Monday, June 30, 2014

Collision involving motorbike and van on Hwy 3 near Summerview

A multi-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a van occurred at approximately 3:30 pm on Sunday, June 29 on Highway 3 near the Summerview Feedlot turn off.

The two vehicles were traveling on Highway 3 when the collision occurred. Pincher Creek Rescue, Ambulance, and Engine 43 responded. The rider of the motorcycle was transported directly to hospital in Lethbridge. Two people  had minor injuries and were released on-scene.

-T. Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Emergency Services holds 2014 Awards banquet

Dave Cox gives Deputy Chief Pat Neumann his 12 year award
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) held their annual awards banquet at the Pincher Creek Legion on Friday evening, June 27.  PCES includes first responders from Pincher Creek, Lundbreck, and Beaver Mines. A telling sign of the dedication required was that during the ceremonies there were two calls, and members excused themselves and left to respond.   "We are very much a community based operation," said  PCES David Cox who thanked all the members for their dedication and service.  Cox thanked all the service members families, recognizing that without family support the job becomes more difficult.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Piikani Nation Secondary School holds 2014 Grad

Piikani graduands Colton Morning Bull, Marvin Jr. North Peigan, Hannah Big Swan, Donovan Strikes With A Gun,  Vincent Crow Eagle
Chris Davis

Piikani Nation Secondary School held their 2014 graduation ceremonies on the evening of June 6 in the dramatically decorated gym of the school.

Busy night for Pincher Creek Emergency Services

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

"It was a busy night," said Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) Chief Dave Cox.  PCES was called to two incidents.

Pincher Fire and  Beaver Mines Fire responded to a fire call at approximately 12:00 am today, June 29. It turned out to be a permitted fire in the Beaver Mines area.

At approximately 5:00 am today Pincher Fire and Lundbreck Fire responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle collision on Highway 3 about 2 km west of Lundbreck near the east turnoff to Lundbreck Falls.  A driver hit a moose.  The driver was taken to Pincher Creek Hospital with undetermined injuries.

Music For Young Children gets Bach at recital

Sunrise class
Kim Jorgenson photos and videos

 Music For Young Children (MYC) students held their year end recital last month at Pincher Creek's Foothills Community Church, at which Bach (ably portrayed by Murray Pura) made a special appearance, interacting with guest pianist Mathias Gelber.

Young Pincher Creek Sensei Liam Hale earns Black Belt

Sensei Liam Hale
Peter Dressler

Congratulations to Sensei Liam Hale, possibly the youngest at eleven years old to receive a well-deserved Black Belt in Shorei-Kan Go-Ju Ryu Karate. He joins the ranks of his family, Senseis Louise, Chas and Reed who received theirs last year. It was a long test conducted by Sensei Peter Dressler on Saturday June 21. The test included a complete review of everything he had learned since he began at just six years old.

Out and About - Random joys of a southwestern Alberta June

Down that dusty road from my house
Pat Moskaluk photo, June 23, 2014

Matthew Halton High School holds 2014 Blue and White Awards

Mrs. Rast and Pete Manners, award recipient for Grade 11 Physics.
Manners scored 99% on his diploma exam in this course.
T.  Lucas photos unless otherwise noted.

Toni Lucas

Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek held their end of the year Blue and White Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 26. Staff, students, friends and family members attended. Alexandra Morgan started off the program by leading the singing of O Canada. Principal Sandy McDuffe acted as Emcee for the event. "I truly enjoy the awards ceremonies," said McDuffe after the event. "It is a time when we recognize and reward excellence."

Pincher Creek Minor Baseball: Bring on the Summer Games!

A Silver finish to the regular season for Pincher Creek's Majors Dust Devils
Leslee Bruder photo 
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Majors baseball coach Hays Bruder was out on the Lions Park field getting U12 kids ready for the upcoming Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG).  Pincher Creek's SASG Majors team will have many of the same athletes as the Major Dust Devils, with a few differences.  The Major Dust Devils finished their  season with a Silver at the Elkford tournament on June 22 (second out of six teams).

2014 Best of the West Weekend takes (two) steps in the right direction

MC Bob Westrop at 2014 Best of the West Weekend
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

After 26 Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Pincher Creek, organizers took a brave step this year and changed the format and the name to inaugurate what they hope will be an event with equally long legs.  Such a change doesn't come without its share of pain and dissent, but the Best of the West Weekend was, in final measure, successful at keeping some of the best attributes of the Gathering while adding new and younger ingredients to the mix.

Request to park fifth wheel at Pincher Creek Golf Course denied

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council held on Monday, June 23 council reviewed a request by Golf Course restaurant Manager Joni MacArthur, who came to council on Monday, June 9 to ask for an allowance for her to either park her fifth wheel at the golf course, or to have reduced camping fees and waive the need for her to move every 14 days at the local Pincher Creek Memorial Campground.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Person injured in quad accident south of Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Mid-afternoon today, June 28, 2014 Pincher Creek Emergency Services and multiple other resources were dispatched to the scene of a back-country quad roll-over southwest of the Shell plant, near Blue Lake according to an eyewitness, south of Pincher Creek.

According to PCES Chief Dave Cox crews went in to give medical assistance, the patient was carried out and then transported using the Beaver Mines Fire side-by-side vehicle to a Waterton Parks helicopter.  That helicopter and an attendant transported the patient to Pincher Creek Hospital, and a STARS helicopter transported the patient from there to Calgary at approximately 5:30 pm.

Further information as to the condition and name of the victim is not available at this time.

Harvest brand meat products recalled due to unsuitable ingredients

Canadian Food Inspection Agency, June 27, 2014

Multiple Harvest brand meat products have been recalled. The products have been distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Click here for a list of products included in this recall.

SASG volunteer Dennis Zalasky wins new hoodie from Crow Signs

Doug Paton with winner Dennis Zalasky
T. Lucas photos

Toni Lucas
Crow Signs and Embroidery in the Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek donated hundreds of volunteer t-shirts to the Town for the Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), the idea being that volunteers would be easy to see and be identified, and have a great memento of the games. Of the hundreds of shirts they made one came out with a big mistake, it was printed upside down. The owner of Crow Signs, Doug Paton, admits that he was the one that made the mistake, and everyone else in the shop teased him about it. Rather than toss it out and just replace it, Paton decided that he had a lemon and it was time to make lemonade, and have some fun in the process.

Macleod byelection - Information for Pincher Creek voters

Pincher Creek and area residents who wish to vote in the Macleod federal electoral district byelection can do so on June 30, 2014 from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm at Foothills Community Church, 1200 Ken Thornton Boulevard.

To vote on election day:
  • You must be registered to vote. If you are not registered, you can register now or register at your polling place just before you vote.
  • You must prove your identity and home address.
Candidates in the Macleod electoral district:

Larry Ashmore,  Green Party of Canada
John Barlow,  Conservative Party of Canada
Aileen Burke,  New Democratic Party
Dustin Fuller,  Liberal Party of Canada
David Reimer,  Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Policing in Alberta to June 28, 2014

Impaired driver kills young woman near Rocky Mtn House
13 year old boy charged in relation to Calgary stabbing death
Edmonton death determined to be homicide
Driver clocked at 170 km/h with child in back seat
Serious injury collision in Calgary
CBSA officers seize $30,500 in currency at YYC
St. Albert RCMP Bike Patrol and Cart Patrol host hot dog roast
Cocaine and marihuana traffickers charged in Stony Plain
EPS June Operation 24 Hours results

Amber Alert for abducted Calgary child cancelled

CPS press release

A nine-month-old Calgary boy abducted by his father on Friday evening has been found safe and in good health.

The child was located in Riverbend at approximately 4:30 a.m., today, Saturday, June 28, 2014, after associates of the suspect called police. The child was taken from a northeast parking lot in the 2400 block of 37 Avenue N.E., around 8 pm.

The suspect in this case is also in police custody. Charges against him are pending.

Further details will be released as they become available.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.

Pincher Creek fugitive apprehended and sentenced for 2012 impaired driving incident

RCMP press release

During the early hours of the morning on November 18th, 2012, a vehicle roll-over occurred in a residential area of Pincher Creek. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a parked vehicle and rolled onto a second parked vehicle. Both occupants were injured and transported to hospital.

File photos of November 18, 2012 incident

The driver, Cameron Keller, 34, was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusing to provide a sample of his breath, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while disqualified.

Shortly after being released pending his court hearing, Keller fled the country to Southeast Asia. On May 28th, 2014, after more than a year and a half abroad, Keller returned to Canada via Vancouver airport where he was apprehended by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). He was transported to an Alberta remand center where he was set to face trial.

Keller pled guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to a period of incarceration, a driving prohibition, and is required to use a vehicle interlock device once the prohibition expires.

Related story:
RCMP responds to collision near Matthew Halton School

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Third Annual Youth Council Aboriginal Day Powow

Junior dancers at Youth Council Powwow
C. Davis photos and videos

The third annual Piikani Youth Council Aboriginal Day Powwow was held June 20/21 at Crowlodge Park.  The event coincided with the summer solstice (June 21 at 4:51 am*), a traditional time of celebration for human beings stretching back to before our recorded histories.  There were Grand Entries both days, and numerous dancing and drumming competitions with over over $15,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.  A ban on alcohol and drugs was strictly enforced, resulting in a safe and familial atmosphere inside the spectacular Crowlodge Park facility.

Beaver Mines residents warned about possible drinking water contamination

Attention: Residents of Beaver Mines and area

Alberta Health Services

Environmental Public Health has concerns about the drinking water quality in the Beaver Mines area. Our office has been investigating recent failed private sewage systems in Beaver Mines and is concerned that this could negatively impact both the groundwater and surface water quality of the community and surrounding areas. While the failed system has been contained and remediation measures are in place to prevent sewage from being disposed of on the surface, there may still be a risk that water sources have been contaminated.

Albertans urged to protect themselves from West Nile virus

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding Albertans to take precautions necessary to protect themselves against West Nile virus infection this summer.

“With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus,” says Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health, South Zone. “Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s important to avoid being bitten at all.”

Livingstone School, Pincher Creek Golf Course, Pincher Cowley Roaring Lions, and Piikani Nation recipients of Lottery funds

Lions Club Member Earle Johnson with MLA Bridget Pastoor
Toni Lucas

Lethbridge East Constituency ML) Bridget Pastoor visited Pincher Creek and area on Thursday, June 26.  Pastoor said she was charged with the happy task of giving out cheques from the Alberta Lottery Foundation. "As an MLA it's a treasure to be able to give out these cheques, because I know that this money will be stretched to $1.50 for every dollar that we've added. This is probably the best use of taxpayers money that I can possibly hand out." She presented cheques to Livingstone School, Pincher Creek Golf Course, Pincher Cowley Roaring Lions, and Piikani Nation.

Child safety seats: Protecting your precious cargo

Andrea Klassen
Andrea Klassen, Alberta Health Services Population Health Promotion Program

As we embark on summer road trips with our families, it’s important to remember the precious cargo we carry in our vehicles – our children. Proper use of child safety seats reduces the likelihood of your child being injured or killed in a vehicle collision by up to 75 per cent. In Alberta, the law requires that drivers ensure all passengers under the age of 16 are buckled and secured correctly in the vehicle.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Southern Alberta Summer Games volunteer BBQ well attended

Mayor Don Anderberg and Reeve Brian Hammond
between grilling and speaking
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Southern Alberta Summer Games Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue was held outside between the arena and and the pool on Tuesday, June 24.  "Your support allows us to show southern Alberta what a fabulous community we have in Pincher Creek," announced Games Chair Brian Wright. "To all the volunteers this evening, as of this morning, we have 250 volunteers registered, with a few more registering tonight." According to Wright the games will include 2200 athletes, including over 400 from the Pincher Creek area.

Al Koura brand Tahina Extra recalled due to Salmonella

June 26, 2014

The food recall warning issued on June 18, 2014 has been updated to include an additional product. The additional product was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Sesameco is recalling Al Koura brand Tahina Extra from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The product has been distributed in Manitoba and Alberta. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Holiday pay rules for Canada Day

Government of Alberta

In 2014, Canada Day is on Tuesday, July 1. Under Alberta’s Employment Standards legislation, the following rules apply:
  • If you normally work Tuesdays and are given Canada Day off, then you are entitled to your regular daily wage.
  • If you normally work Tuesdays and work Canada Day, then you are entitled to your regular daily wage plus time-and-a-half for each hour of work. Alternatively, you are entitled to your regular wage for each hour of work on the holiday, plus another regular work day off with pay.
  • If you normally have Tuesdays off but you work on Canada Day, then you are entitled to pay at a rate of time-and-a-half of your regular wage for each hour of work.
  • If you normally have Tuesdays off and do not work on Canada Day, then you are not entitled to general holiday pay and are not entitled to an extra day off. However, you may receive general holiday pay or an extra day off if it is a part of your employment contract or a part of a union agreement. Please check with your employer.
To be eligible for general holiday pay, employees:
  • must have worked 30 days for their employer in the preceding 12 months,
  • must work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given), and
  • must work on the general holiday if requested.
All Alberta government offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Heritage grants boost preservation projects provincewide

The Historic Bellevue Coal Mine was established in 1903 and operated until the early 1960s
Government of Alberta

Albertans are protecting local historic landmarks and sharing the story of province’s past with help from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Alberta Culture, through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, is providing 82 grants totaling $1.48 million to support community heritage preservation and conservation projects across Alberta. Grants are awarded twice annually to individuals as well as municipalities, nonprofit organizations and businesses to support heritage preservation projects ranging from conservation of designated historic buildings to research projects, publications and heritage inventories.

Pincher Creek Sobeys to close

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Sobeys parent company Empire Company Limited released its Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter and Full Year results today, June 16. That document includes a section titled "Sobeys' Retail Store Network Rationalization", which states in part as follows: "During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, So beys completed a detailed review of its retail store network."

"Based on this detailed review, Sobeys has determined that consistently underperforming retail stores representing approximately 50 stores (1.5 million of total gross square footage) and 3.8 percent of the total retail network gross square footage, will close.  Approximately sixty percent of the affected stores are located in Western Canada.

And, of course, one of those "underperforming stores" is the one here in Pincher Creek.  Employees there report they were told that the Pincher Creek store would be closed July 31.  Some employees have already been let go.

Sobeys representatives have so far been unavailable to us for comment.

Navigate summer construction with 511 Alberta

Government of Alberta

For up-to-date road information and traffic delays
Call: 511 toll-free
Follow: @511Alberta

A reel good time at Legion's 2014 Bobby Burns Fish Derby

Winners group at Pincher Creek Legion Fish Derby
Toni Lucas

There were blue skies and great weather for the 46 contestants who entered the annual Fish Derby at Bobby Burns Park in Pincher Creek on Wednesday, June 26.  Over 100 people came out to enjoy the day. The derby has been going strong since at least 1990 and offers a pleasant day of competition for seniors and people with handicaps.

PCES responds to single vehicle motorcycle collision on Highway 22

T. Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a single vehicle motorcycle collision on Highway 22 approximately 15 km north of Highway 3 earlier today, June 26, at approximately 10:30 am.

The motorcyclist sustained minor injuries and was transported to Pincher Creek Hospital. Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded with an ambulance and rescue vehicle and Lundbreck Fire also responded.

Dump truck downs lines on Hewetson Avenue

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Updated at 4:10 pm, June 26, 2014

Hewetson Avenue was closed for a period of time today from just south of the entrance to Vista Village to the bottom of the Hewetson Avenue hill as crews dealt with the aftermath after a dump truck apparently travelled west with its bucket up from a worksite on Dundas Street near James Avenue, then along Frederick Street, and then northbound on Hewetson Avenue before tangling with lines at the base of the hill that leads north to the Ranchland Mall and then Highway 6.  The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 pm.  Hewetson Avenue has since been reopened.

Matthew Halton School's 2014 Junior and Senior High Athletic Awards

Jr High A Girls Volleyball team
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

Matthew Halton High School recently held their Junior and Senior High Athletic Awards in the school gymnasium. Athletic Director Randy Whitehead acted as Emcee for the awards. In each instance everyone in attendance from each team was asked to come to the front and then the awards were given out. This reminded the audience and the players that although individuals stand out it is because the team stands with them.

Angels Within Us holds 2014 AGM

Back row:  Coleen Parkin, Mona Low, Michelle Duncan, Kevin Parkin
Front row: Cheryl Freisen, Sherry Mackenzie, Carrah Walter
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas
Angels Within Us held their annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 24, at which the group held elections for their board. The big annual dinner and auction were discussed as well as new requests for assistance that have been made to the group.

Policing in Alberta to June 26, 2014

Fatal MVC near Drayton Valley
Fatal MVC near Maskwacis
Police still looking for Andria Meise
Missing Edmonton girl located
Calgary stabbing victim dies
Secure and Hold situation at St. Albert schools
CPS and RCMP investigate shooting incident
Missing Calgary boater
Leduc crime spree suspect charged
60 yr old man assaulted in Calgary
String of B&Es and thefts in Mundare
Theft of Sochi Olympic Ring in Boyle
Canada Day long weekend QEII enforcement planned
Theft and Mischief in Strathmore results in charges
EPS launches Interactive Voice Response system
Give emergency crews a ‘brake’

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four days of wet weather in review

An aerial view of St. Mary's Dam, June 20, 2014
Dan Stumborg photo
Chris Davis and Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Southern Alberta was affected by a wet weather event which, in the Pincher Creek area, effectively began with thunderstorms on June 15,  a power outage early in the morning June 16,  rainfall warnings and high streamflow advisories on June 16 as well,  and effectively ended on June 19, 2014. Several southern Alberta communities were hit hard by the storm, including Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm, Cardston, MD of Taber, Town of Magrath, Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Coaldale, Medicine Hat and the Blood Tribe Reserve. Pincher Creek and area, while affected, was not as seriously affected as originally feared.  For Town dwellers it was almost a non-event.  Rural residents of the MD of Pincher Creek were not all quite that fortunate.

Policing in Alberta to June 25, 2014

Composite drawing of suspected playground flasher released

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault in Calgary
Boyle RCMP seeking assistance to locate wanted man
Hinton woman faces charges for disguised energy weapons
Missing cows were never missing
Semi rollover results in spill on Highway 831
Youth missing on the Highwood River
Truck crashes into Two Hills bank
Serious train collision near Innisfail
Calgary man charged with 4 bank robberies

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pincher Creek's Dolphins are having another epic season

2014 Pincher Creek Dolphins
Photos and videos by Kim Jorgenson

Dolphins have attended 5 meets so far this season
Many personal bests
Multiple new club records
Second Pincher Creek meet planned for July 4/5
New Region F record set by Taylor Liscombe

Taylor Liscombe
 new Region F record for Girls 9-10 50m Butterfly

Grade 2 Canyon Students visit MD of Pincher Creek council meeting

Reeve Brian Hammond answering questions from students
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 council room viewers gallery was full when Canyon School grade 2 students visited just before the beginning of council's regular meeting this afternoon, Tuesday June 24.  Councillor Fred Schoening had the opportunity to briefly visit with his granddaughter Madeline Schoening, who is a member of the grade 2 class. During their field trip the students visited Heritage Acres, went swimming, visited MD council, and toured the new MD building.

Congratulations Sarah and Josh


Congratulations Sarah and Josh

Dave and Cathy Skierka are thrilled to announce 
the engagement of their daughter,
Sarah to Josh Brough, son of Mike and Susie Brough.
All of Tomball, Texas.

Missing dog

Pincher Creek Humane Society/ SPCA

Buddy is 9 months old. He was with his foster home visiting in the CNP and he jumped out of the truck and ran off. He is shy to new people. Buddy is tan/black/and white. He has a tag on and also has a green tattoo in his ear. Please call 403-627-5191 if you see him/have him/or have any more info. We want him home

Policing in Alberta to June 24, 2014

press releases

Missing 13 year old Red Deer girl
Fatal MVC in rural Grande Prairie
Cyclist seriously injured in Sherwood Park
Man exposes himself at Sherwood Park playground
Pincher Creek RCMP complaints June 16 to June 23, 2014
Man charged in Lethbridge collision with motorcyclist 
Edmonton fatal hit-and-run suspect arrested 
Arson in Fort McMurray 
Spruce Grove trio charged with drug offences
Charges laid in Pine Lake area shooting 
Leduc man charged with Impaired Driving and Flight From Police

2014 Pincher Creek Relay For Life raises over $39,000

2014 Pincher Creek Relay For Life organizing team
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

"For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life.  Together, we have always been and continue to be, relentless in our commitment to change cancer forever.  Cancer affects all of us in some way, be it a personal diagnosis, or that of a loved one."  Those were the words of organizer Karen Andrew prior to the final silent lap of the 2014 Pincher Creek Relay For Life, which was held at the Pincher Creek and District Agricultural Society Grounds on June 21 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Crestview Lodge a step closer to a new building

Toni Lucas - During the regular meeting of Pincher Creek's Town Council on the evening of June 24 Councillor Doug Thornton said that the architect working for the Pincher Creek Foundation has prepared a document to present to the Alberta Government toward the rebuilding of Crestview Lodge. According to Thornton the complete funding application with building plans for the Crestview Lodge building project have been submitted to the province of Alberta for funding consideration.

Annual Pincher Creek Cricket Match a time for fun and laughter

Pincher Creek Cricketeers
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek annual Cricket Match happened Sunday, afternoon June 22 at Lions Park. People came to play, cheer, or get to know more about the game. Moira Robbins is one of the main organizers of the event and was thrilled that there were so many new faces on the pitch. There were players new to the game, lifelong enthusiasts, and some that had traveled all the way from Calgary just to take part. The rules were relaxed and everything was casual and friendly.

Weather related crop pricing opportunities

C. Davis photo
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

(June 23, 2014)

An Alberta Agriculture specialist says that this time of year can bring weather-related new crop pricing opportunities.

“June is here, most of the seeding of North American spring crops has been completed, and farmers are now into weed control and crop monitoring activities,” says Neil Blue,market specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Vermilion. “Typically, during the growing season, there is some premium to new crop prices in case of a widespread production-reducing factor. In our world crop market, such a production scare or reality could develop in any major production area of the Northern hemisphere. Weather is the biggest production factor and, currently, crop conditions in major growing areas are very good.”

Wear the Gear Program yields winners

Back row:  Hailey McLeod, Kate Feist, Sgt. Randy Dixon
Middle row: Megan Sundberg Tegan Prout Front Eddie Mitchell
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

There was a crowd outside of the Pincher Creek Fire Hall on Monday, June 23. They had been called because they were winners in the Wear the Gear program.  Winners won bicycles, helmets, and other goodies for being 'safe cyclists' or artists in Pincher Creek. The program ran from May 19 until June 18, during which time Pincher Creek Emergency Services, Bylaw Services and RCMP members gave out tickets to kids that were wearing safety gear while riding any self propelled equipment with wheels, most notably bicycles. Winners of the random draws included Cheyenne Klein Hans-Kaupp and Eddie Mitchell for their helmet coloring contest designs, while Tegan Prout and Hailey McLeod won bicycles after being ticketed for safe cycling.

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