• 2012-03-07

    Swift Current City RCMP Detachment Your local police and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in solving the following crime:

    Sometime over the past couple of weeks, graffiti was sprayed painted on the side of the pump house in the South Side Park.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • 2012-03- 06

    Swift Current City RCMP Detachment Your local police and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers are asking for your help in solving the following crime:

    Sometime during the early morning hours of March 6th, 2012 several vehicles were entered into. This occurred in the 100 block of 6th Ave SE.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • The Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 16 at 2:00 pm from the Knox United Church with Reverend Bev Diduck officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery in Gull Lake.
    Donations to the Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, Knox United Church Memorial fund for purchase of pew cushions, Autumn House or the Charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home

  • The Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 2:00 pm from the Grace United Church with Shirley Wilson officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Donations to the Grace United Church Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Family ofMrs. Enid Hay of Gull Lake and formerly of Swift Current , wishes to announce her passing on March 15, 2012.
     A Graveside service will be held at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Centre Auxillary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • Mr. Harry Brooks of Cabri passed away on Sunday,  March 18, 2012 in Regina.
    A  memorial service will be held at a later date.
    The interment service will  take place at the Cabri Community Cemetery in Cabri.
    Donations to the Charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Culham /Bowers Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Edward James MacCallum of Swift Current will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with John Duncan officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Burial Park.
    Donations to the Prairie Pioneer Lodge Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Prayer service for Mrs. Evelyn Marie Hopfner of Ponteix and formerly of Vanguard Will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00pm from the St.Joseph Catholic Church in Vanguard with Bernadette Cey officiating.
    The Memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00 am from the St.Joseph Catholic Church in Vanguard with Father Guy Amedee and Bernadette Cey officiating. The Interment service will take place at the Vanguard Cemetery in Vanguard, at a later date.
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home or the Vanguard Cemetery Fund would be appreciated by the family.
     Arrangements entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The Memorial service for Mrs. Rita "May" Trembath of Cabri will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 2:00 pm from the Cabri Community Legion Hall with Reverend Chris Dowdeswell officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Cabri Community Cemetery.
    Donations to the Prairie Health Centre Ladies Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • Mr. Wayne A. Stein of Medicine Hat and formerly of Swift Current passed away, March 22, 2012 in Medicine Hat.
    A prayer service will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm at the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home, Swift Current.
    A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 30 at 11:00 am from the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church with Father James Owolagba officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. Helen Wotherspoon will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 2:00 pm from the Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Rob Cochrane officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
    For those wishing, donations to Gideon's International or to the Church of the Open Bible Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
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    Farmers wanting to terminate their forage stands and go back to an annual crop should take their time.

    Trevor Lennox, Swift Current Regional Forage Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, says ideally, producers should plan the termination the year before you plant the annual crop.

    “Just prior to harvesting the hay, people apply glyphosate letting that chemical on the roots to kill the forge and then harvesting the crop off as wealthy. So using that year as the termination year and the next year focusing on growing the actual crop”

    Lennox adds it's a more delicate process for farmers who want to do both in the same year.

    “If everything lines up and you get  good rain. It can work, but you've got to realize that you've got to let that forge crop first grow before you can spray it so you're gonna have late seeding on that land. You're also gonna have moisture depleted a lot in that land.”

    Lennox adds it's a more delicate process for farmers who want to terminate forages in the same year as they want to plant annuals, saying delayed seeding and moisture depletion could result on that land.

  • The Funeral service for Mr.Marvin Oraas of White Bear will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm from the Kyle Elks Community Hall with Tom Genik officiating.
    The interment service will take place at a later date.
    Donations to the Watch Tower Bible Tract Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Harriett Hildebrand of Herbert will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm from the Living Faith Fellowship Church.
    The interment service will take place at the Gouldtown Cemetery.
    For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • Mr. Edmund James John "Jack" Kimber of Tompkins passed away, March 6, 2012.
    A Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 30 at 2:00 pm from the St. Stephen The Martyr Anglican Church with Reverend Jonathan Hoskins and Reverend Eleanor Rockabar officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Tomkins Cemetery at a later date.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. LaVerne Haney of Moosomin will be held on Monday, April 2 at 2:00 pm from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
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    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    A completed free trade agreement with Japan has the potential to increase Canadian exports to the country by as much as two-thirds.

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made that comment yesterday while speaking with reporters regarding his agricultural trade mission to the country. Over the weekend it was announced negotiations have been launched to form an economic partnership agreement with Japan.

    Ritz said an agreement with Japan could provide tremendous opportunities for our ag sector, “Japan is already our agriculture industries second largest market. Importing most of their food needs, Japan represents a market approaching four billion dollars for our farmers and food processors in Canada. Japan is the most consistently large market for Canadian canola seed, second largest market for Canadian malt and pork, third largest market for Canadian Wheat, and fourth largest market for Canadian beef.”

    Ritz was asked what sort of timeline the Government was working with regarding the conclusion of the deal, “We'll were in early stages. We've done the scoping work and we've recognized the synergies between our two great nations. I know the Japanese and Canadian sides are both anxious to move forward. In all the discussions I've had with Japanese buyers in both the grain and beef and pork sectors they've all expressed a great desire to move this forward as quickly as possible.”

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    The Canadian Wheat Board will be formally known as "CWB" going forward.

    Spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry says it's part of a re-branding strategy to herald the new era for the organization.

    “It's something that I think everyone is familiar with, the word CWB, and we have in the past tried to move it towards that.”

    Fitzhenry notes they will likely continue to use the full "Canadian Wheat Board" name internationally, where it still has value and recognition with customers.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Canada and Japan have agreed to start negotiations toward a new free trade agreement, and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is welcoming it. CCA Past President Travis Toews joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on a trade mission to Asia this weekend.

    He says an economic partnership with Japan would benefit the Canadian beef industry provided the negotiations address long-outstanding issues and barriers. Toews added full, tariff-free access for Canadian beef to Japan could increase the value of Canadian beef exports to over 275 million dollars annually.

    Japan is currently the world's third-biggest economy and Canada's fifth-largest trading partner.

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    Cropportunities takes place Tuesday at the Sky Centre in Swift Current.

    Once again the event is sold out.

    Shannon Chant is the Regional Crop Specialist with Saskatchewan’s Ministry Of Agriculture.

    She says it’s a great opportunity for farmers to get a recap of what happened in the area last year as they prepare for the new growing season.

    Producers will hear about the research being done at the Wheatland Conservation Area, as well as getting insect updates, information on the new crop insurance program , a weather outlook and information on fertility and crop rotation.

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    It appears the battle over US Country of Origin Labelling is not yet over.

    The US government has announced plans to appeal the WTO panel decision on mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.

    Agriculture Minnister Gerry Ritz is disappointed with the decision, and tells us he's confident it will be upheld so trade can move more freely, benefiting producers and processors on both sides of the border.

    In November 2011 a WTO dispute panel ruled unanimously in Canada's favour, saying the American policy discriminates against Canadian livestock.
  • Barefield
    Warm weather has left many fields bare.

    La Nina has given the prairies the cold, or rather, the warm shoulder this winter.

    Bruce Burnett, Director of weather and marke analysis with the CWB, explains the most common question he's getting is why the impact of La Nina this winter is so different from last winter.

    He explains arctic oscillation has kept the storm track in the higher latitudes, preventing cold air from dipping down into the prairies.

    He says the arctic oscillation has broken down to neutral levels, meaning we should see more typical La Nina weather heading into spring.
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    The Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada says the speed the Glencore International-Viterra Deal came together in the New Western Canadian Marketing Environment did come as a bit of a surprise.

    Richard Phillips tolds us the $6.1 Billion deal bodes well for the future strength of the industry, “And it shows that not only do we think that leading farm orginizations but it's clear that alot of the agricultural industries and people over sees look at Canada as a great place to invest and a place for opportunity going forward as well. So it's good to see our own sense of optimism is also backed up by others.”

    Phillips spoke with Chris Mahoney, Director of Agricultural products of Glencore earlier this week, “He was crystal clear that it was their full intention to lead the head office in Regina, he said it was not our model to try and move stuff over to Europe or anything. Their business model is to do business in the country and to be good corporate citizens, and to continue working with farm groups like The Grain Growers of Canada on developing our domestic policies and improving the market enviorment. So we actually had a great deal of confidense following the conversation with Glencore that they intend to be good corporate citizens here in Canada.”

    As for the competitive landscape, Phillips believes this will level the playingfield regarding grain handling.

    The organization has received some concerns from farmers regarding the concentration of ownership on the farm inputs side of the deal.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business, meaning the company will have 30 percent of th efarm input business in Western Canada.

  • CIGI

    The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority would like to see the Canadian International Grains Institute move west.

    The group made the suggestion about relocating to Saskatoon during a recent visit to CIGI’s head office in Winnipeg.

    Rex Newkirk is CIGI's Director of Research and Business Development says Saskatoon has some great agricultural synergy’s as well.

    Newkirk says it’s an interesting idea but stresses no decision has been made.

    Mayor Don Atchinson says the city would welcome the facility:

    CIGI's role is to educate international customers on how to use Canadian field crops, and to research new ways of utilizing those crops.

    They have been based in Winnipeg for the last 40 years.

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    Bob Bjornerud 

    The Provincial Government is increasing its Agriculture budget by $13 million to $430.8 million.

    Almost three quarters of this year's budget will go toward fully funding business risk management programs, including AgriStability, AgriInvest and Crop Insurance.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says farm and ranch families are the backbone of our province and a priority for the government.

    The government is showing its commitment to agriculture research through a record-high research budget which includes $250,000 for a Global Institute for Food Security, which was a 2011 campaign commitment.
  • The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 19 at 2:00 pm from St. Stephen's Anglican Church with Reverend Jonathon Hoskin officiating.
    For those wishing, donations to a charity of the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home

  • The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 am from the Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating.
    The Interment Service will take place at the Herbert Cemetery.
    Donations to Westbank Bible Camp would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home

  • cwb office

    The Canadian Wheat Board has announced its first grain handling agreement for the open market.

    "We are very pleased that Cargill, with whom we've partnered very successfully in the past, has become the first player in the Canadian grain industry to find innovative ways for us to work together," said CWB President and CEO Ian White. "We can now move ahead to provide farmers with an exciting package of programs they can use with confidence in this new era."

    The agreement with Cargill will give farmers who market through the CWB access to their 30 facilities in Western Canada, along with port access at Vancouver, Thunder Bay and Baie Comeau.

    "We are also seeking agreements with all prairie grain handlers to maximize farmers' delivery options," White added. "Farmers can expect other agreements to be finalized shortly."

    The board is planning to roll out its pricing programs for farmers by the end of March.
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    Financial challenges have led the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission to increase its seed levy.

    Producers unanimously supported a resolution this week to increase the seed levy from 3 cents to 6 cents a bushel.

    Executive Director Linda Braun talks about the issues behind the increase:

    "The occurrence of triffid in the European flax supply certainly brought lots of challenges. The last two years, particularly last year, our major flax going region southeast Saskatchewan has had excessive water conditions. That moisture has certainly caused us to lose a lot of our acreage."
    The money is used to support breeding and agronomy programs that help to retain Canada’s competitive flax standing in the world.
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Josephine Cecile Grapko  of Gull Lake will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm from the St. Anne Roman Catholic Church with father Prince Kurisinkal officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery.
    Donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mrs. Clara Knelsen will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 pm from the Bridgeway Community Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.
    Arrangements entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • Irishflag

    The Province is hoping a labour recruitment mission to Ireland proves beneficial.

    A delegation of about 27 Saskatchewan employers is taking part in Irelands Working Abroad Expo.

    Duane Smith from Jay Dee Ag Tech left today and is hoping to find qualified ag technicians and geo graphic information specialists to fill about twelve positions within their nine stores in the province:

    “They have about 75, 000 people that they're trying to emigrate out of Ireland due to their high unemployment rate there. Just currently with the demand we have in our industry, and it's compounded through potash and the oil industry, its just very difficult to find these skilled workers.”

    In total the Saskatchewan delegation is looking to fill about 275 skilled jobs.

  • Richardson-International

    Richardson International is involved in Glencore’s deal to buy Viterra.

    President of Richardson International Curt Vossen said they see the employees involved as a key part of the deal, “We would be offering employment with Richardson to all affected employees in theses assests. Both country elevators, crop inputs, terminal and processing, and particularly with the processing being a unique entity all of the marketing and support activities relevant to those businesses will be included in our offer.”

    Vossen adds they will spend over 900 million dollars to acquire a number of Viterra assets, “Nineteen grain elevators across Western Canada, 13 crop input locations that are situated on the sites of those nineteen elevators. We're also acquiring a terminal elevator of the three that Viterra presently owns and operates in Thunder bay Ontario, we're buying a 25 percent share holding in the largest terminal Viterra has in Vancouver Harbour which is Cascade Terminal.”

    Richardson will also buy Can Oat Milling and Viterra’s Century Grain Processing operation in the US.

  • cattle herd

    Feed is one of the highest costs when it comes to cattle production, and as a result, producers are always looking for ways to cut costs and extend their grazing season.

    For some producers, grazing corn may be a good option: "If you get the agronomy right and if you get the proper growing conditions, no other crop can touch corn as far as tonnage per acre," said Provincial Forage Specialist Lorne Klein. "The main thing is to meter it out correctly so that you get the cow days per acre that you grow. It's not that corn is an exceptionally better crop as far as the animal is concerned, but for the producer, you can grow this huge tonnage per acre, and in order to take advantage of that, you have to manage it correctly so that the animals are actually eating the crop and not trampling it and wasting it."

    Cattlemen interested in learning more about grazing corn should register now for the Corn Agronomy and Grazing Management Video Conference on March 5th, which is a free event hosted by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture. Producers interested in taking part should pre-register before Thursday March 1st at 5:00pm by calling the Ministry of Agriculture Office in their area.
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    Senior Investment Manager,Jason Moser (PHOTO COURTSEY: PFM.CA)

    There’s a lot of optimism in the Ag sector in Saskatchewan.

    Jason Moser is a Senior Investmant Manager with PFM Capital the largest private equity firm in Saskatchewan and said, “Ag specifically but other sectors to I think there is just a good enviroment for growth specifically we have the labour force, the commodities right now are going reasonably right direction and good interest rate enviroment, so nothing can last forever nothing is perfect but general it's a good enviroment to operate in.”

    He said PFM has four key areas of investments which includes agriculture and agri-food value added products, “People are just interested in investing in Saskatchewan, in terms of actual businesses themselves to where it's ag or other spaces to they see opprotunities, so they see areas of growth or expansion so know one is quite content to stand pat for the most part.”

    PFM Capital invests in Small, Medium or Large Saskatchewan based Companies

  • viterra

    It’s official Glencore International and Viterra have reached a deal!

    Glencore will aquire all of the outstanding shares of the western Canadian agribusiness for $16.25 per share.

    Viterra's President and CEO Mayo Schmidt said “As a public company, we must grow and continue to evolve, today we are announcing Glencore has made an offer to acquire Viterra, one which our board of directors has unanimously approved. Glencore has entered into agreements with two other Canadian companies, Agrium and Richardsons, who will assume some of our businesses as well.”

    Richardson International will acquire 19 country elevators and the crop input centres co-located with those elevators including facilities in Assiniboia, Davidson, Kindersley, Unity, White City, Alameda and Maple Creek.

    Agrium will acquire the majority of Viterra's retail agri-products business including its 34% interest in Canadian Fertilizer Limited for which Agrium will pay $1.8 billion in cash.

    "I don't think we will be reducing the competition in Canada," said Chris Mahoney, Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products. "I think perhaps the reverse. If you look at what Viterra constitutes today, and if you look at our construction, yes Richardson will grow, but we will be on the scene as well. I think if you look at it in detail there will be more competition, more choice for the farmer, not less."

    The deal still must pass regulatory approval.

  • canola

    Canola values have continued to climb.

    Ken Ball, Options Broker and Analyst with Union Securities, explains the fundamentals for canola are strong, with record demand for domestic crush and export.

    He said there's concern about tight ending stocks.

    “Commercial traders are eager to get their hands on canola now rather than wait for later so they're pushing fairly hard to pull canola out of farmers hands both in the futures market and in the basis out in the country.”

    Ball says that the market is also receiving a boost from speculators and the soybean market.

    He adds that as long as the soybean market remains firm, canola prices won't fall back significantly.

    Canola has been trading at six month highs.

  • viterra terminal

    Trading of Viterra's shares have been halted again this morning.

    This morning Viterra confirmed it has begun exclusive negotiations with a third party and the basis of this exclusive negotiation is at a price which is consistent with their previous statement of approximately sixteen dollars Canadian per Viterra common share.

    Viterra cautions investors not to rely on other reports adding there is no assurance that an agreement will result.
    Viterra says a further announcement will be made if appropriate.

    The company is weighing potential takeover offers from a list of firms that may include Glencore, Cargill, ADM, Bunge and other international grain companies.

    There are also reports that Switzerland-based Glencore might have partnered with Canadian firms Richardson and Agrium in submitting a takeover bid.

  • flax

    The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission has been struggling to balance the books.

    Excess moisture in the prime flax growing area of the province combined with the Triffid issue have had a financial impact on the organization.

    As a result Chairman Lyle Simonson said the board is looking at increasing its levy to help balance the books

    “The board has come to the conclusion that we're going to have to have a doubling of our levy from a dollar eighteen per ton to two dollars thirty six cents per ton which works out to three cents a bushel to six cents a bushel”

    Chairman Simonson shared the reasoning behind increasing the levy

    “It's the result of a couple of issues first is that our export market is down from what we used to have but I think the biggest problem we've had in the last couple of years has been weather which has lowered our seeded acreage considerbly which cuts production which cuts our levy down where we're not going to be sustainable if we don't have an increase.”

    Today’s meeting is being held at the Travelodge Hotel in Regina and gets underway at 1 pm

  • viterra terminal

    Viterra has apparently established rules to review any potential takeover offers, however, the company warns it can't guarantee what price it will fetch, or that there will be any deal at all.

    U.S. based companies such as Archer Daniels Midland and Bunge Limited, as well as Hong Kong-based Noble Group Ltd., are said to be interested.

    Glencore International, a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland, has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra. The Financial Times said Thursday that Glencore was teaming up with two Canadian companies, Winnipeg grain handler Richardson International and Calgary fertilizer and ag retail company Agrium, on a joint bid.

    There’s speculation that if that bid is successful, Viterra could be split into three parts. According to a report in the Times Glencore would take the grain-handling business, Agrium would get Viterra's 261 farm product stores and Richardson would take the food-processing business.

    A foreign takeover of Viterra would be subject to a federal government review to determine whether it is of "net benefit" to the country, and with Canadian partners it may be easier for Glencore to move through the federal review process.

    Viterra won't confirm any of it and is telling its investors not to rely on such reports.
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    Provincial Ag Minister Bob Bjornerud

    Delegates attending this weeks SARM convention got some good news on the agriculture front.

    Provincial Ag Minister Bob Bjornerud announced Federal-Provincial funding of $1.8 million dollars to help producers and RM’s in the control beavers, rats, wild boars and gophers:

    “Five hundred thousand of course for beavers, we give the five hundred thousand to SARM and they adminiter it so that's going to be there again this year, some of the other funding projects that were going to take part in again in an ongoing basis, we're increasing the funding for rats to a million dollars last year we were around seven hundred fifty thousand, so were up to a million for the rat control program, I think that is very important”

    The Gopher Control Rebate Program will remain in place giving producers a 50 per cent rebate on eligible gopher control products.

    Keeping with that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency has also approved registration of two per cent liquid strychnine for use in 2012 to help control gophers.

    Meanwhile the use of Grain Bags is becoming more common on farms throughout the province and with that in mind Saskatchewan’s Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project which was introduced last year has been extended for another two years.

    Provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud made the announcement yesterday at SARMs Annual convention saying that

    “Grain bag receycling we're also going to put those dollars back in again and about two hundred ten thousand provincial funding goes into that”

    In the first year of the program, Saskatchewan farmers recycled approximately 275,000 pounds of agricultural plastics and baler twine.

    Farmers and ranchers can access collection sites across the province in Viscount, Abbey, Unity, Hirsch, Macoun, Kelvington and Prince Albert.

    Bjornerud also announced he stepping down as Ag Minister after the next cabinet shuffle sometime this spring.

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    Jay Dee Ag Tech

    The province's labour recruitment mission to Ireland seems to be a success. At least it was for Duane Smith from Jay Dee Ag Tech.

    He took part in Saskatchewan’s Job Fair Expo in Dublin and Cork and hired 3 heavy duty mechanics.

    Smith said they are still finalizing interviews with potential employees over Skype:

    “Out of the three offers we made two are slated for North Battleford, one for Unity, some of the others we're looking at for Swift Current, Maple Creek, possibly Kyle as well.”

    Smith was hoping to fill about 12 positions within their 9 stores across the province.

    He said about 20 thousand people attended the shows hoping to find a job and he found it a humbling experience:

    “It kinda of reminded me of pictures that my Dad or my Grandpa from the Dirty 30's with the number of people lined up. There's people lined up all the way around the building, down parking lots, out in the street, down the street all looking for work. Ireland is in very tough shape right now their economy is in a tough position, financially the country is struggling.”

    The province was able to start working with the new employees on the immigration requirement which is expected to take anywhere from 4 to 6 months.
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    Saskatchewan is moving up the ranks as the top agri-food exporting province in Canada.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said the province’s producers have a lot to be proud of:

    “Productivity has improved greatly and that's due to farmers and ranchers out there, of course our prices have improved on the livestock side, on the grain side our prices aren't too bad.  When you add it all together even though we had about 10 million acres unseeded last year to flooding and another 8 million this year, even in spite of that our farmers have produced so much product and of course we export so much here we're leading the country in exports”

    Bjornerud said Saskatchewan has come a long way in 2011 agri-food exports exceeded $10 billion dollars compared to the $6 billion dollars reported in 2007.

    “Hard red spring and of course winter wheat and stuff has always led the way here, but now canola has passed them and that's I think no surprise to most producers out there. Canola has been a very good crop for us, been a real good cash crop, even where we've seen in the last couple days here where prices are still improving and that's really positive for the ag sector and they really need it.”

    The province's top exported agri-food products included canola, canola oil and non-durum wheat.
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    There’s a lot of buzz around a potential takeover of Viterra.

    Glencore International a commodity and mining giant based in Switzerland has reportedly made a $5.5 billion offer to take over Viterra.

    Federal Liberal Deputy Leader Ralph Goodale believes any decisions need to be clearly thought through given the impact it can have on farmers

    "Are decisions about Canadian grain marketing better made in places like Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary," Goodale said. "Or Switzerland or Tokyo? We're losing a strong measure of Canadian influence here and I think people need to think that through."

    Goodale is calling on the Harper government to outline clear rules for foreign takeover bids of Canadian companies.

    "So that the company in Saskatchewan will know where it stands," Goodale said. "Any foreign buyers or other buyers... would know where they stand, and the public and Canadian farmers would know where they stand as well."
    Premier Brad Wall has said that Viterra Inc. does not fit Saskatchewan's definition of a strategic asset adding that    the province would need to weigh the fiscal and economic impacts of a potential takeover
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    This week is Canadian Farm Safety Week, and most of Canada's farmers see safety as a priority on their farms.

    Farm Credit Canada released its second farm safety report card last fall. The survey showed that while more emphasis is being placed on safety around children, chemicals and safe handling equipment there’s still a lot to be done. Only 76% of producers who responded said they replace safety guards on equipment, 73% train new workers and only 69% routinely check and manage hazards.

    The campaign is organized by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Farm Credit Canada And Agriculture And Agri-Food Canada.

  • cover crop

    We are starting to see some interest in the idea of cover crops. The concept has been refined over the years in the US as a way to improve the organic matter, and water holding capacity in the soil.

    The Southwest Forage Association held its AGM on Friday, and the group's keynote speaker was Kevin Elmy of Friendly Acres Seed Farm at Saltcoats, who spoke on the benefits of using cover crops to improve the soil profile.

    "We've been researching it for about four years now in our area," Elmy said. "We've used cover crops to seed winter triticale for the last two years, and this past year, where we used the cover crop, it was about a 10-bushel yield advantage without the inputs, so we're dollars ahead using them."

    Farmers create crop diversity by throwing together a variety of six or twelve crops, and each crop brings improvements such as a longer tap root for improved soil moisture or the nitrogen benefits of a pulse crop that remain in the soil.

    The Forage association has received funding for research into the benefits of cover crops in drier areas such as the southwest.

  • viterra terminal

    Trading of shares in Viterra, Western Canada's largest grain handler, was halted today after the company acknowledged the possibility it could be taken over.

    A statement from its head office acknowledged it has "received expressions of interest" from unnamed third-parties.

    Its stock rose nearly 25% in early afternoon trade.
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    The North American Cattle Market is losing some of its upward momentum.

    Market Analyst Jerry Klassen says demand rationing at the consumer level is putting pressure on prices throughout the whole supply chain, and feedlot owners are cutting back.

    "We're still seeing the cow/calf operator hold back on heifers and expand the herds, but the feedlot operator is backing away from the market," Klassen said. "That's why we've seen some volatile price action in the feeder market after Christmas, and now it seems like we are starting to take the edge off, and I wouldn't be surprised if the market starts to soften a little bit more into the summer months."

    Klassen notes prices are still at near-historical high levels, after a two-year rally in feeder cattle prices, and adds the market is likely defining its upward limit.
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    Farmers looking to market their grain through the CWB are taking part in the boards grower link meetings.

    Gord Flaten is Vice President of Marketing and Sales says they plan to offer two pools and three cash contracts.

    About 140 people took part in the meeting yesterday in Swift Current.

    Today's meeting is in Moose Jaw while a luncheon is set for Friday in Weyburn.

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    Cattlemen had a chance this week to learn more about how corn could be an option to reducing feeding costs.

    Dr. Bart Lardner was one of the presenters involved in the Corn Agronomy and Grazing Management Video Conference

    He has been doing some work with Corn at the Western Beef Development Center at Lanigan

    More information on corn production is available from Saskatchewans Ministry of Agriculture website

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    This week's snowfall has caused challenges for drivers, but is a welcome site for many farmers concerned about soil moisture.

    Drew Lerner with World Weather Inc was the keynote speaker at the Cropportunities event in Swift Current Tuesday.
    About 240 producers came out to hear Lerner's weather forecast

    He told the group he expects to see some more snowfall ahead which will definitely help some of the drier areas with soil moisture for the spring.

    "I'm not sure it's going to be phenomenally significant," Lerner said. "We will definitely make up for a little bit of lost time. The storm systems are all going to have a weakness though. We shouldn't see the big blizzards we've seen in the past, at least not right away. I think there will be a chance for something like that to evolve, but not necessarily in the next few weeks. A little later when we want it to warm up we will probably run into a cold surge and a blizzard like storm system."

    Lerner anticipates we could see a slightly below average temperatures and more precipitation through the spring as La Nina begins to dissipate in April and May.

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    Shaunavon's most famous athlete has added another honour to her legacy.

    Hayley Wickenheiser's four points helped lead the University of Calgary Dinos to their first CIS women's hockey championship over the weekend.

    It was hard for her to say where the win stands in her storied career.

    "Right up there I'd have to say," Wickenheiser said. "The girls on my team are asking me if this is what the Olympics are like and for them it was winning the Olympics, for me it was the same kind of feeling you go through the ups and downs of the season you work with your team so much"

    The Dionos weren't expected to win it all.

    “For us to win and have the season we had with a team that was pretty underated and not a lot of super top end skill I thought we had a really sucessful year and the girls acheived everything they could.

    Swift Current's Jenna Smith also played for the Dinos.

    Wickenheiser will next head to Ottawa in a couple of weeks to prepare for the World Hockey Championship.

    Her rivals from the US are two-time defending champions of that tournament.

    Interview with Hayley Wickenheiser:

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    The Kyle Elks

    The Kyle Elks have advanced to the Senior Provincial 'C' Final.

    They beat the Bethune Bulldogs 5-1 last night to capture the South Final 2 games to 1.

    They'll meet the Davidson Cyclones in the Final.

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    Every young hockey player dreams about it.

    Scoring the game winning goal in overtime of the championship game.

    Swift Current's Evan Vossen lived out that dream leading his McGill Redmen to the CIS hockey championship over Western last Sunday.

    "Growing up you always dream of being that hero," Vossen said. "I was just lucky enough to get that. Some people have been saying you couldn't (write) a better script. It's storybook. It's a great feeling and I'm very proud of our accomplishment.

    It was the final game of Vossen's college career and he went out on top as the first captain of a University Cup winner at McGill.

    He played five seasons at McGill after spending his junior days with La Ronge of the SJHL.

    Vossen is hoping to continue his hockey career next season and he'll be exploring his options.

    Interview with Evan Vossen:

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    Heartbreak for Swift Current's Joel Rumpel and the Wisconsin Badgers.

    Denver beat them 3-2 in overtime Sunday to take their NCAA Division 1 hockey best of three playoff series 2 games to 1.

    Rumpel stopped 97 of the 102 shots he faced in the Wisconsin goal throughout the three games of the series. He had a shut out in game 1.

    The former Home Hardware Legionnaire also won his conference rookie of the week award three times this season.

    Click here for more details on the game
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    The Shaunavon Badgers take a 2-0 lead over the Leader Flyers in the best-of-five Whitemud League Final Series into game three tonight in Shaunavon.

    Face-off is at 7:30pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre.

    The Kyle Elks took game one of the best of three Provincial Senior C final with a 9-4 win over Davidson, with game two in Davidson on Friday.

    The Swift Current Female Bantam Colts took game one of the provincial final with a 4-1 win over Estevan, and game two of the two-game total-point series is Friday in Estevan.

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers tied Birch Hills 3-3 in the first game of their provincial final, with game two set for Shaunavon on Saturday.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes can punch their ticket to the league final with a win over Lumsden/Bethune today in Lumsden. The Hurricanes won game one of the best-of-three series 8-3 on Thursday.
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    The Comp Colts and Ardens Wrestling teams wrapped up their season by attending the SHSAA Provincial wrestling championships hosted by the University of Regina over the weekend.

    13 athletes wrestled in the tournament.

    Natasha Cleaveley earned a Silver Medal in the 90 kg Female class.
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    Action from the 2010 Ford World Womens Curling Championships in Swift Current

    A steal of three in the eighth end helped Edmonton's Heather Nedohin and Team Canada get past the USA 8-7 in their opening game of the Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge on Saturday.

    Canada takes on China this afternoon and Switzerland tonight.

    Meanwhile, Scotland escaped with an 8-7 win over Russia in their opening game, as Russian skip Anna Sidrova ended up just light on her final shot to nudge the Scottish shot stone off of the button. Swift Current's Kelly Wood, who won silver as a third with Scotland at the 2010 Worlds, is the alternate for Eve Muirhead's rinkwho will have games against Germany and Denmark today.
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    Sask Landing Golf Course

    This is no April Fools joke... the golf season is starting on the last day of March.

    Sask Landing General Manager and Head Pro Ryan Neustaeter said prep is underway, “Today they are just pulling off all eighteen tarps and we're planning on opening Saturday morning. All eighteen holes are going to be fully operational with power carts.”

    Neustaeter added the course wintered well and the greens are looking good, “It wintered fairly well, its been a fairly mild winter. The greens look good and I don't think it would matter either way we're able to golf April 1 or March 31 so it doesn't get much better than that.”

    Today is also the first day for the driving range at the Chinook Golf Course in Swift Current.

    Interview with Sask Landing General Manager and Head Pro Ryan Neustaeter:
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Details about cuts to the federal ag budget will be known within the next few weeks, according to the federal agriculture minister.

    Budget documents outline a plan to reduce Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's departmental spending by $310 million or around 10 percent within three years.

    "Over the coming days and weeks we'll be outlining those particular movements," says Gerry Ritz. "Our government was elected on a promise to balance our budget. That's exactly what we're doing by finding efficiencies and administrative cost savings throughout the entire department and CFIA."

    Ritz says funding for farm business risk management programs past 2013 has yet to be determined.

    "We're in the final year of the existing program suite, so as you know we're working with the industries, provinces and territories on the next suite of programming to take effect roughly a year form now," he says.

    Included in the $310 million cut to AAFC's core budget is a plan to reduce Canadian Food Inspection Agency spending by $56 million by 2014-15. Ritz says food safety will not be compromised.

    "There are no cuts to food safety coming through. The CFIA will be re-focusing its efforts more to the food safety side than anything to do with quality or labeling issues," he explains. "We'll be continuing to analyze what CFIA does best and what is required by consumers in Canada, and predominantly that's the food safety issues."

    Although there were no new ag-specific research initiatives announced in the budget, Ritz says they're continuing with a number of ag research programs. Contrary to what farm groups have said about public research support falling short, Ritz argues public funding for ag research remains strong. For example, the Grain Growers of Canada say it would take increased investment of $26 million per year, for 10 years, to return to 1994 public ag research funding levels.

    "We've gone back and analyzed our research. There's concern that we're not spending as much, but we certainly are. We're outspending 1994 levels even with inflation figured in," he says. "We'll continue to do that. We have the AgriInnovation fund and a number of other initiatives that all speak to sound research and development. We have a number of different initiatives that all coupled together show that we're very serious about innovation."

    Budget highlights:

    - $310 million in cuts to AAFC's departmental budget by 2014-15. $56 million of these cuts will be to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
    - $44 million over two years to transition the Canadian Grain Commission to a sustainable funding model.
    - $99.2 million over three years for permanent flood mitigation measures for the 2011 floods.
    - $51.2 million over two years for streamlining the food safety regulation process, split between the CFIA, Public Health and Health Canada.
    - commitment to implement the Canada-U.S. Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation. 

    Gerry Ritz talked about the budget in a teleconference from Regina this morning:

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    South West Terminal's main terminal located east of Gull Lake (Photo: South West Terminal)

    A local producer-owned terminal is the latest grain handler to give farmers the opportunity to sell their grain through the new CWB. South West Terminal out of Gull Lake entered into a new agreement with CWB, which will give producers the option to access the board's pooling and cash contract programs, or sell directly to the terminal.

    General Manager Monty Reich says they felt it was important to team up with CWB in the transition to an open market, “There were many producers that were concerned of the wheat board losing the monoply and with us having now that option for producers to sell to the wheat board and specifically to use their pooling options we felt it was important that we had those options for our producers.”

    Reich said this agreement will offer more options for producers, “Over the years producers have been wanting more marketing options. This will allow producers to sell cash or defer direct to South West Terminal or if they prefer to use the new Canadian Wheat Board they can use their pooling options or their cash or their deferred options as well.”

    The announcement was made yesterday, the same day CWB announced their new post-single-desk pricing programs.

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    The CWB has officially entered the open market.

    President and CEO Ian White launched the new pool and cash contracts Thursday morning. "Two pools, three cash contract programs and malting barley production contracts are now available for farmers to sign," says White.

    He says the CWB will be a viable option for marketing grain. "The programs we are unveiling today can deliver what farmers want. They are the product of a great deal of work and a lot of consultation with farmers themselves," he says. "We know many farmers want to use price pooling because they understand its benefits. The CWB is the only marketer that offers pooling for farmers."

    Chief Operating Officer Ward Weisensel also announced the CWB has reached a handling agreement with South West Terminal, based out of the Gull Lake area in southwest Saskatchewan. A handling agreement with Cargill was announced earlier this month, and Weisensel says they expect to finalize agreements with other handlers in the next few weeks.

    "We expect to reach agreements very quickly with all prairie grain companies," he says.

    He notes price indicators for the CWB's new programs are posted and will be updated in real-time on the CWB website. "Farmers can now come to us with all their marketing needs, and we will be working very hard to earn and retain their business. We believe we can serve farmers very well in the new era that we're facing together," says Weisensel.

    The CWB's New Programs:

    Price pools

    Pooling is a time-tested strategy for risk management, ensuring farmers are never forced to take prices from the bottom of the market, or left chasing an elusive market high. Instead, it returns the average received from all markets across the entire pooling period, meaning farmers keep all of the profits from their grain sales and share in any price rallies that occur after they sign a contract. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Harvest Pool: runs from August 1 to July 31. Sign-up ends October 31. Twelve reference grades for Canada Western Red Spring wheat, five reference grades for durum, plus Canada Prairie Spring Red wheat, Canada Western Red Winter wheat and two-row malting barley. Delivery is guaranteed by July 31. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Early Delivery Pool: runs from August 1 to January 31. Sign-up ends September 28. Delivery is guaranteed by January 31. Same grades as above. Can be signed directly with the CWB, with grain-handler chosen later.

    Cash contracts

    Cash contracts can be used in combination with price pooling to build a complete marketing strategy, tailored to suit farmers' individual risk and financial objectives. A wide range of reference grades are offered. Target pricing is also available. Sign-up begins March 29.

    Deferred-Delivery Contract: provides upfront price certainty. Farmers lock a flat price and reference grade, then negotiate a delivery date with their grain handler.

    Futures-First Contract: fixes a futures-based value derived from farmers' choice of grain futures exchange and maturity, with basis and reference grade locked in later. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls. Futures can be locked in directly with the CWB.

    Basis-First Contract: fixes a basis and reference grade, with a futures-based value locked in later. The basis is fixed through their grain handler. Farmers negotiate their delivery period, pay no brokerage fees and have no margin calls.

    Real-time pricing: Farmers can find real-time price indicators from the CWB's Web site or by calling the CWB, with values that change daily between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. as markets fluctuate. A handy online tool has been developed to make it easy for farmers to follow CWB prices.

    Malting barley production contracts

    A production contract guarantees a market for a farmer's malting barley, even before seeding or harvest. It provides assured access to the CWB malting barley pools, plus the option to switch to a cash contract. These contracts are available for two-row malting barley.
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    The announcement Canada and Japan have begun negotiations on a free trade agreement is welcomed news for Canada's Canola Growers. Rick White is the Executive Director Of The Canadian Canola Growers Association.

    He told us the Japanese markets is very important, and believes a deal would provide more stable and expanded market access, “Very reliable market and typically they take anywhere from 2.1 to 2.2 million tons of seed canola every year it's very stable. We think we can grow that and this agreement will hopefully allow us to expand into that market even more. We'd like to start shipping more of our value added product like canola oil as well as apposed to just seed.”

    White adds the Japanese market is a very lucrative one for canola growers,“The market potential there is quite substantial, I can't put a number on it but I think you can have quite a substantial increase because we are a very reliable supplier. We will be producing about 15 million tons in Canada and the Japanese market representing over 2 million tons of that we can handle alot more of their business.”

    Japan is the world's third largest economy and vegetable oils are a mainstay of the Japanese diet, with canola oil being the number one vegetable oil consumed in the country.

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    Two local products and the University of Calgary Dinos take their first run at the CIS Women's hockey championship this weekend.

    Shaunavon hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser and former Diamond Energy Wildcat Jenna Smith helped take Calgary to a Canada West championship.

    Smith thinks it will give them some momentum this weekend.

    “I know we're in a tough pool but, I think we're all pretty confident after winning that title and hopefully that we'll carry on.”

    Smith says it helps playing with a Canadian hockey star like Wickenheiser.

    “She teaches you a lot. She definitely helps you when you're stressed out or when you're in a tough situation or a close game. She just know exactly what to say.”

    The Dinos won't have it easy as they start their round robin against defending champion McGill tonight at 8pm.

    Todd Vallee interviews Jenna Smith:
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    A big tournament win for the 15U Junior SunDogs girls club volleyball team this weekend.

    They went 4-1 in matches and 8-3 in sets to win the event in Moose Jaw.

    "It was a surprising weekend for all of us," said Coach Tyler Byers. "Our last tournament didn't go as hot. Our girls pulled together and everybody had a highlight in every game."

    Bryers believes they found their sense of urgency after a weak start. 

    "I think we got a lot of confidence this weekend," said Byers. "It's a stepping stone into the next tournament in Saskatoon. There will be bigger games and bigger teams. I think we are ready for it now." 

    The SunDogs came back from down 24-17 in one set that Byers called the "turning point" of the tournament. 

    They beat the Moose Jaw Outerlimits, PVC Element, Martensville and Regina. Their only loss game to the Southshore Stingers.

    Their tournament in Saskatoon starts on March 24th.

    Interview with Tyler Byers:
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    The 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games will be held in Meadow Lake from July 29th to August 4th.

    The Southwest District for Culture, Recreation and Sport (formerly Zone 3) will be holding tryouts for the Female soccer team at the Fieldhouse in Moose Jaw on March 25th. The two evaluation sessions will run from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00PM to 3:30 PM. Athletes born in 1999 and 2000 are eligible to participate and must reside within the zone boundaries.

    For further information contact Dale Perry at 773-2731 or by email at [email protected].
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    Congratulations to the Herbert boys High School Basketball team, who beat Chief Poundmaker 87-73 to win the 1A Boys Regional Final on home court Saturday.

    They move on to HOOPLA in Regina next weekend where they'll battle Craik in the provincial semi-final.

    Unfortunately, the Frontier Girls and Shaunavon Boys lost their regional finals, and their seasons have now ended. Frontier dropped a 63-57 decision to Foam Lake in the 1A Girls Regional Final in Foam Lake, and Shaunavon lost the 3A Boys Regional Final 85-79 to the home team from Moosomin.

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    Erin Hoffman with the Wildcats

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats are pleased to announce that graduating forward, Erin Hoffman, will be playing for the Assiniboine Community College Cougars next season. 

    Hoffman, a product of Major, Saskatchewan will be enrolled in the Business Administration program at Assiniboine Community College. 

    The Cougars play against teams in the Manitoba Junior Women's Hockey League and exhibition games against U.S. college programs. 

    The Wildcats would like to wish Erin all the best next year at Assiniboine Community College.
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    The nice weather we have seen has had some farmers thinking more and more about seeding.

    Ralph Howes, Farm Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, is reminding farmers that their Crop Planning Guides are now available on the Ministry's website.

    “Farmers are making decisions as to what to grow and this provides some average projections for cost of production for the principle crops and even specialty crops grown in the province.”

    Howes adds that along with the guides, there is also a Crop Planner that lets farmers to draw up their own scenarios by entering input costs and yield expectations.

    “This allows them to do break even scenarios and the crop planner saves them a lot on projections through computerized form.”

    Both the Crop Planning Guides and the Crop Planner are available on the Ministry of Agriculture's website.

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    CWB Office

    The U.S. Department Of Agriculture will release its critical “Prospective Plantings” report this week, and the corn figure that accompanies it will more than likely have a significant impact on the markets one way or another.

    The report will be released Friday.

    CWB Market Analyst Andrew Wark said, “The U.S corn crop potentionally could be anywhere from 92-95 million acres. The USDA is going to release a report showing perspective plantings and if that's anywhere 94 million acres and above then thats going to be very very barest to the market. But if that comes in a little bit lower than that in the 92-93 range that could actually spur things up.”

    According to the CWB's latest pool return outlook market commentary, wheat is still largely supported by current corn values, and any drop in corn prices will likely result in a drop in wheat values. Meanwhile global malting barley premiums have narrowed this month as falling malting barley values meet increasing feed barley prices.

    If malting barley premiums continue to fall, it could put malting barley area at risk in Canada and Europe, as farmers may be reluctant to grow malting varieties.

    That from CWB Market Analyst Andrew Wark, “We have seen over the last four months, these premiums have narrowed down significantly as the price of seed barley has increased and feed demand has switched from corn to barley over the last year. So now were at a stage here where premiums are getting down to a point where farmers may consider not growing malting barley varieties instead of feed barley varieties or instead of barley all together.”

    Wark says if that turns out to be the case and there is a reduction in the production forecasts for those countries it could be potentially positive in the long run.

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    Swift Current Bronco General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb announced that they have called up Bronco prospect defenceman Brycen Martin.

    Martin tallied 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games played with the Calgary Buffaloes of the AMHL this season.  He also recently represented Team Canada at the first-ever 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games where he notched five assists in the tournament.

    “We are very excited to have Martin join our team for the duration of the season,” states Mark Lamb.  “His (Martin’s) team was beat out of the playoffs, so he was available to join us.  He will be a very big asset for our team in the future and we are excited to showcase his abilities in front of our fans at the next two home games.”

    Martin was selected 2ndoverall by the Broncos in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  He is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Broncos play the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre.
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    Hand shakes after last night's 4-3 Hurricane victory.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes moved on to the second round of playoffs in thrilling fashion last night.

    Jayden Roosen scored the go-ahead goal with just 48 seconds left in regulation to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Notre Dame Argos, and a 2-1 series win.

    Dalton Menke factored in all of the other Hurricanes goals with a hat trick.

    Coach Tim Tisdale says it was great to win against a team that has played them hard all year.

    “We've seen each other nine times now and we had no surprises out there but we stuck with it, they scored a deflection goal early on and it didn't look good but the guys stayed with the gameplan and Menke scored a big goal for us.”

    The top-ranked Hurricanes advance to the league semi-finals where they will face Lumsden/Bethune, whom they beat three of four times this season.

    Interview with Tim Tisdale:

    Interview with Dalton Menke:
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    The season is over the the female Swift Current Midget AA Titans.

    Down by a goal after game 1 of the two game total point series with Weyburn, the two teams tied at 2 last night to give Weyburn the series victory.

    Swift Current had several late chances including two waved off goals in the final two minutes.

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    Swift Current against Lumsden Bethune earlier this season

    The second round of the playoffs starts tonight at home for the Swift Current Midget AA K-Motel Hurricanes.

    They're taking on the Lumsden Bethune Lions.

    The Hurricanes advanced to the second round with a dramatic game 3 victory over the Notre Dame Argos. They scored twice in the final minutes to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

    "They're excited." said Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale. "To win that way that just carries over. I would have liked to play the next day just to keep the momentum going. I think our guys are focused now. We had a little bit of a scare, but I think they're ready to go and excited to play."

    The Hurricanes went 3-1 against the Lions this season and outscored Lumsden Bethune 23-9. Their only loss came back in November.

    "We've had some good success against them this year," said Tisdale. "Over the last three games that we've played we've I believe held them to only two goals. That's going to be the key. They have an explosive offence with the leading scoring in the league (Tyson Scott). We have to focus on him and shut him down."

    Scott has 86 points in 39 regular season, provincial and playoff games. The Hurricanes are led by Hayden Johnston who has 72 points in 41 games.
    Game time is 7:15pm at the Fairview West Arena. Game 2 goes Sunday in Lumsden and game 3 if necessary would be next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    Todd Vallee interviews Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale:
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    The Swift Current Broncos gather on the ice after Friday night's game (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos were on home ice for the last time this season, losing 5-3 to the Saskatoon Blades in front of a large crowd at the Credit Union iplex last night.

    It was the last home game for overage players Taylor Vause, Brad Hoban and Jon Groenhyede. Vause opened the scoring for the Broncos with his 37th of the season in the first period, then set up Hoban's milestone 20th goal and 50th point in the second period. Reece Scarlett had the other Broncos goal, while Groenhyede made 24 saves, as the Broncos outshot the Blades 33-29.

    The Blades were led by a pair of goals from Josh Nicholls, and Nick Zajac, Matej Stransky and Connor Cox had a goal each. Blades' goalie Andrey Makarov made 30 stops in his net.

    The Broncos held their year-end awards ceremony before the game, with captain Taylor Vause picking up a team-leading eight awards. The list of award winners follows:

    • Tom Ham Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman) - Reece Scarlett
    • Pioneer Co-op Trophy (Most improved Player) - Richard Nedomlel
    • RBC Financial Group Award (Chairman of the Boards) - Andy Blanke
    • Standard Motors Award (Rookie of the Year) - Coda Gordon
    • Trophy Towne Award (Most Sportsmanlike) - Brad Hoban
    • Gord May Memorial (Top Scholastic Achievement) - Andy Blanke
    • Three Stars Award (sponsored by Precision Well Servicing) - 1) Jon Groenhyede, 2) Brad Hoban, 3) Ryon Moser
    • Innovation Credit Union Coaches Award - Adam Lowry
    • MacBean Tessem Trophy (Top Scorer) - Taylor Vause
    • Warren's Funeral Home Award (Leadership and Maturity) - Taylor Vause
    • Swift Current Hockey Hounds Award (Humanitarian of the Year) - Taylor Vause
    • Barker's Jewellery Award (Fan's Most Popular) - Taylor Vause
    • Charlotte Letkenam Memorial Award (Desire and Sportsmanship) - Taylor Vause
    • JayDee AgTech Award (King of the Road)  - Taylor Vause
    • Western Financial group Award (Player's Most Popular) - Taylor Vause
    • Julie Forst Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) - Taylor Vause

    The Broncos wrap up the season in Saskatoon tonight with a 7:05pm face-off from Credit Union Centre. The game coverage on the Eagle 94.1 starts at 6:30pm.

    Highlights from Friday's game on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin talks with graduating players Jon Groenhyede, Taylor Vause and Brad Hoban during the post-game show on the Eagle:

    Shawn and Terry Pavely talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider:

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    Hurricanes versus Wings Game 1 March 26

    The champagne is on ice... for now.

    The Swift Current K-Motel Hurricanes had an opportunity to win the South Saskatchewan Midget AA Championship last night, but fell 8-4 in Weyburn. The best of three series is now tied with the third and deciding game coming next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    Phillip Gossard, Dalton Menke, George Hudec and Red Fritzke scored for Swift Current in a losing cause. Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale called it a “very” off game.

    "I think it was a combination of things," Tisdale said. "Weyburn played desperate hockey. They scored on every opportunity they had, they got every bounce that they could possibly get. It was just one of those nights where everythign that could go wrong went wrong."

    The deciding game is scheduled for next Wednesday in Swift Current.

    The Hurricanes have yet to win on the road during the playoffs, but they're also unbeaten at home.

    Interview with Tim Tisdale:
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    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

    Highlights of Swift Current's 4-3 win over Kootenay last night at the Credit Union iPlex. The Broncos are in Prince Albert on Friday and back home to play the Raiders on Saturday.

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    Glenn Howard and his rink claimed the Tim Hortons Brier Tankard Sunday in Saskatoon (Photo: Canadian Curling Association)

    Glenn Howard and Team Ontario captured the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon with an 7-6 victory over Alberta's Kevin Koe in the final Sunday night.

    It was Howard's sixth final as a skip in the last seven years, but only his first victory since 2007.

    Team Howard will represent Canada at the World Men's Curling Championships in Basel, Switzerland at the end of the month.

    In other curling news, Canada's Brendan Bottcher is the world junior curling champion, as the Edmonton skip needed only eight ends to beat Sweden 10-4. The victory is Canada's first junior men's title since 2003.

    And next week's Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge lost some star power this weekend, as Andrea Schoepp, the German skip who won the World Championship in Swift Current two years ago, pulled out of the competition on Saturday after suffering a broken leg.

    This year's worlds begins on Saturday with Heather Nedohin representing Canada.
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    The Gull Lake Pee Wee girls pulled off their own version of the championship double dip.

    After winning a second consecutive "B" provincial crown, Gull Lake swept the Eatonia, Eston, Elrose club 5-2 and 5-0 to win their league championship.

    They still have more hockey to go with the March Ice tournament in Saskatoon at the end of the month.

    Here is a report on the league final from one of the parents:
    "The very well attended first game, of the best of three, was played in Gull Lake on March 10th with a final  score of 5-2 for the Greyhounds over the Triple E Huskies (Eatonia, Eston, Elrose). Goal scoring was as follows: Taylor Kirwan - unassisted, Dayna Winzer - assisted by Morgan Reznechenko, Laura Fiddler - assisted by Chelsea Wilson and Courtney Bredahl, Taylor Kirwan - unassisted & Morgan Reznechenko - assisted by Dayna Winzer and Taylor Kirwan.

    Then Sunday March 11th the Greyhounds travelled to Eatonia and once again came out on top 5-0.  Dayna Winzer put a natural hat trick of 3 goals on the board with assists from Shae-Lynn Bauer, Morgan Reznechenko & Mardi Yarshenko, followed by a goal from Tinia Mosquito, assisted by Taylor Kirwan,  then another goal from Winzer, assisted by Reece Girodat. Keara Zoerb recorded the shut out in net for the Greyhounds." 

     In other local female hockey, the Swift Current Midget AA Titans host Weyburn Wednesday night at 7:15 at the Fairvew West Arena.

    It's the second and deciding game of their playoff series.

    Weyburn leads the total point series by a goal.
  • chinook 3

    Our junior curling finished up with the district championships held on March 2/3. Thanks to Fox Valley (commissioners Steve Anton and Barry Martin) and Burstall (Carson Benallack and Brenda Garthus) for hosting. Our finals were as follows:

    Girls – Maple Creek defeated Swift Current Comp

    Boys – O.M. Irwin defeated Shaunavon

    Open – Stewart Valley defeated Maple Creek.

    The Swift Current Comp wrestling team and their coaches Dan Marchand and Allan Blanke travelled to Prince Albert on March 3 to take part in the SHSAA regional wrestling competition. Capturing regional titles were Taylor Grose in the 90 kg category and Natasha Cleaveley in the 90 kg category. A total of 13 Swift Current wrestlers advanced to provincials in Regina on March 9 and 10. Congratulations to Natasha Cleaveley who captured the silver medal in her weight category! Other top 6 finishers included:

    Ian Hymers – 6th in 59 kg

    Cam Hymers – 6th in 69 kg

    Taylor Grose – 5th in 90 kg

    Cam Davison – 6th in 98 kg

    Frontier Raiders basketball team captured the SWAC senior girls league title with a 62-52 win over Shaunavon Silhouettes on March 6. It was an extremely exciting game. High scorer for Frontier was Megan Fyfe with 16 pts while Lacey Pritchard led the Silhouettes with 15 pts. Congratulations to the Raiders and their coach Darryl Anderson.

    The SHSAA provincial basketball playoffs have started. Conference play offs are the first level and were held at many locations throughout the province. We hosted 1A boys in Herbert (commissoner Tracy Miller), 3A girls in Maple Creek (commissioner Todd Anaka) and 4A boys in Swift Current (commissioner Adam Jackson). Thanks to all these schools for hosting. Congratulations to our conference champions:

    Herbert boys captured the 1A boys’ title with a 100-92 win over Craik in the final.

    Herbert girls received the 1A girls’ title with a win over Regina Western Christian 87-43 followed by the final over Central Butte 59-18.

    Frontier girls, also 1A, played in Bengough and beat Rockglen in the final 78-32.

    In 3A boys’ action, Shaunavon travelled to Biggar and won by a score of 84-63.

    Also advancing will be the Swift Current Ardens and Colts. The Colts hosted 4A boys’ action. They beat Moose Jaw Peacock in the first game (74-50) but lost to Moose Jaw Central in the final – 56-35.

    The Ardens were in Kindersley. They won their first game against the host team (80-24) then lost a close one to Meadow Lake 57-50. This put them in the consolation final in which they beat North Battleford John Paul 58-25.

    Shaunavon and Maple Creek girls both took part in 3A girls’ conference play in Maple Creek. Shaunavon lost to Assiniboia 66-55 while Maple Creek lost to Regina Christian 60-33. The Maple Creek boys travelled to Biggar where they lost to the host 71-56.

    The next level of provincial play will be March 16/17. We will host 1A boys in Herbert. Teams from Southey, Chief Poundmaker and Hepburn will be in attendance. Herbert will play Southey at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 16.

    Our other teams will all be on the road.

    Frontier girls go to Foam Lake.

    Herbert girls go to Melfort.

    Shaunavon boys go to Caronport.

    Swift Current Ardens go to Humboldt

    Swift Current Colts go to North Battleford.

    Good luck to all our teams on the road to HOOPLA!


  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers can wrap up the Whitemud League Championship with a win tomorrow night after they took a 2-0 stranglehold in the best-of-five series with a 4-2 win over Leader last night.

    Game three goes tomorrow night at 7:30pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Female Bantam Colts play game one of the Provincial final against Estevan this afternoon at 2:00pm from the Credit Union iplex.
  • badminton1

    The Swift Current Comprehensive High School will be hosting the
    Senior Badminton Home Tournament on Saturday March 31st 2012

    Teams attending:

    Swift Current
    Maple Creek
    Gull Lake

    Tournament Format:

    The tournament begins at 9:30 am on Saturday and will end around 5:00 pm on Saturday.

    The tournament will be a round robin format with 2 pools of 5 or 6 teams

    Top 2 or 3 teams in each pool will advance to the playoffs.

    Gold and silver medals will be awarded in each category.

  • frontierraidersbasketball2012

    The 2012 SWAC Senior Girl Champion Frontier Raiders:
    Back row L to R: Manager Lucy Legge, Hope Anderson, Haley George, Kaleisha Heggestad, Skylar Kluzak, Coach Darryl Anderson.
    Middle row L to R: Alana Kluzak, Peyton Miller, Megan Fyfe, Melissa Anderson, Adrienne Keith.
    Front row L to R: Samantha Glenn and Tanner Jensen.

    Last night the Frontier Raiders hosted the Shaunavon Silhouettes in the SWAC Senior Girls Basketball League final.

    Frontier captured the title by beating Shaunavon 62-52 to capture the title.
  • SwiftCurrentMinorHockey

    The Swift Current female Bantam Provincial Colts beat Saskatoon 2-1 to win the North Final.

    They'll play Estevan for the provincial title.

    The Re/Max Midget A Wild saw their provincial run come to an end over the weekend with a 4-1 loss in Estevan.

    The Wild dropped the two-game total point 10-3, and Estevan will now battle La Ronge in the provincial final.

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers advanced to the SHA Provincial 'C' finals by beating Southey 13-2 on Saturday.

    They won the two game total point series 16-6. They will play Birch Hills in the final.

    There are five players on the team that were part of the first team in Shaunavon history to win provincials back in PeeWee.
  • rumpel badgers

    Swift Current's Joel Rumpel is reflecting back on a successful first season of NCAA hockey at Wisconsin.

    It was hard for the rookie goaltender to swallow losing to Denver in overtime of the deciding game in their first round playoff series.

    "It was probably the most heartbreaking experience of my life," Rumpel said.

    Rumpel started the series on the road against favoured Denver with a 1-0 playoff win. He called it one of the best games he's ever played. Denver then swept the next two games to win the series.

    The former Midget AAA Legionnaire felt like the Badgers came a long way from the start of the season. 

    "I remember our first practice we could barely make a pass," Rumpel said.  "Towards the end of the season we were beating the top teams in the league. It was honestly the best experience of my life." 

    The Badgers had a roster full of young players and will return a lot of their group next season. Rumpel was happy with how the year went for him individually.

    "I had a good season," Rumpel said. "(I) ended up playing the majority of the games. (It) was honestly a pretty big feat in college hockey as a freshman, which I take a lot of pride in."

    Rumpel won conference rookie of the week three times.

    Before Wisconsin, Rumpel spent two seasons with Penticton of the BCHL.He was keeping a close eye on his old team as they broke junior hockey records with a 42 game winning streak.

    "That was amazing," Rumpel said. "I remember talking to my fellow Wisconsin Badgers about it and none of them could believe (it)... it's amazing to see that and be part of that tradition."

    Rumpel will spend most of the summer in Wisconsin, but is looking forward to seeing friends and family when he is able to get some time in Swift Current.   

    Interview with Joel Rumpel:
  • glentworththunder

    For the first time in four years, a new champion could be crowned in the Notekeu Hockey League.

    The Glentworth Thunder hold a 3 games to 1 lead in the best of seven series versus the Assiniboia Rebels and could win the Notekeu for the first time in team history.

    Game 2 of the series saw controversy when Assiniboia was forced to forfeit the game after using an ineligable player.

    The Rebels have won the League every season since 2007-2008.

    Game time is at 8 PM in Assiniboia.

  • Wood muirhead
    Kelly Wood (foreground) and Eve Muirhead discuss a shot in the 10th end of the Gold Medal Game at the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Swift Current

    Alberta's Heather Nedohin and Team Canada will look to win the Ford World Women's Curling Championship for the first time since 2008, as this year's event begins in Lethbridge today.

    Most of the attention here in the southwest will also be on Team Scotland, as Kelly Wood, who now makes her home in Swift Current, will be the alternate for Eve Muirhead's rink. Wood was third for Muirhead when the team won silver at the 2010 Worlds that were held in Swift Current.

    "They called me one morning, which was strange actually because I was still in bed given that they're six hours ahead, and they've been trying to get a hold of me for a few hours," Wood said in an interview on Friday. "Eventually when I woke up, I called them back and they said they'd like me to come with them."

    With some curling fans from Swift Current planning to make the four-hour drive to Lethbridge for the event, Wood added that she was looking forward to seeing some local fans there: "Swift Current did such an amazing job of the World Championships when they were there, and I guess the atmosphere and the buzz probably haven't left Swift Current entirely since that happened, so it's great that Lethbridge isn't too far away that people can come and support and the fact that they know somebody now that is a part of Team Scotland, and it's nice that we have that local support now, too."

    As the southern-Alberta city gets ready to host the world this week, Wood believes that Swift Current's event two years ago will be a tough act for Lethbridge to follow: "Once the Worlds in Swift Current finished, I said that was, by far, the best World Championships I've ever played in, and it wasn't because we medalled, it was because of the volunteer support, the ice was great... just the whole package was excellent."

    The Scots take on Russia in the opening draw this afternoon, while Canada opens against the USA tonight.

    Colin Powers talked with Kelly Wood as she got ready for the event on Friday:

  • dysonstevenson
    Dyson Stevenson

    In WHL playoff action, Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers made short work of the Saskatoon Blades with a 5-0 win last night to wrap up a four game first round sweep.

    Another Shaunavon product, Dyson Stevenson of the Regina Pats was kicked out of his game late because of a clipping major. Moose Jaw scored on the power play to tie the game and call-up Brayden Point won the game in double overtime for the Warriors.

    Moose Jaw leads the series 3 games to 1.

    Former Broncos Jordan Peddle had an assist as Edmonton beat Kootenay 6-3 to go up 3 games to 0 on the defending champions.

    Kamloops wrapped up a sweep over Marc Habscheid's Victoria Royals with a 4-1 win.

    Tri-City completed a four game sweep of Everett with a 4-3 overtime victory last night.

    Spokane evened their series with Vancouver at 2 with a 3-2 overtime win.
  • magnus-tigers
    Broncos F Christian Magnus (Photo by Darwin Knelsen) 

    The Kootenay Ice were melted down by two former teammates last night.

    Former Kootenay forward Adam Rossignol scored the winner, another former Ice forward Christian Magnus scored twice and had an assist as the Swift Current Broncos topped Kootenay 4-3 Tuesday night.

    "Nothing better than going out against your former team and beating them," Magnus said. "(He and Rossignol) were just talking about it. About how (Ice GM Jeff Chynoweth) it's too bad he wasn't here to watch that. We were also talking about how it always goes through your minds... a game against your old team. Especially for (Rossignol) he has kind of been in a slump of late. It goes through your head over and over again about dangling someone and getting the winning goal. I'm sure he's pretty pumped up right now."

    With the game tied at 3 late in the third period, Rossignol picked up the puck in his own zone and went through two Kootenay defenders before putting a backhand shot over Ice goaltender Nathan Lieuwen. It was Rossignol's 2nd goal as a Bronco and 8th of the season. He came to Swift Current in a deal for defenceman Tanner Muth just before the trade deadline in January.

    Magnus started his career in Swift Current before being part of two deadline deals. He went to Kootenay as a 16-year-old and got traded back to Swift Current last season as a part of the blockbuster Cody Eakin deal.
    Magnus' line with Graham Black and Ryon Moser combined for 3 goals and 7 points in the Broncos victory Tuesday night.

    Moser opened the scoring on a pretty passing play that Magnus from the corner. Black then put the puck behind his back to Moser who went to his backhand for his 13th goal of the season.

    Kootenay tied the game as ElginPearce beat Jon Groenheyde during a goal mouth scramble with 1 second left in the first period. The goal appeared to give Kootenay some momentum as they took control of the game during the first half of the second period and went ahead on a Max Reinhart goal.

    Magnus replied for the Broncos by putting a Moser pass in the top of the net with just over five minutes to play in the period. It was then Swift Current's turn to score in the final minute as Black pushed a face-off towards the Kootenay goal that Magnus tapped home for his 2nd of the game and 9th of the season. Magnus has now scored 4 times since returning from a concussion last week.

    "(Coach Lamb) and I were joking about all the bad things people are saying about concussions," Magnus said. "Well here is a good thing. I come back after getting a concussion and it seems like I've got my goal scoring touch back... I don't know."

    The coaching staff was impressed by the work of Magnus,Moser and Black.

    "They worked extremely hard," said Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider. "They really used their body to protect the puck and they were able to spring each other for some quality scoring chances." 

    "We seem to read off each other well," said Moser. "We've been finding each other. It's been easy to play on a line with those guys.

    Jon Groenheyde stopped 32 shots to secure the victory. The Broncos netminder was also named Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week before the game.

    Swift Current has points in 7 of their last 11 games. They play a home and home with the Raiders this weekend starting on Friday night in Prince Albert. There are only four games left in the regular season and the Broncos have already been eliminated from the playoff chase.

    Click here for the game boxscore 

    Highlights of Broncos Hockey on The Eagle 94.1 FM

    Post-Game Interviews with Andy Schneider, Ryon Moser and Christian Magnus
  • Dinos women title

    Two local products helped the University of Calgary reach the pinnacle of Canadian women's university hockey.

    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser scored twice and Swift Current's Jenna Smith also scored as the Dinos beat Montreal 5-1 to claim their first CIS women's hockey national championship.

    Wickenheiser opened the scoring shorthanded late in the first period. She then scored the eventual game winning goal only 1:18 later.

    Former Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcat Jenna Smith then got into the act as Wickenheiser helped set Smith up to give the Dinos a 3-0 lead with only 1:17 to play in the second period.

    Wickenheiser completed a 4 point night by setting up Iya Gavrilova for a 4-0 Calgary lead.

    Tournament MVP Amanda Tapp made 27 saves in the Dinos goal.

    This was the second season with the Dinos for both Wickenheiser and Smith.

    Click here for the official game recap

  • shaunavonbadgers
    Shaunavon Badgers

    It's been quite a year for the Shaunavon Senior Badgers

    They moved into the new Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre and have reached both provincial and White Mud league finals.

    Coach Jason Girodat said their provincial team has a lot of firepower including the Hunter Brothers and Andy Schneider.

    “We have pretty much three lines of offence that we can throw at people and they're not just regular offensive type players they're guys that have played professional and junior hockey. I think that had a lot to do with it. I think...we have a pretty good group of guys that really care to show up on a regular basis, they're in shape and it just means a lot to them.”

    The Badgers had a pretty smooth ride to their fourth straight B provincial final including a sweep of the Esterhazy Flyers in the semis.

    Coach Jason Girodat adds they can't let provincials distract them.

    “Winning the White Mud League is still an exciting and important thing for our town, guys take it pretty serious.”

    The Badgers are 4-0 against Leader this season but Girodat isn't taking anything for granted.

    “They're got a pretty good team if all their guys show up, they've got a goaltender we've had trouble with this year and that little rink up there in Leader always gives us fits.”

    Meanwhile, after three consecutive losses in the provincial final, the high powered Badgers are hoping to avoid pulling a "Buffalo Bills" when they play Drake in a best of three series.

    No dates have been set yet.

    Interview with Jason Girodat:

  • shaunavonbadgers

    Just like their senior team, the Shaunavon Bantam Badgers are trying to win double championships.

    They've advanced to the Provincial C finals against Birch Hills with a two game combined score 16-6 win over Southey. They've also taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three league final against Assinboia.

    “We got a group of pretty good group of kids," said Coach Vince Stevenson."17 kids and 11 are first year, but it's a really good group a really good room, and just get along so good and they kind of motiveate each other and feed off of that.”

    The Bantam Badgers are 37-1 so far this season. However, they only won game 1 of the league finals 1-0 with a goal in the final few minutes.

    Coach Stevenson said the league and provincial finals are very different situations.

    “We've seen these guys (Assiniboia) before so we kind of know what these guys have to offer versus Provincials where we don't see these teams so it's a little bit more nerve racking (we) don't know what we're up against”

    Interview with Bantam Badgers Coach Vince Stevenson:
  • basketball

    The Herbert boys, Shaunavon boys and Frontier girls are still alive in High School Basketball Playoffs, and all three will play in regional finals today looking to secure a spot in HOOPLA next weekend.

    Herbert beat Southey 92-34 in their semi-final and will play Chief Poundmaker in the final in Herbert at 12:00 noon. Shaunavon defeated Kamsack 90-48 to move on to the final against Moosomin, and Frontier will play Foam Lake in the final after beating Hepburn 74-47 yesterday.

    The Comp High School Colts and Ardens and Herbert girls lost their games and are now out of the running for provincials.
  • golfcourse

    It's time to get the clubs out of the bag. The Chinook Golf Course will be opening the driving range tomorrow.

    Hours of operation are 10am to 6:30pm.

    The city says the rest of the course will be open as soon as possible. Elmwood hopes to have their range open early next week.

  • groenheyde dec4
    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen) 

    Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jon Groenheyde of the Swift Current Broncos is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 1-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.01 and save percentage of .975 for the week ending March 4.

    Groenheyde made 77 saves in two starts last week including a season-high 45 saves on Friday night to blank the Red Deer Rebels 4-0 where he was named the game’s first star recording his second shutout of the season.  He also claimed third star honours on Saturday night with 32 saves in a 2-1 losing cause against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

    Groenheyde, a 20-year-old from White Rock, BC, is playing in his fourth full WHL season.  He is among the league leaders in minutes played this season with 3237 and carries a 21-27-1-5 record in 58 games for the Broncos with a goals-against-average of 3.46 and save percentage of .900.

    Also considered for the award this week was Petr Mrazek of the Ottawa 67’s who went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .975.  Former winner Etienne Marcoux of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada also won two games including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .959.

    Click here for an interview with Groenheyde on his original nomination

    2011-12 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

    Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Jon Groenheyde, Swift Current Broncos

    Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

    Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

    Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack

    Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Mathias Niederberger, Barrie Colts

    Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

    Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

    Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks

    Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Ty Rimmer, Tri-City Americans

    Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Rimouski Oceanic

    Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Christopher Festarini, Niagara IceDogs

    Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Étienne Marcoux, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

    Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Joel Vienneau, Sudbury Wolves

    Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls

    Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds

    Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Roman Will, Moncton Wildcats

    Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls

    Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers

    Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Eric Comrie, Tri-City Americans

    Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels

    Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: François Tremblay, Val d’Or Foreurs

    Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Jimmy Appleby, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

    Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Michael Houser, London Knights
  • BrettWard

    Swift Current's Brett Ward scored in triple overtime to give the University of Saskatchewan a 2-1 win over Calgary in the third and deciding game of the Canada West hockey final.

    Ward's goal ended the longest game in conference history. It's Saskatchewan's first Canada West crown since 2006-07.

    The win sends the Huskies on a trip to the University Cup March 21-25 in Fredericton.

    The Huskies feature former members of the Swift Current Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires, Andrew Bailey, Shayne Neigum and Ward.

    They also have former Broncos Kyle Bortis and Travis Brisebois on the roster.

    Click here for the official summary 

  • baylee gillanders
    Another former Swfit Current Diamond Energy Wildcat is making waves in college hockey.

    Kyle's Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota beat fellow Kyle product Brienna Gillanders and the University of Minnesota Duluth to win the WCHA Final Faceoff.

    The Gophers then beat North Dakota to earn a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four.

    For Gillanders it's been quite a ride.

    "So many emotions running through my head," Gillanders said. "You've got people back home that want you to do well and you've got your team that you want to play for. It's just an awesome experience. I'm just going to try to take it day by day and hopefully do the best we can when we get there." 

    This is the first WCHA win and Frozen Four qualification for the Gophers in several years.

    "There is lots of depth on our team," Gillanders said. "We get along so well. We had the same goals. It helps when your whole team has their head on straight and are going for the same goals."

    Gillanders and the Gophers start the Frozen Four against Cornell on Friday with a trip to the NCAA championship game on the line.

    Two other former Wildcats participated in the CIS hockey championship last week and Jenna Smith's University of Calgary Dinos won it.

    "Congrats to them," Gillanders said. "All the girls from Saskatchewan that were on that (Wildcats) team that year... were all pretty good hockey players and all just loved the game."

    Now the focus of women's hockey fans in the southwest turns to the Frozen Four. Gillanders has never had the chance to face Cornell before. 

    "We just gotta play Gopher hockey," Gillanders said. "When we focus on our game we usually can come out on top. Cornell is going to be a good match for us... it's going to be tough."

    Interview with Baylee Gillanders:

    Highlights of the University of Minnesota's win over North Dakota

  • vause-hoban-pats
    Taylor Vause and Brad Hoban attempt to connect versus the Regina Pats.

    Two of the longest tenured Broncos in franchise history say goodbye to Swift Current with their final home game tonight.

    Captain Taylor Vause has mixed emotions.

    “It's kind of sad feeling. Just I think proud of everything that has gone on. I've had a good career, especially finishing it off with such a good season. Playing the last two games it's exciting, sad, nervous, a lot of things kind of coming together. I think (I'm) just wanting to finish it on the best note possible.”

    Brad Hoban is wrapping up his fifth season with the Broncos and says he's spent one quarter of his life with the team.

    “The person I am today is largely in part to growing up here. It's been a long road since I first showed up for camp at age 15, now I'm finishing the last few games at age 21, it's kind of surreal.”

    Tonight is also the last game in Swift Current for overage goaltender Jon Groenheyde. He is saying thanks to Bronco fans.

    "They come and support us. They're loud for us. It's been awesome. I really enjoyed my time here in Swift Current and I really enjoyed the fan support; and even people coming up to me and saying nice things. It's been awesome."

    It's Fan Appreciation night at the Credit Union iPlex as the Broncos host the Blades for their final home game of the 2011-2012 season. As of last night the Bronocs had sold 2000 tickets for the game and they are expected a big crowd.

    Puck drop is at 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex.Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

    Click here for a restrospective interview with Brad Hoban

    Click here for a retrospective interview with Jon Groenheyde

    Watch the blog for a similar interview with Taylor Vause as well
  • Hurricaneswingsmarch26
    Hurricanes versus Wings on Monday March 26

    The Swift Current Hurricanes are one win away from the South Saskatchewan Midget AA Championship. Tonight they travel to Weyburn for game 2 of the best of 3 championship series with a 1-0 series edge.

    Despite loss in the first game Weyburn Coach Doug Lumb is still confident, “We've got a fairly good home record and I like our chances at home. But its the playoffs anything can happen and you have to take it at one shift at a time”

    Lumb also broke down their strategy,“We're going to try and bottle things up in our own end. Eliminate the odd man rushes as much as possible. Keep things tight and take advantage when the other team has a breakdown.”

    The Hurricanes are unbeaten at home during the playoffs but winless so far on the road.

    Colin Powers with Weyburn Coach Doug Lumb after Mondays game
  • Bertram
    Carly Bertram as a Wildcat (Photo from Facebook)

    Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats Captain Carly Betram is turning into a different kind of cat.

    The Maple Creek native is joining the Mount Royal University Cougars program next season.

    "She came in as a young kid, a second year bantam," said Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely. "A hard working kid. You've seen her evolve to an elite player. She made Team Saskatchewan this year."

    Bertram scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 45 regular season and tournament games. 18 of her points came in 28 regular season Midget AAA games.

    "She's developped her hockey sense each and every year she's played (and) just become a smart hockey player. She has... become a strong, tough hockey player to play against. (She is) and elite penalty killer that just does a great job for our program."

    Bertram joins a Cougars program that will play in the CIS for the first time next season. The Wildcats were eliminated in the first round of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league playoffs by Saskatoon.

    Terry Pavely interview on Bertram:

  • black raiders
    Graham Black goes in on Raiders' goaltender Luke Lee-Knight on a penalty shot in the second period of Saturday's game (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos picked up a big comeback win against Prince Albert at home, knocking off the Raiders 6-3 Saturday night.

    The Broncos scored five unanswered goals after the Raiders jumped to a 3-1 lead by the second period. Graham Black started the five-goal stretch when he scored on a penalty shot in the second for his second goal of the game, and added an assist for a three-point night. Taylor Vause picked up his 80th point of the season when he scored his 36th goal of the year in the third period.

    Ryon Moser had a goal and a helper, while Levi Bews, and Coda Gordon also scored. Jon Groenheyde made 34 saves for the win as the Raiders edged the Broncos 37-36 in shots.

    The Broncos will wrap up the season with a home-and-home against the Saskatoon Blades, with the first game on Friday at the Credit Union iplex.

    Highlights from Saturday's game on the Eagle 94.1FM:

    Shawn Mullin and Terry Pavely talk with Graham Black, Taylor Vause and Broncos Assistant Coach Andy Schneider during the post-game show on the Eagle:

  • Harper Riders

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import receiver Justin Harper and import running back DeShawn Wynn to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Harper (6’4 – 213 lbs) was a seventh round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent the following three seasons with the team at which time he was teammates with current Rider receiver Ernie Wheelwright. The 27-year-old played in 51 games during his four-year career at Virginia Tech finishing with 83 catches for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns. In the 2008 Orange Bowl Harper scored on an 84-yard punt return. 

    Wynn (5’11 – 232 lbs) was a seventh round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 28-year-old spent three seasons with the Packers and as a rookie scored his first two touchdowns in week two of the 2007 season. He played in 16 games with the Packers and tallied 64 carries for 332 yards and five touchdowns while adding 14 receptions for 122 yards. Wynn went on to spend time with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and played in seven games before returning to the Saints in 2011. The Florida product tallied 2,077 rushing yards, 376 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his four years with the Gators.
  • badgerselkssha

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers are South Saskatchewan Hockey League Champions.

    The Badgers erased a 2 goal deficit in the final 8 minutes of the 3rd to take the game 3-2.

    Shaunavon finished with a record of 26-0-0 in league play.

    They'll now turn their attention to provincials where they face Birch Hills in the 'C' final beginning Saturday.

    The Shaunavon Midget Badgers took a 2-0 series lead in thier championship series by beating Glentworth 3-2.

    The Gull lake Pee Wee Greyhounds beat Ponteix 7-6 last night in overtime to win their league championship.


    The Assiniboia Rebels' reign atop the Notekeu hasn't ended yet.

    The Rebels, down 3 games to 1 in the League final, took advantage of home ice beating the Glentworth Thunder 7-1 last night.

    Game 6 goes tomorrow night in Glentworth.

    Game 2 of the Whitemud League Championship goes tonight in Leader.

    The Shaunavon Badgers beat the Flyers in game one of the best of 5 series.

    Puck drop is at 8:00pm

    The Kyle Elks Host the Davidson Cyclones tonight in game 1 of the Provincial 'C' Final.

    The Elks eliminated Bethune on Monday to advance to the final.

    Game time is at 8:00pm.
  • nedomlel red wings
    Richard Nedomlel

    The Coach and GM of the Swift Current Broncos is pleased that defenceman Richard Nedomlel will get a chance to join Grand Rapids of the AHL for the rest of the season.

    Mark Lamb said it will give the Detroit Red Wings draft pick a taste of the professional level, “Now to take that next step whether he plays or not. He'll feel that speed, the strength, the conditioning, what that does is give the kid a real good experience on what it takes to that next level.”

    Lamb adds it will be good for Nedomlel and wishes the whole team could have a similar experience, “It's good for everybody to get that if you can. I wish our whole team could get that opportunity at the next level, just to feel how hard it is.”

    Nedomlel still has two years of junior eligibility left.

    Meanwhile, graduated Bronco Taylor Vause scored the shoot out winner and was named first star last night as his Texas Stars beat Lake Erie 4-3.

    Shawn Mullin talking with Coach and GM Mark Lamb
  • wind flags

    There is a wind warning Tuesday night for all of southwest Saskatchewan.

    Audio of the intense wind in Swift Current on Tuesday night:

    Here is the description from Environment Canada:

    Wind gusts to 90 km/h or more early this evening.

    A strong cold front pushing eastward out of Alberta has been giving westerly wind gusts of 75 to 95 km/h. These winds recently hit Maple Creek, and will likely Progress eastward through Swift Current and Moose Jaw. Regina will also experience strong winds gusts later this evening, but the gusts there should not reach the warning criteria of 90 km/h.
  • brad-wall

    Premier Brad Wall is hoping Saskatchewan will get some luck of the Irish.

    Wall and a large contingent from Saskatchewan recently visited a job fair in Ireland to help recruit for the province's labour shortage.

    He said it was tough to see how many people in the country were struggling.

    “There was hope offered inside by Saskatchewan employers including great employers Swift Current's own (Jay Dee Ag Tech) who were there with jobs for heavy duty mechanics and those in construction," Wall said. "We had healthcare providers looking for healthcare workers, nurses doctors, professions, there was much to offer”

    Recruiting is only part of a strategy that starts with offering better training to people already here and bringing former residents of Saskatchewan home.

    Wall added that a low unemployment rate but a dipping labour force in Swift Current and Moose Jaw is an example of why the province needs to take these kinds of steps.

    “Here we have a low unemployment rate and yet the number of people working is not necesarilly increasing as people expect not because there are the jobs but because alot of  jobs are going unfilled so we do need to recruit." said Wall. "It's not an either or proposition. We've got to do all of these things to meet the labour shortages in the short and long term.”

    Interview with Brad Wall:
  • maple creek fire 2
    A view of the grass fire outside Maple Creek

    *UPDATE: RCMP now say the fire is under control and Environment Canada has lifted the wind warning for the Maple Creek Area. We will have more details tomorrow.*

    Fire fighters and volunteers are battling a large grass fire near Maple Creek tonight.

    RCMP report the fire is burning north of Highway 1, 6-7 kilometres west of Highway 21. The wind has now turned it north.

    Sargeant Jeremy Allard told Swift Current Online the fire is about half the size it was when they were first called to the scene at approximately 4pm.

    At one point police reported the fire was over 15 kilometres long. Allard said it may never have been that large, but the smoke plume was at least that long.

    There are fire crews from Maple Creek, the RM of Maple Creek, Fox Valley, Walsh, Medicine Hat and some of the local Hutterite colonies joining in the effort.

    Allard noted basically everybody with a water tank has shown up to help reload their trucks.

    The RCMP appreciates all those who have volunteered their services, but have asked anyone not trained in fire fighting or bringing a water tank to stay away from the area.

    They have also been asking residents in the immediate area to either move to a safer location now or at least keep a very close eye on the progress of the fire.

    Allard said the fire has at times burned through the yards of some residences.

    He can't say how much longer they will be fighting the fire tonight.

    Interview with RCMP Sargeant in charge of the Maple Creek Detachment, Jeremy Allard:

    One Maple Creek resident told Swift Current Online they could see the smoke from the fire from their home just after 6pm, but it had started to cloud over at 7pm.

    Readers on Swift Current Online's facebook page say:

    "The clouds look really dark as if they are going to pour rain on us or snow,   everybody driving out on the highways, drive safe or stay where u are."

    "Very, very smokey looks brutal"

    "Its pretty smokey in Gull Lake!"

    "Good luck to all the people fighting the fire.

    "Apparently you can't see the fire yet from the #1. Hopefully it's under control soon."

    There is a wind warning in the sourthwest tonight with winds gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour.


    There was also a grass fire 6 kilometres east of Swift Current this afternoon.

    The city fire department told Swift Current Online they were called to the scene at 3pm and had put it out by 4:30pm.

    They believe it may have been caused when a CPR contractor was working at removing some signs from the area.

    If you have any information on the fire or pictures from the scene e-mail us at [email protected] or call 773-NEWS 
  • flu clinic
    (Archived photo)

    It's been a quiet winter flu season in the Cypress Health Region, but it doesn't mean that we're out of the woods.

    "It's been a very quiet winter so far, but now, we are actually starting to see and get reports of cases of influenza in our communities and increasing absenteeism in our communities," said Dr. David Torr, the Health Region's Consulting Medical Health Officer. "It's just a reminder to the public that it's not the end of the influenza season, if anything, influenza is now starting to show itself and possibly the mild winter has been a contributing factor to that.

    Dr. Torr says anyone who hasn't had their flu vaccine should think about getting it. Otherwise he's advising us to take the normal precautions like washing our hands and sneezing or coughing into our sleeves.

    Dr. David Torr on the flu situation in the southwest:

  • muth-twitter
    Tanner Muth as a Bronco (Photo from Twitter)

    The Swift Current Broncos play one of their final three home games of the season tonight.

    They're hosting former Bronco Tanner Muth and the Kootenay Ice.

    Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen knows it will be a tough game.

    "They play a real strong defensive game," Evjen said. "If we come out and play our game we usually put ourselves in a pretty good opportunity to win the hockey game. It should be a good game because they've got a good team over there. We're itching to play again. I think we're in a bit of a rhythm right now where we're playing very well and we want to keep playing."

    Muth returns to Swift Current tonight after the Broncos sent him to the Ice for forward Adam Rossignol a week before the trade deadline.

    It's the final "Two-Two-Tuesday" and tickets are only $2.

    Our broadcast starts at 6:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM. Puck drop is 7:05pm at the Credit Union iPlex.

  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers are off to the Provincial Senior B Final.

    They defeated Esterhazy 8-2 Saturday night to win the South Final in two straight games, and advance to the provincial final, where they'll take on either Drake or Watrous.

    In other local playoff hockey, the K-Motel Midget Hurricanes and Notre Dame Argos will play a third and deciding game in their first-round league playoff series tonight. Face-off is at 5:45 from the Fairview Arenas.
  • jasonjohns
    Former Legionnaries Coach Jason Johns

    Swift Current Minor Hockey has relieved Jason Johns of his duties as Head Coach and Manager of the Midget AAA Legionnaires.

    Johns recently finished his first season behind the bench in Swift Current.

    He led the Legionnaires to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, but they finished on a thirteen game losing streak.

    They were eliminated in the first round by Prince Albert.

    The SCMHA will begin the search for a new Legionnaires coach immediately.
  • HuricanesLionsmarch15-2012

    The Hurricanes and Lions in action last night at Fairview West.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes kicked off the league semi-final with a 8-3 win over Lumsden/Bethune at home last night.

    Phillip Gossard had a hat trick while Hayden Johnston had a pair of goals.

    Hurricanes Assistant Coach Mark Butikofer says they did a good job shutting down a fast Lumsden team.

    “Guys really came out and played hard after a really close game last time. Everybody was amped up and definitely put their energy into the right place tonight.”

    The top-ranked Hurricanes can close out the series with a win in Lumsden on Sunday.

    Interview with Mark Butikofer:

    Interview with Phillip Gossard:

  • legion camp
    Midget AAA hopefuls got put through the paces at the Credit Union iPlex

    48 players recently made their case for an invite to Midget AAA Legionnaires camp next fall.

    The Swift Current club held their spring camp over the weekend.

    Assistant Coach Brad Woods was impressed by their talent.

    "After the last session and walking through our list with a couple of evaluators," Woods said. "Yeah there's some talent. The kids worked hard, showed great skills and really great attentiveness to what we were trying to do. It's going to be important for minor hockey to get (a Head Coach) in place quickly so he can talk to these kids and get them committed to coming to the Legionnaires program."

    It was a smaller than usual camp as they went invitation only this year.

    The Midget AAA program is searching for a new Head Coach after letting go of Jason Johns after the season.

    Interview with Brad Woods:

  • Shaunavon RCMP charged a 36 year old Blackfalds Alberta man with possession of 22 grams of a controlled substance.

    They discovered it during a traffic enforcement stop on March 8th.

    It had a street value of $440.00.

    He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Shaunavon on May 3rd.

    Also, on March 11th Shaunavon RCMP responded to a complaint of a break and enter at an oil battery located north of Shaunavon.

    Thieves entered the site and stole electronic equipment batteries and other items of an approximate value of $1500

    RCMP are asking that anyone with information on this crime contact the local detachment at 297-5550 or call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.
  • saskenergy

    SaskEnergy will be starting their Enhanced Safety and Pipeline Integrity Program in some areas of the province, including parts of the southwest.

    Dave Burdeniuk, Director of Media Relations for the Crown Corporation, says they will be upgrading work on service connections that run from homes to main pipelines in areas where there are heavier, clay-like soils that tend to hold on to moisture, and ground-shifting is more likely to occur.

    "We're focusing on a couple of different areas," Burdeniuk said. "South Regina is obviously one of them, but there are a few communities in Western Saskatchewan that while they don't have the exact same soil, they have a heavier soil that does retain moisture more. For this year, we will be focusing on the communities of Leader and Prelate."

    Burdeniuk adds they are looking to start the project in late-April or early-May to coincide with the traditional start of construction season, but says they are hoping to start the project sooner.

    The same work was conducted in the communities of Cabri and Kyle over last summer.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Dave Burdeniuk about the program:


    Photo by Darwin Knelsen

    The WHL has nominated Jon Groenheyde of the Swift Current Broncos for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.

    Groenheyde went 1-1 over the weekend with one shut-out, stopping 77 of the 79 shots he faced for a 0.975 save-percentage and 1.01 goals-against average.

    It's the first time Groenheyde has been nominated for the award.

    "It means a lot obviously," Groenheyde said. "It means my hard work is paying off. It's always nice to get recognized for something like that."

    Groenheyde earned his second career shut-out in the Broncos 4-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.

    "They put a lot of pucks to the net so it kind of kept me in the game," Groenheyde said. "We did a good job of limited their grade A scoring chances."

    Both of Groenheyde's shut-outs have come against the Rebels. He also stopped 32 shots as they came up just short in a 2-1 loss to the conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.

    Groenheyde and the Broncos host the Kootenay Ice tonight and tickets are only $2 due to a special "Two-Two-Tuesday" promotion. We'll have the call for you on The Eagle 94.1 starting with our pre-game show at 6:30pm.

    Interview with Jon Groenheyde:

  • CurlingBrier2012

    Alberta's Kevin Koe will take on Ontario's Glenn Howard in the championship final of the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon.

    Koe defeated his younger brother Jamie of the Northwest Territories/Yukon 10-6 in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game yesterday afternoon, then knocked off Rob Fowler of Manitoba 8-6 in the evening's semi-final. Manitoba and the Territories meet in the Bronze Medal game this morning.

    The championship game will be a rematch of the 2010 Brier final, when Koe edged Howard 6-5 in an extra end to take the title.

    The final goes tonight at 6:00pm from Credit Union Centre.
  • curlingsuperleague

    Results from last night's semi-final draws in the Innovation Credit Union Super League playoffs:

    Cypress Motors  defeated Klassen Autobody

    Maximum Energy defeated Kruse Glass

    Westax defeated Jarvis Environmental

    Scotiabank defeated Kabos Pub & Grill

    1st Step Studio defeated Tamara Quintin

    Swift Plumbing defeated Francis

    It will be Westax vs Scotiabank in the Championship Final next thursday at 7:00 pm
  • dysonstevenson
    Dyson Stevenson

    The WHL playoffs resume tonight with a couple of southwest products in the heart of the action.

    Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson has scored 3 times in 2 games for the Regina Pats as they and Moose Jaw are tied heading into the third game of their series tonight in Regina.

    Another Shaunavon product, Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers have a 2-0 series lead on the Blades heading into Saskatoon tonight.

    Brandon leads Calgary 2 games to 1 with the fourth game of their series tonight.

    Swift Current's Colton Heffley, MacKenzie Johnson and the Kelowna Rockets are down 2-0 heading into the third game of their series with Portland.

    The visiting teams have 2-0 series leads in every other Western Conference series as well.
  • Fridgesandfreezers

    SaskPower’s Refrigerator Recycling Program has returned.

    The Program offers Saskatchewan residents free pick up and recycling of old inefficient fridges and freezers not to mention payment of $50 dollars per appliance.

    Like last year SaskPower is partnering with JACO EcoSolutions Canada to manage this year’s collection and recycling.

    Fridges must meet specifications to qualify including being 15 years or older and in working condition.

    Complete details can be found at saskpower.com

    9000 fridges are expected to be collected this year topping the 6500 fridges and freezers that were collected last year.
  • rcmp1

    Police in Shaunavon are looking into a theft at a well site earlier this week.

    Shaunavon RCMP say sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning thieves entered a well site located about six kilometers west of Highway 37 on Power Line Road and stole various tools of a value exceeding $5,000 as well as approximately $3,000 of copper wire.

    The suspects also caused damage to equipment and other property.

    Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact police.

  • chinook1

    The new Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 public school to be built in Swift Current now has a name... "École Centennial School".

    "What the board had decided to do is to send it out to staff and students and give them the opportunity to submit possible names for the new school," said Liam Choo-Foo, Director of Education for the Chinook School Division. "We got a wide variety of names, and at the end of the day, with the centennial celebration of Swift Current [in 2014] coinciding with our projected opening date for the school, it seemed a pretty natural fit that 'École Centennial School' would be the name."

    Choo-Foo added it's another step in their progression toward the new school, which will be part of a joint-use facility with the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division: "We're trying to get our site design finalized, so that will be the next piece. Our architects are working on what they call '33% design', that needs to go to approval to the Ministry of Education, and the next step from there is '66% design', and our goal would be to be able to go to tender in July."

    "École Centennial School" will be constructed near the Cypress Regional Hospital in the city's northeast, and is also part of the city's integrated facility concept, which could include a long-term care centre and various recreation facilities.

    Liam Choo-Foo talked with reporters about the name of the new school after the Chinook School Board's regular meeting on Monday:

  • cypresshealthregion

    The Cypress Health Region has released a Health Status Report that details the unique challenges in our region.

    The report shows the general trends in health through the region with stats from 2005 through 2011.

    Consulting Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr said the results of the report could influence what actions they take.

    “It involves looking at the programing as we do it now and how we work with such programs and the initiatives we do take and what we need to add to the current programing.”

    There are ways in which we are unique.

    “(In Canada) the biggest cause of death is circulatory disease," Dr. Torr said. "That used to be the case for our region (but) that has changed in more recent years where by cancer is now causing more death than circulatory disease within the Cypress Health Region.”

    Another difference is that our region had more admissions from motor vehicle accidents than the rest of the province.

    The entire report is available at cypresshealth.ca

    Interview with Dr. David Torr:
  • leg building

    The provincial government has announced new funding to support people with intellectual disabilities.

    Starting April 1st, $6.3 million dollars will be used to implement new standards for all day programs funded by the Ministry of Social Services.   $4.6 million is for regular day programs and $1.7 million for day programs with clients that have complex needs.

    Minister June Draude explains the funding is to allow residents with special needs to have fun and socialize, and adds the money could be used to for going swimming, to hockey games, the library or other social events.

    Each resident has been assessed based on their needs and the funding will be earmarked specifically for them, instead of for the facility they attend, that way if they transfer to another program, they will still have the same amount of support no matter where they go.
  • wall

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his western counterparts are asking Ottawa for more control of immigration.

    "We're prepared to do more by way of administration in terms of the immigration program and if they'll raise caps that currently exist in provinces," Wall said. "What the Premier of BC [Christy Clark] is communicating is really a New West Partnership position of Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. We want more control of immigration, we have growing economies and we need people."

    As far as bringing more people into the province, Wall says Saskatchewan has already made significant progress: "When we took office, our immigration numbers were quite low. The numbers between 2001 and 2006 in the province in immigration, in that five-year period, we'll eclipse that just this year by really investing in the immigration program and by developing a good relationship with Ottawa."

    The Premier was recently part of a trip to Ireland to recruit workers for the province.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Premier Brad Wall about immigration:

  • wall estevan 
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

    Premier Brad Wall found a few things he liked in the recent federal budget.

    He says he was pleased with a few of the initiatives coming out of Thursday's budget presentation, and is happy to see things made a bit easier for businesses.

    "We've been pressing hard for improvements in terms of environmental assessment," Wall said. "Not that we would have any less-rigourous environmental assessment on economic projects, but that we could streamline it to one instead of a provincial and a federal, and they've moved on that."

    Wall was also happy with changes to employment insurance so there was less dis-incentive for people to move from struggling areas of the country to Saskatchewan; and with additional investment in education on reserves, but believes there is still more work to be done when it comes to aboriginal education.

    "We have been, for example, investing in adult basic education on reserve, and we're going to continue to find ways to partner," Wall added. "Because we've got to close the gap between aboriginal employment and non-aboriginal employment, and the best way to do that is through education.

    On the same day the federal budget was presented in the House of Commons, Wall's Saskatchewan Party government formally approved the provincial budget that was presented a week earlier in the Legislature.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Premier Brad Wall about the federal budget:

  • oct-9th-oilkings-165
    Photo by Darwin Knelsen

    Check out these video highlihgts from Swift Current's 2-1 loss in Edmonton on Saturday night.

    The Broncos are home to the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night.

  • BroncosvsRaiders

    The Swift Current Broncos suffered a 5-2 loss to Prince Albert last night to kick off a home-and-home series with the Raiders.

    The Raiders were lifted by four goals from Anthony Bardaro, who scored three goals in the third period to put it away.

    Christian Magnus opened the scoring for the Broncos early in the game, and Ryon Moser added a goal of his own in the second period to go along with his assist on Magnus' goal. Graham Black had assists on both Broncos goals.

    Broncos goalie Jon Groenhyede made 39 saves as the Raiders outshot the Broncos 44-33.

    The Broncos wrap up the home-and-home set tonight at the Credit Union iplex. Face-off is at 7:05pm, and you can hear the game on the Eagle 94.1 starting at 6:30pm.

    Highlights from the game broadcast on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle 94.1:

  • riders

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they will hold 2012 Training Camp at the University of Regina.

    The team also announced they have an agreement in place to hold 2013 Training Camp at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon to kick-off the Grey Cup season which will see the 101st Grey Cup Championship played at Mosaic Stadium.

    This year’s Training Camp will also feature two evening practices. One will take place on Monday, June 11th at the University of Regina and the other will take place down the highway in Moose Jaw at their new Fieldhouse Facility on Monday, June 18th.

    The team will once again travel to Saskatoon for Green and White Day on Saturday, June 9th to give fans in northern Saskatchewan an opportunity to see the Rider hopefuls while getting autographs and pictures with all the players and coaches.

    To open training camp this year, rookies will take to the University Field in the Queen City on Wednesday May 30th and Thursday May 31st, with main camp set to begin on the U of R field Sunday, June 3rd.


    Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1:
    •    Rookie camp at University of Regina

    Saturday, June 2:    
    •    Veterans report

    Sunday, June 3:    
    •    First day of training camp at the University of Regina

    Saturday, June 9:
    •    Green and White Day in Saskatoon at Griffiths Field

    Evening Practices:
    •    Monday, June 11th – University of Regina – 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    •    Monday, June 18th – Moose Jaw Fieldhouse – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • HurricanesRoosen
    Hurricanes Captain Jayden Roosen accepts the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget AA First Place Trophy for finishing first during the regular season.

    The first place Swift Current K-Motel Hurricanes got the Midget AA playoffs off to a good start with a 5-4 win over the Notre Dame Argos last night.

    The teams traded 9 goals through 40 minutes of play before the Hurricanes shut the door in the third.

    Hurricanes forward Jayden Roosen says they played a more defensive game in the third.

    We definitely didn't go quite as hard on the puck...we'd hang back a little higher. Maybe one guy go hard, the other two up a little higher and we held them off.”

    Roosen had 2 goals for the Canes while Dalton Menke also scored twice.

    "It was an entertaining game," said Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale, "Probably from a coaching standpoint it was a little more wide open than either team wanted to see. The effort was there, we played a little short... some extra guys had to come up and eat up some minutes. I was proud of the effort."

    The Hurricanes take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series into Wilcox for game 2 on Friday.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Bantam Colts opened the girls north provincial final with a 1-0 win over Saskatoon yesterday. Game 2 is next Sunday in Saskatoon.

    The female Midget AA Titans beat the Prairie Storm 3-0 on Saturday to advance to the league semi-final.

    Post-game interview with Jayden Roosen:

    Post-game interview with Hurricanes Head Coach Tim Tisdale:
  • hurricanesnov11b

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes now face a do-or-die game three in their first round playoff series with the Notre Dame Argos, after a 5-3 loss in Wilcox Friday night.

    The series is tied at a game apiece after the Hurricanes took game one 5-4. The third and deciding game is Sunday night at 5:45pm from the Fairview Arenas.
  • Hurricaneswingsmarch26
    The large home crowd watches the K-Motel Midget Hurricanes take a 1-0 series lead over Weyburn. (PHOTO COURTSEY OF: Sheldon Paulhus)

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes are one win away from the league championship... they took game one of their best-of-three final with a 3-2 win over Weyburn last night at home.

    Hayden Johnston got the game-winner late in the second period and added two assists, while Dalton Menke and Keegan Braaten both had two-point nights.

    Coach Tim Tisdale says that line has been big for them through the post-season, “That line we count on all year and really we were playing some match ups we had some others guys in some defensive roles tonight that put their own numbers apart and did it for the win.”

    Tisdale added they knew the game would be a defensive battle and goaltending would be crucial,“They have a very good goaltender. Big body that takes up a lot of the net and I thought Garland played well here tonight when tested. Got a pretty easy first but after that I thought he had to make some saves in the third and battle and find things.”

    The Hurricanes can wrap up the title Wednesday night in Weyburn, and game three, if needed, will be back in Swift Current on April 4th.

    Colin Powers Interviews Coach Tim Tisdale after last night's game
  • Telemiracle36

    Saskatchewan will be ringing those phones all weekend for Telemiracle 36.

    The annual 20-hour telethon has been a tradition in our province since 1977 to help raise money for people with special needs.

    Sesame Street's Bob McGrath will return to Telemiracle for the 35th time, and said in a recent interview that it's one of the most inspiring weekends for him to take part in every year.

    "Just to see the generosity of everyone in this province and also the kids, it's inspiring the courage of the kids we are helping. And it's also inspiring to see what little children will do to help raise this money for others," he says.

    Joining Bob will be long-time cast members including Brad Johner, Beverly Mahood and Donny Parenteau, some newcomers like Honeymoon Suite and Codie Prevost, and nearly 50 performers from communities all over Saskatchewan.

    And there will bea strong local contingent at this year's show as well as the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes will make a presentation between 10:30 pm and 11:00pm Saturday night. Then the Central School Choir will perform and also make a presentation on Sunday morning at around 10:30am.

    Telemiracle 36 starts at 9:00 pm Saturday night and runs to 5:00 pm on Sunday from Regina's Conexus Arts Centre.

    Bob McGrath in an interview with Golden West Radio's Ryan Switzer...

  • Telemiracle36

    Saskatchewan continues to ring those phones.

    Telemiracle 36 rolls on at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina and will continue until 5:00 this afternoon.

    The 20 hour long telethon is not without representation from our part of the province as the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes presented a donation of $8,101.76 last night and the Ponteix Glo-Bowlers had their donation of $2002.25 matched by Potash Corp.

    The Swift Current Central School Choir performed this morning just before noon.

    Just after of 1:00 PM the telethon surpassed the $2 million dollar mark. 

    Last year's event raised $4.6 million dollars.
  • huyghebaert2 
    Vaughn Schofield was named Saskatchewan's New Lieutenant Governor on tuesday.

    Yogi Hughebaert, the MLA  for the Wood River Constituency, knows Schofield is very committed to the province and believes she'll be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor.

    "She's extremely supportive of the military and what they stand for," Hughebaert said. "I believe she's going to be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor for this province." 

    Hughebaert also commended outgoing Lieutenant Governor Gordon Barnhart

    "He did really great for the youth of the province with some of his initiatives," Hughebaert said. "He served this province well."
    A date for the installation of the new Lieutenant Governor is expected to be announced shortly.

    Interview with Yogi Hughebaert:
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    Federal NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton

    Federal N-D-P leadership candidate Niki Ashton made her pitch in Swift Current last night.

    But why make a stop where life makes sense?

    “I felt it was very important to bring out campaign to Swift Current," Ashton said. "A community that's really been part of building Saskatchewan, a community like many communities in the praires that is living a reality that I believe that we need to be talking about at the national level”

    Despite electing a majority of Conservative MPs throughout the prairies, Ashton doesn't believe the party has represented our interests.

    “Well for me ultimately about...how the Conservative Government isn't listening to the prairies in general not just one community or the other but more broadly all of us whether it's on the future of agriculture, whether it's on oil and gas, whether it's on the need to support health care.”

    Ashton has been visiting places like Swift Current and Medicine Hat in hopes of drumming up support for a campaign that hasn't made the same headlines some of her rivals have.

    She is proud to be the only NDP MP elected in a rural prairie riding.

    The vote for a new NDP leader goes March 24th.

    Interview with Niki Ashton:

  • shaunavon 3rd-centre

    Shaunavon`s Centennial Celebrations will be happening in July 2013.

    Plans continue to grow for the celebrations.

    Leslie Goldstein is the co-chair of the organizing committee and said the celebrations are set for the same weekend of Boomtown Days

    “The big weekend were planning is for the weekend July 19, 20, and 21st in 2013 and at that time were planning on having fireworks of course and a parade as we usually do for Boomtown... a family dance a larger dance one of the more interesting things were going to have is an old time country fair.”

    Goldstein adds that they are also looking for information on reunions and other special events happening that weekend.

    “Because there are alot of activities going on and reunions happening during that weekend we're hoping that people will register with Wendy at the Grand Catoe Centre and let her know cause when you come to a big reunion like this and looking for specific people it'd be really nice if we had a database”

    They are currently judging the entries for the Centennial Logo and an announcement can be expected soon on that.

    “We've had some wonderful for the logo for Shaunavon's Centennial it is a difficult decision to choose.”

    The Beautification Committee will be encouraging all property owners to spruce up their homes and yards. Plans will soon be presented for that.

    If you would like to volunteer to help out you can contact Wendy at the Shaunavon Museum.
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    Early in the morning of March 7th in Shaunavon, a vehicle was stolen and as a result, 28 year old Michael Boucher of Regina, was arrested and charged.

    Boucher appeared in Swift Current Provincial Court on March 12th on theft charges and other matters.

    He was sentenced to eight months in custody.
  • cypresshealthregion
    A looming drug shortage across Canada isn't impacting the Cypress Health Region much yet.

    Several issues with Quebec drug manufacturer Sandoz has caused the slow down and halting of production for some mostly injectable medications.

    "We have spent a considerable amount of time within our region really looking at what are the impacts for us here, and being very diligent in monitoring all of our medication inventories to ensure that we know at any given moment where we stand for medication," said Health Region CEO Beth Vachon.

    Vachon adds they have plans in place to stretch their supply: "Are there other therapeutic alternatives that can be used in place of injectable medications? Because there are many of these medications that come in pill form, for example."

    Vachon says their inventory looks good for now, but the picture in six to twelve months is fuzzier.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Beth Vachon about the possibility of an injectable drug shortage:

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    Actual-sized mock-ups of the rooms for the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility were on display at the Maple Creek Armouries Thursday and Friday (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    Maple Creek residents got a first look at their new healthcare facility this week.

    The Cypress Health Region had mock-ups of some of the acute care and long-term care rooms of the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility at the Maple Creek Armouries on Thursday and Friday.

    "Our local staff put them all together and they did a great job of virtually displaying what the rooms would look like," said Capital Project Lead Brenda Schwan. "They're all to actual size, they have the actual equipment that will be housed in these rooms and the floor plans outside of it, and visuals of what the interior of the rooms will look like."

    Schwan adds the event also helped build more excitement in the community for the project: "This project is going ahead, it is making progress and it is going to happen, and you can feel that excitement in the room."

    Detailed design for the project was recently completed, and the Health Region is now working on the "50 per cent" drawings for the construction documents.

    The new facility is expected to open in early-2014.

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    A mock-up of one of the rooms for the new facility (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    Brenda Schwan talks about the event and the progress of the project:

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    The Comp Colts and Ardens wrestling teams were in Prince Albert on the weekend attending regionals.

    Taylor Grose and Natasha Cleaveley won their categories.

    Cam Hymers and Jessica Weins earned silver, while Brandon Hammel, Ian Hymers and Cam Davison won bronze.

    In addition to these 7 athletes, 5 more wrestlers qualified for Provincials next weekend in Regina by placing 4th in their categories. 

    Meanwhile, the Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club attended a tournament hosted by the Saskatoon Wrestling Club over the weekend.

    Chase Miller, Aleah Nickle, and Keenan Andres won gold.

    Andrew Steinley, Autumn Shopa, Cole Andres captured silver.

    Austin Shopa, Blayne Miller, Memphis Cameron, and Josh Leoppky came away with bromze medals.

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    The Comp High School Ardens basketball team scored an 80-24 win over the hosts from Kindersley in conference tournament play Friday.

    They move on to the next round where they'll take on Meadow Lake this morning.
  • nedomlel red wings
    Richard Nedomlel

    Swift Current Bronco defenceman, Richard Nedomlel, has signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

    In 72 games played this past season the 6’4”, 225-pound Prague, Czech Republic product has more than quadrupled his point totals from last season with 46 points (10-36-46) and recorded 83 penalty minutes.  He wrapped up the 2011/12 regular season ranking 16th amongst all defencemen in the WHL in scoring (46) and fifth in both power play assists (24) and power play points (32).

    “His improvement this season is the reason that they’re bringing him up,” states General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb. “This will be a really good learning experience for him and a chance for him to get involved in the organization and make a name for himself in the pro-ranks.”

    Nedomlel was drafted 175th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

    Nedomlel is still eligible to play two more seasons with the Broncos. His teammate Taylor Vause recently signed an ATO with Dallas' affiliate the Texas Stars, while Jon Groenheyde joined Allen of the Central Hockey League.

  • chinook1
    Congratulations to the Cabri mixed curling team who captured the gold medal at the SHSAA provincial curling championships March 3 at Abbey rink. Eight teams from Cabri, Canwood, Strasbourg, Saskatoon Tommy Douglas, Regina O’Neill, Kelliher, Assiniboia and Unity took part. The winning team from Cabri is composed of skip Russell Green, 3rd Taylor Stenerson, 2nd Klarke Braaten, lead Mariah Jacklin and coach Ron Brawn. The team had a great weekend going through the bonspiel undefeated. They started on Friday with wins over Saskatoon Tommy Douglas (7-6) and Canwood (9-4). This put them in the A final against Unity which they won 8-1. They then advanced to the championship round. In the semi final, they came up against Unity for a second time. In a nail biter of a game, they won 5-3. This put them in the gold medal match against Kelliher. This game came right down to the last shot in the 8th end when skip Green chipped out the Kelliher shot stone to win 6-3. The bronze medal match up saw Unity defeat Strasbourg 8-5. It was a great weekend of curling! Hats off to the communities of Cabri and Abbey for hosting such a wonderful event.

    The Swift Current boys’ curling team was at provincials in Weyburn on March 2/3. The team was composed of skip Grady Lamontagne, 3rd Jesse Wallace-Perkins, 2nd Tom Potts, lead Jacob Menun and coach James Kissick. The boys lost their first match to the eventual gold medalists Saskatoon Holy Cross by a very close score of 3-2. They followed this up with 2 wins in the B event: 7-6 over Estevan and 7-6 over Weyburn. This put the boys in the B final vs Foam Lake. Unfortunately they came up short by a 10-1 score. The boys had one last chance in the C qualifier but lost 8-3 to North Battleford.

    Our junior and senior basketball leagues have come to a finish. The senior boys final saw Shaunavon Shadows capture the title with a 98-65 win over Swift Current Jr. Colts on Feb. 28. The Shadows went through league games and playoffs without a lose. Leading the way for Shaunavon was Matt Benesh with 31 pts and Jesse Voll with 21. The Colts’ high scorer was Reid Fritzke with 14. Congrats to the Shadows and their coach Mark Benesh.

    The junior girls’ final saw Gull Lake win their first title on home court with a 57-36 win over Swift Current Comp gr. 9’s on Feb. 29. Congrats to the young lady Lions and their coach Chantie Champigny.

    The junior boys’ final on March 1 saw the Swift Current gr. 9’s win their 5th straight league title with a 76-42 win over Herbert. The Colts advanced to the final with a semi final victory over Shaunavon 72-51. Congrats to the young Colts and their coach Kevin Synder.

    The senior girls’ basketball league final will go March 6 in Frontier and will see Shaunavon vs the Raiders.

    Our senior basketball teams will be starting in the SHSAA playoffs leading to HOOPLA (in Regina on March 23/24). Play will start with the conference tournaments on March 9/10. Our teams will play as follows:

    1A girls: Frontier will play at Bengough and Herbert will go to Holdfast.

    3A girls: Shaunavon will play at the 7 team tournament hosted by Maple Creek. Games will be Friday at 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will be at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:15. Teams from Maple Creek, Shaunavon, Lumsden, Regina Christian, Assiniboia, Caronport and Moose Jaw Cornerstone will be in attendance. 4 teams will advance to the next level.

    4A girls: Swift Current Ardens will travel to Kindersley.

    1A boys: Herbert will host Central Butte, Craik, Mortlach, and Davidson. Games will Friday at 6:00 and Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 2 teams advance to the next level.

    3A boys: Both Shaunavon and Maple Creek will travel to Biggar.

    4A boys: Swift Current Sr. Colts will host Moose Jaw Central, Moose Jaw Vanier and Moose Jaw Peacock. Games are Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 2 teams advance.

    Good luck to all our teams!!

  • CurlingBrier2012

    Glenn Howard and Ontario cruised to the final of the Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon, with a 9-3 victory over Manitoba's Rob Fowler in the 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff Game last night.

    Howard will play for the title on Sunday, while Fowler drops to tonight's semi-final, and will take on the winner of this afternoon's 3/4 game, which will feature brothers Kevin Koe of Alberta, and the Territories' Jamie Koe.
  • HockeyColts2012champs
    The Colts take their second championship phot in as many years.

    The future looks bright for female hockey in the southwest.

    The Swift Current Bantam Colts won the Provincial A Championship for the second consecutive year.

    "We've got an exceptional group of kids in this age group right now." said Coach Steve Veason. "We've got kids that are athletic... competitive... and committed to the team concepts."

    The Colts won the total point series with Estevan 4-1 and 4-2.

    They won game 1 despite being short staffed due to a bad flu bug going around the team.

    The Colts are comprised of the best bantam players in the region.

    Some were playing bantam and others had moved up to the Midget AA team.

    Veason credits coaching consistency with an easy transition back together.

    "We have a lot of coaches that have worked together," Veason said. "We've made an effort to try and employ similar systems among all the teams that eventually have girls going to this team. It really, as far as the systems end of it, is quite seamless."

    Veason believes this group of young women in the southwest area are going to lead to strong midget teams down the road.

    Interview with Steve Veason:

  • cypresshealthwinter

    The Public Health department have declared an ‘outbreak’ at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre due to several long term care residents experiencing signs and symptoms of Norwalk-like illness.

    Due to the declaration, visitor restrictions have been put in place to assist in preventing the spread of the illness. Individuals requiring access to the Health Centre’s emergency outpatient department will not be affected by the restrictions.

  • cypresshealthwinter

    He says there have been a number of similar cases reported throughout the community.

    The Cypress Health Region has declared an end to the "outbreak" of Norwalk-like virus at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre.

    Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer for the Cypress Health Region says with the change in status, visitors are again welcome.

    "Visitors will be allowed to come and see their relatives, we of course (will request) that anyone who is ill should not visit." 

    Dr. Torr says all residents with the Norwalk-like virus are in the recovery stage, but there are a couple of staff members still dealing with symptoms.
  • fairview

    An incident at the Fairview Arenas last night marred the celebrations for the local Midget Hurricanes club after a victory over Notre Dame. 

    "Our members were called to an altercation that occured after the hockey game," said RCMP Staff Sargeant Al MacDonell. "There was a couple of arrests made and the matter is still being investigated."

    MacDonell doesn't expect a quick resolution.

    "The investigation will take some time due to the fact that some of the witnesses don't live in Swift Current," MacDonell said. "They live in various parts of the province as well as Western Canada so the investigation will take some time to get wrapped up."

    Several witness reports to the Swift Current Online newsroom state that the altercation occurred between Swift Current and Notre Dame supporters.

    The Hurricanes beat the Argos 4-3 to win their best of three series.

    Interview with RCMP Staff Sargeant Al MacDonell:
  • maple creek listener fire 3
    Tuesday night's grass fire (Photo by Kim Reznechenko)

    Maple Creek Mayor Barry Rudd is expressing frustration with CP Rail after he claims they caused the 15 kilometre long grass fire outside of town yesterday.

    It took over 100 people over 8 hours to get the fire under control.

    Click here for our story on the fire

    "I guess we can say thank you to CP Rail because that's where these fires are starting," Rudd said. "This is the second time that it has threatened ranches and farms and done damage. It wasn't a few months back here where (a fire) just about took out two ranch sites (in the township of Hatton). They are CP rail fires. They start just down the edge of the railway tracks and that's the problem."

    "I don't think CP rail is probably going to offer to pay too much other than the fire fighting services which they generally do pay if we sent the bill in, but this is going to be a little bill so I'm just not sure."

    Rudd doesn't blame the local conductors.

    "It's the head offices," the Mayor said. "It would be nice to have them out here fighting a fire to see that devastation. It will be on the news... maybe they will see it that way because something has to be done. It's a recurring problem that's went for years and years and years."

    A spokesman for CP told Swift Current Online the cause of the fire is still under investigation and they have spoken to Mayor Rudd about his concerns.

    Rudd also expressed gratitude to all the communities that came together to help fight the large blaze last night.

    "If it wasn't for the efforts of everyone around the fire would probably still be going," Rudd said. "It's a rural Saskatchewan response because everyone comes from miles around." 

    Todd Vallee interviews Maple Creek Mayor Barry Rudd:
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    Tuesday night's fire north of Maple Creek

    CP Rail has reached out to Maple Creek Mayor's after Barry Rudd criticized them for causing the large grass fire outside of town on Tuesday night.

    They're talking to the Mayor, but CP Spokesman Kevin Hrysak said they are still waiting for more information.

    “There has been no cause to this incident and it's under investigation as the present moment," Hrysak said. "We will cooperate with any of the agencies involved in a follow investigation into what did cause this incident”

    He notes they do take action to prevent train caused fires.

    “I don't think that it is a common issue but we have taken steps with locomotives maintenance inspections along with spark arresters, exhaust pipes, composite brake shoes, that sort of thing limit any type of sparks.., we are also operating a newer fleet than in the past.”

    Hrysak said representatives from CP talked to Mayor Rudd to discuss his concerns and see if they can follow up with any measures to deal with them.

    Interview with Kevin Hrysak:
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    St. Pat's School, the Catholic Elementary School in Swift Current, will be replaced by the new separate Pre-K to 8 school to be built in the city. (Photo: Holy Trinity School Division)

    Both of the new schools to be built in Swift Current have names to go with them.

    The Holy Trinity Catholic School Division announced that "All Saints Catholic School" will be the name for their pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, saying in a press releasethat the name signifies the potential of all students to become saints, and honours the original catholic schools in the city -- St. Patrick School, St. Joeseph Middle School, and St. Joan of Arc Academy.

    The catholic school will be part of a joint-use education facility to be constructed near Cypress Regional Hospital with a new public pre-K to 8 school, which was named "École Centennial School" by the Chinook School Division this week. The facility is set to open in 2014, which is the 100-year anniversary of Swift Current becoming a city.
  • earth hour

    The City of Swift Current will join the rest of the world tonight for Earth Hour.

    At 8:30pm this evening, millions of people will switch their lights off for one hour to send a message about taking action on climate change.

    "We're actually joining other cities across the province, and we're just going to make sure that facilities that we don't have booked or any programming at, we're going to make sure that our lights are off," said Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. "We just ask our community to maybe participate as well and show there is concern and interest in doing what we can to protect the planet."

    Schafer added that many residents are concerned about climate change: "I think there's a demand out there from residents that they want more options, they want us to be a little more environmentally responsible, and the reality is it's important that we are."

    More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011.

    Todd Vallee talked with Jerrod Schafer about the City of Swift Current's participation in Earth Hour:

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    A third place finish for the Junior SunDogs 18U Girls at their home volleyball tournament.

    They went 2-3-1 in round robin with victories over the 16U Junior SunDogs and the Moose Jaw Edge.

    The 18U SunDogs then fell in straight sets to the Regina Cougars in the semi-final. Regina went on to beat the Moose Jaw Element in the final.

    The 16U team finished with an 0-6 record but got some valuable experience against teams two age divisions above them.

    The 18U boys finished fifth in a tournament in Moose Jaw. They closed the tournament with a victory over North Battleford.

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    Broncos prospect Brycen Martin (in blue) in action at the Mac's Tournament
    The Broncos know they won't make the WHL playoffs this season, but they are still looking to finish on a high.

    Swift Current has points in seven of their last eleven games as they prepare to face the Raiders in a home and home. The two-game set starts Friday night in Prince Albert and finishes up on Saturday night at the Credit Union iPlex.

    The Raiders are also out of playoff contention.

    Each team has three wins in the season series, while the Broncos have earned points in all six games between the two clubs. Four of the games went to at least overtime.

    "They've got some really talented players," said Broncos forward Adam Rossignol. "They've got some high offensive skill. Every time we match up with them it's fairly even. If we can shut down their top guys and (with) our depth everyone plays well I like our chances. We know they're going to be tight games so we have to go in and work as hard as we can."

    Rossignol scored the winning goal when Swift Current beat Kootenay 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Click here for video of the goal

    The games with the Raiders may also feature the debut of Broncos prospect Brycen Martin. The 15-year-old was called up for te final four games of the regular season.

    "I'm excited," Martin said. "Everyone wants to play their first game after being drafted. Hopefully I get a look at how fast the league is, how hard hitting the league is. Hopefully I get a chance to showcase some of my talent out here and get a couple of wins."

    Swift Current drafted Martin second overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent the season with the Midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes, while also playing for Team Alberta at the U16 tournament and Team Canada at the Youth Olympics.

    "They were unlike anything I've ever been involved in before," Martin said. "Suiting up in the Canada jersey... there's nothing like it."

    There is no official word yet on if Martin will make his debut on Friday night. Tune in to our pre-game show to find out for sure. The broadcast starts at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday nights on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

    Saturday's contest will be the second last home game of the season as the Broncos wrap 2011-2012 up the following weekend with a home and home series against Saskatoon.  

    Interview with Adam Rossignol:


    Interview with Brycen Martin:   

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    Hurricans Versus Lions last week

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes kick off the best-of-three league final tonight against Weyburn.

    The top-ranked Hurricanes won both regular season meetings against the Wings, and Coach Tim Tisdale said he expects this to be a low-scoring series, “They play very well defensively, they're very well coached, its going to be tight games. We just have to concentrate on defense make sure we don't give up many chances and capitalize when we can.”

    When asked about recent incidents at the rink Tisdale said he appreciates the support but he hopes things won't get out of hand, “Well its a little wild, it's great to see all these people here and liked to see a little bit more control little bit more restraint but for the most part you love the enthusiasm and I think our players are loving it.”

    The Hurricanes have gone the distance in both of their previous series, winning all of their home games, but losing two on the road.

    Face-off tonight is at 7:15 from the Fairview Arenas, with game two set for Weyburn on Wednesday.
  • Dramamasks

    Darkhorse Theatre of Shaunavon is presenting their Rippin the Roof Off Pub Weekend March 29th, 30th and 31st in the Shaunavon Elks Hall.

    They will be performing the comedy `Sexy Laundry`` with all proceeds going to roof repairs at the Elks Hall.

    Actor/Director Dianne Greenlay says the play will get some laughs.

    “It is the story of Alice and Henry. Alice decides they need a little more spicing up in their life so she has booked a hotel room for them for the weekend. Henry is delighted becuase he has a flat screen TV that's got a split screen, he's got a couple of remotes and he thinks this is going to be wonderful. Alice, on the other hand, has signed a book out from the library entitled SEX FOR DUMMIES and she is intent on working her way through it for the weekend chapter by chapter.”

    Tickets are $25.00 each and go on sale this weekend.

    Only 150 tickets are available for each performance.

    Sponsorship tables are available by contacting Gordon Brown or Jason Huss.

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    Jerrod Schafer speaks at the State of the City Event

    Members of Swift Current's Chamber of Commerce and other residents gathered for a State of the City address by Mayor Jerrod Schafer Wednesday morning.

    It comes on the heels of the city's budget announcement on Monday.

    "The common indicator at functions like this are the questions afterwords," said Chamber Chair Trevor Koot "I think people were engaged and inquisitive. That's always a very good sign of a successful event."

    Schafer spent significant time talking about the new budget. It includes a tax increase of 12.2% that the city blames mostly on the loss of a policing subsidy due to Swift Current's growing population.

    "Under the circumstances we feel that the city did a very good job with this," Koot said. "They're still looking at things that will improve the city, even if they are small items that can be marketed and used to leverage the city to outside groups... bringing in new employment and new business."

    Koot says bridging the gap between commercial and residential ratepayers in creative ways is still on the Chamber's agenda.

    Colin Powers interviews Chamber Chair Trevor Koot:

  • waterplant

    With the warm temperatures upon us the flows and conditions in the Swift Current Creek have changed throughout the weekend. With these changes some City of Swift Current residents have noticed a change in the smell of our drinking water.

    The early warming and snow melt results in challenging incoming water conditions. There is a large amount of ice remaining on the creek and when this is combined with the quick change in flow conditions the result is poor water quality going into the plant. Several residents have noticed a chlorine smell in their water over the past couple days. This is a result of the high Ammonia levels in the raw water going into the plant and mixing with the water treatment plant chemicals.

    The Water Treatment Plant Operators in conjunction with Saskatchewan Environment have been working around the clock through the weekend to continuously monitor and adjust the water treatment process. So far the Operators have been able to ensure drinking water quality standards are being met. Plant personnel will continue to adjust and monitor the water quality in order to combat the high in coming ammonia levels for the duration of run-off.

    Many residents have also noticed a fairly drastic change in creek levels throughout the weekend. According to Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA) below average run-off conditions are expected throughout the run-off season. Since the extremely wet Spring and Summer of 2011, we have had very little moisture through the Fall and Winter. The peek flows we have seen over the weekend were relatively low compared to what we saw last spring and are largely due to the quick melt of the snow that accumulated a couple weeks ago. At this point SWA has maintained winter flow rates being released from the Duncairn Dam. The quantity of ice remaining on the Creek can lead to ice dams which cause some temporary localized high water levels.

    Residents are reminded to be cautious when near the creek, especially with the unpredictable conditions due to the large chunks of ice. The City will update residents as conditions change.

    Shawn Mullin interviews City Manager of Engineering and Planning Services Trevor Feicht:

  • water levels 2
    Last year's flooding in Swift Current

    Frustrated by the intense chlorine smell in your water?

    The City of Swift Current says it's caused by high Ammonia levels in water from the spring runoff mixing with water treatment chemicals.

    The good news is it should be a quick one.

    Kevin Wingert is the Senior Watershed Engineer for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority in Swift Current.

    “This year with the warm weather it is coming off rather quickly, but again we don't have the snow pack that we did last year, so we are getting fairly high peaks for the snow that's out there but compared to last year it's almost insignificant”

    The city blames an early runoff combining with high ice levels in the creek for creating the poor water quality they've had to treat.

    “Those higher flows over the next couple days," Wingert said.  "I don't thinks there's alot of snow left in the basin so I don't think we'll expect a very long duration of this run off”

    Wingert estimates we're only seeing a tenth of last year's peak levels.

    Interview with Kevin Wingert:
  • ruralrcmp

    Three people were killed after a single-vehicle rollover on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Chaplin.

    RCMP say a westbound Ford pickup with five people inside rolled into the centre median of the highway at around 9:00pm Thursday night, and at least four people were ejected from the vehicle.

    A 29-year-old man from Estevan, a 36-year-old man from Westlock, Alberta, and a 19-year-old woman from Estevan were pronounced dead at the scene, and investigators believe they were not wearing seatbelts. A 17-year-old man from Texas and a 21-year-old woman from Herbert were sent to hospital with serious injuries. No names are being released at this time.

    Highway 1 westbound was closed for about nine hours for the investigation, but has now re-opened to traffic.

  • credit union
    Innovation Credit Union's main branch in Swift Current

    Innovation Credit Union held its Annual General Meeting earlier this week, and they are calling 2011 a success.

    "I think the strong economy in Saskatchewan has helped us grow as an organization," said Innovation CEO Daniel Johnson. "Strong growth in our loans, really strong growth on our deposits, and strong financial results really helped us have another successful year."

    The recent amalgamation with Mankota Credit Union was also discussed during the meeting, and a recommendation was recently put to Eastend Credit Union members to amalgamate with innovation later this year. "We're growing organically with our existing members, but we're also finding that smaller credit unions in our region find our business model very appealing," Johnson added. "As they're struggling to find growth or keep costs at bay, joining with Innovation seems to be an option they put forward to their members."

    Other highlights from 2011 included Darlene Kingwell and Gordon Lightfoot returning to the Innovation board via acclamation, and the announcement that a $930,000 patronage payment will be paid to Innovation members.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Innovation Credit Union CEO Daniel Johnson:

  • Millar Edge

    Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun hosted the Prarie Athletic Conference Indoor Soccer Championships over the weekend.

    The Edge made the finals on both the men's and women's sides.

    The Ladies took home the championship with a 2-nothing win over Bethany.

    The Men also faced Bethany but dropped a 9-5 decision.

  • curlingsuperleague

    Here are playoff results from last night's Innovation Credit Union Super League Curling playoffs.

    Kabos Pub & Grill defeated Klassen Autobody

    Jarvis Environmental defeated Swift Plumbing

    Maximum Energy defeated 1st Step Studio

    Kruse Glass defeated Tamara Quintin

    Westax defeated Francis.

    Playoffs will wrap up on March 22.
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    Taylor Vause with the AHL Texas Stars

    Two firsts for graduated Broncos.

    Taylor Vause scored his first career AHL goal as his Texas Stars beat the Toronto Marlies 4-2 yesterday.

    Vause finisehd 15th in WHL scoring this season with 83 points in 72 games.

    Meanwhile, Jon Groenheyde stopped 23 shots for his first Central Hockey League win as his Allen Americans beat Wichita 3-1.

    It was the final game of the regular season for Allen.
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    Acting NDP Leader John Nilson

    The Saskatchewan New Democrats are concerned about possible cuts to programs and services in the budget to be presented later this month.

    Acting NDP Leader John Nilson says he believes Premier Brad Wall doesn't appear to have the team to manage the economy in an even-handed way.

    “We know that he's just had to appologize for allowing ideology to trump common sense as it relates to the essential services legislation. He's gone into a number of places dealing with the school financing and effectively has told schools, borrow more money at commercial rates, which costs all of us more rather than having the appropriate resources come from the provincial budget.”

    As for the upcoming spring session, Nilson says the NDP will force the government to act for the people of the province, especially when it comes to issues like healthcare and education.

  • busstop

    The City of Swift Current is gearing up for the possible introduction of scheduled transit service.

    The 2012 Budget included the purchase of two used buses later this year in anticipation of a scheduled service to go along with the existing door-to-door Tel-a-Bus.

    Engineering Director Mac Forster says having both would be ideal.

    “We recognize that the door-to-door service provided by our Tel-a-bus is valuable to certain users of our transit system however, establishing a route within the city is also a priority.”

    Forster adds a preliminary investigation indicated that the city can run a primary bus route, with the Tel-a-Bus running from certain transfer points along that route.
  • Niki Ashton

    A candidate for the leadership of the federal New Democrats will be in Swift Current tonight.

    Churchill MP Niki Ashton, who is one of seven people looking to fill the position left by the late Jack Layton, will hold a meet and greet at Cafe Central at 109 Central Avenue North from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

    The federal NDP will choose their new leader on March 24th.
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    A view of the grass fireoutside Maple Creek 

    Over 100 fire fighters from across the southwest fought a huge grass fire in harsh, windy conditions near Maple Creek Tuesday night.

    At one point the RCMP were reporting the fire was over 15 km long.

    "It was hard to judge because of the wind speed," said Sargeant Jeremy Allard. "The smoke plume was at least 10 to 12 miles long, but I don't know if the fire was ever that long."

    Police were called to the scene north of Highway 1 and 6-7 km west of Highway 21 late in the afternoon as winds started picking up.

    Environment Canada eventually issued a wind warning calling for the possibility of westerly wind gusts of 90-100 km/h.

    Audio of the intense wind in Swift Current on Tuesday night:

    The growing fire drew support from all around the region.

    "We got fire crews here from Maple Creek, the RM of Maple Creek, Fox Valley, Walsh, Medicine Hat and some of the local Hutterite colonies helping too," Allard said. "Basically everybody with a water tank showed up to help reload the fire truck. It's been such strong support from people who aren't trained in fire fighting that they sometimes get upset when we can't let them in, but of course it's a dangerous situation so we try to keep them away."

    No homes were damaged, but Allard said it came close.

    "There are some houses that have had the fire right in their yard."

    The fire fighters began to make serious progress before 7pm, but it took five more hours of intense work before they had it down to three small, manageable fires.

    Most of the crew was able to return home after midnight, while some stayed behind to deal with the smaller fires and make sure things didn't flare up.   

    Fire fighters also took care of a grass fire 6 km east of Swift Current Tuesday afternoon.

    The city fire department told Swift Current Online they were called to the scene at 3pm and had put it out by 4:30pm.

    They believe it may have been caused when a CPR contractor was working at removing some signs from the area. 

    Click here for coverage of the fire as it happened and an the interview with Sargeant Allard while the fire was still going strong

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    Youth ages 10 to 18 in Swift Current are invited to the Get Fit Be Fit Youth Wellness Event hosted by the City and Cypress Health Region from 6:00pm to 9:30pm tonight at the Stockade Building.

    "We set up circuits where the youth can come out and every 15 minutes, they'll get a chance to try out a new sport or new activity," said Val Choo-Foo, In Motion Community Facilitator for the City. "We've got a wide variety of things from boxing to yoga, dance, we've got skateboarding, volleyball, football... a whole bunch of fun activities to come out and try, and just have a lot of fun hanging out with friends."

    She adds there are also some great prizes to be won, including gym memberships and sports equipment.

    Registrations are still open and those interested can call City Rec and Parks at 778-2787, or visit the "Get Fit! Be Fit!" page on facebook.
  • cloth diaper

    Changing diapers to change attitudes.

    A group of Swift Current residents are planning to participate in "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" -- an attempt to break the world record for most cloth diaper changes done simultaneously.

    The Swift Current host for the event is Cindy Schultz of Belly Button Baby.

    "We have about16 people now that have signed up," Schultz said. "We have more people that are singing up every day and contacting me about cloth diapers. As people are starting to recycle more and starting to care about the environment, people are realizing that cloth diapers are an alternative."

    They are one of 245 locations in 14 countries participating in the event.

    The change goes down on Saturday, April 21rst.

    Click here for more information.

    Interview with Cindy Schutlz:
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    Photo by Darwin Knelsen 

    The Edmonton Oil Kings came out on top versus the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 last night at Rexall Place. 

    Broncos Defenseman Richard Nedomel potted his tenth goal on the season, while Taylor Vause and Reese Scarlett picked up assists on the second period powerplay marker.

    Jon Groenheyde had 32 saves on 34 shots.

    The loss wraps up the Broncos Road swing that saw them play five games away from the Credit Union i-plex.

    They're back at home on Tuesday to face Kootenay.

    Click HEREfor last night's boxscore. 

    Golden West Radio's Shawn Mullin interviews Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen:

    Video Highlights of the game in Edmoton:

  • rumpel badgers

    Swift Current's Joel Rumpel continues to rack up the awards in his first season of NCAA Division 1 Hockey.

    The Wisconsin Badgers' goaltender won the WCHA Rookie of the Week Award for the third time.

    Rumpel came within a minute of a shutout last Friday while stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota. He lost the re-match on Saturday, but still stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced.

    The Badgers start their playoffs this weekend in Denver.

  • Evan Vossen
    Evan Vossen played hero for McGill on Sunday

    A storybook ending for Swift Current's Evan Vossen. In the final game of his CIS hockey career, Vossen scored the overtime winner to give McGill their first national hockey championship.

    They won the game 4-3 over Western.

    Vossen, McGill's Captain, played five seasons for the Montreal based university after a three year career with La Ronge in the SJHL.

    The tournament also featured former Bronco Geordie Wudrick playing for the University of New Brunswick. They lost in the semi-final. Five former members of the Broncos or the Legionnaires (Andrew Bailey, Shayne Neigum, Brett Ward, Kyle Bortis and Travis Brisebois) played for the University of Saskatchewan in the tournament. They lost both their round-robin games.

    Click here for the game boxscore

    Click here for McGill's article on the game
  • CurlingBrier2012

    Nova Scotia skip Jamie Murphy played like he belongs, winning his opening two games in his first appearance at the Tim Horton's Brier in Saskatoon. 

    Saskatchewan's Sott Manners opened with a win and after beating PEI are tied for second at 1 and 0 with Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and Northern Ontario.

    Manners will sit out this morning's draw and take on B.C.'s Jim Cotter this afternoon.
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    Jamar Williams

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebackers Alvin Bowen, Abraham Kromah, Tony Taylor and Jamar Williams to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released..

    Williams (6’1 – 235 lbs) was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round (120th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. He remained with the Bears until 2010 when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers. Over the course of his time in the NFL, the 27-year-old played in 54 games and recorded 91 tackles, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. Williams was a
    three-year starter at Arizona State and in 48 career games registered 256 career tackles,
    25 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and six sacks. He earned multiple accolades throughout his career, beginning as a co-recipient of the team's Bill Kajikawa Freshman of the Year Award in 2002, and concluded his ASU career as the Defensive Most Valuable Player in his final collegiate game against Rutgers in the 2005 Insight Bowl.

    Taylor (6’1 – 235 lbs) originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008.  He spent the season on the team active roster where he played mostly special teams and recorded 12 tackles. The following season he signed with the Seattle Seahawks where he was added to their injured reserve. Most recently the 27-year-old spent time with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. Taylor played for the University of Georgia where in three seasons he recorded 152 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, ten interceptions for 111 yards and one touchdown, four quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries.

    Kromah (6’0 – 227 lbs) played four seasons at Duke. In his senior season Kromah received a 2010 ALL-ACC Honorable Mention after ranking second in the ACC with a team-best 129 tackles. He also led the Blue Devils with 9.5 tackles for loss while reaching double figures in the tackle column eight times including a career-best 20-stop performance in the season finale. The 24-year-old went undrafted in 2011.

    Bowen (6’2 – 233 lbs) spent the last four seasons in the NFL after being drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (147thoverall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent the season on the team’s injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury in training camp. In 2009 he signed to the Bills’ practice roster but was shortly after released and signed by the Washington Redskins where he was promoted to their active roster in November. The 28-year-old went on to spend time with the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently the Denver Broncos.  Bowen played college football at Iowa State where in his junior year he recorded 155 tackles which put him second in the nation. In his senior year he tallied 99 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

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    It was a disappointing weekend for 2 Senior Hockey teams in our region vying for provincial championships.

    After a convincing 9-4 win last weekend to open the Provincial 'C' Final versus Davidson, the Kyle Elks lost game 2, 4-3 to the Davidson Cyclones on Friday, and dropped last night's deciding game 3 by a 6-2 score.

    In the Provincial 'B' Final, the Shaunavon Badgers were eliminated in 2 straight, losing a 4-3 double overtime game at home on Saturday before coming up short 4-2 yesterday versus the Drake Canucks.

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     Inspector Tony Hamori with Airdrie RCMP talks with reporters Thursday afternoon (Photo: DiscoverAirdrie.com)

    More details have come to light about the death of a former Swift Current woman in Airdrie, Alberta.

    On February 24th, Airdrie RCMP went to a home to check on the well-being of a woman. 33 year-old Andrea Conroy was found dead in her residence. It was determined that she was the victim of a homicide.

    Airdrie RCMP held a media conference Thursday afternoon to provide an update on the murder. After extending condolences to the family, Insp. Tony Hamori said the investigation is ongoing and refused to comment on Rick Doucette, the only suspect in the case.

    Hamori confirmed that Conroy was the victim of a stabbing.

    In addressing the suggestion on social media that there are other potential victims or that Conroy was held hostage, Hamori said there is no evidence to support either claim.

    Exhaustive attempts were made to locate Rick Doucette for questioning. On February 25th, Nanton RCMP located the body of a man in a hotel in Nanton. He was identified as Doucette, who committed suicide and was previously in a relationship with Conroy.

    Until the time of her death, Conroy was unknown to the RCMP. No previous calls for help were received from, or about her.

    Here is Insp. Tony Hamori's full statement on the homicide.

    The family requests privacy at this time as they deal with this tragedy.

    The RCMP and the City of Airdrie take domestic and family violence very seriously and will investigate any allegation of family violence regardless of how the information is received. Prior to this incident, The City of Airdrie approved funding for an additional Domestic Violence position for the RCMP to ensure that support and oversight into these investigations remains at a consistently high level as the city continues to grow.  Domestic violence is one of Airdrie RCMP's policing priorities for the community.
  • sadd

    This week is a time to focus on the dangers of drinking and driving as it is Impaired Driving Awareness Week.

    Students Against Drunk Driving will be hosting numerous activities province-wide to educate the public about the risks involved in getting behind the wheel while impaired.

    Co-President of the Comp's SADD program Destiny Purvis says their activities include something called Profile The Victim:

    “Each student is given a card that has a description of a person and they are asked to assume that identity and then at the end of the day they learn whether or not their person lived or died due to impaired driving”

    Other activities include hanging posters around the school and a funeral flower activity where students are randomly given a flower to represent individuals who have lost their lives to impaired driving.

    Later this month, a check-stop will be operated by SADD and local RCMP.
  • rob norris
    Provincial Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris

    The job numbers from February has Saskatchewan holding a five per cent unemployment rate, tied for the lowest in the country, and the number of people working in our province increased by 61-hundred over last February, but it seems to be a different story in the southwest.

    The number of people employed in the Swift Current/Moose Jaw region dropped by 31-hundred from February 2011 and 600 from January 2012, and the local jobless rate rose slightly from four per cent in January to 4.4 per cent.

    Provincial Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris says he's been noticing a jump in local job vacancies on the government's own job-listings website.

    “There have been job vacancies that have jumped up nearly 60 % on the saskjobs website year over year. We know that labour market is certainly a real pressure, in fact the unemployment rate for the southwest is 4.4 %, essentially what that says is that as long as people have the skills and are willing to work there are jobs for nearly everyone.”

    Norris adds they've invested more than 2.8 billion dollars over four years in post-secondary education and made specific investments for First Nations and Metis learners to help fill those open jobs.

    Interview with Rob Norris:

  • copblitz

    Operation "March Madness" kicks off today

    Traffic enforcement officers will be watching for aggresive drivers as operation "March Madness" kicks off today.

    Manager of media relations for SGI, Rebecca Rogoshewsky said

    “What we'll see is law enforcement officers across the province on the look out for traffic violations such as speeding, driving to fast for road conditions, running red lights, not stopping at stop signs, even stunting, racing, or passing on the right on a highway.”

    Traffic enforcement officers will be watching for aggressive driving over the two day traffic Blitz.

    Over 4100 accidents occur on Saskatchewan highways each year because of aggressive driving.

    Rogoshewsky adds each blitz is different.

    “With each blitz what we do is try and focus on a different aspect of traffic safety, operation crossroads focused on violations at intersections, operation overdrive focus on imparied driving, operation handsfree again was distracted driving and cellphones while driving, each one has a bit of a different focus”

    Rogoshewsky says the goal is to promote safe driving in general.

  • shaunavon hospitalwinter

    It was another close call.

    Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon says they almost weren't able to staff the hospital again this weekend.

    "We have been able to reschedule our existing staff at this point and are quite optimistic we're avoiding a divirsion that we had thought might happen this weekend. We've got that staffed now."

    Vachon says help is on the way.

    "We have successfully recruited two registered nurses. Both of them are just awaiting their licensing throught the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. That is a requirement before they are able to practice in Saskatchewan."

    Vachon hopes to have them ready to work in a week or two. The health region is also trying to lock up two other nurses they've been talking to.

    If they are successful the four new employees would fill what has been a huge gap in Shaunavon.
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    David Anderson

    The federal budget cut spending, but not as deeply as some expected.

    The Conservatives are planning to cut $5.2 billion in spending over the next three years.

    They will run a $21 billion deficit this year and are projecting getting into a surplus by 2016.

    "There is a focus on jobs and focus on trying to keep the economy going," said Cypress Hills--Grasslands MP David Anderson. "I'm one of those folks that believes we need to get back to a balanced budget as soon as possible. I would have been comfortable with larger cuts than we had. I think there is a balance here."

    Most of the cuts come to the "back end" of government departments and won't result in cuts to services or government transfers to the provinces.

    That includes cutting over 19,000 federal government jobs.

    Anderson believes yesterday's federal budget builds on some of the government's previous work,

    “It lots of ways it continues the economic action plan we've had in the past," Anderson said. "There's not a lot of changes. There are some smaller adjustments in programs and improvements... but haven't really changed the direction we've gone in the past."

    Shawn Mullin Interviews David Anderson

  • glentworththunder

    In the first game of the Notekeu Hockey League Finals it was the Glentworth Thunder over the Assiniboia Rebels 5-2.

    The loss was the first of the playoffs for Assiniboia who are averaging 5.29 goals per game in the post season while only allowing 3.14 against.

    The Thunder are undefeated in 7 playoff games and averaging  4.86 goals  per game and a stingy 1.57 goals against.

    Game 2 is tonight at 7:30 in Glentworth.

    Click HERE for last night's boxscore.
  • ArdensColts New

    The Swift Current Comp Ardens basketball team will be heading up the highway for their Conference championship this weekend.

    The tournament is in Kindersley. They will also provide the Ardens with their first competition.

    Team Captain Haley Chalk knows the opening game is a must win.

    "In order to move on to regionals we have to win our first game," Chalk said. "How we do after that impacts our placing in the province."

    They haven't faced Kindersley yet this season but Chalk is confident they can come out on top if they play their game.

    "I think we have a pretty good chance," Chalk said. "I think we can do pretty well if we work and play Ardens basketball and do transition and fast break."

    Interview with Haley Chalk:

  • curling

    The Swift Current Rink of Shaun Meachem, Teejay Haichert, Chris Haichert and Janelle Tyler lost in yesterday's final in the Tim Hortons provincial mixed curling championship in Watrous.

    They dropped a 12-4 decision to Jeff Hartung after giving up steals of 4 in both the 5th and 6th ends.

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    Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard

    The spring session of the Saskatchewan legislature starts on Monday.

    Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard is excited about the session because of the province's recent successes: "We're dealing with a situation where the province is leading the nation in just about every category of economic growth and operation."

    But despite that economic success, Premier Brad Wall hinted that cuts to some programs are not out of the question. "I think we need to focus our energy on providing programs that are sustainable in the long run," Elhard said. "Too many Provincial Governments have made promises that looked real good in the short term, but as they developed and experienced more growth, they end up costing more and more."

    Elhard added there are some issues in his riding that need to be addressed: "We have some infrastructure needs here, we have some healthcare needs... and we are looking forward to seeing some important improvements made in those areas."

    The Provincial Budget will highlight the spring session, and will be presented on March 21st. 

    Todd Vallee talked with Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard:
  • BINGO!!!

    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Association recently handed out 1.4 million dollars to Saskatchewan communities through their charitable gaming grant program.

    $32,941 of that made it's way to Swift Current and area.

    Spokesperson for the SLGA David Morris says how much money an organization gets depends on the activity the group holds.

    "It really depends on the  groups and organizations, as to the amount of charitable gaming that they conduct. The grant itself is 25 percent of the net revenues raised from the activities so it varies from quarter to quarter."

    Morris says the grant helps all types of groups from amateur sports groups to service clubs.

    He commends the efforts of workers and volunteers who hold activities to better their communities.
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    Shaunavon Public School (Photo: Chinook School Division)

    A special presentation was made on Friday to the Shaunavon Public School.

    The Community Initiatives Fund awarded $31,000 to the Shaunavon Public School to support school playground renovations this spring. Two structures will be constructed at the Public School. One for ages 3-5 years and another for ages 5-13 years.

    Shaunavon Public School Principal Dale Ross says this grant moves their project along more quickly: "We started off with a budget of around $90,000, and the $30,000 contribution... for the amount of time it's taken us to raise that on our own, to have that in one fell swoop is huge, because it cuts down the amount of time that we have before we have to install the structure."

    "This is the kind of project that the Community Initiatives Fund was really designed to support financially," said Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard, who was on hand for the presentation. "A lot of the small communities have big ideas, but money is sometimes pretty tight, and the Provincial Government understands that by contributing to these types of projects, it helps build community pride."

    The installation date is tentatively set for the first weekend in May, and will take about a week and a half to finish.

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    Recylcing Depot

    Recycling programs in Saskatchewan received some funding from the Provincial Government on Monday.

    The province is contributing 1.5 million dollars from its Go Green Fund to support local cardboard and paper recycling operations.

    The Saskatchewan Abilities Council Swift Current Branch, which operates the city's Recycle Depot, will be receiving a share of the money.

    Operations Manager Corey Adam said they will be sharing that money with the city to help keep the depot running.

    “And the City of Swift Current uses those funds to continue the operation of the recycle depot as well as to buy certain captial items that we need to keep that City depot operational.”

    Adam said this year they will have the yard paved at the depot, and re-do the fence on the north side of the lot.

    “This year we will have the yard paved at the recylce depot and as well as plans to have the bins removed and loaded from the Northside of the yard so that we can save the pavement once it gets paved so we are going to use some of the money to redo the fence on the North lot.”

    Adam said it's been a great partnership between the Abilities Council and the city in running the recycle depot.

    “It's been a great partnership, we've got 5 people working over there and really helps us out knowing we can hire our own clients to work at the recycle depot is just an awsome partnership with the city.”

    Local paper and cardboard recycling programs in Saskatchewan will share in 1.5 million dollars in funding from the provincial government's "Go Green" fund.

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    Crews at work this morning at Central and Chaplin.

    A long project to improve the intersection of Central Avenue North and Chaplin Street in downtown Swift Current is almost finally complete.

    The new traffic signals that were installed earlier this month went into full operation this week, and City Engineering Services Manager Trevor Feicht says crews will work today to remove the old lights.

    “They'll be closing off the road once again, in segments, to do the removal of the old infrastructure and put up the signage and whatnot and that should pretty much finalize the project.”

    Feicht says the city is planning the same project for the intersection of Chaplin and 2nd Avenue Northeast.

    “We'll get everything lined up and in order and probably hit it hard late summer or in the fall. Try and have that from start to finish, do it in about a three week or a one month process instead of dragging it out for a year.”

    The new traffic lights went along with other improvements made to the intersection, which included re-paving and improved turning radiuses.

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    Financial Planner for Investors Group Swift Current, Chris Martens

    One of the major initiatives in the budget was a change in Old Age Security. It's a long term change that will see the collection age move from 65 to 67.

    Financial Planner for Investors Group Swift Current, Chris Martens said it won't impact you if you're 54 or older by the end of March, “Those born after February 1, 1962 it will affect them as they will have an eligibility age of 67. But folks born between April 1, 1958 and January 31, 1962, they'll be part of the phasing period and they have an eligibility period between 65 and 67.”

    Martens adds OAS is a fairly small component of many people's financial plans, but it is worth talking to your adviser to see if the change will impact you, “As far as the effect it could change it by up to two years. If you have a financial plan that's been created with no emergency funds in it then yes it could change it that you'll have to work an extra two years.”

    Shawn Mullin Interviewing Financial Planner Chris Martens
  • CurlingSHSAA

      Cabri won the SHSAA Provincial Mixed Curling Championship yesterday in Abbey with a 6-3 over Kelliher. 

    Congratulations to Skip Russell Green, Third Taylor Stenerson, Second Klarke Braaten and Lead Mariah Jacklin, as well as coach Ron Brawn. 

    The Bronze medal went to Unity.
  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Bantam Badgers couldn't complete a sweep of both their league and provincial championships. After winning their league crown, the Badgers fell 4-0 to Birch Hills/Kinistino in the provincial C final.

    They won all but one game in league play this season.

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    The Swift Current Junior Sundogs Volleyball Club is hosting their 18 and Under Women's tournament this weekend.

    Head Coach of the 18 U squad Morgan Halyk says the team is built from many different Southwest communities.

    “We have alot of girls from all over Southwest Saskatchewan on the team this year so it's been a bit of a learning curve for everyone to get to know one another, not only personally, but also on the court in how you play but the girls have worked so well and they're really strong and we're excited to get into game action and really put that to use on the court right now.”

    The Junior Sundogs 16 U team will also be competing in the tournament along with fiveother teams including one making the trek from Muenster.

    Most of the games will take place at place at O.M. Irwin School with a few at Great Plains College tomorrow.


  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers face a must-win game in the SHA Provincial Senior B final.

    They dropped a 4-3 decision to Drake in game one in Shaunavon Saturday and trail the best-of-three series 1-0, with game two set for today in Drake.

    In other senior hockey, it's winner-take-all tonight in Kyle, as the Elks host Davidson in the third and final game of the Provincial Senior C Final. Davidson tied up the series with a 4-3 win at home on Friday.

    Today's face-off is at 5:00pm from the Kyle Community Sports Centre.

    And Swift Current's Evan Vossen and the McGill Redmen will take on the Western Mustangs tonight in the final of the University Cup Men's Hockey Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Redmen went 1-1 in the two-game round robin.
  • central TM
     The Central School Choir is joined by Telemiracle cast member Victoria Banks Thursday morning at the School's Auditorium.

    Saskatchewan is getting ready for Telemiracle 36, and so is Swift Current's Central School Choir, who will be performing at the telethon for the second time in three years.

    Students at the school were treated to a performance by the choir of the song they will sing at Telemiracle, and another performance from Telemiracle cast member and country music artist Victoria Banks on Thursday.

    Music Teacher Celia Hammerton says the kids are very excited to be a part of Telemiracle, saying only a few that performed at Telemiracle 34 in 2010 are returning: "It's a very young choir this year, we have lots of new members, but they are all very, very excited about it. It's special to me and it's special to the kids," she added. "I just think it's such a great way for the kids to learn about giving and helping others."

    Central School also raised money for Telemiracle through a talent show on Thursday night and a bake sale on February 17th at Innovation Credit Union in Swift Current, and will be presenting that money to Telemiracle as the choir gets set to perform at about 11:30am on Sunday.

    Colin Powers talked with Celia Hammerton about the choir's preparations for Telemiracle:

    Country Music Radio's Kurtis Bakanec talked with Telemiracle cast member Victoria Banks:

    The Central School Choir performed the song they will sing at Telemiracle on Thursday morning:

  • winter driving

    If you're planning on heading out on the roads today, take care and take your time.

    Snow and freezing rain today made for some very poor road conditions. Swift Current Rural RCMP were not recommending travel on highways around the city, and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure also did not recommend travel on highways north of the South Saskatchewan River, including Highway 4 north of Saskatchewan Landing. Conditions on those highways have improved somewhat and the no-travel advisory has been lifted, but there are still some icy spots and drifting snow.

    Travel is also not recommended on highways in the Saskatoon and Kindersley areas, and blowing snow and icy sections have been reported in a number of areas in the province.

    Traffic was tied up earlier this afternoon on Highway 1 between Webb and Beverley, after a semi went off the road and struck a power pole. The road was blocked off for a few minutes as SaskPower crews worked to string up new wire.

    For the latest road conditions, call the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report link on Swift Current Online.

  • lyrictheatre

    Swift Current's Lyric Theatre has a new executive director. Erin Gehl was selected from a group of seven applicants looking to fill the brand-new position at the theatre.

    "We just realized that as the Lyric has continued to be successful to go to the next step," said Southwest Cultural Development Group President Gwen Uher. "We're finding that it's just too much for a working board, and so we just made the decision in the fall that we needed to hire an executive director."

    Uher says Gehl brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and will work with the board to oversee the entire Lyric Theatre organization: "She will definitely get direction from the board of directors, but she will take over things such as helping us with our strategic planning and our marketing, event planning, and working with the media."

    Gehl will take over the possition immediately.
  • rcmp1

    Police are looking for leads after someone either entered or attempted to enter four different Swift Current businesses last weekend.

    Local RCMP say the businesses affected are on the north side of the city.

    Police are also looking for information on how three vehicles on Cheadle Street West were damaged during the same time frame.

    If you know something contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

  • rcmp1

    Swift Current City Council approved a new agreement with Public Safety Canada that will see the RCMP continue to provide policing services to the community until 2032. Policing is coming at a higher cost to the city, with their share increasing to 90 per cent as a result of the population exceeding 15,000 people.

    Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Tim Marcus said they are going to look at finding ways to make policing more cost-effective through a feasibility study this year, “It's tended to be completed by the end of the year. It's just a review to determine the most cost effective way of delivering services to the community.”

    Marcus added the increase costs to the city are close to $600,000 per year with the chang in the cost-sharing model.

    One of the major changes in the agreement is that the RCMP must consult the city if they need to perform capital upgrades worth over $150,000, “They'll present financial projections for the years going forward which would include their projections on any capital expenditures and certainly anything that would be charged to the city over on hundred and fifty thousand they will consult with the city,” Marcus said.

    The agreement was approved at a special council meeting on Thursday, and will take effect April 1.

  • basketball

    The Herbert Boys basketball team came up just short in their bid for a provincial High School championship.

    They lost 97-82 to Regina Harvest City in the 1A Boys Final at HOOPLA in Regina yesterday, and will come home from the championships with a silver.
  • broncos logo

    The Swift Current Broncos played the role of spoiler last night in Red Deer beating the Rebels 4-0.

    The loss puts the Rebels 9 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 8 games remaining in the regular season.

    Josh Derko opened the scoring in the first, Taylor Vause had a powerplay marker in the second period, and Dillon Heatherington added a powerplay marker in the third before Brad Hoban added an empty-netter.

    Jon Groenheyde had 45 saves for the shut-out.

    The Broncos wrap up their Alberta road swing tonight with a game in Edmonton.

    We'll have the game for you on the Eagle 94.1 with the pre-game show beginning at 7:30.

  • swiftagexlogo

    The Swift Current Ag and Ex held their Annual General Meeting last night, where the association looked back on a successful year.

    Outgoing President Bryce Burnett says they've made great strides over the last three years, but adds it's not just himself who's responsible for the success.

    “We've got a real good board of directors that all have focused on some goals and put our minds to work and our mananger, Tracy, she's just right in there pushing with us so yeah, we've done well in the last three years.”

    Wade Jensen has taken over as President of the Association.

    He says one of their priorities is a five-year strategic plan for the Ag and Ex.

    “Well I think with the phenomenal partnership we've had with the city over the last three years that it gives us the opprtunity, with community support, to do a long term plan and to hopefully plan for the future to bring in additional events on top of building on our current events.”

    Jensen adds they will look at enhancing their livestock events and entertainment value for guests as part of their long-term plan.

    The Ag and Ex brought in revenues totalling more than 500-thousand dollars from their events last year, which included Frontier Days, the Step into Spring Home and Leisure Trade Show, and the R-C-M-P Musical Ride and turned a profit of 156-thousand dollars in 2011.

  • Schofield 
    Vaughn Schofield (right) with Prime Minister Stephen Harper (PMO Photo by Jason Ransom)
    Saskatchewan has a new Lieutenant Governor.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced this afternoon that Vaughn Schofield will take over the position for the retiring Gordon Barnhart.

    Premier Brad Wall was at the House of Commons for the announcement, and congratulated Schofield in a statement, saying "she has contributed to the well-being of the province through her work in business, the arts, education, broadcasting, corporate governance, crime prevention and community involvement."

    Gordon Barnhart has been the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan since 2006. Under the constitution, Lieutenant Governors are appointed by the Federal Government for a minumum of five years with no fixed term.

    A date for the installation of the new Lieutenant Governor is expected to be announced shortly.

    Statement from the Prime Minister's Office on the Announcement of the new Lieutenant Governor:
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Mrs. Vaughn Solomon Schofield as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. 

    “Mrs. Schofield is a remarkable Canadian who will bring to the position of Lieutenant Governor significant experience in business, the arts, education and broadcasting,” said the Prime Minister. “Time and time again she has shown an unwavering dedication to the community, province and country, in particular through her service to the Canadian Armed Forces."

    Mrs. Schofield has had a successful career in business and has been involved in a number of community organizations in Saskatchewan including the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, St. John Ambulance, the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and many others. Mrs. Schofield is also an Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel for the 38 Service Battalion.

    Lieutenant Governors are appointed by His Excellency the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.  They serve five-year terms, during which they act as their provinces’ vice-regal representatives.

    Prime Minister Harper also took the opportunity to thank his Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart for his dedicated service as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, which began in August 2006.
  • saskndp

    It will be about a year before the Saskatchewan New Democrats chose a new, permanent leader.

    The party's provincial council announced yesterday that a leadership convention will be held in February or March of 2013, with the exact date and the official start of the leadership race to be announced in the coming weeks.

    The party is choosing a new leader to replace Dwain Lingenfelter, who resigned after he lost in his riding, and the party won just nine seats in the last Provincial Election in November.

    Of the nine NDP MLAs in Saskatchewan, five of them have expressed an interest in running for the leadership. Current acting leader John Nilson has said he will not run for the permanent job.
  • cypress hills

    With the warmer temperatures we've been experiencing many are turning their attention to spring and summer activities, such as camping.

    Saskatchewan provincial parks have now changed the way you can book your campsite.

    Online bookings are now being taken by visiting saskparks.goingtocamp.com.

    Executive Director of Saskatchewan Parks Cindy MacDonald said the new system helps campers organize their summer plans.

    “Our camping use has been steadily climbing for the last 5 years at certain times of the summer we have far more demand than we have capacity to accommodate that so this is a way of making sure people can know in advance that they have their summer plans ready”

    She adds that feedback from campers showed that the old way of booking was not meeting camper's needs

    “It just provides a better service for our visitors, we've been hearing from people for a few years now that the reservation service that we had in place wasn't meeting their needs, now we have put in place a reservation service that is consistent with other jurisdictions cross North America.”

    The changes took effect at 8:00 am Monday mornings, at which time their website was bogged down with over 15-thousand visitors.

    To book your campsite using the new system visit saskparks.goingtocamp.com.

    The website is also accessible using your mobile device.


  • parliament

    A "penny-pinching" federal budget was unveiled today in the House of Commons.

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the document this afternoon, which did have cuts to public spending, but they weren't as deep as many feared.

    One of the big surprises was the elimination of the penny. Minting of the one-cent coin is to stop by this fall and could save the government $11 millionper year.

    As many expected, the age of eligibility for old age security will gradually move to 67 from 65, beginning in 2023.

    There is more than $5 billion in cuts to annual federal spending by 2014-15, and 4.8 per cent of the federal workforce will be eliminated. Also in the budget $205 million for a one-year extension of a temporary hiring credit for small businesses, and $50 million over two years to provide job skills training for young people.
  • legion camp

    The Swift Current Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaries are holding their spring camp this weekend.

    After Head Coach Jason Johns was relieved of his duties, Assistant Coach Brad Woods says the rest of the staff still felt it was important to step up and run the spring camp.

    He adds it is a smaller than usual "invitation only" camp; "We felt it was important that we invited kids that had a legitimate chance of being in that fall camp and had a legitimate chance to play next year.

    Registration and the first on ice session is tonight at the Credit Union iPlex.

    What are the Legionnaires looking for?

    "The two things that are pretty important at the AAA level is just the ability to skate. The speed of the AAA game is faster, things happen quicker, so just being able to play at that pace. The strength as well. A 15-year-old kid could potentially be playing against 17-year-olds. For those younger guys to make it they've got to show that they've got the strength and conditioning to play at that level."

    Camp starts tonight and runs until Sunday afternoon.

    Interview with Brad Woods:

    Team #1 Grey

    # 9 Delorme Braydon C 96 Moose Jaw, Sask.

    # 11 MacKay Zac C 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 15 Magnusson Bhody C 97 Moose Jaw, Sask.
    # 14 Hermanson Tristan LW 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 19 Lemay BraydonLW97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 18 Malone Riley LW 95 Shaunavon, Sask.
    # 12 Tangen Dawson RW 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    #8 Murphy Connor RW 97 Bushell Park, Sask.
    # 10 George Hudec RW 96 Swift Current, Sask
    # 6 Knelson Brody D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    #5 Wik Josh D 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 4 Zachaluzny Trenton D 96 Glen Bain, Sask.
    #3 Bast Dustin D 95 Macklin, Sask.
    # 72 Garland Kyle G 95 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 71 Litt-Jukes Jory G 97 Moose Jaw, Sask.
    #1 Pruden Tanner G 95 Medicine Hat, AB

    Team #2 Black

    # 7 Adam Colten C 97 Hodgeville, Sask.
    # 10 Kocur Drew C 95 Regina, Sask.
    # 16 Vanstone Tim C 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 18 Baschynski Mathew LW 96 Regina, Sask.
    # 8 Gove Graham LW 96 Saskatoon, Sask.
    # 15 Wittman Jordan LW 96 Stewart Valley, Sask.
    # 14 Spencer Thomas Derek RW 95 Shaunavon, Sask.
    # 12 Vallee Dom RW 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 11 Duran Eric RW 95 Regina, Sask.
    # 5 Doerkson Carter D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 4 Fritzke Reid D 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 3 Gruending Dylan D 95 Kincaid, Sask.
    # 2 Reimer Nicolas D 96 Regina, Sask.
    #1 Grassel Luke G 95 Lashburn, Sask.
    # 71 Hudon Riley G 95 Zenon Park, Sask.
    # 72 Zinger Kyle G 97 Swift Current, Sask.

    Team #3 Gold

    # 7 Gauthier Brandon C 95 Gravelbourg, Sask.
    # 8 Kouri Marcus C 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 9 Scott Chad C 95 Cupar, Sask
    # 14 Hall Bryce LW 97 Assiniboia, Sask.
    # 16 Henderson Chance LW 95 Shell Lake, Sask.
    # 15 Wall Parker LW 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 12 Fournier Blake RW 96 Maple Creek, Sask.
    # 11 Menke Dalton RW 95 Shamrock, Sask.
    # 10 Paxman Zach RW 96 Lampman, Sask.
    # 6 Forsyth Carter D 96 Tompkins, Sask.
    # 4 Sunde Jayden D 97 Maple Creek, Sask.
    # 2 Wittmier Braden D 97 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 5 Larochelle Austin D 96 Swift Current, Sask.
    # 72 Holtby Brandon G 96 Regina, Sask..
    # 1 Rogerson Austin G 95 Saskatoon, Sask.
    # 71 Tisdale Logan G 96 Swift Current, Sask.

    Camp Schedule

    Friday, March 23,

    4:00 – 5:30 Registration Iplex Lobby
    5:45 - 6:00 Meeting IPlex North End Dressing Room Area
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m Team #1 Practice
    7:45 Recondition Ice
    8:00-9:15 p.m Team #2 vs Team #3

    Saturday, March 25

    2:00-3:15 p.m. Team #2 practice
    3:15 Recondition Ice
    3:30-4:45p.m. Team #1 vs Team #3
    6:15-7:45p.m. Team #3 practice
    7:45 Recondition Ice
    8:00-9:30 p.m. Team #1 vs Team 2 

    Sunday, March 26

    12:15-2:15 p.m. Three Team Role
    12:15-12:45 Team #1 vs Team #2
    12:45 Recondition Ice
    1:00 - 1:30 Team #1 vs Team #3
    1:30 Recondition Ice
    1:45 -2:15 Team #2 vs Team #3
  • CurlingBrier2012

    The Tim Hortons Brier starts today in Saskatoon, and a relative unknown will be representing the home team.

    Scott Manners and his rink from the Battleford Curling Club shocked the province when they won the SaskTel Tankard last month, and joins a stellar Brier field that includes former champions Glenn Howard and Kevin Koe, whose rink includes five-time Saskatchewan champion skip Pat Simmons.

    Manners' first game is against P-E-I in the opening draw this afternoon.

  • rob norris

    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris

    You've likely heard a similar story at some point. A highly trained professional from another country moves to Saskatchewan and can't get a job in their field because the re-testing is too expensive, so instead they work at a minimum wage job. It happens all the time but now the province is joining forces with Ottawa to try and help with microloans.

    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris says the pilot project aims to provide microloans to new residents of Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw so they can have their credentials recognized in Canada. "When newcomers arrive they can move more quickly and directly to work in their field, whether they work in healthcare, pharmacies or engineers for example. Some fields have mandatory professional licensing. There are dollars associated with those licenses and the accreditation process, and this actually provides an opportunity."

    Norris says the goal is to make sure that people can reach their full potential. "We know that there are some barriers, but this is one more instrument that will help to foster and facilitate their success."

    Applicants can receive up to $2000 through the Immigrant Access Fund, a partnership between the province, Ottawa and the Morris Foundation.

  • comp 3

    One highlight of the 2012 Swift Current Municipal Budget was the addition of a new RCMP School Liason Officer for the Comprehensive High School.

    Councillor Tim Bugera had been requesting one of these officers for quite some time, and was happy that one is now coming in.

    "We've done lots of work to move forward with the School Liason Officer Program, and lots of homework to find out what it's all about," Bugera said. "We've invited other communities here to Swift Current, other liason officers to talk to us to gather information on what the program is all about, and I think we just all felt that it was time to move forward on the liason officer position."

    Bugera says he believes the liason officer will be an effective tool to help with problems with drugs and bullying in the school, educate students about these problems, and provide some security for students and staff. He also hopes the officer will come to council meetings every now and then to update the public on the progress of the program.

    He adds this will be a pilot project lasting up to three years starting from this fall.
  • chomyn
    Hiromi Chomyn and her son Keenan moved to Canada from the Tokyo region in 2007 (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)  

    It was news that rocked the world. Almost 16,000 dead, over 6,000 injured and many more still missing. It was back on March 11th 2011, that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the Sendai region of Japan, with a tsunami that followed soon after.  

    Hiromi Chomyn and her son Keenan now live in Moose Jaw, but lived just two hours inland from where the disaster hit, up until moving to Canada in 2007.  

    Hiromi Chomyn recalls being in a state of shock when she heard the news. "I was shocked. I phoned my mom and dad who lived in the Tokyo area at the time. I was panicked because I couldn't reach them. I remember having to go to work the next day but my mind was definitely not on the task at hand."  

    Thankfully all of Chomyn's family was safe and sound. Hiromi's son Keenan added that tremors were felt on a routine basis, even farther inland towards Tokyo, where he grew up. He says students took part in earthquake drills regularly. "In school we would practice drills by getting under desks and protect our heads from falling objects and keep away from windows. I remember tremors happening once a month, sometimes while we were at home eating dinner."  

    4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity, 1.5 million were left without water. The tsunami near the Sendai region left over 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed.  

    The closures of nuclear power plants, prompted by the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi a year ago in the Tohoku region, have continued as more reactors are taken offline for inspections. All must pass recently introduced "stress tests" and win local approval before they can be restarted.
  • court house

    A former O.M. Irwin Middle School teacher entered a not guilty plea in Swift Current Court yesterday.

    Klaus Froese is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

    The arrest stemmed from a complaint filed with the RCMP in December.

    He will next appear in court on May 25th.

    Click here for our original story on the matter

  • notekeulogos

    The Notekeu Hockey League Finals begin tonight between the Glentworth Thunder and Assiniboia Rebels.

    Assiniboia finished first overall in regular season play with 27 points in 17 games while Glentworth finished in fourth with 19 points.

    Both teams went undefeated in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

    Game time is at 7:30 PM at the Assiniboia Civic Centre.

    For schedules and results visit notekeuhockeyleague.com

  • shaunavonbadgers

    The Shaunavon Badgers are hoping they won't get a case of deja-vu.

    They are appearing in the Provincial B senior hockey final for the fourth-straight year, but they didn't win a game in the other three trips to the final, and are hoping that changes as they open the best-of-three final series against Drake today.

    "They've got a lot of ex-Junior A players, we've been told they've got three really solid lines of guys with equal talent," said Badgers head coach Jason Girodat. "They've got a really good goaltender, I think he won the Goals Against Average in their league this year, and that is a really good league, and they play really well in their own rink."

    The series opener is this afternoon at 2:00pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.

    In other local hockey, the Swift Current Female Bantam Colts have captured the provincial Bantam A championship for the second straight year. They clinched the title with a 4-2 win over Estevan last night on the road, and won the two-game total-point series by an 8-3 score.
  • badgerselkssha

    The Kyle Elks dominated their opening game of the Senior Provincial 'C' South Final with a 9-1 win over the Bethune Bulldogs last night in Kyle.

    Game two of the best of 3 series is tentatively scheduled for next Sunday in Bethune.

    The Shaunavon Badgers will travel to Esterhazy tonight to take on the Flyers in the Opening game of the Senior Provincial 'B' South Final.
  • Baylee Gillanders

    A Kyle product reached pinnacle of NCAA women's hockey.

    Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA girls hockey championship last weekend.

    "It was a dream come true," Gillanders said. "It's something you work for your whole life."

    She recoutns the final seconds of the game.

    "It was just awesome. It was almost hard to believe. You look up... I saw my parents.. They were there just smiling. It was a great feeling. Just to be able to have that experience with all the people that were there. It was just truly awesome."

    Gillanders credits their strong talent base and very good chemistry with the victory.

    It's the first national championship for Gillanders and the first for Minnesota since 2005.

    Gillanders was in her second NCAA season. She is a former member of the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats.

    Interview with Baylee Gillanders:
  • gambling-logo

    Ryan Lang, originally from Swift Current, is facing up to 30 years in prison in the United States for acting as a middleman for poker websites, in connection with a US Government crackdown on Internet poker gambling that shut down the three largest online poker companies in that country.

    On Tuesday, the 37 year-old Lang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit tax fraud and violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, accepting funds in connection with Internet gambling and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

    Speaking in US District Court in Manhattan, Lang said between 2007 to 2010 he operated from Canada helping financial brokers who made false statements to the banks to trick them into processing payments.

    He apologized for the crimes and will learn his sentence on September 24th.

  • chamber logo
    Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer will face a captive audience Wednesday at the Sky Centre for the State of the City Breakfast put on by the Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce.

    "It's just a chance for the Mayor to comment on the budget itself, as well as where we're at with the city," said Chamber Chairman Trevor Koot. "The economic environment is such that some of the moves that governments at every level, including the municipality, are making need some justification and explanation to the public and the business community."

    Tickets are availavle for $35.00 at the Chamber office and members get a discount, with the doors opening at 7:30am Wednesday morning.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Trevor Koot about the State of the City Breakfast:
  • hanna homicide
    RCMP attend to the crime scene on 3 Ave W in Hanna, AB on Thursday (Photo: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald)

    A former southwest Saskatchewan resident has been identified as a victim in a double-homicide in Hanna, Alberta this week.

    RCMP say 39-year-old Lenette Euteneier and 47-year-old Bruce Rideout died of gunshot wounds in a home in Hanna early Thursday morning. Euteneier previously lived in Shamrock, Webb, Swift Current and Regina, and only moved to Hanna a few weeks ago.

    Police arrested 24-year-old Curtis Rideout, the son of the male victim, and charged him with first and second degree murder. He'll appear in a Drumheller courtroom on March 16th.

    For more coverage, visit DrumhellerOnline.com.
  • cypresshealthregion
    Surgical wait times appear to be on track

    Surgical wait times across the province continue to decrease.

    The latest numbers are out and show the number of patients waiting for procedures to be the lowest since the current data measurement system was introduced 8 years ago.

    The wait times in the Cypress Health region are on par with other centres of the same size.

    "The theory that we're working on now is that no patients will wait longer than six months for a surgery," said Manager of Surgical Services for the Cypress Health Region Crystal McKaig. "By the end of 2014 no patient in the province will wait longer than three months for surgery."

    The longer wait times can be found in the tertiary centres of Regina and Saskatoon.

    "A lot of that has to do with some of the specialized surgeries that can only happen in that area," McKaig said.

    The Cypress health met their goals in the first year of their three year surgical wait time initiative.

    Interview with Crystal McKaig:

    Here is the press relase from the province:

    New surgical data updated to January 31, 2012, shows that Saskatchewan continues to make progress improving access to surgery for patients.

    "Since 2007, there has been a 90 per cent drop in the number of Saskatchewan patients waiting more than 18 months for surgery and a 79 per cent decrease in the number waiting more than 12 months," Health Minister Don McMorris said. "We're continuing to build on that great progress."

    By the end of 2012-13, the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative's target is to reduce all surgical wait times to less than six months. By 2014, the goal is to provide all patients with an opportunity to have surgery within three months.

    Currently, 99 per cent of surgeries are completed within 18 months, 96 per cent within 12 months, 87 per cent within six months and 76 per cent within three months.

    More than 69,827 surgeries have been performed from April 1, 2011, to January 31, 2012, an increase of 4,184 surgeries (6.0 per cent) over the same period last year. The number of patients waiting remains at the lowest level since the current data measurement system was introduced in late 2004.

    "We are working hard to provide sooner, safer, smarter surgical care, and put patients first during every stage of the surgical care process," McMorris said. "The financial commitment in our recent budget reflects our confidence in the path we're taking, and the positive results our surgical care system has already achieved."

    The 2012-13 provincial budget included a $60.5 million investment in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative. Health regions will use the funding to improve access to surgery by providing additional surgeries to patients and introducing innovations that enhance surgical care.

    More information about the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative can be found at www.health.gov.sk.ca/surgical-initiative. Wait time data is available at www.sasksurgery.ca.



  • CurlingSHSAA

    Cabri is on a tear at the SHSAA Mixed Curling Championships in Abbey.

    They beat Saskatoon Tommy Douglas, Canwood and Unity yesterday to capture the A side.

    This puts Cabri in the championship semifinal this afternoon at 3:15.

  • sundogsawards

    The Great Plains College SunDogs athletics program held its year-end awards banquet March 21 at the Swift Current Campus gym.

    Team MVP awards were given to Sloane Meyer (women’s volleyball), Dallin Martin (men’s volleyball), Tyson Dyck (men’s basketball), and Liz Zazalak (women’s basketball).

    Leadership awards were handed out to Chyanne Ogle (women’s volleyball), Darby Zacharias (men’s volleyball), Kale Scherger (men’s basketball), and Jane Kennedy (women’s basketball).

    All of our student-athletes worked extremely hard this year and we always look forward to recognizing their efforts,” said athletics coordinator Mary Jane Benesh. “There were many highlights on the court this year and we’re looking forward to even more in 2012-13.”

    The 2011-12 season saw the SunDogs win their second Prairie Athletic Conference provincial men’s volleyball championship, after also winning in 2009, and the return of women’s basketball after a two-season absence.
  • Conroy
    Andrea Conroy (Photo: Facebook)

    The funeral for Andrea Conroy, the victim of a murder-suicide in Alberta, will be held this weekend in Swift Current.

    The 33-year-old single mother was found dead in her Airdrie home last Friday, and police suspected her ex-boyfriend Rick Doucette of killing her. Doucette was found dead in a motel room in Nanton, Alberta the next day.

    The funeral service will be held Saturday at 1:30pm from Trailview Alliance Church, and friends have set up a trust fund for Andrea's daughter Danielle at the RBC Royal Bank King's Heights Branch in Airdrie, and other fundraisers are being held to support Danielle and Airdrie and District Victim Assistance.
  • budget book
    The 2012 Swift Current Municipal Budget package

    Swift Current City Council introduced and approved the 2012 Municipal Budget at their regular meeting Monday night.

    The balanced budget contains $42,433,000 in operating and utility expenditures, and $17,757,205 in capital expenditures. It also contains a tax increase totalling 12.2%, indicating a 4.2% increase to cover civic services, and 8% to make up fora reduction in the police subsidy, after the city's 2011 census population exceeded 15,000.
    "The bulk of the increase is just simply out of our hands," said Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. "It's a subsidy loss that we have due to the census numbers. It doesn't change the way the RCMP operates, it just simply changes the way that it's funded in our community, and it's something that, unfortunately this year, we have to eat that cost."

    Schafer added an option that would reduce the impact on taxpayers is a reduction in the number of police officers in the city, but that would mean a drop in policing services below 24-hour service. "We've had a minimum-manned RCMP station to focus on affordability," he said. "If we looked at cutting services in that regard, we just simply wouldn't have enough to offer 24-hour service to our residents, and I don't think there is anybody in Swift Current that would deem that acceptable." The budget, in fact, calls for the addition of a new RCMP member dedicated to the city's youth, and the new liason officer will be brought in on a trial basis starting this fall.

    The impact the budget will haveon the average homeowner in Swift Current is a property tax increase of $8.54 per month, with $5.64 covering the police subsidy loss. Property taxes will continue to be among the lowest in the province, and the city currently collects half of the taxes when compared withthe similarly-sized cities of North Battleford and Yorkton.Yorkton receives $17.2 million in tax revenues and North Battleford receives $14.1 million, while Swift Currentreceives just $7.3 million.

    "It's so telling to think about if the cost of taxed municipal servicesin Swift Current was the same as it was in Yorkton or North Battleford, what would that extra $7-15 million a year in revenue do for our residentsand the services they demand?" Schafer added. "We're not there, and we're not proposing to go there, but I think it's pretty interesting to think of the service-level changes if it was the same cost."

    The spendinghighlights of the 2012 Municipal Budget include:
    • $1.1 million toward the city's annual street and sidewalk renewal program, including the rehabilitation of Chaplin Street, and the roadway on the 2nd Avenue overpass.
    • $250,000 for the full re-construction of the intersection of 2nd Ave NE and Chaplin Street as part of the city's downtown intersection improvements that began last year.
    • $2 million for the rehabilitation of Memorial Drive (the former Highway 4 bypass), pending design completion and provincial funding approval.
    • $300,000 to purchase two new transit buses in anticipation of a new scheduled bus service.
    • $325,000 to purchase runway clearing and cleaning equipment for the Swift Current Regional Airport.
    • $650,000 for infrastructure renewal, including replacing storm pipe in North Railway Street and renewal of a storm main on the south side.
    • $395,000 to complete infrastructure in the Highland Subdivision.
    • $1.5 million for utility servicing for new residential lots and a new personal care home in the city's northeast, and $3 million for property development work for the new public and Catholic schools to be built in the city.
    • The final $2.6 million required to complete the Water Treatment Plant expansion project, which is expected to be done and operational by early summer.
    • $500,000 to complete construction of the new west landfill, and $400,000 to construct transfer facilities and start to decommission the east landfill.
    • The hiring of a new professional planner for the city.
    • Continuation of the Light and Power utility's conversion/system improvement project, and equipment and materialsto beginthe downtown commercial underground project.
    • Improvements to the refrigeration system at the Credit Union iplex.
    • Improvements at Kinetic Park including paving and barn refurbishing.
    • A new online booking system for Chinook Golf Course, as well as creekbank stabilization and the building of a new bridge at the 13th hole.
    • Conversion of the Highland Park green space to an active athletic field.
    • The design and development of a new all-weather outdoor track to be located at the Comprehensive High School.
    • Continued investment into older water play areas at Westside, Riverside and Rotary Parks.
    • Engineering services to link the Chinook Pathway to the northeast subdivision
    • A part-time position to provide year-round weekly recreational programming.
    • $135,800 for capital projects at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Cultural Festival Grounds, and the Museum.
    • $125,000 for the rehabilitation of the Lyric Theatre, contingent on the Southwest Cultural Development Group receiving a $500,000 matching federal grant.
    • A new water tanker for the Fire Department, as well as a rescue pumperon a joint purchase with the Cities of Moose Jaw and North Battleford, to replace three end-of-service-life vehicles.
    The Municipal Budget package is available online from the city's website, and informational pamphlets will be mailed out to city residents.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer presents the Municipal Budget:

    Jerrod Schafer talked with reporters after Monday'sCouncil meeting:

  • hospital
    On Friday, we told you that the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current will be without the services of a general surgeon for emergency surgeries, but the Cypress Health Region has received some good news.

    "We have been very fortunate to have been able to find some locum assistance for general surgery services at the Cypress Regional Hospital," said Bryce Martin, Executive Communications Director for the Health Region. "What that means is that we will have a locum general surgeon that will be starting with us on Monday, March 12, who will be able to provide the majority of on-call coverage for the month of March for general surgery services."

    The locum comes in as Dr. Ahmad extended his leave in his home in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Ghori is doing just elective surgeries as he prepares for his Royal College Certification Exams.

    Martin indicates that more locum assistance could be on the way. "He has also been in contact with a couple of other general surgeons who may be able to provide some additional assistance as we move into the early stages of April," he added. "Those discussions are continuing, and if a workable solution can be found out for the timelines that we're needing it, perhaps we can even find that opportunity to provide ongoing emergent coverage, until our regular and permanent general surgeons get back into the mix."

    Click here for Friday's story.
  • cityrcmp

    Police have laid more charges in connection to a drug trafficking operation that stretched from Saskatchewan to Vernon, BC.

    Those charged included 27-year-old Jordan Phillipe Marleau of Swift Current, 24-year-old Raymond Lynn Davis, who is still awaiting trial on the 2010 murder of a 44-year-old Swift Current man, and 25-year-old Brock Ernest Palfrey of Coldstream, BC, who has twice been arrested and charged in drug trafficking cases connected to Swift Current.

    Three other people from Regina to Vernon are also facing charges in what police are calling "Project Faril."

    Marleau was to appear in Swift Current Provincial Court today.

    Here is the Press Release from the RCMP's Regina Integrated Drug Unit:
    The Regina Integrated Drug Unit continues to investigate several individuals that have been related to the large scale international drug smuggling investigation announced last fall called project Faril.

    It is not usual with large scale investigations involving many people, that other networks of people that are involved in criminal activity are identified and then after investigation charged under the Criminal Code or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

    Project Faril was a very large and complex smuggling operation, as a result of the ongoing efforts of the Regina Integrated Drug Section, the following persons have been charged:

    Brock Ernest PALFREY  of Coldstream, BC (presently incarcerated) aged 25
    Conspiracy to traffick cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA Conspiracy to commit Extortion, Sec. 346(1.1)(b) and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC.

    Raymond Lynn DAVIS  (presently incarcerated) aged 24
    Conspiracy to traffick cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA Conspiracy to commit Extortion, Sec. 346(1.1)(b) CC and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC.

    Mark Raymond COUNSELL of  Regina  aged 48
    Conspiracy to commit Extortion, Sec. 346(1.1)(b) and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC.  appearing in court 2012-03-29

    Shae Marjorie JAGER of Vernon BC aged 18
    Conspiracy to traffick cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA Conspiracy to commit Extortion, Sec. 346(1.1)(b) and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC.appearing in Court in Regina on 2012-03-29

    Jordan Phillipe MARLEAU of Swift Current  aged 27
    Traffic in cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA Conspiracy to traffick in cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC..appearing in Court in Swift Current on 2012-03-29

    Dion Gerald CLOWRY of Lumby, BC aged 33
    Conspiracy to traffick in cocaine, Sec. 5(1) CDSA and Sec. 465(1)(c)CC..appearing in Court in Regina on 2012-03-29

    All persons have been charged in relation to a drug trafficking organization in Saskatchewan that stretched as far away as Vernon, British Columbia.
  • prarieatheleticconference

    Millar College of the Bible is hosting the PAC Indoor Soccer Championships today and tomorrow.

    The tournament will consist of college teams representing Nipawin, Prarie, and Bethany.

    Captain Of the Millar Edge Women's team Siri Johnson is hoping the team keeps riding their recent hot streak.

    “We've done actually really well. The past two tournaments that we've been in, we've been able to win both of them and in all our games we haven't really lost yet."

    Co-captain of the men's squad Parker Meginbeir says the tournament will definitely entertain spectators.

    “It's probably some of the most intense soccer you'll get to watch, especially in Southwest Saskatchewan.”

    Games begin in Pambrun at 5:40.

  • KyleElks

    The Kyle Elks will look to win the Senior provincial 'C' crown tonight when they head to Davidson to take on the Cyclones.

    The Elks took game one of the best of 3 series last friday in Kyle by a 9-4 score.

    Puck drop for game 2 is at 8 PM.

    Game 3, if needed, will be back in Kyle on Sunday.

    As for the Provincial 'B' Final between Shaunavon and Drake, that series kicks off tomorrow afternoon at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon at 2 PM.

  • blanke-fight

    No team in the Western Hockey League has dropped the gloves this season more often than the Swift Current Broncos. Their 85 fighting majors are 8 more than any other team in the league and the second most in the entire CHL.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

    If you're a fan of the hockey fight time may not be on your side. Two of the most powerful men in junior hockey made it clear this week they are part of a growing movement to keep the gloves on.

    The appetite is there,” Canadian Hockey League President David Branch told the New York Times. “The time is certainly right to move forward.”

    Hockey Canada's President Bob Nicholson took an even stronger position.

    The official stance from Hockey Canada is that we want to get rid of fighting as quickly as we can,” Nicholson told the paper. “Our ultimate goal is to remove fighting.”

    If that's the direction the sport is going, it doesn't have the support of Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb.

    “I hope they don't take it out of hockey,” Lamb said. “The fight is just another way of bringing emotion and grit to the game.”

    Fighting has been a part of junior hockey for as long as there has been junior hockey. The debate about its place in the game has also raged on for just as long.  Growing concern about concussions and the deaths of three former NHL and WHL tough guys (Wade Belak, Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard) have added fuel to the fire.

    “One of the causes of concussions is fighting,” Branch told the New York Times. “And I believe that there is more and more recognition that our game does not need fighting to survive, to be part of the entertainment package, you might say, because of the concerns of injuries and other concerns that could very well be a byproduct of fighting.”

    Lamb doesn't buy that.

    “We want the game to be safe,” Lamb said. “We want the head injuries to go away, but I'm not sure it's from fighting. We don't want anyone to get hurt, but are they getting hurt fighting? I don't think that's the cause.”

    WHL Commission Ron Robison noted during his Family Day visit to Swift Current that the league is also concerned with developing players for their future in the NHL.

    “One of our major responsibilities is preparing players for the next level,” Robison said. “Fighting is part of the professional game. We have a responsibility there to make sure the players understand what it takes in that particular aspect of the game. But having said that, obviously injuries are going to dictate everything as far as how we approach that.”

    Lamb and Vancouver Giants Coach Don Hay share Robison's thinking.

    “We follow the lead of the NHL,” Hay told the Vancouver Sun. “If they have fighting, I don't think it's fair to our players to not have them exposed to it. I mean, if you have no fighting in our league, then all of the sudden you're exposed to fighting at the NHL level, that makes it tough for your players to go into that league. The fighting aspect of their skill package could help them make a living at the next level.”

    If we're the best development league in the world why would we have different rules than the NHL?” argued Lamb. “To have a kid come up and go through junior and not have a fight, and be that type of the player that the NHL team wants him to be... I'm thinking that's the time where he could get really hurt.”

    The WHL no longer reports specifics on injuries, but anecdotal evidence seems to point to an increase in the number of concussions and the amount of time players are missing due to head injuries. Recently Swift Current had as many as five players on the injured list at the same time with likely concussions. Shea Howorko and Jordan Evans have both yet to return to action in 2012. Although one can never be completely certain, it doesn't appear any of their injuries came as a result of fighting.

    “One of the reasons that we have the number of concussions we do is we are doing a very good job of managing them,” Robison said.  “Detection levels are much better than they were before. So in past maybe where there hasn't been an injury that might have been detected, it is now. That's causing some of the numbers to increase.”

    A common topic in the debate about fighting's place in hockey is whether or not its removal would lead to an increase in chippy or even dirty play.

    “I think players (take more liberties) already (with) the instigating rule,” Lamb said. “When I played... you knew that at any time if you were going to go out there and take a liberty on somebody and take advantage of somebody that someone was going to come and fight you. Now you don't even have to worry about that. You can go out there and take a liberty on somebody, and now there's (an instigator) so if the guy comes over and does something to you he's going to get punished for it. Back then it was all policed.”

    That's a position echoed by NHL star Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins in the Vancouver Province.

    “I think there will be more injuries because there’d be no fear of fighting," Lucic said. "The game will become dirtier. And, for myself, I don’t think I could have made the NHL the way I did without it.”

    Robison points out that fighting is down in the WHL this season. According to the website hockeyfights.com, in 2010-2011 there were 10 teams over the 80 fight mark. In 1997-98 every team in the WHL had over 80 fights and Medicine Hat even topped the 200 mark. Yet with only two weeks of hockey left in 2011-2012, only the Broncos have fought over 80 times.

    Meanwhile, the enforcer seems to be an endangered species. There were 7 players with over 30 fights in 1997-98. There isn't a single one yet this season. Andy Blanke is Swift Current's most frequent combatant. He has only fought in 31% of his team's games. However, in 97-98 Andrew Milne fought over 50% of the time he hit the ice for the Broncos.

    A one-time tough guy, Milne is now the head coach for Canmore in the AJHL, one of  the Western Canadian Junior A leagues that have already taken the kinds of steps the CHL could be headed for. Before the 2010-2011 season, the SJHL, AJHL, BCHL and MJHL imposed a limit on acceptable numbers of fights. Once an individual player has racked up five fighting majors, the next fight would get him suspended for a game. The suspensions would then increase every time that same player dropped the gloves.

    Under those rules 3 Broncos would have received multiple suspensions and another would be on the cusp.

    The results were immediate. In BC, the penalty minute leader went from 204 in 2009-10 to 129 in the following season. The league's average attendance has also dropped by 4% in the first season of the rule changes and 1.6% in the second.

    The Broncos are going against the flow. Swift Current went from 3 consecutive seasons bellow the 60 fight mark to 75 last season and 85 through only 65 games this season. The sport in general appears to be headed in the opposite direction.

    Fighting is a becoming a smaller and smaller part of hockey every year. The question is whether the trend will continue naturally or if one of the game's more polarizing traditions will get snuffed out by power brokers.

    Whether that will lead to a safer or more dangerous game is up for debate. Whether that will lead to a more or less popular sport is also up for debate. The only certainty is the debate will continue.

    The gloves are off.

    Shawn Mullin talked with WHL Commissioner Ron Robison about the subject of head injuries and fighting on a recent Broncos Broadcast on the Eagle 94.1.

    Shawn talked with Broncos Coach and GM Mark Lamb about the possibility of eliminating fighting as the Broncos prepare to take on the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.


      The Broncos are in Red Deer on Friday night to play the Rebels. Our pre-game show will start at 8pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.
  • BrettWard
    Swift Currents Brett Ward

    Several former Broncos and Legionnaires will hit the ice today for the University of Saskatchewan at the CIS Men's Hockey Championship in New Brunswick. They got to the tournament with a triple overtime win over Calgary.

    Swift Current's Brett Ward said their Canada West victory was quite special, “It was quite a storybook ending. You don't really see to many triple overtimes, I believe that was the longest one in Canada West Final history, to go out on top like that is really something else.”

    Ward knows the road just gets tougher at the tournament in New Brunswick, “It's a different style of hockey out east. We have really speedy forwards to so hopefully our defensive game collectivly with our forwards and defense can shut down some of those teams and we can capatalize on our chances to give us a chance."

    Ward was originally credited with the goal but since discovered that Andrew Bailey tipped it in.

    The Huskies play Moncton at 11am this morning.

  • hurricanes trophy
    Rich Bissonette with Swift Current Minor Hockey presents the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget AA First Place trophy to Hurricanes Captain Jayden Roosen before Thursday's game at the Fairview Arenas.

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season with a 4-2 win over the Regina Flames at home Thursday night, on the strength of a hat trick from Dalton Menke.

    After finishing with a 29-3-4 record, the Hurricanes finished with the best regular season record in the league for the first time in team history, and face the Notre Dame Argos in the first round of playoffs. Game one is Sunday night at 8:00pm from the Fairview Arenas.

    Colin Powers talked with Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale after Thursday's game:

    In other minor hockey, the season ended for the Diamond Energy Female Midget Wildcats, after they dropped a 10-0 decision to the Saskatoon Stars, who swept the Wildcats in three straight games.

    The Gull Lake Pee Wee Greyhounds beat Shaunavon 5-2 in their league semi-final, and will take on either Kincaid or Ponteix in the league final.
  • wind farm
    More of the power we use in our province will be coming from a "green" source as a new wind power facility will be built near Chaplin.

    It was just annonunced that SaskPower has signed a power purchase agreement with Ontario-based Algonquin Power: "Algonquin would be the private enterprise that would build and run the facility, and SaskPower has signed a long-term power purchase agreement to buy power from them," said SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson.

    The 77-turbine 177-megawatt facility, along with an additional 55 megawatts of windpower Saskpower is opting to add under its Green Options Partners program, will eventually mean that wind power will make up 8.5% of the crown utility's generating capacity.

    "That's an optimal number for us," Watson said. "Although we are going to add more 'wind-in' in the future, you don't want to go much above 8.5% with your blend, because the wind doesn't blow all the time, or sometimes blows too hard."

    Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2016 and is expected to be operational later that year.

    Todd Vallee talked with SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson:

  • Holt Howorko

    Broncos All-Time leading scorer Todd Holt wants the people of Swift Current to know he doesn't hold them accountable for the abuse he suffered at the hands of Graham James.

    During an interview with Golden West Radio's Ryan Switzer, Holt says one man tried to ruin his memories of Swift Current, but the other 15,000 did the opposite.

    He says he loves Swift Current and makes sure to come back every summer.

    Holt is planning to be in town for the annual Broncos Alumni Golf Tournament this summer.

    He revealed publicly that he had been abused by James during his teenage years at the former coach's recent sentencing hearing.

    Ryan Switzer's interview with Todd Holt:

  • shaunavon hospitalwinter

    Another temporary disruption is scheduled for the Shaunavon Hospital and Care centre this weekend.

    The Cypress Health Region says there will be no emergency services or inpatient admissions available at the hospital from 7:00pm Saturday night to 7:30am Sunday morning, because of the unavailability of on-site nursing for that shift.

    Those in Shaunavon needing emergency care are asked to call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.
  • vachon
    Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon

    Shaunavon's health staffing challenges are continuing as they're losing Dr. Siva Balasingam, one of their two physicians.

    “I drove down and we were able to have a conversation about why shes decided to leave Shaunavon. Her response to that is that for family and personal reasons and practice preference she'll be relocating to Swift Current by the middle of April.” said Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon

    Vachon add it's sometimes difficult to keep Doctors because of the taxing on-call schedule, “That does require that a physician be available 24 hours a day. So when you only have a few physicians in a community or even three or four thats not an ideal call arrangement for physicians.”

    They are actively recruiting hoping to eventually bring Shaunavon's physician compliment up from one to four.

    Shawn Mullin interviewing Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon
  • curlingsuperleague

    Max Kirkpatrick's Westax rink defeated Scotiabank in the A final of the Innovation Credit Union Super League playoffs.

    Kabos Pub and Grill beat Swift plumbing in the B final.

    It was Jarvis Environmental over Cypress Motors in the Championship 'C' game, Francis over Maximum Energy in the first consolation game, Klassen Autobody over 1st Step Studio in the second consolation game and Tamara Quintin over Kruse Glass in the third consolation game.

  • Jerid Clarke
    From left, Jarid Clarke and coach Rob Hattum 

    After winning his first bout in the 57-kg Junior Male Category at the Junior/Youth Canadian Championships on Wednesday local Boxer Jarid Clarke dropped his second fight, losing by points to Zach Ridgwell of Ontario last night.

    Despite the loss, Clarke picked up the bronze medal in his weight class.
    Clarke, fighting out of the Swift Current Friendship Centre, is attending the tournament for the second straight year after recieving special permission to fight as an underage last year.
  • outdoor6

    It's another sign that winter is slowly winding down.

    Swift Current's outdoor rinks are closed for the year.

    City Parks Manager Anty Toth syas it was a unique year.

    “This has been a very trying year for us. We haven't seen anything like this in our recorded numbers over the past 40 years. We're still happy with the numbers when the rinks were open.”

    Toth says mild conditions prevented them from creating a strong 3 inch base when they first built the rinks.

    The smaller base and warm weather caused several closures throughout the season.

    Toth notes public skating is still available at the indoor rinks.
  • sunnyskies

    Southwest Saskatchewan will be experiencing unseasonably high temperatures this weekend after getting a shot of winter earlier this week, something that has been unusual this year.

    "If you look at all of the prairies, we're seeing this to be the second-warmest winter in 65 years," said David Phillips, Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada. "But besides that, it has also been, which is rather ominous, the driest on record."

    But Phillips says the warm spell doesn't mean winter has come to an end. "We're seeing both the minimum and maximum temperatures are going to be a dozen or more degrees warmer than normal," he added "It's probably, though, a false spring, and too early to suggest that winter is over."

    Phillips notes that when the cooler temperatures do return, we are likely to receive more precipatation as the Swift Current area usually gets over 30% of its snowfall after March 1st.

    Full interview with David Phillips:

  • centralschool
    The students of Central Elementary school from the application video

    Central Elementry School is asking for all of our votes in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition.

    Teacher Shantal Roszell explained the competition, “We can win twenty thousand dollars to build an out door space outside of outside of our school. In order to win we need to collect the most votes.”

    Central entered Majesta's Trees of Knowledge Competition with what Roszell thought was a creative application, “We had the students and staff put together an application and we stood out. I beleive we had a really good video that showed what out school was all about.”

    You can see the vote for Central School at majesta.comonce a day for the next 44 days.

    Central Elementry Schools application video

  • BasketballChamps2012

    The Gull Lake Junior Girls (pictured above) and the Shaunavon Senior Boys (pictured below) 

    The Gull Lake junior girls basketball team are SWAC league champions. They beat the Swift Current Comp grade 9's 57-36 last night.

    The grade 9 Comp Colts basketball team won their semi-final game last night versus Shaunavon 72-51.

    They'll face Herbert in the Junior Boys final today at 5:15 at the comp.

    The Shaunavon Shadows defeated the Swift Current Junior Colts Tuesday night at home by a score of 98-65 to capture the SWAC Senior Boys league title.

  • broncos logo

    In their first game since being eliminated from playoff contention, the Swift Current Broncos were handed a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen last night on the road.

    Christian Magnus had a pair of goals for the Broncos, including one that cut the Hitmen lead to one late in the game. Brad Hoban and Richard Nedomlel also scored for the Broncos, while Austin Smith made 33 saves.

    The Broncos continue their Alberta road swing tomorrow night when they travel up to Red Deer to take on the Rebels.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle 94.1: 

  • Jerid Clarke
     From left, Jarid Clarke and coach Rob Hattum

    Local Boxer Jarid Clarke was victorious in his first bout of the Junior/Youth Canadian Championships yesterday in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

    Clarke, representing Saskatchewan, won by points over Travis Benoit of Nova Scotia in the 57-kg Junior Male Category.

    His second bout of the tournament happens later today, as he fights Zach Ridgwell of Ontario tonight at 6:00pm our time.
  • basketball

    Basketball bragging rights were on the line last night as the Battle of the Southwest was held in Pambrun.

    The Millar Edge were victorious on both the ladies and men's side. Fielding a team for the first time since 2008 the Great Plains College Sundogs ladies team fell 54-21, and Millar won the the men's game 57-50 over the Sundogs.

    Last night's action wrapped up ACAL regular season play for the two college teams. The wins should solidify ACAL playoff berths for the Edge, unfortunately for the Sundogs they will not make the playoffs, but will compete in PAC championship, a tournament that the Edge will also be attending.
  • indians plate

    The Swift Current Indians are hoping to find more families in the city willing to open their homes to young baseball players.

    "We probably are going to require about 24 homes going into this year," said Indians President Brad Woods. "I think at this point, we've got around 12 or 13 spots, so there's still lots of need out there."

    Billets are compensated and are encouraged to make their players feel at home, but are not obligated to cook, do laundry, or provide transportation for their players throughout the summer.

    If you can help call Laurie Girardeau at 741-6773.

    The season starts May 31st.

  • Patswarriors mar30
    Quinton Howden (21) shakes Jordan Weal's hand after the Warriors' game 5 victory over the Pats Friday at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    The Moose Jaw Warriors scored four goals and rolled to a series clinching 5-2 win over the Regina Pats on Friday night at Mosaic Place.

    The Warriors win the series 4 games to 1 and will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round starting next Friday.

    20-year-old foward James Henry had a goal and two points to lead the way for the Warriors, while Dallas Ehrhardt and Cam Braes each picked up a pair of assists in the win.

    The tribe got Mosaic Place rocking early and often in Game 5 with Justin Kirsch scoring just 16 seconds in; Five minutes later, Brayden Point would make it 2-0 for Moose Jaw, the third straight game with a goal for the 16-year-old; Torrin White added to Moose Jaw less than three minutes later; and Cody Beach finished off the first period scoring for Moose Jaw on the power play, sending the Warriors fans into a frenzy.

    The Pats started to battle back in the second and after getting outshot through the first 21 minutes of the game, Trent Ouellette found the back of the net midway through the frame. Regina’s Lane Scheidl scored again 7:51 into the third period to cut Moose Jaw’s lead to 4-2.

    The Warriors clamped down from there and James Henry sealed the series with 3:33 to go.  Cody Beach was stopped on a penalty shot late in the game by Adam Beukeboom, who played well in place of the injured Matt Hewitt, making 27 saves in the Pats season finale. Luke Siemens stopped 14 shots to move the Warriors on to the second round.

    In other WHL Playoff action Friday, Mitch Holmberg scored twice for the Spokane Chiefs as they beat Vancouver 5-1 to take a 3-2 lead in their series with the Giants. The Chiefs will have a possible clincher Sunday in Spokane.
  • Cypress Hills Zip
    A look at the Cypress Hills Eco Adventures (Photo from http://www.zipcypresshills.ca)

    Three Southwest Saskatchewan Businesses have been named finalists for the 2011 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence.

    Redmond House Bed and Breakfast and Dining establishment in Maple Creek, the Reno Rodeo in Consul, and Cypress Hills Eco Adventures at Cypress Hills Inter-provincial Park are up for awards in different categories.

    The effort by the community to draw tourism to the area played a role in Redmond House owner Michael Morrow returning to his hometown.

    "Maple Creek is a great area," Morrow said. "I grew up here and the town itself has been doing just enormous amounts of publicity to promote tourism in this area... it was just the right time to come back and open up a business."

    Redmond House is a finalist for the Business of the Year award in the "under 50 full time employees" category, while the Reno Rodeo is up for Event of the Year and Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures could take home Rookie of the Year.

    "It feels pretty good," said President, CEO, and founder of Cypress Hills Eco Adventures Jory Kirk. "There's a lot of people that worked really hard this year for us. It's quite humbling really. I'm just a small town kid from Climax, Saskatchewan. It's kind of neat to have had an idea that turns into something that is recognized by the industry."

    The Awards Gala takes place on March 22 in Regina.

  • swiftagexlogo

    A popular trade show returns to Swift Current this weekend.

    The Step Into Spring Home and Leisure Trade Show starts this afternoon and runs to Sunday at Kinetic Exhibition Park, and has been well-attended by both exhibitors and consumers.

    "It's a great springboard into our bigger event, Frontier Days," said Ag & Ex President Wade Jensen. "It showcases a lot of local and external businesses that are able to come and show their product and make some sales to the great people in our community, and it provides great entertainment and value to the people in our community."

    Admission for adults is $5.00 per day at the door, with the show open from 4:00pm to 9:00pm tonight, 10:00am to 6:00pm tomorrow, and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday at both the Stockade Building and Palliser Pavillion.

  • wick centre
    Cresentpoint Wickenheiser Centre

    Now's the time to register for Spring and Summer sports sessions in Shaunavon.

    Ava Kalaschnick is the Director of Wellness and Leisure for Shaunavon let us know where regisitration takes place, “It's going to be at the Cresentpoint Wickenheiser Centre on Thursday March 29 from seven to 9 pm.”

    Kalaschnick explains some of the activities can sign up for, “We have the Shaunavon Youth Ball, Shaunavon Soccer Club, the Shaunavon Swimming Pool, Braydon Coburn Hockey School registrations, Rock Creek Golf Club, we have Kidsport, the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre as well.”

    There will also be a special information booth set up for you to visit if you are interested in a girls hockey team for next year.

  • dysonstevensonDyson Stevenson

    Quinton Howden and the Moose Jaw Warriors take on Jordan Weal and the Regina Pats in Game 5 of their series tonight.

    Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson will have to watch from the stands as the Pats forward was suspended for one game due to a clipping major from Game 4.

    The Warriors pulled off a 5-4 double overtime victory in Regina on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    The Vancouver Giants welcome the Spokane Chiefs for Game 5 of their quarter final series tonight.

    The Chiefs posted back-to-back wins over the Giants in Games 3 and 4 of the series in Spokane on Tuesday and Wednesday, knotting up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

    Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers advanced to the second round with a sweep of Saskatoon. Swift Current's Colton Heffley, MacKenzie Johnson and the Kelowna Rockets were swept out of the playoffs by Portland.

  • Willis
    Odell Willis as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber (Photo: Riderville.com)

    The "Mayor of Swaggerville" is on his way to Riderville.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced they have acquired all-star import defensive end Odell Willis from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers along with a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 CFL draft, in exchange for the Riders' second and fourth round picks in this year's draft, and a conditional pick in 2013.

    Willis has picked up 78 tackles, 34 sacks and three fumble recoveries in his three years in the league.

    The Green and White also announced today that they have signed import linebacker Darnell Bing and import defensive end Chris Ellis to contracts.

    Ellis was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old spent 3 seasons in Buffalo and  one with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bing was a fourth round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old spent time with Oakland, San Francisco, The New York Jets, Detroit and Houston during his five season in the NFL.

    Press Release on Odell Willis trade:

    Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced that the team has made a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

    The Riders will receive import Defensive End Odell Willis and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013, in exchange for second (8th overall) and fourth (23rd overall) round selections in the upcoming 2012 CFL Draft, as well as a conditional draft pick in 2013.

    Willis (6’2 – 255 lbs) began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 2009, where he signed as a Free Agent prior to the season. The 27-year-old Mississippi native was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade midway through the ’09 season.

    The former University of West Georgia star enjoyed a career season in 2011, piling up 27 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks (both career highs) and was named an East-Divison and CFL All-Star.

    “Odell is arguably the best pass-rusher in the CFL,” noted Taman. “I’m very confident he significantly upgrades our club on the defensive side of the football.”

    Since entering the league in 2009, Willis has been a pass-rushing force from his defensive end spot, his 13 sacks in 2011 tied him for the league lead with Justin Hickman, while his totals in 2010 (11) and 2009 (10) placed him third each season.

    During his three seasons in the CFL, Willis has tallied 78 tackles, 34 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries.
    Press Release on Bing and Ellis signings:

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Darnell Bing and import defensive end Chris Ellis to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Ellis (6’5 – 260 lbs) was a third round pick (72nd overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old Virginia native spent three seasons in Buffalo, seeing action in 15 games during his time with the Bills. Ellis spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The former Virginia Tech defensive end had an outstanding collegiate career, compiling 165 tackles, 22 sacks, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns during his time with the Hokies. Ellis was named to the First-team All-ACC team following the 2008 season.

    Bing (6’2 – 232 lbs) was a fourth round pick (101st overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old California native spent time with Oakland, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Detroit and Houston during his five season in the NFL.

    The former USC Safety was a standout with the Trojans during his time in the Pac-10 being named the Sporting News Freshman of the Year in 2003, Sporting News Freshman All-American (’03) and Second Team All-Pac-10 (’04) .

    Bing entered the NFL Draft following his Junior season at USC in 2005 after being named First-Team AP All-American and was a Jim Thorpe award finalist as the nation’s best collegiate defensive back.
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    (Portraits by Deena) 

    It's been quite a week for outgoing Broncos Captain Taylor Vause.

    He wrapped up his WHL career with two emotional games on the weekend, signed an amateur tryout contract with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars, played his first professional game and was nominated for a WHL Award.

    "It's been a completely whirlwind of events," Vause said. "It's been crazy trying to get from one place to the next. The first day I played (Monday) was probably the longest day of my life... Once I got there and kinda got around the room and meeting some of the guys, they made me feel comfortable for sure."

    Vause credits Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb for working hard to get him into the Dallas Stars organization. Lamb is a former Stars Assistant Coach.

    Vause's first career professional game was a 5-2 loss to the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the team he grew up watching in Calgary. He went pointless with a shot on goal and an even +/- rating. While playing pro hockey is a dream come true, Vause is also focused on the earning a contract for next season

    "Now it becomes trying to make a difference and trying to stand out," Vause said. "Just taking the opportunity that I'm going to get here." 

    The Stars are in Oklahoma City tonight to play Edmonton's AHL affiliate, the Oil Barons.

    Vause was also honoured to find out this week that he is the Eastern Conference nominee for the WHL Humanitarian Award.

    "I've always been proud of my work with the community," Vause said. "It's nice to see the recognition with that nomination."

    He will go up against Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants for the award.

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    Groenheyde playing goal for Allen

    Meanwhile, recently graduated Broncos goaltender Jon Groenheyde made his Central Hockey League debut last night.

    He stopped 25 shots as his Allen Americans lost 2-1 to Arizone.

    They are in Wichita tomorrow. 

    Interview with Taylor Vause:
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    The Shaunavon Midget Badgers are league champs.

    They beat Glentworth 3-nothing in game 4 of the finals on Wednesday night.
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    Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter

    Now that the Broncos know they will be picking 5th in the WHL bantam draft, what can fans expect? Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb says they will be targeting a forward.

    Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter talked about the quality of the guys they could get in that spot. “Right now we're project seven or eight very solid forwards where were picking so that's what were kinda breaking down right now.”

    Porter adds that they've all put up numbers, “They've all put up serious numbers, they all are good size guys, they can all skate, it's a quaility group of forwards in that spot.”

    The Broncos staff will now spend more time getting to know the players.

    In other Bronco news, Taylor Vause was named the Eastern Conference nominee for Humanitarian of the Year. Vause now plays for the AHL's Texas Stars.
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    Highspeed action between Hurricanes and Lions from last nights game

    The K-Motel Midget Hurricanes beat Lumsden/Bethune 4-3 to take the league semi-final in three games, and advance to the final against Weyburn. Like their last clincher, the Hurricanes got a big late goal to win... this time, Hayden Johnston got the marker with 4:30 left. He said after that goal, it was all defense, “There's still four minutes left after we got the lead and still needed to play defense to get the win.”

    Coach Tim Tisdale felt they controlled the game for the most part, “I thought for the most part we played pretty good, little break down in the third where our goalie came and made some big saves when we needed it. Then Hayden scored the big goal to win it.”

    Jayden Roosen, Dalton Menke and Brayden Karmazinuk also scored for Swift Current

    The top-ranked Hurricanes will face fifth-ranked Weyburn in the best-of-three league final... the Hurricanes won both regular season meetings.

    Game one is Monday at 7:15 from the Fairview Arenas.

    Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale talks with reporters after Wednesday's game:

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    Vause in the community (Photo: scbroncos.com) 

    The Western Hockey League announced today that Taylor Vause has been named the Eastern Conference finalist for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy - WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award. Vause will go head-to-head with the Western Conference finalist (which will be revealed on Thursday, March 22nd). The winner will be announced at the 2012 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, AB on Wednesday, May 2nd 2012.

    The WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes the work players do to help and enhance the community they play in. Kyle Moir was the last Bronco to win the Award in 2006-07.

    Taylor has spent countless hours in and around the community during his tenure with the Broncos. He has spoken at various schools about living and playing in the Western Hockey League with diabetes, taken part in annual Bronco and Swift Current events, including Skate with the Broncos, Swift Current’s Sports Week, monthly Read with the Bronco appearances and more.

    In 72 games played this past season the 5’10”, 179lbs. Calgary, AB product led the team in scoring with 83 points (37G, 46A). He also ranked 15th in the WHL in points.

    Vause is now playing with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League for the remaidner of the season
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    The WHL held its draft lottery today and Swift Current stayed exactly where they started.

    Click here to watch the lottery

    Seattle won the lottery to move from 3rd to 1rst in this year's bantam draft.

    That leaves the Broncos in 5th spot in the 1rst round. They draft ahead of teams with lower point totals like Victoria and Everett in the 1rst round because those clubs made the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Broncos then drop down to 7th in subsequent rounds.

    After taking defencemen Dillon Heatherington, Brycen Martin and Zack Gonek in the last two 1rst rounds, Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb expects to go another way this time.

    "We've got a lot of good young D," Lamb said. "We're going to target a forward. It doesn't matter if it's a winger or a centreman. For the most part too we're going to target a goaltender."

    Broncos scouts believe there is a strong group of players around the area in which they pick.

    "I'm going to get out to see these players right away and see where they fit." Lamb said. "That's the consensus right now that there's a lot of players in the top 10 that will be very valuable players in our organization."

    Lamb is on a scouting trip in BC this week.

    It wasn't a good lottery for the princes.

    Prince Albert dropped out of 1rst to 2nd while Prince George fell from 2nd to 3rd.

    The draft is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd.

    Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
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    (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

    Another graduated Bronco is moving to minor pro hockey.

    Goaltender Jon Groenheyde has signed up to play for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League.

    Groenheyde spent most of his final WHL season with the Broncos after also playing for Edmonton and Kamloops.

    Fellow graduating Bronco Taylor Vause recently joined the AHL's Texas Stars for the rest of the season.

    "He really came on in the last part (of the season)," said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. "It's a little different with goaltenders because there aren't a lot of spots. I think he deserves a chance and it's a great opportunity for him to... gain some attention in the pro ranks."

    Meanwhile, the Broncos look to the future as the WHL holds their draft lottery today.

    Swift Current sits in 5th position and could move up 2 spots to 3rd if they win the lottery.

    The only have a 9.5% chance of winning it.
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    Hurricanes in action versus the Lions Game 1 of the series last Thursday

    It's another do or die game for the Swift Current K-Motel Midget Hurricanes.

    Their second round Midget AA playoff series with Lumsden-Bethune is tied heading into a third and deciding game tonight at Fairview West Arena.

    Hurricanes Assistant Coach Mark Butikofer said after a dominant game 1 win, discipline was an issue in game 2, “We got into a little bit of penalty trouble early in the second and...just weren't able to climb out of it after they put a few power play goals away on us.”

    Butikofer said after the penalty filled game 2 their key is to stay out of the sin bin, “It shouldn't be that simple but it really does come to that. They are a fast team, they really like to move the puck up ice, on the power play they can really take advantage with the scoring power that they do have. So for us if we can control the flow of the game stay out of the penalty box we should be in full control.”

    He adds the home crowds have really been firing their team up and they look forward to a loud atmosphere tonight.

    The Hurricanes only lost to Lumsden/Bethune once in the whole regular season.

    Interview with Mark Butikofer:
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    Andrew Konoff in Swift Current last year

    You can have a say in who will be hired to explore our province, blog about it and get paid for it.

    The search for the next Saskatchewanderer has reached the voting stage.

    "Log on to (their website) and view the videos," said Director of Communications from the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport, Jennifer Johnson. "You'll see a large blue bar that says vote. It will prompt you to log in to facebook as the voting is tied to facebook."

    The public's vote will narrow the field from 8 to 5 finalists. The final 5 will then be interviewed by the Ministry for the job.

    "I love how enthusiastic these students are," Johnson said. "They love Saskatchewan, the love travelling, they're looking for adventure."

    Last year's Saskatchewanderer, Andrew Konoff, recieved over 176,000 page views and gained around 2000 Facebook and Twitter followers.

    Votes can be cast until noon on March 12th.

    Interview with Jennifer Johnson:

  • hospital

    Different circumstances have left the Swift Current Hospital without the services of a general surgeon for emergency surgeries.

    Dr. Ahmad has extended his return home to the United Kingdom for personal reasons while Dr. Ghori is only doing scheduled elective surgeries while he prepares to write his Royal College certification exams.

    Executive Director of Communications for the Cypress Health Region Bryce Martin:

    “In the event that an emergency comes into the regional hospital that requires general surgery that patient would then be transferred to another tertiary centre, either in Regina, Saskatoon (or) Moose Jaw.”

    Martin says some surgeries could still be done by their specialists.

    He adds the two general surgeons will both be back working shortly and this won't be a long-term problem.
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    A tree with Dutch Elm disease

    April 1st is fast approaching and that means a province wide ban on pruning Elm Trees.

    The ban is in effect because the summer is when the elm bark beetle is most active and fresh cuts attract the beetle.

    The ban is not the only step the city is taking towards limiting Dutch Elm disease outbreaks.

    "We work with the province in doing some trapping," said Parks Manager for the City of Swift Current Andy Toth. "The beetle is here but not in high numbers. We also do surveillance every year of our elms looking for the symptoms of Dutch Elm disease."

    Toth would also like to remind residents it is illegal to store elm wood and the offense carries up to a $2000 fine.

    The ban on pruning Elm Trees will be lifted on September 1st.

    Interview with Parks Manager for the City of Swift Current Andy Toth:

    Click here for more information on Dutch Elm disease

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    Another busy weekend of basketball as six of our senior teams attended regional playoffs. Congratulations to Herbert boys and their coach Mark Forsyth! They hosted and won the 1A boys title on March 17. There were 4 teams in attendance – Herbert, Southey, Hepburn and Poundmaker Chiefs. Herbert played Southey first winning by a decisive score of 92-34. They then played Poundmaker Chiefs in the final on Saturday. It was an exciting, action packed game as Herbert came from behind in the 2nd half to win 87-73. The Laurels are now off to HOOPLA in Regina on March 23/24. They will Craik in their first game on Friday. Good luck to the Laurels.

    In girls’ 1A action both Frontier and Herbert girls had their seasons come to an end. Herbert girls travelled to Melfort and lost two extremely close games. Their first game was against Fillmore losing by a score of 33-29 and the second was lost to Edam 35-31. Frontier was in Foam Lake. They had a successful first game defeating Hepburn 74-47. In the final, they lost to Foam Lake by a score of 63-57.

    Shaunavon boys travelled to Moosomin for 3A boys’ regional play. The Shadows had a successful first game beating Kamsack 90-48. They then lost a close final to Moosomin 85-79.

    Both the Swift Current Colts and Ardens were on the road for 4A regionals. The Colts travelled to North Battleford while the Ardens were in Humboldt. The Colts lost their first game to Yorkton Sacred Heart 74-62 but won the consolation side by beating Nipawin 64-35. Meanwhile, the Ardens had the same record with losing their first game to Regina O’Neill 52-48 but rebounding to win the consolation side by defeating Weyburn 53-30.

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    (Photo from Twitter)

    Herbert's Blake Voth of the Melville Millionaires is the SJHL goalie of the week.

    Voth had a 1.52 GAA and a 0.954 save percentage in a win and a loss to start Melville's playoff series with Weyburn last week.

    The Mellionaires are now down 2-1 in the series after a 3-2 overtime loss last night.

    Voth started the season in the USHL before joining Melville and posting a 0.915 save percentage in the regular season.

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    (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The season is over and the Swift Current Broncos pack up their gear without any playoff action for the second consecutive time.

    Assistant Coach Darren Evjen said they're proud of many things they saw this season, but it's a long year when you don't make the playoffs.

    “No one hurts more than the coaching staff than the players but in this league to get better you have to build through the draft you've got to show some patience at times and we've showed that this year and our fans did. Our team was really consistent and that's a great thing in what we did with our identity in how we played.”

    Evjen adds that they've really developed an identity this season of a hard, physical and aggressive team... but there is still a lot of work to do.

    “We've got a culture now an identity and that's what we really needed to instill in these guys. We've gone to be a team very hard, very physical, and very agressive, as these guys mature and this culture stays with us with what we have coming back the guys coming in know what they have to buy into.”

    The Broncos wrapped up the regular season with a 7-3 win in Saskatoon on Saturday.

    They finishd 10th in the Eastern Conference with 62 points, 8 more than last season.

    Assistant Coach Darren Evjen March 17 in Saskatoon

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    Assiniboia Rebels From The Notekeu Hockey League  

    The Assiniboia Rebels are Notekeu Hockey League Champions once again.

    The Rebels were on the right side of a couple of 1 goal games over the weekend beating the Glentworth Thunder 7-6 in overtime on Saturday and 5-4 in regulation last night to claim the Championship in seven games.

    Assiniboia has won the league the last five years running.

    The games boxscore can be found here

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    Badgers 2012 Whitemud Hockey League Champs (Photo: Cresent Point Wickenheiser Centre's Facebook Page)

    For the second consecutive season the Shaunavon Badgers are Whitemud Hockey League Champions.

    Shaunavon beat the Leader Flyers 3-0 last night to sweep the best of five series three games to none.

    The Badgers will now focus on the Provincial 'B' Final versus Drake with game 1 on Saturday in Shaunavon
    as for the Shaunavon Midget Baders they lost 6-5 last night to Glentworth in game three of their league final but still hold a 2-1 series lead.

  • Baylee Gillanders

    Former Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcat Baylee Gillanders and the University of Minnesota Gophers are NCAA female hockey champions after a 4-2 win over Wisconsin yesterday.

    It's the third championship in university history, but the first one since 2005 and the first for Gillanders.

    The Kyle product had an assist in the championship game.

    Click herefor the games boxscore

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    Levi Brown

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders made some roster moves involving quarterbacks today.

    The team announced today they have agreed to terms with import quarterbacks Levi Brown and Matt Johnson and released import quarterback Cole Bergquist.

    Brown played at Troy University and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent portions of both the 2010 and 2011 season with the Bills.

    Johnson appeared in 32 games over four seasons at Bethune-Cookman. The 24-year-old signed as a free agent with the B.C. Lions in 2011 and went on to attend training camp with the team.

    Video of Johnson:
  • SwiftCurrentMinorHockey

    The Swift Current PeeWee Colts are in the provincial girls final.

    They're hosting Lumsden tonight at 7pm at the Fairview West Arena.

    Game 2 is Monday, March 26th in Lumsden.
  • broncos blades
    (Photo: Darwin Knelsen)

    The Swift Current Broncos had a rough season, but they finished it off on a high note with a 7-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades at Credit Union Centre Saturday night.

    Christian Magnus led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, and was one of three Broncos who had three-point nights. Graham Black had a goal and two helpers, while Ryon Moser picked up three assists.

    Also scoring were Coda Gordon, Adam Rossignol, Josh Derko and Brad Hoban, who picked his 21st goal of his final junior season in his final game as a Bronco.

    Fellow overager Taylor Vause added an assist for his team-leading 84th point, and graduating goalie Jon Groenhyede made 23 saves in his final game, as the Broncos outshot the Blades 37-26. Andrey Makarov and Patrick Johnson combined for 30 saves in the Blades' net, with Brett Stovin, Matej Stransky, and Jake Trask scoring for Saskatoon.

    That brings the season to an end for the Broncos, who finished 10th in the WHL's Eastern Conference with a 27-37-2-6 record, missing the playoffs by 20 points.

    Highlights from Saturday's game on the Eagle 94.1:

    Shawn Mullin and Terry Pavely talk with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen during the post-game show on the Eagle:

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    Taylor Vause

    Broncos Captain Taylor Vause has started his professional career in the American Hockey League.

    Vause signed an Amateur Tryout Contract with Dallas's AHL affiliate the Texas Stars. He played his first game last night.

    Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb hopes Vause capitalizes on his chance to extend his career..

    “When you have a person like that and you have an idenitiy like that and people can learn from it's very positive, and hopefully he gets a good chance to move on in his hockey career.”

    He was happy to see Vause have a breakout season.

    “Look how far he's come this year, but it's his mentality and how he dedicated himself to being a real good player this year because he didn't want to accept not making the playoffs and not moving on into the future and that's a great example to learn by. He's a small guy but comes to play every night we need more guys like that.”

    Vause, wearing #19, had one shot on goal and an even plus/minus as Texas lost 5-2 to Abbotsford.

    He had a career high 83 points in the final season of his WHL career.

  • TM36 total
     The final total for Telemiracle 36 is displayed as the telethon ended Sunday afternoon.

    It was likely one of those weekends that made you even prouder to be from Saskatchewan.

    Telemiracle 36 raised a record $5,906,229 as the 20-hour telethon wrapped up in Regina Sunday at 5:00pm, and every penny of that goes to help people with special needs in our province.

    The total was boosted by the amazing generosity of the late Roy Wudrick, who bequeathed $1.4 million, and the annoucement of which stunned everyone at the Conexus Arts Centre, and no doubt all of Saskatchewan. Major contributions from corporations like PotashCorp and Viterra, and pledges from ordinary residents and organizations made this year's Telemiracle a phenomenal success.

    The southwest also showed their generosity, with the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes presenting a cheque for over $18,151 from their fundraising efforts in the city, and a large contingent from the clubs was on hand to help volunteer at the show. Swift Current's Central School performed at the show, and presented over $2500 in donations.

    The challenge is now making that total even higher next year, when Telemiracle 37 takes place in Saskatoon.

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    Members of the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes in front of the toteboard after the telethon (From left: Brant Stock, Kris Stusrud, Colin Powers, Vicki Powell, Brent Boux, David Stock, and Mike Campbell)

    The Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes made their on-air presentation Saturday Night:

    Central School Choir made a presentation and performed Sunday morning:


    A short video shot by Colin Powers on stage as Telemiracle 36 came to a close:

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    The T. Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend

    Eastend's most famous resident is heading... East.

    Scotty the T. Rex is headed to Ontario where his bones will be molded and cast to create a mounted skeleton for the Discovery Centre in Eastend.

    Director of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Harold Bryant:

    “This is going to be very positive for the T. Rex Discovery Centre, that their visitors will get to see this mount, and I think it's broader than that, I think (it's) exciting from a Saskatchewan level. We are having a second cast made that we would hope to do something with a the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.”

    Bryant expects the mounted skeleton will be ready by next March.

    He's hoping Scotty's bones will be back in Eastend before that.
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    Students perform at last years All That Jazz Event

    The Swift Current Comprehensive High school Music Department will once again be hosting "All That Jazz", an evening of Jazz and swing music, this weekend.

    Comp Band Director Aaron Thinglestad said the event has been happening for 18 years and this year they'll be throwing in something new

    “We were trying to come up with some new ideas and one of the things that came about was the idea of doing a swing dance linked to the music were playing. So we programed over 40 pieces of music and I found a couple people to do a basic swing dance lesson for those people that purchased tickets for the event.”

    A few tickets are still available at Creative Video downtown. All that Jazz begins at the Comp Cafetorium at 7pm on Saturday.

  • cityhall
    Swift Current will paint its financial picture tonight at City Council.

    The City will present details of the 2012 Municipal Budget at tonight's meeting.

    They have yet to provide any significant hints as to what the budget may contain.

    Last year's budget included a 5.95% tax increase, $40.2 million in operating expenditures and $17.8 million in capital expenditures.

    We will have details on the budget and reaction tomorrow morning on Swift Current Online.

    While the budget will dominate the meeting, it will also include a  report on the lease agreement with the Southwest Centre for Entreprenurial Development and the proclamation of "World Plumbing Week" in Swift Current.

    Click here to see the council agenda.

  • central signal3

    There will be various closures today at the intersection of Chaplin Street and Central Avenue due to the installation of signal heads and signage

    The city is hoping to have the signals up and running by next friday.
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    Members of the DBA gather at the Swift Current Museum

    The reformed Downtown Business Association held a reception at the Swift Current Museum last night.

    DBA President Gary Koebel said last night's event was a good chance for business owners downtown to get to know their neighbours, “Basically to get to know the neighbours, great to put some faces to some of the businesses. That's one thing about about being a small business owner you're so busy not having the ability to check out whose around who your neighbours are this is a great venue to do that.”

    Koebel adds they've come back together because of the growth downtown and the work the city has done developing it, “There's been a fair amount of growth happening downtown several new businesses opening. The city has done a wonderful job thus far in development. Sprucing up downtown to make it a destination spot.”

    Koebel also talked about what work the reformed DBA will be taking on, “Our mandate initially here is to basically be a conduit to assemble ideas from business owners downtown.”

    He notes the museum was a good spot because of the display they have up on the history of downtown from 1900 to 1960.

  • chinook1

    Tomorrow night an information session for parents interested in enrolling their child in french immersion Kindergarten or Grade 1 is being hosted by the Chinook School Division.

    Communications Coordinator for the Chinook School Division Joanne Booth says parents don't necessarily have to have their minds made up before attending.

    The registration night will go with the rest of the kindergarten registration night for Swift Current and area schools which is on March 13
    th. This is an information night only. It's an informal thing...parents can gather information, get their questions answered, talk to some staff there, and find out more information.”

    The session begins tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Library at Ecole Oman.

    For further information call 778-9275.     
  • womensday

    It's International Women's Day as thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

    The International Women of Swift Current are putting on their event on Sunday evening.

    "It's also a chance for women from different countries, different backgrounds to get together and share experiences," said Co-Chair Anne Moola. "The topic is women and girls inspiring leadership. So we're hoping to inspire some of the women in our audience."

    Shaunavon Mayor Sharon Dickie will be one of the guest speakers.

    “18 years ago when I joined Shaunavon Town Council there were very few women aldermen at that time across the province or even in Canada," Dickie said. "It's taken a long time for this grow and women, themselves, have to make these changes.”

    In Swift Current, Rachel May was the first woman elected to council in 1936. Swift Current's first Local Council of Women was founded in 1918.

    This year's event is scheduled for 6pm on Sunday at First United Church in Swift Current.

    Another way to mark International Women's Day is this weekend's performance of the Vagina Monologues in Swift Current.

    Actor and Director Christine Ciona says the show is a great  opportunity to educate and inspire people.

    “The messages in the show itself are empowering. The different monologue pieces are...vulnerable, they're tender stories about what it means to be a woman, about what it means to have your voice.”

    While Ciona says women have come a long way, she adds it's important to remember that 1 in 3 women are still victims of physical abuse.

    Proceeds from the shows Friday and Saturday night at the Lyric go towards Southwest Crisis Services.

    Tickets are available at Pharmasave.

    Penny Schreiner interviews Shaunavon Mayor Sharon Dickie:

    Shawn Mullin interviews Vagina Monologues Director Christine Ciona:

    Shawn Mullin interviews International Women of Swift Current Co-Chair Anne Moola:
  • hwy1 streetview
    Highway 1 East into Swift Current

    What should be done about pedestrians on Highway 1 in Swift Current. The city is considering it as one of many issues in their transportation master plan.

    We hit the street to ask you. Here is what you had to say.

    “I'm not sure the city can fix that.”

    “I don't know if you can”

    “Other than a pedestrian bridge, which may cost millions of dollars, I don't know what other solution there would be.”

    “It's dangerous”

    “Honestly I think people will cross the highway no matter what.”

    “Even if the city wanted to put a pedestrian over pass over top the number 1 it's expensive”

    “The only way I could see that you would prevent more accidents is just by putting up a barrier of some kind whether it's a fence or something else. I honestly don't think there's any other way.”

    A Winkler, Manitoba man died last week when he was hit by a semi while crossing the highway.

  • Semiridsdale

    Staff at the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure's Highway Hotline will have more eyes on the road, thanks to a new pilot partnership with a major Saskatchewan trucking company.

    Dan Palmer with the Ministry says truckers with Ridsdale Transport limited will help supplement the Highway Hotline road information service, by calling in conditions overnight.

    "Basically on the text report, motorists overnight between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM will see additional travel information on the text report on the specific routes that this trucking forum operates on."

    The truckers report covers only a few routes, including Highway 1 from Swift Current to the Manitoba Boundary, but Palmer says they will see how well it works and if there is a possibility to expand.

    The report can be seen on the Highway Hotline's website in the text report.
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    Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sports Minister Bill Hutchison

    The province is giving the film industry an extension, but not changing their mind about cancelling the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.

    Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sports Minister Bill Hutchison said the province has spent over 200 million dollars on the film industry and it isn't growing, “Despite the very best efforts of the industry, and they have been mighty efforts I'm sure, plus the best efforts of government. Film production has actually gone the other way its dropped 70% in the last five years. Employment in that time has dropped 55%.”

    Hutchinson adds they can't afford to get involved in a bidding war with other provinces for film productions if they want to run a balanced budget, “That's what the old style film credit was turned into. It's a bidding war between provinces our decision was not to get into it.”

    For now, the province is extending the application deadline for the final round of tax credits to the end of June.

    Shawn Mullin chats with Minister Hutchison
  • cypresshealthregion
    A cancer screening program is expanding to our region

    A new colorectal cancer screening program is now available in the southwest.

    But how do you know if you qualify?

    "There is a website through the cancer agency," said Cypress Health Region Director of Occupational Health and Safety Jeff Schwan. "There is a targeted age group that they will be identifying and sending those packages directly to homes and physicians."

    For more information visit www.saskcancer.ca

    The advanced fecal immunochemical tests can be completed in the privacy of your home.

    "This is a very important initiative," Schwan said. "It will signify if (those screened) will need to have further testing done."

    The program got a recent $4 million funding boost from the provincial budget.

    As of February 2012, approximately 52,000 people had been invited to participate in the program in other parts of the province. It is now expanding into our region.

    Last year 270 people in Saskatchewan died as a result of colorectal cancer.

    Colin Powers interviews Jeff Schwan:


  • sexy laundry
    The cover for the play Darkhorse Theatre is putting on

    Darkhorse Theatre of Shaunavon is helping the local Elks Club fix their roof.

    They are hosting a "Rippin the Roof Off" Pub Weekend fundraiser this Thursday, Friday and Saturday,

    “This spring performance actually the entertainment portion of the fundraiser for the Elks Hall which is where Dark Horse usually puts on their spring production," said actor and director Dianne Greenlay. "The hall is in need of great need of repairs for the roof. This spring performance is entitled Rippin the Roof Off Pub Night Fundraisers For The Elks Hall"

    Greenlay filled us in on the plot for the play being performed for the fundraiser "Sexy Laundry"

    “It is the story of Alice and Henry. Alice decides they need a little more spicing up in their life so she has booked a hotel room for them for the weekend. Henry is delighted because he has a flat screen TV that's got a split screen, he's got a couple of remotes and he thinks this is going to be wonderful. Alice, on the other hand, has signed a book out from the library entitled 'Sex For Dummies' and she is intent on working her way through it for the weekend chapter by chapter.”

    Tickets are still available in Shaunavon at Robertson Implements, Lorne's Machine Shop or Joz Cloz.

  • Healthmeetingalaska2012
    Last nights Cypress Health Region Planning Session With Alaskan healthcare provider Southcentral Foundation

    The Cypress Health Region welcomed representatives from a healthcare provider in Alaska for a planning session yesterday.

    CEO Beth Vachon said they've worked with Southcentral Foundation for a number of years, and made a trip there last year to look at ways to improve healthcare delivery for large, rural populations, “By inviting these collegues from another part of the world to come and spend some time with us is an opprotunity for more people with in our organization and our community to be able to see what we saw. And the potential of where we could get to by exploring some different models”

    The Southcentral Foundation discussed how they use patient-specific integrated care teams to deliver healthcare in their area. Medical Director Donna Galbreath said they wanted to address issues that limited access to care for the population they serve, “We created a process where we could actually get more people coming through our healthcare system, that way actually the backlogs we're decreased and it opened up the door for people to be seen the same day that they want to be seen so they don't have to wait.”

    Galbreath adds that they talked about using integrated care teams to help improve their healthcare system, which brings clients together with a specific team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers,“People who came to our clinics and we talked to them and said how can we improve our healthcare system, what can we be more effective at, what do you need what are your needs, and what people told us is they wanted to know their provider. Their Doctor or their PA, or Nurse practioner, they want to get to know them they don't want who ever happens to be their that day.”

    Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon said they often talk about using teams in their healthcare system, but believes there is room to grow, “What they look at in Alaska is actually colocating their team members in one open room so that their is always ongoing and constant dialouge around the patients that they are providing services to. That allows them to be far more intuned to what the needs are and then moving in the right direction as far as needs go."

    Glabreath added their primary care unit serves a large, remote part of Alaska, saying if you put their service area on a map of the United States, it would be like somebody having to fly from California to Michigan to receive their primary care.

    Cypress Health Region CEP Beth Vachon

    South Central Foundation Medical Director Donna Galbreath
  • dueck
    Brian Dueck on the right talking with salesman inSisu: the Death of Tom Sukanen (PHOTO COURTSEY OF: http://www.chrystene.com)

    One of the major casualties of the provincial budget was the cutting of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. Brian Dueck is a Swift Current actor who had appeared in several Saskatchewan-based film and TV productions, including "Corner Gas" and the documentary "Sisu: the Death of Tom Sukanen".

    He said he was disappointed when he heard the incentive was winding down, “The tax credit in place was bringing production to Saskatchewan and that was allowing me to be able to do that kind of work and follow that dream while still being able to stay here and raise my kids, and I never thought the Saskatchewan Government would remove that opportunity.”

    Dueck added that productions like the hit TV show "Corner Gas" wouldn't have been feasible without the tax credit, and it also allowed local producers and actors to work and tell our province's stories right here in Saskatchewan.

    “ Sisu: the Death of Tom Sukanen the movie I did, Tommy Douglas:Prairie Giant, I mean these are Saskatchewan stories and its nice to be able to tell them here and to be able to use the actual Saskatchewan backdrop for these Saskatchewan stories. With out this we'll be chasing those productions out of province to a place where it is feasable for them to do it.”

    Dueck added he is encouraged that Premier Brad Wall had agreed to meet with the film industry to discuss the tax credit and explain his decision to remove it, while listening to those affected by it.

    Colin Powers Interviews Brian Dueck
  • Cypress Hills Zip
    A picture from http://www.zipcypresshills.ca/

    A couple of southwest businesses took home hardware at the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence last week.

    The Reno Rodeo in Consul won the Event of the Year Award.

    "We were pretty excited," said Rodeo President Doug Richards, "It means a lot for us and for our rodeo and for our hard work and everything. It's great to be recognized."

    Richards believes they may have won because of their contributions to the community.

    "A lot of our proceeds that we make here at the rodeo goes back to either charity or community things," Richards said. "Like our rink board, playground, play school..."

    Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures won for Rookie of the Year.

    President, CEO and founder of Cypress Hills Eco Adventures Jory Kirk saw the awards gala itself a a great opportunity to learn.

    "Just being able to brush shoulders with those people who have been 10 years in, 5 years in," Kirk said. "That are going hard and know some of those little tricks that you don't know. They're very willing to pass some of those things on to you and give you advice. It's a really supportive group this industry."

    Kirk was very pleased to receive the honour.

    "It really puts it into perspective that your'e doing things right."

    Though they didn't win, Redmond House in Maple Creek was honoured as a finalist for the Business of the Year Award.

    Interview with Reno Rodeo President Doug Richards:

    Interview with Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures CEO Jory Kirk:

    Click here to check out the Reno Rodeo's website

  • swift downtown
    Warm weather could be coming our way this spring

    Are we going to get punished for a warm winter with a cold spring and summer?

    Not according to David Phillips of Environment Canada.

    "We're looking at normal to warmer than normal conditions (for spring)," said Phillips. "Unfortunately we're calling for drier than normal. Clearly farmers are wishing for more precipitation because they've had so little in the winter."

    That trend should continue into June, July and August.

    "We're also calling for the summer to be a warmer than normal summer," Phillips said. "It will be the precipitation that will decide if this is a good news or bad news situation."

    Phillips hopes for the sake of farmers that their prediction of a dry spring and summer isn't entirely accurate.

    David Phillips Interview:

  • power line

    Work will soon get underway on the City of Swift Current's ongoing upgrades to its electrical system. City Light and Power Director Mitch Minken said, “Each year we undertake upgrading a portion of the overhead power line system to bring it up to new standards for safety and reliability purposes. Try to keep our system operating at an optimum level.”

    Minken adds that customers should expect a few short outages while the work is underway, “It'll be localized stuff, typically just a home or two at at time as the guys go through changing poles and wire.”

    The areas affected are between 2nd and 3rd Avenue Northwest from Herbert to North Railway, 4th and 5th Avenue Southeast from McIntosh to Aberdeen, 5th and 6th Avenue Southeast between Friesen and Aberdeen, and 2nd Avenue Southeast from the east side of Gladstone Street East to Aspen Drive.

    Minken adds work will start around the beginning of April, and residents in those areas should expect localized outages for the next month or so.

  • jailhouse
    Reported Jailhouse Photo Of Graham James (PHOTO COURTSEY  OF: WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    The brother of disgraced former Broncos Coach Graham James is joining the chorus of people calling for stricter sentences against sexual predators. Rusty James broke the family's 15 year silence in a letter to the Calgary Sun.

    Rusty James compared his brother's crime to harshly punished financial crimes like those of Bernie Madolf's. He suggests that sexual predators steal something far more valuable than money and aren't punished as severely.

    Rusty James told the newspaper he felt the punishment for his brother wasn't harsh enough and he hopes it will cause the government to change their laws.

    Graham James was recently sentenced to 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to the repeated sexual abuse of former junior hockey stars Todd Holt and Theo Fleury.

    Click herefor the Calgary Sun article
  • hamburger

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added to their list list of recalled beef products due to E. coli. Last month we reported certain Country Morning beef burgers and no name beef steakettes being pulled due to a possible E. coli contamination.

    Now 9.07-kilogram packages of ground beef that were sold to Five Guys Enterprises, which owns Five Guys Burgers and Fries have been added to the list along with 3.9-kilogram packages of Country Friend Style Breaded Beef Steak Chopped and Formed that have been sold to numerous restaurants.

    The list now exceeds 130 beef products and includes products from President's Choice, Western Family, and Best Value. A full list of the recalled products can be found on the inspection agency's website.

    Click herefor the full list of recalled products
  • hwy1 streetview

    Our section of the Trans-Canada Highway is about to get greener. Swift Current is one of of 21 recipients of a 15 thousand dollar TD Green Streets grant.

    Executive Director of TD Friends of the Environment, Mary Dejardins said,  “They had a great program about planting trees in open spaces around the Trans-Canada.” Dejardins adds that, “They also have some great community involvement, so they're going to be working on this project with groups including the Southwest Naturalists, Friends of the Walkway and a new group called Go Green”

    The simple goal of the overall TD Green Streets program is to bring more trees to Canadian municipalities

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Executive Director of TD Friends of The Enviroment Mary Dejardins

  • Mulcair
    Thomas Mulcair (centre) at the NDP Leadership Convention in Toronto (Photo: Thomas Mulcair Campaign)

    The Federal New Democrats have a new leader.

    Montreal-area MP Thomas Mulcair was chosen as the successor to the late Jack Layton during the NDP's Leadership Convention in Toronto Saturday, and will take over as the leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament.

    Mulcair won the leadership on the fourth and final ballot, claiming 57.2% of the vote over chief rival and former party president Brian Topp's 42.8%. The two were the final candidates after a day-long voting marathon plagued by delays caused by an attempted cyber-attack on the party's website.

    Mulcair will not get much rest after his victory, as he will meet with his caucus today and return to Parliament where the Federal Budget will be presented on Thursday.
  • SouthwestCrisisServicesPaintJob
    One of the new-look rooms at the Southwest Crisis Services Safe Shelter

    Benjamin Moore recently completed making over rooms at the Southwest Crisis Services Safe Shelter.

    Four bedrooms got new paint-jobs and new bedding after being declared as the Saskatchewan winner of a nationwide contest that the shelter entered last summer.

    Executive Director for Southwest Crisis Services Theresa Cole says so many are to thank for the makeover: "Certainly to Benjamin Moore, to the folks who did the painting, to our staff and clients during the period while we've had these renovations taking place, and a big thank you also to our Shelter manager, Lucille Haroldson, who looked after things on a daily basis."

    Services were not disrupted at the shelter while completing the makeover.

    Todd Vallee talked with Theresa Cole about the makeover:

  • Timmons maverick
    University of Regina President Vianne Timmons talks with Maverick student Sarah Houghtaling during a tour of the school on Thursday.

    The president of the University of Regina was in Swift Current this past week.

    Not only was Vianne Timmons in the city to announce a new four-year nursing program at Great Plains College, but she also made a stop at Swift Current's Maverick School.

    "We place our student-teachers all over the province who are interested in giving the students who graduate from Maverick an opportunity to learn about the University of Regina, and we're looking at potential partnerships with the administration here," Timmons said.

    Timmons took a tour of the facility and talked with some of the students, including Sarah Houghtaling. She said, "everyone wasreally open to asking questions and discussing how it works here, and I think it just went really well."

    Maverick is known locally for its unique approach to high school education, and Timmons says it's something the University can learn from: "I think that this school has done some innovative things about keeping learners in school. We are interested in that and we are always interested in students' success, so we think we can learn from Maverick and the things they've done here, and the potential that they might learn from us too."

    "Maverick has been the biggest difference in my life since being born," Sarah added. "I had huge depression issues, and then I got here and people embraced my differences instead of disregarding them, and now I am way happier."

    Colin Powers talked with Vianne Timmons about the tour of Maverick School:

    Colin also talked with Maverick student Sarah Houghtaling:

  • mobile hotline
    The Highway Hotline's new mobile website as seen on the Apple iPhone's Safari browser

    There's a new way to access the latest road conditions in Saskatchewan.

    The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure recently launched a new, mobile-rich website that can be accessed on smartphone browsers, and features some of the same maps and other reports that are on the Highway Hotline's main website.

    "It doesn't have quite the functionality of the full site," said Doug Wakabayashi with the Ministry, "but it certainly make it easier to access the road conditions on handheld devices."

    Wakabayashi adds they've also introduced new RSS web feedsfor road condition information, which he says lets drivers pick up on highway and ferry information that they need to know and get them sent directly to their computers, and there is also a new YouTube channelto help further the Ministry's education and safety efforts.

    As always, you can still call the Highway Hotline for the latest road conditions at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report linkon Swift Current Online.

    Colin Powers talked with Doug Wakabayshi about the new mobile Highway Hotline website:

  • bodybags

    Police have identified a 31 year old Winkler, Manitoba man as the victim of Thursday's fatal accident in Swift Current.

    He was struck by a semi on Highway 1 at approximately 2am.

    "The cause of the collision appears to be the pedestrian... crossing the highway when it was unsafe to do so," said RCMP Media Relations Sergeant Paul Dawson. "There is no criminal aspect or any violation. This just appears to be a very unfortunate situation where a young person lost his life."

    Police are reminding people it is never safe to cross a highway outside of a designated crossing.

    "It's not just in Swift Current it's through all areas of the province," Sergeant Dawson said. "Police are very attune to the fact because we are the first responders along with EMS to things like this. Sometimes very small decisions that you make on a day to day basis can have very severe and tragic consequences."

    The victim's name is not being released.

    Interview with RCMP Media Relations Sergeant Paul Dawson:
  • hwy1 streetview
    The Trans-Canada Highway through Swift Current (Photo: Google Street View)

    The City of Swift Current is responding to calls for improved pedestrian access near the Trans-Canada Highway.

    The death of a 31-year-old Winkler, Manitoba man after he was hit by a semi while crossing the highway on Thursdayhas sparked a debate over pedestrian needs in the area.

    "We're in the middle of undertaking a master transportation plan, and this plan will actually address this very issue... pedestrian accomodation on the service roads and near Highway 1," said City Engineering Director Mac Forster. "This plan will be finalized in early summer and there's a couple more open houses coming up for input from the public, but this matter is taken into consideration. It was identified and it is going to be addressed in the study."

    Forster says concerns about pedestrian access were already on the radar for a number of reasons, including the proposed Integrated Facility on the northeast side of the city.

    Shawn Mullin talked with City Engineering Director Mac Forster:

  • rural rcmp

    Swift Current Rural RCMP are investigating a break and enter in Tompkins.

    Early yesterday morning at around 12:15, the Tompkins Fine Foods Store was broken into, and both the front and back doors were damaged in the incident.

    Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to contact RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.
  • eastend health
    Eastend's Wolf Willow Health Centre (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    Recruitment efforts are now underway to bring in a new Nurse Practitioner for Eastend.

    "Regretfully, we have received the resignation of our current Nurse Practitioner at the Eastend Primary Health Care site," said Bryce Martin, Executive Director of Communications for the Cypress Health Region. "Leland Sommer started with us as a Nurse Practitioner in the fall of 2011, and he has found a position elsewhere in the province that provides him and his family with a good professional and personal opportunity, so Leland has submitted his resignation to us, and unfortunately, his last day in the Eastend Clinic will be May 4th."

    Martin says they are working on recruiting a new Nurse Practitioner for the town while doing what they can to maintain services at the clinic. "We are going to attempt to find some additional support for the Nurse Practitioner position either within the region, or if we're able to find somebody who would be able to provide locum or temporary assistance until that permanent patch is found."

    Martin adds the town's current physician, Dr. Baretto, is also willing to visit the clinic on additional days along with his current coverage on Mondays and Wednesdays every week.

    Colin Powers talked with Bryce Martin:

  • credit union

    Eastend Credit Union and Innovation Credit Union could be joining forces, after a recommendation to amalgamate was made at Eastend Credit Union's recent Annual General Meeting.

    "Our board will put together a number of information sessions and forums," said Eastend Credit Union General Manager Patrick Watkins. "We're going to seek feedback from our membership, answer any questions they may have, and bring it to a vote in either spring or early summer."

    Watkins added working with Innovation is nothing new: "Eastend Credit Union has already benefitted from a number of joint strategic initiatives with Innovation Credit Union that have provided the Eastend Credit Union with a series of cost-effective services and benefits to both the Credit Union and its members."

    Todd Vallee talked with Patrick Watkins about the amalgamation proposal:

  • truck mjriver
    Emergency crews rush to get two people out of a submerged truck in Moose Jaw's Wakamow Valley Friday. (Photo: Marc Smith - DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    It was a very frightening scene in Moose Jaw Friday, as a truck with two people inside plunged into the Moose Jaw River.

    Emergency crews were called to the entrance to Wakamow Valley in the city's southside at around 2:30pm, and rushed to pull out a 70-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman from the vehicle. They were sent to hospital in Moose Jaw in critical condition, and Moose Jaw and District EMS confirmed this morning that the male occupant has died.

    Paramedics say the two occupants of the vehicle were in the water for about 20 minutes.

    For more on this story, visit DiscoverMooseJaw.com.
  • schafer

    Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer is reacting to Wednesday's Provincial Budget Presentation. Although they weren't explicitly announced, he's hopeful the document will contain funding for some of the city's long-term capital priorities,

    “See lots of capital dollars but they are not specific as of yet so hopefully we see some dollars towards planning for long term care. And of course in our budget we have things like the Memorial Drive upgrades and what not through highways partnership so we'll see as we drill down further into the budget how that impacts us in those regards.”

    He said he was disappointed that there was no extra money for municipal infrastructure, but he's hopeful he can see a long-term plan for infrastructure in the future.

    “With this government they showed that for example with the municipal operating grant when they did introduce something that it was a good sustainable program so we hope going forward that when it comes to infastructure funding we may not get it today but when a program is announced it's going to be worthwhile”

    Schafer adds he's not sure how the cuts to funding the Southwest Enterprise Region will impact the community overall, but they will evaluate their options to maintain economic development in the southwest.

  • college new

    A new program at Great Plains College could help ensure good nursing staff levels for the local health region. The college will work in conjunction with the health region, the University of Regina and SIAST to offer a four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Swift Current.

    SIAST Dean of Nursing Netha Dyck said they expect it, like the college's two year program, to be quite popular, “The practical nursing program in Swift Current is very well subscribed and the level of interest in the program always exceeds the number of seats and so we feel there will be a similar interest in registered nursing in the community.”

    Dyck expects a lot of the graduates will end up working in the southwest, “Really it becomes a good recruitment strategy for the health region to offer the education closer to home. It certainly supports that when students gain the education in the community they are more likely to stay in the community for employment.”

    The Dean adds that it will be a unique program, “We'll be using blended model for delivery. Which will include some online, as well as some deliver through video conferencing, and others will be where faculty will be on site.”

    The first class of registered nurses would start school in the fall of 2013.

    Interview with Netha Dyck:
  • vachon
    The Cypress Health Region is still chewing on how a smaller than usual increase to their budget might impact them.

    Their budget went up by $486,000 this year or only 0.4%.

    CEO Beth Vachon found it hard to respond conclusively without having a chance to crunch the numbers in more detail.

    "We know that the majority of our budget is based on what we pay in salaries," Vachon said. "Collective bargaining agreements every year see increases. When we see (budget) increases of 0.4% it will present challenges in how we're going to apply that number to our biggest expense, which is salaries. Until we actually sit down with our budget and go through the numbers I don't want to be predicting that there is going to be challenges until we do that work. Based on some of the funding increases we've received in the past we've been able to manage, but this is low for us."

    The health region is used to getting a budget increase of between 4% and 8% annually.

    "As an entire province and health care system we really look to reduce the cost of health care and have been supportive of working to reducing what that percentage increase is every year," Vachon said "We certainly understand why we're moving in this direction. However, just on first glance I'm not quite sure how that is going to impact the region."

    Vachon was happy to see the $1.5 million for a rural physician locum pool, or essentially substitute doctors for when physician are away.

    Click here for the full release on the Health Care budget from the province

    Interview with Beth Vachon:
  • swer

    Wednesday's provincial budget could spell the end of the Southwest Enterprise Region, after the province stopped funding the regional arms of Enterprise Saskatchewan.

    CEO Kelsay Reimer blames how Enterprise Saskatchewan's Regional Services Division measured success: "Things like population, school enrolment, business startup, land sales... they weren't interested in having those kinds of results. They were more interested in us reporting back the number of website hits, number of brochures handed out, the number of meetings attended, and those kinds of things."

    The province says the it will instead put economic development in the hands of municipalities with increased revenue-sharing grants, but Reimer doesn't think they can be kept afloat that way: "It's unrealistic to expect that 83 municipalities are going to kick in dollars to a regional organization to advance regional development.

    The Enterprise Region had a number of ongoing projects in the southwest, including regional broadband development and municipal planning, but Reimer is hopeful that some of their work will get carried forward by their partners.

    Click here for the Government press release on their economic development priorities in the Provincial Budget.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Kelsay Reimer about the cuts to the Enterprise Region program:

  • hurricaneslionsmarch21
    Hurricanes versus Lions March 21

    Local RCMP aren't saying if any arrests were made or charges are pending after they had to send several officers to break up some incidents of violence in the crowd of a midget hockey game on Wednesday.

    Staff Sergeant Al MacDonnell said, “That matter is still under investigation. So we're still looking into that.”

    MacDonell knows they will have to be very vigilant with the games coming up in the Midget AA championship series next week.

    "Everyone's excitement level gets a little bit higher of course in these situations," MacDonell said. "Both teams, both towns... we'll be cognisant of that."

    So should Swit Current Minor Hockey be providing security?

    "Well it depends on the circumstance," said MacDonell. "If a problem is anticipated than there should be sufficiant security at the game to deal with those situations. If that sufficient security can't deal with the situation than they are left with no choice but to contact the police."

    Wednesday was the second time police have been called to a game during the Hurriances playoff run. They made two arrests after an incident following the final game of the first round.

    Interview with Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell:
  • bodybags

    A 31 year old man from Winkler Manitoba is dead following a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a semi and a pedestrian. The collision occurred in the eastbound lane of Highway #1 and 6th avenue in Swift Current at approximately 2:00 a.m.Thursday morning.

    The family of the deceased has requested that the name not be released

    Traffic is again flowing normally in the eastbound lane of Highway #1 after police had it blocked off for close to 12 hours.

    Golden West Radio listener Lane called in early Thursday and said “I just passed through Swift Current a quarter after five and I was just going to report that I saw the police had a body covered up right on the highway. It didn't look to good.”

    Golden West Radio's Nevan Champion at the scene this morning:

    Golden West Radio Listener Lane:
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    Highspeed action between Hurricanes and Lions from last nights game

    For the second time in the Midget AA playoffs, police were called to an altercation during the Hurricanes game at Fairview West Arena.

    After arresting two people last week, they took at least one person away in handcuffs as a part of breaking up several fights in the crowd during the second period.

    Several RCMP officers remained on the scene to make sure no more violence broke out throughout the rest of the game.

    Click here for the game result

  • chinook1

    Both pre and post secondary institutions in our region gave approval to yesterday's provincial budget. Acting Director of the Chinook School Division Kyle McIntyre said, “It maintains some of the areas we would see as priorities and I don't think the students or our staff in Chinook are going to be disadvantaged at all.” McIntyre was happy with support for the roofing project at Leader Composite School and the new integrated facility.

    Interim President and CEO of Great Plains College Bruce Probert said even with some tuition hikes it was a stay the course budget for them, “I would say any tuition increases will be very modest.” And Probert adds the new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship offsets that with $500 a year, up to $2000, for any new high school graduate attending post-secondary education in the province.

    Director of the Chinook School Division Kyle McIntyre

    Interim President and CEO of Great Plains College Bruce Probert

    Click herefor our coverage of 2012 budget
  • saskleginside

    More funding for health care, highways and schools. No money at all for Enterprise Regions, prescription drugs are going to cost more and there will be no Film Tax Credit.

    The 2012 Provincial Budget has been presented and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz kept his promise of a balanced budget, saying that being fiscally responsibility now is the way to grow Saskatchewan in the future.

    This was the first budget of Premier Brad Wall's second term in office.

    There are revenues of $11.29 billion and expenditures of $11.2 billion with increases for programs like a 4.5% budget increase in funding for highways that will include 320km of paving this summer, school operating funding will increase by $82 million this year and there's an increase of $217 million dollars to the health care budget.

    As part of the budget, $2.5 million has been added to help those people living with diabetes by adding two forms of long acting insulin to the Drug Plan and by adding the Children's Insulin Pump Program to cover those patients up to 25 years of age.

    The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will get an extra $16.9 million to support cancer services in the province with a $4 million increase to expand colorectal screening.

    The budget also allows for a $3.3 million increase to the Seniors Income Plan, taking the program to $24.2 million. As a result, starting July 1st benefits will be increase by $50 per month, followed by an increase of $10 per month in each of the next three years.

    However, there were cut backs and alteration to some programs that will not go un-noticed such as a complete deletion of funding to Enterprise Regions. "We believe that the decisions about local economic developments and what should happen at the local level should be done there by representatives of municipalities that are involved." explained Minister Krawetz.

    "As a result of the significant increases in Revenue Sharing, we're transferring that responsibility for that decision making and that responsibility for funding."

    It was just three years ago that the province got rid of the Regional Economic Development Associations and unveiled the new Enterprise Regions but Minister Krawetz says they are not abandoning the idea, municipalities will just have to pay for it they want it to continue.

    The government has also announced they are raising the cap on prescription drug fees from the $15 dollars that we pay now, to $20 in an effort to generate $10 million in savings for the budget. The increase is expected to cost the average senior $125 annually and $20 per year for children. At the same time, the cost for the Senior Citizen's Ambulance Assistance Plan is going up by $25 per trip to $275.

    As we mentioned earlier, the province is axing the Film Tax Credit that has drawn countless motion picture companies to Saskatchewan, saving $3 million this year and $8 million in each subsequent year.

    For a complete look at the 2012 Provincial Budget, click here.

    The government delivers the budget:

    The opposition responds:
  • swift downtown
    The 24th best place to live in Canada according to MoneySense Magazine

    Swift Current is reacting to the big leap it made on the MoneySense magazine rankings of top places to live in Canada.

    Residents told us what they thought of our city going fom 50th to 24th on the list:

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer was also pleased.

    "I think it's a real feather in the cap for our community as a whole," Schafer said. "To compare up to all 190 other communities from coast to coast to coast is fantastic."

    Schafer believes this ranking is a reflection of the positive direction the city is headed in.

    "I really feel more than ever that as a community we're really on the cusp of great things. Our residents are demanding more, they're excited for more services, our population is growing. Entrepreneurs and people are investing in our community. They believe in it."

    He is happy to see the high ranking on an issue like affordability as it was one of the pillars of the "Where Life Makes Sense" motto.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer Interview:

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    Manitoba's Justice Department is reviewing Judge Catherine Carlson's decision to sentence Graham James to 2 years in prison for sexually assaulting former Bronco Todd Holt and former NHL star Theoren Fleury.

    The sentence was handed down yesterday in Winnipeg and has garnered criticism nation wide since for being too lenient on the former Bronco Coach.

    The Crown was looking for a 6 year prison sentence while the defense wanted a 12 to 18 month conditional sentence not involving prison.

    With the 2 year sentence James would be eligible for day parole in September and eliqible for full parole in November.

    There is a 30 day window for the Crown to review the sentence.

    Update: New information indicates Nottingham was last scene in Carlyle on the afternoon of March 8th. RCMP say nformation indicates he was in Estevan prior to this date. The family have told police they are very concerned for his well-being.
    Police in Assiniboia are looking for 21-year-old John Roy Nottingham.

    He is described as a white male, slender at 188 cm tall, weighing 75 kg with brown hair.

    Nottingham, who rented a residence in Assiniboia, was last seen in Oxbow, SK on March 5, 2012 where he was completing a trucking course.

    Anyone with information about Nottingham's whereabouts are asked to contact the RCMP Assiniboia Detachment at (306) 642-7110.
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    Mayor Jerrod Schafer speaking at last years Mayor's Luncheon

    The 8th Canadian Mental Health Association's Mayor's Luncheon is coming up May 10th at the Sky Centre in Swift Current.

    Ruth Smith, Executive Director of the Association's Swift Current Branch, said this year's guest speaker will be Saskatchewan author Joy Desjarlais, “She is a victim services advocate and I think she'll be really interseting, I think alot of her talk is going to be on forgiveness and I heard a little bit of her last year and I think she is going to be great”

    Smith adds the event has become key in raising awareness and support for the CMHA in Swift Current, “I'm hoping it's becoming our premeier event and that when people think of the Mayors luncheon they think of Canadian Mental Health, it does help with some funds but mostly with information out in the community.”

    Tickets are available for 40 dollars and can be purchased by calling 778-2440.

  • moneysense

    Swift Current is the 24th best place to live in Canada.

    That's according to an annual list by MoneySense Magazine.

    Online Editor Trevor Melanson said “It's not about which city is the hippest or if you have alot of money it really is kind of catered middle-class Canadians and people who want to own a. It's based on hard data.”

    "The cities that end up at the top it's not that they have one great thing about them. Usually it's because they just scored above average on a long list of things. So the reason Swift Current scored well, like other cities that scored well, is simply because it kind of succeeded across the board."

    Melanson says Swift Current shot up from 50th to 24th largely because of our population growth numbers this year compared to last.

    Our city also scores high in affordable housing and jobless rate.

    Click here to see the full list

    Online Editor Trevor Melanson
  • premier speech

    We'll get our first look at the latest Saskatchewan budget today.

    Premier Brad Wall said there will be some belt tightening in an attempt to maintain what he's calling "The Saskatchewan Advantage."

    “That we would make the decisions necessary so that we have fiscal responsibility and fiscal discipline as a center piece of our growth agenda and that's what we're going to do with the budget so there will be tough decisions that we're making but we think it's important to sustain Saskatchewan Advantage first and foremost through fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.”

    He said they need to show fiscal responsibility in order to maintain the advantages we have now,

    “Our best chance to continue to invest in infrastructure to continue to work on highways, to have the budget to invest in them, to make sure our social programs are sustainable, our best chance to do that is with balanced budgets now.”

    Last year the province budgeted a $115 million dollar surplus.

    Brad Wall talks budget:

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    Graham James

    Graham James has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

    James received 2 years for sexually assaulting Former Bronco Todd Holt and 2 years for sexually assaulting former NHL star Theoren Fleury.

    Judge Catherine Carlson said the the sentences are to be served concurrently.

    The sentence came down this morning at a Winnipeg courtroom at about 10:15am Saskatchewan time.

    Other conditions include a weapons prohibition, no contact with Theoren Fleury, Todd Holt or Greg Gilhooly, and James has been added to the sex offenders list.

    James pleaded guilty on December 7th to abusing Fleury and Holt.

    "This sentence today is nothing short of a national travesty because we know that childhood abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country," Holt said at a news conference from his Alberta home.

    "Graham James is laughing all the way back to the life he has always led, knowing that justice for him is but a blip on the radar," Holt added. "(James) conned the judge with his 'poor me' and 'I regret' statements."

    Holt doesn't think there could be a just sentence.

    "I don't think there's a sentence out there that any of us could ask for that's suitable," Holt said.

    The Crown was seeking a six-year prison term for James.

    The defence was asking for a 12 to 18 month conditional sentence without jail time.

    James was jailed previously for sexually assaulting former Bronco Sheldon Kennedy and two other young hockey players.

    Click here for our coverage of the sentencing hearing

    Here is the full text of the joint statement by Holt and Fleury:

    "I stand here today, on behalf of not only myself & my cousin Theoren Fleury, but as a voice for Everyman. For all the young boys, the old men & the ones that got stuck somewhere in between because of the most devastating type of abuse; sexual abuse inflicted on us by someone in a position of trust & authority. Theo and I were two of those who got stuck in that middle place between boy & man; we made some terrible choices & watched the life we were meant to lead spiral down the drain.

    No longer.

    Theo and I speak to men all over and we tell them: YOU, like us, are not alone; the effects are far-reaching & sometimes feel never ending, but there IS a place & time for healing. It is NOW. I stand here today, a Victor over sexual abuse & I along with Theo, offer you our voice.

    This sentence today is nothing short of a national travesty because we know that childhood sexual abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country. Graham James once again perpetrated his crime and spread his sickness right through the courts of Canada. He conned the judge with his “poor me” and “I regret” statements. His lawyer defended the indefensible, and he’s been rewarded for doing so and Graham James is laughing all the way back to the life he’s always led knowing that justice for him is but a blip on the radar.

    Today as we speak there is a boy out there going about his life, dreaming his dreams and hoping his hopes…until…Graham James crosses his path. And cross his path he will, because that’s what he does; he preys upon the unsuspecting all the while knowing not much will happen to stop him. The courts of Canada have guaranteed that. The saddest part is that there are MANY Graham James; different names, in different towns & cities, in your own communities & yes, possibly even in your own families. Yes, I said it. They are everywhere. It is time that the predators know that they need to take notice and be scared ~ there is no place for you to hide; we are shedding light in those dark corners where you cower.

    Theo and I call upon all Canadians, those who have suffered, and those who stand with the suffering, to demand that our government change the laws and empower justice to be all that it could be, and to do all that it should. We are calling out to our politicians to stand up for the 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys who will be sexually abused before the age of 18 in our country. We are standing up against a weak justice system and demanding change now. Theoren & I are calling out to YOU, the people of Canada & the World to take this issue NOW, to our politicians, & DEMAND change. Ask for, & receive answers, for CHANGE & REAL JUSTICE, or simply refuse to cast your vote for that constituent.

    My name is Todd Holt and I stand today, with Theoren Fleury, & with ALL those who have suffered or are suffering, as a Victor over sexual abuse and an Advocate for change."

  • rcmp winter

    With Saint Patrick's Day on Saturday, there were more than a few people in and around Swift Current celebrating the luck of the Irish.

    That led to a busy night for police according to City RCMP Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell, who summed up some of the reported incidents from the weekend.

    “There were two liquor act charges laid, disturbing the peace two incidents of those, one charge of cannabis was laid, three assault files were opened, theft under five thousand dollars we had three of those incidents reported, and mischief we had seven of those reported.”

    Staff Sergeant MacDonell said it seemed to be normal for Saint Patrick's Day

    “Really nothing...just another weekend really as far as we're concerned.”

    Meanwhile, the RCMP presented their crime stats to February at Monday's council meeting. They showed a decrease in instances of break and enter and sex offences compared to this time last year, but increases in reported traffic offences and fraud.


  • MC blizzard
    Heavy snow hits Maple Creek on Monday (Photo submitted by Kim Reznechenko)

    It's the first full day of spring, and winter ended with a major snowstorm for parts of the southwest yesterday.

    Up to 30 centimetres of heavy, wet snow fell over communities near the Alberta Boundary, including Maple Creek, Leader and the Cypress Hills, and strong winds caused near-zero visibilities at times on the highways.

    Travel was not recommended on highways around Consul and Maple Creek, and a long stretch of the Trans-Canada was blocked off from Piapot to Brooks, Alberta.

    Road conditions are expected to get better today, but it's still a good idea to stay on top of the road and weather conditions before heading out... you can call the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report link on Swift Current Online.

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    The Chinook School Division held their Annual General Meeting for the 2010-11 year last night.

    Deputy Director of Education Kyle McIntyre said one of their biggest highlights from that year was the success of their Balanced Literacy Initiative.

    “So we had 78% of our students either meeting or exceeding the benchmarks that we set with our literacy goal as a board.”

    McIntyre adds they are maintaining that initiative this year, and they have started their Math Momentum Initiative, which he hopes brings just as much success as the literacy initiative.

    Chairman Randy Beler said there was a lot of success on the board's point of view,

    “We've made lots of of strides with the SCC's, we've got the new school going, it's been a real good year for us the Balanced Literacy has been just wonderful.”

    Last year, the school board developed standing committees dealing with facilities, finance, transportation and technology, and Beler says so far they have proved successful in helping the board make more informed decisions.

    Secretary-Treasurer Rod Quinton said it was a good year financially, posting a budget surplus despite a decrease in tax revenues with the province decreasing the mill rate.

    “The Ministry had no way to advise us that they were going to reduce the mill rate in 2011 so we projected our mill rate on what we knew at the time and of course when the reduced mill rate came out it obviously affected our tax revenues we knew also it would increase our grant revenues.”

    And with a change in the educational funding formula expected in tomorrow's Provincial Budget, Quintin says they already have a good idea on how it will impact the school division, and is hopeful the total funding will be large enough to supply them with their funds for this year.

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    Last year's flooding in Swift Current

    After Swift Current residents have had to deal with a foul chlorine smell in their tap water over the last week, the problem may soon be over.

    The smell was caused by high ammonia levels in the raw water mixing in with the treatment plant chemicals, and Engineering Services Manager Trevor Feicht says those levels have been going down.

    “The numbers indicate there down as they indicated coming both with the chlorine levels going out so that's good news, as that ice continues to melt on our city dam that feeds the plant we'll see things continue to improve.”

    Feicht added despite the strong smell, the chlorine levels in the water were still below regulatory standards,

    “Your Canadian drinking water standards max out at 5 grams per litre on the chlorine, we've been well below that. They're a bit above average of course but well below Canadian drinking water standards.”

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer said despite the smell, he's thankful that water is still safe to drink.

    “In the spring we have to deal with that odour but the water is safe and I think most residents would take that over boil water advisories or things like E Coli that are far more damaging.”

    The odour was caused by increased ammonia levels in the raw water coming into the plant, and those levels have been decreasing.

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    Heavy snow hits Maple Creek on Monday (Photo submitted by Kim Reznechenko)

    A nasty winter storm is pounding parts of southwest Saskatchewan.

    A blizzard warning remains in effect for areas along the Alberta boundary, including Maple Creek, Leader and the Cypress Hills, with those areas receiving heavy snow and blowing snow causing near-zero visibility today. Environment Canada says the blizzard conditions are expected to end later this evening.

    The weather agency reported earlier today that 15 to 20 centimetres of new snow fell over Maple Creek since last night, and there was even some "thundersnow" in the Cypress Hills.

    The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure says the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed from Piapot to the Alberta border, because of near-zero visibility, snow-packed and slippery conditions. They are also not recommending travel on highways in the Maple Creek and Consul areas, as well as Highway 1 west from Swift Current to the Tompkins/Piapot area, and Highway 4 south of the city to the US Border.

    For the latest road conditions, call the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report linkon Swift Current Online. You can also get road conditions for Alberta highways from the Alberta Motor Association's website. Coincidentally, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure launched a new Highway Hotline website for mobile devices today, which allows users to check the same road condition maps that are on the Highway Hotline's main website right on their smartphone. Drivers are reminded that it is illegal in Saskatchewan to use a handheld cellphone while driving.

    The storm has prompted the Chinook School Division to cancel the video satellite location in Eastend for their Annual General Meeting to be held tonight. The meeting will still go ahead at the Chinook Education Centre (2100 Gladstone St E) in Swift Current at 7:30pm.

    Some more photos of the storm submitted to our newsroom:

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    Submitted by Christina Wagner

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    Submitted by Christina Wagner

    If you have any more photos of the snow that you would like to share with us, you can email them to [email protected], or post them to our timeline on Swift Current Online's facebook page.

  • council

    Swift Current City Council has another regular meeting tonight.

    A few items are on the agenda, including reports on roof repairs at the Entrepreneurial Centre and engineering services for the Saskatchewan Valley subdivision, and the selection of a contractor for the irrigation pump house upgrade. City RCMP Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell will also be in to discuss policing issues.

    The meeting starts at 6:30pm in Council Chambers.

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    There's continued success for the Chinook School Division when it comes to Hutterian education.

    Deputy Director of Education Kyle McIntyre said one of their priorities is to address issues facing colony students who need a grade 12 equivalency to work in Red Seal trades: “A requirement to get that red seal approval, is for them to have a GED or a grade 12 equivalency, so it's going to be something that in the future is as they do more of their work and they expand and they require more trades people, it's going to have to be an area we're going to have to look at as an organization for sure.”

    McIntyre says they're also tasking committees of Hutterian educators and elders to develop a report card specific for colony students: "We've comprised a series of committees of elementary teachers and our coordinators and they're actually developing a common elementary report card for the public schools in the Chinook School Division so that we'll have a common report card in every single school but that report card won't look exactly the same with colony students because they have different expectations and cultural norms than what we'd have in our public school”

    Hutterian students in the Chinook School Division make up 10% of the total student population, and there are more colonies in the division than anywhere else in Saskatchewan.

  • Sask-liberals

    They haven't had a representative in the legislature since 1999 but the Saskatchewan Liberal Party is making strides for the future in our province.

    Greg Gallagher was appointed Interim Leader of the party last week.

    He said it's going to be tough, but he wants to provide the province with another option for government.

    “Very recently like on November Seventh the people of Saskatchewn told us in no uncertain terms they liked the government but none the less we live in a democracy and governments do get tired and out of touch and when that time comes and it will not be in the near fututre we have an obligation to be in a position to be the government.”

    Gallagher adds that the plan is to rebuild, and bring the Liberal party back to life.

    “I guess our task and really it is the task of every political party or they will meet the same fate we have, the task is to have people use us as the forum where by they can discuss and debate issues if that happens we will be a party of tomorrow not of yesterday.”

    Gallagher adss more time will be allocated to the online recruitment of party supporters.

    Gallagher will serve as provincial leader to rebuild and organize a leadership contest scheduled for 2013

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    School athletics were a topic of discussion at this week's regular meeting of the Chinook School Division Board.

    Athletics Co-ordinator Deb Reamer said there are a few challenges that were brought up in her report to the board, not the least of which, declining enrolment in rural schools.

    “Situations where we having COOP teams in both our boys and girls in junior sports and of course travel in the southwest is a challenge for everybody just getting to the next town for us isn't 10 or 20 kilometre drive it's often way longer than that so those are the challenges we face.”

    Reamer adds three sports seeing significant participation drops are boys' volleyball, golf and curling, but she thinks they can do the best they can to get students to participate.

    “The problem with something like a team sport, like volleyball, you've got to have a minimum number to put on the court, so that might for some schools be a real challenge if you don't have 8-10 kids commited to it obviously you're not going to have a team. If you have one kid interested in golf you can have a a kid participate in golf, so that is one thing we can do pure incouragement.”

    Reamer did say there is one thing they're looking forward to. It is the addition of an all-weather running track for the Comp High School in Swift Current, after the city set aside money for it in this year's municipal budget.

    “I think in terms of hosting any kind of significant sporting event we'd have to have an all-weather surface with at least six lanes in order to do that so that would be one advantage, also with the kind of springs we've had the last couple of years with all the moisture and rain we need something fit to run on”

    Reamer says that roughly 20-25% of the coaches in the Chinook School Division are community based and referees are coming from outside the school building.

  • winter warning
    Spring begins in two days, but parts of the southwest are expected to get at least one more blast of winter as the season ends.

    A winter storm watch that was issued by Environment Canada this morning for the Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Cypress Hills and Leader areas was upgraded this afternoon to a winter storm warning. The weather agency says between 15 and 30 centimetres of heavy, wet snow could fall in those areas tomorrow, with the heaviest snowfalls expected toward the Alberta boundary west of Kindersley and south through Leader and the Cypress Hills, as well as strong winds and reduced visibility in blowing snow. They add conditions are expected to improve later in the evening as the storm tracks toward the northeast.

    Forecasters are expecting much less snow tomorrow in other parts of the southwest, but there are also strong winds expected and the possibility of freezing rain.

    If you plan on heading west tomorrow, make sure to plan ahead and keep an eye on the road and weather conditions before leaving home. You can check the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline by calling 1-888-335-7623, or by clicking the Road Report linkon Swift Current Online. You can also check Alberta Highway Conditions on the Alberta Motor Association website.

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