Friday, August 31, 2012

RCMP nab wanted suspect Trevor Legge

RCMP have successfully apprehended a wanted subject, Trevor LEGGE, believed to have been armed and dangerous.

LEGGE was wanted on Canada Wide Warrants for a number of recent offences believed to have been committed in and around both the Blackfalds and Whitecourt areas.

Yesterday, August 30th, Edmonton and Hinton RCMP General Investigation Sections (GIS), assisted by ALERT's Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit (IFAU), RCMP Special "O", Edson Major Crimes Unit (MCU), and Hinton RCMP Detachment, worked together to successfully locate and apprehend the wanted man.

How do we spend our dash?

Rob Bernshaw

Rob Bernshaw, Columnist

Noted author and poet Linda Ellis wrote a poem one afternoon in 1996 that changed her life and countless other lives in the process. This poem, called The Dash, is one person's reflection of what goes on from the time we enter this wonderful planet until we leave the life we have lived. At the bottom of this column will be an image of this thought provoking poem. After seeing this poem In video format, thoughts rushed to mind of  thankfulness and gratitude for all that has passed before and for the present day.

Albertans encouraged to nominate someone for enriching the lives of persons with disabilities

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize people who work toward creating communities where all citizens can participate fully.

There are six awards: the Gary McPherson Leadership Award, the Marlin Styner Achievement Award and four Awards of Excellence in the areas of education, employment, community and public awareness.

Reader praises local Hospital

Avinash Chatterjee

I first went to Pincher Creek Hospital on August 1 with Dr Cathy and team taking a lot of care and consideration for few hours of observation, and again went back
 to Pincher Creek Hospital on the afternoon of August 21, and as Doctor Irving found my BP very high they admitted me into the Cardiac Care unit, with monitoring and medication every hour and round the clock Doctors and nurses visiting. They went "beyond the call of duty" and made me feel like a VIP.

I never got such good treatment in any other Hospital .

It gives a great professional caring impression of the advance Medical facilities in Pincher Creek Hospital.

Government implements tougher rules to protect job seekers

New rules will be coming into effect September 1 to strengthen protection for all job seekers, including temporary foreign workers, who use employment agencies.

“The regulation will help protect job seekers whether they are new to Alberta or have lived here a long time,” said Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar. “As Alberta’s economy continues to grow so will the demand for workers and this government is making sure there is greater protection for potential employees who choose to use employment agencies.”

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MLA Pat Stier announces "Action Plan" to support Fort Macleod Police Training Centre

Livingstone-Macleod MLA
Pat Stier
C. Davis photo
In a press release issued today, Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier stated his intent to support the Fort Macleod Police Training Facility project that was cancelled by the provincial government yesterday.

The following is the unedited text of Stier's press release:

The decision by the Provincial Government to cancel the Police Training Facility project is very disappointing news to me as the MLA for Livingstone Macleod and I am greatly concerned about those good folks in Fort Macleod and the surrounding areas who have committed so much time and effort in good faith to this project over the years.
"My action plan, as the MLA for the area and as a member of the Official Opposition in the Legislature to support and resurrect this project, is to immediately investigate the facts behind this decision and explore every avenue available to us to oppose this and seek alternatives to keep the project alive, including the possibility of requesting a postponement until another solution can be found.
We must do everything that we can do to keep this project going and not allow it to be completely cancelled.
In the next few days our staff will be using every possible tool available to us to get that facts and I intend on requesting this government to provide the complete details that lead to this decision and further demanding that they convene a meeting in Fort Macleod as soon as possible to explain how this decision was reached."
- MLA Pat Stier for the Constituency of Livingstone Macleod

Arson suspected in two early morning fires

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Fire responded to a fire in a swathed canola field east of town at approximately 6 am this morning, August 30.  When that fire was almost extinguished, another was spotted in the grass of a nearby road allowance.  Peigan fire assisted in dousing that one.

According to Pincher Creek Fire Chief Dave Cox, both fires were easily managed because of the time of day and the slow burn rate due to humid conditions.

Fire Chief Cox asks that the public "keep your eyes open", because both fires are suspected to have been set deliberately.

The Fire Commissioner's Office and the RCMP are assisting with the investigation into both incidents.

Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) prepare for a busy long weekend

New sanctions under Bill 26 to be enforced

The September long weekend traditionally is one of the busiest on Alberta's highways.

Motorists can expect to see an increased RCMP and Alberta Traffic Sheriff presence on the roads this weekend. In their ongoing efforts to improve road safety, Integrated Traffic Units (ITU) will focus enforcement efforts on speeding, seat belt use and distracted driving.

"We know that a visible police presence on the roads over the long weekends has contributed to a reduction in the  number of serious injury and fatal collisions in recent years, "  said Inspector Stephen Grant, Operations Officer for RCMP "K" Division Traffic Services. " If people think they might get caught, they are more likely to slow down, buckle up and hang up the cell phone. It is as simple as that."

On Saturday, September 1st,  ITU personnel will also start enforcing the second phase of Bill 26. Blood alcohol limits above .05 ms % will result in an immediate three day suspension of driving privileges and a three day vehicle seizure. A second offence will result in a 15 day license suspension and a 7 day vehicle seizure. A third offence will result in a 30 day license suspension and a 7 day vehicle seizure.

"Our goal is to drive home the message that drivers must think before getting behind the wheel, and to keep thinking once they hit the road," said Superintendent Rick Gardner of the Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. " Don't become a statistic this Labor Day long weekend."

Expanded health hazard alert: Daniella brand Mangoes

Updated August 29, 2012 - The public warning issued on August 28, 2012, has been further expanded to include additional product codes and dates of sale.

Additional codes of DANIELLA brand MANGOES distributed nationally may contain Salmonella Braenderup bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Daniella brand mangoes described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria.

The affected Daniella brand mangoes, product of Mexico, were sold as individual fruit or as a part of a multi-pack with a sticker bearing brand Daniella and one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. These mangoes were sold at various retail stores between July 12 and up to and including August 29, 2012.

These mangoes may have been distributed nationally.

Consumers may find it difficult to determine which of the Daniella brand mangoes are affected by this recall. You are advised to contact the retailer to find out if you have the affected mangoes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The internet doesn't kill newspapers, newspapers kill newspapers


Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

What is this "internet"
you speak of?
Sales of printed news media is dropping like a stone worldwide.  Newspapers are getting thinner and thinner at the same time as the content is becoming less and less relevant in a world that increasingly gets its news as it happens or shortly thereafter.

At the same time, print publishers and editors seem to be in complete denial, muttering about the smell of paper, the convenience, the history.  "The internet is a fad!" was the rallying cry of print people until very recently.

True, when I sniff my computer screen or my cell phone, they don't smell like pulped dead tree.  However, I would argue that online news is now far more convenient than print.  In the palm of my hand I have access to the internet, which does not seem to be a fad after all, and to the incredible wealth of constantly updating information from a huge multitude of sources that it provides.  I can fact check that information, and I can get any number of different perspectives on it, almost instantly.


Newspaper publishers and editors only have themselves to blame for the decline in their niche market.  The world has changed.  People who are in the news business should be the first to notice that, not the last.  Newspapers are killing themselves by not adapting.  Blaming us online folks for being smart enough to step up to the plate is opaque folly.

Various pundits who are employed by heavily-invested-in-print media outlets have suggested it is almost impossible to break through the overwhelming amount of information available on the internet enough to create a viable presence.

To that I reply:

The Pincher Creek Voice was envisioned as a hyper-local news site.  To our surprise, it turned out there was a regional hunger for the product we put out.  In fact, people are learning about our little community from all over world via this website.  In big numbers.

When we began we decided to completely re-think how news is presented, embracing the many lessons of the past while deliberately challenging some of the basic rules of thumb applied to print journalism, particularly those that revolved around space issues.

One picture tells a story, yes.  Many pictures often do a better job of telling the whole story.  Video is often far more interesting than the forced observations of an outside observer.  If a story can be told in 100 words, great.  If it takes a 1000, why not?

If it's happening right now, why not tell people right now?  If someone is missing right now, let's get to finding them right now.  If the highway is closed because of...  well, you get what I mean.

In a year this little publication has grown to over 7000 unique readers a month.  We get close to 1200 pageviews a day.  More if there's a breaking story.  Less if there isn't and it's a Sunday.  In a market with about 7000 potential readers, tops, of all ages.  In a market where a significant portion of that possible readership is past retirement age and isn't into this "Internet fad".  In a market where "internet resistance" is particularly high.

Two people did it, right here, right now, with a lot of help.  Only one of us is full-time.  As an enterprise, we're coming perilously close to making a profit going into our second year of publication.  We invested time, know-how, supplies, computer equipment, and camera gear.  Almost nothing, compared to the start-up costs of most businesses.  Except for the time of course.  There's been a lot of that spent.

We salute the spirit of the guy that pulled his wagon into town over a hundred years ago and said "This town could use a decent newspaper".

If we can do it, with limited resources, from an office nestled up against the kitchen fridge...

We embraced Facebook and Twitter from the beginning.  It's paid off, over and over again.  We immediately adopted longer forms of journalism where appropriate.  Our starting point is the assumption that people want to know more, not less.

We refuse to reduce the news to quippy bite sized portions.  What we call a headline others call "coverage".

We say "and" at every opportunity instead of "or" or "but..."

Nothing ever gets rejected because we "haven't got the space".  Yes, sometimes things do get rejected, but that is never the reason.

People read us in Pincher Creek, Piikani, Fort MacMurray, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Moscow, California, High River, Japan, Australia, Denver, Poland... in significant numbers.  We're working on Cowley and Lundbreck.

Time to reconsider, print folks.

Nah, take your time...

Online news is not a future that is coming.  It's the present.

The present. That's news.  The rest is history.  We do that too.

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier speaks out against decision to quash Fort Macleod Police College

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Updated with additional information

Livingstone-Macleod MLA
Pat Stier

C. Davis photo
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier responded to our request for comment via Facebook on the just-announced decision by the Provincial Government to cancel plans to build a police college in Fort Macleod.

"I am extremely appalled, surprised and completely enraged by this decision," Stier said.  It is outrageous that this late in the stage of the construction process that the PCs are pulling the rug on this project It makes no sense after they have been boasting about this project for five years, with PC college funds announced last month and now they are cutting the project. This is the more of the same old PC government, failing to prioritize their resources and now because of their sloppy mismanagement a training centre promised to the residents of southern Alberta is being cut."

"We’re beginning to see more of a pattern here where the PCs are beginning to realize what a deep fiscal hole they are in as a result of their out of control spending habits on things like corporate welfare, AHS expense allowances and patronage postings for PC insiders."

"This government cannot be trusted to keep their promises and now seem to be targeting opposition ridings directly for savings."

In a follow-up phone interview Stier said "Our (Wildrose) caucus has been in furious communication all afternoon, and we will be bringing them (the Government) to task on this big time."

Related link

Funding for Fort Macleod police training college cancelled

The Alberta Government today announced the cancellation of the planned Alberta Public Safety and Law Enforcement Training Centre in Fort Macleod.

“This was an extremely tough decision,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “But in the end, Albertans expect their tax dollars to be invested wisely and the government is committed to this goal.”

This decision is expected to come as a blow to the community of Fort Macleod, where the training centre was planned to cover 340 acres adjacent to Highway 2 southbound, donated by the Town of Fort Macleod, with a total project budget of $122 million, according to the Fort Macleod Gazette (link).  Construction was supposed to begin this summer.

Out and About August 18 - 29

Happy Face Barn at Lundbreck Falls
Josh Davis photo

Brasnett Family on a huckleberry quest
C. Davis photo

Huckleberry hounds at Castle Mountain
C. Davis photo
 Castle Mountain's Huckleberry Festival was a huge success this year, with one very small cloud in the sky, soaring +30 temperatures, over 1000 huckleberry hunters, plenty of hucklberries (and wild strawberries), live entertainment all day, BBQ, and the natural beauty of Castle Mountain all around.

The view from the top of Castle Mountain
C. Davis photo

Patrick Sean Earl entertaining the Huckeberry Festival throngs
Chris Davis photo

Above and below:  Anti-logging protesters met Premier Alison Redford at the Pincher Creek Municipal Airport when she landed there prior to participating in the Rotary Breakfast and Pincher Creek Parade on August 18.
Patricia Johnson photos

^ The paving project on the road to the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill near Lundbreck has begun.
J. Davis photo, August 25

Gordon and Ross at the Pincher Creek Parade
Chris Snow photo

Good advice, as summer ends (seen at Castle Mountain)
J. Davis photo

Above and below:  Smoke from British Columbia wildfires was quite visible in the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass areas last week.  Photos taken August 23.
Chris Davis photos

Are you ready for another school year?

Below: Recent landscapes in the Pincher Creek area

C. Davis photo

C. Davis photo

C. Davis photo

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Easier online access to post-secondary funding for Alberta students

Over 35,000 students have used new website to apply for funding since June

More Albertans can pursue their post-secondary goals thanks to the new and improved Student Aid Alberta program. Changes to contribution requirements make it easier for students to receive funding and a new website offers support throughout the application process and beyond.

The website,, takes students through the stages of applying for student loans and grants, getting their money, and repaying their loans using flexible repayment options. Students can save time by easily finding all the information they need on one site.

SW Alberta Parks Update, August 28, 2012

All Southwest Alberta Provincial Parks and Provincial Recreation Areas are open.  Fall and winter season first come, first serve will be available in Southwest Provincial Park Campgrounds, as of September 4.

This information is subject to change.

Camping Information:

Beauvais Lake Provincial Park Campground: will be completely first-come first-serve camping for the fall and winter season beginning on September 4, 2012.  The last day for firewood sales will be Sunday, September 2.

Chain Lakes Provincial Park Campground: Camping is available all winter.

Oldman River Dam Provincial Recreation Area, Cottonwood Campground, Castle View RV Park, and Windy Point: will be closed for camping September 30, 2012 (day-use areas are open all year).  The last day for firewood sales will be Sunday, September 2.

For information on Campgrounds operated by Rocky Mountain Camping (Castle Area and Forestry) please visit  or phone 403-563-5395

Lucky Lundbreck Cornfest 50/50 winner announced

Dan Cleland presents Margaret Jones with a
big 50/50 jackpot cheque, destined for her daughter
The Lundbreck Cornfest ended on a high note when the draw for the winner of the 50/50 fundraiser was made. The lucky winner was Lyndsey Jones from Calgary.  Dan Cleland, president of the Lundbreck Citizen’s Council presented a $1442 cheque to Margaret Jones, who was happy to accept it on behalf of her daughter. The money raised from this draw will go towards the maintenance and running of the Lundbreck Hall.

RCMP issues back to school reminders to motorists

Alberta RCMP, along with our enforcement partners, will be involved in educating the public on back to school safety. In the excitement of returning to school, children may forget basic road safety rules as they walk, bicycle, and ride the bus to schools across Alberta. Throughout the province, traffic injuries are the leading cause of death and a leading cause of hospitalization of children younger than 14 years of age. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through residential areas and to adhere to speed limits in school and playground zones.

“Children have difficulty judging oncoming vehicles’ speeds and have a tendency to dart out into the street in pursuit of a friend, pet, or toy. Drivers may find it harder to see children who are smaller in height,” says Cpl. Chris KOSACK, Banff RCMP Media Liaison Officer. “A child's reaction to danger differs from that of an adult. For instance, the approach of a car may prompt a child to run faster across the street instead of staying on the sidewalk as would an adult. Fatigue and lack of attention increase the risk of a child suffering a pedestrian injury on the way to or from school.”

To keep children safe, motorists should:
  • Scan farther down the road and obey posted speed limits. Always be prepared to slow down or stop.
  • Avoid loud music and other distractions when driving.
  • Use caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Parked or stopped vehicles may hide a pedestrian who is crossing the road. The fine is $575 and four demerit points for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross.
  • Be very cautious in parking lots or when backing out of a parking stall or driveway.
  • Watch for kids between parked vehicles and on the sidewalk. They may dash out into the street after a friend or a toy.
  • Adhere to school and playground zone speed limits in your community.

The speed limit in both urban and rural school zones is 30 km/h and is in effect on school days from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless the municipality posts other times.

Peewee Mustangs still looking for more players

Peewee Mustangs at practice last week
J. Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Peewee Mustangs football team is looking for more players, age 8 - 12. Call 403-627-8902 for more information or to sign up.   Practices will be held at Sproule field Monday through Thursday from 6 - 7:30 pm.  The first game of the season for the Peewee Mustangs will be held on Saturday, September 1 at the Claresholm Jamboree.

Public’s help needed to identify voice of Person of Interest in Amber Tuccaro missing person case

September 4, 2012 Update:  Human remains identified as Amber Tuccaro

RCMP are still asking for assistance to identify voice.

Amber Alyssa Tuccaro

Monday, August 27, 2012

Next phase of impaired driving legislation on track for September 1

Alberta takes another step toward safer roads for all Albertans with increases to existing administrative penalties for drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .05 to .08.

“We want to encourage drivers to plan ahead and make the right decisions for themselves, for their passengers and for other people on the road,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver. “Since we passed this legislation last year, so many Albertans have already had these important conversations with their families and friends. We can all do something about preventable traffic collisions.”

Starting September 1, a person with a BAC between .05 and .08 found driving a motor vehicle will receive an immediate three-day licence suspension and a three-day vehicle seizure. Penalties increase with repeat offences.

Prior to these changes, since 1999, a driver with a BAC of .05 to .08 received a 24-hour licence suspension.

A conversation with Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier
C. Davis photo
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier was in Pincher Creek last Thursday, August 23 to have a private meeting with members of the Pincher Creek Foundation board, which manages Crestview Lodge.  After that meeting he sat with me in the Crestview Lodge atrium, and we discussed a variety of topics. The questions I asked him are synopsised in bold italics, with his full responses in regular text.

Why were you visiting here at Crestview?

"Crestview is another one of these issues throughout the region that has come to us, looking for assistance.  And when I say assistance, I refer to where they have been trying to deal with the province in terms of trying to get upgrades and or new capital funding, and are running into extremely difficult situations, where their buildings are essentially no longer meeting code, they're out of date, they're overcrowded, and they can't seem to get any funding, because the government  doesn't seem to have it as a priority.  And when I say 'it' I mean seniors facilities.  It's definitely not a priority, that's my observation."

Casting call in Pincher Creek still looking for more kids

Potential extras John Baker and Donna Downing
on either side of Casting Director Alyson Lockwood
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Classic Casting Director Alyson Lockwood is familiar with Pincher Creek and area.  "I did some casting for 'Brokeback Mountain'," she said,  as she directed people that were trickling in throughout the day to the gymnasium doors on the Town Hall building.

Lockwood and crew arrived in Pincher Creek to start casting extras for 'The Right Kind of Wrong" early Saturday morning on August 25.  "There were around 20-25 people waiting when we arrived, and people have been coming all day.  We're about two hours in, and we've had about a hundred through."

Jillana Hammond gets her photo taken
at casting call
Lockwood did share the concern that at that point in the day, they had not seen many children.  "We are looking for kids, between the ages of 8-16, as well as adults."  If they did not see enough by the end of the day she said "We may do a separate casting call, just for kids."

"We have a big party scene, that will require people dressed up, and servers, as extras," Lockwood mentioned.  She is also on the lookout for luxury vehicles that can be parked in shots.  "The newer, the better," she stated, explaining that the movie is based in modern times.

Lundbreck Cornfest a big success

Robyn Dowson, Contributor

Cornfest in Lundbreck started with a hearty
breakfast provided by the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 Council

J. Davis photo

Cornfest in Lundbreck was in a word “Successful”.  Held on Saturday, August 25, the day started out with a Pancake Breakfast at the Lundbreck Hall, hosted by most of the M.D. Councillors and some of their spouses.  We had a great turn out and everyone was raving about Tara’s pancakes, as well as the sausage patties and ham. Thank you so much to all those M.D. personnel who catered the breakfast.  It was greatly appreciated by the Lundbreck Citizens Council and by everyone who attended.  Thank you also to Chris Davis for entertaining everyone during the breakfast.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Miniature Chuckwagon races held in Cardston

Rob Bernshaw, Pincher Creek Voice
Mini Chuckwagons racing at Remington Carriage Museum
R. Bernshaw image

The 8th Annual Miniature Horse Chuckwagon World Championships were held at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston Alberta on August 17 and 18.

The Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon Racing Association (AMCRA) supplied all the race crew, teams, wagon masters and wagons.  In order for this wonderful show to take place, volunteers were organized and provided through the The Remington Friends Society in Cardston.

Organized in 1998, AMCRA was formed in 2003 as a non-profit organization that puts on races throughout Alberta and British Columbia.  All members of AMCRA from the horses to the crews and wagon masters love entertaining by providing a wonderful mini rodeo event of grand proportions.  The miniature horses with big hearts seem to love putting on a show to thrill and entertain audiences of all ages.

Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis visits Pincher Creek's Rotary Club

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Minister of Justice Jonathan Denis addresses
Pincher Creek's Rotary Club

C. Davis photo
Jonathan Denis visited with the Pincher Creek Rotary Club at the Heritage Inn on  Thursday afternoon, August 23.  Denis currently serves as Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and as Deputy Government House Leader.

"We've come down from Calgary today," Denis told me before his Rotary presentation.   Prior to the Rotary stop he visited the Brocket and Pincher Creek RCMP detachments, and had several other stops scheduled for afterward, including speaking with area Fish and Wildlife officers.

"Every summer, I like to get out to a few RCMP detachments and see first hand what some of the issues are in the local communities.  It gives a person a more macroscopic perspective," Denis explained.  "Alberta is just as much urban as it is rural."

Southwest Barrel Series Jackpot Finals held at Pincher Creek rodeo grounds

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

2012 SW Barrel Series High Point Champion Laressa McGlynn
C. Davis photo

The Pincher Creek Rodeo Grounds were damp instead of dusty on the evening of Tuesday, August 21, the result of an afternoon shower, a rarity during this long hot summer.  That didn't faze the ladies I talked to, who said it was good ground to run on for the 2012 Southwest Barrel Series Jackpot Championship.

Contestants could pick the best of two runs in the competition, which most elected to do.

The event began on a sombre note, as contestants and organizers observed a minute of silence to honor the memory of Western Stockman owner Jim O'Donnell, a great supporter of equestrian events in southern Alberta who passed away last week.

A tribute was accorded 19 year-old Indus cowgirl Brooke Patton, who was diagnosed in January with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Pee Wee Champ Kiah Simpson
C. Davis photo
The first to test the course was Kiah Simpson on Quincy, a lead-line cowgirl who has been showing a huge amount of potential during the SW Series, and at Gymkhana too.  Her run was flawless, and she was named Champion Pee-wee Barrel Racer, earning a baby blue halter from Cowley Co-op and a fistfull of dollars.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fundraising car wash and BBQ held for Emergency Services

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Photo:  Toni Lucas
The KaJay Automotive crew were washing cars and cooking up hot dogs from 11 am until 3 pm on  Saturday, August 25.   Kajay  owners Krista and Jason have worked with Jesse for the last two and a half years.  "Now he's with the Fire Department, and we want to show our support," said Krista, so the proceeds will go to benefit Pincher Creek Emergency Services.

KaJay's Automotive can be found on the the northeast corner of Main Street and Waterton Avenue.

Friday, August 24, 2012

2012 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Wrap Up

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

The dust has long settled on the 2012 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo, and what a weekend it was!  Here are some of the highlights we haven't already covered over the last week.

Niki Flundra's "Freedom Reins" exhibition
C. Davis photo

Niki Flundra and her freedom riding students

Niki Flundra brought her award-winning heart-warming show back home to Pincher Creek, performing all three days of the rodeo for an enchanted audience.  Her spotlight Freedom Reins event was further brightened by the addition of young cowgirl Charlee Edge on Saturday.  Charlee is the daughter of bull rider Denton Edge. Other Flundra students also performed over the course of the weekend, demonstrating one thrilling trick after another.  Mountainview's Marlee and Taylor Jacobs, Emily Peebles, Onoway's Katie Conolley, and Dana Jenkins all took a spin in the spotlight to the unbridled appreciation of the crowds.

related links:
Niki Cammaert-Flundra dances with horses at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo (2011)

Also, pick up a copy of Canadian Cowboy Country, which has a very good in-depth article about Niki Flundra, and even includes one of our pictures from last year's appearance at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo.

Locals in the Canadian Pro Rodeo standings (Source:

Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek is currently the 5th ranked Saddle Bronc rider in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Finals standings, so far pocketing a cool $21,327.94.

Kyle Thomson of Lundbreck is right behind Flundra in the Saddle Bronc Finals standings, sitting at 5th with $16,999.09 in his saddlebags.  Thomson is the #1 All-Around ranked cowboy, adding $22,279.44 to that take.  That's some serious pocket flash.

Novice Steer Rider K's Thomson is ranked 5th, taking home a respectable $2,711.15.

Nina Smith of Pincher Creek is currently ranked 26th in Ladies Barrel Racing.

Bobby Peters of Pincher Creek is currently ranked 39th in the Bareback event.

Randy Smith of Pincher Creek is the 28th ranked in TR Header.

There are 8 more Canadian Pro Rodeos this season before the big final event in Edmonton , which runs from November 7 - 11. This weekend there are rodeos in Airdrie and Lethbridge.

Calf Scramble

Kids Calf Scramble
C. Davis photo

Kids love the Calf Scramble.  Windyview Mechanical upped the ante this year and gave out 8 bikes to the 2 kids from each of 4 heats that managed to snag a ribbon attached to a quick-hooved calf.

Other stories from the 2012 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo:
Cluck Cluck Chicken Run held during Pro Rodeo
Eric Dublanko Makes August move in Canadian Pro Rodeo homestretch
Chelsea Stokke crowned Miss Rodeo Pincher Creek 2012
Young equestrians demonstrate their skills at 2012 Family Fun Gymkhana
Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo Team Roping Results

Emergency Services respond to fire and alarms, fundraiser car wash planned

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Grass fire north of Oldman Dam

On Thursday August 23, engines responded from both Cowley and Pincher Creek Fire Services to a grass fire north of the Oldman Dam.  Local ranchers had stopped the forward spread of a fire that ran in a ditch for approximately 15 metres.

Faulty electrical cord caused alarm

At noon on Thursday August 23, Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to an alarm at a residence in town, which proved to be caused by a malfunctioning extension cord that caused smoke.

Alarm at Livingstone School

On Friday morning August 24 alarms went off at Livingstone School in Lundbreck. The cause of the alarm remains undetermined, but it may have been related to thunderstorms in the area.

Going to the carwash, yeah  

Fire Chief Dave Cox invites everyone down to Kajay Automotive (1009 Waterton Avenue, Pincher Creek) on Saturday, August 25.  Kajay will be holding a car wash and cooking dogs and burgers with the proceeds to benefit Pincher Creek Emergency Services.

Community Foundation accepting grant applications

Fall 2012 Community Impact Grant Applications Being Accepted until September 14

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is now accepting grant applications for the Fall 2012 Community Impact Grants period. The application period will remain open until Friday, September 14 at 4:00 pm.

Eligible organizations must be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, or provide a service through a municipality. Grant applications, as well as more information on eligibility and funding criteria, are available on the foundation website  at The foundation staff is available to assist organizations with the grant application process at 403-328-5297.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Eric Dublanko Makes August move in Canadian Pro Rodeo homestretch

Pro Rodeo Canada press release

They used to call right fielder Reggie Jackson Mr. October back in the 1970s and ’80s for his clutch hitting in major league baseball’s post-season.

Professional rodeo in Canada might have to stick a Mr. August label on tie-down roper Erik Dublanko.

For the second year in a row, the Thorsby cowboy has come alive in his bid to qualify for the post-season. This past weekend, he won first at both the Jasper Heritage and Cranbrook (B.C.) rodeos and got a small piece out of Pincher Creek.

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