Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Greetings and calendar from the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association

Holiday Greetings
From the Management & Staff at
The Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association

Pincher Meats pre-orders for seafood, turkey and hams


Newly arrived Cuban lobster tails, prawns and extra large scallops
Meat and cheese trays available (specialty cheeses upon request)
Pre-order Fresh Oysters
Pre-order your fresh turkey or in-house made traditional ham
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Call Pincher Meats at 403-627-3655
or stop in at 1039 Deer Avenue.

Funding shortfall threatens Pincher Creek recreation projects

Jonathan Skrimshire - The gap between budgeting assumptions and reality came fully into view December 6th as the Pincher Creek Committee of the Whole discussed the matter of capital funding requests to the Municipal District of Pincher Creek for the construction of new recreational facilities. The Town is currently engaged with the Canada 150 spray park and pool slide project (nearing completion), the creation of two new sports fields (land acquisition under way), and the proposed construction of a new curling rink (land and funding recently committed in writing). All of these projects involve completion dates in the 2018-2020 timeframe. All of these projects were undertaken with the expectation of large capital funding contributions from the MD. But there's a problem. The money isn't there.

Pincher Creek Weather

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas in Pincher Celebration Dec. 22


Winfield area horses located

RCMP Alberta - The Breton RCMP are very pleased to report that the six horses reportedly stolen from a Winfield area farm were located last night and safely returned to their owner. The horses appear to be in good shape and have not suffered physically.

Pertussis outbreak declared over in South Zone

Alberta Health Services - Pertussis disease activity in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) has decreased to such an extent as to no longer represent an outbreak situation. As such, effective immediately, the South Zone Medical Officer of Health (MOH) has declared the South Zone pertussis outbreak (active since June 5, 2017) to be over.  From the onset of this outbreak until Dec 7, 2017, 441 cases of pertussis were confirmed in the South Zone, of which 388 were connected with the outbreak.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in identifying vehicle related to highway fatality

RCMP Alberta - On December 10 at 6:50 p.m., Ponoka RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on the QEII at the Highway 53 overpass.  RCMP along with Emergency Medical Services attended and determined that the 54-year-old male driver of a northbound vehicle was declared deceased on scene. The vehicle appears to have lost control and struck a guard rail where the vehicle then came to rest.  A female passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. She was treated and released.

Monday, December 11, 2017

New rule for MD of Pincher Creek council's interaction with public

Chris Davis - MD of Pincher Creek Reeve Quentin Stevick made an announcement at the November 28 public meeting of MD council, just prior to council going in camera (a private session). According to Reeve Stevick, he had been advised by lawyers while in Edmonton attending the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) convention earlier in November that taling with members of the public or the press while council was still in session was a concern. A normal process for MD council meetings is for council to take a short recess before going in camera. After the in camera section of the meeting is concluded the meeting again becomes public. During that recess it has previously been a norm for councillors, including the Reeve, to talk briefly with people in attendance.

Alberta government reduces liquor markups for small manufacturers

Government of Alberta - The Alberta government is reducing the liquor markup for small manufacturers of spirits and refreshment beverages in the province, allowing them to grow and diversify their businesses.Starting December 8, small distilleries, cideries, meaderies and cottage wineries will be able to sell their products from farmers’ markets, artisan markets or their manufacturing facilities at a reduced markup rate. This fulfils the government’s commitment to support small distillers and refreshment beverage manufacturers while encouraging economic diversification in Alberta.

All Piikani Nation members to receive $5000 per capita lease claim settlement Dec. 13-15

Chris Davis - The Piikani Nation will be distributing a $50 million settlement from the Government of Canada December 13 to 15. According to a Piikani Nation press release, the settlement resulted from a 2005 Specific Claim that alleged Canada mismanaged grazing leases on Indian Reserve 147 (now called Piikani 147) from 1989 to 1943. Negotiations began in 2015, and on September 7, 2017 the Government of Canada offered Piikani Nation the $50 million settlement. Piikani Nation will not be asked to surrender or release and reserve lands as part of the settlement.

Letter: Requesting Kenow Fire accountability

Duncan Edmonds - First and foremost: Thank you, Pat Whitmyer for your incredibly informative letter to the editor. You certainly did your research!  I apologize in advance, my letter will not be nearly as articulate or witty as Pat’s.

First and foremost I must bring to the attention of all the fact that the MD’s Kenow Fire Report is dated November 6, 2017 – three full weeks prior to it being released to the public. Why? What was being done during that time? Is it outreaching to conceive that said report was undergoing some thorough editing and whitewashing? I’m really not going out on a limb here… Recall the notes on the November 7th meeting of the MD Council, published by our very own Chris Davis, and I quote “MD Director of Finance Janene Felker, who was sitting in for CAO Wendy Kay, said the report had indeed been received the day before but was in draft form, had been sent back for tweaks…”

Recent Pincher Creek policing stats

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of December 4 – December 10, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 48
Domestic assault - 2
Break and Enter (commercial) - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 1
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 2
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 2
Prisoners held – 4

MD of Pincher Creek Enhanced Policing Monthly Report for November 2017
Excerpted, as presented to council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9

Shifts worked: 13

Monthly Traffic Ticket Summary:
Number of Violation Tickets Issued - 21Speeding - 20
Stop Sign Violations - 1
Warnings Given - 26

Violation ticket location:
Beaver Mines - 0
Hwy 3/6/507 - 6
Pincher Creek - 5
Hwy 22 - 10

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fort Macleod United Church vandalized

RCMP Alberta -
Sometime between Friday, December 8, 2017 and Sunday, December 10, 2017 three small windows at the back of the Fort Macleod United Church were vandalized. Suspects did not gain entry into the building and the incident appears to be random in nature.

If you have information regarding this incident or any other crime please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at (403) 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

The little red wagon

Cover of "Little Red Wagon: Miracle Renewed" by Walter Farquharson

Source unknown (submitted by Joyce Sasse) - In a little Mexican town there was a simple little church where the true spirit of Christmas still lived. It was the custom there, on Christmas Eve, to put many candles on the altar and, close by, little figures of the Nativity Scene.

Entertaining Angels

Shellie Byers - There are times and seasons that profoundly change the course of a person's life, moments that engrave themselves into your core being and are drawn from memory instantly. For a Christian that includes the day you are born again as a believer in Jesus Christ, the day you are water baptized and when you know you have received the Holy Spirit. You learn to have a relationship with God and develop insights into the plans God has created you for. Some of us learn and grow through faith, several may have dreams and visions and a few even walk under open heaven. Those who seek will find the truth and walk into maturity. We learn discernment and the correct time to release what God has shown us. The hour has come to testify for the kingdom of God.

A new day is coming

Pastor Chris Ney -
Many moons ago there was a group of people who found themselves going from riches to slavery. They were making such a good life for themselves that it was starting to worry the current government and they panicked. Instead of working together the first thought was to rule over them. So out of fear that is what they did and overnight this group of people went from free to total slavery.  The male baby of every family was to be killed. This sounds horrible and it was, but thankfully it is not the end of the story for these people.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Letter to the Editor: MD's Fire Debrief "Smoke and Mirrors"

Pat Whitmyer - There is a growing number of municipal district (MD) ratepayers who are deeply troubled by the increasingly apparent unprofessional and ineffective leadership at the municipal district building in Pincher Creek.

Highway 3 twinning project update

Highway 3 Twinning Functional Planning Study – Sentinel to Pincher Creek study area (AB Transportation)

Chris Davis - The Highway 3 proposed twinning project has been the subject of recent open houses in June and November of this year. It has also been the subject of discussion in the Alberta Legislature, primarily during Question Period remarks by Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier, most recently on December 6. Stier's electoral division includes a significant portion of the highway. Stier is a regular guest at monthly meetings of the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association, which includes representatives of the municipalities along the highway.  He pressed for a more definite timeline.

Peewee Chinooks win home tournament

Home tournament champions the 2017/18 Pincher Creek Peewee Chinooks

C. Davis/T. Lucas - Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted a hockey tournament at the Memorial Community Centre Arena December 1-3.  Participating teams included the  Chinooks, Canmore's Eagles, Crowsnest Pass Thunder, and the Chestermere Lakers.  The Chinooks took first place after Aiden Potts scored the winning goal in the championship game against the Lakers with just 1.1 seconds remaining on the clock in overtime.

Delinquent oil and gas operators to face greater scrutiny

Chris Davis - According to a December 6 press release, the Government of Alberta "is building on recent moves to protect Albertans and the environment while ensuring a fairer liability system for oil and gas companies operating in Alberta." Directive 67, developed by the government with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), will close a loophole that allowed companies to "walk away from wells or other oil and gas infrastructure without cleaning up". 

Pincher Creek Veterinary Clinic greetings and holiday hours


To All Creatures Great and Small, 
Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.
From The Pincher Creek Veterinary Clinic

Holiday Hours:
December 23 - 8:30 am to 12 Noon.
December 24 through December 26 Closed
December 30 - 8:30 am to 12 Noon.
January 1 Closed.

1124 Waterton Avenue, Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek Recreation Advisory Board recommends new swimming fees, revisits curling rink concerns

Construction site of spray park behind multi-purpose facility
Jonathan Skrimshire - The Pincher Creek Recreation Advisory Board reached agreement on a new swimming pool fee structure for 2018 and engaged in further discussion of the proposed siting for a new curling rink at their meeting of Wednesday, December 6. The Board, consisting of Councillor Mark Barber and six members of the community, appeared in accord on the final recommendation regarding swimming pool admission fees. The issue of the proposed curling rink site, and the question of public input into the project, however, proved contentious and revealed frustrations within the group.

Christmas Turkey Shoot at Spring Glen Elementary

Kelly Thomas and Carol Gross presenting Overall Best Shooter Karson Kiemele witha Pincher Creek Coop Compound Bow.
Kelly Thomas - The Spring Glen Elementary School in Glenwood had their First Annual Christmas Turkey Shoot on Friday, December 8, and it was a great success. We had some amazing archers come to participate and they went away with some great prizes.

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