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Rum Runner Days remains deferred By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Council voted to defer Rum Runner Days to 2015 to allow time to plan and recruit volunteers to organize the event. On Feb. 18, Sheldon Steinke, chief administrative officer, advised council that last year’s Chairperson was out of the country for the next four months and it was getting late to begin planning anything for this summer. He recommended that deferring the event would allow administration time to “research options, implications and budget for a 2015 event to po-

tentially include Thunder in the Valley and Rum Runner Days”. There is a total of $40,000 identified in the 2014 triennial budget for the event. “It’s almost too late in the day to start planning a Rum Runners event… I think if we defer it for a year, we could have better planning in place,” said Councillor Shar Lazzarotto. Mayor Blair Painter said he’d like to see the municipality start to canvass for volunteers as soon as possible. Councillor Lazzarotto disagreed. She said she believes it will be difficult to get volunteers over the next few months because of the upcoming

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events that rely on volunteers such as the Bunny Bonspiel, the Chamber of Commerce Lifestyle & Outdoor Adventure Show, Kananaskis Pro Rodeo, and the Hillcrest Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary. “You’re going to have volunteer burnout,” she said. Councillor Marlene Anctil also pointed out that with the Crowsnest Pass Show & Shine moving to another weekend and the Taste of Crowsnest not happening, “it doesn’t leave much in between”. It was agreed to defer Rum Runner Days and start working towards 2015 by advertising for volunteers at the end of July.

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Penalties for unpaid property taxes have been changed to a progressive penalty installment system that increases the longer they remain unpaid. In a unanimous vote held on Feb. 18, council overturned the tax penalty implemented by the previous council in 2011 that called for a flat 20 per cent penalty on all tax bills unpaid as of July 1st. The new bylaw will charge a penalty as follows: • Eight per cent on July 1st • Additional 2 per cent Aug. 1st • Additional 2 per cent Sept.

1st • Additional 2 per cent Oct. 1st • Additional 2 per cent Nov. 1st • Additional 2 per cent Dec. 1st • Additional 2 per cent Jan. 1st Property taxes are due for payment by June 30 each year. The new penalties become effective March 31. Chief Administrative Officer Sheldon Steinke said this type of progressive installment system is used by other municipalities. “The previous penalties bylaw resulted in a yearly cost of about 52 per cent on penalties,” said Councillor Dean Ward.

“This takes it down to 20 per cent which is much more in line with everybody else, certainly in rural southern Alberta. The 52 per cent obviously wasn’t working because it hasn’t reduced the amount of taxes that we’re in arrears each year. In fact the numbers have increased. So I think it was an unnecessary hardship.” According to Steinke, currently total tax arrears for the municipality are $1.68 million with $1.2 million owed from Blairmore’s River Run properties, $147,000 from Bridgegate Development property near Crowsnest Lake, and the remaining $332,000 from all other property owners.

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Motions made from in-camera Feb. 18 * Defer discussion on filling vacancy for Agricultural Fieldman position to March 4. * Defer future issues on the Bridgegate Development to March 25. * Enter into EMS and Fire/Rescue responded to a call on Tecumseh Road at 4:05 contract of serp.m. on Feb. 17 when a cross-country skier was injured on a backcounvice with HJC try trail. Although the ambulance was stuck, there were no delays in Consulting Inc. getting to the patient because the four-man Fire/Rescue crew offfor assistance in loaded their snowmobiles and were able to reach the patient shortly designing and fiafter 5 p.m. while a three-man ambulance crew were able to dislodge nal preparation the ambulance from the snowdrift. of 2014 budget. Photo submitted * Adopt management report from joint manBy Joni MacFarlane * Recommend to Alberta agement-union meeting of Editor Transportation that speed Feb. 10. zones on Highway 3 remain Motions made from in-camera as posted withy no changes Feb. 4 and that Enhanced Visibility SAEWA membership deferred The Southern Alberta Ener* Designate the driver po- Signage be put in place for the gy from Waste Association is a sition for the Town Rounder School Zone. coalition of 72 municipal entiservice to a full-time position. * Make arrangements to ties and waste management ju* Cancel a meeting estab- turn over to the Smoke Eaters risdictions in southern Alberlished to continue investigation Community Club some of the ta. It is committed to research into purchase practices at the residual equipment and negoBlairmore municipal shop and tiate the transfer or donation and implementation of energy put the purchasing policy on of other equipment to Emer- recovery from non-recyclable the joint union-management gency Services they are cur- waste to reduce long-term relimeeting agenda. rently using. The Municipality ance on landfills. Sheldon Steinke, chief ad* Confirm council’s wish to will recognize the Smoke Eatministrative officer, told counremain the Regulatory Au- ers Community Club for their cil Crowsnest Pass has been a thority on changes proposed donation publicly. member for about three years by the Power Retail Marketing * Contact Bruce Decoux and with the annual dues paid Review. request his assistance to reprethrough the Crowsnest/Pinch-

COMMUNITY CALENDAR February 27 - Join your fellow riders for UROC’s 2014 AGM at 6:30 p.m. at the Rum Runner Restaurant (downstairs), Coleman. Food and beverages will be provided by the club. After the meeting, there will be a presentation by Andrew Fairhurst about his experiences during the 10-day world championship adventure race in Costa Rica. FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 28 – Crowsnest Curling Club Ladies night, $5 drop-in fee, no commitment. No experience necessary. Details on our website “Crowsnest Curling Club”. MARCH 1 – Wintervention 2014 with events throughout the day including Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. at Elks Hall, Sole Survivor Foot Race at 10 a.m., Frying Pan Toss at 10 a.m., Human Dog Sled Races at 1 p.m., History Detectives at Crowsnest Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Snowshoe/ski event from 3 p.m. to



5 p.m. At Allison-Chinook Cross-country Trails, and dance at 6 p.m. at Elks Hall. MARCH 10 to 14 - CNP Music Festival is looking for new volunteers to add to the existing volunteer pool. Jobs available: secretaries at sessions, sitting at admission desk at sessions, etc. Sessions run in the morning, afternoon and evening at various locations throughout the Pass. Even if you are only able to help with one session during the week, you are a valuable help! Contact Sheila Lonsbury or Krisztina Wood. Without volunteers the festival would not run. MARCH 14 to 16 – Crowsnest Mixed Shamrock Bonspiel. Dress in your finest Blarney style. Friday entertainment and Saturday pig roast supper included. A portion of the entry fee supports the Crowsnest Curling Club. $180 entry fee per team, three events, maximum two men per team. Register before March 8. MARCH 19 – CNP Parent Link Cen-

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er Creek Landfill Association. They have since decided to discontinue their membership and it is now up to the municipality to decide. The matter was deferred to allow landfill council representatives to get more information. Board appointment Terry Hrudy was appointed as the Municipal Planning Commission representative to sit on the Municipal Heritage Board. Alberta Municipal Health & Safety Association Crowsnest Pass has gained its recognition as a partnership member with the provincial Injury Reduction program until November 2016. CAO Stienke advised council there will be a discussion during budget talks about the future of a health and safety position within the municipality. Land use amended First reading was given to a bylaw amending property in Coleman from Residential to Group Country Residential. Development Officer Ken Bourdeau said over the years, the land has been the subject of numerous subdivision and rezoning applications and is currently split zoned. There is a pending real estate transaction with a condition that the split zoning be removed. Development permit applications can’t be accepted until the issue is resolved, Bourdeau said. A public hearing will be held on March 4.

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tre hosts “Colour my World” - hands on scientific learning for families with pre-schoolers. Room 216, Horace Allen School 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Remember to dress for mess! APRIL 17 to 20 – The Bunny Bonspiel. $280 entry fee per team includes three events in Mens or Ladies league, Friday night entertainment, Saturday night banquet and dance. A portion of the entry fee supports the Crowsnest Curling Club. Register before April 3. APRIL 30 – CNP Parent Link Centre hosts “Diggin’ My Dino” - hands on scientific learning for families with pre-schoolers. Room 216, Horace Allen School 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Remember to dress for mess! MAY 28– CNP Parent Link Centre hosts “Eruptions & Explosions” - hands on scientific learning for families with pre-schoolers. Room 216, Horace Allen School 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Remember to dress for mess!

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We’re Canadian, we’re sorry

There was an image making the social media rounds last week after the Canadian women’s hockey team won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics. “On behalf of all Canadians, sorry for being so awesome all the time,” it read, painted on a well-used ice surface. Funny stuff but oh, so true. After centuries of instant apologies, the country can finally proclaim our “awesomeness” after coming in third in medal standings at 25 (10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze). Our rightful sense of pride is topped only by our glee at besting the U.S. Beating Finland? Latvia? Sweden? Nice, but nothing compared to the U.S., leaving us to wonder, why do we love beating the Americans so much? Ever since the War of 1812, we’ve sat in our neighbour’s shadow silently swallowing their annoying proclamations of greatness while they’ve looked down their noses at us (if they happened to look at all). As a nation, we were the pale skinny guy who always got sand kicked in his face at the beach. Canada’s Own The Podium program was our membership to the gym and we’ve now beefed up enough to kick back. Tired of the shadow, our national consciousness exploded last week into a rightful feeling that we can do some things better than they can. It’s not always pretty – that feeling – but if we can’t be a little bit smug knowing we nailed our place on the top of the heap, then so be it. We can handle that they don’t really know where we are or that they think we live in igloos, hunt seals for dinner and our policemen are always smiling in their handsome red serge. Now that they know we’re the undeniable king of the rink – curling and hockey – that’s all that counts. Gloat on Canada. You deserve it. JLM The Crowsnest Pass Free Press welcomes letters to the editor that are of interest to our community. Whatever the subject, there are a few basic guidelines to follow before Crowsnest Pass Free Press will publish your comment. • Letters must be received by 4 p.m. Thursday for the following week’s paper. • One letter per person per month. • Letters should be typed or neatly written and present the issues as clearly as possible in 350 words or less. • All letters must contain the name, address and signature of the writer, and a phone number where they may be reached during business hours. • Anonymous letters will not be published and pen names may not be used, except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the editor. • The editor reserves the right to edit for length, clarity or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste or style. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy or belief of this newspaper.

Letters Multi-use recreation facility requires new thinking

Dear Editor, We would like to respond to a recent editorial in the Pass Herald (Feb. 12, 2014) entitled, “We Just Can’t Afford One”. Each generation likes to look back and see that they have contributed to the betterment of society and their community. Here in the Crowsnest Pass, we have a legacy of infrastructure that is deteriorating and in need of replacement. The generations alive now and looking forward to years in the Crowsnest Pass want to take the opportunity to build, to invest in a better future for this area. Small towns can acquire a Cultural and Recreation Center with an indoor pool. All one has to do is vary from the historical business model which means everything is paid out of taxes.

A case in point is Grande Cache. It has had a pool from its inception in the late 1960s because Macintyre Mines knew it was important. They now have a new, upgraded indoor leisure centre with the old pool replaced. In the Crowsnest Pass, some 400 individuals contribute to the British Columbia mining operations of Teck. Perhaps a community-focused presentation could be made to Teck, and rather than seeing many smaller donations, we could establish a different gift arrangement. In addition to Teck, we could have two new mines in the area by 2020. What change in approach would be needed to influence these new mines to contribute in meaningful ways towards a community goal of a Cultural and Recreational Hub? Could our community pull together in such a way that every club and group contributes something? Could the many friends we have

that love the CNP but have to work away be influenced to help us? If giving towards a Cultural and Recreation Hub could be set up so that tax receipts are available, could we build a facility? If there was a planned giving program in place, would some individuals will funds towards such a center? If memorandums of agreements were put in place for some business to be housed in the facility, how much would this offset costs? If our whole community started using Fund Script (a way to raise funds with the shopping you do anyhow), how much money would be placed in a construction fund? Could we plan for a 10 month year? Based on community priorities what about a complete engineered design with a phased construction? If one wants a pool in place by 2020, the time to begin working on plans would be now. Cont. next page...


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From page 4... In the recent Municipality of CNP Recreational Survey, not officially released yet but with facts appearing in Councillor Dean Ward’s blog, we can see that more than sixty percent of those surveyed would accept up to $100 more on their taxes and half of those stated they would accept more than a $100 increase. In discussions with the manager of the Sparwood pool in 2011, it was stated that some of the biggest opposition to a pool will come from the elderly who are on a fixed income. This is understandable and we have a high percentage of retirees. The other side of the coin though is that there is potential for the elderly to become major users/supporters of the facility due to the health benefits of staying active. Pools cost money, even more so than a ski hill, and neither break even. That is just a fact of life and one must look to quality of life assessments to gauge the value to

a community. Yes, we are a small community, and without a population of 15,000, a pool may never be attainable. However, we have not heard the last good idea on how to fund the operating costs for a cultural and recreation hub that includes an indoor pool, indoor track and live theatre facility. Believing it can be done demands positive thinking. Believing it can be done requires creative thinking. Believing it can be done stimulates the need to work together. We all know that it will take all groups, clubs, businesses, friends living away from our community, industry, municipal, provincial and federal governments focused on an improved future for the Crowsnest Pass for a cultural and recreation hub to rise from the depths of despair and pragmatism cultivated here. The Mission of the Crowsnest Cultural and Recreation Society (CCRS) otherwise known as Crowsnest CanDO includes planning for the inclu-

CAO Report

By Joni MacFarlane Editor Sheldon Steinke, Chief Administrative Officer, presented an update to council on Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 reporting on major issues the municipality is working on. First, tenders have been advertised for work on municipal properties damaged by last June’s spring flooding event under the Disaster Recovery Program. Site tours were held with the Disaster Recovery Program engineers and municipal operations staff as well as a pre-tender meeting. Closing date for bids is Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. After that date, said Steinke, there will be a tender evaluation process with the municipality and Stantec Engineering to shortlist the proposals.


Steinke assured council the tender process was open to the public and anyone could place a bid. Job vacancy postings for the Director of Planning, Engineering & Operations and the Director of Finance & Corporate Services have been made with a deadline for applications on Feb. 20. As of Feb. 14, Steinke said, 10 applications have been received for the finance position and seven for the planning position. A human resources specialist, Mary C. Thompson Ph.D., is under contract with the municipality to provide screening and selection services for these positions, he added. A meeting with CUPE representatives was rescheduled to Feb. 10, said Steinke, to work through a number of items on their agenda. The finance team is working toward

sion of the top five items mentioned in the Municipal Recreation Report (pool, fitness/wellness, walking/running track, banquet facility and performing arts spaces). The mission also calls for the development of a management framework integrated with the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and recognizes the need to liaise with groups, businesses and industry towards a better tomorrow. Let’s join together “one in purpose” and create a new model for the delivery of a Cultural and Recreational Hub in the Crowsnest Pass. This generation can choose a better future than we have seen in the past. Crowsnest Can Do it. Become a future changer. Get active and participate in a community changing mandate. Join Crowsnest CanDo by taking out a lifetime membership at the Cooperators Insurance in Blairmore. Tim Juhlin, Crowsnest CanDo President

completion of year-end, said Steinke, and a meeting will be held in March with the auditors. Deliberations will start at the end of February followed by a “marathon of meetings” in March and April to finalize the 2014 budget and prepare for the mill rate bylaw. Steinke said he hopes to hold the first in-camera orientation session with council on Feb. 27. He has also hired a contractor to help with budget preparations. Tenders for work through the province’s Fire Smart program were awarded to two local firms, he said. Trotz Brothers Holdings and Simply Live began work on Feb. 19 in the Nez Perce area cleaning up deadfall and clearing areas that could pose a fire hazard on municipal and forestry land.

Volunteers make our community grow Submitted

Last year’s winner of the Order of Crowsnest Pass was Jane Ann Reimer. Residents are invited to submit nominations for this year’s outstanding volunteer contributor. Photo submitted

Plans are underway to celebrate the role that volunteers play in making our community strong and vibrant! The 2014 Crowsnest Pass Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held on Thursday, April 10 at the MDM Community Centre in Bellevue. In the past the banquet has been a highlight for many volunteers. An important part of the celebration is awarding of the Order of Crowsnest Pass and the Outstanding Youth Award to two very deserving community volunteers. The Order of Crowsnest Pass has been awarded annually since 1983 to an individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication to volunteer service in our community.

The Outstanding Youth Award was added in 2012 to recognize a youth between 12 and 18 years of age who has made positive contributions to our community and makes time to participate in voluntary activities; in school, at church, in recreation, cultural or other community organizations. The citizens of the Crowsnest Pass are invited to nominate deserving individuals for these awards. Nomination forms are available at the Municipal Office and online at; http://www. living-here/community-services/familyand-community-support-services. Deadline for nominations is March 19. For more information, please contact Kim Lewis, FCSS Coordinator at 562-8833.

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n o i t n e v r e t n i W 2014 Feb. 28-March 1

Feb. 28 • Prohibition-era cocktail party at Crowsnest Museum - “Noble Experiment exhibit including music, ticketed bar, costume contest March 1 • Pancake Breakfast (Blairmore Lions) Elks Hall, Blairmore • Sole Survival Foot Race - Elks Hall , Blairmore

• Frying Pan Toss - Gazebo Park, Blairmore Kid and Adult prizess • Human Dog Sled Race - Gazebo Park , Blairmore Prizes and costume contest • History Detectives - Crowsnest Museum 1-4pm This drop in program cost $2 per participant • CCRS theme dance with Calgarys Tequila Rain Band & Silent Auction

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Crowsnest Historical Society celebrates Gushul Submitted

The Noble Experiment: Temperance & Prohibition is now on display at the Crowsnest Museum. The exhibit, which runs to May 3, was organized by the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives as part of the Travelling Exhibit Partnership Program. Photo by J. MacFarlane

The Crowsnest Historical Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Coleman Senior’s Drop In Centre Building at 7805 – 18th Avenue in historic downtown Coleman. This year’s AGM will be honouring Evan Gushul and celebrating the Gushul Photograph Collection with a slide presentation featuring a selection of images of Evan’s photography and that of his father, Thomas Gushul.

Evan donated his personal photographic images and his vast collection of Thomas Gushul negatives and photographs to the Crowsnest Museum. Most of the images are of people, places and events in the Crowsnest Pass. The photographic slide show tribute to the Gushuls will be presented by Ian McKenzie. The Annual General Meeting will provide update’s on the society’s past year operations; current financial position; and future plans for new programming at the Crowsnest Museum.

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A consulting firm specializing in parks and recreation, is developing a feasibilty study for the Crowsnest Pass in partnership with a steering committee. Results will be made public by summer. Photo submitted By Joni MacFarlane recreation facilities. know there are certain areas of Editor “We not only looked at them recommendations that we will in a physical sense but we also deal with in the master plan The preliminary stage of a have as much analysis as we or strategic plan,” said Roma. study commissioned to look at can of the usership,” he said. “But instead of us taking that recreation in Crowsnest Pass “Where we could, we have done data and coming up with our has been completed and the analysis of utilization.” own recommendations… we second phase will begin within A survey was mailed out to all like to involve the community the next few weeks. households in the municipality in making some of those deciRC Strategies, an Edmonton- with a response of 578 com- sions… and to get good input based niche consulting compa- pleted – a response, he said, from them so they are in fact ny, were hired in 2013 to con- that was very good and statisti- part of the process.” duct a feasibility study in the cally reliable. “If we develop a plan that Crowsnest Pass to look at the One of the most interesting had engagement from the communicipality’s current state of findings, he added, was from munity… and have them help recreation and its future needs. people who indicated they par- us figure out what these recomMichael Roma, partner with ticipated in recreation is to en- mendations could be, then the RC Strategies, told the Crows- joy nature. chances of it actually happennest Pass Free Press they were “The incidence of people ing and being implemented, are in the preliminary stages of the saying that was way higher in better,” Roma said. study. He was unable to talk Crowsnest than it’s ever been “We still use our expertise about the findings of the re- in any other municipality that and our own interpretation in search until they have been pre- we’ve worked in,” said Roma. developing the plans but we do sented to council and released In this regard, he said, it use input from the committee to the public, he added. shows that a large part of recre- to start the discussion,” he said. For the Crowsnest Pass study, ation is the outdoor/backcoun“In some cases it does provide Roma said they’re conducting a try piece, and issues such as the value to the recommendations recreation master plan to “look South Saskatchewan Regional we make and in other cases, at the current state of recre- land use plan and the trails sys- it’s the same conclusion we ation in the community and tem needs to be considered in would’ve come to but we did it what kind of enhancements the larger plan, he said. together instead of on our own could be added to the current RC Strategies also sent out as a consultant coming from state or to the current delivery a survey to volunteer organi- Edmonton.” system, or what kind of future zations such as sports groups, A report including all the focuses there should be for in- arts and culture groups, and research and its findings, has frastructure investment, so the service clubs, that asked their been presented to the steermunicipality has a strategic opinion on what the current ing committee and questions course of action... to guide state of recreation is and what with questions about a multi[them].” they want to see in the future. purpose facility posed to the First, he said, they began by Twenty-three responses were group, he said. “fact-finding” and research to received out of a total of 86 of RC Strategies is in the process learn the background of the the group surveys, which Roma of gathering their responses community. said was also a good rate of re- and the results will be compiled This includes talking to as sponse. and included in the final results many people as they can in a Finally, they held 33 individu- which he hopes to release to the variety of different ways to get al interviews with people either public prior to summer. They opinions, looking at inventory representing groups or key peo- also expect to host an open and, in some cases comparing ple in the community. house with opportunities for Crowsnest Pass to similar muRoma said they were guided public input. nicipalities or regions, as well on who to talk to by a steer“The whole point is we look as looking at trends nationally, ing committee that includes at what you have right now as provincially, and locally. the Sport & Recreation Com- a municipality and we listen to “We always have to relate mittee, members of municipal what people say about what you whatever we come up with in administration, and represen- have right now,” said Roma. terms of recommendations tatives from the Culture & Her“That includes programs, that back to planning that’s already itage committee. includes infrastructure, indoor been endorsed by the municiAll findings including the and outdoor, and then we try pality,” said Roma. “There initial research will be brought to figure out what are the best are a variety of things that ex- back to the steering committee, things to do moving forward.” ist and we want to make sure he added, to work together on Watch the CNP Free Press for that... we build upon [them].” recommendations. more information as it becomes Roma said he visited all the “We interpret the data and we public.

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Need for Ag Services stressed By Joni MacFarlane Editor

A member of the municipal Agricultural Services Board emphasized the need for the program to continue. Larry Mitchell told council on Feb. 18 that at one time Crowsnest Pass was considered an urban municipality but when it joined the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), Crowsnest Pass was considered rural-urban, he said. Because of the municipality’s rural connection, they were then able to form an Agricultural Services Board, which received funding from the province. Mitchell said the municipality is currently receiving about $133,000 in provincial grants. Criteria for the funding is that a municipality must have an Agricultural Services Board and an Agricultural Field person. They are also mandated to control weeds, soil erosion and vermin. “If we don’t comply with these rules and regulations, we don’t get our grants,” said Mitchell. Without the Board, the municipality will not receive grants but will have to pay for weed, soil erosion and vermin control out of their own budget, he added. “It’s money we get that we wouldn’t get, but we still have to control them,” said Mitchell. “I’m imploring you as council to continue with the Agricultural Services Board as it is.” Agricultural Fieldman, Kim Lutz, has resigned and will be leaving the municipality on March 14. At an earlier council meeting, Lutz and Kelley Cooley, Southern Alberta Weed

Coordinator, presented council with a historical look at the need for the program, and how the current program is

said Cooley. “It’s not just that [weeds] have a legislated responsibility, it’s that they have a devastating impact on the

Dame’s Rocket is one of several invasive weeds that present a problem in the region. Municipal council has been informed on the importance of keeping the Agricultural Services Board and Agricultural Fieldman position. Photo submitted operated and funded. “Weeds are a huge threat in terms of losses in agricultural/forest production and destruction of natural ecosystems,”

ground and the water system.” He added that the thin, gravelly soil of the Pass is a breeding ground for these invasive species, “a nursery for these plants

Police briefs By Joni MacFarlane Editor Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 19, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to 38 calls for service. They included: Assaults: 2 Threats/Harassments:3 Mischief/Vandalism: 1 Disturbing Peace: 3 Driving Complaints: 3 MV Collisions: 16 Suspicious Occurrences: 2 Assistance to General Public: 2 Assistance to Other Agencies: 1 False Alarms: 2 Animal Calls: 2 Municipal Bylaws: 1 Prisoners Held: 3 Lady luck On Feb. 13 at 12:45 p.m., police received a report from a witness who saw a semi-tractor trailer rollover that went through a guard rail and rolled down a 70foot embankment on Highway 22, about 40 km north of Highway 3. The 63-year-old driver from Calgary was uninjured. Feelin’ guilty On Feb. 13 at 9:10 p.m., an intoxicated male attended the RCMP detachment to turn himself in on outstanding warrants. The 33-year-old male from Edmonton was arrested for public intoxication and released when sober. Wrong turn On Feb. 14 at 12 p.m., a 28-yearold male from Calgary reported he was lost. His GPS had in-

dicated he take Highway 940 from Calgary to Coleman and his vehicle had become stuck in the snow. Police patrolled and picked him up about 4 km north of Coleman. He had walked about 10 km since 7 p.m.

dow smashed out of a vehicle at a parking lot in Blairmore. A 23-year-old male from Blairmore was arrested and lodged in cells for intoxication. He advised he was willing to pay for damages and no charges were laid.

Harassment I On Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m., police received a complaint from a Crowsnest Pass male that another male was harassing him. The matter is under investigation.

Harassment II On Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., police received a complaint from a Coleman resident that a 45-year-old female, also from Coleman, was harassing him. No charges are pending.

Dumb and dumber On Feb. 14 at 11:30 p.m., police received a complaint of a passenger tossing beer cans from a vehicle stopped on Highway 3 near Blairmore. Police attended and noted the smell of marijuana in the vehicle. A minor amount of drugs and some alcohol were seized. The 35-year-old male from Regina was charged for possession of open liquor. The 34-year-old driver, also from Regina, was sober and was not charged.

Fire On Feb. 16 at 9 p.m., police received a report of a trailer attached to a vehicle on fire on Highway 22. Police attended and found a snowmobile trailer attached to a truck fully engulfed in flames. The 41-yearold driver from Calgary was not injured. The truck received minor damage and the two 2012 snowmobiles in the trailer were damaged. The fire was not of a suspicious nature.

Cat collision On Feb. 15 at 7:45 p.m., a Sparwood resident attended the RCMP detachment with a young deceased cougar that had been hit on Highway 3 near Lundbreck. There was no damage to the vehicle. The animal was turned over to Fish & Wildlife. Smashed On Feb. 15 at 2:20 a.m., police received a complaint of a win-

Assault On Feb. 18 at 11:55 p.m., police received a complaint from a Coleman resident that she was assaulted at her residence about one month earlier by her ex-boyfriend. The matter is under investigation. Harassment III On Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., police received a complaint from a Coleman resident of ongoing harassment by an ex-boyfriend. The matter is under investigation.


to take hold and spread”. There are an abundance of weeds in Crowsnest Pass because it’s a major transportation corridor and water, wildlife, rail, people and vehicles spread plants. Aided by wind, said Cooley, the Crowsnest Pass is “a perfect storm for invasive weeds to get a foothold and spread”. He stressed that good work has been done in the past and they are trying to be a “check stop” for weeds coming in from B.C. Facilitated by the M.D. of Pincher Creek, a cooperative jointly funded weed program began in 1981 in the Pass that ran to 2005. After funding the program on a seasonal basis, the province then decided municipalities had to set up a full-time program, Cooley said. Crowsnest Pass council of the day decided not to and the seasonal funding stopped. “That was an unfortunate decision. It stopped the momentum that we had,” said Cooley. “On the ground, things started to go backwards.” For two years, the M.D. of Ranchland contributed to a seasonal weed inspector position filled by Lutz. This position was approved for fulltime in 2011 and the Agricultural Services Board now receives provincial grants to employ an agricultural fieldman, a seasonal weed/pest inspector and a riparian restoration technician. Two licensed pesticide applicator contractors are also hired. Together, with the Agricultural Services Board they manage three programs - weed control, riparian restoration, and pest control.


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Crowsnest Reads Crowsnest Reads is a new section in the Free Press that talks about what we’re reading and why. We will feature a few selections every week and hope many, many people in the community participate. If you would like to be included, please send a brief paragraph or two telling us what you’re reading and why you chose it, what you liked (or didn’t). Any and every genre goes – children’s books, non-fiction, biography, business, historical, how-to’s, self-help, graphic novels, romance, humour, whatever you’re into. Let’s talk about what we’re reading. Send your submissions to joni.macfar@gmail. com. Pat Lucas Author: Laurie R. King Mary Russell Series: Politics, women’s rights, religious expression, governmental oppression–all these and more wander through the Russell historical mystery stories set in the time of the Great War and into the 1920s, and around the world. Mary Russell, 15-years-old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, stumbles into an elderly and retired Sherlock Holmes in 1915 and a brilliant mystery series begins. Under his tutelage, this very modern 20th century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. I love the series because: I have a connection with England and enjoy its history; I’ve been to Oxford, England, university town extraordinaire; there are 12 novels and another is in the works; all the books are in the Chinook Arch library system and can be brought in to the Crowsnest Community Library free; and there is absolutely nothing that I don’t like about it!

Susan Wagner Altner, Sandi Krawchenko (2011). Ravenscraig. Winnipeg, MB: Heartland Associates This excellent novel traces the members of two families who settle in Winnipeg in the late 1890s, whose stories eventually link together. One is a multi-generational family of Russian Jews who have dreamed of immigrating to Canada for years. The experiences of different family members with poverty and discrimination in four different countries, including Canada, are fascinating and informative. The other family’s story revolves around a businessman and con artist who is determined to be rich and a member of Winnipeg’s high society. Ravenscraig Hall is the name of the huge mansion he buys to establish his reputation. The conditions and events that shaped Winnipeg between 1895 and 1914 are key parts of the novel. I learned a great deal about the racism Anglo-Saxons demonstrated against Eastern European immigrants, the systemic discrimination of the rich against the poor, and advantages provided to men compared to women. Contrasts in housing and working conditions are well described. Key events woven into the story include the booming economic times; the large fires in downtown Winnipeg; the prevalence of typhoid, dysentery, and cholera with various theories on causes; and the sinking of the Titanic. In the worlds of both families, knowing who knows who and who is able to assist with personal goals is essential for success. People in both families struggle with decisions related to identity, education, occupation, love, and loyalty. The reader is pulled into the story of each family member and cannot predict endings, so the



book is a very good read. Bernice Sprague I’ve just begun “The Amazing Foot Race of 1921”, a race from Halifax to Vancouver in 134 days written by Shirley Jean Roll Tucker, the book I bought with my gift certificate from Crockets Trading Company in Bellevue. One young man from Halifax planned the hike with a friend who backed out before the departure date of Jan. 17, 1921. A second young man began with him but only stuck with him until Sussex, New Brunswick, so he carried on alone. A father and son from Dartmouth, both veterans returned from the First World War, were inspired to take the challenge and vowed to pass the first hiker before he got to Montreal. ( A little Halifax/Dartmouth rivalry there!) The third set of hikers was a young husband originally from Windsor, N.S. and his wife, ‘a Halifax County girl’, who were 15 days behind the first hiker and seven days behind the father and son pair as they departed Feb. 1, 1921. The weather, as far as I’ve read, was not kind to any of them but the warmth of the people they’ve come in contact has more than made up for it. I can’t wait to read on...... Karen Manzer I am currently reading “7 Tools to Beat Addiction” by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D. It uses research results from Canada and the U.S. to provide an alternative view of addiction, away from the disease-model and perceptions of substances as being allpowerful. It points out the need to focus not just on illegal drugs and alcohol, but also the powerful impact of problem use

CLUES ACROSS 1. Boring routine 4. Back talk 8. Emerald Isle 10. Snow leopard 11. 1/20 of an ancient shekel 13. Language of Apia 14. Relating to NH2 15. British Air Aces 16. Woman (French) 17. Cheese skins 18. Deafening noise 19. Cheeky talk 20. Early photograph 24. Basics 25. 007’s Flemming 26. Photograph (slang) 27. Male sheep 28. Norse sea goddess 29. Small cask 30. Ch. Osgood hosts 37. Confederate soldier 38. Radioactivity unit 39. Chocolate tree 40. Express surprise 41. Express delight 42. Mary mourning Jesus 43. 18th century indoor cap 45. Thanjavur University 46. Skilled 47. Hindu mother goddess 48. Follow by one’s foot 49. Born of

CLUES DOWN 1. Respect 2. Azotemia 3. Exhausting 4. Accumulation 5. Lack of moral standards in a society 6. A rascal 7. X100 = 1 tala 9. River of Haikou, China 10. Lout 12. Stockings 13. Capital of Chile 15. Spanish for river 18. 12th month (abbr.) 19. Skilled nurse 21. Unit of precipitation 22. Corpuscle count (abbr.) 23. Sweet potato 26. God of fields & woods

27. Dream sleep 28. Polish or stroke 29. Kilo yard (abbr.) 30. Member of U.S. Navy 31. Express pleasure 32. Written acknowledgment (abbr.) 33. Neptune’s closest satellite 34. O’Neill play “The ____ Cometh” 35. Homegrown 36. Goalkeeper 37. __ Island, U.S. State 40. Far East nursemaid 41. Food grain 44. 2 stripe rank (abbr.)

or addiction to prescription drugs, gambling, pornography/sex, food, cigarettes, unhealthy relationships, electronics and shopping, etc. It encourages understanding inner motivation, values, importance of a culture of moderation, rewards, changing our thinking and behaviour, and engaging with our resources. Peele shares research results that the majority of people with substance problem use (which may or may not be diagnosed as addiction) manage to either reduce their use so it is no longer harmful, or quit altogether on their own. The minority who do need professional help, he encourages to trust their own experience of what type of treatment and what philosophy of addiction is helpful to them. This is a readable and encouraging book for all of us in our various struggles. As a counsellor in private practice, it is a good resource for me as I help clients to explore a more healthy way of being, and support their various goals. Valerie Saje I recently read Elizabeth George’s 2012 novel called “Believing the Lie”. It is one of her latest in the Detective Lynley series. This one has Detective Lynley investigating whether the death of the son of a prominent business figure was in fact accidental as ruled by an official inquest. Of course, during his investigation, he finds many family members and others with secrets and motives galore. At over 500 pages, it is a novel you can really get into. It wasn’t one of my favourites though; the characters weren’t as well developed as in some of her other novels. However, it won’t stop me from reading any more of her novels in the future.

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FEBRUARY STEEL OF A DEAL 1/4”, 3/8” Plate. Var sizes & widths available. 7 truck loads of Plate still available. Call for lists of loads. 400,000 lbs 1/2” X 4’ wide, Coils Mild Steel 4½” ODx.337 wall & 7” ODx.317 wall x 44’ Pipe. Sea Container - 20’ $1,999 & 40’ $2,199. Call or email for further information or prices. TARGET STEEL & SEA CONTAINER SALES 604-792-3434 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? SAWMILLS FROM only $4,897 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.


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1242 Pinyon Rd Sparwood half duplex for sale. 3 BR, 1.5 bath. Finished basement. Gas FP in LR. Fully fenced back yard. Many upgrades incl: siding, fascia, soffit, windows, doors, both bathrooms, flooring & furnace. More info at Kijiji 565238962. Call John @778-518-2221 for appt. to view.

SPARWOOD - FOR RENT Mobile home - all appliances. $900/month Call Joe 250-425-5387

Storage SELF STORAGE: Personal & commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage. 250423-3308 or 250-423-4207. STORAGE PLUS: Bays heated or cold & service bays with air, minor repairs. 250-423-7492.


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Mobile Homes & Parks For sale by owner - 1970 newly renovated 3 bedroom mobile home in F.M.H.P. Snow roof + newer vinyl windows. Large kitchen, dining room, family room + separate laundry room. Includes 4 appliances. Call 250-423-3340 for info + viewing times.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Condo in Sparwood Heights 2 bedroom fully furnished $1200. per month Utilities included Call Rick at 250-425-5432 or Erin at 250-425-7711 References Required

GLEN Livet Manor, Cranbrook. N/S, cats ok. 1 Bdrm $725/mo; 2 Bdrm $850/mo. New Flooring/Paint/Drapes. Quiet building. Quick access to hospital. Close to rec centre & shopping. Phone 778-5170777 New Condos in Sparwood Heights 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms in new complex comes with stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave and in suite washer and dryer. Building comes with elevator, onsite storage plus much more. No smoking or pets. $1150.00 to $1250.00 per month. Please call Rick @ 250-4255432 or Erin @ 250-425-7711 references required. PineCrest Apartments Sparwood BC 1 bedroom apartment newly renovated available immediately starting at $800/month Contact Manager - 778-518-2253 or view at

Very large furnished condo Sparwood Heights - 2 condos made into 1! Large bedroom, large den, in-suite washer & dryer, large walk-in closet, dining room & much more. $1200/month inc. utilities. Please call Rick 250-425-5432 or Erin 250-425-7711. References required.

Misc for Rent Furnished & unfurnished properties available for rent in Sparwood & Elkford. Call Lindsay 250-425-1180 or

Homes for Rent 4 bedroom house for rent. Fridge, stove, stall for laundry, heat & Hydro included. Carport & sun deck. $1600/month. No pets. Call 250-423-3216

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Free Press

Crowsnest Pass Eat & Drink SPECIALS

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Call Jennifer to reserve your spot on our Eat and Drink Page (403)563-4231

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Everything in Moderation

Red Beans & Rice for Mardi Gras

Tuesday March 4th this year is the Fat Tuesday celebration of Mardi Gras. It is the last day of the carnival season in New Orleans and always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday every year. The term Fat Tuesday represents the last day of eating richer fattier foods before the ritual fasting of Lent that begins on the Ash Wednesday. To help you celebrate this annual event at your dinner table, I have provided you with my very popular recipe for Louisiana Red Beans & Rice. Usually Red Beans & Rice would be served on Mondays as it was historically prepared with the leftover bones from a traditional Sunday ham supper. However this recipe is a delicious one pot meal and great served any time. Happy Cooking! Louisiana Red Beans & Rice 500g raw Italian sausages - hot or mild 2 celery stalks, diced small 1 medium onion, diced small 1 medium red bell pepper, diced small 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 2 cups long grain white rice 4 cups chicken broth 2 bay leaves 1 - 540ml can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained Fresh thyme, for garnish Squeeze sausages from casings into a large heavy bottomed pot. Discard empty casings. Turn the heat to medium-high and break up sausage meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon while cooking until brown, approximately 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are soft but not brown, stirring occasionally. Add the rice. Stir to coat with the fat and cook approximately 30 seconds until the rice becomes slightly opaque. Add the chicken broth and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 large portions Chef Dez is a Food Columnist, Culinary Instructor & Cookbook Author. Visit him at

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