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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mystery


Pastor Chris Ney - Many of us from time to time love a good mystery movie or even better a really good mystery novel. It has a way of keeping us totally in tuned to what the story is and guessing all the way how it will end. Usually has a bad guy or two and some good guys with one or two characters who you just are not sure of, either way it leaves you with this intense mystery that makes you want to read until the end to find out what happens.

Resilience readiness


Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - If we had to face dust-bowl conditions like the 30’s, crop scientists shake their heads and admit we are woefully unprepared. Technology, the great provider of our Age, has made incredible advances in farming techniques and plant-breeding for maximum yields. But we remain vulnerable to the weather because we’ve ignored plant “variance (difference) and resilience”.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,
How can I keep my garden grown herbs fresh? Van

Dear Van,
Treat herbs just like you would flowers. Trim the stems. Place them in two inches of fresh water. Cover them loosely with a plastic bag and place in the fridge. Change the water every few days. Basil is the exception; this delicious herb should be kept at room temperature.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MLA Pat Stier to be part of Wildrose/PC unity discussions

  • Includes recent interview with Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier



Chris Davis - In a press release issued yesterday, March 24, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Party Leader Jason Kenney announced "the composition of the unity discussion group, along with a timeline for the group to report back to the memberships of both parties."  Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier (WR) is to be one of the discussion group members.  According to a similar PC Party press release, "A negotiated agreement for achieving unity is expected to be concluded by the end of Spring 2017."

Town of Pincher Creek holds Transportation open house

Town councillors Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, and Jim Litkowski, CAO Laurie Wilgosh, Mayor Don Anderberg

Toni Lucas - Approximately 40 people attended a Town of Pincher Creek transportation open house on Wednesday, March 15. The main speaker was HDR Inc. Associate Vice President John Hubbell a consultant who specializes in public transportation.  Along with a presentation there was a question and answer period with members of Town council, CAO Laurie Wilgosh, and Hubbell.



Drugs and firearms seized in two separate southwestern Alberta investigations


ALERT - More than $55,000 worth of drugs and 11 firearms have been seized following two separate ALERT investigations last week. Homes were searched in Lethbridge, Coaldale, and Fort MacLeod.  ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime and gang teams worked with officers from Lethbridge Police Service, Coaldale RCMP and Fort MacLeod RCMP on the investigations. The two investigations were unrelated but both focused on addressing community concerns related to drug dealing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chinook 4-H Multiclub update


Jillanna Hammond, Chinook 4-H Multiclub Reporter - Chinook Multiclub has been busy since December. Each project has been making a ton of progress, learning new skills, and practising old ones. Shooting Sports continues to shoot at the gun range but, changed things up a bit to incorporate archery into their project. Market Hog members received their pigs, Berkshire and Duroc cross. They also spent time learning to identify cuts of meat and judge to find the “perfect pig”. Market Lamb members received their sheep, toured a sheep feedlot operation, and reviewed cuts of meat. When choosing their lambs, they were reminded to look for a good stance, among other qualities. We have one member in the Photography Project and he is making great progress. We are looking forward to seeing his photos. Small Engines members are working hard to rebuild their projects. I’ve heard rumours of carburetor issues. Our single Sewing Project member has completed several projects including some clothes and a purse. She is quite the little seamstress.

Keystone XL: Statement from Premier Notley


Government of Alberta - Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement about the U.S. State Department’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:

"I would like to congratulate TransCanada for the hard work they have put into this approval.  This project is going to support nearly 6,000 jobs during construction and over 400 full-time jobs in Alberta, while also providing access to new and existing U.S. markets.  While Keystone XL progresses, we are also going to continue our work to make sure we can get Alberta’s resources to Canadian tidewater - creating jobs, helping our energy industry grow and diversifying our export markets.”

Alberta and Blackfoot Confederacy sign historic agreement

Minister Feehan, Chief Stanley Grier, Premier Notley, Chief Roy Fox, Chief Joe Weasel Child
Government of Alberta - The Alberta government and Blackfoot Confederacy have signed a new relationship agreement that will have both parties working closely on shared priorities. The Blackfoot Confederacy includes three First Nations in southern Alberta – the Blood Tribe, also known as the Kainai First Nation, Piikani Nation and Siksika Nation. These Nations have about 25,000 members.

"Oki Niiksookowa, friends and relatives, fellow Siksikaitsitipii Chiefs and Councils, Right Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and Honourable Ministers. Today marks a historic moment in the relationship between the Government of Alberta and the Siksikaitsitipii Tribes in the signing of the protocol agreement. It carves a way forward in working together on matters that impact our tribes and the Government of Alberta. It is also worth noting that this is the first protocol agreement between the Government of Alberta and First Nations outside the Treaty areas in the Province of Alberta." - Chief Stanley Grier, Piikani Nation

Piikani Youth and Education Foundation seeks board members

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Multicultural Friendship Group invites participation

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Debbie Crowshoe - The Multicultural Friendship Group (MCF) of Pincher Creek will be hosting another pot-luck dinner and presentation on Saturday, March 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church. Everyone is welcome to join us and following the dinner we are pleased to have Linden Willms sharing his insights and experiences from his time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Oldman Watershed Council kicks off Southern Alberta Water Charter 2017 commitments

Oldman Watershed Council - Community organizations and individuals from all walks of life will celebrate their pledge to preserving southern Alberta’s watershed at noon on Friday, April 7, 2017 in Lethbridge City Hall’s main foyer.  The event will highlight the Oldman Watershed Council’s (OWC) new Water Charter, a voluntary pact encouraging individuals and organizations in the region to plan and perform their own watershed protection initiatives. Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman, Lethbridge MLA Maria Fitzpatrick, University of Lethbridge President Mike Mahon and Taber MD Reeve Brian Brewin will attend the event to celebrate their organizations’ planned activities.

Alberta RCMP launches pilot project to reduce speed related collisions


RCMP Alberta - Speeding continues to be an issue on roadways in rural and urban centres in Alberta. Between 2009 and 2014, speed was determined to be a factor in 16 per cent of the total 6,351 fatal and serious injury collisions reported in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions. Alberta RCMP is reminding drivers that speeding creates a danger for everyone on the road.

Alberta invests $12 million to protect water

Oldman Falls
Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta is safeguarding water resources with nearly $12 million in new multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils and the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, 11 local watershed councils will receive $3.2 million per year to assess watershed health and plan for water management. The Alberta Water Council will receive $750,000 per year for the next three years to preserve water resources.

Alberta government announces new tools and training for rural businesses

Government of Alberta - Small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in rural Alberta will have new support to start and grow their businesses through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  To help entrepreneurs turn their ideas for new products or services into a business, Community Futures Network of Alberta will receive $109,887 to support their What If project.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blood Tribe Council passes trespass bylaw


Blood Tribe Council - The Blood Tribe Council has taken active steps to minimize the impacts of the fentanyl and other drug related activities on the Blood Reserve and to ensure the safety of Blood Tribe members. One of the steps has been to enact the Kainai/Blood Tribe Trespass Bylaw and Regulations to deal with the ongoing concerns with respect to persons entering on the Blood Reserve for purposes related to the unlawful use and distribution of drugs.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Splash of Luck fundraiser a big success

Jen Draper, Billi Rigaux, and Brandi Hutchison

Toni Lucas - Pincher Spray Park Society (PCSPS) held the 'A Splash Of Luck' fundraising gala on Friday, March 17 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall. PCSPS Chair Jennifer Draper was overwhelmed with the support from the community.  "We have 250 people here.  This is just fantastic."  There were many things to make the evening entertaining.  The St. Patrick's Day date brought out a green theme, and there was much fun and frivolity in the air.  There were desserts, and live and silent auctions. Bob Westrop was the auctioneer. The headlining entertainment was Puck ‘n’ Funny comedians Brittany Lyseng, who had a humorous view of her personal experiences, and Harry Doupe, who extolled the Albertan fascination with the weather.

Fox Theatre show times

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Fox Theatre hotline 403-627-3444


Showing March 17-23:

KONG
(held over)
3D, Rated PG 3D
7:05 and 9:05 nightly
2:00 pm matinees Saturday and Sunday
in 2D on Wednesday and Sunday

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
3D, Rated General
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
2:00 pm matinees Saturday and Sunday
in 2D on Wednesday Saturday and Sunday

Showing March 24 - 30

LOGAN
Rated 18A, 2D
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
2:00 pm Matinees Saturday and Sunday in 2D

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Held over, rated PG
7:00 and 9:00 nightly
In 2D on Wednesday
2:00 pm Matinees Saturday and Sunday in 2D

Town of Pincher Creek Community Information Meeting March 29

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Community Information Meeting 
Town Hall Gym
March 29, 6:30PM

You are invited to join the Mayor and Council for an evening highlighting current Council priorities and projects and 2017/18 budgets.

Unable to attend? Watch or listen to the meeting live on Facebook.

Annora Brown’s pride of place

Annora Brown
Joyce Sasse - Annora Brown never disputed the request made for her to return home to care for her parents, though she felt inadequate as a nurse, home-maker and financial provider. Stoically, she carried on. A few stolen moments with her sketch pad was her only release.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Piikani RCMP investigate suspicious fires


RCMP Alberta - Piikani RCMP are asking for information from the public as they investigate three suspicious fires on the first nation.  On the evening of March 7, a residence on 15th Avenue in the Piikani town site was destroyed by fire. This is the third structure fire that Piikani RCMP and fire crews have responded to recently.  On January 31, an abandoned residence was burned and on February 12, an abandoned gas station was set ablaze.

RCMP and fire investigators believe all of these fires were deliberately set.

Anyone that was a witness to these fires or who has information is asked to contact the Piikani RCMP at 403-965-2000. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Provincial budget/school fees announcements have minimal impact on LRSD funding, programs

Livingstone Range School Division - Following recent announcements by the Alberta government regarding school funding and the reduction of school fees, Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) has determined it will be able to continue operations with minimal impact to student services.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Town of Pincher Creek employment opportunity: Maintenance 2

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Town of Pincher Creek
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
MAINTENANCE 2
Recreation and Parks Labourer/Arena Attendant
Permanent – Full Time 

The Town of Pincher Creek is seeking an energetic, qualified, self-directed individual for the position of Recreation and Parks Labourer/Arena Attendant. Reporting to the Manager of Recreation Services, the Recreation and Parks Labourer is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Memorial Community Centre Arena, Multi-Purpose Facility swimming pool, spray park, public parks & playgrounds, buildings, athletic fields, municipal campground and related facilities.

Jean and Kenney pledge to work towards unity

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Alberta Leader Jason Kenney
Wildrose Party press release - Today, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC Alberta Leader Jason Kenney announced their joint commitment to achieve unity.  Both leaders shared their belief that they cannot and will not negotiate a memorandum of understanding for a potential unity agreement among themselves, but will form discussion teams with a mandate to work towards an agreement. Details on the discussion teams will be developed in the coming days and announced by the end of the week.

Back country rescue of teen snowmobiler near Lost Creek (updated)


RCMP Alberta - On March 20, 2017 at 11:53 am the Crowsnest Pass RCMP detachment was notified of a snowmobile collision in the area of Lost Creek. The collision resulted in significant, but non-life threatening injuries, to a 14 year old male. Pincher Creek RCMP along with Pincher Creek Fire Services, both Pincher Creek and Kananaskis Search and Rescue Teams along with Conservation Officers, were deployed under the direction of the RCMP. Due to the extent of injuries and remote location of the collision, STARS air ambulance with the assistance of Kananaskis Search and Rescue attended the location to extract the injured male from the back country. Through the coordinated efforts of all emergency personnel, the injured male was safely transported to the Pincher Creek Health Centre for treatment.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for March 13 - 19, 2017


Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of March 13 - 19, 2017 . Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 39
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 2
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 9
MV Collisions - 6
Liquor offences - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 2
911 calls (invalid) - 1
Prisoners held - 4

Sabres defeat Dragons to earn Bronze at 1A Boys Basketball Provincials

Provincial Bronze: Livingstone's 1A Sabres
(official tournament photo)
Justyn Connelly-Engel, Chad Bousquet, Levi Sekella, Bryant Cail, Ty Anctil, Brady Douglas, Cole Schweb, Quinlan Connelly-Engel, Hunter Olsen, Brock Gatzky, Jonathan Erickson, Elisha Lowry, Eric Smyth, Head Coach Duane DeCock, Assistant Coach Paul Erickson

On March 18 Lundbreck's Livingstone Sabres faced Pincher Creek's St. Michael's Dragons in the Bronze game at the 1A Boys ASAA Provincial Basketball Tournament.  The tournament was hosted by Calgary's Rundle Academy.  The Sabres defeated the Dragons 75-51.  The Dragons had strong first and final quarters.  The Sabres were consistently strong throughout.

Southern Alberta Land Trust Society AGM March 29

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Southern Alberta Land Trust Society 
2017 Annual General Meeting 

Open to members, friends, and interested public. Join us for coffee, conversations, and interesting speakers.

Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00pm, Bloomin’ Inn, just east of Pincher Creek (6226, Range Road 294),

ASBA welcomes funding for new student enrolment growth in Budget 2017

ASBA press release -  The Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) welcomes the Alberta government’s commitment to funding new student enrolment growth in Budget 2017, but is concerned per-student funding has not increased and, in fact, has continued losing ground.

Seasonal student employment opportunities at KBPV

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Pincher Creek & District Historical Society
“Celebrating Our Golden Anniversary Year!”

Seasonal Student Employment Opportunities

The Pincher Creek & District Historical Society is seeking hardworking and enthusiastic individuals for the 2017 summer season (May – August) at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.
  • Visitor Services Host
  • Museum Assistants

Lethbridge College survey for Pincher Creek

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Annie Steward (Lethbridge College) and iPad winner Shelly Terpstra
In December 2016, Lethbridge College, with the support of its local partner organizations, began promoting a "Community Survey of Educational Needs" intended to reach adult residents of the Pincher Creek community. The data collected through the survey will help guide our next steps in the community and will ensure that we are using our available resources wisely to meet the educational needs identified by the Pincher Creek community. We are truly pleased with both the quality and quantity of survey responses so far, and our community partners have asked us to keep the survey open for a couple more months to ensure that everyone who wants to participate is provided the opportunity to do so.

Solar energy grant for Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre

Minister Phillips, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman, and MLA Lethbridge-East Maria Fitzpatrick at the Lethbridge Farm Stewardship Centre

Government of Alberta - The Alberta Government is supporting energy efficiency at Lethbridge’s Farm Stewardship Centre.The facility employs engineers, technologists and specialists who research agricultural practices and monitor environmental impacts. Using $54,000 of Climate Leadership Plan funding, the centre will install a 15-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and upgrade lighting to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Alberta Budget 2017: School fees to be reduced

Government of Alberta - Budget 2017 funding that would reduce school fees under proposed legislation would save Alberta families $54 million in the 2017/18 school year.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

TMS wins SWJHAA B Girls Basketball Post Season banner

Champions: TMS B Girls Eagles
Silver: MHS B Girls Hawks
Bronze: STM B Girls Dragons
C. Davis - Kainai's Tatsikiisaapo'p Middle School B Girls Eagles won the South Western Junior High Athletic Association (SWJHAA) 2017 banner after defeating Matthew Halton's Hawks 55-41 in the SWJHAA Post Season Final on March 11. The tournament was held at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek. The Hawks placed second, and St. Michael's Dragons placed third. Six teams competed in a total of seven games.

Novice Chinooks win league banner

2016/17 Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks
#2 Tuff Yellow Horn, #4 Keegan Grant, #7 Carter McGlynn, #9 Hunter McMullen, #10 Maddox Prout, #12 Sasha Shenton, #15 Tristan Grant,#17 Cashe Kropinak, #18 Ava Jessen (missing from photo), #19 Hunter Little Bear, #22 Kaydence North Peigan (goalie), #24 Kayson Crow Shoe, Head coach Dylan Prout, Assistant coach Eric Blanchard, Assistant coach Brad Kropinak, Assistant coach Tyrone Potts, team manager Jessica Jensen.

The Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks won the Central Alberta Hockey League banner on Sunday, March 19. They played game one in Cochrane on Saturday and won in the third over time period 5- 6. In game two the Chinooks came from behind and ended up winning 6 - 4.

Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation celebrates 25 years



press release - It was March 20, 1992 when Des Allen and Peter Sherrington first noticed Golden Eagles migrating along the portion of what was to become known as the “eagle highway” in the Kananaskis Valley close to Mt. Lorette. When this spring’s count started on March 1, it became the count’s 26th consecutive year, making RMERF’s eagle count one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the world. Long-term studies such as RMERF’s eagle count are invaluable to help wildlife researchers and managers monitor populations and spot trends.

Pincher Creek Town Council hears results of proposed curling rink/golf club facility study


Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek heard a Curling/Community Recreation Centre Final Report by Gibbs Gage Architects' David Wittman on Monday, March 13.  The study was of the building which currently houses the golf course clubhouse, bowling alley, squash courts, Joe's Gym, and a restaurant in Pincher Creek with consideration of including a curling facility with either four or six sheets of ice.   Wittman explained his firm was engaged in the study for the last year and a number of stakeholders were involved in the process.

Melancholy of Love

Shellie Byers

The lone wind howls across the yard,
And nowhere do you greet me -
The cold earth entombs..its so hard...
To feel everything seems empty.
I can not see your face or call your name,
Endless tears sting my skin in the chilled air -
I held back a piece of your red, flowing mane,
But this grief consumes me I cannot share.

Sign of a good leader


Pastor Chris Ney - I have worked for a lot of different people over the years of being in construction. I have been in crews that just loved to hang out and ended up each week getting very little done because the boss was just one of the guys and having fun too, and never wanted to say anything to the guys. I also worked for a guy that always sat in his truck and barked orders, and if you didn’t follow them you were fired, funny enough he couldn’t keep help, and he was the worst paying guy I worked for. Then I had the privilege of working with a guy who was firm and yet had deadlines, but was working with us, and was willing to teach you what you needed to know, the biggest thing we all like about him was he would do whatever needed to be done. He was a good example to us and not only was the boss but was willing to serve us as well. He had a heart of gold!

Choppy seas


Joyce Sasse. Spiritual Gleanings - All of us have faced choppy seas. Maybe you are caught in some kind of storm at this moment – where waves darken the horizon and may even threaten to engulf you.  It may have to do with issues leading to self-esteem. It may concern family matters, feelings of over-commitment, fear and helplessness, not knowing where to turn.

Having a bad day?


Everybody has a bad day sometimes.

Pincher Creek Resources
The Pincher Creek Addiction and Mental Health Clinic 403-627-1121
Pincher Creek Parent Link Family Centre - 403-627-5569
Pincher Creek Associate Clinic - 403-627-3321
Napi Friendship Centre - 403-627-4224
Pincher Creek Victim Service Unit - 403-627-6040

24 hour help lines and Alberta Health resources
Mental Health 24 hr Hotline 1-866-332-2322 https://www.mymentalhealth.ca/
Distress Line 24 hr Hotline 1-888-787-2880 
Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)


Pincher Creek Victim Service Unit – Ranchlands VSU
403-627-6040

Brocket – Peigan Nation Victim Services

403 965 2001

Cardston Victim Service Unit

403 653 4932

Crowsnest Victims Service Unit
403 562 7098

Fort Macleod Victim Service Unit
403 553 4407

Lethbridge Police/Victim Witness Services
403 330 5023
www.lethbridgepolice.ca

Standoff – Blood Tribe Police Victim 
403 737 3800

Comprehensive list of Alberta victim service units

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Annora Brown in her time

Joyce Sasse - Annora Brown drew the illustrations for Amy Wilsons’ book No Man Stands Alone. It must have been a work of delight for someone who could so identify with the nurse and her story.  The book is an autobiography of Wilson’s career, starting in 1949, with native and non-native families along the Alaska Highway in the Yukon.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nanton RCMP advising of STARS Lottery phone scam

RCMP Alberta - The Nanton RCMP are advising the public of a phone scam where the caller claims to be part of the STARS Lottery.  On March 15 2017 the Nanton RCMP received complaints that a male representing himself as a lottery representative from STARS lottery told people that they were winners of a prize. The caller contacts potential victims and tells them that they need to send money in order to claim the prize. STARS lottery has stated that they do not call and ask for any funds to claim prizes for their lottery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MD of Pincher Creek summer student employment opportunities

Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Summer Student Employment Opportunities

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) is accepting applications for the following Summer Student positions.

Public Works Department – two positions (July – August) These positions fall under the current CUPE Collective Agreement.

Agricultural Environmental Services
Three positions (May 8 – August 31, 2017)
Two  positions (May 8, - October 27, 2017)
Must hold or be willing to obtain an Authorized Assistant Pesticide License.

Employment opportunity : Temporary Weed Inspector/Herbicide Applicator


Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Employment Opportunity

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 (MD) is accepting applications for two Temporary Weed Inspector/Herbicide Applicator positions for the Agricultural and Environmental Services Department. These positions are responsible to the Agricultural Services Manager or designate.

Fatal motor MVC near Granum

Update: Following a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 519, the RCMP can advise that both lanes of travel are open. Traffic is no longer being detoured.

The collision remains under investigation, and no further details are available at this time.

RCMP Alberta – At 4:00 p.m. today, Fort Macleod RCMP responded to a complaint of a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 519 approximately 15 km east of Granum.  A car travelling westbound on Highway 519 was attempting to pass another motor vehicle and it collided head on with an SUV travelling eastbound.  The driver of the car was determined to be deceased on scene and the driver of the SUV has been transported, via ground ambulance, with non life threatening conditions, to an area hospital.

Invasive mussel prevention leads to new watercraft rules in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada - To ensure the ongoing ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park, Parks Canada has implemented a prohibition on the use of motorized and trailer-launched watercraft in the park.  Human-powered watercraft, including canoes, kayaks and other hand-launched watercraft will continue to be permitted, however, a mandatory self-inspection program will be implemented for these hand-launched watercraft. Motorized watercraft required for management purposes as well as the commercial boat tour operation will continue to operate on Upper and Middle Waterton Lake. These watercraft will be managed to ensure no risk of invasive mussel contamination.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lethbridge Sexual Violence Action Committee launches new website

press release - Sexual Violence Action Committee is comprised of local community agencies dedicated to providing leadership, coordination and a unified voice on issues related to sexual violence in southwestern Alberta.

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole visits Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek citizen Joyce McFarland and MP Erin O'Toole
Chris Davis - Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Erin O'Toole visited with a small group of citizens and local politicians at the Pincher Creek Legion on Friday March 3. O'Toole is in his second term as MP for the district of Durham, Ontario and was Minister of Veterans Affairs from January 2015 until the Conservative Party was defeated in the October 2015 election.

Wood Buffalo RCMP responds to threats to high school in Anzac

Wood Buffalo RCMP - On the evening of March 14th, it was reported to Wood Buffalo RCMP that a threat had been made to the Bill Woodward High School, in Anzac. The threats appear to be unsubstantiated, and originated from out of province. RCMP do not believe that there is a risk to staff or students at this time; however, in an abundance of caution, the RCMP have increased presence in the school, and the community.

John Hancock awarded a Sovereign Medal for Volunteers

John Hancock
Toni Lucas - John Hancock was awarded a Sovereign Medal for Volunteers sent from the office of the Governor General of Canada David Johnson at the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on March 13, 2017.  Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey said "There's not many people who receive this award in Canada each year, it's special."

Aquatic Coordinator Sarah Landry awarded a Certificate of Thanks


Sarah Landry, Diane Burt-Stuck, Mayor Don Anderberg
Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Aquatic Coordinator Sarah Landry was awarded a Royal Lifesaving Society Certificate of Thanks at the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on Monday March 13 by Mayor Don Anderberg and Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey.  Landry is an aquatic instructor who has taught Royal Lifesaving courses for over 10 years.  Burt-Stuckey said "We are very pleased to have Sarah on staff."  The Royal Life Saving Society Canada operates throughout Canada and all other Commonwealth  countries to prevent drowning and water-related injury through its training programs through public education, drowning prevention research, safety management and lifesaving sport in the Commonwealth.

Castle Parks – local citizens’ democratic right to speak

  • Also: Municipal District of Pincher Creek Citizens’ Statement for the Castle Parks


Note: A delegation presented a "Citizens’ Statement for the Castle Parks to the MD of Pincher Creek Council" on March 14.

Connie Simmons, Letter to the Editor
- Intimidation has too often been used as the ‘go-to’ method for some pro-OHV advocates when it comes to the discussion about the future of the Castle Parks and surrounding area.

Picture Butte RCMP recover $150,000 in stolen property

RCMP Alberta – RCMP from Picture Butte detachment have laid charges after two search warrants turned up $150,000 of stolen property.  On March 2 and 9, Picture Butte RCMP executed two criminal code search warrants. One at Diamond City and the other near Turin. These search warrants resulted in the recovery of approximately $150,000 worth of stolen property. The items seized include various machine tools, construction materials and fuel. Investigators believe that this property was stolen from various locations in southern Alberta.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Explosion at Syncrude Oil site near Fort McMurray

Wood Buffalo RCMP (update) - At approximately 2:00 pm, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to complaints from the public regarding an explosion at the Syncrude Oil Site. Highway 63 was subsequently closed while the site was evacuated.

All lanes of Highway 63 are now open again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Annora Brown: Educator

Totem, Tipi and Tumpline
by Olive M. Tyner and Clara L. Fisher, illustrated by Annora Brown
image from Amazon.ca

Joyce Sasse - Annora Brown was a teacher, as was her mother. Teachers convey ideas to their students and through their students. She did this by choice of subject matter and the belief that her world was vibrant with possibility.

Public input sought on Alberta’s workplace laws

Government of Alberta - Albertans are invited to participate in a review of the province’s labour legislation to ensure fair and family-friendly workplaces that support a strong economy.  The review focuses on the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, neither of which has undergone significant updates since 1988.  These laws cover topics such as hours of work, overtime, general holidays, special leaves and collective bargaining rules. Some of Alberta’s workplace rules are currently out-of-step with the rest of Canada and these areas need to be reviewed.

B&E and theft from rural Fort Macleod area business

RCMP Fort Macleod - On March 2, 2017 sometime in the early morning hours unknown suspects committed a break and enter to Bosch Excavating located on Highway 3 at Range Road 244 near Fort Macleod, Alberta. The suspects gained access to the locked compound and the Bosch Excavating shop. Two vehicles were stolen from the compound including a Dark Green 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton truck and a White 2007 Chrysler 300 4 door car. Also stolen was a white covered car carrier utility trailer as well as several thousand dollars worth of tools including two laser and depth master receivers and tripods, a Costco generator, drills, grinders, impact guns, pumps, floor jacks, and other assorted tools.

The White Chrysler 300 car and the utility trailer have since been located and recovered in the City of Lethbridge, however the Chevrolet truck has not yet been recovered.

If you have information regarding this incidents or any other crime please contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at (403) 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for March 6-12, 2017


Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of March 6-12, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 22
Domestic assault - 1
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 2
Theft under $5000 - 1
Driving complaints (general) - 1
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 2
Prisoners held – 1

Nice shot, Kalvin Bruder


Kalvin Bruder is one of the Halton Hawks B Boys basketball team's top scorers. How does he do it? Practice. Here he is at halftime last weekend during the B Girls Post Season Tournament at Matthew Halton School, where he was working as a scorekeeper, working on his long shot.

Castle parks management plan open house held in Pincher Creek

Open house at Pincher Creek Community Centre
  • Also: Interview with MLA Pat Stier, Town Council to send letter of concern to Alberta Government
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Chris Davis - Alberta Environment and Parks hosted an open house at the Pincher Creek Community Centre on Friday March 10 to present information to the public and gather feedback about the Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park Draft Management Plan, one of three such events being held in the region.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Basketball Zones wins for local teams, Dragons and Sabres boys going to provincials

2016/17 Jr. A Girls Dragons win the banner at Zones
First place at Zones - Livingstone 1A Sabres (file photo)

Livingstone's 1 A Boys Sabres earned first place at Zones at Lethbridge College on Saturday evening after defeating Senator Gershaw by a wide margin.  Top Sabres scorers in the final were Jonathan Erickson with 20 points, Quinlan Connelly-Engel with 15 points, and Brady Douglas with 14 points.  St. Michael's Jr. A Girls Dragons basketball team earned first place at Zones.  The Jr. B Boys Dragons earned second place.  The Jr. B Girls Dragons earned third place at Post Season*.  The 1A Boys Dragons earned third place after defeating Coaldale by a wide margin on Saturday evening.  Top scorers for the 1A Dragons were Mitchel Zoratti with 22 points, Calvin Cooley with 18 points, and Michael Svab and Tyler Gerber with 10 points each.
Going to Provincials:  Livingstone Sabres, St. Michael's Dragons, and Senator Gershaw will be representing the South Zone at the 2017 Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) 1A Boys Basketball Provincials, to be held March 16-18 at Rundle Academy in Calgary.

Jr. B Boys Dragons earned second place at Zones
Sr. Boys Dragons earned third place at Zones
Jr.B Girls Dragons earned third place at Post Season

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