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Over the last week, the Crowsnest Pass was blanketed with a layer of fresh snow. Following the snowfall, clear skies dominated the weather forecast providing an amazing winter backdrop around the area. Snow covered mountains and trees enhanced the already majestic landscape of the Crowsnest Pass

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Crowsnest Pass ProteCtive serviCes - supporting a safe community

Fire & Rescue, Community Peace Officer Program and Agriculture/Field Services Fire Rescue I believe that 2020 has brought our department an opportunity to become stronger, as it is easy to succeed during the good times but quite difficult during hardships. We are so proud of our first responders who answered the call for service each and every time we were asked. We have learned how to train using virtual technology, conduct fire inspections with extra precautions, and most importantly, how to serve the public at a professional level during a global pandemic. This year, we have qualified several members to professional firefighting status, which was no small task. Each time our members answered calls for service they are subjected to an increased risk of contracting the virus, yet these ordinary community members do so. For that I am extremely grateful and honoured to be a part of such a team. Our team succeeds because we support and encourage each other. Our Council believes in our program and has been incredible at providing our citizens a level of care that few other communities in the Province can. I am so proud of our leadership team and the encouragement to keep going through hard times. They have lifted our spirits and have supported our operations through their expertise and experiences. On behalf of my family and the department, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. - Jesse Fox-Fire Chief



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Crowsnest Council Briefs • Municipal Development Plan • Riversdale Update • Council Member Reports DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

The following topics were discussed at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, December 8th. Bylaw 1059, 2020 - Municipal Development Plan Ryan Dyck, Planner with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission, provided a brief PowerPoint presentation including an overview of the process and key municipal development plan matters. Dyck discussed the need for a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and identified where the plan fits as a legislated document. The presentation also reviewed the following items with respect to the draft document: Timeline of the development of the plan, survey results prior to the development of the plan, the Municipal Development Plan Vision and the document structure Dyck then provided Council with a review of the steps of the growth strategy process, which are as follow: 1. Focus and intensify urban development 2. Protect treasured landscapes 3. Diversify and strengthen the economy 4. Increase housing options. The MDP Goal statements for policy areas were explained by Dyck before finishing his presentation. Following the presentation by Ryan Dyck, Mayor Painter declared the Public Hearing opened at 1:15 pm for proposed Bylaw 1059, 2020 Municipal Development Plan; and invited members of the public to speak in in favour of, or in opposition to the bylaw. Fred Bradley spoke in favour of the proposed bylaw 1059, 2020 and provided the following recommendations to Council. Bradley recommended enhancement of the plan in terms of history and heritage playing a larger role in the MDP, provided suggested revisions containing heritage references, recommended updated photos of the Coleman Senior’s hall and APP Barracks, suggested that the term gateway should be incorporated for both Castle Park and the Kananaskis, recommended incorporation of heritage stories of the community, and incorpo-

rating coal mining experiences, asked for acknowledgement of the natural cultural and rural landscapes whereby changes are incorporated through the evolutionary process and also asked for inclusion of indigenous experiences, and European history of the community. Following Fred Bradley’s presentation, Mayor Painter called a second time for members of the public to speak in favour of or in opposition to proposed Bylaw 1059, 2020 Municipal Development Plan. Mayor Painter called a third and final time for members of the public to speak in favour of or in opposition to the proposed Bylaw 1059, 2020 Municipal Development Plan Mayor Painter declared the public hearing closed at 1:34 pm. Later in the meeting, a request for decision was asked of Council regarding second and third reading for Bylaw 1059, 2020. Council agreed that they were willing to pass second reading but wanted Mr. Bradley’s recommendations included in the final documents before passing third reading. Councillor Sygutek then moved second reading of Bylaw 1059, 2020 Municipal Development Plan and it was carried. Riversdale Resources Update Alisdair Gibbons and Jackie Woodman of Riversdale Resources were in attendance for a presentation on the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project. Alisdair Gibbons appeared virtually through Microsoft Teams and Jackie Woodman attended the meeting in person. The presentation included the following information: A Hearing Update was provided to Council informing that the public hearing was 29 days in total held from October 27th through December 2, 2020. Benga’s closing arguments will be written versus oral with final arguments submitted on December 15th and hearing participants closing arguments will be on January 8th. Benga’s response submission will take place on January 15th. Gibbons also provided regulatory timeline. It is anticipated that the federal decision will

come in the fourth quarter of 2021 and construction can start in the first quarter of 2022. Gibbons says there is a Mid-2024 anticipated start of production. Gibbons also provided Council with general updates. Riversdale recently moved into their new office space which has a capacity of about 64 people. Their current staffing numbers are at 31.5 permanent positions and have a project staff now at 14 positions. An update on the train loadout was also provided to Council. The current option being considered was explained through computer renderings and a preliminary rendering of the train load out was discussed. A figure-8 loadout is being proposed. Gibbons discussed the potential views from the highway per the renderings presented. A berm will be erected between Highway 3 and the train load out and the area will be sculpted and vegetated. The inner rail loop mounds will also be sculpted and vegetated. Council was able to ask questions following the presentation. They inquired how long it would take to ramp up to full production and Gibbons says around fourteen months. The first three months for wet and dry plant conditioning and then approximately another 11 months to ramp up to full production. Council also indicated that there may need to be a larger berm and more sculpting of the area as per the desire of residents who do not wish the area to be visible after seeing the current plan for the load out. Council Member Reports Mayor Painter provided updates from a meeting with the RCMP. Mayor Painter says he was told the traffic division will spend two overnights per month to focus on traffic control and that the Sheriff department will patrol the area once per month. Mayor Painter added that boundary changes are being considered but more information is required. Mayor Painter finished his update telling council that the municipality now has a full roster of RCMP officers including two new recruits.

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In the lIne of fIre Between December 7 and December 14, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 49 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Three (3) assaults, three (3) threats/harassments, two (2) thefts, two (2) disturbing the peace, one (1) drug, one (1) other criminal code, seven (7) other provincial statutes, five (5) driving complaints, six (6) motor vehicle collisions, six (6) assistance to general public, one (1) suspicious occurrences, one (1) assistance to other agencies, one (1) 911 calls (invalid), one (1) false alarms, five (5) animal calls, three (3) municipal bylaws and one (1) lost and found.

and arrested a 36-yearold female for breach of conditions. A Justice Hearing was held and she was remanded in custody for next Court appearance. Lost Item On December 10th, 2020, there was a report of a lost silver iPhone 10. If found can be turned into RCMP detachment. Theft On December 11th, 2020, at approximately 5am, there was a report of theft of propane tanks from a locked case outside a business in Blairmore.

Theft On December 6th, 2020, there was a complaint of theft of a pink Trak mountain bike from a park in Lundbreck.

Suspicious Vehicle On December 11th, 2020, there was a complaint of a suspicious blue car with a male that was checking a vehicle in a driveway of a residence in Lundbreck. It occurred the day before at approximately 4:30pm.

Disturbance On December 9th, 2020, there was a complaint of a disturbance at a dwelling unit in Blairmore, police attended

Missing Hiker On December 13th, 2020, at approximately 10:30pm, there was a report of an overdue hiker from Lethbridge. Early

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the next morning, his family advised that he had been located safe. Theft On December 14th, 2020, there was a complaint of theft of a wildlife camera from outside a residence in Coleman. The theft occurred over the past few days. Found Items RCMP have one found gym bag with clothes in it. 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

The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl

The star of 2020 The year 2020 will be remembered in history as a time that the world changed. We remember the year 1 as the year of the birth of our Lord. Those who lived in that year remembered it as the year of the big star, which later became known as the star of Beit Lechem. Beit Lechem (House of bread) was a tiny hamlet within walking distance from Jerusalem, itself an insignificant capital city of a strange little nation that worshipped one invisible God. In it was a temple with priests offering ritual sacrifices, and artworks that strangely didn’t include any reference to the physical attributes of that God. All other religions at the time had statues of Gods. The one visible sign in the temple was a light that always burned, called the eternal flame. There were people in Babylon who maintained a fire in a Zoroastrian temple and before that an Egyptian religion where God was simply “light” Ra was its name. There is a pyramid for Ra. The star which led the three Magi (wise men) from Persia to Judea is really a conjunction of two bright planets visible from earth, and it’s very rare. The last one happened in the year 1226 before the death of the Catholic Saint Francis of Assisi. He changed the church, bringing it back to the Christian ideal of helping the poor and revering nature, instead of being money and power-oriented. This year 2020, on December 21st, the Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn will line up and one brilliant light will be visible for about an hour in the South-West sky above the horizon. We, mountain people, may have to find a vantage point to see the historic phenomenon. (Perhaps from the parking lot of The Interpretive Centre.) Depending upon interpretation, it should be visible for about five days before or after the winter solstice. It is three days after the Jewish holiday Hanukkah and three days before the Christian Christmas. 2020 will be remembered for many things. It is the first time that a sitting president of the USA is trying to challenge the democratic system of the Union, risking turmoil or even civil war. Also, that president was impeached and continued serving. It is a year in which oil price-wars demolished economies around the world with low prices. 2020 saw some of the worst bush and forest fires, especially in California and Australia. Social rebellion and demonstrations achieved new levels, with the Black Lives Matter being the largest ever. A none white woman was elected to be US Vice President. Canada suffered large demonstrations of First Nations protesting the government and corporations

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. Also, Do not say yes to any questions if you are unsure of who is calling as people can use voice recognition to access other information. 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 1-800-422TIPS. Reminder to residents of computer scams, credit cards scams, Grandparent scams, Revenue Canada scams asking for money or cash cards and saying warrants out for arrest, do not give out personal information to persons you don't know. DO NOT OPEN EMAILS if you are suspicious of its origin. Do NOT purchase gift cards for payment to Revenue Canada.

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deciding who leads the aboriginal nations and make deals on their behalf. The gap between rich corporations, small businesses, and wage earners continued to grow at an alarming rate. The crucial event was and is COVID-19 arriving in the west soon after the year started. It was politicized almost from the get-go with the political Left wanting to follow scientific and medical advice to reduce transmission and the political Right denying its severity, wanting to keep the economy from being set back. Some countries in the far east and south took appropriate measures and controlled the spread of the virus to some great degree. They are now at the end of the year, mostly back to normal. They also suffered a minimal number of cases and only a few deaths. The richer countries were more worried about their economies and experienced more severe outcomes. Others ignored the threat and suffered a lot. The virus attacked randomly but killed more people from the older generation and spread faster where more people live or work close to each other. In short order, the infected populations exhausted their ability to look after the sick or even deal with dead people. Here in Alberta, an early short-term shutdown took the edge off the spread for a while, but forces beyond our control worked against us. The internet was effectively used to spread conspiracy theories claiming that there is no real threat, and the virus is a hoax. Being a strong right-wing society, many people chose to not follow the warnings and enjoy life as if there is no problem at all. The threat to older people didn’t motivate many younger folks to be cautious, and large numbers infected each other very fast. As December arrived, the government was left with two choices. Do nothing and be like the US or shut down. Shutting down for the Christmas period was the worst time for little businesses and all Alberta’s working people and the faith communities. Now people face personal economic devastation unless the government steps in with serious monetary aid. Not taking action when there was time was the most costly choice. The government tried to blame the advice of the chief medical officer, a woman named Dr. Hinshaw, but recordings leaked of her giving advice that may not have been followed. A political disaster that can’t be hushed left us scared and at each other’s throats. Humans will survive the year 2020, but what happened once could happen again or things can change and improve above what we can imagine. There is a star bringing a feeling of hope. We could blame China or a smart lady Doctor, or we could replace peoples’ losses and wages as Japan, Norway, Germany, France, England, and Italy do. (80% - 100%.) It is up to us. What do I wish for O Lord? A world where no child, white, yellow, brown, red, or any colour will suffer. There is no child who through selfishness and greed caused our problems. Let them not suffer for our mistakes. Overall, I see that 2020 has been good to teach us things we must learn. The star of Christmas may be a sign in the heavens that a change for the good is coming. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.

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Municipal Programs: What’s open and what’s closed? DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter

With the new mandatory restrictions put in place by the Alberta government regarding Covid-19, many community programs and facilities have been forced to close.

and using digital methods to submit any documents. • Municipal Council and Municipal Planning Commission meetings will continue to take place at the MDM Community Centre with COVID-19 protocols in place.

"All recreational sports, recreation centres and community centres have to be closed, which includes most of our programming.”

- Trent Smith Manager of Community Services

"All recreational sports, recreation centres and community centres have to be closed, which includes most of our programming. Seniors centres and all those kinds of things are mandated to close," said Manager of Community Services, Trent Smith. Smith added that there are some programs able to continue operations. “There are a few of our programs that are able to stay open. Kids Kollege is still open and allowed to function. Any social services group is allowed to operate. As long as they are a licensed preschool or after school program, they are still allowed to operate.” All Public Programming at MDM are cancelled until the New Year and Public Skating and bookings at the Coleman Complex are cancelled as of Sunday Dec. 13. Below is a list of changes in place for the Municipality: • All Municipal recreation facilities will be closed, with the exception of Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill, which will remain open with COVID-19 protocols in place. • The Municipal office will remain open for limited transactions, no in-person meetings are being scheduled at this time. We are asking all residents to limit all nonessential visits to the Municipal office that cannot be completed by phone or email, please consider using telephone or online banking to pay your bills

• The Crowsnest Community Library will be closed, however curbside pick up will once again be offered. Visit www.crowsnestpasslibrary.ca for details. • RIDECrowsnest ridership will be re-

stricted to trips for essential services only, including: - Medical appointments - Pharmacy visits - Post office visits - Grocery shopping - Bank Visits Previously announced restrictions still in place for the Crowsnest Pass: • Maximum 10 people at weddings and funerals, they must be held in a public place, and no receptions are permitted. • Childcare and K-12 measures remain the same - Grades 7-12 will continue at-home learning until January 11 - Grades K-12 will continue in-school learning until Christmas Break, then will begin at-home

~ In Memory ~

Charity Dawn Ward

March 2nd, 1985 - December 20th, 2006

Gone Are The Days Gone are the days we used to share But in our hearts you're always there. The gates of memory will never close We miss you more than anyone knows. With tender love and deep regret We who love you will never forget. Gone is the face we loved so dear Silent the voice we loved to hear Too far away for sight or speech But not too far for love to reach. Sweet the memories are so clear In our thoughts you're always near.

Love,Mom and Dad, Charlie, Kelly, Carol, Reggie and Rylee, Terri, Cailley and Presley and Family



learning until January 11. All of these restrictions are currently time lined to be in place until January 12, 2021

Rejoice in the Gifts of the Season May Christmas deliver the best gifts of all to you and yours this year: Peace, Love, Health, Happiness & Friendship Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a blessed New Year.

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Editorial Well I’m done ... that’s two weeks in a row I’ve advertised and talked about events in my editorial to have them cancelled the day the paper comes out. I was so excited to bring a smile to the faces of 36 families with our Santa experience at Country Encounters with Deb McNeil doing photography. It’s a bit disheartening when you get an idea and do the planning only to have it blow up in your face. Instead of getting depressed I’m going to concentrate on all the wonderful things I have learned during COVID. I learned to love nature, camping, hiking, backcountry skiing and running in the mountains. What a summer of adventure I’ve had. People meditate in their homes; I meditate in the forest. My biggest revelations have happened on mountaintops. All my boys are home. This was the year that two of my boys were supposed to be gone at university and instead they are home with me, virtual schooling. Every night I come home from work, we sit around the kitchen visiting while either Aiden or I cook. Most days when we are all together my stomach hurts from all the laughing. They boys are witty and self deprecating and incredible to be around. They are the best parts of my day. With COVID I’ve picked up some new sports. I swam a lot with Quinn this summer, I trail ran pretty much everyday with my longest run being leg six of Sinister 7, 30 km of running around Crowsnest Mountain the Seven Sisters. It was magnificent. I picked up kickboxing and CrossFit. I can’t put into words what each sport has taught me as an athlete but also as a person. I’m not very good at kickboxing, in fact I’m a much better boxer then kicker and if I had my way I’d just box, but persevere I have, until I broke my foot at said sport. CrossFit has been the most fun. I have accomplished a pull up, a real honest to goodness pull up, and I can now do a handstand push up. When I started I thought it would take me a year to accomplish those feats, in reality it was two months of work and perseverance to get it done. Last Friday I had a surgery in Calgary. I had complications in the surgery and needed a blood transfusion. I ended up with two surgeries and an extremely sore body. It’s Monday and here I am at work writing this editorial. I’m exhausted by the end of the day, but the doctor told me the reason I’m doing so well is that I am so fit. He said it’s an anomaly to see someone my age this fit. I’m sore and I get tired by the end of the day, but other than that you would never know I almost died. I have to say a few months ago I found I really had no close friends, lots of acquaintances but few true friends. What I found is how blessed I am. Perhaps it’s living in a small community, perhaps it’s that I’m putting myself out there, but man have people been incredible. I have received wild meat packages, which I love, Aiden is cooking up a storm while taking finals, Quinn, who is as clean as me, is tidying up so I don’t get stressed by the mess. Keiran even hugs me and he’s not a hugger. My girlfriends from my youth, Shelley, Christine and Tryna FaceTimed me the day after surgery because they were worried about me; I’m still not sure what I said, I was on lots of pain meds, but laugh and reminisce we did. My best friend Melisa made me cookies and my beautiful friend Margaret made me a care package filled with healing teas, homemade honey and a colouring book full of swear words. How well she knows and loves me. I must have received a hundred messages asking if I was okay or needed anything and each one made my heart full. One special man took extra care of me and he knows how much I love and appreciate him. All in all COVID has been the shits, however, like everything I now do in life I try to find the silver lining. I have climbed peaks, fell in love with myself, hung out with my kids a ton and ate a boat load of cookies. Christmas will be appreciated and special this year because people surround me that I love and that love me. It’s not things in life that matter but moments, and my moments have been extraordinary.

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Make us smart Dear Editor: Captain Kirk and the bridge crew encounter a spaceship and when they board the ship it is occupied by a group of near imbeciles. They beg the Star Trek crew to ‘make us smart’. Kirk and his crew are amazed that their starship functions and wonder how they evolved to such stupidity. Here on Starship Earth, we find ourselves in the same boat, so to speak. Often today, fear is a motivator for change. What we think can determine future policies. New ideologies surface that can mold our future in a negative manner thus reducing our standard of living. One example is the move to greener living and energy sources. This all sounds great until you think deeper regarding the costs. This movement can seal the fate of society by reducing the average persons’ income or purchasing power, and consequently lowers their quality of life. In a Kirk and Spock approach, the following are summarized as a ‘Make us Smart’ recipe to a higher standard of living and quality of life. Plastics: Plastics are good, they save lives. Learn to dispose of plastics properly. Keep them out of the water. Focus plastics man-

agement education on all aspects of our society and more so internationally in developing countries. Develop strict disposal protocols for ocean front communities and direct drain streams into oceans. Oil and Gas: We have a high standard of living because we have a dependable, cheap, scalable energy source (by definition, scalable means they can be expanded easily to accommodate the needs of millions or billions of people) in the form of Oil and Natural Gas. Recognize that the intermittent nature of wind and solar power may never meet all our energy needs. Until there is a consistent scalable alternate energy source, upholding fossil fuels is necessary to our society. Coal: Steel is needed for most vehicles and many other constructions. Recognize that there are two types of coal; thermal for heat and metallurgical for steel production. Support for coal development is necessary. Since coal is a low-cost, dependable, scalable energy generator, encourage clean coal technology research. Where feasible, convert thermal generation plants to natural gas. Ensure that all coal developments maintain water quality and

pay ‘up front’ accumulating reclamation fees. Wind and Solar: Wind and solar energy sources are intermittent, therefore require an alternate dependable, scalable, energy source to fill in those low energy events. Question windmill developments based on full disclosure of the energy and material inputs and consider the loss of birds, bats, visual qualities and their actual energy cost in terms of carbon release verses energy received. Encourage improvements in solar energy panels and storage. For both windmills and solar panels, favor the removal of government subsidies, opting for a free market which will help determine their sustainability as energy sources. Nuclear: With the current energy policy direction, zero carbon by 2050 which amounts to a focus on the demise of the fossil fuels industry by 2050, we will need a dependable, scalable, alternate energy source. Nuclear energy seems to provide our next best alternative. (That is, if we want to maintain our standard of living and heat our homes yearround.) New generations of nuclear plant options are being developed that include small modular reactors , molten salt rectors and Thorium as an alternative to uranium reac-

tors. In addition, Bill Gates’ company TerraPower proposes the use of traveling wave reactors. In all cases these are safer than current nuclear technology. Though I know little about each of these options, I implore the readers to educate themselves so that meaningful informed discussion can occur in the future. I for one do not want our society’s standard of living to drop. I like vehicles, cell phones, a warm home, money for extras and time for creative activities. History has shown that the higher the standard of living is for a society, the more able it is to address environmental issues. So, helping all nations to increase their standard of living is a great first step to a cleaner environment. The current path proposed for society by the green movement reduces our options and can lower our standard of living. This is why I support the dependable scalable energy sources based on either fossil fuels or new generation nuclear. ‘Making us Smart’ will require thinking that rises above our fears of climate change and environmental do goodism to what really matters. All phases of society benefit when we have a clean, dependable, scalable, energy source. Tim Juhlin

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In this issue of the Herald, you’ll see a few of the photos I took following the snowfall that covered the Crowsnest Pass. When I woke up Thursday and saw clear skies and snow capped mountains and trees, I knew exactly how I’d be spending my morning. The way the sun hit the mountains and trees just made everything pop a little more than usual. I started my morning trek through the Pass by driving out towards the Chinook Lake turnoff. I stopped there and got some great shots of Crowsnest Mountain in all its glory before travelling back towards Coleman. I paused at a little pull out just outside Coleman and looked west to grab a couple shots of the valley below. I managed to grab a shot of the valley as a train was rolling through adding a little bit to the photo. From there I drove towards Hillcrest and took the Old Frank road back seeing if there was anywhere to grab a photo along the river. I found one spot and was able to get a nice shot along the river before heading back towards the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Once I got to the parking lot, I stood overlooking Blairmore to the west and shot a couple photos there. My last photo of the morning was taken on the road back down from the interpretive centre. The way the road is lined with trees with Turtle in the background provided a great backdrop for a photo. I’ve lived in the Pass for two years now and it continues to surprise me with its beauty. We are all truly blessed to live in such a beautiful section of Canada and the world.


5 bdrm acreage. Big mountain views to the south. Spacious floor plan. 2 fireplaces. Surrounded by mature Douglas Fir trees, close to Forest Reserve and mountain trails. Large garage with big loft. Located between Fernie and Castle Mountain resort. Championship mountain golf course, Blue-Ribbon fly fishing, and X-country skiing nearby. Tremendous value and opportunity. $504,900 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

61 irOnStOne 4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms. Fantastic mountain view. Deluxe townhome still under construction, purchaser can choose own finishes. Large attached double car garage; double car driveway. Spacious laundry room and storage area. Crowsnest Pass has championship golf course, hospital, 2 medical clinics, dental clinic, and 3 pharmacies. Area famous for blue ribbon mountain fly fishing, x-country skiing, hiking. Close to down-hill ski resorts. $419,500 + GST CALL JOHN MLS

HillCreSt lOt Affordable mountain property. Large corner lot on the edge of town. Spectacular open vistas to the south and east. Extra large 66’ x 120’ lot. Good location for an RTM. Access from front or sidestreet allows for large garage. Services in front street. Close to 4 season recreational activities. $75,000 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

timberline ridge Hillcrest Lot 7, Block 2 is ready to build. All services underground and on property. Beautiful, sunny location. 65.5 feet wide and 119 feet deep. Crowsnest Pass is a great mountain community nestled in the Alberta Canadian Rockies. Home to renowned mountain golf course and mecca for unparalleled mountain activities. Close to Fernie, Castle Mountain ski resorts. $88,000 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. $439,500+ 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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Holiday parties are a tradition at many businesses. A 2019 survey from the outplacement services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that 76 percent of companies planned to hold holiday parties in 2019. As popular as holiday office parties may be, few businesses are likely to gather in person this holiday season as the world continues to confront the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines may put many holiday office parties on indefinite hold, but there are still ways for employees to gather this holiday season. Virtual meeting apps like Zoom have helped many businesses stay connected during the pandemic, and there’s no reason why the same platform cannot be utilized when hosting virtual office parties this holiday season. While it might not be the same as planning in person holiday office parties, planning a virtual office get-together can still capture the spirit of the holiday season. • Encourage festive

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Looking Back

I promise. No snide comments or hand wringing about 2020 and what a shit show of a year it has been. We all know that. How about I just wander through what little I had to offer column-wise in this apocalyptic year and try and keep it light. As many of you know my own personal catastrophe unfolded in this, a most unforgettable year. The only thing that keeps me sane these days in a different kind of light. Bud Light. Let’s go back then to a year ago in January where I started off the year column-wise by recounting the story of the March 1964 Ostash tragedy. It is a tale of the terrible consequence of improper ventilation after the then on-going conversion of furnaces from coal to natural gas. I remember being struck by the fact that not four months before it unfolded, on Christmas Day, the Ostash’s had a baby girl come into their lives which they appropriately named Noella Joy Eve. If not for a stomach ailment that had put her in hospital prior to that Tuesday tragedy she likely would have perished in that carbon monoxide nightmare. See the on line archives “Remembering the Ostash Tragedy” – Jan 15th for the full story. I wonder if back then any of us had any idea the terrible road we as a country and as a world were about to go down. For me, things seemed to spin completely out of control that January. Lorraine’s left leg blew up on January 2nd, her 81st birthday, with cancer-induced blood clots from her ankle to her waist. It was a terrifying time. It got worse, as I revealed in part three of her life story that I chose to share with you the readers entitled, “A Moment in Time – A Perfect Storm”. In February as things settled down a bit I reworked a story I had done about cabooses and their demise. “The End of the End of the Train”. I still miss watching that iconic conductor motel going down the tracks with someone’s elbow hanging out the cupola window. After that story I waded into the early history of disastrous flooding of the Crowsnest River. (Altered Courses – The Embattled Crowsnest River). It is kind of sad that these early spring runoff catastrophes precipitated the eventual total alteration of the Crowsnest River from West Coleman to East Blairmore. It is now not much more than a straight channel designed to speed water through our communities. In March, as the terrible news of the failure of Lorraine’s cancer immunotherapy sank in, I tried to keep you the readers in the game by exploring the story of Torindo John Bisaro and the subsequent naming of a spectacular cave and a mountain after this young Italian man who died for this country. I love the Italian history of the Pass and have tried to imagine what it must have been like to leave that beautiful country and come here, mostly with nothing, to start all over again. Look for me to follow that immigration legacy next year with a multi-part series on Ricardo Petrone. He landed here in Hillcrest in December of 1928 with his parents and 4 siblings in -38 below. Some were wearing shorts. In the process I will try to acknowledge, through his story, the badly overlooked legacy of the private coal haulers here in the Pass. It is one helluva story that needs to be told. The details of the Blairmore South Mine tragedy story in late March struck a note with many readers and there was some interesting feedback from family members recalling just how horrific this event impacted the Knight and Rinke families. April Fools landed on a publishing Wednesday this year so I didn’t hold back. It doesn’t happen very often that a questionable story can come out on that day. It is a refreshing change for a historian and researcher to just lie his ass off about something and see where it goes. (See my archives- “The Winter of the Century and Revisiting All Fools Day”). I don’t know how I managed to write five columns in April. I normally write every other week. Perhaps it was a distraction to watching the heartbreaking decline of the love of my life. During that time I finally shared the story of Hershey, a Volkswagen microbus that was such a part of our early lives and then stepped into the world of mountain bluebirds. A remarkable bit of feedback came to me after this indepth look at those special people determined to see this member of the genus Sialia thrive here. A former bluebird box volunteer by the name of Roxanne Reiter-McKenzie shared a story with me by email that reveals a level of bluebird care and maintenance unheard of. It goes like this. In the fall when she cleaned out nest boxes (part of the maintenance process) she would deliberately save bluebird nests that were in good shape. Bluebirds can weave a really nice nest. Roxanne told me that Pizza 73 extra large double pizza boxes were perfect for storing them in and that she could get 9 in a box. She knew that each spring it could happen that there would be three days or so of non-stop rain and as the bluebird mother came and went continuously feeding the babies her soaking wet feathers would drench the nest. The babies would become soaked also and usually die of hypothermia in a cold spring spell. The solution that worked for her sometimes was to check the nests during this time and remove any wet nestlings into a dry warmer banding box. She would activate a hand warmer and cover the nestlings with soft clothes then remove the wet nest and replace it with one of her pizza box specials. Then she would replace the surviving nestlings and hope that it was enough to keep the brood going. How’s that for commitment? There was only one more column forthcoming that spring before Lorraine’s condition became a mindnumbing 24/7 gut-wrenching commitment. After I lost her I realized that with the Covid situation acknowledgement of this remarkable woman would not come by traditional means. Her story needed to be told and somehow I summoned the wherewithal to put it all together in a four-part column series. To say it was cathartic is an understatement. In September I finally reconnected to you the reader with some mining stories but my mind was preoccupied, as it had been for months, with a desperate search for my sweet Lorraine. It took me everywhere and nowhere. “Looking for My Lorraine” in November was my offering of how grief can leave you feeling desolate and hopeless. It turns out that I was, in fact, being driven by her heart and her memory to be in all those amazing places. To revisit and commune in those places with her, a woman whose immense respect for nature had transformed my soul a long time ago. Many readers assured me, over and over again, that she was in fact right there with me all along. Right beside me as the crocuses bloomed and later as the Lilac and Dames Rocket aromas permeated the air around me. There, where the mists of the many waterfalls I hiked to swept around me,and there as the spectacular fall colours transformed our beloved Crowsnest valley into an artist’s palate of red and gold. I know I said I would never stop looking for her but perhaps therein lies the solution to my desperate search. It’s the journey, not the destination. In early December I decided to finally weigh in on the convoluted current coal mine review process and share my personal journey in coal. To say that this permit review has been onerous is an understatement. It has its parallel in the Covid situation in that everyone and I mean everyone, has an opinion and most are unmovable in their stance. Since when did we all be become so intransigent in our views? I see the other side clearly and do admit there are concerns. But others dismiss opposing views summarily and having nothing but scorn for those looking to sustain our community with this proposed mine. All that aside, as I said, it has been one helluva year but we, as a community, have managed to make it through so far with a pretty stellar record. We must not be complacent or let our guard down now. Today I Photos from top: Bluebird nest with four abandoned eggs picked up my latest batch of specially modified Sandi Knight masks, ten inchers designed to fit my big old and one tree swallows egg, See my May 13th archive, Coal Mine in the Sky - courtesy Harry Rowed photography, face. They are Christmas themed and I will wear them proudly and consistently as we strive to shove that curve Bluebird box near the old sulphur plant, Have a safe and down again. We have not been robbed of our Christmas. We are being given the chance to ensure through sacrifice that Merry Christmas all. John Kinnear photos our Christmas’ in the future will be as they should be. For everyone!

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DAvID SELLES Pass Herald Reporter ALL NUMBERS ARE UP TO DATE AS OF Monday December 15th. Province wide, there have been 81,986 cases to date. Of these cases, 21,123 are active. 733 people have died from the virus. The number of cases in the South Zone by area is as follows: South Zone total: To date, there have been 4,549 total cases in the south zone. 3,915 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the south zone. There are currently 583 active cases in the south zone. There are currently 16 outbreaks in the South Zone. These outbreaks locations include 7 in Lethbridge, 4 in Medicine Hat, 2 in Brooks, 1 in Redcliff, 1 in Cardston and 1 in Pincher Creek. Here is the community breakdown of cases in the south zone. Crowsnest Pass: 10 cases reported, 3 cases are active, 7 case recovered.

Pincher Creek: 79 cases reported, 40 cases active, 37 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Fort Macleod: 55 cases reported, 7 case active, 45 cases recovered and 3 deaths. Claresholm: 56 cases reported, 5 cases active, 51 cases recovered. C a r d s t o n County/Kainai: 219 cases reported, 46 cases active, 167 cases recovered and 6 deaths. County of Warner: 138 cases reported, 11 cases active, 125 cases recovered and 2 deaths. Lethbridge: 1,262 cases reported, 227 cases are active, 1,028 cases recovered and 7 deaths. Lethbridge County: 394 cases reported, 56 cases active, 335 cases recovered and 3 deaths. MD of Taber: 290 cases reported, 35 cases active, 250 cases recovered and 5 deaths. City of Brooks: 1,317 cases reported, 32 cases active, 1,271 recovered and 14 deaths.

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Medicine Hat: 376 cases reported, 93 cases active, 278 cases recovered and 5 deaths. Oyen: 24 cases reported, 0 cases active and 24 case recovered. Vulcan: 91 cases reported, 7 active, 82 recovered and 2 deaths.

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With new mandatory restrictions put in place province-wide by the Alberta government, the Pass Powderkeg Ski Area is changing some of their operations. Last week, we reported that the Lodge will still offer food and beverage. This is still the case but more protocols have been put in place to ensure safety for everyone. Manager Katherine Seleski says they have made a few changes to their food and beverage services. “The lodge is open only for ordering. Our

menu is limited down to everyone’s favourites and we’ve spread our tables out around the lodge for cohorts/families to use.” PPK will still be offering rentals as well but Seleski says they are asking guests to book ahead of time. “Whenever possible, we ask that guests prebook through our website. To make the process easier and safer, guests check in at our white tent and are escorted to one of two rental areas within the lodge where, if equipment is pre-booked, we set it out for them. Walkins are still welcome as well. We will just bring

them in and get paperwork going while they wait outside.” As for the Cubs program, that will also still be running with some different protocols in place. “We are still offering our Little Cubs program. Families will check in at the white tent and proceed to the Lion’s Den yurt where rental gear, if needed, will be. The yurt will act as a rental/gear up area and warm up space if needed.” For more information of what the PPK is doing this year, follow them on Facebook or visit their website passpowderkeg.com.

Happy Holidays From all of us at Teck, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy holiday season.

Range Officer Course The Crowsnest Mountain Gun Club Outdoor Range was able to participate in a certification course for Range Officers. The Range Officers serve as a way to make the range safer for all users and get everything up to date regarding safety at the range. Five members take the course at a time to ensure Covid protocols are met. There will now be a core team of Senior Range Officers at the Club. Anyone who takes the course is certified to work on any range in the province.

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