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Monday, October 31, 2016

Livingstone School says thank you for the playground

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The Livingstone Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone who volunteered and donated to our recent playground upgrade at Livingstone School! From fundraising, donations, lending of equipment, time, resources and labour… We would could not have done it without your help!

Thank you so very much
TransCanada Pipelines
Christi & Lee Hollingshead
Lenea Darragh
Kim Jorgenson
Kimberly & David Hurst
Grumpy’s Landscaping & Staff
Hawkin Everts
Erickson & Sons & Erickson Family
Rob & Jim MacGarva & Families
Alan Michalsky
Duncan Gano
Simon & Krisztina Wood & Family
Kevin Finn, Michele Fraser & Jilisa Finn-Fraser
Three Rivers Rentals
Theresa Hann & Family
Hurst Gravel Pit
Smith Trucking
Kathy & Kyle Rast & Family
Don Boyce
Dennis Olsen
Sharon Halibert & Family
Terri & Garry Donald
Cowley Lions
Livingstone Ladies Club
Esty Nickle
Lauren Lynch-Staunton
Vicki Smyth
Steve Kaack & Family
Randy Rinaldi Welding
Mike Mayer Construction
Herb Darragh
Alberta Rocks & Craig Anderson
Livingstone Graduating Classes for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Alberta wildfire protection laws to be strengthened

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier (r) in Fort McMurray speaking with Alberta Wildfire officials during the Horse River Wildfire in May
Government of Alberta - The Alberta Government is improving legislation that supports wildfire prevention and helps protect communities.  Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment Act, was tabled in the legislature today, introducing measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations.

Town of Pincher Creek housing needs assessment update released


"Pincher Creek, a relatively population-stable community, has a diverse workforce employed at all income levels. Affordable housing and rental housing is in short supply." - Housing Needs Assessment Update Report

Christian Davis - At their Tuesday October 11 regular meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek  reviewed and approved the executive summary for a recent update to the Housing Needs Assessment Update Report, the original of which was published in January of 2010.  The update was received October 7, 2016.  The report was commissioned by the Pincher Creek Foundation and "explored and identified current and emerging housing challenges in the Pincher Creek area".

Jr A Girls and Jr A Boys Dragons - 2016 SWJHAA Junior A Volleyball Champions

St. Michael's Dragons - 2016 SWJHAA  Jr. A Girls Volleyball Champions

St. Michael's Dragons - 2016 SWJHAA  Jr. A Boys Volleyball Champions
Congratulations to the St. Michael's School Junior A Girls and Junior A Boys volleyball teams, who were each named Western Junior High Athletic Association (SWJHAA) 2016 Volleyball Champions recently.

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Two transported to hospital after rear end collision near Pincher Station

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Emergency Services and Pincher Creek RCMP attended a rear impact collision close to Pincher Station on Highway 6  at 5:10 pm on Thursday, October 27.  A minivan carrying three people was travelling northbound  when it struck an SUV that was waiting to turn eastbound at the Highway 3 junction.   The SUV then collided with another van that was carrying two people. Two people were transported to hospital with minor injuries.  According to Pincher Creek RCMP the incident is currently under investigation, and alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.

Dragons win post season A Boys volleyball tournament


Chris Davis - On Friday October 28 four area teams converged at the Matthew Halton High School gym in Pincher Creek for the A Boys post season volleyball tournament. Participating teams included St. Michael's Dragons, Livingstone's Sabres, the Crowsnest Pass Panthers, and hosts the Matthew Halton Hawks. After four games, St. Michael's A Boys Dragons emerged as the Post Season champions after a tough three sets against the Panthers. The Dragons were also first in the South Western Junior High Athletic Association (SWJHAA) league this season.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Government of Alberta announces new opioid action plan measures

Government of Alberta - Alberta is implementing a range of new tools to address overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other opioids. This action complements more than $7 million already invested this year in new addictions treatment programming and recovery

Pincher Creek Rotary partnering with Junction Foodbank

Rotary volunteers unloading potatoes at The Junciton
Dick Burnham, Rotary Club of Pincher Creek - President Dan Crawford’s initiative for his year as President is for Rotary Club of Pincher Creek to become more involved in the community. He made inquiries with Junction Foodbank to learn of their needs and how Rotary could be of assistance to them.

Life is extraordinary


Shellie Byers - What is an ordinary life but complacency and ignorance? How can we strive for the mundane pursuit of comfort when a complex universe calls out to reach us? I think of the intricate structures in a million snowflakes falling to the ground. So small to the visible eye we miss the vastness of wonderment in each of their unique, individual designs. The same way we take for granted how unique each created person is to house our own identity with specific fingerprints, DNA, physical attributes and the contribution we make to the world.

War Amps - sharing a lasting legacy

Kamryn and Shannon laying a wreath
War Amps Canada - People often can’t help but smile when they see six-year-old Kamryn Bond lay a wreath with her friend, Shannon Krasowski, 40, at their local Remembrance Day ceremony. Although an unlikely pair, they are both amputees and are part of a legacy that goes back nearly 100 years.

Man of a Good Heart

Father Albert Lacombe (photo courtesy KBPV archives)
Joyce Sasse - Father Albert Lacombe was among the early missionaries who arrived in Alberta in the 1800’s. He settled in the vicinity of St. Albert for a while. What many do not realize, however, is that the Oblate priest spent a great deal of his time in Southern Alberta.

Something in the Water

Chris Ney - Have you ever used the term what is in the water? How did you use it, I know when I have used it I was thinking of being somewhere and the kids were tall, or big, or there were families with lots of kids. I usually hear it used in a sarcastic way trying to figure out why something has happened or grown the way it has. Could be plants, could be people but usually it refers to something different and or something big.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cows killed and injured by unknown culprit(s) near De Winton

RCMP Alberta - Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person responsible for injuring cows.  On October 7, 2016 RCMP responded to call in the De Winton rural area north of Okotoks. It was reported that on a ranch located west of Highway 2A, sometime during the evening of October 7, 2016 an unknown person or persons opened the gate to the ranch land and chased cattle with a 4x4 for a period of time. This event has resulted in the death of four cows due to injuries sustained by being chased.

RCMP are looking for witnesses or information from anyone who may have seen or heard about this incident.

Blackfoot naturalist calls pit oven removal unethical



Chris Davis - In a self-published video (posted above) titled "Archaeologists Steal 1,600 Year Old Blackfoot Offering", Blackfoot naturalist and educator Ryan Heavy Head gives a detailed critical response to the recent encasement and removal of an intact pit oven from the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump site, as reported here and elsewhere.

The unpredictable pedestrian


Randy Youngman, Alberta Office of Traffic Safety - School buses play an important role in the lives of many of our children. As passengers on our roadways, their safety is first and foremost on the minds of all school bus operators. The safety record of Alberta school buses is extremely good and should be applauded. Alberta has more than 5,000 school buses safely transporting about 265,000 children to and from our schools every day. School buses in Alberta travel more than 400,000 kilometers every day – that’s equivalent to about 10 times around the earth!

Fall burn intended to protect Kananaskis Valley

Alberta Parks - Alberta Parks has started a series of prescribed fires in the Kananaskis Valley to help manage future wildfires and keep grasslands and forests healthy.  Designed to protect public safety, promote habitat diversity and maintain ecological and recreational values in the area, the Evan-Thomas 10-Year Vegetation Management Strategy (ETVMS) plans for two prescribed burns each year over 10 years.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

1,000 endangered whitebark pine seedlings planted in Waterton Lakes National Park

photos courtesy Parks Canada
John Stoesser, Parks Canada - The life cycle of the whitebark pine starts with a small seed, stashed by a nutcracker, which can grow into a 20-metre-tall, 500-year-old tree.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

777 fentanyl pills seized by ALERT Lethbridge

Lethbridge ALERT - A total of 777 fentanyl pills were seized in Lethbridge the past week as the result of two separate investigations by ALERT. A loaded handgun was also seized from a known gang member.  ALERT’s Lethbridge organized crime and gang team made the seizures as part of an effort to limit the supply of fentanyl hitting city streets. ALERT is an integrated team consisting of Lethbridge Police Service and RCMP officers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cochrane RCMP warn of online fraud

RCMP Alberta - On October 25, 2016, Cochrane RCMP was informed of a form of online fraud.

The victim received a pop up add on his computer from “Click 4 Support” for a refund. The victim was directed to contact the company which they did and the male on the phone requested the victim’s banking information to deposit the refund. Once this was done, the victim did see the refund in their account but was soon contacted again because they had given them too much money. The victim was directed to send a money gram for the extra funds. The company contacted the victim several times about the same causing the victim to suspect this was not legitimate and contacted the RCMP.

If anyone has information about this, or any other crimes is asked to please contact the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Trans-Canada Highway closure west of Field B.C. (updated)

Lake Louise RCMP - UPDATE OCTOBER 28 - Crews have cleared a portion of the rock slide to allow for one lane, alternating traffic to move through the area. In addition, a planned closure west of Field is scheduled to take place for an estimated three hours later this afternoon as additional road work is completed. Motorists travelling Highway 1 are advised to expect delays as this takes place. Traffic is no longer being re-routed however, the alternate route through Highway 93 and Highway 95 to Golden remains open.

2016 Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of Pincher Creek's 2016 Awards of Excellence!
Toni Lucas - The Pincher Creek Community Hall was the site of the 2016 Pincher Creek Awards of Excellence on Friday evening, October 21. It was the 21 annual edition of this event, which is organized by the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce. Over 400 people attended the dinner, with more joining later on in the evening to watch the awards and enjoy the dance. Even though there were many changes in how the event was run this year honoring local businesses for outstanding qualities was the core of the event.

Conservative Glen Motz elected in Medicine Hat - Cardston - Warner federal by-election

Newly minted MP for Medicine Hat - Cardston - Warner Glen Motz (Twitter profile photo)
Chris Davis - Conservative Party of Canada candidate Glen Motz was elected last night, October 24, 2016 as the Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat - Cardston - Warner.  Motz, formerly a member of the Medicine Hat Police Service, won the by-election by a wide 69.9% margin. The seat was rendered vacant by the passing of Conservative MP Jim Hillyer, who died in his Ottawa office of cardiomyopathy on March 23 of this year. Liberal candidate Stan Sakamoto received 25.6% of the vote. The remaining four candidates received between 0.6% and 2% each of the votes cast.

Peewee Chinooks begin 2016/17 season with 3 wins and a loss

Peewee Chinooks vs Claresholm and Fort Macleod
Chris Davis - Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks began their 2016/17 season with three Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) tiering round wins in a row against Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm, and Nanton, which was followed by a squeaker one goal loss to Fort Macleod that was decided in the final seconds of the game.

Novice Chinooks begin 2016/17 season with four tiering round games

2016/17 Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks
Chris Davis - Pincher Creek's Novice Chinooks have four tiering games under their belts so far this season.  Like the other Pincher Creek minor hockey teams, the Chinooks have joined the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), which means more and longer road trips, and a much expanded list of potential competing teams.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Livingstone Macleod Constituency Office

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Please feel free to contact our office should you have any questions or concerns!

Pat Stier, MLA
Livingstone Macleod

Toll Free: 1-800-565-0962

CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Finding peace amid suffering

Joyce Sasse - Maybe you feel despair because you can hardly pay the rent, or because you have been diagnosed with a horrible condition, or you are a caregiver whose physical and spiritual resources have been depleted.

Whatever your burden, or the burden of someone you love, insights shared by Viktor Frankl may be helpful. In Nazi death camps during WW II he clung to life and later shared his experience about how he kept going with the world.

Joyful noise

Chris Ney - Have you ever been to a concert or gathering where there is music being played and the people around you are singing and someone you can’t find is just bellowing, I mean at the top of their lungs just singing out so loud that you are distracted. The funny thing is that I have been that guy, I have been the guy that didn’t care about anyone around and just sang as loud as I can. It certainly was not a joyful noise, but it was a noise for sure. It was when I first understood who Jesus was and what He did for me and I was so happy I didn’t care who was there or what they thought. I was full of joy and it felt like there wasn’t anyone else there. In all of that others thought it wasn’t great but I thought I was making such a wonderful singer.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

5 charged after 3 separate cocaine seizures at Coutts

RCMP Federal Policing South - The RCMP Federal Policing’s Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) in Raymond, Alberta, have arrested five men in relation to charges of Importation of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) after three separate seizures of cocaine at the Coutts, Alberta, Port of Entry.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Midget Huskies begin 2016/17 season with a loss and a win

Midget Huskies vs Warner
Chris Davis - For their 2016/17 season opener Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies travelled to Nanton on Friday evening, October 14.  The game was apparently a barnburner, with Nanton scoring  3 unanswered goals in the first period, the Huskies scoring 5 unanswered goals in the second period, and Nanton scoring 3 more unanswered goals in the final period to win it 6-5.  The next day the Huskies held their home opener at the Memorial Community Centre Arena in Pincher Creek, hosting Warner.  The Huskies won that game by a definitive score of 6-1.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

State memorial for Jim Prentice to be held Oct. 28

Government of Alberta - A state memorial will be held in Calgary on Oct. 28 to honour former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice on Friday, October 28, 11:00 am at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue NW, Calgary.  The memorial service will be open to the public.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bantam Chinooks begin 2016/17 season with two home games


Chris Davis - Like Pincher Creek's other minor hockey teams the Bantam Chinooks are playing in the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) this season.  The Chinooks are currently in CAHL tier 4, during this season's tiering round.  The Chinooks struggled in their home and season opener on Friday evening, October 14 against Fort Macleod's Mustangs. The Mustangs won by a wide margin.  They fared much better against Claresholm the next day, again at home.

Campaign encourages women to run for municipal office

Government of Alberta - With one year left until Alberta’s next municipal election, the province’s Status of Women minister wants more women to run for office.

Have a healthy Halloween

Kristen Griffiths, Alberta Health Services - Halloween can be an exciting and fun time for parents and kids. Finding the prefect costume, hosting Halloween parties, and of course trick-or-treating are fun parts of the occasion.

Please slow down for cattle drives

McLelland family cattle drive - file photo
A citizen of the MD of Pincher Creek wrote us recently with a timely reminder: "Please put out a plea for people to slow down when they see a cattle drive on the road! We just drove by some carnage where three animals are dead after a gravel truck hit them. We just drove by some carnage where three animals are dead after a gravel truck hit them. The driver would have clearly seen them. What if that were one of the riders on their horse? Very sobering."

Fuel and tools stolen from truck near Fort Macleod

RCMP Alberta - On October 17th, 2016, a theft from a construction vehicle on Highway 3 East of Fort Macleod was reported to the Fort Macleod RCMP. The truck with flatbed was parked on a service road beside Highway 3 immediately before you cross the Old Man River bridge travelling East toward Lethbridge. Among items taken were chains, boomers, a fuel pump from a slip tank and approximately 800 Litres of diesel fuel. The theft occurred sometime during the weekend of October 15/16. It appears a pickup truck may have pulled off the Highway and parked behind the larger truck, partially obscuring the suspect vehicle from view.  

The Fort Macleod RCMP is looking for information with respect to the above noted offence and is asking anyone with information to report to the Fort Macleod Detachment by calling403-553-7200 or by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Megan Heroux, Lethbridge Community Health Services - If you have your license, you likely remember that special day you were awarded the privilege of driving. And, if you’re anything like me, you look back on those first few years of driving and smile thinking of the freedom you felt that first time you drove away from your house on your own. I smile also because I realize how inexperienced I really was.

ASBA supports better integration of skills training and development

Alberta School Boards Association - Following the provincial government announcement this morning on Future Ready, the initiative to coordinate and improve education and skills training for Alberta learners, the President of the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA), Helen Clease, issued the following statement on behalf of the Association:

Kenney announces official PC leadership candidacy

Press release - Today Jason Kenney became the first official candidate for the Progressive Conservative leadership election, having been formally recognized by both the PC Leadership Election Committee and Elections Alberta.  “I am grateful for the enormous support for our campaign to unite Alberta. Our team of volunteers collected hundreds of signatures from every corner of Alberta within 72 hours because they want a united, free-enterprise alternative to the NDP in the next election. In fact, dozens of local small businesses even hosted nomination signing events for our campaign,” said Kenney.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Oct. 10-17, 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 October 10 to 17, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 36
Assaults - 4
Domestic assault - 2
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft over $5000 - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 2
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 1
False Alarms - 3
Animal calls - 2
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 6

Atom Chinooks host Piikani and Lethbridge at MCC arena


Chris Davis - The Pincher Creek area has two Atom teams this year, with the introduction of a brand new Piikani team. Both teams are competing in the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) this season, and are both in Tier 4 during the CAHL ongoing tiering round. Crowsnest Pass and Fort Macleod are also currently in Tier 4, which includes 29 teams total. Piikani was defeated by the Chinooks on Saturday, October 15, and again by the Crowsnest Pass Thunder the next day, but showed marked improvement in that second game of their existence. The Pass Thunder also defeated Fort Macleod 5-2 on Sunday.

Alberta man charged with child sexual exploitation, cruelty to animals


ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation team has arrested a 25-year-old man from Nevis, Alta. for child sexual exploitation, cruelty to animals, and firearms offences. The hamlet of Nevis is 60 kilometers east of Red Deer.  The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team arrested Cris Marshall on October 12, 2016 with the assistance of RCMP Stettler officers. Marshall came under investigation after he allegedly uploaded child sexual exploitation material via a social media account.

CBSA in Alberta intercepts stun gun, impaired driver in September

The Coutts, Alberta border crossing
CBSA - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of September highlights from its border crossings in southern Alberta:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Meeses Doktor

Joyce Sasse
Joyce Sasse - Imagine having to instruct others how to deliver your child, a breech birth, because the winter came early and you, the doctor, couldn’t get to a hospital?  This is one of the stories told by Dr. Mary Percy Jackson in her biography “The Homemade Brass Plate” – a best read!

Mary graduated from medical school in England in 1928 and came to Northern Alberta to work for one year. Her work, the people and the countryside were so engrossing she stayed for forty years.

What is the foundation?

Chris Ney, Vertical Church - I was a framer not all that long ago, I would show up on the jobsite and get a set of blueprints and they would say we want this house to look exactly like to plans. I could not deviate even an inch or try and change it to how I thought it would work; I had to stick to the plans. Most of the time it would go great, we would build on the concrete poured before us and it would all be good until every once and a while the concrete guys would mess up and miss something or it would be out of square once by 3-1/2”, how do you build on this.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Honourable Jim Prentice 1956-2016

Premier Jim Prentice, QC (Government of Alberta photo)
Chris Davis - Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice passed away on the evening of October 13, the result of a plane crash near Kelowna which also claimed three other lives, including the father in law of one of Prentice's daughters.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dr. David Slomp named University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Teaching Chair



Dr. David Slomp
University of Lethbridge - Known for his expertise in evaluation and assessment, the Faculty of Education’s Dr. David Slomp has been appointed a University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Teaching Chair.

Crowsnest Historical Society receives federal funding

Foothills MP John Barlow - As part of the social infrastructure investments announced in Budget 2016, the Crowsnest Historical Society has been approved for a contribution of up to $49,603.85 in fiscal year 2016-17 in support of the conservation of the Alberta Provincial Police Building located within Coleman National Historic Site of Canada.

Statement from the family of the Hon. Jim Prentice

The Hon. Jim Prentice, 16th Premier of Alberta
(photo courtesy Manning Centre/Wikimedia)


Words cannot begin to express our profound shock and heartbreak at the news that our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jim, has died in this tragic event.

Poor driving conditions on several Alberta highways

RCMP Alberta, October 14, 2016 (updated)  - RCMP and Sheriffs are advising motorists of poor road conditions south of Edmonton on the Queen Elizabeth 2 highway, and adjacent roads. The inclement winter weather has resulted in winter driving conditions including poor visibility and a very slippery road surface. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution when driving.

The Integrated Traffic Unit has placed a tow ban Highway 2 between Edmonton and Millet until further notice. The tow ban will be lifted when conditions improve and allow for safe tow operations on the highway.

Strathcona County RCMP are advising motorists that road conditions in Strathcona County continue to be challenging as heavy snow continues. RCMP have responded to 8 Motor Vehicle Collision is the last 90 minutes throughout the County.

Hawks host 2016 Junior Girls Volleyball Showdown


Chris Davis - The 2016 Halton Hawks Junior A and B Girls Volleyball Showdown was held at the Matthew Halton High School gymnasium last Friday and Saturday, with a total of 7 "A" and 6 "B" teams participating. The A teams (grade 8/9) were divided into two pools for the initial games of the round robin format invitational tournament.  The B teams (grade 7/8) competed in one pool.

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