Cochrane Eagle

Phone: 932-6588

Cochrane Times

Phone: 403-932-3500

Rocky View Weekly

Publication suspended due to the impacts of COVID19

Phone: 403-948-1885

Springbank Park Patter

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


Cochrane Foothill Protective Association – Rural Crime Watch - MARCH 2024

Your Policing Priorities and RAVE
First off, I want to invite you to the High Country Rural Crime Watch Association Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm at the Priddis Hall. After a short AGM business meeting, RCMP guests will share an update on what’s happening in the local detachment area. Then there will be a fraud and scams discussion with Q&A throughout. Refreshments will be served.

Note: you do not have to be a member of HCRCWA to attend. If you want to join HCRCWA, we’ll have sign up forms at the meeting. Because we’ve had generous sponsors, presently TC Energy, sign up is free and has been for quite some time.

Secondly, Foothills County, along with our local RCMP detachments, want to hear your thoughts on policing services within the County. You are invited to complete a survey. Please visit: . This is a great opportunity for you to
personally tell the RCMP and the County what you would like the policing priorities to be. It’s anonymous.

Now on to the main topic for this month RAVE. There is a relatively new method to receive real-time alerts from the RCMP. It is called RAVE. It is an app you can download and customize to whichever jurisdiction(s) from which you want to receive alerts. The following information is from this rural crime watch website .

“What is RAVE? RAVE is a web-based communication platform that RCMP officers are mandated to fan out real time alerts to community members in Alberta. Alerts are operational and educational in nature. They might look like BOLOs (Be On the Look Out), Crime Prevention, Victim Services, and District reports. Alerts are sent via email, text message or phone call – preference is on the account user.”

This website gives you instructions on how to sign up. It’s quite straight forward (even I could do it), and if you run into trouble with sign up there is a pop-up buddy that you can use to ask for help. You can amend or opt out of RAVE at any time.

A couple of things to note when you are signing up are: 1) if you use a phone number that uses call blocking or call control, the message will not come through on that line and, 2) when making your selections as to what jurisdictions from which you want to receive alerts, the default setting is for every jurisdiction to be selected in the sign up process, so you will have to unselect those you don’t want otherwise you are going to receive notifications from all 115+ jurisdictions across the province. I wound up with six jurisdictions selected, but you can select any number of jurisdictions that you want. You can change the jurisdictions you’ve selected at any time by logging in and clicking or unclicking on each jurisdiction.

Another feature is that you can add phone numbers to your RAVE account which can be an easy way to include other members of your family or whoever else without them having to create their own account. The whole sign-up/amendment process is quite straight-forward.

Although I don’t use my cell phone very much (poor reception), I did have to use my cell phone as the sign-up phone number as I have call control on my home phone which prevents the voice alerts from coming through. In addition to voice alerts you can also use email and text messaging to receive any alerts. RAVE recommends that you use all three message reception options, but you can choose any or all three message reception options.

Unfortunately, because I have just signed up to RAVE, I cannot give you any guidance on how many alerts you will receive. This will also be contingent upon how many jurisdictions you’ve selected.

On a related note, we need you to be aware that when HCRCWA does a fanout, for those of you who use the phone message option for receiving HCRCWA fanouts, if you have call control set to “on” on your phone, you will not receive fanout messages as the fanout phone message provider has no way of entering the number call control asks for to complete the call. If you have call control set to “off ”, you will receive the fanout message. It should be noted that we are moving away from phone callouts because of the above and the small and declining number of people who have chosen the phone method of receiving fanout messages. We strongly suggest moving to the email method of receiving HCRCWA fanout messages. By far the vast majority of HCRCWA’s 800ish members receive fanouts via the email method.

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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