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Monday, August 31, 2015

Renovations complete at Pincher Creek emergency department

  • Upgrades improve comfort, security and safety for patients and their families

A $650,000 renovation project, now complete, will improve comfort, safety and security for patients and their families at the Pincher Creek Health Centre emergency department (ED).

A new glass partition and registration desk was installed, the size of the four ED patient rooms was expanded, and a housekeeping room was created in the operating room area to enhance infection prevention.

Updated air quality statement


Environment Canada
4:07 AM MDT Monday 31 August 2015

  • Special air quality statement in effect for Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Poor air quality over parts of Southern Alberta may return over the next few days.

Air quality conditions over Alberta are currently in the low to moderate risk category. However, the forest fires in the Northwestern United States continue to produce large amounts of smoke and the atmospheric flow pattern remains similar to last week so it is possible that elevated air quality health index values could return over the next few days to parts of the province, particularly over areas from Calgary and south.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Senior Mustangs win two exhibition games at home


Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Senior Mustangs hosted High River's Highwood Mustangs for a pre-season exhibition football game at Matthew Halton field on Friday afternoon August 28.  Pincher Creek rolled to an easy 52-0 win, their second exhibition win in a row to start their year after defeating Eagle Butte's McCoy Colts 18-7 last week.  Last year Pincher's Mustangs defeated the Colts 18-17 during an exhibition game in Medicine Hat.  Last year's away exhibition game against Highwood resulted in a 13-0 win for Pincher Creek.

Just a note here, the Bantam Mustangs could really use some more members.  There were only 9 of them at last count.  Talk to a coach or one of the many fine volunteer parents out there, they can guide you in the right direction.

Some video highlights of Pincher Creek vs Highwood

Saturday, August 29, 2015

PCES responds to two field fires


Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) recently responded to two fires in the Pincher Creek area.  Both were probably started as a result of machines working in fields.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dr. Paul Connett speaks against proposed Crowsnest/Pincher Creek landfill incinerator

Dr. Paul Connett
T. Lucas photos and video
Toni Lucas with notes from Chris Davis

Dr. Paul Connett is a outspoken opponent of incineration, and anti-fluoridation activist. He held a presentation in the Cowley Community Hall on Wednesday, August 26, a day after he appeared as a delegation at the regular meeting of council for the MD of Pincher Creek on Tuesday, August 25. Dr. Connett holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry, specializing in environmental chemistry and toxicology.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One day left to take Tiger trout stocking survey

Tiger trout
Matthew Tyree photo, Wikimedia Commons
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is asking citizens to voice their opinion on a two-year experimental stocking of sterile Tiger trout in nine Alberta lakes to create "Quality Stocked Fisheries".

According to AEP  "The objective for the stocking of tiger trout in Alberta is to create mono-culture tiger trout and mixed trout destination fisheries that provide a unique recreational opportunity for anglers."

Tiger trout is a sterile hybrid produced by crossing brown trout and brook trout.

Nine lakes are being assessed as potential waters for the experimental stocking of Tiger trout. The objective for the stocking of tiger trout in Alberta is to create mono-culture tiger trout and mixed trout destination fisheries that provide a unique recreational opportunity for anglers.

Town and MD agree to joint Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission

Back row (l-r): Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Town Councillor Lorne Jackson, MD Councillor Garry Marchuk, Town Councillors Doug Thornton and Jim Litkowski, MD Councillor Fred Schoening, Town Councillor Mark Barber
Front row: Mayor Don Anderberg, Reeve Brian Hammond
C. Davis photo

Christian Davis

Councils for the Town of Pincher Creek and the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) today announced they have reached  an agreement "to jointly provide fire and ambulance services through the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission" and that disaster management services "will be jointly provided by the newly formed Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization".

The announcement closes an uncertain chapter in emergency management for the greater Pincher Creek area, and opens a new chapter of cooperation between the two governing political entities.  The Village of Cowley is also covered by the new Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization (PCEMO).  Pincher Station, Beaver Mines, and Lundbreck are also included as MD communities.

Blue-green Algae bloom advisory issued for Chain Lakes Reservoir


Pincher Creek - A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Chain Lakes Reservoir (97 kilometres north of Pincher Creek).

Please note: although this Advisory is specific to Chain Lakes Reservoir, all South Zone residents are reminded to be vigilant for the presence of blue-green algae in all bodies of water, including private ponds and irrigation canals, which are not routinely monitored by AHS. If blue-green algae are believed to be present, the same precautions outlined below are advised. To learn more about blue-green algae, including the visual appearance of the algae, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/bga.asp.

Special air quality statement from Environment Canada

Smoky scene west of Pincher Creek
C. Davis photo (150825)
Environment Canada

Issued at 10:45 Thursday August 27, 2015

Air quality is poor over Southern and Central Alberta. Forest fire smoke travelling in from the Northwestern United States is reducing visibilities and creating poor air quality over much of southern Alberta. Individuals living in or travelling in this area are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In the current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can: 
  • reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments
  • close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors
  • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting
  • Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light
  • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside
  • Avoid running fans, such as whole-house fans or fresh air ventilation systems, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside
  • Switch all floor registers to closed position
  • Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces
  • Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles
  • If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed
  • Run car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air
  • Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants
  • Do not smoke tobacco - smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you. 

Residents are reminded not to use backyard fire pits or fire boxes in parks when the air quality risk is high or very high, as it is now. Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as copd and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms, due to the current air conditions.  These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke-related illness. Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call health link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse. Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. 

Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Blue-green algae bloom advisory issued for Henderson Lake


Lethbridge - A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Henderson Lake (in the city of Lethbridge).

Please note: although this Advisory is specific to Henderson Lake, all South Zone residents are reminded to be vigilant for the presence of blue-green algae in all bodies of water, including private ponds and irrigation canals, which are not routinely monitored by AHS. If blue-green algae are believed to be present, the same precautions outlined above are advised. To learn more about blue-green algae, including the visual appearance of the algae, visit  www.albertahealthservices.ca/bga.asp.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School with Asthma


  • How to avoid the "September spike" in asthma symptoms

Pincher Creek Associate Clinic

With a new school year starting, it is time to make a "back to school" to-do list. If you are a parent of a child with asthma, you also have to plan for the "September spike" - the annual peak in asthma flare-ups that sends hundreds of school children and their family members to emergency rooms in the weeks after school begins.


To help you prepare for the new school year we have created the back to school with asthma checklist (below).

Division 1 election candidate Tony Bruder


Tony Bruder is running for Councillor in Pincher Creek Municipal District Division 1. Voting will take place on the September 14, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. The voting station will be located at Twin Butte Community Hall.  Click here for more information.

Contributed by Tony Bruder

I grew up on the family ranch at the confluence of Yarrow and Drywood Creeks, and was taught from a young age that being an active member of the community is very important. I attended St. Michael’s School, then went on to Olds College for Agricultural Production. My whole life I knew I wanted to ranch, and felt blessed when Lorraine & I were given the chance to purchase the ranch from Mom and Dad (Joe & Vernie Bruder) in 1993. Together with our two children Nathan & Tannis, we operate a cow/calf operation.

Division 1 election candidate Quentin Stevick


Quentin Stevick is running for Councillor in Pincher Creek Municipal District Division 1. Voting will take place on the September 14, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm. The voting station will be located at Twin Butte Community Hall.  Click here for more information.

Contributed by Quentin Stevick

My wife, Anne and I are the owners and operators of Bar 15 Simmentals Inc. on the Township Line Road.

A few years ago we sold our purebred cattle after years of successful bull sales. We supplied quality breeding stock to our customers, many of whom are currently raising livestock in this MD. We now run a custom grazing program on our ranch which I manage on a daily basis. Our entire working lives have been spent in production agriculture and everything we have is because of cattle.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

OHV and random camping concerns expressed to Minister

Pincher Creek resident Joe Cunningham recently sent the following letter to Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Philips.

Dear Minister Phillips,

I have watched the Forestry Reserve in southern Alberta over the past 25 years become increasingly degraded. The biggest problem seems to have been the policy of the former administration to not enforce certain laws related to the recreational use of public lands, specifically OHV use and random camping rules. The problem has spawned a dramatic increase in OHV ownership in Alberta. Much of this increase simply fuels the trend of joining in on the free-for-all. This new Alberta-spawned destructive culture is now beginning to infect southeastern B.C. to the extent that I have experienced widespread hostility from B.C. citizens as they notice my licence plates when I am in southeastern B.C. recreational areas trying to escape the frustrating destructive recreational activities near my home in Pincher Creek.

I have noticed a small improvement in enforcement recently since the advent of the new provincial government. Please take charge of this problem decisively, and curb the momentum this problem has unfortunately gained.

Sincerely,
Joe Cunningham,
Pincher Creek, AB

Safety windows to be installed on mural wall

Google street view image of mural located in downtown Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

On Monday, August 24 Council for the Town of Pincher Creek approved a 25 year encroachment agreement allowing for the installation of egress window wells and a step along the wall which also features the mural depicted above.  The building borders on Town owned property and council received and discussed a request from Cralyn Property Management regarding the property, which is on the corner of Main Street and Hewetson Avenue.  The request was to allow the installation of two windows and window wells in basement suites of the building.  

Program helps residents live well with chronic disease

  • Six-week series of free workshops starts in Lethbridge next month

Local residents living with chronic disease have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help them take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week series of workshops designed to support Albertans living with ongoing health conditions, such asdiabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac’s disease, mental health concerns and others.

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary Aug. 17-23, 2015


RCMP Alberta

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of August 17 - 23, 2015 . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

  • Total calls for service - 60
  • Assaults - 3
  • Domestic assault – 1
  • Theft of motor vehicle - 1
  • Theft under $5000 - 5
  • Impaired Driving - 2
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 1
  • Driving complaints (general) - 8
  • MV Collisions - 6
  • Liquor offences - 4
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 4
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 2
  • Animal calls - 3
  • Prisoners held – 6

Citizen expresses concerns about fluoridation in public water

Greg Hession speaks to Pincher Creek Town council
Toni Lucas

Citizen Greg Hession appeared as a delegation to the council for the Town of Pincher Creek about his concerns about public water fluoridation during council's regular meeting  Monday evening, August 24. Hession is a Beaver Mines resident who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He said he studied to be a civil engineer for 5 years, with a focus on environment, water and waste water treatment. He said he is concerned about moral, ethical, and health issues regarding adding fluoride to water. "We need to exercise caution when it comes to providing a medication to everybody in the community as kind of 'miracle drug' that's going to help everybody promote better oral hygiene when it comes to tooth decay and creating stronger tooth enamel."

Adrian Hartman recognized for his time as Town of Pincher Creek councillor

Former Pincher Creek Councillor Adrian Hartman and Mayor Anderberg
Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek invited Adrian Hartman to the regular meeting of Monday, August 24 to recognize his service as a councillor. Hartman was appointed as a Town of Pincher Creek councillor on October 28, 2013 and served on council until early May 2015. Hartman was working for Alberta Treasury Branch here and then and was offered a position in Drumheller, which he accepted. Hartman said, "I love Pincher Creek as a community." He talked about how he valued this community, and said he learned much during his time on council.

 "It definitely wasn't a decision I made easily," he said of his move.

Town Council grants Tammy Rubbelke a 3 month leave

Toni Lucas

Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Tammy Rubbelke has requested a 3 month leave of absence for personal reasons. Council unanimously voted to allow it at the regular meeting of Town Council on Monday, August 24.  The following changes were made to committee appointments to cover her absence:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Air Quality Advisory issued for the South Zone of Alberta Health Services


Due to current and forecasted deteriorating air quality in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS is issuing an air quality advisory for the South Zone, in full.

Individuals living in or travelling to the South Zone are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In the current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments:
  • Close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors.
  • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light.
  • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
  • Avoid running fans, such as “whole-house fans” or “fresh air ventilation systems”, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Switch all floor registers to closed position.
  • Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces.
  • Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles.
  • If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.
  • Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
  • Do not smoke tobacco – smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you.
Residents are reminded not to use backyard fire pits or fire boxes in parks when the air quality risk is high or very high, as it is now.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms, due to the current air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke-related illness.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated regularly on the Alberta Environment and Parks Website at: www.airquality.alberta.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Scooter Races at Whispering Winds

Eileen Woolf and Jim Litkowski with Laurie Burke in the background
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Whispering Winds Village (WWV) senior home in Pincher Creek is not the first place you think of as a hotbed of underground racing.  However the heart wants what the heart wants.  The need to triumph, the need to take on all challengers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PCES responds to a fire and assists STARS

Toni Lucas

Between August 14 and August 20 Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to two incidents - a structure fire north of Highway 3 and to assist STARS air ambulance for a call south of Longview.

Brian Jean passes through Pincher Creek on Alberta tour

Wildrose leader Brian Jean and MLA Pat Stier
T. Lucas photo
Chris Davis

Wildrose Party leader and Fort McMurray-Conklin MLA Brian Jean stopped in Pincher Creek on August 19 and met with members of the region's press at the Heritage Inn. Jean was accompanied by Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier and two staff members.

Jean said he was on an information gathering tour. "Truly, this tour is all about listening to Albertans and finding out about what their priorities are," he said.

State of the Voice August 2015


Christian Davis, Founder, Pincher Creek Voice

Dear reader,

We've been publishing the Pincher Creek Voice for more than 4 years now.  We missed out on having a party to celebrate the anniversary this year.  We were busy.

Several major events forced us to approach publishing a little differently from our usual standard in our last quarter.  We moved our home, we moved our office back home, and we renovated as quickly as possible at the same time.  We also dealt with an unexpected meltdown of Voice Computer 1, which caused continual unexpected delays for new stories, video, and in-progress stories stuck on a hard drive that was failing.  The rescue is almost complete now, and there's a new Computer 1 on the block, and it rocks.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wildfires on U.S./Canadian border in Montana

Smoky skies near Pincher Creek yesterday
C. Davis photo

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Great Falls, Montana -  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising travelers that U.S. Highway 2 is currently closed in Glacier National Park between Essex (East Glacier) and West Glacier Park entrances due to a fire in the park being within a mile of the highway. Trailers and larger vehicles are requested to find alternate routes to the United States.

Travelers at Ports of Peigan and Chief Mountain can use the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Glacier National Park, going west through the park at St. Mary, Montana. There is a limitation however on vehicle length for this route, so those with boats, campers, and large vehicles are encouraged to reroute through Canada.

Travelers at the Port of Del Bonita with a destination of Kalispell are being advised of the road closure, which gives them the option to return to Canada and go across the Canadian route entering at Port of Roosville. The alternate U.S. route is through the Great Falls area and over through Missoula, which could lengthen a trip by several hours.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Waterton Fire update: Under Control, trails open Aug. 22



Parks Canada

Note: this will be the last update until the situation changes

What's Happening?

The Waterton Lake wildfire is now 100% contained, and is considered “under control”.

Parks Canada crews will continue to patrol the fire area and extinguish any hot spots.

Parks Canada is working with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. The fire was approximately 10 hectares (25 acres) in size, approximately 100 m wide and one km long. It is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake, in Glacier National Park.

Restrictions and Closures
As of August 22, all trail closures associated with this fire have been removed, but fire crews are still working in the area. Please be careful when walking on the Lakeshore Trail between Boundary Bay and Goat Haunt, and do not disturb any of the fire fighting equipment in the area.

For other closures in Glacier National Park:
http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.


The Pass Creek Day use area remains closed, as it is being used as a camp for the fire crews.

2015 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

C. Davis and T. Lucas photos and videos
Chris Davis

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) rolled into Pincher Creek last weekend for the  well attended annual Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Waterton Lake wildfire still at "Being Held" status


Parks Canada
Waterton Lakes fire fighter
Photos courtesy Parks Canada

Updated August 20, 2015 10:00 am

What's Happening?

The Waterton Lake wildfire is now 85% contained, and is still 'Being Held'.  Six crews and one helicopter continue to action the fire today. Today’s weather forecast calls for another hot, dry and windy day.

Parks Canada continues to work with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. The fire remains approximately 10 hectares (25 acres) in size, is approximately 100 m wide and one km long. It is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west sideof Upper Waterton Lake, in Glacier National Park.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Pincher Creek Gymkhana


Toni Lucas

During the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo local talent gets to shine at the annual Gymkhana, an event held at the Pincher Creek Rodeo grounds on the morning of Friday August 15 this year.  Participants take their horses through a series of patterns in a friendly competitive environment.




Participants were placed into five age groups that ranged from 7 years old and under to 18 years old.  Each age group showed what they can do at a rodeo.  The events included keyhole, poles, stakes, and barrel racing for all ages.  Younger participants gained an early experience of being in the ring with a crowd watching while a caregiver helped lead their horses through the courses.  Older more experienced riders were given more challenging courses.  Everyone who participated was presented with a bag of treats from UFA along with other prizes and that were handed out at the end of the event.



We know some of you are eager to see the pictures and video, so here they are. Please note where a name takes more than one placement in a category they entered riding more than one horse and were scored on each ride.

Gymkhana 2015 Participants and High Point Winners

Leadline - Nash Lunn, Ryder Oczkowski, Taylor Cyr, Cash Lievers, Callie Clark, Kate Bennett

7 & Under - Kiah Simpson, Ava Jessen, Carter McGlynn, Gary Bennett, Hunter Sippola, Stran Lievers, Calen Clark, Tyler Vanderhoek, Eddie Mitchell
High Point Winner - Cash Lievers

8-10 - Morgan Dingerville, Grace Sippola, Cayde Clark, Mandy Cyr
High Point Winner - Morgan Dingerville

11-13 - Hailey Grove, Noa Jessen, Mia Westrop
High Point Winner - Noa Jessen and Mia Westrop

14-18 - Kayla Zielke, Taite Jessen
High Point Winner - Taite Jessen

Gymkhana 2015 Event Results

Barrel Racing
Leadline 1st - Kate Bennett, 2nd - Cash Lievers, 3rd - Taylor Cyr, 4th - Callie Clark, 5th - Ryder Oczkowski, 6th - Nash Lunn

7 & Under 1st - Ava Jessen, 2nd - Hunter Sippola, 3rd - Stran Lievers, 4th - Gray Bennett, 5th - Eddie Mitchell, 6th - Tyler Vanderhoek

8-10 1st - Mandy Cry, 2nd - Morgan Dingerville, 3rd - Grace Sippola, 4th - Morgan Dingerville, 5th - Cayde Clark

11-13 1st - Hailey Grove, 2nd - Hailey Grove, 3rd - Mia Westrop, 4th - Noa Jessen

14-18 1st- Taite Jessen

Pole Bending
Leadline 1st - Kate Bennett, 2nd - Cash Lievers, 3rd - Nash Lunn, 4th - Ryder Oczkowski, 5th - Callie Clark

7 & Under 1st - Hunter Sippola, 2nd - Ava Jessen, 3rd - Gray Bennett, 4th - Stran Lievers, 5th - Calen Clark, 6th - Carter McGlynn

8-10  1st - Mandy Cyr, 2nd - Morgan Dingerville, 3rd - Morgan Dingerville, 4th - Grace Sippola, 5th - Cayde Clark

11-13 1st - Hailey Grove, 2nd - Mia Westrop, 3rd - Noa Jessen, 4th - Hailey Grove

14-18 1st - Kayal Zielke, 2nd - Taite Jessen

Stake Race

Leadline 1st - Kate Bennett, 2nd - Cash Lievers, 3rd - Nash Lunn, 4th - Ryder Oczkowski, 5th - Callie Clark

7 & Under 1st - Hunter Sippola, 2nd - Calen Clark, 3rd - Ava Jessen, 4th - Carter McGlynn, 5th -Gray Bennett, 6th - Eddie Mitchell

8-10 1st - Morgan Dingerville, 2nd - Morgan Dingerville, 3rd - Cayde Clark, 4th Grace Sippola

11-13 1st - Hailey Grove, 2nd - Mia Westrop, 3rd - Noa Jessen, 4th - Hailey Grove

14-18 1st - Kayla Zielke, 2nd - Taite Jessen

Keyhole

Leadline 1st - Cash Lievers, 2nd - Nash Lunn, 3rd - Callie Clark, 4th - Ryder Oczkowski

7 & Under 1st - Ava Jessen, 2nd - Hunter Sippola, 3rd - Gray Bennett, 4th - Eddie Mitchell, 5th - Carter McGlynn, 6th - Stran Lievers

8-10 1st - Morgan Dingerville, 2nd - Grace Sippola, 3rd - Morgan Dingerville, 4th - Cayde Clark

11-13 1st - Hailey Grove, 2nd - Noa Jessen, 3rd - Mia Westrop

14-18 1st - Taite Jessen, 2nd - Kayla Zielke

Boredom busted in Pincher Creek

Taking a lunch break from boredom busting

Caleb Evans

Boredom Buster is a program for kids aged 5-13 to swim, do crafts and play outside. This program ran on August 18th and is also upcoming on August 20th at the Pincher Creek pool.


“This program is put on by the Town of Pincher Creek Recreational program for $10 a day or $15 for both days. Our first day, 13 kids participated in the program.” said recreation department representative Claire Johnson.

Football season begins in Pincher Creek

A favourable omen ushers in Senior Mustangs' 2015 season
Kim Lissel photos

  • Schedules below
Chris Davis

The 2016 football season has commenced in Pincher Creek.  Players of all ages are taking to the field at practices this week, and the Senior Mustangs play their first game this coming Saturday, August 22, a home-field exhibition match against McCoy.  It's the first of three home exhibition games for the Mustangs, to be followed by two away exhibition games before the Southern Alberta High School Football League (SAHSFL) varsity season begins.

Kyle and Jeremiah at practice
Sign up:

The Pincher Creek and District Mustang Football Society invites players from grades 4-10 to register for football this fall.  Practices are underway now.  Skill is not a requirement, and all equipment is supplied free except for a pad girdle (for hygienic reasons) and shoes.  The cost is $250 a season, including busing for the Bantam team.  All our coaches are certified for football coaching and all equipment is inspected and certified by Football Alberta.  For more information contact Faith Zachar at 403-627-7751 or Dan Crawford at 403-627-7891.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Pincher Creek Rodeo Parade

C. Evans, C. Davis and T. Lucas photos/video

Christian Davis

The 2015 edition of the annual Pincher Creek Rodeo Parade was held Saturday August 15.  For many the day began with another tradition, the Pincher Creek Rotary breakfast offered for a more than reasonable fee in the Provincial building parking lot.  At the same time, parade participants took their places in line and put the finishing touches on their floats and costumes.  The festivities were undampened even though it was a grey day, unusual after the blinding heat of much of August, but the skies didn't open, and it seemed most were in the mood for a parade.



Bob Westrop again manned the microphone, introducing the entrants as they began their journey down Main Street.

The parade is organized by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, a monumental task performed admirably.  The theme this year was "Under the Sea", and many entrants reflected that theme.

Take Part of Me float on a lifesaving mission


Dawn Davis for Lisa and Benji Husband

Take Part Of Me, is more than just a plea for your  financial help; it is truly a love story of a young girl, Lisa Husband (nee Davis) from Lundbreck who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 17. Now ten years later, married to her knight in shining armor, Benji, and living in Lethbridge, Lisa is fighting for her life.

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary August 10-16, 2015


Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the noted period. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

  • Total calls for service - 68
  • Uttering Threats - 1
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 6
  • Theft under $5000 - 3
  • Impaired Driving - 2
  • Disturbing the Peace - 3
  • Driving complaints (general) - 7
  • MV Collisions - 8
  • Liquor offences - 3
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 2
  • False Alarms - 2
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 3
  • Animal calls - 2
  • Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
  • Prisoners held – 12


Monday, August 17, 2015

Vista Village Pig Roast

Lisa Kaupp carving the second pig
Vista Village Senior Facility hosted their annual Pig Roast on Wednesday, August 13 for the many residents and guests who attended.  The dining area was scented with the aroma of two pigs that had been roasting outside whetting the appetite of the many who arrived.  The pigs were prepared courtesy of Simply Catering.  Volunteers spent time earlier in the day shucking corn to add to the feast.  Vista Village Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator Mel Walker greeted everyone and hosted trivia games and told jokes to open the event.

Videos from 2015 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo


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A dark and stormy Cowley Cemetery Tour

Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society hosted a graveyard tour of Cowley Cemetery on Friday night, August 14.  The event was led by Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) curator Farley S. Wuth. Lightning flashed and thunder boomed during the event, cutting short a few dramatic historical readings portraying the lives of those interred. Some folks headed for their cars to leave, others waited in their vehicles for the rain to pass before they ventured out to hear more. The weather reminded those on the tour that the lives of the pioneers resting at this cemetery included dealing with real hardships. Their stories reminded us they were real people with hopes, dreams and obstacles.

Families dance despite damp

Everybody limbo!
C. Evans photo
Caleb Evans

On the evening of Friday, August 14th, many families went to the annual family dance, now held at Town Hall Park. The event was hosted by the Town of Pincher Creek Recreational Department. 

Group Group Youth photo

RHL planning 2015/16 season


Chris Davis

The Ranchland Hockey League (RHL) is holding its AGM on Wednesday August 19th at the Lethbridge Casino at 5pm. All current teams and new teams interested are ask to attend. 

According to the RHL website, "Currently the league has four teams committed to the upcoming season. The teams are Nanton, Fort Macleod, Kainai and Eden Valley."  Siksika Nation and Vauxhall may put teams together again as well.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Waterton Lake Fire update, Fire Ban lifted



Waterton Lakes fire fighter
Photos courtesy Parks Canada
Parks Canada

Parks Canada continues to work with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt Montana, Glacier National Park. The fire remains approximately 10 ha in size. Five crews and three helicopters are actioning the fire today. The weather forecast continues to call for cooler temperatures, some precipitation and lighter winds.

The fire ban that was posted on Thursday has been lifted.

Background:

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of a forest fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire. The fire initially spread south and is approximately 100
m wide. The fire is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake.

Restrictions and Closures

Waterton Lakes National Park:

(see Important Bulletins at www.parkscanada.gc.ca)
  • Lakeshore trail from the townsite to Boundary Bay, Bertha Lake trail,
  • Alderson Lake trail (from the townsite trailhead),
  • Carthew-Alderson trail (from Summit Lake via Carthew Lakes to Alderson Lake)
  • BoundaryCreek trail, and Summit Lake trail
  • Pass Creek Day Use Area
  • Bertha Lake, Summit Lake and Carthew-Alderson Trails will be open Monday, August 17.
Glacier National Park:
(http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.)

Trail Closures
  • Boulder Pass Trail from Francis Lake Campground to Goat Haunt
  • Boundary Trail from Goat Haunt to the International boundary
  • Waterton Valley Trail from Stony Indian Junction to Goat Haunt
Back Country Campground Closures
  • Goat Haunt Shelter
  • Waterton River Campground
  • Kootenai Lakes Campground
  • Janet Lake Campground
  • Lake Francis Campground
Waterton Shoreline Cruise boat is still running from Waterton to Goat Haunt with no back country access


Fire fighter and lightning struck tree, Waterton Lake Fire

Continued high water temperatures lead to more fishing closures (updated)

Fly Fishing in south Castle River
Alberta Government


  • Continued high water temperatures lead to additional fishing closures

Temporary closures of additional fisheries are needed to safeguard fish populations in areas that have exceeded temperature thresholds.

Low water flows combined with hot weather have resulted in high water temperatures in several rivers and streams throughout Southern Alberta. Angling in these areas presents a high risk to fish populations and may result in mortalities, even when using catch and release practices.

To best protect fish populations, the following areas are closed to all fishing until further notice:
  • Threepoint Creek and tributaries;
  • Jumpingpound Creek from headwaters to the Bow River;
  • Little Red Deer River and tributaries from headwaters downstream to Red Deer River, including Dogpound Creek and tributaries;
  • Waterton River and all tributaries upstream of Waterton Reservoir, including Drywood Creek;
  • Waterton River downstream of Waterton Reservoir, river only;
  • Castle River and tributaries downstream of SH 507 to Highway 3, including Screwdriver Creek, Beaver Mines Creek and Mill Creek;
  • Pincher Creek and tributaries;
  • Oldman River from Highway 22 downstream to Secondary Road 510, river only; and
  • Willow Creek, main stem and tributaries from Chain Lakes downstream to Pine Coulee Reservoir Diversion Head pond.

The following closures issued on August 11, 2015, remain in effect:
  • Sheep River from the headwaters to the Highwood River including Gorge Creek and tributaries;
  • Highwood River from headwaters to Bow River;
  • St. Mary River, downstream of the St. Mary Reservoir and tributaries;
  • Belly River, downstream of Secondary Road 800;
  • Bow River from Bearspaw Reservoir to the W.H.D. Weir;
  • Bow River from W.H.D Weir to the Carseland Weir;
  • Bow River from Carseland Weir to Highway 24 bridge;
  • Bow River from Highway 24 bridge downstream to Bassano Dam; and
  • Elbow River from Glenmore Reservoir to the Bow River confluence.

These closures will also result in the temporary suspension of all Fisheries Research Licences issued in these waters.

Further to these closures, anglers are asked to continue exercising caution and abiding by safe handling procedures throughout the rest of Eastern Slopes Zone 1. Anglers with inquiries are asked to contact the Alberta Environment and Parks information line, toll-free at 310-3773.

Alberta Environment and Parks staff is continuing to monitor water levels and temperatures and will issue additional angling restrictions as necessary.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Waterton Lake Fire update: evacuation alert lifted


Parks Canada
Issued 9:30 am August 15, 2015

What's Happening?


A forest fire ignited yesterday afternoon near Goat Haunt Montana, Glacier National Park. It is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake. Parks Canada is working cooperatively with the US National Park Service to manage the fire.

The fire is presently approximately 10 ha in size. Two crews and two helicopters will be actioning the fire today. The weather forecast is for cooler temperatures and some precipitation.

The evacuation alert that was issued last night has been lifted.

The area closure issued yesterday remains in effect until further notice.



Background:

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire. The fire initially spread south and is approximately 100 m wide.

Because of the fire behaviour and changing wind conditions, an evacuation alert was issued for the Waterton Park townsite yesterday evening.

Overnight, the fire area received 3.8 mm of rain. This, along with the cooler temperatures today, means the fire is not expected to grow.

Restrictions and Closures

The area closure issued yesterday remains in effect until further notice:
  • Lakeshore trail from the townsite to Boundary Bay
  • Bertha Lake trail
  • Alderson Lake trail (from the townsite trailhead)
  • Carthew-Alderson trail (from Summit Lake via Carthew Lakes to Alderson Lake) 
  • Boundary Creek trail
  • Summit Lake trail
Link: Important Bulletins at www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Friday, August 14, 2015

Firearms and safe stolen from rural Fort Macleod residence (update)


RCMP Alberta

Sometime between July 29, 2015 and August 6, 2015, unknown suspects broke into a residence in rural Fort Macleod Alberta and stole a large gun safe containing 6 long guns. The gun safe was recovered on August 6, 2015 however all the firearms have been removed. Police are asking anyone that may have information on the following firearms to contact the RCMP.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fentanyl kills

(public service announcement)


Alberta Health Services

Fentanyl is often passed off as the new form of OxyContin.  Don’t be fooled.  Fentanyl is about 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone.  In 2014 alone, there were more than 100 deaths in Alberta, associated with Fentanyl.  In a number of those deaths, the people had many other drugs in their blood as well, including medicine used on animals during castration procedures.

Fact is: you never really know what you’re getting.

Fentanyl is often sold on the street as green beans, beans, green apples, apples, shady eighties, eighties, greenies or fake oxy.

But no matter what you buy… Fentanyl may be hiding in the drugs you’re using, and it can kill you.


The following symptoms are signs of an overdose.

If you are using drugs, or are with someone who has used drugs, and you or they have any of these symptoms call 911:
  • breathing is slow or not breathing at all
  • nails and/or lips are blue
  • choking or throwing up
  • making gurgling sounds
  • skin is cold and clammy
  • can’t wake them up


Naloxone is a drug that can reverse a Fentanyl overdose, so long as it is given right away.

In other words: if you’re having an OD from Fentanyl (or other opioids), Naloxone can save your life.

You can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with you, when using drugs.

Naloxone Kits are free, and are available to opioid users, or, in some cases, the family members of opiod users.

To get your Naloxone Kit, visit one of the following organizations:
LETHBRIDGE
Lethbridge HIV Connection
http://www.lethbridgehiv.com/contact-us/

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