A vocal critic of the NDP government’s policy on off-highway vehicles and backcountry usage restrictions is throwing his hat in the ring to run for the United Conservative Party nomination in Lethbridge-East.
Bryan Lichfield is a project manager with the City of Lethbridge, has been married 37 years and has two sons and seven grandchildren. In recent years, he has been a thorn in the NDP government’s side, especially of Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips. As the president of the Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Lichfield has led a grassroots revolt over the NDP’s decisions to make both the Castle and the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills into provincial parks and severely restrict backcountry usage of those areas.
“Throughout my life and career in public service, you see you can’t change things from the outside,” explains Lichfield about his decision to seek the UCP nomination in Lethbridge-East. “You can sit there and talk to your MLA, sit there and rally and do all the protests you want, and get people involved in trying to talk to them, but unless you got somebody on the inside nothing gets done. I feel I have to move to the inside to help the grassroots people of Alberta and have their voices heard.”
Lichfield says balance is the key to effective governance, a balance between economic, social and environmental concerns. He says when a policy is unbalanced the results are evident for all to see. He points to the supervised injection site in Lethbridge as an example of a policy which is unbalanced.
Scenic Portrait winners announced
The 2018 Scenic Portrait contest winners were announced at Casa on Sunday afternoon. There were about 30 different entrants this year, with top three standing out from the pack.
The winning team this year was photographer Crystal Kimberley, model Darien Vixton, hairstylist Kimberley Deschamps and makeup artist Erin Romero. They won for their image entitled “Untapped Freedom,” which had Vixton elegantly atop a horse with a beautiful mountain vista in the background.
Kimberley said the photo was the result of a lot of hard work, but also a happy accident.
“We were getting ready to put the horses back into the trailer when Darien said let’s go over by the retaining wall and take some pictures over there,” she said. “The results were well worth it in the end.”
Coalhurst duplex vandalized
The Coaldale RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance after a new residence under construction in Coalhurst was vandalized. On the evening of July 4 or the early morning hours of July 5, a new duplex being built in the Sundance Drive area of Coalhurst was entered by unknown individuals. The suspect(s) turned on the water, resulting in extensive flood damage estimated to be around $90,000.
A construction company representative discovered the damages hours later and reported this crime to police. It is hoped members of the public may have knowledge of those responsible for this senseless mischief. If you have information about this incident, please call the Coaldale Rural RCMP at (403) 329-5080. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Youth believed drowned
Lethbridge Fire and EMS confirmed Saturday morning an adolescent boy who went into the Oldman river Friday evening is believed drowned.
“I do not believe we will find him alive,” said Deputy Chief Dana Terry to local media at a press conference update on the situation. “Not after so long a time.”
Terry said he could give few details about what led to the boy entering the water, but expressed his regret at the loss of life.
“We don’t know what happened in this particular instance, but we see a lot of people without life jackets,” said Terry. “This incident is a reminder that the river is dangerous, and if you don’t know how to swim and have some difficulties in the water, you should be wearing a life jacket.”
Lethbridge emergency services received a call at about 7:20 p.m. Friday evening that an adolescent male had gone under the water in the Oldman River near the point in the Alexander Wilderness Park.