Monday, October 16, 2017

Town of Pincher Creek Election 2017 results

Please note: These are unoffical results.

Town of Pincher Creek: Higher number posted earlier tonight were incorrect, the below has been verified. 

Mayoral Candidates
Anderberg, Don: 701 - Elected
Gray, Dianne: 330

Councillor Candidates
Barber, Mark: 787 - Elected
Elliott, Wayne: 844 - Elected
Jackson, Lorne: 765 - Elected
Korbett, Scott: 804 - Elected
McGillivray, Brian: 682 - Elected
O'Rourke, Sussanne: 423 - Elected
Blake, Tim: 316
Thornton, Douglas: 338

M.D. of Pincher Creek Elections 2017 results

Unofficial Results of Municipal Election for MD of Pincher Creek No. 9

Division 1
Stevick, Quentin - Acclaimed

Division 2
Lemire, Rick: 95 - Elected
Schoening, Fred: 61

Division 3
Everts, Bev: 112 - Elected
Judd, Tom: 61
Marchuk, Garry: 67

Division 4
Hammond, Brian – Acclaimed

Division 5
Yagos, Terry: 144 - Elected
Olsen, Ernie: 69

Dr. Shelly Wismath appointed first dean of University of Lethbridge School of Liberal Education

University of Lethbridge - Recently named one of the most exceptional post-secondary teachers in Canada, Dr. Shelly Wismath has been appointed the first dean of the University of Lethbridge’s new School of Liberal Education. The U of L’s Board of Governors approved the appointment last week, granting Wismath a five-year term that commences Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

2017 candidates forum at Matthew Halton High School

Chris Davis - Grades 8 and 12 Matthew Halton students hosted a candidates forum for Town of Pincher Creek election candidates on Friday morning, October 13.  Participating candidates included Don Anderberg (incumbent Mayor), Dianne Gray (mayoral candidate), and council candidates Tim Blake, Scott Korbett, Brian McGillivray, and Douglas Thornton (incumbent).  Over the course of an hour the candidates addresses student questions about privatized and universal healthcare, college tuition affordability, free market capitalism, areas of improvement for Pincher Creek, global warming, and the legalization of marijuana.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Oct. 10-15, 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 October 10 to October 15, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 29
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Uttering Threats - 1
Theft of motor vehicle - 1
Theft under $5000 - 3
Disturbing the Peace - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 4
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 2
Prisoners held - 1

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Good, the bad, and the Godly

Chris Ney -
Sometimes in our lives we can lose something important to us and we go through a time of mourning and grieving, which is perfectly ok. There are times when we grieve over something that is not nearly as legit and really we are just upset because our plans got changed or something didn’t work out like we planned. We can get sidetracked by the world not working as we intended and mourn over that. These two types of mourning are very real in our everyday life, people all around us can be mourning and we go right on by them or we are that person and life goes right on by us. I am not trying to minimize in any way the loss of someone or something important, that hurts and there is a proper time for us to be sad. It does hurt when we lose someone we love, it hurts deeper the closer that person is, but it is a season, and it is normal to mourn that way. If we sit by and are miserable in life mourning how life sucks then that is wrong and someone needs to help you snap out of it. In all of that there is still another type of mourning and that is Godly mourning.

When hope seems lost

Joyce Sasse
- Imagine a globe with a huge crack in it, carried on a large pack-board. This graphic implies the pack-board will be carried by a Korean laborer. It was designed for use by the South Korean denomination I worked with in the late 1960’s as a symbol of the work of the Christian Church.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Letter: 2017- We can do better this time

Ianthe Goodfellow - Municipal Affairs records show that in the Town of Pincher Creek less than one third of our eligible voters cast their vote on October 21st, 2013. Of 2,804 eligible voters only 876 voted. Lets do better this time- please vote on Election Day - Monday, October 16th.


Letter: Council transparency compared

Jonathan Skrimshire - A week ago, in these pages, I shared my concerns regarding Pincher Creek Town Council's overenthusiastic embrace of the power to close meetings to the public and presented the results of a review I performed in late May, quantifying Council's use of in camera meetings over the first five months of this year. I have since done a substantial amount of additional research in an attempt to compare Council's performance in this area to that of other Councils.

Pincher Creek weather from Environment Canada

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Training Inc. offers free career and employment assistance


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If you are unemployed, underemployed, or even employed, and need a professional resume made, help with career planning or finding work, you can access Training Inc.'s Career and Employment Services for *FREE!*. These services are offered in partnership with Alberta Human Services and are free-of-charge to eligible Albertans. Call 403-627-1874 in Pincher Creek or the Pass to book at appointment.

No public reveal for MD councillor expenses

Chris Davis - At their August 22 regular meeting, MD of Pincher Creek Councillor Quentin Stevick moved that all 2016 reimbursable expenditures for each individual councillor be made publicly available.  Council decided to postpone the matter until the next council meeting in order to allow administration time to gather relevant information.  That next meeting of council was further postponed due to the Kenow fire crisis.  On September 26 council discussed the matter again.

MD of Pincher Creek council approves wastewater treatment funding

Chris Davis - At their September 26 meeting council for the M.D. of Pincher Creek passed a motion by councillor Quentin Stevick to debenture up to $4 million for a twenty year period for the Wastewater Treatment portion of the Beaver Mines Water and Wastewater Project. Stevick requested a recorded vote. The motion carried with Reeve Brian Hammond opposed.

2017 Blessing and Rededication of St Michael's School

Chris Davis - St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek hosted a welcome back barbecue on Thursday, September 28. The food was prepared by the Knights of Columbus. The event welcomed all the students back to school, allowed their parents and guardians a chance to get to know the teachers better, and welcomed and familiarized new students with the school.

Town of Pincher Creek council code of conduct bylaw passes first reading

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek gave Council Code of Conduct Bylaw No. 1621-17 first reading, which it passed after much discussion during their regular meeting on Monday, October 10, the last public meeting before Monday's election. The Municipal Government Act states that "A council may pass bylaws in relation to the procedure and conduct of council, council committees and other bodies established by council, the conduct of councillors and the conduct of members of council committees and other bodies established by the council". In Pincher Creek this bylaw is to be reviewed every four years, and governs the code of conduct a councillor is to follow during their time as a councillor of the Town of Pincher Creek.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pincher Creek awarded 50th Southern Alberta Summer Games

SASG and SARA committee members with Pincher Creek dignitaries prior to 2019 SASG announcement

Chris Davis - Today it was announced that Pincher Creek (Town and Municipal District) will be hosting the 2019 Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), which will be the 50th anniversary of the event.  The SASG draws a large crowd of participants, family members, coaches, officials, sports fans, and volunteers to its host municipalities every year. Pincher Creek hosted the first Southern Alberta Summer Games in 1970, and hosted again in 1985, 2004, and 2014 (the 45th anniversary).  The SASG began in Pincher Creek.  It covers 13 regions, each with a regional director or organizer.  The announcement was made during a special luncheon at Pincher Creek's Town Hall today, at which it was also announced that Taber will be hosting the 2018 SASG.  Raymond had originally been vying for the 2019 games as well, but deferred to Pincher Creek because of the anniversary and will instead aim for 2020.

Expedia travel writer names Pincher Creek #1 mountain town in Canada

San Diego Area Expedia travel writer Carolyn Albee has named Pincher Creek the number one mountain town in Alberta, in a review published yesterday. "Don’t try to tell the residents of Pincher Creek about Banff - they’ve got their own awesome national park, thank you very much. Take a day or three to explore Waterton Lakes National Park, then pay a visit to Castle Mountain Resort for a cat skiing adventure in the open bowls and freshies of the backcountry."

Multiple RV battery thefts in Fort Macleod

RCMP Alberta - On Thursday morning October 12, 2017 several Fort Macleod residents discovered batteries from their RVs had been stolen during the night. Three separate incidents were reported however there is likely more which have not yet been discovered. All reported incidents occurred in the 27th to 30th Street area on the north side of town. The RV batteries were removed from the boxes mounted near the front hitch on the RV trailers.

If you have information regarding these thefts or noticed suspicious behaviour in the area, please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at (403) 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

2017 Lundbreck candidates forum

Videos: Opening and closing statements and the question and answer session with MD of Pincher Creek Division 5 council candidates Ernie Olsen and Terry Yagos (incumbent) and Livingstone Range School Division Ward 2 incumbent candidates Clara Yagos and Christy Stevens at the October 11 candidates forum at Lundbreck Hall. LRSD Ward 2 candidate Gregory Alan Long was not present.  The forum was moderated by Kevin Finn.

MD of Pincher Creek Division 5 incumbent candidate Terry Yagos:

MD of Pincher Creek Division 5 candidate Ernie Olsen:

LRSD Ward 2 candidates Christy Stevens and Clara Yagos:

Question and Answer session:

Kenow fire concerns discussed again at MD of Pincher Creek council meeting

Chris Davis - At their October 10 regular meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek again discussed councillor Quentin Stevick's September 26 postponed proposed resolution to have a public review of the response to the Kenow fire and a delegation of Twin Butte residents who made requested an inquiry of at the outset of that same September 26 regular council meeting (click here for related story) .

STARS visits Pincher Creek's councils

STARS representative Glenda Farnden presents Reeve Hammond with a token of appreciation

Chris Davis - STARS Air Ambulance Foundation representative Glenda Farnden appeared as a delegation at the MD of Pincher Creek and Town of Pincher Creek councils' regular meetings on October 10. Farnden asked both councils to continue their $2.00 per capita committments to STARS, provided details about STARS responses in the southwestern Alberta area, and promoted the SOLUS smartphone app that enables people to access 24/7 emergency assistance anywhere in Canada with a cell signal.

Warrants issued for two men wanted in connection with Lethbridge kidnapping, assault

Wanted: Bisrat Seyum Hailu and Ruairi Joseph McGinnity

Lethbridge Police Service - Lethbridge Police have issued warrants for the arrest of two men in connection with an incident last month where a male was assaulted and kidnapped.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 year service awards presented to Town of Pincher Creek employees April McGladdery and Dane Barclay

April McGladdery shakes hands with Mayor Don Anderberg
Toni Lucas - During the regular meeting of the Town of Pincher Creek council on October 10, Mayor and council presented Ten Years of Service Awards to Dane Barclay from the public works department and April McGladdery, who works in administration. Barclay was unable to attend. Mayor Don Anderberg spoke in glowing terms about the work done by both Barclay and McGladdery. He itemized the different ares the staff had each worked in, and spoke of how their efforts had been noted, and their service appreciated. "Thank you very much for ten years of service. Congratulations."

Town of Pincher Creek willing to enter into discussion about water sharing with the MD

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek discussed a water request from the Municipal District of Pincher Creek at the Town council's regular meeting on Monday, October 10 (their last regular public meeting prior to next Monday's election). At their September 26 regular meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek decided to request a temporary water transfer from the Town of Pincher Creek to meet needs.  On October 10 Town council proposed that the MD Council arrange a meeting with Alberta Environment and the MD's engineer to provide the Town with the long range plan for water service and sufficiency and assurance that the Town's water license will not be subject to a 10% holdback from the province.

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