Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current Curling Club hosted the 2018 Ramada Hotels U18 provincial championship, March 22-25. There were a total of 22 teams at the event, with eight teams each in the men's and women's divisions and six teams in the open recreational division. Moose Jaw's Team Ackerman, who represented the South West region, remained undefeated in the women's division to claim the championship title. Team Bindig from the Wadena Curling Club won the men's title and the open championship winner was Team Sutherland from the Rosetown Curling Club. The men's and women's U18 champions will represent Saskatchewan at the national championship at St. Andrews, New Brunswick, from April 9-14. Team Behm of Moose Jaw represented the South West region in the men's division. Swift Current curler Theo Lautsch was a member of Brett Behm's team. They were eliminated on Saturday night and finished the championship with three wins and three losses. Team Stark from Moose Jaw competed in the open division. The team won their opening game, but then lost two games and conceded their final game in the C event on Saturday morning. Pictured are the three South West region teams in action in the men's, open and women's divisions. 

 

The Swift Current Broncos started their best-of-seven playoff series against the Regina Pats with a win and a loss on home ice. The Broncos had a 3-0 shutout victory on March 23 with three goals in the first period, but then lost a tight game 2-1 on March 24. After two games in Regina the Broncos will be back on home ice for the fifth game on March 30.

 

Members of the the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts enjoyed a morning of racing with their hand-made cars at the club's annual Kub Kar Rally in the Swift Current Mall, March 24. The scouts spend hours building their hand-made race cars and semi-trailer trucks for the event. The results of their workmanship were tested at the rally, where they competed in different race categories. Below are the results for the different events:

Workmanship – 1st Garrett Wentworth, 2nd Chael Cowie, 3rd Josh Straub; Obstacle – 1st Chael Cowie, 2nd Garrett Wentworth, 3rd Selina Bussiere; Straight Line – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Chael Cowie, 3rd Adam Sherbina; Stopping on the Spot – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Mark Hushtyuk, 3rd Garrett Wentworth; Speed Track – 1st Josh Straub, 2nd Mark Hushtyuk, 3rd Garrett Wentworth; Scouts results for Speed Track – 1st Declan Poppy, 2nd Alex Friesen, 3rd Caden Kenny.

 

The Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a high-profile speaker at the 4th annual Farmer Appreciation Night at the Living Sky Casino Event Centre, March 23. The event, which is held by the chamber to acknowledge the importance of the farming community to the local economy, was attended by a capacity crowd. The guest speaker was Murad Al-Katib, the president and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients in Regina and recipient of the 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award. He shared his life story as an entrepreneur who build AGT into the world's largest supply chain for lentils, chickpeas and peas. He also spoke about what he sees as agricultural priorities for Saskatchewan and Canada. He referred to the growing global demand in emerging economies for protein and the challenges and opportunities being faced by Canada's agricultural food sector to become a global leader in safe, nutritious and sustainable food. Swift Current band Bakersfield provided the musical entertainment at the event.

 

The 9th annual banquet and auction fundraiser for Rock Solid Refuge in Swift Current took place at the Legion Hall, March 22. The event was attended by about 200 people, who enjoyed a good meal and showed their support for Rock Solid Refuge with active bidding during the live auction by local auctioneer Donnie Peacock. Two speakers shared powerful messages during the evening. Former student Ty Thibault spoke about the difference that Rock Solid Refuge made to put his life on a new path. The keynote speaker  was “Jungle Jim” Hunter, who was a member of the “Crazy Canucks” Canadian men's alpine ski team. He grew up on a farm near Shaunavon and represented Canada at two Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976. He became the first Canadian male skier to win a world championship medal when he received a bronze medal in 1972. He spoke about his career and his involvement with Rock Solid Refuge. He emphasized the importance of acts of selflessness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rock Solid Refuge also held a successful inaugural banquet and auction fundraiser in Shaunavon on March 21 that was attended by about 100 people. The two fundraising events raised a total of $87,000 for the faith-based program that provides support in a structured environment for teenage boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

 

Saskatoon-area writer Dave Margoshes was the featured author at Write Out Loud, March 21. He is an award-winning writer and his published works include three novels, five volumes of poetry, several books of short stories, a biography of Tommy Douglas, and various contributions to magazines and anthologies. His latest book of poetry, A Calendar of Reckoning, will be published this spring. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by Canadian authors to local literary fans. The next event on April 18 will feature First Nations poet and residential school survivor Louise Bernice Halfe. She has won various prestigious awards and she is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

Long-time amateur radio enthusiast Ray Gowan of Swift Current is helping others to get involved in what he considers to be the most diverse and interesting hobby on the planet.

The Chinook School Division remains committed to provide quality education to students while dealing with the challenge of diminishing resources.

A summer camp in in the scenic Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park has been providing campers with memorable experiences since before the Second World War.

The RCMP detachment in Swift Current will be hosting a town hall meeting in April to receive feedback from city residents about policing issues.

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