Friday, June 30, 2017

Canyon School celebrates Canada 150 with a lively maple leaf

Chris Davis (originally published Friday, May 12, 2017) - Approximately 280 students and more than 20 teachers, parents, assistants, and administrative staff from Pincher Creek's Canyon School participated in a fun Canada 150 themed event on Friday morning May 12.  They gathered in the schoolyard, formed a giant maple leaf,, and joyfully sang "O Canada".in honour of our country's 150th birthday.  Canyon School includes students from the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek # 9, and the Piikani Nation, from pre-school to grade 6.

As is common in Pincher Creek, the wind played havoc with the sound, as heard from the roof of the school, but this joyful performance of our national anthem deserves to be preserved:

Playlist: Canadian songs

Wildrose and AAMDC: Electoral Boundaries Commission should protect rural Albertans

Proposed Alberta electoral divisions - AEBC map
Chris Davis - The Alberta Association of Municipal District and Counties (AAMDC) and the Wildrose Party expressed their concerns this week about proposed Alberta provincial electoral boundary changes the would see some rural electoral division shrink and/or be rearranged to allow for three new electoral divisions, one in Calgary, one in Edmonton, and one in the north-eastern portion of metro Calgary.

Have your say on legalizing marijuana

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General - On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to cannabis – Bill C-45 Cannabis Act. It is anticipated to come in to effect in July of 2018. While the proposed federal legislation paves the way for legal cannabis use by adults across Canada, provinces and municipalities must build on this to best suit the needs of their citizens.

Canada-wide trade agreement takes effect July 1

Government of Alberta - Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous issued the following statement on the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) coming into force:  “As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’re proud to see the Canadian Free Trade Agreement come into effect on July 1.

Early morning disturbance at the Edmonton International Airport

RCMP Alberta - This morning at approximately 5:50 a.m. the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) RCMP Detachment was called for assistance with an individual who was attempting to get past the American pre-boarding screening area.  As airport staff and an RCMP member attempted to restrain the male he assaulted an RCMP member and a US Customs Officer. When the subject did not comply with demands, an RCMP member on scene deployed the conducted energy weapon (taser) to gain control of the individual.  The male was placed under arrest and lodged in cells for processing. No injuries were sustained.  This was an isolated incident with no threat to the public.

MP John Barlow hosts Foothills Canada 150 awards

Canada 150 cake from MP John Barlow's Facebook page
Member of Parliament for Foothills John Barlow hosted a Foothills Canada 150 Medal award ceremony on the evening of July 28 in High River.  “We all benefit from the terrific individuals who strive to make our communities better.  It’s my privilege to honour them tonight on the eve of Canada 150 celebrations,” said Barlow in a press release.  10 members of the Pincher Creek community were among those honoured.

Natural health products: What you don't know can hurt you

Dr. Lena Derie-Gillespie

Alberta Health Services South Zone Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lena Derie-Gillespie - Natural health products (NHP) are everywhere in the marketplace and their use is extremely common in Canada. A 2010 Health Canada study found that 73 per cent of the population had used a natural health product and Albertans actually had the highest rate of NPH use, at 82 per cent.

Of these people, 15 per cent had an unwanted or adverse side effect. Despite this fact, many people believe that NHPs are safer or better for them than prescription or other over-the-counter medications. Such a belief is not inherently true. For example, Vitamin A in high doses has been associated with liver damage and birth defects.

Jr. Dust Devils host double header against Vulcan

Sam Jordan pitching fot the Jr. Dust Devils
Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's Junior Dust Devils Baseball team hosred a double header with the Vulcan Hawks on Saturday, June 10 at Sproule Field The Dust Devils did not fare as well as they hoped, being washed out in the first game, but rallied in the second game to improve significantly.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Child pornography charges laid against Didsbury man

RCMP Alberta - An investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and Didsbury RCMP has resulted in Child Pornography charges being laid against a Didsbury resident.

In December 2016, The National Child Exploitation Centre (NCECC) in Ottawa received information from the United States National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children that an unknown person uploaded child pornography images onto a social media account. The IP address of the unknown person traced back to Alberta. The NCECC contacted ALERT’s Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation (SAICE) unit who began an investigation. Through the course of the investigation, SAICE investigators identified the suspect and his residence in the town of Didsbury.

Drayton Valley RCMP seek campsite robbery suspects

RCMP Alberta - On June 28, 2017 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Drayton Valley RCMP responded to a report of an attempted robbery with a firearm at the Brazeau Dam Provincial Park Campground. The victims heard a truck back into their campsite and exited their travel trailer to determine what was happening. Once outside their travel trailer, an unknown male suspect pointed a rifle at the victims while another unknown male attempted to attach their flat deck trailer containing two quads to the truck. A third unknown male remained in the driver seat of the truck. When the suspects were unsuccessful in attaching the trailer to the truck, all suspects got back into the vehicle and sped off.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Derek Saretzky found guilty of three counts of first degree murder

CTV Lethbridge reports Derek Saratzky has been found guilty of three counts of first degree murder in the September 2015 Crowsnest Pass deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two year old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech.  Click here for the story (warning: disturbing and graphic content).

Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after series of overdoses

RCMP Alberta - Between 5 p.m. on Tuesday June 27 and 8 a.m. today (June 28, 2017) Grande Prairie RCMP and Alberta Health Services (AHS) EMS responded to seven overdose calls. So as to protect patient confidentiality, no further information will be released on these responses.

  Individuals experiencing overdose can show the following symptoms:
  • breathing slowly or not breathing at all
  • nails and/or lips are blue
  • choking or throwing up
  • making gurgling sounds
  • skin is cold and clammy
Call 911 if a person is showing any of the above symptoms.

For more information on opioid overdose or where to get Naloxone visit

Man injured by winch line in the Porcupine Hills

Toni Lucas - At approximately 8:00 pm on June 27 Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) including Pincher Rescue, Pincher Ambulance, and Beaver Mines Fire responded to an incident in the south end of the Porcupine Hills. A man got caught up in a winch line and was transported to Pincher Creek Health Centre with serious injuries, according to PCES Chief Dave Cox. Beaver Mines Fire was asked to assist due to other first response units being occupied by a concurrent fire in Cowley.

Fire at Endurotek in Cowley

Chris Davis (updated) - Cowley Fire and Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) including Lundbreck Fire and and ambulance responded to a fire at the Endurotek shop in Cowley on Tuesday June 27 at approximately 8:00 pm.  No one was in the building at the time and there were no injures, but the shop's office/reception area was significantly damaged. According to PCES Chief Dave Cox the fire appears to have started in the parts department area of the shop.  The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Cowley Fire remained on scene to help secure the building until just after 10:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

St. Henry's RC Church to celebrate 110th anniversary on July 15

St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church
Chris Davis with notes from Judy Lane - Twin Butte's St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church will be open to the public for a special celebration on Saturday July 15, 2017. The event will mark Canada's 150th birthday, the 110 year anniversary of St. Henry's, and the Feast Day of St. Henry. Mass will be held in the church at 3:00 pm with Father Roque from Lethbridge as celebrant. Following Mass, there will be a Blessing of the Cemetery as well as an opportunity for those in attendance to walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross or spend some time reflecting at the Grotto. After the spiritual activities, all will join in a potluck supper and reminisce about the days gone by. Special permission for the event has been granted by Bishop William McGrattan from the Diocese of Calgary, which owns St. Henry's. Everyone is welcome to attend. St. Henry's was dedicated in 1907 and served the surrounding community for 94 years, until 2001, when it was canonically suppressed (closed).

Parents urged to be aware of Snapchat Snap Map safety concerns

Canadian Centre for Child Protection - The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its program, wants to make parents aware of a concerning new location-sharing feature on Snapchat, an app that lets users send photos, videos, and messages that disappear after a set time. Snapchat is hugely popular with teens and has more users than Twitter.

Meet 2017 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier

Stampede Indian Princess All Around Snake Woman
Chris Davis - 2017 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess Savanna Marie Adele Sparvier was a guest at a recent Piikani Youth Rodeo event. Sparvier is 20 years old and is from Siksiká Nation. Her role for the Stampede is to act as an ambassador for the five tribes of Treaty 7 First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki, Blood, Piikani, Siksiká, Tsuu T'ina, and Wesley First Nations), the Indian Village on the Stampede grounds, and the Stampede itself. She also serves as a role model for First Nations youth. During her reign as Stampede Princess she will make hundreds of appearances in Alberta, nationally, and internationally.

A glimpse of Aboriginal history - Blackfoot chiefs invited to Rideau Hall

Joyce Sasse - Father Albert Lacombe committed his life to working with the Aboriginal people. One of the stories told, in the drama “Man of a Good Heart” is as follows:

In 1883, when the gangs laying the CPR track entered the Blackfoot Reserve, the young starving warriors resented the intruders, and threatened them. Chief Crowfoot sent for Father Lacombe to try to help calm the confrontation.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for June 19-25, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the week of June 19 - June 25, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 75
Sexual assault - 1
Assaults - 2
Break and Enter (residential) - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 4
Theft under $5000 - 11
Drugs - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2 
Driving complaints (general) - 7
MV Collisions - 7
Liquor offences - 7
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 5
Assistance to General Public (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 3
False Alarms - 3
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 4
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held - 7

Alberta Backcountry Hunters and Anglers concerned about Kananaskis logging activities

Alberta Backcountry Hunters and Anglers - The Alberta chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is concerned about the proposed logging of the Highwood and Cataract Creek areas of Kananaskis Country. We are united in the belief that our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many Albertans enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Heritage Acres Horse Show and Chuck Wagon Supper a huge success

Chris Davis - On June 10 Heritage Acres Farm Museum hosted its Horse Show and Chuck Wagon Supper, which combined a variety of elements into one crowd pleasing event.  The weather was warm and sunny for most of the day, and even when the temperature dipped a bit in the evening the overflow crowd for the chuck wagon supper kept each other warm.  Two local 4-H clubs, Silver Reins and Pincher Creek Multi Club, held their annual achievement events as well.  Bruce Christie's horse training demonstration was a big hit, as was various skill demonstrations by Silver Reins members.

Pincher Creek hosts 2017 U18 Soccer end of the year tournament

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's U18 Soccer hosted their end of the year soccer tournament Saturday, June 10, with teams from Elkford and Sparwood coming to play.  The teams each had the opportunity to play each other once in the course of the day with a final total of wins deciding the tournament. Sparwood won twice and Pincher Creek won once.  High winds were a factor in the day.

Big Bike earns $3,614 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

contributed photo
Toni Lucas - The Heart & Stroke Big Bike was being pedaled around Fort Macleod by the staff, family, and customers of Avail CPA, including Kyla Bruns from the Pincher Creek Avail office on Wednesday, June 8.  The ride raised $3,614 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Recycling our pain

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings - “I think it important we recycle our pain”, the woman on the radio told her interviewer. She had just received recognition for helping develop a police recruits’ training program on how to deliver devastating news to families of the deceased.

Solutions and substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

We have two Corning Ware casserole dishes that were bought used. They are stained and I am wondering if you have a suggestion as to how these stains might be removed. Thanks, Barb

Dear Barb.

In a large pot, combine 3 cups (750 mL) vinegar, 4 cups (1 L) water and 2 tbsp. (30 mL) citric acid; bring to a boil. Set one Corning Ware dish into the boiling mixture for 5 minutes (the water must cover the dish). If necessary, scrub wet Corning Ware with an S.O.S pad. Once dry, your dishes will look brand new. If black marks are scratched into the glass, the marks are permanent.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alberta considers abandoning Daylight Savings Time

Government of Alberta - The Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is seeking public input for its review of Bill 203: Alberta Standard Time Act. “The result of this review could have an impact on the entire province of Alberta,” said Graham Sucha, Committee Chair and MLA for Calgary-Shaw. “It is important for this committee to hear from as many people as possible about Bill 203.”

Dangerous dirt bike stunt in a Strathmore school leads to charges

RCMP Alberta - Charges are pending against five individuals after a dangerous incident at a Strathmore school earlier today.  Shortly before 10:00 am, Strathmore RCMP were called to a report of a male riding a dirt bike through the halls of a school in the town of Strathmore. A male rode the dirt bike in and through the Holy Cross Collegiate High School and out at the other end of the Sacred Heart Academy Elementary School. Staff of the school followed the bike as it narrowly avoiding hitting students in the schools, to a nearby parking lot where a truck was waiting. Police arrested the driver of the bike in the parking lot without incident.

Further investigation by police identified several other individuals who assisted in the stunt. As a result, adults and 2 youths (students of the school) were arrested. All have been released from custody and charges of dangerous driving are pending.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Pincher Creek Cruise and Shine draws a big crowd

Toni Lucas - The 2017 Pincher Creek Cruise and Shine took place on Main Street Fathers Day Sunday, June 18. The street was blocked from the corner of Hewetson Avenue to Bev McLachlin Drive in order to host over 130 entries on both sides of the street. The show included various new, classic, and antique vehicles, motorcycles,  and some boats.

A new season of Alberta watercraft inspections

Roadside watercraft inspection stations will once again be a common sight along Alberta highways this summer season. If you are traveling into Alberta with a watercraft or are keeping it close to home and just visiting different lakes within the province, you are required by law to pull over at every watercraft inspection station.

Local organizations receive provincial grants

MLA Pat Stier (second from left) with Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier was in the Pincher Creek area earlier this month with Government of Alberta cheques in hand to pass on to local organizations, grants to be used in current projects. Pincher Spray Park Society received $125,000, as did Pincher Creek Curling Club. Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club/Heritage Acres received $10,000. The Alberta Whitewater Association also received $11,835.

MLA Stier with Pincher Spray Park Society ant Town of Pincher Creek representatives

MLA Stier with Pincher Creek Curling Club's Debbie Reed

Alberta's solar rebate program begins today

Government of Alberta - The beginning of summer marks the official launch of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s $36-million Residential and Commercial Solar Program.  Starting June 21, homeowners can receive up to 30 per cent off solar panel installation costs, to a maximum rebate of $10,000. Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for up to 25 per cent of system costs, to a maximum rebate of $500,000. Rebates are based on the size of the installation and calculated at $0.75 per watt.

2017 Hawks Senior Girls Rugby team goes to provincials

Hawks vs Cardston in quarter final
Chris Davis - Halton's Senior Hawks Girls Rugby team finished third in their league pool and seventh at provincials this season.  Their last home game was also the quarter final game, held at Sproule Field n nearly perfect weather against Cardston.  The Hawks won by a wide margin.  The Hawks went on the road to play the #1 team in the league , Taber's W.R. Meyers , in the semi-finals.  Taber blanked the Hawks in that game.  On June 9 and 10 the Hawks were in Black Diamond for provincials, due to some Tier 3 teams dropping out, where they finished 7th after two close losses and a win.

Newly formed Public Land Alliance questions Waterton watercraft ban

Public Land Alliance logo
Chris Davis - A newly formed organization is asking Waterton Lakes National Park to reconsider a ban on the use of motorized and trailer-launched watercraft in the park, which was announced in March of this year due to fears of an possible invasive species infestation, with exceptions for park employees and some public agencies.  A similar ban was announced in late 2016 by Glacier National Park on the U.S. side of the border.  Public Land Alliance (PLA) is a southern Alberta based organization formed in May of this year which has the motto “keep public lands in public hands”.

Volunteer Lethbridge Project Paintbrush continues to paint a difference

Project Paintbrush volunteers paint exterior projects for seniors and people who are physically or financially unable to complete the work themselves. Through sponsorships and volunteer teams, a visible difference is made in just one day. Project Paintbrush has been painting a difference for 14 years. Just last year (2016), 21 projects were completed by over 250 volunteers.

$75 million Classroom Improvement Fund announced

Education Minister David Eggen with MLA Trevor Horne and students from Sturgeon Heights School participate in the announcement about benefits to schools from the Classroom Improvement Fund.

Government of Alberta - An additional $75 million will be invested to benefit students and teachers during the 2017-18 school year. Education Minister David Eggen with MLA Trevor Horne and students from Sturgeon Heights School participate in the announcement about benefits to schools from the Classroom Improvement Fund.

Children and screen time

Kari Hagen
Kari Hagen, Alberta Health Services - It has become common to see children playing with electronics or being in front of a screen. Often electronics seem to be a lifesaver in our busy lives, keeping children occupied while we do other tasks or household chores.  Long periods of time spent in front of a screen has a direct effect on our child’s development and health. In many cases, time spent on electronics has reduced the time available for the child and their caregivers to interact, go outside, play with toys, read etc.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Alberta RCMP and Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association sign official partnership

Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean (RCMP) and Ms. Beverley Salomons (ACOPA)

RCMP Alberta - The Alberta RCMP has been proud to support the Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association for numerous years and today Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Alberta and Ms. Beverley Salomons, Chair of the Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association (ACOPA), signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) which outlines the partnership that has been fostered between the two organizations.

Monday, June 19, 2017

4-H Multi Club holds 2017 Achievement Day at Heritage Acres

Toni Lucas - On Saturday, June 10 there was a lot of action out at Heritage Acres Farm museum.. Included in the festivities of the Chuckwagon Cookout were two separate 4 H groups hosting their end of the year achievement shows Pincher Creek Multi Club and Silver Reins Light Horse Club.  Multi Club includes kids with a wide variety of interests. Over the 4 H season they could take part in doing a variety of projects, including Public Speaking, Pigs, Sheep, Pheasant, Sewing, Target shooting, and Mechanics. The results of their work were displayed, demonstrated, and judged in the Zoeteman.Vogelaar barn near the entrance of the museum grounds.

Going Wild with anthropologist Brian Keating

Chris Davis - Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary Brian Keating was the featured speaker at a very well attended event at Heritage Acres on the evening of June 9. His presentation, titled 'In Our Backyard, The Last of the Great North American Plains' was hosted by Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG). LLG board member Kevin Van Tighem acted as MC for the occasion.

Alberta SPCA celebrates 50 years of legislated protection for Alberta’s animals

Alberta SPCA - The Animal Protection Act of Alberta turns 50 this year.  Since it brought in the first version of the act in 1967, the provincial government has entrusted the Alberta SPCA with protecting Alberta’s animals from situations of neglect or abuse.  In 2016, the Alberta SPCA dispatched 2,201 investigations. Horses are typically the most common livestock species seen, being involved in 29 percent of cases last year. Cattle were investigated on 10 percent of cases and other farm animals on 13 percent. The remaining cases involved dogs, cats or other companion animals.

Sodium bicarbonate drug shortage mitigation

Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services (AHS) is taking steps to minimize patient impacts from a shortage of the drug sodium bicarbonate.  Like other jurisdictions across North America, AHS is facing a shortage of sodium bicarbonate injection, due to a manufacturing issue by producer Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company. The drug is used in critical care and other urgent clinical areas. It is commonly used in life-threatening situations when the blood becomes too acidic.

Women encouraged to run in municipal election

Front R-L: Marina Banister (University of Alberta Student Union President), Mayor Lisa Holmes (Morinville, and President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association), Minister Stephanie McLean, Lauren Pue (data analyst) and Lana Cuthbertson (chair, Equal Voice Alberta North)
Back R-L: Shane Scott, vice-president academic (University of Alberta Students’ Union); Adam Gordon and Weilun Guo (data analysts)

Government of Alberta - With three months left to run for the 2017 Alberta municipal elections, Status of Women is encouraging more women to submit their nomination forms.  Status of Women has been working across Alberta to increase the number of women running for office in the October 16 municipal elections. The deadline for people to declare their candidacy is September 18.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary to June 18, 2017

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for for the week of June 12 - June 18, 2017. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 48
Assaults - 2
Uttering Threats - 2
Mischief (vandalism) - 1
Theft of motor vehicle - 1
Theft under $5000 - 5
Drugs - 2
Driving complaints general) - 8
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 1
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 2
Prisoners held - 6

Mumps Outbreaks declared over in South and Edmonton Zones

Alberta Health Services – Two mumps outbreaks, declared in the South and Edmonton Zones of Alberta Health Services (AHS) on February 16 and March 28, respectively, have been declared over.  48 cases were confirmed as linked to these two outbreaks, combined. 75 cases of mumps have been confirmed Alberta in 2017, to-date.  Although these outbreaks have been declared over, the risk of mumps remains worldwide, including here in Alberta. AHS continues to urge all Albertans to ensure they, and their families, are up-to-date on all immunizations, including immunizations that protect against mumps.

Solutions and substitutions

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,

Due to an unfortunate (stupid) accident I spilled a whole deep fryer full of old oil on the floor. In my rush to make sure it didn't seep into the cracks or around the edges of my laminate floor I grabbed quite a few of my extra-large bath towels to soak it all up. I washed those about 6 times, with every kind of laundry soap, let them soak for days with vinegar, hung them out in the rain for a few days, even put them on the grass, and they still smell like that rancid oil. Are they a lost cause, or is there something I can do or buy that will take that smell out? Thank you for your help, Sandi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Walking miracles

Shellie Byers - A few months ago I shared the emotional heartache I was experiencing, after learning a friend of mine was going to pass away . This last month things had escalated to dire . Her heart stopped, her kidneys failed., and when they resuscitated her body it was so weak infection set in and both her lungs collapsed. Everyday we waited on the edge of our seats wondering will this be the final phone call. Many people went to say their goodbyes seeing her attached to life support and fading away.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Akamina Parkway closure extended by one day

June 16, 2017 - Waterton Lakes National Park, AB – Parks Canada would like to advise that the June 14-16 Akamina Parkway closure to all public access has been extended to include Saturday, June 17, 2017 in order to complete paving work at the Cameron Lake Day Use Area. Construction delays have occurred due to recent inclement weather.

The Akamina Parkway will re-open to public traffic up to the Little Prairie Day Use Area on Sunday, June 18, 2017, pending Friday and Saturday weather.

Wildrose MLA Pat Stier on conservative unity, proposed new constituency boundaries

I joined Wildrose many years ago because it was a party that respected its members. This is as true today as it was then. The members of our party will be the ultimate decider on conservative unity, and I trust in whatever decision they make. This will be one of the greatest exercises in grassroots democracy Alberta has ever seen. - Livingstone Macleod MLA Pat Stier

Chris Davis -  Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier (Wildrose) has a lot on his mind lately, as evidenced by an interview I conducted with him on June 9.  His party and the Progressive Conservatives recently announced the formation of a new party, the United Conservative Party, which is anticipated to make a big difference in conservative representation in the Alberta legislature, for one thing.  For another, there will be some significant boundary map changes to Stier's constituency during and after the next provincial election.  Alberta's 30th general election will take place on or before May 31, 2019.

Government of Canada launches $50-million coding program for young Canadians

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as a result of a $50-million program that gives them the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills.  The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, together with the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today launched CanCode, a new program that, over the next two years, will give 500,000 students from kindergarten to grade 12 the opportunity to learn the in-demand skills that will prepare them for future jobs.

Annora Brown: About book collections

Joyce Sasse - Spring cleaning is a good time to search your shelves for contributions to our Annora Brown Book Box collection. It’s a delight to discover new insights about this Fort Macleod native who was such an ardent conservationist and artist.

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees

CRTC - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) yesterday announced that as of December 1, 2017, all individual and small business wireless service customers will have the right to have their cellphones and other mobile devices unlocked free of charge upon request. In addition, all newly purchased devices must be provided unlocked from that day forward.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Community invited to help reconstruct vandalized public art piece

University of Lethbridge - University of Lethbridge art student Sarah Russell planned to share a message of unity through her artwork in the LandMarks2017 exhibition. However, vandals rearranged her work into a crude image on the side of the coulee in Indian Battle Park. Russell’s artwork, which represented the Blackfoot symbol for unity, now needs just that – people to unite to help rebuild the installation before the opening reception on June 20.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Derek Snider remembered at Lundbreck Skate Park plaque unveiling

Derek Snider at Lundbreck Skate Park (contributed photo)

  • Derek Snider memorial plaque unveiled
  • Terry Snider speaks to MD council about Lundbreck Skate Park
  • Taras Panchyshyn, in memory of Derek Snider

Chris Davis - On Saturday afternoon June 10 a sizeable crowd gathered at the Lundbreck Skate Board Park in Patton Park to participate in the unveiling of the new plaque in memory of Derek "Harold" Snider, who passed away suddenly on June 17, 2016 at the age of 23. Derek's parents John and Terry were present, as was his brother Dustin and many friends, including his best friend Taras Panchyshyn.  Also present were members of the area's skateboarding and snowboarding communities, MD of Pincher Creek Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, many Lundbreck citizens, and other dignitaries.. Lundbreck Citizen's Council President Kimberly Hurst hosted the ceremony. "It's been a long time, so we're happy its happening," said Hurst as she presented the family with the plaque, which will be mounted at the park once some protective measures can be included. "We are very honoured and we are feeling very blessed to have to have you all here, and that everyone loves our son and our family so much," said Derek's mother Terry.

"To be honest, I think a lot of us were jealous of just how dang good he was.  It looked so fun and easy when it came out of him, whatever it was." - Taras Panchyshyn

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