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Water levels cause state of emergency By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Crowsnest Pass was one of several southern Alberta communities to declare a State of Local Emergency last week after heavy rainfall increased the potential for overland flooding and possible evacuation of residents in low lying areas. Residents living throughout Crowsnest Pass watched with alarm as rising water levels stretched beyond banks, bridges and roads. Rain that started in the evening June 16 quickly accelerated the water levels in rivers, creeks and tributaries while melting snowpack added to the flow. Continuing precipitation throughout the next day led officials to declare a State of Local The municipality of Crowsnest Pass had a State of Local Emergency for seven days after heavy Emergency at 5:50 p.m. rain caused water levels to rise and increased the potential for overland flooding and possible due to the diversion of evacuation of residents in low lying areas. sewer effluent which Photo by J. MacFarlane would impact downstream users. According to Mayor A total of Blair Painter the water treatment facility exceed its 94mm of rain maximum capacity and the had fallen by late municipality had no alterna- Wednesday aftive but to bypass the holding ternoon. By June 19, tank where water is treated. Water quality was unaffect- in time for the ed and continues to be safe Hillcrest Mine Disaster comfor consumption, he said. Municipal crews, contrac- memoration, the tors and Alberta Environ- rain stopped and ment & Sustainable Resourc- the sun peeked es were called out shortly out by early afafter midnight Tuesday night ternoon. The river flow to deploy sandbags, operate equipment and monitor water dropped from 72 cubic meters per levels at key points. Chinook Pipelines, who had second to 55 by worked on Lyons Creek in noon Wednesday Blairmore to repair damage and down to 45.7 from last year’s flood event, by noon Friday. were brought in to haul de- Water levels will bris out of the creek. Crews continue to be for worked throughout the night monitored and into the next afternoon as the next while. The Emergency rain began to taper off. Debris in Nez Perce was re- Operation Cenmoved overnight and roads tre was demobiwere closed at 17th Avenue lized on June 19 in Coleman and at the 19th and operations staff were back Street Bridge in Blairmore. Volunteers with the Crows- working regular transinest Pass Quad Squad and hours, the BearSmart committee tioning to reguwent door-to-door in low ly- lar duties. The State of Chinook Pipelines hauled debris out of Lyons Creek to ensure rising ing areas to warn residents water could safely flow under the Main Street bridge. to be prepared for a possible Local Emergency was not lifted Photo by J. MacFarlane evacuation. According to Evan Friesen- until June 24 to ham, Acting Director of Riv- allow the muer Forecasting with ESRD, nicipality to consnowpack levels in the Crows- tinue to mobilize dents along Hillcrest’s Drum tensive damage to riverbanks nest Pass were average to resources. Creek were also impacted. and houses located near the It was at this same time in above average in some areas. In late May 2011, a similar water. While higher than normal 2013, that residents watched The municipality is asking snowpack doesn’t necessarily rising water levels stretch be- event occurred, causing dammean a higher risk of flood- yond banks, running over age to Leitch Collieries, clos- business owners to contact ing, the combination of sig- roads and properties. Signifi- ing it for the season. Areas them if they were affected by nificant rain over a short du- cant damage occurred in com- along Drum Creek in Hill- the recent flooding. Please ration, can have dangerous mercial and residential areas crest, Lyon’s Creek in Blair- contact Economic Developof east Blairmore as Lyons more and part of Bushtown ment Officer Sherry Poole at impacts. Creek spilled over while resi- in Coleman also received ex- 403-562-8833.

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More assisted living beds identified as priority By Joni MacFarlane Editor Representatives from the Oldman River Health Advisory Council (HAC) told council they are advocating for 65 more assisted living beds for Crowsnest Pass. On June 10, Chair Barbara Lacey presented an overview of the organization’s history and mandate to municipal council. Lacey said HAC was formed after Alberta Health Services disbanded regional boards and created one superboard. The Oldman River HAC is located in the southwestern part of the province representing municipalities from Milk River to Vauxhall to Granum and Crowsnest Pass. Lacey said there are 14 members representing these communities and they would welcome someone from the Pass. They meet every two months and rotate between municipalities. Their September meeting is in Crowsnest Pass and everyone is welcome, she added. Advisory in nature, HAC has three main purposes, Lacey said. They advise AHS on issues raised in the region, transmit information from AHS to the communities, give input on planned programs, and work with local administrators. AHS Senior Vice President, Zone

5, Sean Chilton was also on hand to answer council’s questions regarding specific issues in Crowsnest Pass. Chilton said they have identified the need for 65 additional assisted living

“It has been identified as a priority... to look at a 65-bed facility.” Sean Chilton, Alberta Health Services Vice President, Zone 5

beds needed in the community in the next few years. He said currently no funding is assigned to it but he is working with AHS and Alberta Infrastructure on how to achieve this. “It has been identified as a priority organizationally and within the Zone to look at a 65-bed facility,” said Chil-

ton. He added that he couldn’t say if that means expanding York Creek Lodge or building a new facility but said they would look at different options including offering it to a private contractor such as in Pincher Creek. “Unless a facility has capacity and is readily able to look at that expansion, then we would look at probably a competitive process unless there are other arrangements that can be made prior to that,” said Chilton. “It could be any one or any combination of those things.” Council also asked about a solution for residents needing transportation to specialists in urban centres. Chilton said there was a non-ambulance transfer for individuals in facilities who don’t need an ambulance. He said AHS does not have transportation for residents not in facilities but would be willing to work with the community. Lacey suggested it may be an opportunity for the private sector and that there were successful services run out of Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Lastly, Councillor Marlene Anctil asked what could be done to improve the meals at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre. Lacey said a nutritionist would be present at their meeting in September in Crowsnest Pass and they would follow up with her.


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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 from 1-3 pm 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.

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July 10: Seniors Open at the Crowsnest Golf Club in Blairmore.

July 24-26: Rick Rypien Open at the Crowsnest Golf Club in Blairmore.

July 31: Old Fashioned Country Fair on Main St. in Bellevue.

July 11: Kathy Allsop Memorial Golf Tournament in support of the CNP Health Foundation. Shotgun start 9:00 am. Call Joan Koinberg to register as a team or an individual: 403-5625018 or joan.koinberg@

July 25: Bears Paw Celebrity Golf Tournament at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Elkford.

Aug. 2: 10th Annual Crowsnest Pass Show & Shine in historic downtown Coleman 12-5 pm. Call (403)563-3844 or email brian.macfar@

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.

July 19: He/She Tournament at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Elkford.

July 26 & 27: United Riders of Crowsnest host an Enduro Race and Skills Clinic 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: 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. 9: 10th Annual Men’s Open Golf Tournament at Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Elkford. Aug. 12: 12th Annual Ladies Open Golf Tournament at Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Elkford.

Aug. 16: Men’s Open at the Crowsnest Pass Golf Club in Blairmore. Aug. 18-21: UROC Skills Camp for Youth Aug. 20: Senior’s Open Golf Tournament at Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Elkford.

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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Reaching our potential through the Hillcrest 100

Last week Hillcrest had its day in the sun and a remarkable thing happened along the way. Starting with an exhibit launch and book signing in Coleman, then into Hillcrest for a moving and emotional tribute to the victims of the largest mine disaster in Canadian history, further events then moved to Bellevue and Frank the next day, culminating in an outdoor concert at the base of Turtle Mountain – a truly jaw-dropping location. While the events – and the people participating - moved from community to community, it became obvious to me that this wasn’t just about Hillcrest. It was about the Crowsnest Pass. Visitors who came from as far away as Australia saw it too. They saw a community united in a common goal, a shared purpose and an ability to band together – much like they did at that tragic time 100 years ago – to get things done. Several people have said they’d like to see the word ‘potential’ banned from the Crowsnest Pass. I agree. Potential means to have qualities or abilities that may be developed into something in the future; a capacity that might lead to future success. This four-day event showed we’re past that.We’re no longer just about having potential. We’re about doing it, making it happen. We’ve arrived and we’ve shown it to the world – and to ourselves. Kudos to the organizers of this event for all their hard work in bringing a memorable tribute, an outdoor concert at a world-class venue, and four days of activities for residents and visitors alike. Thank you for opening our eyes to having reached our potential. 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.

Library services a shared venture By Joni MacFarlane Editor

Maggie Macdonald, CEO of Chinook Arch Regional Library System, presented an overview to council on June 10 detailing how Crowsnest Pass Library benefits from a regional system. Libraries are governed by a provincial Act but services are a municipal responsibility, said Macdonald. The system is based on local autonomous libraries, she said, and local libraries operate in partnership with Chinook Arch. Thirty-nine municipal councils belong to Chinook Arch, Macdonald said, and everything they do is governed by agreement with local councils and by Chinook Arch Library Board. Macdonald said the Board monitors

financial progress, approves a plan of service and creates the policy framework. “Councils joined the system specifically to provide service to their residents and to enhance the level of service that was available locally to make sure the people who live in your community... have access to information and resources that each individual community would have trouble affording on their own, said Macdonald. “What the system does is it creates a structure to improve access to resources but also to share resources so that no one community has to try and provide everything.” As a member of Chinook Arch, Crowsnest Pass benefits from shared services such as library collections from 34 libraries. Over 900,000 items are available to anyone within the region as well as ac-

cess to high-speed Internet, which is paid for by the province. Library staff receiving training and development and an IT help desk is available for their electronic devices. A cost-effective delivery system moves items from the collection throughout the region and people can also stream video or audio to their smartphones, tablets or other devices. Macdonald said most of Chinook Arch’s funding comes from member municipalities and a lesser amount from the province through an annual grant and payment of the Supernet connection. Chinook Arch sets the municipal levies and this amount must be approved by two-thirds of their members. The Crowsnest Pass levy is $6.99 per capita, she said. The provincial grant is not matching, but Crowsnest Pass receives the maximum amount.


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A unique donation from an iconic southern Albertan promises to expand opportunities for the University of Lethbridge’s Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts for years to come. Dr. Kathleen Kerr (LLD ’04), better known as Kay, has given the U of L’s theatre department a century’s worth of collectables, virtually the entire contents of the three-story home she lived in before moving to York Creek Lodge. “I’m grateful to Kay for offering this to us. She could have easily put it all up for auction and given the profit to her children. But she wanted to see it used,” said James McDowell, the technical director for the U of L theatre. “And she knows we’ll give it a good home. She recognized the value of what we do here, and we’re thankful.” The collectables are both unique and extensive – hardly surprising given the fantastical life that Kerr has lived. Now 94 years old, Kerr can look back on a rich life history. Married in 1939, just a few days before Canada joined the Second World War, Kerr and her late husband John (Jack) went on to own four Kentucky Friend Chicken locations. She even personally developed the gravy recipe still used by KFC, while once staying in the home

of Colonel Sanders himself. Although she and Jack travelled the world, they made their home amidst the mountains in the Crowsnest Pass where they ran the legendary Turtle Mountain Hotel in Frank. Over the years, she has received numerous accolades including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge. Among the collectables gifted to the University are: Germancrafted wardrobes, a long cigarette holder kept in a roll top desk, an intricate Arctic oosik (made from the bone of a walrus penis), a cup and saucer received as a wedding gift, boxes of KFC memorabilia, a K-Tell plug-in coffee maker for your car (still pristine in its box), a red velvet couch and a vintage camera. “People ask me if I was sad to see everything go, but as far as the stuff is concerned, I really don’t miss it,” said Kerr. “I think it’s just wonderful that my things will be used in a new way. It will just keep on giving, and that’s the best.” Some of the items have already appeared in a U of L dramatic production, as they arrived just in time for the spring production of Courting Johanna. For more on Kay Kerr’s fabulous life and gift to the University of Lethbridge, visit www.

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On balancing economic needs [coal development] with recreation/ tourism needs “My view is the most beneficial thing for the Crowsnest Pass is an industrial base because it would create jobs and it would also create an associated tax base. The continued erosion of the industrial base, and therefore the tax base, has presented challenges for the Crowsnest Pass. We need activity here, we need jobs, we need investment, and we need industrial activity. That would be the best thing for the community. I’m somebody who talks about balancing

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Sunshine broke through the clouds part way through the commemorative ceremony honouring the victims of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster, 100 years ago. The morning of June 19 started off somewhat gloomy as residents and visitors gathered along the streets of Hillcrest to remember those killed. On June 19, 1914, the shriek of the mine whistle signaled an emergency and the massive explosion still stands as the greatest loss of life in Canadian mining. One hundred years later, a historical re-enactment of the funeral procession took place from Hillcrest centre to the cemetery where most of the men were buried. Members of the Crowsnest Pass Symphony Orchestra played after the mine whistle blew signaling the start of the ceremony. Led by Piper Bill Plante, clergy members, the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party and two horse drawn carriages, dignitaries, visitors and residents followed solemnly behind. On hand were members of the Air Cadets Squadron 859, RCMP, students from Crows-

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“These men did not go into that mine to die. These men simply went there because they knew they had to do what was necessary to get a roof, a house and food for their children. It was their responsibility and that alone was enough to consider these men heroes,” said Taje. “[Today] is a day that all the people of Crowsnest Pass should be proud. You should be proud because the work you did here is telling everyone that what happened 100 years ago, when the lives were stolen from these young men, was wrong. And they are not forgotten.” The Honourable Heather Klimchuk also spoke of the significance of remembering these men. “We know the day dawned sunny and bright across the Crowsnest that Friday morning, June 19, 1914. On that day, as they had done so many times before, the men of Hillcrest, 235 strong, arrived for work. Today, we gather to honour the memory of the 189 who stepped from the brightness of that sun into the darkness

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of the Hillcrest mine and in doing so, stepped into history,” said Minister Klimchuk. “Their story and what happened here 100 years ago is a tragic chapter in the epic story of Alberta, but more than that, to me, it is the story of the strength of the community and its people.” In one of the most moving parts of the ceremony, two descendants of the families also addressed the crowd. On behalf of their families, John Elick Jr., whose grandfather was killed, and Gordon Court whose great uncle Thompson Court was killed, spoke about what the ceremony meant to them and laid a wreath in memorial to their lost family member. Barry Carney, District Deputy Grand Master spoke briefly on behalf of the Masons and members paid tribute to their fallen members by the symbolic laying of a pine sprig. After a closing prayer and the final song, God Save the Queen by the Crowsnest Community Choir, a reception was held at the Hillcrest Miners Club.

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Top: Descendants of John Elick and Thompson Court lay a wreath in memory of the victims of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. Middle left: Resident Belle Kovach at the signing of her new book, Snowing in June, co-authored with her sister Mary Bole. The event was hosted by the Crowsnest Museum on June 18 to launch their new exhibit, “Remembering Canada’s Deadliest Mine Disaster”. Middle right: Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk (middle) and Fred Bradley (left), President of Crowsnest Heritage Initiative, presented a cheque for $25,000 to Elsie Linderman (right) at the Hillcrest Miner’s Club to assist the Hillcrest Mine Diaster Memorial Committtee with putting on the 100th Anniversary Commemoration Events from June 18 to 21. Bottom: Residents and visitors scattered throughout the cemetery and along the mass gravesite to witness the ceremony. Photos by J. MacFarlane

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Grand Opening Specials June 28 to Oh! Canada Day July 1, 2014 Top: Mayor Blair Painter (left), Tammy Ogden, Teck Community Liasion (middle), and Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk (right) unveiled the Crowsnest Heritage Initiative’s Historic Hillcrest Walking Tour on June 19. Middle: A historical re-enactment of a mine rescue when 31 miners were killed at the Bellevue Underground Mine on Dec. 9, 1910. “Remembrance at the Mine” took place on June 20 as part of Hillcrest 100 memorial events. Bottom: The 29th Annual Bellecrest Days parade brought families and friends to celebrate in the streets of Hillcrest. Top & middle photos by J. MacFarlane Bottom photo by Erin Fairhurst

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Top: Sponsored by the Crowsnest Museum & Archives, an outdoor concert was held at the base of Turtle Mountain on June 21 with over 1,200 people in attendance from across North America. Middle left: B.C. native Aaron Pritchett had the audience on their feet giving a show the Pass won’t soon forget. Middle right: Rising star Jordan McIntosh who has been gaining recognition in the country music world, kicked off the concert with a solid performance. Bottom: Headliner Canadian country band Emerson Drive, delivered an electrifying show and wowed the audicence. Photos by J. MacFarlane

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Sole Survivor seeks title sponsor By Erin Fairhurst Contributor The 14th annual Sole Survivor Footrace is quickly approaching on July 18, but organizers are concerned that this could be the final year for the longstanding local event. “We no longer have a major sponsor,” says chair of the Sole Survivor organizing committee, Sasha Harriott, “and we need to have one in place if we want to keep moving forward with the race.” While the race receives support from local businesses in the form of snacks for the racers and prizing, the organizing committee is seeking a cash sponsor to help fund the race itself. “We require about $3,500 to host the race. Registration fees cover some costs,” says Sasha “but we don’t want to raise them because the race has always been known as an affordable community event.” The Sole Survivor is known for its family atmosphere, scenic course and post-race social. In ad-

dition to the 2km, 5km and 10km distances, racers are also able to sign up for a 10 mile option, an addition to the race that was made last year. “We created the 10 mile course for runners who are looking for more of a challenge,” says Sasha, noting that while the race is family oriented, “some pretty fast runners show up too.” T he addition of the 10 mile option makes the Sole Survivor one of only three 10 mile races in all of Alberta. “I got involved with this race because it’s one of my favorite races,” says Sasha, an avid runner, “everyone comes away from it with a positive experience.” Registration is currently open and will close on July 2. The race is capped at 200 participants and starts at Pete’s Park on July 18 in Blairmore. Registration can be done online at or at the municipal office and family registration options are available. To contact Sasha about sponsorship, please email

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True North Strong and Free Crowsnest Pass Lodge #59, Royal Purple of Canada, recognized member, Dora Kroli (seated), for her years of service. Left to right: President Frances Kuryluk, Irene Filafilo, Doreen Collings, niece Eileen Jones, Betty Williams, May Grehman and Margaret Graham. Photo by J. MacFarlane Submitted The Coleman Lodge #96, Royal Purple of Canada was instituted on Jan. 15, 1947 and was the first Royal Purple Lodge in the Crowsnest Pass area. Dora Kroli, joined April 26, 1949 and transferred her membership to Blairmore Lodge in 1953 as Member #1. During the past year, other members with notable years of service include PDD Irene Filafilo, HRL Frances Kuryluk, 55-years Rae Joseph, 50-years Betty Williams, Mary Bodio, PHRL Doreen Collings and Anne Dorusak, 45-years Anita Berlin, 25-years. The other charter member of Crowsnest Pass Lodge is PDD Helen Giacomuzzi, Membership #13, who now lives in Calgary. She was presented with her 60-year bar in 2013. The Royal Purple of Canada, Auxiliary of Elks Canada, was instituted May 8, 1914 and we are celebrating 100 years of charitable ser-

vice to communities across Canada this year. To obtain membership in the Royal Purple Lodge, applicants must be 16 years of age, a resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen, and a supporter of the objectives of the organization. Over the years, charitable support has been issued to many needy personal or community requirements. Our national charity is The Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children. Hearing and speech concerns are the highest priorities but other medical concerns may be assisted also for kids newborn to 19-years-old. Alberta Lodges are also financial supporters of ISTAR “Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research” with clinics located at the Calgary and Edmonton universities. The colours of the organization are purple, white and gold. The logo is a diamond with an elk head in the centre, a clock pointing to 11 o’clock opposite a pansy, and the word Canada on a banner. The official flower is the pansy.

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Between June 11 and 18, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to 51 calls for service. They included: Assaults: 1 Threats/Harassment: 2 unfounded Mischief/Vandalism: 1 Theft: 1 Driving Suspension: 1 Disturbing Peace: 1 Driving Complaints: 9 MV Collisions: 4 Suspicious Occurrences: 4 Assistance to General Public: 4 Assistance to Other Agencies: 4 911 Calls (invalid): 8 False Alarm: 3 Animal Calls: 4 Municipal bylaws: 4 Prisoners: 3 Hit me with your best shot On June 11 at 11:30 p.m., police received a complaint of a disturbance outside a Blairmore residence involving two men fighting. Police attended and the men were told to go home. The suspect later returned and was trying to get into the residence. A 24-year-old intoxicated male from Crowsnest Pass was located, arrested and lodged in cells. The accused was charged with mischief and released. A court date of Aug. 5 is set. Assault On June 14 at 12:30 a.m., police received a complaint of a disturbance at a Blairmore residence. Police attended and a male was located that had been assaulted. A 28-year-old female from Crowsnest Pass was arrested for assault and breach of probation. She was remanded in custody for court on June 17. Suspended On June 15 at 12 a.m., police stopped an eastbound vehicle for a traffic stop. A 29-year-old male from Crowsnest Pass was

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A 28-year-old female from Crowsnest Pass received 30 days jail intermittent sentence for an assault offence that occurred in Blairmore on June 14.





Thank You! The Municipality would like to thank the following agencies for their expertise and assistance during the “State of Local Emergency” event: RCMP, EMS, Alberta Health Services, ATCO Gas, Stantec Engineering, ISL Engineering, AESRD, AEMA, G.W. Cox Construction, Chinook Pipelines, Bruce’s Excavating, Diggers Bobcat Service, Drain Brothers Construction, The Quad Squad, Crowsnest Pass Amateur Radio Society, Tim Horton’s, and BearSmart. In addition, thank you to the community and retailers for lending their support and for offering their time and equipment. A special thank you to Crowsnest Pass Fire/ Rescue and our Municipal staff, Council and Administration for working tirelessly, occasionally with little sleep; your knowledge and dedication to this community is thoroughly appreciated!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Free Press

Community support shown to CCHS grad, Elise Kwan

By Susan Poelt and Diana Plaza Submitted

Thank you to the amazing residents, service clubs, businesses

and organizations of the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding areas, and as well, Scotiabank Blairmore and the Crowsnest Consolidated High School for the incredible support and generosity of


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Elise Kwan (third from right) with family and supporters on June 14. A total of $17,000 was raised by the community to help offset her ongoing medical expenses. Photo submitted

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donations received for the “Elise Kwan Trust Fund”. Although the trust fund was open for only a short period of time, we are very pleased to announce that an astonishing amount of $17,000 was raised for Elise! A bank draft was personally delivered to Elise at the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton on Saturday, June 14. Elise and her family were completely overwhelmed by the generous financial support and would like to convey a sincere thank you to all who donated, visited, made enquiries and have shown a genuine interest in Elise’s well-being. Elise was recently dis-

charged from the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, however, she must remain in Edmonton for one year, in order that the doctors can monitor her condition. Elise continuously wears a backpack, which holds the battery pack to keep her heart pumping. During this time, Elise and her family will stay at the Ronald McDonald House and all visitors are welcome to stop by. Although Elise is no longer a patient at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, this has resulted in the financial responsibility of the payment of medical expenses for items that were previously provided by the hospital, such as the daily dressings. The cost of the daily dressings over the period of one month

is very expensive and the funds raised for Elise will be used to cover this expense, as well as all additional personal medical expenses. Once again, our community, surrounding communities, family and friends – have risen to the occasion and have displayed immense compassion, support and kindness to a young community member, who was in need of assistance. A heartfelt thank you again to all service clubs, organizations, businesses, individuals, Scotiabank Blairmore and Crowsnest Consolidated High School - who have generously contributed to the Elise Kwan Trust Fund. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated by Elise and her family.

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SPEEDSHOP Expertly prepared powertrain components for your application!

Southern Alberta’s newest full service performance shop! We offer ALL the best performance parts at excellent pricing. Full automotive performance machine shop On June 20, the Ricky Ryp Foundation donated $5,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass for their Friday and PD Day ‘Out and About’ program for 2014. Photo submitted

• Speed equipment • Machine shop • Performance transmissions • Differentials • Performance engines • Diesel performance • Rebuilt stock transmissions

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On June 9, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 859 celebrated their 37th annual ceremonial review marking the symbolic end to the season’s training. Major Ghislain Leroux, Commanding Officer of 1 Military Police Squadron inspected the local air cadets and the parade commander was Warrant Officer 2st-Class Nigal Smith, the senior cadet with the squadron. Photo submitted

Help me find my forever home

A Loving Tribute to honor a loved one who gave you so much love... We understand that this can be a very difficult time in your life.

To help, we offer free obituaries in our classifieds section. Call your local funeral home or call us direct to place your ad.

“Gage” is a neutered/male, Fawn and White Boxer, Two years of age. He is very, very shy boy that needs the company of another dog. He needs a patient and gentle owner that will spend allot of time with him. If you would be interested in adopting “Gage” please give us a call at (403)632-5292 or send us an email at Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/abetterchanceanimalrescue

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 Crowsnest Pass Free Press

Manufacturer Reps & SDS on site!

Customer Appreciation Barbeque

nt e v E l o o & T DOOR DRAW PRIZES! ONE DAY PRIZES! ONLY SALE!! Special Event Pricing

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on Wipers, Fisters, Tools & Equipment, Heating & Cooling Products Free Lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm Demonstrations 10am-4pm

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Have Your Say on Water Quality Teck is working with communities, First Nations and governments to create an Elk Valley Water Quality Plan that will maintain the health of the watershed and support continued, sustainable mining in the Elk Valley—and we want to hear from you. An online public comment period on the development of the plan will take place from June 13 to July 4. This will be the final feedback period before the plan is submitted to the provincial government for approval on July 22. To learn more and provide your input, please visit the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan website at

Honouring their fallen colleagues, a group of miners took part in the Hillcrest Commemorative Procession and Memorial Ceremony on June 19. Left to right: Bob Price, Ron Hruby, John Kinnear, Bill Kinnear and Pat Pow. Photo by J. MacFarlane

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