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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Out and About August 2013

Blue Moon in August
T. Lucas photos except *

Policing around Alberta, August 31, 2013


  • Motorcycle clocked at 235
  • Intoxicated man hit by train near Trochu
  • Lac La Biche RCMP continue search for missing boat occupant
  • Motorcycle stolen in Hinton
  • RCMP Fort Vermilion ask for help to locate driver who failed to remain at accident scenes

One more day to catch 2013 Pincher Creek High School Rodeo

Twin Butte's Sam Mitchell catches some major air
T. Lucas photo and video
Pincher Creek's 2013 High School Rodeo kicked off today, August 31 with a full slate of events.  It runs for one more day - Sunday, September 1, starting at 9:00 am with Girls and Boys cutting in the Horseshoe Pavilion, followed by multiple events starting at 11:00 am and running all day at the Pincher Creek Rodeo Grounds.

Events include Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Goat Tying, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Cutting.

There are lots of kids from the Pincher Creek area participating, come out and cheer them on.

Here's a little taste of the action from today:



We'll have full coverage of the event once it has concluded.

Need for a community wheelchair transportation solution

Charleen Bruder, Comment

My name is Charleen Bruder.  I am an employee of Good Samaritans and presently work at their facility Vista Village in Pincher Creek.

I have been an active volunteer with an MS patient and have become aware of the lack of wheelchair accessible vehicles for people who are wheelchair bound.

Girl Guides of Canada to hold southern Alberta registration events

Girl Guides of Canada
Public registration sessions for Girl Guides are happening this September at various locations around Southern Alberta. You can also register anytime (year-round) at www.girlguides.ca if you are unable to make it to a local registration event.

Financial assistance is available through your local Girl Guides office, and Girl Guides registration fees are also eligible for the Federal Government’s Children's Arts Tax Credit.


Registration events:

High River Alberta A.F. 2013

Rob Bernshaw
Rob Bernshaw, Columnist

High River Alberta A.F. 2013 is a tale of what is happening after one of the worst catastrophes in the history of Alberta, where many people were adversely affected. The title refers to what was ground zero for many residents of the sleepy southern Alberta community of High River, central to the plot of this historic catastrophe, with  A.F. Meaning “After Flood”.

There is an immutable truth in everyone’s lives.

Time will always continue to flow or march steadily and inexorably forward without any control or intervention on our part.

AHS EMS takeover without a plan, neither efficient nor economically sustainable

Jim Nicol, Letter to the Editor

Your article has been a long time coming.  Thank you for adding this insightful opinion of Mr. Porter's to a long list of similar complaints across the province over the past 2 to 3 years.

(Editor's note: The article Mr. Nicol is referring to is "Concerns aired about changes to rural ambulance services", written by Rob Vogt and originally published by the Claresholm Local Press.)

I voice concern over a 'hostile takeover' by AHS in the South Zone primarily involving Raymond, but with fallout to Stirling, Magrath, Milk River, Warner, and Coaldale.

St. Michael's alum receives prestigious Cisco education award

Cypress Creek High School technology teacher Tom Halbert working with former student
Tim Delaforce during an Internetworking Technologies II class last year
Photo courtesy of  Cyprus-Fairbanks ISD

Local residents Dr. Tom and Edrie Halbert are proud parents after being notified that their son Tom (Tim) Halbert, a 1978 St. Michael's School Graduate, has received Cisco's award as one of the top 25% instructors globally. The competition involves Computer Science teachers, including University and College Professors as well as Cisco's own trained instructors. Cisco is one of the preeminent networking companies in the world.  It designs, manufactures, and sells a wide variety of products and services including routers, data centres, software, etc.  It is considered to be one of the most valuable companies in the world.

On August 29, 2013 Cypress Creek High School technology teacher Tom Halbert was selected by the Cisco Networking Academy as an Advanced Level Instructor.  Cyprus Creek High School is located in Houston Texas.

290,000 Jobs Went Unfilled in Canada in Q2

CFIB press release

While labour market pressures eased somewhat in the second quarter, 290,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs still went unfilled for four months or more, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The results of the quarterly Help Wanted report are based on responses from 3,526 small business owners, who were surveyed on unfilled jobs in their firms owing to the shortage of qualified labour.

Birth control recall

Freya-28, an oral contraceptive (birth control product), is being voluntarily recalled from the Canadian market by Mylan Pharmaceuticals after a pharmacy reported that a placebo pill was found in place of an active pill in one package. Packages of Freya-28 (see pictures below) should have three rows of active (white) pills and one row of placebo (green) pills.

Missing one or more active (white) pills could result in reduced effectiveness for contraception, with the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy. As of August 27, 2013, there had been no adverse reactions reported to Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Products affected: Freya-28 (Lots: 3739F001B & 3739F002B)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Grass fire west of Crowsnest/Pincher Creek landfill quickly controlled

T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

At approximately 6 pm on Friday, August 30 Pincher Creek responded to a call involving a stubble fire in a grain field west of the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill. Units from Pincher Creek, Beaver Mines, Cowley and Lundbreck were dispatched.

Lundbreck's was the first unit on the scene, and farmers had the fire under control when they arrived.  All other units stood down.  Fire Chief Dave Cox estimated that 10 to 15 acres of  land were affected.



Pincher Creek Emergency Services also provided assistance at an accident scene on Highway 3 on Thursday night,August 29, which occurred around 11:30 pm about 13 kilometres west of Fort Macleod.  Multiple injuries resulted when two pickup trucks collided on the highway.  Ambulance crews from Pincher Creek, Piikani, and Fort Macleod assisted with the injured.

Policing around Alberta, August 30, 3013

  • Missing Person - Raymond Maxwell Dewling
  • Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Hwy 595 East of Red Deer
  • Working Together To Make Alberta Roads Safer This Long Weekend
  • Vehicle rams into Eagle River casino during break-in
  • Lomond RCMP investigate Break and Enter and theft of copper pipe

Back to school safety

For children and parents:

  • Follow the bus safety rules - make sure you always ride the bus safely.
  • POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
  • No helmet! No bike! Always wear your helmet when riding your bike.
  • Always wear your safety gear when rollerblading, skateboarding, or riding your scooter.

Charges laid in fatal Aug. 1 Highway 3 collision

Crowsnest Pass RCMP with the assistance of Lethbridge Traffic Services have laid charges in the fatal motor wehicle collision that occurred on August 1 on Highway 3 east of Bellevue, AB.

Nicole Denise Stubbs of Raymond has been charged with one count of Dangerous Driving Causing Death. Her first court date is scheduled for November 19 in Pincher Creek Provincial Court.

Southwest Barrel Racing Series August 28 results

Jocelyn Olsen rounds third and heads for 1D win
T. Lucas photo
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

The weather was co-operative for the Southwest Barrel Racing Series make-up event held on Wednesday eveing August 28 at the Pincher Creek Rodeo Grounds.
This event and one planned for next Wednesday evening (tentatively to be held in Hillspring) are make-up events as a couple of the 2013 series events planned for earlier this summer had to be postponed due to excessive rain.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Policing around Alberta, August 29, 2013


  • Help RCMP Identify Deceased Male Found Near Cochrane in 2012
  • Fatal Off-Road Vehicle Rollover near Consort
  • Fatal rollover near Marwayne
  • Two vehicle fatal collision in St. Albert
  • Skimming operation uncovered in Cochrane
  • Fraudster sought in St. Albert 
  • Break and Enter and Thefts in Vulcan and Carmangay
  • Suspicious Persons offer candy to child in Nobleford

Pincher Creek Town Council Notes August 26, 2013 meeting


  • Stop signs on Main Street concerns to go to Committee of the Whole 
  • Senior Huskies granted reduced cost in practice ice time 
  • Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission Membership and Services Agreement to be taken to Edmonton 
  • Municipal Development Plan Bylaw #1518-13 passes first reading
  • Squash Courts to be repaired

Vision is basic to learning

Dr. Charles Boulet

It seems obvious: If a child struggles with vision, it will interfere with how they do at school, and how they feel in general. And still, vision problems have to be quite severe before a child will report it to a parent – this is because the child’s poor or difficult vision is just normal.

The parent will never know, even though the child might have tantrums, headaches, trouble focusing, inattention, and reading and learning concerns.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

5th Annual Thunder Challenge to feature 3 free WHL games


The Fifth Annual Thunder Challenge will be held on September 13 to 15, 2013.  Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey is hosting this free event at the Coleman Arena.

  • Friday, September 13, 7:00 pm: Kootenay Ice vs Lethbridge Hurricanes
  • Saturday, September 14, 7:00 pm: Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Calgary Hitmen
  • Sunday, September 15, 2:00 pm: Calgary Hitmen vs Kootenay Ice

Thank you Weed Pull sponsors and volunteers from Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition

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Thank You!

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition in partnership with AB Parks held the 6th Annual West Castle Wetlands Ecological Reserve Weed Pull on July 23, 2013. Thank you to all who came out and helped us to remove invasive species from the Wetlands.

MD of Pincher Creek Weed Crew
ESRD Weed Crew 
Alberta Parks 
CCWC Members
Castle Community Association
Oldman Watershed Council
Rocky Mtn. Field Institute of Montana 
Parks Canada
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Weed Crew 
Fraser Stewart for First Aid and weed transport
Castle Mountain Ski Resort and the T-Bar Pub 
Weed Pullers in training; aged 2 - 6

A special thank you to our funders whose ongoing support helps the CCWC to host the annual weed pull and many other projects; AB Parks, Alberta Conservation Association, Oldman Watershed Council, Alberta Ecotrust and the Mountain Equipment Co-op 

Again thank you to all the volunteers for making this a successful event. A reduction of invasive plants is evident within the wetland.  We hope to see you again next year for the 7th Annual weed pull on Wednesday July 23, 2014.




Car collides with gravel truck on Highway 3

Piikani and Fort Macleod RCMP and first responders were called to the scene of an accident between a small car and a gravel truck on Highway 3 near Range Road 27 east of Brocket this morning at approximately 10:30 am.

According to RCMP Constable Anderson the car hit the back of the gravel truck and ended up in the ditch.  Two occupants of the car were transported to hospital in Fort Macleod with minor injuries.  The driver of the gravel truck was not injured.

Highway 3 was open to one-way traffic only for about half an hour while the incident was dealt with.

Around Alberta August 28, 2013

  • RCMP Need Public’s Help in Valentine Degenhardt Missing Person Investigation
  • Highways 2 and 27 Interchange Upgraded
  • Highway 63 progress means fall traffic changes
  • Airdrie RCMP investigate Mischief to vehicles
  • Grande Prairie Integrated Traffic Unit Continues to Stop Excessive Speeders
  • Drug search warrant executed in Brooks

Alberta’s first two cases of West Nile virus confirmed

  • Albertans are reminded to take steps to keep themselves and their families safe, after the first two confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in 2013. 
Alberta Health press release

The first case was acquired in mid-August in southern Alberta. The individual is female. The second case was a male who also acquired West Nile virus during mid-August in southern Alberta. Both cases are West Nile Non-neurological Syndrome and both are between 40 and 55 years of age.

PCES quells small railway fire

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) received a call from a local rancher this morning reporting a sighting of smoke from the railway tracks southeast of town that lead to the Shell Waterton plant.  One tender and an engine responded from Pincher Creek.

Emergency Services Chief Dave Cox said that nce on-scene the responders found that some of the wood used on the rail crossing was smouldering, probably due to routine  maintenance grinding of the tracks that was observed near the location of the fire yesterday evening.

Cox said the fire was doused quickly.

Crowsnest Pass Promoter publishes final edition

Final edition of the Crowsnest Pass Promoter hits news stands today
(screencap)
Christian Davis

The Wednesday August 28, 2013 issue of the Crowsnest Pass Promoter will be the last for the publication.  Sun Media Group Publisher Nancy Middleton announced the closure on Friday last week.  According to the Promoter's article about the closure, two full-time and one part-time position will be affected.  The Promoter had been sharing staff with the Pincher Creek Echo, which is also owned by Sun Media.

Editor Joni MacFarlane was the mainstay at the Promoter, editing the newspaper for about 6 years.  In an email she expressed sadness and a desire to remain optimistic about her own future. I worked part-time for MacFarlane and the Promoter (my full-time job was split between the Echo and the Promoter) prior to starting the Pincher Creek Voice, and know her to be a dedicated and highly qualified journalist.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pincher Creek Dolphins attend 2013 ASSA Provincial Championships meet in Edmonton

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

19 members of Pincher Creek's Dolphins Swim Club attended to 2013 Alberta Summer Swimming Association (ASSA) Provincial Championships meet held on August 16.  55 teams participated, and our Dolphins placed 10th overall.

In total the Dolphins earned 6 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals, 4 Bronze medals, 16 Personal Bests, 10 new Dolphins Club records, and a new Regional* record by Assistant Coach Ardelle Layden.  Layden had a great meet, establishing a new Provincial Record in the Girls 18 and Over Freestyle with a time of 1:04.67 and earning 2 Gold medals and a Silver in addition to establishing new Personal Bests AND Dolphins Club records in all four of her events.

Share your priorities for amateur sport

A new online survey asks Albertans to make choices about how they would allocate support to different areas of sport.

“Sport has a positive impact on our lives and on our communities. It builds character, fosters civic pride and makes us healthier. We need to maximize the power of sport to enhance Albertans’ quality of life and a renewed Alberta Sport Plan will help us achieve that goal. We want to increase the number of people involved in sport – from playground to podium – while making efficient use of our resources.”- Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

RCMP issue reminder of Back to School safety

RCMP press release

September signifies the start of a new school year and the RCMP are reminding drivers, parents and children to be extra cautious when it comes to school zone and bus safety.

Drivers: All motorists have the responsibility to share the road safely. Wherever your travels take you, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination to account for potential school zone and school bus delays.

Official statistics provide snapshot of life in Alberta

Facts about life in Alberta are now available online through the newly updated 2013 Alberta Official Statistics.

The official statistics contain important and relevant information about various aspects of life in Alberta, including population, labour force, education, land use and water quality.

Donations of physical goods have surpassed High River capacity

Town of  High River warehouse
Courtesy of Gazette Grande

Due to the overwhelming support that has poured into High River since the June flooding, the Town of High River has surpassed its capacity to store physical donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, personal care and other items. Donations of these items can no longer be accepted.

Winners of 2013 Pincher Creek Rodeo Parade announced

Outriggers of  Overall Best C&D Floral float
Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce press release

On Saturday August 17th a cheerful parade of more than 100 entries walked down crowded Main Street. Lots of horses, bands, dressed up children, splendid cars, and amazing floats turned the parade into a great show.

Lundbreck holds parade, annual Cornfest and softball tournament

Start of 2013 Lundbreck Cornfest parade
C. Davis and T. Lucas photos and video
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

"We've been cooking steady," said MD of Pincher Creek Councillor Garry Marchuk when we arrived at the pancake breakfast opener to the 2013 Lundbreck Cornfest on Saturday morning August 24.  Marchuk was manning the grill at the time, flipping a batch of goodly-sized pancakes. Kimberly Hurst member of the Lundbreck Citizens Council concurred with his opinion. "The hall has been full steady all morning, it's been a great crowd," she said.  "We have a lot of teams in this year's softball tourney."

Okotoks joins RHL

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Following the recent Ranchland Hockey League (RHL) AGM on August 25th,  the Okotoks Drillers were officially announced as a new team in the league, which now has 5 teams scheduled for the 2013-2014 season. The Drillers will be playing out of a new complex being built in Okotoks.  The RHL is a Senior Hockey Alberta league which includes Pincher Creek's Senior Huskies, a team that first competed last season.

News around Alberta August 27, 2013

  • Charge Laid in Relation to Single Vehicle Injury MVC on Highway 2 north of Calgary
  • ASIRT concludes investigation into Lethbridge Police use of force
  • Highway 63 twinning takes big step forward
  • Kitscoty RCMP issue request for Public Assistance re vehicle theft
  • Six people injured in 3 vehicle collision on Highway 63

PCES Chief Dave Cox comments on ambulance service issues

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) Chief Dave Cox, Press release

We have seen the problems that George Porter identified in other communities (Concerns aired about changes to rural ambulance services) that have gone to direct delivery of ambulance service by AHS. We have been able to shield our community from these problems by remaining a supplier of ambulance service. This ability is enhanced by many of our members being cross trained in both medical and fire/ rescue response creating a depth in our organization a single service provider (medical only) does not enjoy.

Football 101 with Coach Wayne Alexander to be held Thursday August 29


  • Friday's Senior Mustangs game cancelled


Senior Mustangs Head Coach Wayne Alexander will be holding a free Football 101 course for parents of football players and others with an interest in understanding more about the sport.  The first public Football 101 course will be held Thursday August 29 at the Ranchland Mall in the old Fields store location at 7:00 pm.  The course is expected to take about 45 minutes, and Coach Alexander plans to hold one later in the season for those that cannot attend this one.

Quad accident victim leaves town by STARS



Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

On August 26 at approximately 6:00 pm Pincher Creek Rescue and Pincher Creek Ambulance responded to a quad accident 4 miles south of the town of Pincher Creek.

The female driver of the quad was injured and STARS air ambulance was put on alert due to the nature of her injuries.

The victim was transported to Pincher Creek Hospital then transported to Calgary by STARS.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Councillor Don Anderberg to run for Pincher Creek Mayor

Once and future Mayor?  Councillor Don Anderberg 
C. Davis photo
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Don Anderberg had a special addition to his report at the council's meeting earlier this evening, August 26.  "I have an announcement to make.  For Council for next term I'm going to let my name to stand for Mayor," he told council.  "I made my decision a week ago Sunday."

Work of local artists Mike Judd and Jim Palmer to be featured in Lethbridge showing

Local artist Jim Palmer
C. Davis photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The work of two local artists will be highlighted in an art showing called 'Seeing Through It' at the Casa Gallery of the Lethbridge Community Arts Centre.  The opening reception is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 pm with the show running through October 26.

The show will feature the creations of Mike Judd,  James Palmer, Eric Marens, and Blake Wilson. Palmer and Judd live in the Pincher Creek area.  Palmer is currently teaching landscape painting in association with Pincher Creek Allied Arts.

What to do with an injured duck?

Lloyd Lybbert photo
Lloyd Lybbert, Comment, Pincher Creek Voice

Early in the evening last week we found an injured duck in our front yard. When we found the duck our first reaction was to call the Fish and Wild Life Association. They did not have anyone available unless the animal was being poached or becoming dangerous.

Fish and Wild Life then gave us the phone number to the Regional Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. After giving out our location they realized they could not do any thing because we were too far away.

The Rehabilitation Centre next gave us the number for a voice mail in Coaldale. After waiting over half an hour, and not getting anywhere, we contacted the RCMP to collect the duck. We all know this is not the RCMP's job, my question is this: Who do you call and/or what do you do?

Related Link: How Lloyd Sees Alberta

AHS responds to ambulance concerns

The following is a Letter to the Editor of the Claresholm Local Press  who originally published "Concerns aired about changes to rural ambulance services (click here)" , as well, a story that by the numbers is generating a lot of interest locally in Pincher Creek as well as in Claresholm.  We thank the Claresholm Local Press for their generosity in allowing us to reprint it.  

From Alberta EMS Clinical Operations Executive Directors Sandy Halldorson and Nicholas Thain:

Editor;

Re: “M.D. hears about ambulance concerns from insider”, Aug. 21
Your story of Aug. 21 raised important issues, but contained inaccuracies about the level of service being offered to local patients.

Changes to Student Aid Alberta program announced

Government of Alberta press release

Starting this year, post-secondary students who have been approved for Alberta and Canada student loans will need to submit just one set of paper loan agreements. When returning students apply to Student Aid Alberta in future years, they will no longer need to submit new loan agreements and will benefit from a mainly paperless process.

Also new this year is a grant for students in one-year, undergraduate certificate programs who meet eligibility requirements. This year, it’s expected approximately 5,000 Albertans will be eligible for the grant, which is valued at $120 per month of study.

Pincher Creek 2013 Trade Show to be held September 6 and 7

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Pincher Creek 2013 Trade Show
Hosted by the Pincher Creek & District Chamber of Commerce
Pincher Creek Arena, 867 Main Street

General Admission
$3.00 per person
Children 6 and under are free
Info: 403-627-5199

Entertainment schedule will be at www.pincher-creek.com closer to the event


  • Friday September 6, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday September 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Taekwon-do at 1:00 pm

RCMP looking to locate owner of possibly Stolen Property

The Grande Prairie Rural RCMP are looking to locate the lawful owners of a trailer and generator that were recovered in early August.

In early August the Grande Prairie RCMP recovered a Royal white cargo trailer, along with a Whisperquit 7000 generator. Police believe that the items were stolen as the vehicle identification number (V.I.N.) on the trailer had been partially removed and the generator had been painted grey. A photograph of the generator is shown below.


RCMP are hoping that the owners of the property will come forward so that it can be returned to them. If this is your property or you know who it belongs to please contact the Grande Prairie Detachment at 780-830-5700.

Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment complaint summary August 12-26, 2013

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of August 12 to 26, 2013. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
Total calls for service - 100
Assaults -  5
Domestic assault -  1
Break and Enter (commercial) - 1
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 6
Theft of motor vehicle -  1
Theft over $5000 - 1
Theft under $5000 - 4
Impaired Driving - 3
Disturbing the Peace - 5
Driving complaints (general) -   11
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 5
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 3
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 4
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 0
Prisoners held - 19

Waterton RCMP investigating death of scuba diver

RCMP Waterton Park in conjunction with the Calgary Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the death of 56 old male from Calgary that occurred in Waterton National Park on August 24, 2013.

The male was scuba diving with a group in Upper Waterton Lake in the area of Waterton Park Townsite and was found unconscious in the water by another diver in the group. He was immediately brought to the surface and to the nearby shore where resuscitation efforts were not successful.

The investigation is continuing.
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Emergency Services responds to Snake Trail area grass fire

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

A lightning strike east of the Snake Trail (northeast of Cowley in the Porcupines area)  started a grass fire on Friday evening  August 23.

Pincher Creek Emergency Services was called to respond at 5:30 pm.  Two units responded from Cowley and three responded from Pincher Creek.  Local ranchers and landowners were on scene where the department arrived and already had the fire partially controlled.  According to Fire Chief Dave Cox, the area was difficult to access.

The area affected approximately 1.5 acres.   The fire was out before 8:00 pm but one crew stayed until after dark to make sure the area was clear.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Out and about: Blue Moon

Gerry Smith photo

Gerry Smith of Cowley sent in the above picture of an owl and the following 2 pictures of the full moon. 

 Gerry writes: "Lately we have had 3 owls that come around at night. These owls do not hoot, they screech. Last night (AUgust 20) at 9:40 pm we heard a screech and saw one of these owls on our clothesline post. The moon was low to the east over the Castle River arm of the reservoir. No time for a tripod - ISO 1600 and shoot through 3 panes of glass. You see the result. We did some more research on the owls and have come to the conclusion from looking at pictures and listening to calls online that the only match for what we see and hear is a juvenile Great Horned Owl, not a Short eared owl as originally thought."


Blue moon over Cowley Ridge (August 21, 2013)
Gerry Smith photo

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