Friday, November 30, 2018

New health and safety rules in force on Alberta farms and ranches

Government of Alberta - Farm and ranch workers now have similar health and safety requirements as workers in other industries and other provinces.

On December 1, the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code will apply to farms and ranches that employ waged, non-family workers. The code contains technical health and safety rules and now includes new rules specifically for farms and ranches.

Tragedy as mobile home is damaged in Spruce Villa fire

Chris Davis - At approximately 3:00 pm yesterday, November 29, 2018, Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a dwelling fire at the Spruce Villa mobile home park, located on the northeast hill of the town.  According to PCES Chief David Cox, the fire was managed (contained) within 15 minutes, and remained contained within the structure.  No other structures were damaged.

Chief Cox said the fire did not appear to be suspicious in nature, and that insurance inspectors would likely ultimately determine its cause and financial implications.

Unfortunately, according to Chief Cox, a dog was probably killed in the fire.  Cats may have survived it.

In addition to a fire engine from the Pincher Creek station, Chief Cox also enlisted the assistance of the Beaver Mines and Lundbreck stations, in case it turned out to be more difficult to contain than it was.

Nanton RCMP recovered stolen property after pursuit with police

RCMP Alberta - On November 28, 2018 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Nanton and High River RCMP were conducting rural patrols in the area of Township Road 164 and Range Road 290, when they located a truck and cargo trailer that had been stolen from Chestermere earlier in the morning.

Police approached the truck and observed the driver flee and jumped into a waiting silver car. Police attempted to stop the car but it fled the area. RCMP members from Nanton, Claresholm, High River, and Turner Valley detachments assisted in locating and safely brought the fleeing vehicle to a stop just south of Black Diamond, Alta., close to Highway 22.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fort MacLeod RCMP member charged with assault after investigation

RCMP Alberta - A Fort MacLeod, Alberta RCMP member has been charged with assault following a police investigation.

On April 13, 2018, Cst. Troy Heystek responded to a 911 call made from a home in Granum, Alta. After confirming the welfare of the resident of that home, Cst. Heystek and the resident entered into a verbal exchange that escalated and became physical. It is alleged that Cst. Heystek pushed and punched the resident.

Statement from the developers of the Windy Point Wind Farm Project

Boralex - We acknowledge the decision made by the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) of Pincher Creek this month to deny the development permit approval for the proposed 50MW Windy Point Wind Farm Project. We are disappointed with the decision and the factors that led to MPC’s conclusions on this matter. We are currently considering our options to address the decision made by the MPC.

We, as developers of the Windy Point Wind Farm, believe in environmental stewardship and are committed to respecting and protecting wildlife habitat and the environment throughout the Project’s development, construction and operation and eventual decommissioning.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Role-playing gives new meaning to ancient scripture

The Prophet Isaiah - Gustav Dore, Wikimedia commons
Joyce Sasse - A young farmer tried to re-enact a scene from the life of the 6th century BC Prophet Isaiah. It was a life-changing experience.

My friend knew this Scripture passage was always read at church on the first Sunday of Advent. So, when we invited the community to re-enact a “Bethlehem Market Scene” as our way of preparing for Christmas, his family came costumed as the Prophet’s family.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Carfentanil overdoses plague Blood Tribe

Blood Tribe Administration - Chief and Council continue to hear reports of substance misuse in our community, and in particular a street drug known as carfentanil which is extremely dangerous. We are concerned about the well-being of our tribal members and issue this warning again in hopes of preventing deaths. We have been informed that more overdoses have occured in recent days and the alert is not being taken seriously. This deadly drug has the potential to cause respiratory arrest and death after just one dose. One hundred times more potent than fentanyl, it is being sold in our community to unsuspecting users.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Stettler RCMP issue warning about Gift Cloud (pyramid) scheme

RCMP Alberta - The Stettler RCMP has recently obtained information on an illegal scheme being conducted in Stettler commonly referred to as a 'Gift Cloud'. The premise of this scheme is that people are invited to participate in what's considered a gift sharing group in which each participant will provide an amount of money that will be put in a 'pot' that will be given to the person at the 'top' of the pyramid and be removed from the group.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek denies two cannabis retail sales applications

Town of Pincher Creek - Two applications for cannabis retail sales were discussed this morning (November 20, 2018) at the Municipal Development Subdivision Authority (MDSA) meeting.  Both applications were refused. The applications were refused due to their proposed locations not adhering to the Municipal cannabis retail sale Bylaw No.1547.

LLG: Continuing wind development threatens environmentally sensitive grassland areas

Livingstone Landowners Group - In a bold move, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek this month denied development permit approval for the proposed 50MW Windy Point Wind Park northeast of Pincher Creek.  The decision follows numerous concerns raised by area residents and landowners about the environmental risks posed by this project and other wind-related infrastructure development.

"We applaud the MD of Pincher Creek Municipal Planning Commission for taking the widespread concerns of so many people to heart," said Bill Trafford, President of the Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG). "We need to consider the cumulative impact of all this development, including the proposed transmission infrastructure tied specifically to new wind projects in this region."

Charges laid in connection with June Hwy 3 death of Piikani man

RCMP Alberta - Charges have been laid against a 62 year old Lethbridge man who was operating a vehicle involved in a collision on Highway 3 near Coalhurst on June 25, 2018. This collision resulted in the death of a 42 year old man from the Piikani Nation.

Douglas Bagnall has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 80 mg% causing death. Mr. Bagnall was arrested on November 18, 2018, held in custody for a bail hearing. He has now been granted release based on conditions. His next court date is November 27, 2018 at the Lethbridge Provincial Court.

Border tips for Black Friday

Canada Border Services Agency - With the holiday season around the corner, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travellers and online shoppers of their responsibilities when importing goods to Canada. Whether you're flying or driving, these tips will help you plan accordingly.

Warrants and arrests in Claresholm

RCMP Alberta - On November 21, 2018, Claresholm RCMP members with the assistance of the RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Team, (CRT) in and effort to reduce prolific offenders and rural crimes, attended a number of residences in the town of Claresholm in and effort to execute outstanding arrest warrants.  Two adult males and a female young offender all from the town of Claresholm were arrested after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the town of Claresholm.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Claresholm RCMP seek assistance in assault investigation

Assault suspect

RCMP Alberta -
The Claresholm RCMP is asking the public for assistance in solving an assault that occurred earlier this year. On January 20th, 2018, an unknown male forced his way into a residence in the town of Claresholm and assaulted a female. A composite sketch of the suspect was released closer to the time of the event and is being released again to see if anyone recognizes the male in the drawing. This investigation is ongoing.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The battle for freedom is endless

Joyce Sasse - While bells around the world ring out to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, our battle for freedom continues. 

So long as refugees feel they have to flee from their homelands … So long as security costs form a mega part of public event budgets … So long as political debate in any country creates extremes of polarity among its citizens … So long as we feel big business interest cannot be trusted … the battle to aspire to freedom continues.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Alberta RCMP reminds road users to buckle up for every ride

RCMP Alberta - As Albertans welcome winter once again, Alberta RCMP would like to remind all drivers and passengers that #TrafficSafety starts with buckling up.

In 2016, 53 people lost their lives and 375 people sustained injuries in Alberta as a result of not being properly restrained at the time of the collision. (Alberta Transportation)

ASCHA: It's time to change how we support seniors in Alberta

Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA) - If you bring up the topic of how well seniors are supported in Alberta, chances are that most individuals will have a story to share about a senior they know whose housing, support or care needs were not addressed appropriately,  or in a timely manner. You would hear frustration with the `system' in general, which means different things to different people depending on the context of the conversation. While there are many appropriate options available to support seniors, there are gaps between various service providers, the information seniors receive and resource allocations that do not always make sense. Hardworking organizations, housing providers and front line staff are in place to offer services yet wait lists, bureaucracy and funding can make it difficult to assist those in need.

Gladstone gathering renews old acquaintances and memories

Musical Interlude with Adam Grose, Holly and Bev Everts, Hilah Simmons, Dave Simmons, Sarah Spranza (Iva Hemphill photos)

Hilah Simmons -
Almost 50 people gathered on the evening of Saturday, November 3, to talk about old times in the Gladstone Valley, tell stories, make music, and feast on pot luck offerings. This took place at Gladstone Mountain Conference Grounds at the kind invitation of the Hemphill family.

Iva Hemphill, Stan Fisher and David Simmons came up with the idea so people could learn more about the history of Gladstone Valley and reminisce about old times and past residents. People came here from as far away as Edmonton to join in the fun. We learned that when Stan Fisher moved here in the 40’s (making him one of the valley’s longest term residents), the valley was called “Pleasant Valley,” and at some point it was referred to as “Shotgun Valley.”

Notice of Public Comment Period issued for Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Grassy Mountain Coal Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Panel Secretariat - Please note that the Joint Review Panel for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project has issued a public notice to announce the start of a public comment period related to the environmental assessment of the project. Please consult the public notice for further guidance to assist in the preparation of submissions to the Joint Review Panel by January 21, 2019.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Foothills ranchers now authorized for livestock tax deferral for 2018

John Barlow, Foothills MP - The Government of Canada has released additional regions where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2018 due to drought. In response, John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, issued the following statement:  "Livestock producers in our Foothills region have had to cull some of their herds because of poor pasture conditions and reduced feed supplies due to drought in many parts of the country. For weeks, in collaboration with farmers and stakeholders, we have called on the Agriculture Minister to make tax relief available to an expanded list of affected drought-affected livestock producers through the Livestock Tax Deferral program. In the initial 2018 prescribed drought regions, parts of our region of Foothills were not included, despite many ranchers affected who have had to sell due to feed shortages. It is welcomed news that the Government of Canada has now included the Foothills region in the expanded list for 2018, allowing farmers and ranchers to make the best business decision for their operations.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In Memoriam: Daniel Sorochan

DANIEL SOROCHAN, beloved son of John (deceased) & Jean Sorochan, passed away in Lethbridge on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the age of 58 years.

Besides his devoted wife, Lisa, and her daughters, Jenn & Randi Burton, he is survived by his siblings, Glenn (Heather MacDonald-Sorochan), Don (Dilene), Dale, Myra, Jannette & James, all of Lethbridge and area. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margot (Steve Smith) and brother-in-law, Michael (Cheryl), both of Toronto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Vancouver, Cortes Island, Okotoks and Lethbridge.

Dan was born in Medicine Hat, raised in Transcona, Winnipeg, MB and lived most of his life in Lethbridge. After graduating with distinction from the University of Manitoba (Engineering), he chose to spend his entire career working in the family business: Sorochan Enterprises.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pincher Creek RCMP seek public assistance in identifying suspect

Pincher Creek RCMP
- Pincher Creek RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in gathering information on the following crimes:

Police believe several incidents are all connected and committed by the same person(s).

On the evening of the Sunday, November 4th, 2018, Pincher Creek RCMP were dispatched to a male driving a stolen Kubota side by side on Highway 774 heading east, away from Castle Mountain Ski Resort, the male was not located. A short time later it was learned that a residence in the area had been broken into, and items inside had been stolen. Upon search of the area, a Ford F-350 was located, that had been stolen out of Raymond, Alberta. It is believed that this vehicle was driven and then abandoned by the same man driving the Kubota.

The male and Kubota were then observed driving around properties in Beaver Mines, a home owner confronted the male and had a conversation with him. The Kubota was later found abandoned in Beaver Mines, and the male was again not located. On November 5th, 2018 it was learned that the male suspect had stopped at the Beaver Mines general store the previous day driving the stolen F-350. The male at one point entered the store and was captured on security surveillance. The male was identified by the home owner as being the same male he had spoken to on the stolen Kubota.

Pincher Creek RCMP are releasing the general store surveillance images in an attempt to identify the suspect.

If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Pincher Creek RCMP at (403) 627-6010, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nature’s revelation

(T. Lucas painting)
Joyce Sasse 

“Awesome”, my five-year-old friend declared with a mixture of mystery and wonder in his voice.

We were standing at the edge of a towering, cone-laden spruce when I asked him to look straight up. Clusters on clusters of cones clung to the top branches! Seen from our angle it was as if we were looking through a gigantic kaleidoscope at one of the delights of nature.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Understanding concussions

Laura Lukye

Laura Lukye, Health Promotion Facilitator, AHS - Now that summer is behind us, it means student athletes everywhere are gearing up to compete in their favorite fall and winter sports. And when kids play sports - especially contact sports like football, soccer and hockey - they are at increased risk for concussions and other serious injuries. But it doesn’t have to be a contact sport for your kid to get a concussion.

Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 Poppy Fund

The Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43, thanks all those that purchased wreaths; donated to the Poppy Fund and donated by purchasing Poppies.
Money donated during the Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 annual Poppy-Remembrance Campaign is placed in public trust funds. Some of the many ways this money is used to improve life for the people in our community include:
  • Providing assistance to needy ex-service members and their families
  • Purchasing medical equipment and appliances for community health facilities
  • Paying or medical research and training
  • Providing support services to senior citizens
  • Supporting local Cadets organizations

The Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43 wish to acknowledge the following Business for their contribution to the Poppy-Remembrance Campaign:

ATB Financial
C&D Floral
Crow Signs
North Hill Shell
Boston Pizza
Cowley Coop
Cougar Ridge
Lundbreck Hotel
Triple T Energy
Kawade Accounting
PC Coop Association
OK Tire
Super 8 Motel
Gero Construction
Patina Ridge
Blackburn Jewelers
Ames Insurance
Pincher Office
What Goes Around
Ken Butler
PC3 Computers
Jax Barber Shop
Two Sisters Magik
Shell Canada
Village of Cowley
PC Echo
MD of Pincher Creek
Town & Country Liquor
RGH Consulting
Castle Ford
Hurricane Plumbing
Tough Country
KaJay Automotive
Pincher Farm Centre
PC Meat Processors
Spectrum Wire Services
LF Repair/Fix Auto
M & M Motors
WindyView Mech
D A Electric
Allied Distributors
Ascent Dental
Dr. Mark Leishman
Sinnott Financial
Aztec Cabinets
Riteline Electric
Oldman River Brew
Fountain Tire
Avail CPA
Westcastle Motors
The Associate Clinic
Town of Pincher Creek
Robin & Co.
Dr. B J Anderson
PC Coop Hardware
Backcountry Butchers
Eden’s Funeral Home
A & W Restaurant
Sorge Trucking
Snodgrass Funerals
Country Vets
North & Co.
Pincher Creek Vet Clinic
R Clark Inspection
Royal Bank
Pincher Creek Credit Union
King Eddy
Leo’s Grill
Alberta Hotel

Our Thanks and Appreciation to all the Organizations, Clubs, Churches, Business and Individuals who contributed to the Poppy-Remembrance Campaign with Donations, purchasing poppies and canvased on our behalf.

Dick Burnham, Poppy Chair
Royal Canadian Legion Pincher Creek Branch #43

Respecting Indigenous rights in Castle parks

Minister Feehan, Chief Grier and Minister Phillips sign a historic agreement for Piikani Nation cooperative management in Castle parks. (Castle Parks photo)
Government of Alberta - The Government of Alberta has signed a historic agreement with the Piikani Nation to ensure that treaty rights, traditional practices and Indigenous knowledge are better protected and fostered in the Castle region.

“This agreement allows Piikani to work collectively with the Government of Alberta in managing this area. It allows our people to be more interactive and to express our history and our usage of the Castle region while also ensuring our Elders and our current generation can continue to exercise cultural practices and treaty rights important to who we are as a people. It’s a historic day.” - Chief Stanley Grier, Piikani Nation

Thorsby RCMP receive complaint of tampered Halloween candy

RCMP Alberta -
On November 2, Thorsby RCMP received a complaint that a child found a pin in a Halloween chocolate bar.  A school reported that a student found a pin in a small Coffee Crisp bar. The bar was received by the student while trick-or-treating in Thorsby.  The pin is described as a straight pin which looks as if a tip is broken off.

Strathmore RCMP investigate tampered Halloween candy incident

RCMP Alberta
- The Strathmore RCMP are investigating a report of Halloween candy that appears to have been tampered with. Upon returning home from Trick-or-Treating, a young girl opened a Rice Crispy treat to find a needle inside the candy. The young girl alerted her mother who inspected the candy to find a one inch pin inserted through the square. The plastic wrapper appeared to have been opened and re-sealed with glue.

Devon RCMP investigate tampered Halloween candy incident

RCMP Alberta -
On Halloween night Devon RCMP were alerted to an incident where pins were found in children’s candy. At 9:12 p.m., the RCMP received a complaint from a Devon citizen that when children came home from trick-or-treating, the alert child checking the candy found a pin in three different treats. Two were candies; a marshmallow based candy and Starburst, and one was a deflated bag of Cheezies. It is believed that likely those three different treats were all disbursed from the same house.

Infinite Scroll