Thursday, March 30, 2017

Red Deer RCMP seize drone

RCMP Alberta - Red Deer RCMP have seized a drone from a citizen after responding to reports the drone was being flown near the flight path of STARS Air Ambulance as the helicopter made an approach to Red Deer hospital the morning of March 29.  RCMP responded to the report at 9:25 am on March 29 and located the owner of the drone shortly afterward. Police seized the foldable Mavic Pro drone as part of the investigation into whether the drone was in violation of the Federal Aeronautics Act.

Amputees find inspiration from Vimy battle survivors

Rob Larman and Tiffany Ross lay a rose at the grave of Curley Christian to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and pay tribute to the war amputee veterans who started The War Amps.

War Amps Canada - The Battle of Vimy Ridge may have been 100 years ago, but it continues to have modern-day lessons for amputees like Rob Larman and Tiffany Ross of Toronto.  Larman, who lost his leg at the age of 14 when friends dared him to jump a train, now directs The War Amps PLAYSAFE Program, while Tiffany Ross, 10, was born a left arm amputee and is now a member of the The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. To mark the Vimy anniversary, they laid a rose at the grave of Ethelbert “Curley” Christian at Toronto’s Prospect Cemetery, in honour of the remarkable sacrifice Christian made at Vimy that continues to inspire young amputees today.

AWA: Castle Parks a significant addition to Alberta’s protected areas

Alberta Wilderness Association - With the establishment of the boundaries for the two new Castle Parks, Alberta has achieved an important conservation goal, contributing an additional 1050 km2 to its protected landscapes. The two new parks will protect an area that contains the highest amount of biodiversity in Alberta outside of neighboring Waterton Lakes National Park. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes this protection recognizes how much Albertans value the Castle, along with their concerns and expectations for the very best management of our public lands throughout Alberta.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A web of mindfulness

Joyce Sasse - The situation for single, professional women in Annora Brown’s time was vibrant with opportunity – and she was more than capable of living up to the challenge.  Stimulating networks of support were quietly emerging. Members of farm women’s, church and Women’s Institute groups were seriously contributing (often from pennies saved in their sugar bowls) to send female university graduates to jobs across Canada and around the world.

Castle Parks to get nearly $20 million from Budget 2017, including paving and Beaver Mines water project

Government of Alberta -
Highway paving and new water pipelines are part of nearly $20 million in infrastructure investment for the Castle Provincial Park and neighbouring communities.  Six million dollars from Budget 2017 will go towards paving an 11-kilometre gravel section of Highway 774 (the roadway to Castle Mountain Resort) within the newly established park. Another $9 million is earmarked to help the Municipal District of Pincher Creek construct a water line that ties Castle Mountain Resort to the Hamlet of Beaver Mines. The water line will also serve the Castle Provincial Park.  It builds on $4.7-million in grants from the province and the federal government to construct a water line between Beaver Mines and the Village of Cowley. All three pieces of infrastructure support local tourism in and around the Castle parks.

Vandalism in bra daylight

Dan Crawford - Sometime in the evening hours of March 28, our property was viciously attacked. We believe the culprits are female by the evidence left at the scene. Be on the look out for suspects who appear to be somewhat "unsupported". We need to stop this sort of activity in our community before someone else has to suffer the trauma of vandalism.

Happy Birthday Shanon

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Todd Starzyk case held over until April 25

RCMP Emergency Response Team vehicle responds to Feb. 28 incident
Chris Davis - Dewey "Todd" Starzyk (53) appeared in Pincher Creek Provincial Court this morning before Judge D.G. Redman, on his own recognizance, to answer to several charges,  Starzyk was charged with careless use of a firearm and failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance after an incident on February 28 during which he allegedly barricaded himself in his Pincher Creek home after a report of gunfire, which resulted in a significant police response.  He also faces charges incurred on March 3 for allegedly violating a curfew condition related to that February 28 incident. 

Because Starzyk had no council on record (even though court documents indicated incorrectly that he had) for some of his charges, and at the request of the Crown Prosecutor that enough time be allocated to ensure a "voluminous disclosure" is conducted in an appropriate manner, Starzyk's case has been held over again until April 25.  On that date he will again be expected to appear at Pincher Creek Provincial Court.  Starzyk's case  was also held over on February 14 and March 7.  Two charges unrelated to the February 28 and Match 3 incidents were to be heard this afternoon, but were withdrawn because there was "no likelihood of conviction".

Monday, March 27, 2017

MD Council receives critical letter regarding recreation funding

Chris Davis - At their February 14 meeting MD council received a letter from Pincher Creek Curling Club representative and MD resident Diana Reed dated February 8, 2017, which was critical of the MD's response to issues she brought forward as a delegation last November, specifically related to what she perceives as the MD's lack of commitment to joint recreation projects with the Town of Pincher Creek.  Her more recent letter was of a similar theme, also addressing her concerns about the MD's response to her earlier letter and delegation.

New signage approved for Lundbreck's Patton Park

Chris Davis - At their March 14 meeting, council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved a request do funding made by the Lundbreck Citizens Council, who asked for the right to install a memorial plaque onto the skateboard park fence in Patton Park, in memory of Derek Snider. According to Robyn Downson "As you know, Derek and his family were very instrumental in getting the skateboard park in Lundbreck built many years ago and the Citizens Council felt it would be a nice tribute to Derek's family, from the community, to remember him by. We have contacted his family and they are fine with this."

MD of Pincher Creek encourages organizations to apply for charity starus

Chris Davis - At the February 14 meeting of council for the MD of Pincher Creek, Councillor Garry Marchuk moved that Administration "be tasked with investigating the process, including costs, associated with obtaining charitable status, and if charitable organization can issue receipts on their own behalf."

MD of Pincher Creek agrees to contribute to Alberta Farm Safety educational program

Chris Davis - At their February 14 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek discussed a request for funding from the Farm Safety Centre, for their safety education program for rural schools. The request was made in January to the Agricultural Service Board, which first sent a letter to the Farm Safety Center asking a number of questions for clarification.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing March 24 - 30

Rated 18A, 2D
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday

Held over, rated PG
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday

Showing March 31 - April 6:

Rated G, in 3D
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
2D MAtinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm

Held over, Rated PG
7:00 anmd 9:10 nightly
2D only this week
2:00 pm Matinees on Saturday and Sunday

Pincher Creek Golf Club is getting ready for 2017 season



Early Bird Membership Registration (Reduced prices)
April 3rd to 10th (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) at the Golf Course Clubhouse


April 10th @ 7:30 pm at the Pincher Creek Golf Club
Presentation of Year End Financial Statements
Golf Club/Course Developments and Construction to be discussed
All members welcome!

Now also accepting employment applications for the Pro Shop & Golf Course Employees

Keystone XL statement from Premier Notley

Government of Alberta - Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement about the U.S. State Department’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:

"I would like to congratulate TransCanada for the hard work they have put into this approval. This project is going to support nearly 6,000 jobs during construction and over 400 full-time jobs in Alberta, while also providing access to new and existing U.S. markets. While Keystone XL progresses, we are also going to continue our work to make sure we can get Alberta’s resources to Canadian tidewater - creating jobs, helping our energy industry grow and diversifying our export markets.”

Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater Project suggestions heard by MD Council

Chris Davis - At their February 28 meeting MD council heard from Cornell Van Ryk, a Beaver Mines are resident, who appeared as a delegation to represent "concerned neighbours" and to offer suggestions regarding the Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater Project. Van Ryk sent two different letters to council about these issues, which they received February 22.

Alberta government announces nearly $9 million in southern Alberta land and water conservation grants

Minister Shannon Phillips, Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA for Lethbridge-East, and southern Alberta land trusts on the Rooftop Garden of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Government of Alberta - The province is providing nearly $9 million to three non-profit groups to protect ranchlands, river habitats and watersheds in southern Alberta.  Funding from the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will go towards six projects throughout southern Alberta, including three large ranches. The grants protect watersheds and wildlife habitats and help keep ranchlands intact.

Peewee Chinooks win 2017 league banner

2016/17 Peewee Chinooks
Chris Davis - Congratulations to Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks, who defeated the Okotoks Oilers 5-4 in overtime to win the 2017 Central Alberta Hockey League Tier 4 Championship. The game was a fast paced barnburner, played on Saturday evening in front of a large and appreciative hometown crowd. One of the most exciting games of the whole 2016/17 season.  Riley Potts scored four goals for the Chinooks during regulation time, and Cory Dyck scored the winning goal near the halfway mark of the sudden-death overtime period. It was the third game of the series, Okotoks won the first game 5-4 and the Chinooks won the second game 7-1. The Chinooks finished the season with 22 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie.

Changes to our sports video coverage

Chris Davis - As we approach six years of serving the Pincher Creek area, we're having to take a close look at what's worked for our business and what hasn't, in order to right-size our efforts to a sustainable level.  Unfortunately, sports video to the level we've been doing it is unsustainable going forward.  Put simply, our policy towards sports video has to change.   We won't be eliminating it, but we will be reducing it considerably.  Even at that reduced level we expect to continue to provide more amateur sports video coverage than any other news outlet that we're aware of in the province.

Economic Developers Alberta announces 2017/18 board, annual awards

Economic Developers Alberta - Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), Alberta's only professional organization for economic developers is pleased to announce its newly elected 2017-18 Board of Directors as follows:

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for March 20-26, 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 March 20 – March 26, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 45
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 5
Theft under $5000 - 2
Drugs - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 14
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 2
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 3
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 2
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Prisoners held – 2

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Pastor Chris Ney - Many of us from time to time love a good mystery movie or even better a really good mystery novel. It has a way of keeping us totally in tuned to what the story is and guessing all the way how it will end. Usually has a bad guy or two and some good guys with one or two characters who you just are not sure of, either way it leaves you with this intense mystery that makes you want to read until the end to find out what happens.

Resilience readiness

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - If we had to face dust-bowl conditions like the 30’s, crop scientists shake their heads and admit we are woefully unprepared. Technology, the great provider of our Age, has made incredible advances in farming techniques and plant-breeding for maximum yields. But we remain vulnerable to the weather because we’ve ignored plant “variance (difference) and resilience”.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,
How can I keep my garden grown herbs fresh? Van

Dear Van,
Treat herbs just like you would flowers. Trim the stems. Place them in two inches of fresh water. Cover them loosely with a plastic bag and place in the fridge. Change the water every few days. Basil is the exception; this delicious herb should be kept at room temperature.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MLA Pat Stier to be part of Wildrose/PC unity discussions

  • Includes recent interview with Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier

Chris Davis - In a press release issued yesterday, March 24, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Party Leader Jason Kenney announced "the composition of the unity discussion group, along with a timeline for the group to report back to the memberships of both parties."  Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier (WR) is to be one of the discussion group members.  According to a similar PC Party press release, "A negotiated agreement for achieving unity is expected to be concluded by the end of Spring 2017."

Town of Pincher Creek holds Transportation open house

Town councillors Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, and Jim Litkowski, CAO Laurie Wilgosh, Mayor Don Anderberg

Toni Lucas - Approximately 40 people attended a Town of Pincher Creek transportation open house on Wednesday, March 15. The main speaker was HDR Inc. Associate Vice President John Hubbell a consultant who specializes in public transportation.  Along with a presentation there was a question and answer period with members of Town council, CAO Laurie Wilgosh, and Hubbell.

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