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Posted July 28, 2021 4:53 pm

Aug. 30, 1934 — July 16, 2021

Pauline Pickens (nee Le Caine) of Fort Macleod passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Pauline was born on Aug. 30, 1934, to Caroline and Walter Le Caine in Wood Mountain, Sask., where she met and married Cecil Pickens on June 15, 1959. Together they moved to Fort Macleod in 1970 where they made a home and raised their family together.

Pauline is survived by her children: Philip Le Caine, Lorri (Gordon) Mackintosh, Sherri (Joe E.T.F.) Day Chief, Colleen (Ken) Anderson, Arlene (Neil) Coutts and Shannon (Dale) Pickens; her 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; her siblings: Iren (George), Lee (Barry) and Clifford (Margaret); as well as numerous other family members.

Pauline is predeceased by her husband, Cecil Pickens; her parents: Walter and Caroline Le Caine; as well as her siblings Margaret, Stella, Joe, Rose, Valerie, Doris, and Willard.

A memorial mass was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Fort Macleod,  2604 Third Ave., Fort Macleod. Inurnment to follow at Fort Macleod Union Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Posted March 24, 2020 6:14 pm

There are 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including one in Claresholm.

Posted March 21, 2020 3:45 pm

Since yesterday, 31 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total to 226. Sixteen cases are suspected to be as a result of community transmission. The rest are travel-related.

Posted March 21, 2020 11:09 am

Canada and the United States have an agreement that will restrict non-essential travel across the border, including for tourism and recreation. Canadian and American citizens and permanent residents who are currently visiting each other’s country can still return home.

Posted March 20, 2020 4:18 pm

Forty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alberta, bringing the total Friday afternoon to 195. On a positive note, three people who contracted the virus have been identified as recovered.

Posted March 17, 2020 5:29 pm

Fort Macleod Fish and Game has cancelled its awards banquet set for Saturday, March 28.

Posted March 17, 2020 5:27 pm

The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod is closed.

Posted March 17, 2020 10:59 am

Organizers decided Monday to cancel the 2020 STARS volleyball tournament in Fort Macleod.

Posted March 16, 2020 2:36 pm

Fort Macleod Skating Club cancelled all lessons and its annual carnival planned for Saturday, March 21.

Posted March 16, 2020 2:35 pm

Fort Macleod Curling Club cancelled league play and bonspiels for the rest of the season.

Posted March 15, 2020 4:42 pm

Alberta has ordered the cancellation of Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes and the closure of day cares. Approved day homes are exempt.

Posted March 15, 2020 4:39 pm

There are now 56 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Seventeen new cases have been discovered, including 14 in Calgary and three in Edmonton.

Posted March 15, 2020 1:54 pm

Lethbridge College classes are suspended on Monday and Tuesday, and will shift to alternate, online delivery models beginning Wednesday, March 18. Practicums, placements, field trips and labs are also suspended for Monday and Tuesday. The campus and all support services and resources will remain open and accessible to students, and employees will continue to work on-site.

Posted March 14, 2020 4:02 pm

Trinity United Church cancelled its services in Fort Macleod and Granum for Sunday, March 15.

Posted March 14, 2020 3:50 pm

Alberta recommends schools remain open. The World Health Organization does not recommend school closures as the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in children. Schools should take steps to protect the health of students and staff, including eliminating large gatherings of students; ensuring no more than 250 people are in the same room at any given time; and considering cancelling extracurricular activities that involve physical contact.

Posted March 14, 2020 3:45 pm

Albertans should self-monitor their air travel. Those who have recently returned to Alberta via a flight, are encouraged to visit for flight information and to self-isolate if found to be at risk of exposure. Government will post flight information that includes the flight number, date and any seats on the flight that might be at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Passengers in affected seats are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in Canada and monitor for symptoms. Other passengers are not required to self-isolate but should monitor for symptoms as a precaution.

Posted March 14, 2020 3:38 pm

Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Alberta, bringing the total to 39. Eight of the new cases are travel-related.

Posted March 14, 2020 2:18 pm

Media notice

The Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival Society Board announced the cancellation of the 2020 Festival scheduled for March 23-April 4, which includes all sessions and concerts.

Posted March 14, 2020 2:15 pm

The Correctional Service of Canada has suspended inmate visits from the public in all federal institutions. Other options are available to inmates and their family and friends to stay in contact such as video visitation or telephone.

Posted March 14, 2020 2:07 pm

Alberta Health Services has developed a simple online assessment tool to help people decide whether they need to be tested for COVID-19. Available at, This tool asks questions about symptoms and takes users through steps to help determine whether they should call Health Link at 811 for testing.

Posted March 13, 2020 4:47 pm

Fort Macleod Curling Club has cancelled its ladies bonspiel scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 13-14.

Posted March 13, 2020 4:27 pm

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Alberta, bringing the total to 29. All cases are travel-related.

Posted March 13, 2020 2:11 pm

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta cancelled its Friends of the Foundation dinner at for Thursday, March 19 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Center in Lethbridge.

Posted March 13, 2020 1:22 pm

Fort Macleod Elks decided Friday to postpone the annual gaming night set for Saturday, March 14. A new date has not been set.

Posted March 13, 2020 10:13 am

Willow Creek Gospel Jamboree cancelled its fund-raising supper and pie sale that was set for Friday, March 20 at Granum school due to COVID-19 concerns.