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Council Briefs Gravel Pits • EDA Challenge
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The following topics were discussed at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 20th. Zoning for Gravel Pit in Coleman Bylaw 1076, 2021 – Redisgnate Lot 7 Block 1 Plan 0211733 from Grouped Country Residential to Non-Urban Area NUA-1. Redesignate Road Plan 8410842 from Grouped Country Residentail to No Zoning – First Reading The proposed bylaw involves the redesignation of Lot 7 Block 1 Plan 9211733 from Grouped Country Residential GCR-1 to Non-Urban Area NUA-1 and Public Work (Road) Plan 8410842 from Grouped
Country Residential GCR-1 to No Zoning for the purpose of "Resource Extraction (sand and gravel operations)". The Land Use Re-designation is to allow for a sand and gravel operation for Alberta Transportation. The Road Plan 8410842 was registered in 1984 and the land use district was never amended. Majority of the surrounding properties are Non-Urban Area NUA-1 with property to the east zoned as Recreation & Open Space RO-1 and Sentinel Industrial Park SIP-1. Five Grouped Country Residential GCR-1 lots exist North of Highway 3. Mayor Painter said he isn't on board with this location. "I really have concerns about moving
forward with this. This is a critical part of the headwaters in my opinion. It does directly affect the area that we get water from to service our industrial park and I would hope that there's a way better use for this large piece of property than to mine gravel." Councillor Sygutek says it's council's due diligence to look into this more. "If they're within our waterways, I think it's incumbent on us for due diligence to have an opinion on that before it moves forward." Mayor Painter than asked if it was possible to table this bylaw until Council receives more information and more clarity with what is wanted. Councillor Ward then made a motion to defer with a request for further information from the province including the
areas that will be mined, the reclamation plan and what their plans are to protect the waterways. Mayor Painter added a friendly amendment to include the timeframe of this project to provide Council with dates it will be open, closed and reclaimed. Councillor Sygutek also made a friendly amendment that the province lets the rest of Alberta know what they are planning to do. The motion was carried with all friendly amendments. EDA Challenge Mayor Painter brought forward to council that the Economic Developers of Alberta are challenging the municipality to join in a joint initiative amplifying the importance of economic development during International Economic De-
velopment Week. It's been suggested that perhaps on the ski hill while we still have snow, we paint EDA on the ski hill in the logo colours and also we move ahead with the proposed resolution from the Economic Development Week. Councillor Glavin says she thinks this is something Council should do. "I think we should do this. When Dave, Lisa and I attended the Economic Development Conference a couple of years ago, the Crowsnest Pass wasn't even listed in the book. This can help reiterate we are doing economic development here and we're doing tourism. We want everyone to come here and putting the three colours on the ski hill would be a great way to show that." Councillor Sygutek added she thinks the
Crowsnest Pass needs to be a part of this. Councillor Sygutek then made a motion that the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass participate in the EDA and AUMA joint initiative to amplify the importance of economic development during International Economic Development Week by painting, in whichever manner they deem environmentally friendly, a logo on the ski hill, take a photo and share with the appropriate people. The motion was carried. Councillor Sygutek then made a second motion that the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass proclaim International Economic Development Week, which takes place May 9th to the 15th of 2021. That motion was also carried.
Restaurants battle with COVID government restriction The changing rules from openings to closing has taken a toll on owners and staff
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It’s been another challenging few months for restaurants across the
province. The opening and closing due to restrictions has taken a toll on owners and staff.
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Dawn Rigby, Owner of Country Encounters Hospitality and Country Encounters Wine Bar and Small Plate Kitchen, says it’s been a very hard year. “To put it politely it's been trying. It's been difficult. With the opening and closing, the lack of consumer confidence. It's been difficult. We're primarily caterers and I haven't catered a party larger than 30 people since the 26th of January a year ago. It makes it tough because catering pays the bills around here.” Rigby says her main challenge has been the lack of larger gatherings. “The main challenge is the lack of group functions being allowed. The bright side may be that it was as busy last summer as it ever is, it's just a totally different clientele than normal. It was really pleasant because they were all Albertans. It was really nice to see the support from the province itself.” For her restaurant, it’s been incredibly challenging. “The restaurant has been very up and down. That's a consumer thing. My restaurant is relatively new still. The first year we were open every sidewalk down here was
torn up and the second year was openings and closures. Due to spacing I've got just over 50 per cent of my occupancy. It's tough to make a living off of eight tables especially when they're mostly tables for two.” Helping to combat the lower occupancy is a patio. “We do have a patio. It's a lovely almost New Orleans style patio. It is open on our open days contingent on weather.” While Rigby hasn’t heard anything official, she’s hoping to be open more at the end of May. “I haven't heard anything but my best guess is we're looking at the end of May. I don't think that they'll lift the restrictions on restaurant dinein until then. I'm thinking after the May long weekend they may lift the restrictions on dine in. That's my best guess on how they've been doing things." Rigby also hopes that summer events will be able to go ahead. "I'm hoping that my weddings booked in July will go but that's not guaranteed. We're hopeful still. We're still alive." Rigby is extremely grateful for all the support she has received
from the community. “We do all kinds of different things and every time we come up with an idea, we go with it and it's been supported greatly by the town. It's tough in the Pass because there are a lot of restaurants here. Under normal circumstances it's okay. With the low consumer confidence, the restrictions placed on everything and all of that, it's a tough run for all of us. Thank you to all our customers that are hanging in there with us.” Below is a list of all the ways local restaurants are currently open: A&W – drive through and takeout Bamboo & Black Rock – takeout, delivery and outdoor seating Ben Wong – takeout and delivery Captain’s Pizza – delivery Charley Biggs Chicken – takeout Cherry on Top Bakery – takeout and outdoor seating Chris’ Restaurant – takeout Cinnamon Bear Café – takeout and outdoor seating Connected Cuppas – takeout and delivery Cozy Corner Café – takeout and outdoor
seating Crowsnest Café & Fly Shop – takeout and outdoor seating Emilio’s Mercato Italiano – takeout and outdoor seating Encounters Small Plate Kitchen and Wine Bar – takeout and patio by reservation Five Rivers Pizza – takeout and delivery Frida – takeout and patio Hot Rolling Stove – Food Truck Limber Pine Smokehouse and Taberna – takeout, delivery and patio coming soon Pass Beer Co. – off sales, patio and green space Pure Country – takeout, delivery and patio Rocky Mountain Gut Truck – Food Truck Rum Runner – takeout and patio Soo Sushi Blairmore – takeout and patio coming soon Stone’s Throw Café – takeout and patio coming soon Subway – takeout and outdoor seating Tim Hortons – drive through and takeout Tin Dogs Pub and Brewery – takeout and patio Vito’s Family Restaurant – takeout and delivery
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In the lIne of fIre Between April 19 and April 26, Crowsnest Pass RCMP responded to a total of 37 calls for service including the following reported incidents. Three (3) assaults, one (1) break and enter (residential), one (1) fraud/forgery, one (1) theft, tone (1) other criminal code, six (6) other provincial statutes, ten (10) driving complaints, five (5) motor vehicle collisions, three (3) assistance to general public, four (4) assistance to other agencies, one (1) 911 call, and one (1) lost and found. Suspicious Email On April 20th, 2021, there was a complaint of a suspicious email asking for purchase of google cards, which were purchased and sent. A friends email had been hacked but complainant believed it to be legitimate. Assault On April 19th, 2021, there was a complaint of assault at a commercial business in Frank. A 46year-old male was later located and arrested and charged with assault. The male also had outstand-
ing warrants from a previous occurrence. A JIR hearing was held and was released on documents for Court. Covid Restrictions On April 20th, 2021, there was a complaint of possible breach of COVID restrictions. The subject was contacted and reminded of Covid restrictions and warned of enforcement. Found Items On April 20th, 2021, there was a report of found keys and a watch in the area of Ironstone in Coleman. The items were turned into the detachment. The owner can claim same by identifying them. Arrest On April 22nd, 2021, a 26-year-old male from Calgary was arrested on numerous outstanding warrants from Calgary. A Justice Interim Hearing was held and the subject was remanded in custody and taken to Lethbridge for further court hearings. Suspicious Vehicle On April 23rd, 2021,
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at approximately 00:30am, there was a complaint of a suspicious vehicle on highway 3 between Blairmore and Frank. Police attended and arrested a 40-year-old female with assault and she was released on documents for Court. Stranded Motorist On April 23rd, 2021, at approximately 9pm, there was a complaint of a stranded motorist on Adanac Road and Carbondale Road. Search and Rescue were contacted and were able to locate the male and female from Lethbridge area and brought them safely off the mountain. Covid Restrictions On April 23rd, 2021, at approximately 3pm, there was a complaint of a female refusing to wear a mask in a business in Blairmore. Police attended. A 59-year-old female was issued a violation ticket under the Public Health Act. The individual was charged with contravening order of Medical Officer of Health and was fined $1200.
The Simple Raven’s Post by Avner Perl
Power of stories Why do we say, lest we forget? Is there nothing more important than remembering? Memories, as flighty as they are, make me who I am. Memories make me not repeat mistakes and be the kind of person I believe I should be. Our planet exists in space far from other worlds, and it behaves in a predetermined way. Does it remember how? Is it following some law or instructions? What it does sustains the lives of humans and nurtures our growth. I would hesitate to force it to change. We are made from it and all we have comes from it, just the way it is. Earth is set up perfectly to grow us, it gives life, takes it away, and it always seeks to level things. Look at how water behaves. Write a new story for humans and watch what they will do with it. Humans existed for a relatively long time. Look at the evidence, not at what some low-educated politicians tell you. Human society needs leadership in order to act together for everyone’s benefit, yet there is a question regarding what leadership should lead people to do. Leaders can unite or divide people, make us co-operate, or go to war. Travel around the world and marvel at the beautiful buildings humans created. Each nation prides itself on its culture visible with what they built. Look at people who built palaces and cathedrals. Don’t expect to meet them but admire the projects they created. They are the elite. A few are on top and it’s branching down, spreading right to the billions of poor people working hard to survive another day. The two don’t mix. The elites are a small group that owns most of the world. Some are very nice, while others are acting as if they are entitled or more qualified than others. Some made a fortune mostly by being at the right place at the right time, while many others inherited riches. In both cases, it is difficult to get close to them. They are accustomed to Gold-diggers. A few use their wealth for the benefit of humanity, while others focus on building more wealth and competing with their kind. To do that, they need power and they purchase it. How do you purchase power? You invest in marketing. Most of the gullible 99% of humans find it hard to think or learn, so they look for easy ways to reach them by advertisements. People look for what is popular and prestigious. Most folks don’t make any effort to figure out what is the truth versus what someone is selling them. Those who work hard to build a fortune and join the
On April 24th, 2021, at approximately 2:30pm, there was a complaint of a male in a store not wearing a mask properly. He was asked to leave and yelled at staff. He initially refused to leave but left when police were called. Investigation Elk Valley RCMP are investigating a possible impersonation of a police officer when a vehicle was stopped and the driver was asked where they were going and why they were heading west into BC. The suspect vehicle was a dark colored SUV with lights in grill. The complainant vehicle was stopped just west of the Alberta/BC border. Suspicious Phone Call On April 26th, 2021, there was a complaint of a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be from Amazon claiming the complainant owed a large amount of money for an order placed. The complainant advised that an order had not been placed and believed the caller was a scammer.
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elite capitalize on the phenomenon. Marketing professionals can sell anything to anyone using a well-developed science of advertising. I remember the worldwide American campaign to start a war against Iraq. Nothing has been done before on that scale. Most of the world was against it, including Canada and so many people in the US and Great Britain. Enough money and expertise were poured into the campaign and the war took off. It killed millions and the results are still felt today. A good example reoccurs in every election campaign. Emotions are stirred up and often the promises being sold are impossible to provide, but the party that spends most ends up winning. Regular people who don’t have even the slightest chance to join the elites vote against their self-interest and later defend their actions with anger, abuse, and ignoring any form of logic, just to save face. A good recent example is a well-organized and lavishly financed campaign to convince people that the raging Corona Pandemic is a hoax of some sort. The campaign invents statistics, employs actors, and convinces people they must join if they belong to a certain political persuasion. I assume it originated in China or Russia who could benefit from destabilizing our society. Marketing is a necessary tool for getting rich nowadays. People use it expertly and destroy countless lives. Most people are convinced to buy, mostly on credit, which can never be repaid. The instinct to keep up with others and outdo them is used to promote consumerism to a level previously unheard of. The marketers profit. The entire world is involved in converting the resources needed for all of humanity to survive, into consumer goods for one generation. Politics is used to speed up the process and ignore the stress points that develop into irreparable fractures. We mine, manufacture, sell and throw away, hardly able to enjoy the products. People work longer and harder and avoid morality. The few on top are hardly aware of the pain and suffering caused to the many by their actions. In my lifetime, the world flipped upside down. Homes tripled in size and house fewer people. Travel became a necessity that young people can’t do without for no other reason but prestige. Households and countries are in debt that a few years ago was unimaginable. Folks are ignoring the fact that there will be no way to care for the old when they can no longer work. Record numbers of people are homeless. Millions of people are migrating with no place to go. Half of our production and taxes are devoted to producing tools for killing. Yet our ability to build a paradise on earth for all has also advanced. With current technology, we could have heaven on earth and engineer a human society free of suffering and soon perhaps even death. All we need is to float the idea and let humans run with it. Remove the competition for superiority over each other and replace it. Watch the efforts of health care workers and others risking their personal safety for the sake of human wellness and maintain and reward it. Let the young people see that society admires self-sacrifice for the common good above the ability to accumulate wealth for personal gratification. Now is our chance. Here is a link to my blog: https://thesimpleravenspost.blogspot.ca/ Feel free to check other articles and comment.
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Golf Course ready for another year Club season to begin on Friday, May 14 with restaurant and greens DAviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
The Crowsnest Pass Golf Club is getting themselves ready for what they expect to be a busy season. The clubs season will begin on Friday, May 14th with the course and restaurant opening that day. Practice Facilities will open on Friday, April 30th. General Manager, Waren Gietz, says the club is currently focused on creating a safe place for the community to enjoy. “Right now, we are focused on providing a safe place for our members and guests to enjoy recreation and some outdoor socialization. We are excited to host a full season of golf and dining in the new facilities.” Gietz says the club spent the winter trying to find ways that this upcoming season can be a memorable one. “Much of our winter involved planning sessions focused on delivering a memorable experience for all of our guests, golfers and nongolfers alike. We have hired a red seal Chef Kaitlyn Reimer and a new food and beverage manager Drew Double who has several years of experience and success at other golf courses including Kananaskis and Calgary golf clubs. The theme for our 2021 menu is “summer fare” featuring fresh ingredients, colourful and healthy dishes. We will also have several rotating feature dishes. We aim to expand our offerings to include event bookings, and special winter dining events,
once permitted. We will take full advantage of our large outdoor patio, which offers great views and can safely seat up to 100 people. The facilities are open to all public, and we welcome everyone in our community and surrounding area to come up and enjoy a drink, appetizer, meal, or dessert with us.” Another focus during those winter sessions, was engaging the community through new programs. “ Part of new mission is to grow the game in the community. We're aiming to engage the youth in our community and create golf programs with local schools. We also have some junior golf programs and camps scheduled through the summer. The one I'm most excited about is, we're offering free lessons to anyone who's interested in trying golf in the community. This will be an introduction to golf in a non-intimidating way. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about golf so we're trying to welcome new people. Golf is a great way to meet new people and get some exercise outdoors.” The complimentary “Learn to Golf Lesson” is a one-hour lesson that will run weekly throughout the 2021 season. Guests who are interested in taking this lesson will be provided with all the necessary equipment upon arrival. “We’ll give them a tour around the facility and we’ll get them familiar with golf and tell them what it’s all about. If they’re interested in coming back, they can take another lesson with us.
Our long-term goal is to gain some interest and let the community know what we offer.” Anyone interested in these lessons can call the proshop for details and bookings at 403-562-2776. Gietz adds that the club wants the community to know the facility is available to them. “Another part of that is letting the community know that they're welcome in our dining room. We are not an exclusive club. Public can come up and enjoy the facilities whenever they want. As for expected turnout, Gietz says they expect to see similar numbers to last year. “We are expecting a similar turnout for golf as last year. Demand for tee times and bookings are increasing over last year. We believe people are looking forward to getting outside and enjoying summer, and we offer a very safe way to do that.” The course is also continuing to gain recognition across the province and beyond as a top golf destination. “The positive feedback continues to be overwhelming, and we are seeing increased interest from not only Lethbridge and Calgary but all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC. We have seen increased interest from golf event planners and many wish to hold tournaments at our course once guidelines allow. The Alberta Golf Tour has booked a tournament on June 26 and we have several tee times available for local golfers who want friendly competition.” While the course is gaining traction around
the province, Gietz says a focus is still on the local community. “We want to engage with our community and remind them that this facility is here for locals to use and enjoy. We want to make sure they get access to it and feel welcome to it.” For people interested in further information and regular updates they can check out our website: Crowsnestpassgolf.com.
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Editorial When I ran for council I made it a rule to not discuss my role as a councillor in my editorial, so for me to write this says a lot. Social media is brutal. Last week there was a post about the increase in taxes and the writer asking what people think. I didn’t read it but man did I hear about it. First I’d like to point out that I really, really wish the people commenting in the post would do two things: a) come to the council budget meetings, they are open to the public and in fact we have public input period, not one person showed up even with COVID restriction we could fit some and; b) read the budget that is posted on the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass website. Trust me it will give you a lot of great information. First let's talk about the tax increase. The province downloaded a ton of services and essential requisitions to our community and every community in Alberta. While the Alberta government looks great, we as a council are then left finding the shortfall. So you the taxpayer are stuck picking up the shortfall and we as council are labeled the ‘bad guys’. In 2021, council passed a 1.73% tax increase which will bring in an additional $145,000 of revenue, money we use to pay for winter street cleaning, recreation, employee wages just to name a few. Each increase of 1% in taxes brings in roughly $83,000 revenue for the town. Some of the issues Council had to deal with during this budget process, mostly costs offloaded by the government of Alberta. RCMP - we have never had to pay for policing until 2021. The provincial government exempted communities of our size. In 2021 we are now paying for policing. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is now forced to pay $125,000 in 2021, $187,000 in 2022 and $249,000 in 2023. This is an equivalent to an additional 1.5% this year and 0.75% increase in both 2022 and 2023. To be noted, we will not receive any additional police officers, we will run status quo. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass was hit with a 20% increase in our insurance rates for 2021, a cost of $66,000. This is an equivalent to a 0.8% increase this year. This year the community went into CUPE negotiations with a wage increase of $97,000 in 2021. This is an equivalent to a 1.1% increase this year. Provincial government arbitrarily cut what they pay the municipality for taxes on provincial facilities $98,000 per year equivalent to a 1.1% increase this year. The government of Alberta reduced our provincial grant funding in the amount of $52,000. This is an equivalent to a 0.6% tax increase. There were more challenges than these; these are just the big-ticket items. The extra cost incurred on you the taxpayer this year alone came to $438,000. Now keep in mind that none of these costs will improve moving forward into future budgets. Let's compare our taxes to our neighbouring communities. The Town of Pincher Creek 0%, MD of Pincher Creek 2%, proposed for Sparwood 5%, Fernie 4% and Elkford 10% (BC rates are not finalized until May). Now the only neighbour rate lower than the Crowsnest Pass is the Town of Pincher Creek who are taking money out of reserves to offset a tax increase this year. How does the Crowsnest Pass compare to the Town of Pincher Creek over the last four years? Our taxes including 2021 have gone up 4.7% or 1.2% a year during that same timeframe Pincher increased 6% or an average of 1.5% a year. Even considering that our taxes have increased just a touch over 1% each year, look what will be achieved in our community over four years including 2021, recreation, major upgrades to the arena, pool, ski hill, walking trails and gymnastics, infrastructure downtown Coleman, sewer plant, Highway 3 improvements and numerous other facilities. So we could have not raised taxes at all, but if we didn’t we would have to cut services and we all know what happens when streets are not plowed quickly enough over winter. So a 1.73% increase in taxes works out to an average of $60 a year on a $350,000 assessed home. If you think you can do better then we did, I suggest you run for council. I for one nickel and dimed everything trying to get us as low as possible without compromising services. It’s not easy being a councillor. I have missed a ton of personal work and life events. I take at least five calls a day with people upset about something that they want me to fix and I made $18,000 last year, $4000 of which I paid in taxes. So I basically volunteer my time to try to make this community better to get sh*t on through social media. If you want lower taxes then you best hope that we get industry and mines. When 78% of taxes come from residential homes you can only offset it with industry to help alleviate the issue and since Riversdale is one of our largest employer in town you best hope they don’t go under. That’s my rant for the day! PS all the numbers came from Councillor Dean Ward, he’s our numbers guy and he’s a fantastic representative for you the taxpayer. LS
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MLA response to coal policy Dear Editor;
In response to the recommendations from Alberta’s Coal Policy Committee and legitimate concerns raised by Albertans, including those who participated in a recent online survey, our government is working with companies to halt all coal exploration projects in Category 2 lands effective immediately. The halting of exploration activities will be in effect until later this year after the committee has completed their work and pending longer-term policy decisions based on their findings. I am pleased with this decision because it was made based on feedback from almost 25,000 Albertans and demonstrates our commitment to an open and honest conversation with Albertans about our province’s long-term approach to coal development. Feedback from the public is vital to ensuring our approach to coal develop-
ment reflects the interests of all Albertans and I encourage everyone to continue sharing their thoughts. To help ensure the views of all Albertans are represented during the process, government is continuing to listen to guidance from the Coal Policy Committee, an independent group to lead a comprehensive engagement. The committee’s members include experts in environmental assessments, a former energy minister, the executive director at Hinton and District Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Livingstone Landowners’ Group, and a member of the Piikani Nation. Ron Wallace, chair of Alberta’s Coal Policy Committee said that, “It was very clear to the Coal Policy Committee that calling for a halt to exploration on Category two lands would ensure that our public engagement process is both effective
and credible.” The committee has already held meetings with stakeholders to gather their input and has many more meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. They will continue considering different ways to engage with Albertans and will finalize their plans once they have completed a review of the survey results. Alberta’s Minister of Energy Sonya Savage has contacted all impacted companies and they have been largely supportive of this step. The majority of companies have already confirmed they are not planning to conduct exploration this year, with another currently reconsidering its exploration program. In addition, coal companies have indicated they recognize the need for government to conduct public engagement on the province’s approach to coal development and have been supportive of the process.
There have been concerns raised that the consultations are limited in scope, especially regarding water. Although the engagement is focused on the development of a modern coal policy, Albertans are encouraged to share all of their thoughts related to coal development including concerns over water and other environmental concerns. Alberta has a long and proud history of responsible resource development that has fueled job creation and driven the economy of our province and country forwards. The survey results that we based this decision on represent the first step in the process of crafting a modern coal policy for our province. With job creators and the international community placing an ever-increasing value on environmental sustainability, it is more important now than any time in our history for Alberta to demonstrate that we take these challenges seriously. Roger Reid, MLA
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Vitae Environmental Construction LTD is a one stop shop for all your landscaping needs. General Manager, Ron Yeske, says they’ve been operating in the area for many years. “We've been operating as Vitae Environmental since 2018. Before that we were Grumpy's Landscaping.” Vitae operates all across southern Alberta and Yeske says they will travel as far as Banff National Park. Yeske says while they do other work, they want to promote their landscape work in the Crowsnest Pass area. “We're an environmental construction company. We are a reclamation company. What we have down in this area as well is a landscape division, which we really want to promote to the Pass and Pincher Creek area. Our reclamation is more to do with parks and larger jobs.” When it comes to landscaping, Yeske says they are able to do pretty much anything a customer would want. “For landscaping, we do just about everything. We'll do stones, pads, decks, flowerbeds, we'll also do sod and lawn work as well. We also do dirt work and pruning. We're basically your one stop shop for the area. We've got all the equipment to make it happen for people.” Yeske adds that they also make cedar pergolas and also do retaining walls as well. Vitae has a set rate sheet for their operations but Yeske says each job will be quoted before hand. “We have a rate sheet but each job is different. We'll put in a quote for whatever the customers want and go from there.” For more information on the services Vitae Environmental offers, visit their website at https://www.vitae-enviro.com/ or call then at 403-6274589.
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CNP Quad Squad gearing up for busy summer season DaviD SelleS Pass Herald Reporter
The Quad Squad is getting ready for another busy year following their 2020 year that saw big upgrades on multiple trails. President, Gary Clark, says the club was able to get multiple projects done last year. “For Covid, we did really well. As far as Covid goes, we were able to keep our social distancing and we were quite surprised actually the amount of work we did get done. Our work was done mostly in the summer when cases were low. It was also all outdoor work.” Part of the reason the club was able to accomplish so much, was the purchase of new equipment. “We had purchased a mini hoe last year through a provincial grant and managed to repair some trails in both the Livingstone range and also some trails in the Castle Parks as well.” The machine was very helpful in getting some of the work done.
“We used the machine to fill in trails that were in rough shape and we built what are called swales, which are little bumps in the trails to divert the water off the trail. We did about 15 kilometers of trail.” Clark says that distance was over many different trails. "One of them was the Willoughby trail, which was badly eroded. That was in the park. We also replaced all the trails up to the plane crash. We cleared a bunch of deadfall from the bridges as well so that in the spring we don't get damage to the bridges and flooding from the deadfall." Some of the main work was done on Salamander trail. “We did the Salamander trail, which is the connecting trail between Atlas and McGillivary. That was another five kilometers or so. We drained all the water holes and closed off some badly damaged areas and made a new trail around those spots. We also added another bridge on the Salamander trail
over a creek. We felt that we needed one there so that we weren't disturbing anything there. We had an older bridge on that trail that was too narrow for the present day side-bysides so we widened that bridge to accommodate those.” Clark says all bridges the Quad Squad is in charge of are widening. "All our bridges now are going out to 73 inches wide." Clark added that the group has also completed some decking work on some of their bridges. “We did some decking on some bridges. We manufactured three of our own bridges that we had put in. One of them went on the Salamander trail and the other two went into the Spoon Valley Trail.” The Quad Squad also put two additional bridges in on the Spoon Valley trail. Work also continued for the Quad Squad on other trails. “We replaced one bridge just off the York Creek Road going to the
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A new Lawn care business is up and running in the Crowsnest Pass. Douglas Applications is a brand new business that will work on helping your lawn be the healthiest it can be. Owner, Keiran Douglas, says early on in the season, dethatching is the top priority. "We do dethatching, or power raking. We do that right at the start of the season when the weather allows us to do it." Douglas says he hopes to have that work done before May long weekend. Once the dethatching is done, Douglas will begin the next step of care. "Once the weeds and grass have grown, we come in with a herbicide and a fertilizer. I'll apply the herbicide and fertilizer, or one of the two depending on what the customer wants. That would be an early season application and then I would come back near the end of summer around late July or early August to do a second application. Douglas says he's focused on providing his services to the Crowsnest Pass and will plan to expand his business outside the Pass next year. As for rates, it depends on the size of the lawn and what work is being
done. "I've classified lawns to small, medium and large. Small is anything under 2,000 square foot, medium is 2,000-4,000 and large is 4,000 plus. There are three different options for pricing as well. Customers can choose from either only dethatching, only get the sprays or customers can get both the dethatching and sprays as a package deal." The package deal costs $140 for a small lawn, $200 for a medium lawn and $260 for a large lawn. For only dethatching, Douglas charges $80 for a small lawn, $100 for medium and $120 for large. For only the sprays, a small lawn would be $40 per application, $60 for a medium lawn per application and a large lawn would be $80 per application. Douglas says he advises at least two applications of the sprays. "People have the choice but I recommend that customers get two applications for better weed control." Anyone interested in getting more information about the services Douglas Applications provides, they can contact Keiran at 403-563-6787, through email at email@example.com or on Facebook by searching Douglas Applications.
plane crash. That was a narrow bridge that we took out. We've widened that bridge and we'll put that into another area this coming year. We have that work slated for probably the first part of May. It's in the Tecumseh area. It's over the Allison Creek which is a Class B stream so it's pretty important to get that bridge in.” Clark says the group will continue on repairing trails throughout the summer months this year. "There are a bunch of other trails we'll be working on to reclaim them and divert the waters off them. We'll also be working with Trout Unlimited and the Oldman Watershed Council in the fall. We'll be helping them put three bridges in the Porcupine Hills area." As for membership numbers, Clark says they are continuing to increase and he expects the final number to be similar to previous years. “We usually run between 250-350 members each year. Right now we're up to 120 paid memberships but we're early into
The Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad had a busy 2019 season fixing multiple trails and adding new bridges to some as well. This year, The Quad Squad is hoping to fix up multiple other trails and will also help with bridge building in the Porcupine Hills.
the year so I'm sure we'll easily get up to 250-300 members." Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Quad Squad can do so by calling the main office at 403-562-8686 or online through the website quadsqaud.ca.
If there are any other questions, interested people can call the office or e m a i l firstname.lastname@example.org The Quad Squad office is open currently but Covid-19 guidelines must be met to enter the building
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Just about anywhere you look in the valley bottom of the Crowsnest Pass you will find large errant boulders laying about. They have been left, for the most part, where they first landed but sometimes they get shoved off to the side or used for obstructions to keep red necks off of nonmotorized trails. There is a remarkable collection of them scattered about in the bush around here, in some of the most unlikely places and they are often visible on the hillsides above the Crowsnest River. I grew up playing on a huge displaced boulder that is definitely what one would call an erratic. It is a monstrous conglomerate chunk of rock from the Cadomin formation and it sits on top of the hill near my present home in Coleman. The reason I can say it is an erratic is because it doesn’t belong where it is. It is now confined to the Mountain View Industries compound, surrounded by a chain link fence. Conglomerate is nature’s version of concrete and like concrete is a composite of smaller round and angular pieces of other rocks fused together with a matrix of sand or silt or clay. The pieces of rock are referred to as clasts. Most conglomerates have hard chert pebbles within them and the cement is usually quartz which makes it an extremely hard, weather resistant rock. This ancient specimen is about a half mile away from its original source formation. It is not a long way for an erratic to travel but nevertheless definitely a boulder displaced by glaciation. Its source, the Cadomin conglomerate, is the basal sandstone of the Kootenay (coal bearing) formation and a bit of its outcrop is clearly visible on the bend in the highway just west of Horace Allen School. The ridge that this boulder sits on is part of the Virgelle Formation, a sequence of sandstones, shales and siltstones formed from the beach sands exposed on the shores of the ancient Colorado Sea. It is interesting to note that in several earlier years of Vern Decoux’s scrapbooks there is reference to this boulder by Fire Chief Henry Zak. In articles run some weeks after the Yuletide he invites anyone with old Christmas trees to bring them up to the big boulder on the hill where a giant bonfire was planned. They obviously had a safe plan to conduct such an event on this promontory. Doesn’t that sound like fun? The event undoubtedly was clearly visible from all over town. Speaking of boulders, the scrap books mention, in 1951, that the Virgelle rock bluff near my home was blasted through to turn the then Fourth Street in Coleman into the main highway route. It created a lot of boulders which were summarily dumped further west to elevate and level the new road past places like the old Catholic Hall (now Rum Runners). A recent excavation into this roadway just west of Rum Runners proved to be a bit of a headache for the contractor repairing deeply buried services alongside the highway. Of course they unexpectedly ran into a lot of the boulders from the Virgelle bluff. Decoux’s 1957 scrapbook reveals a picture of that cut through the Virgelle that looks pretty dam scary. There was no allowance for sidewalks and the sides of the rock cut were steep. People trying to walk through the tight space alongside the highway there risked getting run over or clobbered by a loose boulder. A later 1959 scrap book clipping talks about the fact that the cut had been finally widened and sidewalks installed. There is also a picture of men working in the Nez Perce Creek bed near the highway lining the creeks edges with some of the rock from the Virgelle cut. A winter works project during the time that many coal mines were shutting town. As mentioned in my March 24th column (Decoux’s Delicious Dandies) the 1951 conversion of Fourth Street into the main highway also ran into some giant erratic boulders near Nez Perce Creek. Two totally different types, one conglomerate and one from the volcanics were found in 2019 when the town did the sewer and road upgrade near the underpass. The boulders of the Crowsnest Volcanics are hardened lava called trachyte and are readily recognizable, on closer examination, because of the pinkish feldspar, greenish pyroxene and black melanite crystals (phenocrysts) within the trachyte. I dug a few crystals out of the volcanics this summer, a rather tricky thing to do as they are quite friable. Black diamonds to me as a kid. Years ago I queried naturalist and explorer David McIntyre about volcanic erratics and was surprised to learn that there is a line of Crowsnest volcanic boulders that were “marched” eastward down the Crowsnest River valley out onto the prairie. David, in fact, indentified a large boulder on a ranch near the Montana border as being a piece of the said volcanic. How’s that for being shoved around 11,000 years ago? Just east of the volcanic outcrop, below the trailer court above Willow Drive, one can find a dozen or so large volcanic boulders that are a couple hundred yards away from the source bed. They stick out like sore thumbs on the hillside. Curiously enough, most have split in half or develop large cracks in them, something that conglomerate or large sandstone boulders rarely do. Unless of course we help them along the way with a stick of powder or two. One volcanic boulder is large enough that a homemade ladder is still up against it for kids to climb up on it. While sipping on a schooner at the Rum Runners patio the other day I noticed a magnificent river boulder rock wall on the north side of the highway. It forms the south fence of one of the houses perched on the hill. I got to thinking about early Pass pioneers and their penchant for weaving large river rock into walls and foundations of all types. Everywhere you look you can find rock walls and fences created with boulders and mortar and a bit of fitting creativity. It is a classic hallmark of early Pass constructions. Once you start to look around you realize they are everywhere. Italian immigrants to this boulder country did not hesitate to weave them into their properties. Looking further east, across from the Consolidated High School, one can find another enormous boulder sitting like a silent sentinel on a recently landscaped terrace there. It is another volcanic whopper and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Perhaps it will become an integral part of whatever is developed there. Some creative license will be required to make that ten ton boulder part of any construction there. You can be sure the dozer operator that ran into it was not impressed. Cudo’s to him for being able to stand it up the way he did. For me the grand daddy of all boulders can be found within that 110 million tons of limestone that swept across the valley near Frank exactly 118 years ago. Bill Kovach told me that there is a monolithic monster within the slide that is affectionately referred to as Hotel Rock. The name is not far off the mark. I was stunned when I first approached it. I took a photograph of Hotel Rock some years ago with my friend Lou Lecerf standing up against it to show its size. I did a little scale calculation using Lou as a height reference. The visible part of the boulder measures 60 feet wide by 30 feet thick by 50 feet long. One cubic foot of limestone weighs about 165 pounds. So what we can see of Hotel Rock weighs an astounding 7,425 tons. What is even more interesting about this brobdingnagian is what you see on top. (I have always wanted to use that word somewhere by the way!) There is a very thin layer of dark shale on its topside and remarkably, a tree growing out of it. On the enhanced photo in this column the thick red line shows the contact between the Mount Head Formation (limestone) and the Kootenay Formation (sandstones, shales, coal). The black line on the rock shows the shale/limestone contact point. The Frank Mine travelled along that red line all the way to Hillcrest Mine! I am convinced Hotel Rock comes from this contact point between these two formations, along what is known as the Turtle Mountain fault. So because the shale is on the top side and the limestone forms the lower part of Hotel Rock it appears that this monster chunk of Turtle Mountain landed upside down from whence it came. It is incredible when you think of it. One humungous boulder, 7,425 tons of rock in one piece, carried down the Photos from top right : Conglomerate boulder on hilltop, mountainside to where it lays today. Now that’s a boulder story. 1957 Decoux clipping of Virgelle rock cut, Trachyte boulder with melanite crystals, Volcanic erratic rears up near Author’s Note: Check out the on-line version of this column for a lot more interesting boulder shots. Also see Pass school, Hotel Rock showing shale/ limestone contact. Herald Archives June 15th,2010 for a related article entitled, “Boulders From Another Place and Time” to learn more John Kinnear photos about glacial erratics and the Foothills Erratic Train.
By John Kinnear
Boulders I Have Met
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REMO QUARIN February 16, 1939 ~ April 22, 2021 Remo Quarin died April 22nd with his family by his side. He was a loved brother, husband, father, Nonno and uncle. If an ambassador for the Crowsnest Pass was needed, he was a likely candidate. He spent his entire life enjoying the natural wonders of the Southern Canadian Rockies. He and his beloved wife, Marnie raised their children in the Crowsnest Pass which allowed him to enjoy and share his love of skiing, fishing, camping, hunting and in his retirement golf with his family and friends. To fund these adventures he worked mainly as a labourer in the coal industry. This lead to a formative moment in his character, working with the mine rescue team. In the spring of 1967, minutes after leaving the mine post shift change, an explosion underground shook the community. Instead of going home to his family that day, he re-entered the mine to retrieve his colleagues, friends and relatives. He understood that life was fragile and could be fleeting. He lived life with a boyish enthusiasm while understanding that although humans are complex creatures our needs are simple - to be loved, cherished and hugged. He lavished these on all he knew usually over a beer and a visit. Remo loved his family loudly and spoiled his grandchildren. He also felt so lucky that his brothers were also his best friends. He was generous with his love and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He will be missed. With respect for Remo’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
LINDERMAN, Matthew February 12, 1929 ~ April 20, 2021 Mr. Matthew Linderman, 92, of Kelowna, BC, passed away on April 20, 2021, at the Kelowna General Hospital with his son Brian by his side. He was born to parents Katherine and Walter Linderman, on February 12, 1929 in Foremost, Alberta and moved soon after to the village of Hillcrest Mines in the Crowsnest Pass. Matthew had eight siblings, Paul, Mike, Eddie, Virginia, Rose, Ella, Doreen and Linda, and being one of the oldest shouldered many family responsibilities when his father passed at a young age. Matthew was raised with an incredible work ethic and carried the family name with honour. He had strength in character and more than his fair share of determination and stubbornness. He was meticulous, caring, active and a loyal friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, the love of his life. Matthew met Betty in the Crowsnest Pass, and they were married on the June 28, 1952, in Bellevue, Alberta. Together they raised 4 children: Brian, Tracy, Cathy & his centennial project Troy. Matthew and Betty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002 with family and friends and remained together until Betty’s passing in 2012. They were blessed with many close friends and enjoyed living life and time together with them. He worked in many facets throughout his life: Starting as a Coal Miner and Transport Truck Driver, Matthew then stepped in as a Business owner and entrepreneur including a successful Car Dealership and Service Center (Lindy’s Esso). His iconic sales stickers can still be seen at car shows on the muscle cars he sold. He owned and operated a Snowmobile shop as well as the Blairmore Motel. Matthew began an education later in life and became a successful Financial Planner for Investors Group in 1974 winning many awards and accolades for his work throughout the years in the East Kootenay’s and Southern Alberta. In 2002 after 28 years of service, he retired from Investors Group at the age of 73. Matthew and Betty moved to the interior of BC in 2003 to enjoy sunshine, the views and time together. Matthew enjoyed the outdoors in his youth and was willing to take on many adventures. His passion for racing was well known, in 1971 his Stock Car Racing team won the Southern Alberta Stock Car Racing Championship and many races across Western Canada around that time. He had a love of Snowmobiling in the mountains of the Crowsnest Pass, watching Bull Riding with Betty, Carpentry and other trades that would make Mike Holmes proud, Curling with his friends, Volunteering in the Community, and spending time with friends and family. Matthew is survived by his children Brian (Bonnie) Linderman, Tracy (Brian) Deforge, Cathy (Stan) Cartwright, Troy (Carmen) Linderman; grandchildren Nelson (Yaovaluck) Deforge, Jordyn Deforge, Cayley (Ross) Russell, Cole Cartwright, Riley Cartwright, Alix Cartwright, Kane (Courtney) Cartwright, Kass Carwright, Brant Cartwright, Jace Cartwright, Jesse Linderman (Ben Stubbe) and Lane Linderman; great-grandchildren Olivia (born to Nelson and Yaovaluck Deforge), Brooke, Sadie & Reid (born to Cayley and Ross Russell), Hunter & Weston (born to Alix Cartwright), Jaxon (born to Jesse & Ben Linderman-Stubbe). Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are placing Matthew with his love, Betty, until such a time when we can have a family celebration of their lives together. In lieu of flowers, in honor of Matt, please take the time to give a random act of kindness, a smile, or laugh to a friend, or family member. If friends desire, donations in memory of Matthew may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
JOsEph DEpIERO August 23,1962 ~ April 21, 2021 The world lost a formidable force and a mentor across multiple disciplines with more reach than could ever be measured on April 21, 2021 when Giuseppe “Joe” (Bepi) DePiero died at the age of 94 years in the Crowsnest Pass Hospital in Blairmore, Alberta. He is finally at rest after a mean and rapid battle with cancer. Joe delighted in his family, his home, his travels and the pursuit of hobbies that took him across the province of Alberta and around the globe. Born on the 23rd of August 1926 and schooled in Northern Italy, Joe entered into military service in Aviano. He then boarded a ship bound for Halifax and then a train to Alberta in 1951 where he would start his mission to build a life and position in his new country. Joe married the amazing Gemma Bianca Cozzi in 1955 in Coleman where they raised two daughters, Sandra and Loretta and encouraged them to pursue and achieve a college education - something he never had the chance to. He then spent his years, not only as a mentor, but also a father figure to his nephew Mark, his son-in-law Ian, and his grandson Nicholas as well as to anyone else out there who would listen. Joe’s life was his work, family, gardening, fishing, hunting, raising pheasants….repeat, repeat, repeat. He worked in the Crowsnest Pass for his entire career for Coleman Collieries and later Norcen in the coal tipple in west Coleman. He started as a labourer, trained as a machinist, honed his skills as a master tools-man , and eventually became the superintendent of operations. He managed and mentored innumerable people, many of whom went on to successful careers both in mining and other industries. After 40 years of hard work and dedication, retirement came for Joe in 1991. Outside of work, Joe’s family and his outdoor pursuits were his focus. He loved to tell stories about his trips to see family in Italy, his visits to Texas, South Carolina and Australia to see his grandson and the thrill of catching fish in faraway places. That’s not to say all of his adventures went smoothly! Joe was chased by his share of wildlife including bears and moose in the mountains around the Crowsnest Pass. He broke a leg fleeing an angry Heifer near Pincher Creek and got frostbite ice fishing on Crowsnest Lake. He even survived a day on a boat with "waves as big as a house" in the Indian Ocean only to have a guide rip a parrot fish off his hook screaming “that’s not a fish!” off the coast of Melbourne, Australia. Joe is survived by his wonderful and ever-loving wife, Bianca; his daughters, Sandra and Loretta (Ian); grandson, Nick; sister, Eda (Ugo); sisters-in-law, Vanda (Doug) Cozzi and Marisa Cozzi-Decoux; nephew, Mark (Lori) Decoux-Cozzi and countless friends and family in Italy and all over the world. A celebration honouring his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (200, 325 Manning Road NE Calgary, AB T2E 2P5), or the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0) would be very much appreciated. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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Chamber Corner The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage the community to continue to support restaurants where they can. A lot of restaurants have outdoor seating/patio’s lets make light of the situation, dress warmly and enjoy some laughs while we indulge in our food and drinks outside like true Canadians! If snow lashes aren’t your thing some other ways you can support restaurants right now is:
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