Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fifth wheel trailer stolen in Pincher Creek, RCMP request public's assistance.

Stolen fifth wheel trailer
Pincher Creek RCMP - Pincher Creek RCMP requests the public's assistance in solving a theftBetween July 3, 2018, and July 17, 2018, a fifth wheel trailer was stolen from 1274 Bighorn Avenue, Pincher Creek .

Licence plate : 5BG474
VIN :4X4FCRM24FS213557.
Make : Forest River.
Model: Cedar.
Year : 2015.
Colour : White.

Anyone with information about this theft or information about the whereabouts of the stolen items is asked to contact:

Cst. Laurence HARVEY
Pincher Creek RCMP

Friday, July 27, 2018

Premier Notley honours deceased Alberta Firefighter Jerry Gadwa

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley -“Yesterday, an Alberta wildland firefighter, Mr. Jerry Gadwa, a resident of Kehewin, unexpectedly passed away while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ontario. As Albertans, we know all too well the sacrifices of our firefighters and first responders. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I want to offer our deepest condolences and support to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Gadwa.

“We are one country and we look out for one another. Mr. Gadwa and his fellow firefighters were in Ontario fighting to defend the well-being of their fellow Canadians. The sacrifice they and their families make is extraordinary and is felt heavily in hearts throughout Alberta and across Canada.

“Mr. Gadwa's brave and selfless actions will be remembered. To those who knew him beyond his career – his family, friends and loved ones – it is my hope that your memories of him give you comfort, and that the shared grief of a grateful province and country provides you with peace. You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.”

Communities In Bloom judges applaud volunteer commitment in Pincher Creek

Commnities In Bloom judges Bernadette Solon and Larry Hall
Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek was the fourth of six communities visited by Communities in Bloom International Challenge Medium Category Judges Larry Hall (from Canada) and Bernadette Solon (from Ireland). They visited July 15-17 and evaluated over 80% of the town and were supplied with information from town employees and service groups along the way. Five communities of similar size to ours and in the same categoryare in Canada, the USA, and Croatia.

Safety concerns for children using live streaming app Cake

Canadian Centre for Child Protection - The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its program, wants to make parents aware of the app Cake – Live Stream Video Chat and its risks for teens after recently learning about the app and its significant volume of sexual content.

Southern Nights at KBPV

Alli Price and Dave Gabert
  • Note: The Country Classics Wild West Show planned for Friday July 27 has been postponed to Saturday August 25, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm. KBPV will honour any passes for that evening and rainchecks are available for the August 25 event.
Toni Lucas - Southern Nights at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is an ever-changing cornucopia of music, education and entertainment throughout the summer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through September 1.  On Friday, July 20, the 'Hangfire Gang' Player-Improv Theatre from Lethbridge sent two of their players our way to entertain.  The duo did skits and improvisational comedy.  They posed as town pioneer A.E. Cox and his daughter Millie.  They involved the audience in their free wheeling fun.  along with many other skits the two improvised a wedding skit with a volunteer from the audience, and did a bit about buying a medicinal tonic from a traveling salesman.

The entertainment was funny, family friendly, and had some historical references thrown in. Actors Dave Gabert and Alli Price said this was their first historical improv attempt. Price said it was an inspirational setting.   Gabert had visited the area previously and enjoyed that the weather allowed them to range outdoors, taking the play to two different areas of the grounds for stages.

KBPV Curator Farley Wuth explained the set up for Southern Nights for the summer is to have a speaker on Thursdays, Fridays are more about arts and culture, and Saturdays are generally musical.  Almost all of the nights have children's activities planned.  "These are family-friendly events, meant for all ages or the whole family to enjoy".

Southern Nights schedule

July 2018 Communities In Bloom Yard of the Month - Grace and Dan Sibbald

Dan and Grace Sibbald (Rhonda Oczkowski photos)
Arianna Korbett - Grace and Dan Sibbald are the winners of July’s Yard of the Month, with their work done beautifying and cleaning up their yard. The Communities in Bloom judges presented them with the Yard of the Month sign as well as a Scotts Miracle Gro package. Coming in second place was Kristine Beer, showing that a small yard can be cleaned up nicely and bring character to any home. She was also awarded a Scotts Miracle Gro package.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gas line rupture in Pincher Creek

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fatal MVC on Hwy 519 near Granum

RCMP Alberta - On Monday July 23rd at approximately 7:00 am, the Fort Macleod and Claresholm RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 519 near Range Road 242.  A Honda Civic travelling westbound on the secondary highway crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a GMC Sierra truck. Both the female driver and female passenger of the Honda Civic were pronounced deceased at the scene while the driver of the GMC truck was transported to hospital with unknown injuries.

Livingstone Macleod Constituency Office


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pedestal-free environment

Joyce Sasse - Mennonite families in the Springridge district (between Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek, AB) recently celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the time when their Russian immigrant families founded a congregation. It was a joyous gathering and time for reaffirming their faith.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Christie brand Ritz Bits Sandwiches (Cheese and Pizza Flavours) recalled due to Salmonella

Christie brand Ritz Bits Sandwiches (Cheese and Pizza Flavours) recalled due to Salmonella (click here for more information)

2018 Beauvais Lake Metis Youth and Elder Gathering

Roxy Debroux - In Metis culture, both the youth and the elders are honored. Between July 3 and 6th, this honoring took place at the heart of Metis culture in the area, Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. Many gathered at the Homestead Group camp to interact with one another, teach, and learn.

Mark Anderson pleads guilty to child porn charges

Mark Anderson

Former Napi's Playground Elementary School teacher Mark Anderson pleaded pleaded guilty to making and possessing child pornography in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Monday July 16. On September 18 the completion of a risk assessment report is expected by the court and a sentencing date will then be set.

Pincher Creek spray park opens

Jennifer Draper's dream came true
Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's new spray park opened to the public on July 1 with a ceremony at its site behind the pool, the culmination of almost 5 years of effort and consultations.  Mayor Don Anderberg had changed into less formal wear after the Canada Day celebrations at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, looking ready for the beach.  "I am pleased to announce that the spray park is within budget and paid in full," he said during his opening remarks. He explained the process of how the park came to be, and who donated toward making it a reality.  He praised the efforts of the individuals, organizational groups, contractors, and town staff.  One of the interesting points he shared was the spray park has a water re-circulation system, which greatly decreases water consumption.  "That increased the cost, but ultimately is the proper thing to do."  Jen Draper and Billi Rigaux, who spearheaded the initiative and are members of the Spray Park committee, were also invited to speak. They were both gratified to see their efforts come to fruition.

2018 Canada Day in Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas - Canada Day 2018 in Pincher Creek included waterworks and fireworks, sun and clouds, dancing and food.  Events began at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV), followed by the grand opening of the new spray park behind the pool, and ending in the evening at the Ag Grounds (or the hills surrounding Pincher Creek) for a fireworks display.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Three former Mustangs move on to the CJFL

Carrah Walter - Three Pincher Creek Mustangs football players had the biggest day of their young lives on June 1st. They officially signed with the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). When a player signs, he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.

Lineman Jaeger Hann signed with the Vancouver Island Raiders in the British Columbia Football Conference, while Receiver Liam VanEe and Quarterback, Beau Walter signed in the CJFL’s Prairie Football Conference with the Calgary Colts.

Awards at 2018 Southern Alberta Summer Games honours members who go above and beyond

2018 Max Gibb Award recipient Adam Grose

Arianna Korbett -
49 years ago, Pincher Creek resident Max Gibb was a part of the committee that spearheaded the Southern Alberta Summer Games. The Summer Games were brought to life to unite 13 regions in Southern Alberta in sporting events that involve the whole family and people of all ages.

Now members of the 13 regions can be nominated for an award in Gibb’s name that have been involved in the development and organization of the Games for five or more years. This year, the M.D. of Pincher Creek nominated Adam Grose for the award.

Fire Advisories issued for Waterton Lakes National Park, Glenwood, Hill Spring

Fire Advisory Notices have been issued for Waterton Lakes National Park, Glennwood, and Hill Spring. This is in addition to notices recently issued for Crowsnest Pass, Cardston County, Longview, Calgary Forest Area, and other areas of the province.  Visit for the most current information.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Fires are only allowed in metal fire pits or boxes provided by Parks Canada. No random fires are allowed in the park.

How to safely enjoy a campfire in Waterton Lakes National Park:
  • Keep fires small. Fires must be contained within the designated metal fire boxes provided and be kept to a reasonable size.
  • Use firewood provided. Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive insects and disease. Do not collect deadfall or cut branches for burning.
  • Fires must be attended at all times.
  • Completely extinguish campfires with water. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until it is cool to the touch before leaving it.
  • Campers are required to purchase a fire permit before using fire pits in road-accessible campgrounds. Campfires are not permitted during quiet hours (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
  • Campfires are not allowed in some backcountry campgrounds. Check the backcountry camping information or ask at the park visitor centre before setting out on your hike.
  • Charcoal barbeques are allowed. Please dump cold ashes into a fire pit.

Do not throw cigarettes on the ground. Put them out and throw them in a bin.

Report any sign of wildfire to Parks Canada Dispatch: 780-852-6155 or call 911.

Village of Glenwood, Hill Spring

Due to a change in condition(s) within the County, we are currently implementing a Fire Advisory for all areas of the County. We are requesting that you use extreme caution while using the permit process. Permits are still being issued.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whither Go We?

Phil Burpee - To the old dictum ‘all great events and personalities in world history reappear in one fashion or another’, Karl Marx added – ‘the first time as tragedy, the second as farce’. I think it could be argued that we are currently in the second phase. Little Rocket Man and The Donald? Has it truly come to this? These are comic book characters – utterly laughable were they not so obliquely dangerous. With the odd bright exception, the current crop of the great and the mighty who bestride the lives of the global masses seems to be wrought from a rogue’s gallery of charlatans, demagogues, apologists and fools. The lust for power and wealth has always been a corrosive agent in the social contract within which we strive to enact our collective lives, yet on almost all fronts it has now become the prime motivator for the pursuit of positions of governance. And along with it come the reactionary and revanchist fever-dreams of those who would return us to some dimly-perceived past glory, when acquiescence was the order of the day, and a man surely knew his place – or perhaps more to the point, a woman.

U of L geography team takes to the skies for LiDAR mission

The Chasmer and Hopkinson crews include, from left to right, Craig Mahoney, Emily Jones, Dr. Chris Hopkinson, Dr. Laura Chasmer, Maxim Okhrimenko, Linda Flade, Celeste Barnes and Kailyn Nelson.
  • The first areas to be surveyed include the Wapta Icefields, located on the Continental Divide north of Lake Louise, the Castle area and Waterton Lakes National Park from July 14 to 16.

University of Lethbridge -
Aerial and ground crews from the University of Lethbridge have launched a large campaign that will conduct multiple surveys in Alberta and the Northwest Territories to measure ecosystem changes associated with climate change and permafrost loss and to build understanding of the role of wildfire.

Daycare service replacement announced

In June of this year Pincher Creek's Children's World Daycare Society (CWDS) announced they will be closing their doors effective August 31, 2018, a decision likely to affect 70 - 100 children and their caregivers.  On July 16 the Town of Pincher Creek issued a press release announcing that the day care services previously located at the Children’s World Day Care Town Hall site will move to St. Michael’s school, starting on September 3.

Fire advisories in effect for Crowsnest Pass, Cardston County, Longview, Calgary Forest Area

Source: Alberta Fire Bans

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass due to increasingly dry conditions. All active fire permits are cancelled, and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.

What is allowed
  • Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

Off-Highway vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.  Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Cardston County

"Due to a change in condition(s) within the County, we are currently implementing a Fire Advisory for all areas of the County. We are requesting that you use extreme caution while using the permit process. Permits are still being issued."

Village of Longview

Conditions are warming up and drying out. Please be careful with open flame and ensure your fires are thoroughly extinguished.

Calgary Forest Area

A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Calgary Forest Area due to increasingly dry conditions.  All active fire permits are cancelled, and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.

What is allowed
  • Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Parks Canada honours Annora Brown

Joyce Sasse - Annora Brown would be so proud to learn that Parks Canada honoured her by naming their Waterton Park Board Room after her – and suitably installing large, framed prints of six of her landscape paintings.

Waterton Park had a major influence on her life. According to her autobiography Sketches from Life, it was here she found courage to work through hardship, see beauty and find hope.

Alberta RCMP Commanding Officer Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean announces retirement from the Force

Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean

RCMP Alberta - Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, has announced his retirement after serving the citizens of Canada for 32 years. Shean has held this position for the past 15 months and his last day as Commanding Officer will be September 7, 2018.

Fatal collision on Highway 2

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 9:40 am July 14, Claresholm RCMP and Fort Macleod RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 2 near Township Road 120. A white courier van travelling northbound on Highway 2 entered the centre median and rolled several times.

The passenger of the van, a 25-year-old man from Calgary was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The driver, a 21-year-old female from Calgary was also ejected from the vehicle and was taken by ambulance to area hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Claresholm RCMP, with the assistance of an RCMP collision analyst are continuing to investigate to determine the cause and any factors in the collision.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Excitement for upcoming Communities in Bloom International Judging

Director of Community Services Diane Burt Stuckey
Pincher Creek Voice file photos

"If people could put out a flowerpot, it makes everything a little bit more cheerful. It is Communities in Bloom, they do promote flowers, as part of it. But the focus that I see is the tidiness aspect. Painting a fence, or washing your windows can contribute to making everything look very neat and tidy, and show how we care about our properties."  - Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey

Toni Lucas - Judging for Pincher Creek's bid in the Communities In Bloom International Challenge will take place July 16. Town of Pincher Creek Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey said, "It's an honour to even be involved in the program at this level, and making the community a better place to live is really what it's all about." Pincher Creek won at the national level (2009), and the Class of Champions (2015) against other Canadian communities at the same category of size. The first international challenge the town competed in was in 2016 where Pincher Creek won Honourable Mention. "I was completely floored. It was very encouraging."  

Friday, July 6, 2018

Alberta will be ready to roll on October 17

Cannabis Sativa -Thayne Tuason photo (Wikimedia Commons)
Government of Alberta -
 The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC) has finalized contracts with licensed cannabis producers and agreements for distribution and warehousing well ahead of the legalization date for cannabis.

Annora Brown: Mistress with watercolour

Annora Brown
Joyce Sasse - When we look closely at Annora Brown’s landscape paintings we see how masterfully she planned her design techniques and use of colour and light to express what she wanted to say.

AHS: Potential tuberculosis exposure no risk to general public

Alberta Health Services - On July 4 Alberta Health Services (AHS) hand-delivered notification letters to 55 individuals potentially exposed to a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in the South Zone.  The letters include information on arrangements for standard TB assessment and screening and treatment, if required.  The exposures were contained, and there is not a risk to the general public.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Karsh and Raffi

“If you have to cast a stone – be sure to miss.” - Yousuf Karsh

Joyce Sasse - 
Renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and children’s musician Raffi hold several things in common. They are known for their elegant dignity, their Armenian heritage and their pride in being an essential part of the Canadian fabric.

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