Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Rabbi’s December Project

Joyce Sasse's Spiritual Gleanings

Christmas / Hanukkah lights got us through the longest nights of the year. But the darkness of depression, pain and anger can still hang heavy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Solutions & Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

I am hoping that you can offer a solution for my daughter. She recently had her dirty laundry sorted on the floor of her laundry area in the basement of her home. Unfortunately her sewer line backed up and the basement sewer drain is right in front of her washing machine. Some of her clothes ended up soaked with sewer liquid and now she can't get the smell out of her clothes. She washed them immediately the conventional way, then washed them again and tried adding vinegar to the washing machine - still no luck at removing that nasty odor. I am thinking that using extra fabric softener in the wash is only going to mask the odor for a short time but not eliminate it totally. What else could she try in order to salvage her clothes? Thanks, Sharon

2016 Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefit amounts announced

Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada today announced the benefit amounts for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) effective January 1, 2016.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pincher Creek RCMP report for Dec. 21-29, 2015

RCMP Pincher Creek

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of December 21 to 29, 2015. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service - 49
  • Assaults - 2
  • Theft under $5000 - 1
  • Impaired Driving - 3
  • Disturbing the Peace - 1
  • Driving complaints (general) - 11
  • MV Collisions - 9
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
  • Assistance to other agencies - 10 
  • False Alarms - 3
  • Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
  • Prisoners held - 1

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015 community prayers

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings
Ever Loving, Ever Living God, you are the Breathe that feeds our spirits and enlivens our existence.
  • As a helpless child, You came to live among us … to show us how much You understand our frailties and vulnerabilities.
  • For a while the child’s family were refugees – fleeing from the selfish powers of a jealous king.
  • As the child grew to adulthood, he brought new understandings to his family and the teachers in the Synagogue.
  • As he matured, he struggled to find ways to channel understandings about who You are and how You care.
  • At a time when he could best exemplify all that is good in life, others plotted against him … It was a time of pain and suffering … and death.
  • What we celebrate to this day is that he, and we, have meaning and purpose for our lives … even beyond death.
  • Whether we live or die, we are blessed by Your care and Your keeping.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Poor highway conditions from Crowsnest Pass to Fernie

Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue 

Snow covered and icy roads are making travelling through the Crowsnest Pass extremely dangerous. There have been a number of tractor trailer related incidents on the BC side of the border as far as Fernie. Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue has responded to multiple motor vehicle collisions in the past 24 hours. Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions, slow down, increase stopping and following distances, and be prepared to stop for highway maintenance crews and emergency services. Extended waits may be possible. Always have food, water and warm clothing available inside your vehicle.

Thank you and have a happy holiday season!

Numerous collisions on Highway 3 at Highway 3A

RCMP Lethbridge

On December 24, 2015 at around 11:40 am there was a three vehicle collision on the eastbound lanes of Highway 3 just east of the junction with Highway 3A. Lethbridge/Coaldale RCMP, Lethbridge Integrated Traffic Unit along with the Coalhurst Fire Department and other emergency services attended to this scene. It was determined a small car and SUV collided and the SUV continued forward into the rear end of a snow plow. There was little to no damage to the snow plow. The road conditions at the time were poor with blowing snow and snow/ice covered roads. This collision resulted in minor injuries to an occupant of the SUV.

Numerous collisions on Highway 3 at Highway 3A (update)

RCMP Lethbridge

On December 24, 2015 at around 11:40 am there was a three vehicle collision on the eastbound lanes of Highway 3 just east of the junction with Highway 3A. Lethbridge/Coaldale RCMP, Lethbridge Integrated Traffic Unit along with the Coalhurst Fire Department and other emergency services attended to this scene. It was determined a small car and SUV collided and the SUV continued forward into the rear end of a snow plow. There was little to no damage to the snow plow. The road conditions at the time were poor with blowing snow and snow/ice covered roads. This collision resulted in minor injuries to an occupant of the SUV.

Amber Alert cancelled, no charges expected (update)

RCMP Alberta

During the early morning hours of December 23, 2015, the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP received notification from the husband of Monaliza Marion, of Fort Saskatchewan, that he had awakened about 4:00 a.m. to find that she had departed the home with three children aged 3, 12 and 14.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Volunteers help The Junction fill Christmas hampers

Lou Burnham photos
Volunteers from Pincher Creek Legion, Junction Food Bank, Parent Link, and private citizens gathered at the former Home Hardware space on Main Street last Sunday and Monday to help assemble Christmas food hampers for the Junction Food Bank, for delivery Monday afternoon.

The Junction Food Bank is scheduled to open at their new 659 Main Street (former RCMP Building) location on January 4, 2016.

Ask An Addict - CPS video series about fentanyl use

Calgary Police Service

Throughout 2015, illicit fentanyl has become a public health crisis across Alberta and many parts of Canada. We've reached out to an unusual partner to share the real truths behind fentanyl use in Calgary - Meet Reanne.

^ This is the first of a four part series where we presented Reanne with various #AskAnAddict questions as submitted from our social media followers.

Bantam Huskies overcome Hanna Colts in close, aggressive game

Josh Davis

The Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Bantam Huskies have another win under their belts this season. On Saturday December 19 they hosted the Hanna Colts at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena. The game was high intensity and aggressive, and was tied 1-1 throughout the majority of it. The Huskies were playing well, but were hindered by penalties. They cleaned their game up in the third period however, winning 4-2.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What's new for the 2016 tax-filing season?

Canada Revenue Agency

There are changes and enhancements to existing services, credits, and amounts for individual taxpayers for the 2016 tax-filing season.

New U of L website highlights Alberta climate records

A new, interactive online database developed at the University of Lethbridge provides easy access to climate records from 1950 to 2010 for the province of Alberta. Analyzing the trends clearly reveals that Alberta’s climate has been warming, especially in winter, when the temperature in some areas has increased, on average, by as much as seven degrees.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for the week of Dec. 14-21, 2015

RCMP Pincher Creek

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of December 14 to 21, 2015. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service - 42
  • Assaults – 2
  • Fraud / Forgery - 3
  • Uttering Threats - 3
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 3
  • Impaired Driving - 1
  • Drugs - 1
  • Driving complaints (general) – 2 
  • MV Collisions - 10
  • Liquor offences - 1
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 4
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 3
  • Assistance to other agencies - 1
  • Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 2
  • Prisoners held – 8

Grassy Mountain coal mining project presented to Pincher Creek's councils

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency graphic
Toni Lucas/Christian Davis
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 the community of Blairmore, in south-west 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. - Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Peewee Chinooks host Magrath and Crowsnest Pass

Pincher Chinooks vs Magrath Chiefs
Josh Davis

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hockey team hosted the Magrath Chiefs on Saturday December 19, 2015 at the Memorial Community Centre Arena in Pincher Creek. The Chinooks came out ahead in the first period, but the Chiefs turned things around in the second, to ultimately win the game 7-3. The Chinooks fared better the following day in another home game against the Crowsnest Pass Thunder, winning 6-0.

More letters to Santa from Livingstone School

Catherine Y.
Dear Santa,
I hope I was nice this year.  If yes, this is what I would like.  I would like an art kit (easel).  I would like a camera that when you take a picture the picture comes out.  A Canadian Girl ( I would like Taryn) skate board, a horse saddle (something stylish), money, (a lot) and new clothes.  So I hope I was nice.  - Catherine Y. Grade 4

Do you need to talk to someone over the holidays?

McMan Lethbridge

Here are some support lines that can be contacted over the holidays if you or a family member/friend need help or someone to talk to:

• The Family Violence Info Line provides a chat option between noon and 8 p.m. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 170 languages at 310-1818.

• The Bullying Help Line provides a chat option between noon and 8 p.m. Phone support is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages at 1 888 456 2323.

• A Kinship Care Inquiry Phone Line was recently established to provide information, help and support in a variety of languages at 1-844-644-1329. Kinship care places children who can’t be with their biological parents with family or close friends to help the child remain connected to their culture and support systems.

• The Child Abuse Hotline has added a translation service so help is available in more than 200 languages at 1 800 387 5437.

• The Income Support Contact Centre will remain available over the holidays for emergency basic needs assistance at 1 866 644 5135.

• The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 will also be available to offer help for mental health concerns for Albertans.

Solutions and Substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

I become very frustrated in the winter when I wash my car. After it sits for a while in freezing temperatures, the doors are stuck and seem impossible to open. Any advice? Lorne

Monday, December 21, 2015

A reason to celebrate for the Pincher Creek Humane Society

"Fill a Stocking" volunteer Jenaya Launstein (C. Davis photos)

Simone Forget, Pincher Creek Humane Society

Once again, the Pincher Creek Humane Society owes a debt of gratitude to the people of Pincher Creek and the surrounding area. When we held our first annual stocking stuffer for pets on December 11th and 12th at the Ranchland Mall, we had no idea it would be so popular.

Shae Zukiwsky receives honours from Pincher Creek Skating Club

Shea Zukiwsky and Coach Sherry Mackenzie
Toni Lucas

The Pincher Creek Skating Club has close to 60 skaters in their ranks this year.  Those members plus their families were invited to attended the club's annual Skating Christmas party on Monday, December 14 in the lobby of the MCC Arena.

JV Girls Basketball - Kainai defeats Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek's JV Girls basketball team hosted their Kainai counterparts on December 14 at the Matthew Halton High School gymnasium. Kainai's Warriors won the encounter by a wide margin.  Top scorer in the game was Kainai's Jaidee Russell with 14 points, followed by her teammates Haylee Chief Moon with 12 points, and Selena Young Pine and Katelyn Weaselfat with 11 points each.  Top scorer for Pincher Creek was Natalie Krizan with 9 points, followed by Emma Dietze with 6 points.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chinook Boys Basketball - Sr. Hawks host Kainai and Piikani

Hawks vs Kainai

Christian Davis

The Matthew Halton Sr. Boys Hawks basketball team hosted Kainai on December 14, and Piikani on December 16. Kaina's Warriors won 56-36 and Piikani won 75-51.

MD of Pincher Creek council discusses Bobby Burns Fish Park expenses

Josh Davis

The Bobby Burns Fish Park has gone over budget for the second year in a row, a fact which came up at Pincher Creek’s MD Council meeting on Tuesday October 8. According to Director of Finance and Administration Mathew Bonertz the MD budgeted $2500 in 2015 towards the expense. “The cost came in at just a little over a thousand dollars higher than that,” explained Bonertz. The Royal Canadian Legion manages and operates the Bobby Burns Fish Park for the MD of Pincher Creek. Council voted unanimously to pay the total of the bill, and then to approach the Town of Pincher Creek to request a contribution equal to the amount the park has gone over budget.

Joseph at the front of the stable

Joseph of Nazareth from nativity scene at Balzhausen Leonhardskapelle
Wikimedia Commons photo by Andreas Praefckes
Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

Men have sometimes been labeled as the “stagehands” of Christmas: following through on the orders of their wives, and financing the extravaganza.  But when Ann Weems, in her book Kneeling In Bethlehem, thinks of Joseph’s place in the stable, she envisions him being more central to the Christmas Story.  “Who put Joseph in the back of the stable?” she asks, to stand as “background for the magnificent light of the Madonna?”

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Appeals board hearing scheduled regarding excavation in Oldman River near Cowley

C, Davis file photo
Christian Davis
updated Dec. 22 with additional information

The Environmental Appeals Board has scheduled a February 4, 2016 hearing regarding a decision by Alberta Environment and Parks to issue a Water Act Enforcement Order to Ian Sandeman "for allegedly constructing an unauthorized berm and conducting unauthorized excavations of the bed and shore within a waterbody located at SE-21-008-01-W5M in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, near Cowley, Alberta." Alberta Environment and Parks' decisions were made under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Water Act, the Government Organization Act, and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Act.

The Environmental Appeals Board is an independent quasi-judicial body that hears appeals of certain decisions made by Alberta Environment and Parks.

The hearing is scheduled to be held February 4, 2016 at the Lethbridge Hotel and Convention Centre at 310 Scenic Drive, Lethbridge, beginning at 8:30 am. 

The Board's Notice of Hearing contains a deadline of January 7, 2016 for applications from others to make representations before the Board. The Board will, at its discretion, determine if other persons may make representations, and the manner in which·they can be made. Once all parties have been determined, the hearing will be open to the public for viewing only.

Copies of material filed with the Environmental Appeals Board respecting the appeal are available for viewing at the Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library during its normal operating hours or by appointment at the Edmonton office of the Environmental Appeals Board.

Related story:
Backhoe work in the Oldman River causes concern for some Porcupine Hills landowners

2015 Pincher Creek Winter Lights

First Place - Dupuis family - 375 Canyon Crescent
Sienna, Jerry, and Lisa, Dupuis with Diane Burt Stuckey (son Braeden not pictured)

Second Place - Shirley Johnson - 1092 Albert Avenue
Third Place - Landon and Jennifer Williams - 908 Wilderness Ave.
Pictured - Landon Williams and Diane Burt-Stuckey
2015 Christmas lights and sights in the Pincher Creek area

Alberta Voice

Try our new Games page

In a blatant attempt to keep more of you here for longer periods of time, we've rebooted our Games page, which we will update with other games from time to time.  Right now it features Pac Man, Sudoku, Frogger, Tetris, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Solitaire.  Note: you might want to turn your sound down if you're shirking at work.

Pac Man Classic Arcade Flash Game

Pac Man - Just like Grandpa used to play

Click here for more games.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

61 projects to receive Alberta Historical Resources Foundation grants

Lethbridge's historic Sir Alexander Galt Hospital (grants recipient) was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1978. The impressive structure now houses the Galt Museum and Archives. (photo courtesy Galt Museum and Archives)

  • Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Standoff, and Crowsnest Pass projects among the recipients

Today the Alberta Government announced that 61 projects across the province will share in more than $790,000 in grants through the foundation’s Alberta Historical Resources Foundation's Heritage Preservation Partnership Program.

Pincher Creek Town Council candidate Marie Meckelborg

Marie Meckelborg
My name is Marie Meckelborg. I grew up in the community of the Crowsnest Pass. I moved to Lethbridge to continue my education where I resided for 11 ½ years before making the decision to move to Pincher Creek. I chose Pincher Creek for my family because of the school system here, as well as how welcoming this community is. I have two diplomas, one in Criminal Justice Policing and another in Child and Youth Care. My background is mostly in human services, specifically in working with young families, as well as working with children diagnosed with Autism. I have worked at The Pincher Creek Children’s World Daycare since January 2012 and became the Director in February 2014. I am currently a member of a new interest group that focuses on food security called Food 4 Thought and, a member of the Child Care Directors Association of Southwest Alberta. I have strong relationships with Adult Learning, Parent Link and The Junction. I love volunteering.

Previous to living and working in Pincher Creek, I was dedicated to volunteering with the Canadian Diabetes Association, and become a captain of my own team of canvassers. Since moving to Pincher Creek most of my volunteer time goes to the daycare as I am very passionate about our daycare centre. Being the Director of the daycare has afforded me the opportunity to work with The Pincher Creek Town Council on more than one occasion, this has helped me become familiar with what would be required of me should I become elected to the vacant position of Town Councillor.
For me, being able to give back to my community is first and foremost. To have the opportunity to be an advocate for my fellow community members would be an honour. I also believe that having a strong female presence would bring added benefit to council.

This is our forever home. The reason we moved here 4 years ago was not a hard decision. The culture here is so diverse and unique. I love that our community is so involved. Seeing the turnout at the Holiday Train for example and the support that followed for our food bank was amazing. I would love to see that level of involvement continue and grow stronger. I love that everyone rallies together to see improvements made to our community; whether through events such as Raise the Woof or the Pincher Spray Park Bake Sale, it is overwhelming.

Again, my goal in becoming Town Councillor is to be an advocate for our community. I intend to talk to the people and learn what they believe are the major issues we face as a community and how we can make positive changes, if necessary, to better meet the needs of our community and its local businesses.

Are there any issues you take a strong stand on? If so, what are they and where do you stand?

I am not here for selfish reasons nor to make changes that would solely benefit myself. I am here to listen to community members, be a strong sounding board, and bring concerns to council on their behalf to help find solutions in a positive and mutually agreeable way so that everyone here has a voice.

I see myself working towards creating a strong and positive relationship between the Town of Pincher Creek and the families and businesses that reside here.

In closing I would like to take this opportunity to thank my electors, for giving me their encouragement and support during this exciting new journey in my life.

Pincher Creek Town Council candidate Duane Filipuzzi

Duane Filipuzzi
My name is Duane Filipuzzi, candidate in the upcoming Town of Pincher Creek By-election. For those of you that do not know me, I would like to tell you a little about myself.  I was born in the Pincher Creek Hospital and raised in the Crowsnest Pass, where after graduating college I began my career. Starting off as a By-law Enforcement Officer for the Municipality of CNP, later moving into the Public Works Department and eventually earning a management position. While in this position I learned about the challenges a municipal administrative team and council face on a daily basis and believe that these challenges are common to most communities. After eighteen years of employment with the Municipality of CNP, I took a position with Alberta Parks, Pincher Creek Area, as a Utilities Technologist/Maintenance Supervisor. I remained in this challenging position until 2012, all the while increasing my experience with Government at a Provincial level and my knowledge of Municipal Infrastructure.

During the month of December 2011 my wife Leah, daughter Morgan and I moved from the MD of Pincher Creek into the Town of Pincher Creek, in preparation of us purchasing Hedderick Insurance Agencies, which we still own and operate. It has been a desire of both my family and myself to play an active role in our community by volunteering and being involved with community groups. Being a local business owner has definitely helped accomplish this.

Currently I am a member of the Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce, Pincher Creek Legion, sit on the Town's Police Advisory Committee as a member at large and am the person that initiated the formation of the new Pincher Archery Club which I currently hold the position of President.
I know that Pincher Creek is a community with unlimited potential and an increasing desire for growth. As we in Alberta are losing our reliance on the gas fields and oil patches Pincher Creek must do what is necessary to create local jobs and stimulate our economy. Attracting industry to this area is a task which our council along with myself would be of significant importance. In saying this however, I do not wish to run my campaign based on any one key issue as I am aware of the complexities involved in leading a community. There are many issues with individual degrees of importance all of which require the attention of council. My only motivation in becoming a councillor is to serve our community, as I believe in Pincher Creek and its people.

On a personal level I will bring a common sense approach to problem solving and although possibly to a detriment I will state the obvious. As a councillor it is necessary to sometimes make the tough decisions and stand behind them, I can do this knowing that the best interests of our community are being looked after. If they are not I will fight for what is right.

As I stated earlier my one and only reason to run for council is to serve our community, I have no personal agendas or motivations. I look forward to working with the current council all the while striving for the greatness that only Pincher Creek can be.

My closing remark is this, please exercise your democratic right and vote.

Thank you for your consideration this election.

Duane Filipuzzi

The by-election for a seat on Pincher Creek Town Council is scheduled for January 11, 2016. Advance polling is scheduled to take place on January 6, 2016.

LRSD and Holy Spirit school boards address foreign field trips

Chris Davis

Holy Spirit School Division Superintendent of Schools Chris Smeaton announced today, December 17, 2015, that alternate destinations will be found for field trips of level of 2 or greater risk as described by the Government of Canada's travel advisory service.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chinook Sr. Girls Basketball - Kainai comes from behind to defeat Pincher Creek

Christian Davis

Pincher Creek's Senior Girls basketball team hosted Kainai's Warriors at the Matthew Halton High School gym on Monday evening, January 14.  The game was very well attended, and very competitive and entertaining.

Thank you from the family of Bud van Kommer

(in memoriam)
Bud van Kommer
On behalf of myself and my family, I would like thank Pincher Creek Seed Cleaning Co-op Manager Kevin Schmaltz and his wife Kelly, Chairman Bob Reed and his wife Debbie, and also all of the board members and those who knew Bud through his job, for their support and warm wishes during this devastating time. We lost Bud suddenly and it meant everything to know that he meant so much to so many.

Words cannot express our appreciation and you will all hold a place in our heart.

- Debbie Houghtaling van Kommer and family

Pincher Creek Initiative - Localized healthcare pilot project announced

Pincher Creek Health Centre (C.Davis file photo)
Christian Davis

On December 10, 2015 a public meeting was held to unveil and discuss the "Pincher Creek Community Initiative".  According to the invitation, "Pincher Creek has been selected to demonstrate a community based high-performing health system that can be spread to other communities across Alberta. A local partnership based governance committee will be accountable to improve the linkages of healthcare and social services to improve quality of care and better support population health."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Peewee Chinooks win their home tournament

Gold - Pincher Creek Peewee Chinooks
Silver - CNP Thunder
Bronze - Medicine Hat Winterhawks
Christian Davis

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted their first annual Skins Hockey Tournament December 11 to 13, and emerged in first place after defeating all contenders.

Keeping your children safe through the holidays

Andrea Klassen
Andrea Klassen, Alberta Health Services

The holidays are an exciting time of the year for everyone, but also an important time to remember safety when it comes to your children. Take turns watching the children at holiday get-togethers, because often family and friends assume someone else is watching the children when no one really is.

Here are a few tips to help keep your home and your family safe this Christmas season (Parachute Canada, 2015).

Provost awarded Hockey Alberta Midget D Provincials (update)

Update - Pincher Creek Minor Hockey applied to host the Hockey Alberta Midget D Provincials tournament in March of 2016.  However, Hockey Alberta announced today that the tournament was awarded to Provost.

Crestview Lodge December 2015 update

Dec. 3 Crestview Tea (C. Davis photo)
Greetings from Crestview Lodge

We wanted to say a very big Thank You to the Fort McLeod and Pincher Creek Cadets for providing the residents with a special Remembrance Day service. They did a Fantastic job! It was very appreciated by the residents who are no longer able to the Community Hall for the regular services on November 11th.

Berry Architecture unveils new Crestview Lodge plans

Architect John Berry with Sahra Nodge and Crestview plans
(Crestview plans courtesy Berry Architecture)

Josh Davis

George Berry, CEO of Berry Architecture, gave a presentation at the Crestview Lodge on Wednesday December 9, 2015. The purpose of his presentation was to show the public the new designs for the Crestview Lodge project, and to listen to input before the designs are finalized. Members of Municipal District of Pincher Creek No.9 Council and Pincher Creek Town Council were in attendance, including Town Mayor Don Anderberg and MD Reeve Brian Hammond. Berry outlined the two-phase project, presented the bachelor suite layout as an example, and detailed the proposed floor plan for the two-story facility.

Was your farm profitable in 2015?

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Alberta Agriculture farm financial specialist Rick Dehod says that, with the 2015 financial year quickly coming to a close, it is a good time to gather information to convert cash statements to accrual income and expenses statements. Unfortunately, he says, many farmers really won’t know if their farm was profitable in 2015 if they haven’t accrued their income statements.

Council for MD of Pincher Creek expresses Bill 6 concerns to Minister Sigurdson

Chris Davis with notes from Josh Davis

At their December 8 meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 voted unanimously to send a letter to Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Lori Sigurdson requesting the passing of Bill 6 be delayed, or alternatively that if it passed a proper consultation and amendment process should follow. Council also received as information a similar letter of concern received on November 30 which was signed by Brazeau County Reeve Bart Guyon, representing his council.  Both letters are reproduced below, as is another letter received by the MD of Pincher Creek Council on the subject that resulted from the December 4 meeting Mayors and Reeves of Southwest Alberta.

Bertha Fitzpatrick funeral service to be held Tues. Dec. 15

(in memoriam)

Bertha Fitzpatrick

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (958 Christie Ave, Pincher Creek) on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Memorial Donations in Bertha’s name may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Two candidates running for vacant Town of Pincher Creek council seat

Toni Lucas

Two citizens have stepped forward to run for the recently vacated position of councillor on Pincher Creek's Town Council: Duane Filipuzzi and Marie Meckelborg.  The council seat was vacated by Tammy Rubbelke, who resigned as of October 26, 2015.  The by-election is scheduled for January 11, 2016 and advance polling is scheduled to take place on January 6, 2016.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Dec. 7-14, 2015

RCMP Pincher Creek

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment received for the period of December 7 to 14, 2015. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service - 42
  • Assaults – 3
  • Break and Enter (residential) – 1
  • Fraud / Forgery - 1
  • Theft under $5000 - 2
  • Impaired Driving - 2
  • Disturbing the Peace - 2
  • Driving complaints (general) – 4
  • MV Collisions - 10
  • Liquor offences - 2
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
  • Assistance to General Public (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 2
  • False Alarms - 1
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Prisoners held – 7
As part of the Pincher Creek Police Advisory Committee’s educational initiative with local Bylaw and the RCMP, we are providing the following reminders related to “Traffic Safety Act” and “Rules of the Road” violations and license demerits: 
  • Make U-turn in urban area between intersections - $155 
  • Fail to obey stop sign - $388, 3 demerits 
  • Use of handheld cellphone while driving - $287, 3 demerits 
  • Fail to stop when school bus red lamps flashing - $543, 6 demerits 

We ask that either as a pedestrian or driver, you remain alert and attentive.

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