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- Mayor Bruce Decoux  


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Constable Jesse Morrison is the newest addition to the Crowsnest Pass RCMP, transferring from Fort Chipewyan, and replacing Constable Lorne Gopp, who has transferred to Pincher Creek.
The popular Crowsnest Pass Idol singing competition is expected to return to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #7 this Saturday, February 25th.
This year, the competition will be open to singers from all along the Highway 3 corridor from Fort Macleod to Fernie, including the communities of Pincher Creek, Brocket, Cowley, Lundbreck, Crowsnest Pass, Sparwood, Hosmer and everywhere in between (excluding last year’s top two contestants Kayla Valiquette and Cierra Shortreed).
Competition organizer Kathy Lang said up to 30 contestants will be accepted, with a minimum requirement of 15 in order for the show to go on.
“We still have a few spots open, so anyone who wants to compete should get in now before it’s too late,” said Lang.
Contestants will be singing their hearts out in hopes of winning the $2,000 grand prize, sponsored by Teck.
The remaining top four more contestants will also receive prizes, with second place taking home $1,000 from the Blairmore Lions Club, third place winning $500 from Devon Canada, and fourth and fifth place taking home two new prizes this year - $300 and $200 from Fernie Ford.
Competitors must be at least 18 years of age and be of amateur status (not entered into any contractual, commercial, sponsorship or other arrangement relative to his or her musical or performing abilities).
The deadline for entries will be February 16th at 5 p.m., and tickets for the performances will go on sale shortly thereafter.
In addition to increasing the number of performers and the area in which they can reside, Lang said organizers have made a few other changes as well.

“We’ve made some improvements from last year that we think will help make the show better,” she said.
The audience seating area has been increased, with more available seating near the performance stage, increasing the total number of tickets which will be on sale for each performance from 195 to 240.
Additionally, tickets will be available for purchase in packs of five or individually and will be available exclusively at the Blairmore Legion and Sears in Blairmore.
“Last year, we had a lot of people who weren’t able to attend the last couple performances because the tickets sold out so quickly,” said Lang.
“This year they can buy all five at once so they don’t have to worry about that.”
Desiree Michalski, Michelle Dobek-Koinberg and Darryl Ferguson will judge the competition again this year and guest performers such as last year’s winner, Kayla
Valiquette, will perform in addition to contestants.
Further information - including rules and entry forms for contestants - is available at the Blairmore Legion, or by email to Kathy Lang at
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