Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guy Weadick Days in High River cancelled for 2013

Gazette Grande

Guy Weadick Days was postponed from it’s original date in June due to the flooding and had expected to run in early September.

Due to the 2013 Flood Disaster in High River and the extenuating circumstances surrounding it, the High River Ag Society will be cancelling Guy Weadick Days completely for the 2013 season. The Ag Society instead is going to continue concentrating its resources to help their neighbors and friends in High River and the surrounding communities.

Out and About, July 2013

 Lewis Ranch weathervane north of Pincher Creek
Photos:  C.Davis and Toni Lucas

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Ottawa, July 30, 2013 - A public warning issued on July 30, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Berchicci Importing Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese described below because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

These products have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

Pincher Creek Slow Pitch Tournament wraps up season

Slow Pitch Baseball Tourney 2013
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Pincher Creek adult recreational Slow-Pitch League held their end of the season tournament July 26 - 28.  The league holds nine teams that played not for the fame and fortune, but for the fun of it.  Most of them had a ball.

Lucky ducks!

Ducks away!
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Rotary Club and Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) held a 'Rubber Ducky, You're the One' duck race on Saturday, July 27.  Thirty one prizes were given away in this race, with the grand prize of $200 given to Mike Gerrand.  Those that bought a duck were welcome to await the outcome at KBPV where they were treated to a wide selection of 20 exotic beers from around the world that they could sample and 5 different types of sausages at the beer garden.

Casual Help Wanted - MD of Pincher Creek

Municipal District of Pincher Creek 
Casual (Term) Employment Opportunity 

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek is accepting applications for a General Office Support position for the Administration Department. 
Duties: sorting and filing documents, scanning records, etc.   
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm
Rate: $14.00/hr

Woman spends cold wet night lost in Kananaskis woods

On Sunday 28 July 2013 at 7:30 PM RCMP in Turner Valley, Alberta fielded a 911 call from a twenty three year old woman who was lost in the woods.  She had been working in the Windy Point Ridge area in Kananaskis Country west of Turner Valley and told RCMP dispatchers she did not know where she was.

The woman had been doing research on Bighorn sheep and had become disoriented after encountering some bears.

Life-jacket loaner stations expanding in provincial parks

To support and encourage water safety, five new life-jacket loaner stations are opening at provincial parks across Alberta, making a total of 15.  One of those new stations is at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park near Pincher Creek.

The life-jacket loaner station programs are self-serve kiosks, where visitors can borrow life-jackets and return them after use. Life-jackets are available at no cost in infant to adult sizes.

Crestview Highlights July 30, 2013

Submitted by the Residents of Crestview Lodge

Greetings from Crestview,

Canada Day started our month off with some fun and laughter.  We played games and had a wonderful snack of Jello Cake made by our night shift gals.

On the 5th we had a mini spa day.  Charmaine our Activity Co-ordinator pampered us with some homemade manicure scrubs for our hands and feet.  She had also brought us some aroma therapy oils to add to our scrubs.  They smelled wonderful and made our hands feel so soft.

Athlete of the day July 30, 2013: Ryan McGlynn

Ryan McGlynn closing the 2013 Ranch Rodeo in style
C. Davis image/video
Ryan McGlynn placed Second in Bronc Riding on Sunday afternoon July 28 in this crowd pleasing last ride of the last event of 2013 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo, a do-over after his first bronc turned out to be a dud.

McGlynn also won the 2013 Ranch Rodeo Local Cowboy Award.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Two days of thrills at 2013 Pincher Creek Cowboy Show Ranch Rodeo

Takin' a ride - Kevin from Standoff Colony tries his first bucking bronc
C. Davis photos and video
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

According to organizers, Pincher Creek's annual Cowboy Show is the oldest Ranch Rodeo in Canada.  Judging by the 2013 iteration of the event held last weekend at the Pincher Creek Rodeo Grounds, the Cowboy Show is still a popular and vital part of this community.  Blessed by warm and sunny weather (except for a brief deluge during the final awards ceremony on Sunday evening) a sizeable crowd turned out to watch 13 Ranch Rodeo teams as they competed in a multitude of challenges.

Teams came from BC, Saskatchewan, other parts of Alberta, and from the Pincher Creek area to participate.

RCMP investigating theft of spot light from South County Fair

On July 7, 2013, the Fort Macleod RCMP received a complaint that a spot light had been stolen from the South Country Fair grounds.  The light is a large spot light and is called a Griven Sky Rose Mark2 with blue casters on it.

The RCMP is investigating this incident as a Theft and is seeking public assistance in identifying any suspects. Anyone that may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to provide are asked to contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS).

Stargazing in Waterton Lakes National Park

Yuichi Takasaka photo

Parks Canada and astronomy volunteers are pleased to present the opportunity to watch this year’s Perseid meteor shower in Waterton Lakes National Park.  They will be set up at the Maskinonge Picnic Area on August 9, 10 and 11 from 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm, and hope to see up to 60 meteors in an hour at its peak. The meteors appear in all points of the sky and are typically fast and bright.  

These stargazing opportunities will follow the evening theatre programs at Crandell and Falls Theatres. Please bring a blanket or chair, warm clothes, binoculars or a spotting scope to fully enjoy the night sky.

Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park in the United States are pursuing designation as a Dark Sky Preserve. These two national parks already share a boundary and three joint international designations: International Peace Park (the world’s first!) , Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Now the two parks are working on a fourth designation: International Dark Sky Park / Preserve. This joint effort recognizes the very dark skies found at the two parks and makes a commitment to protecting and preserving these high-quality conditions.

Athlete of the day July 29, 2013: Cooper Zur

Cooper Zur
C. Davis file photo
Willow Valley's Cooper Zur just won third place at the Canadian High School Rodeo finals held July 25 - 27 at the Nanton Ag Grounds, where he represented Pincher Creek.

 He also competed in the National finals in Rock Springs Wyoming the previous week.

RCMP Pincher Creek Detachment complaint summary for July 22 - July 28, 2013

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of July 22 - July 28, 2013.  Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 82
Assaults - 1
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Break and Enter (commercial) - 1
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 6
Theft under $5000 - 4
Impaired Driving - 2
Drugs - 2
Disturbing the Peace - 3
Driving complaints (general) - 8
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 5
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 6
False Alarms - 4
911 calls (invalid) - 6
Animal calls - 2
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 11

Windfarm zoning questioned

CALUA, Letter to the Editor

To Pincher Creek and District residents:

Did you know that there is NO zoning bylaw in effect anywhere in the MD that restricts industrial development, like windfarms?

That includes all areas west of Highway # 6 to Waterton Park.  This issue has come to a vote twice in the last twelve years, the last time being seven years ago.  Both times MD Council voted down the resolution to set up a “no go zone” for windfarms.  This was due to the amount of adverse reaction to the resolution at the public meetings.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Beaver Mines fundraiser raises over $4000 for High River flood victims

Country music recording artist Kevin Stover at Beaver Mines Store
C. Davis photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Beaver Mines Store held a parking lot party on Friday evening July 26 as a fundraiser for victims of the recent flooding in High River.  Hot dogs, beans, and ice cream were on the menu, the weather was beautiful, and about 120 people attended the event.  They visited with friends, neighbours, and strangers while being entertained by Clarkville's Kevin "Tennessee" Stover and Lethbridge's Alyssa McQuaid.  Stover donated 100% of sales at the event of his CD 'Voice of the Common Man' towards the cause.

What does Freedom mean to you?

Rob Bernshaw
The Slogan Calgary Stampede used on the T-Shirt I am wearing applies to the pursuit and enjoyment of Freedom as well.

Rob Bernshaw, Columnist

To some freedom is a word to be used when it is convenient and to others like former South African President Nelson Mandela freedom is a part of his life and in his soul. He was and still is prepared to die for the freedom that so many of us have taken for granted over the years here in Canada and other countries where we are beneficiaries of freedoms that our forefathers and others have fought to preserve. Some have given the ultimate sacrifice (their lives) in order to protect what some of us seem to view as an unimportant issue in our current lives.

RCMP investigating Break and Enter into a Fort Macleod house

On July 7, 2013, the Fort Macleod RCMP received a complaint that a house had been broken into near Township Road 80 on Highway 810. The RCMP attended the residence and could not locate the suspects. It appeared that two doors had been kicked in but nothing was taken.

The RCMP are investigating this incident as a Break and Enter and are seeking public assistance in identifying any suspects. Anyone that may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to provide are asked to contact the Fort Macleod RCMP at 403 553-7200 or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS).

The RCMP would like to advise people to lock their doors and windows at all times and to keep external lights on during the night. The RCMP would like to ask for help from the public to watch for any suspicious activity and to inform the Police when any is seen.

Solutions and Substitutions by Reena: Using vinegar in the laundry

Reena Nerbas, Courtesy of Gazette Grande

Dear Reena,

I read your column on a regular basis and love your solutions. Now I need some help, I packed a wet bathing suit coming home from a Hawaiian vacation a couple of winters ago, and even though I unpacked it and washed it right away, it has a mildew smell. I rewashed it, hung it up to dry, tried special bathing suit soap and washed it in vinegar with no luck. Couldn’t part with it, so I put it in a cupboard with my two other bathing suits. When I pulled them out recently – all three had a mildew smell. I rewashed, hung them outside, let them sit in water with vinegar, and rewashed them with vinegar and bathing suit soap – to no avail. I’ve worn two of them in a chlorine pool several times this winter, and still the mildew odor remains. I always wash and hang dry right after use. Any chance at all I can remove the smell? What is the best thing to do? Thanks for your ideas! ~ Louise

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What goes on when you're not there - a video by Alberta Parks

Ever wonder what bears do when we're not looking? These bears were caught on camera in Kananaskis Country. These images were taken during May and June 2013. Wildlife cameras are part of a research project throughout Kananaskis Country.

By studying wildlife in Alberta's provincial parks, we can better identify population distribution, animal activity and key biodiversity hotspots. Learn more about human/wildlife conflict prevention at For more information about our research, visit

Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 applications now available

Every year during the Canadian Finals Rodeo, a brand new Miss Rodeo Canada is crowned following the week-long Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant, but of course it all starts with the application process.

Applications for Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 are now available and we are looking for contestants for the Pageant in November. Ladies between the ages of 18 and 25 who are or have been a Queen or Princess in a CPRA sanctioned rodeo within the last two years are encouraged to apply.

Mandatory Auto Insurance to increase by up to 5 per cent

Courtesy of Gazette Grande

As a result of its annual public rate review, the Automobile Insurance Rate Board (AIRB) will permit premium levels for mandatory automobile insurance to increase by up to five per cent, effective November 1. Insurance companies have the option to implement all or part of the five per cent increase over the next three years.

Both the AIRB’s actuary and the insurance industry agreed that a double digit percentage increase was once again warranted, citing a deterioration in third party liability bodily injury claims experience. Frequency of bodily injury claims is not an issue; however, the average cost of claims for 2012 and the estimates for prior years show significant increases.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Kids these days

Editorial, Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Kids these days.  Heavy sigh.  Texting on their cell phones has made them illiterate and anti-social.  They have no work ethic.  Their music sucks.  Their fashions suck.   They have no respect for authority or their elders.  All they do is play video games, take drugs, hang out on Facebook.

Compared to my generation they're poorly educated and less intelligent.  Fear the future they hold in their uncalloused hands.

British soccer camp fun for coaches and participants

Running the Austin Powers gauntlet
T. Lucas and Shelley Terpstra photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

British Soccer Coaches Ashleigh Morris from Manchester, and Danny Renshaw from Nottingham came all the way from England to teach kids soccer skills here in Pincher Creek, Alberta.

'Crabby' Coach Danny Renshaw steals ball from Megan
The coaches worked with approximately 30 kids from July 22 - 26 during the Pincher Creek stop on their teaching tour.  They had a number of exercises for the kids to engage in, using some of their own style and flair to help the kids along.  Coaches apply for the position and have to go through interviews, a screening process and training in Britain before they come to Canada.  "We do get given a curriculum that we work off of, basically, but we add our own bits," said 21 year old Coach Danny Renshaw.  "I love the travelling, and teaching soccer to the young kids, so I thought this was perfect," said 20 year old Morris.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Gazette Grande

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

Communities in Bloom judges say Pincher Creek is special

Communities in Bloom Judges Ted Zarudny and Lorna McIlroy
T. Lucas and C. Davis photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Communities in Bloom (CiB) judges, Lorna McIlroy from Grande Prairie Alberta and Ted Zarudny from Orangeville Ontario evaluated the Town of Pincher Creek on July 24 for the 2013 National Edition of Communities in Bloom in the Circle of Excellence Evaluated Category, non-competitive.

YES, working at the carwash, yeah!

Daisy Smith with Charmayne, Alexis, and Elliot
T.  Lucas photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

 Cougar Carwash at 984 Maple Street was the site of Youth Employment Services (YES) volunteers who were learning entrepreneurial skills on Friday July 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Under the supervision of YES Coordinator Daisy Smith and summer student Charmayne Old Shoes, the youths cleaned cars inside and out for $10.00 per vehicle.  "It helps them understand what it is like to earn money, and have a task to do," said Smith, as the 'team clean' workers swarmed a vehicle.

Athletes of the Day July 26, 2013: Mustangs Boys of Summer

9 members of the Pincher Creek Mustangs teams gathered at Matthew Halton School field for a players-only practice instigated by Senior Mustangs heavy-hitter Eddie ManyGuns.  With the help of Mustangs alumni Alex Oliver (soon to be coaching) and Braden Barber a squad of athletes ranging from Grade 9 to Grade 12 worked on their skills in the hot July sunshine.  A good turnout for the first of these practices.

Braden Barber and Brenden Lissel
C. Davis photos
ManyGuns plans to hold players-only practices all summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Halton field.  If you're interested in joining the Mustangs for the upcoming season, this is a great way to get some experience under your belt first.  Returning players and new players are both welcome to participate.  Bring cleats and a helmet.

Visit the Pincher Creek Mustangs Football page on Facebook for up-to-date information about this and other Mustangs related events.

Little New York Daze Parade held in Longview

Gazette Grassroots

With the street lined with people Longview’s Little New York Daze parade had a little excitement to start with. Emergency vehicles left town, with sirens and lights, but headed south, responding to an emergency.

The parade carried on and the sun continued to shine throughout the day as spectators attended the events in the school yard and shopped at the various markets along main street.

The High River entries were missed and a tribute to the first responders was included in this year’s parade.

The Parade Marshalls were the Gallop family. On the parade’s return trip back down main street two of the family were seen pushing the car that carried them.

Youth volunteers clean up our creekside

Ria Choe, Contributor

It all started back on Earth Day. The youth members at Group Group Youth (GGY) decided on a couple of projects - one of them was to sign up with the Recreation and Community Services in "Adopt a Trail" project. We chose the section of the creek between the Waterton Avenue bridge and the Memoerial Camp Ground. It is up to GGY members to do cleanup on the trail once a week for the summer.

Team Alberta set to compete at Canada Summer Games

More than 350 participants from 53 communities will represent Alberta at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec, August 2 - 17.

“Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and staff whose hard work and dedication have been recognized by their selection to Team Alberta,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “We are extremely proud of all of our participants and look forward with enthusiasm as they represent the best of Alberta at the Games.”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

ASIRT rules Lethbridge police officers justified in fatal shooting

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has completed its investigation into the actions of two Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS) members in a July 2012 fatal officer-involved shooting.

During the late evening hours of July 15, 2012, three uniformed members of the LRPS were dispatched to a home after a 911 call was made by an individual inside the location, who reported a family member was intoxicated and trying to fight with people inside the house. The caller also stated the person had a knife and threatened people in the home with it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More thunder, lightning, and hail for southern Alberta

Baseball sized hail
Dalan Chrstensen photo
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

At approximately 4:15 pm on July 24, the Pincher Creek area was deluged by a massive thunderstorm that produced hail that ranged from the size of peas to larger than golf balls.

Alberta Parks – Check access and trails before heading out

Courtesy of Gazette Grande

There are still areas of Alberta cut off by flood damage.

Visit the Alberta Parks webpage for the latest updates.

Here is the most recent map of closures:

Co-op donates $5 million to Children's Hospital Foundations across western Canada



Federated Co-operatives Limited, on behalf of local Co-ops that make up the Co-operative Retailing System, is making an historic gift of $5 million over five years to children and families across Western Canada.

Our gift of $5 million is the largest we’ve ever given out. It is also the first time that the five Foundations have received a single donation to be shared amongst them.

Rubber Ducky fundraiser to be held July 27


Rubber Ducky You're the One!  
Fundraiser for Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village and Pincher Creek Rotary Club

Saturday July 27 at 2 pm 

First prize is $200.00 with numerous secondary prizes.

Ducks are $10.00 each, or a flock of 6 for $50.00.

Ducks must be bought before the big release at 2 pm. Get your 10 buck duck @ Pincher Creek Co-op Office, Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Vista Village, or Rotary members.

Entrance to the beer garden is free with your duck ticket stub.  The international beer garden will be held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village and will feature the chance to sample brews to delight the senses.

Beer gardens open at 2 pm.

This is a partnership between Pincher Creek Rotary and Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Pincher Creek Town Council notes from July 22, 2013 meeting

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

  • Town representatives invited to 4 parades, will attend one
  • Lions Park play structure to proceed with caution
  • Town Council to make voting more accessible for the public
  • Town of Pincher Creek and Piikani Reserve pursuing the FCM Community Economic Development Initiative

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

In Memoriam: Robert (Bob) Coulson Jenkins

Robert (Bob) Coulson Jenkins
Robert (Bob) Coulson Jenkins, passed away in Pincher Creek, Alberta on July 19th 2013.  Born on July 14th 1938 to Walt and Gee Jenkins,  Bob spent his life ranching on the land he loved near Waterton Park.    Predeceased by siblings Mic Johnson (nee Jenkins) and Joe Jenkins;   Bob is survived by his daughter Jennifer and her partner Jeff Henderson, his brother Tom (Frances) Jenkins, many special nieces & nephews, along with numerous lifetime friends including The Cassidy’s who became his extended family.

Over the years Bob’s love of cattle would take him to many purebred cattle events and sales, where he made great friendships which would last his lifetime.    His appreciation for the land, and desire to preserve Southwest Alberta’s ranch lands took his life in a new direction as he served two terms on the Pincher Creek and District Municipal Council.

No matter where he was, or what he was doing it can be said that Bob always made an impression.  Bob will be remembered for being a great story teller, a patient teacher and true cattlemen.

The family invites you to bring your own stories to share as we celebrate Bob’s life at 4pm, Friday, July 26th at the Twin Butte Community Hall.  Written stories and favorite memories are very much welcomed to be brought to the service or shared online at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to at Jack Ady Cancer Centre  960 – 19 Street South,  Lethbridge,  Alberta T1J 1W5

RCMP Pincher Creek complaint overview July 8 to July 22, 2013

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received from July 8 to July 22, 2013. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service – 95
Assaults - 2
Uttering Threats - 1
Mischief (vandalism) - 5
Theft under $5000 - 3
Impaired Driving - 3
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 5
Driving complaints (general) - 9
MV Collisions - 14
Liquor offences - 8
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 5
911 calls (invalid) - 2
Animal calls - 3
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 22

Pincher Creek Rodeo Parade to be held August 17


The Pincher Creek Rodeo Parade is planned for Saturday August 17th, 2013.

This year’s theme is: ‘Beach Party’.

Take advantage of this FUN and FREE marketing tool to promote your business or organization! More than 1,500 people from Pincher Creek and area come out that day to watch your floats.

We are looking forward to your registration. Click here for the registration form.

Note: only registered businesses will get the opportunity to be judged.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pincher Creek Emergency Services, Search and Rescue, and STARS respond to quad accident

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Yesterday July 20 at approximately 4:30 pm Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a quad rollover near Garden Creek west of O'Hagan Road in the Castle Falls area which resulted in a woman needing medical attention.

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded with Engine 31 from Beaver Mines, Pincher Creek Rescue, and an ambulance from Pincher Creek's station.

According to Emergency Services Chief Dave Cox it was realised on site that it was going to be a tough rescue due to the remoteness of the place where it occurred, so STARS was put on alert and Pincher Creek Search and Rescue was put on standby.

Cox said citizens in the area assisted with four ATVs, used to help medical crews get to the site of the accident as quickly as possible.

"As it turned out, we had a STARS landing site within 100 yards of the patient," said Cox.  "That doesn't happen very often."

"Without STARS getting there so quickly it could have been a lot worse."

In addition there was good cellphone coverage on a hillside near the accident, which enabled a citizen who witnessed the accident to call 911 soon after it occurred.  "That's unusual for a mountain rescue," Cox explained.

The patient was loaded onto the STARS helicopter and transported to Calgary with non life-threatening injuries.

Yesterday afternoon Pincher Creek Emergency Services also sent an ambulance to help in Fort Macleod, where emergency services were busy with a stabbing incident and coverage of South Country Fair.

Man stabbed during Aggravated Assault in Fort Macleod

On July 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM the Fort Macleod RCMP, EMS and Fire Department were dispatched to a call of a man being stabbed on 16 Street within the 200 Block of Fort Macleod, AB. Claresholm RCMP and EMS attended the scene as well to assist with the incident. The victim, a male in his thirties, suffered a single knife wound and blunt force trauma to his head.

The suspect is described as follows: Native male, between the ages of twenty one and twenty five years old, short Black hair, 5'6" in height, stocky build. Wearing a White t-shirt with writing on the front of it, Blue jeans. The male suspect fled the scene on foot walking East on 16 Street toward third Avenue.

The victim is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Police are actively investigating this assault and are seeking the public assistance. Anyone that may have witnessed the assault or observed the suspect fleeing the scene is asked to contact the Fort Macleod RCMP Detachment at (403) 553-4406 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Athlete of the Day July 20, 2013: Sasha Elliott

Sasha Elliott
Kim Jorgenson photo
At the recent Nanton Swim Meet, Pincher Creek Dolphins member Sasha Elliott set a new club record in the 50 Breaststroke (1:05.99) and also earned 3 Gold and 1 Silver medal.

With teammates Hannah Alexander, Kiera Hinch, and Taylor Liscombe she earned Gold in Girls 10 and Under 100 Free Relay (1:30.59) and Gold in the 100 Medley Relay (1:43.91) at the Nanton meet.
She earned 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals (and a personal best) at the recent Innisfail Meet.

She earned 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the recent Southern Alberta Summer Games.

The list goes on and on...

Way to go Sasha!

Related stories:
Dolphins break multiple club records, earn many medals, and establish many personal bests at SASG, Nanton, Innisfail, and All-Star Meets
Dolphins Swim Club makes a big splash at Brooks meet
Outstanding successes for Pincher Creek Dolphins at their home Swim Meet

Friday, July 19, 2013

YES assists young people in Pincher Creek with their job search

Daisy Smith (pink top) with Quidel, Riley and Dayton
before a grass trimming adventure

Lynne Teneycke photo

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

  • Upcoming fundraisers: BBQ at Sobey's parking lot on Wednesday July 24 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, Carwash on Friday July 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Cougar Car Wash (984 Maple Street)

For over 12 years in Pincher Creek Group Group Youth has been the administration of  Youth Employment Services (YES), a not-for-profit organization aimed at helping youth from the ages 10 to 24 find summer employment.  The service offered free to both the students and potential employers.  Coordinator Daisy Smith has taken the YES helm for the 2013 summer season.  Smith helps prepare youngsters for the work world by involving them in workshops, entrepreneurial projects and fund raising ventures, volunteerism, and job placement.

Charges laid in Rocky Mountain House Missing Person Investigation

Update July 30, 2013:
Charges laid in Missing Person Investigation

Rocky Mountain House RCMP have charged 36 year old Kevin Roy GLADUE of the O'Chiese First Nation with several Criminal Code charges in connection with the July 14th disappearance of Stephanie Dawn BEAVERBONES. GLADUE is currently charged with Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault and Obstructing a Peace Officer and is set to appear by Closed Circuit Television in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court July 31, 2013.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP began the search for 25 year old Stephanie BEAVERBONES on July 18, 2013 with assistance from the local citizens of the O'Chiese First Nation, RCMP Police Dog, Helicopter, Search and Rescue and RCMP units across the province. She was last seen July 14th on the north end of the O'Chiese First Nation reserve. She emerged from the bushes 12 days after escaping her attacker and vanishing. She survived on her own despite being badly injured and is now recovering amongst family and family.
Updated July 26, 2013: Rocky Mountain House RCMP have located 25 year old Stephanie BEAVERBONES who was reported missing 12 days ago from the Rocky Mountain House area. She is alive and recovering in hospital. The investigation continues surrounding her disappearance. The RCMP thanks all members of the public and support services who attributed to her safe return.

Original story July 16, 2013: The Rocky Mountain House RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing female who was last seen in the Rocky Mountain House area / O'Chiese Reserve on July 13th.  Stephanie Beaverbones is 25 years old, 170 cm (5"7") tall and weighs 52 kg (115 lbs).  She has long hair dyed blond (natural hair color is black) and brown eyes.  She has a piercing in her left eyebrow.  When last seen she may have been wearing a Nike track suit.  Stephanie may also be using the surname of Foureyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stephanie is asked to call the Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachment at 403-845-2881.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Athlete of the Day July 19, 2013: Tyler Sommerfeldt

Tyler Sommerfeldt at Innisfail Swim Meet
Kim Jorgenson photo

Cardston's Tyler Sommerfeldt is a member of the Pincher Creek Dolphins.  So far this summer season, at a total of 16 meets, he has placed First as an individual swimmer 18 times, Second 6 times, and Third 4 times.  As a member of various Dolphins releay teams he has placed First once, Second 8 times, and Third five times.  He's also established 9 new personal bests so far this season.

RCMP lay Assault with a Weapon and Unlawful Confinement charges in Barons incident

Yesterday, July 18, 2013 Picture Butte RCMP responded to a complaint of a Assault with a weapon, and unlawful confinement, in the small community of Barons, Alberta. Barons is located 40 kilometers North West of Lethbridge on Highway 23.

Picture Butte RCMP, Vulcan RCMP and Lethbridge RCMP attended the location of the occurrence. Upon arrival, police observed a male bleeding from his left shoulder from a single stab wound. Ambulance was dispatched to attend to his injuries. Investigation revealed the male victim had been stabbed in the shoulder and a female victim had been locked in the residence and not allowed to leave by the accused.

North Burmis Road, where out-of-the-blue road construction produces musical feedback

David McIntyre, Comment

The attached message to MD of Pincher Creek CAO Wendy Kay, copied to the MD council members and others may be of interest:

Attn: Wendy Kay, CAO MD of Pincher Creek
Dear Wendy,
Re: North Burmis Road, where out-of-the-blue road construction produces musical feedback

Top of the day and, with it, sincere thanks for your ongoing efforts to lessen the impact associated with construction on the North Burmis Rd.

The thanks noted, the out-of-the-blue road construction project that, more than a year ago, descended upon users of the North Burmis Road, continues to dominate life at our doorstep, impact our ability to travel to and from our home and degrade our quality-of-life experiences. 

Traffic safety infraction leads to huge Canmore Cannabis/MDMA Seizure

Photos courtesy RCMP

RCMP Cochrane

On Thursday July 18 at 5:00 pm a RCMP Traffic officer stopped a vehicle traveling east on Highway 1 near Canmore for a traffic safety infraction. Upon approaching the vehicle the officer noted a strong odour of raw cannabis coming from within the vehicle. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested.

A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 300 pounds of Cannabis marijuana, 3 kilograms of MDMA (Ecstasy) and an extendable baton. Street level sale of the contraband would yield over 2 million dollars.

A 34 year old male from Edmonton, Alberta has been charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and 1 count of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. The male was released on $3000.00 cash bail to appear in Canmore Provincial Court on July 24 at 9:00 am.

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