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Monday, February 29, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 22-29, 2016


Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of February 22-29, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service – 36
  • Assaults - 1
  • Theft of motor vehicle - 1
  • Theft over $5000 - 6
  • Impaired Driving - 5
  • Driving complaints (general) - 3
  • MV Collisions - 5
  • Liquor offences - 1
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
  • Assistance to other agencies - 2
  • False Alarms - 4
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 2
  • Prisoners held – 3

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Midget Huskies win first round of CAHL playoffs

2015/16 CNP/Pincher Creek Midget Huskies
Christian Davis
update: note schedule change at bottom

The Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Midget Huskies travelled to the Strathmore Family Centre rink for a second Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) Midget Tier 1 first round playoff game against Strathmore's Storm on Friday evening February 26.  The Huskies won the first game of the best-of-three at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek on February 20.  The Huskies also won the second game, in Strathmore, by a score of 3-1 to win the round.  The Huskies and the Storm also finished the regular season with two games against each other, on February 13 and February 14 (click here for that story). The Huskies won both of those games, 5-2 and 4-2.

Piikani Youth Rodeo returns for 2016 season


Josh Davis

The Piikani Youth Rodeo is running on Wednesdays for the winter. On Wednesday, February 24 the Rodeo gave area youth an opportunity to ride horses and steers. The Piikani Youth Rodeo is open to anyone between the ages of 4 and 25, regardless of race, sex, or creed. The events for the winter rodeo include Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Horsemanship, and Steer Riding. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 4-7 pm, again at the Pincher Creek Agricultural Society's Horseshoe Pavilion. The Rodeo sponsored by the Aakom Kiyii Health Services Riding Program.


The genetic imprint of God


Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

Whether it’s because of aging or changes in our financial circumstances or the diminishing of the health of a dear one, life-altering situations often help us more deeply appreciate the great mysteries of life.

In our day-by-day existence we are lured to believe life would be simpler if I had a car that could park itself, or a newer home that didn’t need so many repairs, or a job that wasn’t so demanding.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Silver Reins 4-H Light Horse Club update

Alina Pharis Jessie Terpstra and Erica Mackenzie taking a trail class

Alex Russell, Silver Reins 4-H Light Horse Club Reporter

Silver Reins 4-H Light Horse Club is well into the 4-H season. These past few months have been very eventful for the club; we have taken part in trail, gymkhana and western pleasure lessons. We are also hoping to take part in a western dressage clinic that our five year instructor Karen Jarvie would instruct us through. Silver Reins also hosted the district communications night. This event included clubs from our district coming together to be instructed on how to better their 4-H communications night, and individually, to become better public speakers/presenters.

PCES douses minor grass fire, Fire Warning in effect due to dry conditions


Christian Davis

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a small grass fire in a field south of Tumbleweed Avenue yesterday at approximately 4:00 pm.  According to Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann the fire was quickly extinguished.  Conditions in the area are very dry at this time.

A Fire Warning has been issued for the MD of Pincher Creek area.  From Alberta Fire Bans: "Due to the warm, dry weather we are back into a fire hazard. With the winds predicated fire starts will spread rapidly. Please use caution in your operations and if a fire starts call us quickly. We are not restricting issuing of fire permits at this time, but will consider it if these conditions persist."

Senior boys and girls basketball: Dragons defeat visiting Blades


Josh Davis

On Monday February 22 the Senior Boys and Girls Dragons hosted their Noble Central Blades counterparts at St Michael's Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium in Pincher Creek. Though the game looked close in the first few minutes, the Girls Dragons ultimately won a wide margin win against the Blades. In the following boys game, the Boys Dragons earned a large early lead, also winning by a large margin.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MD of Pincher Creek council approves Fairview Cemetery columbarium project


Christian Davis

At their meeting on the afternoon of February 23 council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 discussed at length a letter received from the Town of Pincher Creek regarding the Fairview Cemetery Columbarium project.  The letter was sent by the Town prior to Town of Pincher Creek council discussing and approving the project at their regular meeting the evening before the MD's meeting.

Midget Huskies defeat Strathmore in first game of CAHL Playoffs, honor retiring players

2015/16 Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Midget Huskies

Christian and Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies hosted Strathmore's Storm at the Memorial Community Centre Arena on Saturday evening February 20 for the first of a best-of-three Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) Midget Tier 1 first round playoff series.  After what could conservatively be called an exciting game the Huskies emerged with a 5-4 win.

First annual Blackfoot Healing Society Traditional Powwow held in Brocket


Christian Davis

The first annual Blackfoot Healing Society Traditional Powwow was held on Friday evening, February 19 at the Crowlodge Multi-Purpose Building in Brocket. The event was in honour of Piikani Elder Alphonse Little Mustache and was hosted by the Little Mustache family. The event featured drummers and dancers from around the the Blackfoot Confederacy, exhibits including artwork, crafts, traditional games, and Piikani 2016 Grad students fundraising for an upcoming May trip to Toronto.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Alberta high school students can apply to be an MLA for A Day


Alberta high school students can find out what it means to be an MLA. Mr. Speaker's MLA For A Day runs May 1-3, 2016. Applications must be in by March 18, 2016.

2016 Pincher Creek Town and Country Bonspiel


Josh Davis

Pincher Creeks Town and Country Bonspiel ran for 6 days two weeks ago, with draws starting on Monday and a banquet.  22 teams competed, including men's teams, women's teams, and mixed teams. Players competed in teams of four; however, many teams were larger, with players switching out with each other and taking turns as spectators. The Town and Country bonspiel is a long running event in the town of Pincher Creek. Curling is a great activity that is open to participants of all ages. The Town and Country is the last bonspiel Pincher Creek's curling club put on for the season.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Atom Chinooks defeat Foremost Flyers in game one of Provincial Playoffs


Josh Davis

Pincher Creek’s Atom Chinooks took to the ice on Friday, February 19, hosting the Foremost Flyers at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek for Game 1 of the Provincial Playoffs. The Chinooks took the lead early on, but the Flyers tied the game in the second period. The Chinooks scored a single goal in the third period, winning the game 4-3.

Fairview Cemetery columbarium project gets go-ahead from Pincher Creek Town Council

Columbarium conceptual drawings by Sunset Memorial and Stone Ltd

Christian Davis

At their February 22, 2016 regular meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek unanimously approved the installation of a columbarium at the Fairview Cemetery, which is expected to cost a total of approximately $100,000. That initial cost is expected to be recouped through inurment sales and returned to the Town.  Inurnments far outnumbered full burials at the cemetery last year.

Three arrested after Coaldale RCMP vehicle rammed during traffic stop


RCMP Alberta

Lethbridge, AB - On Monday, Feb. 22, at approximately 11:30 am, a member of the RCMP Lethbridge Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) narrowly escaped being run down by a car which rammed his police car after it failed to stop for police near Highway 3, in Lethbridge.

Awareness campaign encourages young adult Albertans to think about responsible drinking

AGLC image
Alberta Government

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) is launching an awareness campaign on responsible drinking among young adult Albertans.  The goal of the Enjoy Responsibly campaign is to inform and educate young adults as to what and how much it means to drink in moderation and help them make responsible decisions by promoting Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.

CNP Quad Squad against total ban of OHVs in Eastern Slopes

Joe Lumley photo
Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad

Recent news releases regarding use of Off Highway Vehicles in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains suggesting a total ban is an unfortunate and unnecessary solution.

Tax credit open to Alberta canola producers

John O'Neill photo, Wikimedia Commons


Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Canola growers in Alberta that do not request a refund of their check off from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) qualify for a tax credit for the 2015 tax year.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit allows canola growers to claim the tax credit for that portion of the check off paid that was used to fund qualifying research.

Hiker injured during a fall on Victoria Peak

Toni Lucas

At approximately 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 21 a woman was hiking with a group of people when she fell approximately 50 metres down a steep slope on Victoria Peak, at a location about one and a half hours from the group's staging area. The woman was conscious and able to walk.  Members of the group accompanied her to bring her down the mountain. She was met on the mountain by rescue teams and taken to Pincher Creek Hospital by ambulance then later transferred to Lethbridge by ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

Victoria Peak is a popular hiking area in the Castle-Crown Wilderness Area, approximately 20 km southwest of the Town of Pincher Creek.

Pincher Creek Emergency Services, RCMP, Search and Rescue, Beaver Mines Fire Hall, Alberta Parks, Fish and Wildlife, and STARS dispatch personnel worked together during this incident.

Updated with additional information.

Results for Southern Series Stop 4 at Castle Mountain


Alberta Snowboarding Association

 Castle Mountain Resort hosted the fourth stop of the ASA Southern Series on Sunday Feb. 21. This was an International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned event, and any participants with a FIS license were eligible to receive points. The event featured a slopestyle competition held for competitive snowboard athletes of all skill levels.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 15-22, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of February 15 to 22, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service – 38
  • Assaults - 1
  • Domestic assault - 1
  • Break and Enter (commercial) - 1
  • Fraud / Forgery - 1
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 1
  • Impaired Driving - 3
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 4
  • Driving complaints (general) - 4
  • MV Collisions - 6
  • Liquor offences - 2
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 1
  • False Alarms - 2
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 1
  • Prisoners held – 1

Sabres and Lady Warriors win 2016 Hawks Classic Basketball Tournament

First place Boys - Livingstone Sabres
Second place Boys - St. Michael's Dragons

Josh and Christian Davis with much input from tournament organizer Randy Whitehead and his score/statskeeping crew and additional photos by Kim Jorgenson

Matthew Halton High School hosted their seventh annual Hawks Classic basketball tournament on February 18 - 20. Senior boys teams and senior girls teams were involved in two separate competitions, played in a round robin format over three days. Twelve teams were involved in the tournament; six of each sex. The Livingstone Sabres boys were undefeated throughout the tournament, including defeating St. Michael’s Dragons in the championship game. Pincher Creek's Dragons girls won two of their games, earning their place in the finals, but were defeated by Kainai’s Lady Warriors in the championship game.

Girls final - St. Michael's Dragons vs Kainai Lady Warriors
Girls Dragons head coach John Lowry explained that his team includes girls attending Matthew Halton and St Michael's. "This year we've been the Dragons. Last year we wore both Dragons and Hawks uniforms. But this year we had enough girls that we have a Senior team and a JV team, so the senior team are wearing the Dragons uniforms, and then the JV are wearing the Hawks uniforms. Coach Lowry sid he was happy with the way his girls played in the tournament. "They came out, and they worked pretty hard. This Championship game was a little disappointing, but when you walk into a game like this anything can happen. We had a little bit of a rough start, a few extra fouls that we don't normally get, so that put us behind. But the season's been good for the girls. Unfortunately we're going to be seeing Kainai again either in Zones or in Post-Season or in both." Coach Lowry said he plans to work on decreasing the number of fouls his girls get to prepare for these coming games.

Dragons vs St. Mary's
The boys Dragons are second in the Chinook league to the Sabres right now, an impressive feat considering they only have two grade twelve members. Head Coach for the Dragons Frank Welsch called his team "a strong group" and owed their successes to conditioning. "We've got lots of guy with good skills. Strong basketball players. If we can just get them clicking a little bit better I think we can beat anyone." Coach Welsch said that his team won't be playing the Sabres again in regular league play, but that they could be seeing the Sabres again up to three more times this year, at the League Tournament, hopefully at Provincials, and Zones.

Sabres vs Dragons in the final
Head Coach for the Livingstone Sabres Duane DeCock was less pleased than might be expected with his team's performance at the tournament. "This (Championship) game was a grind-out game. This season's been good. This wasn't particularly a great tournament. Our offense was kind of lacking in this game. Our shooting percentage was poor. We do a lot of shooting at practice, or it seems like it. But there's days where it just doesn't fall into place. Today was one of those." Coach DeCock called the Sabres defense their greatest strength, but said that his teams tried to do too much dribbling and too much shooting up on of the top. "We need to work it in more."

^ Ecole de la Rose Sauvage delivered a fun impromptu half-time show during the Boys third place game with some help from St. Mary's Auroras

Boys final standings:
  1. Livingstone Sabres
  2. St.Michael's Dragons
  3. Ecole de la Rose Sauvage
Girls final standings:
  1. Kainai Lady Warriors
  2. St. Michael's Dragons
  3. St. Mary's Taber Auroras
Tournament MVPs:
  • Darcia Little Bear of the Kainai Lady Warriors
  • Ross Cook of Livingstone's Sabres
All-stars:
  • Katie McClung (Crowsnest Pandas)
  • Natalie Herkendaal (Ecole de la Rose Sauvage)
  • Ryan Plante (MHHS Hawks)
  • Ty Anctil (Crowsnest Panthers)
  • Andrea Hulst (Coaldale Christian)
  • Kallee Bonette (St. Mary's Auroras)
  • Malick Kouame (Ecole de la Rose Sauvage)
  • Herman Wiebe (St. Mary's Taber)
  • Megan McGlynn (St. Michael's Dragons)
  • Rebecca Lowry (St. Michael's Dragons)
  • Maggie Russell (Kainai Lady Warriors)
  • Mitchell Zoratti (St. Michael's Dragons)
  • Michael Svab (St. Michael's Dragons)
  • Eric Cadonic (Livingstone Sabres)

^ Boys (Day 1) - St. Michael's, Livingstone, Matthew Halton, Crowsnest Pass


^ Games 10/11/12


^ Girls third place game and Girls and Boys finals

Boys Teams:
  • Ecole de la Rose Sauvage
  • Matthew Halton Hawks
  • Livingstone Sabres
  • Crowsnest Pass Panthers
  • St. Michaels Dragons
  • St. Mary's Taber Auroras
Girls Teams:
  • St. Michael's Dragons
  • Coaldale Christian
  • Crowsnest Pass Pandas
  • Kainai Lady Warriors
  • Ecole de la Rose Suvage
  • St. Mary’s Taber Auroras
Results
(POG=Player of the Game)

Game 1, Girls - STM Dragons defeated CNP Pandas
Dragons high scorers: Rebecca Lowry 17pts, Alissa Bonertz and Lucy Gerrand (POG) 12pts
Pandas: Hailey Williams 5pts, Ashley Vigna/Sam Williams (POG) and Katie McClung 4pts

Game 2, Girls - Kainai Lady Warriors defeated St Mary’s Taber
Lady Warriors high scorers: Darcia Little Bear 19pts, Maggie Russell and Sara Little Bear (POG) 11pts
St. Mary's high scorers: Cherilene Payongayong (POG) 9pts, Leila Pacleb/Kallee Bonette 7pts

^ Game 3 - St. Michael's Dragons vs St. Mary's Celtics (C. Davis photos)
Game 3, Boys - STM Dragons defeated St. Mary’s Taber
Dragons high scorers: Chet Root 23pts, Mitchell Zoratti 18pts, Tyler Gerber 10pts, POG Calvin Cooley
St. Mary's high scorers: Cobe Cobarubias (POG) 13pts, Jobert Cruz 12pts, Donovan Passey 6pts

^ Game 4, Boys - Livingstone Sabres v Matthew Halton Hawks (Kim Jorgenson photos)

Game 4, Boys - LHS Sabres defeated MHHS Hawks
Hawks high scorers: Deloy Mackenzie 7pts, Jack Mitchell/Jesse Crow Shoe (POG) 5pts
Sabres high scorers Levi Sekella and Quinlan Connelly-Engel (POG) 11pts, Eric Cadonic and Ross Cook 10pts

Game 5, Girls - Coaldale Christian defeated CNP Pandas
Pandas high scorers: Teanna Zwicker 10pts, Ashley Vigna and Katie McClung 6pts. POG Stephanie Duarte-Pedrosa
Coaldale high scorers: Jody Boeve 18pts, Kristen Boeve (POG) 13pts, Bianca Ringelberg 10pts

Game 6 - Boys STM Dragons defeated Crowsnest Pass Panthers
Dragons high scorers: Calvin Cooley 17pts, Chet Root/Elisha Lowry (POG) 11pts, Mitchell Zoratti 10pts
Panthers high scorers: Ty Antcil 13pts, Logan Wall (POG) 10pts, Cole Draper 7pts

Game 7 - Girls Kainai Lady Warriors defeated Ecole de la Rose
Ecole de la Rose High scorers: Natalie Herkendaal 34pts, Ange Irankeje (POG) 13pts, Khadija Sow 6pts
Kainai high scorers: Darcia Little Bear 18pts, Maggie Russell 14pts, Jaidii Delaney-Russell (POG) 10pts

Game 8 - Boys LHS Sabres defeated Ecole de la Rose
Sabres high scorers: Ross Cook 18pts, Eric Cadonic 17pts, Jonthan Erickson and Quinlan Connelly-Engel and Chris Cail (POG) 9pts
Ecole de la Rose high scorers: Olivier Sindayizeruka 11pts, Kyle Espiritu 7pts, Malick K and Magisa Galy (POG) 6pts

Game 9 - Girls STM Dragons defeated Coaldale Christian
Dragons high scorers: Lucy Gerrand 18pts, Rebecca Lowry 16pts, Megan McGlynn 15pts, POG Ashtyn Duncan
Coaldale high scorers: Bianca Ringelberg (POG) 14pts, Andrea Hulst 10pts, Jody Boeve 7pts

Panthers vs St. Mary's
Game 10 - Boys St. Mary’s Taber defeated CNP Panthers
St, Mary's high scorers: Jobert Cruz 20pts, Cobe Cobarubais 15pts, Chancelor Ficek/Herman W 11pts, POG Joey Griesbrecht
Panthers high scorers: Logan Wall 14pts, Conner Gunn (POG) 13pts, Ty Anctil 12pts

Auroras vs Ecole de la Rose
Game 11 - Girls St Mary’s Taber defeated Ecole de la Rose
St. Mary's high scorers: Kallee Bonette 17pts, Brittnet Bartosek 11pts, Leila Pacleb 10pts, POG Joie Cruz
Ecole de la Rose high scorers: Natalie Herkendaal 18pts, Ange Irankeje 6pts, Khadija Sow (POG) 4pts

Jack Mitchell shooting for Hawks in game 12
Game 12 - Boys Ecole de la Rose defeated MHHS Hawks
Hawks high scorers: Ryan Plante 17pts, Deloy Mackenzie 8pts, Jack Mitchell (POG) 5pts
Ecole de la Rose high scorers: Malick Kouame 14pts, Olivier Sindayizeruka (POG) 13pts, Magisa Galy 11pts

Game 13 - Girls Consolation Final Ecole de la Rose defeated CNP Pandas
Pandas high scorers: Ashley Vigna (POG) 10pts, Katie McClung 9pts, Teanna Zwicker 2pts
Ecole de la Rose high scorers: Natalie Herkendaal 20pts, Anitha Kibondo 10pts, Sarah Mahoukpo 8pts, POG Alison Berthelot

Game 14 - Boys Consolation final CNP Panthers defeated MHHS Hawks
Hawks high scorers: Ryan Plante 15pts, Deloy Mackenzie 7pts, Jesse Crow Shoe 4pts, POG Craig Oliver
Panthers high scorers: Ty Anctil (POG) 25pts, Calvin Duarte-Pedrosa (POG) 11pts, Keegan Ryden and Conner Gunn 7pts

Game 15 - Girls 3rd Place Game St. Mary's Taber defeated Coaldale Christian
Coaldale high scorers: Jody Boese (POG) 10pts, Andrea Hulst 5pts, Bianca Ringeberg 5pts
St. Mary's high scorers: Leila Pacleb 10pts, Christine Agravante 7pts, Brittany Bartosek (POG) 6pts

Game 16 - Boys 3rd Place Game Ecole de la Rose defeated St. Mary's Taber Auroras
Ecole de la Rose high scorers: Kyle Espiritu (POG) 21pts, Jean Michel-Feini 10pts, Patrick Matchett 8pts
St. Mary's high scorers: Herman Wiebe 19pts, Matthew Stanek 4pts, Chancelor Ficek (POG) 4pts

Dragons vs Lady Warriors
Game 17 - Girls Championship Kainai Lady Warriors defeated St. Michael's Dragons
Kainai top scorers: Darcia Little Bear (Tournament MVP) 27pts, Maggie Russell 13pts, Selena Young Pine (POG) 12pts
Dragons top scorers: Rebecca Lowry 20pts, Lucy Gerrand 9pts, Ashtyn Duncan 9pts, POG Samantha Cyr

Dragons vs Sabres
Game 18 - Boys Championship LHS Sabres defeated St, Michael's Dragons
Sabres top scorers: Eric Cadonic 26pts, Ross Cook 13pts, Brandon Hilbert 8pts, POG Jonathan Erickson
Dragons top scorers: Mitchell Zoratti 15pts, Calvin Cooley 11pts, Michael 7pts, POG Chet Root



Sunday, February 21, 2016

The second lost son


Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

What about the Biblical story of the Elder Brother? While the father ran out to greet his “Prodigal” son, the lad who stayed home seethed in jealous rage.

“You never gave me a goat so I could feast with my friends”, he snarled, intentionally humiliating his elderly father in public.

The break between the son and his father had become a chasm. “I slaved for you”, he shouted when his father urged him to join the reunion celebration. “He’s always been your favorite.” It was said with resentment and malice, as if nothing he had ever done at home had the spirit of sonship about it.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Foothills MP John Barlow elected as vice-chair of Natural Resources Committee


press release

Today, John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills and Official Opposition Deputy Critic of Employment, Workforce and Labour was elected as vice-chair of the Natural Resources Committee.

Tour the new Junction Food Bank facility in Pincher Creek


Christian Davis

In early January. with the help of many volunteers, The Junction Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank relocated from Kettles Street to the former RCMP building at 659 Main Street, Pincher Creek.  Last Thursday I was given a tour of the new facility, which is up and running but is still a work in progress.  A $5000 contribution from Pincher Creek Family and Community Support Services will help with new signage and a facelift to the front of the building.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cattle price insurance premiums reflect higher levels of risk


Alberta Government Agri-News 

Cattle price insurance for the 2016 calf crop is now available from Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) until May 31,2016 at a little higher cost than the same time last year. Bruce Viney, risk management specialist at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry says the higher premium rates directly reflect a higher level of risk and volatility.

Nominations needed for next phase of farm and ranch consultations

Alberta Government

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is seeking nominations for working group members to participate in the next phase of consultations on the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.  Six technical working groups will be established to develop recommendations on how employment standards, occupational health and safety, and labour relations requirements should be applied given the unique needs of employers and employees in the agriculture sector.

Midget Huskies defeat Strathmore twice

Josh Davis

The Midget Huskies played two home games against the Strathmore Storm, one on February 13 and one on Sunday February 14. The Huskies defeated the Storm in both games, one ending 5-2 and the other 4-2.


Protection measures in place early to prepare for wildfire season


Alberta Government

Alberta’s wildfire season officially starts in two weeks, bringing into effect annual restrictions on burning activities.  Beginning March 1, a permit is required for all planned fires in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, with the exception of campfires.  “By beginning one month early, we can more effectively monitor burning activities and also ensure that our firefighters are well prepared to respond quickly when wildfires are detected.”Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

Bantam Huskies secure first place in their division


Josh Davis

On Sunday February 14 the Bantam Huskies hosted the Cochrane Rockies at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek. The Bantams were in good form, winning 6-2, and securing first place in their division. The previous day they played Canmore in Canmore, losing 4-3.


Heart and Hustle on display at Initiation Chinooks tournament

2015/16 Pincher Creek Initiation Chinooks
Josh Davis 

On Saturday, February 13 the Pincher Creek Initiation Chinooks hosted a for fun tournament, starting at 8:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm. Five teams were in attendance, including the Pincher Creek Chinooks, the Lethbridge White Lightening, the Claresholm Thunder, the Cardston Thunder, and the Okotoks Blackhawks. Games were played in two 27 minute periods, with the clock running, and every three minutes the line-ups would change, and they would have a new face-off. The Chinooks played two games, losing to Cardston by two points, and losing to Lethbridge by a wide margin. The Heart of Hustle Award was given to athletes on each team deserving of recognition of their development and commitment to hockey. For the Chinooks #10 Bronek Mckenzie won this award.

A win and a loss for Peewee Chinooks

Josh Davis 

On Friday evening February 12, the Peewee Chinooks hosted Magrath's Chiefs at the MCC arena. The Chinooks earned a three point lead early in the game, but ran out of steam in the late second and third period. The Chiefs won 10-6.


Atom Chinooks host Magrath Chiefs, advance in provincial playoffs


Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks took the the ice on Thursday, February 11, hosting the Magrath Chiefs. The game was close, ending in a 4-4 draw. The Atoms defeated Magrath in their previous game by a single point, and as a result are advancing to the third round of provincial playoffs. 


Public's comments wanted on sustainability indicators for beef operations


Alberta Government Agri-News
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is seeking the public’s comments on the first draft of its sustainability “indicators” for beef operations. The indicators are part of the verified sustainable beef framework the organization is developing, and reflect what will be measured in terms of sustainability on individual operations.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reader: AltaLink’s proposed transmission line threatens Alberta’s iconic heritage rangeland

David McIntyre, Letter to the Editor

The view looks northwest up the Rock Creek valley, and follows AltaLink’s proposed $750 million overhead transmission line to the flanks of the Livingstone Range. The crest of the range is home to the world’s greatest concentration of migrating golden eagles. More than 1,000 have been counted here in a single day. Grizzlies walk this landscape, and herds of deer and elk, bighorn sheep and moose make it a virtual Serengeti. - D. McIntyre photo

In camera notes from the Jan. 25 meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council


  • New daycare to be planned
  • Fire Hall Property Conceptual Plan
  • Curling Rink/Recreation Centre Request for Proposals
Toni Lucas

Several items were discussed during the January 25 meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council in camera session. This included information regarding a new daycare, changes to the Fire Hall, and the approval to go ahead with a conceptual design study for a combined curling rink and community recreation centre.

Pincher Creek Ag Grounds rental fee waived for 2016 Relay for Life

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Town of Pincher Creek council on Monday eveningFebruary 8 council unanimously voted to accept a request to waive the $30.00 rental fee of the Agriculture Grounds soccer field for the Relay for Life Cancer Society fundraiser scheduled for June 25, 2016.

Pincher Creek Central Park rezoning passes first reading

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Town of Pincher Creek council on Monday evening February 8 council gave Bylaw #1547-Y first reading. The purposeof the bylaw is to amend the zoning designation of the playground and park immediately to the west of Town Hall. Currently known as Central Park, it was the playground and open space for Central School before the Town of Pincher Creek took over the building. This area is currently designated as Public Institutional Land. The amendment will allow the re-designation of the area to Parks and Open Spaces. A public hearing regarding the proposed bylaw will be held on March 14, 2016.

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