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Magrath man dies in avalanche near Castle Mountain

A backcountry avalanche claimed the life of a 46-year-old Magrath man Saturday afternoon.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP reported that two adult males and two children were snowmobiling between Carbondale and Castle Mountain Ski Resort when an avalanche occurred.

RCMP say one of the men escaped with the children but the second male was buried in the snow. 

The incident was reported to Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek RCMP around 6 p.m., and an investigation determined the incident took place at approximately 1 p.m.

Pincher Creek RCMP recovered the body of the missing male early Sunday afternoon with assistance from Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue, Fernie Search and Rescue K9 and handler, and Alberta Conservation.

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of the deceased.


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Group of Vision Credit Union employees in blue t-shirts presents a giant cheque to three women from the Pincher Creek Food Bank.

Vision Credit Union presents grants in Pincher Creek

The Beaver Mines Fire Brigade, Pincher Creek and District Food Centre, and the Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue Society are the beneficiaries. 

The grants will support these groups in undertaking various capital projects.

Beaver Mines Fire Brigade will use the money to purchase a Zoll AutoPulse device, which provides automated CPR to victims of cardiac arrest.

The AutoPulse will be available at the Beaver Mines fire station for both fire and EMS personnel in the event a call comes in where the administration of CPR is required.

Pincher Creek and District Community Food Centre submitted a grant request to help replace the furnace and install an air conditioning system in its food storage and workspace.

The current heating system is outdated, costing the centre a great deal in utility fees, while a lack of air conditioning makes the space unbearable for staff and volunteers during the summer months.


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The additions will go a long way in keeping things running smoothly at the food centre.

Lastly, the Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue Society will put its grant money toward acquiring 20 new radios for use during training and rescue.

The radios are part of SARSAR’s plan to overhaul its communications system as the group looks to continue a resurgence following difficulties faced during Covid-19.

Vision Credit Union’s Helping Hands Grants program is intended to help financially support qualified organizations with capital projects designed to benefit communities and the people that call them home.

Through the program, Vision commits $180,000 annually to organizations within its 23 branch communities.

“We were pleased by the interest in this program and impressed by the amazing work being done to further quality of life in our rural Alberta communities,” Steve Friend, CEO of Vision Credit Union, said in a press release.

“We’re honoured to play a part in supporting these efforts.”

Grant applications were evaluated by a grant committee made up of the credit union’s CEO and board, based on each project’s foreseen benefits to its community.