Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lightning sets bale on fire near Waterton

Toni Lucas

At approximately 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 30 Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded with engine 11 to a bale fire that occurred due to a lightning strike at a location south of Twin Butte just before the Waterton Park Boundary.  The bale was sitting by itself a distance away from any other bales in a field.  The bale was broken apart and the fire was contained before any significant damage could happen to the surrounding area.

Local Mustangs participate in Alberta Summer Games

Sunny South vs North East game at Alberta Summer Games - Austin Bruder is #68 (black jersey)
J. Jorgensen photo
Justine Jorgensen

Pincher Creek's Austin Bruder has recently returned from the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie. He, along with fellow Mustang player Tyler Riviere, was part of the Sunny South (Zone 1) Football team that took fifth place out of eight in the games.

Austin Bruder and Tyler Riviere
Charleen Bruder photo

GGY kids given lawn care demonstration

Justine Jorgensen

On Wednesday July 30 Group Group Youth (GGY) was given a demonstration by Karen Smith from Co-op. Lynne  Teneycke, GGY Executive Director, explained, "[The purpose was] to help teach kids about lawn equipment use and maintenance." Smith showed the kids how to properly use lawn mowers and weed whippers, covering points like the cleaning of blades, how to fill up with gas, and what to do in an emergency.

Pincher Creek girls paint mural in Calgary Tower

Amanda Frost and Lauren Fisher beside their mural
submitted photos

Justine Jorgensen

Back in April, two Pincher Creek residents Amanda Frost and Lauren Fisher took part in the Alberta Wilderness Association Mural Painting Competition. The two high school students were the only pair outside of Calgary to participate; in the allotted six hours of painting time, the two produced a scene of a cougar lurking in a tree.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Working in Bear Country workshop

Jessica Mrazek, Y.E.S. - Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) held their first Working in Bear Country workshop with the help of Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. The youth participating learned how to spot the difference between a grizzly bear and a black bear and what to do if they come into contact with a bear. They were shown skulls from different types of bears and how to minimize possible contact. Overall, it was really interesting and informative day!

Bunny Bar to be remembered at 2014 Pincher Creek Parade and Car Show

Bunny Bar circa early 1960s
photos from Pat Petrone's collection except *
Toni Lucas

People who lived in Pincher Creek between 1959 to 1989 may remember the Bunny Bar Drive-Inn.  Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village has recently acquired part of the iconic Bunny Bar sign and will have it on display on Saturday, August 16 after the 2014 "Back to the Future" Pincher Creek parade, at the car show which will be held in the park to the west of Town Hall.

Pat Petrone at a Bunny Bar booth in her home
T. Lucas photo *

Bar U Old Time Ranch Rodeo to be held August 10

The Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop performing
 Strathcona Mounted Troop photo
Old Time Ranch Rodeo returns to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site on Sunday August 10 beginning at noon.

Aerial view 'priceless' to local farmer Brandon Gibb

Irrigating canola
Brandon Gibb photos
Toni Lucas

Brandon Gibb is a 32 year old farmer and rancher based near Hillspring Alberta. He and his family, including his two young boys, make the fourth and fifth generation of the family at the R and B Gibb Farm.  Gibb originally learned about care for the land from his father and grandfather, and he continued that education with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Plant and Soil Science from Brigham Young University.  One of the latest tools he is using in farming is drone flying equipment to get an aerial view of the land.  Some of the key uses for this equipment is to check for water, drainage, and irrigation concerns, for insurance purposes, and to help find livestock.

Changes to eligibility of amber durum varieties, Sceptre and Plenty

Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is providing notice to grain producers and industry stakeholders that the variety registration for Sceptre, a Canada Western Amber Durum variety, will be cancelled effective October 24, 2014 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Sceptre will remain on the Canadian Grain Commission’s variety designation list and will be eligible for all grades of amber durum until August 1, 2015.

Furthermore, the variety registration for Plenty, another Canada Western Amber Durum variety, will be cancelled effective August 1, 2015. Effective August 1, 2015, it will be removed from the variety designation list.

Policing in Alberta to July 30, 2014

Missing Red Deer teen FOUND (update)
Death investigation of Jessica Boysis
CPS statement about Colton Crowshoe case
$70,000 identity theft case
Teenager drowns in Whitecourt
Fatal MVC near Faust
Overdoses in Morley
Minor injury hit and run in Redcliff
Motorcyclist injured in Medicine Hat
Hit and run MVC near Aldersyde
MVC near Taber results in serious injuries
Victim identified in Calgary homicide
Two RCMP officers face criminal charges
Wanted man's vehicle breaks down in front of police
Mundare grow-op busted
Five charged in Calgary social disorder operation
911 gets funding boost from cellphone levy
Job seekers warned of money laundering scams
Ipad stolen from Airdrie store
Car prowlers busted in Penhold
Company pays $20,000 for illegal telemarketing

Sunshine, laughter, sweat, and teamwork at 2014 Pincher Creek Cowboy Show and Ranch Rodeo

Nanton's Rory Sapergia ropes a lucky number
T. Lucas and C. Davis photos and video

Toni Lucas and Chris Davis

The 2014 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy show was held last weekend, July 26 and 27, at the Pincher Creek Ag Grounds.  On Saturday there were one man competitions with 15 people entered, and on Sundayroping and team competitions were showcased, with 12 teams entered. The weekend ended with bronc riding and an awards ceremony.  Competitors from all over Alberta and Saskatchewan participated. The weather was perfect, hot and sunny throughout.

Métis in the Mountains Asihâwak Festival a success

Ed Desjardins and his horse Fancy gave rides on a Red River Cart
Donna Bruder photos
Toni Lucas

The Métis in the Mountains Asihâwak Festival was held June 26-29, 2014 at the Castle River Rodeo Grounds. Organizer Roxanne Debroux was very excited to have this chance to share the Métis culture and music with people. "Some people are under the misconception, even though it was marked on the posters and in the media that it was open to the public, that some people didn't come because they thought that it was just still Métis. This was a sharing of cultures. Everybody's welcome. The Métis people are a blended people and they welcome everybody as family and so everybody is welcome."

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass invited to “Win the Games” info sessions (updated)

  • Pincher Creek, Friday August 1 at Ranchland Mall
  •  Crowsnest Pass, Saturday August 2 at Blairmore Elks Hall

Lethbridge Sport Council

Southern Alberta’s incredibly scenic foothills and massive mountain ranges could be within sight of hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators as Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass would play host to several key venues should the Lethbridge 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid be successful.
Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass will house more than 500 athletes, coaches and officials in Livingstone Range School Division #68 schools. Castle Mountain Resort will host alpine skiing, snowboarding and freestyle events, and the Crowsnest Pass / Allison Lake Provincial Recreation Area will be home to Cross-country Skiing and Biathlon. Thousands of spectators and families are expected to visit and cheer on their teams.

Representatives from the 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Committee and community representatives will be available to speak to the public about what the massive event could mean to the region.
  • Pincher Creek 1 – 4 p.m. on Friday August 1 at the Co-op (Ranchland Mall)
  • Crowsnest Pass 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday August 2 at the Blairmore Elks Community Hall (2025-129 St, Blairmore AB)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beach volleyball season continues

Justine Jorgensen

Wednesday night July 23 at 7:00 pm seventeen people gathered at the Juan Teran Park for some beach volleyball. Participants, young and old, were split up into two teams that enabled a game of six on six with a few substitutes for both sides.

Everyone was having a great time. It was a perfect event to let off steam and relax, all the while joining in some easy-going competition and light bantering. There were some good rallies throughout the ongoing game, but nobody kept track of points. It was all in good fun.

The turnout was much better than expected - in fact, this might be a new record for how many people showed up. But although there were more players than positions on the court, everyone got equal playing time as subs simply switched in after a player finished one complete rotation.

Beach volleyball is held every Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Juan Teran Park and everyone, no matter age or playing experience, is welcome to join the fun!

Ranchland Express appreciated by passengers

First shuttle driver Miles Steiger

  • To register for the Ranchland Express call Sharon Roberts at  403-627-3060.

The Ranchland Express had an inaugural run on Thursday, July 24. The shuttle bus runs in the town of Pincher Creek on Thursdays. This service picks people up at their homes, takes them to the Ranchland Mall for a pre-arranged time, then back to their door. First Student Driver Miles Steiger is easy going, and said that he was willing to help people get their groceries from the bus to their door.

Collision with deer sends motorcyclist to hospital

Toni Lucas

At approximately 10:00 pm on Monday evening, July 28 Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded after a motorcyclist hit a deer on Highway 3, roughly 3.5 km east of Pincher Creek, just west of the Summerview turn-off.

Crews responded to to the scene with a rescue vehicle, engine #43, and an ambulance. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Fire Advisory still in effect for MD of Pincher Creek No. 9

Updated July 29, 2014 

Calgary Wildfire Management Area has Issued a Fire Advisory for the forest protection area in MD of Pincher Creek.  No open burning, no fire pits.

Fire Advisory Notice for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9:

Hot weather and windy conditions are continuing the drying of the fuels. Due to this issuing of fire permits will be on a limited basis. Use caution in any burning. Fires in pits that have been permitted are still allowed, but some permits may be suspended if they are in proximity to the forested area due to the higher restriction in that area. Permit holders within the area of restriction will be contacted. Fire permits are required 12 months of the year for all types of burning.

For more information visit

KBPV hopes to add another historic building to collection (update)

Turcott/Bank of Commerce building
C. Davis photo
Toni Lucas and Chris Davis

A plan by the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) to add the 110 year-old Turcott/Bank of Commerce building to their collection met with considerable opposition from some people who live in the vicinity of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV).  KBPV is administered by PCDHS, and would be the new site for the two story structure.

The building is approximately 28-30 feet high on a 30' x 40' foundation.

The current plan, as submitted to the Municipal Development and Subdivision Authority, would situate the building north of the "garden house" on the north east corner of the KBPV grounds, with James Avenue to the west, Frederick Street to the north, and the creek-side walking path to the south.  The location was a trailer court until KBPV acquired the property in 2008.  During the July 28, 2014 meeting of Town Council PCDHS President Colleen Cyr indicated that an alternate location on the KBPV grounds would be acceptable to PCDHS if it mollified the neighbours.

The building was donated to PCDHS by the current owner, with the condition it be removed from its current location before the end of September 2014.

Policing in Alberta to July 29, 2014

Shooting incident in Calgary
Fort McMurray man charged in fatal hit and run
Homicide suspect turns himself in to EPS
Serious injury collision in Edmonton
Forcible confinement investigation in Fort McMurray
Red Scorpions gang member and associates arrested
Beaverlodge man faces multiple charges (update)
Online prescription narcotics scam
Suspicious death in downtown Calgary
Charges laid in Calgary street racing incidents

Monday, July 28, 2014

Online directory launched to connect Albertans to farm safety services

Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

Albertans now have another tool at their fingertips when it comes to farm safety.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has developed and launched a Farm Safety Online Directory with contacts to individuals and organizations providing services in the area of farm safety.

“This directory was created in response to feedback from farmers and agricultural organizations requesting a list of farm safety contacts,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator, ARD, Grande Prairie “We compiled a list of businesses and individuals that provide a service relating to awareness, education or training in farm safety. The tool is designed to help people do things like seek advice for creating a farm safety plan, hire a safety program trainer, or find a farm safety presenter for an agricultural event.”

Results of 2014 Alberta Honey Bee winterkill survey released

Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has released the results of its survey of winterkill of honey bees in 2014. Commercial beekeepers who own 400 or more colonies were surveyed, of which 76 per cent responded. This group of beekeepers operates over 90 per cent of honey bee colonies in Alberta.

“The surveyed beekeepers reported wintering 197,038 honey bee colonies and nuclei,’ says Medhat Nasr, provincial apiculturist, ARD, Edmonton. “Overall, beekeepers reported that 18.5 per cent of Alberta bees died during the 2013-2014 winter.”

The reported winterkill varied from region to region. The lowest winterkill (15.1 per cent) was reported in Southern Alberta south of Calgary (Region 1). The winterkill was 16.7 per cent in Region 2, which is north of Calgary to south of Edmonton. In the North East Central/St. Paul area (Region 3), the winterkill was 20.6 per cent. In the North West (Region 4) beekeepers reported 16.5 per cent winterkill. In the Peace (Region 5) beekeepers reported 23.2 per cent winterkill.

Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 28, 2014

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Possibly national

Clover Trading Company Ltd. is recalling Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below:

Flying Swallow White Pepper Powder, 55 g, UPC 7 77244 00012 6

Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 28, 2014

Winners Merchants International LP is recalling Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below:

Ecoato Sweet Paprika Powder 160 g, Code(s) on Product: Lot#8147, October 2015

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mike Nelson catches big air at 2014 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo

North Fork's Mike Nelson with Pincher Creek Rodeo Queen Chelsea Stokke
C. Davis photo/video
Chris Davis

Mike Nelson of the North Fork Grazing Co-op demonstrated his gymnastic abilities at the 2014 Pincher Creek Ranch Rodeo on Saturday afternoon, July 27.  During the team roping event he caught major air, as seen in the video below.  He seemed a bit dazed upon landing but was quickly back in the game.  Also included in the video is his bronc riding turn.  Mike earned a bottle of rye for his "best wreck" performance.

Stay tuned for much more Ranch Rodeo coverage, coming soon.

Policing in Alberta to July 27, 2014

Fatality MVC near Stony Plain
Fatality MVC in Strathcona
Death at Upper Kananaskis Lake
Search for human remains near Banff
Vehicle torched in St. Albert
Lac La Biche MVC results in charges
Suspect arrested for alleged kidnapping
Impaired driver in Medicine Hat
Break and Enter charges laid against 2 Edmonton men
Suspicious death in Calgary
Edmonton woman charged after leaving children alone in vehicle
4 year Cold Lake homicide investigation results in charges
Injury MVC in Medicine Hat
Man arrested for vehicle theft and B&E in Beaverlodge
One year prison sentence for Olympic ring thief
Hit and Run MVC in Medicine Hat
Mischief to vehicle in Fort Vermilion
Do you know where your Sylvan Lake boat is?
Plant theft in St. Albert
DVDs stolen in St. Albert
Telephone scam - false RCMP officer
Tax scams
Door to Door Scams
Microsoft virus scam alive and well

Great season for Chinook West Little League

Major AA Storm
Back Row: Coaches Chris Dixon, Eric Delude, Jim Fitzpatrick and Rory Snider
Standing: Ty Delude, Kyle Klein, John Zmurchuk, Sean Burns, Nolan Wever, Easton Fitzpatrick and Kai Gandner  Kneeling: Cole Dixon, Tyler Palmer, Spencer Dorge and Colby Snider
On the Ground: George Wollersheim and Jace Lewis

Minor AA Cardinals
Back Row: Coaches Ken Wright, Burke Schmid, Del Rae and Wes Crowe
Standing: Nate Wright, Willis Dixon, Joaquin Four Horns, Tyvan Rae and Nathan Bohmer Kneeling: Brody Walter, Jerred Feyter, Joel Schmid and Roan Crowe On the Ground: Ethan Scott and Rhett Fitzpatrick

Chris Dixon

What a great year for baseball in Chinook West this year. Mother nature cooperated and lots of games were played. The League Championships finally went of without any issues. After a 2 year hiatus, the tournament was held in Elkford, BC with Claresholm coming out on top for Minors and Crowsnest Pass coming out on top for Majors. The kids got to showcase their talents once again as Pincher Creek hosted the Southern Alberta Summer Games from July 2 - 5.

Summer rolled in and two teams for All Stars were formed. First we had the Minor AA Cardinals who brought home Silver at the Lethbridge North Minor AA tournament. This team was made up of kids from Claresholm, Ft. Macleod, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass. Next we had the Major AA Storm who played a couple exhibition games with Medicine Hat, finished 4th at the Southwest Little League Major AA tournament and then took gold at another Southwest Little League Major tournament to round out their season. This team consisted of players from all over the league from Champion, AB to Fernie, BC.

90 per cent of products tested by CFIA had no undeclared allergens and gluten

Government of Canada press release

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a report released on July 25, 2014 found the majority of the protein substitutes tested negative for undeclared allergens and gluten. The targeted survey tested 286 liquid and powder protein substitutes for the presence of allergens and/or gluten including soy, egg, milk, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and sesame.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Piikani/Calgary teen Colton Crowshoe found deceased, victim of homicide

Colton Crowshoe
At approximately 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014 emergency responders in Calgary received a report of a body in a water retention pond in the area of Stoney Trail and 16 Avenue NE Calgary. The Calgary Fire Department co-ordinated the recovery of the body.

An autopsy was conducted late this afternoon, Friday, July 25, 2014.

The victim was identified as Colton James Crowshoe, 18, of Calgary, formerly of Piikani Nation.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) Homicide Unit is investigating. The cause of death is not being released at this time, but it has been classified as a homicide.

It is not known how long the victim has been deceased. This is one of the questions being addressed in the investigation by CPS.

Crowshoe had been reported missing after being last seen by friends in the Abbeydale area of northeast Calgary, sometime between 2:30 am and 4 am on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Colton Crowshoe's family is holding a candle light vigil on Sunday, July 27 at the Abbeydale Community Centre at 4:00 pm. They invite all who knew Colton and all who supported them as they searched to join them in prayer for justice and answers for Colton.  For more information call 403-464-9957 or 587-225-1316.

Update: On July 29, 2014 the Calgary Police Service released the following statement:

Statement: Allegations of Police Misconduct

Calgary Police Service, July 29, 2014 

Over the past few days, several allegations have been made against the Calgary Police Service with regard to the disappearance and investigation of Colton Crowshoe.

Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Crowshoe family, but we will not address or comment on these allegations through the media or in a public forum. Our focus remains on the homicide investigation and in bringing the person(s) responsible for Colton's death to justice.

Should any member of the public have a concern or complaint relating to the actions of any member of the Calgary Police Service, a formal process exists to do so, and those matters will be investigated under the provisions outlined in the Alberta Police Act.

A spokesperson will not be available to answer questions or reiterate this statement.

Related links/sources:

Suspect in Tanner Sinclair murder turns himself in

Murder suspect Michael Thomas MacPherson
According to and multiple other sources, a Whitehorse man accused of the second degree murder of former Pincher Creek resident Tanner Sinclair turned himself in to the West Shore RCMP detachment on Vancouver Island during the noon hour today, July 25. Michael Thomas MacPherson, 32, will be brought back to the Yukon to face multiple charges.

Sinclair was stabbed to death in the early hours of July 15 in Whitehorse.

A Whitehorse based fundraiser to support the family of Tanner Sinclair has reached nearly $100,000. Pincher Creek residents who wish to contribute to a locally based fund for Sinclair's wife Whitney, daughter Keele, and an unborn child can click here for more information.

A memorial service is planned for Tanner Sinclair at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Monday July 28 at 1:00 pm.

2014 West Castle Wetlands weed pull

Wendy Ryan, Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition Stewardship Co-ordinator
Justine Jorgensen

On Wednesday, July 23 the Pincher Creek MD weed crew, the Parks Canada weed crew and volunteers from as far away as Montana University and Lethbridge met for the West Castle Wetlands weed pull. The group convened at the Castle Mountain Resort Parking lot and began a day of pulling invasive plants from along the river, completing around ten acres as they focused on the gravel bars and the meadows.

Spontaneous destruction of vehicle window a head-scratcher

Back window of Meghan Burke's RAV4
Toni Lucas

Meghan Burke had a rude surprise at work on a gusty Wednesday, July 24.  She works at the Co-op Gas Bar, and at about 2:00 pm one of her co-workers told her that she had better come outside.  "By the time I got out there, there was a big hole in my back window."   When she looked the damage she noticed that the glass had bubbled outward and that there was broken glass both outside and inside her car, a Toyota Rav4.  "It looked like someone had tried to kick the glass out, from the inside."

Ashley Glen travels to Malawi to help with malaria and HIV/AIDS education efforts

Ashley Glen partaking in a performance, diagnosing the children on the ground with malaria
Andrea Kobbert photo
Justine Jorgensen

Ashley Glen, who has recently completed her 4th year of a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Lethbridge, participated in a trip to Malawi, Africa for one month.

The trip was made available by a class offered at the university, and the duration was from May to June. With the objectives of health education and promotion, the participants educated grade 7 students about malaria and HIV/AIDS - tasked with raising funds for mosquito nets, they raised $22,000 (with the majority of Glen's funds coming from Pincher Creek), a big success as the highest previous year total was $12,000.

Larissa Bice playing with children
Ashley Glen photo

Choose home birth assistance carefully

AHS reminds Albertans to take care in selecting individuals to assist with home births

 Following recent incidents in the Calgary Zone involving home birthing attendants or “traditional home delivery providers,” Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding expectant mothers to check credentials before engaging the services of non-regulated individuals, such as home birthing attendants.

Policing in Alberta to July 25, 2014

Sexual offender Ronald Fabien released from Bowden
TVs stolen from Red Deer hotel under construction
St. Albert theft suspects sought
Man brings airsoft guns to a Calgary Jewish Community Centre
Aldersyde area MVC results in serious injuries
Trafficking charges in medicinal grow-op arrest
Multiple vehicle thefts in Blackfalds
Well site thefts in Grande Prairie
Body recovered from northeast Calgary pond
Suspicious death in Calgary
$6000 crack bust in Brooks
$8000 drug bust in Medicine Hat

Sexual offender released from Bowden

In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing a warning about Ronald Joseph Fabien, who is being released from the Bowden Institution after completing a three year, three month sentence for sexual assault and failing to comply with recognizance order.

Fabien is considered by police to be a sexual offender who poses a risk of significant harm to the community. He will be residing in the Edmonton area and will be monitored closely by the EPS Behavioural Assessment Unit.

Ronald Joseph Fabien
Height: 6’0” | Weight: 205 lbs
Eyes: Brown | Hair: Black

2014 Active Living Challenge

Megan Rainford, Summer Events Coordinator

During the month of June, the Town of Pincher Creek Recreation Department challenged members of the community to get outside and get moving with the Annual Active Living Challenge. 16 teams with over 140 competitors joined in to work toward meeting Canada’s Guidelines for physical activity and recreational screen time.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to July 24, 2014 (updated)

Man dies in Cochrane after falling from ladder
LRPS charge man in connection with stolen trucks
Edmonton south side homicide
Man assaulted in NW Calgary
Violent assault in SW Calgary
Driver charged in fatal Edmonton pedestrian collision
Wood Buffalo RCMP make two drug busts
Multiple firearms seizures at southern Alberta ports of entry
Red Deer semi fire
Two men caught in St. Albert school break in
Theft of tires in Cochrane
Multi-vehicle collision in Strathcona County
Truck vs mobility scooter collision in Leduc
Classic car recovered
Spike of Edmonton garage break and enters
EPS Victim Services Unit celebrates 35 years
Fundraising scam in Grande Prairie
Suspicious person investigation leads to multiple charges
Single vehicle MVC near Morinville

Man dies in Cochrane after falling from ladder

July 18th, 2014 at 12:50 pm Cochrane RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a 51 year old male who fell off a ladder at Cochrane Crescent. Upon arrival police were able to determine that the victim was at a friends home and had been assisting with roof repairs over the last week. The victim was in the process of climbing a ladder onto the roof when he fell. The victim was taken to the Foothills Medical Centre by ambulance where he later died from his injuries. Fatigue from the previous weeks work on the roof may have contributed to the accident. No charges are forthcoming from this incident.

LRPS charge man in connection with stolen trucks

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged 48-year-old man with multiple counts of possession of stolen property in connection with the theft of Ford trucks in June and July.

In late June and July police responded to a number of thefts involving Ford F350 trucks. Following an investigation by members of the Priority Crimes Unit a male suspect was subsequently identified. On July 21, 2014 police located and arrested the male without incident.
Richard John Dewar, 48, of Lethbridge, is charged with three counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000 (trucks), two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000 (license plates) and one count of driving while disqualified.

Dewar is scheduled to appear in court August 8.
Investigation into the matter is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

Edmonton south side homicide
Detectives asking witnesses to turn in video of incident

The autopsy on the man who was shot and died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, has been completed. The Medical Examiner completed the autopsy Tuesday afternoon, and it has been determined that Alor Arop Deng, 27 died from gunshot wounds. The death has now been deemed a homicide and detectives continue to investigate.

The EPS is asking witnesses to come forward with information, especially those who may have captured the incident on their mobile phone video camera at the scene.

“We have information that several people used their mobile phones to videotape what happened at the scene that morning,” says Staff Sgt. Brad Goeson of Homicide Section. “We want those individuals to do the right thing, and come forward to police with information.”

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday the EPS received a report of a shooting in the area of 104 Street and 81 Avenue. The man who was shot, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Man assaulted in NW Calgary
The Calgary Police Service is investigating an assault that occurred outside a northwest home and left a man with several injuries.
At approximately 5:45 am on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, a man was leaving for work in the 9900 block of Hidden Valley Drive N.W., when it’s alleged he was approached by a man with a gun. The gunman attempted to force the victim back into his home, however, the victim resisted. Several other men, who also had guns, jumped into the fray and all four began to assault the victim.

After a short struggle, the victim was able to break free and run from the offenders. The four men ran in the opposite direction, fleeing in a light-coloured car.
The suspects in this case are described as black men in their late 20s or early 30s.

The victim in this case is not being co-operative with investigators, however, it is believed others in the neighbourhood may have seen or heard the commotion. This is not believed to be a random incident.

Violent assault in SW Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance in identifying a man responsible for an unprovoked violent assault over the weekend.

At approximately 2 a.m., on Sunday, July 20, 2014, a 25-year-old man was with his friends in the 200 block of 12 Avenue S.W., when he was approached and punched in the face by an unknown man.

The victim and the suspect did not know one another, nor did they have a prior dispute. In this case, it is believed the assault was motiveless and perhaps a case of mistaken identity.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by his friends, where police were called. He sustained serious injuries to his face which required surgery.

The suspect left the area with a female. He is described as approximately 27 to 30 years old, 5’9” tall, 200 to 220 pounds, with a muscular build. He had short, almost balding reddish brown hair, and a two-to-three-inch reddish brown beard. He was wearing a tight white T-shirt.

The woman was approximately 5’6” tall, 115 pounds, with long dark hair and tanned skin. She was wearing a black shirt.

Several others were also present during the assault.

Driver charged in fatal Edmonton pedestrian collision

The Edmonton Police Service Major Collision Investigation Section has completed their investigation into a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in a crosswalk in west Edmonton in late May.

Bradley Nordell, 42, has been charged with careless driving and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.

At approximately 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, a 73-year-old female had entered a marked crosswalk and was crossing the merge lane from the south to the north curb adjacent to the 95 Avenue and 170 Street intersection. A Toyota Tundra traveling eastbound on 95 Avenue turned right into the merge lane that connects to southbound 170 Street, and struck the female as she was crossing. EMS treated and transported the woman to hospital in serious condition. The woman succumbed to her injuries and passed away during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 1, 2014. The 42-year-old male driver of the truck did not report any injuries. The EPS Major Collision Investigation Unit was called in to investigate the fatal pedestrian collision. This was Edmonton’s third pedestrian fatality and 10th traffic fatality for 2014.

Wood Buffalo RCMP make two drug busts

As part of the 2014/2015 Annual Performance Plan, Wood Buffalo RCMP officers continue to regularly seize drugs and lay charges in regards to drug offences.

On July 21, 2014 while conducting a traffic stop, general duty RCMP officers commenced a drug investigation after a strong odour of marihuana was detected coming from the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, approximately 5 grams of MDMA, 1.5 grams of cocaine and 1 gram of marihuana was seized. Charges are pending in this matter, and the investigation continues.

Then again, on July 22, 2014, general duty RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop in the downtown area of Fort McMurray. The traffic stop led officers into a drug investigation where 45 grams of cocaine, 2.3 grams of heroin, and 2.6 grams of marihuana were seized along with approximately $5500.00 in Canadian Currency. Alex Nugusse (21) of Edmonton has been charged with 2 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and 2 counts of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Nugusse has also been charged under the Criminal Code with failing to comply with his conditions and possession of property obtained by crime. Nugusse remains in custody and is to appear in court on July 29, 2014.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP continues to ensure that our community is safe and remove drugs from our streets.

Multiple firearms seizures at southern Alberta ports of entry

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Criminal Investigations Unit has laid a total of 24 charges against five individuals in separate seizures at the ports of Coutts, Carway and Chief Mountain in Southern Alberta.

On July 14, 2014, Donald Lloyd Hardinger, 49, of Vernal, Utah was arrested by CBSA officers after they seized the following seven firearms from his travel trailer: two non-restricted shotguns, three non-restricted rifles, one restricted semi-automatic rifle; and one restricted handgun, which was fully loaded. Hardinger was released on $6,000 recognizance until his first court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court on September 9, 2014.

On July 16, 2014, Christopher Michael Grosstephan, 33, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, was arrested by CBSA officers after they seized the following five firearms from his van: two non-restricted rifles; two restricted handguns; and one prohibited semi-automatic pistol, which was fully loaded and located next to the driver’s seat. Grosstephan was released on $6,000 recognizance until his first court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court on September 11, 2014.

On July 18, 2014, Michael James Littlehorn, 60, of Golden, Colorado, attempted to enter Canada at the port of Chief Mountain. He is facing two Customs Act charges for failing to declare a .357 revolver and two speed loaders each containing 12 rounds of ammunition. Littlehorn was released on recognizance until his first court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court on October 15, 2014.

On July 19, 2014, Clint Corey Not Afraid, 24, of Fort Smith, Montana, attempted to enter Canada at the port of Coutts. He is facing two Customs Act charges for failing to declare a .357 revolver. He has been remanded until his next court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 25, 2014.

On July 20, 2014, Daniel E. Helton, 51, of Goshen, Ohio, attempted to enter Canada at the port of Carway. He is facing two Customs Act charges and two Criminal Code charges for failing to declare a loaded .40 calibre pistol. Helton was released on recognizance until his first court appearance in Lethbridge Provincial Court on October 15, 2014.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers in Southern Alberta have seized 33 undeclared firearms so far in 2014 – 16 of which have been seized in July.
  • The CBSA advises travellers that they are required to declare all goods they are bringing into Canada, including any firearms and weapons in their possession.
  • Canadian residents and non-residents importing firearms and weapons into Canada must declare them and meet all licensing and registration requirements under the Firearms Act.
  • Failure to declare goods, including firearms, and other Customs Act contraventions may lead to prosecution in a court of law.
“CBSA officers in the Prairie Region are relentless in their efforts to intercept firearms from being smuggled into Canada. Our goal will continue to be to target and disrupt smugglers in order to provide security to Canadians and to prevent these firearms from ending up in criminal hands.” - Kim Scoville, Acting Regional Director General, CBSA Prairie Region
Red Deer semi fire

Police were dispatched at 7:25 pm to a semi on fire on Highway 2 south of the 32 Street overpass in Red Deer. The semi experienced a mechanical failure while travelling on Highway 2. It was carrying ammonium nitrate, a flammable liquid. The Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire.

Two men caught in St. Albert school break in

Two 18 year old men will be facing charges of Break and Enter, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance resulting from a Break and Enter to Leo Nickerson School in St. Albert, Alberta on July 14, 2014.

On Monday, July 14, 2014, at approximately 6:30 pm a vigilante resident asked for RCMP attendance as there were 2 men acting very suspicious behind Leo Nickerson School. Shortly thereafter, she called the RCMP again as the 2 men were now walking away from the school carrying a large, heavy garbage bag. Unfortunately, patrols by the police failed to locate the 2 suspects.

The subsequent investigation showed that Leo Nickerson School had been broken into and 4 mini Mac Computers had been stolen.

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at approximately 4:45 p.m., another alert resident of St. Albert reported 2 suspicious men near a parked car behind Vital Grandin School in St. Albert, Alberta. Immediate attendance by the RCMP resulted in the arrest of the two 18 year old men for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The RCMP General Duty officers then conducted a thorough investigation that resulted in the recovery of the 4 Mac Computers that had been stolen from Leo Nickerson the day before.

This investigation is continuing and charges are pending against the two suspects. One of the suspects is a St. Albert resident and the other suspect, a former St. Albert resident, now resides in Edmonton. As charges are still being processed, the names of the accused men cannot be released at this time.

Theft of tires in Cochrane

Cochrane RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating unknown subject(s) that stole 8 tires from a local business this past week.

Sometime between Tuesday July 15 and Thursday July 17, 8 tires worth in excess of $3000 dollars were removed from Fenton Automotive's secured yard. The tires are unique in that they are quite large and heavy with an aggressive tread pattern. The tires are described as follows;
4 x Dick Cepek F-C II Size LT325/50R20E
4 x Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ Size LT325/50R20E

If you or anyone you know has any information in regards to this incident, RCMP are asking you contact Cochrane RCMP at (403)851-2211 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Multi-vehicle collision in Strathcona County

On July 23 at approximately 4:00 pm Strathcona County RCMP and Strathcona County Emergency Services responded to a multi vehicle collision in the construction zone area of Anthony Henday Drive (Hwy 216) just south of Yellowhead Highway in Strathcona County. Four vehicles were involved in the collision and a fifth vehicle was damaged by debris.

A 1995 Mack 600 gravel truck and a 2009 Toyota Corolla were both traveling north bound on Anthony Henday Dr, when the Mack truck rear ended the Corolla, causing it to strike the cement median. The Corolla then spun around and struck another north bound vehicle, a 2010 GMC Sierra, pushing it into another lane where the Sierra was then also struck by the Mack truck. Before coming to a stop the Corolla also struck a north bound 2014 Infinity QX50.

A 2004 Pontiac Mose mini van sustained minor damage from flying debris but was not actually involved in the collision.

The Corolla, Sierra and Mack truck all sustained extensive damage, while the Infinity sustained minor damage.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 55 yr old male from Edmonton and the driver of the GMC Sierra, a 23 year old male from Kelowna, were both taken by ambulance to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The drivers of the Mack truck and the Infinity were not injured.

Speed, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.

The north bound lanes of Anthony Henday Dr were closed for approximately 2 hours while Strathcona County RCMP Traffic Services investigated the collision. The lanes were re-opened at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The investigation continues and charges are pending.

The Strathcona County RCMP and it's traffic safety partners would like to remind motorists to obey traffic laws, slow down and not "RIP" through construction zones. Reduced speed limits in construction zones are in effect whether or not there are workers present, as hazards may still exist. Even if it seems there is no activity in a construction zone, there may be other less obvious hazards such as loose gravel chips and uneven pavement, sharp shoulders and removed guardrails or medians. All these hazards can be dangerous.

The RCMP also wishes to remind motorists that we respond to many collisions in Strathcona County in which there is unnecessary property damage, injury and tragic loss of life due to speeding and other driving offences. By increasing our public education and enforcement efforts, the RCMP aims to make our roadways safer for everyone. Don't RIP through construction zones.

Truck vs mobility scooter collision in Leduc

At approximately 3:40 PM on Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 Leduc RCMP and Ambulance Services were dispatched to the scene of a collision between a Dodge Ram truck and a mobility scooter. An elderly 74 year old female who was in the scooter was taken to University Of Alberta hospital in stable condition by ground ambulance. She sustained injuries to her head. The male driver of the Dodge Ram was in his 50s and was unhurt.

The incident occurred at the entrance to the 50th Street Tim Horton's in central Leduc.

"As it is summertime, we see an increase in bicycles, scooters, skateboarders and pedestrians on roads and sidewalks" Notes Cst. Celms "I encourage all drivers to be mindful of their surroundings when making turns or opening vehicle doors."

A collision analyst was on scene to assist with the investigation. 50th Street traffic was limited to one lane, and has since re-opened. Charges are not expected at this time.

Alcohol or drugs are not considered a factor in this collision.

Classic car recovered

The Calgary Police Service Auto Theft Unit, with assistance from the RCMP Southern Alberta Auto Theft Unit, has recovered a classic car stolen from its longtime owner. The 1962 Chevrolet Convertible Corvette was recovered from a DeWinton-area acreage this afternoon. It is currently being taken to the CPS forensics bay for further testing, but will be returned to its 73-year-old owner as soon as possible.

No charges have been laid in connection with the theft, however, the investigation is continuing.

Investigators received tips from the public that led them to the acreage and the stolen car.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. Tips from the public were instrumental in being able to recover this rare vehicle.

Bike/backpack bandits suspected in spike of Edmonton garage break and enters

The Edmonton Police Service is warning residents in northeast Edmonton to lock their garages and report suspicious persons loitering in alleyways after a recent spike in break and enters.

Over the last two months, there have been 44 break and enters in the Montrose / Highland / Bellevue area, and 24 of those incidents were to garages. For the same time period in 2013, there were 26, and nine of those were to garages. Last week, there were nine break-ins to private garages, and three of those were on the same day within a few blocks of each other. All the incidents reportedly occurred overnight and many involve unlocked garage side doors.

The thieves are stealing small items such as tools, equipment, personal electronics, and bikes, but are often leaving larger more expensive items behind. Thieves are also rummaging through unlocked vehicles that are parked within garages and taking whatever they can carry out, including loose change.

“We’ve seen this before, and believe there may be several individuals involved, who may be travelling on bikes and wearing backpacks to carry the stolen property,” says Const. Keith Pitzel with EPS Northeast Division. “These are crimes of opportunity, and these thieves are looking for unlocked doors. Once inside your garage or house, they look for small valuables that can easily fit into their backpack, then they carry it off quickly with no one being the wiser.”

EPS Victim Services Unit celebrates 35 years

To commemorate the Edmonton Police Service Victim Services Unit celebrating 35 years of service to the community, Councillor Mike Nickel proclaimed Wednesday, July 23, 2014, as “Victim Services Day” in Edmonton.

"We’re proud of the valuable services that are provided by the dedicated staff and volunteers of our Victim Services Unit," said Acting Staff Sgt. Aubrey Zalaski.

"Victims of all ages, and from all walks of life, receive compassionate support, referrals and information from Victim Services volunteers," noted Zalaski. He went on to explain that the unit is prepared to deal with a wide variety of scenarios. "Our advocates receive intense training in a variety of areas: from how to deal with grief and issues around suicide, sudden death, to domestic violence, elder abuse, and all manner of trauma," he continued.

VSU volunteers are highly trained, and they are dedicated to helping victims in whatever way they can. The EPS VSU was established 35 years ago, and its services are available 24/7. Advocates, who are thoroughly screened, and undergo a vigorous security check, must complete 46 hours of basic training to attain Advocate Training certification from the Alberta Solicitor General. The training covers 31 topics, including: Hate Crimes, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, and dealing with grief.

Two recent and significant police incidents that VSU assisted with were the HUB Mall shootings and the Loblaws warehouse stabbings.

In 2013, volunteers donated 25,643 hours of service.

Fundraising scam in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP are advising the public of a scam that has been recently reported to be occurring in the Grande Prairie area. Yesterday RCMP received a call from a member of the public stating that they had a male come to there door fundraising for Hockey Alberta which they thought to be suspicious. The RCMP has contacted Hockey Alberta and confirmed that Hockey Alberta does not have anyone fundraising door to door in Grande Prairie at this time.

RCMP is asking the public that they see anyone matching this description attempting to collect money for Hockey Alberta to please call Grande Prairie RCMP 780-830-5701.

Suspicious person investigation leads to multiple charges

On July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm the RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious person in the area of Range Road 65 and Highway 43 near Grande Prairie. Police attended the area and were able to locate the suspect due to the detailed description provided by the caller.

The suspect allegedly attempted to avoid arrest leading to a short foot chase and altercation between the male and police before being taken into custody . No injuries were sustained during this altercation.

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle nearby which they believe to be linked to the suspect after further investigation.

Tyrone Vaughn WIEBE 20 yrs old from Grande Prairie is facing 11 criminal code charges which include:
  • Assaulting a police officer x2 Sec 270 cc
  • Escape lawful custody Sec 145 cc
  • Resist arrest x2 Sec 129 cc
  • Fraud Sec 403 cc
  • Possession stolen property x4 Sec 355 cc
  • Mischief Sec 430 cc 
WEIBE remains in police custody and will appear in Grande prairie Provincial Court August 13, 2014.

Single vehicle MVC near Morinville

On July, 22 2014 at 11:40 am members of the Morinville RCMP detachment were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 44 near Township Road 552. The vehicle was traveling north on Highway 44, went off the road into the east ditch rolled. There were three occupants in the vehicle. The driver and rear passenger were both ejected from the vehicle. All three vehicle occupants were taken to Edmonton area hospitals and treated for non life threatening injuries. The investigation in ongoing, alcohol was not a factor in the collision. The investigation in ongoing.

2014 Crowsnest Pass weed pull to be held Saturday July 26

Blueweed photo courtesy of NCC

Toni Lucas

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be joining the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the Crowsnest Conservation Society to host a day to get rid of invasive plant species, or weeds, on Saturday July 26. Community members are invited to volunteer for the day and help conserve the area while keeping it beautiful. Volunteers are asked to bring a reuseable water bottle and weather appropriate clothing, and wear closed toe shoes. Tools, gloves, and lunch will be provided, and there will be an educational aspect to the morning to make sure everyone is familiar with the weeds. The group will meet at 9:00 am at the convergence of the Nez Perce Creek and Crowsnest River at 81 Street and 13 Avenue in Coleman.

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan released

Detail from cover of SSRP document
Chris Davis, from multiple press releases and other sources

The Alberta government today announced the release of the final copy of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), a document that has been at least 5 years in the making, and involved input from more than 7,500 Albertans.

According to the government the land-use plan "will help manage growth pressures and protect the environment in southern Alberta" for at least the next ten years, projected to be the outline for the next 50 years.

Watch out for blue-green algae blooms

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

The recent hot weather across the province has raised concerns about blue-green algae blooms in dugouts.

“Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” says Melissa Orr-Langner, agricultural water engineer, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. “It can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by humans, livestock or pets.”

New crop year reminders for western producers and industry

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Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission reminds the grain industry and producers about grain grading changes that come into effect on August 1, 2014 in Western Canada. These changes include updated tolerances for ergot and sclerotinia for most classes of wheat.

The Official Grain Grading Guide as of August 1, 2014 will be posted shortly before the start of the new crop year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dustin Flundra - Calgary Stampede winner, rancher, and family man

Dustin Flundra, Twin Butte's 100 Grand Man
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

On Sunday, July 13 at the Calgary Stampede Dustin Flundra from Twin Butte and Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa matched each other with 89.0 points in the saddle bronc competition. In a showdown ride-off Flundra had the better ride, and walked away with the $100,000 prize. Flundra was competing in the "Wild Card" slot.

"It's a great day for the spectators that are watching the Stampede that day, but it's a little more nerve wracking for the cowboys that are in it," Flundra said. "With only taking two guys back out of 12 of us, any single one of us could be the winner, and essentially, it's the top 20 guys in North America. The horses and the bulls they put in there for us are not the ones that you want to get on all the time. They are harder, and they have tricks. If at all possible, you want to make it through into Sunday through your pool, but the nice thing that makes the Stampede what it is, is that Wild Card format that they have on the Saturday that gives you one more chance to get in there, and for me it worked out this time."

Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date: July 23, 2014
Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Possibly National

Industry is recalling Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described at this link.

7000 feet up with Justine

Justine Jorgensen in the cockpit
Frank Wood photo*
*Correction for accuracy
Justine Jorgensen

On Wednesday, July 23 I got the chance to fly an airplane. Well, not for the entire hour and a half flight, but for at least a good forty-five minutes. I was flying with Frank Wood, who owns two small planes and flies regularly. Our time in the air included travelling over the town of Pincher Creek, the Oldman River, and near Waterton - I even glimpsed Lethbridge on the hazy horizon. Although there was a spattering of rain at first, the weather cooperated nicely as the sun soon broke from the clouds.

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