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Theresa Red Young Man missing from Fort Macleod

Fort Macleod RCMP has requested assistance from the public in locating Theresa Red Young Man.

The 30-year-old woman was last seen in Fort Macleod on April 8, 2023, and there is concern for her well-being. RCMP say she may have been travelling to Calgary or Lethbridge.

Theresa is described as being 5′ tall and about 140 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. Her hair could be blonde or black with red.

If you have any information regarding Theresa’s whereabouts, please contact Fort Macleod RCMP at 403-553-7220 or your local police.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com, or by using the P3 app available through the
Apple App or Google Play stores.

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Empress Theatre stands with LGBTQ+ community following vandalism

Fort Macleod RCMP have arrested two youths in connection with an incident of vandalism during a Pride event at the historic Empress Theatre.

Last Saturday, the Fort Macleod Pride Committee hosted a drag show at the Empress Theatre as part of the town’s annual Pride celebrations.

Just 10 minutes into the show, audience members began to notice what Denise Joel, who chairs the Empress board, called a “very unpleasant, putrid smell.” 

Unbeknownst to those in attendance, a group of youths had begun pouring a noxious black liquid out of a glass container onto the floor.

“They were sitting in the back, and there was no sign that there would be any trouble. All of a sudden, we started to smell something quite unpleasant. Initially, people thought someone had set off a stink bomb,” Joel said.

“They had this container hidden in a bag, and they were leaking that substance onto the floor, beneath their seats, then they got up to leave and continued to leak that substance onto the carpet. When they reached the foyer, they smashed the entire contents of this jar onto the floor.”

Police, having been made aware of the disturbance, were quick to apprehend two suspects as they attempted to flee the scene.

Initially, police were informed that a smoke bomb had been discharged in the theatre, but investigation later revealed that fisher and marten lure oil had been used.

 

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Due to online backlash regarding scheduled Pride events, the town had a heavy police presence during Pride festivities, making this act of vandalism a bold one. 

“It didn’t happen just randomly, that’s certainly apparent,” Joel said.

“It was targeted, it was meant to happen at that specific event, and I think that’s very concerning. There is absolutely no place for this kind of act.”

The theatre announced on its social media pages that it will be closed until further notice, while the extent of damages is determined.

“A big part of the issue is that it’s a historic theatre, a lot of what’s damaged is of historic significance, so we’re just ensuring that everything can be cleaned appropriately and properly. We hope, obviously, it can all be restored quickly,” Joel said.

The same day as the Empress incident, another act of vandalism targeting a Pride event was carried out when the community flagpole and Pride flag were torn down and burned. 

In the wake of the incidents, both the Empress Theatre and Fort Macleod Pride have received unwavering support from the general public through messages, donations and more. 

In a statement issued by the Town of Fort Macleod, members of town council condemned what they referred to as “heinous actions.” 

Both the Empress Theatre and Fort Macleod Pride have since issued statements thanking everyone who has stood by them and offered their support.

“The Empress has always been, and will always continue to be, a safe and inclusive place for all. Please remember: Love always wins,” says an online statement from the theatre.

The Empress says it will work with local RCMP, the Town of Fort Macleod and other authorities to identify the best way to move forward.

The two incidents remain under investigation by RCMP.

Things to do before saying ‘I do’

Use this month-by-month checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing.

12 months before

  • Decide on the type of wedding you’d like (civil or religious, big or small)
  • Choose a date
  • Determine the number of guests
  • Establish a budget
  • Pick venues for the ceremony and reception (it’s best to reserve early)

11 months before

  • Make your guest list
  • Choose a caterer (meet with a few first)
  • Select your wedding party
  • Hire a wedding planner

10 months before

  • Start shopping for a wedding dress
  • Decide on a theme for your wedding
  • Choose an officiant if you haven’t already done so

 

9 months before

  • Book a photographer
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for your out-of-town guests
  • Purchase a wedding gown
  • Shop for the groom’s attire and purchase it

8 months before

  • Meet with your officiant to plan your ceremony
  • Book your entertainment (DJ, band, MC, etc.)
  • Shop for and purchase your bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Design and order the wedding invitations and save-the-date cards

7 months before

  • Create a gift registry
  • Hire a florist
  • Plan your honeymoon

 

6 months before

  • Send out the save-the-date cards
  • Book your hair and makeup appointments for the day of (and trial runs for both)
  • Book a hotel room for the wedding night if necessary

5 months before

  • Create a schedule for the big day
  • Decide on dates for bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Shop for and purchase shoes, jewelry and accessories

4 months before

  • Reserve wedding day transportation for the wedding party
  • Select alcohol and other drinks for the reception
  • Taste and choose your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding bands
  • Shop for and order the groomsmen’s attire

 

3 months before

  • Purchase wedding favours for your guests
  • If you’d like a loved one to say or read something during the ceremony, let them know
  • Write down your vows
  • Decide on activities for the reception (photo booth, dancing, games, etc.)

2 months before

  • Send out your wedding invitations
  • Do trial runs for both hair and makeup
  • Give your music selections to the DJ or MC

1 month before

  • Finalize the schedule for the big day
  • Choose a seating plan for the reception
  • Break in your shoes

 

1 week before

  • Visit the desired beauty professionals (hair colourist, esthetician, etc.)
  • Practise reading your vows
  • Write out cheques to pay your vendors

1 day before

  • Get your nails done
  • Give the cheques to someone you trust to pay the vendors

Day of, Enjoy!

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Increased demand for victim services, volunteers needed

Ranchlands Victim Services, the only 24-hour crisis unit in Alberta, is looking for volunteers who can devote time to assisting victims of crime and tragedy with their short-term needs.

In partnership with the RCMP and additional co-partners, RVS provides victims with emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to community resources for continued support. 

According to Shelly-Anne Dennis, executive program manager, the organization has recently experienced increased demand for their services, requiring more volunteers to provide victims with support. 

“We’re seeing more cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, which means a greater need for our services,” she says.

 

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Volunteers typically go out to crisis calls and may provide court support, accompaniment, transportation and other means of assisting victims.

Supporting the communities of Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Fort Macleod, Claresholm and Piikani Nation, RVS emphasizes the provision of a co-ordinated, skilled and efficient response to victims of traumatic events. 

“Being able to administer trauma support to victims of crime and tragedy in our community is a very crucial and beneficial service,” Dennis says.

The RCMP often rely on RVS staff and volunteers to provide support to victims and their families, while they focus on potential offenders, particularly in cases of criminal activity.

 

 

Part of the struggle to find volunteers comes with the rigorous background check that each potential volunteer or staff member of RVS has to go through to be accepted.

“You have to pass an enhanced security clearance, which is the same clearance as an RCMP officer, so it’s a very strict background check,” Dennis says

Employees and volunteers of RVS have a level of security clearance that exposes them to police files that they must keep confidential. A thorough background check is crucial in ensuring someone is suited to sign on.

These background checks are meant not only to look for criminal history, but also to look for anything that could affect work credibility or re-traumatize someone who was once a victim themself.

 

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This could include a recent history of domestic violence, assault or financial stressors.

In time, Dennis hopes RVS can get more volunteers to maintain a full unit to service and support our communities.

“I’m pretty passionate about this job — it isn’t just a job to me. I love helping people and the work I do to help said people,” she says.

“We hope that our work decreases the amount of trauma that people have to go through and that eventually, with the proper help, they could move back into a normal lifestyle sooner.”

If you wish to become a volunteer with RVS, the advocate application is available online at ranchlandsvictimservices.com.

 

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Alexander Gordon Russell Obituary

A proud and independent man, Alex was a loving husband to Margo and a devoted father to Alexandra. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need; always thinking of others. Struggling with health issues over the past few years, Alex faced his challenges with grit, determination and thoughtfulness.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soulmate, Margo, and his precious daughter Alexandra; two daughters from a previous marriage, Marla and Mida; his sister Betty (Don) Bauer; nieces Tracy and Karen and their families, as well as his cousin Pat, who he reconnected with after 60 years. Other surviving family members reside throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

Alex was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Flora Russell, and numerous extended family members.

Alex was born and raised in Claresholm, Alta., and spent his formative years acquiring entrepreneurial skills that included learning to drive at the tender age of six (sitting on telephone books to see), whilst his father picked mushrooms on the side of the country road; delivering milk as a young boy in town using a horse and buggy; and working at the local movie theatre with his aunts. When he wasn’t working, he was running, riding his bicycle, swimming in the creek or playing baseball.

After high school, Alex continued his hard-working ways and worked for many years for Safeway Shelter Systems in Claresholm building manufactured homes; ultimately progressing to purchasing manager. When the company closed their doors, Alex was able to transition easily to working full time in the farming and ranching industry for many years — a lifestyle he thoroughly enjoyed.

Alex and Margo met in Stavely and, desiring to be closer to the mountains, moved to Pincher Creek — an area where Alex felt content and at peace. They raised their daughter and the menagerie of horses, dogs and cats on their acreage. Being retired, Alex was able to build and fix things in his Quonset and spend time driving his daughter all over the country for 4-H, school sports, dancing and community volleyball. He also supported Margo with her career and numerous adventures.

Alex, you will be sorely missed and our lives feel empty without your loving and protective ways to guide us forward. We will miss your many stories about childhood and growing up and your ingenuity in solving any problem, as well as your sharp wit, humour, and most of all your love. We are blessed to have had you as a husband, father and best friend.

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and support staff at the Claresholm Hospital, Fort Macleod Health Centre and Lethbridge Regional Hospital in their loving care of Alex.

If you so desire, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Alex’s name.

It all started with a smile and a wave … Love you forever Alex.

 

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home

403-627-3131     www.edensfuneralhome.com

 

Shootin’ the Breeze extends condolences to the family and friends of Gwenda Stockinger.

 

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Three charged in Cowley break-in

Three people have been charged in connection with a weekend break-in at a public works yard in the village of Cowley. A fourth suspect remains at large, according to Sgt. Ryan Hodge, commanding officer at Pincher Creek RCMP.

Mounties arrested the trio Monday on Highway 3 near Pincher Station, roughly a day after two men allegedly stole keys and hand tools from the works yard at 518 Railway Ave. in Cowley.

Two Fort Macleod men, aged 50 and 21, are charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.

“There was quite a bit of property recovered,” Hodge said Tuesday. 

 

Indoor and outdoor view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

A third suspect, a 21-year-old woman from Fort Macleod, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.

The 50-year-old suspect was in police custody as of Tuesday morning, held on a number of outstanding charges and arrest warrants. The second man was released Tuesday, following a telephone hearing through Pincher Creek provincial court. The female suspect was also released.

Hodge said Mounties are looking for the fourth suspect, another Fort Macleod woman who is believed to have been involved in Sunday’s break-in.

Hodge praised Monday’s arrests as the result of a combined investigation by the Pincher Creek detachment, Taber RCMP and Taber Police Services, Lethbridge Police Services and Fort Macleod RCMP.

“The only way to catch (the suspects) was to co-operate. We’re always co-operating,” Hodge said.

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

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Don Whalen seeks Livingstone-Macleod nomination

Don Whalen, an entrepreneur and lay preacher from Parkland, Alta., announced Sunday, Nov. 18, that he will seek the United Conservative Party’s nomination to represent Livingstone-Macleod in the next provincial election. 

In his first media interview Wednesday, Whalen said he would file his papers as soon as the party reopens the nomination, probably after Christmas. 

Incumbent MLA Roger Reid announced Nov. 1 that he would not seek re-election. The UCP later rejected a nomination bid and subsequent appeal by former People’s Party candidate Nadine Wellwood, citing recent social media posts in which she likened vaccine passports and other pandemic health measures to Nazi Germany.

Next spring’s election would be Whalen’s first run for public office, he said. The nomination hopeful aligns himself closely with Premier Danielle Smith, calling himself “a lifelong conservative” and a former Wildrose voter.

“I’m liking what the premier is doing: She’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.” 

Whalen said he wants to serve in the legislature to be the voice of disaffected voters in the riding. 

 

 

“I’m really concerned about the direction our province and country have been going in over the last two to three years. People are being marginalized and they’re not being heard.” 

Taking aim at the federal government and former premier Jason Kenney, Whalen said pandemic health measures had gone too far. 

“Our personal rights and freedoms were just trampled on, and the Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) was just a piece of paper for a couple of years.” 

Whalen said public health policy should be informed by medical science, but lamented that pandemic measures had been overtly politicized. 

“During Covid, Deena Hinshaw,” Alberta’s chief public health officer until Smith fired her Nov. 14, “was the most important person in Alberta, and we had non-elected officials basically deciding everything for us,” he said.

Looking ahead to Smith’s long-promised Alberta Sovereignty Act, Whalen said the province doesn’t need legislation to assert its jurisdiction over things like natural resources. He was also highly critical of pending federal legislation he said would “confiscate” hundreds of local gun owners to give up their guns, but stopped short of advocating separatism.

 

 

“I’m an Albertan. But, I’m also a Canadian. I am concerned that it’s going to be very hard to change things with Ottawa, so I’m stepping up to be a voice for that change in a positive way.” 

On climate change, Whalen said he opposes the federal carbon tax, but supports the development of clean-burning energy. 

Whalen said he co-owns a small buy-and-sell business with a friend. He is also a lay preacher, taking the pulpit about once a month at Fort Macleod’s House of Prayer.

 

Kiss tribute band ready to rock ’n’ roll all night at the Empress

Hailing from Western Canada, Ikons is one of most sought-after tribute bands on the circuit. Ikons delivers a high-energy show, complete with the classic Kiss tunes we all know, and an authentic concert experience guaranteed to satisfy even the most diehard Kiss fans. 

Ikons covers songs from Kiss’s musical career beginning in the 1970s, with chart-toppers including “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Beth.”  

Kiss is known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits and its pyrotechnics. The band members took on personas in the style of comic book characters: the Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman or Space Ace, and the Catman (Criss).

You just might think it’s the real deal once you see Ikons’ authentic looks, moves and music. 

Tickets to Ikons: the Kiss Experience are $37.50 each and available online at MacleodEmpress.com, by calling 1-800-540-9229, or at the box office on Main Street in Fort Macleod.