Sunday, March 31, 2019

God’s in us and we are in God

Joyce Sasse (Lenten Musings continue) - God is a concept bigger than most people feel they can understand. But when a connection can be made linking us with God, that is helpful.

For Christians, that connection is Jesus – said to be “fully human” and “fully divine”. On the one hand he was a baby who grew into manhood. He laughed and cried, was sometimes disappointed, but tried to show positiveness … as do we.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Citizen raises flag concerns

Joyce W. Bonertz - When will the Town of Pincher Creek fix the Canadian flag located at the Golf Course on the west side of Hwy. 6? Our Canadian flag is torn and flies beneath the American flag.

Break, Enter and Mischief to the Fort Museum

RCMP Alberta -
Sometime during the evening of Sunday March 24th and early morning hours of Monday March 25th, 2019, unknown persons entered into the Fort Museum courtyard through the locked gate. The suspects caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the property, with several windows, doors, and walls vandalized.

If you have any information regarding this Break & Enter please contact Cst. Tracy Gates at the Fort Macleod RCMP Detachment at 403-553-7200. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS),online at, or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through Apple App or Google Play Stores.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Group Group Youth employment opportunity


Part-time Position Available
Assistant Program Coordinator

Opportunity for Journeyman Carpenter in Pincher Creek area

Livingstone Range School Division No.68
Facilities Department
Journeyman Carpenter

Livingstone Range School Division invites applications for the full time (1.0 FTE) position of Journeyman Carpenter in the area of Pincher Creek, Alberta. 

Coffee with MD Council Monday April 8

MD Flag Raising Ceremony
Meet Our New CAO Troy MacCulloch
Coffee with Council
Monday, April 8, 2019
6:00 pm

Friday, March 22, 2019

Multicultural potluck March 30

Saturday March 30, 5-8 PM
at St. John’s Anglican Church

Tany Warkentin (supporting pastor for Springridge Church) and her family will share memories of their recent travels back to Burkina Faso (in Northwest Africa) where they had lived for 6 years.

Cardston RCMP arrest woman on outstanding warrants

RCMP Alberta - On March 14, 2019 Cardston RCMP arrested a female on outstanding warrants.

Shelise Jay Black Water (28) of Standoff, Alta., was wanted for trafficking fentanyl dating back to May of 2018. Upon her arrest Black Water was found to possess 15 Carfentanyl pills on her person.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Paradise musings continued

Joyce Sasse - Why are there so many Christian Denominations today? Give some thought to how external powers influenced changes in the church in the 9th century and beyond…

In the first millennium there was a dominant “form of Christianity that affirmed life in this world as the place of salvation”, according to research-theologians Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker. Even though many faced persecution and were executed, early Christians held tight to their beliefs.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Claresholm RCMP and surrounding detachments deal with high winds and collisions

RCMP Alberta - Claresholm and surrounding RCMP detachments are advising motorists that travel on Highway 2 between Fort MacLeod and High River is not recommended for any large/light vehicles - RVs /empty tractor trailers due to extremely high winds.

Police have responded to several overturned trailers on Highway 2.

Coaldale RCMP Warn of Dangerous Lethbridge Area Highway Driving Conditions

RCMP Alberta – Coaldale RCMP wish to advise the public that area highways including 3 and Highway 23 outside the City of Lethbridge are in poor driving condition with extremely slippery areas and blowing snow caused by high winds. RCMP are currently at the scene of several collisions in this area. Please slow down if you have to drive on Lethbridge area highways.

Making peace with mortality

Registered Nurse Rachel McGean helps patients navigate the considerations involved with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) across South Zone for Alberta Health Services. “We don’t want people picking this as their first choice,” she says. “We want to make sure that they’re aware of all the options. Whether they choose those options is still their choice, but they need to know that they’re there.”

Navigator ensures patient aware of options in Medical Assistance in Dying

Story & Photo by Sherri Gallant - Many patients are very close to death already by the time they start looking for information about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Others, upon learning they have a terminal illness, make inquiries at the outset to determine what options they have nearer to the end.

Men and women who choose this route all have one thing in common — a terminal illness. They are or will be suffering, depleted and in pain. And, while they understand the inevitability of their death, they would prefer to have it happen on their own terms.

In the South Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the first point of contact in the MAID process is Navigator Rachel McGean, who can be reached through an e-mail address on the AHS MAID website. People can also make the request by calling Health Link (811), through the Palliative Care team or through their physician.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Finding Paradise: In this world or the next

(Lenten Musings gives opportunity for Christians to reflect on basic understandings about how our Faith evolved.)

Joyce Sasse, Lenten Musings - From earliest of times, the Hebrew people looked back expectantly to see who would re-open the gates to the Garden of Eden. Their paradise garden was almost within reach. Their stories and songs were filled with images of one day re-entering the place of safety and abundance.

This expectation focused on a messiah-like person. Finally one did come who talked about fulfilling old promises, being baptised into a new realm of love, offering hope and healing to those in despair.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Child porn charges laid after ICE receives tip from Australia

ALERT - Following an extensive ALERT Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit investigation, numerous new charges relating to child sexual exploitation have now been laid against Christopher Juneau. The total number of charges now stands at 73.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 25 - March 4, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for theperiod of February 25 to March 4, 2019. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 36
Sexual assault - 1
Assaults - 2
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Theft under $5000 - 1
Impaired Driving - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 1
MV Collisions - 4
Liquor offences - 2
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 1
Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
911 calls (invalid) - 5
Animal calls - 1
Prisoners held – 1

Fortis donates $1000 to Spring Glen Elementary School green project

Submitted -
The Spring Glen Elementary School welcomed Darryl Pederson from Fortis Alberta on March 4 to deliver a check for a project proposed by the school.

A while ago, Fortis asked schools how they could “green up” their areas and the Spring Glen Elementary School discussed how planting trees would be a great way to enhance our playground and play spaces around the school. Fortis decided to name the school an Environmental Ambassador in the Green Up Program and gave them a grant of $1000.00 to help with the project. It is greatly appreciated!

Shiny's Commercial Cleaning

Turner Valley RCMP seeking the public’s assistance in locating wanted male

Wanted: Matthew Lee Grouette

RCMP Alberta - Turner Valley RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Matthew Lee Grouette who is charged and wanted in connection to multiple crimes in the Turner Valley area.

Historic Winter Games for Team Alberta

Government of Alberta -
Team Alberta has surpassed the all-time medals count for the province as the 2019 Canada Winter Games wrap up.  Team Alberta took home 100 medals, including a record 36 gold, finishing third behind Quebec and Ontario. They also took home the Centennial Cup for showing greatest improvement, and the Jack Pelech Award for best combination of good sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation and competitive performance. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RCMP Investigate theft of Cargo Trailer in Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek RCMP - On March 5th, 2019 at approximately 8:50 AM, the Pincher Creek RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a theft of a Cargo Trailer in the Town of Pincher Creek. A white coloured 2016 Royal utility double axle trailer (14 ft), (vin 2S9FL336XG3034167) AB licence plate 5BK422 was stolen from a residence.

The trailer had approximately $8000.00 in Power tools inside, along with shelving. The trailer had rock chips in the front as well as a large dent on the driver-side wheel well.

Police are continuing their investigation and are requesting anyone with information regarding this matter to contact the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP investigating Break and Enter, Poaching

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

On Thursday February 28th, 2019 Pincher Creek RCMP and Alberta Conservation Officers attended a Break and Enter at the Beaver Mines Lake Provincial Campground. Person(s) unknown had cut the locks to several gates and then broke into three sea cans. They then stole six "Specialized" brand Fat Bikes, helmets, sets of handlebar mittens and seat storage bags. Value of the stolen items is over $10,000.00.

When the officers were on scene conducting their investigation into the theft they noted a blood trail near the sea-cans that led them to a head of a cow moose, a cape, and entrails from a field-dressed moose.

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

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).

Medical lead finds joy in helping the dying

“I feel that all people should be able to have a good death however they perceive it to be, and to have access to that where they live,” says Dr. Dionne Walsh, Physician Lead for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for South Zone of Alberta Health Services.
  • Dr. Dionne Walsh takes time to hear their stories, share in their lives
Story & photo by Sherri Gallant - Dr. Dionne Walsh had always wanted to be a family doctor, but her Lethbridge practice took an unexpected turn after about seven years. She loved family medicine, as she knew she would, especially the opportunity to get to know her patients well over long periods of their lives.  “But I found that I really enjoyed caring for patients with incurable illness, and those near end of life,” says Walsh. “Providing palliative care, following people I knew and journeying with them and their families through that time in their life.

“People say that must be such a hard thing to do, but it’s just such a lovely thing to do, and such a special time to be a part of people’s lives. I can spend a lot of time talking with my patients about fishing, or cooking or their losses, their family and the things that are important to them. They teach me so many things. It’s been very special.”

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Prairie gal touched by Paradise Gardens

Joyce Sasse, Lenten Musings
- The TV series “Paradise Gardens” whisked me back to wonderful experiences of traveling through India, Kashmir and the Middle East more than half a life-time ago.  Host Monty Don carefully and repeatedly described the essential role the oasis-like gardens of Islamic lands play in the psyche of desert people.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for Feb. 18 - 25, 2019

Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of February 18-25, 2019. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service - 52
Sexual assault - 2
Assaults - 2
Domestic assault - 1
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Fraud / Forgery - 1
Theft under $5000 - 2
Impaired Driving - 1
Disturbing the Peace - 2
Driving complaints (general) - 3
MV Collisions - 6 
Liquor offences - 3
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 2
Assistance to General Public (general) - 4
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 1
911 calls (invalid) - 8
Prisoners held - 9

Alberta RCMP warn public of frauds – Over 11,000 reports received last year

RCMP Alberta - March is Fraud Prevention Month and in all of 2018, there were over 11,000 reports of fraud within Alberta RCMP jurisdiction. Impersonation and identity related incidents accounted for 14 per cent of all reported frauds for the year.

Protect yourself by learning how to recognize fraud. Here are some tips:
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Ignore communication from unknown contacts
  • Purchase items from reputable organizations
  • Never send money on a dating site
  • Regularly monitor credit card statements for unknown charges
  • Research organizations via the Better Business Bureau
  • Don’t leave personal identification in your vehicle
Check out our social media accounts and #StopFraud2019 and #FPM2019 for more fraud education and tips. Follow us on Twitter @RCMPAlberta and on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta.

If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to your local police service and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at: or by calling: 1-888-495-8501.

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