Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grassroots people matter

Spiritual Gleanings by Joyce Sasse

Until recently many outsiders made Saskatchewan the object of derisive jokes. “Who would want to live there?” they scoffed.

Well, I’m mighty glad I was able to study and work in Saskatchewan for more than thirty years.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Barlow: Liberals choose union patronage over transparency and accountability

Member of Parliament for Foothills John Barlow
January 29th, 2016

High River, AB - Official Opposition critic and Member of Parliament for Foothills John Barlow, called the Liberal plan to repeal legislation intended to ensure the transparency and accountability of union leaders shameful and irresponsible. He demanded that the Minister of Employment and Social Development explain to Canadian union workers why they do not have the right to know how their mandatory dues are being spent.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Water Treatment UV System installed and staff training complete in Pincher Creek

Town of Pincher Creek Director of Operations Al Roth and Operations Crew

Town of Pincher Creek

  • Water Treatment Plant Ultra Violet System Installation
The Town of Pincher Creek’s water treatment plant has just undergone an extensive upgrade. The upgrade includes piping, valves and reactors as well as staff training for the new Ultra Violet (UV) system.

The new UV system allows water to go through a chamber where it passes by a UV light bulb, and that light inactivates any bacteria in the water.

The new system was tested and programming upgrades completed in December. The Town of Pincher Creek Operations team have now completed a first class training course for the new upgraded system.

The project was funded in part through the Government of Canada’s Small Communities fund and totaled $450 000.00.

New weather records set in parts of Alberta yesterday

According to a weather summary for Alberta issued by Environment Canada, a warm southwesterly flow brought mild temperatures to Alberta yesterday, January 28, 2016, resulting in the establishment of some new unofficial weather records. All temperatures below are Celsius.
  • Edmonton International Airport - New record of 8.0, old record of 7.3 in 1989, records started in 1961 
  • Claresholm - New Record of 14.1, old record of 14.0 set in 1988, records started in 1952 
  • Sundre Airport - New record of 11.9, old record of 9.0 set in 1992, records started in 1986 
  • Waterton Park Gate - New record of 11.1, old record of 10.0 set in 1984, records started in 1967
  • Whitecourt - New record of 13.2, old record of 8.6 set in 1989, records started in 1943

A Boys Basketball - Dragons defeat Hawks

Toni Lucas

Matthew Halton's 2A Boys (Grade 8) Hawks Basketball team hosted the St. Michael's A Dragons on Tuesday afternoon, January 26. The two teams have had some triumphs and defeats this season and in this case the Dragons won by a wide margin. The top scores of the game were Hawks Ben Mitchell and Dragons Taite Jessen, each with 19 points.

MD of Pincher Creek commits $10,000 toward plan to improve rural internet to MD, Waterton, Cardston areas

Toni Lucas

On Tuesday January 26 Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 heard from Improvement District 4 Waterton Lakes National Park Chairman Barney Reeves.  Reeves appeared before council as a delegation.  He asked council to consider having the MD tpartner with the Waterton Community Broadband Network (WCBN) in WCBN's application for an Alberta Community Partnership Grant, including a contribution of $10,000 towards the project, designed to enhance internet access in specific rural areas of Pincher Creek and Cardston County. Reeves said the WCBN is a community owned and operated broadband fiber and wifi system currently serving businesses, residents and visitors to Waterton. Later in their meeting council agreed to the proposal and passed a motion to partner and contribute the $10,000. The grant application deadline is February 5, 2016, which prompted the council's expediency regarding the matter.

Peewee Chinooks defeat the Thunder and advance to next round of playdowns

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted the Crowsnest Pass Thunder at the MCC Arena on Tuesday, January 26. It was an important game, the deciding game in a best of two playdown. In the first game the Thunder won 5-4, meaning the Chinooks had to win this game by at least two points to advance in playdowns. Each of these teams were eager to earn the right to test their skills at the provincials level.

The Chinooks scored first, halfway through the first period, with a goal by Logan Deley assisted by Caleb Evans and Cade Ames.  That was the only goal of the period.  In the first two minutes of the second period Chinook Cory Dyck scored unassisted, which was followed by another Logan Deley goal, assisted Alexandre Comeau and Cade Ames.  We were now at 22 minutes into the game and the Thunder had yet to make it to the scoreboard.  Chinook Cade Ames put another away with the help of Logan Deley and Caleb Evans for the last goal of the period, making it 4-0 Chinooks going into the third.

The third period was a total turnaround as the Thunder went on a successful offensive.  Austin Whelan made the first Thunder goal of the game, assisted by Carter Gudmundson.  With 11:26 on the clock Thunder Tucker Gietz scored with Cole Tkachuk assisting.  Through the whole game the goalies were getting a real workout, as each teams goalie was stopping shot after shot.  The Chinooks were seeing their lead erode and were not able to get past the Thunder defense.  With 1:42 on the clock the Thunder again roared as Cole Wemp scored unassisted, now 4-3 Chinooks, eradicating the two point lead needed by the Chinooks to move on in playdowns. Pressure on, both teams were sharp on the ice, each giving no quarter until the buzzer rang, sending them into a ten minute overtime to determine the playdown winner.

Both goalies were hammered at and showed their mettle.  It took until 2:15 left on the overtime clock before Chinooks Caleb Evans slipped one past the Thunder goalie, assisted by Cade Ames and Logan Deley.  The hometown crowd was enthusiastic in their approval.

After the game Chinooks Head Coach Kane Evans said "We started out strong and had our usual third period troubles.  We couldn't get the puck out of our own end.  It cost us, that is where they scored their three goals.  We had a few turnovers in our end which cost us, we were lucky to even get it to overtime, actually.  The overtime was intense.  The first game was held last Thursday, in the Crowsnest Pass, and they won 5-4, so we had to win by two points, to win the round." Evans believes the Chinooks will face Magrath in the next round of playdowns, which determines who goes to Provincials. "Magrath beat us our one time in league, so it will be close.  It will be like this.  Our league is fairly competitive with all the teams, to it'll be another  game like this.  That's what it gets down to now, and the excitement level is up there."

Evans had good words for both of the goalies, Chinooks' Coltyn Kipling and Thunder's Cooper Snider. "Coltyn made some saves when we needed them, and he (Snider) was the same for them.  He came up big when they needed him, especially in the overtime.  We had a few chances when it could have ended early, and he stood on his head. That's how we are with them, it's usually pretty back and forth, and there's barely any whistles, and it's pretty clean, and fast moving.  I'm proud of our team.  Winning in overtime takes a lot of heart, they left it all on the ice.  They played their best, when they needed to. They worked hard to earn making it to the next round."    Next the Chinooks travel to Kalispell, Montana for a tournament on the weekend, then to Magrath the following weekend , followed by a league game against the Crowsnest Pass on that Sunday, February 7.

Playdown overtime winning goal by Pincher Creek Peewee Chinook Caleb Evans

Pincher Creek Peewee A Chinooks #8 Caleb Evans brought the house down at his home rink, the Memorial Community Centre Arena, when he knocked in this crucial playdown overtime goal against the Crowsnest Pass Thunder on Tuesday evening. He was assisted by teammates Cade Ames and Logan Deley.  The Chinooks move forward in playdowns now.  Stay tuned for the full story.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Residential fire in Pincher Creek quickly contained

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded with an ambulance and Engine 11 to a residential fire at Spruce Villa Trailer Court approximately 11:50 am Thursday, January 28. According to PCES Deputy Chief Pat Neumann the family was at home and had mostly extinguished the blaze by the time emergency crews arrived. Members of the family were assessed on scene and released with no injuries.

Semi rollover on Highway 3 at Cowley during violent wind storm (updated)

(C. Davis photos)
Christian Davis/Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) responded to a single vehicle incident just after 1:00 pm Thursday, January 28.  A tractor trailer rolled onto its side, completely blocking Highway 3 just east of Cowley.  High winds were a definite factor in the incident, according to PCES Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann.  The driver was assessed and released on scene. RCMP, Volker Stevin, PCES, and Cowley Fire worked together on scene and traffic was detoured around the area using a service road until the scene was cleared. PCES sent an ambulance and a command truck.

2016 Livingstone School Science Fair

2016 Livingstone School Science Fair
(Photos by Kim Jorgensen, C. Davis, T. Lucas)

Christian Davis, Toni Lucas, and Kim Jorgensen

Livingstone School's gym was packed for the annual Science Fair on Wednesday afternoon, January 27. Participants from grades 1-8 vied for awards and increased knowledge.  A dizzying variety of subject matter was on display, and the quality of the projects was very high.

Increased gastrointestinal illness within AHS South Zone

Alberta Health Services

There has been increased gastrointestinal illness reported in communities and schools across Southern Alberta, with symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The germs that cause these symptoms tend to circulate in communities during the colder parts of the year. Most people recover from the illness on their own, but to prevent the spread of infection, parents, guardians and staff within school settings are recommended to carry out the following precautions:
  1. Individuals who are ill with vomiting or diarrhea should not attend school until 48 hours after the symptoms have disappeared, because the germs that cause the illness can be easily spread from one person to another.
  2. Ensure that your child and others in your household wash their hands frequently, to prevent spread of illness in your home.
  3. Ensure that high touch surfaces like door handles, bathrooms, faucets, light switches, etc. are cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis in your home.
For more information on illness or general health information, visit or or call Health Link at 811.

If someone you know becomes ill with vomiting or diarrhea for more than 72 hours, or if they are medically unstable, please see your physician or call HealthLink at 811.

Junior B Girls basketball - Dragons host Hawks

Junior B Girls Dragons
Junior B Girls Hawks
Christian Davis

St. Michael's Junior B Girls Dragons hosted their Halton Hawks counterparts for a spirited game of basketball at the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday evening January 26.  The more seasoned Dragons won by a wide margin, but that didn't prevent the Hawks from giving it their all throughout.  Top scorers in the game were Dragons #3 Aliyah Hungry Wolf and #13 Cadence Yellowhorn with 20 points each, followed by Dragon #8 Mercedes Smith with 14 points.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CBSA 2015 year in review for southern Alberta

Detector Dog Trooper, BSO’s Smith and DeKok with drugs and paraphernalia seized by the CBSA last April
Canada Border Services Agency

In their continued commitment to keeping our borders safe and secure, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in southern Alberta seized 51 undeclared firearms last year, representing the largest annual total since 2012. In one case at the Carway border crossing on May 3, officers seized three undeclared firearms – including two handguns – from a storage compartment underneath a bed in a travel trailer. The Coutts border crossing recorded the most firearms seizures (39) out of any border crossing in Western Canada.

Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Wayne Elliott at Saamis Teepee in Medicine Hat

Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Wayne Elliott
photo by Lucy

No matter where, any jersey will do.

Guess Who: Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Wayne Elliott ran all the way back to Saskatoon (metaphorically) and posed for the above photo by Miranda.

"No matter where you are, any jersey will work. Just show your support!" -Town of Pincher Creek Councillor Wayne Elliott - "You can be anywhere in the world!"

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Help nominate Pincher Creek for 2016 Kraft Hockeyville contest

Christian Davis

As reported here on January 13, Pincher Creek Town Councillor Wayne Elliott has again nominated Pincher Creek in the Kraft Hockeyville contest, which has a grand prize of $100,000 for the winning community. Councillor Elliott was out of town for the January 23 meeting of council, at which council passed a resolution to again support the Hockeyville bid. Elliott is also in regular attendance at games held at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre Arena, which opened in 1964.

Food insecurity in Alberta increasing in Alberta

Anna Appel

Anna Appel, Alberta Health Services Viva Vitality columnist

When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in the health care field. I am a student in my final semester at the University of Lethbridge, completing a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Public Health, and I’ve discovered I am very interested in working in health promotion with a focus on food security.

If the term ‘food security’ doesn’t strike a chord in your memory, you may think of it as being able to support your family at all times so that they have enough safe and nutritious food in order to live a healthy and active life.

Pincher Creek RCMP report for January 18 to 25, 2016

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 January 18 to 25, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service – 39
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 1
  • Theft over $5000 - 2
  • Impaired Driving - 3
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 2
  • Driving complaints (general) - 8
  • MV Collisions - 5
  • Liquor offences - 4
  • Assistance to other agencies - 3
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 1
  • Animal calls - 3
  • Prisoners held – 6

New signs approved for Canyon Drive, speed limit to remain unchanged

Christian Davis

At their January 25, 2016 meeting council for the Town of Pincher Creek decided to approve the installation of new signage on Canyon Drive but declined to lower the speed limit on Canyon from 50 km/hr to 30 km/hr.

Fort Macleod to participate in regional transportation study, Cowley declines

Christian Davis

The Town of Pincher Creek's Transportation Committee recently invited the Village of Cowley and the Town of Fort Macleod to "collaborate and participate" in a regional transportation study. Fort Macleod responded affirmatively and Cowley declined the invitation.

Dr. Steed and staff participate in humanitarian dental mission to the Philippines

updated with more photos

Dr. Greg Steed and his staff from Ascent Dental in Pincher Creek, including Brenda Goasdoue, Susan Aker and Aline Wenisch, fulfilled a long held wish to provide dental services in the third world this past November 2015. They joined the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach team, organized by Dr. Ken Stones of Vancouver, in travelling to the remote small island of Siquijor in the southern Philippines. This is the sixth year this group has gone to this island. They are sponsored by the International College of Dentistry, and Rotary Clubs in Canada and the Philippines.  Dr. Steed is a member of both organizations.

2016 Leader in Me and Epiphany event held at St. Michael's

Christian Davis - Pincher Creek's St. Michael's Elementary and Middle School students participated in a special assembly at the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on January 15, led by French Immersion teacher Dominque Plouffe-Chandler (2014 Prix d'Excellence recipient) and several older students.

The event began with a "Leader in Me" presentation by students, followed by annual Epiphany celebrations including a play by St. Michael's French Immersion students about the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, finishing with a rousing traditional King and Queen dance.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Councillors Jackson and Thornton to attend economic development conference

Toni Lucas

Councillor Doug Thornton requested during the regular meeting of Pincher Creek Town Council on January 11 that he has the opportunity to attend the Economic Developers of Alberta Conference in Kananaskis, scheduled to be held in April.  "This is probably one of the best conferences about economic development to attend," said Thornton, who has attended these conferences before. Council decided to send  councillors Thornton and Lorne Jackson to the conference.

Conservation community calls for swift action to protect Alberta’s headwaters

Press release - Representing tens of thousands of members and supporters across the province, Alberta’s conservation community is today calling for strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public lands, and a ban on OHVs in parks and protected areas across Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.

Dragons and Hawks participate in W.R. Meyers Jr. Girls basketball tournament

Junior Girls Hawks and Dragons (submitted photo)
Pincher Creek's Junior Girls Hawks and Dragons participated in a 12 team two-day basketball tournament hosted by W.R. Meyers High School in Taber last weekend. Both the Dragons and the Hawks lost their first two games and then both won their third game. The Dragons fell to Magrath and W.R. Meyers and then defeated Seven Persons. The Hawks fell to Spring Glen and Medicine Hat High and then defeated Willow Creek Composite High School.  The cameraderie that exists between the Hawks and Dragons is on display in the above photo taken at the tournament.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Churches in rural communities - better together

Joyce Sasse
Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

“Better Together”. That’s the motto that goes through my mind as I think about maintaining an affiliation between churches in rural communities.

Members from various churches constantly interact with each other at the hockey rink or the service club meeting or over coffee. Yet Sunday morning is when these same people segregate themselves in their various churches to worship and handle the work of their religious denominations.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mayor and CAO to attend AUMA linear taxation symposium

Toni Lucas

At their regular meeting of January 11 Council for the Town if Pincher Creek authorized Mayor Don Anderberg and CAO Laurie Wilgosh or delegates to attend n Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) linear property taxation symposium on Friday, January 15 in Calgary and Wednesday, January 27 in Edmonton. According to the AUMA website "The new government’s election platform committed to do a review of linear property taxes. AUMA’s advocacy to date has been to share linear taxes at a regional level to more appropriately align the provision of municipal services to revenue sources. Working sessions held during these events will inform our continued efforts in advocating on behalf of municipalities on this important issue as the Municipal Government Act review progresses."

Related link: AUMA website

Dragons host Hawks for junior basketball

Toni Lucas

On Tuesday, January 19 a friendly community rivalry played out again in the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium at St.  Michael's School.  The Dragons hosted their Matthew Halton Hawks counterparts for Junior A Girls and Junior A1 Boys basketball.  The competitions were fierce, with both the girls and boys Dragons emerging victorious for their respective games.

Southern Alberta groundwater study released

The Oldman Watershed Council commissioned this study into groundwater in southern Alberta, narrated by Joan Rodvang McNeil, the scientist who conducted the study.

Province and Town of Pincher Creek increase FCSS funding

Toni Lucas

Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met with FCSS Director David Green during the regular council meeting on Monday, January 11, regarding the Family and Community Support Services Funding Agreement with the province of Alberta for 2016. The funding model for FCSS is that 80% is contributed by the province, with 20% to be funded by the municipalities. As the provincial government has increased their contribution, the municipalities have a larger contribution to put forward to match their 20% responsibility.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Town council wants to understand South Country Trappers event better before committing money

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Town of Pincher Creek council Monday, January 11, 2016 council discussed a delegation made by Judy  Mackintosh on behalf of the South Country Trappers  Association  (SCTA) made on December  14, 2015.  Mackintosh explained the Alberta 2016 'Rendezvous by the  Creek'  was a province wide event which will be hosted by the local SCTA at the  Pincher Creek Community Hall and surrounding area on July 1 and 2, 2016.  The Alberta Trappers Association sees this event as one which 'Brings together trappers, wildlife specialists, law enforcement, industry suppliers and the general public for a fun and family oriented event during the summer'.

Town of Pincher Creek agrees to assist with Robby Burns Fish Park funding

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of council for the Town of Pincher Creek on January 11, 2015 council reviewed a request from the Municipal District (MD) of Pincher Creek No. 9 to consider reimbursing the MD a portion of funding for maintenance of the Robby Burns Fish Pond Park. The facility is maintained by Pincher Creek's Royal Canadian Legion #43 and is used by seniors and people with handicaps for fishing, and is also open to the public for other uses such as picnics and photos. The letter from the MD stated the MD budgeted $2,500 for the park's maintenance in 2015.

Novice Chinooks host Kainai

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek's Novice Chinooks hosted the Kainai Braves at the MCC on Saturday, January 16. The Braves won the game 10 - 7. #16 Walker Anderson scored 4 goals for the Chinooks, and teammate #17 Cashe Kropinak scored 2 goals.  Congratulations to Chinooks #12 Rowan Mackenzie, who scored his first goal of the season.  The team celebrated his success together after the game.

PCES responds to fires and rollover

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES)  responded to two fires and one vehicle rollover between January 11 - 17.

AHS program helps citizens live well with chronic disease

  • Six-week series of free workshops returns to Lethbridge next month

Local residents living with chronic disease have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help them take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

Pincher Creek Initiation Timbits host Elkford Wild

Toni Lucas

On Saturday, January 16 Pincher Creek Initiation Timbits faced the Elkford Wild. The Wild could not be tamed and took the lead, winning the game by a wide margin.  Both teams exhibited strong skating abilities for their age group.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Midget Huskies defeat Okotoks at home

C.Davis / T.Lucas

The Pincher Creek/Crowsnest Pass Midget Huskies began a three game stand against the Okotoks Oilers with a 10-2 win at home on Saturday evening, January 16.    Huskies #14 Levi Anderson earned a hat trick (plus 1) game.  The Huskies are guaranteed a berth at the 2016 Midget "D" Provincial Hockey Championships, to be held in Provost from March 10 to 13.

Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Assn. releases statement in response to Guidelines for Safe Practices

Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association

ACSTA (Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association) reaffirms that all Catholic schools in Alberta have been and will continue to be inclusive, welcoming, safe and caring environments.

Guided and grounded by our faith, every child is seen as a precious and unique child of God deserving of individualized love and attention to reach their full God-given potential.

Pincher Creek RCMP report for Jan. 11-18, 2016

Pincher Creek RCMP

The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of January 11 to 18, 2016. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.
  • Total calls for service – 43
  • Sexual assault - 1
  • Fraud / Forgery - 2
  • Uttering Threats - 1
  • Mischief (vandalism) - 3
  • Theft under $5000 - 2
  • Impaired Driving - 1
  • Driving complaints (general) - 5
  • MV Collisions - 14
  • Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
  • Assistance to other agencies - 4
  • Animal calls - 1
  • Prisoners held – 9

Rally against Bill 6 held in Pincher Creek

George Clark
Christian Davis

An organization calling themselves "Albertan's First Plebescite Warriors" or "Stand Up For Alberta - Southern Alberta" held a rally at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on January 16. Speakers including Shannon Browne, veterinarian Bill Newton, John Satink, former Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA Broyce Jacobs (PC), and organizer George Clark spoke to a small crowd, voicing their concerns about Alberta's NDP government, particularly around the issues of Bill 6 (the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act) and carbon taxation. Stand Up For Alberta hopes to gather "several hundred thousand signatures" on petitions asking the Alberta government for plebiscites on both of those issues.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Peewee Chinooks edge Cardston Thunder at home

Christian Davis

Pincher Creek's Peewee Chinooks hosted Cardston's Thunder at the Memorial Community Centre Arena on Friday evening, January 15. A particularly strong showing buy the Chinooks in the second period helped them secure a 10-9 win. Chinooks #5 Logan Deley earned a hat trick and two assists. Thunder #14 Lawson Penner earned a hat trick +1. Thunder Captain Hunter Heavy Runner scored twice and earned 4 assists. Chinooks #9 Cade Ames earned 3 assists. Penalties were very minimal, with 1 for the Chinooks and 4 for the Thunder.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Flyers and Grizzlies tops at 2016 Hawks A and B Girls Basketball Tournament

Christian Davis

Matthew Halton's A and B Girls Hawks hosted their annual invitational tournament last weekend.  Six A teams and four B teams participated in the two day event, for a total of approximately 120 athletes.  Several of the teams are not members of the Chinook Basketball League, so the results don't count toward the regular season, but the competition was simultaneously fierce and friendly, and the teams were for the most part well matched.  It was an opportunity for all the teams to play against competitors they don't usually face, as well as against some more familiar teams.  Fort Macleod's F.P. Walshe Flyers continued their undefeated season by winning the A division.  Halton's Hawks finished second in the A division.  Mountain View's Grizzlies finished first in the B division, with second place going to Kainai's T.M.S. Eagles.

Alberta needs a reality check

Cornell Van Ryk, Letter to the Editor

Everyone in Alberta is familiar with the issues facing the province and the oil/gas industry in particular. Unemployment is rising, Provincial Government finances are perilous, investment has all but dried up and there is no apparent plan to move us forward. Many individuals have jumped to solutions…let’s change our Government, let’s push through pipelines, let’s deny that burning hydrocarbons is causing climate change, let’s reduce corporate taxes/royalties and industry will come back. When one looks at these potential solutions in terms of probability and effectiveness, in reality, they just don’t stand up.

No easy way

Cocoon of the Danaus plexippus plexippus (Wikimedia Commons photo) 

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

It is so easy to grow impatient and lose confidence in trusting our God-given abilities.

A story is told about a man who found a butterfly cocoon. It had one small opening in it, and he watched for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force itself through that tiny hole. When it seemed the tiny creature was exhausted and could push no further, the man decided to take some scissors and snip away the remaining bits of the cocoon to make it easier for the poor thing.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Willow Valley Trophy Club holds 67th annual Awards Day

(J. Davis photos)
(updated with new information)
Josh Davis and Toni Lucas

Willow Valley Trophy Club (WVTC) held their 67th Annual Awards Day celebrating the Year of the Elk on Saturday, January 9th, at the Pincher Creek Community Hall. This all-day affair started with the doors opening at 8 am. The club uses the Boone and Crockett method of scoring and rules of fair chase to determine if it is legal game, and encourages conservation and best hunting practices.

Boston Pizza in Pincher Creek hopes to install VLTs

Toni Lucas

During the regular meeting of Town of Pincher Creek council Monday, January 11, council looked at amending Bylaw No. 1547-Z to included 'gaming or gambling establishment' for permitted use of VLTs. The local Boston Pizza is looking to install five video lottery terminal (VLT) machines in their lounge area. The restaurant and lounge is in an area of town designated as a business park, and VLTs are not currently a designated acceptable use. First reading of the amendment passed unanimously. A public hearing has been set for February 8, 2016 before council considers a second or third reading of the amendment.

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