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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Retirement celebration for Jim Monteith to be held Dec. 9

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks off to a good start at home tournament

2015/16 Pincher Creek Atom Chinooks
Josh Davis

This weekend the Pincher Creek Minor Hockey Association is hosting their annual 2015-2016 Atoms  Hockey Tournament. These tournament games give competing teams an opportunity to face off against unusual opponents. The Pincher Creek Chinooks are off to a good start in the tournament, defeating their Lethbridge Lightning counterparts 12-5 in the opening game on Friday evening, November 27. The tournament continues throughout Saturday.  The participating teams are divided into two pools, which will compete in the final games on Sunday.  Stop in over the weekend to show your support for our local Atoms!

Tournament Schedule

Christmas Cookie Sale Dec. 6

Fox Theatre show times


Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dolphin Swim Club AGM to be held Dec. 10


Pincher Creek Dolphin Swim Club AGM
December 10, 2015
6:30 pm – Parent Link Centre

Nominations for board positions must be emailed to by December 9, 2015.

Dec. 9 Crestview Lodge building project presentation and information session


There will be a presentation and information session on December 9th at 6:30 pm, at Crestview Lodge, featuring the New Crestview Lodge Building project.

Livingstone School Italian Night raises over $8000 for Grad 2016

Livingstone School 2016 Graduating Class
K. Jorgenson photos
Kim Jorgenson

On Friday, November 20th families turned out at the Cowley Hall to help raise funds for the 2016 Livingstone School Grad Class. The students held a very successful Italian Night spaghetti supper along with the popular silent auction tables. One family donated a beautiful Lazy Susan that was carved years ago by Mr. Gary Hackler. As always the highlight of the evening was Bob Westrop helping the grad students auction their pies and cakes off to the highest bidder.

Minister Sigurdson statement on Bill 6

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour issued the following statement:  “I’ve been listening to Albertans about what Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, will mean for their family farms.  I want to assure those families that Bill 6 does nothing more than bring Alberta’s safety standards on farm and ranching operations in line with every other province in Canada. Family farms have thrived in those provinces, and they will continue to do so in Alberta."

Barlow calls for expanded Bill 6 consultations with Alberta producers

Foothills MP John Barlow
press release

Foothills farmers and ranchers are increasingly concerned over Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, proposed by the Provincial NDP Government.  Information Sessions on this controversial bill are scheduled for December 2, 2015 in Okotoks and December 3 in Lethbridge, however, in their attempts to register numerous southern Alberta farmers are finding out they are unable to attend these meetings due to lack of space.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Watch St. Michael's Sr. Boys Dragons competing at ASAA 1A Volleyball Provincials

Sr. Dragons with their 1A Boys Zones First Place banner
(submitted photo)

Pincher Creek's St. Michael's Senior Boys Dragons are competing in the 2015 Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Boys 1A Volleyball Championship, which is being held at École Héritage in Falher, Alberta.

Games from this tournament are being live streamed at

The Dragons played Bawlf's Wildcats earlier today, Thursday November 26. The Dragons won that match after winning two of three games (25 - 23 Dragons, 19 - 25 Bawlf, 15-10 Dragons). The Dragons will also play South Central at 3:15 pm today. On Friday November 27 the Dragons will play host team École Héritage at 9:00 am and Parkland Immanuel at 4:30 pm. Finals will be played on Saturday, November 28.

Farm Stewardship Centre in Lethbridge announces renewed focus

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

The Farm Stewardship Centre (FSC) in Lethbridge is renewing its focus on applied research, evaluation and the implementation of new methods and technology to help reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint.  “One of the things we’re working on deals with the effectiveness of nitrogen stabilizers,” says Virginia Nelson, director of the engineering and climate services branch, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We’re hoping this project will show a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from fall land-applied fertilizer applications.”

An open letter from Brian Jean and Wildrose MLAs on Bill 6

Wildrose leader Brian Jean
An open letter from Brian Jean and MLAs of the Wildrose Official Opposition:

Family farming is a way of life in Alberta. It is intrinsic to the fabric of our rural communities, and has been for more than 100 years.

I can also tell you from experience that nobody cares more about the safety of farms than the moms and dads who live there. Farm workers are more than employees, they are friends, neighbors, and in many cases family.

Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act introduced

Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, has been introduced in the Alberta Legislature.

“Everyone deserves a safe, fair and healthy workplace. With this bill, workplace legislation will now extend to farms and ranches. The rules we implement must respect the unique qualities of the farm and ranch industry, and I look forward to working with industry members to develop rules that make sense.” - Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

United Church Cowboy Christmas Celebration to be held Nov. 29


  • Cowboy Christmas Service of Celebration – 11 am at Pincher Creek United Church on Sunday, Nov 29th. Chili lunch to follow. Everyone welcome!

Joyce Sasse

Final details are in place for the Pincher Creek United Church’s 23rd “Cowboy Christmas” Worship Service Celebration. In 1992 the original invitation to the local community read “Many who don’t regularly attend Sunday worship still have deep spiritual roots. Our ‘Christmas Gathering’ gives opportunity to share these values in the context of a worship service…”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Acting Principal and Acting Vice Principal announced for Matthew Halton High School

New Matthew Halton School Acting Principal Ms. Tara Tanner
New Matthew Halton High School Acting Vice Principal Mr. Greg Freer
In two separate recent press releases Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) announced the appointment of Ms. Tara Tanner as Acting Principal and Mr. Greg Freer as Acting Assistant Principal of Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek.  The appointment of Ms. Tanner will be effective February 23, 2016 and the appointment for Mr. Freer will be effective February 22, 2016, for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last week in Pincher Creek hockey

Peewee Chinooks vs South Country Sabres
J. Davis photos/video
Stories below:
RHL: Kainai Braves defeat Piikani 
Atom Chinooks update/upcoming home tournament
Peewees Chinooks defeat South County Sabres
Bantam Ducks defeat Lethbridge 3
Midget Huskies moved to CAHL Tier 1

Warm up to winter vegetables

Jennifer Struble
Jennifer Struble

When fall and winter are upon us we don’t need to stop enjoying a variety of vegetables. Root vegetables and squash are often easy to find at stores and markets this time of year. Brightly coloured pumpkins, delicious sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, beets, parsnips and spaghetti, acorn or butternut squash make a healthy and nutrient rich treat.

Ranchlands Victim Services Society is seeking volunteers


Ranchlands Victim Services Society seeking Volunteers
Passionate about helping people?

Ranchlands Victim Services Society is seeking volunteers interested in becoming front line advocates to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy. We require individuals interested in a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience, who are caring and non-judgmental with a sincere interest in helping victims move past their immediate trauma.

We provide extensive training in many areas including domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide intervention, advocate safety, and the judicial system.

6th annual Angels Within Us fundraiser held in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

Angels Within Us hosted their 6th annual fundraising banquet and auction at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Saturday, November 21, selling over 325 tickets.  President Sherry Mackenzie addressed the crowd after the dinner to say, "I am very lucky.  The Angels work well together, because of the people I work with.  They are amazing people, I cannot say enough about them."  She thanked the board members, their family and spouses for their support, as well as the people who had braved the winds to attend the event and those who donated during the evening and throughout the year.

Pincher Creek Humane Society


Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA
Respect & Care for ALL Animals

The Pincher Creek Humane Society is currently open to the public.
Please check our website for hours of operation.
Fill a Christmas Stocking for your Dog or Cat (FREE with donation)
December 11 & 12
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ranchland Mall, Pincher Creek
More information later in article.


Female - spayed
Approximately 1 year old

Adult learning accessible in Pincher Creek

Annie Steward and Monica Sczyrba-Davis

“I’ve never received so much information to help move me forward in such a short amount of time! I have my transcript, know what courses to take and can take some of them online,” said a young mother after using the learner services help she received from Annie Steward at Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Program.

Mrs. P's anniversary an emotional event

Loretta Packham (centre) with staff members Cindy Jackson (left) and Gail Robinson (right)

Toni Lucas

Many people gather to watch the parade of Lights get ready at the Ranchland Mall every year, and a some regularly have their Friday night supper at Mrs. P's Coffee Corner in the mall.  On Friday, November 20, with the excitement of the parade and other events and the rush of dinner, Mrs. P's owner and namesake Loretta Packham may have been too busy to notice some odd behavior. Friends, family, and clients had gathered to surprise her and celebrate the 21st anniversary of her opening the popular coffee shop/restaurant.

Pincher Creek Meats

Grant and Shellie Byers
Pincher Creek Meats 
is under new management

Owners Shellie and Grant Byers invite you come and see the new products and services they offer.

1039 Deer Ave. Pincher Creek AB.

Minimum wage increases a concern for Children's World Daycare Society

Christian Davis

Children's World Daycare Society (CWDS) Director Marie Meckelborg appeared as a delegation before Pincher Creek's Town Council on Monday evening, November 23. Meckelborg told council CWDS was hoping for rent relief for January and February 2016, after an increase in Alberta's minimum wage significantly impacted their bottom line. Meckelborg's letter to the Town explained that CWDS had a significant negative net income for the month of October 2015, at -$16,724.46.

Booster club asks Pincher Creek Town Council for help with 2016 1A Boys Basketball Provincials

Christian Davis

Karina Cail and Paul Erickson appeared as a delegation before Pincher Creek's Town Council on Monday evening, November 23 on behalf of the Livingstone School Sports Booster Club (LSSBC). Livingstone School will be hosting the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) 1A Boys Basketball Provincials March 17 to 19, 2016, and the delegation asked for help from the Town to do so. William Cail was also in attendance and answered some of council's questions on behalf of the delegation. While hosted by Livingstone, the tournament will actually be held at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek, because Livingstone School doesn't have the seating capacity for the anticipated crowds.

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