April 1st, 2023
 | Calgary, Alberta

Local News

Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588
Link: http://www.cochraneeagle.com/


Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500
Link: http://www.cochranetimes.com/


Rocky View Weekly

Publication suspended due to the impacts of COVID19

Phone: 403-948-1885
Link: http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/


Springbank Park Patter

c/o www.springbankpark.com
Phone: 403-242-2223


High Country News

Box 476, Bragg Creek, Ab, T0L 0K0
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Phone: 403-949-3526



Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre
Guided tours of the KOAC Sculpture Park will resume in the spring, but in the meantime you are welcome to drop by at your leisure for a self-guided tour on Thursdays through Sundays, 10am – 4pm. The west half of the park is open during these hours for self-guided visitors; if you would also like to experience the private sculpture gardens around the house and studios, please inquire about private tours at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please be aware that in the winter months the park pathways may be covered in snow and visitors assume responsibility for their own safety.


Dogs are allowed in the park during self-guided tours and they must be on-leash in order to ensure other visitors’ safety and to protect the various species of wildlife that move through the corridor. We also thank you for clean up and removal of any pet waste.


May your winter months be warmed by peace, connection, beauty and kindness.


If you’ve driven down Horizon View Road lately, near the corner of Springbank Road, you’ll notice there’s been a flurry of activity at the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre over the past few years. What was once a quiet grassy field has now been transformed into a world-class, large-scale sculpture park which is home to the artwork of many international and local artists. 


Founding member and resident at KOAC, Katie Ohe’s latest sculpture Doodle 4 is a giant bright blue playful sphere thoughtfully situated at the highest point of the sculpture park. A master of sculpture, Katie has spent the past six decades creating kinetic sculptures that many have described as mesmerizing, so it’s no surprise that this past fall she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Medal. 




Schedule a private tour or workshop for your group (minimum 6 people) during the off-season: Tickets: $25 (no charge for kids under 12 years of age)


Drop by for a self-guided tour on Thursdays through Sundays:  10:00am – 4:00pm. The west half of the park is open during these hours for self-guided visitors. Admission is by donation. 

Depending on your cup of tea, there are many ways to support KOAC. You can donate to our KOAC Signage campaign which raises funds to create signage and informational plaques for each sculpture. Or purchase a Friends of KOAC membership with prices that vary from $15 - $40. With the continued support from our many community partners, donors, sponsors, and Friends of KOAC, we will continue to build this important legacy - art-in-nature, land conservation and meaningful community building.



Rural Crime Watch

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Cochrane Foothill Protective Association – Rural Crime Watch - MAR 2023


Who to Call When

A recent Mountie Moments provided by the Turner Valley RCMP included a chart which illustrated what phone number to call in different emergency and non-emergency situations. If you
are a High Country Rural Crime Watch Association member (FYI there are almost 800 members), you would have received a Mountie Moments HCRCWA fanout that had the February 6th Mountie Moments attached which included this chart.

A quick summary is as follows: If a crime is occurring NOW, call 911. (Also use this number for medical and fire emergencies.) Call the Turner Valley RCMP non-emergency complaint line at 403-933-4262 if you need police to attend or call you back. A crime is not in progress. If you live in Rocky View County, I do not have the relevant number, but I suspect the Cochrane RCMP has a similar type of number. Call the RCMP Turner Valley Detachment Administration line at 403-933-6600 for criminal record checks, collisions, etc, AGLC permit signature, to speak to a Constable about an existing file, booking civil fingerprints, anything administrative. Please note, if you call the administration line to place a non-emergency complaint you will be transferred to 403-933-4262. Again, I presume Cochrane detachment has a similar line.

Please contact Foothills County Protective Services (Peace Officers) at 403-603-6300 M-F 8:30 to 4:30 regarding traffic, bylaw, and animal complaints. Call 1-877-603-6331 afterhours for non-urgent situations.

Moving on, it has come to my attention that there is an online scam that involves the use of a pop-up “Ask an Expert”, “Can I Help You” type of situation. The person who made me aware of this was on a valid Government of Canada Pension web site when the pop-up occurred. Given this, you would think the pop-up would be legit, but it’s not.

The pop-up asks you if want help filling out a form/application or whatever for a $2 charge. In this particular incident as soon as the person, who was on a computer, clicked yes and provided a Visa credit card number, they received a text (on their phone) from Visa asking if they wanted to allow this $71 charge on their account. (Notice the size of the charge had been changed).

The “Ask an Expert” or “Can I Help You” pop-up was not associated with the Government of Canada but is a scam/hack from individuals in another country. There have been previous instances of this scam/ hack involving Visa so Visa is aware of it and sends out an automatic notice asking if you want to go through with this charge.

A Visa employee was in touch with this person and who were informed that the scam/hack had been tried a number of times before. In this instance it appeared the scammers tried to get the $71 charge to go through a number of times, but to no avail. The scammers now had a name and credit card number so Visa cancelled the old card and issued a new one. Fortunately, Visa believes this person’s personal information, like a SIN number, was not obtained by the scammers even though it was provided to the Government of Canada website.

This is a particularly sneaky scam as you are the one initiating the process on-ine on a legitimate website. I don’t know this for a fact, but I wouldn’t be surprised if other websites are vulnerable to the same pop-up scam. So watch out for pop-ups pretending to be associated with a website that ask for a credit card number.

Just as a reminder, whenever you bank online, it is a good idea to check the URL to ensure it is your bank’s legitimate website. I don’t have any specific advice to give you to spot an illegitimate banking URL, but if you are familiar with your bank’s normal look, you should be able to spot the difference. But take the time, each time, to attempt to verify it is indeed your bank’s legitimate website.

Differences can be subtle as a scammer can “cut and paste” from a legitimate website to make theirs appear official. If you don’t have your bank’s online banking bookmarked, don’t count on Google or whatever search engine you use, to send you to the right place.

Dave Schroeder
HCRCWA Board Member



The site has been around for over a decade now and is currently being updated and revised to better reflect the Springbank area and its broad and varied community. We plan on adding Facebook to the site, as well as building a complete listing of area services and businesses, along with public interest articles, local history, and upcoming events. The site also allows for personal adds, and is meant to complement the SPFAS site and recreational activities now covered. We invite your input/comments as we go forward in helping to build our great community!


Ian Galbraith & Cindy Turner
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