Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Small fire south of Pincher Creek contained quickly, fire hazard extreme at this time

Toni Lucas

A permitted fire got out of control earlier today on Wednesday, April 30, on Kerr Road approximately 6 miles south of Pincher Creek. The property holder contacted Pincher Creek Fire Department immediately. Pincher Creek responded with a tender and an engine.  Beaver Mines Fire was on standby. The fire was contained to a one quarter acre area.

"With the dry, cured grass, we are in an extreme hazard right now," explained Emergency Services Chief Dave Cox. He said that the conditions can change quickly at this time of year.  Cox encourages people to check the the fire ban website as it is kept up with current information, which may effect even those with a valid burning permit.

At this time a Level II Fire Ban is enacted for the Town of Cochrane due to dry/windy conditions.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Highway 3 accident results in two injuries

Toni Lucas

On Saturday April 26 at approximately 8:30 am a single vehicle lost control on Highway 3 between Pincher Station and the Village of Cowley.  Pincher Rescue, Cowley Fire, and Pincher Ambulance responded to the accident. Two people were sent to hospital with undetermined injuries.  Road conditions at the time were slippery due to wet snow.

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Manager Trish Carleton addresses EDC

KBPV General Manager Trish Carleton

Trish Carleton is the new General Manager at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV), which is run by the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS).  She introduced herself to Pincher Creek's Economic Development Council (EDC) during a meeting on Thursday, April 24.

Carelton has a BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Museum Heritage studies and a MA in Interpretation, Representation, and Heritage from the University of Leicester.  A few of the places she has worked in the industry over the last nine years include the Aerospace Museum, Nickle Arts Museum, Leighton Arts Centre, and Claresholm and District Museum.

Employer OHS safety data now available online

The Government of Alberta has improved its employer records website, making it easier for Albertans to find the safety information they need. OHS employer data is now available online. First launched in 2010, the site now allows users to search and sort 155,000 employers by their lost-time claims, disabling injury rates and location. Along with the inclusion of 2012 data - the latest available – earlier data will also be sortable, back to 2008.

Measles outbreak declared in Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services

Following several consecutive weeks in which new cases of measles disease have been confirmed in the Calgary, Central and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS has declared a measles outbreak in these three Zones. At this time, the outbreak declaration does not apply to the North or South Zones of AHS.

Correction/retraction to earlier story about PCHS/SPCA request to MD of Pincher Creek for temporary space during renovations

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Contrary to an article written by me and published here on April 26, 2014, the MD of Pincher Creek is not providing the Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA with office space and a separate space for cats during their upcoming renovation, but instead agreed to provide them with storage space only in a quonset on MD property.

I apologize for the error, which was entirely mine.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kick start for Canyon Jump Rope for Heart fundraising campaign

Trish York lobs a football to the student with the right answer
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's Canyon School held an assembly on Thursday, April 24 to kick off their Jump Rope for Heart fundraising campaign. Heart and Stroke Representative Trish York visited the students and explained  heart healthy practices.

Shell donates $10,000 to Pincher Creek Ag Society

Janet Watmough, Rod Sinclair, and Lynn Lievers
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society received $10,000 from Shell Canada on Friday, April 25. "This is the second year with a $10,000 contribution to the Ag Society for the various functions that they hold each year in the community," said Shell Canada Community Affairs Coordinator Rod Sinclair. "Our goal is to continue this for at least the next three years, annually." Although it has not always been to this level of funding Sinclair explained that, "Shell has supported the Ag Society every year, for 30 years."

Policing in Alberta to April 28, 2014

press releases
  • Grande Prairie teenager missing FOUND
  • Edmonton suspect wanted for assault
  • MD of Pincher Creek Enhanced Policing Quarterly Report
  • Pincher Creek RCMP complaint summary for the week of April 21-28, 2014
  • Man arrested for pepper spray attack on Cross Iron Mills Mall employees
  • Mischief to well site near Brooks
  • Municipal traffic enforcement in Wood Buffalo
  • RCMP seeking witnesses to suspicious Grande Prairie fire
  • Arson to public washrooms at Lake Stafford Park
  • Crime victims in flood-affected areas of southern Alberta to receive additional support
  • Man arrested after flight from RCMP in Blackfalds
  • Alberta 911 Act in effect
  • Swatting incident in Edmonton
  • Grande Cache RCMP recover stolen firearms and stolen vehicle
  • Calgary man's disappearance now a homicide investigation UPDATED
  • Fatal shooting in west-end Edmonton apartment suite
  • Man charged for woman's death in Castle Downs
  • Nearly $50,000 worth of drugs seized by ALERT

An interview with Liberal MP and Natural Resources Critic Geoff Regan

MP Geoff Regan and Macleod candidate Dustin Fuller at Harvest Coffee House

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Federal Liberals the Honourable Geoffrey Regan and Macleod candidate Dustin Fuller held a meet and greet at Pincher Creek's Harvest Coffeehouse on April 23. Regan is a current Member of Parliament, representing the Halifax West riding, and is also the Liberal Critic for Natural Resources. Regan has represented Halifax West as MP twice, from 1993 t0 1997 and from 2000 to the present.

Earlier this month Dustin Fuller got the official nod to be the Liberal candidate for the riding of Macleod in the upcoming by-election to replace Conservative Ted Menzies, who resigned last November. Fuller will face Conservative John Barlow in the by-election, which is expected to be called very soon. Additionally, a Canadian federal election is expected to take place in October of 2015.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pincher Creek Golf Course vandalized

photo courtesy Pincher Creek RCMP

RCMP press release

The Pincher Creek RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the persons responsible for damaging several greens at the Pincher Creek golf course.

Sometime on the evening of Friday April 25th, persons unknown drove a vehicle onto several greens and carved chunks out of the grass.  On one green a profane word was carved into the grass.  Several hazard and distance markers were also pulled out and thrown about the course.

Anyone with information regarding the above noted matter is asked to contact the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS)8477 or online at

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wheels are turning on traffic and child safety at Canyon School

Al Roth, Jeff Perry, Phil McGale, and Sharon Roberts watching the road
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

Four officials were out in front of  Pincher Creek's Canyon School on Thursday, April 24 gathering data during the end of school day. This is one of the busiest traffic times on the road with buses, parents picking up children, and children walking to cross the street. Town of Pincher Creek Operations Manager Al Roth, Pincher First Student Canada Manager Sharon Roberts (First Student is the busing company), and Livingstone Range School Division representatives Jeff Perry and Phil McGale were on site to see for themselves concerns that have been brought to their attention especially that of congestion.

Pincher Creek Golf Club introduces new managers at open house

New managers Ron Lacombe, Joni McArthur, and Gary Linn
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Golf Club held an open house on Friday, April 25 at the club restaurant. It was an opportunity to introduce people to three new managers of the club, and see the facilities.

Proposed gravel pit meets with opposition

View of location of proposed gravel pit north of Lundbreck
Photo from Jeremy and Eleanor Bergen's presentation to MD Council
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

A public hearing was held at the MD of Pincher Creek council chamber on Tuesday afternoon April 22. The subject of that hearing was a request to rezone land north of Lundbreck to allow for a gravel pit. The response from neighbouring landowners who spoke to council was unanimously against the rezoning. Approximately 27 citizens were in attendance, the largest group to appear before council in recent memory. 11 oral presentations ensued, some of considerable length.

Found dog

This dog was found in Pincher Creek yesterday, thirsty and hungry.  If she's yours, contact us via email at or by phone at 403-904-2666 and we will direct you to the good samaritans who have rescued her.

MD of Pincher Creek to receive $1,422,308 in MSI funding this year

Chris Davis

Minister of Municipal Affairs Ken Hughes recently informed council for the MD of Pincher Creek via letter that the total 2014  Municipal Sustainability  Initiative (MSI) allocation for the MD is $1,422,308.

In part Hughes' letter states "MSI operating funding will decrease to $15 million in 2015 and be eliminated in 2016, with funding realigned to the Alberta Community Partnership program (the former Regional Collaboration Program)."

In the recent past MSI grants were given to the MD for two 2012/2103 projects.  The North Burmis Road project was granted $1,212,241 and the construction project for the new MD administration building was granted $4,200,000.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: Best of the West Weekend preview part II

Randy and Rai Smith
C. Davis file photo
Janet Barkwith, Best of the West

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Great advice for brides, but event organisers have also taken this well-known motto to heart!

Something old: former bronc rider Ed Brown will be joined by Matt Robertson, Dusty Dee Litchfield (a winner of the old Gathering's Up 'n' Comer contest) Randy & Rae Smith, Mariya Stokes/Soetaert, Sid Marty and Jared Klok (another of the Gathering's Up 'n' Comer winners). All these are accomplished singer/songwriters enjoyed before at Pincher Creek. And never to be forgotten is local band Silver Saddles – rockin' and rollin' crowd-pleasers Noel Burles and Bob Davis.

Citizens On Patrol thanks MD of Pincher Creek for support

Chris Davis

Lundbreck husband and wife dynamic duo George and Robyn Dowson appeared as a delegation before council for the MD of Pincher Creek at their meeting on April 22.

Robyn is the current President of Pincher Creek District Citizens on Patrol.*  George is a Director of Alberta Citizens on Patrol. Robyn was named Lundbreck Citizen of the Year 2014 recently. George was Lundbreck citizen of the year in 2007.

On this occasion they came to give thanks for the MD's contributions to Citizens On Patrol, and to explain the role of the organization to the new council. Town council and MD council contributed $1500 each towards the costs associated with Pincher Creek District Citizens On Patrol hosting the Alberta Citizens On Patrol COP workshop and AGM, to be held September 19 and 20, 2014. Approximately 150 people from all over Alberta are expected attend that event. The MD of Pincher Creek also donated 150 souvenir pins to be handed out at to AGM participants.

Grant McNab checks in on MD Council

Facing trials with smiles: Councillor Grant McNab
MD of Pincher Creek Councillor Grant McNab has been (and continues to be) on a six month leave of absence after suffering a serious illness late last year, early into his term on council.  While still not 100%, he was looking relatively healthy when he assumed his seat for the first time in the new council chambers about halfway through their regular meeting on Tuesday April 22.

Neighboring District 2 Councillor Fred Schoening is keeping an eye on McNab's District 1 until such time as he is able to fully resume his role on council, which led to some friendly banter about the table before council returned to the agenda.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 25, 2014

Fort McMurray man arrested for graffiti
Grande Prairie abduction complaint a hoax
Fort McMurray man charged in hit and run
Theft of Source store in St. Albert
Prolific vehicle fraudster arrested in High River
Lethbridge man charged with sexual assault
Lethbridge hotel robbery suspect sought
Update: Hells Angels Members Charged in ALERT Investigation 

Successful prescribed fire in Waterton Lakes National Park

Red Rock ground ignition
photos courtesy of  Parks Canada
Parks Canada press release

Parks Canada fire management staff are confident that they met objectives for the prescribed fire in Waterton Lakes National Park Thursday, April 24. They were able to reduce aspen and evergreen tree expansion onto grasslands in two burn areas, to restore native prairie.

Village of Glenwood responds to Saputo announcement of plant closure

Village of Glenwood press release

On March 26, Saputo announced its intention to close its Glenwood facility, which may occur sometime around the end of 2015. Glenwood Village Council and the Glenwood & District Economic Development Society have been contacting regional and provincial resources and researching ideas to minimize the impact of this announcement.

Akamina Parkway temporarily closed

Parks Canada press release

The Akamina Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park will be closed from April 25 to May 31 so final work to repair the road can be completed. The section of the Crandell Loop trail above the Akamina Parkway will also be closed.

To accommodate visitors at this time of year, the Red Rock Parkway will re-open earlier, on Monday, April 28.

The Akamina Parkway sustained extensive damage during the June 2013 floods. Work on the last section of the road requires significant reconstruction, including a retaining wall.

The safety of Park visitors, construction workers and Park staff are the highest priority of Parks Canada.

Girls Rugby season begins: Flyers defeat Hawks

Pincher Creek JV and SR Girls
Janelle Jorgenson photo
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Hawks Senior and Junior Girls Rugby Hawks hosted Fort Macleod's J.T. Foster's Flyers for a chilly first game of the 2014 season at Sproule Field on the evening of April 23.   There was a third particpant on the field - the wind.  Temperatures hovered around 6°, but with the blistering westerly wind it felt a whole lot colder.  That didn't deter the hardy young ladies of the pitch from giving it their all, but the team with the wind at their back had a definite advantage, an advantage that reversed at the halfs.

$1.35 million in funding to come from Alberta and Federal governments to address threat of pig diseases

Government of Alberta press release

Through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), the governments of Canada and Alberta are providing $1.35 million to Alberta Pork to help address the threat of pig diseases, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), to the swine industry. The funding is in addition to existing GF2 grants that are available to pork producers and farm service providers to enhance biosecurity measures in their operations.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dr. Mike Mahon reappointed as U of L President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Michael J. Mahon

C. Davis file photo

University of Lethbridge press release

The University of Lethbridge Board of Governors has reappointed Dr. Michael (Mike) J. Mahon to a second five-year term as the University’s president and vice-chancellor. The Board of Governors, as well as the review committee struck to make the recommendation to the board, unanimously supported the reappointment.

Albertans asked to help catch grizzly poachers in Blairmore and Pincher Creek

Poached grizzly in Pincher Creek area
Brendan Cox, Public Affairs Officer, Justice and Solicitor General

There are few sights more majestic in the province than a grizzly bear in its natural habitat. However, some poachers choose to target these magnificent creatures, and Alberta’s hard-working fish and wildlife officers need your help to catch them.

Officers regularly conduct patrols in known grizzly habitat to deter would-be poachers, but they can’t be everywhere at once in Alberta’s 661,848 km².

Currently, investigations into two grizzly deaths are ongoing in Blairmore and Pincher Creek, and investigators are asking the public for information to help bring these poachers to justice.

Policing in Alberta to April 14, 2014

press release

  • RCMP searching for 55 year-old Breton area man
  • Airdrie Rural RCMP investigating string of break and enters
  • Airdrie RCMP request public's assistance regarding hit and run
  • Two Hills RCMP investigate suspicious structure fire
  • Mischief to local school and private property in Strathmore
  • Alberta RCMP charge woman with committing a "Hoax Regarding Terrorist Activity"
  • ALERT investigation into Hells Angels
  • Calgary man charged in voyeurism investigation
  • Calgary undetermined death investigation update
  • Grande Prairie RCMP investigating gunshot into vehicle
  • Rash of theft and mischief in Blackfalds
  • Break and Enter to residence in Airdrie
  • Child dies of injuries from collision in Grande Prairie 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prescribed Fire planned for April 24 in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada is planning to have a prescribed fire in Waterton Lakes National Park Thursday, April 24. The first area is the Eskerine Complex, between the Bison Paddock, Lower Waterton Lakes and the Red Rock Road (see attached map). If successful in that area, fire crews may also burn a portion of the Red Rock Complex. That area is in the Blakiston Valley between Blakiston Creek and the height of land to the north, from Bellevue Hill to Red Rock Canyon.

U of L graduate student seeking why some parents choose not to immunize their children

  • World Health Organization’s World Immunization Week runs April 24-30
The proportion of Albertans who are adequately immunized has consistently fallen below provincial targets, leading a University of Lethbridge graduate student to study why some parents choose to reject medical vaccines for their children.

Policing in Alberta to April 23, 2014

press releases
  • Pincher Creek RCMP complaint summary April 14 to 22, 2014
  • Fort McMurray teacher’s assistant facing child exploitation charges 
  • Wetaskiwin RCMP continue to search for man on warrant
  • EPS detectives charge man for parking lot death
  • Teenager charged with uttering threats at Hunting Hills High School
  • EPS Hate Crime Detail investigating swastika incident
  • Robbery at Stoney First Nation Gas Bar
  • Theft from vehicles in Fort Macleod
  • Armed robbery at Leduc liquor store
  • Home invasion in Leduc
  • Missing Fort Vermilion canoeist located
  • Serious multiple vehicle collision in Grande Prairie
  • Problem property in Calgary shuttered
  • Undetermined death investigation in Calgary (update)

Boys Rugby season begins - Fort Macleod and Crowsnest Pass meet in Pincher Creek

Might as well jump!  Fort Macleod and CNP Senior Boys
Janelle Jorgensen photo
Justine Jorgensen

The Fort Macleod and Crowsnest Pass boys rugby teams met in Pincher Creek at Sproule Field on Tuesday for a couple of windy games to start off the season. The senior varsity game was first and both teams played hard, with a final score of 45-5 in favour of the F.P. Walshe Flyers. The Crowsnest Panthers put up a good fight. The team is still new and growing; they hadn’t yet had the chance to be on the field as it is early in the year and the weather hasn’t been warm enough. Despite their lack of experience, they challenged their opponent with some good runs and hard hits.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

E-cigarettes: Are they safe and do they work?

Rita Aman
Rita Aman, Medicine Hat Community Health Services

Many smokers wanting to kick their nicotine addiction have tried every product on the market—looking for something to make quitting smoking easy, painless and effortless. There are devices and therapies that promise this, but do they really work, what’s in them and are they safe? It’s best to do some research before trying any new product.

Best of the West Weekend preview: Headliners to play feature-length sets

Expect 80 minutes of magic from Juno Award winner Gary Fjellgaard
Janet Barkwith, Best of the West 

The Evening Shows on Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th at the Best of the WestWeekend have an exciting format that's new to Pincher Creek, with the headliners giving a full 80 minutes of performance.

Alberta launches new online organ and tissue donor registry

Registering your intent to donate your organs and tissues is easier than ever with the launch of a new online Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.

The registry is the first step in the government’s plan to increase organ and tissue donor rates in Alberta, which have dropped by nearly 40 per cent over the last decade.

Don't try this at home - FireSmart promotes safer communities, healthier forests

David McIntyre, Letter to the Editor

A recent FireSmart ad delivered this message: Plant fire resistant trees like aspen, birch or poplar, instead of spruce or pine.

The message has profound value, perhaps particularly for people living within forests of spruce and pine

Monday, April 21, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 21, 2014

  • Suspects sought in relation to Lloydminster area rural break ins
  • Woman killed in collision near Grande Prairie Airport
  • Two Sylvan Lake long boarders injured
  • Motorcycle fatality in Calgary
  • $10,000 reward offered by Hazel Lloyd homicide investigation
  • Sexual assault in Lloydminster
  • Truck hits wall of Bashaw Servus Credit Union
  • Saddle Lake handgun theft suspect attempts to flee RCMP
  • RCMP investigate drive by shooting in Conklin
  • Impaired Driver arrested on Highway 2 after multiple 911 calls
  • EPS launches digital comic book
  • Multiple charges for Lloydminster man
  • Men charged with multiple St. Albert break ins
  • Man succumbs to injuries from Trans Canada collision
  • CBSA launches new forecasted border wait times tool
  • EPS detectives charge man for fatal 2008 shooting
  • Largest seizure in EPS history: 440lbs of marijuana
  • Statement from families of Brentwood victims
  • Statement from Rathwell Family

FireSmart tip of the week

Close in any exposed eaves, vents, and soffits on your home.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alberta farmers can haul grain on provincial highways during road ban season

Minister of Transportation Wayne Drysdale
Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation

Farmers are getting the green light to move their bumper crops to market this spring thanks to the easing of seasonal weight restrictions on some Alberta highways.

SASG Executive and Sports chairs meet

SASG 2014 Executive and Sports Chairs
T. Lucas photo

Planning for the 45th Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), to take place in Pincher Creek from July 2 to July 5, is progressing. The Executive and Sports Chairs have been meeting to organize details so that Pincher Creek is showcased to its best potential.

 Over 4,500 people including athletes and their families from 13 regions are expected to come to Pincher Creek for the SASG.

On Wednesday, April 16 a meeting of the SASG Executive took place, with a myriad of details to be worked out. Currently the executive is discussing signage for the games, food solutions for the volunteers, host sites for various event related gatherings, partnerships and sponsors, and recognition for the many people responsible for making the event a success.

High banners over Main Street and low banners at the traffic circle were suggested, as well as renting an electronic sign to scroll information to the public. The event is going to require a high level of volunteer recruitment. If you are interested in volunteering, partnering, or donating to this event, contact the Pincher Creek Recreation Department at 403-627-4322.

Brian Wright – Chairman
John Verhagen-Sports & Facilities Chair
Kathy Verhagen-Volunteer Chair
Faith Zachar-Fundraising Chair
Japhia Epp-Medical Chair
Carrah Walter-Baseball Chair

Sport Chairs:
Brenda Shenton-Photography
Ken Poulson-Tennis
Fernando Rullan-Tennis
Rob Grier – 5/10k Run
Alec Chisholm-5/10K Run
Jacqui Bruns-Ball Hockey
Kim Jorgenson-Swimming
Chris Larson-Shooting Events
Dan & Dakota Kuftinoff-Shooting Events
Carole Goodreau-Beach Volleyball
Roger McAdam-Athletics

Heartbleed Bug hacker charged by RCMP

The RCMP’s National Division Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) has charged a 19 year old London, Ontario man in relation to the malicious breach of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.

Holy Spirit welcomes the Bow Island Ward

press release

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is pleased to announce that, at its April 16, 2014 Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved and ratified an agreement incorporating Bow Island Roman Catholic School District No. 82 into the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4. The Bow Island Ward is currently part of Medicine Hat Catholic School Division No. 20. The Board of Trustees will now seek Ministerial approval for the transfer to take effect for the 2014/2015 school year.

Policing in Alberta to April 17, 2014 (updated)

press releases

  • Missing Blackfalds teen
  • Missing Red Deer teen
  • Dangerous driver eludes Ponoka police, smashes stolen vehicle into house
  • Red Deer RCMP convenience store robbery suspect apprehended (updated)
  • Update: New pictures of Grande Prairie robberies suspect
  • Taxi driver assaulted in Red Deer
  • RCMP respond to potential threat at Hunting Hills High School
  • Single vehicle follover in Strathcona County
  • Commercial Break, Enter and Thefts in Coronation
  • Strathcona County drug trafficker arrested
  • Critical injuries for Calgary driver
  • Investigation into Calgary homicides continues
  • Two charged with Turner Valley thefts
  • Grande Prairie Armed Robbery suspect apprehended
  • Red Deer RCMP investigate vehicle vandalism spree in Inglewood

Missing Blackfalds teen

Missing: Rolland Richard
Blackfalds RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen. On Tuesday April 15, 2014, Rolland Richard, 15 years old, walked away from his school midafternoon. Rolland Richard did not tell anyone where he was going, but it is believed the possible destination may have been Red Deer City.

At the time, Rolland Richard was wearing the following:
  • Jeans
  • A blue hooded sweater
  • A black coat with the insignia “Bulldogs Hockey”
  • A yellow / blue baseball cap
Rolland Richard is described as 5’10”, 170 lbs, blond/brown hair with a beard / goatee starting to grow on his chin.

Anyone with information on Rolland Richards whereabouts are asked to call Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3333.

Missing Red Deer teen
Missing: Denise Deschamps

Author Tyler Trafford nominated for three provincial awards

Local/Calgary author Tyler Trafford's book "Almost A Great Escape: A Found Story" is a finalist in three provincial book awards categories, including:

AHS encourages Albertans to think about end-of-life care

New online tools are now available to help Albertans think and talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Conversations Matter, launched by Alberta Health Services (AHS) to coincide with National Advance Care Planning Day, provides information on advance care planning and an interactive online tool designed to help individuals determine their personal preferences in the event that they become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vandals dump signs, lawnmowers, and garbage bins into the Pincher Creek

Town employees fishing signs out of the Pincher Creek
Janet Jones photos

Chris Davis

Vandals dumped a number of real estate signs, lawnmowers, and garbage bins into the Pincher Creek (the creek) at the bridge on Beaver Drive at the west end of the town of Pincher Creek on Tuesday night, April 15.

Policing in Alberta to April 16, 2014

  • Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing male youth FOUND
  • Man charged with five homicides in Calgary
  • Premier Hancock statement on Calgary homicides
  • Grand Prairie convenience store robbers sought
  • Grande Prairie RCMP investigating rash of armed robberies
  • Wood Buffalo RCMP officer charged with historic Sexual Assault of minor
  • Vandalism in Brooks
  • Break and Enter at Oxford Hotel in Brooks
  • Woman in RCMP custody passes away in hospital
  • Attempted pharmacy robbery in High River
  • Assault with a knife at pub in Lloydminster
  • Arson in Brooks
  • Red Deer RCMP charge male in multiple vehicle hit and runs
  • Charges laid in Spruce Grove armed robbery
  • Fort McMurray Tagger Tagged
  • LRPS Charge 3 with thefts from unlocked vehicles

Lethbridge Regional Police warn public about High Risk Offender Wesley Arcand

Wesley Alfred Arcand
In the interest of public safety, the Lethbridge Regional Police Service is issuing the following public warning in regard to the release of a high risk offender. Wesley Alfred Arcand, 37, was released from Grande Cache Institution after serving a two-year, four-month sentence for assault causing bodily harm, assault, trafficking in a controlled substance and failing to comply with conditions. Arcand has a history of violence and information contained in his file indicates he is a high risk to re-offend.

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