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Students at CCHS enjoyed a Crazy Hair/Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Friday, November, 27th. Students and Staff came dressed in wacky sweaters and with crazy hair. The school held the day on Friday as Grades 7-12 will begin online classes until after Christmas break.

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Skin care products made locally DaviD SelleS

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Local Pharmacists have teamed up with Crowsnest Pass based Physician Dr. Bert Reitsma to create affordable and well-made skincare products. “There's a whole line of skincare products. We have a bunch of day and night creams, toners, cleansers and all those types of things. They're all medical-grade cosmeceutical type products designed to have real ingredients that actually work at an affordable price compared to the big brand name competitors,” said Stephen Little, a Registered and Compounding Pharmacist, who makes these products and owns RemedyX pharmacy in Coleman. Little says the creation of these products began a few years ago. “We first started

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working in 2012 with Dr. Reitsma. We compound at my store in Alberta. Another pharmacist and myself starting creating things and Dr. Reitsma asked if we could make some things specific to his Vein and Laser Clinic that is local to Blairmore. We started playing around and researching, looking at different formulas. We looked at making existing products better and adding our own ideas to it. We customized a line for Dr. Reitsma and ended up forming the company and moving forward after that.” Little says he’s proud of the products he creates and says people have no need to worry when purchasing these skincare items. “These are products that can be trusted since they're made in collaboration between compounding pharmacists and a

physician. You've got different disciplines working together, which is pretty cool. It's also beneficial that these are locally made products as well. Everything is made in Canada.” Local Crowsnest Pass client, Sidney Stella, can vouch for the quality of product. “I highly recommend Dr. Bert Skincare. I have been using the Asterina line for a year now and my skin has never been better. Being a young female adult, there is constant pressure on your appearance, one of those pressures being to look youthful. Mass-produced skincare companies will roll out a ten-step skincare routine that promises to solve any skin problems you may have. I used to be an avid Sephora shopper eager to try the latest and greatest

in skincare to help with my dry skin and acne. Since trying Dr. Bert Skincare, I haven’t switched. I’ve finally found a clean skincare line that does everything I want it to. It keeps blemishes at bay, hydrates, and helps with aging skin. I highly recommend this product line to anyone. Especially young women like me who take their skincare seriously and want to use clean ingredients." The prices for these products range between $22 and $70. Anyone interested in using any of these products can go online to drbertskincare.com and sign up for their newsletter where they regularly send out coupons to their loyal customers or they can also be found at the Coleman Pharmacy and Dr. Reitsma’s Vein and Laser Clinic in Blairmore.

Fundraising for Roxy Theatre begins DaviD SelleS

Pass Herald Reporter

Organizers with Crowsnest Cando are beginning their first fundraiser for Revive the Roxy. Communication Director, Howard Vandenhoef, says the first fundraiser will include many different artists. “Our first fundraiser will be little mini-performances that we're putting together in the Roxy. We've got fourteen groups of performing artists that we're putting together that will go on the Roxy stage. They're minimal performances. They're almost kind of like what the museum put on recently. They'll all be videoed and will range from singers to comedians to dancers and even First

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Nations performances.” Vandenhoef says performers will be safe and measures will be taken to ensure everyone stays healthy. “We've got protocols put in place that more than exceed what the province is looking for with Covid safety. We've got volunteers for various stages where people will be distancing. There's a progressive station where no one passes each other. Performers will go in the building and will be set up, they'll go on stage, do their performance and exit out another door.” The performances will all be videoed by Vandenhoef and after they’re edited, will be posted to the Revive the Roxy Facebook group as well as Crowsnest Cando’s Facebook page and Crowsnest Cando’s website. Vandenhoef say’s he’s unsure of how fast all the videos will be released but he says the artists will perform beginning December 3rd. The plan is to have all performances filmed by Sunday, December 6th. Vandenhoef says he is amazed at the amount of support already received for this project. “What's so amazing is that this project since the beginning has picked up so much interest and I've heard nothing negative about it. We already have close to 400 members in the Revive the Roxy Facebook group. It's been a pleasure so far.” While initial feedback and support has been

strong, Vandenhoef says they are always looking for more volunteers. “People can go to our website. There's a volunteer form on there people can fill out. People can join our Revive the Roxy Facebook group to stay up to date and offer help as well. We'll put people to work if they offer. It can be tough to find volunteers in this area sometimes but so far we aren't having any issues on that front. It's been a lot of fun. We also might have some help from a Grade 7 class at CCHS. We're not entirely sure how that will work yet but it would be great to have their help as well.” Future fundraisers are currently up in the air a little bit with the new protocols put in place by the province surrounding Covid-19. “We were planning to do some things at this year's Wintervention for fundraising for the Roxy but we're unsure about what will happen with that right now. We don't know what's going to happen there. It's too early to tell. We're planning like it's still going ahead but we'll see,” said Vandenhoef. Vandenhoef says donations and fundraising are key to this project succeeding. “Please donate as much as you can. Help us out. If there's an expertise with something we need let us know. We have site planners helping and some engineers as well.

We need an engineering study for the building. That all takes money. We need to raise $50,000 for stage 1 and we would like to have that before the end of this year. There's going to be stage 2 where we need to raise up to $100,000 for that and then stage 3 to get the building renovated will probably take up to $1.5 million.” Word has already spread that the Roxy is coming back as Vandenhoef says he’s received calls about possible users. “I've got people already willing to book and we've had to tell them we're not close to ready yet. People are lining up to use that facility. What we want to do is we want to get the site running to the point where even while it's under construction, people can start using it. We want to get it safe enough and to a point of usability.” For anyone wanting to donate, Vandenhoef says it’s easiest to do through Crowsnest Cando’s website at crowsnestcando.ca but there are other options as well. “What we've got on our website is a donation page. It will take people to where they can donate with paypal or credit card. People can also send a cheque to the Cando Society. It's easiest through the PayPal or a Credit Card.” Vandenhoef says organizers of the project are very pleased with the support received so far and hope that support can continue moving forward.

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In the lIne of fIre Between November 23 and November 30, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 60 calls for service including the following reported incidents. One (1) assault, two (2) break and enter (other), one (1) fraud/forgery, five (5) t h re a t s / h a r a s s m e n t s , three (3) mischief/vandalism, one (1) theft of motor vehicle, two (2) thefts, one (1) disturbing the peace, One (1) other criminal code, five (5) other provincial statutes, twelve (12) driving complaints, nine (9) motor vehicle collisions, three (3) assistance to general public, five (5) suspicious occurrences, two (2) assistance to other agencies, four (4) 911 call (invalid), one (1) municipal bylaw and one (1) lost and found. Vehicle Recovered On November 23rd, 2020, a stolen Ford Es-

cape from Coleman was recovered in Lethbridge. The original theft is under investigation. Trailer Recovered On November 23rd, 2020, a stolen Shasta holiday trailer was recovered in Coleman. The trailer was reported stolen October 19, which occurred over the previous month. It is under investigation. Stolen Motorcycle On November 23rd, 2020, there was a complaint of a stolen motorcycle from a shed on 16 Avenue in Coleman. The theft occurred sometime overnight.

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2020, there was a complaint of a break and enter of a residence on 27 Avenue in Bellevue. Some furniture was stolen. Vandalism On November 26th, 2020, there was a complaint of vandalism to a vehicle parked on 21 Avenue in Blairmore. Windows were broken on a GMC Jimmy and a sub speakers system was also taken from the vehicle. Polaris Recovered On November 26th, 2020, a stolen Polaris quad was recovered in Coleman. A 26-year-old male was arrested and charged.

Hit and Run On November 23rd, 2020, at approximately 9:30 AM, there was a complaint of vehicle sideswiped by red Dodge truck on highway 22.

Vehicle Damage On November 27th, 2020, there was a complaint of dent damage to vehicles parked on 21 Avenue in Blairmore.

Break and Enter On November 25th,

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The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

Seniors fighting for their lives Nights of White Satin It was 1968, and I was driving the old Chevy Nova from Pincher Creek towards the mountains. On the radio, a song, “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues was playing. I was making the biggest decision in my young life. In a while, I would turn 18 and could leave Canada without my parents and go back to Israel. I had friends there, did the tests to get into the Air Force, and economically would have been ahead. My $1.25 an hour here was not hard to beat. It was evening time and I could see the mountains getting closer, under a full moon. The beauty was overwhelming. My first Christmas in Canada was amazing. A family I didn’t know invited my dad and I to celebrate with them. The Prime Minister of Canada was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. So beautiful, kind, and well-meaning people and, in my future, there was a Canadian girl I was to spend the next fifty years with and I stayed. I never went back, even for a holiday. Canada was my country and Alberta was my province. Shortly after Canada started Universal Health Care, I was able to go to University at minimal cost and I had religious freedom that was not available in Israel. I had lots of struggles but no regrets until 52 years later in the unforgettable year of 2020. I studied and worked as hard as I could for my place in the new world. To me, the beauty of the place and the people was most important until I heard an American politician say, “It’s the economy stupid.” I am still not fully convinced, but things have changed since 68. The oil-based economy attracted new people to the province. The good-hearted kind peace-loving hard-working mostly rural people of Alberta became a minority in their own home. New people arrived with intentions of making a quick buck and leaving. Investors came to rip profits and not even stay in the province. They wanted all our services but didn’t care to invest in the future of a province that they just wanted to use. Some only wanted us to propel them into political careers or gain job experience and go home. Home for many of them wasn’t here. My wife and I paid our dues, worked our hours, and saved for retirement, intending to spend it locally. Being “snowbirds” never was a choice. Contributing work and treasure to the community was always a budgeted item. We missed the actual point in which Alberta changed.

found ladies gym bag with clothes in it and a laptop that was found on 27 Avenue in Bellevue. Reminder to property owners to lock your doors and vehicles. Also mark your belongings and record serial numbers of tools and other important items. Be aware of a new scam. Victims get phone calls from someone pretending to be from Service Canada or another government agency, saying their social insurance number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or suspended. The call might be one of the latest variations on caller ID in which fraudsters disguises the number seen on the ID display in order to trick victims into answering phone. The person will ask for SIN and other personal info, such as date of birth, address, etc. Victims who provide personal info are at risk of identity fraud.

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Just like millions of others, I was disturbed by the steady rise in the gap between the rich and the poor. It didn’t look sustainable. At the same time, I became very aware of how the rising inequality steadily contributed to a rise in conditions endangering the wellbeing of humankind upon our planet. A sickness came over the land at a time when the economy was overdue for one of its cyclical crashes, particularly damaging for Alberta’s oil-based economy. As often predicted, the oil economy was temporary. Some here tried hard to extract money from our oil, but the world changed. Now the vultures are fighting for what is left. It served to highlight what is the nature of us, the people. The pandemic disproportionally ravaged the old people like me. Being an oldtime Albertan, I expected a united effort to save our lives, but the opposite happened. In July dozens of people began public demonstrations against the most effective way to save our lives, wearing masks. An acquaintance told me, against all evidence, that I can wear a mask, but he is not going to and all will be OK. He backed his idea up with some conspiracy theory cooked up by his money-hungry political organization. Others were commenting on social media that we should be happy to give up our lives for the economy. They were fighting for what they think is “freedom.” I expected my government to be the voice of reason. The Premier came on with a story about a small business owner begging that her business will not be destroyed. He didn’t say that the government will help and we will all fight together; he sacrificed us, the most vulnerable. No lockdown and no help to those economically affected. No enforcement of wearing masks either. This is the guy who a year ago told Rex Murphy that he wants the Federal government to fight environmentalists in the woods to allow pipelines on their lands. Freedom to risk my life is not as important as the freedom to make money on selling oil to China while providing a few temporary jobs. What makes sense to me is, we all take action to face the threat. We must use our savings from the good times and borrow if necessary. When the danger passes, we will all start paying back, starting with those who can afford the most and going down. Canada overall is doing it, and now the rest should join in. If we save our small businesses, who mostly volunteer to help, we will soon have a robust economy again. I don’t feel comfortable complaining a lot. I never expected the world to be perfect. Some seniors are talking about fighting for their lives. I don’t. We would destroy what we worked hard to build. We care about people, even those who fight for their freedom at the risk of our lives. We care about future generations that will happen far after we are gone. Yet, we are not the “do nothing” generation. We are leaving a much better world to new generations than that which we received. The biggest problem for most is to have enough work. There is an abundance of food and all else if distributed equally. Now please consider letting us live the rest of our lives in peace, enjoying what we have worked and paid for. A government is not a charity, it is insurance for all the citizens. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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New tattoo shop open in the Crowsnest Tight Line Tatto Company ready to add some ink to your life DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

A new tattoo shop has opened in the Crowsnest Pass. After moving here with his family, Craig Barnson opened Tight Line Tattoo Company; the Pass’s only tattoo shop. Barnson says he is strictly a tattoo artist. “I just offer tattoos, there's no piercings here. What I do most is black and grey work. I also do a

IN MEMORY OF Otto Krug The Crow Snow Riders and the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad would like to take this opportunity to extend their sincere sympathy to Otto’s family. Otto was an integral and driving force with the original founding members of the clubs, and of the creation of the numerous OHV trails throughout the beautiful Crowsnest Pass. As a result of Otto’s countless volunteer hours and dedication, the Crowsnest Pass has received and continues to receive many prestigious awards in recognition of the outstanding vast trail systems. This phenomenal trail system showcases the beauty of the Crowsnest Pass and the magnificent and breathtaking scenery of the area that we are fortunate to call home. Thank you Otto for all you have done in creating this legacy for all present and future OHV riders for generations to come. Otto was a man of success who left the world a better place, who appreciated the beauty of the world, looked for the best in others and always gave the best that he had. Rest Easy Otto ... Happy Trails ...

lot of traditional Japanese. I used to travel around more. Prior to Covid I did all the western Canadian tattoo conventions. The last few years with kids and a family I've been staying home. Barnson says he hopes to hit the road again once things return to normal. “I look forward to travelling and doing conventions and representing this part of our province as a figurehead in tattooing and let it be known we make good tattoos here.” Barnson has over a decade of tattoo experience. “I've been working in a tattoo shop for 11 years. I've been tattooing for 10 and tattooing full time for 9 years. The first couple years were just to get the ball rolling.” According to Barnson, his interest in tattooing and art in general came from a young age and were influenced by where he grew up. “I've been into art pretty much my whole

life. I grew up in a small farm town and graffiti was almost a hub there. I started drawing and making decent pieces and here we are now.” As for why he chose to make the Crowsnest Pass home, Barnson says it boiled down to a few different things. “I'm a southern Alberta boy so I've been coming out here my whole life with ski trips, fishing and golfing. My wife's family live here so we have some more support family wise as well. Being from a small town originally getting out of the city and back to a small town was big for me too.” While Barnson has heard some people say this isn’t the best place to set up shop, he believes he’ll be able to make it work in the Pass. “Someone made note that there was no tattoo shop here. I know there's lots in Lethbridge and a good one in Fernie but I wanted to get out on my own and make a professional establishment

where people feel comfortable and safe getting good clean tattoos. That's what I want to do here. Some people said it wasn't a good idea to open a tattoo shop here but most of the people here have been very welcoming.” Tight Line Tattoo Company is open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Currently, everything is by appointment only to help follow Covid-19 protocols. Barnson will also have a place in his shop to help other small businesses in the community. “I'm trying to help local businesses out as well. I'm going to have a board up on my wall where any local small businesses that want to put a business card or flyer up can do so. I'm trying to be a good neighbour.” Anyone interested in booking an appointment or seeing some of Barnson's work can contact him through Instagram @TightLineTattoos or email him at tltattoo@yahoo.com.

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Editorial Well last week’s paper was filled with all sorts of wonderful events. We had the Community Market, the reverse Christmas parade, both in Bellevue, and the Pass Pottery club was set to hold their annual Christmas Pottery sale, which is a huge fundraiser for them. Then the government announcement hit and everything changed. On-lining school for grades 7 and up which mean the death of ‘12 Days of Christmas’. This one actually made me cry. I of course feel sorry for all the adults that lost their events, but this one is for kids, kids who perhaps wouldn’t have a Christmas gift without this initiative. My mom grew up desperately poor in this town. She wasn’t invited to birthday parties and she was shunned. She wore clothes that were probably fourth hand and she never had a Christmas, outside of the years she spent living with Edna Campbell and family. My mom didn’t choose poverty, she had no control over the adults in her life, but she paid the consequences. The difference with my mom is that she didn’t accept her lot in life and broke the chain by becoming a successful, respected person in this community. She did that on her own with no help, but it took her countless lost Christmases and snubbings in her life before hand. I understand why we are in this predicament but it doesn’t make the pill any easier to swallow. I have to say how proud I am of the people in our little community. When you look at the COVID map it’s purple everywhere except this little yellow area in south western Alberta. We are doing our part. We are safe, so far. I encourage you to follow the rules, be smart, wash your hands and if you feel the need, wear the mask. Mostly though, I encourage you to be kind. We have weathered this storm so far with kindness and compassion. Some of the things I have seen, both good and bad, have blown my mind. People that are scared often do crazy things. I wrote on social media that before you tattle on your neighbor read the Diary of Anne Frank or Lord of the Fly. A few people were disgusted by that comment taking it literally. What the story showcases is what people will do when they are scared, both good and bad. You either turn on your the neighbours hoping that it’s not you, or you feel some superiority that you are exercising your power. You are kind and understanding, or you are the person in the grocery store coughing on the vegetables while touching them all. It’s a study in human nature what we are capable of doing when under tremendous stress. Remember, when my kids are all home, which they are with COVID restrictions, I’m four people with four cars. If you see me walking with my brood, don’t assume I’m abusing the rules. I say this tongue in cheek because you all know me, but there are many in this community who are new and you don’t know their story so I suggest you ere on the side of keeping your mouth shut and minding your own business. The last thing I will mention is how COVID taught me one valuable lesson in this community. It taught me how this place comes together to support its businesses. I honestly thought COVID would break the newspaper, and yet here we are having an incredible year. I see businesses that I thought would also close making it. It teaches you that if you are creative and you look hard enough we can find the majority of things we need here. I make it a point to never big box shop, they really don’t give a crap about your kids hockey or soccer team, but your local businesses do. Stay safe everyone, wash you hands, keep your distance and lets keep this community in the yellow circle, showing the rest of the province how to get it done!

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School switch to new learning with COVID-19 surge Dear Editor: yesterday the provincial government announced new mandatory public health measures across Alberta to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. The Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustees and Senior Administration will support our staff, students, and families as we comply with these measures to help our communities and province. The following mandatory restrictions for schools will begin on Monday, November 30: Grades 7-12 students ● Move to at-home learning Nov. 30 to Jan. 8, except during winter break (December 21-January 1 in LRSD) ● Resume in-person

classes Jan. 11 ● Diploma exams are optional for the rest of the school year. Students and families can choose to write an exam or receive an exemption for the January, April, June and August 2021 exams. Grades K-6 students (including Early Childhood Services) ● Continue in-person learning until their scheduled winter break (December 21-January 1 in LRSD) ● Move to at-home learning after the winter break until Jan. 8 ● Resume in-person classes Jan. 11 What does this mean for our teachers, staff, and students? Students in Grades 712 will begin at-home learning on Monday, November 30. Your child’s school will provide more

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usual and meet in-person with their teachers and support staff until Christmas break. Teachers will help prepare students for the one week of at-home learning (January 4-8, 2021). We know this is not an ideal situation, but we also know that we are better prepared for this than we were in the spring. Our students, staff, and families have proven that we can adapt and continue learning despite our circumstances. We will provide updates and more detailed information for staff this week. Please also check www.lrsd.ca for the latest information. We will get through this together, and our School-based and Divisional leadership will continue to support student learning every step of the way. Darryl Seguin Superintendent

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This community continues to surprise me in the best ways. As everyone is aware by now, new restrictions brought in by the province have limited our early Christmas celebrations by forcing cancellations of the parade in Bellevue and the Christmas Market. There were so many amazing vendors who were eager to set up and showcase their products at that market. Immediately once the market was cancelled, many people were on Facebook in the Crowsnest Network saying they still wanted to purchase items from vendors who would’ve been at the market. It was awesome to see how much locals wanted to help each other out. I also had my parents visit this past weekend and they were also looking forward to seeing the Crowsnest Pass’s Christmas spirit. While they weren’t able to see the parade or take in the market, they still witnessed the beautiful lights on main street Bellevue, shop at some of the local stores in the Pass and were still witness to some of the great Christmas cheer the Pass has. A huge focus this year from the Crowsnest Pass Chamber has been to shop local as much as possible. The passports that were distributed in our last issue will hopefully help get more people out to our local shops. I found everything I needed for my Secret Santa exchange here. There are so many amazing stores in this community and some of the items you can find are simply perfect. Let’s continue to shop local and support our local business owners. It’s been a rough year for them so let’s spread some Christmas joy this year by helping them out as much as we can.

Fantastic location among Douglas Fir trees in Pineview. Spacious 3 + 1 bedroom, 2 + ½ bathroom home has incredible mountain views to the south and north. Newer windows and roof. Updated mechanical. Beautiful yard with back lane access. 24’ X 48’ solarium. Close to all amenities and 4season mountain adventures. $389,000 CALL JOHN MLS

26 KananaSKIS coURT Spectacular south-facing mountain lot. Northside of the valley, off Alberta Forest Trunk Road, and Forest Reserve. Sun exposure all year round. Suitable for a walk-out bungalow looking towards the South Range and the Flathead. No timeline to start building. 1/3 acre with all required services: water, sewer, power, gas, cable, telephone. $127,000 CALL JOHN MLS

14 IRonSTone 4 bedroom, 3 bath Ironstone Lookout end unit. Open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings. Master bdrm with large walk-in closet and ensuite. Fully developed basement with media room and wet bar. Two gas fireplaces. Central air. Central vac. Large double car garage. Main floor laundry. All appliances. Fantastic view of Crowsnest mountain. $369,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Affordable, well cared for three bedroom home. Nice Coleman location, close to York Creek Staging Area and miles of four season backcountry trails. Main floor laundry. Level and fenced full yard. Back lane access with plenty of room to build a large garage. Very spacious and well laid out home. $179,000 CALL JOHN MLS

BelleVUe commeRcIal Commercial land with east and west bound access on busy Hwy 3 corridor. Located at first entrance to Crowsnest Pass with access to municipal water and sewer. Tremendous traffic count in front of the property. Zoned commercial and suitable for many different activities. $190,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Newly refreshed 2 bedroom, main floor apartment condominium. New flooring, paint and newer appliances. Unit is close to laundry room and steps from the backdoor to the parking lot. Affordable, high quality accommodations in beautiful Crowsnest Pass. $105,000 CALL JOHN MLS

PRIme BUIlDInG loTS UnDeRGRoUnD PoWeR SeRVIce anD all oTHeR UTIlITIeS Timberline ridge in Bellevue offers a sunny location, beautiful mountain views and wide paved streets. These prime building lots are available at affordable prices, from $88,000 to $115,000. Large and fully serviced lots have underground power, easy topography, and are ready for the spring building season. Crowsnest Pass offers unparalleled value in the Canadian Rockies. Active, friendly community. CALL JOHN FOR MORE INFORMATION MLS

562-8830 jpundyk@shaw.ca 31 IRonSTone Beautiful bungalow under construction at Ironstone Lookout. Open floor plan with luxurious finishes. Magnificent mountain views. Unobstructed vista to the south. Two bedrooms up and two down. 3 bathrooms. Kitchen with quartz counter-tops. Spacious media room. Large double car garage and driveway. Hardwood and tile flooring. Main floor laundry. Tremendous value for a luxurious home. Choice of finishes if bought early in the process. The purchase price does not include GST. CALL JOHN MLS

BlaIRmoRe One of a kind historic brick home located on an extra-large corner lot in Blairmore. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1920 with brick.. Self-contained apartment on second level. Amazing decks and backyard. Huge lot. Possibility of building another home without compromising the existing living and outdoor spaces. 24’ x 38’ garage, large garden shed and fenced RV parking. Phenomenal value and potential. $475,000 CALL JOHN MLS

BelleVUe Fantastic opportunity for commercial location along busy Highway 3. East and West bound traffic access. Currently occupied as a successful fly-fishing shop, known to fly fishermen throughout Canada and the U.S. Can be sold as a business to someone wishing for a change of pace or for a property that can be re-purposed. C1 zoning allows for different opportunities. High traffic volume in front of the property. $435,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Solid 2 bedroom home with a newer 16x26 garage. Located on corner lot, very sunny Coleman location. Great mountain views. Fenced yard and RV parking. Affordable mountain get-away or revenue property. Very solid foundation for home in this price range. Crowsnest Pass offers tremendous opportunity for mountain enthusiasts. $135,000 CALL JOHN MLS

BlaIRmoRe commeRcIal Opportunity for first class office space in busy downtown Blairmore location. Currently used as a mine office, but may be re-purposed into any other commercial use. Excellent main street location. Current zoning is commercial. $104,000 CALL JOHN MLS

coleman Fantastic mountain views, lots of sun. Tremendous B&B potential. 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home northside of the valley facing Flat Head Mountains. 2 gas fireplaces. 4,544 square feet. South facing walkout basement. Large decks. Natural gas BBQ. Two soaker tubs. 4 pc ensuite in master bedroom. Washer and dryer on each floor. Two great rooms with plumbed in counters. Attached double car garage with additional parking. In floor heat and heat exchanger. $555,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Large lot in fantastic Blairmore location with lots of parking. This former popular “SIDE TRAX” diner can be brought back to life. It has a commercial kitchen and large outside patio. This commercial kitchen can be reconfigured to bring your different food ideas to life. $225,000. CALL JOHN MLS

38 KananaSKIS WIlDS South facing, stunning mountain views and mature douglas fir trees. Great building site. All services, including water, sewer and high speed internet at property. Special mountain community, northside of the valley above Coleman, just off Kananaskis Hwy. Beautiful 1/3 of an acre fully serviced lot. $119,000 CALL JOHN MLS

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Unique ways to support small businesses during the pandemic Submitted

Small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on throughout the year, small businesses continued to confront the economic fallout wrought by the virus. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 22 percent in the early stages of the pandemic. Though many businesses managed to hang on as the pandemic continued through spring, summer and fall, such businesses need their communities to continue to help them stay afloat. Consumers have not been immune to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment figures skyrocketed across the globe, and in April retail sales dropped by 14.3 percent from the previous month according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Deloitte Insights. But consumer spending gradually increased in various industries over the summer of 2020. As consumers loosen their purse strings

and begin spending more, they can embrace some unique ways to help small businesses in their community. • Support struggling industries. Consumers may not typically give much thought to whether an industry is struggling before spending their money, but doing so can help small businesses that have had an especially difficult time during the pandemic. Data from the USCB and Deloitte Services indicates that retail sales in certain industries continued to lag even as other industries recovered over the summer months. Sales in the clothing and accessory and food services and drinking places industries were still down nearly 20 percent in July

2020. Supporting locally owned businesses in these industries can infuse some much-needed cash into their operations. • Think twice before buying from big box online retailers. Amazon has become such a go-to consumer resource that many shoppers forget they can comparison shop right on Amazon.com. And some consumers may be unaware that they can support small business when shopping via Amazon. Data from the Association of American Publishers indicates that print revenues have grown by more than 1 percent in 2020 as many people in quarantine are choosing to spend that time with a good book. When shop-

ping for books via a site like Amazon, purchase books from independent sellers, who are often small book stores in local communities across the country. • Purchase gift cards. Pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted in many places, but that doesn’t necessarily mean consumers are confident enough to visit their favorite stores and restaurants in person. Gift cards can be a great way to support local businesses even if you’re still hesitant to patronize them in person. Small businesses con-

tinue to face an uphill battle as they confront the economic fallout of the pandemic. Consumers

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Skills Exploration Day Red Apple Stores Inc. Prepares for Fill A Sleigh Day The Bargain! Shop® and Red Apple® stores are dedicated to making a difference and giving back to the communities they serve across Canada. The Together We Care™ program was created to help raise funds to support initiatives and charities in each local area. The Company believes it is important that all local fundraising should go directly back into the community. On Saturday December 5th, stores will host “Fill A Sleigh Day”. The goal is for each store to fill a sleigh with toys for children in their community. Along with the generous donation of toys, the Company will donate 10% of all TOTAL sales for that day to the store’s local charity of choice. This marks the fourth year The Bargain! Shop and Red Apple stores will host Fill A Sleigh Day as part of their annual Together We Care Toy Drive. “We are thrilled to hold this event again this year.” said Clinton Wolff, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Last year, our generous Customers went above and beyond to ensure children in their community experienced the joy of the Christmas season. This year, we are hoping for an even bigger day! There is nothing better than seeing the community come together to bring smiles to children’s faces and surprising them with a special toy for Christmas.” Due to COVID restricutions that don’t allow us to have our BBQ, and fire departement presence, we have a gift basket draw for any customer who shop on the at day.

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Junior High students across Alberta took part in a virtual Skills Exploration Day organized by Skills Canada Alberta on Tuesday, November 24th. Students were asked to create a one of a kind prototype that would be beneficial to students and staff while at school. Students at CCHS spent the day creating many different prototypes including a pen and pencil cleaner, a teacher/student organizer and a foot hammock for desks. David Selles photos

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for choosing J.A. Building Services (JABS) for business of the year.We are so grateful for the last 8 years of business and all the projects we were involved with that have added to this community residentially, civically and commercially. When we moved back to the Pass and started off with one man and a hammer, who knew we would be accepting the Business of the Year Award in the community we call home. Many thanks to our nominator, our hard working employees, and our clients whose continued partnership are the reason we exist and last but not least, a special thanks to all the trades that work with us on a daily basis to create a quality product. We would like to congratulate all the businesses who won and were nominated for Business Awards of Excellence. We are a part of a remarkable community filled with talent and determination that consistently teach us lessons about inventiveness, cooperative spirit and have become an invaluable resource to our success. Finally, we greatly appreciate everyone who has sent kind words and congratulations to us in the past few days! We feel so blessed to live and work in this community, a feeling only reaffirmed by your well wishes.

- Justin and Kristin Ames

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Looking Back

For thirty years plus I worked as a mining technician at the Line Creek Coal Mine in the Upper Elk Valley. That’s a long time to spend in one place working but I have absolutely no regrets about it and in fact am very proud of my service there. Throughout those thirty years I had occasion to observe how my coal mine conducted itself environmentally up high in the Rocky Mountains. It has occurred to me that many are not aware of the level of monitoring and effort that goes into the due diligence required to stay within or exceed government permit parameters at a British Columbia coal mine. These days, especially as the on-going Grassy Mountain review panel process proceeds, it appears that the whole industry is being painted with an enormous, dismissive brush. That dirty business called coal mining. It did not escape my notice that several of the objectors chose to characterize this industry, and all of us who have worked or are working in it, that way. I, along with many others, have taken personal offense to this holier-than-thou judgment of an industry that is the very basis for why we are all here today. The hand wringing and gnashing of teeth about the supposed or potential effects of Grassy are being played upon to the extreme by parties with agendas so singularly focused that it is stunning. No one appears to be standing up for the miners. It hurts my heart and it offends my three generation long coal mining past. I thought, as an aside from this continual circus of nay-sayers, that I might share with you, the readers, some positive and reaffirming environmental history of some of my observations and experiences through those thirty plus years I spent at Line Creek. Let’s start back at the beginning, in 1981, as the mine was preparing to come on line. The care taken to construct an access road to the coal measures east of the towering Wisukitsak Range, through the spectacular canyon that Line Creek passes through was of the first order. Bin walls were constructed to maintain the integrity of the creek in several places and 7 strategic bridges were built over it. Every care was taken to ensure no disturbance of this important migratory site occurred Line Creek canyon has been the nesting home for centuries of what we used to call Dolly Varden but are now in fact referred to as Bull Trout. In the beginning the mine constructed a spectacular fish fence at the canyon entrance with upstream and downstream fykes for trapping and monitoring of these massive members of the Salmonidae family. In the early years of the mine’s operation they were systematically caught, weighed, measured and with the females, an egg sample taken before releasing them to make their way upstream. It was not unusual to see specimens as large as 13 pounds being surveyed before they were sent on their way. In the middle of the canyon the females, to this day, select redd sites and excavate nests that I could readily see and check from the roadway above. Mountain whitefish and Westslope cutthroat trout also reside in Line Creek. The canyon was an ancient travel route for the Ktunaxa and earlier peoples as they made their way east out onto the prairies to hunt the bison. Ancient pictographs were strategically extracted in the construction phase from the canyon’s west entrance and preserved in Victoria. Throughout the thirty years I worked there the integrity and clarity of this creek and its inhabitants was strictly maintained. On several occasions I observed harlequin ducks and mergansers surfing the rapids of the creek, a certain sign of the creek’s health. Mountain goats regularly come down into the canyon still to a small sulphurous salt lick at the creek’s edge and I have observed hoary marmots near the snow shed on several occasions. On the upper reaches of the creek near the mine site a complex series of settling ponds were installed, some of which are still maintained to this day. Turbidity is monitored carefully and any notable increase results in creek diversion into a stepped series of contingency ponds where flocculent stations are used to precipitate out sediments. Most times Line Creek flows clear and clean. It is a matter of pride that is does so, by all concerned. Through my three decades of working in and around the mine site I had hundreds of occasions to observe wildlife movements. Elk herds regularly move through the area with their calves and some even calve within the mine property. It’s a safe place. The bighorn sheep are for the most part unperturbed by our presence and wander about the site and bed down wherever it suites them. I observed and photographed, on several occasions, two separate groups of thirteen each of bighorn rams of all ages on the march. All employees of Line Creek during my tenure there considered themselves part of the environmental watch force, took pride in that and reported on and helped maintain the stability of the system there. In later years I was tasked with building a soil farm, a bermed enclosure designed to receive, contain and treat any contaminated materials. A fuel spill of any size must be reported by the Mines Act and then cleaned up and transported to the farm for treatment. Once its toxicity is neutralized, by periodic sampling, it is moved out so that the farm will be ready for another potential event. In 2005 I was also directly involved in a classic reclamation project down at the preparation plant site on the west side of the canyon. Line Creek coal is washed to strict specifications at that Elk Valley plant and in the process refuse (waste rock) is created and stockpiled nearby. Once the final section of the smaller north side refuse dump reached its maximum capacity it was deemed ready for additional resloping and reseeding. The process had been ongoing since 1987. The reclamation job entailed a systematic cutting of the dump faces down from the natural angle of repose which is 37 degrees to a gentler 26 degrees. Once ready the whole sloped and flattened top surfaces were covered with top soil to facilitate reseeding. 60,000 cubic meters of top soil were used to reclaim 57 hectares. The final product received a 2008 citation from the government for the work on this dump. The dump preparation process went into early fall that year and when all was ready the unique Line Creek reseeding truck (hydro seeder) was brought into action. It is equipped with a giant mixing tank and a large directable nozzle that someone mans like a fireman does on the end of a ladder truck. The mixing tank is a blend of water, fertilizer and a special seed mix. Several dozen bags of each are required for each batch and the tanker must return periodically to top up water at a fire hydrant. The whole area to be reclaimed is literally painted in this green growing mix. A typical seed mix can include the following; Mix #8 (for elevations of 1900m or lower) includes the following species: “alfalfa, intermediate wheatgrass, alsike clover, boreal creeping fescue, chinook orchard grass, meadow foxtail, hard fescue, climax timothy, Canada bluegrass and red top.” As you approach the Line Creek property these days and cross over the Elk River Bridge this very successful effort comes into view. It is not unusual to see dozens of elk grazing on this southwest facing slope in the fall and early spring. It is now considered prime wildlife (Elk) winter range and is a logical end result of adhering to good reclamation practice. The mine is required to submit an annual updated reclamation plan that shows planned areas of restoration right through to closure. This includes resloping and reseeding, pulling out all the infrastructure, stabilizing and rock draining drainage systems, maintaining settling ponds and tree planting. Seeding is done by helicopter, hydro seeder and by hand. Trees are hand planted and this work is contracted out. White caps are put on the seedlings for 3 years to protect them from being eaten by the wildlife. The mine has different prescriptions of trees, shrubs and grasses they use depending on the site objectives which could be wildlife habitat, wildlife winter range, riparian habitat etc. Tree species can include Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, Douglas Fir, Alpine Larch and Cottonwood. Shrubs can include trembling aspen, alder, willow, kinnikinnick, saskatoon, juniper and dogwood. Since 1996 Line Creek has delivered its raw coal to the plant on a 10 ½ kilometer long covered conveyor through the canyon. There are no less than 13 wildlife crossings, overpasses and underpasses to accommodate the wildlife that move in and around it. Photos from top: Elaborate fish fence with rotating panels So this is just a quick peek at one man’s story of working in a coal mine environment and working to maintain and upstream and downstream fykes, One of several bin the environment in a coal mine. We need to be mindful that there is a genuine and workable process for coal mining walls installed to protect Line Creek, Spreading topsoil and après mining restoration in the Rocky Mountains. after resloping in preparation for seeding, Finished refuse dump now elk habitat, Group of 13 big horns bedded down Author’s Note: The former Luscar Mine near Hinton, Alberta has had to date over 1,300 hectares – an area larger near the shop. than 2,400 football fields- reclaimed. View it from the air in Google earth and you will find almost nothing but a vast John Kinnear photos verdant grassy terrain and small pit lakes. **Be sure to check out the online for lots more pictures.

By John Kinnear

The Other Side of the Coin

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Having children is a joyful, rewarding experience. Nothing can replace the wonder of experiencing life through a child’s eyes. Even so, it isn’t always easy. Parents face challenges with their children every day, and sometimes the same ones over and over. This can be frustrating. Not to worry, there is help at hand! The Triple P Positive Parenting Program offers lots of practical tips for every day issues that almost all of us experience at one time or another. Something we all must do on a regular basis is shopping, in all kinds of stores for all kinds of things. Especially with Christmas quickly approaching! Although shopping can be an enjoyable outing for families, it can also be difficult when you have a toddler or preschooler. Young children can wreak havoc in the aisles, running around, grabbing things from the shelves or having tantrums. Although it takes time and effort, teaching your child to behave appropriately in stores will be worth it in the long run. Young children often cannot handle long shopping trips. They get tired and bored quickly which can cause them to become irritable and disruptive. Start by going on a few, short “practice” shopping trips, spending only about 5 minutes in a store. This will give your child the chance to learn how to behave appropriately while shopping. Without the opportunity to learn, problem behaviours will likely continue. The following are some tips to help make shopping trips more successful: • Do not take your child shopping at times when they are likely to be tired or hungry. Maintain their regular sleeping and eating routines before venturing out. • Before going out, tell your child where you will be going, what you will be buying and how long you will be out, answering any questions they may have. Having this information can help them feel more comfortable and secure. • Provide 2 or 3 simple rules for shopping trips and have the same rules each time so that they will come to learn them. Be positive and tell your child what you want them TO DO rather than what not to do. After a couple of shopping trips, ask your child to tell you the rules before leaving the next time. Praise them for remembering, and calmly remind them if they’ve forgotten. Some simple rules might be to ‘Stay close to mom’ or ‘Ask before you touch things’. Keep the rules simple to allow for success. • Pay attention to your child when they are behaving well. Ignoring them and only giving attention when they are disruptive and causing problems encourages the problem behaviour. Praise them for following the rules. Tell them what you like about their behaviour. • Agree on special rewards when your child follows the rules. Some examples are going to the park or a special activity with Mom or Dad. For young children the reward should immediately follow the shopping trip whenever possible. • Involve your child in the shopping. Talk to them about what you are doing. Get them to find things on the shelves and give them to you, count the items, put items in the cart or find prices. • Decide ahead of time how you will deal with problem behaviour if it occurs. Tell your child what will happen if a rule is broken. • If a rule is broken act right away. Clearly and calmly tell you child what to stop doing and what to do instead. • Review the shopping trip as you are leaving, telling them what you liked about their behaviour. Praise them for following the rules and give them the agreed upon reward. If problems occurred, briefly and calmly describe the rule they ‘forgot’ to follow and do not give them the reward. Set a goal for next time for them to see if they can follow the rule that was broken. It may take a few shopping trips for your child to understand the process. There may be an increase in problem behaviours at first as they test the new rules, so those first few trips should just be practice trips rather than important shopping that you must do. Be patient! Once your child sees that you’re following through with what you said you would do they will follow your lead. As your child grows they will be able to handle longer shopping trips and will need fewer rules. for more information on this and other helpful topics contact: Crowsnest Pass - Darcy Makin, Parent Educator • Email: crowsnest@pcfamilycentre.ca • Phone at 403-563-1237 Pincher Creek – Jacqui Bruns, Program Coach • Email: jacqui@pcfamilycentre.ca • Phone: 403-627-5569

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MARY “ARLENE” FRANCE May 27, 1943 ~ November 25, 2020

Mary Arlene France (MacKenzie), known to her friends and family as Arlene, passed away on the morning of November 25, 2020, at the age of 77 years in the presence of her loving husband, while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, Alberta. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob France; her daughter, Shelley Henczel; her granddaughter, Kaitlin Henczel; her brother, Sandy MacKenzie; her sisters, Kathryn MacEachern, Margie Csuka, and Helen Jensen; as well as her extended family and many friends. Arlene was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on May 27, 1943 to her parents Merle and Lillian MacKenzie. She eventually moved to Calgary with her daughter where she worked with the Bank of Commerce, Scott National and Revenue Canada. She was an accounting wiz, known by many for her skills and talents in the companies she worked with. She lived her life surrounded by nature and enjoyed her time outdoors amongst the wildlife. Growing up on the farm in Greenfield, she spent her time outdoors with her dad and her love for nature continued as she moved and lived on an acreage in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta where she fed her squirrels and watched the birds and deer. She pledged her love to Bob France with marriage in 1976 and they shared endless moments of devotion and admiration for each other. Arlene was an avid sports fan especially for her favourite teams the Calgary Flames, Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Blue Jays. She knew all the players names and wouldn’t miss a game wherever she was. She was stubborn to the core and did things her own way. Even in her last days, her nurses knew that whatever she said went. She will be fondly remembered and missed dearly. A celebration of her life will be held in Nova Scotia at a later date when travel is permitted. Condolences can be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555


UNCLE RUSSELL May 25, 1920 ~ November 23, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Russell Youschock on November 23, 2020 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, AB at the tender, remarkable age of 100. Russell was born in Athabasca, ab on May 25, 1920 to loving parents Christine (Nee; Horoscack) and John Youschock. Russell was the second youngest in a line up of eight children, having 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Russell and his family moved to the Crowsnest Pass and this is where he completed a grade 8 education, worked in the Coleman coalmine and lived a long life as a bachelor. Russell was an avid outdoors man and he loved Trapping, fishing, hunting, teaching and teasing. Although Russell never married or had children of his own, he was the Patriarch in the lives of his nieces and nephews. He was not just an UNCLE, he was a great, great, great UNCLE. Every Sunday he made homemade soup and sent us home with Juicy Fruit or Wrigleys Spearmint gum. He taught us how to gut a fish, skin a squirrel, appreciate the small things and that a simple life can be a great life. In his 100 yrs. Russell was around for many life changing moments such as WW2, War of the Worlds radio series, First man on the moon and many technological advances. Russell was predeceased by his parents John and Christine; siblings Paul, Adam, Pete, Norman, Mike, Dorothy and Alice; Niece Beatrice Gregor; great nephew Bert (Beaver) Thody and great great nephew Wes Mckillop Left to survive a wonderful legacy are Great nieces Tracy (Dave) Marshall and Cindy Thody. Great Great nieces and nephew Aliesha (Eddy) Edwards, Amanda (Garrett) Girard, Sara (Jeff) Thody and Thorin Thody. Great, Great, Great nephews and nieces Mason, Kingston, Hudson, Weston, Jack, Landon, Bailey, Autumn, Odin and Atticus. The family would like to thank the staff at the continuing care centre for the care Russell received At the request of Russell there will be no funeral service. If friends so desire donations can be made to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Continuing Care” (P.O Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K0E0. Condolences can be registered at Fantins Funeral Chapel.

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OTTO KRUG March 29, 1927 ~ November 22, 2020

Although our hearts are heavy, we honour and celebrate the life of Robert Otto Krug. He passed from our lives on November 22, 2020 at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. Otto lived 93 full years of life filled with love for his family, community, and friends. Otto was born on March 29, 1927 at his parents’ farmstead near Kinistino, SK. Otto was the only son of Eva Marie Krug (Née: Otto) and Karl Krug. At an early age, Otto contracted rheumatic fever and was told he would never be able to work a hard day in his life. Undaunted, Otto worked as a lineman for SaskPower until he met the love of his life, Olga Tarasenko. They married on April 30, 1956. Otto, now a proud married man, went looking for more stable work and began working on a drilling rig across various locations within Alberta and Saskatchewan. Otto, his wife Olga and two young daughters, Nettie Ann and Helen settled down in Coleman, AB in 1961 with Otto starting a new career with Imperial Oil/Esso as a service station owner/licensee. The family grew to five kids with Barbara coming next and the twins, June and John last. Otto’s business expanded to include auto repair and tow truck service. Otto and his tow truck were a common fixture in times when the road was closed and vehicles littered the ditches, and when trailers in west Coleman were being blown off their foundations. Over the years, he also sold AMC vehicles and worked for Coca-Cola delivering fountain pop and fixing their vending machines – there was nothing he wouldn’t try. Otto retired from the service station at age 65, but continued to operate Otto’s Towing until he was 70 years old. Otto was a very active person. From curling as a younger man, to coaching and managing minor hockey teams when his son played the game, and long after his son went off to university, he was always involved in a variety of activities. For his contributions to minor hockey, Otto was awarded the Ken Farn Memorial Award. As a mechanic, Otto lent a hand whenever possible to stock car races, smash up derbies, and he even sponsored a local formula car racer. After retiring from the Esso service station, Otto worked for a local skidoo shop and became addicted to the sport, aiding in the improvement of local trails. In 2003, Otto was awarded a lifetime membership to the CrowSnow Riders in recognition of his dedication and hard work. Otto was a man of service with a strong belief in community involvement and support. As a member of the Elks for over 50 years, he held the position of Exalted Ruler multiple times as he spearheaded many initiatives to improve the lives of others. In 2011, Otto was presented with the Order of Crowsnest Pass for his many years of volunteering. Throughout all of this, Otto always made time for family and to cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs! During their retirement, Otto and Olga developed a passion for fishing and they could be seen most of the summer in their small motorboat locally. Otto also began gardening again and loved to grow tomatoes; a hobby that he continued when he moved into the York Creek Lodge. Everyone he saw said, “Hi, Otto!”. He was recognized in the strangest places without even a hint of how they might know him. He made an impression everywhere he went and you only had to meet him once to remember him forever. Otto inspired so many throughout his life and he will live on in cherished memories. Otto is survived by his children, Nettie Ann (Ken) Walter of Lethbridge, AB, Helen (Ron Knight) MacIvor of Havelock, ON, Barbara (Al Gareau) Punter of Morengo, SK, June (Jay) Wickens of Crowsnest Pass, AB, and John (Suzette) Krug of Strathmore, AB; his grandchildren, David, Crystal (James), Neil (Andrea), Kim, Katrina (Michael), Jordaan (Chad), Jennica, Brianna, Jeannie, Kyle and Allyse; his great grandchildren, Jason, Aaron, Julia, Laura and Tahlia; as well as his extended family and many friends. Otto was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Olga Cathaleen Krug on April 25, 2018 and by his parents, Karl and Marie Krug. With respect for Otto’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the York Creek Lodge Residents’ Association (PO Box 1050, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), or by the CrowSnow Riders (PO Box 732, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. . Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

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16 – Crowsnest PAss HerALD – Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Crowsnest Municipal Council briefs DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The following topics were discussed at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 24th.

Thank You Thank you to all our customers and friends for their support throughout the years. We’re leaving the Crowsnest Pass Husky after 25.5 wonderful years and Sparwood Husky after 7 years. It has been a very memorable journey and it has been a pleasure to serve everyone along the way ~ Dianne Tough

Cabin Ridge Project Limited – Brad Johnston and Linda Jefferson Brad Johnston of the Cabin Ridge Project contacted the office of the CAO to arrange an introductory meeting. Mr. Johnston was invited to also do an introductory presentation to Council to provide information concerning the Cabin Ridge Project currently in the coal exploration phase. With the increase in coal exploration projects occurring in the vicinity of the Municipality, it is important that Council is kept apprised of mining exploration activities and has the opportunity to establish relationships and gain an understanding of

each development. The presentation included information on Cabin Ridge and where they are exploring their potential project. Cabin Ridge is an Alberta-registered company based in Calgary. They are fully funded by the Warburton Group, a private family group based in Perth, Western Australia. Cabin Ridge’s board is currently made up of three members, Stephanie Sterling, who is based in Calgary, Nick Houseman, who is in Montreal and Darren Weaver, in Perth and serves as the Warburton Group CEO. The Cabin Ridge Project is in the exploration phase and they project a potential for 100 MMt of resources in their location. Their location is approximately 50km north of Coleman. They are north of the Grassy Mountain project and are adjacent to Atrum Coal’s current project. Cabin Ridge has a current project timeline that would see them apply for their Environmental Impact Assessment in the fourth quarter of 2022. Council was given the chance to ask questions after the presentation and Councillor Anctil asked if Cabin Ridge is presently drilling up near the Old Man and Johnston responded that Cabin Ridge is currently drilling adjacent to the Old Man River and the Old Man River Road. Johnston added that they are on

the Ridges that are east and above the river. Councillor Glavin asked if Cabin Ridge currently has a water licence for the mine to which Johnston replied that Cabin Ridge currently does not. He added that is something they would look at during their pre feasibility work. He says they haven't applied for a water licence yet because they currently have no need for one. Councillor Ward asked if Cabin Ridge will be looking at opening an office in the Crowsnest Pass. Johnston says currently they will wait until they know more. Specifically if there is a reserve, they would look at opening an office. He says if they find a reserve the work would become more intensive and that it would be appropriate to have contact people for the residents if they have any questions or concerns. Johnston added that he believes it will become clear over the next 12 months whether opening an office is something they will do. Museum Block Master Plan Update Administration was working with the Crowsnest Museum & Archives on a grant application to obtain matching funds to complete a Museum Block Master Plan. The Crowsnest Museum was advised that their grant application was not successful, how-

ever they do believe they could obtain funding from another grant type and require additional time to complete this application. As a result, they are asking for the funds to be pushed into the next budget year. Administration is in support of moving these funds into the 2021 budget year. Council previously approved to use $20,000 to obtain matching funds in order to complete the Museum Block Master Plan. Councillor Ward made a motion that council defers the funds to 2021. The motion was carried. Automatic Garbage Pickup Discussion Councillor Ward requested that Council has discussion on whether Council would consider switching to automatic garbage pickup after discussion on the topic at the last regional landfill meeting. After a short discussion, including asking Councillor Ward to go back to the next landfill meeting with inquiries of whether or not there are bear proof bins available for automatic pickup, Councillor Sygutek made a motion that Council move forward with seeing what their options are. The motion was carried. Council made it clear that the only way they could consider moving to automatic pickup is if there are bear bins available for that type of garbage pickup.

Pass Pottery Club moving forward despite cancelled sale DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The recent restrictions put in place by the province has hindered some local groups ability to sell their products. The Pass Pottery Club was scheduled to have their annual Christmas sale on December 5th but were forced to cancel. President of the Pass Pottery Club, Cheryl Anderson, says that even before the cancel of the sale, things at the club have been slower. “Things are slow. A lot of our members are staying away right now. The procedures we've put in place due to Covid are a lot for some people so a lot of them are just staying home. Some of our older members are immunocompromised so they are staying home period. Currently, Anderson says the club is looking into whether or not they are able to sell their items another way. “We're looking into ways people may be able to buy items from us still. Due to our funding, we're only allowed sanctioned sales. We are hoping we'll be able to have members post items on our Facebook page for sale and I have yet to hear back whether that's permissible or not.” Anderson also wants people to know that the club is still accepting new members. “We're still accepting new members. Since we don't have any new classes right now it's harder to train people. For automatic membership you need to have had previous experience with pottery or taken a class similar to one of the ones we offer. The Lebel in Pincher Creek is providing classes at this time. People are able to take classes through them or in Fernie and will be able to apply to join our group. Anyone can contact us through our Facebook page and we'll set them up with a mentor.” Anderson says the club misses interacting with the community and hopes to be able to do it again soon. “We miss seeing everyone and our sales. It's a nice social event and we see a lot of the community at our sales. We miss our community.”

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