Monday, December 30, 2013

Policing in Alberta to December 30, 2013

RCMP press releases
  • Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of December 23-30, 2013 
  • Attempted Break and Enter and Assault in Grande Prairie area 
  • Man charged in Busby area double homicide 
  • Suspicious Person call nets High River RCMP a suspect and large number of charges 
  • Four vehicle collision near Sundre results in serious injury 
  • Shots fired at occupied Warner residence 
  • White-out conditions wreak havoc on QEII 
  • Murder Investigation at Whitefish River 
  • Fort McMurray driver arrested for numerous offences 
  • 23 Year Old Grande Prairie man charged with Attempted Murder 
  • Armed Home Invasion in High Prairie

Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of December 23-30, 2013

Double wins for Blades over Chinooks

Atom Chinooks vs Picture Butte Blades
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis, Sports

Pincher Creek's Novice and Atom Chinooks hockey teams hosted their Picture Butte counterparts at the MCC arena on Sunday, December 29.  In both games victory went to the Blades by a significant margin.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Piikani Christmas Powwow

Dancer at Piikani Christmas Powwow
C. Davis and T. Lucas photos and video

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Piikani Niipoomaakiiks Society Christmas Powwow took place at Piikani Nation's Gladstone Hall on  Saturday, December 28.  Features of the event included exhibition drumming and dancing,  traditional foods, and name-giving ceremonies.

Midget Huskies continue reign atop Spud League standings

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Midget Huskies are having a great season.  Going into the Christmas break they were on top of the Spud League standings with 13 wins, no losses, and a tie. The Huskies added one more to the win column after an 8-1 away game victory over Bow Island, and are now sitting at 14-0-1 halfway through the 2013-2014 season.

Peewee Chinooks defeat Lethbridge Raiders

Peewee Chinooks vs Lethbridge Raiders
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis, Sports

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted the Lethbridge 2 Raiders for a hastily arranged last home game of 2013 for the Chinooks at the Memorial Community Centre Arena on Saturday afternoon, December 28.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Out and About: Lloyd Lybbert photos

All photos: Lloyd Lybbert, 2013

Out and About: Winter in southern Alberta (photos)

Allison Malhi getting into the spirit at Pincher Creek Hospital
Bruce Lybbert photo
South of Pincher Creek
C. Davis photo

C. Davis photo

Gerry Smith photo, December 10. 2013
Elk north of Cowley
Gerry Smith photo, December 13, 2013
I took these pictures on Friday the 13th. This herd of bull elk were across the Castle River from us all day, but the next morning they were gone and we have not seen them since. - Gerry Smith

Gerry Smith photo, Dec. 13, 2013

Gerry Smith photo, December 13, 2013

Gerry Smith photo

Florida starts to seem like a good idea some nights
C. Davis photo

Snow day for the Pincher Creek Voice
C. Davis photo

Looking west from old Honey Lane
C. Davis photo

East of Scotts Coulee
C. Davis photo

Friday, December 27, 2013

Busy Christmas period for Pincher Creek area first responders

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to multiple accidents caused by high winds that created unsafe driving conditions on Friday December 27. Emergency Services were called to two incidents and also responded to a third on Highway 22 approximately 10 kilometres north of the Highway 3 junction. They also responded to a car collision with a horse on Tuesday, December 24 in the Beauvais Lake area.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Policing in Alberta to December 25, 2013

Fatal collision on Highway 22 near Cochrane
Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision north of Valleyview
Castor house fire investigation continues
Vermilion area Christmas crime spree ends with 7 in custody
Hobbema man charged with Attempted Murder and Arson
RCMP Red Deer City Public Safety Compliance Team 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mrs. P's breaks out the PJs for Night Before Christmas dinner

Vista Village's Kathy Klein and Charlotte Ames with Mrs. P,  Loretta Packham
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Loretta Packham of Mrs. P's Coffee Corner in the Ranchland Mall held her annual 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Dinner event on Friday, December 20.  Staff served dinner while dressed in their pajamas, music and entertainment was supplied by Ricky Wood, and prizes were given out for the best snowman in the contest that has been being held in the mall for the last month.  Mrs. P also held a draw for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' themed prizes.

Policing in Alberta to December 23, 2013

RCMP press releases
  • Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of December 16 to 23, 2013
  • Fatal rollover near St Paul
  • RCMP Spruce Grove/Stony Plain respond to fatal motor vehicle collision
  • Hinton RCMP investigate hit and run on pedestrian
  • St. Albert RCMP seek public's help to identify gas thief
  • Innisfail traffic stop leads to drug and cash seizure
  • Red Deer man faces numerous charges after being found slumped over wheel
  • Man sentenced for fatal Careless Driving incident
  • Woman sentenced for Impaired Driving Causing Death
  • Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit Enhanced Checkstop finds more than just alcohol
  • Multiple charges laid in Trochu and Tree Hills vandalism incidents
  • Penhold traffic stop leads to drug seizure
  • Spirit River RCMP Officer charged with Intent to Mislead and Perjury
  • Break and Enter in Hinton
  • "Grandparent" scam makes the rounds again
  • St. Albert RCMP seek public's assistance after hit and run incident

Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of  December 16 to 23, 2013 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thunder and Chinooks - Atoms burn down the Pincher barn

Atom Chinooks face off against CNP Thunder
C. Davis photos and video
Chris Davis, Sports

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks hosted the Crowsnest Pass Thunder on Sunday afternoon December 22 for the last minor hockey game of the year at the MCC arena. The Thunder bench had 12 players facing off against 17 Chinooks. Both teams have been having an uneven season when it comes to the scoreboard. From the first whistle of this game it was also obvious that both teams came to play.  The score was tied multiple times, and the Chinooks closed a big gap to be one point away from tying it again in the last 6 minutes of play.  The Thunder won 12-8, but not without working hard for it throughout the game.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa visits Piikani Community Hall

Janaya and Santa
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Piikani Christmas Craft Market was held in the Community Hall Friday, December 20.  There were vendors selling balloons, face-painting, baked goods, jewelry, home business lines, and handicrafts.

Gayle Strikes With A Gun removed from office as Chief of Piikani Nation

Former Piikani Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun
C. Davis file photo
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

In a decision made public today, Gayle Strikes With A Gun has been officially removed from office as Piikani Nation Chief, effective immediately. Clayton Small Legs will continue as acting chief for the time being.  He spoke for the council at an official press release earlier today, December 20, 2013. No decision has yet been finalized as to whether or not Piikani council will hold a byelection to replace her.

Santa and demonstrations the heart of 2013 CanSkate Christmas Party

Santa was the center of attention
T. Lucas photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Pincher Creek CanSkate program held their last event of  2013 at the MCC Arena on Wednesday, December 18. The kids worked on their skating while parents assembled a snack banquet and coaches Kim Civiero and Brooke Dorge finished report cards.

Teaching Napi - Piikani students present unique Christmas play

Hand drummers sing while Napi naps
C. Davis photos
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

The Piikani Nation Secondary School (PNSS) gymnasium in Brocket was the site of an unusual Christmas play on Wednesday, December 18.

Awaakaasiiks (Deer) - grade 3 students educate Napi
'Teaching Napi' told the story of how the Old Man of Blackfoot legend is brought to an understanding of what Christmas means. MC's for the event were Principal Mr. Schuh and Vice Principal Mr. Provost. Performing in the original play were students from Grade 1 through 6, with a special appearance by high school students who presented the entertaining 'Riding in my Indian car' skit.

Canyon pre-schoolers present lively Christmas demonstration

Deborah Colley and Shelley Terpstra direct the students from the floor
T. Lucas photos and video

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Canyon School Teacher Deborah Colley and Educational Assistant Shelley Tepstra put together the Pincher Creek Canyon Pre-School Christmas Demonstration, which was presented in the school gym on the evening of December 19 to an audience of friends and family.

Junior Boys basketball - Hawks host Flyers

A Hawks vs Flyers
Chris Davis, Sports

Matthew Halton School's A and B Boys Hawks basketball teams hosted their F.P. Walshe Flyers counterparts on Thursday evening, December 19.  It was the first game of the season for both Hawks squads after games were cancelled earlier in the month due to poor weather.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Have you emailed Santa yet?

Screen cap from Norad Tracks Santa site
Santa Claus is still accepting mail for a few days before Christmas. Traditionalists are invited to write him an old fashioned letter, addressed to Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada. Include your return address on the envelope so Santa can write back to you.

 At you can email Santa directly and get a response right away, no email address of your own required. That site seems to work best using something other than Google Chrome, by the way.

Santa’s Corner (click here) on the Canada Post website is publishing letters to Santa and the Letter 4 Santa Facebook page (click here) has more fun stuff as well.

If you want to track Santa's rapid progress on his annual route you can tune in to the Norad Tracks Santa website (click here).  It's been massively improved this year.  Very groovy.

If you made too many cookies for Santa, feel free to drop them off at the Pincher Creek Voice office during regular business hours. (Just kidding, our office is closed from now until after Christmas.)

Merry Christmas everyone, cherish each other.


St. Michael's School puts on 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Dress rehearsal scene
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

St. Michael's School's Senior Drama Class presented a production of  'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday December 17. Other students and adult volunteers performed in the play as well.

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