Monday, August 21, 2017

Mutton Busting at the 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Mutton Busters at the 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

C. Davis - Every year the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo hosts several events that are very important to the continuance and growth of rodeo in southern Alberta. Kids come from all over the province and parts unknown to try their hand at several exciting challenges in front of large and enthusiastic crowds. 25 pre-registered cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 3 and 6 participated in the always popular Mutton Busting event on Sunday afternoon August 21. Approximately 20 sheep were provided, and each bravely took a turn riding one, trying to hold on for 8. All of the kids were winners, and accordingly all were awarded prizes, a box of smarties and a commemorative baseball hat. Some have a one-time adventure. Some come back for more, having tried it before. Some try it for the first time and get hooked on rodeo.  I'm relatively new, this being the seventh Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo I've attended, but I have already seen little kids turn into young men and women who compete at an international level.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 Pincher Creek Parade

Toni Lucas - The 2017 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Parade was held Saturday, August 19, and was hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce. The parade itself and many of the entries featured a Canada 150 theme, from floats, golf carts, and even children walking. Before the parade local Rotarians and members of both local councils served breakfast to around 400 people, and McDonald's provided free coffee.

A time to heal part 4

Chris Ney - The next stage of the work God has been carving off of the rough edges I have built up over the years, these walls which often appeared in the form of insecurities, anger, control, frustration, having to get my way, blame and deflection. What I am going to share this week has to do with blame and deflection. It is never easy to pen the words of struggle on this page, it takes a lot of effort and openness that I am not comfortable with or used to but for our forth week here we go, as I am sure I am not alone in this one either, my hopes are that what I have gone through will give anyone hope for their own journey that we all struggle and we all have messes to get cleaned up.

Opening ourselves to innovative opportunities

Joyce Sasse - Innovative contributions which recent immigrants can offer us are often left unrecognized by rural communities.  We hit roadblocks when we ask “What do we have to do for them?”, instead of asking “What do they have to offer us?”

Several years ago a Saskatchewan Mennonite congregation invited a group of immigrants, known to them through urban counterparts, to spend a day or two in their small community. It took focused effort to plan the particulars for visitors on shift-work, who required transportation as well as accommodation. But I recall hearing many accolades about the venture being memorable.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Truck, skid steer, and trailer stolen near Longview

RCMP Alberta - Sometime between 5:00 pm on Tuesday August 16 and 8:00 am Wednesday August 17, 2017, a white 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck along with a 24 ft tandem wheel trailer and a Case SR250 Yellow Skid Steer were stolen from the Diamond V Ranch located at 48th St and 576 Ave between High River and Longview.

The RCMP investigation has not identified any witnesses or suspects in this investigation. If you have information about this incident, please call the High River RCMP at 403-652-2357 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).

Friday, August 18, 2017

Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue report to August 18, 2017

Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue - As you are no doubt aware, we have been experiencing a very warm and very dry summer. There are fires burning all throughout B.C. and the smoky haze in the air is a constant reminder of the danger.  While there have been a few who did not get the message, our community should be commended for staying informed and respecting the various fire bans and OHV restrictions. Though we have had a few nights of rain, it is not the time to get complacent.

We are still under a fire ban in this area and there is still an OHV restriction in effect. If you see a fire in the municipal area, call 911 to report it, and if you're in the backcountry, call 310-FIRE.

Coaldale RCMP seeking public assistance in identifying a man with a handgun

RCMP Alberta  - On Monday August 14th at around 5:30 p.m. just south of Coaldale, a man was observed putting down an injured dog with a handgun. Previously this man had driven over the dog while exercising the dog on a leash. The man was allowing the dog to run along side his vehicle. The incident occurred near the intersection of Range Road 211 and Hwy 512 southeast of the Town of Coaldale.

The man was described as a Caucasian in his thirties, six feet tall, 180-200 lbs, shaved head, wearing sweat pants. The vehicle was described as an older model silver Chrysler 300 with black tinted windows and a cargo mesh separating the back seats from the front. No licence plate was obtained.

If anyone has any information in this crime or any other please contact the Coaldale Rural RCMP at (403) 329-5080/ Coaldale Municipal RCMP at (403) 345-5552 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through the internet at Crime stoppers will pay cash rewards up to $2000.00 for information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous.

Turner Valley RCMP investigate fatal motor vehicle collision

RCMP Alberta - At 9:09 p.m. on August 17, Turner Valley RCMP attended a serious motor vehicle collision where two motorcyclists succumbed to their injuries as a result of the collision. A 48-year-old female and 57-year-old male, both from Okotoks, were traveling eastbound on Highway 543, east of 128 Street. Early investigation indicates that the motorcyclists were attempting to pass vehicles when they both struck a truck hauling a flat deck trailer.

An RCMP Collision Analyst attended the collision scene to conduct an investigation. As this incident remains under investigation, no further information is available in relation to the cause, or contributing factors of the collision.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shell Waterton Complex welcomes you to the rodeo

Grass fire near Oldman Dam


Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded yesterday evening to a grass fire just west of Highway 785 near Township Road 72, south of the Oldman River Dam, in the MD of Pincher Creek north of the Town of Pincher Creek.

Accroding to PCES Chief Dave Cox the call came in 5:05 pm. "It burned up to the edge of the 785 pavement, but it didn't get across the road, probably due to the fact that the grass in the 785 right of way is still green enough it didn't act as fuel, to let it get across the road. It burned approximately 40 acres, give or take, we have not calculated the size yet."

Responding were Pincher Creek Fire and Emergency Services including Pincher Creek, Lundbreck Fire and Beaver Mines Fire, Peigan Fire, and Cowley Fire. Also assisting were MD of Pincher Creek water trucks along with individual businesses, local contractors, and local farming citizens helping with water trucks and other equipment.

There were no injuries, and no buildings or equipment were consumed by the fire. Chief Cox estimates between 40 to 50 bales were consumed on the ground. Primarily this affected one person's property and a ditch.

Chief Cox said the risk of fires is still quite high in the region. "As posted in the fire ban notice, everything is extremely dry, and you can get a fire start from pretty much any kind of normal operation, so you have to be careful."

B&E to Edgewater Animal Clinic in Fort Macleod

RCMP Alberta - On the morning of August 12, 2017, the Fort Macleod RCMP received a report of a break and enter to the Edgewater Animal Clinic on Main St. in Fort Macleod. The break and enter occurred between the evening of Friday August 11, and the morning of Saturday August 12. An unknown number of suspects gained entry to the clinic and stole numerous electronics and a large amount of cash. A vehicle was observed parked in front of the clinic at approximately 11:30 PM on Friday night August 11th, and police would like to speak with the owner. The vehicle is described as an older model, possibly Chevrolet, 2 door pickup with a black tonneau cover.

If you have information regarding the vehicle or this break and enter, please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at (403) 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP requesting public assistance in solving fuel and generator theft

Pincher Creek RCMP - During the evening of August 15th or morning of August 16th, someone entered a storage yard in the industrial area of Pincher Creek and stole some fuel and a generator. The generator is described as a blue Tsurumi 5000 watt unit.

Anyone with information about this theft or information about the whereabouts of the stolen generator is asked to contact the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS)8477 or online at

Changes coming to Alberta's impaired driving laws

Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta will look at implementing changes to impaired driving legislation to save lives and reduce injuries. Recently, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that part of Alberta’s current impaired driving sanctions are unconstitutional. Specifically, the ruling stated that suspending licences until a matter is resolved in court infringes on an individual’s Charter rights.

ASIRT investigates serious injury incident involving Lethbridge Police Service

ASIRT - On Aug. 15, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding serious injuries sustained by a 41 year old man while detained by a Lethbridge Police Service member.

Didsbury RCMP respond to workplace fatality at forage processor

RCMP Alberta - This morning at 8:07 a.m., Didsbury RCMP responded to a workplace accident at a hay plant located east of Cremona. EMS and Fire Services also responded to the incident. A 63-year-old male from Olds, Alberta was found deceased. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was fatally injured while operating a piece of equipment. Occupational Health and Safety investigators have taken over the follow up investigation which is not deemed to be criminal in nature. The name of the victim is not being released.

U of L and Red Crow College to launch Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program next fall

The Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, in partnership with Red Crow Community College, is pleased to offer the Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program, beginning in the fall of 2018.  “We look forward to working with the U of L on the Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program,” says Roy Weasel Fat, president of Red Crow Community College. “The program will prepare students to teach from a Blackfoot perspective and ultimately, to pass along language and culture to future generations.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fildebrandt resigns from UCP

MLA Derek Fildebrandt (from his Facebook page)
United Conservative Party (UCP) Caucus Interim Leader Nathan Cooper released a statement today announcing Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt's resignation from the UCP. "Earlier this evening Derek Fildebrandt tendered his resignation from the UCP Caucus. I have accepted that resignation," said Cooper. "I’d like to thank Derek for his commitment to the creation of the United Conservative Party and to the people of Strathmore-Brooks. If Derek can live up to the expectations he has outlined in his statement, to the satisfaction of the UCP caucus and to Albertans there would be consideration for a future path for him back to the UCP caucus." Fildebrandt released a statement on Facebook announcing his resignation, saying in part "I’m a flawed man, and I can do better. If I have let anyone down, know that I have let myself down, and I will prove that that I am the man that I hold as the standard for trust and integrity."

Fildebrandt has been charged with failing to report an accident in Edmonton in 2016 and is expected to appear in court on September 6. Lst week it was revealed he had been renting out his taxpayer-subsidized apartment in Edmonton on Airbnb. It has also been alleged that he has submitted multiple expense account irregularities for reimbursement.

Reader pleased with Hillcrest Meadows decision

J. Waegemakers Schiff, Letter to the Editor - Last night we witnessed one of the best examples of true citizenship participation in democracy at Town Council. In a decisive vote, the council agree with the overwhelming majority of 86 people who came to express their objects to the proposed Hillcrest Meadows Development Plan. What had been expected to be a brief presentation followed by acclamation of the plan instead turned into a profound expression of resident concern with the present and future of the town.

All of Pincher Creek should applaud the hard work of those, especially Dianne Gray and Donna Downing who worked intensively over the long week-end to bring this issue to public attention and rallied the citizens to speak. Bravo. Well done.

‘We’ the Town of Pincher Creek

D. Gray, Letter to the Editor - Since moving here, I've witnessed the people of Pincher Creek, with all of their passion, determination, good humor, camaraderie and kindness.  And in these daily acts of citizenship, I can imagine the Town of Pincher Creek’s future unfolding.  All of us, regardless of who we are, should throw ourselves into that work - the joyous work of citizenship.  When the arc of progress seems slow, remember: The Town of Pincher Creek is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in democracy is the word "We”.  Together, ‘WE’ are the heart of Pincher Creek, Alberta.

Hillcrest Meadows Area Structure Plan fails second reading

Chris Davis - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a public hearing in the Town Hall gymnasium on the evening of Monday, August 14. The hearing was in regards to proposed bylaw (Bylaw 1621-17), the Hillcrest Meadows Area Structure Plan, which was designed to "create a framework for the future subdivision and development of a new neighborhood in Northwestern Pincher Creek". Mayor Don Anderberg and councillors Duane Filipuzzi, Jim Litkowski, Mark Barber, and Lorne Jackson were present, as was Town CAO Laurie Wilgosh. Councillor Wayne Elliott was absent. Councillor Doug Thornton recused himself from the proceedings due to having a pecuniary interest in the matter. Approximately 90 citizens were in attendance. The tone and mood of many of the citizens in attendance and speaking to council was noticeably hostile.

After hearing from engineer Ed Martin, 13 critical citizens, and receiving numerous letters and a petition with 132 signatories opposed to the proposed bylaw, council ultimately voted against it on second reading.

Collision between car and motorcycle north of Waterton Park sends two to hospital

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a collision between a car and motorcycle on Highway 6 approximately three miles north of the Waterton Lakes National Park boundary line at noon on Sunday, August 13. Both the people who were on the motorcycle were transported to Pincher Creek Hospital with serious injuries. The occupants of the vehicle were unharmed. PCES responded to the incident with two ambulances, a command vehicle, and a rescue unit.

Oversized load traveling from Brocket to Glenwood this morning

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to August 13, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of August 7 – 13, 2017 Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 65
Assaults - 1
Domestic assault - 1
Break and Enter (commercial) - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 6
Theft under $5000 - 2
Impaired Driving - 1
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 3
Driving complaints (general) - 4
MV Collisions - 6
Liquor offences - 3
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 6
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 2
Prisoners held - 6

SGB Fitbodies Grand Opening August 23


SGB Fitbodies Grand Opening and Open House Wednesday, August 23
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Free classes
Information Sessions, Draws, Deals and Smoothie Samples

Specials and early bird registration for Fall classes and programs. Our classes have limited space and fill fast this is a great opportunity to beat the rush and reserve a spot.

Livingstone Macleod Constituency Office


Please feel free to contact our office should you have any questions or concerns!

Pat Stier, MLA
Livingstone Macleod

Toll Free: 1-800-565-0962

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