Friday, May 30, 2014

Walking Monk pauses in Pincher Creek

Bhaktimarga Swami (Highway 3 near Lundbreck Falls)
C. Davis photos
Chris Davis

Bhaktimarga Swami (nee John Peter Vis), known as the Walking Monk, visited Pincher Creek on May 29 before walking westward to the Crowsnest Pass.  Swami joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1973 at the age of 21, and has been living a celibate monastic lifestyle ever since.

Policing in Alberta to May 30, 2014

Suspect flees after injuring RCMP officer at vehicle stop

Fatality collision on Highway 16 near Kitscoty
Strathcona County man accused of Child Exploitation offences 
Handguns recovered from Edmonton amphetamine dealer 
Modernized Turner Valley courthouse re-opens
Suspicious Westcove fire
Glendon woman charged with first degree murder*
Thefts in Halkirk
Thefts in Lloydminster
Hit and run to pedestrian in Morinville
RCMP arrest playground zone speeder in stolen vehicle
Lance Francis arrested for second degree murder
Drugs seized during Canmore traffic stops
Collicutt Centre incident investigated
Break and enter in Morinville
Innisfail break and enter thwarted
Over 30 charges for Hinton resident
High number of nighttime break-ins in south Calgary

Suspect flees after injuring RCMP officer at vehicle stop

Strathcona County RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating a suspect vehicle involved in a vehicle stop where a RCMP officer was injured.

Today May 30, 2014 at approximately 1:15 pm a Strathcona County RCMP Traffic Services officer was conducting speed enforcement on Wye road just west of Hwy 21 when he located a motorist exceeding the posted speed limit. The RCMP officer conducted a vehicle stop and the suspect vehicle pulled into Sherwood Hills Estates sub-division and stopped. While the RCMP officer was at the driver's window dealing with the male driver, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed dragging the RCMP officer approximately 100 meters.

The suspect vehicle continued to evade police by driving through the sub-division and eventually smashed through a fence to proceed southbound on Hwy 21. The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Township Road 522 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black 2011 Ford F150 truck, Alberta licence plate # BJD 2680, covered in dirt with front end damage, a broken driver's mirror and grass stuck up underneath the bottom of the vehicle.

The suspect driver is described as a Caucasian male, 20-25 years old with short hair, a tattoo on the left side of his neck and was wearing a ball cap and sunglasses. There was also a young child in the vehicle.

The male officer, a 7 year veteran of the RCMP, sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported to an Edmonton hospital.

Several specialized units including the RCMP Police Dog Service, the RCMP Air Services helicopter, and Strathcona County Enforcement Services are assisting Strathcona County RCMP in the investigation which is still on going.

Strathcona County RCMP ask that if you see this suspect vehicle to immediately call 911 and not approach it.

Fatality collision on Highway 16 near Kitscoty

Shortly before 6:00 pm on May 29, 2014, RCMP officers of the Kitscoty detachment were dispatched to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 16 and Range Road 22 near Kitscoty, Alberta. It was determined that a vehicle travelling southbound on Range Road 22 crossed Highway 16 and collided with an eastbound vehicle travelling on Highway 16.

As a result of the collision, a male in his 50's, the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle travelling east on Highway 16, was ejected from his vehicle and fatally injured.

An RCMP collision analyst attended the scene and the investigation is continuing. The identity of the parties involved will not be shared at this time.

Road conditions were good and drugs/alcohol was not an apparent factor. The highway was shutdown and has since been re-opened.

Strathcona County man accused of Child Exploitation offences

Sean Palylk, a 39-year-old Strathcona County man, has been arrested by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) after he allegedly lured and sexually assaulted an Edmonton girl.

On May 28th, Palylk was arrested and a search warrant was executed at his home by ALERT’s internet child exploitation team with the assistance of Strathcona County RCMP members. He is being charged with sexual assault (x 2), sexual interference (x 2), luring a child (x 2), and possession of child pornography.

ICE Detectives allege that Palylk met and lured a 13-year-old Edmonton girl after meeting on a social media website. Sexually explicit messages were exchanged over a period of two years before the two began meeting. The investigation was initiated during the examination of evidence on an unrelated investigation. In addition to that, the National Child Coordination Centre in Ottawa forwarded ALERT information about child pornography being uploaded to the internet.

A number of electronic devices were seized from the accused and forensic examination has commenced. The investigation remains on-going and additional victims may be identified.

Anyone who may have additional information on this or any other child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact their local police, Crime Stoppers of Reports of child exploitation offences are handled with the highest degree of sensitivity and privacy, and your identity will be protected.
Two handguns recovered from Edmonton amphetamine dealer

Two handguns, along with more than $100,000 in drugs and proceeds of crime, were recovered from an Edmonton amphetamine dealer by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).

The ALERT Edmonton team, comprised of members of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP, executed search warrants at two northwest Edmonton homes on May 27. ALERT recovered $72,570 worth of drugs, including 1,110 grams of amphetamines, 318 grams of marihuana, and 20 grams of cocaine. Two handguns were recovered, including a reported stolen Colt Python .357 caliber revolver popularized as the weapon of choice by “The Walking Dead’s” Rick Grimes, and a semi-automatic .25 caliber Colt Junior “pocket pistol” with the serial number removed. ALERT also seized $4,450 cash proceeds of crime and a 2013 Nissan Murano, with an estimated value of $30,000. Both the cash and vehicle will be the subject of civil forfeiture applications, which is provincial legislation that helps support victims of crime.

The three-month investigation targeted a 40-year-old Edmonton man who was believed to be trafficking amphetamines within the city. James Banh, 40, was arrested and is facing 15 drug and weapons related charges.

Modernized Turner Valley courthouse re-opens

The modernization of the former courthouse in Turner Valley makes justice services more accessible to residents of southern Alberta.

The re-opening of the old courthouse that had been closed for several years means reduced travel time, expenses and strain on residents who previously had to travel elsewhere for justice services. Opening this location also helps reduce pressures on courthouses in the surrounding area, including Okotoks.

“Courthouses are often the first point of contact between Albertans and the justice system. The Turner Valley courthouse will give residents improved access to justice services, and I am proud the province, the local municipality and the Provincial Court have worked together towards this goal.” - Jonathan Denis, Minister of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
“It is great to see the expansion of justice services offered to Albertans, and I am very pleased that the Provincial Court was able to play a key role in bringing this much needed courthouse to Turner Valley. The Provincial Court looks forward to working with the people of this community.” - Provincial Court Chief Judge Terrence Matchett

Government saved money by renovating an existing building that served as a courthouse until it was closed in 1996. More recently, the building housed Turner Valley’s town hall.

“Modernizing the former courthouse provides the residents of Turner Valley and area with a needed public facility in a way that is financially responsible. This is a wonderful example of our Building Alberta Plan in action.” - Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Infrastructure

The Turner Valley Courthouse officially began operations on May 6. It sits two days per week, with Tuesdays being dedicated to criminal docket court and Wednesdays alternating between provincial statutes dockets and trials and criminal trials.

The courthouse includes a court case management counter and videoconferencing capabilities, which are both aimed at managing the caseload at this location.

Suspicious Westcove fire

On May 17th, 2014 police were called to a structure fire in the Summer Village of Westcove in Lac St. Anne County. Investigation revealed that a seasonal cabin was broken into and a fire was intentionally set causing significant damage to the residence. No one was in the cabin at the time and the fire was extinguished without incident by the local fire department. A 2006 70CC Honda dirt bike was also stolen from the cabin.

The person or persons responsible have not yet been identified and the arson is still under investigation.

Glendon woman charged with first degree murder
*corrected from an earlier release

Police have charged Deborah DOONANCO, 51-year-old woman of Glendon Alberta, with First Degree Murder in relation to the death of her common law husband Kevin Feland, 44-years-old. Feland's body was discovered on May 25, 2014, by members of the Glendon Fire Department after responding to a residential fire in the Glendon area.

As a result of the death, RCMP Major Crimes and the Provincial Fire Investigator are engaged in this investigation. Evidence gathered thus far resulted in the charges.

DOONANCO who is scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court Tuesday June 3rd, 2014.

Thefts in Halkirk

Coronation RCMP are investigating a series of break and enters and thefts in the Halkirk, AB area. Three locations were entered along the 855 Highway, and a quantity of tools, generators, and dyed diesel were stolen. The police are seeking information from the public to develop leads in this case.

Thefts in Lloydminster

The Lloydminster Municipal RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the individual(s) responsible for the theft from Rocksolid Industries, whereby a 2007 Ford F350 truck was stolen, along with a Precision Dump trailer and a John DEERE 320 D Bob Cat. Video surveillance shows SOC vehicle having Alberta Plate BGY 1361 on a 2002 White Ford SRW Truck. There was an unknown male passenger that exited the SOC vehicle and was seen driving off with the stolen property. The SOC vehicle was reported stolen out of Morinville Detachment in 2013.

Hit and run to pedestrian in Morinville

The Morinville RCMP are looking for a female pedestrian who was struck by a truck while riding her bike on 100 Avenue at Grandin Drive. The collision occurred on May 20th, 2014 around 4:30 p.m. There were two independant eye witnesses who observed the female in the crosswalk when she was knocked off her bike after being hit by the truck. The pedestrian is described as a caucasian female 10-12 years of age, blonde, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Morinville RCMP.

Red Deer RCMP arrest playground zone speeder in stolen vehicle

On May 13, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Red Deer RCMP were conducting photo radar at a playground zone on Orr Drive in Red Deer, Alberta when officers observed a white Ford truck driving through the playground zone at excessive speed. The driver ignored police orders to stop the vehicle and instead increased speed and passed other vehicles in a dangerous manner in an attempt to flee. Police soon located the vehicle abandoned nearby and verified that it had been stolen earlier the same day.

RCMP located and arrested the driver of the vehicle a short time later as the suspect attempted to leave the area on foot. No one was injured during this incident.

20 year old Bradey Joseph Leveque of Sylvan Lake has been charged with:
  • Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
  • Criminal Code 355(A) – Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Leveque will appear in court on June 24, 2014 at 8:30 am at Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

Red Deer RCMP would like to thank the public for their invaluable assistance in identifying the truck’s direction of travel and final location. Many crimes in Red Deer are solved through the input of concerned citizens and RCMP recognizes the valuable part the community plays in keeping Red Deer safe.

Lance Francis arrested for second degree murder

On May 22, 2014, Lance Waylon FRANCIS was taken into custody for second degree murder at the High Prairie RCMP detachment without incident.

He was remanded into custody and appeared in the High Prairie Court Provincial May 26, 2014. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 9, 2014 in High Prairie.

Drugs seized during Canmore traffic stops

On May 26th, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Canmore RCMP stopped a commercial van for speeding on the Trans-Canada Highway, near the Town of Canmore. Police observed illicit drug use in the vehicle, and arrested the driver without incident.

Police searched the vehicle, and located and seized approximately 70 pounds of Cannabis Marihuana. One male from British Columbia was arrested and faces charges under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

On May 28th, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Canmore RCMP stopped an older model sedan for traffic violations near Spring Creek Gate in the Town of Canmore. Police found that the driver of the vehicle was wanted on outstanding warrants for his arrest. Further investigation led to a search of the vehicle in which approximately 11 pounds of Cannabis Marihuana and 500 tablets of Oxycodone were located .The illicit drugs were seized and the vehicle driver and passenger were arrested without incident.

Two males from British Columbia were arrested and face charges under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

Collicutt Centre incident investigated

Red Deer RCMP launched an investigation after a threatening message was made on a wall within the Collicutt Centre in the evening of May 28, 2014. There wass no imminent danger to the public and there are no injuries or casualties related to the incident.

The RCMP completed their precautionary search of the Collicutt Centre, with the assistance of a police dog, and did not find anything suspicious. The investigation of the source of the message on the wall is actively ongoing. The RCMP will maintain an ongoing presence with RCMP members in the facility as part of the ongoing investigation.

Break and enter in Morinville

On May 28th, 2014, Morinville RCMP responded to a break and enter where one male forced himself inside a residence in Morinville.   The suspect then let a second male into the residence and began to search for specific valuables.  The victim was told by the suspects to not call the police.  The victim suffered minor injuries.  At this time it is believed that the victim’s home was targeted and this was not a random crime.

The victim described the suspects as follows.

First suspect:
  • Possible name of   “Max”
  • Male in his 20’s
  • Red hair
  • Blue eyes
  • 5’5” – 5’6”
  • Fox shoes (yellow and black)
Second suspect:
  • Male
  • 6’0”+
  • White shoes
  • Dark skin
Anyone that may have information about this break and enter is asked to contact the Morinville RCMP at (780) 939-4550 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Innisfail break and enter thwarted

On the evening of May 28, 2014, RCMP Innisfail responded to a break and enter in progress on 59 Street in Innisfail, Alberta. Two persons, a 21 year old male and a 25 year old female, were detained at the scene and later arrested. A search of a nearby vehicle led to the seizure of quantities of methamphetamine (crystal meth), heroin, cannabis resin (hash), prescription drugs and weapons. Street level value of the drugs is worth over $17,000.00. The investigation is ongoing.

Over 30 charges for Hinton resident

On May 25th, 2014 Hinton RCMP located and arrested 26 year old Hinton resident, Nicholas Dewitt, who has been the subject of several recent local investigations. At the time of his arrest Dewitt was found to be in possession of a loaded sawed off shotgun.

Evidence gathered during these investigations has resulted in police laying over 30 charges against Dewitt including possession of prohibited weapons, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, attempting to disarm a police officer and breaches of court order among others. Dewitt has been remanded in custody to appear in Hinton Provincial Court at a later date.

High number of nighttime break-ins in south Calgary

The Calgary Police Service continues to urge Calgarians to take steps to protect their home and vehicles, after a nighttime break-in and car theft occurred last night in south Calgary, while the residents were asleep in the house.

At approximately 3:35 a.m., this morning, Friday, May 30, 2014, a culprit entered a home in the 12200 block of Canfield Road SW. The suspect entered the home and took several keys, before stealing a black SUV and fleeing the area. The family was awoken by a dog barking and the sound of a vehicle outside. The vehicle has since been recovered by police.

This is a growing concern.The Calgary Police Service District 8 office is investigating approximately 102 house and garage break-ins that have occurred in south Calgary since March 1, 2014, 65 of which happened at night. Of the 102 cases, 49 (48 per cent) involved the suspects entering the home through an unlocked home or garage door, or entering an unlocked vehicle, then using the garage door opener to enter the garage and then possibly the home.

In this morning’s incident, it is believed a house key was found in an unlocked van on the property, and used to enter the home. The Service is concerned whenever a home is broken into, particularly when it is occupied at night. District 8 officers are investigating incidents throughout the south Calgary area, but have seen particularly high numbers in the communities of Canyon Meadows, Queensland, Evergreen, McKenzie Towne, New Brighton, Cranston and Chaparral.

It is important to note that these incidents can happen anywhere in the city, and all Calgarians are urged to take steps to protect themselves.

Ensure all vehicles are locked, with the windows up.

Hide or preferably remove all valuables, keys, garage door openers and other property from unattended vehicles.

Ensure all home and garage doors, patio doors and windows are secured even when you are home, day or night. This includes second-storey windows.

Develop a routine to make sure the garage doors have been closed and secured after a day of gardening or bike riding. Don’t drive away from your home until you’ve seen the garage door close completely. Check all vehicles, doors and windows before turning in for the night.

Consider installing home and vehicle alarm systems and vehicle anti-theft devices.

Let your neighbours know if they’ve left doors open or vehicles unlocked.

Report any suspicious activity to the Calgary Police Service (403) 266-1234. If you believe a crime is in progress, please call 911.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call Sgt. Garth Kowalyk of District 8 at 403-428-6800 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Join the Fight - Relay for Life to be held June 21, 2014

Michelle Sauvé
Michelle Sauvé, Canadian Cancer Society

If you’ve ever attended Relay for Life, you probably know that cancer survivors begin the Relay by walking the first lap to get the day started. In their bright yellow shirts, they are an inspiration to those of us raising funds to fight back against cancer. This year, one of those survivors is also our Relay for Life Committee Chair of Finance/Registration, 26-year-old Sonja Scott. Her journey is a testament to the progress we’ve made in cancer research and thanks to the generous support of so many Canadians. In sharing her story with you, Sonja and I hope you’ll join us in the fight.

Celebrating Seniors Week

MLA Kerry Towle, Wildrose Seniors Critic and MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

June 2 marks the beginning of Alberta Seniors Week. This is a week to take time to reflect on the contributions of seniors to their families and to Alberta. Our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and for some lucky ones, great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers, helped build this great province, and Albertans appreciate all you have done to get us where we are today.

Cowley Lundbreck Regional Water System open for business

Cutting the ribbon: MD of Pincher Creek Director of Operations Leo Reedyk, Cowley Mayor Linda Findlater, MD of Pincher Creek Reeve Brian Hammond, Cowley CAO Cindy Cornish
C. Davis and T. Lucas photos

Chris Davis and Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Citizens of Cowley and Lundbreck can expect to see immediate improvements in their water supply and quality after the Lundbreck Regional Water Treatment Plant was officially opened on Thursday evening, May 29. Water began flowing to Cowley on April 14, 2014 and is expected to begin serving Lundbreck the week of June 1, 2014.  Cowley and Lundbreck combined use approximately 275 cubic meters a day. MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 Reeve Brian Hammond and Cowley Mayor Linda Findlater were on hand at the plant, located north of Cowley, to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

FireSmart holds open house to discuss planned prescribed burn at Castle Mountain

Wildfire Technologist Stefan Best and Forestry Information Officer Matthew Anderson
Chris Davis

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) hosted an information session on May 27 at Castle Mountain Ski Resort, primarily to review upcoming prescribed fire/FireSmart work in the area.  On hand were Wildfire Ranger Jason McAleenan (FireSmart), Forestry Information Officer Matthew Anderson and his assistant Karlie Skaret, and Wildfire Technologist Stefan Best.  They also spoke about the Alberta Wildfire app which is now available for iphone/ipad and Android, and the dangers of abandoned but still hot campfires.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Livingstone Drama Club's 'Archie and the Wallflower' delights

Madi Harrison as Archie
C. Davis photos
Chris Davis

(Spoilers ahead)

Livingstone School's Drama Club presented 'Archie and the Wallflower' on Wednesday evening, May 28 to an expectant audience.  Those expectations were met and exceeded by their interpretation of the play, which was written by Kevin Stone.  We were treated to a simply but effectively staged light romantic comedy.

Future chef Caelan Taylor hopes for financial support to make it to National competition (Updated)

Caelan Taylor in the Hawks Nest Cafeteria
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

Updated May 29, 2014:  Caelan has received enough funding and will be going to the National Competition June 3 - 7.

Caelan Taylor is a 16 year old grade 11 student who has attended Matthew Halton High School for the last three years. Caelan has made it to the Provincial level of the Trades Skills Competition in Foods each of those three years. This year Caelan has gone for the gold. He placed first in both the Regional and Provincial competition and has been invited to the National Level of competition.

Policing in Alberta to May 29, 2014

Liquor store robbery in Grande Prairie
Lethbridge man charged with sexual assault of young boy
$50,000 Cocaine Seizure in Lethbridge 
Vandalism/Mischief in Picture Butte
Phone scammer impersonating RCMP officer
Calgary fire results in assault charge and arson investigation
Poisoning suspected in deaths of dogs in Calgary
Indecent acts at Airdrie Walmart

Pincher Creek Town Council notes from May 26, 2014 meeting

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Alberta’s minimum wage increases to $10.20 September 1

Government of Alberta

Minimum wage earners in Alberta will get a raise September 1 when the province’s two minimum wage rates increase to keep pace with rising provincial incomes and the cost of living.  Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $10.20 from $9.95 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $9.20 from $9.05 per hour.  The increase is based on a formula used since 2011 that links the general wage rate to annual increases in Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Alberta.

Policing in Alberta to May 28, 2014

Tofield area MVC results in three fatalities
Siksika First Nation infant dies
Fatal two vehicle collision near Hines Creek
Assault at Composite High School in Grande Prairie
CPS seeking public assistance in assault case
3 Lethbridge residents charged with fraud and other offences
Fort McMurray traffic stop leads to numerous charges
LRPS celebrating 50th anniversary of K9 Unit
Truck stolen early this morning in Hinton

Boxing buddies reunite at Piikani Nation after 45 years

Old friends Roger Buckskin ands LeRoy Black Eyes
C. Davis photos

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Piikani member LeRoy Black Eyes was a boxer in his youth. On May 8 he reunited with Roger Buckskin, a dear friend from his boxing years, and on May 15 a Name Giving Ceremony for Roger was held at the home of Peter Strikes With A Gun and Jeannie Provost. Strikes With A Gun is LeRoy's uncle and a former Piikani Nation Chief.

LeRoy is 63 years old, soon to turn 64. His boxing years are far behind him now, and diabetes has stolen his legs and some of his fingers, but he "still believes in miracles."

Bylaw to designate Lebel Mansion a Municipal Historic Resource passes first reading

Lebel Mansion
C. Davis file photo
Toni Lucas

First reading of Bylaw 1614-14 to designate Lebel Mansion at 696 Kettles Street a Municipal Historic Resource (MHR) passed unanimously at the regular meeting of Pincher Creek's Town Council held on May 26.

Since 1976 the Lebel Mansion has been designated as a Registered Historic Resource.  It was purchased by the Town of Pincher Creek in 1985 and is currently home to the Pincher Creek Allied Arts Council.  Properties designated as a MHR are eligible to receive up to $50,000 per year for conservation work, and up to $25,000 for architectural or engineering services, studies, and reports.

Town Council agrees to support McMan Agency's proposal to operate Pincher Creek Food Bank

Toni Lucas

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association met with members of Napi Friendship Association, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Brighter Futures, and the councils of the Town and MD of Pincher Creek on Wednesday, May 21 to discuss the possibility of McMan taking over the operation of the Food Bank. "The whole town is pulling together to make this happen," said Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg.  The proposal was originally presented  to Town Council on March 28, 2014.

Best of the West Weekend - Family friendly

C. Davis file photo
Janet Barkwith, Best of the West

The family-friendly Best of the West Weekend will be following the old Cowboy Poetry's tradition of taking Father's Day weekend for its dates - a terrific way of giving every Dad a real treat and to say thank you for being so great. Bring the whole family, including Gramma, Grandpa and the kids, because this year the organisers have planned something for everyone, and kids under 12 years are FREE!

AHS resources available to help Albertans quit tobacco

Wikimedia Commons image
Alberta Health Services

To mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding southern Albertans about the health risks of tobacco use, the benefits of quitting and resources available to take those important first steps toward becoming tobacco-free.

This year’s World No Tobacco Day theme is Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless. The focus is on raising awareness about the health risks associated with spit tobacco, which contains 28 known cancer-causing agents that can lead to cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus; and heart conditions and dental problems, such as gum recession, yellow teeth and chronic bad breath.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Locals concerned about "Canadians Cook Your Food Here" sign at Pincher Creek Luigi's

Sign in front of Pincher Creek Luigi's (since changed)
Cindy Dwyer photos

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
(*updated May 28, 2014)

A sign in front of Pincher Creek's Luigi's restaurant has provoked a lot of feedback from area residents, several of whom brought it to our attention over the last couple of days.  The sign has since been changed, but read "Canadians cook your food here unlike the big chain".

"The big chain" referred to is probably Boston Pizza, which opened a Pincher Creek location at the beginning of 2013, and is located down the street from Luigi's.  The sign could also refer to the Tim Hortons, McDonald's, A&W, or Subway restaurants in town.

Cindy Dwyer photo

61st annual Beekeepers' Field Day to be held June 20

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is hosting the 61st Annual Beekeepers’ Field Day at the Beaverlodge Research Farm on Friday, June 20. 2014. It’s an opportunity to learn about the current trends in beekeeping and the vital role bees play in agriculture as scientists, apiarists and industry specialists gather to share research highlights from the past year. Experts will be on hand to speak on the latest industry buzz, field questions and provide advice to bee enthusiasts. Visitors can take part in hands-on demonstrations in the Bee Diagnostic Lab and see Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s new bee truck. For more information, contact Dr. Stephen F. Pernal via email at or phone at 780-354-5135.

Policing in Alberta to May 27, 2014

Warrant issued for Lethbridge woman charged with arson 
Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary May 19-26, 2014 
Two dead after MVC near Tofield 
Penhold woman charged in fatal hit and run collision with longboarder 
Red Deer RCMP investigate theft of skid steer loader and trailer 
Firearms stolen from Calgary gun range and store 
LRPS charge man with numerous break-ins to businesses 
Second suspect charged in connection with Pamfil homicide 
RCMP investigate mischiefs in Daysland 
Irvine campground fire results in arson charge 
Thefts from vehicles in Morinville area 
Non-injury collision involving School Bus in Innisfail 
Fuel theft near Two Hills 
Motorcyclist injured on Yellowhead Highway 
Canada Road Safety Week in Vegreville and Two Hills 
Northeast ITU May traffic enforcement project

Warrant issued for Lethbridge woman charged with arson

Lethbridge Regional Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 48-year-old woman charged with arson in connection with a suspicious house fire.

Wanted: Kathy Jean Petersen

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lundbreck Gardeners Art in Bloom auction brings in green

Visiting at the Art In Bloom silent auction event
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The Lundbreck Gardeners held their first 'Art in Bloom' silent auction in the Windsor Heritage Drop in Centre during a warm afternoon on Saturday, May 25. Altogether 23 artists donated 35 individual pieces to the auction and a number of the artists were in attendance, available to discuss their artworks. Refreshments were also available, making it a pleasant atmosphere for conversation and keeping an eye on your bids.

Original oil painting by Mannie Gonslaves

AgriSpirit fund accepting applications

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Rural community groups across Canada are invited to apply to the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.

Through this initiative, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will give a total of $1 million in funding to rural community groups across Canada for capital projects. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding this year are encouraged to visit for eligibility requirements and to apply online.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Out and about, May 2014

Nest at Beauvais Lake, May 17
C. Davis photo

St. Michael's drama department delivers a humorous Hamlet

The cast's final curtain call
T. Lucas photos
T. Lucas

St. Michael's School drama students presented the humorous satire 'Dr. Pepper Presents Disney's Hamlet', penned by Don Zolidis, from May 21 through May 23 last week. Friday's show was sold out. The premise: how do you run a drama department where the budget is $8.00 for the year? The answer: corporate sponsorship, and lots of it.

Town of Pincher Creek commits funding towards new Crestview Lodge facility

C. Davis

According to a letter sent from Town of Pincher Creek CAO Laurie Wilgosh to the council for the MD of Pincher Creek, "Council for The Town of Pincher Creek passed the following resolutions at the April 28, 2014 regular Council Meeting;"
"That Council for the Town of Pincher Creek authorizes a commitment of up to one million three hundred thousand ($1,300,000) towards the construction of a new Crestview Lodge facility based on the estimated total cost of thirteen million ($13,000,000) and a minimum of seventy five percent (75%) provincial and/or federal funding, and providing that the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No.9 make a similar commitment and that any additional cost overages be funded by Pincher Creek Foundation form their own capital reserves and borrowing, if required."
Council for the Town of Pincher Creek discussed the matter in-camera as a Legal matter at their April 28 meeting before passing a motion by councillor Adrian Hartman, resolving as above.  At their May 13 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek received the letter as information.

Sports shorts May 25

Kayakers at Lees Lake, May 17
C. Davis photo

MD of Pincher Creek renews Oldman Watershed Council membership

C. Davis

At their April 22 meeting, council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 agreed to renew the MD's membership in the Oldman Watershed Council. The MD will contribute $0.30 per resident for a total of $992.00, with the money coming from the MD's account for Grants to Groups and Organizations.

The Oldman Watershed Council is a not-for-profit community based organization mandated to mediate various challenges to the environment,  balanced against economic, cultural and social needs.

MD of Pincher Creek Fire Guardians appointed

At their meeting on April 22, council for the MD of Pincher Creek approved the annually required appointment of Fire Guardians, as recommended by Emergency Services Chief Dave Cox.
Chief elected officials, each councillor, and the CAO are by virtue of their offices also fire guardians in and for the municipal district.

Water looping project underway in Pincher Creek

At Vista Village

According to a recent public notice, the Town of Pincher Creek is undertaking a major water looping project this summer.  The purpose of water looping is to eliminate dead ends in the water distribution system, increasing flow pressures which assist in firefighting and ensure more consistency and ease of tracking for water quality.

Alberta Crop Report May 20, 2014

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Crop conditions as of May 20, 2014

The recent cool weather conditions, including rain, frost and snow continued to hinder soil warming and delay seeding in some areas. Despite this, producers took advantage of a few warmer days and have made significant progress in seeding in the last two weeks, with more than 47 per cent of crops now seeded compared to two per cent a couple of weeks ago. This is still 16 per cent below the 5-year average. Seeding is most advanced in the Peace Region, with close to 55 per cent complete, followed by the North West Region (51 per cent), and the North East Region (47 per cent), as shown in Table 1*. Seeding is still significantly behind the 5-year average for the Central Region (46 per cent) and the South Region (45 per cent).

Canfax launches new livestock app

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Cattle producers all along the supply chain now have access to a new, free market prices mobile app based on historical Canfax data. CFXPro is for those looking to have access to breakeven calculators, price projections, as well as standard market information on Canadian cattle.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to May 24, 2014

Missing elderly Calgary man 
Missing Red Deer woman FOUND 
Public assistance sought to identify vehicle thief 
Motorcyclist dies after colliding with deer in Calgary 
Fatal MVC near Lake Louise 
Aggravated assault in Lloydminster 
Seven vehicles damaged in QEII incident 
Morinville creep sought by RCMP 
Leduc Suspect at Large turns herself in 
One man seriously injured in Suffield area MVC 
Couple charged for breaching conditions regarding children 
Arson investigation in Calgary 
St Albert RCMP teams up with FCSS 
Safety taught to St. Albert gas station employees 
St. Albert RCMP visits Paul Kane High School 
St. Albert RCMP team up with Kinsmen for safe Rodeo 
"Calgary Police Magazine" scam

Missing elderly Calgary man

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to locate an elderly man who went missing May 22.

Missing: James Stephen McCaffrey

Friday, May 23, 2014

Majors baseball: Dawgs defeat Devils

Photos: Elliott Nemeth and Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Majors Dust Devils hosted Claresholm's Prairie Dawgs for a sunny evening of baseball on May 21.  It was the second game of the season for the Dust Devils, and also their home opener.  They were looking for their first win after losing a close one to Claresholm, but it wasn't to be.

Quad accident sends one to hospital

Pincher Creek Rescue and Pincher Creek Ambulance responded to an all terrain quad accident near the headwaters of Beaver Creek in the Porcupine Hills north of Pincher Creek at 1:00 am this morning, Friday May 23.

An injured man was transported part of the way out of the remote area in a pickup truck.  Emergency vehicles met and assisted him on Highway 785 east of the Oldman Dam.  He was then transferred to Pincher Creek Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Egg Farmers of Alberta accepting new entrant program applications

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

The Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) are now accepting applications under the New Entrant Program (NEP) giving individuals the chance to become Alberta’s newest egg farmer. 

“We are very excited about our new entrant program, and wish all would-be egg farmers the best of luck. This is an exceptional industry and we look forward to welcoming the successful candidates as new egg farmers,” says Susan Schafers, chairman, EFA board of directors

Policing in Alberta to May 23, 2014

press releases
  • Leduc RCMP requesting public assistance in locating a suspect at large
  • Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP seeking violent armed robbery suspect
  • EPS investigating fatal collision involving cyclist
  • Lac La Biche RCMP request assistance to locate Break and Enter Suspects
  • Longboarder killed in hit and run collision near Innisfail
  • EPS investigating fatal two-vehicle collision
  • Man charged in stabbing death of Fort McMurray woman
  • Grizzly poaching guilty plea leads to fine and hunting restriction 
  • Operation Wunderland results in 190 charges
  • Two drivers nabbed for speeding in excess of 200 km/hour near Edson
  • RCMP remind citizens of the impact of noise pollution in residential areas
  • Exercise caution while exploring back country
  • Thefts to High River vehicles
  • Speeders keep EPS busy over May-long weekend
  • Lac La Biche RCMP conduct traffic enforcement over the long weekend

Leduc RCMP requesting public assistance in locating a suspect at large

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 11:45 pm, a group of approximately 4 people forced their way into a residence located in the South Park area of Leduc, Alberta. The two male occupants inside the residence at the time of the home invasion were both assaulted, with one male suffering life threatening injuries.

Wanted: Kathleen Archibald

Senior High Track and Field 2014 District Qualifier held in Pincher Creek

Lauralee Jones and Toni Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

District Senior High Track and Field was held at the track and field behind St. Michael's High School in Pincher Creek on Wednesday, May 20. It was a sunny cool and calm day that had people happy that they were outside enjoying the weather. There were close to 100 students competing in the running, jumping, and throwing events held on the field. There were seven schools that competed during the day: St. Michael's - Pincher Creek, Matthew Halton - Pincher Creek, Livingstone School - Lundbreck, Piikani School - Piikani, J. T. Foster - Nanton, Willow Creek Composite High School - Claresholm, and J. P. Walshe - Fort Macleod. The top 2 finalists in each category have earned the right to continue on to Zones that will take place in Medicine Hat.

Cyclists: Always err on the side of safety

Randy Youngman
Randy Youngman, Regional Traffic Safety Consultant

Summer is fast-approaching and the weather’s finally warming up. Pedestrians, bicycles and skateboarders literally seem to be everywhere, and they’re not always thinking about how to stay safe on our streets. As vehicle drivers, we can help avoid potential tragedies by training ourselves to look and see them before it’s too late.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Canyon School grade one students visit the past at KBPV

Adam and Noah soap a saddle under the direction of Curator Farley Wuth
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

Canyon School grade one students visited Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) in Pincher Creek on Thursday, May 22.  Teacher Lina Anastacio was very happy that the 31 students had a hands on opportunity to find out about how pioneers lived, and to examine differences and similarities about how people live now compared to how they lived during the pioneer era.

Faith Zachar named 2013 Gary Hobson Volunteer of the Year

Faith Zachar receiving the Gary Hobson Volunteer of the Year award
Past President of Football Alberta Dr. Dan Syrotuik presenting
K. Zachar photo
Kerry Zachar and Toni Lucas

Faith Zachar was honoured last weekend by Football Alberta at the 25th Annual Senior Bowl (the all-star game for graduating players) in Edmonton, on the field at half-time at Commonwealth Stadium. She was presented with the 2013 Gary Hobson Volunteer of the Year Award.

Summer 2014 grass cattle economics

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Despite the high price of grass cattle this spring having some producers questioning the economics of running yearlings on pasture this summer, an Alberta Agriculture specialist says grass cattle can still be profitable with sound management. “The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) can be a useful tool in generating profit for a grass cattle operation,” says Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler.

U18 Soccer: Pincher hosts Elkford and Sparwood

Pincher Creek U18 team
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's U18 soccer team had two back to back  home games this week on May 20 and 21, losing the first and winning the second.  Pincher Creek is the host of the U18 Tournament scheduled for Saturday June 14.

Holy Spirit Superintendent Chris Smeaton honoured with Blackfoot name

Peter Strikes With a Gun and Chris Smeaton during Blackfoot naming ceremony

Holy Spirit Catholic Schools press release

Holy Spirit Catholic Schools is proud to announce that Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools, was honoured today with his own Blackfoot name, Natoo’minnii, meaning Sacred Wings.

The request for the Blackfoot name came from Kainai Board of Education as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. “It came about because of our great friendship with Chris and Holy Spirit,” said Annette Bruised Head, Principal of Kainai High School. “He has continued to build a great relationship with Kainai Board of Education. His commitment to success for all students is very evident and we appreciate his commitment to working directly with our school leaders.”

Rural Economic Development Action Plan: Input to serve as a blueprint for a vibrant rural Alberta

Minister Verlyn Olson
Minister Verlyn Olson, Agriculture and Rural Development

Rural Alberta contributes more than $77 billion annually to Alberta’s and Canada’s economy, and with smart planning and coordinated programs and services, rural Alberta will thrive.

The Rural Economic Development Action Plan is a new initiative designed to build on the significant efforts made in the past to support economic activity in rural Alberta. The goal is to ensure that rural communities continue to flourish. An MLA task force including Hector Goudreau, Jacquie Fenske, Ken Lemke, Bridget Pastoor, and myself has been working to keep this initiative moving.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Volunteer shortage hampers Pincher Creek Food Bank

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Food Bank Coordinator Susan Kuftinoff is facing a volunteer shortage that is affecting the ability of the food bank to get get hampers to the people that need them.  She is looking for people who can donate their time on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.

Infinite Scroll