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The boys of summer... Mark Sciarra slides into home plate with the Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers’ in a game against Claresholm. As at press time, the Panthers sit in fifth place and play fourth place team, Vauxhaull on May 27. The winner goes to the provincial tournament in Medicine Hat on May 30 and 31. Photo by J. MacFarlane

Race for Alberta’s PC leadership is on By Joni MacFarlane Editor

So far, three contenders for leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservatives have thrown their names into the hat in hopes to bring the beleaguered party back into favour. Former Crowsnest Pass resident Jim Prentice, 57, became the first official candidate and has been publicly endorsed by several MLAs. Prentice left federal politics three years ago after holding several key portfolios in Stephen Harper’s government including environment and aboriginal affairs. Since then, Prentice has been vice-chairman of CIBC and more recently, took on the role of helping Enbridge work with First Nations opposed to the proposed Northern Gateway pipe-

line project. Forty-five-year-old Thomas Lukaszuk announced his candidacy and said he wants to focus on bringing back Albertans trust in government. Lukaszuk is a four-term MLA who held various portfolios including Education, Employment & Immigration, and Enterprise & Advanced Education. He was appointed Deputy Premier under Alison Redford and was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by business magazine, Alberta Venture. Rick McIver, a Calgary MLA and former Cabinet Minister joined the race on Monday. McIver, 55, sat for nine years as a Calgary alderman, winning his way into the Alberta legislature in 2012 after a failed bid to become the city’s mayor.

The nomination period officially ends on Friday, May 30 at 4 p.m. A two-round system to elect a leader will be held with Sept. 6 as the date for the first round of voting. If no candidate receives a majority, a second round of voting with the top two candidates on the ballot will take place on Sept. 20. Unlike the 2011 leadership election, a preferential ballot will not be used. All party members are eligible to vote. A party member forum will be held on June 7 in Lethbridge. A lunch-time roundtable with candidates is scheduled where they’ll have an opportunity to share their ideas with party members in one room and listen to policy discussions. Every PC member can attend for a registration fee of $25. A general election is expected in 2016.









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Telecommunications giant Rogers is installing a new 50-metre tower near the municipal yard in Hillcrest and a 35-metre tower in Blairmore near the water reservoir on the road to Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill. This will bring the total to seven telecommunications towers in the Crowsnest Pass and will provide enhanced data coverage to the area. Photos by J. MacFarlane

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Fire protection deal ‘far from perfect’ By Joni MacFarlane Editor Council members and fire officials were equally frustrated by a fire control agreement with the province that is based on outdated maps that predate Crowsnest Pass amalgamation. Although there are areas of concern, there are also potential benefits to municipal coffers. A three-year agreement between Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Department and the municipality was presented to council for approval on May 20 by Fire Chief Steve Munshaw. According to Munshaw, the map developed in 1979, establishes the borders where ESRD or the municipality are responsible for fire protection. Essentially, municipal fire crews are responsible for structure fires and vehicle fires within municipal boundaries while ESRD is responsible for wildland fires. What’s new, said Munshaw, is that boundaries are now identified that define when ESRD billing applies. “It was never identified in prior years, when they would start billing,” he said. “What this does for us… if we ever have to call ESRD into those [municipal] lands, they’ll only charge us if the actual bill goes

above $10,000.” On the other hand, said Munshaw, if municipal fire crews provide service on Crown land, they’re able to charge immediately. For example, said Munshaw, if ESRD is called in to help with a fire in downtown Blairmore, the first $10,000 is free. However, if municipal crews go into Crown land to help forestry crews, they can start billing ESRD for their time and equipment immediately. Trucks are charged out at $420 per hour per unit, Munshaw added. He was concerned however, that the municipal crews were still responsible for country residential in forested areas such as north Frank as well as some mountainous areas such as Goat and Turtle Mountains. Councillor Bill Kovach expressed concern that Hillcrest was outside the municipal fire protection base. “Back in 1979, it was separated out,” said Munshaw. “Hillcrest has always fallen in the ESRD land zone, so we will support structural and car fires but it’s actually outside of the fire protection area for the municipality base.” In reality, said Munshaw, if there was a grass fire or other event in an area outside their boundary, municipal fire crews would respond and start billing ESRD immediately.

“The only saving grace here is for Hillcrest because [ESRD] is going to look after everything in Hillcrest,” said Munshaw. “Whereas in Frank, we have a lot of acreages back out there and the potential is very high for wildland [fires].” The map was originally designed in 1979 and although the municipality asked to have the map re-assessed last year, said Munshaw, ESRD’s Minister said they would not be re-addressing boundary zones. “We’re stuck with this area in our zoning for another five years. They’ve closed the file on it,” Munshaw said. “This is definitely far from perfect. There’s got to be something we can do to change these boundaries. Put some pressure on them, identify the structured areas. That’s what we’re geared to do. We don’t have the capabilities, we don’t have the air support,” said Mayor Blair Painter. He asked if there was any way to ask ESRD to review the map. “The areas are too vague and they really don’t address our needs or their needs for that matter,” he said. “...maybe we can correspond with the Minister and request that he take a serious look at this.” Council approved the threeyear mutual aid agreement and agreed to follow up with the province with their concerns.

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Municipality prepares for emergencies By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Floods, wildfires, train derailments – they all have different impacts and they all require different measures, but the municipality’s protocol for response should always be the same. With good planning, organizational structures in place, and clear direction on who does what, the municipality should be closer to handling whatever disaster – natural or man-made – is thrown at them. That was the message of a workshop held on May 14 that included council, municipal administration, public works and Fire/Rescue staff. Facilitated by Mark Murphy with Alberta Emergency Management Agency, the workshop looked at roles and responsibilities, and familiarized the group with the Incident Command System and the Municipal Emergency Plan. Murphy said it was important to understand the difference between an emergency such as a structure fire or car accident, and a disaster, which is an event that results in serious harm to people and/or can cause widespread property damage. They happen very fast, he said, and are a major event that affects everyone, he stressed. Legislation is in place to govern elected officials but an Emergency Advisory Committee and a Director of Emergency Management must also be appointed who direct and control the emergency response planning. Elected officials can be called upon to declare a local state of emergency, said Murphy, but they must let the experts do their job. They need to be

aware of the plan and must be kept informed, he said, but they are to be the eyes and ears of the community, not to do someone else’s job. It is critical that everything be recorded during an event, so that afterwards, everyone participates in a debriefing to ensure recommendations are implemented, Murphy said. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standard command and control system with colour coded responsibilities. In this way, said Murphy, everyone knows who does what and the necessary information is available for the correct person. Equally important, he said, is that there be an upto-date Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) available for all the players. It too, is colour coded, and provides information for that role. Municipal staff, stressed Murphy, need to have good knowledge of the plan and should be able to pick it up and start using it right away. It was agreed Bellevue’s M.D. McEachern Complex would become the command centre in the event of an emergency because it’s somewhat out of the way and allows municipal staff to continue functioning. A different building focuses the staff, said Murphy, and allows a reception centre for the public and volunteers to be at a different location. A mock scenario involving heavy rains and overland flooding was conducted where participants were taken through each step of the plan as the incident progressed. At the end, elected officials and municipal staff were familiar with their roles and responsibilities before, during and after an emergency or disaster. Let’s hope they don’t have to find out with a real event.

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New Director of Planning, Engineering and Operations, Patrick Thomas began with the Municipality on May 20. Photo by J. MacFarlane By Joni MacFarlane Editor After growing up and working on the prairie, Patrick Thomas, the municipality’s new Director of Planning, Engineering and Operations, is looking forward to living in the mountains. Originally from Consort, Alberta, Thomas did one year of post-secondary at the University of Lethbridge before transferring to Edmonton’s University of Alberta where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Environmental Option Cooperative program. Thomas is also a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). After completing his education, Thomas worked for Thurber

Engineering in Edmonton in materials, geo-technical and environmental engineering. Tired of living out of a suitcase and being away from his young family, Thomas said he switched from private industry to government by taking a position with the City of Leduc where he spent three years as municipal engineer and coordinator. He’d also worked for the City of Medicine Hat on a co-op basis while in school and found he liked municipal work. “I like the dynamic aspect of [municipal work], that things are always changing, that everyday is a new experience and you have a broad range of experience,” said Thomas. “That’s also why I like working for a smaller community, because you do get that large breadth of stuff versus getting specialized with one job in a

large city.” When the opportunity in Crowsnest Pass came up, Thomas jumped at the chance. Growing up, it was a rare treat to go to the mountains but he loved it, as does his family. “We come down this way every summer for holidays,” he said. “We just love the area and were looking for a way eventually to make our way here.” Although the area was the driving force behind his move, Thomas said the Crowsnest Pass position holds unique challenges, such as trying to provide services while keeping within the budget. Without an industrial tax base, this is difficult, but Thomas said he believes the community has great potential as a tourist destination. Currently, he’s working to fill vacancies within the department, becoming familiar with the municipality’s priorities and getting out to meet the staff. “I need to see what they do and what their challenges are to try and understand where they’re coming from,” he said. “That’s one of the major roles I see. That I’m here to help them so they can do their jobs so I need to understand their issues.” Thomas is married with five daughters ages 16, 14, 11, three and one. His family will stay in Devon until school finishes in June and then join him in the Pass. “They’re eager to finish out the year so they can come down,” said Thomas. “We’re very excited and can’t wait to be here and see what the community has to offer. Looking forward to being part of it.” Thomas said he’s interested in hiking, camping, downhill skiing and hunting.

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Super highway is now two lanes A decision earlier this month by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (similar to our CRTC), approved proposals that will open the way to a two-tier Internet. The move would allow companies to pay broadband providers to speed up delivery of their data to customers, prioritizing this content over other traffic. The decision, which will be followed by four months of public comment before final rules are issued, is a fundamental attack on “net neutrality” – the principle that all internet traffic should be treated the same - not a fast one, not a slow one, but one internet. Critics argue this ruling will allow for highspeed access for some while those paying a smaller fee will get by with a yet-to-be specified “minimum level of access”. The Internet is a basic utility, necessary for modern life, like electricity and water, and must be kept as an independent and democratic platform, they cry. Perhaps I’m missing something. Since when are telecommunications services on a level playing field? If I want to watch basic cable, I pay less than if I want 408 channels or 632 channels plus movies. As a Netflix customer, I’ll soon get priority network access for my video streams. If I want more data on my Smartphone, I pay more than if I only want talk and text. If I want WiFi in every room of my house, I pay for it instead of running down to Timmy’s to access it for free with my double double. Why then is the U.S. ruling so contentious? If you’ve got the answer or a different perspective, I’d love to hear it. Oh, and by the way, if you think this is only in the States, think again. As we all know, if it works there, it’s only a matter of time before it comes north. JLM

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As part of its Brighter Futures volunteer program, Scotiabank Blairmore branch donated $5,000 to the Kananaskis Pro Rodeo Association on May 20. Left to right: KRA Vice President Kevin Poch, Nicole Lamoureux, Tyler Folkard (in back), Rina Dececco, Gayle Milledge, KRA Vice President Kevin Michalsky (in black hat), Director, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Jackie Sudworth, and Scotiabank Manager Manjeet Toor. Photo by J. MacFarlane



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Building fees called into question By Joni MacFarlane Editor

A call to review aspects of the land use plan is gaining momentum after a local realtor and the Chair of the Municipal Planning Commission expressed concerns on how the fees were being applied. Lowry Toombs, acting on behalf of Dawn and Mark Rigby of Country Encounters, appeared before council on May 20 and said he believes it’s only through council these issues can be addressed. First, Toombs asked for a review of the calculation mechanism for the square footage in determining commercial building permit fees. He said while residential hasn’t changed, fees on the commercial side have almost doubled since last year. “So it’s our opinion that commercial growth is what we’re seeking for the community,” said Toombs. “We have to focus on where we want to go

down the road in terms of commercial structures.” The second item pertains to security deposits. According to Toombs, an arbitrary charge was made for the construction of garage that was in addition to the application for development permit. This precedent was then applied to Country Encounters and another arbitrary fee was charged. “I really feel we have to have some justification for these charges,” said Toombs. “I think it’s something that council needs to be aware of as we work with new people in the community.” Toombs recommended a public forum to review development policies. Later in the meeting, some of the same concerns were raised by Susan Wagner, Chair of the Municipal Planning Commission. On behalf of the MPC, Wagner, said they would also like to have security deposits for development permits re-

viewed. “Over the past year or two, the MPC has requested security deposits from a few applicants as a condition of their development permits,” she wrote. She said they need guidance from council on how to handle the issue, when the fee should be applied and what criteria should be established in determining the amount. Development Officer Ken Bourdeau echoed this opinion and said there was a provision in the land use bylaw to impose security deposits to ensure certain conditions for development permits. The fee applied for a garage was used as a benchmark and is similar to other Alberta communities, he added. Councillor Bill Kovach said security deposits aren’t needed and are deterrent to build in the Crowsnest Pass. Council agreed to review aspects of the land use bylaw including security deposits, permit fees and off-site levies at the meeting on June 10.

Concession rounds the bases By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Carson Gunn with the Crowsnest Consolidated High School Panthers winds up for the pitch in a game against Claresholm on May 21. Photo by J. MacFarlane


After years of indecision, discussions and funding confusion, it looks like the concession at the Hillcrest Baseball Complex might finally cross home plate. About $40,000 of the municipal funds given to the Hillcrest 100 committee will be used to complete the concession that’s sat unfinished since 2000. On behalf of the Hillcrest 100 committee, Councillor Bill Kovach said they need to have the facility ready for the anniversary celebrations scheduled for June. Concerts are scheduled to take place at the site on June 19, 20 and 21. The municipality had already agreed to contribute $150,000 towards the event and Councillor Kovach said they will “cut back” on some of the capital expenditures at the front of the cemetery and put some of the money towards finishing the concession. Plans include installing water, washrooms and a kitchen.

The municipality purchased a 40-acre parcel and access road in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Work on the site started in 2000 as funds became available. Two baseball diamonds were completed with potential for two more. The original project included four ball diamonds, three soccer pitches, a playground area, RV parking for 10 and a facility with concession and washrooms. Over the years, plans were scaled back, funds were not allocated and the idea was sent to the benches. Councillor Kovach told council Hillcrest 100 has received a provincial grant towards the project and is waiting to hear if a federal grant is approved. If grants are received, “hopefully some of the $150,000 would definitely be coming back to the municipality,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea because it’s there then for the ball diamond use afterwards,” said Councillor Doreen Glavin.



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Travel Alberta’s Visitor Information Centre opened on May 16. Site Supervisor Zoe Welsh (right) and Travel Counsellor Jordyn Appleby (left) are some of the staff on hand to provide information to tourists until Labour Day. The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce’s Meet & Greet at the Centre will be held on May 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Canada Day celebrations will be held all day. Missing from photo are Travel Counsellors Carling Welsh and Bryan Koentges. Photo by J. MacFarlane

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June 1: Elkford Triathlon 8:30 am start. This event is a Sprint Distance Triathlon, 750m Swim, 20K Bike, 5K Run with 2 levels - Regular SprintPool Swim, Relatively Flat Bike Course, Run and Extreme Sprint-Pool Swim, Hilly Bike (up mine road), Run Senior’s Week – June 2-8 June 2 - FCSS Seniors Luncheon, Coleman Senior Hall 11 am-2 pm, Free. Call Kim at (403)562-8833 to confirm attendance. June 3 – Seniors Tea at the Isabelle Sellon School 1:30 pm, Free. Call Amber (403)562-8815 to confirm attendance. June 4: - Whist Tournament Bellecrest Senior Centre 1:30 pm. Lunch will be served after the tournament. Call Marge Houda to register. (403)564-4920. June 5: Seniors Conference “Life is for Living” – guest speaker Gordon Colledge. MDM Gymnasium 10-11:30 am. Transportation is available. Call Toni to register.

(403)562-2853. June 6: Free BBQ, Entertainment & Jackpot Bingo at York Creek Lodge, 11:00 am. Call (403)5622102 extension 4 to register. June 7: - Old Time Country Jam at the Hillcrest Miners Club, 3-6 pm. Enjoy dancing or listening to old time music. June 7: Ed Gregor Stewardship Day. It’s that time of year again, the Crowsnest Forest Stewardship Society is sponsoring the 20th Annual Ed Gregor Stewardship day which starts with a sponsored Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 am at the Forestry Office in Blairmore, some speeches, and then off to a project of your choice.

June 13-15: Coal Miner Days in Sparwood consists of a variety of events and activities for the entire family. This is a great way to get to know the community so be sure to mark the dates on your calendar and join us for the fun and activity filled events of Coal Miner Days! June 14: The 7th annual

“Darcy’s Nature Walk for Mental Wellness” is all ready to go on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Fireman’s Park in Bellevue. Join us in the beautiful Crowsnest Pass as we raise money and awareness for mental wellness and the benefits of physical activity in memory of Darcy and Kelly Rinaldi. The 2014 edition will feature fun for the whole family! There will be a 5km trail walk (weather dependant), or a 5km sidewalk walk (goes rain or shine). There will be door prizes, hotdogs & snacks! EVERYONE IS WELCOME to be part of the event! June 15: Sparwood Classic 5K/8K Fun Run at 10 am at Leisure Centre Soccer Field. For registration info June 19-21: Hillcrest Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary. Our commemoration will begin with a meet and greet at the Crowsnest Museum and will carry on throughout the weekend. June 20-21: Bellecrest Days at Hillcrest Coal and Coke Park. This

family-focused weekend is a great opportunity to explore the heritage of the entire Crowsnest Pass. Community events are free, and all of the major heritage attractions are open. June 20: Health Foundation Tournament at the Crowsnest Pass Golf Club June 21: Relay for Life at the Sparwood Leisure Centre 10 am-10 pm. For more info, call Jennifer Smith (250)426-8916 or

June 27-28: Wildcat Days in Elkford. Come join us for the Parade, Craft & Trade Show, garage sale, climbing wall, soap box derby, pancake breakfast, live stage entertainment, family fun zone and much more! July 1: Canada Day Celebrations in Coleman July 1: Canada Day Celebrations at the Elkford Aquatic Centre 11 am-3 pm. Fun for the entire family. Face painting, caricature artist, free family BBQ, cake cutting and free public swim

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July 5-6: Sinister Seven Bike Ride starting at the Crowsnest Sports Complex at 7 am. A 100mile race that may be the greatest challenge of your life. Registration is now open. July 10: Seniors Open at the Crowsnest Golf Club in Blairmore. July 18: Sole Survivor Foot Race starting in Pete’s Park. Race Package Pickup at the Albert Stella Memorial Arena in Blairmore. Register online at www.solesurvivor. ca Deadline is July 2. July 24-26: Rick Rypien Open at the Crowsnest Golf Club in Blairmore. July 30: Taste of the Crowsnest Pass Location TBA. Hosted by the Crowsnest Pass Boys & Girls Club, and featuring almost all of the local restaurants and cafes, paired with wines and our very own Crowsnest Coffee Co. July 31-Aug. 4: Doors Open & Heritage Festival in the Crowsnest Pass

Aug. 2: 10th Annual Crowsnest Pass Show & Shine in historic downtown Coleman 12-5 pm. Call (403)563-3844 or email brian.macfar@ Aug. 2: 14th Annual Crowsnest Country Market in Coleman. Aug. 2: Annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Coleman Museum. Aug. 3: Miner’s Memorial in Bellevue at 1:00 pm. Aug. 16: Men’s Open at the Crowsnest Pass Golf Club in Blairmore. Aug. 23: Junior’s Open at the Crowsnest Pass Golf Course in Blairmore. Sept. 26-28: Alberta Art Days at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Marvel at the talents of local and other Alberta artists and their impressions of the spectacular Crowsnest Pass.

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Stewardship Day helps protect forests By Vern Harrison Submitted

2014 is a special year indeed. June 7 marks the 20th anniversary of this special event where we take care of our special lands here in the Crowsnest. This is the longest-standing volunteer stewardship day in Canada. It was created in conjunction with Alberta Environment Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) when the Crowsnest Forest Stewardship Society (CFSS) was


* Many trails have benefited from our Society’s volunteer work – including Allison Lake, Beaver Mines Lake, Syncline Cross-Country, Table Mountain, Old Miners’ Path, Star Creek, and many OHV, hiking and horseback winter/summer trails in the Crowsnest forest. * Numerous bridges have been installed by volunteers, particularly the Crowsnest Quad Squad and Snow Crow Riders on many trails so that riders can stay

stallations, and general forest cleanup including random camping areas. Other projects will be announced as the day gets closer. Several of the organizations that will be participating this year include Crowsnest Cross Country Ski Association, Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad, Crow Snow Riders, Lethbridge Coulee Kruzers, Hillcrest Fish and Game, United Riders of Crowsnest (UROC), 1st Crowsnest Scouts and 37th Lethbridge

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EntEr to win a $20 Gift CErtifiCatE to BEn wonG's rEstaurant Crowsnest Pass Scouts helped with a bio-engineering project and stream bank stabilization with willow shoots at McGillivary Creek during last year’s Ed Gregor Stewardship Day. Photo by V. Harrison formed. On this day, all users, groups and clubs come together to help maintain the land that they recreate and live in with a number of projects to keep the Crowsnest forest healthy, sustainable and looking beautiful. It is also a great opportunity for all, including our youth, to develop an appreciation and respect for this special place. There is a tremendous amount of effort put into the organization and coordination of this event, which to date has produced: * Over $1.3 million in donated volunteer hours, donated equipment, and supplies by over 3,200 volunteers. This includes trail maintenance, reclamation & repair; walkways, benches, signs and kiosk renovations and repairs; random campsite cleaning and upgrades. * Thousands of kilometres of roadsides and forestry trails have been cleaned up with over 40 tons of garbage collected. Each year there is a noticeable improvement in the area with less garbage to find. * Approximately 8,000 tree seedlings have been planted in the C‐5 for-

out of the rivers and creeks, keeping these trails sustainable into the future. CFSS has worked closely with all local government agencies, user groups and many other volunteer organizations to develop this day into a huge asset in keeping the area beautiful. Please consider attending this year’s Stewardship Day on June 7. The day consists of gathering volunteers in the morning at the Blairmore Ranger Station where everyone gets a hearty free breakfast. People divide into groups and disperse to a number of locations for a variety of projects. Some of the projects planned for this year’s CFSS Stewardship Day include trail work at Chinook Lake, UROC mountain bike trail construction, bio-engineering/stream bank Stabilization, Table Mountain trail work, Beaver Mines Lake interpretive trails, Miners Path repairs and cleanup, Crowsnest/ Allison Cross Country Skiing Trails repair and cleanup, Community Walking Trail and Old Frank Road cleanup, Fence and Sign repairs, North and South Shelter cleanup, Bridge in-

Scouts, only to mention a few. There are also many other individuals, not listed here, through their support have made this event such a great success. Projects are a great opportunity for groups, families and all ages, including very young to participate. It is a great event to meet others that care about our Crowsnest forest. After working on the project, to finish off the day, everyone returns to the Blairmore Ranger Station to enjoy a hot dinner and check their draw tickets, for participating, in addition there are tons of prizes given out. The hardworking volunteer Executive of the CFSS invites everyone that lives or recreates in the C‐5 Forest to come out and show the pride and caring you have for these lands that belong to us all. It seems like the eyes of the world are on this corner of the province so now is the time to show that you really care for the gift of our public lands. We thank all our sponsors for their support over the past 20 years, as well as our volunteers for making this such a successful event, that we can all

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A roster of volunteer fire fighters are eligible to receive the 2014 Fire Exemplary Service Medal. On May 20, Fire Chief Steve Munshaw told council the Fire/Rescue Department have applied to have seven people receive the honourary award. They are: * Michael Taje (24 years) * Wayne Robutka (33 years) * Guy Fioni (30) years * Daryl Ferguson (40 years) * Fiore Oliverie (21) years * Clifford White (40 years) * Lawrence Rosia (67 years). The award is an honourary award for long and commendable service officiated by the Governor General of Canada. The program was created in 1985 and honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service. An awards banquet was held in Calgary on May 22. Council agreed to send a congratulatory letter to the recipients and a ceremony will be organized in the Crowsnest Pass to present the awards.

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Contractors working on Byron Creek on East Hillcrest Road were confronted with water moving rapidly through a multitude of channels from the road inland for several hundred yards on May 5 (left). By May 27, the water had been diverted east of the road and crews were busy building up the ditches (right). Photos by J. MacFarlane

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Sheldon Steinke, Chief Administrative Officer, presented a brief update to council on May 20 on administrative issues with a focus on the flood recovery work that’s currently underway in the municipality. The contractor had moved from Hillcrest’s Byron Creek to work on Drum Creek, said Steinke, but in accordance with approvals from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, all work in the streambed itself has ceased. In order not to disturb fish habitat, crews have a short

timeframe to work in creek beds. They had to be out by May 15 and can’t go back in again for another six to nine weeks, he said. Work done now will not affect stream flows, he added. Also, the work on Lyons Creek 19th Avenue bridge included lowering the level of the stream bed by about 36 to 42 inches, said Steinke. This contractor has also done some work on Star Creek and on a TransCanada Pipeline to rebuild a bend in Lyons Creek that is on the pipeline’s right of way. TCP is providing about $200,000 for this aspect of the flood recovery work, he

added. There have been questions about fallen trees and debris on Lyons Creek in Blairmore, said Steinke, and he will be working with the engineers to see what can be done while the “fish window” is closed. No work has started in Blairmore Creek near the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, he added. On other issues, Steinke said, material has been deposited at the former Crowsnest Centre site and he will be talking to contractors about using it to fill excavation holes. “I think we saved them a


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APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship for Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Application deadline May 31, 2014. Send applications: More information online at: our-programs/scholarship

An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 1-(780)7235051. FAST AND Reliable Plumbing Repairs, 24/7. Call Parker Dean for your next plumbing job. Present this ad and get $50 off. Vancouver area. Call 1-800-573-2928.

FRESH ASPARAGUS Sutcliffe Farms Creston, BC Place your order to ensure availability NEW and ONLY pick-up location 1252 Indian Road (off Lower Wynndel Rd) 250-428-2734

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Misc. for Sale A- STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’ 53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40’ Containers under $2500! Also JD 544 &644 wheel Loaders JD 892D LC excavator Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? KILL BED bugs & their eggs! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program or Kit. Available: Hardware Stores, Buy Online: KILL ROACHES! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate bugs- guaranteed. No mess, odorless, long lasting. Available at Ace Hardware & The Home Depot. SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw or call 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS. Hot savings - Spring sale! 20x24 $4,348. 25x24 $4,539. 30x30 $6,197. 32x36 $7,746. 40x46 $12,116. 47x72 $17,779. One end wall included. Call Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422 or online:

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POWELL RIVER and Region Transition House Society is posting for a full-time “Stopping the Violence Counsellor.� For a complete job posting, please email Julie at

BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $3.15/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger Available $5/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

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Cam Apartments 1491 - 5th Ave Fernie Available immediately, 2 bedroom, furnished or unfurnished apartments. Call Gary at 250-423-0141

Subsidized Housing - 1 & 2 bdrm units - Sparwood, Fernie & South Country. Rent geared to income & Seniors subsidized housing. Call 250-531-0025 or email:

Misc for Rent

3-year old 1/2 duplex, located in Coleman, AB, 3-bdrms, 1-1/2 baths, hardwood floors, all sorts of extras, F/S, DW, MW, basement ready to be developed, $219,000. Call 1(403)563-3224


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

Modular Homes Mobile Home for Rent Clean older 2 bedroom 1 Bath Mobile Home with large yard. $750. month not including utilities. (No pets/no smoking) Call Rick at 250-425-5432 or Erin at 250-425-7711. References required.

Homes for Rent Furnished and Unfurnished Properties for rent in Sparwood and Elkford Contact Tammie Davy with Custom Real Estate and Property Management at 250-425-2968 or log on to for more information. SPARWOOD, 2-storey, 3bdrm townhouse for rent w/full basement, close to school & rec centre. (250)425-4448

SELF STORAGE: Personal & commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage. 250423-3308 or 250-423-4207. 3-year old 1/2 duplex, located in Coleman, AB, 3-bdrms, 1-1/2 baths, hardwood floors, all sorts of extras, F/S, DW, MW, basement ready to be developed, $219,000. Call 1(403)563-3224

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Riverview Estates 352 - 6A Ave, Fernie Available June 1st 2 bedroom remodeled apartments. Includes heat & hot water. Call Gary at 250-423-0141


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Real Estate 41 Aspen Cres House for sale at $363,000. Unique property on a 0.181 acres flat city lot in Parkland Terrace. The 1000 sq ft building has a garage with a suite. Plenty of room to build your dream home while living in the suite. 604-6987458

Apt/Condo for Rent

BUYING Coin Collections, Estates, Antiques, Native Art, Silver, Jewelry 778-281-0030

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Misc. Wanted

English Springer Spaniels CKC Reg. Puppies Champ lines, tails docked, vet checked, 1st shots, guaranteed. Home raised, well socialized. Ready May 30. $1,200. (250) 392-1440 Williams Lake

Real Estate

STORAGE PLUS: Bays heated or cold & service bays with air, minor repairs. 250-423-7492.

Suites, Lower FERNIE SKI HILL SUITE FOR RENT $1200/month. 2 bdrm unit in a house available on Timberline Cres. for long term lease (min. 12 mos.) Fireplace, granite countertops, W/D. Utilities incl. Non-smoking. Contact:

or 403-589-0457.

Recreational/Sale 1994 Mallard 5th Wheel 27 1/2 ‘, Hitch included. Good condition, New Tires $5000. OBO 250-529-7403 25 ft. 2011 Wind River travel trl. Excellent cond. throughout. 12 ft. slide cont. couch and dinette. Lge fridge/freezer & microwave& dual sinks. Lge rear window with 2 lounge chairs. TV/stereo with 4 spkrs + sub + 2 ext. spkrs. Lge awning, power tongue jack, 2 deep cycle batts. + dual propane tanks. TV antenna, air cond. Bedroom has queen bed with wardrobes + closet + drawers. Bath has porcelain toilet, & shower/tub. Alum. wheels. Sleeps 6. GVW 6900 lbs. Transferable warranty good until Apr. 2018. $22,500. Ph. 250-520-0228. email:

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Crowsnest Pass Free Press Thursday, May 29, 2014

Local resident Crossword awarded for work on behalf of seniors By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Happy but humble, a Crowsnest Pass resident said he’s honoured to receive the 2014 Minister’s Senior Service Award. Frank Loseth of Coleman said his name was put forward by the Family & Community Support Services Board who told him they wanted to select a Crowsnest Pass resident. “I knew I was being nominated and I gave them some background on what I’ve done,” he said. “I’m proud and honoured to receive it, but that’s not the reason I do it.” Asked why he volunteers, Loseth said it’s mostly because seniors are important to him. Formerly president of Citizens on Patrol, Loseth has been president of the Coleman Seniors Hall for the past three years. With a $50,000 contribution from Teck and funding from the municipality, Loseth said they’ve completed a significant amount of

work upgrading and renovating the building. “If you help yourself, others will step up to help too,” he said. “If I take something on, damn it, the thing is going to work.” An awards ceremony takes place in Edmonton on June 4. “I’m very happy really. I wasn’t sure they had the right person,” said Loseth. “I really want to commend those who selected me and those who backed me up in this.” Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations whose volunteer efforts make a positive contribution to improving the lives of Alberta seniors. “Seniors have a positive influence as family members and as friends and neighbours. As an important connection to the past, they are a valuable part of our province,” said Fred Horne, Minister Alberta Health. “It is heart-warming that so many Albertans help make seniors’ lives better through their volunteer efforts.”

The Food Bank Needs Your Help!


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Please drop off your donations at 11910-19th Ave, Blairmore

Mon. & Wed., 5-7 pm., Thurs. 11am-2pm (closed Tues.) (403)564-5110

Thank you for your support

Crowsnest Pass

I will take care of your dog for the day, or while you’re away Fenced yard - no kennels

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Lundbreck, AB • 403-628-0002


Thursday, May 29, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Free Press

Do you have something you’d like to get off your chest? Write a letter to

Celebrate Seniors’ Week at

Whispering Winds Village

Seniors, Join Us For Our

Free Strawberry Tea Friday, June 6th

Come out for fresh strawberry shortcake, live entertainment and a tonne of fun. Time: 2-4pm Location: 941 Elizabeth St. - Pincher Creek

Call To Reserve Your Seat (403) 627-1997

Police briefs By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Between May 14 and May 21, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to 59 calls for service. They included: Assaults: 2 Mischief/Vandalism: 5 Thefts: 5 Driving Suspension: 2 Drugs: 2 Disturbing Peace: 5 Driving Complaints: 8 MV Collisions: 5 Suspicious Occurrences: 5 Assistance to General Public: 7 Assistance to Other Agencies: 2 911 calls (invalid): 2 False Alarm: 6 Animal Calls: 2 Municipal Bylaws: 1 Prisoners: 2 Threats On May 14 at 6 p.m., police received a complaint of a man threatening staff at a Coleman store. Police attended, arrested and charged a 43-year-old male from Crowsnest Pass with uttering threats. He was released on condition to appear in court on June 24. Gopher shooting On May 14 at 7 p.m., police received a complaint of males shooting gophers in a Lundbreck part with compound bows. Police attended and spoke with the subject who advised he was shooting gophers with rubber tipped arrows. No charges were laid.

Spray painted On May 15 at 9:30 a.m., police received a complaint of mischief to a vehicle parked in the Lundbreck area some time the previous day. A 1987 Nissan truck was spray painted by an unknown person.

Vandalism On May 15 at 12 p.m., police received a complaint of damage to the windshield of the CNP Boys & Girls Club bus parked behind the Blairmore school. The incident occurred over the previous week. Travel theft On May 14 at 1:30 p.m., police received a complaint of theft of a 1971 Trillium travel trailer sometime over the past few months. The vehicle was parked in a campground area west of Coleman. Suspended On May 16 at 7:30 p.m., police stopped a vehicle for a driving offence on Highway 3 in Blairmore. There was an odour of marijuana in the vehicle. A 31-year-old male from Fernie was given a 24-hour drivers’ license suspension and a small amount of pot was seized. Suspended II On May 18 at 3 a.m., police stopped a vehicle for a driving offence in Blairmore. The driver had a small amount of marijuana and provided a breath sample of 80 and 70 mgs. percent. A 30-year-old from Crowsnest Pass was given a 72-hour driv-

ers’ license suspension and his vehicle was towed. Pellet gun On May 17 at 2 p.m., police received a complaint of a male at a campsite near Oldman River with a handgun. Police attended and the subject was located and confirmed to have a pellet gun. No charges were laid. Target shooting On May 18 at 5 p.m., police received a complaint of shots being fired at a camping area around a lake in the Burmis area. Police attended and found people were target shooting into a large berm. They were advised of the complaint. Firewood On May 18 at 12:30 p.m., police received a complaint of youths stealing firewood from a residence’s yard in west Coleman. Police attended and spoke to the youths from Medicine Hat who thought the firewood was free for the taking. All wood was returned and no charges were laid. Vehicle theft On May 18, police received a complaint of theft of a vehicle in Lundbreck. A 23-year-old male from Lundbreck was arrested and charged with two counts of mischief, theft of vehicle, resisting arrest, impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and driving while suspended. He was remanded to custody and a court date of May 27 was set.



Senior’s Week is June 2-8. Do you have a special grandparent or older person in your life? Why not let everybody know what they mean to you. We have affordable rates to let them know you to Jennifer today!


Jennifer Pinkerton, Sales Associate Phone: 403-563-4231, email:



Crowsnest Pass

Practice began for the Pass Piranhas Swim Club now that the Pass Community Pool opened on May 23. Check out the municipal website for programs such as Lane Swim, Aqua Fit, Aqua Boot Camp, Masters Swim Club, Swim to Survive and lessons for all ages. Photo by J. MacFarlane

Crowsnest Pass Free Press Thursday, May 29, 2014


Busy May long weekend on Alberta highways RCMP Press Release

Alberta’s Integrated Traffic Services had a busy long weekend over the Victoria Day holiday. A number of enforcement projects were conducted along Alberta highways which resulted in some 5,703 total charges most of which were speeding offences. Officers laid 11 impaired driving charges and 13 driving suspensions. There were four fatal collisions reported in the province. These fatalities occurred in the Two Hills, Westlock, Picture Butte and Vulcan policing areas.

In 2013, there were seven fatality collisions which resulted in eight deaths. A little over 5,000 violations had been issued for various driving related offences. The number of violations were provided by the Integrated Traffic Services patrolling Alberta highways and do not account for all other general duty enforcement in all other RCMP Alberta detachments. Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

Passtrak competes at Calgary’s New Balance meet By Ritch Braun Submitted On Sunday, May 25, two Passtrak athletes attended a track meet in Calgary, which was sponsored by the New Balance athletic shoe company. Eric Grier of Pincher Creek

competed in the Midget Boys division (14 and 15-yearsold). This was his first official outing as a Passtrak athlete. His first event was the 100-metre where he recorded a 12.86 second result for a 14th place finish. In his other event, the 800-metre, Grief crossed the line in 2:22.37 for

14th place as well. Alisi Ratudradra of Elkford was in the Midget girls category and also had two events. Her time of 28.19 seconds earned her sixth place in the 200-metre while a leap of 4.42m was good enough for fifth in the long jump.


Help us make the Hillcrest 100 weekend a success!

June 18-21, 2014

Volunteers needed for: • Security • Clean-up Crews • Parking • Gate Control

Grassy Mountain Coal Project

PUBLIC FORUM Thursday, May 29 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Crowsnest Pass Sports Complex (above the curling rink) Grassy Mountain Project Update Question Period Light Refreshments For more information contact Keith Bott 403-753-5160


Thursday, May 29, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Free Press

Join us in remembering those who lost their lives and honouring the spirit of the mining community June 18-21

Why is anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster significant? By HIllcrest 100 Committee Submitted

The worst mining disaster in Canadian history occurred at the Hillcrest coal mine in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta on Friday, June 19, 1914. A town of 1,000 lost 189 men and 90 women became widows, and hundreds of children were left fatherless. The Hillcrest Mine disaster remains Canada’s worst mining disaster and as such, a very important and historic commemoration of the 100th anniversary will help ensure that dark day in Canadian history is never forgotten. Disasters of this scale become, with the passage of time, an important if not legendary part of our collective identity. Canadians write and sing of such tragedies and we study these events in our history books as a way to honour the lives lost and remember the grief felt throughout our community and across Canada. It is important for our community to remember and commemorate this day not only to honour those who lost their lives, but to remember the impact on their families and our community; and to celebrate the spirit of the coal miner and the community to overcome such a tragedy, rebuild and survive.

Concept drawing of omprovements to the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Memorial Site, the national Coal Mining Memorial and additional interpretation of the event. Photo submitted

What is being planned to commemorate the Hillcrest Mine Disaster?

The event will commemorate the anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster; honour the memory of all miners who lost their lives in coal mining disasters in Canada; make Canadians more aware of the historical significance of the event; and enhance educational programming about the event for students and visitors. There are three major components being planned to commemorate the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. First, there will be a re-enactment of the historic funeral procession from downtown Hillcrest to the Hillcrest Cemetery on June 19th. At the cemetery a Memorial Service will be held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst mining disaster, to remember those who lost

their lives, and to acknowledge the spirit of the community to survive such a tragedy. National and provincial dignitaries have been invited to participate in the commemorative events. Second, there will be a capital project to make improvements to the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Memorial Site, the national Coal Mining Memorial, and additional interpretation of the tragic event. Third, a series of concerts and special events are planned throughout the weekend (June 18 to 21) to acknowledge the spirit of the community and the spirit of coal miner’s and their families to survive such a tragedy. (See schedule of events) http://www.hillcrestmine100. com/schedule-of-events.html.

Crews continue work at the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Memorial site.

Photo by J. MacFarlane

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