• 2012-04-17

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

    On the late evening on April 15, 2012 there were two seperate incidents of grafiti spray painting in the city of Swift Current. A business in the 800 block of N, Railway E and a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 1600 block of Ashley Drive were damaged. The incidents appear to be done by the same individual(s) using the same paint and tags.

    There have also been a rash of pranks and mischief over the Easter break on the south side of the city in which the RCMP is investigating.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • 2012-04-17

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

    Between April 14th, 2012 and April 16th, 2012, a residence in the 200 block of 2nd Avenue NE was broken into where a gun cabinet was broken into and a number of firearms were stolen. Suspects targeted the firearms.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • 2012-04-13

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

    On April 10th, 2012, between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, a child's lime green electric scooter was stolen from a person's garage in the Ryer's Place area.

     If anyone has any information please contact the Swift Current City RCMP at (306) 778-4870 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • Tom Buchanan of Consul passed away March 30, 2012.
    A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 2:00 pm  from the Consul Community Hall With Pastor Dave Manley Officiating.
    Those wishing to make a donation may do so to the Medicine Hat Hospital Palliative Care.Arrangements entrusted toBinkley’s Funeral Service Maple Creek
  • Mr. Ralph Earling Stone of Swift Current and formerly of Admiral passed away at the Cypress Regional Hospital on April 1st.
    A memorial service will take place at a later date.
    Memorial Donations to the choice of the donor, would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A celebration of life for Mr. Harry Brooks of Cabri will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 2:00 pmfrom the St. Stephen Church Hall.
    The interment service will take place at the Cabri Community Cemetery at a later date.
    Donations to the Donor's Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted toCulham/Bowers Funeral Home
  • A celebration of life for Mr. Randal Randy John Davidson of Simmie will be held on Monday, April 9 at 2:00 pm from the Simmie Community Hall.
    The interment service will take place at a later date.
    Donations to the SPCA or to the Simmie Recreation Board would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A rememberance vigil for Frances Ellen Klippshild, of Swift Current and formerly of the Simmie District will take place at the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home, Swift Current, Sk. on Monday April 9 at 7:00 pm.
    The Funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 am at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Admiral with Father John Mock officiating.
    The interment service for Frances Knippshild will take place in Scotsguard Cemetery, Scotsguard, SK.
    Dontations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Memorial service for Mrs. Leaturice "Lee" Smith-Mumby of Swift Current will take place on Friday, April 20 at 1:00 pm from the Community Baptist Church with Reverend Joel Haugen officiating.
    The Interment service will take place at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations made to the Cypress Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
  • Mrs. Lorette Cloutier of Ponteix, passed away on April 3, 2012.
    A Prayer service will be held at the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix on Monday, April 9 at 7:30 pm.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 am from the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Guy Amedee Ainemon and Co-Celebrant Father Ronald Andre officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Cemetery.
    Donations to the Foyer St.Joseph Nursing Home, Ponteix would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home.
  • A Prayer service for Lauriette St.Cyr  will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm at the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix.
    The Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 am from the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Guy Amedee Ainemon officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Cemetery.
    Donations to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home.
  • Mr. Douglas Cameron, beloved husband of Doreen Passed away on April 6, 2012 at Tompkins, SK.
    A memorial tea will be held on Sunday April 15, at the Tompkins Community Center at 2:00 pm.
    Those who wish, may make donations to the Saskatchewan Diabetes Association 104 - 2301 Ave. C. north Saskatoon, SK. S7L 5X5.
    Arrangements entrusted to Binkley’s funeral Service Maple Creek & Leader
  • The Memorial service for Mr. Clarence Paulsen will be held on Monday, April 16 at 10:30 am from the Bridgeway Community Church with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Swift Current Care Centre Auxiliary.
    Arrangements entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Doreen Buhr of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 am from the Chapel of Warren's and Culham/Bowers Funeral Home with Shirley Wilson officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
    Donations to the Donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Culham/Bowers Funeral Home.
  • The Funeral service for Patricia Long of Medicine Hat Alberta, formerly of Morse Saskatchewan will be held on Friday, April 13 at 2:00 pm at the Morse Community Hall in Morse with Linda Stumpf officiating.

  • The Funeral service for Mr. Isaac Fehr of London Ontario, formerly of Bloomenhoff will be held on Friday, April 13 at1:00 pm from the Westview Baptist Church in London Ontario.
    The interment service will take place at the Woodland Cemetery in London Ontario.
    Arrangements entrusted to Needham Funeral Home.
  • A Prayer service for Roy Harrison Blanchard of the Simmie district will be held on Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 pm from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home, Swift Current Sk.
    The funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 16 at 2:00 pm from the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church with Father James Owolagba officiating.
    The Interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current Sk.
    Donations to the Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Bill Reddick will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 3:00 pm from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall with John Duncan officiating.
    Donations to the Elmwood Junior Golf Team, Box 373 Swift Current, SK. S9H-3V8 would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Memorial Service for Mrs. Melissa (Fehr) Repetski of Lacombe , Alberta and formerly of Swift Current will take place on Saturday, April 21, at 3:00 pm from the Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Kevin Snyder officiating.
    The Private Family Interment Service for Mrs. Melissa Repetski Fehr will precede the Memorial Service and take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Arrangements entrusted to Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, Lacombe, Alberta and Swift Current Funeral Home 
  • The Funeral Service for Mr. Percy William Line of Swift Current and formerly of Verlo will take place on Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 pm from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness with Bill Burgess officiating.
    The Interment Service will take place at the Verlo Cemetery.
    For those wishing, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted toSwift Current Funeral Home
  • Those wishing to pay their respects for Mr. Steve Baiton of Swift Current  may do so on Friday, April 20, at 8:00 pm from the Alpine Church of God.
    The Funeral Servicewill take place on Saturday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m., from the Alpine Church of God in Swift Current with Pastor Alex Allan officiating.
    The Interment Service for  will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current.
    For those wishing, donations to the Alpine Church of God Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • The family of Mr. George Joseph Amie Landry, of  Herbert, wishes to announce his passing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
    A Private Celebration Service of his life will be held at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Oline Sophia   Marlow / Burroughs of  Swift Current  will be held on Monday, April 23 at 2:00 PM from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Burial Park in Swift Current, SK.
    Arrangements entrusted to  Warren's Funeral Home 
  • Mrs. Emily Georgina Roney of Swift Current, passed away Sunday, April 22 at the Regina General Hospital.
    At Georgina’s Request there will be no formal service at this time.
    The interment service for will take place at the Imperial Community Cemetery at a later date.
    Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Charity of the Donor’s Choice would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • A Graveside Cemetery service for Mrs. Lucille Dumont of Regina & formerly of Ponteix, SK will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM from the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ponteix, SK. with Father Guy Amede Ainemon officiating.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • Those wishing to pay their respects for Mrs. Clara  Erickson of Swift Current may do so Monday, April 30th at 7:30 pm from the Swift Current Funeral Chapel.
    The Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Swift Current with Pastor Linda Hall officiating.
    The Interment Service will take place at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Simmie.
    Donations to the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home
  • A Funeral service for Mr. Stanley Willows, of Tomkins will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:00 pm from the Tomkins Community Hall with Reverend Eleanor Rockabar officiating.
    The interment service for will take place at the Tompkins Cemetery.
    Dontations to the Tompkins Skating and Curling Rink or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Memorial service for Mrs. Janice Lynn Heebner of Swift Current will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 pm From the St. Bowswell Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Bob Langdon officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the St. Bowswell Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Hodgeville Distict, Saskatchewan.
    Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Swift Current Kids Sport would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to  Warren's Funeral Home.
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Gerda Homann of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Smart officiating.
    The interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
    Memorial donations may  be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Memory of Gerda.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • anderson hoc

    There will be attempts made to help individuals, whose jobs are being impacted by the federal budget cuts, find other positions. That’s from Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson.

    Anderson responded to the news this week that the federal budget cuts will impact the SPARC station in his riding, “Ag Canada has been given their instructions as we needed budget cuts, some restrictions on spending, they're trying to streamline and consolidate their research efforts and their research institutions so as you found out through the union we found also that there are a couple positions at SPARC that will be impacted.”

    We’re hearing that 3 positions are being affected including drafts people and a librarian that are involved in doing mapping and research work for scientists.

    “The department actually as I said made the decision as to what positions they believe are necessary and what will work most efficiently at the research centres. So we haven't interfered with that or had any particular input into that we trust that they can make that will still keep their research centres operating effectively,” adds Anderson

    SPARC Station

    Weeks after the Federal Budget and we continue to hear more about programming cuts and job losses in the Ag Sector.

    Milton Dyck is the Regional Vice President of the Agriculture Union for Southern Saskatchewan.

    He said also listed among the cuts in the Ag Sector for Saskatchewan is the Research farm at Regina and the Salt Lab at Swift Currents SPARC station, “It's the only program of it's kind in Saskatchewan or Canada for that matter and I think it is a very important program as you know soil solidity affects many farm lands.”

    Milton Dyck said 3 positions are being lost at SPARC that will have a direct impact on the time allocation of scientists and their work in developing new stronger more productive varieties, “These positions are very crutial to scientists ability to do the science. We're losing drafts people, we're losing librarian services so scientists will no longer be able to as quickly and easily access their research material they need.”

    Generally today a large number of saline soils are managed through zero til operations and forage management.

  • seeder

    Rainfall over the weekend will delay seeding activities, but the moisture will be a welcome sight for some areas, however the southeast corner of the province could definitely use some sunshine to help dry field conditions.

    With the recent planting intention reports out from Stats Can and the USDA, the grain market is shifting its attention to weather and planting conditions.

    "By and large, it gives a pretty good starting point for the market to work from in terms of getting some sense as to what the seeded area will be for the various crops," said Jonathan Driedger, Senior Analyst with Farmlink Marketing Solutions. "Now the market can focus on if there is any last-minute switching, perhaps, and then maybe more importantly, is what the yield will look like going forward."

    According to the report, Canadian farmers intend on planting a record 20.4 million acres of canola and 17.2 million acres of spring wheat.

    "There's no doubt that the economics, profitability and math would work out to plant the higher number of canola acres," Driedger added, "but at the end of the day, I think agronomic limitations just constrain a little bit how high we can push that number."

    Driedger points out just because acres are up, it doesn't mean production will be higher if growing conditions are less than ideal.

  • leftfield

    With strong commodity prices, the practice of taking land out of production for summer fallow is becoming increasingly rare.

    According to Stats Can latest Spring Planting Intentions Report the area of summerfallow in Western Canada will be the smallest on record, at less than 4 million acres.

    Chuck Penner, President of Leftfield Commodity Research, says the reduced summer fallow, combined with flooded acres returning to production, will allow for increased acres for nearly all the crops grown on the prairies.

    "The only two that we saw that were a little bit lower were lentils and mustard. Everything else went up and in some cases a lot. That's partly a factor of recovering those flooded acres and also this extra summer fallow that went into production."

    The previous low for summerfallow was over 6 million acres…last year, there was about 12.4 million acres

  • Glencore

    Glencore officials were in Regina last week meeting with farm groups and government officials.

    It could be the end of July or early August before Glencore International gets the regulatory approval it needs to proceed with it’s 6 billion dollar purchase of Viterra assets.

    “I firmly believe we're the right company to run this business. I think we'll be very good custodians of the assets," said Chris Mahoney Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products who is optimistic the deal will proceed, “We're very farmer focused, we have the financial where with all and the willingness to not only deploy working capital to buy the crop but also to maintain and upgrade and expand the assets base.”

    Mahoney adds all of the paperwork has been filed for shareholder and regulatory approval, “Assuming we get shareholder approval, we think we will, we hope that regular preapproval will be recieved by late July, early August at the latest.”

    If the deal does go through Glencore will retain some of Viterra’s assets giving it a 35 percent market share. The company also has agreements in place to sell some of the assets to Richardson International and Agrium.

    Shareholders will meet in Calgary May 29th to vote on Glencore Internationals 6 billion dollar purchase of Viterra assets.

  • mci
    The CEO for Mustard Capital Inc at Gravelbourg says they've been  working on trying to find a financial solution or investor.

    It was back in February that the company announced it was seeking debt restructuring due to cost overruns and operational losses at it’s Vanguard facility.

    Tom Halpenny says unfortunately they have not been able to acquire the financing they needed: "The process is nearing it's conclusion. At this stage of the game we haven't been successful in attracting a restructuring proposal that meets the requirements and the terms of our creditors and the other parties in the process."

    He says they continue to work through the process adding that in the meantime they have given employees the required termination of employment notice for early May.

    The Canadian Grain Commissions Payment Protection Program has now fully reimbursed eligible producers of Mustard Capital

    Catharine Jaworski is the CGC’s Manager of Policy, Planning and Producer Protection says with the security they had from the company they were able to reimburse 100% of the eligible claims which totalled over $264,000.

  • gerry ritz
                   Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is pleased with the Memorandum of Understanding signed this week with Morocco.

    Ritz is also working on establishing a free trade agreement adding that Morocco is an important market for us, “Canada is the top supplier of durham wheat to Morocco with nearly one hundred and seventy five million dollars of durham wheat imported from Canada in 2011. We're here to grow that even further.”

    Ritz came under a lot of criticism this week for having the highest hospitality and travel costs of any cabinet ministers racking up a total of over $271,000 since March 2010:

    “Canadian producers export between 50 and 85 percent of what they grow. While I would often like to be at home like you with my family over Thanksgiving and other holidays I'm out here leading trade missions because it's my privilege and responsibility to do that on behalf of Canadian Farmers.”

    Ritz adds that producers depend on those international markets adding when the farm gate is strong, Canada’s economy is also strong.

    The Minister is in Saudi Arabia today to advance market access issues relating to beef and cattle.

  • wheat

    Farmers have been busy evaluating their Winter wheat crop looking for any signs of winter kill.  When looking for signs of spring growth it also depends on when that winter wheat crop was seeded.

    Regional Crop Specialist Daphne Cruise said remember for the crop that was seeded early in the fall it sat in the ground for a week or two before germinating due to limited moisture, “That new root growth will be white. It will come from the crown. If you go out and see a lot of dead leaves on the top or what look to be dead leaves don't be alarmed cause that may not be winter kill. Pull up the plant and see if you can see any of that white new root growth coming from the crown.”

    Cruise adds farmers need to be patient when evaluating the winter wheat crop, “Don't be to hasty on making a decision. Typically we like to say wait till you're about half-way to two-thirds of the way done seeding your spring crop before you make that final assessment to either leave the winter wheat or plant something else.”

    She says she hasn't heard of a lot of winter kill as yet but adds we’ll get a better idea in the next few weeks as the temperature warms up.

  • The Funeral service for Mr. Myron Cobler of Stewart Valley will be held on Monday, April 30 at 2:00 PM from the First United Church, with Lay  Assistant Barbara Wiebe officiating.
    The Interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • grain train

    The federal government still plans to introduce legislation to give shippers the right to service agreements with rail companies.

    In response to recommendations made in the federal rail service review, Ottawa appointed a facilitator last fall to develop a template for service agreements, and to form a dispute resolution process. So far, shippers and railways have been unable to come to terms on a model agreement.

    "From our standpoint, we'd prefer to see [legislation introduced] sooner rather than later so that farmers have that idea what's coming," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "I've had separate discussions with the railways. They claim we don't need legislation, because they've shown they can do better. My response to them is, that's great, then we'll never have to use that tool in the tool kit, but I assured them that they will be there."

    Ritz added that input from the agriculture sector has come from the crop logistics working group, which includes 13 producer and industry organizations.

  • zebu
    A zebu bull on the Gramma Zoo Exotocs property near Cantaur (Photo: grammazoo.blogspot.com)

    Swift Current Ag and Ex had a busy weekend with the Exotic Bird and Animal Show and Sale, and a number of people were on hand buying everything from exotic chickens and ducks, to rabbits and more.

    On Friday, area school children had an opportunity to come out and learn more about the farm, while Saturday was the actual Show and Sale.

    Glenda Allan with Gramma Zoo Exotics at Cantaur brought in her miniature Zebu cattle, which can range up to 42 inches in height with mature animals weighing anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds:

    "They're not like an angus or a hereford bred down, they are true miniature that originated from India," Allan said. "My cows are all foundation pure, and I know of only one other breeder in Canada that has foundation pure stock that's registered with the International Minature Zebu Association."

    She says in some areas, in order to be classified a farm you have to have livestock, and people have found these animals will qualify. She added the animals are also popular for Junior Rodeo, the animals are extremely cute, and finds them a welcome addition to her own farm, saying her grandchildren really enjoy them.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    Agriculture ministers from across the country met in Quebec on Friday to discuss the next growing forward framework. The current five-year agreement expires next March.

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz explained they hope to have the deal finalized well before then, “Our goal is to sign the agreement at our annual meeting in September and to have the new framework in place by April 1st of 2013. As always we will succeed by putting farmers first.”

    He said the new framework will place more of an emphasis on innovation and flexibility, “Market place not mailbox that’s been the mantra this agriculture has embraced across this great country. We are looking at more science and research and we're looking at more innovation and more flexibility for the provinces to deliver to the industries their boarders.”

    Ritz says he hopes to see the development of an insurance-based program for livestock.

  • record harvest
    Two hundred combines take off a crop in a 250-acre field near Winkler, MB in 2010 to set a Guinness World Record. (Photo: Harvest for Kids)

    Harvest for Kids 2012 is hoping October 6th will be a record setting day in Saskatchewan.

    The group is looking to have more than 200 combines involved in taking off an oat crop on a section of land 20 kilometres north of Saskatoon. If they're successful, it would break the Guinness World Record set two years ago in Winkler, Manitoba.

    "It would probably look a little similar, hopefully more combines on the field, and at the same time, there's this 'Rider Pride' sitting in Saskatchewan that's evident," said Derek Unrau with Harvest for Kids. "It's exciting to see the involevemnt of so many people already.

    The oats will be planted on Chad Doerksen's land, and he says any farmer can be involved in the record breaking effort.

    "We don't want people to feel like they can't be involved because they have a smaller or older combine," Doerksen said. "We're looking at 22 to 25-foot swaths, and we're looking at everybody being involved and most combines will be able to handle that."

    The fundraising event is for Children's Camps International, which sends kids in developing countries to summer camp.
  • seeder

    Seeding has started in some areas of the province, but it is expected to get underway in most areas next week.

    According to the first crop report of the season from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, some work has been done in the Southwest, but the cooler weather has slowed things down. Rainfall and cool weather in the east-central and southeastern corner of the province has halted field work and pushed back the start of seeding, as producers are experiencing very wet field conditions.

    We’re starting to hear some reports around the province of fertilizer shortages and increasing prices. In the west-central area, farmers are also reporting shortages of peas this spring.

    Farmers are busy checking equipment, cleaning grain, picking rocks and starting some pre-seeding fieldwork.

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    Provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud

    Provincial Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud is in Quebec today for meetings with his Federal and Provincial counterparts.

    The new Growing Forward 2 program is expected to be the main focus for the meetings with the current program expiring in March of 2013, “We won't have the final program out right now we're getting closer to that point. They've been working on it for the last 2, 3, or 4 years so a lot more detail will hopefully come out but we won't be able to really say much. It will be signed prbably early-end of 2013 or late in 2012.”

    Bjornerud said given the fact that Saskatchewan is the only province with a balanced budget and other provinces are looking for ways to save money … he’s concerned farm programs may take a hit., “This is going to be an interesting meeting cause I know a number of the provinces and probably the federal government are trying to find ways to save money and I'm really concerned that farm programs could take a hit. So from my perspective is thats one of the concerns I'm going to be watching for.”

    The ministers are also expected to talk about the cuts in the Federal Ag Budget like the CFIA and Federal Pasture Programs.

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    Dave Sefton Chair of the Western Grains Research Foundation (PHOTO COURTESY OF: westerngrains.com)

    Now is the time for producers and industry to find ways to increase cereal research investments in order to compete with other crops and other countries. That from Dave Sefton Chair of the Western Grains Research Foundation.

    Sefton said it's unfortunate that the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg is being closed but admits it was getting old and outlived its usefulness, “We have always thought that there would be a rebuild of the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg and we of course tried to help that decision making process by offering up to four million dollars.”

    Sefton adds "we're going to try and work with Ag Canada to make this work to the best advantage of Western Canadian farmers.”

    The foundation remains committed to its four million dollar contribution towards a Centre of Grains Excellence in Winnipeg.

  • Glencore

    Glencore is coming under some serious scrutiny this week after a BBC documentary.

    Glencore is the Swiss based company spearheading that 6.1 billion dollar takeover of Viterra.

    The documentary "Billionaire's Behaving Badly" claims the company has links to child labour, and is involved in dumping chemicals into rivers in the Congo.

    Speaking on the BBC Panorama Documentary, Glencore Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg refuted the claims.

    On the issue of child labor shown at one of the mines in the Congo Glencore says it stopped operating the mine in 2008 adding that it was invaded in 2010 by "artisanal" miners, effectively squatters, who operate without the companys permission.

    Regarding the claim of chemical dumping Glencore says the problem has been fixed and that the effluent outfall has stopped.

  • Richardson-International

    Richardson International is preparing for its takeover of some of Viterra’s operations in Western Canada.

    As part of Glencore's acquisition of Viterra, Richardson has entered an agreement to purchase 23 percent of Viterra’s Canadian grain handling assets.

    Vice-President Jean-Marc Ruest explained the regulatory process will take some time, “There are a number of different stages along the way. The first one being Glencore requiring their regulatory approvals, there is a Viterra shareholder meeting scheduled to approve the transaction, then after we have to obtain our own regulatory approvals.”

    Ruest also explained what producers can expect after approvals, “I think they can expect more of what they've come to know of dealing with Richardsons Pioneer we've been in the business for 155 years I think we've managed to develope good relationships with our producer costumers both on the crop input and the grain contract side this give us a larger prescence in Western Canada.”

    Richardson will move from 25 to 34 percent market share on the prairies, while Glencore’s assets will account for approximately another 34 percent.

  • Great Western Railway
    Photo from http://www.greatwesternrail.com/

    The Province has announced $700,000 in grants for 11 shortline operations through its Shortline Railway Sustainability Program.

    Some key investments are being made with Great Western Railway out of Shaunavon will receive a grant of over $205,000 and Great Sandhills Railway out of Leader will receive over $78,000.

    Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Minister Jim Reiter: “It's a fifty-fifty cauntionary program that's funded provincially by the grain car corporation and matched by the Eligable shortlines. It can be used for a number of different projects, it can used for track maintenance, to replace railway ties, to do bridge repairs, there is a number of ways that the shortlines can use this money”

    Reiter adds that its a good investment all around: “More traffic that goes on rail that means less heavy truck traffic on highways so less wear and tear on the highways. Certainly from that perspective we're very supportive of shortlines and just a lot of good work they do its great economic development for rural Saskatchewan as well.”

    He says shortlines are an effective transportation alternative for grain producers and other shippers to get products to market adding it helps reduce heavy truck transportation on our highways

  • farmland

    Saskatchewan is leading the country according to Farm Credit Canada’s latest Farmland Values Report.

    JP Gervais is FCC’s Senior Agriculture Economist said farmland values for the last half of 2011 jumped up 10.1 percent in Saskatchewan compared to Canada’s average value of 6.9 percent, “Farm crops receipts in the last few years have certainly contriubted to increase farm land values in Saskatchewan. Really storm crop receipts, canola, wheat and other commodities as well is mainly fueling the increase in farmland values”

    Gervais adds key factors include higher crop prices and lower interest rates, “That also has an impact on buyers demanding farmland and the fact that farmers in high demand coupled with low interest rates is also one big driver in farmland value.”

    The report showed farmland values in Alberta increased by 4.5 percent, while Manitoba saw a 1.9 percent increase

  • canola

    There’s expected to be a big jump in Canola acreage this year with estimates ranging anywhere from 18 to 21 million acres across the Prairies.

    Pat Flaten is a Research Manager with Sask Canola. While we’re seeing strong prices for canola she cautions producers not to push their canola rotations, “The rotation remains one in every three to four years, blending in some cereals or pulses into that rotation it just breaks up those pests whether it's insects or weeds or disease.”

    She said when seeding Canola you want to get it in the ground early adding it’s important to make sure your equipment is set properly, “Taking time to actually set a seeder and check that placement is good. Want shallow seeding and we want to be consistent we want separation from the fertilizer. When we've got over ten dollar, twelve, fourteen dollar canola to work with it's certainly worth it.”

    Analysts are predicting a jump in Canola acreage this year with estimates ranging anywhere from 18 to 21 million acres across the Prairies.

    Some key agronomic tips when growing canola include everything from early weed control to seeding early, fertilizing to your yield expectations, and of course watching for disease and insect problems throughout the growing season.

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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    There was a lot of discussion in the Ag Sector this week over the fallout from the federal budget and the program changes at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz says his department is analyzing what they do well, doing more of that, and pushing aside programs that are no longer hitting the target.

    Some of the changes we are hearing about are planned cuts to the pasture program and the PFRA’s shelterbelt program. "These are systems that go back over a century," Ritz said. "Farmers don't farm the same as they did, and to say that community pastures can not be run in an efficient way by somebody else would be a bad statement."

    The federal pastures, 60 of which are in Saskatchewan, would be turned back to the provinces.

    As for the SPARC Research Station in Swift Current, Ritz says there are no planned cuts there at this point. "There's always attrition, there's always changes that come and go, but we continue to analyze and make sure that what we are doing is delivering the best results for Canadian producers," he added.

    This week, 5500 public service employees in various departments received notice their jobs could be affected as a result of last month's federal budget.

    Ritz says this is a transformation process, adding that over the next three years, individuals will be transferred to other areas of expertise.
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    Farm Credit Canada's office in Swift Current

    A key announcement by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will help young farmers grow their farming operation.

    While in Saskatoon Thursday, Ritz announced a $500-million Young Farmer Loan Program to be delivered by Farm Credit Canada. The new loan offers qualified producers under the age of 40 loans of up to $500,000 to purchase or improve farmland and buildings.

    "We all recognize the fact that Canadian agriculture farmers and producers are aging," Ritz said. "We need to entice the next generation back to the farm. Certainly, Farm Credit Canada has done an excellent job of that over the years, putting some $6 billion into the hands of young farmers to get them back on the land and in the barns."

    Ritz added about 16% of all farmers in Western Canada are in that 18- to 39-year age group FCC is targetting for the program.
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    There’s a lot of concern over jobs and the federal governments proposed program cuts as a result of last month’s federal budget. Employee Unions are saying 386 jobs in the Ag Sector will be affected either through layoffs or transfers.

    Some of those transfers are happening in Manitoba where the Cereal Grains Research Facility at Winnipeg will be closed. Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson said he’s not aware of any impact for Swift Currents SPARC station, “We've worked very hard to make sure we protect our research centers and SPARC as you know is very important, it's critical for Western Canadian grains production and certainly work hard to maintain their position and they seem to have done that so far.”

    Anderson noted one of the key changes for Saskatchewan in the Federal Budget will be to the PFRA , “We're going to be divesting the community pastures that the Federal Government has, we really thing it's time to turn that back to the province, in terms of Indian Head the research center there is my understanding is protected but the shelter belt program is a place we are looking for private partnership”

    Anderson said he’s hearing a lot of feedback from people concerned about the deficit and the fact that more needs to be done to reduce the size of government

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    Regina-Wascana Liberal MP Ralph Goodale

    More than 5500 federal service employees were notified yesterday that their jobs could be affected as a result of cuts announced in last month’s federal budget.

    The details are still filtering out, but the ag sector is among the hardest hit, with Saskatchewan's only Liberal Member of Parliament saying the cuts to the PFRA are one of the biggest hits for the province and producers.

    Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale says the tree nursery at Indian Head will be gone within a couple of years and the PFRA’s pasture program will be gone in four to five years.

    "PFRA, which has always been for some reason on this government's hit list, is going to be now totally destroyed," Goodale added. "Since 1935, it's been the most effective and well-liked federal government agency in Western Canada, dealing with soil, water, community development and pastures in a very hands-on, credible way, where they actually had a tangible impact on improving farmers' livelihoods."

    Goodale is also concerned about the loss of  the Community Access Program  which helped bring internet services to remote locations and low income users who would not otherwise have access.

    Glenda Lee Allan talked with Ralph Goodale about the cuts to agriculture, airing on today's "On the Farm" on Country Music Radio:

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    A Burrowing Owl, one of the many animals listed on The Wild Life Act, 1998

    A US researcher from the University of Michigan-Dearborn is spending time in the Swift Current area this week.

    Andrea Olive is talking with producers about Endangered Species Legislation and Conservation Practices, “People here generally have a pretty good sense of stewardship and really want to take care of the land but at the same time don't necessarily want the Provincial or Federal Government to regulate their land or tell them what to do with their land”

    Olive adds that, “Over regulation is a concern and I think punishment maybe is a bit of a concern in the sense that if endangered species are still here and if land owners have them on their land they should be rewarded for that as opposed to being punished for that.”

    Currently Saskatchewan operates under the 1998 Wildlife Act which is in place to protect species in threat of extinction.

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    There is confirmation from Viterra today that shareholders will vote on whether to approve a $6.1-billion takeover bid from Swiss-based Glencore International PLC on May 29th.

    The vote will be taken at a special shareholder meeting in Calgary. Information packages and voting details including voting by proxy will be mailed out to shareholders before the end of April.

    Viterra expects the deal to close before the end of their third quarter at the end of July.
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    The Canadian Wheat Board reports that 2011-12 initial payments for all grades and classes of non-durum wheat will see increases beginning tomorrow.

    The increases will range from $4.10 to $41.25 per tonne, depending on grade and class. A complete listing of payments for all grades in dollars per tonne and dollars per bushel are posted on the CWB websiteunder "Farmers" and "Farmer Payments". 

    Farmers who delivered wheat to the CWB between August 1, 2011 and April 11, 2012 will receive an adjustment payment. Producers will receive payment by direct deposit on April 24.  Farmers can expect to receive cheques through the mail by May 4. Farmers who wish to defer payments have until April 20 to notify the board.

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    The Canola Council of Canada has a new president.

    Patti Miller moves into the position left vacant when Joanne Buth left the position after being appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Miller is leaving her position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. During her career with Ag Canada she was responsible for working with Canadian grains and oilseeds producers and industry on policy, trade, market development and research issues.

    Miller officially moves into her new role April 30th.

  • Agrisoma

    Agrisoma and Paterson Grain have signed a partnership agreement for identity preserved production of Carinata. Carinata is a drought tolerant oilseed crop with potential in the bio-fuel and jet fuel industry.

    Patrick Crampton with Agrisoma said Caranata is a larger seed sized crop that does a good job of covering the ground and out competing weeds, “Target seeding rate is six pounds per bushel which is similar to a lot of OP canolas out there and so from a seed bed preparation, seeding depth in that half inch to inch range much like you would for a canola crop.”

    He adds that the crop holds a lot of potential, “It does produce a non-food oil that has some really interesting application in terms of speciality chemistry products as well as bio-diesel and a lot of bio-jet fuel today.”

    Crampton said producers will be looking at seeding the crop anytime from mid-April to mid-May

    IP Contracts are in place for 6000 acres of production in 2012.

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    Hog producer margins are projected to remain positive through the end of 2012.

    That’s according to the Director of Risk Management with Hams Marketing Services.

    Tyler Fulton says the highest profits are expected between May and September: "Right now the futures don't suggest that prices will drop off that significantly into the fourth quarter. That combined with projections of significantly lower feed costs might actually have a maintain profitability right straight through all of 2012."

    Lean hog futures have declined by around 10% over the last month.

    Fulton says that’s mainly due to lower expectations for exports to China and South Korea.

  • seeder

    Farmers are busy picking up seed and fertilizer as they get ready for Spring Seeding.

    Cropping Management Specialist Grant MacLean said temperatures for the most part are still to cool to think about seeding adding that ideally you want the soil temperature to range from 5 to 10 degrees for most crops, “If you get the crop up and have a frost event occurr and damage cotyledonson some of these pulses. They aren't as resiliant as some of the cereals where the growing point remains under the soil until at least the 3 leaf stage and so you are a little more resiliant.”

    McLean adds seeding in the southern part of the province is expected to begin about the end of April, “If you get that seed in the ground to soon you certainly risk late emergence as well as increased chances of mortality and some cases diseaes occuring if you put those little seeds into a cold seeding enviroment.”

    Ideally soil temperatures should range from 5 to 10 degrees... Peas are generally the first crop in the ground.

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    (Photo from http://www.myfarmshow.com/)

    The phone continues to ring for exhibit space for this years edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  

    In the last 5 years the show has grown from over 1 million square feet to 2 million.

    Show Manager Rob O’Conner says organizers have been busy with over 700 exhibits already lined up for this years 35th Anniversary show: "We've moved about 400 booth locations this year. It's really to make better use of the space available. We've had more demand from larger exhibits inside. We've had to really retool... this show."

    Canada’s Farm Progress Show runs June 20 to 22 at Regina’s Evraz Place.

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    The grain sector is already becoming more competitive as farmers and the industry position itself for the new marketing environment that comes into effect with Bill C-18 on August 1st.

    Dr Frayne Olson - a US Crop Marketing and Risk Management Specialist from North Dakota State University said there’s a lot of interest in the U-S on the changes in Canada’s grain marketing system, “The reason I don't think there's going to be this massive flood of grain companies in the US system is a lot of the companies that are now dealing in Canada are not going to be terribly thrilled to see all there farmers and their trucks go by their elevator headed south. So their going to do everything they possibly can to be able to make sure the grain stays through their system and stays there.” 

    “There is tremendous interest for US companies to come into Canada and contract directly with Canadian farmers. Whether they deliver through Canadian elevators and then come back into the States or whether farmers deliver directly to the US companies that's yet to be determined.”, adds Olson

    He also expects over time we will also see some Canadian companies contracting with American farmers. Olson was part of a series of marketing seminars held last week in the province sponsored by APAS and the University of Saskatchewan.

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    The eight former elected directors of the Canadian Wheat Board are appealing a Manitoba court ruling that upheld the federal legislation that ends the CWB's single desk.

    Swift Current-area farmer and former CWB Director Stewart Wells says a key concern is that the Manitoba Judge did not give any credence to a federal court ruling in December relating to the legality of the federal governments actions.

    "We argued that without a stay of implementation, the Wheat Board would be systematically dismantled, before these other questions were cleared by the Federal Court," Wells said. "Of course, that's what's happening, there's all sorts of terminations on a weekly or monthly basis."

    Wells added they are concerned that the changes happening with the CWB as a result of Bill C-18 are not in farmers best interests: "Rumours are rampant out there that grain companies are not paying out protein the way they used to be paid out. Farmers are most likely going to lose up to half a percentage point of protein that they used to get some value for."

    The former directors are also involved in two other court cases regarding the end of the single desk - the government's appeal of the federal court ruling in the CWB directors' favour in December and a constitutional/class action suit launched in February.
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    Pioneer Hi-Bred, a well known seed company, is expanding its operations in Canada. That expansion will mean the potential for new job opportunities and investment right here in Saskatchewan.

    “So that consists of sales folks, marketing folks, productions. So those are the folks responsible for growing the seed, conditioning the seed, shipping the seed, and also we're also going to have significant expansion in research and development, that's feet on the ground in Western Canada breeding crops for Western Canada.”, said Greg Stokke, the Business Director for Pioneers new Saskatoon based commercial unit. 

    “Saskatchewan in general, its geographically in the center of the prairies, Saskatchewan is a booming province, it's a have province. Were very thrilled to put the office in Saskatchewan and its got a great work force to full from and it's just a great place to live.” adds Stokke

    Pioneer Hi-Bred will also set up a Commercial Unit in Eastern Canada in Chatham Ontario and plans to relocate it’s head office to the new DuPont Canada headquarters in Mississauga this fall.

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    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser and Team Canada have booked their usual ticket to Saturday's gold medal game at the Women's World Hockey Championship.

    They beat Finland 5-1 in the semi-final.

    Canada was again dominant as they fired 43 shots to only 15 by Finland.

    Now it's the big test.

    The US beat Switzerland 6-0 to also earn a spot in the gold medal game.

    They have won three consecutive World Championships and dominated Canada 9-2 in the preliminary round.

    Click here for the game summary
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    It`s back to court again for the eight former elected directors of the Canadian Wheat Board.

    The group will appeal the Manitoba court ruling that upheld Bill C-18, the federal legislation ending the CWB's single desk.

    Former CWB Chair Allen Oberg says they believe the ruling contains a number of errors.

    It was back in February, that Manitoba Court Justice Shane Perlmutter ruled the requirement for a producer plebiscite in the former CWB act did not apply to Bill C-18.

    The former directors are also involved in two other court cases regarding the end of the single desk - the government's appeal of the federal court ruling in the CWB directors' favour in December and a constitutional/class action suit launched in February.

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    Farmers of North America sees the removal of the single desk as an opportunity for  farmers to gain back some control with their marketing and logistics.

    Bill Martin is Vice President of Grain Handling, Marketing and Transportation with Farmers of North America.

    He says they are working on developing a system focusing on using shortlines and producer cars which they see as a viable option for producers: “We are quite confident we will have a fully functional producer car system capable of handling large volumes in unit trains operational in time for harvet this year, in time for the post-single desk world.”

     Martin adds producers have more to think about than just delivering their grain: “You have to actually get it to the market, so that's going to require lots of coordination among all the producer car shippers and the short line railways, and a lot of coordination with the two class one railways as well.”

    Martin says the goal is to see control remaining with farmers instead of with investors or railways.
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    Grain Growers President Stephen  Vandervalk (PHOTO COURTESY OF:www.ggc-pgc.ca)

    Dual marketing for wheat and barley has arrived, according to the Grain Growers Of Canada. The CWB launched its new wheat and barley contracts last week.

    Grain Growers' President Stephen Vandervalk said farmers can now choose where to sell their grain, “There's going to be lots of options available on the cash part of it just having a daily pricing that's not going to be where their going to shine. I think it's going to be the pools having different lengths of pools. That may change going forward depending what farmers want.”

    Vandervalk added he expects strong interest in the CWB’s pooling contracts, “It'll come down to price. It's all about bottom line, what makes farmers more money and with less risk invovled. Having the pool making sure theses pools are easy to use easy to deliver on, negotiate a basis with your local elevator is going to be new to some people. So making sure that process is as easy as possible.”

    He points out the number of pricing options has increased significantly with the CWB also entering the open market.

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    Elmwood on a nice sunny day

    It's opening day over at Elmwood Golf and Country Club.

    14 holes are open with 4 more that have temporary greens.

    Meanwhile, all 18 holes are now open at the Chinook Golf Course.

    Sask Landing has been open since early this month.

    Mother nature seems to be co-operating with golfers today and tomorrow, but Sunday promises to be cold with a high of only plus 3.

    Interview with Elmwood GM Sheldon Reinhart:
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    There's mixed reaction from farm groups on the federal budget.

    Agriculture and Agri-food Canada's departmental budget will be scaled back by 10 per cent within three years, but it's still unknown what those cuts will be.

    "Agriculture is the budget that has the largest percentage cut in it," said Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada. "We've identified to the government in advance some of what our priorities were that we did not want to see touched, primarily the area of research and the area of trade and market access."

    Both the Grain Growers and Canadian Federation of Agriculture are welcoming $44 million over two years to help with the Canadian Grain Commission's transition to a cost-recovery funding model.

    "They're doing a study at the Grain Commission, and they've solicited input from farm groups across Western Canada on what services are of value that producers see there, and what services are perhaps not of value, or times have changed and we no longer need that," Phillips added. "They're moving to full cost-recovery and this will actually ease the transition into that."

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    The Regional Co-ordinator for the National Farmers Union is commenting on Thursday's federal budget presentation.

    Ed Sagan said he is encouraged by a 51-million-dollar committment over two years to streamline the food safety regulation process, “It's essential that they did that because we had lots of call backs on food and to the fact it did meet specification. I feel very strongly maybe that's the best thing that could of happened that they gave additional funding to do inspections in that field.”

    Sagan adds, however, he doesn't like potential cuts in spending, “Everytime they cut funds and stuff like that their cutting staff across Canada including in agriculture, it's not good as I think in agriculture we need all the assistance we can get our hands on.”

    It's still unknown where the spending reductions or staffing will be made, but those details are expected soon.

    Colin Powers interviews Ed Sagan, Regional Co-Ordinator For The National Farmers Union
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    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser leads Team Canada in the semi-finals of the World Women's Hockey Championship today in Vermont.

    They take on a Finnish squad that seems to have some extra motivation heading into action.

    Finnish goalie Noora Raty says her country has Canada in its sights and they believe they can beat the Canadians.

    Finland has never beaten Canada in women's hockey, but games between the two countries have been close recently including a 3-2 game in the preliminary round.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    In the NHL...

    Marty Havlat scored one of three overitme winners last night as Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the Sharks opened their series on the road with a 3-2 double OT win over St. Louis.

    Only Ottawa and New York were decided in 60 minutes. The Rangers scored two late, second period goals to break open a close game, and they made it 4-0 early in the third, to dump Zack Smith and the Senators 4-2.

    Boston and Washington needed an extra 78 seconds to settle things, with Chris Kelly scoring the game's only goal on a long slapshot in the Bruins 1-0 victory over the Capitals. Martin Hanzal scored 9:29 into O-T, and Mike Smith made 43 saves in the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 win over Chicago.

    In Action tonight New Jersey and Florida, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Detroit visits Nashville, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 Tuesday night in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

    Brian Boyle scored the winner. The Rangers now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is set for Wednesday in Ottawa.

    The St. Louis Blues regained home-ice advantage in their series against Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks.

    The Blues downed the Sharks 4-3 last night.

    Brian Elliott made 26 saves in place of injured Jaroslav Halak.

    Zdeno Chara scored the game winning goal with less than 2 minutes left, and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins finally solved playoff rookie goalie Braden Holtby, beating the Washington Capitals 4-3.

    The Bruins now lead the series 2-1.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 last night to stay live in their first round playoff series. Daniel Sedin's return to the line-up saw him notch an assist. Cory Schneider made 43 saves in the win.

    The Ottawa Senators have evened their series with New York at two, after a 3-2 overtime win last night. Kyle Turris had the winner for the Sens.

    The Pittsbugh Penguins exploded for 10 goals last night avoiding a first round sweep by Philladelphia. The final score was 10-3. Jordan Staal had 3 of the Penguins goals.

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    Former Broncos Derek Claffey and Justin Dowling at last year's tournament

    SWIFT CURRENT, SK – A new organizing committee is hoping to attract an even larger group of former players to the WW Smith Insurance Swift Current Bronco Alumni Golf Classic at Elmwood this July.

    “We’re looking to step outside of what we would traditionally look at as a golf tournament and build this thing to more of an event,” said former Bronco Jeremy Rondeau. “An event for your alumni coming back to the city, for the city, for the team, a real celebration of Bronco past.”

    Over twenty alumni have committed to the event; from all-time franchise leading scorer Todd Holt to former Bronco and current competitive long driver Houston Hair.

    WW Smith, the SGI broker in Swift Current, has signed a two year deal as title sponsor of the Classic.

    “We feel the Broncos are very important to the city,” said Chuck Audette of WW Smith. “As a business that has been around 100 years… it’s an event we want to show our support for and also provide a great event for the citizens and participants.”

    Shawn Mullin interviews Jeremy Rondeau:

    A committee headed by Jeremy and Kristin Rondeau has taken over operations of the Classic from Wellington West.

    “We’ve tried to come up with a tournament format that would build off of what they’ve done to this point and take it to that next level,” said Jeremy. “We’re looking to step outside of what we would traditionally look at as a golf tournament and build this thing into an event… a real celebration of Bronco past.”

    It has expanded from a one-day event on a Friday to a multi-round experience. On Friday, July 13th Elmwood Golf and Country Club will host a practice round exclusively for alumni and high level sponsors. The regular “classic” itself would follow on Saturday, July 14th.

    “We are trying to create a lead up to the tournament by trying to give our sponsors a really good opportunity to connect with the alumni and the team,” Rondeau said.

    Organizers are hoping to reach out to a larger group of alumni by embracing social media. They have set up a Facebook group (Bronco Alumni Golf Tourny) with the intention of connection to former players that haven’t traditionally been part of the event.

    For WW Smith it’s an opportunity to mark their 100th anniversary next year by supporting an event that brings together major parts of the city’s history.

    “I really enjoy when we get feedback (from) some of the kids that have lived here 10 to 25 years ago who were a part of the Bronco organization,” Audette said. “They developed here, they came here when they were 16, 17, 18 years old… we’re always interested in where they ended up. It’s nice to see them come back and re-connect.”

    The committee is currently in the process of attracting new sponsorship and working on plans for the tournament. Previous participants and sponsors will have the first crack at spots in the tournament before they are available to the general public.

    For more information please contact:
    Jeremy Rondeau
    (306) 770-3679
    [email protected]

    Kristin Rondeau
    (306) 778-3255
    Cell: (306) 774-5900
    [email protected]
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    Coda Gordon and Graham Black (Photo from scbroncos.com) 

    The Coach and Mark Lamb of the Swift Current Broncos is pleased to see Central Scouting has recognized two of their young forwards.

    Mark Lamb believes both Coda Gordon and Graham Black earned their rankings with strong rookie seasons.

    "Gordon's been on the list for a long time," Lamb said. "He played very consistent through the whole year. (Black) just kind of came out of no where. I thought he finished very strong also. They finished on the list, they've been rated, now we're just hoping they get drafted."

    Gordon is ranked 61rst among North American skaters and scored 30 goals with 23 assists as a 17-year-old rookie. Black is ranked 83rd and scored 50 points.

    Lamb notes there is still some talk from scouts about Shea Howorko. He was ranked before the season, but missed the second half with a concussion.

    The NHL draft isn't until late June in Pittsburgh.

    Interview with Mark Lamb:
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    Megan Rumpel Winning U of R Rookie Of The Year (PHOTO COURTESY OF: reginacourgars.com)

    Swift Current's Megan Rumpel credits her transition to the pentathlon with winning the University of Regina female rookie athlete of the year award.

    Rumpel started as primary a high jump athlete before expanding to the multi-sport competition this year, “High jump was pretty good for me but then out of nowhere this pentathlon ended up going really well for me and I ended up getting third in Canwest which I don't think anyone expected. So that is what set me apart a little bit.”

    She adds that she feels like she found her calling as an athlete, “At the beginning of the year I definetly didn't cause it was a lot of hard work and I was like why can't I be doing high jump or something, but it starts to grow on you, you start to love it a bit more, and it's just such a variety of things that you are doing so you never get bored really.”

    Rumpel will compete in the junior and senior nationals this summer.

    It's her last year of eligability in junior natinoals.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Megan Rumpel
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    Both Western Conference semi-finals are going to 7 games in the WHL.

    Spokane beat Tri-City 4-3 in overtime last night.

    Click Here For The Games Boxscore

    Kamloops downed Portland 7-6 and to come all the way back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a seventh and deciding game

    Click Here For The Games Boxscore

    Video Highlights can be found here
  • Allen Cup
    The Allan Cup

    Former Bronco Brent Twordik had himself a game yesterday as The Rosetown Red Wings advanced to the Playoff round at the Allan cup with a 4-3 Overtime win over the Grand-Falls Windsor Cataracs.

    Twordik assisted on the Red wings first goal, scored the equalizer in the 3rd, and had a helper on the overtime winner.

    The win means Rosetown finishes 2nd in division one and will play the Kenora Thistles in quarter-final action this afternoon at 4.

    Rosetown is attempting to be only the fourth team in Sasktchewan history to win Canada's premier senior hockey championship that dates back to 1909.

    Click here for the games boxscore
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Travis Zajac kept New Jersey's playoff hopes alive when he scored in overtime to hand the Devils a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

    That ties their playoff series 3-3 and forces a decisive Game 7 in Florida tomorrow, the same night the Senators visit the Rangers for their game 7.

    Boston hosts Washington in game 7 of that series tonight.

  • Willis
    Defensive Lineman Odell Willis while he was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    New Saskatchewan Roughrider Odell Willis is in hot water south of the border

    Willis was arrested on Sunday and charged with one count of Driving Under the Influence in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Riders released a statement earlier today saying that they and Willis are taking the matter seriously and No further comments will be made until the legal process has run its course.

    Willis was acquired from Winnipeg on March 22nd for a second and fourth round pick in the upcoming CFL Draft.

    The following is the statement issued the Saskatchewan Roughriders this morning:

    General Manager of the Roughriders Brendan Taman has released the following statement regarding Riders defensive lineman Odell Willis:

    “It has been brought to our attention that Odell was charged with one count of Driving Under the Influence on Sunday evening in Atlanta, Georgia. We have spoken with Odell and are gathering as much information as possible into the incident. Odell and the Roughrider organization are taking this matter very seriously and we won’t comment any further until the legal process has run its course.”

  • Allen Cup

    The Rosetown Redwings began their quest for the Allan Cup in Lloydminster with a tight loss today.

    They fell 2-1 to the South East Prairie Thunder.

    The senior hockey squad is attempting to be the 4th team in Saskatchewan history to win the Championship that dates back to 1909.

    The Redwings have no shortage of southwest connections. They boast Dusty, J.J. and Luke Hunter from Shaunavon, Evan Schwabe who plays in the Notekeu for Assiniboia, Russ Monette from Neville, as well as former Broncos Brent Twordik and Jeff Harvey.

    Mankota Product, former Prince Albert Raider, University of Saskatchewan Husky and current Shaunavon Badger Evan Schafer says many of the players know one another: "I know a lot of guys I played with in University with the Huskies... are now playing with Rosetown. A lot of guys know each other they've played either with them or against them throughout their careers."

    Schafer says the level of play is quite high: "Everyone is basically an ex-pro hockey player... everyone still has that competitive edge to them. It's actually a great pace of hockey. Probably some of the better hockey I've played in my day."

    J.J. Hunter scored the lone goal for Rosetown in their 2-1 loss. They fired 39 shots on goal compared to only 30 for South East. They will play Grand Falls-Windsow on Wednesday.

    The Allan Cup championship game will be played next Saturday.

    Interview with  Evan Schafer before the tournament:

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    The Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centrewhere the tournament will be held.

    Come out this Saturday to the Cresent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon for the first ever Tae Kwon Do Tournament .

    Pete Allen is an International Referee and Tae Dwan Do Instructor in Shaunavon and said, “Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art, its an Olympic sport. What we'll be doing this weekend are sparing, poomsae patterns, and an extra we're going to be doing board breaking.”

    Allen explained how the tournament is for some of the kids who haven't travelled, “This tournament is for the other kids that haven't travelled. I have about 20-25% of my kids who are doing very well at tournaments and we wanted to bring a tournament atmosphere back locally and show kids what happens there.”

    Competitors will be coming from a variety of different areas, “We have some from Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Regina. So its a small tournament and we're hoping to build on our volunteer base and prepare for future bigger tournaments.” said Allen

    Allen adds he would like to thank the local businesses for all their support.

    Doors open Saturday morning at nine, Admission is three dollars for adults, students, two dollars, and ten and under free.

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    James Henry chases down Ashton Sautner during Game 3 at Mosaic Place

    The Moose Jaw Warriors were back home, but couldn’t find a win in the WHL Eastern Conference Final against the Edmonton Oil Kings, losing 3-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday night. 

    For the third straight game, Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit was the story of the night, making 30 saves for the Oil Kings to lead them to their 21st straight win.

    Luke Seimens had 20 saves in the loss for the  Warriors. Game 4 goes tonight in Moose Jaw.

    In the Western Conference Final Portland will try and build on thier 2-0 series lead tonight when they host Tri City.

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    Saskatchewan-born pro golfer Graham DeLaet

    Weyburn golfer Graham DeLaet came up just short of his first PGA tour title.

    He came into the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two shots off of the lead, but only managed a one-under 71 to end up in a tie for fourth.

    It's DeLaet's best finish on the tour since a tie for third two years ago.

    Jason Dufner won the event in a playoff against Ernie Els.

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    Moose Jaw Warrior #10 Brayden Point

    The legend of Brayden Point continued to grow on Wednesday night at the Medicine Hat Arena as 16-year-old from Calgary, Alberta sent the Moose Jaw Warriors into the WHL Eastern Conference Final with a 4-3 overtime win, giving them a four-game sweep of the Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Medicine Hat Tigers.

    Kessy was hurt throughout this series and didn't play.

    Point scored his fifth goal of the playoffs and second overtime winner -- he also scored the double overtime goal to beat Regina in Game 4 of the first round -- 8:50 into the first extra frame to give the tribe the win.  Moose Jaw was on the power play for the goal after Tigers captain Cole Grbavac was sent off for grabbing Sam Fioretti's stick out of his hands when his broke.

    The Warriors had to come-from-behind for the win after Medicine Hat opened game with their best period of the series in the first.  Moose Jaw got on the board first though, just 1:43 into the game on a perfect passing play between James Henry and Point, which Henry finished off for his fourth of the playoffs, but the period was all Tigers after that.  James Bettauer and Boston Leier each picked up goals on back-to-back five-on-three power plays, as the Warriors got into their first bit of penalty trouble in the series.  Bettauer added his second of the period, on the power play again, to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead after one.

    Moose Jaw got off to another hot start in the second period as Kenton Miller pulled the tribe within one on the power play, but that would be the only time Moose Jaw beat Tyler Bunz in the frame, despite throwing 18 shots on the Tigers goalie.

    The Tigers continued to hold on to their slim 3-2 lead all the way until the 4:09 mark of the third period, when Fioretti snapped the puck past Bunz to even the game up at 3-3.  Despite a flurry of chances for both teams late in the game, neither goalie wanted to give an inch.

    Luke Siemens had to be sharp in the overtime period and made a game-saving toe stop just minutes into the extra frame to set the stage for Point's heroics not too much later.

    Siemens made 28 saves in his best game of the playoffs so far.  Bunz was busy again, finishing with 43 saves on 47 shots in the loss.

    The Warriors will face the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Eastern Conference Final starting next Friday, April 20th at Rexall Place.  Games 3 and 4 will be in Moose Jaw on April 24th and 25th.  Tickets will go on sale at the Mosaic Place box office at 11:00am Thursday morning.

    Elsewhere, former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings shut out Brandon 6-0 to sweep the Wheat Kings.

    Other Wednesday Scores:
    Portland 4 v 5 Kamloops (Winterhawks lead 3-1)
    Tri-City 2 v 1 Spokane (Americans lead 2-1)

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    A Couple of Junior Sundogs Volleyball teams were in action this weekend for provincials.

    The 14 and Under girls squad came away with the bronze medal after beating Prince Albert, 25-17 and 25-23 in the Bronze medal match of the tier 1 competition.

    The 16 and under boys team also played Prince Albert in the Bronze Medal game but fell  25-13, 21-25, 15-17 placing them 4th out of 16 teams.

    The 15 and under girls team heads to provincials next weekend.

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    Zac Mackay

    Four local ball players spent last week in Arizona training with minor and college level players.

    Team Sask invited Zac Mackay, Brayden Karmazinuk, Reid Fritzke and BJ Moen to participate in the training sessions.

    "It's nice to see the caliber of guys who are ahead of me," Mackay said. "To see what expectations I have to set for myself now."

    Mackay felt it was a valuable learning tool.

    "More fundamental game situations," Mackay said. "Just working on the little things in my game that sometimes you don't really get to work on here in Swift Current. It was just nice to get down there and focus on baseball... just baseball."

    Mackay (a Swift Current Broncos prospect) has focused primarily on hockey, but last week's trip got his mind back on baseball as he prepares to push for a spot on Team Sask this summer.

    Interview with Zac Mackay:

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    The season is underway for the Swift Current AAA Midget Indians.

    They earned a split of their first two games on the weekend versus the Saskatoon Giants.

    Indians Assistant coach Currie Darby is optimistic about their squad this year.

    "We have a fairly old squad," Darby said. "We have a bunch of second and third years with a couple of first years mixed in there. I think we have a really good base and a lot of guys have been together for the last six or seven years. We have a really good group of guys. They're all friends on and off the field and play really well together."

    Darby sees the team's ability to hit in key situations as a major strength.

    "Last year one of our weaknesses was probably our defence," Darby said. "If the first week is any indication it's a big step (forward) from last year. We didn't make any errors and made all the routine plays."

    The Midget Indians take on the Regina Athletics tomorrow at Mitchell Field and host the Sasktoon Cubs on Sunday in a double-header.

    Interview with Currie Darby:

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Two more second-round NHL playoff series got underway Saturday.

    Matt Greene scored shorthanded late in the second period to lift the Los Angeles Kings past the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Jonathan Quick was strong in LA's net, making 28 saves as the Kings lead the Western Conference semi-final 1-0.

    Chris Kreider scored the winner as the New York Rangers kicked off their second-round series with the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win. Kreider helped Boston College win the NCAA hockey championship earlier this month.

    This afternoon, Philadelphia and New Jersey get their Eastern Conference semi-final underway (1:00pm, CBC). Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Flyers are coming off a first-round upset over Pittsburgh, while the Devils bounced third-seeded Florida in a seven-game marathon. The Phoenix Coyotes look to build on their first second-round win since moving to the desert when they host Nashville for game two tonight (6:00pm, TSN).
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Lots of drama in the first night of the NHL playoffs.

    Shaunavon's Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers came all the way back from down 3-0 after 1 to beat Pittsburgh in overtime and take a 1-0 series lead.

    LA used 8 power play opportunities to out shoot and out score Vancouver in a 4-2 game 1 victory.

    And Nashville topped Detroit 3-2.

    Four other first round series get their start tonight including the Ottawa Senators visiting the New York Rangers for the first time in their playoff histories, Washington travels to Boston, San Jose visits St.Louis and Chicago takes on the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Highlights of the Canucks/Kings game:
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    Roller derby action at the Credit Union iplex Saturday night

    Swift Current's Redneck Betties earned a 176-103 win over the "Jaw Breakers" from Moose Jaw in rollerderby action Saturday night.

    A sell-out crowd watched the first of what will be five matches at the Credit Union iPlex this season.

    "It was amazing, we came together as a team, we have come so far since last year," said Betties team member "Funkie" who was awarded the Player of the Game. "We have done a complete '180' with our playing, our learning, our skills, everything. We're all just amazing girls, and an amazing group of people. It's just awesome."

    The Betties are now off until their match-up with Regina on May 12th.

    Shawn Mullin talked with "Funkie" after Saturday's game:

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    The sold out crowd does the wave

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    The victorious Betties
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    Dianne Sletten introduced to the media

    Dianne Sletten was one of the over 100 concerned fans sitting in the audience this February as the Swift Current Broncos presented their Strategic Management Framework.

    "It was just really good to hear them talk about where they're headed." Sletten said. "That was exciting to me. I originally thought I might sign up to be part of one of the (profit and position management) teams."

    Two months later Sletten is the new Assistant General Manager and Director of Business Operations of the hockey club. A long time season ticket holder, shecalls it her"dream job." 

    Sletten recently worked on many similar themes as Regional Project Lead for the Southwest Enterprise Region.

    "A whole new government structure, strategic planning, the building of the partnerships," Sletten said. "I managed the team initiative there. That's exactly what this position kind of going forward is looking at. Doing all of that community engagement and implementing that strategic framework that the board has worked so hard to get in place. I just thought it was a natural fit."

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    Sletten is from Prince Albert but has worked in the southwest for 25 years. She first moved here to work in the news and sports department for CKSW radio. Highlights of her time behind the mic included nterviewing Broncos Hall of Famer Joe Sakic and legendary broadcaster Don Cherry.

    Sletten has also worked in sales, program development and project management. She has a Diploma in Communications and training in Business Retention and Expansion, Cluster Development, Conflict Resolution, Project Management and Leadership.

    "We had 45-50 applicants," said Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb. "As we got into it a lot more the skill set that Dianne brings it was unbelievable how it started to fit. She has experience in this community... for 25 years (she's) been around this community doing business. She has a lot of contacts, knows a lot of people, knows a lot about this community and how it runs."

    Sletten also believes a working understanding of the southwest will prove beneficial.

    "I can start right into it because I do have the background," Sletten said. "I do have many relationships across the southwest that I've already built and worked on different partnerships and initiatives with a number of different people. I'm just kind of hitting the ground running. I do have to get caught up to speed with where things are operationally with the organization, but I don't have to build those relationships as much."

    Sletten's lack of sports management education or experience didn't bother the Broncos.

    "That wasn't a concern at all," Lamb said. "It's understanding the business, it's understanding the people, it's communicating... I think we're very lucky. It was like we put the (strategic framework) plan together and this was the person who should be running the plan."

    Sletten replaces Jordan Wall who moved to a job with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    Interview with Dianne Sletten:

    Interview with Mark Lamb:

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    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have agreed to terms with import receiver Sinorice Moss, import offensive lineman Johan Asiata and import linebacker Daniel Sheffield.

    Moss (5’8 – 185) was a second round pick (44th overall) of the New York Giants in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old Miami native played five seasons for the Giants and finished his career in New York with 39 receptions for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He also tallied 495 combined return yards during his tenure in New York. The speedy receiver was also a part of the 2007 Superbowl champion Giants team. While playing for the University of Miami, Moss finished his four-year career with the Hurricanes totaling 68 receptions for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Asiata (6’4 – 300) has spent time each of the past three seasons on the Chicago Bears practice squad following an outstanding career at UNLV. The 26-year-old New Zealand native transferred to the Running Rebels in 2006 after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Yuba Junior College in California. In 2008 Asiata earned honourable mention All-Mountain West Conference after starting all 12 games for the second consecutive season.

    Sheffield (6’4 – 210) played three seasons at Troy University. The 24-year-old played safety and linebacker during his time with the Trojans and finished his career with 147 defensive tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 quarterback sacks and one interception. Prior to transferring to Troy, the Georgia native played one season at Garden City Community College in Kansas where he tallied 79 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released import receiver Ernie Wheelwright from the roster.

    Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Jason Clermont announced his retirement yesterday after 10 CFL seasons.

    Clermont spent the first seven seasons of his CFL career with the B.C. Lions before finishing up with the Riders.

    Clermont finishes his CFL career with 501 career receptions for 6,756 yards and 38 touchdowns over 165 regular-season contests. He added 42 receptions for 570 yards and two TDs in 15 career playoff games.

    He remains third on the B.C. Lions' all-time receptions list behind only Geroy Simon and Jim Young and sixth in career receiving yards.

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    The Swift Current Midget AAA Indians get back to Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action this afternoon at Mitchell Field.

    They will host the Saskatoon Cubs for a double header starting at 1:00pm, weather permitting.

    "Saskatoon teams are always going to have that quality pitching," said Midget AAA Assistant Coach Kurri Darby. "That's one area to focus on is make their pitchers throw strikes... as long as we stick to a good hitting approach, we should stick close to them."

    The Midget AAA Indians are off to a 1-2 start and are hoping to get their bats going after being no-hit in their last game.

    Darby adds they're also looking for a good crowd to come out and support the Indians, saying it's an all-local team and a lot of players on the K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes hockey team, who won their league title earlier this month, will be playing ball for the Midget AAA Indians.
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    A dominating win at the women's world hockey championship earned Canada a semifinal berth.

    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser had 6 points as Canada hammered Russia 14-1 at the women's world hockey championship in Vermont. Wickenheiser has 2 goals and 6 assists in 3 games so far.

    Natalie Spooner added a hat trick for the Canadians as they qualified for the semi-finals. .

    The result means Canada will wait to meet either Finland or Sweden in the semis.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The President's Trophy Winning Vancouver Canucks are on the ropes.

    The Los Angeles Kings are up 3-0 in thier series versus the Canucks after Dustin Brown scored the game's only goal at 6:30 of the 3rd period. 

    Highlights from the Canucks versus the Kings:

    Cory Schneider made 19 saves for Vancouver, while Jonathan Quick stopped 41 shots for L.A.

    The Philadelphia Flyers shelled Pittsburgh 8-4, to take a 3-0 series lead. 

    Highlights from the Penguins versus the Flyers:

    Pekka Rinne made 41 saves in Nashville's 3-2 win over Detroit. The Preds now have a 2-1 edge in the sereis.

    Highlights from the Predators versus the Red Wings:

    Florida evened its series with New Jersey at 1-1 after winning 4-2 yesterday. It was the Panthers first playoff win since 1997.

    Highlights from the Devils versus the Panthers:

    A few suspensions were handed out around the league.  New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin was given a three game suspension for his hit to the head invovling Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson on Saturday. The Senators will also be short a man as defenceman Matt Carkner will have to sit out tonight's game for instigating a fight with the Rangers Brian Boyle. That series is tied at one and resumes tonight in Ottawa.
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    The NHL playoffs keep delivering.

    This year's first round seems to bring night after night dramatics and Tuesday's version did not disappoint with the Phoenix Coyotes beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.

    Mikkel Boedker scored 13:15 into overtime and the Desert Dogs took a 2-1 lead in their series.

    Chicago was without Marian Hossa for most of the contest as he was carried off te ice on a stretcher following a hit by Raffi Torres.

    The Florida Panthers came back from three goals down to stun the New Jersey Devils 4-3 and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

    The Devils scored three times in just over six minutes to start the game, but were held off the board the rest of the way as Florida completed the comeback.

    Nashville defeated Ian White and the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to go up 3-1 in their series. Pekka Rinne made 40 saves as Nashville was outshot 41-17 but still got the win.

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    The Broncos are again gearing up for their annual Min'Sota hockey school and conditioning camp.

    Assistant Coach Darren Evjen said the day camp is for 5 to 12 year old kids, “You want your son or your daughter to come in and have an enjoyable experience, meet some new kids, also meet the Bronco players and have a good hockey experience and have an enjoyable experience for the week.”

    Evjen adds that they added a conditioning camp last summer for older kids, “The conditioning camps are more focused on the competitive hockey player who is coming in and wants to get ready for a try out for peewee or bantam or midget and be prepared to compete for a spot.”

    They nearly doubled the size of the camp from 2010 to 2011 and Evjen says response has been very positive again for this summer.

    There's more information at scbroncos.com

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen
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    Saskatchewan-born pro golfer Graham DeLaet

    Weyburn's Graham DeLaet is very much in contention for his first PGA Tour win.

    He is two strokes back of leader Jason Dufner heading into today's final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, after firing a 6-under 66 in Saturday's third round. DeLaet and Dufner will make up today's final pairing and will tee off at 10:45am, with TV coverage of the final round starting at 1:00pm on Global.

    DeLaet's best finish on the pro tour was a tie for third at the Shell Houston Open in 2010.

    You can follow Graham DeLaet's progress on the tour at DiscoverWeyburn.com.
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    Michelle Anderson, Andrew Nelson, Megan Rumpel, Joanna Zalesiak, and Brett Jones (PHOTO COURTESY OF: reginacougars.com)

    Swift Current's Megan Rumpel is the University of Regina female athlete rookie of the year.

    Rumpel won the honour at last night's awards banquet.

    She recently completed her first season of track and field with Regina.

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    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser lifts the World Women's Hockey Championship trophy as Canada celebrates a gold medal victory in Burlington, VT, Saturday (Photo: Andre Ringuette/Dave Sandford/HHOF)

    Canada is golden again in international women's hockey.

    Caroline Oulette scored 1:50 into OT in the gold medal game of the World Women's Hockey Championships as Canada claimed the title for the first time since 2007 with a 5-4 win over the USA.

    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser opened the scoring for Canada and got an assist. Earlier this morning, she thanked her fans with a post on her Facebook pagereading: "Its 240am, I am laying in my bed exhausted from quite the day! Want to say thanks and much love to everyone who believed in us all the way! We are Canadian..we never quit!"

    This is the 10th championship for Canada in the tournament's history.
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    Former Swift Current Broncos Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth is back on the job market.

    The New York Islanders relieved he and fellow assistant coach Scott Allen of their duties.

    Jack Capuono is the head coach on Long Island.

    Chynoweth ran Broncos from 2004 to 2009 before taking the Islanders job.

    He had a 162-163-6*-29** record with the Broncos.

    Chynoweth also coached with Seattle of the WHL.

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  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Maple Creek's Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators will be the visitors on Thursday when they play the New York Rangers in the first Game 7 of any sport at Madison Square Garden in 17 years. 

    The East Divisions top-seeded Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory in Ottawa last night. 

    Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists in New York's three-goal second period. 

    Former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotes have won their first playoff series since the franchise left Winnipeg in 1996.

    Mike Smith made 39 saves as Phoenix scored three times in the third period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. 

    It was the only game of the six game series that didn't go to overtime. 

    Phoenix will play Nashville in the Western Conference semifinal.

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    (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    The Moose Jaw Warriors couldn’t send the WHL Eastern Conference Final back to Mosaic Place for a Game 6, after losing 4-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night at Rexall Place.  Edmonton will now face off with the Portland Winterhawks for the Ed Chynoweth Cup starting on Thursday.

    Sam Fioretti picked up the lone goal for the tribe in the season ending loss, and Justin Paulic made 20 saves in his second career playoff start.

    The Oil Kings stole the momentum away from the Warriors early in the first period, as Michael St. Croix beat Paulic just 2:46 into the frame.  Martin Gernat added to the lead late in the first with a power play goal.

    Fioretti would get Moose Jaw on the board 7:09 into the second, but that would be the only time they beat goalie Laurent Brossoit as he made 37 saves, while picking up the Eastern Conference Final MVP.  Curtis Lazar scored late in the second as the Warriors continued to pile on the pressure and shots on the Oil Kings.

    The lone third period goal came from the stick of Gernat, who scored his second power play goal of the night midway through the frame to seal the Oil Kings win.

    The Warriors continued to struggle on the power play going 0-for-7, including four chances in the third period.  Moose Jaw was 3-for-28 with the man advantage in the series.  The Oil Kings converted 2-of-3 chances on Friday.

    The end of the season for the tribe also marks the end of the WHL careers for 20-year-olds Cam Braes, James Henry and Kenton Miller.
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    The provincial budget, which was presented almost two weeks ago, was formally approved in the Saskatchewan Legislature on Thursday.

    Provincial Finance Minister Ken Krawetz says it is a unique budget in Saskatchewan. Not only was it balanced, but with five other provincial budgets and a federal budget tabled so far this year, it's the only balanced budget in Canada.

    "As other provinces struggle with deficits and trying to determine when they might be able to become balanced, we're faced with challenges of growth, and those are excellent challenges to face," Kravetz said. "It's an exciting time in Saskatchewan to be in that unique position and to move forward with sustainable spending."

    In trying to balance the budget, Krawetz added it's a matter of evaluating programs and priorities in order to keep spending sustainable.

    "In the election campaign, there were two plans. One political party said 'the province is doing not too badly, let's go on a wild spending spree' with the estimation of $6 billion worth of additional spending." Krawetz said. "We campaigned on a platform that said the economy of the province is doing well, but we need to make sure that we put in place a budget that is going to be sustainable."

    Krawetz adds while keeping the budget balanced, they were able to increase spending in some areas, especially healthcare where enhancements to the Surgical Wait Time Initiative and professional training were made.

    Colin Powers talked with Ken Krawetz about the budget:

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    The one-sided WHL playoffs continued last night as three teams took commanded 3-0 series leads.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle had an assist as Edmonton beat Brandon 5-1, Portland topped Kamloops 5-2,
    Play-by-Play voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors James Gallo has a look at their game 3 win.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Maple Creek's Zack Smith is an NHL playoff overtime hero by association.

    He got an assist on Chris Neil's game winner 1:17 into the first overtime, as the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 3-2 to tie the series up at a game apiece.

    That was one of three overtime games on Saturday. Nicklas Backstrom scored in double-OT to give Washington a 2-1 win over Boston and tie the series, and Bryan Bickell's second of the game was the overtime winner for Chicago, as the Blackhawks beat Phoenix 4-3 to knot that series at a game apiece.

    Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks were shut out 3-0 by St Louis, and that series is also tied at one.

    There is some NHL playoff action later this morning as Nashville heads to Detroit to take on former Bronco Ian White and the Red Wings with the series tied at 1-1. The face-off from Joe Louis Arena is at 10:00am. Other games today have Pittsburgh visiting Philadelphia, with Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Flyers up 2-0, New Jersey takes on Florida after winning the series opener on Friday, and Vancouver will look to get back into their series with the LA Kings tonight at Staples Center. The Canucks dropped the first two games of the series at home to the Kings to trail 2-0.
    In the WHL playoffs, the Kamloops Blazers are still alive after beating Portland 7-2, to force a sixth game in that series after being down 3-0. The series resumes tomorrow in Kamloops. Meanwhile, Tri-City beat Spokane 5-3 to take a 3-2 lead in that series, and can clinch tomorrow in Spokane.
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    The Junior SunDogs 18 and under Boys volleyball team was in action over the weekend in North Battleford and came away with a bronze medal.

    After round-robin play they finished in a 3 way tie for 2nd place, but with the tie-breaking formula ended up in 4th in their pool.

    In the semi-finals they lost to J.C.V.C. from Saskatoon but beat Nipawin (NIP-Uh-WIN) 25-16, 24-26, 25-18 to bring home 3rd place.

    The 18 and under boys will take part in their provincial tournament this coming weekend as will the Junior SunDogs 16 and under girls team.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The second round of the NHL playoffs opened Friday night with the Phoenix Coyotes winning game one of their Western Conference semi-final against the Nashville Predators.

    Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime to lift the Coyotes to a 4-3 win in their first second-round playoff game since moving to the desert in 1996.

    Mike Smith made 39 saves for Phoenix, and was especially busy in the third period when the Predators outshot the Coyotes 16-1.

    Game two of the series is Sunday.

    Two more second round series open today with Washington visiting the New York Rangers in an Eastern Conference semi-final (1:00pm, CBC), and St. Louis hosting Los Angeles in the other West semi-final (5:30pm, TSN). New Jersey and Philadelphia open their series on Sunday. 
  • ruralrcmp

    RCMP are investigating a break-and-enter reported in a small community south of Swift Current.

    A house and outbuildings at a home on Main Street in Schoenfeld were broken into sometime between Monday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 28.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Swift Current Rural RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.
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    An artist's conception of the bird

    A new species of prehistoric bird has been discovered in Grasslands National Park.

    The species was a loon like bird with teeth that existed around 65 million years ago in the time of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

    "70 million years ago they were a primarily a non-flying toothed bird that lived in coastal systems and fed on fish," said Curator of Paleontology for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Tim Tokaryk. "65 million years ago in southern Saskatchewan, this group still existed before the extension event but are unrelated to the previous group."

    Our region is a fertile ground for paleontologists.

    "Southern Saskatchewan has one of the best records of the last geological moments before the extinction event," Tokaryk said. "Figuratively and literally we are crawling all over these rocks to understand why certain species survived the extension event and why certain species like this birds didn't survive."

    Research will continue on the fossils found and searches will be performed to look for more.

    Interview with Tim Tokaryk:

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    The first season back in the Prairie Junior Hockey League is in the books for the Cypress Cyclones.

    The Maple Creek based Junior B expansion club finished out of the playoffs with only 9 wins.

    "We didn't finish in the playoffs," said General Manager Sean Chapman. "The kids we had played very well. They were probably one of the hardest working teams in the league this year. We ended up with three kids in the top fifteen of scoring."

    Each of Craig Fournier, Dallas McIntosh and Lane Sanderson had over 58 points but the Cyclones lacked scoring depth.

    Chapman believes support from the community was more than they could have asked for and the Cyclones are committed to coming back to take another run at it next season.

    However, it will be with a new President as Chapman stepped down from that role. He will remain on as GM.

    Interview with Sean Chapman:

  • Saskgames 2012

    Athletes interested in trying out for the 2012 Saskatchewan Summer games can try out in Swift Current on Sunday.

    Archery tryouts are being held at the Recreation Centre from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

    Soccer tryouts are set for April 29th at O.M. Irwin School's soccer field, while the Triathlon tryout isn't until May 20th.

    The summer games are in Meadow Lake from July 29th to August 4th.
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    Our badminton playoffs are well underway. Our senior section playoffs were held on Sat, April 21. The top 4 teams in each category – girl’s singles, boy’s singles, girls’ doubles, boys’ doubles and mixed doubles – will now advance to Districts in Swift Current on Saturday, April 28. Matches will get underway at 10:00 a.m. Teams will be vying for the right to represent the Southwest at the SHSAA regional badminton competition in Rosetown on Sat, May 5. The top 2 teams in each category will earn the right to go to regionals. The last step in badminton competition at the senior level is provincials in Melfort on May 12.

    Our junior badminton playoffs will be starting on Saturday, April 28. The host locations are:

    Cypress Hills – Fox Valley
    Rolling Hills A - Herbert
    Rolling Hills B - Ponteix
    Whitemud – Frontier.

    The SWAC district junior badminton finals will be held at Shaunavon – both the high school and public school – on Saturday, May 5. Start time is 10:00 a.m.

    Track and field is rapidly approaching as well. Our section meets are set for the following dates:

    Cypress Hills – at Leader. Monday, May 14

    Rolling Hills – at Swift Current Comp. Monday, May 14

    Whitemud – at Frontier. Tuesday, May 15.

    Athletes will then gather in Swift Current for the District meet. The first day of the meet will be an all day affair on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 9:30 a.m. Competition will run all day finishing around 6:00 p.m. We will also run some events on Thursday, May 24 starting at 6:00 p.m. These events include – 3000 m, hurdles and junior boys/girls high jump. Athletes in the midget, junior and senior categories will be competing for the right to go to SHSAA provincial track meet being held in Saskatoon on June 1 and 2.


    Saturday, April 21 @ Swift Current Comp

    GS #1 Brooke Chabot (SC)
    GS #2 Tianna Kissick (SC)
    GS #3 McAyla Krauchek (Hodge)

    BS #1 Ian Hayes (SC)
    BS #2 Jon Neustaeter (SC)
    BS #3 Derek Roeher (Hodge)
    BS #3 Justin Spagrud (GL)

    GD #1 Emily LeBlanc/Alyssa Fournier (Pont)
    GD #2 Meghan Chisholm/Janae Paul (SC)
    GD #3 Brittany Haidt/Lisa Smith (Herb)
    GD #3 Sydney Jones/Haley Fehr (GL)

    BD #1 Darby Crozier/Evan Laturnus (SC)
    BD #2 Kim Castro/Lane Larochelle (Pont)
    BD #3 Cole Kritzer/Trent Meyer (SC)
    BD #3 Layton Dueck/Stewart Meyere (Herb)

    MD #1 Taylor Goffinet/Irvin Lamb (Pont)
    MD #2 Dylan Griffin/Jade Koch(SC)
    MD #3 Brandon Niefer/Trisha Chua (SC)
    MD #3 Josh Grimm/Becky Pouteaux(Hodge)


    Saturday, April 21 @ Fox Valley:

    Boy's singles
     1. Brandon Albrecht...Leader
     2. Daniel Bueckert..Leader
     3. Colten Stock...Hazlet
     3. Travis Hoffart . . . Fox Valley
     Girl's Single
     1. Katy May...Fox Valley
     2. Carley Bertram...Maple Creek
     3. Mariah Jacklin...Cabri
     Boys' Doubles
     1. Austin Dirk/Spencer Kosolofski...Fox Valley
     2. Dylan Jackle /Riley Jans.. Maple Creek
     3. Devon Sletten/Brandon Dewar..Hazlet
     Girls' Doubles
     1. Shannon Bakanec/Cheyenne Schneider Fox Valley
     2. Raelene Boschee/Andrea Frey..Maple Creek
     3. Tara Dewar/Sydney Stock..Hazlet
     4. Elyse Wrishko/Maggie Dietrich..Leaderz

    Mixed Doubles
    Cole Bennett/Annie He . . . Maple Creek

     Tanner Doig/Shae-lyn Wenzel . . . Maple Creek

    Thanks to Fox Valley School and Dennis Franz for acting as commissioner.


    Saturday, April 21 @ Shaunavon:
    Boys’ Doubles:
    1) Jesse Voll/ Dillan Carlson - Shaunavon
    2) Casey Reamer/ Ty McKelvey - Consul
    3) Brandt Miller/Adrien Dela Cruz - Frontier
    4) Derek Thomas/ Dean Wilkins - Shaunavon

    Girl’s Singles:
    1) Hope Anderson - Frontier
    2) Lauren Wenaas - Consul
    3) Olivia Arnal - Eastend
    4) Melody Brazil - Consul

    1)Ashley Johnson/ Cleo Morvik - Eastend
    2)Cassidy Onerheim/ Sonya Koudelka - Frontier
    3)Rachel Amon/ Lacey Pritchard - Shaunavon

    Boys Singles:
    Pool A
    1) Kadin Ham - Frontier
    2) Stefan Genert - Consul
    Pool B
    1) Shay Pridmore - Consul
    2) Nathan MacNeil - Shaunavon
    Final: Kadin defeated Stefan

    Mixed Doubles:
    Pool A:
    1)Adam Keith/ Kaliesha Heggestad - Frontier
    2)Marty Funk/Kali Funk - Consul
    Pool B:
    1)Cody Gabruch/ Lindsey Zilkie - Consul
    2)Alex Galey/ Matt Benesh - Shaunavon
    Final: Adam and Kaliesha defeated Cody and Lindsey

    Thanks to Shaunavon School for hosting and Jaret Olesen and Bob Smith for acting as commissioners.

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    The minor baseball season is underway in Swift Current, and it could be a good year.

    "The Midget AAA team coached by Neil Hogg is going to be one of the best in Saskatchewan, it's going to be hard to beat," said Minor Baseball President Louis Cherpin. "I'm coaching the Midget AA and Midget A team, and we're really young, but we're going to be pretty good as well."

    Cherpin says they have more players registered than they have in years, but they are still looking for some coaching help: "The younger age groups, Mosquito and Rookie, were lacking some coaches. We have eight teams in Mosquito, and we only have in the neighbourhood of 12 coaches, we would like to have 15 or 16 coaches."

    Cherpin adds every team has a head coach, but some could use some assistants.

    The Midget AA team starts their season this afternoon at 1:00pm against the Regina Buffaloes with a double header in Swift Current, weather permitting.

    The Midget AAA team hosts the Saskatoon Cubs tomorrow at 1:00pm.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Minor Baseball President Louis Cherpin:

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    The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson and Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon

    The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation held their Annual General Meeting yesterday afternoon.

    Executive Director Clay Thompson said 2011 was a very successful year for the foundation on a fundraising standpoint, “Financial report shows about $1.3 million was generated fund raising activities, bequests that we received, and we had some interesting earnings that the stock market turned around a little bit on our endowment funds and allowed some money to be generated there as well”

    The meeting included a number of presentations, including one to the Cypress Health Region of $170,000 that was raised during last fall's "Your Family's Health Radiothon" on Country Music Radio.

    “We do an awful lot of work to put the events on and the communities to willingly support and all those kind of things. The fun part is when you turn that money back into the community and show that's its been put back to the purpose that people made it available.” added Thompson

    “I know that they give me their capital equipment list on an annual basis or semi-annual basis as it's updated, things are purchased and moved off the list. I've been in the foundation now, this will be the third year, and I've never seen that number less than $3 million.”

    That money will cover the purchase of much-needed equipment including vital signs monitors and new hospital beds.

    The Doctor Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson
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    Photo from http://convio.cancer.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=WELCOME_SK_enews_oct_2010_meet_the_fighters

    A Swift Current cancer survivor and volunteer will receive the Canadian Cancer Society's Medal of Courage this spring.

    Arlene Mckenzie doesn't feel like she stands out above any others.

    "I was shocked because I found out at a support group meeting I was facilitating," Mckenzie said. "As I looked around the table I felt that pretty much anybody sitting there should get a medal of courage when they face the word cancer."

    Mckenzie has been a peer support volunteer for five years and facilitates a support group in Swift Current. She is the ceremony chair for Swift Current's Relay for Life and always enters a team.

    Mckenzie also started her own blog and discussion forum called CancerConnection. She is writing a book on her experiences fighting cancer and life as a survivor.

    "The fact that I got the gift of time," Mckenzie said. "I was diagnosed in 2004 so in October it will be 8 years survivor-ship. I think when you receive a gift like that you want to be of service and help others navigate the waters of that scary journey."

    Mckenzie credits her faith with having gotten her through her own battle with stage 4 multiple melanoma.

    She will receive the medal at a ceremony in Regina on May 4th.

    Interview with Arlene Mckenzie:

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    Last year's Market Square

    The Market Square in downtown Swift Current was a big success in its inaugural year, and it may be even bigger and better this year. The recently-reformed Downtown Business Association is working to provide suggestions to the city on how to improve on it.

    "One of our major contracts at this point right now is to participate in a committee with the city and a couple other business organizations in Swift Current to compile some ideas and strategies on how we can expand market square this spring and summer” said DBA President Gary Koebel

    Koebel adds that they are in the process of gathering feedback and suggestions from downtown business owners, “Basically brainstorming ideas to bring forth ideas that we can bring to the committee while we do our planning process early in May. So essentially we're wanting to get feedback from businesses on ways that they think we can improve and expand Market Square.”

    Business owners can give their suggestions by emailing [email protected].

    One of the suggestions the committee is considering is a theme day in each of June, July and August, with an expanded Market Square space and a variety of events throughout the downtown area.

    Colin Powers talks with DBA President Gary Koebel
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    Principal Of Central School Brian Braun

    Central School said thank you to their supporters with BBQ yesterday as they continued pushing for votes in the Majesta "Trees of Knowledge" competition.

    “It's to raise awareness," said Principal Bryan Braun. "But also to just say thank you to our student body and families for all their hard work that they've been doing for the campaign.”

    The winner of the online vote receives a $20,000 grant for an outdoor classroom

    Braun adds it's been a tight race, “We've been battling it out with the school from New Brunswick. The important thing is the voting closes at 10 o clock on the 11th so we need to make sure everyone votes early on that final day.”

    As of last night, Central was sitting in first place over their rivals from Sussex Elementary School in New Brunswick.

    The schools have been switching places for the last couple of weeks.

    Voting continues at mejesta.comuntil May 11th.

    Todd Vallee talks with Principal Bryan Braun
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    Memorial Drive along the east edge of Swift Current

    The City of Swift Current will be holding a public event tonight to gather feedback on their Transportation Master Plan.

    The final report on the plan is expected later this year, and City Engineering Director Mac Forster says they are making good progress.

    "I believe at the last steering committee meeting we had with them, they identified 138 actions that could be carried out relatively immediately to help enhance or promote better traffic or transportation within the city," Forster said. "There's going to be some long-range and short-term solutions that come out in all this."

    Forster adds they've been gathering feedback from business owners, stakeholders and engineers to help put together the plan, but they are looking for feedback from the public: "I think at this upcoming meeting, I wouldn't be suprised if the consultants begin to present some solutions back to the public, but they're certainly open to gain more input from the public."

    Tonight's event is from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Swift Current Mall.

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    Coda Gordon and Graham Black (Photo from scbroncos.com)

    Swift Current Bronco forwards Coda Gordon and Graham Black were listed in the final rankings by NHL Central Scouting for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

    Gordon is ranked 61stamongst all North American skaters in the final rankings and the sixth ranked WHL forward. The 6’1, 179 lbs. Cochrane, AB product ranked second on the team in goals with 30 and tallied 53 points in 66 games played this past season.  He also led all WHL rookies in power play goals (15), second in power play points (27), fourth in goals (30) and eighth in points (53).

    It's a drop for both as Gordon was 38th in the previous rankings and Black as 53rd.

    Black sits 83rd amongst all North American skaters and 11thamongst WHL forwards. The product of Regina, SK recorded 17 goals and 33 assists in 71 games played this past season. He finished the season sitting 10th amongst all rookies in the league in points.

    Swift Current native Colton Heffley of the Kelowna Rockets is ranked 171rst by Central Scouting.

    The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 22nd & 23rd 2012 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Coda Gordon

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Colton Heffley

    For the complete final rankings list by NHL Central Scouting, click HERE.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Two players with local ties found the scoresheet in NHL playoff action Friday night.

    Former Swift Current Bronco Ian White opened the scoring for the Red Wings as Detroit beat Nashville 3-2. The series is tied up at a game apiece as it moves to Detroit.

    Shaunavon's Braydon Coburn picked up an assist for the Flyers as Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh 8-5. Coburn's shot late in the second period was redirected by Flyer forward Sean Couturier for his first of three goals in the game. Claude Giroux also had a hat trick for the Flyers, who take a 2-0 series lead on the Penguins back to the City of Brotherly Love.

    Dustin Brown had two short-handed goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks 4-2. The Kings take a 2-0 series lead over the Presidents' Trophy winners back to Southern California.

    Martin Brodeur got his 100th career NHL playoff win as the Devils opened their series against Florida with a 3-2 win over the Panthers.

    Four NHL playoff games are on tap today. Maple Creek's Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators look to tie up their series with the New York Rangers when they play game two tonight at Madison Square Garden, while Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks visit St. Louis after beating the Blues in double-overtime on Thursday night. The two other games have Boston hosting Washington with the Bruins up 1-0 in the series, and Phoenix entertains Chicago looking to go up 2-0 on the Blackhawks. 

    In the WHL playoffs, Dominic Uher got the overtime winner for the Spokane Chiefs, as they beat Tri-City 3-2 to tie their series up at two games apiece. Game five is tonight in Kennewick, Washington. The Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers play game five of their series in Portland tonight, with the Winterhawks up 3-1.

    In Junior A, the Humboldt Broncos are Canalta Cup champions. They claimed their fourth SJHL league title in just six seasons with a 6-0 win over the Weyburn Red Wings in game six of the series at Weyburn's Crescent Point Place.

    The Broncos are already hosting the RBC Cup National Championship, and will take on the MJHL champion Portage Terriers in the ANAVET Cup ahead of that tournament.

    For more coverage of the Canalta Cup, visit DiscoverHumboldt.com and DiscoverWeyburn.com.
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    The boys of summer took to the grass at Mitchell Field on the nicest day of spring so far.

    In the opening games of the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League, the Swift Current Midget AAA Indians split a double header with the Saskatoon Giants yesterday.

    Swift Current gave up 10 runs in the top of the 6th inning to blow a 5-1 lead in the opener. They lost that one 11-6.

    But the Midget Indians rebounded with an 8-4 win in game 2. Zac Mackay threw a complete game for the win.

    Swift Current's next action is this coming Sunday against the Saskatoon Cubs.

    Boxscores can be found here for game 1 and here for game 2
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    The Head Athletic Trainer of the Swift Current Broncos felt a great sense of national pride as he had a chance to represent his country as the equipment manager for Canada's recent entry at the U18 hockey tournament.

    "It's been the hockey highlight of my career," said Jamie LeBlanc. "Travelling over with the great group of staff and players that we had... when we flew to the Czech Republic to compete at the U18 championship was an experience that I'll never forget."

    LeBlanc was very impressed by the way the Canadian team rebounded from an emotional loss to the US in the semi-final to beat Finland 5-4 in the bronze medal game.

    "Kudos to the staff and players to still be able to get up for that game," LeBlanc said. "It was an emotional game against the US and it's pretty easy for the guys to get down and look at the bronze as an after thought. We were able to pull everything together."

    It was LeBlanc's first trip to Europe and he enjoyed getting to know the country a little bit. 

    He adds if Hockey Canada ever called him again he wouldn't hesitate for a second in saying yes.

    Interview with Jamie LeBlanc:

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    Team Canada will look to string 2 wins together as they close out the round robin portion of the women's world hockey championship in Vermont when they face Russia later today.

    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser has 2 assists on the tournament.

    The Canadians opened round robin play with an embarassing 9-2 loss to the U.S. but rebounded with a 3-2 win over Finland on Sunday.

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    The 2011 Betties (photo from their Facebook page) 

    The Redneck Betties host Moose Jaw tomorrow in their season opener.

    The Roller Derby team is in it's second year and they started 2012 with some conditioning.

    "We had Andy Schneider come and do a boot camp with us," said Redneck Betty Smash Vegas. "We feel a lot stronger, a lot more agile, he adapted some of the boot camp to actual skating skills." 

    She added they've focused on strategy and familiarizing themselves with the rules of the game and are entering the season with confidence.

    "We've been learning the actual game," Vegas said. "The sport is a little different because you don't grow up playing it... so we had to start from scratch."

    The Betties will host five games throughout their season. Their road schedule hasn't been finalized.

    Doors open for the Betties versus the Jaw Breakers at 6:00pm. The game is now sold out but you can still get in to party to follow at 9:30pm in the Credit Union i-plex Curling Rink.

    Shawn Mullin interviews Smash Vegas:
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Jarret Stoll scored in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings beat the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs.

    Stoll's overtime winner 4:27 into the extra frame gave the Kings a 2-1 win and a 3-1 series victory.

    Jonathan Quick did his part in net with 27 saves for L.A. while Cory Schneider had 35 saves in the loss for  Vancouver

    The Kings will play St. Louis in the next round.

    Claude Giroux scored 32 seconds into the game, and the Philadelphia Flyers won 5-1 over Pittsburgh, winning their Eastern Conference opening-round series in six games. 

    Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves in the win.

    The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins forced a seventh game in their Eastern Conference series. 

    Tim Thomas had 36 saves, and Tyler Seguin got off the schneid scoring 3:17 into overtime in the Bruins' 4-3 win over Washington. 

    Boston will host game seven on Wednesday.

    Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson took part in an optional skate yersterday and looked ready to return for Monday's Game 6 against the New York Rangers. 

    He's been out of the lineup since taking an elbow to the face from Carl Hagelin in Game 2. 

    The Senators lead the series 3-2.

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    Darian Durant

    Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced today the team has agreed to terms with quarterback Darian Durant and offensive lineman Chris Best to contract extensions. The contracts will keep Durant and Best with the club through the 2014 season. Financial details were not released.

    Durant (5’11 – 214) is entering his seventh season with the Green & White after joining the team in 2006. The 29-year-old South Carolina native earned the Riders starting quarterback job in the 2009 season and currently sits third on the club’s All-Time record list in passing attempts (1,824), completions (1,107) and passing yards (14,679). The University of North Carolina graduate also sits fourth on the All-Time record list with 74 career touchdown passes.

    “We’re extremely happy to have come to an agreement on terms with Darian,” stated G.M Brendan Taman. “The CFL is a quarterback driven league, and Darian has proven he can lead this team. This extension allows us to move forward with Darian as our starting quarterback and achieve the ultimate goal of bringing another Grey Cup back to Saskatchewan.”

    Best (6’4 – 315) originally joined the Riders after being selected by the club in the first round (4th overall) of the 2005 CFL Draft and is entering his sixth season with the Roughriders. The 29-year-old Calgary native has been the Riders starting right guard since the 2009 season, and was the Rider’s nominee for Most Outstanding offensive lineman during the 2011 season.

    “Chris is one of the best up and coming offensive lineman in the league,” said Taman. “He had a great season last year and keeping him under contract for the future was big priority for us.”

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    The 2012 16U Girls Junior Sundogs - Top row: Kaitlyn Deg (Assistant Coach), Tiffany Powell, Darcy Svenson, Lindsay Dickie, Brooke Couillard (Head Coach); Middle row: Delina McGuire, Jordan Wellsch, Miranda Paul; Bottom row: Kelsey Mouland, Emily Wall

    The 16 & under Junior Sundogs girls Volleyball team took part in provincials this weekend in Saskatoon. After round robin Play they ended up 2nd in thier pool.

    Overall the team finished 13th place in the Tier 2 bracket of the tournament that had 5 tiers.

    The 18 and Under girls were in a tournament in Moose Jaw over the weekend readying for their provincials tournament next weekend in Saskatoon.

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    There is some disappointment in the Cypress Health Region after last month's provincial budget did not include approval for a new long-term care facility in Swift Current, or a new integrated health facility for Leader.

    CEO Beth Vachon said it was a matter of priorities for the province, “There is a significant amount of investments happening right now in capital projects around the province. More than we've ever seen. Disappointment, yes, but we certainly understand the commitment that is out there right now.”

    Vachon adds, “They are continuing to support and commit to the projects they've already announced so of course in our region that's Maple Creek. Then looking at some of the big provincial resources that are being undertaken right now, the Saskatoon Children's Hospital, looking at Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford, as well as a new Hospital in Moose Jaw, and there is work happening in Prince Albert Parkland Health Region.”

    Vachon said the province understands what's needed in the southwest and they are being patient and waiting to see how everything turns out.

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    Swift Current RCMP are investigating a targeted theft of a number of firearms in Swift Current over the weekend.

    Police say someone broke into a home on the 200 block of 2nd Ave NE and stole guns from a cabinet.

    Meanwhile, there were two separate incidents of graffiti spray painting on Saturday.

    A business in the 800 block of N, Railway E and a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 1600 block of Ashley Drive were damaged.

    Police say the incidents appear to done by the same individual(s) using the same paint and tags.

    Swift Current Rural RCMP are looking into an incident that occured sometime between March19th at about 5pm and the morning of March 20th.

    Someone caused damage to “You Name It Crafts” located on the Trans Canada Highway at Tompkins.

    Several windows were broken with small hexagon nuts. The nuts were propelled at the windows with enough force to go through the outer pane of glass, but not the inner pane. There were six windows damaged.

    If you have any information on any of these crimes, please contact your nearest police service or RCMP or if you wish to remain anonymous call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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    Local Actor Brian Dueck on the right talking with salesman inSisu: the Death of Tom Sukanen (PHOTO COURTESY OF: http://www.chrystene.com)

    A petition blitz is being held tomorrow at Smart Flowers in Swift Current to gather names for the Saskatchewan Film Industry’s petition to ask the Saskatchewan Government to work with industry partners to create a new incentive program to replace the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.

    Names are being gathered in larger centres too as supporters in Regina and Saskatoon will be going door to door over the weekend.

    Saskatchewan cut the film employment tax credit cut in its budget last month to save around 3 million dollars this year.

    The petition blitz begins 10:30am
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    The Students Of Central School

    Central School is continuing their "Majesta Trees of Knowledge" campaign with a BBQ today.

    It's a "Thank You" to school families for the support they have shown to this project.

    Central has jumped between 1rst and 2nd place in the online voting.

    For winning they would receive $20,000 towards an outdoor classroom.

    Vote at majesta.com

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    It's National Immunization Awareness Week and a local expert is reminding us how much safer we are because of the prevalence of immunizations available here.

    “Certainly in Canada we have much higher immunization rates than certain other areas of the world," said Cypress Health Region Consulting Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr. "Partly because we have good systems available and a good public health system. It makes a huge difference.”

    Dr. Torr adds vaccines have come a long way from the early days.

    “As vaccines were developed there were vaccines that were associated with side effects. In this day and age we've come a tremendously long way and many of the vaccines that are out there most of them are extremely safe.”

    Dr. Torr notes many people alive today still remember people they loved going through the complications associated with the infectious diseases we can now control with immunizations.

    In the early 1900s infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide. Today in Canada they are responsible for less than 5 percent of all deaths.

    Interview with Dr. David Torr:
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    The Nekaneet First Nation just outside of Maple Creek is hoping to boost their fortunes with a new goods and services tax.

    They have received federal approval to go ahead with the 5% GST for businesses on their land.

    Chief Jordi Fourhorn said tax exempt status won't apply in this case, “That treaty or price though is the government tax, the Canadian Tax, this tax is our own tax”

    He expects the majority of the predicted $20,000 a month in tax revenue will come from their urban reserve properties like the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current or their office space in Regina.

    "We want to fix our housing" said Chief Fourhorn. "Get more housing on reserve and then inject back into our economic development, maybe buy more urban property."

    Nekaneet is the second First Nation to bring in a GST. The Whitecap Dakota First Nation has had one for three years now.

    The tax should be implemented by the fall.

    Shawn Mullin talks with Chief Jordi Fourhorn
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    Dignitaries cut the ribbon on the brand-new Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current in 2007. (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    The Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current celebrated its fifth anniversary this past week.

    The hospital officially opened on April 27, 2007 at 4:00pmreplacing the now-demolished Swift Current Union Hospital, and was the result of years of planning, construction and committment from the Cypress Health Region and the community.

    The anniversary was celebrated with cake and coffee at the hospital's cafeteria Monday afternoon.

    hospital celebration"When I think back, it just feels like yesterday that we were making the move," said Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon. "There was so much planning that had got into not only getting ready to move into this building, but closing out our old hospital and transferring patients, and making sure that our staff had everything they needed when they got here. It's just so hard to believe that we haven't always been in this building, because it really does feel like a home for us in the region."

    Vachon adds the new hospital has allowed them to focus on patient care, quality and safety much more than they could in their former building: "When you've got a building that was designed by the staff that are going to be working in it, I think it really starts to allow us to spend the time working on those kinds of issues instead of always trying to work around a building that had served its purpose, and whose time expired."

    In the five years since the hospital opened, it has hosted 10,001 surgeries, delivered 1678 babies, and its emergency department saw 92,723 patients. It was also the first hospital in Saskatchewan to implement a digitized diagnostic system, achieved full staffing levels in the lab and medical imaging departments, and has never had any unit lockdowns because of disease or illness outbreaks.

    Vachon added the hospital has been serving the community very well over the last five years, and will continue to do so well into the future.

    More photos of the construction of the hospital provided by the Cypress Health Region:

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    Representatives from the Province, City of Swift Current and Cypress Health Region show off the site of the new hospital just off the Highway 4 bypass

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    Construction of the hospital is well underway

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    How the site looked in September of 2006

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    A piece of diagnostic imaging equipment gets moved into the new hospital

    Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon talked with reporters about the hospital's 5th anniversary:

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    Todd McLellan behind the bench

    There will be a lot of local flavour in the NHL playoffs as they get started on Wednesday.

    Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks find themselves in unfamiliar territory as a first round underdog against St. Louis.

    Former Broncos Coach and current Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan feels they do have one edge.

    "The one thing we have is playoff experience," MacLellan said. "There's been a lot of guys that have played in playoff games. When it's going good I hope we carry ourselves appropriately. When it's not going well guys have to pull a certain direction and carry themselves a certain way... we have that."

    Maple Creek's Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators are underdogs as well. They're facing the top seeded New YorK Rangers in the Eastern Conference.

    Shaunavon's Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers renew hostilities with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Former Bronco Cody Eakin gets into his first playoff as his Capitals play Boston.

    Two other former Broncos, Aaron Rome, Dale Weise and the Vancouver Canucks take on the L-A Kings.

    Ian White and the Detroit Red Wings start the playoffs against Nashville.

  • Brossoit-Laurent

    Laurent Brossoit shut the door on the Moose Jaw Warriors in Game 2 of the WHL Eastern Conference Final as the Edmonton Oil Kings picked up a second straight 6-1 win to take a 2-0 series lead.  The Oil Kings netminder made 48 saves in the win.  Jordan Peddle scored two goals, including the lone one in the first period, to the lead the offence for Edmonton, but the story of the game was easily Brossoit.

    In the second period, Brossoit made 22 saves alone as the Oil Kings extended their lead to 3-1 after two.  The Warriors had all the pressure during the middle frame, and throughout much of the game, but Brossoit stood tall.  Hendrik Samuelsson scored midway through the second.  Moose Jaw responded just 1:37 later with Kenton Miller’s first of the series to get on the board, but the stellar goaltending from Brossoit and a power play goal from Martin Gernat would kill any momentum the tribe had heading into the third.

    While the Warriors were able to keep the pressure up into the final frame, it was Edmonton who continued to find the back of the net.  Curtis Lazar made it 4-1 Edmonton 6:55 into the third, and Peddle put the game away with his second of the night into an empty net with 2:10 to go.  Mitchell Moroz finished off the final period onslaught with a power play goal at 18:40 of the third.

    Luke Siemens made 26 saves in his third loss of the playoffs, while Brossoit has now stopped 77 of 79 shots to start this series.

    The Warriors continued to struggle on the power play, going 1-for-6, while Edmonton was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

    The two teams will now pack up and make their to the Friendly City for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday night at Mosaic Place.  Both games are sold out with very limited standing room is available. 

  • sundogs logo

    A young Junior Sundogs Under 18 Boys Volleyball team will be attending provincials this weekend in Saskatoon.The team is made up of two grade tens and only one graduating player, with the rest being grade elevens.

    After winning bronze at a tournament last weekend, head coach Les Collins said the team is peaking at the right time, “We've got everybody on the team knows there role, know where they sit, and they know what they need to bring to this team. The guys all get along so if you can keep that positive attidtude going till about provincials it's nothing but a plus.”

    Collins said despite having such a young squad they have been steadily improving all year. Although the focus is on winning this weekend the team is also looking to the future, “Really want to play the best teams and succeed and kind of set the stage for this program to grow for years to grow.”

    The 16 and Under Junior Sundogs Girls team will also be attending provincials this weekend.

    Todd Vallee talks with Head Coach Les Collins
  • BamintonSWAC2012girls
    L to R back row: Girls doubles champs Andrea Frey and Raelene Boschee (Maple Creek); silver medalists Emily LeBlanc and Alyssa Fournier (Ponteix); bronze medalists Janae Paul and Meghan Chisholm (Swift Current Comp).  L to R front row: girls singles champion Tianna Kissick (Swift Current Comp); silver medalist Hope Anderson (Frontier); bronze medalist Brooke Chabot (Swift Current Comp).

    SWAC District Badminton Championships were held at the comp over the weekend.

    Advancing to Regionals next weekend were Tianna Kissick from Swift Current placing first in girls singles with Hope Anderson of Frontier getting second.

    It was an all Leader final with Brandyn Albrecht claiming Gold and Daniel Bueckert silver.

    In Girls doubles Raelene Boschee and Andrea Frey of Maple Creek  won with Emily LeBlanc and Alyssa Fournier of Ponteix coming in second

    Austin Dirk and Spencer Kosolofski of Fox Valley won the boys doubles while Darby Crozier and Evan Laturnus from the Comp were second

    and Winning the mixed category was the tandem of Irvin Lamb and Taylor Goffinet of Ponteix with Cole Bennett and Annie He from Maple Creek placing second.

    L to R back row: Boys doubles champs Spencer Kosolofski and Austin Dirk (Fox Valley), silver medalists Evan Laturnus and Darby Crozier (Swift Current Comp); bronze medalists Dylan Jackle and Riley Jans (Maple Creek).  L to R front row:  boys singles champion Brandyn Albrecht (Leader); silver medalist Daniel Bueckert (Leader) and bronze medalist Ian Hayes (Swift Current). 

    L to R mixed champions Irvin Lamb and Taylor Goffinet (Ponteix); silver medalists Cole Bennett and Annie He (Maple Creek); bronze medalists Tanner Doig and Shae-lyn Wenzel (Maple Creek).
  • hayley1

    At the World Women's Hockey Championship, Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser and Team Canada bounced back from a 9-2 loss to the US on Saturday and beat Finland 3-2 yesterday.

    Wickenheiser had an assist, her second of the tournament.

    Canada dominated the game with 43 shots to only 15 for Finland.

    They will wrap up the preliminary round against Russia tomorrow.

  • Allen Cup

    The Rosetown Red Wings made it all the way to the Allan Cup Final, but came up short of the national senior hockey championship.

    Shaunavon's J.J. Hunter had the only goal for the Red Wings who lost 4-1 to the South East Prairie Thunder from Manitoba in the final game from Lloydminster.

    The Red Wings, which boasted several players from the southwest, was looking to become only the fourth team from Saskatchewan to win the championship, which dates back to 1909.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The East's top seed is moving on.

    The New York Rangers downed the Ottawa Senators 2-1 last night to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

    Marc Staal and Dan Girardi had the Ranger's goals while Daniel Alfredsson netted the Senators' only goal as fans conitnue to speculate if the 16-year NHL veteran will retire.

    The Rangers will face the Washington Capitals in the next round.

    New Jersey has advanced to take on Philadelphia in the next round after Adam Henrique scored in double overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 win.

    Martin Brodeur made 43 saves for New Jersey.

    The Western Conference semifinals start tonight, with the Nashville Predators visiting the Phoenix Coyotes.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    It was only the second game of the playoffs that didn't go into overtime for former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotes. They got the job done in 60 minutes, beating Nashville 5-3 and taking a 2-0 series lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

    Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal each had a goal and an assist for Phoenix.


    Danny Briere scored twice in overtime, but only one counted.

    Briere fired a slapshot past Martin Brodeur 4:36 into the extra frame, just moments after his first goal was overturned, and Philadelphia downed New Jersey 4-3 in their series opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

  • shaunavon3rdave
    The intersection of Highway 37 and 3rd Avenue in Shaunavon (Photo: google.ca)

    A road closure happening in Shaunavon effective today while work is being done to provide services to the new Canalta Hotel and the new Strip Mall on third avenue.

    Shaunavon Town Administrator-In-Training Jay Meyer explains when and where work begins, “On Thursday the 12th we're aiming to be closing the third avenue entrance coming into town, from Highway thirty seven we're going to have detour signs and lights and barricades out on the highway.”

    Meyer adds motorists are urged to use alternate routes into Shaunavon, “So at that point we're going to be asking people to use railway, which is first avenue mostly heavy traffic if thats possible, fifth avenue and tenth avenue.”

    The closure will be in effect until Tuesday April 17th.

  • poweroutagemap

    A Map of the affected area.

    The City of Swift Current Light & Power department has a planned power outage for system improvement work in the South Central Area of the city today.

    Light & Power customers in the affected area will experience a power outage from 1 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m.
  • shaunavon hospital
    The Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    The Cypress Health Region is advising the public of a temporary disruption of services at the Shaunavon Hospital.

    Emergency services and acute admissions at the hospital will be unavailable from 5:00pm today to 8:00am tomorrow morning, due to the unavailablility of on-call physician services.

    Those in Shaunavon needing emergency care are asked to call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.
  • street sweeper

    Swift Current City crews will be street sweeping in Area No. 3 and Area No. 12 today.

    You can get specifics on each area on the city website.

    Area 3 streets are located North of Herbert Street West and West of Central Avenue.

    Area 12 streets are south of South Railway Street and North of Gladstone Street.

    They're asking you to move your vehicle off the street to allow for a thorough sweeping.

    Click here to go to the Citys' website
  • southwest scavenger quest

    The first ever Southwest Crisis Services "Scavenger Quest" is being called a success.

    This past weekend five teams raced to complete numerous tasks around the city with the "Latecomers" team winning the contest but the real winner was Southwest Crisis Services which raised over $5500.

    "They got to sing Oh Canada over the PA system at the Credit Union iPlex," said Executive Director Theresa Cole. "They got to construct some furniture, push each other around in shopping carts at Safeway, do some blindfolded spice taste testing and some fitness activities to prove their metal."

    It was their first of 3 major fundraisers this year.

    "We are just about to start with the Duck Derby coming up on June 3rd this year," said  Cole. "Then in the fall our third major fundraiser is the 'Fall Into Christmas' craft raffle."

    Cole is hoping to expand next year's scavenger quest to accommodate more teams.

    Interview with Theresa Cole:

  • hospital 2

    The Cypress Health Region has received $839,000 from the Provincial Government through the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to help patients in the southwest get better access to surgical care.

    Crystal McKaig, the Health Region's Program Manager for Surgical Services, said the part of the funding has been set aside for new capital equipment, “I know what piece of equipment we will be purchasing with that are two new sets of operating lights for our two seaters here in Cypress.”

    McKaig adds that they are continuing toward meeting their targets, “Our goal for this coming year is to have no patient wait longer than 6 months for surgery by the end of the 2013 year. This past month we actually only have 7 patients waiting longer than 6 months for surgery already and we're just at the beginning of the year so we hope to keep moving along well with that target.”

    The funding will also be allocated to home care, therapy services and to cover various hospital costs like salaries and surgical supplies.

    The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative was started in 2010 with a goal to reduce surgical wait times in the province to no more than three months by the year 2014.

    Shawn Mullin interviews Crystal McKaig, the Health Region's Program Manager for Surgical Services
  • ruralrcmp

    Police are looking into damage caused to trailers north of Gull Lake.

    Swift Current Rural RCMP say sometime in the last month and a half, two RV trailers were damaged by a firearm at Ducks Unlimited, north of Gull Lake.

    One trailer was broken into and a CWB wakeboard with bindings was stolen.

    Meanwhile, police are investigating the theft of a GPS/Auto Steer Unit.

    Shaunavon RCMP say sometime between April 18th and 22nd someone stole the unit from a tractor located about five miles west of Eastend.

    If you have any information please contact Shaunavon RCMP at 297-5550 or call Saskatchewan Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
  • hayley1 

    A tough start for Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser and Team Canada at the World Women's Championship in Vermont.

    They got down 5-0 in the first period and lost 9-2 in the opening game o of the preliminary round.

    It was Canada's worst loss in tournament history.

    Wickheniser had an assist on one of Canada's two goals.

    They have a chance to rebound today against Finland.

    The US have won each of the last three World Championships.

    Click here for the summary from Hockey Canada's website
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The San Jose Sharks became the second team to be eliminated from the NHL playoffs Friday night.

    Jamie Langenbrunner and David Perron had goals less than a minute apart to put the St. Louis Blues ahead in the third en-route to a 3-1 win over the Sharks to take that series in five games. Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the Sharks are done, while the Blues win their first playoff series in a decade, and join the Nashville Predators in the second round.

    Maple Creek's Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators have the top team in the east facing elimination. Jason Spezza had both goals and Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots as the Senators blanked the New York Rangers 2-0 to take a 3-2 lead in their series.

    The defending Stanley Cup Champs are also on the ropes. Washington edged Boston 4-3 to take a 3-2 series lead back to the US capital, with game six set for today (1:00pm, CBC).

    Chicago stayed alive as they edged Phoenix 2-1 in overtime to cut the Coyotes' series lead to 3-2. Jonathon Toews had the winner in the fifth-consecutive overtime game of that series. In other action, Florida blanked New Jersey 3-0 to take a 3-2 lead in their series with the Devils.

    Another early start to playoff action today, with Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers hosting Pittsburgh with another shot at finishing off the Penguins after jumping to a 3-0 lead in the series (10:00am, TSN). Later tonight, the Vancouver Canucks look to stave off elimination again when they battle the Los Angeles Kings for game five at Rogers Arena (6:00pm, CBC).

    In the WHL playoffs, Ty Rattie got the winner eight minutes into overtime as the Portland Winterhawks edged Tri-City 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Final. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference Final resumes today in Edmonton, where the Oil Kings host the Moose Jaw Warriors after winning the opener 6-1 on Friday.
  • zack smith
    Zack Smith responds to media questions on game seven 

    One team keeps the dream alive and the other has a whole summer to think about how they came up short.

    It's Game 7 tonight in two first round NHL playoff series.

    Former Bronco Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators are in New York to play the Rangers.

    "All hockey players dream of being in game seven," the Maple Creek native said. "Scoring the winning goal to keep your team alive or win a championship. What can I say? It's game seven, we're just excited to be there."

    Smith will lean on his experience as part of the AHL Calder Cup winning team in Binghamton last season.

    "We were in enough of those situations last year," Smith said. "We had four overtime wins in the first round and two of them were game sevens."  

    The Senators have not won a game seven in modern franchise history.

    Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers can win their first playoff series since 1996 as they host New Jersey for game seven of their first round battle.

  • scindians logo

    The Swift Current AAA Midget Indians only got to play half of their scheduled games this weekend as yesterday's double header match-up versus the Saskatoon Cubs was cancelled due to the weather.

    The AAA Indians split thier double header with the Saskatoon Giants on Saturday losing 9-6 before winning 8-4.

    They take on Moose Jaw at Mitchell Field on Wednesday.

  • shaunavon hospital

    Health care has been a hot topic of conversation in Shaunavon and area recently.

    With recent closures of the Shaunavon Hospital due to a shortage of registered nurses, and the loss of one of the town's two doctors in mid-April, members of Town Council are meeting with the Cypress Health Region today to come up with some answers.

    Shaunavon Town Administrator-in-training, Jay Meyer said, “We're meeting with the health region to talk about steps moving forward. I want to let the town know we are working our hardest we are doing our do diligence we're spending more energy than I feel we can on a matter that is kinda of out of our control”

    The Cypress Health Region has hired two nurses to fill the vacancies at the Hospital. One will arrive from Calgary mid-April and must first complete a training period.

  • copblitz

    Police agencies province wide will be holding their 5th coordinated traffic blitz this week, targeting cell phones and seat belts.

    SGI Manager of Media Relations Rebecca Rogoschewsky introduced Operation Hang Up, Buckle Up, “Two days, April 18th and 19th, that's Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Law enforcement officers across the province will be cracking down on drivers who are not wearing seat belts, maybe not wearing seat belts properly, as well as using handheld cellphone devices while they are driving.”

    Rogoschewsky adds that fines for being caught on your cell phone can be pretty costly, “The fine is $280.00 and 4 demerit points under SGI's safe driver recognition program.” Failing to have your seat belt secured will cost you $175 and 3 demerit points.

    Last month's Operation March Madness saw a total of 943 tickets issued in Saskatchewan for aggressive driving.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With SGI Manager of Media Relations Rebecca Rogoschewsky
  • green ribbon
    The Cypress Health Region staff members involved in the Green Ribbon award-winning projects take part in a presentation at the Swift Current Care Centre Thursday morning.

    The Cypress Health Region was a big winner at this year's Inspire Health Care Quality Summit, winning three of the four Green Ribbon awards, and a Green Ribbon honourable mention at the conference.

    The winning projects were the "Meals R Us" project in the category of Improvement Behind the Scenes, the Improving Communication Bedside Reporting project in the Patient/Family Centred Care category, and the Cypress Expedition in the Leading in Quality category. The honourable mention was for the region's Employee Staffing Strategy.

    "We do these things because these are the right things to do, and we don't do it for awards and recognition, but it is really nice to have our staff recognized and acknowledged for the teriffic work that they are doing," said Health Region CEO Beth Vachon. "Some of what we've done is groundbreaking, it hasn't been done before. They've really looked at what the needs are within their own programs, and determined how they can make it better."

    "Meals R Us" was started at the Swift Current Care Centre with a target to decrease wait times for breakfast and increase overall food temperatures. The initiative resulted in an 86% decrease in wait times.

    "We have dedicated this award for our residents. It's all about them," said Pat Olmstead, Manager of Nutrition and Food Services for the Health Region. "We wanted to make sure we changed our focus from being a medical model to a social model, and making sure that we put our residents first and foremost and what their needs were, and what we could do for them... Starting breakfast earlier rather than having them wait so long until 8:30am has been huge, so  as they come out, they have their breakfast served to them. It's more home-like and less institutional."

    The Improving Communication Bedside Reporting project at the Cypress Regional Hospital's Women and Children's unit looked to increase patient satisfaction by improving communication during staffing shift changes.

    "We've realized that our communication with our patients was not very good according to the provincial surveys," said Carol Dyck, the unit's Nursing Co-ordinator. "Since we've started this, it's been two years now, we've improved our communication up to 86%, and the patients absolutely love being part of the report and it makes them part of the team. Before it was just nurses meeting in a room and discussing the care of a patient. This way we go out to the bedside and the patients are part of their care, and the families have a say in what's happening, they know all the team that's looking after them, and I think it gives them a better perspective on what's going on in their care, and I think they get better faster because they're part of it."

    The Cypress Expedition was a partnership between the health Region and the Health Quality Council that saw a series of dashboard performance indicators posted on a public website.

    "The rest of the province is taking notice of how we're moving forward in our journey of transparency," said Beth Adashynski, the Health Region's Executive Director of Quality Assurance. "The time has come where people need to hold us accountable for the work that we are doing, and we need to be transparent. We need to give them the information, and they need to ask the questions."

    The region's Employee Staffing Strategy, which was an honourable mention in the Improvement Behind the Scenes category, involved ways to reduce the amount of overtime, worker's compensation claims and sick time that was used within the region. The program helped the health region become a leader in reducing overtime hours and WCB claims, and surpassed sick time targets established by the Ministry of Health.

    Fourteen projects across the province were submitted for the Green Ribbon awards, which were presented at the Inspire Conference held this week in Saskatoon.
  • roadclosed

    Warmer weather means the start of road construction season in Saskatchewan.

    The provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has released the list of construction projects for the upcoming season, covering over 12-hundred kilometres of roadway at a budget of 581.5-million dollars.

    Minister Jim Reiter said this year will see the completion of a major project on Highway 4 north of Swift Current,

    “We will see the completion of the climbing lanes at Sask-landing that work will be completed in the next few weeks. The paving will be done so people will notice that pretty soon.”

    He adds other projects are planned in the southwest,

    “We've got some other paving coming up, there is going to be some work on Highway 1 west of Parkbeg, repaving Highway 32 between Leader and Prelate, some repaving Highway 37 north of Climax.”

    As always, drivers are being reminded to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour when travelling through construction areas.

    Interview with Minister Jim Reiter:

  • elhard 2

    Cypress Hills MLA, Wayne Elhard

    Cypress Hills MLA, Wayne Elhard, has lent his voice to physician recruitment in Shaunavon, “It's important to let the community know that problem isn't going without very serious and high level attention. The solution is going to be a bigger challenge then most people realize.”

    Elhard adds, “The big challenge right now is to find doctors that want to work in a smaller community. There is a changing reality in terms of what we can expect from our doctors and we're having a hard time adjusting to that reality as a society and rural communities.”

    With Shaunavon down to just one doctor, Elhard has organized a meeting for later this week with the Provincial Health Ministry, and Municipal leaders from Shaunavon and the surrounding area to address the doctor shortage issues.

  • cityhall

    Swift Current City Council meets again tonight.

    There will be a bylaw establishing the city's mill rate.

    Council will also vote on a bylaw to establish a special levy for funding of the Regional hospital.

    There will be a report on altering the cities boundaries.

    Council will declare April 29th to May 5th National Victims of Crime Awareness Week and May 6th to May 12th North American Occupational Safety & Health Week.

    The meeting begins at 6:30pm in council chambers at city hall and is open to the public.

    Click here for the full agenda
  • CCA1

    The rodeo season is officially underway.

    The 2012 Canadian Cowboys' Association's first rodeo of the year went last weekend in Tisdale.

    President Mark Benzce says the semi-pro CCA sanctions 60 rodeos across the prairies and Ontario, adding the sport continues to grow despite changes to farming lifestyles: "A lot of the folks that are former competitors and contestants they have a great vision. They see the fact that in order to keep rodeo alive we have to find a way to recruit the young folks in. These training grounds are available to kids from not only ranch families but urban families also. We have a strong recruiting process.

    "There are 31 stops in Saskatchewan during the season and eight in the southwest, including the Frontier Days rodeo in Swift Current.
  • Warriors-Apr20-Edmonton

    Game one didn’t go as planned for the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night at Rexall Place, as they suffered a 6-1 loss to the top seeded Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Eastern Conference Final.  

    The Oil Kings were led by some unexpected scoring as Stephane Legault, Klarc Wilson and Henrik Samuelsson each picked up three points in the win.  Curtis Lazar and Rhett Rachinski chipped in with two points as well for Edmonton.  

    The scoring started midway through the opening period when Wilson beat Luke Siemens for his first of the post-season, but it would stay that way for the rest of the period as the two teams felt out each other following a nine-day break.  

    The second period is when the Oil Kings really took the game over, scoring three straight goals from Legault, Rachinski and Lazar to pull ahead 4-0 on Moose Jaw just 12:55 into the second.  They also outshot Moose Jaw 16-9 in the period, something that happened only three times during the first two rounds.  Jordan Wyton, who was playing in his first game since breaking his hand just before the start of the playoffs, got the Warriors on the board with 5:30 to go in the frame, but the Oil Kings’ Tyler Maxwell killed any momentum with a snap shot from the boards and a 5-1 Edmonton lead.  

    Legault's second of the game would come midway through the third period and was the only special teams goal of the hockey team with Edmonton going 1-for-2 on the power play, while Moose Jaw was 0-for-6.  

    Siemens made 19 saves in forty minutes of work before being replaced to start the third period by rookie Spencer Tremblay, who stopped 8-of-9 shots in relief.  Laurent Brossoit was solid in goal for Edmonton, making 29 saves on 30 shots.  

    Game two of the best-of-seven series goes on Sunday from Rexall Place in Edmonton.

    Out west, Marcel Noebels got the overtime winner for Portland, as they beat Tri-City 5-4 on the road to open the WHL's Western Conference Final. Game two is tonight in Kennewick, Washington.
  • indians

    A early deficit was too much to recover from the Midget AAA Indians in Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action last night.

    The Regina Athletics scored twice in each of the first two innings and took a 5-0 lead after the top of the third.

    They held on for a 5-1 victory over Swift Current.

    The Midget Indians had a hard time solving Regina as three different pitchers held them hitless with a combined 13 strike outs.

    Jayden Roosen walked and scored Swift Current's only run.

    They host the Saskatoon Cubs for a double header starting at 1pm on Sunday at Mitchell Field.

    The Midget AA team opens their season on Saturday.

    Click here for the boxscore from last night's game
  • rcmp1

    Swift Current RCMP are reminding us we have a responsibility to report any collisions.

    There were two incidents of failing to remain at the scene of a collision this weekend and a couple of them the week before as well.

    "It's just a continuing trend," said Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell. "A lot of these... are for the most part minor accidents. Someone will come out and notice damage to their vehicle. In a lot of cases they don't know how the damage got there. It's a requirement by law to leave your particulars... or leave a note. We do charge people occasionally that we find that have simply left the scene without reporting that accident.

    Local RCMP had a busy long weekend responding to a number of calls including four different assaults, three traffic collisions, five traffic offences, one impaired driver, one liquor act charge, two mental health act files, three 911 calls, five incidents of disturbing the peace, one count of uttering threats, two incidents of theft under $5000, two break and enters and four mischiefs.

    Interview with Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell:
  • pinkshirt

    Put on your pink shirts to stand up against bullying today.

    Chinook School Division Youth Worker Carlin Darby said it's the second time they've participated this school year, “Chinook promoted a stand up to bullying in the fall and we felt it was a good initiative to carry on and kinda promote once again in the spring so that we can keep it fresh of our students and staff to stand up against bullying.”

    Darby adds that students can stand up to bullying by wearing pink today, “So kids will be wearing pink shirts or anything that they have is pink. I know in some schools they are doing marches around their communities to promote anti-bullying as well as different activites at their schools”

    She said it is making a difference, “The more you put it out there and explain it to them the different levels and the different ways it affects people the more they start to understand it.”

    Darby feels the more often they can send this message the more likely it gets through to the kids.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Chinook School Division Youth Worker Carlin Darby
  • sidewalk
     A recently rebuilt sidewalk along Central Avenue North in Swift Current

    The average lifespan of a concrete sidewalk is 40 to 50 years. Some sidewalks in Swift Current are outlasting that timeframe, but for the ones that aren't, the cost to repair and replace them is going up.

    City council approved the 2012 paving and sidewalk contract at Monday's meeting, and it indicates a 5% increase on unit costs for building and repairing sidewalks, but the budget to repair streets and walks has not dramatically increased.

    "We've just been literally doing a little bit less with the money, or we've been able to find other ways to stretch the budget out to get the work done that's really needed to be done," said City Engineering Director Mac Forster.

    Forster added the city has been working with other municipalities to explore new methods and materials to extend the life of infrastructure.
  • School design1
    The proposed exterior view of the new joint-use school to be built in Swift Current

    The presentation of the proposed design for Swift Current's new joint-use school took place Monday night at the Credit Union iplex Auditorium.

    Representatives from the Chinook and Holy Trinity School Divisions and the architects for the project were on hand to present the design for École Centennial and All Saints Catholic School, and answer questions from parents, stakeholders and members of the community.

    School design6The facility, scheduled to open in 2014, will have a shared area which includes a library, arts classrooms and daycare spaces, but the two schools themselves will be very unique.

    Louis Aussant, the Principal Architect with AODBT Architecture who designed École Centennial School, says the public school has some features that will highlight its French Immersion program: "We have a space in the school that we refer to as 'le Carrefour', it's quite playful with a lot of small windows, and we use the two colours, blue and white, which are also very French as well with 'La Fleur de Lis'. We pitched this idea to them to do something that was quite playful, and that was also a little out of the ordinary."

    Bron Nurkowski with Stantec is a project architect for All Saints Catholic School, and says they worked on the philosophy that any space can be a learning space: "You can be learning in the classrooms, you can be learning in the corridors, you can be learning in the commons area, so it's basically allowing opportunities for different types of learning environments and opportunities... It's really nice to see that the administration is very supportive, and they understand what the students need to learn."

    The design received favourable feedback from most of those in attendance, andSchool design2 from the representatives from the public and Catholic school boards.

    "It's always exciting to build, and we're building," said Chinook School Board chairman Randy Beler. "We're creating two new schools for the city, it's going to benefit the entire southwest, and it's in collaboration with other partners as well. You can't get much better than this."

    Mark Corbin, the Chairman of the Holy Trinity Catholic School Board, says the design was exactly what they were looking for: It's something new and innovative which allows us to use the strengths of both school divisions for the benefit of all our children, and being able to maintain our unique character for each school."

    The schools are to be built north of Cypress Regional Hospital, and are planned to be part of a larger Integrated facility concept in Swift Current's northeast. Space is designated in the design between the school and hospital for the other components of the proposed facility, which could include a new long-term care centre and city recreation facilities.

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    The main floor plan for the joint-use school. The plan for École Centennial School is on the right with All Saints Catholic School on the left, and the shared space is in the centre.

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    The front entry for École Centennial School

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    The front entry for All Saints Catholic School

    Randy Beler, chairman of the Chinook School Board, talks with reporters after the presentation:

    Mark Corbin, Chairman of the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division:   

    Louis Aussant, Principal Architect with AODBT Architecture, talks about the design of École Centennial School:

    Bron Nurkowski, Project Architect with Stantec, talks about All Saints Catholic School's design:

  • shaunavon hospital
    A physician shortage has caused two more disruptions at the Shaunavon Hospital this week.

    There will be no emergency outpatient services or patient admissions available from 5pm Tuesday to 8am tomorrow and again 5pm on Thursday to 8am on Friday.

    "These disruption will be the result of the unavailability of on call physician services," said Cypress Health Region Executive Director of Communications Bryce Martin. "Dr. Lorenz is going to be available for in-patients that are existing in the facility during the times of the disruption."

    Shaunavon's previous shortages were mostly caused by registered nursing shortages.

    They are now dealing with a physician shortage after losing a doctor to SwiftCurrent.

    Interview with Bryce Martin:

  • tourismconference
    A presentation from Cypress Hills Eco Adventures was one of the final events of the two-day 49x110 conference.

    The Provincial Government will be moving Tourism Saskatchewan from an arm's length agency to a Crown corporation.

    That was a topic of discussion as Tourism Swift Current held its Spring Conference and AGM last week.

    “We did do a tourism review in 2009. That is actually posted on the Ministry Of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport website,” said Ken Dueck, Executive Director of Tourism with the provincial Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, “There was consultation along with that and so many of the recommendations that were made in the review are ones being acted upon now”

    There should be very little change to their programs and services through the transition, said Candace Phelps, Acting President and CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan,

    “The great cooperative marketing programs we've been running in the past and this year actually over subscribed those are going to continue. We're quite excited, our industry development work, our destination areas in that were looking at continuing in all of those areas and doing what ever we can to make sure we put a model in place, that are training and education programs are in place as well.”

    She adds local tourism organizations, like Tourism Swift Current, should not be affected either, “Tourism Swift Current is a fantastic organization. We work with them, we work with a number of groups across the different cities, destination areas, smaller communities, all of that will continue in the future”

    The legislation making the change official is expected to be passed by the end of the spring sitting of the legislature.

    Candace Phelps, Acting President and CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan and Ken Dueck, Executive Director of Tourism with the provincial Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport

  • Warriors-Apr7-Tigers13

    The Moose Jaw Warriors broke through the Tyler Bunz-wall and then some on Saturday night at Mosaic Place, scoring six unanswered goals to beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-1 in Game 2 of the second round WHL playoff series.

    A pair of veterans led the charge for the Warriors as captain Kendall McFaull dished out four assists with two of them coming on two goals from Quinton Howden in the second period.

    Medicine Hat -- despite being down leading scorer Emerson Etem, who was suspended for his knee-on-knee hit that injured Torrin White in Friday’s Game 1, 2-1, win -- did open the scoring as Hunter Shinkaruk snapped a short handed goal past Luke Siemens with just 1:58 to go in the first period.

    The score stayed that way until midway through the second period when Howden went to work. The Florida Panthers draft pick scored two goals 45 seconds apart to quickly steal the lead away from Shaunavon's Kale Kessy and the Tigers.

    Moose Jaw broke the game wide open early in the final frame when Eric Arnold got his fifth of the post-season just thirteen-seconds into the period.  Five minutes later, Kenton Miller blasted a shot past Bunz for the 4-1 lead.  Justin Kirsch scored the Warriors first power play goal of the series with 5:53 to go and then Cam Braes locked the game up with just 2:54 to go for the 6-1 win.

    Siemens had another light night in the Warriors goal, making 14 saves, but once again rose to the occasion when he had to.  Bunz on the other hand was busy again facing 40 shots from the tribe.

    Moose Jaw was 1-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

    Games 3 and 4 will be Tuesday and Wednesday night in Medicine Hat.  Prairie Mobile Warriors Hockey will be back on the air Tuesday on Country 100 with the pre-game show at 6:40pm.

    Check out photos from Game 2 right here.

    Other WHL Scores:

    Brandon 3 v 4 Edmonton (Oil Kings 2-0): Former Bronco Jordan Peddle scored as Edmonton won their 17th game in a row to take a commanding lead in the series. 

    Kamloops 1 v 4 Portland (Winterhawks 2-0)

    Spokane 1 v 2 Tri-City (Series Tied 1-1)
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    One team was shown the door, while another stayed alive in the NHL Playoffs Friday night.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins followed up on their 10-3 pounding of Philadelphia in game four to beat the Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Flyers again 3-2, to now only trail that series three games to two. Tyler Kennedy scored the game-winner for the Penguins in the second period. Game six goes Sunday in Philadelphia.

    Meanwhile, Former Bronco Ian White and the Detroit Red Wings are done, after they lost to Nashville 2-1 in the evening's only other playoff game to lose that series in five games. David Legwand snapped a 1-1 tie 13 seconds into the third period, and that goal would stand up as the winner. It's Detroit's earliest playoff exit since 2006, while the Predators will move on to round two for the second straight year, and only the second time in team history.

    Five games are set for today, with Washington visiting Boston this afternoon with the series tied at two games apiece (1:00pm, CBC). New Jersey heads to Florida with that series also tied 2-2 (4:30pm, TSN2), and Maple Creek's Zack Smith and the Ottawa Senators head back to Manhattan with their series with the New York rangers also knotted at two (5:00pm, CBC).

    The are also two possible clinchers for the St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes tonight. The Blues can eliminate Aneroid's Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks with a win at home in game five (5:00pm, TSN), while the Coyotes can win their first playoff series since moving from Winnipeg in 1996 with a victory over the Blackhawks in Glendale, AZ (8:00pm, TSN).
  • indians haviland
    Kirk Haviland

    The Swift Current Indians’ top two offensive threats in 2011 are returning to the club in 2012.
    Outfielder Brennan Peterson (Central Butte, Sask.) and catcher Kirk Haviland (Merritt, B.C./University of Wisconsin-Parkside) will be back in the lineup for their fifth and third seasons, respectively.
    Peterson was a second-team WMBL all-star in 2011 leading the Indians with 44 hits, 30 runs scored, 13 stolen bases, and a .429 on-base percentage. Haviland was also a second-team league all-star, leading the Indians with six home runs in 2011 while finishing second in RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.458).
    "Brennan will be a key component of our team this season," said Indians coach Joe Carnahan. "He is an exciting player and will be a difference maker in our lineup.
    "Kirk plays the game hard and has the toughness you like to see from a catcher. We have quite a few left handed hitters this season so it will be very important to our success that we have a right handed hitter with some pop like Kirk in the line up."
    A third second-team league all-star – outfielder Luke Barry (Swift Current, Sask./Prairie Baseball Academy) – will also rejoin the Indians, after being named the club’s rookie of the year in 2011, along with infielder Jack Thompson (Coquitlam, B.C./Northern State University), who was named the team’s most improved player last year in his second season with the Tribe.

    Shawn Mullin interviews Joe Carnahan:

    The Indians will have five pitchers with WMBL experience on their roster in 2012, headlined by San Francisco Giants draft pick Adam Paulencu and local products Taylor MacDonnell and Reiley Grose.

    MacDonnell (Swift Current, Sask./Wayne State) is the elder statesman of the all-righty group, entering his fourth season with the Indians. Paulencu (Sherwood Park, Alta./Embry-Riddle) is entering his third year with the Tribe, while Grose (Wymark, Sask./Vancouver Island Baseball Institute), Myles Ethier (Grande Prairie, Alta.), and Alex Tufts (Kentville, N.S./Canisius College) are back for a second season.

    Paulencu didn’t appear for the Tribe in 2011, after being drafted by the Giants, but threw 20 regular-season and playoff innings without allowing an earned run in 2010, and is 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched for Embry-Riddle this year.

    “Adam is an outstanding pitcher with electric stuff,” said Indians head coach Joe Carnahan. “Adam can start and close with equal effectiveness and he will have the opportunity to pitch in some big games for us this summer.”

    MacDonnell reduced his WHIP from 1.85 in 2010 to 1.27 in 2011 and has a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings of relief work at Wayne State this year. Grose pitched just 10 innings for the Indians in 2011, though the team’s record was 5-1 in games he appeared in, and has a 2.41 ERA this year in 20.1 innings pitched for VIBI.

    “Taylor is a competitor who challenges hitters, and throughout his time with the club has been very consistent as both a reliever and a starter,” said Carnahan. “Reiley improved a great deal last summer and we will be counting on him to get some big outs in key situations this year.”

    Ethier is a graduate of VIBI while Tufts is entering his senior year with Canisius.

    “Last year Myles won the Teammate of the Year Award and that speaks volumes about the quality person he is,” said Carnahan. “Myles is a much needed experienced pitcher for our young staff.

    “Alex worked through some early-season mechanical kinks last year and ended up being our best starter down the stretch. Alex pounds the zone and loves to compete. We will be looking for Alex to provide us with quality starts and put us in a position to win each time he takes the mound.”


    The Swift Current Indians are in need of billets for the 2012 Western Major Baseball League season.

    Housing a player (or players) for the summer is a low-commitment way to support the club. Billets are compensated for their assistance and are encouraged to make their player(s) feel at home, but are not obligated to cook, do laundry, or provide transportation for their player(s) throughout the summer. Billets are expected to ensure adequate food, sleeping arrangements, and privacy for their player(s).

    Players typically arrive the last week in May and return home by the middle of August.

    “Many billets and players form long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the player’s time with the Indians, and it’s typically a very positive experience for everyone involved,” said Indians billet coordinator Laurie Girardeau. “Our billets are a critical part of the Indians’ success and we’re truly grateful for all of their contributions.”

    For more information on becoming a billet in 2012, call Girardeau at 741-6773 or visit www.scindians.ca.
  • wildcats camp
    Hopefuls looking to make the Diamond Energy Wildcats roster attend the team's spring camp at the Fairview Arenas.

    A promising future was on display at the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats spring camp Thursday and Friday.

    Fifty-four players were on hand for the two-day female midget camp at the Fariview Arenas, and there appears to be some good prospects.

    "We really like the depth we have at goal, I think there's a number of girls who can step in and possibly play," said Coach Terry Pavely. "Up front, we feel the numbers are very good in terms of depth, probably eight kids right now that we could foresee in our lineup."

    Pavely says their returning veterans are strong on the blue line, but he wants to find a little more competition for them at training camp in August: "Some good, young defence... I'm not sure if they're quite ready, but we don't want our veteran 'D' to be complacent when they come to camp, we want to be able to push them a little bit."

    The Wildcat hopefuls went through six on-ice sessions and a couple of presentations by coaches from in and outside of the program.
  • Allen Cup

    The Allan Cup final is set, with the Rosetown Red Wings facing the South East Prairie Thunder for the national senior hockey championship today in Lloydminster.

    Rosetown earned the finals berth with a 5-1 win over the host Border Kings in yesterday's semi-final. Shaunavon's J.J. Hunter and Kyle's Danny Williams both scored in that game.

    The final goes today at 5:30pm, and will be shown on TSN2 at 8:00pm.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    There will be a new Stanley Cup champion this year.

    Joel Ward scored 2:57 into overtime to give the Washigton Capitals a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins in a seven-game first-round series where every game was decided by one goal. 

    Braden Holtby made 31 saves for Washington


    The Caps don't yet tknow who they'll play in the next round of the playoffs though. They won't find out until after tonight's Game Sevens between the top-seeded New York Rangers and Ottawa, and the third-seeded Florida Panthers against New Jersey.

    Philadelphia is the only other team that's locked up a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    The West's second round match-ups have already been set. It'll be L.A. versus St. Louis and Phoenix taking on Nashville.

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    Brad Wall 

    Our provincial politicians are getting a pay bump.

    Salaries for members of the Saskatchewan legislature are going up 2.8% this month.

    We took to the streets of Swift Current ot get your reaction...

    It's a cost of living increase tied to inflation.

    The salary for an MLA is now $91.800.

    Premier Brad Wall gets a boost up to nearly $159,000.

    Last year their raise was only 1.4%.
  • policecar

    A local child has become a victim of crime.

    Swift Current RCMP say last Tuesday between 7 and 9 at night, a child's lime green electric scooter was stolen from a garage in the Ryer's place area.

    They're asking anyone with information on that or any crime to report it to local police or crime stoppers.

  • cityhall

    According to an Elections Saskatchewan Report, the City of Swift Current spent $852 on Sask Party fundraising dinners in 2010.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer said it was not a political statement but part of maintaining a working relationship with Premier Brad Wall, “Probably more is made of it because you are supporting one party but if things change in the future I guess that support would be there for the other party as well.”

    Schafer adds that if there's an event and our MLA is speaking at it they feel like the city should be represented.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Mayor Jerrod Schafer

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    Great Plains Collage Auction. (PHOTO COURTESY OF: Great Plains Collage Facebook)

    The annual Great Plains College SunDogs auction raised a record $19,200 for their athletics program.

    Development Coordinator Meaghan Lawrence said the $19,200 helps the SunDogs quite a bit, “This really does raise the majority of the money it takes to run the SunDogs program.”

    Lawrence adds that all the funds will be going towards supporting the SunDogs, “100% of the funds raised go directly towards supporting SunDogs Athletics. It helps with everything from equipment purchases, jerseys, travel expenses, tournament expenses, everything. It goes right to covering those costs.”

    The auction was highlighted by an all-expenses-paid pro sports getaway and an all-expenses-paid Bloomingdale’s shopping excursion.

    Lawrence says it's responsible for a large portion of the SunDogs athletics operating budget.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Meaghan Lawrence
  • highway58
    Highway 58 South of Gravelbourg near Thompson Lake Regional Park (PHOTO COURTESY OF: google.ca/maps)

    The top ten worst roads in the province have been determined in a recent campaign by CAA Saskatchewan.

    Highway 22 between Earl Grey and Southey topped the list with potholes, cracks and missing pavement in a number of areas. Highway 58 near Lafleche and Gravelbourg made the list as well coming in 4th and 6th.

    “Those who live in this area, those who traveled in this area, know the condition of that road and its especially bad since this spring soft" said Gravelbourg Mayor Real Forest who hopes the government will do something soon, "It's in very poor condition, the road is very narrow to start with and now it's breaking up and there are gravel patches, pot holes all over, it's even I would say a dangerous road right now.”

    Forest is hoping the stretch is repaired within the next two years, “Now I'm aware there is only so much money to go around and there are a number of highways that need attention but this is one of the highways that needs the most attention. What I would ask is that it be done as soon as possible I doubt it will be done this year but hopefully no later than 2013. It's just not a highway that can deal with the amount of traffic we have in this area.”

    Forest notes that it does affect the town's economy as well, adding Gravelbourg is a focal point for many surrounding communities and provides many services that can't be found in most small communities.

    Almost 3000 votes were cast throughout the campaign.. The list has been forwarded on to the provincial government for consideration.

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    Face-off between the Warriors and Tigers at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw Friday night (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    The Moose Jaw Warriors got a couple breaks and a couple goals from an unlikely source as they knocked off the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven second round WHL series.

    Joel Edmundson scored both goals for Moose Jaw, while Cam Braes, Sam Fioretti, Eric Arnold and Cody Beach all picked up assists in the series opening win for the Warriors.

    Mosaic Place was packed for the fourth time in these playoffs, with 4,598 fans on hand, and while there wasn’t much to cheer about early on they were loud.

    The tribe was given a five-minute man advantage just 3:37 into the game when Tigers star Emerson Etem was given a game misconduct for a knee on rookie forward Torrin White, who returned only for a brief time in the second.  Moose Jaw couldn’t score on the power play and the game went into the intermission scoreless.

    The Warriors got another five-minute power forty-seconds into the second period when Dylan Bredo picked up a checking to the head penalty on Sam Fioretti, but again Moose Jaw couldn’t capitalize as Medicine Hat goalie Tyler Bunz continued to stand tall.  Moose Jaw finally broke through though a few minutes later when Joel Edmundson jumped into the play and beat Bunz for his second of the playoffs.

    Edmundson extended the lead to 2-0 for Moose Jaw midway through the third period with a point blast that found it’s way past Bunz.  With Medicine Hat on the power play late in the third period, they were able to break up Luke Siemens shutout during a scramble play in front of the net, Curtis Valk found a hole and cut the lead to 2-1.  That was as close as the Tigers would get though as Moose Jaw took a 1-0 series lead.

    Siemens was solid while having to make just 16 saves for the win.  Bunz was the second star after making 41 saves on 43 Warriors shots.

    Moose Jaw was 0-for-3 on the power play, including those two five-minute majors, and Medicine Hat was 1-for-2.

    The Warriors and Tigers will be right back on the ice again Saturday night when they square off for Game 2 at Mosaic Place.

    In other action, Edmonton edged Brandon 2-1, Portland beat Kamloops 5-3, and Spokane needed overtime to beat Tri-City 3-2. Game two of those three series also goes tonight.
  • volleyball

    This is what it all comes down to for the 15U Junior SunDogs girls volleyball club team, as they're off to provincials this weekend.

    "I'd like to call us the 'Sunderdogs', because people don't expect us and that what I like," said coach Tyler Byers. "People think you're a nobody and you got to show them you're a somebody, so it's exciting to watch them do well."

    Byers says they have proven they can beat some of the best teams at their level: "We have one of the top teams in our pool, actually, one of the QCVC Regina teams, and we've taken them down twice this year, and there has been teams at the end of that just saying, 'Are you kidding me? You beat QCVC?', so we've taken down some of the top teams."

    Byers says they have been somewhat inconsistent this season, but have the ability to compete, and adds the 15U girls put in some extra practice time and are ready to go.

    Shawn Mullin talked with 15U Sundogs Coach Tyler Byers:  

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    Justin Paulic slides across to stop Michael St. Croix in the third period.

    16 year old Justin Paulic made 28 saves and Kenton Miller scored twice as the Moose Jaw Warriors downed Edmonton 5-1 Wednesday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    The tribe came storming out of the gates with a power play goal from Brayden Point at 5:59, Cam Braes made it 2-0 at 14:47, and then with two seconds left in the period Miller scored his first of the night to make it a three goal Warrior lead heading into the intermission.

    Miller made it a 4-0 Moose Jaw lead at 6:24 of the second with his second the night, two minutes later Edmonton forward Tyler Maxwell beat Paulic to make it a 4-1 game going into the third.

    The Oil Kings used three power plays in the third to turn momentum in their favour, but the Warriors played strong defensively and Paulic made a number of big saves to keep Edmonton off the score sheet.  As the game winded down the tribe added some insurance with a James Henry empty net goal at 17:35.

    Miller led the Warriors with a pair of goals; Henry had a goal and three points; Tanner Eberle and Cody Beach had two assists each; Morgan Rielly had one assist; Moose Jaw was 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

    One of the major storylines of the game was the play of Paulic who was making his WHL playoff debut and was suiting up for just his second career game.  He says he played well but had a lot of help from the guys in front of him.  “They made it super easy for me; blocking shots, they tied up sticks in front, and made sure there was no cross ice passes, it was great.”

    Moose Jaw put 33 shots onto Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit, and for the first time in this series they were able to score more than two goals in a game.  James Henry says their successful attack in the Edmonton zone was the result of executing their game plan.

    “There were shots that we got into his pads and scored on the rebound that was important for us to do tonight.  For us to get the first goal was pretty big, it put some doubt into their mind and we kept our foot on the gas pedal.”

    The loss by Edmonton snaps their 11 game playoff winning streak, as well as breaks their 22 game winning streak going back to the regular season.  The Oil Kings however still lead the series 3-1 skating back to Rexall Place for Game 5 Friday night.

    Warriors Assistant Coach Trevor Weisgerber says the Wednesday win gives them confidence heading into the weekend and gives them a window of opportunity.  “Any time that you’re down 3-0 (in a series) and now we have some life and we’re just going to take each game as it comes. On Friday we just want to win one more, our backs are against the wall we don’t have any pressure, we just want to go out and give it a good effort and try and win one more game.”

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    The Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon

    The Cypress Health Region is making it easier for residents to connect to other learning experiences.

    CEO Beth Vachon said they've purchased what's called a telehealth end point. “They need to have access to have to some of the telehealth equipment that brings in their courses and their ability to join into rounds that are taking place at other hospitals and it's a good opportunity for them to participate from a distance.”

    Vachon adds the purcahse was made with the support of the Univeristy of Saskatchewan's college of medicine, “With the support from the college of medicine we have been able to purchase another unit that we can dedicate just for students and our staff as far as uprading training and being able to participate at a distance that are happening around the province or the country.”

    The Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon
  • Dianne Sletten
    Dianne Sletten introduced to the media

    Dianne Sletten was one of the over 100 concerned fans sitting in the audience this February as the Swift Current Broncos presented their Strategic Management Framework.

    "It was just really good to hear them talk about where they're headed." Sletten said. "That was exciting to me. I originally thought I might sign up to be part of one of the (profit and position management) teams."

    Two months later Sletten is the new Assistant General Manager and Director of Business Operations of the hockey club. A long time season ticket holder, shecalls it her"dream job." 

    Sletten recently worked on many similar themes as Regional Project Lead for the Southwest Enterprise Region.

    "A whole new government structure, strategic planning, the building of the partnerships," Sletten said. "I managed the team initiative there. That's exactly what this position kind of going forward is looking at. Doing all of that community engagement and implementing that strategic framework that the board has worked so hard to get in place. I just thought it was a natural fit."

    Dianne Sletten 2

    Sletten is from Prince Albert but has worked in the southwest for 25 years. She first moved here to work in the news and sports department for CKSW radio. Highlights of her time behind the mic included interviewing Broncos Hall of Famer Joe Sakic and legendary broadcaster Don Cherry.

    Sletten has also worked in sales, program development and project management. She has a Diploma in Communications and training in Business Retention and Expansion, Cluster Development, Conflict Resolution, Project Management and Leadership.

    "We had 45-50 applicants," said Broncos Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb. "As we got into it a lot more the skill set that Dianne brings it was unbelievable how it started to fit. She has experience in this community... for 25 years (she's) been around this community doing business. She has a lot of contacts, knows a lot of people, knows a lot about this community and how it runs."

    Sletten also believes a working understanding of the southwest will prove beneficial.

    "I can start right into it because I do have the background," Sletten said. "I do have many relationships across the southwest that I've already built and worked on different partnerships and initiatives with a number of different people. I'm just kind of hitting the ground running. I do have to get caught up to speed with where things are operationally with the organization, but I don't have to build those relationships as much."

    Sletten's lack of sports management education or experience didn't bother the Broncos.

    "That wasn't a concern at all," Lamb said. "It's understanding the business, it's understanding the people, it's communicating... I think we're very lucky. It was like we put the (strategic framework) plan together and this was the person who should be running the plan."

    Sletten replaces Jordan Wall who moved to a job with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    Interview with Dianne Sletten:

    Interview with Mark Lamb:

  • anderson hoc
    Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson

    Our local MP is defending his government's decision to reduce federal environmental oversight of natural resource developments and other projects by consolidating assessments.

    Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson said they want to make the assessment process quicker and more efficient, “So we've forward with some new proposals. We're trying to move towards a one project one review system that will have set time limits in it so that if projects are going to be approved people will know fairly quickly if they're going ahead. If they're not they'll get that notice as well.”

    Anderson adds that one aspect of the changes may have a bigger impact on our area, “Well one of things it might do is there's been a lot of small projects that for some reason the Federal Government has felt obligated to do environmental assessments on. We're trying to cut this down so that we're actually doing environmental assessments on projects that actually have an environmental impact. I think you'll see some smoothing out and hopefully some speeding up of smaller projects.”

    He also doesn't believe they are weakening environmental protection and feels if anything they are finding ways to make them stronger -- but quicker.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson
  • road closed

    Traffic will be disrupted on another street in Swift Current today.

    The city is advising drivers that crews are working on replacing a catch basin on the corner of 3rd Avenue Northwest and North Railway Street all day today, and access to that area will be restricted.

  • abilitybowl 2012
    Costumed bowlers take part in Ability Bowl 24 at the Frontier Bowling Lanes in Swift Current Saturday

    It was time again to dress up and lace up those bowling shoes in Swift Current.

    Ability Bowl 24 went Saturday at the Frontier Bowling Lanes in the annual fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

    "I'm brand new to the council, so it was my first Ability Bowl, and now I see why it's been going for 24 years," said Regional Director Marjory Tunney. "Everybody's had fun, we've had people here bowling since 9:00am this morning, everybody's in costume and having a good time."

    Forty teams were registered for the event and by 4:00pm Saturday afternoon, over $63,000 was raised, with the money going to the Abilities Council to support their programming for the year.

    "The Abilities Council programs rely on the funding that we receive from this event," Tunney said. "Our clients will continue to grow, and in order to put on the same level of programming, it costs more money."

    The Ability Bowl had a goal of raising $83,000 this year.

    Colin Powers talked with Marjory Tunney:

  • warriors tigers
    The Warriors and Tigers in action earlier this season. (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    Friday night, the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs returns to Moose Jaw for the first time since 2006.

    The Moose Jaw Warriors have been off since last weekend, and have been working hard at Mosaic Place preparing for the Medicine Hat Tigers.

    Overage forward Cam Braes says it's been tough during the long layover between games.  "Coming off the last game we played I would have like to get at it right away but it was important for guys who had bumps and bruises to rest up for a couple of days."

    "It gave us some time to prepare for Medicine Hat and their systems they play.  The timing is important to prepare but it's also kind of tough just waiting around," added Braes.

    Braes spent the last four and half years with Lethbridge before coming to the tribe at the WHL trade deadline.  He battled against the Tigers on several occasions during his time with the Hurricanes, and says who know's more than most on what to expect from Medicine Hat.

    "I think I've played them over 35-40 times in my career, they're not going to surprise me in any way.  They're a hard working team with a lot of fire power up top with (Emerson) Etem and (Hunter) Shinkaruk, they're going to be a tough test."

    Braes says that they haven't received their assignments yet, but admits he'd be excited if he was called upon to try and neutralize the Tigers dynamic duo.

    "It doesn't really matter to me what Coach (Mike) Stothers wants me to do, if he wants me to be a scorer or a checker, I'll do whatever helps the team win.  I've gone up against that line quit a bit over my career, I enjoy pushing Etem's buttons and Shinkaruk's as well.  It's always a fun battle against Medicine Hat especially coming from Lethbridge, if I get that opportunity I'm definitely not going to make life easy for them."

    In the first round against Regina, the Warriors' depth played a huge role in their success, as they currently have six players averaging a point a game in the playoffs.  To Braes that shows that they everyone's on board and they have no passengers.

    "The biggest thing is that we don't have any weak links right now, we can roll four lines.  We're confident with all four of our lines and our six defence as well, even on the road we feel we can throw out any matchup and be comfortable with it.  I think depth speaks volumes on how much enjoy your going to save in the playoffs and I think that's something we have a lot of in Moose Jaw." 

    Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat's Eastern Conference semi final series opens Friday night at Mosaic Place, Game 2 goes Saturday night.  The series heads west on the Trans Canada to Medicine Hat next week for Games 3 and 4.

    Elsewhere, Brandon heads to Edmonton, Kamloops travels to Portland and Spokane visits Tri-City for the opening games of their series.
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    Nine days after sweeping the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Moose Jaw Warriors have landed in Edmonton for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Oil Kings.

    Moose Jaw has been off since April 11th, and forward Cody Beach says they’ve had a number of intense practices since then to stay sharp and prepare for this series.  "The coaching staff came up with a good regiment of practices and a good schedule.  It seems that we stayed sharp and hopefully it will carry on tonight."

    Beach says when they get on the ice for Game 1 they have to focus on playing "Warriors Hockey" from the opening faceoff.  "If we're playing our game that's all that matters, but we have to key in on their top players and give them no time and space and if we do that I think we can be successful."

    That "Warriors Hockey" that Beach eluded to include them banging and crashing along the boards and playing a physical game.  "Their defensemen are skilled defensemen and don't like to get hit.  If we can get that fore-check going that will create physical play for our team, I think that can wear down their defence night by night and throughout the series."

    The tribe have had to square off against quality goaltenders throughout the playoffs, in the first round it was Regina's Matt Hewitt and in the second round it was Medicine Hat's Tyler Bunz.  Beach says that they have to show the same commitment going to the dirty areas and get in front of the net against Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit.

    "You have to go to those areas, he's going to stop the pucks that he can see, you have to get the greasy ones, and they're not going to be nice.  In the last series we had a good test with Bunz and I think we have to carry that on."

    Moose Jaw went 1-2-1 against the Oil Kings during the regular season, they're only win was December 28th at Mosaic Place.  Both games in Edmonton were won by the Oil Kings and were decided by one goal with one of them coming in overtime.

    As well, tonight marks the return of Morgan Rielly to the Warriors lineup; he's been out since suffering a knee injury back on November 6th.

    Game 2 of this series is Sunday afternoon; the series shifts back to the Friendly City for Game’s 3 and 4 next week.

    The Western Conference Final featuers Portland and Tri City. The Americans have home ice advantage. 

    Click here for more details and audio
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    The Hurricanes celebrate their championship (Photo by Ryan Switzer)

    There was no place like home for the Swift Current K-Motel Hurricanes.

    They didn't lose all season at Fairview West Arena, and that wasn't about to change in the third and deciding game of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League Midget AA championship series.

    In front of near capacity crowd of passionate fans, the Hurricanes scored early and often in an 8-1 drubbing of the Weyburn Wings. The victory secured their first Bev McKechney Award as league champions.

    Dalton Menke played hero as he used his hard shot to score 4 times for Swift Current. His first goal stood up as the winner.

    “I still can't take it in it just feels so good,” Menke told The Eagle 94.1 FM's post-game show. “I personally felt good today. I was just getting pucks on the net and they were going in for me so I just kept shooting.”

    The Shamrock native ended up with 10 goals in 11 playoff games.

    Captain Jayden Roosen started the party for Swift Current as a Reid Fritzke point shot took a friendly hop to him for a goal only 28 seconds into the first period. It was just the tonic for a Hurricanes team that Coach Tim Tisdale said wasn't playing their usual brand of confident hockey in a game 2 loss.

    “I think it took the whole first period for us to get that confidence back,” Tisdale said. “Once we had it we could just see our team build off of it. We knew playing with the lead, with this type of crowd... a big assist to the crowd here.”

    “Our fans are awesome,” Roosen added. “Playing at home is awesome. We don't lose. Our fans make sure of that.”

    Midway through the first period Menke took over with a series of goals to make it 2-0, 3-0, 4-1 and 5-1.

    “We weren't a team that was just relying on one or two goals to score as we could score throughout our lineup,” Tisdale said. “But Dalton is a special guy. He's a player that honestly we didn't expect back this year... we were amazed that he wasn't playing AAA this year.”

    A pretty goal by Brandon Gauthier, another for Roosen and a late power play goal by George Hudec rounded out the scoring for Swift Current. Veteran forward Hayden Johnston chipped in with 3 assists.

    Despite the 8-1 score, one of the keys to victory was the defensive performance by the Roosen, Hudec and Gautheir line against Weyburn's very dangerous top unit of Braden Mellon, Tucker Neuberger and Donovan Lumb.

    “That's why you want home ice,” Tisdale said. “It's a huge deal to be able to get that last change. We put (Ryan) Svenson and Fritzke on defence against that line and Svenson has a little bit more speed... and it really worked well for us.”

    Kyle Garland was solid in the Hurricanes' goal including a penalty shot save on Weyburn's only goal scorer in game 3, Cole Sjostrand. The Hurricanes kept their rotation of Garland and Logan Tisdale all throughout the playoffs.

    As dominant as Swift Current was in the Midget AA league, the season wasn't without adversity. They battled significant injuries and were dealt a tough blow with a first round provincials loss against the Notre Dame Argos.

    The Hurricanes bounced back by beating the Argos in the first round of league playoffs. They also toppled Lumbsden/Bethune on their way to the battle with Weyburn.

    “It's a different group,” Tisdale said. “This group was so easy going, so relaxed, that (the coaches) just had to relax ourselves. Some of the things that I would have really insisted on happening in past coaching I just had to give up and say this is the way the group is reacting, this is what the group wants, let's give it a chance and let it form.”

    Swift Current also found a way to win the championship without picking up a single playoff road win in three tries. They only lost seven games in total all season.

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    The fans join in on the celebration (Photo by Ryan Switzer)


    Now fans wait to see if championship success will lead to opportunities at other levels of hockey for the Hurricanes.

    According to Tisdale, Fritzke and Trenton Zakaluzny are likely going to play with the Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires in Swift Current next season. He also believes goaltender Logan Tisdale will get a good opportunity at the Midget AAA level after posting the top goals against average in the MIdget AA league.

    Menke told The Eagle 94.1 FM's post-game show that he would like to take a run at a junior roster next season, but if he doesn't make it he will instead play Midget AAA. And after beating Weyburn's Midget AA team in the league final, Roosen will be trying to crack the SJHL's Weyburn Red Wings next fall.

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    The team picture (Photo by Colin Powers)

    Highlights From Last Nights Game

    Post-game Interview With Coach Tim Tisdale

    Post-game Chat With Dalton Menke

    Post-game media scrum with Jayden Roosen

    Click here for the game boxscore

    Click here for a photo gallery on our Facebook page

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed import defensive backs Macho Harris, Talmadge Jackson and T.J. Rushing. The Roughriders also announced they have signed import quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan to a contract. Financial details were not released.

    Harris (6’0 – 200) was a fifth round pick (157th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old Virginia native opened the 2009 regular season as the Eagles starting free safety appearing in 15 regular season games with one playoff appearance. The former Virginia Tech Hokie finished his rookie season with 43 combined tackles and two passes defended. A standout corner during his four years at Virginia Tech, Harris was twice named First-Team All-ACC (2007 & 2008) and finished his career with 128 combined tackles and 15 interceptions, four which he returned for touchdowns. Harris joins former collegiate teammates Justin Harper and Chris Ellis as new members of the Green & White heading into the 2012 season.

    Jackson (5’10 – 188) played four years at Oregon. In his senior season Jackson tallied 70 tackles, six knockdowns, two interceptions and one forced fumble on his way to appearing in the Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State. The 23-year-old San Diego native finished his career at Oregon with an impressive 159 tackles, 15 pass knockdowns and 8 interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown. Jackson spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and most recently on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011.

    Rushing (5’9 – 186) was a seventh round pick (238th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 28-year-old return specialist made his NFL debut for the Colts in week 1 of the 2006 season and would wind up totaling 1,300 combined return yards during his career, including a 90 yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Oakland in 2007. The Oklahoma native was part of the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts as they claimed victory over the Chicago Bears in Superbowl 41. The former Stanford Cardinalfinished his career as one of the top three return men in school history, totaling 1,409 yards. 

    O’Sullivan (6’2 – 232) was a sixth round pick (186th overall) by the New Orleans Saints in the 2002 NFL Draft. The 32-year-old NFL veteran saw his most game action in 2008 when he was named the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the regular season. The California native finished the 2008 season with nine game appearances, including eight starts on his way to tallying 128 completions on 220 attempts to go along with eight touchdowns. During his nine year NFL career, O’Sullivan has thrown for 1,866 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 39 rushing attempts for 145 yards.

    The former University of California-Davis quarterback was twice named a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy (awarded to the top player in Division 2) and finished his collegiate career with 10,745 yards passing and 94 touchdowns.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released the following import players from their roster.
    QB Matt Johnson, OL Clint Oldenburg, LB Alvin Bowen, DB Jamaal Fudge, DB Justin Wilson and DL Dario Romero.
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    Cypress Motors Swift Current Location At 2234 South Service Road W

    You can help a local organization and local school get some extra funding. Cypress Motors is holding an online vote to decide which worthy group will benefit up to $6000 from one of their "Drive One" events.

    Internet Sales Coordinator Tanya Selk explained how the groups are to be chosen, “We asked the organizations and schools to send in applications for us and when we got them all in we sat down and we narrowed it down to ones that met all the criteria that we were looking for and we ended up with our top two in each category.”

    Selk brokedown one of the votes, “The SPCA needs money for renovations and just day-to-day running of the building and then the Indians and minor ball are wanting to build a shed to store the equipment and have an Umpire change room.”

    The other vote sees the Swift Current Comp -- trying to send their choir to Ottawa for Canada -- competing against the Maple Creek Composite school. They want to put up a billboard.

    You can vote at cypressmotors.com

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Internet Sale Coordinator Tanya Selk
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    Three major projects are in the works for Shaunavon as Town Council passed the Budget. $300 to $350,000 dollars has been budgetted for repairs to the lift station, Bench View lots will be serviced and water and sewer service is being installed for the new CanAlta Hotel and Strip Mall.

    Shaunavon Town Administrator, Charmaine Bernath said taxes will be increasing as well, “They are going up a bit, the mill rate is staying the same. The minimum municipal land tax is increasing and it's increasing by fifty dollars, so on residential properties that was at 500 it will now be 550, commercial properties that was $850 is now $900.”

    Bernath adds that there will also be an increase on water and sewer rates effective July first, “We have an application going in to the municipal board for a rate increase. We're looking at a three percent increase so thats going to be a dollar ten per month.”

    Also in the budget are street lights for the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre and $60,000 for street patching.

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    2011 was a successful year for Pioneer Co-op.

    They reported over 210 million dollars in sales in the past year, a 43-million-dollar increase over 2010.

    General Manager Stuart Dyrland said they had a very strong patronage allocation to members totalling 11 million dollars.

    “We have put together a package that will pay back to the members 11 million dollars in cash in that time and some of it of course going to the over aged and the estates.”

    Dyrland adds last year saw plenty of growth,

    "We had four percent in groceries and hardware and the lumber products about seven and a half cents a litre on petroleum and seven and a half percent on the crop supplies area.”

    Dyrland adds that more exciting things are happening this year, including a major renovation of their store at the Wheatland Mall in Swift Current.

    “Putting down flooring, some new displays, some new racking that type of thing which is totally changing the look at the mall. We're very pleased with the way people have accepted the changes taking place sales remain strong.”

    Some of the highlights for Pioneer Co-op in 2011 included the amalgamation with Southwest Co-op in Maple Creek and Consul, and the opening of a new store in Cabri.

    Interview with Stuart Dytland:

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    Voters line up at a polling station during Monday's Alberta Provincial Election (Photo: HighRiverOnline.com)

    Our neighbours to the west went to the polls Monday, and returned the Alberta Progressive Conservatives to another majority government.

    Premier Alison Redford and her party were re-elected, after an intense election campaign that saw a major challenge from Danielle Smith and the right-wing Wildrose Party.

    The win continues one of the longest reigns by a provincial government in Canada, as the Tories have been in power in Alberta since 1971. Redford also becomes the first elected female premier in the province's history. She became leader of the PCs last year but had yet to lead her party in an election.

    For more coverage of the Alberta Election, visit HighRiverOnline.com, OkotoksOnline.com, DiscoverAirdrie.com, and DrumhellerOnline.com.
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    Regina-Rosemont MLA Trent Wotherspoon speaks at an NDP Fundraising Banquet at First United Church in Swift Current Saturday night

    A prominent opposition MLA spoke to a crowd of New Democrat supporters at the annual Swift Current Constituency NDP Fundraising Banquet at First United Church Saturday night.

    Finance Critic and Regina-Rosemont MLA Trent Wotherspoon told the crowd that he's hearing that what people voted for last fall is not what they're getting from the Brad Wall government.

    "Decisions by the Sask Party to spend millions of dollars on politicians, for example, is something that really Saskatchewan people haven't been calling for, aren't desiring and don't want," Wotherspoon said. "It's only in the political partisan best interests of the Sask Party to spend these millions of dollars, certainly not in the best interests of Saskatchewan people."

    Wotherspoon believes the money to add those politicans can be better invested in other priorities: "What I'm hearing down here is that what we should be doing, at a growing time in Saskatchewan, is taking advantage of that opportunity and investing back into the classroom, investing into communities and people's lives in a way that makes a difference, and when we talk about healthcare, and the pressures in emergency rooms and the pressures of doctor shortages," he added. "Certainly the southwest feels, not unlike many other parts of the province, these are the priorities that we should focusing our attention to and addressing in a meaningful way, instead we see a government that's making choices to spend millions of dollars on increasing the number of politicians that only serves their own best interests as a political party, and that's too bad, it's disappointing and it's sad, because what our government should be focusing is doing the good work and focusing on how do we improve people's lives in a meaningful way."

    Wotherspoon adds he also heard concerns about financial management and environmental protection in meeting those in attendance at the banquet.

    Colin Powers talked with Trent Wotherspoon after the banquet:

  • wildcats

    While the Hurricanes win marks the end of the competitive hockey season, there is still some action at the Fairview West Arena tonight.

    The female Midget AAA Diamond Energy Wildcats are hosting over 50 players at their spring camp.

    Practice runs tonight from 6:45pm to 10:15pm.

    The scrimmages start at 9 am tomorrow.

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    Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser lifts the World Women's Hockey Championship trophy as Canada celebrates a gold medal victory in Burlington, VT, Saturday (Photo: Andre Ringuette/Dave Sandford/HHOF)

    A local hockey icon is confident her sport is getting stronger. Shaunavon's Hayley Wickenheiser helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the recent World Women's Hockey Championship.

    She was also happy to see some tougher competition from Europe, “You know Finland they're fitter and faster then they've been, they've got a very good goaltender. We saw the Swiss dominate the Fins as well, beat them 6-2 in the bronze metal game they also have one of the top goalies in the NCAA.” 

    Wickenheiser was disappointed by the play of the Russian team, but is hopeful it will serve as a turning point for their federation.

    Women's hockey has to get more competitive as the IOC said after the 2010 Olympics that more countries needed to be in the mix for it to survive long-term as an Olympic sport.

    Wickenheiser wants to be part of the solution, “My attitude about it is, let's tell everyone what were doing and share secrets how to grow the game. What we've done, in making them better you're only going to challenge yourself to be better to.”

    Interview with Hayley Wickenheiser:
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    The Shaunavon Chamber of Commerce will be honoring their 2012 Citizens of the Year this weekend. The Chamber is proud to honor two recipents of this year`s honor, local volunteers Helen Fauchon and Florence Selvig.

    Both ladies are the driving force behind the Chamber Welcome Committee. They also are both members of the CWL, have delivered meals on wheels, a large contributors to the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre and are members of Christ the King Parish choir and have served on the Parish Council.

    Fauchon is honoured, “Well I was so very very surprised to hear the news but when it finally sunk in that it was happening I was thrilled to think that some one felt I qualified for a nomination.”

    Selvig said her reaction was that of shock, “My initial reaction was one of complete shock, disbelief, and I was totally overwhelmed. I feel comforted that there is two of us. It's not quite so scary and it makes it more fun for both of us I think”

    Helen and Florence will be honored at a Gala Banquet Saturday April 14th in Shaunavon. Tickets are 30 dollars each and are available at Joz Cloz.

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    The boundaries for the city of Swift Current will be changing again. City Council approved a resolution to alter the boundaries to include part of the west-end commercial strip from the city's current western boundary along 19th Avenue Northwest to Lac Pelletier Trail.

    The City and Rural Municipality of Swift Current were unable to reach an agreement on a settlement for the lands, but the RM has stated that they are willing to allow the provincial Municipal Board to provide a resolution on the compensation.

    Deputy Chief Administration Officer Tim Marcus says that will go to the Provincial Municipal Board, “Once we've completed our process and fill out the application form, which should be around the end of April, then the board has sixty days to hold a hearing. Then after they hold their hearing they have a further thirty days to provide a recomendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs”

    Marcus adds although the City and RM were unable to reach an agreement on compensation on their own, he says relations between both parties are improving, especially when it comes to annexation.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer said he was happy that the two sides were able to work co-operatively, “It's an annexation but it's a more cooperative one. Just agree to disagree and we'll let the Municipal Board decide on compensation.”

    Schafer adds it's refreshing to see that the two sides are now working together to help accomodate the city's growth, “As I often say sometimes the pot has to boil over to catch everybodies attention and it's certainly did that. Things are on the right track now, you know I think there are lots of things that we can do in the future that can make things even better for the residents of this area.” A decision from the board on compensation is expected in the summer.

    Deputy Chief Administration Officer Tim Marcus

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer
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    A strong contingent from the Cypress Health Region took part in the Inspire Health Quailty Summit in Saskatoon last week.

    The two-day conference featured over 700 delegates and focused on quality improvement initiatives throughout the Saskatchewan's healthcare system.

    “It's really about continuous improvement," said Health Region CEO Beth Vachon. "There's always things we can improve on and do better. By attending conferences like this it really does open up a world of possibilities for where we can go in healthcare.”

    Vachon adds that one thing that was unique about this conference was that it was focused on the healthcare system in Saskatchewan: “They do bring speakers in from all over the world so we do hear world class speakers who inspire us again with stories from where they come from. We learn from people who have gone before us and they learn from us, the work that we're doing and really it becomes a small community in sharing all of that information.”

    One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of the Green Ribbon Awards, where the Health Region was a recipient of three awards and one honourable mention.
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    Anthony Slippery is seen here in this police handout photo

    The man who sparked an AMBER Alert Thursday afternoon was in a Regina courtroom this morning, and is facing several charges including abduction.

    Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Joseph Slippery was arrested just before 5:00pm yesterday after he allegedly abducted his 4-year-old daughter Storm Slippery earlier in the day. The young girl was found safe and unharmed.

    In addition to abduction, Slippery is also facing charges of common assault, uttering threats, dangerous driving and evading police.
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    Premier Brad Wall is preparing a bit of a shake-up.

    He told a gathering at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon this past week that there will soon be a major cabinet shuffle.

    There are now 49 Sask Party MLAs in the government, 38 more than the previous term, and Wall says he just wants to give others a chance to serve.

    There are a couple of representatives from our surrounding area in cabinet now. Wood River MLA Yogi Huyghebaert is Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing, and Rosetown-Elrose MLA Jim Reiter is the Minister of Highways and Infrastructure.
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    Swift Current Broncos trainer Jamie LeBlanc

    Swift Current Broncos trainer Jamie LeBlanc is joining Team Canada's staff for the U18 tournament in the Czech Republic.

    LeBlanc was also the Equipment Manager for Team WHL at the 2011 Subway Super Series, Team West at the 2005 and 2009 World Under-17 Challenge along with the 2009 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup.

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    The St. Louis Blues are one win away from reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Blues are up three-games-to-one after beating Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks 2-1 last night.

    The Washington Capitals have evened their opening round playoff series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at two games apiece.Braden Holtby made 44 saves, as the Capitals edged the Bruins 2-1.

    Martin Brodeur made it into the NHL record books with his 24th playoff shutout, while leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 win over Florida. That evens their first-round series at two-games apiece. 

    Mikkel Boedker had the overtime winner for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat Chicago 3-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

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    Dr. David Stock

    Results from a new study have people talking about dental x-rays.

    The study, published in the Journal of the American Cancer Society, found that having yearly bite-wing and panorex x-rays increased a person's risk of developing a type of brain tumor called meningioma.

    Doctor David Stock from Anchor Dental Group in Swift Current says dental x-rays are still important: "The risks associated with periodontal disease are far greater than the risks associated with meningioma, and of course things like heart disease kill a lot of people every year. I would still say it's a good idea to get the x-rays you need and of course we aren't going to do anymore than we have to."

    The study found people that got a yearly panorex exam were three times as likely to develop the tumor and people who had yearly bite-wing x-rays were at between 40 to 90% higher risk.

    "As far as dental x-rays go the risk is extremely low," Stock said. "Most of us have switched to digital x-rays now which is a very low dose of radiation. The study they're talking about people are getting more x-rays than we would usually do in our office."

    Stock says they usually only conduct panorex x-rays every 5 years.

    Interview with Dr. David Stock:

    Click here to see a story about the study

    Click here to see a Canadian response
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    Centre Street United Church

    The final performance in the Stars for Saskatchewan Concert Series happens tonight in Shaunavon.

    Shaunavon Arts Council President, Terry Shields, explains “We've got Susie Vinnick coming in, a blues performer, performing at the Centre Street United Church at 7:30 on Monday.”

    Vinnick is a Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and five time Maple Blues Award winner and her performance will feature material from her 2009 Juno nominated album Happy Here.

    Shields adds that they are already hard at work on their next series of performances, “Our new concert series is going to be starting up in the fall so that the first concert will be in October. We're looking forward to the mix of performers that we're going to have next year.”

    Advance tickets for tonights show are available at the Shaunavon Museum or you can purchase them tonight at the door.

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    Boards on display at the even at Swift Current

    The public had a chance to look at and comment on the City of Swift Current's Transportation Master Plan.

    MMM Group, the consultants in charge of the plan, presented several study options and gathered feedback in a second open house at the Swift Current Mall last night.

    Nathan Gray, the firm's Transportation Planning Manager, said the plan will look at some immediate and long-term solutions, “So far we've been looking at improving some of the intersections along Central near the North and South Service roads, looking at Memorial Drive as well. Improving some of the capacity of those intersections and then identifing some long term inerchanges to provide for capacity as the city grows in the future.”

    Gray adds they received some good feedback from those who came by, “There's people in agreement with some of the options that were looking at and we'll be taking that to finalize our options. I think so far it's been some concern about getting access across the highway from the south to the north and capacity at the intersections along the north and south service road within the city.”

    The event allowed residents to look at some of the things being looked at in the plan, and provide feedback to the consultants.

    Local resident Pam Benn said one of her main concerns was a lack of safe pedestrian access along Highway 1, “With the discussion of moving the library out to the hospital area, I have a teenager luckly she'll be out of age before she has to walk up there and they are not going to be thinking of the highway traffic.”

    The final report and recommendations will be presented at a final meeting to be held in June.

    The information presented at this event will be available on the City's website in the coming days.

    Nathan Gray, MMM Group Transportation Planning Manager

    Local Resident Pam Benn
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    The countdown to Relay for Life in Swift Current is now on, and it will take place June 1st and 2nd at the Comp High School track.

    Organizers were to hold a kick-off event last night, but that was cancelled due to the rainy weather. However, preparations for the relay are still going well.

    "We've got 14 teams registered so far, and right now the launch is supposed to tell people "get on the ball and get your team in there!" said Roxana Fryklund, Southwest Unit Manager for the Canadian Cancer Society. "Get busy on your fundraising and let's do this right. We're trying to help people with cancer."

    Fryklund says the relay will celebrate cancer survivors, and honour and remember those who lost the fight to cancer, and there will also be a caregiver ceremony, and entertainment throughout the night.

    She adds that volunteers are also needed to help out at the event: "We're not expecting you to go the entire night, if you can give us an hour or two, let us know. We'll find out what you're interested in and I'm sure we can find a spot where you can help us."

    If you're interested in helping out, you can call the local Canadian Cancer Society office at 773-6422.

    Colin Powers talked with Roxana Fryklund about the Relay for Life:

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    A packed house watches game 1 back on March 26th. (PHOTO COURTSEY OF: Sheldon Paulhus)

    The Midget AA K-Motel Hurricanes are the last local team standing... and their season comes to an end one way or another tonight.

    Swift Current takes in Weyburn in the third and deciding game of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League championship.

    The first place Hurricanes have yet to lose on home ice during the playoffs. They've only lost twice at home all season, but they gave up 8 goals to the Wings in a game 2 loss in Weyburn.

    There have been loud and at times aggressive crowds at the Fairview West Arena throughout the series so it should be quite an atmosphere tonight.

    We will have the play by play for you on The Eagle 94.1 FM starting with a quick pre-game show at 7:15pm.

    The puck drops at 7:30pm.

    Pre-Game interview with Hurricanes Coach Tim Tisdale:

  • Allen Cup

    Rosetown is of to the Semi finals at the Allan Cup in Lloydminster.

    Danny Williams from Kyle had 2 goals with Shaunavon Badger JJ Hunter assisting on both as they beat the Kenora Thistles 3-2.

    The Redwings now take on the host Lloydminster Border Kings at 8 o'clock tonight with the winner playing in the final tomorrow.

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    Jamie LeBlanc

    Hockey Canada announced that longtime Swift Current Bronco Head Athletic Trainer, Jamie LeBlanc has been named Equipment Manager for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship from April 12th -22nd in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.

    "It is always an honour to wear the maple leaf on your chest and represent Canada at an international level,” says LeBlanc.

    LeBlanc has been Head Athletic Trainer with the Swift Current Broncos for seven seasons.  Prior to his time in Swift Current, he worked for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.  LeBlanc was also the Equipment Manager for Team WHL at the 2011 Subway Super Series, Team West at the 2005 and 2009 World Under-17 Challenge along with the 2009 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup.

    Canada is a two-time gold medallist at the world championship, winning in 2003 and 2008. It finished fourth at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.

    The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship opens for Canada on April 12 in Brno when it takes on Denmark. The Canadians will also face the Czech Republic, Finland and the United States in the preliminary round.

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    Saskatchewan Roughrider Chris Getzlaf showing his support for anti-bullying

    You don't often see a Saskatchewan Roughrider in pink. Chris Getzlaf donned a pink shirt while speaking at both O.M. Irwin and Central Schools in Swift Current yesterday.

    He was there encouraging students to stand up against bullying. “I think it's something a lot of kids have to deal with on a daily basis that they really shouldn't have to. They can hear it from other elders or other peers over and over again and it might not really hit home. Maybe because of playing for the Riders and having that impact on them it's going to hit home for them.”, said Getzlaf

    Getzlaf continued saying that the kids were asking the right questions and seemed to be receiving the message, “Judging the questions and stuff I get after the presentation is over they are really getting involved and really asking the right questions which is exactly what were looking for.”

    Getzlaf adds that a key part of his message was that observers need to stand up for those who are being bullied, “The biggest statistic of all is that if someone is will to step in bullying stops with in 10 seconds or less.”

    He also took some time to vote for Central School in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition while he was in town. You can help them win $20,000 for an outdoor class by voting at Majesta.com

    Shawn Mullin talked with Chris Getzlaf about standing up to bullies
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    Shaunavon RCMP detachment

    Shaunavon RCMP are looking for your help in solving a number of crimes in the southwest area.

    Sometime between January 1rst and March 29th thieves entered a farm just north of Frontier and stole various electronic equipment from a 1070 New Holland high clearance sprayer. Items stolen included a GPS system, a monitor for the sprayer and manual controls valued at over $5000.

    Between March 29th and April 6th thieves entered a lease site about two kilometers west of Highway 37 on Powerline Road. The suspects cut and stole cables from welders on the site.

    Shaunavon RCMP also have received a complaint of missing cattle from a location southwest of Claydon. These cattle had been in open grazing since early December.

    Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact Shaunavon RCMP at 297-5550 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

  • sasktel office

    The phones are out for SaskTel customers in the Lac Pelletier area.

    The Crown Corporation says a cable that was cut by a contractor has led to a loss of landline, Internet and CDMA cell service for around 200 customers, but 4G cell services are not affected.

    They add crews are working to repair the cut as soon as possible, but there is no timeline for services to be restored.

    SaskTel is reminding contractors planning on digging to first locate the lines by calling Sask 1st Call at 1-866-828-4888.
  • randy beler

    Chinook School Board Chairman Randy Beler

    You can get a first look at Swift Current's new school tonight. The Chinook and Holy Trinity School Divisions will unveil the proposed design for Ecole Centennial School and All Saints Catholic School at an event at the Credit Union Iplex Auditorium tonight at 7:00pm.

    Randy Beler, the Chairman of the Chinook School Board, said they're very excited to be at this milestone, “This is a major project and a major undertaking between the two divisions and to be able to present that to the public we're going right over the top”

    Meanwhile, Holy Trinity's Director of Education Celeste Yorke, said they have had a great working relationship with their public school counterparts through this process, “We have our distinctive lists but at the same time we regocnize that we're all in the same community we all have the same goals. Which is to provide the best learning opprotunties for all of our kids. When each of us is strong and when both of us are strong together that means a really strong community.”

    Yorke said it is the result of about two years of planning and consultation, “We talked to the teachers, we talked to the parents, we talked to the community at large and the architect spent a great deal of time putting together this information. I know at the last board meeting in meeting with the staff when they brought out their prelimiary designs, the stake holders said she listened it looks like we're going to have everything just about everything that we believe is important.”

    Yorke adds their partnership with the Chinook School Division through this process has been excellent, a statement echoed by Beler, “Everybody thats been involved, the contact, the cooperation, the working together has just been excellent”

    When talking about the agenda for tonights event Beler said it's a chance to hear about what the new joint-use school will look like, and ask any questions, “Brief introduction by myself and by the chair of the Holy Trinity board and then the meeting more or less will be handed over to the architects for most school divisions and they will go over the design parameters and they will also have story boards set up. At the end there will be time for questions and answers if anyone has some.”

    The joint-use Pre-K to 8 school will be built as part of a proposed integrated facility near Cypress Regional Hospital, and is scheduled to open in 2014.

    Colin Powers talks with Holy Trinity's Director of Education Celeste Yorke

    Colin Powers talks with
    Chinook School Board Chairman Randy Beler

  • sun logo

    The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations have reached a tentative two-year collective agreement.

    It's a renewal of a partnership agreement between SUN, the Ministry of Health, and Saskatchewan's Health Regions.

    SUN president Rosalee Longmoore said there was very little change to the agreement from the previous deal, “One of the things that was really important to nurse practitioners was to have a $6.00 premium that had been afforded them last time actually applied to their wages so that it covers contributions to pention plan, they get that pay when on vacation. So that was a major achievment as far as some monetairy things other than that there is very little change to the current collective agreement.”

    The deal between SUN and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations is significant for nurses in the province, added Longmoore, “Our members priorities going into barganing were to keep what we have and so essentially done that. To work on the dilemmas of safe staffing thats one of the huge issues and we think the partnership agreement is the best way to do that of course there are still tools in our collective agreement that will assist with that as well.”

    Details have not been released at this point and the contract is expected to be taken to the nine-thousand members of the nurses union for ratification by the end of May.

  • lyric theatre

    Some of Swift Current's best and brightest have returned for the Lyric's Festival of Excellence this weekend.

    The event welcomes back Swift Current natives who have gone on to success as musicians, writers and actors.

    "We've got folks coming from Montreal, all the way from Vancouver and Toronto," said Eliza Doyle with the Lyric. "These are people who grew up in Swift Current, got interested in the arts here, and moved on to make it their life, their livelihood, and their profession."

    Doyle adds like any event they put on it's a chance to fundraise: "It's mainly going to show support for the theatre and the fact that we've got such a cultural hub here that we can offer open stages, improv nights, that kind of thing, and it's all volunteer-run and it's all fundraising, so every event we put on is a fundraising effort to keep it going."

    The festival started last night and continues tonight starting at the 7:30pm in the Lyric. Tickets are $20.00 each.
  • indians

    It’s with great pleasure that the Swift Current Indians are welcoming former manager Harv Martinez back to the club as vice-president of baseball operations.

    Martinez returns to the team in an executive capacity five years after stepping down as the longest-serving manager in franchise history.

    “Harv is going to act as a liaison between our manager, Joe Carnahan, and the board, and will also serve as an alternate team governor at the league level,” said Indians president Brad Woods. “Harv brings an invaluable wealth of experience to the table and we’re beyond thrilled to have him back in the fold.”

    Martinez compiled a 487-250 win-loss record in his 20 seasons as Indians manager from 1988-2007. He holds Western Major Baseball League records for regular-season wins, championships (nine), has won multiple coach-of-the-year awards, and is a member of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Most recently he spearheaded a committee that oversaw the purchase and installation of the new seating structure at Mitchell Field.

    “It was an easy decision to return to the team when the right opportunity arose,” said Martinez. “The Swift Current Indians have a bright future ahead of them and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

    Todd Vallee interviews Harv Martinez
  • boyd

    Provincial Minister of Energy and Resources Bill Boyd

    Saskatchewan produced the second most oil in the history of the province last year.

    Provincial Minister of Energy and Resources Bill Boyd said there is potential for growth, “Well I think in all areas for that matter, down the lower Shaunavon around Swift Current theres a lot of activity as well. Certainly down the South East part of Saskatchewan and all the way up the West-side of the province as well theres a lot of drilling activity.”

    Boyd adds if not for major flooding in the southeast last spring it could have easily been a record year, “We see very strong numbers in the second half of 2011. Particilarly coming out of the South East part Saskatchewan and the South West for that matter.”

    The 157.8 million barrels was second only to the 161 million produced in 2008. That includes approximately 16 million barrels in the southwest.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Provincial Minister of Energy and Resources Bill Boyd
  • council

    Swift Current City Council will get a little bit of culture today.

    Anthea Loran will participate in the Mayor's Poetry Challenge: A Celebration of Poetry, Writing and Publisher, and will read a poem at tonight's meeting.

    A delegation from Central School will attent to proclaim "Vote Central School Week." They're competing in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Campaign with an online vote that could win them 20,000 dollars for an outdoor classroom.

    There will be a few reports on the mill rate, the city's boundaries and Inner City Housing agreements, and the Fire Department addresses their annual report.

    Meeting time is 6:30pm at council chambers.
  • rcmplogo1

    Swift Current RCMP are investigating damage to a vehicle near the city's downtown last weekend.

    Police say a large wooden sign was broken and thrown through the back window of a vehicle parked on the alley of the zero-block of 2nd Avenue Northeast in the early morning hours of April 15th.

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact City RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

  • Anthony slippery
    Police were looking for Anthony Slippery as part of an Amber Alert.
    The Regina Police Service has now cancelled the Amber Alert they issued this afternoon. They successfully located missing four year-old Storm Slippery.

    They posted the following on their Facebook page: "Confirmed! We have Storm! Thank you all so much for your help in sharing these photos and our message! Hug your families and have a great evening everyone!"

    They then released the following statement:
    "The Regina Police Service is confirming that Storm has been found, unharmed.   At approximately 4:40 p.m., police were contacted with information that the child had been left with a family member.  Officers then had to confirm that this was, indeed, Storm SLIPPERY.  That confirmation was received at 5:00 p.m. today, April 26, 2012.

    The Regina Police Service wishes to thank all partners agencies (police and business), media, our social media community and the public for their concern and immediate willingness to help."
  • tourismconference
    A presentation from Cypress Hills Eco Adventures was one of the final events of the two-day 49x110 conference.

    Tourism Swift Current held their 2nd annual 49x110 Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Sky Centre this week.

    The two-day event featured a wide variety of presentations and speakers from representatives of the tourism industry in the city and the southwest.

    "A huge thing going on is the development of the Maple Creek and Cypress Hills region," said Tourism Swift Current Chairman Wade Jensen. "There was a lot of presentations regarding that information, and it's amazing to see what they've done with the community and the surrounding area. It's very promising and positive."

    Some of the presentations on the development of that region came from the Town of Maple Creek and Cypress Hills Eco Adventures.

    The meeting was held as Tourism Saskatchewan gets set to be restructured as a provincial Crown corporation, but Jensen says the move should not have too much effect on Tourism Swift Current, as they are well-supported by the City of Swift Current.

    Wade Jensen taked with reporters at the end of the conference:

  • chinook golf

    Chinook Golf Course

    It's a record breaking start to the season for the Chinook Golf Course.

    Golf Pro Ken Koster says they're opening 9 holes today... earlier than ever before.

    Last year we opened 9 holes on April 22nd. I think the record prior to this year...was approximately April 7th or 9th a couple years ago”

    Koster says the course is in great condition.

    He says they know winter-like conditions could interrupt the fun on Friday and Saturday.

    The big thing is we get a couple of days here before the bad weather hits. We can get the golfers out with the itch and then if it turns to a little bit of snow on Friday and Saturday we look at it more as extra moisture so it's not going to be a big deal.”

    They're second local course to open after Sask Landing started up on the weekend.

    Elmwood expects to open at least 15 holes by the 13th.

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    Cody Snyder (left) talks to PBR Announcer Joe Braniff, Bronocs Coach/GM Mark Lamb and Al Carey of Redhead Equipment

    The meanest bulls and toughest riders are coming back to Swift Current.

    SCB Event Management is againbringing the Redhead Equipment Case IH Cody Snyder PBR Invitational Bull Riding event to the Credit Union iPlex on May 26th.

    Former World Champion and producer reflected on their successful debut last spring.

    "After last year the response from the whole community here in Swift Current and all of southern Saskatchewan was just overwhelming," said Cody Snyder. "It was a complete sell out. The 'in the dirt' after party was a huge success. It was a great fundraiser for the Broncos. We're just looking forward to coming back this year."

    "Our name brings a lot of punch, we've done a lot of great events. People know that when they get to see this even they're going to see the best of the best."

    That includes top riders from across the country like 2008 World Champion Bull Rider Kody Lostroh, reining PBR Canadian National Champion Tyler Thomson, and Ty Pozzobon from Merritt whom Snyder describes as the Sidney Crosby of PBR.

    "They're excited to come back again as good as it was last year," Snyder said. "It always pumps you up when you're riding in front of a sold out house. Not only does it pump up the riders, but it pumps up the bulls as well."

    The PBR will be bolstered by a production crew that works the Calgary Stampede and the first use of the new Credit Union iPlex scoreboard for live video or replays.

    If they can repeat last year's success Snyder is talking about turning it into a two day event next spring.

    "I think that the city of Swift Current can handle it," Snyder said. "This could be a whole western event weekend. It's about the economic impact an event like this has. You get people coming in from all over the country to watch an event like this."

    Tickets go on sale April 9th to Broncos season ticket holders and April 16th to the general public.

    Interview with Cody Snyder:

    Video of Kody Lostroh riding in 2008

    Video of Ty Pozzobon riding in 2012

    Profile of Tyler Thompson
  • cypresshealthregion

    Another disruption of service at a local hospital, but this time in Maple Creek.

    Emergency services and acute inpatient admissions won't be available at the Maple Creek Hospital during the following hours:

    • Monday April 9th from 2:00 pm – Tuesday April 10th @ 7:00 am

    • Tuesday, April 10th from 5:00 pm – Wednesday April 11th @ 7:00 am

    Maple Creek joins the Shaunavon Hospital which is facing a disruption from 7pm tonight to 7:30 tomorrow morning.

    The Maple Creek disruption is caused by physician on-call unavailability. Locum physician services that were previously scheduled were not available at the last moment due to physician illness.

    Shaunavon's disruption is because of a lack of registered nursing staff.

    The public are encouraged to contact 911 if they are faced with a medical emergency. An ambulance will be immediately dispatched to assist you with your emergency. The provincial HealthLine can be contacted 24 hours per day for non-emergent health-related questions toll-free at 1-877-800-0002.

  • fire hall and trucks - 12

    Swift Current residents could be getting a knock on the door from city fire fighters sometime in the near future.

    The City's fire department is launching a door-to-door campaign to make sure homes are fire safe.

    "We're finding that we do a fairly good job of handling our commercial and multi-residential inspections according to the building code and the fire code," said Swift Current Deputy Fire Chief Pete L'Heureux. "What we're finding is that a lot of our injuries and fires are happening in individual private homes where the fire department really doesn't have the jursdiction to enforce anything."

    L'Heureux adds they will also be providing batteries and smoke detectors on behalf of Acklands-Grainger and MacMor Industries.

    The campaign will begin on the city's southside.

    Todd Vallee talked with Pete L'Heureux about the campaign:

  • Dueck sarcan
    Local actor Brian Dueck (right) talks about the petition with staff from SARCAN Recycling in Swift Current Saturday

    A grassroots effort urging the provincial government to continue to support the film industry took to the streets of Swift Current Saturday.

    A group of people went around the city collecting signatures for a petition to send to Premier Brad Wall requesting that the government work with film industry partners to develop a new incentive program after the removal of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.

    "It's not a political campaign, it's not a protest, it's nothing negative," said local business owner Poppy Parsons, who helped organize the blitz. "It's just to gather support and awareness and to try to keep art, culture and film in the province. We don't want to lose these families. We don't want to lose these dollars that they spend here when they create films, and we just want to have them here, keep them here, and keep the industry flourishing."

    Parsons added she got involved to help some of her close friends that could be affected by the removal of the tax credit: "They will move if there isn't a new incentive program created in Saskatchewan. Them and potentially 1200 other families."

    Eight people took part in the blitz in Swift Current collecting more than 300 signatures for the petition. Other blitzes were held in Saskatoon and Regina, and the three events combined to gather over 3000 signatures on Saturday. The group will continue to have the petition available in various businesses and events in the Swift Current area in the coming weeks.

    Colin Powers talked with Poppy Parsons before the blitz got underway Saturday:

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    Motivational speaker Ian Tyson (Photo from http://www.iantyson.ca/)

    Local middle school students are learning about "The Hero Inside" today as part of the third annual middle years wellness forum put on by the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current.

    "The purpose of our event is to draw awareness to healthy living, healthy decisions, healthy eating, healthy choices," said Kiwanis Youth Services Committee Co-Chair Travis Cuthbert. "We try to have ten to twelve activities, some that kids have never been involved in, and this might be an opportunity for them to have a look at that... wrestling to arts & crafts, teenage stuff, youth and the law, introduce them to new sports, new activities and things they will be faced with going forward in the community here."

    The morning kicked off with a presentation by motivational speaker Ian Tyson.

    "It's all about stepping up and doing what you believe is right," said Cuthbert. "Not following the crowd just because you're afraid of what is going to happen. At the end of the day if we can have 600 leaders walking around our school that is a wonderful thing." 

    Students then broke off into groups led by 24 local community leaders.

    Next up for the Kiwanis Youth Services Committee is their K-Kids wind-up event at The Centre on May 3rd.

    Interview with Travis Cuthbert:
  • Windscape 2012 Logo

    With the weather starting to show signs of summer many are thinking of seasonal activities including kites.

    The Windscape Kite Festival will once again be colouring the skies near the city with displays from some of the world's best kite fliers.

    This year's event set for June 23rd and 24th.

    “For the kite festival we need about 300 volunteers" said Cultural festival Co-ordinator Shann Gowan. "There (are) jobs of all kinds, they can paint faces, make popcorn, be a field marshal, we have all sorts of jobs that we need people doing that whole two days.”

    Gowan notes there will be some talented kite fliers.

    “Every year we have kite fliers coming from Germany, all over the United States and all over Canada this year," Gowen said. "We're hoping to have fifty celebrity fliers."

    The festival is also looking for artists to create sculptures that interact with the wind.

    “They need to create a sculpture that interacts with the wind. So it can be a mobile or a chime or a banner or a windsock. Has to be really sturdy and has to be water and weather proof.”

    For more information visit the event's website at http://www.windscapekitefestival.ca/.

    To volunteer for the festival or to enter your sculpture call Shann at 778-2686.

    Interview with Shann Gowan:

  • gulllakepeeweegirls
    Back: Asst Coach Mitch Fournier, Brittney Krogsgaard, Shae-Lynn Bauer, Asst Coach Chris Kirwan, Dayna Winzer ‘A’, Mardi Yarshenko, Tinia Mosquito, Taylor Kirwan ‘A’, Chelsea Wilson, Jenessa Fournier, Laura Fiddler, McKenzie Demars,  Leah Kozroski, Head Coach Wayne Girodat, Asst Casey Reznechenko

    Front: Sheridan Gibson, Morgan Reznechenko, Courtney Redahl, Reece Jirodat 'C', Emma Evans, Keara Zoerb

    The Gull Lake Pee Wee Girls Hockey Team are the 2012 March Ice Tournament Champions, adding this achievement to Provincial B Champions and League Champions.  

    The Greyhounds defeated the Triple E Huskies 4-0, Saskatoon Comets Provincial A team 4-1 and Vermillion Tigers 9-0, in regular tournament play.

    In the semi-finals they defeated the Triple E Huskies 4-1, then came up against the Saskatoon Comets again in the final and were once again victorious by a score of 3-2.
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    Elmwood Golf Course

    It will be an earlier opening for Elmwood Golf and Country Club this year.

    General Manager Sheldon Reinhart said the warmer winter helped, “From what our superintendent Richard Burgess said is that the greens are in very good shape and we're getting ready to take the tarps off next week.”

    Elmwood is also focusing on a membership drive targeting a younger demographic. Their driving range is now open from 10am to 6pm and they're planning to have at least 15 holes open by the 13th.

    Sask Landing is already open while Chinook has also opened their range.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews General Manager Sheldon Reinhart
  • museum

    Local middle school students are looking back at Canada's history. They've put together a Heritage Fair at the Swift Current Museum.

    Director of Education and Public Programs Stephanie Kaduck said it's history's version of a science fair, “It's a national program where students create projects relating to the history of Canada. They have judging at the school level and then regional level and there is the possibility to go onto nationals”

    Kaduck adds that there is some impressive work,“Part of the project requirement is that they have to speak about there project. There is a lot of passion about some of the projects.”

    You can check it out at the museum until the end of the month.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Director of Education and Public Programs Stephanie Kaduck
  • ruralrcmp

    Shaunavon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance is solving the following crime:

    Between the evening of Saturday April 14th  and the morning of Sunday April 15th, thieves entered the Plains Midstream Truck Terminal located just west of Dollard and stole approximately 15 to 20,000 dollars worth of various tools and copper wire.

    Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to contact the Shaunavon RCMP at 297-5550 or  Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
  • diaper change1
    Twenty-nine babies and their parents take part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change at the Plaza Shopping Centre in Swift Current on Saturday.

    Twenty-nine families were part of a world record in Swift Current Saturday while sharing the benefits of using cloth diapers.

    They took part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change at the Plaza Shopping Centre, which helped break the record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously in different locations.

    The event needed 25 people to qualify for the record attempt and had only 18 registered a day earlier, and organizer Cindy Schultz was thrilled with the response from local families.

    "A lot of people said they were bringing additional people with them, so a lot of them are trying to convince their friends to switch to cloth," Schultz said. "This was a great event to help them really see how easy cloth can be."

    Schultz adds this event has also helped keep 29 disposable diapers from going into the garbage, adding they are the third-largest consumer products in landfills: "The cost-savings alone are a huge advantage to cloth," Schultz added, "and the lack of chemicals on our babies' bottoms... you don't even want to know."

    Swift Current was one of 308 locations around the world taking part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

    Cindy Schultz talked with reporters after the event:

  • broncos bus
    The scene of the tragic crash in December of 1986 

    25 years after the bus crash that tragically killed four Swift Current Broncos, a new committee is working to build a monument at the spot of the crash on Highway 1.

    "It's an organized effort to ensure that the lives lost and the lives affected is something that is remembered," said committee organizer Darwin Gooding. "A landmark on the side of the highway for anyone passing through the community to certainly be able to see and learn more about as well."

    Gooding says they've also talked to the families of victims Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka, and Brent Ruff to make sure they have no objections. They have also made initial contact with the province.

    "We've had initial talks with the government of Saskatchewan," Gooding said. "They're open to discussing the idea."

    The committee doesn't have an exact idea in mind for the monument.

    Gooding is looking for more support on the committee and you can get in touch with him by e-mailing [email protected]

    Click here for more on the crash

    Ryan Switzer interviews Darwin Gooding on the Magic Morning Show:

  • badminton1

    Our athletes are now well into badminton season.  Teams have been practicing and attending tournaments for the month of March.  Playoffs will begin for both our juniors and seniors after the Easter break.  Our senior teams will have section playoffs on Saturday, April 21 at three locations:

    Cypress Hills section @ Fox Valley

    Rolling Hills section @ Swift Current Comp

    Whitemud section @ Shaunavon

    The top four in each category (boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles) will advance to our district championships in Swift Current on Saturday, April 28.  From there the top 2 will advance to SHSAA regional competition in Rosetown on May 5.  The last step is SHSAA provincials held in Melfort on May 12.

    Our juniors will start playoffs on Saturday, April 28 with sub/section playoffs.  Hosts include:

    Cypress Hills @ Fox Valley

    Rolling Hills A @ Herbert

    Rolling Hills B @ Ponteix

    Whitemud @ Frontier.

    The teams advancing from sub/sectionals will play in our junior district championships in Shaunavon (both the high school and public school gyms) on Saturday, May 5.
  • hayley1
    Hayley Wickenheiser

    Hayley Wickenheiser is taking another run at a World Women's Hockey Championship.

    The Shaunavon native has made the team for the 11th time and said her competitive spirit is still strong, “Winning never gets old, the drive to succeed somedays it's more challenging than others, I think as you get older as an athlete you have to find different ways to motivate yourself and keep yourself on your toes and out of your comfort zone because it would be easy to get comfortable.”

    There is some extra motivation for the women's hockey legend, “We've got some unfinished business there. We've lost to the Americans two years in a row by a overtime loss in one year by one goal the year before. We lost some pretty tight games and we'd like to not keep it that close this year and go in and dominate them. We've got some more experience behind us now and I think the team can do it.” said Wickenheiser

    Wickenheiser joins ten other members of the 2010 Olympic gold medal winning roster on this year's team. Canada hasn't won the world championship since 2007.

    Swift Current's Bobbi-Jo Slusar didn't go to the selection camp this year due to injury.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Hayley Wickenheiser
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    Kayla Ogilvie (PHOTO COURTESY OF: sfmaaahl.com)

    Graduating Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats defenceman Kayla Ogilvie is headed to Dalhousie University.

    She'll start playing CIS hockey with the Tigers in the fall.

    Ogilvie played two Midget AAA seasons with Swift Current and scored 5 points from the blue line this season.

    She is one of four Wildcats to have secured college spots for next season.

  • judo-fight

    Judo Saskatchewan had several members compete at the 2012 Edmonton International Championships this weekend at the West Edmonton Mall.

    7 member of the Swift Current Judo Club attended with Logan Kachmarski taking home the Gold medal is the Under 9 Boys 23kg category and Ghrandozz Aguilar striking gold in the Under 11 boys 39kg category.

  • safeway2

    A local Supermarket is once again raising funds to send local children to Camp Easter Seals.

    Safeway's fundraiser takes donations at check out tills in exchange for extra air miles.

    They have a special day coming up.

    "This weekend (April 14th) we're going to be doing an awareness day," said Store Manager Rod Orthner. "We have an autographed Broncos jersey that we will raffle off and chocolate covered almonds that they will be selling. They have about 33 kids from the Swift Current area that attend the camp. Some of them will be hear showing pictures from Camp Easter Seals."

    The local store's goal is to raise around $4500 or enough to send 3 children to camp and beat last year's total of just over $4000.

    Since the beginning of the month they've raised $2600.

    Interview with Safeway Manager Rod Orthner:

  • street sweeper

    The City of Swift Current's annual residential street sweeping program is set to begin today. The city has been split up into 14 different areas, and the aim is to have at least one of those areas swept each day.

    Today, areas 9 and 10 will be swept... they are the streets south of Hillcrest Drive and north of Walker Street, and between 13th Avenue Northeast and Memorial Drive, formerly known as the Highway 4 bypass.

    Sweeping will take place between 8:00am and 5:00pm, and residents are being asked to move their vehicles off the street for the sweeping. Updates on the program and a map of the 14 street sweeping areas can be found on swiftcurrent.ca.

  • road closed

    Those driving in Swift Current's southside and Trail Subdivision may need to take a detour on Monday.

    The City is closing the 300-block of 6th Ave SE for a sanitary manhole replacement, and a detour will be in effect for that area from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

    There will also be work on replacing a storm sewer catch basin on the corner of Walsh Trail and Matador Drive, and traffic will be restricted in that area for much of Monday.
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    Beh Vachon

    Staff and family members in the Cypress Health Region's long term care are being given "Eden training."

    "It really is a philosophy of trying to provide as home-like an environment in long term care settings as we can," said Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon. "We've sent some people initially off for training, they brought back the information and are pretty excited about what this could mean."

    The Health Region has been looking at how they could strengthen their long term care.

    Fifty staff and family representatives are starting out with the Eden training this month.

    Interview with CEO Beth Vachon:
  • casino 1

    Canadian Mental Health Swift Current received a significant donation the Living Sky Casino.

    GM Lionel Tootoosis said they sponsored them to the tune of $5000, “Well we have a sponsorship program as part of our operations at SIGA. We meet as a committee and we sponsor a lot of worth while initiatives throughout the province and here of course in Swift Current with the casino we have good relationships with some of the community groups and were very happy to help out where there is a need.”

    Tootoosis adds they've had a relationship with Swift Current Mental Health since the casino opened

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Living Sky Casino GM Lionel Tootoosis

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    The Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    A funding freeze by the provincial government is affecting one of Saskatchewan's biggest tourist attractions.

    The Western Development Museums in Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Saskatoon, and North Battleford are taking steps to compensate for their budgetary constraints encountered earlier in the year.

    With a $5.2 million operating budget this year and about $4 million in provincially allocated funds, the museums are making some hard decisions to make up the $465,000 deficit they are currently under.

    WDM Executive Director Joan Champ says they accumulate about $700,000 in self-generated funds a year, but things will have to change for the museums to remain operational. "Our utility, goods and services bills keep going up and that's something the museums can't control. Those costs go up every year by about $125,000, so if all else remains the same and our budget remains the same then we have to look at making cuts."

    The first cut began Monday, as all four branches will now remain closed on Mondays. Admission prices have also been raised by about 50 cents per age group. Adults now pay $9 for admission, seniors will pay $8.50, students $6.25 and for children it's $2.50.

    Champ says they've put in a request to the government for more money, but haven't heard anything back yet. She hopes that the community will still support the museums and enjoy the programs and exhibits available.
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    Shaunavon Hosptial

    Emergency services and acute admissions will be unavailable again at the Shaunavon hospital from 7:00pm tonight to 7:30am tomorrow morning.

    Cypress Health Region Director of Rural Health Trent Regier said they've hired two new registered nurses but are stuck in the licensing process, “We've also taken an other step and we've actually been working with some contract companies that are providing contract nurses to provide us with that extra step we require.”

    Regier says once their two new nurses are licensed he's hopeful that will eliminate the need for disruptions.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Cypress Health Region Director Of Rural Health Trent Regier
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    The Shaunavon Music Festival Association is kicking things into gear this week, as member Sandra Davis explained, “The Shaunavon and District Music Festival Association is going to be holding it's 78th annual festival. It's going to occur Tuesday April the 17th until Thursday April 19th. This year we have musicians from Admiral, Bracken, Clayton, Eastend, Frontier, Gull Lake and Shaunavon.”

    Davis invites everyone to attend a session or the final performance on Thursday, “We welcome everyone in the Southwest to attend these performances. The admission is two dollars per session or a weekly pass for ten dollars.”

    And with this being the 78th anniversary of the Music Festival Sandra Davis said this years is due to a number of people, “I'm going to give a lot of credit to the music teachers that we have in our community. They put in a lot of time and effort and I think the parents who support their children and you got to give the kids credit cause they are the ones who are practicing so I think they deserve the most kudos.”

    Programs are available at Shaunavon Rexall, the Eastend Health and Gift Rexall, Norheims Store and G.R. Fresh Meats and Grocery in Frontier, and at Peterson's AG Foods in Gull Lake.

  • Cypress volunteers
    The Cypress Health Region holds a Volunteer Appreciation Tea in Swift Current on Thursday. (Photo: Cypress Health Region)

    National Volunteer Week wraps up today, and the Cypress Health Region is recognizing those who give their time to help them out.

    "Our volunteers contribute 20,000 hours annually to various programs and things within their communities," said Shannon Frederick, the Health Region's Human Resources Consultant. "It's absolutely imperative that we have volunteers. Some of our programs we can't even run without volunteers, things like Meals on Wheels just aren't possible without their help. That means so much to us."

    Some of the other programs in the Health Region that benefit from volunteers are the fall flu clinics, the Parent Mentoring Program, and Long Term Care activities.

    In 2010, the Health Region started a scholarship program on behalf of its volunteers, which awards 11 bursaries of $200 each to high school students in the southwest every year.

    "It's been really successful, we're thrilled," Frederick added. "The things that they're doing are absolutely incredible, they're contributing so much to their communities, and we just want to honour that on behalf of the volunteers that are doing so much for us."

    The Health Region is also recognizing its volunteer base through the month of April by hosting Volunteer Appreciation Teas throughout the southwest.
  • soutwest crises center
    Southwest Crisis Services

    The province is increasing funding by 1.6 percent to community-based organizations that assist people experiencing interpersonal violence and abuse.

    Ministry of Justice Communications Consultant Noel Busse said that includes organizations in the southwest, “In Swift Current we have Southwest Crisis Services and in Moose Jaw theres a transition house located in Moose Jaw that will also be recieving funding”

    Busse adds, “With this increase both organizations will be recieving over half a million dollars from the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Justice.”

    The province-wide funding increase amounts to 152 thousand dollars.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Ministry Of Justice Communications Consultant Noel Busse

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    The Royal Saskatchewan Museum's travelling exhibit with the skull of "Scotty" the T. rex on display at the Swift Current Museum.

    You can catch a glimpse of "Scotty" the T. rex in Swift Current.

    The Swift Current Museum is hosting the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's travelling exhibit "New Glimpses of T. rex and its World", with the skull of "Scotty" on display. The exhibit was officially welcomed with an opening reception on Saturday.

    "This is his first visit here to Swift Current, and we're very excited about being able to bring the T. rex here so the community can enjoy it, and it goes hand-in-hand with the Tylosaur that we brought in in December," said Museum Curator Lloyd Begley. "One creature swam where we are, and the other one walked the planet just an hour-and-a-half or so west of us, so it's an exciting time to have two kinds of dinosaurs here at the same time telling two completely different stories."

    Begley added they had a good turnout for the reception, especially from families with young children. "Dinosaurs are really popular with children, and really all ages," he said. "we've had folks that have run the gamut of age, but lots of kids are bringing grandparents and their parents in to show them the dinosaurs."

    You can catch the exhibit at the museum until June 28th.

    Meanwhile, one of the men who helped unearth "Scotty" back in 1994 will be speaking at the museum this week. RSM Curator of Paleontology Tim Tokaryk will host a free lecture Wednesday night at 7:00pm, and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • library
    The Swift Current Library

    It's Earth Day on Sunday, and the Swift Current Library is getting a head start on things by holding an event for kids Saturday morning.

    "We're starting the morning at 10:00am with a bunch of recycling crafts," said Library Clerk Dawn Stark. "We're recycling paper, plastic and material into various crafts for kids of various ages, and maybe even a few adults. Then at 11:30am, we're having a puppet play."

    Stark adds preserving the Earth is really important, and the library wants to do their part to get the message out to our kids.

    They will also have a pizza party at noon to celebrate the end of their Read-A-Thon.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Dawn Stark with the Swift Current Library about today's events:

  • Missing-Apr8-2012
    Gerald Anaskan was last seen on April 4th.

    A 41-year-old man, who was travelling from Winnipeg to Regina, is missing after his vehicle was found abandoned on the side of the Trans-Canada highway.

    Gerald Anaskan was last seen on Wednesday and his vehicle was found near Broadview, which is 222 kilometres east of Moose Jaw.  He is described as slim, 5-foot-8-inches tall, 170 pounds, short black hair with a pony tail in the back, and is of First Nations descent.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP.
  • notmyself
    The front page for the website of the "Not Myself Today" campaign

    Through the month of April, Canadians are encouraged to take part in an online campaign to help change the way we think about and support mental health.

    "Mental illness is a cause that is relegated to the shadows," said Jeff Moat, the President of Partners for Mental Health, who have started a month-long national campaign called "Not Myself Today".

    "It doesn't receive its reasonable share of funding when compared to other illnesses in terms of the number of people with mental illness and the economic impact of mental illness, it is severely underfunded," he added. "To date, there has been little public reaction to the situation, in part, because those suffering from mental illness and their family members are afraid to speak out because of the stigma and discrimination."

    According to Partners for Mental Health, seven million people across Canada will experience a mental health issue this year, but only a third of those living with mental illness are likely to seek and receive the services they need.

    "We feel that in order to address this problem, we'll require the collective and concerted efforts of many individuals, organizations and governments, which, essentially, we're talking a social movement, to overcome the obstacles and drive transformative change," Moat added. "If we look to other illnesses or disease states, take cancer, breast cancer or AIDS, that have been successful at affecting change, generating research funds and infulencing government, we see that their success has come about as a result of a large, active social movement, and the time has come to rally Canadians across the country in order to acheive similar successes and support for the mental health cause."

    "Not Myself Today" encourages Canadians to go online to sign a pledge for mental health, and also pin their mood on a virtual map of Canada. Moat says since the campaign started on April 2nd, over 5000 pledges have been taken across Canada.

    "It'll take you less than 30 seconds to do," Moat added. "By doing so, you signal to other Canadians and to our elected officials that mental health is something that is important to you as an individual, it's important to our families, and it can no longer be ignored. We're all touched by it, and that's why we're all pledging our support to improve mental health in Canada.

    You can take part by visiting notmyselftoday.cauntil April 30th.

    Colin Powers talked with Partners for Mental Health President Jeff Moat about the "Not Myself Today" campaign:

  • sarcan
    The SARCAN Depot in Swift Current

    The provincial government has signed a long-term contract with SARCAN Recycling.

    Environment Minister Dustin Duncan announced the new four-year deal on Friday, saying it was important to give SARCAN some long term funding because of their steady growth. He added that providing funding year to year makes it more difficult to plan for the long term.

    The government has been a partner with SARCAN for the last 24 years, and there are 71 SARCAN depots in 65 communities across the province.

    Overall, Saskatchewan has the highest recycling return rate in the country at 88 per cent.
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    SaskPower is giving you a chance to save some money while making your home more energy-efficient.

    Judy May, Acting Vice-President of Customer Services for the Crown Utility, says they are offering discounts to help customers to move to more efficient lighting, fixtures and products: "The research that we have done shows that about 21% of electricity used in a typical Saskatchewan home goes to lighting. If people were to switch to more efficient ways of lighting through compact fluorescents or LED lighting... these types of lighting use up to 75% less electricity lasting up to 25 times longer."

    May adds they're hoping this program could end up reducing the province's electricity demand by a million kilowatts, or the amount needed to power 126 homes.

    The discounts are available through the end of April at all Saskatchewan Costco, Lowe's, Peavey Mart and Home Depot stores, and again from May 4th to 31st at Canadian Tire.
  • street sweeper
    A city street sweeping truck cleans 19th Ave NE in Swift Current (Archived photo)

    Even though it's cold and it could snow today, spring is here and that means it's time again for residential street sweeping in Swift Current.

    The city has been split into 14 different areas, with crews looking to work in at least one of those areas each day over the next few weeks.

    Areas 9 and 10 are set to be swept as the program starts Monday. Those areas include the streets east of 13th Ave NE to Memorial Drive (formerly the Highway 4 bypass), and between Hillcrest Drive and Walker Street. People living in those areas are being asked to keep their cars off the street between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

    You can get updates on the street sweeping program and a map of the different areas on the City's website.
  • sask power

    Parts of southwest Saskatchewan will have no power for much of the day Sunday.

    SaskPower is advising customers in Assiniboia, Limerick, Verwood, Readlyn, Congress, Mossbank, Ardill, Gravelbourg, Kincaid, Mankota, Ponteix and surrounding areas of a planned power outage for system maintenance.

    The outage will be from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
  • semi jackknife
    Emergency crews were called to a jack-knifed semi on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Caronport. (Photo: DiscoverMooseJaw.com)

    Parts of the southwest and much of southern Saskatchewan were hit with a blast of winter to start the Easter long weekend.

    A storm bringing heavy snow and blowing snow moved into the province, and road conditions seemed to deteriorate rapidly as soon as it arrived. RCMP reported no fewer than 14 traffic collisions throughout the southern half of the province between 11:00am and 2:00pm Friday, and some serious accidents through the rest of the day, including a fatal accident in the evening.

    Two people were killed in a head-on collision between two half-ton trucks on Highway 10 near Fort Qu'Appelle just before 10:00pm Friday night. The two drivers of the trucks were found dead at the scene, while a female passenger was sent to hospital in serious condition after being trapped in one of the vehicles.

    Earlier in the day, three people, including a young child under 10 years old, were trapped in a pickup that rolled off Highway 1 eastbound near Pense in the early afternoon. The Trans-Canada was also closed between Moose Jaw and Caronport where a semi jack-knifed on the road, blocking traffic for several hours.

    Road conditions have improved somewhat, but you are advised to keep up to date by calling the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report linkon Swift Current Online.
  • windscape
    (Photo: Windscape Kite Festival)

    A popular event  to kick off summer in Swift Current is getting closer.

    The Long Day's Night Music Festival is on June 21st to 24th, with the Windscape Kite Festival set for June 23rd and 24th in the festival site on the corner of 11th Ave SW and Marston Street.

    The Music Festival will be four days long this year, and Cultural Festivals Co-ordinator Shann Gowan says one of the headliners is no stranger to the event.

    "On June 23rd, we have Jordan Cook," Gowan said. "We had Jordan Cook here for the very first Long Day's Night Festival we had, he was just a kid then, and he is amazing. He is the best guitarist you'll ever see."

    The festival will also feature Yukon Blonde on June 21st, Delhi 2 Dublin on June 22nd and Elliott Brood will wrap everything up on June 24th.

    As for the Kite Festival, Gowan says it should be another great event, with kite flyers and entertainers from around the world set to attend. "We have two kite teams coming all the way from Germany," Gowan added. "They have big show kites, and we're really excited... We also have a team of sport kiters that are coming from California that will be absolutely fantastic."

    Gowan added they are looking for volunteers to help out with the event, saying they would like to fill some morning and afternoon shifts, adding lots of jobs are available, including working the kids' tent and serving food.

    If you want to volunteer or get more information, you can go to windscapekitefestival.ca. Tickets for the Long Day's Night Music Festival are also now available at Pharmasave in Swift Current or online at ticketedge.ca.

    Colin Powers talked with Shann Gowan about the plans for the Windscape and Long Day's Night festivals:

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    Quick action from local RCMP and other emergency officials helped located a missing two year old girl.

    Police say she wandered from her downtown Swift Current home this morning.

    Within 15 minutes of putting a call out to the media, the young girl was found.
  • gambling-logo

    The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority handed out $1.1 million in gaming grants for the final quarter of 2011, and that included a significant amount of money in the southwest.

    "Swift Current and surrounding area is receiving just over $51,000 in grants," said SLGA spokesman David Morris. That's within the community of Swift Current and some of the neighbouring communities, including Maple Creek, Gull Lake and Shaunavon."

    Morris added that two organizations in Swift Current received major contributions among the grants allocated in the city: "The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is receiving a grant for $12,400, the local Shrine Club is receiving a significant grant of $10,595... everything from the Archery Club, Southwest Crisis Services, and Special Olympics."

    These quarterly grants are based on a percentage of net proceeds raised through licensed charitable gaming activities such as bingos or raffles.

    Shawn Mullin talked with David Morris of the SLGA about the charitable gaming grants:

  • beardathon

    It can be itchy, patchy, and after the first week you might be tempted to shave it off, but once again this spring that hockey playoff beard can help save a life.

    The NHL Players Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are teaming up for their 2nd annual Beard-A-Thon, with this year's event officially kicking off last week.

    "There are so many Canadians that have been affected by heart disease and stroke, and as Canadians, we are hockey people, it's in our blood. I think it's a great combination," said Spokesperson Gaylene Poulin. "NHLPA Alumni are challenging fans, players and anyone interested in growing out a playoff beard. The fun part about it is all proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation."

    Golden West Radio's Shawn Mullin is taking part in the fundraiser, and you can support him, or sign up yourself at beardathon.ca.
  • katimavek

    Your last chance to host a Katimavik volunteer is coming up.

    The federal government has cut funding to the youth volunteer program that puts Canadian children in communties to work and experience local culture.

    It appears cost was the major factor.

    "It's been a place for a long time," said Cypress Hills MLA David Anderson. "I guess the decision was made that we needed to cut it because... it's very expensive. I think the minister was using the number of $28,000 per participant. It's seen as an expensive program and the decision was made that we were going to do some trimming throughout government."

    Golden West Radio has been unable to get any comments from the Katimavik organization on the end of their program.

    The local chapter is still looking for homes that could host one of their Katimavik volunteers during their spring visit.

    Their 10 volunteers live in one house together and, for 2 weeks during their rotation, will get out of the house and connect with a local family.

    Katimavik describes it as an opportunity for them to discover the community, experience Saskatchewan culture and be immersed in their second language.

    The families get $10 per day to house a volunteer. 

    If you'd like to billet a Katimavik volunteer between May 4th and 18th, contact Stephanie at 1-866-941-6589 ext. 2201

    Click here for an editorial supporting Katimavik from Olympic Champion Adam van Koeverden 
  • anderson hoc
    Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson

    The long gun registry is no more, after Bill C-19, the federal legislation to end the registry, received Royal Assent and officially became law Thursday.

    "I'm excited, I know that people that are legitimate gun owners are excited," said Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson. "This registry has cost enough money over the years. It's been wasteful, it's been ineffective and we're finally rid of it."

    The registry is said to have cost taxpayers over two billion dollars to maintain.

    Anderson has long been opposed to the registry, and said many people in his riding shared his feelings: "We've had a number of the southwest rural folks who have really been involved in this issue. People like Greg Illerbrun, he's worked on it for over 15 years, and these guys are now able to see the results of their work."

    Anderson adds this law, and an earlier law ending the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on grain sales, is the result of a strong western representation in parliament.

    With the law going into effect at midnight last night, the enforcement of the registry has ended and data on registered gun owners in Canada will start to be destroyed.
  • guns seized
    The guns seized

    RCMP seized 19 firearms from residences in Swift Current and Simmie.

    They executed a search warrent last Saturday after reports of uttering threats and unsafe storage.

    "Search warrant was to get firearms in relation to a threats and storage issue," said Shaunavon RCMP Sergeant Lorne Siba. "As a result a total of 19 firearms were seized."

    Police also seized thousands of rounds of ammunition and 90 grams of marijuana.

    They charged 40-year-old Vincent Hurl from Swift Current with three counts of  unsafe storage of firearms, uttering threats and possession of a controlled substance.

    Hurl was released with conditions and is scheduled to appear in Swift Current Provincial Court on April 25th.

    Interview with RCMP Sergeant Lorne Siba:

  • cloth diaper

    Swift Current will be a part of an attempt at a Guinness World Record tomorrow.

    The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at the Plaza Shopping Centre at 10:30am tomorrow morning as part of a worldwide attempt to break the record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.

    "There's 308 locations in 16 different countries, there's 42 locations just in Canada alone, and all of those numbers will be put together and hopefully we'll beat the 5026 cloth diapers changed last year," said organizer Cindy Schultz. "We have about 18 people at the moment, but we are hoping to have more, as lots of people said they are bringing friends, so we are inviting everybody to come, try a sample diaper that we'll have, and see what the benefits of cloth are."

    If you want to get involved, you can contact Cindy Schultz, or visit "Great Cloth Diaper Change Swift Current", on Facebook.

    Colin Powers talked with Cindy Schultz about the event:

  • graham james 2
     Former Swift Current Broncos coach and convicted sex offender Graham James

    Manitoba's Conservative justice critic is pushing for an appeal of Graham James' sentence.

    The former Swift Current Broncos coach pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting NHL star Theo Fleury and former Bronco Todd Holt while they played for him, and was sentenced to two years in jail.

    Opposition MLA Kelvin Goertzen called the sentence appaling and reminded Attorney General Andrew Swan that the Crown had only 15 more days to appeal.

    But a spokesperson for Swan says he is not involved in the decision to appeal specific cases, and added the opposition is trying to garner a cheap political hit with a very serious issue before the courts.
  • oilrig
    Crown petroleum and natural gas rights sales fell year-to-year this month in the province.

    They generated $16.4 million province wide, compared to $109 million last year at this time.

    The Swift Current area generated $1.4 million, the third most in the province.

    "I think a decent number," said Director of Public Affairs for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources Bob Ellis: "The top purchaser of acreage in the Swift Current area was a company named LexTerra Land limited purchasing eight lease parcels for over $720,000."

    Ellis says sales are down as companies concentrate more on working what they already own.

    Interview with Bob Ellis:
  • cityhall
    Swift Current City Hall

    A contingent from the City of Swift Current made a trip to Billings, Montana earlier this month to continue discussions on the southwest corridor.

    Deputy Mayor Ryan Plewis said if they want improvements they need to be on the same page, “I don't think the right way to think about this is us or them sort of venture. I think probably realistically what we need to do is say as a region pick a route, pick a highway we're going to support in terms of having an investment into infrastructure and we need to pick a port that we're going to need to get behind”

    Plewis adds that not speaking with one voice would make it easier for other politicians to ignore their requests, “The most important thing we can do again is speak with one voice. It's two easy for different politicians at different levels, whether at Provincial or Federal, to not make a decision based on investment when people in the same region can't even agree on it”

    There has been talk of the commercial port going on Highway 4 and Highway 37.

    Plewis said it's most likely that they won't get both, “In an ideal world obviously everyone would have everything but this is a world with finite resources and different levels of government who make different decisions.”

    The two countries have been working to develop a 24-hour commercial port here in the southwest for a number of years

    Colin Powers talks with Deputy Mayor Ryan Plewis
  • winter warning

    The Easter Long Weekend will start with a nasty snowstorm.

    The snowfall warning that was in place for the Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Val Marie and Cypress Hills areas, has been changed to a winter storm warning. Up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected in those areas today before tapering off later this evening, and strong winds will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

    The Swift Current area and the rest of the southwest should see up to 10 centimetres of snow this afternoon.

    Other parts of the province are expected to be hit hard by this same storm, with areas north of Regina and Yorkton possibly getting up to 40 centimetres of snow.

    If you are heading out on the roads today, make sure to check the latest road conditions by calling the Highway hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the road report linkon Swift Current Online.
  • sgi-tower-regina

    Six southwest communities are taking part in SGI's 2012 Seat Belt Challenge, and they are encouraging residents there to buckle up every time they step in a vehicle.

    Shannon Ell is the Manager of Traffic Safety Promotion for the Crown Insurer, and said the program has helped increase seatbelt use since it first started in 2008, “What we found in the communities we've held it in the past is that every community, except for one and we've done about 39 communities now, has seen an increase in seatbelt use in this process.”

    Assiniboia, Eastend, Gravelbourg, Gull Lake, Maple Creek and Shaunavon are taking part in the challenge, and the community with the highest positive change in seatbelt use will win $20,000 toward a road safety project.

    The winning community will be announced in the fall.

    Colin Powers Interviews Shannon Ell, Manager of Traffic Safety Promotion for SGI
  • zombageddon2

    Zombies may soon be taking over Swift Current looking for brains!

    Local products Devon Omen and Bob Taylor are spearheading an amateur horror film called Zombageddon and over 60 people have signed up to be involved.

    They have been been fooling arond with amateur movie making for a long time.

    "We make little short silly horror movies," Omen said. "We finally decided we should make a serious horror movie. It's actually coming out of our pockets and whatever we make from the film is going to go to a charity." 

    Taylor adds they are still looking for more people who are willing to contribute to their project.

    "They can say I'm a makeup artist or I'm a camera operator," Taylor said. "We're basically looking for anyone and everyone. Even if you have no acting experience... you can be a zombie. We have so far I believe 60 zombies and a main cast of 8 people. We want more zombies."

    Check out the Zombageddon facebook page for more information.

    Interview with Devon Omen and Bob Taylor:

  • rockcreek
    Shaunavon's Rock Creek Golf and Country Club

    The Rock Creek Golf and Country Club and Marv's Welding in Shaunavon are presenting a big weekend of entertainment next Saturday.

    Lisa Schmit from the organizing committee explained “We're really excited Shane Yellowbird is coming in to do a cabaret on Saturday April 21 at the Cresent Point Wickenheiser Centre here in Shaunavon.”

    Schmit adds, “The doors open at 7 o clock and the show will start at 8 o clock. The tickets are on sale around Shaunavon at Western Financial Group and the Shaunavon Credit Union, they are 25 dollars in advance 30 dollars at the door so you want to get them in advance.”

    Doors will open at seven with the performance to begin at eight with all proceeds going to Clubhouse accessiblity. No minors will be allowed.

    Advance tickets are 25 dollars each and are available at the Shaunavon Credit Union and Western Financial Group

  • shaunavon hospital
    Two temporary disruptions have been scheduled for the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre this weekend.

    Emergency services and acute admissions will be unavailable at the hospital from 7:00pm Thursday night to 7:30am Friday morning, and again from 7:00pm Monday night to 7:30am Tuesday morning.

    Those in the Shaunavon area needing emergency care during those times are asked to call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.

  • roadclosed2
    Crews at work this morning.

    Motorists take note, 6th Ave NE from Chaplin Street to Herbert Street will be closed today from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to repair a leaking service at the corner of 6th Ave NE and Herbert Street.

  • helpwanted2

    For the second consecutive month the unemployment rate in Swift Current/Moose Jaw is on the rise.

    It moved from 4.4% in February to 4.7% in March. It's also up from 4.3% a year ago.

    The labour force dropped again by 500 people from February to March. It's down 4000 people from this time last year.

    There were also 600 fewer people working in our region from February to March. The number of jobs dropped from 50,700 last year to 46,800 last month.

    In Saskatchewan as a whole there are almost 5000 more jobs year over year. However, the unemployment rate in the province went up from 5.1% in February to 5.2% in March. It's still significantly ahead of the 7.8% national unemployment rate.

  • aquatic centre2

    The Swift Current Aquatic Centre will be closed all day today.

    City Rec and Parks says the closure is needed so crews can replace critical plumbing needed for the filtration system for the facility's main pool.

    Regular programming will resume at 10:00 am tomorrow.

  • winter warning

    A nasty snowstorm is coming our way to kick off the Easter long weekend.

    A snowfall warning is in effect for the Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Val Marie and Cypress Hills areas, as up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall tomorrow. Strong wind gusts up to 60 kilometres per hour will also accompany this storm.

    The rest of the southwest should see some snow as well with up to 10cm expected by tomorrow night.

    Drivers looking to get away this long weekend should keep an eye on the road and weather conditions before heading out. You can call the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623, or click the Road Reportlink on Swift Current Online.
  • shaunavon rcmp
    Shaunavon RCMP

    Shaunavon RCMP are looking for the public's assistance in solving the following crime: Between February 28th and April 11th thieves entered a farm south of Eastend and stole various tools and equipment including a post pounder, an air compressor and a westward socket set.

    Anyone with any information on this crime is asked to contact Shaunavon RCMP at 297-5550 or you can call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

    If your information leads to an arrest or a case being cleared you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to two thousand dollars.

  • Eastfire2
    A firefighter surveys the smoldering bales east of Swift Current.

    A bale fire East of Swift Current got the attention of Rural and City fire departments this morning.

    This call came in from a Golden West Radio listener, “Probably about a hundred feet of bale on fire. I think there's 5 fire trucks there right now, City firetrucks and RM firetrucks are there. It's at the Primrose Livestock feed lot just on the southside of the highway on the westside of Waldeck”

    Swift Current City Fire Captain Rod Smith said they did have around 8 members attending to the fire. According to recent calls to the swiftcurrentonline newsroom the fire now appears to under control.

    A call from concerned listener with the details of the fire around 7:00am this morning
  • jailhouse
    The reported mugshot of Graham James taken after his sentencing on March 20th (Photo: Winnipeg Free Press)

    Manitoba justice officials have announced that the Crown is appealing the sentence imposed on former Swift Current Broncos coach Graham James.

    James was sentenced to two years in prisonafter pleading guilty to sexually assaulting former NHL star Theo Fleury and former Bronco Todd Holt. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year sentence.

    In filing the appeal, the Crown is arguing that the judge made a mistake by over-emphasizing the significance of prior sentences for similar offences.

    The two-year sentence sparked widespread outrage from James' victims and the public. Theo Fleury was quick to react to the news of the appeal notice, posting this statement on his website.

    I was just notified that the Crown Prosecutor in Winnipeg is seeking an appeal on the Graham James sentence.

    The people of Canada have spoken loud and clear about the biggest and most vile epidemic on the planet to date, that of child sex abuse. The government has apparently heard, and now the Crown Prosecutor in Winnipeg is taking action by seeking to appeal the joke of a sentence Graham James received.

    I fully stand by this action, and it is the hope of all victims, survivors, Victors and Advocates, that justice takes a huge leap forward by sentencing pedophiles to years behind bars.

    As you know, this has been a trying time for my family and me. This news has helped to bring some light in a very dark area of my life.

    I urge all Canadians to keep up the pressure on our politicians and our judges to change the laws and put victims of sexual abuse and assault ahead of the whining and crying of pedophiles and their lawyers.

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    Swift Current is getting government funding to make life easier for immigrants in the city.

    Communications and Grants coordinator John Statton said, “We've successfully applied for fifteen thousand dollars from the Ministry of Advanced Education Employment and Immigration, to develop online municipal information for immigrants.”

    Statton adds that they will partner with the Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote the city as a destination and make the transition to life here easier, “Really going to showcase that the reasons to live in Swift Current and what we offer as a community. Not only City services that we offer but we're also partnering with the Newcomer Welcome Centre.”

    The site will start in English but they hope it will eventually be available in six languages.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Communications and Grants coordinator John Statton
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    The home of local service organizations was hit with a break and enter over the Easter weekend.

    Swift Current RCMP report that someone broke into the Lion's Club overnight on Friday.

    "I beleive that building does house various service groups," said Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell. "We're investigating the matter and we would appreciate any information that the public may have."

    He wouldn't get specific on what was stolen.

    "I don't want to get into the particulars," MacDonell said. "There was some damage done inside. There were some items taken. I don't want to get into that."

    Police say there was at least one break in overnight on Friday, but it's possible the building was also entered after that.

    Meanwhile, Swift Current Rural RCMP are looking into the theft of a Honda engine from an auger parked on the North Side of the railroad tracks in Tompkins.

    The red and white 11 horsepower engine was stolen sometime in the last two weeks of March.

    If you have any information you can contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

    Interview with Staff Sergeant Al MacDonell:
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    Lyle Stewart
    Not even a week after the long-gun registry was shut down by the federal government, it is once again stirring up controversy.

    Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has stated that if he were Prime Minister he would re-instate the registry.

    Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart has asked Saskatchewan NDP Leader John Nilson to tell Mulcair to re-think that promise.

    "Farmers and ranchers and acreage owners need long guns to defend their property from predators," said Stewart. "Hunters are almost criminalized by this thing and are often in many cases are. It's always been opposed by the majority of people in western Canada."

    Nilson is out of the country at a conference and was unavailable for comment. The provincial NDP does not have an official policy on the issue.

    The long-gun registry was officially shut down on April 6th.

    Interview with Lyle Stewart:
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    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris

    It's another sign of a booming job market in Saskatchewan and the southwest. Over 1 million people visited the saskjobs.ca website in March, a 13.5 per cent increase over the same month last year.

    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said that increase translates to our region as well, “In Swift Current for example, we've seen that theres an increase of more than 200 jobs year over year. That's a powerful message to send as those looking at Swift Current again from other parts of the province or right across the country.”

    The visits don't just come from Canada as there were nearly 14,000 visits from computers in Ireland.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Minister Rob Norris
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    More than 12,000 students and adults around the province will be sporting their pink attire this month...

    The Canadian Red Cross is once again teaming with schools and businesses to address and prevent bullying throughout Saskatchewan.

    Public Affairs & Development Coordinator Tim Johnson said, “Everyone has been affect by bullying at some point, if you haven't been bullied you've seen the effect it's had on other people or you witnessed it or maybe even been a bully yourself and part of it from schools, businesses, commutities, lets end it.”

    The anti-bullying campaign is celebrated in schools on April 18th.

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    Thanks to area residents, a massive grass fire has been contained, just west of Central Butte.

    The volunteer fire department put the call out just after the lunch hour Wednesday, asking for all the help they could get in containing a raging fire just along the west side outskirts of town. Firefighters from other communities and nearby farmers responded, and at last word have gotten the fire under control.

    A caller to the Swift Current Online newsroom described the fire as burning just outside of Central Butte on the opposite side of Highway 19 from the junction of Highway 42 all the way down to 1 1/2 kilometres south of Central Butte and stretched 1 kilometre west.

    Town Administrator Joyce Aitken is thankful to everyone that helped out. "Right now it's under control. We have lots of resources out there right now, lots of help, lots of people, lots of equipment, so right now it's under control."

    "I don't think there's been any property damage or any damage to structures, other than that, it was just a grass fire", added Aitken.

    Mark called into the Swift Current Online newsroom to let us know what he saw at 12:30pm today:
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    Tickets are now on sale for the first induction dinner of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.

    The dinner will take place in Swift Current at the Credit Union iPlex on Saturday July 28 and will be hosted by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger who stated, “I am very excited to help celebrate the inaugural inductees and grand opening of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in Swift Current. It’s a great tribute to hockey in Saskatchewan and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

    Only 500 tickets will be sold for the event at a cost of $125 per ticket. Beginning immediately, tables will be sold exclusively until June 1st at which point individual tickets will be available for purchase. Those interested in purchasing a table can confirm with any Director of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame (http://saskhockeyhalloffame.com/board), from any member of the Dinner Committee in Swift Current or by contacting Jerrod Schafer at National Bank Financial at 306-778-4776.

    Demand is expected to be significant for the dinner so those interested are encouraged to reserve their table immediately.

    Inductee Bryan Trottier added, “I’m very humbled by this honor and to be included in such a tremendous induction class. I’m really looking forward to returning to my home province where my hockey memories all started and catch up with everyone at the dinner!”

    Inaugural inductees honored at the dinner will includeGordon Juckes, Ed Chynoweth, Athol Murray, Doc Seaman, Bill Hunter, Bill Ford,Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Glenn Hall, Johnny Bower, Fred Sasakamoose, Metro Prystai, Bryan Trottier, Max Bentley, Doug Bentley, Elmer Lach, 1982-83 University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 1974 Regina Pats, 1985 Prince Albert Raiders, 1989 Swift Current Broncos, and 1955-64 Semans Wheat Kings and Dennis Pottage.

    Todd Vallee interviews Jerrod Schaefer
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    The Heart and Stroke Big Bike
    (Photo: edwards.usask.ca)

    The Heart and Stroke Big Bike will once again be rolling around the southwest to raise money for a worthy cause.

    Now in it's 18th season, calendar dates are filling up for teams to register.

    Big Bike Program Specialist Andrea Orr says participation is not a problem in our part of the province.

    We have quite a few teams that ride in the southwest. This year we have teams registered all across the area and we have teams that have actually rode in the southwest area of the province for several years now and so we enjoy coming down to that area of the province but there's always room for improvement and we're always looking for more teams to ride.”

    She says they've set the bar high for 2012.

    I would love to come in this year and just smash our record (fundraising) total. In 2010 our fundraising total was $502,000.”

    If you'd like to register a big bike team to raise money for heart and stroke research you can call 1-888-473-4636 or visit heartandstroke.sk.ca.

    Interview with Andrea Orr:

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    Principal Bryan Braun addresses the students at Central School

    Early in the voting for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge campaign, Swift Current's Central School is out in front.

    "Saskatchewan is really behind is right now," said spokesperson Shantal Roszell. "They are supporting us and have moved us (from 8th) all the way to 1rst."

    If they win the school will get $20,000 towards an outdoor classroom.

    "We want to get students more inquiry based, more active in their learning," said Principal Bryan Bruan. "This is certainly a great way to do this... through the planting, through the gardening, students will have the opportunity to be in touch with their environment."

    One grade five student told a media kick-off event Tuesday what that would mean for the students: "In the outdoor classroom I will have a space to learn and grow and see what Mother Nature has to give to us to enjoy... and I will give back ten times more."

    A grade four added his thoughts: "In the outdoor classroom I will learn (about) and see new plants that I never have before. I can learn about the environment while enjoying and respecting it."

    Even with early success, Central School doesn't have time to get complacent.

    "There is still 40 days left in voting," Roszell said . "We need everyone to vote from now on and the more votes we can get the better."

    You can support Central School by voting at Majesta.com

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    Shantal Roszell points out part of the area that would become an outdoor classroom

    Interview with spokesperson Shantal Roszell:

    Click here to see our previous story on the competition with their video application and more details on the outdoor classroom
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    A home in phase 1 of the development (photo from http://www.dwwallace.com/residential_projects.html)

    The site of the former Swift Current Union Hospital continues to develop into a growing residential community called Sweetwater Estates.

    Development of phase one is well underway, and now work on phase two will soon begin, after Swift Current City Council approved a subdivision to allow construction of a 32-unit condo development.

    "In order to accommodate the development a subdivision had to be a carried out," said Swift Current Director of Engineering Mac Forster. "To bring a little bit of property from the the adjoining parcel, which he owns as well, and amalgamate it with the property of phase 2 to accommodate the size of the building and the parking requirements."

    Forster adds it's nice to see residential development not just on the outer edges of the city, but redevlopment of properties within the city.

    Interview with Mac Forster:

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    The city extends their bus pass partnership

    The City of Swift Current has extended a partnership with the Ministry of Social Services for their subsidized bus pass program.

    The program has allowed eligible residents to receive monthly bus passes at a discounted rate of $15.

    Engineering Director Mac Forster believes the program has had good uptake since it first started in 2008.

    “There's been close to 800 individuals in our community who have qualified for subsidized bus passes through the Ministry of Social Services, " Forster said. "I believe last year 175 of those sold."

    "I anticipate another agreement forthcoming but it represents about six months. The Ministry grants the City a total of six thousand dollars to go toward our subsidized bus pass.”

    Interview with Mac Forster:

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    Highway 13 between Cadillac and Shaunavon (Photo: google.ca)

    How are the roads where you live?

    Despite record spending by the provincial government, a recent CAA Saskatchewan member survey showed 50 per cent of drivers still believe our highways are getting worse.

    To promote better upkeep, CAA is asking for your opinion during the "Worst Roads Campaign".

    Director of Communications Lisa Wilson-Sturm says you can vote on CAA Saskatchewan's website over the next few weeks.

    What we'll do is take that list and if there are some roads on it that are under the responsibility of the provincial government then we'll fire those off to them or if they're municiple roads then we'll send that list to those municiple governments that are responsible.”

    To cast your vote, you can head to caask.ca up until April 23rd, and the results will be posted near the end of April or early May.

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    Chuck Gartner

    The Shaunavon Credit Union held their Annual General Meeting Monday evening.

    They are reporting a deposit growth of 16.2% as well as  announced a project to assist Co Op development in Ghana.

    "We're operating in a very low rate environment like all financial institutions," said General Manager of the Shaunavon Credit Union, Chuck Gartner. "With a low rate environment comes low margins. We're basically tied to the rates that are global. There is no patronage payout to the membership due to a focus of our board wanting to build our capital as a top priority."

    The Credit Union also decided to continue with MNP out of Saskatoon as their Auditor.

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    Difficulties in trying to recruit French immersion teachers have led to the Chinook School Division to look to Eastern Canada.

    Acting Director of Education Kyle McIntyre said they were able to get some positive results, hiring two teachers from a recruiting trip last year to Fredericton, New Brunswick, “While we were out there recruiting we found out that Moncton is actually a larger trainer of French immersion or French as a second language teachers. So this year Rod Seamens, our human resources coordinator, and I went out recruiting there and found some very solid prospects.”

    McIntyre adds the only place in Saskatchewan that trains French Immersion teachers is the University of Regina, which only turned out five grads last year who were hired by schools in Saskatoon and Regina.

    Interview With Kyle McIntyre
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    Swift Current's Walmart the day after the fire 

    Walmart customers had to evacuate the store Sunday due to a small fire above the photo lab.

    "There was a little trouble with one of the heating/cooling rooftop units," said Swift Current Fire Captain Trevor Braun. "It put a little smoke and ash in the photo lab at Walmart. Quite minor. Just causes a little havoc throughout the store. The fire was contained to an electrical junction box on a rooftop heater."

    Staff evacuated customers before the fire department even got there.

    "It was quite orderly," Braun said.

    It was a quick job that took less than approximately two hours, but Braun couldn't say if it would require any major repairs.

    Interview with Swift Current Fire Captain Trevor Brauin:

    The investigation is continuing into a fire at a house in Shaunavon early Sunday morning.

    At about 9:30am fire crews and police were called to a house at the corner of third avenue and fourth street west.

    Police report that the building was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

    Meanwhile, a 26 year old man from Star City has been sentenced in Provincial Court in Swift Current for his part in an arson that occurred in Shaunavon on June 20, 2010.

    Ryan Montes was sentenced to a nine month conditional sentence with one year of probation, as well as a ten year firearm prohibition and a restitution order for a fire that was set in a shed located in the Four Seasons Trailer Court at Shaunavon.
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    Firefighters battling the blaze this morning 

    A terrible start to the week in downtown Moose Jaw as a building that is said to be 100 years old has gone up in smoke.

    Firefighters were called to the brick building, just south of the corner of 1st and High Street west, around 6:24 Monday morning. Fire Chief Garth Palmer explains his crews got right to work. "We responded from both stations. It was reported as a fire outside of the building. They extinguished the fire at the rear of the building and very quickly found out that that fire had spread from the inside and so they started to evacuate the building."

    Chief Palmer says there were 10 people inside the building and they were all evacuated safely, although one person did have to be treated by Moose Jaw and District EMS for undisclosed injuries. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are helping the residents who have been displaced by the fire.

    Crews on scene have told us the roof has collapsed and the building has suffered extensive damage. As Chief Palmer mentioned, the original report was that the fire started on the fire escape but that is no longer believed to be the case. So, the investigation into a cause continues.

    The fire has impacted some business in downtown Moose Jaw. The north west wind has been blowing the smoke across the area and Shawn Bourassa had to shut down his National Cafe. He and a number of his regular customers were watching the fire from an alley.

    "Everybody was out watching the fire anyways, so there won't be much action in the old place today. Everybody is pretty curious as to what's going on here."

    Firefighters are still on the scene and at last word were watching for hot spots and flare ups. Stay tuned for the latest.

    Click here to see pictures from the scene.

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    Crews at work at 7:30 am this morning

    Those who use the railway crossing on 11th Avenue Northeast will need to take a detour today.

    Canadian Pacific Railway is doing some work on the crossing, and the City of Swift Current says it will be closed off from 7:00am to 7:00pm tonight.
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    The new ambulance in Eastend

    The Community of Eastend has a new ambulance. Last week a number of municipal leaders were in attendance to see the transfer of the ambulance to the Eastend EMS staff.

    Eastend Mayor Scott Morvik was one of the leaders on hand and said, “It's a great day for the community and surrounding RM's, RM's Piapot, Arlington, Town of Eastend, brand new ambulance it's exciting.”

    Morvik added,“We have this pilot project in the community with full time EMTs that's working very well. This ambulance only makes that whole program that much better.”

    The events also provided an opportunity to pay tribute to a long time friend of the Eastend EMS Service. A plaque was dedicated in honour of Mr. Charlie Goulet who served for many years with the Eastend EMS Service. That plaque will become a permanent fixture in the new ambulance.

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    Premier Brad Wall

    Premier Brad Wall is defending his first budget since the Sask Party was re-elected. It passed in the legislature last week.

    Wall responded to the NDP criticism that the budget favoured politicians over people because of the proposed future addition of three new MLAs to the province, “750,000 dollars would be the cost of three more. We've already said look we're going to absorb those within the cost of the current Saskatchewan legislative assembly budget. So there will simply be no more cost for this. I guess it's a way for the NDP to do their spin but it's simply not true.”

    Wall said our province has grown significantly and the electoral map is drawn up based on the census.

    The provincial government forecasts revenues of $11.3 billion and spending of $11.2 billion.

    Wall adds that they made tough choices so they could fund priorities like health care and education while making sure the budget stayed balanced.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Premier Brad Wall
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    Great Plains College

    Great Plains College is the first regional college in Saskatchewan offering health and dental coverage via their student fees.

    “Back in November, a referendum of full time students was held to determine the need and desire health and dental program. The students voted in favour of the plan and as a result we will have this available starting September 2012.”, said Director of Planning and Communications Carrie Voysey

    Students will pay an additional $252 dollars for the extended coverage.

    Voysey adds if students already have coverage they can opt out of the college plan.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Director of Planning and Communications Carrie Voysey
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    Shaunavon Credit Union General Manager Chuck Gartner

    The Shaunavon Credit Union is inviting their members to help them celebrate the International Year of Co Operatives this evening at their Annual General Meeting.

    “The annual meeting for the membership is Monday, April 2. We're encouraging everybody to join us for appetizers and refreshments at our annual general meeting, registration actually is at six thirty, meeting at seven thirty in the Credit Union basement hall.” said Credit Union General Manager, Chuck Gartner.

    Gartner also explained whats on the agenda for the evening, “We need to review minutes from last year, get through reports from 2011, get approval on the reports, and at the end of the day just check with membership if they have any questions on what the happens were for the year and where the future lies.”

    There will also be two special guest speakers.

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    Bus Depot

    The Saskatchewan Transportation Company says it wants to keep fares reasonable, but it needs to generate more revenue.

    Passenger fares went up yesterday by about $1.45 cents based on an average one way trip of 188 kilometres.

    That's an average increase of 4.76 %.

    STC spokeswoman Deanna Bergbusch said the company hasn't had a fare increase since 2010 and was below the western Canadian average.

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