Monday, July 28, 2014

Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 28, 2014

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Possibly national

Clover Trading Company Ltd. is recalling Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below:

Flying Swallow White Pepper Powder, 55 g, UPC 7 77244 00012 6

Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 28, 2014

Winners Merchants International LP is recalling Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below:

Ecoato Sweet Paprika Powder 160 g, Code(s) on Product: Lot#8147, October 2015

Fox Theatre show times


403-627-3444 / 403-632-6763

Showing July 25-31:

Cinema 1 
 rated 14A violence
Showtimes 7:10 & 9:10 nightly
2D presentation on Wednesday

Cinema 2
rated PG
Showtimes 7:00 & 9:15 nightly

Showing August 1-7:

Cinema 1
rated 14A violence
7:10 and 9:00  nightly
**Special **  Monday and Wednesday matinees at 2:00pm  
(** matinees and all day Wed in 2D only **)

Cinema 2
rated PG  warning of violence
7:00 and 9:10  nightly
Monday and Wed matinees at 2:00 pm
(**matinees and all day Wed in 2D only**)

Coming August 8 from Walt Disney: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

Every Wednesday  - Free Popcorn  - just bring your own bowl, butter not included

We now accept debit cards.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mike Nelson catches big air at 2014 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo

North Fork's Mike Nelson with Pincher Creek Rodeo Queen Chelsea Stokke
C. Davis photo/video
Chris Davis

Mike Nelson of the North Fork Grazing Co-op demonstrated his gymnastic abilities at the 2014 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo on Saturday afternoon, July 27.  During the team roping event he caught major air, as seen in the video below.  He seemed a bit dazed upon landing but was quickly back in the game.  Also included in the video is his bronc riding turn.  Mike earned a bottle of rye for his "best wreck" performance.

Stay tuned for much more Ranch Rodeo coverage, coming soon.

Policing in Alberta to July 27, 2014

Fatality MVC near Stony Plain
Fatality MVC in Strathcona
Death at Upper Kananaskis Lake
Search for human remains near Banff
Vehicle torched in St. Albert
Lac La Biche MVC results in charges
Suspect arrested for alleged kidnapping
Impaired driver in Medicine Hat
Break and Enter charges laid against 2 Edmonton men
Suspicious death in Calgary
Edmonton woman charged after leaving children alone in vehicle
4 year Cold Lake homicide investigation results in charges
Injury MVC in Medicine Hat
Man arrested for vehicle theft and B&E in Beaverlodge
One year prison sentence for Olympic ring thief
Hit and Run MVC in Medicine Hat
Mischief to vehicle in Fort Vermilion
Do you know where your Sylvan Lake boat is?
Plant theft in St. Albert
DVDs stolen in St. Albert
Telephone scam - false RCMP officer
Tax scams
Door to Door Scams
Microsoft virus scam alive and well

Great season for Chinook West Little League

Major AA Storm
Back Row: Coaches Chris Dixon, Eric Delude, Jim Fitzpatrick and Rory Snider
Standing: Ty Delude, Kyle Klein, John Zmurchuk, Sean Burns, Nolan Wever, Easton Fitzpatrick and Kai Gandner  Kneeling: Cole Dixon, Tyler Palmer, Spencer Dorge and Colby Snider
On the Ground: George Wollersheim and Jace Lewis

Minor AA Cardinals
Back Row: Coaches Ken Wright, Burke Schmid, Del Rae and Wes Crowe
Standing: Nate Wright, Willis Dixon, Joaquin Four Horns, Tyvan Rae and Nathan Bohmer Kneeling: Brody Walter, Jerred Feyter, Joel Schmid and Roan Crowe On the Ground: Ethan Scott and Rhett Fitzpatrick

Chris Dixon

What a great year for baseball in Chinook West this year. Mother nature cooperated and lots of games were played. The League Championships finally went of without any issues. After a 2 year hiatus, the tournament was held in Elkford, BC with Claresholm coming out on top for Minors and Crowsnest Pass coming out on top for Majors. The kids got to showcase their talents once again as Pincher Creek hosted the Southern Alberta Summer Games from July 2 - 5.

Summer rolled in and two teams for All Stars were formed. First we had the Minor AA Cardinals who brought home Silver at the Lethbridge North Minor AA tournament. This team was made up of kids from Claresholm, Ft. Macleod, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass. Next we had the Major AA Storm who played a couple exhibition games with Medicine Hat, finished 4th at the Southwest Little League Major AA tournament and then took gold at another Southwest Little League Major tournament to round out their season. This team consisted of players from all over the league from Champion, AB to Fernie, BC.

90 per cent of products tested by CFIA had no undeclared allergens and gluten

Government of Canada press release

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a report released on July 25, 2014 found the majority of the protein substitutes tested negative for undeclared allergens and gluten. The targeted survey tested 286 liquid and powder protein substitutes for the presence of allergens and/or gluten including soy, egg, milk, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and sesame.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Piikani/Calgary teen Colton Crowshoe found deceased, victim of homicide

Colton Crowshoe
At approximately 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014 emergency responders in Calgary received a report of a body in a water retention pond in the area of Stoney Trail and 16 Avenue NE Calgary. The Calgary Fire Department co-ordinated the recovery of the body.

An autopsy was conducted late this afternoon, Friday, July 25, 2014.

The victim was identified as Colton James Crowshoe, 18, of Calgary, formerly of Piikani Nation.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) Homicide Unit is investigating. The cause of death is not being released at this time, but it has been classified as a homicide.

It is not known how long the victim has been deceased. This is one of the questions being addressed in the investigation by CPS.

Crowshoe had been reported missing after being last seen by friends in the Abbeydale area of northeast Calgary, sometime between 2:30 am and 4 am on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Colton Crowshoe's family is holding a candle light vigil on Sunday, July 27 at the Abbeydale Community Centre at 4:00 pm. They invite all who knew Colton and all who supported them as they searched to join them in prayer for justice and answers for Colton.  For more information call 403-464-9957 or 587-225-1316.

Related links/sources:

Suspect in Tanner Sinclair murder turns himself in

Murder suspect Michael Thomas MacPherson
According to and multiple other sources, a Whitehorse man accused of the second degree murder of former Pincher Creek resident Tanner Sinclair turned himself in to the West Shore RCMP detachment on Vancouver Island during the noon hour today, July 25. Michael Thomas MacPherson, 32, will be brought back to the Yukon to face multiple charges.

Sinclair was stabbed to death in the early hours of July 15 in Whitehorse.

A Whitehorse based fundraiser to support the family of Tanner Sinclair has reached nearly $100,000. Pincher Creek residents who wish to contribute to a locally based fund for Sinclair's wife Whitney, daughter Keele, and an unborn child can click here for more information.

A memorial service is planned for Tanner Sinclair at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Monday July 28 at 1:00 pm.

2014 West Castle Wetlands weed pull

Wendy Ryan, Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition Stewardship Co-ordinator
Justine Jorgensen

On Wednesday, July 23 the Pincher Creek MD weed crew, the Parks Canada weed crew and volunteers from as far away as Montana University and Lethbridge met for the West Castle Wetlands weed pull. The group convened at the Castle Mountain Resort Parking lot and began a day of pulling invasive plants from along the river, completing around ten acres as they focused on the gravel bars and the meadows.

Spontaneous destruction of vehicle window a head-scratcher

Back window of Meghan Burke's RAV4
Toni Lucas

Meghan Burke had a rude surprise at work on a gusty Wednesday, July 24.  She works at the Co-op Gas Bar, and at about 2:00 pm one of her co-workers told her that she had better come outside.  "By the time I got out there, there was a big hole in my back window."   When she looked the damage she noticed that the glass had bubbled outward and that there was broken glass both outside and inside her car, a Toyota Rav4.  "It looked like someone had tried to kick the glass out, from the inside."

Ashley Glen travels to Malawi to help with malaria and HIV/AIDS education efforts

Ashley Glen partaking in a performance, diagnosing the children on the ground with malaria
Andrea Kobbert photo
Justine Jorgensen

Ashley Glen, who has recently completed her 4th year of a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Lethbridge, participated in a trip to Malawi, Africa for one month.

The trip was made available by a class offered at the university, and the duration was from May to June. With the objectives of health education and promotion, the participants educated grade 7 students about malaria and HIV/AIDS - tasked with raising funds for mosquito nets, they raised $22,000 (with the majority of Glen's funds coming from Pincher Creek), a big success as the highest previous year total was $12,000.

Larissa Bice playing with children
Ashley Glen photo

Choose home birth assistance carefully

AHS reminds Albertans to take care in selecting individuals to assist with home births

 Following recent incidents in the Calgary Zone involving home birthing attendants or “traditional home delivery providers,” Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding expectant mothers to check credentials before engaging the services of non-regulated individuals, such as home birthing attendants.

Policing in Alberta to July 25, 2014

Sexual offender Ronald Fabien released from Bowden
TVs stolen from Red Deer hotel under construction
St. Albert theft suspects sought
Man brings airsoft guns to a Calgary Jewish Community Centre
Aldersyde area MVC results in serious injuries
Trafficking charges in medicinal grow-op arrest
Multiple vehicle thefts in Blackfalds
Well site thefts in Grande Prairie
Body recovered from northeast Calgary pond
Suspicious death in Calgary
$6000 crack bust in Brooks
$8000 drug bust in Medicine Hat

Sexual offender released from Bowden

In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing a warning about Ronald Joseph Fabien, who is being released from the Bowden Institution after completing a three year, three month sentence for sexual assault and failing to comply with recognizance order.

Fabien is considered by police to be a sexual offender who poses a risk of significant harm to the community. He will be residing in the Edmonton area and will be monitored closely by the EPS Behavioural Assessment Unit.

Ronald Joseph Fabien
Height: 6’0” | Weight: 205 lbs
Eyes: Brown | Hair: Black

2014 Active Living Challenge

Megan Rainford, Summer Events Coordinator

During the month of June, the Town of Pincher Creek Recreation Department challenged members of the community to get outside and get moving with the Annual Active Living Challenge. 16 teams with over 140 competitors joined in to work toward meeting Canada’s Guidelines for physical activity and recreational screen time.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fire Advisory issued for MD of Pincher Creek No. 9

Calgary Wildfire Management Area has Issued a Fire Advisory for the forest protection area in MD of Pincher Creek.  No open burning, no fire pits.

Fire Advisory Notice for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9:

Due to the hot weather and windy conditions contributing to drying of the fuels use caution in any burning. Fires are still permitted under permit, but some permits may be suspended if they are in proximity to the forested area due to the higher restriction in that area. Permit holders within the area of restriction will be contacted. Remember, all fires within the MD require a permit.

For more information visit

Co-op Red Hot Sale July 25 - July 31


Red Hot Sale
Co-op Gold Natural Spring Water
12 X 500 ml
First 2
$0.99 each
Collectible Stampeder Game Day H2GO water for the same price
While supplies last.
Plus deposit and environmental levies where applicable.

Policing in Alberta to July 24, 2014 (updated)

Alleged kidnapping in Edmonton
Man dies in Cochrane after falling from ladder
LRPS charge man in connection with stolen trucks
Edmonton south side homicide
Man assaulted in NW Calgary
Violent assault in SW Calgary
Driver charged in fatal Edmonton pedestrian collision
Wood Buffalo RCMP make two drug busts
Multiple firearms seizures at southern Alberta ports of entry
Red Deer semi fire
Two men caught in St. Albert school break in
Theft of tires in Cochrane
Multi-vehicle collision in Strathcona County
Truck vs mobility scooter collision in Leduc
Classic car recovered
Spike of Edmonton garage break and enters
EPS Victim Services Unit celebrates 35 years
Fundraising scam in Grande Prairie
Suspicious person investigation leads to multiple charges
Single vehicle MVC near Morinville

Alleged kidnapping in Edmonton

The Edmonton Police Service is asking the public for assistance in locating a suspect in connection with a kidnapping and assault that occurred earlier this week.

Wanted: Kidnapping suspect Kemol Creary

2014 Crowsnest Pass weed pull to be held Saturday July 26

Blueweed photo courtesy of NCC

Toni Lucas

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be joining the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the Crowsnest Conservation Society to host a day to get rid of invasive plant species, or weeds, on Saturday July 26. Community members are invited to volunteer for the day and help conserve the area while keeping it beautiful. Volunteers are asked to bring a reuseable water bottle and weather appropriate clothing, and wear closed toe shoes. Tools, gloves, and lunch will be provided, and there will be an educational aspect to the morning to make sure everyone is familiar with the weeds. The group will meet at 9:00 am at the convergence of the Nez Perce Creek and Crowsnest River at 81 Street and 13 Avenue in Coleman.

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan released

Detail from cover of SSRP document
Chris Davis, from multiple press releases and other sources

The Alberta government today announced the release of the final copy of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), a document that has been at least 5 years in the making, and involved input from more than 7,500 Albertans.

According to the government the land-use plan "will help manage growth pressures and protect the environment in southern Alberta" for at least the next ten years, projected to be the outline for the next 50 years.

Watch out for blue-green algae blooms

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

The recent hot weather across the province has raised concerns about blue-green algae blooms in dugouts.

“Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” says Melissa Orr-Langner, agricultural water engineer, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. “It can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by humans, livestock or pets.”

New crop year reminders for western producers and industry

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Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission reminds the grain industry and producers about grain grading changes that come into effect on August 1, 2014 in Western Canada. These changes include updated tolerances for ergot and sclerotinia for most classes of wheat.

The Official Grain Grading Guide as of August 1, 2014 will be posted shortly before the start of the new crop year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dustin Flundra - Calgary Stampede winner, rancher, and family man

Dustin Flundra, Twin Butte's 100 Grand Man
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

On Sunday, July 13 at the Calgary Stampede Dustin Flundra from Twin Butte and Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa matched each other with 89.0 points in the saddle bronc competition. In a showdown ride-off Flundra had the better ride, and walked away with the $100,000 prize. Flundra was competing in the "Wild Card" slot.

"It's a great day for the spectators that are watching the Stampede that day, but it's a little more nerve wracking for the cowboys that are in it," Flundra said. "With only taking two guys back out of 12 of us, any single one of us could be the winner, and essentially, it's the top 20 guys in North America. The horses and the bulls they put in there for us are not the ones that you want to get on all the time. They are harder, and they have tricks. If at all possible, you want to make it through into Sunday through your pool, but the nice thing that makes the Stampede what it is, is that Wild Card format that they have on the Saturday that gives you one more chance to get in there, and for me it worked out this time."

Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 23, 2014
Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Possibly National

Industry is recalling Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described at this link.

7000 feet up with Justine

Justine Jorgensen in the cockpit
Frank Wood photo*
*Correction for accuracy
Justine Jorgensen

On Wednesday, July 23 I got the chance to fly an airplane. Well, not for the entire hour and a half flight, but for at least a good forty-five minutes. I was flying with Frank Wood, who owns two small planes and flies regularly. Our time in the air included travelling over the town of Pincher Creek, the Oldman River, and near Waterton - I even glimpsed Lethbridge on the hazy horizon. Although there was a spattering of rain at first, the weather cooperated nicely as the sun soon broke from the clouds.

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