Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get listed in the Pincher Creek Fall Community Course and Program Guide

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Fall Community Course and Program Guide

Are you interested in having your course description, group or recreation program schedule listed in the Community Fall Course & Recreation Guide?  Course & Program Guide will be distributed to all local post office boxes in the community by the first week in September.

Deadline for submissions is July 3. Please contact Rhonda at Parks and Recreation 403-627-4322 or e-mail rec@pinchercreek.ca for further information.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Out and About - late spring/early summer 2015

Photos by C. Davis and T. Lucas


Napi Executive Director explains food bank rental increase

Napi owned food bank building in Pincher Creek
Toni Lucas

Napi Friendship Association Executive Director Dianna Gray would like to go on record with a clarification related to the Pincher Creek Voice article "Pincher Creek's food bank to trial voucher program".

McMan Agency took over the operation of the food bank one year ago on July 1, 2014.  Previous to that date Napi Friendship Association (NFA) had run the food bank and since has been in partnership with McMan Agency. A part of that partnership was a reduced cost for the building that McMan has used for the food bank for the past year as part of a their partnership agreement. NFA Executive Director Dianna Gray explained "Napi subsidized a certain amount of the rent so McMan could get a good kick start. With the challenging fiscal times, we are unable at this point to continue subsidising McMan and have asked for the amount for the rent to McMan to be the recovery cost for our mortgage. So we are not making any money. We are paying our mortgage, just."  McMan currently pays $850 monthly rental fees on the space, plus utilities. A $1,200/month rental cost will come into effect July 1, 2015.  Napi has agreed to a month to month lease while McMan tries to find a better location for their program.

Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustees approve 2015-2016 budget


The Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustees approved the 2015-2016 school year budget at their June 23, 2015 public board meeting. The Budget Report can be found on LRSD.ca (About/LRSD Results and Reports/Financial & Capital Reports).

Budget key message:

Overall the 2015-2016 School Year Budget represents a planned use of instructional operating reserves to the amount of $1,022,340. The majority of these funds will be used as a means to transition over a two year period the budget impact due to limited funding increases and the realization of higher operating costs.

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New phone number for Pincher Creek Voice


Effective immediately, the Pincher Creek Voice phone number has been changed to 
403-751-0025.  
Our email address remains unchanged at pinchercreekvoice@gmail.com .

Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy Canada Day from Co-op


Canada Day Sale on from June 26 - July 2.  
Read more to find out more about our Backyard BBQ Contest!

Albertans urged to protect themselves from West Nile virus infection


Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding Albertans to take precautions necessary to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection this summer.

“With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus,” says Dr. Karin Goodison, Medical Officer of Health – South Zone. “Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s important to avoid being bitten at all.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Michael’s School holds year end barbecue


Caleb Evans

St. Michael’s school held a year end barbecue on Thursday June 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.,  celebrating the end of yet another school year. Many current students and their parents, former students, faculty and others all joined at this event. Holy Spirit School Trustee Judy Lane and former trustee Marilyn Welsch were present at the bbq.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A walk will do you good

Randi Rinaldi speaks to walkers before step-off
Tom Gillespie

“Please take time to enjoy the scenery and remember why we’re all here,” Randi Rinaldi told a crowd of over 300 waiting to take part in Darcy’s Nature Walk for Mental Wellness at Fireman’s Park in Bellevue on June 13. Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation is a partner with the Rinaldi family in the annual walk that raises funds for local mental health initiatives.

Randi’s mother, Darcy Rinaldi, grew up in the Crowsnest Pass and was an active member of the community involved in numerous pursuits. Then in December 2007, Darcy unexpectedly died from suicide. Darcy’s family organized the first walk in 2008 with her in mind to increase awareness about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.

View of Turtle Mountain from the Nature Walk Trail

MP John Barlow to host Ride to Horizon Easter Seals cycling fundraiser


Press release
Foothills cyclists will be hitting the road starting in Crowsnest Pass up to Bragg Creek to raise funds for a major renovation at Easter Seals Camp Horizon and to enjoy our beautiful region for Ride to Horizon on July 17/18.

This ride is a first of its kind in southern Alberta and was initiated by the Member of Parliament for Macleod, John Barlow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Chair and Vice-Chair elected to Livingstone Range School Division board


A new Chair and Vice-chair were elected at the June 23, 2015 Board Organization Meeting of the Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD). The outgoing chair, Martha Ratcliffe, has completed three years as Chair and is succeeded by Bradley Toone. Mr. Toone became a trustee in 2013 and represents Ward 1, (Nanton, Claresholm, Stavely and Granum). Mr. Toone served as Vice-Chair for the past school year.

New LRSD chair Bradley Toone
(file photo)
New LRSD Vice-Chair Shannon Scherger
(file photo)

Jessi Chrapko awarded Grand Champion at Chinook Country Summer Dressage Show

Photos provided by Jessi Chrapko

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's Jessi Chrapko earned Grand Champion with her horse Hermes at the Chinook Country Alberta Dressage Association Summer Dressage Show in the Claresholm Agriplex June 12-14.  It was a National Competition Gold Level Equine Canada Show.  "We did very well.  Hermes and I won Grand Champion for Second Level Open Division.  It was very exciting to win that, together."  Hermes is a 12 year old Canadian Warmblood.  "He came from Arizona and we've been a team for two years now.  He is an extremely smart and talented athlete, and I'm excited to progress through the levels of Dressage with him."

Another very successful Recycling Roundup in Pincher Creek


Toni Lucas

The Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, and Alberta Recycling worked together to host the 2015 Recycling Round-up on Saturday June 20 at the Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek, primarily in the parking lot. A number of organizations also participated.  Pincher Planters held their annual plant swap, McMan Agency gave out seeds for those who want to grow a row for the food bank, the Splash Park Committee held a fundraising barbeque, the Pincher Creek Lions Club collected eyeglasses, Parent Link held a children's toy/clothing and book swap, and Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation displayed clothing recycled from water bottles and talked about their programs. DBS Environmental collected hazardous waste like electronics, batteries and paints, and a paper shredder truck from Lethbridge Mobile Shredding was on hand for safe disposal of sensitive documents. A big draw for the day was the recycle swap.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary for June 15-22, 2015


Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the noted period. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service - 50
  • Assaults - 2
  • Domestic assault - 1
  • Break and Enter (residential) - 1
  • Break and Enter (commercial) - 2
  • Fraud / Forgery - 1
  • Uttering Threats - 2
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 1 
  • Theft under $5000 - 1
  • Impaired Driving - 1
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 3
  • Driving complaints (general) - 2
  • MV Collisions - 6
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 1
  • False Alarms - 2
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 3
  • Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
  • Prisoners held – 10

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PCES responds to 5 incidents from June 16 - 21, including 1 fatality


Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to five incidents from June 16 - 21.

On Tuesday, June 16 a man was bucked off of or kicked by a horse at Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony. PCES responded with Rescue and ambulance services. The man was taken to Pincher Creek Hospital and STARS responded at approximately 9:30 pm to transport him to Calgary. His injuries turned out to be fatal.

On Wednesday, June 17, at approximately 11:00 pm PCES responded to single vehicle rollover on Highway 505 approximately 3 miles from the Waterton Dam. Two people were transported to hospital in Pincher Creek with undetermined injuries. PCES responded with Rescue, Engine 11, and two ambulances.

On Friday, June 19 at approximately 6:00 pm there was a single motor vehicle accident in the Twin Butte area on Highway 6. One person was assessed and released on scene. PCES responded with Rescue and an ambulance.

On Saturday, June 20 there was a single vehicle rollover reported at approximately 5:00 pm on Highway 505, approximately 4 miles west of the Waterton Dam. There was a cooperative response from both PCES and Cardston Emergency Services to the scene. Two people were transported by ambulance to Pincher Creek Hospital, and an unknown (unreported to us) number were transported to Cardston.
On Sunday, June 21 at 5:22 pm PCES responded to a gas leak report approximately three miles east of Pincher Creek. Crews isolated the area until the gas department could repair the situation. There were no injuries or damages.

Fatal ATV collision in Dutch Creek area


Crowsnest Pass RCMP 

On Saturday, June 20 at 6:00 pm, Crowsnest Pass Detachment  members were dispatched to a single vehicle ATV Collision on remote trail in the Dutch Creek area north of Crowsnest Pass. Crowsnest Pass Fire and Emergency services along with, STARS, also attended to assist.

Investigators determined a southbound side by side ATV with four occupants, left a remote trail, and rolled several times down a steep embankment.  As a result of the injuries, Emergency Services transported a 2 year old male passenger via ground ambulance to Calgary Children's Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.

The driver of the ATV, a 33 year old male from Okotoks, Alberta, was transported by STARS with life threatening injuries.  He later succumbed to his injuries, and died on June 21, 2015.   The remaining two passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.  Alcohol was not a factor in the ATV collision. Name of deceased will not be released at this time, Crowsnest Pass RCMP are continuing the investigation.

Mountain Radio and Co-op announce Toby Keith concert tickets winner

Mountain Radio DJ Sarah Nick
Toni Lucas

Mountain Radio DJ Sarah Nick was at Pincher Creek Co-op on Thursday, June 21 as part of the Summer Ticket Give-Away.  Nick awarded tickets to a Toby Keith concert to winner Linda Johnson.  Nick is new to Mountain Radio having joined the crew in the last three months as the afternoon weekday deejay.  "It's been great.  And I get to give away tickets! This is so much fun."  Nick is planning on returning to the Co-op for more ticket giveaways this summer.

MLA Pat Stier raises MSI funding concerns in legislature


Christian Davis

During the June 18 question period of the Alberta Legislature, Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier asked the Alberta Government to commit to the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding promised for 2015-2016 by the previous government in their now rescinded 2015 budget.

Mrs. P's celebrates dads with classic theme

Ann Dyck, Loretta Packham,  and Cindy Jackson with Coca cola and Chevy Deray
Toni Lucas

Mrs. P's Coffee Corner held their annual Father's Celebration Supper on Friday, June 19. Featuring classic music, cars, poodle skirts, and old fashioned hospitality, the evening was meant to honour dads and remind everyone the special place fathers hold in our lives.  According to owner and namesake Loretta Packham, because the restaurant is not usually open on Sunday's she started the nostalgic theme for a Friday Father's Day celebration years ago . She was delighted that the feature car at the event,  a classic Chevy Delray on loan by owner Lorne Jackson, was the same vintage as herself.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Livingstone Landowners Group asks Premier Notley to reconsider $500M infrastructure project

Power infrastructure near Pincher Creek (Photo 18 May 2015)

Livingstone Landowners Group press release

  1. The Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG) does not endorse any AltaLink route proposals, as we are not proponents of a new power line in the area.
  2. Given the values at stake and recent changes in the electric energy sector, LLG has requested the Premier of Alberta to re-evaluate the need for this proposed line and consider whether it should be deferred or cancelled.
  3. The cost of proposed line has ballooned from original estimate 7 years ago of $189 million to somewhere between $350 and $750 million now. The line will be paid for by Albertans and Alberta businesses through increases to electricity bills - a high price to pay for something that, based on the original assumptions, is now unnecessary.
  4. The LLG engaged a recognized engineering expert and has provided AESO with two alternatives that are one fifth of the cost and would have minimal environmental impact.
  5. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) sets clear direction that new development should minimize landscape fragmentation and be concentrated in existing developed areas. The LLG supports this policy direction.

A warm and fuzzy grand opening for new Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA facility



Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA held the grand opening on their new facility on Friday June 12, 2015.  This facility has been in the making for years with planning, fundraising, filling out grants, and relocating during the actual building period, as the new facility is on the site of the old facility.  The official ribbon was held by young helpers Alexandre and Catherine and speeches were given by MD of Pincher Creek Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg, and Pincher Creek Humane Society President Clara Yagos.  Mayor Anderberg performed the official ribbon cutting.

Mayor Anderberg cuts the ribbon as Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos and Humane Society President Clara Yagos look on (with Alexandre and Catherine holding the ribbon)

Pincher Creek hosts year end U14 Soccer tournament



  • Gold for Elkford's 14 Soccer team

Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's U14 soccer team finished off their year on somewhat of a high note, finishing third in their year end tournament, which took place on Saturday June 13th.  Pincher won their first game against the Crowsnest Pass a day before, but their two games on Saturday ended up differently.

2015 Pincher Creek U14 Soccer Team

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Y.E.S. Summer 2015 event dates

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