Tuesday, March 15, 2011  
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Quote of the Week
“Everybody has a right to be in the backcountry.”
- Karl Giesler  
- Quad Squad President   


The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting at the Blackbird Coffee House in Coleman on Wednesday, March 9th.
Directly following lunch being served, Terri Lorrain of the Pinkest Little Town in the West committee spoke to members about the work the committee is doing to fundraise for the Wild Pink Yonder breast cancer trail ride, which kicks off this year in the Crowsnest Pass.
Lorrain said the committee has set a goal to raise a minimum of $50,000 for the ride this year, and encouraged business owners to get involved in the project.
The title of Pinkest Little Town in the West will be awarded to the community which achieves a combination of the most money raised per capita and the most “pinkifying” throughout the town.
This year 23 communities are participating, and the winner of the contest will be awarded a free concert for their efforts.
Lorrain said some possible acts the committee would like to see come to the Crowsnest Pass include Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, and Nickelback.
“I want to encourage us all to get behind this super cause,” said Chamber President Rick Breakenridge. “Events like these encourage tourism and help businesses flourish.”
Next up, Mayor Bruce Decoux updated Chamber members as to the Municipality’s progress in addressing economic issues and solutions in the community.
He said Council is utilizing the aid of the economic task force to assess the economic needs of the Crowsnest Pass, before solutions can be determined.
Decoux said Council’s main priorities are currently the economy, the Crowsnest Centre, the River Run properties, duplication of municipal services, Hwy 3, land development, and water issues, and that Council hopes to have answers to some of these problems by next fall, although it will take time.
“There is no magical answer to any of these problems,” said Decoux. “They are all compromises.”
He also encouraged members to read the book, “Thirteen ways to Kill Your Community”, written by Battle River-Wainwright MLA Doug Griffiths and award winning journalist Kelly Clemmer of the Wainwright Star Chronicle and Wainwright Review.
“The book provides a cornerstone to ensure your community is sustainable,” said Decoux.
Lastly, Sue Moser, the owner of Turtleback Cottage Holiday Homes, and Katrina Kellner and Robin Pisko of the Alberta Foothills Network addressed members about the recent advisory which was issued to businesses in the communities surrounding the Castle Special Management Area, which are likely to be affected by logging practices in the area this summer.
The group currently includes 24 tourism-dependant businesses in the communities of Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Beaver Mines, Lethbridge, Banff, and Calgary, of which 11are from the Crowsnest Pass.
Local businesses which have joined the cause are Adanac Adventures, Alberta Fly Fishing Adventures, A.S. Optics Inc., A Safe Haven Bed and Breakfast and Cabin, Coleman Remedy’s Rx, Eckardt’s Tecumseh Mountain Resort, Mountain Movements Vacation Homes, The Rocky Mountain Picture Show, The Crowsnest Angler Fly Shop, Crowsnest Cafe and Fly Shop, and Turtleback Cottage Holiday Homes.
In February, representatives from the 24 participating businesses signed on to the advisory group, and asked MLAs representing their constituencies to address the issue in Legislature.
The Province was also asked to halt logging in the Castle until the provincial Land Use Framework can be completed.
In the advisory, the group claims the provincial government sold logging rights in the area to Spray Lake Sawmills without any public consultation, and while ignoring the special place designation by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
“This affects each and every one of us,” said Kellner. “It’s not just about tourism.”
She said the area is already widely overused, and logging practices will only increase congestion and threaten not only recreation areas in the Castle, but also plant and animal populations which live in the area.
“Protecting the area is a priority,” said Kellner.
Dylan Boyle of the Crown of the Continent will be speaking at a tourism showcase event organized by Alberta Southwest at Crowsnest Mountain Resort on March 24th, and will address the issue.
Any business owners interested in learning more about the advisory group, or who wish to sign on can do so at albertafoothillsnetwork.org.
The next Chamber luncheon will be held at the Blairmore Lions Hall in April.
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