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.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The battle for freedom is endless

Joyce Sasse - While bells around the world ring out to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, our battle for freedom continues. 

So long as refugees feel they have to flee from their homelands … So long as security costs form a mega part of public event budgets … So long as political debate in any country creates extremes of polarity among its citizens … So long as we feel big business interest cannot be trusted … the battle to aspire to freedom continues.

Friday, November 9, 2018

MLA Pat Stier: Lest We Forget

Shell remembers

Alberta RCMP reminds road users to buckle up for every ride

RCMP Alberta - As Albertans welcome winter once again, Alberta RCMP would like to remind all drivers and passengers that #TrafficSafety starts with buckling up.

In 2016, 53 people lost their lives and 375 people sustained injuries in Alberta as a result of not being properly restrained at the time of the collision. (Alberta Transportation)

ASCHA: It's time to change how we support seniors in Alberta

Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA) - If you bring up the topic of how well seniors are supported in Alberta, chances are that most individuals will have a story to share about a senior they know whose housing, support or care needs were not addressed appropriately,  or in a timely manner. You would hear frustration with the `system' in general, which means different things to different people depending on the context of the conversation. While there are many appropriate options available to support seniors, there are gaps between various service providers, the information seniors receive and resource allocations that do not always make sense. Hardworking organizations, housing providers and front line staff are in place to offer services yet wait lists, bureaucracy and funding can make it difficult to assist those in need.

Gladstone gathering renews old acquaintances and memories

Musical Interlude with Adam Grose, Holly and Bev Everts, Hilah Simmons, Dave Simmons, Sarah Spranza (Iva Hemphill photos)

Hilah Simmons -
Almost 50 people gathered on the evening of Saturday, November 3, to talk about old times in the Gladstone Valley, tell stories, make music, and feast on pot luck offerings. This took place at Gladstone Mountain Conference Grounds at the kind invitation of the Hemphill family.

Iva Hemphill, Stan Fisher and David Simmons came up with the idea so people could learn more about the history of Gladstone Valley and reminisce about old times and past residents. People came here from as far away as Edmonton to join in the fun. We learned that when Stan Fisher moved here in the 40’s (making him one of the valley’s longest term residents), the valley was called “Pleasant Valley,” and at some point it was referred to as “Shotgun Valley.”

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing November 16 - 22:

2/3D, Rated PG, Frightening Scenes
7:00 & 9:20 Only Friday and Saturday 
7:15 Only Sunday to Thursday 
.Matinees: 2:30 pm Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday in 2D

Held Over, 2/3D, rated General
7:05 and 8:45 Nightly
2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday in 2D

For further information please check our Facebook 
For booking of Theatre rentals please text Edith at 403-827-0084

Notice of Public Comment Period issued for Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Grassy Mountain Coal Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Panel Secretariat - Please note that the Joint Review Panel for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project has issued a public notice to announce the start of a public comment period related to the environmental assessment of the project. Please consult the public notice for further guidance to assist in the preparation of submissions to the Joint Review Panel by January 21, 2019.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Foothills ranchers now authorized for livestock tax deferral for 2018

John Barlow, Foothills MP - The Government of Canada has released additional regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2018 due to drought. In response, John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, issued the following statement:  "Livestock producers in our Foothills region have had to cull some of their herds because of poor pasture conditions and reduced feed supplies due to drought in many parts of the country. For weeks, in collaboration with farmers and stakeholders, we have called on the Agriculture Minister to make tax relief available to an expanded list of affected drought-affected livestock producers through the Livestock Tax Deferral program. In the initial 2018 prescribed drought regions, parts of our region of Foothills were not included, despite many ranchers affected who have had to sell due to feed shortages. It is welcomed news that the Government of Canada has now included the Foothills region in the expanded list for 2018, allowing farmers and ranchers to make the best business decision for their operations.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In Memoriam: Daniel Sorochan

DANIEL SOROCHAN, beloved son of John (deceased) & Jean Sorochan, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the age of 58 years.

Besides his devoted wife, Lisa, and her daughters, Jenn & Randi Burton, he is survived by his siblings, Glenn (Heather MacDonald-Sorochan), Don (Dilene), Dale, Myra, Jannette & James, all of Lethbridge and area. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margot (Steve Smith) and brother-in-law, Michael (Cheryl), both of Toronto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Vancouver, Cortes Island, Okotoks and Lethbridge.

Dan was born in Medicine Hat, raised in Transcona, Winnipeg, MB and lived most of his life in Lethbridge. After graduating with distinction from the University of Manitoba (Engineering), he chose to spend his entire career working in the family business: Sorochan Enterprises.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pincher Creek RCMP seek public assistance in identifying suspect

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

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

On the evening of the Sunday, November 4th, 2018, Pincher Creek RCMP were dispatched to a male driving a stolen Kubota side by side on Highway 774 heading east, away from Castle Mountain Ski Resort, the male was not located. A short time later it was learned that a residence in the area had been broken into, and items inside had been stolen. Upon search of the area, a Ford F-350 was located, that had been stolen out of Raymond, Alberta. It is believed that this vehicle was driven and then abandoned by the same man driving the Kubota.

The male and Kubota were then observed driving around properties in Beaver Mines, a home owner confronted the male and had a conversation with him. The Kubota was later found abandoned in Beaver Mines, and the male was again not located. On November 5th, 2018 it was learned that the male suspect had stopped at the Beaver Mines general store the previous day driving the stolen F-350. The male at one point entered the store and was captured on security surveillance. The male was identified by the home owner as being the same male he had spoken to on the stolen Kubota.

Pincher Creek RCMP are releasing the general store surveillance images in an attempt to identify the suspect.

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).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nature’s revelation

(T. Lucas painting)
Joyce Sasse 

“Awesome”, my five-year-old friend declared with a mixture of mystery and wonder in his voice.

We were standing at the edge of a towering, cone-laden spruce when I asked him to look straight up. Clusters on clusters of cones clung to the top branches! Seen from our angle it was as if we were looking through a gigantic kaleidoscope at one of the delights of nature.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Understanding concussions

Laura Lukye

Laura Lukye, Health Promotion Facilitator, AHS - Now that summer is behind us, it means student athletes everywhere are gearing up to compete in their favorite fall and winter sports. And when kids play sports - especially contact sports like football, soccer and hockey - they are at increased risk for concussions and other serious injuries. But it doesn’t have to be a contact sport for your kid to get a concussion.

Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 Poppy Fund

The Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43, thanks all those that purchased wreaths; donated to the Poppy Fund and donated by purchasing Poppies.
Money donated during the Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 annual Poppy-Remembrance Campaign is placed in public trust funds. Some of the many ways this money is used to improve life for the people in our community include:
  • Providing assistance to needy ex-service members and their families
  • Purchasing medical equipment and appliances for community health facilities
  • Paying or medical research and training
  • Providing support services to senior citizens
  • Supporting local Cadets organizations

The Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 wish to acknowledge the following Business for their contribution to the Poppy-Remembrance Campaign:

ATB Financial
C&D Floral
Crow Signs
North Hill Shell
Boston Pizza
Cowley Coop
Cougar Ridge
Lundbreck Hotel
Triple T Energy
Kawade Accounting
PC Coop Association
OK Tire
Super 8 Motel
Gero Construction
Patina Ridge
Blackburn Jewelers
Ames Insurance
Pincher Office
What Goes Around
Ken Butler
PC3 Computers
Jax Barber Shop
Two Sisters Magik
Shell Canada
Village of Cowley
PC Echo
MD of Pincher Creek
Town & Country Liquor
RGH Consulting
Castle Ford
Hurricane Plumbing
Tough Country
KaJay Automotive
Pincher Farm Centre
PC Meat Processors
Spectrum Wire Services
LF Repair/Fix Auto
M & M Motors
WindyView Mech
D A Electric
Allied Distributors
Ascent Dental
Dr. Mark Leishman
Sinnott Financial
Aztec Cabinets
Riteline Electric
Oldman River Brew
Fountain Tire
Avail CPA
Westcastle Motors
The Associate Clinic
Town of Pincher Creek
Robin & Co.
Dr. B J Anderson
PC Coop Hardware
Backcountry Butchers
Eden’s Funeral Home
A & W Restaurant
Sorge Trucking
Snodgrass Funerals
Country Vets
North & Co.
Pincher Creek Vet Clinic
R Clark Inspection
Royal Bank
Pincher Creek Credit Union
King Eddy
Leo’s Grill
Alberta Hotel

Our Thanks and Appreciation to all the Organizations, Clubs, Churches, Business and Individuals who contributed to the Poppy-Remembrance Campaign with Donations, purchasing poppies and canvased on our behalf.

Dick Burnham, Poppy Chair
Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43

Respecting Indigenous rights in Castle parks

Minister Feehan, Chief Grier and Minister Phillips sign a historic agreement for Piikani Nation cooperative management in Castle parks. (Castle Parks photo)
Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta has signed a historic agreement with the Piikani Nation to ensure that treaty rights, traditional practices and Indigenous knowledge are better protected and fostered in the Castle region.

“This agreement allows Piikani to work collectively with the Government of Alberta in managing this area. It allows our people to be more interactive and to express our history and our usage of the Castle region while also ensuring our Elders and our current generation can continue to exercise cultural practices and treaty rights important to who we are as a people. It’s a historic day.” - Chief Stanley Grier, Piikani Nation

Thorsby RCMP receive complaint of tampered Halloween candy

RCMP Alberta -
On November 2, Thorsby RCMP received a complaint that a child found a pin in a Halloween chocolate bar.  A school reported that a student found a pin in a small Coffee Crisp bar. The bar was received by the student while trick-or-treating in Thorsby.  The pin is described as a straight pin which looks as if a tip is broken off.

Strathmore RCMP investigate tampered Halloween candy incident

RCMP Alberta
- The Strathmore RCMP are investigating a report of Halloween candy that appears to have been tampered with. Upon returning home from Trick-or-Treating, a young girl opened a Rice Crispy treat to find a needle inside the candy. The young girl alerted her mother who inspected the candy to find a one inch pin inserted through the square. The plastic wrapper appeared to have been opened and re-sealed with glue.

Devon RCMP investigate tampered Halloween candy incident

RCMP Alberta -
On Halloween night Devon RCMP were alerted to an incident where pins were found in children’s candy. At 9:12 p.m., the RCMP received a complaint from a Devon citizen that when children came home from trick-or-treating, the alert child checking the candy found a pin in three different treats. Two were candies; a marshmallow based candy and Starburst, and one was a deflated bag of Cheezies. It is believed that likely those three different treats were all disbursed from the same house.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Ribbon cutting ceremony held at new Crestview Lodge

Crestview residents Marie Smyth and John Sinnott cut ceremonial ribbon as dignitaries look on (C. Davis photos)
Chris Davis - The new 50 room Crestview Lodge seniors facility in Pincher Creek was the scene of a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon, October 24, 2018.  Pincher Creek Foundation provides the administration and direction for Crestview Lodge, which continues to provide supportive independent housing and lifestyle for seniors at the same well-situated location in the town of Pincher Creek.  The original lodge was built at roughly the same location in 1961.   Under the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement the governments of Canada and Alberta provided a combined investment of $10.2 million to the project.  Facilities like Crestview allow seniors to remain near their families and communities.

 "In spite of long odds at times, our community came together to bring this essential project to fruition" -  Pincher Foundation Chair Lorne Jackson

Alberta RCMP honour fallen officer with regimental headstone

RCMP Alberta -
The Edmonton RCMP Veterans Association has raised funds and will parade alongside serving members of the Alberta RCMP to honour Corporal Maxwell George Bailey (Reg. No 4968) with a regimental headstone.

On April 23, 1913, Corporal Bailey and three constables from his detachment were dispatched to a farm near Grassy Lake, Alberta to investigate a report of a man shooting at his neighbour. As the RCMP team approached the house, the suspect, Oscar Fonberg, began shooting. Corporal Bailey was killed instantly and both Constable Stad and Constable Whitley were wounded. Constable Tetley shielded the wounded constables and then called for additional help.

Fatal collision on Highway 3 near Fort Macleod

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 6:45 am October 25 the Fort Macleod RCMP were called to a two vehicle collision on Highway 3 just west of Secondary Highway 810. A four door sedan automobile was driving eastbound on Highway 3 and entered the oncoming westbound lane and collided with a pick up truck. The eastbound automobile rolled into the ditch along the north side of the highway. A 44 year old male driver of the automobile was transported to the Fort Macleod hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A 38 year old male driver of the pickup did not require medical assistance.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Enjoy meaningful conversations

Joyce Sasse - A friend and I have very different points of view when it comes to both religion and politics. But I respect his thoughts, appreciate his friendship and enjoy our meaningful conversations.

My parents would have told me when you disagree with someone you avoid conflict by staying on safe ground – talk about “the weather”!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Cord Delinte named CIS Canada West Defensive Player of the Week

Wayne Alexander - Former Pincher Creek Mustang Cord Delinte was named as the CIS Canada West Defensive Player of the Week. He had a monster game last Friday in Regina for the Rams against the University of Alberta Golden Bears in a 32-17 win. He had 2 interceptions that lead to 10 Ram points as well as knocking down 2 late in the game on a 3rd down Bears gamble from the 5 yard line to seal the game for the Rams. He also contributed 3 tackles.

We have had few local athletes who have had this success at the University level.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

RCMP Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate the murder of Victoria Crow Shoe

Victoria Joanne Crow Shoe

RCMP Alberta - The RCMP are still seeking public information in the homicide of Victoria (Vickie) Joanne Crow Shoe. This past September 13 marks the three year anniversary of the discovery of Vickie’s body on the shores of the Oldman River Reservoir.

Vickie Crow Shoe was last seen on Monday, August 31, 2015. While her body was discovered on September 13, 2015, RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigators have determined that she was likely put into the Reservoir shortly after August 31, 2015.

Kernmantle rope used to bind Vickie Crow Shoe

The RCMP are now releasing information related to this investigation as follows: Investigators believe that Vickie Crow Shoe’s body was bound by a rope before she was put in the water. The rope is of kernmantle construction and is white with two black tracers in the sheath weave. A photo of the rope is attached in the hopes that someone in the public remembers seeing this rope prior to her death.

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