Monday, November 30, 2015

Hwy 3 collision sends four to hospital

Toni Lucas

On Sunday, November 29 at 5:55 pm Pincher Creek Emergency Services  Piikani Emergency Services responded to a collision between a small car and a truck on Highway 3, approximately 5 kilometres west of Brocket, just west of the Summerview turn-off .  There were a total of 5 people in the two vehicles.  Four were sent to Pincher Creek Health Centre with undetermined minor injuries.  The incident resulted in a closure of Highway 3 for approximately one hour, and restricted traffic flow to one lane for an additional hour.

Federal funding allocated for Grassy Mountain Coal Project environmental assessment

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated $745,983.07 to 13 applicants to assist their participation in the environmental assessment by a review panel of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in southwest Alberta.

Benga Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited, is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, approximately seven kilometres north of Blairmore, Alberta. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of clean coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years. On July 16, 2015, the Minister of the Environment referred the environmental assessment of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project to an independent review panel.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Nov. 23-30, 2015

RCMP Pincher Creek

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of November 23 - 30, 2015. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service - 44
  • Uttering Threats - 1
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 1
  • Theft under $5000 - 2
  • Drugs - 2
  • Driving complaints (general) – 5
  • MV Collisions - 11
  • Liquor offences - 7
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
  • Assistance to other agencies - 5
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 1
  • Prisoners held – 6

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pincher Creek's Atom Chinooks off to a good start at home tournament

2015/16 Pincher Creek Atom Chinooks
Josh Davis

This weekend the Pincher Creek Minor Hockey Association is hosting their annual 2015-2016 Atoms  Hockey Tournament. These tournament games give competing teams an opportunity to face off against unusual opponents. The Pincher Creek Chinooks are off to a good start in the tournament, defeating their Lethbridge Lightning counterparts 12-5 in the opening game on Friday evening, November 27. The tournament continues throughout Saturday.  The participating teams are divided into two pools, which will compete in the final games on Sunday.  Stop in over the weekend to show your support for our local Atoms!

Tournament Schedule

Friday, November 27, 2015

Livingstone School Italian Night raises over $8000 for Grad 2016

Livingstone School 2016 Graduating Class
K. Jorgenson photos
Kim Jorgenson

On Friday, November 20th families turned out at the Cowley Hall to help raise funds for the 2016 Livingstone School Grad Class. The students held a very successful Italian Night spaghetti supper along with the popular silent auction tables. One family donated a beautiful Lazy Susan that was carved years ago by Mr. Gary Hackler. As always the highlight of the evening was Bob Westrop helping the grad students auction their pies and cakes off to the highest bidder.

Minister Sigurdson statement on Bill 6

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour issued the following statement today: “I’ve been listening to Albertans about what Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, will mean for their family farms. I want to assure those families that Bill 6 does nothing more than bring Alberta’s safety standards on farm and ranching operations in line with every other province in Canada. Family farms have thrived in those provinces, and they will continue to do so in Alberta."

Barlow calls for expanded Bill 6 consultations with Alberta producers

Foothills MP John Barlow
press release

Foothills farmers and ranchers are increasingly concerned over Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, proposed by the Provincial NDP Government.  Information Sessions on this controversial bill are scheduled for December 2, 2015 in Okotoks and December 3 in Lethbridge, however, in their attempts to register numerous southern Alberta farmers are finding out they are unable to attend these meetings due to lack of space.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Watch St. Michael's Sr. Boys Dragons competing at ASAA 1A Volleyball Provincials

Sr. Dragons with their 1A Boys Zones First Place banner
(submitted photo)

Pincher Creek's St. Michael's Senior Boys Dragons are competing in the 2015 Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) Boys 1A Volleyball Championship, which is being held at École Héritage in Falher, Alberta.

Games from this tournament are being live streamed at

The Dragons played Bawlf's Wildcats earlier today, Thursday November 26. The Dragons won that match after winning two of three games (25 - 23 Dragons, 19 - 25 Bawlf, 15-10 Dragons). The Dragons will also play South Central at 3:15 pm today. On Friday November 27 the Dragons will play host team École Héritage at 9:00 am and Parkland Immanuel at 4:30 pm. Finals will be played on Saturday, November 28.

Farm Stewardship Centre in Lethbridge announces renewed focus

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

The Farm Stewardship Centre (FSC) in Lethbridge is renewing its focus on applied research, evaluation and the implementation of new methods and technology to help reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint.  “One of the things we’re working on deals with the effectiveness of nitrogen stabilizers,” says Virginia Nelson, director of the engineering and climate services branch, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We’re hoping this project will show a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from fall land-applied fertilizer applications.”

An open letter from Brian Jean and Wildrose MLAs on Bill 6

Wildrose leader Brian Jean
An open letter from Brian Jean and MLAs of the Wildrose Official Opposition:

Family farming is a way of life in Alberta. It is intrinsic to the fabric of our rural communities, and has been for more than 100 years.

I can also tell you from experience that nobody cares more about the safety of farms than the moms and dads who live there. Farm workers are more than employees, they are friends, neighbors, and in many cases family.

Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act introduced

Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, has been introduced in the Alberta Legislature.

“Everyone deserves a safe, fair and healthy workplace. With this bill, workplace legislation will now extend to farms and ranches. The rules we implement must respect the unique qualities of the farm and ranch industry, and I look forward to working with industry members to develop rules that make sense.” - Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

United Church Cowboy Christmas Celebration to be held Nov. 29


  • Cowboy Christmas Service of Celebration – 11 am at Pincher Creek United Church on Sunday, Nov 29th. Chili lunch to follow. Everyone welcome!

Joyce Sasse

Final details are in place for the Pincher Creek United Church’s 23rd “Cowboy Christmas” Worship Service Celebration. In 1992 the original invitation to the local community read “Many who don’t regularly attend Sunday worship still have deep spiritual roots. Our ‘Christmas Gathering’ gives opportunity to share these values in the context of a worship service…”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Acting Principal and Acting Vice Principal announced for Matthew Halton High School

New Matthew Halton School Acting Principal Ms. Tara Tanner
New Matthew Halton High School Acting Vice Principal Mr. Greg Freer
In two separate recent press releases Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) announced the appointment of Ms. Tara Tanner as Acting Principal and Mr. Greg Freer as Acting Assistant Principal of Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek.  The appointment of Ms. Tanner will be effective February 23, 2016 and the appointment for Mr. Freer will be effective February 22, 2016, for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last week in Pincher Creek hockey

Peewee Chinooks vs South Country Sabres
J. Davis photos/video
Stories below:
RHL: Kainai Braves defeat Piikani 
Atom Chinooks update/upcoming home tournament
Peewees Chinooks defeat South County Sabres
Bantam Ducks defeat Lethbridge 3
Midget Huskies moved to CAHL Tier 1

Warm up to winter vegetables

Jennifer Struble
Jennifer Struble

When fall and winter are upon us we don’t need to stop enjoying a variety of vegetables. Root vegetables and squash are often easy to find at stores and markets this time of year. Brightly coloured pumpkins, delicious sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, beets, parsnips and spaghetti, acorn or butternut squash make a healthy and nutrient rich treat.

6th annual Angels Within Us fundraiser held in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

Angels Within Us hosted their 6th annual fundraising banquet and auction at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Saturday, November 21, selling over 325 tickets.  President Sherry Mackenzie addressed the crowd after the dinner to say, "I am very lucky.  The Angels work well together, because of the people I work with.  They are amazing people, I cannot say enough about them."  She thanked the board members, their family and spouses for their support, as well as the people who had braved the winds to attend the event and those who donated during the evening and throughout the year.

Adult learning accessible in Pincher Creek

Annie Steward and Monica Sczyrba-Davis

“I’ve never received so much information to help move me forward in such a short amount of time! I have my transcript, know what courses to take and can take some of them online,” said a young mother after using the learner services help she received from Annie Steward at Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Program.

Mrs. P's anniversary an emotional event

Loretta Packham (centre) with staff members Cindy Jackson (left) and Gail Robinson (right)

Toni Lucas

Many people gather to watch the parade of Lights get ready at the Ranchland Mall every year, and a some regularly have their Friday night supper at Mrs. P's Coffee Corner in the mall.  On Friday, November 20, with the excitement of the parade and other events and the rush of dinner, Mrs. P's owner and namesake Loretta Packham may have been too busy to notice some odd behavior. Friends, family, and clients had gathered to surprise her and celebrate the 21st anniversary of her opening the popular coffee shop/restaurant.

Minimum wage increases a concern for Children's World Daycare Society

Christian Davis

Children's World Daycare Society (CWDS) Director Marie Meckelborg appeared as a delegation before Pincher Creek's Town Council on Monday evening, November 23. Meckelborg told council CWDS was hoping for rent relief for January and February 2016, after an increase in Alberta's minimum wage significantly impacted their bottom line. Meckelborg's letter to the Town explained that CWDS had a significant negative net income for the month of October 2015, at -$16,724.46.

Booster club asks Pincher Creek Town Council for help with 2016 1A Boys Basketball Provincials

Christian Davis

Karina Cail and Paul Erickson appeared as a delegation before Pincher Creek's Town Council on Monday evening, November 23 on behalf of the Livingstone School Sports Booster Club (LSSBC). Livingstone School will be hosting the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) 1A Boys Basketball Provincials March 17 to 19, 2016, and the delegation asked for help from the Town to do so. William Cail was also in attendance and answered some of council's questions on behalf of the delegation. While hosted by Livingstone, the tournament will actually be held at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek, because Livingstone School doesn't have the seating capacity for the anticipated crowds.

The friendly arrangement between Livingstone and Matthew Halton schools was proven to be a success when Livingstone hosted the 2012 ASAA 1A Girls basketball provincials at Matthew Halton. "Pincher Creek works out so well," said Erickson. "It's got motels, it's got restaurants, it's got everything here."

"This is a chance to showcase our area to a wide variety of visitors from all over the province."

"What we want to do is make it a really great experience for the kids. We want them to bring back not only memories of being in a beautiful town, and experience what goes on around here, but let them bring back stuff."

According to Erickson, approximately 170 players and coaches can be expected to attend the tournament, added to by a significant number of family members. Last year approximately 20 Livingstone parents attended the 1A Boys Provincials in Hines Creek, a 10 to 12 hour drive from Pincher Creek, where Livingstone's 1A Boys Sabres earned Silver. The year before that the Sabres placed 4th at Provincials. This year's Sabres lineup will be significantly the same as last year's team.

"Our team does very well," said Erickson. "We represent the area pretty well. We got second place last year, we are hoping for first place, you never know. We have a good squad out there, a good bunch of kids."

Breakfast and evening banquets are expected to be a significant cost of hosting the tournament, and will be held at Pincher Creek Community Hall. Erickson explained there will also be gift bags for the participating athletes. "We are looking for support. We are going to a lot of different businesses, and looking for support." That support will be welcomed in any form, including monetary support for the dinner and entertainment at it, and items for the gift bags. "The parents and I can only do so much."

"I guess we are here to see about getting any more support from the Town to help out to do a pretty good job of hosting this."

Mayor Don Anderberg was enthusiastic about the event, commenting that it will help showcase the community. He suggested passes to the swimming pool for participants might be an option, and free access to other sporting sites owned by the Town. Erickson said that items like that would be appreciated as the visitors are active families with a lot of down time. He also joked "We were thinking about sending all the competing teams we are having troubles with ski passes for the day. We doubt they'll take us up on that one."

Mayor Anderberg said "From the Town's point of view, we are quite willing to help, where we can." He also explained the delegation process: A delegation makes a presentation, and it is then discussed by council at a later time and (usually) at later date.

William Cail offered information packages to Council outlining some of the fundraising for the event which has gone on up to now, which he said has raised over $2,000 dollars to date, plus donated items. He said students are currently selling Subway cards, expected to earn another $2,000 for the event. "It is a great venue to showcase a community."

"It's about a $20,000 event, a big number, and we have done a bunch of work already, and got some commitments from the community on funding and stuff before we came here."

Erickson explained the event is not allowed to be hosted for a profit even though there are entry fees and a cost to attend the banquet. "Any money we make over and above, that just goes to our sports booster club."

"One of our fundamentals is we believe all the children should have the right to play," said William Cail. He also mentioned that at the recent Livingstone School Italian Night Dinner at least one pie sold for $1,000. "When small communities get together, it is amazing what we can achieve."

Unofficial Livingstone 1A Senior Boys Sabres 2015/16 Basketball Team roster:
Jonathan Erickson
Logan Kaak
Levi Sekella
Justyn Connelly-Engel
Cole Schweb
Brandon Hilbert
Brady Douglas
Ross Cook
Eric Cadonic
Ethan Paridaen
Chris Cail
Quinlan Connelly-Engel

(4 in grade 10, 3 in grade 11, 5 in grade 12)

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Trees of Hope campaign launched

Volunteers Donna Schauerte, Mark Barber, Cal Olson and Diana Shortt setting up to light the display on November 23 (submitted photo)

Josh Davis

The 25th annual Tree of Hope fundraiser is starting. Giving Tuesday is an international movement encouraging philanthropy and giving. The Trees of Hope campaign gives donors the opportunity to give gifts to Windy Slopes Health Foundation in memory of a loved one. They can also give a holiday greeting to friends and family, to be placed on special decorations that are hung on the tree in the foyer at the Health Centre.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Nov. 16-23, 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 November 15-23. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

2015 Countdown to Christmas and Parade of Lights

photos/videos: J. Davis, T. Lucas, C. Davis
Josh Davis and Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's streets and shopping venues were full of cheer on November 20.  Hundreds of people wrapped themselves in layers and braved the wind and chill for the annual Countdown to Christmas and Parade of Lights.

Pincher Creek Legion Branch #43 and Ladies Auxiliary #43 update

Dick Burnham

The Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 extend our thanks to those that assisted us in making the November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremonies a success and thanks to those that donated to our Poppy Fund, enabling us to honor those who gave their lives for the freedom and peace we enjoy today and to support and assist the veterans and their families.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Comment: Private-sector internet development the right path forward

Jonathan Skrimshire

Re: "Town of Pincher Creek to support fibre optic broadband initiative", Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice, November 14

I am pleased and relieved that council has chosen to back away from the ill-conceived idea of building a publicly owned fibre optic internet network in Pincher Creek. Under no circumstances should the town and its taxpayers be exposed to long-term financial risk in order to deliver a nonessential service to a minority of residents. Private sector investment is clearly the right path forward in developing this infrastructure, and Axia, an Alberta-based corporation specializing in small-market network solutions, is an appropriate and obvious choice of vendor.

Curling season begins

Josh Davis and Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Curling Club held their first bonspiel of the 2015/16 season on November 13/14, the Moonlight Open. Sturling Curling has also been introduced at the Pincher Creek rink this season.  It's aimed at an older crowd but people of all ages are willing to try it out.

Multicultural friendships

Joyce Sasse
Spiritual Gleanings by Joyce Sasse

“Sorry I didn’t make the meeting last night,” my Aboriginal friend confessed. She had come to town and walked into the building where we were meeting, but she couldn’t bring herself to enter the conference room alone.

My heart ached for her feeling of aloneness. I think about her now as we try to form our Multicultural Friendship Group. Our tiny organizational committee has been advertising, planning a program and looking at making our meeting-space comfortable for our next meeting. We need, also, to individually invite those living on the edge of our community to “come with us”.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

High winds, blowing snow, and horrible driving conditions in Pincher Creek area

Highway 6 earlier this evening
J. Davis photos, J. Davis/C.Davis/T.Lucas video
Christian Davis
updated at 2:40 am Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to an incident on Highway 6 at approximately 8:30 pm this evening.  A tractor trailer lost control in extreme weather conditions on Highway 6 south of the Highway 3 intersection, and ended up blocking the southbound lane of Highway 6.  RCMP and PCES blocked off Highway 6 until the situation was resolved at approximately 10:20 pm.  Another incident involving a vehicle on Highway 3 that was apparently stuck in the ditch after leaving the highway was also observed.

Video: Weather conditions on Hwy 6, Hwy 3, and rural roads in Pincher Creek area earlier this evening

Highway 3 and Highway 6 remain in poor condition at the time this article was last updated, as are the rural roads in the Pincher Creek area.  Social media reports from area citizens indicate that Highway 22 north of Highway 3 is also in very poor condition at this time, as is Highway 3 from Fort Macleod through Crowsnest Pass.  Township Road (known as Airport Road) and gravel roads west of Pincher Creek are in very poor condition, with near whiteout conditions observed at approximately 10:00 pm (see video).

Highway 6 facing south at approximately 11:30 am November 21, 2015
Winds in the area were reported to be gusting between 65 and 77 km/hr but are diminishing at this time (near midnight November 21, 2015) to approximately 45 km/hr . The temperature is currently hovering around 0° Celsius in the area.

More details will be provided when available.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions awarded substantial grant

$170,000 grant will help launch new SPARC program to help youth throughout Southwest Alberta

press release

Lethbridge, AB (November 20, 2015) – The Community Foundations of Canada is granting $170,000 over the next two years to the Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions to fund their newest program “Project SPARC Southwest.” SPARC stands for Students Participating Actively in Realizing Connections. This new program will be helping approximately 300 youth from six school divisions throughout the southwest.

John Barlow named as Official Opposition Deputy Critic

Foothills Member of Parliament John Barlow
Conservative Party of Canada press release

High River, AB - The Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Conservative Party, announced today the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. With the announcement, John Barlow was named deputy critic for Employment, Workforce and Labour.

Conditional discharge for man who assaulted Fort Macleod Mayor

Chris Davis

In the case of an assault on Fort Macleod Mayor Rene Gendre, Fort Macleod citizen Trent Moranz entered a plea of guilty to the criminal charge of causing bodily harm in Fort Macleod Provincial Court on November 18 and was subsequently given a conditional discharge.  Moranz was approached by Gendre inside a local gas station on July 25, 2015.  Moranz refused to speak to Gendre, and instead took Gendre outside, pushing Gendre and ripping his shirt.  Part of the altercation was captured by a security camera.  Gendre asserts he suffered multiple injuries in the assault, but according to an article by Clear Sky Radio (CJOC FM) News Director Pat Siedlecki details of those injuries were not given in court.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introducing new Métis Local 1880 President Gail McLenaghan

Metis Nation Local 1880 President Gail McLenaghan
Josh Davis

On Thursday November 19 members of the community had the opportunity to speak with Métis Nation Local 1880’s newly elected President, Gail McLenaghan. McLenaghan spoke about her duties as Métis President, Métis Week, and the history of Louis Riel. On Monday there was a flag-raising at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village at (1:00). McLenaghan is excited to be the new president, having helped start the Pincher Creek association over thirteen years ago.

Stier asks questions about government trustworthiness in consultation process

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier asked Environment Minister Shannon Phillips about what he called the NDP government’s failure to consult with key stakeholders on government actions like the Castle decision, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today, November 19, 2015.

Fort Macleod man faces numerous charges after hit and run and violent flight from police

RCMP Alberta

Fort Macleod, Alberta - On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at approximately 9:30 am Claresholm RCMP responded to a Hit and Run complaint in Claresholm, Alberta. An unknown suspect was observed stealing a licence plate from a vehicle.  When the plate owner attempted to follow the suspect vehicle, the vehicle purposely hit the complainant's vehicle and then drove away. A second vehicle observed the collision and also followed the suspect vehicle providing directions to police.

Confirmed Lake Louise-area hepatitis A case prompts public alert

Calgary – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who worked at the Powderkeg Lounge (located at the Lake Louise Ski Resort), while infectious.

Patrons who consumed food or hot beverages from the Powderkeg Lounge from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2015 (inclusive) may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

A shout out to grader operators

Shellie and Grant Byers would like to acknowledge the work of the grader operator who helped them out of a jam this snowy Thursday morning near Twin Butte.  To either Rod Nelson or Tony Naumczyk: your efforts are appreciated.  "We are so thankful people will still help one another out here."  To all those who are out there breaking the trail, thank you for keeping our roads clear.

Old Man River Gun Club to receive snow fence funding

Christian Davis

Old Man River Gun Club ("Gun Club") President Dan Kuftinoff appeared as a delegation before council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 at their November 10 meeting.  Kuftinoff was there to ask council to consider the Gun Club's request for assistance to build a permanent snow fence next year,  to be located west of the club's facilities, which are located to the south of the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pincher Creek Town Council briefs from Nov. 9, 2015 meeting

Toni Lucas

Council for Town of Pincher Creek met at the regular meeting of Monday, November 9, 2015. In attendance were councillors Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, Mark Barber, Jim Litkowski, Wayne Elliott, and Mayor Don Anderberg. CAO Laurie Wilgosh was also in attendance. There were no delegations at this meeting. The next regular meeting of Pincher Creek town council is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday, November 23.
  • In camera from October 26, 2015 meeting and additional notes
  • Deputy Mayor appointments
  • Fluoridation survey to be reviewed in the spring
  • Regionalization of garbage pick-up discussed 
  • Property pin survey concerns addressed
  • Councillor Jim Litkowski to attend Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade

Spray Park Society receives donations from TransAlta and Abundant Springs

TransAlta's Wayne Oliver with Spray Park rep Jen Draper
Adam Grose photos
Toni Lucas

The Pincher Spray Park Society was recently the recipient of a small flood of donations raised by forward-thinking fundraisers. TransAlta Safety and Technical Training Specialist Wayne Oliver presented the group with a donation of seven cheques totaling $5,027.53.  The unusual dollar amount came about because the amount was raised from selling scrap metal over a period of time.

Open house held to discuss Pincher Creek's walking trails with public

Footbridge at west end of Pincher Creek (file photo)
Christian Davis

The Town of Pincher Creek held an open house, divided into two sessions, on Monday, November 6 to share information and gather feedback about the town's walking trails.  A number of maps, diagrams, and photographs were on display, including a large map that showed various formal and informal trails, and possible future trails.

Local youth photographers garner international accolades

Toni Lucas

Local youth wildlife photographers Jenaya and Josiah Launstein have been awarded international acclaim this year in some very prestigious international photography competitions. Josiah is 10 years old and Jenaya is 18. The brother and sister are home schooled, *Jenaya graduated high school at the age of 17. Each acknowledge they owe much of their skills in photography and love of the craft to their father, John Launstein.

Outdoor Photographer of the Year - 18 years and Under - Overall Winner, named 2014 Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year for "Bighorn Battle" Josiah Launstein

The role of ordinary people

Joyce Sasse, Comment

   The response of many to recent terrorist activities in France reveals how fragile our spiritual resolve can be. The compassion evoked by a refugee child’s body on a Mediterranean beach becomes chilled by fear, and all our good intentions can become immobilized.

   We call for our Government to declare war against ISIS. We demand instant changes to the Refugee Emergency Response plans. Our fear over the possibility a terrorist might arrive on our shores releases racist anger against Muslims.

   Is that truly what we aspire to be?

Crestview Lodge October 2015 highlights

Greetings From Crestview Lodge

October was fantastic! We had so many volunteers and guests, who came and visited us at Crestview that we cannot mention them all, but we appreciate seeing them each month with all our hearts!

Teck announces layoffs, suspension of Coal Mountain expansion

Bituminous coal (wikimedia commons)

Christian Davis

In a news release issued November 17, Vancouver based Teck Resources Ltd. announced a planned reduction of $650 million in spending in 2016 "to be achieved through $350 million of capital spending reductions and deferrals and $300 million of operating cost savings identified as part of the 2016 operating budget". Teck plans to eliminate 1000 positions across their global offices through a combination of layoffs and attrition, for a total of approximately 2000 such 'redundancies' over the past 18 months. Teck currently employs approximately 11,000 people. Teck will also be suspending its Coal Mountain Phase 2 project, which is located in southeastern British Columbia, approximately 15 kilometers south of Sparwood. The measures come "In response to persistent low commodity prices".

Stock associations air Castle Provincial Park concerns to MD of Pincher Creek council

Josh Davis

On Tuesday November 10, 2015, a delegation consisting of Brent Barbero of the Pincher Creek Stockmen’s Association and Darryl Carlson of the Twin Butte Stock Association met with Municipal District of Pincher Creek #9 Council regarding the proposed Provincial Park in the Castle Special Management Area and grazing in the forestry. Other concerned cattle producers were also present.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Deteriorating driving conditions in Crowsnest Pass area

Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue

Conditions in the Crowsnest Pass are supposed to deteriorate tonight. Heavy snowfall mixed with high winds are occuring or are expected to occur near the British Colombia border. Limit travel if possible. If travel is necessary, drive to conditions and give yourself more time to meet destinations. Expect to see highway maintainance crews and emergency services. The season is upon us to remember to have warm clothing, supplies, and a full tank of fuel when traveling. Be prepared.

Thank you and drive safe

Students encouraged to celebrate Education Week with art contest

Alberta Government

The Alberta government is encouraging students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to participate in the Think Globally Art Contest during International Education Week, November 16 - 21.

MP John Barlow weighs in on refugee issue

Foothills MP John Barlow

As Canadians, we expect our Government to step up in difficult times to help those who are most vulnerable, those who are most in need and those who are in danger - at home and abroad.

Highway 3 reduced to single lane traffic in Coleman

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

Please be advised that sections of Highway 3 in Coleman will be reduced to single lane traffic Tuesday November 17, Wednesday November 18, and Thursday November 19 and again on Tuesday November 24, Wednesday November 25, and Thursday November 26 during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to allow crews to inspect and clean the sewer lines. The speed limit will be reduced to 30 km/hr where workers are present. 83rd Street and 79th Street will be local access only.

Please watch for signs and flag persons and obey the reduced speed limit during this time.

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