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- Your Only Locally Owned Newspaper • Serving the CNP since 1930 • June 13, 2018 ~ Vol. 88 No. 24 -

Celebrating Seniors’ Week


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Isabelle Sellon School hosted seniors from the community, Long Term Care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre and York Creek Lodge for the annual Seniors Tea in celebration of Seniors’ Week, which took place from June 3 to 9. Students from grades 5 and 6 served the guests and grades 4, 5 and 6 provided musical, dance and performance entertainment while the seniors sipped on coffee and tea and nibbled on baked goods. Annemarie Neudorf, who organized the entertainment, says that the event is put on to show appreciation for the seniors in the community. Amber Stafford organized food and parent helpers.

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CCHS Mountain Bike Club a huge hit AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

Crowsnest Consolidated High School (CCHS) has a variety of extracurriculars that students can get involved in. There's the baseball, volleyball, track and field, and other sports clubs that allow students to participate in indoor and outdoor competition at all skill levels. And now, there's a new club that gets students moving outside in a social setting, mountain biking. The CCHS Mountain Bike Club debuted midMay and had a notable 18 students show up on their first ride, which coursed along the Community Trail from Fireman's Park to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. The club has received consistently high interest from student in the weeks following, garnering a following of approximately 28 students in grades 7 to 12 from CCHS and Matthew Halton High School. With the exception of a few professional development days, the club meets on Friday after-

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Pictured above are some of the participants in the CCHS Mountain Bike Club by the Sooper Trooper trail in York Creek, just south of Coleman. The club has been hugely successful at the school with some 30 students taking part. Divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups, students learn mountain biking skills and techniques that are challenging enough for their level.

noons after school and rides on the Community Trail, the Pass Powderkeg trail system, the York Creek trails and the network around Bellevue. Inspiring more youth to get involved in the Crowsnest Pass extracurricular landscape is what inspired CCHS phys-ed instructor and athletic director Matt Hennig to start the club. "Last year about this time, Crowsnest Pass hosted the Enduro Race and I was looking around and I saw all these kids, but almost none from this community," says Hennig. "I think it's important for our community moving forward to have people who want to live in Crowsnest Pass after they graduate. One way to do that is to get them involved in all the recreational opportunities we have here." The purpose of the club is to develop the students' riding technique and skill and, beyond that, to provide a social setting where kids can be active, outdoors and challenging themselves. "There's a lot going on with curriculum redesign in Alberta so part of that is giving kids an opportunity to engage in nature-based learning opportunities. That's a big part, to engage with the local land and community, to create and sustain resiliency and selfesteem in kids," says Hennig. "As a phys-ed instructor, I love to see kids feel good about being outdoors, increase their fitness and activity levels, having fun outside, working hard,

and getting kids away from their screens and their phones. There are kids who might not hang out together in the hallway but are hanging out together on the trails and are developing some good relationships , so it's good for our school culture too. It's been a really positive thing for our school." The coaching team consists of seven certified ride guides and instructors, which means that they are able to teach students everything from the basics like neutral body position, braking and bike-body separation, to more advanced skills like cadence, gearing and rolling lunges. Students are divided into advanced, intermediate and beginner groups. Each level has its own coaches that guide and teach the kids in that group, taking each one on trails appropriate for their level of experience. "We have a ton of coaches, which is great because it allows us to make sure that we have good instruction and supervision of the kids when we're out. We're able to watch all the kids and really work with them and help them progress. I love that we can split into three groups because then, all the kids are getting what they need out of it and there's a place for everybody," says Hennig. Some of the coaches recently participated in the BICP (Bike Instructor Certification Program) courses organized by the local mountain biking club, Sweet Riders, at the end of May. There are three Level 2 instructors and one Level

3 instructor. "Especially now that we all took those courses, we can teach from the very beginning steps to the most advanced skills and everyone's kind of getting what they want out of it," says Hennig. "No one's bored and no one's getting in over their head." Hennig says the program has been so successful that CCHS is hoping to include mountain biking as part of a bigger outdoors class next year. "There has been talk about incorporating it into a bigger program next year, like may be an outdoor pursuits class where we get to go mountain biking or snowshoeing or hiking or skiing or whatever as a class during school as an option," he says. "Again, it's with the current curriculum redesign where we're getting kids to engage in a different way, focus their learning in a more engaging, fun way for them." The bigger picture down the line is to get mountain biking recognized by the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA). "In BC, mountain biking is a recognized high school sport, so they have regional, zone and provincial competitions just like they do for badminton or basketball or track and field. Down the line, that would be something that we're trying to do, is try to get a whole bunch of schools involved," says Hennig. The club runs until June 15 and will restart in the fall.

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In the lIne of fIre Between June 4 and 11, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 43 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) assault, two (2) fraud/forgery, one (1) threat/harassment, three (3) mischief (vandalism), one (1) theft of motor vehicle, one (1) theft, one (1) impaired driving, one (1) drugs, two (2) other criminal code, two (2) other provincial statutes, three (3) driving complaints, seven (7) motor vehicle collisions, three (3) assistance to general public, four (4) suspicious occurrences, one (1) lost/found, four (4) assistance to other agencies, two (2) invalid 911 calls, two (2) false alarms and two (2) municipal bylaws. Found bike On June 5, a bike that was left on the front lawn of a residence on 19 Avenue in Blairmore over the

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Stolen vehicle On June 5, a vehicle was reported abandoned in Frank. It turns out the vehicle was reported stolen from Coalhurst on June 3. Suspicious bangs On June 6 at approximately 4:30 p.m., RCMP received a complaint of loud bangs west of Coleman, which shook residences. Patrols were made but officers were unable to determine the cause of the noise. No injuries or damage to property were reported. Steam scam On June 7, a complainant advised that they received a phone call from a male representing himself from Canada Revenue saying there was a warrant for the complainant’s arrest and that they owed $1,500. The caller asked the complainant to purchase

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

Who are those dangerous immigrants crossing the borders? Almost every time I watch the news, listen to radio or read the paper, I observe fear. Fear is a great seller of news and a huge political motivator. The West is fearful of people invading and taking over. It is a valid concern and none of us wish to have other people take what we have. We still have collective memories of the European revolutions, guillotines and people storming the Bastille. We shouldn’t. If we are fair to people and view them as human beings, they will be more than happy to come here and learn our ways. History proves it. I remember in the 70s when the women’s equal rights movements were starting; men were fearful of women taking their jobs. Some did and many didn’t. African Americans didn’t make life worse for us by being allowed to vote, people with turbans didn’t force us to speak Punjabi, Muslims didn’t make our courts chop the hands of thieves and most of us have never seen a woman wearing a veil. At best, some of us went to school with kids from China, India or the Philippines only to discover that they are humans as we are. European countries, even the ones who scream and cry about migrants, admit that their economies must have more people to grow and the US depends on immigration to keep its economy going. When Trump proposed to curtail immigration from the Orient, Silicon Valley in California, went berserk. I often visit my dad in a senior’s lodge in Calgary. Many of the staff there are all immigrants and there is always a sign outside looking for more workers. I go out and visit some businesses around, and I find immigrant owners employing Canadian students and trying very hard to look and sound Canadian. The USA is very much like Canada and doesn’t have as much natural resources. The main reason that the US is economically better than us is the fact that they have more people in the right environment. More people are working, paying taxes and consuming, providing more services causing economic prosperity. When people are given the freedom to work and benefit from their labour, they flourish. The US learned that fact earlier than we did. This idea is not new by any means. In the 1880s, Canada was advertising in Europe and the US, trying to lure people with promises of free land. It was during the Brian Mulroney era that immigration quotas increased and in 2006 the landing fee per immigrant was slashed by 50 percent. Both actions were taken by Conservatives who now are talking against accepting refugees since it is a popular thing to do. In the United States today, the president fights for a border wall, knowing full well that he will have to get immigrants from somewhere. His dream of getting people from Norway is not very realistic as are most of his dreams. Norway is presently welcoming immigrants and far less than 1 percent of immigrants from Norway come to either Canada or the US. Why would they leave a country with free healthcare, including pharma-care, free higher education, very low crime rate, hardly any incarcerated people and much more, to immigrate to North America? People by nature fear the unknown and even try to kill it. This is obvious when it comes to insects. When I was young, you couldn’t find a person who would not kill any bee that they could catch. It took many years to convince ourselves that without bees, there would be no people. The same goes for spiders (OMG) and just about any other living being, but it takes a long time to convince

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$500 in Steam gift cards. The complainant purchased the cards, but then realized that it could be a scam. Mistaken abandoned vehicle On June 8, a vehicle in the Tim Hortons parking lot without a licence plate was reported abandoned. The vehicle was towed and the owner was contacted. The owner advised that she had donated the vehicle to the Kidney Foundation and they were supposed to pick it up there. Marijuana in vehicle On June 8, a vehicle stopped for speeding had the odour of marijuana coming from the interior. A small amount of marijuana was located. Drinking & mudding On June 9 at approximately 1 a.m., RCMP received a complaint of

vehicles mudding it up at Knowles Flats. A patrol was made. A 31-year-old male driver from Medicine Hat driving a Nissan Titan was found to have been drinking. His license was suspended for 72 hours and his vehicle was towed. Stolen trailer On June 9, a 2017 Puma travel trailer was reported stolen from a camping area near Adanac Road. The incident occurred some time overnight. Found items A duffel bag was found in Blairmore. Vehicle keys were found in Blairmore. Anyone with information regarding any crime is urged to contact the Crowsnest Pass RCMP Detachment at 403-562-2867, or Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800422-TIPS.

people of it. Canada initially was populated by the two dominant nations of Europe at the time, England and France. Not much effort was spent on inviting Francophones, but their numbers were compensated by a higher birth rate that now is rapidly diminishing. We exhausted our ability to bring Anglophones (1849 brought the most because of the Irish potato famine) and turned to other European countries. The Eastern Europeans were most suitable to farming and settling out West. Those slowed down when Europe began to recover from wars and economic disasters like Communism, and we began looking farther east. Now the dominant group is from the Philippines followed by India and China. Other war-torn countries, even if you include Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and count both their refugees and legal applicants, are hardly registering on the scale. All the statistics are easily available on the internet. The US now started to separate children from their immigrant parents in the cruelest possible way according to US Senator Jeff Merkley. Do we want to be like them or do we prefer the Canadian way? Most of us here are immigrants, or our parents were, and we wave the Canadian flag and sing O Canada with a tear in our eyes. Do we want to support politicians who try to make us scared of immigrants or do we see ourselves as a nation that helps people in need? I have a Nigerian friend named Chrisantus. He went through unbelievable suffering to become a Canadian and now he employs a number of Canadians and provides a much-needed service. In my opinion, he has done more for Canada in a short time than some people who are shouting on TV that we are being invaded with our government’s consent. We have a good immigration policy, obey international laws regarding refugees, and billions of people around the world use us as a good example. Be not afraid. Here is a link to my blog: Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT PERMIT LAND USE BYLAW No. 868-2013 The Development Authority of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass recently approved the following development application(s): 1. DP2018-022; Lot 6, Block 9, Plan 3100FD; 20606 – 23 Avenue, Bellevue Discretionary Use: New dwelling with front yard setback variance and lot coverage variance 2. DP2018-024; Lot 5, Block 7, Plan 3387AE; 1201 – 83 Street, Coleman Discretionary Use: Unenclosed deck with front yard setback variance 3. DP2018-024; Lots 7-10, Block 7, Plan 3319I; 13343 – 20 Avenue, Blairmore Discretionary Use: Permanent Shipping Container Any persons claiming to be adversely affected by the above development may file an appeal in writing by June 20, 2018, to the MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS, SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL BOARD, BOX 600, CROWSNEST PASS, ALBERTA T0K 0E0. A fee of $400.00 must be included with the appeal. Lisa Kinnear Development Officer 403-563-2218

Rudy’s restaurant sets roots in Bellevue AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

There's nothing like a home-cooked meal. Except maybe a homestylecooked meal that doesn't require you to do the dishes afterwards! Bellevue's new diner, Rudy's Family Restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all homestyle. On the menu, you can find homemade pork cutlets, Shepherd's pie, perogies and garlic sausage, chili burgers and spaghetti. "It's all home cooking, my own style," says Susan Matthews, the restaurant owner and head chef. "It takes time.

It's not a fast food. All our burgers, my Alfredo sauce, my chili, it's all homemade. Nothing is from a can or a supplier. Home cooking style is my thing. I use my own ingredients, my own recipes and I cook by taste, if I like the flavour." There's also the restaurant's signature Rudy's Truckers Breakfast and their take on a hotdog, the Rudy's Dog. "Rudy’s is named after my dad. He was a trucker so Rudy’s Trucker is something he would like and Rudy’s Dog is how he likes his hot dog," says Matthews,

whose father, Rudy Jehle, passed away in July 2017. Rudy's Restaurant held their official opening on June 1. Matthews says she's giving it a year to see how business goes. But if she was worried about clients, she must certainly have her mind settled about that. The community has welcomed Rudy's with open arms and the feedback on social media has been glowing. "It has been very busy. My only issue is finding staff," says Matthews. "We appreciate all the patronage. People have been really good. We're very happy."

Matthews has worked in hospitality before, managing the restaurant at the Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club for three years as the Sandbox Bar & Grill. For the past 10 years, Matthews has catered in Fort McMurray. Wanting to spend more time at home is one of the reasons she decided to open Rudy's. Although many residents were dismayed that Marie's Poutine House closed down in November 2017, which used to occupy the space that Rudy's is now in, there is something new to look forward to.

Submerged cemetery deserves upkeep AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

Each spring for as long as Ian McKenzie can remember, a section of the Bellevue Union Cemetery became an underwater sanctuary. It's a seasonal occurrence, with springtime runoff causing the northern third of the cemetery to flood. The Crowsnest Memorial Society, of which McKenzie is a member, says that this is disrespectful to the people buried there as well as their families and they would like to see this issue solved. "The municipality is the land owner, so they have the responsibility, but we have the interest. The main point is that cemeteries don't generally have an advocate because the people that are in cemeteries are pretty silent," says McKenzie. The Bellevue Union Cemetery was established in 1916 and McKenzie calls it a "repository of history" for the historical citizens buried there. "These people were not just our family, but also our pioneers. There are most of Bellevue's historical citizens are buried there. It's quite significant," he says, adding that one of the bandits from the 1920 Bellevue Café Shootout is buried there. McKenzie concedes that while he is sympathetic towards the municipality's situation of balancing a budget while providing programs and services, this issue has been going on for long enough that an immediate solution is warranted. "It's not a municipally provided service that people see every day. This is not an easy problem and I know that the municipality

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The Bellevue Union Cemetery floods with springtime runoff. This summer, the municipality will be installing a rock drain to mitigate the flooding. This photo was taken on May 4, 2018.

has a tough job running this town, but it's embarrassing. I understand why it's at the low end of the priorities, but I think the time has come to do something about it," says McKenzie. According to McKenzie, the Crowsnest Memorial Society has received requests from family members of those buried in the Bellevue Union Cemetery asking for photographs of their ancestor's headstones, but they are unable to provide it as the monument is under water. "There are people that are upset. Another member [of the Memorial Society] indicated that someone from Saskatchewan went up one side down the other over the situation," adds McKenzie. "He was quite upset that his relative's grave was flooded." Up until approximately two years ago, the municipality has been draining the water at the cemetery once it flooded, which Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Thomas. However, following notification from provincial officials in 2016, the municipality is obligated to go through a

lengthy and potentially costly process to acquire a permit to conduct draining of this sort. This has forced them to look for other solutions. This summer, the municipality will be installing a rock drain, which would intercept and mitigate future flooding, or at least the majority of the future runoff. "We would dig a large hole, fill it with coarse rock and then backfill it and put a grate on the top so that the water can drain in. The rock provides a basin for it to go in and it dissipates into the ground. They work well in the course soils that we have around here," says Thomas. According to Thomas, this solution has been in the works since 2016, but since all the land surrounding the cemetery is private land, liaising with the land owner and reaching an agreement was a lengthy process. Neither McKenzie or Thomas know the exact cause of the flooding. "It's hard to say what new springs could have developed increasing the flow," says Thomas. "It is outside our control to know what has caused

this." However, the area surrounding the cemetery is a low point surrounded by rock bluffs, creating a natural catchment area susceptible to flooding when spring runoff is high. Thomas adds that another potential cause may be due to upstream mining operations that affected the way water is deposited in that area. The Bellevue Union Cemetery is now a memorial cemetery only, with no new burials accepted there. In 2017, the municipality conducted an assessment of their cemeteries and is working on prioritizing work to rehabilitate all the facilities to ensure that they are wellmaintained memorial places. "At the current state of sales, there is approximately a 15- to 20-year stockpile of plots prior to any expansions on the existing cemeteries," says Thomas, adding that the municipality is already considering where future expansions could occur beyond the 20 years. The municipality has eight cemeteries with active burials, three Catholic and five Union.

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~Passtrak ~ A powerhouse Pass Herald Contributor

During the last weekend of May, Passtrak, the Crowsnest Pass-based track and field club, attended a competition in Medicine Hat. This particular meet had events for all age groups and was also used as a qualifying meet for this summer’s Alberta Summer Games, which are scheduled for late July in Grand Prairie. The Passtrak club sent 13 athletes to compete in a total of 73 events. Finley Wilmot represented the tyke-aged boys competing in a 60-metre sprint, standing long jump, shot-put, and a 600-metre race. Finley was able to achieve four first-place finishes. Cohen Musschoot represented the peewee boys in eight events where he got first place in standing long jump, setting a new club record. He ran some great races and also threw discus and shot-put, where he ended up third overall for the peewee boys both days of competition. Summer Musschoot also competed in Medicine Hat as a bantam-aged girl. She, too, competed in eight events ranging from the 80-metre sprint, discus, shotput, 150-metre, 800-metre, long jump and finally the 1,200-metre race. Like her brother, she was able to reset a club record with her performance in the 150-metre dash. Clara Websdale, also a bantam girl, competed in the same events and was able to achieve a personal best ever performance in the 1,200-metre race. Hayley Whidden competed on Sunday only for her first time competing with the club in an outdoor track meet, so she had no personal times or distances to beat, but she set the bar high for next time with good performances in the 150, long jump, discus, and the 1,200-metre race. The bantam-aged boys were represented by both Sawyer Sawatzky and Jack Bailey. The boys competed in the same events as the female athletes. Sawyer was able to achieve personal best performances in four out of eight events including the 80-metre dash, shot-put, the 800-metre race, and the discus throw. Jack, not willing to allow Sawyer much chance to out-do him, also achieved four personal best performances. His personal best included the 80-metre, shotput, 800-metre, and discus as well. The club’s midget girls and youth boys had the opportunity to qualify for the Alberta Summer Games at this competition. Libby Wilmot qualified for the Summer Games in both the pentathlon and also won the right to represent the south zone of Alberta with her performance in high jump, achieving second place overall in that event. Payton Bauer also competed in six events and earned the right to represent the south zone in the pentathlon as well. Mackenzie Mayea competed in four events and earned the right to represent for triple jump, the 200metre hurdles as well as being put on the midget girls 4X100-metre relay event at Summer Games. Paige Richards attended Medicine Hat for three events and with her two first-place finishes and one second, she qualified for Grand Prairie in the 80-metre hurdles, the 100-metre sprint, and the long jump. Paige will also be competing on the girls’ 4X100-metre relay team. The only midget boy in attendance was Mathias Gelber, and his efforts earned him the right to compete in Grand Prairie in the 1,500-metre, the 3,000-metre, the 800-metre, and also the javelin. Mathias also reset the javelin club record for his age group to 42.04 metres. Ethan Richards competed as well in the junior age category, where he achieved two first place finishes in the 100- and 200-metre sprints. It was a great weekend of competition and all athletes preformed very well in the heat and the rain that met the club in Medicine Hat. If you see any Passtrak athletes, be sure to congratulate and encourage them as the club has several more meets to attend in the up coming months.

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6 – crowsnest PAss HerALD – wednesday, June 13, 2018

Editorial and Opinions Letters to the Editor

BrokE vS ruDE Last Thursday, I didn’t have any council or committee meeting so I sat in front of my television with popcorn in hand and watched the Ontario election. I was pretty sure that Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal party, after 15 years in power, were heading out the door, but what I was most interested in was which type of governing party would take her place. The writing was on the wall when Wynne herself begged the public to not vote in a majority government just days before the vote. I did laugh at the boldness of the outgoing lady. If you know you are going to lose - in fact, if polls are telling you your party may not even be recognized as a standing party (because you receive fewer than 8 seats in the legislature) - is it really up to you to tell the public how to vote? It was ballsy, I’ll give her that! So Doug Ford wins, and wins a majority government. I was wondering if Ontario would go the way of Alberta and vote in an NDP government; a protest vote. Well, I guess they found their common sense, unlike Albertans a few years ago - my opinion only. Maybe they looked at the mess this province is in, debted up to the proverbial... Well, you know what I mean. So Ford wins and I post on social media the following comment: “Well isn’t that interesting. I hope the Ontario election is a microcosm of the federal election next year.” Yikes, can you say opening up a can or worms? A friend of mine commented, “That we elected rude, uneducated and mean people like Doug Ford?? Or it doesn’t matter so long as they have the label of PC? What he represents is an insult to any self-respecting and thinking conservative.” I really like the person who posted a response, although I don’t like her political ideology. I think she’s an NDPer at heart, but it really got me thinking. I guess whether you like Doug Ford or not (I’m not great on the guy either) the Ontario people sent out a message. They said they are done being billions of dollars in debt and they are done paying and paying and having their children’s children pay back the debt of the Wynne government. Did you know that Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower in the world? Yes, the world! I fear the way we are going in Alberta isn’t far behind if this NDP government stays in power. So I guess my response to my friend is, “Yes, I guess the people of Ontario will accept rude over broke.” That’s what the Ontario election told me. Hope Alberta feels the same way a year from now. That’s the way I see it. LS

E-bikes on the Pass Powderkeg trails? Dear Editor; You may have noticed that the Municipality has purchased some e-bikes and is offering rentals through the Pass Powderkeg operation. While they are being a bit cagey about where you might be able to ride these bikes, their promotional statement suggests that it is open season on all the trails including the currently non-motorized trails at Pass Powderkeg and the Community Walking Trail. From the Municipality’s Community Handbook – “With our e-bike, we can go anywhere we want, without the need for ski lifts or other con-

veyance to reach the top. Enjoy the world-class trails that span the entire Municipality.” E-bikes (electric powered or power assisted bicycles) come in many flavours – from the street cruiser to the near dirt bike models. No question, they are here to stay and certainly are fun to use. They enhance the mobility of a variety of users and provide an opportunity for access to areas not otherwise readily accessible. They may also satisfy utilitarian purposes like tool transportation for trail maintenance crews and game removal for hunters. Managing multi-user

trails can get complicated but fundamentally, the social impact questions are where may these motorized bikes be used and what is an appropriate power level (limit) if these bikes are to be used on notionally non-motorized trails? E-bikes are currently regulated by the Traffic Safety Act and Regulations with respect to highway use. Regulation for highway use may not translate well to the situation where e-bikes will be sharing the trail with casual walkers, hikers and trail runners. It seems that public consultation by the municipality is in order to help determine accept-

able use before the e-bike invasion arrives. Not everyone will be happy but at least there will have been an informed decision. The municipality is hosting a Community Development open house on June 20 – consider it an opportunity to voice your opinion. Jim Lucas Disclaimer: I am actively involved with trail development and maintenance on behalf of the United Riders of Crowsnest Club (UROC). However, the opinions expressed are personal and not those of the club.

The “science” of parks and land use planning Dear Editor; So now the Government of Alberta Parks and various land use departments are telling us that they are using a “science”based decision process to tell us what will be done on our public lands. This is supposed to take away all the “emotion” of land use planning out of the process and allow the “greater good” to occur on the public land base. Interesting! Well more and more of us are simply not drinking their Kool-Aid. Now at this point, they have managed to “regulate” their decisions on our public lands and continue to do so but I

think this “down our throats” process is beginning to really be exposed for what it is. This is an inner push by this NDP government to shut down much of the industrial and motorized use on our former multiple-use land. The government is using buzz words like “maximum threshold”, “ecological benefits”, “threatened species”, “headwater protection”, etc. They are telling us they know it all and to just trust them. The latest “Dear Stakeholder” letter had no less than nine, yes nine pages of literature to make us feel better about the wisdom of their deci-

sion-making process. So let’s look at some of their “science” shall we? The Castle Provincial Park was created by ignoring the science of the lengthy South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). The SSRP was a legislated plan which had to be changed by the legislative process to reverse the decision to create the Castle Wildland Park and leave the rest of the Castle as a well-regulated multi-use area. In the Castle Park’s new Management Plan, look what they have done. (Just to mention a few of the foolish changes)... The South Castle

Road is now shut down, making it almost impossible to do a weekend hiking trip into Grizzly Lake or Scarpe Lakes. And the multi-generational pastime of huckleberry picking in the West Castle is now an impossible “hike” for most folks as the government has shut that access down. What “science” indicated those two roads were causing irreparable damage? The government ignored the well-thought-out Castle Access Management Plan, which had only lacked some enforcement and maintenance funding. Cont’d on page 12

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TKD success Master Saran's Kootenay Tae Kwon Do attended the Alberta Cup on June 2 in Lethbridge. Kootenay brought 16 competitors from Fernie, Sparwood and Crowsnest Pass. In total, the team brought home 5 gold medals, 10 silver and 13 bronze. This tournament was a stepping stone for those training to go to the World Cup in Australia in September 2018. Pictured left to right, back row: Bryden Markowski, Nolen Markowski, Calvin Domin, Markus Liebe, Adam Liebe, Ruby Rumple, Mrs. Paton. Front row: Aiden Lockhart, Orien Domin, Tyler Steenhart, Kiylee Steenhart Missing from photo: Master Sant Saran, Emma Salkin, Jesse MacDonald, Nick Demers, Adam Frank, Jakob Brickner and Alysha VanBibber.

CCHS concert

Junior and senior Crowsnest Consolidated High School (CCHS) students put on a fabulous spring concert on June 6, covering major hits like "Titanium" by David Guetta and "November Rain" by Guns N’ Roses. “I am impressed most by how some of these students, having never taken a music lesson ever, can go from not playing anything to being able to pull off performances. I love the ingenuity and tenacity that these students show,” says music program assistant Tynan Groves.

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Waste roundup An e-waste and toxic roundup was held in Crowsnest Pass over the weekend, amassing a collection of old TVs, computers, printers, car fluids and other household and hazardous waste.

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Senior’s lunch The municipality organized a lunch for the seniors in our community at the Elk’s Hall to honour Alberta Senior’s Week. John Kinnear photo

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8 – crowsnest PAss HerALD – Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Bellecrest Bellecrest Community Community Association Association

June 2018

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10 – Crowsnest Pass HeraLD – Wednesday, June 13, 2018

~ Council updates ~

Fees & rates by-law, ASMA, Karelian bear dog, tourism committee, Coleman construction AnnA KroupinA Pass Herald Reporter

Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw Council has passed the Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw for 2018. A significant change includes moving golf courses to be designated as a Class 4 wastewater user as opposed to a Class 5 wastewater user on the Water-Wastewater Solid Waste and Recycling Tariffs. Councillors pointed out that a golf course's wastewater consumption does not mesh with other Class 5 uses, which include car washes and laundromats. In Class 4, it is grouped with other uses like restaurants with a seating capacity of over 50 people, places of entertainment, schools and provincial buildings. According to Patrick Thomas, the Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club uses over 100,000 cubic meters of water per year, or 300,000 gallons. A typical residence consumed approximately 20 to 30 cubic meters a month. Councillor Dave Filipuzzi pointed out that all the water used at the golf course is taken from Blairmore wells and that last year, the municipality exceeded water use per the license from one of the wells. The government can fine

the municipality in contravention or shut the wells off in cases where the municipality is found in non-compliance. Councillor Filipuzzi added that the golf course compromises the Blairmore water system because it uses so much water, especially on hot days during the summer when residential water use is also increased. Although there is a line connecting the wells in Coleman to Blairmore, the lines are not operational at this time as the municipality is working with the province to get it licensed into operation, a project that has been ongoing for approximately two years now. Rob Amatto, president of the Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club, said that the golf course is planning to install a new "state of the art" irrigation system that would reduce the daily watering time. Councillor Gord Lundy suggested that the concern with the golf course is not solely that they are using high quantities of water, but that they should strongly look at another source of water for their irrigation altogether. "If they don't get off the town water for their irrigation, their costs are going to be astronomical when we put the meters in. They have

to look seriously at finding another source of water besides treated water," he said. ASMA Council passed a motion approving up to $30,000 coming out of reserves to finance a structural assessment of the Albert Stella Memorial Arena (ASMA). The assessment is expected to cost between $25,000 to $30,000, but could be more if invasive testing is required. Councillor Dave Filipuzzi stated that he was "definitely" in favour of conducting a structural assessment of ASMA and would like to see it move ahead quickly to be completed before the 2019 budget process, which usually begins in the fall. A 2014 facility evaluation report of ASMA indicated that it would cost $4.215 million plus fees to upgrade the building. Replacing the facility is estimated at $12 million. Karelian bear dog response Council received a response to a letter they sent to the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General in March 2018 requesting the reinstatement of the Karelian Bear Dog Program in Crowsnest Pass. "When the Karelian

Bear Dog Program began in the spring of 2001, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch had a small number of Karelian bear dogs that were used for aversive conditioning and shepherding of bears away from urban areas. Those techniques had limited success, yet require considerable effort and resources during times when bears frequented urban areas. Following the death of the last dog assigned to the branch in late 2017, the Karelian Bear Dog Program was assessed and a decision was made to discontinue the program," indicated associate deputy minister Dennis Cooley in the response. The letter went on to disclose two assessments of the program that showed its apparent limited success, conducted in the Bow Valley and the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Councillor Doreen Glavin said she was "disappointed with the response" and criticized the locations for the assessment. "This program might not have worked in other communities, but it worked here," she said. Councillor Marlene Anctil said, "It's terrible that they're saying this Bear Program didn't have any success in the Crowsnest Pass.

I've seen it work so many times. I'm very disappointed in their response." Councillor Lisa Sygutek said, "It shows just how far removed they are from this community. It really shows how little they know about what's going on in the Crowsnest Pass." Council passed a motion to direct the matter to the Protective Services Advisory Committee to come back with some a recommendation on how to proceed. Regional Tourism Advisory Committee Council appointed Councillors Dave Filipuzzi and Lisa Sygutek to serve on the Regional Tourism Advisor Committee. The participating partners have decided that two representatives from each municipality will sit on the committee, which is an inter-municipal effort between eight partners who applied for the Tourism Growth Innovation Fund for Destination Development, the Town and M.D. of Pincher Creek, Castle Mountain Resort and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. The Chambers of Commerce of Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass, Community Futures Crowsnest Pass and Alberta Southwest

Regional Economic Development Alliance are also regional partner The purpose of the grant is to develop a cohesive local regional tourism voice. A response on whether the grant has been awarded is expected mid-summer. Coleman Revitalization Project According to Patrick Thomas, CAO, the Coleman Revitalization Project is on schedule and expected to break ground in early to mid July. They are hoping to finalize the design package by this week and can then proceed to the tender submission stage. Once construction begins, the project is expected to take eight weeks to complete. Going paperless June 5 was the first day that Council went paperless for a meeting. Each councillor used to receive paper packages containing the relevant documentation for that meeting. These packages, printed single-sided, often exceeded 100 pages. After a computer skills workshop in which Administration trained councillors on using their tablets, Council accessed the package digitally and will aim to do so going forward.

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CNP Quad Squad weigh in on newest management plan GARY CLARK President, CNP?Quad Squad In the fall of 2015, the government announced the proposed creation of the Castle Park and Wildlands with the initial management plan stating that OHV use would continue. In fact, the Quad Squad Board sent a letter to the Minister of Parks supporting the concept of a park which included the continued use of OHVs. Numerous suggestions were given to support a designated trail system, monies for trail maintenance, placement of bridges over waterways, continuity of trails, closures of trails in sensitive areas, with parallel trails built to replace the abandoned trails, use of present back country roads to reduce the linear footprint and add continuity to the trails, to name a few suggestions presented. In fact, on December 2, 2015 we received a reply from the Minister thanking us for our letter and stating both Parks would continue to permit OHV use on existing designated trails, and a hand-written note stating we would work together on Parks management plan. I was invited to participate on the Castle Management Plan Board process. Half of the board were environmental groups, with hikers, grazing, equestrian, a few municipal officials who were more interested in the grazing aspect. No one from the CNP municipality was invited. I was the lone OHV representative. Then the bombshell, on January 20, 2017, when Premier Notley announced the creation of the Parks, excluding OHV use to be phased out within three to five years, promising to replace the lost trails with new trails elsewhere. Meetings were held during 2017 on the Livingstone/Porcupine Management Plan. The Alberta Off Highway Association was selected to represent the OHV users, only to find that, again, the board was stacked with environmental, grazing and other groups who had more than one representative. December of 2017, the scientific assessment report was released by the government. This document could not give a smoking gun report that OHV use was the cause of all evil, but does state, and I quote, “While the use of linear footprints by people including motorized vehicles, has not been directly quantified in the Castle Region, it is likely that Off Highway Vehicle use has exacerbated soil erosion, loss of vegetation cover, alteration of vegetation communities and the introduction and spread of invasive plant species.” In other words, the science has not proven OHV use is again the cause of all evil, but the government sure hopes so. No mention of wildlife, cattle, human, na-

ture, or other means spreading the weeds, just OHVs. OHV use was mentioned 74 times in 55 pages as the cause of all damage. Now, the Livingstone/Porcupine Management Plan has been implemented. Remember Premier Notley’s promise of new trails to replace the lost Castle Trails? Where are they? This plan calls for the reduction of about 70 percent of trails in the Livingstone/Porcupine region, although our research shows that OHV trails compose 33 percent of the linear footprint compared to 67 percent of non-OHV use. This plan shows single bi-directional trails, which you can go up and back on the same trail, reload and drive to the next trail. Very few connecting trails. Again, the length of the trail is the linear footprint, having nothing to do with the actual square footage, so a road has the same linear footprint as an 8foot-wide trail. Trails will now be 100 metres from waterways, up from the original proposed 50 metres. The CNP has about 1/3 of the homes owned by what us locals call weekenders. Persons that have a recreational property in the Pass. A large number bought homes here so they could OHV from their yard, summer and winter. This plan will put a buffer of no trails within 2 km from private homes. This will have an impact on a number of areas in the Pass, where residents who bought property so they could ride from their homes, will now have to load up and drive to a staging area to ride. The management plan does have some good points, like ideas that the OHV groups have been advocating for since the early 2000s. They have gone to a designated trail system with proper signage. They have increased some Specified Penalties and added more, such as the most important one, crossing water. The Government has also released $5 million over four years to improve and rebuild trails, trail development, bridges, water bank restoration, camping and staging area improvements. We have asked for and we are getting monies for educational programs for OHV and other users and adding more law enforcement in the backcountry. With these monies, we are on the road to a sustainable, environmentally-friendly trail system. The national trail systems in both Canada and the US agree that if you build a trail, the riders will experience what they want on the trail and they will not go off the trail. The plan does call for improvements to staging areas. Washrooms and upgrades have already been done at Atlas and MacGillivray with random camping areas to be imple-

mented. Challenging, family and new rider trails are mentioned. The estimated economical impact of OHV use in the CNP using a study done by the University of Alberta estimates that 7.1 million in expenditures is generated by OHV visitors coming to the Crowsnest Pass, with $4.4 million spent directly in the Pass. This is from May to September and does not include snowmobiling. The Canadian OHV Association estimates that there is over $1 billion of revenue/expenditures/profits which includes service labour is generated in Alberta per year, giving provincial coffers $289 million to $347 million a year in taxes. This does not include taxes from fuel, liquor or cigarettes. We recently had a meeting with our Deputy Minister of Environment and Parks and senior forestry officials at which time the 2018 trail map was shown and explained to us. I feel this information is important to be shared with everyone. If you have viewed the map you will have found that the trails have been drastically reduced from the present state, to about 70 percent. It was explained to us that the trails that are designated are trails the government has inventoried through GPS, completed environmental assessments and then approved them as designated trails. The environmental assessment looks at what type of area they are situated in, if bridges are in place to cross waters, the cost of repairing a damaged trail and the number of bridge crossings etc. The trails in red are marked as future proposed designated trails. As these trails are inventoried through the summer and following years, if they meet the criteria, they will be designated and added to next years maps. There are also a number of trails that go through land that is under disposition to mining, logging companies, etc. and it is felt by the government that much of this land will be turned back to public lands as they give up their dispositions. These trails cannot be shown on the map, however, will be added once these lands are turned back to the government. Atlas and McGillivray staging areas are the planned hub with a future proposed trail coming from Cataract Creek down to the Pass for overnight riding. The idea of a riding kids park, challenging obstacle OHV courses are also being planned. The Deputy Minister also stated that if the Bighorn does become a park, the 300 km of trails will remain. As it has also been announced that the further closure of trails in the Castle Park will be implemented each year until their elimination in 2020, and with the present closure of 70 percent of trails in the Livingstone/Porcupine, this

will lead to more people using less trails, or they will go to BC or the US. During last year’s OHV ban during the fire ban, only a dozen or so campers were at Atlas and McGillivray staging areas over the August and September long weekends, compared to hundreds the previous years. This alone shows the large economic impact OHV use

has in the Crowsnest Pass. I fear for the economy of the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding communities and businesses which are dependent on OHV/recreational use. This is a beginning, and there is a lot of work to be done. There are a number of issues to be dealt with, such as the size restrictions on trails calling for OHVs under

60 inches wide when 67 percent of side-by-sides are 64 inches wide. The government is working with us in open discussions. We will continue to work with the government and once areas are identified that require bridges, we will build them. Help the environment, stay out of water, save the fishes, use the bridges. It is time to move forward.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MUNICIPALITY OF CROWSNEST PASS IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA PROPOSED BYLAW NO. 1006, 2018 7:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers PURSUANT to sections 230, 606, and 692 of the Municipal Government Act, Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000, Chapter M-26, the Council of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta hereby gives notice of its intention to consider proposed Bylaw No. 1006, 2018, being a bylaw to amend Bylaw No. 868-2013, being the municipal land use bylaw. The purpose of Bylaw No. 1006, 2018, is to re-designate Lot 14, Block 19 Plan 1011620 (known locally as the Bellevue Mine Property) containing ±5.10 ha (12.6 acres), from Non-Urban Area (NUA-1) to Retail Commercial (C-1).

THEREFORE, TAKE NOTICE THAT a public hearing, pursuant to section 692(2) of the Municipal Government Act, to consider the proposed Bylaw No. 1006, 2017 will be held in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers at 7:00 PM on July 10, 2018. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that anyone wishing to make a presentation regarding the proposed bylaw should contact the Development Officer. Both written and verbal presentations may be given at the public hearing. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the municipal office during normal business hours. DATED at the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass in the Province of Alberta this 8 day of June, 2018. Lisa Kinnear, Development Officer Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Box 600, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta T0K 0E0 Phone: 403-563-2218 E-mail:

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Letter to the Editor cont’d from pg. 6 ...The “science” of parks and land use planning Can you imagine how much better the Castle could have been regulated, in past years, with but a fraction of the present Castle Parks budget? The money being spent now is a disgrace and an absolute slap in the face to the old Alberta Forest Service’s years of budget cuts. So now with the Castle Parks’ “phasing out” of motorized use (despite all the years of volunteer work to develop the Castle Access Plan, build bridges, etc.), we have to hear the “science” of overuse in the Livingstone and Porcupines!

Now the PLUZs (Public Land Use Zones) are going to be established to “manage outdoor recreational activities.” In other words, after eliminating motorized trail use in the Castle, they are regulating trail use to the north to prevent what they say are a variety of “science-based” overuse indicators! On the recent Ed Gregor Stewardship Day, my wife and I took a drive up the Atlas Road for a couple of reasons. One, to see if any cleanup was required (none was required due to the good stewardship of the folks

using the area) and two, to plan a signage program so the “old names”, creeks, etc. would not be lost. I was reminded that we used to do the same (cleanup) down the South and West Castle Roads. Roads that are now closed! So much for the respect for our societies’ work in the Castle! As we were driving the Altas Road I was wondering if it, too, would be closed in the coming years ahead. After all the Castle Roads are shut now! Based on what science? Of interest, the only reason we were able to drive the Atlas was because of the log-

ging industry’s (Spray Lakes) tremendous work in rebuilding the bridges and doing road repair work. Thank you Spray Lakes! Incidentally, this work is being done as good corporate policy and not because the road will be used for active operations! And, of course, you’d never see the government putting money into replacing bridges (example, the West Castle Bridge at Castle Resort). They are quite happy to have old bridges fail and shut off access. Instead, they put their money into “backcountry huts” and fancy parking lots in the Castle! Absolutely no respect for a grandfather wanting to take his grandkids to pick huckleberries in a place his Dad

took him! So we as users of the public landbase, and many of us who earned their living off that same landbase, are not accepting the “science”, what is being forced on us. We are not buying the fact that our use of the landbase is causing some vague “science-based” threshold to be exceeded. We stand tall for the work we have done over the years (volunteer time) to work on land use plans which recognize the need for responsible use of the land, not to simply shut access down based on some “science.” We recognize that the “science” being shoved at us is motivated by the Yellowstone to Yukon movement. By foreign funded groups sim-

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17th ANNUAL THEREFORE, TAKE NOTICE THAT a single public hearing, pursuant to section 692(2) of the Municipal Government Act, to consider the proposed Bylaw No.988, 2018, will be held in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Council Chambers at 7:00 pm on July 10, 2018. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that anyone wishing to make a presentation regarding the proposed bylaw should contact the Development Officer. Both written and verbal presentations may be given at the public hearing. A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the municipal office during normal business hours.


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ply dedicated to shutting down use of public lands. We are not accepting that our use on the landscape is causing irreparable damage. What disappoints us most is our own government is telling the public that these closures are necessary to save the headwaters, prevent overuse, save the cutthroat, etc. We know we can exist on the land base as multi-users. We know the forest needs to be harvested to utilize the resource and prevent catastrophic fires (Waterton 2017), we know we need oil and gas, we know the water leaving the headwaters is just fine, we know! Remember, a few years back, we were told everything we did was causing the decimation of the grizzly population, yet a good “scientific” study proved the grizzly numbers were just fine! Now, we are being told everything we do is causing “thresholds” to be exceeded, yet we are being forced into smaller and smaller areas. Is that so we can exceed the “thresholds” and another park be created? Notice government: we are not buying this anymore. John MacGarva, “The Old Logger/and Tree Planter”

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cameron Joseph George Kaprowski. Cam passed away peacefully on June 8, 2018 at the CNP Continuing Care Centre with family and friends. Cam is survived by his wife Linda Kaprowski, his mother and father, Al and Flo Kaprowski and his children, Tina (Logan) Smith, Kevin Kaprowski, and Mike (Amanda) Kaprowski. Cam’s legacy is passed through his grandchildren Sarah and Hailey (Tina), Roslin and Ada (Kevin) and Raylene and Jack (Mike). Cam is predeceased by his sister Jeanette, grandmother Mary Kosch and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Please join us on June 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the MDM Community gym, Bellevue, AB for a celebration of life. Donations can be made to the CNP Health Care Centre - Long Term Care fund. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555


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It is with great sadness to announce the passing of my son Nick. He passed away in Calgary Foothills Hospital with his father, sister, uncle and girlfriend at his side. With his request to be an organ donor, people received a better quality of life and our family is thankful for that. Nick is survived by his father, sister, many uncles and aunts, cousins and nephew as well as lots of friends and family. He was predeceased by his mother Theresa in 2016. Nick moved to Red Deer in 1999 and soon found a career in driving 18-wheel trucks. For the post several years he worked for Kansas Ridge Trucking where he loved his job. We will always remember Nick as a tough guy on the outside with a big heart on the inside. May be rest in peace. We will miss you but will remember you always. As per his wish there will be no funeral. The family will be having a celebration of life on August 11 at the Hillcrest Miners Club. Further notice will be given closer to the date.

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Highway 3X: Proposed route from Sentinel to Blairmore presented Open house also proposes routes for Blairmore to Pincher Station

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ISL Engineering and Land Services presented the draft recommended route for twinning Highway 3 from Sentinel to east Blairmore at an open house in Coleman on June 7 and in Lundbreck on June 9. The open house also presented functional plan options for east Blairmore to Pincher Station. Stage 1A The open house presented concept drawings of how the route and interchanges would look from east Blairmore to Sentinel, called Stage 1A. Concept drawings showed how the route would affect the landscape visually. The graphics also presented flyover and underpass options, as well as what the interim solutions would look like until capacity is reached, which would prompt construction of the ultimate plan. Two-way single lanes

will be constructed at the interim stage of Highway 3X. As interim options, roundabouts, traffic lights or stop signs will direct traffic at several existing key intersections that may later be accommodated either by on/off ramps or overpass/underpass. The ultimate plan is to have a four-lane Highway 3X. The proposal for Stage 1A is to have a "business route" - the existing Highway 3 - and a proposed "truck route", the four-lane Highway 3X intended to accommodate traffic travelling straight through Crowsnest Pass. Heading west, the twinned Highway 3X splits into the business route and the proposed truck route north of approximately 129 Street in Blairmore. The truck route continues south of the business route. Access to 129 Street would be rerouted. To access downtown Blairmore, drivers would take

the business route of Highway 3 and go on an overpass that then connects to 129 Street. If a driver was to take the truck route, they would go through the former River Run property, south of the Crowsnest Mall as an overpass above 20 Avenue and just south of the wetlands. Continuing south of Coleman and loosely paralleling the high-pressure pipeline that runs through Crowsnest Pass, a small section of the truck route passes through the Luscar Lands on the south end. The truck route and business route converge just west of Allison Creek Road. Stage 1B & 2 The open house also presented concept routes for Stage 1B and 2, which cover east Blairmore to Passburg and Passburg to Pincher Station, respectively. For this section of highway, the existing Highway 3 is twinned

with little divergence. Three ultimate options were proposed for Frank and Bellevue/Hillcrest. All three proposals close current existing access into Frank. In Option 1, to access Frank heading in the west direction, drivers would take a ramp off into the town just before reaching Frank. To access Frank heading east, drivers would need to pass the town, take a ramp off Highway 3X and backtrack west to the town. The proposed road and interchanges that would lead back to Frank require construction in a section of the Frank rock slide. In Option 2, to access Frank heading in the west direction, drivers would take a ramp off into the town just before reaching Frank. To access Frank heading east, drivers would need to use the interchange in Blairmore and follow municipal roads to Frank or use the

Bellevue interchange to turn around and come back to Frank on Highway 3 westbound lanes. Option 3 presents a route where a new proposed local road would continue east from Blairmore, paralleling Highway 3X, connects with a local road in Frank and continues into Bellevue through the Frank rock slide, connecting at 21 Avenue in Bellevue. Of the three, this is the only option with a continuous local road network between Blairmore and Bellevue. However, it requires additional impact to the rock slide to construct the local connection. This option would allow residents to travel from Sentinel to Burmis without requiring them to use the highway. From there, only one route is presented until Cowley, for which there are two route options. Local service roads are proposed for construction

that connect to Lundbreck, Highway 22, Cowley and the landfill. Timeline According to ISL and the municipality, twinning Highway 3 is necessary to improve safety and capacity issues along the corridor. The objective is to complete a draft functional plan for Stages 1A, 1B and 2 by winter 2019 and have a final functional plan approved by spring 2019. A public information session is anticipated to take place in fall 2018 to present the recommended route from Stage 1B and 2 similar to how Stage 1A was presented at the most recent session. The plans are available to view online at 6087.htm. Feedback on the project can be submitted until Friday, June 22, 2018 by emailing hwy3fps@islengineering.c om Top photo: The proposed route for Stage 1A (from Sentinel to east Blairmore) was presented at the recent open house. The northern purple route is the current Highway 3, which would turn into the “business route” once the Highway is twinned. The southern blue route is the Highway 3X “truck route” intended to bypass Coleman and carry through-traffic. Left photo: The two left images show what west Blairmore currently looks like. The section shown is by the Crowsnest Mall. The two drawings on the right are conceptual images showing what the Crowsnest Mall area would look like once an overpass for the truck route is constructed. photos courtesy of ISL

Crowsnest Pass Herald  

June 13, 2018

Crowsnest Pass Herald  

June 13, 2018