Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blood Tribe Council passes trespass bylaw

Blood Tribe Council - The Blood Tribe Council has taken active steps to minimize the impacts of the fentanyl and other drug related activities on the Blood Reserve and to ensure the safety of Blood Tribe members. One of the steps has been to enact the Kainai/Blood Tribe Trespass Bylaw and Regulations to deal with the ongoing concerns with respect to persons entering on the Blood Reserve for purposes related to the unlawful use and distribution of drugs.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Splash of Luck fundraiser a big success

Jen Draper, Billi Rigaux, and Brandi Hutchison

Toni Lucas - Pincher Spray Park Society (PCSPS) held the 'A Splash Of Luck' fundraising gala on Friday, March 17 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall. PCSPS Chair Jennifer Draper was overwhelmed with the support from the community.  "We have 250 people here.  This is just fantastic."  There were many things to make the evening entertaining.  The St. Patrick's Day date brought out a green theme, and there was much fun and frivolity in the air.  There were desserts, and live and silent auctions. Bob Westrop was the auctioneer. The headlining entertainment was Puck ‘n’ Funny comedians Brittany Lyseng, who had a humorous view of her personal experiences, and Harry Doupe, who extolled the Albertan fascination with the weather.

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Showing March 17-23:

(held over)
3D, Rated PG 3D
7:05 and 9:05 nightly
2:00 pm matinees Saturday and Sunday
in 2D on Wednesday and Sunday

3D, Rated General
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
2:00 pm matinees Saturday and Sunday
in 2D on Wednesday Saturday and Sunday

Showing March 24 - 30

Rated 18A, 2D
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
2:00 pm Matinees Saturday and Sunday in 2D

Held over, rated PG
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
2:00 pm Matinees Saturday and Sunday in 2D

Town of Pincher Creek Community Information Meeting March 29


Community Information Meeting 
Town Hall Gym
March 29, 6:30PM

You are invited to join the Mayor and Council for an evening highlighting current Council priorities and projects and 2017/18 budgets.

Unable to attend? Watch or listen to the meeting live on Facebook.

Annora Brown’s pride of place

Annora Brown
Joyce Sasse - Annora Brown never disputed the request made for her to return home to care for her parents, though she felt inadequate as a nurse, home-maker and financial provider. Stoically, she carried on. A few stolen moments with her sketch pad was her only release.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Piikani RCMP investigate suspicious fires

RCMP Alberta - Piikani RCMP are asking for information from the public as they investigate three suspicious fires on the first nation.  On the evening of March 7, a residence on 15th Avenue in the Piikani town site was destroyed by fire. This is the third structure fire that Piikani RCMP and fire crews have responded to recently.  On January 31, an abandoned residence was burned and on February 12, an abandoned gas station was set ablaze.

RCMP and fire investigators believe all of these fires were deliberately set.

Anyone that was a witness to these fires or who has information is asked to contact the Piikani RCMP at 403-965-2000. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Provincial budget/school fees announcements have minimal impact on LRSD funding, programs

Livingstone Range School Division - Following recent announcements by the Alberta government regarding school funding and the reduction of school fees, Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) has determined it will be able to continue operations with minimal impact to student services.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Town of Pincher Creek employment opportunity: Maintenance 2

Town of Pincher Creek
Recreation and Parks Labourer/Arena Attendant
Permanent – Full Time 

The Town of Pincher Creek is seeking an energetic, qualified, self-directed individual for the position of Recreation and Parks Labourer/Arena Attendant. Reporting to the Manager of Recreation Services, the Recreation and Parks Labourer is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Memorial Community Centre Arena, Multi-Purpose Facility swimming pool, spray park, public parks & playgrounds, buildings, athletic fields, municipal campground and related facilities.

Jean and Kenney pledge to work towards unity

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Alberta Leader Jason Kenney
Wildrose Party press release - Today, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Alberta Leader Jason Kenney announced their joint commitment to achieve unity.  Both leaders shared their belief that they cannot and will not negotiate a memorandum of understanding for a potential unity agreement among themselves, but will form discussion teams with a mandate to work towards an agreement. Details on the discussion teams will be developed in the coming days and announced by the end of the week.

Back country rescue of teen snowmobiler near Lost Creek (updated)

RCMP Alberta - On March 20, 2017 at 11:53 am the Crowsnest Pass RCMP detachment was notified of a snowmobile collision in the area of Lost Creek. The collision resulted in significant, but non-life threatening injuries, to a 14 year old male. Pincher Creek RCMP along with Pincher Creek Fire Services, both Pincher Creek and Kananaskis Search and Rescue Teams along with Conservation Officers, were deployed under the direction of the RCMP. Due to the extent of injuries and remote location of the collision, STARS air ambulance with the assistance of Kananaskis Search and Rescue attended the location to extract the injured male from the back country. Through the coordinated efforts of all emergency personnel, the injured male was safely transported to the Pincher Creek Health Centre for treatment.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for March 13 - 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 March 13 - 19, 2017 . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 39
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 2
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 9
MV Collisions - 6
Liquor offences - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 2
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Prisoners held - 4

Sabres defeat Dragons to earn Bronze at 1A Boys Basketball Provincials

Provincial Bronze: Livingstone's 1A Sabres
(official tournament photo)
Justyn Connelly-Engel, Chad Bousquet, Levi Sekella, Bryant Cail, Ty Anctil, Brady Douglas, Cole Schweb, Quinlan Connelly-Engel, Hunter Olsen, Brock Gatzky, Jonathan Erickson, Elisha Lowry, Eric Smyth, Head Coach Duane DeCock, Assistant Coach Paul Erickson

On March 18 Lundbreck's Livingstone Sabres faced Pincher Creek's St. Michael's Dragons in the Bronze game at the 1A Boys ASAA Provincial Basketball Tournament.  The tournament was hosted by Calgary's Rundle Academy.  The Sabres defeated the Dragons 75-51.  The Dragons had strong first and final quarters.  The Sabres were consistently strong throughout.

Southern Alberta Land Trust Society AGM March 29


Southern Alberta Land Trust Society 
2017 Annual General Meeting 

Open to members, friends, and interested public. Join us for coffee, conversations, and interesting speakers.

Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00pm, Bloomin’ Inn, just east of Pincher Creek (6226, Range Road 294),

ASBA welcomes funding for new student enrolment growth in Budget 2017

ASBA press release -  The Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) welcomes the Alberta government’s commitment to funding new student enrolment growth in Budget 2017, but is concerned per-student funding has not increased and, in fact, has continued losing ground.

Seasonal student employment opportunities at KBPV

Pincher Creek & District Historical Society
“Celebrating Our Golden Anniversary Year!”

Seasonal Student Employment Opportunities

The Pincher Creek & District Historical Society is seeking hardworking and enthusiastic individuals for the 2017 summer season (May – August) at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.
  • Visitor Services Host
  • Museum Assistants

Lethbridge College survey for Pincher Creek

Annie Steward (Lethbridge College) and iPad winner Shelly Terpstra
In December 2016, Lethbridge College, with the support of its local partner organizations, began promoting a "Community Survey of Educational Needs" intended to reach adult residents of the Pincher Creek community. The data collected through the survey will help guide our next steps in the community and will ensure that we are using our available resources wisely to meet the educational needs identified by the Pincher Creek community. We are truly pleased with both the quality and quantity of survey responses so far, and our community partners have asked us to keep the survey open for a couple more months to ensure that everyone who wants to participate is provided the opportunity to do so.

Solar energy grant for Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre

Minister Phillips, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman, and MLA Lethbridge-East Maria Fitzpatrick at the Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre

Government of Alberta - The Alberta Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre.The facility employs engineers, technologists and specialists who research agricultural practices and monitor environmental impacts. Using $54,000 of Climate Leadership Plan funding, the centre will install a 15-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and upgrade lighting to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Alberta Budget 2017: School fees to be reduced

Government of Alberta - Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

TMS wins SWJHAA B Girls Basketball Post Season banner

Champions: TMS B Girls Eagles
Silver: MHS B Girls Hawks
Bronze: STM B Girls Dragons
C. Davis - Kainai's Tatsikiisaapo'p Middle School B Girls Eagles won the South Western Junior High Athletic Association (SWJHAA) 2017 banner after defeating Matthew Halton's Hawks 55-41 in the SWJHAA Post Season Final on March 11. The tournament was held at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek. The Hawks placed second, and St. Michael's Dragons placed third. Six teams competed in a total of seven games.

Novice Chinooks win league banner

2016/17 Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks
#2 Tuff Yellow Horn, #4 Keegan Grant, #7 Carter McGlynn, #9 Hunter McMullen, #10 Maddox Prout, #12 Sasha Shenton, #15 Tristan Grant,#17 Cashe Kropinak, #18 Ava Jessen (missing from photo), #19 Hunter Little Bear, #22 Kaydence North Peigan (goalie), #24 Kayson Crow Shoe, Head coach Dylan Prout, Assistant coach Eric Blanchard, Assistant coach Brad Kropinak, Assistant coach Tyrone Potts, team manager Jessica Jensen.

The Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks won the Central Alberta Hockey League banner on Sunday, March 19. They played game one in Cochrane on Saturday and won in the third over time period 5- 6. In game two the Chinooks came from behind and ended up winning 6 - 4.

Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation celebrates 25 years

press release - It was March 20, 1992 when Des Allen and Peter Sherrington first noticed Golden Eagles migrating along the portion of what was to become known as the “eagle highway” in the Kananaskis Valley close to Mt. Lorette. When this spring’s count started on March 1, it became the count’s 26th consecutive year, making RMERF’s eagle count one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the world. Long-term studies such as RMERF’s eagle count are invaluable to help wildlife researchers and managers monitor populations and spot trends.

Pincher Creek Town Council hears results of proposed curling rink/golf club facility study

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek heard a Curling/Community Recreation Centre Final Report by Gibbs Gage Architects' David Wittman on Monday, March 13.  The study was of the building which currently houses the golf course clubhouse, bowling alley, squash courts, Joe's Gym, and a restaurant in Pincher Creek with consideration of including a curling facility with either four or six sheets of ice.   Wittman explained his firm was engaged in the study for the last year and a number of stakeholders were involved in the process.

Multicultural Friendship Group invites participation


Debbie Crowshoe - The Multicultural Friendship Group (MCF) of Pincher Creek will be hosting another pot-luck dinner and presentation on Saturday, March 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church. Everyone is welcome to join us and following the dinner we are pleased to have Linden Willms sharing his insights and experiences from his time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Melancholy of Love

Shellie Byers

The lone wind howls across the yard,
And nowhere do you greet me -
The cold earth entombs..its so hard...
To feel everything seems empty.
I can not see your face or call your name,
Endless tears sting my skin in the chilled air -
I held back a piece of your red, flowing mane,
But this grief consumes me I cannot share.

Sign of a good leader

Pastor Chris Ney - I have worked for a lot of different people over the years of being in construction. I have been in crews that just loved to hang out and ended up each week getting very little done because the boss was just one of the guys and having fun too, and never wanted to say anything to the guys. I also worked for a guy that always sat in his truck and barked orders, and if you didn’t follow them you were fired, funny enough he couldn’t keep help, and he was the worst paying guy I worked for. Then I had the privilege of working with a guy who was firm and yet had deadlines, but was working with us, and was willing to teach you what you needed to know, the biggest thing we all like about him was he would do whatever needed to be done. He was a good example to us and not only was the boss but was willing to serve us as well. He had a heart of gold!

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