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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mayor Don Anderberg's New Year message

Mayor Don Anderberg
Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg

At this time of year we reflect on the past year and look forward to the future year. The past year in Pincher Creek has had a variety of changes, many good and some that have been challenging for a number of our citizens.

January 2014 in review


A link list of many of the stories we covered in January of 2014:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Atom Chinooks finish year with win against Irvine

Atom Chinooks vs Irvine Bulldogs
J. Jackson photos
Joey Jackson

The Atom Chinooks goal scorers did not disappoint in the team's last game of 2014, with a decisive 7-3 win over the Irvine Bulldogs on Sunday December 28 at Pincher Creek's MCC arena. What was an exciting game wasn't seen much by one of Irvine's coaches after he was ejected from the game early in the first period for arguing with the ref after two players went crashing into the boards just prior to a goal that trickled through for the Chinooks.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Policing in Alberta to December 29, 2014

Calgary sexual assault suspect sought
Charges laid in attempted abduction of 13 year old girl
Christmas eve firearms complaint in Grande Prairie
Fatal collision on Highway 1 near Strathmore
Fatal MVC near Beiseker
Fatal MVC near Scandia
Fatal MVC in Calgary
Multiple charges for Fort McMurray man
Armed robbery in Grande Prairie
Firearm complaint in Grande Prairie
Airdrie City RCMP weekend report
Officer involved shooting in Whitecourt
Officer involved shooting in Vegreville
Airdrie RCMP mischief suspect sought
Drugs and weapons charge for Chestermere man
Charges laid in Edmonton fatal assault
Sexual assault alleged at Edmonton wellness centre
Bank robbery in Calgary


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Out and about to December 25, 2014


Reed tells Santa what he wants for Christmas

Feast of St. Nicholas at St. Michael's School


The Schoening family entertains at Ranchland Mall

Children's World Daycare Christmas party and other events

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Closed for Christmas


The Pincher Creek Voice will be closed from December 22 to January 5.  We wish you a very merry Christmas and holiday season, and we look forward to bringing you many more stories in 2015.

If there's an emergent story you'd like to tell us about during this time off, or to book an ad, contact us a pinchermedia@gmail.com or leave a message at 403-904-2666.  We will respond as soon as possible.

Notes from December 2014 meetings of MD of Pincher Creek Council

MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 Council December 2014
Rear: Councillors Fred Schoening, Grant McNab, Garry Marchuk
Front: Reeve Brian Hammond, Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos
  • FCSS delegation
  • Minister of Health promises funds for Pincher Creek Health Centre emergency room project (link)
  • Letter of credit for Goat Creek Bridge project approved
  • Staff thanked for snow removal efforts
  • Grant process begins for Beaver Mines connection to regional water system
  • Unsightly Premises Bylaw passes first reading
  • Maycroft Road solutions approved
  • Handi Bus Society to receive letter of support
  • Bruder Bridge tenders higher than estimated
  • Noise bylaw passed
  • 2015 Operating Budget presented


Minister of Health promises funding for Pincher Creek Health Centre emergency room project

Pincher Creek Health Centre
Chris Davis

In a letter received on December 3, 2014, addressed to MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 Reeve Brian Hammond, Alberta Minister of Health Stephen Mandel thanked Hammond for meeting with him on November 20 "to discuss the emergency room renovation project at the Pincher Creek Health Centre".

Mandel's letter continues:

"I commend the people of your community for their efforts to raise $450,000 for this renovation project. My staff has consulted with capital management staff of Alberta Health Services (AHS), and I am advised that the emergency room renovation project has an estimated project cost of approximately $650,000. As per our discussion, I am committed to ensuring that this important renovation project proceeds."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pincher Creek hockey shorts to December 21, 2014

Local refs Chaz Vance and Nic Jordan after Friday's Peewee Chinooks game

Novice Chinooks defeat Vauxhall Sabres
Rink rat Jet Draper helps out
Double home losses for the Atom Chinooks
Double losses for AA Bantam Rockies
Foothills Bisons blank AA Peewee Rockies
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Santa Claus cleared for a safe take-off

Transport Canada

Transport Canada is pleased to announce that Santa Claus has successfully passed his pre-flight inspection and is set for a safe take-off. His cargo has been screened, his sleigh loaded, and his flight plan filed. Santa and his team of reindeer are expected to leave the North Pole, which is located in Canada’s north, on time to make his annual Christmas deliveries.

This year, the elves have really upped their game. Not only does Santa have a Wi-Fi-equipped sleigh and an app to manage his Naughty or Nice list, but he’s been outfitted with a new fleet of drones. Giving Rudolf a much needed break, Santa’s drones will help guide his sleigh and scout out the safest and most efficient route. Of course, the elves trained Santa on all the necessary safety features and applied in advance for his SFOC—Santa’s Flight Operations Certificate.

Like all pilots, Santa must undergo an annual physical to keep his license. We are pleased to report that he passed with flying colours.

Track Santa and the reindeer as they make their way around the world thanks to the NORAD Tracks Santa website (www.noradsanta.org) and #NORADSanta hashtag.

Santa wants to make sure that everyone who asked for a drone this year knows how to fly it safely and legally. Read his list of safety tips at www.tc.gc.ca/SafetyFirst.

Santa consistently impresses his pilot friends with his uncanny ability for safe take-offs and landings in urban centres and flying in whiteout conditions.

Santa’s pre-flight checklist includes looking for ice build-ups, checking Rudolph’s nose, and ensuring that the elves on board are informed about safety procedures.
"On the big night, I take comfort knowing that my husband will deliver toys to all good little boys and girls safely and securely. Now that Santa can use his smartphone on board, I'll be able to follow his journey as he posts updates to his Instagram account at each stop." - Mrs. Claus, Second-in-Command, North Pole

Semis blown over on Highway 22

PCES first responders Aaron Layton and Amy Evano attach warning tape to blown over semi on Hwy 22
C. Davis photos

Chris Davis
December 23, 2014, 7:40 pm

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) and RCMP responded to two blown over tractor-trailers on Highway 22 approximately 10 km north of Highway 3.  The first call came in at just after 5:00 pm, and the second incident occurred just after 6:30 pm just north of the first incident.  PCES Deputy Chief Pat Neumann reports no injuries in either incident.  The first tractor trail was northbound and came to rest in the ditch.  The second incident is still being resolved at this time (7:35 pm, December 23) and Highway 22 is partially blocked at the scene.  Neumann reports wind gusts over 100km/hr in the area.  It was difficult to stand up against the wind at the time the attached photos were taken, at approximately 5:45 pm.  PCES response included first responders from Lundbreck and Pincher Creek.


Extreme caution is advised if driving on the southernmost stretch of Highway 22 at this time.

Emergency Services update at 7:42 pm December 23:


Democracy mocked in Alberta

Chris Davis, Editorial

Their principles plummeted in sync with oil prices.  They touted democracy and accountability in a constant and unrelenting barrage of speeches, platform statements, and press releases.  Then, at almost exactly the moment that things started to get a little tough, a rarity in this province,  the exact moment when Alberta needed strong hands on the tiller and an effective opposition,  they bailed on their supporters, on their cause, on their responsibilities to their constituents.

I am of course talking about the Wildrose 9, those that most recently deserted their supporters and constituents in one of the ugliest displays of political manoeuvering in the history of this country.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pincher Creek Health Centre elves prepare Christmas cheer for patients

Volunteers Sue Possnett, Linda Conley, Carol Fitzpatrick, June LeGrandeur, Bev Barr, Joyce McFarland, Edith Warkentin, Joanne Evans, and Rae Olds (Volunteer Coordinator- AHS)

submitted


While everyone appreciates the care delivered at Pincher Creek Health Centre, no one looks forward to being a patient during the holiday season. Thankfully, a clever gang of ‘elves” stockpiled a supply of well-stuffed stockings to brighten the spirits of those who had to be hospitalized over Christmas.

Wildrose announces new interim leader and critic roster

Wildrose Party press release

Today, the Wildrose Opposition announced Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Heather Forsyth as new interim leader and released an updated critic roster.

Policing in Alberta to December 22, 2014

Double fatality MVC near Rimbey
Charges laid in assault of 6 yr old at Paul Band First Nation

Charges laid in death of Gleichan teen
Cypress County rollover results in impaired charges

Travis Vader makes Queens Bench court appearance
Baby unharmed in Calgary stolen vehicle incident
Senior has parking mishap in Calgary
Witnesses to fatal Edmonton assault sought
Dead baby birds among prohibited goods at YYC
4th person charged in November Calgary bank robbery
Theft of snowmobile and side-by-side at Norris Beach

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Peewee Chinooks blank Thunder


Merry Christmas from the Peewee Chinooks

Turcott/CIBC building moves to new home at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Turcott/CIBC building at its new KBPV home
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis

The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) has successfully added the 108 year-old Turcott/CIBC building to the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) collection of historic Pincher Creek buildings.

Turcott/CIBC building move

Policing in Alberta to December 21, 2014

Double fatality MVC near High River
Stony Plain youth critically injured
Armed robbery at Scotiabank in High River
Mischief and theft from vehicle in Brooks
Man in critical condition after alleged Edmonton assault


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Santa visits the MCC


Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena last Tuesday, where he enlisted the help of  Pappy Olson.  Claus heard requests from Initiation and Novice Chinooks and Olson handed out goodie bags. Then Santa reportedly took his sled to Sudsy's to get it washed before his upcoming big journey on December 25.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Shell donates $20,000 to Pincher Creek Emergency Room Project


Jordan Koch, Adrian Hartman, Rod Sinclair, and Sylvia Inabnit

Toni Lucas

On Thursday December 18 the Windy Slopes Health Foundation (WSHF)  received a $20,000 check from Shell Waterton to go toward their Emergency Room Project. WSHF has been fundraising for this cause for a number of years and is getting very close to making it a reality. Some of those who attended the presentation included Pincher Creek Health Centre Site Manager Jordan Koch, WSHF members Adrian Hartman and Sylvia Inabnit, and Shell Waterton Community Affairs Coordinator Rod Sinclair. "This donation pushes us past the 75% mark, and gets us one step closer," said Inabnit.  Hartman also expressed his appreciation for the donation. One of the ways that the WSHF has been fundraising for this cause is through the 'Trees of Hope' campaign. The hospital has brightly lit metal trees out along Hewitson Avenue as a symbol of the drive, and in the lobby there is tree wall hanging with presents that are tagged with names of those who have donated this year.

Albert Stella to be closed indefinitely

 Albert Stella Memorial Arena
Google Street View image
Municipality of Croswsnest Pass press release

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has received a facility review and evaluation of the Albert Stella Memorial Arena. The purpose of the review, which commenced in 2013, was to investigate the condition of the building, short and long term renovation costs, and the viability of renovation options. As a result of the evaluation, several flags were raised by the consultant with regard to the condition of the building that will require further evaluation and testing. As a precaution, and in the interest of ensuring the health and safety of our user groups, staff and the public, the Municipality must temporarily close the facility until the full scope of the issues are investigated further.

The Municipality apologizes for the short notice, however this issue required immediate action to minimize safety risks. The Municipality will be working with the user groups to attempt to find alternate arrangements so that they may continue their programming. For more information please contact Lyle Hannan, Director of Community Services at (403) 562-8833.

Community Foundation announces $4.4 million gift from Pincher area rancher Bill Long

Donor Bill Long gazes out on his Hereford cattle
Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

Rural communities across southwestern Alberta will benefit from the $4.4 million estate bequest of Bill Long, a rancher from the Fishburn district southeast of Pincher Creek. The donation was announced at an event on December 19 that was attended by past and current board and staff members of the Community Foundation, community members and friends and family of Bill Long.

Napi Builds hampers to fulfill Christmas requests

Justin One Owl and Nathan Provost filling hampers
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Napi Friendship Association (NFA) had volunteers filling hampers for close to 200 hamper requests on Thursday, December 18, doing their best to make sure that every family in our communities could have a merry Christmas. "We had an extremely generous donation from the food bank," explained Napi Executive Director Dianna Gray. NFA was distributing hampers to those that had made requests through the Napi membership, Brighter Futures, Piikani Children and Family Services, and Piikani elders. "We have had amazing volunteers" Gray said. As well as packing hampers, volunteers picked donations and supplies, and did deliveries. Gray said that even though the office will be closed over the holidays someone will be checking the phone (403-627-4224) in case of emergency hampers.

Countdown to Christmas winners: the Hutchison family

Sharon Roberts with Brandi and Phillip Hutchison
T. Lucas photo

Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the winner for their Countdown to Christmas Passport contest was Brandi Hutchison. Brandi and Dave Hutchison are the parents of three children and together they filled in two passports. Brandi was delighted to find our that she was the winner and says this is the first time that she has won anything, ever. When she picked up the package that contained $1,250 worth of gift certificates to local businesses she said, "I think it is very important to shop local."

Heartwarming talent show at Canyon School

MCs Jaxon and Justin
Toni Lucas

Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek held a  'North Pole Talent Show' on Thursday, December 18. Principal Carole Goodreau was happy to hand all the credit for the performances to the students and the school's new music teacher Candice Janzen.  Janzen has been working with the students since November 1 to deliver two blockbuster performances that showcased vocal, instrumental and dance pieces.  The first performance was held in the morning, the second during the afternoon. "What you see up here is definitely all her work," said Goodreau.

Raiden 'Hid a frog in sisters bed'  - grade 1

Know the numbers that will help over the holiday season


Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta has a range of supports available for Albertans who need help during the Christmas season.

Families experience more stress during the holiday season for a variety of reasons – financial strain, time spent with family members who may be abusive or even just the pressure to be happy during a time of personal vulnerability.

Tories open gates to large wooden horse

Phil Burpee

     Well, I suppose somebody should make comment on the further, possibly terminal, degradation of what remained of our wilting democracy in this province. On the face of it, what do we have? - an unelected Premier blithely eviscerates Her Majesty's loyal opposition in a feeding-frenzy of self-congratulatory malfeasance, thusly undermining everything that is understood to be dynamic and accountable in the Westminster system of government. The electorate is removed from the equation as being a mere peripheral adjunct to the affirmation of power. Democratic process is thoroughly flouted. And this is touted as a good day in Alberta politics by the Premier himself. For truly, if we are to believe it to be so, he sees nothing wrong in this - an indication of just how far the rot has set in. And yet there is more.

Remaining Wildrose members vow to stay united

Wildrose press release

Today, members of the Wildrose Caucus issued the following joint statement.

“The Wildrose remains strong and united in its purpose of providing a principled and unwavering fiscal conservative voice for Albertans.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Policing in Alberta to December 18, 2014

Calgary bank robbery suspect sought
Abduction in Ponoka
La Familia gang members arrested in Edmonton
Protecting yourself from mail theft
MVC in Holden area
Calgary and area pyramid scheme
Airdrie RCMP weekend report
Airdrie arsonist sought
Calgary stabbing homicide investigation continues
Calgary contractor charged with voyeurism

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2014 Residential Winter Lights winners announced

2014 Residential Winter Lights First Place winners Mel and Loretta Packham
Joey Jackson and Chris Davis

Pincher Creek Communities In Bloom (CIB) judged this year's Winter Lights competition on Wednesday evening December 10.  The event was hosted by CIB and Perfect Posies Greenhouses.  Many local homes displayed their light displays and holiday spirit. Brightly flashing, multicolored, candy canes, and reindeer, there were lights of all shapes and sizes. The annual event results in prizes going to the best overall display and the best block.  It was a gorgeous night to be out and about looking at Christmas lights adding holiday cheer all over town and the CIB volunteers love doing it every year. “Its a great way to show community and holiday spirit this time of year”, said CIB's John Hancock.

Happy 102nd birthday Mildred Allred

Councillor Lorne Jackson and Mildred Allred
Chris Davis

A party was held at Crestview Lodge yesterday December 17 for resident Mildred Allred on the occasion of her 102nd birthday.  Town councillor Lorne Jackson presented her with a certificate expressing the well-wishes of Mayor Don Anderberg and Town council, there were brief speeches from Crestview Manager Millie Loeffler and activity co-ordinator Charmaine Tienkamp. After that there was (of course) a delicious cake, followed by good conversation and a light luncheon.

Basketball shorts to December 16, 2014

Future greats the 2014/15 Jr. B Girls Dragons
T. Lucas photo
Senior Boys Sabres defeat Flyers
Senior Boys Hawks defeat Raiders
Junior A Girls Hawks defeat Kainai
Junior A Girls Dragons defeat Flyers
Junior A Girls Hawks defeat Kainai
Junior B Girls Eagles defeat Dragons

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peewee Chinooks host their 2014 tournament

2014/15 Peewee Chinooks
J. Jackson photo
Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted a hockey tournament last weekend at the MCC arena. Participating teams included the Chinooks, Innisfail Flyers, Okotoks Oilers, Claresholm Thunder, and Fort Macleod Mavericks participating in a total of 12 games. The Chinooks were able to make it to the Bronze medal game but lost to the Innisfail Flyers 3-1 in a hard fought contest that almost saw Pincher send it to overtime with a late game offensive burst. The Chinooks ended the tournament 1-4 with two losses coming from Innisfail, one from the Fort Macleod Mavericks and one from the Claresholm Thunder.  All were very close games for the Chinooks. Their win came against the Okotoks Oilers, who they defeated 9-4. The Chinooks had different goal scorers for each of their 9.

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier announces he is not crossing the floor

Still Wildrose - MLA Pat Stier
T. Lucas file photo

Chris Davis

Updated December 17, 2014

Some initial media reports to the contrary, Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier has announced that he will not be crossing the floor from the Wildrose Part to the Progressive Conservative caucus. On December 12 he tweeted a link to the Pincher Creek Voice story MLA Pat Stier is Wildrose all the way, and today, December 16, in response to my inquiry via Twitter as to his current intentions he forwarded a link to his statement on the subject, posted on his website www.patstier.com, which reads in full as follows:

Please be advised that, based upon information provided on the weekend, and then again at a special Wildrose Caucus meeting held here earlier today in Edmonton, I shall NOT be joining several of my colleagues who have decided to suddenly join the Progressive Conservative Caucus.

Spirited 54th Annual Community Carol Festival packs Community Hall

Pincher Creek Community Choir
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The 54th Annual Community Carol Festival had the Pincher Creek Community Hall filled both upstairs and downstairs on Sunday evening, December 14. Master of Ceremonies Linden Wilms introduced the many performers, including the Pincher Creek Community Choir, Friends in Sync, the Canyon School and St. Michael's School Children's Choirs, and the Crowsnest Pass Community Choir.  Alexandra Morgan performed a solo rendition of 'O Holy Night'.  Instrumental pieces were performed by the Windy Horns Brass Ensemble, and Fiddlers and Friends. Cole Gerber and Emma Burnham read 'The Story of Christmas'. There were some truly spectacular performances.

Mustang Teigan Lissel plays for Team Alberta at ABC Border Bowl

Teigan Lissel as a member of the victorious Team Alberta
Kim Lissel photos
Kim Lissel with Chris Davis

Graduating Pincher Creek Senior Mustang Teigan Lissel was picked to play for Team Alberta to play against Team BC in the first ABC Border Bowl for the Current Stars (Grade 11 & 12), held at  Exhibition Stadium in Chilliwack BC on December 13.

Adult Learning Council caps year with Scrabble tournament and Christmas party

Scrabble Champs Don Day and Rose and Jim Johnson with Annie Steward
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's Adult Learning Council  (ALC) wrapped up their Great Scrabble Tournament Challenge and held their Christmas party on Monday, December 11 at Mrs. P's Coffee Corner in the Ranchland Mall.  Adult Learning Coordinator Monica Sczyrba-Davis thanked the tutors, facilitators, teachers, learners, and all those that help the ALC throughout the year. There was a tasty Chinese food dinner, good conversation, delicious desserts, gift exchanges, and the top players in the Scrabble tournament faced each other for one more round and then were awarded prizes.

Don Day, a man of many well placed words,  won first place in the tournament, earning the prize of an e-reader.  Jim Johnson was second, winning a Co-op Gift Card. Rose Johnson was third and won a pillow.

Policing in Alberta to December 17, 2014

Fatal MVC on Hwy 1 near Dunmore
Pedestrian fatality on Hwy 1 near Cochrane
Fatal MVC near Mayerthorpe
Fatal MVC near Carstairs
Fatal Tofield MVC
Drugs and guns seized at St. Albert traffic stop
Death of Patrick Whidden ruled homicide
Spruce Grove area MVC
Drug dealers arrested in Hinton and Jasper
Red Deer RCMP look for laptop thief
Mother and son duo plead guilty to Ponzi scheme
Innisfail charity checkstop raises over $12 thousand
St. Albert donation box theft suspects sought
Don't let scammers ruin your holiday
Airdrie skate park vandals sought
Designer handbags stolen from Calgary store
Calgary Fire crews extricate woman from rollover

Teddy Bear Toss and RHL Huskies loss at MCC arena

Huskies gather up the Teddy bears last Saturday night
Joey Jackson photos and video
Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's RHL Huskies hosted Fort Macleod's Mustangs at the MCC arena on Saturday evening December 13.  After the Huskies scored their first goal of the game everyone in the arena was instructed to toss the teddy bear they either brought from home or the ones that were donated by Shaw onto the ice, to be donated the Pincher Creek Food Bank. Arena volunteers said there were over 100 teddy bears thrown onto the ice.

Reading at Pincher Creek Municipal Library with author Edward Noel Doherty

Author Edward Noel Doherty at Pincher Creek Municipal Library
Toni Lucas

Author Edward Noel Doherty recently published 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday', a fictionalized account of living in Ireland in the 1940s to 1972. He held a reading at the Pincher Creek Municipal Library on Thursday, December 11 to a group of over a dozen people. "It's the first of a trilogy, I finished it last year," he said of the first book. "The timeline of the whole series is 1940s in northern Ireland, going until 1998. That is the full length of the trilogy. It's based on young men growing up in Ireland, and the religious and political challenges that they faced. Then as they grow into adulthood, the troubles become a major feature of northern Ireland, troubles that were to last for 30 years. This book shows how those troubles affected those young men, until Bloody Sunday, which was January 29th, 1972."

Doherty said that the people are fictional but the historical events are real.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Commercial vegetable production on the prairies

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri News

Vegetable producers now have a new resource available from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD).

“Commercial Vegetable Production on the Prairies is a comprehensive resource manual and reference tool for new and experienced vegetable growers of all scales of production,” says Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler. “The book represents close to five years of work and contains contributions from experts across the Prairies.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beef InfoXchange system expanding

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development AgriNews

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is partnering with ViewTrak Technologies, a world-class technology and traceability company based in Edmonton, to enhance and expand the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS). Under the partnership, a new privately-held company will take ownership of BIXS, with the CCA and ViewTrak as initial shareholders.

Supporting Michif language learning tools for children

Metis Alberta flag
Wikimedia commons image
  • Government of Canada provides funding to the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $59,700 in funding to the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research to translate 27 books of its early reading program into Michif-language editions with English translations.

Policing in Alberta to December 15, 2014

Pincher Creek RCMP weekly summary
Suspicious death investigation in Calgary
Triply Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House
Fatal quad rollover on Pigeon Lake
Red Deer vehicle break-in suspects sought
MVC on Whoop Up Drive
Vehicle fire on Calgary's Deerfoot Trail
Parents charged in 2013 death of infant
Arrests made in relation to 2006 Calgary homicide
Fort Chipewyan man faces trafficking charges
Theft from oil lease site near Veteran
Horses stolen in Fort McMurray
Red Deer vehicle thieves sought
Arson and bomb hoax in Wetaskiwin
Injury MVC near Strathmore
RCMP Grande Prairie weekend news summary
“Make Your Move” to stop sexual violence

MCC Arena temporarily closed due to possible hazardous material leak

Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek MCC Arena was temporarily shut down today, Monday December 15. Arena staff reported an ammonia smell in the compressor room of the arena before it was open to the public . EMS investigated to ensure that no one was at risk. Recreation Manager Adam Grose said "Our refrigeration guys, Star Tech, are here right now." They expect to have the rink up and running shortly, but will be closed "until we know that there is no threat to anyone's safety."

Update:  The arena is now open again, after being closed for less than three hours.

St. Michael's School modernization plans unveiled

Judy Lane, Chris Smeaton, Daniel Westwood, Don Kuchison, Lisa Palmarin
with illustration of planned commons area at St. Michael's school
Chris Davis

An open house was held in the mall at St. Michael's School on Tuesday evening December 9. A small group of interested parents, students, and educators came to see the approved final plans for the upcoming modernization of the school. In attendance to answer questions were Daniel Westwood of Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects, Holy Spirit School Board Superintendent Chris Smeaton, Holy Spirit Ward 4 Trustee Judy Lane, Holy Spirit Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Palmarin, and St. Michael's Principal Don Kuchison. "It's an exciting evening for the parents to come and see the visuals," said Trustee Judy Lane.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rotary guest speaker Caelan Taylor - a community leader

Caelan Taylor speaks to Pincher Creek Rotary
Toni Lucas

Caelan Taylor was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Rotary on December 11, 2014. Taylor is a grade 12 student at Matthew Halton High School.  He's an active volunteer in the community who has a passion for cooking. His culinary talents earned him 4th place in the 2014 National Skills Competition for Foods. Taylor addressed a few key points in his presentation including who he was and how he got to be the person he is, his approach to learning, and volunteering.

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