Monday, October 31, 2011

Peewee Mustangs wrap up season with double win

Coach Tom Holoboff, Contributor

Coach Tom Holoboff -
not just another pretty face.
C. Davis photo
Well football fans, the Peewee Mustangs wrapped up the season in fine form this past weekend. The team played to the potential we coaches knew was there all season.

On October 22, the Coaldale Bears traveled to Pincher Creek to take on the Mustangs. This back and forth match saw the Mustangs effectively march the ball up the field to score a touch down only to have the Bears make a long play and tie the score. The game ended in a 18 -18 tie. Some new stars emerged on this day with Shay Robertson and Hunter Austring making their debuts at running back. With the Bears having a mix of young and old players, Coach Tom made up a second defense of mostly younger players to allow both teams to gain some experience. Much to the coaches' surprise, the second defense held their ground with many large plays by Tayson Malhi, Caleb Jones, Jesse Saulnier, Geoffrey Hamilton stepping up to fill in for the senior players. Both coaches were satisfied with the play of their teams and enjoyed the match.

2011 Pee Wee Mustangs
C. Davis photo

On October 29 the PeeWee Mustangs wrapped up their season with a small Jamboree in Coaldale.

Piikani holds Halloween Masquerade Powwow and Haunted House

A devilishly good time was had by all at the Piikani Masquerade

Toni Lucas - The Peigan Community Hall in Brocket was the scene of much merriment over the Halloween weekend, with Masquerade volleyball and a number of other events in the community culminating in a Masquerade Powwow and Haunted House on Sunday evening, October 30.

Kym Creighton of the Piikani Youth Centre said that although the Youth Centre had made a haunted house for the last seven years, it was the first time that the organization had worked with other groups for this event. This year the event was put on by Piikani Youth Centre, Piikani Mental Health Services, and Piikani Child and Family Services, with the help of volunteers. Kyle Blood acted as MC for the evening. Star Cardinal of Piikani Mental Health Services was one of the main organizers.

The Piikani Halloween Masquerade Powwow and Haunted House was a
big hit with the vampire set

Rebecca and Shay with new baby Xavier
There was a costume competition for the best and scariest costumes in a variety of age categories. There were also several dance competitions.

Two local drumming groups performed, the North Stone Drummers and the Crow Lodge Drummers. They were joined later in the evening by surprise guests Old Agency.

Everyone was welcome to a free meal, the kids got goodie bags, and there was cotton candy for children and adults alike.

Super-scary fun-time in the haunted house
The scary haunted house was a mostly dark space, only illuminated by brief, bright flashes of light. Dark, cobwebbed corridors were filled with ghoulish sights and sounds made more frightening by the thick fog obscuring the view. Kids were invited to put their hands into dark boxes, filled with the unknown. Was it eyeballs? Brains? Worms? Only the bravest found out, that's for sure. 

One young girl asked if I went through the haunted house. When I said yes, she leaned into me and asked, wide-eyed, "Did something grab your legs?" I nodded at her. "And touch your hair?" she said, shuddering. "Yes", I assented. She said that "it was a very, very scary."

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Craft Market planned for Ranchland Mall

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Betty Heppner
C.Davis photo
Betty Heppner and Gerda Nielsen are once again combining their talents in running a Christmas Craft Market at the Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek.  This year the market will be held on November 18 and 19, and again on December 2 and 3, and will be held in the old Fields Store.   "We started this out 12 years ago in The Lions Den with 6 tables, and this year we have 67.  We must be doing something right," said Heppner.

Peigan Cowboys vanquished by Brooks in home-opener

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Piikani Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun drops the puck to open the
first home-game of the season for the Peigan Cowboys

C. Davis photo

The Peigan Cowboys had their first regular season home-game on Saturday night, October 29 at the MCC arena in Pincher Creek.  They were up against the Brooks Black Hawks, a notoriously tough team for them to beat, and after losing 9-5 to Kainai the night before they were hoping for a win.

Friends, family, and council of the Peigan Nation honoured the late
Hugh Crow Eagle during the ceremonies

C. Davis photo

The evening began with MC Wes Crow Shoe introducing the players, followed by Peigan Councillor Maurice Little Wolf, who sang a flag song as the Peigan and Canadian flags were presented.  After that a moment of silence was requested in honour of the late Hugh Crow Eagle before Piikani Chief  Gayle Strikes With A Gun performed the ceremonial puck drop.

Heathens Unbound

Phil Burpee, Columnist, Pincher Creek Voice

Ah, it’s Halloween time again  -  ghouls, goblins, ghosts and gummy-bears. It’s that time of the year when the great rhythms of Nature, and of the human condition within it, are best commemorated by the big sugar manufacturers, who plunder the vast cane-fields of South America in order to bring our sprats and toddlers their groaning pillow-cases full of enamel-scouring booty. It is All Hallow’s Eve  -  the feast of the  evening leading up to the celebration of the saints on All Saints Day  -  St. Cadbury, St. Hershey, St. Mars, St. Lowney and St. Nestle  -  and, of course, St. Hyperactive, St. Spunout, St. Cranky and St. Pancreatic-hangover. This is a solemn time indeed.

Chilly fire practice

Tracy Glen, photos

Pincher Creek resident Tracy Glen captured these images of our local firefighters practicing in the cold wind at the Ranchland Mall parking lot on Saturday, October 29.

Tracy Glen photos

Have a Happy and safe Halloween

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

C. Davis photo
When I was a kid out on the farm, we rarely came into town to do our Halloween festivities.  As a result, many of the treats that we collected on Halloween were homemade treats.  I got Carmel covered apples, rice crispy bars, naniamo bars, carmel corn, popcorn balls, cookies muffins, cupcakes and more.
We were not afraid to eat these treats from our neighbours as I had often eaten at their tables. They were delighted to see our costumes, and our delight at wearing them.  It was often cold enough that for them to see the costume, we would have to come in because it was full on winter, and the delicate fairy princess wings, or the pirate outfits were tucked in underneath a parka, mitts and toques.

Atom Chinooks lose close seed game against Taber

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Atom Chinooks vs Taber in hotly contested seed/exhibition game
Chris Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks played a hotly contested home exhibition seed game against their Taber rivals at the Memorial Community Centre on Saturday afternoon, October 29.  The Pincher Creek team took the upper hand early, with Chinooks Wesley Krampe and Josh Conley scoring two goals in the first period. Taber's Cody Stange sunk one into the Chinook net near the end of the period, and the score was 2-1 Pincher at the buzzer.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pee Wee Chinooks redeem themselves in seed game against Magrath

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pee Wee Chinooks #30 Matthew Duncan and #2 Chaz Vance
as seen in last night's game against CNP 
C. Davis photo

After last night's disappointing rout against the Crowsnest Thunder, Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks could probably do with a big win, which they got this afternoon, October 29, against Magrath.  The two teams met at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre arena.  In their second game of a three-game weekend, the Chinooks beat Magrath by a convincing score of 24-15.  Tomorrow, Sunday, October 30 they travel to Magrath to play against Lethbridge.

After the game Chinooks coach Randy Wittkopf  said "These are seeding games, which tell us where we play in the Spud league."  After the seed round is over the league schedule for the coming season will be decided.

"They're just getting their feet wet," Wittkopf said of his team. "The kids are skating well, and they can't wait until the league games start."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thunder rolls over Pee Wee Chinooks

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks were no match for the CNP Thunder
Chris Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks hosted the Crowsnest Pass Thunder at the Memorial Community Centre in a crossover exhibition seed game on Friday night, October 28.

Pincher goalies #30 Matthew Duncan and #1 Mica Foxblood had their work cut out for them, with the majority of three periods of solid Thunder action happening in the immediate vicinity of the Chinooks' crease.  The Crowsnest team were ferocious, firing a constant barrage of shots at the Chinooks' net.

Cooper kicks off Halloween weekend at Ranchland Mall

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Kids decorating their pumpkins at Ranchland Mall
C. Davis photo

The Pincher Creek Co-op had some Halloween fun waiting for kids today, October 28 at the Ranchland Mall. There were pumpkins with all the glittery fixings for kids to decorate and take home, as well as treats and a special appearance by Cooper, the Co-op mascots.  Kids and parents dropped in periodically thoroughout the day, and there were lots of smiles as we got a sneak peek at some of the costumes we can expect to see on Pincher Creek streets Halloween night.

Two Pandas hand heartbreak to Hawks

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Hawks B Girls put up a valiant
effort against the CNP 1 Pandas

C. Davis photo
The Halton B Girls faced their arch rivals the Crowsnest Pandas 1 and 2 teams in 5 sets of fast paced volleyball on Thursday, October 27 at the Matthew Halton gym.

In their first two sets the Hawks face the CNP 1 team, and the first game set the rhythm for most of the evening.  Both teams demonstrated a lot of energy and team spirit.  The Pandas took the first set 17-25, largely on superior serves.  The Hawks bounced back in the second set, with the score remaining close throughout, but once again the Panda 2 team emerged victorious by a score of 26-28 to take the match.

Halton B Boys Hawks edged out by Lundbreck in last home game of the season

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Sabres edge Hawks in B Boys volleyball
C. Davis photo

The Halton B Boys Hawks hosted the Lundbreck Sabres on Thursday, October 27 at the Matthew Halton gym.  The Hawks got off to a slow start, losing 11-25 in the first set, largely due to incompleted serves in a somewhat torpid game low on actual volleys.  The pace picked up considerably in the second set, the Hawks eventually winning it 25-20.   Lundbreck beat the Hawks in the third and final set 22-25 to take the match.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dragons and Panthers tangle in exciting volleyball action

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Sr. Dragons vs CNP Panthers
C. Davis photo
Saint Michael's School in Pincher Creek was the scene of boys volleyball, volleyball, and more volleyball on Wednesday, October 26th.  All matches were played between the St. Michael's Dragons and the Crowsnest Pass Consolidated School Panthers.  The Junior B Boys went first, followed by Junior Varsity, with the final match of the evening being played by the Senior Varsity teams.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MD elects new Reeve, appoints committees, discusses weeds

MD Council Meetings, October 18 and 25, 2011

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

New Reeve and Deputy Reeve appointed

At their October 18 Organizational Meeting  the Municipal District of Pincher Creek Council Councillor Rod Zielinski was acclaimed  as Reeve and Terry Yagos as (Deputy ) Reeve, replacing Rod Cyr and Bjorn Berg respectively in those positions.

Pincher Creek's "Great Kid" returns home with an award and a new laptop

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Dykota Latourneau recieves her
 Great Kids award from
AB Minister Dave Hancock

 Karen Gamache photo
Dykota Letourneau is in many ways a normal thirteen year old kid.  She goes to school at St. Michael's School, has hobbies, likes to hang out with her friends, and even occasionally has disagreements with her sisters.  This week, a spotlight has been focused on her because she is one of 18 youths across Alberta that has won the prestigious 12th annual Great Kids Award.  Letourneau got to travel to West Edmonton Mall, stay in the Igloo Fantasy room, get passes to the water park, and go shopping with her her family.

Alberta's largest bridge deck opens in Fort McMurray

Motorists travelling in and through Fort McMurray will be driving over Alberta’s largest bridge deck that covers an area equal to five football fields.

The brand new $127-million Athabasca River Bridge carries Highway 63 over the river. It opened to four lanes of traffic on Oct. 26.
“This milestone puts us well on our way to our ultimate goal of having 10 lanes of traffic flowing over the Athabasca River,” said Ray Danyluk, Minister of Transportation. “This new bridge is a key part of an overall plan to move people and goods safely and efficiently in Fort McMurray.”

Volleyball at Matthew Halton School, October 25

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Halton Jr A Hawks vs FPW Flyers
T. Lucas photo
On Tuesday evening, October 25, the  Matthew Halton volleyball courts were busy.

The Matthew Halton High Hawks 'B' Boys faced the Piikani Nation Secondary School Redskins Boys.  The Redskins came out on top in the first two sets, 12-15 in the first one and 23-25 in the second.  Hawks Coach Andrew Janzen noted that "the boys did step it up at the end, to take the last set."  The score in that one was 25-15 for the Halton team.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pee Wee Mustangs tie Coaldale in weekend home game

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pee Wee Mustangs vs Coaldale Bears
C. Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Mustangs football team faced the Coaldale Bears in a home game played at the Matthew Halton field on Saturday, October 22.  Two exciting halfs ended in an 18-18 tie.  The two teams will meet again in Coaldale on Saturday, October 29 to settle the issue in what will be the Mustangs' last game of the season.

Pee Wee Mustangs vs Coaldale Bears
C. Davis photo

Town Council hears results of Administration/Principal Operations review

Chris Davis - On June 13, 2011 a delegation appeared before Pincher Creek Town Council to present a document signed by 22 citizens "strongly urging" council to conduct an administrative and operations review by an independent contractor. The document also included questions they wanted answered.

Archie Grover, hired to perform the Administration and Principal Operations review for the Town, presented his findings to council and a small group of interested citizens at the October 24th public council meeting.

Prior to Grover's report, Mayor Ernie Olsen cautioned those in attendance that there wasn't to be any interruptions, and that there would be no public discussion of the report afterwards at the meeting, saying council members had not yet had the opportunity to read and discuss it themselves.

In his preamble Grover said he had conducted personal confidential interviews with the Mayor, all the council members, with the staff of the Town of Pincher Creek offices, with the town solicitor, and with a select number of the general public.

An end to unscheduled delegations?

Grover said he had attended three council meetings, and made note of some "irregular procedures of the council."  He said he observed members of the public "interrupting council proceedings by asking questions, and council respinding to them."  He suggested order be maintained in the future.  "In order to establish decorum, this practice must stop."  Grover also took issue with unscheduled delegations, which often appear near the beginning of council meetings.  "I do believe having unscheduled delegations speak at your meetings promotes this unacceptable behaviour," he said.  "I'm therefore recommending this item be discontinued as an agenda item."

Irregular procedures 

Grover was concerned about irregular procedures during the council meetings he attended.
He cited one situation where a Town staff member was present to fill in for the absent CAO but was sent home to be replaced by a councillor who recorded the minutes instead.  Grover indicated this was an unacceptable practice. "The validity of that meeting could certainly be brought into question," he said, citing sections of the Municipal Government Act which state in part "The Chief Administrative Officer must ensure that all minutes of council meetings are recorded in the English language without note or comment," and " a Chief Adminstrative Office may delegate any of the Chief Adminstrative Officer's powers, duties, or functions under this or any other enactment or bylaw to a designated officer or an employee of the municipality."

In another case, a councillor did not vote on a motion related to the Mill Rate Bylaw on May 9. 2011, which Grover said would normally disqualify him or her from the council unless he or she was permitted to abstain from voting, which Grover indicated should be a rare ocurrence and only for a few specific reasons.  "Councillors, raise your hands high when you're voting," he admonished.   "Leave no doubt in anyone's mind that you have voted."

He said councillors "habitually allowed their colleagues to add items to the agenda at a council meeting meetings."  Grover made it plain this was an unacceptable practice.  "The purpose of having the agenda package prepared several days ahead of the meeting is so councillors can become familiar with the agenda and to consider... before having to make an instant decision at a council meeting on a topic they know very little about."

Suggested: less meetings

Grover suggested the Town Council only hold one public meeting a month, after tightening up their procedures and rules, and only one Committee of the Whole meeting as well. At present council holds two meetings of each kind a month, except during the summertime.

CAO investigated and exonerated

Grover next turned his discourse to the subject of Chief Accounting Office Laurie Wilgosh, who apparently had been criticized by some past and present staff, as well as un-named members of the council. He made note of her 20 years of service to the Village of Cowley in the same role, and mentioned some of the differences in the two positions, related to the size and scope of the expectations placed on the role in a village as compared to a town the size of Pincher Creek. He said he was initially concerned that she had no certificate in municipal administration skills, but as she was now enrolled in an education program his concerns had dissipated. "Mrs. Wilgosh is very popular with her staff, and they think she's a good leader, and they enjoy working with her," said Grover, "even though some feel she could be a little firmer in her decision-making process and her management style. She must realize she cannot please everyone all of the time. She must make decisions more quickly and stand by them." Grover said "the majority of councillors have confidence in their CAO." He suggested "any councillor who has a problem with the CAO get to know her better. I am of the opinion that Mrs. Wilgosh has the necessary experience and sufficient knowledge to perform her duties." He recommended inproved communications between some councillors and the CAO.

No more "Director of Corporate Services"?

Grover suggested the vacant Director of Corporate Services" position be abolished.
Citizen Satisfaction

Grover was pleased with new additions to the Town of Pincher Creek website, including a way for citizens to contact council with their concerns. He said he'd received some uncomplimentary remarks about the way staff deals with complaints, and thought the complaint process was "a bit antiquated" before the Town purchased the new software to help with filing them. He said the citizenry "must be handled courteously and expeditiously" when dealing with the Town Office.

Size of Town workforce

Grover next addressed the concerns of "many ratepayers and some councillors" that the Town workforce was too large. He indicated there were 33 full-time staff, 14 part-time staff, and 9 summer students last summer, and said this was not an unusually high staffing number for a town the size of Pincher Creek, with the number of facilities we have. Similarly, concerns about the high cost of the Recreation department were downplayed. He said the Recreation employees joined a union when the town took over the old Rec board, and at the same time the town assumed responsibility for benefits and electricity costs in the new situation. In addition, he mentioned that the Town now charged the Recreation Department for in house services, which inflated the figures somewhat.
Pools are expensive

Grover said that "all indoor pools are costly," and if Pincher Creek wanted to keep running a pool it would have to accept that fact. In answer to the concerns of the 22 complaint signatories, he said "Yes, there has been an increase in pool wages." In his opinion the pool staffing "is about right at this time."
Concerns about building permits

Grover said there was nothing in his findings to indicate the Town's building permit regulations were being broken by citizens.

Website contract concerns

In terms of the Town website contract, which was recently tendered out for bids, Grover said there was only one company that responded, thae same company presently doing the website work, and therefore their contract was renewed.

Development Office position

Grover said that concerns about the Development Office position were unfounded, as the role had been filled with "temporary" help only, but expected the position to be advertised by the end of the year.

Other allegations dismissed

Nearing the conclusion of his report Grover said "There have been many other allegations made and questions asked of me in the course of this investigation, which I have looked into, but I have found there to be nothing irregular about any of the activities, and ... I don't feel I should spend any more time on these issues in this report."

Organizational structure

Mr. Grover said the organizational structure of the Town was "typical of many organizations", with the exception of the Town office, which he said suffered from an "unorthodox reporting structure." He recommended a more traditional structure, and provided a suggested amended organizational chart with his report. He also recommended the Town create a new designated Safety Officer position.

Town in good financial shape

Grover said the Town was in good financial shape, having almost 9 million dollars in reserve.


Grover summarized his report with 9 recommendations, as follows (paraphrased):

  1. Have a designated officer or an employee assigned by the CAO at legally appointed meetings to report the proceedings. 
  2. Make sure to vote on every motion, resolution, or bylaw. 
  3. Eliminate having items of a non emergent nature added to the agenda. 
  4. Reduce the number of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. 
  5. Eliminate unscheduled delegations. 
  6. CAO abolish the Director of Department Services position. 
  7. CAO reorganize the office. 
  8. CAO designate a Safety Officer for the Town. 
  9. Council adopt the amended procedure bylaw.

Dragons get Raided in volleyball shut-out

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

St. Michael's JV Girls Dragons versus  Nanton's JT Foster Raiders
T. Lucas photo

St. Michael's Dragons hosted Nanton's JT Foster Raiders in both Junior Varsity and Senior Girls volleyball on Monday, October 24.
     The Junior teams took to the court first. The Dragons came on strong to start, then seemed to falter, early into the first set.  The Dragons have been steadily improving, but they did not bring their best game to the court today.  They lost all three sets to the Raiders 14 - 25, 16 - 25, and 12 - 25.  Raiders Coach Candice McKay said that her team "played strong and well."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Request to suspend consideration withdrawn, AUC to release Heartland decision November 1

Government of Alberta media notice

The Alberta government has withdrawn its request to the Alberta Utilities Commission to suspend consideration of the Heartland Transmission Project application.

The AUC will release its decision on this application on Tuesday, November 1, at which time it will be posted on the AUC website, at

The Alberta Utilities Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta.

Carbon Capture and Storage

Information release

Hon. Evan Berger, MLA Livingstone-Macleod
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Hon. Evan Berger 
MLA Livingstone-Macleod
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas that comes from many sources - decay of plant and animal matter, fires and even our breathing. It is also produced by burning fossil fuels. Every time we drive our cars, heat our homes or turn on the lights, we use energy created from fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas and this creates CO2. In addition, a number of industries that make an important contribution to our province’s economy and quality of life, like electricity production and the oil and gas industry, emit CO2.

"Anonymous" attacks online pedophilia

Chris Davis, Opinion, Pincher Creek Voice

The "hacktivist" group Anonymous has declared war on child-pornography websites, website hosts, and users that fuel them. Freedom Hosting was identified as a specific target because they "are openly supporting child pornography and enabling pedophiles to view innocent children, fueling their issues and putting children at risk of abduction, molestation, rape, and death," according to an Anonymous statement.  "By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100gb (gigabytes) of child pornography."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Whispering Winds update, October 22

George Huddlestun, Columnist

George Huddlestun
C. Davis photo
     The Thanksgiving buffet at Whispering Winds was a tremendous success with over 70 guests and residents here to enjoy the turkey dinner with all the trimmings, topped off with pumpkin cheese cake and other scrumptious deserts. The cook and extra staff along with management put it all together for the resident’s enjoyment and “BOY” did we ever! Thanks to all for your hard work.

     The exercise program is up and running and will be placed on the agenda in November. If any of the seniors are interested please join us in the coffee lounge at 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. It is a “Sit to Be Fit” program with a twist.

     The Lions clubs from Pincher Creek, Cowley/Lundbreck and visiting clubs were Whispering Winds guests Thursday evening. They enjoyed a tour of the facility before their meeting began, followed by coffee and tasty tidbits from the kitchen.  Management extends a warm thank you to the Lions for all the hard work and donations made within the community’s over the years.

     The “Clippity-Do-Dah-Salon’ is now open for business, in house, each Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Jocelyne Sheen is the owner/ stylist with years of experience and knowledge of the hair industry. Doing double-duty at Whispering Winds keeps Jocelyne “out of trouble”, or maybe opens the door to more mischief, as she also is a very caring and capable server of the tables. We at the village wish you well and love you lots for all you do for us.

Upcoming events: 

  • Buffets: Remembrance Day, November 17; Christmas, December 20; New Year’s,  December 31. 
  • Bingo will be scheduled on the November calendar. 
  • Don’t forget to dress up for the Halloween supper on October 31, prizes for best Lady and best Man. 
  • On November 17 pictures of those that Served along with your own picture as of 1946 will be on display at Whispering Winds.  

The flu season will be upon us soon and the Pincher Creek Health unit is holding flu shot days in the community. If you are interested make sure you get down to one of these special days to get your shot. Click here for clinic information

Until next time have a great week!

Mustangs thankful for community support

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pee Wee Mustangs pose in front of one of their new
Rotary-funded change rooms

C. Davis photo

     The Pincher Creek Rotary Club has been a good friend to the Mustangs this year. They donated the two Mustangs-blue change rooms that can be found on the southwest end of the Matthew Halton football field.  This was a very welcome addition for the players.   Supplies for the structures cost $5000, and volunteers helped with the construction.  The Rotary also paid for the Senior and Bantam Helmets, coming to a total of approximately $2000.

     Coach Travis (aka Dr. Travis Liscombe, Chiropractor) donated helmets for the Pee Wee Mustangs.

Bantam Mustangs pose in front of one of their new
Rotary funded change rooms

Submitted photo

‘Doin’ the Ton’

Phil Burpee, Columnist, Pincher Creek Voice

Phil Burpee is a carpenter
and farmer living north of
Pincher Creek. He keeps
an eye on the world from
 under the big Alberta sky.
That’s what they used to call it, those old English Rockers on their Nortons and BSAs  -  going a hundred miles an hour (160 km/hr for the modern reader) – the ton. I used to do it in cars. There was something iconic and somehow weirdly meaningful about watching that speedometer needle creeping up past the 100 line. It had no purpose  -  just a thing that was there. It was the local, automotive mountain, and it needed climbing  -  ‘because it was there’. I was still doing it in my thirties from time to time, just out of old habits I suppose. Driving fast was always fun, but it didn’t really have any particular meaning without edging up through that ceiling into the clear blue sky of 100+  -  80, 85 – 90,95  -  whoosh! -   into the Zone! It was like you would leave the normal world behind and join the band of glinty-eyed speedsters who were ready to roll where angels themselves might sensibly fear to tread. And all you had to do was sit there and enjoy the ride.

The 'good' news

 Toni Lucas, Columnist, Pincher Creek Voice

Toni Lucas
    The last week has been a whirlwind of news from the world.  Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya for over four decades, is dead.  Spain has had a government and church run baby trafficking ring exposed.  China is being publicly shamed in response to a video of a small child being ran down in the streets.  Occupy Wall Street has spread worldwide, exposing plans of a new world order on behalf of "the one percent" that includes corporate immunity for crimes including torture and slavery, and plans of conglomeration into a single "North American Union".  Even the heavens were unsettled with the rumors of comet Elenin, prophecies of doom echoing from the past.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Senior Mustangs win Division B, Game with Taber a confused affair

2011 Division B Champions
Pincher Creek Senior Mustangs

Dan Crawford photo
     The Pincher Creek Senior Mustangs played a powerful game against equally powerful opponents on Friday night, October 22, 2011.  First, a wrap-up of the game graciously supplied by Pee Wee Mustangs Coach Tom Holoboff, who was linesman for the Senior game.  After that, some color and commentary from the event, including an interview with Senior Mustangs Coach Dennis Sokownin, and of course photos and video.  Over to you Tom.

Novice Chinooks edged by Taber in fast-paced game

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Chinooks versus Taber in fast-paced Novice action
C. Davis photo

Hockey fans catch the
Novice action

C. Davis photo
The Pincher Creek Novice Chinooks 2 team hosted their Taber 3 counterparts in three periods of fast paced, exciting hockey, ultimately losing narrowly by a score of 3-4 for Taber.  It was an unusually fast-paced game for players so young, with plenty of thrills and spills.  These two teams were well matched, with plenty of good passing action to entertain the crowd on both sides.  It will be interesting to watch these feisty young players develop over the next few seasons.

Minister celebrates accomplishments of Great Kids

Government of Alberta press release

Young Albertans awarded for kindness and courage, including Pincher Creek teen Dykota Letourneau

Great Kid!!
Dykota Letourneau

C. Davis photo
Sixteen Alberta children and youth were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and communities.

Human Services Minister Dave Hancock honoured the recipients during the 12th annual Great Kids Awards at the Fantasyland Hotel on October 22.
“I am pleased to present this prestigious award to such incredibly inspiring young leaders who have made a positive difference for others - each in their own special way,” said Hancock. “Alberta’s future is bright, thanks to the generosity, talents and community spirit of our children and youth.”

Flu Clinic In Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Bill Thorpe gets his shot.
T. Lucas photo

     It was busy in the Pincher Creek Town Hall Gymnasium on Saturday, October 22.  The Flu Clinic was in full swing.  Lynn Cameron-Thorpe, public health nurse for the Pincher Creek area stated that "this open to every Albertan over the age of six months."  She would like to remind everyone to bring their Alberta Health Care card and wear short sleeves when they come for their shot.

     Jolene Van Driesten is a fourth year University of Lethbridge nursing student, one of the medical staff administering the vaccine, and Bill Thorpe was relaxed and ready. Once the needle was out and the process over with he said "Well, that's over for another year."

Lander and Kimberly Hurst
T. Lucas photo
Lander Hurst was waiting on the sidelines, with mom, Kimberly Hurst.  "He was very brave, no fussing or squirming."  Lander showed off the dinosaur stickers that he got from the nurse for his adventure.

The next two flu clinics in Pincher Creek will be held in the Town Hall gymnasium.
Wednesday October 26, 1pm to 7pm
November 2, 1pm to 7pm

For a list of clinic schedules in Pincher Creek and Blairmore, click here.
Clinics are going on throughout the health region, to find the schedule for your area, please go online to the Alberta Health public site at

St. Michael’s School Jr/Sr High Sword and Shield Academic Awards

Chris Davis and Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice, with submitted material

Saint Michael's School Associate 
Principal Mrs. Tina Delinte 
and Principal Mr. Don Kuchison
Photos C. Davis and T. Lucas
St. Michael’s School in Pincher Creek held their annual Junior and Senior High Sword and Shield Academic
Awards on the evening of October 20, 2011. Principal Don Kuchison hosted the ceremonies with a genial pride exhibited towards his students and his faculty, and a genuine warmth to all assembled for the evenings' festivities. He included a quote in his introductory address from Philippians 4:8.
"Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

After the ceremonies were concluded, everyone in attendance was invited to snack on treats prepared by the students in the lunch room.

With kids this bright, Pincher Creek is definitely doing something right.
Congratulations to the parents and educators, and to these marvellous students who shine forth such a promising future.

Pee Wee Chinooks school Cardston

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pee Wee Chinooks vs Cardston
C. Davis photo

     Pincher Creek's Pee Wee Chinooks played host to the Cardston Thunder on Friday, October 21.  While Cardston never quit trying, they were no match for the Chinooks.  The scoreboard stopped working at 8-0 for Pincher Creek, in the first period.  The Chinooks were "Putting on a clinic," in the words of one bystander. Chinook goalie Micah Blood spent a lonely game peering at the action on the other end of the rink.  Cardston was simply outclassed.

     One thing the Cardston team did demonstrate was the secret ingredient to improving, heart.  At no point during the game did it seem like they were dialing it in or capitulating.  It will be interesting to see how they play with a little more experience under their helmets.

Badminton season begins at Matthew Halton

Doubles game
T. Lucas photo

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The birdies were flying fast and frequently at the first Pincher Creek Badminton Club games of the year.  Mike Barkwith is one of the club's organizers. He noted that there were more new people this year, with approximately 20 people in attendance.  "We welcome everyone.  We don't have coaches, but the people here are helpful and willing to help along those that have not played before," Barkwith said, while indicating the courts where young and old were playing. "We appreciate that Mathew Halton lets us use their facilities," mentioned Barkwith.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sr. Mustangs: 2011 "B" Division Champions

The Pincher Creek Senior Mustangs saw a season of hard work pay off tonight, taking home the Southern Alberta High School Football League B Division trophy for the very first time in the team's history.  We'll have full coverage of tonight's game against the Taber Rebels soon, stay tuned.

HOORAH!! Sr. Mustangs take home the SAHSFL Division B trophy
C. Davis photo

AUC suspends 3 critical transmission infrastructure applications at government request

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has today suspended its review process and suspended hearings for three critical transmission projects before it. This was at the request of the Alberta government to allow the government to consider its overall approach to critical transmission infrastructure.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

16th annual Pincher Creek and District 2011 Business Awards

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Emcee Bob Westrop
T. Lucas photo
The Heritage Inn was the site of the  2011 Pincher Creek and District Business Awards, put on by the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Ernie Olsen
T. Lucas photo
Before the dinner, Mayor Ernie Olsen roundly congratulated the Chamber of Commerce.  "It is nice to see the Chamber of Commerce up and running, and their aggressive work on improving.  Bruce Buckingham (Chamber President) is good at the helm."  Prior to the awards ceremony, C&D Floral proprietor and Customer Service Award nominee Nicki Schoening said "it is an honour to be nominated.  I would be very proud to receive this award, as customer service is our priority."

Powering the past

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Marshall Unruh running the trenching
 machine at KBPV

T. Lucas photo
     Riteline Electric Ltd. are at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) this week, upgrading the electrical services.  Marshall Unruh and Dan Boerema were busy with both the trenching machine and shovel to bury existing and new lines.  The lines that bisect the sky over the main "Pioneer Village" courtyard at KBPV will be relocated underground, and new ones will be installed to power previously unserviced buildings, such as the the North West Mounted Police barn and the newly acquired Cyr House. 


      KBPV is planning a "Roaring 20's" theme for next year, which promises to be a lot of fun.

Volleyball in Pincher Creek, October 20, 2011

3 games played locally tonight

Boys Jr. High Hawks vs Redskins at Matthew Halton School
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Jr. Redskins for the win
T. Lucas photo
     Even with the home team advantage, the Matthew Halton Jr. High Hawks were hard pressed today, Thursday October 20, as the Piikani Nation Secondary School Redskins Jr. High Boys were out for volleyball victory.  Hawks won the first two out of three, and the Redskins bounced back for the second round of play.  In the third, the Redskins achieved a decisive win.

Sr. Mustangs get ready for Championship game

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Sr. Mustang Kory Geddes
C. Davis photo
     This Friday evening, September 21, at 5 pm, Pincher Creek's Senior Mustangs will take to the Matthew Halton field to vie with the Taber Rebels for the Division B Championship.  In a season full of firsts for the Mustangs, this is the next one.  They've never won the division before, in fact they've never even come close, but stand a very good chance this year.

      Kory Geddes has been a major player in his teams success this year.  A Mustangs wide-side Linebacker and Fullback, Geddes was unfortunately sidelined by a leg injury sustained in the game against Chinook on October 11, the Mustangs only loss in regular season, that also saw two other team members sustain significant injury.  He told me his leg, which was initially thought to be broken, sustained some serious tendon damage, and might have to undergo surgery, depending on how it heals.  Geddes was very upbeat about his team's chances, and intends to be there cheering them on the whole way to Provincials.  "I'm in grade 11," he said, after being asked if it was disappointing to be forced to sit out the big games.  "I can play again next year."

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