Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Acclaimed authors and committed conservationists Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson highlighted concerns over the future of 62 former PFRA community pastures and the importance of preserving Canada's prairie grasslands during a four-day tour of southwest Saskatchewan, June 24-27. Their visits to community pastures and the Grasslands National Park was arranged by Nature Canada and Public Pastures - Public Interest (PPPI), a citizen-based organization devoted to maintaining Saskatchewan's public grasslands as healthy prairie ecosystems and working landscapes. Atwood and Gibson attended an informal come-and-go reception in Val Marie on June 26, where they were joined by PPPI's Trevor Herriot, Nature Canada's Ian Davidson and Guyra Paraguay's Alberto Yanosky to talk about their trip. On June 27 the group visited the Swift Current-Webb Community Pasture before departing to Regina for the Prairie Passages fundraising dinner for grasslands education and research. For more detail about the tour, visit the PPPI website.  

National Aboriginal Day was celebrated at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on June 21, 2013. The event took place at Goodwin House, the location of a historic crossing on the South Saskatchewan River. The guest speakers were Métis elder Cecile Blanke from Swift Current, Saskatchewan Landing Park Supervisor Sheldon Kowalchuk and Wayne McKenzie of Regina. Scott Duffee from Saskatoon played on his fiddle and danced a traditional Red River jig.

 

Many people came out to do some shopping and enjoy the entertainment on the launch day of this summer's Market Square in Swift Current on June 15. A record number of 51 vendors participated and the ringing of the bell at 10 a.m. by Chuck Audette of the day's featured business W.W. Smith Insurance signalled the official start of the event. The line-up of entertainers for the day consisted of Al Hudec, the Country Strings, the Youth Advisory Band and Dave Lang & the Twin Otters. Market Square will take place every Saturday until Sept. 28.

 

 

There are many activities to look forward to at the historic Doc’s Town in Swift Current this summer, including a number of new social activities on Fridays.

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes will soon be flying down the Swift Current airport landing strip when the drag racing season gets under way, but the first racing weekend had to be cancelled due to weather conditions.

Depression is the second leading cause of death for teens in Canada, but a bike ride across Canada is making a call for action against this silent killer.

A new community garden will provide fresh vegetables to the food bank in Swift Current.

Doing a good deed in Swift Current this summer might result in a ticket from a police officer or other emergency services staff.

For six small communities in southwest Saskatchewan the local credit union will soon not be down the street anymore.

A come-and-go open house took place at the Swift Current Mall on May 30 to highlight the growth plans for the city’s northwest corner.

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