officials are already preparing for this year’s wildfire season.  Alberta’s wildfire season officially runs from March 1 to October 31. Across the province’s forest areas, firefighters, equipment and aircraft are being put in place as part of Alberta’s commitment to wildfire response.

As of March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Fire permits let firefighters know exactly where planned burning is being done. Permits also help prevent false calls, which ensures firefighters are available for real wildfire response. Fire permits are free and can be requested from any Agriculture and Forestry office.

Last fire season, 1,288 wildfires burned more than 59,800 hectares in Alberta.  

More than 60 per cent (777) of 2018’s wildfires were human-caused.

If you see a wildfire burning in the forest, report it toll-free at 310-FIRE (3473).

Fort Macleod RCMP investigate assault - update

RCMP Alberta - On February 27, 2019, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Fort Macleod RCMP responded to an assault of a male in the town of Fort Macleod.  Fort Macleod RCMP with assistance from the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch and the Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that several males were involved with an incident involving a firearm. One adult male suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.  A search warrant was conducted at the residence and at this time police have not determined the identity of all the males that were present.  It is believed this was not a random act and the individuals were known to each other.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Pete got his wish for death with dignity

Penny Craig smiles while reading about her late brother Peter Craig in the Fort Macleod Gazette. “No one wanted Peter to die, but we also didn’t want him to suffer as he had for so many years.”
Story & photo by Sherri Gallant - On the morning of the day Peter (‘Pete’) Craig chose to die, the comings and goings of family and friends warmed his heart and home. They sat with him in his room, reminisced and said their last goodbyes. And, of course, there were tears. Lots of tears.

‘We didn’t want him to suffer as he had for so many years’

When the hour came for the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) physician to start the procedure that would end Peter’s life, the visitors had gone home. Earlier that day, they had gathered in a vacant suite just down the hall from Pete’s. Family and friends had coffee, swapped stories and took turns spending one-on-one time with him. Some people who have MAID want loved ones around them for the actual event, but Peter chose to be alone with the doctor and MAID team (‘event’ is the word used when referring to the actual date and hour of the procedure).

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rural spiritual values

Joyce Sasse - A family gathers to help prepare for the funeral of their father. In reply to the questions “What were his feelings about faith?”, their first words were “He was never a church-goer … but he did believe in God!” That gave an opening to find words for how his actions gave voice to his values.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena, I baked a cheesecake for friends last weekend; I thought the cake was thoroughly baked because the sides were solid, and the middle jiggled a little. I iced the cake and placed it in the fridge. Hours later, I sliced the cake and was mortified when I saw the inside was liquid. What is the best way to check a homemade cheesecake for doneness? B.

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