Friday, October 31, 2014

Notes from MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 October 2014 Council meetings

  • Rotary Club seeks support for theatre project
  • Interim financing approved
  • Funding for Turcott/CIBC building project approved
  • New Southwestern Alberta Conservation Partnership
  • Noble Flats road project
  • Development and Engineering Standards approved
  • Cowley on board with new Emergency Management partnership
  • 2014/15 snow plow map approved
  • Demo off-stream watering system approved
  • Notes from October 28 Director of Operations report
  • Public invited to provide input on noise bylaw
  • 2015 FCSS Funding Agreement passed
  • Gun Club road to get temporary snow fencing
  • MD to join Facilities Planning Steering committee

MD of Pincher Creek council holds organizational meeting

Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 held an organizational meeting prior to their regular public meeting on October 28.

Election of Reeve and Deputy Reeve

Brian Hammond was re-elected as Reeve by the council. Terry Yagos was re-acclaimed as Deputy Reeve.

Rural Economic Development Action Plan released

Premier Prentice and Minister Olson announced the Rural Economic Development Action Plan at MacKay’s Ice Cream factory in Cochrane on October 28, 2014
Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

On Oct. 28, Premier Prentice and I released the Rural Economic Development Action Plan. The Action Plan is a blueprint for future rural economic success in Alberta. It lays out clear strategies and specific actions that build on the strength of Alberta’s rural economy by linking existing resources and organizations, increasing infrastructure capacity, and ultimately growing our provincial economy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Policing in Alberta to October 31, 2014

Fatal MVC near Elk Point
Missing Red Deer man FOUND
Double Fatal MVC near Rocky Mountain House
Fatal MVC near Wabumun
Red Deer man dies as a result of house fire
2 charged with vehicle thefts in Okotoks
Con artist defrauds Red Deer woman
Attempted quad theft in Rocky Mountain House
Halloween safety tips from Red Deer RCMP
Suspect arrested in theft of Edmonton police service vehicle

Historical Alberta Halloweens

Halloween at the Wineglass Ranch near Brocket (1907-08)
Courtesy of the Glenbow Archives, NA-4035-188
Allan Rowe, Historic Places Research Officer, Government of Alberta

Halloween is tomorrow. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the different ways Halloween has been celebrated in Alberta since the late nineteenth century. Early newspapers offer a fascinating window into how we celebrated Halloween, ranging from private and public parties, to ‘trick-or-treating’ and pranking.

University of Lethbridge maintains top-three position in annual Maclean’s University rankings

University of Lethbridge 

The University of Lethbridge continues to affirm its place as one of the country’s top destinations for students, maintaining its top-three position for the third successive year in the Primarily Undergraduate category of the annual Maclean’s University Rankings.

The U of L ascended to the third spot in its classification two years ago, its highest-ever Maclean’s ranking, and has held steady ever since, all the while earning gains in many of the ranking factors. In 2014, the University maintained or bettered its category rankings in nine of 12 indicators and continued to show its strength as a leading undergraduate research institution.

Government of Alberta announces 2014 disaster recovery programs

June 2014 flooding at Beaver Creek (west of Pincher Creek)
Brent and Gloria Barbero file photo

The Government of Alberta has announced disaster recovery programs for southwestern Alberta areas affected by the rainfall event of June 16-23, 2014.

Principal homeowners, tenants, landlords, condo associations, small business owners,  agricultural operations, not-for-profit organizations, and institutions who suffered uninsurable property damage or loss between June 16 and June 23, 2014 in one of the communities below may be eligible to apply for 2014 DRP assistance.

Town of Pincher Creek
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
Blood Indian Reserve No. 148
The lands of the Piikani First Nation
City of Lethbridge
Town of Cardston
Town of Claresholm
Town of Coaldale
Town of Coalhurst
Town of Fort McLeod
Town of Granum
Town of Magrath
Town of Nanton
MD of Ranchland No. 66
MD of Taber
MD Willow Creek, No. 26
Lethbridge County

Westwinds Boys Volleyball - Sabres defeat Dragons

Senior Dragons vs Sabres
Chris Davis

St. Michael's Dragons JV and SV Volleyball squads hosted their Livingstone Sabres counterparts for an evening of volleyball at the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on October 29.  Despite the two teams being competitively matched, the Sabres had the edge through most of the sets, winning all but one senior set.  The Sabres came from behind to win the first SV set, then the Dragons came from behind to win the second.It was a fun game to watch with lots of action at the net, much of it subtly played by members of both teams.

Notes from October 27, 2014 Pincher Creek Town Council meeting

Toni Lucas
  • Citizen Hugh Dunham brings several concerns to council
  • Windy Slopes donation request on hold
  • KBPV to get $7,500 toward Turcott/CIBC Building project 
  • Allied Arts Council washroom to be assessed
  • Town representatives to attend FCM
  • Alberta Farm Safety education program directed to Joint Funding
  • Town to send a Representative to AAMDC
  • Westray Act enforcement delegation (link)

Westray Act enforcement plea made to Pincher Creek Town Council

Toni Lucas 

A delegation from the United Steel Workers Local 9346 came to the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on Monday evening, October 27.  The delegates consisted of Local 9346 President Alex Hanson and Health and Safety Chair Troy Cook.  They were there to discuss Bill C-45, known as the Westray Act, and to get support from council for more education about and enforcement of the act, which can hold corporations, directors, and executives criminally accountable for the health and safety of workers during workplace fatalities due to neglect or unsafe work practices or situations.  They asked council for a letter of support toward changes to educating police and crown attorneys about this act for future enforcement.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sustainable Canada Dialogues - open letter to Canada

James Byrne, PhD and Bryson Brown, PhD
Professors, University of Lethbridge

Climate change poses major challenges to Alberta.  We’ve already seen the consequences of changing precipitation patterns. More changes are expected, and we know all too well that extreme events, whether drought or flood, can be disastrous.  But our economic dependence on fossil fuels, and bitumen production in particular, is a huge problem.  Science tells us that burning more than a small fraction of known fossil fuels reserves will cause global and regional climate hardships.  A choice of what to burn and what to leave in the ground has to be made, and that choice puts Alberta at a serious disadvantage.

Alberta continues to prepare for potential Ebola cases

Government of Alberta

While the risk of Ebola virus in the province remains low, Alberta continues to gear up for potential cases to ensure the safety of health-care workers and Albertans.

“Even though there hasn’t been a case of Ebola in Canada, we continue to ramp up our efforts to prepare for a potential case in our province. We’re meeting weekly with health leaders from across the country to share information about the latest and best available infection prevention and control measures to protect Albertans and our health-care workers.” - Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

Canadian cattle producers to benefit from agreement with the U.S.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that Canadian producers will now have better access to top quality bovine genetics following a new agreement with the United States. The agreement, which allows in-vitro fertilized (IVF) bovine embryos to enter Canada from the U.S., opens up new herd development opportunities for Canadian producers. Previously, only IVF bovine embryos produced within Canada were accessible to producers.

Policing in Alberta to October 29, 2014

Missing Edmonton senior Richard Reyes
Sylvan Lake armed robber sought
Edmonton missing persons case turned over to Homicide
Airdrie ATM robbery suspect sought
Fatal MVC at Marianna Lakes
St. Albert pedestrian vs vehicle collision
Fort McMurray man charged with voyeurism
Man pleads guilty in Fort Chipeweyan pot case
Halloween tips and treats
Lock your vehicle and take your keys
Arrest Made in Rash of Mischiefs in Vegreville
Tires slashed in Peace River
Single vehicle rollover near Consort
Ebola phishing scams and malware campaigns
Woman assaulted in Edmonton
Exhibition reveals “the artist inside” inmates
Multiple B&Es in southeast Edmonton
Edmonton stabbing suspect charged
Edmonton young offender charged with sexual assault
Fort McMurray man charged with Aggravated Assault

Missing Edmonton senior Richard Reyes

The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 79-year-old male diagnosed with dementia, who went missing yesterday morning, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Missing: Richard Reyes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spooktacular Halloween safety tips

Simone Olmstead
Simone Olmstead, Alberta Health Services

Halloween can be one of the most fun and exciting days of the year. Many look forward to it and anticipate all the candy, costumes and fun. Safety rules can certainly be forgotten when children are distracted by all the thrills. It’s important for parents or guardians to think about safety when planning their children’s costumes, activities and decorations. With some quick and easy safety measures, Halloween can be a safe and happy day for everyone.

Flathead art exhibit coming to Pincher Creek

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Artwork from one of North America’s last unsettled valleys is coming to Pincher Creek. The Flathead Art Exhibit features paintings from British Columbia’s (B.C.) Flathead River Valley, a wildlife-rich landscape adjacent to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The exhibit will be on display at the Lebel Gallery (696 Kettles Street) from November 6 to November 22.

A special public opening for the exhibit will be held on November 8th from 2 pm to 4 pm. The event will include a talk by Laura Nelson, a Flathead artist, who will share her personal experience of painting this stunning valley, and Krystal Northey, from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), who will highlight the vision behind the campaign to protect it.

Policing in Alberta to October 28, 2014

Pincher Creek RCMP media summary
Lethbridge City Council ratifies police chief appointment
Airdrie RCMP thank public for suspect ID
RCMP Airdrie City weekend report
Spruce Grove truck-jacker sought
Taylor Bremner sought by RCMP
Careless firearms use in La Crete
Hit and run to vehicle in Andrew
Attempted theft of horses near Willingdon
RCMP Grande Prairie weekend news summary
Armed robbery suspects nabbed near Mayerthorpe
Serious MVC in Yellowhead County
Law enforcement conference to explore mgmt of grow-ops
Fatal MVC in Calgary
Young offender in Edmonton charged with sexual assault
End of lockdown and search at Drumheller Institution
Update - The First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Pincher Creek RCMP media summary for the week of October 20 - 26, 2014

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the noted period. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 55
Assaults - 1
Break and Enter (residential) - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 4
Theft of motor vehicle - 1
Theft over $5000 - 1
Theft under $5000 - 1
Impaired Driving - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 8
Driving complaints (general) - 2
MV Collisions - 8
Liquor offences - 3
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 1
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 4
Animal calls - 5
Prisoners held – 14

Lethbridge City Council ratifies appointment of new police chief

Lethbridge Police Service

On October 27 Lethbridge City Council ratified the appointment of Robert A. (Rob) Davis as the new Chief of Police for the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.

Davis was unanimously chosen for the position by the nine-member Lethbridge Regional Police Commission, which provides civilian oversight to the police service. Davis has served as Chief of Police for the Dryden Police Service in Dryden, ON since 2011. His appointment in Lethbridge takes effect on Jan. 5, 2015 for a four-year term with a two-year renewal option.

“The police commission set out to find a new police chief who is a creative thinker, who is a strong leader and who has a proven track record in policing. Rob Davis has demonstrated excellence to us in each of those areas. He is passionate about public service and that came through loud and clear during the interview process,” said Alexander McKay, Commission Chairman. “We welcome him to our community, and we are confident he will be an excellent fit for our organization who will work well with the current executive leadership of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.”

Council also ratified the appointment of Deputy Police Chief Colin Catonio as Interim Chief of Police from Nov. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. Catonio is a 34-year veteran of the police service and has served as deputy chief since August 2013. His appointment as interim chief will take effect following the departure of current Chief of Police Tom McKenzie, who is retiring on Oct. 31 after 38 years with the police service.

“City Council appreciates the important and intensive work of the police commission and its selection committee in identifying and recommending a proven individual to lead the Lethbridge Regional Police Service,” said Mayor Chris Spearman. “One of Council’s mandates is to ensure a safe community, and we’re confident our new police chief will provide excellent leadership. We congratulate him and welcome him to our community.”

Davis began his policing career in 1990 as an Auxiliary Constable with the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Police in southern Ontario. In 1994, he joined the neighbouring Six Nations Police Service where he served from 1994-2011, starting as a constable and rising through the ranks to Inspector and Acting Deputy Chief. During that time, he also served on secondment to the RCMP in Ottawa from 2006-2009 and in Ontario’s far north with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in 2005-2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from McMaster University and is a recipient of the prestigious Gimborn Award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Police Association for his leadership in combating organized crime and aboriginal gangs.

“I am very excited and humbled to become a member of the team,” said Davis. “The Lethbridge Regional Police Service is recognized internationally for its excellence and innovation in public safety. I am eager to serve with the dedicated men and women of the police service, the commission, and the City who have worked hard to ensure a safe, healthy community and to make the police service a leader in our profession.”

The police commission launched its search for a new police chief in April 2014 with the assistance of Boyden Global Executive Search. Under Alberta’s Police Act, police commissions are responsible for appointing chiefs of police.

Airdrie RCMP thank public for suspect identification

Airdrie RCMP would like to thank the public for its assistance in identifying a suspect from a theft last month.

On September 1, 2014, at approximately 8:00 pm, a male entered a restaurant within the city of Airdrie. The male loitered in the restaurant, and when staff was unaware, proceeded behind the counter and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The male then departed.

With assistance from the public, the male was identified as Derek BERNARD, 61, of Mayfield, PEI.

Through investigation and information from the public, Airdrie RCMP City members arrested and charged BERNARD with two counts of Theft Under $5000.00.
“Public safety is a partnership between the Community and the Police. We are thankful of having partners like the citizens of Airdrie to help keep our homes and businesses safe.” - Cst. Jason Curtis, Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison
RCMP Airdrie City weekend report
Between 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014 and 7:00 a.m. Monday, October 27, 2014, Airdrie City RCMP received 69 calls for service. Some of the notable calls are reflected below. Calls were dispatched to RCMP as the following and do not reflect actual occurrence or clearance status.

3 Assaults
1 Assault with a Weapon or Causing Bodily Harm
1 Break and Enter
1 Criminal Harassment
1 Driving while Disqualified
3 Fail to Stop or Remain at Accident Scene Complaints
1 Fraud Complaint
1 Impaired Care or Control of Motor Vehicle
3 Impaired Drivers
1 Mental Health Complaint
5 Mischief Complaints
1 Theft under $5000
1 Possession of Marihuana
1 Theft of Minivan
1 Theft under $5000 from a motor vehicle
2 Traffic Collisions
1 Uttering threats against a person

Spruce Grove truck-jacker sought

Spruce Grove RCMP

A concerning incident in Spruce Grove has RCMP asking for the public's assistance.

Just after 11:00 pm on Friday, October 24th, a man was robbed at a Spruce Grove convenience store. As he pulled into the convenience store and parked, an unknown man came up to his truck and shone a flashlight into his eyes. The man identified himself as a police officer, and ordered the driver out of the vehicle and to the ground. From there, the suspect tied the driver's wrists together with Zip-Ties, and subsequently stole his wallet, cell phone, and Dodge Ram pickup.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up. He did not produce a badge or any phoney police identification. The voice was that of an adult man, with no discernible accent. Given the darkness and how quickly the incident unfolded, no further descriptors are available.

The stolen pick-up truck was recovered the following morning in a rural area South of Spruce Grove.

Police continue to investigate this incident and encourage anyone with information to contact Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7200 or 780-962-2222. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS ( for instructions). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous.

Taylor Bremner sought by RCMP

Rocky Mountain House RCMP is seeking information on the whereabouts of 21 year old Taylor BREMNER. On the 10th day of October, Rocky Mountain House RCMP attempted to stop a vehicle, operated by BREMNER. BREMNER fled from police.

BREMNER has been charged with Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operation of Motor Vehicle while Disqualified, and Fail to Comply with conditions of a recognizance.

Information on the whereabouts of Taylor BREMNER may be forwarded to Rocky Mountain House RCMP Detachment at 403-845-2882, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).

Careless firearms use in La Crete

Fort Vermilion RCMP is investigating reports of possible shots fired in the area of 101 Avenue and 102 Avenue in La Crete Alberta. Sometime between the hours of 8:00 pm on October 23rd and 2:00 am on October 24th 2014 Fort Vermilion RCMP received multiple complaints that gunshots were heard. Another report was that it may have been fireworks. Neither report has been confirmed. There have been ongoing issues with firearms complaints in the developed and housing areas and this is a significant safety concern for the public. The RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying persons who may be involved in these ongoing issues in an effort to ensure the safety of the public.

Anyone that may have witnessed or has any information on this matter is asked to contact the Fort Vermilion RCMP at (780)927-3255 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Hit and run to vehicle in Andrew

Two Hills RCMP received a report that, on October 17, 2014, between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am, a hit and run occurred in the Andrew School parking lot. A parked vehicle was found by its owner with a broken tail light and body damage where the vehicle was struck. No information was left by the other driver.

Two Hills RCMP are seeking the public's help with any information related to the Hit and Run. The public are encouraged to call immediately regarding any suspicious activity, especially in the overnight or early morning hours.  If you have any information please contact the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Attempted theft of horses near Willingdon

Two Hills RCMP

On October 26th, 2014, Two Hills RCMP received a complaint of an attempted theft of horses. Unknown persons had unsecured a gate to a pasture and attempted to steal horses from the property. A halter was left on scene and no horses were taken. The property was located on Township Road 562 near Willingdon. Residents in the area are urged to take precautions to protect or monitor their property and should be aware of this attempted theft.

Two Hills RCMP are seeking the public's help with any information related to the attempted theft. The public are encouraged to call immediately regarding any suspicious activity, especially in the overnight or early morning hours. If you have any information please contact the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

RCMP Grande Prairie weekend news summary

Between 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014 and 7:00 a.m. today, Monday, October 27, 2014, the Grande Prairie RCMP received 321 reports and/or calls for service. Of which included:

· 24 911 calls
· 4 Abandoned Vehicles
· 3 Animal complaints
· 7 Assaults
· 2 Breach of or Fail to comply with conditions
· 5 Break and Enter
· 7 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Complaints
· 23 Disturb the Peace
· 14 Other Moving Traffic Complaints
· 3 Other Non-Moving Traffic Complaints
· 3 Fail to Remain at Scene of Accident
· 22 False Alarms
· 4 Frauds
· 7 Impaired Drivers
· 4 Items Lost or Found
· 12 Gaming and Liquor Act Complaints
· 36 Mischief complaints
· 7 Municipal Bylaw complaints
· 10 Theft of Motor Vehicle complaints
· 11 Theft related complaints
· 3 Suspicious person, vehicle, or property
· 40 Traffic Collisions
· 37 Other (Criminal Code/Provincial Act/Municipal Bylaw)
· 23 Assist (General Public, Other Agencies, Other Police)
· 3 Utter Threats complaints

Armed robbery suspects nabbed near Mayerthorpe

Whitecourt RCMP

RCMP arrested three individuals involved in an alleged armed robbery and pursuit. On Friday October 24, 2014, at approximately 3:00pm, RCMP received information from the Edmonton Police Service of a white Dodge truck that was involved in a recent armed robbery. RCMP located the suspect vehicle near Mayerthorpe, but the vehicle fled when police tried to stop it. Police initiated a pursuit but terminated it after a short distance. A perimeter was established and information received from members of the public led police to a rural property near the old Blue Ridge Highway.

The Whitecourt RCMP, with the assistance of the General Investigations Section, the Integrated Traffic Unit, the Police Dog Service, the Emergency Response Team, and Air Services located the three individuals, as well as the suspect vehicle, a quantity of cocaine and heroin, a loaded shotgun, and a replica firearm.

Christopher Warren Pollard, 32, of Clairmont faces the following charges:
  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of a weapon for a Dangerous purpose
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking
  • plus 
  • 6 additional charges from Edmonton, including robbery with a firearm, attempted kidnaping, and firearms offences
Trevor Douglas Watson, 23, of Grande Prairie faces the following charges:
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of a weapon for a Dangerous purpose
  • Watson also had 6 outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Grande Prairie
Keri Margaret Parisen, 19, of Grande Prairie faces the following charges:
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a weapon for a Dangerous purpose
All three are scheduled to appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on November 25th, 2014 On the Whitecourt matters. Chris Pollard is also scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on October 29th, 2014 on the Edmonton matters.

Serious MVC in Yellowhead County

Edson RCMP

On October 25, 2014, at approximately 5:30 am, Edson RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 748 near Range Road 154 in Yellowhead County, Alberta, involving a picker truck and a sport utility vehicle.

The 20-year old female driver of the sport utility vehicle, a resident of Yellowhead County, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injury. She was transported from the scene to hospital in Edmonton by STARS. Edson RCMP have notified the woman's next of kin.

The two occupants of the picker truck were treated by EMS personnel for minor injuries and released at the scene.

The cause of the collision still remains under investigation.

Law enforcement conference to explore management of grow-ops


The community impacts of marihuana grow-ops are being discussed in Banff this week as law enforcement, government and private sector members from across Alberta come together to understand the evolving issue.

The “Evolution and Management of Marihuana Grow-ops” conference runs October 28-30 and provides a forum to outline marihuana legislation, analyze how communities have responded, and explore best practices. The conference is hosted in partnership between Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), Calgary Police Service, and City of Calgary Building Regulations.
“The safety, security and protection of Albertans is our priority and we are committed to addressing the health and safety risks grow-ops pose to our communities,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister Justice and Solicitor General.

“When the Stop Marihuana Grow-op coalition was launched a decade ago, it was critical insight that is not just a policing problem, but a community problem. The issue has never been more complex and serious than it is today and we must leverage every single resource we can to protect the safety of our communities,” said City of Calgary Councillor and ALERT Board of Directors member Diane Colley-Urquhart.

“ALERT dismantled nearly 100 grow-ops last year, but we know the issue is bigger than that. This conference is an important component of law enforcement’s response to grow-ops and demonstrates a commitment from all our partner agencies to work together,” said ALERT Supt. Charmaine Bulger.
The conference’s keynote speaker is Sgt. Jim Gerhardt, a metro Denver drug agent who will explore the implications of Colorado marihuana legalization. Other panel experts include members of law enforcement, municipalities, private sector growers, and the medical community.

Fatal MVC in Calgary

Calgary Police Service

On October 26, 2014 at approximately 5:38 am a Blue 2004 Jeep was travelling southbound on Deerfoot Trail approaching the off ramp for Southbound Bow Bottom Trail and Eastbound Anderson Road. This area of Deerfoot Southbound has a natural bend where the travel lanes turn from a primarily southbound direction to a more South-Easterly one. Shortly after passing the designated exit and continuing on Southbound Deerfoot, the vehicle left the roadway to the right and entered the ditch separating Deerfoot Trail from the off ramp. A short time after entering the ditch, the vehicle struck a light standard; upon striking the light standard the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Calgary Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire at which time it was found that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was deceased within the vehicle.

At this time, there is no identification of the deceased; further information will be released at the direction of the Medical Investigator.

It is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors in this collision.

Any witnesses to the accident or the events leading up to it are asked to contact the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000

Young offender in Edmonton charged with sexual assault

Police looking for more witnesses

The Edmonton Police Service is asking for witnesses for an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in south east Edmonton this weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 just before 4:30 p.m., police received a call of a badly injured adult female in Mill Woods Park in the area of 23 Avenue and 66 Street near the pond. The reporter remained on scene until police and EMS arrived. The 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries where she remains in critical but stable condition.

After subsequent investigations, the 17-year-old male who called police was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, possession of a weapon and breach of recognizance (x3). The identity of this male will not be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

“We are asking for witnesses who were in the area on Saturday between 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.” says Det. Dave Pelech with Sexual Assault Section. “Although you may think what you saw is insignificant, it could possibly assist with the investigation.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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

End of lockdown and search at Drumheller Institution

Correctional Service Canada

The lockdown put in place at Drumheller Institution on October 20, 2014 has ended and an exceptional search has been completed. The institution has resumed its normal operations.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is strengthening measures to prevent the entry of contraband into its institutions in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to have contraband brought into correctional institutions.

Visits to the institution have resumed.
Update - The First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Government of Canada

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement today on the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

“Our Government firmly believes that First Nations, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their leaders. That is why we passed the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA) and empowered community members to be informed of their community's financial situation.

With the First Nations Financial Transparency Act now in place, First Nation members in 451 of the 582 First Nations covered by the law have access to the basic information they require and deserve about how their Chiefs and councils spend money for which they are responsible.

The Act applies the same principles of transparency and accountability to First Nations governments that already exist for other governments in Canada.

Empowering First Nations through legislation such as the FNFTA is a priority for our Government. So far, over 77 percent have complied.

Those First Nation band councils who have so far failed to comply with the law have received several reminders and are expected to comply by November 26, 2014.

Let me be clear. Our Government will take action, according to the provisions of the law, with regard to First Nation governments that do not follow the law. These measures include court orders, withholding of non-essential funding and withholding of new funding.

I urge band leadership who have not filed their financial documents to do so by November 26, 2014.”

Wildrose Livingstone Macleod Constituency Association holds AGM in Pincher Creek

MLA Pat Stier speaks at constituency AGM
Chris Davis

The general membership of the Wildrose Livingstone Macleod Constituency Association elected a new executive board and directors at large on October 24 at their Annual General Meeting, which was held at Luigi's Restaurant in Pincher Creek.  Over thirty people were in attendance, including some from Turner Valley, Stavely, Claresholm, Granum and Pincher Creek.  Following the AGM and a presentation by MLA Pat Stier there was a meet and greet lunch.  Following that Stier sat down with John Stoesser of the Pincher Creek Echo and me for an interview.
Livingstone Macleod Constituency Association Executive Board                           
  • President - Lenard Biscope, Okotoks                                                      
  • VP Membership - Todd Buhmiller, Claresholm
  • VP Policy - Diana Ross, Claresholm                  
  • VP Fundraising - Bev Garbutt, Pincher Creek
  • VP Communications - Vacant                            
  • Treasurer - Kathy Emery, Stavely
  • Secretary - Donna Ward, Granum

Fertilizer prices

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Despite low commodity prices, fertilizer prices have not been following the same trend, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist.

“Two of the reasons fertilizer prices have not trended downward as quickly as grain prices are world supply and U.S. transportation issues,” says Jennifer Stoby, market analyst-agriculture inputs, ARD, Edmonton. “The world markets are demanding more fertilizer products, while political unrest and low natural gas supplies in some countries have decreased the total amount of fertilizer available to the world market. As well, with the large corn and soybean crop in the U.S., and with the competition from oil, getting fertilizer into the hands of retailers has been a logistical challenge for the transportation industry.”

Stoby says that fertilizer sales have stalled in the U.S.

Experiential Learning Week expanded to more area schools

African Safari themed cake by Mary Dietze, Parker Starzyk,
 Ida Vien and Shelby Soop
Toni Lucas

Matthew Halton High School, Napi Friendship Centre Outreach Program, and Livingstone School jointly held Experiential Learning Week (ELW) from October 20 - 24 in Pincher Creek and area. Each high school student from grade 7 - 12 chose a single course that they were enrolled in for the duration of the week. The program was originally started in the fall of 2013, with one week each semester offering this immersive programming. The programs this semester were offered in Pincher Creek and area with school, local business and citizen support. The students are graded and marked for their participation. Some of the classes this semester included creative writing, first aid, digital storytelling, outdoor education, adventure race training, textile arts, and fly fishing. I looked into creative baking, Blackfoot language, fashion studies, and theatre production.

Short term manure storage

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

“Short term manure storage is a practice that many producers use to manage their manure and field activities,” says Chris Ullmann, CFO (confined feeding operation) extension specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), Red Deer. “It’s also an activity that often generates questions. Short term storage can be concerning to neighbours if the rules are not followed or if people don’t understand why you would store manure in a temporary location.”

Westwinds Girls Volleyball - Eagles defeat Sabres

Livingstone Sabres
Chris Davis

Livingstone's Girls Sabres hosted Lethbridge's Immanuel Christian Eagles for an evening of volleyball on October 27.  The Eagles won all three Junior Varsity (JV) sets and all three Senior Varsity (SV) sets.  The Sabres were definitely not on their game throughout, perhaps a little more intimidated than they should have been, because their a solid team.  They were definitely outmatched at the senior level, having only two seniors on the SV team compared to an Eagles squad of almost all actual seniors, fresh and ready to go.  However, score aside, the Sabres actually played better in the SV sets. The Sabres also lost quite a few points to minor infractions.  The Eagles proved to have two very strong squads, efficient, tricky, and consistent.

Abby Zur initiates basketball season a little early

Monday, October 27, 2014

Red Deer RCMP continue to seek public assistance to locate Diamond Saddleback

RCMP continue to search for 15 year old Diamond Saddleback, who was reported missing on October 7. Investigation to date indicates that SADDLEBACK may be in the Edmonton or the Lac La Biche area. Please see her description and photo below.


Diamond Saddleback is described as:
  • Aboriginal
  • 5’6” tall
  • 120 lbs
  • Brown eyes
  • Black Hair
  • Nose and lip piercing
  • Scar on right cheek
  • Last seen wearing a black hoodie, jeans and white sneakers

Peewee Mustangs finish season with narrow loss to Raymond

Peewee Mustangs vs Raymond
Kelly Nelson photos
Coach Tom Holoboff

Well sports fans for the last time this season the local heroes took the field at Raymond. It was another great night for football, this year has either been great or two feet of snow. As always Raymond is a fun team to compete against and has a great program.

Sports Shorts October 28, 2014

Twister and Sasha
Jane Goddard photo
^ Sasha from Pincher Creek attended the Lethbridge Hurricanes vs Regina Pats game on October 18, and got to hang out with Hurricanes mascot Twister.  The Pats won 6-1. Sasha reportedly had a great time.

Wayne Elliott and Marlin "Hollywood" Yellow Horn
C. Davis photo
^ Marlin "Hollywood" Yellow Horn reintroduced himself to Wayne Elliott during the intermission between the first and second periods at the RHL Huskies vs Mustangs season opener on Saturday evening, October 25.  As it turns out, Marlin was a player on an area Bantam team (which remains nameless to this day)  29 years ago.  "We had lots of fun," said Elliott. 

Novice Chinooks defeat Kainai
Peewee Chinooks at Kainai rink
Jamie Anderson photo
Pincher Creek's Novice Chinooks played an away seeding game vs Kainai on October 25. The Chinooks racked up a convincing win. According to Chinooks Coach Jamie Anderson, "Every single Chinook got at least one goal this morning! So proud of everyone! Thank you and great job coaches!" and "Great teamwork! Lots of passing!"  The Novice Chinooks will be bringing it home to the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek this Saturday November 1, when it will be there turn to host Kainai, starting at 5:00 pm.

Season ends for Senior Mustangs 

Pincher Creek's Senior Mustangs were blanked by a considerable margin by the #2 ranked Claresholm Cobras on October 24.  That loss ended the season for the Mustangs.  Mustangs Booster Association Faith Zachar, who is THE expert on football in Pincher Creek, said afterward she was gratified by the game, despite the score.  She said the Mustangs showed a great deal of sportsmanship during the tough competition against a much larger and generally older and more experienced team, a very marked improvement over their behaviour when they hosted Claresholm early in the season, behaviour which at that time earned the Mustangs disciplinary actions by their own coaches.  "We were so proud of our boys last night," Zachar said.  "What a big difference."  Zachar said the team almost got three touchdowns, including one that was achieved but pulled back on a penalty call.  

The Mustangs will be holding a Skills/BBQ/gear return event next Saturday, November 1 at Matthew Halton field, tentatively scheduled to start around noon.

Mustangs annual awards night to be held November 8

The Mustangs Football Club will be holding their annual awards night on Saturday November 8, starting at 6:00 pm.  This year the potluck event will be held at St. Michael's School. 

Rocky start for Rockies

AA Peewee Rockies hosting Okotoks Oilers at MCC October 18
C. Davis photo

The AA Peewee Rockies have newly rebooted this season after many years of dormancy, and so far it seems like they're having a building year after 5 losses.  The AA Bantam Rockies have lost all 8 games they've played this season.  Being on these teams definitely exposes the athletes to competition of a different calibre, but a breakthrough game for either of them has been elusive so far.  However, it's still very early in the season.

Kainai Braves looking for volunteers

The RHL Kainai Braves are needing volunteers from the Kainai community to work at all home games. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cadets celebrate 100 years in CNP and 105 years in Pincher Creek

3 cadets in historical uniforms of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets stand in front of 859 Crowsnest Squadron outside the Coleman Legion for Remembrance Day, 1978
Unknown photographer

Captain Daniel Desrosiers, 859 Crowsnest Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Cadets established a presence in the Crowsnest Pass 100 years ago in October.

1914 with the formation of 535 Army Cadet Corps. The army cadet program has been in existence since 1861, even before the confederation of Canada in 1867. The cadet program became more organized after 1904 and was often associated directly with a school. In fact, Pincher Creek had established 210 Pincher Creek Public School Army Cadet Corps 5 years earlier in June 1909. Although cadets are not members of the military, they were instructed in parade square drill movements and rifle marksmanship.

Reg Lafreniere presents a cheque for $800 from the Bellevue Legion to support the Air Cadets, to Sergeant Chase Lincez (left) and Jamie Thomson (right), on Monday, October 20th
Danny VandenBroek photo

RHL Huskies edged by Mustangs in season opener

Huskies and Mustangs enjoy a mid-game chat
C. Davis photos and videos
Chris Davis

Fort Macleod's Mustangs came from behind to defeat Pincher Creek's Huskies 6-5 in the Ranchland Hockey League (RHL) season opener for both teams and the home opener for the Huskies, held at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena on Saturday evening, October 25.  In the other RHL season opener, held the same evening,  Nanton's Palominos defeated the Kainai Braves 10-3.  The Braves return to the RHL this season after a two-year absence.

Ripple effect

Rob Bernshaw

One sees black while the other sees white. Is it Potato (pot ay to) or is it Potato (po tot o). It is all a matter of perspective or is that semantics? Now one could quibble whether or not the flapping of the butterflies wings affects weather patterns in the rest of the world but if one were to think about it what happens to the ripple from the rock thrown into a still pool of water.

A rush to war?

Cornell Van Ryk

I am saddened and upset by the recent events that resulted in the deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. I hurt and get angry every time I see their pictures on the news. But the picture that haunts me most, is that of PM Harper and our Conservative MPs smiling and applauding upon “winning” the vote to go to war against ISIS.

Do they realize what they’ve just done?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dr. Vivien Suttorp talks about influenza

South Zone Medical Officer of  Health Dr. Vivien Suttorp
T. Lucas photo
Toni Lucas

"This is our annual influenza season," said South Zone Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vivien Suttorp who was in Pincher Creek for the flu clinic offered October 24 at the Pincher Creek Town Hall. "We try to offer influenza vaccine in early to mid October so people can get immunized before we have influenza circulating. It takes about two weeks to get your immunity to influenza after your vaccination." The vaccinations are being offered free of charge to Albertans aged 6 months or older through Alberta Health. Last year there was an early peak to the season in mid December when typically it is at the end of  January or early in February. "It's hard to predict when you are going to have a peak. Pincher Creek is one of the first communities in Alberta that I am aware of that has had circulation of influenza A already. We are trying to encourage individuals that if you get your immunization you will be better able to manage if you become exposed. There is no vaccine that is 100%." What vaccination does do is offer protection in you do come into contact with the flu, if you still become ill hopefully it is less severe, with less duration, and reduce the spread of the disease.

Mustangs mom wins Mustang

Mustang and Mustang mom Kim Lissel
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Mustangs Football club held the draw for their sold out raffle at the Pincher Creek Legion this afternoon, October 25.  London and Avery rolled the barrel to mix up the tickets and Castle Ford General Manager George Wolstenholme drew the ticket for the lucky winner, who turned out to be Mustangs mom Kim Lissel.  Someone got in touch with Lissel, who arrived post-haste to claim her prize,  a slick 2004 Mustang.

Theatre Prospero and students present A Midsummer Night's Dream at Matthew Halton School

The cast at final bow
T. Lucas photos and video
Toni Lucas

As part of the Experiential Learning Week Program being held at Matthew Halton and Livingstone High Schools, one option students could choose for their course was theatre production. This year Theatre Prospero worked with the school to present  Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Matthew Halton School on Thursday, October 23 in the band room, which was filled with an appreciative audience.

RCMP investigate report of person carrying a gun in Pincher Creek, no suspect found

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek RCMP responded to a report of a person with a gun at the west end of town near Canyon School yesterday October 24 but came up empty handed after an extensive search operation involving Pincher Creek and Piikani RCMP members. According to Constable LeGrow of Pincher Creek RCMP, at approximately 1:30 pm a school bus driver reported seeing someone with a gun. There were no reported sightings other than that initial report. Constable LeGrow said RCMP continued to search an extensive area until approximately 5:00 pm.

Given the proximity to Halloween coupled with the recent tragedy in Ottawa putting some nerves on edge, it is believed to be possible that someone was wearing a Halloween outfit that was misinterpreted, or possibly carrying a pellet or bb gun. At this time it appears there is no tangible cause for the public to be concerned. Certain of the more extreme rumours that circulated town following citizen sightings of the unusual police activity in response to the initial report were debunked by Constable LeGrow.

Policing in Alberta to October 25, 2014

Missing Lloydminster teen Megan Hill
Fatal MVC near Wandering River
Impaired charges in death of Edmonton pedestrian
Trafficking bust in Edmonton
Mosque in Cold Lake vandalized
Head-on MVC near Blackfalds
Stolen property recovered in Grande Prairie
Bonnyville-bound weapons seized by ALERT
Highway 3 wildlife collision report from AMA

Missing Lloydminster teen Megan Hill

Lloydminster RCMP

Missing: Megan Hill
The Lloydminster RCMP are requesting the help of the public in located a missing 16 year old girl. Megan Hill was last seen on October 19, 2014 in Lloydminster by a family member. RCMP believe that Megan may be in or heading to the Stettler area. Megan is described as 5'7", 140 lbs, pierced bottom lip, shoulder length redish brown hair and has brown eyes. Anyone with information about Megan's location is urged to call the Lloydminster RCMP at 780-808-8400 or the nearest police detachment.

Fatal MVC near Wandering River

An 18 year old man is dead following a collision on Highway 63. The collision took place at 11:15 am approximately 2km south of Wandering River. A southbound SUV is believed to have crossed the centre line and collided with a northbound semi tractor trailer. The driver of the SUV succumbed to his injuries while en route to the hospital.

Highway 63 was closed to traffic as a result of this collision and subsequent investigation. It is expected that the Highway will be reopened, with delays, at 5:00 pm.

This collision took place on an undivided section of Highway 63 near a construction zone. At the time of the collision visibility, road conditions and traffic density were good. Investigators are working at determining what caused the SUV to cross the centre line. Factors such as speed, alcohol or distracted driving have not been ruled out.

The identity of the 18 year old Edmonton resident is not being released.

Impaired charges in death of Edmonton pedestrian

The Edmonton Police Service Major Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a female senior citizen in southeast Edmonton Friday evening.

Southeast Division patrol members responded to 71 Street and 86 Avenue, at approximately 9:15 p.m. last night, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after receiving a 911 call regarding a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, members found an injured 65-year-old female lying in a crosswalk in the Kenilworth neighbourhood, suffering from life-threatening injuries. Witnesses maintain that the male driver of a 2005 Ford Explorer was travelling northbound on 71 Street, before turning westbound on 86 Avenue, when he allegedly struck a female complainant in a marked crosswalk.

Paramedics treated the woman on scene, before transporting her to hospital where she was pronounced deceased on arrival.

Anton Magas, 77, has been charged with impaired causing death and driving over .80 causing death.

Trafficking bust in Edmonton

St. Albert RCMP

On September 19, 2014, as a result of an on-going drug investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs, the St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit arrested 1 male adult and 1 female youth while conducting a search warrant at an apartment in Edmonton.

An undisclosed amount of drugs were seized by the RCMP including cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, Marihuana and Ativan.

Jesse LOEWEN, age 21, a resident of Edmonton, AB, and a female youth have both been charged with:
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Section 5(2) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance - Section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • 1 count of Possession of Property obtained by crime - Section 354 (1) Criminal Code
  • 2 counts of Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose - Section 88 Criminal Code

Jesse LOEWEN will be appearing in St. Albert Provincial Court on October 27, 2014. The female youth is scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on November 4th, 2014.

“Even though the search warrant was executed at a residence in Edmonton, the accused individuals were active in trafficking and selling illegal drugs in St. Albert. We are dedicated to identify and apprehend the individuals bringing drugs into our community. Criminal activities have no boundaries” says Cpl. Layne Wakefield in charge of the St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit.

St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit is interested in any information you may have about drug trafficking. Call the St. Albert RCMP Drug Tip Line at 780-460- DRUG (3784) and provide information. You will remain confidential if you wish.

Mosque in Cold Lake vandalized

Cold Lake RCMP/Government of Canada

The RCMP confirms that it is investigating an incident of criminal mischief related to vandalism that occurred sometime before 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning at a local mosque.  Two windows were broken and graffiti was sprayed on one of the mosque’s external walls.

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement condemning the act of vandalism against the Cold Lake Mosque:

“Earlier today vandals spray painted the Cold Lake Mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta with hate messages. This cowardly act is unacceptable and has no place in Canada.  Canada is a strong, peaceful, pluralistic nation, and Canadians will not stand for crimes of intolerance and bigotry against anyone.  As Minister for Multiculturalism, I call on Canadians to firmly reject this and any other cowardly expressions of hatred against Canadians of any faith.”

Head-on MVC near Blackfalds

Blackfalds RCMP

On October 24, 2014 at approximately 4:55 am the Blackfalds RCMP received 2 complaints of a truck driving southbound on the northbound lanes of Highway 2 near the Highway 12 overpass. Blackfalds RCMP attended to the complaint and at 5:03 a.m. they came across a truck on fire in the east ditch of Highway 2 adjacent to the horse race track. The Dodge truck that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes hit head on with a semi hauling two empty fuel tankers in north bound. The driver of the Dodge truck was found outside the vehicle and transported to Lacombe Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi truck was shaken up but did not sustain any injuries. 

Lacombe and Blackfalds fire Departments assisted in the response to the collision. The northbound lanes of Highway 2 have been shut down from the Blackfalds overpass since the collision but they are anticipated to be open by 11:00 a.m. Blackfalds RCMP are continuing their investigation to determine the contributing factors to this collision.

Stolen property recovered in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP

The Enhanced Greenview MD RCMP officer has recovered a stolen vehicle, along with a number of other stolen items while making patrols south of Grande Prairie.  Two people are facing charges in relation to the investigation.
Around noon on October 23 the Grande Prairie RCMP's Enhanced Greenview MD member was patrolling an area south of Grande Prairie when the officer encountered a suspicious pick-up truck parked in an area off the roadway.  An investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen. The male driver and a female passenger were taken into custody without incident.  Further investigation has resulted in the recovery of a stolen quad and other stolen property, including tools and safety equipment. 
Shawna BYERS, a 23 year old female and Dustin OHS, a 29 year old male, both from Grande Prairie, are facing charges of possessing stolen property, failing to comply with release conditions, trafficking in stolen property and break and enter.  Both have been remanded into custody. They will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on October 27, 2014.

Bonnyville-bound weapons seized by ALERT


Brass knuckles, stun guns, and large bowie knives destined for Bonnyville, Alta. were intercepted and seized by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) in a joint investigation with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Barrie Dinning, 51, was allegedly attempting to import a range of prohibited weapons, including 15 brass knuckles, 3 stun guns, and 9 bowie knives. The package originated in the United States, and was seized by CBSA, Greater Toronto Area Region, at the International Mail Processing Centre. ALERT conducted a follow-up investigation that led to Dinning’s arrest.

Dinning was arrested by ALERT Edmonton on October 21st, with RCMP Bonnyville providing assistance.
Charges against Dinning include:
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x 2);
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon ( x 2);
  • Importation of a prohibited weapon (x 2).
Highway 3 wildlife collision report from AMA

AMA in the Community @AMAcommunity (Twitter)

On Highway 3, the 44 km from Lundbreck to the B.C Border averages 55 wildlife vehicle collisions a year.

Animals are on the move around dawn and dusk. If you must travel at these times, be extra alert. 
If you can't stop for a large animal, swerve towards its hind end. Animals are most likely to bolt the direction they are facing.

Source: (Miistakis Institute)

Atom Chinooks defeat Cardston at home opener

Atom Cardston Thunder faces off against Atom Chinooks
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks began their 2014/15 season with a home win against Cardston's Thunder on Friday night, October 24.  The Chinooks dominated the game throughout, a game that was cleanly played and a hopeful harbinger of things to come for what looks to be a powerhouse Chinooks team.  They play as a team, and on this evening they were sharp both offensively and defensively.

Over 80 years of information on Canadian grain elevators now online

Image from Peel's Prairie Provinces website
Canadian Grain Commission

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Alberta Libraries, data on grain elevators in Canada collected by the Canadian Grain Commission beginning in 1912 is now freely available online. Fully searchable, digital copies of these records from 1912 to 1998 are openly accessible via the University of Alberta Libraries' website, Peel's Prairie Provinces.

Westwinds Boys Volleyball - Dragons host Trojans

Girls Dragons show their support for the boys
C. Davis photos and video
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's JV and SV Dragons hosted their Coalhurst Trojans counterparts for an evening of volleyball on Thursday evening, October 23.  A sizeable contingent of Dragons Girls were in attendance to show their support, as seen above. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

World Polio Day - a personal perspective

Lois Smyth

World Polio Day – October 24.   For as little as 60¢ a day a child can be protected from this disease for life.  Thanks to Dr. Jonas Salk for his work in developing the Salk vaccine back in the 1950s.  And thanks to the Rotary Clubs for their continued efforts in eradicating this dreaded disease.

I was 10 years old when I spent six months in bed, most of the time unable to sit up or roll over. When I did get up, I quickly realized that my legs no longer worked and I could not stand on them.  For the next many months I crept on the floor like a baby.  I was 10 years old – learning how to walk.  My parents were firm believers in positive thinking and would not allow me to give up or feel sorry for myself.   With their encouragement, my own determination and the support of the wonderful people in our local service clubs, my future began to look brighter.

Policing in Alberta to October 24, 2014

Missing Lac La Biche teens
Missing Edson woman Natasha Klok
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
"Hold and Secure" at St. Albert schools
Innisfail gas station robbery possibly an inside job
Happy ending to search for missing hunter
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
Cross Iron Mills theft suspects sought
Two arrested for Red Deer residential break-in
B&E in Gibbons
Luggage incident at Edmonton Airport deemed harmless
Replica firearm seized and drug charges laid
Downward trend for Alberta traffic collision fatalities
Message from Her Majesty The Queen
Alberta flags lowered to honour fallen Canadian soldiers
RCMP Commissioner's update on Ottawa incidents

Missing Lac La Biche teens

Lac La Biche RCMP are requesting the public.s assistance in locating two youth who were reported as "running away" on October 19, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm.

After extensive checks Lac La Biche RCMP believe that the two youth are no longer in the Lac La Biche area. Police are asking that the public assist in locating 15 year old Mabel ROASTING and 13 year old Braden STRAWBERRY.

Missing: Mabel Roasting

Missing: Braden Strawberry

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