Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January 2014 in review

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

January 2014

James, Michelle, Alex and the extended family of Taylor Elliott wish to thank every single person for the support received since December 1st. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by the kindness and goodness of family, friends, neighbours and strangers.

Firefighters battle trailer park blaze
C. Davis photo and video

A fire at Pincher Creek's Foothills Trailer Park Tuesday January 14 spread quickly from one mobile home to an adjacent one downwind, ultimately consuming both. No people were injured but several pets perished in the blaze.

Thank you for your years of service, Mr. Whittington

David McIntyre photo
"Almost overnight it's become southern Alberta's Dead Duck Cafe." - David McIntyre
AltaLink spokesman Scott Schreiner says the company has completed their investigation of situation. Schreiner confirmed 345 dead birds were found, 344* mallards and 1 grey partridge. "We believe it was a combination of high winds and lowered visibility that caused them to hit the lines where bird diverters were in place, and where they weren't," said Schreiner.

Part of carcass found in Burmis area parking lot
C. Davis photos

Burmis area residents Eva and Dave Welsh expressed their concerns after discovering the discarded carcasses of geese, mallards, and a larger animal (possibly elk) in the parking lot of a popular day-use fishing area west of their home.

New STARS AW139 lands at Pincher Creek Municipal Airport
T. Lucas/C. Davis photos and video
Members of Alberta's Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) dropped in for a visit at Pincher Creek Municipal Airport Saturday morning January 25, flying in the newest addition to their fleet, a donor-funded AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin turbine helicopter.

Local first responders with STARS crew (in orange and blue)
Foamcanos at Beaver Creek

Jaxon Hammond with Beaver Creak foamcanos
Myra Hammond photos

Pincher Creek Emergency Services and local RCMP were called to a bizarre scene on Saturday morning December 28. A reported vehicle fire on Range Road 293-A approximately five kilometres south of Highway 3 between Pincher Creek and Brocket proved to be an unusual situation.

Pat MacInnis, Cherylanne Nazarek, and Michelle Visser
The Pincher Creek Curling Club Combo Bonspiel 2014 took place on Friday January 24 and Saturday, January 25. Eight mens teams and six ladies teams participated in the spiel.

Michelle Visser, Cherylanne Nazarek, Carrie Kinahan and Pat MacInnis
Mighty good, Minnie bows

A wind related power outage affected the entire town of Pincher Creek today on Monday, January 13.  A reminder from Fortis - Always remember to stay 10 metres away from a downed power line and call 310-WIRE.

A too-familiar sight on Highway 22
C. Davis photo

Damaged Vista Village roof
T. Lucas photo
How windy was it?

TransAlta Control Center Supervisor Hal Jorgensen reports that there were wind gusts up to 43 metres per second at Summerview Wind Farm (155 km per hour), and gusts at Cowley Ridge of 40 metres per second (144 km per hour).  Sustained winds reached 120 km per hour.

Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies hosted Magrath's Chiefs at the MCC arena on Sunday afternoon, January 5. The two teams are very similar in terms of skills, ability, and style of play, but the Huskies leveraged their stellar teamwork to win the game definitively by a score of 7-1. Huskies Captain Zach Wall announced his return to the ice after a sidelining injury by scoring the first two goals of the game.

Innisfail Tournament Champs 2013/14 Peewee Chinooks
Jamie McMullen photo
See also: Peewee Chinooks come from behind to defeat Cardston Thunder

Atom Chinooks vs Irvine Bulldogs
C. Davis photo

C Division champs: The Rats (Calgary)
T. Lucas and C. Davis
The Pincher Creek Oldtimers 35th Annual Tournament was held at the MCC arena from Friday January 24 through Sunday January 26.

12 teams competed in three 4-team divisions, with players coming from Pincher Creek, Elk Valley, Fort Macleod, Piikani, Lethbridge, Calgary, and parts unknown. The youngest participant was 35 (the youngest age allowed), and the oldest was over 60. The youngest player was born the first year of the tournament.

The Withdrawls won the A division, the Nighthawks won the B division, and the Rats won the C division.

2013/14 Halton Sr. Girls HawksT. Lucas photo

2013/14 St. Michael's Junior A Dragons
T. Lucas photo

Junior 'B' Boys basketball -  Dragons vs Sabres
T. Lucas photo
St. Michael's Junior A and B Boys basketball teams hosted their counterparts from Livingstone School the evening of Thursday, January 9.  The B Dragons won their game, and the A Sabres won their game.

Redskins #3 Cole YellowFace and Dragons #11 Matthew Alexander vie for the ball
C. Davis photo
See also:

C. Davis photos

Gerry Smith photo

Members of Pincher Creek 4-H Beef Club welcomed those that came to the workshop
T. Lucas, photo
Foothills Beef Club hosted a communication workshop for the Pincher  Creek 4-H District on Friday afternoon January 10 in the Ranchland Mall.  Participating clubs included Timber Trails, Silver Reins, Chinook Multi Club, and Foothills Beef.

Lewis rockin' his Mexican/Hawaiian style
Lloyd Lybbert photo

Loretta Packham photos
 Loretta Packham (Mrs. P) noticed a beautiful cloud formation on Friday, January 10.

Willow Valley Trophy Club (WVTC) held their 65th Annual Awards Day on Saturday January 11, 2014 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall. 

Thanks to the many volunteers!
Pictured:  Russel Rowledge and Alan Douglas

David Green fills a mini van with Co-op donations  on Jan. 22
Clayton LeJan photo
Pincher Creek Food Bank has successfully transferred to their new location at 756 Kettles Street.

Photo by Kaitlin
Here are pictures some of the participating kids took for their assignment from Yvan LeBel's Photography Workshop last week. The kids that took these particular photos are Kaitlin, Colten and Tysen.  Other participating kids are taking photos of people and pets for their assignment this week.

Related story: Photography the focus of Yvan LeBel program at Group Group Youth

Photo by Colten

Photo by Tysen
Photo by Kaitlin

Photo by Kaitlin
Related: Group Group Youth winners of Fall 2013 Active Living Challenge

Violent sex offender Keegan Spearchief

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