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    Standard Motors a 4th Generation family business in Swift Current has been exceeding the standard in customer service for more than 100 years! Originally at the corner of 1st Northwest and Cheadle in 1910, the business moved to it's current location with the purchase of the International Harvester Field Warehouse Building in 1951. The dealership was completely destroyed by fire in 1964 and rebuilt in the current location. In 2001, Standard Motors purchased Pratt Pontiac Buick GMC making them the largest GM dealer in the Southwest. In 2005 the facility underwent a major renovation! As nominee for the 20069 Business of the Year and winners of the SC Bex Heritage award and the Community Involvement award in 2008, Standard Motors continues to set the standard for businesses in our community. They remain heavily involved in community projects and staff initiatives including donations of $50,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation Hospital Fund and a a $50,000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Health Care Foundation Hospital Fund and a $50,000 donation to the Lyric Theater restoration.

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    George Gannitsos travelled from Stolos, Greece to Regina in 1959 and began working for his brother as a dishwasher. The two quickly had dreams of expansion and in the spring of 1962, George travelled to Swift Current to open the Akropol Cafe in it's current location. Helen arrived in 1964...the two married in 1967 and raised 3 children in Swift Current. Greek families here at that time were forced to drive to Regina to attend church services. George and Helen were among several key members of the greek community who pushed to have the Life Giving Font Greek Orthodox Church brought to the city. Throughout the last 50 years, Swift Current residents and visitors have enjoyed Akropol's delicious menu of Canadian and Greek cuisine in a comfortable, family environment. In 1994, their son John and his wife, Rebecca bought in to the business and in 2005 added a licenced dining area and patio to the family. This week, we profile the Akropol Family Restaurant.

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    Originally from Melfort, Saskatchewan George Edwards opened Swift Current Steel in 1977. Lots has changed after 35 years in business. From humble beginnings in an old elevator with no cover for the steel to today with a 25 thousand square foot building and over 75-Hundred inventory items. Swift Current Steel has grown to feature new steel, the largest bolt section in the southwest, welding supplies, gases, tools, accessories and of course recycling steel. 35 years in business is a huge accomplishment. But, George's proudest accomplishment are his children, Crystal, Devin and Sherry who took over the family business after George's passing in August of 2011. The family is very thankful for the years of support from the Southwest community and look forward to serving you for years to come. This week, we profile Swift Current Steel.

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  • Today is your last day to get your Synonym for Swift Current entries in. Circus tickets are not cheap this year, and you could win 2 of them for free! Don't forget to enter the contest!
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    I have a proposition. Monday June 4th the circus is coming to town, and if you want go you can win free tickets right here on my blog!
    I have a love hate relationship with Swift Current, and have heard many nicknames for the city over the years. If you have heard an especially wonderful or colorful (and appropriate) nickname for Speedy Creek, I would love to hear what you've come up with. You can email me your answer at: [email protected] Entries will close Thursday at midnight, and whoever comes up with the most creative nickname for the city will win free tickets to the circus!
  • This weekend was a lot of fun! There was PBR, stalls at the mall, and a sunday full of strolling the streets of Swift Current. Here are a few of the pictures I took.

    Purses, purses, and more purses!

    Jumpstart Fundraiser.

    I'd like to see you ride a bull better than one of these guys.

    We're Canadian, this weather won't stop us.

  • Hey world! Last night was open mic night at the lyric theatre, lots of cool music.
    I'm a little biased though, my favorite music is hip hop. Here are some performers
    from last night.

    (Standing from left to right) Lucid Trip, Kidd Smash, Bizness

    Bout to go pro pots and pans drummer.

    Tomorrow I'll be all around town in the cruiser, if you see me be sure to wave!
  • Lots of stuff going on this weekend, you can check it out at the link below.

    Apart from that, tonight is open mic night at the lyric theatre which starts at 8PM. Entrance costs 5$, or bring your guitar and jam on stage to get in free!

  • Just like I promised, here are some pictures from my May long adventures.

  • Good morning!
    Today there is an aboriginal celebration going on in Eastend, and it starts at 2PM. That's where I'm headed today feel free to meet me there if your bored.

  • Just because it's raining outside doesn't mean you can't have fun! You can go puddle jumping, stay in and play board games with the family, or even join me this afternoon as I visit Scotty the T-rex at the museum.

    Here's a picture of Scotty's skull!

    And a common food source before white man disrupted the prairies.

    (Great white buffalo)
  • Frustrated at work? Angry at your spouse? Ump make a bad call?

    Don't fret, may long weekend is almost here.

  • Good morning Swift Current!

    This is Kaleb Adam and I'll be your summer events coordinator for the summer of '12. If your interested in being in "the know" be sure to follow this blog as I'll be updating it as I attend events around southwest Saskatchewan.
    If you want to know what's going on in parks you can listen to the weekly parks report for this week below.

    Anyone who likes fun (doesn't everybody?) should follow this blog all summer.

  • A Prayer service for Mr. Andre Cyrenne of Ponteix, SK will be held Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm from Notre Dame d’Auvergne Catholic Church.
    The Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 AM from the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix, Sk. with Father Guy Anenmom Amedee officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK.
    Donations to Bridges Person Care Home, Ponteix, Sk. would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The Memorial Service for Cora Pearl Stark of Neidpath SK.  will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with John Duncan officiating.
    Private Family Graveside Service. The interment service will take place at the Mount Pleasant Burial Park 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 Mrs. Olive Monson of Kyle, SK will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Horse Butte Lutheran Church, Kyle District with Student Pastor Jay Lutz officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current, Sk.
    Donations to the Kyle Health Care Centre would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to  Warren's Funeral Home
  • There will be a viewing for Mrs. Tina Polsfut on Thursday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00pm at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The Funeral service for Mrs. Tina Polsfut of Swift Current will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
    Memorial donations may  be made to the Saskatchewan Alzheimer’s Association or to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Auxiliary.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.

    The Funeral service for Mrs. Tina Polsfut of Swift Currentwill be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.


    The interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.


    Memorial donations may be made to the Saskatchewan Alzheimer’s Association or to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Auxiliary.




    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home, Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

  • The family of the late  Mrs. Vadna  “Dolly”  Howlett of Swift Current and formerly of Kyle, SK wish to announce her passing at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge on Friday, May 11th, 2012,  At her request no formal Funeral will be held.
    A private interment service will take place at The Family Plot in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK. at a later date.
    Donations to Prairie Pioneers Lodge Auxilliary, would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home.
  • A Prayer Service for Mr. Stanley Gillis of Swift Current will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church with Father James Owolagba officiating.
    The interment will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Swift Current, SK.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Wilbur "Bill" Hoogeveen of Abbey, SK will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 2:00 PM from the Cabri Legion Community Hall with Reverend Marie Barr officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Shackleton Cemetery in Shackelton, SK.
    Donations to the Prairie Health Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The Funeral Service for Mr. Irwin (Buster) Undseth of Pennant will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Pennant Community Hall, Pennant, SK with Pastor Greg Kiel officiating.
    The interment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery, Fosterton, SK.
    Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • The Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Florence Bollman will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Webb Community Hall, Webb, SK.  
    Memorial donations may be made to the Swift Current SPCA Bookstore in memory of Florence.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home.
  • Those wishing to pay their respects to Mrs. Anna Janzen of Swift Current and formerly of Pambrun may do so Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Swift Current Funeral Home.
    The Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., from the Miller College of the Bible at Pambrun with Pastor Gary McKay and Pastor Cliff Janzen officiating.
    The Interment Service for will precede the Funeral Service take place at 1:00 pm at the Pambrun Cemetery.
    Donations to Canadian Sunday School Mission would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
  • The funeral service for Mr. James Wylie Jeffrey of Herbert Saskatchewan and formerly of Swift Current, will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Grace United Church with Barbara Wiebe  officiating.
    The interment service for Mr. James Wylie Jeffrey will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Research  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The family of Mrs. Isabella Schwab, of Hodgeville, wishes to announce her passing on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations made to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.
    Swift Current Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
  • Mr. Gordon James Clandinin of Swift Current, SK  passed away May 31, 2012 at the Herbert Nursing Home.
     At his request, there will be no formal service
    Memorial Donations made to the Parkinson Society of Canada  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Russell Austin of Simmie will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm from the Simmie Hall.
    The Private Family Interment Service for Mr. Russell Austin will take place at a later date.
    For those wishing, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Simmie Recreation Board would be appreciated by the family.
    Swift Current Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
  • Father Fernand L. Ducharme passed away Tueday, May 8, 2012 at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current, SK.
    A Prayer Vigil will be held, Friday, May 11 at 7:30 P.M. from the Notre Dame d’Auveregne Roman Catholic Church, Ponteix, SK.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with The Most Reverend Daniel J. Boham D.D. officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Church Cemetery in Ponteix, SK..
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home, Ponteix, SK. would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home 
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Morgan Leslie Wilson of Gull Lake SK. will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Knox United Church In Gull Lake with Reverend Bev Diduck officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery in Gull Lake, SK.
    Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Prayer service for Mrs. Yvette Goffinet-Douville of Ponteix, Sk.will be held Monday May 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. from Notre Dame d'Auvergne Roman Catholic Church.
    The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Notre Dame             d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Father Keith Heiberg officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK..
    Donations to the Foyer St. Joseph would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home 
  • The Prayer Service for Jules Larochelle of Ponteix, Sk will be held Fri, May 25 at 7:30 PM from Notre Dame D’Auvergne Catholic Church
    The memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM From the Notre Dame d' Auvergne Roman Catholic Church with Father Keith Heiberg officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Notre Dame d' Auvregne Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ponteix, SK.
    Donations to the Noteque Regional Park would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Lemieux Funeral Home
  • The funeral service for Bryce Molyneux of Swift Current will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. from the First United Church with Reverend Sharon Ferguson-Hood officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Kinsman Club  would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
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    The Canadian Cattlemen's Association will have representatives in Geneva this week for WTO hearings regarding the U.S. appeal on Country of Origin Labeling.

    The WTO dispute panel last year ruled that cool discriminates against Canadian livestock.

    John Masswohl, Director of Government and International Relations with the CCA explains the appeal will be heard Wednesday and Thursday, “And then after that we expect we'll know what the appeal body is ruling will be probably about the end of June. It may be confidential to the Government initially we expect it will all be done by the end of July.”

    He said the U.S. appeal seems to simply repeating its argument from the original case, “What the appeal is supposed to be is you're supposed to point out that the panel made an error in their inturpitation of the law or the agreement, but rather just seems the US is making the same arguments over again in saying the panel was wrong they didn't agree with the United States.”

    Masswohl says they're confident the Americans will lose the appeal.

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    A Court Date has been set for the Friends of Canadian Wheat Board Case

    The Federal Government is appealing Justice Campbells ruling that Ottawa acted illegally in introducing legislation affecting farmers and the Canadian Wheat Board.

    “We say yes the government can make new laws, the government can change new laws, but what the government can't is ignore existing laws or break existing laws.,” said Stewart Wells former director and a member of the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, “That's exactly what they did on October 18th when they refused to allow farmers to vote on these changes.”

    Wells adds that previous legislation on the books called for farmers to have a vote in any major marketing changes for the C-W-B, “On October 18th of last year when Federal Minister Jerry Ritz introduced the bill to dismantle the wheat board, he did that without following section 47.1, so at that point the friends of Canadian Wheat Board and the former elected directors who were directors at that time, challenged the miniters actions in court. And on December 7th the federal court and Justice Campbell ruled in favour of the farmers and said that yes the government had broken the law, the minister had broken the law when he had moved to make these changes without letting the farmers vote.”

    The appeal will be heard in Ottawa on May 23rd.

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    Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud

    As we wait for Industry Canada to make a ruling on the $6.1 billion take over bid from Glencore to purchase Viterra, Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister weighed in on the subject this morning at a breakfast hosted by Moose Jaw MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson.

    Bob Bjornerud says there are some positives to the deal, like allowing local farmers more access to international markets, but there are also some concerns.

    "Number one, of course, were jobs in the head office in Regina and that's going to happen," says Bjornerud. "I think we're going to see that as Richardson takes over part of the industry and Agrium takes over the other part, of course remembering that Richardson is headquartered in Winnipeg and Agrium headquartered in Calgary, some of those jobs we know aren't going to stay in Regina."

    In the end, Bjornerud expects the deal to be approved by Industry Canada, a decision that could come down at the end of the week.

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    Cutworm damage on Dutch Iris

    Farmers have had some great weather as they work on getting this year’s crop in the ground.  

    Producers also want to be aware of some early season insects that could pose some problems. 

    Provincial Insect Specialist Scott Hartley says there are already signs of diamondback moths and cutworms.

    "We have already had some reports of cutworms," says Harltey. "We will see down the road what the climatic conditions will do to affect these cutworms. But, it is one that people should be watching for - both below ground feeding and above ground feeding."

    Hartley says with the high cutworm numbers this year, producers are being asked to submit samples.

    Cutworm projects have been set up across the prairies to determine the various species and how best to handle them.

    Hartley says the key to protecting the crop throughout the growing season is to get out of the truck and walk through the field, looking for any potential insect concerns or other signs of stress on the crop.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    The Alberta Barley Commission has been tapped to administer the revamped check-off on wheat and barley.

    Until now, funding for market development and research was administered by the Canadian Wheat Board.

    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the temporary check-off will maintain current levels of support.

    "This will maintain, at the historic levels, the funding to the Western Grain Research Foundation and Cigi," explained Ritz. "As well, we're seeing about four million more acres of wheat and barley go in this year than we've seen in other years. We also have the potential to actually increase that tonnage."

    The check-off will be voluntary and deducted at point of sale.

    The system will remain in place for up to five years. By then, the industry is supposed to have created its own funding mechanism.
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    The Ag Sector is hoping for a quick end to CP’s rail strike.

    Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said she has already laid the groundwork for a legislated end to the strike if the two sides can't reach an agreement.

    Norm Hall, President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said they welcome the government working on back-to-work legislation.

    "I believe it was the minister saying that this rail strike could cost Canada $540 million a week," explained Hall.

    Canadian Pacific has suspended rail freight service across the country as 4,500 engineers, conductors and others remain off the job.
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    With the changes to the Canadian Wheat Board …Saskatchewan farm groups are looking at setting up a wheat commission.

    Alberta already has one and similar discussions are underway in Manitoba.

    The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has already held some preliminary discussions with a number of farm groups on the idea:

    President Norm Hall says it will take some time to set up: "The wheat commission will not be running before August 1rst. We're looking at probably close to two years to get this thing up and running. You want to make sure... everything is in place."

    Hall says farmers are busy with spring seeding right now adding they plan to hold a meeting sometime in June to set up a steering committee.

    One of the main roles for the new wheat commission will be to collect and distribute the levy .

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    Having a strong productive cow herd means profits for producers.

    For many, that will mean culling some animals and adding replacement heifers into the herd.

    Regional Livestock Specialist Colby Elford says proper management and nutrition is important in getting those heifers ready for breeding.

    "They are growing and we want to freeze them at about 65 percent of their body weight," says Elford. "So, we need to look at our cow herd and estimate what these heifers are going to be as far as weight when they are mature and then work backwards from that."

    Elford adds that producers will want to make sure their mineral program includes macro minerals, such as calcium and phosphorous, as well as trace minerals like copper.

    "Mineral nutrition is very important," explains Elford. "Minerals can have a very large impact on fertility for these animals. So it's important to have mineral available. There are many different forms that it's provided in. We need to focus on both macro and trace minerals to ensure that these animals are not only going to be sound but are going to be fertile."
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    The temperature has been quite variable with lows again last night reaching 0°C in some areas of the province, but the weather forecast seems to be steadily improving.

    That will help warm up the soil, improving seeding and crop emergence going forward.

    Patrick Moolecki, a Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, says soil temperature is a key factor for farmers right now.

    "Most of the crops will germinate very well at temperatures above 10°C," explains Moolecki. "That's kind of the temperature where seedlings will germinate very well and will emit quickly out of the soil." 

    Moolecki adds seed treatments can be beneficial if seeding into a cool soil temperature in order to avoid any soil borne disease issues.
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    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud (Photo: Government of Saskatchewan)

    The province has released the results of that independent review into the sale of Viterra.

    Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud says the Informa Economics report highlighted some definite positives for the province.

    "Glencore's ability around the world, where they already have infrastructure and they have offices, would really help market our products here," explains Bjornerud. "So, that's a plus that I hadn't considered before. Some other things that Glencore has talked about doing that's positive is where they put dollars into research like Viterra did but increasing those dollars, and also having their headquarters in Regina."

    In the provinces report to Industry Canada, it calls on the federal government to push Glencore for assurances that it will live up to its initial proposals.

    Industry Canada is expected to make a decision on the initial sale by the end of this week. Once that is done, there will be reviews on Glencore's sale of Viterra assets to Agrium and Richardson.
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    Applications are now open for Farm Credit Canada's Agrispirit Fund.

    Brenda Statiuk, FCC's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, said the fund helps enhance rural communities in Canada, "We provide one million dollars in funding that is spread out in rural communitees right across the country and we support rural capital improvement projects.”

    Statiuk adds that Agrispirit has helped fund things like playgrounds, recreation facilities, safety equipment, and even long-term care facilities, in communities in Saskatchewan and all over the country, “We started the program about nine years ago and we've almost spent about a million dollars in Saskatchewan alone, in 2011 we funded about twenty projects which if you do the math is quite a significant contribution,”

    Communities with populations under 100-thousand people are welcome to apply for funding for their projects by going to agrispirit.ca.

    Glenda Lee Allan Talks To FCC Director Of Corporate Social Responsibility Brenda Statiuk

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    The Grain Growers of Canada, Canadian Fertilizer Institute and others are encouraging Ottawa to use back-to-work legislation with Canadian Pacific Railway workers on strike.

    After serving 72 hour strike notice on the weekend, 4,800 CP engineers, conductors, yardmen and others represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference walked off the job at 12:01 Wednesday morning.

    "It could cripple a large amount of shipping for CP, which is a large part of the grain going out. No grain shipments means no grain sales means no cash back into farmers' pockets," says Richard Phillips, GGC Executive Director.

    He says the most damaging effect of a rail strike is the impact it has on foreign customers' confidence.

    "They need to know the grain is going to leave a certain point by a certain date. When you have a strike they have to look elsewhere for supplies, because even paying the penalties doesn't get them grain into their mills," says Phillips, noting even during normal operating conditions, Canadian pulse exporters are often only able to procure between 12% and 18% of their car orders.

    Thankfully, he says, the strike is not taking place during the post-harvest grain rush or during the fertilizer season leading up to seeding.

    CFI says its members are dealing with tight global fertilizer inventory. Domestic, U.S. and offshore demand for Canadian fertilizer has been high this spring, and its members cannot afford the repercussions of interrupted rail service.

    The Grain Growers and CFI have written a letter to the Prime Minister, expressing their concern about the labour dispute.

    "I think this is a situation where back-to-work legislation could be used. There are some other tools they could use too," says Phillips. "It's unfortunate, when you only have two major railways, it has such a major effect on the national economy, and not just in agriculture. The traditional model of collective bargaining just doesn't appear to be working here."
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    Lawyers for the Federal Government and Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal Wednesday.

    Government lawyers were appealing a previous court ruling that found Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had violated the original Canadian Wheat Board Act, which required a plebiscite among farmers before any major changes were made.

    "In December, Justice Campbell ruled that the minister did break the law. He issued a declaration saying that the minister should have conducted a vote of farmers before they dismantled the Canadian Wheat Board," said Swift Current-area farmer Stewart Wells, who is part of the Friends of the CWB case and was in the Ottawa courtroom to hear the case. "Subsequent to that, the government appealed the ruling and that was the appeal that was heard.

    "There were three justices from the Federal Court of Appeal that heard the arguments," Wells added. "The arguments presented were essentially a re-run of the same arguments that were presented in December of last year before the bill eviscerating the Wheat Board was passed."

    The Court of Appeal reserved its decision.

    Ritz says he’s confident that the court will see the merits of their case, and adds the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act is in force and farmers are already contracting their wheat and barley with buyers of their choice for delivery beginning August 1, 2012.
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    Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

    The Federal Agriculture Minister says back-to-work legislation for striking CP Rail employees is needed to make sure international buyers continue to see Canada as a preferred supplier.

    Gerry Ritz said he's hearing many examples of how the Agriculture sector is being hurt by the rail strike.

    "When you talk to High River, the Cargill Plant there, the fresh, frozen product they've started to put a hold on it. They can't have it sitting in refrigerated containers when they know it's not going to move off port," explained Ritz. "We know that there are six boats sitting in Vancouver waiting to be topped off. There are eight more coming in. You start to look at the merge charges and you start to look at a hit to our 'reliable shipper' status."

    Legislation forcing striking CP Rail workers back to work means operations on CP Rail lines could return to normal by the weekend.
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    The Canadian International Grains Institute continues to offer programs promoting the use of canadian crops internationally, despite losing its main funder.

    The Canadian Wheat Board, which funded approximately 70% of CIGI's programming, cut its support in April.

    "We have a producer advisory board that helps us determine which programs we should be running and what kind of activities we should be doing," said CIGI Executive Director Earl Geddes. "As well, our board of directors is looking at opportunities for how we might include farmers in that function to provide strategic advice."

    Geddes they're operating on the limited funds that have accumulated over the last 40 years from other industry groups until the new check-off on wheat and barley is implemented in April, and are approaching their programs cautiously until they know what the level of the check-off funding will be.
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    Statistics Canada has released the results of its 2011 Census of Agriculture.  

    According to the report, the number of farms nationally has dropped by 10.3%, and in Saskatchewan farm numbers are down 16.6 % to 36,952 farms

    While the number of farms is dropping, the average size of the farm is increasing. The average size of Canadian farms increased to 778 acres, and in Saskatchewan, the average farm size increased 15.1% to 1,668 acres.

    Stats show nationally the number of farms with gross annual receipts of $500,000 was up 25.7 percent since the 2006 census.

    Not surprisingly, the census shows farmers are getting older, an indication of the impact of the baby boom generation on agriculture. Stats show nationally, the average farm operator is now 54 years of age.

    And it also seems that farmers are becoming more tech-savvy. The report shows 44.8% of all farms have access to high-speed Internet, with the percentage of farms using the Internet for farm business climbing to 55.6% in 2011.
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    A heavy equipment dealer with ties to the southwest made a major contribution to Saskatchewan's new Children's Hospital to be built in Saskatoon.

    Redhead Equipment donated $1 million to the Children's Hospital Foundation on Friday.

    The Regina-based agriculture, construction and transport equipment dealer has been in business for 64 years, and has locations in Swift Current, Regina, Saskatoon, Lloydminster and Estevan.
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    Alliance Grain Traders says it is delaying its plans to build a Durum processing and pasta plant in Regina.

    The news came as the company released its first quarter financial results which showed net earnings of $2.7 million, down from the $7.1 million profit a year earlier.

    CEO Murad Al Katib says capital programs in 2012 are being scaled back and some projects deferred to 2013 and beyond, as they focus on returning the business to a more normalized profitability and margin.

    Bill Gehl, the Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, says he’s not surprised by the delay.

    "I think Mr. Ritz and Mr. Harper just called in some of their friends to try to make what they were doing a little bit more palatable," says Gehl. "We can see by this that Alliance has obviously done their homework and found that maybe it's not going to be such a great environment for them after all."

    Gehl says he doubts that the plant will ever be built.

  • stockagm

    "Profiting Through Productivity" - that's the theme for the 99th Saskatchewan Stock Growers' Convention, AGM and Tour set for May 27th through 29th in the Cypress Hills.

    Stock Growers' President Harold Martens says among the topics to be discussed will be price insurance, something that the Saskatchewan livestock industry has been looking at.

    "It's somewhat used in Alberta through the feeder end of it," said Martens. "We need to take a look at what is making it work there and what isn't. As a national discussion takes places, we need to understand how that impacts on all of the sectors of the cattle industry. So, it's going to be an interesting discussion."

    Martens added that this event will also mark one of the final public appearances for Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud, who is stepping back from the portfolio.

    You can still register for the convention by calling 306-757-8523 or by visiting skstockgrowers.com.
  • viterra terminal

    Agrium is set to take over more than 230 of Viterra’s crop input locations as part of a side deal in Glencore’s acquisition of the grain handler.

    The businesses will operate under Agrium’s retail brand, Crop Production Services.

    "They will have two different companies to talk to about grain and crop inputs, so there is going to be the unbundling of the grain from the crop inputs from the old Viterra," said Kevin Helash, Regional Manager of CPS for Canada and the Pacific Northwest. "Other than that, our objective is to increase the level of service and product offering that we're able to provide to the customers."

    Helash adds any concerns about the lack of competition in the crop input market following the take over are overstated, as there are very low barriers to entry for getting into the crop input business: "We see retailers coming into the marketplace on a regular basis and we see some exiting. We see lots of competition at the retail side, fertilizers are a global commodity and prices in western Canada are established based on global supply dynamics."

    Glencore is still going through the approval process for the initial purchase of Viterra, however Viterra Shareholders have voted in favour of the buyout.
  • hawksbeard
    Narrow -Leaved Hawk's Beard

    The recent rainfall has delayed seeding progress around the province.

    Farmers are looking for some warm, sunny weather so they can get back in the fields. Prior to the rainfall, producers had been busy with pre-seed burnoff of winter annuals.

    Clark Brenzil, the Provincial Weed Control Specialist, says it’s important to get that early weed control, "All those weeds that are growing up until the point you would burn off just prior to seeding are using up a lot of those resources that the crop will use later on.”

    Brenzil says the narrow-leaved hawk's-beard is generally seen in the black soil zone, but is moving out into some of the drier areas of the province, “ It's very critical to get on that weed right away because it's very difficult to control after it starts to bolt and move into the farming faze of growth. So, getting that weed while it's in the rosett is fairly straight forward with fairly low rates of glyphasate.”

    Some of the key weed issues for farmers include flixweed, stinkweed, shepherd's purse and in some areas narrow-leaved hawk's-beard.

  • bjornerud

    Bob Bjornerud has wrapped up his time as the province’s Agriculture Minister in the legislature.

    He will remain on as the MLA for Melville-Saltcoats, but has decided to leave the cabinet posting to spend more time with his family.

    "When I announced I was stepping down before, I wanted to spend more time with my grandkids and things like that, and a Cabinet Minister's time is pretty demanding, so I'm looking forward to it, but it was kind of a funny feeling on that last day." Bjornerud said in an interview on Friday.

    He says he’s pleased with the work the Sask Party has been able to accomplish for the Ag sector, especially the removal of a large part of the education tax on farmland: "That was one of the things that I think was a pet peeve of mine for many years and some of my colleagues too, so I think that's one of those things that farmers notice every year when they go to pay their taxes."

    Bjornerud does admit that there's still more to be done, especially when it comes to crop insurance: "Crop Insurance is an ongoing process where we're going to try and keep improving it. About a little over 70% of farmers take the program, so that means there's 30% that feel it doesn't work, so we got to continue to try and keep making improvements to that program."

    Bjornerud still has a few more duties as ag minister, including an appearance at the 99th Saskatchewan Stock Growers Convention, AGM and Tour next weekend in the Cypress Hills.

    Premier Brad Wall has yet to name Bjornerud's replacement, but that is expected to occur as early as this week when he does his next cabinet shuffle.

    Colin Powers talked with Bob Bjornerud after the spring session of the Legislature wrapped up:

  • lylestewart
    Saskatchewan's new Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart (Photo: saskparty.com)

    Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart is Saskatchewan’s new Minister of Agriculture.

    Stewart said the Agriculture Ministry is a key part of Saskatchewan’s economy and he wants to see it continue to grow.

    "In an industry like agriculture, where last year we exported $10.1 billion worth of produce, I think if we can value add to even a small percentage of that, it makes a huge difference to the economy of Saskatchewan and the industries," said Stewart.

    Stewart, a farmer from the Pense area, is very comfortable moving into the new role having served as Agriculture Critic in the past.

    His first official duty will be to give the opening address at the 99th Annual Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Convention today.
  • pierre
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Pierre Lemieux (Photo: pierrelemieux.ca)

    The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture has returned from Japan.

    Pierre Lemieux was working on strengthening agricultural and trade ties and also expressed Canada's appreciation for Japan's recent decision to review its domestic and import regulations for beef.

    Martin Unrau, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said expanding that Japanese market is important.

    "At the end of the day, if we can move to under 30 months, we could bring our supply up to speed and be able to service that market in a better way, thus being able to make a few more dollars per animal," said Unrau.

    The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association estimates that Canadian beef sales to Japan could rise to $160 million in the first full year of access.

    Japan is a key market for Canadian Agriculture. It's the third-largest economy in the world and Canada’s second largest agricultural market, and represents almost $4 billion to Canadian farmers and food processors.

  • cattle

    The recent wet weather is impacting cattlemen…. as well as farmers looking to get this years crop in the ground.

    “Producers who are trying to deliever feeder cattle to some of these final presorted cattle sales this week. Really finding it challenging to get animals off farms and moved to town,” said Grant Zalink a Cattle Market Analyst with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture, “And those who are looking to buy feeder cattle right now are facing some pretty wet pen conditions.”

    He adds that the recent wet weather has made it challenging to bring the animals to town while sloppy pen conditions are also limiting feedlot activity and impacting prices, “Price is down anywhere from $1.50 to $3.00, a hundred weight heavy or 800 pound hefer down nearly $5.00, hundred weight to average $120.00 on an 850 weight hefer.”

    Zalinko expects a return to warm, sunny weather and the barbecue will help increase the markets

  • sprayer farm

    There’s a lot of concern in the ag sector about Agriculture Canada’s decision to eliminate the Sprayer Technology Program as part of its budget cuts.

    The move shuts the door on the research being done by Dr. Tom Wolf in Saskatoon.

    Gerrid Gust is a farmer in the Davidson area and Chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. He says farmers really benefit from the research being done with the high cost of inputs today.

    "They're worth too much money to just blow away in the wind," says Gust. "With Dr. Wolf's work, we can make things work better and more efficiently, and get the absolute most effective use out of these technologies that we can."

    Gust says it’s a program they would like to see remain in place and encourages farmers to take an active role in trying to maintain the program by contacting their local MPs.
  • frost

    It was another cool night in parts of Saskatchewan.

    Frost warnings were out for much of the southern half of the province overnight, and Environment Canada is calling for overnight lows to range from -1 to +2 for the next few nights.

    Producers are being encouraged to evaluate their crops for signs of frost damage, especially in any low lying areas. "Depending on how cold it does get, the moisture levels will certainly act as a bit of a buffer," said Grant McLean, Cropping Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. "I think the cereals, with the exception of the winter cereals, are still in most cases at three-leaf or less, and are less vulnerable."

    According to the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report, about 64% of the crop is in the ground provincewide. In the southwest, 75% per cent has been seeded, and some canola, cereals and pulses are starting to emerge.
  • nfu

    The President of the National Farmers Union sees the sale of Viterra as a grim footnote in history.

    Yesterday, shareholders voted in favour of selling the company to Swiss based Glencore International for just over 6 billion dollars.

    Terry Boehm says Viterra was created from the former wheat pools – co-operatives that were created and owned by four generations of prairie farmers. Now the assets they built are being sold off to an international commodity trader. He says Instead of farmers earning equity dividends like they once did, they will be paying for these assets again through the handling charges that Glencore will collect.

    Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says he's optimistic the new Viterra deal will be good in the long run, saying the province hopes that Ottawa will ensure that Glencore establishes Regina as its North American headquarters and maintains employment in the field.
  • The Funeral service for Mr. Wilbur Torgerson of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 PM from the the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with Pastor Alex Allen officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Swift Current, SK.
    Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted To Warren's Funeral Home
  • The Funeral service for Mrs. Dorothy Stuart of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jonathon Kwon officiating.
    The interment will take place at the Bracken Cemetery, Bracken, SK at 4:00 p.m.
    A reception will be held at the Bracken Community Hall at 5:00 p.m.
    Memorial donations may  be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Parkside Memorial Funeral Home
  • The Private Family Funeral Service for the late Mrs. Margaret Carleton (Wiebe) of the Gull Lake Special Care Centre will take place at the Swift Current Funeral Chapel with John Regier officiating.
    The Private Family Interment Service will take place at the Springfeld Cemetery near Wymark.
    For those wishing, donations to the Gull Lake Special Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.
  • The Memorial service for Mr. James William Foster of Swift Current and formerly of Bracken will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the First United Church with Reverend Sharon Ferguson-Hood officiating.
    The interment service will take place at a later date.
    Donations to the Swift Current Care Centre Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • The funeral service for Verna Johanna Evans / Knowlton of Swift Current will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home with Pastor John  Regier officiating.
    The interment service for will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations to the Palliser Regional Care Centre Activity Centre would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home
  • canola swathing

    Statistics Canada has confirmed canola supplies will be tight this summer.

    The agency released its grain and oilseed stocks report yesterday.

    "Stocks at 4.35 million tons in all commercial positions was at the bottom end of trade expectations," explains Greg Kostal of Kostal Ag Consulting. "But it does underscore the velocity of export and the domestic pace that we've been consuming."

    He says it doesn't leave any wiggle room for surprise demand.

    With early seeding, he says the trade is hoping there might be some canola harvested earlier than normal this year to bridge from old crop to new crop.
  • sprayer farm

    The latest Agriculture Census shows the size of the average farm is increasing in Saskatchewan.

    As a result, producers have more acres to cover in the same amount of time. Now there’s more interest in trying to increase coverage and efficiency.

    Dr. Tom Wolf is a research scientist in the area of spray technology with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

    He says it’s important to choose the right time of day to spray, adding that there’s a lot of temptation now with auto-steer to do more night spraying.

    "I think the really big issue is that there are typically temperature inversions at night and early morning," explains Wolf. "Those can actually lead to more drift damage than spraying in the wind would have caused. The best time to spray is on a sunny day with a bit of a breeze. The sun and the breeze together disperse the spray so it doesn't cause damage and it dilutes it very rapidly."

    Wolf adds it’s important that producers know their sprayer, select the right nozzle for the job and are fully aware of  the products mode of action.

    Wolf also would like producers to know that increasing your speed does not increase your coverage or efficiency.

    "You could increase the efficiency with which you load up your tank," says Wolf. "There are new technologies out there from some manufacturers that will decrease your loading time to four minutes. Now, if you shave four minutes off every load, that has a tremendous impact on your productivity - it's about the same as travelling 50 percent faster."

    He recommends travelling at a reasonable speed in the field of about 12 to 15 miles per hour, or 20 to 25 kilometres per hour. 

  • CP Rail

    Back to work legislation has been tabled in the dispute between CP Rail and the Teamsters Union, after contract talks broke down over the weekend.

    The federal government ordered an end to the strike by nearly 5,000 C-P Rail workers Monday. Workers had been without a contract since January and walked off the job last Wednesday in dispute of wages, longer working days and a proposed 40 per cent cut to pensions.

    Canada's Labour Minister Lisa Raitt told the House of Commons that, simply put, "the strike can't go on, and the trains have to get running again." The grain and potash industries have been very vocal about getting the trains moving again, saying the strike was costing them millions of dollars a day.

    Local Union Chair Bill Pitts says they will abide by the legislation but was hoping an agreement could be reached, without resorting to the federal government. "It's unfortunate, we wanted both sides to come to an agreement. As far as we're concerned, CP did not show up to the table in an honourable manner. They wanted us to be legislated back to work since the very get-go."

    Industry officials say the strike has cost millions of dollars a day in unshipped cargo such as grain and potash.
  • grain train

    Farmers will be paying more to move their grain.  The Canadian Transportation Agency has approved a 9.5 percent increase in the rail revenue cap as of August 1st.

    APAS President Norm Hall is frustrated by the move and is hoping to arrange meetings with Minister Ritz and the federal transportation minister to discuss their concerns on behalf of farmers, “This 9.5 percent increase works out to $2.92 per ton for freight. Now if you take an average of 1 ton per acre for every acre you produce whether it's 2500 acres or 5000 acres or 10,000 acres you make that determination on your own farm. 1 ton per acre times $83.00 a ton”

    Hall adds that it's a significant increase, “Only 1.6 percent of that is actual inflationary increase. All the rest is added expense CTA is allowing and one of the components of that extra expense is what the railroads are calling the cost of capital or the risk of owning railroad shares.”

    Changes to the way railways calculate their pension and capital costs are leading to that increase to the rail revenue cap for grain handling.

  • grain

    Farmers' opinions on which company will do the best job marketing their wheat are starting to become clear.

    Blacksheep Strategy, based in Winnipeg, surveyed producers about the changes to wheat marketing back in January, and again in April, after the proposed sale of Viterra was announced.

    Strategist Joanna Karman explains in January, 37% of farmers were unsure which company would do the best job while in April the number dropped to 29%.

    "That may have been a reflection of some of the marketplace activity that we saw that has been going on," Karman said. "Farmers told us a little about the companies that were already contacting them about contracting opportunities, so there was quite a lot of people who have already been contacted by more than one organization."

    She notes between January and April, confidence grew significantly in two organizations: the new CWB and Richardson Pioneer.
  • viterra terminal

    It was a resounding YES from Viterra Shareholders today.

    Shareholders passed a special resolution approving the company’s sale to Glencore International. The Swiss based company stepping up with an offer of $16.25 per share or just over $6 billion.

    The deal still needs the approval of the Canadian government because it is a foreign takeover.

    It is expected it could be the end of July or early August before Glencore International gets the regulatory approval it needs in order to proceed with the sale.
  • Glencore

    Canada's Competition Bureau won't challenge Glencore’s proposed takeover of Viterra under the Competition Act.

    The letter means the bureau won't challenge the proposed deal but has yet to decide on other aspects of the proposal which would see Glencore sell some of Viterra's holding to Agrium and Richardson International.

    "I firmly believe we're the right company to run this business," said Chris Mahoney, Glencore's Director of Agricultural Products, while he visited Regina last month. "I think we will be very good custodians of the assets, we're very farmer-focused, we have the financial wherewithal and the willingness to not only deploy working capital to buy the crop, but also to maintain, upgrade, and expand the asset base."

    Meanwhile, the President of the National Farmers Union is not surprised to hear this news. Terry Boehm says the Competition Bureau has rarely intervened in any of the massive consolidations we’ve seen take place, but says it’s worrisome that a Canadian-based company becomes part of an international entity, and its assets are split off.

    "The very assets that farmers built up through its cooperative structures and lost with the demise of the [Saskatchewan Wheat Pool], all of these assets are actually now being bought up by massive international players, and then rather than being a benefit for them, they're being used against them, ultimately." Boehm added.

    The deal still needs the approval of shareholders and the Canadian government because it is a foreign takeover.
  • cattle

    The Province’s newly appointed Agriculture Minister was on hand Monday for the opening of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers 99th Annual Convention in the snowy Cypress Hills.

    Lyle Stewart announced $50,000 in funding for the organization for cattle traceability projects, with $25,000 going toward a tag retention project.

    "Traceability is an important issue," Stewart said. "There's always issues with tags being lost so the $25,000 for the tag retention study is to find out once and for all and inform producers how is the best way to tag and which tags have the best retention rates."

    The other half of that funding will go toward increasing producer awareness to the importance of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency's Premise ID program. "It's voluntary, so it's going to take some education to convince producers that they should be involved in it, and through Stock Growers is a good way to do that," Stewart added.

    The Convention wraps up today.
  • mci

    Friday marked the last day of work for employees at Mustard Capital Inc.

    The mustard processing facility opened its doors in 2007 in Gravelbourg, and then made the decision last year to expand its operations with a plant at Vanguard. Expansion cost overruns at the Vanguard plant resulted in financial difficulties for the plant.

    In February, MCI announced plans to seek financial reorganization and debt restructuring, unfortunately, the company was unable to find a buyer and is now in receivership.

     MCI had developed a key niche in the industry with a number of international sales.
  • The Funeral service for Karl Arnold Ruf of Calgary, Alberta and formerly of Swift Current and Rush Lake District SK. will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm  from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Ed. Hedlin and Intern Minister Jay Lutz officiating.
    The interment service will take place at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Swift Current.
    Donations in his memory to the Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
    Arrangements Entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home 
  • seedermay4

    Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report is out and it shows provincially two per cent of the 2012 crop has been seeded. Stat’s show that seeding is ahead of last year and on target for the 5 year average.

    Cropping Management Specialist Grant Mclean said rain over the past week has been delaying seeding activity in most areas, “It was a wide range anywhere from traces to over 50 millimeters. In many cases most of the areas particularly the southwest, west central, and northwest regions were indicating quite dry conditions in some cases received most of the precipitation.”

    Mclean adds that so far two percent of the provincial crop is in the ground, seeding is most advanced in the southwest at six percent compared to the southeast at three percent, "Provincially seven percent of the pea crop, lentils next with three percent, and two percent of spring wheat and duram has been seeded today according to our reporters.”

    This weeks Crop Report shows seeding is ahead of last year and on target for the 5 year average.

  • farmland

    Proposed changes to the Federal Fisheries Act are good news for Canadian farmers, according to the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

    Ottawa's plans will include recognition that man-made water control structures, like drainage ditches, should not be necessarily regulated the same way as natural water bodies with fish habitats.

    Ron Bonnett said the government is opening up an opportunity to re-engage the ag community in conservation, “The reality is those drains when they were installed actually increased the amount of fish habitats so even if you maintain them once every fifteen years or so you're still maintaining a higher level of fish habitats than there we before.”

    He adds farmers rely on proper maintenance of drains to ensure their farms remain productive, “A lot of bureaucratic red tape to get it done mainly because if somebody spots one fish in the stream then you end up having to go through the whole process to get approval to clean the drain”

    He explains drainage projects would often be held up for years before gaining approval.

    Those decisions will now be handed off to local authorities.

  • seeder

    Cool wet weather continues to delay seeding activity in some areas of the province including parts of the southwest.

    "Things are getting underway," said Shannon Chant, Regional Crop Specialist in Southwest Saskatchewan. "Definitely doing some pre-seeding... just getting going. Some have a fairly significant amount of acreages in, but those are some of the bigger guys, they have to get started earlier." 

    She believes what is needed now is some warmer temperatures and sunshine so farmers can get back to seeding this years crop.

    Chant has heard there is a lot of interest in canola and notes durum prices are quite good lately.

  • Prov 2012

    Cassidy Kennedy and Brodie-Lynn Finlayson of the Gelico Gymnastics Club qualified for and attended the Saskatchewan Women's Artistic Gymnastics Provincial Championships in Yorkton on April 21, 2012. Kennedy and Finlayson had attended several competitions and both gymnasts brought home several medals throughout the 2011-12 competitive season.  Cassidy earned Gold on the Balance Beam and Bronze on Vault at Marian Gymnastics meet in Saskatoon and also a Bronze medal on the Balance Beam at the QCK competition in Regina. Brodie-Lynn brought home Gold on Balance Beam, Bronze on Vault and Bronze all-around at the Can-Am Personal Best Competition; Bronze on Balance Beam at the Gym Adventure Meet in Regina; and Silver Medal on Balance Beam at the Marian Gymnastics meet in Saskatoon.

    At the Sask WAG Provincial Championships, Kennedy placed 10th on Uneven Bars, 12th on Vault, 11th on Balance Beam, 14th on Floor and placed 13th all-around with a total score of 44.200 in the P1 Novice Category. Finlayson placed 4th on Vault, 4th on Uneven Bars, 4th on Balance Beam, 12th on Floor and placed 5th all-around in the P1 Tyro Category with a total score of 46.950.
  • track1
    Swift Current Comprehensive High School Track Field

    Track and Field season is in full swing and the Swift Current Comprehensive High School looks to have some strong athletes competing in numerous events this year.

    The Comp Colts and Ardens attended the Moose Jaw Invitational Track and Field meet last weekend.

    Comp Track Coach Mandi Tuplin says they had a few stand-out performances.

    "Some notable performances on the weekend were from Winston Tschetter. He is performing really well right now in the jumps and the 100m," says Tuplin. "Another one to note is Tori Carlson. She is currently undefeated in the 400m, 800m and 1500m. Dominic Vallee is performing really well in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Tenille Gering is rounding out our distance field."

    Sectionals happen this Monday with 42 athletes from the Comp participating. The District meet follows on Wednesday, May 23.

    "We've got pretty much every event covered [in Sectionals], so we're hoping to send at least one [to Districts] in every event," explains Tuplin. "Hopefully we don't have to drop too many off going into the Districts. Obviously at the District level it's a bigger competition so it's a little bit harder, but I think if we can shoot for a team of 25 or so I think we'd be pretty happy."

    Todd Vallee's full interview with Mandi Tuplin:
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Los Angeles continues to roll in the NHL's Western Conference.

    Jeff Carter had a hat trick and the Kings blanked the Coyotes 4-0 in Phoenix to take a 2-0 series lead in the Conference final over former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Coyotes

    Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the shutout.

    Game 3 goes tomorrow night in L.A. as the Kings will attempt to improve their playoff record to 11-1 in this year's playoffs. 

    The New Jersey Devils will try to avoid falling into the same 2-0 hole tonight when they visit the Rangers at Madison square Garden tonight.

    New York beat the Devils 3-0 on monday.

  • Glenn Gawdin

    Scouts and managers will often tell you that point totals can be deceiving.

    A player could partially be the product of the talent around him or the system his team plays.

    In Glenn Gawdin's case the numbers speak for themselves. The Richmond, BC native finished with 58 goals and 90 points for the Seafair Islanders Bantam A1 Team. That's 43 goals and 51 points more than anyone else on his team.

    It also explains why a young player who describes himself as a playmaker ended up lighting the lamp so often.

    "We didn't have that strong of a team... so I kind of hand to score some more goals," Gawdin said. "I just like to make the players around me better and hopefully they make me better too."

    The Swift Current Broncos are banking on him doing just that after taking Gawdin with their first round pick, fifth overall in Thursday's WHL Bantam Draft.

    "He's a big centre (with a) right handed shot" said Broncos Assistant General Manager Jamie Porter. "He's the guy we've been targeting for the last few weeks at least. Skilled, good sized, right handed shooting centremen are hard to find."

    It's an important pick for the Broncos as they search for their next franchise forward. After picking defencemen with each of their last three first round picks, Swift Current felt they needed an impact forward this time around. They haven't picked a forward this high since drafting Cody Eakin sixth overall in 2006.Glenn Gawdin 2

    "I was really impressed with him," said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. "The size is one thing and then you put the package together. He's an excellent skater, he's got great hands, he's got unbelievable stats and he plays with an edge. It's the identity that we're building... he fits right in."

    Gawdin is listed at 6'0 and 172lbs with a lot of room to grow as Lamb noted both Gawdin's brother and father are 6'4. With that kind of size and a penchant for playmaking, it's not surprising that the newest Bronco compares himself to a Shark.

    "I like to say Joe Thornton," Gawdin said. "He's a bigger guy kinda like me, he's a pass first guy as well, I just like the way he plays and I try to play like him."

    For Bronco fans the prospect of drafting a BC born forward in the first round brings with it a certain amount of skepticism. The decision by 2008 first round pick Evan Richardson to pass on the WHL and committ to NCAA hockey left some fans nervous about adding any players from the west coast. Playing in the prairies doesn't seem to be an issue for Gawdin.

    "I've kind of always wanted to and my dad has too," Gawdin said. "He kind of said it will toughen me up. It will definately be a new experience and I'm looking forward to it."

    As for playing in the WHL itself, Gawdin believes the league suites his style and he has always dreamed about playing at the major junior level.

    The success or failure of the pick and this draft class wont' be determined for several years now. Gawdin is only eligible to join the Broncos full time for the 2013-2014 season. Fans will likely get their first look at him during training camp at the send of the summer.

    Click here to see the rest of the Broncos class of 2012, plus full interviews with players and management

    Interview with Glenn Gawdin:
  • aarondunsmore
    Aaron Dunsmore(Photo: daytonflyers.com)

    The Swift Current Indians’ batting order got a little more formidable today with the announcement that outfielder Aaron Dunsmore will return to the team.

    He spent the summer of 2011 with the Calgary Vipers of the North American Baseball League.

    In 2010, Dunsmore helped the Indians to a WMBL championship.

    He led the team with a .475 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases.

    "Aaron will make a huge impact in the middle of our order," said Indians head coach Joe Carnahan. "He is an exceptional hitter who hits for both power and average, and he is also a threat on the base paths. Aaron is a special player – a difference-maker everywhere on the field."

    The Indians also announced today a number of new faces: SS Carter Yagi (Salt Lake City, Utah/College of Southern Idaho), 3B/1B Garrett Yost (Littleton, Colo./Lamar Community College), RHP Brian Ranta (Clackamas, Ore./George Fox University), LHP Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash./Seattle University), LHP Mitch Ludtke (Bellingham, Wash./Concordia University), and Mark Hendrick (Albuquerque, N.M./Lamar Community College).

    There are a number of Indians connections in the group of newcomers. Yagi was recommended to Swift Current by Indians and Southern Idaho alumnus Craig Kilshaw, and comes from the same school as former Indians standouts Nik Gumeson, Bo Lybeck, and Jason Oatman.

    Ranta meanwhile has been coached in college for the past four years by former Indians pitcher Brandon Rupp, who is also returning to the Indians this year as an assistant coach.

    Opening day is May 31st and we will bring you a selection of games on The Eagle 94.1 FM.

  • Track2012

    Onlookers watch High Jump (Photo: Jody Seidler)

    39 of 42 Colt and Arden Athletes have qualified for districts after the Rolling Hills track meet was held in Swift Current yesterday.

    That number is higher than Comp Track and Field Coach Mandi Tuplin originally expected and it could make for a larger number moving from districts to provincials.

    "The mindset is to finish top two so we can move on to provincials," Tuplin said. "Hopefully everyone competing there has that as their main goal. I originally thought 25, but now I'm hoping 30."

    On top of finishing with the most points in every age class the comp had 55 first place finishes coming from 42 athletes. 

    Emily Erlandson broke the Senior Girls Long Jump and triple jump records.

    Interview with Mandi Tuplin:
  • Taylor Vause Award
    Taylor Vause accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award (Photo by Jon Keen)

    The Western Hockey League announced at the 2012 WHL Awards that former Bronco captain, Taylor Vause, has been named to the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy – WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award.

    Taylor has spent countless hours in and around the community during his tenure with the Broncos.  He has spoken at various schools about living and playing in the Western Hockey League with diabetes, taken part in annual Bronco and Swift Current events, including Skate with the Broncos, Swift Current’s Sports Week, monthly Read with the Bronco appearances and more.

    “He has been a model citizen both on and off the ice and he is very well-deserving for this award.” – Mark Lamb, General Manager and Head Coach, Swift Current Broncos

    After being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes a few years ago, Taylor made it a point to help create diabetes awareness and raise funds to find a cure.  He has spoken at countless venues and participated in various walks over the years. 

    The Broncos leading scorer has become a perfect example of someone who never let an obstacle get in the way of pursuing his dream.  He knows the positive impact that athletes with diabetes have left with him after providing him with moral support and he looks to provide others with the same support that he has received over the years.

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    “Taylor inspires others to make a difference.” – Larry Kielo, Principal, O.M. Irwin Middle School

    Taylor took the time out of his hectic hockey schedule this past season to find a unique way to give back to Swift Current.  He created a one of a kind themed jersey to commemorate the four Broncos who lost their lives in the tragic bus crash in 1986.  The jersey was worn by all of the players and all proceeds from the jersey went directly to the Broncos Education Fund.

    “He has taken his humanitarian spirit past his own personal daily struggles of living with a complex disease and extended it to many in the community.  He is, I believe, a true humanitarian.” – Donna Gatzke, Committee Member, SouthWest Type 1 Sharps

    In 72 games played this past season the 5’10”, 179 lbs. Calgary, AB product led the team in scoring with 83 points (37G, 46A).  He also wrapped up his impressive 2011-12 campaign ranking 15th in the WHL in points.

    The WHL's Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes the work players do to help and enhance the community they play in.  Kyle Moir was the last Bronco to win this award in 2007.

    Taylor will now compete against both the OHL and QMJHL’s Humanitarian Award winners for the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award.

    Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb comments on Vause:

    Interview with Taylor Vause from March 22nd on being nominated:
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    Taylor Vause accepting the Doug Wickenheiser Award (whl.ca)

    Taylor Vause is "very proud" to be the WHL Humanitarian of the Year.

    The outgoing Broncos Captain received the honour yesterday at the league awards banquet.

    He spent a lot of time working with kids, kids who - like him - live with diabetes.

    “I think with the diabetes the good thing is that there's lots of people out there you can talk to and kind of hack out some details on how to deal with the disease a little better," Vause said. "If I can do that I really want to be part of that.”

    Vause was thankful for all the kind words he received in testimonials from community leaders.

    "That means a lot to me," Vause said. "I respect all those people who have given me the opportunity to help them out. I'm glad I've been able to help them and at the same time they are also great leaders in the community and I respect what they do."

    The Calgary product finished his season with a stint on an amateur try out with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars. He was very happy with the experience and hopes it will turn into another professional opportunity for next season.

    As for today's bantam draft, Vause has a message from the new Broncos...

    "Overall it's been a great time and there are great people," Vause said. "I don't know if you would have that same experience in a bigger city where you get so many people that just really care for you at a one on one level. Swift Current is a great place to play."

    Interview with Taylor Vause:

    He finished the season on a try out deal with Texas in the AHL. Vause hopes another pro opportunity will pop up this summer.

    As for today's draft, Vause would tell any new Broncos that Swift Current is a great place to play and the people really treat them well.


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    Luke Siemens For Moose Jaw Warrior Goalie

    WHL draft day also included its fair share of major deals.

    The goaltending dominos started to fall as Lethbridge Hurricanes added All-Star overage Goalie Ty Rimmer of the Tri City Americans in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and 3rd rounder in 2014.

    Prince Albert picked up overage netminder Luke Siemens from Moose Jaw for a 4th round draft pick in this draft and a 3rd round draft pick in 2013.

    While the Broncos do have question marks in net, that kind of price was too high for them, “We’re always looking to get better,” said Coach/GM Mark Lamb. “We’re not looking to give up that type of price when we’re still building. When we’re sitting at the draft table and the price is so high… we can just be patient. We’ve got the European draft coming up, we’ve got trades we could make, (but) we just didn’t think it was right to jump into those kinds of sweepstakes.”

    Other deals included the 2013 Memorial Cup hosting Saskatoon Blades adding Shane McColgan and Jessey Astles from the Kelowna Rockets, and Brenden Walker from Brandon. Prince George also made several deals involving early round picks.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Mark Lamb
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    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

    Speedy Creek racing is back for another season.

    Unfortunately the season did not get off to the start they were hoping for.

    "Mother nature didn't play well with us for our test and tune day," said Head of Media Relations Colin Johnston. "It's all engines ahead for the season opener on Sunday, May 13th. We're all gearing up. It will be a bit of a challenge. Nobody got to see what the cars will do before the season starts, but it will make it that much more interesting."

    The SCRA is still entertaining the idea of having a test and tune on Wednesday night.

    "We've got some guys that are coming back into the racing fold that have taken some time off," Johnston said. "The truck class is going to be growing. We've got anywhere from 7 to 9 trucks this year."
    For more information on Speedy Creek racing visit scra.ca

    Interview with Colin Johnston:
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are going to a game seven. 

    Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal 1:28 into the game, and Jason Chimera made it 2-0 in the second, as the Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1.

    That sets up a winner-take-all game in their Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday at Madison Square Garden. 

    Marian Gaborik spoiled Braden Holtby's shutout bid in the final minute. 

    The Washington netminder finished with 30 saves.

    Former Broncos Captain Cody Eakin is with the Capitals for their playoff run, but he has yet to dress for a game.

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    The women's SunDogs in action

    Great Plains College is holding an identification camp for their volleyball program.

    Players from grade 11 and up will converge on the college tonight and tomorrow to show their skills and learn about playing with the SunDogs.

    "There's actually lots of interest," said Athletic Director Mary Jane Benesh. "I've sent out invitations to athletes that my coaches and myself have identifies. There are lots of things going on and kids are busy this time of year, but we certainly have a lot of excitement and commitment around the weekend too."

    There are already more than 20 women signed up for the camp. You can still register by showing up before the first session tonight.

    The women's camp starts at 6pm and the men's gets started at 8pm. They go all day tomorrow.

    Interview with Mary Jane Benesh:

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    A rough one for the Midget AAA Indians last night.

    The spotted the Regina Athletics 10 runs in the first two innings and fell 16-6. George Hudec scored twice and drove in a run in a losing cause. They now have a week off to re-group.

    Meanwhile, the Pee Wee AA coaching staff was relatively pleased with their play in a split double header against the Regina Pacers on the weekend, “We had to pretty good games, we've seen some really good pitching the first game and the guys really stepped it up for the second game.” said Coach Mike Kozyn, “They learnt a lot from the first game the guys really stepped it up for the second game.”

    Kozyn said that they're a young team that should be competitive in every game they play, “We're going to do very well, I've said before we're young, a little raw, but that's good to have. The boys want to be there so their skill level is going to go up very quickly and were going to compete every game.”

    The Pee Wee club is testing themselves this coming weekend as they participate in a AAA tournament in Regina.

    Kozyn hopes the tough competition pushes them to be better.

    Todd Vallee Talks With Coach Mike Kozyn

    Click herefor the games boxscore

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     The 8th Annual Swift Current Comprehensive High School Invitational Golf Tournament was held at Elmwood Golf Course earlier this week.

    Winning the Senior Boys individual competition was Josh Grimm from Hodgeville,  while the Comp's Ian Hayes and Mike Flegel from Peacock tied for second.

    Corey Bailey from Shaunavon won the Junior Boys Individual competition with Logan Tisdale from the comp coming in second.

    In the Girls competition it was Brioney Montguard from Peacock winning while the Comp's Rachel Cronan came in second.

    A team from the Comp consisting of Ian Hayes , Logan Tisdale, Blake Morrow, Cory Audette, and Thomas Hammerton won the team competition.
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    They're a AA team in a AAA league, but they aren't playing like it.

    The Swift Current AA Midget Indians are tied for second in the SPBL with a 5-4 record.

    Indians Head Coach Neil Hogg believes their success hinges on pitching.

    "When it's on we're a pretty tough team," Hogg said. "Defensively we play well and get key hits. When the pitching is off then everything seems to be off." 

    Coming off an impressive outing versus the Sasktoon Giants, Kade Behm will take the mound for the Indians tonight against the Regina Mets.

    "The last time out he went in and pitches a really good game," Hogg said. "I'm hoping to get the same performance out of him agian. We're just hoping the weather stays nice, the wind stays down and we will have a good night for ball." 

    The game begins at 6 PM at Kinsmen Field.

    Interview with Neil Hogg:
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    BJ Moen pitching last night.

    In Midget AAA SPBL action last night, Swift Current came back from down 4, but lost in extra innings to the Regina Mets.

    "Well we got down early and then came back, fought back, and I was happy with that but then when we got the lead again we just couldn't hold it." said Head Coach Neil Hogg "We didn't make some plays behind our pitchers and our pitchers walked a few batters and (we) got ourselves into trouble. We can work these things out. We're still only about a third of the way throught the season so we've got things we can definitely work on and we will work on in practice. We'll keep at it."

    Next up is a visit to Moose Jaw on Saturday.

    In Midget AA ball, Swift Current earned a convincing 10-1 victory over the Regina White Sox.

    Interview with Neil Hogg:

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    The New Saskatchewan Roughrider Jersey designedby Reebok(Photo: riderville.com)

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders have a new look.

    New uniforms were unveiled earlier today at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina. CFL teams will be sporting a different look this season as part of the league's 100th anniversary celebration. 

    The four East Division squads unveiled their new uniforms yesterday with the four Western clubs unveiling theirs today.

    Who will be the newest Rider to don the new jersey?

    We'll find out tomorrow during the CFL draft. Barring a trade, the Riders will pick first overall.


    A side view of the new jersey.

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    It's off to Provincials in Sasktoon for the 18 and under girls SunDogs volleyball team this weekend.

    The team is coming off a 7th place showing at the Moose Jaw Element tournament last weekend posting a 3 and 3 record in process.

    "I think for us consistency has probably been our weakest point throughout the season," said Head Coach Morgan Montgomery. "We can start and end strong, but usually in the middle of a match or middle of a tournament is where we see our downfall."

    Montgomery does feel the team has come a long way.

    "I've seen them really progress," Montgomery said. "From a little bit of hesitation at the beginning of the season not really knowing each other or knowing how one another play. Now they are on there and they have meshed really well. They are a strong group of girls and we're goin to have a great go at provincials."

    Interview with Morgan Montgomery:

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    The Edmonton Oil Kings edged the visiting Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the WHL Championship series on last night.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle's shorthanded goal in the 2nd period turned out to be the game winner.

    Game 2 goes tonight in Edmonton.

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    Junior Badminton Meadlists-Back row L to R: boys doubles champs Nolan Cox/Zach Nickel (Swift Current Comp), mixed doubles champs Erin Hughes/Quilmar Quidez (Swift Current Comp), mixed doubles silver medalists Lex de la Cruz/Danica Casat (Frontier). 
    Front row L to R: boys singles champ Aden Hudec (Fox Valley), boys singles silver medalist Taron Ham (Frontier), boys doubles silver medalists Kirk Humphrey/Sean Arnal (Eastend).

    Senior badminton players travelled to Rosetown for SHSAA regionals on Saturday, May 5. 

    In boys’ singles, Daniel Bueckert and Brandyn Albrecht from Leader had some very tough competition.  The boys both finished at 1-2 in their respective pools and did not advance to the playoff rounds.
    In girls’ singles, Hope Anderson (Frontier) had a record of 1-2 in her pool and did not advance to the playoff round.  Tianna Kissick (Swift Current Comp) finished first in her pool with a record of 3-0.  She beat Elrose in the semi (21-10, 21-18).  This put her in the final against a girl from Allan. Tianna won by scores of 21-19, 21-13 to capture the regional gold.  

    In boys’ doubles, the defending provincial champs Austin Dirk/Spenser Kosolofski (Fox Valley) finished first in their pool with a record of 3-0 despite Austin battling a leg injury.  The Swift Current combo of Darby Crozier/Evan Laturnus finished second in their pool with a record of 2-1.  The semi final was an all Southwest affair with Fox Valley defeating Swift Current 21-15, 21-8.  Unfortunately, the Fox Valley duo had to forfeit the final due to Austin’s injury.  But they still qualify for provincials.  The Swift Current boys then played in the bronze final but came up just short to Avonlea (21-17, 24-22).

    The girls’ doubles category was dominated by the Southwest.  Both the Maple Creek (Andrea Frey/Raelene Boschee) and Ponteix teams (Emily LeBlanc/Alyssa Fournier) finished first in their pools with 3-0 records.  Both teams were successful in the semi’s as well.  Ponteix beat Biggar (21-13, 21-9) while Maple Creek defeated Elrose (21-16, 21-18).  The final saw a repeat of our District championships with Maple Creek defeating Ponteix to win the regional gold (19-21, 21-15, 21-16).

    In mixed doubles, the Maple Creek pair of Cole Bennett/Annie He had a record of 1-2 and did not advance to the playoffs.  The Ponteix pairing of Irvin Lamb/Taylor Goffinet finished first in their pool 3-0.  The semi final saw Ponteix defeat Gravelbourg in a very hard fought battle 21-19, 19-21, 21-15.  The gold medal was captured by beating Biggar (21-12, 21-14).
    The Southwest will be well represented at Provincials in Melfort on Saturday, May 12 with two girls doubles teams, one girls singles team, one boys doubles team and one mixed doubles team.

    The junior badminton season came to an end with districts in Shaunavon on Saturday

    The results are as follows:
    Girls Singles:
    Gold – Heather Caswell (Frontier)
    Silver – Mataya Heschel (Herbert).
    Scores from the final 21-18, 21-15.
    Boys Singles:
    Gold – Aden Hudec (Fox Valley)
    Silver – Taron Ham (Frontier)
    Scores from the final: 21-19, 19-21, 21-19.
    Girls Doubles:
    Gold – Shay Hunter/Brooke Amon (Shaunavon)
    Silver – Som Punsri/Allyson McIntosh (Hazlet)
    Scores from the final: 21-18, 21-14
    Boys Doubles:
    Gold – Nolan Cox/Zach Nickel (Swift Current Comp)
    Silver – Sean Arnal/Kirk Humphrey (Eastend)
    Scores from the final: 21-13, 21-8
    Mixed Doubles:
    Gold – Quilmar Quidez/Erin Hughes (Swift Current Comp)
    Silver – Lex de la Cruz/Danica Casat (Frontier)
    Scores from the final: 21-19, 21-16.

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    Year two of the Great Plains College Sundogs Junior Volleyball program is in the books.

    Over 85 male and female athletes were a part of teams that attended club and provincial tournaments across Saskatchewan this spring.

    Great Plains College Athletic Director, Mary Jane Benesh, says the junior club enjoyed the involvement of current coaches and players from the senior Sundogs.

    "We had many of our players this year coaching," says Benesh. "I believe there was almost five or six of our athletes that played on our current teams last year that helped coach. Some of our assistant coaches with our men's program helped out with coaching. It's just a great relationship that we have."

    The involvement has paid dividends as two female athletes have confirmed they will attend the college next year and play volleyball for the senior squad.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Mary Jane Benesh:
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    Dwayne Jarrett

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import receiver Dwayne Jarrett, import defensive back Jalil Johnson and non-import defensive back Dominic Noel to contracts. Financial details were not released.

    Jarrett (6’4 – 219) was a second round pick (45thoverall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The New Jersey native remained with the Panthers through the 2009 season, and also appeared in the first three games of the 2010 campaign during his time in Carolina.  Over the course of his time in the NFL, the 25-year old appeared in 32 games while making three starts and recorded 35 receptions for 428 yards and one touchdown.

    One of the most decorated receivers in USC history, Jarrett was a three year starter and two-time consensus All-American for the Trojans. During his time in Southern California, Jarrett played in 38 games and finished his collegiate career with receiving totals of 216 receptions for 3,128 yards and 41 touchdowns. While forgoing his senior collegiate season to enter the NFL Draft in 2007, Jarrett still remains the Pac-12’s all-time record holder with 41 receiving touchdowns.

    Johnson (5’10 – 181) joins the Riders after originally signing as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 season. The 23-year old played his freshman season at Mississippi Delta Community College where he tallied 27 tackles,18 pass break ups and two interceptions prior to transferring to Jackson State University. During his tenure with the Tigers, Johnson finished with career totals of 59 tackles, 18 pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 21 games played.

    Noel (5’10 – 175) joins the Riders after completing an outstanding career at Laval playing for the Rouge et Or. The 24-year old defensive back was named a CIS All-Canadian in 2011 while also being named a defensive All-Star in the RSEQ conference. The native of Sorel, Quebec played in 30 games during his career at Laval, playing in three Vanier Cup championships and capturing two.

    • The Saskatchewan Roughriders also announced they have released the following players.
      Import LB – Maurice Lloyd
      Import LB – Kye Stewart
      Import LB – Darnell Bing

      Non Import WR – Kolten Solomon
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    Swift Currents Luke Barry

    Swift Current's Luke Barry had a hit and an RBI as the Prarie Baseball Academy out of Lethbridge beat the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute 5-1 to win the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship on Sunday.

    Fellow Swift Current products Chad Schultz and Reiley Grose played for Vancouver Island.

    All three will suit up for the WMBL Indians this summer.

    Click here for the games boxscore

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    2012 Wildcat Team

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats will be represented at the SHA Top 45 U18 Female Summer Camp by veteran players Delaine Feil (Maple Creek), Karrah Newkirk (Swift Current) and Brooke McAdam (Conquest) this summer. 

    Moriah Andrews, a goaltender from Regina who will suit up for the Wildcats in the fall, was also selected for the camp. 

    Former Wildcat, Desirae Kuhlmann, was also invited to participate in the selection camp.

    As were Kyle's Brooklyn Gillanders, Britannia Gillanders and Mairi Sorensen. 

    The forty-five individuals chosen were a make-up of the U18 returning Team Saskatchewan players from last year, as well as players from the SaskFirst Zone Tournament.

    Click here to see the full list 

    Two Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats were invited to the new U16 Female Summer Development Camp. 

    Brooklyn Haubrich (Hodgeville) and Gabrielle Gray (Brownlee) will take part in the first U16 camp.

    A number of other players from the the area were also invited to the camp.  Among them are Keely Chalk (Swift Current), Karlie Bell (Swift Current), Kayla Kirwin (Gull Lake), Mackenzie Kuffner (Avonlea), Alison Lockwood (Conquest), Paige Travers (Elbow) and Jasey Book (Loreborn).

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Wildcats Coach Terry Pavely:
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    The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be holding their first full training camp practice on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:30pm at the University of Regina.  This and all other training camp practices are open for fans to attend.

    Immediately following Sunday’s practice fans in attendance will get a chance to meet their favorite returning Riders as well as the newest players in green and white.  Players will remain on field to sign autographs and take pictures with fans of all ages.

    Free parking at the University of Regina has been designated to Lot #17 on the Southeast side of the campus for those planning to take in training camp.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are three wins away from the first Stanley Cup in the team's 45 year history after taking Game 1 of the final last night.

    Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway 8:13 into overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over New Jersey. 

    Los Angeles is 9-0 on the road in the post-season, and 3-0 when they're in overtime.

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    A new potential ace takes the mound tonight as the Swift Current Indians open the WMBL season in Weyburn.

    Brian Ranta of George Fox University starts his first season with the Indians with the ball in his hand for the season opener.

    So what kind of pitcher is he?

    "I've always been a junkballer," said Ranta. "This last year I started throwing a little but harder. I rely on my fastball more than I have in the past. I just throw a fastball, curveball and change up. My curve is probably my second best pitch."
    Ranta went 8-2 with a 2.40 ERA during the 2011 college season.

    He played for the same school as 2011 WMBL Pitcher of the Year Chad Jones.

    "Well it's big shoes to fill," said Ranta. "He came up here and I don't think he gave up an earned run. I don't think I'll do that, but looking forward to doing my best. I'll do something similar."   

    The Indians are on the road tonight and tomorrow.

    Their home opener is Sunday against Okotoks.

    You can hear that game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM as part of our partial broadcast schedule for the Indians this summer.

    Interview with Brian Ranta:

    Click here for Ranta's profile

    Click here for our story with returning veteran Brennan Peterson
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    2011 Bronco first round draft pick (2nd Overall) Brycen Martin

    There is no question what position the Swift Current Broncos are targeting with the 5th overall pick in tomorrow's WHL Bantam Draft.

    "Are we going to take impact forward this year, absolutely, it's no secret everybody in the hockey juniour world out this way knows that's what were doing.”, said Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Jamie Porter, “ We have depth in our forward positions but we think that now we an opprotunity add guy that will be dynamic and lead us in the future.”

    Porter adds that they're looking at forwards and defensemen may come with later picks, “Where were picking five I probably don't even have a d-man right around there. We're fortunate that we needed a top forward and the top eight or nine guys look like they're forwards that will be what we're doing. Will we take a d with our second pick or a third pick most likely.”

    Matt Barzal of Burnaby is the consensus top prospect and will likely go to Seattle first overall. We will have in depth coverage of the draft throughout the day tomorrow on the air and on Swift Current Online.com.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Assistant General Manager and Head Scout Jamie Porter
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    The Western Hockey Leauge draft takes place today in Calgary.

    This post will be updated as the draft continues.

    -Click here for video fo the draft
    -Click here for updating results
    -Click here to follow Shawn Mullin on Twitter
    -Click here for the Broncos official website draft page

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    Glenn Gawdin in action

    The Broncos selected Richmond's Glenn Gawdin 5th overall in the 1rst round of the WHL Draft.

    Gawdin is scored 58 goals and 90 points in 43 games for Seafair in the PCAHA.

    He is a right shooting centre listed at 6'0 and 172lbs.

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    Glenn Gawdin

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM on Gawdin:

    Interview wtih Broncos Draft Pick Glenn Gawdin:

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    Travis Child


    The Broncos added a potential future #1 goalie in the second round.

    They selected Travis Child from the Camrose Vikings of the AMBHL.

    Child posted a record of 7-8-4 with a 3.46 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

    He is listed at 6'0 and 168lbs.

    Interview with Travis Child:

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    Don Masellis


    The Broncos added their first defenceman of the 2012 draft in the third round with hulking Burnaby product Don Masellis.

    He is listed at 6'0 and 212lbs and played on the Burnaby Winter Club team with 1rst overall pick (for Seattle) Mathew Barzal.

    Their second pick of the third round was Saskatoon left winger Wyatt Sloboshan.

    He is listed at 5'9 and 150lbs.

    Sloboshan led the Saskatoon Maniacs of the GSHL with 17 goals and 39 points in 25 regular season games.

    He added 10 points in 5 playoff games.

    Interview with Wyatt Sloboshan:

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter on the 2nd and 3rd rounds:

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    Jackson Keane


    The Broncos added another player with NHL bloodlines in the fourth round when they picked Jackson Keane from the Winnipeg Monarchs.

    Jackson is the son of former NHLer Mike Keane.

    He scored 51 points in 30 games this season and was ranked by some scouts as a possible second round pick.

    Interview with Jackson Keane:


    Swift Current selected D Maxime Lajoie from the Calgary Royals of the AMBHL with their fifth round pick, 95th overall.

    Lajoie is listed at 5'10 and 152lbs. He scored 12 points in 33 games this season.

    Interview with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter on the 4th and 5th round picks:


    The Broncos drafted forward Brandan Arnold, the 4th leading scorer of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA League in the seventh round today.

    Arnold scored 25 goals and 62 points in 24 games this season for the West Central Wheat Kings.

    The Dodsland, SK native is listed at 5'7 and 123lbs.


    Swift Current added another goal scorer by selecting forward Ryan Rottenburger 183rd overall.

    Rottenburger scored 23 goals in 24 games with the Sask Valley Vipers of the Saskatchewan Bantam AA League.

    The left handed shooting winger from Radisson, SK is listed at 6'0 and 167lbs.

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    Kruz Listmayer


    The Broncos finished the draft by picking big defenceman Kruz Listmayer from the Winnipeg Bantam AAA Hawks.

    Listmayer scored 6 points in 22 games. He is 6’0, 210lbs and the nephew of former Bronco Colton Orr.

    Interview with Broncos AGM Jamie Porter on their 7th, 9th and 11th round picks:

    Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb on the draft:
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    The 18 and under Junior Sundogs girls club Volleyball team attended provincials over the weekend in Saskatoon.

    The round robin saw the girls win versus Moose Jaw ( 5-25, 25-19, 15-13) and Glentworth (25-11, 25-11) but drop their game with Carlyle (19-25, 17-25).

    They then dropped their next match to the top-ranked team in the province, the Saskatoon Chaos (15-25, 18-25), which put them in the Tier 2 division.

    They went  2 and 1 to cap the tournament finishing 15th overall. 

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    Dale Vossen (front row second from the left) as an assistant coach with the Pats in 1991-92 

    The new Coach of the Swift Current Home Hardware Legionnaires has a simple explanation for getting back behind the bench for the first time in a decade...

    “I've still got the desire to coach. I love hockey.”

    Dale Vossen wants to bring a habit and culture of winning to the Midget AAA club, “Winning breeds winning and when you win people want to be part of that night. It's fun coming to the rink when you win and thats what I want to instill here. We want to win hockey games, whats happened in the past is in the past I'm not gonna go back to last year, not going back five years were moving ahead here.”

    Vossen said he wants to make the program into a destination for young talent, “I just want guys that want to be here, I want this program to become the program it was when I coached against Swift Current teams and Trent McCleary and Trevor Schmiess days I remember them well thats what I think we have to bring back here. If we can win the first year, win a couple years here, its so much easier to recruit players when you have a winning program and people will be phoning us instead of us phoning them.”

    The veteran coach has been an assistant at the AAA and WHL level, and a head coach throughout minor hockey.

    Shawn Mullin talks with new Home Hardware Legionnaire Head Coach Dale Vossen
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    The Pee Wee AA Indians open the season today vs Moose Jaw at Ford Field. Game time is 6:00pm.

    They travel to Regina to play a double header against Regina Pacers on Sunday.

    The Midget AA Indians play a double header Saturday vs Notre Dame.

    They host the Hounds are 1:00pm and 3:00pm at Kinsmen Field.

    Sunday they play Lumsden Cubs 1:00pm at Kinsmen Field.

    The Midget AAA Indians visit the Southeast Twins for a double header tomorrow.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New York Rangers blanked New Jersey 3-0 last night to take a 1-0 series lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference final. 

    Chris Kreider set up Dan Girardi for the game's first goal under one minute into the third period.

    Kreider scored an insurance goal with eight minutes left in the game, with Artem Anisimov potting an empty-netter to cap the victory.

    Henrik Lundqvist  made 21 saves for the shutout.

    The Western Conference final continues in Phoenix tonight as the Los Angeles Kings try and build on their 4-2 game one win over the Coyotes.

  • RugbyARDENS2012a

    SCCHS Ardens taking on the Notre Dame Hounds on May 15(Photos courtesy: Jody Seidler)

    Ardens Rugby is in Full Swing at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.

    Now in its 5th season, this year has seen a youth movement attempt to pick up where veteran players left off.

    "Well this year has been a regrouping or rebuilding  year" said Head Coach Rufus Crawford "the original grade 9 girls that started in the first year, that stuck with the program for four years, all graduated last year, so last year we had a really strong team."

    Crawford took over the Arden's squad after Chris Chapman left for Winnipeg after starting the program.

    "Recruiting has always been really tough for our team because after Chris Chapman left we don't have anyone in the school that's part of the coaching staff."

    The team's manager Danielle Pool does however work at the comp but Crawford says "as far as a teacher out there reminding girls, saying try out out Rugby, we don't have that."

    Chapman says the new Youth Rugby program in Swift Current could remedy the recruitment problem in the future so they don't run into situations like they did earlier in the year.

    "We've got a lot of young girls on our team" said Chapman "Our first game was in Brandon, back in April we went to a tournament, which was the first game ever for three-quarters of our team."

    Chapman believes the team has come a long way since the start of the season and does not discount the rest of this season but is really looking forward to next year when the younger players are more seasoned.

    Full interview with Rufus Crawford:





  • baseball firstbase

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to re-open the City Softball Complex. 

    They were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the wet weather on the weekend.
    Please call the Recreation and Parks office at 778-2787 for more information.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New Jersey Devils stepped it up last night despite missing thier regular season scoring leader Ilya Kovalchuk.

    David Clarkson and Adam Larsson scored their first goals playoffs, while Travis Zajac and Bryce Salvador added goals as the Devils downed Philadelphia 4-1.

    Kovalchuk missed the game with a lower-body injury.

    The second-round series is now tied 1-1.

    The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference later today to announce Marc Bergevin as the team's new general manager.

    Bergevin, a Montreal native, will take over from the fired Pierre Gauthier.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Semi Final after beating St. Louis for the third straight time.

    The Kings downed the Blues 4-2, to take a 3-0 series lead last night.

    Drew Doughty netted a goal and two assists while Jonathan Quick made 18 savesfor the Kings.

    Game 4 is in L.A. on Sunday.

    Alexei Ponikarovsky scored 17:21 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 last night.

    The win means the Devils have a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

    Ilva Kovalchuk returned from a lower back injury and got a goal and two assists for the Devils.

  • scindians logo

    It was a rainy weekend for baseball as many games were cut short or cancelled around the province.

    The Swift Current AA midget Indians got their finished their first game winning in Saskatoon versus the AAA Giants 10-8 before game 2 was cancelled due to weather.

    The midget AA Indians got 3 innings in on Saturday before the game was canceled versus Melville here in Swift current.

    Sundays action was also canceled against Kipling.

    Rain also spoiled the Pee Wee AA season opener vs Yorkton.

    Click here for complete stats of game 1 between the AA Indians versus Saskatoon.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The New Jersey Devils are in the Eastern Conference final for the first time since winning the 2003 Stanley Cup. 

    Martin Brodeur made 27 saves as the Devils eliminated Philadelphia with a 3-1 Game 5 win. 

    David Clarkson got the game winning goal when flyers Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov's clearing attempt rebounded off his stick and went  into the net.

    The Devils could find out who they'll meet in the Eastern Conference final tonight as the New York Rangers have a 3-2 lead in their series versus Washington.

    If the Capitals force a game 7 it wouldn't be played until Saturday.

  • taman
    Brendan Taman

    With training Camp only weeks away the Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to prepare for what they hope will be a turn-around 2012 season.

    2011 saw the team post a league-worst 5 and 13 record.

    Once you get past started Darian Durant, the team will look different at the Quarterback position.

    "The challenge that you have when you (upgrade your depth at QB) is that you have to weight the experience factor compared to the ability factor" said Riders GM Brendan Taman. "We sort of took a different approach than we had in the past. We sort of took out the experience factor and went and rolled the dice a little bit on guys who hadn't been up here but have some ability. We're pretty comfortable with where we're at right now."[CLIP]

    University of Hawaii stand-out Colt Brennan, NFL veteran J.T. O'Sullivan, Drew Willy and Levi Brown will all be vying for the spot behind Durant this season.

    Taman doesn't expect their recent draft class to have much of an impact on their success this season.

    "Anytime you go into a draft it's very rare you're going to get a guy that's going to come in and start for you right away and be an impact player," Taman said. "You build up your depth. Last year looking back at our draft we were able to get three or four guys that made our team. When you look at (Ben) Heenan... and the other kids, I think we're building our depth and it takes time for these guys... the word is develop."

    Rookie Camp opens on Wednesday May 30th and runs until Friday June 1st with the Veterans set to join camp on Saturday the 2nd.

    Full audio of the Riders audio conference:

  • canada

    Ryan O'Reilly had 2 goals earlier today as Team Canada beat Belarus 5-1 at the World Hockey Championship.

    The win clinched the Canadians top spot in the Helsinki pool.

    Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had a goal and an assist each while Canada's other goal was scoerd by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    Canada's quarter-final opponent will be determined later today and will be either Slovakia, France or the U.S.

    Click here for video highlights

    Click here for the boxscore

  • TrackSWAC200M2012

    Athletes race towards the finish line in the 200 M while onlookers wear jackets and toques in the infield.

    Chilly conditions did not keep Southwest athletes from breaking records at yesterday's SWAC track meet.

    Twelve records fell in total including the 4X100 meter Senior Girls record that was previously set by Swift Current Collegiate in 1963.

    Provincials will be hosted in Saskatoon on June 1st and 2nd.

    The top two athletes in each event qualified for Provincials.

    Yesterday's Aggregate Rankings:


    Yesterday's Broken Records:

  • LacrosseSwiftCurrentRampage

    Some mixed results for two local lacrosse teams over the weekend.

    Both the Novice and Bantam Swift Current Rampage squads participated in the Floor Busters tournament in Lethbridge.

    The Novice club opened with a 7-3 loss to Red Deer on Friday, but they bounced back with a 9-0 win over Crows Nest Pass and a 6-2 win over Medicine Hat on Saturday.

    Their tournament came to an end with a close 11-8 loss to Lethbridge on Sunday morning.

    The Bantam team didn't have as much success as they dropped all four of their games but they closed the gap each time.

    Scoring was an issue for the Bantam club as they were only able to notch two goals over the weekend.

  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced they have agreed to terms with import defensive back Karl Paymah and non-import defensive lineman Renaldo Sagesse.  Financial details of the agreements were not released.

    Paymah (6’0 – 195) comes to the Riders having spent the last six seasons in the National Football League.  Originally drafted by Denver in the 3rd round (76th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, the defensive back appeared in 130 career games split between the Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and most recently the Houston Texans.  Prior to going pro, Paymah played four seasons at Washington State.

    Sagesse (6’4 – 289) was originally drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in the 4th round (25th overall) in the 2011 CFL Draft.  Prior to that, the Montreal native was a four year letter winner at the University of Michigan where he appeared in 35 career contests for the Wolverines recording 16 tackles and three tackles for loss.
  • mitchell field

    The Swift Current AAA Midget Indians hit the field again tonight when they host the Moose Jaw Devons.

    The AAA squad will try and improve on their 1 and 2 record to start the season.

    Game time is at 7 o'clock at Mitchell Field weather permitting.

  • benheenan

    Ben Heenan(Photo:cfl.ca)

    It was one of the worst-kept secrets of this year's CFL Canadian Draft, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders made it official, selecting University of Saskatchewan offensive lineman Ben Heenan first overall as the draft got underway this afternoon.

    The team announced their intention to select Heenan earlier this morning.

    The 6' 4", 310-pound Grand Coulee native was a resounding favourite to go first overall.

    The Green and White also chose linebacker Samuel Hurl of the Calgary Dinos 12th overall, linebacker Kevin Regimbald-Gagne of Sherbrooke 35th overall, and wide receiver Ismael Bamba, also of Sherbrooke, with their last pick in the sixth round, 39th overall.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings are the first team to push through to the NHL conference finals.  

    The Kings completed a sweep in the Western Conference semifinal with a 3-1 victory over St. Louis yesterday. 

    Dustin Brown had two goals for L.A. while Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

    The New Jersey Devils overcame a two-goal deficit and pushed the Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory last night

    Dainus Zubrus scored two goals while Martin Brodeur enjoyed his 40th birthday.

    He made 20 saves, and picked up an assist on Zubrus' final goal.

    According to several reports The Phoenix Coyotes may have a new owner.

    The reports say NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Glendale, Arizona to announce that a tentative agreement has been struck. 

    The likely new ownership group is led by Greg Jamison,  the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks.

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    Rhett Rachinski scored the overtime winner in game 4 of the WHL Championship last night as the Edmonton Oil Kings evened the series at two games a piece with the Portland Winterhawks.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle had an  assist on the first Oil Kings goal.

    Laurent Brossoit made 39 saves for Edmonton while Mac Carruth had 38 between the pipes for Portland.

    Game 5 goes tomorrow night in Edmonton.

    Click herefor t he boxscore
  • 2012 CCBC First All Star'

    2012 CCBC First All-Star Team(Photo: athletics.inside.tru.ca)

    Gouthro,  Wynn,  Catcher Travis Steinke (Red Deer, AB)   first baseman Mitch Dornblut  (Surrey, BC), second baseman Evan Comeau (Waverly, NS) left fielder Corey Wood (Fredricton, NB, designated hitter  Luke Barry (Swift Current, SK)   and pitcher Regan of PBA,  third baseman Condon, Utility man Tyler Lowey (Calgary, AB), both of TRU .   Shortstop Dallas Monk (Comox, BC), right fielder Liam Goodall (Nanaimo, BC) and pitcher Russell of VIBI.

    Chad Schultz and Luke Barry of Swift Current earned post-season honours in the Canadian College Baseball Conference.

    Barry is the 1rst all-star team designated hitter while Schultz is the 2nd all-star team second baseman.

    Schultz has enjoyed his first year of college ball with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute.

    "You get a lot better. You get more reps for hitting and ground balls and you've got coaches that'll teach you the right way to swing and the right way to play the game. Its just an awesome experience."

    He says moving up to college ball was an adjustment.

    "The Pitching is a lot harder so I had to learn to get my foot down on the faster pitches to get that fast ball going. I'm low in the line-up so I'm looking (at) fast balls most of the time so I... basically try and hit it off-field somewhere."

    Schultz, fellow Swift Current product Reiley Grose and the V.I.B.I. Mariners beat Luke Barry and his Lethbridge team 3-0 in the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship tournament opener in Kamloops yesterday.

    All three will be eligible to play for for the WMBL Indians this summer.

    For CCBC Championship results click HERE.

    Swift Current Online's Shawn Mullin speaks with Chad Schultz:

    2012 CCBC Second All Star

    2012 CCBC Second All-Star Team(Photo: athletics.inside.tru.ca)

    On the second team:   Hole and designated hitter  Jimmy Semaschuk (Whitehorse, YT) of TRU , VIBI’s  second baseman Chad Schultz (Swift Current, SK), third baseman Cody Andreychuk (Nanaimo, BC), pitcher Cody Chartrand (Nanaimo, BC) and  left fielder Aaron Witzke (Lethbridge, AB). Pitcher Shawn Dawson (Drayton Valley, AB) of PBA along with University of Calgary first baseman Kyle Fruson (Medicine Hat, AB) and centerfielder Miles Hunter (Calgary, AB). Okanagan College pitcher Zach Burlon and shortstop Brian Elias were the other selections.

  • swimmers copy
    Back row: Jill Hamm, Carrie Funk, Katie Durant, David Phillip, Jackie Powell (coach)
    Front row: Melody Radicki, Jenae Ruetz, Artel Lenuik
    Missing: Colleen Morstad and Monica Hildebrandt
    Photo courtesy of Jackie

    Seven Special Olympics' swimmers competed at a meet in Regina yesterday and pulled off a sweep of sorts.

    All seven qualified for Special Olympics Saskatchewan Provincial Games that will be held in Saskatoon in June of 2013.

    Special Olympics Swift Curren Coach, Jackie Powell, says the swim meet was very good.

    "We took seven swimmers from Swift Current and they all swam very well," explains Powell. "We entered them in some different events to give them some variety and they all did very well."

    Two other swimmers previously qualified for the 2013 Provincial Games at a meet that was held in Swift Current in February.

    The swim team will be fundraising by selling hotdogs at the Brick this weekend.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The New Jersey Devils took a 3-2 lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference final last night thanks to a 5-3 victory in Game 5 over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

    The Devils actually led New York 3-0 in the first but saw the Rangers get back into the game with a goal in each period. 

    The Devils' Ryan Carter snapped that deadlock with 4:24 left. 

    New Jersey can book a spot in the Stanley Cup final against the L-A Kings with a victory at home on Friday night.

  • BaseballAAMidgetIndians2012

    AA Midget Indians in action earlier this year (Photo: Jody Seidler)

    With the forecast looking like it will play ball the Midget AA Indians may get to as well.

    The AAA Regina Mets will be in town later today.

    The AA squad is currently tied for second in the AAA SPBL with a 5-4 record.

    Game time is at 6:00 PM at Kinsmen Field.

    The Midget Indians squad playing in the AA league will also be in action tonight.

    They'll be trying to get a win on the road versus the Regina White Sox.

  • IndiansBattingPractice2012

    Players take batting practice last night.

    The boys of summer are back.

    The Swift Current Indians take the field to open the WMBL season in Weyburn tonight.

    "So far so good." said six year veteran outfielder Brennan Peterson when asked how this year has gone so far. "We've got a lot of young talent it looks like. We can swing the bat decent from the first few days of batting practice so I'm excited to get going. (We've got) A lot of speed it looks like. A lot of speed in the outfield. We'll be slapping the ball around, running bases, stealing bases and playing the game hard by the looks of things."

    The product of Central Butte knows he has to be a leader.

    "There are some things that maybe some of these young faces aren't too familiar with, that I've seen, so I'll definitely try and help them out as much as I can."

    As for tonight's game:

    "A few guys have been off for a few weeks so I think it's just, as a hitter, try and see a few pitches, get comfortable in the batter's box again and take the pitcher into some deep counts."

    After tonight's season opener in Weyburn the Tribe heads to Saskatoon tomorrow.

    They host Okotoks for their home opener on Sunday night live on The Eagle 94.1

    Click HERE  for Brennan Peterson's WMBL Player Profile.

    Interview with Brennan Peterson:

    Interview with Indians Head Coach Joe Carnahan:

  • eaks
    Cody Eakin and Broncos Governor Al Stewart

    Former Broncos Captain Cody Eakin will be getting another taste of the NHL playoffs.

    The Washington Capitals have called Eakin back up to the NHL after the Hershey Bears were eliminated from the American Hockey League Playoffs.

    He started the NHL's second season as a healthy scratch in Washington before getting sent back to the Bears.

    Eakin collected 1 assist in Hersey's 5 game opening round loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    He scored 8 points in 30 NHL games this season and 27 points in 43 AHL games.

    The Capitals and New York Rangers resume their tied second round series tomorrow in Washington.

    Tonight Shaunavon's Braydon Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers host the New Jersey Devils.

    Philadelphia leads the series 1-0.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Mike Green scored the game winner on a third-period power play, as the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the only NHL playoff game Saturday.

    The Eastern Conference semi-final series is tied up at two games apiece, and game five is set for Monday in New York City.

    In playoff action today, the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings look to knock off another top team in the Western Conference, as they try to sweep the second-ranked St. Louis Blues this afternoon (1:00pm, TSN), and Shaunavon's Brayden Coburn and the Philadelphia Flyers visit New Jersey tonight (5:30pm, CBC). The Devils lead the series 2-1.

    In international hockey, Jack Johnson scored on the powerplay in overtime as the USA beat Canada 5-4 in round-robin play at the World Hockey Championships. It's the first time the Americans have beaten Canada at the tournament since 2001. Canada takes on France in their next game Monday morning.

    The WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup final resumes tonight with game three in Portland (8:00pm, Shaw TV), after the Winterhawks evened up the series with the Edmonton Oil Kings with a 5-1 win on Friday.

    At the RBC Cup, the host Humboldt Broncos opened the tournament with a big 4-1 win over the Woodstock Slammers, while the BCHL champion Penticton Vees dropped a 2-1 decision to the Soo Thunderbirds. Two games today have the Portage Terriers taking on the Thunderbirds, and Penticton battles Humboldt.

    For more coverage of the RBC Cup, visit DiscoverHumboldt.com.
  • plazaofhonor

    Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced four new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Ed Buchanan, Nate Davis, Andrew Greene and Tom Robinson will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

    Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed approximately $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

    The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 113 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

    The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

    The cairn honouring the Plaza of Honor Inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

    This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 21
    st at the Credit Union Eventplex – Evraz Place. To accommodate a much larger audience, the event has been moved to the Eventplex and will allowpatrons a spacious opportunity with a large reception area throughout the evening to meet and greet friends and associates. The ambiance will be significantly improved and there will be ample room to move around and a quick food service delivery time.

    For information on tickets or corporate tables, contact the Saskatchewan Roughrider Ticket Office at 525-1281 or 1-888-474-3377 or any committee member.

    San Diego Jr. College
    • Born in San Diego, CA.
    • Played five seasons with the Roughriders
    • Played his college ball at San Diego Jr. College
    • Played 45 regular season games for the Riders 
    • Was a member of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship Roughrider team
    • His 2,531 rushing yards as a Rider place him 10th on the all-time Rider list
    • Also had 93 career receptions for 1,637 yards and eight touchdowns
    • His 1,325 kick-off return yards place him 16th on the all-time Rider list
    • Was named to the All-Canadian team in 1964

    YEAR  TEAM                          GP       CAR    YDS    LG       TD  REC  YDS   LG  TD

    1963 Saskatchewan                 3        47        179      23        0         6     96    36      1        

    1964 Saskatchewan               16       179     1390      93        7       36    681   48      2

    1965 Saskatchewan                 4        24          86      15        0         4      87   28      0

    1966 Saskatchewan                 6        32        181      43        0       14    296   80      3

    1977 Saskatchewan               16       120       695      85        2       33    477   53      2         

    Totals                                      45       402      2531     93        9       93  1637   80      8


    Defensive Lineman
    • Born in Hartford, CN. In 1974
    • Played his college ball at Indiana
    • Spent six seasons playing for Saskatchewan
    • Was originally drafted in the second round (32nd overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft
    • Spent parts of four seasons with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons
    • Started 91 regular season games for the Riders
    • Also started in six playoff games 
    • Finished his career with 144 defensive tackles
    • His 32 quarterback sacks are 9th on the Riders all-time list
    • Also recorded five fumble recoveries
    • Was a West Division All-Star in 2003 and 2004
    • Was a CFL All-Star in 2004

    YEAR TEAM                         GP      DT       FR       QS     

    2001   Saskatchewan         13        40          2          3

    2002   Saskatchewan         15        38          1          3

    2003   Saskatchewan         17        31          0       10

    2004   Saskatchewan         18        20          2          8

    2005   Saskatchewan         12        15          0          4

    2006   Saskatchewan         16        20          0          4

    Totals                                    91      164        5          32

    Offensive Lineman
    1997; 1999-2006
    • Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1969
    • Played eight seasons with the Roughriders
    • Played his college ball at Indiana
    • Selected in the 2nd round (18th overall) by the Riders in the 1994 CFL Draft
    • Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round (53rd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft
    • Spent four seasons in the NFL with Miami, Seattle and Jacksonville
    • Spent nine seasons with the Roughriders
    • Started 116 regular season games on the Riders offensive line
    • Also started in nine playoff games and the 1997 Grey Cup game
    • Was named a West Division All-Star five times
    • Was named a CFL All-Star four times
    • Was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman in 2000
    • Was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2003

    • Served as on the Roughrider Board of Directors for 11 years
    • Served as President/Chairman from 2001-2003
    • Also spent three years as Vice-President of the Riders
    • Was instrumental in conceiving, planning and implementing the modern Board of Directors structure currently used by the organization
    • Served on the first committee of the Board to search for and recommend the hiring of the first CEO
    • Instrumental in dealing with the provincial government in debt of the Club essentially forgiven
    • Helped get the finances of the Club turned around from -$3 million to +$10 million when he left the Club
    • Played a very active role at the CFL level where he served for a time as Chairman of the CFL Board of Governors
    • Served as a Vice-President for the 1995 Grey Cup held in Saskatchewan
    • Also oversaw a tremendously successful Grey Cup 2003 hosted in Saskatchewan
  • golfsaskatchewan

    Elmwood golfer Jehremy Ryde racked up some scholarship money as he continues to work on his game.

    The Saskatchewan Academic and Golf Excellence program awarded the Eston product the $1000 Kozy Scholarship.

    Ryde also earned $450 in Athlete Assistance from Golf Saskatchewan.

    The SAGE program awarded another local golfer too as Chinook's Taylor Kinch received a the $400 Richard Collacott High School Bursary.

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    Jordan Peddle lifting the Ed Chynoweth Cup 

    TJ Foster and Michael St. Croix had a goal and two points each to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-1 Game 7 win over Portland Sunday night, as they captured the WHL title.

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle added an assist for the Oil Kings. The Elbow native scored 7 points in the 7 game WHL final.

    Edmonton's Rhett Rachinski set the tone of the game with a goal 1:51 into the first period, Tyler Maxwell made it 2-0 with 18 seconds left in the opening frame.  St. Croix and Foster scored just under six minutes apart in the second period to make it a 4-0 lead, Portland's Oliver Gabriel score their only goal mid way thru the middle frame.

    Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit made 19 saves in the deciding game and was named the series MVP.  The win vaults the Oil Kings into the MasterCard Memorial Cup which starts Friday in Shawinigan, Quebec.  Edmonton will open against the host Cataractes Friday night.

    MasterCard Memorial Cup schedule;
    Friday, May 18th; Edmonton (WHL) v Shawinigan (Host)
    Saturday, May 19th; Saint Johns  (QMJHL) v London (OHL)
    Sunday, May 20th; Shawinigan v London
    Monday, May 21st; Saint Johns v Edmonton
    Tuesday, May 22nd; London v Edmonton
    Wednesday, May 23rd; Shawinigan v Saint Johns
  • gatewoodandsanders

    Curtis Gatewood (left) and Jock Sanders (right)

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed import defensive end Curtis Gatewood and import receiver Jock Sanders. Financial details of the signings were not released.

    Gatewood (6’3 – 255) joins the Roughriders after spending time in the NFL with Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. The 26-year old defensive end played his collegiate career in the SEC at the University of Vanderbilt and finished his four year career with the Commodores with totals of 101 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

    Sanders (5’6 – 185) most recently spent time with the B..C. Lions during the 2011 season. The West Virginia graduate made his CFL debut in week 17 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and totaled an impressive 234 all-purpose yards. The 23-year old Florida native played four seasons for the Mountaineers of West Virginia and left as the club’s all-time leading receiver after tallying 206 receptions for 1980 yards and 14 touchdowns in 51 career games. Sanders’ 206 receptions currently sit third all-time in Big East history.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Stanley Cup final begins tonight.

    The eighth seed in the West, L.A., will visit the third seed in the East, New Jersey.

    Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will make his 200th career playoff appearance in the series opener.

    New Jersey is looking for it's fourth Stanley Cup in five tries while the Kings are looking for their first Stanley Cup in two tries.

    Click HERE for pre-final player interviews.
  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Operations staff is busy preparing their draft strategy for the Canadian Football League’s annual selection process.

    The 2012 CFL Canadian Draft will take place Thursday May 3rd at 1:00 pm (3:00 pm ET). TSN will provide live exclusive coverage of the first two rounds of the Draft. Fans can follow the final four rounds on TSN.ca

    Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman will be available to the media at 4:00 pm on Thursday in the Green and White Lounge at Mosaic Stadium to discuss the Riders’ draft selections.

    The Green and White enter Sunday’s selection process with three picks in the six round draft.


    ROUND 1 (1st overall)
    ROUND 3 (15th overall)
    ROUND 6 (39th overall)

  • scindians logo
    Swift Current's Pee Wee AA baseball team will have a mountain to climb this season playing in the provincial AAA league.

    "We kind of touched on that with the athletes that we will be playing some tough AAA opponents, and don't be discouraged", said coach Mike Kozyn. "We're always stressing compete... no matter what, we're going to compete."

    Kozyn still believes they have what it takes to remain competitive with the AAA teams and he thinks they have a good shot at the AA provincials.

    The Pee Wee AAs open the season at 1pm today at home against Yorkton.
  • indiansseats
    Some maintenance at Mitchell Field has caused the cancellation of a Midget AAA Indians game tonight

    Three local products tried to make an impression on the Sask First evaluators as they joined the provincial team for a tournament in Alberta last weekend.

    “All three of them played fairly well," said Midget AAA Indians Coach Neil Hogg, who was part of the Sask First staff. "Zac Mackay started in 2 games and pitched in 1 game, Reid Fritzke started in 2 games, and BJ Moen only played in 1 game. He's still only 14 years old but he did well too.”

    The Sask First team went 2-2 with a younger roster of mostly 16 and 15 year olds. Moen made the roster despite his age.

    “Well he is one of the hardest throwing kids in the province right now in our age group," Hogg said. "That's counting right up to 17 year olds. He's quite a talent.”

    The Swift Current AAA Indians game that was scheduled for 7pm tonight has been cancelled due to the unavailability of Mitchell Field which is undergoing some maintenance.

    Interview with Midget AAA Indians Coach Neil Hogg:
  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012
    AA Mosquito Indians (Photo: Kevin Patinaude)

    The AA Midget Indians defeated the Notre Dame Hounds in both games of their double header Saturday, but fell short yesterday losing to Lumsden.

    The Pee Wee AA squad split their double header with the Regina Pacers. 

    The AA Mosquito Indians opened their season playing in Regina over the weekend. They will be playing in the AAA Mosquito league this year. On Saturday, they split their two games against the Regina Buffalo.  Yesterday, they tied one and won one against the Regina White Sox.
  • TrackSWAC200M2012

    Athletes race towards the finish line in the 200 M while onlookers wear jackets and toques in the infield.

    Students from around the southwest are braving the elements today at the SWAC district track meet at the comp.

    Donning Blankets and Bunny Hugs between events youth are competing for the chance to make provincials and can do so by finishing first or second in their event.

    The two day meet has been condensed into one day as to avoid possible snow in the forcast.

    Comp Track and Field Coach Mandi Tuplin is hoping to qualify lots of athletes for provincials after 39 of their 42 competitors made it through to SWAC.

    "Hopefully everyone competing there has that as their main goal. I originally thought 25, but now I'm hoping 30."

    The meet started at 9:30 with events for all age groups of male and female athletes from throughout the region.

    We'll update you if there is any change in the status of today's event.

    Results will be posted on swiftcurrentonline.com.

  • soccer1

    It was a battle of the sexes at Swift Current's Soccerfest over the weekend.

    Swift Current's very strong U14 Girls Division II club team played in the boys tournament at the event.

    "We have a very strong team and we knew that," said Coach Dale Perry. "I said to everybody that we may not win the games that we played this weekend, but the teams that we play against are going to know that they were in a game. That's how strong the girls will play that physical and agressive style."

    The girls were impressive losing 4-3 on a late goal to the Swift Current U14 boys, beating Weyburn's boys 1-0 and eventually falling 6-2 to Regina.

    Perry says despite the challenging weather, it was a good weekend for local soccer clubs that included a gold medal for the U16 boys and a silver for the U14 boys.

    Some matches were cancelled on Sunday due to the snow. 

    Interview with Dale Perry:
  • assiniboiarink
    Assiniboia Civic Centre

    Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is coming to Assiniboia.

    The annual event targeted at promoting the game of hockey and building community spirit will hit the area on January 19th of next year.

    “Assiniboia is looking at building a brand new facility which is hosting a hockey rink and curling rinks as well.”, said Mike Jensen, coordinator of promotions and events for the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, “This is going to be a way for them to raise funds for this new facility and really continue to promote hockey in these rural communities.”

    Jensen adds that Hockey day in Saskatchewan is for all communites and not just the hosting community, “Hockey day in Saskatchewan is for all communities and not only the host community to really showcase hockey in the community and showcase hockey throughout the province and really focus on minor hockey all the way up to the more elite junior levels we have in the province.”

    The SHA also encourages every minor hockey association to hold an event in their own community during hockey day.

  • motocross

    This weekend's rain has put a damper on motocross action in Swift Current.

    Organizers have cancelled today's first round of the CMRC Saskatchewan Series because of the persistent rainfall. The races will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • softball02

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to reopen all of the diamonds located at the Adult Ball Complex, including the Slo-Pitch diamonds.

    Please note that the previously closed diamonds may still be wet, and it is the users’ discretion whether to use them or not.

    The complex had previously been closed because of concerns of diamond conditions due to recent unfavorable weather.

    For more details regarding the closure please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.

  • badmintonshsaa

    Provincial badminton proved to be a successful tournament for the Fox Valley duo of Austin Dirk and Spenser Kosolofski. The boys defended their provincial title winning the gold medal in boys doubles. Despite Austin battling a sprained ankle, the duo placed first in their pool with a 3-0 record. They registered wins over Oxbow (21-17, 21-15), Carrot River (22-20, 21-16) and Saskatoon Hardy (21-13, 21-15). The semi final saw them beat Meadow Lake (21-12, 21-12). This set up a re-match of the earlier round robin when they ended playing Carrot River in the final. The match went to three but Fox Valley persevered by scores of 23-21, 17-21, 21-12. Congratulations to Austin and Spenser and their coach Dennis Franz!

    The Southwest got their second medal in girls’ doubles. The Ponteix team of Alyssa Fournier and Emily LeBlanc defeated the Maple Creek team of Jenna Frey and Raelene Boschee to capture bronze. Ponteix was 2nd in their pool with a 2-1 record. They had wins over Maryfield (24-22, 21-12) and Naicim (21-15, 21-16) and a loss to Medsted (13-21, 13-21). Meanwhile, Maple Creek also finished second in their pool with an identical 2-1 record. They had wins over Regina O’Neill (21-9, 21-15) and Raymore (15-21, 21-15, 21-19) and a loss to Saskatoon Mahoney (13-21, 14-21). In the semifinals, Sasktoon Mahoney beat Ponteix (12-21, 17-21) while Medsted defeated Maple Creek (11-21, 8-21). The two southwest teams faced off for the third weekend in a row in the bronze medal match with Ponteix capturing the medal by scores of 13-21, 15-21. Congrats to both teams on a great showing! Ponteix is coached by Chad Striker and Garett Norbert while Maple Creek is coached by Chris Sharp.

    Ponteix mixed doubles team of Irvin Lamb and Taylor Goffinet just missed out on a medal as they finished in 4th place. The Ponteix duo finished in a three way tie for first in their pool with a record of 2-1. When points for/against were tabulated, Lamb/Goffinet were awarded 2nd in their pool. They had wins over Yellow Grass (21-19, 21-9) and Walter Murray (21-13, 21-7) and a loss to Carrot River #1 (17-21, 15-21). In the semi final they ended up playing another Carrot River team and lost (17-21, 18-21). The bronze final saw them come up against Luther from Regina. The Ponteix duo lost a close match 15-21, 21-19 and 16-21 to finish in 4th.

    SWAC was also represented by Tianna Kissick (Swift Current Comp) in the girls’ singles category. Tianna played very well and finished tied for first in her pool with a record of 2-1. She had wins over Regina LeBoldus (21-11, 19-21, 22-20) and Unity (21-19, 17-21, 21-14) and a loss to Canwood (14-21, 16-21). Unfortunately, when the points for/against were calculated Tianna just missed out on advancing to the playoff round. Tianna is coached by Janna Walker.

    Congrats to all our badminton players on a great performance!

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Los Angeles Kings will play for the Stanley Cup after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to capture the Western Conference final four games to one. 

    Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into the extra frame, moments after former Bronco Michal Rozsival had to be helped off the ice after a questionable knee-on-knee hit by the Kings' Dustin Brown.

    L.A. is 8-and-0 on the road in the playoffs. 

    The Kings will get some time to heal their bumps and bruises, as the Stanley Cup won't begin until May 30th at the home of the Eastern Conference winner.

    Game 5 of the Rangers/Devils series goes tonight in New York with the series tied at two games apiece.

  • carnahan

    Swift Current Indians Head Coach Joe Carnahan.

    The perennial powerhouse Swift Current Indians start their climb back to the top fo the WMBL on Thursday night.

    After winning the championship in 2010, they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs last summer.

    "It's going to be a tough fight." said Carnahan "From May 31st until the end of July to win a division title and then also get in the playoffs, it's going to be tight all the way through and we're going to have to come to the park every day and come with our A-game. We should have pretty good balance. We should have a little bit more team speed than normal. A little more left handed hitting than typically we do so hopefully we'll be able to hit the ball a little bit better than we did last year. On paper anyways, we should have a little better line-up. Once the games start we'll see how everybody gels together and how things go."

    The Indians start the season in Weyburn on Thursday and host Okotoks for their home opener on Sunday night.


  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Kings have won five straight playoff games on the road. 

    The Kings shelled St. Louis in the opening frame last night  beating the Blues 5-2 and taking a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinal. 

    The Washington Capitals have evened their Eastern Conference semifinal at a 1-1.

    The Caps blew a 2-0 lead before Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play with 7:27 remaining to lead Washington over the New York Rangers 3-2. 

    Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera notched first-period goals less than five minutes apart before the Rangers started to chip away but fell short.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The only game in the NHL playoffs Friday night saw the Phoenix Coyotes draw closer to their first Western Conference final.

    Shane Doan scored in the first period, and that would hold up to be the game winner, as the Phoenix Coyotes beat Nashville 1-0 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semi-final. Goalie Mike Smith made 25 saves for the shutout.

    The Coyotes can finish off the Predators with a win at home on Monday.

    There's just one game in the playoffs today as Washington hosts New York (10:30am, CBC). The Rangers have a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

    Brendan Leipsic scored twice and Troy Rutkowski had a couple of assists as the Portland Winterhawks beat Edmonton 5-1 in game two of the WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. The Oil Kings have only lost twice in their last 26 games dating back to the regular season. The series is tied up at a game apiece with game three set for Sunday in Portland.

    Team Canada has a big game against the USA in round-robin action at the World Hockey Championships this morning (10:00am, TSN). Forward Alex Burrows is questionable for today's game, after he suffered an apparent concussion in Canada's 3-2 win over Slovakia in yesterday's tournament opener.

    The Humboldt Broncos host a strong field in the RBC Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship. The SJHL and ANAVET Cup Champs take on the Woodstock Slammers from Ontario tonight, while the BCHL's Penticton Vees battle the Soo Thunderbirds in the opener this afternoon. The Portage Terriers from the MJHL round out the five-team tournament and begin play tomorrow.
  • Dale Vossen Pats
    Dale Vossen (front row second from the left) as an assistant coach with the Pats in 1991-92 

    Dale Vossen is the new Head Coach of the Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaires.

    He has tasted success at the AAA level before as an Assistant Coach with the Regina Pat Canadians for two seasons in the late 80s. In 1988 they won the Air Canada Cup as national champions. They reached the final in 1989.

    Vossen then made the move up to the WHL where he was an Assistant Coach for the Regina Pats under Brad Tippett in 1991-92.

    In Swift Current, Vossen spent a season as the Head Coach of the K-Motel Midget AA Hurricanes ten years ago. It was during that season he was able to coach his son Evan who would go on to an excellent junior and college career. Evan recently scored the OT winner for McGill in his final game of CIS hockey to win their first national championship.

    Dale has been involved on and off with La Ronge of the SJHL as a scout since the founding of the organization. He has also been a scout for the Pats and the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL.

    Kim Bachek, who is also Swift Current Minor Hockey's Midget rep, will be the General Manager and run the office. Brad Woods will stay with the organization in a front office capacity handling sponsorship and communications.

    Vossen takes over for Jason Johns who was let go following Swift Current's first round exit. It was the first trip to the playoffs for the Legionnaires in eight years, but they ended under a cloud of turmoil on an extended losing streak.
  • betties regina injury
    Officials tend to an injured Regina player as others watch on concerned

    The upstart students still have something to learn from their veteran teachers.

    Swift Current's Redneck Betties led the Regina Gravediggers throughout most of their roller derby bout on Saturday night, but a late surge forced a rare overtime in front of another loud and energetic Credit Union iPlex crowd.

    In the end, the Gravediggers pulled off a 147-143 victory after a very physical two minutes of extra time.

    "To only be four points behind it was the most amazing thing to watch," said Betties player of the game Jinger Vitis. "It was just a really good game. Everybody put on a really good show and I'm super proud of my girls."

    Last night was only the second bout of 2012 for the Betties' second season.

    They had spent time learning from several of the more experienced Regina players when they first got started.|

    betties regina pose

    Swift Current had a lead at half and were also ahead down the stretch. Regina was able to tie things up with an excellent final minute.

    "When we come out in the second half, because we're so strong in the first half, we have to stay focused," added Jinger Vitis. "Usually the first couple of jams we let it slip out of our hands and then we have a hard time catching back up. As long as we stay focused, play as a team and do our walls as we are supposed to, I think we will have no problem."

    As for the player of the game award, it was a special honour for Jinger Vitis in only her second roller derby bout.

    "I'm the only rookie that was playing," she said. "To actually get the player of the game I'm so excited."

    A scary moment interrupted the bout late in the second half as one of the Gravediggers was taken off the playing surface on a stretcher.

    Last word was that she had a minor head injury as was removed in that way as a precaution.

    "I've had a concussion, a separated shoulder, a knee blown out," said Jinger Vitis. "It is hard hitting and it's very demanding."

    The Betties are back at the Credit Union iPlex again on June 16th.

    You can get more information on their Facebook page.

    Interview with Jinger Vitis:
  • memorialcup2012

    The London Knights beat former Swift Current Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 at the Memorial Cup yesterday, forcing the Oil Kings to play in a tiebreaker tomorrow. 

    London can get a bye to the final if the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs beat the host Shawinigan Cataractes in the round robin finale tonight.

    Click herefor the Knights/Oil Kings box score.
  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to welcome a group of guest coaches to the 2012 Training Camp beginning June 3rdat the University of Regina. 

    Cheston Blackshear joins the Riders after spending the last three seasons at the University New Mexico working with the Offensive Line and Tight Ends and has nine years’ experience coaching at the collegiate level. Blackshear entered coaching after an outstanding playing career at the University of Florida where he was a four-year letter winner (1996-99) with 28 career starts at offensive guard. He will work alongside Offensive Line Coach Kris Sweet.

    Jeff Cummins is the head coach of the Acadia University Axemen.  In his seven years at Acadia, Cummins has captured back to back AUS Football Championships (2005, 2006) and was named AUS Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Following his graduation from the University of Oregon, Cummins played six seasons in the Canadian Football League with stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton where he captured the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats.  Cummins will work with Rider Coach Mike Walker and the Defensive Line.

    Richard Kent spent the 2011 season with the United Football Leagues Omaha Nighthawks.  Kent comes to the Riders with over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels.  Previous to Omaha, Kent spent the 2009 season as the secondary coach with the Toronto Argonauts.  As a player, Kent was a quarterback and receiver at Appalachian State from 1979-81.  Kent will spend time with Special Teams Coordinator, Craig Dickenson and Linebackers Coach, Alex Smith. 

    Ben Norton guests with the Riders after spending the 2011 season with the UFL’s Hartford Colonials where he filled the triple role of offensive line assistant, special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach.  In addition, Norton has over 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, working mostly with offensive linemen. As a player, Norton was a four year letter winner at Stephen F. Austin State in Texas and wasa member of the team that played in the 1989 NCAA FSC national championship game.  Norton will spend time working with Running Backs Coach, Bob Dyce as well as Coach Kris Sweet and the offensive line. 

    Jamie Stoddard joined the University of British Columbia in 2010 as a Receivers Coach.  Before getting into coaching Stoddard enjoyed an impressive nine year professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a non-import wide receiver. While with Winnipeg, Stoddard had 191 receptions and amassed 2,808 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.  Stoddard will work with Receivers Coach Jason Tucker. 

    Ted White joins the Riders from Howard University where he is currently the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. From 1994-98 White attended Howard where he is the Bison and MEAC all-time passing leader and total offense leader with almost 10,000 yards during his productive collegiate career. Following that, White played professionally for five years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also had stints with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and the Montreal Alouettes.  White will join Coach Khari Jones working with Rider quarterbacks.

    The Roughriders have revised their camp schedule. Rookie Camp will now open on Thursday, May 31st at the University of Regina. Full 2012 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, June 3rd at the University of Regina.

  • cityhall

    A plan by the City of Swift Current to annex commercial land west of the city has hit a snag.

    The City recently received a letter of objection from the Rural Municipality of Swift Current on their resolution to annex the land along Highway 1 up to Lac Pelletier Trail.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer said they're disappointed and shocked by the development, especially with the progress the two councils have made over the last year, “Looking at things like our water agreement and some of the discussions we've had on planning for growth. It certainly came as a surprise mostly because we received a letter in January stating that go ahead the Saskatchewan municipal board. We can't agree on compensation, of course if you look at their meeting minutes its in January meeting minutes as well. So certainly a surprise, shock, and disappointing for us.”

    While it is a shocking development, Schafer adds that they'll continue to make their case for annexing the land to help accomodate the growth of the city, "Were gonna obviously make some efforts to make sure that any misconceptions and that people know our true intent is really to do the best thing for growing this region and thats truly our objective here.”

    Schafer adds the objection will delay the annexation process, and an open house meeting will be held at the end of May.

    Colin Powers Talks With Mayor Jerrod Schafer
  • french

    Francophone communities in Saskatchewan, including severa in the southwest, have until late June to apply for the Francophone Community Infrastructure Fund.

    Charles Henry Warren, Executive Director of the Francophone Affairs Branch of the provincial government, explains how the program got started.

    “Three years ago the provincial government and federal government made contribution to the La Troupe du Jour which is a professional francophone theatre company in Saskatoon," Warren said. "I guess we saw the benefit for making some investments in the Francophone community in Saskatchewan”

    The funding goes towards many different projects,

    “The kind of projects this supports, like last year they tend to be renovations to community centre bringing it up to code," Warren said. "Or enable the space to do new things like new sound and light systems.”

    FCIF provides $100,000 annually for capital projects that, enhance access to, and promote francophone culture and the French language; enhance the quality and use of francophone community facilities; and create greater opportunities to hold events that support cultural vitality.

    Applicants must contribute at least one-third of all eligible costs.

    Funding may be provided for up to two-thirds of the required funds to a maximum of $50,000.

    The application deadline is June 22nd.

    Application material and additional information on FCIF can be found at www.ops.gov.sk.ca/FCIF

    Interview with Charles Henry Warren:

  • CFL Bulb

    For two weekends this month, SaskPower will be partnering with retailers to offer customers a rebate on energy-efficient light bulbs in exchange for incandescent bulbs.

    Southwest residents could earn a $3 rebate coupon on "Energy Star" bulbs at Canadian Tire, Peavey Mart and select Co-op stores May 5th and 6th, and the following weekend, the 12th and 13th.

    "Basically a CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulb can save about $40 on your power bill over its life time," said SaskPower Supervisor of the Demand Side Management Programs Cheryl Bechard. "CFL and LED bulbs can last from 10 to 25 times longer than a standard bulb."

    "If every house hold replaced one of these old bulbs with a CFL bulb we'd save enough electricity to power over 5000 homes for a year."

    Interview with Cheryl Bechard:

  • fire hall and trucks - 12

    If you get a visit from the Fire Department wanting to look at your smoke detector, you can be assured that it is a legitimate program.

    The Swift Current Fire Department has been met with some skeptical people.

    "Response is really positive," said Deputy Chief Pete L'Heureux. "But we do get a lot of questions as to why we're there and if they have to participate in the program. Some people are even curious as to if we're there on official business or if someone is trying to pull something over on them and get into their house.

    L'Heureux wants to assure residents they are just going door to door, offering to check smoke detector and even change batteries.

    He adds it's not mandatory, but an attempt to raise awareness.

    They will generally come by between the hours of 6pm and 8pm. The program starts on the south side of the city.

    Click here for our original story on the program

  • shaunavon hospital

    We are into the third day of May, and already experiencing our second temporary disruption  of services at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Center.

    Tonight from five p.m. Until eight a.m. Tomorrow morning there will be no emergency outpatient services or inpatient admissions available at the hospital due to the unavailability of an on call physician.

    Shaunavon and area municipalities are working with the Cypress Health Region to recruit new physicians to Shauanvon since losing one of our two doctors the middle of April.

    The Health Region has announced that these disruptions of services will continue throughout May each Tuesday and Thursday overnight until a locum doctor is able to come and cover starting in June.

    Area residents are encouraged to dial 9-1-1 in a medical emergency.

  • shaunavon fields
     The Shaunavon Fields store is one of 12 in Saskatchewan set to close (Photo: Google Street View)

    The Fields stores in Shaunavon and Maple Creek will still close for good despite a recent sale of the chain.

    The Hudson's Bay Company announced plans to close the Fields discount store chain earlier this year, which included 21 locations in Saskatchewan and 140 across Western Canada, mostly in small, rural communities. HBC said they made the decision in order to focus on their other banners, which included the Bay and Home Outfitters.

    FHC Holdings of Vancouver bought up 57 Fields stores, including nine stores in Saskatchewan, and plans to keep them open. The Fields locations in Shaunavon and Maple Creek were not included in the list, and are both scheduled to close by the end of this month.

    The nine stores staying open in Saskatchewan are located in Assiniboia, Carlyle, Humboldt, Kamsack, La Ronge, Maidstone, Meadow Lake, Nipawin and Porcupine Plain.
  • cypresshealthregion

    Saturday is the International Day of the Midwife, and the provincial government used the occasion to announce a $500,000 investment for midwifery services in Saskatchewan.

    The Cypress Health Region was one of the first in the province to implement a midwifery program, along with the Saskatoon and Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Regions, and there are currently two midwives practicing in the southwest.

    "We started our program in June 2010," said Bryce Martin, Executive Director of Communications for the Cypress Health Region. "For the fiscal year June 2010 to March 2011, we had a total of 16 births that were assisted or delivered by the midwives. Last fiscal year, we had a total of 43 births that were assisted by the midwives."

    Martin adds the investment will go toward things like recruiting midwives and improving access to midwifery services throughout the province, but the exact allocation to the health regions will be determined through a consultation process.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Bryce Martin about the investment for the midwifery program:

  • central flashmob
    Central School students put on a flash mob at the Market Square on Central and Chaplin Friday afternoon

    Swift Current's Central School continues to try and think of creative ways to keep the momentum going for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge campaign.

    They held a flash mob downtown on Friday singing and encouraging you to vote as the campaign heads into the final week.

    "We're trying to show the city of Swift Current how we really want this outdoor space," said Central School teacher Shantell Roszell. "We're encouraging everyone to vote Central so we can get all the votes in from our city.

    A win in the online vote nets the school a $20,000 outdoor classroom, and they have been in a tight race with a school from Sussex, New Brunswick for the overall lead.

    You can vote for Central School at majestatreesofknowledge.ca.

    Video of the flash mob:

    Todd Vallee talked with Shantell Roszell:

  • CHR handwashing
    Chelsea Girrior (left) and Karlene Panko of the Cypress Health Region's Public Health Inspection Team attend a display at Cypress Regional Hospital on Monday.

    Today is "National Stop! Clean Your Hands Day", and the Cypress Health Region is using the day to promote proper hand hygiene.

    "Hospital-acquired infections happen in a lot of hospitals, and it affects a lot of people's lives," said Public Health Inspector Karlene Panko. "It's one of our practices to ensure that people are washing their hands properly and thoroughly, and as often as needed."

    The Health Region had displays set up today teaching visitors about how to properly clean their hands at Cypress Regional Hospital and the Herbert and District Integrated Health Facility.

    "Our display actually shows where the germs end up on your hands, and how good they are at washing them off," Panko added. "It really helps you identify some of the problem areas, and it really gives you an understanding of how important it is to wash your hands thoroughly."

    Public Health Inspectors also made visits to Oman School in Swift Current and the Herbert School to teach students about proper hand hygiene.

    Colin Powers talked with Karlene Panko about National Stop! Clean Your Hands Day:

  • shaunavon courthouse

    The Shaunavon Fire Department was called into action this past Friday afternoon.

    An oil tank exploded at a location two miles north and one and a half miles west of Shaunavon at around 2:00pm. Merrick Goldstein from the Fire Department reports no injuries from the incident.

    The cause remains under investigation, but it is believed that it was caused by an equipment malfunction.
  • camping2

    May long weekend is right around the corner, with many campers looking forward to getting back to nature and to their favourite camping spots.

    However, it was a bit of a rocky start for campers who tried using the Saskatchewan Parks' new Reserve-a-Site system when it was launched back in March.

    Mary Anne Wihack, Manager of Visitor Experiences for the Saskatchewan Parks Service, said it was due to a technical issue with the service provider combined with an extreme volume of users, but was very quickly resolved, “Within a couple of hours the service providers recognized what was happening and were able to start funneling more through. The call centre was able to start accepting more calls, there was a bit of a glitch there.”

    Wihack adds the new system is much more efficient compared to the old, manual way which usually took two or three months to get a response.

    Despite the glitches, on the first day, Saskatchewan Parks exceeded the number of site bookings they had for all of 2011.

    Click here to access to the Reserve-a-Site system

    Todd Vallee interview with Mary Anne Wihack, Manager of Visitor Experiences for the Saskatchewan Parks Service
  • shaunavon hospital

    The Cypress Health Region is continuing their search for a doctor for Shaunavon. However, in the meantime, another temporary disruption of services will occur at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre.

    There will be no emergency outpatient services and no inpatient admissions available beginning at five o'clock this afternoon until eight am tomorrow morning. Residents with a medical emergency during that time should call 9-1-1.

    Another disruption of service happening this week in Shaunavon will occur from Thursday evening at five p.m. Until eight am Friday morning.

    Long term care services will not be affected by these temporary disruptions.

  • schafer
    City Continues Attempt to Annex Land

    Swift Current is reaching out to businesses in the Rural Municipality that would be impacted by the annexation of commercial land west of the city.

    The RM has filed an objection to Swift Current's application to annex the Southwest and Northwest Quarters of Section 26 Township 16 Range 14 West of the 3rd Meridian.

    Reeve Robert Neufeld told Swift Current Online several ratepayers objected to the idea of being annexed by the city.

    Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer sent out a letter to those land owners, “Just to continue to clarify it and have dialogue. We just want to make sure those land owners that have concerns, or that want to know the process, or want to know what's going on, certainly know our view and why the planning is there.”

    Neufeld wants to wait for a SARM working group to come up with provincial standards on how annexation is handled.

    “My experience being at SUMA conventions is that there’s been a lot of resolutions come off the floor at that level as well,” Schafer added. “Sometimes the Government acts on them and sometimes they don't, and bringing something like that into legislation could be two or four years away. There is no guarantee on things like that.”

    The two sides had been negotiating a price for the annexation before the RM filed their objection. It's an issue that has been in discussion for years and the city first applied to annex the land in 2008. They were rejected at that time due to a technicality that has been corrected in the new application.

    There will be an open house on Friday, May 25th at the Credit Union I-plex Auditorium.

    Shawn Mullin Talks With Mayor Jerrod Schafer

    Mayor Schafer's letter:

    Dear business owners:

    Re: Proposed Annexation of the Southwest and Northwest Quarters of Section 26 Township 15 Range 14 West of the 3rd Meridian

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to announce an open house meeting to discuss the proposed annexation of the above quarters. We encourage you to attend the open house that will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Credit Union i-plex Auditorium.

    There has been a lot of rumour, speculation and uncertainty about this proposal. The City welcomes this opportunity to state its case and take questions from everyone concerned.

    Our plan was prepared by a professional planning firm and adopted by the Province of Saskatchewan in 2008.  This isn’t a scheme of the City or a shot at the RM.  It is a professionally prepared and government accepted plan to accommodate economic growth. The Plan identifies a need to have approximately 25-years worth of land for planning purposes within the City’s boundaries. This same area was identified in the City’s Development Plan in 1986 and adopted by the Province that lands immediately adjacent to the City would need to be included within the City’s boundaries when sufficient growth has taken place. The west expansion was identified in favour of East expansion due to traffic, costs and requests from developers. Expansion of the City into the Northeast, near the Trans-Canada Highway is not recommended as development near the sewage lagoons and landfill, other than agriculture, is effectively precluded and otherwise undesirable.

    Since 2007 there has been a limited availability of commercial property oriented specifically to the TransCanada Highway available in Swift Current. The majority of new developers have identified a preference to land that is located along this highway. The City wishes to annex this land in order to provide an orderly development pattern, which includes the provision of services that only a city can provide. Annexation provides a sense of certainty, long-term stability and facilitates efficient long-term community planning.  

    Our objective is to create a positive atmosphere for regional growth to occur– part of this process can be seen by the tremendous amount of work and energy committed to creating a lasting water agreement between the City of Swift Current and the RM of Swift Current. This is a positive tool for growth for new homeowners and businesses within the RM of Swift Current.

    The City believes that for continued growth to occur both in the short and long-term, critical infrastructure plays a key role. As we look into the future there is certainly going to be a need for higher levels of infrastructure and services required as typical highway commercial businesses take advantage of being located along the TransCanada Highway. Again, this may take a number of years to transpire, however it is our responsibility to plan and ensure we have the capability of providing what is needed by current and future businesses. Quite simply, proper planning including the ability to provide required services is the best formula for our city and area to have the best potential to continue growing and attracting a wide variety of businesses.

    As a valued business in the RM of Swift Current, it is important for you to understand that should this annexation be approved, there are absolutely no negative ramifications for you. In fact, having the ability to acquire full city services, whether it be in one year, ten years or more, allows you to plan for potential redevelopment of your property as its value will be enhanced as will the types of potential purchasers. Fully serviced, Highway 1 commercial land is, obviously, more valuable than partially serviced land. Investors, lenders and buyers would be willing to pay a premium price should property owners choose to develop or sell their land in the future.

    With respect to the financial implications to the City of Swift Current, in 2009 the Saskatchewan Municipal Board ruled that had this annexation been approved, the City should pay 15-times the annual tax revenue as tax replacement to the RM of Swift Current No. 137 paid over 5 years. In essence, we would be required to provide the RM of Swift Current the taxes you and all affected property owners pay on an annual basis for the next 15 years.  Certainly this is a clear indication that this annexation application is not a tax grab nor should it create a hardship on the RM of Swift Current. Since that time the City has offered the 15-times tax replacement payable upon annexation only to be met by increased amounts as counter offers. Unfortunately, the RM wants to delay the process further by invoking a proposed (and non-binding) SARM resolution, which has not been approved by the provincial government and may take years to negotiate or become legislation.

    For the first time, our province is facing the challenges of an economic boom as our economy and population growth lead the nation.  As a result, boundary alterations are not only happening in Swift Current, but around the province as municipalities try to change their boundaries to accommodate growth now and prepare for the future. Now is not the time to be halting attempts to plan for a thriving and growing province.

    We recognize the importance of providing a wide variety of services to the residents of the City of Swift Current as well as residents in the RM of Swift Current No. 137. Benefits are not unilateral and we all enjoy basic services, amenities, residence, employment and business opportunities because of our interdependence.

    In conclusion, we want to make it very clear that should the annexation be approved, your current business operations will not see any interruptions. Through this process we can collectively ensure efficient and effective planning and implementation while providing a positive future for all.

    Discussions around future growth and annexation, and the process of annexation have been ongoing steadily since 2004, and the City of Swift Current is not bound by the proposed SARM resolution that would delay the process further. It’s time to put the bureaucratic wrangling behind us and get the job done. The Swift Current region is growing rapidly. For the prosperity and well-being of everyone in the region, we need to work together as neighbours on a package that is flexible and fair. 

    We realize there is always rumors and innuendo when there is uncertainty. If you have questions regarding annexation and what it means to you, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Marcus, Deputy CAO and Director of Finance at 778-2723

    Yours truly,

    Jerrod Schafer
    City of Swift Current
  • legislaturebuildingregina

    Hayley Olson, Riley Hayes and Kassandra James from Val Marie School are in Regina this week after winning the Saskatchewan Dream Video Contest, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

    The students are working with the Saskatchewan Film Pool to learn about video production and then shoot, edit and produce videos based on the concepts they submitted about the Legislative Building.

    Angie Clement, Principal of Val Marie School, said the experience is very exciting, “Having the opportunity to do something hands on like this the students will learn a lot about film making and a lot about Government and the Legislature, and that's really what we want. Being able to express their ideas and tell others what they think about the Legislative building is a great opportunity.”

    Clement adds that a mentor has been working with the students, “The mentor is showing them how to put a film together and then talking about their ideas and how we might film them.”

    Student Riley Hayes said the experience has been great so far, “We get to learn lots of things and see lots of cool things like cameras, tripods, microphones - lots of the stuff they use to make films.”

    The videos will premiere at a public event on October 11 of this year to commemorate the opening of the Legislative Building back on October 12, 1912.

    Todd Vallee Talks With Principal Of Val Marie School Angie Clement and Student Riley Hayes
  • telemiracle

    Ashton Robertson of Swift Current celebrated his 8th birthday in a different way than most children.

    Instead of presents, he asked everyone who attended his party to bring something else, “I told everyone to get me money and I donated it because I felt it was the right thing to do.”

    His mom, Dawn, explained, “Well we were watching Telemiracle and he was pretty interested in it and why the people were giving all their money to theses people. So I explained what the Kinsmen did and that they gave money to people who really needed it, he thought that was a really good idea.”

    “Friends of ours had kind of done it with their child and they had given it to Kidsport.” added Dawn, as she explained how they came up with the idea, “Because Ashton was so intrigued by Kinsmen I said well you can invite as many kids as you want and we'll ask for donations and you can give it to Telemiracle or Kinsmen.”

    Ashton said that he felt like it was the right thing to do, “Because I don't need a lot of presents.”

    Ashton presented Swift Current Kinsmen President Brent Stechychyn a cheque for $200 to go towards Telemiracle 2013.

    Shawn Mullin talks with Ashton Robertson and his mom Dawn
  • sgi-tower-regina

    The nicer weather has allowed motorcyclists to hit the road and SGI, along with the Saskatchewan Safety Council and the RCMP are looking to raise awareness about the importance of being safe.

    Rebecca Rogoschewsky says both motorcycle riders and other drivers need to remember the rules of the road, watch out for each other and take the proper precautions. "We need to remember that even though motorcycles are smaller vehicles than cars or trucks, they still require just as much space as any of us driving a car of truck do."

    In 2011, there were 287 collisions involving motorcycles in Saskatchewan resulting in 203 injuries and four fatalities.
  • comp1
    Swift Current Comprehensive High School

    The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Drama department came home with some hardware after attending provincials in Regina this weekend.

    They won the competition for their performance of "The Most Massive Woman Wins".

    Director Drew Hamilton says it's about four women who meet in a liposuction clinic in the waiting room.

    "It flashes back to different stories and things that have happened to them in their lives that brought them to that point," explains Hamilton. "It's really a look at self image and body image and what society thinks of weight and women."

    Hamilton adds that it was very challenging and very rewarding to direct the piece.

    "I was working with four grade 12 girls, so for them to win provincials in their last year of high school is very meaningful for them," says Hamilton. "As you can imagine, just even the content takes a lot of courage and bravery for those girls to be able to portray that honestly, and for me to be able to help them find that and do it justice, as it's a pretty important topic, was pretty challenging."

    Megan Brooks, Salina Wall, Charity Rousseaux and Emily Hammer all won acting awards for their performances, while Stage Manager Jayna Brooks won best stage manger and Lighting technician Ian McKonkey won a lighting award. 

    Todd Vallee's full interivew with Drew Hamilton:
  • recycle depot

    Swift Current's Recycle Depot is getting a $150,000 face lift.

    Director of Engineering Mac Forster said they hope it leads to more traffic, “One of the biggest objectives is to divert materials from our landfills so the better off we can make this recycling facility, the more efficient, we'll be exploring markets and ways of handling materials as we move forward.”

    Forster explained some of the expected upgrades,  “asphalt paving, paving the area, the bins will be placed on crushed rock with some proper pathways between the bins to access the bins themselves, new fencing around the perimeter, and the building itself will get a face lift so it will look like much more professional style recycle center.”

    “The better the service that we can offer I hope that will entice the public to come down and use it.”, Mac Forster added when discussing the importance of the upgrades.

    The cost is covered by the increase from $1 to $4 in the monthly recycling charge on our utility bills.

    Director Of Engineering Mac Forster

  • fire commendation
    (From left) Swift Current Firefighters Dean Diguer, Kent Silbernagel and Rod Smith receive Governor General Commendations from Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield

    A special ceremony last night honoured eight members of the Swift Current City Fire Department for their years of service and their bravery.

    Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield presented Governor General Commendations to Captain Rod Smith, and firefighters Kent Silbernagel and Dean Diguer, who responded to a dramatic water rescue in Swift Current Creek during last spring's flooding, where a man was plucked from his van that ended up in the fast-flowing creek.

    "It doesn't happen every day to everyone, so in that respect it's definitely a privilege and and a very big honour for myself and the other firefighters as well." Silbernagel said.

    The three firefighters still had vivid memories of that rescue just more than a year after it happened: "I didn't realize we were going to crash our boat... the water was quite strong," Smith said. "We did our best and the outcome was certainly good, but was a little tense there for a while."

    "Myself, personally, that was the first water rescue I've had to do out of a boat," Diguer said. "The first one's always the hardest, and just with anything else that you don't do a lot of, you never really know what to expect."

    The Lieutenant Governor also presented 20-year Exemplary Service medals to five long-time members of the fire department, Captains Wyatt Evans and Jerry Funk, and firefighters Greg Campbell, Rick Anderson and Trevor Braun.

    fire medals
    (From left) Exemplary Service Medal recipients Jerry Funk, Trevor Braun, Wyatt Evans, Greg Campbell, and Rick Anderson

    Smith, Silbernagel and Diguer talked with reporters after the ceremony.

    Captain Rod Smith:

    Firefighter Kent Silbernagel:

    Firefighter Dean Diguer:

  • wall long term
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall makes the announcement today

    The province is taking another step towards replacing our three outdated buildings with a new long-term care facility in Swift Current.

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced that the Cypress Health Region will conduct an open process asking for expressions of interest for the construction.

    The new facility would be built near the Cypress Regional Hospital as part of a larger Integrated Facility concept.

    "I've really heard from constituents on it for some time," said Swift Current's MLA. "Often it's family members of those who are patients. Invariably there's two elements to their phone call or letter or email to me; one, the health care professionals are fantastic, two, the facilities are not." 

    The new facility would contain an estimated 225 beds, an increase on the 198 total beds our city has between the Palliser Regional Care Centre, the Swift Current Care Centre and the Prairie Pioneers Lodge.

    "We're going to make sure it's designed to meet that need," said Wall.  

    He pegs the cost at upwards of $60 million dollars and the city will be responsible for 20% of that budget. 

     Wall is hoping construction would start sometime in 2013.

    Interview with Premier Brad Wall:

    Interview with Mayor Jerrod Schafer:

    Interview with Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon:
    The press release from the Provincial Government follows:

    Premier Brad Wall announced today that the provincial government is moving forward on the next phase to replace three aging long-term care homes built in Swift Current in the 1950s and 1960s.

    "The replacement of the Palliser Regional Care Centre, the Swift Current Care Centre and the Prairie Pioneers Lodge has been a priority for the people of Swift Current and for me as the local MLA for a long time," Wall said.

    The Cypress Health Region will conduct an open process asking for expressions of interest for the construction of a new state-of-the-art, standard-of-care long-term care facility in Swift Current.

    "The new facility will offer an increase in total beds and the efficiency and convenience of a co-location at the site of the hospital," Wall said.

    The three existing long-term care homes in Swift Current are at the end of their useful life: Swift Current Care Centre (built in 1966), Prairie Pioneer Lodge (1957) and Palliser Regional Care Centre (1963). In 2009, the provincial government provided $450,000 to the Cypress Health Region to create a capital plan for the replacement of the three existing facilities which currently represent a total of 198 beds.

    Residents, their family members and staff will be included in "Lean technique" continuous improvement planning to ensure the facility is designed to reduce wasted effort and free up staff to better meet the needs of residents. That same Lean process has saved millions of dollars and improved the design of the Children's Hospital project currently underway in Saskatoon.

    Once expressions of interest are received, the Cypress Health Region and the Ministry of Health will proceed with an open request for proposals. Partnerships where third party agencies provide buildings under contract to health regions are common in the long-term care sector.

    "We have for years had a blend of government and non-government agencies involved in long term care in the province," Wall said. "This expression of interest is the beginning of a process to build on that tradition and construct a brand new long term care facility in Swift Current."
  • ruralrcmp
    The Swift Current Rural Detachment of the RCMP reports that sometime between April 29 and May 14 a theft occurred at an acreage in the RM of Carmichael, about 13 miles south of Gull Lake and 3 miles west.

    Thieves entered a Quonset and stole a 2011 Polaris 400, a Goertzen tandem trailer with Saskatchewan marker 192 EXS, two battery chargers, two tool boxes with impact wrenches and sockets, a Noma riding lawn mower and an older green Polaris quad.

    Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact the nearest Police Service or RCMP. You can also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

  • safedriver

    As you're getting ready to hit the road this long weekend, CAA Saskatchewan is once again reminding you to drive safely.

    Director of Communications Lisa Wilson-Sturm says they are asking drivers to be aware of increased traffic and construction, to avoid speeding, and never drink and drive.

    "Traditionally, the May long weekend does, of course, bring increased traffic," explains Wilson-Sturm. "That's not just vehicles, but also cyclists and pedestrians. To top it off, you have road construction that's starting, so there are detours on the road."

    She adds driving safely can make you a more fuel-efficient driver and save you some money at the gas pump, as well, it can help the environment.

    Wilson-Sturm says some ways to be more fuel efficient on the road are to make sure your vehicle is in top condition with properly inflated tires, and plan your route carefully so you're not driving unnecessary kilometres.

  • rm 2

    There has been a lot of back and forth on the City of Swift Current's proposal to annex commercial land along Highway 1 west to Lac Pelletier Trail, which the Rural Municipality of Swift Current has objected to.

    The RM recently sent a letter to ratepayers affected by the annexation proposal in reply to one sent by Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Reeve Bob Neufeld says their letter addresses what they feel are inaccuracies in the Mayor's letter, including the description of the meeting on the proposal set for Friday.

    "It's not an open house that they're having on the 25th, it is a public hearing, and there's a difference between an open house and a public hearing," Neufeld said. "According to legislation, it has to be a public hearing where everybody can have something to say or view their opinions."

    Neufeld adds the RM also wants the city to wait until a working group of representatives from SARM, SUMA and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs draws up a new procedure governing boundary alterations provincially.

    "We really don't see the hurry of getting all this done in a couple of months," Neufeld added. "So it takes a year. At least every ratepayer in Saskatchewan is going to be treated fairly."

    Compensation on the proposal was to be determined by the Saskatchewan Municipal Board as part of the process, but Neufeld says the RM believes that their ratepayers should be fairly compensated for land that is already properly developed: "We have a situation in the province where a city has paid an RM 25 times the assessment for bare land, and we feel that we should be compensated for the developed land that the city wants to annex, and that is probably the turning point."

    The hearing into the issue will be held Friday at 4:00pm from the Credit Union iplex Auditorium.

    *UPDATE* The Ministry of Municipal Affairs told Swift Current Online that despite Reeve Neufeld saying in his interview that they hadn't received any response, they did in fact reply with a letter indicating that the minister does not have the authority to stop the annexation process from going to the municipal board.

    Shawn Mullin talked with RM Reeve Bob Neufeld

    Here is the full letter from the RM's Annexation Committee:

    "The Mayor of the City of Swift Current sent a letter to the ratepayers of the area proposed for annexation from the R.M. of Swift Current which is the SW and NW 26-15-14. The Annexation Committee for the R.M. of Swift Current feel the letter contained a number of inaccuracies and would like to address some of them.

    The Mayor referred to the meeting to be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM at the Credit Union I-Plex as an “open house” when in fact it is a public meeting. When the City receives an objection to the annexation, they are required by provincial legislation to hold a public meeting, to allow the public the opportunity to express their views on the annexation. At that meeting any person wishing to be heard is entitled to voice their concerns or ask questions.

    The city has put much emphasis on the fact that a professional planning firm developed the City growth plan. There has been no reference to suggestions by other professional firms that the plan contained deficiencies. There has been no discussion or opportunity to discuss potential changes with the affected RM. Furthermore, the province did not adopt the city plan. The plan was approved under the Act but that is the requirement for all such plans. This approval does not mean that the province either adopted or endorsed the plan. On two previous occasions the boundary changes proposed in this plan were taken to Saskatchewan Municipal Board and in both instances they were rejected. This is not adoption.

    The City has stated that they need this area for continued growth. However, there are very few vacant properties in the area that are adjacent to Highway 1. The City has also stated that they wish to redevelop the area into a retail and commercial area featuring hotels, restaurants, retail box stores and the like. In order to proceed with redevelopment the city will therefore need to have most of the present ratepayers move out. When pressed for details on potential developers or even possible enterprises for the area, there are no answers.

    The city has repeatedly assured ratepayers that there will be no changes in taxes in the area except for paying of taxes to the city instead of the RM. If this is so, will the current city commercial businesses be happy that new commercial enterprises will pay significantly less taxes indefinitely? Currently RM taxes are 30% to 50% lower than those of the City. Is it possible there will be an increase in taxes caused by changes to assessment, mill rate factors, or rezoning? These are questions that need to be answered in detail with full disclosure of what the City’s exact plans are for this area regarding taxation.

    The mayor also indicates that a higher level of services are needed in this area. The majority of businesses in the commercial strip have indicated that they wish to remain in the RM. They see no benefit in joining the city and are convinced that they will be forced to pay for services they neither want nor need. If services such as sewers and high pressure water are to be put in the strip, how much will it cost and who will pay for it? Earlier comments indicated that there would be no costs until the ratepayers in the commercial strip hooked up. Does this mean that current city ratepayers will bear the costs for some time?

    If there is need for redevelopment of the west end commercial strip why does the city not consider redevelopment of the area between 11th Ave NW and 19th Ave NW which is adjacent to the RM portion of the strip . The City already has high end services installed in this area as well as having tax jurisdiction over that area. There doesn’t appear to be any interest in redevelopment of this area. The mayor suggests that many years may be required before any development of the west commercial area might occur. This does not suggest any need in the foreseeable future for annexation of this area.

    In December of 2011 the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs released a summary of research undertaken by the department to develop improved procedures and policies for conducting boundary alterations and assigning compensation between municipalities. This document was sent to the municipal sector with a request for comments to be returned by January 16, 2012. In a further response to the request, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) convened a meeting of Rural Municipalities bordering Urban Centres in March, 2012. From this meeting came a resolution passed unanimously at the annual SARM Convention that a joint committee consisting of SARM, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) be charged with developing procedures and guidelines which would govern boundary alterations provincially and would be based on fairness and equity by all parties. The RM of Swift Current believes that this committee should proceed and that there should be no further contested boundary alterations until the committee has done it’s work. In his letter to RM ratepayers, the mayor clearly stated that he had no interest in the proposed committee and he saw no value in any bureaucratic involvement toward an improved system. What is the hurry? The Mayor has repeatedly said that any redevelopment would occur over many years. Does the City believe the Ministry of Municipal Affairs initiative to be invalid?

    The comments made by the mayor in reference to the 2009 board rejection decision are misleading. The city never offered the claimed level of 15x tax assessment compensation prior to the 2009 board decision. Furthermore, the comments of the board in 2009 are of no relevance since the application was denied. That compensation figure is inadequate, irrelevant, and outdated. The RM is committed to tax neutrality, that is, to ensuring that any compensation package occurring as a result of annexation should not penalize either of the parties participating in the process.

    The Annexation Committee for the RM of Swift Current believe that the current process by which the city is attempting to expand its boundaries will have a serious negative impact upon all our ratepayers and therefore we are opposed to the annexation.

    The RM of Swift Current’s position is that we wish to work with our neighbours for the growth and betterment of the region. Relationships among us need to be based on mutual trust and respect with the overall goal to be fair and equitable to all.

    Annexation Committee

    RM of Swift Current 137"

  • central flashmob
    Kids from Central School promote their winning campaign

    It's news Central School and all of Swift Current has been waiting for since voting closed for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition last week.

    "It's very exciting news!" said Central School Principal Bryan Braun. "At about 10:45am this morning, we got a call from Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition that we had officially won the contest."

    Braun said they can now take their next step.

    "The plan that we had put forth will be accelerated," explained Braun. "We will meet with our outdoor classroom committee next week and get a timeline together for getting some things done."

    Braun added that there were lots of screams and cheers today as the news was spreading.

    Interview with Bryan Braun:

    Video of a rally held at Central School early in the campaign:

    Video of Central's original video application to the contest:
  • central flashmob 
    Central School students used a flash mob in downtown Swift Current to get the word out about the contest

    "Instead of just showing them a picture of a flower and how it's planted, we can actually take them outside and give them that experience."

    That's how Central School teacher Shantell Roszell believes a new outdoor classroom will benefit students, after the school came out on top of the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition, winning $20,000 toward building the classroom.

    The result is the payoff of a marathon campaign for students and staff who worked just about every day to convince people in the city and across Saskatchewan to vote for the school.

    "I think our persistence was the key," Roszell said. "We just kept going whether we were in first place or in second, we just tried hard all the way through the competition. We did a lot of voting stations which helped, we were at various businesses and events throughout the city throughout the whole competition."

    After 45 days it came down to two schools, Central and a school from Sussex, New Brunswick, switching between first and second place. Central was actually in second place until the final hour of the campaign, but a scavenger hunt on the final day of voting helped push them over the top.

    "We went to every business in town that was open that night, and we asked people to vote for Central School," Roszell added. "We're thinking we got at least 100 votes just that evening, and at about 9:00pm that evening, we rolled into first place, and we were so excited."

    Roszell says the kindergarden students are playing a part in picking out the shrubbery and plants they will put in the outdoor classroom.

    She also thanks everyone in the city and province for their support.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Shantell Roszell after it was learned that Central School won the competition:

  • legislaturebuildingregina

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has announced a major cabinet shuffle and it comes with a lot of changes.

    Thunder Creek MLA Lyle Stewart is now the province's new Minister of Agriculture, taking over for the retiring Bob Bjornerud. Rosetown-Elrose MLA and former Highways and Infrstructure Minister Jim Reiter will now serve as Minister of Government Relations and Minister responsible for First Nations, Metis and Northern Affairs. Don McMorris moves into Highways from Health, and Dustin Duncan will be the province's new Health Minister.

    Wood River MLA Yogi Huyghebaert was shuffled out of cabinet from his former Corrections, Public Safety and Policing portfolio, which has now been moved to the Ministry of Justice. Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard will remain as the Provincial Secretary.

    Some other big moves include Bill Boyd leaving the Ministry of Energy and Resources to become the new Ministry of the Economy, and Tim McMillan will look after Boyd's old portfolio. Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris has been moved to the backbenches of the Legislature. Former Justice Minister Don Morgan takes over as Advanced Education Minister, and newly-elected MLA Gordon Wyant becomes the new Justice Minister.

    More information on the changes in cabinet can be found on the Government's website by clicking here.
  • weatherstripping
    Weather stripping is great for energy efficiency

    SaskEnergy is offering three rural communities a little extra warmth this fall through the Home Energy Legacy Program.

    Three communities, with populations under 5,000, will be selected to take part. The two-part initiative will first see SaskEnergy volunteers come in with energy efficient products for homeowners, such as low-flow shower heads, weather stripping on doors and windows and even programmable thermostats.

    "There's a $5,000 grant available for the communities to put towards a community energy efficiency project," explained SaskEnergy spokesperson Shannon Doka. "That could be new doors at the local rink or water heater at the community hall. Perhaps you've got a rec centre that needs some extra TLC with a new furnace."

    To apply, simply go the SaskEnergy website. The deadline to apply is June 9th.

  • marketsq jun25
    The opening day of last summer's Swift Current Market Square

    Swift Current is planning bigger and better things for their summer market square.

    The city is hoping to draw around 5000 people into the downtown core every Saturday throughout the summer, and they've also got a new partner.

    "The Market Square initiative is expanding this year, as the Swift Current Farmer's Market is joining us downtown every Saturday," said Susan Motkaluk, the Chief Administrative Officer for the City. "Of course, they'll still be at the Swift Current Mall on Thursdays, but they do see this as an exciting new initiative they would like to be a part of, and, of course, we're so excited to have them."

    City Council also approved $40,000 for a new 40'x120' tent to accomodate the Farmer's Market, and also to cover their entertainment in case of rain.

    "Last year, our very first Market Square got rained out," Motkaluk added. "I was very disappointed by that and I understand that the Saskatchewan weather can be somewhat unpredictable. So what we will do with this tent is not just accomodate the Farmer's Market, but also utilize this space as an alternate location should we get rained out."

    Motkaluk says they are also planning special theme days to boost interest, and adds there is still lots of room to grow the event.

    The Market Square runs every Saturday throughout the summer starting June 16th at the corner of Central Ave N and Chaplin St in downtown Swift Current.
    Shawn Mullin talked with City CAO Susan Motkaluk following Monday's Council meeting.

  • census 2011

    More results from the 2011 Census show that Swift Current may be getting younger, despite an overall increase in the number of seniors in Canada.

    The age and sex data released by Stats Canada on Tuesday shows a 14.1% increase in the number of people aged 65 or older across the country when compared to the last census in 2006. Swift Current actually saw a 2.7% decrease in the number of people 65-plus, and a 6.4% increase in those between the ages of 15 and 64.

    There were also 2.7% more children under the age of 14 in the city, and the number of octegenarians, those older than 80, increased by three per cent. 

    Click here for the age and sex population numbers and percentage changesfor cities across Canada.
  • cypresshealthregion

    Doctors across Saskatchewan are contacting patients as a result of a problem with vitamin B12 test results from the past two years.

    But Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Moira McKinnon, said it's only in rare cases.

    "In very few people, there's a certain anti-body affector in the blood which interferes with the test and gives a falsely elevated reading," explained Dr. McKinnon. "It's only in those people with, what we call, pernicious anemia."

    Pernicious anemia is a condition where you can't absord B12 through the gut.

    Dr. McKinnon says if there is an issue with your test, your doctor will contact you; but, if you are suffering from symptoms of pernicious anemia, you are still advised to see your doctor.
  • duck derby
    A previous Southwest Crisis Services' Duck Derby in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's Picnic Inn the Park

    A long-time tradition in Swift Current returns this Sunday with Innovation Credit Union's 31st Annual "Picnic Inn the Park".

    It goes from 1:00 to 5:00pm at Riverside Park with live music, games and activities for the kids, and the Southwest Crisis Services' Duck Derby.

    Cynthia Lenz with the Credit Union said the food is arguably one of the most popular parts, especially when they're going at old-fashioned prices.

    "We go through a lot," explained Lenz. "Especially on a hot, summer day the ice cream will be going out the door. Hot dogs, we always have a lot of them, are cheap - just 50 cents."

    The weather should be nice for Sunday, but if it does turn bad, the picnic will be moved to Kinetic Exhibition Park.
  • Giorgio Estephan
    A newsletter predicts Giorgio Estephan could be a Bronco draft pick 

      We will learn the identity of the next blue chip Broncos prospect this Thursday when the WHL holds its annual Bantam Draft.

    Swift Current holds the 5th overall selection in the first round and three more picks in the second and third rounds. 

    Tyler Neisz of Western Elite Hockey Prospects newsletter believes the strength of the draft is out west.

    "It's dominated by lower mainland kids in BC," Neisz said. "Alberta is actually very weak, probably their weakest draft since 2006 with as low as maybe eight players going in the first two rounds. It's looking strong at the top. I'd say maybe the first four to five picks could be forwards. All of those forwards have something a little bit different to offer. Some are more power forwards, some are more set up guys, some have a lot of leadership and two way play.  All seven of those (top) forwards are good players. They've probably separated themselves a little bit from the other ones.

    That suits the Broncos just fine as the WHL club has picked defencemen with each of their three first round picks over the last two drafts.

    They will likely be targeting a forwards in the first round on Thursday.

    Neisz speculates the Broncos might be more likely to take one of the higher ranked Alberta forwards because they've had more success dealing with prairie kids.

    His mock draft has Swift Current drafting Alberta Bantam League leading scorer Giorgio Estephan of Edmonton 5th overall, but Neisz says any forward they get in the top 5 of this draft should be an impact player.

    Burnaby's Matt Barzal is considered the consensus top pick and Seattle currently holds that selection.

    Neisz doesn't expect it will be a big draft for southwest products. He added that 2013 could be sigiciantly better for players from our region. 

    We will have full coverage of Thursday's draft on the air and online as it happens.

    Interview with Tyler Neisz:

    Click here to visit the Western Elite Hockey Prospects website
  • scindians logo

    Fresh off a dramatic comeback win over Moose Jaw, the Swift Current Midget AAA Indians head to Saskatoon with a short lineup.

    The Tribe will be down to nine players this weekend because Zac Mackay and Reid Fritzke are in Okotoks, AB, with the Sask First team.

    Coach Neil Hogg says they have some things to clean up after giving up 14 runs in that extra innings win on Wednesday: "We got to work at more scenarios in practice and get them on the same page as the coaching staff. We have to start throwing more strikes and be more consistently ahead in the count with the pitchers"

    Swift Current visits the Saskatoon Cubs for a double-header today.

    Meanwhile, the Midget A Indians open their season in the Midget AA league at home to Melville at 1:00pm today.
  • mitchell field

    The Swift Current AAA Indians game that was scheduled for 7 PM tonight has been cancelled due to the unavailability of Mitchell Field which is undergoing some maintenance.
  • indiansseats

    Zac Mackay threw a complete game, 3 hit shut out yesterday as the Swift Current Midget AAA Indians split a double header against the Southeast Twins.

    Reid Fritzke and Hayden Johnston each had 2 hits and an RBI in a winning cause.

    The Indians lost their other game against the Twins 11-8.

    Mackay scored 3 times and Johnson drove in 3 runs in a losing cause.

    They visit the Regina Athletics tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, the Midget AA Indians beat Notre Dame in both games of a double header yesterday.

    They play Lumsden at 1pm in Swift Current today at the Kinsmen diamond.

    The Pee Wee AA team is off to Regina today for double header vs Regina pacers.

    They opened their season on Friday with a win over Moose Jaw

  • baseball firstbase

    The City of Swift Current is pleased to re-open all of the diamonds located at the Adult Ball Complex. 

    The complex had previously been closed because of concerns of diamond conditions due to recent unfavourable weather.

    For more details regarding the closure, please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.

  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012

    For the second straight weekend, the Swift Current AA Mosquito Indians fell just short of winning a AAA tournament.

    The team went undefeated through round-robin play, and disposed of the Regina White Sox team that beat them for the championship the prior weekend, before dropping a 4-2 decision in the final to the Saskatoon Braves.

    AA Mosquito head coach Ken Wall said there are a few aspects of the team's game that impresses him.

    "I think it's our competitiveness and the way we battle," said Wall. "I think we're really battling hard. We're probably as deep in pitching this year as we've been in a lot of years. We've got about six or seven guys that can all bring it and can all throw strikes. I think it's even our hitting."

    The AA Mosquito Indians will attend a tournament in Weyburn next weekend.

    Todd Vallee's full interview with AA Mosquito Head Coach Ken Wall:
  • gordon-top-prospects
    Gordon at the CHL Top Prospects Game 

    Bronco forward, Coda Gordon, is among 105 of the top NHL draft-eligible players from North America and Europe who have been invited to the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine which will be held from May 28 – June 2 in Toronto, ON.

    Gordon is the 61st ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.  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).

    The Combine provides an opportunity for teams to meet and interview prospects as well as see them tested in an off-ice setting.

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

    For a complete list of all of the Central Scouting Draft Combine invitees, click HERE.

  • Saskatchewan Roughriders_1985_Logo

    Saskatchewan Roughrider Board of Director Chairman Roger Brandvold issued the following statement regarding the recently proposed stadium project.

    We look forward to working diligently with all levels of government, and our partners with the objective of creating a new home for the football club. Almost all other clubs in the league are engaged in planning or have already implemented significant projects or major renovations to their facilities.

    We are very supportive and encouraged with the work and planning the City of Regina has put into this project. We also have confidence the provincial government shares this vision of a world class stadium in the province.


    The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the entire CFL is a growing entity and this stadium is essential to providing the world-class amenities our fans deserve.


    As a tenant of this proposed project, we understand and embrace the various other sporting groups and concerts that will benefit from a new stadium.


    With over 120 full-time and 40 part-time staff currently working in the Rider organization, it has become increasingly difficult to continue to grow as a club with our facilities. A recent economic impact study showed an estimated $73 million dollars is generated in the province throughout the Roughriders home games. Another $55-60 million will be generated as the province gets ready to host the 101st Grey Cup in 2013.


    We are excited to seeing this dream become a reality for all of our stakeholders, none more important than our amazing fans who continue to support this club.

  • speedy creek

    Today is the first race of the Speedy Creek Racing season.

    The special Mother's Day event includes IMCA Modifieds, Trucks, Hobbies & Streets.

    The event gets started at 2pm.

    Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and free for children.

    Check out their website for more information.
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    Elmwood Golf and Country Club

    Daegan Wall of Regina fired a final round 68 to claim the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Saskatchewan Season Opener and first event on the SGI CANADA Junior Order of Merit Tour at Elmwood Golf and Country Club in Swift Current. With the win, Wall picks up 500 OMT points.

    After an opening round 76, the Regina golfer sat six shots back after the first day.  Bengough's Tyrin Foley held the first round lead but followed his opening round 70 with a 77 on day two to finish in fourth place.

    Coronach's Riley Grona made a push on day two firing a 69 to finish one back in a tie for second with Prince Albert's Zach Hurd who went 72-73.

    In the 12 and under boys Brendan Kesterke of Headingley, MB won with two-day total of 147 (75-72).  Regina's Noah Kozack was the top Saskatchewan finisher (2nd) with an 80-75 155 to pick up 400 Order of Merit points.

    On the girls side, Winnipeg, MB's Jenna Roadley fired an impressive two day 146 (71-75) to win the championship.  Coronach's Sydney Elder finished third with a 104-91 195 to be the top Saskatchewan finisher.

    The top finishers from Swift Current were Jessy-Lee Lacher (6th in Boys 17-19) and Erykah Pool (4th in Girls).

    Click here for full results from the event

  • rain jun18

    Due to the weather in Swift Current today, the City Ball Complex Slo-Pitch diamonds will be closed until further notice.

    Swift Current Minor Baseball cancelled all their events for the day. 

    As well, all Swift Current Soccer Association soccer will be cancelled today.
  • rm councilmtg
    RM Council meeting from November 2011

    The Rural Municipality of Swift Current hopes their objection to the city's plan to annex some commercial land doesn't hurt the improving relationship between the two municipalities.

    “If the City of Swift Current finds this to be an unacceptable compensation we are willing to allow the Saskatchewan Municipal board to provide resolution that's all it said.” said Reeve Robert Neufeld countering Mayor Jerrod Schafer's claim that a letter from the RM in January indicated they wouldn't be objecting to the annexation, “I don't know where they assumed that we wouldn't accept.”

    He would also like to see any annexation put on hold until a SARM working committee can finish creating guidelines for similar situations, “SARM created working committee, that includes SARM, SUMA, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs with a mandate to create guidelines to be followed in case applications by urban municipalities to access rural municipal land that should take precedence to all annexation to all lands in the province until body has had a chance.”

    Neufeld says they are just doing their job standing up for ratepayers who expressed to them they didn't want to be absorbed into the city.

    Shawn Mullin Talks ToReeve Robert Neufeld
  • kidsport

    It's Kidsport Month in Saskatchewan... shining a spotlight on an organization that makes sure money isn't a barrier to kids playing sports.

    Swift Current chapter president Kevin Patenaude says they don't have anything special planned, but they always have a need for equipment, “If theres anybody out there that has some equipment that maybe their kids have grown up and left and they've got hockey equipment or ball equipment they could donate it to us by simply dropping it off at the Sports Trader.”

    “What we do at Kidsport is raise dollars so that we can make sure if theres a financial barrier that kids wouldn't be able to participate, we'll go and we'll pay for the registration and make sure the kid has equipment,” said Patenaude when describing what Kidsport does.

    Patenaude says they're still working on a plan for their next breakfast event that will come when they line up an appropriate guest.

  • Great Western Railway

    It’s Public Rail Safety Week, and railway police and safety officials are fanning out, stopping cars at select rail crossings to hand out safety pamphlets, and if they catch you doing something illegal, it will cost you.

    CP Police Inspector Bill Law says that goes for both drivers and pedestrians. "Our officers are out specifically targeting problem trespass locations as well as crossings where we've seen high risk driving. When we see those people out on the tracks or when offences occur at crossings, people that commit those offences should expect to receive a ticket from our officers."

    Inspector Law says there’s been a doubling in the number of accidents involving trains and pedestrians from this time last this year, with at least 24 people struck. Most were killed, including five people in Alberta, three in BC and one in Saskatchewan.
  • anderson hoc

    It's been just more than a year since the Conservatives won a majority government in the last Federal Election, and our local Member of Parliament says there has been a lot of progress in the last 12 months.

    Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson said some of the highlights of the past year include passage of the bill to remove the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on grain sales, which was one of the first things they promised to do after forming government, “It was interesting in the farm community, people that really moved on they come back and are just very happy about the way things are going in agriculture right now. Prices have been up in every commodity, we don't hear the kind of talk we did a few years ago about more farm programs.”

    Anderson adds that Harper did a great job with the minority, but over the last year, there has been more certainty in the government, “When we bring bills we know that they are going to go through, we're going to be able to bring them around, they go to committee we can get them through committee without foolishness taking place. It's been good for Canada to have that stabability after several minority governments”

    Now he says part of their focus will turn to improving the environmental assessment process, “There's going to be a big impact in Western Canada because a lot of projects have been held up because of the environmental assessment process. For our part of the world it's a good thing, those of us that depend on resources just going to be another way to move ahead here.”

    Anderson adds they won't be weakening any environmental demands or restrictions, but believes the process can be done a lot more quickly and smoothly.

    Colin Powers Talks With MP David Anderson
  • keystone pipeline
    The former proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The new route would be diverted away from ecologically sensitive land in Nebraska.

    TransCanada Corporation has made a new application to the American government for permission to build its controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline through the US heartland.

    The line would run from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska and skirt around the state's ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region. The pipeline would also run through southwest Saskatchewan and within a few kilometres of Shaunavon.

    The Obama administration rejected the $7.6 billion project in its entirety earlier this year but left the door open for TransCanada to try again. The White House says that decision had less to do with the merits of the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline than moves by Republicans in Congress to speed up the process.

    The project has the support of the Saskatchewan government after a vote in the Legislature on Thursday, however, that support comes from only one side of the assembly.

    "Overall, this is a good news story because it shows Saskatchewan supports the project, but it was disappointing that the NDP wouldn't support it," said Rosetown-Elrose Saskatchewan Party MLA Jim Reiter. "It was an opportunity for them to show that they were in favour of economic growth and jobs for the province, and they didn't do that."

    The NDP counter that the government prevented them from participating in the debate and from amending the motion to include support for the pipeline if the National Energy Board is allowed to regulate it.

    If approval is given, Calgary-based TransCanada says it expects construction to start early next year with oil flowing in late 2014 or early 2015.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Jim Reiter about the Keystone XL debate in the legislature:

  • airport
    The Swift Current Airport will receive funding through the province's Community Airport Partnership Program

    Fifteen community airports in Saskatchewan will be sharing $700,000 in provincial funding for upgrades.

    The funding comes from the province's Community Airport Partnership program, which aims to provide eligible airports with stable financial assistance to improve infrastructure.

    "The program helps offset costs associated with rehabilitations and upgrades to a network of regional community airports, and it's a 50/50 cost-sharing program," said Steve Shaheen with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. "We're ensuring a network of airports in place to enhance some of the economic development sectors like tourism, oil and gas, agriculture and social development. The regional airports obviously play a critical role in addressing safety and security concerns, and assist in the delivery of air ambulance, medivac and STARS services."

    Six airports in the southwest will see a share of the money. They are in Swift Current, Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Lucky Lake, Gravelbourg and the RM of Frontier, and Shaheen adds the funding will help fund upgrades like runway and tarmac resurfacing, line repainting and asphalt repairs.

    The approved funding amounts and projects follows:

    • Gravelbourg - $66,500 for lighting, taxiway and apron repairs and resurfacing
    • Lucky Lake - $45,000 for crack seal runway, asphalt repairs and repainting runway lines
    • Maple Creek - $21,629 for runway and tarmac resurfacing and repainting runway lines
    • RM of Frontier - $2690 for repainting runway lines
    • Shaunavon - $35,313 for slurry seal and paint runway lines
    • Swift Current - $32,500 for pavement overlays and perimeter fence

    Colin Powers talked with Steve Shaheen about the CAP program:

  • higgins
    Former NDP MLA Deb Higgins

    It's been exactly six months since the NDP were defeated in the provincial election, and Dwain Lingenfelter stepped down as leader, and now the search for his replacement is officially underway.
    The party has announced they will choose a new leader during their spring convention on March 9th 2013.

    "I'm sure that over the summer we will start to see some interest start to come forward from people in the party," said former NDP MLA Deb Higgins, who is now chairing the Leadership Contest Committee. "I truly hope there is activity over the summer and feeling out the membership to see what their chances of seeking the leadership are."

    Anyone with a valid NDP membership will be able to vote for the new leader at the convention in March. The campaign officially opens on September 4th but Higgins says there could be some announcements made during the summer by candidates.

    In 2009, Higgins ran for leader against Lingenfelter after Lorne Calvert stepped down but will not run this time since she is in charge of the search for a new leader.
  • ettiquette card
    One of the cards designed by Christopher Rouleau for the Toronto Etiquette Project (Photo: Toronto Etiquette Project

    A wildly popular project started by a former southwest Saskatchewan resident is undergoing a few changes.

    Christopher Rouleau started the Toronto Etiquette Project last December, which was a set of cards politely reminding Toronto residents not to do rude things like play loud music on the bus or swear around kids.

    Thanks to popular demand from other cities, he's relaunched it as the Urban Etiquette Project.

    "The main changes were that I had to ammend it so it wasn't Toronto specific, so I took out the Toronto and replaced it with just Urban," says Rouleau. "This focuses on cities more generally, so now we have the Urban Etiquette Project."

    The new, improved project also includes French cards and a set of cards that helps people recognize good behaviour in public.

    Rouleau, who grew up in the Swift Current area, says he has gotten a great response from back home.

    "Everyone the I've talked to, friends and family from Saskatchewan, are really happy," explains Rouleau. "They seem happy that I'm spreading goodness in a big way around the cities."

    You can get more details at urbanetiquetteproject.blogspot.ca.

    Coincidentally, this week is National Etiquette Week.

    Original story from December, 2011: swiftcurrentonline.com/index.

    Interview with Christopher Rouleau:

  • leader hospital
    Leader Hospital 

    The Provincial Government recently announced $3.6 million of funding to help strengthen primary health care services in Saskatchewan, including designing and implementing innovative models of care at eight locations.

    One of the innovation sites the province is investing in is located in Leader.

    Beth Vachon, CEO of the Cypress Health Region, says those sites will test different kinds of models of primary health care.

    "Leader in our region is one of our rural, remote communities and they will be looking to us to find learnings on how we can stabilize health services in a rural and remote community as part of our primary health care site," explains Vachon. 

    Vachon says they'll be looking at bringing other health care providers together with their current primary health care team in Leader.

    "We have a variety of allied health care professionals who provide services to communities," explains Vachon. "But really the key here is going to be how we get our teams working in a collaborative fashion in a manor that sees them working together, co-locating and using technology to bring further services to community residents in that area."  

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Beth Vachon:

  • cell phone

    The phone lines will be busy Sunday as people call home to wish their mom a happy Mother's Day, which remains the busiest day for SaskTel every year.

    "We do anticipate that SaskTel customers will make more than 1.1 million long-distance calls on Mother's Day, so it is, in fact, probably our busiest day of the year," said SaskTel's External Communications Director Michelle Englot.

    She also suggests callers avoid trying to make calls at certain peak hours Sunday: "Based on our calling patterns, we anticipate that those times will be between 10:00am and 2:00pm, and then in the evening, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, so if you call outside of those hours, chances are that your call will go through a lot better."

    SaskTel says of the long-distance calls expected to be made Sunday, more than half will be to locations outside of Saskatchewan.

    Shandra Ward talked with Michelle Englot about what SaskTel is expecting for Mother's Day:

  • chinookpathway
    Swift Current Chinook Pathway (Photo: City of Swift Current)

    As the weather continues to warm up, more and more people will be heading out to the parks.

    The City of Swift Current Rec & Parks Department says park washrooms will be open starting the May long weekend.

    Washrooms along the parkway will be open from 9am to 8pm beginning May 18, and will remain open until just after the September long weekend.

    Rec & Parks would like to note that the Spray Parks will not open until late June, as they wait for the summer weather temperatures to stabilize.

    The City would also like to advise the public that the parkway along Elmwood Park will be disrupted this week due to an asphalt overlay being done to the path. The public is encouraged to utilize the other 14km of trail as not to encounter construction. This is part of the City's yearly maintenance project.

  • camping
    (Photo: Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport)

    Campers are gearing up to head out this long weekend, but they'll have to leave the alcohol at home.

    An alcohol ban has been in place over the May long weekend in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks since 2006, and is also in effect for some Regional Parks, including Lac Pelletier, Pine Cree and Clearwater.

    "We just put it into place because we were finding that we were up against a lot of vandalism and excessive noise, and we just want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable weekend, said Loreen Friskie, the Acting Manager of Visitor Experiences with the Saskatchewan Parks Service. "We've really noticed that it's been very well received. We have very little pushback at all from it, and we've noticed a lot more families coming back and camping on this weekend."

    Friskie adds that not all services at some parks may be available, since many are just starting up, and suggests calling ahead to the park to see what is happening. You can also check online at the Saskatchewan Provincial Parksor Regional Parkswebsites.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Loreen Friskie about the May long weekend alcohol ban:

  • ruralrcmp

    Four teenaged girls were sent to hospital after a single-vehicle rollover over the weekend.

    RCMP say the collision happened just before 9:00am Sunday morning in the RM of Miry Creek about 100 kilometres northwest of Swift Current. All four girls inside the vehicle were taken to hospital in Swift Current and three were treated and released, but a fourth was airlifted to Saskatoon with serious injuries.

    The investigation is continuing, but police don't believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
  • ruralrcmp
    A BC man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop near Swift Current over the weekend.

    RCMP say a vehicle travelling eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway was caught speeding near the city on Saturday, and after the stop, officers became suspicious that the vehicle was carrying a controlled substance. A search of the car turned up around 54 pounds of marijuana.

    Forty-five year old Robert Peterson of Victoria was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and will make his first court appearance on July 25th in Swift Current.
  • busstop

    Have your say on the public transportation options in Swift Current.

    They city mailed out a survey and are hoping for feedback on enhancements to transit that might encourage you to use the system more often.

    "It gives the public an opportunity a chance to speak both towards our transit system both for access transit and public transit," said Director of Engineering Mac Forster.

    They do have some ideas in mind.

    "You might see a typical transit bus," Forster said. "A small one mind you, but it will look like a transit bus. It will be supplemented by the telebus, which is very popular among users in this community because it provides a door to door service, but it will link with a fixed route system."

    Forster is confident the survey will give them a really good feel for which way they're headed.

  • gravelbourg 443n

    The town of Gravelbourg is celebrating higher quality drinking water Friday.

    Representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal government's, Sask Water and nearby residents are gathered in Gravelbourg to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the town's water treatment plant.

    A $6.4 million renovation including a new state-of-the-art filtration system was part of a combined effort through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Governments of Canada and SaskWater.

    The upgrades will permit the plant to conform to provincial drinking water standards, and households will now have access to higher quality drinking water.

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    Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson

    The federal government had more cash to hand out in the region as they announced $25,000 for a new cenotaph in Morse.

    Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson said the funding comes from the Community War Memorial Program.

    "Morse had applied for this. We've got a couple other communities in the riding who have also applied and will be getting money from this as well," explained Anderson. "The purpose of it is to make sure that we can remind communities, young Canadians and their families about the achievements and sacrifices that our veterans have made."

    The project includes installing a concrete surround pad, a concrete walkway framed with red stepping stones, two granite benches and a flagpole. It will be unveiled during Morse's centennial in August.

    Anderson said the same program will fund the renovation of the cenotaph in Elrose.

    "This program actually goes towards both building new memorials and will also go towards rebuilding older ones," said Anderson.
  • cypresssnow GLA
    A large amount of snow fell on the Cypress Hills this past weekend (Photo: Glenda Lee Allan)

    Old man winter came out of hiding over the weekend and hit Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park with a large dump of snow, affecting campers, cabin owners and businesses at the park.

    "I know at our base camp, we had about 8 to 10 inches and that's in the trees," said Jori Kirk, President and CEO of Cypress Hills Eco Adventures. "It's pretty odd, but not that odd for Cypress Hills at this time of year."

    Kirk says they got groups in before the snow hit on Saturday, but did have to cancel one tour on Monday, but is optimistic everything will get cleared up quickly.

    "It rained quite hard in spots throughout the day as well, so the snow is already kind of slipping away, so we have groups booked in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and also on the weekend," he added. "Even if the snow goes away a little tiny bit, we'll be back to normal, so it will be a lot of fun."

    The crew at the Cypress Hills Eco Adventures had some fun despite the snow, taking out their helmet cams to film zipline rides in the white stuff.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Jori Kirk about how the snow affected Cypress Hills Eco Adventures:

  • shaunavon rcmp

    It was a busy weekend for Shauanvon RCMP and fire crews.

    Shaunavon RCMP arrested 27-year-old Tanya Smith and 31 -year-old Joey McConnell, both of Medicine Hat, after an HP Pavilion laptop from Legacy Computers in Shaunavon was stolen last Wednesday, May 23.

    Both were charged with theft under $5,000 and Failure to Comply. They appeared in Provincial Court in Swift Current on Friday and both plead guilty.

    Also on May 23rd, Shaunavon RCMP and the Frontier Fire Department were called to a car fire, two kilometres north of Climax. No injuries were reported. The fire was not of a suspicious nature.

    On Saturday, May 26, police were dispatched to a complaint of a natural gas line leak on Highway 18. No injuries were reported and SaskEnergy was advised.

    On Sunday, May 27, Shaunavon RCMP and the Shaunavon Fire Department were called to a fire on 5th Avenue East in Shaunavon. Due to the heavy snow, trees broke and dislodged power lines, causing lines to break and starting a fire. Power was also disrupted. No injuries were reported. SaskPower was on the scene and power was restored.

  • policecar2

    Police are investigating the fatal crash that took the life of a 22-year-old Swift Current man.

    A boat detached from the truck that was carrying it on Highway 43 near Vanguard and ran into a van coming in the opposite direction.

    The passenger of the van was killed and the driver taken to hospital with serious injuries.

    Ponteix RCMP are not giving anymore details at this time as they await the results of their investigation. Police said the traffic reconstruction team is working on the incident.

    The victims' names have still not yet been officially released.

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    City crews at work

    After a sudden outage this morning, water services in parts of Swift Current are starting to be restored.
    Unforseen problems with a planned shutdown of the 6th Ave NE booster station for a water main tie-in led to homes and businesses in the northeast part of the city losing their water for much of the morning.

    "It wasn't anticipated that anyone would be out of water," City Planning and Engineering Services Manager Trevor Feicht told us this morning. "We expected that there could be some pressure drops, but they had some troubles with some of the old valves out there, so they had to go further out than expected and close some other valves. They're working hard to get the old valves working."

    Feicht says some of the affected areas are now coming back online, and adds there may be some intermittent outages through the day while crews determine which valves are working, but they're hopeful that they can have those issues resolved by the end of today.

    Colin Powers talked with Trevor Feicht about the water outages:



    Video of the work being done:

  • softball02

    Due to the amount of moisture accumulated over this past weekend, the City Ball Complex Slo-Pitch diamonds 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 & 10 (bottom pie), will be closed.

    These diamonds will be closed until further notice.

    However, Ladies Fastball diamonds 3, 4, 5 & 6 (top pies) will be kept open.

    For more details regarding the closure, please call the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.
  • 2012 WHL_final_EDM_POR_newser_13940
    Photo from WHL.ca

    Oliver Gabriel's second goal of the game with 2:39 remaining in the third frame gave Portland a dramatic 3-2 win over former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 6 of the WHL Championship series.

    The victory saved Portland from elimination and forced a seventh and deciding game for the Ed Chynoweth Cup tonight in Edmonton.

    Joe Morrow also scored while Cam Reid had two assists for the Winterhawks

    Michael St. Croix and Stephane Legault scored for the Oil Kings.

    Mac Carruth turned aside 30 of 32 shots he faced to backstop the Hawks to the win, while Brossoit stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Oil Kings.

    Peddle was held off the score sheet after potting two goals and an assist in Edmonton's Game 5 victory. He has six points in the championship series.

    Click here for the official scoring summary

  • indians

    It was as learning experience for the AA Pee Wee Indians at the Legasee AAA tournament in Regina.

    The team posted a record of 0-2 and 1 in the tournament that requires the use of wooden bats.

    Next action for the AA Indians is on Saturday with a double header versus the Regina Pacers followed by another double header vs Melville on Sunday.

    Game times are 1 and 4 at Ford field.

  • zane lambert
    Zane Lambert hangs on "Ram Rod" for his PBR title clinching ride Saturday

    The Redhead Equipment Cody Snyder PBR Invitational saw its second champion crowned Saturday night.

    Zane Lambert of Westbourne, Manitoba, rode "Ram Rod" in the final round and scored an 87.5 to take the title with a combined two-ride score of 171.

    "The second bull I got on... they've taken him to the Canadian Finals last year and a couple of guys here had got on him and they told me what he kind of did, and so I was kind of set up for him to spin right and he did spin right, and everything really worked out there, too." Lambert said after the event. "Just kept my hands shut, there were a couple of times that bull had me bucked off, but I kept going to him and I made the whistle."

    Lambert was in Swift Current for the first PBR event in the city, and this year's win is a sheer improvement from his showing last year. "I didn't do so good last year, I bucked off in the first round, but I redeemed myself this year, and it's been going my way, so hopefully we can keep this going throughout the rest of the season."

    Stetson Lawrence of Williston, North Dakota, was the only other rider to stay on for eight seconds in the final round, and finished second with a combined score of 167.5.

    Last year's champion, Scott Schiffner, had an 81 in the long round to make it to the finals, but was bucked off in the championship round.

    Top finishers from Saturday's PBR event:

    1. Zane LAMBERT - 171.0 pts
    2. Stetson LAWRENCE - 167.5
    3. Aaron ROY - 86.5
    4. Chad BESPLUG - 85
    5. Tanner BYRNE - 83.5
    6. Dusty EPHROM - 83
    T-7. Kyle LOZIER - 82.5
    T-7. Ty PATTEN - 82.5
    T-7. Garrett GREEN - 82.5
    10. Scott SCHIFFNER - 81

    Highlights from Saturday's event:

    Zane Lambert talked with reporters following the event:

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    Action from the Redneck Betties season-opening bout on April 14

    The Redneck Betties are back at it tonight in their second bout of the rollerderby season, and will host a veteran Regina team.

    "We're really a close team," said Betties captain Smash Vegas "Obviously, our conditioning is probably one of our biggest assets, so we've really been working on the strategy parts of our game."

    The bout at the Credit Union iPlex tonight is almost sold out, but you can check out Elmwood Grocery or Empire downtown for any remaining tickets.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Smash Vegas about tonight's matchup:

  • Willis
    Odell Willis

    Saskatchewan Roughriders Defensive End Odell Willis was to appear in an Atlanta courtroom today but it looks like the date has been pushed to June and that Willis will not have to physically appear.

    The Riders' trade acquisition is facing a charge of driving under the influence stemming from blowing over the legal limit in early April, only 2 weeks after Saskatchewan acquired him.

    Reports say that Willis has performed community service and will not have to physically appear in court making him available for training camp.

  • scindians logo

    After going winless in a tournament last weekend, the Swift Current Pee Wee AA Indians are back on the diamond this weekend for four home games.

    "The youth of our team really showed, we saw some really good pitchers and we were just a little tentative to get the bats off our shoulders, but overall, we played good," Coach Mike Kozyn said. "Realistically, if we had more experience, which we're getting, we could have went 2-and-1 in that tournament."

    The Pee Wees will host the Regina Pacers today and Melville tomorrow. Both double-headers start at 1:00pm from Ford Field.

    The Midget AA Indians visit Muenster today and host Moose Jaw tomorrow afternoon at Mitchell Field, and the Midget AAA Indians are in Saskatoon tonight to play the Cubs.
  • shaunavon hospital

    A meeting was held in Shaunavon this past Friday to address the closures of Emergency Services at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care and the doctor shortage situation.

    Representatives from the Cypress Health Region, the municapal governments of Shaunavon, Eastend an Frontier, Doctors, and Ministry of Health officials met to explore a variety of options to maintain a reliable acute and emergency outpatient service in Shauanvon.

    A physician from within the region has agreed to cover at the Hospital Tuesday and Thursday evenings and ever second weekend, however cannot begin until June.

    Area residents are threrefore advised that there could be possible closures of the Hospital in May.

    CEO of the Cypress Health Region, Beth Vachon said everyone is working hard to resolve the situation, “I think there's certainly a commintment and will from all the people invovled, the health region and community leaders to resolve this. We'll look at how we can continue to provide 24-hour emergency services in Shaunavon.”

    Mayor Of Shaunavon Sharon Dickie said an agreement was reached and that the group will explore a variety of options to maintain a reliable acute and emergency outpatient service in Shaunavon, "They're working with us to get this resolved but it's not just about Shaunavon its the entire southwest. The sooner it has a resolution the better.”

    The group will meet again on May 11th.

  • policecar

    A scary scene as a truck went up in flames west of Shaunavon on Sunday.

    Shaunavon RCMP say a mid 80's red Ford LTD truck was totally consumed by the fire.

    Police believe that a brown four door truck was pulling the vehicle down a grid road about ten miles north and six miles west of Shaunavon, and either the vehicle caught on fire or it was set on fire.

    The people involved then fled the scene.

    Police are also looking into a break and enter at the Frontier Water Treatment Plant on Monday.

    RCMP say "mischief" occured to the building and property within.

  • More than 50 students and staff at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School will be performing in tonight's 3rd annual talent show.

    Acts will range from bands to solo singing and dancing with some performers even writing their own material.

    Student Cassidy Smith says the money they raise at the door will go back into thier Student Leadership Council, so they can have better events and speakers for next year and the years to come.

    She adds they will also have a silent cake auction and will be selling tickets for a complete makeover by the cosmo club, haircut included.

    Doors open at 6:00 and the show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.
  • saskatchewanderer
    Last Years Saskatchewanderer Andrew Konoff

    This year's Saskatchewanderer has been chosen. Jeff Stock was announced as the second-ever Saskatchewanderer on Thursday, and will now spend the summer going around the province to show off everything we have to offer.

    He was very excited to win the "best summer job ever," and was sure his friends back home in Maple Creek were very happy, too, “I know they were rooting for me back at home and everyone was really hoping I would be the next Saskatchewanderer and so here I am,”

    He won the contest to become this year's Saskatchewanderer, a project that started a year ago with Andrew Konoff hitting the road.

    Stock said he hopes to have just as much fun as the first Saskatchewanderer, “We have a lot of fun stuff this year, he'll be a hard act to follow but I think it will be equally as exciting this year. We have some stuff he never did and I'm really exited about.”

    Stock adds they will have a lot of fun stuff planned for this year, and is looking forward to going up north for some canoeing, attending different festivals and maybe even going skydiving.

    You can track his journey this summer at saskatchewanderer.ca.

    Colin Powers Talks To Jeff Stock
  • New democrats

    The Saskatchewan New Democrats are one step closer to finding a new leader, after Dwain Lingenfelter stepped down following last year's provincial election campaign.

    A Leadership Convention date has been announced for March 9th, 2013, with the campaign period officially opening this September.

    The NDP will use a one-member, one-vote process to select the new leader, and anyone with a vaild NDP membership will be allowed to vote. The entry fee will remain at $6,000 for candidates with a maximum spending limit of $200,000 per candidate.

    The convention will be held at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
  • college matheiu
    Collège Mathieu in Gravelbourg (Photo: Town of Gravelbourg) 

    An education with an eye to making their country a better place.

    The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises is working to bring five Haitian earthquake survivors to attend high school at Collège Mathieu in Gravelbourg.

    "Yes, there will be some math. Yes, there will be some French grammar, but we are also going to put into the curriculum leadership, accounting, how to start businesses, how to teach people to get the most out of students," said Roland Lafrance, the chairman of Western Canada Relief for Haiti. "They will be come educated in life to help people in their village."

    Frankie LeClare, the CEF's Superindentent of Education Responsible for Student Services, recently went to Haiti to choose the students based on linguistic capacity, maturity, developmental process, and the ability to study in a foreign country and achieve their potential, and adds the students would work towards their high school diplomas over two years.

    LeClare adds the program will benefit their students as well, giving an opportunity for two groups of students to learn about each other and their countries, and develop leadership capacities together.

    It will cost over $25,000 a year to bring each student here and the two organizations are now starting a fundraising campaign. They hope to have the money raised by either September or January.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Roland Lafrance of Western Canada Relief for Haiti:

    Shawn also talked with Frankie LeClare with the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises:

  • The rain didn't slow the fund-raising efforts down.

    The Annual MS Walk went ahead at the Eastend Rink Complex this past Sunday, with 40 walkers raising over $27,000.

    Walk Coordinator Bonnie Gleim said all money raised goes to research for Multiple Sclerosis, as well as client services,

    “Client services, it helps newly diagnosed people get their information, we have family conferences that we have Doctors and Neurologists come in and talk with people.”

    Gleim adds that last year they raised $30,000
  • helpwanted2

    Going against the recent trend, the size of the labour force and number of jobs in Swift Current/Moose Jaw both moved up in the last month.

    The labour force is up by 1800 and the number of jobs is up by 1600 from March to April.

    There are now 48,400 people working in the region.

    The labour force is still 2100 people smaller than it was a year ago, and there are 2300 fewer people working than at this time last year.

    Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has climbed steadily from 4.2% last year to 4.7% in March and 5.1% last month.

    The unemployment rate province-wide is up slightly from 5.2% in March to 5.3% in April, but the province gamed 4100 jobs.

    The Canadian unemployment rate is down from 8.1% last year to 7.8% in March and 7.6% in April.

  • pieintheface
    (From left) Ryan Switzer, Jerrod Schafer and Lionel Tootoosis get ready for the "piefecta" at Living Sky Casino Friday (Photo: Living Sky Casino)

    Pies were flying Friday as the SIGA/Children's Wish Foundation's Challenge "Keep Your Eye on the Pie" took place in Swift Current, organized by the Living Sky Casino's Volunteer Committee.

    The pie tossing kicked off Friday morning with Magic 97's Ryan Switzer, Mayor Jerrod Schafer and casino GM Lionel Tootoosis all getting pied.

    All of the money raised went to grant Children's Wish Foundation kid, Shireen, her wish to meet all of the princesses at Disney World.

    Video of the "piefecta":

  • joelsopp

    Joel Sopp(Photo: rbcinsurance.com)

    Shaunavon's Mayoral race is getting an injection of fresh blood.

    Royal Back insurance advisor and volunteer fire figher Joel Sopp has announced his candidacy to take over the town's top job.

    Sopp says he believes he the right person for the job.

    "I think that I've got youthfulness, I'm only 37 so I'm still fairly young. With my experience at town council and serving on the fire department there's that passion to want to be able to grow my community regardless of what capacity it is in. That's what I think I bring to the table."

    Sopp commends incumbant Sharon Dickie on her work promoting Shaunavon, but says it's time for a new perspective.

    He has only lived in the southwest for a year and admits he still has things to learn, but believes he can help expand the town's growth opportunities.

    Swift Current Online's Shawn Mullin interviews Joel Sopp:

  • Draude
    Social Services Minister June Draude

     A new electronic case management system designed to keep track of children in care of the Ministry of Social Services is now up and running across the province.

    "Until this time, we were the only province in Canada that still had a paper-based system to keep track of children, so we are on pace with the rest of Canada, and this is absolutely exciting," said Social Services Minister June Draude. "One of the first things that we did as government was start the implementation of this project, so since 2008 we've been working on it. There's been interaction with First Nations and Ministry officials right across the province, so as of May 7th, we're up and running."

    Draude says the most important benefits of the new system are that it provides more accurate information and that it's available to the case workers any place, any time: "They can call up clients or the child's name, and they'll be able to get information about that child, and they'll be able to keep better information from other sources."

    Draude adds that they have taken many steps to make sure that all of the children's information on the system is kept confidential.

    Shawn Mullin talked with June Draude about the new system:

  • vachon
    Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon

    The CEO of the Cypress Health Region is confident their planned new long-term care facility in Swift Current will meet the needs of the city's aging population.

    "This is a good start, I think, that will see us through the next 30 to 40 years." Beth Vachon said.

    She adds they are comfortable with the increase in beds a new facility would bring, but adds it's just part of the bigger picture. "It's also really important to think about the entire continuum of care, and a long-term care system is only part of that, so you have to also look at how do we develop our community health services," Vachon added. "People don't want to be in long-term care. They want to stay in their homes as long as possible."

    As for the three current long-term facilities in Swift Current that would be replaced, Vachon says their focus changes to patching rather than renovating: "Ongoing maintenance is an absolute requirement as long as we're occupying buildings. That doesn't stop, but looking at some of the investments that we would make for the long term for some of our more stable buildings, those kinds of things don't happen when you're in the midst of planning for another facility."

    As announced on Friday, the health region will be conducting an open process asking for expressions of interest for the construction of a new $60 million, 225-bed facility near Cypress Regional Hospital.
  • child find
    May is Missing Children's Month all across Canada, and here in the southwest, we're being encouraged to do what we can to support efforts to locate missing youth.

    "The 25th of May is designated a day for missing children all across Canada," said Child Find Volunteer Brenda Waldron. "The Green Ribbon Campaign raises money as well as awareness. I just hope that people will take the time to drop some of their change in a grab a green ribbon."

    Child Find donation boxes are located in various businesses and financial institutions throughout Southwest Saskatchewan.
  • pbr 2012
    Action from Saturday's PBR event at the Credit Union iplex

    The Redhead Equipment Cody Snyder PBR Invitational was another big success in Swift Current this weekend.

    A sold-out crowd packed the Credit Union iplex on Saturday to see some of the best bull riders in the world compete for $15,000 in prize money.

    "How much better do you want it to get?" said World Champion Bull Rider Cody Snyder, who brought the event to the city. "Sold out crowd, and to have the bull riders step up to the plate and that many really good bulls, it was outstanding. We raised a lot of money for the Swift Current Broncos, and that's what this event was all about."

    While the Broncos' Education Fund benefits, Snyder says it means a lot more for Swift Current as a whole to have this event: "You couldn't get a hotel room here tonight, they're eating and they're drinking and having a good time. We bring a ton of money into the city and to the province, and that's exciting for us as well."

    And with two successful events under his belt, says they're already working to make next year's PBR event better. "We're already planning, you got to be thinking ahead of yourself. It's kind of like a pool game and we're already planning for next year. It's going to be big."

    Cody Snyder talked with reporters following Saturday's event: 

  • policecar2
    Break and enters, along with thefts, continue to trouble Swift Current businesses.

    Police are investigating a break and enter last week at Fine Furniture Oasis where numerous flat screen TVs, DVD players and electronics were stolen.

    Details are also being sought after a 6-foot-tall, fibreglass squirrel was stolen from Dairy King after it was broken into earlier this spring.

    If you have details about these crimes, please contact the RCMP at 778-4870.

  • ruralrcmp

    RCMP are investigating a number of thefts and break and enters, both in Swift Current and the surrounding area.

    The Rural Detachment is reporting two incidents of fuel theft in the Stewart Valley and McMahon areas, where diesel fuel was stolen from graders, payloaders and fuel tanks that were either left unattended or had their locks broken.

    "At the one grader, there were 200 litres of diesel fuel stolen, with an approximate vaule of $250.00, and at the other one, it was reported that 400 gallons of fuel was stolen from a fuel tank," said Constable Ron Clark. "It happens annually when equipment has been left unattended at this time of year when there's a lot of equipment on the highway and fuel tanks that have been filled up because of the busy farm season."

    He suggests keeping your equipment locked up and installing security cameras on your property if possible, and adds they would appreciate any help from anyone who noticed suspicious activity.

    Meanwhile, City RCMP are reporting more thefts, this time several incidents over the weekend where vehicles were entered and items were stolen. They are urging drivers to keep their doors locked and any valuables out of sight, and are asking those with any information to call the detachment or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

    Rural RCMP Constable Ron Clark talked with Shawn Mullin about the reported fuel thefts:

  • elhard
    Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard

    With healthcare staffing challenges in the Southwest, and especially in Shaunavon, Cypress Hills MLA Wayne Elhard took considerable interest in one part of the recent provincial cabinet shuffle.

    Biggar MLA Randy Weekes was appointed the new minister responsible for rural and remote health, and Elhard made immediate contact.

    "I phoned Randy Weekes to offer him congratulations on his new appointment, and indicated to him that he had a big task facing him, and given my own experience with rural healthcare isues, I would be happy to offer him assistance and advice at any level." Elhard said. "We need to find ways that we can provide appropriate healthcare for these smaller communities in outlying areas of the province. They may not look exactly like healthcare delivery in the past, but we have to find ways but we have to find ways that will provide appropriate levels of care for today and into the future."

    Shaunavon Hospital in particular has faced numerous disruptions due to physician and nursing shortages, including one overnight. They are set for another one from Thursday evening into Friday morning.
  • duck derby
    A previous year's Duck Derby race

    The Swift Current Creek will have a bunch of rubber duckies in it this Sunday for the 24th annual Southwest Crisis Services' Duck Derby, in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's Picnic Inn the Park.

    Southwest Crisis Services' Executive Director Teresa Cole said, this year, it will be a bit different.

    "We have two sets of tickets this year," explained Cole. "We have a green ticket and that one is exclusively for the WestJet round trip to anywhere WestJet flies for two people. Those ones are $5. We're also doing our regular $2 tickets and we have three great prizes on those tickets. There's a $750 gift card from Pioneer Co-op, we have a barbecue donated by Canadian Tire and we have a $300 gift card from M&M Meat Shop."

    You can get your tickets for the Derby at the Wheatland Mall, close to Pioneer Co-op, today, as well as tomorrow afternoon.

    Tickets will also be available at Picnic Inn the Park, with the race beginning at 4:00pm.

    Todd Vallee's full interview with Teresa Cole:
  • peddle playoffs
    Jordan Peddle

    Mark Pysyk scored the game winner for the Oil Kings with 56 seconds left in regulation, vaulting them to a 4-3 win over Portland in Game 5 of the WHL Final.  Pysyk finished with two points while former Bronco Jordan Peddle was the game's second star with two goals and three points, Sven Bartschi led Portland with a goal and two points.

    Peddle has 6 points in 5 league final games. He has 12 total points in the playoffs so far.

    "I'm playing hockey like it's my last shift out there," Peddle told the gathering of reporters at the post-game press conference. "I'm 20 years old and I could possibly have one game left in this league. Gotta play every shift... my hardest shift... and make the most of it."

    The one time Midget AAA Home Hardware Legionnaire spent three seasons with the Broncos before being traded to Edmonton for veteran goalie Jon Groenheyde at the beginning of the season.

    "When we picked up Jordan from Swift Current the first thing Mark Lamb said was you're getting a hell of a playoff player," said Oil Kings Coach Derek Laxdal. "He's proven us right and he's proven Mark Lamb right. Hats off to Jordan he's had an outstanding playoffs so far. He's been a great leader on the penalty kill and he's got some big goals for us."

    Edmonton now leads the series 3-2 and can capture the league title with a win Saturday when the series shifts south of the border for Game 6.  If Portland were to win at home, that would force a deciding Game 7 Sunday night back in Edmonton.

    Click here for the post-game press conference

    Click here for highlights of game 5

  • BaseballAAMosquitoIndians2012

    AA Mosquito Indians (Photo: Kevin Patinaude)

    They were a AA team playing in a AAA tournament but it almost didn't matter.

    The Swift Current AA Mosquito Indians came just short of taking home the title in a AAA tournament in Regina over the weekend losing 9-8 in the championship game.

    The team finished atop the standings in round robin play which qualified them to play for the championship.

  • LacrosseSwiftCurrentRampage

    The Swift Current Rampage Novice and Bantam Lacrosse Teams will be attending the Floorbusters Memorial tournament in Lethbridge this weekend, and there are some high expectations from the novice squad.

    "I'm hoping with all of the hard work we put in so far this season, there's really no reason we shouldn't go home with a gold medal," said novice team coach Brandon Wessner.

    The novice team is 6-and-0 in league play this year while the Bantam team is 2-and-4.

    The three-day tournament began on Friday and wraps up on Sunday.
  • centralschool
    The students of Central School

    From YouTube videos to Facebook pages and now a podcast.

    Central School is using new media as part of their campaign to win an internet vote and $20,000 towards an outdoor classroom.

    In the podcast the kids talk about some of the things they've done.

    You can help support their quest for an outdoor classroom by voting onMajesta.comuntil May 11th.

    They're currently jockeying for first place with Sussex Elementary from New Brunswick.

    The Podcast from Central Elementary
  • Rotary Park 1

    Upgrades are on the way for the 30 year old water play system at Rotary Park.

    “We're going to fourth north east and Cheadle to replace the Rotary Spray Park, it's a nice little park, it'll be about an $80,000 park for that neighbourhood and it will encompass about 5-6 different spray elements.” Said Swift Current Director of Recreation and Parks Dean Robson.

    It's one of several upgrades the City of Swift Current is doing to spray parks over several years.

    “The cost of running the outdoor pools and the operation and maintenance as well as the expectation of training and lifesaving and guarding, is a pretty good financial commitment” said Robson and adds that it's a cost effective way to stay cool, “So the spray parks are quite a bit cheaper to operate, they're fun, you come in a and out, you don't need supervision.”

    The upgrades at Rotary Park will cost just over $80,000 and should be ready by July,

    “With the way it's going right now with the weather I don't think we'll be able to use it til July 1st and that will co-inside with the date for completion which is July of this year. So hopefully by July of this year we'll be using it.”, adds Robinson

    Dynamic Construction, the same company that oversaw work at Riverside Park, Highland Park and Fairview pool, is doing the upgrades at Rotary as well.

    Colin Powers Talks To Swift Current Director Of Recreation and Parks Dean Robson
  • kidsport

    May is designated as KidSport Month all across Saskatchewan, and the KidSport Committee in Shaunavon is celebrating throughout the entire month.

    KidSport is a kids charity that provides financial assistance to families with children who wish to take part in organized sports.

    You can get your company involved in their Kompany for Kids program which allows your employees to dress down in exchange for a donation. The committee will also be holding their annual Hot Dog Sale later in the month, and all of the money raised in the fundraiser will stay in the community.

    Shaunavon's KidSport committee approved 25 applications last year totalling just over $5300. Applications for assistance are available from the committee or you can get one on the Provincial KidSport website.
  • policecar2
    The warmer spring weather is bringing some unsavoury elements out of the woodwork.

    Swift Current RCMP are searching for a 1998 Black Dodge Durango after it was stolen from the 300 block of 10th avenue NW on Saturday night.

    "We have had a number of vehicles being entered and items from those vehicles being stolen," said Sergeant Michelle Kenke. "It's been an on going problem since 2008. It died down during the winter, but of course they're on the increase now with people out nad about in the warmer weather."

    Police are reminding us to keep our doors locked and to remove any valuables from our cars.

    "We live in a relatively safe community," said Kenke. "This hasn't been something that the public has done all that much of... locking their doors."

    Anyone with information on the theft of the Durango or any other break in can contact local RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 
    Interview with Sergeant Michelle Kenkey
  • Dueck sarcan
    Brian Dueck (right) circulates a petition urging the government to institute a new incentive for the film industry in April.

    The proposed new Saskatchewan film incentive program doesn't pacify one local activist for the cause.

    As members of the film industry in the province call for the removal of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson from cabinet, local actor Brian Dueck echoes their unsatisfied response to the new proposed incentive model, saying the non-refundable tax credit won't draw outside investors.

    "In short, it won't work because it's not competitive." Dueck said. "There is some benefit for some Saskatchewan-based film companies. The proposal is good based on the ideal that Saskatchewan is going to start its own film industry, but as everyone knows, the film industry is already established and it's international. We can say 'We have this non-refundable tax credit, we really don't know how much that's going to benefit you dollar-wise until it's done', the other provinces are able to say 'what's your budget? This is the percentage we're willing to give you back based on this criteria'".

    The new system would invest an estimate of between $300,000 to $1 million a year versus $8 million in the old system.

    On Thursday, the SMPIA called on Premier Brad Wall to remove Hutchinson as the province's Culture Minister, saying his actions have brought a $50 million-per-year industry to the brink of disaster. Wall, however, refused to repace Hutchinson, saying he is carrying out the expectations of the provincial budget.

    A major cabinet shuffle is expected to be made by Wall this year, possibly as early as June. 

    Shawn Mullin talked with Brian Dueck about the province's new film incentive proposal:

  • CanadianMentalHealth

    Last week was Mental Health Week, and it was highlighted with the unveiling of a new mental health strategy for Canada.

    The report from the Mental Health Commission recommends significant funding increases from government and additional support for those suffering from mental illness.

    Dave Spencer, the president of the Local Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, says this new strategy is very encouraging, and adds more and more people are now seeing how serious mental illness can be.

    "Sometimes it's through the celebrities that have experienced the effects of mental health issues. That may be the hockey players that are dealing with severe concussion issues or it could be the returning soldiers who are suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome."

    Spencer says his organization already receives support from the provincial government through the Cypress Health Region, but that only covers part of their annual costs.

    "That funding probably comes fairly close to paying to our three staff members. In terms of the services they provide and the costs of those services we have to do a lot of fundraising"

    Some of the C-M-H-A's annual fundraisers in Swift Current include the Mayor's Luncheon that was held on Thursday, and their Walkathon which will take place in the fall.

    Dave Spencer Media Scrum:

  • construction slow

    As we head toward the long weekend, drivers are being reminded to stay safe, especially in construction areas.

    Steve Shaheen with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure says crews will be working on a number of different projects through the weekend, and drivers should take some extra time getting to their destinations.

    "I expect some delays during the construction season," says Shaheen. "Short-term inconvenience will certainly lead to improvement. Motorists are reminded that they can get additional travel information from the Highway Hotline, including short-term maintenance activities and highway closures. As well, drivers should remember to plan ahead, have patience and arrive safely.

    One major project of note for this weekend is the construction of a truck climbing lane along Highway 4 south of Saskatchewan Landing.

    Shaheen says crews are continuing surfacing work and are targeting completion for next month.

    Shaheen adds there will also be surfacing work along the Trans-Canada near Belle Plaine as well as just west of Regina.

    He reminds drivers to take their time on the roads, and slow down to 60 kilometres per hour in construction areas.

  • wall long term
    Premier Brad Wall during his announcement on the status of a new Long-Term Care facility in Swift Current on Friday

    The first session of the legislature for the second term of the Saskatchewan Party government is now in the books.

    While the government has come under some fire for cuts to programs like the Saskatchewan Film Tax Credit, Premier Brad Wall says it was one of several tough choices.

    "We made choices in the budget on the drug plan for seniors, we made choices on economic development regions and funding for that," Wall said. "That's what budgets are all about. At the end of the day, we want to be able to to have a balanced budget, to keep our taxes competitive, to invest in the expansion of colorectal cancer screening, to invest in more homes for the intellectually disabled, and then we had to make some choices."

    Another contentious issue for the government was a plan for adding three new MLAs to the legislature, but Wall says it won't be a financial burden: "It's not going to cost any more money, it's about $750,000 total annually and we've said we're going to find the money in existing budgets. We have a track record of doing that, actually, we've cut government advertising by $5 million and cut government political staff by $3 million."

    Up next for Wall will be a major cabinet shuffle and restructuring of government which could happen as early as this week.
  • shaunavon rcmp
    Shaunavon RCMP

    It was a busy few days last week for Shaunavon RCMP.

    On May 15, RCMP investigated a hit and run that occurred in the 400 block of Centre Street. It appears that a white vehicle opened its door with such force that $1,000 to $1,500 damage occurred to the vehicle parked beside it. There may also be some damage to the drivers side door of the suspect vehicle.

    During the evening of May 17, a Road Closed barricade was struck and completely destroyed by a vehicle. The offending vehicle fled and may have sustained some damage to the oil reservoir beneath the vehicle.

    Sometime overnight on May 19, the stop sign located at the intersection of Centre Street and Third Avenue was run over by a vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene.

    Also on Saturday evening, Shaunavon RCMP and the Frontier Fire Department attended a structure fire in Frontier. The structure was unoccupied at the time and was completely destroyed. The fire is of suspicious origin and is still under investigation. 
  • schafer state of city
    Jerrod Schafer

    A contentious proposed commercial land annexation goes to a public forum in Swift Current tonight.

    The City is looking to annex land along Highway 1 west to Lac Pelletier Trail despite objections from the Rural Municipality.

    "We're going to take a very professional approach," said Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer, "We're going to deal with a number of concerns that we think RM residents would have and we think landowners would have (about) being annexed and we're going to make sure that we address that. We're going to be there to hear people's thoughts and concerns..

    Schafer believes he is prepared for most ratepayer concerns.

    "We're trying very hard to address them," Schafer added. "We worked very hard the last number of years to show that we care about growth and we care about residents and businesses, not just within the boundaries of Swift Current but in the entire region. This is more about working with everyone involved rather than just arbitrarily doing something."

    The two sides have traded letters on the subject.

    Tonight both will have their say, but ratepayers will also be able to voice their opinions between 4 and 6 pm at the Credit Union iPlex auditorium.

    Other stories on the subject:

    -RM Responds to Mayor's Letter
    -City Continues Attempt to Annex Land
    -An earlier RM responce
    -City's Annexation Plan Hits Snag

    Interview with Jerrod Schafer:

  • cypress snow
    Heavy snowfall hits Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in May of 2010 (Photo: Debra Monk)

    Campers in the Cypress Hills this weekend are probably going to get a nasty surprise from Mother Nature.

    A snowfall warning is now out for the park and surrounding area. Environment Canada is expecting up to 30 centimetres of heavy, wet snow to fall over the hills on Sunday.

    The Weather Agency says the snow is coming from an intense low pressure system that will also bring a significant amount of rain to the southwest. Up to 25 millimetres of rainfall is expected in Swift Current from tonight through Sunday before it changes to snow in the evening and eventually tapers off Sunday night.

    For the latest weather forecast details, click the Local Weather link on Swift Current Online.
  • sun logo

    Saskatchewan nurses have voted 92.4% in favour of accepting a two-year contract that includes a lump-sum payment in lieu of a wage increase in the first year.

    Union president Rosalee Longmoore says the time frame allows the union to watch Alberta nurses and make adjustments in the next round of bargaining. The union had already said Saskatchewan's nurses were above the western Canadian average, so it couldn't negotiate a pay hike in the first year, however, there will be a two per cent wage increase in the second year of the deal.
  • floodwall ashley
    The City fights rising flood waters along Swift Current Creek in Ashley Park last spring

    The City of Swift Current is taking steps to prepare for any future flooding, engaging Golder Associates to do a flood hazard mapping study.

    "It really will give us an idea of what properties within the city are really susceptible to flooding," said City Engineering Director Mac Forster. "We'll determine some actions to either protect those areas through some sort of flood control device like a berm or a dike, or maybe simply to make those undevelopable areas. We are aware that there was a study being done by the Federal Government to study flooding along the creekbank right from the Duncairn Dam through the city. It did not include the city, so we're piggy-backing on that agreement to get the consultant that's doing that flood study to complete it within the city boundary.

    This will be the first flood reduction and flood mapping study for Swift Current since 1981.

    "Since those 30 years have passed, there's been a lot of development within areas alongside the creek throughout the city which may have impacted the topography along those areas." Forster added.

    The study will cost the city up to $180,000 to complete.

    Mac Forster talks with reporters about the flood mapping study after Monday's City Council Meeting:

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Two teams that very few hockey fans predicted would play for the Stanley Cup when the playoffs started a month ago will now battle for hockey's greatest prize starting next week.

    Adam Henrique scored 63 seconds into overtime for the New Jersey Devils as they knocked off the top-ranked New York Rangers in six games with a 3-2 victory Friday night, and claimed the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions.

    The sixth-seeded Devils will face the eighth-ranked Los Angeles Kings, who surprised everyone by ousting the top three seeds in Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix, and winning all but two games en route to the Western Conference title.

    The Stanley Cup Final series begins on Wednesday in Newark, NJ.

    At the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the host Shawinigan Cataractes beat the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs 7-4 in Friday night's semi-final to earn a spot in Sunday's final against the London Knights, who haven't played since their final round-robin game on Tuesday.
  • Riders-May11-Hopson
    Jim Hopson

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in the process of getting Mosaic Stadium ready for the 2013 Grey Cup with $14-million in renovations, but they hope that those renovations are only temporary.

    The Green & White held a teleconference on Thursday morning to preview the 2012 season and lots of the talk focused on the proposed outdoor stadium to be built on the city-owned Exhibition Grounds at Ezraz Place.

    President and CEO Jim Hopson says the new stadium is necessary to continue to grow the franchise, “It’s our goal to be an elite franchise and clearly right now our facility would not be up to what others have or will have.  The fans have been great and will continue to be, but I think we deserve better.

    “When we look around the league and we see what’s happened in BC, Edmonton, Winnipeg and so on, they clearly have superior facilities at this point in time and given the support of our fans and the passion for football here, I think they deserve (a new stadium).”

    A City of Regina committee unanimously approved the funding for the $280-million, 33,000-seat outdoor stadium on Wednesday with it expected to go before city council for final approval next month.  Hopson says it’s now in the province’s hands, “The premier has indicated that status quo is not an option and the city would like to have an answer by May 31st and the premier said he doesn’t know if they can make that, but we expect something as early as June and with civic elections this fall, I think it’s important that we do hear something by mid-summer at the latest or it could get pushed even further back.”

    The province would be responsible for $230-million in funding for the new stadium, while the city would pitch in the other $50-million.

    Hopson says something needs to be done sooner rather than later, “I am concerned that if not now, when and where we’ll go from here because we’ve had years of debate already and very little action.  I stress again that we are very proud of what we’re doing with the temporary improvements, but they are temporary and it’s not a long-term solution.”

    The renovations at Mosaic Stadium continue and Hopson says everything will completed by the first preseason game on June 22nd.  The renovations include temporary seating being added to both end zones, making the facility into a bowl, and increasing capacity to 33,000.  There will also be 33 suites and two new LED video boards, one in the Northeast end zone and the other on the West grandstand, added to the facility.

  • memorialcup2012

    For the first time since the current format was adopted back in 1983, all four teams at the Memorial Cup are tied at 1 and 1.

    Last year's champions, the Saint John's Sea Dogs downed former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 yesterday to create the log jam in the standings

    That means a tiebreaker will be guaranteed to be played on Thursday.

    Click HEREfor the Sea Dogs/Oil Kings boxscore.

  • shaunavon hospital
    The following is a statement from the Cypress Health Region on a series of disruptions of service throughout the month:

    "The Shaunavon Hospital and Care Center will be experiencing a number of ‘temporary disruptions of service’ during the month of May, due to the unavailability of physician on-call services. 

    The first disruption of the month will occur this evening, between the hours of 5:00 pm on Tuesday to 8:00 am on Wednesday morning.

    A calendar has been developed to identify the currently-known scheduled disruptions at the facility – at this point, disruptions will be occurring every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the month of May.

    During the periods when services are disrupted, there will be no emergency outpatient services or acute inpatient admissions available at the facility.  Long term care services will not be affected by the disruptions.

    In the event of an emergency, the public are encouraged to call 911 and an ambulance will be immediately dispatched to assist with the emergency and transport to the nearest appropriate acute care emergency department.  For non-urgent situations, the public can call the provincial HealthLine 24 hours per day and they will be able to provide answers and advice … they can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-800-0002."

  • hwy7
    A section of Highway 7 east of Rosetown (Photo: Google Street View)

    Highway 7 is a stretch of road notorious for car accidents, and a woman whose son was killed in an accident on that highway three years ago is speaking out hoping to make it safer.

    Bev Huckabay of Flaxcombe lost her son Benny in a collision on the highway near Rosetown in 2009, and since then, she has been actively raising awareness of being safe on the highways, especially when passing.

    She says twinning the highway from Saskatoon to the Alberta border is necessary with all the heavy traffic using it.

    "The amount of semi traffic that we have on this highway is a lot compared to other highways we've been on," Huckabay says. "With the oilfield activity we have in this area it definitely should become a priority. And with farmers hauling more grain, it's definitely going to have to take priority over some of the other projects they have planned."

    Huckabay notes some startling stats regarding Highway 7, like the fact that in the last five years, almost seven accidents per kilometre have been recorded along the highway's length.

    She hopes a grassroots outcry will get a highway twinning project pushed by the provincial government, and urges everyone to contact their local government representatives to make the twinning happen
  • Harpaurer
    Provincial Education Minister Donna Harpaurer

    There will be a couple of new child care spaces for Swift Current as part of a provincial government announcement of 500 new spaces province-wide this year.

    "We've expanded Swift Current's spaces by 72 in the past couple of years," said provincial Education Minister Donna Harpaurer. "We are only adding two more, but there is room for them to expand. Our government promised to expand spaces by a minimum of 2000 in the next four years, so this year's allocation that was included in our budget was for 500 more spaces."

    The government has increased the number of child care spaces available by 42% since they took office in 2007, and this year's increase is budgetted at $4 million in capital costs.

    Harpaurer adds they determine who gets the spaces by the number of children waiting for an opening and how many young families are in each community.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Donna Harpaurer about the new child care spaces:

  • central school media day
    Principal Bryan Braun speaks to students at Central School

    The vote came down to the wire as the whole city of Swift Current waits to find out of Central Elementary School was successful in their bid for a $20,000 outdoor classroom.

    The school held a scavenger hunt in the final hours on Friday to encourage any last votes they could get.

    The results page of the Majesta "Trees of Knowledge" contest had Central swapping between first and second place with Sussex Elementary School in New Brunswick.

    Sussex appeared to be ahead in the final hour of the vote, but Swift Current Deputy Mayor Ryan Plewis tweeted once the deadline passed that Central was "number one when the contest closed."

    The Majesta website now only says that they will announce a winner on May 29th.

    Ten schools were nominated from across the country for the online vote. The winner receives $20,000 towards the construction of an outdoor classroom.
  • devoncarlson

    He won it all and now 17 year old Devon Carlson of Shaunavon gets to enjoy the benefits.

    Devon was the first place finisher in the BBM Challenge earlier this year and now he heads out to Hollywood for the next week to visit his celebrity coach, actress Michelle Trachtenberg.

    "Anyone could enter in the categories and I picked film," said Carlson. "They picked 25 of all the people who entered and they had to compete in so many challenges with these topics and making videos. There was voting and judges picked."

    Devon called it a wonderful experience.
    "You think that it's such a far away world that we in Shaunavon aren't affected by film at all," Carlson added. "It's just amazing to see it stretches all over the world and people from little towns can really be affected by it.

    A new BBM Challenge has begun and you can view Devon's new video at BBMChallenge.com.

    Click here to see our previous story on Devon and his other videos
  • city website
    A screenshot of the city's current website at swiftcurrent.ca

    The City of Swift Current is building a new website and wants you to be part of the process.

    "It's part of our strategic plan, we're looking at communicating and working with the community more," said John Statton, Communications Co-ordinator for the city. "We're putting out a survey for residents and business owners can just go on there and let us know what they think about improvements to the website, things they like to see, and any comments like that."

    The survey is available online through the City of Swift Current's Facebook page, and will also be sent out to residents through their utility bills. The survey closes on June 30th, at which point they will start building the new website.
  • weatherwatch

    Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Swift Current, Herbert, Cabri, Kyle, Lucky Lake, Shaunavon, Maple Creek, Val Marie, Cypress Hills, Leader and Gull Lake.

    Isolated thunderstorms are moving across extreme southern Saskatchewan just north of the US border. These thunderstorms are moving east-northeastward and may produce large hail, damaging winds and locally heavy downpours. These thunderstorms will persist into the early evening.

    As well, a line of thunderstorms in Alberta is moving eastward into Southwestern Saskatchewan. Isolated thunderstorms along this line may produce damaging winds and large hail. These thunderstorms will persist into the evening.
  • Lyric 032
    An artist's rendering of the Lyric after restoration

    The federal government is investing in Swift Current's Lyric Theatre.

    The historic building will benefit from a $500,000 grant from the Legacy Fund Component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

    This round of funding deals with upgrading structural issues.

    "This has been a great venue for 100 years," said Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson. "In 2005 the Southwest Cultural Group came together to preserve the building. They've done a massive amount of volunteer work to bring the building to where it is now. We're glad to be able to finally be a partner with them in the ongoing restoration of the Lyric Theatre."

    The federal grant matches the amount raised so far by the Southwest Cultural Group. The City of Swift Current chipped in $250,000 (conditional on the federal grant) and the rest comes from private donors.

     "The Lyric Theatre is an irreplaceable Central Avenue icon," said Mayor Jerrod Schafer. "It is essential that a significant investment into the building takes place to ensure that its success continues well into the future."


    "When you have a community that is supporting a project," Anderson added. "You've got different businesses and individuals that are willing to step up and support it financially as well... there's good reason for the government to also then get involved."

    The theatre's supporters were thrilled to receive the grant.

    "We had hoped and planned that our application would be successful," said Southwest Cultural Development Group President Gwen Uher. "But I don't think we dreamed that we would be this successful."

    This funding should cover Phase 1 of what will be a five phase restoration project.

    "It is just the starting point," Uher said. "It is probably cost, to restore the whole building, probably $5 million dollars. We are 1/5 of the way there."

    Work on Phase 1 of their restoration will go to tender shortly.

    lyric check
    Architect James Youck, Southwest Cultural Development Group President Gwen Uher and MP David Anderson 

    Interview with MP David Anderson:

    Interview with Gwen Uher:

    Interview with Mayor Jerrod Schafer:

    Interview with Architect James Youck:
  • annexation meeting1
    Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer and other city officials formed the panel for the hearing

    A public hearing was held Friday at the Credit Union iplex Auditorium to hear concerns about a proposed annexation of land west of Swift Current.

    The City wants to annex part of the commercial strip along Highway 1 but the Rural Municipality objected to the proposal, prompting the meeting.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer says it was a good chance for the city to state their case and address any concerns that RM ratepayers had, adding that it's unfortunate that the issue comes down to compensation.

    "The two sides don't agree on it, which is fine," Schafer said. "There's a process in place to deal with that, and it's just unfortunate that again we went through another month where hard feelings happen, there's negativity out there, and in the end, the process will provide a result for us."

    While compensation is the main concern, Schafer also heard concerns about a possible effect on tax bills for RM ratepayers. "I understand that residents that live in the RM are concerned that here's the city coming and it's going to mean a tax hit to them, and it's educating them that it isn't. It's not going to mean a huge tax increase for them," Schafer added. "It's people realizing that intent of this is growth. The intent of the water agreement was good and the intent of annexation is to grow this region, continue to spur development within the city, but also within the RM."

    annexation meeting2The panel heard questions and comments from a number of concerned city residents and RM ratepayers, and current and former RM officials, including Reeve Bob Neufeld (pictured right).

    "We feel that the RM, not only the residents or the business owners of the annexed part, the whole RM, invested in the first place," Neufeld said. "It was many years before it was fully developed, so therefore, this is part of the process. We represent every ratepayer in the RM."

    Neufeld added while both sides are at a disagreement with the amount of compensation for the annexed land, they do agree that the city needs to grow. "We do need to grow, and we'd like to see them grow, the same as, you know, we're growing and we want to see them grow too."

    The Saskatchewan Municipal Board will now rule on compensation for the annexed land with a decision expected sometime in the summer.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer talked with reporters following the hearing:

    Colin Powers talked with RM Reeve Bob Neufeld:

  • recycle depot
    Swift Current's Recycle Depot

    Major construction will get underway at Swift Current's Recycle Depot, but it should be business as usual otherwise.

    The city will start resurfacing the yard this morning, but the depot will remain open with the bins moved forward and away from the work area.

    The work is expected to last about one week.
  • shaunavon hospital
    There will be another disruption of service tonight at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre.

    From 5:00pm this afternoon until 8:00am tomorrow morning, there will be no emergency outpatient services and no inpatient admissions available at the facility due to the unavailability of on-call physician services.

    If you have a medical emergency during this disruption, you are encouraged to dial 9-1-1.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The New Jersey Devils are sending the NHL's Eastern Conference final back to New York knotted at 2-2. 

    Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac scored under four minutes apart in the first period to put the Devils ahead 2-0, and Zach Parise scored twice in the third, as the Devils downed the Rangers 4-1.

    The game had some fireworks as Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was punched by Ranger forward Mike Rupp in the third period which spurred a yelling match between New Jersey Coach Peter DeBoer and New York Coach John Tortorella.

    The Western Conference final resumes tonight with former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotes trying to avoid elimintation veresus the L.A. Kings.

  • soccer1

    Swift Current hosts Soccerfest this weekend.

    Players ranging from the ages of 8 to 15 will be hitting the pitches at the Comp and O.M. Irwin School.

    "We've got teams coming in from Kindersley, Weyburn, Regina, Moose Jaw," said Swift Current Soccer Association board member Steve Kritzer. "We're basically the only small centre tournament in the province so we bring in a lot of teams.

    The large number of teams means there will be over 300 soccer players around the city over the weekend.

    "Swift Current soccer has a really good reputation for building some strong teams," said Kritzer. "Sadly we're not very hospitable hosts. We expect a lot of our teams will do really well.

    Saturday evening will see the TJ's Pizza Shootout which is a special event that pits all players against each each other with a chance to win pizza.

    Games begin tomorrow morning at 8:00am with the tournament wrapping up late in the afternoon on Sunday.

  • drag race
    Drag racing action from last summer at Swift Current Airport

    Drag Racing will once again take place at the Swift Current Airport this summer, and for the next few summers to come, after the City of Swift Current and Swift Current Drag Racing Association recently entered into a 3-year contract.

    "we're working closely with the SCDRA to accomodate three two-day events this summer and early fall," said Airport Manager Todd Schultz. "It's a very popular event in the community and actually in the surrounding areas, we get numerous fans and participants."

    In the past, the agreement between the City and Drag Racing Association was just done on a year to year basis.

    Schultz adds that having the races there does impact operations at the airport, but they'll do their best to accomodate as many airplanes before and after each event, and emergency aircraft will be accomodated instantly.

    The first race days for the year are scheduled for June 23rd and 24th.
  • pbr sc

    An action shot of last year's Cody Snyder Invitational at the Credit Union i-Plex.

    The bulls and riders are pulling into town for the second annual Redhead Equipment Case IH Cody Snyder PBR Invitational tomorow night.

    How do those 8 seconds feel for the bull rider?

    Kody Lostroh described it as "More adrenaline and excitement than about anything. There's nothing like completely overmatched and coming out on top. I can't count on a paycheck every week but when I do win I know it's because I did my job."

    It takes "Lots of try." according to Ty Pozzobon.

    "You've really got to want to do it because any second throughout the ride its pretty easy to give up and call it quits, so mostly a lot of try"

    Pozzobon is ranked 17th in the world and top 10 in Canada.

    "Your going to see the best bulls in Canada there." said Pozzobon "there's a lot of money to win this weekend so that's why you see the best riders going."

    Tickets for tomorrow night are almost sold out, check out tickets.scbroncos.comfor last minute seats.

    Interview with Ty Pozzobon:

    Interview with Kody Lostroh:

  • Rain In Swift 4

    A nasty spring storm is hitting southwest Saskatchewan, with strong winds and rain expected to continue for much of today.

    A wind warning has just been issued by Environment Canada for the Swift Current and Leader areas, where wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour are possible this afternoon, and 25 millimetres of rainfall is expected before tonight.

    In the Cypress Hills area, snow is the story. Up to 20 centimetres of heavy, wet snow is expected to fall in that area, and the winds are also expected to gust up to 90km/h. A weather warning that was issued for that area this morninghas continued into the afternoon.

    For the latest forecast details, click the Local Weatherlink on Swift Current Online.
  • desjarlais
    Author Joy Desjarlais makes her presentation at the CMHA's Mayor's Luncheon at the Sky Centre

    A Saskatchewan author told a personal story of forgiveness at the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mayor's Luncheon Thursday at the Sky Centre in Swift Current.

    Joy Desjarlais of Moose Jaw, the guest speaker for the event, wrote the book "The Right to Remain Silent", which was about her nephew who was abandoned by two police officers on the outskirts of Saskatoon on a bitterly cold night in January 2000.

    "My nephew had no rights at all," Desjarlais said. "They didn't take him down to the cells, they just took him outside the city and abandoned him there. It was like he had no voice... he wasn't given his rights."

    The officers were convicted and served a jail sentence in that case, and Desjarlais talked about how she learned to move on following that incident.

    "The message was to forgive," she added. "If we don't forgive, it causes a lot of stress, it causes a lot of health problems. We just can't get ahead. You can't move forward, because you're always stuck in the past about what happened."

    One hundred eighty people were in attendance for the luncheon, which helps support and raise awareness for the CMHA, making it one of the highest-attended luncheons in its eight-year history.

    "We felt that we're able to share our message," said CMHA Local Branch President Dave Spencer. "I think every year, the important thing is that people become more and more aware of mental illness and mental health, and are willing to support it."

    Joy Desjarlais talked with reporters following her presentation:

    Dave Spencer commented on the luncheon:

  • mosquito
    With the scattered showers we received for the better part of last week and the warmer temperatures that lay ahead, it wouldn't be surprising to see the odd mosquito outside.

    The province's first case of West Nile last year was found in the Estevan area in early August, with more of the virus emerging throughout Southern Saskatchewan as the year progressed.

    Although cases are still rare, Medical Health Officer Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu says you should still stay covered up when heading outside.

    "It is once again advised to wear long sleeves, long pants, and to apply an insect repellent containing deet."

    "Let's enjoy the nice weather, but let's also take precautions because some of those diseases are very rare, but the possibility of acquiring them is there and that is why we need to take those precautions."

    Mid-July through August is typically the highest risk period for West Nile.

  • shaunavon hospital
    Due to the unavailability of on call physician services, the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre will have another service disruption this week.

    Tonight starting at 5pm until 8am tomorrow there will be no emergency outpatient services or inpatient admissions available. Long term care services will not be affected by this temporary disruption of services.

    If you have a medical emergency dial 911.

    The Cypress Health Region has announced that these temporary disruptions of service will continue throughout May each Tuesday and Thursday overnight.
  • vincent

    Vincent Houghtaling was recently named one of four Animateurs to help promote Culture Days in Saskatchewan

    Four Culture Days Animateurs have been hired by Sask Culture to help promote Culture Days and cultural activity in Saskatchewan, and one of those people is Swift Current's Vincent Houghtaling.

    "I can attend events and meetings and either talk to people about putting on their own Culture Days events, or do workshops in schools or in public to try an engage people to participate in Culture Days events from September 28th to 30th." Houghtaling said. "I haven't gotten to go to too many places just yet, but I've had a good time so far. I've been planning and meeting with people and coming up with ideas... it's quite exciting."

    Swift Current already has a number of events planned for this year's Culture Days, including a traditional aboriginal beading workshop at the library, a culinary arts workshop at Urban Ground Coffee House, and Rocktoberfest at the Lyric Theatre.

    You can see a full list of Culture Days events in Saskatchewan by clicking here.
  • shaunavon rcmp
    Shaunavon and Ponteix RCMP uncover marijuana grow op near Admiral

    Two suspects are in custody after Shaunavon and Ponteix RCMP attended to a farm near Admiral based on a complaint from the landowner.

    A search of his empty farmhouse turned up a stolen Jeep and cargo trailer filled with tools and construction materials. A large amount of hand and power tools were also recovered, and a marijuana grow op valued at over $30,000 was found.

    The suspects have been charged with Possession of Stolen Property, with further charges anticipated. The two will make their first appearance in Swift Current Provincial Court Friday morning.

    The investigation is ongoing at this time. RCMP Forensic Identification is currently processing exhibits from this search. 

    Further updates will be provided when more information becomes available.
  • brad-wall
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

    Premier Brad Wall is reflecting on a major shake up to his government, saying he wanted to build a cabinet that was prepared to tackle growth.

    "Later this year, we will present a plan to Saskatchewan that's very much based on what we've been doing so far but takes a look into the future, and I wanted to make sure that how our government was structured was consistent with that plan," Wall told reporters on Friday.

    Part of Wall's focus on growth included combining economic functions like Enterprise Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, employment and immigration into the new Ministry of the Economy, which will be led by Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd.

    Another focus of the cabinet shuffle is something that has been a major concern for the southwest... staffing rural hospitals.

    "I think we need to do better in terms of rural health in this province, we have challenges remaining in terms of doctor shortages, but not just that," Wall added. "We're going to ask (Biggar MLA) Randy Weekes as the minister of Rural and Remote Health to be engaged on that file and, literally, hit the road."

    Friday's cabinet shuffle saw only two of the 18 previous cabinet ministers keep their portfolios.

    Premier Brad Wall talked with reporters about the cabinet shuffle: 

  • shaunavon courthouse

    Application forms are now available for the Saskatchewan Lotteries 2012 Community Grant Program in Shaunavon.

    Based on the town's population, a certain amount of funds will be made available to groups in the community who have a sport/culture/recreation program operating between April 2012 and March 2013.

    Application forms are available on the Town of Shaunavon website or at the Shaunavon Recreation Office, and the deadline to apply is Friday.
  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Shane Doan scored twice and Mike Smith made 36 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked Los Angeles 2-0 in game four of the NHL's Western Conference Final Sunday.

    The Coyotes avoided a four-game sweep by the Kings, as they try to become only the 4th team in NHL history to rally from an 0-3 deficit to take a series.

    Game five is tomorrow night in the desert.

    The Eastern Conference Final resumes tonight with the New Jersey Devils hosting the Rangers (6:00pm, CBC), with New York up 2-1 in that series. The Rangers will be without forward Brandon Prust  for tonight's after he was suspended one game for his elbow to the head of Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov in game 2 on Saturday.

    The Shawinigan Cataractes delighted the home fans by dumping the OHL Champion London Knights 6-2 at the MasterCard Memorial Cup Sunday. Both teams are now 1-1 in the round-robin tournament. The WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings take on the defending national champion Saint John Sea Dogs in today's game (5:00pm, Sportsnet West). The Oil Kings beat Shawinigan in their opening game, while Saint John lost to London on Saturday.

    Russia captured the gold medal at the World Hockey Championships with a 6-2 victory over Slovakia on Sunday. The Czech Republic claimed bronze with a 3-2 win over Finland.
  • GillandersSorensen

    Two of the players invited to camp. Britannia Gillanders (left) and Mairi Sorensen (right) (Photos: sfmaaahl.com)

    Some Kyle products will be joining a trio of Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats among the players invited to the SHA Top 45 U18 Female Summer Camp.

    Brooklyn Gillanders, Britannia Gillanders and Mairi Sorensen of Kyle are part of that elite group of young women.

    They played last season for Notre Dame in the Midget AAA league.

  • cptrain

    Public Rail Safety Week wraps up Sunday, and it coincides with an alarming increase in the number of people being struck by trains.

    At least 24 pedestrians have been hit by trains so far in 2012, more than double from the same period last year, and most were killed, including five in Alberta, three in British Columbia and one in Saskatchewan.

    Dan Di Tota of the Rail Safety Group "Operation Lifesaver" says he’s particularly worried, given that the number of serious train incidents had been falling steadily over the past decade. "It is deeply alarming and concerning to us. I'd like to think that it's just an anomaly and we certainly hope that we can turn that around in 2012."

    Di Tota says Alberta and BC are off to a particularly bad starts this year, given that neither had a single trespasser incident in the first three months of last year.

    Police and safety officials will be out in force at rail crossings and known trespassing sites across the country, and say offenders will be ticketed.
  • caryn woodsPrevention and awareness are the goals of speech and hearing awareness month in Saskatchewan.

    Clinical Audiologist at the Hearing Place in Swift Current Caryn Wood has some practical advice.

    "We have sound level meters that measure what is excessively noisy," Wood said. "Even doing things in your day to day life... when you are mowing the lawn... working in the shop or hunting we can certainly do things to protect (such as) wearing plugs or muffs."

    Almost one in five people in Canada suffer from some form of hearing loss.

    "We are seeing an increase," Woods noted. "We certainly are trying to prevent and educate people, particularly if they are working a lot of noise and equipment, we are promoting hearing protection again to try and keep those nerve fibers healthy so that we can hear communication and enjoy those sounds around us."
    Woods added it's an issue that can impact people of any age. Some signs to watch out for include ringing in your ears, noticing that your TV volume level is louder than it used to be and having trouble following conversations.

    Interview with Caryn Woods:

    Here is the press release from the province:

    Social Services Minister June Draude has proclaimed May 2012 as Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in Saskatchewan.

    "Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing disabilities," Draude said. "With almost one in five Canadians experiencing some form of hearing loss, awareness and testing is vital in order for people to get the assistance they need. I want to thank Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for the valuable services they provide and their continued work to raise awareness of issues affecting people with speech and hearing disabilities."

    "The Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May as Speech and Hearing Awareness Month as it helps focus public attention on the issues that derive from hearing loss," Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Director Roger Carver said.

    Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (SDHHS) has been providing services since 1981. For more information about hearing loss and related services, please contact the SDHHS toll-free at 1-800-667-6575, or visit their website at http://www.sdhhs.com.
  • central braun
    Swift Current Online's Todd Vallee interviews Central School Principal Bryan Braun

    Down the stretch they come.

    After over a month of campaigning for a $20,000 outdoor classroom, Central School has one more day to push for online votes in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition.


    At a live Magic 97 broadcast Thursday morning, Principal Bryan Braun acknowledged there is work to do.

    "We've been sitting in 2nd place for the day," Braun said. "So there is some concern. We're doing whatever we can to try to get that #1 spot and we certainly appreciate Magic being here this morning and just trying to get that last push."

    Braun will be proud of his school no matter where they finish.

    "We've talked about our position," Braun added. "We said you know what, it doesn't matter what happens. We've done what we can. The support of the community has been superb. Whatever happens... happens."

    After jumping from 1rst to 2nd throughout the voting, Sussex Elementary School from New Brunswick had held on to the top spot over the last 24 hours.

    Central did briefly jump back into 1st place mid-afternoon Thursday indicating that the vote is still very close.

    To help Central pull off a victory click here to go and vote.

    They are holding a scavenger hunt from 7pm to 9pm Friday before polls close at 9:59pm.

    Todd Vallee interviews Principal Bryan Braun:

    Ryan Switzer talks to Central School kids:

  • brad-wall

    Premier Brad Wall's war of words with federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair continues.

    The two have taken different sides on the impact the oil and gas boom has had on the price of the Canadian dollar and the health of the manufacturing sector.

    Wall fired back after Mulcair called him a messenger for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying "This is a man who wants to be Prime Minister, and rather than reconsider it and understand that Western Canada's economic strength is good for the country, he takes another run at leaders in the west who have expressed opposition to his view, and have actually tried to demonstrate, along with economists, that he is wrong."

    Wall referenced a Stats Canada report that manufacturing sales increased 1.9% in March to $49.7 billion, the largest jump since September 2011. "We see in this report that in Canada, where there is a strong resorce sector and a strong dollar, manufacturing is moving in the right direction," Wall said. "That's been the case in Saskatchewan for some time, our manufacturing increased in the same report year-over-year by eight per cent."

    The report indicated that the gain was led by the petroleum and coal products industry.

    Wall added Mulcair's facts are wrong and what he's doing is very divisive.
  • stc busdepot

    Saskacthewan's youth will once again be able to travel the province at a discounted rate this summer.

    For the cost of $45 dollars during the months of June, July and August, youth ages 12-25 will receive unlimited riding privileges on the STC network, that reaches 290 communities within the province.

    More than 3,000 youth passes were sold last year, surpassing the numbers from 2010 by 21%.

    Passes will be available June 1rst.
  • Shaunavon centennial
    The logo for Shaunavon's centennial (Photo: Town of Shaunavon)

    A woman who grew up in Shaunavon and a Grade seven student at Christ the King School share the honours in developing the new centennial logo for the town.

    The Shaunavon Centennial Committee put out a contest to design a logo for the celebrations to get people thinking about the celebrations and the community, and to encourage residents to show off what they thought Shaunavon meant to them.

    Carol Hansvall submitted the image, while Katelyn Gagnon supplied the tag line reading "Shaunavon, our roots..our home..our future". The logo will appear on all correspondence and souvenirs for the centennial, as well as on the Town of Shaunavon's website.

    Shaunavon's centennial is being celebrated in July of 2013.
  • jubilee medal
    The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Photo: Governor General of Canada)

    Six Saskatchewan residents were chosen for their years of serving others, their communities and the country, and were presented Diamond Jubilee medals this past week by Prince Charles when he toured the province.

    World War Two veteran Hewitt Murch and arts and culture promoter Shann Gowan from Swift Current both received a medal.

    Gowan is a driving force behind events like the Blenders live music series and the Windscape Kite Festival, but although grateful, she says the work she does in the city is not to gain recognition.

    "I actually put on music events and those kind of festivals because I really like music and it's something I love, so it makes it really easy to do it, and recognition is nice," Gowan said. "I think that we've really banded together, we're working as a team, and I think that that's really helped. We're getting recognition in other places, provincially and federally, and I think that's important, and I think we are doing a pretty good job."

    Gowan adds that she is going to display her medal in her office.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Shann Gowan about receiving the medal: 

  • cityhall

    The City of Swift Current will shut down the 6
    thAve booster station on Thursday, May 31.

    The City retained a contractor to commence the installation of a new water main in 2011. This main crosses the Swift Current Creek and 6thAve NE, in the area east of the library. The existing water main services the Ashley Park and Hillcrest residential areas. It also provides supplemental pressure to areas in the NE quadrant of the city.

    In late 2011, the contractor bored a new casing pipe under the creek, which accommodates the installation of a new 16 inch water main. The contractor has been working on the tie-ins of the new line.

    "This upgrade is a critical component of managing our water supply system. As the pipes age they need to be replaced prior to failure to continue to ensure a good drinking water supply throughout the city," said Trevor Feicht, Manager of Engineering and Planning Services. "In this case the size of the new pipe is also being slightly increased in order to accommodate continued growth within the city."

    Some residents may see a slight drop in pressure while the booster station is shutdown for the tie-in. The old water main will be abandoned upon finalization of the tie-in.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 shots as the New York Rangers shut out the New Jersey Devils 3-0 yesterday. 

    The game was scoreless through 40 minutes before Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan put the Rangers ahead.

    Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots in a losing cause for New Jersey.

    New York now leads the Eastern Conference final 2 games to 1.

    Game 4 is Monday night in New Jersey.

    Click here for the game summary

    In the Western Conference final, the LA Kings can wrap up the series with a victory this afternoon.

    LA leads former Bronco Michal Rozsival and the Phoenix Coyotoes 3 games to 0 heading into game 4 in LA.

    Puck drop is 1pm Saskatchewan time.

    Click here for a preview
  • memorialcup2012

    Former Bronco Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings are heading home from the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

    They were the  first team eliminated last night as host Shawinigan scored early and often in cruising to a 6-1 win over Edmonton in the tiebreaker game. 

    The Cataractes now take on the Saint John Sea Dogs in tonight's semifinal.

    The winner will take on London in the Final.

    Click HEREfor last night's box score.

  • Jerid Clarke
    Jarid Clarke with Coach Robert Hattum

    A unique test and a learning experience for Swift Current boxer Jarid Clarke.

    The 16-year-old will be going to Wales for the next week for a couple of bouts against fighters from the UK.

    Friendship Centre Boxing Coach Robert Hattum says the fights will offer another style.

    "It's completely different coaching styles," says Hattum. "When you fight guys from Ireland, they like to go in there and just bang with you, and same with the guys from England and Wales - they're really tough kids out there." 

    Clarke lost a split decision when fighters came over from the UK to Saskatchewan earlier this year.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Robert Hattum:
  • brycen martin broncos
    Brycen Martin (photo scbroncos.com) 

    Bronco prospects defencemen Brycen Martin and Zach Gonek along with forwards Cavin Leth and Cameron Hughes were invited to the 2012 Team Alberta Under-17 Selection Camp, which gets underway tonight in Leduc, AB.

    Defenceman Brycen Martin – Selected 1st round, 2nd overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (25: 6-11-17 with the Calgary Buffaloes in Midget AAA this season)

    Defenceman Zach Gonek – Selected 1st round, 13th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (31: 10-11-21 with St. Albert in Minor Midget AAA this season)

    Forward Cavin Leth – Selected 2nd round, 39th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (42: 7-12-19 with Notre Dame in Midget AAA this season)

    Forward Cameron Hughes – Selected 9th round, 178th overall – 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (32: 8-23-31 with the CAC Edmonton Canadians in Midget AAA this season)

    Both Martin and Hughes will play for Team Blue, while Leth will represent Team Black and Gonek Team Red. 

    The Selection Camp will begin tonight at the Leduc Recreation Centre and conclude on Sunday, May 26th.  The camp will include team building, on-ice practice, classroom sessions and games. 

    Team Alberta U17 is the final stage of the Team Alberta Male Program which gives athlete’s exposure to International Competition and opens the door for a chance to participate in Hockey Canada’s National Programs.  The World U17 Hockey Challenge is the pinnacle event for an athlete in the provincial Team Alberta Program and is the first stage of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence which in turn leads to the National Team Canada U18 and U20 Programs.

    For all the invites, rosters and schedule, click HERE.

  • saskjobs

    The number of job openings in our region continues to increase, at least based on numbers from the Provincial Government's saskjobs.ca website.

    "In Swift Current alone, what we see is a 46% increase year-over-year," said Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris. "There are more than 500 jobs that were offered in the month of April, where as last April, it was just about 370."

    Norris says the opportunity leads to interest from other parts of the world, adding in Ontario alone, they saw a 114% increase in visits to the website in April.

    Provincewide, the number of job postings for April were up by 38% from the same time last year and stood at 15,500 postings. The highest year-over-year increases in job vacancies were around almost 77% in the categories of trades, transport and construction, and nearly 75% in oil, gas, mining, and farming.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Rob Norris about the saskjobs.ca stats: 

  • shaunavon hospital

    The second temporary disruption of services at the Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre happens tonight.

    From 5:00pm today until 8:00am tomorrow there will be no emergency outpatient services or inpatient admissions available due to the unavailability of an on-call physician.   

    Members of local municipalities and the Cypress Health Region meet again tomorrow to continue their search for a second doctor for Shaunavon.  
  • rm 2

    The City and Rural Municipality of Swift Current are butting heads over the annexation of commercial property.

    In a letter to ratepayers, the RM's Annexation Committee makes the case that Swift Current is trying to take previously developed land along Highway 1 to Lac Pelletier Drive and should pay a higher rate as a result, and also want the city to wait for a SARM working committee looking at procedures for annexation.

    The objection from the rural municipality will lead to a public meeting on the annexation next Friday at the Credit Union iPlex auditorium, and the RM also expressed concern that the date and 4pm time were not convenient for many people.

    The issue will eventually come before the Saskatchewan Municipal Board.

    The letter to RM of Swift Current ratepayers follows:

    RM letter 1

    RM letter 2
  • fishing

    Fishing season arrived here in Southern Saskatchewan at the start of the month and you can expect lakes to be busy with the May long weekend here.

    Saskatchewan Environment Fish Specialist Murray Koob says there aren't any changes to the limits this year.

    "The limits are the same as they were last year. Some of the more popular species such as walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch remain unchanged. Walleye being four fish, northern pike being five, and yellow perch being twenty-five."

    Fishing licenses are available at local vendors or through Ministry of Environment offices, as well as online.  An annual pass is $29, while a three-day pass is $14.

  • cypresshealthregion

    While the Cypress Health Region presented their annual operating budget yesterday, they also took a look at last year's financial results.

    Larry Allsen, Executive Director of Finance for the Health Region, said they posted a $2.9 million surplus, mostly due to a large amount of staffing vacancies in hard-to-recruit positions.

    "A lot of vacancies," said Allsen. "More than I have ever seen, and I've been in this industry for 25 years. When we were forecasting throughout the year, I really couldn't believe that we had that many vacancies."

    Allsen added the surplus was also boosted by $150,000 in natural gas savings caused by the mild winter.

    The surplus is available to the Health Region for one-time expenses, which include equipment replacements.

    "We're looking at our telemetry system that is on its life cycle," explained Allsen. "We need to replace that; that could be $400,000. So these are the things, with the surplus, we have the opportunity to purchase with the knowing that we don't have to scramble to find the money."
  • ms walksc
    The start of last year's MS Walk in Swift Current

    The Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk happens this Sunday in Swift Current to help raise money for those with Multiple Sclerosis.

    "The MS walk across Canada is the MS Society's biggest fundraising event," said Janet Nicholson, Communications Manager for the MS Society of Canada's Saskatchewan Division. "In Saskatchewan, the walk raised over $700,000 in 2011. We're projecting about the same amount for this year, and the money raised goes to support MS programs and research in Saskatchewan."

    Nicholson adds the walk has a new slogan this year, "Lace Up for Someone You Love": "We wanted to show the public that MS affects many people across Canada. One in two people in Canada knows someone with MS, and there really is a personal and community connection there. Your impact can make a difference, it might be on a friend, a family member, a co-worker, someone you just happen to know."

    The walk will begin from Ashley Park Hall with registration at 12:00 noon. You can get more information or register for the walk by visiting mswalks.ca.
  • schafer
                                      Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer

    Swift Current's Mayor is encouraged by 2011 Census numbers indicating the city's population is getting younger.

    Jerrod Schafer said it's something he had observed just from seeing the participation in minor sports and culture groups, and credits a combination of factors.

    "I've seen great expansion in the private sector," explained Schafer. "Businesses are growing in many different areas, so there is a lot of opportunity for employment. I think families are realizing the value of either moving back home or close to family, but also having affordable childcare and all the amenities that you could possibly want."

    Schafer said they have to keep working to attract that key young family demographic, and that means jobs.

    "You've got to create an opportunity for employment," said Schafer. "Whether that's an atmosphere where business thrives - small business and personal business; but also an atmosphere where employers can look at coming, expanding to, relocating, investing in and creating opportunities."

    Swift Current saw a 2.7 per cent decrease in the number of people 65-plus, and a 6.4 per cent increase in those between the ages of 15 and 64. There were also 2.7 per cent more children under the age of 14 in the city.

  • riderlogogreen

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Daren Stone, import defensive lineman Mick Williams, non-import running back Nathan Riva and non-import wide receiver Bogdan Raic to contracts.

    Stone was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2007 NFL Draft and also spent time with Baltimore.

    He appeared in eight regular season games last year with the Calgary Stampeders and had 18 tackles and nine special teams tackles.

    Williams comes to the Roughriders after stints with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and New York Jets in 2010.

    Riva spent the previous four seasons in the CIS with the University of Western Mustangs.

    Last year as a senior he carried the ball 92 times for 568 yards and 9 touchdowns.

    Raic signed with the Riders after playing his collegiate career with the Ottawa Gee Gees in the CIS.

    Last year as a senior he recorded 497 receiving yards on 25 receptions.

    As Canadian undrafted players, Riva and Raic will not count against the 75 man training camp roster.
  • Sproule
    Saskatoon-Nutana MLA Cathy Sproule

    The Saskatchewan New Democrats are responding to criticism from the governing Sask Party that they don't support the job creating Keystone XL Pipeline.

    The government passed a motion on Thursday showing support for approving the pipeline that would run from Alberta, through southwest Saskatchewan, and down to the southern United States.

    While the NDP voted against the motion, Energy Critic Cathy Sproule says it wasn't because they didn't support the project.

    "We didn't have a chance to support it," Sproule said. "We asked three times to be able to speak to the motion, because our concern was the motion itself wasn't worded properly, and that it needed to be amended in order to make sense.

    "We were denied an opportunity to speak in the legislature, and we felt that it was not supportive of democracy, and that's why we weren't able to vote in favour of it, because we didn't have an opportunity to present what we thought made sense," Sproule added. "We totally support pipelines in Saskatchewan. We always have."

    Sproule added that the jobs created by the pipeline near Shaunavon would be short term, and they would like to see more long term value added to the province from projects like this, as well as more work done on environmental protection.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Cathy Sproule about the opposition's stance on the pipeline:

  • sasklanding

    Cottage owners at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park do not have to boil their water.

    Park Supervisor Erin Saunders says a temporary boil water advisory was in place for the campground as they prepared the seasonal water lines for the upcoming season, but the cottage subdivision was not affected.

    "During that process we have to super chlorinate the lines and, until we get all our samples back, we have to put a boil water advisory on," explains Saunders. "That was just for the campgrounds that we're getting going, the cottage subdivision did not have a boil water advisory put on because their lines were not in any danger of being contaminated."  

    Saunder adds that the park's drinking water comes from groundwater wells that are treated by staff and tested for chlorination daily.

    "Everyday we test for chlorination, and our permit with the Ministry of Environment requires that we do additional testing every month, so we treat our own water right here at the Park," says Saunders.

    Collin Power's full interview with Erin Saunders:
  • cityhall

    Swift Current is upgrading its fleet of sanding trucks, replacing their 2003 T5 Sanding Truck to a new model and then adding a tandem axle sander and plow truck to the fleet.

    "We are now responsible for some of Highway 4, now known as Memorial Drive, and that needs a different type of truck to carry out operations on it," said City Engineering Director Mac Forster. "As well, there's just more area to do, so we needed a third unit to guarantee that we can get our sanding units out in an efficient time. This will greatly enhance our ability to get out earlier and get more roadways covered before traffic picks up in the early hours of the morning."

    The replacement truck will cost $180,000 in this year's budget and the additional vehicle will cost $250,000 in the 2013 city budget.

    Forster adds they will also evaluate the need for additional staff, saying they will juggle the crews the city has and will be adding more as the need warrants.
  • Ray Boughen
    Palliser MP Ray Boughen at Moose Jaw's South Hill Fine Foods

    The Harper government is making it easier for shoppers across the country to identify home grown products on our grocery store shelves.

    The plan is to better promote Canadian food products in our supermarkets, through shelf displays, brochures and visible labelling.

    Palliser MP Ray Boughen made the announcement Frdiay morning on behalf of Federal AG minister Gerry Ritz at the South Hill Fine Food store in Moose Jaw.

    It started as a pilot project in Newfoundland, BC and Ontario last year and has reached 65 stores across the country. "This is a great advantage to our farmers and retailers and I believe a project that is well worth supporting. I'm proud to be part of a government that works hard for food groceries and I commend grocers like Fine Foods here in Moose Jaw that take it upon themselves to showcase Canadian food products."

  • snapitwin
    2011 Grand Prize winning photo - Michael Lai, Regina (Photo: sasktourism.com)

    Snap It! The Great Saskatchewan Photo Contest is back for an 11th year, with Tourism Saskatchewan looking for you to submit your best photo for a chance to win some great prizes.

    Tourism Saskatchewan's Aiden Morgan said they use the contest to highlight the province.

    "We want to share how great this province is and some of the beautiful visual opportunities," explained Morgan. "So we launched the "Snap It!" contest to give Saskatchewan photographers, both amateur and professional, a chance to get out there and show us their best take on Saskatchewan."

    There are seven different categories for photos to be entered in.

    Entries must be submitted to Tourism Saskatchewan before October 1st, with the winner being announced in December.

  • siast-moose-jaw

    A rift in the SIAST Union has led to some possible changes in the near future. The week started with a new contract on Tuesday and some of the instructors represented by the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union announced they no longer want to be represented by the SGEU.

    There are some hard feelings after it took three years for the union to get a new contract. The contract signed this week, expires at the end of June.

    According to a news release from the SIAST Faculty Association, they have gathered signatures from over 45 per cent of their members, in favour of leaving the union.
  • BaseballCCBCChamps2012

    The 2012 CCBC Champion Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (Photo: bcpbl.com)

    Swift Current's Luke Barry wrapped up his Prairie Baseball Academy stint on a high.

    He helped lead them to the Canadian College Baseball Conference national championship last weekend.

    "It was a storybook ending to end it on a double play and it's been an awesome two years out at prarie baseball academy. It was awesome to do it for the boys and to be able to end off the season on that high note."

    Barry says they were all thinking about teammates Tanner Craswell and Mitch MacLean, who were killed in a murder-suicide in December.

    He adds the season was difficult for him as he battled two injuries and was forced to DH.

    "It started off slow but progressively after working with coaches and just trying to keep that mental preparation and work on some things, it was awesome. Finally, towards the end, it came together for that last tournament."

    Barry still managed to make the first all star team.

    He'll suit up for the WMBL Indians again this summer.

    Shawn Mullin interviews Luke Barry:

  • hutchinson
    Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson

    A new incentive for Saskatchewan's film industry has been announced by the provincial government, which hopes to support all creative arts industries and encourage a move to digital.

    The major part of the three-point plan is a new Saskatchewan Film/TV and Digital Tax Credit (FTDC), which offers a 25%, non-refundable tax credit on all production expenses incurred, including labour costs. This tax credit comes as the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit is set to be phased out this year.

    "This is something that was formed out of the meeting we've had with the film and television people on Thursday," said Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson. "If you're a Saskatchewan-based company, and you're involved in film, production, TV work or any other kind of creative industry, you're going to be paying income taxes and we'll help you with that."

    Hutchinson adds the FTDC will also include significant bonuses for things like copyright and intellectual ownership and the use of Saskatchewan labour and post-production facilities: "If you want to use the Saskatchewan soundstage, maybe there's a bonus for that. Keep some of the money in Saskatchewan that might otherwise migrate elsewhere. If you want to do post-production work... a lot of the work in film and video production happens after the shooting. It takes place in labs anywhere you want to have them, and we would like those labs to be right here in Saskatchewan."

    The incentive also includes consultations for a strategy to encourage digital technology in the creative arts, and a plan to repurpose the soundstage in Regina for all creative industries to use.

    Colin Powers talked with Bill Hutchinson about the new incentive:

  • road closed

    The City of Swift Current is advising drivers of a street closure on the southside.

    Crews are repairing a leaking service on the 100-block of Burke Crescent, and the street will be closed until 4:30pm this afternoon.

    There is no through traffic, however local traffic will be accomodated during the closure.

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  • cityhall

    Swift Current wants the Centennial Celebrations of 2014 to be a homecoming.

    Council has approved $20,000 not previously in their budget to cover marketing and social media funding for the committee this year.

    "We just need a little seed money," said Councillor Gord Budd, who is on the city's centennial committee. "Our centennial is in 2014, but there's a lot of work that we have to do beforehand. We want to start getting active in social media, so we're going to set up a webpage, we'll be on Twitter, we'll be on Facebook, and all this takes a little bit of seed money to accomplish."

    Budd hopes the active online pressence will encourage current and former residents to make plans for celebrating in Swift Current in 2014: "We're hoping to draw people from near and far," he added. "There's a lot of people that used to live in Swift Current over the years that have moved away, so we want to get the word out there. We want people to be able to plan well in advance to make Swift Current a destination for their 2014 holidays."

    Since the money wasn't budgetted, council plans to cover the $20,000 with unused operating funds from a city department or by dipping into reserves.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Gord Budd following Monday's Council meeting:

  • bikes

    Wearing a helmet, being a designated driver and picking up trash could get you... pulled over by the police?

    The Swift Current Drug Task Force is once again pairing up with Swift Current RCMP, EMS and Fire Department for "Positive Ticketing".

    Constable Lindsay Wudrick of the Swift Current RCMP, and Drug Task Force member, says the program has been running in Swift Current for three years.

    "It's to try to engage the youth and people in the community for doing positive deeds, instead of the police, fire or ambulance always dealing with somebody when they're in crisis, or us catching them when they're doing something bad," explains Const. Wudrick.

    Coupons this year include tanning minutes, ice cream, pizza and mini golf, gym and pool passes.

    Positive Ticketing begins this weekend and goes all summer.   
  • health budget
    A summary of the Cypress Health Region's operating budget as presented at their board meeting on Wednesday

    The Cypress Health Region had to rely on some short-term cost savings in order to balance their operating budget for 2012-13.

    The health board approved a $125.4-million budget at their regular board meeting on Wednesday, with CEO Beth Vachon saying they were able to match expenses through one-time cash savings and effecive management of staff vacancies.

    "Some of those are short-term choices that we made as a management team this year, and our board does support the direction that we're going in for this next year," Vachon said. "Being in a transitional year, we didn't want to make any significant changes to any of our services... this year, we didn't have to make those choices and we want to give ourselves that time to see what we can do."

    Vachon adds even though they have been able to manage their staffing vacancies to help them save money, they are actively recruiting for these positions: "If we were able to fill all of them tomorrow, that's exactly what we would do, and we would find that $700,000 somewhere else in our budget through the year."

    Eighty-one per cent of the budget, or just over $101 million, will go toward compensation for staff.

    Health Region CEO Beth Vachon talked with reporters after Wednesday's board meeting:

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The Los Angeles Kings are making it look easy. 

    Dwight King scored the winner early in the third as Los Angeles edged Phoenix 2-1. 

    Goaltender Jonathan Quick stayed hot, making 18 saves as the Kings took a step toward its first Stanley Cup final in 19 years.

    They lead the Western Conference finals 3-0.

  • kehler
    Tim Kehler 

    A couple of former members of the Bronco coaching staff are in the news.

    Multiple reports say former Swift Current Coach/GM Todd McLellan will remain behind bench for the San Jose Sharks.

    Sharks GM Doug Wilson won't confirm those reports

    There was some speculation McLellan could pay for another early round exit, but multiple news reports say he will be staying put.

    Meanwhile, former Broncos assistant Tim Kehler has landed a job overseas.

    He will be the head coach the Miskolc Polar Bears in Hungary.

    Kehler's most recent job saw him win BCHL Interior Coach of the Year while leading the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in 2010-2011.

    In other coaching news, the Edmonton Oilers chose not to renew Head Coach Tom Renney's contract.

    Early speculation has former Red Deer Rebels, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames Coach Brent Sutter as the favourite for the Oilers job.
  • indians

    The Swift Current AA Bantam Indians played there first game in Moose Jaw on Wednesday.

    They won 7 - 4 with homeruns from Tanner Fritzke and Matt Bissonnette.

    Meanwhile, both the Midget AA and Pee Wee AA Indians are preparing for tournaments over the weekend.

    The Midget AAA team doesn't play again until next week.
  • anderson hoc
    Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson

    Our local Member of Parliament is reminding organizations in the southwest of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, where community-based projects can receive up to $25,000 in funding per year.

    "It's just to encourage seniors to be involved in their community," said Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP David Anderson. "Grants can go towards things like volunteering programs, mentoring, expanding awareness about elder abuse, and particularly to some of the capital assistance on buildings that some of the seniors groups have."

    Anderson says it's been a very popular program in the smaller communities of the riding, adding funding has gone towards things like offering classes and repairing facilities that seniors use.

    You can apply for the program at www.hrdc.gc.ca/seniors.

    Shawn Mullin talked with David Anderson about the program:

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    Shaunavon RCMP

    Two incidents are currently under investigation by Shaunavon RCMP.

    On Saturday, a white Ford half-ton backed out from in front of the Historic Shaunavon Hotel, crossed the center line, and struck a vehicle parked on the east side of the street, causing extensive damage to the parked vehicle. The truck then fled the scene.

    Then on Monday at around 4:30pm, RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 13 and Grid 631. The two occupants of the vehicles were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

  • schafer
                                  Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer 

    Now that the wheels are in motion for a new long-term care facility in Swift Current, how will the City cover its share of the funding?

    Premier Brad Wall suggested the new facility would cost upwards of $60 million, leaving the city to cover 20 percent of that total.

    Mayor Jerrod Schafer says it's premature to predict how they will do that.

    "We know what the funding model looks like in traditional financing models," says Schafer. "So, in alternative financing models, we look forward to negotiating with the Government to see what options are available in that regard, and certainly listening to our residents and having a product that everyone is excited about."

    Schafer says long-term care is a priority, but he also wants to make sure residents are supportive and kept informed throughout the process.

    Yesterday, Premier Wall announced that the Cypress Health Region will conduct an open process asking for expressions of interest for the construction of a new facility to replace the three we have now. 
  • Davidkeast
    David Keast(Photo: greatplainscollege.ca)

    Great Plains College has a new president.

    David Keast will take over for Bruce Probert who held the position on an interim basis since last November.

    "It's great to have David on board," said Chair of Great Plains College, Brian Shygera. "David brings to us a wealth of knowledge. He has had quite a few years in post-secondary experience, and I think that's going to bode well for the College. David is very forward thinking. We believe that he's got great leadership skills. He's a good listener. I think he'll work well with all of our college people to move the College along."

    Keast was the Director of the Edmonton Campus of the University of Lethbridge for the last two years and also spent time as Dean of Career Programs at Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta.

    He will assume his duties on July 1st.
    Interview with Brian Shygera:

  • library
    The Swift Current Public Library

    Alzheimer's disease affects many people we know and love, and the Swift Current Public Library wants to help us learn more about dealing with the most common form of dementia with a free presentation Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm.

    "The Alzheimer's Society will be coming in to discuss Alzheimer's with people and we're hoping to get a good crowd," said Head Librarian Chris Harrow. "There's should be lots of time for people to talk one-on-one near the end of the session if they have any questions... It's an educational program, it's for people to reach out to people who are in the same situation as them."

    Harrow says they do this with a number of other groups, and adds they also have a Parkinson's support group, saying it's part of reaching out to an important demographic and informing them.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Chris Harrow about the presentation:

  • fishing

    Hundreds of Saskatchewan sport hunters and anglers are having their say on the province's hunting and angling regulations.

    The government released a survey which collects views from hunters and anglers across the province, and Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Enterprise, says so far, they've had an overwhelming response of over 1,600.

    "Because of that, we're extending the period in which people can provide feedback until May 23," explains Harrison. "We encourage all of those hunters and anglers out there that might have suggestions on how to improve the hunting and fishing experience here in Saskatchewan to provide their feedback at the Enterprise Saskatchewan website."

    Harrison says the survey is part of the Government's Red Tape Reduction Initiative.

    "We're looking for ways to cut red tape and make things more efficient, effective and user friendly," says Harrison. "Right now, we're looking at the hunting and fishing regulations. Nobody knows better how these regulations impact on the ground than those who are out there hunting and fishing on a regular basis."

    The feedback received through the survey will be passed to officials with the Ministry of Environment for analysis, which will then be considered by the Saskatchewan Government's Red Tape Reduction Committee.

    To take the survey, visit www.enterprisesaskatchewan.ca.

  • power line

    Wood power poles in the Swift Current, Maple Creek and Shaunavon areas will be undergoing maintenance this summer and fall.

    SaskPower crews will test over 100,000 wood power poles for decay, carpenter ant infestation and mechanical damage as part of their Wood Pole Maintenance program, which was started back in 2000.

    "The average lifespan of a pole is considered to be about 30 to 40 years, and we can extend it, we believe, to 70 years or greater," said Greg Meikle, Electrical Engineering Technologist for the Crown Utility. "That's reducing our environmental footprint by not using as many poles, and it's a lot cheaper."

    Maintenance costs just over $200 per pole on average, while replacement costs upwards of $3,000 per pole.

    Meikle adds crews will stay within the SaskPower right of way as much as possible, but there may be times where access to private property is required.

    Todd Vallee talked with Greg Miekle about the program:

  • Wildcats 2012
    The 2011-2012 Wildcats 

    The Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats will be hosting their fall tryout camp on Friday, August 10, Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current.

    The purpose of this camp is to evaluate prospective players, and choose the 2012-2013 edition of the Wildcats. The camp is open to players who are eligible to play bantam or midget hockey in the 2012-2013 season.

    The Wildcats are proud members of the SFMAAAHL and are entering their seventh season in existence. The Wildcats have won the prestigous MAC'S INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP twice and competed in the provincial finals three times. The Wildcat organization is proud to helped move on thirty-four players to college/university hockey in Canada and the United States. The Wildcats play a twenty-eight game regular season schedule and annually participate in two or three tournaments plus exhibition games. The team practices three times a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 4:15pm - 5:30pm. The players also participate in a weekly fitness program. Terry Pavely will be returning for his sixth year as head coach.

    The cost of this camp is $85.00 and cheques can be made payable to the Swift Current Wildcats. Registrations need to be received by August 5, 2012 to ensure your spot in the camp. Email head coach Terry Pavely at [email protected] with any questions in regards to the camp. Registered players will receive an email by August 8, 2012 with their camp schedule.

    Registration forms can be found at http://www.eteamz.com/swiftcurrentwildcats/ under the "HANDOUTS" tab or at www.sfmaaahl.com under either the "DOWNLOADS" tab.

    There are a limited number of spaces available for the camp so players are encouraged to register early to secure their spot in the camp. Registration forms can be mailed to: 123 Burke Crescent, Swift Current, SK, S9H 4E4
  • speedy creek
    (Photo: Speedy Creek Racing Association)

    The Speedy Creek Racing Association kicked off their season yesterday.

    Winning the Truck feature was the #00 truck driven by Kolten Coward. Taking the Hobbies was #24, Murray Koethler. #5, Stephan Klym, won the Streets. Getting the checkered flag in the Mods feature was #45, Trent Guest.

    They're back on the track June 2 for Kid's Day with IMCA Modifieds, Streets, Hobbies and Trucks.

    Interview with Head of Media Relations Colin Johnston:

  • golfsaskatchewan

    Golf Saskatchewan, in partnership with the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch, officially announced on Thursday the creation of a junior men’s team championship and a junior women’s team championship as part of the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships beginning in 2012.

    The junior men’s competition will have teams consisting of three golfers.  The lower two scores from each hole will make up the team score for that hole to be accumulated over the full 18 holes each day of competitive play.  The team with the lowest score over the three days of the championship will be crowned the Saskatchewan Junior Men’s Team Champion.

    The junior women’s competition will have teams consisting of two golfers.  The lowest single score from each hole will make up the team score for that hole to be accumulated over the full 18 holes each day of competitive play.  Just like the junior men’s event, the team with the lowest score over the three days of the championship will be crowned the Saskatchewan Junior Women’s Team Champion.

    Players competing in the Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will also be eligible to win the individual competition of the SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships and receive the chance to represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship respectively.

    This year’s SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Championships and Saskatchewan Junior Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will be held at The Legends Golf Club in Warman, July 2

    We are excited to incorporate a team championship with our provincial juniors,” said Phil Grosse, Manager of Sport Development & Marketing for Golf Saskatchewan. “This initiative encourages golf clubs to invest in the future at their club and to provide opportunities for kids to develop, play, and have fun with the sport.  The best junior golf tournament in Saskatchewan just got a lot more fun for everyone involved in junior golf.”
  • casino 5

    You may have to watch your back tomorrow!

    The Living Sky Casino Volunteer Committee is once again involved in the SIGA/Children's Wish Foundation's Challenge "Keep Your Eye on the Pie".

    "It's $5.00 to send a pie, you can redirect the pie to another person for $10.00, if you would like to send the pie directly back to the person for revenge, you can pay up to $15.00, and if you just want to make the pie stop, you can pay $25.00," said Jacqueline Hudec, Marketing Coordinator at the Casino. "We would like all businesses to take part and have a good time and raise some money for a very worthy cause."

    All money raised is going to grant Children's Wish Foundation kid, Shireen, her wish to meet all of the princesses at Disneyland.

    You can request your pies from 9:00 this morning until 12:00 noon tomorrow by calling 778-5714 or email [email protected].

    Shandra Ward talked with Jacqueline Hudec about the fundraiser:

  • airport

    Swift Current's Airport is now a more attractive destination for pilots, after the city entered into a five-year lease agreement with Touch N Go Aviation for their new cardlock fuel station.

    "I've had a lot of feedback from other groups in the industry and other nearby airports that this is definitely a benefit to aviation infrastructure in the southwest," said Airport Superintendent Todd Schultz.

    In addition to a $1000 annual lease payment, the city will also collect a fuel concession fee of three cents per litre in the first year, four cents in the second, and five cents in each of the remaining three years, and Schultz says the funds will be used for development at the airport.

    "The facility also attracts additional airplanes, so there's indirect benefits to the city as well that these tourists, if you will, come in and use other amenities in the city," Schultz added. "Helicopters use more fuel than a typical airplane and range is limited, so we do see a lot of helicopter traffic now."

    The fuel station was installed back in September, and city council approved a lease retroactive to January at their regular meeting on Monday.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Todd Schultz about the new fuel station:
  • policecar2
    RCMP Swift Current Regional Traffic Services was involved in "Operation Overdrive" over this past long weekend.

    Throughout the weekend, more than 1300 tickets were issued to Saskatchewan motorists. Fifty drivers were charged with impaired driving, including one in the southwest.

    Also in the southwest, there were four intersection, 68 speeding, one cell phone and five seatbelt violations.
  • soccerkickstart

    A great start to the season for both Swift Current's U14 girls soccer club teams.

    The division 2 and division 3 teams each won gold at the Lakewood Kickstart tournament in Saskatoon last weekend.

    Dale Perry coaches both sides and didn't know what to expect from their third division team.

    "I was totally unprepared, I mean we could have gone there and lost 5 games and I'd maybe not been surpised by that. The reason that I say that is that we were playing teams from Weyburn and Battlefords, similar sized communities that have only one team and we were beating them with our second team."

    Perry says it's not how they start the season... it's how they finish.

    He also coaches they very successful Ardens high school team.

    He tries to explain their strength.

    "Maybe it's something in the water here. You can't have success without a dedicated bunch and they have that. We can't just snap our fingers and make it work. The kids have great talent we just focus it and it turns out good."

    But Perry says they have a lot of work to do ahead of their home tournament on the weekend of the 26th.

    Shawn Mullin Interviews Dale Perry:

  • policecar2

    Jason Wade Klassen, 36-years-old from Swift Current, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking along with other Criminal Code and firearm related offences after Swift Current RCMP executed a Search Warrant last night.

    RCMP searched a home in the 200 block of 4th Avenue SE in the city and seized marijuana, money, drug related paraphernalia and firearms.

    Swift Current RCMPCorporal Greg Smith says, "The firearms were stored improperly. Long barrel weapons obviously pose a threat to the public, and given the activities the individual was involved in, the firearms did pose a threat."

    The man will make his first appearance in Swift Current Provincial Court this afternoon.

  • jasper st
    Maple Creek's Jasper Street (Photo: Town of Maple Creek)

    The Town of Maple Creek was honoured with two awards at the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards in Regina over the weekend.

    "We won Economic Development Leadership and Heritage Conservation Leadership, and both of those awards were linked to our Main Street revitalization program that we're working on in Maple Creek at the moment," said Maple Creek Main Street Program Coordinator, Royce Pettyjohn. "I think that these awards reinforce that we are on the right track in what it is that we're doing, and it gives us the enthusiasm that we need to build upon our past successes and move forward with new accomplishments."

    The project started back in 2009 with the designation of the Maple Creek Heritage District. "Within the heritage district, there has been a number of building rehabilitation projects that have been going on," Pettyjohn added, "and as part of the Main Street Program, part of it is tourism development."

    Pettyjohn adds that they are currently working on the restoration of the Old Timers Museum building.

  • schafer
                                      Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer 

    Swift Current's Mayor wants to see all the province's cities work together more as they face the challenges provided by growth.

    Jerrod Schafer said the recent CMC meetings were a good opportunity to gather and share information.

    "I think the other thing that comes from it is cities need to take a stronger voice in our province," explained Schafer. "Getting together and advocating how important cities are. Everything in urban and rural are important in Saskatchewan, but cities play a very important part in the servicing aspect."

    Schafer said he had a chance to compare notes with other mayors at the meetings.

    "Dealing with growth, more than anything, is the challenge that's there and working through those issues," said Schafer. "Also, communities dealing with health care issues and recreation, all of the things we're worried about, and of course, infrastructure is priority number one as always."  

    Schafer noted that 75% of the GDP in Saskatchewan is coming from urban centres and it's important to work together in dealing with that growth.

    He added annexation issues aren't unique to Swift Current as Regina, Yorkton, Weyburn and others are facing similar issues.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Mayor Jerrod Schafer:

  • hockeycanadalogo

    It's curtains for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

    A late kneeing penalty to Ryan Getzlaf gave Slovakia a powerplay with less than 3 minutes left in the game and they made no mistake scoring off the draw to take a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish.

    Canadian defenceman Marc Methot was not in the line-up.

    He was serving a one-game suspension.

    Click HERE for highlights of the game.

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
    The NHL Eastern Conference final is knotted at one game a piece.

    David Clarkson's goal in the final frame lifted New Jersey to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

    The Devils now have home ice advantage in the series.

    Phoenix forward Martin Hanzal has been suspended one game for a hit on Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown. 
    Hanzal was given a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding at 11:01 of the third period in during the Coyotes' 4-0 loss.

    He'll miss tonight's game in L.A., where the Michael Roszival and the Coyotes trail 2-0 in the series.

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    Elmwood Golf Club in Swift Current

    Broncos' Alumni are lining up to come back for the WW Smith Golf Classic in July.

    For the first time in several years, former goalie Terry Friesen is returning to Swift Current from his Fresno, California home.

    "It's been on my calendar for a lot of years," explains Friesen. "I decided you've just got to do it, book it, make it happen and quit making excuses. So, this is the year I said 'let's do it'. We'll make the trip back, so I'm excited."

    Friesen played three seasons and 149 games as a Bronco from 1995 to 1998, and says he really enjoyed it.

    "From the office staff to the radio broadcasters to the training staff, coaches and players - it was a good time," says Friesen. "I loved the little community; it really creates for a tight knit group. Today, it's still one of the tightest teams I've played with."

    During that time he played with Michal Rozsival and Friesen says he's cheering on his former teammate on his NHL playoff run with Phoenix.

    "My TV is on every night and absolutely cheering on Rozsival," says Friesen. "A few of the other guys I played with are still out there playing. It's great to see what they're doing in Phoenix. I hope they can make that situation work. It's great for Micheal to be in that position again."

    He'll join players from all-time leading scorer Todd Holt to recent graduate Justin Dowling at the tournament at Elmwood.

    Click here for more information including how to register

    Interview with Terry Friesen:

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    Jordan Peddle hoists the Ed Chynoweth Cup

    Former Bronco and Legionnaire Jordan Peddle and the Edmonton Oil Kings are hopping on a plane to the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.

    Peddle was thrilled to help lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a WHL championship:

    "Incredible, this is what I've been playing for my whole career and it's tough to put into words how incredible the feeling is."

    He has embraced the playoff style game throughout their championship run.

    "The harder the game is played the harder I like to play and the more involved I like to get in the game. The more involved in the game I am the better I play."

    Peddle scored 7 points in the 7 game championship series against Portland.

    He appreciates the support he's had from former teammates including Justin Dowling and Jordan Evans who took in some of the WHL championship games in Edmonton.

    "Dowling and Evans, they made the trip down and they've been really good friends of mine for my whole WHL career and I'm still really close friends with those guys and for them to come down and support me like that and come to watch the game is an awesome feeling."

    Now the Ed Chynoweth Cup champions have to re-focus on their Memorial Cup opponents form the OHL and QMJHL.

    "We don't really know anything about them so we're going to stick our game plan and just play the way we play hockey."

    They open the Memorial Cup on Friday against Shawinigan.

    Jordan Peddle describes winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup in his interview with Shawn Mullin:

  • rockcreek
    The Rock Creek Golf and Country Club has been nominated for this summer's Kraft Celebration Tour

    After a stop in Kyle last year, the TSN Kraft Celebration Tour could be coming to Shaunavon this August.

    The Rock Creek Golf and Country Club has submitted a nomination into the contest, where 10 communities across Canada will win a $25,000 community award from Kraft and host a live SportsCentre broadcast.

    "They want to stop by communities that show projects or endeavors that have been instrumental in promoting recreation and healthy lifestyles in their communities," said Janelle Wickstrom from the golf club, who submitted the nomination. "We are so proud of the clubhouse that we recently completed, and are so proud of the members that we have in our course, and the volunteer efforts that they make every year to help keep our course as good as it is for a community of our size, and we really want to showcase our project, our members, our volunteers and our community, and let the country see how great Shaunavon is."

    Wickstrom is now calling on Shaunavon residents to support the nomination as the judges get ready to select the 20 finalists who will be announced on July 1, after which you can vote for your favourite communities. You can log on to kraftcelebrationtour.ca and search Rock Creek to leave a comment on their nomination.
  • firehydrant

    The Town of Shaunavon Public Works Department will be flushing hydrants during this week, weather permitting.

    Flushing will begin early in the mornings and some discolouration of your water may occur. Opening a cold water tap, preferably on the outside of your building, and allowing the water to run should remove any discolouration.

    If you notice flushing being done in your area, please refrain from washing clothing or using hot water during the flushing.
  • cityrcmp

    Swift Current City RCMP are continuing to look into a number of break-ins at local businesses lately.

    "There was a break-and-enter to a business on the weekend, and we've had a few over the last few months," said Sergeant Michelle Kenke. "It's not possible at this point to say whether or not they were connected, just the fact that we've had several businesses broken into over the last few months."

    This morning, RCMP released more details on the incidents in hopes that the public can help with the investigation. They report that in the early morning of May 19th, Economy Heating on 8th Ave NW had their sign broken off of the frame, Gauvin Motors on Chaplin St W had the windows and mirrors of six vehicles damaged, and an undisclosed amount of cash and other items were taken from Pick-A-Deli after the lock to its front door was twisted off. Also, just last night, the front lock was twisted off of the door to Southwest Sweets on Central Ave N, but it appears that no one entered the building.

    Sergeant Kenke also notes a continuing problem with vehicle break-ins since the start of spring.

    Anyone with information on these break-ins can contact City RCMP or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers.

    Shawn Mullin talked with Sgt. Kenke about the break-ins:

  • courthouse
    Swift Current Provincial Court

    Two BC men appeared in Swift Current Provincial Court yesterday after being charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

    Last Friday, members of the Swift Current Regional Traffic Services Unit stopped a semi-trailer on Highway 1, 16km west of Swift Current, travelling from BC to Ontario.

    An investigation of the trailer revealed the log books were not in regulatory compliance. Further investigation resulted in a seizure of 87.5lbs of marijuana, which is believed to have a street value of around $180,000.

    RCMP Media Relations Sergeant Paul Dawson says they continue to keep a close eye on the highway for this type of activity.

    "If there is one where this is occurring, very likely there are many more that are occurring as well," says Dawson. "Our members are diligent, they're out there. When these seizures are made there are probably others that are getting through, so we are going to continue to be out there."

    The Burnaby men have been released from custody. Their next court appearance is scheduled for June 18th in Swift Current.

    Shawn Mullin's full interview with Sergeant Paul Dawson:

  • noble donation
    (From L to R) OBS board members Trudy Hayes, Shirley Boychuk and Dolores Coburn, Executive Officer Janice McBain, Chiarman George Wickett, Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Vice Chair Jennifer Lyster and Executive Director Clay Thompson

    An incredible gift to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

    They've received a $1 million donation from the Orange Benevolent Society of Saskatchewan.

    The society has been doing charitable work since 1923, but is discontinuing operations at the end of 2014.

    "We chose the (Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation) because of their reputation in the area," said Chairman George Wickett. "They cover the southwest corner of Saskatchewan and they have the ability to do the work that our active incorporation dictates... mainly children, young adults and senior citizens."

    The Orange Benevolent Society's role has changed as have the needs of the people they care for.

    “The biggest change were the children and the families,” said Executive Officer of OBS Janice McBain. "The needs that the children had, we were never a medical psychiatric type of facility. We were a home, and that’s where the change kind of happened. So children today were needing more therapeutic care than we could provide, and so that’s part of the reason for the Orange Benevolent Society finding that they were able to care for fewer children."

    Wickett noted the strong financial support and volunteer support they have received from the southwest over the years.

    "It's mixed emotions," Wickett said. "We're pleased we were able to do the job over the year, but said that it has to end. We're very glad that we've had the support... to be able to do what we've accomplished."

    The donation is a tremendous boost for the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation. It will nearly match the $1.3 million dollars they raised in all of 2011.

    "It came as quite a surprise," said Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson. "There's about $3.6 million dollars on that (Cypress Health Region capital equipment needs) list. All of a sudden we're in a position where we can do some damage to that list."

    They will also try and honour the legacy of the OBS by supporting children and seniors within their mandate to improve healthcare for all residents in the southwest. That will also include some scholarships.
    "It is very gratifying that... our efforts are being noticed." Thompson said. "I could only hope that we could continue to function as long and as effectively as (the OBS) has done."

    For more information on the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation visit www.drirwinfoundation.com

    Interview with OBS Chairman George Wickett Executive Officer Janice McBain:

    Interview with Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation Executive Director Clay Thompson:
  • shaunavon hospital

    Shaunavon's Doctor Recruitment Committee, along with other municipal leaders, Doctor Louwrens, Cypress Health Region Officials and MLA Wayne Elhard met this past Friday in Shaunavon to follow up on doctor recruitment issues for the community.

    Jay Meyer from the Committee said long term issues were discussed, “The primary health care model basically allows Doctors and nurses and even nurse practitioners who work in one setting. We're taking a look at expanding the hospital it self. Instead of having just 2 doctors were looking at upwards to 4 doctors just to the on call schedule can be met.”

    Meyer adds that they are working very hard to secure physician coverage for Shaunavon, “In the short-term they're still working at getting some doctors to our communitee but there will be come June a Doctor from Swift Current coming down to cover the disruptions were seeing here in May for Tuesdays and Thursdays so that will be covered.”

    “We haven't had a whole lot of luck in recruiting anyone new at this point knowing it does take 6 months to 12 months.”, Meyer continued, “This is daily thing we work on as a town with the region to get our health care needs addressed.”

    To that end, The Shaunavon Hospital and Care Center will close at five p.m. This evening until eight a.m. Tomorrow morning. There will be no emergency outpatient services or inpatient admissions during that time. In a medical emergency area residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

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