Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The City of Swift Current has started a process to update the official community plan to reflect the new vision of growing the community’s population to 25,000 by 2025. Resident had an opportunity to learn more about the process and to provide input on their future vision for the city at a display that was set up on Market Square on Aug. 8. Two representatives from the Saskatoon based landscape architecture and community planning consultancy Crosby Hanna & Associates were present to speak to people about the process. Future consultation opportunities will be provided for the public through surveys and public open houses. More information is available online at


Market Square in downtown Swift Current hosted its annual costume contest on Aug. 8. A record number of 27 contestants entered this year’s competition for the best costume in children, teen and adult categories. The costume contest was part of the trains, planes and spaceships theme day at Market Square. Staff from the Saskatchewan Science Centre's Go! Science summer outreach program attended the theme day while members of the Star Wars costume club, the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, were also present.


Wheelstanding world record holder “Nitro Mike” Kunz of Mission, B.C., attended the Swift Current Drag Racing's Association's final drag racing weekend on Aug. 8 and 9 to do exhibition wheelstand runs down the quarter mile track at the Swift Current airport in his highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser. He established an official Guinness world record for the longest wheelstand (wheelie) by a car in Earlton, Ontario on Aug. 11, 2012 when he drove this vehicle over a distance of 2,500 feet on its rear wheels only. The supercharged and alcohol fuelled 446 cubic inch Chrysler engine, which has been installed at the car's rear end, produces over 1,200 horsepower.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association in conjunction with the Living Sky Casino hosted a car show in the casino parking lot on Friday evening, Aug. 7, to kick off the final drag racing weekend of the season at the Swift Current airport. The vehicles on display at the show included a number of drag racing cars as well as the highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser of “Nitro Mike” Kunz from Mission, B.C., who is the wheelstanding world record holder for driving the car over a distance of 2,500 feet on its rear wheels only.


Internationally renowned Australian groundcover and soils ecologist Dr. Christine Jones spoke at the Building Soil – Creating Land workshop hosted by the Southwest Forage Association in Swift Current, Aug. 7. The morning workshop session took place at the Semi-arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) and during the afternoon there was a field walk through nearby forage trial plots. The Swift Current event was part of Dr. Jones' northern hemisphere workshops and field days from July to November. She has presented workshops on four different continents about regenerative land management practices and how to rebuild carbon-rich agricultural soils that helps to sequester carbon by removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


The Swift Current alternative-ambient folk group Bears in Hazenmore held a release party for their second EP, Airwaves, at the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 6, which was also be the kick-off for their western Canadian tour. The tour during August will take the five-member ensemble to 11 different cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. There was a large and enthusiastic audience at the Lyric Theatre for the release party. The EP contains six new songs and the band has already started working on a full-length album. The band members are Dalton Lam (trumpet), Dana Rempel (bass, saxophone), Tanner Wilhelm Hale (drums, vocals), Brady Frank (guitar, keyboards) and Darnell Stewart (guitar).


The Cypress Health Region held a media tour of the Swift Current long-term care facility construction site on Aug. 6 to highlight the progress with this $80 million capital project. The 225-bed facility will consist of 21 homes with 10 single bedrooms in each home and another home with 15 beds, including three larger rooms for palliative care.


Producers were able to learn more about organic and other field trials at the Semi-arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) low-input agricultural systems field day on Aug. 6. The event at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research station, located just east of Swift Current, was well attended with close to 50 participants. The field day consisted of a tour to the trial plots during the morning and a number of research and invited presentations at the research station's Thomson lecture room in the afternoon. Afterwards there was an opportunity to attend an optional tour to a nearby organic farm.


The site for the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current has changed significantly over the past few months from an open piece of land next to the Cypress Regional Hospital to a busy construction area covered with multiple buildings.

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