Friday, June 26, 2015

Albertans urged to protect themselves from West Nile virus infection

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

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Michael’s School holds year end barbecue

Caleb Evans

St. Michael’s school held a year end barbecue on Thursday June 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.,  celebrating the end of yet another school year. Many current students and their parents, former students, faculty and others all joined at this event. Holy Spirit School Trustee Judy Lane and former trustee Marilyn Welsch were present at the bbq.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A walk will do you good

Randi Rinaldi speaks to walkers before step-off
Tom Gillespie

“Please take time to enjoy the scenery and remember why we’re all here,” Randi Rinaldi told a crowd of over 300 waiting to take part in Darcy’s Nature Walk for Mental Wellness at Fireman’s Park in Bellevue on June 13. Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation is a partner with the Rinaldi family in the annual walk that raises funds for local mental health initiatives.

Randi’s mother, Darcy Rinaldi, grew up in the Crowsnest Pass and was an active member of the community involved in numerous pursuits. Then in December 2007, Darcy unexpectedly died from suicide. Darcy’s family organized the first walk in 2008 with her in mind to increase awareness about the importance of maintaining positive mental health.

View of Turtle Mountain from the Nature Walk Trail

MP John Barlow to host Ride to Horizon Easter Seals cycling fundraiser

Press release
Foothills cyclists will be hitting the road starting in Crowsnest Pass up to Bragg Creek to raise funds for a major renovation at Easter Seals Camp Horizon and to enjoy our beautiful region for Ride to Horizon on July 17/18.

This ride is a first of its kind in southern Alberta and was initiated by the Member of Parliament for Macleod, John Barlow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Chair and Vice-Chair elected to Livingstone Range School Division board

A new Chair and Vice-chair were elected at the June 23, 2015 Board Organization Meeting of the Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD). The outgoing chair, Martha Ratcliffe, has completed three years as Chair and is succeeded by Bradley Toone. Mr. Toone became a trustee in 2013 and represents Ward 1, (Nanton, Claresholm, Stavely and Granum). Mr. Toone served as Vice-Chair for the past school year.

New LRSD Vice-Chair Shannon Scherger
(file photo)

Jessi Chrapko awarded Grand Champion at Chinook Country Summer Dressage Show

Photos provided by Jessi Chrapko

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's Jessi Chrapko earned Grand Champion with her horse Hermes at the Chinook Country Alberta Dressage Association Summer Dressage Show in the Claresholm Agriplex June 12-14.  It was a National Competition Gold Level Equine Canada Show.  "We did very well.  Hermes and I won Grand Champion for Second Level Open Division.  It was very exciting to win that, together."  Hermes is a 12 year old Canadian Warmblood.  "He came from Arizona and we've been a team for two years now.  He is an extremely smart and talented athlete, and I'm excited to progress through the levels of Dressage with him."

Another very successful Recycling Roundup in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

The Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, and Alberta Recycling worked together to host the 2015 Recycling Round-up on Saturday June 20 at the Ranchland Mall in Pincher Creek, primarily in the parking lot. A number of organizations also participated.  Pincher Planters held their annual plant swap, McMan Agency gave out seeds for those who want to grow a row for the food bank, the Splash Park Committee held a fundraising barbeque, the Pincher Creek Lions Club collected eyeglasses, Parent Link held a children's toy/clothing and book swap, and Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation displayed clothing recycled from water bottles and talked about their programs. DBS Environmental collected hazardous waste like electronics, batteries and paints, and a paper shredder truck from Lethbridge Mobile Shredding was on hand for safe disposal of sensitive documents. A big draw for the day was the recycle swap.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary for June 15-22, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP

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 - 50
  • Assaults - 2
  • Domestic assault - 1
  • Break and Enter (residential) - 1
  • Break and Enter (commercial) - 2
  • Fraud / Forgery - 1
  • Uttering Threats - 2
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 1 
  • Theft under $5000 - 1
  • Impaired Driving - 1
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 3
  • Driving complaints (general) - 2
  • MV Collisions - 6
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 1
  • False Alarms - 2
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 3
  • Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
  • Prisoners held – 10

PCES responds to 5 incidents from June 16 - 21, including 1 fatality

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to five incidents from June 16 - 21.

On Tuesday, June 16 a man was bucked off of or kicked by a horse at Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony. PCES responded with Rescue and ambulance services. The man was taken to Pincher Creek Hospital and STARS responded at approximately 9:30 pm to transport him to Calgary. His injuries turned out to be fatal.

On Wednesday, June 17, at approximately 11:00 pm PCES responded to single vehicle rollover on Highway 505 approximately 3 miles from the Waterton Dam. Two people were transported to hospital in Pincher Creek with undetermined injuries. PCES responded with Rescue, Engine 11, and two ambulances.

On Friday, June 19 at approximately 6:00 pm there was a single motor vehicle accident in the Twin Butte area on Highway 6. One person was assessed and released on scene. PCES responded with Rescue and an ambulance.

On Saturday, June 20 there was a single vehicle rollover reported at approximately 5:00 pm on Highway 505, approximately 4 miles west of the Waterton Dam. There was a cooperative response from both PCES and Cardston Emergency Services to the scene. Two people were transported by ambulance to Pincher Creek Hospital, and an unknown (unreported to us) number were transported to Cardston.
On Sunday, June 21 at 5:22 pm PCES responded to a gas leak report approximately three miles east of Pincher Creek. Crews isolated the area until the gas department could repair the situation. There were no injuries or damages.

Fatal ATV collision in Dutch Creek area

Crowsnest Pass RCMP 

On Saturday, June 20 at 6:00 pm, Crowsnest Pass Detachment  members were dispatched to a single vehicle ATV Collision on remote trail in the Dutch Creek area north of Crowsnest Pass. Crowsnest Pass Fire and Emergency services along with, STARS, also attended to assist.

Investigators determined a southbound side by side ATV with four occupants, left a remote trail, and rolled several times down a steep embankment.  As a result of the injuries, Emergency Services transported a 2 year old male passenger via ground ambulance to Calgary Children's Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.

The driver of the ATV, a 33 year old male from Okotoks, Alberta, was transported by STARS with life threatening injuries.  He later succumbed to his injuries, and died on June 21, 2015.   The remaining two passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.  Alcohol was not a factor in the ATV collision. Name of deceased will not be released at this time, Crowsnest Pass RCMP are continuing the investigation.

Mountain Radio and Co-op announce Toby Keith concert tickets winner

Mountain Radio DJ Sarah Nick
Toni Lucas

Mountain Radio DJ Sarah Nick was at Pincher Creek Co-op on Thursday, June 21 as part of the Summer Ticket Give-Away.  Nick awarded tickets to a Toby Keith concert to winner Linda Johnson.  Nick is new to Mountain Radio having joined the crew in the last three months as the afternoon weekday deejay.  "It's been great.  And I get to give away tickets! This is so much fun."  Nick is planning on returning to the Co-op for more ticket giveaways this summer.

MLA Pat Stier raises MSI funding concerns in legislature

Christian Davis

During the June 18 question period of the Alberta Legislature, Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier asked the Alberta Government to commit to the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding promised for 2015-2016 by the previous government in their now rescinded 2015 budget.

Mrs. P's celebrates dads with classic theme

Ann Dyck, Loretta Packham,  and Cindy Jackson with Coca cola and Chevy Deray
Toni Lucas

Mrs. P's Coffee Corner held their annual Father's Celebration Supper on Friday, June 19. Featuring classic music, cars, poodle skirts, and old fashioned hospitality, the evening was meant to honour dads and remind everyone the special place fathers hold in our lives.  According to owner and namesake Loretta Packham, because the restaurant is not usually open on Sunday's she started the nostalgic theme for a Friday Father's Day celebration years ago . She was delighted that the feature car at the event,  a classic Chevy Delray on loan by owner Lorne Jackson, was the same vintage as herself.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Livingstone Landowners Group asks Premier Notley to reconsider $500M infrastructure project

Power infrastructure near Pincher Creek (Photo 18 May 2015)

Livingstone Landowners Group press release

  1. The Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG) does not endorse any AltaLink route proposals, as we are not proponents of a new power line in the area.
  2. Given the values at stake and recent changes in the electric energy sector, LLG has requested the Premier of Alberta to re-evaluate the need for this proposed line and consider whether it should be deferred or cancelled.
  3. The cost of proposed line has ballooned from original estimate 7 years ago of $189 million to somewhere between $350 and $750 million now. The line will be paid for by Albertans and Alberta businesses through increases to electricity bills - a high price to pay for something that, based on the original assumptions, is now unnecessary.
  4. The LLG engaged a recognized engineering expert and has provided AESO with two alternatives that are one fifth of the cost and would have minimal environmental impact.
  5. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) sets clear direction that new development should minimize landscape fragmentation and be concentrated in existing developed areas. The LLG supports this policy direction.

Pincher Creek Legion #43 holds Fathers Day poker Rally

Town councillor Jim Litkowski manning the grill
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Legion #43 held a salute to Father's Day with a pancake breakfast, a Poker Rally Race, followed by a barbeque.  "This is the first in a long time," said President Dick Burnham when asked if the Legion regularly held a Father's Day event.  "We always did a Mother's Day Breakfast, so we decided to do a Fathers Day event.  This will be a first annual."  The Rally was an invitation to a fun ride through the countryside to a variety of destinations.  At each destination the participants got a playing card.  Then at the end of the run there were prizes for whoever held the best poker hand.  "It's all for fun," said Town Councillor Jim Litkowski who was manning the grill in the morning.

A warm and fuzzy grand opening for new Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA facility

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA held the grand opening on their new facility on Friday June 12, 2015.  This facility has been in the making for years with planning, fundraising, filling out grants, and relocating during the actual building period, as the new facility is on the site of the old facility.  The official ribbon was held by young helpers Alexandre and Catherine and speeches were given by MD of Pincher Creek Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg, and Pincher Creek Humane Society President Clara Yagos.  Mayor Anderberg performed the official ribbon cutting.

Mayor Anderberg cuts the ribbon as Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos and Humane Society President Clara Yagos look on (with Alexandre and Catherine holding the ribbon)

Pincher Creek hosts year end U14 Soccer tournament

  • Gold for Elkford's 14 Soccer team

Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's U14 soccer team finished off their year on somewhat of a high note, finishing third in their year end tournament, which took place on Saturday June 13th.  Pincher won their first game against the Crowsnest Pass a day before, but their two games on Saturday ended up differently.

2015 Pincher Creek U14 Soccer Team

Friday, June 19, 2015

7 confirmed cases of Equine Infectious Anemia in MD of Pincher Creek

CFIA map of Alberta premises confirmed to be affected by EIA in Canada in 2015

Christian Davis from Canadian Food Inspection Agency files

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), 7 cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) were confirmed in the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 on May 9, 2015.  EIA is a potentially fatal viral disease affecting horses and other members of the equine family, such as donkeys and mules.  

10 cases of EIA have been confirmed in Alberta in 2015. 3 Saskatchewan cases have been confirmed in 2015.  Only 1 Alberta case was confirmed in 2014.  

There is no human health risk associated with EIA.

Alexia Boese and Gabe Gorner win bikes from the Wear the Gear program

RCMP Constable Spencer Curwin, Alexia Boese, EMT/Firefighter Kate Feist, Town of Pincher Creek Bylaw Officer John Herasemluk, and Gabe Gorner

Toni Lucas

Alexia Boese and Gabe Gorner are two 6 year old cyclists from Pincher Creek who won brand new bicycles.  Close to 200 kids between the ages of 6 - 12 were 'caught and ticketed' and entered into the draw for a new bike because they were wearing their helmets while using their bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates during the Wear the Gear program that ran during the month of May.  The Wear the Gear program was held in partnership with Pincher Creek Emergency Services, Town of Pincher Creek Bylaw Services, and RCMP.

Rollover on Highway 505 sends two people to hospital

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to  single vehicle rollover on Highway 505 approximately 3 miles from the Waterton Dam at roughly 11:00 pm on Wednesday, June 17.  Two people were transported to hospital in Pincher Creek with undetermined injuries. PCES responded with Rescue, Engine 11, and 2 ambulances.

The people in your neighbourhood: Pincher water park proponent Jen Draper

Jennifer Draper with sons Jet, Jaydon and Jayce at a water park
Toni Lucas

"I feel pretty confident, I'm really excited," said Jen Draper regarding the possibility of an upcoming spray park in Pincher Creek.  Draper first proposed the idea at Town Council in September 2013.  "I wanted it so I wouldn't have to leave town to entertain my children."  Draper has three very active boys Jaydon, Jet, and Jayce that love going to water parks in hot weather.  She discovered a lot of other young families in the area really liked the idea of creating a water park so she spearheaded the initiative to have one in Pincher Creek.  She is currently the co-chair of the Spray Park Committee.

Pincher Creek man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

April 2014 ALERT press conference about Operation Ice Storm

According to the Lethbridge Herald, Brian Harrison (66) of Pincher Creek pleaded guilty in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Thursday June 18 to one count of possession of child pornography and is scheduled to be sentenced September 17.
  •  Thousands of child exploitation photos and videos are uploaded in Alberta daily.
  • The public can submit tips at, a national website for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.
Harrison is one of ten men from across Southern Alberta who were implicated in a four-month child pornography sting executed by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT),  dubbed Operation “ICE Storm”.  Charges against one of the men have since been withdrawn. Beginning in December 2013, 13 search warrants were executed in southern Alberta by ALERT’s Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team with the assistance of Calgary Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, and RCMP members.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thank you from Ron Janzen for Camp Valaqua hike-a-thon support


Ron Janzen
Ron Janzen

I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me in this year's Camp Valaqua Moose Mountain Hike-a-thon on June 13.  Your donations raised *$7,005 to help children attend summer camp. I really appreciate the support of the Pincher Creek Community.

Pincher Creek's food bank to trial voucher program

McMan's Braden Barber and Anne Gover at MD council meeting
Chris Davis

McMan Youth Family & Community Services Association Program Supervisor Anne Gover appeared as a delegation before council for the MD of Pincher Creek at their June 9 meeting.  Gover was joined by Braden Barber, who has been hired as Community Garden Leader for the summer.  Gover spoke to council about challenges faced by The Junction Pincher Creek and Area Food Bank, which has been managed by McMan for a year this July, and to explain an upcoming experiment in dealing with the needs of those who rely upon support from the food bank.

Y.E.S. provides job search help to young people in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

Group Group Youth has been administering Youth Employment Services (YES) for 15 years in Pincher Creek.  YES is a non-profit organization aimed at helping youth from the ages 10 to 24 find summer employment.  The service is offered free to the students and to potential employers. Jobs include full-time, part-time, and odd jobs from both businesses and individuals.  Y.E.S. Coordinator Kelsi Byam is in charge of planning all the fundraisers, workshops, and registering both youth and businesses to make a good match.  "Once they're registered, we know what they are seeking, what hours they are available," she explained.   "When we receive jobs throughout the summer, based on what they're (the employer) seeking, we kind of match them up.  It can be any business, or member in the community or the surrounding area."  She said it can be something as simple as a one time job such as painting a fence or yard cleaning and grass cutting,  washing windows, or finding someone to help for a full time summer position.  "We try and match them with the best student we feel is right for the job."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

State of the Voice June 2015

Christian Davis, Publisher

We ask that our readers bear with us over the next two or three weeks as we reorganize.  We're moving our office and home (to the same address) while renovating and dealing with some expected and unexpected hurdles.  We hope to be resettled soon, but there may be a service interruption or two along the way.

We're also playing catch-up on a whole bunch of stories, so stay tuned for those as well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Celebration of life for Stan Naslund to be held June 20

(In Memoriam) 

The celebration of life for
Stan Naslund
will be held on
Saturday, June 20th 2015
at the Livingstone School
at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to visit and share memories. 

The family would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us during the loss of our loved one.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP complaints summary for June 8-15, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of June 8 to 15, 2015. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

2015 St. Michael's Sword and Shield Athletic Awards

T. Lucas and C. Evans photos

Toni Lucas

St. Michael School held their 2015 Sword and Shield Athletic Awards on Thursday evening June 11. Athletic Director Mr. Tyler Speelman was MC for the event. Awards and certificates were given out by the school's sports directors and coaches. They each shared anecdotes about their athletes and the past season.

Senior Athletes of the Year Mitchell Zoratti and Rebecca Lowry

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Another successful Stuff the Bus event at Ranchland Mall

Wayne Camber, Sharon Roberts, Vicki Hewison, and Braden Barber

Toni Lucas

On Saturday June 13 volunteers from First Student and McMan Agency were in the Ranchland Mall parking lot asking people if they would help 'Stuff the Bus' for a food drive initiative. They collected new non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves for the summer.

"People don't think about food banks in the summer," said First Student Pincher Creek Location Manager Sharon Roberts. "People were surprised that we were here. But people need help all year around."  Roberts said the bus drivers interact with kids every day, and they know there are kids that go hungry. Pincher Creek Co-op Food Store had prepared packages available in the store as part of their 'Good Buy to Hunger' program. Braden Barber is new to McMan agency and was on hand to hand out seeds and share information about the Grow-a-Row program at the food bank. He is looking for support from local gardeners to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and donate it to those in need.  He will also be spearheading a healthy cooking program.

Bells ring in Pincher Creek for United Church 90th anniversary

In the beginning was the Word

Toni Lucas

Approximately 30 people came to the United Church in Pincher Creek for a celebration on the morning of Wednesday, June 10 in honour of the 90th anniversary of the United Church of Canada. People gathered on the lawn and enjoyed cookies and lemonade on the lovely bright day.  At 10:30 am Caroline Johnson rang the bell 90 times in celebration. Once that was finished she continued to play music for 10 minutes.  Reverend Brent Woodard offered tours of the building explaining the history of the United Church in Pincher Creek and across Canada, and the role the church has for the members of the congregation and the community at large.

Caroline Johnson

Gelber family excels at KOS provincial triathlon in Calgary

Mathias,  Bronwyn, Naoise, and Ronan Gelber at KOS
submitted photos
Toni Lucas

The provincial triathlon Kids Of Steel Championship Race (KOS) was held in Calgary on Sunday June 7th.  Among the participants were members of the Gelber family from Pincher Creek - Mathias, Ronan, Naoise, and Bronwyn,  ranging in age from 7 - 13.  Ronan and Mathias said they enjoy training together and competing.  Eldest brother Mathias explained the race.  "Distances vary from age group to age group, it just gets bigger.  The first thing you do is a swim, followed by bike, then a run."   Mathias, Ronan and Naoise came in first of their respective categories: Mathias Gelber - First, 12-13 year old men; Ronan Gelber  - First, 10-11 year old men, Naoise Gelber - First, 7 year old female.  Bronwyn placed in the top 15 of her age category of 11-12 year old female.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

2015 Pincher Creek 4-H Multi Club Achievement Day

2015 Pincher Creek 4-H Multi Club Achievement Day
T. Lucas photos except *

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek 4-H Multi Club Achievement Day was held on Sunday, June 7.  This club is called "Multi" because there are various projects and the kids choose what they want to be involved in from October to June.  The projects this year included:  Market hog, Shooting, Small Engine Repair, Outdoor Adventure, Canine, Poultry, and Pheasant.  The day began with a shooting demonstration, then moved to Heritage Acres where there was a demonstration of the small engine repair, and presentations from all the other projects.

Canada 150 funding application for Lundbreck Patton Park project meets with MD council's approval

Livingstone School student Danielle Hann speaks to MD council about Patton Park project

Christian Davis

The proposed Patton Park project in Lundbreck received the support of council for the MD of Pincher Creek at their June 9 meeting, with council deciding to apply for a Canada 150 Infrastructure Fund Grant after hearing from several delegations over the past few years, including a delegation at the June 9 meeting composed of Livingstone School teacher/Patton Park Society President Kathy Rast and two Livingstone School students. Teacher Ms. Liesl Leishman and students from the grade 5 and 6 classes at Livingstone School were also present, staying for much of the June 9 meeting, both observing and participating in the democratic process. They also brought with them proposed designs for the park.

Livingstone High School Graduating Class of 2015

Kim Jorgenson photos

"Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever."

Lundbreck's Livingstone High School held their 2015 Graduation ceremonies on May 1 at the Pincher Creek Community Hall.  Teachers Mr. Coady MacDonald and Mr. Alan Friesen acted as MCs for the event.  Speakers included Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) Trustee Mrs. Clara Yagos, LRSD Deputy Superintendent Mr. Darryl Seguin, Principal Mr. Chad Jensen, and former Principal Mrs. Terri Donald.  Miss Hannah Penner gave the Valedictorian's Address, a slideshow was prepared by graduand Ms. Joanne Verbaas, and Scroll Presentations were performed by Mr. Chad Jensen and Mrs. Mary Krizan.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Parkinson Disease seminar held in Pincher Creek

Brian Treadwell of Parkinson Alberta (Lethbridge)
Chris Davis

Lethbridge-based Brian Treadwell is the Client Services Coordinator/Event and Volunteer Coordinator at the Parkinson Alberta (PA) Lethbridge office. A retired announcer with a long history in radio and public events he has a talent for public speaking that was obvious during his Parkinson presentation in Pincher Creek on June 5.  Attendance was almost nonexistent, but the presentation was very informative.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Minor injuries in vehicle rollover east of Pincher Creek

Rollover east of Pincher Creek
C. Davis photos

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded just after 4:00 pm today to a single vehicle rollover approximately 5 km east of Pincher Creek on Highway 507.

Oversized load travelling from Broxburn to Crowsnest Pass area today

An oversized load will leave the Broxburn area for the Crowsnest Pass area (9:00am to 3:00pm, June 11) travelling:
  • North on RR 210, East on Highway 3 
  • North on RR 204, East on TwpRd 94 
  • North on Highway 845, West on TwpRd 112 
  • South on Highway 23, West on Highway 519 
  • South on Highway 2, West on TwpRd 95A 
  • North on RR 271, West on TwpRd 100 
  • South on RR 273, South then West on Highway 785 
  • North then West on Highway 510 
  • West on Highway 3 to site
Dimensions: 6.7m H x 6.1m W x 22.25m L

Park project sounds like a great idea to us

Christian Davis, Editorial

Generally speaking we've made a point of maintaining a neutral editorial position when it comes to news items that involve the expenditure of public funds. On the issue of developing Central Park in Pincher Creek, including incorporating a water park into the plan, Toni Lucas (co-owner of the Pincher Creek Voice) and I have decided to break that rule.

We think it's a great idea.

Pincher Creek community asked for letters of support for Central Park development grant process

Stantec Consulting Ltd. graphic

  • Support letters requested immediately to meet June 17 federal grant deadline

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Recreation Manager Adam Grose has a big application to finish quickly. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will allocate $46.2 million across Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba), and eligible applicants can apply for funding under the program up to a maximum of $500,000. Grose is putting together an application for the development of Central Park, which is located west of Town Hall, including the proposed water/splash park. "I will be asking for letters of support from the community," said Grose at the June 9 meeting of Town Council.  "One of the difficulties we are finding with this project is the very short time frame."  Grose would like assistance from "Anybody that is willing to put a support letter in."

In memory of Constable Daniel Woodall

Constable Daniel Woodall

Edmonton Police Service

Constable Daniel Woodall, 35, was killed in the line of duty on June 8, 2015.

Constable Woodall had eight years of experience with the Edmonton Police Service, and four-year’s prior experience with the Greater Manchester Police in England. He graduated from EPS Recruit Class #110 on July 23 2007, and he was currently assigned to the EPS Hate Crimes Unit. He leaves behind his wife, two children, as well as his parents in Great Britain.

Pincher Creek's U18 soccer team finishes regular season with a tie against Sparwood

U18 soccer - Pincher Creek (in green) vs Sparwood
Cindy Jackson and C. Davis photos
Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's U18 soccer team finished off their regular season on Monday June 8th with a home game against Sparwood. The game may have ended up being a 1-1 draw but it was still a lopsided match in favor of Pincher, who for the majority of the game kept the ball in the Sparwood's end of the pitch. Pincher's precise passing and midfield play let them control play for most of the game, but their inability to hit the net gave Sparwood the chance to break the scoreless tie midway through the second half. Pincher then had to play catch up against the sun and the wind but eventually was able to tie the game with little time remaining. Both Pincher and Sparwood did have a chance to score the off  of penalty kicks, but both kicks did not go in thanks to excellent goaltending from both goalies.

An uptempo finale for the 2015 St. Michael's School Rock Band

Toni Lucas

St. Michael's Rock Band students hosted their end of the year Rock Band Concert in the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on Friday June 5. The gym was packed with an audience of family and kids who were grooving to the music. The musicians had the chance to show their stuff on stage, with middle school students performing as the opening band for the senior students. It was an uptempo event, and the musicians were on track with quick transitions between performances, even when there were many changes in who was appearing on stage, the musical equipment being played, or lighting and sound set ups. The entire crew worked hard to make sure they did not leave the audience enough time to get bored, a professional approach almost as important as the music.

'Reconciling Our Humanity' with PCWESA guest speaker Dr. Betty Bastien

Dr. Betty Bastien

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association held their Annual General Meeting Wednesday June 3 at the Ramada Inn in Pincher Creek with approximately 30 people in attendance. Guest speaker at the event was Dr. Betty Bastien from the University of Calgary - Lethbridge division. Dr. Bastien titled her discussion 'Reconciling Our Humanity'.  She addressed the topics of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and  indigenous practices for holistic health. These are topics Dr. Bastien obviously feels passionate about. "I was made to believe that there was only one definition to 'humanity'," explained Bastien. "It was much later in my life that I realized that different cultures have different interpretations or different definitions of what it is to be human. So our humanity is defined by our cultures."

Out and About - 2015 Chuckwagon Cookout

Chris Davis

Hundreds attended the annual Pincher Creek Chuckwagon Cookout on June 6 at the Ag grounds in Pincher, which included good food, good company, and the musical stylings of Adam and Nicki Schoening.

Spray Park logo contest


Hey kids! How would you like the chance to design a new logo for our community Spray Park? The Pincher Spray Park Society is giving children ages 5-17, who are residents of Pincher Creek a chance to design a new logo that will be prominently displayed on all promotional materials that could include t-shirts, labels, signage posted in and around Pincher Creek, stickers, decals, etc. The winner gets $50 and bragging rights for life as the designer of the first official Pincher Spray Park logo.

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