Friday, August 28, 2015

Dr. Paul Connett speaks against proposed Crowsnest/Pincher Creek landfill incinerator

Dr. Paul Connett
T. Lucas photos and video
Toni Lucas with notes from Chris Davis

Dr. Paul Connett is a outspoken opponent of incineration, and anti-fluoridation activist. He held a presentation in the Cowley Community Hall on Wednesday, August 26, a day after he appeared as a delegation at the regular meeting of council for the MD of Pincher Creek on Tuesday, August 25. Dr. Connett holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry, specializing in environmental chemistry and toxicology.

Upcoming Spey Creek Trophy Hunting presentations at Backcountry Outhouse

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New Zealand Spey Creek Trophy Hunting 
Information and Booking Dinners

Backcountry Outhouse (Cowley)
Sunday, August 30, Monday August 31
Dinner 6:00 pm



Hosted by Back Country Butchering, Backcountry Outhouse and Spey Creek Trophy Hunting

For reservations call 403-751-5000 or 403-628-2686 
Reserved bookings only

Complimentary prime rib dinner

Imagine navigating a sportsman's paradise without worry of licensing or tags and without a limit on the amount of animals you can hunt. Picture yourself stalking wild game through untouched wilderness, guided by people passionate about the outdoors and, most importantly, the thrill of the hunt. Don't just imagine it... Experience it! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One day left to take Tiger trout stocking survey

Tiger trout
Matthew Tyree photo, Wikimedia Commons
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is asking citizens to voice their opinion on a two-year experimental stocking of sterile Tiger trout in nine Alberta lakes to create "Quality Stocked Fisheries".

According to AEP  "The objective for the stocking of tiger trout in Alberta is to create mono-culture tiger trout and mixed trout destination fisheries that provide a unique recreational opportunity for anglers."

Tiger trout is a sterile hybrid produced by crossing brown trout and brook trout.

Nine lakes are being assessed as potential waters for the experimental stocking of Tiger trout. The objective for the stocking of tiger trout in Alberta is to create mono-culture tiger trout and mixed trout destination fisheries that provide a unique recreational opportunity for anglers.

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Town and MD agree to joint Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission

Back row (l-r): Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Town Councillor Lorne Jackson, MD Councillor Garry Marchuk, Town Councillors Doug Thornton and Jim Litkowski, MD Councillor Fred Schoening, Town Councillor Mark Barber
Front row: Mayor Don Anderberg, Reeve Brian Hammond
C. Davis photo

Christian Davis

Councils for the Town of Pincher Creek and the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) today announced they have reached  an agreement "to jointly provide fire and ambulance services through the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission" and that disaster management services "will be jointly provided by the newly formed Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization".

The announcement closes an uncertain chapter in emergency management for the greater Pincher Creek area, and opens a new chapter of cooperation between the two governing political entities.  The Village of Cowley is also covered by the new Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization (PCEMO).  Pincher Station, Beaver Mines, and Lundbreck are also included as MD communities.

Blue-green Algae bloom advisory issued for Chain Lakes Reservoir


Pincher Creek - A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Chain Lakes Reservoir (97 kilometres north of Pincher Creek).

Please note: although this Advisory is specific to Chain Lakes Reservoir, all South Zone residents are reminded to be vigilant for the presence of blue-green algae in all bodies of water, including private ponds and irrigation canals, which are not routinely monitored by AHS. If blue-green algae are believed to be present, the same precautions outlined below are advised. To learn more about blue-green algae, including the visual appearance of the algae, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/bga.asp.

Special air quality statement from Environment Canada

Smoky scene west of Pincher Creek
C. Davis photo (150825)
Environment Canada

Issued at 10:45 Thursday August 27, 2015

Air quality is poor over Southern and Central Alberta. Forest fire smoke travelling in from the Northwestern United States is reducing visibilities and creating poor air quality over much of southern Alberta. Individuals living in or travelling in this area are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In the current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can: 
  • reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments
  • close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors
  • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting
  • Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light
  • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside
  • Avoid running fans, such as whole-house fans or fresh air ventilation systems, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside
  • Switch all floor registers to closed position
  • Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces
  • Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles
  • If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed
  • Run car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air
  • Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants
  • Do not smoke tobacco - smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you. 

Residents are reminded not to use backyard fire pits or fire boxes in parks when the air quality risk is high or very high, as it is now. Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as copd and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms, due to the current air conditions.  These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke-related illness. Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call health link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse. Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. 

Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Blue-green algae bloom advisory issued for Henderson Lake


Lethbridge - A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Henderson Lake (in the city of Lethbridge).

Please note: although this Advisory is specific to Henderson Lake, all South Zone residents are reminded to be vigilant for the presence of blue-green algae in all bodies of water, including private ponds and irrigation canals, which are not routinely monitored by AHS. If blue-green algae are believed to be present, the same precautions outlined above are advised. To learn more about blue-green algae, including the visual appearance of the algae, visit  www.albertahealthservices.ca/bga.asp.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School with Asthma


  • How to avoid the "September spike" in asthma symptoms

Pincher Creek Associate Clinic

With a new school year starting, it is time to make a "back to school" to-do list. If you are a parent of a child with asthma, you also have to plan for the "September spike" - the annual peak in asthma flare-ups that sends hundreds of school children and their family members to emergency rooms in the weeks after school begins.


To help you prepare for the new school year we have created the back to school with asthma checklist (below).

Division 1 election candidate Tony Bruder


Tony Bruder is running for Councillor in Pincher Creek Municipal District Division 1. Voting will take place on the September 14, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. The voting station will be located at Twin Butte Community Hall.  Click here for more information.

Contributed by Tony Bruder

I grew up on the family ranch at the confluence of Yarrow and Drywood Creeks, and was taught from a young age that being an active member of the community is very important. I attended St. Michael’s School, then went on to Olds College for Agricultural Production. My whole life I knew I wanted to ranch, and felt blessed when Lorraine & I were given the chance to purchase the ranch from Mom and Dad (Joe & Vernie Bruder) in 1993. Together with our two children Nathan & Tannis, we operate a cow/calf operation.

Division 1 election candidate Quentin Stevick


Quentin Stevick is running for Councillor in Pincher Creek Municipal District Division 1. Voting will take place on the September 14, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. The voting station will be located at Twin Butte Community Hall.  Click here for more information.

Contributed by Quentin Stevick

My wife, Anne and I are the owners and operators of Bar 15 Simmentals Inc. on the Township Line Road.

A few years ago we sold our purebred cattle after years of successful bull sales. We supplied quality breeding stock to our customers, many of whom are currently raising livestock in this MD. We now run a custom grazing program on our ranch which I manage on a daily basis. Our entire working lives have been spent in production agriculture and everything we have is because of cattle.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

OHV and random camping concerns expressed to Minister

Pincher Creek resident Joe Cunningham recently sent the following letter to Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Philips.

Dear Minister Phillips,

I have watched the Forestry Reserve in southern Alberta over the past 25 years become increasingly degraded. The biggest problem seems to have been the policy of the former administration to not enforce certain laws related to the recreational use of public lands, specifically OHV use and random camping rules. The problem has spawned a dramatic increase in OHV ownership in Alberta. Much of this increase simply fuels the trend of joining in on the free-for-all. This new Alberta-spawned destructive culture is now beginning to infect southeastern B.C. to the extent that I have experienced widespread hostility from B.C. citizens as they notice my licence plates when I am in southeastern B.C. recreational areas trying to escape the frustrating destructive recreational activities near my home in Pincher Creek.

I have noticed a small improvement in enforcement recently since the advent of the new provincial government. Please take charge of this problem decisively, and curb the momentum this problem has unfortunately gained.

Sincerely,
Joe Cunningham,
Pincher Creek, AB

Moon Shadow Run September 26

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Enjoy a fun run by the light of the full moon on September 26. 2.5km, 5km & 10km run options aim to have the whole family out participating in a great event! 

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Safety windows to be installed on mural wall

Google street view image of mural located in downtown Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

On Monday, August 24 Council for the Town of Pincher Creek approved a 25 year encroachment agreement allowing for the installation of egress window wells and a step along the wall which also features the mural depicted above.  The building borders on Town owned property and council received and discussed a request from Cralyn Property Management regarding the property, which is on the corner of Main Street and Hewetson Avenue.  The request was to allow the installation of two windows and window wells in basement suites of the building.  

Program helps residents live well with chronic disease

  • Six-week series of free workshops starts in Lethbridge next month

Local residents living with chronic disease have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help them take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week series of workshops designed to support Albertans living with ongoing health conditions, such asdiabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac’s disease, mental health concerns and others.

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary Aug. 17-23, 2015


RCMP Alberta

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of August 17 - 23, 2015 . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

  • Total calls for service - 60
  • Assaults - 3
  • Domestic assault – 1
  • Theft of motor vehicle - 1
  • Theft under $5000 - 5
  • Impaired Driving - 2
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 1
  • Driving complaints (general) - 8
  • MV Collisions - 6
  • Liquor offences - 4
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 4
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 2
  • Animal calls - 3
  • Prisoners held – 6

New student registration at Livingstone School

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Livingstone School
Fall 2015
New Student Registration
Monday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 1
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please bring your child's original birth certificate and Alberta Health Care card.
We look forward to a great year at Livingstone School

Mass Community Registration to be held September 3

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS FALL?

Check out the different activities offered in our community at the Mass Community Registration on September 3rd from 6 – 8 pm. Booths will be set up in the Multi Purpose Facility on Main Street of many organizations with information and registration available.

 To date we have the following organizations in attendance:

Citizen expresses concerns about fluoridation in public water

Greg Hession speaks to Pincher Creek Town council
Toni Lucas

Citizen Greg Hession appeared as a delegation to the council for the Town of Pincher Creek about his concerns about public water fluoridation during council's regular meeting  Monday evening, August 24. Hession is a Beaver Mines resident who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He said he studied to be a civil engineer for 5 years, with a focus on environment, water and waste water treatment. He said he is concerned about moral, ethical, and health issues regarding adding fluoride to water. "We need to exercise caution when it comes to providing a medication to everybody in the community as kind of 'miracle drug' that's going to help everybody promote better oral hygiene when it comes to tooth decay and creating stronger tooth enamel."

Adrian Hartman recognized for his time as Town of Pincher Creek councillor

Former Pincher Creek Councillor Adrian Hartman and Mayor Anderberg
Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek invited Adrian Hartman to the regular meeting of Monday, August 24 to recognize his service as a councillor. Hartman was appointed as a Town of Pincher Creek councillor on October 28, 2013 and served on council until early May 2015. Hartman was working for Alberta Treasury Branch here and then and was offered a position in Drumheller, which he accepted. Hartman said, "I love Pincher Creek as a community." He talked about how he valued this community, and said he learned much during his time on council.

 "It definitely wasn't a decision I made easily," he said of his move.

Town Council grants Tammy Rubbelke a 3 month leave

Toni Lucas

Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Tammy Rubbelke has requested a 3 month leave of absence for personal reasons. Council unanimously voted to allow it at the regular meeting of Town Council on Monday, August 24.  The following changes were made to committee appointments to cover her absence:

Fox Theatre show times

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Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing August 21 – 27:


Vacation
Rated 14A,  coarse language, crude content
7:10 & 9:10 nightly


Ant-Man 
3D rated PG violence NRFYC 
7:00 & 9:00 nightly
2D presentation Wednesday

Showing August 28 – September 3:


The Gift
suspense thriller rated 14A
7:00 & 9:00 daily


Trainwreck
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Air Quality Advisory issued for the South Zone of Alberta Health Services


Due to current and forecasted deteriorating air quality in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS is issuing an air quality advisory for the South Zone, in full.

Individuals living in or travelling to the South Zone are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In the current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments:
  • Close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors.
  • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light.
  • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
  • Avoid running fans, such as “whole-house fans” or “fresh air ventilation systems”, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Switch all floor registers to closed position.
  • Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces.
  • Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles.
  • If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.
  • Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
  • Do not smoke tobacco – smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you.
Residents are reminded not to use backyard fire pits or fire boxes in parks when the air quality risk is high or very high, as it is now.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms, due to the current air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke-related illness.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated regularly on the Alberta Environment and Parks Website at: www.airquality.alberta.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Scooter Races at Whispering Winds

Eileen Woolf and Jim Litkowski with Laurie Burke in the background
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Whispering Winds Village (WWV) senior home in Pincher Creek is not the first place you think of as a hotbed of underground racing.  However the heart wants what the heart wants.  The need to triumph, the need to take on all challengers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PCES responds to a fire and assists STARS

Toni Lucas

Between August 14 and August 20 Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to two incidents - a structure fire north of Highway 3 and to assist STARS air ambulance for a call south of Longview.

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