Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lethbridge teacher arrested for child exploitation offences

ALERT - A Lethbridge teacher at École La Vérendrye has been charged with child sexual exploitation offences following an investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team. The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team arrested Dwayne Schnell on February 22, 2017 with the assistance of Lethbridge Police Service. The 37-year-old man teaches grades 7-12 at the Lethbridge French language school École La Vérendrye.

Pincher Creek area roads slippery this morning

Highway 3 at Cowley this morning (Alberta Transportation photo)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Four arrested in Lethbridge drug bust

ALERT - Four people were arrested in a Lethbridge drug bust with ALERT seizing an estimated $55,000 worth of drugs and a vehicle.  ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime and gang team concluded a short-term investigation on February 20, 2017 with the assistance of Lethbridge Police Service and RCMP. A Nissan Rogue loaded with drugs was intercepted en route to Lethbridge, and a local home was searched.

Canada-wide warrant issued for Robert Alan Edward Clarke

Wanted: Robert Alan Edward Clarke

RCMP Alberta and RCMP B.C. - RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Robert Alan Edward Clarke as he works in the Grande Prairie area and travels between BC, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.  Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call your local police to deal with him as he could be dangerous.  Charges include attempted murder, weapons offences, assault, and kidnapping.

Robert Alan Edward Clarke, 34 years old, should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. The RCMP caution the public if sighted, do not attempt to apprehend Clarke and immediately call 911.

Emergency response to simulate a B.C. earthquake

Government of Alberta - A collaborative effort will test the province’s emergency plans and procedures by simulating a catastrophic B.C. earthquake. Representatives from all levels of government, industry, post-secondary institutions, social organizations and emergency management agencies will work together February 22-24 to review and practise emergency response plans.

MD of Pincher Creek seeks accounting clerk

Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Accounting Clerk II

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) is accepting applications for a full-time Accounting Clerk II, this position reports to the Director of Finance.

The primary responsibilities for this position is to complete all administrative duties associated with tax collection, accounts receivable, and provide back-up for reception as required.

Whitehorse Star: Tearful mom speaks of pain of son’s loss

Should we allow anonymous comments or require a name?

Chris Davis, Publisher, Pincher Creek Voice - Question for our readers: should we allow anonymous commenting on our website, provided it is lawful and doesn't violate our terms of service, or should all commenters provide a name?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Comment about Alberta's Public Lands Act and the Castle Parks

James Tweedie photo

James Tweedie, Letter to the Editor - The recent coverage of the Off Highway Vehicle Users rallies in the Crowsnest Pass and Lethbridge earlier this month by a local media outlet reads like a libertarian manifesto for the continued hedonistic use of Alberta’s public lands, with complete disregard for the reasons for the protection of a tiny portion of these lands that the Government of Alberta has explicitly provided, in their current Draft Management Plan for the Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks.

Village of Cowley seeks Public Works Foreman


The Village of Cowley is now accepting applications for a

The successful applicant will be responsible for the management and delivery of municipal works operations and services.

Throw a lifeline to the Oldman

David McIntyre, Letter to the Editor - The crushing and erosive pace of unrelenting, ever-accelerating OHV landscape degradation must be stopped today. An honest prescription for headwaters salvation is required in order to address the land’s buckling, constantly cascading state of health. I delivered the preceding message to government ministries and managers of Alberta’s public lands more than thirty years ago. And, yes, I’ve written repeatedly to reiterate the same burning need.

Coaldale RCMP investigate the theft of a fiberglass cistern

Stolen cistern
RCMP Alberta - On February 21, 2017 the Coaldale RCMP received a complaint of a theft of a 1000 lb fiberglass cistern worth $4900 taken from a Coaldale business. The cistern was stolen sometime on the weekend of February 10-13, 2017. Cisterns are defined as waterproof receptacles for holding liquids, usually water. They are primarily used for rural properties. Based on its size, the stolen cistern would have been hauled by a large trailer. Each cistern have unique serial numbers. This stolen cistern has serial #SN1700500.

Local improvement tax bylaw for Veterans Street passes first reading

Chris Davis - At a Pincher Creek Town Council meeting on January 9, 2017 council approved a Local Improvement Plan for Veterans Street Upgrades and directed administration to prepare a Local Improvement Tax Bylaw (Bylaw No. 1619-17) for the Veterans Street surface and deep utilities local improvement project. The bylaw passed first reading at council's regular meeting of January 13. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1,210,152.90. An $844,205.58 tax levy will be collected over the course of 20 years from "property owners of lands that directly benefit from the improvement project." according to the bylaw. Veterans Street is located north of the hospital, connecting with Bev McLachlin Drive and Hewetson Avenue, and is being expanded.

Airdrie Rural RCMP investigates road rage incident

Road rage suspect
RCMP Alberta - On Feb. 4th, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., near Balzac, Alberta, on Highway 566 a road rage incident occurred where a suspect male pointed a firearm at another vehicle. As a family was driving on the highway they encountered a suspect vehicle who began taunting them by tailgating, varying speeds, and flashing their high beam lights. Eventually, both vehicles came to a stop, and a suspect male pointed what appeared to be a firearm. The victims left the scene immediately and contacted police.

Door-to-door energy sales: Know your rights

Government of Alberta - Door-to-door sale of energy products and services is against the law in Alberta. Since the ban came into effect on Jan. 1, there have been a number of reports about salespeople misrepresenting themselves to get invited into a customer’s home. This violates Alberta’s consumer protection laws.

Protest intends to give a voice to Michael MacPherson's victims

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing February 17-23:

Rated General
7:00 and 8:45 n ightly
Matinee SUNDAY and MONDAY AT 2 pm. In 2 D only

Rated 18A. Sexually suggested scenes
Showtimes: 7:05 & 9:15 nightly

Showing Feb. 23 - March 2

Rated PG
7:00 and 9:15 nightly
2:00 pm Matinee Sunday

Rated PG
7:00 and 9:10 nightly
2:00 pm Matinee Sunday

Monday, February 20, 2017

Former Piikani Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun aboard aborted Yellowknife flight

Town Council approves new fencing for Pincher Creek Golf Club

Chris Davis - At their February 12 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek unanimously approved a Community Services Department request for decision "to receive and consider a request from the Pincher Creek Golf Club to install approximately 250 meters of security chain link fencing around the perimeter of the Golf Course"  at an estimated cost of $32,500.  The Town of Pincher Creek will coordinate the capital project, with the monies to originate from the Golf Course reserve account.

Pincher Creek Curling Club discussions continue

  • Town Council discusses Golf Club location for new curling rink
  • MD Council approves provisional $140,000 contribution to portable ice plant

Scotch tasting evening at KBPV March 2

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Proceeds go towards building new Hudson’s
Bay Exhibit at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village!
1037 Bev McLachlin Drive, Pincher Creek

403-627-3684 or Dan Crawford 403-627-7891
Tickets $60.00 each in Advance

Distracted driving is a major safety focus

Randy Youngman, Alberta Health Services - Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things happening on our roads today. This means that our law-enforcement partners are going all out to try and stem this seemingly epidemic practice! I am constantly amazed by the number of drivers that I see on our roadways who are still texting and not paying attention to their driving. Texting and driving is not OK! It is not something you ever HAVE to do!

Indie review: April Martin's "In the Blink of a Life"

Chris Davis

File under: Countrified Confessional Folk
Reminds me of: Natalie Marchant's Ophelia, Phil Ochs' Rehearsals For Retirement
My faves: Blink of an Eye, Let Me In, One Part Truth, Party's In Full Swing, Looking Back, One Breath
Hear it online: Click here
For fans of:  Roseanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen, Gillian Welch, Carole King, Loretta Lynn
Musicians: April Martin, vocals, guitar, flute. Peter Calo, guitars, backup vocals Chris Marshak, drums. Susan Didrichsen, backup vocal. Norbert Goldberg, percussion. Produced and mixed by Peter Calo. Mastered by Scott Hull.

Quick take: A confessional album that feels like an album, with tracks sequenced based on creating an experience more than exposing the "hits". In the Blink of a Life is the work of a mature songwriter with a lovely silky voice, a mix of melancholia and celebration.

Multicultural Friendship Group Meeting Feb. 25

Multicultural Friendship Group Meeting
Saturday, Feb 25, 5-8 pm
St. John's Anglican Church
Pot-luck supper. 
Discussion topic – sharing stories of experiences we’ve had around issues of discrimination.
Everyone welcome. Come and bring a friend!

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to Feb. 19, 2017

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 13 – February 19, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 37
Assaults – 3
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft of motor vehicle - 2
Impaired Driving - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 6
MV Collisions - 3
Liquor offences - 1
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Animal calls - 2
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) – 1
Prisoners held – 3

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